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tell you that he hath often told me, that he never went to God in prayer, for above twenty years, but he particularly remembered me. But his love hath not tempted me to say a word of him which I verily believe not to be true. And I conclude with this profession, that I scarce remember the man that ever I knew, who served God with more absolute resignation and devotedness, in simplicity and godly sincerity, and not with fleshly wisdom, and living like the primitive christians, without any pride, or worldly motives, or in whose case I had rather die. And therefore, no wonder that he lived in peace of conscience, and died with Paul's words, I have fought a good fight---henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness," &c.

Much of this good man's spirit and temper is discovered in the preface to his last will, which is preserved in Turner's History of Providence, Chap. 143, P. 99. As that book is become very scarce, we shall here insert a copy of it:

The last Will of Mr. Henry Stubbes, deceased, July 7, 1678. Published at the desire of his widow :

« Knowing that I must shortly put off this any earthly ta. bernacle, I make my last will and testament. Imprimis, I commend my soul into the hands of God, wholly trusting in Jesus Christ my dear Lord and Saviour; thro' his all sufficient satisfaction and powerful mediation, to be accepted. Eph. 1. 6. Item. I commit my body to the earth from whence it was taken, in sure and certain hope of a resurrection to life eternal, building upon that sure word, John vi. 40.-I leave my fatherless children to the Lord, who hath promised to be a father to the fatherless. Ps. lxviii. 5. and to preserve them alive. Jer. xlix 11.--Commanding them to keep the way of the Lord. Gen. xviii. 19.I exhort

my widow to trust in the Lord, of whose care she hath had no little experience ; and therefore should trust in him. Ps. ix. 10.-I desire her to read often Jer. xlix. 11. Ps. Ixviii. 5. Heb. xiii. 6.-The congregations to which I have been formerly a preacher, and that with which I now am by a special hand of providence, I commend to God, and the word of his grace, which is able to build them up, &c. Acts xx. 32, beseeching them by the Lord Jesus, That as they have received of me how they ought to walk and please God, so they would abound more and more. i Thess. iv. 1, -And for my kindred according to the flesh, my heart's desire and prayer to God for them is, That they may be saved. Rom. X. 1. -And for all those yet living who have seriously, and earnestly desired my prayers, my earnest request to God for them is, That it would please him to do for them all as the matter shall require. i Kings yili. 50.--And for my brethren in the ministry, my prayer is, That they may take heed to themselves, and to all the flock over which the Holy Ghost hath made them overseers, to feed the church of God which he hath purchased with his own blood. Acts xx. 28. - And for the people my prayer is, That they may obey them that have the rule over them. Heb. xiii. 17.-And for professors of religion-that they may walk worthy of God, unto all well-pleasing, being fruitful in every good work. Col. i. 10. 11, -And for the King, iny prayer is, That mercy and truth may preserve him. Prov. xxvi. 28.---And for him and all that are in authority, my prayer is, That they may só lead their own lives, that the people under thein may lead quiet and peaceable lives in all godliness and honesty. 1 Tim. ii. 2.-And for the whole land of my nativity, my humble prayer to the Lord of all grace and mercy is, That the power and purity of the gospel, together with a learned and faithful ministry to dispense the same, may be continued and preserved therein.'

Mr. Stubbes was of a very charitable disposition, and devoted the tenth part of his income to pious uses. He settled four pounds per ann. on the parishes of Dursley and Horsley, for teaching poor children, and buying them books. He also gave 200l. to Bristol, and a like sum to London, to be annually improved for the good of the poor, to buy them Bibles, and to assist poor ministers' widows. § Atkyns says, “ Mr. Henry Stubbes, a Nonconformist preacher, gave gol. to the parish of Uley, to teach poor children to write."

WORKS. A Dissuasive from Conformity to this World. God's Severity against Man's Iniquity.-God's gracious Presence the Saints great Privilege: A Farewell Sermon to a Congregation in London. --The great Treaty of Peace : an Exhortation to the making Peace with God. - Conscience the best Friend

upon Earth ; or the happy Effects of keeping a good Conscience.-A Funeral Sermon for a Lady in Gloucestershire. --Two Epistles ; the one to the professing Parents of baptized Children ; the other to the baptized Children of professing Parents.-After his Death, A Voice from Heaven: being his last Sermon and Prayer.

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FILTON [R.] WILLIAM BLACKWELL, B. A. After his ejectment he continued to live, not at Felton, in Herefordshire, as before supposed, but Filton, in this county, which is about four miles from Bristol, where he was so reduced, that for a tiine he maintained himself, by stitching of bodice, or womens stays. - Bigland decides the place of his ejectment, as well as the spelling of his name and his degree, in this entry : “ 1645. Will. Blackwell, B. A.

ejected for Nonconformity, 1662.”

GLOUCESTER. INCREASE MATHER, D.D. He was the youngest son of Mr. Richard Mather, who went to America, in 1635, because he could no longer, exercise his ministry with satisfaction to his conscience in his native country, and became minister at Dorchester, in New-England; where this his son was born, A. D. 1639. After gaining a good knowledge of the languages at school, and spending some time in Harvard college, he lived in the family of that worthy divine, Mr. John Norton, several years. It pleased God to make serious impressions upon his heart betimes, by which he was fitted for great service in his church. In 1657 he took a voyage to England, and after visiting his friends in Lancashire, went to Ireland to see his eldest brother, Mr. Samuel Mather, then minister in Dublin. He entered himself in Trinity College there, and in 1658 proceeded Master of Arts, performing the usual exercise with great applause. He was much respected by Dr. Winter, then Provost of the college, and was chosen Fellow, but did not accept it. The air of that country not agreeing with bim, tho’he met with great civilities, and some good offers there, he returned to England, and was for some time a preacher to Mr. Howe's parish, at Torrington, in Devonshire, which was in the neighbourhood of another of his brothers, Mr. Nathaniel Mather, then minister of Barnstaple. Upon Mr. Howe's return to Torrington, after Richard quitted the protectorship, he accepted an invitation of Col. Bingham, governor of Guernsey, to go into that island, in the year 1659, where he preached every Lord's-day morning at the castle, and in the afternoon at the town called Peter's Port.

From thence he removed to Gloucester, at the earnest solicitation of Mr. Forbes and his friends there; but after some time he returned to Guernsey, where he was at the time of the Restoration. Upon his refusing to set his hand to a paper, which was sent thither by General Monk, to be signed by all

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