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sition rendered subservient to the upon Christian principles, and by knowledge of God and relig. Christian arguments. ion.
His sermons were composed Though he entered the desk with cart ; easy and natural in young; it was not without the ad- method ; rich in important truth; vice of the most eminent mi- plain, but not grovelling in style ; isters in Boston. Their expecta. solid and argumentative, yet anitions were high; but they were mated with the spirit of devotion. exceeded. lu the opinion of the They were calculated at once to ablest judges, his first exlibi enlighten the inind, impress the tions stamped him with the conscience, and warm the heart. character of an accomplished In explaining the profound and and eminent preacher.
sublime truths of the gospel, he The Church in Bratile streety had the singular felicity to be inof which he was a member, telligible to the ignorant, instrucsoon chose him,
with great tive to the well-informed, and edunanimity, as co-pastor with the ifying to the serious. In prayer, Reverend Mr. Colman, afterward he remarkably excelled. AlD. L. The ordinatin, which, ways ready, always serious and itt Mr. Cooper's request, was de animated, with a mind stored ferred for a year, wis solemnized with scriptural ideas and expresMay 23, 1716.
From this peri- sions, and a heart fired with deor to that of his death, his min- votion, he seemed to converse isterial gilts, graces and useful with his God, and bear along his ness seemed regularly and unin- fellow-worshippers to the very termittingly to increase, and the
gate of heaven. He had a voice more he was known, the more he
at once powerful and agreeable, wits esteemed, loved, and hon- an elocution grave and dignified; oured, as one who eminently ful, while a deep impression of the filled the ministry which he had
majesty of that BBING whose received from the Lord Jesus.
mercy be implored, and whose As a preacher he mus mighty
messages he delivered, was visible in ilie Scriptures, and contended in his countenance and demeanearnestly for the faiih once deliv
or, and added an indescribable soareď to the sainis. He was an
lemnity to all his performances. able and zealous advocate for the
In his discharge of pastoral distinguishing doctrines of the duties, he was exemplarily diligospel. Christ, th: aliha and
gent, faithful and affectionate. Omega of the Bible, was ever tho
His preaching being very accepprominent object in his discours- table to other congregations be
On the doctrines of grace, side his own, scarce a Sabbath he insisted much ; considering passed in which he did not them as not only constituting the preach both parts of the day ; in sole foundation of a sinner's hope, addition to which, he frequently but' as exhibiting the ca.tal aids performed at stated and occasionand incentives
to holiness of al lectures. heart and life. Hence his preach- Nor were his abundant labours ir.g was firactical, as well as evan- in th gospel without important gelic. It inculcated obedience and happy effect. God was pleas
ed to grant the desire which was lencies of the gentleman and nearest his heart ; to make him Christian. In conversation, he an instrument of saving good to was equally entertaining and inznany, who loved and revered structive; and while he was him as their spiritual father. courteous and kind to all within He was an eminent instrument his.sphere, he was.especially val. and promoter of the great revi- ued and endeared in the relations val of religion whicb took place of husband, father, master and toward the close of his life. friend. With a beart overflowing with He lived in great affection and joy, he declared, that since the harmony with his colleague, year 1740, more f: ople had somer serving witli him as a son with a times come to lim in concern about father. “ If in any particular iheir souls in one week, than in the point," says that great and good preceding twenty-four years of his man, " I could not act with him, ministry. To these applicants, yet he evidently appeared to me he was a most judicious, affec- to act, as he professed as of sintionate counselor and guide. cerity, in the sight of God, and as Some, indeed, stigmatized those his conscience commanded him." reinarkable appearances as noth- In the sermon occasioned by ing better than delusion and en- Mr. Cooper's death, Dr. Colman thusiasm. Nor did Mr. Cooper expresses himself in this rehimself fail to bear a decided tes- markably affectionate style : timony against the spirit of sep-“This I can truly say (as I said aration, and other irregularities in tears over the dear remains, which mingled themselves with on the day of interment) that bad the religious commotions, in I the like confidence of my OWN some parts of the land. Yet, actual readiness to be offered, I nobly disregarding human cen- would much rather, for your sure and applause, where he sake, and the churches through thought the honour of God was the land, have chosen to die in his concerned, he invariably declared stead, might he have lived to my his persuasion that a remarkable years, and sersed on to the glory york of divine grace was going of God.” on. The numerous instances Mr. Cooper was truly an honwhich met him, in his own circle, our and blessing to his country. of persons affected, either with Scarce any minister was more pungent and distressing convic- esteemed and loved by his brethtions of sin, or with deep humili- ren, or by the community at ation and self-abhorrence, or with large. In the year 1737, he ardent love to God and man, or was chosen by the Corporawith inexpressible consolation in tion, president of Harvard Colreligion, perfectly satisfied him lege ; but when the vote was that the presence and power of presented to the board of Overthe divine REPROVER, SANCTIFI: seers, he declined the honourable ER and COMFORTER was among trust. Near the period of his them.
