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Fer the Levites left their Suburbs, and tSteir Possession, and came to Judah and Jerusalem ; for 
Jeroboam and hia Sons had cast them oflf from executing the Priests Office unto the Lord.— 
And after them, out of all the Tribes of Israel, such as set their HearU to seek the Lord God 
of Israel, came to Jerusalem to sacrifice unto the Lord God of tlieir Fathers. 

3 Ckrm. xi. 14, 16. 

BARTHOLOMEW-DAY was fatal to our Church and Religion, in throwing out a ^Wf 
great number of wdKhy, learned, pious, and orthodox Divines. LOCKE. 




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mmsTEns ejected or silenced 



ANSTY§. John MauduiTj B. D. fX Exeter Col; 
Oxfdrd. He was the son of Kir. Isaac Mauidmty s 
respectabfe merchant itt the city of Exeter. Mr. Wood, iii 
bis Fasti Oxonienses^ mentions him ^s b^tng senior Proctor 
of that university in the year 1649.' But takes no further no* 
tiee of him, though it is evident thait he sidSsd with the Roy^^ 
mlists, and a()pears to have been held iA good estimation at 
Oxford, from the circuohfstanfce of his name being subscribed, 
ineonnexion with that<if Mr. Rier&me SancHyy afellpw proc- 
tor, and Dr. Edward Heynoldst Vice chancellor, to a letter 
addressed to John Selden^ Esq. dated April 1649, most ear^ 
nestly recommending the university of Oxford to his care and 
protection, under the dangers which at that period sorely 
threatened it. A copy of this letter may be seen in the life of 
Mr. Selden^ prefixed to the splendid edition of his works in 
six volumes folio, page 43. 

Dr. Walker^ in hisSyfferings of the Clergy^ though he 
casts so much abuse on so many others of the Nonconform 
jnists, does not attempt to bring any accusation against Mr. 
JUauduit. He takes care, however, not to pass any enco« 
mium upon him, even fqr his loyalty, andonly mentions 

§ It appears kom the Inbex Villatlis, that there are two places of this 
^^e in Devonshire, the one called £tfjr ^/t^/y, the oiher ?Fesf j^nsty : the 
Conner is a Rectory, and the latter a Vicarage. Both of them are smaM 
H^Dgs, rated at bat little more than lOi.Jterann, At which of them Mr* 
Maoduit preached doth not appear, or whether statedly at either. 

yqL« 11.— -HO. XI. B hi(A 




him as ejected from Exeter college oppn the visitation of the 
parliament, consequently as asunerer among the IUyaUst» ; 
and sayl^ th^t his name was crossed o«t of, the buttery-book 
Oct. 20, 1648. He preached however publicly at Oxford 
before the lord general Fairfax^ at whose desire the sermon 
was published. He afterwards had the sequestered living of 
Dr. Hammond at Penshurst in Kent. Being obliged to quit 
it at the Restoration, he went to his relations at Exeter y and 
preached occasionally about the country : probably more 
frequently at Ansty thaii at other places. He afterwards 
coiiManued at Exeter till the Corpomtion-act drove hitn and 
other ministers from thence. He then removed his family to 
St. Mary Ottery^ ten miles fjfom Exeter, and frequently 
preached as he hadopportunity at several places ; freely giving 
his labours to those who Were notable to maintain a minister. 
Upon the Indulgence in 1672, he licensed a meeting-house, 
and preached in it as long as.lib«ty-for so doing was conti- 
nued. On Saturday, March 4, 1674, he told his family 
that he should dit oicthe Monday following^ which attord* 
kigiyhe did, with full assurance of faith, triumphantly) er^et- 
ing,(}n anothef and happier life, after hje had with holy k>ng» 
iags expressed his joyful waiting for the Lord Jesus to receive 
his spirit. H« vii& a man of an exemplary conversation,. and 
of a Very diearful disposition ; atid fo^rl^s learning ^afia^ 
bility be was hnichreslplected by the g^iitry of his neigh)>ouN 
Hood.'^^His son died pastof of^a congre^tion of Protestant 
Dissentei^ in Stuihmark. [He iN^ the fatbei* <A ibe tate 
worthy Jasper Mauduit^ Esq. of Hatkney^ Chairman of 
the Committee of dq^uties for managing the afiairs of the 
Dissenters; a zealous friend, and a distinguished ornament 
to the dissenting interest. It deserves to be mentioned here, 
that he always observed BartholofiMW*d»y with ^omt ^e« 
cial marks of veneration and jg^f*] 

WORKS. A Sermon at Oxford, menticmed above. — A Warn- 
hig-Piece to afflicted England, 1 6b^. — Letter to Gen. Monk on 
(be Causes of the Ruiaof Governments and Commonweatihd. 

ASHBURY [R. S. 37/. iij.] Mr. Daniel Morton:. 
Dr, Walker has nothing worse to say oi him than that ht 
had no education but in a private school : He had made the 
same assertion with respect to some others, whom Dr. Cay 
lamy proves to have been broiight up at the universities*- 
§ But admitting the faY:t, he might have been better qualifiecf 
for the ministry than some who bad spent many years in k 



f^ollege, and if he coul^ havex;oaf(pffiied he would not have 
beisn eji?(?^e'd. ^ .^ 

'^ AsklPRINGTON [«• iSo/^ Johm BtiRGEra, M. A> 
The sc^.gf .^ tmnisteif ^..this .^<iumy« When he was a boy 
he was bit by an adder, and remarkably preserved from the 
&tal effects JbS it by the sagacity of his mother, who had no 
other hefp at handle - And His life wftsretrieved for good pur-^ 
pose ;.£or.he>pr6ved a judicious^ laborious, aild'tisetul minis- 
ter of Cfarisit. About the fiimebf his ejectment,' suc& wasf 
the rss^ecci which the patren oJFthi^ Hvtiig had (br'hrm, that 
he made him a preseift of ^tlie next pnesentattoh:, which he" 
iftei:wa]i4s2dispose(d of fcH** ^oot* He removed to D^rinwttth^^ 
9nd< t^kided* about four iQ4>nths with Mr. Geare^ ah^ whose 
death hffi was a/^eat suDport'to his widot^.- Fromithcnce 
he removed to Londou, Wiere his daughter was married to 
Mr. Xho. Broifk^^nA. he retired to Hackney, whece lie and 
apme odier ministers unked in carrying cm a private ieetore, 
and other exercises of religion, to a society of abdtst thirty 
femilies. tie was* iM^^ teittpted te conform, by. the offbrsr 
of preferm^it in th^ chundi; but he refused them all, an^ 
contented himself wkh boarding the sons of citizens, wh^- 
went tDsdiool to Mr« ^m^je^^n, whohad.a flotttishingschooi 
at IslingtoiK. And there he died about 1663*. Me was a* 
very •poliitt' man, of a gmcefot prince, and a (ihaijtable ge« 
neroD» temper ; w^ll Moved jh hit parish^' gMLt)v"t1espected 
by his liretl^en, and mudi' fol,k>wed by many' m ^jacent 
places; being a person of extraordinary abQides, afid very 
eminent both in prayer and preaching. 

AXMINSTER [R.] Mr. Bartholomew Ash wood. A; 
judicious, godly, and laborious divine; ejected by, the Act oC 
uniformity. Probably the person whom I^r. JValker menMPSla 
at Bickletgh in this county. [He had a soil ifi the. miiiisr-ryii 
who died at Peckham in Surrey, whose life. wes pttblished 
by Mr. Reynolds. He often said of bis father, ** If there 
was a good nian upon earth he was one, being strictly pious,, 
and much devoted to prayer.'' He related this rem^rkaUe. 
circumstance of him (the like to which also happened to his 
great-grandfather) that being under extraordiaai'y solicitude 
about his children, those words were strangely impressed up* 
on him as by an audible voice, * I will he a<God to thee and 
to thy seed.' His family shared in* the sufferings of the 

' If this date is correct, it scetns most probabte ht ^ai ejected before 
t^2.--->Xbe ciiapel at JrM^-M^ir was lately ia-beinj. . . .. . 

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times, and he died 40/. In debt; but God gi'aciously appeared 
in openin? the hearts of strangers for their relief. Reynold^M 
Life of Mi\ John Ashepod^ p. ^54 and 99.] 

WORKS. The Heavenly Trade.— The Best Tieasure. 

BARNSTAPLE [V. S. 47/^3 Nathaniel Mather^ 
M. A. One of the four sons of Mr. Richard Afather of 
Porchester, who, on account of the seyeritrof thertimeSy 
took him when he was. young ipto New £ngland»< where he 
was educated^ at If award f oliege. He succeeded hk i^rothef 
Samuel as pastor of a church in Dublin. He waaiafcerwards 
in the living of Harberton, . near Taine^Sy and was<:^r€sented 
to this at Barnstaple by Oliver ^ in |6^« Mr. MaiMinJildkep 
the sequestered minister, a learned* pious, and. moderate 
man, was treated exceedingly ill; )>Vt Dr. WaUceVf who re<« 
kites the paxticulars, does not eyjen insinuate jthat Mx.' Mather 
was a^y way chargeable Upon his ejectment he 
went into Holland^ and becanie niipiater at Rotterdam. He 
afterwards returned to London^ where. Jie was pastor of a 
congregational church,, and pne of the lecturers at Pinners^ 
Hall. He died July 26, 1697, aged ^jt having Jbeen in 
the ministry fprty-seven yearsy and. was. buried ait; Bunhill^ 
4elds9 where there is a long, Latin inscription vlj^ojx hisi tbmb« 
stone, [which represents him as a^man of great mental en- 
dowments and literary acconipli^hmentSy which he conse* 
crated to the service of Gpd'; oqeev.ery way qualified for 
his office ; who, while he sincerely published the! gospel, 
adorned it l>y his life; being particularly eminent. for mo-^ 
desty, patience and piety. He was a ready and laborious 
preacher, a faithful and vigilant pastor; who in his ministra-^ 
lions had the sacred art of concealing the'MAN, that God 
aldne might be seen and exalted. •* In sacrte'fiincimm 
fixercitiisi arte ^ia celavit Hom'mem, ut solus conspiceretur 
Deus.**} See Watt's Lyric Poems^ 

WORKS. The Righteousness of God by Faith ; two Sermons 
tit P/»i^r/-#tfi/.— Twenty-three Sermons preached at that Lecture, 
itid at Lime*strtett [taken in short-hand as they were delivered, but 
most of them corrected by himself.] — A Discussion of the Law- 
illness of a Pastor's officiating in other Churches. § A Fast Ser* 
voc, 17H> oh 1 Cor. xi. 30. ' 

: BERRY POMREY, [V.] Mr. Handall. 

BIDEFORt), [R. S.] Mr. William Bartlet. Of 
Hew Inn ffallt O^r/frd* Brother to Mr, J^hn Bartiet of 



l!xeter. He was congregational in his judgment, but loved 
peace with his brethren. He was one of the assistants to the 
commissioners of Devonshire and Exeter. A man of consi- 
derable note in that part of the country : eminent for humi- 
lity, strictness of life, gravity, authority and experience : a 
Very solid and useful preacher, whose labours were attended 
with very signal success. He discovered great courage hi the 
cause of nis God, for which he became a considerable sufFcrer ; 
for he was the chief object of the malice and fury of the ene- 
mies to strict godliness in those parts, some of whom, it is 
said, appeared to suflFer the rebukes of providence on his ac 
count. He was once imprisoned, and at another time he 
escaped onlv by the mistake of the officer, who took another 
person for nim. Dr. Walker brings some heinous charges 
against him, which Dr. Calamy largely considers, and clearly 
refutes ; § particularly respecting his conduct towards Mr. 
Giffbrd tht sequestered minister, whom he represents Mr* 
Bartlet as treating with great injustice and cruelty. As one 
among many striking instances of gross misrepresentations in 
that writer, (which we shall generally pass over,) it may not 
be improper here to introduce the substance of Dr. Calamy'^ 
defence of Mr, Bartlet against this accusation ^lone. " t 
have been informed (says the, Dr.) by several aged personSj| 
living in 1718, of as good characters as any in the town, thai 
there were scarcely any two ministers of diflferent persuasions 
to be met with, that lived and died in greater friendship than 
Mr. Giffbrd and Mr. Bartlet; and that Mr. Giffbrd was so 
£ir from reckoning Mr. Bartlet his greatest enemy, that he 
lias often, with great warmth declared, that the reproaches 
cast upon him by such as were enecnies to every thing eood, 
upon his account, were altogether undeserved. Nay, he al- 
ways gave Mr. Bartlet a good character, and would often 
say, he was a better man than himself.'* Upon Mr. Gif- 
ford's readmission to this living, when a zealous woman of 
the parish told him, that she had never been at church during 
his absence, he replied, •* The verier wretch thou." And 
upon his death-bed be expressed a desire to see Mr. Bartlet, 
but those about him prevented his being sent for. With re- 
gard to this writer's reflection on Mr. Bartlet as having had 
no university education, there is one testimony against Yiith 
that will not be contested : it is that of Mr. Anthony Wood^ 
who mentions him among the authors educated at Oxford. 
He lived. to a good old age, and died in 1682. A grandson 

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of his wa$ very tisefiil among the Disseiitci^ in Ei^eford^mi 
was much respecled, but he died young. 

WORKS. TheMbdel of the Congregational Way.-r-Soyercign 
Balsao) for healing such Professors as Satan hath wounded. 

, BISHOP'S TAWTON, [V.j Jonathan Hanmer,' 
M. A. Of Eman, CoL Camb/ 3orn in Barnstaple about 
1605; ordained Nov. 23, 1632, by Dr^ Fzeld^ Bp. of St. 
Pavid's, in. St. Margaret's church, Westminster. He was 
6rst presented to the living of InstoWy by John Spcccot, Esq. 
4nd had institution from Bp. Hall in 1632. In 1635 he was 
or<Jered by the said bishop to preach at Bamstiple ^t his visit- 
ation. He sent his lordship a very m.odest and respectful an- 
swer, begging to be excused ; which shews that he was far 
from being such a person as Dr. Walker represents him. 
fCah Confin, p. 300.) Mr. Hantner afterwards had the 
iivipg of Bkhop*s Tawton^ and the lectureship of Barn- 
staple i.^i wa> cast out of both places Aug. 24, 1662. Af- 
ter his ejectment, very distant parts of the kingdom enjoyed 
the hippiness of his labours, viz. Barnstaple, London, Bris- 
tol, Pinner, and Torrington, . The troubles he met with for 
his Noxxeonforroity occasioned frequent changes as to the 
l^lace pf his ab,ode, which were sorely afflictive to himself^ 
but -the cause of great joy to those who, by this means, sat 
imder his instruction. He was a * scribe thoroughly instructed 
• to the kingdom of heaven :* a preacher of the first rank, ia 
regard to matter, method and elocution. He had a wonder- 
ful talent in composing sermons, and a manner of delivering 
them to which few attain^ whereby they were rendered tin- 
commonly impressive. Few ipini^ters in his time, were in- 
strumental in doing more good in the conversion of souls. 
From tlje places wnere he preached, he often received letters 
from ministers^ AS well as privatje christians^ tliankinghini 
for his labours, and blessin^g God for the great success of 
them. His lectures at Barnstaple were greatly thronged, 
numbers attending who lived many miles distant, and some 
of them persons of character and distinction. 'Good Mr. 
jBlake^ the vicar of Barnstaple, (contrary to Dr. Walker's 
account) shewed, by his whole conduct, that he was well 
pleased with him. This Mr. Blake had a great esteem for 
others of his brethren who were ejected, several of whom theii 
lived in the town* They frequently visited each odier ; and 
he would often say, ** My heart bleeds whenever I secy 00, 
** to think that such worthy persons should be silenced and 

« cast 

** <ast qot, iipd.]E^r pUfi» fiUod iif> bv ludi as are aadly ig^ 
*' norant and $<:aQdalQ«s,-' Among Mr. Hannier^s papdra 
there is a strict order from the bishop, si^ed Seih JExan^ 
166$, to several of the parishioQers, requiriog them to pay 
him what was due of titheSf at the time of bis removal^ and 
severely threateiUQ| such as refused. 

His work$9 both n'om the pulpit and the press^ shewed him 
to be a learned man, and bis other works, a very good man. 
He viras full of devotion in all the solemnities of worship ; 
and a vein of piety towards God, and o£ zeal for the spiritual 
benefit of men, appeared in him wherever he was. These 
graces .manifested themselves in a hearty concern to propa* 

Ete the gospel in foreign parts, particularly among the poor 
dians ; and he eamesuy recommended the same concern to 
others. Among his papers there are many letters under th^ 
hand of Mr. John EUiot of New England, in which he re- 
turns him hearty thanks for his readiness to help forward the 
cause of the gospel, by the generous supplies which he pro- 
cured and sent over. He died at Barnstaple, Dec. 18, 1687, 
aged about 81. The spirit of this good man may be seen ia 
his letters ; some extracts from a few of those which he sent 
to his sou while at the university, are here added. . 

— -•*^ I understand vou are well settled in the college. I 
take notice of the gooaness of God towards you therein, and' 
desire to bless him for it, as I hope you do too. How much* 
doth it concern you to look to it, that you answer expecta^ 
tion ! So will you occasion great credit to your godly tutor, 
joy to your parents and friends, and glory to God ; which., 
should chiefly prevail with you. Oh ! remember what sweet 
fruit you will leap from a few years well spent there, wherein 
you may lay up that which will make you serviceable all your 
days^ Grudge not any pains and industry : 'tis but your 
duty ; and the issue will be such as will sweeten your Hfe, 
and make you amiable in the eyes of God and man. But the 
loss of time, and of what may be got now, will be irreco* 
verable, and the remembrance of it exceeding bitter. Time 
and opportunity are precious talents : account so of them, 
and improve them accordingly : which the Lord help thee to 
do for his Chri$t*s sake. . Apply youi'self to study, with an 
eye to him for his blessing; and acquaint thyself taox^ 
with him ; thereby good^ all manner of good shall oe unto 
thee. Keep dose to God dailv. Find out some piout, 
studious, ingenious youths, an(^ make them your iamiliar 
acquaintafice. — ^I give thee up to the Lord* May he own 

B 4 thee 


thee in fa is Soo^ and make thee instrumental for his glory^ 
which will occasion thanksgivings to him from4hy tender 

He was much concerned for his son's proficiency in human 
as well as divine knowledge. In one letter he writes thus :— - 
** Strive to be a good logician What you read, thoroughly 
' understand : if you cannot by your own study, then use the 
help of others: ask and confer. Daily ply the Greek; and 
be still on the gaining hand. Neglect not the Hebrew. La- 
bour after a good style in the I^tin tongue, and a graceful 
pronunciation. Imitate Tulkf^ as near as you are able : and 
for this end read him often, and write as he. Converse 
much with the Greek Testament, fife.'* He drew up several 
MS. tracts for his son's use while he was at Cambridge^ one 
of which was a sort of commentary upon this distich ; 
** Surge, precare, stude, meditator, currito, prande; 
^i ** Lude, stude, caciia, meditare, precare, quiesce.**§ 

- He was admirably qualified to give advice, and greatly 
sought to for it, on many occasions, by persons of very dir* 
ferent characters and stations in the world. - Dr. Calamy 
has preserved his solution of one particular case, sent him by 
Mr. Flavel, respecting an argument produced by a certain 
author to prove, ** That it is justifiable in Rulers to prescribe 
** some things more in the worship of God than he him- 
** self has instituted :" taken from 5o/0man's conduct, i Kings 
viii. 64. and Hezekiahh^ 1 Chran. xxx. 23. (See C&ntin. 
p. 310 — 314.) Mr. Flavel expressed much satisfaction on the 
perusal of it. 

WORKS. An Exercitation upon Confirmation, (much ad" 
mired.) — A View of Antiquity.— He wrote a piece against the 
Papists, which could not obtain an Imprimatur, in the Reign of 
K. James. Besides this, he lefl a great many other MSB. of which 
Dr. Calamy gives an account ; particularly — The Life of Paol-^ 
|uid a Translation of Nic. Machiavers Florentine History. 

BRAMFORD SPEKE [V.] Mr. Haller. 

BRATTON FLEMING [R.] Mr. Anthony Palmer. 
He was a person of a good estate. He succeeded Mr. Gay 
in this living in 1645, and left it 'for the sake of Nonconfor- 
mity in ^662. Dr. Walker says, He administered the Lord's 

< . . » ' 

( 0£ the above dUUchj 919 ingenious cprretponcleiit hM commuiucated th^ 
fplIowiDg traaslation : 

<< Rise, pray, then study, meditate, run, dine| 
*f*|»Uy,study,8up, think, pra^y, to reft- reij^n,'' J.J. 


8ttpp«r bnt once In fourteen years. This cannot now be dis- 
proved, § though the thing is highly improbable. If it were 
true, there might be something peculiar in the case sufficient 
to justify him. He died in September^ ^^93* 

BRIDSTOW [R.S.] Mr. William Knapm an. Th^ 
only account we have of him is from Dr.JFalker^ who says. 
He settled here by an order of the House of Commons, in 
1647, but has not a word to o£Fer against him. 

BRIXHAM [V.] John Kempster, M. A. Of Christ 
Churchy Oxf* and chaplain of the college. At his first 
coming to Brixham he lived at Luptou» and there married 
one ftfrs. Nicholls, a pious, prudent, charitable gentlewo- 
man, one of whose brotliers was minister of Leskard in 
Comwal, and another was mayor of that corporatioh. Af- 
ter he was ejected he continued a while at Lupton, and then 
removed to Dartmouth, where he preached occasionally in 
his own house. From thence he was obliged to depart, bjr 
the Five-mile act, and went to London, where he was well 
known, and lived in good repute. Though he had not the 
most agreeable delivery; and had no pastoral charge after his 
ejectment, his occasional preaching in London had the ap-*' 
probation of many judicious ministers and people ; and his 
fife was unblameable. He died of an apoplexy in July 
1692. His funeral sermon was preached by Mr. J. Howe. 

BRIXTON [C] John Quicke, M. A.: Of Exeter 
Col. Oxf. Born at Plymouth^ A. D. in 1636, of parents 
in the middle rank, and eminently pious. God wrought a 
saving change on his heart, when very young, which in« 
clin^ him to devote himself to the work of the ministry. He 
went to Oxford about 165a, and left it 16^7, when he re- 
turned to his native country, and preached for some time at 
Ermington.' He was ordained at Plymouth, Feb. 2^ 1658, 
being called to be minister of KingsbridgeznA Ckurckstow. 
From thence he was called to Brixian^ where the Act of 
unifotnuty found and ejected him* Though upon the most 
seriotis consideration he could not comply with the terms 
which the law imposed, y«l the people being earnestly de** 
fiirous of his labours, he continued preaching tb tliem after 
Barthoiomew-day, till he was seized in the pulpit, in the 
midst of the morning sermon, Dec. 13, 1663, and by the 
warrant of two justices committed to jail, for preaching with- 
imt episcopal ordination^ and that after excommunicatioo* 

1 Being 


Being brought to the qqarter-sesslons for the eount^^ Jm. 
J J9 he passed under a long examination from the jU6ticet<( 
The court asked him, by what authority he dur«t pteach la 
spite of the law ? He answered, that ** He di4 it in despite 
of no authority, but from a sense of duty, and of a necessity 
kid upon him by his ordination, to preach to his iiock, whicn 
had otherwise been wholly destitute." T^cy then asked 
him, who were his ordainers? He mentioned lour who had 
then conformed. His counsel urging that there were errors 
in the ind^:tment, the bench allowed the plea» and unani- 
mously declared His commitment illegal. But upon a mo-* 
tion made for his discharge, the court insisted on sureties^ 
for his behaviour, or else his promise to desist from preach-% 
ing. After a long altercation, be freely told tbem» He must 
obey Gofl rather than them; and that he could not look 
<pod In the face with comfort, if he should make such a. 
promise after that at his ordination^ Upon this he was re., 
manded to prison, where he lay in close confinement eight 
weeks longer, till discharged at the assizes by the lord cme£ 
baron HaU> 

Afterwards Bp. Ward ordered two indictments to be laid 
aeainst him for preaching to the prisoners in jail ; and be was. 
tried upon them, but acquitted. He used to observe thcr 
goodness of God to him, in and after that confinement, in, 
many respects. He had but Qve pounds in the world, be-^ 
si^es his books, when he was seized ; but a kind providence 
9Upj^lied him : txA though he was- consumptive when he went 
to prison,^ he was perfectly recovered when he came out.**^ 
At another time, he and several other ministers, by the orderi 
of the Earl otBaih^ were iiio|»ri$oned for twelve weeks in^ 
the M^rshalsea at Plymouth^ without any cause of commit*! 
mentalledged. . Being released,,and finding other diflicuUiei' 
obstructine .his being any farther serviceable in the West of 
England, be came to Zoft<2tm, and in 1679 was unanimously 
chosen pastor of the English church- at Middleburghm Z^**: 
land; which he accepted upon condition that he might be< 
at liberty to reCum, if he should be called into his.own count, 
try. . He there however met with some angry contesia. 
whidi he did not expect, upon which be returned to Lm* 
doTiy July 22, t68i, where he (peached privately, .with 

food acceptance, during the remainder of the troubles of K* 
"^harJes^s reign, and gathered a congregation. He after*- 
wards made use of K. Jameses Indulgence, thinking that an 
unjust law from the first, which deprived him and his bre* 



tfaren of the exeix:ise of their ministfy* He refuied levertl 
preferments offered him if he would confornii and one of 
goo/, per armmn, 

' He was a good scholar, and a Hrely preacher. He had 
a great facility, freedom, and fervency in prayer. His mi- 
nistiy was successful to the conversion of many. His la- 
bours, as a preacher, were abundant ; and he was all his life 
a hard srudent. In his health he used to be in his study at 
two o*clock in the morning. For the last six years of his 
life he was racked with the stone to a very uncomi^non de* 
gree,. and had it almost daily returning ; but he was very 
scWom diverted by it from his work, in which indeed he ot- 
ten found present ease. — He was very compassionate to per- 
sons in distress, and was at great pains and expence for the 
relief of the poor French protestants, on account of the no- 
ble testimony they bore to religion by their sufferings. He 
was much concerned for a learned ministry, and eminently 
forward In encouraging hopeful young men who were dis- 
posed to devote themselves to that office; He was a serious 
Christian, who conversed much with his own soul, and 
spent much time in meditation and prayer. He had been in 
great despondency and temptations, but was enabled to over- 
come them^ and had a confirmed hope of his own state ; 
which, upon the strictest examination, in the views of eter- 
nity, he retained unshaken to the end. The warmth und 
eagerness of his temper (which was the greatest imperfection 
that appeared in him) Was his grief and burden; though it 
had its advantages to make him tne more active in his work. 
He had several signal providential deliverances, and some^p^ 
times by warnings in his dreams, of which he recorded sotnd 
instances. His racking pains quite broke his happy constitu- 
tion ; [but he had signal supports and consolations under them* 
When a justice told him*, to what remote prison he would 
send him, .he replied, ** I know not where you are sending 
roe, but this I am sure of, my heart is as full of comfort as 
it can hold.'*] He died in the 70th year of his age, jipril 
99, 1706; Dr. D. Williams preached a sermon at his fune- 
ral ; and Mr. Thomas Freke, his successor, another aftei^ 
wardsf which are both published. Dr. Evans manied hia 
only daughter. 

WORKS. Synodicon in Gallia Reformata, 2 vol. folio. — A 
Relation of the poisoning of a whole Family in Plymouth. — A Fu- 
neral Sermon for Mr. John Faldo. — Another for Philip Harris, Esq. 
—The Young Man's Claiin of Right to the Lord's Supper.~On 




thst Case'of C(msciehce» Whntfaer it be lawful for avMaii toinap^. 
ry hi$ deceased wife's Shier ? [§ The TrUimph of Faiths a sermon, 
at Bartholomew close^ Jan. i6, 1697, on the death of Mrs. Roth* 
well.. In this discourse on JRom. viii. $Hj 39. (now before the edi- 
tor) consisting of 5^ pa^es 4to> are introduced anecdotes of several 
bersons who died in triumph, particularly of old Mr. Hieron, of 
Modbury.] He left in MS. Icones Sacrae, or the Lives of several 
worthy Divines, both French and English, in 3 vol. fol. The old 
Duke of Bedford was so well pleased with it, that he resolved to 
liave it published^ though at his own expence, but was prevented 
by death. 

BROAD HEMBURY [V.] Josiah Banger, M. A. 
Fellow of Trin. Col. Oxf. He was iooprisoned in Exeter 
upon the Five-mile act. He afterwards lived many years at! 
Mountacutc in Somerset, where his preaching was instru-. 
mental of much good. The wives of two justices in thatj 
neighbourhood were hearers of Mr. Sanger. Ope of them, 
being ill, sent for him in her husband's absence ^o visit her. 
The husband, who was ^ violent persecutor of those whom 
she most highly esteemed, having private notice given hiia 
of the affair, returned sooner than was expected, and found 
Mr» Banger at prayer with his wife. Upon which he took 
him by the collar, and pushed him down stairs, asking him 
vrhat business he had in his house^ and soon aiter sent him 
to Ilchester prison, upon the Five-mile act. His people 
often visited him, apd he had liberty to preach to them ini 
the prison. When he y;faa released, he returned to thenl 
and preached with more freedom. . He soon after removed 
to Sherliorny where he was near his estate, and there he 
died. He printed A Serious Item to secure sinners. § A 

Seat grandson of his now lives on the same estate, and ano- 
er, of his own name, at Hackney, where he has long been 
a deacon in the Independent church. 

WestfiUCKLAND [R.] Mr. Josiah Gale. 

CAVERLEIGH. Mr. Horsef ord. 

CHERIXON Fitz Paiti, [R-] Nathaniel DurAvt, 
M. A. He was bom near Plymouth^ where his father lived 
as a gentleman. He was esteemed a learned man, and a good 
linguist. He was a person of a most agreeable conversation^ 
and was much respected by the neighbouring gentry. He 
gave orders in his will, that what he left should not be put 
out to usury. But bis children went contrary to it, and some 
persons observed, that they did not prosper. Probably he 



might be influenced in this matter by a tract of Mr. JeUmger 
ef this county,' who ^wrrote against Usury, and signified^ 
with no small appearance of pleasure, that other ministers ^ii 
those parts were of his opinion. Mr, Durant died Oct. 6, 1698. 

CHESTON. Mr. Ellyot. , 

CtlYDDECK. See Chidiock in Dorsetshire. 

• • . '♦ 

CLAYHADOjiJ [R.] Mi-Matthew Pemberxon. Upoa 
bis ejectment, he spept soine ye^rs in Loij^lon, and was after- 
wards ministjer of a dissenting congjregation at Marlborough* 
He and Mr. Thorny Finctfit Wfot^ a small piece, entitled 
^* Tlie Death of Ministers im^pved;" occasioned by, the 
decease of Mr* H. Stubbts^ and boi^d up with Mr. B(^xter^% 
funeral sermon for him. 


Son of Mr. Wl'Crtmipton; a useful mfnister in Sarnstaph: 
upon ^ose exdusibnYocdisioned bv a division betweeh Mr. 
Blake, the reef ot, and nimj it wa» observed, that towndwin. 
died both in riches and^iety. This son of his continued with 
his peopTe after his ejectment, atd spent tiiany years 'among[ 
them without that encouragement he deserved. For some 
time before he died, which was in 1696, he was disabled 
from his beloved work by a fistula in his breast. 

WORKS. A Remedy against Superstition. — A brief Survey of 
ll\&o1d Religion. — ^Foundation of Goa for the Salvation of the Elect. 
—Sovereign Omnipotency the Sainfs Security. — A Treatise on 
Prayer; on Jdmes v.- 16.-^ A Wilderness of Trouble leading to « 
Caiiaan of Comfort. 

COMB RALEtGH [R. S-] Mr. William Taylor* 
pe left this living in i66p ;. when Mr., 5. Knot,, the se4ue$f 
tered minister, was restored. Though .we cannpf.say pif 
Mr. Taylor as Dr. Walker does of Mr. it'not, " That he was 
** by the generality of the people, looked upon as a,con« 
•' jurer," it inay be truly said, He was a very honest man, 
and qualified to be useful to the parish as^a mipister^ 

CULLITON* f v. 200/.] Mr. John^ Wicicins. M« was- 
presented to this living in 1654, upon the resignation of Mr.' 
T. CollinSf and was deprived of ic by ihe Act of uuKbtmity . 
He was a man of eminent {»iety; an* excellent preacher ; and 
remiarkaUy affectionate ; so that he seldom quitted the pulj>ic 
without vheddilag tears. Though be had several children, he 

* llow viosUy tpete CotYToxc, 



quitted this valuable living without redwing*. After Baitho^ 
lomew-day he preached ip his own bonse^r and spo^ died o( 
^ consuiBption. 

DAkTMOUTH. St. Petrock's.. . [L] Mr. James 
BuRDwooD, of Pemh. Col. Oxford. He was of an ancient 
family, which had an estate at Preston in Wesf-^ Allin^on, 
near Kingsbridge, which hath been in the name of the Burd^ 
woods for many generations. He was horn ii Taniacomhe^ 
in that parish, of religious parents, and had'his ghimmar-^ 
learning at Kingsbridge school. When he left the univer- 
sity, he was for a while minister at P/^mp^ St, Mary^ 
near Plymouth. . From thence- he removed to* JD^Wwc^mM, 
at the invitation of the ma^trates of the to\^n; where he 
continued till the Act of uniformity ejected himv Having ^ 
wifeiand children^ he set up^ a- Latin^schpol .ip * Partmouth^ 
but wa^i, driven from the Five^iiiile< act. Upon 
which he had some thoughts of going, yirith. ^sev^ral of his 
brethren,, to <<4m^ru:<Xy and actually sold his estate in.orde^ 
to it, but was prevented. He then rented an, estate at BaU 
son in the parish of Marlborough, often saying, *^ It was 
** better for hini and his to work, than to be burdensome to 
^'others." There he staid ifive years, and preached ^ra/ij, 
in his own house, as long as he was permitted, to great num-f 
bers, who flocked to hear him from the adjacent parts ; and 
when his house could not contain them, he presiched in hia 
orchard. He met with some disturbance from the Quakers^ 
of whom there were many in those parts, who often came 
into the meeting while he was preaching or prayings an4 
when he had ended, would wrangle and dispute with him. 
He recovered some of his hearers, who tvere leaning toward^ 
them, and confirmed others. But one Beer or, Bear (whd 
had been for some time the head of the informi^rs, and now; 
for his good service in disturbing conventicles, was advance<| 
V[} the degree of a justice of the peace) together with another 
justice, the parson of the parish, a very bu$y man, and a 
crew of informers who were at their beck, ' occasioned him' 
much trouble and vexation; unining. bis dpors, rifled his 
house, seized and carried away his good$» wrenched off the 
locks of his- barn-doors, putting others on, and forced his wife 
and children to seek shelter amon^ their neighbours* . /. 

On Sept. 11, 1670, a crew of informers and pilunderersi 
came to his house, where they found him with no mpr:$Lt.ha^r 
four persons, besides hjs own fiamily, .singing a psalm. But 



somebody in the house opening the door to let b a dog whk^ 
had set upon a girl passit^ by, the girl being affrighted gov 
in too, and the informers at her heels. For diis accidental 
addition to the number, the worshipful new justice made a 
conviction for a conventicle, and levied 20/. upon Mu 
Burdwood tor preaching, 20L niore for his house, and gs. 
a-piece upoii the rbst. When the justice himself Used to go 
into the meeting With his train, he and they gave vent to 
their malice, in abusive and reproachful language. But 
the good man bore all these aiSronts and indignities with pa- 
tience and cheaifulnless, * taking joyfully the spoiling of his 
f goods ;' praying Ood to forgive his persecutors. — ^When hi 
c^ould stay no lonjger at Batson, he removed to Hicks Down, 
about a mile ffoin Segbury, where he took another farm. 
^During his seveAyfeafs* residence liere, his old enemies' gave 
ifiim new trouble^ " One fine of 20L and another of 60/. was 
levied upon him and his hearers. A rude company entered, and went fVom room to room, seizing on all h^ 
Jiad within doorS, ^nd without. Good security was offered^ 
if they would leave' htk live goods in his ground till the tiext 
morning, but it was not accepted. However, the next day 
lieutenaht^olohel Wi^ring, an acquaintance of his landlorcf; 
came and freed allr He kept on preaching after this, as th^ 
times would bear ; and at length returned to Dartmouth^ 
where, after a respite of about three years, he again met witll 
hard treatment, but had great respect and kindness shewil 
him by Mr. T. Bdone^ a neighbouring gentleman, and his 
family. Being obliged to give up house-keeping, Dr. Ri^ 
chard Barthogge^ who had a great value for hma, entertained 
him and his wife^ with some of his children, at his house at 
Bowdeh, near Totness, for almost two years. Towards^ thft 
latter end of that term, he was seized' with a violent fit of 
the stone and strangury. When he found himself a little 
recovered, he returned once more to Dartmouth ; but his 
weakness and pains soon remrned, and wholly took him ofF 
from* public work^ nor did these distempers totally leave hiiti 
to the time of his death. He bore his afflictions with ad4 
mirable patience ; acknowledging, ** That they proceeded 
from a loving father ; that he deserved much worse at hii 
tiand, and that he hoped this would be all the Hell he should 
suffer." For ihapy years he was burdened with very heavy 
exp^hces; and yet ne would bfcen say, ^* Hitherto I and 
•* mine have net wanted any thing." And once when rei 
duqed to great 'straits, be expressed himself thus: t* I have 
/ ' 4 I ••lost 


|ons, and health, and yet God is my Goi 

ken vessel, fit for no work, btit suffer^ 

►mit, I submit." Among several other 

Js, one that was often used by him wis this : 

be preserved in brine, than to rot infhoney ." 

[^endured the most exquisite torments from the 

^ y, God was pleased at length to release him, Aug* 

T693, in the 67th year of hjs age, at the place of his 

^ectment. His funeral sermon was preached by Mr. Tho-m 

vias Chfipmaft. • . 

He ha^good abilities for the p.ulpir, and was a practipat 
popular preacher. His carriage was exemplary, and his 
judgment held in such esteem, that his advice was desired by^ 
all about him. He was very humble, and eminently faiths 
ful, yet prudent in giving reproof. He had seventeen chiU 
dren, but three only 'survived him. He was a very tender 
father to them, and greatly concerned about their souls^^; 
daily putting up earnest prayers for them with tears. All of 
them who lived to years of discretion,; gave him ground to 
hope that a good work was wrought In them. He declared 
ht had rather see them all in their graves, than that thejr 
should live to hpld a candle to a Popish priest. He bore the 
ijeath of those whom God was pleased to take from him witK 
remarkable resignation, and preached their funeral sermons 
himself. He was never imprisoned nor apprehended, though 
often searched after, and was sometime? strangely preserved^ 
The severe sufferings which he endured, made hnp the more 
able to pen those books entitled, HearVs ease^^zxii, Helps 
for Faith in^imcs of JffActior^ 

—N— -St, Saviour's. Allan Geare, M. A. He was bom 
of hpnest and religious parents, at Stoke Fleming near Dart* 
mouth, in i(522, and at first intmided only for a gentleman's 
clerL Being qualified for that employment, at about four- 
teen he was recommended to Mr. Francis Rous, Provost of 
Eaton College, and by him to Sir Alexander Carew, Bart, 
of Anthony near Plymouth. The old gentleman finding 
him ingenious, and of a. good capacity, instructed him in La* 
tin himself, and he made great progress in a short time; 
After four years residence at Anthony ^ the old baronet dyings 
and the family becoming obnoxious to government, in the 
beginning of the troubles in i640, he went into Holland for 
shelter, and for farther education, with a grandson of the de*^ 
ceased gentlexnani of about sevjsn years pld, and with the 


m t)£VON§HlRfe, ^ lY 

charge of looo/. in money, and plate to the sanSe value. 
Upon his coming thither, he entered himself in the university 
of Lej/deriy became guardian to the young gentleman, took 
good lodgings, and made a considerable appearance. Having 
continued a student eight years, he took his degree of M. A. 
and was afterwards admitted ad eitnduvi at Oxford, While 
he was in Holland he got into the particular acquaintance of 
the famous Mr. Cann^ then pastor of the English church at 
Amsterdam ; to whose daughter (a very deserving woman) 
he paid his addresses, and after his return to England he 
married her. Soon afterwards he was chosen minister of 
PauVs Wharf in London, where he was ordained by 
Mr. Matthew Poole, &c. He remained there six years^ 
well respected, and was in high repute among his brethren/ 
Not enjoying his health well in the city, he removed to fVoo^ 
bum in Bedfordshire, and was chaplain to the earl of Bed^ 
ford about two years. Mr. Hartford^ the minister of Dart- 
mouth, dying in the ye^-i€56, Mr. John Howe and Mr. 
Robert Jagot^ (the latter of whom conformed after the re- 
storation) were proposed as candidates there, and had an'equal 
number of voices. The town was at a great loss, for neither 
side was willing to yield. Mr. T. Boon (Mr. Howe's great 
friend at Dartmouth, and his near relation by marriage) 
having been with Oliver Cromwell^ took the opportunity of 
mentioning to him the di£Bculty they were in at Dartmouth, 
and at the same time gave such a character of Mr. Howe^ as 
raised in the protector an earnest desire to see him, and to 
hear him preach ; upon which, he said, he would give his 
judgment in the case. Mr. Boon signified that Mr. Howe 
intended to be at the chapel as an auditor, the next Lord's 
day. He accordingly was, when the protector sent for him, 
and desired a sermon from him. [Mr. Howe begged to be 
excused, and pleaded the necessity of his return home ; but 
the protector over-ruled his pleas § and] -was so charmed with 
his performance, that he declared Mr. Howe should not go 
to Dartmouth, but should be his chaplain ; atid soon after 
signified to the people of that town, his unwillingness to have 
Mr. Jagoe his competitor settled there. Thus the contest 
ended, and the town was at liberty to proceed to a new choice^ 

§ The account given in the former edition, vol. I. p. 351, which repre* 
scnis Mr. Howe in an unfavourable light, as if he was too anxious to please 
the protector, is here omitted, as it does not well accord with thac 
great man's general character, nor with the statement of this affair by Dr. 
Calaroy himself, in his Memoirs ef the Life of Mr. Ho WB; primed 1724, 
p. 17. 

VOL. II.— NO. XI. c which 


which fcU upon Mr. Geare. Mr. Joseph Cubit, then mayof» 
and Mr. Barnes, one of the magistrates, took a journey to 
Wooburn t6 invite and treat with hiin. He accepted their 
call, and sent Mr. Ford to officiate in his room, till such 
time as he could remove thither* In about six months Mr* 
Geare went to Dartmouth with his family, and was highly 
tespected by the inhabitants of the town, and by the neigh«- 
bouring ministers, having the character of a universal scholar^ 
an able preacher, and an eminently pious man., 

After bis ejectment in 166^^ he had offers of great prefer- 
Ine^t if he would conform, but h^ could not be m6ved by 
any solicitations, judging the terms reqiiireid unlawful ; and 
he expressed great satisfaction in his Nonconforiiiity 6n his 
jeaih-bed. He met with hard measure lor preaching a ser-** 
mon on a Lord's day after the public service was ended. 
Some of the magistrates informed against him» whereupon 
be was sumni^ned, and appeared before ^the commis&ionets at 
Exeter f in ycry.sev^rp weather; whernby he got .such a 
grievous cold as threw, him into a violeot revc^r, which in ii 
fortnight put a period to his valuable life, towards the end of 
jpecember ]t662, when he was about forty years of age. He 
left a widow and five children. His being buried in the 
church-yai'd was much opposed by some; but at length, wilth 
no small difficulty, it w^ais obtained, Mr. Flavefw^s his 
intimate friend. 

WORKS. He wa$ concienied with Mr. Calainy a<^ oih^rs, in 
a Preface to some of Mr« Christopher Lo^sPostbumous Works. 
He translated the-Dat^h Annotations od the Bibk, for which he 
was paid 601. He. left bd^nd him a fair M$. agsHnst the Baptists, 
dated at Leyden, . 

♦^* TowNSTALi, [alias St. Clements, R.] JoH^r 
Flavel, B. a. of University CoL Oxford, He was a native 
of Worcestershire^ where his father was an eminent minis- 
ter, first at Bromsgrove^ and afterwards at Hosier. He 
was first assistant to Mr. Walplate at Dtptford in Devon- 
shire, in 1650, and ordained with several others at Salisbury, 
Oct. 17, in the same year. On Mr. ?Fii//>/fl/e's death, he 
succeeded in this rectory ; but, upon an un^ilimous call, he 
removed to Dartmouth^ where there was a larger sphere of 
usefulness, though the benefice was smaller. He was set- 
tied here by the Commissioners for the approbation of public 
preachers, having an order from Whitehall^ dated Dec. 10, 
1650, in conjunction with Mr. \^//a7i Creflre. Mr. Flavel 
preached every Lord*s-day at Tpwnstall, (which is the mo** 






tN DiEtVONSHiRE. 19 

Aer church, standing on a hill without the town^ ani ev6ry 
fortoigbt at the Wednesday-lecture in Dartmouth. He here 
laboured with gr^at acceptance and success, till the Act of 
miifonnity ejected ham. But, not thinking his relation to his 
people thereupon at an. end, he took all opportunities of mi- 
aistering the word and sacraments to them in private. About 
(ojjff iiu>Qths after his ejectmeqt his colleague died, when the 
whole care of tiie flock devolved upon him. When the Ox- 
ford act took place, he removed from Dartmouth, (his peo- 
ple following him to Townsiall church-yard, where they 
took a mournful farewell of each other) and went to Slapton^ 
about five jmiles distant, where he met with signal instances 
of God's providential care, and preached twice every Lord's 
day ; making frequent visits to his friends in Dartmouth, and 
preaching to them as the watchful diligence of his enemies 
would admit. A manuscript account says. The house to 
which he rietired was called Hudscoit^ a seat belonging to 
the family of the RolUs^ near South-MolUm; and tliatt there 
be preached at midnight, for the sake of secrecy, when the 
great hall was thronged with an attentive and deeply-affected 
auditory. Probably both these accounts may be true, as he 
might preach privately by night at first, and find encourage- 
ment to preach publicly m the day-time afterwards. Here it 
was that he laid in his materials for his Husbandry Spiritual^ 
is&ed^ from the observations he here made on the scenes of 
curat life. Being once at Exeter^ he was invited by many 
good people of that city to preach to them In a wood abput 
wee miles distant, where their enemies disturbed them ; but 
Mr. Flavdf through the care of his hearers, escaped, though 
many €>( them were taken. The rest however, not being dis- 
<€ouraged, took him to another wood, where he preached 
without any molestation. 

On K. Charleses first Indulgence, he returned to DarU 
fnoUtht and kept an open meeting in the town.^ When that 
liberty was recalled, lie continued to preach more privately- 
Seing at last in great danger here, dirough the malice of bis 
enemies, he resolved to retire to London, where he hoped 
for more safety. He went by sea, and met with so terrible a 
atorm, within five leagues ot Portland, diat both the master 
and seamen concluded they must dl necessity be wrecked, if 
the wind did not quickly change. When things were in this 
posture, he called all that could be spared to prayer, and re- 
commended himself and them to God. No sooner was 
prayer ended, than the wind changedi and one ca^ie downr 

c 2 from 



from the deck, shoutings *' Deliverance ! God is a Goa 
«* hearing prayer !'* Mr. Flavel got safe to London ; where he 
found much work, and much encouragpment in it. Here he- 
married his fourth wife. Having narrowly escaped being ap- 
prehended with Mr. y^wArj/w, (^eeVol. I. p. iii.) he resolved, 
to return home; but was soon confined close prisoner to his . 
house, where many of his people used to steal in late on Sa- 
turday night, or early on the Lord's day morning, to enjoy 
the benefit of his prayers, his preaching, and conversation. 
On Mr. JenkyrC% death, his people gave Mr, Flavel a call to 
succeed him, and Mr. Reeves'^ congregation did the same; 
but he was not to be persuaded to leave Dartmouth. 

Upon K. James\ liberty in 1687, his people provided him 
a large place, in which it pleased God to bless his labours for 
the good of many. He preached twice every Lord's day, a 
lecture every Wednesday, and on Thursday also before the 
sacrament. — He was not only zealous in the pulpit, but a 
sincere lively christian in the closet, as appears from nis Diary, 
part of which is inserted in his life. His intimate and delight* 
ful intercourse with heaven is manifest from a remarkable 
story which he relates in His Pneumatologia (p. 210, 2d edit.' 
4to) though with great modesty, using the third person, as the 
apostle Paul did when speaking of his extraordinary revela- 
tions. The following is the substance of the narrative. Being 
on a journey, he set himself to improve his time by meditation p 
I when his mind grew intent, till at length he had such ravish^ 
ing tastes of heavenly joys, and such full assurance of his in- 
terest therein, that he utterly lost the &ight and sense of this 
I world and all its concerns, so that for hours he knew not 
I where he was. At last, perceiving himself faint through a 
^ great loss of. blood from his nose, he alighted from his horse 
and sat down at a spring, where he washed and refreshed him- 
self ; earnestly desiring, if it were the will of God, that he 
might there leave the world. His spirits reviving, he finished 
his journey in the same delightful frame. He passed all that 
night without a wink of sle^p, the joy of the Lord still over- 
flowing him, so that he seemed an inhabitant of the other 
world. After this a heavenly serenity and sweet peace long 
continued with him ; . and for many years he called that day 
" one of the days of heaven," and professed he understood 
more of the life of heaven by it, than by all the discourses he 
had heard, or the books he ever read* 

Mr. Flavel was a person of good natural abilities, of un- 
wearied application to study, and had acq^uired a great stock, 

1 botli 


hoth oF human and divine learning. He had an excellent 
•gift in prayer, being never at a loss for matter or words, and 
•was always warm and affectionate. Those who lived in his 
family remarked, that he seemed constantly to exceed himself, 
and rarely used the same expressions twice. His preaching 
was plain and popular, but at the same time methodical and 
judicious. He was remarkable for the practical applications 
of his discourses, and particularly for his pertinent mferences. 
[A late judicious minister used to recommend to students for 
the ministry, the style of his printed sermons, as a good mo- 
•del for pulpit discourses.] He was a person of great humility, 
free to communicate what he knew, and ready to learn from 
every "body. He was very benevolent and charitable to the poor. 
He was a great encourager of young men designed for the 
ministry ; some of whom he educated himself, and maintained 
one at his own expence. He was ever ready to forgive in- 

i'uries. In 1685, when the populace of Dartmouth carried 
lis eflSgy through the streets m derision, and burnt it, he only 
prayed for them, saying, •* Father, forgive them ; for they 
^* know not what they do." — Among the many instances of his 
usefulness, the two following, recorded in his life at large, are 
very remarkable : — Being sent for to a young man who had 
attempted to murder himself, his conversation and prayers 

were the means of his conversion. A profane person co* 

ming into* a bookseller's shop to inquire for a play-book, the 
bookseller recommended to him Mr. FlaveVs Treatise On 
Keeping the Hearty as likely to do him more good. Af- 
ter having grossly abused the author and ridiculed the book, 
he was prevailed upon to promise that he would read it. He 
accordingly did so ; and about a month after, came and thank- 
ed the bookseller for putting it into his hand ;- telling him, it 
had saved his soul ; and bought a hundred copies of it to give 

Mr. /"/at;^/ died somewhat suddenly, June 26^ 1691, aged 
64, in the city of Exeter, whither he went to preach before the 
assembly, (in which also he was moderator) with a view to 
a union between the Presbyterians and Independents^ which 
he was very zealous to promote. His funeral sermon waa 
preached by Mr. TrosSy on 2 Kings ii. 12. He was buried 
in Dartmouth church, where there was a Latin inscription to 
his memory upon a brass plate, which was taken down by 
order of the magistrates, and is preserved in the meeting, 
bouse, where this circumstance is recorded. 

c 3 WORKS. 



WORKS. TIviVfjia^Qkoyta, a Treatise dn the Soul of Man*--** 
The Fountain of Life, in 42 Sermons.— The Method of Grace» 
in 35 Sermons. [In both vols, the Sermons are on various Texts.] 
-^England's Duty, in 1 1 Sermons, on Rev. iii. 20. — A Token for 
Mourners. — Husbandry Spiritualized. — Navigation Spiritualized^ 
—A Treatise on Providence. — Another on Keeping the Heart.—- 
Repentance enforced by Arguments from Reason only. — The 
Balm of the Covenant-«-Sacramental Meditations. And several 
other Pieces, collected, since his d^th, in 2 vol. fbl. ivith his 
life prefixed. N. B. They may also be had in 8 vol. 8vo. 

DEAN PRIOR, L V. 2 1 /.] Mr. John Syms. Some ycara 
after he was ejected he lived at Water , in the parish of 
Ashburton, and afterwards at Met ley ^ in West Ogwell, He 
preached in his own house as often as he could. He was 4 
man of eminent piety, and a great suflFerer for Nonconfor- 
mity ; often exposed to dangers, and sometimes deduced r6 
straits ; but he trusted in Cod, and experienced his goodness in 
delivering and providing for him. He once hid hitnself in a 
hay-loft ; when some ofhis enemies, in searching for him, thrust 
their swords into the hay, and yet he escaped unhurt. Some« 
times when his wife went to market to eetnecessaties for her 
family, tho' she went out empty and sorrowful, she met 
with unexpected supplies, and came home full and joyous^ 
Hugh Stawely Esq. of Heerabeer, and others, one Lord's*- 
day broke open his door while he was preaching, and dis- 
turbed the congregation. Soon after this, as that persecutor 
>va8 going to London, he met Mr. «$ywi^, and threatened 
him, that when he returhed, he would do bis business. 
iAr. Syms replied, '* Sir, you should ask God's leave.'* 
Mr. Stawel went to London, but it was remarkable, he never 
returned. — Mr. Syms on his death-bed foretold the very hour 
of his own dissolution. After he had lain for $ome time 
siltnt, he cried out, " Tell my friends I have overcome, I 
**. have overcome." Mr. IFhidden, of Totness^ preached 
his funeral sermon. 

DENBERRY [R.] Mr. Richard Bickle. Dr. Walker 
says, he came to this living in 1646, and lost it for Non^ 
conformity, in 166 2. It was reported that he afterwards 
conformed, but this was a mistake : He died a Noncon^ 
formist at Totness^ and received twenty pounds per ann* 
daring his life, from Mr. Godsen^ his successor in the liviug 
of Dcnberry. 

DITTESHAM [S.] Mr. Edmund Tucker, ofTrm.CoL 
Camb. lie was bom at Milton^Abbot^ near Tavistack, in 


1627. Hb father h^ a good estate. He was settled at 
Dittesham about the year 1651 ; and was orc^oed May 2^ 
1654, by Dr. G. Kendal and four other ministers. He was 
a man of good natural abilities, and of a chearful temj^er. 
His preacbuie was solid, till age and bodily disorders im- 
paired him. He suffered much for his Nonconformity. H^ 
was once convicted for a conventicle, and fined 30/. for 
prayiftg with <hree geatlewomen who came to visit bis wife, 
^d comfort her upon the ckatb of her only child, who was 
drowned at sea. In his case there was a remarkable instance 
of the partiality of the famous justice Betr (or Bear) and 
the barbarity of theinfonaers ; who tore down all the goods 
in Mr. Tucker* s house ; seized not only his bed and bed- 
clothes, but the poor children's wearing apparel, and the 
very victuak in the home, and left no corner unsearched for 
inoney. He had a wiffs an4 ten children^ and had nothing 
pf hif own tQ subsist upon ; but God provided for him 
and them. He was much afflicted with the gout, stone and 
diabetes ; by virbich disorders, and the. failure of his inteU 
lacfs^ he was taken o^ from preaching more than a year 
before his deathf which was, at last, somewhat sudden, Juhf 
6^ 170^, in .the 75th vear of his age. His funeral sermon was 
preached by Mr. Am Cqx^ w£o succeeded him at Kings? 

DREWS-T£lGNTON [R. S.] Richard Herring, 
M. A. Younger brother to Mr. John Herring. After he was 
ejected, he lived on an estate of his own, called Perridge^ 
in the parish of Kenn^ three miles from Exeter. H^ 
preached in his own house on the Lord's-day ; and many 
went from Exeter to hear him. He also, for some time, 
preached in the house of Mr. John Mayne, in the city. 
Having undertaken to instruct a few boys in grammar-learn- 
ing, a prosecution was set on foot against him for it, in the 
spiritual court ; but by the favor of Bp. Wardy who was 
acquainted with him iQ^the university, and had a kindness for 
him, he was discharged.^ He died about the year 1675. He 
was an excellent preacher, a pious man, well beloved by 
his parishioners, and very kind to the widow of Dr. Shorty 
the sequestered minister ; notwithstanding what Dr. Walker 
says to the contrary. This living was worth several hun« 
dreds a year ; and, the patron. Sir ■ Carewoi Anthony ^ 
would have contii>u^d him in it if he would have conformed. 




DUNCHIDIOCK [R. S.] Mr. Hunt. He had a legal 
fight to this living ; for Dr. Walker owns, that the sequestered 
minister, whom he succeeded, died in 1645. When he was 
deprived for Nonconformity in 1662, he lived near Exeter, 
and afterwards removed to South Molton^ where be died 
intnister of a dissenting congregation. 

DUNSFORD [v.] Mr. William Pe arse, of Exeter 
Col. Oxf. Son of Mr. Francis Pearse, of Ermington, Gent, 
Baptized Jan. a6, 1625. He was presented to this living, 
void by the death of the former incumbent, Dec. 25, 1655, 
from whence the Act of uniformity ejected him. He after- 
wards removed, with his family, to Stretchleigh-house, in 
Ermington parish, and preached privately in Tavistock. 
Upon the Indulgence in 1672, he took out licences for him-* 
self and his house, but afterwards met with great trouble; 
He. was grievously harrassed and threatened ; and at length, 
thro' the restless malice and unwearied diligence oi his 
enemies, was forced to make over his goods, and leave his 
family for several months together, living in London and 
elsewhere, to escape their rage, who sought his ruin and his 
very life. The Conventicle Courant of Jan. 31, 1683, 
had this article. ** On Sunday the 21st of JanuOtrj/y several 
*' loyal and worthy justices and constables, went to Mr. 
^* Lobb's meeting, where they seized one Mr. Pearse, and 
** one Marmaduke Roberts, both preachers, who were both 
*' committed to New Prison.'' — Six times, in one year, the 
bailiff* can^e to Stretchleigh-hou^e, to warn Mr. Pearse and 
his wife, with his son and daughters, to ?ippear at the assizes^ 
at Exeter, to answer for riots, routs, keeping seditious 
meetings, and not obeying the laws. But he never was 
seized above once. Notwithstanding all his dangers, he did 
pot waver ; and God spared him till the cloiid was dissipated. 
He sjirvjved the tribulation of those days, and saw our civil 
OTd religious liberties restored by the happy Revolution ; 
iifter which, he set up a public meeting in Ashburton, where 
be continued for the remainder of his d^ys. He died March 
17, 1691, ^ged es- I5r. Walker relates several things to 
his disadvantage, which Dr. Calamj/ proves to be notorious 
falshood$. fCoritin. p. 342.) 

WOKKS. A Present for Youth, and an Example for the 
Aged; being some Remains of hxsDdiUghier Damaris Bearsi^ 



EAST DOWN [R. 140/.] John Bbrry, M. A. Fd, 
of Exeter Col. Ox/. Son of Mr. John Berry, minister of 
a neighbouring parish. Dr. Walker says, " I am obliged 
to mention this gentleman, because he was dispossessed of 
his fellowship by the visitors {viz. in 1648) but he was af- 
terwards a Nonconformist." From a Latin certificate, 
signed Rob. Say, S. Sheldon^ &c. dated Oxon, June 17, 
1653, it appears he was afterwards, of Oriel Col. and that 
he bore an excellent character. After this, he was episco* 
pally ordained, and was for some time minister of Lankey. 
He was settled in this rectory of East Down in i658 (being 
presented by the Protector /?/<cA a rd^ which he lost for. his 
Nonconformity. He had ten children, and little or nothing 
whereon to subsist ; but most of them afterwards lived in 
good repute and in comfortable circymstances. After his 
ejectment, he preached in several places, as he had opportu- 
nity ; and felt, in a high degree, the severe usage of those 
days. Once (if not oftener) he lay in the common jail at 
Exeter, for several months. He was advised by some, who 
would have borne the charges, to prosecute those who com- 
mitted him, for false imprisonment, but he would not do it. 
After the Dissenters had liberty granted them, Ilfracome^ni 
Piiddington enjoyed the chief of his laboui-s. 

God had furnished him with good abilities for his office, 
tho* they were not a little concealed by his modesty and hu- 
mility. His preaching was very serious and affectionate, 
and in all his ministerial exercises he gave abundant proof of 
his earnest desire to do good to souls ; and many had r^son 
to bless God for him. All that knew him esteemed him as 
^ very sincere christian ; and he shewed himself a man of a 
very tender conscience, in all the transactions of his life- 
Whatever difficulties he met with, he maintained consUnt 
copimunion with God in his providences, as well as ordi- 
nances ; which appears in the diary he kept, both of public 
and private occurrences, respecting the state of bis own body 
and soul, his children and friends, their acticms and bcha- 
Viour, their troubles, their mercies, &V. with pious reflec- 
tions. The deaths of his friends, and especially of ministers, 
were more particularly observed by him, and piously re- 
flected upon, in such a manner as this ; 

" Dec. 8, 1651, that holy and great luminary of Christ's 
church, Mr. Richard Baxiery deceased. O that due im- 
pressions might hereby be made upon the hearts of christians, 
find that the Lord would raise up some more such. shiniqg 



healing spirits among us !" " June 19, 1701. Heard 

of the death of that very useful, excellcDl friend, Mr. John 
Flavely of Dartmouth. What a loss and stroke is this ! 
that It may awaken ! A sudden stroke it was. The Lord 
pity poor jDartmouth, and preserve that interest of serious 
religion which he and others have, I trust, been instnioients 
to set on foot and promote there, Kc, S(c.'* 

As the natural consequence of a heavenly convtrsion, he 
Jied with great calmness and serenity of spirit, resigning his 
soul into the hands of his Saviour, Dec, 1704, aged near 
80. — Mr. Baxter gives him the character of <* an extraor- 
** dinary humhie, tender-conscienced, serious, godly, able 
, *•• minister.** — He was moderator of the Assembly at Exeter, 
Sept. 8, 1696. 

EDE [C] Mr. Robert Gaylard. Upon his eject- 
ment he retired to Hxeter^ and was one of the public Non- 
conformist ministers in that city. He.was twice imprisoned : 
once upon false information against him ; viz. for some dan- 
gerous words in a sermon, which he never uttered : the 
other time*, upon the Corporation-act, — His funeral sermon 
was preached by Mr. George Trosse. He was highly va- 
lued for his ministerial abilities by the most discreet and ju- 
didous professors in Exeter, and was generally reckoned a 
very wise man. He was observed to have a very happy way 
of using scriptural expressions, both in his preaching and 
praying, and always a pleasing variety, 

EXBOURN [R. 27Z. 115. W.] Mr. Finney, sen. He 
had been about forty years minister of this parish before 
Bartholomew-day, 1662, when he was ejected. He was a 
very grave, solid divine, generally reputed a very good 
scholar, and an extraordinary preacher. A man extremely- 
mortified to the world, and in a nrianner entirely taken up 
about his studies, and his ministerial services. He and his 
wife lived comfortably upon his own estate, several years 
after his ejectment, and continued in the parish to his dying 
tlay. — He brought up three sons to the ministry, who all 
conformed, but were worthy men, of great temper and 
moderate principles. The second son succeeded him in this 

EXETER. At the Cathedral, TnaMAS Ford, M. A. 
of Magd. HalL Oxf. He was born at Brixton^ 1598, of 
parents in good repuie, who left his eldest brother above 
*tOOl, per annunii His father dying when he was young, his 



mdther took care of his education. In his chiMhood he 
had a strong inclination to learningi and discovered serious 
impressions. Mr. Durante schoolmaster at Plymptoo, 
judged him fit for the university at the age of fifteen ; but 
for some reasons he was not sent till the year 1620. He 
made great proficiency, and became as celebrated a tutor as 
any in the university. His inclinations were to the Puritan 
way ; and some public expressions of it by him and some 
others, drew on a case which then made a considerable 
noise, and deserves to be remembered. Dr. Frewen^ Pre- 
sident of the college, changed the communion-table in the 
chapeU into an altar, which was the first that was set up in 
the university after the Reformation. Several of the preachers 
at St. Mary's inveighed against this innovation ; partieulirlv 
Mr. Thorn of Baliol Colfege, in a sermon on 1 King's xiii. 
2. about the altar at Bethel. And Mr. Hodges of Exeter 
College, io another, on Numb. xiv. 4. ' Let us make a 
' captain, and return into Egypt.' Mr. Ford also in his 
turn preached on 2 Thess. ii. 10, 11. June i2, 1631. He 
made some smart reflections on the innovations then creeps 
ing into church ; the magnifying tradition ; making the eo'^ 
charist a sacrifice ; setting up altars instead of tables^ and 
bowing to them, He 

The Laudensian faction took fire ; and the next Saturday 
the Vicc-thanccUor called Mr. Ford before him, and de* 
maoded a copy of his sermon. Mr. Ford offered to give 
him one, if he demanded it statutable/. The Vice-chan- 
cellor orda^d him* to surrender himself prisoner at the castle. 
He oflFered to go if he would send a beadle or servant with 
him. That not being Complied with, he refused to surren* 
der himself. 1 he nosx Saturday the Vice-chancellor, much 
irritated, sealed up his study, and afterwards searched his 
books and papers ; but found nothing that could be urged 
against him, as he had the precaution to remove out of the 
way whatever his enemies could lay hold of. In the mean 
time an information was sent to Abp. Laudy then their Chan- 
cellor, who returned orders to punish the preachers. A ci- 
tation hereupon, in his name, was fixed on St. Mary's, July 
2, commanding Mr. Ford's appearance before the Vice- 
chancellor on the 5th. Appearing on the day appointed, he 
was pressed to take an oath, ex officio^ to answer any 
questions about his sermon ; but he refused it, because there 
were no interrogatories in writing. He again oflfered a 
f:opy of his sermon, if demanded according to the statutes ; 



and the next day delivered a copy, which was accepted. But, 
©n pretence of former contumacy, the Vice-chancellor com- 
manded him again to surrender himself prisoner. Mr. Ford 
appealed from him to the congregation, and delivered his 
aippeal in writing to the two proctors, Mr. Athcrton Bruch 
and Mr. John Doughty : (** two men, says Fuller^ in hw 
Church Hist. B. ii. p. 141; of eminent integrity and 
ability.'*) They carried it to the Convocation^ who referred 
,the crause to delegates ; the major part of whom, viz. ten 
Out of sixteen, upon a full hearing, acquitted him of aH 
breach of peace. From them the Vice-chancellor appealed 
to the Convocation, who appointed delegates also ; but the 
time limited by statute expired before they came to sentence. 
Hereupon Laud brought the whole matter before the king 
and council at Woodstock, Mr. Ford appearing there, - the 
king asked him, 1. " Why he refused a copy of his sermon ?*' 
He answered, he had not denied it, but offered it according 
to the statutes. 2. " Whether Dr. Prideaux dissuaded hint 
from giving it ?'* (the king, it seems, being made to suspect 
him) . He assured his majesty he had never consulted the Dr. 
about it. 3. *' Why he did not go to prison, when the. 
vice-ehancellor commanded him thither upon his faith?*' 
He gave him the same answer as before to the vice-chan- 
cellor ; adding, " that he hoped his majesty's pool scholars 
*' in the university should not be in a worse condition than 
** the worst of felons, who were impiisoned by a niUtimus, 
** and with legal oflBcers to conduct them." The king said 
no more ; and Laud, tho' present, interposed not one word. 
But the result was, the three preachers were expelled ; for 
the rest made appeals as well as Mr. Ford : the proctors were 
deposed for receiving their appeals, tho* legally they could 
not refuse them ; and Dr. Prideaux and Dr. Wilkinson were 
checked for meddling on their behalf. — Mr. Thorn and Mr. 
HodgeSy upon a recantation and a year's suspension, were 
fully restored, and afterwards promoted to be archdeacons. 
But Mr. Ford by the final sentence, was obliged to quit the 
university within four days, and was conducted out of the 
town with much honour, by a vast multitude of scholars in 
their habits ; and he was soop afterwards invited by the ma- 
gistrates of Plymouth to be their minister. But Abp. Laud 
obtained a letter to them from the king, signed with his own 
hand, accompanied with another from himself, forbidding 
them to admit him, on pain of his highest displeasure ; 
fvhich obliged tbipm to recede from their,choice, 



Mr. Ford finding the bishop set upon excluding him from 
all preferment in England, embraced an opportunity of 
going abroad as chaplain to an English regiment, under the 
command of Col. George Fleetwood, in the service of 
Gustavus AdolphuSy King of Sweden. He travelled with the 
Colonel into Germany, and lay some time in garrison at 
Siode and Elbing. His merit recommended him to learned 
men of all professions in his travels. He was invited by the 
English merchants at Hamburgh^ to be their minister, with 
the promise of a salary of 200/. per annum. But he grew 
weary of a foreign country, and chose to return home. 
Whether the bishop's prejudice was abated, or length of 
time had worn out the remembrance of him, on his return he 
met with no opposition in a presentation to the rectory of 
jUdwinckUy in Northamptonshire. There he performed his 
ministerial work with great assiduity for some years, and 
married the daughter of — Fleetwood^ Esq. of Gray's Inn, 
by whom he had several children. He was chosen proctor 
ifor the'clergy of the diocese of Peterborough, to the famous 
convocation, in 1640, who framed the Et aetera oath. 
When the war broke out he retired to Londou, and wa* 
chosen minister of St. FaitK*Sy and a member of the West- 
minster Assembly. 

He afterwards settled at Exeter ^ where he found the city 
and country overspread with a swarm of errors, and under 
the influence of those enthusiasts who pretended to be above 
ordinances. He set himself vigorously to preach against 
these wild notions, and with wonderful success. The whole 
city wan mightily reformed, and a good relish of the best 
things appeared in the generality. He preached in the choir 
of the cathedral (as mv. Stucley and Mr. Mall did in the 
body of it) but was once put out of it, in 1649, by major- 
general Desborough^ who quartered there, for refusing the 
Engagement. He had not only the greatest respect from the 
body of the people, but was highly esteemed by the magis- 
tracy and neighbourii^g gentry, and maintained a very 
friendly correspondence with the ministers of the city. He 
induced them to set on foot a Tuesday's lecture, where they 
all took their turns, and were well attended ; he brought 
them also to have the Lord's Supper once a fortnight in each 
church alternately, at which the members of any of the 
other congregations might communicate. These methods 
prevented all jealousies among them, and united the people 
firmly among themselves. 




Thus the ministers of Exeter enjoyed, for about thJrtccrt 
years, great quiet and comfort ia the exercise of their mi- 
nistry, till Bartholomew-day, 1662. Then Mr. Ford was 
cast out with his brethren, bot stiH he resided among his 
people. Upon the coining out of the Oxford-act, he and 
twelve other ministers who resided in that city, not satisfied 
with all the particulars of the oath prescribed, andyetlcnow- 
ing that misconstruction would be made of their refusal, 
thought it advisable to present a petition to the magistracy of 
Exeter, honestly begging leave to declare, that they eould 
make oath — <^ that they were so free from all thoughts of 
raising a new war, or resisting the powers which by Divine 
Providence were over them ; that they were fully resolved 
never to take up arms against the king's person or authority, 
or to countenance others in any tumultuous endeavours to 
likt disturbance of his majesty's kingdoms ; but to behave 
themselves peaceably in all things and at all times, under his 
majesty's government in church and state/' Adding, that 
^ this they humbly offered, not as expecting tp escape the 
penalties of the Act by it, but that they might not be repre- 
sented as disloyal or disaffected to his majesty's person and 
fTOvemment." But the present magistrates being such as 
had no favour for men of their stamp, rejected the petition, 
amd they were forced for a time to leave the city t. 

Mr. Ford retired to Exnwuth^ about nine miles from 
Exeter y and there lived privately in those evil days. When 
die Indulgence came out, though he liked not the persons 
who obtamed it, nor their design in it, yet it was his judg- 
ment that they should take the opportunity of preaching the 
gospel ; and though his health was greatly impaired, he re- 
turned to Exeter^ but was incapable of preaching any more 
than two sermons in public. However he was serviceable to 
many by piivate counsel at home, and fervent prayer for them. 
While numbers were flattering themselves with flourishing 
times approaching, he told them, there was a sorer storm 
behind, that would unavoidably fall upon the churches. He 
declined in his health daily, after his last sermon, and was 
soon confined to his bed, so that he could now speak but 
little to visitors. Yet when two ministers of the city came 
to see him, he spoke much of his own unworthiness, and 
the all-sufficiency of Christ, saying, ** That he would re- 

f N, B. Several in this county took the oath, with adeclaracI«ACottoern-* 
ias the ^ensc of it, vix. Mr. Howe, and eleven otheis. 

4 pose 


pose himsttf upbn that rock in the stonns of appToachtog 
death/' When bk aactenc colleague, Mr. Rarilet^ recited, 
those words of the apostle, ^ The sting of death is sin, and 
the strength of sin is the law,' he stopped him short, and 
added^ * But thanks be to God, who giveth us the victory^ 
through Jesus Christ oiar Lord :' which were his last words. 
He died in Dec. 1674, in his 76ch year^ and was buried in 
St. Lawrence's church in Exeter. 


WORKS. Two Semions; one before the Lords, and the 

other before the Commons.-^A Treatise on singing of Psalms 

The Sinner condemned of himself; being a Plea for God against 
all the Ungodly, proving them alone guilty of their own Destruc- 
tion. — Scripture^'s Self-evidence^ proving it to be the only Rule of 
Faith ; against the Papists* 

— Mr. Lewis Stucley. A gentlenian of an ancienc 
and honourable family in this county, tlie seat of which 
was at A/ton in West Worlington. It is said that there 
were formerly thirteen manors belonging to it, within aighc 
of the gate-house. One of his ancestors was standard bear- 
er to 'Queen EUzabeth, Sir T. Stucley was his brother. 
Where he was bom and educated, or where he iirst preach- 
ed, doth not appear. In July 11, 1646, the standing com- 
mittee oi Devon ordered him into the rectory of Newton 
Ferrers^ but whether he possessed it or not is uncertain. 
Dr. WMkcr says, ** Mr. Powel was turned out of Great 
Torrington about 1646, and W2us then succeeded by the 
famous Independent Mr. L. Stucley /' and mentions his 
having been before -at Tiverton, and as being '^ thrust upon 
Mr. Nfwte as his assistant by the godly ^'^ (as he in derision 
calls them) ^^ whom they compelled him to hire at lool. a 
year ; and afterwards, as succeeding him at Tidcoinbe and 
Clare." From Great Torrington he came to £:^eter, and 
began to gather a church in the congregational way, about 
the year 16^0. Soon after the Restoration, he was obliged 
to quit the cathedral ; and on Bartholomew-day, 1662, he 
was silenced. He might indeed have obtained considerable 
preferment, if he would have conformed, by his interest with 
General Monk^ who was his kinsman ; but. he refused upon 
a principle of conscience. He was very laborious in. his 
ministerial work ; and after his ejectment he did not lie idle, 
but discharged his duty to his people in private, when he 
could no longer do it in public. In the latter part of his 
time he lived and preached at Bideford* He died in July^ 




1687. See iVatkins's History of Bideford. Dr. U^alkef 
brings some heavy charges against him^ which Dr. Calamy 
shews to be malicious and ill-founded. Contin. p. 242. 

WORKS. Manifest Truths against Mr. Tobie Allein.— A Gos- 
pel-glass, representing the Miscarriages of English Professors. — 
This last he wrote with uncommon activity and selMenial^ under 
the sentence of death. 

Thomas Mall, M, A, He was the son of a minister, 

and was educated at Pemb, Hall^ Camh. where he was 
very studious, and soon became Fellow. Going into Corn^ 
watly with some others, to preach the gospel, he met with 
such encouragement, acceptance and success, that he returned 
no mpre to his college. He was afterwards called to Exeter, 
and was joined with Mr. Stucley^ at the cathedral. 

WORKS. The Opinion of the old Nonconformists, in a Con- 
troversy that fell out in his Congregation. — A Cloud of Witnesses; 
being an Epitome of the History of the Martyrs, alphabetically 
disposed, with a Preface by Mr. Flavel, — An Exhortation to holy 
Living — The Axe at the Root of Professors' Miscarriages. 

-St. John's. Robert Atkins, M. A. of Wad, Col. 

Oxf, Fellow. Born at Chard in Somerset, 1626. Of fif- 
teen children he was the youngest son. He was designed for 
a merchant, and had a master provided for him in London ; 
the day was fixed, and all things were in readiness for his 
journey ; but he was not to be found. His father [afterward* 
learning the cause, and finding him averse to business] altered 
his purpose, and sent him to Oxford. When he first ap- 
peared in the pulpit at St. Mary's, being but young, and look- 
ing younger than be was, ifromthesmaUnessofhis stature, the 
hearers despised him, expecting nothing from " such a boy,'*^ 
as they called him, worth hearing. But his discourse soort 
turned their contempt info admiration. After having spent 
twelve years in the university, he became one of CromweWs 
chaplains ; but soon growing weary of that situation, by 
leason of the . insolence of the sectaries, he removed to 
Coopersale in EsseXy a benefice of 300I. per afin. He found 
the place over-iun witji sects; but his solid doctrine, joined 
with a free and obliging conversation, so convinced and gained 
upon them, that after a while he had not one Dissenter left 
in his parish. Judge jircher was his parishioner and friend, 
and continued such to his death. He was forced to quit this 
place on account of his health, to the great sorrow of his 
pecjple. He assured thejn, that if be could haye liyed with 



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th^m he weold not have left them ; but declared that he would 
not again accept of so great a benefice. He was invited hj 
Mr. T.' Ford to Exeter. At his first coming thither he 
preached at St, SidwelV^ while the choir of the cathednd 
was preparing for him. When it was finished it was a most 
convenient and capacious place, (commonly called East^ 
Peters) where he had a vast audttorjr, being generally es* 
teemed an excellent preacher. His voice was clear, and hb 
pronunciation very agreeable. He was so happy in his ex^ 
pressionsi as at once both to instruct and charm bis. bearers^ 
His tutor Dr. Wilkins^ used to say. That three of his pupils 
(of whom Mr. Atkins was one) were some of the. best 
preachers in England. 

In September^ i66o» he was expelled from Sast^Petert, 
** Church music*' (to use his words in his Farewell sermoii 
upon that occasion) *' justUng out the constant preaching of 
the word ; the minister being obliged to give place to the 
choristers, and hundreds, yea thousands, to seek where tio 
hear a sermon on the Lor<rs-day, rather than singing-servioe 
should be omitted, or not kept up in its ancient splendor and 

flory." Hereupon he was chosen at St, John% from whence 
^ e wasagain ejected by the Act of uniformity^ Great offinrs 
were made him, if he would have conformed, particular^ 
by the. earl of Radnor; but bebg dissatisfied as to some of 
the terms imposed, the offer of a mitre could not move him 
to act contrary to his sentiments. However, his principles 
were moderate and loyal, and his charity tndy catholic, ao 
as to draw, on him the censure of some rigid people, as if he 
was inclined to cotiform. In his Farewell sermon at St. 
JohnWAug. 17,} hesavs. '* Let him never be^uscounieda 
** sound Christian, that ooth not both fear God and honour 
** the king. I b^ that you would not interpret our Non- 
^ conformity to be an act of unpeaceableness and disloyalty. 
. ** We will uo any thing for his majesty but sin. We will 
*^ baaard any thing for him but our souls. .We hope we 
'^ could die for him ; only we dare not be damned for him. 
. ^* We make no question, however we may be accounted of 
. '< here, we shall be found loyal and obedient subjects at our 
«' appearance before. God's tiibunal." — ^He frequently attend- 
ed the public worship, and exhorted others to do the same ; 
kut condaued to discbarge his duty to his own pet^le in pfi- 
, , vate, as opportunity offered, ahd be discovered an uiidailnted 
\ ."^.^urage in it, thp' he was naturally timorous 
. voL.n.— 7W0. «• . / . fi . w. A little 


. A little before his second ejection, as he wts^ pfeaehlft^g; 

i^inst the growing Yices of that time, one of his hearers 

^a gentleman of great quality) stood up just before him, and 

stared him in ^e face ; bat knowing on whose errand he 

came, he proceeded with his discourse, not fearin^g the frowns 

•dF the ' greatest, llie very next nnmihig his clerk brought 

Him a Imi, full of reflections on this gentleman, and some 

others, which be* found sticking upon the church door. On 

fcading this paper, he left it in his study, smd went into the 

coimtiy- He was no sooner gone, but a messenger was seat 

afisr him, with an order for him to appear immediately before 

sevieral justices of the peace in Exeter. He appeared, and was 

charged with this libel. Tho' he profes^dhis innocence, he 

'WttSmenstced, and without any proof was committed to prison ; 

A>ut. the next day Bishop. Gauden procured him his liberty. 

Some of the magistrates of the city^ who were very severe 

-against other dissenting ministers, favoured and connived at 

diifli. Tliree meetings were discovered in his house, and the 

names of many persons taken ; yet nekher he nor the house 

ijvrcre fined. The mayor and a justice, who were far mof^ 

bosy than their brethren, once fined .liis house 2ol. tho' the 

.penple were not found in his, but in a neighbour'^ house. 

'Jierempanthey came and broke open his doors, to distrain for 

itlierfine ; but naditig his books tod bbst goods removc^d, they» 

fseized on bi«n, tho' he was then very ill of ^e gOut ; brought 

< hifn dow% from his warm chantber in- a chair mt6 his^ court ; 

.exposing him sofne hours to the cold air, (by whkh his health 

was BKu:h impaired) and made his iniiiimus to send hinr to 

jrrisDni£ar this £ne* But of 9II thie multi^ide gathered about 

tias ivaosr, die-Rmyor and justioes^ ccruld not, bilker by pro- 

.niaca or thieat^niiigs^ get any to-csrry him to^^p^isoto. At 

• length some of his friends paid his'&iie.'^? The .i^st e^* die 

jukitices utterly dfitliked thti) severity. " '^ 

! .Mr. Atkins was o«ce takeii at apother house^ where lie 

r.mteiided to have ptseach*ed> This mayi^r excused himself, 

(tfsUingrhim, i^t he tbought he had been another man, aiid 

:alistiiissed him^ on^his pnomise «<& appear the next dfay at the 

. Guddkall, if sevxt ior. But he Iveard n<o more df tnema^- 

-ller. -One of hiBheareis was prosecuted in the spii-Jteal court, 

ifisr. having his.ohiki baptized by a Non^onforniis!. -Whdn 

-Dr.. Lai^uffk, then Bp. of feceter, linderalicfotf that^Mr. 

lAakina was. the person who hiad< bapti^.ed4<^, hte put t stop to 

the proceedings^ diiinyissed theniani VrithoUt h4» pa^^^ Ally 

icoatsV and spoke very hoMurably of 'Mr.-iff^>ik, 4ot his 



learning, snd moderation ; on account of jvbich, and the fa- 
cetiousiuss of his conversation, niany persons of quality liad ^ 
^ great esteem for him. — He had a large heart and an open 
Hand. He devised liberal things, and often gave in charitjf 
beyond his ability. His own and his wife*s relations, as also 
his brethren In the ministry, who were in low circumstances- 
had a large share in his bounty. Towards the latter end of 
his life he was much afflicted with the gout ; yet would ho 
pot neglect his work, but often preached in his own bouse 
as h^ sat in his chair. 

This affairs of the church and people of Cod lay near hi$ 
heart. On the death of Charles II. the dismal prospect of 
the return of popery, upon Jameses declaring himself a Pa- 
pist» made a very deep impression upon his spirit, and was 
supposed to have liastened his death, which happened MareJi 
28, 168,5, ^^^ 59* W*s funeral sermon was preached by 
Mr. George Trosse^ — Such was bis modesty, that notwith- 
stanrling his great stock of learning and ministerial abilities^ 
gqdthe repeated importunity of his friends, he could never 
be prevailed upon to print so much as one single discourse! 
Great numbers of his sermons however were transcribed, an j 
handed about ^png his friends, of which six were after- 
wards published. On the sin and dayiger of Popery. Also 
his Fare^eil-ftermoh 2X SU Jolm^t.'-^An a^ed and wdthy 
clergymail expressed a high idea of the author^ In the ftrilowi 
ing Lettei- to the Editor of them: 

** I am willing to give encouragement for the publishing 
•• the Rev. Mr. Atkinses works, because he was my cotem- 
** porary in Wadham* College, though six years nly senior^ 
^*.zAi be .-was then csteemcQ^a person of eminent parts, of 
** eitemphry^ ^ty» amud an excellent preacher. '&Vit I wif^ 
'' the person who undertaken to publish his ^rmons WQttl4 
*^ npc osnic olie i;vhicb I heard hii^ preach before the m^yor 
^' flun^ aldfarmen^ on Mai» vH. i%> with i^eat approbation ; 
^^ noranother, on 2. Cor. in* 6^-^t^ble mtfUsitrs of the new 
" testament^ a few days before the faial Bartholomew, wheijL • 
'' Bishop ^nauilm and a multitude mol'e were his heareif. ( 
yet M^eU rememb4i* he iffirm^t, and by 1 Cor. iv. 15. * 
proved, That diose ministers who beget cobverts to Christ 
-** . may -most pf operiy be caUed Fathers m Gud,^* 

-— - S^. Sit>w^Lt's Tftq^TAS PowEL, Kf, A. After hit 
ej^tmetit here* he remoVed^ld Londort. Hfc was a gootl 
prfe^er;' veify'*adtive in the ministry > and much esteemed 
for 4t^^jp4^^ i 4ic was of ^tbe congre^ttlioniil persitiasion. 

D 2 — - St. 

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St. Mary's in the Moor. Mr. Johk Bahtlet- 

Brother to Mr. William Barilet of Bideford. When he 
was at the university. Dr. Sibbs was his intimate friend. 
He was a great student in anatomy, till observing the strait- 
ness of the passage in the throat, he grew so mdancholy as 
to be almost afraid to eat or drink ; he therefore, on the ad- 
vice of his physician, laid this study aside. He was a very 
laborious constant preacher, and had an excellent copious 
gift in prayer. His voice was low, but his matter very solid 
and acceptable. In his younger days he was minister of St. 
Thomas^ near Exeter, and was then much beloved by Bishop 
HalL He was chosen by that good Bishop to preach an as- 
size sermon before the judges, when the plague was in that 
city. His text was Numb. xvi. 46-48. The sermon much 
affected the auditory ; and was owned, by an ancient religi- 
ous person, many years after, to have been the means of his 
conversion. When the Book of sports was sent down, he 
was prevailed on by the . Bishop (who was naturally very 
timorous] to read it ; and at the same time (as his lordship 
also advised him) he preached on the fourth commandment. 
He continued in Exeter after his being silenced, and preach* 
ed there as he had opportunity. He died in a good old age. 

WOiCKS. Meditations.— An Explication of the Assembly's 
Catechism.*— The Duty of Commanicants.— The Use and Profit 
of Afflictions.— The Practical Christian ; or a summary View of 
the chief Heads of practical Divinity. — Directions for right receiv* 
ing the Lord's Supper^ in Question and Answer^ for the benefit of 
the young. 

— r- St. Mary Arches. Ferdinavdo Nicoll, M. A . 

A man of considerable learning, a grave divioey and a labori- 
ous minister in this city about forty years. Though he 
wrote his sermons he commonly preached without using, hi^ 
papers, but always took them widi him into the pulpit* 
Being once called to preach before the judges, he went to 
church without his notes. But perceiving his mistake before 
he befi;an, he went back and fetched them, as the very 
thought of being without them, he said, would havethrowi^ 
him mto confusion ; but he preached with great freedom, 
without once looking upon them. At one time, while he 
vm preaching, he saw several of the aldermen asleep, and 
thereupon sat down. Upon his silence, ^nd the noise thajt 
was presently made in the churchy by the people getting up» 
they awoke, and stood up with the rest. Upon mhU^ be 



rose up again, and said, ^* The sermon is not yet done, but 
now you are awake, I hope you'll hearken more diligently ;" 
and so went on. *— He often expressed a great desire to die 
in sight of his congregation, to which he had so long been 
pastor : and he had his request. For in the Novtsmber after 
his being ejected and silenced, going towards his church on 
a Lord's-day in the afternoon, he met a brother minister in 
the street* with whom he exchanged a few words, and took 
a solemn farewell of him. He was observed to walk to- 
wards the church more briskly than usual. He found the 
people singing, and he joined them wkh a louder and more 
chearftil voice than ordinary, but stopped on a sudden. Some 
who observed this, went up to him, and found him dead be- 
fore the psalm was done. — There is no writing of his ex** 
tant, but The Life of Ignatius Jordan,^ a pious alderman 
of that place, which was transcribed into Mr. Clark^s Lives. 

St. Edmund's. Thomas Down, M. A. He was 

a diligent and useful preacher, and eminent for zeal and af- 
fection. He had the parish of Si. Mary Step united with 
this, both of which were the most ignorant and profane part 
of the city; but he wrought a great reformation among 
them. He was grievously afflicted with the stone and gout, 
which he bore with wonaerful patience. Under severe fits, 
when asked how he did, he . would say, ^ I am upon my 
father's rack." He at last died of these disorders, just be« 
fore the Oxford act took place. A young minister taking 
his leave of him, said, '' Sir, you are now going into the 
haven, and we into the storm;" referring to the Oxford SLCt. 
*• No ; (said he) you are in the haven, and I in the storm : 
Oh ! my pain and grievous torments ! but the Lord will end 
them speedily." He died an hour after. He had two 
daughters, the one of whom married Mr. Whidden of Tot^ 
ness ; and the other, Mr, Flavel of Dartmouth. 

* St. Petrpck's, Mark Down, M. A. Brother 

to the former. He was a judicious preacher, and remarkable 
for introducing texts of scripture, not commonly thought of,, 
but most aptly applied, and clearly interpreted. He generally 
insisted on the most heavenly and melting subjects, and had 
an excellent gift in pmyer. He died, and was buried at 
Exeter, in Oct. 1680 ; but his reason was impaired some 
time before. 

. ^ St. Thomas's. Alexander Hodges, M. A* 

Some tioie Fellow of W€dk' CoL Oxf. Mr. Gouldy his 

D 3 patron^ 



pati'on, had such a respect for him, that fie obliged hii suc- 
cessor to pay him ao/. per arm. for seven years. Soon after 
his ejectment he went to Hpllafid^ to visit some relations of 
hk wife. Having spent some time there, he took shipping 
with a view to return to his famtiy ; when a violent storm 
arose, which made such an impression upon him, chat he 
resolved to spend the remainder of his life in whatever 
country he should first be set on shore, and not expose him- 
self to the danger of the sea again. The ship was driven 
back to the haveii from whence it set out. His friends re- 
joiced at his return, and he was soon after invited to Delf ; 
from whence, after preaching a while, he removed to Am- 
sttirdtim^JwhcTt he continued minister of the English church 
to the day of his death, in Dec. I689. 


FINITON. Samuel Hieron, M. A. Of Merlon 
Col. Oxf. He was grandson to Mr. Samuel Hieron^ mi- 
nister of Modhujy, and w^s born at Honiton, He was a 
good scholar, a very agreeable preaclier, and an excellent 
expositor. He was ejected soon after the Restoration, ancj 
the former incumbent was restored. Upon which he return^ 
*d to Honiton, and preached publicly as he had opportunity, 
iiW Aiigust 1662. He was a man of peace, and of great 
moderation ; he kept a good correspondence with the con-, 
forming minister of the town, and fiequently attended the 
public worship, When that was over he preached in his 
own house graiiSy but he was often disturbed, and suffered 
greaily for Nonconformity. At one time his house waa 
violently broke open, by the order of several justices, 
when his goods were seized, his plate and his very bed 
were taken from him ; and they would have rifled his ^tudy, 
had not his mother interposed, and produced her own plate 
to satisfy their demands. His ^oods were exposed to sale 
in the public marketplace^ but he employed a friend to buy 
them. He was excommunicated for baptizing some chil- 
dren, and was imprisoned upon the Five-mile-act in Exeter 
jail, with Mr. F. Sore ton, but was released by the order of 
\b\r W. Courtney^ high sheriff of the county. — He was a 
very charitable man, kept many poor children at school, and 
gave them books, as he did to many other persons ; nor was 
h€ confined to a party, in this or any otlier of his charities. 
Wherever be saw real wanti he waa ready to shew his com- 

passion. His house was a comoKMi receptacle of poor ejecN 
^d miaisteia aod private Cbristiaoa, who were forced from 
their homes by th^ ri^r of the times. He was ready to hi^ 
utmost to compose diffepcnces between neighbours^ and aJU 
ways free to give his advice when desired» either in spiritual 
or civil matters ; and all his carriage was so obliging^ (hat i| 
forced the good word of many who were enemies to hi< 
cause. A &male neighbour of nis, who was zealous enoiidt 
for the church, seeing Mr. HierorCs house so closely beset Q]t 
the officers that he could not escape them, invited them to 
her house, with the offer of a treat, and then sent him noticp 
to make his escape. — Though he suffered much, he still kep^ 
on preaching, taking nothing for his services, till after the 
Indulgence m 1672, when he assisted Mr. Soretoriy the eject- 
ed minister of the town i and then he gave away his whole 
stipend in charity ; as he had been accustomed to do, when 
he was in the living of Finiton, He was a man of great » 
temperance, and yet was sorely afflicted with the gout. He 
often preached and prayed when' he was not able to stir out 
of his place, not so much a^ to hold a book in his hand ; but 
he was eminent for his patience. — He k^pt very good ordcf 
in the family i and though his mother was a shop-keeper, 
and had great business, the house and shop were shut at 
eight o'clock on Saturday night, and all business laid aside?. 
He continued in Honiton till about the time of the duke of 
M(^woutk'% landing, when he was forced out of the covtttrf. 
He oflfered all the yearly income of his estate, which was 
considerable, (reserving but a competency for himself ), to be 
disposed of for the common benefit of the town and parish> 
as the price of his peaceable continuance at home ; but the 
.offer was rejected. He therefore rtmoicdi^ Zondtmf and 
soon afterwards died at Ncwington. , 

FREMINGTON rV.S.apI.Ti Mr.JoHN Bartlet, of Exet. 
Coh Oxf. Son of Mr. Wm, Bartlet^ ejected from Btdtford. 
He was a man much respected by all parties, for the sweet- 
ness of his teniper, hlsai&bility and courteousne^s ; but most 
of all for his ministerial abilities. He was a most acceptable 
preacher, and had a surprising felicity pf address in persuade 
ing sinners, and winning souls to Christ, which God emi- 
nently suf;ceeded. His very enemies spoke well of him,an4 
owned him to be an accomplished man. But this could nQt 
screen him from the fury of the times ; in which he siuffered 
considerably by bonds and imprisonment, and other hat- , 

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rassiitg dtffciikies. He was made a ^azing^stock in Sieke^^ 
Cannon and Exeter* However, he rejoiced in it, as appeared 
remarkably in one of his consolatory addresses, which he 
left in writing, to one of his fellow-prisontrs. It was not a 
little to his honour that he had contracted a most endearing 
Intimacy with that great man Mr. HawCy who once lived near 
him, as appears from a great number of afiectionate letters . 
which he received from him. He died in 1679, ^g^ ^"^ 
about 44- 

HABERTON [V. S. 160I.] Mr. George Mortimer. 
He had the character of a good preacher, and of an afiPable 
and courteous, as well as pious man. He freely parted with 
a good living, rather than wound his conscience, and never 
discovered the least inclination to conform. After his eject- 
ment he and his wife were entertained for several years at 
Lupton. He also lived some time at Totness. He died at 
Exeter, Feb. 27, 1688. Mr. George Trosse pr^ched his 
funeral sermon. 

HALBERTON [R. 31I.] Mr. James Haddridce. He 
kept a public meeting in this (own after his ejectment. 

Little HEMPSTON. John Knight, M. A. He had his 
education under Mr. Hoppin^ Fel. of Exeter CoU Oxon. 
He was a very correct man in wording his sermons, but had 
such an impediment in his speech, as not to be acceptable iti 
bis preaching. After his ejectment he lived in Exeter. He 
.was so kind as to send the author some hints with respect to 
the ministers of this county, of which proper use has been 

HENNOCK. Mr; Robert Law. He was said to have 
conformed: but from th^papers of Mr. Suicfc^ it appears, 
that tho* he did so for a time, and practised physic, he after- 
wards renounced his conformity, and died a Nonconformist. 

HOLSWORTHY. Humphrey Saunders, M. A. He 
was eight years in Oxford ; yet fVood takes no notice of 
him. He had the character of a good scholar, and a very 
worthy man. He disgusted some of the gentry while he 
was in his living, by not admitting them to the sacrament : 
but he looked upon that affair, not as a matter of civility, 
but of conscience. He was moderator of the general 
assembly at Exeter, May 12, 1658. He had several chil- 
dren who were all comfortably provided for. 



WORKS. An Apology for admiiusleriiiKthcL Lord's Sa|»per 
lo a Select Company only, in answer to a Piece by Mr. (after* 
wards Sir Wm.) Morrice, for a promiscuous Admission. 

HONITON [R. 250/. J Mr. Francis Soreton. Edu- 
cated in the free-school at Plymouth^ and Fel. of Exeter 
CoL A man of great learning, a close student, and sur- 
prizingly humble. He was an excellent preacher ; and his 
labours were successful to the good of many. His sermons 
were kept as a treasure in several hands in that town, and 
were sometimes repeated to the satisfaction of many. He 
bad always such a reverent and awful sense of God upon his 
soul, that it gave a majesty to his presence. When the 
rabble of the town were guilty of any rudeness, he would 
and reprove them, and they wouU retire at the sight of 
im. Besides a monthly preparation sermon, he set up a 
weekly lecture in the town, and had the assistance of several 
neighbouring ministers in it ; which he continued till the act 
of uniformity ejected him. He then retired to the house of 
Sir fVm. Cowinet/ of Poderham, whose aunt he married, 
and who presented him to this living. Upon the Induls;ence 
in 1672, he returned to his flock. Upon the Five-mile act, 
he was imprisoticd in £xc;ter jail ; but Sir PFm. Courtney^ 
being then high-sfieriff of the county, got him released and 
conveyed him in his coach to his own house, where he con- 
tinued till his death. While he was incumbent, he never 
troubled any with law-suits for his tithes, lest it should 
hinder the success of his ministry. None of his worst ene- 
mies had any thing to lay to his charge, but the crime of 
Nonconformity. He had been formerly cast out of his fel- 
lowship by the parliamentary visitors. He printed nothing 
but a Translation of Monsieur Dailly^s Sermons on the 
epistle to the Celossians. 

ILSINGTON [V. 180?.] William Stuke, M. A. of 
Oxf. University. Born at Trusham near Chudleigh. He 
was settled in this living about the year 1653. After he was 
tii^med out he removed to Whitcombe in the parish of 
Trusham, where he had a good estate ; and when the times 
admitted, he built a meeting-house upon his own land, and ' 
preached in it for some years to a large congregation. He 
died of a pleurisy, after three days illness, about the year 
1677. Mr. Saterleighy rector of Trusham, preached his 
funeral sermon, and spoke of him to this effect : *' Now 'tis 
^ expected I should say something of the deceased. He 
. . • ♦« was 


** w|» well known to all of you. He was a man that waild 
*^ preach well, but pray better. And he lost a good living 
** to preserve a good conscience.*^ He was generally 
esteemed a good scholar, an excellent preacher, and a very- 
pious man; who 'was exceedingly b^eloved. Large ofiers 
were made him if he would have conformed, but be could 
not come up to the terips required^ and always expies&ed 
great satisfaction in his Nonconformity. 

INSTOW [R. 45/] Mr. William Clyd. Hewaschap^ 
Iain to King Charles in his expedition at Worcester^ where 
he was taken prisoner. He was afterwards presentetd to this 
living by Speceoi^ Esq. 

INWARDLEIGH [R. S.] Mr. Thomas Bripcman. 
He was ejected from this living at the Reitoratlon, whca 
Mr. F. Nation^ who had been dispossessed of it in 16^, ic-». 
turned to it. Dr. Walker says that Mr. Biidgpian never 
administered the sacrament there. Perhaps the parisbionera 
were noJt in a fit disposition for it ; which there is reasop t(> 
believe was the case in some other places where this coax** 
plaint was made. 

IPPLEPEN. Mr.JoHNNoswoRTHY, M.A. Oi Oxford 
University. He was born at Manaton^ Nov. 15, 1612, 
of religious parents, who put him to the grammar-school'^ 
where he did not make the progress that was expected ; upon 
which they were for bringing him up to a trade. To this, 
however he was greatly averse ; and from this time he 
applied himself to learning with such diligence, that Mr. 
fVm, Nosxvorth}\ master 01 the high school at Exeter, hear- 
ing of his capacity and industry, took him under his care till 
he was f[t for the university, and sent him to Oxford^ where 
he continued nine or ten years. He married the daughter of 
Mr. Jrisii, of Dartmouth, by whom he had sixteen chil- 
dren. He at first preached m Northamptonshire^ .When 
the war broke out, notwithstanding his learning and piety, 
he was exposed to no small share of suffering. He was 
driven from his home, and with above forty others was 
imprisoned at Winchester^ where he met with very cruel, 
usage. Being removed from prison to prison, the rest went^ 
two by two, chained together ; and Mn Nesworthy 
inarched si tiglc before them, with his hands so fast bound 
^vith a cord, that the blood burst out at the en^s of his 
fingers. When bis wife came to visit hiinii shefoun4 him 

2 aq4 

knd his bretfareh comfortable and chearful in the prison, ami 
in a short time be was discharged. — He was several times \ 
reduced to great straits ; bur he ^ncooraged himself in the i 
Lord his God, and exhorted his wife to do the same. Nor 
did tbey do it in vain. Once, wlien he and his family had 
lireakfasted, and had nothing left for another meal, his wife 
lamented her condition, and said, ** What shall I do with [ 
my poor children V* He persuaded her to walk abroad v^irh 
bim ; and seeing a little bird, he said to her, <* Take notice 
how that bird sits and chirps, tho* we can't tell whether it 
has been at breakfast ; and if it has, it knows not whither 
to ^o for a dinner. Therefore be of good cheer, and do not 
distrust the providence of God : for are wq not better than 
^many sparrows ?" Before dinner-time, they had plenty of 
provision brought them. 

From Northamptonshire he returned to Devon, and 
preached at Seatan, in 1655, where he met with great respect 
from the neighbouring gentry. In 1659, ^'"* *^' ^*'^> ^^ 
JUanatan, being sequestered for drunkenness and debaucheiy, 
Mr. Noswcrthy was put into that rectory, and' continued 
there till the Kestoration ; when he gave it up to Mr. 
HilU who died (as some people say) the vciy night after 
his return to this lining, when Mr. Nosworthy, took out 
the broad seal for it, Stpt. 29, 1660 : but the patron pre* 
senting Mr. Eastckurch, he was obliged to resign it to him. 
He then pi^eached at North Bavey, till one Mr. Ball got 
him removed from thence ; and after that at Ipplepen^ 
where the Act for uniformity silenced him. Upon which he 
returned to Manaton, * and did what good he was able in 
private. When the Five-mile act drove him thence, he 
lived at Jshbiirton^ where he met with many enemiesy and 
much opposition* Mr. Stawcl of Heerabeer distinguished 
himself in his furious :^al against him. He once came into 

the meeting with -' i?og'flW, E$q. who required Mr. 

Nosworthy to come down. An attorney > who was present, 
s^dvised him to keep his place. But they threatened to pull 
him out of the pulpit^ and at length obliged him to come 
down. Th^ same person more than once disturbed his meet.« 
ing afterwards ;. and one time, on a week-day, with drums 
ai)4 i^u^^ets > which so fjightenecj Mrs. Nosfworthy^'^zt 
it was thought to occasion her death. Mr. Stawel at 
length had a raind to live in Ashbiirton ; and no house 
would please him but Mr. Noswori/iy's, which, thougJi he 
had taken it for a term of years, he quietly resigned to him. 




But this did nbt satisfy him. He and Mr. Began cbnvieted 
this good man for holding a conventicle, and imposed a fine 
of 2oL upon him, and 20/. upon die house. Mr. Stawel^ 
upon taking a journey to London for the cure of a dusorder 
in his mouth, threatened, that at his return, he would effec- 
tually hinder old Nosworthy from preaching ; who said, '* I 
fear him not; nor do I fear what man can do unto meJ^ 
At London this persecutor was taken sick and died. Upoa 
which Mr. Nosworthy lived in peace, and departed this life» 
Nov: 19, 1677, aged 66. , 

' H e was reputed a considerable scholar. Besides Latin and 
Greek, he understood the Hebrew, Chaldce and Syriac 
languages. He instructed three of his sons till they were 
fit for the university. The neighbouring ministers paid a 
great deference to his judgment, and often made him mode- 
rator in their debates. Mr. Eastchurchy who succeeded 
him ztManaton (a very worthy man) often made honorable 
mention of his talents and piety. After his death, several of 
his enemies were troubled on account of the disturbance they 
had given him ; and sent to his children (who wer^ eminent 
for their pjety) bfsgging their prayers, and desiring fornve- 
ness of the injury they had done their family. One Reap 
particularly sent for Mr. Sam. Nosworthy, to pray with 
him and for him ; and discovered much compunction for 
abusing his father. His eldest daughter was very kind to one 
Mary Ford, who used to join the mob at her father's meet^ 
ing, and preserved her from perishing for want. 

JACOBSTOW. Mr. Peter Osborn, 

Uttle KEMPSTON [V. S.] Mr. Thomas Friend. 
In the subscription to the Joint testimony of the ministers of 
Devon iri 1648, a person of this name is stiled minister of 
Blackanton. Dr. Walker gives him the character of " a 
Vfpry honest sober man, against whom no exception was to' 
Be made, the intrusion only excepted, and his not adminis« 
tering the sacrament (as far as appears from the parish-^books) 
for nine years.'* Probably the expence of the administra- 
tion might be privately provided for, and so not brought into 
the parish-accounts. [Or the same reason for the omission 
might have been alledged, as in some other cases. See/n- 

KENTON [V. 33?. 135. 4^.] George Kendal, D. D. 
Oi Exeter Col' OxJ. Born at Q/Zo/i, in Dawlish parish,' 

4 V ' near 

IN D£VOK»!IR£. 45 

near Exeter. He was a disciple aiid great admirer of Dr: 
Prideaux, When the Dr.^ was promoted to the bishopric 
of Worcester, Mr. Kendal stood fair to succeed bini ia the 
rectory of his college, for he was zealously recommended 
byK. Ckarlts; but was disappointed. He became fellow 
of his college ; and in 1646, a prebendary of the cathedra^ 
thro' the favor of Bp* Brownrigg. At the Restoration he 
recovered the prebend, but lost it again* in 166s, for Non- 
conformity. He was moderator of the first general assembly 
in Exeter, Oct. 18, 1655. In 1647, he becanie rector of 
Blissland^ near Bodmin, in Cornwal. Thence he r«rmoved 
to London, where he had a living in Grace -church-street. 
Upon K. Charleses restoration he left the city, and became 
lector of Kenton^ from whence he was ejected at the fatal 
Baithoiomew. After which he retired to Cofton, the place 
of his birth, and the seat of his family, where he died in less 
than a year ; Aug. 19, 1663. He had the general reputa- 
tion of a considerable scholar, a ready disputant, and a good 
preacher. He was all' liis days remarkable f^ his great 
contempt of riches. 

WORKS. A Vind. of the Doctrine generally received con- 
cerning God\<i special Grace to his Elect in the death of Christ.-^ 
Doctrine of Perseverance against John Goodwin. — Fur pro Tri- 
bunaH, Examen Diologismi qui insctibitiir. Fur Pra&destinatus. — 
De Doarina Neo Pelagianii : Oratio habtta in Commitiis. — Twlssii 
Vita and Victoria^ &c. 

LITTLEHAM [V.] Mr. James Woolsey. [Probably 
this is the person intended in the next article, which is trans- 
posed ixom Dorsetshire^ there being no such place in that 

LITTLEHAM (near Exmouth) Mr. Owseley. He died 
a few years after his ejectment, leaving ja son, who came into 
the ministry after the Bartholomew-act passed. 

LOCKBEAR. Mr. Richard Saunders, M. A. Born 
at Peyhembury near Honiton, of a reputable family. His 
father, Mr. Lawrence Saunders^ had a good estate. Major 

.Saunders, and Mr. Humphrey Saunders of Hollswortt^.were 
his brothers. At about sixteen years of age he yifeni to Ox'^ 

fordy and coatinued there till 1642, when K« Charles came 
thither. Upon which he and several others were carried off 
as prisoners, and committed to Exeter jail. He entered upon 
the ministry at this place. When he gave tip this Uving a( 

46 M(NI$TBI^ £}ECT£X>- 


tbe R«6toratiOi|» (which was worth £oo/< a yearj^e wtb fff^- 
$ented io,liOckbear by Zechariah Cudmare, E^q. of that pa--, 
^ish.; from wlience he was ejected oh QartlKilomew-^day* 
He rUided a while with his brother-in-law Mr^ R, Land of 
Plymptree ; and afterwards lived and preached at Honjiont 
where he met with favour and connivance ffom several of the 
Beighbouring gentlemen, on account; of the civilities they 
had received from his brother the Major, befoie the Resto-* 

In 1672, he had a public meeting in Tiverton, where he 
spent the remainder of his days. About 1681 he was dia- 
turbed in preaching at Mr, JVopd*s^ carried before the mayor, 
and convicted for a conventicle. Tho' the fines for the 
preacher and the house were levied, be was bound over to 
the sessions at Exeter. When he appeared, the Oxford-oath 
was tendered him, which he offered to take in a (qualified 
sense, and pleaded that ia so doing he should answer the law, 
which admitted of su<;;h an explication. He said ^Iso, that 
it was agaiiiit the law. that he should be botind over for one 
oiFence, and prosecuted and punished for another. To which 
the judge of the sessions (Sir E, S.J replied, *' We must 
stretch the law to meet with such cunning follows as you." 
So he was committed to prison. There he found two Po- 
pish priests, wljio were soon discharged after he came, thither : 
but he was kept there six montlvs ; in which time he received 
great civilities from the inhabitants of the city* — After 
th^ liberty in 1687, he again held a public meeting in Ti- 
verton. He presided as moderator of the firet assembly of 
the ministers of Devon, at Tiverton, March 17 arid 1^8, 
-1691. He Aicd July 1692. Mr. Robert Carel xk Credhon 
preached his funeral sermon, in which he speaks of him thus: 
;. "*' As to his intellectuals, he was a man of rare parts. His 
fancy }yas Jiigb, his invention rich and . copjous, and higS 
judgment deep and solid. He had the philosopher's "A^x*)"^!** 
the sagacity of a piercing and quick spjrit. He was a dili« 
gent, methodical, and successful student. As to his morals, 
so prudent was he, that his ehenries raffier feiared and feniri^^, 
than despised him. He had a very etjti^I temper ; ' iiilF keCpF- 
-ing'thfe Scales even, neithei* elevated nor depressed. I wTik) 
* have known him above thifty yeiarsj nerei-'saw^hhti shgif; 
.'-nor have I eVer heard of any one that did. ' When he hatli 
*beeri highfy provoked, he hath riot teen * btefcotne of evil, 
^hut hath ovejcome evil with good.' He had hB troubles, 
^ecclesittsficil and-crvil ; but he 'was 'eminent! yccimiiosed unf- 
•*^* der 


dcr tbem. Hk contentment with his daily bt^ead was singu- 
iar ; and so was his love, his peac^ableness and moderation. 
His humUity was admirable. He had the art of giving a soft 
^answer, so as no( to exasperate. Few, if any, less degraded 
Dthcrs, or less exalted hioaself in his discourses. He dis- 
dained not the society, friendly converse and labours of those 
who were far inferior tj^him in age and learning. He was 
in his whole course a Jmiatfum, amiable and pleasant. H« 
was chearful but not vain ; serious, but not sullen ; of good 
behaviour, vigilant, modest, i 7¥m. iii. 2. He was a good 
polemical divine, and in a religious sense^ a n\an of war 
fronv his youth, fighting the Lord's battles : an excellent dis- 
{nitant, who made truth his triumph. He had a body of di- 
vinity in his head, and the spirit and soul of that divinity in 
his heart. Tho' he was a great school- divine, he rather 
chose to shoot at the peoples hearts, in plain and practical, 
tho' very rational divinitVf than shoot over their heads in 
high and seraphic notions. Hi^ style was clear and strong, 
flowing from a fuH soul. He was an Uzra^.a. ready and 
eminently instructed scribe in the law of his God : clear and 
solid in resolvinij cases of conscience : in all things * a work- 
man that needed not to be ashamed.' And the Lord crowned 
his labours with success, SCc." 

He was also of a chearful and obliging temper. If he 
appeared over modest in the presence of karne^l strangers, 
he was free and communicative to his acquaintance^ and 
especially to younger ministers ; " which, for my own part, 
(saith Mr. Jacob Sander cock ^ minister o^ Tavistock) I must 
thankfully acicnowledge, having piofited more by occasion* 
al conversation with him in two years, when I was his as- 
sistant^ than during any two years, of npy life besides*'* 
He was one of those who were at that titne called 'Nejo 
Methodists, znd highly approved of Dr. Williams*& Gospj^l 
Truth stated^ &c. But he shewed a great deal of candoiir 
Cowards those of different sentiments, aad earnestly wished 
for more charity am.onj; the several p9.rties of Protestants, — 
** He was solicitous to promote the strict observation of na- 
tional fasts and thanksgivings, expecting^happy consequences 
from them, And, as he was a-great observer of providence, 
he would give divers' instances to confirm this opinion and 
expectation. — He had an excell^pt t;aleot at expounding the 
scriptures ; and took grea( pains in studying tKein. He made 
* a large collectiefn or the interpretations of particular texts, 
from various ^writers, adduig fiis^' own- observations. He 



ina^e frequent use of these in his scrraons, which renderal 
; them entertaining and profitable. Several ministers who 

have seen this work, have thought it deserved to be printed/' ' 
• Some who had been concerned in persecuting this good man, 

after his death were constrained to acknowledge, that he 

had not left many equals. 

WORKS. An Assize Sermon alBieter,— A Balm to heal re- 
ligious Wounds, in Answer to Collier, — Since his death ; a Dis- 
course.of Angels, with a Pre^e hj Mr. G. Hammond. 

LODDESWELL [V. 26/. os. id. |] Mr. Hind. 

LUPPIT [V.] Mr. Thomas Wellman, of Oxf. Univ. 
Born at Ilchesier in Somerset, about the year 1600. After 
seven years spent at Oxford^ he was episcopally ordained, 
and served as a curate to Mr. JEedeSy at Honiton, a consi- 
derable time ; being greatly beloved for his useful labours, 
and exemplary conversation. There he married the claugh- 
of Mr. Isaac Northcot of that town, a pious woman, who 
lived with him almost fifty years, and survived him about 
twelve. From Honiton he removed to Luppit^ four miles 
distant, having the vicarage bestowed upon him by ■ 
S'outhcot^ Esq. a gentleman of the parish. In 1644 ^^ 
1645, when Sir R. Greenvil apprehended, imprisoned, and 
jnurthered men at pleasure ; and Goring"^ forces infested 
the borders of Dorset, Somerset, and Devon, by unheard-of 
rapine ; when his horse lay upon free quarters, plundering 
the very cates of Exeter J, to avoid |hcir rage and cruelty, 
■ Mr. Wellman fled to Taunton, where there was a garrison 
for the parliament, with his wife and two children. There 
. he . continued during the blockade and strait siege, being 
highly esteemed by the governor, and well respected by the 
refigious people or the town, whom, by his prayers and ser- 
' mons, he encouraged to trust in God in the greatest dangers 
. and difficulties ; teuing them that he was fully persuaded that 
' God would deliver them. Nor had he cause to be ashamed 
of his confidence : for one day as he was preaching iuSt, 
Jameses church, on MaL iii. 6 ; insisting on this doctrine, 
that " God's immutability is the ground of the stability of 
,his church and people," before the sermon was bnded, some 
persons ran into the church; crying out Deliverancl^ ! For, 
on the appearance of a party or the parliament forces, under 
Col. Weldeny the cavaliers raised the siege, after they had 

X See C^umht's ffia» vol. ^i* p- 607^ ($68. . 


i» iOEVokSHIRE. '4q 

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entered tlielJne, and btimt a Hlird part of the town. The 
peofple were running o"ut of the church, on this unexpected 
good news ; but the preacher prevailed with them to stay and 
join with him in returning thanks to ahnighty God foi: so 
great a mercy. This happened on May 'ii^ 164 a: a day 
Wliich was afterwards 6bserved as a day of rejoicing, and 
thanksgiving untb Gbd.' yiv.WeWhan staid some time after 
this in Taunton ; for he could not with safety go to his own 
houve, while (as the noble his^orfan informs us) " , General 
Goring^ horse committed intolerable insolences and disorders 
in Devon.*' And while Sir Rd. Greeixvil^ whom he calls 
'" the greatest plunderer of that war, did, at his pleasure^ 
\vithout la\V 6r reason, send parties of horse to apprehend 
'honest men, and hanged up several only to enrich himself." 
But as soon as the country was'frfee from the ravages of these 
'men, Mr. Wellfndh returned to Luppit, where he was well 
beloved, and settled there, tho' he had offers of better pre- 
ferment 5 and there he continued his labours^ till Bartholo- 
mew-day, 1662. 

The following story is recorded by Dr. Walker concern- 
ing him and Mr. Joshua Norths of Church-Titunton ; 
** Who had, oh all occasions, expressed a great deal of zeal 
against conformity. As he was riding with Mr. Wtllman^ 
a little before the Act of uniformity was in force^ he vehe- 
mently dissuaded him frohi complying with the terms to. be 
imposed ; professing that he would hot conform, tlio' for 
refusing he should l>c hanged on the next ti ee. However, 
^hen the diy came, he chose rather to comply, than to part 
with a fat benefice, ^orth about 200/. per anri. But it was 
observed, that in reading the liturgy, he would tremblfB so 
very much, that he could Scarcely hold the book.",— It i? 
itiot iniprobabib, that it was on the same account that he was 
(as the Dr. was informed) ** much disturbed in his mind^ 
some considerable time before his death ; and that he died, in 
all appearance, much dissatisfied, thd' he left his fanlily 
rrch." — Mr. Wellman^ on the other hand, was true to his 
prmciples, and left his place to keep a good conscience, thd^ 
he had at that time seven children, and no large estate to 
maintain them. And he professed that, if he had had noth- 
ing to leave them, he would rather commit them to the car« 
of divine providence, than act against the conviction of hii^ 
owA i^ind. Nor was he at all disturbed in his mi^d, pr 
dissatisfied with Whaf he had done, but lived and died a 
Nonconformist, with a great deal of comfort, tho' he' dii 
vot. II. — NO. XTi. E noi^ 


not «* leave his family rich." There were many weepiqg 
eyes when he preached his ifarewell sermon ; and the great 
aflFection of the inhabitants of Luppit, encouraged him, after 
he was ejected, to continue preaching among them in his 
own house, as he had ian opportunity. He was a sickly man, 
having broken his constitution by his ministerial labours and 
hard studies at Honiton. He died in 168 j» near 80 years of 

He concerned himself very little about worldly affairs ; 
. but was an excellent preacher, and had an extraordinary gift 
in prayer. Such was his spiritual and heavenly frame, that 
some who had heard him have said, *' he spoke rather like 
an angel than a man." His singular humility, modesty and 
niildn^ss of temper, occasioned him, when he heard of any 
misconduct in his people, to write to them rather than to 
reprove them to their faces ;' and some of his letters on such 
occasions, had very happy effects. Tho' his sermons were 
well studied, he made no use . of notes in the pulpit. His 
sight and memory continued to the last. He was congrega- 
tional in his judgment, but moderate and peaceable in his 
temper, and lamented the divisions and animosities among 
ministers and christians. He often advised those about him 
to behave themselves so that the gospel might not be preju- 
diced. He was ever ready to send young scholars designed 
for the ministry to the university, to direct and encourage 
them in their studies, and to write to his friends on their 
behalf. Many were greatly obliged to him on this account- 
His cousin-german. Dr. Simon IVellman, a noted physi- 
cian, who was intended for the pulpit, was one of that 

Tho' he did not desist from preaching after his ejectment, 
God was pleased to secure him, so that he was never con- 
victed or imprisoned. In difficult times, he often preacheci 
either in the morning before day, or some hours after it was 
night. Informers and soldiers endeavoured to apprehend him, 
having rewards offered rhem for this purpose, but they were 
disappointed. Some of them came near his hous^, but re- 
turned without entering. Others actually searched it, under 
pretence of searching for arms, but with a design to seize 
on him. One of them saw him in his study, but did not 
attempt to take him. Others at the same time sat on horse- 
back at the door, but never alighted. One P — ter, a very 
bad man, was offered 5/. if he would apprehend him, but 
fie refused it. However, another undertook it, and endea- 
'' • vorcd 


Vorecl to effect it, but God prevented him, by removing the 
good old man to a better v^orld. 

