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Letters of Mr. Bartholomew was soon enough to be numbered
amongst Mr. Towgood's auditors;
whose discourse was drawn up in (Concluded from p. 218.)
terms and delivered in a manner LETTER III. To the Rev. Samuel Slater, Mi. he set this transaction in a just and
quite suitable to the occasion : as nister of the Dissenting Cone rational light by asserting the right gregation at Cołyton, in Devon. of ordination to be primarily in DEAR SIR,
each respective congregation, disAs the late signal mercy I have claiming all pretences of conferring received, has in all probability any latent gift or qualification ; set our next interview at a much and that no more was intended by greater distance than I had others that rite, than the recommending wise intended; so I hope this con- the persons ordained to Almighty sideration may free my present God for his especial blessing and addressing you from the imputa. assistance, and to their flocks as tion of impertinence, which other. persons duly qualified to be paswise it might justly be deemed, tors in the Christian cburch. unless your peculiar candour Which also I think Mr. Amory should prevail on you to give it very seasonably premised, when a more favourable lurn.
about to enter on the interrogatory As I had never been present at part of this exercise ; the giving an ordination, so from the first you my sentiments on which was notice I determined to give my at. ihe chief design of this epistle. tendance on the 28th ult. at Şid. And here as I think Mr. Kiddel's mouth: but from some unfore. answers 'relating to the Reforma. seen disappointment relating to tion, his motives as to entering into the horse I had hired, I unhappily the ministry, and his resolutions of failed of what I prefer to any demeaning himself agreeable to other consideration of that nature, that character to be very satisfacyour company on the way thither: tory; so I must confess when he whichi likewise rendered my arrival came to the controverted articles much too late for the whole so. of Christianity, he did not answer lemnity. However, I happily my expectation. For as the word VOL. VII.
282 Letters of Mr. Bartholomew Hoare.—Letter 111. God (though its real import be old ; (which I wish there was not no more than a great king, yet) too much reason to resume in our in our common language is always days) “ That his brethren and understood to respect the Supreme countrymen were not valiant for Being, who in scripture by way the truth," which as it is the of eminence is styled “the blessed most valuable thing in the world, and only Potentate,” and “the so, I think, all, but especially mi. God of our Lord Jesus Christ;” nisters, ought tenaciously to adand though St. Paul indeed de here thereio; though it should clares Christ to be “ over all Gud have the misfortune to lie under blessed for ever:" yet it is evident the most discouraging circumthat to reconcile this expression to stances. But I cannot be perthe general current of the New suaded, that to act the part of a Testament, it ought to be taken in reconciler is quite consistent therea qualified sense as spoken of him, with. However I cannot disco. whom that primitive writer Justin ver any material objection, which Martyr calls God by the will of the most bigoted Tritheist could the Father: and whom as the have advanced against Mr. Kiddel's sacred writings abundantly testify, whole declaration. God the Father as the reward of As it seems to be of very little his obedience has invested with all moment with respect to another the authority, power and dominion life, in what sphere we are to pass which He possesses.
over the present; so I have always As to the Holy Spirit, as neither concluded that to fill up that staa throne, nor kingdom, nor church tion well, which the divine Provi. nor peuple, are any where assigned dence has assigned us, will entitle him in scripture ; nor to the best us to as resplendent a crown and of my remembrance a single peti- place us as near the thirone of God tion either immediately or by con. and the Lamb in the present state, sequence addressed to him, I can't as if we had filled an archiexpis. conceive how the same with a copal throne and worn a mitre very little variation may be des here below; since we are all by clared of bim as of the other two virtue of our covenant relation said persons: much less bow an Unita. to be 6
a 'royal priesthood” and rian could with the least propriety made “ kings and priests unto sum up his confession with that God by his Son;" which inclines glaring interpolation of 1 John v.7. me to look on a great part of Mr: which the most eminent confessor* Moore's performance as an exubeof the present century, of which rance of affection, to--, for which the three kingdoms can boast, due allowances ought to be made. (now with God) has beyond all I can assure you, Sir, I should peradventure proved to be spurious, not have so freely animadverted both in his tracts against Martyn on this solemnity, but to that and also in his Address to the friend, who is as my own soul. Convocation.
