Brooks - BX9338 .B7 1813 v3

LIVES OF THE PURITANS. historical Narrative of some notorious Acts and Speeches of Mr. John Cozens, and some other of his Companions, contracted into Articles.--3. Various Poems in Latin and English.-4. Various Letters. RICHARDBLACKERBY.-This eminently holy and learned divine was born at Worlington in Suffolk, in the year 1574, and educated in Trinity college, Cambridge, where he con- tinued nine years, and made amazing attainments in useful literature. Here he sat under the ministry of the famous Mr. Perkins, by means of whose preaching he was effectually converted to God. For several years he laboured under the most painful awakenings of conscience, approaching almost to melancholy. While he was groaning under these convic- tions, his father, who was unconscious of the cause of his dejection, called him home, hoping that a change of air might remove his complaint; but his father was not aware of his disease, and the remedy proved ineffectual. Afterwards, he found peace with God, and enjoyed comfort in his own soul, through faith in Jesus Christ, which lie never lost to his dying day. Upon his leaving the university, he became domestic chaplain first to Sir Thomas Jermin of Rushbrook in Suffolk, then to Sir Edward Lukenore of Denham in the same county. Here he continued till he married the daughter of Mr. TimothyOldman, minister of Denham, whose father was greatly persecuted, and at lcrigth forced to abscond, in the days of Queen Mary., Mr. Blackerby; after remaining two years with his father-in-law, was called to preach at Feltwellin Norfolk. In this situation he continued some time, but, on account of his nonconformity, was at last obliged to remove to Ashdon inEssex, where he abode twenty-three years, and was employed in the education of youth. Some of his scholars became men of considerable eminence. Dr. Bernard, whom he recommended to Archbishop Usher, and who afterwards became that learned prelate's chaplain and wrote his life, was one of them. Although Mr. Blackerby, on account of -his nonconformity, could not, with a good conscience, accept of any ecclesiastical preferment, or under- take any pastoral charge, within the pale of the national church, yet he constantly preached at one place or another, as he fOund opportunity. During the last ten years of the 4. Sir Edward was member in several parliaments, anda person of con- siderable eminence. He was a gendeman of great piety, an able patriot, a zealous promoter of a further reformation, and a great friend to the persecuted nonconformists.-MS. Chronology, vol. ii, p. 593. (2.)