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DŘ. Manton was born in king. This, however, gave 1620. In 1635 he was placed great offence, and some in the in Wadham College, Oxford ; house talked of sending him to where he made such proficiency, the tower, when his friends adthat he was ordained, at the age of vised him to withdraw; but he twenty, by the excellent Bishop never flinched, and the heat Hall, who took particular no- abated. tice of him, as likely to prove an Mr. Sedgwick of Covent Garextraordinary person. He him- den, London, being disabled for self, however, ten years after his work, several persons were ward, lamented his entrance on proposed to succeed him, but he the ministry so early, as a rash would not resign, till Dr. Manintrusion. The tiines were then ton was mentioned, and then he perilous, and he was confined in readily yielded.
He was preExeter, when it was besieged by sented to this living by the Duke the king's forces. After being of Bedford, who esteemed him sometime unsettled, he was chos- highly to his dying day. In this en at Colyton in Devonshire to situation he had a grand and nupreach a weekly lecture ; and merous audience ; among whom was much respected. On com- frequently was the excellent ing to London he was soon no- Archbishop Usher, who used to ticed, and frequently employed. say,
a voluminous His first settlement was at Stoke- preacher ;” pot that he was teNewington in 1643. Here he dious for length, but because he continued seven years, and was reduced the substance of voloften engaged not only in preach- umes of divinity into a narrow ing, but on other affairs in the compass.
Dr. Manton had a city. The second of the ser- great respect for Mr. Love, who . mops before the sons of the cler. was beheaded in 1651 for assista gy was by him. He delivered ing the royal family, and attendseveral before the Parliament, in ed him on the scaffold. The which he discovered great pru- . government, finding that the dence, particularly in that preach- Dr. intended to preach his funeed after he had borne his testi- ral sermon, expressed displeasmony against the death of the ure, and the soldiers threatened Vol. II. No. 10. lii
to shoot him. But he was un- any sordid ends of his own, but daunted, and preached at Mr. for the benefit of others, royalLove's church, in St. Lawrence ists not excepted. Accordingly Jury, to a numerous congrega- he applied for the life of Dr. tion, though without pulpit, Hewit, who was condemned for cloth, or cushion. Though he a plot against the government; was far from courting the favour and, had it not been for the peof that government, they pro- culiar aggravations of guilt in fessed to esteem him ; and the case, the protector declared Cromwell sent for him to White- he would have yielded to the hail on the morning of bis in- Dr.'s intercession. stallment, telling him, not before In 1660 he was very instruhe came, that it was to pray on mental, with many other Presthe occasion ; and when he beg- byterian divines, in the restoraged to be excused, urging the tion of Charles II. He was one, shortness of the notice, he said, who waited on the king at Brethat such a man as he, could not DA, and was afterward sworn be at a loss to perform the ser- one of his chaplains. He was vice ; and put him into his study also appointed one of the comhalf an hour to premeditate. missioners at the Savoy conserThe protector made him one of ence, being the first to receive his chaplains. He was also ap- the commission from the Bishop pointed one of the committee of London, who wrote him a for trying ministers ; and he most respectful letter on the ocseldom absented himself from casion. In the interval between that troublesome service, as he the restoratian and the fatal Barwas heard to say, that he might tholomew day he met no molesdo all in his power to pre- tation, being well respected in Fent matters from running into bis parish. He was also greatly extremes. One instance of his esteemed by persons of the first kindness is worth recording. A quality at court. Sir John Barclergyman of respectable aspect, ber used to tell him, that the somewhat in years, appeared be- king had a singular respect fo fore the commissioners, when him. Lord chancellor Hyde was Dr. Manton called for a chair; highly obliging to him, and at which some were displeased. gave him free access to him on This minister, after the restora- all occasions ; which he imprortion, was preferred to a bishopriced, not for himself, but for the in Ireland ; and he retained so service of others. But after the affectionate a remembrance of Dr. refused to conform in 1662, Dr. Manton, that he charged so fickle is the favour of the Bishop Worth, when he went to great, that he fell under his. London, to visit the Dr. and tell lordship’s displeasure, who achim, that, if he was molested in cused him to the king of some his preaching in England, he treasonable expressions in a sershould have liberty to preach in mon. On which his majesty any part of his diocese in Ire- sent for him, with an order to land undisturbed. His interest bring his sermon. On reading with the protector, which was the passage referred to, the king very great, he never applied to asked him, whether, upon his
word, that was all he said ; and tion to administer the Lord's upon a solemn assurance that it supper ; but did not live to perwas, he replied, “ Doctor, I am form that service. The day besatisfied, and you may be as- fore he was confined to his bed, sured of my favour; but look he was in his study, of which he to yourself, or Hyde will be too took a solemn leave, blessing hard for you."
