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excellent wife and two children; but that, though he had been subject to great depression of spirits, he then experienced wonderful support and comfort, on which occasion he writes thus: “What'shall I say for the strange and strong consolation with which he filled my soul? No words can express what I felt in my heart. I was wholly taken up with the thoughts of the kindness of God. I said —Who is a God like unto thee? What remains for me but to love and praise thee for ever? Now death was no dark thing to me, neither was any concerni of this life considerable. This hath been a great stay to ine in my solitary condition. Though berest of such relations, the Lord Jesus liveth for ever, to do all for ine, and be all to me. I the more admire - and adore the great God, in condescending so much to so

vile a worm, that hath been so full of fears and doubts, and hath so much displeased his Holy Spirit. Oh that the Lord may confirm these comforts, so that I may enjoy them in death, and improve them for the good of others in life !"

Mr. Oxenbridge was à person of great modesty as well as exeinplary piety ; but the troubles to which the Dissenta ing interest was exposed in his own country, after the restoration of Charles II. inade him desirous of endeavouring to be useful to the church of God, by contributing to advance the name of Christ in a clime far reinoved fiom his native land.

He was author of, 1, “ A double Watch-Word; or the Duty of watching, and watching in Duty: on Rey. xvi. 5. and Jer, i. 4,5."-2.“ A Proposition of propagating the Gospel by Christian Colonies in the Continent of Guiana ; " being glcanings of a . larger Discourse, the MS. of which is yet preserved in New England.-3. “ A Sermon at the Anniversary Election of Governor, &c. in New England."-And, 4.“ A Sermon on season-. ably seeking God.”

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P educated at Clare Hall, Cambridge; at which university he took the degree of M. A. He was first minister at Haddaın in Essex, from whence he was ejected in 1660 with ten children, as he was afterwards from the vicarage of Harrow on the Hill in 1662. He was in great esteem with sir Gilbert Gerrard, and indeed with the whole parish, for his diligent preaching and great charity; for he soinetimes gave money where he had a right to take it, Being eminent for his integrity, and for ruling well his own house, he soon after his ejectment had the care of the instruction and boarding of several children of persons of quality, and preached as he had an opportunity. He afterwards removed to Old Brentford, and continued to keep boarders there,.. who were instructed by Mr. Button, who lived next door, There he preached constantly, and administered the sacrament. Mr. Button was at length taken up, and imprisoned six months upon the Five Mile Act; but Mr. Pakeman escaped, and for a time kept private. He afterwards lived and preached constantly at Mrs. Methwold's in Brompton, near Knightsbridge ; and thence removed into the family of Erasinus Sinith, esq. where he continued some years., In 1685, he lived with his children in the city, where he attended on Dr. Kidder's ministry, and sometimes received the sacrament from him, preaching occasionally at the houses of his children. At one time when he was preaching at his son's house, where not above three or four neighbours were present, the city marshal seized him and his son, and carried them before sir Henry Tulse, then lord mayor, and they were forced to pay a fine. In 1687, he removed to Stratford, where he had an opportunity of some service. He was an acceptable preacher to the neighbours' there, and administered the sacraments. He procured a person to teach.the poor people's children to read, and gave money to encourage it. He died in June, 1691, (after about a week's illness,) in the seventy-eighth year of his age. During his sickness he said, He thanked Gad it had been his design to glorify him. He was eminent for his great reverence of God, especially in the pulpit; his aptness to awaken and affect young people; and his readiness for edifying discourse. His funeral serinon was preached by bp. Kidder, from Rev. xiv. 13. .

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· PALK, THOMAS, M. A. He was born in 1636, at · Staverton, in Devonshire, and educated at New Inn Hall, ..Oxford. He was a hard student, a inost industrious man, and an excellent preacher. Having but a small library, he borrowed many books, and abridged thein for his own use. He engaged in teaching a school, but was so har. rassed by the spiritual court, that he was obliged to give it up. At length he' was excommunicated for his nonconformity, and died in consequence of the troubles to which it subjected hiin, June 18, 1693, aged fifty-six. * He was author of, 1. “ The Loyal Nonconformist, or Reli. gious Subject, yielding to God his due, and to Cæsar his Right: Discourses on Jobin v. 23, 24,' and Rom. xiii. 1." printed as proached in August, 1662.-2. “ Usury Stated, in Opposition to Jellinger's Usurer Cast.” He left in MS. « A Vindication of this," and, “ An Answer to Long's History of the Donatists."

