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TO THE RIGHT HONOURABLE
EARL OF NOTTINGHAM,
LORD HIGH CHANCELLOR OF ENGLAND,
ONE OF HIS MAJESTY'S MOST HONOURABLE PRIVY.COUNCIL.
I TAKE the boldness to present your Lordship with some of the fruits of my deceased Son's studies in divinity.
And since it hath pleased God, to my unspeakable grief and loss, to deprive me of so great a blessing, and comfort of my old age; it is no small mitigation of my sorrow, that whilft he lived he was not unprofitable to the world, and that now he is dead, he hath left those monuments of his piety and learning behind him, which I am told are generally thought not unworthy to be imparted to the Public.
If these Sermons be such, I have no cause to doubt but they will easily obtain your Lordship’s patronage, who are so known a favourer of all that is virtuous and worthy, especially of religion and the ministers of it; of which I had particular experience upon the death of my good Son, when your Lordship was pleased, with so much humanity and condescension, to send to comfort me under that fad loss, and to express your own resentment of it.
But whatever these Sermons be, since I have no other way to acknowledge my great obligations to your Lordship upon all occasions, I hope your Lordfhip will please favourably to accept of this, how small soever, yet fincere testimony of my dutiful respects and gratitude. I am,
and most obedient servant,
THOMAS BARROW. SOME ACCOUNT
L I F E
DR. ISAAC BARROW:
REV. DR. TILLOTSON, DEAN OF CANTERBURY.
SIR, THE affe&ion of friends, or interest of the bookseller, has made it usual to prefix the life of an author before his works; and sometimes it is a care very necessary to give him a high and excellent character, the better to protect his writings against that censoriousness and misconstruction to which all are subject. What Dr. Barrow has left do as little as any need such an advantage, standing firm on their own worth; nay, his Works may supply the want of a history of his life, if the reader take along with him this general remark, that his Sermons were the counterpart of his actions; therein he has drawn the true pi&ture of himself, so that in them being dead he yet Speaketh, or rather, is spoken of. (Heb. xi. 4. marg.) Yet we the readers do gladly entertain any hopes of seeing his example added to his doctrine, and we think we express some kind of gratitude for your reviewing, digesting, and publishing his Sermons, if we defire from you his Life too.
His Sermons have cost you so much pains, as would have produced many more of your own; if now his Life should alk a farther part of your time, it were still promoting the same ends, the Doctor's honour, and the public good. What memorials I can recollect, I here present you, that when you have refined this ore, it may be admitted as my offering toward his statue. What may be said would have had a stronger impreffion upon our paffions, when they were moved
the first news of so great a loss; or perhaps it were best to forbear, till the publication of all his Works, when the reader will be farther prepared to admire him. But I proceed in the order of time, that the other particulars occurring to your memory or suggested by other friends may more readily find their proper place, and so give the better lustre to one another: and this I think the fitter to be observed, because the harmonious, regular, constant tenor of his life is the most admirable thing in it. For though a life full of variety, and even of contrariety, were more easy to be writ, and to most more pleasant to be read, it less deserves to be imitated.
Dr. Ifaac Barrow was the fon of Mr. Thomas Barrow, (a citizen of London of good reputation yet living, brother to Isaac Barrow, late Lord Bishop of St. Asaph,) son of Isaac Barrow, Esq. of Spiny Abbey in Cambridgeshire, (where he was a Justice of Peace for forty years,) son of Philip Barrough, who has in print a Method of Phyfic, and had a brother, Isaac Barrow, Doctor of Physic, a benefactor to Trinity College, and there tutor to Robert Cecil, Earl of Salisbury, and Lord Treasurer.
He was born in London, O&ober 1630: his mother was Ann, daughter of William Buggin, of North Cray in Kent, Efq; whofe tenderness he did not long enjoy, she dying when he was about four
old. His first fchooling was at the Charter-house for two or three years, when his greatest recreation was in such sports