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the nitre, and represented to the queen that the Doctor had preached a funeral sermon for Eleanor Gwynn, Charles's mistress, in which he had spoken more than charitably of that poor woman :—“ I have heard as much," her majesty calmly replied, " and it is to me a proof that the poor creature died a penitent at last; for if I can read a man's heart through his looks, I feel persuaded that had Nell Gwyne not made a good end, the Doctor never could have been induced to speak of her as he did.” In 1693, upon the death of Dr Marsh, Tenison was offered the archbishopric of Dublin; but he declined it on account of some difficulties which stood in the way of the restitution of certain church impropriations which had been forfeited to the crown, but which be thougit ought to be restored to the respective churches. In the following year, however, upon the death of Dr Tillotson, the bishop of Lincoln was elevated to the primacy.
Dr Kennet observes of this elevation, that it was "the solicitous care of the court to fill up the see of Canterbury. The first person that seemed to be offered to the eye of the world was Dr Stillingtimet, bishop of Worcester; but his great abilities bad raised soile envy and some jealousy of him; and indeed his body would bot tave borije tie fatigues of such a station. Even the bishop of Bristol, Dr Jola Hall, master of Pembroke college, Oxford, was recor. Lended by a great party of Den slo had an opinion of his great picty and moderation. But the person most esteemed by tieir majesties, and sout univerzaly approved by tiie ministry, and the cierty, and the people, was Dr Tenison. bissop of Lincoin, wo had been ese plury is entry slat:03 of his life.-bad restored a Deglected larte diocese io suine disciplile and good order, and had before, in the orice of a parochiai minist:r, done as much gooi as perhaps was possible for any ose lan to do." Soos afer bis elevation to the arebiepiscopal see, the corno brizg stized with tre disease which proved fata to ber, at her paricuar desire was arroded og ber deats-bei by Dr Tenison. He also preachet ker ina'sats's funeral sermon. Soon after. Dr Ken, the crisised Lubop of bath and Wels, adressed a letter is his grace, in via clarid him with muss beglect of duty, in Dot representing to her man great fult se lay uz jer bs ber cordoet at the Resolucz" uit. d-arour.g to anate Ler to a proper sase of pesce bishop took Do Doice of Kea's iter; but we dwat KSSKhai be brez ia Lis sitaat:03—would probal, s lase sinise carged the big wth Tuss LISC Licet in tat civo u Lady Basha with whom, it was re-630*, be bad bets louz tu faiata borbis 23) warus di be fu litir rengastrasoni: took ticanis 991part. asi stres S5771120 W visit Lar Vatns. Hetked up at CS-1 ITS of his intott, 150 was a co2 LOE 03 E a ceriz bis ias:
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moderate dissenters, upon their own principles, to do it. The employ. ing persons of a different religion from the established has been practised in all countries where liberty of conscience has been allowed. We have gone further already in excluding dissenters than any other country has done. Whatever reasons there were to apprehend our religion in danger from the papists, when the test-act was made, yet there does not seem the least danger to it from the dissenters now. On the other hand, I can see very plain inconveniences from this bill at present. As it is brought in, this last time, indeed, they have added a preamble, which, though it was in the first edition of the bill, was left out in the second; namely, that the act of toleration should be always kept inviolable ; but the toleration act being to take away all the penalties that a man might incur by going to a separate congregation, and the occasional bill being to lay new penalties upon those that do it, how they can say that this is not in itself a violation of the other, I cannot easily comprehend. I doubt it will put people in mind of what passed in France, where every edict against the protestants began with a protestation, that the edict of Nantes ought always to be preserved inviolable, till that very edict was in express words repealed. At a time that all Europe is engaged in a bloody and expensive war; that this nation has not only such considerable foreign enemies to deal withal, but has a party in her own bowels ready upon all occasions to bring in a popish pretender, and involve us all in the same or rather worse calamities than those from which, with so much blood and treasure, we have been freed ;—at a time that the protestant dissenters, (however they may be in the wrong by separating from us, yet,) are heartily united with us against the common foes to our religion and government; what advantage those who are in earnest for defending these things can have, by lessening the number of such as are firmly united in this common cause, I cannot, for my life, imagine; therefore, I am for throwing out the bill without giving it another reading."? The good archbishop further rendered himself obnoxious to her majesty by the zeal he manifested for securing a protestant succession. He even ventured to enter into a correspondence with the electress Sophia, on the subject of the Hanoverian succession. In April, 1706, he was nominated first commissioner for effecting the union with Scotland. In this same year he warmly supported the resolution of the majority of the peers, that the church of England, as by law established, is in a most safe and flourishing condition, and whosoever goes about to suggest and insinuate that the church is in danger, is an enemy to the queen, the church, and the kingdom.” This resolution was come to in consequence of the publication of a malicious pamphlet, entitled, • The Memorial of the Church of England,' said to have been written by Counsellor Pooley and Dr Drake, and the strenuous efforts of Rochester and others to get up the well-known high church tocsin against the whigs.