But waving all apology, I am, &c. It was the subject of an 'affec. tionate prophet's lamentation of
To the Brother of the Writer. * Rev. Ms. Emlyn, of Dublin,
--What greatly enhances my
grief on your account is, what in- children in a way of passing deed you pretty well know before, through life with comfort, decen. that it is out of my power either cy and usefulness, and of contrito extricate you out of this wretch. buting towards the support of that ed situation, or to assist you in it: religious society, with whom we for you well know that my busi. statedly join in the worship of Al. ness which consists chiefly of keep- mighty God. But this is a situn. ing a small shop here in the coun. tion, in which, perhaps, an Alltry is what (especially of late) wise and Gracious Being does not brings a mere trifling advantage see proper to place me; and I with il. For the present exorbi. hope I shall still make it my en. tant price of the necessaries of life deavour, as I have hitherto, to puts it out of the power of the acquiesce in the following petition common class of mankind to apply of Mr. Pope's Universal Prayer: any part of their earnings to the
“ This day be bread and peace my purchase of clothing; and as to
lot; the debts, which they contracted All else beneath the sun, before the advance, I can discover Thou know'st if best bestow'd, or no distant hope of their being in
And let thy will be done.” any condition to discharge them. This circumstance renders my pre. As to the inquiry which you sent situation very embarrassing make in relation to our fa vily, I on account of my traders.
You shall endeavour to satisfy you as well know my foundation at enter. far as it lies in my power; but it ing into a little trade was very cannot be expected to be either so slender, and an increasing family, correct or particular as could be tender constitution, together with wished : because our grandfather a variety of unavoidable afflictive was removed from this world beincidents, have conspired to pre. fore our father had reached eight. vent an amendment in my circuin- een months of his life : so that he stances: indeed my utmost am. was deprived of all that bis imme. bition as to trade is to be able to diate predecessor could have in. make short payments for my goods, formed him, in his growing up, because such as can do so, are at concerning the family. However liberty to deal when and with there was a brother, who was a whom they shall think proper and Nonconformist minister at Beminnot undergo the mortification of ster, where he continued to the looking on and seeing themselves day of his death, (which happened imposed on without remonstrating. more than thirty year since) great. This is cerlain, that no man does ly esteemed for his pity and learn. well in trade of any kind, unless ing by all his acquintance; and he has the command of it. This my father, observing my uncom. ' therefore bas still been the summit mon inclination to books, (even of all my wishes : because could from my childhood) has several I have attained this, it would have times took me with him, for two enabled me to assist my dear rela- or three days together, when a tives in their necessity and the in. lad, to visit this uncle, My father digent, fatherless and widows in entertained some hope, as the old their affliction, to have set my gentleman was childless, that whes
284 Letters of Mr. Bartholomew Hoare. -Letter IV. apprised of my genius, he would the parliament; in whose army have taken and brought me up a two brothers of the family hore student; (for he had several young commissions; and after the king's gentleman at a time in his house, death were in the administration to whom he taught the classics during the interregnum : all which and prepared them for higher se, time I particularly remember he minaries of learning,) but his wife said one of them resided in was a perfect Xantippe, and dic- London and kept a coach and lated to him in ail his undertakings, splendid equipage (which in those which prevented his complying days was, I imagine, something with my father's proposal, when extraordinary,) till the Restoration he moved him abbut it: for he an- put an end to that form of govern. swered that he hoped a secular call. ment. Their brother from whom ing would turn out as much for we are descended at the same time, my advantage upon the whole, possessed an estate of 4001. per an. and that he could not grant him here at Comb-pyne; who married his desire consistent with his three wives successively, and had peace. But this I doubt, you several children by each wife. By will think a needless digression. the first wife in particular, he had This uncle, I well remember, but one son, (whose name I bear) I have several times heard give my and one daughter ; to him at bis father a detail of the family; for death he left 300l. per annum of he (as I have been since told) his estate : he, I have been told, was a great antiquarian: but always appeared like a gentleman youth is too inattentive to subjects and particularly wore a sword, of this nature. What I retain of when he was dressed (w.bich by his discourses on that head is his the way I suppose was as distinasserting—that our's was hereto- guishing then, as a commission of
