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I , JACOB, NATHAN, was born in 1629. His father,
dir: John Jacob, was a inajor in the parliament army, and "might have been a colonel under Cromwell, but refused all offers of preferment from that quarter. He lived many years in good reputation at Totness, being, after the Restoration, a captain in the militia. He designed this his son for the ministry from his cradle, if it should please God to qualify him for it; and his promising parts and early seriousness were such as raised the expectations of all, that knew him. He was well furnished with grammar Jearning at the age of fifteen ; and continued an indefatigable student at University College, Oxford, about four years. He then went into the country to visit his friends, with a design to return. But Mr. Garret the vicar of Totness, and other ininisters, observing his uncommon genius and improvement, persuaded his relations to use all their interest to prevail with him to enter upon the ministry immediately. Their importunity at last drew him into the pulpit, and after he had given them a proof of his great abi. lities, they left no means unattempted to hinder his return to Oxford, and to get him settled in the country; in which at length they succeeded. At first he assisted Mr. Williain Stidson, of Mary Church, whose daughter he afterwards married. About 1651, he preached at Coffins Well, a church which sprang from this, and was ordained by the classical Presbytery of Salisbury, June 3, 1652. During his stay here he had an augmentation of fifty pounds per ann, but was soon presented to the vicarage of Uxborough, in Devonshire, by Servington Savery, esq. Several gentlemen of considerable estates and character had their seats in this parish, to whom Mr. Jacob's great learning, exemplary piety, and obliging behaviour endeared himn; and after king Charles's restoration, when men of his persuasion were under public marks of infamy, he was treated with a distinguished respect. The income of the place was not very considerable; but the people had gained such an interest in his affections, that he could not be prevailed upon to remove, though a good living in Somerset, and another in Corowall, worth two hundred pounds per an:), were of fered him; so that be continued with them till Bartholonew day, 1662. When he could no longer instruct them in public, be dd it in private, as he bad opportunity; pitachiog sometimes at Shilston, and sometimes at his own VOL. III. No, 51.
house, house, having the Shilston family, and other neighbours, for his nearers. His patron Mr. Savery, who knew how to value substantial learning and piety, was his hearty friend in the worst of times. He gave him twenty pounds a year, and committed his eldest son, to his care. He rode once a fortnight to Plymouth, and preached to Mr. Thomas Martyn's people, after whose death he took upon him the pastoral care of that congregation. There he was convicted upon the Act against Conventicles, and with Mr. S. Martyn about 1684, was committed to Exeter jail for six months. He sometimes attended the established worship, and all his days maintained a friendly correspondence with soine worthy neighbouring clergymen, who did him many good offices. Mr. Nosworthy of Dipford, afforded him shelter in his parish, when the Five Mile Act drove him from Plymouth. He outlived those inelancholy days; and returned to the public exercise of his ministry at Plymouth, to a numerous congregation, where he lived beloved, and died lamented, 1690; justifying inoderate Nonconformity to the last. His funeral sermon was preached by canon Gilbert, vicar of St. Andrew's in Plymouth, who gave him a great character for.piety and learning.
· JACOMB, THOMAS, D. D. was born near Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire. He was educated at Magdalen Hall, Oxford, but when B. A. he removed to Emanuel College, Cambridge. He was sometiine Fellow of Trinity, and much esteemed there. He came to London in 1647, and being received into the family of that 'excellent, pions, and devout lady, the countess-dowager of Exeter, (daugh. ter to the earl of Bridgewater) as her chaplain, he had the opportunity of preaching in the city, and was soon fixed in Ludgate parish, where his ministry was both acceptable and useful. He had a happy art of conveying saving truths into the minds of gien. He did not entertain his hearers with curiosities, but with spiritual food. He dispensed the bread of life, whose vital sweetness and nourishing virtue 'is both productive and preservative of the life of souls. · He preached Christ crucified, our only wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption. This is to water the tree at the root. His sermons were clear, solid, 'and affectionate. He dipped his words in his own soul, ir. warm affecó tions, and breathed a boly.fire into the breasts of bis bear.
