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“ of melancholy; and he rejoiced much in God's deliver“ ance.” After mentioning his final relapse, he judiciously remarks,-“How little judgment is to be made of a man's “ condition, by his melancholy apprehensions, or the sad“ ness of his mind at death ; and in what a different manner
(referring to the joyful death of Mr. Ashe) men of the same eminence in holiness and sincerity may go to God*.” Mr. Nalton had been but a little while recovered, when the Bartholomewe-act passed; and his heart being troubled with the sad estate of the church, the multitude of silenced ministers and his own unserviceableness, [together with the fear lest he and his family should want,] his melancholy returned, and he consume to death, at the end of the year 1662. The above sermon, preached at his funeral, was on Jan. 1, 1063, from 2 Cor. ii. 7.
WORKS. A few occasional Discourses were printed in his life-time, and some practical Sermons of his have been published since his death.
ST. LEONARD's, EASTCHEAP. [R. S.) Mr. Seth Wood. He had been minister of Levington in Lincolnshire; where he was in great esteem for his ministerial abilities, and the holiness of his life. He had been cast out of Westminster-abbey, whither he was called from Christ-church in London, to assist Mr. Rowe. He was an ingenious scholar, and an eloquent, awakening preacher. He printed only a funeral sermon for Sir Wm. Armyne, on the saints entrance into rest by death.
MATTHEW BARKER, M.A. Of Trin. Col. Camb. Was ejected from the saine place. A man of considerable learning, great piety, and universal candour and moderation. No lover of controversies, but an hearty promoter of practical godliness, without laying stress on little things ; in which he was sensible others were as much at liberty to differ from as he was from them. This apprehension evidently governed his practice. He discovered a peculiar pleasure in conversing with young ministers; with whom he used great freedom, without regard to any difference of sentiment in smaller matters; chearfully encouraging them in the work they had undertaken, and rejoicing in the prospect of their serviceableness when, through age, his own abilities visibly declined. When he was upwards of 63 years of age, he drew up an account of himself, and the disposing hand of providence towards him, from whence the following hints are extracted.
In another place Mr. Baxter says, Mr. Nalion had been a chaplain in the army to Col. Grantham's regiment.
He was born at Cransley in Northamptonshire, a small village near Broughton, where the famous Bolton preached. From his youth he was designed for the ministry. When he had taken his degrees, he went to Banbury, in Oxfordshire, where he taught school; but was forced to remove to London, on the breaking out of the civil war in 1641. There he was chosen minister of St. James's, Garlick-hill, where he continued about five years. From thence he removed to be lecturer at Mortlake in Surrey, being invited thither by the citizens who resided there in the summer. On the death of Mr. Robrough, of St. Leonard's, Eastcheap, in 1650, the parish called him to be their minister, which he continued to be till 1662, when he left them, because he was not able to satisfy himself in some things required respecting conformity. However, he continued in the ministry, though with many hazards and difficulties : having been de'voted to it, and not otherwise so well able to serve God and the end of his being, he durst not forsake that employment, There follows in his MS. an account of the dealings of God with his soul, and the inward workings of his heart. Among other evidences there given of great sincerity and remarkable humility, are the following declarations. '“ I have denied myself in my profit, much rather than I would hinder the the success of iny ministry. It is matter of sorrow to my heart, to see the little good I do thereby, and how little many people regard the gospel. I pray continually for the success of my labours in my private retirements. I oftentimes am ready to charge it upon some defect and failing in myself, when I see true godliness thrive no more under my ministry. I am commonly more humbled and troubled in my mind on a Lord's-day than any other day of the week, through the fear of my failings in the work of the ministry, I am concerned to get a frame of heart suitable to my work, more love to Christ, compas sion to souls, and courage against dangers and difficulties which may lie before me in my
work." He died March 25, 1698.
WORKS. Natural Theology.-Disc. on Family Prayer.-Reformed Religion.--Flores Intellectuales, or select notions, &c. out of several authors, for young scholars entering on the ministry.VOL. I. NO. 4:
A few Sermons on public occasions.-Three in Morn. Ex.-Anpot. on both the Ep. to Thess. in Pool's Contin.
ST. MAGNUS. [R. 170l.] JOSEPH CARYL, A. M. of Exeter Col. Oxf. Where Wood speaks of him as a noted disputant. [He was born of genteel parents in London, 1602.] He was preacher to the honourable society of Lincoln's-Inn, where he continued several years with applause, and a member of the Westininster assembly. In 1653, he was appointed one of the Triers. for the approbation of ministers. (He was sent by the parliament to attend the king at Holmby-house, and was one of the commissioners in the treaty of the Isle of Wight. Soon after his ejectment in 1662, he gathered a congregation in the neighbourhood of St. Magnus, near London-bridge, to which he preached as the times would permit. His church so much increased, that at his death he left 136 communicants. He was a moderate Independent, a man of great piety, learning, and modesty. He died, at his house in Bury-street, Feb. 7, 1673, aged 71. In the summer of that year, his church chose Dr. John Owen for their pastor, and all united with that which was before under his care, which consisted of several persons of rank in the army. This respectable society had afterwards the learned Mr. Da. vid Clarkson for their pastor, who was succeeded by Dr. Chauncey, as he was by the late eminent Dr. Isaac Watts, for whom, in 1708, they built a new meeting-house in Berry-street, near St. Mary-A.xe; where the Rev. Samuel Morton Savage, D. D. was afterwards pastor, and likewise divinity tutor of the academy at Hoxton * ; in which office he succeeded the late learned and worthy Dr. David Jennings.]
