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constant intercourse which by prayer he maintained wit heaven, joined to a large experience of human life, gave him an uncommon ability of offering up to God suitable addresses for others, on particular and special occasions.

But let us leave the preacher, and trace the Christian : Ho knew the justest sentiments of revealed religion, and the highest flights of devotion, would not entitle him to the character of a righteous man, and give him hope in his dying minutes, if he did not add to them all the virtues of the Christian life, He therefore, by the aids of the Divine Spirit, carefully improved them to the height that may render him a fit example for others. He was mild and gentle, humble and modest, temperate and sober, to a degree not commonly attained. His love extended to such as did bear the image of God, though they thought in a way different from him. All relative duties were so well performed by him, that it is with difficulty I mention the father, the pastor, and the friend; because they must excite grief in the breasts of many. In his deportmient he was modest and grave, yet pleasant and courteous, virtues hardly practised by persons of his advanced years. His candour was remarkable; when the miscarriages of any who ought to have been shining lights to others, reached his ear, he took occasion from thence to praise the Divine good. ness to him, and though his concern for the honour of religion, and the recovery

of the person was conspicuous, yet he was far from expressing a delight to insult and aggravate beyond ineasure. He had no such stains of his own to colour over, as might induce him to make use of so' artful a conduct, In a word, he was so happy as to pass a life of almost seventyseven years

without a blemish. Blessed saint ! Uncommon instance! Worthy our imitation! So beautiful even is this imperfect sketch of so amiable a life!

His death was equally reinarkable: When he had faithfully seryed his Lord above fifty years, a few months before his death he fell under a decay of nature, without any considerable sense of pain, or uneasiness of sickness. When I paid him a visit, three days before his decease, ke appeared perfectly serene and calm : The hope he expressed of future happiness, was not the rapturous assurance of some Christians, of less extent of thought; the humble and knowing saint owning his many imperfections, had recourse to the merits and intercession of his Lord. When I was going to take my leave of him, he took me by the hand, and gave me a steady and a piercing look, which had in it a mixture of concern; I am so weak,

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{says he) that I cannot now so well pray in my family: The good man thought it strange that the intercourse he had maintained with God in his family so many years, should be interrupted, little thinking his kind Father would so soon turn

into praise. The manner of his dying was such as literally

agreed to the account scripture gives of the departure" of true Christians, viz. falling asleep in Jesus.

Mr. SPRINT. $ There were several of this name. Samuel and two of the name of John. See the Index. Whether this Mr. Sprint was a different person from all these, seems to be doubtful,

ST. MARY'S HALL. THOMAS COLE, M. A. He was brought up at Westmin, ster-school, and thence elected student of Christ Church, Oxford. In 1656 he became Principal of St. Mary's Hall, where he was tutor to Mr. West, and many more divines of the Church of England, as well as other eminent scholars, particularly the great Mr. Locke, who being a layman, continued in communion with the established church, but discovered a high regard for those conscientious men who left it because they could not comply with the Act of Uniformity; and shewed an abhorrence of that act itself, and a contempt of those in general who so readily fell in with it; as sufficiently appears from the passage quoted at length in the Preface to this work..

Mr. Cole, after his ejectinent from Oxford by the king's cominissioners in 1660, kept an acadeiny near Nettlebed in Oxfordshire. He was a man of good learning, much of the gentleman, and eminent for virtue and piety. [His character had been shamefully traduced as an encourager of immorality in his family, by Mr. Wesleyt, who had been one of his pupils, but who afterwards conformed, and wrote vehemently against his former friends, (a method not uncommon) to evince the truth of his conversion. Mr. Samuel Palmer, in an excellent Defence of Dissenting Academies, s (p. 97)

+ He was the father of the late celebrated Mr. John Wesley. He married Dr. Annesley's daughter, and was himself the son of an ejected minister. Sce WHITCHURCH.

s. The editor of the present work doth not claim the most distant relationship to the author of the above tract, but is of High-church extraction. This scarce and curious piece, bound up with some others in a 4to vol. was put into his hands, many years ago, by his excellent friend Mr. Job ORTON, with a view to its being deposited in some public library, where it might be of use. Accordingly it is now lodged in Dr, WILLIAM'S LIBRARY, Redcross-street.

vindicates the character of Mr. Cole in particular, in these words : “ He was a man of a most innocent and spotless life. “ And though the judgment of that excellent person was · somewhat differing from my own in his polemic writings,

yet we are all witnesses, and so is every man with whom “ he conversed, of the value he had for moral virtue, by his “ constant, sober, virtuous, and pious life.”]

From Nettlebed Mr. Cole removed to London, where he took the charge of a large congregation, and where he became one of the lecturers at Pinners Hall. [At the time that the controversy was so warmly agitated respecting what is called the Neonomian doctrine, he was one of those who vigorously opposed it; and his opposition seems to have been made in the integrity of his heart