MARISTOW [V.] John Herring, M. A. Of Cam6. 
Univ. Born at Saltashy in Comwal, in 1602, where his 
predecessors lived for many generations. He had episcopal 
ordination, and at first preached in Lincolnshire. When he 
first came to Maristozv^ he was usher to Dr. TVilliaviSy 
who had the living, and kept a great school. He was also 
chaplain to Sir Edw. IVtsCy of that parish, who on the death 
of Dr. fVilliarnSy presented him to the benefice in 1632, and 
retained a very great respect for him to the day of his death. 
When the Act of uniformity took place, his patron pressed 
him very much to conform ; but not being satisfied with the 
terms, he was ejected, after he had enjoyed the living thirty 
years. He continued in the parish ten years after, on an 
estate of his own, and kept a school, being protected by Sir 
J?. Pf^fsCy and very much beloved by the inhabitants. He 
afterwards purchased an estate in South Petherwiny near 
Launceston, in Cornwal, where he continued till his death. 
He there also, taught school, and preached on the Lord's 
days in his own house, till he was incapacitated by the infir- 
mities of age ; he was blind six years before he died, 
which was in 1688, aged 86. His funeral sermon was 
preached by Mr. Mkh. Taylor^ of Hollsworthy . He was 
a man of exemplary piety, and great learning. He left a 
large collection of very valuable books. Tho he preached 
so frequently, he was never imprisoned, fined, or prose- 

MARY CHURCH [V. S. 45/.] Mr. William Stidson. 
He gave place to Mr. Ball^ the sequestered minister, on the 
Restoration. Dr. Walker calls him Robert^ and says, " He 
-was a very sorry canting fellow, and whether of any univer- 
sity, or in any orders, is wholly unknown." This will make 
very little impression on those who are acquainted with that 
writer, tho' his account cannot now be disproved. 

MARY TAVY, or Huxham, Mr. Benjamin Berry. 
He was afterwards at Topsham. He was also cast out of 
Trull in Somerset ; but from what place he was last ejected 
does not appear^ Mr. George Trosse preached his funeral 

MERTON [R. 40/.J Bartholomew Yeo, M. A. He 
was of a genteel extraction and an ancient family. After he 

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left his benefice he spent most of his time about those parts^ 

and freely bestowed his labours upon su(^h as would attend 

upon them, especially in Haiherli/ ; in ' the next parish to 

'lehichV 2ind hi a'kinsman^s house,. he resigned his sotil tp 

God, m February y 1693- 

MONKTON. Mr. Thomas Lisle. After his eject- 
ment he lived in the family of General Monk^ duke of \/^/- 
'^heiiiarle ^zxii. was tutor to the young duke his son, and to Sir 
Walter ClargeSy his kinsman. He "lived privately in the 
Tatter part of his time, first at London, then at Clapham, in 
Surrey y arid afterwards at Honitoriy where the author saw 
and conversed with him in 1713, and there he soon after 

MORGHARD BISHOP [R. 36/] Robert Snow, M. A* 
Some time Fellow of Exeter CoLOxf. where ht continued 
twelve years. He mamed a daughter of Mr. Francis 
Whiddofty of Moreton Hamsted. By the death of his elder 
brother, Mr. Siinon Snow^ merchant, burgess of Exeter, 
an estate worth above 20,600/. fell to him,' whiqh he enjoyed 
but a little while. After he wafe ejected, ^Ir. Pridkaniy who 
succeeded hitn, shewed him great respect, and boarded with 
him for some time. At length' he remt>ved' from Morchard 
tofixeter, where he preached in his own house after attend- 
ing worship at the parish church. He took the Qxford oath, 
and so was not prosecuted as some others* were, nor driven 
¥rom his habitation. He died about 60 yeaii of age. 

MORETON. Mr. John Mills. 

MORETON HAMSTTEI? [R. 50/.] Rob. Woolcomb, 
M. A. A native of Chudleigh^ where his grandfather was 
minister. He was presented to this living by tKe grandfather 
of Sir William Courtney^ znd was ordained at Dartmouth, 
JVijv. 11, 1657. He was a hard student, a great philoso- 
pher, and a sound solid preacher^ He was a gtoripus cdii- 
fessor for the cause of Nonconformity, losing by it not only 
a good benefice, but a good* estate ; for his father oh that 
account disinherited him, and made his sort his heir, ordering 
in his will that he should not^have the care of his educatioA^ 
However he lived comfortably and contentedly, and found 
^ a good conscience to be a continual feast.* ' He died at his 
houstiii Chudleighf 1692. 




MUSBITRY [R.] Richard Farrant, M. A. F^llpw 
of Brazen Nose Colleg^f Oxford. Born 2X Mancl^ster.KT 
Me ^s a very modest, prudent and learned man ; .emineqt i 
for humility, charity and, piety ; well qualified for an exalted, 
station, but dbbse to continue in this obscure corner*. . ^^ing ) 
once t?Jcen up for preaching, after his ejectment, andcarfUdu 
before the justices in Honitpn, Sir Cpurtney Poole t,old.biiaM 
he should, be discharged if he would promise ta p^eaciti |ia.- 
miore, tie replied, " he would not promise that, because p 
he could not answer it ^o his .great Xx)rd and Master." He, . 
died of a,. consumption. ,Mr^ jl/oar^ preached his funeral 
sernionin his orchard, on 2 Kings^yiiu 20. 

NEWTON-ABBOTS [or Woolhorough, where the- 
church stands] William Yeo, M. A.. A xi^^y^ pf 
To/Ttf 5^1 . brought up at Exeter school, and co^emporjary, 
both there apd at Qx/ordj, with Dr. Manton. ; paying ppr-^ 
sued fiis studies for some time in^ Exeter Col, hye removed. t(> , 
jEman. CoL Camh. On leayipg the pniyersily, \ifi l^ecamei, 
chaplain in, Col. GoWsY^gn^ni; but being sopa weary, ot 
that station,, he settled for soxpe time at Brightfielmst(mei in o 
Sussex. ; From thence he wasretpoved by. an order of th^i 
committee of 'pailiament, to JViw/(7?i ^ Wo/, .lyhpre he lived . 
in good repute ^d, did aiuc]i service, by his serious afFec* -. 
tionate preaching and e^^eipplary life. . He found the town j 
very ignorant and profane^ but by the blc^ssing of God upon > 
hi^ la.bour$, the people b^qime very intelligent, .sei;iou» and.r 
pious.. He had a grefit authority amoijg them,, and was . 
a (error ^o Ipose persons, so ^ to put a stop to the open pro- > 
fapation of the Lord 's-day, by walking . witl^ a constable t 
round^n, after the pyblic worship was over. He was 
highly esteemed by his brethren in the ministry, ai^d well . 
respected by the neighbouring gentry, being a genteel man, , 
aqid very facetious in conversation. He was of. a generous . 
spirit, an affectionate preacher, and a close student ; who 
had well digested what he had read. . , 

While he was in his living, he lost an augmentation of : 
80/. per a\inum for refusing to take the Engagement, After 
he was silenced }n| 16629.1^ continued firm tp bis principles, . 
and preached as the times wQ^ld bear it» In consequence pf > 
on order of sessions offering, a revvard of 40J. to. anyrOaC'r 
that should apprehend a Dissenting Minister, a malicious • 
constable attempted to seize him, so that he was forced to 
hide himself in the fields, in a ^ime of deep snow. He was 
often obliged to leave his liouse and family for safety, but 

E 3 providentially 


was never apprehended. .Onct it pleased 
le heart of a man who came to hear him 
1, who afterwards became very serious^ and 
irer, and a communicant with hira, to the 
— His judgment, imagination, memoiyand 
itinued to admiration, even to the last. He 
the least repentance for his Nonconformity, 
:tion in it. When his end drew near he had 
ehensions. He was satisfied with long life, 
" My soul is continually in my hand, ready 
He had discharged his office in the parish 9 
ate, about 53 years. He died in Oct, 1699, 
neral sermon was preached by Mr. Richard 

FERRERS for North Molton) [V. S. 
John Hill, M. A. Oi Lincoln CoL Oxf. 
Jristol, about the year 1611. Hewasor- 
wrge Cooi, Bp. oi Hereford^ in 1635. In 
n Pierce, Bp. of Bath and fVells (whom 
imends as very vigilant and active for the 
lesiastical and civil state,*) granted him a 
ill in his diocese, upon condition of his ob- 
itution and injunctions, and wearing the 
ating divine service. In the same year he 
id in 1643 at Elberton.^ both in the diocese 
1645 he was at Langridge^ near Bath : in 
vicar of North^Newington^ in Wilts ; in 
, in Somerset ; and at last, in 1652, he 
Newton Ferrers, Dr. Walker commits 
n this matter. (See Cal. dentin, p. 293) 
ter the Restoration, Mr. Hill was threat- 
I out of his living. To secure himself he 
i seal for it, Sept, 6, 1660, ?iS per Mortem 
L ejusdemjam vacatuniy and the king's 
Lapsum. Now another game is played, 
inst him for seditious words is set on foot ; 
ited, and depositions taken, at Modbury, 
efore Sir T. Hek, &c. He is summoned^ 
;ar at Morley to make his defence'. In 
tiad testimonials, among others, from the 
I clergymen of Bristol, who certified, that, 
;dge, in and after the wars, he was well 

jf it in the account of his conduct towards Dr. Conant^ 
Vol. i. p. 133, &c. 






al&cted to K. Charles I. and was for his loyalty ejected out 
of divers places, as Elberton and Horfield, in Gloucest^- 
shire ; and, for not taking the Covenant, out of Langridge 
and eleven, in Somerset : and therefore they believed he 
was grossly abused by desperate swearers -against him." It 
seerm the justices or commissioners were of the same mind, 
for they discharged him. However these accusations and de« 
positions served Mr. Anthony Clifford's turn ; for the duke 
of York being his friend, on Feb. 20, 1660, he got a broad 
seal for the living, in which Mr. HUVs presentation, granted 
not six month's before, is repealed, and this reason given, 
^^That his, words and behaviour, during the late distractions, 
rendered him incapable of any ecclesiastical pieferment." 
So that on Jp. 23, 1661, Mr. Hill covenanted to yield up 
the living; and went to Exeter. He afterwards settlecj at 
Newton Abbot, wheie he died, and was buried in the chancel 
of Woolborough. 

NORTHAM [V. So/.l Mr. Anthony Downe. He 
was brother to Mr. Mark and Mr. Thomas DoxtmCy of 
Exeter, of whom an account was before given. He sur- 
vived both of them, and lived to be about 80 years of- age. 
He was remarkable for neatness in his compositions, and ex* 
actness of expression* These three brothers were all remem- 
bered with great I'espect by the good people of Exeter, both 
on account of their ministerial labours, and christian con* 

East OGWELL. Mr. John Stephens. A most emi- 
nent preacher, and a very pious man. While he continued 
in his living he took great pains with his people, holding 
meetings in the church on the week-days, to instruct young 
persons in the principles of religion, when he was used to 
propose questions to them in order to try their knowledge. 
He lived to a great age, and continued to preach after he was 

PETROCKSTOW [R. S.] Mr. William Trivith* 
WICK. Dr. Walker owns that Mr. A. Gregory, the seques- 
tered minister, died before the Restoration, and therefore 
Mr. Trivithwicky his successor, had a legal title to the living. 
After being silenced he went abroad with Col. Rolle^ as his 
guardian and tutor. He died in July^, l^PS* ^t doth not 
appear that he printed any thing but a funeral sermon for his 


56 MINt$TEI^:£J£qrfp 

PINHO*. Ms. Grove. §He was grandfather to, Mr- 
Henry Grove ^ an eminent dissenting nuni&ter., and, tutor, of 
am academy, at Taunton; in the* memoirs of whose life» 
prefixed to his posthumous works,, is the following account . 
of, bis ancestor : '* It was Mr. Grove's happiness to be des- 
ceiideidy both by fajther and mother, fromiaoiilies.of com- 
derable repute, and wliich, for several generations, had beeUv. 
remarkable for strict piety, sincere goodness, and .a steady* 
attachment to religious liberty and the rights.of .caotcieKic^ : 
the Groves^ of Wiltshire, and iht.R^we&,.oi l!>eyfiiou His 
grandfather Grove was, soon after the Hestoratioo^. ejected t 
iTQm a good living in Devon, for Nonconfonnity, . at AxaX 
distinguished period, when so many ministers. gav.c. a. nofalc! . 
proof that their religious profession was, not^the. r^iuJt^. 
of secular policy, but of conscience, by giving up the most., 
considerable worldly interests, to preserve, the peace, of .dieit • 
minds. His father [the son of the above] sufficed much and., 
chearfully in the same cag^e,. for Lay-^ooconforxnity. iiod^r 

Charles and Tames II. " 

, . >• •'..•..••. 

PLYMOUTH. Geojige Hughes, B..Dv Oi Ccrp... 
ChrjsiiCol. Oxf. Born in the Borough of Southwark, in. 
1603, when his mother was 52 years, of .age, who never had ; 
a child before, tho' she had three husbands, before Mr.. 
Hughes's SsLtihtT; and whose age was as^remarkable:after'» 
wards.; for she lived to her 96th year. He had so general, 
a reputation in the university, for his proficiency. in his. 
studies, that Dr. Clayton h^ngtn^dpfnzstcx of Pemb^ Col^ 
uppn the first erection of it, procured Mr. Hughes to be one 
of the first fellows. Several persons of^ great eminence af- 
terwards were his pupils here. He was ordained about the 
year 162?. For some time he preached in and about Oxford; 
and afterwards was called' to be lecturer of Alhallows^ 
Bread-street, London. The incumbent being sickly and . 
aged, Mr. Hughes^ with his consent, performed almost ^11 
his work. After four or five years continuance in London^ 
his great popularity there (being. constantly attended, by a 
very numerous auditory) and some instances of his noncon-> 
formity to the ceremonies, being complained ,of to Abp. , 
Laudj he silenced him. Upon this, heretired . for some time. . 
to Mr. Dod^Sy the famous old Puritan minister, Rt.Fatisley^, 
in Northaniptonshire, desiring his advice in his present .circumT . 
stances, particularly about going over to . Ne w-England^ 
which he had some thoughts of. The good old man dis* 



sga<]a<ihipvfron^batidosign, and recommended^bifirto Lord* 
Brookfc . at Warwick ; where he resided for some* time» and 
married a lady of Coventry. During his residence here, old 
Mrs* Maynardy mother to the famous lawyer Sir John May- 
nard), solicited him to accept of .a presentation^ which she 
had obtained for him of the Earl of Bedford^ to Tntistock^ . 
in Devonshire. This he accepted from a/desire^^of more 
ppbli<: service,, tho- he had but a yery^small stipend, and the 
afol-esiaid £art mslde him his chaplain. This was a very ig- 
norant, aodprofan^ place before he came ; but by the blessing . 
of God. upoii his esfed^vors, a great reformation ^was wrought, 
aiid maj(iy {>era(Ma6 were brought to seriousness, the fruit of 
xvhidi appeared long after. — He set up a Wednesday 4ec- 
ture, which was much frequented. The first serious im- 
pressions made by his ministry in. this place .were on three 
per^ns who afterwards proved useful ministers ; Mr. John 
Row^y Mr. Ralph Venning y and Mr. John Tickelly ZY^ofn^ 
cojifprmist,: rector of Withicomb, in Devon. 

When the ciyil war, brake out, Tavistock being made a 
garrison for the king, the governor being his wife's relation, 
gave him a pass for himself, his family and effects to Exeter, 
then a parliament '.garrisom Soon afterwards the king's 
forces besieged ^nd^took the city ; but he obtained the favor 
of a safe conduct to Coventry ^ wfaei^ (being a widower) he 
resided for some time with his wife's relations^ Not long 
after his coming thither, upon the vacancy of St. Andrew's, 
at. Plymouth^ the magistrates of that town, who were 
before ^^uainted with him at Tavistock^ presented him to 
that church, and he.had institution and introduction fi'om Dr. 
Bicownriggi' Bp. of Exeter ; which happily prevented his 
ejection at the Restoration, when one had got the king's title 
to that vicaia^e^ on pretence it was lapsed, not knowing he 
hadibeen admitted hy the bishop. He came to Ptumouth in 
1664,, wheire he found, to his satisfaction,: the Titurgy al* 
ready laid aside, by means of Mr. Porter^ minister of ano- 
theii church newly erected^ in that town ; though he adopted 
It agaiq in 16&1, rather than lose his. living.: Plymouth 
being besae^d by the king's forces-soon after, many of the 
Paritaa ministenB in that neighbourhood took refog^ there, 
and were frequently employed in prayer and (ireaching, till 
the raising, pf tlie siege, gay e them opporttmkyto return to 
their respeetive charges. . Here Mr. Hugheswz^ indefatigai^ 
ble;in bis labours, most generous in acts of hospitality and 
charity, and was luiiyersally reverenced and belo^red* He 



constantly maintained a good correspondence with the ma- 
gbtrates of the place, and an harmonious accord with people 
of different persuasions. 

After enjoying a long calm of eighteen years, commis- 
sioners came down to Plymouth, in August^ 1662, and after 
they had put out all the magistrates of the town, excepting 
one, the same day they summoned Mr. Hughes before them, 
and told him that he was dismissed from his ministry at Ply« 
mouth, which was a week before the fatal Bartholomew. 
He still continued, however, in the town ; but this could 
not be borne where he was so much esteemed ; and there- 
fore he was summoned, with his assistant and brother-in- 
law Mr. T. Martiny his son Mr. Obadiah Hughes and Mr. 
N, Sherwilly to appear before the Earl of Bath, governor 
of Plymouth. However,* they were not suffered to see the 
Earl, but were committed by the deputy-lieutenants of the 
county, tho* nothing was objected against them. Mr. Hughes j 
senior and Mr. Martin were sent, with two files of mus- 
queteers, to St. Nicholas island. Mr. Hughes^ junior, Mr. 
Sherwilly and others, were confined at Plymouth. The 
latter were first set at liberty ; but on condition that they 
should not return to Plymouth without leave of the Earl of 
Bath or his d^uty. The old gentleman and Mr. Martin 
remained in the island nine months, till at length his health 
was much impaired, and an incurable dropsy and scurvy wefe 
contracted, as supposed, by the saltness of the ajr, when he 
was offered his liberty, upon condition of his giving security 
of 2000/. not to live within twenty miles of Plynwuth, 
This his friends did without his knowledge. 

Hereupon he retired to Kingsbridge ; where he conti- 
nued, in great weakness, to study hard, and spend his time 
in piivate devotion, and in pious counsels • and conferences 
with the many friends that came to visit him. He hardly 
cared for any discourse but what was serious and heavenly ; 
and he had such an affecting sense of the cloud that was upon 
the church of God, by the ejection of so many eminent mi- 
nisters, that he was scarcely ever seen to indulge any mirth 
after that day. When a young minister, who was much 
with him in tnis his retirement, was speaking to a person, in 
his hearing, of his infirm state; Mr. ffugkes replied, 
*' Nature would not willingly go where it must and shall go : 
** yet I will wait all the days of my appointed time for my 
<< change. Oh ! when will it once come, that I shall put 
^« off this earthly tabernacle, and be cloathed with my 

« bouso 

(Madid Jy oytu/^f'. 

•I ^ ■•••■ fm 



*« house from heaven ! I desire to be dissolved, and at home 
** with Christ. I thank God I am not ashamed to live, nor 
" afraid to die." The same minister being necessitated to 
leave him, when he drew near his end, upon intimation of a 
wairant out against him, Mr. Hughes thus addressed him : 
" I advise you not to faint. Hold out courageously in your 
** Master's work. Take heed to yourself, and to that 
ministry you have received from the Lord by my hands 
(he being one who ordained him) and the laying on of the 
" hands of the presbytery, that you do fulfil it. Be not 
" discouraged on account of sufferings. The cross is the 
** way to the crown. If we suffer with Christ, we shall 
** reign with him. This dead cause of reformation, for 
** which we now suffer, shall rise and revive again. Salva- 
** tion shall come to the churches. I die, but you shall live 
•* to see it. (So the relator did). The very means these 
men take to suppress and destroy it, shall most effectually 
promote it. Only be cautious that you never engage in 
any indirect courses about it. Leave God to do his own 
** work in his own way. Your duty is to be quiet and stand 
** still. In returning and believing, you shall have rest.'* 
He then gave him his solemn blessing. To a near relation 
who asked how he did ? he answered ; " I never found the 
actings of my faith and hope more vigorous and lively 
than now." — He continued preaching privately to the last, 
which he did twice the Lord's-day before he died ; but con-- 
cluded with these memorable words, *' And now all my 
work is done." The evening before he died, he ordered his 
watch to lie by him, and desired a relation to observe when ( ^ 
it was two o'clock, " for (says he) that is my hour." And 
accordingly, just at that time he expired, in 1667, in the 
64th year of his age. 

Mr. HugheS'was a person of great natural capacity, and 
a master in most parts of learning ; especially a great text- 
uary and divine. He had a thorough acquaintance with the 
original languages, and was one of the most exact critics 
of all his brethren in the West. He was well read in the 
fathers ; an acute disputant, and a judicious casuist ; as a 
great number of letters shewed, found among his papers, 
upon the nicest cases on which he had been consulted. He 
was a most skilful and faithful pastor to a very large flock. 
His preaching was elaborate, but plain. He did not affect a 
jingle of words, nor any quirks of wit, but his style was 
chiefly scriptural. He went over many important subjects in a 



c6tii^^. He g(4h'erally preached on ah average, five times in 
a Viet:,' and Jet none of his sermons appeared hasty produc- , 
tibhsJ On the 'Lord 's-days, he constantly began the public 
vtershlp with a short exhortation from siome text of scripture i 
thefi prayed and expounded part of a chapter. After singings 
cither' he or his assistant prayed and preacTied/Ih the after- 
noon', aftdr a short prayer, he expounded a whole chapter, . 
baptized the children J and after singing and a prayer iiithe 
pulpit, catechized, preached, and concluded with a prayer,., 
a ^sal mi and the blessing. Notwithstanding this variety of. 
exercise, he made the whole no longer than two hours eacli 
pdrt of the day. 

His conversation Was most strict and exemplary ; and uo- , 
feigned piety to God appeared in his whole deportment. He . 
was also of a most obliging disposition^ No ipmister i^* the ., 
West had a greater influence among tis Vreth ten.. He ?ind , 
Nfr. Ford of Exeter, prevailed with the ministers bfj those., 
pirts, episcopal, presbyterian and congregational, to unite,, 
in' ah association for mutual assistance in their niinistry. They 
divided themselves into seven classes : each met quarterly,., 
and subdivided themselves into lesser bodies, which met 
eVery six weeks. In their quarterly meetings,^ the modera- * 
toif'began with a Latin prayer'; , then there was a Thesis upon 
sofrie theological question, and a disputation, wherein all 
thfe minister's present opposed the respondent. All the divi- 
sions had al^o a yearly meeting at Exeter, in the month of 
M'dy. Mr. Hughes presided in that of 1^56. These meet- 
ings promoted their mtitual acquaintance and amicable cor- \ 
respondence, tho' they were of diflTerent sentiments about 
discipline.* Several episcopal divines, of the best characters,, 
joitiedthem^ and liVed in jgreat amity with tl^em : y. g. Drs. 
Hutchinson^ Candy ^ Fulwood^ Ashton^ Mtssrk. Ackland^ 
Ban/Is^ &c. Mr. Hughes 'wH muc^ esteemed' by the ge- 
nerality of them. It may be worth yfhile to mention one \ 
proof of it even after he was silenced' : He happened to be 
^tTotfiesSy in 1663, on a day when Bp. Ward held a visi- 
tation there, without knowing any thing of it. There was 
a numerous appeai*ance of the clergy, wHo all of them, ex- * 
cepting three, when theyTieard that Mr, Hughes was in the 
town, just as he was taking hoi^se tb|[o, left their bishop and 
accompanied him on horseback about, a mile out of town 
(tho' he would have dissuadcd'them from it) and with great 
respect took their leave of him. 



He died July 3, iS^j. His funeralsertnon was preached by 
Mr. Johnfardf the conformist miaister, o( Totness, 0112 
Tim. iv. 7, 8 ; who Justly gave him a. high encomiuin, aod 
pressed his hearers to imitate his holy example, and live up 
to his excellent sermons. — fFood reports several things to his 
disadvantage, from which he is .fully vindicated by I)r. 
.Calamjf ,( Account ^ p. a^8 — ^^2311) Mr. Tick ell, of Exeter, 
in the dedication of a book tp him, acknpwledges him as, his 
spiritual father. He w^s interred at Kingsbridge^ wheve 
he died, in the same grave with his friend Mr. G. Geffries^ 
minister of that town. A handsome marble monument wais 
erected for him by Mr. T. Crispin^ on which is the follow- 
ing inscription, composed by his son-in-law Mr. John 

In Memoriam suave olentem seternum colendam Viri desi- 
' deratissimi Georgii Hughesii, S., Th. B. Ply^iinuden^ 
stum liuper Pastoris vigilantissimi, sacrae sensus paginse 
penltiorfes eruere, homines condone flectere, precibus 
Deum, mire edbcti. -Qui, Solis semulum ab Oriente 
.au^picatus ,cui:sum (orty Londinasj qccideotale debinc 
sidus diu cl^rult, lucem in vita spargeo^ undiqi^, 
morieiis iuctum : Vit^acque (yete vitalisj cujrriculo in 
aano$ .64 perducto, optima perfiinctus, perpes&us mala, 
jequiem tandem invenit, ammo quidem inGoelis, corpore 
vero in subjacente tumulo, ipsis Juhi nonis. Anno 
Salutis i&Sj. Symmistae longe cbarissimi Qeorgii 
Gcofridiy A. M. cujus exuvlap ante ter novem annos 
ibidem sitas nunc primum in cineres solvuntur, no vis 

Nacta sacros cineres servato fideliter Urna, 
Haec uterum Satio tibi faecundabit inertem. ' 
O foelix tumuli matrix, de'morte renatos 
Olim tam claros hosce enixura gemellos ! 

Thu$ (rfitislated by Dr. Gibbons : 

This marble is erected to the ever-fragrant an4 ever-honored 
inemory of that most excellent mi^n, the Rev. Geq|ig£ 
HlTCH£s, B. D. The most vigilant pastor of the church, at 
Plymouth*: who was wonderfully qualified for the deepest 
researches inco the sacred pages, and the discovery of their 
latent meaning. Alike eminent for his prevalence iirifti mien 
by preaching, and with God by prayer. Like the sun rising 
in the Ease (b^iag borii in Lqmo^) bi^ n^diant 01^ travelled 

4 to 


* - • 

to the West, diffusing in its course, unbounded light, and 
at its setting leaving the church in night and tears. Having 
spent a life (worthy the name) of sixty -four years in our 
world, in doing the best things, and in suffering the. worst, 
he at length attained his rest ; the rest of his spirit in heaven, 
and thfe rest of his body in this adjacent tomb, on the 7th of 
JulVy 1667 : and now mingles his ashes with those of his 
pious fellow-labourer, and most beloved friend, the Rev. 
George GEFFRrE«, A. M. who was, nine years before 
interred in the same place. 

Preserve, O grave, inviolate thy trust, 
This dear depositum of sacred dust. 
This fresh accession shall enrich thy womb 
Parturient when the Lord of life shall come. 
How happy then, when that blest day shall shine, 
To yield two births, immortal and divine ! 
Two saints, two ministers, of prime renown. 
Whom glory with its brightest beams shall crown. 

WORKS. The joint Testimonies of the Mitiisters of Devon 
with those of London, to the Truth of Jesus Christ ; with a Con- 
futation of the Errors, ^c» of these Times, 164-8, subscribed by 
72 Ministers. — Sure-footing in Christianity examioed : In answer 
to Serjeant.§ — Aphorisms concerning the Doctrine of the Sabbath. 
-—Exposition on Genesis and pait of Exodus; printed from some 
imperfect Notes. — Aaron's Rod blossoming ; the Pain and Gain 
of Affliction. (Mr. Baxter esteemed this the best book of its 
kind) — Sermons at Funerals ; and one before the H. of Commons. 

•; Mr. Obadiah Hughes, son of Mr. George 

Hughes, He was ejected from his student's place in Christ 
Churchy Oxford^ 1662, whenhe was just about to take the 
degree of M. A. He betook himself to his father at Ply- 
mouthy and there soon became a sufferer for Nonconformity, 
being seized, and clapped up in prison with, him, Oct, 6, 
1^65, tho* he could be charged with nothing but being hi& 
son* Having been confined a considerable time he was at 
length set at liberty, upon security given to leave the town, 
and not return thither without leave. His father and he» 
during theii* confinement, were not allowed to come toge- 
ther.; but letters continually passed between them. The fol- 
lowing passages, out of a few of the father's letters to the 
eon, appea,r worth inserting : 

$ The Papist, aga^ast whom Tillotson also wrotev 

" Dear 


** Dear son : 


** I am the mark aimed at ; and how far God may suffer 
men to proceed, I know not : but free communion with 
God in prison, is worth a thousand liberties, gained with the 
loss of liberty of spirit. The Lord keep us his freemen. I 
aii^ at a fixed point in heaven. The will of the Lord be 
done, either for liberty or restraint, for life or death. I wait 
for the Lord, And rejoice in him ; to which strong hold 
alone, I commend you also. I desire God's blessing on 
you, and desire you by faith to receive it from that promise, 
* Blessed are ye when persecuted for righteousness -sake,' and 
suffering without a cause. God is wise in this bodily sepa- 
ration of us, and good I hope, in making us meet daily in 
his bosom. Keep close to him ; walk circumspectly ; be of , 
good cheer ; and the God of comfort will be with you : and 
in his bosom I leave you." 

At another time he wrote thus : 

** I am glad to hear of your acquiescence in the will of 
God as to your present restraint j and rejoice also in your 
aim at those holy resolutions of the saints who have suffered 
before. The Lord perfect, both in you and me, every grace 
that may enable us to do and suffer his will. Keep accounts 
with God every day as even as you can. Believe those pro- 
mises, Gen, xvii. i. Isa. xliii-. 2, 3, and Ixiii. 9. The Lord 
perfect faith, wisdom, holiness, and courage in you. I an^ 
well, and best of all in heaven^ ; and satisfied with the will 
of God, which will bring us to glory. I pray for your 
liberty more than my own. My thoughts for myself are 
to keep my covenant ; and yet against all traitorous posi« 
tions that are truly so, I am ready to declare. God hath suf* 
fered us to be debarred from the work of the ministry, de- 
prived of our livelihood, shut up in prison ; and at last we 
are to be driven from our habitations. But this is not all in- 
tended by men, or which may be peripitted by God. There 
is more bitterness yet to be expected, if the Lprd leave the 
reins on the necks of violent and cruel men. But his will 
be done, which is to glorify himself, and perfect blessedness 
for his, thro* these hard ways. I hope He will deliver you 
from the hands of men, and from every snare.** 

% There seems tohave been an error here, in the copy. Probably it should 
tiaye been ** in the hop* of heaven.'* 



In another letter he thus writes : 

** Wc have here in this island fSL Nicholases) good 
lectures read iw every day, from heaven and earth, fr^in seas 
and rocks, from storms and calms, enough to ceachusmuch 
^of God^s providence in our morals as well as an naturals. 
Fruitful spirits might gather much of God from thetn : O 
that mine were so ! How might I feel out heaven this tvay, 
as well as see it by believing ! Lord help, and 1 shaH do it. 
The everlasting arms of love .and mercy Iceq) you biaincless, 
and safe, to die appearance of our Lord." 

Another letter has this passage : 

" As to our sufferings, as ill-natured> froward, or worse, 
I have passed thifofcugh thiem» and I hope. God witi give you 
power to despise them. I know, my son* tlmt you suffer 
at this time more immediately for my sake ; but I hope it is 
on Christ's account, who wiH 43wn it^ «nd return mercy 
unto you. If you are called out this day, I hope God will 
;ivc wisdom what to answer. As to myself or liberty, I 
lave resigned them to the good pleasure of out God. The 
Lord strengthen faith, and lengthen patience : we shall theti 
do well, and inherit the promise. When I go forth frorti 
hence, I shall do it in the faith of God, not kn'owing yet 
whither I shall go.—Your father, endeared by the bonds of 
nature, and grace, and sufferings." 

On March 9, 1670, Mr. Obadiah Hughes was privately 
ordained to the ministry (for which his sufferings had pre- 
pared him) by Mr. Jasper Hides, and five ofneris of his 
brethren. He for some time preached about Plymouth as 
he had opportunity ; the' he ran great risks, and was several 
ways a sufferer. Finding himself no longer safe there, in 
Apiil, ^674, he removed to London, where he was chosen 
pastor of a considerable part of Mr. WelVs congregation, to 
whom he ministered in holy things with great diligence and 
fidelity. He was noted for his excellent gift in prayer, in 
which few exceeded him. It was not long however, before 
he suffered fresh persecution. He was once sent to New- 
prison, and appeared at the sessions, at Hick's-hall, when 
he was forced to give bail for his good behaviour ; and he 
continued under it, from sessions to sessions, for a year to- 
gether. Some thne after he retired to Enfield^ where, upon 




the liberty granted in 1672, he preached publicly, and ga« 
thered a little church, composed of serious christians o( v§i. 
rious denomhiations, and Was instrumental ^ in preparing 
many of theni for heaven who went thither before him. At 
length he was seized with an asthma, whifth confined him 
to his house and chamber, under which his patience and re-* 
signaition were very exethplary. He finished his course Jan» 
24, 1704, in the 65th year of his age, and left two sons in 
the ministry ; the one at Canterbury, and the other at Ware^ 
who had much of the spirit of their father and grandfather. 

Works. Scriptore Light about the Ordinance of Baptism.—* 
A dedicatorv Epistle prefixed to his Father's Aphorisms on the 
Sabbath^ wnich he published. 

— ^ Mr. Thomas Martyn* He was edticatcd first at 
Oxfordy but upon the breaking out of the civil war, he re- 
moved to Cambridge. On retumine into his own country, 
he was chosen by the magistrates ot Plymouth, lecturer of 
St. Andrew^ Sy and was there publicly ordained by presbyters. 
Upon Mr. George Hughes* s death, he succeeded him, and 
continued his ministry till some months before Bartholomew- 
day, 1662, when he was forced to desist from his public 
work ; being, upon a rigorous interpretation of some words 
in private conversation, suspended ab officio. When it was 
given out that he intended to preach after this, he was 
threatened, by a man who carried anger in his breast and a 
sword by his side, that he should be pulled out of the pulpit 
by his eats. In 1665, ho and Mr. Hughes were sent to the 
island of St, Nicholas, and were kept prisoners, under very 
hard circumstances, for ten months ; in which, he, his wife» 
and eight children suffered nibch, grief, and his estate much 
. loss. He humbly petitioned for a removal, when sickness 
prevailed amongst the soldiers, and some of them were very 
near his lodging, but was denied. At length, for the sake 
. of liberty, at the instigation of the Earl of Bath, he gave a 
bond of loool. and sureties to his majesty, not to inhabit, or 
to come within twenty-two mifes of Plymouth^ without 
his or his deputy's leave. He and hisiamily suffered greatly 
in consequence of this separation from each other ; for when 
his presence was necessary to advise, relieve and comfort 
them, in sickness and in deatn, he durst not come near them. 
In all this time, he was not accused of any crime or breach 
of law or statute ; but he was never admitted to appear 
before the governor about this business, tomakehis complaint, 
or to vindicate his character. 
KO. xir. — VOL. u. £ Mr. 


Mr. Sawuil Martyn, son of the atovc Mr. Tho^ 

was Martt/n* He was well known at Plymouth as an oc- 
casional preacter ; and tho* he was not ejected hy the Act of 
* tmiformity, he was silenced, and became a sufierer by it ; 
being apprehended upon the breaking up of a meeting at 
Plymouth, and sent to Exeter jail, where he lay half a year, 
and was excommunicated. He was at length absolved, upon 
receiving the sacrament according to the church of Englmid. 
He died about 1692. 

Mr. John Hoiiscman, who was well knowa in Ply^ 
mouthy was ejpcied at ^cilly island. 

PLYMPTON. St. Mary's [R. S-l Mr.JoHN SerleI* 
He was presented to this living so late as 16^60, when he 
found such dilapidations, that the repairs were more than 
the income for the two years he enjoyed it before Bartholo- 
mew-day, when he quitted ; and not being allowed the tithe 
of 1662, he was 20ol. the worse for having; had this living. 
—In all his conversation he shewed himself a very serious 
religious man. He ventured to preach in hh own house, in 
the very worst of limes, and was very useful. In 1685 '^^ 
suflerecl six months imprisonment in Southgate, Exeter, for 
refusing the corporation-oath. Old Mr. JSallet^ Mr. Hof- 
pin^ Mr. Trasse^ and Mr. Gaylard^ suffered with him for the 
same cause. Mr. Serle was but in low circumstances, and 
wasxbiefly maintained hy friends till about the Revolution ; 
when he was chosen pastor to the dissenting congregation at 
Plympton* He lived to the age of 86, and preached twice 
a ^y to the last. He had such an aversion to publish any 
thing, that when he preached a funeral sermon, on the deatn 
of an excellent young woman, whose relations earnestly 
pressed that it might be printed, they at last prevailed only 
upon this proviso, that not so much as the first letters of his 
name inserted. 

Mr. Pitts. [C.\ § The late Mr. Joseph Pitts, 

an independent minister, in the Borough, Sosthwark, was 
from this county. Probably he might be a descendant of 
this Mr. Pitts. 


^ • Dr. Walker mentions this Mr. Scrle as succeeding Mr. James Bamfield, 
iBthe.ieque»tereaHTiBgof lUttery, in this county, in which he continued 


. n 

m I)£VONSHiR£. 6? 

POLTIMORE [R.] Mr. Ambrose Clare, He was 
brought up to trade, but afterwards went to the university. 
He had the character of a rcpy good schobr, an acute dis- 
putanty and a phnn, but judicious and good preacher. 

PYEWORTHY [R. S, 27/. Ss. yd.} Mr. Michael 
Taylor. He was bom at Stherton^ and educated at CafiP- 
bridge^ At his coming from thence he was assistant to Mr. 
Humpkrty Saunders^ at Hotbwprthy, with whom he lived 
and whose relation he married. While he continued there 
he was much noticed for his piety and ministerial abilities ; 
particularly for his excellent gift in praya*. After the liberty 
in 1687, he had a public meeting-house, at HoUsworthy^ 
where he died May 26, 1705. His funeral sermon waa 
preached by Mr. John Balstcr. Dr. Walker says, ** he 
would have conformed at the Restoration, could be have 
kept the living," which is utterly groundless. His widow 
writes upon this head as follows: ^ He quitted bis living at 
Pyeworthy some dme before Bartholomew-day, because 
there was a flaw pretended in his title, which he would not 
be at the charge of vindicatinev when he foresaw he imisc 
quit it on the account of coosaence in a little time. It wafr 
not the want of a benefice, or church preferment, that nuide 
or kept him a Nonconformist ; for his interest in the gentry 
of his neighbomhood, and in some considerable clergymen^ 
would have removed that difficulty : but the terms required 
of those that would keep any place of public service m the 
national church, were such as he could not comply with.'** 
She added the following certificate, declaiing her readiness^, 
if required, to swear it. " Whereas Dr. W^fl/^^r hath pub- 
lished, JCf. I do hereby certify, that I was married to Mr. 
Taylor some years before his ejection ; and that I never 
knew him signify 'any inclination to Conformity, either be- 
fore, at, or since his quitting his living. But on divers oc- 
casions hath expressed bis full satisfitction in his Nonconfor- 
mity ; and under all discouragements did fulfil his ministry as 
he had opportunity ; and wim patience and chearftilness did 
suffer for so doing. In his last sickness he spake to many of 
his friends who came to visit him, that Nonconformity is 2: 
^ood cause ; that he was intirely satisfied in it, and <Hd re* 
joice in hissuSerings for it.'^ Mary Taylor. 

Feb. 12, 1717-8. 



REW [Rk 130/.} Mr. Edward Parr. He succeeded 
his name-sake» and probably bis relation, Mr. Bartholomew 
Parr^ prebendary of Exeter, in this living, which Dr* 
Walker intimates he lost by the ordinance against pluralities. 
This Mr. £. Parr was a fluent agreeable preacher, and a 
very hcavenly-roinded man. He every where made it his 
business to do good. Having no children^ his great charity 
allowed him to lay up very little. After the Bartholomew 
ejection he liv^d at Maty Otteiy ; when he and Mr. Gun^ 
dery used to preach in Newton chapel, a peculiar belonging 
to Ailsheer^ the minister of which (Mr. Cortes^ a sober^ 
moderate, good man, and a lover of such persons as Mr. 
farr) countenanced, or at least connived at it. The Bishopi 
often sent to him to forbid it ; but he in excuse used to say^ 
** If the chapel-doors were shut, the alehouse doors would. 
** be open ; and that no body else would preach there, the 
•* pay was so small.'* So tniat they continued to exercise 
th^ir ministry there, all this time ; but his successor would 
not suffer it. Mr. Parr afterwards preached at Buckerall 
and Aldscomb^ and took great pains, with good success/ 
in catechizing little children and young persons grown up. 
He refused the parsonage of Silverton^ worth 500/. per 
enn, which was offered him^ if he would have coxabrmed* 
So that, being above forty years a Nonconformist, he may 
be said to have lost above 20,000/. in the cause. He lived 
afterwards in a low condition, but died full of peace and 
hope» His funeral sermon was preached by Mr. Ct. Trosse* 

' SANDFORb PEVEREL [R. S.] Mr. Stephen Coven. 
He was presented to this living in in 1655. Dr. Walker 
says, " It is probable he never had any orders at all of any 
kind." But it is at least as probable he is mistaken, as he 
has been proved, in many instances of this sort, to have 

WORKSi The Military Christian ; ori a good Soldier of Jesus 
Christ in qpinpleat Armour. 

SATERLEIGH [R. 31?. 95. 6i.] Lewis Hatch, M. A.. 
Of Exeter Col. Oxf. All that can now be learned con^ 
^erning him is, that he was a good scholar. 

SHODBROOK [R. 200/.] Thomas. Trescot, M. A. 
He was a native of Exeter ^ where his father was a fuller j a 
very religious and charitable man» who left as good a cha-- 
raqter as any man in his station. This his son was many years 

2 ill 


in the unirersity, and was a close student, fin the year 
1642 he was rector of Inwardleigk,'] Dr. H^atker says, 
" In the year \6So^ to secure his title to this rich parsonage 
he took put the broad seal for it ptr lapmm ;" most cer- 
tainly therefore by the Act for ministers, which passed in 
i66o» he must have as good a title to his living as any cier* 
£yman in the county. The Dr. adds (without a word to hig 
disadvantage) ^* He was again dispossessed in 1662 for Noii- 
conformity." He was courted to Conformity by very ad« 
vantageous offers, but chose to leave this benefice, as well 
as other prospects, tho* he had a wife and eight children* 
rather than act against his conscience. Upon his ejectment 
he retired to Exeter^ and laboured there as he had opportu- 
nity. And there, after much weakness, he died, Dec. t6. 
1684, ^^' ^' Trosse preached his funeral sermon. He 
was a gentleman of good learning, great hospitality, and 
exemplary piety. He was much beloved by his parishioners^ 
and much esteemed by the clergy and gentlemen all round 
that neighbourhood. He publisned nothing but an Assize 
$ermon, at£xeter> i6^2^*cntklcd The Zealous Magisirai€» 

SHUTECV.andCOLYTON, C] Mr. John Gill. After 
his ejectment he continued a humble pious preacher among 
the Dissenters till his death, which was. about the year i68S. 

SIDBURY [V. 28/.] Mr, Richard Babington. He 
was not properly ejected, but voluntarily resigned his living, 
^ome time before the Bartholomew act, to the worthy^ and 
' learned Mr. Simon Parsons^ on account of a disorder in his 
head, which some times disabled him in the pulpit ; but he 
would otherwise undoubtedly have been a Nonconformist. 
One reason for this supposition is, that he gave by will tool. 
to ten ejected ministers. He bad a good estate, and studied 
physic, which he practised only by givbg advice gratis both 
to the rich and the poor. He was a learned and moderate 
man. He died about 1681, and ordered that there should 
be three Conformists, and three Nonconformists, to attend 
him to his grave. 

SILVERTON [R. S. 51/: 8s. 4^.] Mr. Nathaniel 
Byfield. Dr. Walk(^r says, he never paid Mr. Cotton. 
the sequestered minister, his fifths ; at the same time qiyniog, 
that possibly the recovery of some of his ten^por^l estates 
might exclude him from a title to that benefit ; so that the 
circumstance ought not to have been meiitioned. It is very 

13 likely 


likdy that the true reason why such aHowaoce wis not made 
to several other persons, where the sarhe complaint is brought, 
\was, their being in such circumstances as not to need it ; in 
which case they had no claim, 

SOUTHBRENT [V. S. 300/.] Christopher Jelun- 
0ER, M. A. He was botn in the palatinate of the Rhine^ 
near Wormesy in the hereditary dominions of Frederic king 
of Bohemia, at whose court he resided when he was in 
Hl^lbnd. He studied at Newhause college, in the lower pa- 
latinate, and afterwards at Basil and at Ley den. He was 
f<Mrced to become a soldier in the German wars, and by that 
means lost aTl he had. He was once beset by the enemy's 
horse in a wood, and with di£5culty saved his life. He af- 
terwards fiirther pursued his studies at Geneva^ from whence 
be was invited into England by Mr. White^ of Dorchester. 
On coming to Exeter he was liberally entertained by the ma- 
jgistrates and citizens. ' Bp. HaWhAA much free conversation 
'i^idi'him, and preached a sermon on purpose to stir up the 
^opie to a bountiful contribution for the support of him and 
another exile, which he encouraged by his own example. 
Mr. Jellinger first preached in French and Dutch^ and by 
degrees learnt to do it in English. At length he settled at 
Stonehouse^ in this county, and was afterwards put into this 
living. After the Restoration, the marquis of Winchester 
offered to prefer him if he would conform, but he refused. 
His writings shew him not to have been a great man, but 
from his life which was published, he sppears to have been a 
man of eminent piety ; and Mr. Si&ncliffe^ who was well 
acquainted with him, speaks of him as such : tho' Mr. 
Princ/e^ a worthy neighbouring clergyman, in a letfer to the 
authcM', says, '* That he was not much admired for his pru- 
dence or judgment, and diat he was not just to Mr. Gan'dy^ 
the sequestered mmister ; a worthy man, who had a largo 
family," Dr. WaUerspeikB of Mr. Crffw</j/'j wife as being 
cruelly turned out of doors by a party of horse; but Mr, 
Jellinger might not be answerable for this. He seen\s to 
have been of a melancholy disposition, and had some pecu- 
liarities in bis conduct. Among other things, he would fre* 
quentlyrisfe at midnight to pray and sing psalms. When he 
left South Brent he removed to Marldon^ not far from 
Totness ; and at last settled at Kingsbridge. He conr 
tinned to preach when he was very old ; and died at Kings- 
bridge, at about 83 years of age* 



WORKS. DtspQlatio Thepl. de Sacra Ccena.— The Rose of 
Sbaron. — CbrUt and his Saints, &r. a Disc, on Canticles.-— A 
Cluster of the sweetst Grapes ; a Disc, of Assmance. — Fifteen 
Conferences with Christ. — A new and living Way of dying ; o« 
Heb. xi. I S. — A new Canaan for the Saints Delight, &>;. — Heaves 
won by Violence. — ^The Spiritual Merchant^-— The invaluable 
Worth of Man's Soul. — ^The Usurer cast ; on Ps, xv. 5. — ^Usory 
skated and overthrown. — Godiiness epitonuaQd«*->»Unip lacra : or 
a Holy Union proposed to the divided Protestan^Sf 

SOWTON ty. S.] John MoaxiMER. B. A. Of 
Oxford University n He was bora in Exeter ; where hit 
fether was a plain tradesman. His mother was sister to Hu 
Manton. He was very studious and serious ; so conversant 
with the holy scripture, and of such a memory, that if anf 
one mentioned a passage, he would readily tell the chapter 
and verse. After being silenced he was reduced to great dif* 
ficulties, lipon which he went to London, to liis uncle 
Manton, who procured him some employment in private 
families, by which he earned a subsistence. In the time o( 
the plague, he often preached in the public churches. In 
the fire of Landon, m 1666, he lost nis books, together 
with all the notes of his sermons. On his return into thie 
country, the plague happened to break out there ; wbicb 
was ascribed to his having brought the infection ; upon which 
he and his wife were cruelly sent to the Pest-house, where 
those that had the distemper were confined : but providence 
preserved them both, so that they never caught it. He after- 
wards removed to Exeter, where he continued inany years. 
But having a laVge family of children, he found it dimcult to 
provide for them, and was at last reduced so low as to be 
under the necessity of absconding, thru' fear of being seized 
for debt. As he was walking along the ro^d he met a maq 
driving some sheep, whoo) he endeavored to avoid. Eut the 
man came up to him, and, put a paper into his hand, . which, 
contained a sum of money. . He immediately returned to his 
wife, who had been greatly dejected, and g^ve her the paper. 
On opening it, they found nothing written but these words : 
TO PREACH PRciviDENCE. The whole family, as migjht 
easily be supposed, were not a little affected on the receipt 
of so seasonable a supply, in so remarkable a manner. Mr^, 
Mortimer died at £xeteri 1696, aged 6^. 



STAVERTON [V.32/. 145. 8rf.] Mr John Horsham^ 
Dr. IValker s^ys^ he. was dispossessed of this living for Non- 
conformity in 1662 ; and intimates, " that there was one, 
of both these names, possessed of this vicarage before th6 
wars.'* There is no reason to question his being the same 
person ; but nothing more is known concerning him. 

STOKE-CANON. Mr. John Jordan, of Cam6. 
Univ. Born in St. Petrock's parish, ExeteVy of religious 
parentSi who lived in good repute, and were allied to consi*- 
derable families. His mother was one of the founders of a^ 
hospital, in that city, to which she gave 500/. In his youth 
he wentabroady and on his return was entered a student at 
Cambridge. In 1655, the Lord Chief Baron Steel, and 
Sir !• Thoroughgood, Kt. presented him to this living. Of]i 
I'eo. 21, 1662, he was warned by* the dean and chapter of 
Exeter, to leave his place. He was a very religious and cha- 
ritable man, and a very laborious minister. Fie continued a 
Nonconformist to his rleath, tho* he was always poor. H^ 
lived to be upwards of 80 years of age. 

STOKE^DAMAREL. [See Saltalsh, Cornwal.] 

STOKENHAM [V. S. 48/. 7s. 7^.] Benjamin Cle^ 
tAND, M. A. He was some time at St. Petrock's, iii 
Dartmouth^ and removed from thence to Stokenham. Hq 
was of an advanced age when ejected, and continued a 
Nonconformist. On Charles II. 's coming to Dartmouth, iii 
July^ 1671, by the interest of his great friend and patron 
Sir John F(mel with the king, he was ind^ilged the liberty 
again to exercise his ministry at St^Petrock^s^ without being 
obliged to any other terms of conformity than the bare read-i 
ing of a few prayers, and such of them only as he chosei 
He rejoiced in this opportunity of employing his excellent 
talents, and faithfully discharged the duties of his ministry, 
till being superannuated, he was obliged to desist from hi$ 
beloved work, and retire to a private life, He spent the' 
short remainder of his days chiefly at /*o///mot//A, abou^ 
ten miles from Dartmouth, where he had an eistate. As he 
was going to visit his son, the minister of AshfrivgUm^ hq 
was taken ill on the road, and with difficulty got to the cn<^ 
of his jaumey ; when he told his son he was come to die j^ 
which accordingly * he soon did. He was a man of gi ea^ 
worth ; a very grave and solid divine ; eminent for minis--: 
terial abilities, activity, jceal and piety. He was a Bcanerg^s^ 

IN DfiVONSHniB. 73 

in the pulpit, and his ministry was attended wfth great 
success ; his people, who were before very ignorant and 
profane, being rcformed» and many of them becoming tiiily 


WORKS: The Saint's Encouragement ; shewing how to ease 
our troubled Hearts by believing in God and in Jesus Christ. 

STOKE-FLEMMING [R. S. aoo/.] William Bat- 
I.EY, M. A. Of Na0 CoL Oxf, He was horn of a very 
good and genteel, family, at Ashlington^ near Devizes. 
After a liberal education in the country, he was sent young 
to Oxford^ where he made considerable improvements in 
learning. When he quitted the university, his father would 
have purchased a good living for him ; but he would by no 
iiieans admit of it, as judging s^ch trafEc unlawful. Before 
the civil war he was three years chaplain to Lord Roberts^ 
who always treated him with singular respect. He married 
^ niece of Mr. F. Mous, provost of Eton. He was first 
settled at Tavierforiy near Plymouth ; but the war breaking 
out soon after, he was so threatened by the neighbouring 
cavaliers, that he was forced, under many difficulties, to 
retire with his family to London by water. There he got a 
good living about fifteen miles from the city, and continued 
ilj it ^ year, when he was persuaded by some members of 
j^arl lament to accept of the sequestered living of Stoke* 
Fleviming^ which he did, to his own injury ; for — — 
NicolSf Esq. of Comwal (his wife's cousin-german) offered 
him at the same time a mort-Iiving, which was in his gift, of 
300/. per ann, and was displeased with him for refusing his 
kindness. He was induced to give Stoke-FUmming the pre- 
ference, by the pressing solicitations of his pious wife, who 
knew the miserable state of that parish, which being over- 
^n with ignorance and profaneness, wanted sucli a minister. 
There he continued discharging the duties of his office with 
great fidelity till the Restoration, being generally respected 
and belovea by the parishioners, and particularly by some of 
"very different sentiments from his own : insomuch that upon 
the turn of the times, Mr. T, SoutJieot, a leading man, tho* 
'd high cavalier, would fain have persuaded Mr. Bailey to 
conform, as the fittest man for that place ; and would nave 
Engaged,, upon that condition, for his continuance in it^ 
^ When his mpre stated labours weie at an end, he did not 
lead an idle inacrive life, but readily assisted his neighbour- 
ing l)rethren till Augu^t^ i662. when he was wholly si- 
^" ' ' lenced. 


lenced. He afr<erwards grew mdancholy, and was seised 
with a palsy, which held him to his death, Nov. 93, 1672. 
He was a grave solid divine^ a hard stucknt, of uncoromon. 
learning, great ministerial abilities, a most judicious preacher, 
and emment for hi$ meekness, humility and patience^ under 
all his sufferings. Dr. Walker lays several things to his 
charge, which are confuted by Dr. Calatny fOmtin. p. 277.) 
Mrs. Burnegham, Mr. Baiky*$ aunr, by the mother's side» 
was at the expence of educatmg the fomous Abp. Laudy as 
he himself, when at the height of his prefennent» frankly 
and gratefully acknowledged. On this account Mr. Bailejf 
might have expected some little favor from that prelate^ but 
found none. 

TALLATON [R. 32/, 2s. ^\d.'] Robert Coliins, 
M. A. After his ejectment he lived ^tOtUry St. Mary^ 
where he had an estate of about 100/. per ann. He was much 
respected by the good people of the town and the places ad« 
jacent, who usually attended on his ministry in tne public 
church, and were now desirous to enjoy it in a more private 
way. He preached therefore in his own house, between the 
morning and afternoon service ; and usuallyi with his family, 
attended the public worship in the afternon. He lived very 
peaceably till the Conventicle-act took place : but then his 
nouse was surrounded, on the Lord's-day, (Sept. 1670) with 
the officers, and the vilest rabble of the town ; who not 
daring to break open the doors till they had got a warrant from 
a neighbouring justice, kept the congregation prisoners till 
night, when the warrant came. When the doors were opened, 
he and the people were uncivilly treated, both by the gentle- 
men and the mob. Getting the names of whom tney pleased, 
and taking some into custody, warrants were issued out for 
levying 20/. on Mr. Collins for preaching, 20/. for his 
house, and 55, on each of the hearers, tho* there was no 
proof that there was any preaching or praying at all. Tho' 
they fined Mr. Collins 20/. for his house, yet it deserves a 
remark, that there was no person found there, but in a neigh* 
hour's house adjoining. After this followed much other bu- 
siness of the same kind, in this neighbourhood : breaking 
open of houses and shops, taking away goods and wares ; 
forcing open gates, driving off cattle, and exposing them to 
Sale*, tor the raising of the fines. Many were deprived of 
What they could ill spare from their families. 



Some time after this, when there-was no service in the 
public church, Mr. Collins ventured again to open his doors 
to all that would come. But a warrant was soon procured 
from Sir Peter Prideaux for apprehending him ; and he, 
with several others, were brought before Sir Peter^vrho treat- 
ed them with great inhumanity, calling Mr. Collins a minister 
of the devil, and using other scurrilous language ; and when 
Mr. Collins offered to reply, threatened him with a jail, in-* 
terlacing his words with oaths and curses. When the wit-^ 
nesses were examined, they affirmed, that on such a Lord's- 
day, they heard Mr. Collins preach or pray, but were not 
certain which it was. On Saturday, Oct. 1, the officers 
came with a warrant to levy 40/. on him, for w:hich they 
drove away sixteen bultocks out of his ground. After this 
he appealed from the justice to the quarter-sessions, and the 
record being produced and read (not till the third sessions) 
an error was found in it ; which was, That Mr. Collins was 
convicted of *« Teaching, or preaching, or praying," hut 
of neither, positively or certainly. Bis counsel insisted 
much on this, and Sir T, Carew being the chairman, said 
he thought it a fundamental error, and that he could not in 
judgment or conscience pass it over. All seemed inclined to 
relieve Mr. Collins except some few justices, one of wlionx 
said, *^ That Presbyterian preaching and praying was aH 
cme ; for they in their prayers would undertake to teach 
almighty God." Mr. Isaac, counsel for the prosecutor^ 
prayed the bench to call for a dictionary, and said, there 
they would find that pradicare and erare were the same. 
This business was discussd more or less several days. Mr; 
Collins in the mean 4ime was assured that, if he would 
submit to the covrt, he should have favor. Mis friends ad^ 
vised him by all means to submit, uad accordingly he did so. 
Upon which, some of the court smil^, and muttered, 
** Now he has withdrawn his appeal, and confessed nimselJF 
guilty ; which could hot have been proved against him ; so 
that he is at our mercy/' After this, not a word passed in 
his favor, so that he was left to pay the whole; and they put 
uoL more upon him, as treble costs for his unjust appeal. 

On ^ug. 20, 1675, there being no service in the parish 
church, many considerable inhabitants of O/Z^ry, desired 
Mr, Collins to preach there, but he refused, and preached at 
his own house near it, which was a large handsome building, 
where persons of all ranks and persuasions thronged to- hear 
bini, both morning' an4 afternoon. About five weeks after, 



some poor men of the town were sent ifor by justice Hayden ; 
and being threatened and flattered, against their consciences 
oonVicted Mr. Collins and seversd others of a conventicle, 
on the ,5th of September. Whereas there was no meeting 
at all that dav, but the persons convicted were at church. 
However 20/. was laid upon Mn Collins^ and levied on his 
goods ; 10/. on W. Ledgingham^ Esq. for persons unable 
and unknQwn ; 9/. 15^. on Mr. M. Streatchleigh ; 5/. oa 
Mr. Farrington, for being an officer and knowing of a 
meeting, but not discovering it, when there was none at all 
that month. Many lesser sums were laid and levied on other 
persons, some of whom appealed, and proved they were at 
no meetings that day, but at church : and yet they bad treblQ 
costs laid upon them for their appeal. The money, thus 
k(ied> aever i^ppe^red to havq been applied as the ace 

On Aug, 20, 1679, Mr. Hayden with several officers^ 
upon suspicion of a meeting at Mr. Collinses house, came 
and broke open his gates and doors, entered his house, and 
made a strict search, but found nobody there to ma,ke a meet- 
ing I however, finding aftei wards that some had been there^ 
they got the names of twenty -three persons, and at the next 
sessions indicted them for a riot, or unlawful assembly, at 
Mr. Collinses house : and tho' these persons were all in ono 
indictment, for one pretended ofieixce, and some of them 
men and their wives, yet the clerk of the peace made them 
pay distinct fees ; but this was removed by a certiorari. — 
On May 15, 1681, Mr. Hayden with several officers, but 
upon mere suspicion, beset Mr. CQlUns^s house, and de- 
manded entrance ; but being denied, broke first the great 
gate, and then the door of the house* Upon search, they 
found only three persons, of whom they could make no con^ 
viction ; but Mr. Collins had no recompence for the ds^agd 
he sustained. On Alay 25, 1681, as he and his wife wereat* 
tending a funeral on horseback, a constable by a warrant 
from Mr. Hayden^ seized them both ; but at length let bis 
' wife go, and carried him to the constable's house, and kept^ 
him there under guard night and day, from Wednesday to 
Friday ; when he was brought before Mu Hayden^ .and had 
the corporation oath tendered. Upon his refusing it, Mr^ 
Hayden sent him to the high jail (tho' 1000/. bail was 
oiFered) where he lay six months with the common prir 
soners ; one of whom there was ground to hope that he wa^ 
an instrument ia converting, who was condemned to bq ex? 
^ecuted. ^i\ 


In 1682, Mr. Collins wa$ convicted for two months ab- 
sence from church, for which 1I&/. was levied on his goods ; 
and the baiiiflF had 5/. more for taking distress. He was 
^Iso often prosecuted, in the ecclesiastical courts, for his Non^ 
conformity, for fifteen years together ; for not bringing hi» 
children to public baptism, nor recetviag the sacrament, Kc* 
for which he was excommunicated, and had a capias issued 
out against him. He was likewise frequently indicted at the 
assizes and the sessions, upon the statute 01 ^o^£liz* He 
and his wife and servants were also many times mdlcted tipoa 
X Eliz. for twelve pence a Sunday for not being at church ; 
tho* he could not attend on account of his being excommu-- 
liicated. At every sessions the justices would take na pre- 
sentment from the oflScers, and at every visitation the court- 
holders would take no presentment from the wardens, unfesa 
Mr. Collins was inserted ; so ibs^t both were forced unwIU 
lingly to give him disturbance. He was also prosecuted for 
living within five miles of the place wh^re he had been mi- 
nister. All which prosecutions bore so hard upon him, that 
he was at length obliged to leave his family, s^nd ^t last was 
forced to quit the kingdom, and withdraw into Holland^ by 
which he lost several hundred pounds ; and be was obligotl ti?- 
sell a very hiandsomc mansion-house, and a fine estate adjoinr 
ing, to maintain himself and family in their distracted pon- 
dition. But notwithstanding his sufferings were so great, he " 
lived to be near 80 years of age. • His funeral sermon was 
preached by Mr. G. Trosse^ of Exetej. He was a grave 
and pious man. At hisdeath he left 20/, towards building a 
iiew meeting. It was remarkable, that the high«constablQ 
was taken ill the day that Mr. Cdlim was seized, and idied 
the Lord's-day following. 

TAMERTON^ fV.] Mr. Robert Wyne. Nothing 
inore is known of him than that he published the foHowing 

WORKS. Elysii Campi : A Paradise of Delights, in two Dis* 
courses. J. The Confirmation of the Covenant, on Heb. vi, 17, 
is. 2. The Donation of Christ, o&Rom. vJii. 32. 

North' TAWTON IR.I Mr. Maynard. He was an 
old man when heivas efectfed ; but notwithstanding this, he 
met with severe usage. Soon rfrcr his ejectment he was 
threatened with beiiig sent to the worl^-house, by justice G — , 
who told him that heshoiild there hear better preaching than 
Jbis ow^ and asked hjm^ Who made him a preacher r Mr. 
, ^ Alaynard 


Maynard assured him tbat he had been episcopally ordained^ 
But this procured him no favor : the justice replied, *' I 
hear you teach children to suck in rebellion : you ought to be 
banished the realm, and if ypu return, to be cut asunder/^ 

TAVISTOCK [V.] Thomas Larkham. M. A. Of 
JestLS Col. Camb. Born May 4, 1601, at Lime^ in Dor- 
setshire. He was first settled in the ministry at Northam^ 
in this county. Seine of the Puritan, stamp, he was so 
followed with vexatious prosecutions, that, in a little time, 
he had been a sufFerer in almost all the courts of England. 
He was in the Star-chamber and High- commission court at 
the same time. He was^ articled against in the Consistory, 
at Exeter, and under a suit of pretended slander, for re- 
proving an atheistical wretch, under the name of an atheist ; 
and pursuivants came upon him, one on the back of another, 
till at last (to use his own words) by the tyranny of the 
Bishops, and the tenderness of his conscience, he was 
forced as an exile into New-England. Tho' be there so^ 
journed in a land that he knew not, God was with him. 
After some time he returned, when he was chosen by the in- 
habitants of Tavistock as their pastor, the noble earl of ^^£/- 
ford having promised to present and pay whomsoever they 
chose. In this place his labours were crowned with more 
than ordinary success. One Mr. Wilcox^ of Linkinhom^ 
in Cornwal, going to hear him on a lecture-day, merely 
with a design to divert himself, came away pricked at the 
heart, and retained a particular respect for him ever after. 
One Mr. Watts^ who lived in the same town with him, 
published some scurrilous pamphlets against him ; but some 
time after, openly professed his sorrow, and begged his 
pardon. When Mr. Larkham died, this Mr. Watts wished 
his own soul in his soul's stead, and respected his memory 
as long as he lived ; and in bis will (in which he settled an 
estate m the hands of trustees for piovs uses) he expressed his 
abhorrence of his own pamphlets as ^* idle apd wretched 
performances ;'* adding, tbat ^* he wrote them in his 
*' youthful years, and md not stick to cast dirt on others, for 
•* the clearmg hitpself.'' . 

Mr. ZarAAamufict with bis share of trouble after his eject-* 
Oient^ and at last died ia ibe coym where he hod lived and 
laboured) oon^ned ia tbts hou^ ot Us soa^in^law, not daring 
to stir abroad for fear of a jail. .The malice of some foU 
luwed him even af^er iu$ d(e^th|.foE they. would hafe pre« 
4 vented 


ymteA his being interred in the chur<ji. But the steward of 
the earl of Bedford interposed, and he was buried in that 

Sirt of the chancel which belonged to diat noble family* 
e died 1669, ^ed 68, lamented by pious persons of all 
persuasions in those parts. He was a man of great sincerity^ 
strict piety, and good learning. He had been chaplain for 
some time to Sir Hardress Waller, and the father of Mr. 
G. Larkham, of Cockermouth. 

WORKS. Sermons on the Attr i bu tes of God — ^The Wedding 
Supper. — A Discourse on paying Tythes. 

THORNCOMBE [V.] Mr. Nicholas Wakely. When 
the Act of Uniformity was about to pass, he was at first 
under great concern for fear of want, if he should refuse to 
•comply with it, having a wife and seven children, with 
nothing to maintain them ; and on that account was tempted 
to conform. But at length, upon close consideration, be 
resolved to cast himselt upon God and his providence ; of 
which he had no cause to repent, for he was remarkably 
provided for quickly after, by the death of a relation, upon 
whose decease 40/. a year came into his family. He was a 
lively, affecting prieacher, and an excellent man, both in the 
imlpit and out of it. 

TIVERTON. Theophilus Pox^wheil, M. A. Of 
Eman, Col, Camb. where Dr. (afterwards Abp.) SancrofU 
was his tutor, and he became Fellow of the college. H^ 
was bom in Coniwal. When he left the univer3ity he was 
for some time preacher in Carlisle, He was^ one of the com- 
mittee appointed for ejecting Scandalous ministers, He. ia 
^6^4, fox Cumberland, Durham, &c. This year he re- 
moved to Tiverton^ where he continued till the Restora- 
tion. After the Act of uniformity took place, he had his 
share of suflferings with the rest of his brethren. One Mr. 
^— — -i, who had joined in communion with him, and given 
in his Experiences before the church, afterwards became his 
furious persecutor. Once, when this man was mayor, he 
disturbed the meetbg while Mr. Polmheil was preaching, 
requiring him to come down, and committing him to the 

custody of a Serjeant. A Mr» C n was also his great 

enemy, and had once fonnefl a design to seize him as he w^s 
going out of his house, before breajc of day^; .but one 
Berry y a Serjeant, discoverejl the plan and prevented the exe- 
cution of it. But he outlived those times of persecution, 


JO Ministers ejected. 

and after K* Jameses liberty, he opened a meeting ifi Tivef^ 
ton, and invited Mr. Samuel Bartlet to assist hifti. lAH 
died in a good old age, ib Jpril, f68g.-i-What Dr. U^dlM 
relates to his disadvantage is refuted in CaL Contin. p. 261. 

WORKS, A Treatise on Self-denial.— The evil of Apostacj 
and quenching the Spirit.. -Of Ejaculatory Prayer. — Directions fof 
starving God on the Workiftg-day and On the LordVday. — Exhoj^ 
tations to holy Living, in whicirMr. Mall assisted. 

Mr. John Chisul. Of Oxf. umversTty. He 

came to Tiverton from Enfieldy in Middlesex, where he 
kept a boarding-school (to which several eminent citizens 
sent their sons) and preached occasionally. One Mr. Foot 
, was the chief cause of bis removaU He was a very lively 
florid preacher, and of a courteous obliging temper. Di:. 
Walker relates some scandalous stories of him, which Df« 
Ca/fl7?iy proves utterly groundless ^Cofi/m. p. 263.) These 
are told on the credit of one Mn Nexete^ whnDm Dr. Walker 
calls reverend and worthy, f The following anecdote will 
shew what regard is to be paid to this man's word,^ and to 
some of Dr. IValker^s stories. • A certain person had charged 
Mr, Newte with inconstancy, alledging " That he wa$ 
zealous for K. James, and had prayed for his prince of 
Wales ; and that upon the Revolution he had taken the oaths 
to Kw William, and had prayed for hiin: and yet, that after 
his death he had said. It had been well for the nation if he 
had died seven years sooner.'* Mr. Newte strongly denied 
that he had ever prayed for the prince of Wales. His clerk 
being present (an old man much respected) it vfas proposed 
that he should be asked about it. Upon which the old man 
replied, *' Yes sure, master, you did. pray for him ; and I 
said Amen to it." 

WORKS. TRe Almost Christian, and young Mun's Memento. 
— Seasonable Thoughts of Divine Providence^ 1 666. — A Word 
to Israel in the Wilderness ; on Heb. iii. 8, 5.— A Poem prefixed 
to Dr. Teate's Poems on the Trinity. 

f His father, the seqnesterecl minister of tbit plate, appears to have de- 
served this character. See Pri dee's Worthies of Devon, p. 476, ^c 

Dr. Calanxy relates that Dr. Chisul, a physician, who died at Tiverton^ in 
1717, wrote a Latin letter to Dr. Walker^ in which hechallcngea him aboiit 
the untruths he had published, to wound the reputation of very worthy meA^ 
a^ defied l^r. Mewtc tp produce one credible witness for what he had re- 
ported of this Mr. Cbisttl; adding^ that *< Mr. Newte was ascurrilous felioW^ 
' not wo/thy to carry his father's books.^' 

%♦ Great 


*»* Groat TORRINGTON [R. 64/. 17s. lorf.] Johm 
Howe, M. A. Of Christ's CoL Camb, Afterwards of 
Oxford. Mr. Wood says, of Braz. Nose CoL This great 
man was born il/a^ 17, 1630^ at Loughborough^ inLeices* 
tershire, where hiis father was settled by Abp. Laud^ but af- 
terwards turned out by him for siding with the Puritans, and 
driven into Ireland ; whither he took his son, then very 
young, and where their lives were remarkably preserved 
during the execrable rebellion and massacre. In the time of 
the war, the father returned and settled in Lancashire, where 
his son had his grammar-learning. He was sent early to 
college, where his great attainments in literaiuie, joined with 
his exemplary pi^ty, so recommended him, that he was 
elected Fellow of Magd. CoL after he had been made/)^wj/ 
by the parliament visitors. At this tim,e Dr. Goodwin was 

e resident of that college, and had gathered a church among 
is scholars ; of which Mr. Howe'^ at the Dr.'s own mo- 
tion, became a member. (See vol, 1. p. 240.) He was or- 
dained at IVinwick^ in Lancashire, by Mr. C. Herle^ the 
pastor of that church, and the ministers who ofEciated in 
the several chapels in this parish ; on which account he 
would sometimes say, that he thought few in modern times 
had so truly primitive an ordination, for he considered Mr. 
Herte as a priihltive bishop. By an unexpected event^of 
providence he was called to Torringtoriy where, tho' young, 
he abundantly fulfilled his ministry, which was blessed with 
great success. He had a numerous auditory and a flourishing 
church, to which many of the inhabitants joined them- 
selves, who belonged to an Independent church, at Bideford^ 
baving had a dismission from thence. 

The manner in which he was used to carry on the service 
here, on Fast-days (which were frequent in those times) 
was very extraordmary. He began at nine o'clock with a 
prayer of a quarter ot an hour — read and expounded scrip- 
ture for about three quarters — ^prayed an hour — preached 
another — then prayed half an hour. The people then sung 
about a quarter of an hour, during which he retired and took 
a little refreshment. He then came into the pulpit again, 
prayed an hour more — preached another hour — and riien vvith 
a prayer of half an hour concluded the service. — He was' 
ilpongood terms with the neighbouring ministers, particu- 
larly with Mr. George Hughes^ of Plymouth, whose 
daughter he married. With him he carried on a weekly otw- 
r^spondence in Latin. The following circumstance ia one 
NO. xiu-^vou lu c of 


of them is remarkable : Mr. Howe's house being on fire, 
wasextinguUbed by a seasonable shower. On that very day 
he received a letter from his father Hughes^ which concluded 
with this prayer : Sit Ros Cosli super habiiaculumvestrum. 
1. c. Let the dew of heaven be uponyour dwelling. 

The manner in which Mr. Howe became chaplain to 
Cromwelly was related in a former ardcle. (Seepage 17.) 
He entered upon this office with great reluctance, and never 
abused the influence it gave him, to injure others, or to en- 
rich himself ; but used it to serve the interest of religion and 
learning among persons of very different sentiments. His 
conduct in respect to Dr. Seth Ward^ afterwards Bp. of ^^cer^^r, 
Reserves particular notice. The Dr. applied, by means of 
Mr. Howe J for the Prihcipalship of Jesus college ; but it 
had been promised to another. However Mr. Howe so 
strongly recommended him to the Protector, that he gavo 
bini an annual allowance equivalent to it ; and the Dr. 
retained a grateful sense of the favor,' when, upon the change 
of times, he became a greater man. Mr. Howe always ap- 
peared so disinterested, that the Protector once said to him, 
" You have obtained many favors for others, I wonder when 
tlie time is to conie that you will move for something for 
yourself and family." This distinguished principle' made 
him faithful in the discharge of his duty. The following 
is a remarkable instance of it : The notion of a particular 
faith in prayer^ with respect to the obtaining of particular 
blessings, had prevailed much at Cromwell's court, and Mr. 
Hozoe once heard a sermon there from a person of note, de- 
signed to defend it. Bieing fully convinced of the ill tendency 
of such an. opinion, he thought himself bound in conscience, 
wheii it came to his tunl to preach, to oppose it ; which ac- 
cpr4ingiy. he did with great plainness.* Cromwell heard 
with great attention, but sometiines frowned and discovered 
great uneasiness, insomuch that a person who was present 
tplA Mr. Hpwey it would be difficult ever to make his peace 
with him again. Mr, Howe replied, •* I have discharged 
ihy conscience, and leave the event with God." Nothing 
however passed between them on the subject^ tho* Cromwell 
seemed cooler towards him than before. 

After Richard Cromwell was set aside, Mr. Howe returned 
to his people at Torrington. At the Restoration he met 
with some trouble, being informed against as delivering 

* Tt^e mbstance of tbe discourse may l^Q seen at the dnd of The Memmrt rf. ' 
Mr/llowe, by Dr. Caiamy, frOm which this accouat is extraiCtitd. 


something; treasonable in the pulpir, but was honorably ac- 
quitted. >Vhen the Act of uniformity took place, he quitted 
his public station in the ^hurch, and becanie a silenced Non- 
conformist^ after having preached two affecting Sermons to 
his people on Bartholdmew-daj^ in which he. gave them^ 
some reasons why he could not comply with tlie act. Dr. 
(afterwards Bp.) :fF«7/{ mi (yvith whom he had maintained 
a long intimacy) on seeing him some time after this, ex- 
pressed his surprize that a man of Mr. Howt*% latitude should 
have stood out* Upon which Mr. Howt told him, that he 
would gladly have been under the establishment if he could 
have compassed it with satisfaction to his con$(;ience \ but 
that, having weighed the matter with all possible impar- 
tiality, he could not do it.; and that his latitude was the very 
thing that made him a Nonconformist. Tlie Dr. appeared 
satisfied* and advised him as a friend to stand to his principles. 
Mr. Howe continued some time in Devonshire, preaching in. 
private houses as he h^d opportunity. Being acquainted that 
an officer of the Bishop's court had enquired after him, and 
left word that a citation was out against him, he rode to 
Exeter J where lie met with^ a friend who acquainted Hie 
Bishop that Mr. H<ywe^vi^% there ; vpon which his Lordship 
expressed a desire to see him, and received him with great 
civilityv as his old, acquaintance, but expostulated with him' 
about his Nonconformity, and desired to know the reasons. 
Mr. Howe waving others, only mentioned Re- ordination. 
•' Why pray. Sir, (s^id the Bishop) what hur| is there in. 
being re-ordained ?" — •* Hurt, my Lord, (said Mr. Jjowe) it' 
is shocking ; it hurts my understanding : it is an at>surdity ; 
for nothing., can have two beginnings." .The Bishop drop- 
ping the matter,' told him, as he had done at other times. 
That if he wxxuld come in qmong ^hem h^ mi^ht have con- 
siderable preferments; and dismissed., him'^ in a friendly 
manner^ without any, thing being said on either sidp ajbout^ 
the process.that, was issued put against him. 

Ini66jh£ tpoktheoath r^qpired by the Oxford-zct, upon 
the principle befoni mentioned (p. 30) but was this year 
imprisQAed tw:o .momhs in.the isle of St, Nichalqs^ ; tho' 
upon what occasion doth ti6\ appear. Duriqg-, this coniine-\ 
ment he wrote the foUovving. letter to. bis father. /Tm^A^^ ; 

<< Blqssed be God that we shall liave, and hear of each 
other's occasions of thanksgiving, that we may join praises 
as well as prayers^ which I hope is done daily for one ano* 
4»t^;. Nearer approaches, and constant adherence to Cod, 

a 8 with 


with the improvement of our Interest in each other's hearts, 
must compensate (and I hope will abundantly) the unkind* 
ness^and instability of a surly treacherous world, that we 
see still retains its wayward temper^ and grows more 
peevish) as it grows older, and more ingenious m inventing 
ways to torment whom it disaflFects. It was, it seems, not 
enough to kill by one single death, but when that was almost 
done, to give leave and time to respire, to live again, at least 
in hope, that it might have the renewed pleasure of putting 
us to a farther pain and torture in dying once more. Spite is 
natural to her : all her kindness is an artificial disguise : a 
device to promote and serve the design of the former, with 
the more efik^acious and piercing malignity. But patience 
will elude the design, and blunt its sharpest edge. It is per* 
fectly defeated, when nothing is expected from it but mis- 
chief : for then the worst it can threaten finds us provided, 
and the best it can promise, incredulous, and not apt to be 
imposed upon. This will make it at last despair and grow 
hopeless, when it finds, that the more it goes about to mock 
and vex us, the more it teaches and instructs us : and that as 
it is wickeder, we are wiser. If we cannot, God will out- 
wit it, and carry us, I trust, safe thro*, to a better world, 
upon which we may terminate hopes that will never make us 

In 1671 9 being reduced to straits, he accepted an invita- 
tion from a person of quality in Ireland. Being' detained 
by contrary winds on the IVelchcozst (probably at Holy head J 
he continued there a Lord's-day. The company, bemg de- 
sirous he should preach to them, were seekm^ a convenient 
place, when they met the parish minister and his clerk riding 
to the town. , One of them asked the clerk whether his 
itiaster preached that day ? who answered, •* No ; my 
master does not use to* preach ; he only reads prayers." On 
being'asked further, whether he would give* leave for a mi- 
nister, who was there, to use his pulpit, he replied, ** VerjT- 
willingly ;' ' which accordingly he did. Mr. Hotve preachea. ' 
In the afternoon the audience was very iarge^ and seemed 
much affected. The wind continued contrary all the week. 
The next Lord^s-day there' was a [Prodigious xnultitude ga- 
thered together ; atid the clergyman, having no expectation 
of further assistance, was in great ctosternation, being not^ 
able to preach himself, and thinking, if there was no preach- 
ing it would greatly lessen his reputation. He therefore sent 
his clerk to Mr. llowe^ and begged he would -come znt' 



pteacH agaiDy as otherwise he knew not what to do, the 
country being come in for several miles to hear him. Mr. 
Hcwe^ being much indisposed, was in bed, and in a perspi* 
ration. But considering it as a plain call of Providence, he 
tooled himself as speedily as be could with safety, and cast* 
ing himself on God, went and preached with great free- 
dom. He said he never saw people more moved, and that if 
ever his ministry was of use, it was then.* Very soon after^ 
the vessel sailed, and he felt no ill effects. 

In Ireland he lived as chaplain to the Lord Massarine 
zl Antrim^ where he was universally respected, and enjoyed 
the particular respect of the Bishop of that diocese, wno^ 
together with^ his metropolitan, gave him liberty to preach 
without any conformity, in the public church, every Lord's- 
day aftemooon. And the Abp. at a meeting of the clergy; 
told, them, that he would have every pulpit, where he had 
any concern, open to Mu Howe, By his preaching and. 
conversation here he was useful to many. Upon the death 
of Dr. Seaman f 167 gf he was invited by a part of his con* 
gregation to fix in London. After matui e deliberation, and 
weighing the arguments on bodi sides, which he drew out 
in writing, (see Memoirs^ p. S9i ^^0 he consented to go, 
and made a peaceable use of K. Charles^t Indulgence. - He 
preached to a considerable and judicious audience, and was 
much respected not only by his brethren among the Dissenters, 
but by several eminent divines of the church of England^ 
V. g. Drs. Whitcheotej Kidder^ Fowler^ Lucas^ &c. 

In regard to the steps taken in order to a coalition between 
the Church and the Dissenters, some of the dignified clergy- 
sent for Mr. Howe to their houses {v, g. Lloyd^ Sherlock, 
&c.) and expressed great deference to his opinion. He had 
a particular intimacy with Dr. Tillotson (afterwards Abp.) 
in respect to whom the following anecdote ia worthy oc 
notice. The dean, as he was then ( 1680) preached a sermon 
at court, on Josh. xxiv. 15. in which he asserted, that, 
** No man is obliged to preach against the religion of a 
'* country, tl\o* a false one, unless he has the power of 
•• working miracles." K, Charles slept most of the time. 
When the sermon was over, a certain nobleman said to him, 
" It's pity your majesty slept, for we have had the rarest 
piece of Hobbism that ever you heard in your life.'' — 
** Odds fi»h, (said the king) he shall print it then;" and im- 
mediately called the Lord chamberlain to give his command 
to the dean 'for this purpose. When the sermon came from 

G 3 the 


thb prcss^ the disan^ as was usual'with him, sent it £^ a present 
to Mr. Hdwe^ 5vho« on the perusal, was grieved to find a 
sentiment which had so ill a tendency, and drew up a long 
letter, in which he freely expostulated! with the dean for giv- 
ing such a wound to the Reformation^ and carried the letter 
himself. The dean, upon the sight of it, proposed a little 
journey into the country, that they might talk the matter over 
without interruption. Mr. ^oa;^ enlarged on the contents 
of the letter* as they travelled in the chariot. . The good dean 
at length wept, and said. This was the most unhappy thing 
that had befallen him for a long time ; owned that what he 
had asserted was not to be maintain<ed, and urged in his ex« 
cuse, that he had but little qotice of preaching that day, and 
none of priming the sermon. 

When« in 1084, Barlow Bp. of Lincoln^ printed a letter 
for putting in execution the lai^s against Dissenters, Mr. 
Howe wrote a free answer to it, of which a copy may bo 
seen in his Memoirs^ p. 104 — it^. The next year, the 
jirospect of the Dissenters being vtry dark, he accepted an 
inritatiQn of Lord W/iarUm to travet with him abroad* Iq 
the course of hi^ travels, he had the satisfaction to converse 
with a number of learned Papists^ and Protestant divines, 
la 1686, having no encouragement to return, he settled at 
Utrechtt where the Earl of Sufidethiid and his Countess, 
some English gentlemen, and two of hia own nephews, 
boarded with him. During this tiitie, he took his turn with 
Mr. M<tt, Mtad^. and others, who were there also, in preach- 
ing at the Engli^ church ; and in the evening preached to 
his Own (amuy. He was of great Use to several Englisli 
students then at the university, and was much respected hj 
its professors, as well as by several persons pf distinction 
firom England ; among whom was Dr. Gilbert Burnett &f^ 
terwards Bp, of Samm^ with whom he had much free con* 
versation. . The.Prince of Orange^ afterwards William IIL 
admitted him several times, into his presence, . and discoursed 
with him with great freedom ; as be sometimes did, after he 
ascended the British throne 

Upon K. James\ Delcaratiojti for lil^rty of conscience, 
in 1687, Mr. Hini^,% congregation in London earnestly 
pressed hi) return, and he ne^dily complied. He waited up- 
on the Prince of Omnge first, who advised him to be cauti- 
ous of addressing, and ^ot to fall in with the xlieasures of the 
court. He was thankful for a.little 4»eathing*time, und en- 
dearoured to improve it to tile bestpurppse^, and Hq preserve 


Of OXyO!18HIK& ^ 87 

bim^lf and others from the snares laid for them, always de« 
claring against an approbation of the dispensing power. Upon 
the glorious Revolution, he addressed the prince c^ Orange^ 
at the head of the dissenting ministers, in a handsome speech, 
which may be seen Menwirs, p. 142. On the passing the 
Toleration-act, he addi^essed a small tract both to Conform- 
ists and Dissenters, with a view to promote mutual forbear-* 
ance. With the same truly christian design, he afterwards 
published his sermon on the Carnality of religious contenti^ 
onSt when unhappy difFeriences had taken place among the 
dissenting ministers, occasioned chiefly by the rq;>rinting 
the works of Dr. Crispf who, though a good man, was 
noted for some Antinamian notions. Hiese debates, how- 
ever, issued in the exclusion of Mr. (afterwards Dr.) Williafiiis 
from the lecture at Pinners-hally when Mr. Howe^ Dr. 
Baies^ and Mr. Alsop joined him in carrying on a separate 
lecture at Salters-halL Warm debates soon followed, con- 
cerning the Trinity and Occasional-conformity, in whidh 
Mr. liotpe engaged with great moderation, christian meek- 
ness and charity ; greatly lamenting the want of these iu 
others, and desiring to breathe a nobler air and inhabit alket* 
ter region. The l^st thin^ he published was, A Discourse 
jof patience in expecti'ng. future ilessedness. Thia Ivds 
what he himself had particular occasion for. 
. Having employed his time, strength and interest, in thb 
most valuable services, he was wasted with scleral diseases, 
which he bore with great patience and a resigned submissioh 
to the will of his heavenly Fadier. He dispov^rtd -no feaV 
of dying, but when his end drew near, was very calm and 
serene. [Having a mortification in his leg, his son, a phy«* 
sician, with a kind design, took the liberty to lance it witn- 
put his leave ; npon which Mr. H^wd cried oiit, ^*/ What are 
you doing ? I am not afraid of dyings but. I. am afraid of 
pain."] He seemed indeed sometimes to be got 't4> heav^ii 
even before he bad Uid aside mortality. ^ He was onoe, dur- 
ing his decline, in a most affecting, heavenly fratnc at di6 
communion, and carried out into such a transporting cele- 
bration of the love of Christ, that both he and the conimii- 
nicants were apprehensive hfe would have died in the service. 
He was sometimes very ples^sant in his last sickness, and con-^ 
versed, freely with the many persons of all ranks who catne 
to see him, and talked like an inhabitant cS another world; 
with the most elevated hopes of that blessedness on which 
his heart had long been set ; and once declared^ after ah lih-' 

6 4 expected 


expected revival, that were it put to his choicc.whcthcr he 
should die that moment or live seven years, he would prefer 
the former. [His hope of heaven was however accompanied 
with great humility, which led him to say, " I expect nfty 
salvation not as a profitable servant, but as a pardoned sin- 
ner."] Being at last worn out, he finished his course with 
joy, April 2.J 1705; aged 65. His funeral sermon was 
preached by his tellow-labourcr, Mr. TbAw Spademan^ on a 
Tim. iii. 14. 

A more particular account of this eminent man might have 
been presented to the world, had he not, a little before his 
death, ordered his son to burn a large parcel of manuscripts 
which related to his life and times. On a blank page in his 
Bible were found two remarkable passages, written with his 
own hand in Latin, of which the following is a translation. 

* Dec, e6. 89. After that I had long, seriously, and rc- 

* peatedly thought with myself, that besides a full and un- 

* doubted assent to the objects of faith, a vivifying savoury 
' taste and relish of them was *also necessary, that with 

* stronger force and more powerful energy, they might penc- 
' trate mto the most inward center of my heart, and there 
' being most deeply fixed and rooted, govern my life ; and 

/ that therecould be no other sure ground whereon to con- 
' elude and pass a sound judgment on my good estate God- 

* ward ; and after I had in my course of preaching been large- 

* ly insisting on 2 Cor. i, 12. This very morning I awoke 

* out of a most ravishing ^nd delightful dream, that a won- 

* derful and copious stream of celestial rays, from the lofty 

* throne of the divine majesty, seemed to dart into my ex* 

* panded breast. I have often since,, whh great complacen- 
-\ cy, reflected on that very signal pledge of special divine 
^ jfavdur vouchsafed to me on that noted memorable day, 
f , and have with repeated fresh pleasure tasted the delights 

* thereof.' . 

^ But what (on Oct. 22. 1704,) of the same kind I sensi- 

* bly felt, through the admirable bounty of my God, and 
^ the most pleasant comforting influence of the .Holy Spiiit, 
f far surpassed the. most expressive words my thoughts can 

* suggest. ' '1 .thea> experienced an inexpressibly pleasant 
' mekingof heait, tears gushing out of mine eyes,* for joy 
^ that God should shed abroad his love 'abundantly througn 
' the hearts of men, and that for this very purpose mine 
\ own should be so signally possessed of and by his blessed 
^ Spirit. JRom. v*^ 5. . . « 1 



Mr. Howe in person was tall and graceful. He had a 
.piercing, but pleasant eye ; and had that in his aspect which 
indicated something uncommonly great, and tended to excite 
veneration. To those who are at all acquainted with his 
writings, his intellectual accomplishments need no com- 
mendation. Even Mr. Woad passes a high encomium upon 
\i\in ; and, which is very extraordinary, upon his style, which 
.is the most exceptionable of any thing in his performances. 
His ministerial qualifications were singular. He could preach 
extempore with as great exactness as many others upon the 
closest study. His sermons, which he always delivered with* 
out notes, were often of uncommon depth, especially at the 
beginning, but were plain in the sequel, and towards the close 
generally came home with great pungency to the consqienccs^ 
of the hearers. He had great copiousness and fluency in 
prayer. To hear him pray, upon sudden emergencies, would 
have been apt to make the greatest admirers of forms ashamed 
of the common cavils against free-prayer.* He was a person 
of remarkable prudence, and laid great stress upon it in others. 
He was very courteous to strangers, and never tnought religion 
inconsistent with good breeding. He knew how to address 
himself with propriety to the greatest personages, and yet 
could condescend to the meanest. He was very aflable to 
young ministers, and ever ready to offer them the kindest ad- 
vice. He had a truly great soul, and seemed born to support 
generous principles, a truly catholic spirit, and an extensive 
charity. In many cases he discovered a remarkable 
sagacity, particularly in regard to public affairs and political 

In conversation he was often very facetious. Soitie of his 
sudden repartees (especially against profaneness) deserve to 
be recorded. Being at dinner with some persons of fashion, 
a gentleman expatiated largely in praise of Charles I. and 
made some disagreeable reflections upon others. Mr. Hoxuer 
observing that the gentleman mixed many horrid oaths with 
his discourse, told him, that in his humble opinion he had 
omitjied one great excellence in the character of ^hat prince. 
Upon which, the gentleman pressed him to mention it,' and 
seemed impatient to h^r what it was. Mr- Howe then told 

. * An advocate for forms mi|;bt object, that no argument for extemporary 
prayer can fairly bd drawn for the manner in which Mr. Hvwt conducted it ; 
9J^A might naturally ask, whether it be ai\vays or generally performed in such 
j^ mariner as to supersede the common atgumcots against it? 



faim it was tl>is : ** That he was never heard to swear an oath 
•* in common conversation.'^ The gentleman took the re- 
proof, and promised to break off the practice. — Another time 
as he passed two persons of quality, who were talking with 
great eagerness, and damned each otner repeatedly, Mr. Howe, 
taking off his hat, said to them, " I pray God save you both, 
•• gentlemen :" for which they both gave him their thanks. 
•—At the time when the occasional conformity bill was de- 
bated in parliament^ he passed a noble lord in a chair in St. 
James's-Parky who sent his footman to call him, desiring to 
speak with him upon this subject. In the conversation, 
speaking of the opponents of the Dissenters, the noble lord 
said. Damn thest wretches, for they are mad^ &c. Mr; 
Howe^ who was no stranger to the nobleman, expressed 
great satisfaction in the thought, that there is a God who go» 
verns the world, who will finally make retribution to all ac- 
cording to their present character. ** And He, my lord, 
•* (says Mr. Howe) has declared. That he will make a dif- 
•* ference between him that sweareth^ and him ihatfeareth 
** an oath.^^ The nobleman was struck with the hint, and 
said, ** I thank you, sir, for your freedom : I take your 
meaning; and shall endeavour to make a good use of it." 
Mr. Hozue replied, " My lord, I have more reason to thank 
•* your lordship for saving me the most difficult part of a 
H discourse, which is the Application ^-^k^ a furtner proof 
of his happy talent for rejproving this absurd vice, the follow- 
ing anecdote, transmitted by a nameless correspondent, fs 
worthy of being added. A certain nobleman with whom he 
was at dinner, treated Mr. Howe with great respect, and re« 
quested him to say, in what manner he could effectually serve 
him, strengthening his protestations of zeal with a multitude 
of profane oaths. Mr. Howe replied, •* There is one fisivour 
•• which I should be happy your lordship would grant me.** 
.^My good Mr. Howe^ replied the nobleman, impatiently, 
with another oath, there is nothing that Mr. Howe can ask 
but it will make me happy to grant. On which Mr. Howt 
calmly said, ** The only favour, my lord, which I have to beg 
•• of you, is, that your lordship will give me leave to swear* 
*• the next oath." 

In Dr. Watts' s Lyric Poems is an admirable one addressed 
to Mr. John Howe : where is also an elegy on the death of Mr, 
Gouge, in which is a fine encomium on that grejit man, then 
supposed to be near his end. 



WQRKS. Tte Living Temple of God.— A Treatise of de- 
lighting in Gfod.-:-The Blessedness of the Righteous; and the 
Vanity x)f Man as mortal. — The Redeemer's Tears wept over lost 
Sodls. — ^The Reconciieableness of God*s Prescience of the Sins of 
Men^ with the Wisdom and Sincerity of his Exhortations and other 
Means to prevent them. — The possibility of a Trinity in the God* 
Iiead«-*-And many other Tracts and Sermons, collected since hh 
death in two' vols. fol. — [Also Seveial vols, of Sermons, taken in 
short-hand as they were preached, have since been published ; v/x. 
two by Dr. Evans and Dr. Harris, on the Spirit's Influence on the 
Church — ^and on particular Persons : — Another by Dr. Evans, on 
family Religion, l2rao. — And two more by Mr. Fktcker, on the 
^ve qf G<Ki and cue brother.] 

TOTNESS. Frakcis Whiddon, M. A. of Wadhan 
CoL Oxf. He Dvas descended from an ancient and worshinful 
ikmily, which was formerly posessed of some thousands a 
year. His grandfather was Francis Whiddon^ Esq; of 
Whiddon in Chagford. His Father was that worthy divine 
Mr. Francis fVhtddon of Moreton, author of The Gjolden 
Topaz, He was designed for the law, and placed in Daffy^s^ 
Inn: in Fleet-street, London : but be did not stay there long; 
being desirous to be educated for the ministry. He continued 
seven years at Oxford, and took his degrees ; though no no- 
tice is taken of him bv Mr. Wood. After the death oi his 
Batber, Jan. 5, 1656, he laid claim to Morion Hampsteai, 
from whence Mr. Robert fVoolcomh was afterwards ejected, 
and held itfpr some time : b«it at length, to end the competi. 
lion with that good man, he preached on that text, Let there 
ht no strife between me and thee ^ for we an brethren : and 
tho' his ticle to this living was not contemptible, for the sake 
of peace, he gave it up. tie together with several others, 
was ordained to the ministry, by the laying on of the hands of 
the Presbytery, in the town of Dartmouth. He exercised his 
ministry in public for a while at Toiness with universal ap. 
probation ; teceiving gredt encouragement fi-om his hearers, 
and being highly esteemed for his work's sake. He was very 
laborious in studying, preaching, catechizing, and visiting : 
but as for worldly amirs, he understood ihem little, and 
minded them less* God was pleased to ble^s him with great 
success in his ministry. But after the r^estoration of K. 
Charles^ some of the people changed with the times. Thro* 
the illegal violence of tne churdi-wardens, under the influence 
iof two other persons, the church doors- were shut against him, 
and he\i^$ ejeotied before his brethren, -^/t^ne 2ft, 1662. So 
that be had reason to complain, in bis fareweli sermon; that 
V : "he 


■ • ^ 

'*• he met with contempt and opposition ; was shut out of 
the synagogue, and hindered fi om preaching any more in 
tfie naipe of the Lord :" He added, " It is somewhat my 
misery, that I am for the present alone in suffering. Had I 
enjoyed the same privilege my brethren do, you might have 
enjoyed my labours some weeks longer. But there i<$ the 
hana of God in all this : I desire to submit, and say no- 
thing." However he still continued in the town, and stat* 
c<:lly pi^eached twice on the Lord's-day, and at two week- 
ly lectures, the one at ToinesSf and the other at Bowden^ 
which is a mile distant. 

In 1671, a country minister who w:as expectied to preach 
lit Totnes6*ch\jrch, failing to come, Mr. Eveleigh tlie 
mayor, and Mr. Guiheridge a senior magistrate of the town, 
desired him to supply his place ; which he did both parts of the 
day, to the general satisfaction of the magistrates and the 
rest of the auditors ; and a young clergyman of his acquaint- 
ance read the prayers. Notice of this heinous crime was 
given to Dr. SparroWy then Bishop of Ejccter; to avoid 
whose displeasure, Mr. Whiddtm^ by the, advice of friends, 
went to London, presented himself before tl\c kinjg, and 
begged his pardon ; which he granted,, and ordered theprose- 
cution to 6e stopped. He was so' well respectjed in the town, 
that when Mf« Gutheridge was may ot, he ordinarily attended 
upon his nunifitry in his formalities : but when Mr^T. Sfaap^ 
ley came into that office, he disturbed him in bis public meet* 
ing ; and Mn Arthur Rook did the same. The former re- 
^uire.d him to come down when he was preaching. He also 
frequently met with disturbance in his own and other private 
houses. Once having preached in his own house, he and Mr. 
Gutheridge, with about fifteen more, of his headers, were in- 
dicted at the ^issizes at Exeter for a riot. A gentleman of 
his name and family being for^nan of the grand jury, argued 
th^^tMx^W hidden being m his own house, could not beguiU 
ty af a riot,, whatever the rest werfc : so that the bill wais re- 
turned ignoramus. H e was often put into the spiritual court, 
and had processes out against hin\ ; but the same gentleman, 
by his interest with Bishop Sparrow^ preserved him from 
danger froin that; quarter. Ip, timqs of ^eat difficulty, he 
prcache4 several times a^day, only to foiu* besides the family* 
Though he met withsu&h severe treatmoat, yet his principles 
were vei y moderate, . aod his conversation inoffensive, and 
peaceable. ,He lived. in great amity with Mr. Ford:{dL "wor- 
thy man, and of a healing spirit) as long as he was!vk^r.of 



ToinesSf and frequently attended the established church. He 
was greatly beloved by the best of the magistrates, and other 
inhabitants of the town, though hated and persecuted by 
some furious bigots. 

As he was preaching in his own house, soon after a re* 
covery from sickness, nc broke a blood-vessel, and brought 
up such a quantity of blood as forced him to break off, to 
the great surprise and grief of his hearers. This was follow- 
ed by a consumption, which in a few weeks brought him 
to his grave. He died Sept 21 y 1679. His kinsman and 
dear friend, Mr. E. Nosworthy rector of Dipford, preached 
his funeral sermon, in which he speaks of his father's house 
as a nursery of piety and learning, and says of Mr, IVkiddon^ 
that, ** He was a morning star, for his early shining with the 
light of grace and goodness. In the university he followed 
his studies with all commendable diligence ; and returned like 
another Bezaleclf well gifted for the service of the taberna* 
cle. While he had the free use of his public ministry, he 
was a burning and shining light. For a kind neignbour 
and a constant friend, for his meekness and aflability, sobrie- 
ty, humility, &c. he may be teiined another* T/Vi^y, Deli^ 
cue Aumani generis* His charity was of universal extent. 
In giving, the bellies and backs of the poor did bless him : 
in ^rgiving, the sun of his life did not set in a cloud. The 
retaliation which he made to his worst enemies, ^^as no other 
but his prayers and his pity. Though his sickness Wa^ long 
and his pam sharp, he endured both with christian patience ; 
never repining that God laid upon him so much, but praying, 
that be would lay no more than he might have strength to 
stand under. Of late one pdpit hath not held us: but I 
trustv in. due time, one heaven shal^; where there is no dis«- 
cord in the saints harmony ; wlietc.Calvin and Luther are 
made friends," He. — Mr. Prince (the learned author of 
tJie Worthies of Devonshire) who was his ivear neighbour,^ 
speaks of him in a Letter to the author as ** a curious 
preacher* and a most genteftl, friendly, and courteouk per- 


He never published any diing : but his farewell sermbns' 
on Zeeh. i. 5, 6, wefe prmtdd :fr6m the notes- of a young 
man who wrote after him, intitled, The last words ^' Mr.\ 
Whiddon** In the close of the second sermon, he manifests 
liis tender affection to. his people in tins manner ; << God is* 

* These aie not inserted in the Couotty Collection of Farewell Sermons j' 
vi'^bere they might have been expected to be found. 



my witness, whom I serve in the spirit, that I never sought 
yours, but you. I have had more coiiifoft from my work, 
than ever I had from received or expected wages ; and can 
still say from my soul, that I am willing to spend and to be 
spent for you, since I have seen the seal of my ministry upon 
the souls of many of you. I prefer the liberty of preaching 
among you, above all the profits and prefenhents in the world. 
Take them, who love them, so I might enjoy the liberty of 
my conscience, and the freedom of my ministry. Perhaps 
some of you will say, " What will he leave us for a trifle ? 
He might continue among us if he pleased." O my brethren ! 
I could do any thing for your sakes, but only sin. I may not 
do evil that good may come of it. I may not go against 
my own light and conscience.*' — He left some valuably MSS. 
on John xiv and Isaiah liii; — It was observed by some of 
his friends, that one of his persecutors actually destroyed 
himself: another attempted it; and a third, was seized with 
horror on his death-bed. 

Mr. John Garret. He was fellow -labourer with Mr. 
WhiddoUy who, in his Farewell sermon, mentioned in the 
foregoing article, speaks of Mr. Garret with great respect, 
as having.died in the same month that he himself was ejected, 
viz. i3thyuntf, 1662. From his known character, diereis 
good reason to believe that he was, in intention amd resolu- 
sion, a sufferer for Nonconformity. Mr. Tf^^^k/^n expresses 
himself thus : ** It was but a few days since that God put an 
end to the labours of your reverend minister, and my fellow- 
labourer. And now the Lord threatens to put an end to 
mine ; with this difference : He in respect of body, I in re- 
spect of office. I have 9 happiness this day, which he could 
not enjoy, to preach my .own funeral : and I beseech you, 
let the words of a dying man make some impression on your 
hearts. I look .upon it as a wise providence, though a bitter 
one, that we who lived logetfaer, should depart together. 
You have heard manv so-mons from us both : never think 
the worse of the word of God, because we suffer for it. He 
died to see the face of G6d, and is gone before to drink of 
the rivers of pleasures; but I am reserved to a bitter cup« 
However, shall I not di'mk of the cup that my Father will 
have me drink of? Well, he is. gone; the Lord hath taken 
l^im ; he is better where he is, than where he was : you may 
have time enough to confess liis worth, and lament his 
want/' fife. 

4 UXBO- 



UXBOROUGH [V. 24/. 10s. 6rf.] Mr. Nathan Jacob, 
of Univ. CoL Oxf. Born in 1629. His father Mr. John 
Jacob was a major in the parliament army, and might have 
been a colonel under Cromwell^ but refused all offers of pre* 
ferment from that quarter. He lived many years in good re- 
putation at Totness^ l^^ing, after the Restoration, a captain in 
the militia. He designed this his son for the ministry from 
his cradle, if it should please God to qualify him for it ; and 
his promising parts and early seriousness were such as raised 
the expectations of all that knew him. He was well furnish- 
ed with grammar-learning at the age of fifteen ; and conti- 
nued an indefatigable student at Oxford about four years. 
He then went into the country to visit his friends, with a de- 
siign to return. But Mr. Garret the vicar of Totness, and 
onier minister^, observing his uncommon genius and improve^ 
ment, persuaded his relations to use all their interest to pre- 
vail with him to enter upon the ministry immediately. Their 
importunity at last drew him into the pulpit, and after he 
had given them a proof of his great abilities, they left ao 
itieans unattempted to prevent his return to Oxford, and to 
get him settled in the country ; in which at length,»hejr suc- 
ceeded. At first he assisted Mr. Wm, Stidson if Mary , 
Churchy whose daughter he afterwards married. About the 
year 165 1, he preached at Caffins-^-well^ a Church whi^h 
sprang from this, and was the classical Presbytenf 
of Samm, June 3, i652. During bis stay here he had an 
acugmentautoii of bOLpcr ann. but was soon presented to the 
vicarage of Uxboronghy by Servington Savery,* Esq. Seve- 
ral gentlemen o£ considerable estates and character had th^ir 
seats in this parish, to whom Mr. Jacob's great learning, 
exemplary piety, and obliging behaviour endeared him.; and 
after K. CkarleB^s restol-ation, when men of his persuasion 
were under public marks of infamy, he was treated with a 
distinguish W respect. The incoihe of the |)lace was not vcay 
ct)nddeVable ; but the people had' gained such an interest iii 
llis aiFectidns; that he could hot be prevailed upoi^ to re% 
ntove, though a good living in Somerset, and anoil^er in 
Cornwsdl, worth 200/. per ann. were offered him ;' and so 
he cpntinued with them till BartholonAtew-day 1662. 

When h6 could no longer 'instruct them in public, he did 
it in private^ as he had opportutiity; preaching sof^etimei ac 
Shilston, and sometimes at his own ho^se, having |he Shit* 
ston family, and other neighbotirs, for bis hearere.' His fipi^ron 
lylr. Saver]/ ^ wholinevv how to value substantial learning and 



Piety, was his hearty friend in the worst of times. He g^ve 
him 20/. a year, and committed his eldest son, Christopher 
Savery, Esq ; and afterwards a younger son, to his care. He 
rode once a fortnight to Plj/mouth^ and preached to Mr. 
Thomas Martyn's people, after whose death, he took upoa 
him the pastoral care of that congregation. There he was 
convicted upon the Act against conventfcles, and with Mr. 
S. Martyn^ about 1684, ^^ committed to Exeter jail for six 
months. He sometimes attended the established worship, and 
all his days maintained a friendly correspondence with some 
wofthy neighbouring clergymen, who did him many good 
offices. Mr. Nosworthy of Dipford, afforded him shelter ia 
his parish, when the five-mile act drove Kim from Plymouth. 
It pleased God that he outlived those melancholy days ; and 
liberty being granted, he returned to the public exercise of his 
ministry at Plymouth, to a numerous congregation, where he 
lived beloved, and died lamented, in the year 1 690 ; justifying 
moderate Nonconformity to the last. He had generally the 
character of an humble, peaceable christian ; a learned, solid, 
judicious minister ; and his labours were crowned with great 
success. His funeral sermon was preached by canon Gilbert^ 
vicar of St. Andrew's in Plymouth, who gave him a great 
character for piety and learning. 

.UFLIME [R. 20/. 85. 1 1^.] Mr. Thomas Godwine. . 
A neijghbouring clergyman of the church of England says^- 
*^ He was a grave, learned, pious divine ; much broken with* 
the^out; and yet a constant, as well as excellent preacher/*- 
H^ died in a. good old age, soon after he was silenced. 

• UPLOMAN [R. S.] Robert Carel, U. A. Dr. Wal^ 
ker h mistaken with regard to the sequestered minister of 
this place. Mr. Pnwcdsaysit wasDr, Creigh ton, afterwards 
Bp. of' Bath and Wells. Mr. Carel was a good scholar, an 
excellent Christian, of a very tender conscience, and a solid 
divine. After long preaching about the country, he fixed at' 
Crediion, where he died. His funeral sermon was preached. 
h^ Mr. .G. Trosse. 

* UPTON HEYLON [R.] Mr. Lewis Facy. He was 
once iniprisoned by a capias in Bodmyn jail, C:arnwal. After . 
his ej(^etment he was pastor of a congregation in Falmouth^ 

. WERRINGTON [C] Mr. William Carslake. Of 
Ex6teP Col. Oxf. He |>rcached about in the churches in ' 
Loifdod an the time of the plague. He was afterwards for 

'. — • ' .••••- *' ' some* 


Some years pastor to a congregation near Hprsley-down' in 
Southwark. He was a very good and pious oisui, but was in- 
dined to melancholy. He &d soon after th^ Revolution. 


WOODBURY Chapel. Mr. Samuel Fones. After 
his ejectment he left t^is country. He had the character of 
a very good man^andwas universally beloved by his parishion- 
ers. ' Tliere was a general weeping when he preached his 
£aireweU sermon. 

WOODLAND. Thomas Palk, M. A. Of New Inn 
Hally Oxf. He was borti in 1636, at Statiertonf in this county* 
He was a hard student, and a most industrious man. Having 
but a small library, he borrowed many books, and abridged 
them for his own use. He engaged in teaching a school, hut 
was so harrassed by the spiritual court, that he was obliged 
to give it up. At length he was excommunicated for hi$ 
nonconformity, arid died in consequence of the troubles to 
which it subjected him, June 18, 1693. Aged 56. 

WORKS. The Loyal Nonconformist, or Religious subject, 
yielding to God his due, and to Caesar his right : discourses on John 
iv. 23, 24. and Rom. xiii. 1. printed as preached in August 1662. 
=— Usury stated, in opposition iojellinger^s Usurer cast. He left in 
MS* A vindication of tliis, aim —An answer to Long's Hist, of 
the Donatists. 

WOODLEIGH [R. S.^ Mr. Richard Binmore. After 
his ejection he was desired to preach a funeral sermon in i\i% 
parish churchy aiKl leave was givV^en by the incjumbent for him 
to do it ; but he was willing first to Know the mind of sofi^ 
neighbouring justices. They said,, the Act of uniforipity was 
not levejiled Against an occasional seitnon, but stated preach- 
ing: hereupon he ventured to preach.* However norice of 
die sermon being soon given to Dr. Seth Ward^ Bishop of 
the diocese, he sent a cerrificate of the offence to the justices, 
requiril^g'fhem to put the laws in execution: which they 
dur^t not refuse upon such a charge, notwithstanding their 
own moderation. Hereupon he was sent thirty miles to Exeter 
jail. But the constable giving- him leave jtp see tho Bishop 
before he wejjit to prison, after .l(Qi7g waiting his lordship Q^m^ 
dowii ; and when he vyas i;old bis n^mp aiid^his business^ h$ 
thus accosted hiil> : ." Sirrah^ how dji^st you preath in my 
djoces^ without my leave,?*' Andiyitjn ^evfiv^vfioxtSirrahs^ 
.told him;,.he should hut i^rji^^him by ^epdipgbitn to the jail: 
and cdpse(|uehtly ^e aie^.-to, ^i^HP^e be.di**»is8ed Jmn, a? 
the greatest punishment. . r -^ ^' 1. •' 

voir. ii.:-No. 13. H WOQL 


98' ;ministers ejected 

Walrond. He was presented to this living by the patron, 
and possessed it till 1662, when he lost it for Nonconformity* 
He was second son to Henry Walrond, of Bradfield, Esq. 
He was\a person of eminent piety, a coooplete scholar in 
almost all parts of learning, a man of good breeding and 
estate, very exemi)lary to all men, and of great use in, re- 
commending religion among the gentry. .He quitted th» 
£Opd bene^e, Yrnicb was in the £iftof the family, and des* 
^isedaUprfeferrtients, for the sake of a good conscience ; and 
mot many yeaVs after made a very happy end. His elder bro- 
ther, fViitiam Walrond^ Esq. and some others of his rela* 
tions (who after the Restoration ran pretty much with the 
stream) were not a little vexed at his relinquishing his bene- 
fice, and casting himself into a state of Nonconforniity. 
This displeasure of his family turned out much to his|detri- 
ment. But he was able to forsake all thro' feith, and adhere 
to Christ alone, whom he strictly followed to the 'death. , 

[For Mr. Gay and Mr. CudnwrCf see Exet* CoL Oxf.^ - 

Ejected at Places unkrumn. 

Mr. John Pope. Some time after being silenced he 
preached at or near CreditoUj and when K, James gave 
liberty to the Dissenters he became a fixed pastor to a con- 
regation there. He afterwar/is lived at Exeter i and there 
led, July 9, 1689. Mr. George Trosse preached his fu- 
neral sermon. 


Mr. Laurence. He fell into a gross sin, and preached 
apublic penitential sermon on account of it. Many were 
greatly affected to hear his discourse, and it was generally 
hoped he was a true penitent. But he afterwards went dis- 
tracted, and continued so many years. He always had his 
Bible with him, and was frequently reading in it. He died 
about x^Sj* 

Mr. Ralph Sprake. ' Of Exet. Col. Oxf. A Mttye of 
Z^me-Jfflr^Vj-^in Dorset, •/im. 1, 1627. JHe left the college 
for a time, and missed a living of t/^oLper ann. for re- 
fusing the Engagement. When he quitted the university, 
he was about a Master of Art's standmg, and preached at 
Trull^ in Somerset, at Bettescombe^ in Dorset, and other 
places ; but was nevef settled in any' living. After the mi« 
nisccrs were ejected, he was a great sufferer for Nonconform 


mity. He'aiid Mx. Samuel Chappel were taken at a cbn«* 
veo^de^ atCapt. Cheek\ near Charmouth, in Dorset, for 
which they were convicted and committed to Dorchester 
jiait Feb. 27, i666» tho' the informers owned before the 
justices who commicted them, that they heard neither pray« 
ing nor preaching. There he contmued three mondis, 
preaching frequently in the prison. He declared that he 
never enjoyed more peace and comfort (except while he waa 
in the university), tl^n during his imprisonment. There he 
narrowly escaped ha^ng his brains knocked out with a great 
stone, .by one who was distracted ; for which great deliver* 
ance he frequently gave thanks to God. He also met with 
a great deal of trouble from the spiritual courts. At length 
he settled at 4$<9»MJi/o//(7n,iB Devonshire [where a church ha4 
been gathered, soon after the Baitholomew-ejectment, by 
several of the Nonconformist ministers, who preached here 
and at Torrington, Bideford and Chuml^igh, in rotation ; 
particularly Mr. L. Stucley, Mr. Palke, Mr. Cudmore, Mr. 
Tregosse, and Mr. Flavel, who, upon the Five-mile act, 
rerirbd to Hudscott^ near this place.] Mr. Sprake died here, 
Jan. 13, 1 68 1 • Mr. H. Berry preached his funeral sermon* 

%* Mr. Samuel Young. Dr. Calamy makes no other 
mention of him than in a list of persons who wrote against 
Mr. Baxter. He was an ejected minister, and had suffered 
imprisonment on account of his Nonconformity. He was a 
man of some wit, and a good share of classical learning ; 
but had a wildness and irregularity in his temper, little short 
. of madness. He was vehement and impetuous in every thing 
he said or did. ' He succeeded Mr. Sprake y at South Molton, 
-where he had a fierce bigot to cotitend with, the parson of the 
parish, who was a true high-churchman, who almost distracted 
him — Mr. Young heard him preach a Thirtieth of January^' 
sermon in the usual cant of the day ; which so grievously 
chafed him, that when the service was ended he got upon a 
tomb-stone, and preached ex promptu in answer to it, on 
Matth. iii. 10. The axe is laid to the root^ &c. % '^h 
occasioned a most violent quarrel, and a paper-war ensued. 
Mr. Young worsted his antagonist by a letter written ih 
' Greeky for the parson could not answer it, nor could he find 
any body to do it for him. Feeling Mr. Yoimg*s superiority, 
he prudently quitted the field. But however the victory 

X This was related some yean ago by an ancient person, who weU t^" 
membered this strange map, aad lived in the same liouse with him. 

« a mlgjit 


mighit f r;»tify Mr. Voung'^ vatiity, the caSm wfaicb . ensoof 
by ^o meatiSr suited his temper. Has element was coiUcbtkiBy 
and 'he conld <iot live out of a tempest. He dierefore 
lyitioyttd. to London, to enjoy it in its perfection^ at the time 
when; the repnUication of Dr. Crisp's works occasioned ' 
that warm debate between Dr. Witlianis and others. He 
^n 'vi^rote as violently against the Antinomians a» he had 
dme before against the Baxterians. He alterwards en^ged 
in several other controversies, and (as the writer of this ac- 
count est^resses it) died before he was quite mad. - 

. WORKS. Vindiciaj Anti-Baxtcriana.— Some political tracts f 
^tie^ against his Brother the Physician^ at Flynouth^ who was a 

iacobite. — Something against Rob. Ferguson, the noted apostate 
>issenter> Roger L'Estrange and Bean Hicks.^^Also' a Pkce ist 
fitvor of Keith, the Qu^er^ 6s^f. 

, Mr. Hay WARD. Of whom we have no account. 

TKefclloiwing persons exercised their ministry in this 
' eotmt^, 4itter tke Uniformity-act, though thty were TWi 
« Jixed at me time. 

