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he was for several years domestic chaplain to the earl of Anglesea. Even Wood gives him the character of “ a learned and religious Nonconformist.” He was diligent and unwearied in his ministerial labours to the last. He died of an apoplexy on Monday morning (Apr. 14, 1690,) having gone through his work the Lord's day preceding as usual. He had a son among the Dissenters at Nayland in Suffolk. His funeral sermon was preached by Mr. R. Adams.
$ The following is an extract from it. He was the son of the Rev. and learned Mr, Henry Hurst, minister of the gospel at Mickleton in Gloucestershire, where he lived to a good old age, labouring with great success. This hopeful and obedient son, when ripened for the university in school-learning, wherein he excelled the generality, was placed under Dr. H. Vilkinson at Oxford, who finding him to make a rapid progress in Philogical and Philosophical studies, as well as in the practice of real piety, was ready to assist in procuring him a Fellowship in Merton College, where being elected he was soon distinguished by his public exercises, and particularly by some sermons before the university, against the Pelagian doctrine, which he was prevailed upon, though with great diffidence, to publish. His learned tutor prefixed to them an epistle greatly to the credit of the author. His character as a scholar, a preacher, and an exemplary christian, occasioned him to be chosen by a majority of the pa-. rishioners at St. Matthews, in preference to another candi. date, who was afterwards bishop of London-Derry. Here Mr. Adams renewed his acquaintance with him, and ever found him to be a person of great humility, good temper and mo. deration : very ingenious and judicious; ready to communicate his thoughts, on due deliberation, when desired, upon difficult cases, in regard to which he often afforded satisfaction to his brethren in the ministry, as well as to private christians.' The soundness of his judgment was discovered in his manner of handling several cases in the Morning Exercises,
He was obliged to give up the exercise of his public ministry, because, notwithstanding his moderation, he could not comply with the terms of the Uniformity act, after much prayer and fasting, But he expressed his hopes of being restored; and in the mean time he took all opportunities, because necessity was laid upon him to preach the gospel, to do what he could for the good of souls, both privately, and publicly in preaching and from the press. One of his publica
tions he dedicated to the learned Earl of Anglesea, in whose family he exercised his ministry. He had several invitations from those that knew his worth, to preach publicly in his native county, as well as at Ashford in Kent, when he visited his first 'wife's relations. He ventured to comply, and none informed against him. While he enjoyed liberty, he was in labours inore abundant. Besides his constant preaching in his own parish, he had a weekly lecture at Highgate, and he took great pains in instructing the rising generation, which he did in a most clear and profitable method. Several who were acquainted with his writings on some parts of scrip ure, urged him to publish similar annotations on others of the sacred books. But his sudden death gave him, rest from all his labours, and his works follow him. His age is not inentioned.
WORKS. Sermons on the Inability of the Natural Man, &c.' Revival of Grace in its Vigour and Fragrancy.-Funeral Sermon for Mr. Cawton.—A veu inois Evyapısıxm, or Sacred Meditations on the Death of Christ---Annot. on Ezek. and the Minor Proph. in Pool's Contin.-Four Sermons in Morn. Ex.
ST. MICHAEL'S, Cornhill, [R. S. 1511. 16s. 8d.]
PETER Vinke, B. D. Fellow of Pemb. Hall, Cumb.. Mr. Howe preached his funeral sermon, from whence the following account of him is extracted. He was the son of a noted citizen of Norwich; whither his ancestors (who were early Protestants in Flanders) were seasonably transported by providence, when the Reformation was there struggling for birth amidst the rage of persecution. He has often been heard to say, “ He reckoned it a greater honour to have descended from so pious ancestors, than if he could have derived his pedigree from the greatest princes.” From his youngest years he appeared to be formed and designed for multiplying the offspring of the everlasting Father, from his remarkable seriousness and habitual reverence of the Divine .. Majesty, together with an uncommon fondness for books, and desire of learning. He very early began his preparation , for that sacred employment to which he afterwards betook himself. In a little time he made great improvement, and discovered such quickness of apprehension, solidity of judga ment, strength of memory, and liveliness of imagination, without exorbitance, as seldom meet together. And he was so much more diligent than the usual method of education bli him to be, that his parents, while he was under their
eye, have thought it requisite to hide his books, lest he should injure his health. He went to the university in his 14th year, and remained many years a Fellow of his college, and an ornament to it. He might be fitly stiled a universal scholar, His accurate skill in the Latin tongue was inuch remarked in the university. When he took his degree, the professor, having held his dispute with him longer than ordinary, (he continuing to answer in neat and elegant Latin) acknowledged that it was designed to give him an opportunity to entertain the auditory with the judgment and eloquence which appeared in his answers. He wrote a weekly account of the more remarkable things which occurred to him, in Latin, (which he continued till his growing infirmities put a stop to it) from whence it appeared, that to express himself with elegance in that language was become familiar to him.
