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Full text of "The Diary Of John Evelyn Vol-2"

1691                             JOHN  EVELYN

Trinity, in Conduit Street; to which I did recommend
him to Dr. Tenison for the constant preacher and lec-
turer. This Church, formerly built of timber on Houn-
slow-Heath by King James for the mass priests, being
begged by Dr. Tenison, rector of St. Martin's, was set
up by that public-minded, charitable, and pious man near
my son's dwelling in Dover Street, chiefly at the charge
of the Doctor. I know him to be an excellent preacher
and a fit person. This Church, though erected in St.
Martin's, which is the Doctor's parish, he was not only
content, but was the sole industrious mover, that it should
be made a separate parish, in regard of the neighbor-
hood having become so populous. Wherefore to counte-
nance and introduce the new minister, and take possession
of a gallery designed for my son's family, I went to
London, where,

19th July 1691.    In the morning Dr. Tenison preached
the  first  sermon, taking his  text  from  Psalm  xxvi. 8.
<( Lord, I have loved the habitation of thy house, and the
place  where  thine  honor  dwelleth."    In  concluding, he
gave  that this  should be made a parish church so soon
as the Parliament sat,   and was to   be  dedicated to   the
Holy Trinity, in honor of the three undivided persons in
the Deity; and he minded them  to  attend to that faith
of the church, now especially that Arianism, Socinianism,
and atheism  began to   spread among us.    In the after-
noon,  Mr.  Stringfellow  preached on   Luke vii. 5.   (<The
centurion who had built a synagogue. *    He proceeded to
the due praise of persons of such public spirit, and thence
to such a character of pious  benefactors in   the  person
of the generous centurion, as was  comprehensive  of all
the virtues of an  accomplished   Christian, in  a style so
full, eloquent, and moving, that I never heard a sermon
more apposite to the occasion.     He modestly insinuated
the  obligation  they  had  to  that person who should be
the author and promoter of such  public  works for the
benefit of mankind, especially to the advantage of religion,
such as building and endowing churches, hospitals, libra-
ries, schools, procuring the best editions of useful books,
by which he handsomely intimated who it was that had
been  so   exemplary  for his  benefaction  to   that  place.
Indeed, that excellent person, Dr. Tenison, had also erected
and furnished a public library [in St. Martin's]; and setens to in-