George Trosse, M. A. Oi Pemb. CoL Oxf. Born^ 
^ Exeter f Oct. 25, 1631. Son ©f Henry Trosse^ Esc^. 
cbiHisellprat law. His mother's father, Mr.^ Walter Burrow^ 
rnerchani, * was twice mayor of Exeter, and a* considerable 
t>enefact9r to that city. Mr. Trosse, in his infancy was in 
danger of being starved at nurse ; and inclHS advanced age 
lie was mudh affected with this early deliverance^ He wai 
brought up in the grammar-school at Exeter, the master . of 
^hioi was much troubled at his being tstken away, too boon^ 
(Sayinghe was the most promising child, he ever had under his 
Instruction. Being designed for merchandize, he was sent 
into France, when he was about fifteen, to learn- the lan- 
guage, rjfc. which proved a great snare to him with respect 
to his morals. He was some time at Moi^iaix^ in Lower 
Britaniiy, and afterwards at Pontive, ip the house of Mr. 
Sametj a French minister, where he learned to speak 
trench readily ; but grew very dissolute. In two years he 
returned, and covered his foreign extravagancies with fal- 
sities, which his friends were not ,able to disprove. From 
his own sad experience, he afterw'^rds cautioned paients^ 
against sending their children abroad too young. He was- 
sent to London, to a Portugueze merchant, in order to go 
•v«r to Porttigaly to be' bound an apprentice to a merchanc 
• 'i there;. 

t^er^. iSittring lik $ti^ In London be iacre^d in^icjo^Sj^ 
iies»^ tho*' at tne same time he wns seftieus for thp C^OHi^i^r 
Pmyer and ceremonies, in the love of which.. he had o<^k 
•educated ; and was forward to inveigh agHinstrpo^Kyis of ftb<»i 
Pm^itan stamp. He sailed at lengm for Oporto, :ai9d i^^; 
tfpon trial with one of the chief English morcbanfs j9jf ,i^; 
city. There he lived without any shew of IreUgi^eiv npt siiK 
flinch as once(M3eing a Bible or religious book^- or Q;)^:iH^<^ 
sotemn wsorship peiformed among his coantryflften-r. {wJMM 
yet called themselves Protestants) during tiie wngle i^Mtm^ of.; 
his residence there : on which account, being ia the inid^{ 
of various' snares and temptations, it is not to h&.wgfa^neiii 
at that he still grew more profane and extravagant. .r ; 

At length, not agreeing with his master, .after two Yf^rs 
he went tor Lisbon ^ and from thence returned' to' iS^^f<*Ao; 
I^ Plymouth, after a stormy passagid, 'in whidhT'lfe 
was in no small danger ; but was not at all afitcted with ?k He^ 
brought back with nim to Exeter a rampant vicious disposi^' 
tion, which was rather height^ed than abated bythte Hfl? 
which he led there some years after. The folte wing are hfif 
own words : ** What a life I led, what a course 1 took'ia 
iQcrc^ase my wickedness, find to outstrip ther conimeti^ 
** (yea, those who were more than ordinary) sinners," carf 
*' never be related or lamented by me as it ought. * I had^' 
accustomed myself to wickedness, so blmded my mind,, 
and $ear>ed my conscience, that I had not the least sensfc of 
the evil of sin, the wrath of God, or the necessity of* ti? 
change,** fife. . But at length, it pleased Gbd. (who ha? 
merciful purposes to serve, not only with respefct to hithV 
but by hiifu on many others) to lay .his hand upon him, an^ 
cause ins own thoughts so to terrify as to pverset himJ* 
Certain lalse steps which he had taken, the consequences m^ 
which .he kpew not how to bear, led him into such a hurry 
of spirit as issued into an outrageous distraction. He ws^ 
hereupon sei^t to Glastonbury for a cure, and was wonder^ 
fully recovered ; but he afterwards relapsed into his old sins> 
His disorder thereupon returning, and his former conviction! 
and hoiTors with it, he was sent to the same place a sec6hd 
time, and returned home composed ; but he alSo again ffc*^ 
- turned to his vices; tho* he observes, that' after this God 
uelther suffered him to fall so foully as formerly, nor to cofi* ' 
tinue long in his relapse. He soon began again to be troubled 
in mind, and his spirits were disturbed; upon whidi his 
fiends sent him a third time to Glastonbury ^ wher^ he was 



IS tnisierable and ^utrageou^ as ever. ' Yet affer nyvlsHie, .God * 
xmag pleased^ by the use of physic,. axtd the good counsel And 
jMyers of 'Christian friends, to deliver him, from bis m^A^^ 
nts$ and inttct^ressible misery^ and to. give hima somd nufld^ 
Mldahealthfiibbody ; which, ^hen he had enjoyed for some 
time, he returned once more to his relations at £xeter : .and 
b^e it pleased God, when he was about 25 year$ of age, 
cflfeetually to put a period to his sinful courses. Hencefor-': 
I9ttrd he appeared a different person from what he was. before ; • 
and being delivered from his disorder and distress^ he devoted - 
biihself to God thrb' Christ, to walk before him. in holiness 
and rig^eoi^neis; all the d^ys of his life, and God was with « 
him* ' . 

. Having occasion to m^ke a visit at Oxford r an acquaint-. 
^ce of his there so commended an academical life to hun, 
tiiat he became in love with it, and, with his mother's con. 
^ent, be went thither in Mai/f 1657, and entered gentleman 
commoneii in Pembroke CoL where he continued some 
iiears ; Mr. T. Cheesman^ who was blind, being his tutor. 
^e was very studious, soon recovered his grammar learn* 
ipg, read many of the classics, went thro' philosophy and 
4iv]pity, and got such skill in Hibrew, that he tead over the 
original of the Old Testament several times. He aflowed, 
himself no recreation, and yet his mind was composed, and 
(is health wonderfully preserved. Now hes6ughtthe king- 
4om of God and his Righteousnes's in the first place. He 
ftpok competent. time for secret duties, and never was absent 
from chapel prayers. He read iriany good books, and exa- 
mined himself by them. He attended Dr. Ct)7iflnf*s lecture* 
on Fridays, Dr. Harrises catechetical lecture on Tuesdays,' 
the lecture kept up by the canons of Christ'Ch%irch on* 
Tliursdays, Mr. //iicAwian's ministry at4y/. Olave% on the 
jLord's-days, and heard also many excellent sermonsat St. 
idaiy's. He received the sacrament, sometimes from Mr. 
JSichnan, and sometimes ifrom Dr. Langle^y the master of 
Jiis college. He attended the repetition of sermons and 
aolciTin prayer, ip the college-hall^' on the Lord's-days before 
.liupper : and }ie himself riepeated sermons, and prayed witl^ 
fi few young men in his chamber afterwards. At other times 
he QOjiversed, and some times prayed, with some reh'gious 
ptudents and' townsmen* He took such pains to redeem the 
|iipe h^ had lost, that he was the wonder of all that observed 


Upon tlie Restoration, he. Impartially studied the contro^. 
yersy about Conformity, and carefully read Hooker^ Sprint^, 
and BurgesSf on one side, and Gillespj/^ Bain arid Ames, 
Qn the other ; and upon mature deliberation, determined 
that he could not comply with the impositions of the churchy 
tho' he well knew that by such a resolution he should dis« 
please bis relations, and hinder his preferment, Bpt he was 
so moderate as to think, that several who were for Confor* 
mity, upon such plausible arguments as were produced for it, 
might with a spod conscience subscribe, and do what he 
could not do without sip. At length. Dr. Langley being 
ejected by the visitors, and the chaplain of the college dis-^ 
missed with contempt, repetition of sermons suppressed, and 
other good customs quite altered and Ridiculed, he quitted 
the coUege, retired to a private house, and soon after returned 
to Exeter^ where he kept close to God in duty^ and farther 
pursued his studies. After some time he began to preachy 
but it was at first very privately, for fear of being exposed 
to danger. He went usually on Lord's-days with his motheir 
to church, and attended on the Liturgy, in the use of which 
he owned rhat he sometimes found the Spirit of God moving 
iipon his soul : but he never went to the sacrament in any 

i>arish-church, not being satisfied with the gesture. — His first 
abours met witli £Ood acceptance among serious people, but 
the opposition and prejudices of his relations created him 
difficulty, and made him go on with a heavy heart. 

At length, in 1666, wnen the Oxford-act took place, by 
Mr. Atkin\ persuasion he was set apart to the office of the 
ministry* in Somersetshire, when Mr. Joseph Alldn^ of 
Taunton, prayed over him. Afterwards, for above twenty 
years, he preached once a week, and administered the Lord's 
oupper every month, in the midst of violent persecutions. 
In the time of K. CAar/^^'s Indulgence he preached in a li- 
cenced house. 'When it was recalled, he forbore public 
preaching, and went to church as formerly ; but continued 
preaching and administering the sacrament privately till th« 
JRevolutioq. In K. Jameses time he would not preach pub. 
licly on the Lord's-day, till the worship in the parish chuixh 
was ended. lo that reign, about twenty persons, with Mr. 
Trosse and some other ministers, being met to pray together, 
they were informed against, disturbed, taken and abused. 
When the Oxford-oath against resistance in any case what- 
soever, ' was tendered to uiem, Mr Trosse refused it, unless 
he might be c^llow:ed to qualify that expression, of ** endear 

B-J vouring 



vouKhg any alteration of government/* Sfr. with tti^; word 
•* unlawfully,** which was not allowed him. He pleaded' 
that the act did not reach him, bcraiusc he nevei^ had had a- 
benefice, nor wa^ he legally convicted for keeping conyeh- 
ticles : but to no purpose; for Ke and Mr, G{fj/lafd vfett 
sent to prison, against law, by a mittimus^ signed >^ith th^ 
hands of sevtn justices. Hedontinuedsjjttnonths ill jail a6 
South-gate, with gfefat satisfaction and comfort. The jus- 
tices Would gladly have made a not of this niectih^, < that 
they might have fined them at pleasure: but, v^omiettiorarii 
brought to rehiove the cause to JVe$ttht7ist&, they stopped 
the prosecution. When rhe t)issetttets'in K. tVilHini's time 
had a legal toleration, Mr. Trosse, with many Others, again 
preached publicly in church-time, and fcontinued doing so 
till his death. ' .' 

In the account \<^hich he lelTf of: himself, he h^th these 
remarkable words : V Till I was four or five ^nd twenty 
** years old, t Hved in a course of sin and folly, ivhkh i 
** experienced to be base, unreasonable, and destructive to 
health, estate, ' fiame, rest and'reason, leading to horVOt 
and despair, rage and hell. Ev^r since, for many years^- 
** (blessed be God for every minutef of them) I have .kepi 
** on steadily in the ways of holiness, and fiJiVid^theni 
** blessed, honourable and comfortable, both With inspect to! 
** body and soul, and to all outward and inwafd concerns, i! 
** can say, if any can. That godliness has the promise of thii 
** life, and that which is to come t and mu^st declare that J 
** never heard or read of anyone, so almightily Saved from 
** sin and hell, and s6 wonderfully blessed with all favors and 
** mercies as I have been.*' This was written in Feb, tSg^^ 
He lived 56 years after the change wrought in him by the 
grace of God. Tho' this good man seems to have'thought 
he could never speak bad enough of himself, on account of 
his youthful lusts, and tho' by reason of his great warmth of 
imagination, he was apt to aggravate things to a great height,' 
(and never more than when he represented his own vileriiess 
and wretchedness, before he was renewed in thespiritof his 
mind) yet he was in reality a singular and marvellous instance 
of the power and efficacy of the' 'grace of God, He was 
well furnished for ministerial service. His apprehension Was 
quick, his invention rich, his judgitient solid, and his iriertorj' 
tenacious. Tho' he set out late, yet by hard study," he ar- 
Tivpd at a considerable degree of learning. He 'was as great 
urc^derWihost.' He vyas inighty'fe the seriptures, and'haA 
•" ^ ■•' ■ • ' ' ^ ■■ f'v them' 


tN D£VbNSHIRB. 105' 

thcra t^tty iri'frfs .memory ; having read over the bible iri 
English; Iktin^ Greeks Hebrew and French^ (as he *de* 
(claredhirtisclf joiiie years before his death) a hundred a«d a 
hundred times. Hy had a body qf^ divinity in his head, an4 
fcould, as occ^sioti pfferedi preach pertinently and {ft-ofitably, 
y^itfidut.ttiilch study or preparation. 

Hesticc6edeftfMr.J?fl/W, at Exeter, in 1689, in thTat large 
cbngregition, !\<fheVe his work in'public and private Wj^s very 
great. Fbt^bbv^ twenty years, he frequently preached twice 
oii the Lord*s.d[iy;', On Thursdays in the afternoon, he had 
a carechetlcsll Ijecttrr'e, in which he explained the principles of 
ithe christian rfeMgion, in the method of the Asienhhly^t 
Cdteckihn: H<i spent several years in explaining ttie attri- 
butes and wilrfes ot God ; ^nd had begun to discourse on the* 
l6n commandraeilts, but had only finished the first, wh^a' 
(jOi put art etid tb hts labours. — .-He preached a weekly lec- 
tpfebh Wedhesdays, till about lihree years before his death ; 
\i('hdn he adthitted his three coHpagups to take, their turns. 
He breached futldrstl sermons for ho less than fourteen of hisf 
brethren in the iiiinistry; and many othiet occasional dis- 
course^.. S6 that sometinifes Tieliis preached eight stfrmons 
in a week, and thtit with fleiswrc-, for his work w^s his 
ydigtit/ His discourses were m.ethddical, iand clelivered 
with spirit ^rid life, freedom ar<f fluency. In his preachings 
he manifested such deep concern, 'As engaged the serious at- 
tention of the hearers ; and his labours were succeeded to the 
good of many. Hq had a wonderful gift in prayet ; and hit 
sidtnitiistration of both the sacranlents, was both judicious and 
sltfettiiig. 'He did also a jgreat deal pf work in private.- He 
had. an excellent feculrjr in resiolving doubts, in comforting 
^fflicted consciences, and assisting ^uch as were going ontof 
0ie World, As a good shepherd he was diligent to'know the state 
of his flock. He sinewed much love andj)rudence in reprov-' 
iiig; and would sometimes do Tt by letter, when circumstances 
itoade it not so proper for him to do it in person. For forty- 
six years after his ordination, he continued with exemplary 
pains and diligence, to discharge all the offices of a vigilant 
and faithful minister. * • ^ . 

He Was regular in his devotions, and circumspect in the 
whole course of his life, which was an excellent commtent 
npon his sermons. Love to God was the principle which 
actuated himin all. Much- was forgiven him, a^d he hvtd 
mttcA. He was^ a strict obseYver of the Lord's day, and took 
peculiar delight in thanksgiving. He kept public fasts with 
^* great 


great seriousncis ; and a private fast In everv ktlendar snootb^ 
with unusual strictness. He was remarKably patient and, 
submissive under pains and sicknesses. No phanges of pro- 
vidence could be discerned to make any considerable change 
in him. In dangers and difficulties, he placed his confidence ] 
in God* He had formed a noble idea of his perfections^ and 
of the wisdom of bis government, which brought him to 
si^ch a calmness of temper, that sudden accidents which 
were shocking to others, made little impression upon him. 
He was cloathed with humility and with the utmost sincerity 
declared himself to be (as he ordered it to tie engraved on his 
tomb-stone) '* The greatest of sinners^ and the least of 
saints." — He was very courteous and afeble to all. He un- 
derstood and observed the rules of conversation, and gave 
* honour to whom honour was due.' Tho' hp was natumlly 
warm and hasty in his t^tnper, he bad so mastered it, ,as 
seldom to be ruffled with passion. He was scrupulously 
honest and faithful to his word. He had ' put on bowels of 
mercies and kindness ;' and was tender-hearted and compas- 
sionate to those in distress* His temperatice, sobriety,, hea- 
venly-mindedness, and contempt of riches were remarkable. 
His mother, who died rich, would have made him her ex- 
ecutor, but he refused it. She offered him what proportion 
he pleased of her estate, but he chose only a competency to 
provide him food and raiment with something for books and 
works of charity ; and freely let the bulk of her estate go 
to his elder brother's son.§ He continually behaved himself 
as a son of peace, and was of a moderate healing spirit. While 
he used his own liberty, he had gre^t charity for such as 
were not of his mind* His friend$hip was sincere, and his 
^ love without dissimulation*' He was a man of a public 
spirit, and preferred the prosperity of the church of God 
above his chief joy. 

When zealous endeavours were used to overthrow thp 
Protestant religion among us, and to subvert the laws and 
liberties of the nation ; when he saw a Romanist high-sheriff 
of Deyx>n, and a mass-house opened in his native city^ in 
order to seduce the ignorant and unstable ; he set himself 
strenuously to confute the errors of the church of Rome^ 
and took unwearied pains to establish people in the truths 
^ud prepare them for a day of trial* He would not join ia 

% Herein, perhaps, hit conduct was not altogether commeBdaUe, onlesi 
he bad good evidence that his nephew woqld improve the propertjr f^ittec 
t^ao he hif?iself could have donp. 




t»addrets of thanks to K. James^ for granting liberty to 
diQ Dissenters, that hp niight not so much as seem to ap* 
prove, the dispensing pos^jr, or be at all accessary to the de- 
signs of such as wefe pa,trons of Popery, or arbitrary go* 
vemment. He aboui^ded in works of charity ; and took as 
much delight in dispersing and giving to the poor, as others 
do in heapmg up riches. He laid aside the tenth part of 'alt 
hi$ income for charitable uses ; to which he added much more 
when need required. His charity was not confined to a 
party ; nor did he consider mens opinions, but their neces- 
sities. ' He had such love to souls, that he never refused to 
visit sick persons in the most infectious distempers ; and did 
hot count his labour, his purse, his health dear unto himsdf* 
when he was in the way of his duty. He also * provoked 
others iinto l6ve and to good works.' He . kept a constant 
watch over his heart and ways ; guarding against the par- 
ticular temptations with whij:h he was assaulted. He 
f walked within l)is house with a perfect heart,' and filled 
up all his particular relations in life with suitable duty. After 
his return to God, he enjoyed settled peace of conscience, 
and had a lively joyJul hope, with very little interruption. 

When his end drew near, his serenity was great, and hi» 
hope unshaken. .Tho'.be complained much oi his indispo«* 
sitioii for some weeks before his decease, he would not remit 
any thing of his public work, private studies, or secret de- 
votions. The evenine before his removal, he told his wife 
Tery positively, that the time of his departure was at hand, 
which he said without discovering any fear. The next day 
being the Lord's-day, he preached as usual ; but was seized 
with faintness in going home ; and being carried into an apo- 
thecary's house, he said, *' Tm dying." When he was a 
little recovered, his friends expostulated with him for preach* 
ing under such disorders ; to which he replied, ^' It becomes 
a minister to die preaching." He walked home, but grew 
faint again ; and was no sooner within his own doors, than 
he fell down ; his speech failed him, and in about three 
«[uarters of an hour, he quietly surrendered his soul to God, 
on Jan^ ii, 17131 aged upwards of 81 years; and on the 
Thursday following, bfi was interred in Bartholomew church-* 
yard, in ExeteVy where, upon ablac^ marble stone, there 
is the following epitaph of. his own composing r-^^—JuTzc 
jacet peccaiorum maximus, sanctorum minimus, conciona-- 
torum indignissimusy Georgius Trosse, hujus civitatis in- 
digena K tncola qui huic maligno valedixit Mundo^ unde^ 
fimo die mensis Jani4am\ Anno Dom* 17 1 3> JEtat. sua 82^ 



Immecfiateljr after his interment, a ftinenil Semion 
preached by his frfldw-labotirer Mr. Jetieph Haltett on i 
Tim. i. 15, a text of his own choosing^. The sermon i^ 
added to Mr. Trosse's rtarratirc of hi» o^n life. 

WOR KS« The Lord'^^y vindicated, &r. . in Answer to Mr. 
Bampfield's Plea for the S^^h Day.-7-The .Pastor*8 CafQ and 
Pignjty, and the People's Dinty ; a Sermon at the Assembly of 
Ministers, at Taunton.— :A discourse of Schism: deseed for the 
Satisfaction of conscientious and peaceable Dissenter^-r-A Defence 
of the former, against Aerlus Prostratus.-^Mr. Tro&se's Vlndica-^ 
tion of himself froni sevei^l Aspersions.-i-He also drew, up the 
Explication of the last five Answers in Mr. Flavil*$ Expos, of the 
Assemb. Catech. and wrote a Preface^to xt^- 

— — John Hopi»tn, B. D* Fellow of £jce/er Cat. Oxf^ 
put of wnich he h^d been ejected. He was afterwards pastor 
of a congregation in Exeter. He had been a great 
mimbier of pupils, and bemg an acnte philosopher arid a solid 
divine, ^t)ey improved much under him. . He was e^MscopaUjr 
ordained. Bp. Lamplugh^ being desirous to gain him to * 
the chorchf sent for him to his .palace, in Exeter ;. and it 
))eing then a time of great riffour against the Dissenters, he 
promised hiifi safe ingress and egress. When be came, hii 
good, lordship asked him, why he would not conform ? Ha 
gave him a reason or two, at which the Bishop seemed a 
little startled, and bade him read Hooker* s Ecclesiasticaf 
Polity. Mr. Hoppin replied, ** That from a pcxsitton ii| 
^' that ibook, it appeared that Hooker himself, were hie now 
*^ alive, must be a Noncofifcnmisc." The Bishop tool( 
down the book, and asked him where that position was } 
tin .shewing him the passagey^ his lordship read it, and thea 
hastily shutting the book again« said, with his usual passion, 
*^ Go your way : I promised yoQ indeed safe conduct out 
** and nome, buf afterwards look to yowsclf." Not long 
• after Mr. Hoppin was apprehetid^, and^cast into A^q Souths 
gate prison in the light of the palace, where he was detained 
six months, in a very cold chi^mber, and thereby got such 9 
rheumatism, as rendtred him a perfect cripple to the day of 
his death ; so that he was carried to the piilpit constantly in 
a chair. He lived ipany years in ^nisery ; but at leneth died 
in peace, March 4, if o^, uid ws^ sucqoecjed by N£*. Joht^ 

§ It is to be wished that this curioVK passa|;e had beeo referred to. Anv 
reader who can point it out> is requested to communicate it to the editor, ^ 

fJ^ Nicholas 


*^» Nicholas Sherwii^l, M, A: Of Magd. Col. Oxf. 
He was bom at Plymeuih^ where his ancestors and many of 
his relations lived, who wefe persons of the first rank* 
Having spent many- years in Oxford, and been legally or-* 
daiaed by episcopal hands, be returned to his native place, 
and betook himself to hn private studies, and afterwards be* 
came minister of a disstsnting congregation there. On Oci, 6, 
1665, ^e officers of thepirrison came, as they said, from the 
governor, to his lodging, and told him, the governor desired 
to speak with fann at the taveni« Mr. Sherwill hasied 
cliidier, where he found several ministers on the same busi* 
ness. After they had been there a while, they perceived a guard 
of soldiers set over them, Oci 9, Mr. SherzoUU with others, . 
was removed to another tavern, and was rudely treated by die 
aeijeant for ofierJng to step to his lodging without his leave; 
Two centinels were set at his chamber door, and the liberty 
of the house was denied him; In the evening he was con- 
veyed by four musqueteers, widi their matches lighted, to 
the colonel, who sent him to St. Nicholas island, with orders 
from the £arl not to converse wkh Mr. H. (probably Mr. 
H0W€ or Mr. Hughes) and Mr. M. who were prisoners 
there ; to havea centinel at his chamber-door, and not to go 
out without a guard. He continued under this restraint till 
T)et, 4. In Jan. he was brought before the Earl, who told 
him, if he c<)uld satisfy the Bishop, He would be satisfied. 
The Bt«hop having known him at Oxford, wrote a very ob«> 
liging letter to the Earl, as much as possible in his favour. 
The oath in the Oxford -act was tendered him, which he re« 
fused. His prison was changed, and March 3Q9 he was re- 
leased, upon his bond to quit the town within 48 hours.^ 
He died suddenly at Pfymouthf where he had lived upon his 
irstateV Mny 15, 1696. ' 

*• — 11— John Gidley, M. A. Of Exeter Col, Oxf. He 
had received episcopal ordination. He possessed excellent 
abilities, but was one of the most modest men in the world, 
so as hardly to be engaged to s^y grace actable. He' lived 
zt Exeter J upon l^is own estate, and generally occupied the 
t^We-pew, being with great diifficirhy ' got into the pulpit ; 
but whenever, he. did enter i(, he met wjth good acceptance. 
The other ministers' m that <5ty much esteemed him for l^is 
learning and ministerial abilities.^ He afterwards settled at 
. Qreat Marlozv^ BoPks, where hfeidied. • ' ' • • 

* The above account Is taken from tli6* 'Conformist's Fourtii Plea for the 
jKoQC9nfoTmUt9,'page'05'. * 




age ^en he began to pr«s|ch« which - lie ,di4. oqt' irfi* 
^uently do, tiji after his ordination in 1682, (by Mr. 4nihonj^ 
palmer^ &c. \n private) whea he was near fortyn. He then 
iiccepted of an invitation to stated ministerial work, from tlg^ 
people of Barnstaple^ among whom be laboured with grept 
diligence, till he was incapacitated by a disorder which issued 
in his death, July^ 1.99 1707, when he w^s f^ged 6 j. He wa3 
ft star of the first magnitude. His attainmeiits in the knowf^ 
ledge ot physic were like tbose in divinity, very con^iderabjle; 
in the opinion of very compcjtent judges. He had also ^ 
poetic genius. Mr. George Bow^her of Barnsfaple^ in hitT 
wneral sermon for him, sj^aks of bini a& follow^ ; . 

* He vras an uncommon scholar in ^rts and tongves« ^^^ 
generally versed in other.kif^ds of Jearning* The learne4 
of diflferent persuasions have been forward to de^^ire him 9 
great man. His custom was to rise about four or five in 
the morning, and to remain in his study iiU'fuinly prayer; 
soon after which, he went to his study a^in till about hoanf: 
and then, after neces^ry refreshment with eating and walk* 
ing, and a little discourse, he returned to his- study, . and 
there continued till late in the evening* >His work was his 
delight : he plied it close, and on this account perhaps went 
the sooner from us. His talent at preaching was extraordi- 
nary. Most apt to instruct and persuade .sinners to turn and 
live. It might as truly be said of him, as of anyone. That 
solid truth, judiciously handled, was the usual entertainment 
he gave those who sat under his ministry. He Jtook a par- 
ticular satisfaction in insti*ucting younger persons. He had 
an incomparable way of instilling a knowledge of the great 
things 06 religion, into either old or young; and his pnvatt 
as well as^ public endeavours were very successftil for the 
good of many. His love to his people was exceeding grcal. 
It wa^ a great joy to ^im to see them go quietly hand in 
hand, in the service of their master, and theit cbmmohisa* 
viour ; and very grievous to him were any aberrations of 
mistakes an^ong them. He Was much of the temper of HiA*. 
Baxter^ who professed he could willingly Ju a martyr for 
peace' and love among christians. He exceUed in charity 
and moderation about matters of opinion. He thought tale 
Christianity very consistent with different sentiments oiithtngs. 
He could see and love a good? christian, tha' of another com- 
munion from that whidh fhe himself thought most apdsti)- 
lical, and- agreed b^t with the dictates Jtot. bis own iooii- 
icieace; and was farfron^^^atliemaicizing'or damsi^g those 

I whose 


^ whose head was cast in another* mould than his; provided 

* they in-their hearts and lives.t^ded heavenward. His mo* 
^ desly and humility were very conspicuous. H» was an enii- 
'* nent pattern, in word« in conversation, in charity, in spirit* 

* in faith, in pUrity. In a word ; he was rernarkable for his 

* piety, which is the glory of all other attainments. He had 

* much acquaintance with God and converse in heaven while 

* upon earth, which seemed to be uninterrupted. His pa- 

* tience under the long affliction before his death, was great. 

* To such as asked him how he did, his common reply was, 

* Very well, blessed be God.* 

Mr. Hanmer could not be prevailed on to print any thing, 
tho* his ordinary performances would have stood the test of the 
age he lived in, as well as most things that saw the light. His 
letters, both controversial and practical, discover the excel- 
lency of his head and heart. The following is preserved as 
a specimen. It was sent to a clergyman, who, in conversa- 
tion, where a relation of Mr. Hanmer was present, had drop- 
ped a hint, *' that in that town {BarastafUj there was some 
person or persons employed in instmctmg an assembly of 
Protestants, who taught raise doctrine, and by consequence 
w*&re false teachers.*' 

' « Worthy sir,^ — You were pleased, unprovoked, to charge 
"false doctrine upon some certain person or persons, who are 
•* employed in instructing an assembly of Protestants in this 
•* town, under the protection and countenance of his majesty 
'^ and the laws. You cannot rationally imagine but I must 
*' look oninyself as concerned herein, and somewhat wounded 
** with so sharp an arrow; whether shot at random, or di* 
*• rected point-blank at any particular person or thing, I de- 
•* sire to know. If on good grounds you judge me guilty, 
** and liable to the crime you insinuate, I shall be so far from 
** blaming, thajt I entreat, and shall tliankfully receive, your 
•* admonition and reproof: only craving that this* good work 
" may be managed m the spirit of meekness, and with the 

V wisdom and candour of a christian and a scholar. If you 
•* think me worthy to be smitten, do it dear sir, first in pri* 
** vate, and let me particularly know my error and transgres- 
.** sion. Your faithfulness herein I shall value as a singular 
*• kindness. Such excellent oii will not break mine keaa^ but 
" will lay me under farther obJigalions to love and honour you. 

V A general passionate charge' without instances or proof, some 
•* will be apt to interpret a calumny, rather than a rational 
" and christian reproof: as carrying in it continuance of ha- 

VOL II.— 1,3. A tred 


' **' tred ind inalice againsi an Whole society, raifaer than love tl» 
-** the truth, or zeal for that relijgioirto which we pretend. 
** Some diflerences there havi^ always been, and will be among 
** christians, in some lighter matters and disputable points. If 
*^. for these we censure, traduce, tnalign, and persecute one 
** another, we shall takethe readiest course to banish all peace 
^^ out of the church for ever. If our foundation be good^ and 
**' we agree in the main thingf^ of faith, hope, and love, this 
** methinks should be counted sufficient to unite our hearts^,. 
*' and oblige and engage us to live and converse together as 
" brethren. For my part I sincerely profess, that disagree* 
V ment in opinions of less moment, doth not in the least abate- 
** my esteem and love of any.' A great mubitude diere are of 
<* professed christians, who cannot comply with some things 
** the church of England enjoins. It hath pleased God to put 
** it into the hearts of the king and parliament to shew com* 
** passion to them. Let not your eye be evil because theirs is 
** goook What felsities have been broached in the despised 
^* assembly among us, which you wish JEDr water to wash away, 
'* I beg that by a Une or personal converse, I may understand* 
** I st^ll wait on you when, and at any place yourself shall 
** appoint. I hope you have ever found me, and I shall en« 
-** endeavouf always to appiove myself; a sincere friend to love 
^* and peace." Yours, &,cJ' 

[ Mr. Samuel Atkins. He died young. His funeral 
sermon was preached and printed by Mr. Isaac Gitling. 

The follo^Wng persons afterwards conformed. 

kJr.Bui^HEAD oi King's- Ash. Dr. Walker h willing to 
give him up to the Nonconformists ; . being, according to bis 
. account, ** a sorry, illiterate, idle fellow; tlie jest of the whole 
'* parish." But Dr. Calamy is not willing to own him. — 
>lr. Jp»N TiCK9L, of Exeter — Mr. John Law, of HinicL 
^Mr. Richard Conant, of Otterton. — Mr. Joshua Bow- 
Pen, of 4sMurto;H. — Mr. Francis Collins, of ^fi;;. Budax, 
•^Mr. 3uB£AR, of Kinnerly — Mr. Leonard Prince, of 
Eftacpmhe; who continued several years a Nonconformist* 
Reserved J/. J?i?^/2*^s in the city of ExeUr; and after sonic time 
yas preferred to the rectory of Instow near Barnstaple. He 
was uncle to \Ax, John Prince^ vicar of Berry Pomeroy near 
Tptness, the ingenious author of The Worthies of Devon, to 
yhom the author thankfully pays his acknowledgments, for 
!K£ver^ hints with respect to tne ministers in this county, 


t ii« r 




A LLINGTON. % Mr. Bartholomew Wesley. 
XJL Having applied nimself to the study of physic, 48 well 
als divinity y while iii the university , he was often consulted 
^s a physician, while he was in his living ; and after his eject- 
ment, in 1662 , he applied himself chiefly to the practice of phy. 
gic, tho' he continued to preach occasionally. He used a peculiar 
plainness of speech, which hindered his oeing an acceptable 
popular preacher. Helived several yeaiis after he was silenced; 
but he $b laid to heart the death of his son, that his health 
afterwards I'apidly dqclinid, and be did not long survive him; 

. BERE REGIS and KINGSTON [V. 25/. 55.] Mr. 
Philip LAMB.t Of Cavib. Univ. Son of Mr. Henry^ 
Lamb, minister at Cent Abbey ^ and there he was bom- 
tit began his' ministry at Bere Regis^ at about tWenty-one 
years of aee. He preached here one part of the Lord'sr-' 
day, arid mc otTier zt Kingston^ a village, in that neigh- 
llourhood, for the convenience of some infirm people : but 
•6ch as were strong and healthy attended at both places. He' 
had, for some time, a service every' day in the week, at six 
o^'clockjn the morning, at Bere Regis. On Monday morn- 
ing he repeated the sermons of the preceding Sabbath. Oh' 
tVedoesday and Friday mornings he expounded tht Lord's' 

I' From Ht7TCBri«''r History of Dorsit, which Mr. James has carefffUf* 
eiamined, it al^pcars that Mn IUciiaed Sg>t7ia was put in here by the par-v 
liament ; and it seems probab[e that AUington was not the place from whiclL 
Mr. Wesley 'was ejected. See Cha rmou r h. 

f Mr. L^Ml^^s predecessor, Huiseyt died 'March t, 1649. MaMt tuc' 

Seeded Lamb, June 38, 1.662, so that he was ejected before fianhotomeir* 
ay, Xhcqe W3S no miaister at Bere in 16^0. Utttekins. 

^•- -; I • prayer 


prayer, or the]creed, Xc. At Kingston he held a lecture once 
a fortnight, where several of his brethren assisted ; and one 
day, in the week he had a conf^erence. He had a strong in- 
terest in the afFettions of his people ; among whom there 
was a great and general lamentation when he was silenced. 
He continued for some time preaching to them in private ; 
but at last was forced from them by the troubles he met with, 
and removed to Moredon^ where he preached and kept days 
of prayer in private, to the great benefit and comfort of many. 
Upon K, Charleses liberty ne had a convenient place provided 
for him at Kingston. The people flocked from all parts to 
hear him, and much good was done by his ministry. Among 
other instances, there was a remarkable one in an old gentle- 
man near eighty, who tho' he had little sense of religion, 
had a great kindness for Mr. Lamb, his old minister, having 
been much won by his great afFableness, and nothing would 
satisfy him but he must be brought in a chair to the meeting. 
It pleased God to touch his heart, and make him sensible of 
his sin, and work a change upon him in his old age. Dying 
jiot long after, Mr. Lamb^ upon occasion of his funeral, 
preached on Matth, xx. 6. And about the eleventh' hour he 
went out 9 and found others standing idle t &c. When the 
licences were called in, great severity was used, and Mr. 
Lamb WRS forced, with his family, to London; where he 
had not been long before he was invited by a congregation 
at Clapham^ in Siirrey, where he spent the rest of his days. 
He died March 2^, 1689, in the 67th year of his age. He 
was offered 600/. a year if he would have conformed ; but 
it did not tempt him. He was remarkable for his unaffected 
piety, chearful temper, and engaging deportment. 

Mr. Lamb^s Farewell Sermon, preached at Bere Regis, 
Aug. 17, 1662, is found in the London Collection. §It is an 
excellent discourse, full of sentiment, making thirty-six 
ouarto pages, on these words, John xiv. 23. Jj any man 
love rhc^ he will keep my words ; and my father will love 
him^ and we will come unto hivi, and make our abode with 
him. Having largely insisted on the character described, and 
the promise delivered, he proceeds to exhort and direct his 
hearers to seek the blessing promised, and thus introduces his 
Farewell address : ^^ If we would find God andChrist, we 
must seek all the days of our lives. . They that will find what 
they seek> must seek till they find. Upon this work I must 
leave you : For now 1 must tell yoti, that perhaps you may 
not sec my face, or hear my voice, any more in this place : 

4. , yet 


yet not out of any peevish humour, or disaffection to the 
present authority of the kingdom (I call God and man to 
Avitness this day) ic being my own practice, and counsel to 
you ally to fear God and honour the king ; but rather, a real 
oissatisfaciion in some particulars imposed, to which (not- 
withstanding all endeavours to that purpose) my conscience 
cannot yet be espoused. Wherefore I hope in this, and in 
all my abode with you, I may say, without ostentation, 
with the apostle, 2 Cor. u 12. Our r^'oicin^ is ihisj the 
testimony of our consciences^ that in simplicity^ and godly 
sincerity^ we have had our conversation in tne worlds es^ 
pecially toyoU'Wards. And as he said Acts xx. 26, &c. 
/ take you to rtfcord this day that I have endeavoured to be 
pure from the blood of alt men ; for I have not shunned 
to declare to you the whole counsel of Gody both by my life 
and doctrine ; because I knew this' vet y well, that, as one 
says, Suadet loquentis vitay nanoratio: that the preacher's 
JLife 18 the most pursuasive preaching. I shall only add this, 
my friends. That tho' my lips be sealed up, so that I may 
not speak from God to you, yet I shall not cease to speak to 
God for you, as ever I have done. And tho' I cannot have 
you in my eye, yet I shall lodge you in my heart ; and asking 
nothing of you but your prayers, shall hope to meet you daily 
« at the throne of grace, and that at last we may enjoy one« 
another in heaven. And, because they say, The words of a dy- 
ing man make the deepest impression, before I am altogether 
civilly dead, I shall give you one e;chortation more. Let it 
be your endeavour to keep God and Christ with you, that 
they may make their abode with you in your hearts and 
houses, that whatsoever you lose, you may not be undone.-^ 

1. Take heed you do not slight or abuse God's providences; 

2. Do not despise or neglect his ordinances. 3. Be sureyoa 
do not grieve his spirit. — Observe th^se ten directions, which 
I would leave with you, that God and Christ may make 
their constant abode with you. Endeavoin* to please God and 
Christ, and to walk as the gospel commands. Entertain God 

and Christ like themselves, ice. &c I conclude with 

the words of the apostle PhiL 1. 27. • 

WO RKS. Besides the above Farewell Sermon — ^The Relieioas 
Family. — A Funeral Sermon for Mr. Butler. — Another for Mrs, 
Sarah Lye. — Another for John Gould, Esq. — A New-year's Gift 1^ 
QX Portraiture of a Natural Man^ and a regenerate Person. 



Brazen Nose Col, Oxf. Born at Framphn. He was a man 
pf great natural abilities, an inde&tigable student, and one 
yrho delighted in learning from his youth. When he was 
a school-boy he commonly redeemed that time for his book, 
which his fellows spent in play. He was a good grammarian, 
and a smart disputant. He also was eminent for piety, and 
an ingenious preacher. His heart was evidentiy set upon 
serving God, and doing good to others. Being cast into 
porchester jail, on the account of his Nonconformity, it i^ 
thought that his confinement there, tho' he was very cnearful 
under it, laid the foundation of those distempers, which 
^ome time after brought him immaturely to the grave. 

BLANDFQRD [V.3 William Alleik, M. A.§t Of 
Corp. Chr. Col. Oxf. Younger son of Mr. R. Allein, of 
Ditchet, and younger brother of Mr. R. Allein, of Bat^ 
comb, in Somerset. On leaving the university, he becan^o 
phaplain to a person of distinction, in London^. At the be« 
ginning of the ^vil war be lived at Ilchester^ ?nd was i^pon 
some occasions consulted by great officers* For his letters u^ 
Aem he was proclaimed by the cavaliers a traitor in thre^ 
inarket towns. He was o^en plundered, f nd often strangely 
preseived. He afterwards went tq Uristol^ where he was. 
taken and plundered. Then he removed to London with bjs • 
£imily. In i6^^ he became the settled nvn^ster of this place, 
fnd gathered a church here, but was driven ffpni it at tlie 
fiestoration ; when he freely quitted the parish, and minis;* 
tered to a few people in private ; but hjs qc>iul4 not be quiet, 
iwd therefore weut again to BristoU where he lived seven 
Of eight years. From thenpe he removed to Yeqtvil^ in Sp-^ 
meiset, and there died in Oct. 1677, aged 63. He was a 
|uan o£ good learning and great piety ; particularly eminent 
£or his modesty and meekness. A true patient labourer in the 
gospel, ztA a most happy comforter of many dejected souU 
Imd wounded spirits, by a wise application of gospel-cordiaU* 
When he set himself to an immediate preparation for death, 
he had some regret (as it is said Abp. Vshfv h^d) that be 
had not better improved his time. w4 tf^Ients. 

{ Hatchios does not mention Clifford^ but speaks of Coinmtinj who was his 
fuccessor,'as being in above a year before the Onifdioiity -act passed I'm. 
June 17, 1661. James Strong^i2A here in 1650- 

{f « Blantjford Forumtyi\\\\%m AWQtty Intruder, 1653. He was allowed 
*• 55/. 19*. 4df. out of Lord Digby*s estate." N. B. Therp is another Blandford, 
grilled St, Mary.' In the Commission, 1650, it U said, '* f^iffiam j^Uur^ a 
ff learned, orthodoxy able divine, the present incumbent." 



WORKS. Two Books upon the MUIenium, (which R^ew the 
great and good Man.) Aftet his death, Sii p^iscourses oft the un^- 
searchable Ridier of Christ, ^c. 

BRADPOLE, Mjt. Willi AJtf SAMPs<>!re. ^\n HuUhinsh 
History, Mu Sampson isi «ot mttittenerf, h^ti^mcrs oifciirfi^ 
as inducted Nov. 27, i(56fl. In the CoVAmiflsioh, vhffS.^ix. 
16, ** Mr* William Stfmpson, • iflcunlbent, for whom they 

1' desire an auginefHat«6h;** ' ^ 

'•'.'• ' ''. I* 

BRIDPORT .[R*] Mr. WiiiwAM.£AToK* . Averv int 
genious and 4*licatc prcacW.; .§H«tcbiBBl h4^ ft^JOHH 
Eaton, 1650* Wm wcctssot GoodifikK Api?il *^i *66i/ f 

WORKS. Two Sermons, vincRcatmg the Slhifster^ of Christ 
from the Charge of being HouseK^i'eiepers, tinr !2 ' TM iir. ^. * 

. BROAD- WINDSOR [V. &. J Mr. JtWN Piiiiity; The 
incumbent. Dr. i^ttj&rr, being living at the RttStoration, wiM 
to have b^n restored to: this vicarage ;§[ button eomiife to 
take possession he heard Mr.Pmn^ preach; upon 'Whi<^ 
he told the people^, that he would not deprive tUbm o# such 41 
jnan, [so that he for die preseat kept the living.} Howcever- 
he was obliged to leave it at the biaX Barthok/mevr. Buthti 
never repented of his Nonconfovmityv tho' he severely suf** 
fered for it. After his ejectment, be bad many troubles by 
£nes and excommunications. He was twice anprisoned \ 
oncetn England. and once in Irdand, having :be0n forced out 
of this kingdom by a prosecution on the staHute 35 ^//^ 
He was recommended by Dr. Harrison to his^ co m g icg i at ion 
in D^liuj in which he succeeded him, and be continued 
with them near ten yearsv till K. James came thither, wfaca 
most of the ministers left the city. Liberty beinjg legally 
granted here in England,, he returned and settled among his 
bid parishioners. He was much of a gentleman, a conside- 
rable scholar, a very facetious, yet grave and serious com- 
{>anion, and an eloquent, charming preacher. 

Some time before his ejectment, one Hine^ a Bapiisiy who 
pretended to inspiration, and was much C6le1!>rlted on that 
account, as well as for other uncommon gifts, came with a 
iiumber of attendants to the town where he was minister, and 

§ Here seemt to he some mistake, as Dr. FuNer, author of the H0I7 Waiv 
Church History, &c dxcd^ug.'iS, 1661. Hutchins does not rectify it, nor 
does he mention Pinney. He has the incumhcnts thus ; Thomas Fuller, 
1635, B. D. Francis Isaac, /mt. 23, 1683. (Tliis date most be erroneous.) 
li^jnund Sly, ^5 Jan. 1661. 

X^ nothing 


nothing' would satisfy him but he must preach in the church* 
On beihff denied the pulpit, his adherents urged Mr. Pinneu 
to preach himself; hoping by that means to get the churcn 
doors Opened. .When this also was fefused,' they all very 
fredy cast put their reflections upan the ministers in general^ 
as ^' dull blockheads^ and dumb d9g$, that would neither 
preach themselves, .nor. suffer othei&lo' preach that ^onld," 
At this Mr. Pinney was provoked to make- them an oflFer, 
that if they would give him a text, he would discourse upon 
it, off'hana, to all tne company pr«ieht, in a neighbouring 
field, provided thtir prophet would -do the likie on a tekt that 
he should propo^. This tvas agreed td. They gave Mr. Pm* 
ney 2l texj^andaf^er oflferinff, up splemn prayer to God^ he 
discourse4 upon it.i^/ith freedom and pertinence. When he 
came to look back upon this action afterwards, he saw reason 
yrith tiiankAlInesS' tb adknoWledge God's assistance, though 
at the samefifDe- to censure his own-Takhiiessi While Mr.- 
JPinney -vs^ di8c6ursitig,the prdphet walked under a hedge 
9le a little (fiistance, meditating. Dpoa die subject given him, 
tvhich was A*/j XX. ^o. J bo of ly our own Selves shall men 
arts€y speaking' perverse things^ to draiai away disciples 
after them. When he came to "work, his prayer was short 
and> modest; but his jdiscotirse incoherent, rambling, imper* 
tinent, itbsupd, and false. Mr. P2;i7?i?y made his objections 
against what he had delivered, upon the spot, botreceived no 
reply. His fricmls carried oflF the prdphetin triumph, so that 
Mr. Pinney had not opportunity of speakiiig to hiiri, and he 
never came there any more. Tliere was this further good 
effect of this management, that many persons were settled 
who before were wavering, and some were recovered. He 
bad a son, who died a minister among the Nonconformists* 

BUCLAND NEWTON [V.] ; Mr. John Weeks.^ 
After his ejectment he was many years minister of a congre- 
gation in Bnstoti consisting of 1500 peoplei all of his own 
gathering. He met with hardships ou account of his Non- 
conformity, hut bore them with great patience^ meekness^ 
and courage. As he was preaching in Froam-Woodlcindsy. 
some informers came, who had vowed to shoot hun ; but he 
directed his discourse to them \vith such majesty and boldness, 
that they rode away without giving him any disturbance. He 
was twice imprisoned six months, during which he preached 

§ Hutchttis's note hcte, w—« Weeks— HaHy,- Intrudtn. William Ly ford, 
insm. 1662" 

.1 . OttC 



out of the prison-windows, and had many of the commod 
people constantly to hear him. He was once carried to prison 
from Tiis pulpit : ^yhile he was in his sermon, the officers came 
in ind demanded, hy what authority he preached ? He there- 
upoVi clapped his hand on his Bible, and said, " By the au- 
thbrity of God and this book." They then ordered him to 
come down: but h6 desired he might conclude with prayer ; 
which they yielded to, standing by uncovered. And he pray- 
e(l so heartily for the king and government, that one of his 
friends, after prayer, asked a clergyman who came with the 
officers, What he had to say against such a man ? to which 
he replied, ** Truly nothing; only such men cat the bread 
out of our moiiths." At another time the Bishop .himself 
came to take Mr. IVeeksy attended by one Heilyar^ who was 
one of the most furious persecutors in that part of the king- 
dom. Among the persons present at the meeting, there was 
Q(Be of the same name with his. When the man who took 
<Iown their names, came to him, and asked his name, he de- 
sired to be excused ; and though he was pressed again and 
again, he still excused himself. At last, being urged by se- 
veral to inform them why he would not tell his name, he 
answered, ** Because I am ashamed of it.*' Being farther 
asked, What reason he had to be ashamed of his name ? He 
answered, ** Because it is i/f/Zj/a?';" which set all present 
i laughing at the persecutor of that name, who stood by. — It 
was said of this noted enemy of the Dissenters, that when he 
hy on his death-bed, he ordered this motto to be used at his 
funeral. There the wicked cease from troubling. 

There was in this place, another furious adversary of Mr. 
Weeks and the Dissenters, a vintner, whose name ^2i%0llyffe^ 
who was chosen mayor on purpose that he might exercise 
severity on the Nonconformists; and he declared he accepted 
the office for that reason only. But providence remarkably 
interposed to prevent the effects of his fury, for he died in a 
few days after he entered upon his office. 

Mr. Weeks was a man of great piety and prudence, and 
very remarkable for hrs courage. It has been often said of 
him, ** That he could bear any thing from his enemies, tho* 
not from his friends." His spirits were elevated by their «eal.' 
He was very submissive to the divine will under severe pains 
of body, and when reduced to great difficulties. He never 
complained of God, but was abundant in blessing him and 
admiring his dispensations ; and rejoiced that he could find 
his heart inclined to loVe God, even when under manifold 




afilictioos at once. Hea W8» a^ popular a prcaehcr a$ most iq 
England, and remarkably fervent in expostulating with sin*, 
ners. But he did not inuulge in loose harraog;ues : he took 
pains with his sermons to the last. He was a minister obt of 
the pu^it as well as in it; a most affectionate sympathjising 
friend,; ! one who ' became all things to all men,' and charita- 
ble even beyond his ability. He discovered a most divixui 
temper in his sickness, and was serene and joyful in the ap- 
proach of death. He exchanged this for a better life^ AW« 
S3y i69$» aged 65. His fnneral sermon was preached by 
Mr. Jo^, Kentish (who assisted, and afterwards succeeded 
tiim) on 2 Kings ii. 1^. Mr. Jos. Sianden (who married 
h\s daughter) published a funeral poem, which contained a 
yiew of his character.* His uncle, Mr. Samuel Has^dyyWB^ 
cifered 500/. a year if tie would have conformed. 
" *»* BURSTOCK [V.] Mr. Henry Parsons.-J; Bom 
about the year 1630. > He was a man of good learning, ^([^ 
bad episcopal ordination. While he was at £ursi4ici^ whIS 
was but a sm^l living, he taught the languages to sereral 
youths committed to his care, some of whom lived to shew 
'him great respect in his old age. Soon after his ejectment 
by the Uniformity act, the living of Uplime^ worth 300/. per 
unnuvi being vacant by the death of the incumbent, the pa- 
tron solicited Mr. .Parsons to accept it ; but he excused him- 
self, by saying that his conscience would not permit him toi 
*do it. Besides his pecuniary loss, he suffered much for hia 
Nonconformity ; having had his house rifled and plundered ; 
t)eing driven from his abode, and several times thrown into 
prison. He was once seized at Taunton^ when preaching to 
a numerous congregation, who were desirous of enjoying bis 
labours,, and was carried to Ilchester ]d\\. The persons who 
conducted him,. obliged him, as soon as he came to the end 
of the town, to (juit his horse, and travel through a bad road 
on foot ; whipping him on in a barbarous manner. His feet 
were so much hurt as to bleed. He took his trial at the as- 
sizes for the county, before judge Hale^ who treated him 
with great respect, and found means to discharge him. He. 
was afterwards imprisoned in Dorchester jail, with several 
of his brethren, suffering for the cause of Nonconformity.. 
He was after that confined in the county jail of Devon for 

"* A fat^ber account of Mr. Weeks may be expected rrom Mr. Isaac Janes , 
kt his iotended History of the Congregations in Bristol. 

f From Hutchins, it appears that Mr. Parsons ivas here bat a short time,, 

^ Heii7 ParsoiDS, 17 Aug. 16ax.— Thomas Jachol^ $22 Dec. 166^." 


^fomf xiMKiti)v upm tii9«»nie Morr* And luiiUir, lie was 
impFilQifiid iQ one ^ theTTiriil^m j^s, soon after the Duke 
4>f J/(99?»^tt/A'« def09/t, and tfar^wn iivror « viie duogi^Qn, from 
.wh^ce $ey^ of the <|uarter8 of aotae, who had be^ exe* 
i^l^ for disu afiair» fa»d beeo carried oat the pmcediiw day 
.t0 \^4i^p^^9i^ Rf^ hviig op as monomems of Jatnes^jaiA 

After tb^ Reyoliirioki Mr, Parsmm lived matty yean* at 
•S/i^A:^ un^<fr Ham in Sooteiset^ where be apont the remainder 
of a usef^ life^ wUh a ^ciety of Frotestant Dissenters. He 
^ie^i?^ 1717, in the S8tb yw of his age, full of satisfactiea 
m his Nonpoafprnoity^ a^d of the hope of a crown of life* 
He had a numeroiis ^niily* Qne of his children. Mrs* Mary 
Cole, was living at i)arPmouthf in a very advanced age, it)i 
^epter^ber 1 774* who gave the above account,* All that 
j)r. C(il<^nty $ays of Mr. Par«m5 is, that he was a very warm 
aiid jealous man against the hierarchy, Cpmmon Prayer^ 
^d cgrejponies, 

CAME. fWiiiter-bom) Mr. Christopher LAWRfiNC«.^ 
Of ^'^^^'^ university. Bora ^t Dorchester, 161 j, at the 
time the town was in flames ; so that bi^ mother was forced 
to be removed into the fields, just after her delivery. He 
was of an aneient and respectable family in this county. On 
leaving the university in 1606, be was ordained hy the Bishop 
of Bam and Wells. He afterwards lived some time at Piym 
moutk, where he had an intimate friendship with Mr. Hughei \ 
During the civil wars, he spent some time in London, where 
he assisted yonng gentlemen in their academical studies, 
among whom was Dr. Cosh^ afterwards an eminent physi- 
cian in the city, who retained a very grateful sense of the he^ 
nefit he received under his instruction, which he expresse<) 
by many kind ojfices for his son, many years after. Mr. Law^ 
ffence had the living of Odcomb in Somersetshire, where he 
had some trouble from the widow and friends of the former 
incumbent. In 1652 he was forced to quit the place, for not 
taking the Engagement. He then removed his family at a 
great expej^ce toLonflon, havipg a p;'o$p9Ct of some emplqy- 
ment there as a scholar; but meeting with a disappointmem^ 
he returned to Dorsetshire, and in i 654 was presented to the 
jiving of Langton Matravers^ in the isle of Purbeck, by Sir 

* Cpmmsnu^af^d by the Eev^ Mc« Reypell, •£ Totoea. 

t Hntcbins says, <* Christopher Lawieoce latn^r^ ejected 1^2." N. Fre<i« 
,chaim was here in 1650. See Langtoii. 

Jl Walter 


Walter Erie. In 1658 he wis removed to CUme^ from whence 
he W3fr ejected in 1562. He hsd spent a considerable surit 
of money in repairing, and partly rebuilding the parsonage- 
bouse, but coald not get the least allowance made him for it. 
Many of his friends, and some persons of rank, pressed him 
to conform 4 but he could not satisfy his cmiscience to ^o i^. 
However he was a stranger to faction, had a great abhor** 
rence of the proceedings against the king in 1648, and was 
heartily deftirons of the Restoration. 

After his ejectment, he attended the public worship at 
Dorcbefster and at Frarapton, where he was ihtimate with 
the incumbents till his death. In 1665, the militia being 
raised, under the pretence o^ a plot in *e North, S9me soU 
diers were sent to Mr. Z^wr^wce'^ to apprehend him; but 
missing of him, tho* he was in his study, they did a great 
deal of mischieif in the house, particularly by destroying a 
great Quantity of medicines which Mrs. Lawrence had pre- 
pared for the poor, whom she used to relieve this way with 
great skill aild success. Going into an out-house, wbeie they 
supposed him to lie conceaJied, they thrust th^ir swoi^ds up' 
ro the hilts in some hay and straw, swearing they would do 
the rogue's business if he was' there. But tho' tbey now 
missed Mr. Lawrence^ the next day. he surrendered himself 
to the deputy-lieutenants, and be, with other ministers, were 
committed to Doixhester jail, where he contracted an illness, 
from which he was never afterwards intirely free. .When 
the Corporation-act took place, he removed. to a house near 
Frampion^ where, after languishing some time, he ex- 
changed this life for a better. May 1^, 1667, and was in-^^ 
terred in AlUsaints church, in Dorchester.-^He was a man 
of good learning, of a pleasant; convei;sation, and a most 
inoffensive character ; but his great modesty hindered him 
from making the shew some others did. His Nonconformity, 
exposed him to uncommon losses ; but he ende9,voured to 
approve himself to that Being, who, he knew, could inak^ 
all good to him and his, in kind or in value. 

CHARDSTOCK [V. 45/, is. 4/?.] Mr. Benjamin 
Mills. He had a full congregation while he was in the 
public church, and it was observed that tfie parish in general^ 
was, at that time, more civilized than it was known to be 
either before or since. He preached privately after his eject- 
nient, and died about the year 1693. 


' IN DORSETSHlkE. } 25 

"CHARMOUTH [R.] Mr. Burd. §Hutchins mentions 
tio suoh person here, but in another place introduces Ben* 
JAMIN BiRD» who might possibly be the person here in* 
leaded. It appears from th4i same work, that Mr. fVesUy 
Was here in 1650, and he seems to have been ejected from 
hence. Hutchins's words are ** Bartholomew Wesley, In- 
" truder :. he was ejected after the Restoration. See more 
^ of him in Dr. Caldniy*s Continuation, p. 429." — In ano- 
ther place he calls him •* Bartholomew Wesley, Presbyterian 
•• minister, at Charmouth** — ^Tbis Mr. Wesley is also men- 
tioned 1650, among the Rectors of Catherston^ which is 
near Charmouth. And from the next entry it is plain that 
Mr. Bird succeeded him here. " Benjamin Bird, 14 
Oct. 1662." If this be the person intended by Dr. Calamy, 
he conformed soon after Bartholonvew-day, and was ejected 
afterwards. But it is impossible now to ascertain the fact. 

. CHIDIOCK, Mr. Henry Backaller. He jbad been 
inentipned by Dr. Calamy, and in the former edition of this 
work, at Woodlands, in Devonshire^, but ought undoubc** 
edly to have been introduced in this place. The following 
information was sent to the author respecting a person of this 
name, of whom there can be no question whether be was 
the same that was ejected here. ** One Mr. Backaller^ an 
^^ ejected minister, lived near Charniouth, who wa^ of good 
*^ conversation and pf ; considerable parts, writes his name ^ 
** above, and says he was ejected at Chyddeck .-a parish 
V either in Devon or Dbrsfct — [There 'is no such place ia 
De^n] — " that he was episcopally ordained at the same 
V^ time with Mr. Brice, of Marshwood.'* l^Namely, by 
Dr. Ironside, Bishop of Bristol, in or before the year 16,59. 
See Marshwoody tn this county] ^* He died somewhere 
*^ Bbo9t Exeter, in 1713$ when ne wanted bot a few months 
^ of being a hundred years of age. His funeral sermon 
*' was preached by Mr. Aaron Pkcsiof Chard, on (^^n.xlix. 
^* 18. i:jkave waited/or thy salvation, Lord/* 

CHISLEBOROUGH. See Somersetshire. 

• CLIFTON. Mr*. Richard' [So his name is 
written by Hutchins, vfho vxcntionshim zt .I)orc/iest<^r, and 
again at Wraxhall, x April, 1662 . bis successor, April 15, 
1663^.] Being harrassed in his^placc, he left the church, and 
became a Nonconformist .soop after the Revolution. §He 
is not, therefore, with strict propriety, included in the xiuoi'- 



ber of ejected ministers. Accordiiag ta ifulchinft hd ^ivad 
fiot instituted to this living till 1687, when he must have 
been a Conformist. 

The following list o( incumbents is an estact Transcripf 
from Hutchins : • 

Henry Dutton. [No date of his institution. *] 

William Oake^ on the resig. of IhUtatit instit/ 7 Jan. 16604 

John HaynCy on the deprivation of Oake^ inscit. 12 Fcb^ 

1662. . 

Richard Wyne^ on the death of Haync. instit. 26 Ap* 

Samtul Hieron^ on the resig. of Wync^ instiu 17 May^ 


From this register, it seems that 

Mr. William Oake is to be inserted in the list of ejected 
ikiinistefs, in tlie rooni of PTyne ; whose name however is 
detained, as he became a Dissenter in eohseqiience of hi^ 
being ** harrassed*' while in the church, ddnbtless for want 
of strict conformity. Tho* the occasidn and ciftumstaitces' 
ef Mr. Oake*s leaving it, be not expiessly mentioned, his 
•• deprivation** at the same' period with so many other Non- 
conformists, strongly indicates thathewasoneof thentimber. 
The date of his successor's inslittttion, Feb. 1662, is most 
|>robably put, as in many other cases^ for 166JL 

DORCHESTER. AlUSuints [R.l William Bekit; 
M. A.§ He was bom at or near Effremond^ in €iimber-i 
land, A. D. 1600 ; educated at St. Bees^ and afterwards at* 
Sueen*s CoL Oxford ; which he left without taking any 
dqgree, on obtaining a- presentation to Oakitigham^ in fierk«^. 
dure ; but upon Mr. Bateman's having got anothet presen- 
tation [to the same living] rather than contest it at iaw^ they 
agreed jcMntly to perform the duty, and receive the profits: 
Afterwards Mr. Benn became chaplain to tbe Maricciiioness' 
of Northampton, with whom he lived In Somersetshire, 

f tn Hutcfain's Httt Wm. Benn occurs, 1629.— << deprived for NoO( 
<«fonnity, 1669."— '* RUhard fTyne, instittfted 10 Feb, 1662.— Te^f 



« ceeded Wyne, May 1 3, 1691."— This was proluibly the same RickatdfV^neJ 
who was at Cliftoit. In that case he must have had both liviogs, andhaviT' 
{iveo up DorcAci/er, in 1691. (Mr. James) But then he must have been » 
Confonnist till that time. — Hutchius's accouoC of Mr. Benn is pretty large, 
quoted from Athen, Oxon, and contaim softie particolart which Dr. Calamy 
had aot, yrhich art now iiuiBrtid* 



leaving Oakingham to Mr. Bateman. In 1629, the cele^ 
brated Mr. White, often called the patrmrch of Dorche^er^ 
invited htm to that town, by whose interest he was madfe 
rector of All^Sainis^ and was in great repote among the 
Puritans ; and, excepting two years that he attended Mr. 
White, at Lambetky he continued here till Bartholomew^ 
daj, when he was ejected for Nonconformity. Not satisfied 
with his constant labours in the church, while he held his 
rectorship, he preached gratis, on week-days to the prisoners 
in the jail, which was in his own parish : and the room not 
being large enough to contain the people who attended, he 
procured a chapel to be built within the prison walls, prin- 
cipally at his own expence — In 1654 he vtras one of the as<* 
sistants to the Commissioners for ejecting such as were called 
scandalous, ignorant and insufficient ministers and schooU 

When he was silenced, he continued among his peoplef, 
tod preached to them as he could find opportunity, so lon^ 
as he lived ; for which he was often b)-cught into trouble, 
^nd Sometimes fined and imprisoned. Ht died March ^2, 
1680 ; having been a painful, faithful and successful labourer 
in the vineyard of Christ fifty years ; and was buried in All^, 
Saints church-yard. He was a man of unparalleled {ler- 
severance in prayer : for he usually prayed in his study sevefk 
times in a day ; and it was his custom at stated seasons daily 
to give God thanks for deliverance from certain ifkimineiit 
dangers which befel him, in the years 1630, 1643 and 1645* 
[The late Dr. Theophilus Lobby was, by his mother's side, 
a grandson of his : a nuin eminent in piety, as well as in 
medical skill and benevolence.* 

WORKS. An answer to Mr. BamfieM, in vindication of thr 
Christian Sabbath, against the Jewisli. — TweWe Sermons on Soul* 
prosperity, oniii./Bmvj v. 2. published after his death. 

Trinity and St. Peters [ifol.) George Ham. 

MONO, M. A. Of Exeter Col. Oxu Born in 1620. He 
•tudied some time at 7rm. Col. Dublin, where he was once 
met by Archbishop Usher, who condescended to enter into 
conversation with him, and was so well pleased with him 
that the next time he came to the college, tho' it was a good 

* H« invented that excelleacTiwcTtrKt which Itears hit mrme, and- cor.' 
ttmm ttt fepuu;ioD», paniCulMlgt as «n anticbte at»mt epidomical due»ef« 
Tlie experieaos of nisny years i^uces the E^mut to iaaert this tiote. 



.while after v^rards, he. enquired very, paj-tictilarly after Mi% 
Hammond, and expressed his apprehension, (bat be would 
prove a considerable mwa* 2c was while hp was- at Oxford 
that he first became seriously attentive to the cpiK:erns of his 
soul ; but whether he began his studies there prat Dublin is 
uncertain. He was sometime minister sxTohiess^ in Devon, 
■where, just after he had been^ preaching with ^r^^t seriquSr 
ness,. about patience and resignation to the will of God» be 
.had occasion for the exercise of these graces himself, by the 
loss of a child, which was killed by falling out of the win- 
dow of an upper chamber* [It appears from liutchins's 
History, that he was not admitted to this living tiH 1660, 
and his successor, June ^q^ 1663.] About tlie year 1677, 
lie became minister to a large congregation of Dissenters, in 
.TauntoHf in conjunction with Mr. George Newton. His 
excellent qualifications induced some persons of rank, (par- 
ticularly the Ladies Courtney and Constantine) to send their 
sotis to board with him. 

' He was faithful and diligent in his work. His sermons 
were plain, solid and judicious ; but for want of life in de- 
livering them, they were not valued, by the common sort of 
hearers, according to their merit. He had an excellent faculty 
it clearing diflSculties, and resolving cases of conscience. 
His discourses on private days of prayer and conference, on 
various texts of scripture, wfth little or no previous medi- 
tation, found general acceptance, and convinced the more 
"understanding part of his auditors^ of his solid judgment 
and great abilities. — When the fears of Popery increased, 
after the Popish plot was stifled, and a sham Presbyterian 
plot was trumped up, he endeavored to arm his people against 
the attempts of seducers, and to prepare them for a day of 
trial. To this end, he went every Monday night to their 
houses, and read some part of Mr. Poole's Dialogues 
against Popery ; after which he farther explained the Pbpish 
teiiets, and confuted them with great strength of argument, 
in a very plain and familiar style; frequently citing the very 
words of the most celebrated champions of the chufch of 
Rome by memory, to the admiration, satisfaction and ad- 
vantage of those \yho frequented this exercise. 

The persecution which preceded, and the bafbarous cruel- 
ties which followed, Monmouth's rebellion, drove him 
from Taunton to Londop ; where h» joined with Mr. Richard 
Steel, and succeeded him, after bis death, as pastor of a 
congregation. He died (?cjr(76er, J 705. He was an excel* 



lent scholar, a good critic, apd mi^ty in the scriptures ; of 
a clear bead, a faithful memory, of eminent humility and 
iiieekness> of A'very eveU temper, and a most peaceable heal- 
ing spirit, 

WORKS. A Discourse of femily Worship * drawn up at tho 
teiaeH of the iiOndon ministers/— And a Preface to Mr. Richard 
Saunders's Discourse of Angels. — A Sermon in the lasVvol. of the 
J^ornihg Exercise, on this question : How ma^ private chrisfians 
be most helpful to promote the entertainment of the Go^el ? ^He 
%lso pulbtished an excellent sermon on the death of Mr. Richard 
S^E E L ; entitled, A good ministfer of /esus Christ. Mr. Charks 
iBulkt^, in hhChisfian Mmiittr, p. H3, speaks of it ifei these high 
terms t ^' It ht a book written with the greatest plainness imagina- 
ble, of style and language, bat yet with so much power of truth, 
a^d force ofioonviction^ as have rendered it extremely entertain* 
Ihg, acceptable, and I hope u^fttl to myself. And 1 venture to 
lecoramend it, no^ only to the perusal, but intimate familiarity of 
«very minister. It would be worth his while to get it by heart.". 

DURWESTON [R.| Mr. John Gal^fn. ^Nothing 
\i^as ^aid of him by Dr. Cakmy, who had Only his surname, 
and that mis-spelt. The following account of him is from 
Hatchings History of Dorset. ** Richard Hooke was se- 
questered 1645, and his parsonage, value tool. per annutHf 
'"disposed of by the Committee to J. Galpin.'* — It follows, 
<* John Galpin^ Intruder. ''ITie return to the Commis- 
** sioners, i65o, was, that the parsonage and glebe of 
•• Durwistcn cum Knyght^fi^ with the atmuity of 40J. 
**^ payable out of the parsonage of Stickland to it, is worth 
«* laoZ. per ann, John Galpiii^ incumbent." — His succes- 
sor was in4ucted Def. 3, 4664. . 

FORDINGTON [V. 4'8/. 10^.] Mr. Joshua Church- 
fiiLL. Soriie trme after his ejectment, he assiste.d Mr. Benn 
at Dorchester, and succeeded him there. — He published Mr. 
Beiin's Sermons on Soul-prosperitjr, with a dedication to 
Cnwe, Esq. of Fern, in Wiltshire. 

HAMOON {R. 120/.I Thomas More, M. A. Of 
TW/i. CoL Oxford ; where hd.contimied eight or nine years. 
After hts ejectment, he and his family suffered great want. 
The family of the Trenchards (in whose gift the livinj^ of 
ifamoon was) had such tn esteem for him, that, as there 
. were three vacancies at that place from Bartholomew-day, 
during hi's life, they hiade a free oflfcr of the parsonage <o 
liim eveiy time : but he still refused it, because he could not 
.VOL. II, — NO. XIII. & be 


• • • ' , 

be satisfied with the terms of conforaiity^. Rather that! 

violate his conscience he chose to- live in want and obscurity, 

in the private, exercise 6f his mimstry ; ^i^h he^id till 

death gave him his final release, in August^ 16995 at Abbot 

.Milton, in this county. 

HASILBDRY BRIAN [R.] Mr. James Sanson. He 

was presented to this rectory by the Earl of Northumberland. 

He was a Conformist in the time bf'K. Charles h but 

, thought the terms of conformity, after the Restoration, too 

i-jgorous. Xir. Walker reports, that he was cast, out for 

. abusing the royal family in a sermon, ^nd praying that God 

. would root it out. But so many false chaiges of this sort 

. were brought against the ministers of those times who did 

- not swim with the stream, that such a story ought not to be 

' credited till it be better authenticated. &Hatdiins says, *^^ la 

' ** 165^ James Rawsouy by order of the Committee of the 

•* county, officiated here, and was a preaching minister. 

" ** Clark, the former incumbent,* dse^ during the usurpation, 

** and on the Re$tpration the Intruder elaimed the living, 

'* but was^ not allowed to keep it." The reason he assiens 

. is that above-mentioned ; but it is only on Walker*^ autho* 

rity. — At Winterbom Ahbas^ he has ." James Rawson^ 

M. A. 1630/' His successor, 166%, So that it would 

.seem, this last was the place from whidi theUnifor;nity*act 

. ejected him. 

HAWKCHURCH [R.] Mr. John HoDbER. He 
usually preached, after his ejectment, at Mr. Htnley\ at 

" Col way-house, near Lyme; He was a man of excellent 

abilities, and a celebrated piieaeher. He was so much of a 

gentleman, and' of such singular ingenuity, that his very 

enemies admired him, and were fond of his conversation. 

•He was also a great Loyalist, as appears. from a long epistle 

\ of bis prefixed to a sermon of Mr. Ames Shorty on the 
proclamation of.K. Charles IV^ §Hutchins does not men- 

. tion him, but has his successor. Swallow. 1662. 

HOLNEST [C.t] Mr. Johk Moore. Of Bra%. Nose 

Col. Oxf, He was born at Musbury, and had his grammar- 

* leamin|[ at Colyton. Mr. John Prince^ author of the 

' Worthies of Devon, nxentions him with Fespect, as his 

fellow pupil, under Mr. Thomas Adams. He had episcopal 

«(dination* He was a person ^ of a sprightly geninsi and 

f Tlui is a Cbapelry beionsioeto Long-tBuft^ii. 

•t.. ^. made 


inade considerable improvements. Besi4ps officiating ^ 
Holnesty he served Long- JSurton^ five yeanr aftgr BarthOf 
lomew-day : and yet length as ovuch silenced by the 
Act of Uniformity, as if he had been ejected by it 91 first s 
For falling into a close acquaintance with Mr. T. Cranes 9f 
Rampesharo, and other silenced ministers, be was bydegreef 
convinced of bis obligation to join them, and so was re^r 
dered incapable of continuing in the church of England* 
But before he left it, he met with much- trouble on accouQt 
of his scrupling* and , therefore not.piactising, a* total con- 
formity ; the particulars of which he committed to writing^ 
hut his papers being burnt, they cannot be retrieved. 

[He afterwards retired to St, Mary^Oticr^j Devonshire^ 
where he. had a small paternal estate* During his abo4^ 
Jhere» he wa^ employed in preaching to the people in the 
country round about ; often to the great hazard of hispersoii^ 
and of his life. However be^lways providentially e^aped^ ' 
jand oncp very remarkably, when he hastily fled trom home 
in the night, in very severe weather, but a little before hi^ 
persecutors, entered hi& house, with great violence, and ra^^ 
.their swords thro' all the beds, in expectation of either dis^ 
covering or destroying him. He hadat this timcsefr^n chi^ 
dren, one of whom, being very young, .innocently. Risked 
his mother, on occasioil of this alarm, Whether these w^^ 
Hot the Philistines ? This son lived to be hi^j$.uccess(u> 
While Mr. Moore was at Ottery^ his goods were once 
seized, and publicly joried for sale, but nobody ^wotild buy 
them, and^o they were^ restored. t(e had the greatest respect 
shewed him vvhile he continued here ; the country people 
took the whole management of his little farm (besides other 
acts of kindness) so that he had a comfortable. subsistence.]] 

In the year 1676, he became pastor to^a large c6ngregafi> 

tion of Dissenters, at Bridgwater^ in SpmcVsetsbire, wheip 

he was very useful for about thirty-^is^ years, and vvhcre fiiany, 

long after his death, blessed God for^ii?)* H? ii^aihtained 

an even chearful temper under all the hardships of the wocfiil 

times in King Char*Us*s and Jameses reigns ; was very plea,- 

sant in conversation, and of a most peaceable spirit. He^ 

.With Mx* ff^^eis^ of Bristol, and Mr. A Sinclare {who 

;fled thither from Waterford, in Ireland, to escape the rim . 

.of the Papists in the xeign of K. James J encouraged (Sui ■: 

ministers of Somerset, first, and those of Devau after waitfit, 

i to assemble together in stated meetings, to maintain order, 

-iinioa and peace. Hejdiligently atteiide4 th^ assemblies, in 

K a Somerset^ 

.. \ 



Somerset, arid 'som^mes even in his old age travelled to 
thbse heI4in Exeter. ' [He continued mrnister to a most res* 
pectable audience both for fortune and numbers, and among 
them thcf wjiole magistracy of the town, till the latter end 
of Q. ^wn^'s- reign. Once, in the /eign of K. William^ 
as he came out or the pulpit, he was apprehended by a war- 
rant from the mayor, on pretence of his keeping an academy, 
tho* he only boarded the young men ; which affiaiir cost him 
go/, or 40/.^ 

He was afflicted many years with the stone. In his last 
painful sickness, his patience and serenity of mind were 
truly admirable. And so well was he fortified against what 
IS to nature the most terrible, that few have been known to 
meet death with grestter composure of spirit. He died Aug. 
$3, 1717, aged j^. His funeral sermon was preached by- 
Mr. JSatson^ of Tauntcn : but he could not be prevailed 
with to print it. Mr. Moore to the last declared himself 
fully satisfied in his Nonconformity, but had an extensive 
charity, arid a hearty esteem for good men of all persua- 
iiions. He left two sons in the ministry among the Dissenters. 
<pne of them siicceeded him at Bridgwater;* the other was 
pastor of a congregation, at Abington^ in Berkshire. 

WORKS. A Reformation Sermon, at Bridgwater, in 1698, 
on Rom. xiii. ^.-r-An Answer to Mjr. Matthew Hole's Letters, 
concerning Gifts and Forms of Prayer. 

v^ HORTON tV/48A] Mr. Tuckeh; 

. tANGTON MATRAVERS [R. 140/.] Mr. John 
^iTCHEl. He was not only eminent in preaching, but he 
werit from hoiikc' to house doing good. All the irjiabitants 
iof the place honoured hijn ; and some gentlemen in the 
neighbourhood, whp were zealous enough for the church of 
^nglknd," \^ited on the' bishop, in order to his keeping in 
iiis living': but nothing would do without that entire con- 
^dtmiXy in which' he could by lio means be satisfied. §Hut- 
chins mentions Theophilus Folewheele^ as incumbent here 
in the year 1650. See Tiverlojt. 

[ LITCHET MATRAVERS; Thomas Rowe, M. A. 
.Of Exeter CoL Oxf. A native of North-Pctherwin, in 
Devonshire: Son of Mr. Thomas Rowe, an attorney. In 

'* He was a man of considerable learhing and an eminent tutor.— -He 
published a learned piece, entitled, Propositiokis on natural and revealed 
.reIi£ion.r-Mr. M^e^ w.ho pubUsbed thcZifigy On the death of Dr. Dod- 
^id&Cy was of thM fumily. 


Ilk childhood, his life was remarkably preserved .for future 
usefulness,' when another child playing near him was killed 
by the fell of a chimney.. In his youth he was^sickly, which 
with his great thoughtfulness about spiritual matters, made 
him apppear dejected ; but he afterwards enjoyed a good 
$hare both of health and chearfulness. His fether designed 
him for his own profession ; but, thra^ the persuasion of a 
good old servant in the family, together with the seriousness 
of his own spirit, he of all things desired to be educated, in 
order to the ministry. His father gratified his inclination, 
and placed him at Oxford, under the care of Dr. Canantf 
where he soon obtained a good character fot singular piety, 
studiousness and integrity. . He had much exercise of spirit 
about religious concerns, being a strict observer of his own 
heart, words and ways ; and of a very tender conscience, 
BfS appears from his di^ry. He would not quit the university 
and enter upon public service,- upon taking his first degree, 
tho' he was strongly urged to it, but continued the pursuit 
of his. studies till he was M. A. He removed to Gloucester'^ 
hally at the encouragement of Dr. Garbran, with a view to 
take pupils ; and was afterwards chosen one of the state 
chaplains at New-College. 

He was first settled as a minister, and'ordained at Litchet, 
about 1658,* and continued there till Bartholomew-day, 
1662. After the Restoration, and before his ejectment, he 
was twice imprisoned, with some other ministers, tho' not 
above a fortnight either time. After his ejectment, Mr. 
^(9or, of Spargrove, in Batcomb parish, Somerset, invited 
him to his house, where he for some time preached every 
week in the family. Here Mr. Richard Allein was his 
neighbour, with whom he maintained a most intimate friend- 
ship. In 1665, he returned to Litchet for a year, and 
preached twice every Lord's-day, in Mrs. Trenchard's 
family, out of church hours ; using to attend on the public 
preaching when the prayers were over. On the Five-mile 
act, he removed to Little Caiiford^ near Wimborn, and 
preached several years in his own house, without any pro* 
secution or disturbance ; the reason of which was supposed 
to be, the great number of Papists in those parts, who lived 
under the countenance of a considerable knight of that re- 
ligion .; for they who were disposed, couid not for sham& 
disturb him, and leave them unmolested. Here he had a 

* Hutchins hash, " Thomas Row, presented 1657/* on the death ui 

K 3 crowded 


<;row<ied aiicUtory ; the people coming from all parts round 
|he countf Y. But he laboured gratis all the time, except fof 
the last half year, when they paid his house-rent. — In 1679 
be rc^moved to Wimborny V9htX4t he continued pastor ot a 
congregation for the . remaining part of bis life, with great 
latisfaction. He had but a very slender allowance from his 
bearers ; yet such was his affection for them, heightenedi 
by his uscmnes^, that he envied none their more plentiful 
circumstances ; his heart being chiefly set upon doing good. ' 

After the licences were called in, he was often presented" 
^nd disturbed, but bis^ christian name was mistaken, which 
proved of no small service to him^ There were some in- 
^nces of the signal appearance of Cod's providence against 
such as Endeavored to disturb him' in bis ministry. In 166 j, 
while he. lived at Mr. Moar'i^ he came to Mrs.Trenekard^Sf 
at Lkchet, to make a visit ; intending, while he was there, 
to preach in one of the poor parishioner's cottages. A per* 
son of the parish getting, intelligence of it, turned informer, 
and bringing a constable and another person with him, • de-* 
inanded the doors of the bouse to be opened, tho* the exer- 
cise was over. The officious informer took down the names 
of all present, and the next day procured a warrant to ap. 
prebend them. Mr. Rowe soon got out of the reach of the 
warrant into another county ; but they served the warrant on 
many of the hearers, and carried them before a justice, who 
bound them over to the quarter-sessions. The justice td di- 
vert himself, asked some of the women, What the text was 
at the conventicle ? and upon being told it was CoL iii. «;, 
Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earthy 
3cc. be burlesqued it, and poured forth his profane jests very 
pjentifully ; of which, however, when he came upon his 
death-bed, he bitterly repented ; acknowledgitig th^t his dis- 
temper, which proved his death, was a just judgment from 
God upon him tor it: The busy informer had the use of his 
right side taken away soon after, and died. The officer also, 
who assisted in disturbing the meeting, was within a few 
weeks killed by his own cart, directly opposite the house and 
the very door where the meeting was held, which be assisted 
\n disturbing. 

Mr. Rowe tvas a very humble serious man, and a close 
walker with God ; a strict observer of the Lord*s-day, and 
a, daily practitioner in the art of divine meditation. Prayer 
was his delight and his constant exercise. He was careful 
to keep from the very borders of sin \ and to abstain from 



idl " app^raflce of evil." He^was of a most tender com- 
passionate spirit to persons in distress, especially on a spiritual 
account, and had a particular talent in administering comfort 
to them ; and yet he was a most awakening preacher to secure 
sinners. The Boanerga and the Barnabas met in him to 
an uncommon degree ; and he well knew how to be either, 
as occasion required. He was a close reprover of sin 
wherever he saw it, even tho' he expected 'the warmest re- 
sentment ; and God often rewarded his fidelity, by making 
the event quite different. He once sharply reproved a gen« 
tleman of considerable figure in the world, for a particular 
crime ; who not only took it in good part, but told a person 
soon after, that he would have taken so sharp a reproof from, 
no person living besides Mr. Rowe^ but he verily believed he 
did it 10 the great integrity of his heart. 

Asa preacher he did not * serve God with that which dij 
* cost him nothing,' but took much time and pains in th^ 
<:6mposure of all his sermons ; which were not only very 
0)etbodical and exact, but had a very practical 'vein, and si 
serious plainness running thro* them. He never began thQ 
i:oi|iposing of a sermon, without piously looking upwards 
for a blessing. He delivered himself with a becoming 
pathos, apd his heart was visible in his work. He has often 
^aid. That bethought no king ever took more pleasure in 
swaying the royal sceptre, than he 4id in preaching the word ; 
an4 when he was abridged of bis liberty, he declared, That 
he could freely spare out of his daily bread, could it but pur. 
chase liberty again to preach the gospel. He had many seals 
to his ipintstry at fVimoorn, especially s^mong young persons. 
He frequently visited his people, and enquired after the state 
of their souls ; and be discharged the whole of hi$ office 
with great acceptance, both in the pulpit and out of it. He 
was a very hard student, and most conscientiously redeemed 
his time. He possessed a great serenity of mind, and sweet- 
ness of temper, mixed with a becoming gravity, which was 
attractive of esteem and love from all good men. He was 
entirely satisfied in his Nonconformity^ and had so great a 
value for the ministry in that way, under all its discourage- 
ments, that he always designed, and solemnly devoted, his 
eldest son to it from the womb. God carried him thro' all 
his labours and difficulties with great chearfulness and satis- 
faction ; and he had occasion to remark. How mercifully 
God provide4 for him as tq this world, in making the little 
be bad in it go farther, ^pd afford him truer pleasure after his 

K 4 ejectment^ 


ejectment, than a much larger income did beforc.-^His la^t 
sickness was a violent fever, which greatly discomposed hi$ 
head ; but he had his lucid intervals ; in which he was very 
serious and resigned. The night before his death, be was 
heard to say, •* O how do I long to be in heaven !" which 
earnest longing was answered, uct^ 9, 1680, in the 50th 
year of his age. His funeral sermon was preached at Litchct^ 
by Mr, *y. Hardy ^ his intimate ffiend aqd neighbour. The 
cnurch was vastly crowded, and there was scarcely a dry eye 
to be seen in the whole assembly. He had no fondpess (ox 
appearing in print, and therefore nothing of his has been 
published but a little posthumous piece, entitled, Tl^e chris^, 
tiarCs daily worky &c. by way of Appendix to Mr. CUf^ 
ford^s Sound words. / 

LYME REGIS [V. 45/.] AmeJs Short, M- A. Of 

Exeter Col, Oxf. Bom at Aishwaier^ in Devon, 1616 ; 

being the third son of Mr. John Shorty a gentleman of good 

estate ; v^ho, having a living in his own gift, designed thii 

son for the church. Tho* it doth not appear that he had any 

s^irious views to the ministry, he, with several other students; 

was brought under good impressions while at the college. 

When he left it he wi^s chaplain to Lady Clark^ of Suffolk. 

In 1645, he settled at Topsham ; and March 2, 1646^ wai 

ordained by the seventh classical Presbytery at London. In 

1650, he accepted an invitation .to Lyme Regis^ by the 

joint advice of the ministers of Dorset and Devon. Here 

he continued till the Bartholomew-act ejected him. He was 

inuch respected by the neighbouring gentry, who importuned 

him to conform ; and he had considerable offers made him, 

particularly a Deanry, to induce him to it ; but he could not 

N come up to the terms required. He took great pains both at 

Topsham and at Lyme^ and God was pleased to make him 

useful to many. While he was -at* Topsham, a very loose 

man wl^o heard him preach, (to whom he was a stranger) 

railed at him after the sermon, for being so indecent as to 

publish his faulty to thp congregation ; and threatened to kiH 

him. Accordingly he waited for him at his return from 

Exeter, with a loaded pistol ; but when Mr. tS'hort came 

near him, his heart fajied, and he spake kindly to him. 

After his ejectment, Mr. Short discharged his duty to his 
people in private, as he had liberty and opportunity, and was 
many ways a sufferer for his Nonconformity, tho* he shewed 
$0 much loyalty as to preach a sermon upon the Restoration^ 
^hich was printed at the request of the magistrates of the 



town. His own fadier was so exasperated against him as to 
leave him nothing. When the Five mile act confined him 
as a prisoner at home, the county-troops often entered the 
town to search for him, and rifled his> house. Being several 
times disappointed, they were enrs^ed, and one of chem 
caught his son,, held a pistol to his breast, and threatened to 
kill him if he did not tell where his fiither waa. The child 
answered, '^ My fether does not acquaint me whither he 
goes." As they were searching the chimnies, chests, boxes* 
Xc. they threatened the servant-maid after the same manner. 
Upon which she said, *^ My master doth not hide himself 
in such places ; he has a better protector.'* To which she 
had this reply : ** The devil take him and his protector too !" 
Upon his first coming to Lyifhe^ be drew up articles for 
such as desired to join in communion with him, and rules for 
the i^bt ordering their conversation. A copy of these after 
die Restoration falling into the hands of his enemies, Mr. 
G* Alfordy (a man famous for his furious zeal) sent them 
vp, as containing' matters of dangerous consequence to the 
government ; and accused him as being seen at the head of 
,200 men, tho* he had scarcely been from his own house for 
three weeks before. A messenger was sent down by the 
Ung and council. Having timely notice of the design, he 
rode to London some time before his arrival, and concealed 
himself there till. the heat was over. When the parliament 
met, these dangerous papers were read in a committee ; but 
none of the thmgs. whereof he was accused being found ia 
them, diey were sent to the counciUtablet and the matter 
died away& This: was in the year 1668. About the time of 
the Rt/e^house plot, the coanty-troops^ commanded by ■ ■ 
f/rod!^, Esq. ca^ne to Lyme to seize Mr. Short znA Mr. 
Keridgt ; when some men of tlie town got into the meet- 
ing-house, pulled down the pulpit, and were breaking up the 
seats ; but Mr. Strode put a stop to their farther proceeding. 
In 1682, Mr. Short was seized at Mr. John Starr's, in 
Exeter,, convicted upon the Act against conventicles, and 
imprisoned for six months in that city. In 1685, he was 
convicted at Lyne^ upon the same act, and committed to 
Borchester jail, where he lay five months ; and upon J/on- 
^mouth^s landing at Lyme, he Was removed from thence with 
some others, to Portsmouth, and there laid in a dungeon. 
He was for a long time summoned to appear at every assize, 
gnd at last was outlawed. But none of these things moved 
^jm, He was a man of an undaunted spirit, and neither 

* repented 


repcntcA of his nonconformkyi nor was dejected at his snfier- 
ings. ; but often declared. That he never enjoyed sweeter com* 
monion with God, or had greater peace and conafort in his 
own mind, than when his persecution was the most bitter. 

During his imprisonment at Dorchester, Soioftwn An^ 
drtws^ Esq. of Lvme, (a gentleman who pretended ^leat 
friendship to him oefore he was, silenced, at^ urged Mrs. 
S^vt to press her husband to conform) being at his seat in 
Somersetshire, was heard to drop these words, ** I will stick 
as close to Mr. Short as his skin doth to his flesh." But as 
he was returning to Lyme, in order to go to the assizes, at 
Dorchester (where he was designed to be foreman of the 
grand jury) he .was found dead on the road/— '---Mr. Short 
outlived these troubles ; and after liberty was granted to Dis- 
senters, he had a public meeting in Lyme^ in which, Aug^ 
25, 1687, eight candidates for the ministry were ordain^.' 
He continued to bring forth fruit in old age, having a strong 
constitution, and enjoying a good measure of health. £vei> 
in his advanced years he could and did endure hardness*- 
Being at Exeter, after he had prayed in the family where he 
lodged^ with great freedom, and dined with Mr. Pym, a 
merchant in that city, he was seized with an apoplexy, and 
died in a minute, July 159 1607, aged.Si. His funeral 
sermon was preached % Mr. (ytorgt JVfttte.-- He was a 
genteel well-bred man, grave and serious, yet pleasant in 
conversation. His wife was a genttewoman of a good fa-« 
mily of the name of Arscot His son, Mr. Jakn Sharif 
was a' man of good learnings and very useful in educating 
young men for the ministry, at Lyme and Colyton. He 
afterwards died pastor of a congregation in ^ondoo.. 

-. — r John Kkridg^, M. A- Of Corp. Christi CoL 0:£fi 
He was bom at Wooton Fitz-^PaiUf (a parish adjoining tq 
Lyme-Regis) where his faither was a Nonconformist ministerg 
and was ejected. He for some time taught a school, at 
Abingdon^ in Berks, and went from thence to Lyme, where 
be was. ejected as a Schoolmaster. He was afterwards pasto^ 
of a dissenting congregation at Colyton, in I)eyon» H« 
died April 1^, 1705. An aged clergyman, who was hi| 
pupil, gives him the character of a sober, fearned, honesf 
man. §HutcI) ins mentions Eman. Sharps as instit. i^Fek, 
1662 (perhaps 6^} on the deprivation of Mr. Shorts Thif 
indictees th^t he w^ ejected ^ a Mini$t^r^ 



MAPERTON [R.J Mr. Hugh GijnUery. Ejected in 
1662. He continued a Nonconformist all his days ; and 
live^ and died in a contented, tho' no very splendid condi- 
tion. After his ejectment he preached mostly in Devonshire, 
often at Newton-chapel, a pecnliar, belonging to AUsbcere. 
He was one of those twelve in that county who took the 
oath required by the Five-mile act> in 1665. He was takenf 
oflF suddenly by a fit of an apoplexy. 

MARSHWOOD. Mr. John Brice. Of Magd. CoL 
Oxf. He was bom at Neitherbury, in 1636, and bad hia 
erammar-learning at the fr^e-school, in the same parish*; 
Upon quitting the university, he was assistant to Mr. Thorne 
^f fVeymouth, He was episcopally ordained, by Dr^ 
Ironside^ Bp. of Bristol. In the year 1659, ^^ settled at 
Marsh wood, and continued there till August^i662. After bis 
ejectment he met with a great deal of trouble, and was twice 
in Dorchester jail for his Nonconformity. After the Revo-* 
lotion, he opened a meeting in Charmouthy and coiitiooe4 
preaching there tp the day of his death, which was AJarclk 
15, 1710. In his latter years, he married one Mrs. Floyer^ 
a gentlewoman of a good family* who had a considerable, 
estate ; by which means he lived and died in plenty. He 
brought up two of her nephews to the ministry i and left 
about 300/, to pious use&. 

MELBURY-BUBB [R.] Mr. Forward. §Hutchins 
has it, «* John Forward, instit. 1648." There was a 
Samuel Forward, at Gillingham^ in i6jO. 

MORDEN [V. 100/. with Charhormo] Edw. Bennet. 
M. A. Of New^Inn Hall, Oxf. Born at South-Brewham, 
in Somerset, Ap, 18, 1618, of an ancient family, which 
came originally from Wiltshire. He had episcopal ordina- 
tion, being ordained by the Bp. of Bath and Wells. He 
began his ministry at BatcombCy as assistant to Mr. R. Ber- 
nard, and after his decease, to Mr. Richard Allein. He 
was next chaplain to 'Sir W. Waller, and afterwards to Lord 
Brookj baron of Beaucbamp-court. In the time of the civil 
war he was pi^eacher in London, (it is supposed at Christ^ 
C^MrcA^ where he remained about a year and a half, and 
then removed to Bratton, in Somerset. After refusing two 
rich parsonages, of which he was oflfered his choice, he set- 
tled at Saiith-PciherUm^ at th^ iovitatipn of the principal 
inhabitants ; where he was greatly beloved, not only by hi^ 



I>ar]shioners, but by the generality of ministers and religioui 
people in those parts. He. had sl flourishing congregation, 
was greatly followed* and had a remarkable blessing attend-^ 
ing his labours. He was much deli^lued in his work, and 
abhorred trifling in his study or pulpit. He preached three 
times a week in public, expounded the chapters he read, and 
catechized children and young persons. In. the evening he 
repeated the sermons in his own family, to Which many of 
his neighbours came for several years. He was very cautious 
in admitting persons to the sacrament, ahd as cautious in 
refusing. H&used to ta^e all occasions for pious discourse, 
and had days of conference wkh his people. He spent 
much rime in visiting the sick, and resolving the doubts of 
the dejected. His whole conduct was exemplary, as he 
carefully pracrised himself what he recommended others. 
By his excellent instruction and wise conduct he reduced a 
great part of the town to sobriety. In 1640 he refused to 
take the Engagement against the king and house of lojds, 
and by that lost an augmentation of 106/. per annum^ for 
five years. This was at last the cause of his leaving the 
country, for he fell under the obloquy of the Cromwellians, 
for crossing their designs* In 1651 or 16,52 he was appointed 
one of the triers for the approbation of ministers. 

In 1654 he removed to Morden,^ being earnestly invited 
by Sir Walter Earle^ and there was ejected in 1662. He 
was here much followed, and that by some persons of good 
rank. He was an awakenine preacher, and was an instru- 
ment of good to many. He nere received some uncommon 
answers to his prayers. In 1663 he returned to his ancient 
£ock at South-Pethertony being earnestly invited by the m- 
habitants of the town, and some of the neighbouring' 
parishes. There he taught school, and constantly preached,, 
tho' he attended, with his family^ as a hearer at die parish 
church, where he had been a preacher. Nor did he confine 
his labours to this place : Many a weary step did he take to 
serve his master and do good to souls. Many a dark night 
has he been travelling with these views. On March 25, 
1665, being the Lord's-day, as he was preaching at T. Moor\ 
Esq. at Spargrave, the foot-soldiers came and besieged the ' 
house. Two justices entered ; one of whom told him that 
he should conie off for three pounds. But he modestly 
refused to convict himself, and so was committed prisoner 

$ Hotchins meatiom hit nanw at occurring in the register of this parish, 
from 1664 to 1657*. 



to the marshal, and then delivered over to the constable of 
the hundred. On the Tuesday following he went to TVflls^ 
and tho^ treated civilly, was committed to Ilchester jail ; 
where he was imprisoned two months only, because of the 
respect one of the justices had for him ; and he preached to 
his fellow prisoners till he was released. In 1669, upon th« 
death of a near relation^ he removed to his native place, 
where he had an estate, and there held on preaching privately 
as long as he lived. He spent much of his time in writing 
letters to bis friends upon their spiritual concerns. Indeed 
his whole heart seemed set upon promoting the work of 
grace in himself and others. 

When the Conventicle-act came out, which confined the 
fiumber of auditora in private meetings to four adult persons, 
besides the household, he preached three times on a Lord'tf- 
day, in different famili/es ; admitting only four others ; tut 
as many ubder sixteen years of age as would come. He 
preached also frequently oa the week-days.— He was a great 
recorder of the mercies of God to him and his, to which end 
he wrote a * Book of Remembrance,* wherein he carefully 
inserted many particular providences in his education, and 
the several stages of his life; in his removes, in his ministry, 
and in preservmg him from his adversaries. He strictly ad- 
hered to his principles in all the turns of the rimes, and'kept 
a clear conscience and an unspotted reputation to the last. 
Not long before his death, he particulariy expressed his sa- 
tisfaction both in not having taken the Engagement, and in 
hifr Nonconformity. He died of an apoplectic fit, when he 
was lakinghorse to preach, Nov, 8, 1673, aged 56. His 
funeral sermon was preached by Mr. )r. * Parsons^ at 


He was a man of good learning and considerable abilities; 
an excellent Hebrician ; of a auick and clear apprehension, 
and strong reason ; a hard student, and a ready disputant ; 
able to defend the truth by argument ; -of a courageous 
spirit, fearing no danger in the way of his duty. He was a 
strict iaibserver of the sabbath, and frequent in secret prayer ; 
a great reprover of sin wherever he saw it, whether in great 
or small. Most sincere and plain-hearted in the whole course 
of his conversation ; of a chearful temper, sweet and ob- 
liging in his deportment^ and of a very humble behaviour. 
His discourse was ingenious^ innocent and instructive, tfe 
was in his judgment a Presbyterian, but of known modera* 
tion towards d^ose of other sentiments. He abhorred cen. 

4 soriousness, 


copiousness, or confining religion to a party, and wasrei» 
spectcd by all parties. He had always a friendly corresponi- 
(ieoce with the neighbouring clergy, who treated him with 
.great civility. 

• MONliTON, (Tarent) [C] Mr. Richard Down. 

* After his iejectment he lived at Bridport, where he did much 
go6d^ -He died in August 1687. § There i» a Vicarage 
at Monkton at which Hutchins mentions Htnry Martin as 
incumbent 1650. He adds, ** There is a chapel united to 
it, not eight furlongs from the church, supplied by Mr. Mar- 
tin.'* But does not mention Mr. Down. It was doubt* 
less this chapel that is here intended. 

NEWTON, (Maiden) [R. 30/. 4sr. tod.'] Mr. An. 
BREW Bromhall. He was one of the Triers in riiis county 
:for ejecting immoral and insufficient ministers. After his 
ejectment he removed to London, where, it may be presum- 
ed, he was in good repute, as he was concerned in the Morn- 
ing Exercises. There is a sermon of his in the collection, 
on the discovery, and cure of H^rpocrisy.^ No. 27. in the 
Yol. dated Nov. 14. 1661. Text, Lukeyiiu 1. An excel- 
lent and useful discourse, which shews the author to have 
. been a man of ability and learning. — ** The return to the 
*' commissioners, 1650, was, that Andrew Bromhall, an 
.** able minister, was put in by the Parliament.*' — ^^Matthew 
>^ Osborn was sequestered, and his paraonage ^ol.perann. 
*• ordered to Bromhall, a famous Trier. But he (Osbomr) 
•** survived rfie Restoration, and repossessed the Jiving* 
*' Bromhall died before the Restoration." Hutchins, 

OVER-COMPTON [R.] Mr. Robert Bartlet. 
Born a^t Framptoriy where he had the advantage of a good 
grammar-school. He first preached as a lecturer two years 
at Sarum, and froin thence removed, in 16^4, to Over- 
Cpmpton, where he was ordkined by Mr. Butler and others, 
and where he continued discliarging the office of a faith- 
ful pastor till he was ejected in 1662. He afterwards re- 
moved to Bradford^ a neighbouring parish^ having there a 
small estate of his own ; and some serious people, v^ho still 
considered him as their pastor, attended on his preaching in 
a private house. Here he continued about three years, till 
'the Five mile-act obliged him to go farther off; when he 
removed to Cadbury in Somersetshire, where he lived with 
bis family about twenty years, privately exercising his mi* 



Histry among some of his own people who adhered to him^ 
of whom there were several both in Lower ^xiA Over -Comp" 
ten* When the Tokrationxame out, he removed to Lower 
Compton^ where he lived tvrelve years. The congregatioa 
of Dissenters at Yewil (a neighl>ouring town) calling him 
to be their pastor, he removed thither, but divided his la- 
bours on the Lord's-day between the two places, which bo 
xrontinued to do till his death. He was much respected, and 
had most of the inhabitants both of Over and Lower- Comp^ 
ton to attend his ministry. He died much lamented, in 
1710, in the 79th year of his age. 

He was a judicious and learned man, of the congregation- 
al persuasion, but very moderate, and of a very healing 
3>irit. He was humble in his deportment ; a plain, aflFec* 
0nate, popular preacher; very laborious and constant in 
his ministerial service; and took great pains to speak to th« 
capacitieiB 6f his hearers. He appeared to have a great awe * 
of the Divine Majesty upon his spim when he was in the 
pulpijt, and always behaved with great- gravity out of it. 
The seriousness of his comrmon discourse was very peculiar. 

• There was somewhat in his mien and air that commanded 
respect froim his very enemies. His behaviour was so inof- 
fensive and exemplary, that many profane people were heard 
to declare. That if but one man in the county went to hea- 
▼eii, tJiey believed in their consciences it w<Hild be Mr« 
Barllet. But notwithstanding all this^ some who were in 
the commission of the peace resolved to put a stop to his 
preaching. Yeovil being in Somerset, and Compton in Dor- 
set, several justices in each couinty agreed to have him ap« 
prehended and coi^fined. A Somersetshire justice signing a 
warrant a^inst him, sent • it with all expedition to the con- 
stable of North Ca«K)«ry. But he being suspected to be a 
friend of Mr. Burtkt\ the servant had a special charge to 
accompany the constable, an^ see the warrant executed, 
which he did. Mr. Barttet promising to appear at the 
quarter-sessions to be hell in a few days, the constable took 
nis word, and be appeared accordingly. As soon as he came 
into court, he was very warmly charged by some of the 
justices as a preacher of sedition, £Cc. to which he^ with 
great gravi^and composedness replied, that ** He preached 
** only the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, which teacheth 
^* men to lead quiet and peaceable lives, in all godliness and 
** hones^i under those who are in authority. They ask- 

* wi^hinx by what authority he pretended to preach ? His an- 

2 swer 



iwcr was» *' I am ordained to the tninistrT^ and woe to rtie 
•* if I preach not the gospel." The last words of which 
a»swer were spoken with such an awful seriousness, that 
they were surprized, and for a while continued silent. At 
length one of them asked him, " By whom were you or- 
•* dained ? by a bishop?" He answered, " There was no 
•* bishop at that time, but I was ordained bV laying on of 
«« the hands of the presbytery." The justice then asked 
him, Whether he owned the king's supremacy ? and whe- 
ther he had taken the oath of allegiance ? On his answering 
in the affirmative, he further asked, Whether he would take 
the oath of allegiance again ? To which he replied, that he 
was ready to do it if it was required. Whereypon the justice 
ordered the oaths to be administered to him, aifd he took 
them in court ; upon which he was civilly dismissed, to tLe 
ao small disappointment of some present. 

A Dorsetshire justice^ who lived near CompioUf was so 
enraged, that he immediately issued out his warrant to seize 
him there. The menaces and vigilance of his enemies made 
him decline coming to Contipton on the Lord's^day, hut he 
sometimes came on the week-days and preached there. As 
he was once going from thence to Yeovil^ he met the above 
justice, who had often openly declared he would commit 
him ; when (to the anuizement of his own two servants that 
attended him) he spoke to Mr. Bartlet with great civility, 
and left him without giving him any angry word; Being 
thus preserved, Mr. Barilet went on, with prudence and 
privacy, preaching to his people, in the latter end of K. 
Charles'^ reign, and the beginning of K. Jameses. When 
he had liberty to preach publicly, his constant method was 
to begin the service with a short speech of about five or six 
minutes ; the design of which was to excite an awful fear 
of God in the minds of his peo^ile. He usually took occa- 
sion from some providential occurrences; for instance, 
the death of any of the people; any thing remarkable re- 
specting the season, Kc. JCc, In this, as weir as all other 
performances in the pulpit, he discovered a great awe upon 
his spirit, and delivered himself with such gravity and serious- 
ness, as very much affected his people ; so that no one 
could go into any auditory wherein there appeared more sen- 
oustiess and devotion, than might be discerned. in the gene« 
rality of Mr. Barilefs hearers. And rbey w^e all so de- 
sjrouf of hearing the preparatory introduction to public wor« 

IN i:(0:{lSETSHIRjp. l±5 

• • . - p 

ship, that \ht whole congregation was generally present be- 
fore he began. 

Some of the chief persons la his society were, in K. 

Chai'^ies's timtj thrown into llchester jail, and prosecuted at 

"the assizes for 20/. a month, so as to be in danger of being 

ruined. But the judge pleaded for them, and brought thefti 

"bff, by telling their persecutors that ' the Act, upon which 

they were for proceeding against these persons, was made 

hot against Protestant Dissenters, such as they were, btit 

?ppish recusants. — Mr. Barlett brought up two of his sons 

to ihe ministry. His son 5amM^^ settled at TiverioHy where 

he liad a large congregation ; and his arduous labours among 

them" Were thought to hasten his end. He died, after a 

short illness, June 7^ 1701, which was some years before 

the death of his father, who lived to see his other children 

Veil provided for,' His funeral sermon was preached by Mr. 

S. Bulsirody on 2 T«m. Iv. 7, 8: 

OWER.MOYNE[R.l Mr. Thomas Troit [<?r Froyte] 
.Probably he was the person who afterwards practised physic 
in Lincolnshire, and lived near Horn-Castle. — ^Butchins^s 
entry here is as fdllo^s : •* J>r. Edward Thornborough, at 
.^* the Restoration^ claimed and possessed Over-Moyne, an(l 
.** ejected the Intruder Froyt|:, who had kept him thirteen 
** years out of his right, which he had from his father.'^ 

PIMPERN [R. S.] Mr! John White. Son of the ce- 
lebrated Mr. White, of Dorchester. '^Hutchins says, « He 
** had thfe concurrence of the ^ouse of Commons for this 
'<• Rectory, July 11, 1646." He takes notice of the name 
of John" White appearing in the register from 1642 to 
1650, ))ut no mention is made of a successor till 166 i. 
— ^He was obliged to cjuit this living at the Restoration ; 
tetwecn which time Uhd Bartholomew-day, 1662, he 
sometimes assisted Mr. Lamhy at 3ere Regis. He was a 
man of eminent piety, abian exemplary conversation. 

POOLE [D.] Mr. Samuel Hardy.* Of Wadham 
CoL Oxf. He was dismissed frona the college because he 

♦ ffu/ciiMs has this account of him—** Samuel Hirdy, \6&J, A Dissenter, 
'botti at-Framptony 1636, bfllciiUed at Channinstef, andcominned there after 
1^62, it being exempt from the epis<:opal jurisdiction. He was favored by 
.the Trerxhard familx» and sometimes occasionally conformed. He was 
chosen thiniscer of* Poole, t6Qt, By a commissionf from the crown, he wag 
ejected for not wearing the Surplice^ and omitting the sign of the Cross in 
baptism, 23 w<«|^. 168!^, and died at Newbury, ^^^0," Al Ckarminiter^ he 
is mentioned as minister theic iu 1^6. 

voLrii.-i-No. XIV. * " * t could 

V «. ■ j<« •t'- 


could not take the oatths, when about to take the degree of 
M. A. He theii went to Charminster^ which is a peculiar 
belonging to the family of the Trenchards, within a mile of 
Dorchester, and out of any episcopal inspection or jurisdic- 
tion. The minister there is a kind of cdaplain to that fanHly, 
but neither parsoa nor vicar ; nor does he take any institu- 
tion or induction. Mr. Hardy continued in this place somp 
years .after the Barthok>mew*act took place, being protected 
from the Bishop's courts by its being a peci^liar, and from 
the justices by the favour of the Trenchards, and by a Httle 
conformity, in reading the scripture sentences, ttie creed, 
commandments, lessons, prayer for the king, Kc, — Dr. 
Brtdokcj the archdeacon, once came to Mr. Trenchard, and 
after saying many good things of Mr. Hardy ^ began to per- 
suade him that he might be instituted and inducted; which 
Mr. Trenchard strongly opposed. Mr. Kent, this arch- 
deacon';^ successor, had a peculiar respect for Mr. Hardy i 
and proved his protector. Being himself a loose and de« 
bauched man, he often used to say, ** If he-should die, he 
had nothing to plead for himself to God, but his love to Mr. 
Hardy f^* — In this station Mr. Hardy ^ besides other good 
services, had an opportunity of doing something towards 
forming the minds of several young gentlemen in his patron's 
family ; among whom was Sir John Trenchard, who was 
afterwards secretary of state. He had a peculiar freedom 
in addressine persons of high rank, without any thing of 
rusticity. When Lord Brook lay on his death^bed, he went 
to him, and spoke to this effect : ** My lord, you of the no*- 
'* bility are the most unhappy men in the world ; nobody 
** dares^ come near you to tell you of your faults, or put you 
^* in the right way to heaven.'* Hereby he paved the way 
for dealing closely with his lordship, without giving him any 

After Mr. Hardy had lived at Charminster a considerable 
time, the inhabitants of Poott invited him to that living, 
which was likewise a peculiar. He accepted of k, and there 
preached, ^md prayed, and conversed, in the same, manner as 
he did before. But several traps were laid for him. On^ by 
a person who desired him to baptize his. child. If he had 
used the Common Prayer, the Conformists would have glo- 
ried in gaining him. If hq had not used it, they would have 
articled against him and got him out. But arghde^con Kent 
happeiling to come to the town that day, Mr. Hardy applied 
to hun to baptize the child for him, who readily consented, 



and^ so for the present the storm blew over. — At this time a 
member of parliament was to be chosen at Pnole, The earl 
of Shaftfbury^ then lord chancellor, was very urgent to 
have his son elected. Mr. Hardy, who had great mterest 
there, opposed it, and brought in Mr. John Trenchard as 
a fitter man. The Chancellor was . incensed, and wrote a 
very angry letter to Mr. Hardy. When he went to London, 
he was advised to wait upon the chancellor, and make his 
peace ; which he accordingly did, and behaved himself so, 
in his honest blunt way, that the chancellor was very well 
pleased, and ever afterwards spoke respectfully of him. At 
last a commission was obtained to examine the title of Mr. 
Hardy tp the living of Poole, Three bishops were in the 
commission, but they would not act in any thing that might 
seem prejudicial to the authority of their own courts. Xhe 
country gentlemen however were willing to act. When 
they came to Poole for this purpose, a sermon was appointed, 
before which the clerk set a psalm, and Mr. Hardy went 
into the pulpit without using the Common Prayer. This 
was enough for them : They immediately discharged him, 
and he durst not appear there any more. He then went to 
Baddy ^ where he continued two years, but met with much 
trouble for not conforming to the canons ; after which he 
never preached in public again. He then became chaplain 

in the house of Healy Esq. at Overy-Hatch^ in Essex. 

After spending two years in that situation, he went to New^ 
bury, where he died, March 6, 1691, aged 54, having 
been much afflicted with the stone. He took great delight 
in doing good, and while at Poole vfus the means of redeem- 
ing many captives from slavery, having collected near 500/. 
for that purpose. 

WORKS, A Guide to Heaven ; (a book which has gone thro* 
many editions, and been remarkably useful) — Advice to scattered 

§ Mr. John Huddesley is mentioned in Hutehins*s 

History, as instituted to this living of Poole^ in the year 
1647. His successor, Tho. Tiiackham, t66j. It is there 
further said of him, '^ That he was imprisoned at Poole, 
*• by order of Cromwell, 16^53; ^*^ 8°'' ^^^' allowed 
*^ him out of LordDigby's estate, and died minister of a 
** dissenting congregation at Salisbury, 1699." — There 
seems to be reason for adding his name to the list of ejected 
sQiinisters. # • 



PORTLAND [R.] Mr. John Spruit- ^Either he or 
his brother published something Gon«»ideiable. Brader is 
mentioned by HutchinSy as institute4 hiere in 1660. He 
also mentions " One Henry Way, as appointed to this 
living to succeed Dr. Henchman, ^ho v^as sequestered in 


RAMPESHAM [R.] Thomas Crane, M. A. OtExei. 
Col, Oxf, A native of Plymouth^ where his father was a 
merchant. Upon his arrival from the university he became 
assistant to Mr. Richard ^llein^ and at length was put into 
this living by liver CroJnzv ell, from whence he was ejected 
at the Restoration. He afterwards settled at Beaminster^ 
where he continued till his death, whicl> was a few days after 
that of queen Anne, 1714, aged 84. He was indicted in K. 
Charles I. 's time, at the sessions, ^xBridport^ for absenting 
himself from church ; but the word not happening to be 
omitted, the indictment ran — ^^Jor coming to divine service^* 
tec, which occasioned it to be dismissed, so that Mr. Crane 
escaped. From the known ciharacter of the ofEcer con- 
trerned, it was plain that this was not the fruit of any design 
'to do him service ; but he viewed it as a kind interposition of 
that Providence in his favour, the honour of which he had 
so earnestly studied, and endeavoured to promote : For he 

- was so great an observer of the steps of divine providence 
towards himself and others, and was so frequent in his re- 

-marks upon it, that he was commonly called Providence. 
He at length published a treatise on that subject; ^hich is 
much commended by Mr. Flavel, in the Postscript to his 

- own book upon the same topic. Mr. Crane was a hard 
student^ and had a penetrating genius. His composures were 
remarkably judicious. He was a good textuary, and an ex- 
cellent casuist ; but much inclined to solitude. A mirror of 
patience, and remarkable for towards his bitterest 
enemies, if he found them in want. He continued the con- 
stant exercise of his ministry till within a month of his death. 

WORKS. Isagoge ad Dei providentiam ; or a Prospect of 
. divine Providence. — A Dedication of a posthmnoas Piece, of Mr. 
Ly ford's (his father-in law) upon Cpnseionce. 

SHAFTSBURY [R.] Mr. Hallet. §This is most 
-^ probably the place intended by SHAFTON, as it is in Ca- 

- lamy : which used sometimes to be called Shaston. Whether 
"the HalleiSy of Exeter, were descendants of this Mr. 

Hallet, is ilot known, but not unlikely. 


Iff DOltSETSHIltEw 1 49 

*^* SHERBORN [V. ^4/. 4^. sid,] Francis B amp* 
FIELD) M. A. Of Wadkatn CoL Oij\ He was descende4 
from an ancient and honourable family, m Dewmshire^ and 
being designed for the ministry from his birth, was educated 
accordingly; his own inclination concurring with the design 
of his pious parents. When he left the university (where 
he continued seven or eight years) he was ordained a Deacon 
of the church of England by Bp. Hall : afterwards a Pres« 
by ter by Bp. Skinner^ and was soon after preferred to a living 
in Dorsecshire, of about looA per annum ; where he took 
great pains to instruct his people, and promote true religion 
among thenii Having an aniAiity of 80/. a year settled upon 
him for life^ he spent all the income of hh place in acts of 
charity among his parishioners,. «;.^. in givihg them Bibles 
and other good books^ setting the poor to work, and reliev* 
ing the necessities of dioae that were disabled ; not suffering 
a beggar, knowingly, to be in his parish. While he was 
here, he began to see thai the church of England in many 
things needed refernfaden^ in regard to doctrine, worship 
and discipline ; andt&eref^e, as became a faithful minister, 
be heartily ^Qt about it ; making the laws of Christ his only 
rule. But herein he oiet with great opposition and trouble. 
About this time^ the people of Sherbom wanting a minister, 
earnestly solicited him to come thither. This place being 
very populous, there was more work, but less wages* 
However, as there was a prospect of doing more good, and 
the people, as well as some neighbouring ministers, were 
very urgent:, after waiting two years, he accepted their calk 
Here he conti-nued to labour with universal acceptance and 
great success, till the Act of uniformity took place. Being 
m his conscience utterly dissatisfied with the conditions c» 
conformity, he took his leave of his sorrowful congregation 
the Lord's-day before Bartholomew-day, 1662. 

He afterwai*ds suffered great hardships, from which it 
foigbt have been expected his character, particularly for 
loya,ky, would have protected him. In all the clianges of 
the times, till now^ every party was for having a man of 
"such piety and lea^rtiing kept in the ministry. Besides having 
had the approbation of the associated ministers of the pres*- 
byterian and congregational persuasion, the licence of the 
Protector, and the testimony of the Triers of public 
preachers ; as well as ordination from two Bishops of the 
church of England, he had licences for preaching, under th^ 
hands and seals of two Kings, Charles I. an&' Charles H. 

L 3 And 


And It was very remarkable in him, that tho* he Joined 
heartily in the reformation of the church, he was zealous 
against the parliament's war, and (7/tWs usurpation ; con- 
stantly asserting the royal cause under all changes, and 
even suffering for it. Yet he was so far from having any fa- 
vour shewn him on these accounts, that he suffered morei for 
his Nonconformity than most other Dissenters** Soon after 
his ejectment, he was imprisoned for worshipping God in his 
pwn family ; of which the author of The Conformisfs 
Plea far the Nonconfommts^ gives the following ac- 
count : — 

SepUmber 19, 1662. * As he was engaged, after his usual 

, manner, before he came to Sherbom^ in family duty, and 

expounding 1 Thess, v. 6, 7, some of his neighbours- being 

present, one S with other soldiers, entcnng his house, 

required him in the king's name to be silent, and with the 
rest to quit the room. Two deputy-lieutenants had been 
consulted to know if such an exercise as Mr. Bampjield 
used was contrary to law. But without an answer from 

them, one T an apothecary, who came with 5 

said, that he had a warrant from them to serve upon Mr. 
Bampfieldy Mr. Philips his assistant, and ten of the chief 
auditors ; and thereupon they took these two worthy minis- 
t;ers, and about twenty-five other persons to the house of 
the provost-marshal, where they all continued prisoners (ex- 
cept the two ministers, who were separated from the people) 
in one room, which had but one bed in it, for five days and 
nights. On the Saturday night, leave being obtained, the 
prisoners all came together [the two ministers it is supposed 
being permitted to join the rest] when, while one of them 
was in prayer, the soldiers broke into the room and spoke 
aloud, calling him rogue, and biddin? him give over ; at 
length they laid hands upon him, and mrced the rest of the 
prisoners away. On the Lord's-day, Mr. Banipfield^ tho' 
at first refused, had leave to preach to the prisoners. Many 
people of the town desired to be present; and some, by 
giving the soldiersr a fee, got in, but wei:e afterwards thrust 
out again. . Some got into a back yard, but were threatened 
with writs for the trespass, by the owner, tho' his wife had 
given them leave, and satisfaction of ten times the value 
was offered. At night Mx, Philips had leave to preach, hut 

• T^e above, and some subsequent passage^i are frono Crosby's Hist, 
Baptists, Vol. 1. p. 363| Src. 



^hilc he was in prayer the soldiers broke in and prevented it. 
On the Wednesday following, four or five of the deputy- 
lieutenants met, and called Mr. Bampjield before them first, 

and then Mr. Philips. Sir J. S of Far, was in the 

chair. Mr. Bampjield ovimed that he was worshipping 
God in his family, and that^ several neighbours came in* 
Nothing was charged, in the prayer or exposition, as being 
seditious; nevertheless the chairman declared the exercise 
tended to sedition, and required sureties for their good bqw 
haviour, and appearance at the next assizes, which accord« 
ingly were produced. Some further instances of injustice and 
cruelty . to these good men while in the prison may be seen 
in The Con/onnisfs Fourth Plea^ p. 4$. 

