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T. HILL. 171 ordination of public preachers ; and in 1645, when the committee of accommodation was revived by order of parlia- ment, he was appointed one of its learned members.. He preached frequently before the house of parliament, and was chosen morning lecturerat the Abbey church, Westminster. He preached every Lord's day at St. Martin's in the Fields, " where," it is observed, " his labours were made a blessing to many thousands."± He was a divine universally celebrated for learning and ability ; and therefore was appointed master of Emanuel college, Cambridge, and afterwards of Trinity college, in the same university. Here he employed all his talents and zeal in the advancement of sound learning and genuine piety, and in the observance of college exercises. Mr. Henry Oatland, afterwards one of the ejected ministers, who was one of his pupils, observes, " that he derived un- speakable advantage from Dr. Hill's plain but excellent method of preaching Christ."t He was twice chosen vice- chancellor, and was particularly concerned to preserve the honour and privileges of the university. Dr: Hill was a divine sound in the faith, and firmlyattached to'the doctrinal articles of the church of England. He con- sidered unconditional election, salvation by, grace, justifica- tion by the imputed righteousness of Christ, and the final perseverance of believers, not as points of dry speculation or vain curiosity, but as prominent doctrines of scripture, and the very life of true christian faith. What he believed he constantly practised through life' ' and found its unspeakable comforts in truth. During his last sickness; being exceed-, ingly afflicted with a quartan ague, he found much joy and peace in believing. The distinguishinglove of God in Christ Jesus was the foundation of his confidence and happiness. Being asked, just before his departure, whether he enjoyed peace with God, he cheerfully replied, " Through the mercy of God in Christ my peace is made, and I quietly rest in it He died much lamented, December 18; 1653. He was a divine eminent for -humility and holiness, an excellent and useful preacher, and of great learning and moderation ; but no friend to arminianism.g He used to lay his hand upon his breast, and say,'" Every true christian bath something here, that will frame an argument against arminianism."11 This learned and pious divine has not escaped the reproach- Papers of Accommodation, p. 13. + Clark's Lives annexed to Martyrologie, p. 230, 231. Calamy's Contin. vol. ii. p. 885. § Clark's Lives, p. 233. Firmin's Real Christian, p. 26. Edit. 1670.