- PALMER, HERBERT, born at Wingham, in Kent, in 1601. The impressions of grace had so early an appearance in him, that he was, not without good ground, esteemed one sanctified from the womb. When but four years old, he would cry to go to his mother, to hear her read or speak something of God; and his religious desires grew up with his age. He was early acquainted with the book of God, which he much delighted in, and read with great affection, He had excellent natural parts, which were soon exercised; be learned French so young, that he has been often heard to say, he could not remember learning it. In 1615, he was admitted fellow-commoner of St. John's College, Cambridge, where he greatly improved in learning. In 1629, he took the degree of inaster of arts; and in the year folJowing was constituted fellow of Queen's College, in the same university : in 1624, he entered into holy orders. In 1626, he was chosen lecturer in the city of Canterbury; where, notwithstanding the great opposition he met with, · he laboured, in word and doctrine, with diligence and success, for several years, till be removed to Ashwell, Hertfordshire, in 1632. Besides bis constant preaching twice every Lord's day, and on every other occasion, studying plainness of speech, that he might profit all that heard him, he was remarkably careful by catechising to instruct in the principles of religion not only the children and youth, but even aged people, privately, whom he found ignorant.

And And in order to render as extensively useful as possible this most important part of pastoral duty, he prevailed upon the greater part of his parish and the most considerable persons in it, to send their children and servants constantly to be catechized before ihe afternoon sermon at church; and when they grew so very numerous, that they took up too much time at church, he divided thein, and catechized the rest at his own house in the evening. After studying se. veral forms of catechism, and finding, by experience in teaching, they were defective in point of easy and ready in·struction, he drew. up a very excellent one, entitled, “ An Endeavour of making the Principles of the Christian Religion plain and easy;" which was so well approved, that several thousands were printed every year.

In 1632, he was by the aniversity of Cainbridge made one of the university preachers, (having proceeded bachelor in divinity (wo years before :) which, after the nature of a general licence, authorized him to preach, as he might have occasion, in any part of England. In the beginning of the parliament, he with Dr. Tuckney was chosen clerk of the convocation for the diocese of Lincoln. In 1643, he was called to be a meinber of the asseinbly of divines, at Westminster : and, after some time, was chosen one of the assessors, and appointed to assist the prosecutor in case of absence or infirmity. He was in that assembly an eminent and very useful member, exceedingly diligent and industrious, being very rarely absent ; for as he esteemed it an honour to be employed so publicly in the service of God and his church, so he conscientiously attended upon it. And having provided Ashwell with a pious able divine, to whom, he gave the whole stipend, he continued to preach occasionally in and about London, till he was invited by the inhabitants of Duke's Place to be their ininister: which call he accepted, and laboured ainongst them with much faith· fulness and diligence, preaching twice every Lord's day, duly administering the sacraments, publicly catechising, and expounding the Scriptures.

When his friends advised him to favour himself, seeing hiin labour beyond his strength, his answer was, “ My strength will spend of itself, though I do nothing; and it cannot be better spent than in the service of God." Indeed so far was he from favouring himself in this way, that it was a rule, which he constantly observed, never to decline VOL. III.-No. 72.

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any ministerial exercise that he was requested to perfora, if he could possibly do it. : · The New Church at Westmins:er being finished, at the earnest solicitation of the people, and by the advice of the assembly of divines, he consented to take that charge upoa himself, upon condition thai the assembly would provide ? faithful pastor to be his successor at Duke's Place: which, being complied with, an. Dr. Young, afterwards inaster of Jesus College, Cambrus, appointed to succeed him, he entered upon this large and iinportant cure with his usual fidelity, labour, and zeal, in all the pastoral charge; with the additional labour of being one of the seven daily mora. ing lecturers at the Abbey Church, by the appointment of parliament. . April 19, 1614, he was constituted president of Queen's College, Cambridge. Here his first care and chief study was, to promote the study of true religion and the advance ment of practical piety, knowing that where these took place, a conscientious improvement of time in other things would necessarily follow. He paid great attention to the life and conversation of every individual, and frequently gave them personal counsel and privale directions. His next care was for the advancement of learning, which he endes. voured to promote, by frequent exliortations and encourage ments to diligence in their studies and a due improvement of every opportunity, and also by requiring the constant performance of public exercises by persons of all ranks, exciting the fellows to a diligent inspection, as well jointly over the college in general, as severaily over their own pu. pils in particular. He also furnished the college library with all proper books, which he did partly by the assistance · of some subscribing friends of his own, and by converting

some college dues to that purpose which used to be spent in feasting, but chiefly at his own expence; resolving, that in support of poor scholars, and whatever he judged inost for the good of the college, to spend all his college income. He had the greatest regard to equity in the elections to places of preferınent in the college, that they might be bestowed on the inost deserving: and to that end, with the unaniinous consent of the fellows, he made a decret, that, in all future elections, none should be admitted to a schollarship or fellowship in the college, till they had giren

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