death, his reputation for piety In the private walks of life, he and learning was rapidly extenddisplayed the combined excel. ing, and severa! divines of the first character in England and bridge, was born at Southwark. Scotland sought his correspond. He was so weak in the first ence.
month of his life, that he was giv. His dissolution was sudden and en over for dead; but by a wonunexpected to his friends, but derful providence was on a sudprobably not to himself. He had den recovered. While at Camfrequently expressed his expecta- bridge, he gained great respect tion of an early death. Imme- by his college exercises. In diately on his being seized with 1652 he was fixed in the rectory an alarming complaint,., his of Newington Butts. In his setchurch, anxious for his valuable tlement here, it was remarkable, and important life, spent a day that the parishioners were dividin humiliation and prayer. The ed into two parties, and on the assembly was numerous, and vacancy both went with their pe. deeply affected ; ardent suppli- titions to Westminster, neither cations, mingled with many tears, knowing the other's mind, and were offered to Him who is able he was the person pitched upon to save. But the time was at by both. Here he not only band when he must be removed preached constantly, but zealousCo that better world, for which, by ly taught from house to house, ais illustrious piety, and unwea: He gave Bibles to the poor, and ied diligence in his Master's expended his estate, as well as .7ork, he was now mature. time, in works of charity among
The nature of his illness de- them; and it pleased God to prived him, in great measure, give him abundant success. But both of speech and reason. Yet in 1660 he resigned the living to in some lucid intervals, he was Mr. Meggs, who pretended to enabled to declare that he rejoiced be the legal rector. Mr. Wads. in God his Savicur ; and likewise worth however did not live use. to signify, by raising his hand, less'; for beside his lecture on in reply to questions which were Saturday morning at St. Anproposed to bim, that he cheerful. tholine's, and for some time on ly resigned his spirit into the Lord's day evenings, and hands of Christ ; that he had Monday nights at St. Margaret's, the preace which passes under- (where he had a great concourse standing, and could leave his dy; of hearers) he was chosen by ing testimony to the ways of God. the parish of St. Lawrence. He
He departed December 13th, was also a lecturer of St. John 1743, in the 50th year of his age, Baptist. He was indeed an ex. tenderly mourned by his bereave traordinary man ; of singular ed family and congregation ; ability, judgment, and piety.; sincerely regretted and highly wholly devoted to God; and did honoured by the town and the not care for conversing with the whole community.
2. rich, unless they could be pre
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but with much prudence, and Thomas WADSWORTH, M. A. with great candour, which he Fellow of Christ's College, Cam- took pains to promote in others;
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for which end he often gave this God would prepare him and his rule ; “ If a good sense can be for sickness and death. For put upon what another says or many years he performed his does, never take it in a bad one.” hard, but pleasing work, under He was always serious, though distressing pain from a stone in frequently cheerful, and was re- his reins, which at last brought markable for sanctifying the Sab- him to his end. After preachbath. It was his usual practice, ing his last sermon, he endured for many years, as soon as he a week of extreme pain night was out of his bed on the Lord's and day, in which he possessed day, with a cheerful heart and his soul in singular patience. voice to sing part of a psalm or When his pains were sharpest, hymn, or to repeat the acclama- he said, “I am in an agony, but tion of the heavenly host ; "glo- not a bloody one ; what are all ry to God in the highest ; on my pains to what Christ underearth peace, good will toward went for me!" The evening be. men;" in order to put himself fore his death he was asked, how into a spiritual frame for the he did ; he answered, “I have work of the day: In his family been under a very sharp rod, but his heart was greatly raised in it was what my heavenly Father singing psalms. He used often laid upon me; for he has said, to say to his wife and other rela- & as many as I love, I rebuke and tives, “Don't you find a sweet chasten.' This is a paradox to ness in this day ? Certainly it is the world ; but everlasting arms the sweetest day in all the week." are under me; and, I bless God, He was mighty in prayer, and he hath taken all the terror of often admonished his friends to death away from ine.” To Mr: watch for opportunities to seek Parsons, his fellow labourer., he God in private. In all his rela: said, all my self-righteousness I tions he was greatly beloved and disown; and trust only in Christ, singularly useful.
