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vii “ had a plentiful eftate, fo he was of a very chari« table disposition : which yet was not so well o known to many, because in the disposal of his « charity, he very much affected secrecy. He fre« quently bestowed his alms on poor housekeepers, « disabled by age or sickness to support themselves, « thinking those to be the most proper objects of it. *“ He was rather frugal in expence upon himself, « that so he might have wherewithal to relieve the 6 necessities of others. And not only charitable in « his life, but in a very beautiful manner at his " death, bequeathing in pious and charitable lega“ cies to the value of a thousand pounds : to the 6 library of the university of Cambridge fifty pounds, cc and of King's college, one hundred pounds, and of :56 Emanuel College, twenty pounds, to which college « he had been a considerable benefactor before, hav“ ing founded three several scholarships there to the < value of a thousand pounds, out of a charity with " the disposal whereof he was entrusted, and which s not without great difficulty and pains he at last 6 received. To the poor of the several places where “ his estate lay, and where he had been minister, o he gave above one hundred pounds. Among those « who had been his servants, or who were so at his « death, he disposed in annuities and legaciesin mo

ney, to the value of above three hundred pounds. " To other charitable uses, and among his poor “ relations, above three hundred pounds. To eve

ry one of his tennants, he left a legacy according “ to the proportion of the estate they held, by way 66 of remembrance of him ; and to one of them, r who was gone much behind, he remitted in his “ will seventy pounds. And as became his great goodness he was ever a remarkably kind landlord, “ forgiving his tennants, and always making abatements to them for hard years, or any other acci

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viii « dental losses that happened to them. He inade 6 likewise a wise provision in his will to prevent law“ suits amang legatees, by appointing two or three « perfons of the greatest prudence and authority a“ mong his relations, final arbitrators of all diffe

rences that should arise."

His select fermons were printed at London, 1698, in 8vo, with a preface by the late Earl of Shaftsbury, author of the CHARACTERISTICKS, which collection was fince republished at Edinburgh, in the year 1742 in 1 2ino, with an excellent recommendatory epiftle, by the revd. and learned Dr. William Wishart principal of the college of Edinburgh. Four other volumes of his discourses were published by Dr. John Jeffery, Archdeacon of Norwich, at London, 1702, in 8vo.

We thall conclude this short account of our author with the character which bishop Burnet, that excellent prelate, gives of him. Speaking of those divines who were generally called Eatitudinarians, he says, “ Dr. IV hichcote was a man of a rare tem

per, very mild and obliging. He had great credit 66 with some that had been eminent in thelate times " but made all the use he could of it; to protect “ good men of all persuasions. He was much for « liberty of conscience. And being disgusted with 66 the dry systematical way of those times, he studied 66 to raise those who conversed with him, to a noble - set of thoughts, and to consider religion as a seed « of a DEI FORM nature : (to use one of his own

phrases) in order to this, he set young students, “ much on reading the ancient philosophers, chiefly « Plato, Tully and Plotin; and on considering the “ christian religion, as a doctrine sent from God, « both to elevate and sweeten human nature, in " which he was a great example, as well as a wife « and kind instructor."

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The ŞHORTNESS of HUMAN CHARITY,

JONAH iv. 1, 2. But it difpleased Jonah exceedingly, and he was very

angry. And he prayed unto the Lord, and said, I pray thee, O Lord, was not this my faying, when I was yet in my country ? therefore, I fled before unto Tarshish; for I knew that thou art a gracious God, and merciful, how to anger, and of great kindness, and repentest thee of the evil.

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good mản, an extraordinary person, a prophet, yea, of all the prophets, a type of Christ, in whom our Savicur doth instance : that he is so much offended, and that he is so very angry? We may imagine, doubtless, some very great cause, something mightily amiss, and out of order : no less certainly, than one of thefe three things.

1. Certainly, here is some great dishonour to God. Here is some; sure, that declare for atheism, profaneness and irreligion, that hath so provoked the spirit of the good man. As we find good Hezekiah, he rent his clothes, and fell into a grievous passion upon Rabshakeh's blasphemy, and reviling the God Vol. I

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