ers. His zeal for the glory of bis Master, and bis love to the souls of men, made him constant and diligent in his work, which he esteemed bosh his honour and pleasure. Ai the first appearance of a cancer in his mouth, he seemed not more concerned about it, than as it was likely to hinder his preaching; and when, after a wasting sickness, he was restored to some degree of ease and strengih, he joyfully returned to his duty; nay, when his pains were tolerable, preacbing was his best anodyne; and the reflection upon the divine goodness, which enabled him for it, was a great relief of his pains. His life was suitable to his holy profese sion. His serinons were printed in a fair and lively chafacter in his conversation. He was of a staid mind, and temperate passions. In managing affairs of moment he was not vehement and confident, not imposing and overbearing, but receptive of advice, and yielding to reason. He was full of compassion, charity, and beneticence. He was a Nonconformist upon moderate principles ; much rather desiring to have been comprehended in the national church, than to have separated from it. He met with trouble after his ejection from St. Martin's, but the divine providence secured him, by disposing of himn into the fa. mily of the honourable lady aborementioned; who, to the utmost of her power, comforted and supported pious Nonconformist ministers and people, when the stream ran so strong against them. Her respect for the Doctor was peculiar, and her favours conferred upon him extraordinary ; for which he made the best return by his constant care to promote religion in her family. And as his life, so his death, adorned the Gospel, being exemplary to others, and comfortable to himself. In his last sickness his pains were very severe, the cancerous humour having spread through his joints and the tenderest membranes; but his patience was invincible, and a humble submission to the divine pleasure was the habitual frame of his soul. When an inunate friend first visited him, he said, “I am using the means, but I think my appointed time is come. If my life might be serviceable to convert or build up one soul, I should be content to live: but if God bath no more work for me to do, here I am, let him do with me as he pleaseth.'' At another time he told the same person, it was a determined case, and therefore desired him to resign him to God, saying, " It will not be long before we meet in hea. D2
ven, never to part more ; and there we shall be perfectly happy: there neither your doubts and fears, nor my pains, shall follow us; nor our sins, which is best of all.". After a long languishing, without any visible alteration, being asked how he did, he replied, “I lie here, but get no ground for heaven or earth,"_" except (says one) in your preparations for heaven:"-" O yes (said he) there I sensibly get ground, I bless God.” He had a substantial joy in the reflection upon his life spent in the faithful service of Christ, and the prospect of a blessed eternity. This made him long to be above; so that he said with some regrét, “ Death Aies from me; I make no haste to my Father's house.” He died at the countess of Exeter's, March 27, 1687, leaving an incomparable library of the most valuable books in all kinds of learning, which were sold by auction for thirteen hundred pounds. Dr. Bates preached his funeral sermon, from which the above account is principally extracted..
Dr. Jacomb's farewell sermon at the time of his ejectment was on John viii. 29. “ He that sent me is with me : the Father hath not left ine alone; for I do always those things that please him.” The whole is so excellent and sententious, that it is not easy to 'do justice to it by an analysis.
He was author of, l. “A Commentary, or Sermons, on Rom. viii. 1-4."-2. " Treatise on holy Dedication, personal and domestic."--3. “ Funeral Sermon' for M. Martin."-4. * Another for Mr. Vines, with an Account of bis Life."-5, * Another for Mr. Case, with a Narrative of his Life and Death," 6.“ Th: Life of Mr. Whitaker."—7. “ 'Two Sermons on Morning Exercises."-8. “Sermon at St. Paul's, October 26, 1656."-9. "Sermon before the Lord Mayor, &c. at the Spittle."
JAMES, JOHN, was born at Bicester in Oxfordshire, in 1620. He was episcopally ordained, and first exercised his ministry at Brighthelinstone, Sussex, for about seven years, and then went to Ilsey in Berkshire, a living worth three hundred and fifty pounds per annum, where he preached about six years. He was much envied by a neighbouring conforming clergyman, who did what he could to get his living from him ; but he kept it through the influence of Dr. Manton. Coming late one evening to the Doctor, after he was in bed, and acquainting him that, if
preached conforming him, but he have one eve thing that, if
something was not done that night, he should be dispossessed, the Doctor rose and went with him to the lord chancellor Hyde, at York House ; who, upon hearing his errand, called to the person who stamped the orders upon such occasions, and asked him what he was doing? He answered, that he was just going to put the stamp to an or. der for the passing away Mr. Jaines's living; upon which his lordship ordered him to stop; and nipon hearing farther of the matter, bid the Doctor not trouble himself, promising that his friend should not be molested. Accordingly he enjoyed the living till 1662. He was afterwards offered several preferments, by Dr. James, then warden of All Souls, Oxford, (particularly a canonry of Windsor,) if he would come into the church; but he could not be satisfied to conform. He had six children when he quitted his living, and was harassed by the Five Mile Act in three or four places, before he could settle to his ministry, which be at length did at Staines in Middlesex, where he conti. nued nine years. He came from thence to London, where he died in July, 1694, leaving behind him a good reputa. tion both for piety and learning.
JAMES, JOHN, was born in 1626, and educated at Exeter College, Oxford. He was lecturer of Newark at the Restoration; but was dispossessed from Flintham and Sutton in Nottinghamshire before the Act of Uniformity was drawn up, and hurried to Nottingham jail, where he lay seventeen months. He then petitioned Judge Atkins when on the circuit, and was released. However, he was sometime after seized again, and lay in Newark jail about six years, because he would not promise to give over preaching. His prison indeed was tolerably confortable, through the favour of his keeper, who suffered him to enjoy the company of his friends, and to preach amongst them, both in the prison, and in other houses in the town. His con. finement continued till the Indulgence in 1672. Afterwards falling again into the samne sin of preaching, he was informed against, and warrants were granted to seize his goods, which was done with such rigour, that they left him not a stool to sit on. They broke open his house, stable, and barns, taking away whatever they met with; and behaved in so furious a manner as to frighten three children into fits ; one of whom, about six years old, died