The archbishop did not long survive the coronation of George I.,— his death occurring on the 14th of December, 1715. Calamy says of the archbishop :- He was a very steady man: had he died in the reign of Queen Anne, (as many expected) it was generally thought that Dr Atterbury, bishop of Rochester, would have succeeded him: but this was what God in mercy prevented.” Baxter too regarded him with warm admiration. After the praise of such men it is hardly worth while to notice the Aippant calumnies of Swift, who calls Tenison “ the most good-for-nothing prelate, and the dullest man he ever knew."3
BORN A. D. 1662.-DIED A. D. 1714.
Matthew, the second son of Philip Henry, was born on the 18th of October, 1662, at Broad Oak, a farm-house in the township of Iscoyd in Flintshire, about three miles from Whitchurch in Salop, whither his father had retired on the passing of the act of uniformity.
During infancy and childhood Matthew's health was delicate, but he gave early indications of much inental activity and a studious disposition. It is affirmed, that at the infantile age of three, he not oniy read the Bible distinctly, but even with a knowledge and observation which few children of twice his years display. His early proficiency in the rudiments of education, and his great and rapid advancement in his subsequent studies, were doubtless in a great measure due to the extraordinary attention which his father's seclusion from the duties of a public station enabled himn to give to the studies and mental discipline of his family. Our young nonconformist was also greatly indebted to the affectionate and skilful tutoring of a young gentleman, who happened to reside for a time at Broad Oak, previous to his going to the university, and who took Matthew under his special charge. The efforts and advancement of the scholar kept pace with his privileges, and some little attention was necessary on the part of his parents to prevent him injuring his health by too close application to the studies prescribed him.
When about ten years of age, the expectations which bis fond parente had begun to form of him were nearly fatally blasted. He was request by a slow fever to the very brink of the grave; but a kind provies again restored him to their arms, and under circumstances wma me a deep impression, not only upon the hearts of the parentie De Ofis of the young sufferer himself. From this time he deporIIET.. had always been grave and orderly, became market. I DRDOLINUS
• Memoirs of Dr Tenison-Calate:
seriousness of disposition in one so young, and he now began to spend much of his time in retirement within his own closet.
It is believed, that, from his childhood, Matthew Henry had a strong and decided inclination to the ministry. It was evinced in many of those little innocent practices by which children often give indication of a predilection for some particular profession or employment. But it was not till his eighteenth year that, with an ultimate view towards devoting his life to the ministry of the gospel, he was placed under the tuition of that faithful minister,' Mr Thomas Doolittle, who kept a private academy at Islington. On the breaking up of Mr Doolittle's establishment, young Henry was sent for a short time to Gray's Inn, where he bestowed a good deal of attention upon “ the noble science of the law;" but without once flinching in heart and purpose from the nobler science and office which he had early coveted—the science of the gospel, and, “office of a bishop.” It must be noticed, that at this early period in their history, the nonconformists of England had no regular seminaries for the education of their youth for the ministerial ofice. It was doubtless, therefore, more with a view to the advantages to be derived from conversation with men of education, and to avail himself of the facilities of learning which the metropolis afforded, than with any serious wish or intention to explore the profundities of jurisprudence, that young Henry entered of Gray's Inn. Accordingly, we tind him paying considerable attention to the modern languages while in London, and availing himself of all the opportunities which he possessed of extending bis acquaintance amongst divines, and other learned men. He frequently heard sermon from Dr Stillingfleet, or Dr Tillotson, and he attended a weekly divinity disputation kept up by some young men under the presidency of Mr Glascock, a very worthy and ingenious young minister.
