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to whom Mr. Howe was very serviceable while he continued at Whitehall ; and never

was mentions one that does him the greatest honour, and is wo thy of perpetual remembrance ; which was his seasonable service to Dr. Seth Ward, who was afterwards bishop of Exeter, and Sarum. was this.

" IN 1657, that gentleman, who had succeeded « Mr. John Greaves some time before, as Professor “ of astronomy in the university of Oxford, stood " candidate for the Principalship of Jesus College in “ the fame university, upon the refignation of Dr. “ Roberts. Dr. Waik had the majority of the Fel«c lows for him; but Mr. Francis Howell of Exeter « College made an interest in the Protector Crom“ wel, and obtained his promise for the filling up “ that vacancy. Dr. Ward not knowing that matos ters had gone so far, was for making an interest in “ the Protector too; and in order to it applied to " Mr. Howe: who, without making great promises

as to success, readily offered to introduce him to. " the Protector, and do him what service he was

Having obtained an audience, and they " three being together, Mr. Howe gave the Pro" tector a great character of Dr. Ward, with respect << to his learning, and fignified how ill it would “ found, if a man of his known merit should be 6 discountenanced; especially as he had the majo“rity of the Fellows on his fide. Cromwel replied, " that Dr. Roberts having resigned his Principalihip " into his hands, he had been informed that it was “ his right to fill up the vacancy; and he had given $his promise to Mr. Howell and could not draw “ back. But immediately taking Mr. Howe alide, " and discoursing him freely about Dr. Ward; “ -and he telling him that in his apprehenfion it « would be much for his honcus to do something “ for the Doctor, and that he would thereby inccu

rage men of merit and learning ; he returned to “ Dr. Ward, who continued waiting, and told him " that he found Mr. Howe to be much his friend, çc and, upon his report of him, was disposed to give

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was he known to be backward to assist any of the royalists or episcopalians in distress, if they were persons of real merit. He bea friendedseveral also with his advice and in, terest, upon their being obliged to appear before the Triers; in order to the having : their approbation before they were allowed to officiate in public as ministers (F).

IN “ he pleasantly asked him what he thought the Prin

cipalihip of Jesus College might be worth? The “ Doctor freely told him what was the value of it “ according to common computation. Upon which ” he gave the Doctor a promise, that he would allow « him the sum he mentioned annually. This was at: " that time reckoned a seasonable kindness; and the “ Doctor expressed his grateful sense of it to Mr. “ Howe, some time after, when upon the change of “ the times he became a greater man.” p. 6, 7, fol. & p. 18, 19, 20. oct.

(F) is Among the rest (says Dr. Calamy) that ap- ; "plied to him for advice upon that occafion, the ce“Icbrated Dr. Thomas Fuller, who is fo well known “ for his punning writings, was one. That Gentleman, “ who was generally upon the merry pin, being to “ take his turn before those Triers, of whom he had

a very formidable notion, thus accosted Mr. Howe, : “ when he applied to him for advice. Sir, said he, “ you may observe I am a pretty corpulent man, " and I am going through a passage that is very “ strait ; I beg you would give me a shove, and help

me through. Mr.Howe freely gave him his advice, " and he promised to follow it; and when he ap“ peared before them, and they proposed to him " the usual question, Whether he had ever had any “ experience of a work of grace upon his heart? “ he gave in this for answer, that he could appeal to “the Searcher of hearts, that he made conscience of “ his very thoughts. With which answer they were “ satisfied, as indeed they well might.” P: 7. fol, edit. & p.20, 21. oct

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In short fo generous was Mr. Howe in: using his interest on the behalf of persons of any worth, who applied to him, that Crom-: wel, it is faid, once freely told him, that he had obtained many favours for others; ? but, says he, I wonder when the time is to come that


will move for any thing for your self, or your family. A plain argument that he took him for a very disinterested person; and as free from selfishness, as he was from partiality.

Whilst he continued in Cromwel's fa-, mily, he was often put upon secret services; but they were always honourable, and such as according to the best of his judgement might be to the benefit of the public, or particular perfons. And when he was once ingaged, he used all the diligence, secrecy, and dispatch he was able (G).

. In a word he behaved so well in this Itation, that he had the ill-will of as few, as any man: and also the particular friendship of the great and amiable Dr. Wilkins, who was afterwards bishop of Chester, and seve-.


(G) ONCE particularly (as Dr. Calamy was informed) he was sent by Oliver in haste, upon a certain occasion to Oxford, to a meeting of ministers there ; and he made such dispatch, that tho' he rode by St. Giles's Church at twelve a-clock, he arrived at Oxford by a quarter after five.

ral others; who were great supports of real piety and goodness in those times, and afterwards eminent under the legal establishment. And though it is acknowledged that he he lost the favour of the Protector, in some degree, yet that will redound to his honour rather than disgrace, when it is considered, that it was owing to his firmness and integrity, in maintaining what he thought was for the honour of God, and the Christian religion ; in opposition to a certain kind of enthufiasm, which was become very fashionable at court: but which, notwithstanding his Highness's particular fondness for it, our Author honestly opposed, as being of the most dangerous tendency (H).

On September 3, 1658, Oliver died; and was succeeded by Richard his eldest fon, as Lord Protector. Mr. Howe stood in the same relation to the son, as he had done to the father ; but meddled no more with státe affairs. How long he continued as Chaplain at court is not certain ; but, it is probable, it was not more than three months after Oliver's death. Our Author returned to his people at Torrington, and continued

his (H) The notion of a particular faith in prayer is what is here alluded to; an account of which, and of Mr. Howe's behaviour on that occasion, may be feen in Dr. Calamy's memoirs of his life, in page 7, 8. fol. edit. & pag. 21–24. oct.

his labours among them till the Restoration of Charles the second. This memorable event, it is well known, occasioned a general madness, as well as universal joy in the nation, The king being restored, made for some time more use than was usual of the Lords Lieutenants, and their deputies, to keep the several counties of the kingdom in awe. Many were made offenders for a word, and the most cautious preachers were accused and censured, if they were not intoxicated to the fame degree with their neighbours. Among the rest, Mr. Howe, tho' as cautious as most men of giving disturbance to any, yet met with some trouble in the year 1660, a few months after the restoration; which appears to have been given him by persons, that were defirous to do a pleasure to those, who then had the ascendant,

He was informed against by two men as having delivered somewhat that was seditious, and even treasonable, in two Sermons preached from Gal. vi. 7, 8.

8. But Mr. Howe purged himself by no less than one and twenty witnesses, who were judicious men, and injoined upon oath, on his Majesty's behalf, to declare the truth of the matter ; and they all cleared him from the

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