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“cast out, and your places filled up by such as are sadly ig
norant and scandalous,” Among Mr. Hanmer's papers there is a strict order from the bishop, signed Seth Eron, 1665, to several of the parishioners, requiring them to pay him what was due of tithes, at the time of his removal, and severely threatening such as refused.
His works, both from the pulpit and the press, shewed him to be a learned man, and his other works, a very good man. He was full of devotion in all the solemnities of worship; and a vein of piety towards God, and of zeal for the spiritual benefit of men, appeared in him wherever he was. These graces manifested themselves in a hearty concern to propagate the gospel in foreign parts, particularly among the poor Indians; and he earnestly recommended the same concern to others. Among his papers there are many letters under the hand of Mr. John Elliot of New England, in which he returns him hearty thanks for his readiness to help forward the cause of the gospel, by the generous supplies which he procured and sent over. He died at Barnstaple, Dec. 18, 1687, aged about 81. The spirit of this good man may be seen in his letters; some extracts from a few of those which he sent to his sou while at the university, are here added.
-"I understand you are well settled in the college. I take notice of the goodness of God towards you therein, and desire to bless him for it, as I hope you do too. How much doth it concern you to look to it, that you answer expectation! So will you occasion great credit to your godly tutor, joy to your parents and friends, and glory to God; which should chiefly prevail with you. Oh! remember what sweet fruit
теар from a few years well spent there, wherein you may lay up that which will make you serviceable all your days. Grudge not any pains and industry: 'tis but
your duty; and the issue will be such as will sweeten your life, and make you amiable in the eyes of God and man. But the loss of time, and of what may be got now, will be irrecoverable, and the remembrance of it exceeding bitter. Time and opportunity are precious talents : account so of them, and improve them accordingly: which the Lord help thee to do for his Christ's sake. Apply yourself to study, with an eye to him for his blessing; and acquaint thyself more with him ; thereby good, all manner of good shall be unto thee. Keep close to God daily. Find out some pious, studious, ingenious youths, and make them your familiar acquaintance. I give thee up to the Lord. May he own
thee in his Son, and make thee instrumental for his glory, which will occasion thanksgivings to him from thy tender father."
He was much concerned for his son's proficiency in human as well as divine knowledge. In one letter he writes thus :“ Strive to be a good logician What you read, thoroughly - understand : if you cannot by your own study, then use the help of others : ask and confer. Daily ply the Greek; and be still on the gaining hand. Neglect not the Hebrew. Labour after a good style in the Latin tongue, and a graceful pronunciation. Imitate Tully as near as you are able: and for this end read him often, and write as he. Converse much with the Greek Testament, Sc.” He drew up several MS. tracts for his son's use while he was at Cambridge, one of which was a sort of commentary upon this distich;
“ Surge, precare, stude, meditator, currito, prande ;
“ Lude, stude, cæna, meditare, precare, quiesce."'S He was admirably qualified to give advice, and greatly sought to for it, on many occasions, by persons of very different characters and stations in the world. Dr. Calamy has preserved his solution of one particular case, sent him by Mr. Flavel, respecting an argument produced by a certain author to prove, " That it is justifiable in Rulers to prescribe “ some things more in the worship of God than he him“ self has instituted :” taken from Solomon's conduct, 1 King's viii. 64. and Hezekiah's, 1 Chron. xxx. 33. (See Contin. P. 310-314.) Mr. Flavel expressed much satisfaction on the perusal of it.
WORKS. An Exercitation upon Confirmation, (much admired.)- A View of Antiquity. He wrote a piece against the Papists, which could not obtain an Imprimatur, in the Reign of K. James. Besides this, he left a great many other MSS. of which Dr. Calamy gives an account; particularly—The Life of Pauland a Translation of Nic. Machiavel's Florentine History.
BRAMFORD SPEKE [V.] Mr. HALLER.
BRATTON FLEMING (R.) Mr. ANTHONY PALMER. He was a person of a good estate. He succeeded Mr. Gay in this living in 1645, and left it for the sake of Nonconformity in 1662. Dr. Walker says, He administered the Lord's
$ Of the above distich, an ingenious correspondent has communicated the following translation :
“ Rise, pray, then study, meditate, run, dine,
Supper but once in fourteen years. This cannot now be disproved, s though the thing is highly improbable. If it were true, there might be something peculiar in the case sufficient to justify him. He died in September, 1693.
BRIDSTOW (R. S.] Mr. WILLIAM KNAPMAN. The only account we have of him is from Dr. Walker, who says, He settled here by an order of the House of Commons, in 1647, but has not a word to offer against him.
BRIXHAM (V.) John KemPSTER, M. A. Of Christ Church, Oxf. and chaplain of the college. At his first coming to Brixham he lived at Lupton, and there married one Mrs. Nicholls, a pious, prudent, charitable gentlewoman, one of whose brothers was minister of Leskard in Cornwal, and another was mayor of that corporation. After he was ejected he continued a while at Lupton, and then removed to Dartmouth, where he preached occasionally in his own house. From thence he was obliged to depart, by the Five-mile act, and went to London, where he was well known, and lived in good repute. Though he had not the most agreeable delivery, and had no pastoral charge after his ejectment, his occasional preaching in London had the approbation of many judicious ministers and people ; and his life was unblameable. He died of an apoplexy in July, 1692. His funeral sermon was preached by Mr. J. Howe.
