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death-bed he recommended Mr. Vincent Alsop as his successor, who was accordingly chosen. He died April the 10th, 1677, aged about 40. Two funeral sermons were preached for him: one by Mr. Hurst, and another by Mr. N. Vincent. · WORKS. Dissert. de usa Lingua Heb. in Philosophiâ Theoreticâ, hrinted at Utrecht.-Disputatio de Versione Syriaca Vet. & Novi Testamenti.--The Life and Death of his Father Mr. T. Cawton.-Balaam's Wish, &C. He has a Hebrew Poem in Brit. Rediv.

Jonathan GODDARD, M. D. Warden. Fel. of the Col. of Physicians, Professor of Physic in Gresham Col. and F. R. S. He was a physician of great knowledge and experience. He died suddenly [being seized with an apoplexy in the street.] He printed, among other things, A Discourse on the unhappy Condition of the Practice of Physic in London.

The editor has been, by more than one correspondent, referred, for a more particular account of Dr. Goddard, to Ward's Lives of the Professors of Gresham College. But it doth not appear that he was ever engaged in the work of the ministry, or that he was educated with a view to it; consequently his name is improperly introduced into our list. He was doubtless a great and good man, and not only held in high estimation by Cromwell, and the principal nonconformists, but by Episcopalians also. Mr. Seth Ward, af. terwards bishop of Salisbury, speaks highly of his learning and abilities, as well as of his moral and religious character, in the dedication of a book to him, written in Latin. . He particularly mentions him as the first Englishman who made Telescopes. He was elected Professor of Physic in Gresham College Nov. 1655, and continued in his Headship of Mer.ton Col. till the turn of affairs, at the Restoration, when he was removed by a letter from his Majesty, dated July 3, 166o. He died March 24, 1674, and was buried in St. Helen's, on the north side of the church, near the rails, without any monument or inscription. Those who wish for further information concerning him, and for an account of his works, are referred to Ward's Lives, p. 270-273.

NEW COLLEGE. JOHN JOHNSON, M. A. Fellow. He was a very learned and holy man. He had a poetical fancy, was a good philologist, and much studied the Egyptian hieroglyphics. He


was greatly afflicted in his old age with a rupture, occasioned by his straining his voice to preach to a large congregation. He died in or near London, where he lived in retirement.

WORKS. A Funeral Sermon (on Matt. xiii. 43.) for Mr. Ste. Charnock, (which contains a great number of learned quotations from the Fathers any other ancient writers, which it might be proper for Dr. Burn to peruse.)-He left a learned and judicious MS. upon this Question, Whether one ordained a Presbyter should be ordained Priest or Deacon, &c.

---- ALLEN, M. A. Some time after his ejectment he reinoved to his relations in Nere-England, where he lived in good reputation.- Mr. Cotton Mather, mentions a Mr. Thomas Allen among the first comers into that country, who afterwards left it, and says of him, that " After he had for some time approved himself a pious and painful minister of the gospel, in Charlestown, he saw occasion to return to England, where he lived to a good old age in the city of Norwich: a man, like Daniel, greatly beloved, who applied himself to inquire much into the times. This country lays claim to two of his composures, which have been serviceable in the world: An Invitation unto thirsty Sinners to come unto their Saviour; prefaced by Mr. Higginson.--A Chain of Scripture Chronology, printed in England, with an account of the author, in an epistle by the famous Greenhill.” Hist. New Eng. B. iii. p. 215.

Mr. William STOUGHTON, Fellow. He also went to New England after his ejectment, and lived at Boston in great esteem and reputation, being a principal man in the government there. Mather has his name in a list of eightythree persons, who were Magistrates of the Massachuset colony, whose exemplary behaviour was such as to adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour. Hist. New Eng. B. ii. p. 21.

NEW-INN HALL. CHRISTOPHER ROGERS, D. D. Principal. He was turned out in 1643,, for flying to the parliament, and was succeeded by Dr. Prior, who was forced to give way to him at the coming of the parliament's visitors. He was Canon of ChristCh. Nov. 7, 1648. After his ejectinent he lived privately. He was a plain man, and a lover of all good people.

PEMBROKE COLLEGE. . Henry LANGLEY, D. D. He was Master of this College by an ordinance of lords and commons in 1647, Being


ejected by the visitors at the Restoration, he retired and lived privately. After the Act for uniformity, he had several in his house whom he instructed in academical learning; and often preached in private meetings at Abingdon in Berkshire, living at Tubney, a place not far from that town. He died Sept. 10, 1679. He was a judicious solid divine ; not valued in the university according to his worth.--Mr. Jessey gives an account of a scholar of Pemb. Col. who said he went to 0. ford on purpose to see Dr. Langley outed, and declared that then he would give a plate to the college: he was invited to dinner by a scholar, and never went out of the room more, but died there. Call to England, p. 2.) .

