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liberty of conscience to those fort of men who were restless and implacable enemies to him and his government; and so taking a courteous leave of the lord. primate, he left him without doubt that it was in vain to urge his suit any farther.

Not long after this, viz. about the middle of February following, he went from London to Rygate, taking his last leave of his friends and relations, who never had the happiness of seeing him again.: and, not long before his death, Dr. Parr preaching a fermon there, where this good bishop was present, after church he was pleased to confer with him in 'private, and spake to this effect : . .

" I thank you for your sermon, I am going out of this world, and I now desire, accord ing to your text (Col. iii. 12.) to seek those things which are above, where Christ fitteth on the right hand of God; and to be with him in heaven.”

So that all his discourse was of heavenly things, .as if his better pant had been there already, freed from the body and all terrene affections; and he seemed as if he were seriously considering his fpiritual state, and making ready for his departure, which he now shortly expected; for, on the twentieth of March, the day he fell fick, after he had been most part of it, as long as he had light, at his study, he went from thence to visit a gentlewoman then fick in the house, giving her moft excellent preparatives for death, together with other

holy holy advice, for almoft an hour, that night, after supper, he first complained of his hip, judging it to be a touch of the sciatica, which he had many years before. Next morning early he complained of a great pain in his side; and, a physician being sent for, he prescribed what he thought convenient in that case; but it could not thereby be removed, but rather encreased more and more upon him.

Upon some abatement of the torture, he advised those about him to provide for death in

the time of health, that then they might have : nothing else to do but to die. Then taking

his leave of the countess of Peterborough, by whom he had been so long and kindly entertained, and giving her many thanks for all her kindness to him, with excellent spiritual council, as a return for all her favours,

Then he desired to be left to his own private devotions; after which, the last words he was heard to utter, about one o'clock in the afternoon, praying for forgiveness of fins, were these: viz. O Lord forgive me, especially my fins of omiffion! So presently after this, in fure hopes of a glorious immortality, he fell afleep, to the great grief and affliction of the faid countess, who could never sufficiently lament her own and the church's great loss, by his too sudden departure out of this life.


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