BRIXTON [C.] JOHN QUICKE, M. A. Of Exeter Col. Oxf. Born at Plymouth, A. D. in 1636, of parents in the middle rank, and eminently pious. God wrought a saving change on his heart, when very young, which inclined him to devote himself to the work of the ministry. He went to Oxford about 1650, and left it 1657, when he returned to his native country, and preached for some time at Ermington. He was ordained at Plymouth, Feb. 2, 1658, being called to be minister of Kingsbridge and Churchstow. From thence he was called to Britton, where the Act of uniformity found and ejected him. Though upon the most serious consideration he could not comply with the terms which the law imposed, yet the people being earnestly desirous of his labours, he continued preaching to them after Bartholomew-day, till he was seized in the pulpit, in the midst of the morning sermon, Dec. 13, 1663, and by the warrant of two justices committed to jail, for preaching without episcopal ordination, and that after excommunication.
Being brought to the quarter-sessions for the county, Jan. 15, he passed under a long examination from the justices. The court asked him, by what authority he durst preach in spite of the law? He answered, that “He did it in despite of no authority, but from a sense of duty, and of a necessity laid upon him by his ordination, to preach to his flock, which had otherwise been wholly destitute.". They then asked him, who were his ordainers? He mentioned four who had then conformed. His counsel urging that there were errors in the indictment, the bench allowed the plea, and unanimously declared his commitment illegal. But upon a motion made for his discharge, the court insisted on sureties, for his behaviour, or else his promise to desist from preaching. After a long altercation, he freely told them, He must obey God rather than them; and that he could not look God in the face with comfort, if he should make such a promise after that at his ordination, Upon this he was re-, manded to prison, where he lay in close confinement eight weeks longer, till discharged at the assizes by the lord chief baron Hale.
Afterwards Bp. Ward ordered two indictments to be laid against him for preaching to the prisoners in jail ; and he was tried upon them, but acquitted. He used to observe the goodness of God to him, in and after that confinement, in many respects. He had but five pounds in the world, besides his books, when he was seized; but a kind providence supplied him: and though he was consumptive when he went to prison, he was perfectly recovered when he came out.At another time, he and several other ministers, by the order of the Earl of Bath, were imprisoned for twelve weeks in the Marshalsea at Plymouth, without any cause of commitment alledged. Being released, and finding other difficulties obstructing his being any farther serviceable in the West of England, he came to London, and in 1679 was unanimously chosen pastor of the English church at Middleburgh in Zealand; which he accepted upon condition that he might be at liberty to return, if he should be called into his own coun-, try. He there however met with some angry contests, which he did not expect, upon which he returned to London, July 22, 1681, where he preached privately, with good acceptance, during the remainder of the troubles of K. Charles's reign, and gathered a congregation. He afterwards made use of K. James's Indulgence, thinking that an unjust law from the first, which deprived him and his bre
thren of the exercise of their ministry. He refused several preferments offered him if he would conform, and one of zool. per annum.
He was a good scholar, and a lively preacher. He had a great facility, freedom, and fervency in prayer. His mi. nistry was successful to the conversion of many. His labours, as a preacher, were abundant; and he was all his life a hard student. In his health he used to be in his study at two o'clock in the morning. For the last six years of his life he was racked with the stone to a very uncommon degree, and had it almost daily returning; but he was very seldom diverted by it from his work, in which indeed he often found present ease.—He was very compassionate to persons in distress, and was at great pains and expence for the relief of the poor French protestants, on account of the noble testimony they bore to religion by their sufferings. He was much concerned for a learned ministry, and eminently forward in encouraging hopeful young men who were disposed to devote themselves to that office: He was a serious Christian, who conversed much with his own soul, and spent much time in meditation and prayer. He had been in great despondency and temptations, but was enabled to overcome them, and had a confirmed hope of his own state ; which, upon the strictest examination, in the views of eternity, he retained unshaken to the end. The warmth and eagerness of his temper (which was the greatest imperfection that appeared in him) was his grief and burden ; though it had its advantages to make him the more active in his work. He had several signal providential deliverances, and sometimes by warnings in his dreanis, of which he recorded some instances. His racking pains quite broke his happy constitution ; [but he had signal supports and consolations under them. When a justice told him, to what remote prison he would send him, he replied, “ I know not where you are sending me, but this I am sure of, my heart is as full of confort as it can hold.”] He died in the 70th year of his age, April 29, 1706. Dr. D. Williams preached a sermon at his funeral; and Mr. Thomas Freke, his successor, another aftes wards, which are both published. Dr. Evans married his only daughter.
WORKS. Synodicon in Gallia Reformata, 2 vol. folio.--A Relation of the poisoning of a whole family in Plymouth.-A Funeral Sermon for Mr. John Faldo.-Another for Philip Harris, Esq. The Young Man's Claim of Right to the Lord's Supper.-On