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CARTWRIGHT. 159 The Tuesday morning following, after spending two hours upon his knees in private prayer, he signified to Mrs. Cart- wright that he had found unutterable joy and comfort, and that God had given him a glimpse of heaven before his de- parture ; and in a few hours he departed in peace, enjoying the salvation of Jesus Christ. He diedDecember V, 1603, aged sixty-eight years.. His mortal remains were interred in his own hospital at Warwick, when Mr. John Hod preached his funeral sermon. He married the sister of the famous Mr. JohnStubbs, whom he left to bemoan her pain- ful loss. During the whole of his life, Mr. Cartwright was inde- fatigably laborious. He was a constant preacher when he enjoyed his liberty. During his abode at Warwick, besides taking the most exact care of the hospital, heoften preached at both the churches on the Lord's day, and at one of them on the Saturday. This he did without receiving any reward for his services. It does not, therefore, appear very probable, that before his death he was grown rich, as some of our historians insinuate ;+ especially as the income of his hospital was only about one hundred pounds a-year. Indeed, he was not concerned to be rich in this world. For when he was preacher to the merchants at Antwerp, and found by their losses that their estates were decreased, he returned them the salary which they allowed him. And when he was a prisoner in the Fleet, a present of thirtypounds was sent him by one of the nobility, but he took only ten shillings, returning the rest to the donor, with many thankful acknowledgments. Also, when the Earl of Leicester offered him the provostship of Eton college, say- ing, it was one hundred pounds more than enough, besides the conveniencyof the place ; Mr. Cartwrightreplied, ,4 that the hundred pounds more than enoughwasenough for him."t Few persons whose names are handed down to posterity have been treated by party historians with greater misre- presentation and abuse. Someof them have ventured to inti- mate, that before his death he changed his sentiments about nonconformity ; for which, however, there is no certain evi- dence ; at least, they have produced none. Dugdale calls him the standard-bearer ofthe puritans, and says, he was the first in the church of England, who began to pray extem- pore before sermon. Mr. Strype very unjustly denominates + Clark's Lives, p. 21. + Fuller's Church Hist. b. x. p. 2.-Churton's Life of Nowell, p. 216. Clark's Lives, p. l8-21.