THOMAS RISLEY, M. A. Fellow. He was born August 27, 1630; and descended from a reputable and religious family near Warrington. He was first under Mr. Askrvorth, inaster of the school at Warrington. At four years standing in the College he was elected Fellow, and obtained by his conduct general applause: but he was much of a recluse there, as he also was in the country after his ejectment, aiming rather to acquire solid learning than fame. . When upon the Restoration royal visitors were sent down to the University, he was confirmed in his Fellowship, and they drew up the following instrument in his favour. “ We, having received sufficient testimony of the honest life and conversation of Tho, Risley, M. A. as also of his diligence in his studies, his progress and sufficiency in learning, and conformity to the doctrine and disció pline of the church of England, the government of this University, and the statutes of the College wherein he lives, do, by these presents, ratify, allow, and confirm the said Mr.

Í ho. Risley in his Fellowship, with all rights, dues, and all perquisites thereunto belonging, notwithstanding any nullities, irregularities, or imperfections, which in a strict interpretation of the said college statutes, may be objected, &c.

Paul Hood, Vice-Can. Dated June 20, 1661. Nicholas Woodward, S. Th. D.

Thomas Barlow, D. D.” So that he held his Fellowship till Aug. 24, 1662, when he was obliged to surrender, because he could not comply with the Act for uniformity. However, their respect for him, and their unwillingness to lose so valuable a member, prompted them to allow him a year to consider the case: in which interval he examined the terms of conformity with great dilim gence and impartiality, that he might be able to satisfy others as well as his own conscience, that he was not carried away

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by the prejudices of education. Upon Nov. 10, 1660, he was ordained deacon and presbyter the same day, by the Bp. of Norwich, who, in his certificate, gave him a very honour. able character. But, upon mature deliberation, he could not, for any place, be satisfied to come up to the conditions prescribed by the act. He retired therefore to his estate in the country; where, during the storm of persecution, he em. ployed himself in preaching privately to such as scrupled conformity, and in visiting the sick, for whose sake he applied himself to the study of physic; by the practice of which, he the more effectually engaged their attention when he admini. stered to them spiritual advice. After about four years, the vice-chancellor of Oxford sent him a pressing invitation to return thither, promising him preferment to encourage his conformity: he had also good offers made him by Dr. Hall and Dr. Sherlock of Winwick ; buta regard to conscience, hindered his acceptance. He made a tolerable shift in the latter end of the reign of Charles, and that of James. When liberty of conscience was granted, after the Revolution, his neighbours who had been his private auditors before, resolved themselves into a regular society, and committed themselves to his pastoral conduct, and he was very useful among them by his ministerial performances, and exemplary life and con.' versation.

He expressed himself entirely satisfied in his Nonconforinity to the last. · He had however a truly charitable and ca. tholic spirit; was much respected by many of the established church, and corresponded with some of his old fellow-collegians as long as he lived; particularly with Dr. Hall, Bp. of Bristol, who concluded one of his letters to him in 1709) in these words : “ I am very glad you have so much strength “ to do so much work for God. I wish your labours, may “ have great success, and that you may have great comfort in “ them, and an abundant reward for them. I take great plea“ sure in conversing thus, with such an old acquaintance, " whoin I have not seen so many years; and am never like " to see again in this world. It is some comfort to think of " another world, whither if we can get, we shall live toge“ ther for ever with the Lord: the Lord prepare, us for our “ removal thither.”-He died in his 86th year, and left a son in the ministry, who succeeded him. His funeral sermon was preached by Mr. Charles Owen of Warrington. Some short memoirs of his life are added to it. $ A friend has communicated the following anecdote there recorded. " When in


he could not travel to any place where the required oaths to government were administered, it was with difficulty he was persuaded to desist from preaching (though his son supplied for him) till some of the justices, in compassion to his age, and zeal to King George, condescended to adjourn the court to his house, where he took the oaths to the present government, sincerely and heartily, without equivocation or mental reservation.”

WORKS. The Cursed Family: a Treatise on the Evil of ne. glecting Family-Prayer. Mr. Hoze wrote a Preface to it, in which he gave some account of the author.

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE. Mr. FRANCIS JOHNSON, Master. He was one of Oliver Cromwell's chaplains. He was a man of learning and ability, but had not a good elocution. He took no charge upon him after his ejectment, but lived many years in one of his own houses in Gray's-Inn-Lane, London; and there died a Nonconformist, Oct. 9. 1677. Mr. Lloyd preached his funeral sermon, in which he says of him, “That he was a learned man, and well read in the controversies, but modest to a fault. His life was inade up of a variety of trials. He foxmerly enjoyed an affluence of this world's good, but was afterwards greatly reduced. He was encompassed with Job's afflictions; and among the rest, with the noise of a foolish woman; but he patiently bore all, with a mind unmoved as , if in the greatest prosperity.”.


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