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SS LIVES OF THE PURITANS. Time, vented and acted in England in these four last years, iii Parts, 1646.-5. The particular Visibility of the Church, 1647.-6. The Castingdown of the last and sirongest Hold of Satan ; or, a Treatise against Toleratiod;Part first, 1647. . JOHN WHITE, A. M.-This excellent divine was born at Stanton St. John in Oxfordshire, in the year 1576, and educated first at Winchester, then in New College, Oxford, where he was chosen fellow. In the year 1606, he left the university, and became rector of Trinity church; Dorchester, where he continued, with littler interruption, above forty years. He was a judicious expositor of scripture;, and, during his public ministry at Dorchester, he expounded the whole-Bible, and went through one half a second time About the year 1624, Mr. White, with some of his friends, projected the new colony of Massachusetts in New England, as an asylum for the persecuted nonconformists ; but, for several years, the object met with numerous,discouragements. Indeed, the difficulties became so formidable, that the under- taking was about to be relinquished, and those who had settled in the new plantation were on the point of returning home: At this juncture the worthy settlers; who had already outbraved many a storm, and surmounted the greatest diffi- culties, received letters from Mr. White, assuring them, that if they could endure their painful conflict a little longer, he would procure for them a patent, and all the necessary supplies for the new settlement. They concluded to wait the event ; and in all these particulars he made his promise good. Thus, by the blessing of God' upon his active and vigorous endeavours, the colonists were enabled to maintain their ground ; and they afterwards greatly prospered.i. This was the first peopling of Massachnsett's Bay in New England. About the year 1630, Mr. White was brought into trouble by Bishop - Laud, and prosecuted in the high commission court, for preaching against Arnainianism and the popish cere- monies.t Wood is therefore mistaken when he says " that he conformed as well after as before the advancement of Laud." Though it does not appear how long his troubles continued, or what sentence was inflicted upon him ; yet these proceedings against a divine of such distinguished' v Wood's Athenre Oxon. vol. ii. p. 60. + Masher's New Eng. b p. l9.-Prince's Chron. Hist. vol. i.p.144-149. Prynne's Cant. Doome, p. 362.