Mr. Bampjield afterwards suffered eight years imprison- 
ment in Dorchester jail, which he borp with great courage 
and patience, being filled with the comfort of the Hoi 
Ghost. He also preached in the prison, almost every day, 
and gathered a church there. Upon his discharge in 1675, 
he went about preaching the gospel in several counties. But 
he was soon taken up again for it in Wiltshire^ and imprisoned 
at Salisbury ; where, on account of a fine, he continued 
eighteen weeks. During that rime he wrote a letter, which 
was printed, giving an account of his imprisonment, and the 
joy he had in his sufferings for Christ. Upon his release he 
came to Lumdoni where he preached privately several years, 
with great success, and gathered a people ; who, being bap- 
tized by immersion, (Mr. Bampjield having become a Bap- 
tist) formed themselves into a church, and met at Pinners-'' 
Mall: which being so public, soon exposed them to the rage 
of their persecutors. 

On Feb, 17, 1682, a constaUe, and several men with 
halberts, rushed into the assemblv when Mr. Bampjield was 
in the pulpit. The constable oraered him inthe king's name 
to come down. He answered^ that he was discharging his 
office in the name of the King of kings. The constable 
telling him he had a warrant from the JLord Mayor ^ Mr. 
Bampfield replied^ " I have a warrant from Christ, who is 
^* Lord MaximuSf to go on ;" and so proceeded in his dis- 
course. The constable then bid one of the officers pull him 
down; when he repeated his text, Isa. Ixiii. * The day of 

* vengeance is in his heart, and the year of his redeemed ones 

* is come ;' adding, * He will pull down his enemies." They 
then seized himt and took him with six others, before the 
Lord- mayor, who fined several of them 101!. and bid Mr. 

1 4 Bampfield 

i 5 b MlNiSTERS EjftctED 

•• ' • ' ■ . • • 

jBamp field be gone. In the afternoon they assembled it thi? 
same place again, where they met with a fresh disturbance ; 
and an officer, tho' not without trembling, took Mx. Bamp^ 
field, and led him into the street ; but the constable having 
no warrant, they let him go;, so that he went, with a grea^ . 
company, to his own house, and there finished the service. 

Oh the 24th 6f thje same month, he m6t his congregation 
again at Pinners- Hally and was again pulled out of the 

fulpit, and led thro* the streets with Ms bible in his haiKt, 
nd great multitudes after him ; some reproaching him, and 
bthers speaking in his favour; one of whom said, " See 
how he walks with his Bible ih his hand, like one of the 
old martyrs/* Being brought to the sessions, where the 
Lord^mayor attended, he and three more were sent to prison; 
The next day they were brought to the bar, and being exa-i 

mined, were remitted to Newgate, On March 17, 1683; 

he and some others, who were committed for not taking the 
baths of allegiance and supremacy, were brought to the 
Old'Bailejfy indicted, triied, and by the jurV (directed by the 
judge) brought in guilty. On March 28, being broiigljt 
6gain to the sessions to receive theiT sentence, the recor<ferj 
lifter odiously aggrivatiiig their offence, and reflecting on 
Scrupulous conjicieinces, read their sentence; which was; 
^* That they were oOl of the protection of the king's ma- 
jesty ; that All their goods and chattels were forfeited ; and 
they were to reniain in jail during their lives, or during tfe 
king's pleasure." Upon this Mr. Bampfield wooli havft 
spoken, but there was a great outcry — '* Away with them : 
we will not hear them, &c." and so they were thrtist away ; 
when Mr* Bampfield said, " The righteous Lord loveth 
«< righteousness: the Lord be judge in this case." They 
, were then returned to Newgate^ where Mr. BarPt^pfield (who 
was of a tender constitution) soon after dfed, inconsequence 
of the hardships he suffered, much lamented by his fellow- 
prisoners, as well as by his friends in general. Notwith- 
standing his peculiar sentiments, all wlib knew him acknow- 
ledged, that he was a man of serious ^iety, and deserved k 
different treatment from what he met ivrth from an unkind 
world. He was one of the most celfebfaled preachers in the 
West of England, and extremely admired by his hearers, 
till he fell into the Sabbatarian notion, of which he was a 
zealous asserter. Dr. Walker saysj He was collated to a 



pfebeAd in thecatbedrll of Exeter, May 1 j, 1641^ and chat 
he was repossessed of it at the Restoration,, and enjoyed it^ 
with his living at Sherborn^ till Bartholomew -day, 1662.^ 

WORKS. A Letter containing his judgment for observing 
tfie Seventh-day Sabbath.— All in one; all useful Sciences and 
profitable Arts, inoneBtx)k of Jehovah. — [Croslyadtls the follvm^ 
tng — The Open Confesjsor, and the Free Prisoner; a sheet written 
id Salisbury jail— A Name, and a new one ; being an account of 
his Life. — ^The House of Wisdom ; for promoting Scripture Know- 
ledge. — The Free Prisoner; a Letter from Newgate. — A just 
Appeal from lower Courts on Earth to the highest Court in Heaven^ 
— T^A Continuation of the former. — ^A grammatical Opening of 
some Hebrew Words and Phrases in the Beginning of the Bible.| 

-. Humphrey Pmi?ips, M. A. Of both universities. 

^nd some time Fello^v of Magd. CoL Ox/. He was born 
at Somertony iii Somersetshire, of a genteel family, and way 
inclined to the ministry from his youth. He had .r severe fit 
of sickness white at the university, from which God won- 
derfully recovered him. He afterwards retired into the 
coui^try for his health, aud became chaplain and tutor at 
J^oltiniore^ nestf Exeter, the seat of the ancient family of 
the Bampjields, At the end of the year he returned to the 
college, and i/^aS soon after chosen Fellow of Magdalen, 
At the age of twenty-four he was ordained by Dr. Wild^ Mr. 
Hickmany &c. and preached frequently in the university^ 
ixA the parts adjacent. Being turned out by the visitors at 
the Restotatioh, he retired to Sherhorn^ where he had been 
two years before assistant to Mr. Sampjield. There he was 
tiseful to many, and very successfai till the Uniformity-act 

$ Hutckint gives the following account of him — "Francis Bamficld, M. A. 
1653, on tTie death of Lyford. TWrd son of John Bamficld, of Poltihioref 
In Dcvo^, Esq* Was adrtiitted at Wadham Col. i£t. 16. M. A. 1638; and 
took, episcppal oid<;rs 1641. He wa& presented to .... in Dorset, and 
collated to a prebend in the church at Exeter. He was then zealous for the 
King, and publicly read the Common Prayer longer than any minister in this 
county. After Mr. Baxter brought him over to the parliament party, he took 
the Engagement, and in 1653, succeeded Mr. Lyford here. In 1662 he wi|| 
ejected by the Act of uniformity, and lost his preferments, and afterwards 
kept aeon vcaticle here and at Loudon, for which he was imprisoiiied the 
last ten years of his life, several times. In 1683 he was found guilty at the 
Old Bailef , of refusing the Oath pf supremacy and allegiance, and died that 

Sear in Newgate, and was buried at the Anabaptist burying-place, near Al- 
ersgate -street. /^TWsays, He was inconstant in his priAciptcs : had heed 
k Churchinaoy Presbyterian, Independent, An'abaptisr, and at hat a Jew 
[because he was for the leventh-day SabbathJ and an Enthusiast. His writ- 
iagswere full of slie most unintelligible bombast; aricf in one piece, he 
seems to' have anticfpated the HiiCChiiisohial^ conceit Of deriving ail sciences 
and am bim Saiptuie.'', 



took place ; when both Mr. Bampfield and he preached dieir 
fereweH seiinons, and the place was a Bockim [A place of 
mourners]. However they did not leave their people, but 
preached, to such as would hear them in a house* till they 
were apprehended and sent to an inn, which was made a. 
prison for them and twenty-five of their principal hearers ; 
which put them to a considerable expence. They were 
bound over to the next quarter-sessions, and to their good 
behaviour in the mean time. When they understood that 
the good behaviour designed, was an obligation not to 
preach, they openly renounced it, and returned to their 
work. They went to Mr. T. Bampfield^^^ at Dunkerton, 
, near Bath, where they preached at first to a small number, 
but it gradually increased. They were often threatened, but 
were not discouraged. After some time Mr. F. Bampfieli 
was apprehended in Dorsetshire, and sent to Dorchester jail. 
Mr, T. Bampjield and Mr. Philips^ now his chaplain, were 
also sent to llchester. The former returned in a month's 
time; but the lattet after eleven months confinement, was 
brought from prison, in the depth of winter, and in a heavy- 
snow, to the assizes at Welts^ where he met with cruel 
usage, being piit into a chamber, like iVbaA's ark, full of all 
sorts of creatures, and laid in a bed with the Bridewell- 
keeper, where the sheets were so wet, as to cling to his 
flesh. The justice who committed him gave him harsh lan- 
guage; but the judge discharged him, as he had satisfied the 
law. Whilst he was in prison, there was another disturb- 
ance at Mr. T. BampfieWsy, by a person of Bath ; who, in 
searching for his ink-horn to take down names, having a 
pistol in his pocket shot himself in the thigh, which endan- 
gered his life, and made him miserable all his days. 

Mr. Philips having his liberty, went over to Holland with 
a son of Col. Strode's, a member of parliament, and made 
a vi^it to his old acquaintance Mr. Hickman, at Leyden ; 
where he saw the most noted places in Holland, and converse 
ed with many learned men, particularly the famous Dr, Gis^ 
bert Foetf the only surviving member of the Synod of Dort. 
Among other things, he particularly asked his sentiments 
about the lawfulness and propriety of the ejected ministers per- 
sisting in their work, when silenced by the magistrates, against 
which many so much exclaimed. His answer was, <* Puerilis 
est Controversia. // is a childish dispute,* But he added, 
.** There are many pious people dissatisfied ; and you ought 

4^ A childish answer, which shewed his ignorance of the subject. 



to take care of them." — Upon his return to England, Mr. 
Philips went back again to Dunkerton, where he continued 
to preach with good success, tho' he met with great diffi- 
culties; especially from Mr. iffa^?/i/^^/£{and'hisbrother» who 
espoused the seventh -day -sabba:h, and carried it strangely to 
him, because of his different sentiments. He continued 
however his res))ect to them, and committed his cause to 
God, who in time made them more .charitable to others^ 
tho' immoveable in their own opinion. He had afterwards 
various trials and temptations ; many removals from place to 
place, and divers bodily iniirmities. Fines were often im« 
posed and levied upon him, and he had much trouble from 
the bishop's court, which drove him from his home to Bris« 
tol, London, and other places, for several vears, till K, 
Charles's Indulgence. He then returned to ^herbom, (to ' 
which the good people about Bath were very reluctant) and 
for a year was very serviceable there. But on the expiration 
of the liberty, he met with great disturbance, and was forced 
away. After several removes he went to his own estate, at 
Beckingtfiy where he lived many years, preaching to various 
congregations, far and near ; particularly that at Froome^ 
bringing forth fruit in old age. He died J/arcA 27, 1707, 
having been fifty years in the ministry. His funeral sermon 
was preached by his son-in-law, Mr. John England^ on 
Acts XX. 24. §The following are extracts from it. 
. " My deceased father, who recommended these words 
unto me for the present occasion, told me that this text was 
his motto : a motto very becoming a gospel minister." — In 
the close of the discoui^ he runs a parallel' between the 
apostle and Mr. Philips, in some particulars of which the 
text speaks ; observing, " i. That like Paul he was a. great 
admirer of the Grace of God. 2. That he was not diverted 
from pi'eaching the gospel by. bonds and afflictions. He had 
his trials of this kind almost ever since he entered upon the 
ministry, which is upwards of fifty years."— rHaving men- 
tioned nis first ejectment at Oxford, because he could not 
submit to re-ordination, and his second by the Act of uni- 
formity, with his subsequent imprisonments, &c. (related in 
the preceding narrative) he adds — •' After this he was vexed 
in the bishop's court, and was excommunicated ; and a writ 
being out i/e excommunicato capiendo^ this forced him, for 
a time, to leave his dwelling, and to wander up and down, 
having no certain abiding place. And whilst he was from 
borne, there was. a warrant out against him for sixty pounds, 



hating been convicted for preacbihg at two meetings-;' the 
fim offence being 20L and the second 40/. Having survived 
these tronWes, another warrant of 20/. fine was oot against 
hinni for being at a meeting ; which warrant was executed 
and the money paid. In short, the whole time of his mi- 
nistry, exceptmg a little at the beginning, the year of the 
Indulgence, in 1672, and the present Toleration, was full of 
trottble and danger .... yet he was not diverted from 
preaching the gospel : None of these things moved him,"^ 
3; Like Paul, he had the Joy of success in his labours, God 
gave him many seals to his ministry. There bef many at 
SherborUi and the places adjacent, that have owned, and 
will ov^n to this day, that his preaching was a means of their 
conversion." ['One instance is mentioned of a person con- 
verted by a sermon of Mr, Phillips's, on a text from which 
he had lately desired Mr. England to preach at his funeral} 
•* And how useful he had been in planting of churches, and 
keeping them up, is well known to you in these parts. — He 
did not confine his labours to the pulpit, but imitated Paul in 
t^ehitig privately /now house to house. His visits usually 
were short, but seldom or never without some pious instruc- 
tion or counsel, or iome discoarse of the things of God.-^ 
I may truly say of him. He was an able minister of the new 
testament : a lively affectionate preacher, having an admira- 
ble gift in prayer : under whose ministry a person could not 
but profit, unless it were his own fault." — ^This sermon was 
not printed till six years after Mr. Philips's deaths and was 
then published with another, by the same author^ on the 
decease of John Derbie^ Esq. Receiver-general of the county 
cf Dorset, Air. Philips's intinate friend : to whom the text 
jP^fl/m xxxvii, 37. seems to have been justly applied. From 
a nianuscript note in the title-page, it appears that Mr. 
Philips was interred, under a flat stone, at Beckington 

WORKS. A Funeral Sermon for Mr. Tvyleaf. — Another for 
Mrs. Anne [wife of Mr. Philip] Gibbs, entitled, God's Excel- 
fency, and his People's Preciousness, C9*r. 

SIMONDSBOROUGH [K. S.] 36/. 3^. 4^.] John 
Hardy, M. A. Elder brother of Mr. Samuel Hardy, of 
Poole. Bom at Frampton, ^Hutchins says, He w^s mi- 
nister of this parish, in 1650, by order of parliament, on 
the sequestration of Dr. Glemham.] He was one of the 
ministers whc preached at Wesminster-abbey* on the thanks-. 





^vifig for the Restoradon. How he left Sioftondsbury iqtfi 
not. appear. He afterwards prealched at Southwick^ \^ 
Hampshire, and there lived much belove4» and died exceed- 
ingly lamented, about 1668, aged but about 35. He was a 
celebrated preacher ; of good life and conversation ; eminev^t 
.for his charity and readiness to do ^ood to ally to t^e utmost 
of his ability, nay, accorcting to the common estimate, be- 
•-yond his ability. He gave away many bibles, c^itechism^, 
and other good books ; put out poor children appreAtlces ; 
4ind helped distressed fsimihes. He had this motto contjnu- 
.ally before him in his study, written in Grc^k ; Wo uniome 
if I preai'k not the gospel* 

STAFFORD (West) [R.] Benjamin Way, M. A, 
^Hutchins mentions him as instituted here, 27 Feb* i(S6b, 
— rSee 9 further acpunt of him at BARKING, in Essex* ' 

TARANT HINTON [R. 140/.] Mr. Timothy Sack- 
EVEREL. Of Trin, Col. Oxf. Brother jto Mr. J^M^odU 
everety of Wincanton, and great uncle to the famous J^r. 
Henry SacbevereL His patron, Mr. Moor, of Spargrovjc, 
in Somersetshire, had such an extraordinary respect for hjio, 
that, finding he could not con&rm, he freely told him# 
'That -if he thought it lawful to hold this parsonage, and act 
by proxy, in order to receive the profits, he should readily 
'have it; which however he honourably refused. Mr. Moor 
then told him, none should be presented to the living b^t 
one that he recommended : he acxordingly recommended Mr. 
Tyndal^ a worthy man» who was brother- in*Iaw to Bp. 
Fowler^ and who enjoyed the living to his dying-tUy.-^ 
Between the Restoration and Barthommew-day, Mi\ Sach-'^ 
everel was put down at the head of a list that cpntai^pd the 
names of several who were to be sent to prison ;, hut Sir 
-Gerard Naper being in the the sessions, and having 
a respect for him, refused to set his hand to the comi^it* 
ment ; and so they all escaped for that time. 

Soon after Bartholomew-day, he was cited to the spiritual 
court, at Blandford, whitlier many people came, in hop^ of 
something like a public disputation ; at least, expecting to 
hear him very severely reprimanded : hut tlie chanceUor.toJd 
^him, That he did not send for him to dispute with himi know- 
ing him to be a person of great worth, temper and learning ^ 
but-only desired him«to weigh all matters calmly and wMbout 
prejudice, and then to do as God should. direct hitn. Herp- 
upon, as soon as he had admonished him in form, he 
' .V. ., . ;4i dismissed 


dismissed hira.— Not long^aftefr, several troopers of the miluYar 
rushed suddenly into his house one morning whilst he was: at 
pray6r with his family. One of them came and held hi» 
pistol at his back, commanding him in the king's name ins- 
mediately to stand up; He continued praying some time, 
but soon concluded ; and then with great presence of mind 
asked the trooper, How he durst thus pretend in the king's 
name to interrupt him^ while he and his family wiere present- 
ing their petitions to the King or kings ? 

He continued at Tarant Hinton, after his ejectment, till 
the Five-mile act came out, preaching to a select number. 
He afterwards removed to Winterburn^ where he opened 
his house to all comers, and preached to them after the public 
worship was over. Tliis he continued till the Indulgence in 
1672. He was then going to fit up ah out-house for a place 
of worship ; but there happened at , that time a fire in his 
house, which consumed all his books, papers, manuscripts, 
and sermon-notes, with almost every thing he had. There 
were many circumstances which excited suspicion that this 
fire was kindled by some ill-designing persons, to prevent 
the opening of a public meeting-house in the town. And it 
had the efrcct ; for it occasioned his removal with his family 
to Enfordy in Wiltshire ; from whence he afterwards went 
to Devizesy where his wife kept a boarding-school for young 
ladies, by which they were very comfortably supported : and 
here he preached gratis as long as lie lived. It was a fie- 
quent petition to God in bis prayers, ** That those might 
** be suffered to preach who looked upon their work to be 
** sufficient wages." 

Mr. Johnson^ the parish minister on his first coming 
hither, preached against him ; tho' he was generally bis 
hearer, and only preached out of church-hours. One of his 
texts was 1 Kings xviii. 21. * If the Lord be God follow 
• him, SCc,' One of Mr. SachevereVs hearers pressed him 
to answer Mr. Johnson publicly ; to which he replied, that 
he knew better things : which being reported to Mr. 
Johnson^ so softened his temper, that in a little time he 
conceived a great respect for him,'and carried it very civilly to 
him ever after. His principles were very moderate., The 
renouncing the Covenant, was a main thing he stuck at in 
conformity. He bad great comfort in. bis last sickness ; re» 
joicing to think he wa& going to the marriage supper of the 
Lamb. He died in i68o. 

• %. * 



IN DORSETSttlRfi. 1 5Q 

^STOKE ABBOTS (or Abbotstock) [R.] Mr. Brid- 
GIGINS AviANEN. Hutckifis in his history, mentions him 
from the Register, as Incumbent at this place in the year 
1650. This is doubtless the person whom Calamy calls Mr. 
u4vt^t,- whose place of ejectment is mentioned as uncertain. 
Sec Ntmcon. Mem. 1st. Edit. Vol. ii. p. 648. 

§WAMBROOK f R.] Mr. Wh-liam Randal. He is 
undoubtedly to be added to the number of ejected ministers, 
as appears from the following entry in Hutchins — *• Wam- 
*• BROOK, 1650. Mr. William Randal, an orthodox divine 
«* was their minister, inducted by order of the Committee 
*• of the county." Afterwards it is said, " Gamiliel Chase, 
«* B. D. was succeeded here by one Randal^ who lived ^o 
*• deliver it up to him again, 1660.*' 

WAREHAM [R. S.] Mr. Chaplyn. Of Trin. Col. 
Camb. He was piously disposed from his youth. When 
he went to the grammar-school, which was above a mile 
from his Other's house, while his school-fellows turned aside 
to play by the Viray, they sometimes found him under a 
hedge at prayer. At the university he improved in know* 
ledge and piety. While he was at Warekam^ he was well- 
beloved, and did much good.§ He used to preach in an af- 
ternoon at a chapel of ease, at a place called Earn. He was 
strict in observing the Sabbath himself, and zealous to pre- 
vent the profanation of it in others. Once, as he was re- 
turning from Earti on the Lord's-day evening, he saw a 
parcel of boys at play in the Castle-close. It seems they 
commonly did this, but thro' fear of him, used to set a 
watch to observe him coming on the causeway, and then to 
disperse. At this time their watch being negligent, they 
were surprized and caught ; and tho' they scampered away 
as fas( ;is they could, he knew several of them distinctly. 
He acquainteq the mayor and other magistrates with the 

J He appears to have preached a^ different churches in this town, from the 
folk>wiDg account, transcribed from Hutchins*s History : — " Ho/y Trinity Rec- , 
** tory, 1Ja&&, Tbo. Chaplyn, M. A. with his assistants, supply the cur^ 
" There was a sermon evcxy Suaday morning-: — ThO' Ctiaplyn, lotrudef, 
'* occurs 1648 — 1660. He iretired to Cambridge, and dying, j4ug, 31, 
" l6&i^ act.' 46, was buried in St. Bennet's church there, where is a monu- 
^ mentfothim, styling khm A. M. of Kath.Hail; Ute rector of Wareham. 

« St. J^tfr</Vs Rectory, 16dO. Tho. Chaplyn, iucumbent, preach^donco 
* every Sunday : Intruder, circa 1643. . , 

« St. Michaer% Rectory, 1650. The present possessor Thomas Chaplyn. ' 

^ St. M^ry't Rectory, 1650. - Thomas Chaplyn ofiidated every Sunday 
^ masmnf^»'^u/u 3, 1643, certifies he had iecei?^4-^e p^ish Re^isijer/' ' 



matter. ITi^npxt day a hall wa^ pajled, jtpi tbp pfijqiUs of 
lho$e boys whom he knew, were senifqr and repfiju^ndedyjE^nd 
charged to take more care of their children for the tii^ Jp 
come* It was observed, that this hd4 some gpod eSecjt^, 
,and sojne of these ,boys mentioned tjne n^atter with thaok. 
fulness after they were grown up ; .aod other pair^nts yv^xp 
hereby cautioned. — When Mr. Chapfyn was ejected and si- 
lenced, he had eight children ; but the providence of* God 
wonderfully supported him. His wife engaged in the malt- 
ing business ; and had relations in London who kept her 
accounts, and otherwise greatly assisted her. The family 
had also no small benefit from a tool, which Mr. Chiaph/h, 
a little before his death, put into the East-India Company, 
at its first formation. They had 40, 50, 60 and' even 70/. 
per ann, profit by their dividend ; and at last flielr stock was 
sold for 550/. to raise portions for the children. 

Mrs. ChaplyUy when she died, was buried in the chancel ; 
}>ut having been excommunicated, her body was dug Up again', 
nfter seven weeks, by the order of the Bishop's court, anil 
|he church was for some time suspended. &hQ was then Jaid 
in the church -yard ; but when the court understood it, they 
ivere displeased, and ordered that she should he dug up again 
and refnoved ; tho' her children after her death had paid 3/*. 
for taking ofiF the excommunication. Upon which the mayot 
of the town and some others informed the court, Tliat there ^ 
were three burying-places in the church-yard, belonging to 
three parishes united ; and that she was burled in the path 
between two of them. Upon ' this they answered, that if 
two credible vvitnesses would swbar to diat, she should lie 
(till. This was accordingly done ; and so peace was made 
, betwe.en thep. jSome of the church people have since de^- 
sired to be buried 'm the same place. ' 

: -WpEK (King's/ or WyjkeRepjs [R-] Mr. PA¥«f- 
[A correction is here made in his name, from nutchiris^ wJio 

has only this .entry ; *' jPamer — teXwe^ri ' 1652 a^d 

^£62.] /Some time after his ejectment, .he was employed as 
steward. to Denj&il Lord Hc^lis, arid f>reached only occa-/^ 
sionally. He, iftervvards liveH at I)prche^i^ri)?in^yNd^ 
ipipapy adjacent places. Ucvbit^ught up a son ta^ the mi- 
nistry, a vsery worthy person, whd for some time cRft^acBed 

. atKingwooQ, apgdiedat some pl^ce ni the n^ighpourliood 

of fiatH. ^Mutchins lias herelihis note. ** Wyk^ Regis 

« a^d ElJwelL -Dr. Hendiman being retired into th^ K\tig% 

. .. ; army, 

m I>ORS£T$HlR£i 161 

l&niiy, 1643, 'Henry Way ivas appointed by the H.'of 
Commons to be his succetson" Butler succeeded him* 

WEYMOUTH [R.] Mr. George Thorn. §He was 
settled in this living so early as the year 1641 ; as appears 
from Hutchins^ who mentions him among the Rectors thus : 
*•* George Thorn, &c. Intruder, 1641 — 1660.'* In the 
Commission, 16^0, is this entry : *' Out of the impropria- 
^' tion of AiFpuddle, about 30/. last year was paid to Mr. 
•* George Thorn, minister.'* — He was a person of great mi- 
nisterial abilities, as well as eminent piety ; but was violently 
persecuted, so as to be obliged to quit the kingdom.* And 
upon his return, tho' he appears from his farewell address to 
have been a peaceable and loyal subject, he was so malici- 
ously prosecuted for his nonconformity, that he was obliged 
to sell his estate, and fly from place to place to conceal him* 
self. In the London collection of Farewell Sermons, there 
is Mr. Thorn's, at Weymouth^ apparently from his own 
copy. It is appropriate to the occasion, and affords a 
strong testimony in his favour, both as a man of piety, and 
an excellent preacher. The following is an epitome of it : 

Psalm xxxvii. 34. Wait on the Lord^ and keep his way. 
Not knowing whether ever I shall speak to you more from 
this place, being willing to leave a word in season, I shall 
recommend to you what, in answer to piayer, I have re- 
ceived of the Lord, for directing me in my course in this 
glopmy dark day ; being well assured that as many of us as 
work by this rule, and sail by this compass, (however we 
may be scattered by the tempestuous storms we meet with 
here in the sea of^^ this world) shall shortly arrive at, and 
meet in, our desired port, the haven x>f eternal rest.— The 
scope of this psalm is to direct the people of God, and to 
encourage them, to keep on in the course of godliness, ac 
such times as when the wicked prosper, flourish and grow 
great, and the godly are afflicted, persecuted and oppressed. 
*— From the text we have this profitable point of doctrine : 
*• However it go with the truly godly in this world, especially 
*' when the wicked watch them to do theni mischief, it is 

* The editor is in possession of a long and pious Letter from his Tvife, Mrs. 
JMIartha Thorn, written to him daring his exile, dated \^^tb. 1663, which 
wascprnmunicatcdby Mr. Jos^k CMadwick, minister of Oundle, a descen- 
;daot of his. But t^e writing is too small and too moch obliterated to \sc 
easily read. 

NO. xin,~voL. II. M " best 


«* fakfist [for them] Co wait on the Lord and to- keep hb i^y:^ 
r^It is here wppo$ed«-that the condition of the.ffodly ia 
this world may be full of troubles — particularly from the 
malice of the wicked. So it hath ever be«n. Many texts 
in proof of it. There is the same principle of hatred in .th^ 
wicked against the righteous as ever : — ^a|id,th.ere is the ^am^ 
^ound and occasion of their hatied to them^ Jphxi ^v. 19* 
1 John iii. 12. 

Two things recommended in the text. I. To xoait on the 
Lord : whicn imports — attending him ^s bis servants — and 1 

patiently expecting his salvation.* ver. 7. Ps< 130. ^.-r^llp 
Xo keep his way : — ^Tp bbsetve the yf?Lj of his providence. 
Is. xxvi. S.'-^To walk in the way of his precepts. This las^ 
inforced by several motives. (1.) This is tl^e mp^t innocent 
and honest. Other ways are not so. e.^. Lyings the way 
Peter took : shuffling ^nd equivocating, ^s Abraham di^ i 
revengefully rendering evil for evil, as David would hav^ 
done to Nahalj if Abigails wisdom had not prevented^. 
1 Sam. XXV. 33 1 — ^basdy deserting one's station ; which Sly^^ 
maiah would have put Nehemiah upon, but .he refused. 
Neh> vi. 10.— acting rebelliously and traitorously, as Da'qi^ 
was tempted, and Abishai was inclined to have done. i. 
Sf^m. xxiv. 4. €h. xxvi. '9. That none of these ways are 
just and honest, proved. — (2.} This is the wisesjt course.?— 
It is the way to which the wisdom of God directs. Luke xi: 
49. This is the way the wisest men have taken. Davids Ps* 
xviii. 2ir Daniel. 6h. vi. 10. Christ, Luk. xiii. 31. 32.-r- 
(3.) This is the safest way. Prov. x. 9 : xxviii. i8. — It is 
the way to escape tbe mischief which the wicked devise. 
Pnw. xvi. 7. • When a man's ways please the Lord, he 
maketh their enemies to be at ppace with them ;' — sometimes 
— by changing their hearts, as he did the heart of AhasueruS, 
oi rlehucmdnezz»^ and of Ptiul t-^hj restraining their 
rage and envy. Pj. Ixxvii. 5, 6, 10. see the case of Laban 
and Jacob: — by -making them use his people well when m 
their power. Jer. xv. 11. — Always by over-ruling what they 
do, so as not to hurt them. Is. liv. 17. Act. xviii. 10. 

Some think it is the safest way to comply, tho' in things 
sinful : — othersyto avenje themselves: — some to equivocate : 
— and others to desert their stations, &c.-r-All these proved 
dangerous and destructive. No way so safe as that of duty^ 
, 4. This is the most AoTtm/r^zi/ef v^ay. Neh. yj. 10. ii.-r- 
It is the way of true valour and courage : — of victory %n4 
triumph :— the way to bring the most honour to God :— » 


and to gain that true honour whiph cometh from him. — (5.) 
This 43 the most comforUbh way. It i^ the way to luv^ 
iawaid p^ace. Ps^ 110, 165..— to have the Holy Ghost the 
pomfortpr to abide wim us — to fill the soul with joy under tb^ 
sorest outward trouble — and to ^rive speedily where the 
wicked shall trouble no mpre ; where you shall have perfect 
xt9t^ and fiihjess of joy for ever. 

Application., Thisconsi^s of a gre>t number of ei^<r 
^eat cautions and direaion^» well woithy the attention of 
f;hristi^s at all tjoies, and of all descriptions : 

Among the Cautions^ are ^ese: Take heed lest you be 
offended, at the cross : — ^by th^ falls and apostacies of hvpor 
critical proJEessors :'-rby the reproad) cast on the way or the 
^ord ajod on those that walk in it :— by the prosperity of the 
wicked. Ps. xxxvii. 7, 8. — ^Take hcid of su<?h persons a» 
these, by whpm you naay he turned ou.t of (be way :— Take 
heed of yourselves : beware of ^atan : beware of £ilse 
teachers ; beware of worldly friends, ^ho will couof el yo^ 
to spare your^lves ; such a^. su^vour not the things of Godt 
but those that be ojF men. 

Among, the Dirutians fx^ A^p ibUawiog: |. Let the 
Spirit of Christ be yourgvid^^aj^d prii^ipJe* g. Make the 
word of God your rule. 3. Let the example of Christ be 
your pattern : He always kippt the way of the Lord. If you 
would do so, follow hini» and walk as he walked. 4. Let 
4he glory of God be your end. / 

All these particular^ are admirably iUusJjatedi and wouM 
afford j^reiy jusefql extracts : 3u^ we shall only add what th^ 
audior addressed to his peojje, . with an immediate reference 
tp the occasion of his leaving them : 

** I call God to witness, in whose name I have preached 
to you, that I have preached the way of the Lord sincerely 
and faith&lly. I therefore beseech and intreat you, out of 
the hearty love I bear to you, u you tender the glory of 
God, your own peace here, and eternal happiness hereafter^ 
or the eternal good of others^ that you will remember how 
you have heard and received, and keep the way of ^he Lord : 
•*-^eep it in your memories : in your judgments and coil« 
sciences : in your profession : in your hearts and affections t 
in your lives and conversations.— -^/<gar Gody and horwur tht 
King. Let nothing bjit conscience toward^ God hinder you 
at any time from yielding obedience to all the.Kipg's laws,— 
And here, beloved, I shall take occasion to open my bcarl 
sincerely to you. You know what is required of me if f 

M a ^iU 


will continue a minister in this kingdom. I hope no sober 
pei^on can think me such a humourous perverse fanatic as tQ 
throw away my maintenance, much less rhy ministerial ca- 
pacity (which is much dearer to me than livelihood, yea than 
life) out of a proud humour and vain-glorious fancy. In 
brief, .therefore, as I shall answer it before the great God^ 
the searcher of all hearts, and the righteous judge, did not 
conscience towards God forbid me, I would willingly do all 
the Act requires. But seeing I cannot declare an unfeigned 
assent and consent^ I dare not (and from your love to me I 
know you would not have me) dissemble with God and 
men. I do therefore humbly choose to submit to the penalty 
rather than by a hypocritical conformity (for such it must 
be in me, if any) to dishonour my God, wound my own 
conscience, and dissemble with men. ; knowing assuredly 
that my God hath no need of my sin : and if he has any 
tvork forme in the public ministry, he will incline the king's 
heart to grant libertjr and encouragement to me, with the 
rest of those who dpsire'to be faithful in preaching the jgos- 
pel : which that the Lord may grant, I promise myselt the 
help of all your prayers who have been, favoured with any 
spiritual blessings thro' my ministry." 

WHITCHURCH [Catiomcorum V. 30?.] Mr. John 
Salway. He was afterwards minister of Rilmington, in 
Devonshire. §The correction here made in his name is fr6m 
Hutchins — ** John Salway ^ Intruder." — " Samuel Locket, , 
*• sequestered May 17, 1643. ^^ ^^^ ordered to receive 
*^ Bobert Tutchin^ lecturer at Bridport, to be lecturer 
*' here on Sunday morning:'* probably the person men- 

Wox^a ^x Newport^ Hants. 

^ • • ' 

WHITCHURCH [Wmterhm\ f John Wesley, M. A* 
Of New-Inn- Hall^ Oxf. Son of Mr. Bartholomew Wesley, 
of Qharvwuthf father of Mr. Samuel Wesley, rector of 
Epwonb, in the diocese of Lincoln, [and grandfather to 
the late celebrated Mr. John Wesley*^ It pleased God to 
incline him to remember his Creator in the days of his 
youth. He had a very humbling sense of sin, and a serious 
concern for bis salvation, even while he w&s a schoolboy. 

f There are two places of the name of IVkitthyrch^ dUcini^uished as above. 
That this last wa* ihc place from whence Mir Wesley was ejected, and nor 
Ihe prcccdtiig, j^ before supposed, appears from Hutchins, who ha» this 
entry ftcie ; f« John We«leY| M. A. 1658, ejcctpd 16^2." . . , 


He began to keep a diary soon after God had b^un''to work 
upon him, and not onfy recorded the remarkable events of 
providence which affected his outward man, but more eape- 
cialiythe methods of the spirit of grace in his dealings' with 
his soul ; the frame of his heart in his attendance *on the oit. 
<tinances of' the gospel, and how he found himtself affected 
under the various methods of divine providence, whether 
^nerciful or afflictive. This course he continiied, with very 
little interruption, to the end of his life. 
« During his stay at Oxford, he was taken notice of for be 
seriousness and diligence. He, applied himself particularly 
to the study of the oriental languages, in which he made 
great progress. Dr. Owen^ who was at that time vice-chan- 
cellor, shewed him great kindness. He began to preach 
Occasionally at the age of twenty-two, and in Afay^ 165B, 
.was sent to preach at fVhitthurch. The income of this vi- 
carage was not above 30/. per ann. but he was promised aa 
augmentation of loor a year,' tho' the many turns of pub- 
lic afikirs which followed soon after, prevented his receiving 
any part of it. He married a niece of Dr. Thanias Fuller ; 
-and having a growing family he was necessitated to set up a 
school, that he mi^ht be able to maintain it. Soon after the 
'Jlestoration, some of his neigbburs gave him a great deal of 
trouble because h^ would not read the Book of Common 
Prayer. Dr. Gilbert Ironside^ Bp. of Bristol^ was informed, 
by some persons of distinction, that Mr. Veslejf would ndt 

5 ratify those who desired him to use (he liturgy ; expressing 
leir apprehension that his title to fVhitchurcA vf as not vaWA^ 
and that for this and some other parts of his conduct, he 
.niight be prosecuted in a court of justice. Mr. H^esleyht'mg 
informed that the bishop was desirous to speak with hira, 
'took an opportunity to wait upon his lordship, and had the 
following conference with him, as it is recorded in his own 
diary : 

Bishop. What is your name l-^Wesley. John Wesley. 

B. There are mauy great matters charged upon you. 

W* . May it please your lordship, Mr. Horlock was at 
my house on Tuesday last, and acquainted me that it was 
your lordship's desire I should come to you ; and on that 
account I am here to wait on you. 

B> ' By whom were you ordained ? or are you ordained ? 

W, I am sent to preach the gospel. 

B, By whom were you sent ? 

iy^ By a church of Jesus Christ. 

M 3 B. 


.] ^ MXMfSTSI» tJtCttD 

J. Whst chifldk li that 7 

l^. • The chsrch of Christ st MdttvnA*, 

JS. That fkctioiit and heretkal churdi f 

Wi May it please you, sir, I know no faction of h^tesj 
diatthe church is guilty of. 

B. No ! Did not you 'presich such things as tend to fa:^- 
tion and heresy ? 

W» I am not €onsci6ii9 tomyaelf of any ^tichpresichi^g. 

B. I am informed fty sufficient men, ^ntlemen of hot- 
noarof this county, m. Sir Gerrurd Napptr^ Mr.Ft^aip 
«nd Mr. Tregonhely of your doings. Whs^.say you? 
' W. Those honoured gentlemen' I have been wiih» who 
being by others misinformed, proceeded with some- heat 
"against me. 

B. There are the oaths of several honest men^ who 
&ave observed you, and shall w^ take yotn* word for tt^ that 
ail is but misinfermation ) 

W^ There was>no oath gluten or taken; Besides if it be 
enough to aocvse, who shall be mnocent ? I can app&d to 
the determination of the great day of judgment^ that the 
laif e catalogue of matters laid to nke^ are either things in>- 
vented, or mistaken. 

B. Did not yoo ride with yonr sw^ in the time of tlie 
conmiittee of Mifet^, and engage with tlusm i 

W. Whatever improdimcaii in matters civil, yonm^ 
be informed I am guiMty of, I ^all crave leave ta ao^aiilt 
your lordship, that his majesty having pardoned them fully» 
and I having sntfered on account of them ^ce the pardo£i^ 
I shall put in no other plea, and wave any other answer. 

B. In what manner did the ehurch yeiu speak of send 
you to preach } At this rate every body might preach 1 

W. Not every one. £very body has not preadiing gifos 
and preachinr ^ces« Besides, that is not all I have to 
offer your lordship to justify my preaching. 

B. If you preach, it must be according to order ^ the 
order of the church of England^ upon an ordination. 

W. What does your lordship mean by an.ordination; i 

B. Do not you know what I mean ? 

W, If you mean that sending spoken of Ro/m. x ; I 
had it. 

B. I mean that : What mission had you ? 

W. I had a mission from God and man. 

B. You must have it according to law, and the order of 
the church of EnglatitL 

fV. 1 am not saiisEed in my spirit therein. 



, : B. Not flttdsfieil in your spirit i Ycm have more ilewu 
coined phraftea thim ever were heard df !. Yott mean youF 
conscience, do you not ? 

^. Spirit is no nev7 {rfirase. We read of beinff sancti* 
Bed in body, souland spirit : — ^but if yoar lordship Inte it not 
so, then. I say, I am not satisfied in camdence^ as tonebing 
the ordination you* speak of. 

B. Conscience argues science, science supposes jodg-* 
■fenf, and judgment reason. What reason* ha've you that 
you win not be thus ordained ? 

fV. I came not this day to dispute with your lordlship ; 
my owir inability would forbid me so to da, 

B. No, no ; but give me your reason. 

JV. I am not called to office ; and therefore cannot beor« 
' jB. Why have you then preached all this while ? 

fy. I was called to the work of the ministry, tho' not to* 
Ac office^ There is as we b^eve, Fotatio ad opuSf S( a4 

B. Why ihay not yM have the office of th« ministry ? 
You have so many* new distinctions ! O how are you 

fV. May it please your lordlship, because they are not a 
people fhaf are fit objects' for me to exercise office-work 
antfofig them. 

JS. You mean a gathered diureh : but we must have no' 
gathered churches m England ; and you will- see it so. IFor' 
there must be unity without divisions amcun^ us : and there 
can be no unity without uniformity. Welkthen^ we must 
send you to your church thait they may dispose of you, if ydu 
were ordained by them. 

W, I have been informed by my cousin Pitjiefd and''' 
others, concerning your lordship, that you have a disposi- 
tion inclined against morosity. Howevo* you may be pre^ 
possessed by some bitter enemies to my person^ yet there af e 
others who can and vt^ll give you another chairac^er of me. 
Mr. Glisson hath done it. And Sir Francis Fulford desired 
me to present his service to you, and being my hearer, is 
ready to acquaint you concerning me. 

B. I asked Sir Francis Fulford whether the presentation 
to Whitchurch was his. Whose is it ? He told me it was 
not his. 

W, There was none presented to it these sixty years. Mr. 
Walton lived there. At bis departure, the pec^e desired 

M 4 me 


mc to preach' to them ;' and when there was away of settle- 
ment appointed, I was by the trustees appomted, and by the 
Triei's approved. 

B. They would approve any, that would come to them, 
and close with them. I know they approved those who 
could not read twelve lines of English. 

W. All that they did I know not : but I was examined 
touching gifts and graces. 

. B. f question not your gifts, Mr. Wesley. I will do 
you any good I can : but you will not long be suffered to 
preach, unless you will do it according to order. 

W. I shall submit to any trial you shall please to make. 
I shall present your lordship with a confession of my fietilh, 
or take what other way you please to insist on. 

B. No, we are not come to that yet. 

W. I shall desire several things may be laid together, 
which I look on as justifying my preachfng. i . 1 was de- 
voted to the service from my infancy. 2. I was educated in 
order thereto at school and in the imiversity. 

B. What university were you of ?— /F. Oxon. 

J?. What house }^W. New-Inn-HalL 

B. What age are you ? — W. Twenty-five, 

jB. No sure, you are not I 

W. 3. As & son of the prophets, after I had taken my 
degrees, I preached in the country, being approved of by 
judicious able christians, ministers and others. 4. It pleased 
God to seal my labour with succesSi in the apparent conver-» 
sion of several souls. 

B. Yea, that is, it may be, to your way. 

W» Yea, to the power of godliness from ignorance and 
profaneness. If it please your lordship to lay down any 
eiridehces of godliness agreeing with the scripture, and if 
they be not found in those persons intended, I am content 
to be discharged from my ministry. I will stand or fall by 
the issue thereof. ^ 

jB. Yon talk of the power of godliness ; such as you 

. W. Yea, the reality of religion. Let us appeal to any 
common«place book for evidences of grace, ami tliey are 
fqund in and upon these converts. 

. -p. How many are.there of them ? 

W. I number not the people. 

^, Where are they ? 

ff^. Wherever I have hccn called to preach. At RadfoU^ 

1 V (ddi'ouib^ 

'. IN sorsetshirb; : ,i 69 

MikoniA^ Turntvcodj Whitchurch^ and at sea. I shaill 
add another ingredient of my mission, j. When the Church 
caw the presence of God going along with me, they did, by 
fasting and prayer, in a day set apart for that end, seek an 
abunaaaM)Iessing on my endeavours. 

B' A particular church ? 
: W. ^ Yes, my lord, I am not ashamed to own myself a 
membier of one. 

: B. ' Why you mistake the apostles' intent. They went 
about to convert heathens, and so did what they did. Yon 
have no warrant for your particular churches. 

IT. We have a (Main, full, and sufficient rule for gospel 
worship in the New Testament, recorded in the Acts of the 
Apostles and the Epistles. 

B. We have not. 
• 1^. The practice of the apostles is a standing rule m those 
cases which were not extraordinary. 

B. Not their practice, but their precepts. 

W. Both precepts and practice. Our duty is not deli* 
vered to us in scripture only by precepts, but by precedents, 
by promises, by threatenings mixed, not common-pIace« 
wise. We are to follow them as they followed Christ.- 

B. But the apostle said, ' This speak I^ not the Lord i' 
that is by revelation. 

W. Some interpret that place, * This speak I now by re^ 
' velation from the Lord ;' not the Lord in that text before 
instanced, when he gave answer to the case concerning di- 
vorces. May it please your lordship, we believe that Giitu$ 
pan institutus est indeoitut* 

B. It is false. 

W. I'be second commandment speaks the same ; ^ Thou 
' shalt not make unto thyself any graven image.' 

B. That is, forms of your own invention. 

W, Bishop Andrews taking notice of n<m fades tibi^ 
satisfied me that we may not worship God but as commanded. 

B. You take discipline, church-government, and cir<» 
cumstances for worship. 

^. You account ceremonies parts of worship. 

B, But what say you 7 did you not wear a sword in the 
time of (he Committee of safety, with Demy^ and the rest 
of them ? 

W. lA'^ lord, I have given you my answer therein : and I 
farther say, that I have conscientiously taken the oath of 
allegiance, ^d faithAilly kept it hitherto. I appeal to aU 
{hat are round about pie. 



B. ButMbod/will trast ^'u^ ; yoo'stood it (Tut A> tMUft 

'^. I know ndt whal you nten by the last gasp* WImh 
I saw the pleMiirb of provideAce to toni tW ordef of timigs, 
I did submit quietly thereimto. 

£. That was at last. 

IP*. Yet many i&A rintt are trasted^ and now about the 

3^ They are swSlf at tlio^' oe^ th^ parliament' siM6 duHng 
the wafy yetdisowfi'thdie latfter proce^dkiffS': but yoQ aibode 
even till Hasler^^s eomiogjo Perismeuik. 

W. Hiamajescy Ims^^doiied wfaatiever yoA iMybc^in- 
feiinled of concerning me of, that nature. I ami not mse on 
that account. 

B» I expected you not. 

W» Your k)#dshtp' seint your de^ird by two- or iD^ee fites- 
sengers. Had I been refraoldry I need ^o^ hvvo coAie \ but 
J would give no Just cause of olMice^ I think the old Non« 
conforimstt werto notie of MrmajeMy'^ enemies^ 
. B. They vmrt trattoiv^' Thdy begm the war. Knox 
and Buchtmon- in- Sootfind^ and" those Hk^* thefti * in England. 

W. I hav^ read tile prlDteataitioii of <d^iiing the ftlng!s bus* 
pr^isacy. ... 

B, They did it in hypocrisy. 

W. Y(mu!$e to falHJthe poor Independents for judging 
folks kearfls : Who idotH it now? 

Bt i dor itf)t, Fod tkejr protested ond thifigi^ stnd acted 
anoth^^r. Do not I know them better tfaail' yon' ?' 

W^ I know them by their works, as they bavcr therein d^ 
livered us their hearts. 

B. WeU tiieri, yiDU will justify your pleaching, will you, 
without ordination according to me law ? 

W. AH these things laiatogeth^ are satiafectory to me 
for my procedure therein. 
. B* 'ihty are ilot enough. 

W, There has been morfe written in proof of preaching of 
gifted persons, with such approbation, than as been ans* 
wered by any one yet. 

B, Have you any thing more to say to me, Mr. Wesley f 

W. Nothing : your lordship sent for me. 

£• I am glad I heard this from your own mouth. You 
will stand to your principle^ you say \ 

W. I intend it thro' the grace of God ; and to be faithful 
to the king's majesty, however youdeal with me. 

B* I will not meddle with you. 




jr. Farewell to you, sir. 

B. Far^^HsU^ good Mr. fVesley* 

It is to be hoped the bishop was at ^ood as hi^wdrd, and 
d)d ilbt nieddltf with Mr. ff^esley^ to give him any disturb* 
ance. But there were soikie persons ef figure in his netgh- 
bourh(!lo<£» ^«Ho were too much his enemies to permit hin) to 
continue quietly at Whitchurch till the Act of amfermiry 
ejected him. For in the begmning of i66d, he wks seized 
on the Lord's-day as he was coming out of tke churth, and 
carried to Blandfdrd^ where he was oonnntted to pritfon. 
Bat aftei' hb had be^n some time confioedt. Sir Geratd Nap^ 
per 9 who was the most furious of all his enemries, and the 
most forward in committing him* was st» br softened by a 
^ad disaster (having broke his collar-bone) thatheiippliea to 
some persons^to bail Mr. tVeslejtf^ and uilv^ tlKm^ that if ihey 
would not, he v^Oiild do it b^icHBelf. Thus was he sdt at 
liberty, but bound over to appear at the assizes, where, he 
€aii<e off much 1>etler thaii he es^^oted. The good man has 
recorded in his diary the mercy of God to him inr raising up 
^V^r^l Mends to owr him) intlininff a soliciror to plead for 
Mcnl, altid re^rsiimng the wrath of mao« so that eveH' the 
judges tho' si veny choleric inaHf-spoke not an ai^ry word. 
The sum of the proceedings, as it standi iik lus diaiiy,. is tt» 

. Clerk. Call Mr. Wsdin^, ^i WhiUchttrds. 

Wesley. Her*. 

CL You were indicted for not reading the' Common 
4>rayeT. Will- you ftavfefW k ? 
. Solicitor. May it please your lordship, we desire tdiis 
business may be deferred' till tieseirassizeb. 
- Judge. W¥tf m fheo ? 

SoL Our witfies^ev are not ready at present. 

J. Why not feady now ? Why have yovi not prepared 
lor a trial ? , . 

SoL We thought our prosecutors would not appear. 

J. Why so, yt)ung man ? Why shouid you think so? 
'Why did you nor provide thtfm? 

Wesley. May it pfease your lordship, I undeittand not tAt 

J. Why wlH you not read the book of Comftion«pray§r ? 

fp^. The book was never tendered me. 

/. Must the book be tendered you ? 

W. 9o I conceive by the act. 

/• Are you ordained ?• 


1^. I am ordained to pr^ch the pospel. 

J. By whom ? — ff^. • I have ordci- to preach. 
. J. From whom ? 

^. I have given an account thereof already to the bishop, 

J. What bishop ?—^, 0( Btistol. 

J. I sayt by whom were you ordained? How long 
was it since i 

W. Four or five years since. • 

•A Bv whom then ? 

W. By those who were then empowered. 

J, I thought so. Have you a presentation to your place ? 

IV. I have. 

J, From whom ? 

IV. May it please your lordship, it is a legal presentation* 

J. By whom was It? — IV, By the trustees* 

J, Have you brought it ? — W. I have not. 

J. Why not? 
! W. Because I did not think I should be asked any such 
questions here. 

' J. I would wish you to read the C.oaimon-prayer at your 
peril. You will not say, *' From all sedition and privy con^ 
'* spiracy ; from all false doctrine, heresy and schism ^ good 
** Lord deliver us." 

CL Call Mr. Meech (He was called and appeared) Doe| 
^ Mr. Wesley read the Common-prayer yet ? ' 

M. May it please your lordship, he never did, nor he 
never will. 

J. Friend, how do you kiiow that ? He may bethin^ 

M. He never did, he never will. 

SoL We will, when we see the new book, either read 
it, or leave our place at Bartholomew-tide. 
' y.. Are you pot bound to read the old book till then ? Let 
us see the act ; Reading to himself, another cause was callec^ 

» Mr. Wesley^ tho* bound over to the next assizes, came 
joyfully home, and preached constantly every Lord's-day, 
-till Aug. 17, when he delivered his Farewell sermon to a 
weeping auditorvt from Acts xx. 32. On the 26th of 0<r- 
tober^ Uie place was, by an apparitor, declared vacant, and 
orders were given to sequester the profits ; but his people 
had already given him what was his due. On Feb. 2 ad fol- 
lowing, he removed with his family to Melcomb ; but the 
corporation made an order against his settlement there, im* 
» poling 


posing a fine of twenty pounds upon his landlady, and five 
shillings' per week on him, to be levied by distress. He 
waited upon the mayor and some other persons, pleading 
that he had lived in the town some time formerly, and had 
given notice of his design to come hither again. He also 
offered to give security, which was all that their order re- 
quired : but it was of no avail. For on March 1 1, another 
order was drawn up for putting the former in execution. 
These violent proceedings forced him otit of the town, and 
he went to BridgewaitTy Ilminster and Taunton^ in all 
which places he met with great kindness and friendship from 
all the three denominations of Dissenters, and was almost 
)kvery day employed in preaching in the sev^ul places to 
which he went; where he also got many good acquaintance 
and friends, who were afterwards very kind to him and his 
numerous family. At length a gentleman who had a verv 
good house ^t Preston^ two or three miles from Melcomo^ 
permitted him to live m it without paying any rent. Thi- 
ther he removed his family in the beginning of May ^ and 
there he continued (excepting a temporary absence) as long as 
he lived. He records his coming to Preston^ and his 
comfortable accommodation there, with great thankfulness 
and admiration. 

Soon after his being fixed in thh house, he had great de- 
l>ates in his mind about a removal abro^, either to Surinank 
or Maryland ; but, after much consideration and advice, he 
determined to abide in the land of his nativity, and there 
lake his lot. About the same time also he greatly hesitated 
about hearing in the established church ; but at length, by 
several arguments in Mr. Nye^s papers, he was determined 
to do it. He was then not a little troubled with respect to 
his-own preaching, whether it should be carried on openly 
or only in private. Some of the neighbouring ministers, 
particularly Mr. Bampfield, Mr. Ince, Mr. Hallet, of Shaf* 
ton, and Mr. John Sacheverel, were for preaching publicly, 
with open doors. But Mr. Wesley thought it was his duty 
to beware of men^ and that he was bound in prudence to 
Iceep himself at liberty, so as to be in a capacity of service, 
as long as he could. Accordingly, by preaching only in 
private, he was kept longer out of the hands of his enemies 
than the ministers above mentioned were ; all of whom were 
indicted at the next assizes, for a riotous and unlav^al as^ 
sembly held at Sha/fon, TKey were found guilty by a jury 
^ gentlemen, and fined.forty marks^ each, and were bound 



1 ^t MtMignEa^ Bf bctrd 

to £nd stcmky for their f^d MbwyiQiirf Jo iht ffienB iftxui 
Mr. Wesley preachicd ^vcr^r fre)quiKi%» ootionly t^ji few good 
people ant Preston^ bxitXi]sewm ,i^c9tSAMe\\^ ^tWe^mmtlh 
and CHther pfauscs round ^bouU After lome timft, h/e ivM 
called b)r a oupberof Asnoiis cbrii^i|3ii«ati'(?f^9 tQ4w&jth«ii^ 
pjuitor ; in which xelatioo he (Coiiti/Hied tQ ^h^ d»$^jaf his 
dfiath^ a^ministermg aU ordinuuaes to ihou sv) i9i|>Qntmit}r 
offered. i . 

By the Oxfori^z^ faowever^ he N7ft8 obUge4» for a timQ» 
to witlidKaw from Prt^ton^ aad Jeaye bptii ilis people and 
bis faottly. Buc be preached whenever be was, when h^ 
Goidd praonce an ^udj^orjr. Upooi his .cMWtg to {he piace of 
his lYXiremfinc, ixi idie above Act, in ifer^, t666, be put 
this (^Mfistion to faimadf ^<. Whai dk^t tho« here ? at such a 
** difitacce irom .charohy 'vvjfe^ ehildren," %c.\ AjKtinhii 
astfwers, htttt doivia the oath* find tKen ad^ the reasons 
.whi^ he cpuid not 4ake k» a^aevemJ ix^iwlers had done ; par^^ 
^icularly this; That to do it io his Q^xi private sensef 
would he but jiigg^og wiA God) with idie king, and with 
conscience ; espacialfy as fionfte jnoagisiMtqidQclared they bad 
no right to admit of aneh a private sense. But pfter aU thjs» 
and a good dea] more against taking the oath, he thankfully 
mentions the goodness of God in so over-mling the lawr 
makers, that they didnot^e^d the ministers farther from 
cheir friends and flocksy and that they had so much (time to 
prepare for their removal and liberty topft$s pa the road to 
any place. 

After lie had Iain hid for some time^ihe venjtnred home 
again, and returned to his labour among ^s people* dod ocr 
casionally aiDcmg others. But nQfi^ithsjtandtng aU his prur 
dence in managing his meetings, he was often disturbed, aer 
veral times appriohendcd* and lour .times imprisoned; once at 
PooU for half a year, apd once at Dorchcstfiv for three 
months ; but the other confinements were shorter* He wa^ 
in many straits aqd difficulties, but was .w9ndei:fuUy s»pi- 
ported and comforted, and many tim&s was very seasonably * 
and surprizingly relieved and delivered. NeverUieltss, the 
removal of many eminent christians jato another we^ld, wh0 
were his intimate acquaintance and kind friends i -the grea( 
decay of serious religion among many that made a prpfcssigi^ 
of it, and the increasing rage of the enemies of real godli-p 
ness, manifestly srizedand sunk bis spirits. At length, havr 
ing * filled up his part of -what is behind of the afilictiosis of 
< Christ in tus fleshi for bia body'a .$akej whi^h is thi^ 

* church. 


* church, and finished the work giiFen bim to dp/ he was 
tacfcen out of this vak of tears, U> chat world / where the 

* ifvicked cease from croublieg, and the weary aje a( 

* f«sr/ vriien be bad not been cnuch longer an inhabitant her^ 
beiow dian his Ueased Masitor was, whom he served with 
bis whok heart, afioordiiig to the best light he had. The 
¥i<^r at Pre^sioH would not suffer him to be buried in the. 

WINSGUfilN /Minsier.) Mr. Bai-bwin Djsacon. 
After his ejeotment he lined and prequohed fit Bran^eld^ in 
Somersetshire. Some years bdfoce bis deaA he lost liis 
sight. Dtr. Calamyjays nothing more of him tban that He 
was a worthy person. § But the following ootein Hwtcbins 
CQntaiQ^a.fiiriliQr anecdote of him: '* Apnl ^^f ^^3Qy the 
*• QQt^TjsSon el^Ejcted Mr. jirti^r Hern to he one of their 
^' fQ^ters : Mr* SflUwn^ Dea^ pother, with an allow- 
'* ance of 80/. per arm. was appointed to preach the Friday's 
*' Lecture. In 1660, Deacon^ not being found in holy 
'' orders, was diedxarged." Byjuot being in holy orders is 
4Qubtle^ mcfiat, not hpgog episcoj^lly ordaiped. 

WOTTON FitzPain. Mr. Jqhn Keridge. § So his 
name is entered in Hutchins^ who speaks of him as Incum. 
bent,, in 1650, and Benj. Bird^ 18 Jan. 1662 (for 166;) 
Pe was the father of Mr. Keridge, of Lyme. He died 
soon^fter 3arthoIomew-day, the time ,of his ejectment. 

Mr. WiLiiAM HussEY, ejected JFrom the samcf 

place. \ Dr. CalanAr has only his surname ; but most pro- 
bably this was the person mentioned in the following note, in 
Hutchins.—** Hinton Martel. James Crouch. la 
*• 1644, he was ejected [i. e. by the Committee. J In 1661* 
•* he was with some trouble restored «to his living, and was 
*• thought to be the first suflerer [i. e. among the Royalists] 
<* and me last restored in this county.'' — " Wilj.iam Hus* 
** SEY, intruder, 1646." Possibly he might, in like man* 
ner, intrude at both places. * 

Thefolkafiing^ministears were ejected in this county ^ fron^ 

places unknown : 

Mr. MARTYN-^Mr. BoWYiii.rtrMr. hiOHT [There was 
a Mr. Lyte Whynnel, rector .of As)cerwell, i638.]frrMr. 
JPRANCIS MuTTAi.L.<-»Mr. H^^J^j^.-r^iAf. XmQ* 

• 4» Dr. 


Dr. Calamy abo mentions 

Mr. Way, Junior. § Most probably this was Mr. Henr'V * 
Way, who is mentioned by Hutchins^ as placed by the 
Coimrntteeintfaeliving^f Broadway ^ where Mr. Haslewood 
was incumbent, in 1650. This Mr. Henry Way is also men*' 
tioned at two other places. See Portland axxd fTeek Regis, 
It is presumed that he was related to Mr. Benjamin Way, 
of Stafford^ in this county and Barkings -in Essex. 

§Mr. Thomas Blunt seems to be another ejected mi- 
nister, who should be added to our list, ftx>m the following 
entry in Hutchins*s Histcn-y. — " CoMPtoN Abbas, Tha^. 
' mas Boult, 1647. He is supposed to have been^>c/e(/ for 
Nonconformity 9 1664.** 

N. B. There are so many Inductions in the Registers of 
this county, in the year 1602, that it seems highly probable, 
there were many more ejected here than we have any account 

The following qfterwards conformed : 

Joseph Crabb, M. A. of Beminster. A man of good 
abilities and learning, of a ready invention, and very tace-^ 
tious in conversation. After continuing some time a Non- 
conformist, he accepted the living of -^jcmiW^r, in Devon, 
and continued minister there to the day of his death, when 
he was about 80 years of age. Tho* he was in the established 
church, yet in his principles, and manner of preaching and 
praying,' he so resembled the nonconfomiing ministers, that 
he was still looked upon as one of them, fit visited some 
of his ejected brethren, when persecuted and imprisoned ; 
sheltered and did good offices to others, and shewed on all 
occasions that his heart was with them. About 1683, he 
was accused to Dr. Lamplugh^ Bp. of Exeter, for neg- 
lecting to read prayers on Wednesdays and Fridays, and for 
not coming up to the height of contbrmity ; but the Bishop 
aiter he had heard his defence, dismissed him with kindness^ 
to the disappointment olF liis aecysers. He joined with Mo 
Wm, Ball^ and others, in publishing a volume of Abp. 
C/Jr/^er^s'seriiions, and prefixed to tbem an- elegant Latin 

'Mr. Hern, of Winb'oum. — Mr. Richard DEStttJTE,' of 
Statbridge. ' § He was afterwards minister of Stoxvmarket^ 
in Sufiblk, and died i&Hi* 


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, \ * 



AUKLAND (Bishop*s) [L.] Richard Frankland, 
M. A. Of Christ* s CoL Camh. Born in 1630, at 
Bathmil^ in Yorkshire, in the parish of Giggleswick, in 
Craven, and educated in the famous school there. He made 
good proficiency both in divine and human learning, at the 
university, to which he went in the year 1647, when lir. 
S. Bolton was master. While he was there, it pleased God 
to make him deeply in love with serious religion, by bless*- 
ing to him the useful ministry of Mr. Samuel Hammond. 
On his removal from thence, he was invited to Hexham^ in 
Northumberland, where his stay was short. He afterwards 
preached for a little time at Haughton Springs and then at 
Lanchester, On Sept. 14, 16^53, ^^ ^^ set apart to the 
office of the ministry by several ministers, which ordinatioa 
he accounted to all intents and purposes valid, and durst not 
do any thing like a renouncing it, tho' much solicited by Bp. 
Cozens, after the Restoration, with 4 promise of considera- 
ble preferment. Meeting with some discouragements here^ 
he removed into al4erman Brookes family, at Eltenthorp^ 
where he continued his ministry. From inence he went to 
Sedgjield^ as assistant to Mr. Lupthern ; and at last settle4 
in the living of St. Andrews, inAukland^ which was given 
him by Sir Arthur Haslerig^ and was of good value. 

When the protector 0/iWr erected a college for academical 
lea^ming, at Durham^ Mr. Frankland was pitched upon to 
be a tutor there. But that college being demolished at the 

VOL. II. — ^NO. XIV. N Restoration, 

178 MINliTfl«ajj4?TE0 

Restoration, and the Act of uniformJtj taking place, he not 
only lost his designed post, but his living too, upon his re- 
fusal tQ conforoft. While he was in i|^ he laid himsrif out 
to ftfe tJtttf dSt ih i\U Mastdf 's -WoVk. »e all^ay^ e5ci)bhhded 
the scripture on the Lord's-day morning before sermon ; and 
besides preaching in the afternf6bn, catechized the youth, and 
explained to them the principles of religion in a familiar way. 
His conversation vUas e^cemptary and inoffensive ; and his 
labours successful to many souls. After the king's return he 
was among the first that met with disturbance. Some time 
before th6 Bartholomew-act passed, one Mr. B&wster^ aa. 
attorney, who had formerly appeared to be his friend, waa 
so forward as to ask hira publicly before the congregation^ 
whether or no he would conform ? He told him that he 
hoped it was soon enough to answer that question, when 
the king and parliament had determined what conformity, the v 
Would req;uire. Mr. Bbmster told him again, that if he dkl 
Hot answer then, he should be turned out of his place. Mr. 
franklan'd saift. He hoped the king's proclamation for quiet 
j)Ossess}dns Would secure him from such violence. To which 
the dih^r replied, *' Look you to that.^' Soon after which, 
he and one Parson Marthwait (a man of no character) got 
the keys df the church, and kept Mr. Frdnkland out. He 
coniplained to some of the neighbouring justices, who 
dwned it was hard, but were afraid to stand by him/ He 
indicted Marthwait and his adherents for a force and riot^ 
at the quarter-sessions, and the indictment was found ; but 
thedefendants hy z, certiorari removed the nutter to the next 
assizes, anE there his cause was the last that was heard : the 
tlerk had mistaken prasentatum est for prie&entatumfuit, 
in the indictment ; his council was cow'd, and he couhl noi 
have justice done him. 

After this Bp. C(>^tfn^ solicited him to conform, promising 
him. not only his present living, but greater prefermeht* 
•Mr. Trankland told him, that his unwillingness to renounce 
his ordination by presbyters made him incapable of enjoying 
the benefit of his favour. This engaged him in a debate wita 
th^ Bishop, which was managed with great calmness. Hi* 
lordship "asked him, whether he would be content to receive 
ianew ordination so privately that the people might not know 
^i it, and have it cohdicionally with such words as theses 
'^* If thou hast not been ordained^ I ordain thee," tJie. He 



thanked his lordship, but told him, he durst not yield to thi 
proposal ; at the same time assuring him, that it was not 
obstinacjr but conscience which hindered his compliance. A 
little after, the Bishop preached on i Cor. xiv. ult. ' Letaff 
* things be done decently and in order.' Mr, Franklcmd 
within a few weeks beins invited by a neighbouring minister 
to preach in his pulpit, msisted on v. 26 of the same chap- 
ter, ' Let all things be done to edification/ The bishop 
hearing of it, . was offended, thinking it done in a way of * 
contempt, and threatened to call hint to account ; but he 
was prevented by a sober neighbouring gentleman, a justice 
of peace, who was that day Mr. Frankland^s auditor ; and 
who told the Bishop that he did indeed, in that sermon^ 
speak against pIuraTities^non-residence, i/ic, but that he spoke 
nothing but what beame a'sound an4 orthodox divine, an4 
what was agreeable to the doctrine of the church of £a-» 

After his being silenced, he lived at Rathmit^ in Yorkshire t, 
on his own estate ; where he was persuaded to set up a pri** 
vate academy. Sir Thomas Liddal sent his son George to be 
educated unaer him, fUid many others followed his example ; 
sp that in the space of a few years he had to the number ot 
three hundred pupils f under his tuition ; many of whoni 
proved worthy and useful ministers of the gospel. Froiu 
Mathrfiil he removed in 1674 to Nailand, near ICendal, ia 
Westmoreland, upon a call from a christian society there f 
Y^bere, besides his care in the education of those wno were 
coinmitted to him, he preached frequently in his own house». 
at Kendal^ and at several other neighbouring places. Froia 
thence, by reason of the Five-mile-act, he removed succes- 
sively to 2)awsonfold^ in the same county, to Hartburrow^ 
ip Lancashire, to Calton in Craven, in Yorkshire^ to AtUr* 
cliffy near Sheffield ; from whence he returned to Rathmil 
again. In tliese parts he had a thriving congregation, whom. 
he kept in peace by his candour and humility, gravity and 
piety, notwithstanding (heir different principles ; and he was 
generally beloved, and exceedingly useful. In the latter parj^ 
of his life he was afflicted with the stone, the strangury, 

f A list of the names of all his pupils may be seen ac the end of Dr. 
Latham's Faderal Sermon, for Mr, Madoqck, of Uttoxiteii, who wai 
oae of them ; yi'Mh the date of their commencement. This respectable list 
is now before the Editor. With this Sermon is also printed a Latin l»ttec 
from Sir Isjtac Newton. 


N 2 ana 


and various other infirmities, which he bore with an exem- 
plary patience. He diedOct. i, 1698, aged 68. His funeral 
sermon was preached by Mr. Chorlion^ of Manchester, 
from Matt, xxviii. ult. 

Mr. Frankland was an eminent divine, and an acnte me- 
taphysician ; a solid interpreter of scripture ; very sagacious 
in discovering errors, and able in defending truth. He was 
a person of great humility and affability. Not a very popu- 
lar, but a, substantial preacher. Few conversed with him, 
but they respected and valued him. He was a man of great 
moderation ; very liberal to the poor ; studious to promote 
the gospel in all places ; and good in all relations in life. 
And yet he met with much opposition, especially in the 
latter part of it. He was cited into the Bishop's court, and 
excommunicated for non-appearance ; but lord Wharton^ 
Sir Thomas Rookbyy and others interceding with K. William^ 
he ordered his absolution, which was accordingly read in 
Giggleswick church. Abp. Sharp some time afterwards sent 
for him to meet him at Skipton^ and at first was rather warm ; 
felling him how many complaints were made against him, 
and intimating that the course he took tended to perpetuate a 
schism in the church, and that therefore it was not sufferable, 
Mr. Frankland freely told his Grace, that they of the es- 
tablished church were certainly fallible in their judgments, as 
jvell as the Dissenters ; and therefore he desired thev might 
fiairly argue the case about schism, before he determined any 
thing about it. The Abp. seeming to think there was no 
occasion for a debate on the subject, Mr. Frankland took the 
freedom to tell him, That he apprehended there was much 
more proper work for his Grace to do, than to fall upon the 
Dissenters. And when the Abp. asked him, what that was, 
be told him, It was to endeavor a reconciliation between 
sober Protestants, for strengthening the Protestant in- 
terest, at a time when it was so much in danger ; and added, 
Tliat if he thought there was need of using severity, it would 
be the best way to begin with those of his own clergy who 
were disorderly; 

. The Abp. freely acknowledged there was need of both, 
and promised to use his utmost endeavours in both the par- 
ticulars mentioned ; and said, He hoped they would find 
him an honest man. Mr. Frankland replied, that candour 
and moderation went to make up honesty. The Abp. readily 
granting this, he added; That if bis Grace should not exer- 

1 , . ' cise 



xise moderatioOy he would frustrate the hopes of many wor- 
thy persons, considering the good character that was given 
of him, Kc Mr. jFrani/anrfafterwards went,' by his desire, 
to make him*a visit; when hetreated him with great civility, 
and shewed him the petition that was drawn up against him, 
aud the number of subscribers to it. After this, tho' a fresh 
citation was sent from the ecclesiastical court, a prohibition 
was sent down to stop the proceedings. Still however his 
ti'oubles were renewed and continued. And indeed it was 
observed, that froni the Revolution in 1688, there was 
scarcely a year in which he had. not some fresh troubles, till 
by his death God delivered him out of them all. 

BOWDEN. Mr. Robert Pleasance. After his eject- 
ment he never would preach to a greater number than the 
Act against conventicles allowed. He had a pretty good 
estate, and left some considerable legacies for the support of 
the gospel. 


DURHAM (City) St. Nicholas, [C] Mr. Jonathan 
Devereaux. He died soon after his ejectment. 

Helveth Parish in the same city. Mr. Holds- 


ELWICK [R.] Mr. John Bowy. He was a native of 
Scetlandj and when he was silenced here, he returned to his 
own country. 

GATESHEAD. St. Mary's [R. 27/. 135. 8rf.] Mr. 
Thomas Weld. His living was in tlie bishopric, tho' 
parted from the town of Newcastle only by the river. He 
was turned out by Mr. Ladler, who had a dormant presenta- 
tion to the living from Bishop Morton. He had been for** 
merly minister at Terling^ in Essex ; but not submitting to 
the>ceremonies, the place was too hot for him, and he was. 
forced to quit it, and go over to New-England. § Whether 
he returned or not doth not appear. He is not mentioned by 
Cotton Mather^ otherwise than by an occasional reference 
to the first of his books, and in a list of Graduates, ia 
J^arvarif College, 1671. 

WORKS. The Rise, Reign and Rain of Antiriomianism, ^c. 
JD New-England. — An Answer to IV. R.^s Narration of the 
QpiniQns and Practices of the Churches lately erected in New- 

N 3 . England, 



fngland, vindicating those Churches. — ^He, wkh ihfee tithen, 
]ivrote The Perfect Hiarisee onder Mor4iiah HoUimss^ against Ihe 
Quakers.— He also^ with Mr. {Samuei Hammond, ^c, was coiv- 
cerned in a tract, intit. A False Jew, &c. upon the Discovery of n 
$cot, who first pretended to be a Jew, and then a Baptist, but 
ivas found toHbe an Impostor. 

HARTLEPOOL [V.] Mr. Bowey. ' 

HEIGHINGTON [V.] Mr. Squire. 

J ARROW. Mr. Francis Batty. 

KELLOW [R. 20/.] Mr. Thomas Dixon. He vw 
in a tumultuous manner turned out of his church by pne 
Pearson, whom Dr. Cozens^ then Bishop of Durham, had 
]>reseDted to the place, and afterwards continued a Noncon- 

' LAMSLEY. Mr. Thomas Wilson. § He was, as i^ 
supposed, the son of Mr. Thomas Wilson, a native of Cum- 
berland ; a very eminent minister, whose life is published in 
Clark's last volume of Lives, and who died in the year 1657, 
leaving ten children. He had several removals, and it dot% 
not appear where this his son was born or educated. — After 
K. Ciwliss's Indulgence, in 1672, he and Mr .^Sobert Lea- 
ver (formerly of Bolaniy in Northumberland) for two yeare 
4Darried on a meeting for divine worship, in his hquse, preach- 
itig by turns to all that came. — Mr. Wilson, in the letter 
^art of his life, wa$ afflicted with such violent p^ios, either 
of the stone, or some other complaint about the urinary pas- 
Sage, tbathe wasuuerty disabled for service, and was ren- 
^dered an object of great compassion. 

MIDDLETON [R.2oo/.l Mr. Thomas Kentish. He 
was betimes thrown out of his place, and severely harrassed 
soon aftei: the Restoration ; of which a narrative was printed . 
in 1662. He brought up three sons to the ministry, and died 
in London full of years. 

NORTON [V.J Mr. Brough. 

• Great STAINTON [R. 300/.] William Pell, M. A, 
Of Magd. Col, Oxf. Bom. at Sheffield^ in Yorkshire, and 
sent to the college in 1650, of which he was afterwards 
chosen a Fellow. He bad formerly fateen at Easing ton^ to 
which the old incumbent xeturned in 1660, and was ejected 
from Siainlon, in i66a. He was atntor^it/^iirAaw, when 


m DURHAM. llj) 

Oliver wa» attempting to s^v^ a uiijivomiy tbero. After 

his QJiejgtoeQt, baing Qcc;asi^BalIjF ^.t DurbafB pwra Lowl's-d^iy, 
he preached in a house not far from a tavern, where some 
justices of the peace were ifrLnbing. together, wbooMierheard 
the people as they werQ singing ^ psalm. Thereupon one of 
the company made a motion to go and disturb them. To 
\vbick another reptie^ ^ That if any o| Aera thought ia 
^ ^ their QQoscionces, tha^ singing psalms, and bearing aimm^A 
'^upcdisuDh a day, wa& a. moco improper, eniployment chao. 
*^ diinking in a raveccs they usighi go andmaice then fbr-* 
**. beai' ;> hut that for his ^wq. part he would hot be one ol 
'' tii^em :'^ and so the proposal was$hed. However, 
sofue lime afisr, Mr. Pell waa imprisoned- at Dhxrham £or 
his NaneoofiDrmity ; hot r^oGhOved' hiinselC to Londoa by an- 
HuAeu^ CMrpus, and was set at liberty l^y judge Jffal^, Htr* 
thei» refilled .u> the.siQRtliQrapartS' of YorkiihirQ, and: ptactiaed 
phyaii;. Aftorwwrdi hC' pueojcbed; publicly at Taiters^i^ m. 
Lincolnshire, as Mr. Voting had done before him ; and. ^« 
being entertained in the earl of Zinco/n's family as a steward, 
he was preserved from the violence that others met with, and 
to which he had otherwise been exposed. 

Upon K. James's liberty he was called to a congregatioa 
at Boston* After seven years continuance there he removed 
to Newcastle upon Tyne, where he was assistant to Dr. 
Gilpin : and there he finished his labours. His friends often 
urged him to teach academical learning, for which he was 
wonderfully qualified ; but they could not prevail with him, 
because of the oath he had taken at the university, at hts 
commencing M. A. None that knew him could, without 
the greatest injustice, deny him the character of a very 
learned pious man, and a grave solid preacher. He was par- 
ticularly eminent for his skill in the Oriental languages. He 
had three reams of paper bound up, purely for collections out 
of eastern authors ; but they were unfinished, thro* the many ^ 
disturbances and avocations which attended his unsettled con • 
dition. He would repeat ofF hand the various readings and 
interpretations of scripture given by Jewish writers. Indeed 
he was fit to have been professor or the Oriental languages, 
in any university in Christendom; In preaching and praying 
]jf, w^ek^eU^^c^ \ty few. He died in Dec. 1 698, aged 63. He 
often pfeached in London^ where he providentially became 
acquainted with one Mr. Pell^ a merchant, who was very 
J^ind to him for his name*s sake. 



WASHINGTON [R. 130/.J Mr. Williamson. 
WEREMOUTH (Bishop's) [R. 200/;] Mr. Graves. 

The following afterwards coriformed : 

Mn John Wkld, of RiUm^ son to Mr. T. Weld^ of 
Gateshead. — Mr. Richard Battersby^ of Baughton,--* 
Mr. Luke Coates, of Sedberg^ who afterwards had a living 
in Yorkshire. — Mr. Josiah Dockwray, of Lanchester^ 
afterwards LL.D. — Mr. John Kid, of jRidmarshaL — Mr. 
Scot, of Wickham. — Mr. John Berwick, of Stanhope.. 
afterwards lecturer of St. Nicholas's church, in Newcastle, 
— Mr. Bicrerton, of Wolnngham^ the same. — Mr. 
Parish, of Darlington^ afterwards in Yorkshire. — Mr. 
John TiM80N^,.\pf Hellenes jiuAland.-^Mr. Thomas 
Boyeri of Mugglewici^^^^Mr. DAmzL Bushel^ of Egles^ 


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ABREY-HATCH. Mr. Kightly. § Nothing more 
can now be ascertained concerning him than that, after 
his ejectment, he preached at Billericay^ in this countv, 
where there has long been, and still is, a considerable body 
of Dissenters. It does not appear that his name occurs in 
Newcourfs Repertorium Eccles^ or that it was subscribed 
to either of the papers so often referred to in the accounts of 
the ministers in this county: viz. The Testimony of the 
Essex Ministers, printed in 1648 ; and the Essex Watch- 
man's Watch-word, in 1649.* This however was the case 
with several others, concerning whom there is no doubt of 
their having been ejected in this county. Many came to 
their livings after that period, and some refused to subscribe 
any paper. See the account of Mr. Cole^ at Wethersfield. 

ALPHAMPSTON [R.] Mr. Samuel Brinsley. Some 
time Fellow of St. John's CoL Camb* He was a pious and 
laborious minister of Christ. After his ejectment he resided 

* Dr. Calamf generally takes notice whether the ministers ejected in this 
county are mentioned by Newcburt or not, and whether or not they sub- 
scribed either of the above papers. The editor of this work has not gene* 
rally introduced these ciicumstances, unless they appeared of importance to 
ascertain their true names, or the length of time tney had been in their liv- 
iogs. — In this county there is an unusual number of mere names of persons 
and places. But this is a defect in the original work : nothing of anymo« 
ment contained in that being here omitted. Some small articles are now 
inserted which were not in the former edition ; but few additions of any 
moment have been communicated or could be procured. 



principally in and about London. But it doth not appear 
that he had any stated congregation. He died about the 
year 1695. 

ARKESDEN [V. 43/. 8j. grf.] Richard Pepps, M. A. 
Formerly Fellow of £man* Col. Camb. A correction is 
here made in his name from Ncwcourt^ who mentions T* 
Pagei^ as succeeding to this living upon his deprivation, 
Feb, 25, 1662. Which fixe^ die time of his ejectment six 
months before the Bartholomew act passed, unless 62 is put 
(as sometimes it was) for 61* 

Great BADDOW [V.] Mr- CHRisToPHEit Wragge. 
He was a man of some coamderaUe note, of good abilities, 
and great acceptance. It appears from Newcourt that he 
came to this living upon the death of the former incumbent, 

of the name of Clerk. 

• • • . ■ " ' ' 

. little BADDOW [V. S. 32/. t^f. lorf.] Thomas Gjl- 
spN» M. A. Of fyaan. CqI. Comb. De was bom at Sui^ 
hwyit wA WAS .tfatned up in thf: free-fchool at Dtdkam* 
V^ reoip^d from Cambridge tp Oxfoid, where he became * 
Fellow of Corpus CkrisH Ckl. After being silenced at Bad- 
4»w, be went to Leodoa* tivl. was chosen pastor of a Dis- 
^otii|g^figreg»tioatn Hu^liffy where be died, muob la- 
melted, siboiit 50 yean. of ^e, in 1680. 3is fbaeralser- 
mfm wfis ptest^iea adsd piinted by Mr. Slai0r, He was a 
9dod«dv>laff and bdd vcsry valuable minifliterial gifts. He- 
'W9ts very diligent in bis master's work, and seaipus to ad- 
^Kuice his gk)^. On kkis death-bed be esepressed his intire 
acquiescence in bis eafly reuiieval, io i^onh io this efiea : ' 
^^ When many live sixty or seventy years in the world before 
** they have done the work for which tbey were sent hither, 
^ If I can dispatch mine in fifty, wl^at rea^n have I tp 
^ complain ?'* — Mr. Gils^m left a son in the ministry, at Col- 

§ BARKING [V.] Benjamin Way, M. A. Dr. 
Calamy here has only — •• Mr. fKoy." But this^isyndpju^* 
cdly the peison oientro^ed 9^ Stafford, in Dorseiskires aqjl 
afterwards at Bristol, where he succeeded Mr. John Thornp* 
9ony since HiUckifu mentipns his paine as being io the paxiiK 
register of Stafifs^, 'pi^ &}Ww4Bg acoMUit of bim is 


^rammttred hj ' a ^^eeo^at, who bears both bis fiiamcs^* 
^< The Reverend SeBJ^i^m W^y, M. A was desc^oded of 
a reputable famH^ loqg setti^^ at Bridport^ in Dorset, an4 
educated at Ori^ Qolhg^, Oxford, He was presented ta 
the living of Barking, in Essex, where he resided till h^ 
was ejected by the Apt of Unifornxity. I^rgqa that time he 
lived at Dorchester t?ll 1675, when he was invited by the 
congregation of Profiest^iit ^iss^nters, meeting at the Castle 
[now called Castle Green] in Bristol, to be their naiaister; 
with whom he continued till his death ; whigh happened on 
the 9th of November, 1680. As to his works, I know qf 
none that he published. But I have his Farewell sermon to 
his people at Bristol, from 1 Cor. xv. 19, expressive of great 
seriousness and piety. In his last illness, he frequently men- 
tioned, with die greatest satisfaction, his having quitted bis 
living, in 1662, whjch was of 490^ per annum value, fof 
his conscience-sake : using this expression to his eldest son* 
on his death-bed ; ^ I bless God that I did not submit to that 
•* burden of conformity." 

From a subsequent acoount it appears tliat Mr. Way msty 
ried the daughter of the celebrated Puritan minister, Mn 
fFAit€f of Dorchester^, and that there is yet extant in her 
own hand writing, an account of the births and baptisms of 
all their diildren. Their eklest son Joseph^ lived and died 9. 
merchant, at Bristol. The second, B^tyainin (grandfather 
tp tbe writer of this ^c<pount) was 4 merchant, in London. 
Two other spns, Richard and Jchn^ as also a daughter, 
Martha^ died young. Hence it appears that Mr. Way had 
no son in the ministry* U remains to discover, who was iht 
Mr. Way, Junior ^ whom Dr. Calamy mentions as ejected 
at some unknown ^laee in this coiihty : or, Mr. H£NRy 
Way, spoken of page i76.-^Mrs. W^ydied in 167^5, and 
he married a second wife from Dorchester, of the name of 
Hall, about the time hewent to BristoK 

* ^iNjAMiN Way, J^q§. }p a X^ter 10 |he Editor, dated Dinkam, «car 
tJxbridge, Jum 10, 1'775 : too late to be inserted in its proper place in the 
first Edition. This gentleman, who has lately renewed his correspondence 
on the subject, was not aware that his wonhy ancestor ever had the living 
of Sfajf^dy and is now apprehensive tliat he was presented to it on the 
death of R. Ruste/j 1660, to hold for R. RusseJ, presented in 1663; for on a 
failure of the male lineinKuss^, the ad|^acentia aliquot praediola, came to 
Robert White, and afterwards to Richard White, who was presented to 
Stafford, in 170S, to whose famUy Mr. Way was by marriage rclaied, at 



BARNStON [R.] John Beadle, M. A. From Netir^ 
courfs Rep. it a]>pear8» that he came to this living in 1632; 
•* on the resignation of Mr. IVright.** He was long exer- 
cised with great weakness, which he bore with much faith 
and patience. 

WORKS. The Journal or Diary of a thankful Christian. 

BELCHAM (Water) [V.] Mr. Deersley. See thp 
end of this county. 

BELCHAM (Otton) Mr. Thomas. § This was un- 
doubtedly Mr. Edward Thomas, who subscribed the Tes- 
timony of the Essex Ministers in the year 1648, as then 
" Minister of Oaten Belcham" 

BENTLEY (Magna) [V. 28/. i6j.] Mr. Thomas Beard. 
Dr. Walker says, he got this living in 1654. 

BOREHAM [V.] Mr. John Oares. Newcourt men- 
tions his successor, 17 SepL 1662, from whence may be in^r 
ferrpd his ejectment by the Act of uniformity. Upon which 
ht became pastor of a church at Little BaddoWy which is 
separated only by a small river from this parish. He was 
afterwards invited to London, viz. upon the death of Mr. 
Thomas Finceni^ whom he succeeded in his congregation. 
He. was a man of a very chearful spirit, of a sweet even 
temper, of unaffected piety, of great candour and charity, 
and of an exemplary life and conversation. He was sud- 
denly taken ill in the pulpit, and silenced by his great -master 
in the midst of his work, in Dec, 1688. He was succeeded 
by Mr. (afterwards Dr.) Daniel Williatus. 

WORKS. Paulas Trial and Triumph ; a sermon on the death 
of Mrs. £. King. — A Sermon in the Morning Exercise continued^ 
on Prov. XXX. 8« 9. — § An elaborate and useful discourse, on 
Agur's prayer ; to shew wherein a middle condition in the world 
is the most eligible. 

BOXTED [V. 28/. 10^.] Mr. Lax.— From the sain^ 
place also was ejected, 

Mr. Carr. An able and useful preacher, 

BRAINTREE [V. 481] Mr. John Argor, Of (?am*. 
University. Born at Say or Britton^ ne^r 'Colchester, 
During part of the civil war he was minister of Lee^'m this 
county; and at Braintree succeeded Mr. Samuel Collins, 


IN ESSEX. 1 8^ 

who had been minister there forty-five years, and died in 
16,57. After Mr. Argor^s being laid aside for nonconfor- 
mity, he continued in Braintree, and kept the grammar- 
school there till the Five-mile-act took place, when he was 
forced lo leave the town. He often used to say, " He left 
'* his living upon no other terms than he wouhl, if called to 
•* it, have laid down his life.'* He was exceedingly beloved, 
and the loss of him was much lamented. He was a very 
serious and lively christian, who had a sense of religion be- 
times ; and in his advanced years, often had raptures of joy. 
When his livelihood was taken from him, he lived com- 
fortably by Faith. Being asked by some friends. How he 
thought he should live, having a great family of children ; . 
his answer wasj •* As long as his God was house-keeper, he 
believed he would provide for him and his." — He kept a diary- 
^ of God's providences towards him, and among other things, 
in stirring up friends to assist him. The following are a few 
instances, in his own words : 

** Jaju 2, 1663, I received ^L %s. This was when I 
was laid aside for not conformmg. . So graciously did the 
Lord provide for his unworthy servant. — On Jan. 3, I re- 
ceived 3/. 19^. The Lord have the praise ! And I received 
3/. 155. which was gathered for me by my friends. This 
great experience of God's gracious providence, I received 
almost at one and the same time. All glory be to God 
blessed for ever.-^On April 2, 1663, I received 5/. 12^. 
So graciously doth the Lord regard the low condition of his 
servant. Blessed be his holy name for ever. I received like- 
wise on the 8th day, 4/. So good is the Lord in stirring 
up hearts, and opening hands, to the relief of his unworthy 
servant." Many similar observations, and pious aspirations 
are contained in his papers. In the latter part of his time he 
had a congregation at Wivenhoe. He died at Copt/ard, in 
this county, in December^ ^679, aeed jj ; and w^s buried. 
in C&piford church. He never could be prevailed upon to 
pubUsh any thing. 

- ' ■ Mr. Friar was ejected from the same place. 

BUMSTED (Steeple) [V.] Mr. Edward Symmes. A 
very humble, mpdest and pious person. He appears from 
Newcourt to have held this living many years, and not to 
have been ejected till Bartholomew-day, for tho* his name is 
riot mentioned in the Repert, his predecessor is entered in, 
the year 1606, and his successor 'Sept. 22^ 1662. 


f^ MINIstERS EjfecTE© 

• •• ' • 

BURBROOK [R. S.] Isaac Orandoroe, M. A. Some 
time Fellow of Si. JohrCs CoL Cambridge. After hif ejecu 
Bienty in i660y he lived at Black^Notleif.. He was an ex«* 
ccUent tnan, and a great scholar ; a very prudent person^ 
and a judicious preacher* 

Great BURSTED. Mr. Samuel Bridges. 

CHELMSFORD [R. S* gi/. 23. 4|rf.l Mr. Mark 
MoTT. He was put into this living by the House of Com* 
monSy in 1643. Dr. Walker relates a story coocerniAg the 
intolerance and cruelty of some of his congregation towards 
some BrownistSf who had a meeting at Chelmsford. If Mr. ^ 
Jioit gave them any encotiragemesl, he had occasion to 
reflect upon it with regret when he himself was silenced by 
the Act of uniformity.. B»t it doth not appear thajthe ha4 
any concern in the business. 

CHICKNEY [R.] Mr. Archer. V 

CHILDERDISH LV.59/. 95. tod.] Mr. Harris. 

CHISSEL Parva [R,] Mr. James Wi LLfef . He signed 
Ae Essex Testimony as minister of this ptace, in the year 
1648. From NewcourVs Rep. it appears that he resigned 
this living «/2<;2fi3» 1662. 

CLAVERING [V. S. 200/.] Mr. Jottw Moore; OI 
Feterhomcy Camb. Bom at Burton Ovtrjfy in Leicester- 
shire. He was an excellent scholar, and a good preacher. 
When he left the university, he settled tt Bedford ;^ and 
from thence removed to Clavering^ wh<j[re he coiithin»l se* 
venteen years, till the Barihotomew^act ejected, him* He 
allowed fio/. a year to a chapel of ease, at Newport^ in die 
parish of Clavering. He afterwards preached at Easton^ in 
Huntingdonshire, where he had an estate. He diedin 1,673, 
at the age of about jo* He was a man of an humble spirit, 
and of a blameless conversation. 

5 There are five parishes in that town. The editor, who it a native of* 
it, recollects an ancient widow lady residing there, fiftj^ years ^go, of the • 
name of M^ore, whose husband, he was told, had been a Dissenting mi- 
nister, but had conformed. Probably he might be related to the ^ove. His 
(Character was said, to be remiirkably similar. 


. <:OGa£SHALL [V.] Mr. JoMiK Sams. He canwfrom 
New-England^ where he had hU education. He setded first 
at Kelv^don^ in this county, and afterwatdg succeeded Dr. 
Owen at this place, where the Act of uniformity silenced 
him« , After the loss of his living, he and some of his peo- 
p\e attended the parish church ; but others of them not being 
satisfied so to do» ^tid the minister publicly reproaching them 
that did, for not being present in time o( divine service^^ h^ 
desisted, and set up a separate meeting . there, where he ga- 
thered a church, of which he died pasior, about 167^. Ha 
was a man of good learning, and valuable ministerial abi«. 
iities, but oF a melancholy msposition* 

COLCHESTI* St. Andrew's. Owek Stocrtok^ 
ll. A. Of Chrises Col. Comb, and afterwards Fellow o£ 
GaimUe and Cums Chi. He was bom at Chichester, ift 
M^n/if 163O) hits father being a prebetidary of the ca« 
tbedmi, in that city ; xxpoii whose decease his mother re- 
moved to the city of Ely, where he had his grammar learn- 
ing under Mr, nm. Hicfces. [He was very hopeful from 
his childlyafod \ hh ingenuity and inclination to learning were 
such OS presaged more than ordinary improvement. Once 
looking cectdentaHy into J^ox^s Actsund Monuments^ which 
lay in one of the cnufchtrs, he was so affected with what he 
road, and #d desf^ous of a further knowledge of that history, 
that he importuned his friends till he procured a volame of 
it, and employed all his vacant time in reading it, declining 
all childish recreations. He was admitted to the university 
in '16^5, wikere he had Dr. Henry More for his tutor, and 
whei« ht w«B fefnarkable for his st>briety and diligence^ 
When he camtitenced B. A. he ^till resided in the college^ 
and applied himself to the study of divinity, which indeed 
was almofll his (Hincfpai object. With a view to his greater 
proficiency, he went to Londen and spent some montha 
there, getting aa aec<mnt of the best writers in divinity, fre-». 
^oenting Swn coQege library, and Gresham college lectures. 
He al^ applied to wvepai learned and worthy ministers of 
that city, and attended on their preaching, to observe the 

$ That is, during the^rayen. It is no Wonder that any Clergyman should 
t^stire such persons, as guitty of a great indecency and inconsistency* 
tlkei^areinsny of the saltie description in th% present day, whose conduce 
detenres «e<rere aniinid««i«i(m , and the manisteiFs whom they attend, merelf. 
for the take of the Sermoa, may justly << repro<ich them" for peohng coii^ 
tempt oh the prayers of the church, and disttttbii^g the congr^gatiop^ by 
ceflRisig ia at Hit chose of the worship. - "> 



variety of their giftf, and their several methods of preadh« 
ing. By these means he found so much improvement, that 
he often said, if he had a son he would advise him to do the 

iHe began his ministry in some villages near. the university, 
•with good acceptance and success, [though with the utmost 
privacy, so that many of the people who heard him knew 
Aot who he was, nor whence he came ; and he did all gratis^l 
In 1654 he was catechist in his college, and soon after fixed 
as stated preacher in iS^f. ^wrfrew's parish, Cambridge. [He 
bad such an affiscting sense of the importance and difficulty 
of the ministerial office, that he for a long time declined or- 
dination ; but being at length satisfied that God had called 
him to the office, he was determined to devote himself mor^ 
thoroughly to it by ordination ; which he did in London, 
Feb. 30, 1655 : upon which he returned to his 'charge at 
Cambridge, and applied himself to the m^ork to wbidi be 
was devoted with the greatest faithfulness, diligence and 
zeal. Nor did he confine his labours to bis congregation ; 
he was useful as a tutor in the university, apd preached a 
great many lectures about the country, where he never 
wanted a full auditory.] From hence he removed to CoU 
Chester y where he was chosen by the mayor, aldermen, Kc. 
to preach to them on Loid's-days in the afternoon, and every 
Wednesday morning. ' [His very first sermon was blessed 
to the conversion of one who heard it, and his second or 
diird to that of another, who was noted as a very profligate 
sinner, and who came from mere curiosity to hear him. He 
was a great blessing to the town, both in a spiritual and a 
temporal view. J Of his own accord he preached on the 
Lord's-day mornings at St. James's church gratis. 

He laboured faithfully, diligently and successfully, till the 
law disabled him, He aJFterwards preached three years in his 
own house, to all that came to him, till the town was visited 
with the pestilence ; when, as other ministers fled, he of« 
fered the magistrates to stay and preach to them, if they 
would allow htm the liberty of a public churcli; whichi 
notwithstanding the great necessity of the people, was 
denied him. Hereupon he removed to Chattisham^ ia 
Suffolk, where he had for some time an opportunity of 
exercising his ministry in public. When K. Charles pub- 
lished his declaration for Indulgence, he had a call from a 
congregation at Colchester^ and another at Ipswich. That 


he rtitght inswier both as far as he wa^ able, he undertook 
half the service of each ; andj with other ministers, divided 
his labours between them as long as he lived. Besides his 
preaching twice on the Lord's-day, he frequently expounded^ 
catechited the youth, and resolved cases of conscience. He 
preached also a lecture on the week-day at fpswich once a 
fortnight ; and scarcely a week passed^ but he assisted in sbinr 
other lecture, or was called to preach some funeral or othet 
occasional sermon. 

His diligence in his master's work drew upon him man]r 
enemies, but Divine Providence wonderfully preserved him ; 
so that notwithstanding complaints, indictments, present- 
ments, and excommuiiications, he was never imprisoned^ 
apprehended^ distrained on, or brought before any court or 
roagisnate. [He expected and desired (as he owned in his 
last illness) to have died a martyr ; but, says he, ^* Ood is 
•* wiser than I, and knows nly weakness." He was raised 
far above the fear of death, both in health and sickness. In 
his perfect health, considering the evil of the days wherein 
he lived, he Would often say, " *Tis a good time to die ; I 
** am content to live, and willing to die." As death was not 
terrible to him, neither was it unexpected r tho* he had a 
strong constitution, he told a friend, a year before, he 
thought he should not live long, and that God had been in- 
clining his heart to study how a Christian might get above 
the fear of death. The substance of his thoughts upon the 
subject he committed to writing. On ^ug. 3ii 1680, he 
was seized with a fever, which proved fatal, Sept. to, when 
he was in his full strength, being about 50 years of age. He 
discharged his dying office by grave exhortations and encou- 
ragements to seriousness in religion, and a readiness to suffer 
for it. He blessed God for Jesus Christ, and for calling him 
to be a minister of his gospel ; for makirig him faithful in 
that office, and affording him his presence and blessing under 
all the difficulties of it. He rejoiced in'the testimony of a 
good conscience and the hope of glory, and declared his full 
satisfaction in his Nonconformity, in which nothing influ- 
enced him but his conscience towards God. 

God blessed him with a good estate, and he made a good 
use of it while he lived. [He disposed of the greatest part of 
his salary to charitable purposes, particularly in the education 
of some poor scholars of promising talents for the work of 
the ministry, and he also stirred up others to do the same. 
At his death he left the most valuable part of his well-fur- 

VOL. II. — NO. XV. Q nishcd 


nished library to GotwiUe and Cams coltegc, and ordered 
joo2. to be settled on the said coliece for the maintenance of 
a, scholar and fellow for ever« And in case his only daughter 
should die before the age of 21, he bequeathed 20/. per 
annum to be settled on the coUe^ in New- England, for 
the education of a converted Induing or to any other thac 
would learn the Indian language, and preach to that poor 
people. He was an excellent Christian, a man mighty in the 
scriptures. His private papers, published in the accoont of 
h«s life, shew that he most carefully practised himself the 
things which he recommended to others. He was a man 
more than ordinarily mortified to the pleasures of the flesh, 
and the vanities of the world. His conversation was in 
heaven ; his delight in the saints ; his business was religion; 
his whole deportment strictly conscientious^ He was a lover 
of hospitality, a faitliful friend, an industrious peace>maker» 
a forgiver oi injuries, a hearty mourner in Israel^ a man 
full of charity, eminently holy and wise in all bis conversa- 
tion, serious and grave, yet not melancholy. He was never 
disturbed with anger, or any other passion, that could be 
observed by those who were most conversant with hitnL 
Tho' be was not very forward to speak, yet be was ever 
ready for pious discourse, and would often begin it. 

[His sermons^ were well studied, his matter was substan- 
tial and spiritual, his arguments strong, his utterance cleat v 
delibeiate and grave ; bis words apt, and very expressive of 
his conceptions. He affected not * the woras which man'$ 
wisdom teachetb,* nor did he allow himsdf in an indiscreee 
liberty of speech. In prayer, hk deportment, bis language 
and utterance, always bespoke his solemn and afiecting ap* 
prehensions of the majesty and holiness of the great cSject 
of worship.} He was an ensiinent example of those ouaJifi* 
cations which the apostolic canons (in the efMstles to Timo^ 
thy and Titu$) require of a minister* In a word, he w^ 
one of those who earnestly recommended religion to all that 
observed him. [A full acoouot of him may be seen in 
Clark'% last volume of Lives, from whence much of tlie 
above is extracted.] 

WORKS. A Scriptural Catechism ; and aTreaUse of Family 
Instruction — A Rebuke to lafbrmers.^ Counsel to the Afllkted ; 
oocastcmed by the Fire of London : (a Book excellently adapted to 

§ The editor is io poncMioa of sevcnloC then is. his own haod-writtiig. 

IN ESSEX. 1 ^5 

th« kffilcted In general.) {After his d^th was pQblished, Con^to- 
lation iki Life and Deaths &r. with the Life of Mrs. Ellen Asty^ 
Widow of Mr. Robert Asty, Minister of Stratford, in Suffolk.] 
He left the fbllowiiig MSS. The Cure of the Fear of Dealb.— 
A Treatise of fflorifying God. — ^The Best Interest. — And A 
Warning to Drunkards. 

-— St. Peter\ in the same town. Mr. Edward 
Warrem. a picas and learned divine. A man of singular 
abilities, good elocution, and great humility. He once ma- 
naged a Controversy with one TilUm^ a Ranter^ with great 
judgment, and preserved the town from his poisonous errors. 
When he was cast out of St. Peter% he continued in 0>/- 
Chester^ and practised physic, still exercising his ministry, 
and was exceedingly useftil. He was so courteous and 
affable to all, that he was generally beloved. And even 
those who hated him for his preaching as a Nonconformist, 
highly esteemed him for his skill and tenderness as a 

WORKS. The Jewish Sabbath antiquated^ and the Lord's-day 
instituted, ^c. in answer to T. Tillam. * ^ 

COLN ENGAMfi [R.] Mr. John Clark. N^wcourt 
mentioxvB him among the Rectors of this parish. 


COPFORD [R.] Mr. Robert Thompson. 

CRANH AM [R.3 Mr. John Yardley. So his name 
was spelt in Dr. Calamv's Account j but in the Continuation 
he proposes to alter it tor Hardley^ becailse Newcourt^ in 
his Rep* £ccUs. iplaces him among the Rectors of this pa- 
rish, under that name. But this is not a sufficient authority, 
as Newcaurt is not always correct, and it appears that a per- 
son signed bis name to the Essex Testimony, in 1648, John 
Yardley, as then minister of Sheering : who was most 
probably the same. Nothing more is said of him than that 
he was an able and judicious divine. 

DANBERY [R. S. t^ol.] Mr. JoitN Man. In 1648 he 
subscribed the Testimony as minister of Rawreth. In NeW- 
court he is called Richard Man. 

DEDHAM [V.] Matthew Newcomen, M. A. Of 
Sti John's CgI. Catnb, where he was much esteemed for his 
wit ; which being afterwards sanctified by divine grace, fitted 

o a him 


biin for eminent service in the church of God. Dr. Collin* 
gts^t in his preface to the sermon which Mr. Fairfax preach- 
ed on his death, says, ** That he had had thirty years ac- 
•* quaintance with him, and never knew any that excelled 
** him, as a minister in the pulpit, a disputant in the schools, 
*« or as a desirable companion." His gift in prayer was in- 
comparable. He was a solid, painful, pathetic and persua- 
sive preacher. He succeeded that great man, Mr. John 
Rogers ; but their gifts were diflFerent. Mr. Itogers^s great • 
talent lay in a peculiar gesture and manner of delivering 
the solid matter he had prepared : but Mr. Newcome;n's gifts 
lay almost all ways. His woi'st enemies could not deny chat 
he shewedas much skill as piety in all his religious services.. 
He was a most accomplished scholar and christian. In his 
ordinary converse he was pleasant and facetious, and of ex- 
traordinary humility and courtesy. His whole deportment 
was pious and amiable. He was a member of the West- 
minster Assembly, during which time he preached with Mr. 
Calami/, at Aldermanbury, and assisted Dr. Arrozosmith^nd 
Dr. Tuckney in drawing up the Catechism. He was also one. 
of the commissioners at the Savoy. [Mr. Baxter, in his 
own Life, frequently mentions Mr. Newcomen with great 
respect, as one of the principal ministers concerned in the 
transactions of those times.] After he had fixed at Dedham 
he would listen to no temptation to any other place, tho' he 
had many and great offers, but continued there till he was 
ejected in 1662. 

He was soon after invited to a church in Leyderiy which 
he accepted, for the sake of liberty to preach the gospel, 
which he preferred to any thing in the world. He was there 
exceedingly esteemed by Dr. Hornbeck, and the other pro- 
fessors, and by ©ther learned men in those parts. He died of 
an epidemical, fever in 1668 or g. [Mr. Fairfax^ in his fu- 
neral sermon for him (entitled The dead saint speaking) 
preached at Dedham^ describes Mr. Newcomen as " A scribe 
** well instructed to the kingdom of God ; oiie whose gifts 
! ' were like Aaron\ breast-plate, whereon holiness to the 
** Lord was engraven ; one who, like Isaiah^ had the 
" tongue of the learned, and touched with a live coal from 
** God's altar, knew how to speak a word in season to the 
" weary. One who was the desire of thousands : whose 
** doctrine fell as the rain ; whose life shined as the light; 
•* whose zeal provoked others : whose labours blessed the 
** earth ; whose prayers pierced the heavens; at whose pre- 

4 *• sencc 

IN ESSEX. 197 

*^ sence the boldest sinners blushed ; at whose thnnderings 
" the hypocrite trembled ; at whose force the kingdom of 
** ihrkness shook, and the powers of hell were vanquished : 
^* — as one who bound up many a broken heart ; as a spiri- 
^* tual father to many children ; as the happy instrument of 
** life to many dead souls.] 

WORKS. Ir en icum (a work much commended by Dr. Col- 
linges), — A Sermon before the Parliament, Nov. 5, 1 64.2.— A 
Sermon at the funeral of Mr. Samuel Collins, pastor of firaintree. 
— The best Acquaintance ; being discourses on Job xxii. 21 . — A. 
farewell Sermon in the London collection. — § On Rdv. iii. 3. 
Remember therifore hew tkm hast received, and heard, and holdfast, and 
recent. It is said to have been preached at Dedh am, jIug.QO, 
and is thus introduced : " 1 began this scripture the last Lords'-di^J* 
It is plainly but a part of what he delivered from the same 
text, and not very accurately taken. He himself transcribed 
the whole, but did not publish it. His manuscript however 
is yet in being, in the possession of Mr. Robert Winter. The 
writer of this, has had the pleasure of perusing it, and finds it to 
correspond with the copy in the London collection. The sub* 
stance of it was given a few -years ago in the first volume of the 
Frotestafit Dissenters Magazine ; which renders • it unnecessary here 
to introduce an abstract of it. The date of this MS. is August 
n, which is doubtless correct, that being the Sabbath preceding 

There is also another Sermon of Mr. Newcoroen's in the Coun- 
try collection, which is the last in the volume, and is detached 
from the rest. It is not said where it was preached, or when. It 
is not probable that it was in the parish church, but it is plain that 
it Was just before he left this country for Holland. The title is, 
** UUimum Vale : or the last fare\yell of a minister of the gospel 
" to a beloved people. By Matthew Newcomen, M. A. late 
" preacher of the gospel to the church of Christ at Dedhain, in 
" Essex: Now to the English church, at Leyden, in Holland..... 
*' London printed in the year 1663." The text is, u^ctsux. 32. 
It consists of 78 pages. Having. gone thro' the several observa- 
tions grounded on the words, he closes with an affectionate parting 
address, of which the following is an abstract : 

" I am now, by the providence of God, upon the point of 
leaving not only you, but the Land, and I know not whether ever 
I shall see the face of this assembly any more. I would fain, 
before we part, commend j^ou to God, and leave you in the arms of 
his everlasting mercy, O that 1 could do this with confidence 
concerning every one of you. Concerning some of yo i I profess 
J can, and that on the same account that the apostles did, j4cts xiv. 
#3* They commended the churches lo the Lord, $n whom they had 

O 3 believid* 


UU%iuL..,Snch wte tome of yoa : believers, BOt ia naae and pro- 
fes^onuoiiljr^ but in deed and in truth. Such I can heartily con* 
fidentljr and comfortably comroehd unto God, and leave with bim, 
in full assurance that however things go in DeJham, however 
things go in England, however things go vylth yourselves, as to the 
concerns of this life, it shall be well with you to Eternity. 

O that I could think thus, and speak thus, and hope thus of 
Touall! But aire there not some among yoa, who are sinners 
against the Lord ? whom a minister, accordtng to the gospel rule, 
should rather deliver to Satan ? Are there not some of you whose 
characters are found I Cw. vi. 9« Fi/7. iii. 1 8 ? Do you think a 
minisler, after above twenty years spent among soch a people, in 
fraitkss Jabours, can with cojifidence commend snch unto God ? 
O Sin, what shall I say to you ? what shall I do for yoo ? — My 
^ heart's desire and prayer for you all is, that you may be saved. I 
' charge you (as holy Mr. Bciton did his children, on his deaith-bed) 
that none of you dare to appear before me in the day of judgment; 
in an unconverted condition. I charge you all from the nienest to 
the lowest, before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall 
judge the quick and the dead at his appearing.. ..lest these words 
of mine be brought in on that day as a witness against you. O 
that God wonld make this last warniog, this last diarge, more e^ 
fectual than a thousand others have been ! That as Sampson slew 
more Philistines at his death, than in all his life, so I might be the 
happy instrument to save more souk at my departure ftom you, 
than in all my life before !^ 

' Mr. George Smith ^vas eiected from the same place, 
and had been fellow-labourer with Mr. Newcomen many 
years. In 1649 he subscribed the Essex Watch-word^ a^ 
*^ minister of tne gospel at Dedham." 

HIGH EASTON [R.] Mr. Martin Holbttch. 
From the singularity of the name, there seems to be the 
bighest reason to believe that he had been the master of the 
celebrated school at Felsted^ in this county, and that he was 
the person to whom Dr. John Wallis^ or Oxford refers in 
his account of his own life, published by Mr. T, Hearne^ 
in his appendix to his preface to Peter LangstofV^ Chro- 
nicle, 8vo. 1725, where the Dr. signifies, " that at CArw/- 
mas^ 1^301 he was sent to school to Mr. Martin Holbitchi 
at Felsted^ in Essex, who was a very good schoolmaster, 
who there taught a frce-school, of the foundation of the 
Eail of Warwick, whose seat at Lcez, was within that 
• • * parish.^* 


parish.'* He farther says, " that at this school, tho* in a 
'* country village, he had at that time an hundred, or six 
** score scholars, most of them strangers, sent thither from' 
other places, upon the reputation of the school; from 
whence many good scholars were sent to thp university." 
No notice is taken of him in Newcourt^s Rep, But it is 
possible that notwithstanding this, he might, have had this 

EASTWOOD [V.J Mr. PniLOLoaus Sacheverel. 
Of Oxford University^ where he was supported by his half- 
brother^ a great intimate of Mr. William depion^ men- 
tioned in this county. They were both ill at the: same time^- 
but Mr. Clapton died first. Mr. Sacheverel, oiio'-hearing^ 
some persons in his room talking of his death, said, " Thea- 
diere is a good man gone to heaven ;*' and laying himself- 
dowfi again, died immediately, and they were both buried in 
the. same grave. This minister was great uncle to Dr. Henry 
Sacheverel^ the high-flying church-man. 

FELSTED [V.] Mr. Nathaniel Ranew. Of Fman. 
Col, Camb, He was some time minister of Little East 
Uitapt in London, from whence he removed into Essex^ 
where he was of great use in the association. After hia 
ejectment at Felsiea^ he removed to Billericay, where he 
instantly preached in the latter part of his life, and died in 
1672, aged about ^2. He was a judicious divine, and a 
good hijitorian, which rendered his conversation very enter-t 
taining. He was well beloved by the Earl and Countess of 
Warwic):, who allowed him 20/. per aim, during life. 
The old. Earl of Radnor (some time lord-lieutenant of Ire« 
land) had a great respect for him, and admitted him to his 
intimate acquaintance. He was indeed generally esteemed 
hy those that knew him. 

WORKS. SoUtude improved bv divine Meditation ; proving 
(he duty, necessity, excellence and usefulness of it» Svo. ]670« 
(One of tlie best books upon the subject.) 

FERIN [V.] Mr. Constable. Newcourt Jn hi^ Hep. 
Ec(;l, mentiQns a person of this name at Lindsel vicar^gt* 



FINCHINGFIELD. Mr. Hugh Glover. Of Enuin, 
Col. Cavib. Newcourt in his Rep. Eccl. has it John Glo-. 
v^r. Hugh Glover subscribed the testimony of the Esse:^ 
nsinisters in 1648, as minister of Debden. He was a face, 
tious, genteel person, ^nd a very popular preacher, like hi& 
predecessor }Ar. Stephen Marshal. He did not preach after 
his ejectment, till th^ Dissenters had liberty given them, but 
went to church with his family. He died of a consumptioq 
^t Bishop's Stortford. 

FINGRINHOE [V. 36^. 105.] Mr- Gregg. 

FORDHAM [R.] John Bulkley, M. A. His grand- 
Either was Dr. Edward Bulkley^ who had the living of 
Odehill, in Bedfonlshire, (in the gift of Sir T, Alston,) in 
which his son Peier succeeded him, and continued tiil the 
rigours of Abp. Laud drove him away ; when he fled to 
Afnerica for shelter, where he was chosen minister at Con^ 
cordy and wrote his book of the Gospel Covenant.^ He 
brought up three sons to the ministry, Gersham, Edward 
and John. Edward succeeded his father in New- England, 
and died there. John, the youngest son, took the degree of 
M. A. in Harvard college, in 1642. He afterwards came 
into England, and settled at Fordham^ where for some years 
he exercised his ministry with good acceptance and usefulness. 
After his ejectment he went to Wapping^ in the suburbs of 
X.ondon, where he practised physic several years witli good 
success. He was eminent iii learning, and equally so in 
piety. Tho' he was not often in the pulpit, after his eject- 
ment, he might truly be said to preach everyday in the week. 
His whole life w;is a continued sermon. He seldom visited 
his patients without reading a lecture of divinity to them, 
and praying with them. He was remarkable for the sweet- 
ness of his temper, his great integrity and charitableness { 
but that which gave a lustre to all his other virtues was, hi9 
great humilitv. He died at Si. Katherine\ near the Tower ^ 
in i68g, in tne ^oth year of his age, with anusoal tranquil- 
lity and resignation of mind. Mr. James^ of Nightingale-: 
lane preached and printed his fuiiend sermon on Rnw, xiv. 

"* Sceiome accoant of him in M^ttier^t Hist of New^Em^. h. ili. p. 9£.-r- 
IIis first wife was the dJiughter of Mr. Tlimmss AUai, of Goldiitgt9m, near 
Bedford, whose ncpheWt Sir Thomas Allen, was Lord Mayor ol London. 

IN ESSEX. . 201 

GESTINGTHORP [V. 35/. 5s. erf.] Mr. Davis. 
fJewcourt here has Rob. Davt? , A. M. it Sept. 1661. ^If 
this was the person intended, he had not been twelvemon^s 
in possession of this living. 

HACK WELL [R ] Mr. Josiah Church, In 1649, he 
subscribed to the £sscx fVaU/i-wordf 4s Minister of Sea 

WORKS. The divine Warrant of Infant Baptism 5 or Six 
Arguments for the Baptism of the Ilifants of Christians. 4to, 

HALSTED [V.] Mr. William Sparrow. OiCamb. 
yniversity. Born in Norfolky and of good extraction. He 
"Vvas first awakened by the preaching of Mr, Stephen Mar- 
^liaL He was early in declaring for the congregational dis- 
cipline ; and was a great correspondentof Dr. Owens, He 
was a man of considerable learning, and remarkable minis- 
terial gifts : As much reputed thro* the country for a preacher, 
^Mx.' Rogers^ of Dedham^ had been some time before. 
He had a numerous auditory on Sabbath-days ; and kept up 
^ weekly lecture on the Market-days, to which there was a 
general resort of the ministers and gentry of those parts. 
His ministry was blessed of God, to the conversion of many 
$ouls. He was noted for being very affable and courteous, 
^nd of a most genteel deportment. H^ died at Norwich, 
He is not mentioned in Newc, Rep. but his successor is in- 
serted thus : Joh, Redmarif S. 1. P. 14 Oct, 1662, per 
incoyifonn- ujt. Vip . [This is the case with several other 
piinisters in this county.] 

* West HAMSTED. Mr. Green. Probably this was 
Mr. Edward Green, who subscribed the Testimony of the 
Essex ministers, 1648. Perhaps ^he place intended was 
West Ham. 

South HANVIL [Q. South Hanningfield R.] Mr. 
Cardinal. Most probably he was the person who signed 
the £wejc Testimony in 1648, Richarp Caroinal. 

HATFIELI3 Broad-oak [R, 200/.] John Warren, 
^ A. Of (?^/brd University. Born 5^/?/. 29, 1621. Mr, 
paxter says, *• He was a man of great judgment and mi« 
pjst?rial abiliti^, moderation, piety and Uboyr." He came 



to London in 1642, designing to go beyond sea with some 
merchants ; but Sir T, BarringCon, occasionally meeting 
with him, was so pleased with his conversation, chat he pre- 
vailed with him to go to Hatfield^ in 1643, to succeed their 
lecturer who was lately dead. There be continued till he 
was forced away ; and rho' be had invitations to several 
vaart public places, where he might have had far greatei* 
worldly advantage, he refused to remove, being extremely 
ddighted with the conversation of many eminent christians. 
He often said, that he would not leave Hatfield christians for 
any place in England. After some time, the minister of the 
place removing mto Norfolk^ the whole work devolved upon 
him. So that he preached constantly three times a week at 
home, and took his turn in several other lectures, which 
were kept by a combination of ministers. There was also 
a monthfy meeting of ministers in those parts, of which he 
was the first promoter, which continued many years^ 
wherein there were disputations and Latin sermons, and de- 
terminations which might well have become the divinity 
schools, or have entertained an academical auditory. After 
his ejection, Mr. Brooksby was put in his place, by THn* 
CqL Cdivib, He was a moderate man, and there was 3 
good : understanding between him and Mr. Warren^ who 
went 10 church to hear him ; afterwards instructing a few 
persons in his own house. He at length removed to Bishop 
Storffordt where he continued hjs useful labours till his 
strength and intellects failed him : and he there exchanged 
this for a better life, in 5<?p^tfmier, 1696. 

He was a general scholar, had a great quickness of ap* 
prehension, and clearness of thought ; a retentive memory, 
and a solid judgments He was ah indefatigable student, and 
had an insight into almost all parts of useful learning. H^ 
\ was an excellent preacher. His style was plain and neat. 

