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“How far that little candle throws his beams!
So shines a good deed in a naughty world."-SHAKESPEARE
“Good deeds immortal arethey cannot die;
HIS EARLY LIFE. “Who is best taught? He who has first learnt of his mother."THE TALMUD.
Philip, the fourth Lord Wharton, was elder son of Sir Thomas Wharton and Lady Philadelphia, daughter of Robert Carey, first Earl of Monmouth. He was born at Aske, near Richmond, Yorkshire, on April 18th, 1613. Of his parents and Puritan training some account has been already given. When only nine years old he lost his devout father. He had, however, the benefit of the example and counsel of an excellent mother, for whom he always cherished a reverent and tender affection. From a child he knew the Scriptures, and the faith of his mother dwelt in him also. He was distinguished, as was said by one of his admiring friends, by “the morning star of early piety."
In 1625 his grandfather, the old Lord Philip, died (March 25th, two days before the commencement of the reign of Charles I., which ended so disastrously), and left him the Wharton title and estates, with an income of over £8,000 a year (equivalent to more than £30,000 at the present time). Soon afterwards he went to the University of Oxford; matriculated as a member of Exeter College, March 3rd, 1625-6, at the age of 13; and it was while he was there that Samuel Wales, the Puritan minister, wrote the dedication of his little book before mentioned, closing with the following counsels :
“Repel with infinite loathing the whispering of those wretches who go about to persuade that (though it is not amiss for nobles to have a form of godliness) forwardness in religion is a stain and blemish to noble blood. Such things are suggested by the father of lies to rob you of true comfort in this life and a crown of glory after death.
“As God hath made you heir of your father's greatness, so labour to show forth an express image of his grace and Godly con. versation, and think often you hear his voice thus sounding in your ears (for by his life, being dead, he yet speaketh) My son, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a perfect heart and willing mind.'