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DOD. 5 granted. His last words were, I desire to be dissolved and to be with Christ. He finished his course, and received the crown of righteousness, in the year 1645, aged ninety-six years, when his remains were interred in Fausley church.. Dr. Lloyd gives the following account of this venerable divine :-" Mr. Dod," says he, " had no delight in con- tradiction, nor could he find in his heart to disturb the peace of the church. He was so far from it, that, as I have frequently heard from his grandchild and others, when some thought their dissents ground enough for a war, he declared himself against it, and confirmed others in their allegiance he professed to the last a just hatred of that horrid rebellion.". The celebrated Archbishop Usher had the highest opinion of him, and said, " Whatever some affirm of Mr. Dod's strictness, and scrupling some ceremonies, I desire that when I die my soul may rest with his." Wood styles him " a learned and godly divine."-t. Fuller denominates him " patient, humble, meek, and charitable ; an excellent scholar, especially in Latin and Hebrew, and exceedingly profitable in conversation. He was a good ohynsist, to extract gold out of other men's lead; and however loose were the premises ofother men's discourse, piety was always his unforced conclusion."$ He is classed among the learned writers of Jesus college, Cambridge.§ Echard calls him " a learned decalogist, an exquisite Hebrician, and a most pious and hospitable divine ;" and says, " he was highly valued by all good men." 11 Granger observes, ai that in learning he was excelled by few, and in unaffected piety by none. Nothing was ever objected to this meek and humble man but his being a puritan." His sayings have been often printed, and are still to be seen pasted on the walls of cottages. An old woman in his neighbourhood, he adds, told Mtn, " that she would have gonedistracted for the loss of her husband, if she had been without Mr. Dod's sayings in her house."1 It is recorded of Mr. Dod, that one evening, being late in his study, his mind was strongly impressed, though he could assign no reason for it, to visit a gentleman of his acquaint- ance, at a very unseasonable hour. Not knowing the design of Providence, he obeyed and went. When he came to the house, after knocking a few times at the door, the gentleman himself came, and inquired whether he wanted him upon any Biog. Britau. vol. vii. p. 4269. + Wood's Athena, vol. i, p. 758. Fuller's Worthies, part i, p. 181.-Church Hist. b. xi. p. 220. § Fuller's Hist. of Cam. p. 86. 11 Echard's Hist, of Eng.vol. ii. p. 545. 4 Granger's Biog. Hist. vol, i, p. 370.