God for the many pleasant and After his ejectment he usual- useful hours he had spent there, ly resorted to his own church, and expressing his joyful hope where he heard his successor, of a state of clearer knowledge Dr. Patrick, till he was obliged and higher enjoyments. At to desist. After this he preach- night he prayed with his family, ed on Lord's day evenings in his under great indisposition, and own house, and on Wednesday recommended himself to God's mornings ; for which Justice wise disposal ; desiring that, “if Ball proceeded against him. he had no farther work for him When the indulgence, given in to do, he would take him to bim1670, expired, and the Dr. was self.” When he went to bed, he apprehended, after his sermon was seized with a lethargy, to the on the Lord's day, many persons great loss and grief of his friends, of distinction attended him ; so as it deprived him of all capacity that he met civil treatment ; for conversing with them. He and, when a prisoner in the died 18th Oct. 1677, in the 57th Gate-house, the keeper, though year of his age. usually severe, granted him eve
Dr. Manton was
a man of ry convenience.
great learning, judgment, integAfter his release, when the rity and moderation. He had a indulgence was renewed, he fine collection of books : and his preached in a large room in delight was in his study.
He Whitehart-yard; but there he had carefully read the fathers was at length disturbed. A band and schoolmen, and well digested of rabble came on Lord's day the commentators on Scripture. morning to seize him ; but, hav- He was also well read in ancient ing timely notice, he escaped and modern history, which rentheir fury. The place was fined dered his conversation entertain401. and the minister, who ing and instructive.
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When coursed with young gentlemen the indulgence was confirmed in who had travelled, so as to sur1672, the merchants set up a prise them with his superior lecture at Pinner's Hall, which knowledge of things abroad. He was opened by Dr. Manton. took great pains with his ser
When his health began to de. mons, and sometimes transcribcline, he could not be persuaded ed them more than once. Jong to desist from his delight- good thought came into his ful work of preaching; but he mind in the night, he would light at length consented to spend his candle, and sometimes write some time with Lord Wharton an hour. His delivery was natat Woburn. Finding however ural and free, clear and eloquent, but little benefit, he soon return- quick and powerful, and always od, and gave notice of his inten- suited to the simplicity and ma
jesty of divine truth. His earn- the subject of his last public disestness was such, as might soften the most obdurate spirits. “I Dr. Harris, in the memoirs of am not speaking,” says Dr.Bates,' his life, mentions the following “ of one whose talent was only anecdote of him. “ Being to in voice, who laboured in the preach before the Lord Mayor pulpit, as if the end of preaching and court of Aldermen at St. . were the exercise of the body. Paul's, the Doctor chose a subThis man of God was inflamed ject, in which he had an opporwith holy zeal ; and spoke, as tunity of displaying his judg. one who had within him a living ment and learning
He was faith of divine truths. The sound heard with admiration and apof words only strikes the ear, plause by the more intelligent but the mind reasons with the part of the audience. But, as he mind, and the heart speaks to the was returning from dinner with heart." He abounded in the the Lord Mayor, a poor mang work of the Lord, preaching following him, pulled him by with unparalleled assiduity and the sleeve of his gown, and asked frequency; yet always superior him, if he were the gentleman, to others, and equal to himself. that preached before the Lord In the decline of life he would Mayor. He replied, he was, not leave his beloved work, the • Sir,' says he, I came with vigour of his mind supporting hopes of getting some good to the weakness of his body. As a my soul; but I was greatly disChristian, his life was answera- appointed, for I could not underble to his doctrine. His con- stand a great deal of what you tempt of the world secured him said ; you were quite above me.' from being wrought on by those The Doctor replied with tears, motives, which tempt sordid Friend, if I did not give you a spirits from duty. His charity sermon, you have given me was eminent in procuring sup- one.' plies for others, when in mean circumstances himself. But he had great experience of God's SKETCH OF REV. THOMAS vin: fatherly provision, to which his
