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16

Eliíña)s

G

N

T'

in

Rutland

-Houfe

(where

I

then lived,

and had

gotten

it

to

be Licenfed"for

Preach-

ing-work )

and.,

beftowed

his

Minifterial-Ailifance gratis upon

me.

Thereupon

he attended every Lord's-Day in the P4orning;

and every

other

Thurfday

Morn-

ing

at

a

Weekly LeEnre. Thus

were we yoked

together

in our Minifterial

Work

and

Trutt,

to

our great Mutual

Satisfa&ion

:

and becaufe

his Refpe&s

to

Ate

Li-

ving

and Dyitik were very

great

;

I

cannotbut the

more

refent the

Lofs.

I

had

the

benefit and pleafüre

of

always

free

accefs

to

him,

and

infant

Converfation

with

him

;

And

by whom could

I

profit, more than by himfelf

?

So ready

washe

to

Communicate his

Thoughts

to

me, and

fo

clearly would he reprefent them;

as

that

I

may

truly

fay,

it

was

greatly

my

own fault,

if

he left me not wifer

than

he found me

at

all times.

When

after about four

years and

a

half

he

had

continu'd with

me, he was

then

difabled from going

forth

any

more

to

his Miniftei ial

-Work

.

fo

that

what

he

did,

he

perform'd

it

all

the

rehdue of

his

Life,

in

hie own FTired-

houfè:

where

he

open'd

his

Doors Morning

and

Evening every

day

to

all

that

svould come

to

joya

in Family-

Worthip with

him:

to

whom

he

Read

the

Holy Scriptures,

from

whence

he

Preached

the

Kingdom

of

God,

and Taught

thofe

things

which concern the

Lord

7efus

Cbrift

with

all

confidence, no

man forbidding

him

i

even

as

one

greater than

himfelf

had done before him,

Aft. xxviii.

3o,

35.

But

alas

his

growing Diftempers and

Infirmities took him

alfo

offfrom this;

confining him firft

to

biz

Chamber,

and af-

ter

to

his Bed.

There,

though

pain

(

for

he had

a

very great Stone in

his

Kid-

ney

)

and

Sicknefs,

his Body waited ;

but

his

Soul'

abode

rational, ftrong

in Faith

and

Hope, arguing

it

felf into,

and

preferving

it

felf in,

that

Patience,

Hope, and

Joy, through Grace,

which gave hint

great

Vppott,

and

kept out Doubts and

Fears concerning

his

Eternal Welfare.

On

Tuefdsy

Morning about Fourof

the Clock

Decemb.

R.

1691,

he

Expired

,

though

he expe&ed

anddefired

his

Diilòlution

to

nave been

on the Lord's

Day be-

fore,

which

with

Joy,

to

me, he call'd an High

Day,

becaufe

of

his defired Change

Expefred then

by him. He had frequently

'afore

his

Death, own'd

to

me, his

continuance

in the

fame Sentiments

that

he

had

difcover'd to the

World

before, in

his Polemical Difcourfes, efpecially about Jaftification

,

and the Covenants

of

Works

and Grace,

&c.

And

being ask'd at my

requelt, whether

he

had changed

his

former thoughts about thole' things

; his

Anfwer

was, That

he

had

told the

World

fuffícientlly

his Judgment

concerning thera

by

Words

and Writing, and

thither

he

referr'd

M.en.

And

then lifting up

his eyes

to

Heaven,

he

uttered

thefe

words;

Lord,

pity,

pity,

pity

the

Ignorance of this

poor

City.

On

Monday

the

day

before, about

Fis'e

in

the

Evening, Death fent his

Har-

binger

to

Summon him away.

A great trembling

and

coldnef

awaken'd

Nature,

and extorted Strong Cries from

him

for Pity

and Redrefs from Heaven

:

which

Cries

and Agony continu'd

for

fonte

time, till at length

he ceas'd

thofe Cries

:

an&fo lay in an

Obfervant, Patient Expe&ation of

his Change.

And being

once

asked by

a

Grave Matron, and

his Faithful

Friend, and Conftant

Attendant upon

him

in

his

Weaknefs

(Worthy

and Faithful Mrs.

Bufhel

his Houfe

keeper) Whe-

ther

he knew

her or

no, Requefting

fome Signification-

of it if

he

did:

he

foftly

Cryed

,

Death, Death

And

now

hefelt

the

benefit

of

his

former Preparations

for

fuch

a

Trying-Time

as

this. And

indeed, the laít words

that

he fpake

to

me

(

being inform'd

that

I

was come

to

fee

him)

were

thefe,

O

I

thank him;

I

-thank

him

:

and

turning

his Eye

to

me,

he

faid, The Lord

teach

you

to dye.

He, a

few days

before,

Si,

had

thus exprelt

his

heart

tome:

I

have done

what I

could

for

you. Should I

recover

(

which

I

expe&

not )

I

Ihould Stiltedly give

my Pains

to

none before

you.

He

(

truly)

judg'd

my Flock

to

be

Sober,

Peacea-

ble,

and

Loving,

and far

from

Fa

&ioufnefs and Cenforioufnefs.

Thus Liv'd

and

Dy'd this Excellent,

and

Holy

Perfon:

fo eminently

farnifh'd

for, fervent in,

intent

upon, and faithful

to,

his Minifterial

Trutt

and

Work

Wherein

his Labours

and

Saccefs

were very great.

His

Perfon

was

Tall

and Slen-

der,

and -dtooped

much

:

his Countenance Compos'd and

Grave,

fomewhat incli-

ning

to

Smile.

He

liada

piercing

Eye, a

very Articulate

Speech,

and his

Deport,

ment rather

Plain

than Complemental.

,

He had

a

great

Command over

his

Thoughts.

He had

that happy faculty,

fo

as

to

anfwer

the

Chara&er

that

was

given of him

by a

Learned

Man

Diffenting from him, after Difcourfe with

him ;

which was,

that,He

could

fay

what

he

would, and

he could

prove what he

faid.He

was

us

ft

intent