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wished to hear him again. Accordingly, when the rev. Robert Simpson, who was then their minister, left them, and accepted the office of tutor at Hoxton Academy, they solicited Mr. Maurice to preach to them for a few Sabbaths, He complied with their request;, and when he had finished! his engagement, they gave him an unaniinous call to become their pastor. But, from a sense of duty, he declined the offer. When the disturbances already mentioned arose at Stockport, the people of Bolton inade a second application; and seeing his call clear, Mr. Maurice now gave a favourable answer. He was settled among thein, and continued with thein five years. During that period, his labours were remarkably successful. Many were added to the church, and the congregation was much increased. Alas! however, strife sprang up among them too, and produced bitter fruits; and not the least of these was the removal of their minister' from Bolton to London. He received a call from the church. of Christ, in Fetter Lane. They enjoyed the benefit of his matured gifts and experience; but he was cut off in the midst of life, and when the sphere of his usefulness was greatly enlarged. His ministerial course was divided, as we have seen, into three short, 'equally short stages.
Of Mr. Maurice's general acceptance, the various lectures in which he was invited to take a share, and his many en. gagements in ordinations, and on other public occasions, are convincing proofs. Only two of his discourses, both ! of them preached on remarkable occasions, have been published ; and furnish a good specimen of his abilities, princi. ples, and dispositions. The first, « The Meridian Glory of the Redeemer's Kingdom,” founded on Rev, xi. 15. was delivered before the Missionary Society, at the designation of the missionaries appointed for the second mission to the South Seas." The second disconrse, " Mercy Triumphant," founded on'i Tim. i. 16. was occasioned by the untimely death of John Osborn Dawson *.
It was chiefly by Mr. Maurice's means, that the " Theo. logical Magazine," which had been printed at Bristol, was brought to London; and he was unanimously chosen editor
• There was a wonderful and happy change in the mind of this young man, after his condemnation for forgery. Mr. Maurice was the honoured instrument of it, visited him frequently and with increasing comfort, and attended him to the place of execution. He was “ brand plucked out of the fire:" and like Paul, “ obtained mercy."
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of the work. The first number, however, and even that number but in part, was the only one, he was able to supei-5 intend. He wrote some good pieces for the work both in prose and verse.
Mr. Maurice had a considerable acquaintance with the Hebrew Bible, the Greek Testament, and the Roman ca sics. In the coinpany of selecı friends, religion was his favourite topic; and it was evident, that, without ostenta. țion, he reckoned himself a signal monument of mercr. His information was various; his intellectual powers were greater than his learning, and his genius was superior to both.'. He had read much, had thought inore, was well as quainted with the huinan heart, and an excellent judged character. He was of a social, communicative, cheerful disposition. His coinpany was, therefore, both instructive and engaging. His failings, the most remarkable of which was an occasional acerbity of expression, were lost in the strength of his understanding and the goodness of his heart. His life was distinguished by rational, cordial, fervent piety.
The root of the disorder which finished his days on earth, seems to have been planted, and even began to spring up, soon after his settlement in London. For the last two years and a half, his health was visibly declining. But such was his delight in the service of God, that he preached frequently, and with fervour beyond his strength. About the beginning of December, 1801, his complaint assumed a consumptive aspect.
He died at his house, Kentish Town, March 31, 1809, in the fortieth year of his age *. His remains were interred in Bunhill Fields, April 7. The body was preceded by the rev. Messrs. Brooksbank and J. Humphrys; the pall was supported by the rev. Dr. Hunter, rev. Messrs. Reynolds, Simpson, Steven, Nicol, and Jerment; the deacons of the church, and soine particular friends, followed as mourners The rev. Mr. Brooksbank delivered a suitable oration at the grave, and concluded with prayer. The rev, Mr. Hum 3 phrys preached the funeral sermon, at Fetter Lane, on the
• He left a widow and seven children, to lament his early removal but the God to whom he praved in their behalf, and to whose care ne committed them confidentlv, raised ur friends to shew unfeigned and substantial sympathy. The church of Christ in Fetter Lane did honout to themselves, by the liberal and ready assistance which they grablar them. Besides defraying the expences of ibe funeral, they contributed cheerfully for the relief and comfort of the family u.
following Sabbath, to a crowded audience. The discourse, founded on 2 Cor. iv. 7. “We have this treasure in earthen: vessels," &c. was very impressive.
MAY, SAMUEL, was born in 1630, and was educated at Wadham College. He went from the university to live with sir C. Woolsley, at Isleworth: . He was afterwards chaplain to sir W. Waller and to sir John Langham. He was led aside by temptations in his.younger years in the university, which he heartily lamented, in an account of hiinself which he afterwards drew up, in which there is the following remarkable passage: “ Owbat a desperate adveniure do tender parents run, by sending their beloved dare lings into such a pestilent air as that must needs be, where so many heady, proud, ungoverned young men, in the time when' youthful lusts are most hot and impetuous, live and associate together! who like small sticks laid together, kin. dle one another's lusts and corruptions, and enrage them into a dreadful blaze!”. If there was cause for a complaint of this nature then, it is to be feared there has not been less since, Mr. May preached his first sermon at High Wycomb, Buoks; but it doth not appear that he was in posa session of any living before the Act of Uniformity. However, after that took place he continued to preach occasionally, in and about the city of London, and was a valuaa ble man. The notes of his sermons shewed hiin to be a person of good abilities. He'at length turned brewer for the support of his family. He died Dec. 13, 1694, aged sixtyfour, and was buried at Bunhill Fields.