considerable family - the land tax is now.) This young that one of our ancestors bad the gentleman dying a batchelor by a honour of knighthood conferred fall from his horse, and leaving upon him--that in those intestine a testamentary disposal of all his troubles betwixt Henry VI. and estates real and personal to his Edward the IV. when most of the only sister, and she intermarrying considerable families in England with one Broughton in this neighengaged on one side or the other, bourhood, had by that marriage a several of this family took, com daughter; who intermarrying with missions under Henry VI. whose the predecessors of the Oke family cause failing and being by some of Pinbay (which family you means or other, rendered obnoxi. know) carried thither the family ous to the victors, our ancestors estates, who possess them to this removed from one of ihe midland day. The elder brother by the counties, (if I remember right, it second wife was our great grandwas Huntingdonshire,) and retired father, who had also an estate left and settled at Comb.pyne, in this him by his father: and our grand, neighbourhood. I cannot recol. father bad possessed it after his lect any thing said by him parti- mother had he survived her, it cularly relating to them, till the being I imagine what is called com contests betwixt Charles I. and pybold; but when the Duke of
fore a very
Monmouth made a descent here his addressing my father thusin the West, our grandfather (who “corsin, our family were formerly was a man of an excellent charac. remarkable for their stature and ter, of which I have been assured strength, but (continued he) the by several who remembered him) race is dwindled by their taking from a belief, that James II. was wives who were little of stature." breaking in upon the constitution And that at my return home I and introducing popery and arbi. made my mother (who you know trary power, with a great number is an undersized woman) smile on of sober, serious persons took up telling her, that she must need be arms under that unfortunate no. unacceptable to the gentleman we bleman; and, after his defeat, to bad teen visiting, as being of the avoid the effects which the en- size that had reduced the stature gaging in that inauspicious enter- of his family. But alas! How prize produced, he re:ired to Lon- few of the patriots, or beroes, don, till the Revolution put an end which two or three centuries ago to the danger : but 'being of a distinguished themselves by a love weak constitution he died not for, or defence of their country many years after of a gradual de- have we transmitted down to us: cay and left a wife and two child. three or four of the most illustrious ren, a girl about three years of perhaps we may meet with in the age, and our father Dear eighteen annals of those times! the rest are all months; and dying intestate, the overwhelmed by the stream of time mother became administatrix; and sunk into oblivion beyond all and soon after intermarried with a recovery!--As to the bearing of the şecond husband, who spent all he family, I can say nothing to any could possibly. iy hold of, of our purpose; this however at the time grandfather substance: the ef- of my recollecting the foregoing fects of ykich our father and we particulars, I remember my uncle have very sensibly felt. But a to have mentioned; and, I be. wrong step in marriage, as well as lieve, specified what it was, but as in death is not to be corrected; I knew nothing of the science of however, I have heard, that my heraldry, I cannot recollect it: grandmother lamented it to the but I well call to mind, that his last hour of her life. As to those haughty wife at one time in parti. commissions which any of the fa. cular scornfully smiled at bis mily at any time bore in the army, mentioning it, and said her family or what place they filled up in had a coat of arms also, but she the government, I cannot say, was not so vain as to make ihat But I remember the old gentle, the subject of her conversation. said particularly, that they con. And I have heard my lainer more tinued about London and left some than once relate that a silver scal, descendants; that they had dis. which was nis grandiativer's, un tinguished themselves by their which was enyraven the fanily martial deeds; and that they were arms, was laid up by his mother men of great stature and strength as a thing of value; and that of bady. For in relating this af when he grew towards the state of them i recollect an oddity in my manhood, he surreptitiously took uncle's conversation, which was it away and soon alter lost it;