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SOME Memoirs of the Life of Dr. Eva


Page ix SERMON I..

P: 1 The Importance of knowing what Spirit we

are of:

LykE ix. 55., But he turned, and rebuked themg.,

and faid, Ye know not what manner of spic

rit ye are of. General Characters of the Chrifa

tian Temper.


A new Spirit. Erh. iv. 23.. And be renewed in the Spirit of

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your mind.


P: 42 A divine Nature.. 2 Pet. 1.4.-That by these ye might be para.. takers of the divine Nature.SERM. IV.

p. 64: The fame Mind which was in Chrift, PHIL. ii. 5. Let this mind be in youg which was also in Chrif Fefus.


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Rejoicing in Christ.
In whom, though now ye fee him not, yet

believing, ye rejoice, &c.
Serm. XIII, XIV, XV, XVI. p. 231

In relation to the Holy Spirit.
Eph. V. 18.----Be filled with the Spirit.

p. 313 "The Spirit of Bondage, and the Spirit of

Adoption Rom. viii. 15. For ye have not received the

Spirit of bondage again to fear, but je have received the spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba,. Father.


Chriftian Fortitude. 2 Pet. i. 5. And besides this, giving all dili

gence, add to your faith, virtue. --

P. 356





LIFE OF DR. EVANS, Who died May 16, 1730, in the 5.1 st year of his age.* HE was born at Wrexham, in Denbighire : His fa

ther was a minister at Olwestry, in Shropshire, and ejected in 1662. He afterwards settled again at Wrexham, and lived in general esteem among the gentlemen of that country:

His mother was the daughter of the eminent Colonel Gerard, who was Governor of Chester castle, a woman of an excellent spirit, and great underftanding.

He had his education firft under Mr. Thomas Row of London; and afterwards under Mr. Richard Frankland, at Rathmill in Yorkshire. He enjoyed fingular advantages under both, and made an uncommon proficiency in all the parts of rational and polite literature, which he cultivated and improved all his life. He enlarged his views of several things beyond those of his education, as sincere and inquisitive minds ever will do.

His first settlement in life was in the family of Mrs. Hunt of Boreatton in Shropshire t. He was treated with the kindness and respect of a fon by that excellent lady, and by all the family; which he always mentioned with a singular pleasure and honour.. Here he enjoyed the great felicity of an agreeable retirement in a religious family, and pleasant country, with all the convenience for study and devotion, and proper diversion when he could be persuaded to take it. Being now in the vigour of life, and having sufficient leisure, he read over entire Mr. Pool's Latin. Synopsis-in five large fólios, which làid the foundation of his great skill in Scripture Criticism, without some knowledge of which, no man can

* Extracted from his Funeral Sermon, preached by Dr. Harris..

+ She was relict of Rowland Hunt, Esq. and sister of Lord Paget;who was arabassador to the Ottoman cgurt.

thoreughly thoroughly understand his Bible, or make the proper use of it. He read over all the Christian writers of the three first centuries, under the direction of a very learned and able friend; making judicious extracts of what related to the doctrine and practice of the primitive church, which were of great use to him ever after.

While he was in this family, he first began to preach, though he was then very young. He spent a whole. week in solemn retirement, and in extraordinary exercises of devotion, when he first took the whole pastoral charge of the congregation in Little Broad-street, Moorfields, London ; where he spent the principal part of his life and labours, in which he always reckoned, with great thankfulness and pleasure, was sober, judicious, and peaceable. And God owned his ministry and endeavours in various ways to the good of many, young and eld, and in some instances very singular and remarkable. He was several years concerned in the Sunday evening le&ture at Salters Hall; and was chosen one of the fix preachers at the Merchants-le&ture in the same place, in the room of Mr. Jeremiah Smith.

He published many sermons upon divers occasions ; and two volumes of very judicious and useful discourses upon the “ Christian Temper"; a noble subject, and of standing use. These discourses met with uncommon* regard in the world. He was once engaged in a controversial writing with a late learned person, concerning the “ Importance of Scripture Consequences,” which was generally allowed to be managed in a masterly manner, with clearness, judgment, fobriety, and decency,

He received the highest marks of respect from two learned bodies, viz. the universities of Edinburg and Aberdeen, who conferred on him the degree of doctor without his knowledge, and in the most honourable

He sometimes presided at public ordinations with great gravity and wisdom.

His character was remarkable for many excellent endowments, which were very evident in him, and fuperior to most others. He had a great folidity of judg.

* Uncommon indeed !--'Tis not very often that sermons now-adays pass a second or third edition ; yet there has been such a demand for these excellent discourses of Dr. Evans's on the Christian Temper, (though in two octave volumes) that fiye large impreffions have bees aiready fold.




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