In the month of June, 1686, Mr Henry returned to Broad Oak, and soon after commenced preaching. In 1687, he accepted the invitation of a church at Chester, to undertake the pastoral office amongst them. The same year he married, but lost his wife soon after by sinall-pox. His next lady was a member of the family of the Warburtons of Grange, in Chester, with whom he lived more than twenty years, and by whom God gave him a numerous progeny. After Mr Henry had been settled about seven years at Chester, he lost his father, an event which he deeply felt. To the memory of this beloved parent he has dedicated one of the most beautiful and interesting, because most simple and unaffected, pieces of biography in the English language.
In Mr Henry's zealous ministrations, the villages and towns around Chester also largely participated. At some of them, particularly Moldsworth, Grange, Bromborough, Elton, and Saighton, he preached a monthly lecture. At Beesdon, Mickledale, Peckferton, Wrexham, Stockbridge, Burton, and Darnal, he preached still more frequently. His labour every Sabbath-day, in his own congregation, consisted of two double services, as they are called, comprising first a lecture or exposition, and then a sermon. On Saturdays he catechised the young people; and besides this, he had one week-day lecture, with other religious meetings, in addition to visiting the sick, preaching to the prisoners in the castle, and the various other occasional services which will impose themselves, whether solicited or not, upon a faithful and ardent minister in a populous locality. For several years, the care of all the neighbouring churches may be said, “ daily to have come upon” Mr Henry, especially such as he could visit beween the Sabbaths. The engagements to which he was thus frequently called, included a circuit of about thirty miles, and embraced frequent public addresses, ordinations, and funeral sermons. And yet Mr Henry was by no means one of those restless spirits who delight in publicity and bustle. He was naturally fond of retirement, and courted privacy and quiet as far as it was possible for him to do so in consistency with his obligations to God and his neighbour. Hence the delight he felt in those calm and unostentatious hours of private study and meditation, which produced his ever-memorable commentary on the Scriptures ; and the gratitude he was known to express that that part of his work, at least, was “cut out in retirement, and not in noise and hurry.” It is marvellous, how, with so much work upon his hands, he contrived to dedicate such a large proportion of his time to the devotions of the closet, and the preparations of the study. His sermons were elabowated with more than ordinary care, and often written out at full length; his expositions were also the fruit of very considerable research and mental exertion.
In the year 1699, Mr Henry was thought of as a suitable person to succeed Dr Bates, then lately deceased at Hackney. To the first and the second invitation sent him from the church assembling at that place, he gave a decided negative, believing that Chester presented to him a sphere of greater usefulness, and therefore, that it was his duty to remain there. Ten years after this, however, when the congregation at Hackney, by the death of Mr Billio, were again left destitute, and had renewed their application to Mr Henry, he saw it his duty to comply, and, accordingly, he renioved from Chester to London in May, 1712. One motive which greatly influenced Mr Henry in at last acceding to the wishes of the church at Hackney, might be traced to the wish which he must have felt to superintend the publication of his great work, the Commentary, then in the press,-a duty which it was hardly possible for him to perform with any efficiency while resident in Chester.
Our author's pastoral engagements at Hackney commenced on the 18th of May, 1712. In the new sphere of labour which now lay around him, he found ample opportunity for constant and laborious exertion ; and, though his strength was somewhat impaired, and disease began to make its inroads upon his frame, he entered upon his new duties with undiminished alacrity and zeal. His biographer has remarked of him, that sometimes while at Hackney he preached his early lecture at Little-St-Helen's; then returned to Hackney to fulfil his regular morning and afternoon services, consisting, as at Chester, of two expositions and two sermons; then he has gone to Wapping to preach at Mr Lloyd's meeting house, or to Shakspeare's Walk charity school, or sometimes to the evening lecture at Redriff'; and finally, having returned home, has gone through all the parts of family worship without giving evidence of either mental or bodily fatigue.
By such labours Mr Henry's health soon became visibly impaired. His friends would have persuaded him to suspend, or at least abate, some portion of his incessant circle of engagements ; but he would not