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The following. little anecdote may not be thought une worthy of being here recorded. Mr. Jenkyn's daughter*, who was a high spirited, though a very worthy and pious woman, gave mourning-rings at her father's funeral, on which she ordered this motto to be inscribed : “ Mr. Wil. liam Jenkyn, murdered in Newgate.” This was commu. nicated by one who was acquainted with a person to whose father one of these rings was presented.
Mr. Jenkyn preached two farewell sermons, on the Sabo bath proceding Bartholomew day.
His works are, 1. “ An Exposition on the Epistle of Jade, delivered in forty Lectures;" 2 vols. small 410.-2. “ The Busy Bishop, in Aoswer to J. Goodwin's Sion College visited."-3. « Vindication of The Busy Bishop againsi J. Goodwin's Reply.” -4.“ A Funeral Sermon for Dr. Gouge, with his Character at large."-5. Funeral Sermon for Dr. Seaman;" (some Reflections in which occasioned great Heats.) He had particularly charged some of the conforming clergy with preaching the Sermons of Puritans, at the same time that they treated them with con. tempt. In defence of what he had said, he wrote “ Celeuma, seu clamor ad Theologiæ Hierarchiæ Angliæ, in Answer to a Vindication of the Conforming Clergy." This being answered iu Latin, by Dr. Grove, he wrote a Reply in the same language. He has three Sermons in the Morning Exercise.
JENNINGS, RICHARD, was born at Ipswich, and was educated at Catharine Hall, Cambridge. When he was very young, his pious mother took him with her, to to the house of a sick neighbour, who had been a bad man, and was in great terror of conscience, crying out, with vehemence, for an interest in Christ. This much affected him. He thought “ If this man should recover, he would certainly become very religious.” But though he did recover, he observed that he grew more notoriously wicked than ever ; which made a great iinpression upon his own mind. But it proved to be no more lasting than the sick man's goodness; for in a catalogue of some of the remark. able inethods of God's providence towards him, he acknowledges, That in tbe two last years, of his abode in the university, he let the reins loose to his youthful affections
• Turner, in his History of Proverbs, relates this of Mr. Jenkyn's son, who suffered in the West, on Moomouth's account, Ch. 143. p. 117. where a full account is given of his triumphant death.
and wasted his time and money profusely in riotous courses But divine grace remarkably appeared to reclaim himn; of which he gives the following account: “Walking in my father's garden at Ipswich in April, 1636, I had this sudden injection darted into my mind, - Wherefore didst thou come into the world ?". Conscience secretly whispering, It was for the glory of God, I could not but be ainazed and confounded at the iboughts of iny wicked life. Meditating with myself what course I should take to cast off all wicked company, (without which I should never turn to God,) I had a strong impulse to go with Mr. N. Rogers to New England. The motion was certainly of God, in mercy to ny soul; for before, I abhorred New England above any place in the world. I communicated my thoughts to iny mother, who rejoiced much, but was not without some fears I was not in earnest; whereas my desire to go was so ardent, that nothing could take me off from the undertakiny. My voyage began June 1, 1636. While I was in the ship I was sometimes affected to tears at Mr. Rogers's sermons; but my love to sensual pleasures was so great, tbat God called once and again, and yet my heart could hardly be persuaded to part with all for Christ. A half conversion I could easily assent to, but to be divorced froin all sin I could not be free to, of a long time. In the voyage we went through many storins and difficulties, and cast not anchor in Massachusetts Bay till Nov. 16. During my abode with Mr. Rogers in his family till December, 1638, many sweet influences fell upon my soul. And in the spring, in 1637 (some previous work of conviction having been before in the ship), God, in infinite mercy, brought it, I hope, to a thorough conversion, and to the best of my remeinbrance, in this manner : Upon some private discourse with Mr. Rogers, as we were walking to hear a lecture, when I caine home and was retired, resolving to enter upon a narrow search of my heart and ways, I had on a sudden such a flash of joy darted in, as took me off from the duty of self-searching, and possessed ine with a confidence there was a thorough work of grace already. But when the flash was over, returning with more seriousness to the work intended, I began to think that joy might be an illusion of Satan. And when I a second time entered upon serious reflections, there was a second flash of joy after the former manner. But when it was over, I
began to suspect that both these were the delusions of the devil, because they tended to take off from a necessary, duty. O the depths of Satan's cunning, and his enmity to heart-searching! Through God's infinite grace and mercy, returning to the work, and examining my heart about the soundness of my conversion, I could not satisfy myself, that in all the operations of the Spirit I had experienced, either in the voyage, or in New England, I was effectually wrought upon sincerely to close with Christ in the promise, and thereupon I passed sentence upon myself as a Christless wretch. This was on a Saturday evening. The night following was, a night of the greatest horror that ever I endured; but the next day God directed Mr. Rogers to preach pertinently to my case, about the greatness of the sin of unbelief, and I was convinced that my immediate duty was to believe, and not to stay in the condition wherein I was. Hereupon, on the Monday morning, rising early, and laying aside all private study, I spent several hours in prayer, with the greatest fervency and flowing of iears that I had either before or since. A little before noon,', wrestling exceedingly with God to give me faith, I found .. myself enabled, by the grace of God, to throw my weary, ibirsty soul into the arms of God's mercy in Christ: relying on the promise in the gospel, that “ He that believeth shall be saved;" and had that peace in believing, which through the grace of God I have not wholly lost to this day (1685), though more than forty-eight years since.” In his return from New England he takes notice of a remarkable deliverance, when through the infatuation of the seamen they got among the rocks at St. Michael's Mount. Upon his return home, 1639, he entered upon his ministry in Northaluptonshire, living with that excellent Christian Mrs. Elms. From thence he went into Huntingdonshire, and from thence to North Glenhain in Suffolk, where his ininistry was accceptable and useful. He was ordained at London, Sept. 18, 1645, and settled at Coinbe, in the same county, in 1647, where he continued till 1669. At which time, says he, “ I was in debt one hundred and sixty pounds, and had but little cuining in for myself, wife, and children; and was also some years after unjustly forced to discharge a bond of fifty pounds. And the educating and disposing of my three sisiers stoyd me in two hundred pounds. Yet, by God's merciful pro
'vidence, by degrees I discharged all my debts." He continued in the parsonage house till 1678, when he went to London. He spent the latter part of his life with three pious widows at Clapham, where he died Sept. 12, 1709; He was a man of unaffected piety; a considerable scholar; of a good invention, and a strong memory. He retained his juvenile learning to an advanced age, and was able to preach without notes at ninety-two. He passed through the world without noise and ostentation, and without ever appearing in print. · JEPHCOT, JONATHAN, was born at Ansty near Coventry, in 1577, and was taught grainmar in the free school in that city, whither he used to go every morning, when very young, so early as to surprise the master. Through the instructions of his pious mother, he disco. vered a deep sense of religion when he was but five or six years of age. His parents were desirous to educate him for the ministry, but being in low circumstances, could contribute little to it. He however vigorously pursued his learning, and discovered extraordinary sobriety and seriousness. At seventeen years of age he entered himself in the university of Oxford, and then taught a school in the country for a year, with the recommendation of his master; after which he went to reside at Oxford; where he maintained himself with the money his school had brought in, toge. 'ther with what his father could allow hiin; and when it was gone, he taught school again for more. Thus he held on for some years. Notwithstanding these difficulties, by his diligence he made considerable improvements, and was thought competently qualified for the ininistry by all that knew him. His friends were very earnest for his fixing at Shilton, (a small living in the next parish to Ansy,) to supe · ply the place of the vicar, of whom the people were weary, and who consented to the proposal, though he still kept the title. Hereupon Mr. Jephcot applied to bishop More ton for ordination, who examined hiin himself, and readily ordained him, though he rejected several others, being very severe in examining candidates. He then preached constantly at Shilton, on the Lord's day, and often on holi. days, besides occasional sermons; and went every day two miles to teach school; all which labour brought himn in but tiventy pounds a year. Upon the death of the minister in
the the neighbouring parish of Buckington, (which was a bet. ter living, the inhabitants were very desirous of having Mr. Jephcot in his room.. This living being in the king's gift, he at the people's earnest desire, took a journey to London, with proper recommendations, in order to obtain the presentation; but failed of success. However, that he might not wholly lose his labour, the lord keeper gave hiin a presentation to St. Mary's in Swaffham, The people there were at first dissatisfied, because he was an utter stranger to them; but after a short trial, they were extremely pleased and thankful that they were so well provided for. He preached twice on the Lord's day, catechized in the afternoon, (according to the canon,) and repeated at night. When the “ Book of Sports” came out, he read it according to order, and then preached for the sanctifying of the day. When the minister of the other parish (Mr. Payne) died, leaving his widow in debt, Mr. Jephcot did her inuch service. Not being able to live upon his income, he removed to a free school in Thurlow, intending to resign his vicarage in Swaff ham, to any worthy man who could get the other united to it. But the people, being exceedingly desirous of his continuance with thein, made such interest, that they got the other vicarage united to his, with an auge mentation. They have been since united by act of parliaimenti Upon an unanimous call, he returned to them, and gave himself wholly to the work of the ministry; in which he look extraordinary pains, in preaching, repeating, catechizing, and visiting. Nor were his labours without success; for be was a mean of converting many. He was an instrument of much good to several in the family of Roger Rant, esq. and useful to all the serious people of those parts. Yet he had much uneasiness from the carnality and bitterness of some of his parish, and the giddiness of several others. He was also greatly troubled with some people who pretended to visions and revelations. While he lived in the vicarage, he was one night robbed of his plate, moDey, and watches, by four men, three of whom broke into the house, while the other held the horses. When he perceived thein coming up the stairs, he said, “ The will of tbe Lord be done." But he afterwards took courage to expostulate with them, and reminded thein of the judgement day, &c. when they answered, “ We are gentlemen, and must live.” He viewed this event, as well as all others, VOL. III.--No. 52,