Hjs words proper and significant. His exhortations and mo^ 
tives both convincing and affecting. He had an excellent 
delivery, and all the advantages of elocution. He was an 
admirable expositor ; a mighty man in prayer ; and an ex> 
cellent casuist : of a very public spirit, a close walker with 
God, and of ereat humility. His conversation was always, 
profitable. lie had a perfect good-will to all mankind ; 
seeming to be made up of love and kindness, tenderness and 
compassion. Tho' he was di*iveu ixov^ his h^^its^tion «is a 



disturber of the peace, and by citation? to the spiritual courts 
put to great trouble -and expence, he was not at all exaspe- 
rated, so as to make the least reflection on the persons con- 
cerned, and discouraged others who were disposed to reflect: 
He heartily fojgave his enemies, and begged forgiveness of 
God for them. He was very charitahle to man ; and very 
submissive to the will of God in all his troubles. In shorty 
he was a great man, a general scholar, an admirable chris. 
tian, a mirrour of holiness, and a pattern both to ministers 
and christians, living and dying. His funeral sermon was 
preached by Mr. Henry Lukiriy where the reader may find 
a farther account of him. He was very backward to publish- 
any thing in his life-time : but since his death, a manuscript 
of his hath been printed, entitled, The Method df Salva^ 

HEMPSTED [In Freshwell hundred] Mr. Thomai 

HENHAM [V.] Mr. Samuel Ely. After his eject- 
Dient he lived at Bishop Stortford, He was a great critic m 
Greek and Hebrew^ and the Oriental tongues, and was a 
man of great worth, but humble and modest to a fault, 
Newcourt does not insert his name, but mentions his succes* 
sortbus : Job. Rous, CI* 6 Nov. 1662, per inconformitatem 
ultimi Vic. This does not appear from Dr. Walker to have 
been a sequestration. 

HENINGHAM (Castle) [C] Mr. John Smith. H0 
was first turned out at Dunmow^ which was a sequestration; 
hut it was here that he was silenced. He was a very able, 
prudent, judicious, useful divine. Newcourt mentions one 
of the same name at this place in 1664. ' But the name is so 
common that he was probably another person. 

HENNY Parva. Mr. Samuel Crossmajt.' He was 
omitted in Dr. Calamy^s first Account ; but from NewcourVs 
Rep, EccL (vol. II. p. 327, 328) it appears that he wa* a 
Nonconformist, and therefore is added to the list. 

HOCKLEY [V. 48/. 11^. 2(/.] Mr. Earn worth. 

HQLLINGSBOROUGH Paroa [R.] Mr- Waters. 

HORNCHUCH [D.] Mr. Wells. 



to London in 1642, designing to go beyond sea tvitb some 
merchants ; but Sir T. Barrington, occasionally meeting 
with him, was so pleased with his conversation, that he pre- 
vailed with him to go to Hatfield^ in 1643, to succeed their 
lecturer who was lately dead. There he continued till he 
was forced away ; and tho' he had invitations to several 
more pablic places, where he might have had far greatei^ 
worldly advantage, he refused to remove, being extremely 
delighted with the conversation of many eminent christians. 
Hci often said, that he would not leave Hatfield christians for 
any place in England. After some time, the minister of the 
place removing mto Norfolk^ the whole work devolved upon 
him. So that he preached constantly three times a week at 
home, and took his turn in several other lectures, which 
were kept by a combination of ministers. There was also 
a monthfy meeting of ministers in those parts, of which he 
was the first promoter, which continued many years^ 
wherein there were disputations and Latin sermons, and de- 
terminations which might well have beco^ne the divinitjr 
schools, or have entertained an academical auditory. After 
his ejection, Mr. Brooksby was put in his place, by THn^ 
CqL Ca^mh. He was a moderate man, and there was a 
good; understanding between him and Mr; Warren^ who 
went to church ^^ hear him ; afterwards instructing a few 
persons in his own house. He at length removed to Bishop 
Stcrtfordy where he continued his useful labours till his 
strength and intellects failed him : and he there exchanged 
this ior a better life, m September^ 1696. 

He was a general scholar, had a great quickness of ap« 
prehension, and clearness of thought ; a retentive memory, 
and a solid judgments He was an indefatigable student, and 
had an insight into almost all parts of useful learning. H^ 
was an excellent preacher. His style was plain and neat. 
His words proper and significant. His exhortations and mor 
tives both convincing and affecting. He had an excellent 
delivery, and all the advantages of elocution. He was an 
admirable expositor ; a mighty man in prayer ; and an ex-' 
cellent casuist : of a very public spirit, a close walker with 
God, and of ereat humility. His conversation was always, 
profitable. lie had a perfect good-will to all mankind ; 
seeming to be made up of love and kindness, tenderness and 
compassion. Tho' he was driven froDjx his ba^ts(tion 9s a 


m ESSEX. £09 

disturber of the peace, and by citation? to the spiritual courts 
put to great trouble and expence, he was not at all exaspe- 
rated, so z,s to make the least reflection on the persons con- 
cerned, and discouraged others who were disposed to reflect: 
He heartily fojgave his enemies, and begged forgiveness of 
God for them. He was very charitable to man ; and very 
aubraissive to the will of God in all his troubles. In shorty 
he was a great man, a general scholar, an admirable chris* 
dan, a mirroor of holiness, and a pattern both to ministers 
and christians, living and dying. His funeral sermon was 
preached by Mr. Henry Lukin^ where the reader may find 
a farther account of him. He was very backward to publish- 
any thing in his life-time : but since his death, a manuscript 
of his hath been printed, entitled. The Method of Salva^ 

HEMPSTED [In Freshwell hundred] Mr. Thomas 

HENHAM [V.] Mr. Samuel Ely. After his eject- 
inent he lived at Bishop Stortford. He was a great critic in 
Greek and Hebrew^ and the Oriental tongues, and was a 
man of great worth, but humble and modest to a fault, 
Newcouri does not insert his name, but mentions his succes* 
aorthus : Joh. Rous, CI. 6 Nov. 1662, per inconformitatem 
ultimi Vic. This does not appear from Dr. Walker to have 
been a sequestration. 

HENINGHAM (Castle) [C] Mr. John Smith. He 
was first turned out at DunmoWf whicb was a sequestration^ 
hut it was here that he was silenced. He was a very able, 
prudent, judicious, useful divine. Newcourt mentions ono 
of the same name at this place in 1664. ' But the naini^ is so 
common that he was probably another person. 

HENNY Parva. Mr. Samuel Crossma:n.' He was 
omitted in Dr. Calamy*s first Account ; but from NewcourVs 
Rep. EccL (vol. II. p. 327, 328) it appears that he was a 
Nonconformist, and therefore is added to the list. 

HOCKLEY [V. 48/. \xs. firf.] Mr. Farn worth. 


HQLLINGSBOROUGH Parva [R.] Mr. Waters. 

HORNCHUCH CD.] Mr. Wells! 



INGATSIONE- John Wilus, M. A. An able di- 
vine. He is thus mentioned in New* Rep, Ecci. John Wil- 
lis, A. M. ig Jan. 1630, per cess, ult Red, He was one 
of those who were designed by the foundress of IVadham 
CoL Oxf. to be admitted as scholars of that house, and was 
accordingly admitted April 20, i6i3. He was afterwards 

1)resentetl by the warden, fellows, and scholars of that 
louse, to the vicarage of Hockley^ in this county ; but how 
long he continued there does not appear. Upon his eject- 
ment from Ingatstone for Nonconformity in 1662, he re- 
moved to London, and settled in Wapping^ ; where, being 
a very acceptable and popular preacher, he had a numerous 
auditory, to whom he preached some time after K. Charles's 
Indulgence. Upon his decease Mr. G. Day was chosen 
pastor of this congregation. 

INWORTH [R.] Mr. Robert Dop, of Oxford xxuu 
yersity. He was brought up in Westminster school, and 
went from thence to Oxford^ where he was seven years 
under the tuition of Mr, Joseph Allein ; by whom he greatly 
profited as to serious religion, as well as in useful human 
learning. He is mentioned by Nexocourt thus : Roh. Dod^ 
CL 2jJul. 1666 (doubtless for 16^6) per mortem Wharton. 
He was ordained soon after the Restoration, by Bishop 
Juxont who declared to him. That he was not for going 
high against the Presbyterians. After his ejectment he 
preached sometime in a meeting at Sible Hedinghayn^ from 
whence he removed to Wethersjieldf upon Mr. C(?/<r's death, 
and continued there till his own. His enemies had many 
designs against him, but God wonderfully preserved him. 
He was often obliged to change the place of his preaching, 
and sometimes preached to a large congregation in the fields. 
He had many severe trials in the course of his life, and used 
to say, That he enjoyed most of God under affliction. — In 
his younger days he was once supposed to be dead for seven- 
teen hours, and the nurse would have laid him out, but his 
mother, apprehending there was some warmth in him, would 
not suffer it. It was very remarkable that he had the Small- 
pox and Plague both together. But God, who had wise 
purposes to serve by his life, preserved him amidst these dan- 
gers, and spared him to a good old age. He was a lively 
affectionate preacher, and zealous for Nonconformity, but 
moderate towards such as differed from him. He died Ap* 
9, 1706. 

1 Mr. Jenkyns, from die same place. 


IN £SS£]£. 205 

LAV£R (Magdalen) Mr. Hervey. A sincere upright 
person, of good ministerial abilities. 

High LAVER [RJ Mr. Samuel Borfet, He was 
^oihe time Fellow of King's Col. Camb. where he was co- 
temporary with Mr. John Janeway^ to whose life he hath 
prefixed an epistle, by way of attestsltion to the truth of the 
relation ; besides which, nothing of his ever appeared in 
print. After his ejection in .Essex for Nonconformity, he 
settled at Maidstone t in Kent, where he was very useful and 
much beloved. Being driven thence by the rigors of K, 
Charles's reign, he came to London, where he succeeded 
Mr. Calamy in his congregation after his decease. At Mor- 
ton he was a useful preacher, and an exemplary liver. For 
several of the latter years of hi^ life^he was disabled for his work 
by manifold infirmities, and confined very much to bis chamber. 
During his confinement he was sorely exercised in his spirit, 
and some times extremely depressed with fears as to his future 
state. Once in particular, having been for some nights de- 
prived of his rest, he was like one distracted ; his discourse 
was extravagant ; he gave up all hopes ; thought his case 
desperate ; and apprehended hell was already begun in the 
horrors of his soul. But God mercifully affording him his 
wonted sleep, he was in a few days again revived, and sen- 
sibly found the difference between a natural disorder and a 
grounded despair. When his end drew near God gave him 
abundant comfort, so that he departed this life, with chearful 
hopes of a better. He was succeeded by Mr. John Shower, 
Newcourt mentions him among the rectors of this parish, 
tho' he mis-spells his name. Dr. Calamy received many 
letters from him, in which he wrote it as above. 

Little LAVER. Edward Whiston, M.A. of Trin. 
CoL Camb. Brother to Mr. Joseph Whistpn, of Maidstone, 
in Kent. Nexvcourt mentions him, but writes his name 
IVilson. When he subscribed the Essex Watch-word, in 
1649, he was pastor of Norton Mandeville. He preached at 
Abrey Hatchy in this county, when he .was near ninety 
years of age. 

Little LEIGHS [V.] Mr. Johm Benson. Newcourt 
mentions him as coming to this living 13 Feb. 1662, He 
was much befriended by lord Fitzwalter's family, near 
Chelmsford. His son was many years pastor of a dissent-* 
in^ congregation at Sandwich, in Kent. 


206 MINtSl'i&KS KjKCtED 

LowLEIGHTON tV. 33/. i2^j t»Hiup Ai4t)ERf oJr. 
M. A. Of Eman^ Col. Camb. About thtf year 1651 he 
had an augmentation of ^50/. per ann. out of theseqitiestered 
estates. He was ejected by the Bartholomew-act* and after- 
wards taught school in this parish. Newc. Sep. II. 382. 
He died -^i/g". 27> 1669. 

LYNDSEL [V.] Mr. Clark. 

MALDEN [V.l Thomas Horrockes, M. A. Of St. 
JehrCs CoL Camb. He descended from the Horrockes, of 
Horrockes-hall, in Lancashire^ and was the only son of Mr^ 
Christopher Horrockes, of Bolton in the Moors, whose 
true zeal for the Protestant religion created him many enemies 
among his Popish relations, so that he and his family fled 
from their persecution into New-England with Mr. Cfoiton. 
But they left this their son at Cambridge^ where he took his 
degrees, and launched out into the world without any friends 
.|o help him, but under the guardianship of the divine care. 
He was ordained by the Bishop of Durhaviy and called to 
the free-shool, at Ituvifordy where he taught the sons o^ 
many eminent citizens arid country gentlemen. He was in- 
vited to a great schqpl at Manchester, but refused to accept 
it. He was afterwards presented to a considerable living in 
Norfolk, and was going to take possession, with letters of 
institution and induction ; but travelling with a false bro- 
ther, he was robbed of his papers, and supplanted in his 
parsonage, to which he submitted, without offering to re- 
cover his right by law. When he subscribed the Esseat 
JVatch'Wordj in 1649, he was minister of StaplefordTaw^ 
ney. After a great variety of changes and troubles, upon 
the removal of Dr. Hewit, he was fixed in the living of 
Maiden, having AlUsaints and 5/. Peier^s for his cure ; and 
there Was a diligent and painful. preacher for twelve years> 
iind was an instrumeiit in converting many souls. He was 
much resijecied by I^rd Bramston, of Koxwell, the Earl 
of WaYwick, Sir Gobert Banington, Sir Thomas Honyt 
wood, Sir Walter St. John, and many others of the nobility 
and gentry in those parts. His charity was very great ; and 
he endeavoured to do good to all. 

He v^as ejected in ±662. He had some enemies who bore 
very hard upon him, but not many. He was cast into th6 
dungeon of the town prison, where he lay ten days. His 
wife went to London, to wait on the king and council ; and 
the K'dvl of Manchester and the Lord Roberts^ who were 

2 her 

IN £SS£X. 207 

her friends, obtained a Habeas corpus to remove him, to ^hc 
great mortification of his adversaries. A court being called 
m the town, he was accused of various crimes, and called 
by some of the aldermen, heretic, schismatic, traitor, &c« 
and when he was pkading for himself, one of them rose « 
from the bench, and gave him a box on the ear, so as to beat 
off his saMlin cap ; when he stooped down to take it up again, 
gaxi thanked tbe boisterous gentleo»n. They told him. If 
he must be gone, he should hire his own horse^ or go on 
foot : but he answered^ that he had done nothing against the 
king OF government, and therefore they should take care to 
send him, for he could not walk, noi* hire a horse. They 
at length sent him on horseback, with a serjeant on each side 
of him, thro' all the towns like a criminal ; and Mr. Hari . 
who struck him, followed to prosecute htm. He was brought 
before judge Mallet^ who tho* severe enough of himself, as 
God ordered it, was fiivourahle to him. He reproved the 
alderman, saying. He thought the prisoner looked like a 
very honest gentleman, and deserved no such treatment. To 
which the alderman answered. That he was a pestilent 
fellow^ and had preached to five hundred at onc;e tliro' the 
grate of his prison but the Stindaj/ before. The judge saiil, 
♦' That was a sign he was well beloved," and acquitted him. 
But the furious bailiff went and entered his action in the 
Crcwn-ojffice^ so that tho' it wlis eight o'clock at night, he 
was forced to go to Ruwjhrd^ which cost him a violent iit 
of sickness. 

He was harrassed from one court to another for three 
assizes, and his life was threatened ; but some gentlemen 
who were his friends, soliciting Sir Orlando Bridgman tl)e' 
judge, who was his countryman, he at last was cleared ; 
when some of the justices came down from the bench and 
congratulated him. After a great many fatigues, he at last 
settled at J?a//^r^ertf,^ in Surrey, whereihe boarded and taught 
young gentlemen ; among whom were two of the sons of 
Sir Walter St. Jolm, Alderman Howe's sons, five of the 
Lordels, three of the Houblands, &c. and several others of 
good note, who could bear witness to his learning, humi> 
lity, integrity, courtesy, and loyalty. He died at liaitersea 
about 16B7, generally lamented, and was buried in that 
church. It was a distinguishing part of bis character, that 
be loved all good people, how much soever they diiSered *ir^ 
opinion from him. He was a man of a very chcarful tem- 
per, and an able divine. For labour in preachings on Sab« 


204 MtNlStf RS EjgCTfiO 

bath-days and week-days, and going from house to housc?^ 
there were scarcely any in these parts who equalled him^ 
He is mentioned by Newcourt. 

MORETON [R.] Edmund Calamy, M. A.- Cf Sydney 
CoL and afterwards Fellow of Pemb. Hall^ Camb. Ha 
was the eldest son of Mr. Calamy^ of Aldermaiibury, [and 
father to our author.] From a MS: of Mr. Francis Chandler's, 
it appears that he was ordained at Moreton, Niro. lo, 1653, 
by Mr. Chandler; Mr. Poole^ and five other ministers, in 
that neighbourhood ; Mr. Borfet and Mr. Roberts being 
ordained at the same time. He is mentioned by Newcourt 
among the rectors of this parish, on the death of his prede- 
cessor, 1658. After his ejectment he removed to London^ 
where he for some years kept a meeting in his own house in* 
Alder manhury. Upon K. Charles\ declaration for Indul* 
gence, he setup a public meeting in Curriers-hall^ near 
Cripplcgate, where he continued his labours as long as the 
times would permit ; and when the laws against the Dissen- 
ters were rigorously put in execution, he met his people pri* 
vately as he could. And tho* he did it usually every Lord's* 
day, and sometimes twice in a day, and ev6n several times 
in a week, so favourable was providence to him, that he was 
never once disturbed in the time of divine worship ; nof 
was he ever apprehended, oi^carricd before a magistrate, tho' 
warrants were often out against him. But he was several 
years in the Crffwn-office^ with several others of his brethren, 
which was both troublesome and expensive. 

He was a man of peace, and of a very candid spirit ; wha 
could not be charged, by any that knew him, with being a 
Nonconformist either out of humour' or for gain. He ab- 
horred a close and narrow spirit, whicli affects or confined 
religion to a party ; and was much rather for a comprehen- 
sion, than for a perpetual separation. He was ready to do 
good to all as he had opportunity ; tho' such a lover of re- 
tirement, that he was for passing thro* the world with as 
little observation as possible ; and therefore he was not upon 
any occasion to be persuaded to appear in print. He was as 
well pleased with his majesty's restoration in 1660, as any 
minister in the county. And in the year following, when 
an ^ct passed the two nouses, " to enable his majesty to send 
out commissioners to receive the free and voluntary contri- 
butions of his people, towards the present i^upply or his ma- 
jesty's affairs," ^c. }^ir*/Calamy advanced generously to- 


wards it ; as did several others of his brethren, whose loyalty . 
however was not at all considered, but who were cast out 
the next year with all imaginable conten^pt. 

Dr. Calamy has given a copy of the instrument by which 
he was presented to the living of Moreton, and of his bonds 
to the Protector Richard^ for the payment of the first fruits. 
(See Contin. p. 461 — 463.) Of the former, the following 
is an extract. ** Know all men by these presents, that the 
twentieth day of Aprils in the year one thousahd six hun-' 
dred and fifty-nine, there was exnibited to the commissioners' 
for approbation of public preachers, a presentation of 
Edmund Calamy the younger to the rectory of Moreton^ in 
the county of Essex, made to him by the right honourable 
Edward Earl of Manchester, John Lord Roberts, Sir -Gil- 
bert Gerrard, Bart. Anthony Tuckney, Doctor in Divkiiiy, 
Master of Str John's College, in Cambridge, Simeon Asn, 
Clerk, and Edmund Calamy the elder, Clerk, Feofiees in 
trust of Robert Earl of Warwick deceased, the patrons 
thereof, together with a testimony in the behalf of the said 
Edmund Calamy, of his holy lire and good conversation : 
upon perusal and due consideration of the preinises, and find- 
ing him to be a person qualified as in and by the ordinahce 
of such approbation is' required, the commissioners above* 
mentioned, have adjudged and approved the said Edmund* 
Calamy to be a fit person to preach the gospel, and have 

E 'anted him admission, and do admit the said Edmund 'Ca'*' 
my to the rectory of Moreton aforesaid, to be full and 
perfect possessor and incumbent thereof/' Af<r.— He died of 
a consumption in Mnj/y i685» and was- succeeded by Mr. 
Bor/et. .' : . 


. N ASING [V. 43/. loj.] Mr. Joseph Browk. OtEman* 
Col. Oxf, He was born at Ware^ in Hertfordshire, in 
1620, and ordained at London about 1649. . When he was 
ejected from this living, in 1662, he undertook to teach, 
school, at Nasiiigy which he did till he was forced away 
from the place by die Five.mile-act. After some time had 
elapsed he returned j when he met with a great deal of m>u- 
ble from one Justice Wroth, in that neighbourhood; by 
whose Tiieans" his goods were seized and carried off in carts. 
These spoils however he suflTered joyfully. And so much 
was he beloved by many in the parish, [to whom it is pre- 
sumed he privately ministered] that they persuaded him -to* 
continue with them, and he furnished his house anew. But 
VOL. II,— -NO. XV. p he 


be «ias sodi«iefe-iore to the d)avejM9tf»e<, thai lie 9110419^ 
cerwardi figned a warrant for seizing both hk goods aod his* 
person ; and lest the knowledge of his desin abovU inm*^ 
pire* so as to prevent the execution of it, he managed 4ie 
affair With such secrecy that he only spoke of it the over-* 
night tosomc of his servants, who were the next morning Ux 
see the business executed. A poor gardener in. the house,^ 
who over-beard the orders pvcn, was so much troubled that 
be could not sleep. He therefore arose in the dead of the 
night, and went to Mr. Brcwn^ to inform him of the raat«. 
ter, sudd then stole back to bed again undiscovered. Mr. 
JfroWH imoaediately got a waggon and moved off all hia 
effects out o£ the reach of those who were to have seized 
them, who when they came in the morning were equally 
surprized and enraged. Mr. Braton [who remained soine^ 
where in die neiahbourhopd] was forced soon to move far- 
ther ^iff^ withontietting any one know whither he went. 

About a moiitb after, he appointed a day to meet his &^ 
ifiily, wheo it waa supposed that some servant bad discovered. 
hisi iMciitkA : for he was wa^*laid in several pl^c^^t thro*' 
wMcb bewaato pass; sothaiif hehadgoae, asl^intended^ 
he wo«M hatve been taken. But it providentially piroving; 
bvl weather, and hiv mind xnisgiving him in the momfoj^ h^ 
M not undei'take the journey, and so escaped. In the year 
«68^ that he might be secured a^nst such dangfei^s, he re^ 
ngx9e to Lanionm Upon an invitation from Namtg^ sooa 
afflflr the Rfvokition, he retma^ed t^jidier in 1690, whf re ^e 
was ua</^ and •* brought forth fruit in old age.' Ho coa* 
tianedpreaduai^till hewa^near 80, anddied about tWyeac. 
1700. He appeared, to all that knew him, to be of a ca^ 
tholic spirit, and an extensive charity. He could by no 
iiitatiSJH)pi>oveof those> by wiKitefver aaixiQ they wete called, 
who confined religion to their owa party. He was a maat ofi 
gnesft meekness and. liumiltty^ modesty, temperance aadsdf^^ 
filial. Helfxved retb-emeot, aadsufiered bimsdf to* want 
in obscurity* nchcr than appear in, public and make his ne«> 
oNsitiei known. Hie was calm smd chcarfol in i^U circum^ 

NETWENDErf tR.I Mr. Davis Foulss. He was 
omitted in Dr. Catofm/^s first Account ; but Netocourt men* 
tJQOs him as ejected for his Nonconformity (Rep. Ecd. voU 
U* P* 431^1 Rtid therefore his name is added to die list. 


wwitx. nil 

NORTON (Cold) [R-l Mn Hvmmh. 

KOTtEY (Black) [R. S.] Mr. SPAftitQWHAWic* .] 

OCKINDEN rSouthJ [R,83/*6tf. 8d.] Mr. BtrnNABY; 


ONGAR (High) (R.80C5/.] Mr. John Lavender. Ho 
"Was a holy heavenly divine * of a v^ry sweet disposition ; 
mucji in prayer^ and 9i»men( therein ; as he also was in spi* 
ritiializinfi; occurrences. Ho was full of love to Christ both ii^ 
life and in death. He was very earnestly dissuaded agaii)8t 
cbnfonnihg, By a neighhouring minister, who yet conformed 
Ufldself, and ih Mr. Latmisr's ojoctiof), got into his liv. 
Wkg, Mr. Lavejider had a son a eoiUbrmihg clergyman, a 
Oc£er miBf whd diad young. 

ONGAR (Chipping) [R. 45/. 17*. *?•] Mr. Jobh 
l^HKlN. So NewGQurt in his Ikep. EccLvftii^ hia 9aiQ€» 
Calamy has it Larkin4 He was a solid divine, bpt m^t aa 
^ctiv^ a$ some of hi2» bretbreii, l^y reason qi jsomo bodily i9«4 
firoikfesv whigh made liim the mor^ readiljr e^p^ ttieir aM 
aista^ce. At bis chprcb several noghbpiiring smiswa ymi 
to carry oil a weekly J^cmrc* AAer hia qocOMati htiivM 
upon his esta^y Which waa a v^y spp^ <H^f aod anaMe^ 
him t0 Entertain his brettireiit whjcE m wa» always raiidy 
to do. 

9ANFiEL0 [R. S.} Mr. Oio«M^ PcmdHAS. 
rARNOON Magna [R.} Mr. BmtwiCk. 
PATSWlCK [C. ett>.^ Mr. Ral^ Hat. 

PEDMARSH [R.] Mr. BLAKPtV- N#«ftf very acdv* 
and useful in his situation. 

1*£nTL0W [R. S. ] Mr. H^NRY £9»AY. In 1649, 
when he j^bjcribed the Essex Watch-wordt ha wa« pastor of 
iHmrwv€. Aftti his ejectment, a relation left bim a coQsi-, 
derablc estate, upon which he lived privately, aod died ia. 
Hoximi'Sftfare^ London. 

. PRlTn*WELL [V. 18/. 13*. 41/.} Thomas PacK, 
M« A. He liad b^en many years in this living, as appeara 
from Newcourtj who mentions him in his Sep. EccL thus : 
'^Tho. Peetce, cl. 2 M»ii i6g3 per moriem Negus* He 
was esteemed a judicious and learned diving. 

p 2 , WORKS. 


WORKS. A Sober Guess on several M3r8teries in the Revela* 
tions. — A Funeral Sermon for Mrs.. Dorothy Freeborne.-^ A Dis- 
course upon the inseparable Union between Christ and Believers. 

RAD WINTER [R. S. 2iL.tis. ^d.] Mr. George 
MoxoN. Son to Mr. George Moxon, of Astbory, and 
brother-in-law to sheriff StUe^ to whom he was chaplaiiC 
when that gentleman served the office of sheriff for the city 
of London ; in whose house in the country he lived and 
died: viz. at Eaton Constantine^ which was the place where 
Mr. Baxter's father resided. § But Mr. Baxter makes no 
mentioJD of him in his life, which is somewhat remarkable. 

RAYLEIGH [R.] Abraham Caley, B.D. He had 
been preacher at CrrtfyV/»n, London. He was presented 
to this living by Edward Earl of Manchester^ aiid ejected 
from it in 1C62. After his ejectment, a kinsman of his, 
Mr. Bull^ had the two livings of Hadley and Rayleigh^ 
which lie near together. Mr. Calev's daughter was married 
to a gentleman in Suffolk^ and with him he usuallv resided ; 
but commonly once a year spent some time in a visit to his 
nephew at naykigh. One day, having retired to his 
chamber, and staying there longer than ordinary, Mrs. Bull 
was afraid something-might ail her uncle, and therefore de- 
sired her husband to call him, which he did ; but having no 
answer, he looked thro' some crevice in the door, and saw 
him sitting in an elbow-chair, with his handkerchief in his 
hand, and in a leaning posture. Mr. Bull thinking hini en- 
gaged in coi^templation, was unwilling to disturb him and so 
retired. But going again some time after, and Icnocking 
hard, but receiving no answer, he broke open the door, and 
found him dead in the chair. He was a learned and humble 
xnaui, of an unblameable conversation. 

WORinS. A Glimpse of Eternity. (A book great in value, 
tho' small in bulk and price.) 

RECKON DON [or Rattendon, R. 160/.] William 
Clopton, M. A. Of £man. Col. Camk. He was of a 
good family in Suffolk ^ and was very humble and conde- 
scending. He had the offer of a much better parish than that 
he was in, but he refused it because it was a sequestration. Mr. 
ilathan Hewson^ of Bumham, visiting him a little before 


§ ; Mr.. Baxter was not hom here, as was before intimated, but at High 
Ercka/f where his grandfather/esidcd. 


IN ESSEX. 213 

Bartho1omew*day, 1662, asked him, Tvhat he intended to 
do? Mr. Clapton answered. He did hot know what he 
-should do. ** Oh, (said Mr. Hewson to him) never con- 
form." But he himself acted contrary to the advice he gave ; 
for when the day came, he declared his assent and consent 
He afterwards sent Mr. Clapton a letter, in which he desired 
him to <* take care what he did, for that Reckondan was a 
" good living." In answer to which Mr. Clapton wrote 
back, " that he hoped he should keep a goad conscience** 
And he had afterwards much satisfaction in witnessing against 
ecclesiastical impositions. He died in the 58th year of his 
age ; and was buried in the same grave, and at the same 
time, with his neighbour and intimate friend Mr. Philologus 

REDGWELL [V. 25/.] Daniel Ray, M. A. Of St. 
John's CoL Camh. A pious person, of good learning, and 
of great industry, modesty and patience, tho' afflicted with 
much bodily weakness. He was minister of Debden^ m 
Suffolk, at the time of K. Charles's restoration; which 
being a sequestration, he soon resigned it, and came to 
Redgwell^ where he was well beloved^ and held on preach- 
ing till. August^ 1662. After his ejectment, he preached 
privately in the same town, notwithstanding the severity of 
the times. Upon the Indulgence in 1672, he and Mr. Giles 
Firmin set. up a meeting there together. In 1673 ^^ ^^* 
moved to BurstaU in Suffolk, where, without any disturb* 
ance from the incumbent^ who had another living, he had 
the liberty of preaching every other Lbrd's-day, which he 
continued to do tiU his death, in 1677, when he was only 
in the 42d year of -his age. His funeral sermon was preached 
at Burstal^ by Mr. Tobias Legg. 

RIVENHALL [200/.] Mr. George Lisle. Newcourt 
mentions him, in his Rep» Eccl. among the rectors of this 
parish. He was one that honoured his Function, by his de- 
portment in it :. but was imprisoned at Colchester for his 

ROODING (Abby) [R: S.l Mr. John Wood. This 
was the sequestered living of Mr. Niclwlas Burton. — Dr. • 
Walker observes (part ii. p. 200) of Mr. IVood^ " That he 
** is ranked among the persecuted confessors — because he was 
<* not permitted to devour the substance, and eat the bread of 
*• another person, any longer than seventeen years." But 

p3 ic 


St b dbfjoiiftf he is meiitiioiKid ilmoag Sie mt o£ ilw 4b AmIi 
hy the Jei ^ UnifotwXiy^ [not inerdy as it oast bim out 
of ih%$ living, but] as it so eflbctually siJcDtedhioi as to in«- 
capacitate hitn for preaching aw syitff^r without full eoofor* 
mity. [This observation sbouU bft atteedad to in other 
sinular cases.] 

ROODING (White) [R. S.^oo/.] Mr, SANbFoRD. A 
good scholar, nitich of a gentleman, and very charitable. Hf 
quitted this living at the Restoration, when Sir Charles L«- 
venthorp returned to it. 

SANDON [R. S.] Mr. Samuel Smith. A judicious 
divine. Probably the pereoA mtntioHed at CviMge^ id 

SHALFORD IV. 3^.] Mr. Giles Fiakiiw. OfCamh. 
University. He was a native of SafibUc. He was icon* 
verted when a schooi-boy by Mr. Ih^ers^ of Deihai^ 
who observing him and some others crowdinj^ into tfatt 
church on a week-^day, cried out with his usual mmiliariiy^ 
♦• Here are some young ones coone for a Christ. Wilt 
^* nothing serve you but you must have a Christ ? Tfaeh you 
f* shall have him," SCc. Thk made sudi am icbpression upon 
him, diat h^ dated his conversion from dieace. He at first 
applied hiiitiielf to the study of ^ysic, and practised it af-« 
lerwards several years in NeiKhEngiaHi^ whirtier he rwred» 
with several other pious persons, to enjoy Ub^ty of eo^ 
science. He was there in the time of those troubm which 
were created by the AatinoihuaRS, under the condutt df Mt«« 
Hutchinson^ and was present at the synod held there on that 
occasie)i>f and aftisrwarda wrote in defence of the fttinateia^ 
Returning to ]£ngland about the latter end of the civil w|irs^ 
he suffered shipwreck on the coasts of Spain. At that very 
time a little child of his, then with her mother and the rest 
<5f the family in New-En^Hnd^ lay crying out by times all 
night, «* My father! my father!" and couul not be pacified; 
Which moved them to pray heartily for his safety. — Some 
time after his cominjr into England he brought over his 
family, and settled at 6'AA^ar^^ where he was ordained wtiieii 
he was near fbrty years of age. There he continued a pain» 
ful labourer in the work of tl>e ministry, till the fatal year 

After his ejectment, the church -doors were shut for several 

months, 4nd there was no public wors|i^ip, as indeed was the 

'. I ca^e 

IN Essex. ' Itli^ 

tlil^t in several odiCff )>ku%6«' Some tme nfier be retii^d le 
^cdgwelty a iriH&ge iaibout seven or eight miles diManc, 
Vtit 1^ he continued till his death. He practised phj^ic many 
years, hut still was a constant and laborious preacher^ both 
<m the Lord*s-^days and week^ys, excepting once a momh, 
^hen there was a sermon in the church, winch he always 
9)9ard. He held on thus, in the hottest part of K. Ckarki*^ 
Teifcn, having large tfneetings, when so muiy others were 
euppressed, owing to the respect which the oeighbovrinj; 

fen try and justices of peace had for him as their physician, 
ndebd .he was exti^smety respected by all, for thefe were 
none but he was ready to serve, which he did with greiK 
tenderness and generosity. The poor had often both advice 
and physic gratis > and of those who were more able he 
took out very moderate fees ; wliereas he might easily have 
£ot an estate. He died in Aprils 1^97* aged above 80, aud 
retained the vigour of his faculties to the last. He was ft 
man of excellent abilities and a general scholar ; eminent 
for the oriental languages; well read in the fkthers, schoof- 
ipen, church history, and religious controversies; particu* 
larty those between the Episcopal I'arty, the Presbyterian^ 
and the Independents* 

His judgment was, That there ought to be more elders or 
^resbvters than one in a church, instaocing in eight churches 
mentioned in scripture, wlierein there wene several elders. 
Viz. Jerusalem, Rome, Antiocfa» Corinth, Ephesus, Phiiippi, 
Colosis, and Thessalonica ; besides those geneml texts thiA 
speak of many churches, Jets xiv. 23. Tit. i. g. He 
thought also that one of these elders was, in the apostles* 
tiipcs, primate and president among them, for order sake, 
during life ; and that from the abuse of this coascitytion arose 
prebcy, and at last the pope. la his Find, of Presb. Ordi" 
nation f he takes notice that he had read of 900 bishops in 
one province, in Austin's time ; and says " Surely die 
^* bishops did not then extend their power ntrther than some 
great parishes, in some counties in En^bmd, or some of 
our large towns. — If you will have sucn bishops and give 
them no more power tiian Christ has given, for order sake, 
1 will yield to them and give them honour," 6cc. He 
esteemed imposition of hands essential to ordination. — But 
well skilled as he was in controversial matters, he most ex- 
celled in practical divinity, especially in directing a sinner 
how to get peace with God, and how to judge of his state. 
He was eminent for holiocssi and zeal for God's glory ; ai^d 

p 4 yet 





yet he was exercised with various temptations, and very 
perplexing fears as to his own spiritual estate ; which made 
him very humble and meek, (tho' naturally a man of a very 
great (Spirit) and careful in his preaching and writing (while 
he did not encourage hypocrites, or embolden any in sin) not 
to create unnecessary trouble to truly gracious persons. 
Herein lay much of his excellence. He was a man of a 
public spirit ; not rigid and morose^ but of great moderation. 
He went about doing good, and therein was his chief delight. 
Tho* in his life he had much sfMrimal trouble, in his 
death' he had much comfort. His loss was generally la* 
mented all the country round. 

Mr. Crofton says of Mr. Firmin, (in his Preface to his 
Liturgical Consider ator considered J *« That he was a man 
•' no less approved for his learning, modesty, piety, and 
zeal for the unity of the church, and his anti-separation in 
in the days of its prevalency and prosperity, than for his 
loyalty and fidelity to the king's majesty in the day of his 
•* distress." And Mr. Hodges ohstx\t%^ " that Mr. G. /Tfr- 
** min declares in one of his pieces, that he and others of 
** his nonconforming brethren, in the time of the Usurpa- 
** tion, prayed for the afflicted Royal Family." 

WORKS. A serious Question stated. Whether Ministers are 
bound to baptize the Children of all who say they believe in Christ, 
bat are grossly ignorant and scandalous. — A Treatise of the Schism 
of the parochial Congregations in England. — The real Christian ; 
or a Treatise of effectual Calling. — ^The Questions between the 
Conformist and Nonconformist truly stated ; in Answer to Dr. 
Falkner. — A Reply to Mr. Cavvdrey, in Defence of the Serious 
Question stated — A Treatise against Separation from the Churches 
of England. — Establishing against Shaking ; or> a Discovery of the 
Prince of Darkness, working in the deluded People called Quakers, 
t— The Power of the civil Magistrate in Matters of Religion vin- 
dicated ; a Sermon of Mr. Marshall's, with Notes by Mr. Firmin. 
— A Treatise of Schism, parochial Congregations in England, and 
Ordination by Imposition of Hands; in Answer to Dr. Owen of 
Schism, and Mr. Noyes, of New-England. — Presbyterial Ordi' 
nation vindicated ; with a brief Discourse concerning imposed Forms 
of Prayer and Ceremonies. — The Pica of the Children of believing 
Parents, &c« and their Title to Baptism; in Answer to Mr. 
D-invers. — Scripture- warrant, sufficient Proof for Infant Baptism; 
a Reply to Mr. Grantham's Presumption no Proof, — An Answer 

to Mr. Grantham^s Vain Question, charged upon Mr. F , 

viz. Whether the greatest Part of dying infants shall be damned? 
—Some Remarks on tbe Anabaptist's Answer to the Athenian 


IN ESSEX. 1217 

Mercuries — A brief View of Mr. Davis's Vindication ; and Re- 
marks upon some Passages of Mr. Crisp. — Weighty Questions 
discussed, about Imposition of Hands, Teaching Elders, and the 
members meeting in one Place. 

SHELLY [R.] Mr. Zachary Finch. 

SHENFIELD [R. S.] Mr. George Bound. He was 
ejected at the Restoration, and died before Baitholomew-day. 
But one who knew him well, says. He is satisfied that if he 
had lived he would not have contormed. 

SHOBURY [H.] Mr. Watson. 

SOUTHV/OLD, near Brentwood. William Rath- 
band, Mi a. Of Oxf. University. He was brother to Mr. 
Jiathbandf some time preacher in the minster of York, and 
son of an old Nonconformist minister, who wrote against 
the Brownists. Dr. Stillingileet having quoted him in proof 
That preaching contrary to established laws was against the 
doctrine of all the Nonconformists in former times, Mr. 
Rathband^ in a letter to Mr. Baxter^ assures him, *^ That 
h\9 father was not to be reckoned amone those who held 
such a sentiment, since he exercised his ministry, tho' con- 
trary to the law, for many years, at a chapel in Lancashire ; 
and after he was silenced, he preached in private as he had 
t)pportunity, and the times would bear ; of which, says Mr. 
Jtathband, myself was sometimes a witness. Afterwards, upon 
the invitation of a gentleman, he exercised his ministry at 
Belcham, in Northumberland, for about a year ; and from 
thence he removed to Ovinghani, in the same county, where 
he preached also about a year ; till being silenced there, he 
retired into private as formerl y . " ( Baxter^ s Second Defence 
of the Nonconf. p. 193.) — ^Thishis son, after many removes, 
settled at Highgate, where he continued to his death, in 
October^ '695. Mr. Slater^ who was his fellow student, 
and had been acquainted with him above fifty years, preached 
bis funeral sermon. 

SPRINGFIELD [R. S.] John Reeve, M A. He was 
ejected at the Restoration, when the sequestered minister re<» 
turned to this living. He died pastor of a congregation in 
Ix>ndon, in which he succeeded Mr. Thomas Brooks. He 
>vas imprisoned in Newgate^ and probably died there. 

WORKS. A Funeral Sermon for Mr, Brooks. — A metrical 
Paraphrase on Canticles. 


2 1 i minisths !^cte]> 

STANBORN [Ti.] Mt. Henry Havkhs* Of Ita^. 
Hqllf Camb. at the time when Dr. Brownri^ wa$ master. 
He was born in this county, of a very ancient tamily, which 
had continued there for several centuries. He first preachecl 
at Ongary and afterwaixls was chaplain to the earl of War- 
wick. In i6^ when he signed the Essex Wut€;k^W9rdr^ he 
was minister m. Fy field. Being presented to this living of 
Sianham in the time of the Conunonweahh, he was or- 
dained by the presbytery at London, and admitted without 
taking the Engagement. He was courageous iii his work, 
and wonderfully preserved in the most trouUesomft times. 
He did not quit the place where he was silenced ; and even 
after the Fi've-miU-acl took place, he never removed his ha- 
bitation. He continued preaching twice a day, till he was 
\io years of age ; and even then held on to do it 6nce a day* 
He was a good philologist, and a substantial divine. A maa 
of great piety, and of a most amiable* peaceable temper^ 00 
whom malice itself could never fasten a blot.. 

STANFORD Rivers [R. B. 200/.] Mn Matthew Ei> 
1.ISTON1;. A person of great worth, and good ability. A 
friend in a letter to the author mentions one Mr. Inonins 
£Uisto7ie whom he knew, who preached at Maiden^ and 
severalother places in this county ; and died old in 1684; 
but whether it was another person, or the same, he is not 
certain. Mr. Whittock^ in his Memoirs^ p. 2^26, speaks of 
an ordinance of parliament to make Mr. Ellistcne parson of 
Sandfordy in Essex, Sept^ 3, 1646. Dr. tVaUer say6» 
Dr. Mertdithy tlxe sequestered minister, r^uraed to ^m 
living in 1660. 

STANSTED [V. 43/ 195. yd,} Mr. Robert Abbot. 
In 1648 he signed the Testimony, &c, as minister of Stun- 
sUd Motinifahet. Newcourt maitions Thos. Wallis as 
succeeding to the vicarage, Jan, 1663. Wheace it is sup- 
posed Mr. Abbot was ejected in 1662. 

STAPLEFORD (Abbots) fR.] Mr. Lewts Calan- 
DRlNE, whose father had been minister of the Ihitth church 
in London. He had ten children at the time of his eject- 
ment, and nothing to trust to for support but divine Provi- 
dence, on which he cast himsdf and them. He met with 
many difficulties and trials, but was contented tnd chearful 


under them all« SdM aftor his qectroeot he went to JIoL 
land (or a few months, and then returned into Essex. la 
his old age he lived in an alms-house, at Mite-end, Londoot 
Where he officiated aj» chaplain. 

StAPLEFORD (TawueyJ fR-] Mr. Ward. Moat 
|>rol>abl]r this was Mr. Nathaniel Ward, who subscribed 
the &sex Testiinony as Minister of Shenfield- 

STEBBINO [V.] Samuel Bantoft, B.D. Hewts 
inany years Fellow of Jesus CW. CamL and some time 
President. He was a noted univorsity-pieacher. A man ot 
{profound judgment ax»d great sense, yet of much modesty 
smd candour in convemtion : eminently pious, accepcablc^ 
Bad utefuK He preached for some time after his ejectment iti 
i66a, at Sraintree^ but was forcedfrom thence to London^ 
mttd there was prosecuted to an excommunication. He re- 
mof ed afterwanls to tpiwkh^ but never undertook any pas- 
toral charge^ and there he died Aug, et, 1692, in the 73d 
fear of his ag^. Just as he was dying, he was heard to say^ 
He blessed God who had kept him faithful, so that he nevor 

^^"^^ Mr. A)^3£L was ejected from the same place. 

STISTED tR-.3oo/.] Mr. Taomas Clark. Ntwtourt 
does not mentlonhis name, but has his successor thus : ** 7*Adw 
** WaUis^ CI. aa Jan. 1665, per inconform.ult. Vic." Mn 
dark was a very laborious ^nd useful preacher. [He had 
ten children when he left this valuable living for the sake of 
# good conscience. A daughter of his was mother to the 
late Mr. Thcmas Woodward, an eminent brewer in Bed^ 
Jfkrd I a gentleman in good repute, and of considerable in- 
fluence in that tDwn» as well as in the dissenting congrega^^ 
tion there ^ ; two of whose daughters were married to emi- 
nent idissentiug ministers ; the one to Mr. James Behkam, 
aofHe years minister of Netoport Pagnet, who afterwards 
pireacbed only occasionaUy, residing at Bedford ; the other 
t« Mr» SuwHel Sanderson, who died pastor of the congrega* 
tion in that town ; and afterwards to the late Mr. Pickard 
of lAm4on. Mr. Belsham left a son in the ministry, who 
was tutor in the academy at Daventry, and afterwards re- 
moved to Hackney. 

STOCK (R.] Mr. Martyn Sympson. 

STOW MARY'S [R.] Mr. James Maulden. 

$ At that time there was only one dissenting congregation in that town, 
whereas now there are three. 



TAY (Much <>r Great) [V. 33/.] Mr. Grien. * 

TAY (Marks) Mr. Richard Rand. He was, some 
time after his ejection, pastor of a congregation at Little 
BaddoWj where he died about 1692. He was a holy, hurfi- 
ble, learned man, and a very serious, awaking, uspfal 
preacher. He possessed considerable abilities ; but was very 
diffident of himself. He had a present made him of the 
Works of Crellius^ the Socinian, but.he said he durst not 
read them, having neither a call nor leisure to answer them ; 
and to have read them merely to satisfy his curiosity he 
thought might have done him hurt, and exposed him to fall 
into error. He suffered from the persecutions of the times, 
.but often escaped from his enemies for want of their knowing 
his christian name. Once a Quaker of the same surname 
was taken for him, who being a man of honour, tho* he 
knew Mr. Rand's christian name, would not reveal it. God 
Jiath many ways to protect his people, and uses various in- 
struments for that purpose — He had a son in the ministry*, a 
very hopeful young man, who died about the same time with 
himself, and was buried in the same grave. 

TERLING [V. 46/.] John Stalham, M. A. . Of Oxford 
University, and a native of Norfolk. He had held this liv- 
ing thirty years : for Newcourt thus mentions him in his 
Jtep. Ecch Joh. Stalham, A. M. 5 Maji^ 1632, per 
depriv. Weld. He was an able preacher, and a holy liver ; 
of strict congregational principles. He kept up a meeting in 
this place after his ejectment, and died pastor of a dissenting 
congregation here in 1680, or 1681 • 

• WORKS. Vindici^e Rederoplionis ; a book against general 
Redemption, in Answer to Oats. — A Piece against the Quakers. ' 
— ^The Sum of a Conference which he, Mr. Newton, and Mr, 
Grey, had at Terling with two Catabaptists, Jan. 1), 1643. 

THAXTED [V. 20/.] Mr. James Parker. According 
to Newcourt^ who does not mention his name, his successor, 
upon his Nonconformity, was not inducted till Dec. 1, 

THOYDON MOUNT [R. S.l Mr. Francis Chand- 
iLER. He officiated both at this place and at Garnon^ preach- 
ing at the one in the morning, and at the other in the after- 
noon. They were both sequestered ; and in the year i663, 
he was forced to resign them to Mr. (afterwards Dr.) Meggs^ 
who had such an esteem for him that the next day after his 
induction, he desired him to be his assistant, and allowed 


IN ESSEX, 221 

kim twenty shillings per week for his services. This account 
is given by one of his &nily. . Mr. Chandler was a serious, 
bold, awakening and popular preacher. . He was humble, 
and yet chearfuT ; a man of good learning, and a good 
christian. His conversation was pleasant and profitable, and 
generally acceptable. He was very desirous of K. Charleses 
restoration ; and prayed for him as rightful king some time 
before. On May 29, 1660, he went to London with great 
joy to see his pompous entrance. In 1662 Dr. Meggs much 
pressed him to confonn ; and tho' he could not be satisfied 
to comply with the terms that were fixed, he continued very 
kind to him, after he was obliged to part with him as his 
assistant. Judge Archer was Mr. Chandler^ intimate friend ; 
and several other persons of rank and fashion in those parts, 
shewed him a great deal of civility and respect. In 16^7 he 
inarried the daughter of counsellor Coys^ with whom he ha,d 
some,.houses at London, the rent of which comfortably sup- 
ported him after his ejectment, till the year 1666, when the 
fire consumed them, by which he was reduced : but God 
raised him up frfends whose kindness supported him. 

Before his ejectment, he maintained a constant course of 
preaching and catechizing, and instructing those committed 
to his charge ; and at the satne time kept a grammar-school. 
His Farewell sermon, preached from jBf^i. xiii. 20, 21, oc- 
casioned many weeping eyes. He afterwards commonly at- 
tended the public service of the church of England^ and 
preached between the morning and afternoon service, and iu 
the evening, .privately, in his own house, of at other places, 
35 he.had.opportunity. On the other days of the week he 
also frequently preached, and was often called in to assist on 
private days of fasting and prayer ; and yet it doth not appear 
he ever met with any disturbance. Once, after being si- 
lenced by the Uniformity Act, he preached at Thoyden 
church with Dr. Meggs's leave ; and he kept a good corres- 
jponde&ce with the neighbouring clergy as long as he lived 
there. In the beginning of Marchy 1666, he removed to 
Bishop Siortford^ and there enjoyed the agreeable conversa- 
tion of good Mr. £/y, till about ilioy, 1667, when, in the 
prime of his years, he exchanged this for a better life. He 
was much afflicted with the gout, but was a man of won- 
derful patience and resignation. He used to set God always 
before him, and took care to keep up constant intercourse 
with him. He would often say, Incipienti, progredientt\ 
et proficiently Deusmihi sit prop itius. Mr. SaviutlChand^ 

4 ler^ 


JeTf who wai first pastor io the € x mgtegsu<M of dtesetltei^ tA 
Fareham, aod afterwards to another at Andtwer^ in Hamp* 
shir^f was bis son. 

Dr. Jfells was ejected at the sane place. The tAmn 

of Wai^ter Wells is subscribed to the 

as incumbent of Thcyien Mwnt^ in the year ifi^ 

TOPSFIELD [R. 2^.] Mr* John OvE&HEAt>« la hii 
younger time heuved ip the house of Mr. Me^dj in tbo 
parish of Finchingfield^ where Mr. Stephen Marshal used 
very frequently to visit* He ivas an aged^ grave^ seriovii 
and humble man» and a very good prdi^qh^r. He died be** 
tween 1670 and 1680. 

UGLY, (ah'as Oakky^ near Stansted) [V.] Mr. LtrCA^, 

UPMINSTER [R- S. fi6/, 135- 4^?.] Mr. Hawkes* 

♦ UPPINGER. Mr. John Robothaw. He printed t 
piece entitfed The PrecioiJsness of Christ to Believers, viHbich 
was reprinted 1669. 

WAKERING (Great) [R. «o/* 19^.411.] Mr. Cii&iSTo^ 
FH£R ScoTT^ He vm ^ Tory worthy osafli aod a good 
scholar ^ but very blunt ia bis spoadb. Two of his sncoes^ 
sors in this living thought k not beneath them tp take jBamie-> 
lions from him with r^n^eot |o dieir method of fifrachij^. 
He printed a Fupeiri^ sormon for Mrs- Fisher ^ eatitlod^ Tho 
Saint's privilegeir or Giiin by dyiilg* 4to. 1673. 

WALTHAM Parva fR.J Joim Harriso^t, M. A. A. 
tery inteHtgetit judicious person. Newcourt mentions him 
by name as coming to this fivin^ upon the deadi of Mr. 
Aleyriy 2gd ^o'«>. 1043, and as e|eeted for Nonconformityt 
being succeeded by Tlur. Aleipt^ S. T. P. 6 iVw. i6$e. 

%* WANSTKD [R. S.] tBONARD Hoar, M. D. Of 
JJarvard CoL in 4merk9. Having finished bis eduotCiiMi 
there he came into England, where he iH-es»hed the gosftel 
in various place, and received from the university of Cdnt'^ 
bridge the degree of M. D* Bymg iaviioi to the pasfOf^ 
(;harge of the SoiHb c^urchi at BfUon^ he returtted to 

* Pr. Calamy says, (bii tliipuHl be Vpmlmt^r. If M the ptecsiiiig aitisleiy 

\vrong> unless both these nrinisten were cjecisd froia the sstie pisce. 


Kcw-JSngland; faavixig first married a victUoDS daughter ol 
liord Lisle. Soon artcr h>s arrival, an mvitation to preside 
Qi^er the college at Cambridge superseded the former. He 
v^afi a truly worthy man, CQnstdeied as a scholar or as a chris<- 
tlau ; and was generally esteemed as such» till, by some un* 
accountable means, he fell under the displeasure o( certain 
persons of figure in the neighbourhood ; when the young 
men in the coil4>ge took advantage cf it t^ ruin his reputa* 
tiM, as for as tliey were able -y canvassing whatever he said 
cr did, and aggravating eveFy dving ^sagreeaMe to them ia 
bis conduct, with a view to render him odious^ In this too 
many good men gave them countenance. At length, tlitng» 
were driven to such a pass, that the students deserted tfaio 
college, and the Dr. on Marek 15, 1^7 ^^ nisigned bis pre« 
sidentsbip. The ill usage he met with made so deep an im^ 
presmti cm his mind, thdt hk grief threw hitA into a con«* 
sumption, whereof be died d^ winter following, JVbsr. 28^ 
at Boston. In bis ^e, new e^fices were erected in thisf 
eoflege, for whiclv a contribution was made thro^ the cotony^^ 
wbith amoamed to 1895/* £^^ gi. Ho was succeeded by 
Mr. Vpimi Oukes, 

WARLEY -P^zrra [ILJ Mr. Poweu A Mr. John 
l^owEL subacribedt the iCssex T^stunony i* 1648, without 
mentioning his place of x^utUn^^ U^osl probably this was', 
the person. 

WEST-HAM [V. «jo/.l Mr. WAa^toic. Aftur bi» 
qoctmcntfae kepla school^ ana baxlavBvv flourisbMig ooe^ fif«t^ 
at Bidtop^9*HaU^ and afterwards at BaiknaUGreenf nesr 

; WETHERSFIELD TV,] John Cole, M. A. Some 
time Fellow of Jtms Cot Camk He was born at Tpswich^ 
in Suffolk, and was minister of Burwel^ in Cambridgeshire, 
where he was a zealous preacher, and an instioiment of much 
^ood. He removed from thence to this place in 1655, where 
he bad spent about seven or eight years, when he was turned 
out by the Act of Uniformity. Not long after, he was cited 
into the spiritual court, for expounding the scripture and 
prayiogt and at length cxcommumeated» in February or h/lsarch^ 
1663. Mr. C/or^, who first had his livij^ d^d in a tew months. 
Mr. Pelsantf theminister who succeeded him, was a sober, 

f»¥« mm ; of a goo4 coi»i^Qrsaiiof>» tho'aa great preacher, 
le had been so zealous for the Common Prayer, that ho r«ad 



• ' . ■ • - . . . 

It in Oltver*s time ; and when the large Prayer-book was 
taken away, he used a small volume, which he carried in 
his pocket. But when the sentence of excommunication 
was to be read against Mr. Cole^ he did it with tears in his 
eyes, and said it was the bitterest pill that ever he had taken in 
his life.f 

Mr. Cole kept a diary, in which (besides a particular ac« 
count of his own -spiritual, experiences) there are memoi'an* 
dums of domestic providences, with his remarks upon them ; 
the success of his ministry among his people, S(c. which 
discover him to have been a serious christian, and a strict ob- 
server of divine providence, 8(c. He refused to sign the 
Testimony of the Essex association, which Mr. Firmin 
sent him in 16^7. And he also refused taking the Engage* 
ment, being very unwilling to hamper himself by signing 
papers. He preached his Farewell sermon Aug. 11^ J662, 
when there was such a vast appearance of people as had 
scarcely been seen for twenty years before, and a general la- 
mentation. After being silenced, he preached in his own 
house, whither many resorted to him ; and thro* the kind- 
ness of the people and the good providence of God, he had 
ample supplies sent him for the support of his family. In 
Jlfay, 1663, a Capias was out against him, but he still 
continued preaching, and yet was protected. 

At length he was apprehended as he was preaching in his 
own house, and sent prisoner to Colchester^ where God 
was with him, and shewed him favor in the eyes of the keeper 
of the prison. His enemies perceiving it, removed him to 
Chelmsford jail, where he found the like favour, and increased 
his property, tho' his health was much impaired by his te« 
dious imprisonment, of about eight years ; from which he 
was released on CAar/e5's Indulgence, in 1672. He was a 
chearful man, and of strong faith; a very solid spiritual 
preacher, and possessed fine abilities. He (^cA April 11, 
%6j^y aged about 52, and was buried in Wethersfield church- 
yard. In the inscription on his grave-stone he is styled 
Master of Arts. 

WHITE-COLN [D.] Mr. John Bigley. This living 
being a donative, he kept it without conforming. 

f Dr. Catamyg accoutit of this matter is very confused. See his Cohtimtathn, 
pa^e 4S2, 483. 


win y}\nCKHAU Bis/hop [R. i2o/,] Mr. Robert Billio. 

•mi Of Trin. Col. Catnb. Born at Silbk Hedingham^ in this 

m county. He W0s put to school at Castle Hedinghaniy where 

c: he attended on the ministry of Mr. Brewer^ a most excellent 

lb: preacher, whose sermons p>ade more than ordinary impres- 

sions upon him when he was about twelve or thirteen years 
of j^c. Whw he came from school, he used to entertain 
his sisters with good and religious discourse, jepeat Mr. 
Brewer^ sermons to them, .and pray with them. When he^ 
^tered into the ministry, he \yas settled .at West Bardjicld, 
pe^r Colchester, and did much gpod tl^ere. From thence he 
removed to Hatfield Peverel^ where he was seized with the 
gout, which took away the usp of both his legs and of ,ope 
ann ; so that he was scarce! v s^ble to go with crutches. 
After he liad been in this Qon^ition for some time, i^ieing one 
day alone in his parlour, he h^d an encopraging impulse 
upon his spirit to go to prayer, when' with some dif- 
ficulty he crept up into his chamber, atnd po/i^red f^jfX (li^ ^ul 
heCore the Lord. Whilst he was prayiog, he found himself 
stneogthenj^9 and when he rose from his knees, his paija 
.was gone, and he walked as well as* ever. Hec^ine to hi^ 
.wife with great jpy, an\} told her of Qod's goodn^^ t;o hitfi.; 
hot at first she could hardly tell 1k>w to believe him. 

About the year 1658, he.riepove4 to IVj^k^m^ froqd 
whence he was injected Aug. 84, 1662, ,but he still lived 
there in a small house* ?ibput a year, and |))fp rppxpVt^d to 
Yeldam^ near-Hedingfaam. Whilst he. ws^;here, he went 
jon a visit to Wickham^ where smie of the ^ief.jpyer^o^s of 
^he town had heen coaverted by his mbistry;. P-^ri^ig this 
visit, he fell down in a swopn, and «e^9Aed 4^ ; ^^tHP)^ 
.was followed with a lo^n^ness, which held hip (pany weekf • 
Here the good Lady Vere^ of Hedjqgh^ni (whc^? life }Aj. 
Clark published) shewed bim grefit re^ect.t^He -afterwards 
^removed to FeUtead^ where he had tlie ^^dvant^g^ of ;he 
school for the educfttton pf his sons. The gpod Cqif ntefs 
.of Warwick^ sister to Mr. fi(^le^ (whose Hfe wa^s pub- 
lished by Dr. Walker^ and abridged by Mr. fHark) f^omf- 
times joined in prayer with hioi, in her chamber, ^od in the 
bangueting-house in the wildem^s^ atid ^{iow^d him ^l. per 
jann. towards the educating his ^Ide^t sop.fpr the mnistrjr, 
till 1678, when she diod ; ?in4 he .4on^ini:i$id',f^t fiUtta^ till 
iiis death. 

He never had a settled 9Pngreg9(don 9fx,vf his -ejeptnient, 

bin preached occ^sioDcilijr, ^it.a variety j^f £}^9fll» a^ be was 

VOL. II — NO. XV. (i invited. 


invited, ani was constantly employed, preaching t)ften six: 
or seven times a week, and did much good. In the latter 
part of his time he was about to remove to Bacton^ in Suf- 
folk, where Mr. Barnadiston,.who had been a Turkey mer- 
chant, then support<id a meeting ; but it pleased God, just 
ts he was about settling there, to seize him with. a high fever, 
and call him home to his everlasting rest, April 19, 1695, 
aged 73. — ^In times of persecution, ne was wonderfully pre- 
served, tho' he was once very near being taken, when he 
was preaching at the house of Israel Mayo, Esq. at Bay- 
ford, near Hertford, being but just in time conveyed into a 
garret, and covered in a dark hole with billets. In the time 
of king James he, with most others, was full of fears as to 
the Indulgence that was granted, which he expressed in the 
words of Nehemiak^ chap. iv. 11. But God then, as well 
as at other times, proved better to them than th^y feared. 

! He had an ablebody and astrong voice, .and was. a fervent 
zealous preacher. His sermons were plain and methodical 
and they shewed him to be a good man i wlio sought the 
glory ot God, and the holiness and salvation of his hearers: 
in promoting which ends, he \yas exceedingly useful. 
There were fevv whose preaching more affected the greatest 
.pait of the hearers than his. His conversation also was 
edifying, and * such as might minister grace unto the hearers.* 
He was much taken up m admiring the goodness of God, 

. and praising him for it. His youngest son (who slept .with 
him many years after his wife's death) observed that he 
«carely ever waked out of his sleep, but he immediately 
uttered some express^ns of thankfulness to God. — He had. 
two sons, who were both of them nonconforming ministers. 
The yotingeist, Mr. Joseph Billioj was at Maiden^ in 
this county. The eldest, Mr. Robert Billio^ was brought 
up under Mr. Samuel Cradock. Having finished his studies, 
he became chaplain in the family of Sir Francis Bickletfy 
Bart, of Attleborough, in Norfolk, and tutor to his children. 
He married a relation of that family ; Mrs. Sarah Rider, 
daughter* to Mr. Rider, who was ejected from Bedworth^ ir^ 

'Warwickshire, in 1662. He fii-st settled at Chissel Parva^ in 

• this county, where he taught school, and preached in his 
turn Tit Cambridge. In the reign of king James II. he 
went into :iyo//flW{/, to avoid the storm that threatened ; and 
just beforethe Revolution, returned to England, and fixed at 
St, IveSy tn the county of Huntingdon ; from whence he 

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IN ESSEX. . 227 

was called tor succeed Dr. Baies^ at Hackney ^^ where he 
died of the small-pox, May 5, 1710, having much comfort 
in his soul; and was succeeded by Mr. Matthew Henry. He 
was a plain and useful preacher, generally acceptable to se- 
rious christians. He also left two sons, Robert and Joseph^ 
who were educated for the ministry first ia Scotland and 
afterwards in Holland. 

WITHAM [V. S. 22/. 6s. od.l Mr. Thomas Ludgut- 
TER. Dr. Walker owns the sequestered clergyman, Mr. F* 
Wright^ to have been a man of an infamous character ; [and 
adds, that the House of Commons, in Aprils 1643, P^^ 
Mr. Edward Brewer into his place : but does not mention 
Mr. Ludgutter, who most probably was ejected at the Resto* 
ration,] when the Dr. believes Mr. Wright was " repossessed 
of the living, to the dishonour of the church." 

WYLEY. Mr. Dowell. This place was before spelt 
IVeely. It lies between Colchester and Harwich. 

YAXLEY [R.] Mr. James Small. He was bom in 
the same town w ith bishop Hopkins^ or at least brought up 
at the same school, and was well acquainted with him. 
After he was silenced, he lived as a chaplain ill the house of 
Mr. Davisy a gentleman of a good estate in the West of 
England.' He afterwards lived in the same. capacity, in the 
house of Lord Massareen, in the North of Ireland, and 
preached to his family, with whom many other persons in 
the neighbourhood used to attend him. This most probably 
was after Mr. Howe\ removal to London, ^t last Mr. 
Small became chaplain in the house of Sir John Barrington, 
at Hatfield Broad Oak, in this county ; with whom he con* 
tinned as long as he lived, and after liis death with his Lady, 
while the family resided there ; which was till the year 1690. 
When Lady Harrington quitted this house, Mr. Small staid 
and preached in the town ; and after Mr. Wai'ren removed 
to Bishop Stortford, the people built a meetinghouse for him. 
— He was a well-bred man ; very free and yet prudent in 
conversation ; very kind and charitable. He was moreover 
a laborious and useful preacher. Tho' he had but little td 
live upon,* yet he was chearful and contented ; but appeared 

$ His name is engraved on the Communion-plate belonsing.10 the church 
in Mare-strcet, dated 1 700. 

* It secnis surprizing and not consistent with justice, that the Barrington 
family should not have better rewarded his services. 

« 2 much 


ornch coneemed for die mUerieB of the poor in that neigh* 
bourhood. He often used to say, *' his food would be more 
pleasant to him, if others were not in such Levant." Not 
long before his dejith, however, sooiething considerable fell 
to him by the death of a relation, [which enabled him to eat 
his bread with greater chearfulness, by relieving those whom 
before he could only pity.] He died about the year 170^ 

YELDHAM Magna [R. 20Z.] Mr- Robert CHADstv. 
His successor, according to Newcourt^ took possession 23 
Feb, 1662. He was very poor, but was remarkably provided 
for till he was taken hence by death. 

Mr. Hekry Lukin was a minister in this county, who 
\yas silenced by the Act of Uniformity, tho* not ejected ; 
Ipeing in France [with Sir William MasAam] at the time 
when that act passed, where he spent about three years, 
When he returned, he took his lot with the despised suffering 
Nonconformists. He lived many years with Mrs. Masham, 
(the mother of Sir William^ as js supposed) preaching to a 
small society in the neigiibourhood ; no temptations being 
able to induce him to conform. He wasa man of great note 
and eminence. His works shew htm to have been a judicious 
and learned divine. [They are all of them small pieces, of 
a very practical nature and useful tendency] His Chief Interest 
of man, was translated into Latin by a clergyman of the 
church of England. 

§ He had a daughter who lived in the latter part of her 
time at Hackney ^ who told a friend of the editor, that her 
father had a particular intimacy with Mr. John Locke^ (which 
he contracted by his connection with the Masham family) 
and that he was the last person with that ^reat man before he 
died. Mr. Luiin lived to the great age of 92. He ilied 
Sept. 17, ^7tg> It was customary at that time to give pious 
books to the company who attended at Funerals, with the 
name of the deceased printed on the cover. The editor is 
in possession of one of the books given at the funeral of Mr. 
Lukin^ which is one of his own : viz. The Chief Interest 
of Man. It has the following inscription, inclosed in a 
mourning border printed on a Ticket within the first cover ; 

Stt SPtntors 


Who died 




IN ESSEX. 229 

WORKS. A Funerfil Sermon for the Rev. Mr. John Warren, 
<>f Bishop Slortford.— An Introduction to the Holv Scripture*.-^ 
The chief Interest of Man ; or a Discourse of Kelagion.«^Tb^ 
Life of Faith, with the general Use of Faith.— The Interest of 
the Spirit in Prayer. — A Remedy against Spiritual Trouble. — Tb9 
Practice of Godliness. 

The following are said to have been ejected in this county ^ 

but the places are uncertain. 

Mr. Blagrave. Perhaps this was Mr. William Bla- 
GRAVE, the person mentioned at Woobwn, in Bedfordshire. 

Mr. Pindar. He died pastor of a congregation at LittU 
BaddoWf in 1681. Most probaWv this was Mj- William 
Pindar, who is mentioned in ^/ezvcourt's Rep* vol. ii. p. 
359. — Mr. John Pindar is taken notice of in Nottingham^ 
shire. — § The person here intended had one daughter, who 
was married to Dr. Charles Oxven, an eminent dissenting 
minister and tutor at Warrington, whose son was living there 
in 1755, and preached in the neighbourhood. Mr. Job 
Orton (who spent a year in the Doctor's family before he 
went to Northampton*) says, that he heard both Dr. Owen 
and his wife speak highly of the character and abilities of 
^r. Pindar. 

Mr. Edmund Taylor. He preached in several places. 
He was imprisoned in Tilbury Fort, in the Duke of Mon« 
mouth's time ; and died at fvitham. Perhaps he was the 
person mentioned in Monmouthshire. 

There was one person in this county, of whom it is hard 
to say whether he is to be reckoned among the Conformists 
or the Nonconformbts, viz. Mr. John Chandler, of Brom- 
ley Parva. After the general ejectment he had the livmg of 
Petto. He had been ordained by Mr. John Fair/ax and 
others, in the Presbyterian way, and would not yield to any 
thing that might be capable of being interpreted as casting a 
reflection on his former ordination. Upon his signifying this 
to Bishop Reynolds, he desired the company that were pre- 
sent to take notice, that Mi . Chandler was already as good 
a minister as he could make him ; and told him that he might 
go and preach the gospel at Petto. He read some of the 
Common-prayer ; and now and then wore the surplice ; but 
did not use all the ceremonies, £or which he was sometimes 
threatened, but never prosecuted. 

^ The late learned Mr. Hugh Fa&mb r also, previous to his itudyiog under 
Vr, Doddiidgei was a pupiiof Dr. Owen's. 

Q3 The 



The following Pcrsons^afterwards conformed. 

Mr/ Thomas Harper, of Epping, — Mr. Howel, of 
Wickelshow. — Mr. Lathum, of Orset. — Mr. Hill, of High 
Hooding. — Mr. Holmes, of IFritile. — Mf. Ferrls, of 
Norton — Mr. Thomas Deersley, of Belchain Water^ 
who subscribed the Testimony, 1648, as Minister of fFick* 

Mr. John Deersley^ it appears was not a Nonconformist, 
as had been supposed. He was, however, much of that 
rast. He was minister of Chattisham when Mr. Owen 
5/^c^/o» resided there, and used to preach for him constantly 
once a month at Hadleigh. He used often to pray, That 
God wou1<l forgive the nation that great sin of turning out 
so manynnnisterji, 





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ASTON SoMERViL, Mr. Wood. § The name of the 
place, before doubtful, is now indentified, but nothing 
more than the o^me of the person can be procured. 

BECKFORD [C,] Richard Eeds, M. A. After his 
ejectment he lived at Cleve. He was an affectionate, use. 
ful preacher, ?ind one of the Worcestershire association. • He 
was overcome with melancholy before he died, which was at 
Gretton in this cotiniy, \n, April 1686. 

' WORKS. The Great Salvation ; a Discourse on Heh. ii. 3. to 
which 'Mr. Baxter wrote a Pre&ce. 

BRIMSFIELD [R.] Mr. Thomas Jennings. He 
signed the Testimony of the ininisterS in this county, as 
mmister of Matson. He was a moderate Baptist. § Crasbj/^ 
in his history of the Baptists, has nothing more concerning 
him than this passage quoted from Calamy, tho' he takes care 
to give the Dr» a safCas(ic strcke, , 

•BOURTON.dn thp W^«^, [R.] Antony Palmer, M. A. 
£ducatedin Oxford^^xiA some time Fellow of Baliol Col» 
hgc Born in Worcestershire. He was forced out by some 
of the neighbouriq^ gentry,^ before the Act for uniformity was 
framed. He put m a curate, who also was disturbed for 
disusing the Common Prayer. He had a congregation after- 
wards m London^ and exercised his ministry there till his 
death, on Jan. 126, 1678. He possessed good ministerial 
abilities, and vy^s of the congregational persuasion. 

§ Atkyns^ in his History of Gloucestershire, says, '< 1649 
Anthony Palmer, Rector of this place, was a great instrument 
in ejecting loyal and orthodox ministersi and sdter the Restora*. 

e 4 lion 


tion of Cha. II, he engaged in all rebellious plots. *'<>--But Big'* 
landf in bis Collections (tho' b^ carefully omits the puritani- 
cal ^rreacfaers; j^tHting aitdrios instc^ of their natb^s) ha& the 
following noble testimony in Mr* Palmer's favour : '^ 1649 
Anthony Palmer M. A. appointed by the parliament : was 
born at Great Cumberton, co. Warwick, admitted Fel. of 
Bal. Col. 16140. He it pouHra^ed by the severe pencil of 
A* Wood whh thcf itrti^ctt traits o| party «tal/ being ap. 

Eointed a Commissioner for ejecting * scandalous ministers' 
y the parliament ; and adopting their virulent and unprin- 
cipled measures. His writing* w«Fe frequent in support of 
his religious tenets and party. The Gospel ffew Creature^ 
which was published in 16,58, is the most approved of his 
productions. Hq died in 1678. The high esteem in which 
his memory is held by his followers, 'C^fnpettsates for ihc A- 
treme severity with which the Royalists have marked his cha*. 
fBcter. It may be candid to determine from suth opposite 
disScriptions, that he was a man of strong parts, enterprising 
^nd undaunted in the prosecution of what he thought his 
doty ; and it is but just to allow, . tliat no part of his priviit^ 
life could justify w^y suspicion of his integrity." 

Gospel New Creature 

CHARLTON (Kings) [€. t)t D.] Mr. TitdMAS HaRv 

tttELteN^AM \t. 01^.5 Mr. JOHN tobPER. 

CHURCHDQWN. Mr. taajJAs Mount. 

tl!iENC|:SlrER. M*. Atfe»A!fiaR GkE46RY. He 
wife one df Ihh Country Tf i^rS-. \Vh«i the king's trmy htn 
sidged this tbwn, a ci^hnoh4>aH f^Il SxpuMi the bouse ^ere be 
lived, and tore a gr^at pm 5f il -to ^tt^es» while he was at 
prayer ; but he was Wonderfully pft«erv^ed. Wheii the town 
could hold out no longer, hfe with one oth^r persbn attempted 
to make an escape. One of the king's soldiers pursued them, 
ahd quickly killed his compaTiion^ but tbo' he ran at him 
several times, he p^irrled off tbfe WoWs, and got away nnhuit. 
Mptiti the town's bcirt'g^aken t-y thfe king's army, Mr. Gre^ 
gdYy was forced -away from Ws people ; and when the war 
was at ftn end^ be^e^Ied ^ a»6tl^er plfiice, at some considerable 



dfStaUcCt where he ^vas well beloved: but upon the earnest 
aolicitadon of -his old friends at Cireneeittr^ he returned to 
them again, tbo'^hts benefice! there was of considerably less 
value than the other. There he continued till the Act of 
uniformity passed ; when he was much solicited to conform, 
by a person at that time in great power ; who signified to him, 
that his so doing would be very acceptable to his majesty, 
who was inclined to prefer him, and would resent bis non- 
compliance. But he could not satisfy his conscience witb 
the terms, and drew up a paper^ containing the reasons of his 
Nonconformity, which he sent to the person who solicited him«. 
In his last sermon in public, he told bis flock. That tho' be 
should be deprived of his benefice, which was all that be and 
his family had to subsist upon, he would yet continue to mi« 
nister to them, as long as the government would suffer him. 
But at last the Five-mile-act forced him away, when he re* 
moved to Mihchhig-HampUn^ and there he finished his 
course not long afker. Upon taking leave of his friends, he 
told some with whom he was most intimate, that he should see 
their faces no more ; and it fell out accordingly ; for die very 
day on which some of them had agreed to make him a visit, 
he was taken ill and died, tie was a very humble man, a 
serious and affectionate preacher, exceedingly desirous to 
promote the good cS souls ; and his unwearied labours had 
^eat success. He kept up a weekly lecture every Tuesday, 
and on Thursdays in the afternoon he catechized in his own 
bouse, which he did in a very acceptable manner, takinff 
great care not to discourage such as were bashful, or had bad 
memories, for whom he was so solicitously concerned, that 
be would often follow them to their own houses, (even the 
meanest in his parish) to give them private instruction in a 
plain and familiar way. He was always very tender of giving 
offisnce to any, and was generally beloved.'^After being 
ejeeted and silenced, he was much taken notice ctf, and re* 
spectfully visited, both by Conibrmists and Nonconformists. 

CLAPTON [C] Mr. Thomas Paxford. Tho' be 

was not brought up a scholar, he had good natural abilities, 
and both preached and prayed well. He sometimes officiated 
for Mr* Palmer at Burton on the Water. After his eject- 
ipent he became a Baptist, and fell under some censures as to 
his morals. § Crosby has nothing more than this quotation 
from Calamy, except abuse of the author for relating this 
}a£it ^ircuiQStance, which he (loes uot attempt to disprove. 



COMPTON [EL] Mr. BstKET. He vm briginalfy a 
tradesman, tind no scholar ; but it was not on that account 
he was ejected. He was a good man, and nscfiai psrticiilarly 
la many of the lower sort of people. § There are dire^ 
Comptons in this county. 

DIRHUKST{or i)^frAwr^)[C.] Mr. Francis Harris- 

DUNTSBORNE [R-l Mr. Edward Fletcher. It 
appears from Mr. Jtssey*s tract, entitled. The Lm'd's Loui 
Call to England^ (in which he relates the rudeness of the 
cavaliers in this county, in 1660) tha^t Mr. Fletcher in parti- 
cular was treated very inhumanly by them, and his life 
threatened. Upon this he returned to New-Evgland-frort 
whence he came, and there he died. §He k not' inentioned 
by Mather in his History. 

DURSLEY [R.] Joseph Woodward, M. A. Of «r. 
ford University. He was born at Upper Cam in this county^ 
where his father was a taftnen He did not at first take oi^ers^ 
but was roaster of the free-school at Waoton^ufider^edge. 
His carriage was very obliging, but he had at that time very 
little seriousness, and much frequented the company of some 
gentlemen whose character for virtue or sobriety was not 
very eminent: but it pleased God, by a seemingly little acci- 
dent, to awaken him to a serious consideration about the 
things of another world. Being out late one evening, as he 
was coming home, some dogs fell a fighting about him so 
furiously that he thought himself in great danger; which oc- 
casioned him seriously to reflect, What would have be- 
come of his soul, if he bad been torn in pieces by those crea- 
tures. Hereupon he left bis former company, and changed 
it for that of the godly professors at fVeoton^ who used to 
pray and repeat sermons, and sing together ; which edifying 
society he found so beneficial, that he afterwards used to say, 
" Tho' Oxford made him a scholar, the professors of JVootoji: 
** fitted him for the ministry." Another person relates. 
That he did riot so much as look into a Bible till he fouml^ 
one of his own scholars (Mr. Sprint^ afterwards niinister of 
jindoverj reacting the scripture in his chamber. The master 
was struck with shame to think that he should do l^ss than 
a school -boy, and immediately procured a Bible, which he 
read and studied with care ; and shortly after he set about a 
reformation in his school. • Whereas Latin prayers only hacl^ 
been read in it, and those made in popish times, for a dead 

'4 patroness^ 


patroness, he ii^troduced praying in English, 'reading the 
scriptures, sieging of psalms, and all pious escerci^es. 

Some time after this visible change in him, being urged by 
manv to undertake the ministerial office, he with much diffi- 
dence consented to be ordained, and became very useful. Thi^ 
people of Dursley unanimously invited him to be their pii- 
nister; upon which he fixed with them. Aiui tho' he was 
^terwards tempted to Wells with double the stipend, he 
would not accept it. He took a great deal of pains among 
his people, and after some time, he vigorously set about tb^ 
reformation of many disorders in discipline and mannei^ 
among them ; endeavouring to s^et up the Presbyterian go* 
ycrnment. In this attempt however, he met with manjr 
discouragements. Some withdrew from his ministry ; othei"* 
withheld their part of the stipetid. solemnly promised him, 
and others refused to pray and sing, and receive the sacra* 
inent, under pretence pf [it being unlawful in] a mixed muU 
titude. When he declared his resolution to admit none to 
the Lord's-supper but those who, besides a visible probity of 
conversation, had a competent knowledge of divine things, z, 
pertain person said, '* He would not submit to examination ; 
** and if Mr. Woodward would not give him th^ sacrament, 
'.^he would take it." In pursuance of his resolution, this 
man was coming to church on the sacrament-day, but lie 
bad scarcely set one foot over the threshold, before he fell 
<}own dead. The troubles which his people occasioned hini« 
$o much affected hirri, as to bring upon him disorders, from 
the effects of yvhich he was never perfectly recovered. At 
length he determmed upon a removal; ana several persons 
came to Dursley, with a design to take him to another place, 
where he had better prospects; and he was much inclined to 
go with them. But the very persons that opposed and 
slighted him before, when they found he was likely to leave; 
them, came andbegged his pardon, promising a better carriage 
for the future ; and so he consented to stay. Some time 
after, however, his troubles were renewed. There were 
about seven men who had formed a resolution to ruin him, 
some by swearing against him, and some in other ways; 
but it pleased God that several of them died ; and his princi- 
pal enemy fell desperately ill, who upon his death-bed sent 
for him to pray with him, and confessing his wicked design^ 
ilesired Mr. Woodward to preach his funeral sermon, to warn 
all his associates to desist from their vile purposes, as thefr 
would not provoke God to visit them with his judgments. 


Mr* Woodward was now delivered from his troubles, and 
at last had the cdmfort to see his people become very teach- 
able, and conformable to the rules of the gospel. His labours 
among them were ver j great. Besides the toil of a school, 
lie preached twice every Lord's-day, expounding in the 
morning, and catechizing in the afternoon, before sermon. 
Erery Tuesday he expounded for an hour or two, and ear- 
ned on a lecture every Thursday, usually without any a&» 
sktance. On Lord's-day-evenings he repeated his sermons 
to his scholars, and many of his auditors at his own house : 
and at funerals, he either preached or expounded. He was 
very plain and zealous in maintaining the foundations of re* 
ligion. Twice a year he kept a public fast, besides many in 
piivate. Every Monday after dinner he used to visit ten 
families, to instruct the ignorant, reprove tlie scandalous, 
comfort the dejected, ^ir. He was very diligent in instilling 
the principles of religion into the young, and collected money 
for teaching poor children to lead. He himself also was 
very liberal in works of mercy. He was a very strict ob- 
* server of the Sabbath ; and used on that day to rise very early. 
He was a man of a very large soul and a public spirit ; of un» 
shaken constancy and resolution, sincerity and plain-hearted- 
ness. He took great pains to oppose the sectaries, disputing 
with them openly, as occasion offered, all round the country, 
and silenced them. He protested and preached against tak- 
ing the Engagement. Olher^ upon some occasion, appoint- 
ing a day of public Thanksgiving, he, thinking there was 
more need of Fasting, appointed a solemn public fast, and 
kept it with his people. 

At length, being over-borne with labour, and his heakh 
declining by a consumption, he got Mr. Stuhbes to officiate 
« among his people, ^nd he died before the Act of Uniformity 
took place. But in his last sickness, he sent word to Mr. 
Forbes of Gloucester (as he assured the author) *• That, 
** with submission to the will of God, be desired to live a 
*Hittle longer, that he might bear a testimony against episco- 

♦* pacy, and the new conformity." Some persons in the 

country having a design to publish his life. Dr. VToodward^ 
his son, (a worthy conformist of Maidstone in Kent,) sent 
the following account of his father in a letter, to be inserted in 
ibis work. 

** I am assured that very few (at least in these degenerate 
days) are blessed with such eminency of grace as he was ; 
irhich seemed always to be in the height of pious zeal, with« 

4 out 


put any considerable abatements at any time. In truth, such 
a pitch of ardor seemed tu many to be above the common state 
#f humanity itself, and to have a tendency to decay the health 
and course of nature. But the power of God bore him up 
for many years, till at last indeed the raised soul grew too big 
for the body, and by degrees rent it into pieces, to make way 
for a happy dissolution. 

" About the 23d year of his age, he was so smiuen with a 
sense of the evil of sin, (thro' what particular means I do not 
remember) that he has professed he thought himself the vilest 
creature breathing* He fancied the very dogs in the street 
were by their Maker set against him. So that he was con^ 
^trained to forbear company for a while, and to retire from the 
public, to set himself to the most important and absolutely ne- 
cessary work of life ; viz. to spread the wounds of his soul 
before the Physician of souls ; and to seek the healing balm of 
his Redeemer's blood : to which he applied himself (thro' the 
grace of God) with such earnestness, l^nd to so good ef&ct, 
that all his after life shewed, that he was in earnest in the 
things of salvation : there appearing little concern in him for 
any thing, but the glory of God, and the insuring eternal life.' 
Yet he did not presently step forth into the ministry. He ra- 
ther dreaded that tremendous charge^ in which, above all em- 
ployments, men ought to appear with the highest advance- 
ments of holiness, prudence, and diligence ; and like Nazian^ 
zen, Chrysostom^ and most of the primitive divines, was by 
much entreaty drawn to so solemn an ofEce ; after he had 
spent a considerable time in the university of .Oxford, passing 
thro' the degrees of B. A. and M. A. having, wkh great ap* 
plause, performed the exercises reqwsite to both. 

'' When he arrived at the age of thirty, God was pleased to 
aend an inward wanatbinto his soul, which was naore com- 
pulsive than all outward persuasion. He discovered such a 
zeal for God, and tbe> souls of men, as burnt like fire, and 
{like that of the ffo^het- Jer. xx. 9^) was no way to be made 
easy, but by giving it vent; which the'sermon he nrst preached 
did veiy plainly shew ; which was delivered in the church of 
his native village, ontho^e words of Peter andJoAn, Acts, iv« 
2o. ' For we cannot but speak the things which we have 

* «cen and heard.' And Iha^^ hea^ many who beard him 
say that * they aU wondered at the gracious things which 

* proceeded out of ^is moutli/ He had indeed such a readi- 
tiess, or rather exuberance, in delivering the will of God, 
upon ajny subject befon: himi that tho' be always wrote his 


238 MlNlS-ffiRS E:fECTE& ' 

sermons at Iarge» yet he Tras often confessed, that fee Iiai be^fft 
carried into a field of doctrine, Mrhich he never had committed 
to writing ; not in a roving and injudicious discourse, but xtt 
ttich mehing and close argument, 9s seldom fafiJed to reach 
Ihe mark he principally aimed at, viz. the softening and re- 
ducing obstinate hearts. 

*' The whole course of his labours irt the ministry, waj 
Suitable to his careful entrance upon it. He wai earnest even 
«s St. Pfltt/ (beyond strength,) and never tvould preach a ser* 
mon to others^ but what had first warmed his own breast : for 
which cause he sometunes either razed out a part of a sermon, 
or wholly threw it by. He was most affectionate and devout 
in prayer, earnest in preaching, bold in reproving, kind in ad- 
monishing, ready to advise, and succour, and comfort the 
Jeebfe and disconsolate: and, in a word, he * spent, and was 
spent,* in his ministerial labours. He made frequent visits 
to all under his care at their own dwellings. He would pry 
into most of their failures and neglects, and would compas- 
sionate all their wants of soul, body, and estate. I know not 
by what peculiar impulse it was, that he particularly fixed his 
desires of exercising his ministry in Durslcy ; a place at that 
time very dissolute ; insomuch that it had the name of Dru?ik» 
rn Dursley : but if he found it so, it was very much altered 
by his labours of many years there, and became one of the 
most wealthy and best trading towns in the neighbourhood. 
Some of them having told me, that they cleared a thousand 
pounds a year by the trade of cloathing, in the time of his resi- 
dence there. His presence in the streets, made the youth 
grave, and the aged circumspect. It made the sober to re- 
joice, and the guilty to hide themselves in corners. He sel- 
dom went to church but with a multitude with him For his 
house being distant from the church the length of a Ions 
street, every one got their families ready as he came by, and 
4Hood in their doors, axid so fell in with those that follow^ ; so 
that he literally * went with the multitude to the house of 
God.* And every one's zeal seemed inflamed by the flame 
lie beheld in his neighbour: so that I have heard that there 
•was the most composed and affected congregation that could 
any where be seen. 

*• I can only hint his more than brotherly love to Mr. 
Stubbes^ whose embraces were always like those of Jonathan 
and David 5 and his correspondence by letters with Mr. Ha-- 
vitand and other London ministers of great eminence ; of 
which I may probably collect some, Kc. His sorrow for the 



«3dat>i^of ki!^ CkatUsii^- hlglannenting for ^^ilTof I3i goad 
foundation in the Inter-regnuftf ;' and his joy at the return of 
^ing Charles XL ought to be int^rted: and aho the raptures 
>oi his death.^ — ^Thus, sir^ I -have complied with your aesire, 
not to give materials for a book, so much as to give some 
hints to a friend. Your's, &c. Josiah fFoodward.^* 

** P. S, He gav« roe my na&e in desire of Reftnrmatbn : 
and named my younger hroihsr Jeremiah^ when he saw the 
little hopes of it.'* . '^r- 

\ . ■ ••'*■' 

Henry Stubbes, M. ^A. Of l^adhani Col. Oxf. 

He was bom at Upt<m in this county, upon an estate given 
to his grandfather by king ^ames I. with whom he came from 
Scotiarid^' He was first minister of St. Philip's in Bristol^ 
and aiterwards of Chew^mttgna. In 1654, he preached in 
Chccityof WdiSy and was assi^tan^ to the Coiiimissioners 
•appointed by thep»ar!iarti^nt to^ect Ignorant and scandalous 
ministers ; but the Ace of Unifdnnity found him at Durslei/^ 
whithe^ he came as assistant ^to Mr. Joseph Woodward. 
.Upon quirting t4iis' living, he -Went about preaching from 
^lace to place, with unwearied' diligence and great success. 
•Being settled ^*n peaceable ji^y-indpfcs, wherever he came he 
repressed the spirit of cehsoncHisness and unjust separation, 
and-preacbed up the ancient zeal and sincerity, with a spirit 
suitable to it. After he had- fbr some little tifne preached 
privately in London^ he wis allowed the public exefcise of 
liis ministry, by the connivance of T>v. Pritchet^-ihtn Bp. 
of Gloucester; in the parish chtirch of Horsley ; where the 
income was so small that it had been without a minister for 
several years. Here he read some parts of the Common- 
prayer. He was a plaiA, fervent and mbviiig preacher : 
eminently successful in the conversion of sinners. He wa« 
of a calm temper ; never fierce, but against sin ; and had 
Ae cordial respects of good men of all persuasions. He set 
apart some time every day to pray for the church of God, 
without the narr-ow distinctiOQ of thisy or that, or the other 

The last LordVday he preached at /for^/ey, he told his 
auditory, be desired to sec them the next morning before his 
journey^ and take his leave of them in the church, where h* 
preached most affectionately, from Pr(yv. iii. 6. He died at 
liondon^ July 7, 1678, aged 73, and was interred at Buri-. 
hiU'Jidds, Mr. Baxter preached his funeral sermon from 

. Acts 

240 BmasTCKs sjtd^ff 

Jets XX. 24.* FVorn this^U:oBtse Dr. Calaiiijr^s aeooimtii 
Drincipally taken^ not to th^rbest sdva«tage. On comparing 
loth, it was thought advisaUe to give the reader the whole 
of what that great man has taid of Mr. SiuUeSf in his own 
words : 

^* This fakhful servant of Christ hath ran his race. What 
that was, aadhoy/heperforivadtt, the countj of Gloucester 
knowetby and the city of Wells, in Somersetshire knoweth, 
and this city and this congregation partly know. I will speak 
dut jietleof him hvt what I kisow mys^« «r hrrehy un- 
questionable testimony. Hk lairth, parentj^ge and youthful 
life, I am not acquainted vri(h. He lyasa mni$ter of Christ 
ahout fifty years» dyi^g at the agf| pf 73. • His studies and 
parts and Is^our^ lay-not in .the critical or oonttfoversial way. 
He was so happy, as not to waste hps riipe in. eonteotious 
studies. He was so humUe a^ hopest ai9 not to trouble his 
auditory with such matters, nor pretend to have studied what 
)ie had not ; nor like many proud igQoi«nts# to boast or 
contend most where they knpw -the least. His soul was 
taken up with the great thii^ of religion. His preaching 
was most on the Baptismal covenant, tlie articles of the 
Creed, the Lord's prayer, the Pecalogue/ and su(^ necessary- 
things which .essentially cosostitute the christian. I never 
heard t^m meddle with cpntit^ersies in public, or in bis 
private talks; but £the drift of all was] how to know 
God in Christ, bow to seek and serve him) how to resist 
temp^tions to sin, how to live in love, righteousness, peace, 
^nd profitableness to one anojth^r : especiaUy how to serve 
God entirely, and in what iM^ we shall live with him for 
ever. He w$^ the freest of -luost/iihAt ever I knew from that 
4ecek of the serpent mentiomid ^2 Cfnr^ xi. 3* who cormptetk 
men by drawing them from the simplicity i^hichzs in Christ » 
His breath, his life, his preaching, hb prayeis, his confe- 
rence, was christian simpHoity and sincerity . He knew not 
bow to dissemble or wear a mask : his face, his mouth, his 
whole conversation, laid bare his heart. While he passed 
by all quarrels, few quarrelled with him. . . 

* With thi^ was printed a piece entitled '< The death of ministers im* 
proved; occationed by the decease of Mr. Stubbcs ;" by Mr. Matthew Pern* 
1>erton and Mr. Thomas 'VinceaL-->See Baiter's aeimoa in bis Works, VeL 
iv. p. 8S1. aad an extract in Tom&'a Bflog. Col 



Of all men that ever I knew he seemed to me one of the 
most humble. His preachin?, his discourse, his garb, and 
all his behaviour, spoke pure numility. Never did I hear from 
him a word of ostentation, much less of envy at the prece* 
dence of others. He came to Christ as a teachable child, 
and he preached as a learner. He had learned of Christ to 
he meek and lowly ; to make himself of no reputation ; nof 
<lid he seek the honor that is of man. O how far was he 
from striving to be above his brethren, or troubling the 
church by a proud, imperious or turbulent spirit ! He was 
exceedingly peaceable in his principles and in his practice ; 
never contending with opiniators, or those that cry down thi* 
and that error of their brethren, to gfet the reputation of 
being free from errors ; nor did he make himself of a sect 
or faction, nor preach for this party against that, except for 
Christ's party against the Devil's. Nor did I ever hear him 
back-bite any, nor exercise the too common liberty against 
others, in carping at their infirmities. He honored his su^ 
periors, and was obedient to authority, as far as it would 
stand with his obedience to God. I never heard that pub- 
licly or privately he spoke a disloyal or irreverent word of 
the king, or others in power. 

After he had preached here awhile in London, he had a 
preferment to a parish-church in Gloucestershire, of EIGHT 
POUNDS per ann. maintenance, which had many years no 
minister. And by the honest connivance of the Rev. Bishop 
of Gloucester, he there preached for some years in peace ; 
of which I am past doubt that Bishop hath no cause to re- 
pent. He used part of the Liturgy, not sticking at the 
censure of [bigots.] His judgment, his age and experience 
set him above all factious mducements, and taught him 
to please God, whoever were displeased. And when at 
last he was driven away, I never heard him speak of it 
with ahy bitterness. He is now where God's praises are 
Celebrated, and whence no holy soul shall ever be cast out. 

His labour was such as beseemed one absolutely devoted to 
God. His preaching was very plain and faithful: fitted 
rather to country auditors than to curious ones (and he chose 
accordingly) but it was wholly for faith, love and holiness. 
He was much in catechizing youth, and very moving in his 
familiar exhortations to them ; setting his whole heart upon 
the winning and edifying of souls, and longing for success 
as much is covetous merchants do for rich returns. Where- 
ever he came, he kept a private weekly meeting for the 

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youog people, to ^hom he u&ed to propose familiar questiens, 
and be much rejoiced in their wiUiogness and bis saccess. 
The greatest benefice cannot please one that worketh for the 
fleece, so much as he was pleased that his unwearied labour 
profited his flock. How thankful was he to God and the 
bishop's connivance for that short liberty to work. And to 
their honour I must say» that he praised not only the friendly 
peaceableness of the magistrates and gentry ot the county^ 
but also of his neighbour conformable ministers that lived by 
him in love, and envied not his liberty. 

This holy man so little cared for the hypocrite's reward^ 
that no reproach of man did move him ; nor did he count 
bis great labour or life dear to him, that he might subserve 
him who came to seek and save the lost. If Seneca could 
say, *' That no man more shewed himself a good man than 
he who will lose the reputation of being one, lest he should 
lose his goodness itself," no wonder if this holy man ac- 
counted not his fame too dear to preserve his conscience. 
His friends and i^ysicians suppose that his labours hastened 
his death. He came from the country to London again to 
work; and after his journey, preaching almost every day, 
and some days twice, even after he began to be ill, no won- 
der that the fever; and the dysentery which followed, dis- 
patched him. At first he fell down in the pulpit, but reco* 
vering,«he went on> and so again till he was disabled. Some 
will censure him for imprudence in such labour. But they 
must consider. What it is to be above the inordinate love of 
life, and to long for the good of souk ; and withal, that 
^hich much emboldened him was, that he was wont to go 
aomewhat ill into the pulpit, and to come better out* But 
the heat of the season, and seventy-thfee years of age, gave 
advantage to the messenger which God sent to end his la* 
hours and all his sufferings. 

Two things especially I commend to imitation, i^ That 
he was more in instructing and catechizing children by fa« 
miliar questions, than almost any man that I have known. 
s. He prayed as constantly as he preached ; no wonder then 
that his labours had much success. A mao of prayer is a 
man of power with God. 

For my part, I never saw him till his coming to live in 
London, I think not seven years ago, tho' I long heard of 
his successful prea<^htng. But to shew you how great bis 
charity was, and what a loss I have myself, and how fiiulty 
I and otjiers ^re in too much forgetting our friends/ I will 

4 tell 

ta 6LO0C£ST£RSHiR£. *^43 

tell yon that he hath often told me, that he never went to 
God in prayer, for above twenty years, but he particularly 
rememberea me. But his love hath not tempted me to say a 
word of him which I vefily believe not to be true. And I 
conclude with this profession, that I scarce remember the man 
that ever I knew, who served God with more absolute resig- 
nation and devotedness, in simplicity and godly sincerity, and 
not with fleshly wisdom, and living like the primitive chris- 
tians, without any pride, or worldly motives, or in whose 
case I had rather die. And therefore, no wonder that he lived 
in peace of conscience, and died with Paul's words, / have 
fought a good fight — henceforth there is laid up for me a 
crown of righteousness^** jfc. 

Much of this good man's spirit and temper is discovered irr 
the preface to his last will, which is preserved in Turner* s 
Hzstory of Providence^ Chap. T43, p. 99. § As that book 
is become very scarce, we shall here insert a copy of it : 

The last Will of Mr. Henry Stubbes, deceased^ July 7, 
1678. Published at the desire of his widow : 

** Knowing that I must shortly put off this my earthly ta- 
bernacle, I make my last will and testament. Imprimis^ I 
commend my soul into the hands of God, wholly trusting in 
Jesus Chrjst my dear Lord and Saviour -, tbrx>' his all suffi- 
cient satisfaction and powerful mediation, to be accepted* 
Eph. 1. 6., Item. 1 commit my body to the earth from 
whence it was taken, in sure and certain hope of a resur- 
rection to life eternal, building upon that sure word, ^John 
vi. 40. — I leave my fatherless children to the Lord, who 
hath promised to be a father to the fatherless. Ps. Ixviii. 5. 
and to preserve them alive. «/ier. xlix it.-*-Commanding 
them to keep the way of the Lord. Gen. xviii. 19.— 
I exhort my widow to trust in the Lord, of whose care 
she hftth had ao little experience ; and there&re should trust 
in him. Ps. ix. 10.— -I diesire her to read often Jer, xlix. 1 1 . 
Ps. Ixviii. 5. Heb. xiii. 6.-^The congregations to which I 
have been formerly a preacher, and that^ith which I now 
am by a special hand of providence, I commend to God, and 
the word of his grace, which is able to build them up, JCc; 
^cts XX. 32, beseeching them by the Lord Jesus, That as 
they have received of me how they ought to walk and please 
God, so they would abound more and more. 1 Thess. iv« t. 
— And for my kindred according to the flesh, my heart's de- 
sire and prayer to God for them is. That they may be saved. 
jRorn^ X. i»— And for all those yet living who have seriQusly 

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and earnestly desired my prayers, my earnest request to God 
for them is, lliat it would please faim to do for them aU as 
the matter shall require, i Kings viii. ^o- — ^And for my 
brethren in the ministry, my prayer is. That they may take 
heed to themselves, and to all the iock over whicn the HcAj 
Ghost hath made them overseers, to feed the church of God 
which he hath purchased with his own blood, jicts xx. 28. 
— ^And for the people my prayer is. That they may obey 
them that have the rule over them. Heb. xiii. 17. — ^And for 
professors of religion — that they may walk worthy of God, 
unto all well-pleasing, being iruitful in every good work. 
CoL i. 10. 11 , — ^And for the King, my prayer is. That mercy 
and truth may preserve him. Prov. xxvi. 28. — ^And for him 
and all that are in authority, my prayer is. That they may so 
lead their own lives, that the people under them may lead 
quiet and peaceable lives, in all godliness and honesty. 1 Tim* 
ii. 2. — And for the whole land of my nativity, my humble 
prayer to the Lord of all grace and mercy is, That the power 
and purity of the gospel, together with a learned and faithful 
ministry to dispense the same, may be continued and pre-r 
served therein.'* 

Mr. Stubbes was of a very charitable disposition, and de- 
voted the tenth part of his income to pious uses. He settled 
four pounds per arm, on the parishes of Dursley and Hor^ 
sley, for teaching poor children, and buying mem books. 
He also gave 200/. to Bristol^ and a like sum to London^ to 
be annually improved for the good of the poor, to buy them 
Bibles, and to assist poor ministers' widows. \ Atkyns says, 
«« Mr. Henry Stubbes, a Nonconformist preacher, gave 50/. 
to the parish of Ule^t to teach poor children to write." 

WORKS. A Dissuasive from Conformity to this World. 
'— God*s Severity against Man*s Iniquity. — God's, gracious Pre- 
sence the Saints great Privilege : A Farewell Sermon to a Congre*. 
gation in Lmdm, — ^The great Treaty of Peace : an Exhortation to 
the making Peace with God.-rConscience the best Friend upon 
Earth ; or the happy Effects of keeping a good Conscience. — A 
Funeral Sermon for a Lady in Gloucestershire. — Two Epistles ; 
the one to the professing Parents of baptized Children ; the other 
to the baptized Children of professing Parents. — After his Death, 
A Voice from Heaven : being his last Sermon and Prayer. 

f ELBERTON [C] Mr. Hilton. 



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.FILTON [R.] William Blackwell, B. A. After 
his ejectment be continued to live, not at Felton, in Here- 
fordshire, as before supposed, but Filton, in this county, 
which is about four miles from Bristol^ where he was so 
reduced, that for a time he maintained himself, by stitching 
of bodice, or womens stays. § Bigland decides tne place of 
his ejectment, as well as the spelling of his name and his 
degree, in this entry ': " 1645- Will. Blackwell, B. A. 
" ejected for Nonconformity, 1662.** 

GLOUCESTER. Increase Mather, D. D. He was 
the youngest son of Mr. Sichard Mather; who went to 
America, in 1635, because he could no longer exercise his 
ministry with satisfaction to his conscience In his native 
country, and became minister at Dorchester^ in New-Eng- 
land ; where this his son was born, A. D. 1639. After 
gaining a good knowledge of the languages at school, and 
spending some time in Harvard college, he lived in the fa- 
mily of that worthy divine, Mr. John Norton^ several years. 
It pleased God to make serious impressions upon his heart 
betimes, by which he was fitted for great service in his 
church. In 1657 he took a voyage to England, and after 
visiting his friends in Lancashire, went to Ireland to see his 
eldest brother, Mr. Samuel Mather y then minister in Dublin. 
He entered himself in Trinity College there, and in 16,58 
proceeded Master of Arts, performing the usual exercise with. 

freat applause. He was much respected by Dr. Winter^ then 
rovost of the college, and was chosen Fellow, but djd not 
accept it. The air of that country not agreeing with him, 
tho' he met with great civilities, and some good oflFers there, 
he returned to England, and was for some time a preacher to 
Mr. Howe^s parish, at Torrington, in •Devonshire, which 
was in the neighbourhood of another of his brothers, Mr. 
Nathaniel Mather, then minister of Barnstaple. Upon Mr. 
Howe^ return to Torrington, after Richard quitted the pro- 
tectorship, he accepted an invitation of Col. Bingham, go- 
vernor of Guernsey y to go into that island, in the year 1659, 
where he preached every Lord*s-day morning at the castle, 
and in the afternoon at the town called Peter^s Port. 

From thence he removed to Gloucestery at the earnest so- 
licitation of Mri Forbes an^ his friends there; but after some 
time he returned to Guernsey ^ where he was at the time of 
the Restoration. Upon his refusing to set his hand to a paper, 
which was sent thither by General Monk^ to be signed by all 

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commissioned officers in those parts, by which they were re- 
quired to declare, " That the times then were and would be 
h^ppy ;" he was in danger of losing the arrears of his salary, 
which amounted to above looL but providentially he escaped 
that loss. And upon Sir Hugh PollartPt being made go- 
vernor of that island, when he came to be und^r the neces- 
sity either of conforming or quitting tbe place, he left Guern- 
sey and came into England, where he was offered a living of 
some hundreds a year, if he would forsake his principles. 
But he chose rather to trust God's providence, than violate 
the tranquillity of his mind ; and so he sailed again for New-' 
England to his aged father, and there settled in the New 
Church, in the north part of Boston. He was ordained 
May 27, 1664, when his father gave him the charge. He 
married the daughter of Mr. John Cotton^ by whom he had 
three sons. Cotton Mather^ D. D. well known by his writ- 
Jtags ; Mr. Nathaniel Mather^ who died at the age of nine- 
teen, whose life is printed; and Mr. Samuel Mather^ who 
Jiad a small congregation at Witney^ in Oxfordshire, and 
published several valuable writings. The old gentleman had 
^Iso seven daughters ; and he and his wife had this 'uncom<5 
mon comfort and satisfaction, of having seven of their chil- 
dren receiving the Lord's Supper at the same communion 
tvith theril.— In 1680, when the Synod sat at Boston^ and 
the confession of faith was agreed upon, Mr. Mather wa$ 
the moderator, and drew up the preface to it. 

In 1683 K. Charles^ by a declaration, required from the 
inhabitants of Nev^-England, a full submission, and an en« 
tire resignation of their charter to his pleasure ; or else s;jgnified 
$ quo warranto should be prosecuted. Mr. Mather being 
desired to be present at a public assembly of the freemen of 
Boston^ to give his thoughts about that matter, complied, 
^nd publicly declared against their having a hand in their own 
ruin ; persuading them rather to leave themselves in the hands 
of God, and submit to his will, in a faithful discharge of 
their duty, than deliver themselves immediately Jnto the hand^ 
of men, by a full submission and entire resignation to their 
pleasure. The question w^s carried in the negative ne^ih 
con. And this had a great influence on the country in ge- 
neral. . Some malicious people, in order to be revenged or\ 
him for this, forged a letter, fuH of impertinent ^^ well asi 
treasonable expressions, and dating it Boston, 10 M. 3^1683, 
|hey subscribed his name to it, and sent it to ^ worthy person 
f|t jffmster^am: This letter being conveyed to London, was 



rcaui before the king and council ; but^it carried such evidence 
of its being a forgery, that tho' Sir Roger VEstrange pub- 
lished some scraps of it, with his own comments, there was 
iiQ prosecution of Mr. Mather. But judgment was entered 
against the charter of Massachusetts colony. K. Charles 
died soon after, and in 1686 K. James sent a governor, with 
a commission that enabled him, with three or four other 
pien, to make what laws, and levy what taxes, they pleased. 

But in a little time that king published a Declaration for 
liberty of conscience. Some of the ministers of New-Eng-- 
landy and their churches, drew up addresses of thanks to 
him, for the benefit enjoyed by this Declaration ; and Mr, 
Mather was desired to take a voyage to England and deliver 
them. A copy of the forged letter before-meritioned com- 
ing to New- England, Mr. Mather wrote to a gentleman that 
had it, to vindicate himself, and named a peison whom he 
^ suspected to have had a hand in the contrivance. This person 
arrested Mr. Mather in an action of defamation, and 500/. 
damage, purely, as was apprehended, witli a design to stop 
his voyage. But the jury cleared him, and ordered the plain- 
tiff to pay costs of court, and he embarked for England, 
April 7, 1688. — He Weymouth, and hastening to 
London, presented the addresses to the king ; when he laid 
before his majesty the state of the country, ^nd was favourably 

Upon the Revolution, he waited on the prince of Orange^ 
and was instrumental in preventing the sending a letter to 
New-England (in common with the other plantations] con- 
firming their old governor till farther order, which would 
have had pernicious consequences. After the coronation of 
K. fVilliam^ Mr. Mather frequently waited upon him, and 
was very much assisted by Philip lord IVharton^ and others. 
His great endeavour was to get New-England resettled upon 
the charter foundation ; but he was disappointed in his object 
by the unexpected dissolution of parliament. His next at- 
tempt was to get a writ of error in judgment, by which the 
case relating to the Massachusett colony might be brought 
out of Chancery into the King's-bench ; butlierein he also 
failed. All therefore he had left for him to do was, to pe- 
tition the king for a new charter, containing all the old one, 
with the addition of new and more ample privileges ; which, 
after some time, he obtained, and then, Marcli 29, 1692, 
he set sail for New-England, in the company of Sir William 
PhipSf whom his majesty sent over governor, and they ar- 

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rived safe at Boston, May 14 followiDg. Soon after, there 
being a meeting of the general assembly of the province, ths 
speaker of the house of representatives^ or commons, pub- 
licly returned him thanks for his faithful and indefatigable en^ 
deavours to serve the country. 

He now returned to his more pleasing employment, th^ 
care of his church, and of the college, of which he was 
President, and was created D. D. But in 1701 he resigned 
his charge in the college, because the general assembly re* 
quired the President to reside at Cambridge, He continued 
at Boston preaching to his beloved people. He bad several 
fits of sickness, from which he was remarkably recovered ; 
but till he was past 80 years of age, his intellects did not 
appear enfeebled. He at last expired (in the arms of his 

eldest son) Aug. ^2* ^7^3) and was honoured by his chutcK 
(who ever shewed a great esteem and veneration for him) 
with a more splendid funeral than ever had been seen for any 
divine in those parts. His funeral sermon was preached by 
Mr. Foxcroft, on 2 Chron. xxiv. 15. And the ministers of 
Boston^ for nine or ten weeks successively, supplied his 
pulpit, and expressed their condolence with his church. He 
kept a constant diary, in which he inserted remarks upon the 
most eminent dealings of God with him, both i^ a way of 
providence and grace. 


WORKS. A Discourse on the Mystery of Israel's Salvation. — 
The first Principles of New-England, on the Subject of Baptism 
and ComoQunion of Churches. — A brief History of the War with 
the Indians in New-England, from /la^ 24, \61 5, to Jug, 12, 1676- 
— Some important Truths about Conversion. — ^The Divine Right 
of Infant Baptism. — Practical Truths, tending to promote Godli- 
ness in the Power of it. — Diatribe de signo Filii Hominis, et de 
secundo Messiae adventu. — An Essay for the recording illustrious 
Providences. -r-The Mystery of Christ opened and applied, in se- 
veral Sermons concerning the Person, Office and Glory of Jesus 
Christ. — De successu Evangeliiapud Indos in Nova Anglia. Epist. 
ad CI. Virum, D. Joh. Leusdenum. — A Discourse on Comets, 
1683. — A Call to the rising Generation.-^ A Funeral Sermon for 
Mr. John Bajley.rr-The Doctrine of Div. Providence. — Sermons 
on Ezek. ix. 3.r— The Folly of Sin. — The Excellency of a public 
Spirit. — A pise, on the Truth of the Christian Religion. — A Disc, 
concerning Angels... The Life and Death of Mr. Richard Mather. 
_-A Serriipn against Drunkenness.. -The Day of Trouble, ^c..^ 
A Disc, on the Subject of Baptism, ^c, . -The Wicked Man's 
Portion.- -The Times of Men in the Hand of God. ..A Relation 
pf the Troubles of New-England from the Indians, from the 



Beginning... A Di«c. on the Prevalence of Prayer.. -Renewal of 
Covenant, C5*f . - -Of praying for the rising Generation. - -The great 
Concernment for a Covenant People,. &r.--Heaven*s Alarm to 
the World... The Church a Subject of Persecution... Against pro- 
miscuous Dances... The greatest of Sinners exhorted, &r...A 
Testimony against Superstidons...The Unlawfulness of swearing 
on a. Book, C^'r... Several Papers relating to the State of New^ 
England. :.;The Revolution in New-£kigland...The Blessing of 
primitive Counsellors... Cases of Conscience concerning Witch: 
crafl, O^c. .An Essay on the Power of a Pastor for the Adminis* 
tration of the Sacraments.. -On the Case, whether a Man may 
marry two Sisters,- -Solemn Advice to young Men.. -A Disc, on 
Mans not knowing his Time.. -Concerning eating of Blood... 
David's serving his Generation... The surest Way to the highest 
Honour.. .Discourse on Hardness of Heart... The Order of the 
Gospel vindicated... The blessed Hope.. .Remarks on a Sermon of 
G. K. The Glory departing, €i/f..-The Duty of Parents to pray 
for their Children... Gospel Truths. ..The Voice of God in the 
fitormy Winds... Practical Truths to promote floliness.... Medita- 
tions on the Glory of Christ.. .A Disc, concerning Earthquakes.. « 
A Testimony against Sacrilege*. -A Dissertation concerning a Right 
to the Sacraments.. -Meditations on Death.. -A Disquisition con- 
cerning the State of Souls departed... A Dissertation concerning 
the future Conversion of the Jews, Cs'f.. - A Disc, concerning Faith 
and Prayer for the Kingdom of Christ... A Sermon at the Artillery 
Election... Awakening Truths... Meditations on the Glory of 
Heaveni-.Concerning the Death of the Righteous. -.The Duty of 
the Children of godly Parents.. .Burnings bewailed ; Remarks upon 
an Answer, €s^r...Of Sanctification of the LordVday...A Disc* 
shewing who shall enter into Heaven. ...Believers gain by Death* 
. .Resignation to the Will of God ;- ^ Jesus Christ a Saviour.. .Dis- 
quisition concerning ecclesi^tical Councils— .There is a God in 
Heaven... The Duty and Dignity of aged Servants of God..., 
The Duty of praying for Ministers.., A Sermon at the Ordination 
of his Grandson... Sermons on the Beatitudes... An Ordination 
Sermon... A Birth-dfiy Sermon... Ad vice to Children of godly 
Ancestors... A dying Pastor's Legacy,- -Besides several Prefeces 
to books written by divines in New-England, and to two of Mr; 

James Forbes, M. A. He was of an honourable 

Scottish fzmWw^ and was pious betimes. He had his educa- 
tion at Aberdeen J and being Master of Arts there, was ad- 
nqiitted at Oxford^ ad eundem. When he came to England; 
he was full of serious thought; and most earnestly desirous 
that God would choose for him a useful station, and bless 
his n^inistry, .to the conversion of souls, H^ entered upon 



the pastoml office with extraordinary scriousaess aod fervent 
prayer. Not being satisfied to accept a parish that was of- 
fered him, he was in 1654 ^^^ ^Y ^^ powers that then were, 
to the cathedral of Gloticester^ where he preached with great 
success, but to the apparent danger of shortening his life. 
He gathered a churdh, which was chiefly made up of his 
own converts ; and aftef six years he was ejected from the 
cathedral, when dean Brougn took possession of it ; but he 
still continued at Gloucester^ ministering privately as he 
could. Dr. Framptoriy wlio was first dean, and afterwards 
bishop of Gloucester, courted him to conformity in vain. 
In consequence of* Tarrington's plot, (or Packington's ra- 
ther) h.e was committed to Chepstow castle, where he was 
long kept in a strait and dark room ; as also was Col. Overton. 
When he was discharged, he returned to his pastoral care, 
in the pursuit of which he suffered several imprisonments in 
Gloucester 9 one of which was for a whole year. 

In the reign of K. Charles II. he was indicted upon the 
Corporation-act, the penalty of which was imprisonment. 
He was also indicted on 23 Jac. I. the penalty of which was 
20/. a month ; and upon 35 Eliz. of which jne penalty was 
to abjure the realm, or suffer death. At the same time also 
he was excommunicated, and the writ de excom. capiendo 
^as out againsi: him. In Mormouthh time be retired to 
Enfieldi in Middlesex, and there continued unmolested in 
his ministry. He was afterwards recalled, and returned to 
his own people, tho' to his disadvantage : and he continued 
with them to his death, living in a respectable manner, but 
mostly upon his own property. He was on the whole fifty* 
eight years minister in this city ; abundant in labours, both 
there and in the country round about. In his judgment he 
was a strict Calvinist, and congregational, but of a catholic 
temper. He was a holy, humble, serious, learned man ; 
blessed, with much success in his younger days ; deeply 
founded at later decays of ministers and professing christians, 
and greatly concerned that the rising genefation of ininisters 
should adorn their doctrine by an excellent holy conversa** 
tion. He was a man full of good works ; liberal even be« 
yond his ability in life ; and at his death he left many gifts to 
charitable uses, especially his library, which was of conside- 
rable value. He died May 31, 171a, aged 83, and was 
buried under his own communion-table. His funeral sermon 
was preached by Mr. Isaac Nq6U, of Bristol. 



WORKS. Nehushtan ; in Answer to J. Elliot, a Quaker.. « 
The Christian directed in liis Wa^ to Heaven... God's Goodness 
to Israel in all Ages.. .His Remains, prefixed to bis Funend Ser« 
mon. vi%, A Letter to his People, to be communicated to tbem 
after his death.. .Sermon before the Assembly at Stroud water.. • 
Some Instructions, ^c, for Youth concerning their Soub. 

HASLETON [R- S.] Mr. John Dunce. Dr. Walker 
fays, this was the sequestered living of Dr. Whittington^ 
and after him of Mr. Dobson, who was dispossessed of it 
by Mr. Diaue^ who obtained the seals for it from the thea 
keeper Lysle^ and that upon the Restoration Mr. Dobson 
was reinstated, Mr. Dunce however was silenced by the 
Act of uniformity, tho' not ejected. H« continued to preach 
privately some years after he was blind. He died chaplain to 
Mrs. Becky of Batcot, near Farrington. ■ Dunchy of 

Piste^ Esq. allowed him twetity nobles a year during his 
life. He was a pious man, and an affectionate preach^ • 

HEMPSTED [R.] Mr. Jonathan Smith, jun. After 
bis ejectment h^ continued to preach privately, and taught 
school at liosSf in Herefordshire. 

KEMPLEY. Mr. Paul Frew£N. He was of the Bap. 
list denomination, a good preacher, and very popular. After 
his ejectment he was minister to a Congregation at Warwick* 
§ Crosby has nothing to aikl to this account. 

LEMINGTON [C. augmented 50/.] Mr. Edward 
FiNCHt Dr. Walker says, he had been a cobler ; which 
may be as true as some of his other stories. Be this as it 
may, this was not the cause of his ejectment. 

LEONARD STANLY [C] Mr. William Hodges, 
He lived and died a Nonconformist, at Wooton under Edge. 
He was a learned, able preacher, and a great enemy to thQ 

1.ONGH0PE [V. 44/. ^s. lorf.J Mr. Thomas Smith. 
Dr. Walker says, he got this vicarage in 1655. He lived 
afterwards at Bristol^ without Lawford^z Gate^ and conti- 
nued preaching at several places in the county,^ till he was 
nej^r 90 years of age. He died in Bristol very poor, about 
1705. \ His wife, whom he long survived, was buried in 
the Baptist Ground, Mar, 1^, 16^^. 