CENT, M. A. filial confidence was correspondent. His conversation in his THOMAS and Nathaniel Vin, family was holy and exemplary, cent were sons of the worthy every day instructing them in and reverend Mr. John Vincent ; their duty from the Scriptures. of whom it was observed, that he His humility was great. He was
was so harassed for his noncon. deeply affected by a sense of his formity, that, though he had frailties and unworthiness. A many children, not two of them little before his death he said to were born in the same county, Dr. Bates, “ It is infinitely ter: This Mr. Thomas Vincent, the rible to appear before God the elder son, was born at Heriford Judge of all, without the protec. in 1634, and educated at Ox tion of the blood of sprinkling." FORD, He succeeded the Rev. This alone relieved him, and Mr. Case, as rector of St. MARY supported his hopes; which was MAGDALEN, MILK
London, from which he was in that station, wherein he was ejected. He was a worthy, hum- then so usefully fixed. Mr. ble, eminently pious man, of so- Vincent not being satisfied to de, ber principles, and of great zeal sist, they agreed to request the and diligence. He had the advice of their brethren in and whole of the New Testament about the city, upon the case. and Psalms by heart. He took
When Mr. Doolittle had repre. this pains (as he often said) sented his reasons at large, Mr. “ not knowing but they, who Vincent acquainted bis brethren, took from him his pulpit, that he had very seriously con, might in time demand his Bible sidered the matter, before he a.so.” Even Wood says, “ He had come to a resolution. He was always held in great esteem had carefully examined the state for his piety by those of his per- of his own soul, and could look suasion." But his eminence death in the face with comfort. and usefulness were not He thought it was absolutely knowledged by a particular par. necessary, that such vast numty only, but by all sober persons, bers of dying people should have who were acquainted with him. some spiritual assistance. He He was one of the few minis could have no prospect of usefulters, who had the zeal and cour, ness in the exercise of his minage to continue in the city istry, through his whole life, amidst all the fury of the plague like that which now offered itin 1665; and he pursued his self. He had often committed ministerial work in that needful, the case and himself to God in but dangerous season, with all prayer, and upon the whole had diligence and intrepidity, both in solemnly devoted himself to the public and private. He had service of God and souls upon been for some time employed in this occasion; and therefore assisting Mr. Doolittle at Isling- hoped none of them would enton in giving young persons an
deavour to weaken his hands in academical education ; for which this work. When the ministers service he was thought well quale present had heard him out, they ified. Upon the progress of the unanimously declared their satdistemper in the city, he ac- isfaction and joy ; that they ap. quainted his good friend and prehended the matter was of colleague with his design to God, and concurred in their quit that employment, and to prayers for his protection and devote himself chiefly to the success. Hereupon he went out visitation of the sick, and the in- to his work with the greatest struction of the healthy, in that firmness and assiduity. He contime of pressing necessity. Mr. stantly preached every Lord's Doolittle endeavoured to dissuade day through the whole visitation him, by representing the danger in some parish church. His he must run ; told him, he subjects were the most moving thought he had no call to it, be- and important, and his manage: ing then otherwise employed ; ment of them the most pathetic and that it was rather advisable and searching. The awfulness he should reserve himself for of the judgment, then every farther service to the rising age, where obvious, gave a pecuțiar