, and from a firin persuasion of the truth and importance of the doctrine he espoused. Mr. Truil, who visited him upon his death-bed, desired him then to deliver his thoughts upon that subject. He answered, * With all my heart; I have enough to say of that. One thing I am convinced of, That it is a foolish thing to seek for the justification of a sinner without satisfaction to the justice of God, which nothing can make, but the righteousness of Christ imputed to him," &c. Mr. Trail then asked him, if he had no kind of repenting that he had given occasion for the contention there had been about this doctrine? He replied, “ Repenting! No; I repent I have been no more vigorous in defending those truths, in the confidence whereof I die. If I desire to live, it is that I may be more serviceable to Christ in defending his name in the pulpit. But he can defend his truths when his poor creatures are laid in the dust." Mr. Trail further asked, “ We desire, Sir, to know the peace and comfort you

have of these truths, as to your eternal state?" He answered, “ They are my only ground of comfort. Death would be terrible indeed, if it were not for the comfortable assurance faith gives me of eternal life in Christ, and for the abundant flowing in of that life --not what I bring to Christ, but derive from him ; having received some beginning of it, which I see springing up to eternal life, &c.-But (says he) we cannot look into these things with a true belief, if we do not shew forth our faith by our works ; neither can we look upon that faith to be saving, which doth not dispose to all practical holiness. They do not know the constraining love of Christ that can be wicked and licentious under such comfortable doctrine."-Speaking to another person who came to visit him, of the disputes in 4

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which he had engaged, that person remarked, [what some others have apprehended' not far from the truth that " He thought they all preached the same doctrine, and that the difference was only in words.”_" If so, (said Mr. Cole) it is very unhappy that we should fall out by the way. If Satan has been the cause, the Lord rebuke him.--I have stood up for the doctrine of the gospel according to my light and understanding of it; if I were inistaken in any fundamental point, God would have shewn me

The frame of his mind, with regard to his approaching end, was the most happy inaginable; which he expressed to different persons, at different times, in such words as these :

" I wait for a peaceable dismission. I long to see his salvation. I would not live always. I long to be with Christ. " It is a pleasant thing to die. But God's time is iny time;

my work is done when his is.”-To one who visited him a little before his death, he said, “ You are come to hear

my “ last dying groans ; but know, when you hear them, it is 6 the sweetest breath I ever drew since I knew Christ. I “ have a promise I sliall be for ever with the Lord. I long s to be released. But not my will but thine be done. I

long for death as a weary traveller does for rest. Nothing s. troubles me but life, and nothing will relieve me but death; 66 but let God do what he will with me, all he does is best.” When one remarked that he was sleepy, he said, “ I shall “ sleep quickly, and awake in everlasting day. Ere long my “ days and nights will be all one. The apprehension that faith

gives of a better life is my comfort. As for my going, God “ can make it no loss to you. He can set on and take off " his workinen as he pleases."

There having been a public meeting for prayer on his account, he said to one who had been attending it, “ I thank you for

your prayers, but I am a subject too low for such a solemnity.” However, he desired the prayers of his own church; but being asked, What the church should pray for? he answered, “ Nothing for me, but a strong faith in Christ “Jesus. I have done with all other satisfaction but what God in Christ can give.” When one said, " But your life is for

service," he replied, "God is the best judge of that. Pray " that God would glorify himself in my life or death : I sub" mit." Having enquired what time it was, he said, “ Time

passeth into eternity. We live but dying lives in the body,

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“ till death is swallowed up of life. I long to be immortal.g" -He died in Sept. 1697.

WORKS. A Discourse of Regeneration, Faith, and Repentance. - Funeral Sermon for Mr. Edw. West--A Disc. of the Christ. Relig. in sundry Points.—The Incomprehensibleness of imputed Righteousness for Justif. by human Reason, &c.-Three Sermons in Morn. Ex. (very practical and useful.]

MERTON COLLEGE. Mr. THOMAS Cawton, son of Mr. Thomas Cawton, minister of St. Bartholomew's behind the Royal Exchange, who was forced to fly into Holland for his concern in what was called Love's Plot. {This his son, who, it is presumed, accompanied, or soon after followed him to Holland, entered upon academical studies there.] He learned the Hebrew, Syriac, and Arabic Tongues, at Rotterdam. He afterwards spent three years in the university of Utrecht; and then returned to England, and was admitted into Merton Col. where he was much esteemed and respected for his admirable knowledge in the oriental languages. The measures taken in 1662, obliged him to leave the university; though he had been ordained by the Bp. of Oxford in 1660 or 61. He afterwards became chaplain in Sir Anthony Irby's family at Westminster, where he continued till 1665; when, on account of the plague, Sir Anthony removed to Boston in Lincolnshire. The air of that place having before proved very unsalutary to Mr. Cawton, he was necessitated to leave that family, upon which he was immediately taken by Lady Armyn to be her chaplain. He gathered a congregation of Dissenters in Westminster, to whom he continued preaching as long as his strength would permit, though he met with much opposition. Upon his

§ Inquiry having been made of the Editor respecting the source of the above interesting account, he thinks it proper to inform the reader, that it was extracted from some papers put into his hands by his much esteemed and worthy friend the late Mr. JOHN OLDING, minister at Deptford, who died in 1786. His funeral scrmon, preached by Dr. Addington, contains a just view of his character.

Dr. Calamy's account is not sufficiently clear. In Neal's History of the Puritans may be seen an account of Mr. Cawton, senior, of whom Wood makes very honourable mention, as " a learned and religious Puritan, driven into exile for preaching against the murder of Charles I. &c.” There is also the copy of a Letter written to him by Charles II, when he was minister of the Presbyterian church in Rotterdam, to clear himself from the charge of bę. ing a papist, and to engage Mr. Cawton to remove an unfavourable impres. sion concerning him from the minds of the Dutch ministers. The good opi. nion of the Presbyterians was THEN thought worth his courting.--Granger says, Mr. Cawton" had few equals in learning, and scarcely a superior in piety." See Toulmin's Neal. Vol. iv. p. 233, 245.

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