Mr. Caryl's farewell sermon is founded upon Rev. iii. 4. And they shall walk with me in white, for they are worthy. The drift of this discourse, badly taken, is, to represent the honour and happiness of those, whom he had described in a former one, who like those few names in Sardis, have not defiled their garments, by a sinful conformity to a degenerate world. They shall walk with Christ. They shall enjoy peace, and intimacy with him, as his friends, and be indulged with peculiar favour from him.—They shall walk in white garments : which is expressive of their state
* This academy was afterwards united to that'at Daventry, and has since been removed to Wymondly, ncar Stevenage in Hertfordshire,
of justification ; but particularly of their character, which is truly honourable in the sight both of God and of men: and likewise of their inward peace and joy: arising from the testimony of their own consciences--the witness of the Spirit--and a well grounded hope of future glory; in consequence of which they may now glory in tribulation. Thus it was with fob, ch. xvi. 19. and with Paul, 2 Cor. i. 12. -" What Christ
says of the lily, may be said of those who keep themselves pure, in matters of faith, practice and worship; Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
To such persons may the words of the preacher be addressed, Eccl. ix. 7. Go thy way, eat thy bread with joy-for God now accepteth thy works: let thy garments always be white. Though the world gives thee nothing but the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction; and clothes thee in mourning, and causes thee to prophecy in sackcloth, yet be of good comfort ; thou hast the fruit of thy labour: whether present or absent thou art accepted of God, therefore rejoice in it. Here is the happiness of those who keep themselves from a de. filed and a defiling world.”—Hence he takes occasion to caution christians against every thing that would wound their consciences and defile their garments. They that neglect this shall walk in black, in garments of mourning. He exhorts them to adopt the resolution of Job, xxvii. 6. “ To maintain purity of heart and life, that angelic robe which the world can neither strip off, nor sully with its reproaches. The blessed martyrs, though cast into black dungeons, have preserved their white garments, and though dressed so as to make them look like devils, have been filled with peace and joy.--Finally, this walking with Christ in white has respect to the heavenly glory, of which his transfiguration was a type, when it is said, his raiment was white, so as no fuller on earth could whiten it.”—Having told his hearers that it had been the great object of his labours among them to bring them into this holy and happy state, he concludes thus : “ It shall be the desire and prayer of my heart that, if I should have no more opportunities among you, as you have been stirred up to get this [white robe] of grace, you and I may meet in glory, where we shall never part: 'that is the best of all. That is the answer of all our prayers, and that is the issue of all our working. Then shall we have as much Ljoy) as we can hold for ever.". L 2
The following account of Mr. Caryl's death, given in a letter of Mr. Henry Dorney to his brother, is worthy of being here inserted. “ That famous and laborious minister Mr. Joseph Caryl, your ancient friend and companion, is departed this life, aged 71 years. His death is greatly lamented by the people of God throughout this city. About the be. ginning of his sickness I was with him, and he inquired concerning you, as he was wont to do ; and perceiving him to be somewhat weak, though he did not then keep his chamber, I desired him, while he was yet alive, to pray for you, which motion he chearfully and readily embraced. And coining to him again, about three days before his death, found him very weak and past hope of life. He told me, as well as I could understand him (for his speech was low) that he remembered his promise to me concerning you. I think good to mention this particular (circumstance] to provoke you to all seriousness in regard to your own soul, whose eternal welfare lay so much upon the heart of this servant of Christ.-His labours were great ; his studies incessant; his conversation unspotted; his charity, faith, zeal and wisdom gave a fragrant smell among the churches and servants of Christ. His sickness, though painful (was] borne with patience and joy in believing; and so he parted from time to eternity under the full sail of desire and joy in the Holy Spirit. He lived his sermons. He did at last desire his friends to forbear speaking to him, that so he might retire in himself; which time they perceived he spent in prayer; oftentiines lifting up his hands a little; and at last, his friends finding his hands not to move, drew near and perceived he was silently departed from them, leaving many mourning hearts behind."--Dorney's Divine Contemplations, Letter 113, p. 343.
WORKS. An Exposition on the Book of Job in twelve vols. 4to. (since printed in 2 vols. fol.)—Several Fast and Thanksgiving Sermons before the Parliament.--He was concerned in an English Greek-Lexicon.--After his death were published some of his last Sermons on the Love of God as the End of the Commandment.
ST. MARGARET MOSES, FRIDAY-STREET. [R.] Mr. BENJAMIN NEEDLER. Of St. John's Col. Oxf. A worthy man. [Mr. Baxter pronounces him, A very humble, grave and peaceable divine.] After he was ejected, he lived and preached privately at North-Warnborough in Hampshire, where he died in 1682. WORKS. Expository Notes, with practical Observations on