MISERDEN [or Minsterworth] Mr. William 
MuRREL. It is uncertain which of these two places he 
was at. He died soon after the Restoration. 

MORTON VALANCE [Prebend.] Mr. Anthony 
Collier. He quitted Morton upon Lugg^ in Hereford- 
shire, at the Restoration ; and afterwards preached one part 
of the Lord's-day at Morton Valance^ in Gloucestershire^ 
and the other at Whitminster^ in the same county, and wa& 
ejected from both places in i66s. \ In the latter part of his 
life he settled with a Dissenting congregation at Bosse^ in 
Herefordshire, where he died. 

NAUNTON [R,] Mr. Hoods. § He was ejected at the 
Restoration, 1660. 

NOTGROVE [R.] Mr. William Davison. A warm 
and useful preacher. He lived at Tewkesbury^ after he was 
ejected, and there had his goods plundered. His house was. 
made his prison ; as he durst not stir abroad, because of the 
writ de excommunicato catiendo. He was afterwards pastor 
of a congregation in Camhden^ in this county. He died on 
the 25th of December^ 1711. He had a son many years 
pastor to a congregation in Winchester* 

ODDINGTON [R. 130/.] William Tray, M. A. 
Of Christ. Church and Magd. Col. 'Oxford. Bom at 
Gloucester. He was master of seven languages, and edu-> 
cated many young gentlemen ; several of them for the mi- 
iiistry. When he was ejected he had a wife and seven chil- 
dren, with but thirty pounds ^^er dnn. of his own] to main« 
tain them ; which obliged Him to set up a school. He re- 
moved afterwards to Leonard Stanley y where he preached in 
his own house. Mr. Henley ^.xht minister of the parish, 
who lived at the next door, informed against him, and got 
him excommunicated. But the Bp. of Gloucester wrote to 
him twice, and oflfcred, it' he would conform, to give him 
as good a parsonage as any in his diocese. Mr. Tray thank- 
fully acknowledged the Bishop's kindness, but said. That 
he was too old to conform. He then went to Horsley:, in 
this county, and preached at the house of Mrs. Willowby^ 
where there was a great resort to him, so that a very large 
place was sopu provided, which was afterwards called Nails^ 
worth meeting. He continued preaching there, while he 
had liberty, and after, that went to Chipping Norton^ in Ox- 
fordshire, where he finished his course, and made a comfort-r 




able exit, aged 59. He was a person very eKempIary in his 
life and conversation ; and was particularly noted for being 
exceedingly charitable and hospitable ; very modest, humble 
and peaceable. 

In the year 1658, there was a public dispute at Winch- 
comb, in which Mr. Tray joined with Mr. Helmes and Mr.. 
Welles, of Tewkesbury, against Mr. Clement Barksdale, 
[who was rector of Naunton\ and Mr. William Towers ;' 
9iid it was observed that aone in all the company was otore 
candid and ingenuous . tlian Mr. Ti^y* An account of this, 
disputation was published in 16^4. There is added to it a. 
letter or two of Mr. 7V<ry's, which shew him to have been, 
both a scholar and a gentleman. 

OLVESTON [C-] Mr. Henhy Hean. 

PUCKLECHURCH [V.] Mr. John Fox. He did a 
great deal of good in this country. After his ejectment he 
was pastor of a church at Nailsworth. From the little he 
wrote, he appears to have wanted neither affection nor judg- 
ment; viz. 

WORKS. Two small Tracts. One on Redeeming the Time. 
[a very excellenPt little piece, ed.]. .The other. The Door of Hea- 
ven opened and shut, on Matt. xxv. 10. « 

RISSINGTON MAGNA \K. u^L qs. 2|rf.] Mr.DRVE,* 
An ancient grave man. After his ejectment he preached at 
Burford, Brice-Norton, and odier places thereabouts. 

, RtTDFORD [R.] Mr. Thomas Sake. Some time after 
his ejectment he went to London, and exercised his ministry 
privately. As he was once preaching for Mr. Doolittle^ 
whose place he chearfiilly undertook to supply, at a dan- 
gerous time, when that gopd man was prudently advised to 
absent himself, a party of soldiers came in and disturbed the 
meeting. On their being ordered to fire, Mr. Sare^ opening 
, his breast, bid them to shoot if they pleased, for he was ready 
to die for his master ; at which they were so struck as to 
desist, and he got avtray in the croud rnihurt. This circum- 
stance is referred to in the account of Mr. Doblittle (Vol. I; 
p. 87) but Mr. Sarc^% name is not there mentioned* 

3APERT0N [C.J Mr. Appleby. 



SHIPTON MOIGNE [R,] Daniel CA?tL. M. A. 
Some time Fellow of Magd. Col. Ox/. He was a native o( 
Gloucestershire, and the son of the eminent Mr. Richard 
Capel. Dr, Walker mentions him as ejected by the Oxford 
visitors. He was successively minister of Morion, jUderly^ 
and SAiptoUy in this county. On parting with this living at 
the latter of these places, in 1662, he practised physic at 
Stroudy as long as he lived. 

SLAUGHTER [R. there arc nuto places of this namey 
Upper and Lower] Mr. John KmcK. It does not appear 
that he preached after his ejectment. He had a place in the 
Custom-house, in London. 

SLIMBRIDGE [R. 28/. 2s. 4A] Mr. Peter Guilliam. 
He was ejected at the Restonition, and diedsoonafterwaids. 

STOW in the ffould [R] Mr. William Beal. He 
died in London not long after his ejectment. 

STOWEL [R.] Mr. Thomas JossAK. 
STROUD. Mr. Boit. 

TEWKSBURY. Mr. John Wellk. Of Gloucester 
Hall, Oxford, where he was colleague with Mr. Clement 
Iterksdale, to whom he was a most eager opponent in the 
disputation (before mentioned, in the preceding page) at 
Wmchcomb, in 1653. § '^ *« to be wished that something 
better could have been rdated concerning him. ed. 

THORNBURY [V. 25/. ly. 8rf.] Mr. Haine. He 
was brother to Major Genml Haine. 

WESCOT.[R.] Mr. Edward Rogers. He was ejected 
also at Medley, in Herefordshire. P^t^>aUy one of the two 
was a sequestered Uvim ; but it is unceitain whkh of them* 
He wasafterwards at Chelmsford^ in JEssex, and died pastor 
of acongregatioQ diere^ 

WESTERLEIGH [C] Mr. Richard Fowum. He 
was finher to Dr. Av/kr, Bishop of Gloucester. He bad 
another soa who Vuci and died a Noncraformist minister. 
He was a great mm^ both in ministerial abilities and labours. 



WESTON (Sub-dl^) [R. S.J Mr. Richard Cooper. 
In the year i648> he subscribed the testimony of the tainisieni 
in this county, as minister of Tewkcshtry, § He is meop- 
lioned by Atkins^ at this place. 

WHITMINSTER [V.] See Morton Valance, 

♦^^* WILLERSLEY [R. S.] Mr. Richard Flavel. 
Father of Mr. John Flavel^ of Dartmouth. He was an 
eminent and laborious minister, first at Broomsgrove^ and 
then at Easier^ in Worcestershire ; from whence he removed 
to this place, where he continued till 1660^ when the old in., 
cumbent was restored. The loss of this living did not so much 
affect him as his want of a fixed place for the exercise of his 
pastoral function. He lived some time with his son at Dart- 
mouth. A little before the Bartholomew ejectment, being 
near Totness^ in Devonshire, he preached on Hos. vii. 6. 

* The days of visitation are come ; the days of recompence 

* are come ; Israel shall know it.' The application of this 
sermon was so close, that it offended some of his hearers, 
and occasioned his being carried before a justice of the p^ace; 
but they could not convict him, so that he was discharged* 
He afco'wards quitted this country, and came to London ; 
where he continued in the fiEutfafuL and acceptable discharge 
of his office, till the time of the plague in 1665.; when. he 
was taken and imprisoned in the manner following: — He w^ 
at Mr. Rlai€*s house, in Covent-garden, where some good 
people had met privately for worship. While he was at 
prayer, a party of soldiers broke in upon them, with their 
swords drawn, and demanded their preacher ; threatening; 
some, and flattering others ; but in vain. Some of the com- 
pany threw a coloured cloak over Mr. JFUivcl^ and in this 
disguise he was earned, with his hearers, to WhiUhall^ 
The women were dismissed; but the men were detained, and 
forced to lie all night trpon the bdre floors and because they 
would not pay five pounds each, were inhumanly sent to 
Newgate^ where the plague dreadfully raged. Here Mr, 
Flavel^ and his wife, who went withliim, were seieed with 
this distemper, . They were bailed out^ but they both died.* 

* The above accoant of Mr. Rkbaid Ilavcl if extracted frooi tbe Life of 

hUSon, Mc.JobnFlaveU 





Of thirty^eight persons taken and cominitted at the sdmt 
time, nine died of the plague in Newgate^ and nine or teh 
more after their discharge. In the same year, while the king . 
and parliament were at Oxford, many of the old officers 1 
were clapped up, and several Nonconfoimists with them, (of ^ 
whom old Mr. Flavd was one) upon pretended suspicion of 
a plot* It was suggested to the court, that while the city 
was forsaken by reason of the sickness, and the parliament 
on that account sitting elsewhere, the malecontents might 
take that as an opportunity to give some disturbance to the 

f;ovemment ; and that therefore it was adviseable to be be- 
brehand with them, x But neither in Mr. FlaveVs case, nor 
the case of others, who suffered at that time, and on that 
occasion, was there any tfiing like a proof of guilt. 

He was an affectionate preacher ; [and a man of such ex« 
traordinary piety, that those who conversed with him 
«aid, they never heard a vain word drop from his lips.] He 
had another son besides him of Dartmouth, viz. Mr. Phineas 
Flavely who was chaplain in the family of the right honour- 
able Edward Lord Russell. It doth not appear that he ever 
had any settled congregation. He preached occasionally 
aboia London, and died in Westminster. Heprinted, The 
deceitful Heart tried and cast, 

WINCHCOMB. Mr. Camshaw Helmes. After his 
ejectment he came to London, and died pastor of the church 
which was formerly Mr. Freak's. Dr. Walker relates some- 
thing to his disadvantage, which may be as true as some 
other of his stories, which, upon enquiry, are found not to 
have the least shadow of a foundation. 

WITCOMB. Mr. Gretorix. There are two Recto- 
ries in this town. 

WOOTON undtr Edge [V.] Mr. Bodin. After his 
ejectment he for some time preached privately at Bath. 

Y AN WORTH ( A Chapclry to Ha^letmJ Mr. Fisher. 

Mr. Joshua Head. The place of his ejectment is 

uncertain. He afterwards preached at Boiirton on the Water. 
He was a worthy man, of the Baptist denomination. 
§ Crosby has nothing to add to this short account, which he 
quotes from Calamy, nor any reflection to make upon it. 



k if 



^ ^ The follcwing persons afterwards conformed : 

k[^ Mr. WiLLTAM Mew, of Easington, He preached his 

^ farewell sermon, as the rest of the ejected ministers did ; but 

jj^ on the Lord*s-day following, he read, •* I A. B. do declare 

^* my unfeigned assent and consent^ &"r.'* without mentiohing 
his own name. A minister (from whom the author had it) 
discoursing afterwards with bim, told him that he must also 
go to the bishop, and subscribe as well as read ; to which he 
\ replied, That by his subscription he should only declare that 

]^ he did read, *' I A, B. &c." This [shaitieful equivocation] 

' brought in him, who had been one of the Assembly at West- 

L, minster. Mr. Briton, of Biesley, and several others o( 

this county, to their great, reproach, followed upop like 

^' Mr. Alway, of l/pper'Grayling.-^Mr. Fido, of Cb/rf- 

Aston. — Mr. Hall, of Beverston. — Mr. Math. Hall, of 

^ Avening. — Mr. Sh£ne or Shev£, of Old Sodbury. — Mr. 

^ C. Sumner, of Alveston, — Mr. Barnsdale, ofFr^mpton* 

Mr. John Lee, of Bamsley, all conformed. 

vot. n.— NO. XVI. » MtNISTEBS 

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ALRESFORD [R.] Mr. Taylotu Whose cliaracter 
and history tre. how irrecoverably lost* 

BADDES1,EY. Mr. Lancaster. All that is no^ 
Tcnown concerning him is, . that he w^s a person of eraihent 
skill in the Oriental languages. N. P. There are in this 
county two places of the name of Baddesley. 

WORKS, Vindiciae Evangelicae ; or a Vindication of tlie 
Gospel, yet with the Establishment of the Law, &c. 

BEADLEY. Mr. Samuel Jefferson. 

BINSTED [Chap, to Alton.-] Mr. John Yates. 

BISHOP'S STOKE [R. 200/.] Mr. Henry Coxe. Of 
Pemb, CoL Oxford, He was cast out to make way for Mr. 
T. Gawen, who is owned by Dr. Walker, to have been a 
Papist : (Attevipty part ii. p. yyJ) Whether it was in 1660 
or 1662, the Dr. and Mr. Anthony Wood are nol agreed. 
Mr. Coxe^ after his ejectment, retired to a farm-house called 
Boycit FariHy in the parish of South Stoneham, where his 
old friends and hearers resorted to him, and there he preached 
to them some years. Upon the Five-mile-act, he removed to 
£otlj/\ and afterwards to Southampton. While he lived in 
this latter place, he preached about a mile out of town, 
towards Stoke, and thete also many of his old people attended 
him, among whom he continued his labours to his death. 
He was buried at Stoke church. From the inscription on 
his grave-stone, it appears that he died Jtaie 13, 167^, aged 
56. He was an agreeable preacher, a courteous man, of 
good address, and congregational in his judgment. 



BJ^AMSHOT [R. 200/.] Mr, John Corbet. Of Magd. 
Bally Oxf. Bora and brought ^ in the city of Gloucester. 
He was a great man every way. He began his ministry io 
his native place (where he lived some years) under I>r. 
Godfrey Goodman, a popish bishop of the Profie^tant church.'b 
liere he continued in the time of the civil ws^rs, of which 
he was a mournful specraix>r. \iX% account of the Siege of 
Gloucester, is. reckoned to give as good an insight. i^to^the 
rise and springs of the war, as any thing extant in a narrow 
compass. He afterwards removed to ClUchesUr^ and thence 
toBramshoty were be was ejected in 1662. He then lived 
privately in and about London, till K. Charles's Indulgence^ 
in 1672, at which time a part of his old flock invite4 him ta 
Chich^stery where he continued his labours with great assi- 
duity and success. Duringhis residence there, Bp.i^i^nnm^y 
out of his abundant ze^, gave a public challenge to the 
Presbyterians and Independents, the Baptists and the Qua- 
kers, and appointed three d^iys for the disputation : the first 
for the two former, and the oth^r two for the two latter. 

On the first day, a considerate congregation being present 
ijpi the church, and Mi\ CQrbel and others being ready toi 
make their defence, the Qishop came aqd took the pulpit, 
baying ?t heap of books about hina, and frons his fort fired 
very fiercely, bis whole harraogue being full of sharp invec- 
tives. Schism and rebellion w^re the ball he shot, poiscfned 
with the strongest venom ; forgetting that * A bishop should 
• be no brawler.* Mr. Corbet^ who was known to have 4 
great cpmtnand of himself^ earnestly but modestly offered to 
interpose by way of defence ; but the 6i$hop would hear 
yery little, and told him. H^ should answer by writing, 
and t^ke another time ,and place. Mr* Corbet desired, as 
was most reasonable^ that their defence should be at the same 
time and place with th^ crimination. Whe« his Lordship 
vould hear nothing, Mr. Corbet^ turning to the mayor aqd 
his brethren present, desired that they would be pji^ased to 
assign some convenient time and place for the bearing of his 
vindication ; but they declined it. 

When tfee Baptist's day came, the Bishop treated them 
with greater civility. It may be hjB wa^ tJke cooler now, for 

f This the bishop htmself owned in bU lait testau^ent, which is 19 print. 
7roc^ in his account of him quotes his very words; and yet gives a more 
iavuurable cjiaractcr of Him tlian he does ciihcr of fVilkim or fi^kts^p, 

Sft- the 


the heat he had let out the day before. The Quaker's day 
being the last of the three, they had time to summon in their 
friends from all quarteis, and several came from Hampshire 
and Surrey, as well as the remote parts of Sussex. When 
the Bishop fell to railing, they paid him in his' own coin, and 
with interest too.' And when, in some surprize, he left the 
pulpit; and the church, some of them followed him home, 
and one. of them, as he passed along, plucking him by the 
sleeve, said, " The hireling fleeth, the hireling fleeth.'* 

After this, Mr. Corbet drew up his defence in writing, 
and taking witli him some substantial citizens, went to the 
Bishop's palace, to make a tender of it to his lordship, but 
he lefused to receive it. Mr. CbrA^^ intreated him to read 
it ; and when he refused, began to read it himself; but the 
bishop would not suffer him to proceed, and urged him to 
write now, offering him pen, ink, and paper. Mr Corbet 
replied, That was needless, for he had written already, what 
he now tendered, at home, where he could be more composed. 
The Bishop persisting in the refusal, Mr. Corbet finally told 
him. Since nothing else would do, he must take some other 
method for his vindication ; intimating that he would use the 
press. When Mr. Corbet went away, the Bishop followed 
him to his palace-gate with bitter railing ; but He, under all, 
expressed the greatest temper and meekness, returning good' 
words and good wishes for very evil ones. 

Mr. Corbet was for many/ years a£9icted with the stone». 
which at last proved the cause of his death. While the pain 
was tolerable, he endured it, and did not desist from preach- 
ing, till within a fortnight of his being brought up to Lon- 
don in order to be cut. But before that operation could be 
performed, death put an end to his sufferings, Dec. 26, 1680. 
His funeral sermon was preached by Mr: Baxter^ who gives 
him this character :+ '* He was a man of great clearness and 
soundness in religion, and blameless in conversation. He 
' was of so great moderation and love of peace, that he hated 
all that was against it, and would have done any thing for 
concord in the church, excjepl sinning against God, and 
hazai-ding his salvation. He was for catholic union, and 
communion of saints, and for going no further from any' 
churches or christians than they force us, or than they go 
irom Christ. He was for loving and doing good to all, and 

f See Baxters Works, vol. iv. p. 911. or Tems*s Biographical Collections. 



Jiving peaceably with all, as far as was in his power. Some- 
thing in Episcopacy, Presbytery, and Independency lie likeJ, 
and sOme things he disliked in all. He was true to his con- 
science, and valued not the interest of a party or faction. 
If all the Nonconformists in England had refused, he would 
have conformed alone, if the terms had been reduced to what 
he thought lawful. He managed his ministry with faithful- 
ness and prudence. He had no worldly designs to carry on, 1 
but was eminent in self-denial. He was not apt to speak ' 
* against those by whom he suffered, nor was he ever pleased 
with ripping up their faults. He was very careful to preserve 
the reputation of his brethren, and rejoiced in the success of 
their labours as well as of his own ; and a most careful 
avoider of all divisions, contentions, or offences. He was 
very free in acknowledging by whom be profited, and pre- 
ferring others before himself. He was inuch in the study of 
his own heart, as is evident from the little thing of his that 
is published, called Notes for Himself^ &c. He had good 
assurance of his own sincerity, and yet was not altogether 
without his mixture of fears. He had the comfort of sen- 
sible growth in grace. He easily perceived a notable increase 
of his faith, and holiness, his heavenliness, and humility, 
and contempt of the world, especially in his latter years, 
and under bis affliction, as the fruit of God's correcting rod ; 
and died at last in great serenity and peace.*' — ^There is no oc- 
casion for wonder that such a man should fall under the cen* 
sure of Mr. Wood. His commendation had really been a 

WORKS. An Historical Relation of the n) Hilary Govemment 
of Gloucester^ frpm the Beginning of the Civil .War to tlie removal 
of Col. Massie to the Command of the Western Forces, ito. 
\&^5'y (which Mr. Baxter much commends in his Preface to his 
Confession of Faith.). -A Vindication of the Magistrates of Glou- 
cester from the Calumnies of Robert Bacon ; to which is added* 
The Discussion of ten Questions, tending to the Discovery of close 
Antinomianism.. .The Interest of England in the Matter of Reli* 
gion ; in two Parts, 1661, 8vo. (an admirable book, where any 
man may clearly see the spirit and design of those called Presby- 
terians, at and after the Restoration.). -The Kingdom of God 
among Men ; a Tract of the sound State of Religion : to which 
is added, A Discussion of the Point of Church Unity and Schism^ 
• .A Discourse of the Religion of England... Self Employment in 
> Secret, containing Memorials for his o\vn Practice^ bis Evidences 

^ - «3^ npojj 


.^ li 

2(J2 ^iKlSf ERi i:jtetTE0 

upon Self-Examination^ &c.t..And his Remains ; coBkiniflg i^ 
toiscourse of Ihe Churth, of the Ministry, of Certainty and Ih- 
falUbilily ; and the true State of ancient Episcopacy ; a Conside- 
ration of ihe present State off Conformity in the Church of Eng- 
land. A Discourse of Divme Worship. An Exposition of Jonali, 
ii. 1-^*. An; Exposition of John 3cvi. 33. An Enquiry into the 
Oxford oath ; A Plea for Comrt^nion trhh ihe Church of England, 
.&C. With a modest Defence of his ti>inisterial Nonconformity, 
and the Exercise of his Ministry, in Answer to the Bishop of Chi* 
Chester's (Gunning's) Charge agmst him. An ExpKcation of 
the Decrees and Operations of God, &c. And an Accocmt of 
the Principles and Practices of the Nonconformists ; shewing that 
their Religion is no other than what is profesned in the Chon:h of 
tngland.. .He had also a considerable hand in compiling Mr. Rash- 
\vorth's first Volume of Historical Collections ; which, by compe- 
tent jadges, is reckoned a master-piece of the kind. 

BROKENHURST [C. or D.] Mr. Robert TuxcHti^. 
Second son of Mi . Robert Tutchin, of Newport, in the. 
Isle of Wight, After his ejectment he had a separate church 
in the New Forest, and a lecture at Lymington, \vhere he 
flied, and was buried in the chancel of the church, 

CALBOURN £R. 202Z.] Mr.,EDWARD Buckler. Hd 
was much the gentleman^ a good preacher, and a good 
writer. He had becin one of Oliver CromweW^ chaplain's,, 
and ipreached before him four times a year, for which he re- 
ceived £o/. After he was ejected he lived privately at Brad* 
fp-rd Abbis^ in Dotset^ where he foHowed the bttsiiness of 
malting, abd pleached but seldom ; e'ncept in 4Lnd about the^ 
year 1672, at a gentleman's house, where few if any were 
admitted besides the family. He frequently attended at the 
jmbKc ckufch. 

f A Very "sjnill, but excellent piece, rceoinm ended by Mr. Boxue, of 
which ehere has been a new edition, by the Kcv. Mr. Unwin, a respectable 
clergyman^ in oonseqoexice of the chardcrer igiven of it by Mr. MOrton, 
in a letter to Mr. Stcadman, commiratc&ted by the late Sir James Stonehousc. 
<< There is no book (says Mr. Orton) I have so often read ta CorbettU Stf 
Efn^oytnertt. ft is always upon my desk : my vade rneciim in travelling : bf 
Any bed-side in stckficiis. I cati read a llttl'c in dhat, when- 1 can read noth- 
ing else, it is the best manual I know for a christian minister. His (mi- 
deotiai maxims are excellenr, founded 'on much ekperience and knowledge 
of mankind. And, excepting a few phrases common in those days, there it 
great sprig'htliness and strength in it. It is indeed (as Mr. Howe in hit 
{vreface calls it) the anatoif^y of the heart : and happy the heart that can 
trace his image in itself. It will furnish exceUc'nt materials for addressing 
conacience, and directing your hearers to ^vdge 6f their sp^itual state, and 
for preaching experimentally, which is the life and sonl of preaching.">--t'Uis 
letter has lately been .pubksUcd in a CoQcctioo of Mr. Oiton's Letters to a 
Vouftg clergyman. . . 


m UAMMUIKE. 263 

WORHS. A Cateditsa.<^A Treatiie> entitfed, God A!( in 
AlL-^Aikd an AsstEe Sennon.— He abo Mi some thii>g» in manu^ 

CHRIST-CHURCH [V.] Mr. John Warnjer^ 

CLANFJELD. [two. parishes] Mr* Dyman. 

COWES tVesi (Isfe of IVightJ Mr. Simon Pole. Of 
dxf. Universiity. He was born in Somersetshire, aod after: 
his ejectment he went thither, where he^as seized as be waa- 
preaching, and imprisoned seven years. This lone confine- 
tecflt brought dt^empers upon him, which, it vrss believed^ 
shortened his days. He was a bold spirited man, and an ex* 
Qelleat preachsn Ht had a large fumsly, and Was very poor. 
Smmuel Duneh^ Esq. (who was a great friend t6 all the suf-< 
^rittg ministers whom he knew) often rdieved him. 


CRAWLEY [R. 300/.] Samuel Tomlyms, MA. Qf 
Xrin* Col, Can\l, He was born at Newbury, in Berks« 
and was qualified for the university at thirteen years of age^ 
When he quitted it he officiated »ofno time as a chi^Iain ; and 
at length was presented to this living of Crawley f in i65j»' 
from whK:h he wa^ ejected with his brethren in i66£i He 
afterwards preached privately as he had opporttinily, till he 
was called by a congpregatiDn ta ihti citj oi Winchts^rr 
where, for nine years, he continued exposed to' jfroat hard- 
ships and difficulties, on account of his nonconformity.. 
Frott) thence he removed tQ //i?c^l, in Wiltshire^ and there 
he pr^ached^to a few peo|»Ie in his ovvn house, till K. Jatms 
published his Declaration for liberty of conscience ; upon 
which he was chosen by a congregation in And&ver^ wifh 
\yhom he spent a few years. In the beginning of t^he relgH 
cf K» William and Q. Mary, he removed from thence \^ 
M^ribcraug/ii where he continued his ministry fur many' 
y^aigs. And there, after having been f^r several nionilis^ 
under great pains and bodily infirmities, he at length firiished 
his course, June 46, 170^$ in the^th year of his age. Hia 
funeral sermon was preadied by Mrt 3enj, Flan>^r^ ot Chip- 
penham, on Isa^ Ivii. t. He wai a good critic in Greek 
and Hebrew, and an excellent leXtuary : A man 0^ groat 
g,mvity and wisdom, and a good casuist. H<e was mighty 
in the scriptures ; for his head, memory, heart, andtoA)gue> 
were full of them. Aacl he had a gcoeral reputation, a$ a 
jicholar, a preacher, and a divine, 

s ♦ WORKS- 


WORKS. A Fonenl Sermon for Mr. Walter Marshal of 
Hursley.. .Another for Mr. Richard Moor^ of Hun^erford.. .The 
Justification of Believers by tlie Righteousness of Christ only.,. 
The humble Sinner^s Supp)ica,tipn. for Pardon.., The preaching of 
Christy and the Prison of God, on 1 Pet. iii. 1 9.,. The necessity 
of breaking up our Fallow-ground, &c.,.Tbe great Duty of 
Christians to go forth without ,the Camp to Jesus ; on Hei. xiii. 13. 
', -Supplication to the Sovereign Jirdge^ the Duty of the best of 
Men.,. Christ's second Coming, and the Purging of his Kingdom; 
two Sermons, on MMt, xiii. 41.^.And a Discourse on 2 Cm. iii. 6, 
at a Meeting of Ministers, 

' CRUNDEL [V.l Mr.,' Humphrey Weaver. OiOxJ^ 
University. , After his ejectment from this valuable Uving, 
he continued preaching in his own, bouse, in the parish of 
Crundel^ to the time of hisdeath, to an auditory of serious 
Chrisrians, of whom be would take ngthing for his labour ; 
God having blessed him with a large increase of his estate, 
after his ejecttticnt. But he met with a great deal of trouble 
from his enemies, on account of his Nonconforiniry, and his 
preaching so constantly. Ac the time of the Five-mite-act 
they sought to take bim up ; but he bought an house at a 
little abov« five miles distance/^hithei* his auditory followecl 
him : and he continued preaching to them to the v^ry last 
Sabbath of his life. He died in 1696. He was a good 
scholar, a great preacher, a zealous Nonconformist, and a 
inan of a generous a94 a very public spirit. 

* DROXFORD IR. S. 300/.] Mr. Robert Webb. The 
former incumhent, immediately upon the Restoration, came 
to take possession of this living, and thrust out Mr. R, fTebh 
^nd bis. family v(^ith their goods in a rough and violent manner. 
A gentleman in the n^ighboufhopd, tho' a Roman catholic, 
v^as so concerned at such .se:verity, that he humanely received 
them for the present into his own house, till in a little time 
the wife of Richard Cromvt^U, Esq. seot a coach for tltetn. 
and brought them to a bouse of theirs. Mrs. fFebi^ heing 
big with child, fell in labour in the carriage. Mr. IVebi had 
a large familyi and was very poor. S, Dunch^ Esq. of 
BadHy^ was kind to him as long as he lived ; and at his 
death left him 10/. a year during life. i\t was a good 
scholar, and an eminent preacher* He died ^u^. t4, i67«f, 
?ged 4a. 

^. jp. for Mr, Noah Webb, see Upton Grey, 


IN HAM?SHmB. 255 

. ELLINGHAM for ikilbrook) Mr. Thomas Brown. 
A man of great piety and learning, who died soon after he 
Mras ejected. 

EWHURST [Chap, to Basingstoke^ John Harmar, 
M. A. Of Winchester-school, and Magd, CcL Oxfords 
He was Greek professor in that University, and was ejected 
soon after the Restoration. He was so excellent a scholar, 
that even Wood gives him this character : *' He was a most 
*^ excellent philologist, a tolerable Latin poet, and was happy 
" in rendering Grieek into Latin, or Latin into English, or 
** English into Greek or Latin, whether in prose or verse.** 
Upon his ejectment he retired to Steventon^ in this county, 
wh ere 4ie died in 1670. 

. WORKS. Praxis Grammatices : Vemm et g«inuinuin DecJi* 
nationum et Conjugationuin usum liquid^ indicans, &c...Janua 
LinguaruiD ; sive Methodus et ratio Compendaria et faciiis ad om- 
pes Linguas ad Latinam verd maxime aperiens...£cIogae Senten* 
tiarum et Slmilitudinum^ e D. Chrysostomo decerptas : Gr. et Lat, 
cum Annot ..Prolomartyr Brilannus; seu Elegia Sacra in Conver* 
sionemet Martyrium S. A Ibani.- -Lexicon Etyraologicoa Graccura, 
junctim cum Scapa1a...£pistoIa ad D. Lambertum Osbalstonum, 
Cui intexitur Apologia pro honoratiss. iIlustri<isimoque viro ac Dc^ 
minoj D. Johannae WiHiaras Arcbiep. Eborac. et Angiiae Primate. 
•..Oratio Oxonias habita, in Schola Publfca Linguae .Graecae assig* 
nat^, 15 Aug. 1630...OratiOy SerenisAimi Protectoris Elogium 
Complectens, Oxonian habita 30 Kal. Mail ld54, 4ito. Ad Pro- 
tectoremCarmina de Pace, cum Belgis sancit^. Vindicias Acade- 
mise Oxooiensig ; sive Oratio Apolo^etica qua Exercitiorum Aca« 
demicorum in Trimestre. vacate a Crimine vindicatur, 8vo. ] 6Q2* 
v^M. Tulli Ciceronis Vita, ex optimis quibusque Scriptoribus de- 
jibata, et in Compendium reducta, 8vo. 1 662. Oratio Panegyrica 
in honor. Car. 2. &c. in Angliam, Plaudente Orbe Britannico, 
remigrant. Habita Ox. 27 Mail, 1660. He also translated the 
Assembly's Shorter Catechism into Greek and Latin, &c. 

EXXON LR.] Mr. John Ridge. • . 
FARLINGTON [R.] Mr. Robert Lecester, 

FORblNGBRIDGE [V. S.] Or some place near it. 
Mr. Ckossin. Mr. Cuff, the old incumbent, was reinstated 
at the Restoration J tho* he was a person of so little serious* 
ness, that he took the liberty to jest in the pulpit. Mr, Cros- 
sin afterwards went into Devonshire^ where he found so 
inuch favor with the Bp. of Exeter ^ as to be continued in a 
living there some time after 1669, without re-ordination. 



FRESHWATER [R. 300/.] James C:r*swick'/B» D. 
FdHow of Si, John's Col, Camh, He wia^ a native of Skef* 
jieldy in Yorkshire^ On Aug. 24, 1662^ anrl for ^oine 
months before, he preached on those words, Htb, x. g4» 

• And took joyfully the spoiling of your goods, knowing in 
' yourselves that ye have in heaven a better and an enduring 

* substance.* He continued to preach two Lord's-days be- 
yond the tiiTJeto which the law confined him, unless he had 
conformed \ for which^ two of his parishioners, his. grea( 
^lemies, iuformed against him, and complained of hitn tQ 
jbx.Morhii^ Bishop of Winchesiery who was holding a vi^ 
sitation- Mr. Creswki^ understanding their intentioH| 
Inade application himself to the Bishop, and told his Lord- 
ship what he had done ; allcdging, that his continuing to 
fireach w^», bec&iisc he was willing the parish should be sup- 
plied till another incumbent came. He added, that he con**' 
ceivcd himself sufficiently justified in what he did, as he was. 
yet Fellow of 5"/. Jahn^s Chi. which gave him a piivilege to^ 

f breach in any church or chapel, iCc. And producing his 
jcencc, he took the freedom to ask the Bishop, Whether 
ihat was invalidate by the Act of uniformity ? The Bishop re- 
plied. He thought not. Whereupon Mr. Creswick farther 
said» Thco he thought he might still preachy tho' he did not 
€icpect any reeompcnce. Sut ou the Sabbath following, his 
Jordship ordered the d^urchwardens to keep the doors stiut 
against him, and there was no preaching at all, 

Mr. Crtsmick was a man of great abilities ; well skilled 
Sn the learned languages, and an accurate preacher, tho* he 
Was sometimes so afflicted in his eyes as to be incapable of 
using notes. He was a man of great piety, and of very 
exemplary patience under the tormenting pains of the stone* 
He used frequently to say, ** Lord, I am thine, and thou 
^* canst do me so wrong. I liad rather have health of soul, 
** in a body full of pain, than health and ease of body in a 
** distempered soul." He died in Feb. 1692, aged 75, at 
Beal^ in Yorkshire, where he had purchased an estate of 
300/. a year, and preached to a poor ignorant people. 

WORKS. Mr. Oliver Hey wood published a posthumous Tract 
of his, entitled Advice to an only Child ; where his character raay 
be seen. He also had prepared for the press another tract, con- 
cerning Man's Fall, and his Recovery by Christ. 

^ GODSHIL (in the Me of Wight) tV.] Mr. Thomas 
Clark. He was one of the ministers who preached the 

2 lecture 

. ' IN HAMPSmniE. si^ 

lecture at NtwpQrt. Soon after he was ejecftd his wife 
died, and loft him only one daughter^ who was entertained 
in the famities where he was chaplain. In that capacity he 
lived with Sir Anthony Irby^ ten years. He there became 
acquainted with Sir Philip H4tceurty Latly Irb^s nephew, 
who came often to visit her, and who xvas so extremely 
pleased with Mr. Clark's conversation (which was very fa- 
cetioQs) tliat he greatly importuned him to come and livjc 
^ith hnxky ztSiattloH If aixourt J in Oxfordshire, to which 
he at letigth consented. In 1675 ht removed thither, ani 
took his dawghter doWrt with him. Not long afterguards. Sir 
Philip*^ ofily son, Simon Harcourt, Esq. (afterwards Lord 
Harcottrl) clandestinely married her. Upon this, Mr. 
Clark soon quitted the family [being most probaWy <?;>c/t'^/3 
and went to Portsmoutkj where he spent the remainder of 
his days. Btirt: iti Hvhat manner doth not appear, 

GUERNSEY Island. Mr. Le Marsh. 

HARTLEY WASPIL |;R. 120^.] Mr. John Jeknings^ 
Of Christ-Churchy Oxf. He was born m the parish of 
Oswestry y in Shropshire, A. D. 1634. Having enjoyed his 
livit^g abotie fowr years, he resigned it in xfifilz. He was af- 
terwards ttitor to Mr. Not/es, of TuckwcH, and ihen chap- 
iam to Mrs. Pleasant, of Langtm, in Leicestershire. Wliile 
he lived here, he gathered a clmrch otit of that deighbour- 
hood, at>d for some years aftei* thrs Lady's death, he con- 
tinued in her house, in which his congregation used to as- 
semble. At length he moved both his habitation anJ his 
meeting to Kibworth^ a village two miles from Langton^ 
where he bought a little estate. There he died in the year 
1701. He was a serious and laborious preacher, who spent 
tnuch time in his jtndy. He was of a cheerful temper, and 
was well respected both by his people and by the neighbour- 
ing mitiisters ; and was very easy in that retired course of 
life which he led in the latter part of his time, in this ob- 
scure situation. We left two sons, .who tvere brought up to the 
ttiitiistry among the Dissenters, [^and were both of them 
eminent tutors of dissemingacademies. The one, Mr. John 
Jennings^ was minister at Kibwortli^ and afterwards at 
Hinckley^ in Leicestershire. He was tutor to the celebrated 
Dr. Doddridge^ (who succeeded him in that office) and was 
the author of two excellenit tracts, on Preaching Christ, and 
on Experimental preaching. The younger son was the lata 
• Pr. David Jennings, pastor of the congregation (now Mr. 



•Noah Hiir%) in Old Grarel-lane, Wapping, and tiitor of 
the academy, afterwards removed to Hoxton^ but now 
extinct. J 


HAYLING Isle fV.] Mr. John Rowel. 

: %* HOUGHTON [R. 300/.] Thomas Warrett, 
A. M. He was presented to this rectory by the parHaraent in 
the year 1650. The presentation (which passed the seal 
Feb. 6,) represents the vacancy as occasioned per relictio- 
ncm ultimi incumbentis ; but whether this is to be under- 
stood of a voluntary resignation, or of a sequestration, may 
iadmit of a doubt. The latter is most probable. Mr. War^ 
Ten appears to have been one of those Pr^byterian divines 
who did not scruple conformity, upon the terms of K. Charles's 
Declaration, of Oct, 25, i6$o ; for fit the close of this year 
he went to Scotland, and was ordained both deacon ^^nd 
presbyter the same day (Dec. 22.) by theBp. of fVhithern.f 
On the 1st of Feb. following he received episcopal letters of 
institution and induction to his rectory from Dr. Bryan 
Duppay Bp. of Winchester, and was accordingly inducted 
into it by Mr. Anthony Hilary, rector of Brougnton, Feb. 
7. — After his ejectment in 1662 he might have had great pre • 
ferment in the church, (the king offering him the bishopric 
of Salisbury, and that of Winchester ;) but he could not 
conscientiously accede to the new terms. However he lived 
unmolested in the worst of times. He was pastor to a pri- 
vate congregation at Rumsey^ in this county ; and upon K. 
Charles's Indulgence, in 1672, he took out a licence as a 
Presbyterian minister, to preach in the house of Mr. TA^. 
Burbanky in that town, which is dated July 1, and is signed 
by lord ClifforiTs own hand, and likewise by that of the 
Icing himself. It appears from this licence, that the ministers 
Vrho complied with the terms of it, were allowed to preach, 
not only in the place therein specified, butjn any other al- 
lowed by the king's declaration of March 15, 1672. When 
K. James granted the Indulgence, Mr. Warren^ being de- 
sirous to know the sehtimenti; of the London-ministers con- 

f The testimonials are signed Tkmas Candida Casnt Efiiscofius. The original, 
98 also the parliament's presentation, :ifld the other papers and instrttments 
referred to in the above account, are now in the editor's hand«» by the 
favour of the Rev. Mr. Henry Taylcr, late of Croydon^ who, by the mother'* 
$t6fi, is a great-^andsoD of MT,ffarren% 




ceming it, and what part it was most advlseable to take, wrote 
to one Mr. Leigh in London for information, who gave him 
an answer, of which the following extract seems worth 

** Worthy sir,' ^The sentiments of ministers here in re. 

lation to the king's Deciaiation, are best explained by their 
practice. I find all make use of it freely. — ^The Presbyterian 
ministers have presented a gratulatory address to his majesty, 
with abo'ut thirty hands to it. Mr. Hurst, Veale, Rosewell, 
Chester, Reynolds, Turner, and three more, as I hear, did 
attend his majesty, f/ar^^ delivered it. The pleasant coun- 
tenances of the courtiers, as also his majesty's courteous words, 
looks and behaviour, did bid them welcome. After it was 
read, I am informed, his majesty thus expressed himself, or to 
this purpose : *' Your address is very acceptable. I am well 
pleased to see so good an issue of my Declaration, as the 
ease and peace of my subjects. It is my judgment, that 
conscience is under God's empire, and not to be forced in 
matters of religion. Go home; make your hearers good 
christians, and then they will be good subjects. You have 
zviagna charia for your property; I would you had it 
also for this liberty. But do not surmise that I have any 
unknown design, for my Declaration is a true interpreter 
of my mind." I find that most, if not all, judge it good 
manners to thank his majesty for this great favour. Many. 
I find are not well pleased with this liberty, much less with 
the addresses. That God would give us assistance, direction, 
courage, .and perseverance in the way of duty, is the request 
Lo7idon, Jpril 30, Your obliged friend and servant, 
1687. William Leigh.** 


Mr. Warren continued preaching at Rumsey eighteen 
years, and gathered a large congregation, which continues in 
a flourishing condition to > this day. He ceased liot from his 
labours in the latter part of his life, tho' he was almost blind. 
The day before his death he discoursed freely with a friend, 
and gave him a short history of his earthly pilgrimage ; which 
he concluded with these words: •• And now I am neither 
" afraid to die, nor unwilling." — From the inscription upor) 
his grave-stone in Rumsey church, it appears that he died Jan. 
27, 1694, aged 77. He is there stiled " a learned, pious, 
^ •• and faithful minister of Christ ; a solid and nervous assertor 
" of discriminating grace, and freep will." He was suc- 











ceeikrl In Ms congregation at Rumsey Hy Mr. Jotn (ioUwire^ 
jtmior. He was a roan of considerable note for ministerial 
abilittes^^ and of an uncommonly mild and gentle spirit. He 
t\'as engaged in a controversy with one Eyre of Salisbury, in 
consequence of a sermon which he preached before that cor- 
porationy on the subject of Justification, and he appeairs to 
bavebeen a thorough master of his subject, and to have 
greatly the advantage of his adversary. He writes not only 
like a scholar, and an able disputant, but as -a zealous advo- 
cate for truth and holiness. The following is^ the title of the 
hook at lengthy which contains all hi& 

, • WORKS. Unbelievers not Subjects of Justification, nor of 
mystical Union to Christ ; being the sum of a sermon preached at 
New-Sarum ; with a vindication of it from the objections and ca- 
lumniations cast upon it&y Mr. W. Eyre in his Vrndicia Justifcat'umis ; 
together with animadversions upon the said book, and a refutation 
of that anti-fidian and anti-evangelical error asserted therein, w%. 
The justification of infidels, or the justification ©f a sianer be&re 
and without faith. Wherein also the conditional necessity apd in- 
strumentality of faith unto justificatioa,i0;gether wjth (he consistency 
of it with tlie freeness of God's grace, is explained, confirmed 
a«i(^ vindicated, &c. frw, xvii. 1 5. JOedicated to the mayor, tlie 
court of akicrmeii, &c. of New-Sarum.^ 

' %* HURSLEY [V.] Mr. Walter Marshal. OiNem 
CoL Oxf. Of which he became Fellow. He was also 
chosen Fellow of the college at Winchester. In r^rd do 
<:hurch government he was esteemed a Ptesbyterian. After 
his ejectment he was pastor of a congregation at Gjospoii^ 
where * he was a burning and shining light.' He was much 
exercised with troubled thoughts for many vears ; and had, 
by many mortifying methods, sought peace of conscience, but 
his troubes siill increased. Whereupon he consulted others, 
particularly Mr. Z>Vr/cr, whose writings he had been much 
conversant with^ who told him that be tookthem too legally. 
He afterwards consulted Dr. T. G. an emifient divine, [pro- 
bably Thomas Goodwin'] giving him an account of the 
state of his soul, and particularizing his sins which lay heavy 
on his conscience ; who told him " he had forgot to mention 
the greatest sin of all, that of imbelief, in not believing on 
the Lord Jesus for the remission of his sins and the sarictifi^ 
cation of his nature.** Hereupon he set himself to the study- 
ing and preaching Christ, and attained to eminent holiness, 
Eeace of conscience, and joy in the Holy Ghost. The book 
Q published, mentioned below, was the frii^k of his ex^ 


< IN IIAMPSHIRC. ' 27 1 

fieriefice. A little before his death he said to those abotit 
him, that he died io the full persuasion ct the truth, ami in 
the comlorc of that doctrine which he had preached* His 
dying words vefe ^ The wages of sra is death* but the gift 
* of God is eteraal lijfe thro^ Jesus Christ.' Mr. TamlynM 
preached his fiineral sermon. 

WOTIKS, Tlie Oospe! Mystery of Samrfificstion opened) tffc. 
to which is added, a Sermon on Justification. [Note. This hook 
was abridged, and many passages in it, which were liabb to 
abuse, very judiciously guarded against an Antinomian oonstnic-* 
tion^ by the late pious, sensible, and uselul Mr. Btf^^tmw forfiift 
w ho died at Hackngy, in Manh^ 1773.] 

*^* KINGSWORTHY. Mr. John Hook, After his eject- 
ment he was pastortrf a dissenting congregation ?Lt Basingstoke. 
Mr. Joseph Barber ^ of London, who was sometime minister 
at that place, gives the following acoimt of him, which he ga- 
thered from someolderly pcojplc there. He lived here many 
years in reputation and usefulness, ^e was a holy, humble 
man ; of exemplary life and conversation. His memoiy 
was very precious to his people after he was dead. His preach- 
ing was sententious, aad they treasured op many of l\h 
sayings, among which they related the following : — " A 
V new heartconsists of an enlightened mind, a renewed will, a 
** tender conscience, and sanctified aflFection^.— An hypocrite 
** is in the worst condition of any man upon eanh ; tor he is 
** hated of the world because of his protessioh, an^ hated of 
f* God because he has no more than a profession," As aa' 
encouragement to christians to ' fight the good fight of faith,' 
he would often say, ** The conflict may be sharp^ but the 
** victory is sure; the reward is great, ai;4 d^e cro\vn ii\ 

* • • * 

^ In ad<£tiofi to these, the following have since been re- 
ceived, with some further account of Mr. Hooi ;*— " Liv© 
** by the spirit of Christ, and aim at the glory of Christ-'* 
— " Tis grace to be in him, and glory to be with hiaa.** — 
** Some are condemned to an estate; others are exalted, ta 
** poverty." J^mes i. 9. 10. — ** When the root is bitter- 
^' ness, the bkascnn wiU ilii; up as dast.'^^-^'^ it will go Imrd 

* trom Mr- Joscpli Jefferson, Uie present mini»t<!r.of Batingstoke, wl)rt 

•setected them from a n^nnbor of papers put into his hands hy a desccn Jant < f 

Mr. Ifiooky wko.also pnetented to hiui a BihJc, coutainino; marginal norcs 

a«d references, chiefly )fi short-hand : likewise a vo|uo)(i tff maoufCripf &ir* 

jB'jws^ wriuea fc>y Mr. Kook-'s fcU.L-r. 
• « ■ 



•• with ineii if they be found in the guilt of the least siii, or 
*' [only] in the worth of the best duty." — " We should learn 
<* to do natural things in a spiritual way, and spiritual things 
" in a natural way." — ** By Faith we enjoy God, by Love 
** we enjoy our neighbours, and by Patience we enjoy our- 
•* selves." 

Mr. John Hook was the son of Mr. Wm. HooA, of whom 
an account is given. Vol. I. p. 184. He continued to preach 
after he was blind, and died in peace, at the agi^ of '/6. In 
the burying ground at Basingstoke, is the foUovi^ing inscrip- 
tion on' his toinb-stone : \ 

M. H. T. Virum verd reverendum Johanni^m Hook, 
Evangelio saiutofero Dudum devotum Present. (^EAN©- 
PfiuOT vivificam Sperantem Sacris Libris admodurti versa- 
tum Eximie doctum nee non Insigni Pietate ornatum. 
bbiit Anno C. S. 1710. iET. S. 76. 

His funeral serition was preached by Mr. Bally on John 
.xiv. 3. A MS copy of it is preserved, of which the fol- 
lowing IS an extract. — •• To you among whom our Rev. 
Father livedo it need not be told what his excellences were ; 
and to others, so brief an account as I am able to give is not a 

sufHcient tribute to his memory I have within the space of 

ten or twelve years had an opportunity of frequent converse 

with him. As a scholar, no man could call him in question. 

J remember an ingenious and learned gentleman, who was a 

very capable judge, gave him the character of being learned 

in the oriental languages ; and vet he told me himself, he 

was near thirty years of age before he had any acquaintance 

with the Hebrew — an evident argument that he thought it 

his duty to cultivate his own mind.. ..This made him a great 

scribe in the kingdom of heaven ; able to bring out of his 

treasury things new and old. He had the Greek Text of the 

New Testament very much at command, and could readily^ 

recite it upon any occasion. He did not only/ead the modern 

systems of divinity and philosophy, but studied the holy 

scriptures, those living oracles, from whence the man of God 

is to fetch all his fulness. With these he was so well a<f- 

quainted, in our English translation, that he could carry* 

them almost in his head. When his eye-sight failed him, 

be could tell by feeling the book he generally made use of»^ 

how many chapters were contained within such leaves, that 

were offered to him : I can truly speak it, because I made 

the experiment myself. His ministerial cou(se wiis thro' ther 

4 ' . iood 


good providence of God lengthened out among you to a con- 
siderable period. You must bless God, that he was continued 
to you so loiig. The great thing that he delighted in, was 
to convince men of their wretchedness by nature, and their 
need of Christ and his sufficieiicy to save sinners, and the 
wonderful display of God's love, wisdom and grace in the 
method of our redemption. The self-justiciary he laboured 
to convince of hia erroneous apprehensions ; and he bent his 
endeavours to that noble end of exalting God, and the riches 
of bis grace ; and to lay corrupted man as low as pdissible^ 
that he that glories, may glory in the Lord. In his prayers 
he was humble, devout and affectionate. Sometimes I have 
been much moved with those expressions which have savoured 
of a deep self-abasement, flowing from an uncommon- sense 
of God's awful majesty, and his unspotted holiness. His 
prayers did always abound with pithy sentences, and expres« 
sjons of God's grace and man's unworthiness. 

We in the ministry have lost^a real friend ; those of us 
especially who are of the younger sort. I cannot forbear to 
inention to the honour of his memory, that he was very 
ready to encourage young men ; he used to pray much for us, 
and would give us good advice, and exhort us to study hard^ 
lo pray often, and to preach a crucified Redeemer. Tho' 
he was an ancient and able divine, yet he would not disdain 
the benefit of the prayers of the younger. I, do not 
know whether ever I parted with him without such a request 
on his part : " Pray for me, as I do for you." He would' 
often enquire concerning the 'state of our church; whether 
the gospel prevailed in the hearts of our hearers. Indeed all' 
places sustain a considerable loss by his departure from us. 
We lose the benefit of his prayers to God, both minister^ 
and people ; and if I mistake not, ,every man under his care 
he recommended to the divine blessing. He did not only 
teach you from the pulpit, but also his converse among you 
"Was instructive, by expounding difficult places of scripture, 
or propounding or answering profitable questions. He con- 
tinued in his ministry and csdlingas long as his 'strength held 
out. When his service was done, he waited for his dissolu« 
tion. He bore the weakness of old age with a becoming 
patience, desiritig in God's time and way to be released. He 
was a blessed and faithful minister of Christ ; he endeavoured 
and desired the welfare of your souls ;• and I will say it ta 
your honour, that you have shewed yourselves to be a res- 
pectable ^people, in endeavouring his comfortable support, 

VOL. II— -NO. XVI, T during 

j^74, MIN1.STBRS isjjsgnp 

during his conrinuauce ?mong yon» when he became. np( 
able t6 carry on his wonted service among you. 'ti?1i^t ybu. 
iavc do|ic to him, you have done to a prophet of the Lortl." 

LONGSTOCK [V.] Mr. John Pinckney. OiMagd. 
Hall., Oxford. He was of the ancient family of the Pinck* 
ncys, of ^RusseU near Marlbor^ii^k. His father Mr, Philip 
Pinckney, was minister of Oei^t&ni in WiltSi, betweien twenty 
and thirty y ears^ having a small maintenance, but a hrge 
^mily. He had thirteen chilled, who lived to be men and 
women. From Ponton he removed to BemerUntf near 
l^aruro, (a Rooi parsonag/e) a|id there hedied, leaving bdiind 
him a good reputation for piety and learning. This son erf* his 
was observed in his tender years* to be very relieiously in- 
clined. When he went to school, he was so dihgent, diat 
be attained to more than common skill in the Latin and Greek 
tQngues, and especiall]|r the latter ; insomuch that ius master^ 
used often to Boast of his young Grecian. He went t6 Oxfordt 
at die age of fourteen, where he studied so hai-d, that lie 
often allowed himself but four hours sleep. Hiis howevpr 
impaired his health, and brought him into an ill habit oS 
body, which was afterwards a greathipdrance to him in hia 
work. When he first entered on the ministry, he succeeded 
his father at DeniqUf and afterwards at Bemerton : from 
1{/hencei about half a year before the Restoratioo, he removed 
to Longstockf where he wasnuich beloved, and found his 
preaching very successful. Aod here, in 1662, he wai 

He was very diligent in all die parts of ministerial service, 
and would not have left his place, if he could have satisfied 
his- conscience as t6 the terms of conformity; for what estate 
he had, would d6 but little towards the maititaining himself, 
a wife and three children. After hews© silenced; ne c6nti-C 
imed with his family at Longstock^ and attended on the ini- 
nistry of his successor, whom he fotind to be an honest 
good-humoured man, but not very able to study two sermons 
a week ; he therefore advised him one part of the day to adopt' 
sbme good printed sermons, and lent him a volume for diis 
purpose, the whole of which he delivered. While Mr. 
J?inek7Ujf was in this place, he not only taught his people by 
public preaching and catechizing, but instructed then! privately- 
froth'house to Bouse ; and in^ this way he continued to endea- 
vour toprohiote serious piety,' when he was denied the liberty 
of preaching in the church. They that were often in hi» 
' '" ' ^ • 2 ' ■ cpmpiny 

tit HAM^Rflffi. <|75' 

company observed, that he took :i singular pleasure In talking; 
of heaven^ and in such discourse as might help men forward 
in the way to it. The points which he chiefly insisted on, 
"were not th6 comparatively little things that unhappily^ divide; 
the chri^ian church, but the eisefitials of religion ; and parti- 
cularly the divine original and authority of the holy scrips 
tfn-es, iiY the belief of whichfi be urged all to take care to be 
iiirell estaUished ; and he endeavour^ to help them;in it, by- 
discoursing in a manner suited to the; capacities of those with 
v^hom he conversed. His extraordinary humility ;and exem* 
plary i^eekness, procured him the good opinion of many frpm; 
whqm he dissented. He was very seldom seen^ in any heat, 
or commotion; and when he, wa^, the aflTairs of reUgicui: 
lyere. always the occasion, itc ever discovcn-ed a most corn- , 
tiassiouate concern for the Jeofs^m^ upon all occasions prayel 
ejim^dy for their conversion. He died Hay the 6th, i&io,' 
beingabout 67 years of age* 

MICKELMARSH [R. 300/.] Mrr James Terhy. He 
was a very^ popular preacher, and contiriiied the exercise of 
Ihs ministry at (?^iA^m, in diisi couhty, gratia^ till sfcknes^' 
disabled hint. He died Sepi. 23, i68d, aged fu He left' 
jYiany children ; the eldest rf whoih^ Mr. Peter Terry ^ con* 
formed, ^tid was nnnistei^ in New-^Sar^mi, a prbbendary in-' 
the cathedral there, and rector of Upper^^Clatford, near • 

MILBROOK [See Eltingham.^ 

MGTTON. Mr. JoHh Cilofts. After his ejeeiment he^ 
^as chaplain to Lady rlenhes; at Newimtony^ in Wiltshfare; 

: NEWPORT (in the Isle of WtghtJ Mn Robbrt Titt. 
CHIN* He was so well beloved by the inhabitants bf this 
t9wni that vvhcn he was turned but, they allowed him tHe 
same stipend as when he was their minister : so that they paid 
tfro ministers till his death. He had three sons, Jobcu Ro- 
bert and Samuely all considerable men^ and ail silenced^n the 
same day with himself. His successor, Mr. Golebniith^ 
preached his funeral sermon, and such was his respect foi 
him, that l}e would not suffer him to be interred in the com- 
TdOTi burying-plate, but ordered a gra^e for him within the 
church. § It is supposed that this Mr. Tutchin is the person' ' 
referred to in S:ut(fhim*% Note, as having^been lecturer at' 
Bridpdrt* Sec WHiTCHtJRCft. 



ODIHAM [V.] Mr. Samuel Tutph?n. He was the 
third son of Mr. Robert Tutchxn, of Newport. After his 
ejectment he went to the East-Indies, and was chaplain to 
the factory, at Fort St. George. He died there, and was 
buried by the factory, and his grave was adorned with a mo- 
miment. The company also settled an annual pension upon 
fai's widow after his death. 

OVERTON [R.] Mr. Thomas Kentish. Of Pemb. 
CoL Oxf. He was the son of Mr. Thomais Kentish, who 
•^as cast out of Middleton, in the bishopric of Durham, 6oon 
after the Restoration. Upon his ejectment, he came to 
London, and was pastor of a society in Canon^street. He 
was taken at Mr. Janeway's, and for some time confined iii' 
the Mttrskalsea. He was a very serious, useful, friendly, ' 
candid person. He died in 1695^ ^nd was succeeded in his 
congregation by Mr. Thomas Reynolds, He left two sons 
in the ministry ; the one in Sxmtkwark^ and the other at ' 
Bristol; who neither of them long survived their father. 

PORTSEY [V.] William Bicknel, M. A. Of Ox^ 
ford University. . He was born at Faimham^ in Surrey. 
When he left tne university, he became assistant to Mr. jRo-. 
bert Ttitc/ufit at Newport, in the Isle of Wight, and after- . 
wards preached in Porstey island, from whence he was ejected 
in i662. He lived afterwards at Farhham, and preached 
many years there and at Alton, as he coi\ld. .Upon the Act 
of Toleration, he was chosen by the Dissenters of Farnhani. 
to be their pastor, and continued labouring among them till 
his death, in Feb. 1696. His funeral sermon was preachett 
by • Mr. Prince, of Ockinghain. He "^ was a man of good 
learning, and serious religion./ A laborious, methodical - 
but plain preacher.. He carefully watched over his flock, 
atid would wisely and seriously rebuke their miscarriages. He 
v^as a faithful friend, and in his ^Vhdle dei)6rtment very sin- ^ 
cere and upright. ^ He was free in discourse, and ready to 
give his advice wherever he thought it might be of use. He 
was a great suifFerer for conscience-sake, which he bore with ' 
much patience. * When he was reviled, he reviled not 
again.' He behaved like one who was Viery desirous that his 
* Ihoderation might be known unto alt ro^.* 

;PORTi5MOUTH [V.] Mr. Benjamin Burgess. A 
wise man, and very active, especially at the time of the Res- 
toration. He preached a famous sermon before the Parlia- 
ment, at Westminster-abbey, in that juncture, which disco- 
vered remarkable prudence. 



— — Mn Thomas Bragg was also ejected at the samfe 
place. ' • 

•REANER [Q. Rowner.] Mr. GfiORcg Whitmaksh. 

RIPLY Mr. Up- John. 

. ROCKBORN [C. or IX aoo/.] John Haddesley^ M. A. 
Of Corp, Chr, CoL Cambridge, He was born at Ward\ io 
Hertfordshire, in 1624. He was first minister of Poole i\^ 
Dorsetshire, where he was committed to pr^^oiv by Cot 
Read the: governor, for refusing to observe a Thanksgiving* 
day ai^inted by CtomwelL After he had been some time 
confined, there came dowp an order of council, rrequu^jf^^im 
tor leave the town. Hereupon he went to Sir ThoiQas74^ren» 
'x:hard s, and lived in his family till Rockborn parsqn^^ wa$ 
given him. by Sir Wm. Parrington. Here he was ejected by 
the Act of uniformity, but he continued for some time to live 
in thep^irish. At the coming out of King Charles's Indul* 
gence, he was chosen by the Dissenters at Salisbury to be 
one of their ministers; and there he continued the remaining 
part of his life. So0n after the Declaration was called in, he 
avas seized in. his own hpuse> and committed by the mayor 
and recorder of the city to the common prison ; but one of 
his friends very confidently asserting in all companies that 
Mr. Haddesley's imprisonment was illegal, a person who had 
.a principal hand in it, was induced to consult with some who 
understood law beti^er .tb^n himself, by vvhom h& was told^ 
that he could not answer for what be had done. Whereupon 
he sent privately tq the keeper of tl^e prison, and ordered him 
to let Mr. Haddesley out; which was done. very silently, fojf 
the sake, of those, who cojnimitted him., This, was a vefy 
seasonable deliverance ; f^r his health was so much impai^c4 
by his ccmfinement, that it is likely, if lie had continued there 
much longer, . it would have proved fatal. , 

Being setat liberty, he preached to his people as he had op^ 
portunity for several yeais ; but in the latter end of K. Charles's 
reign, he very narrovyly, escaped being taken agaip, as Jie 
ivas preaching on a Lor^'.s-day ; but he was privately con- 
veyed away, just before the assailants had forced open the, 
doors of the meeting-place. Being disappointed, they vented 
their rage on the pulpit and seats, which they broke ta 
pieces. After tbis he conpealed himself, amd was so nart« 

f W^&D is la Eampihire, .. Perhaps the place intended is Ware. • 

'-■ '^ T 3 rowly 


rowly watched, Ibsit he ^vas forced to leave his houfe for 
several months. But upon the liberty in 1687, he returned 
to his |)eopIe and to his work. He usually preached twic6 
every Lord's-day, and sometimes on ttie week-day also, till 
about eight months before his death ; when the coogrc^tioa 
called another mini$ter to be co-pastor with him ; after which 
he preached once a day, tjll wkhin a Week of his death. On 
|une the 4th he preacned wi& a very remarkable aiiimadon^ 
tad died die next LonlVday morning, June tith, 16^' iu 
At y 6th ftar ot his age. He was very much of Mr. BaxUr'i 
sentiments in riie quinquarticular points, and- of a catholic 
hea.]ing spirit, with reference to church controversies^ He 
was rilous, prudent, and humble; had an excellent gift in 
prayer^' and was a very useful preacher. But so excessively 
> mod^t, as to be under some restraint when any of his bre« 
ttiren were present, tho* they were much his interiors. 

. RUMSEY [V.] Mr. John^War^n. [Probably are- 
Jajtion of Mr. Thomas Warren, who was ejected from 
ffoughtoUf and who afterwards preached at this place.] 

SELBORN [V.] John Farrol, M. A. Fellow of 
Magd. Col. Oxford. He was a humble, peaceable, laborioos 
divine ; prudent ^nd inofiensive in his conduct : Of a health- 
ful constitution of body, and of a meek and even temper of 
mind. He did not much resent die infuries of his adversaries, 
hor was he soon cast down under the apprehension of troubia 
attending his duty. He was of an active disposition ; and 
inade h!$ garden nis diversion, when his labouring mind caU 
led for ^ reia^^ation from his studies, so as to become a noted 
botanist. After the Restoration, he voluntarily resigned this 
liviiig to tbe former iqcumbent, as he w$s advised to do, and 
retired to Guilford in Sqrrey, where he boarded young gen* 
tltmcn who went to the free-scbool. When the Corpora^ 
tioq^roafh ,was imposed, not being satisfied to take it, he re-» 
fhoved to Farxihavi. On June i4» 1660, he was taken up 
ilear Godklming, and sent to the Marshalsea in Southwark^ 
fbr being found within five miles of a corporation, and foF 
preaching at Gcdahning* He ccmtinued six months in prison, 
ind sometimes said, ^' That was one of the most comfortable 
^* parts of his life, thro' the kindness of friends whom Go4 
^ raised up to admiqister relief to him in his troubles." Hia 
enemies satd, that they would not send hkn to prison again, 
because he lived better there than at home. Perhaps this, 
might he one reason ^rhy the religitms (neocin^s in his owi| 

- , hoyscf 

IN HAMPSkXRiSd 127^ 

ftotise w^rfe afterwards so miijch connived at. tlis caflftom 
W2L5 to go to the public church, as his people also did, an! 
either before or after to preach in private. 

In the latter end of Bjp. Morfey*s days, he was frequejitly 
ijesired to viiit his lordship ; and upon repeated assurances of 
being Welc6iiie to hiniy he went, and was yery respectful] v 
entertained 6y bilh several times at his table. His lordship 
^<ls free in diseoursing with him upon past t jme^ ; and whed 
he spoke of Mr. Doa (who taught him Hebrew, and waa 
bther ways helpful to him) made this addition, ^ who is now 
in heaven. " ourely therefore he could not (a^ sdme did) holdf 
}^uritani$m to be a damning sin. — ^Mr. i^'arr<»/ afterwards re- 
hioVed to fTest'HorsUy^ where he lived upon whit'he had 6( 
his own; till K. «/amdj's liberty, when he removed to Guilford^ 
and bestowed his labours between that place and Goddtming^ 
knd Farnham.% At last he removed to Lymington id 
Hampshire, where he was not idle, but preached frequently 
^s Oppofttinity offered, and Providence greatlj^ (avoufed him ; 
till by a gentle decay, the candle of life burning down to the' 
socket, he expired, with H sweet savdur. . Thi^ nioi^ning before 
he died, his son, at his desire prayed with hin^ ; and no sooper 
had he ended, bat With ail the composure of miiidiinaginable. 
he himself began to pray to God and praise him, with a strong 
and articulate voice; which he continued doin^ for eight 
hoar^ without intermission, tilf, thro' wani of strength,, his 
speech fkiled ; but his active and unwearied soul, even then 
discovered its' continued exerciie, by the motioq of his lips 
and hands, till inseitsibly be fell akieep in Jesus* in the 8otV 
jrear of his a]ge. 

SOMBORN [V.] Mr. Jones; 

SbUTftAMWO^. MUSdints. Mr. Nathaniel 
Robinson, After his ejectmient, he -^tdA imprisoned for 
Nonconformity, With Mr. Giles Say. Hfc continoed preach* 
ing to a congregation of Dissenters in Southampton to the 
^y of his de^th. 

' — ^ St.Michael^s. Mn Giles Sax. ^^ wqjs ordaincdT 
^Bisk&fs-Stokc in this county, May"^, 1660,, ky Mr. H 
Cox, minister of the place, Mr, R. Symonsbf South week. 

f It U remarkable, that all Uiete three places were enSbw^ b^ a Cl^g7«. 
aaa^, and vere for mao^ jears uaitcd. Mr. ^ng^ lately de^ei^sedi'iiip^iled^ 
ifjpix) all J the inicfest in each being liink' very low, 

. T4 



&c. After his ejectment in 1662, he preach<^d in several 
plapes as he ha^ opportunity, for which he met with trouble 
and was sometimes imprisoned. After K. James's liberty be 
was chosen pastor of a. dissenting congregation at Guesheick 
in Norfolk, of which Mr. rrorf5 had before been pastor; 
where he continued till his death. April j, 1692. A son o^ 
his being at 5oMMa;«*, where he had been at school, con. 
versing with some of the Dissenters of that place, met with a 
woman of good repute for piety, who told him with great iov 
That a sermqn preached by his father thirty years before, on 
these words, « The entrance of thy word giveth light it 
• giveth understanding to the simple.' was thVmeans of her 
conversion. This his son, Mr. Samuel Say, was brought up 
to the ministry, and was useful among the Dissenters at Ipswich 
[from whence he was called to Westminster, where he sue 
<ceded Dr. Calamy. in the place where Dr. Kippis afterwards 
preached, rhe late Mr. Isaac Toms, minister oi Hadteigh, 
mamed a daughter of his : an excellent woman, who lied 
but a little before him.] § 

SOUTHWEEK Mr. Richard Symons. 

.^*^1 7CHFIELD [R.] Mr. Urian Oakes. In his 
Sin.. », ^as taken to Nm-England, by his pious 
fr.,. ' "^7"' b «sed with several worthy sons, by whose 
rlST '° *J 't' "Se there at Cambridge, the family was 
rendered considerable. He was noted, from his infancy, for 
the uncommon sweetness of his temper ; and his ready ibili- - 
^es. adorned by the grace of God, encouraged high e^pect^- 
uons from him W^en a lad of small statoe. & published 
a little parcel of Astronomical calculations, w tfa this appo- 
site verse in the Utle-page : - ^^ 

Parvumpare<l decent, sedinest fua gratia parois: 

Having taken two degrees in the college, he preached his . 
first sermon at Roxburjf. He soon after returned to England. 

f«th« foT m* c^'t ** l^'"^' "^« ^'- S*^ ^^ » f"" "WO""' of h^ 
tathg-, for Dr. Calamy's use, but that it was too late to be inserted This k 

wu^ to be regretted, a. such a piece of biography from hU^n ^u.VSve 
^.o fte M^;, Mr, DvrtcoMBs, late of CanterbnrJ rteu 
teiMo the Editor,. « I wish some more notice had been taken of Mr. &««/ 
S-lL .^ '^'t*"^- ^"* V^ distinguished and his two Prose E«"ysrpX 
aJonn^oV^l ^,h'; 1^**'.'," "*^' «>='« P»«ic»'arly admired/' Some 
rTou! Z' T 2!1** ° • ^""? "? ""^ f"*" him, were inserted in the 
i-! Magazine, where it was intimated that histife and corresDon- 

Mr" ToT. ^^' ** '•""'**^- ^** »"• ^^y* ru»«ilrs^^r^ 

•' ' where 


vhere be grew in £ivour with God and man. After he had 
been a short time chaplain to one of the most noted persons 
then in the nation, he settled at Titchfield^ where his preach- 
ing and and his living were such as became a minister of the 
gospel. Th(;re he might challenge the device and motto of 
Dr. A^z^i^.v, a wasting lamp, with tbis inscription, Pralucendo 
pereo : ** I perish by giving light '* When he was ejected 
Dy the Act of uniformity,. Col. iV(7r/(>n received him into bis 
house, where his presence and prayers produced a blessing 
Kke that on the house of Obed^Edom. When die perse- 
cution was a little abated, he returned to the exercise of his 
ministry, in a congregation where Mr. Symonds Was bis coU 
league. Upon an invitation from CambHdge in New-Eng- 
land, he remoyed.thither, and th.e church therie was so sensi- 
ble of the divine favour to them in giving them suah a pastor, 
that they kept a day of thanksgiving on the. account ; when, 
being desired^ to preach, he took for his text, 2 Cor. xii. 11. 
J be nothing. He was here very useful for many years. At 
length the college in Cambridge, languishing for want of a 
president, invited him to that office ; but he would not, for 
some years, admit any title to this place but pro tempore; 
and soon after he had accepted the presidentship, he was ar-: 
rested by a malignant fever, which quickly proved fatal. 

He was on all accounts* .a truly admirable person. Con« 
sidered as a christian, he was full of all goodness ; and, like a 
full ear of corn, he stooped with a most profound humility. 
Considered as a scholar, he was an eminent critic in all the 
points of learning. Considered as a preacher, he had few 
equals. Mr. Increase Mather^ in a preface to a discourse of 
his, published after his death, says of him, *^ An age doth 
seldom produce such an one, so many ways excelling. Con« 
sideringhim as a divine, a scholar, and. a christian, it is hard 
to say in which he did most exceed. . I have often in my 
thoughts compared him unto Samuel among the prophets* 
inasmuch as he did truly fear God from his youth, and was 
betimes employed in holy ministration^, and was at last called 
to be the head of the sons of the prophets.— It may, without 
reflection upon any, be said> that he was one of the greatest 
lights .that ever shone in this part of the world." He Was 
of the Independent denoniination, and discovered a very high 
opinion of that discipline, as being more scriptural and 
rational, and attended with much greater advantages than any 
pther. He died July 2j, 168J9 aged ^o. 


jf|2 MOffSnSM jBJECTEXy 

WOR]^. Hie coDquenn^ aod unconqiiefttbfe ChAtatff'^Sdt' 
dter i a SfsnBon to the Artillery Company in Boston* — Anotho: on 
the like Occasion at QambridgSi on £ca, ix. i 1. — A Fast Setmon 
on Is. xliii. 22. — A Sermon totheQen. Courtofthei/tfiMriMe;^ 
{[^olonyj on Duter. xxxii. 22. 

South TIDWORTH ^R. tudl.} Mr. Samuel Spuint. 
Of Trin. Col, Camb, He was son to the famous author of 
Caimnder Anglicam^s^ and qiuch of the same judgment, as 
to eecleiiastical coQtroveAie^. He was born at ThoTitbury^ 
jn Gionontershirey about 1634, In the universikjr he had 
Dr. Isaac S^rrew for his chamber^ellow. They studied in 
edncert, and w^Qt both together to Mr. Abraham Whetlocki 
tQ discourse with hioi about the Arabic langtia^e, which 
they were desirous to learn ; bpt upotl hearing how ^reai 
difficulties they were to encbunter, and how few books were 
in tlut language, and the little advantage that could be got 
by it, diey laid aside their design* Upon Mr. Sprifit*s leav* 
itig the univei-sity, he was ehoseh master of the free-school ak 
Newbury in Berkshire^ whtsre he continued several years, 
till he was called to Tid^prth. He vtras an ihtittiate friend 
of Mr. J¥t(Mridg€i and^of th^ same pabiiie, healing, catholic 
spirit. A complete scholar, a very useful preacher, and a; 
man of strict piety ; of wonderful modesty and hurtiility ; aii^ 
therefore conteated to live in ^n obscure corner^ tbo' ne had 
large offers elsewheite^ His cotivcrsation was equally ptea4 
sant and profitable. His preaching was very instructive, brit 
his delivery was not popular. Hisbehayiour was such M 
j^ecoi^nieoded him to tbef esteem of all the nelghbourhig| 
gentry. One of tbefti (a noted justice of peace) invited him 
to his house, aild~de$trQd his acquaintance, tellhig him. That 
be thought him a man of the hiost tihhrersal good character 
of any in the county ; for ht never hefaird any one speafcill of 
him : but they who most fr^ly loafded oth^ Nonconfoirnftistii 
whh reproakiies, Sfxafke tery w61t6f Wito. 

And yet he wal niot sepui^^e f^ofh ilh6- ifl-wiH of so^e of thef 
neighbouring clei^gy, vvho were 9d stWrcf and violent m pro- 
secuting hitn, that he was fo be excemmuincated, for no^ 
f eceiving the sa^i^ament iit Ms pa^iirh church at Christmas^ 
fho' his wife lay upon her de^th-bedat' that Very tin^e. To 
present such a proceedifigV Mf. Sprint toAc to ramhatttt td 
Sp; MorU^f waA ttM hifh his case ; whe^ his Lofdship wai 
yleasedto assuve hini, That h^s* chancellor should not treai 
him so severely as- he expected* .« -according the ^osecutiou 
was stopped. The Bishop made biq stay tp dine with him 


j^nd-discQurscd with , bim about his Nonconforraity. Mo 
"Sprint told him, That the declaring unfeigned assent and 
conser^t was what he could not be satisfied to yield to. Upon 
which his lord&liip said, He must not phflosophize upon the 
-y^oris assent ^rxA consent ; nor suppose, that the parliament 
.did by assent mean an act of the understanding, and by con'^ 
sent an act of the will ; for no more was intended, than 
that the j>erson so declaring, would read tie book ; and 
therefore^ if be would make the declaration in the words pre- 
scribed in the act. aad. then say, that thereby he meant no 
more than that he would read tne Common-prayer, he would 
admit him into a living. 

Mr. i^tVz.^ thanked hk lordship, but could not think isnch 
sin expedient warrantable. He aftdrwardt mentioned the 
cross in baptism, as what he could not conaply with. To 
which the Bishop replied, *' This was honest Mr. Dod^s, 
Gcrnple,'' but g^v^ no other answer than this : ^' That the 
cross was only a visible profession of our believing in a cru- 
cl&ed Saviopri ia conformity to the practice of the primitive 
christians who crossed themselves ; declaring by this action^ 
as by words^ that they were christians." But it did not ap- 
pear to Mr. Sprinif that it might lawfully or safety be made 
a term of communion : and for this reason among others, he 
coiild^not submit to use it* How the conversation issued, 
doth not appear, but we may suppose it was amicably; 
Mr. Sprint ,waa very temperate and abstemious ; which being 
once takeii notice of at a gentleman's table, one then pre* 
sent, who had lived in Bp* Hinchman^^ family, tojd him^ 
** That if be became a Conformist, he must expect no great ' 
prefeirment ; for he once heard Bp. Hinchman recommend a 
person to Abp. Sheldon^ as one very fit for some ecdesiaati'. 
caX pramotion ;^ of whom the Abp. 9aiid» ^^ I believe your 
lordship is mistaken in the noan: I doubt he is too purita^ 
inical :" to whibh the Bishop replied, I assure your grace he 
1$ not \ for h^ wilt drit^k a glass of wine freely.^' 
. With great thankfulness Mr. Sprint observed, and fre« 
c|uemly mentioned, the care that divine providence took of- . 
hiixi and his niiniieroua family, for be had six schis and two 
^ughiei^s yfi\%vi be was cast out of His living. It was very 
remarkable^ tha.t when he put th^ lives of three of his chilo 
dren into the l^tt^ e$tat^ that he took at Clatford, near An- 
dpver, he vras ducted to pitch upon those two $ons, to be of 
the number, who were the only ones of all his eight children 
ih^t survived hiin* After he removed from TUwomA^ which 
^ ':-. was 


wa« about the year 1665, he spent die remaining part of his 
life, which was about thirty years, in that obscure village ; 
preaching as opportunity offered at AndatTer (a mile from 
thence) and also at Winchester. He had but a very inconsi- 
derable allowance from his people ; but was used to say " If 
" the bottle and satchel held but out tp the journey's end, it 
•* is sufficient." He was exerdsed with a very lingering 
sickness, previous to his dissolution, thro' the whole of which 
he discovered earnest longings to be at rest. On his death- 
bed he declared his full satisfaction in the cause of Noncon- 

UPTON-GREY. Noah Webb, M. A. Before his 
ejectment from this place, he had been cast out of Chevely^ 
in Berkshire, which was a sequestration. He was a man of 
an excellent conversation, and a pattern of holiness : of great 
devotedness to God, and an ardent zeal for the good of soulsl 
An excellent, plain, practical, useful preacher. After he 
left Upper-grey t he settled somewhere near Frimly^ and 
afterwards removed to Saunders. He went about doing good, 
preaching almost continually in several places; neglecting 
no opportunity of service, tho' exposed to the greatest dan. 

fjer. He rode forty miles from his own house every week^ 
or three quarters of a year together, to preach at Auburn^ 
in Wilts. He died of a consumption in 1676, aged but 
about 43 ; having quite worn himself away with studying 
and preaching. His funeral sermon was preached and printed 
by Mr. Darnel Burgess. 

WALLOP. Mr. Marryot. Three places of this name; 
Upper ^ Nether and Middle. 

WEEK § [56/. J Mr. Thomas NewnhAm. Of Oxford 
University. He was the son of Mrl Thomas Newnham : 
born about .1631, at Gottorij in the Isle of Wight, an an- 
cient family seat. His education in ^the island was first at 
Kingston school, and afterwards at the free-school at New- 
port, where he made some proficiency in « grammar learning, 
with a brother of his who was designed for the university. 
But he refusing to go, the father asked his son Thovias^ 
Whether He was willing to be a minister ? And he discover- 
ing an inclination to the office, was sent to Oxford^ where 
he continued some years. He returned from Oxford to the 

i fTb« former iioce here seemed natoeccssaiy to be repeaied* 



Inland with Dr. Pettis^ who afterwards conformed, and was 
first rector of Gatcomh, in the Isle of Wight, and then of 
St. Botolph*s without Bishopsgate, and they were both or- 
dained together, by presby lei's, in Newport church. Mr. 
Newnham being ejected from his living in 1662, for his Non- 
conforty, some of his parishioners shewed a particular respect 
for him, by carrying in their com before Bartholomew-day, 
On purpose that he might havie the tythe of it ; while some 
others, not so well affected to him, would not carry in tf^eirs 
till -afterwards, which it was observed, was in great part 
spoiled by excessive rains. 

After his ejectment, (being persuaded that he was called 
6f God to labour in the word and doctrine) he took all o^^ 
portunities that offered to do good to souls. As he sometimes 
went to Whitwell church to hear Mr. Harrison, one Lord's 
day when he was there, Mr. Harrison not coming, the peo- 
ple desired Mr. Newnham to oflBciale ; who, that they 
might not be wholly disappointed, preached to them from the 
seat in which he was sitting. For this however, Mr. Har- 
, rison put him to a great deal of trouble and expence. He 
' preached the word in season and out of season. In trouble- 
some times, when many were sleeping in their btds, he was 
Engaged in his master's business.. God had given him a 
strong constitution of body, and he possessed great natural 
and acquired abilities for ministerial work. And such a gra- 
cious presence of the Spirit was with him while he was mi« 
nistering in holy things,' that he was never more in his ele- 
ment than when thus employed. He sometimes preached at 
Rosliriy and Turdy and other places ; but more cona.tant1y to 
the church committed to his care at Roadt Bridge^Court 
and Stroud-Green. His chief and most earnest desire was, 
to pluck sinners ^ as brands out of the burning.' To this end 
did he ' reprove and rebuke with all authority,' endeavouring 
'/by the terrours of the Lord to persuade men.' He was ia 
his sermons a Boanerges. With what an emphasis would he 
often close with those words. Psalm 1. 22. * Now consider 
^ this, ye that forget God, lest he tear you in pieces, and 
* there be none to deliver you.* 

He was blessed, with a quick apprehension, a solid judg- 
ment, a tenacious memory, warm affections, and a ready 
utterance. Once at a meeting of the ministers at Strovd^ 
GreeUy iht person expected to preach not coming, several 
of the ministers present pleaded their iinpreparedness for sup- 
plying his place* At length Mr. Newnham yi9A prevailed 

4 on 

99d UumrissiB BjEctEti 

on to undertake' It ; andtho' he had no ndtes, ar fid 6offi^ 
monly had» nor ^ay expectation of preachiirg wbea he Game 
thith^er, his performance was such, that be nad the applause 
of those that heard him; and, it was said, he did not user 
Dotc^ in preachinig afterwards. At another time, beiog to 
preach at his usual place on the LordVday, the Prince of 
Orange' % fleet appeared thai very day near the islaad, when 
he was coming to save the nation from popery, and slavery ia 
1688. Uppn this occasioo he left the subject which he in-* 
iemied to ha,ve preached upon, aiui took another, suited to 
such an event of providence, on whidi his «xlemporanet>ytf 
discourse greatly affected bis people. 
. Mr* Newnham rati with much trouble on. account of hia 
Nonconfornt)i;y, being prosecuted, Ened^ &V. but he bore ali 
with inviacible patience, courage, aiMl constancy, of mindJ 
Being threateaed by a justice of peace, that his books should 
be taken; from him, he replied to this effect: «* That he 
** blessed God, if he had no book but the bible,^ he questioned 
•« not but he should be able to preach the josp/eL*' — Whea 
the Cpnventide-act passed, he for some tin^; preached in 
a house by the road side, where the auditory, without fear- 
of iiicurring the penalty of that act, can^ boldly to hear 
him, standing, in the bigb-way^ dutjngltb^time or the ser- 
vice.— As his pceachiiig wa$ acceptabte .and usefolj^ .so hia 
conversation was * a living epistle, knowa and read of all 
! men.' He was a man of great seriousnesii and exemplary 
piety, and liia words did continually * minister grace tmto the 
* hearers.' He died of the small-pox, ^Whiiwellt and waa 
interred in the parish church there, in 1689^ about the 58th 
year of. his age. On his death-bed his faith was4ively and 
$trong, ai)d )^ mauifested a remarkable de^pr^ of resigoatioo- 
to the will, of his heavenly Father. 

WELD.' Martin Morelakd, M.A. Fellow of WaJU 
MmCoL Oxford* He was emient in theiunivenity and af« 
l^rwards^. In his younger years he was' TemeJUms- in the 
Oxford^act, as hi» brother (who was afterwards Sir SamEoel 
tAoTAzB^).V9%'& 'Prevaricator in the Cambridge commenoe- 
Inent. Both of them came oS* with honor and esteem fef 
lheiringemou8> performance, and their innocent and pleasant 
emertatnment. He was^a man of a clear uoRierstatidiag and 
great reading ; an accurate and aflPectionate preacher-^ mode-' 
rate in his principles, charitable in his temper ; serious and* 
remarkably upright in his life and conrersatioa. He^^nt 
ihr Is^ttes part or life ^xMackne^^ 


mAMttsmtt. sat 

W WCHESTER. FAi'i;Hrvt. Teatc, D. &. Im a dit. 
touxsc which he published* enlitkd. Sight Tkmight$^ be 
bas the following passaige, i^ccommodati^ to his oimiiejectBd 
and destitute state : *« Therightisoi|8*nwn> in tfainkiogof faui 
present condition of life, thinks it His, relief, that theJesa 
monej he has, he may go^tbf more upon. trust; the ics^ ho 
£ndsid his purse, seeks the more in the promise of hxip that 
bas^said^ * I will-never leave thee, nor forsake thee. Tt^e 
*• Lord is his shepherd, and he shall not want ; and therefore 

* he will trust in the Lord, and do* good, [believing that] 

* verily he shall be fed ;' or (as some read) truth shall be 
his feeding ; so that he thinks no man can take away his 
livelihood, unless he can first take away God's truth.'* 

WORKS. A Scripture Map of the Wilderness of Sin ; and 
Way to Canaan... TcrTria; or the Doctrine of the Sacred P^r- 
sims, Father, Son and Spirit : Principal Graces, Faith, Hope and 
Love: Main Duties; Ytzvett Hearing, and Meditation.. -Right 
Thoughts^ the righteous Man's Evidence; a Discourse on Frov. 
xii. 5. lie thoughts vf the rightews are right • 

«-^— Mr* Cook. Ejected from the same place. As also 

— ^ Mr. Theophilus Galk. See the account of him 
in the university of Oxford. He died minister of Moston^ 
in the Isle of fright. 

WORTUNGTON. Mr. John Harrison. 

YARMOUTH (Isle of fFightJ Mr. John Martyn. 
He had been Fellow of £xet. CoL Oxf. He was an emi- 
nent preacher, and a great scholar. The old incumbent (a 
mere reader of homilies) had the profits of the living, amount- 
ing to 48/. a year ; but Mr. Martvn had 100/. per ann. al- 
lowed him. When he was ejected, be offered to have con- 
tinued preaching for nothing.. He afterwards frequently 
preached at Newport^ where he lived, and in several other 
places^ in the Island, till he went iiito Wiltshire^ which was 
his native county, and there died at about 70 years of age. 

YAVERLAND [R.] Mr. Martin Wells. He i;vw a 
man of gr^at. integrity, tho* not reckoned so eminent as the 
otKer ministers ejected in the Isle of Wight. He aftervirards 
continued to exercise his ministry here in private. He 
brought up his son Mr. Samuel frelU to the ministry, who 
^as chaplain to Mr* Grove, of Fein^ in Wiltshire, and died 




in that family. He was one of those who signed the Address 
of some ministers in the Isle of Wight, and county of 
Southampton, to the people of their respective cliarges, to 
discharge their duty in catechising, £Cc. Mr. Martin, last - 
mentioned, was another. 

It does not appear that any of the ministers ejected in this 
countv afterwards conformedi except Mr, Humphrey Ellis, 
of Winchester. 


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ASHTON. Mr, J. Barston- Of Oxford university. 
Born in this county^ He was an Israelite indeed; a 
good scholar ; an able, solid divine ; a judicious, methodi- 
cal, practical preacher, and a good casuist. He wa» also » 
man of exemplary conversation } a great pattern of self-de* 
pialy humility, submission,, resignation and patience under 
all his afflictions, of which he had a large share. He was es« 
teemed by all that knew him for his learning and piety, espe- 
cially by that ornament and support of religion Sir Edward 
Harley, Nothing could be objected a^inst him by his ene- 
mies, but his Nonconformity. He. had a small estate, which 
be spent, as he did himself, in the service of his Master. He 
had out very little from the poor people among whom he la- 
boured ; but he laid by a tenth part of all his income for 
charitable uses. He died pastor of a congregation in Ledbury^ 
A. D. 1,701. 

ASTON. Mr. Farrington. Too well known about 
London, for the scandal he brought upon religion by his im- 

HEREFORD Cathedral. Mr. William Voyle, Mr. 
William Low, Mr. George Primrose, and Sai^uel 
Smith, sen. M. A. These four were all joint pastors, who 
administered ^,ttfe Lord's-supper by turns. They, lived j^ 
great peace among themselves, and with great unanimity car- 
ried on the work of the gospel in that city. They ordajngj 
many ministers both for England and Wales, in the cathejj.31^ 
Four mornings in every week they publicly expounded ij^ 
same place, beginning between seven and eight o'cj^ 

vol. ii— ^no.xvii. u X 


They also kept up a constant weekljr lecture on Tuesdays, 
with the assistance of the most eminent ministers in the 
county, and stemm'd the tide against the sectaries of those 

times, till the Restoration, when they were all cast out Mr. 

. Smith, after his ejectment here, had a living in Berkshire, 
and was cast out by the Act of uniformity in 1662, and 
silenced at Stamford-Dingley^ where Dr. Pordage had been 
before. He afterwards mostly resided in Gloucestershire. 
After the turn of the times, he met with great unkindness 
iFrom several of the episcopal party, whom he before had 
screened, and to whom he had shewn great kindness. — He 
died in Herefordshire in 1681. 

Mr. Primrose had his education in Scotland. His mother 
was nurse to prince Henry • He studied also at Saumur, in 
France. He vvas an excellent scholar, and a judicious, suc- 
cessful preacher. He was of a grave, even, and composed 
temper. Once as he was discoursing with Bp. Crofts^ after 
he had been released from imprisonment, the Bishop at- 
tempted to persuade him to conform ; but when he heard his 
objections, his lordship told him. He wished the church- 
doors had been wider. He retired for some time from HerC" 
fordy but preached constantly about the countiy ; and whei> 
K. James gave liberty, he returned to Hereford again. But 
his growing weakness forced him back into the country, and 
there he died. * 

LITTLE-HEREFORD [V.] Mr. Garnons. 

LANTWARDINE [100/.] Richard Hawes, M. A. 
Of Camb. University. His father, a religious man, dying 
when he was very young, his mother soon after married a 
man wholly carnal, intent upon nothing but the profits of this 
world, and utterly negligent about instilling the principles of 
religion into his family, who remained grossly ignorant of Gt>d 
and his will. However, he put this youth to school, when 
he was about nine years of age, at Ipswich ; where he hap- 
pened to hear the famous Mx.lVardy on a lecture-day, and 
was so affected, as to request leave from his master constantly 
to attend that lecture, which he was permitted to do ; and by 
this means be received lively impressions of religion in that 
early age. Having a very strong memory, he was able to re- 
peat good part of the sermon, wnich he commonly did to his 
father-in-law's mother, with whom he lodged at Ipswich ;. 
and this happily proved, the means of her conversion. 

Being determined upon the work of the ministry, he went 
to Cambridge, where he studied some years, but lost that deep 

4 sense 

m H£RBF0RX)SH1RC. 291 

senW of religion which he possessed in his childhood, whicft 
be did noCrecover for a gre^t while after he left the university. 
When he finished 'his studies, a living of considerable Vatoe 
fell void, the advowson of which his father-in-law laid elaim 
to, who would have put him into it, and contested it in a 
law-8uit> with the then Lord- keeper (Caoentry)^ who pre. 
tended it to be in the King's gift, and consequently at his dis. 
posal. But Mr. Hawes^ chusing rather to rest satisfied in the 
Lord- keeper's promise of presenting him to the next living in 
the king's gift which should become void, so disobliged his 
father-in-law, that he cast him off. After this, he was for a 
while reduced to such straits, that his life became a burden ta 
him ; so that he would sometimes go, in the close of the 
evenings, to places where robberies and murdei s were wont to 
be committed, in hope of having an end put to his misery. 
But God extricated hiiQ out of his difficulties, by opening a 
door for his settlement at Humber in this county, to which 
the Lord keeper presented him ; from whence ne soon re- 
moved to Kcnchurch in the same county. 

For many years after be entered into the ministry, he con* 
tinned much addicted to vain, company, and was sometimes 
guilty of excessive drinking. But it pleased God to rouze 
him out of this security, by bringing him into some hazard 
of his life. For Hereford being garrisoned by the king's 
forces, he v^ras, upon a false ana malicious accusation, pre- 
sented to the governor, fetched away a prisoner thither, and 
a council of war ordered to try him for his life ; which was 
by an extraordinary providence secured, by the removal of 
the governor, a man of a violent temper, and the substitution 
of another ; who being a person of more sobriety and can« 
dour, upon examination, discovered the prosecution to be 
wholly grounded on malice, and courteously dismissed fiim. 
From this time there was an observable alteration in his be- 
haviour, and such an air of seriousness appeared in him, as 
procured the respect of all pious persons that knew him ; and 
he became a plain, earnest, and useful preacher. 

During the civil war, he had his house frequently plun- 
dered, and received many abuses from soldiers, particularly 
from one Burk an Irishman, who forced him to walk thro* 
the dirt by his horse's side,^ holding his pole-ax over his head, 
and locked him up in a gentleman's house in the parish, de- 
signing after he had done plundering there, to carry him 
away ; but on going off, be forgot him, and left him behiiKl. 
— About a year before the Restoration, he wsis presetued, by 

u 2 the 


t^e truly religious Sir Edward Harley", to Lantwardine i 
>vhich he was the rather induced to accept, on account of 
the small success of his labours for twenty years,^ at Ken-- 
cJiuTcK a Paganish and brutish place.-*-Shortly after the Res- 
toration, upon the noise of plots, he was made a prisoner at 
Hereford^ and very much threatened by Sir Henry Lingen, 
a fierce royalist, with severe usage upon his return from 
LtOndon, whither hfe was then going ; but he died at Glou- 
cester, on his way home. 

When the Bartholomew-act came out, such was Mr. 
JHawes^s moderation, that $ome apprehended he would have 
conformed ; particularly one of his neighbour ministers, Mr. 
6^-^ — y^ of W ' g, who complained that he himself was 
likely to stand alone, on that side of the country, and pro- 
fessed to be so resolved against yielding to a(ny of the terms 
required, tho' it.werebut to read spme small part of the 
Popish Mass-bjook (as he termed the Common-prayer) that 
he would sooner suffer himself to be torn in pieces. How- 
ever when they both went together to the Bishop, this man^ 
(having been iriiportuned by his wife) soon yielded ; tho* to 
his death he detested what, for lucre-sake, he practised, 
always declaimed against it, and never thrived afterwards.t 
But Mr. Hawes maintained his ground in a conference with 
the Bishop, who civilly allowed him to preach a month after 
Bartholomew-day, and professed it to.he contrary to hi& in* 
clination to have such men as he removed, saying, " It was 
the Law that turned. him out, and not he." After this Mr. 
Hawes boarded, as long as he lived, with his son-in-law and 
daughter Billingsley ; first at Webley, then at Abergavenny,: 
and lastly at Awre. During his abode at the second, of 
these places, the Bp. of Landaff (Dr. Hugh Lloyd^ a v^ry 
moderate man) allowed him to preach ia public without 
subscribing ; which licence he made use of occasionally, and 
to his death enjoyed the $ame liberty, upon his removal into 
another diocese, by the connivance of Dr. Nicholson^ Bp. 
of Gloucester. 

. In his last sickness (occasioned by a journey to Kidder- 
minster, for Mr. Hieron) he seemed not be uneasy at any 
thing, but his disability to preach God's word, which he 
said he huqgered after as a hungry man after his food, and 

• • • ' * 

f A relation of his, however, assured Dr. Cslamy, that the above reflec- 
tion was unmerited, and that Mr. W. was a great and worthy man ; but he 
did not give the Dr. such a satisfactory account of him as iie desired, with a* 

vie >v to publication. Gj«//«, jp. 5'2J. . ... - 

. , complained 


complained that he was then more useless than the stones in 
the street. He died in Dec. 1668, in the 65th year of his 
age, in the Conifortable sense of God's favour, and the as- 
surance that he was going to the enjoyment of him in glory. 
His countenance was most composed and chearful. He ex- 
pressed, in his last hours, great satisfaction in his Noncon- 
formity ; declaring that if he had complied, he should' 
have been afraid to die ; whereas, he said, as the case now 
stood, he no more dreaded to die, than to go out at the door ; 
and ihat, were the thing to be done again, he would rather 
chuse to suflFer the greatest hardships, than to yield to what 
was required. His last words were those of the apostle, * We 
know that if our earthly house bf this tabernacle were dissolved, 
we have—'. He could say no more, but instantly expired. He 
desired that nothing might be said of him by way of com- 
mendation, in his funeral sermon, and that if he \vere spoken 
of at all, it might be only as a greiat sinner, who had obtained 
great mercy : which request was scarcely complied with by 
the preacher, Mr. Jbrdaw, a worthy conformist, who highly 
esteemed him, and who did not long survive him. His text 
was ps^lm xxxvii. 37. 

*#* LEOMINSTER [V.l John Tombes, B. D. Of *' 
Magd. Hallf Oxf. Born at Bewdley^ in Worcestershire, 
1603. His parents designed and educated him for the mints- 
try. Such was his proficiency in grammar-learning, that he 
was fit for the university at the age of fifteen, where he was 
under the famous Mr. William Pemlflc^ and soon gained a 
reputation for iticomparable abilities and learning ; so that 
upon the decease of his tutors in 1624, he was chosen to 
succeed him in the catechetical lecture in this hall. He held 
his office about seven years, with great reputation, and then 
went to JVorcesteVf where he was very popular as a preacher ; 
but it doth not appear that he had any settlement there. He 
was soon after possessed of the living at Leominster^ which 
he enjoyed several years. Tho' the parish was large, the 
income was very small ; but Lord \ i^coMni Scudamore, from 
his great respect for him, made an addition to it. 

Mr. Tombes was among the first of the clergy of these 
times, who endeavoured a reformation in the church, by 
purging the worship of God of human inventions; He 
preached a sermon on the subject, which was afterwards 
printed by an order of the House of Commons. This ex^. 
posed him to the rage of the church party, so that, at the 

u 3 . beginning 



beginning of the civil war, some 6f the king's forces com- 
ing into that country, in 1641, he was driven from his habi- 
tation, and plundered of all he had in the world. Upon 
this he fled to Bristol^ which was in the parliament's pos- 
session, and General Fiennes, who had then the command of 
that citjr^ gave him the living of All-saints there. He had 
not been there above a year before the city was besieged by 
prince Rupert and his army, and a plot formed by their fiien^ 
within to deliver up the city, to bum the houses, and mas* 
sacre the inhabitants. But this was seasonably discovered 
and prevented. Mr. Tombes^ on the day of thanksgiving 
observed by the city on this occasion, preached two suitable 
sermons, which were printed by an, order of parliament, 
with a short account of this bloody plot, and the means of 
deliverance. This had like to have cost him dear ; for the 
next year the city was taken by the king's party, when his 
wife and children were plundered, and a special warrant was 
out for apprehending him ; so that it was with great difficulty 
he and his family got safe to Zon^/on, Sept, 22^ ^^43* 

While here, he took an opportunity ,to divulge the scruples 
which he had long entertained, respecting Infant Baptism^ 
to several of the ministers who were now come from all 
parts to form the assembly at Westminster. There was a 
ineeting of the London ministers on the occasion in Jan. 
1643, but it ended without affording Mr. Tombes satisfac- 
tion. He then drew up in Latin the chief grounds of his 
doubts, and sent them to Mr. Whitaker^ the chairman of the 
Assembly of Divines. But it must be^owned he did not 
meet with that respectful treatment which his own character, 
or the nature of the aflfair deserved. + Being now minister 
of Fenchurchj his stipend was withheld because he did not 
practise the baptism of infants. How far he had just matter 
for complaint on this head is left to the reader's own judg- 
ment. It deserves however to be mentioned, that he avoid- 
ed introducing this controversy into the pulpit. He was then 
chosen preacher at the Temple^ on condition of his adhering 
to this resolution : but after four years, he was dismi^eo, 
for publishing his first treatise on Infant Baptism. He printed 
his apology in 1646, of which Mr. John Batchiler says, 
♦♦ Having perused this mild apology, I conceive that the in- 
•• genuity, learning, and piety therein contained, deserve 
♦< the press." 

+ See a more particular account of this matter iti Croihy*s Hist, of th^ 
fiajftiitSf (vol. i. p. $8S. .285.) fiom whence this article is uken. 



Afrer this, the people of Bewdiey chose him for their mi« 
nister. He there publicly disputed against In/ant Baptism^ 
.and gathered a separate church of persons of his own per. 
suasion^ in which were trained up three Baptist ministers^ viz, 
Mr. Richard Adams^ Mr. John EccleSy and one Capt. 
Boyhton : But still continued minister of the parish. While 
Jie was here, he held a pubiic disputation with Mr. Baxter 
about Buptism^ as he did at other places with other tni- 
.nisters ; and persons of different sentiments from his own, 
acknowledged that he appeared to great advantage, both with 
respect to learning and argument. This living beiqg small, 
Jie had the parsonage of noss given him, (whidi T>v!iValker 
eays is worth 250/. perann^J which he resigned upon having 
the mastership of the hospital at Ledbury. At length, the 
affections of his people being alienated from him, on account 
of his difference from them about baptism, he was restored to 
his first living at Leominster. In the year 1653 he was ap- 
pointed to be one of the Triers of ministers. Upon the Res- 
toration, he readily fell in with the monarchial government, 
and wrote for takmg the oath of supremacy. But finding 
the spirit of persecution revived, and the former eovemmeh( 
and ceremonies of the church imposed, and havmg married 
a rich widow, he quitted his places, and laid down the minis- 
try, resolving to live at rest and peace in his old age. He 
conformed to the church, as a lay-communicant, but could 
not be prevailed upon to accept any benefice or dignity in it, 
tho* he had very considerable offers. 

Many testimonies may be produced to his character, learn- 
ing and abilities. The Earl of Clarendon^ soon after the 
Restoration, spoke to the king in his favour, by which he 
was protected from any trouble on account of any thing he 
had written or acted in the preceding times ; and, when 
made Lord Chancellor, he introduqed him to his majesty to 
present his book, which was dedicated to him, entitled, Saints 
no Smifers. Bp. Sanderson, and his successor Bp. Barlow, 
had a great esteem for him, as likewise had Dr. Ward, Bp* 
of Salisbury; whom, while he lived there, he often visited. 
Mr. Baxter J tho* he had engaged in disputes with him, calls 
him •* the chief of the Anabaptists^^ and pXiblicly asked ' 
God and him pardon for some unhandsome things, which, 
in the warmth of debate, he had said against him. Wood^ 
the Oxford biographer, owns, ** There were few better dis- 
putants than he was ;" and Mr. Nelson, that zealous church- 
man says, ** It cannot be denied that he was esteemed a 

u 4 I person 


person of incomparable parts." Mr. Wali, in his Historj 
• of Infant Baptism, says, '^ Of the professed Antipcedobap- 
' tists, Mr. Tombes was a man of the best parts in our nation^ 
and perhaps in any*" And in the free conference between 
the Lords and Commonsy^on the Occasional-conformity-biiU 
Bp. Burnet, to shew that receiving the sacrament in the 
church -does not necessarily imply an intire conformity, ob- 
served, *• There was a very learned and famous man at Sa» 
♦* lisbury, Mr. Tomhesj who was a zealous Conformist in 
" all points but one, Infant-baptism/' Dr. Calamy^s cha^ 
racter of him is this : " All the world must own him to have 
been a considerable man, and an excellent scholar* how dis- 
inclined soever they may be to his particular opinions." He 
^itAzt Salisbury, May 2^^ 1676, aged 73. 

WORKS. Christ's Commination against Scandalizers ; two 
treatises.. .Ferroentum Pharisaeorum ; or the Leaven of Pharisaical 
Worship; a Sermon on Matt. xv. 9..-Jehovah-Jireh; a thanks- 
giving sermon.. ,Anthropolatria ; or the Sin of glorying in Man.. ^ 
Animadversiones quaedam in Aphorismos R. Baxteri de Jiistificat. 
- -True old Light exalted above pretended new Li^ht ; against the 
Quakers... Romanism discussed; recommended by Baxtier... Se- 
rious Consideration of the Oath of Supremacy... SuppL to ditto..- 
Sepher Sheba ; a treatise on Swearing.. , Saints no Smiters ; against 
the Fifth Monarchypien...Theodulia; in defence of hearing Mi- 
nisters in the chiirchof England... Emanuel ;against the Socinians. 
, .Animadversiones in Librum G. Bulli, cui titulum fecit, Harmo- 
nia ApostoIica...The following upon Baptism : An Exercit. about 
Infant Bapt. presented to the Chairman of Committee of Assemb. 
of Divines.. -Examen of Mr. S. Marshall's Sermon.- -Apology for 
the foregoing. -.Addition to ditto against Bailie. --Antidote against 
a Passage in Dedicat. of Baxter's Saint's Rest.-.Praecusor ; or, a 
Fore-runner to a large Review of this Dispute. -.A ntipcedobap- 
tism ; or, no plain or obscure scripture proof, Gf^.. .Ditto, Part H. 
. .Ditto, Part IIL.-A Plea for the Antipoedobaptists ; an Answer, 
tifc. to The Jnabaptists silence J. .Short Catechism about Baptism- • 
Felo de se ; against Baxter.. -Just Reply to Wills and Blinman. 

MORTON. Mr. Anthony Coluier,§ SteGlouceS'* 

§ In Maitland's History of London is the following copy of an in« 
scription upon a gr;ive-stone, in BunnhiU-fields : ABEL COLLIER» 
minister of the gospel, and pastor of a congregation, at Halsted, in 
|^:ssex, who died May 29, 169.>, in the 66th year of his age. Query, 
>^'hcther hfi was an ejecteted minister, or related to the above, eo. 




SILLECKand CAPLE. Mr. Robert Tayi-or. He 
preached alternately at both these places, which are .in the 
same parish, the income of which was very small. He wa» 
a very affectionate and earnest preacher ; using frequently to 
weep in his public administrations. After his ejectment in 
1662, he never took the pastoral care of any people, but 
preached as he had opportunity, in this and the neighbouring 
counties, and frequently at Col. Kirle's, who lived near 
Rossej where he for the most part resided. He died about 
1678, at the age of 45. 

' WEBLEY [V. 80/.] Mr. Nicholas Billingsley. He 
removed from this place to Abergavenny^ where he taught 
a free-school, till, by the good offices of Sir Edward Har- 
ley, he was settled at Blakejiey, in the parish of Awre^ in 
Gloucestershire, a privileged place : the maintenance of it 
(which was at least 50/. per annum) depended upon an im- 
propriation, which, by the generosity of a gentleman, had 
been annexed to a chapel of ease, in the above village. The 
vicarage, which was worth 80/. per annum^ was oflFered 
him, but he refused ic on the same principle which made him 
leave IVebley. Here he lived very peaceably, while Dr. 
Nicholson was Bp. of Gloucester, and Mr. Jordan (a mo- 
derate aild pious man) was vicar of the parish. Mr. Jordan 
dying in or near 1668, and the Bishop not long after, two 
succeding vicars were perpetual thorns in his side ; nor was 
Dr. Framplony the succeeding bishop, his friend; much 
less Mr. Richard Parsons, the chancellor. After his preach- 
ing a visitation-sermon, in which he took great freedom in 
reproving the clergy for their vices j. that ^^^//^indn immedi- 
ately, and in the open street, discovered his resentmpnt, by 
pulling him by his hair, and uttering these words, ^^ Siriah, 
" you are a rogue, and Til bind you to your good behaviour.'* 
After this, Nir. Billingsley had frequent suspensions, for 
want of that conformity to which his place . did not oblige 
him ; and was put to no small trouble and expence to take 
them off. He complied so far as to read more or lees of the 
Common -prayer, and to wear the surplice,, after the Bishop 
had given it under his hand, that it was not required ta be 
w^rn upon the account of any supposed holiness in the gar- 
ment, but only for decency and comeliness. ' His Lordship 
would sometimes treat him with great civility ; but yet would 
seqd 4 suspension after him to be read the next LK)rdVxlay. 

298 iMflNlSTERS EJECT£]> 

He once ordered him to read prayers, and not preach at all 
for a quarter of a year. A person who stood by, saying, 
*• I hope your lordship is not against preaching the gospel,** 
he replied, ** Well, let him go on with his beloved preach- 


He continued in this place till the Revolution, when the 
Bishop was turned out as a Nonjuror, and was succeeded by 
the valuable Dr. Fowler. Before he actually came from 
London to the palace, the chancellor had again used his au* 
thority to suspend Mr. Biliingsley^ whom he still accounted 
his enemy, for having once told him the truth. At length, 
wearied out with the troubles he met with, he resolved to 
quit the place. Th^ Bishop blamed the chancellor for what 
he had done, and expressed his desire to have Mr. Billingsley 
return; accordingly the place was kept vacant for a year. 
But he determined to return no more, and from that time he 
employed his niinistry among the Dissenters in different places 
in Gloucestershire. He at length became very feeble thro' 
his great age, and died at Brutol^ Dec, 1709. His elder 
son Richardt diedminister at Whitchurch, in Hampshire, a 
very worthy man : father of Mr. Samuel Billingsley , late 
of Peckham. See Vol. I. p. 402. His younger son iW- 
cholas^ was minister at Ashwick, in Somersetshire. 

WESTON. Mr. John Skinner ' 

WHITCHURCH (or Rick ards Castle.) Mr. Wil-. 
xiAM Woodward. A great and good man ; much res- 
pected by SirE. Harley and £. Littleton, Esq. of the Moor, 
to whom he dedicated a sermon or two. He was a tutor, in 
Oxford^ and educated Mr. Flavelj of Dartmouth. Aftei 
his ejectment he travelled to Turkey, and visited Smyrna and 
Aleppo. He at last settled at Leominster^ where he was 
pastor of a considerable congregation till his death in 1691 
or 2. Dr. Walker relates a story concerning his cruelty to 
the vrife of the sequestered clergyman, which cannot be 
credited without better evidence, as it no way agrees with 
the character given of him by all that knew him. Probably 
this 18 the person mentioned in the university of Oxford^ Vol. 

I. p. 921. 

Mr. Boyle and Mr. Wotton were cjecteAin this county, 
but at what places is.uncertain. 


IN H£K£F0RD6HIIIE« ^ - 299 

Mr. Broster, of Wbrmbridgef afterwards conformed. 
As also did Mr. Malden, of Sapy^ tho' not to the satis- 
faction of his conscience ; for he used afterwards often to 
say. It repented bim that he did not let his wife and children 
go a begging, rather than that he had conformed. However, 
be connnued in hFs' living till his death, and always paid a 
great respect to the Nonconfounists. 


[ 300 ] 




ST. ALBANS. St. Peter*s church. Mr. William 
Ha\i(orth. Of St. John^s Col. Camb. He was well 
skilled in the Latin, Greek and Hebrew languages. After his 
ejectment here* he was desired on occasion of the death of 
some friend, to preach a funeral sermon. Accordingly he 
had assembled a congregation for this purpose, at some place 
in the town, but was hindered by some malicious persons who 
obliged the people to disperse. Upon this,, they went to 
the Cloisters in the abbey, where Mr. Haworth had resolved 
to perform the service. While he was in his sermon, a party 
of soldiers came in with a view to apprehend him ; when one 
of the hearers interposing to prevent it, was shot dead on the 
spot. Mr. Haworth was taken up, and on account of this 
afl&ir was tried at the assizes : when, tho' he was discharged, 
he was heavily fined, while the soldier who committed the 
murder escaped with impunity. He afterwards lived twenty 
years at Hertford^ and prejjched to a society of Dissenters 

§ The congregation at Hitchin^ of which Mr. Holcroft 
had been pastor, being dismissed to Mr. Haworth^s charge, 
he used to preach to them about once a month, in a barn be- 
longing to the other society in that town, according to an 

* He could not h^ve had the living of St. Peters, but must have been only 
a preacher there, as John Rctchford succeeded William Retchford as vicar, 
in 1661, and was living till 1700. — N. B. The original account of Mr. Ha- 
worih is so confused and imperfect as to require being drawn up afresh, and 
some words supplied* to render it intelligible. The additions to it, and to 
several other' articles in this coanty, are communicated by Mr. Isaac James, a 



agreement made in 1687- They used generally to go to 
Hertford on communion-days, but sometimes met, from 
both towns, at Bragbury-end^ which is about half way. Mr. 
Edward Hitchin (author of The Injani^ Cause pleaded^ 
who was grand father to the l^te minister of White Howi 
Spital-fi^lds, London) left' the society which now meets in 
Tyler- street, Hitchin^ in 1688, and joined Mr. Haworth's 
church. — ^l^he following little anecdote is found in Maurice's 
Monument of mercy to the Church at Rowell. Mr. 
Haworth being present at a meeting ot ministers in a neigl^- 
bouring towii {probably Kettering) arid disapproving of their 
proceedings, relative to Mr. Davis of Rowell,* questioned; 
their authority, crying out, Ziio Jure^ qu^ojure ? This un- 
expected attack produced a sudden silence, upon which some 
person answered; Nullojure. Then, replied Mn Haworth ^ 
** It is Injuria,''^ 

, Mr. Nathaniel Partridge. Probably he was at 

St, Mieh^eVfi church,'forit appears that one was ejected there 
in i662y from Newc. Rep. Eccles, (vol i. pv 77%)^ where we 
have this entry; John Cole^ A. M. 3 Mar. 1662. per non 
subscriptianem ultiim Vicarii. Mr. Partridge having 
once preached at St. Albans^ upon those words, Rev: iii. 18. 
* Anoint thine eyes with eye-^lve, that thou mayst see ;* a 
poor man who was. as blind in mind as he was in body, went 
afterwards to his* house, and asked him very gravely," where 
he might get that ointment to cure his blindness ?" [Doubt- 
less Mr. Par^w/^c improved the occasion for saying some- 
thing to this ignorant creature, with a view to open the eyes of 
his mind, tho' we have no information concerning it.] After 
his ejectment, he preached in Old-street^ London, many* 
years, and suffered six months imprisonment in Newgate for 
his Nonconformity. He took a great deal of pains with the 
condemned prisoners thfere, not without some good success ;- 
and died, in a good old age, Aug. 6, 1684. Mr. Christopher, 
Nesse published an elegy upon him, some lines of which 
were so severe, [against court measures] that he was forced 
for a time to hide from the messengers who were very busy in 
huntingafter him. 

ALBURY [V.] Mr. Francis Comyng. It appears from 
Newc. Rep. that he was admitted tt) this living before the 

* See the account of Mr. D^iris under the article 0esbor4>vi3R| Nor*' 


civil war began; vt>. in 1637, and therefore bad an iin« 
questionable title to k. § There is a Mr. Cummen among 
^e fifteen Tuesday lecturers appointed by Parliainent, at 
Uitckin^ July tg, &642.. Probably this was the same per- 


ASHWELL [V.] John Crow, M. A. OtKath. HalL, 
Camb, He was born in Kent, and was half-brother to. the 
famous Mr. Herbert Palmer, whom he succeedeJ at this 
place ; where, for aboiit sixteen years, he faithfully discharged 
the ministerial office in all its parts, and kept up the piety 
which Mr. Palmer left in that large parish. After being 
silenced, he continued with his family several y6ars at Ash-^ 
welly living in great amity first with Mr. Milburriy (a man 
of a different spirit from his nephew) [Mr. Luke Milburn\ 
and afterwards with Mr. Blandj both of them men of great 
moderation and good temper, curates to Dr. Cudworth^ who 
^was Mr. Crow's immediate successor. With them he cheer^ 
fully united in the several parts of public worship, and as- 
sisted them all he could, in subserviency to their public 
ministry, by pious conference with his neighbours, and re- 
peating ancl reinforcing their sermons to such as would come 
to him at his own house. He afterwards removed to Lon- 
diort. If he was inferior to Mr. Palmer in learning and con- 
troversial skill, he was equally eminent for piety, simplicity, 
humility and moderation. He was indeed of a most sweety 
mild, and peaceable temper, and very charitable to the poor ; 
to whom, when he was minister of Ashwelly he used to sell 
/corn below the market-price. His life was so unblameable, 
that he was universally beloved. But he was not without his 
trials, and some of them considerable and shocking too, in 
his old age. 

BALDOCK [L.] and WALLiNGfoN \R. iGoL] Mr. 
William Sherwin, These two places are about two 
miles distant. He kept an assistant in his house to preach at 
Wallington on Lord's-days in the afternoon, when he 
preached at Baldock ; casting his net where there was plenty 
offish. And he did it to good purpose ; for God blessed his 
ministry to that great congregation very inuch. In the latter 
part of his life he lived with his daughter, Mrs. Crackintkorp^ 
whose husband was minister at Foulmire in Cambridgeshire^ 
and there died in a good old age ; viz. about 80. He had a 
venerable aspect, was a considerable scholar, a hard student, 
and of an unblameable life. He bent his studies very much 



to the obscure prophecies of scripture, aad was very foad 6t 
the Millcnarian notions. ^ His, portrait is prefixed to some 
of his pieces, and was engraved by his son. 

WORKS. Several small Treatises on the prophecy of Danirh 
and the Revelation ; commonly bound up together. § The followip? 
is a more compleat account of his principal treatises. The world 
to come. — ^The word written conoemii^ the word ever-living.-— 
The fore-runner of Christ's kingdom. — Christ's peaceful kingdom. 
— The first and last preacher. — The new Jerusalem. 

BARLEY. See Royston. 

BARNET [R.] Mr. Shaw. 

BUSHY. Mr. Ward is mentioned here in Dr. Calamy'd 
account, but ought to be omitted ; for, as Dr. Walker sa,ySf 
** being possessed of this living in 166O9 he got a. presentation 
to it from his majesty, per lapsum^ and disusing the surplice, 
he.. mangled the prayers here until his death, in 1684." 

CHESHUNT [V.] Mr. William Yates. He was 
ejected either here or at Bai^n-Elmes in Surry. In the time 
of Charlesll.^^ Indulgence, it is certain he lived here, and 
preached at Theobalds in the same parish ; and here he died, 
leaving a worthy name behind him, in August. I679, being 
pear a 100 years of age. 

COTTERED [R.] Mr. Thomas Gardiner. An in- 
genious and learned divine. The father of Dr. Gardiner^ 
who lived and died in Abchurch-Lane, London. § Chauney*s 
entries here are, ** 1627, Thomas Gardiner^ A. M., 1661, 
John Gardiner J D. D." fHisi. of Hertfordshire.) Hence 
it seems that the father was ejected at the Restoration, and 
that the son being a conformist, succeeded him. 

ESSINGDON. Mr. Skingle. See Hadham parva. 

GILSTON+ Thomas Mocket, M. A. Of both unt^ 
vcisities, Arst of Queen CoL Camb. Born about the year i6oa. 
He was sometime chaplain to the Earl of BridgeWater, when 
he was lord president of the Marches of Wales, in the reign 
of K. Charles I. and by him was favoured, and promised 
preferment. He was preacher at Holt in Denbighshire, be- 
fore he was settled at Gilston^ viz. about 1639. This last 

' f TbU WM before called Gadb81>ok. It it someti^iet spelt OBtussstir.' 



place he resigned to Christopksr Webb^ the former incmn'- 
bent in 1660. He was a very pipus and humble man, 

WORtCS. Gospel Duties and Dignity. — A Discoarse on the 
Covenant and Protestation. — The Church's Trouble and Deli- 
verance. — Christian Advice to old and young, rich and poor. 
§ This piece has his portrait prefixed, engrsivedat the expence of 
Edward Brewster. — ^He also published, in 1651, Christmas the 
christians grand feast, its originial growth and observation : also, of 
Easter, Whitsuntide, &c. 