When he had passed through his long course of academical studies, he was called to London, where he shone as a bright light in two churches successively: viz. at St. Michael's, Cornhill, which he quitted upon another person's claim, more from an indisposition to contend, than from a defect, of title ; when he was immediately chosen to a neighbouring church, (probably St. Katherine Creed-church, where Newcourt mentions him as curate,) and where he continued till Aug. 24, 1662 ; when, not satisfied with some things in the Act of uniformity, he calmly quitted his station, but not his ministry; which he exercised, when desired, in separate assemblies, with only the favour of connivance, and ordinarily, for many years, in his own house ; whither he drew a con siderable audience, and where he sometimes administered the Lord's-supper, though he did not decline all communion with the established church; whereupon, as he sometimes observed with regret, he incurred the anger of some, that he went so far, and of others, that he went no fạrther.--His memoirs of himself discover such a rich vein of piety through the whole, that no serious man could read them without being deeply affected. Whatsoever was remarkable relating to himself, his family, or the church of God, is punctually set down, and intermixed with the pious breathings of an holy devout soul, and ejaculatory supplications for others are very frequent. If any one, even a servant in his family were sick, it is noted down with the greatest tenderness and compassion, There are expressions of a steady trust in God in reference to all his concerns, both of this world and that which is to comę.--His charity to the distressed was very exemplary,
and much more the pity which wrought in his heart towards those whom he could not relieve. His humility shone through all his excellencies: he was great in every one's eyes but his own. He was remarkably fond of retirement, though no inan had more opportunity to multiply acquaintance; yet where he was acquainted, he was a most pleasant and delec. table friend.-His special gratitude for divine mercies was very observable.-From his menorials it appears, that he was much in admiring God for what he had done for him and his, especially for assisting him in his ministerial work, and particularly at the Lord's supper. He continued preaching to the last, and died at Darlston in Hackney parish, where he spent the latter part of his time, Sept. 6, 1702.
WORKS. Four Sermons in Morn. Ex.-A Serm. before the Lord-Mayor at St. Pauls, on Heb. xi. 1.--Annot. on Acts in Pool's Contin.-—-Latin Poem, Ad tumulum viri quam clarissimi, R, Vines; at the end of Jacomb's fun, serm. for him.
ST. MICHAEL'S, CROOKED-LANE, [R. 100l.] Mr. CARTER.
Mr. THOMAS MALLERY was ejected from this lectureship. He was very exemplary in his conversation, and
faith ful in his ministry.
WORKS. Sermons on Rom. viii. 38, 39.-A Sermon in the Morn. Ex. on suitable conceptions of God in duty, He, with Mr. Greenhill and Mr. Caryl, prefaced a Discourse of Mr. Malbon's,
ST. MICHAEL'S, WOOD-STREET, [R.] Mr. THOMAS PARSON, Fellow of Pemb. Hall, Camb. He was much respected among the city ministers. After being silenced, he took a great deal of pains in fitting Gouldinan's Dictionary for the press. The excellent epistle prefixed to it is his, as also is the Index of authors, which he consulted and carefully searched, though his name is not mentioned. He hath a sermon in the Morn. Ex. at St. Giles's, upon Saving faith.
ST. MICHAEL'S, QUEENHITHE, [R. S.] Mr. THOMAS DAWKES. A very melancholy divine,
ST. MICHAEL'S, QUERN, (R. S.] MATTHEW Pool. M. A. Of Eman. Col. Cumb. Son of Francis Pool, Esq. born in the city of York. · Richard, the grandfather, was descended of the ancient family of the
Poles* of Spinkhill in Derbyshire. Being driven thence upon occasion of his inclination to the Reformation, he lived at Sike-house, and afterwards at Drax Abbey in Yorkshire, near which place Mr. Matthew Pool had 100l. per ann. left hiin by his father, who married alderinan Toppin's daughter of York. He was very facetious in his conversation, very true to his friend, very strict in his piety, and universal in his charity. He set on foot a good and great project for maintaining young men of ability, studiousness and piety, at the universities, in the study of divinity. He had the approbation of the heads of houses in both of them, and nominated such excellent persons for trustees, and solicited so earnestly, that in a little time, about 9001. per ann. was procured for that purpose. Dr. Sherlock, dean of St. Paul's, was one of those that were educated on this foundation. But this de. sign was quashed by the Restoration.
Mr. Pool succeeded Dr. Tuckney at St. Michael's, where he continued about fourteen years, till the Bartholomew-act passed, and was a very diligent preacher and a hard student. With ten years indefatigable study he finished his Synopsis Criticorum, in 5 large volumes fólio, which Mr. Wood owns to be an admirable and useful work; adding, that “ The author left behind him the character of a celebrated critic and casuist.” While he was drawing up this work, and his EngJish Annotations, it was his usual custom to rise at three or four o'clock, and take a raw egg about eight or nine, and another about twelve; then to continue his studies till the afternoon was pretty far advanced; when he went abroad, and spent the evening at the house of some friend; at none more frequently than Alderman Ashhurst's. At such times he would be exceedingly but innocently merry, very much diverting both himself
and his company. After supper, when it was near time to go home, he would say, “Now let us call for a reckoning;” and then would begin some very serious discourse;. and when he found the company was composed and serious, he would take his leave of them. This course was very serviceable to his health, and enabled him to go through the great fatigue of his studies, and it seems a noble example of the utile dulci. Were the mirth of our conversation always so closed, it would leave no uneasy reflections behind. .. When Dr. Oates's Depositions, &c. were printed, Mr.
* So, it seems, the family name was originally spelt, as a correspondent informs the editor.