hoping I have a gospel rightWhen he was ejected, the la- eousness.” When those about mentations of the people would him pitied his agonies, 'he rehave melted any compassionate peated that text, “ the heart heart. At their desire, he knoweth its own bitterness, and preached privately to one con- a stranger intermeddleth not gregation at Newington, and to with its joy.” “ You know what another at Theobalds, by turns, my pains are, but you know not without taking any salary from what my consolations are. Oh, either. He afterwards had a how sweet will ny glory and fixed congregation at Southwark, triumph be after these sharp
His charity to his distressed pains !” When his relations wept · brethren in the ministry was about him, he was displeased,
great. He made collections for saying, " What! are you trouihem both at Southwark and bied, that God is calling home Theobalds, having a singular fac- his children? If you think I am ulty for disposing his hearers to afraid of death, you mistake ; give liberally. When in perfect for I have no fear of death upon health he was thoughtful of me." Under his sharpest pains, changes, and often prayed that no other language escaped his
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lips, than this ; “ Father, pity in substance, than in show. It thy child." He died on Lord's consisted, not in finding fault day, Oct. 29, 1696, aged only 46. with others, but in the due gov;
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fence toward God and man; in THOMAS GOUGE, M. A. of which he was such a proficient, King's College, Oxford, was son that, after long and familiar acof the eminent Dr. William quaintance with him, it was not Gouge. After taking his de: easy to discern any thing in him, grees, he left the university and that deserved blame. Such was his fellowship, being presented his modesty, that he never apto a living in Surry, where he peared, by word or action, to put continued two or three years, any value upon himself. In re. and then removed to St. Sepul- gard to the charities he procur, chre's in London, in 1638, a ed, be would rather impute them large and populous parish, in to any, who had the least con, which with solicitude and pains cern in obtaining them, than ashe discharged all the duties of a sume any thing to himself. faithful minister 24 years, i. e. When he quitted his living at till the act of uniformity in 1662. St. Sepulchre's, upon some dis, Beside his constant preaching, he satisfaction about the terms of was diligent and charitable in vis, conformity, he forbore preachiting the sick ; not only minis- ing, saying, “there was no need tering spiritual counsel and com- of him in London, and that he fort to them, but liberally reliev; thought he could do as much ing the necessities of the poor. good in another way, which would Every morning through the year, give no offence.” Afterward he catechised in the church, however he had licence from chiefly the poorer sort, who were some Bishop to preach in Wales, generally the most ignorant, and when he took his annual journey especially the aged, who had thither; where he saw great need most leisure. To encourage of it, and thought he might do it them to come for instruction, he with great advantage among the once a week distributed money poor, on account of his charities among them; but changed the ihere. He was clothed with day, to secure their constant al: humility, and had in a most emitendance. The poor, who were nent degree the ornament of a able to earn their own living, he meek and quiet spirit. His con, set 10 work, buying hemp and persation was affable and pleasant. fax for them to spin ; paying A wonderful serenity of mind them for their work, and selling was visible even in his counteii, as he could, among his friends.
nance. Upon all occasions he In this way he rescued many appeared the saine ; always from idleness, poverty and vice. cheerful, and always kind; ready
His piety toward God, the nec- to embrace and oblige all men ; cssary foundation of all other vir- and, if they did but sear God and tues, was great and exemplary, work righteousness, he heartily yet still and quiet ; much more pied them, howerer distant from