GRAVELEY [R.] Mr. Carter. § Cbaunex/ enters his 
napie Andrew Cater. Edwards, in his Gangnena^ P. iii. 
p. 105, has this passage, which is supposed to refer to him. 
•* There is one Carter^ having but one eye, a sectary at WaU 
Ion in Herts, and a great preacher, who keeps conventicles 
on the Lord's day, there being great resort to him, never 
coming to the public assemblies." After bis ejectment, he 
lived some time in the family of Sir Robert Josseline^ near 
Sabridgeworth. When he died, he left a charity, of which 
the heir of that family Is one of the managers in course. 

%* HADyAM Magna [R. 300/,] Daniel Dyke, 
M. A. Of Cawi. University. He was bom in 1617, at 
Epping in Essex, where his father, the good old Puritan, 
Mr. Jeremiah Dyke^ was minister. He was nephew to the 
famous Z). Dyke^ B. D. who wrote the trearise Of the deceit^ 
fulness of the heart. He had episcopal ordination. When 
he appeared in public he was soon taken notice of for his 
great learning and useful preaching, and was preferred ac- 
cordingly. Besides having this valuable living, he was 
made one of the chaplains in ordinary to Oliver Cromwell^ 
and in 1653 was appointed one of the Triers of ministers, for 
which oflSce he was well qualified by his learning, judgment, 
and piety. He was of the Baptist persuasion, and appeai-s to 
have been the only one of that persuasion, besides Mr. 
Tom^^Sy in that commission. Upon the Restoration, he 
shewed his integrity by refusing to conform to the episcopal 
government, and to the ceremonies of the church established, 
.and voluntarily resigned his living soon after ; foresTeeing the 
approaching storm. : When his inrimate friend Mr. Case^ 
(who was one of the ministers deputed to wait on the king 
at the Hague^ and one of the commissioners at the Savoy) 
endeavoured to persuade him to continue, and told him what 
a hopeful prospect they had from the king's behaviour, He. . 




Mr. Dyke very wisely answered, " That they did but de- 
** ceive and flatter themselves : that !f the king was sincere 
in his shew of piety, and great respect for them and, their 
religion, yet when he came to be settled, the party thaif had 
formerly adhered to him, and the creatures that would 
come over with him, would have the management of 
** public aflfairs, would circumvent them in all their designs^ 
^' and in all probability not only turn them out, but take 
•* away their liberty too." _ 

After he resigned his living, he preached as often as he had 
Opportunity, and was generally preserved by some kind ap- 
pearance of Providence from the rage and malice of his per- 
secutors. Tho' he lived in two or three great storms, and 
had several writs out against him, he was never imprisoned 
more than one night. He was at length chosen and or- 
dained co-pastor with Mr. William Kiffin to the congrega- 
tion of Baptists in Devonshire-square, London, where he 
continued a faithful labourer to his death in 1688, when he 
was about 70 years of agett He was buried at Bunhill-field^, 
and Mr. Waiter preached his funeral sermon. He was a maa 
of so much modesty, that he could never be prevailed upon 
to publish any thing. His namCi^ however, stands with some 
others in two or three printed papers, in the composing of 
which it is supposed he had some concern ; v. g. 

WORKS. The Baptist's Answer to Mr. Willis's Appeal.— A 
Recommendation of Mr. Cox's Confut. of the Errors of T. Collier. 
•—Relation of a Meeting at Barbican between the Baptists and 
Quakers.— He was the editor of several select sermons of his 

HADHAM Parva. Mr. Daniel Skingle. §Thi8 
was most probably the person mentioned at Essingdoriy of 
whom the following anecdote is related. He was once in* 
vited to preach at a chapel of ease belonging to Hitchin (cal- 
led Minsden, or Minzell, now in ruins) which he accord* 
ingly did, and a prosecutibti was immediately set on foot ; 
but no oiKe of the auditors would betray him. At length a 
person waited on him hypocritically pretending to be under 
deep conviction of sin, and by this method, drawing Mr. 
Skingle into free discourse, got out of him th^ particulars of 
his preaching at the said chapel. Upon this he was thrown 
into the Spiritual court, and after expending about 300/* he 
and the chapel -warden w^re glad to ge^ clear, by making the 
following submissions : ' 
■ VOL* II — NO, xvi^ X "I Daniel 


<< I Daniel Skingk, of the parish of M]«sdei> itaagna in 
ihe counly of Hertford, do acknowledge and confess to have 
commicted a ^reat fiMiIt, by taking upon sie to preach cob- 
trary to law, m the chapel of Miasden, witbia the parish ef 
Hitcbin—- and do bee; the ri^^t rev. fadier ia God, James 
lord bishop of Lincom his pardon, and aU others Oi&nded 
thereat; and do promise that I will not coaunit or do the 
like for the future* Witness my hand this soth day of Bcc^ 
A. D. 1700, Daniel Skingle." Omcmriat crnn &rtg. Testis 
bus noiisf Fr« Braoge Viear dc Hiuhm. Thomas 

The other is given in the Note below ^ 

HARDEN [Chap. S.] Mr. Nathaniel Eeles. Of 
Eman. CoL Camb. He was bom at Aldenham in this 
county, in 1617, of good parentage. Having prosecuted 
his studies till he was semor batchelor, in order to his greater 
improvement he studied two yeais at Utrechty under the 
celebrated Gisbert Voet\ and being Judged competently 

Sialified for the ministry, was there ordained a Presbyter, and 
en came into England, and preached at Caddington in Bed- 
fordshire. In 16431 he was called by the people at Harding 
to be their pastor. There he continued preaching with great 
satisfaction, and'gbod success, till 1661, when he was ejected 
by the succeeding incumbent Dr. KiUigrew. For that being 
a chapd of ease to Wheaihatnsiead, (both belonging to the 
dean and chapter of Westminster,) and being a sequestered 

* TkiSuhmissiM ^John Heath, wuiie in Hitchin ChuTcb, Sunday Kov. S3» 
1701.— ^<< Whereas I John Heath, Chapel Waideo of Minsdeoy a member 
of diis church, have contrarf to the duty and dignity «f my Office, which.I wa» 
sworn to observe and execute, permitted aud suffered Daniel Skingle, a mere 
Layman and in a Lay-Habit, to preach or rather profane the holy word of 
God, in the cha|)el of Miotden ; and did also invite and encourage him to th^ 
repetition of such bis illegal and unwamntahte practices, and have theceby 
violated the solemn oath I took, for the performance of my office, and have 
given great oifience to the church in general, and to this church, and the 
minister and parishioners of this parish in particular: I am therefore, by the 
command of my ordinary's otwn letter, to make this acknowledgment 
which I heartily and wiiiiugly submit to, and do, in the presence 9i Almighty 
God and this congregation, unfeignedly confess my said faolt, and the great 
sin I have thereby committed against God, and the offence I have given to 
the chareb in general, and to this church, and minister, and peoplei^ in parti- 
cular ; and I beseech God and you all to forgive roe, and to join with me ia 
prayer for the assistance of his holy spirit that T may have a due regard to my 
duty for the ftiture."^-Then he repeated the Lord's prayer. — Thii is a trui e%py\ 
Witnns Fr. Aragge, vkar tf Hitcbia. 



places it WHS restored to die dean before the Act of unifor* 
inity. At the time that act took place, he had a wife ai)4 
seven children. When the Corporation-act had passed, he 
left hi$ iWnily, and lived some time at Borington. Before 
juid after which, as he had opportunity, he preached in pri* 
vate, soQdetiines at his own house, and sometimes at Sti 
Albums and other places, till K. Charles's Declaration for li«- 
Jberty of conscience in 1678, when he took out a licence for 
bis own house at Harding, where he preached, gratis, to all 
{hat would come. When the licences were recalled, he 
continued to expose his house and person to the fines and pe<- 
nalties that were then recoverable of him, and still continued 
his ministry till his last sickness : and providence so ordered 
it, that he never was disturbed, tho* often threatened. He 
had little trouble, except what was given him by citations 
from the spiritual courts. Having a call from the people of 
Codicote (a village near Welwyn) he preached there twice 
every other Lord's-day, still providing a supply (Mr. Robert 
Tory for the most part) for his owA pebplc at Harding, 
without any expence to them. 

He was a man of considerable parts, great prudepce, good 
judgment, admirable temper, and a can£d disposition ; much 
respected and beloved by persons of all ranks, haviog a good 
mien and a grave presence. Hjc was an excellent textuary, 
and well acquainted with the scriptures ; strict in the obser- 
vation of the Lord's-day, both for himself and family ; very 
tender of offending any, and bad a good report of all. Nxi 
occasion could be found against him, even by his wor^ ene- 
mies, except in the matter of his Nonconformity ; concerning 
which, being enquired of by Mr. Toiy^ when he was very 
near hi$ end, What he thought of it, and whether he appre- 
liended it worth while for a man to venture his estate, liberty, 
and good name for it ? He answered, with a voice and ear- 
nestness beyond his jstre^igth, " That he would not be v^itb- 
** out the comfort qi it for ten thousand worlds.'* He was 
afflicted several years with a sciajtica, he had also a bloody 
flux and the pile^ to a great degree. Tho' bis pains wo-e 
often sev^ere, he was never heard to speak a hard word of 
God ; but always justified him> and begged patience under 
his afflictions, rather than deliverance from them. His weak* 
ness was «uch, by reason of these disorders, that for some 
time he was forced to preadi sitting, which he continued to 
do till about a forinight h^oxe his death, Dec. 18, 1678, 
jiged 61, when be left a wife and tea cbUdren. § Heis men' 

X a tioned 


tioned among the lecturers at Hiichinzni Dunstable in 1642. 
He was also one of the Triers for this county in 1654. 

§ HERTFORD [R.] St. Andrews. Mr. Jeremiah Bur- 
well. He was bom about 1684,^ and died of an apoplexy, 
at the house of George Poyner, Esq. at Codicote^ near Wel- 
wyn, where there is the following inscription on -his grave. 
<* Herelieth Jeremiah Burwell, late minister of St. Andrews, 
Hertford, who departed this life, Feb. 11, Ann. 1668 gratis 
SUS44." Chauna/. Hehadthecharacterofa pious, heavenly, 
humble, moderate, friendly man ; as also of a good preachei*. 

HITCHIN. Mr.BENj. King. Stc Oakham, Rutland. 

KIMPTON. John Wilson, M. A. Of Kath. Hall^ 
Camh. A worthy, pious and contented man; who was pos- 
sessed of considerable learning, as appears from his Answer 
to Philosophia Scriptura IntcrpreSy and to IFohogen. 

(KERSHALL [R.] Mr. William Janeway. Of 
King's Col. Camh. He was the eldest son of Mr. William 
Janeway, of Lilly ^ Herts; who, about 1644 removed to 
Aspeden^ and afterwards became minister of kelshall, where 
be died, leaving a widow and eleven children ; of whom 
William, John, James, and Abraham, were ministers, and 
all of them (excepting JdhnJ were ejected. William was 
admitted at Cambridge about 1650. He probably preached 
' at Kehhall after his father*s decease, as he resided there, 
and was a preacher in 1657 ; when his brother JbAn finished 
his short but holy life at his house. It does not appear that 
he had this Rectory ; if he had, he could have held it but for 
a short time, for John Franklyn was presented to it Sept. 25, 
1660. Bp. Kenn/stty in many instances, endeavours to invalid 
date Dr. Calamy^s Account, and observes, that *• A trans- 
cript of the several presentations, and especially of the epis- 
copal collations and institutions, both in the time of the 
usurped powers, and from and after the Restoration to the 
end of i66fi, would make up the best comment on the Ac* 
count and Continuation of the ejected or silenced minis- 
ter s - " Kennefs Register and Chronicle^ p. 879. Quot- 
ing the register of Bp. Wren, he says, *• Ann. 1662, Dec. 5, 
Presentatus est Ricardus Salmon, A. M. ad Rect. de Kel- 
shull, in Com. Hertf. vacantem per Cessionem cujusdam 
Gulislmi JenowaYi ultimi Incumbentis ibidem/' He 
then observes that; ** If Dr. Calaniy's assertioui that he was 


XJECTED, * had been tnie« the register would not have run, 
per cesHonem.^* In p. 883, quoting the same register, he 
has it: <* Janeway ult. Inctibatoris," and calls him *' the 
last intruder ;'* thus suflh:iently answering his own objection, 
^ttd proving that incorrectness was not confined to Dr. 

LANOLEY (Abbots) [V.] Mr. John Kino. In Neio^ 
court Rep. his successor is mentioned thus : Tho. Wrighli 
CK 29 Jan. 1662, per incon/orm. King. 

MUNDANE Parva [R.] Mr. William Grave. § So 
Chauncy enters his name, with the date 16^9. 

ROYSTON [V. S.] Nathaniel Ball, M. A. Of 
King*s CoL Camb. Borit at Pitminsiery near Taunton- 
Dean in Somersetshire, 165^3, of pious parents, who gave 
him a very religious education, which by the grace of God 
was successful to his conversion very young. He made a 
good progress in school-learning, and when he was entered at 
Cambridge, he spent his time conscientiously. He was 
noted for his accuracy in the Latjn, Greek, Hebrew, and 
French languages. The latter be spoke so well as to be often 
taken for a native of France. When he left the university, 
he settled at Barley ^ about ten miles from Cambridge^ Here 
he employed himself indefatigably in his Master^s service, and 
was an instrument in turning many to righteousness. This 
being a sequestered living, he punctually paid a fifth part of 
the income to Dr. Thorndike^ whom he succeeded. He 
preached much upon the necessity of regeneranon, upon faith 
and holiness, and t}ie great truths of the gospel. It was ee« 
nerally his way to continue upon a text for a considerable 
time. He took great pleasure in expounding the scriptures, 
and catechizing. He endeavoured to be acquainted with every 
family in his parish, and spent much time in visiting his peo* 
pie, aisQOursing with them about the state of their souls, and 
the great things of their salvation. He earnestly put them 

* The word « ejected" it not strictly applicable to the nonconformists of 
166^ : the term **^er ctssionem^*' las often used in the registers, is certainly 
More accurate, since they were voluntarily in quitting (heir livings. But they 
were thus far tmnjuUtd to it; they could not conscientiously keep them ; nc«^ 
terms of conformity being imposed on purpose to drive them our, and such at 
it was known many hundreds of worthy, able, and learned men, who bad a 
legal title to their prefeiments, would not submit to, Irom a principal of inte- 
anty« See Pref. vol. 1. p. U note. 

X 3 upon 


upon perfbming fstnily ditties; and when tny 6b)eet6d AiHf 
want of gifts for prayer, he furnished them with directidns, 
both as to matter and manner, with such success, that many ^ 
before unaccustomed to this exercise, arrived at a great 

ahilitV in i(* 

Wnen he entered upon a married state, and his femtiy in- 
creased, he was very exact in the government of it. He was 
indulgent to his children and servants, in every thing but 
tirhat was sinful, where he was always severe. Some servant^ 
of his had reason to bless God that ever they knew him. 
He was very strict in observing the sabbath^ and his piety was 
observable m his whole conduct. He had an admirable tB* 
lent of introducing pious discourse at his table, and in all 
companies. He was much respected by several students at 
Cambridge^ and particularly by Mr. Tillotsdn^ afterwards 
Abp. of Canterbury. He instructed several, both Noncon- 
formists and others, in various branches of learning, especially 
in the Oriental languages, in which few equalled, and 
acarcdy any exceeded htm. With the greatest ease would 
he, at first sight, render any part of the Hebrew Bible into 
{>roper English. He compiled a Chaldee ^mmar, which 
was unhappily lost, as many valuable thmgs of his have 

Tho* he scarcely ever used a note in preaching, his sermons 
were so exactly penned as to be fit for the press ; but such 
was his humility, that he thought nothing of his worth print- 
ing. His natural abilities, great learning, and close applica- 
tion, qualified him for great service; but his gfand study t^as 
to kriffw Christy and him crucified. He so studied plamness 
in preaching, that he often used to say. It cost him more 
pains to bring down every word in his sermons to the under* 
standings of the meanest hearers, than if he were to preach 
in Latin. — He quitted Barley in 1660 ; and was chosen the 
public minister of Royston* That being a town of great 

I>ro(aneness, and but Tittle religion ; his zeal for God, and 
ove to souls, made him lay out himstelf in an extraordinary 
manner. He set up a lecture on the market-day, which was 
blessed with gieat succesr. The tmde of wickedness was 
Spoiled, and some of the worst of sinners were wrought upon, 
who proved eminent in grace. He had a public hour of 
prayer daily, between twelve and one; to which many chris- 
tians resorted. He was through life a great redeemer of his 
time, scarcely allowing himself any recreation, which seemed 
to shorten his days. He rose very early in the morning, and 


I i 


If the servke of God did nol^aU bim away, be wag. by a 
moderate com|Hitation, nol les^ than ten hours out of twenty^ 
iouT in his study, for (hirty years togetheFi He lored a 
private iifci and went Imt little into comjiany, wh«re he had 
not the prospect of usefulness ; and was not fond of making 
visits to London, where, he said, people were mad upon the 

On Bartholomew-day, 1662, he quittedhis public ministry, 
t6 the great grief of his parish, and the chistians of that 
neighbourhood. Though he had a wife and several children, 
with the prospect of more, (who increased at length to thir- 
teen,) yet the tenderness of his conscience kept htm from con- 
formity. He continued however for some time in the town, 
going about, nuiny mfle^, preaching as oportunity offered, 
and exhorting such as came in bis wajf. This he did with 
great success, till the Oxford-act took place, &c. ; then he 
removed five miles off, where he lived* peaceably, and won 
upon many by his holy life, his great moderation, and sweet- 
ness of temper. For though be waa very zealous for the pu- 
rity of Christ's institutions,^ against all impositions and hu<- 
inan inrentions, so as never to comply in what he thought 
but doubtful^, yet he was very candid, and full of respect to 
M such as diffisred from him, who discovered any regard to 
real religion. 

He lived above seven years in a smalt village hi Essex^ 
where he was scteened by Mr. Parr his brother-in-law, a 
worthy, serious, conformmg minister ; and having a conve- 
nient house to preach in, of a pious widow-lady. Many ju- 
dicious christians attended on bis ministry, some coming five 
miles, and some even ten, on Lord's-day te hear him. H^ 
preached also occasionally in Cambrulge, Eppingy Beyford^ 
and several other places, with great success. He was coo* 
tented with any mean way of living, so that be might but 
bring some glo.ry to God. He lived in a cottage of forty* 
shilhngs a year rent, and never received above 201. a year for 
all his labours, after he was ejected ; but be relied on provi- 
dence, and would often say, to the praise of divine goodness, 
•* That he never lived better than when he knew not how to 
** live ; nor ever enjoyed mofe of God's presence than in that 
•^ poor place." He kept a diary of God's providences to him 
and hi^^ which excited his thankfulness, and encouraged his 
hope and trust in difficulties. From many of his paper, it 
appeared, that he was strict and frequent in self-exami- 
nation. He was also fidthful to others ; reproving sin where- 

x 4 - ever 


ever he o1>8enre€l it ; and when any told him of their great 
experiences* be would say, *' It is good news, but take heed 
** that it is true." He held a correspondence with many 
worthy ministers and valuable christians by letter, in which 
he took great pleasure, and was very useful. When his 
goods were seiaeed for his preachine contrary to law, he took 
It joyfully, and heartily prayed for his enemies. 

His last removal was to Epping^ to which place however 
be did not wholly confine himself. He was of a strong con- 
stitution, but at length was worn out by labour, study and 
travels. He w&s very charitable to the poor, and much con- 
cerned for the public, especially for the church of God. His 
patience in his last illness was exemplary, while he languished 
some months in a coiuumption, and in much pain. He still 
gave serious couns^ to such as visited him, and was much in 
prayer for the church, particularly in England, and heartily 
lamented the great breaches among Protestants. To a neigh- 
bouring minister who was with him, he said, **' I bless God 
•• I never conformed : I have now the comfort of it." He 
told a friend who enquired what his thoughts were when he 
was turned out of his living, ^' That he was then supported 
*< by God's promises, and ever since by his providences." He 
died, as he.had lived ; as penitent as if he had been the greatest 
sinner upon earth, but in the exercise of a lively faith ; re* 
lying only upon Christ the mediator for pardon and ac- 
ceptance with God. And he had th;s chari^cter from all that 
were acquainted with him. That he was one who laboured 
much for God, walked closely with him, and lived in great 
contempt of the world. He died Sept* x%, 1681, in the 58th 
year of his age» 

WORKS. Spiritual Bondage and Freedom ; (a good, serious, 
practical book.). ^ He left his papers with his good friend Mr* 
Thomas Gouge, who did not long survive him. 

SHENLEY [R.] Isaac Loeffs, M. A. Fellow of 
JPeter-housey Camb. Mr. Stephen Jones resigned this living, 
in ^ the year 1650, when Mr. Loeffs succeeded him, being 
presented by three of the parishioners, upon whom the patron 
(John CreWy Esq ; of Crew in Cheshire) had conferred the 
right of presentation for that time. Dr. Calamy has given 
a copy of Mr. Joneses resignation of the living, of Mr. Loeffs' 
-presentation to it, &c. which are too long and too unin- 
tcresting to be here insertedy After the Act of uniformity 
p^sed, Mr. Loeffs came to London, and was assistant to 

S Dr. 


Dr% OmefU [Dr. Salvage, the late pastor of that church, 
writes, That from his chunch^book, Mr. Lotffs ap];>ear8 to 
have been some time co-pastor with Dr. Owen or Mr. Clarke 
son ; standing in the list of pastors after the latter : and that 
be died July to, 1689. Nothing more particular appears 
concerning his character than what is contained in the fol« 
lowing recommendations of him] The first is, that of Mr. 
(afterwards Dr.) Lazarus Seaman, •Sfp/. 9, 1648. " These 
are to certify i^fhom it may concern, that Isaac Loeffs^ M. A. 
of the last year, an^ Fellow of Peter-house, Cambridge, is of 
a godly life aod conversation^ orthodox in judgment, and 
welUaitected to the parliament. In witness whereof I hav« 
subscribed my hand. La. Seaman^ Magr, C. S. P.'* After 
this follows a Latin testimonial of Henry Rich, Earl of HoU 
land, JCc. Hcn one of his Majesty's most honourable privy* 
council, and Chancellor of the University of Cambridge: 
and of the Masters and Scholars qF the said University ; cer* 
tifying, that Mr. Isaac Loeffs was admitted to the degree of 
M. A. at the appointed time, and annual commencement in 
the year 1648 ; and that he was a discreet person, whose 
learnmg, good life, and laudable conversation, quah'fied hinsi 
for that degree, and could not be called in question byxhe 
envy of slanderous, or malice of insidious persons, &r« 
Given at Cambridge, Dec, 9, 1648. 

$ WORKS. The soul's asceQsion in a state of separation, Svo, 

STORTFORD Bishop's [V.] Mr. Jonathan Paine. 
He is mentioned in Newcourfs Rep, EccL- ^ It is uncertain 
where he preached after his ejectment. But^ congregation 
of Dissenters was gathered in this place, of which the eirfinent 
Mr. Craddock became pastor, and it continues in a flourishing 
state to this day. The worthy Mr. Angus lately died therc^ 
having beep pastor above half a century. See his funeral 
Sermon by his colleague, Mr. W. Chaplin ^ which contains a 
just character of him. 

THERFIELD [R. 330/.] Mr. Marmaduke Tennant. 
He was an acceptable preacher, and an exemplary liver ; 
eminent for piety and charity. He prefixed an epistle to the 
life of Mr. John Janeway^ who died in his neighbourhood 
in 16.57. 

THORLEY [R. S.] Mr. Warren. A very hopeful 
yoting man. § In 1 654 Mr. John Warren was appointed one 
of the Triers of this county. 



TOTTERIDGE. WittrAM Torrv, M. A. He 
mdained by Dr. Curh Bishop of Wkichesrery ia 1640. r>r. 
Calamy produces a Copy of the testimonials ^f his ordinadon, 
m which however there aippearsto be nothing singular. Mr. 
Tutty^ after bis ejectment^ went first into a farm ; bnt so^n 
hecame chaphin to Col. Markham. He afterwardi» preactv- 
ed at Newgate-street, in the parish of Haifiefdm this county, 
and died in 1678. He waa a man of great abiKlies, good 
learning, and eminent piety; a follower of k)Ve and'pea€:e« 
He had great satisCx^tion in' bis Nonconformity, from hisf 
ejection to his grave. §Ifi 164$^, Mr. Tuttey^&o his nacme 
IS sometimes speh) was vicar oif South Mymmsy not six 
miles distant from TotUridgey where Chauncy mentions 
him as curate in 1646. In 1654, ^^ ^^ sq^pointed one of 
the Triers of this coimty. — He published a funeral sermon, 
and something on So), song, in prose and verse. 

WALDEN (Paul's) |R.] Mr. Peachy. Dr. Calamy sup- 
poses him to be the person of that name who practised physic 
)n London, and wrote several medical pieces. § But accordU 
ing to fVoody John Pechy M. D. who wrote the medical 
tracts, was Only six years of age when the act of uniformity 

WALLINGTON. Mr. Sherwin.^ See Buldock. 

' WARE [V.] Mr. John YotJNC. He kept up a consi- 
derable meeting for some years at Kimpion^ in this county, 
where bis name was long remembered with respect. § He 
was one of the Hitchin Lecturers in X642, and a Trier for 
this county in 1654. 

WATFORD [V.] Philip Goodwin, M. A. Of St. 
John's Col.Cavib. He was amon^*tbe Triers appointed in 
this county. He most probably quitted this living at the Re- 
storation, as Newcourt enters his successor June 166 1^ tho' 
Chauncy' s date is 1659. He is supposed afterwards to have 
conformed, as one of this nanoe was rector of Liston in Essex 
in 1673, and there died in 1699. But as this might possibly 
be another person, and if it was the same, he might have 
been twelve years a nonconformist, his name is retained iu 
our list. 

• WORKS. Family .religion revived; a discodr^ on Fa<nily 
prayer. — The Lord's day revived.— Evangelical communion; a 
treatise on the Lord's Supper.-^The History of Dreams. 


IN HiRTirokDsklRE. 315 

§ WELWYN [R.] Nicholas Greaves, D. D. of Ox* 
ford university. He is not mentioned in Dr. Calamy's «c* 
count, but there is the best authority for placing him among 
the ejected ministers, and his name will do honour to the list. 
He was the son of Mr. John Greaves, rector of Colmore^ 
near Alresford, Hants. His elder brother, Mr. John 
Greaves, was the celebrated mathematician and traveller. 
His younger brothers were also men of eminence : Thomas 
in divinity, and Edward in physic. Nicholas was first a 
commoner of St. Marj/^s Hall Oxford; elected fellow of 
All Souls, 1627, and junior proctor of the university, in 
1648. He took his degree of B. A. Nov. 1, 1642. and was 
created D. D. in the year following. He was afterwards 
promoted to the Deanry of Dromore in Ireland. It is pro- 
bable that he fledihto En^arfd in the time of the rebelfioa. 
Chauncy has his name ^xWeltoyn iit 1651. Bp. Kenneth m 
his Register and Chronicle, has the following extract from 
the Lincoln Registers, from whence it is plam that he was 
deprived of this rectory by the act of uniformity. — « i66«; 
•« Die ult, Octob. Gabriel Tdwerson, clericus. A. M. ad* 
*• miss, ad Rect. Eccl. dc Wellwyn, Corti. Hertford, per 
" privationcm Nicolai Greaves, S. T. P. tilt. Incumb. 
«* virtute Actus UNiFORMitATis legitime vacantem, ex 
** Pres. Custodis et SocionimColl.,Omn. Animarum. 0>ion." 
N. B. This is the valuable living of which the celebrated 
Dr. Toimg was many years Rector. 

WILLI AN [V.] Mr. Isaac Bedford. He was thesoa 
of an excellent father of the same name, who was first a 
school-master at Sutton in Bedfordshire, and afterwards many 
years minister of Clifton^ four miles distant. This his soti, 
after his ejectment, retired to Clifton^ and lived upon a snciall 
farm of his own. He took scholars to board, and employed 
a Conformist to teach them. He died there about the year 
1667. § He was one of the Triers in 1654, and a Lecturer 
ziHitchin. His name in the list is spelt Bedforde. 

The folUming afterwards conformed. 

Mr. Halsey, of Broxborn. — Dr. Hicks, of Hertingfori* 
hury, afterwards rector of St. Margaret-Pattens in London.-^ 
Mr. Owen, of Brandf eld. — Mr. Stallybrasse, of JEssing^ 
dan. — Mr. Thornton, of Henipsted. — Mr, Godwin, of 


[ 316 } 




BLUNTISHAM [R. aop/.] James Bedford, B. D. 
The worthy son of Mr. Isaac Bedford, the excellent 
minister of CHfton in Bedfordshire ; and there he was bom. 
Mr. Bedford of Willian^ in Hertfordshire was his fcrotber. 
He was much applauded for his ability and faithfulness in 
the work of the ministry. [There was a Mr. Bedford a 
dissenting minister at Jtoyston, early in the last century, who 
was probably a relation of his. There was also a clergyman 
of the same name, who held the living of St* John's in the 
town of Bedford^ who was supposed to be of the same 

WORKS. A Sermon on Heb. ix. 27, at the faneral of a 
daughter of his eldest brother Samuel Bedford, Esq. 

BOTTLEBRIDGE. Mr, Simon King. He was some 
lime a schoolmaster at Bridgnorth in Shropshire, where Mr. 
Baxter and he lived together in the same house: they were 
afterwards fellow-labourers in Coventry. Mr. King was 
minister of Trinity parish in that city from 1642 to i645« 
After 1662, he lived at Long-Orton near Peterbprough. It 
pleased God to try him by many afflictions; and among 
others, with the burning of his house to the ground, in 
jiugust 1689, ^y ^hich he was in a manner deprived of all 
his substance, and that at a time when he and his wife were 
both of them above eighty years of age. He was an able 
scholar, a man of a solid judgment, of an honest heart and 
unblameable life ; inclined to no extveams. 

ELTON. ' Mr. Cooper. He was the patron of this 
valuable parsonage, which he held till 1662, when being 



unable to keep it himself, on account of the new terms of 
conformity, he gave it to Mr. Ball^ who married his daughter, 
the son of the worthy Mr. Ball of Northampton ; and a soa 
of his afterwards possessed it. Mr. Cooper was a grave, 
venerable person, of the Puritan stamp ; and a man of great 
note in this country, for the piety of his life, the prudence of 
his conduct, and his ministerial abilities. 

HEMINGFORD. Mr. Heath^ There arc in this place 
two Rectories and a vicarage* 

HUNTINGDON. Samuxl Brooks, B. D. Many 
years Fellow oiKath. HalL Camb. He was turned out for 
refusing to take the Engagement. He was a learned man, 
a gfeat school-divine, and a laborious tutor, who always had 
a numerous company of pupils of good rank. He died at an 
estate of his pwn in Essex. 

OVERTON Longvill. Mr. Edward Spinks. He 
was also ejected at Castor in Northamptonshire, (a living 
reckoned worth 300/. per ann.) most probably at the Re- 
storation, as»it seems that living belongs to the Bp. of Peter- 
borough. Which of the two was the sequcfstration doth not 
appear. Mr. Spinks was an able preacher, and a man of 
great note. After he was silenced, he lived near Mi's. ElmeSp 
his wife's mother, who had a good eistate, and made all noo- 
conformist ministers welcome at her house. 

* ORTON (Cherry). Mr. Gibson, M. A. He was 
many years Fellow of Pevih* Hall, Camb, and was presented 
to this parsonage, by that college, and it is one of the best 
belonging to it. It lies near Peterborough. Mr. Gibson 
was a good scholar, and an eminent preacher. 

—Mr. Scott. The place of his ejectment is uncertain. 

Mr. Richard Kidder of S^flnrf^rowwd, after some time 
conformed, and was made Bishop ot'Bath and Wells. § He 
is well known as the aiithor of a valuable work entitled 
" The Messiah.'' 


t >»» ] 




*** A ^I^^SHAM [R.] Mr. Charles Nicols. A cler- 
jljL gyman in a MS. note says, '* He only had some 
.estate in this parish^ but never was Rector. Dr. Du Montin 
had the living before the Restoration, and was collated a>new 
by Abp. Juxon. Nicols settled there after the Restoration, 
and held a meeting.'* § Probably the place of bis ejectment 
was Barmmg^ as a person of this name is there mentioned* 

ASH. Mr. William Nokes. Of Camb. University, 
where he was cotemporary, and very intimate, with Dr. Stii- 
lingfleet. After his ejectment he continued preaching here 
and there as opportunity o^ered, but died in a lew years, He 
was esteemed a man of good abilities* § HaHed spells ^is 
name iVipaA:rf, and has the date 1659. 

ASHFORD [V.] Mr. Nicolas Prigg. {Hasted writes 
it Sprigg.) He was a man of eminen tabilities, and a cele- 
l>rated preacher. He married one Mrs. Scoity with whose 
marriage-portion he bought soiiie land^ which maints^ined 
them after his ejectment. He was so melancholy for many 
years afterwards^ that he was unable to preach. But he grew 
better, and at length died in comfort. 

BARHAM [Chapel, to the R. of Sishopsbourn.'] Mr. 
John Barton. In the diary of Mr. Thoroughgood of 
Monkton, there is an account of some members of parliament, 

* Several additions, in this county, are communicated by Mr, Isaac James, 
particularly from H astid's History of Ksnt« 


f IN KENT. 319 

axid other well-disposed persons about this neighbourhood, 
who agreed to unite together in religious meetings. The 
former were Mr. John Boys of Betteshaojrer, Col. John 
Dixruell of Broom, in Barham, and Mr. (after Sir) Harry 
Vxenden of Dean ip Wingbam^ with their relations. The 
ministers were, Mr. Quintan of Addisham, Mr. Thorough^ 
goodf and Mr. Barton. Other persons also joined them, from 
several adjacent parishes, who had not the sacrament adi- 
ministered where they lived. They met at first once a fort- 
night on Fridays, and afterwards, once a month, they had a 
sermon, in some private house. They also met every month, 
upon the Lord's-day, to receive ihe Lord's-supper, aner hear- 
ing a sermon in the church , and the three ministers abov^ 
mentioned took their turns in officiating. They also kept 
many days of fasting and prayer together, and held on in this 
course very comfortably and profitably, for several years. 

East BARMING [R.] Mr. Nicox-s. § Possibly he might 
be the person mentioned at Addisham. Hastead has this 
entry. " Richard Webb, 1(524. Ob. Oct. so. 1667. He 
'* seems to have been displaced by the fanatics; for one 
•* Nicholls held it at the restoration, and was ejected by the 
" Bartholomew-act," — He mentions a Mr. Nichous al 
ejected at Linton in 1662, and refers to Cal. Life of BaxK 
p. 286. 1 Ed. 

BfiNENOEN [V.] Mr. Joseph Osborn. One Austin 
being turned out of this living for insufficiency, the people 
^Qt Mr. Osborn Xo preiicb among them for half a year, dur- 
ing which time he had an invitation to a place in Sussex, Thf 
people of Benffnden having notice pf it, met together, an4 
united in an earnest request to Mr. Osborn to continue with 
them. As the income, was but small, they readily entered 
into a subscription to encrease it to 60/. The patron of the 
living being then abroad with K. Charles, it fell into the 
hands of the Committee at London to provide for the place. 
The people promised to use their utmost interest with that 
Committe to get Mr. Qsbom settled among them. They re- 
newed their subscription for another year, and after that for 
three years inore, and then for five. They also moved for an 
augmentation of 40/. per ann. which was obtained ; an4 
still cheerfully continued their own subscriptions. — When the 
Protector took upon him tp place and displace ministers, Mr. 
Osborn was tried by the Committee of his appointing ; and 
when he appeared before them, he brought a certificate from 
4 the 


the people, and another from the neighbouring ministm, as 
^o his abilities and behaviour. He satisfiictorily answered all 
the questions proposed to him, fifteen commissioners being 
present, Mr. Carvl in the chair. He afterwards obtained the 
Protector's order for the living, and the vicarage-house being 
gone to decay, the committe agreed to repair it. 

At the Restoration in 1660, when all the ministers whom 
Oliver put in, were to be immediately turned out, — Hendcm^ 
Esq ; the patron, who came over with K. Charles^ finding 
5Mr. Osthrnr greatly beloved by the people, and knowing the 
living to be but small, would not present any one in his room. 
His brother also (afterwards Sir John Hendon^) desired hittk 
to continue there, and, if he possibly could, to conform* 
Another of his acquaintance (a very considerable man) ear- 
nestly pressed him likewise to conformity. But he told him» 
That faith and a good conscience would stand him in more 
stead than a hundred livings ; and so he quitted this vicarage 
in 1662. Mr. Buck, the Dean of Rochester, came to him 
soon after, and offered to enter into a bond of joo/. to put 
him, within a month, into a better living than BenendeTi^ 
provided he would conform. To which he answered^ That 
if he could have conformed at all, it should have been at 
Benenden rather than for any other place whatever; because 
lie should never meet with a more affectionate people, or a 
place where he was likely to do more good. His integrity 
^as the more remarkable, as he had six children when he was 
silenced; and his wife was then lying-in. 

After his ejectment, he lived for some time at Staplehursty 
and then went to Hathfield in Sussex, where he had four 
children more ; and there he continued several years. He 
afterwards preached nine years at Brighthelnistone. About 
the year 1681, he was sued for 20/. a month, on account of 
his Nonconformity. Upon this he came to London, and 
preached some time at Peckham. He afterwards went to 
Ashford in this county, and from thence to Tenterden^ 
where he continued about nine years. He spent about nine 
years more at Barsted near Maidstone, where he concluded 
his ministry, by reason of his infirmities, and then returned to 
StapUhurst^ v^hevQ he finished his course, Dec. 2d, I7i4» 
aged 85. — A kind providence attended him in all his removes. 
He lived in friendship with the established clergy ; and at his 
death he left something to the poor in all the places in which 
be had resided. 


IN K£NT. ^21 

BETTESHANGER [R.] " Johw Dod, A. M. Not. f; 
« 1661, ejected 1662.*' Hasted, 

* BIDDENDEN [R.] Mr. William Horner. 

BIRLING [V.] Mr. Thomas Gunns. He died aboof 
the year x666. 

BROMLEY [R.] Mr. Henry Arnold. " 1656, ejectcA 
1662/' Hasted. 

He was bom in the year 1620, but where, and how long he* 
lived, are unknown. He was an excellent practical preacher," 
&s sufficiently appears from his 

WORKS. Consolation for weak believers. — ^A Discovery of 
tbe glorious love of Christ to belie vers... Comfort and counsel for 
dejected souls... The Woman of Canaan ; Sermons on Matt. xv. 22^ 
Gfr,.. Silence the duty of saints under every sad providence; a 
Serm. on the death of his daughter. .. [The salvation of saints by 
the Appearances of Christ: 1. Now in Heaven. 3. Hereafter 
from Heaven.] 

John Player, M. A. He w^s born in this city,f 

and educated in the free-schooi there. He was brother to Sir 
Thomas Player, chamberlain of London. After the fall of* 
Abp.. Laudf he became public preacher in the cathedral, and 
gave great satis&ctioa by the seriousness and beneficial efiPecca 
of his labours. He was. of a very peaceable and healing tem- 
per, and kepc a good correspondeoce with all his brethren ii> 
the city. He was pious and devout towards God, and plaia 
«id honest in his conversation with men. 

St. Margaret's [R.] Thomas VAntriTsb, M. A. 

Of Bennet Col, Camb, He was born in St. Alphage parish 
in this city, and brought up in the King's school there. Af 
the College (where he had Ei'as7niu*s chamber) he made re- 
markable progress in good learning • and after takitrg his 
master's degree, devoted himself to the sacred ftirriistry, artd 
was ordained by Abp. Laud. He first began the staffed exer- 
cise of his ofBce in this city, where he was curate to Arch- 
dieacon Kingsly ; and afterwards settled in St. Mdrgarefs ; § 
where he so behaved himself in those difficult times, when 

f << AugtisC tO^ 1638': ejected 160^ He was present^ to the Hot pital of- 
** poor priests in Capterbury, and the parish church of St. Margaret annexed 
** to it, and in the'patronage of the crown b^ lapse." tiasttd. 

VOL. u— M0. xvix. Y there 


there were so m^ny chatiees in the state, that upon the king's 
rcturrt in 1660, he found more favour from the gentry and 
clergy than most of his brethren. He could not, however, 
be spared in 1662, and was ejected with the rest. But not 
thii^king himself thereupon discharged from his work by his 
Lord and Master, he preached privately, as he had oppor* 
tunity : and at last gathered a congregation, to which he be-, 
eame pastor, and laboured, tho' under great disadvantages, 
yet with great acceptance, for several years. At home he 
spent much of his time in his study, and in the instruction 
of several gentlemen's sons who were committed to his- 

Thus he continued to be employed till the latter end of K, 
Charleses reign; when he was not a little oppressed by the 
violent endeavours of two great informers, one of whom had 
once given great hopes as to his piety and seriousness. These* 
two men (whose names were well remembered in this city)' 
gave great disturbance to such as only desired liberty to serve 
and worship God according to their consciences. One of 
them, it was said, received some hundred of pounds out of the 
exchequer, for the good service he had done the church (or 
rather the Papists) in this affiiir ; besides what he extorted by 
false indictments, He. The other died miserably. Many: 
nonconformists were imprisoned, and Mr. Fentress among 
the rest : but he fouqd so mucii favour, as to be permitted 10 
go home every night, upon his parole of returning to prison 
m the morning. He died soon after, with uncommon sere«^ 
nity. Laying himself down on his bed, dressed as he was, 
and taking his Greek Testament in his hand, he kissed it, 
laid it on his heart, and soon fell asleep in the Lord, in the^ 
78d or 74th year of his age. 

Hp.was a person of no small learning, especially in history ; 
a very pious man, and very careful in redeeming his time. 
He had his fixed hours for visits, which he would not exceed, 
nor must his friends. Indeed, he walked very much by rule 
in all things i tho' he did not desire tq tie up others to his 
rules. He kept to one method of preaching, thinking that 
the most profitable to his hearers; and he was often elevated 
in it. He was a great enemy to divisions, as well as to every 
thing irreligious and immoral, especially among ministers, 
who should teach others by example as well as word. He 
followed peace with all men, as much as he could ; but found 
that to ub^in it Was not possible. He greatly admired the 


discipline of the i'*rench churches [as exerclsecl m this, city] 
and often expressed his great desire of their prosperity. Tha 
.he had not much of this world, yet he' loved and desired it 
less. He sometimes partook of the generosity of others^ but 
uised it as a man that had set his heart upon better things^ 
liberally imparting to those who looked no ftirther than these^ 
from an apprehension tliat they had more need of them, a$ 
well as more love to them than himself. Sir Robert Hales 
and his family at Beaksbourn were his constant attendants and 
great friends. He was prudent in all changes, and died in 
the hope of good things designed by God for these nations^ 

St: Alphage [R-] Frai^cts Taylour, M: Av 

Of Beimet CoL Camb. Son of the fiimous Mr. Francis Tay- 
lour, a member of the Assembly, and well known by liis 
works. He was born in this city, and there also received the 
first rudiments of learning. At Cambridge^ it pleased God» 
by the small-pox, to deprive him of his sight. But he did 
not on that account lay aside his studies ; and having the 
charitable help of others, who read to him, he improvect 
greatly. He. settled in his native ettv, where his ministerii^t 
labours were very acceptable and usenil, till the fatal Bartho- 
lomew, 1662. He coyld not bear being idle; and therefore 
endeavoured to be useful afterwards, by preaching to, as 
well as conversing with, many who were disposed to en- 
courage bis labours ; and God wonderfully provided, not only 
for him, but also by him, for his brother and sister. His 
. brother was blind as well as himself. But he not only main* 
tained him, but also took great pains to instruct him, and 
jxake him in love with serious religion : tho' not with all the 
success he desired. — Such were his gifts and graces, that, to- 
gether with his blindness, they greatly engaged the hearts of 
many to him ; but could not move the compassion of some 
church^zealotsj who seized and carried him to prison. How- 
ever God remembered him there; tho' he did not long sur<^ 
vive the cruel treatment he. met with. He was Jburied in 4$"/. 
Alphag€xltiVi\ch. He was a man of good abilities, and was 
noted as an eloquent preacher. He endeavoured to live in 
love with all parties oif serious christians ; and his ministry 
was much valued and well attended. He was chearful in. all 
His afflictions. 

WORKS. Grapes from Canaan \ or the Believer's present^. 
Taste of iuture Glory.. .Also a Piec9 in Verse. 

y 2 .— Sx, 


St. Stephen's [V.] ^Robert Beak (or Beck.) 

M. A. He was born io or near Canterbury, and there had 
his ^rs( education, which was afterwards compleated at Cam* 
bridge. When he wassilenced in 1662, he assisted Mr. Vcn* 
tress, and others of his brethren in their work, preaching 
usually once eveiy Lord's-day. God having blessed hioi with 
an estate, he tooK nothing for his services. He hdA a share 
in the troubles of K. Charles*^ reign ; but bore them with 
great evenness of mind, and at length quietly resigned his 
soul to God, Aug. 31, 16799 aged about 59. His remains 
lie in St* Mildred*^ church. He was of an excellent temper, 
and could easily overlook slights and injuries. He was a 
diligent reader, making remarks on all that he read. He was 
& pious and devout man, and a plain serious preacher. He 
abounded in hospitality, and all manner of good works, to 
ministers and others. As he lived, so he died, in the exercise 
of charity. 

CHALLOCK [Chap.]. Mr. Corker. After his eject* 
meat, he ta^ught school in this parish for a livelihood* 

CHART Magna [R.] Mr. Edward Line. 

• §CHARTHAM [R.] Thomas Woodruff, A.M. Dr. 
Cafcimy has not his name, but from the following entry in 
Nasted*s Hist, of Kent^ v. lii. p. 157, it is unquestionable 
that he is to be added to our list. *• Patron, the King : sede 
Tac. Thomas Woodruff, A. M. instituted Oct' 3, 1646, 
ejected 1660. He was an inoffensive man, the' a Pi-esbyterian. 
He was chaplain to the earl of Warwick, by whose interest 
he obtained this Rectory, aftd when ejected, retired to the 
eiirrs house. He frequently affirmed in diseouts^, that he 
made «8o/. of this Rectory.** 

CHATHAM [R.] t Thomas Carter, M. A. Of St. 
JoJm*^ Col. Camh. • Aiine scholar, and an exi:ellent preachei \ 
mucfa esteeiqed and loved by Dr. StiUingfleet Bp. of Wor^ 
cester to bis death : and often assisted by hioi. TYvoy were 

f Alisf Httfiingtan, RoBiRT Bt^K WM ejected here at the ReMorauoo, for 
htssuQcqssor John CaugU, who had hcco sequestered ia 1643, died Nov. SO. 
1661.* Hasted. • ' 

f This had been corrected in the £'-i'afa for Ch a rtram, on^Uie authority 
pf Mr. Ouncombe of Canterbury ; but from the preceding article it seems to 
Mw^ieen ri^lit^ ¥fm H«ste4y who qootes Lambeth Surveys, k appears that 
Walter Roseweil was jnq«e»tQTcd at Chajtuaiki 4iui rcstoctd in 1662L 


IN KENT. 525 


cotemporaries at the uni^^ersity. Mr. Carier^ \^hcn mnced, 
practised physic; and lived at Newiiigtoii«ButtSy where he 
died, about the year 1685. 

CHATHAM-DOCK. Mr. Lawrence Wise. [A man 
x>f a learned education, and in Oiiver'B tkne a preacher at Ald^ 
'gaU church. He afterwards became a Bapttst, and preacheid 
Jatterly in Goodman's Yard ip ch^ Minories^ He was on^ 
of the five ministers Charles II. sent for, when about to grai^t 
the Dissenters liberty.] He was imprisoned in Newgate for 
his Nonconformity m 1682, when his fiiends collected 50/. 
for him ; he died in 1692, aged about 70. Crosby ^ vol. iii. p. 32. 

WORKS. Select Hymns for the Sacrament. To which are 
added some of his last Sermons^ apparently taken from broken 

CHADDINSTON. Mr. Thomas Seyliard* § or 
SiLLYARD. See after Deal. 

CHILHAM [V.i Samson Herne,M. A.. Of Cajni. 
university. (Hasted writes his name Home) After his 
ejectment he was kindly entertained by Sir John Fagg^ at 
his house in Chartham parish, where he was not only lodge<^ 
lut supported by that worthy baronet. He sometimes 
preached, and at last died there. He was a man of greit 
learning, a very curious preacher, and pious liver. He had 
the sight of but one eye. 

CLIFFE. Mr. Henry Holcroft. Son to Sir Henry 
Holcroft ; a learned and pious gentleman, some time Fellow 
of Clare-Hall, and cotemporary with the learned Mr. Haniei 
Clarkson^ who married his sister. There were ever great en- 
dearments between Mr. Clarkson and him ; and he obtained 
a good report in the churph for his labours and his exemplary 
piety and chaiity. 

CRANEBROOK [V.] Mr. William Goodridgk. 
There were no less than ten ministers ejected from this town, 
and the places adjacent : at which the good people in that 
neighbourhood, being much affected, met together on a weekl 
day, for prayer, that God would sanctify silch a melancholy 
providence to them. For this they were prosecuted by a 
neighbouring justice of the peace, and by hiiti and anotner 
were fined ; and for non-payment ihey w.crc sent to Maid- 
stone jail for tiiree months. Amongst the test there was one 
Harman Sheafe^ who was very kind to his parish^foinister^ 

Y 3 and 


and usually attended upon public worship in the church of 
England. This severe method of proceeding, instead of 
diminishing the number of Oisseater^ in those parts, rather 
jhcre^ed it. 

D£AL fR.J Mr. Hezeriah Kino* Of Camhridffe 
University. ~ He is said to have been ejected from this plact 
on Barthototnew^day. His fanen^ sermou was prpached by 
Mr, Vinkf^ 

Mf. Samuel Seyuakd w^ aileaced somewhere in 

thi> neighbourhqod- He was younger brother to Mr. Thp- 
ipajs S^yliard of Chaddineston. He was ^XK acceptable preacher* 
4 Has.ted has hi!| name Sillyai^Di 

DENTON. Mr. Clement Barling. '* Rector, Sept: 
. V 23. 1644, presented by Sir Ant. Pcrcivs^l, Knt. ejected i.6(?2.** 


§ DEPTFQRD. St. Nicholas. Mr. Thomas MALtoRYv. 
Halted mentions him here asi *• ejected for Nonconformity 
\y thp Act, 1662," This is the person of whom a short ac» 
^ount is givcc^ vql. 1. p, 167, as Lcctyrcr at St. MickaeVs, 
Crooked^^nc, London. | His sern^on in the Morning 
Exercises at Cripptegatey before mentioned, is or G^n. xviit. 
^^, s^id affords proof of coosideraible ability. 

DOVER. Mr. Nathaniel Barry ; who came hither in 
1655. He Was turned out in 1660, and departed this life 1675. 
% Ha,ste^'^ et^tvy is^ " St. Mary^s. Nath. Barry in 1654.:: 
salary xoq/. He wa^ ejected i^fte^ the restoration, in 1661. •* 

— T-r? ** St. Jameses. John Davis, in S656, ejected 
'* XJ&62. He seems to have been no settled incumbent. See 
^* Cal.LifeBaxt. p. a8S. Wood's Fastis p. 241.** 

EGERTON [Chap.] Mr. Walter Palmer. After the 
yniformity-act took place he continued preaching till he was 
fprf ed to desist, by being beset yrith 9, troop of horse and two 
or three hundred' men. 

ELTHAM [V.J Mr. Overton, 

FAIRLANE. Mt^ Darby, 

FEVERSHAM rv.] Mr. Nathaniel Wilmot. By 
his labour in preaching and catechizing, S(c, he wrought a 
great reformation in thi^ town, and brought the Lord's -day 


' inx:ent. 32t 

to be very strictly kept. After he was ejected he endeavour* 
ed to cany on the same good woik, by preaching from place 
to place, as God opened a way for him. At length he was 
fixed pastor of a church at Daver^ where he had Mr. Starr 
for bis assistant. God was with him there, and he was much 
beloved. He was esteemed a good scholar^ and an excellent 
preacher.^ He was very laborious in his work. § Hasted 
inentions him as being ejected both here and at Pjreston, in 

FOLKSTONE [V.] Mr. Bakbr« After his ejectment 
he became very poor, and his understanding was impaired. 
He lived for some time in a very afflicted, distressed state, and 
at length died at Dover. 

. Mr. Holies was ejected from the same place. 

GODMARSHAM [V.] Mr. Robert Ferguson. One 
as much known as most men, and. best able to give his own 
character. Some time after his ejectment he taught univer- 
sity-learning at Islington^ and was assistant to Dr. Owen ; 
but at length he ran so far into political matters as to fall un- 
der general censure. He was very intimate with lord Shaftes- 
bury, when he was run down by the court, and followed hini 
into Holland. He came back with the duke of Monmouth in 
1685, and was ^ith him in the West; but made a shift to 
escape after his defeat. He came again with the prince of 
Orange in 1688, who, when he was king of Great-Britain, 
gave him a good place ; but being disgusted, he fell in with 
the malecontents in his reign, as he had before done in 
the reign of K. Charles II. He was indeed a man by him- 
self; and behaved so that the ministers were ashamed of him. 
He was always plotting, and yet still found a way t^ escape. 
He was in the first proclamation that was published in K, 
Charles's time, upon occasion of what was called the Pres^ 
byterian plot ; but when Mr. Legat, the messenger, h^d 
warrants delivered to him to seize other accused persons, a 
strict charge was given him by Mr. Secretary Jenkyns not to 
take Mr. Ferguson^ but to ishun hjm wherever he met hito \ 
and in whatever company he might be^ to let him. escape. 
This is a mystery that is not to be unriddled, without believing 
bim to be a state-intelligencer, employcfd tp betray others. 

The duke of Monmouth^ speaking of him when he was 
upon the scaffold, called bim ** a bloody villain:'* jSp.. Si^r^ 
^etp ix\ his Histoty of his own Timc^ says, '• He was a hot 

v^ and 



and bold man', 'who^e spirit was naturally turned to {dottiog* 

He was always unquiet, and setting people on to some niis<« 

chief." He adds, that ** He knew a private thing of him, 

bv which it appeared that he was a profli^te knave, and could 

c£ieat those tliaC trusted him entirely." By which probably 

he refers to the aflair of the lady Vere Wilkinson^ of which 

Ihe author had a particular account from that good lady's own 

' mouth. The BilhQ|) farther adds, *' He was cast out by the 

Presbyterians, and then went among the Independents, where 

his boldness raised him to some figure, tho' he was at bottom 

a very empty man. He had the management of a secret press, 

and of a purse that maintained it, and he gave about most of 

the pampAilets writ on that side, and with some he passed for 

the author of them. And such was his vanity, because this 

lUade him niore considerable, that he was not ill pleased to 

have that believed, tho' it only exposed him so much the 

fepfe." He died in 1714, very poor and low, tho* he had 

some persons of rank often resorting to him. 

WORKS. The interest of religion ; with the import and use of 
scripture metaphors, and some reflections on Mr. Sherlock's writings, 
particularly his Disooorse on the knowledge of Christ. (A* good 
Useful book.) — A «ober Inquiry into the nature, measure, and prin<r 
ciple of moral* Virtue. — A Discourse on Justification... And many 
pohtkral TracjLs. § Among the rest. The Duke of Monmouth's 
MAKiFE3TO,onhis landing at Ume^ A. D. 1684'. 

GOUDHURST [V.] Mr. Edward Bright. He had 
the character of a very good man, and was endowed with a 
great d^al of patience, which indeed he much needed, having 
the affliction of a very froward and clamorous wife. On this 
account many thought it a happiness to him to be dull of 

. GRAVESEND [R.] Mr. Sharp. 

HAWKHURSt [R.] Mr. Ephraim BbTHEL. *; From 
1637 : ousted by the Bartholomew-act." Hasted. He was no 
great scholar, but he was a very plain, honest, and good man. 

. HEVER. Mr. John Fetter. He was descended from a 
religious aild reputable family in this county. In his whole 

§ Concerning ihi» piece Bp. Burnet thus writes. *' The Duke of Monmouth's 
« Manifesto was longhand ill penned : full of black^and dull malice. It was 
plainly FEacu$oN*s style, which was both tedious aod fulsome." Hiu, ^ 
own Time Vol. ii. p. 325, 8vo. 1743» , . 

" deportment 

IN KENT. • 82d 

aeoortmfent lie was an weamplc to Ws IkScfc. and was kind and 
beneficent to all. After h« ejectment he removed to Stvenoak, 
^vhere he died, about 60 years; of a§e. Mr. Burrowstone, his 
curate succeeded him ^ m this hvmg from whence he wafc 
ejected in 1662, having possessed it twelve years. 

WORKS He wrote a Preface to a large Commentary on St, 
Mark in two volumes folio, written by bis brother Geor££ PetUr^ 
id. A. whicb he published in 1 66 1 , with some account of the author. 

HORSMONDEN [R.] Mr. Edward Rawson. Dr. 
Walker says, He was presented to this living in 1655; and 
adds " He was aNew-England man, and a violent Presby- 
« terian :" which, if true, was a little peculiar [his country- 
men beirig warm Independents.] He was esteemed a man of 
preat piety Mr. Elliston had formerly been in this place, 
and could have cut down timber there, to the value of 200/; 
but he declared, It should not be said that Horsvimd^n had 
made him rich. Hasted has " Edwvd Rawson X653, ejected 
HUNTON [R.180/.] Mr. Latham. 
ICKHAM [R. 250/.] Mr. John Swak. He afterwards 
commenced physician. 

LAMBERHURST [V.] Mr. Steel. He was a man of 
eminent piety, who was far advanced in years when he was 

LANGLEY. Mr. Tilden.— " 1653, ejected leSa.** 

St. LAWRENCE. See Isle of Thanet. 
LEE FR.l William Hickocks, M. A. A small worT^ 
of his was published after his death, in the prefaqe to which 
it was said to be « A taste of the fruit, under the weigh^ 
« whereof the tree that bore it did bend and break and f^U. 
The title of it is, Strength made perfect m JVeakness; m 4 
sermons, 1674* 

LENHAM fV,] 4 Thomas She WELL, M. A. Of Camb. 
university. He was bora at Coventry, where hU father was 

& Husted who Bpells his name Sktnuell, 6oe% not place him among the 
vicl?hSe' but at The curacy of Lejbs above mentioned. He notices hit 
ejectment in 1662 and quoKS Cul, Lift Baxt. 

a. re- 


a repotable citizen and dothter. He was a pupil of that 

learned and excellent person Mr. James Cranford. His first 
settlement in tbe ministry was at this place, and he was 
ejected from it by the Act of uniformity. He afterwards 
kept a private school at Leeds in this county. He married a 
,niece of the Rev. Mr. Thomas Case. After many years, he 
returned to his native city, and continued preaching there to 
the last. There was something extraordinary in the circum- 
stance of his death. He had been for some time preaching 
upon the subject of original sin, from Rovi.y. and had not 
finished it. On the Lord's-day before he died, tho' in perfect 
health, instead of going on (as was expected) with his former 
discourse, to tbe great surprize of all his auditors, he took for 
his text, Rev. xxii. 21. • The grace of our Lord Jesus 
* Christ be with you all, Amen:' on which he preached a 
most excellent sermon. The people were under very great 
concern, and some of them being afraid be had a design to 
leave them, enquired of his daughter whether she knew the 
occasion of his changing his subject. She told them, that 
on the Saturday evening she perceived him walking about in 
his chamber, and as he did not come down to family prayer 
uX the usual time; she went vp to him, and enquired how he 
did. He told her thai he found his thoughts in sucb confusion^ 
that he conltl net go on with his subject, but must preach 
tbe next day on something else. However, he appeared to 
continue very well till Wednesday, which was his lecture-day, 
and went to the meeting-house in perfect health. He prayed 
as long and consistently as ustial • But having opened his bible, 
and named his text, he began to falter in the reading of it, and 
immediately dropped down in an apoplectic fit. He was car- 
ried into the vestry, and never spoke one word after, but died 
in about two hours, Jan. 19, 1693* Mr. Tong preached and 
published his funeral sermon. 

" LOOSfi. Mr. William Lock. He was a diligent and 
faithful minister of Christ ; much beloved by his people, to- 
wards whom he also bore a tender affection. Just before his 
ejectment in 1662, he preached his last sermon to them, 
from A^ts XX. 32. Telling them in his introduction, ** That 
those words, which were part of *SV. PauVs farewell sermon 
to the JEphesian elders, he had chosen for the subject of his 
to them ; but with this sad diflFerence in the case, that St. Paul 
was but called by Providence to service elsewhere, whereas 
he afid a considerable number of his brethren-, must be laid by 
in silence. They {tWKphesians) it is true, were no longer 
to hear him I but^ saitk be*, our moutlis mu3t be stopped from 


IN KENT, 551 

speaking in z tnlmsterial way any more. In this situation Ue 
said. He knew nothing he could better do for them, than, ac- 
cording to his text, to * commend them to God, and to the 

* word of his grace.* Sc.** Many were the proper, useful, 
and affecting things he left with them. He reminded them of 
tlie uncertam terms of enjoying ministerial advantages ; of 
the affection which good ministers bear to a people they have 
any time had relation to ; and their concern at parting. In 
many other particulars did he instruct, encourage, and exhort 
them, suitably to the occasion, and the import of the text; 
chiefly insisting upon this proposition : ** That God is the 
great refuge of his people, who will take care of them in all 
times and conditions." In the close of all he reminded them, 
as Paul did the Ephesians^ of the time be had been with 
them, and made the same appeal, that he * had not shunned 
to declare to them the whole counsel of God ;' that he had 
studied more to profit, than in a sordid way to please ; sought 
more to gain their souls to Christ, than to make a worldly 
gain of them to himself. And now, since his public ministry 
must end, he commended them to God, who so takes care of 
his church and children, as they had heard ; and to' the wonl 
i>f his grace, which, tbro' mercy, they yet had in their hands, 
and which, studied and used aright, would * build them up« 

* and give them an inheritance among all them that are sane* 

* tificd.* 

LYDD [V. 300/.] Mr. Hemmings; 

MAIDSTONE [Jbp.C] Mr. Joseph Whtston. After 
his ejectment, he continued some years in this county, till hp 
was called to the pastoral charge at Lewes in Sussex, where 
he continued to the time of his death, which was for near 
twenty years. He was congregational in his judgment ; a 
man of great wisdom, self-denial, and moderation, who en- 
deavoured to promote unanimity among Christians of different 
denominations. Upon K. James's liberty, he declared, that 
where there was a congregational minist^, he was for having 
the people who were presbyterians to acquiesce in him ; and 
where there waS a presbyterian minister, he was for having 
the people who were congregational to acquiesce in him. He 
had a considerable hand in prombting an association of mi. 
nisters of both descriptions, which died with him. Tho' he 
had no children, yet he wrote much, and to good purpose, 
on thcL covenant-privileges of the infant-seed of believers. 
Mr. Baxter said, that hardly any man had written with more 
ju()gm^nt upon that subject. When be drew near his end, 



l)cmg^ asked, wliathis thouglits wereas to that point upon which 
he had wrrtten so much, he said, *• He was not conscious to 
himself, that he had discoursed or written any thing on that 
snbject, hut what was according to the mind of our Lord 
Jesus Christ, the consideration of which wa$ a great conscrla- 
tion to him then in a dying hour §." He frequently expressed 
his apprehension that the sword was to pass thro' the land. 
He died in January 1690. in the 63d year of his age, and was 
interred m the church-yard of St. Michael in Lewes^ where 
are deposited the remains of several, ministers who were 
ejected for Nonconformity, -e, g. Mr. JoneSy Mr. Stani-^ 
noiigh, Mr. Earlel Mr. Postlethtcait^ Mr. Beeche)\ Mr. 
Crouch J &c. -besides Mri Sicni/ard 2indOsbo7m, who died 
before, and who were of the very same spirit and opinions. ' 

WORKS. InfanUBaptism from He«veri. Part I. . . Ditte 
Part II.. ..AnE^say to revive the primitive Doctrine and Practice of 
Infant-Baptism.. ^nfant-Baptism plainly proved.. .A brief Disc, of 
Man's natural Proneness . to^ and Tenaciousness of Error.. «Tho 
right Method of proving Infant-Baptism. 

■■ " " -Mr. JOHM CRtJMp, was" ejected frofti the same place* 
He wiaft 2 cotisklmble divine, and a useful preacher ; blessed 
with a most agrceahie temper^ and remarkable for his aiFabi« 
deportment,' which mudi recommended him to those with 
whom he conversed. He was of so moderate a spirit, that 
after his ejectment, the conforming minister of Boxley (two 
miles from Maidstone) often admitted him into his pulpit. - 
He 'died and' was buried "at Maidstotie^ where his memory 
was long precious. He succeeded the eminent Mr. Thomas 
Wilson in this parish, and was strongly recommended by him 
10 it. §This circumstance is mentioned in the Life of Mr. 
Wilson, where is the following passage; *' Being sensible 
f» of his approaching death, he was exceedingly solicitous 
*^ for the town and parish whereof he was minister, and sent 
<* for some of them, who were prudent and gracious, and ad- 
<< vised them to consider of some able and godly minister to 
** succeed in his place. He recommended unto them Mr. 
•-* John Crumpi a worthy minister, as the fittest that he knew 
*♦ to be their pastor. And accordingly Mr. Crump did sue- 
** ceed him, not only in his place,, but also in bis faithfulness 
♦* atid diligence and serviceableness, to the great comfort and 
** advantage of the people/' This must have been about 

^ TUU was a proof of hU great uitcgrlty, but nothiag more. Maoy a Bap« 
tlst auUiof has been able to say the same. ed. 

" ' •■ ... the 

INKBNT. )33 

tke year i65S» foT, Mr. Wilsen is said- to have beehl)orn in 
1601, and to have died at the age of 5«-*-r-It doth not appear 
that Mr. Crump published any thipg but a Discourse on 
the Parable of the great Supper. 

Town MALLING [V.] Mr. Samuel French. After 
his ejectment, for the better maintaining his family, he betook 
himself totrade^ for which few were tetter capacitated. But 
in the midst of a great currency of business, he found himself 
considerably reduced, and left ofF in good time. He was an 
ingenious man, and a chearful christito. He was troubled 
for his Nonconformity, both by the ecclesiastical and civil 
courts. In 1684, heat once had his goods .distrained, for 
the gieat crime of preaching the gospel, and his person Im- 
prisoned in Maidstone jail for six months, upon the- Five-noile- 
act, having neither £re nor candle in the winter^time*. nor 
yet a chamber allowed him for privacy. He had no com- 
pany he could deFight in» but his God, and his wife who 
would be his fellow'^sufferer. He had once takeil the Ox*» 
ford-oath, but had no certificate of it; so that ht wasre^ 
quired to take it a. second time; when, having itvdied the 
matter more fully, he was dissatisfied to do it« and-sttflered 
imprisonment. During bis confinement, somo christian 
friends from Staplehurst made him more than a bare vi^if, 
which he grate£ully remembered afterwards ; and as soon as 
he was released, he went and spent a jLord's day amocigvt 
them, preachipg upon that text, Acts^ iv. fi3« inhere it is said 
of PeUr and John who had been imprisoned, that * b«ing le^ 
go, thev went to their own company.' This proved the 
happy occasion of his fixing in a pastoral relation there, 
among a kind people, of whom lie even boasted,- and with 
whom he spent both his labours and hinYself. He died 
jiugttsi the 20th, 1694, and was buried at Staplehurst^ k 
is memorable, that at that time wheti Mr. Frtnch caixi^ to 
Staplehurst, being in a remarkably cold winter, when yet tht 
fire of persecution burnt outrageously thFoughou.t' £nglan<l, 
that place, with Cranbrook and Tenterden, enjoyed a consi- 
derable degree of public liberty ; which continued even to the 
time of the Indulgence. 

MINSTER and MUNCTON. . Sec Isle of ThWbt. . 

• •See Clark's Iswt vkA. of Lives, 1685. page 3^. Jf. B. There xnnstbe a 
misprint io the date either of hii hinh or of hii death. 

■ * • • ■ 

. 5 ■ ' netI 


NETTLESTED [R.] Mr. Deacom §Thc chapel of 
Barmingjeil was annexed to this rectory. 

NEW.CHURCH [V.] Mr. Spencer- 

NORTHBORNE- Mr. Lane, § Hasted mentions him 
z$ ejected Aug. 1662. 

§ PENSHURST. Mr. John Mawdell. Hasted men- 
tions him as ejected in 1662, and refers to the Parlianienrary 
surveys, vol. xix, as also to Calamy*s Life of Baxter. But 
his name is not in the Account, or Contin. and consequently 
cot In the former edit, of the Noncon. Mem. 

PLAXTED [Q. Plaxiole.} Mr. Matthew Darby. 

RAINHAM [V.] Mr- Carter. 

ROCHESTER. Mr. Ackworth. 

ROLVENDEN [V.] Mr. Richard Gyles. After be- 
ing ejected and silenced, he was desired, by a messenger 
from the parish-minister of Sandhurst, to preach for him one 
LordVday ; Vvhich he did. But this minister, being threat- - 
ened for suffering a person not episcopally.ordained to preach 
in his church, jomed with the informei*s, and prosecuted Mr. 
Gyles and some of his hearers for a conventicle. Upoa 
which about 80/. was levied upon them ; viz. 60L for the" 
minister's preaching twice, (which, because be was judge J 
unable to pay it, was fixed upon the hearers) and 5/. a man 
upon several officers, for their neglect to suppress the said 
conventicle ; besides what some of them were fined as hear« 
e/s. An appeal was made by many of them to the quaiteiv 
sessions at Maidstone ; when all the impannelled jury, who . 
were not known to the court to receive the sacranient at. 
church, were challenged upon the motion of the justices. . 
They therefore were set aside and more fit men taken in, ' 
who found the morning-meeting a conventicle, tho' contrary 
to the judgment of several lawyers- Hereupon the appel- . 
lants' council moved, that the matter of the afternoon-meet- 
ing might be fotmd s|)ecially, and argued at the next session 
before the court, which was agreed to ; and when it .was ar- 
gued, the appellants had the judgment of the court in .their 
tavour, and the money levied for the afternoipn.was restored, 

SANDWICH. Mr- Robert Webber. He was one 

of the commissioner^ in this county for ejecting scandalous 
ministers ; and five others were jomed with himi who were 


IN KENT. 335^ 

all afterwards sufferers for Nonconformity. See Culmer's 
looking'glassj p. 38, 39- 

SHOREHAM [R. 150/.] Mr. Duke. 

SMARDEN [R.J Mr. Thomas Vaughan. ^ July 
J 9, 1644, ejected 1662." Hasted. 

SMETHE [Chap, to Aldington] Mr. Singletok. Mr. 
LewiSy of Margate, says. ** Mr. <Sin^/^/o7i, whether he 
conformed or not, coiild not iceep Smethe without the rec, 
tor's consent j" and asks, ** Witli what justice or propriety 
of speech, can any man or men be said to be ejected 'from 
places for their Nonconformity, which they could not, ac^ 
cording to the constitution of the government, have held had 
they conformed ?'" It is sufficient to reply. That they may 
justly and properly be said to have been silenced ; and there* 
fore it is agreeable to the plan of this work to mention them. 
By the Act of uniformity Mr. Singleton, witli multitudes 
more, was not merely removed from a particular station, but 

disabled for service in any other. 


SOUTH-FLEET [R.] Henry Symons, M. A. All 
that is know^ of him is, that he published an assize-sermon 
at Maidstone, March 17, 1657. 

SPELDHURST [R.] Mr. Draper, 

STAPLEHURST [R. 200/.] Mr. Daniel Poyntel. 
Of Camb. University. He was born at Chisselhurst, and 
was famous in all the county for bis extraordinary abilities 
natural and act]uired, his eminent piety, sweetness of tem- 
per, and great moderation ; for his generous principles, his 
great acquaintance with^ and interest in, the clergy ; for his 
rational and yet earnest way [of preaching, and learned ex« 
positions of difficult texts of scripture ; in a word, for being 
an honour and ornament to the church, and her champion 
too, excepting her hierarchy, against which he was always 
vehement. His peaceable spirit was troubJed with some un- 
quiet Baptists and Quakers. Having at one time severely 
reflected upon the latter, in expounding Matt. vii. 15. 
Beware of false prophets^ whkb come to you in sheep's 
dothing^ &c. one of them came to bis church the next 
Lord's-(]ay, and declared he was sent of God. But Mr. 
Poj/7itel being then upon the following verses, the Quaker 
.4 expressed 



expressed hifi cKsappofntment, expecting something farther on 
the former subject. Upon this Mr. Poyntel took occasion 
with advantage to argue. That the Quaker could not be sent 
of Godf who certainly knew the subject he would be upon^ 
and would doubtless have better informed his messenger — 
His Tuesday lecture in thi« place was much frequented hy 
people from th^ neighbouring parishes, to hear his explica- 
tion of the principles of religion, and the obscure passages of 
the prophets. 

Mr. Poyntel ofren expressed his wish ta be satisfied with 
the terms of conformity ; which made some zealots say, He- 
wanted to blind his conscience for a fat benefice. But he" 
could never bring himself to swallow the daths, or dispense 
with the oWigations he must have brought himself under* 
The weighty sense he had of hts ordination-vow, his desire 
of doing good to souls, and the woe he expected if he did 
not preach the gospel, induced him to comply farther than 
some persons of narrower principles thought -warrantable, 
and sometimes brought him into the pulpit, at Staplehnrst; 
after BartholomeW'dsiyy to preach to his own flock. But if 
was plain he was not covetous of the fleece, for he gene- 
rously told the succeeding incumbent, that he desired nothing 
of the income, if he could but have the pulpit One pah of 
the day ; wlCb said, he was willing to grant it, provided He 
could get leave of the archbishop. Mr. Poyntel then waited 
on his grace, with whom he was very intimate, and readily 
got his permission. But the incumbent, having been in the 
fnean -while, otherwise advised, absolotely refused it. And 
therefore, as soon as the licenees oame fortii in K. Charles 
II/» reign, he^opefied ja StaplekursL which wa» 
greatly crowded during the remainder of his life: and once^ 
so much as to prove the cause of his death. Tlie windowai 
being taken dpv^n to let in air,, upon a fianeiial occasion, he 
took so violent a qoid as threw him into a fever, and carried 
him oflF, delirious, in a few days*, 1674, Thus lived and 
died ** the. learned Mr. Poyntel,^* (for that was his commoif 
name in this county) an honour to the party with whom he 
suffered, a bright ornament to the catholic cJoirch, and a re- 
proach to the spirit of bigotry and ignoraixce, which 
triufnphed tn4iis ejectment His ministry appears to havd 
been verjHusefuI, for he had scarcely a prayer les» family in 
his parish. ^'^i.., ., ./ 


'^■'^y '• «■ «*..•>'/ 

In KENT. 33t 

WORKS. A Discourse at. the 7J»Ar^ Church. m Maidstone 
Against the Hierarchy; fot Which he was like to have had much 
trouble from the bishops.- -Moses and Asirdn; or the Minister's 
right, khd the Magistrate's duty vindicated i an Answer to a piece 
against Tythes, by R. Kingiioth, a famous Baptist^ wh» acknoW* 
ledged his fault and begged him to call his book in, promising to do 
the same by his. — He left some MS. sermons against Regicide prin- 
ciples, in the hands of his son-in-law^ Pr. GroombrUge of Cranbrook. 
Also a piece against Hie Infallibility of the Light withiri. 

STONE [S.] Mr. Henry Price. Dr. Walker writes 
his name John^ and says he camte to this living in 1657. 
^ Hasted \\2i%\U " Henry Price 1657, ejected 1662." 

STOURMOUTH [V.] Mr. Richard Bures. Of Chr^ 
Ch. Oxf. Born in Nov. 1629, at Northatl in Middlesex, 
"where his gi-^ndfather had been miqister, and educated at St^ 
PauVs school in London, under Dr. Tong. It.dotti riot ap-* 
pear that he had any other, living than this of Stourmouthy 
from whence he was ejected in 1662. He had some distur* 
bance there from the Quakers, as several of his neighbours 
also had. Some time after his ejectment he removed to 
Guildford in Surrey ; and from thence went to Famborom 
and Frimlcy^ in all which places he preached as occasion of- 
fered, but never took a pastoral charge till the year 1692. 
While he was at Guildford he was twice imprisoned for 
preaching ; first in the Marshalsca in Southwark, and next 
in Windsor-Castle. His deliverance from this latter con- 
finement, was remarkable. Lprd Mordant being th^n gover- 
nor, was one day visited by Dr. Lewisy who had been his 
tutor at Oxford. Mr. Bures hearing of it, and havine him- 
self been a pupil of the Dr.'s, he prevailed with the keeper 
to convey a note into his old tutor's hand. The Dr. upon 
this interceded with the governor for his discharge ^ and« 
upon his arguing against it, offered to be bound for his appear- 
ance upon summons, if needful ; and being very importunate, 
he at length prevailed. Some years after, Mr. Price when 
he lived at Frifnley^ was again taken up at Guildford, by 
means of Mr, Thornbury, a clergyman, who had professed a 
great kindness for him. The very next day, this Mr. Thorn- 
bury came, to him, and pretended to be much concerned at 
what had befallen him, assuring him^ that he had not either 
directly or indirectly the least hand in it^ Soon after this, 
he was seized with such a disorder, that he first attempted the 
life of one of his children, and afterwards wept into 9. wood 

voL.ii — NQ. XVIII. z and 


and hanged himself. — Mr. Bures cdime to Lonioti abbot the 
year 1677. He succeeded Mr. Turner in Hattoh-Gardeii 
m 1698, and died May 7th, 1697. He was a very valuable 
man, of <he pld Puritan stamp : of great gravity^ and ail *ex- 
<ie)lent preacher* He was succeeded by Mr. Christopher 

STROUD [2.] Mr. Daniel French. He was tTie son 
of Mr. Samuel French of Town Mailing, and was reputed ~a 
very pious man. 

TENTERDEN [V.] Mr. GeorgIe Hawes. 

ULCOMB [R.] William Belcher. A.M. § Insti- 
tuted 1643, ejected 1662. He was also ejected from the 
Rectory of Bircholt. Hasted, — Dr. Walltcr relates soin)^- 
thing to his disadvantage respecting tithes. Supposing this 
story true, all the inference that can be justly drawn from ft 
is this ; that there hare been ill men on all sides : which no 
wise man ever questioned. But probably Mr. Belcher inafy 
be herein considerably wronged ; for one who was n^early re- 
lated to him assured the author, that he was a person of 
great piety and probity, and very useful : nor can it be easily 
supposed that, if his cnaracter had been so stained, the excel--' 
lent Mr. Wilson of Maidstone would have suffered his daugh* 
ter to many him. — § Mr. John Belcher is supposed to have 
been a son of his. He was a Sabbatarian Baptist, and died 
about 1696. Mr. Joseph Stennett preached his funeral ser- 
mon, which may be seen in his works. Cr^5^j' has no ac- 
count of him. 

WICKHAM [R.] Edward Alexander, M.A. He 
was born at Canterbury and educated at Cambridge. His 
living was of considerable value. Dr. Walker says he was 
admitted to it in 1*654. After his ejectment, he gave his la- 
bours freely in and about Canterbury till he died. He was 
inclined to melancholy, especially after he was cast out of 
his church, but he maintained such a behaviour, that he was 
respected by persons of various persuasions. Tho' he was 
not i<nensible of the injuries done him, he was ready to over- 
look them. He strove against every thing like malice and 
revenge, and denied himself at last to his owp prejudice. He 
greatlv excelled in prayer. § Hasted has one of his name at 
Jghtnam. Doubtless the same. 

, WOOLDHAM [R.] Mr. Shewel. 

1 WOOL. 

IN KENT/ 359 

WOOLWICH [R.] Mr, John- Hawkes. § Hasted's 
entry is •* William Harm^yj or Hawkes, 1650, ejected 
Aug. 1662.'* 

WOOTTON [R.] Edward Coppin, M. A. Of Ben^ 
net CoL Camb. He was born at Beaksbourn^ and educated 
partly in a country-school, and partly at Canterbury, At 
Bartholomew-day 1662, he did what theactrequired in order 
la his continuance in his public charge; but was very uneasy 
afterwards, and therefore gave up his living, and betook hiii>- 
self to his native village, where he lived upon his own estate* 
He was there in great esteem with Sir Robert Hales and hi^ 
family^ who were his neighbours. There also, when li.- 
berty was given, he preached in his own house to any that 
would attend, but frequented the established worship. He 
died at this place, and was buried at Woottorii He was 
esteemed a good scholar, a devout and prudent man, who 
preached well, and sought peace both for himself and others: 
desiring not to trample upon any, nor to be; trampled upon by 
any. [He had an uncommon fear of ,the pains of death, and 
it was mercifully ordered that he di^d suddenly, MS. note.] 
§ Hasted says, in 1619. He mentions him as instituted in 
1646, and gected 1662. 

In the Isle of THANET. 

The Rev.* Mr: Lewis of Margate, \n his MS. observations 

on the Account of the ejected Ministers^ which he drew 

up for Dr. Walker, and afterwards sent to Dr. Calamy for 

his use, takes some particular notice of the ministers ejected 

here. As to those ejected from St. Peter^s^ St. Lawrence, 

Monkton^ and St. Nicholas, he says,. ^* they have-all left 

very good characters behind them.*' With respect to those 

saia to be ejected at St JohvLS and Minster^ he makes some 

objections to the Dr. 's account, to which the Dr. replies^ 

The editor has been favoured with a copy f of Calamy, 

in the margin of which are manuscript notes, which ap« 

pear to be the remarks of this Mr. Lewis on the Dr»'s vinr 


- ^ 

St. John's. Mr. Lewis says, there was no settle^ 

minister, and consequently none ejected. [It appears hgw- 


f Tliis is that referred to in the Preface t page 1<>, vol. 1. and is the pro« 
perty of Mr. Tiomas Lfimai, of Isl^gton* The quotations marked MS. 9,tf 
from thosQ notes, 

z 2 ever 


ever that one who preached some time in this parish xv2l3 
silenced there, viz. Mr. Stephen Street, the person mentioned 
at first by Dr. Calamy at St. Margaret's. Mr. Lewis say^, 
" no such person was ever vicar here." But be might have 
been a preacher here, tho' not vicar. It aftert:vards appeared 
that he was at 5/ John^s just before the Uniformity -act took 
place. In Mr. Thoroughgood's Diary (mentioned below) is 
this note. — *• ij July^ 1062, Mr. Street^ at St. John's in 
this island, was silenced and put by preaching, by Capf. 
Hook, by special order from the king himself, because the 
book that was set out concerning the execution of Cot. 
Oakey and two others was seen at nis house." His daughter 
says, he is the person mentioned at Buchtead in Sussex ; 
fSee there] and that he only preached in this island for some 
^ime occasionally. [The MS. note here in the Contin. p. ,548, 
is, ** Thomas Stephens, S. T. B. was admitted to this vicar- 
** age Sept. ,18, 1660, and buried here Jan'. 2, 1661, John 
•* Rice, curate here, was buried Oct. 26, 1661. John 
** Overing vicar 1661, who died 1665. By this it appears, 
•' that if Street was here, he was a curate or assistant to 
** Stevens^ and was removed before the Act of uniformity."] 

St. Margaret's. § [Dr. Calamy having remarked ih 
his Contin. that Mr. Lewis denies Mr. Street had ever been 
here ; the MS. note, p. ,547, is, " One Edward Bigs came 
** hither from Deal^ 1657. ^^ ^^^ ^^^^ chaplain to vice- 
** admiral Blake. In 1660, he was forced to remove, and 
*^ was afterwards a clerk to a brcwhouse in London, and in 
*^ 1661 concerned in a conspiracy against the government." 
Qu. fVas there any legal proof of this fact ?'\ 

St Nicholas. Mr. William Jacob. He is mentioned 
m several lists, sent to the author,, .as being the persoa 
ejected here ; but nothing more is said concerning him. 
§ Hasi^d^s enlry is, *' Wm. Jacob, about 1653, ^j^c^^'J 166*2.*' 

St* pEtER*s. Mr. William Wingfield, Mr. Leicis 
owns that he left a very good name there. 

' MONKTON [V* 100.] Mr. Nicolas Thoroughgood.^ 
Of NewJnn Hallj Camb. The following account of him 

**$ Hasted calls this ^ %t.John Bn/nht, alias Maroate/v Ue is doubtful 
^heibf^r there was afiy settled minister here ffom 1655 to the restoration, but 
coR^firms the above account of Mr. Stephens. 

IN KENT. 341 

IS extracted from his Diary. — He was born of a good family 
at Deal^ in 1620. Besides what .learning he got at the 
grammar-school, he had the assistance of a gentleman who 
was a considerable traveller and scholar, (who lodged in the 
house with him») who, out of schooUhours, instructed him 
in Latin, Greek, French, Spanish and Italian. When he was 
about sixteen year^ of age, he took afancy to travel, and went 
a voyage to Spaiuy Italy^ &c. carrying goods and money 
with him, witli which he traded to advantage, and spent some 
time in the university of Padua ^ where he had forTiis tutor a 
Scottish Doctor, who was a Papist, and but loose in his 
morals. While he was abroad, he was in great perplexity of 
spirit about religion, and often under great temptations to 
question the main foundations of it : but applying himself to 
God by serious prayer, and diligently consulting his word, he 
at length obtained satisfaction that religion was a. great 
reality : and on his return, (after being absent two years and 
an half) he -had so warm a sense of it, thai others could not 
but observe it. He now thought merchandize or any other 
employment mean, in comparison with the honourable work 
of the ministry, which he most earnestly desired to be fitted 
for, and useful in. In order to this, he determined upon a 
close application to hi$ studies, and entered himself in New- 
Inn-Hall^ where he had Mr. Cooper for his tutor. Here he 
was very studious, and made great proficiency ; taking care 
to choose the soberest associates, that so the seriousness of 
his spirit might increase instead of abate. 

In the time of the civil war, the house was pillaged, and he 
being absent, lost his books, cloaths, and other things, which 
he never could recover. He afterwaids pursued his studies 
^t home, and had the assistance of one Mr. Vahn^ aiid other 
Iqarned men. At length he went and took his degree at 
Camtridge ; tho' what it was doth not appear. Afterwards, 
living with an uncle who was purser of the ship called the 
Happy Entrance^ which was going out under the Earl of 
Wai^ick^ lord-admiral, on the recommendation of Mr. 
Calamy ^md Mr. Cornish^ he became chaplain to the Earl, 
and went in the same ship with his uncle. The oflScers, and 
all on board, were very civil to him \ be prayed with them 
daily, and preached and catechized every Lord s-day. They 
seemed tq attend, and he was useful to them. Alter his re- 
turn, upon the pressing invitation pt the parishioners,' he went 
10 Hjizvhurst; in Kent, Dee. 12, 1644, and settled there. 
They promised to make the living ao 100/. per ann, which 

z 3 ^ they 


they paid him duly for a year and a half: but, upon obtaining 
i^n augmentatioo from government, their additions were 
withdrawn. Oh June 20, 1645, he, with nine other mini- 
ste($« was ordained in. Si. Magnus church at London- Bridge, 
by Mr. Richard Lu,^ Dr. Wm. Gouge, &c, Mr. Cook prayed 
over »him. He then returned to Hawkhur$t\ much 
Mrengchened in spirit for his work, and was useful till the 
Engagement came out, for not raking of which he was dis- 
charged, ^pril 30, 1651, and at the same time lost a whole 
year's augmentation, of 50/. which his successor received. 

Xhc 13th oi June following, he Went to Monkton^ on the 
i;ivitation of Major Foch and Mr^ Thomas Paramor, who 
were both in the commission of the peace, and lived in that 
parish. Those two gentlemen entertained him very civilly, 
iind gave him his board, and the keeping of a horse, tho' he 
could not yet be settled as minister there, because of the En- 
jfl;agement. The state of the living at that time stood thus ; 
Two of the inhabkants of Monkton were made sequestrators, 
and impowered to collect the income, and to satisfy such aai 
should from time to time supply the place. They paid Mrl 
Thoroughgood the income, till the Engagement was takea 
away. They also paid him the arrears that were due fron{ 
the death of the former minister, which was more than the 
50/. he lost ?X Huwkhurst. '* Herein (he observes in his 
*^ diary) was the promise made good in the very letter, ii^ 
** findmg what is lost for Christ s sake, as (says he) I reckon 
" that was, which was lost for conscience sate." He ob* 
tained also an augmentation by means of the Recorder, Steel^ 
Sir John Thorowgood, &c. trustees ; tho' opposed by Mr, 
Farrington, an officer under them. On May 10, 1654, the 
Engagement having been taken away the preceeding year, 
and he having appeared the very month befoje at Whitehall 
before the commissioners, called Triers, was settled at Monk^ 
ton B,nd Birching ton; and the trustees, took care to have his 
augmentation continued; so that the living was to him 
worth better than 100/. per annum, besides a good vicarage-< 
house, &c. 

July 7, 1662, as he was riding to Canterbury,' he was arr 
rested near Sar^ and forced to give two bonds ot 40/. each, tq 
appear at the assizes at Maidstone, and the sessions at Canter- 
bury, on account of his not reading the Common-Prayer^ 
The 1.7th of the same month, he put in a demurrer at Maid- 
stone, and on the 23d, at Canterbury sessions, he traversed 
the inatter, and heard no more of it. This w^s ^t the insti- 

IN KENT. 343 

gstion. of Mr* J^ook I^is neighbour, whp laboured to get him 
out, notwithstanding his former readiness to serve him in his 
necessity ; and that he might have somewhat against him, 
sent hun the prayers to read. ^ug. 27, 1662, Mr. Thorough^ 
good preached his farewell sermon at Monkton, in the morn- 
mg, from 2 Sam, xv. 25, 26 ; and in the afternoon at Bir- 
chmgton, from JohnxW. 27. rfe removed from Monkton, 
$epl, 3, 1662, and lived at Stockbury. Sept. 17, i66j, hd 
removed to Canterbury, and continued there some years. At 
first he preached only to his own Family, and afterwards to 
some others. Nov. 27, 1668, he set open his doors on the 
Lord's-day, for all to come in who chose it. He also set up a 
weekly Wednesday-lecture in his house ; and conducted his 
ministerial service in concert with Mr. Ventrice, Mr. Beak 
and Mr. Taylor, tho' much opposed by Mr. Hardress, the 
recorder, and others. When the proclamation against the 
meetings was published in Canterbury, on Saturday, April 
4, J 668, he and the other three ministers consulted what to 
do the next day, and they all agreed to preach, whatever was 
the consequence. On so doing, they were all four appre« 
hended and imprisoned in West-Gate, upon the Corporation- 
act, for half a year. All the time of thefr confinement, they* 
preached every Lord's-day morning and afternoon, and once 
every week on Wcdnesdavs, to their people; the keeper 
conniving at them, as he found that was most for his own 
advantage. After their release, he and two of his brethreil 
preached in their turns, twice every Lord's-day at Sandwich, 
and carried on a Friday lecture there, till the Act that passed 
in May, 1670, which hindered them every where. 

Mr. Thoroughgood was cited once and again into the 
Bishop's court, but for some time escaped, by reason of his 
christian name hot being known. At last it was found out, 
and he not appearing, wa$ excommunicated. But he rejoiced 
that he was counted worthy to suffer for his Lord. — In June 
1672, he removed to Rochester, where he got a house 
licenced, and preached every Lord's-day twice, and once on 
a week-day. The mayor forbidding him, he riepled. That 
in all lawful things he might command him ; but in the cause 
of his Great Master, he would not obey. He afterwards 
preached privately about the country and at length was in- 
dicted at the assizes at Maidstone, upon the Act, for 20/. a 
month, to the value of some hundred pounds. He endea- 
voured to keep off a conviction, and several times by interest 
got the trial put off; but at length the jtidge, who could not 

z 4 be 


be prevailed with to delay any longer, told him, that on rtie 
morrow he should be convicted. But tliat very night, it 
pleased Godj'^that Mr. Thormghgood was seized with the 
gout in his arm, which was so'vqry painful, that oath was 
niade in court that he was not able to bear his cloathis on. 
The judge then gave him till Lady-day assizes, before which 
the king died ; and so he happily escaped this trouble, and 
savfd his estate, which would hav^ been seized had they 
proceeded to a conviction. His last remove (which was oc 
casioned by the unkindncss of some people at Rochester) was 
'to Godalming in Surrey, where he had nut continued long 
before death silenced him, on November 17, 1691. His 
funeral sermon was preached by Mr. John Buck, and printed. 
In his diary he recorded various interpositions of provi- 
dence, in the course of his Hfe, with great expressions of 
thankfulness. Iii particular, he there notices some very re- ' 
markable things attending the faithful discharge of his duty 
in reproving sin, which he always did with fidelity, but with 
great meekness. At pno time, while he was at Mcmkton^ 
when he had preached against swearing, one of his hearers, 
sensible of his^ guilt, and thinking h^ was the person parti- 
ipularly intended, resolved to kill him ; in order to which he 
hid feimself behind a hedge by which he knew Mr. Thorough-^ 
good would ride, to preach his weekly lecture. According- 
ly, when he came to the place, this man attempted to shoot 
him ; but his piece failed, and only flashed in the pan. The 
next week he went again to the same place with the same 
intent. When Mr. Thoroughgood was comis up, the wretch 
offered to fire again, but the gun would not go oflF; Upon 
this his conscience accusing him for such ^ wickedness, h^ 
went after him, ai^d falling do wti on his knees, with tears in 
his eyes, related the whole to him, and heggqd his pardon. 
This providence proved the means of this man's conversion. 
Mr. Thoroughgood 'Wd.s much in fasting and prayer; and 
had many remarkable returns of prayer, which he carefully 
noted. He w^s eminent for humility ; and ifiade conscience 
of visiting the pporest of his flock. He was unwearied in 
his studies ; and constantly rose at four in the morning. He 
was a very strict observer of the Lord*s-day ; and had a won- 
derful art of sliding in good discourse wherever he came. He 
constantly laid by two shillings out of ^very twenty for the 
poor* He was naturally very timorous ; but in the cause of 
God he was as ^ bold as a lion. He was a most hearty lover 
pfallthathe thought loved the Lord Jesus ; received all in, 

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JN KENT. 345 

juries with great meekness ; was most ready to forgive, and to 
cfo godd to those that had done him wrong ; and he wasbelov^ 
gd even of the high church-party for his peaceable behaviour* 

St* Lawrence. Peter Johnson, M. A. He was of 
a very reputable family in this island. He was minister of 
Marsfield in Sussex, before he came to settle at this place, 
where he was ejected in 1660. He was ordained at London 
in 1654. The certificate of hi^ ordination may be seen in Dr. 
Calamy\ Account, signed by Edm. Calamy^ Simeon Ash^ 
and three more. After his ejectment he taught some 
scholars, and now and then preached at Ramsgate^ where he 
first gathered a dissenting congregation ; but he did not alto- 
gether absent himself from' the established worship. He 
was a man of good learning and very useful gifts. But at 
last he lost his sight, and for several years was confined, by 
various afflictions. He died in 1704, and was buried in Sti 
Lawrence church/ 

MINSTER [V. 9op/.] Richard Culmer, M. A, 
Of Magd. CoL iamb. He met with unusual opposition in 
this parish, of which a parricplar account was published, by 
his son Richard Cuhner, in a pamphlet entitled, A Parish 
Looking-glass fpr Persecutors 0/ MinisterSy Scc.jto. 1657, 
From thence it appears, that he continued at Cambridge 
about eight years. Being settled minister of Goodnestone in 
£ast.Keiit, he was driven from thence by Abp. L^ud, be- 
cause he would not read the Book of Sports, He then con- 
tinued three years and a half silenced. He was afterward* 
assistant to Dr. Robert Austin^ at Harbledown near Canter- 
bury, where he preached several yearSp But many clamoured 
against hiiPt for his opposition against drunkenness, an4 
prophaning thp Sabbath by cricket-playing, ^c. He after- 
wards preaphed la Canterbury, and was one of those ap^ 
pointed by parliament to detect, and cause to be demolished, 
the superstitious inscriptions and idolatrous monuments in 
that cathedral. It was he that broke the great window 
there, § for which many were enraged against him. Sooii 
^ter he published 4 book entitled, Cathedral' News from 

4 It is presumed that thi« iv3s not meant to be recorde4 as matter of appro- 
bation, but merely as matter of fact. Mr. Culmer, with many ^ood qualities, 
appears to have possessed too much of that false zeal which js injurious to 
any cause, and which natoraUy excited the prejudices against him, hcreafief 
fpentioned. ei>. 



• - •- 

Canterbury^ Anno 1643. "^^ mayor, some principal in^ 
habitants of that city, and the Earl of Warwick, recoixt- 
mended him to the committee appointed by parliament for 
plundered ministers, who placed him in the living of Minster ^ 
after the Asseml^ly of divines had sent them a certificate of 
his being a fit person foi: that place. But still he was much 
opposed, and one person resolved he would spend joo/. to 
drive him from thence. Many stories were raised to preju- 
dice people against him, some refused paying him their tithe 
of com, and played him various tricks. Upon which b& 
printed tWQ books concerning the frauds in tithing. But 
notwithstanding all their ill usage, God was pleased to own 
him, and the parish was much reformed. 

Mn Lewis objects to the above account of Mr. Culmer^ 
and says, •' He left but a very bad character behind him.'* + 
Perhaps prejudice may have much contributed to the badness 
of it. He adds, " You know Abp. Laud charged him with 
offering to bribe his servants, to procure Chartham for him.'* 
Whereas I must declare (says Dr. Calamy) I had not heard 
It, I doubt not but that Archbishop was against § him ; but 
as for evidence || with which such a charge is supported, I ara 
yet to seek. " However it is certain, says Mr. Lewis'^ he 
acted more the part of a bully, than of a christian minister. 
He \Vas often engaged in broils, and being a very strong man, 
cared not whom he fought with. — I have now a letter by me 
from the principal parishioners of Minster to Dr. Casaubon^ 
[the sequestered minister] wherein they tell him, that for the 
three last Sabbaths they had tumults in their church between, 
the poor people and Mr. Culmer.** That there were tumults 
among them has been owned. But the question is, who was 
the occasion of them ? Mr. Lewis xhmk% it too favourable aq 
account of him ** that God was pleased to own him :" but 
if what immediately follows be true, viz. that the parish was 
much reformed, *' which Mr. Lewis doth not deny, this may 
safely enough be said. Mr. Lewis adds, '* After his leaving 
Minster^ on account of Dr. CasauborCs being repossessed of 
ir, he went to a little village in the parish of St, Peter s^ in 

•{• " He was of a very warm and violent tempQr, and had a zeal which 
was not according to knowledge: broke the church windoivs, ice.** MS. 

$ << Cu/mer was evidence against him at bis trial, having been disobliged bf 
him." U ' ' 

II Sec Abp. Laud's diary and trial, published by Mr. Wharton, Id, 

*^ << This does not appear, nor that the people here were worse than^their 
neighbours.** Id, 


, IN KENT. 347 

the saiue island, c^tdi Broad Stairs y where he led a useless 
vicious life, :j: giving himself in a manner up to drinking." 
This seem^ to be a misrepresentation, for Mr. Thorougkgaod^ 
of whom Mr. Lewts gives a very good character, writes in 
his diary thus : " March 20, 1662. My loving faithful 
friend, old Mr. Calmer ^ died in my vibarage-house at Moni^ 
Jon, where he was since he was put by as minister at 
Minster {the next place,) having been ill some time. before; 
and on the 22d, I preached his funeral sermon from Rev. xiv, 
13. * Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord,' &c.'^ 

Mr. Edmund Trench. See Hackney, Middlesex, 

Mr. Daniel Hayes, of Preston, afterwards conformed; 
as also did Mr. Osmanton, of Ivy -church, who was after- 
M^^rds parish-minister at Little -Horsted in Sussex. 

§ There are so many Inductions in this county, in the year 
1662, that there is reason to believe there were many more 
ministers ejected here than we have any account of. 

X ** Bradstoiu. This Mr. Lewis was told, and he wrote it to Dr. Cafumu 
who desired his observations, &c. in a private letter, which should not have 
been made public without L*& consent.*' [To this note is added, appareat^ 
written since,] << It is a mistake, for Ctflmer*s son, who was a^erwards mas« 
ler of the free -school at Sandwich. Abp^ Juxoff*s papers, MS." Id, 


C 348 J 




N. B. Mo^t of the Places in this County not otherzoise distin^ 

guisked are Chapelries, 

ALKINGTON, Ml. Robert Town, 
ALTHOME. Mr. Thomas Jollie. Of Trin. Col 
Camb, His first stated preaching was at Althome^ to which 
place he was unanimously invited by the parishioners. Ther^ 
hp continued near thirteen yeai's with great success. Before 
Jiis ejectment he was seized by three troopers, according to 
a warrant from three deputy-lieutenants. When he was 
brought before them, he was accused of many tbings, but 
nothing was proved. They then required him to take the 
oath of supremacy, with which he readily complied, and 
was discharged. In the same month he was again seized and 
confined ; and when he was released, his enemies would by 
violence have prevented his preaching in public ; but not 
succeeding in their attempt, he was cit^d into the Bishop of 
CAe^^^r's, court, and obliged to attend there three times, tho* 
he lived at forty miles distance. He was at last censured by 
the court for refusing the service-book, and his suspension, 
ab officio & beneficioy was to have been published the next 
court-day, but .the death of the Bishop prevented it. Some 
time after, however, the suspension was declared, but not 
published, according to their own order; and yet they there- 
upon proceeded to debar him the liberty of preaching one 
Sabbath before the Act came to be in force. When the day 
cam^, in which he must either submit to what he thought 
unlawful, pr resign his place/ be preferred the latter. 



Upon his leaving Alihome^ he remained for a time in an 
unsettled condition. At length he retired. to Healy^ where 

' he had. not been long, before he was apprehended by Capt. 
Parker's lieutenant-serjeant and two soldiers, and brought be-* 
fore two dcpiity-lieutenants, by whom he was examined, and 
obliged to find sureties for his good behaviour, withput any 
reason alledged for it, and by their order confined in a private 
house. The family were religious, and as he and they were 
engaged in family worship^ Capt. Nowel broke into the 
house, and with blasphemous expressions snatched the Bible 
out of his hands, and dragged him away to the guard, pre- 
tending they had kept a conventicle, The captains obliged 
him to sit up with them all night, whilst they drank and in- 
sulted him. In the morning, they let him lie down upon a 
little sti-aw in the stable; and the next day, tho' it was the 
JL.ord's-day, and excessively wet, they sent him to Skipton 
in Craven, where he was committed into the marshal's hands. 

, He had not been long released from this imprisonment, be- 
fore he was again seized by three troopers, who told him they 
must carry bim to York. He demanded their warrant for 
taking him out of the county. They laid their hands upon 
their swords, and taking hold of his horse's bridle, obliged 
him to go with them. He was there comn^itted close prisoner 
at the castle, in a small room, and allowed no fire, tho' it 
was winter. The window was much broken, and the stench 
of the stable came into the room, which had two beds in it, 
with two in each bed. In this miserable place he was con- 
fined for some months. At length, as they could find nothing 
against him, he was discharged.. 

In 1664, ^^ ^"^ some others were taken at a meeting, 
and committed to Lancaster jail for eleven weeks. In 1665, 
he was; arrested again, by an order from the lord lieutenant, 
and very roughly treated by Col, Nowel. In 1669, he was 
committed to jail for six months, haying preached within five 
miles of Althome, and refused to take the oath required by 
the Oxford-act. At Preston the justices who committed 
him refused to release him, tho' their illegal proceedings were 
plainly proved to them. Nay, they sufiered him, with some 
'others, to be indicted as a rioter, JFor the very same supposed 

. crime for which they had comtnitted him^ In 1674, ^^ ^^^ 
apprehended by justice Nowel at a meeting in Slade, and 
fined 20/. In 1684, ^^ ^^^^ apprehended by order of the lord 
chief justice, and brought before him at rreston, where be 
was obliged to find sureties^ who were bound in 200/. each 




eminent profes$or of the Porican stamp, who was nrracfl 
vexed in the days of the former bishops, and put to great ex?f 
pences'in the ecclesiastical courts. He had several sons, bat 
John was the flower of the family, who was educated with 
great care, both at school ^nd in the univ^sity. He exer- 
cised his ministry for some time at IValmsley chapel : but 
when Mr. Henry Fairfax quitted the living of Ashtofi^ Sir 
George Booth gave him the presentation, which he resigned 
in 1669. Loi'd Delamere continued his kindness to him, and 
offered to put his . sen Maurice^ who was ar conforming 
minister, into his place ; but Mr. Harrison^ fearing his son 
might not be fit for that charge, and preferring the ad- 
vantage of hh people's souls to the advancement of his own 
family, he conscientiously waved it, and made use of his in- 
terest oil the behalf of Mr. Ellison^ a man of sreat worth 
and a good preacher, who enjoyed the living tUl his death. 
Mr. Harrison, living privately, was his usual auditor, till he 
was. banished by the Oxford act, when he retired to Sal/brd; 
where he was soon afterwards deprived of the use of his limbs» 
which was thought to be the consequence of his indefatigable 
kbours, fastings, and night studies. Finding some benefit at 
Bath, he returned to Asnton^ but his disorder increased, till 
it put a period to his life, in 1669, aged 57. He was an ex;- 
cellent preacher, and a man of great devotion. He constantly 
kneeled in prayer in the pulpit. He. was eminent for hoKness, 
humility, industry, zeal for God, and stedfastness in his prin- 
ciples. When some gentlemen of the episcopal party* op- 
posed the classis at Manchester^ and wrote several papers, 
the ministers of that presbytery appointed Mr.' Harrison to 
answer them, which he did very largely and learnedly, in a 
piece entitled. Censures of the Churh revived, /^to^ ^^69*. 
Hi^ funeral sermon was preached by Mr. Ellison., who gave 
him a great character, but not beyond his desert. Tho* his 
merits were great, his circumstances were mean; bqt his 
spirit was always easy. 

ASHTON in Macclesfield. Mr, Jambs Woods. An 
indefatigably laborious man, who was in his study^ even to 
the last, both early and late. He died in 1688, aged 63. 
He was an excellent preacher, and had great success. ^ As 
a proof of the estimation in which he was held, the folTowing 
amecdoteis related. On the sabbath after Bartholomew-day, 
the new mmi^ter preached : when the people came out of 


the church, a good old won^sui feioarked " I tklnk if Mc» 
Woods iia4 pnly gone jf^to the piilpit aod shook bis grey beard 
OTier 11$, i( would hf^ye dope u^ morfK g9od/^ j« o. 

BILLING, John W'^.ight, M. 4« Qf the college la 
Dublin. Dr. Calamy produces a te^timQnift! of this, signea 
Nath. Hqylc Vice praec. Gilbert J^epper : dated 1641. Ili^ 
testimoniaU of his ordination, by fastiog and prftyer, witli im- 
j)osition of hand?, ^itg. 13, 164^, (when he yya? about 2^ 
years of age) are signed by Mr, James Byei, Mr. ^lex^ 
'JS4f'rro€kci^ Mr. J^aac Amhrpsc^ and eight others. When 
lie was $il^nced h^ lived privately, prayed much, bu^ preacheq 
little, having bup ^ poor stafe of bealth. In the {ime of K.» 
Charles^ Indulgence, in ^672, he ^yed at PrescQfty ^nd 
preached at the hov$e of Mary Lyon, which he.had license^ 
for that purpose. Being gone one n^orning, according to hl^ 
common custom, to wsdk in a field near hi$ hox^se, and not 
returning at his usual time, a person sent to look for hin^ 
found him dead; it was supposed of an apoplexy : Feb, 1, 
%B^$x v^hcn he was 70 years of age. His life w^ exempiaryy 
jjuid be did muc^ gopd i^ his place. I|e le$ a so;), Mr^ 
James Wrighi^ wI^q w^as jeduca<tfed at Oxford^ where \m 
look his degree of 0. A. }U h^ afterguards did that of M. A* 
at Cumbniigc. pr. S^mtiel ff^right^ of Carter-^nt, Loa^ 
don» was ^qix to the l^te^, ^d gr^rnds^on to tfa^ fpriBer* 

BIRCH Chapel. Mr. Robert Bfrc^. 4fter his eject. 
iBCAt he commenced physician apd surgeon. 

BLACKLEY. Mr. Thomas Holland. A gentlemaii 
by foiith, but an abie and diligent preacher. He was som^ 
time minister at Ring ley chapd. When he was silenced at 
BUckley he removed to a house of his own, and lived pri^ 
vately, [tho* not without preaching occastooaHy.] He had 
sore aflictions in body and estate, 4nd was laid aside from his 
work some years before he died, in 1675, aged ^7. Heieft 
several children* Iliere was a Mr. Robert liollaniy of 
whom there is some account in Mr. Maith. Henry^s life ; 
who died in 1709^ aged between ^e and €0, probaMy a re4 

SJLACKSODE. Mr. Richau) Astlet. Bom 
M^nchcsigrj mod brought up in the public sdiool there. His 
t^tlf good incliaations and solidity, w^e very lobsenrable 
vfhmJthc boarded, so tbat whcia his father «aititf to take him 

vol. II.— ^o. XVIII. A a * from 



from school, tntending frim. for trade, some discerning per- 
sons in the fkmily eamestfy recommended his continuance at 
school, expressing their hope that he might be usefnl in the 
ministry. His father yielded to their advice, and found his 
son's proficiency in learning answer his expectation. Upon 
his going to the university, some of his pious friends met to- 
gether, without his knowledge, to seek a divine blessing apon 
bis studies. One of them, a good solid christian, when 
prayer was over, said, ** I believe God will do great things 
for this lad, tho* I shall not live to see him leave the univer*- 
Sity. When he returns, acouaint him with what I say, to 
excite his thankfulness." They accordingly did so : and 

Mr. Astley^, upon giving them a sermon in private, fully 
tisfied them that the expectation was just. He proyed an ex- 
cellent preacher. After his ejectment from Blackrode he 
became pastor of a dissenting congregation in Hull^ where 
he died about the year 1691. Mr* Astley of Chestex£eld is a 
descetidant of his. 

BOLTON [V.I Mr. Richard GoomviNi M. A, Of 
Eman* Col. Cami. He was bom in Smyex^ and was very 
providentially brought into this country, where God had 
much work for him. He was ofdained by Bp. Bridgman at 
GreaULeaveVy and preached some tin^ at CocJkty chapel ; 
but in the civil war, when the town of Bolton ^jvas taken by 
prince Rupert,, 1645, he fled to Hull^ and from thence to 
London, Where he was recommended to a parsonage at HdV' 
graves in Northaimptonshire, which was a pleasant and id- 
va^tamHis situation^ But the temper of the people not suit- 
ing him, he had not much satisfaction among them, and 
therefore in a little time he removed back into Lancashire^ 
and accepted the vicarage of Bolton^ wh^re he continued 
preaching with great success for twenty years, till he was 
ejected in i66s« He afterwards lived publicly or privately, 
preaching, to many of few, as the times would allow. When 
the Five-nnle-act took place h6 removed to Manchester^ and 
there lived retired, studying chemistry, Jn which he was a 
great proficient. In 1672 he took out a license, and preached 
twice every Lord*s-day at a private house in Bolton^ where 
he died, bee. 12, 1685, aged jn. He wrote much, but 
printed nbthing. One of the MSSJ which he left was, on 
the lawfulness of eating blood. He was a plain practical 
preacher, and had an excellent gift in prayer. Such was his 
usefulness^ that he will have a great retinue of souls to present 



to his Master at the last day. He was succeeded in hig 
meeting-place at Boliatiy by Mr. John Leaver. 

— — Mr. Robert Park. Of Eman. Col. Camb. a na- 
tive of Bolton. He was vicar of this parish before the civil 
war, upon the approach of which he withdrew into Holland^ 
and was assistant to Mr. Symthonds, in the English congrega- 
tion at Rotterdam. Mr. Giegge, vicar of Bolton^ dying in 
1644, the people sent to Mr. Parky and earnestly solicited him 
to return. After some time he did so, and was lecturer there 
while Mr. Goodwin was vicar. He had the benefit of Mr. 
Gosnold*s donation, as well as the free contribution of the 
people, by whom he was much beloved. He was a person 
of incomparable ability, learning and piety, and a very cor- 
rect preacher. He was also a man of a ready wit, and very 
facetious in conversation. When he was ejected, he for a 
time lived privately, and on the passing of the Five-mile-act 
he removed to Brought on in this county. But he at length 
returned to Bolton^ and preached as he had opportunity. He 
died in 1669, aged 70. He had a very, good libtary, which 
"was sold for the support of his wife and children. — A corres- 
pondent of the author, ^lear Bolton^ writes as follows : *• This 
neighbourhood has been an ancient and famous seat of reli- 
gion. . At the very first dawn of the Reformation, *^the day- 
spring from on high visited' this town and the adjacent vil- 
lages ; and by the letters of those brave martyrs, Mr. Brad* 
Jord and Mr. George Marshy which we have yet remaining, 
it appears, that a number of persons and families in that 
neighbourhood betimes received the gospel in its purity and 
simplicity. And a good relish of it appears remaining to this 

BURTON- WOOD. Samuel Mather, A. M. Born in 
this county in 1626. He was the eldest son of Mr. Richard 
Mather y whose life may be seen in Mr. Clark^s collections. 
He went with his father in 1635, to New-England, where 
he had his education in Harvard-College^ and was the first 
* Fellow who took his degrees there. Having spent some 
time in the exercise of his ministry in those parts, he returned 
into England in 1659. ^^ ^^^ ^'^^ ^ "^^^^ violent stqrm in 
his passage ; the ship also was in great danger of being burnt ; 
but God who had considerable purposes to serve by him, 
kept him in safety. He spent some time both at Cambridge 
zvid Ox/ordf where also he took his degrees. He was chap^ 

A a 2 bin 


lain in Magdalen-College, and preached frequently at St. 
Mary's. He went with the English commissioners into Scot- 
land| and preached the gospel publicly at Leith two years. 
In 1655, he returned to England, and soon after attended 
Lord Harry Cromwell into Ireland^ with Dr. Harrison, Dr. 
Winter, and Mr. Charnock. He was tliere made a Senior 
Fellow oi Trinity ' College y where he again took his degrees. 
He was chosen colleague with Dr. Winter ^ and preached 
every Lord*s-day morning at the church of St- Nicholas irt 
Dublin; besides his turn, oncein six weeks, before the lord- 
deputy and council. His preaching there was much esteem- 
ed, and very successful. There he was publicly ordained by 
Dr. Winter, Mr. TaylorofCarrickfergus, and Mr. Jenner, of 
Tredagh,Z)dc.5, 16^6. — Even JVood scru]p\cs not to own, that 
** Tho* he was a congregational-man, and in his principles 
a high Nonconformist, yet he was observed by some, to be 
civil to those of the episcopal persuasion, when it was in his 
power to do them a displeasure. And when the lord-deputy 
gave a commission to him and others, in order to the displa- 
cing of episcopal ministers in the province of Munster^ he 
declined it ; as he afterwards did the like matter in Dublin ; 
alledging, that he was called into that country to preach the 
gospel, and not to hinder others from doing it," 

But notwithstanding, this, soon after the restoration, he was 
suspendedfor two sermons which he preached against reviving 
the ceremonies, from zKings xviil. 4. He was represented as 
seditious, and guilty of treason; tho' he uttered not a disrespect* 
ful word of the king or government, but only set himself to 
prove that the ecclesiastical ceremonies then about to be restor- 
ed, had no warrant from the word of God. Being now disabled 
from any further service in Ireland, he returned to England, 
and continued hrs ministry at Burton-wood^ till the Bartholo- 
mew-act took place ; and then he went back 2^aii\to Dubiin^ 
and preached to a gathered church in iiis own hired house. 
After he had continued there some years a Nonconformist, 
he had a pressiiig invitation ftoTd a church at Boston in New- 
England, to be their pastor ; but he was not willing to leave 
his own church without theit consent, which was not to be 
obtained. Their meetings were at tirst more favouiably con- 
nived at in Ireland than in England. But as Mr. Mather 
was preaching privately, Sept. i8, 1^4^ he was interrupted 
by an cAder, who c&rrried him to die main guard. He rea- 
- soned with tlie officers and soldiers about their disturbing a 



meeting of Pro(esC»nt$, when they suffered the Papists to say 
mass without any interruption, l^hey told him^ that such 
men as he were more dangerous than the papists, &c. The 
mayor having consulted the lord-deputy, told Mr. Mather 
that he might go to his lodgings, but that he must appear the 
next day before his lordship, for which he and some others 
gave their word. Accordingly they appeared, when the 
mayor told him, that the lord-deputy was much incensed 
against him for his conventicle, being informed there were 
many old discontented o£Ecers there. Mr. Mather denied 
that he saw any such persons, and gave him an account of 
his sermon, on John ii. 15^ — 17. which could not give any 
reasonable offence. However, that evening he was seized 
^y a pursuivant from the lord-deputy, and the next day im- 
prisoned ; but he was soon released. 

About this time he had an interview with one Valentine 
Greatarick, who pretended to cure diseases by stroicine; amaa 
of a stong imagination, whom he found to nave read Corne^ 
lius jigrippa, and had got his Abracadabra. Dr. Stubbes 
having printed some letters in his favour, the people of Dub- 
Jin crowded after him.* Mr. Mather therefore wrote a piece 
to expose his pretences. But tho* it was read with approba- 
tion by some persons of figure, he was not allowed to publish 
it.^-A certain lady afterwards sent him a. discourse drawn up 
by some Popidi priest, entitled. The one; Catholic and Roman 
faiths to which he drew up an answer which was published^ 
and met with good acceptance. He continued labouring to 
do good, in all ways within his power to the last. He had 
generally the character of a good scholar and a generous 
spirited ma,n. He left ttiis life for a better, in 1671, and ws^ 
succeeded by Mr. Nathaniel Mather his younger brother. 

WORKS. Besides the above.. -A Treatise against stinted 
Lkurgies. — An Jrenicttm, in order to an Agreement between Pres- 
byterians, Independents, and Anabaptists.. .A course of sermons 
Vpoa the Old Testament Tyoes^ with some disc^ourses against mo* 
dern superstitions; published by his brother after his decease. 

- BRADSHAW. Mr. Drury. 

* Dr. Henry More had a very high opinion of this man as a man of piety. 
See his &chf/U on- ,^fheistfiuiTrtum/ihams. A particular aocouat of him may be 
•eeo io ^Wr ^Iktnte 0x99. vol. ii. p. 365. 


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CARTMEL. Mr. Philip Bennet. He subscribeci » the 
Harmonious Consent of the ministers in this country, in. 
16489 as minister of Ulvertson. 

Mr. Camerford, before mentioned as ejected in 

this neighbourhood. His name was Gabriel. See Stavely, 

CHORLEY. Mr. Henry Welsh. A very humbly 
mortified man. Tho^ he did not excel in gifts, it was 'made up 
in graces His very enemies had nothing to say against him. 
He was of so blameless a conversation, that most gentlemen 
had a good word for him ; and was esteemed so fiiithful, that 
Mr. Standish of Duxbury ^a person of great estate) left the 
tuition of his children to him, after his own and his wife's 
death. And he discharged his civil as well as ministerial trust 
sq faithfully, that the most critical adversary had- nothing to 
lay to his cnarge. He died in 1665, aged 64. 

CHOWBENT Chapel, in Leigh parish. Mr. James 
Woods. He was the son of Mr. James Woods of Ashton, 
He followed his father's steps, and imbibed his spirit § He 
continued pastor to a congregation of dissenters here many 
years, and had a son who succeeded him. The Woods 
preached here above a century. J. O. 