MAYNARD, JOHN, Wood, in Athen. Oxon. tells us he was esteemed by those of his persuasion an eminent and judicious divine; was born of a genteel family, in Sussex; at or near Riverfield; became a commoner at Queen's College, 1616, compounded for the degree of B. A. as member of that house, and afterwards translated himself to Magdalen Hall. In 1622, he took the degree of M. A. as a compounder, entered into boly orders, and at length became vicar of Mayfield, in Sussex. But when the rebellion broke out, he shewed himself more of a Puritan, and preached with inore liberty than he did before ; whereupon being apei pointed one of the Assembly of Divines, he took the covenant, held forth several times before the members of the
Long Parliament, had other preferments, I presume, bestowed upon him, and in 1654, he was appointed one of the assistants to the commissioners of Sussex for the ejection of such whom they called scandalous, &c. About 1670 he became a benefactor to Magdalen Hall, and his library was exposed to sale by way of auction, several years after his death, June 13, 1887.” Mr. Peck, who succeeded him in the living of Mayfield, was fixed on by the patron with his approbation. · He was buried in Mayfield church yard, where he has a tomb stone, with an inscription in Latin, of which the following is a translation : .
"Sacred to the memory of the very rev. JOHN MAYNARD, of
spot as the depository of his mortal part.”.. . His Works were,' 1. “Fast Sermon before the House of Cmmons, 'Feb. 26, 1644, on Prov. xxiii. 23,"i-2."A Shadow of the Victory of Christ, on Phil. iii. 21."-3" Od the like Oc casion, Oct. 28, 1646."-4. “The Yonng Man's Remembrancer and Old Man's Monitor.'-5. ^ The Law of God, ratified by the Gospel, wherein many of the Types, &c. are unfolded in several Sermons, 1660."-6.,“ The Beauty and Order of the Creation displayed in the six Days'. Work,"... ?
MEAD, MATTHEW. We are neither informed of the place of Mr. Mead's nativity, nor whece he received his education. The first account we have of him is, as post sessing the living of Great Brickhill, in Buckinghamshire. Jan. 22, 1658, he was appointed by Oliver Cromwell, to the cure of the New Chapel at Shadwell, from whence be. was ejected for nonconformity in *662; and not (as Dr. Calainy had stated) from Stepney Church :, unless it was as assisant preacher with Mr. Greenbill, with whom it appears, from Mr. Howe's funeral .sermon for him, he had been some time associated, without specifying the time or place. In 1663 he resided in Worcester House at Stepney, where his son Richard, the eminent physician was born, who was the eleventh of thirteen children. This son be took with
him to Holland; but at what time we do not learn, and there he had his education. On the liberty granted to Dissenters, Mr. Mead returned, and in 1674, the spacious meeting house in Stepney was 'erected for bim, nbe four large pillars of which were presented to him by dre States of Holland, as was frequently related by. Mr. Sannuel Brewer *, who for many years preached in the saine place. Here Mr. Mead had a very large congregation, and when : he preached in the city he was very mnch followed. In 1683, he was accused, together with Dr. Owen and Mr. Griffith, of being privy to what was called the Rye House plot, for which the great lord Russel, among other patriots, suffered death. It is said, that on this occasion he fled to Holland for safety, though conscious of innocence. if this was fact he soon returned, and obeyed the sunimons to attend the privy council, at which king Charles II. was pres. sent, and answered the interrogatories put to him in su saLisfactory a inanner, that bis inajesiy himself ordered hiin to be discharged. The above infamous accusation was .. brought against him and the other ministers by Dr. Thomas Sprat, bp. of Rochester, in his fabulous History of the Rye House plot, and was repeated by Nichols, in his Defence of the Church of England; a sufficient answer to which inay be seen in Neal's Hist. Toulmin's edit. vol. iv, p. 602. Also in Pierce's Vindic. of Dissenters, p. 258. This last Jearned author adds, concerning Mr. Mead : “ This wor. thy man was my guardian, and therefore I think myself bound to pay so much respect to his memory, as to take this occasion of acquainting iny reader, if he does not know it already, that he was a gentleinan and a scholar, and a most excellent preacher ; and that his reputation was too well established among those who knew him to be lessened by such reproaches as those cast upon him,” by the above writers Mr. Mead died Oct. 16, 1699, aged seventy Mr. John Howe preached his funeral serinon, on 1 Tim. iv. 16. from which the following is extracted: “ I wonder not that there are many weeping eyes, and should much' wonder if there be not many aking trembling hearts among you, for what you have lost, and from an apprehension, how hard and almost hopeless it is your loss should be soon or equally supplied, ile was long in preparing and forming to be what he was when you lost him. His station among you in this neigubourhood, wlien first he undertook the pastoral Whese life see above, vol. I. p. 338.