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nually; whose law he preached, and whose goodness he proclaimed. Such was his habitual sense of the goodness of God, that when he met an acquaintance it was a common thing for him, (after the usual salutations) to say, Verily God is good, blessed be his name: stick to him.” He died Sept. 4, 1663, aged 63, lamented by persons of different persuasions, several thousands of whoin attended his funeral, from Woodmonger's Hall, Duke's-place.
Plurima, devictus hostibus, ille jacet.
Præniia virtutis possidet ille suæ
Thus translated :
T'enjoy his triumph, and to sigh no more. Mr. Obadiah Wills, who wrote with great warmth against his particular opinions, speaks of him in the following terms:
-- That man of God, Mr. Jessey, an anti-pædobaptist of long standing; as holy I conceive as any; of good learning, and a very tender conscience; of a healing and uniting spirit: I wish there were more such anti-pædobaptists as he. -He was so great a scripturist, that if one began to rehearse any passage, he could go on with it, and name the book, chapter, and verse where it might be found. The original languages of the Old and New Testament were as familiar to him as his mother tongue.
WORKS. A Store-house of Provision; in sundry Cases of Conscience.-A Scripture Calendar, from 1645 to 1660, designed to restore the knowledge of the Scripture Hours, Days, &c.—The Glory and Salvation of Judah and Israel, to reconcile Jews and Christians in the faith of the Messiah; and a Description of Jerusalem.- An Easy Catechism for Children; in which the Answers are wholly in the words of Scripture.--The exceeding riches of Grace in Mrs. Sarah Wright. --The Lord's loud Call to England. - Miscellanea Sacra, or divers necessary Truths.-A Looking-Glass for Children,
-He was chiefly concerned in the English-Greek-Lexicon, 1661; containing the derivations and significations of all the words in the N. Test. An epistle of his is prefixed to it.
ST. GEORGE's (or ST. THOMAS's,) Southwark.*
John BiscoE, B. A. Of New Inn Hall, Oxf. born at High Wycomb, Bucks. He was assistant to the Commisșioners of Surrey for ejecting scandalous and insufficient ministers. Mr. Wood says, “those called scandalous;" &c. But it falls out unhappily for him and those of his stamp, that they were not only called but proved such before their ejection. A certain writer of their own, (a mighty royalist too; and a considerable sufferer in that cause) in a book commended by Dr. Hammond, has these remarkable words: “I fear if the martyrology even of these suffering times were scanned, Venus and Bacchus would be found to have many more martyrs than God and loyalty.”—Mr. Biscoe died in 1679, and was buried at his native place June 9.
WORKS. The glorious Mystery of God's Mercy, &c.-Grand Trial of true Conversion; or Grace acting chiefly in the Thoughts; Sermons on 2 Cor. x. 5.—Mystery of free Grace in the Gospel. And some other small tracts,
ST. HELEN's, [V. S. 901.] Mr. ARTHUR BARHAM. Born at Buckstead in Sus sex, Nov. 22, 1618. He was first designed for the law; but upon his father's death, not being satisfied with that profession, he sold his law-books, and went to Cambridge, where he studied divinity with great diligence and delight. When he left the university, he was first chosen lecturer of St. Olave's in Southwark; from whence he removed to this living, to which he was presented by Sir John Langham, who was his relation by marriage. There he continued about ten years, preaching with good success, till his ejectment in 1662. He then removed with his family to Hackney, where he continued till the five-inile-act passed, when he left his family, and retired into Sussex. Upon the Indulgence, in 1672, he took out a licence, and preached in his own house twice every Lord'sday, catechized in the afternoon, and expounded some portion of scripture in the evening. Besides which, he preached a lecture every Friday, catechized two days in a week, and
* Some of his publications mention him as minister of St. Thomas's in 1655. But it is probablc he was ejected from St. George's.
performed family duty every morning and evening in two, and sometimes in threë, families besides his own. Bnt this was not suffered long; for no sooner was the king's Declaration recalled than he was informed against, and his goods were seized till he had paid a considerable fine. About six weeks after, a second warrant was issued out against him, though he had not preached since the first. But being beloved by his neighbours, they apprized him of it, so that he removed his goods to London, and took lodgings. Not long after, he was seized with apoplectic fits, which took away his memory, and quite disabled him for farther service. For the two last years of his life, he lived with his son-inlaw Mr. John Clark, bookseller in the city, and exchanged this life for a better, March 6, 1692, aged 74. He was a sincere, godly, humble man; of a mild and peaceable dis. position, and was generally beloved by those that knew him.
ST. JOHN BAPTIST. [R.) MR. PETER WITHAM.
ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST. [C.*] ROBERT TATNAL, M. A. Of Trin. Col. Camb. of which he became fellow. He had his grammar-learning at Westminster school. He made an excursion out of the college, for a year, to Coventry, where he was employed in expounding the scripture in Dr. Grew's church, and in teaching the free-school under Mr. Frankland; in both which undertakings he acquitted himself admirably well, and would not have removed, had they afforded him suitable encouragement. He was not long after chosen to this parish, as a successor to Mr. Walker. Being ejected thence, he engaged in a school, and took great and successful pains in instructing youth, when he could no longer teach men. For the grace of his profession, his friends obtained for him his majesty's mandate, for the degree of D. D. to the university of Cambridge, hoping that hereby he might be excused from the usual Subscriptions, which his conscience could not admit of. But some litigious people had their eyes upon him; and after the grace was past, called for the book of subscriptions, when not finding his name there, they stopt his admission ; upon which he was forced to return re infecta; not the worse man, but, upon a
* This was only a chapel in 1662, and constituted a Rectory 1694.
new trial, the more firm to his principles. He lived some time after this, though sine titulo aut phaleris, to be useful in his school. He had great skill in vocal and instrumental music, which rendered him acceptable to many of the gentry in and about the city.--He published nothing but a discourse on the fear of death.
ST. JOHN, WAPPING, (R. 1301.] Mr. JOHNSON. An excelleut useful preacher, and a man of good learning.
ST. JOHN ZACHARY, (R. S.) Mr. RALPH STRETHILL.
Mr. Charles Humphreys was ejected from this lectureship, Probably he was the person mentioned as Rector of North Cleobury, Salop. ST. KATHERINE'S, COLEMAN-STREET, [R. S. 1101. 35.7
Mr. JOSEPH CHURCH. A worthy inan, and of good substance till the fire of London consumed it. Afterwards he had but little to subsist upon; and having many children, was in great straits. He had considerable offers if he would have conformed; but he chose to remain a poor Nonconformist, rather than hazard the peace of his conscience. Mr. Papillon and his lady were great friends to him after his ejectment.
WORKS. The Christian's Daily Monitor to personal and relative Duties ; with a resolution of some Cases of Conscience: for the benefit of young
Persons. ST. KATHERINE'S IN THE TOWER. [Collegiate Chapel.]
Mr. SAMUEL SLATER, senior. No other account is procured of him than what may be learned of his disposition and strain of preaching from his farewell sermon, of which the text is 1 John v. 1. and 21. Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and he that loveth him that begat, loveth him also that is begotten of him. Little children keep yourselves from idols. The discourse is plain and practical, addressed to the conscience.
But the most remarkable part of it is the conclusion.--" And now yet one word more. I would not occasion any discomposure of spirit that is not becoming you ; but this I must say-For ought I know you have the words of a dying man; and we use to say, that the words of dying men are apt to make a deep impression. I speak not [of natural death.] If it should
be so, I hope there would be cause of rejoicing on my part: but I speak the words of a dying man in respect of the ministerial office. I suppose you all know, the Act come forth by supreme authority; and it is not for us to quarrel at all with it, but to submit, so far as we can with a good conscience; and there being many injunctions that many besides myself cannot comply with, therefore we are willing to submit to the penalty inflicted.—You have for many years had the benefit of my poor labours. I have fulfilled near forty years (with you) and have performed my service to God, Christ and his people: I bless his name, not without acceptance and success. My work, so far as I know, in this weekly course, is now at an end. My desire is that you whose hearts have been inclined to wait upon God in the way of my ministry, may be kept faithful to God, and that you may have the blessing of the everlasting covenant upon your souls: that you may experience] the power of this doctrine held forth in this sermon, upon your hearts: that as you believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, you may Carry it suitably to your profession: that you may walk in love to God, love to Christ, and love to one another: that you may labour to manifest a noble generous spirit, in overcoming the world, in [regard to] errors, corruptions, false doctrines, and unwarrantable worship: that you may in all things labour to approve yourselves. And little children keep yourselves from idols. Ainen!"
Mr. Hodges was ejected from the saine place. A very grave
and useful man. Mr. Kentish likewise was ejected from hence, of whom no account is to be obtained.
ST. LAWRENCE, POULTNEY, [Perp. C.] THOMAS WADSWORTH, M. A. Fel. of Christ's Col. Camb. Born in St. Saviour's, Southwark. He was so weak in the first month of his life, that he was given over for dead; but by a wonderful providence was on a sudden recovered. At Cambridge he was under the tuition of Dr. Outram, who had a great esteem for him to his dying day. He gained great respect by his collegiate exercises, and made good proficiency in that learning and spiritual knowledge, which tended to promote his future usefulness in the service of God and his church. And he was useful even while at the col-' lege. (He encouraged associations among the students, with a view to promote real godliness. He observed in his col