COCKEY Chapel. Mr. John Leaver. Of Braz. No. 
CoL Oxf, Bom in Bolton^ and brought up in the JTree-schooI 
there. His father was a Papist. How he himself became a 
Protestant does not appear. He was a man of great inte- 
grity, and a. useful preacher. In 1672 he preached to a good 
number in his own house ; and after K. Charles*^ Act of in- 
dulgence, he kept an open meeting in Bolton^ where he admi- 
nistered the Lord's-supper every month to some hundreds. 
He was silehced in 1662, and.died July 4, 1692, aged 58. 
He was succeeded by Mr. Robert Seddon^ 

CROFTON. Mr. Law. He was only an Assistant here 
or at Ecclestone. 

CROSBY. Mr. James Hiet. He was a native of Lon^ 
don, and was educated at Cambridge. He had been minister 

* N.B. Dr. Ca/amy in the Contin. observes of most of the ministers in th'u 
county, that they subscribed this paper; which circumstaoco is here omitted, 
except when, as in the case aboTC^ their subscription discovert the piacg 
they were in at the time. 


4fN LANCA$HIIt£. aS9 

liere many years when he was ejected iti i66tf* 'He had beeat 
before ejecled for reusing the £ngagernent, which wa,s the. 
case of many others in this county. He died in i664> about 
70 years of age, leaving no children; He was an able 
preacher, had a considerable estate, and was giVen to hos-* 

DALTON, near Lancaster. [V.] Mr. Thomas White- 
HEAD. A pious, laborious and faithful minister, who studied 
to do good in his place, and preached as often as he could to 
his people after his ejectment. He died in Feb. t6jg, aged 
73 ; and Mr. Benson succeeded in his congregation. 

- DEAN. [V.] John Tilsey, M. A. Of the university 
•of Glasgow. He was bom in Lancashire. When he left 
Scotland he preached with Mr. Horrocks at D^n chmch, 
and was to him like Timothy to Paul, a son in the gospeL 
He possessed uncommon abilities : a retentive memory, 
which ma<Ie whatever he read his own ; a solid judgment, a 
ready invention, a fluent delivery, and warm affections. He 
was very strict in his life, free and familiar in conversation, 
and eminently charitable : Of a bold and active spirit, fearing 
nothing when once satisfied as to the grounds upon which he 
proceeded. When the assembly of Moston had suspended « 
prophane and dissolute preacher at Rochester^ and mostotfaen 
were afraid to preach at the place and declare the suspension, 
Mr. Tilsley readily went, and did it with great courage, yet 
with a becoming candour and meekness. . lie succeeded Mr* 
Horrocks at I)(ean ; where he was ejected no less than thi^e 
times. The first, for refusing the Engagement;, but he was 
soon restored. The second, by the Act of uniformity in 1662* 
After which, fho' he forbore preaching, he continued in the 
bouse adjoining to his church, which being in the hands of 
trustees, was stall allowed him. When the excellent Dr. 
Wilkinshtcwait Bp. of the diocese, he allowed him to preach 
in his church again as lecturer, when (he new vicar read the 
prayers. When the Bp. was dead, he was indicted at the 
assizes for his Nonconformity, ^nd by the influence of seve-< 
ral gentlemen in the nevghbourhqod, ejected a third time, in 
1678. He spent the rest of his days in a private life at Jtfan*; 
^hester^ where he died, Dec. 12, 1684, aged 60. Tho' his 
abilities were such as seldom meet in one man^ such was 
his modesty, that he was not sufficiently satisfied with hit 
own performances to print any thing. He preached funeral 

Aa4 sermons 

9fio MnRumfe 1ft jftcnm 

serrnoM Fop Mt. Rathband, Col. BtadA^kw tfM Mr. Hor- 
TOcks, kut eouid hot be persiiadiMl to puUkh ii^hit ot rbem. 

DENTON. Mr. John Angier. ()f£?/wn. Co/. C?tfwift; 
He was bom at Dedkatn in Essex, and lived somp time witH 
tAr, John Cotton at Boston in Lincolnshire. His first settled 
ministerial work was at Ttingley. He had episcopal crrdina-' 
tion frotn Dr. Lcwi3 Bayly, author of The Pracika ^Pmy^ 
who ordained kim without subscriptioBt. Being a Noncon* 
^inist to the ceremonies^ he had aooie adversaries^ who 
brought many tofl^plaints Qgainsc him to t>r. Bridgman^ Bp* 
of ChestiTy who lived nbar him at Greai Leaver, Upoa 
>5fhich he sent for Mr. Angier^ and gently expostulated with 
him, expressing gteat respect for hiiti. Thfe Biskdp's wife, be- 
ing at that dfhe under great tnouble of conscience^ frecjoently 
conversed with Mr. Angier^ who was ah ihstrutnent of mudn 
good to her by bis counsels and prayers-. His lordship how^ 
9ver,.Qnthe pressing solicitatioiis df Abp. Xtfuii^, was forocil 
to suspend him. After contintiihg a year ami a ha)f stt Ningfyjf'^ 
he removed to Benton^ in 1632. Wh^n the Actof uniformity 
took pbce he continued in his public station without ednforw^ 
ing. Warrants werfe sometime^ \%%\\tA to ajppreh^nd hiffi) bur 
even the worst men bad no htjairt to meddle wkh.him. Soni* 
limes they searched for himv but professed they wouid not 
see him for a hundred pounds. Th^ 9p, bf Chester clten 
enquired of his son, ^< Hov^ doth tte gbod ok) man, Mr« 
Angitr AoV Most of the justices httd a grmt respect for 
him, some of whom ware nearly rifclated to his 'mh : and b^ 
die special providence of God, he continue preabhtng in bis 
public chape] to the last; It was the common saying, *' H^ 
18 an old man, and cannot Kve longs t^t him albn($ ^ite b» 
does live." He dibd Sept. 1, 1677^ aged 72, having be^ 
pastor of thi^ people 46 jttfs. H^ vras of a sweet, modenitt$» 
catholic, healing spirit ; an eteell^ttt casuist ; a man itiig^bt^ 
in prayer; a hard student; of an ^xaet conversaribh ; vei^ 
affable and courteous ; full of charity aUd good wotks ; and^ 
in gener^, a pattern pf holiness. Hb had been an itiatm* 
Bieat of great good td mahy. Som« remark<6b!^ pltssages ol 
bifi diary, and his judicious resolution of $cHtie cases of consci- 
ence, are addod at the end of his prijiited tifb. 

WORKS, A treatise concerning God's worship^ entitled, A 
Help to better Hearts^ for better Times ; recommended by Ml", 
Ci/^wy and Mr. CW/^..-Ari Epislle prefixed to Mh Ncvticme*^ 

Snner*s Hope.,«Another to Mr. Sell on Patience, 



-^ — Mr. -J AMES Holm. He was assistant to Mr. Angier^ 
and lived with him. He often changed his habitation, and at 
last had a call to Kendal in Westmoreland, where he died in 
i688. He had a son brought upfor the ministry, with whom 
6e went into Holland; who, having finished his studies, was 
some time pastor of a congregation at Ux bridge , but died 

DOWGLES. Mr. Jonathan Scholfield. He had 
rnany y«ai'S been minister at Haywood chapel, from whence 
in lo^g he removed to this place, where he was ejected in 
1662. In the cotirse of his life he met with a great variety 
of family afflictions. When he was silenced he had many 
children, and no visible way of subsistance for them ; but 
God raised op friends to hirii and his, so that they were never 
brought to extremity. He died in' 1667, aged 60. Mr. 
Scho^eld of Birmiogham, is a descendant of hisj 

DtJCKENFtELD. Mr. Samuel Eaton. 0( Oxford 
university. The son of Mr. Richard Eaton, vicar of Great 
Bvdwortk in Cheshire, [and brother to Mr. Theoph. Eaton, 
the renowtied governor of New-Haven. Wood says of him, 
** After he had left the university, he took orders according 
to the church of England^ and was beneficed in this coun"^ 
try ; but having been puritanically educated, he did dissent 
in some particulars thereof. Whereupon, finding his place 
too warm for him, he revolted and went int9 New-England^ 
and preached among the brethren there.'* — But upon his 
dissent from Mr. Davenport, about the narrow terms and 
forms of civil government thert imposed upon that infant co- 
lony, his brother advised him to a removal. Calling at 
Boston in his way, the church there gave him a pressing in- 
vitation to settle with them i but he was fully benrupon com- 
Jhg back to Old-Englgpidy where God had most work fb** 
him, to dp.] Upon his return, he gathered a congregational 
chttrch at Duckenjield, and after'w^ards removcfi to Shci' 
pert, where he preached in the free-school. Some of the 
Ipeople here rah things to a gre'at height, and grew wiser than 
their iiJuistcr, so that they occasioned hiifi much difficilhy. 
After he was ejected in 1662 he attended on the ministry of 
Mr. Angier at Dtnton, as did many of his old hearers ; who 
\>j diifictxlties and sufferings were wrought into a better tem- 
per. Mr. Euion died Jan, 9, 1664, aged 68. He left n6 cliil- 
dren, but Jeft a good name amopg persons bf all persuasions, 
j^tfe was a veij holy jnan^ n ^«on of grieat Icammg and 



judgnentt and a most iacomparable prsacber; of emiaeiit 
note and inflaence in this and the neighbouring counties.] 
Mather's Hist. New-Eiig. p. 213. 

WORKS. The Mystery ofGod incarnate; against Knowlcs.., 
A Vindicat. of it against theRamc.- .[He assbted Mr. Tim. Taylor 
in writing The Congregational Way jnstified.] 

ECKLES, [V.J Mr. Edmund Jojhes. His father had 
been vicar of this place many years, and brought up three 
sons to the ministry, of whom this was the only Noncon- 
formist. He was one of the first classis of Mancnester. A 
man of excellent abilities, and an able scholar, naturally very 
rhetorical. When he was ejected, he preached in private; 
and when authority allowed it» more publicly. He died 
Uay 2, 1674, aged 48. 

ELHILL Chapel. Mr. Peter Atkinson, sen. A man 
of such singular .ability and general interest, influence and 
usefulness, tnat he was called the apostle of the North. He 
had so much favour with the gentry, that he preached quietly 
at his chapel for a considerable time after the Act of uni. 
formity took place. His income there indeed was but small ; 
but his encouragement, in the success of his ministry, very 
considerable. He died July 17, 1677, aged 75. 

— Mr. Peter Atkinson, jun. ' Son of the former. 

GARSTANG [V.] Mr. Isaac Ambrose. He was 
some time minister of Preston ; from whence he removed to 
this place, where the Act of uniformity found him in i662. 
Soon after the Restoration, there was a meeting of above 
twenty ministers at Bolton^ to consult what course to take. 
Mr. Ambrose, and Mr. Cole of Preston declared before 
,them all, that they could read the Common-Prayer, and 
should do it, the state of their places requiring it, m which 
otherwise their service was now neorssarily at an end. The 
ministers, considering the circumstances of their case, ap- 
proved their proceeding. Mr.* Cole (afterwards Dr. Cole) de- 
clared that he had got to his Ne plus ultra^ and cg^^ com- 
ply no farther. Accordingly he was turned out of ^^^/^n ; 
but found some stronger motives in other parts, for he after- 
wards conformed, andwas lecturer at Dedham in Essex. But 
.Mr. Ambrose \vftA and died a Nonconformist; andwas a 
man of such substantial worth, such eminent piety, and 
such an exemplary life, both as a mbister and a christian. 



that it 16 to be lamented the world should not have the bene- 
fit of particular memoirs concerning him from some able 
hand. One thing peculiar to him deserves to be mentioned 
here. It was his usual custom, once in a year, for the space 
of a month, to retire into a little hut in a wood, and avoiding 
all human converse, to devote himself to contemplation. Pos- 
sibly by this practice he was the fitter forliis sacred ministra- 
tions all the rest of the year. He spent the latter part of liis 
life at Preston ; and when his end drew near, was very sen- 
sible of it. Having taken his leave of many of his friends 
abroad with unusual solemnity, as if he foresaw that he 
should see them no more, he came home, and set all things 
in order. When some of his hearers czme from Garsiang 
to visit him, he discoursed freely with them, gave them good 
counsel, told them he was now ready whenever his Lord 
should call, and that he had finished all he designed to write; 
having the night before sent away his Dhcourse concerning 
Angetsy to the press. He acconnipanied his friends to their 
horses, and when he came back, shut himself in his parlour, 
the place of his retirement. Being thought to stay long, the 
door was opened, aud he was found just expiring. This was 
in the year 1664, aged 72. * He was holy in h\% life, happy 
in his death, and honoured by God and all good men. ' 

His WORKS were printed altogether in folio, in J 639. One 
of the most celebrated isj On looking to Jesus. 

GORTON Chapel. William Leigh, M. A. Fellow 
of Christ's Col. Camb. A serious, single-hearted man ; of 

food abilities, and very laborious in the work of the ministry. 
le was one of the classis oi Manchester. For some years 6e 
was grievously afflicted with the stone, which at last cut him 
off, in J664, about 50 years of age. He wrote an elegy on 
.the death of Dr. Safnuel Bolton^ and another in Latm on 
Mr. Bright. 

HAMBLETON. Mr. Bullock. 

HORWICH. Mr. Jambs Walton. It is certain he 
was some time minister at this chapel, which is in Dean 
parish ; but it is doubtful whether he was ejected here or at 
Shaw chapel near Oldham. He was provided with no sub.- 
sisteiice when ejected, and had several children. He died in 
1664, aged 64. He was a laborious faithful minister* 

* At the bottom of his picture it it 59> 1663. 



HARWOOD. Mr. Sandfqrd. 

St; HELEN'S Chapel. Mr. Thomas Gregg. 0£Cam5. 
University. His father was minister of Bolton^ and died 
^bout 1644. Bradley-Hall, an escate of lOOl. per annum^ 
tvas his right by inheritance ; but he quitted it, because of 
some incumbrance upon it, and would not entangle himself 
in the affairs of this life. He was very undaunted and cou- 
rageous in his Master's work ; preachmg mostly in the cha- 
pel, or openly in houses, in the face of danger, and yet was 
nevTcr imprisoned. He was a man of great integrity, and 
kept close to his people in the worst of times. He died 
in 168 1» aged about 44, exceedingly beloved, and much 

HAYWOOD Chapel. Mr. George Thomasson. A 
diligent, laborious preacher, who earnesdy longed for the 
goQQ. of souls, and was very useful io promoting it. He died 
an 1672, aged 58. 

HINDLEY. (in the parish t^Wigan). Mr. Tames Brad- 
fin AW. Of. Corp. Christ. CoL Oxf. Bom at trackings in the 
parisH of Bolton, of very pious parents. Few families were 
better known in those parts than the Bradsbaws. On hiii 
mother's side he sprang from the Ilolmes% who were the 
first on that side of th^ county who became Protestant, and 
^hose posterity have all along been zealous for Reformation 
and gospel purity. He had his grammar-learning at the free^ 
school at Bolton, and was esteemed a good critic in it. Thro* 
•die influence of his uncle Holmes (a worthy divine in Nor- 
thamptonshire) he left the university without taking any de- 
Sree. Having pursued his studies for some time under his 
irection, he returned into his native eountry, fixed in this 
place, and there was ordained by the classis of which Mn 
£arl was moderator ; where he continued till he was ejected^ 
In conjunction with many others, he had a concern in the 
rising of Sir George Booths with a design to make way for 
the Restoration ; for which he afterwards had very unsuitable 
returns. After Bartholomezu^dzj, i66fi, he e^fiered some 
months imprisonment for the crime oTpreaching, thro* th^ 
malignity of a ntighbourine justice of his^ own name ; but he 
"wasnotto befri^tened from his master's service, or dis- 
couraged in it. 

When K. Charles granted indulgence he removed to Rain* 
fgrdf a consecrated chapel in Prescot parish, at a greater 



distance tronii his old neighbour, and there held an amicable 
correspondence with several of the established clergy, who 
sometimes preached for him ; which was one means of hi^ 
keeping hi^ chapel. The cliapcl- wardens were obliged, at 
the visitation, to make their appearance ; and he having a 
friend in court, the question was commonly proposed to them 
in this manner : ** Have you Common Prayer read yearly in 
your chapel?" To which they could satelv answer, les; 
because once or more in every year, some ot the neighbour- 
ing clergy read the service. The Bp. of Chester discharged 
informations against peaceable and sober persons; and so*^ 
\vithout being prosecuted, he continued his ministerial ser- 
vice in the chapel aforesaid. Nor had he any molestation* 
except at the time of Monmouth^s rebellion, when he and 
many other worthy persons, were imprisoned in Chester 
castle. But even there he was kindly, treated, and upon Moft" 
tnouth^s defeat was released. 

He preached frequently where others of his brethren dursc 
not, and met with good acceptance. He had a numerou$ 
family of children, and having a poor people, was in strait 
circumstances ^ but he bore up with great chearfulness. He 
was often employed in arbitrations amongst neighbours, of 
different persuasions, in which he had such good success, as 
often to prevent vexatious law-suits, and have thanks frmn 
both sides. He was also frequently concerned in ordinations. 
He was a hard student, and \ smart disputant ; very lively 
in his £[imily exercises, and ever zealous for the national in. 
terest and the public good* He was one of fhe Bolton lec- 
turers. As he was once riding several mites to preach, he 
bruised his leg, which for want of due care, proved the n>eans 
of putting a period to his valuable life, A. D. 1702, in the 
67th year of his age. His son, Mr. Ebenezer Bradshaw, 
was pastor of a dissenting congregation at liamsgate ir\ 

WORKS. Two practical treatises : The Alarum to the Sleepy 
Spouse.. -The Trial and Triumph of Faith. 

HIGHTON [V-3 William Bell, M. A. A^grcat 
sdic^ar, and a good orator. He was ordaine^ by Dr. Bridge 
man Bp. of Chester. He was one of those who had 50/. 
per. ann. bequeathed by queen Elizabeth to foui^ itinerant 
preachers in Lancashire, who were called the king's or 
queen's pxeachers« But both this and his living he left in 
t66ay fqr the sake of his ^;onscience. After his ejectipem he 
.4 lived. 

I ■ 


lived privately, at Sinderland in tlie parish of Ashton under 
Line, being a constant hearer of Mr. Angier of Denton. In 
1672 he returned to his old people at Highion^ and preached 
among them by virtue of a licence. He died in 1681, aged 74. 
He left several children ; and among them, two sons who 
were conforming ministers. Mr. Bell was a learned and 
pious man, of very considerable ministerial abilities ; noted 
for his neat and sententious preaching. 

WORKS. A Discourse on Gen. v. 2i. intilled, Enoch's Walk. 
^ -The excellency, necessity, and usefulness of Patience.. -The Pa- 
tience of Job, an^ the end of the Lord ; in two little Treatises, with 
a Preface by Mr. Baxter : and some other small pieces. 

HOLGOMB ChapeL Henrv Pendlebury, M. A. 
Of ChrUfs Col. Camb, Born and brought up in these 
parts. He preached his first sermon at Ahsworth chapel, in 
1648, and continued there some time as Probationer. He 
was set apart to the office of the ministry, Oct. 3, at Turton 
chapel near Bolton, with Mr. James. Lieveset/. after per- 
forming their preparatory exercises before the second classis 
in Lancashire, who met ordinaply at Bury. He afterwards 
preached some time at HofTidge chapel ; and thence, in 
1631, removed to Holannb^ where he diligently applied him- 
self to bis studies, preaching, discipline, and administering all 
ordinances, till he was ejected in 1663. He still, continued 
ia the exercise of his ministry, and wa9 instrumental for the 
good of many. He died of a languishing disease, Jwie 18; 
1695, aged 70, with these words in his mouth : *' Father, 
coaie, and take me to thyself.*' He was a man of great 
learning, strict godliness, and every ministerial qualification. 
He was beloved and reverenced by all that knew him, and 
especially by his brethren in the mmistry. All the adjacent 
pari^es were very desirous of his labours after hi$ ejectmenc 
as well as before. He continued a diligent and zealous la- 
bourer in the Lord's vineyard 44 years. He bad read oyer 
most of the ancient fathers, and had fully studied the contro* 
versies betwixt Protestants and Papists, as appears from his 
writings. His piece on Transiibstantiati&n was carried pri- 
vately, by a friend, to Abp. Tillotsorii whoso much; approved 
it as to cause it to be printed. 

WORKS. Besides the above Treatise.— Another^ on the Sa- 
crifice of the Mass, [lately republished.] — ^The barren Fig-tree.-— 
The Books opened ; a Disc, on Rev. \x. 12.— '•Since his death ; In- 
visible Realities, &c. containing aa Account of his Life.-^Several 



Sermons of his on Christ's Transfiguration were abroad in MS. 
which many wished to be printed. 

HOUGHTON Chapel. Mr. Peter Naylor. 0£ St. 
John^s CcL Camb. He was born in this Gounty , and preached 
much in Periston parish in the time of Mr. Svvift'aconiiae- 
menty and removed thence to Alverthorp near Wakefield ia 
1672. He preached in the meeting-place thereand at Pont^- 
yracizs long as he lived. He died June 2, 1690, aged 54. 
§ His funeral sermon was preached by his friend and fellow- 
prisoner Mr. Whitaker oi Leeds, on Zech. 1. 5. — A son of 
his, Mr. James Naylor, was some years assistant to Mr. 
John Nesbity but died young, of a consumption. 

KIRKBY [V.] Mr. Nehemiah Ambrose. 

KIRKBY LONGSDALE [V.] Mr. John Smith. 

LANCASTER [V.] Dr. William Marshal. After 
his ejectment he travelled abroad for some time, and then 
settled at London, where he practised physic. 

LINDHAL Chapel. Mr. Thomas Drinchal. 

LONGRIDGE Chapel. Mr. Timothy Smith. For- 
merly minister of Bradshaw chapel* Tho* he did not con- 
form, he often preached in the chapel after his ejectment ; 
for this being an obscure place, with a small salary, there was 
no great striving for it. He died very poor, in 1679, aged 60. 

*LUN Chapel. Mr. Joseph Harrison. A good scholar 
and a methodical preacher; fixed in a dark corner, where 
he was wonderfully followed, and v^ry useful. He died in 
1664. , 

MANCHESTER. Henry Newx:ome, M. A. Of Si. 
JohVs Col, Cavib, A hard student, and of great proficiency 
there in. philosophy and theology. He was first rector of 
Gausworth in Cheshire, from whence, in 1656, he removed 
to Manchester, upon a unanimous invitation, to Succeed Mr. 
Richard HoHingworth, having at the same time a like invi- 
tation from Shrewsbury, He had not been here long, before 
Sir George Booth raised the country for Charles II. m which 
afiFair Mr. Newcomevraa heartily engaged, for which he con- 
tinued in great esteem and friendship with that honourable 
person. He here exercised his public ministrv till 1662, 
joining with Mr. Heyrick in classical meetings with the rest . 
of the neighbouring ministers, and dispensing all ordinances 


in that numerous congregation; and afterwards preaduiil^ 
prirat':ly at home and abroad- When be could preach np 
longer, he wrote many excellent papers upon practical sub- 
jects, and dispersed them among his hearers, who contributed 
liberally towards I lis support, and shewed great kindness to 
him and his family. The Oxford- act forced him to remove 
into Ellenbrook chapelry ; but he returned, as soon as he 
could with safety, to his family and flock. He preached pri- 
vately till the year 1672, and afterwards in a licenced place. 
At length, the people built him a large stately chapel on the 
south- side of the town called jiciers^ which he had not 
used long before it pleased God to remove him by death, and 
he was one of the first that were buried in it, Sept. 20, 1695, 
aged about 68* His funeral sermon, (coniaining his character 
at large) was preached by Mr. Ckorlion, who succeeded him. 
He was a person of good natural abilities, cultivated by an 
extraordinary industry, which began very early, and coQti- 
nued all his life : witness the many volumes left behind him,, 
written with his own hand. He possessed a large stock of 
solid learning and knowledge, which was alwa^fs ready for 
use, but never for ostentation ; and he had an admirable fitness 
for friendship and conversation, in which he was amiable 
above many. His temper was sincere, candid and generous* 
His discourse ingenuous, innocent, facetious and instructive. 
His deportment grave, yet sweet and obliging. A most sin- 
cere and unartificial humility at once hid and adorned his 
other excellencies. His moderation was known unto all 
men that ever knew or heard of him. He had an extensive 
charity, and a great veneration for such as differed fromhim, 
who were men of real worth, and he held an amicable cor- 
respondence with many of the conforming clergy, to whom 
his society was as grateful, and his memory as dear, as li he 
had been one of their own class. But his peculiar excellence 
was in preaching. His sermons were practical, plain and 
discursive ; full of holy zeal and fervor, and a natural inimit* 
a^l^ eloquence. He had a singular way of insinuating him* 
self into the bosoms of his hearers, whose only regret hath 
been that the sermon was so short. An eminent divine who 
oiice heard him, said, ** If I had this man's tongue, I coul4 
not help being proud of it." Among other lectures abroad 
in which he assisted, there was one instituted by Mr. Natb. 
Hilton of London, at Bolton, bis native place^ in which Mr 
Newcome took his turn once a month for many years, with 
Mr. Baldwin, Mr. Pendlebury, apd Mr, John Walker.— § He 


• t^ tANCASHlRE. Sg9 

>Wiis the ancestor of the Newcomes jof Hackney, whose 
' school has long been celebrated. The late Abp. ot Armagh 
tvas of the same family. 

WORKS, 'the Sinner^s Hope; a Discourse oh Ezra x.-^ 
-^Usurpation defeated, and David restored ; a Sermon on the 
!Kestoratibn of Charles IL-^The Covenant of Grace effectually re* 
membefed. — A discourse on Psalm cv. S. with 1 Chr. xvi. 15.. « 
An Help to duty in, and right Improvement 6f> Sickness... A 
Discourse on Job v. 6, 7, 8- .A Treatise on rash and sinful Anger,, 
on Prov. kxv. 28. (an excellent piece, worth reprinting, ed.) 

Mr. Richardson. A competent scholari and 

pious man. He preached the sermon at six o'clock on Lord's^^ 
day mornings at Manchester. By virtue of a licence in j 672^ 
he preached at Chorion, and was very laborious in his Mas- 
ter's work. He died in i63o. 

Mr. WiGAV. He was at the time of the ejectment 

a candidate for the ministry, as yet unfixedb 

MAYHALL [or Magl^all] Mr. W^ Aspinwall* See 
Matters5y in Nottinghavishire^ 

MELLING [V.] Mr. John MALtlNSo^^ Of Oxford 
Univ. Born at Rastrick in Yorkshire, and ejected here in 
1662. He was esteemed an excellent scholar, but not a very 
celebrated preacher. His family was numerous, and he died 
Very poor, in itfay- 1685, aged 75. 

Mr. White was ejected at the same place^ 

St. Michael's upon Plyer [V.] Mr. Nathaniel Bax- 
TER> M. A. Of Jesus Col. Camb. Born at Astle near 
Chelford, in Cheshire. When he left the uhiversity he went 
and boarded with Mr. Newcome at Manchester, and Some- 
times preached for good old Mr. Angier. At length Mr. 
Isaac Ambrose was instrumental in settling him here at St. 
MichaeVhy where he remained till his ejection by the Act of 
uniformity. Providence afterwards removed him into York- 
shire, where he was^chaplain to Sir IVilliam Middleton of 
jildwark neat Rotheram ; where he fell into the company of 
Mr. Pegg, of Beauchief-hall, in Derbyshire, who requested 
of him a sermon in an old abbey-church, about half a mile 
from tliat place, called Beauchief- Abbey. He readily com- 
plied, and the next Lord's-day he preached there agaiA, at 
the request of the same gentleman, who then invited him to 
continue, and offered him 16/. per ann, the plUce having no 

VOL II. — NO. xvui. B b endowment 


endowment . * Mr. Baxter being theft a single man accepred 

the oiler, auid afterwards, when married, he purchased a small 
estate in that neighbourhood and lived within a mile of the 
abbey several years. But at length, on account of the edu- 
cation of his children, he removed to Sheffield^ about three 
miles from the abbey, still however continuing to preach 
there every Lord's-day, and he usually repeated his sermons 
7ii night, to a room fuir of people, in his own bouse. Hav- 
ing preached at this place seventeen years, the young heir^ 
Shelly Peggf Esq ; on his father's death, desired him to de- 
sist, hot out of disrespect to him, but from fear, because of 
the severities that were then used with the Nonconformists. 
■ When K. James granted his Indulgence some time after, 
the same gentleman desired Mr. Baxter to return to his 
preaching in the abbey, offering him 30/. per. ann. But he 
refused, saying, He could now exercise his ministry without 
reading the Common-Praver, as he before had done. The 
young gentleman offered him a reader, -but Mr. Baxter de<i» 
clihed it, nor did he ever settle with any congregation after- 
wards, hut preached either at some neighbouring meeting or 
at some gentleman*s house ; v.g. Major Taylor's of Walhng. 
Wells, Mr. Riches of Bull-House, &c. where some other 
ministers took their turns. — For the last five years of his 
ministry at the. abbey Mr. Baxter received no salary; but 
when the young gentleman died, he left him a handsome 
legacy, on account (as he expressed it) of his pioiM an4 
charitable service at Beauchief-Abbey. — Mr. Baxter died at 
Attercliffe near Sheffield^ in Sept, 1697, age^ about 65. 
He was a true Nathaniel. His sense of religion was early, 
and became habitual, lively aiid persevering. He was both 
personally and relatively good and virtuous. His pulpit 
gifts ^nd performances were very acceptable : he was fervent 
m prayer, and affectionate in preaching. In his family* wor- 
ship his method was, to begin with a short address for tb^ 
divine presence and assistance and then singpart of ^ ^Inu 
•»— He 1^ five sons, of whom he brought up four to the 
ministry. ^ Mr. Samuel Baxter^ his eldest son, was for many 
year^ pastor of a congregation of Dissenters at Ipswich in 
Suffolk. His son Nathandel lived to finish his ^studies, and 
to cocn{jose a ^ermon^ but tiever preached it* His son Thomas 
preached with great acceptance several years as assistant to 
Or. Colton at York. His son Beipamm preached for a few 
years in some private houses, to the dissenting magistrates at 
5 NoUing^ 


Notiingham^ in the latter part of Queen Ann^s reigri, when 
excluded from public worship in the way that they preferredi 

NEWXHURCH in 5o«if«iafe. Mf.Kippax. ^WhU 
taker has this entry at Haslingdon. *' /• Kippax^ 1658^ 
sep. apud [i. e^ buried a/] Colne, Dec. 27, i^yg* 

NEWtON-HEATH Chapel. Mr. William Walker. 
He was one of the preachers of the Bolton lecture. Upon 
the turn of the times, ji^st before the Restoration, he w^ 
sent up to London with some others, to procure an auemen- ' 
ration to some poor living, but without success. After his 
ejectment he preached at Rivington chapel to a good old age. 
He was a considerable man, and a good preacher. A ne- 
phew of his, Mr. John Walker, was many years a dissenting 
minister at Brentford in Middlesex, and was succeeded by 
Mr. John Baker. 

OLDHAM [C. or D.] Mr. Robert Const antine. He 
had been tnany years minister of this parish. In 1650, he 
refused the Engageme&t for which justice Ashton, of Chat* 
terton» vigorously prosecuted him, so as to force him to re* 
0ove, when upon an invitation, he went to Burstal m 
Yorkshire, where he was succeeded by Mr. John Lake^ 
afterwards Bp. of Chichester. But after three or four years he 
returned to Oldham , where he continued till his ejectment in 
i66z. He afterwards lived privately till iheiime o{Ckarles*B 
Indulgence in 16729 when he took out a licence, and preach- 
ed to a considefrabie number of people at Greenakers^ about 
three miles from Oldham. He was a member of Manchester 
classis, and was often chosen chairman. In the prime of life . 
he was a man of a clear head, fruitful abilities, solid learnings 
and a pleasant conversation. He was also a well-accom» 
plisbed preacher, having a good method, aii audible voice, 
and an agreeable delivery. But living to be very old^ his 
faculties decayed, and he was superannuated widi respect to 
his work. He died however as he had lived, in good credit 
both with ministers and private christians. 

ORMSKIRK [V.] Mr. Nathaniel Heywood. Of 
Trin. Col. Camb. Brother to Mr. Oliver Heywood. He 
was born at Little^Leaver in Bolton parish, and baptized ia 
that parish church Sept, 16. 1633. He dated his first fixed /^ 

seriousness of spirit from the ministry of Mr. S. Hammond, 
who was preacher at St. Giles's when he was at the univer<* 
sity. On leaving Cambridge, he was some time with Mn 

' B b s Edward 



^dward Gee of Ecdcstone. Heiirst settled at Ill'mgworHi 
chapel, in the vicaxage of Halifax. From thence he re- 
inoved^ in 16^7, to urmskirk^ where he was ejected in 
1662. [But he continiaed preaching in the church after 
Bartholomew-day, till the place was filled with a new vjcan 
He was much beloved, and his loss lamented by the whole 
parish, both good and bad.] When he was about quitting 
liis living, a poor man came to him and said, " An j Mf. 
Heyweody we would gladly have you preach still in the 
church/' Yes, said he, and I would as gladly preach as you 
can desire it, if I could do it with a safe conscience. — *• Oh 
sir," replied the other, " many a man now-a-days makes a 
great gash in his conscience ; cannot you make a little nick 
m yours ?"— Tho* he could not do this, he staid in the 
parish, and was abundant in his labours among his old hear- 
ers. As his successor, Mr. Ashworth [a school-master, 
lived six or eight miles off, and was absent all the week, Mr. 
Hey wood seemed to have still the charge of the whole parish! 
visiting the ^ick &c. He also preached privately as he had 
opportunity : usually twice on the Lord'sday, and often 
several times on week-days ; ordering his labours in several 
.parts of the parish, both, in the day and night. Nay, \tt 
.times of great danger, he hath preached at one house the be- 
ginning of the night, and then gone two miles on fbot over 
mosses, and preached towards morning at another. Upoll 
the Indulgence in 1672, he licenced two places ; the one at 
Rickersiaffy and the dther at Scaresbrick, both in Ormskirk 
parish, and preached on the Lbrd's-day at each alternately.. 

[After the licences were called in, he met with much 
trouble and frequent interruptions in his work, even at Scares^ 
tricky tho' the chapel belonged to a great person^ lady 
Stanlxf^ who, at the advice of a member of parliament, had 
the Common- Prayer read in it. On the Lord's- day, Dec» 
20, 1674, three nrren came while Mr. HtywoocL was in his 
prayer before sermon, and when he had ended, they went 
up to the pulpit, (tho' lady Stanly interposed) and said, " Sir, 
you are our prisoner ; come down, and go along with us." 
' Mr. Heywood desired he might be suffered to preach, and 
promised then to submit. But the wretch held a pistol to 
his head, and with dreadful curses and threateriings ordered 
him down f. However, persons of character and influence 

. f Conformist's Pica for the Noncon. iv. p. 53, where is a fuller account of 
his troubles. 



espousing his cause, he was kept from prison, and his goods 
from distress, but his spirit was overwhelmed with grief oa 
the account of his people, whom he loved as if they liad beea 
his children. He afterwards wrote to his brother thus : " I 
wish neither you nor any faithful minister that minds and 
loves his work, may ever know what I have felt in the want 
of people and work : other afflictions are light, compared to a 
dunib mouth, and silent Sabbaths, &6\" And not long be;- 
fore his death, he said to a friend, ** I think this turning us 
out of our licensed places will cost Mr. Yates and roe our 
lives. This goes heavily. Our casting out of our great 
places was not so much as casting us out of our littJe places/* 
. However God gave him favour in the sight of those with 
whom he conversed ; and he had no adversaries but {or the 
matiersof his God^ wherein his principles carried him tQ 
practices difiFerent from theirs ; and even they would com- 
mend his preaching, and at their death, some who had 
beeA his bitterest enemies, were reconciled to him. One of 
them was Mr. Brownlow, an old gentleman who lived at 
'Orm8kirk,who conceived a grudge against Mr. Hey wood af- 
ter the Restoration, because he would not read the Common- 
Prayer ; but when he lay upon his death-bed, he sent for him, 
and intreated his prayers.^ And when Mr. Ashworth^ the vicar, 
would have come to read the common- prayer to him, he re- 
fused, and would not part withMr.-Hieya;^o^aslpngashelivei 

Mr. Hey wood died on the Lord s-day morning, Dec, 6, 
iS'jj^ vci the 44th year of his age. He was a man of great 
piety, and an excellent preacher. He was very useful in 
^ving many persons and families in these parts from being 
perverted by the Papists. A few hours before his death, be- 
ing asked by a minister whether his Nonconformity was any^ 
trouble to him, he with great chearfulness answered, -** No^ 
it is a great comfort to me ;'' and signified his full satisfaction 
in what he had done and suffered in opposition to rigorous. 
impositions, and in pursuit of further reformation. He was 
succeeded by his son. His life was published by Sir Henly 
jishurst^ Bart, in 1 695, and dedicated to Lord Willoughby 
of Parham. The following are a few additional anecdotes 
from it:-^ 

§ Mr. Heywood in his infancy was so weakly, that 
his parents several times gave him up for dead, and when a 
youth, was taken from school as incapable of prosecuting a 
course of study for the ministry. But he afterwards recruited 
his strength, and with good natural abilities, and close applica- 
tiob, he made great proficiency in academicallearning. He 

B D 3 ^ spent 


spent two years in the faraiW t)f Mr. Gee, which proved of 

freatUse to prepare him for tninisteiial service. Here he 
ecame acquainted with Mrs. E, Parre^ nearly related to Dn 
Parrey Bp. of the Isle of Man, whoni he in due time mairied, 
—He met with great opposition at Illingworth, where he 
first settle^, on account of which one of his adversaries said 
to him, ** Mr. Heywood, you have raised differences and 
jfsurbances since you came." To whom he answered, " I 
have not sought \h^ peace of the place, but \)^cgood of it;** 
alluding to mat. x. 34. — ^The income at Orpiskirk being but 
30/. per ann. there was an augmentation of ^o/. froni the 
revenue settled by Q, Eliz. on four itinerant preachers. 
This, one Mr. Stanninghaugh, parson of Au^ham^ surreptir 
tjously obtained for himself at the Restoration, the* he had 
no child, and his own living was worth a 40/. a year. Mr. 
Meywood, who wais a gr^at loyalist, preached a thanksgiving 
sermoii for the King's return, on 2 Sanu xix. ^o.-^Yca lei 
him take all,,, as the king is Come again in peace ; by which 
some supposed he intended an allusion to the above circum* 
stance. It was very remarkable that this unjust man's gain^ 
did not prosper, for at his death he left nothing but debt, an4 
a wife in poverty ; whereas Mr. Heywood had the blessing 
cf God which maketh rich and addeth no sorrow, Tho* 
he had some debts to discharge after his ejectment, and ha4 
nine children, two of his sons at school at Holland iLanca^ 
shire} (which cost him 14 pounds a year !) and one at Mr. 
!Frankland's academy; besides much sickness in hjs family^ 
and had to pay, 60/. for the lease of a house, of which he 
built a good part, and some other expences, yet sqch was the 
blessing of God upon him, that be waded through all without 
contracting any Sebt,^ and rather encreased bis subatance, 
which often excited his thankful admiration. 
* When he was first apprehended, being faint on the road, 
he desired to stop at an ale-bouse for a little refrcshra^t, 
when the landlady (tho? he did not kqow her,) w^s very 
kind to him, and said *' tie should have any thing she had in 
the house, but those rogpes that took him $hairnot have a 
morsel.* —Several respectable persons, and ^fpmo intimate 
with the.justices, offered to be bound for his appearance at 
the next quarter sessions at Wiggcm, Accordingly he ap- 
peared, when ^ number of his friends <iame forward on bis 
behalf, among whom were old lady Stanbji and Mr. Hpnry 
Houghton J a justice of peace, and another justice ih<»i on 
the bench said^ If Mr. Heywoad was sent to jailj, he should 



l>e a^ tdmfortably maintained, and as honourably reTeased, as 
ever any prisoner was ; upon which some of his enemies 
slunk away and Fode home. Mr. Hey wood was dien dismissed^ 
to die great joy of his friends, and the amazement of all.*— 
Snares were laid to entrap him upon the Five-mile-act, bu*^ 
nobody would swear that he liyed in the town, tho' he wa* 
often seen in it, and when a warrant was issued to distraiii 
his goods for 20/. the officers said, the doors were shut, and 
they had no orders to break them open. — He was once seized 
^th a malignant feveo wlien Dr. Fife, a boisterous and 
prophane man, on looking into his mouth, pronounced, with 
k horrid oath, that he was a dead man; but he from thac 
time began to mend, and the Dr. himself was taken ill of the 
• fiame fever, of which he died before he eould get home. — ^Mr. 
Hiywood^ by his arduous labours, his frequent and lon^ 
t>feachinig, in which he sometimes stood two, and even threii 
hours, and his neglect to take due care of himself, brought 
on him the most painful disorders, which shortened his days* 
He was often on the rack with the strangury, but manifested 
wonderful patience, and chiefly lamented his inability for 
public usefulness. In his memoirs are contained extracts 
from several of his letters, written in the timfe of his affiic^ 
tion, and an accc^nt of his death-bed conversation, which 
our limits do not allow us to insert, He was frequently re- 
peating those words Come Lord Jestts, come quickly^ 
About four hours before he died, being asked how he did, 
he answered. Very well. The last words he was heard to 
utter were, " Come away^ Lord, come, come,^' His funeral 
sermon was preached by Mr. Starkt/j a Noixconformist mi- 
nister, in the parish church at Ormskirk^ with the consent 
of all concerned. The text was Coh iii. 4. Signal honour 
was paid him on his death : the chief 'magistrate carried the 
staiF before the corps, and the other officers followed in order. 
The body was laid in the cliancel, in the vault belonging to 
the ancient family of Stanly s of Bickerstaff, knights and 
barons, at the desire of that family* At the clo^e of the life, 
is the character of Mr. Hey wood at large, and the copy of a 
letter written by him to a christian friend on the death of his 
godly wife. May 1, 1675. ' 

WORKS. Since bis death have been printed two Discourses : 
the one on John iv. 10, entitled, Christ the bestGifl, and the others 
Christ the best Master, on John xiii. ) 3. Neither of them intends 
ed for thepress, for he would never consent to publish any thing. 



RADCLIFF [R.] Mr. Thomas Pyke. He at first jwicaeb- 
cdat IKalmsly chapd in Bolton parisJi; and after his ejects 
inent, on the Indulgence in 1672, at Blackley near Manches-. 
ter, where he was very usefyl. When his end drew near, he 
said to thos^ about him " that he found the best preparation^ 
of the best me,n were littU enough when they cani^ to die." 
He died in July 1676, about 54 years of age. He left several 
volumes of his own sern^ons, fairly transcribed for the use of 
jiis children* 

RAYNFORD; Mr. Roger Baldwin. Sec Penrtth, 
Cumberland, Being ejected at Raynfori in 1662, the- ac-. 
count pf him would have been mor? properly placed here. 

RIVINGTON. ' Mr. Samuel Newton, Being tufived 
' out in 16623^ he lived at Crompton^ and preached there as the 
times would admit. He afterwards removed back ^gain to 
Rivingion^ and consented to read sohie of the prayers, as ho 
bad libcjrty to preach in the church without disturbance. He 
died in March^ i68ft, not above 40 years of age, when his abi* 
pities and grace$i were in their full maturity. His funeral scr-* 
mon was preached by Mr. Joh} Walk^r^ his neighbour an4 
successor, on 1 Sam.xxv, 1^ > 

ROCHDALE [R.] Mr. Robert Ba?r, He was born 
in Kerify and sent down into Lancashire by Ahp. Laudy 
who was his wife's uncle, and who was mig^htily disappoints 
ed by his proving a Puritan. He heartily fell in with thq 
ministers of the county, and joined with the second classis at 
Bury. He freely left hfs vicarage, tho* considerable, after 
holding it above thirty years, rather than ensnare his con- 
science. The Oxford-act forced liim to leave his family; 
but upon the king*s indulgence he returned home, and 
preached to a numerous assembly, in a place called Under- 
hill. He was a gracious, humble, meek, and peaceable 
man, and a solid divine, tho* he had not a ready utterance. 
He was a feithful friend, and good in all relations. He spent 
much time in visiting the sick, advising his neighbours, and 
writing serious letters to distant friends. He died in i674» 
aged yo., § Whitaker says, «* He complied with all the 
phanges of the times but the last, and retained his benefice 
till 4iig. 24, 1662 ; when he retired to a small house at 
Decpleach hill, in Castleton, where he frequently preached 
to. crowded auditories. He wa,s interred March 1 2, 1674^ " 


Mr. Zachariah Taylor. Tho* he had been a 
chaplain in the king's army in the civil war, he joined with 
the classical Presbytery at Bury. He was Mr. Bath's assist-* 
ant, and was ejected with him in 1662. He afterwards taught 
school, first at Rochdale, and then at Bolton, being the first 
master of the school erected there by Mr. James Leaver of 
London, From tlicnce he removed to a celebrated school at 
Kirkham in the Field. He died in Feb. 1692, aged 74. He 
was a very good scholar, a useful school -master, a solid or- 
thodox preacher, and a pious man. He was father of Mr, 
Zachariah Taylor, who wrote the Lancashire Levite^ 

SALFORD. Richard Holbrook, M. A. Of Trin. Col. 
Camb. He was born in Manchester, [to which this place is 
contiguous.] When he was silenced, he applied himself to 

fhysic. He was a man of good ability, learning and piety* 
le died yuly 1676, aged about 40. 

SEFTON. Mr. Joseph Thompson. 0( Oxford Uni- 
versity. Born in Wigan. He had a pleasant seat and a rich 
parsonage, at Sefton, which he quitted in 1660 ; and it seems 
>vas not in any other living in 1662. He was a good scholar, 
a man of wit, and great ingenuity. He was possessed of a 
considerable estate, with which he did much good. He 
spent the latter part of his life at Ormskirk^ where he died 
about 1669.. 

SINGLETON. Mr. Cuthbert Harrison. Of Camb. 
University. He was born at Newton in the parish of Kirk- 
ham in this county. On iViw. 27, 1651, he was ordained at 
Kirkham, to oiEEciate at the chsi^tXr^ kA Singleton in the said 
parish, by Richard BriggSy and the other ministers of the 
7th classis. From thence he in a few years removed to Lur^ 
gan in the county of Armagh in Ireland, where the Unifor- 
rnity-act found him, and separated him from a loving and be* 
loved people, and a place above 100/. per ann. He then re- 
turned to England, and settled at Bankefield near Singletf^n. 
Haviqg obtjiined a licence from Bp, WilkinSy he preached in 
Jiis own house ; and in 1672 he obtained the king's licence for 
the chapel in £lswicie Lees in the parish of 5/ Michael^ for. 
the use of §uch as did not conform to the church of Eng- 
landy comnK)nly called Congregational. He there in a short 
time met with a storm of persecution, for the great cringes of 
preaching the gospel^ baptizing, and marrying, which pur- 
^tt94 biin to the grav^, He died comfortably, tho' r.epprted 
\ . to 



to be under church censure for the said crimes, in Oct. 1680. 
Such as knew him spoke of him as a man of good sense^ 
whose ministrations discovered both learning and piety. 

STANDISH. Mr. Paul Lathum. He was some time 
chaplam to Col. Ashton of Middleitm* He bad a good estate* 
and lived in a manner suitable to it. He was a man of goo4 
abilities, exemplary piety, and unwearied diligence in the mi- 
Dtstry. He readily forsook this rich parsonage in i66.e» ra* 
<her than hurt his conscience^ and di^d iti the year follow'» 
ing, aged about 54. 

TEATHAM. Mr. Nicholas Swth. • 

TORKSCATH^PARK Chapel near Liverpool. Thomas 
Crompton, M. a. Of Oxford University. Born at Greatr 
Leaver, and brought up in Manchester school. After the Act 
of uniformity took place he continued to enjoy the liberty of 
the public chapel, being some way privileged. He and fClr. 
Briscoe, who lived in the neighbourhood, supplied it alternate- 
ly, Mr. Crompton^ was a man of excelleflt abilities and good 
elocution. After Mr. BaW wm s death he removed to Ecclfs. 
fie died at Manchester, Sept. 2, 1699, aged 64. 

TURTOM". Mr. Taylor. 

ULVERSTON. Mr. Lamvet. A warm and Hvely 
preacher. After his ejecunent lie lived obscurely beyond the 
Sands, and died in 1677. 

WALTON [V.] Mr. Henry Fikch. Born In the parish 
of Standish in Lancashire, and baptized Sept. 8. 1633. He 
was at Wigan and Standish schools, where he acquired a con- 
fiiderable exactness both iii Latin and Greek ; and from thence 
went to the university, where by diligent study he so ;m« 
proved his fine natural abilities, that he returned to his native 
country well furnished with substantial learning for the 
work of the ministi*y. He preached in the field-tountry 
till called to the vicarage of IValton, vacant by the death of 
the former incumbent. On this charge he entered, by the don- 
sent of both patron and people, in the year 1656. In that con- 
siderable station he laboured with great zeal and diligence, 
and with eminent success, till-rfi^. 24, 16&2: He studied the? 
point of conformity with great care, and would gladly have 
continued with his beloved people, if he could have satisfied 
his owiiconscicDce about the terms imposed. Not being Me 

' to 


t^ remove the scruples of bis olind^ he chose to follow ht$ 
jud^nent against his affections, and with a growing fan^ilf 
cast his care upon divine providence. He retired <o fvarring^ 
ion^ where some of his wife's relations dwelt ; and there live! 
in great esteem with them and many others. His catholic and 
healing temper led him to a peaceable attendance on the esta-- 
Wished worship on Lord's-days, improving the evenings, either 
in repeating arul inforcing what had been delivered at church, 
or in preaching to his neiglibours and friemts at home, iie 
kept many private fasts in the nrigbbonrhood, praying and 
waiting for an opportunity to fulfil his ministry i n a more pub- 
lic and extensive way. By the Corporation-act in 1665, he 
was forced to remove again, and a kind providence brought 
him to Manchester ^ tho' he was a stranger to the place and the 
people. That not being a corporation town, several other 
ministers fled thither, who lived in great harmony, and much 
usefulness to the town and adjacent country. Here also he 
ordinarily joined with the established church, till the liberty 
in 1672 ; when he renewed his beloved work of public 
preaching at Birch chapel, with great diligence. His pru- 
dent ipanagement kept him employed, when his brethren were 
silenced by the recalling of their Jicences. Many and signal 
were the providences which concurred to keep him in safety 
in those days of trouble and darkness. Many threatening 
ck)uds were in. a wonderful manner scattered, and he had a 
. numerous auditory for a long time. His opponents once 
thrust a confonnist into his place, but for want of mainte- 
nance, that project dropped, and Mr. Finch continued with his 
^ockin that chapel till the chief proprietor died, whose heir 
took it from him. Under this necessity, he joined with his 
hearers in the expence of building a meeting-house, where 
he continued his labours and charities till the sickness of 
which he died, Nov, 13, 1704, in the72d year of his age. 

He was a great blessing to younger ministers, who loved 
and honoured him as a father; his behaviour to them being 
fall of condescension and tenderness. - He greatly resented 
any thing that either broke in upon order, or tended to the 
reproach of the ministry ; particularly the bold intruding of 
forward young men, without examination and trial : with 
respect to which, he and his brethren made a verv good rule, 
which was observed in that district, and ought to be rn othersp 
fie was a bright ornaoicnt to his profession, as he was not 
niereiy inoffensive an4peaceablei strictly just, ami sincere, 
Without stratageta or aiSectaecioai^ but extensively benevolent^ 



Tho' cautious and prudent, he was free and communicatrver. 
Above ally he lived a life of devotedness to God,. with whonn 
he had closely walked many years. He feared nothing so mach 
as sinning against his maker, whose interests were always 
' dear to him* His preaching Mras clear and methodical ; adapt- 
ed to convince the judgment as well as to nrave the passions. 
He absolutely refused the Engagement, and was desltoos of 
. K. Charles's Restoration. After the defeat of Sir O^orge 
Bifothy the sequestrators seisscd al) his effects that they could 
meet with, which he had certainly lost, for his love to the 
king, if lh€ speedy turn of affairs had not prevented! He re- 
joiced however at the Revolution in 1688, and entirely fell 
in with it ; but h2ul a great tenderness for those who refused 
the oaths and lost their places for conscience-sake, to some 
of whom he was achaiitablc contributor as long as he lived. 

Mr. Robert Eaton. Of Camb. University. He 

was bom in Cheshire, and settled first in Essex ; from whence 
he removed to this place, where he was ejected in 1660. After 
some time, he was chaplain to the Lord JJelamere. When the 
liberty of the Dissenters was established by law, he preached 
to a congregation in the parish of Prestwick^ where they built 
him a handsome chapel. He was a solid divine, a good 
scholar, and a judicious christian ; of great moderation, and 
exemplary in his behaviour. He died at Manchester, in 
August 1701 ; and his funeral sermon was preached by 
Mr. Finch. 

WALMESLY Chapel. Mr. Michael Briscoe. Of 
Trin, Cot Dublin. He was pastor of a congregational 
church in this chapel. He afterwards removed thence to 
ToTtoth'Pariy where he preached in the chapel jointly with 
Mr. Thomas Crompton, and continued there till he died, 
which was in Sept, 1685, aged 96. He was a good scholar, 
and a fine orator. His sermons were judicious, but his voice 
was low, which was more than compensated by his pleasing 

WARRINGTON fR.] Mr. Robert Yates. An able 
orthodox divine. A very useful laborious niiiliister in that 
populous parish. In the time o( the Commonwealth, he 
was tried for his life at Lancaster, for speaking against the 
Engagement, and matters were carried so far against hirn^ 
that he had prepared his last speech ; being fully resolved not 
to retract what he had preached. But by tne unexpected 




cjemency of the judge (supposed to be Twisden) be-was par* 
idoaed^ When he was afterwards ejected for his Noncorw 
formity, he had several potent enemies, who brought him 
into some trouble by the Five-mile-act. In 1672, he took 
the opportunity of preaching in a public meeting-house, but 
ivas violently disturbed. ^ He was not long after seized by a 
palsy, which affected his intellects, aud rendered him incapa- 
ble of his work a year before he died; which was in Novem^ 
ber 1678, aged 66. He was succeeded by his son Mr. Sa-p 
muel Yates. 

§ WHALLEY [V.] Mr. William Moore. Another 
ejected minister who should undoubtedly be added to ourKst, 
as appears from the following note in Wkitaker^s History of 
Whalley, — *• 1656. Williavi Moore, From the parish ac- 
** counts it appears that he resigned his vicarage, and went 
•* out upon the Bartholomew-act, tho'heis not mentioned by 
•* Calamy.** 

WIGAN [R.] Mr. Charles Hotham. Some time Fel- 
low of Ptter-hoiisfi in Cambridge^ and Proctor of the uni- 
versity. He was son to Sir John Hothanu .After his eject- 
ment he went to the fFest-Indies, but returned to England* 
He was an excellent scholar, both in divine and human li- 
terature. A great philosopher who loved to search into the 
secrets of nature, and was very fond of chymistry. la his 
younger years he had studied judicial astrology, but gave ex- 
press orders in his will that all his papers and books relating to 
that art should be burnt. 

THERE were several candidates for the ministry in this 
county, not fixed any where when the Act of uniformity 
took Place, who continued Nonconformists, and therefore 
should be mentioned here; t^.g. Mr. Thomas Wadding* 
TON. — Mr. James Haddock. — Mr. Cuthbert Halsall.-^ 
Mr. John Eddlestone — Mr. Thomas Kay, afterw?irds at 

Mr. John Crompton. He died, in August 1703, 
minister of Cockey chapel. [Mr. Mat* Henry ^ speaks of 
him thus : *' He was a man of great worth and great humility. 
Indeed it were easy to enlarge upon the characters ofMr. i , 
Jollie and Mr. Crompton : men of the first lank both for 
ministerial gifts and gralces ; steadfast to their principles in 
trying times, and ornaments to their holy profession. But I 
4 * forbear; 


ferbear ; their praise is in all the chmdies of thai coimtTy. "] 

Mr. Henry's Life, p. 279- 

Mr. John Parr. He preached somefiaies at Pres^n^ 
and sometimes at Walttm, about a mile off. His conversa- 
tion was strictl J pious *and regalar ; his temper meek and 
peaceable; and his preaching affectionate, searching, and 
vsefiil. He met with many sufferings and hudships. Preach- 
ing once at a chapel not far from PresUm^ before hc^ad 
concluded, there came twonetghbouring justices, «^o took his 
name, and the names of several hearers. Some of thera made 
friends and got off; but he and four more- were bound over 
to the quarter sessions^ and proceeded ag^st as rioters. Tlie 
jury for some time refused to find the bill ; but being threat- 
toed by the justices, it was at last found. The others sub- 
mitted, and were £ned ; two of them in 10/, and two in ^/. 
each. When he was called, and refused to submit, the jus- 
tices roared upon him like lions, threatening that it should 
cost him 200/. He attended the next sessions, and took 
a lawyer with him, who with roucji difficulty obtained a writ 
to remove his farther trial before a judge of assize. He did 
not attend the next assizes, being informed that the writ was 
then only to be filed; but his neighbour and prosecutor was 
there, tho' very lame and gouty. The following assizes he 
attended, and when called, after waiting three or four days, 
there was not a man that opened his mouth against him, and 
so he was acquitted^ At another time, about the end of 
Charles II.'s reign he and his wife being invited by a neigh- 
bour to come and stay a night at his house, a few fnen(k were 
got together in expectation of some religious exercise. But 
before be began, a neighbouring justice, came in andtook his 
aame, and the names of all he couM find, either in or about 
the house. They were proceeded against upon the act to 
suppress convenncles ; and soon after, an officer was sent to 
levy do/, upon him as the minister, and 4/. upon his wife as a 
hearer. Rather than venture to contest the matter in those 
discouraging times, he paid two thirds of the fine, and the 
rest was remitted, by means, of a fnend. Not long after,* 
upon the landing of the Duke oi Monmouth y he was kept 
prisoner, five or six weeks, without kitowing die reason, 
first at Warrington, and afterwards at Chester; where he 
and eight other ministers were thrust Into the common jail, 
the lodgings in the Castle being taken up by prisoneis out oJF 
several counties. 



Dr. Calaniy closes his Account of the ejected ministers in 
this county, with answering the Remarks made upon it by the 
compilers of th^ large work, entitled. Magna Britannia X 
Uibemiay ^ Antiqua Nova. The greater part of what the 
Dr. has advanced, is applicable to t]ie ejected minieters in ge- 
neral, and is therefore here omitted. The following, which 
is the concluding passage, may properly be retained. 

•* As for the ejecting and silencing so many useful Protes- 
tant preachers in this county, where, as these gentlemen ob- 
serve. Papists abound more than in an^ other part of Eng^ 
landj this was most ce#ainly a very impolitic step, in any 
who had the Protestant interest at heart. And after this, to 
complain, that the Prote^kmtf did not get ground in this 
€Ounty so fast as might be wished ^ is just as if, upon a cbun- 
try's being invaded by an enemy, a considerable number of 
the able inhabitants should be disarmed, and they that did h 
should afterwards find fault that the enemy should take ad*^ 
advantages of it.*' 

The following afterwards amf&rmed. 


Beaton. — Mr. Joshua Ambrose, of Derby, — Mr. Wil- 
LiAM Cole, of Preston. — Mr. William Colbetjrn, of 
£tiinbnrgh.--^lAt. Loben, of OfdA^m. — Mr, James Boc- 
KER, of 5/«/ie/y.-— Mr. William A«pinwell, of Forme* 
iy.— Mr. Briars, of Heiapy.— Mr. Fishbk, of JTw^iii^im.-— 
Mr. jASU^Y^of Solton.— Mr. jEssoP^of ^mwVri ; who died 
ixCoggeshal in JEssex. — Mr. Robert Dewhurst, of Whit^ 
mouth chapel.. ^ One of this name (probably the same per- 
son) is mcnrionea by Whitaker as bemg at Newchurch^ 
Rossendalcy 1650: ** An able divine, who received no al- 
lowance but what the inhabitants gave. He seems to have 
gone out upon the Bartholomew-act.'* 

%• The acc6mit of Mr. |aLLiB of AttercliiFe, was received too. late to be 
inserted in its proper place. It will be siven, wkh thf^ AdJotda, at the endt 
^ tb^ToliinQ. 


[ 3*4 ] 




BLABET [R.] Mr. Thomas Bosse. He and Mr. Swayne^ 
' and Mr. Stephens of Feimy-Diaton, were engaged in 2 
Aspote abcvt In^mt-lia^tism, against Mr. Robert hverard 
and odier Baptists, in 1650 ; as appears from Mr. Swayne^z 
answer to Mr. Everard^ at the end of Mr. Stephens^ Precepc 
for Infimt'baptism, p. 64, ' 

BOWDEN Magna. Mr. Thomas Lamgden. J^ la- 
docted 1636. 

COLE^RTON [R.] Mr. Samuel Oldershaw. Dr. 
Walker wj% he got this living in 16.54. After his ejectment, 

he lived as chaplacin in the family of Spademan^ Esq. 

91 Roadnook in Derbyshire. He afterwards commenced phy- 

CONGERSTON [Cor D.] Mr. George Wright. A 
man of great pietv, and an awakening and useful preacher. 
He had an extraordinary gift in prayer, and was favoured with 
some uncommon answers to his prayers. He bad a great fe- 
licity in discoursing warmly on spiritual things, by which 
means God made him instrumental of good to many. After 
his ejectment he took a farm at King*s-Hearh, in the parish 
of King's-Norton; which he managed with great care and 
labour to maintain bis family. 

COTSBATCH [R.] Mr. Joseph Lee. 

♦ S^eral additions in this county are communicated by Mr. Isaac James, 
from NicHoLi't Hiitory of J^icettershire^ in which arc frequent quotatiooa 
fiQin the Monconf. Mem. 

. . . DRAYTON 

DRAYTON (Fenny) [R.J NAtttANitL Stsvems; M. A, 
Of Oxford Univertky, H« fatjier was minidtef of Stiutttoti- 
Bdrnwood in Wilts. This living of Drfli/ion was not, as 
Wood reports, a sequestration ; Mf. Stevens ti^as (My pre- 
sented by the patron, Mr. furefoy of Berkshire. Here hfe 
lived till the tiolence of the cavaliers, who threatened plun- 
der, imprisonment and fire, drove him io seek sanctuary in 
Coventry. There, dtiring the civil war, he preached on 
Lord's-day morning in th« great church. At his rettim to 
Drayton he had trouble from sodje Baptists. The noted 
Quaker, George Fox came out of his little parish. Mr. 
Stephens had much discoifrse with him, but ^;«^ith little etfcct. 
He thought his time better spent in instructing a teachable 
people ; which he did very diligently. He to^k much pains 
in studying the book of the- Revelatien ; and some appre- 
hended that few ever did it to better purpose: Besides what 
he published hiiliself, some few of his thoughts, being com- 
mimicated to Mr. Pooler are to be found in his Sytiopsi^. 
After his ejectment for Nonconformity in 1662, he continned 
in the town for some time, preaching privately, but was>sBf« 
lerwards so molested, that he was forced to remove sevety 
times for peace. Ac last he fixed «f Sioie-^Offlding, trheref 
he exercised his ministry, as he had opportunity, till his death/ 
in Feb. 1678, aged 72. He was a good sch«»t3r, and a useful 
preacher. In his younger days he was a very hard student^ 
often spending sixteen hours a day in his study. His thougbftf 
were sometimes so intent, that he would strangely forget biiib* 
self. In his old age he wa& pleasant and chearful. As aa 
instance of it, one ac^aiintcd with hitu rdates that he wea4 
with a friend to his house, and knocked at the door ; wben^ 
no one being within but himself who was lame, and his wif» 
who was blind, he called to them to come in, and then asked 
them, which of the two they would have had open the door 
for them, the blind or the lame ? He was a man of a gene- 
rous catholic spirit, but had a great aversion' to that ceremo- 
niousness which was carried so high in the reign of Charles I. 
and would often tell a story of what happened in the West, 
when he was young. A clergyman coming into the church, 
went ap to the chancel to bow to the altar. It happened that 
there was no altar there, but the communion'^table stood 
againsft the East-vrall^ and a boy sat trpon it. The boy see- 
ing him coming, slipt down and stood before the table. The 
priest made a low bow, and the poor boy thinking it was to 
liimr bowed as low ; and the bows' were repeated three times 

vDt. IF. — NO.'Xix, cc on 


on each side ; but the boy was surprized at the prieistS won^ 
derful complaisance. ** In this case (said Mr. Stephens) the 
boy^knew well enough who it was he himself bowed co ; but 
whether or not it was so as with the priest is questionable : 
for the God whom Christians worship, is no more in the East 
than in the West ; no more in the chancel than in the church ; 
nor any more there than in the house or field, unless when 
his people are there worshipping him in spirit and truth. Be* 
fore the coming of Christ, the Jews in the Western parts, 
worshipped towards the East, because Jerusalem and the tem- 
ple stood that way (i Kings viii. 48. Dan. vi. 10.) This 
might be the reason why some Christians in the primitive 
times, prayed towards the East. But now Mount Sum is no 
more holy than Mount Geriziniy or the mountains in Wa Us, 
Happy were it fpr the world if John iv. 20 — 24, were gene- 
rally understood/' 

WORKS. A Precept for the Baptism of Infents out of the N. 
Test— A plain and easy Calculation of the Numbier of the Beast; 
Rev xiii. 17, 18. — His [MS.] Treatises on the Revelation werei" 
afler his death, in the hand of Sir Charles Woolsley. Mr. CaUwelJ, 
oi Camhrulgeshire, had his leave to copy one of them, on the Slaugh- 
ter of the Witnesses. Of this some account is given in CW. Cotttin, 
p. 579. 

DUNNINGTON (Castle) [V.] Mr. Thomas Smith. 
. He was born at Kegworth in this county, of good parentage. 
He became the minister of this parish about the year 1657, 
and continued there till the fatal Bartholomew. His preach- 
ing and praying were very affectionate^ and his life was ex-^ 
emplary. He was well beloved by his parish, and much la- 
mented when silenced. His very enemies had nothing to 
say against him. When K. Charles gave a Toleration, he 
preached once a month freely at Dxmnmglon^ but lived not 
long after ; liaving spent himself in his Master's service. 

EDMONTHORPE j;R.] Mr. John Wright, •an- 
ducted 1651." After his ejectment he retired to Lessing^ 
ham near Sleaford in Lincolnshire, where he had a small 
estate. Tlvere he spent the remainder of his days, and was 
beloved and honoured by his neighbours, especially by Sir 
William York and his family, for his prudence, moderation, 
and usefulness, in promoting knowledge and piety amongst 

FOXTON [V.] Mr. John Wilson. 


liJ tEICfiSTEkSHIRfi. 387 

5 GLOOSTON [R.] Mr. Samuel SMijtt. His name 
is not mentioned by Dr. Calamy^ but is undoubtly to be 
udded to the list of ejected ministers, on the authority of 
Nichols^ who in bis History of Leicestershire ^ Vol. II. p. 
586, has the following entry at this plaCe. ** Samuel Smith, 
•• 1657. He was one of the Nonconformist ministers, who 
*• signed the representation to paHiament in 1659, *"*^ ^^ 
••ejected at the restoration." — See the list of all those minis- 
tei's at the end of ^is county. 

GUMLEY [R. 120/.] Nicholas Kestyn, M, A. «• Rec- 
tor in 1644." {Nichols,) He was a man of etninent piety. 
After being silenced he went to Leicester, where he was pas- 
tor 6f a congregation several years. ' He died at about 76 
• years of age. 

HALLATON [R.] Mr.^MAURiTius Bohemus. A na- 
tive of Germany, and nephew to Dr. Burgius^ who was 
chaplain to the elector of Brandenburgh. He had a brother 
in the ministrv, who was ejected from Sleaford^ in Lincoln- 
•shire. After (lis ejectment froni Hallaton, he returned to his 
own country. He was in good esteem for learning and pi- 
ety. I Niqhols mentions him as rector here in 1654. In 
<hc parish registers are the following entries, which give some 
account of his family. " Jane, wife of Mr. Bohemus [J)roba- 
•* bly the father of the minister] buried/)ec. 14,1647. — Anne, 
•* daughter of Mr. Boheme, and Eliz. his wife, baptized 
•• March 12, 1652. — Eliz. wife of Mauritius Bohemus, mi- 
*• nister, buried July 10, 1654. — Mauritius Bohemus, mi- 
*« nister, and Hannah Vowe, published Jan. 13, 20, 27. 
** MaiTied Feb. 27, 1656, 

WORKS. Exercises on several Scriptures, (recommended by 
several learned divines.) — A Christian's Delight: or ScriplureMe- 
diiations, in^ne century : with an Appendix against promiscuous 
admission to the sacrament, and a Latin Dedicat. to Sir Arthur 
Hasierig. — An English Translation of a Work written in High- . 
butch, entitled. The Pearl of peace and concord ; a treatise of 
pacification between the Dissenting churches, by Dr. Burgius* 

HARBOROUGH [C or D.] Mr. Thomas Lowrey. 
He was a native of Scotland, and had a living in Essex be- 
fore he caone hither. § Nichols mentions him as inducted, 
Feb. 24, 1649, and says, *• The moiety of the rectory of 
fFhitnrick was appointed to be given to Mr! Lowrey for an 
augmentation of his salary, the profits^ of Harborough not 

c 9 2 ^ being 


being sufficient. He was appointed lecturer of Maiden tci 
£s$ex» June 12» 1649, but being the settled minister of Har- 
borougn, he did not accept of the 8anie."*-*-A large society 
of dissenters was foiined here, of which Mr. Matthew Clark 
was afterwards pastor, and after hiniy the excellent Mr- 
David Some^ who was succeeded (not immediately) by the 
late Dr. Stephen Addington. See Mr. Some^s funeral ser- 
iponi by Dr. Doddridge. 

HINCKLEY [V.] Mr. Thomas Leadbbater. Of 
Camk university. He was a native of Cb^hire. In fih 
younger days he was chaplain to the pious Lady Wimbledon. 
Hil ministerial labours were very acceptable and useful in this 
Sown. After his ejectment be retired into his own country^ 
viz. to Namptwich^ where he had a very good correspon- 
dence with the public minister, which some others who came 
thither for shelter, were denied. He was a grave, learned^ 
judicious man, and had a good estate. He preached privatelv 
m his own house, and elsewhere as he had of^rtunitv, till 
the Indulgence in 1672, when he took out a licence for hia 
house at Armitage * a large hamlet near Chtirch-holme, in 
Cheshire. But, that he might give the less oflFence, he went 
to church first, and preached at nome afterwards^ At length 
he fixed with a private congregation in Wirral^ and there 
he died suddenly, by vomiting blood, Nov. 4, 1679, &g^dj6k 

HOUGHTON on the Hill [IL] § Sir John Burrow. 
A man of great worth and enunence. Nichols places him 
here in 1651. He was also vicar of Thornton. He was 
the son of Erusmus Burrow^ rector of Burrow^ and his 
pedigree is traced up to Henry de Stockton^ who lived in the 
reign of Henry II. 

' %» HUMBERSTONE § [V.] Mr. Richard Adams; 
After his ejectment in 1663, he married a wife at Mountsor- 
jrel, and there set up a meeting in his own house. At first 
many persons were afraid to appear at it, but afterwards it 

* In my copy of the Index Villaris, against the word Armitage, is put id 
BfS. •*-'^— « ljtaitit4at€r^ fisq. so (hat thU «cesi$ to be. the famiry seat. Ed . 

$ Tlic late Itr. Ryland o£ Northaiopton, in a letter to th.e editor, observes^ 
that Mr. Hansckd Knollys is omitted, io this work., who shouldhave beeQ< 
mentioned at ejected from Htrindjitrstone, But this is evidently a mistake, 2» 
that very respectabfae and worthy man, after he became a Baptist, voluntariljr 
teft the churcfc^ A. D. 1636. See CKo^bys Wst. of Bajit, Vei. L p. 334 — IV 
where there e^ceUent account of him. 




f ready increased, and he contitiued it about fourteen yiiars* 
ustice BabingtOQy who, tho' a sober man, was very zealous 
against the Dissenters, and oppressed them more than all the 
other justices in that county, was vefy severe against hnti. 
He fined him twelve-pence per day, and sent to the officers 
of Che parish to make ^listress for k. The poor men were so 
troubled in consciefice, that they knew not what td do. At 
"length, upon the justices threatening them, they seised hk 
pewter, and sent it to the pewterer's, who refased to boy it. 
After this, the justice sent for Mr. Adorns^ and toM hkn hfe 
was not against his keeping sdiool, but if he woutd not teave 
off his meeting he must expect to be tiN^ubled. Soon after this 
the justice died of excessive bleeding. Mr. Adams went to 
London, and being of the Baptist denomination, succeeded 
•Mr. Daniel Dyke at Devonshire-square. He was a man of 
gretft piefy and integrity. He lived to a great age, and some 
years before his death was disabled from preaching. Mr. 
Mark Kejfy his assistant, sticceeded him. Cr6sh. Hist. 
BapL'VO). iii. p. gy. 

HUNGERTON [V-] Mr- Samuel Muston. 

IBSTOKE TR. S.] William Shepfikld, M. A. of Trin. 
Col. Cdmb. In the time of the civil war, he preached' several • 
years at (rreat-Bowden. The committee of Leicester of* 
fcred him his choice otit of three rich parsonages m the coi^n* 
ty, then vacant, vi2. Lancfon, Kibwortk and Loughborough, 
but he refused them all, and accepted IbstokCy upon the invita* 
tion of the principal inhabitants (after the secjueytration of 
Dr. iMfton) tho' it was near ^l.per ann. worse than any of 
the others. During his ministry there, be was greatly re* 
spected and beloved, not only by his own parishioners, bii( 
by the generality of ministers and retigiops people in the ad-» 
jac^nt parts : of which, among many others, there w^ t^ia 
remarkable proof; that when Dr. Lufton^ the former incnm<^ 
benf, wa« diead, and Mr. Job Gre% brothf^r to the Sari of 
Kent, obtained the presentation of Ibstoke parsonage from 
the lord-keeper, several gentlemen, mintstors, and other 
principal persons in the neighbonrhood, sent a petition W 
cpuit, signed by viX^ovc a thousand hands, begging that Mr. 
Sheffield might be continued ; and accordingly he was con« 
finned in the living, by a broad-seal ; which however $poA 
becanle useless, when the Act of uniformity took place, at 
wbiph time be resigned. 

cc3 He 


He once held a public ^spute with one Samuel OaUr 
(father of Dr. Titus OaUs) a popular Baptist preacher, who 
came into that country^ and disturbed several congregations, 
dispersing challenges, to dispute with any minister upon the 
point of baptism. Several justices of peace desired Mi. 
Sheffield to accept the challenge. He yielded to their request, 
and Sir Tho. Beaumont was moderator. At the entrance of 
the dispute, which was held in Leicester castle, Mr. Sheffield 
protested, that it was truth and not victory he aimed at ; and 
that therefore, if he could not answer the arguments brought 
agahisthim, he would publicly acknowledge it. Mr. Oates 
also agreed to do the same. The dispute continoed three 
hours, and was managed with great fairness and temper. At 
length Mr. Oates being pressed with an argument, was 
loudly called upon, by the people present, either to answer k^ 
or to confess he could not. Upon which he frankly ccMifes- 
^ed that at present he could not answer it. The justices, at 
the breaking up of the meeting, obliged Mr. Oates to promise, 
that he would no more disturb the congregationa in that 
county §. 

Mr. Sheffield^ after being silenced, went to Kihworth^ 
where he had a small estate ; havingalso in view the benefit 
of the free-school there for his children. He there lived 
privately till his death, in 1673. During this time of his re* 
tirement, he constantly went in the mormng, with his family, 
to the parish-church, and preached in his own house in the 
afternoon. His son was pastor of a church, in Southwark^ 

KIBWORTH [R. 300/.] Mr. John Yaxley.* Oi St. 
JohrCs CoL Camb. Dr. Walker says he had this living in 
1654. He was not only turned out of it, soon after the 
restoration, but robbed o^ his goods, and also arraigned for 
his life, for saying in his pulpit, that ** he thought neU was 
brokie loose.'' His enemies would have made those words 
tieason against the king and government ; but God would not 
suffer them to take away his life. His wife was miserably 

$ However iotemperate this Mr. Gates might be, be met with cruel and 
shameful usage in other plaCes : See Croiby*s Hitt. Bafit. vol. i. p. 836^ 
Spch disputes as that related above, and others meniionc^ in this work, arq 
but a sort of spiritual duels, which can no more decide the equity of any 
pause, than an appeal to the sword or.pistol> and ought to be as much dis« 
^untenanced among diristians. 

^ 1^^ a further account of him at thQ f i\d of this count)^. 





altised by the soldiers, who pushed her down stairs headlong, 
turned her out of doors with the servants, and took possession 
of every thing. In her fright she forgot a grand -daughter 
that. lay in a cradle ; upon which she went back, but could 
not get in. Looking thro* the hall-window, she saw the 
child in the cmdle, and the soldiers by it ; when in an agOn^ 
she cried out to them, " You villains, will you kill my 
child ?"^ For which they shot at her thro' the window, and 
so wounded her in .the face, that she lost her sight to the day 
of her death. Mr. Yaxley lived to be between 70 and 80 
years of age, preaching near West-Smithfield in London. 
He was a sincere, plain-hearted, humble, pious man ; a faith- 
ful friend, and very communicative. While he was in the 
church he was vjery zealous in promoting reformation, both 
ki his own parish and in the whole country. 

KINGCOTT [R.] Mr. Benjamin Southwood. Dr, 
Walker says *^ He got himself possessed of this living in 
^^55 ;*' l^"^ for 2iny thing that appears, he got it honourably, 
and might legally nave kept it if he could have satisfied his 
conscience with conformity. 

Church LANGTON [R.] Mr. Obadiah Musson. 
Nichols has it, *« Richard Musion 1659." (See the list at 
the end). He was all his life time a lover of good men, and 
a follower of that which Was good. What he wanted in 
ability, he made up in serious affection. He left his living 
when he was very aged, and unprovided of other supports. 
He retired to Coventry ^ where he found God and good peo- 
ple kind to him, till worn away by age. Dr. Bryan preach- 
ed bis funeral sermon, on Job v. 26. * Thou shalt come to 

* thy grave in full age, like as a shock of corn cometh in 

* his season :' Which heafterward turned into a poem, and 
printed under the name of HarvesUhome; with a further 
account of him. {See the end of this county,) 

LAUGHTON. Walter Hornby, M. A. only an As- 
sistant. \ Nichols mentions no incumbent here from 1562 
till Jan., 10, 1662. It seems doubtful whether R. Muston^ 
or one of the name of Ob. Muston, was not ejected here. 

LEICESTER. Mr; William Simms. 

LEARE [R. 200/.] Mr. James Farmer. A very holy 
spiritual mail, and zealous in his ministry. He preached but 
seldom aft^r his ejectment, and lived but a few years. 

c c 4 LOUGH. 


LOUGHBORpUGH [R. 300/.] Mr. Oliver Brust* 
sKiihf He was a judicious solid divine, an excellent preacher, 
and an holy liver. His deportment wasjraveand serious^ 
his temper mild, humble and peaceable ; in general somewhat 
reserveu. He lived with the eminently pious old lady Brom* 
Icy^ widow to judge Bromley. 

LUBBENHAM [V.] Mr. Weston. ^ Nickols «en. 
tions him as inducted 1659,' and ejected 1662. 

LUTTERWORTH [R.] Mr. John St. Nicolas. He 
was an able scholar^ and had a good estate. He married the 
daughter of (he Earl of Kent^ who was an old Puritan mi- 
nister : and who, when the title came to him as heir of that 
];ioble family* was not to be prevailed upon, tho' pressed bjr 
many, to quit the ministry, but held on officiating as usual^ 
without being molested, as he had often been before^ on ac« 
count of some failures in point of conformity.- In a short ^- 
dress to the governors and ministers of the colonies in New- 
England, prefixed to his History of Baptism, he speaks of 
himself as <* An adventurer in the first planbtion, as well as 
a sympathizer in their joys, fears and sorrows.*' He lived to 
a good old age, and wa3 used to the last to srile himself, A 
Student in St. rauPs Kpistles. He went to the public church 
a>s long as be was able to go abroad, tho' b^ was for many 
yea;-s so deaf that he couWhear nothing. When asked the 
reason, he said, It was to give an example to others, who, 
if be should $tay at home, might be encouraged to do so 
without a like exct^se. He diedat Burbagc in- this county, 
Jl/<?j^ 87» A698, ii^ the 95tb year of his ago. 

WORKS. The History of Baptistn.— The Widows Mite.— A 
Help to Beginners i» the Faith 1 containing explicatory Questions 
upon khe Creed, Lord's Prayer, &C...A11 Enffltsh Traftaktioa of 
J)f. Am^'% Mtitfow of Divinily s printed by order of Parbameat. 

NARBOROUGH [R. 120/.J Matthew Clark, M. A. 
Of TVj'w. Col, Camb, He was a youngei* brother of a gen- 
teel family in Shropshire, where his fetherwas a minister near 
i-udlow. His grandfather also was a minister, and beneficed 
near Ely. He was born about the year 1630, and educated 
first at the Charter-hoiisq, aud afterwards under Pr. Buiby 
at Westminster. When he was in the college (where Dr. 
S^ilt his unfcle was the master, and Dr. Tempter his tutor) 
he Wociated with several students who were remarkable for 
religion, and used to spend much time together in such ex- 


fcrclsed as tended to further their preparation for the work 
which they mainly designed. He was an indefatigable stu- 
dent, and well versed in the classics, and oriental learning ; 
his fondness for which was snch, that he learned the modern 
Persic after he was 66 years of age. He was moderator of 
his year in the sophisters schools, and came off with credit. 
He went into North-Britain, as chaplain to Col. Hacker's 
regiment ; and afterwards waited upon General Monk^ as he 
passed thro' Leicester in his march from the North to Lon- 
don ; but could not ?it all judge of his intentions. — He was 
presented to the living of N(tiborough by Mr. Stratford, the 
patron, in 1657, ^^^ ^^ ejected in 1662 ; when one who 
had been his competitor for this living, and had appeared 
before the triers, became his successor ; having changed with 
the times. Mr. Stratford^ much pressed Mr. Clark to con- 
formity upon the Restoration ; but he could not bring his 
conscience to comply with the terms. He had an estate of 
50/. a year in Shropshire, which he gave to his sister, never 
intending to marry ; tho' he afterwards saw occasion to 
change his mind. He was no sooner married, than he gave 
notice of it to his colIegc> not desiring those profits which 
were uo longer bis due ; and they dealt as honorably by him. 
in voluntarily returning some considerable arrears, which he 
did not know to be due to him. 

After his ejectment he continued preaching in and about 
JjCicestersAire, readily embracing all opportunities of use-* 
fulness. And tho' there were some furious justices about the 
country who watched him harrowly, he had the happiness 
for some time to escape thorn. But at length it came to his 
turn to suffer for Nonconformity, and he was three times im« 
prisoned in Leicester jail for the crime of prea:ching. He 
first lived, after being silenced, in a very lonesocne house in 
^Leicester forest ; but was. driven from thence by the Five- 
i;nile*act»and went to Stoke-Golding^ where he had the agree- 
able company of Mr. Siephens, Mr, ShuUlcmod^ and Mr, 
Southwell^ in his neighbourhood. From thenc6 he was in- 
vited to HarborougK where he settled a meeting about the 
year 1673* ^^^ bad a larse ccMagregation. At the latter end 
of K. Charleses reign, mr. Clirk was excommunicated, and 
prosecuted upon the act for 1^0/. a month, and his good« 
were seized. WhenK. •/awd^ gave liberty to the Dissen- 
ters> be as well as others, was much pressed to sue for a re* 
paration of damages, and had a fair prospect of succeecfing ; 



but he forbore, lest such an attempt, as circumstances tfaeti 
stood, might do more hurt than good. 

His judgment was congregational ; but nothing of party- 
could alienate his affection from true piety, in whomsoever 
he beheld it : nor would he speak evil of any man without a 
notorious cause. He was very remaiJcable for modesty and 
humility. He always discovered very low thoughts of him- 
self and his own performances ; which made him very back- 
ward to censure the weaknesses of others ; and wrhen any 
who did so, asked his opinion of them, he would often say. 
He thought the person censured preached better than himself. 
If at any time he jocosely related the foibles of any, he care- 
fully concealed their names. At the same time, he ^ was 
patient in bearing, and ready in forgiving, censures passed 
upon himself; and such as had shewed a slight of him for 
some time, afterwards valued him the more, when they came 
to be better acquainted. His carriage was so inoffensive, and 
bis charity so large, that he was generally beloved'by those 
who had not an inveterate malice against true goodness ; and 
he had the good word of many whose opinions he could not 
countenance. When Mr. Richard Davis t made such a stir 
in his neighbourhood, and created some disturbance among 
his flock, many of his censorious followers would speak of 
Mr. Clark with respect. He was intimate with Mr. Maid^ 
well and Mr. Brownings two worthy ministers * not far 
from him, and in his mild and peaceable way concurred with 
the former, in opposing the turbulent proceedings of [a strange 
set of people in those parts.] 

His preaching was very plain, and suited to the capacities 
of his people. He was an instrument of good to many souls, 
and th^ country round about had reason to bless God for him, 
as a promoter of true piety. When he settled at HarboroUgk^ 
be used every Lord's-day morning, in all weathers, to ride tp 
Ashly^ four or five«miles off; and having preached ihere„ 
and taken a hasty dinner, to return and preach at Harborough 
in the afternoon. His constitution being strong, he bore 
this fetigue many years. Tho' he had very advantageous 
offers from other places, nothing could draw him from his 
people, as long as he was able to serve them.— He was 
naturally generous, and had been very liberal to strangers wbq 

f Concerning this Mr. Davis, see Desbomw in Norths^mptons^ire^ 
* Mr. Maidwfll was at Ketteripg, and Mr. Browoiflg ^ {IqwcIU 




solicited charity: but finding he had been often imposed 
jupon, he prudently jetrenched those expences. The follow, 
ing instance of his regard to Liberty is worth recording. 
The assessors being put upon rating him to the king's tax for 
his salary from his people, a relation suggested to him, that- 
if the act of parliament had not taxed him, for him to pay to 
his assessment would be betraying the rights of subjects. He 
therefore resolved to stand it out ; for which some angry- 
justices threatened to send him fo Leicester jail in a cart. 
But when they had thought a little on the matter they be- 
came cooler, and "sent to request him to pay the money that 
time, promising it should be repayed him. But he still re* 
fused ; and they who were bent upon giving him trouble, 
thought it the safest to make up the sum among themselves. 
He continued his arduous labours till he was seized 
witli the palsy on one side ; and then, thinking his work 
done, he removed to Norwichy to live w^ith his dauehter, Mrs. 
Allen; where he died about 1708, near 80 years of age. He 
left a son in the ministry, who had a good congregation ia 
Mil€S*S'JLan€y London, who died in 1726. 

PACKINGTON [V.] Mr. William Smith. Born hi 
Worcestershire, and educated in Oxford. His first labours 
were in this county, as assistant to Mr. Blackaby, of Langton. 
From thence he removed to Packingtoriy near Ash by de la 
Zouch. After his ejectment in 1662, he went to Diseworth^ 
Grange^ where he continued many years, teaching school, 
and preaching constantly, either in his own house or in 
places adjacent, as opportunity offered. He was a worthy. 
man, and a plain useful preacher. He enjoyed a greater 
measure of health than most students and laborious preachers 
do^ but in his 63d year, hypochondriacal disorders put a period 
to his valuable life, Oct. 20, 1686. 

%♦ RAUNSTON and HOOSE. John Shuttlewood, 
A. B. 0(- Christ's Col. Cambridge. He was born at 
JVynieswold in this county, Jbn. 3, 1631, of respectabk: 
pai'ents, and had his grammar-leaniing at a school in Leices- 
ter. On Ap. 26, ib^4, he was ordained to the ministry, in 
the congregation pf JRaunstorty with an honourable testimo.^ 
siial from the classical presbytery of Wirksworthy in the pro- 
vince of Derby. With what profound humility, depcindance 
Ijpon divine assistance, and fixed resolution to promote, to 
the utmost of his ability, the everlasting welfare of the souls 
iatrusted to bi^ charge, he entered upon the ministry, will 



appear from his solemn Dedication of himsdf to God^ invm 
up in Latin, of which the following is a translation : — 

*' O my God, on the account of my sins thou, hast af- 
flicted me with thy judgments. Thou art just, O Lord, in 
all thy dispensations towards me, because! have grievously 
offenued against thee. I have followed the world, I have 
loo much indulged the flesh, and I have been very often 
overcome by Satan. To thee I give up myself, to live to^ 
thee. And now before God, the searcher of hearts, I pro- 
mise and engage to leave my worldly concerns to the cotn'^ 
panionof my Hfef , to renounce the flesh with its aflFections, 
and to study the good of the souls which thou art commit-, 
ting to my care. Now, O Lord, do thou so strengthen and 
fortify me, by the spirit of grace, against all these my ene-* 
mies, that I may obtain the victory over them : And that 1 
may seriously perform these my good resolutions, let this 
paper, signed by my name, be a witness against me if I lie 
before thee.'' John Shutiletvood. 

He was a great sufferer for his Nonconformity, not only 
by the loss of a very comfortable subsistence, but by the 
seizure of his goods, and the imprisonment of his person. In 
1668 he w^as taken, with many others, as they were singing a 
psalm, by M, B, and 30 or 40 horsemen with swords drawn 
and pistols cocked. Several of both sexes were beaten and 
driven into the field, and dismissed upon promise of appearing 
the next day before some justice. Mr. ShiiUlewood was ask- 
ed by justice Streeie **When he had been at his parish- 
church to hear divine service ?" Mr. S. answered, ** that he 
did not know any who charged hitn with being absent^" He 
then asked him, " if he would promise to go the next Sun- 
day ?" Mr. S. replied, " that he did not know how divine 
providence might dispose of him before that time.*' Upon 
this the justice made his mtttimics for a breach of the 35th of 
Elizabeth^ and delivered him to the custody of one Charles 
GihbonSi a quarter-master in a troop of the trained bands, to 
convey him to Leicester jail* It being too late that night, 
they rested where they were. ' As Mr. S. was asking a bles. 
9ing upon their food. Gibbons came into the room, swore a 
bloody oathy and said, ^^ What, are youa preaching?*' Soon 

f He married, ^^tl 86, t65^ ElizMictb, duughter of tbe pUm Mr. 
Humphry Carter, of Drcycot in Derbyshire. Ao excellent woman, whoio 
Diary IS still remaining. She survived her husband several ye^s^ apd dio4 
/m^ 3. i705,sqsed near 7it 



after a neighbouring gentleman came and requested that Mr. 
5 . and the rest of the prisoners might go for that night to 
their own houses, and offered a bond of a thousand pounds 
for their appearance. Upon the gentleman's pressing the 
matter hard. Gibbons girtlus s.word about him, and desperate^ 
ly swore, ** That since he loved them so well he should go 
^irh them," and continued swearing all night, that if the 
gentleman stirred he would run him through. The next 
morniiig Gibbons, staying with the gentleman, sent tlic pri- 
soners to the jail ; and glad they were to go; esteeming their 
late situation worse than that of a prison. They continued 
in confinement till Feb^ 24, and were then dismissed. lo 
1670, soon after the Act against conventicles came out, the 
said Gibbons came with armed men, and took Mr. Shuttle^ 
wood^ with six or seven others, at a house in Theddingwortk^ 
and carried them to an alehouse ; but after some time dismis- 
sed them, upon promising to appear the next morning at 4 
o^cIock at the same place. The next day he took them to 
three different places in Leicestershire and Northamptonshire, 
keeping them a considerable time in each place, and at lass 

brought them to C in Leicestershire, where justice C 

would have extorted some confessions from them. Gibbons^ 
commonly a desperate swearer, told the justice, in their pre* 
sence, ^' That he could not swear there was a conventicle, 
** and he would not damn his soul for any of them.*' Uposa, 
which the justice was about to dismiss them ; but a lawyer 
present told him that he might commit them upon notorious, 
evidence: Accordingly he sent warrants to distrain upoa 
Mr. SkuttUwood for 20/. and 20/. on the owner of the 
house, and 5^. a piece on others* Mr. S, conveyed away his^ 
cattle, but the rest paid the money. In 16^2, while he had 
the king's licence. Gibbons came upon him and took hins^ 
and the master of the house, and brought them before captain 
C who then refused to act, but afterwards sent out his war- 
rants to distrain on Mr. S^ and 20/. on the house, Xc, but 
both escaped, tho' not without damages, atid heavy fines 
were laid upon the hearers. In the end of Feb. 1674, Gib^ 
.hons came to Mr. Shuttlezooo^s house at Lubenhamy and 
took his and several other nameSy appointing them to appear 
before Col. F. who was used to furnish him with warrants 
before-hand. They all appeared according to promise, but 
were dismissed upc»i assurance given to appear upOu a lawful 
summons. But instead of such a summons, Gibbons pre- 
cuied 2L warrant of Sir 7. B^ to distrain upon Mr. S. for 4p/. 

4 and 

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and the officers took away seven of his milch cows, dild SoI<^ 
"them without his knowledge. They paid the money to the 
justices, who gave receipts for it* {ConformisVs ^th PUa^ 

p. 79—81.) 

With what exemplary resignation, meekness and faith in 
divine providence, Mr. S, bore these and other trials, the 
foHowmg letter will evince, written to his wife from Leicester 
JailFei. 20, 1669. 

*' My dear Wife ; Myself and fellow prisoners are in good 
health. I bless God I am very well satisfied with his dispen- 
sations towards me, in reference to my landlady's proceedings ; 
so that I am no longer disquieted with them, nor solicitous 
about them, but patiently wait God's gracious disposal of me. 
Pet haps infinite wisdom foresees some i;iconveniency which 
we are not aware of, and therefore is about to remove us. I 
am loth to leave the society of my dear brethren, Mr. Clark 
and Mr. Southali but I hope in the end God will so dispose 
6f us, 'that we shall have cause to say, it is best for us to be 
where God shall carry us. I know not which way to look, 
1)ut our God is a very present help in a time of trouble, and 
will let us see that it is not our forecast but his providence 
which shall provide an habitation for us. Let us rather 
beg an improvement than a removal of his dispensation. 
Semember me to my father, children, JCc. Thus in haste I 
remain, &c.'* 

He was seldom permitted to live long in quiet, and was 
obliged to make frequent removes, being sometimes in Leices* 
ttrsnire and sometimes in Northamptonshire . But not- 
withstanding these troubles, he educated several persons for 
die ministry, and appears sometimes to have had a flourishing 
seminary, from a memorandum of his in a pocket- almanack, 
** that six students were added to his academy in one year." 
The following persons, among others, studied under him, and 
afterwards rose to* eminence in life: Mr. Julius Saunders^ 
Mr. John SheJieldyMw Mattherv Clark, Dr. Joshua Old- 
Jleldj Mr. Wilson, father of the late Mr. Samuel Wilson of 
Jjondon^ and Mr. Thomas Emlyn*^ § He kept his academy 

* In the Memoirs of Mr. Emiyn, it is said, << That his parents chose to 
bring up ibeir son to Uie ministiy among the Nonconformists, and that for 
this purpose in the year 1678 he was sent for academical education to Mr. 
Shuttlewortk, (a mistake in the spelling) at Sulbjf near Wclford in Nor- 
thamptonshire. Here he staid four years. In the year 1669 he took a journey 
to Cambridge, and was admitted into Emanuel dUgt, but returned again to 
Mr. ShttUw>9d.'* 1. D. 



at Sulby, ncsff Welford^ "where he preached. Mr. Ortan 
says, he has heard the old people there, speak highly of hitn 
as the first minister of that place. 

Mr. Shuttltwood^ tho* blest with a robust constitution, 
vras of a very tender spirit ; and the death of one of his diil. 
dren so deeply pierced him as to bring on some complaints, 
which he carried with him to his grave. His health was also 
greatly injured by the sufierings he met with, and the labours 
he went thro' in those rigorous times, preaching often at un« 
seasonable hours and incommodious places ; so that his use* 
ful light was extinguished at an -earlier period than mifht 
otherwise have been expected. He died at Great on in ^r^^ 
thamptonshirc^ March 17, i688,in the 58th year of his age 5 
where a humble stone was erected to his memory in the 
church. yard, with this brief but honourable testimony to his 
character, Multitrn dilectus multumdejlendus : Much be- 
loved, much to be lamented. 

He was a very able and learned man; a very acceptable and 
useful preacher ; much valued not only in the places where 
he statedly resided, but in all the country round about. Beth 
his natural and acquired abilities were consecrated to the 
glory of God and the benefit of the church and woi Id. The 
ihost furious of his persecutors came to a shocking end, which 
had much the appearance of a divine judgment. The above 
Charles Gibbons, that notorious swearer, drunkard and per- 
secutor, being at Lutterworth late at night in the winter sea- 
son, was dissuaded from going home, viz. to Kingcott, two 
miles off; on which he swore " ht would go home in spite 
*^ of all the devils in hell." Accordinglv he went, but was 
found dead the next morning in a shallow stream of water 
not sufficient to cover his body, betwixt Lutterworth and 
Misterton. Dr. Calamy relates this frdm the account of a 
conforming minister in Beards Theatre of Judgments. 
The author of the Conformist's Plea is more particular, and 
says (p. 82,.} Gibbons being at Lutterworth^ in Dec^ ^^75* 
very full of drink, and having given out that day many threaten- 
ing speeches against several Dissenters, would not be peF& 
suaded to stay all night, tho' it was late, about 9 o'clock: 
but when he had gone about half a mile on his way, he fell 
into a ditch thro' which a little water rutis, and falling asleep, 
(as we must suppose) he dammed up that litde running of 
water, by which he was found drowned next morning, by a 
milk-maid, in a very remarkable manner, for all his body was 
above water except his neck and face ; neither was the watcF 



high enoiigh when it wasdainmed up, to cover sll hfs &ce.'' 
How natural in such a case to apply Job xxxtv. 2^ — 28. 

• Therefore God knoweth their works* and he overturjas tl^em 

* in the niffht, so that they are destroyed,' &c. 

Mr. SKuttUtuood educated his only son for thie mi- 
Otstiy. He was a man of considerably abilities and furni-* 
ture, and many years preached among the Dissenters in Loti^ 
dotif where he died in May 17^ 17971 in the 71SC year of his 
age* He left two sons and two daughters, the youngest of 
whom was married in 1744 to the late worthy Dr. Gibbons^ 
pastor of the church at Hstberdashers Hall, and a tutor in the 
academy at Homerton^ to whom the public are obliged for cho 
above account, § 

WORKS. It does not appear that he published any thing, but 
he left several MSS which (with the papers above-mentioned) were 
In Dr. Gi66ofts's hands. Some in Latin, and some in English, on sub« 
jects of learning and divinity ; one of which appears designed for 
the press. Part of it is upon the scriptures> prophecy, sacraments, 
offices in the church, &c« Another is entitled. Certain proposif- 
tions concerning Christ's kingdom, &c. 

REARESBY [R. 140/.] Mr. William Grace, He was a 
serious, humble, grave person ) well esteemed by his parish, 
especially by Major Hubbart and family, for the holiness o£ 
his life and his edifying preaching. He had a great many 
children, who, with their parents, were reduced to great want. 
He was nearly related to Abp. Sheldon^ to whom applications 
were made for his poor distressed family ; but no relief could 
be obtained from him, unless Mr. Gr^acc would conform ; to 
which if he would have yielded, great things were promised : 
but this did not influence him to act against his conscience. 
Some time after, the Bp. recovered so much humanity, as to 
take spme care of two of his children. 

SHANKTON [R.] Mr. Rich akd Drayton. Nickels 
mentions him as inducted 1648 and ejected 1662. Ht was 
bom at Atherston in Warwickshire. In his younger years 
he was under grievous temptations, even to despair : but when 
thro' the grace of God he overcame them, he was the more 
fitted for the msiiistryy and the better aUe to pity and assist 
such as w€r^ lempted. When he quitted his living, he had 

jf The good Pr. used pleaiantiy to remirk it ai'a aikiguiar circumstance/ 
that the graod-daughter of Mr. Shuttlewood should be married to a Gibbons, 
the name of her ancestor^ grand petsecutor. 

/ nothing 


nothing left to live opon but the providence of Goit and the 
charity of good peo^. 

SIBBESTON [R.] Mr. Samuel Doughty. He was 
younger brother to the politeand pditic Mr. Thomas Dowhty,- 
of Medbnm, who conformed. *' Probably the Son ot Mr. 
Samuel Dougkty, rector of Bringkurst. After his eject- 
ment he lived, at Ashb^ de la Zmuhy and had die king's 
licence to preach in his own house there, and yet was con- 
victed by Lord B» and Lord S. 40/. was leviea upon him» 
20/. for. nb house, and ^ol,. for preaching in it. He made his 
appeal to the quarter-sessions, and pleaded that he had li- 
cence from the king, and that there was neither sedition nor 
breach of peace ; but he found no relief. He aftenvards 
complained to the king and council. The lords were sent for 
up to council.' The king was pleased to give up his part of 
the fine, but he could never ^ it. — He was a good preacher ; 
of a meek, humble, modest, and peaceable temper, and of an 
exemplary life. 

SWEPSTON [S. 200/.] Henry Watts, M. A. Of 
Sidney Col. Camb. where he took his degree in 165 1. He 
was ejected in 1662, at which time he had several children. 
Mr. Standish, who was sequestered in the Parliament-times, 
died before the Restoration. Mr. Watts was succeeded by 
Dr. John Gcry^ and maintained a very friendly correspon- 
dence with him to the day of his deatn ; and thp Dr. upon 
all occasions used to express a great esteem and value for him. 
When he left Swepston^ he removed to Weddingtan^ a little 
village in Warwickshire, where he lived above twenty years^ 
upon very friendly terms with Mr. Armstead the public mi- 
nister ; whom he visited every morning about eleven o'clock, 
and who returned the visit in the afternoon about four ; 
spending about an hour together each time. ,Mn fVatts con- 
stfintly went to church on Lord's-day morning, and in th^ 
aftemdon (when Mr. Arnistead preached at another village, 
he preached to his own family, admitting a few neighbours, 
but kept within the number allowed by act of parliament. 
At length he removed to Barwellf in the same county, upon 
which Mr. Armstead used to say, he lost the best friend and 
iieighbour that ever man had. When legal toleration was 
granted to Dissenters, Mr. fVatts, at the request of many in 
the neighbouring towns, preached publicly at Hinckley^ on 
the Lord's-day wemoon, and was glad of such an opportu- 

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tiicy of exerci&ing hit ittinisliy^ Nor was he evtr hindsred 
from eomg by badness of road or weather^ or by the infirtiii« 
ties ofage, or ahy thing but sickness. He had here soroe 
hundreds of hearers, and at length settled a congregatl6n 6f 
sober serious christians ; among if^^hom he bestowed his la^ 
lours without an? acknowledgment from them, except a few 
inconsiderable presents, and he continued with them till he was 
remoTcd by death, on Feb. a, 1690, in the 63d year of his 
age ; when the people chose another pastor. He was buried 
in the church at BarwelU and his funeral sermon was preach'* 
ed by Mr. Pagity the minister of the parish, who gave bikn 
a very handsome character; mentioning ** his obliging tern-* 
, per and gentlemanly behaviour) his great friendliness, and 
usefulness in reconciling differences, to the saving great ex« 
pences in law ; his exemplariness in relative duties, and par* 
tfcularly in the management of his family, which was at* 
tended with a remarkable blessing from heaveiv ; his great 
moderation and charity, which recommended him to all the 
gentlemen in the neighbourhpod, who treated him with great 
respect. He added, *' that he did not know any one who 
had more real friends, and fewer enemies than Mr. Watts ; 
and that he \vas such a religious, conscientious, uSeftil person, 
that the public had a great loss by his deceafie."-^He liad 
good preferment offered him in the church j and flierefore many 
wondered at his Nonconformity, considering his increasing 
family ; but that was not the feast temptation to him to act 
against the sense of his own mind. He trustM providence; 
and God remarkably blessed and prospered him. Ten of his 
thirteen children lived to be men and womeq ; and he edu- 
cated them well, and comfortably provided for them in 
the world, § Mr. Orion says, that he heard much of hiih 
from his grand-father, who was born in this village. 

Mr. Hudson. He was assistant to Mr. Watts* 

THEDINGWORTH [V,].Mr. John Green.. § In 
Nichols's History the entry is^ " George Greeny 1620, died 
1662.'* But in the list of those who signed the Representa- 
tion in 1659, ^^ ^5 •^^^^ Greener. He was a very pious man; 
Who died in the very week in which he was preparing to 
quit his living, upon the Bartholomewract. 

WANUP [Chap.'i Mr. John Smith. 



WETHERLY[R;S.] Mr, JpHK Chester. Thislimg 
had been sequestered some ye^n before he came to it, from a 
non-preachiog parson, whose curare, at the Restoration, pre. 
'" Jinced a dormant title to it. This was reckoned the most 
wicked town in all the county ; so that several ministers said 
they would not have accepted of the 'i^i<^ 1^ ^< 1>^Q offer- 
ed them, upon any terms. But by Mr. Chester's industry ia 
preaching, catechizing, and daily visiting from house to house, 
(things unknown to these people before) several of them 
-were brought to a considerable knowledge, and a lively sense 
of religion, so as to delight in the exercises of it* In conse- 
quence of his great usefulness, be had the general love of 
the people, both in town and neighbourhood. He wasiU>t, 
however, free from opposition and trouble. One person being 
«Ome way disgusted, took up a resolution that he would hear 
him no more^ But coming onl:e u> church, on the report 
jof a stranger's preaching, he was ashamed to go out, when 
Mr. Chester came into the pulpit ; and it pleased God so to 
convince him by that sermon, that he ever after proved as 
irtie a fiiend as any in the parish. There were two other per- 
aoas, the one an ordinary weaver, and the other a mean 
-&nner, who, upon the turn of the times, discovered their 
malice, and took an. bath before a behoh of justices, that h^* 
prayed against the king, about the time of Worcester fight, 
naming a particular Aslj. But it so happened, that Mr. 
- Chester was then at London : aud Mr. Doughty^ who diat 
day supplied his place, made oath that he did so, which all 
the parish confirmed, to the shame of those who had sworn 
ao falsely against him. 

After the Restoration, Mr. Bucknall^ who laid claim to 
Ae living, came to take possession of it with the greatest 
Tlolence and fury imaginable. Mr. Chester being from home, 
he demanded entrance into die parBonage^house, and the ser- 
vants denying it, he fetched a smith's sledge and broke open 
the door, and not only turned them out, but threw out what 
goods he pleased into the street, and kept the rest. On Mr. 
Chester** demanding them, he told him,- that. if he went to 
law for them, he would svrear him out of his life, f Upon 
this Mr. Chester removed to London. The people at Wea* 
iherby were loth to lose so good and useful a man, as well as 

f Dr. CaUmy relates some other Uiingt of thy Bucknail, which shew him 
to have been a very bad a»o, but which aie beuer omitted. 

D d 2 much 


miich troubled at his meeting with such usage, and parteif 
from him with many tears. He preached once every Lord*s- 
day for Mr. Jenkyriy at Christ church, till the Act of imifor* 
miiy took place, and continued in London all the time of the 
plague, when he was instrumental to the good of many souls. 
Mr. Baxter gives him the chs^racter of *' a naan of a very so- 
ber, calm, peaceable spirit ; sound in doctrine and life; and 
a grave and fruitful preacher." He often made excursions 
into several parts of Surrey^ but his settled abode was in 
Southwarkf where, in the latter part of his life, he preached 
statedly at a meeting house in Gravel-lane, near St. George*s 
fields. Under some illness, he retired to his son's, a physic 
.cianat Guildford^ where he died in May ^ 1696. 

WHATTON (Long) [R. 150/.] Samuel Shaw, M. A. 
Of <S^. John's Col, Cainb. He was bom of religious parents 
at RepUm in Derbyshire, in 1635, and educated at the free- 
school there, then the best in that part of England. He went 
to the university at fdurteeri years of age, where he was cbany- 
ber-fellow with Dr. Morton. When he had coinpleated his 
studies, he went to Tamworth in Warwickshire, and was 
usher in the free*schooI in 1656.^ ' When that reverend per- 
son Mr. Blake died, in 1657, Mr. Shaws^okc an eloquent 
oration at his funeral, after Mr. Anthony Burgess haA 
preached a sermon. They were both printed, and such as have 
perused them must think a conjunction of three such men, as 
the deceased and the two speakers, a smgular happiness to 
that neighbourhood. From Tamworth Mr. Shaw removed 
to Moseij/t a small place in the borders of Worcestershire^ 
being^ invited by Col. Greavis^ who shewed him much kind- 
ness. On his coming hither, he was ordained by the classi- 
cal presbytery at Wirksworth ; and by the assistance of Mr. 
Gervas Pigot of Thrumpton, he obtained a presentation from 
the Protector to the rectory of Long-Whatton^ which was 
in the gift of the crown. He had full possession of this place 
in June^ 1658, and continued in -the peaceable enjoyment of 
it, till i66p. Fearing some disturbance, in the month of 
September that year, he got a fresh presentation * under the 
great seal of England, without much difficulty, as the former 
incumbent Mr» Henry Robinson was dead, and two more 
who enjoyed it after him. But tho' his title was thus corro« 

* Copies of both these presentations may 1)0 seen in Calam/t 

5 borated, 


borated, Sir John Preityman^ by making interest with the lord 
chancellor, found means to remove Mr. Shaw^ about a year 
before the Act of uniformity pas$ed; and introduced one Mr« 
Butler^ who had no manner of title to the place. He was 
aman of such mean qualifications, and so little respected ia 
the parish, that some of them told Sir John^ that they heard 
Mr. Butler had given him a pair of coach-mares to get him 
the. living, but they would give him two pair to get hun out^ 
4ind put Mr. Shaw in a^ain. But he nowquitteothe church, 
as hecould not satisfy hmiself to conform to the new terms. 
He was afterwards offered this living without any other con- 
dition than Re-ordination. But he used to say, He would 
not lie to God and man, in declaring his presbyterian ordi- 
sation invalid. 

When he left Whatton he removed to Cotes^ a small vil- 
lage near Loughborough. Here his family caught the plaguo 
of some relations, who came from London to avoid it, about 
harvest-time in i66^^ He then preached in his oWn house, 
and afterwards published that excellent book, called Tlic 
Welcome to the Plague^ grounded on Amos iv. 12, * Pre- 
pare to meet thy G6d, O Israel* He buried two children^ 
two friends, and one servant of that diste^nper ; but he and 
his wife survived it ; and not being ill both at once, thev 
looked after one another and the rest of the family : whicn 
was a great mercy, for none durst come to bis assistance* 
He was in a manner shut up for three months, and was forced 
not only to attend his sick, but to bury his dead himself in 
his own garden. § 

Towards, the latter end of the year 1666, he removed to 
Ashby de la Zouch in the same county; and wa[s chosen to be 
the sole master of the free-school m i668« The revenue 
was then but small, the school-buildings quite out of repair, 
and the number of scholars few. But by his diligence he 
soon got the salary augmented, not only for himself, but his 
successors ; and by his interest with several gentlemen, he 
procured money for the building of a good school-house, and 
a gallery for the scholars* in the church. But then ht had 
another difficulty ; which was, how to get a licence without 
subscription to such things ais his conscience did not allow of. 

§ The excellent temper of miod which he expressed under this neveie dis- 
pensation, is discovered in the work abovp mentiqncd, whieh was reprinted 
in 1767. An extract from it may he seen in his Memoirs, prefixed to a new. 
edition of his Immamttf, 1765. Tiie memoirs are taken from Calamy. 

i> d 3 however. 

46^ MtlMlSttRS EjKe«i» 

Hot^evcr, he jjot over it; for by means of Lord ContBay^ 
he obtained from Abp. Sheldon a licente (which Ca/am^ gi^^s 
at length) to teach school ^ny xifhtrt in his whole ptovihcc; 
artd that without ottce waiting upon th^ Abp. As he needed 
a licence also from the bishop of the diocese, he got a friend 
to make his application to Dr. Fuller ^ then Bp. of Lincoln, 
^o put into his lordship's hands Mr. Skitw^s late book, oc- 
casioiled by the plague. The bishop was so much pleased 
With the piety, pcaceableness, humility, and learning there 
discovered, that ne gave him a licence upon such a subscrip- 
tion as his own good sense dictated, and said, that he was 
glad to have so worthy a man in his diocese upon any terms. 
Fie added, that he understood there was another boot of his 
in print, called Imvianuel^ which he desired to see. , 

Mr. Shawns piety, learning and good tamper so6n raised 
the reputation of his school, and the number of his scholars, 
above any in those parts * having often i6o boys or more under 
his care. His own house and others in the town, were conti* 
liually full bf boarders from London, and other distant part^ 
of the kingdom. Several divines of the church of England^ 
(v. g, Mr. Sturgess of All-Saints in Derby, Mr. Walter 
jlortofi afterwards one of tlie canons of Litehfieldy &c.) and 
xnany gentlemen, ph^icians, lawyers, and others, owed their 
school-learning to his good instructions. He endeavoured to 
piake the youth under his care, in love with piety ; to princi* 
pie th^m m religion by his advice, and allure them to it by 
his good example. His teitiper was aflable, his conversation 
pleasant and facetious, his method of teaching winning and 
easy. He had great skill in finding out, and suiting himself 
{o, the tempers, of boys. He freely taught poor children, 
where he stiw in therti a disposition for learning, and after* 
Wards pfodir6d them assistance to perfect their studies at the 
university. He did indeed excellent service in the work of 
education ; and his school was a great advantage to the trading 
part of the town. 

When the liberty of the Dissenters was settled by act of 
parliament, he licenced his school-room for a place of wor- 
ship. The first time he iised it, he preached from Acts xix. 
g. * Disputing daily in the school of one T} fannus.* He so 
contrived his meetings, as not to interfere with the establish- 
ment, preaching at noon between the services at church, and 
constantly attetKling there both parts of the day, with all his 
scholars, his family, and all his hearers ; so toat ilie putUc 
assembly was hereby considerably augmented; and the weekly 

4 lecture 

IH tei<2BSTElt6RtRfi. 407 

lecture Wa« cKiefly attended by him and his scholars. He 
vpas upon the most friendly terms with the vicar of the place, 
tand corresponded with Dr. Barlow the Bp. of Idncotn,] to 
whom he pr«^ented his book of Meditation^, which has been 
generally esteemed, and read with great profit. iJpon which 
his lordship, who was a great reader, and a good judge of 
books, wrote him the following letter. 

•• My reverend brother, f have received yours, and tbiJ 

comes (with my love and respects) to bring you thanks for the 
rational and pious book you solindly sent me. Tho' my ba* 
«!nesse$ be many> and my ijifirmities more, (being now past 74) 
yet I have read ail your book, (and some parts of it more than 
once,) with great satisfaction and benefit. For in your medi-i 
tations of the love of God and the world, (I am neither afraid 
nor unwilling to confess it, and make you my confessor,) you . 
have instructed me in several things, which 1 knew not before, 
or at least considered not so seriously, and so ofcen as I might 
and ought. One great occasion or cause why we love oui gra- 
cious God less, and the world more than we should, is want of 
knowledge, or consideration. God himself, Isai, i. 2^ 3. com* 
•plains of this, and calls heaven and earth to witness the jus- 
tice of his complaint. * I have nourished and brought up chit- 

• dren, and they have rebelled against me. The ox knoweth 

• his owner, and the ass his master's crib, but Israel doih not 

• know, my people doth not consider." It is strange, and yet ' 
most true, that the o9c and ass, irrational and stupid creatures^ 
should know their masters, who feed and take care of them*, 
And yet men, rational creatures, even Israel^ God's only church 
«md people, whom he had miraculously preserved and nou- 
lished) should neither know nor consider. This consideration 
h our Juty, and the want of it our sin; (a sin of omission) andi 
therefore it is no wonder if it be a moral cause and occasion of 
some consequent sin of commission ; so that the best men (by 
Reason of the old man, and the remains of corruption in them) 
may, and many times do sin, and come short of fulfillingthelaw 
and doing their duty,wbeii they want thi^cbnsideration,.ox sud^ 

a degree and measure of it as is required to the moral goodness 
of an action. Suppose a man tempted to commit adultery> mur« < 
4sr, perjury, or any such sin ; if such a man would seriously 
consider the tiature of the sin he is going to commit, that it in 
a tvansgr^ ssion of the law of his God, to whom he owesall ha 
has, both for lifetmd livelihood, that it pollutes his soul, that 
it dishonours his gracious God and heavenly Father, thati it 
Qiakes bim obnoxious to eternal misery, both of body ahd 

D d ^ . soul : 


soul : I MYf be tirho considen this, as all should,, would cer^ 
tainlj be amid to commit such impieties* Now of such con- 
siderations, you have, eiven us maay in your book, and those 
grounded on the clear light of nature, or on evident reason, 
or revelation ; and it is my prayer and hope that many may 
ready and (to their great benefit) remember, and practise them. 
1 am well pleased with your discourse against usury ; which 
^as is commonly managed) I take to be one of the crying 

sins of our ungrateful nation Give me leave, 

"(faithfillly and as a friend) to add one thing more. In your 
second p^e, there is, I believe, a little mistake. For yoir 
seem to say^ that JameSf who wrote the canonical epistle, 
was brother to John the aposde. Now it is, certain, that 
Sunongst the apostles there were two of that name. i. James 
•the son Zebedee^ and brother of John* 3« James the son of 
Alpheusy Mat. x. a» 3. who was called James the less, Mark 
XV. 40. whose mother was MarVf who vras sister to the vir- 
gin Jiary ; and so our blessed iSaviour and James the son of 
'^Ipheus were sisters childreoi cousin-germans. Now that 
James the don of Zebedee^ and bromer of John^ did not 
write that canonical epistle, will be certain, if we consider, 
i.That James^ brother of /oA», was slain by Herod Agrippa. 
(Jets xxii. a.) which was Anno Christi 44 * or 45. And 
iiidly. If it be considered, that the epistle of James was not 
written till the year of Christ $3 : for so Baronius^ Simpson, 
and the best chronologers assure us. They say, that epistle 
of James was not writ till almost twenty years after James 
ihe brother of John was slain by Heroai and jtherefore it i^ 
^rtain, he neither did nor could write it. I beg your pardon 
for this tedious, and I fear impertinent, scribble. My lov<i 
and due respects remembered. I shall pray for a blessing upon 
vou and your studies : and your prayers are heartily desired 
by ^d for 

Your affectionate friend and brother, 
Buckden^ March 16, 168^1. - Thomas Lincoln^ 

for my reverend friend Mr. Sam. ShaWt 
at his house in Ashby de la Zouch. 

If such' a correspondence as this, between the bishops of 
the church of England and the ministers ampng the Dissen- 
ters, had been generally maintained, it might have produced 

t Jac. UMeilqsi, ApojU. pag. 645. Baroo. Anaal Toqu 1> 




much better effects than the great distance that has been kept 
up on both sides. — Mr. Shaw was a man of a peaceable dis« 
position. He was frequently employed, and very successful 
m his endeavours, to reconcile differences. He had a public 
and generous spirit, and was ever ready to encourage any good 
designs. He was given to hospitality, and was very mode- 
rate in his principles. For the space of almost thirty years 
he spent himself in end^vours to make, the world better, tha' 
Mrith no great gains to himself. It wi^ his chief aim to live 
usefully ; and he thought that a considerable reward to itselL 
He was of a middle stature, and his countenance not very pe« 
netratin? ; like another MelancUm^ that could not fill a chair 
"With a big look and portly presence ; but his eye was spark- 
ling, and his conversation witty, savoury, affable, and pertir 
nent. He was ready at repartees and innocent jests, with a 
mixture of poetry, nistory, and other polite learning. But 
his greatest excellency was in religious discourse, in pray-r 
ing and preaching. One that knew him w^ll, writes as ful? 
lows : 

** I have known him spend part of many days and nights 
too in religious exercises, when the times were so dangerous 
that it would hazard an imprisonment to be worshipping God 
with five or six people like-^minded with himself. I have $ome-« 
times been in his company for a whole night together, wheti 
we have been fain to steal to the place in the dark, to stop 
out the light and stop in the voice, by cloathing and fa^ 
closing the windows, till the first day-break down a chimney 
has given us notice to be gone. I bless God for such sea- 
sons. If some say