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the oath of supremacy, with which he readily complied, and was discharged. In the same month he was again seized and confined ; and when he was released, his eneniies would by violence have prevented his preaching in public; but not succeeding in their attempt, he was cited into the bishop of Chester's court, and obliged to attend chere three times, though he lived at forty miles distance. He was at last censøred by the court for refusing the service book, and his suspension, « ab officio & beneficio," was to have been publislied the next..court day, but the deach of the bishop prevented it. Some time after, how are the suspension was declared, but not : published, according to their own order; and yet they, thereupon proceeded to debar him the liberty of preaching one Sabbath before the act came to be in force. When the day came, in which he must either submit to what he thought unlaw. ful, or resign his place, he preferred the latter. Upon Jeaving Alihome, he reinained for a time in an unsettled condition. At length he retired to Healy, where he had not been long, before he was apprehended by captain Parker's lieutenant serjeant and two soldiers, and brought before' two'deputy lieutenants, by whom he was examined, and obliged to find sureties for his good behaviour, without any reason alledged for it, and by their order confined in a private house. The family were religious, and as be and they were engaged in family worship, captain Nowel broke into the house, and with blasphemous expressions snatched the Bible out of his hands, and dragged him away to the guard, pretending they had kept a conventicle. The captains obliged him to sit up with thein all night, whilst they drank and insulted him. In the morning, they let him lie down upon a little straw in the ştahle ; and the next day, though it was the Lord's day, and excessively wet, they sent biin to Skipton in Craven, where he was committed into the marshal's hands. He had not been long released from this imprisonment, before he was again seized by three troopers, who told him they must carry him to York. He demanded their warrant for taking him out of the county. They laid their hands upon their swords, and taking hold of his horse's bridle, obliged him to go with them. He was there committed close prisoner at the castle, in a sinall room, and allowed no fire, though it was winter. The window was much broken, and the stench
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of the stable came into the room, which had two beds in it, with two in each bed. In this miserable place he was cono fined for some months. At length, as they could find nothing against him, he was discharged. In 1664, he and some others were taken at a meeting, and committed to Lancaster jail for eleven weeks. In 1665, he was arrested again, by an order from the lord lieutenant, and very roughly treated by colonel Nowel. In 1669, he was com. mitted to jail for six months, having preached within five miles of Althome, and refused to take the oath required by the Oxford Act. At Preston the justices who coinmitted him refused to release him, though their illegal proceedings were plainly proved to them. Nay, they suffered him, with some others, to be indicted as a rioter, for the very same supposed crime for which they had committed him. In 1674, he was apprehended by justice Nowel at a meeting in Slade, and fined twenty pounds. In 1684, he was apprehended by order of the lord chief justice, and brought before hiin at Preston, where he was obliged to find sureties, who were bound in two hundred pounds each (judge Jefferies would have had it two thousand pounds) for having frequent conventicles in his house. When he appeared at the next assizes, nothing was alledged against him, and according to law he should have been discharged from his recognizance, but it was renewed. However baron Atkins, then upon the bench, accepted his single bond of one hundred pounds. Mr. Jollie died near Čli. therow in Lancashire, April 16, 1703, in the seventy-third year of his age, and the fifty-third of his ministry; commending what he called primitive christianity, or puritanism, to the very last. Mr, Matthew Henry speaks of him as a minister of the first rank for gifts and graces. His conversation in public was very exemplary, and his private conduct no less exact. His fastings were strict and frequent, and he was daily employed in self examination. His gift in prayer was uncommon. In the work of his ininisu y he laboured abundantly; often preaching eight times in a week. He drew up a large essay for farther concord amongst evangelical reforming churches, and was very active in promoting the design.
To this account of Mr. Jollie the following curious anece dote is subjoined. He had a small estate on the west side of Pendle Hill, at a place now called Wyman Houses, VOL. III.--No, 54.
where he used to preach after his ejectment. To avoid being informed against, he had the following contrivance ; There being in the common sitting room a staircase, with a door at the bottom, he stood to preach on the second step, and had this door cut in two, the lower part of which was shut, and the upper, joined by hinges, fell back on brackets, so as to forın à desk. To this was fixed a string, by which he could easily draw it up, on the approach of any informer, of which proper persons were appointed to give notice. He then immediately went up stairs ; so that when the informers entered they could not prove that he was preaching or had been present, though they found the room filled with people. The door reniains in the same state to this day. Mr. Jollie afterwards built a small place of worship adjoining to his house, where there is still a sınall interest. Over the door is the date 1688. He left a good library for the use of the congrega, tion, but it has been alınost entirely taken away. A de, scendant of the same name (a very respectable man) died in the dwelling house a few years ago,
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JOLLIE, TIMOTHY, was born about 1660. His fą. ther, the rev. Thomas Jollie, we have spoken of in the preceding article. We regret the want of any particulars of the early life of this minister. In the serinon preached on his death, by his friend and assistant Mr. John de la Rose, we are informed, that “ his sense of religion and love of holiness were early and deep. God sanctified all his powers in his tender years, and so made hiin shine with a double lustre: and this solemn regard to piety and the good ways of God, lived with himn, and grew all along, and was not a little apparent in the whole tenor of his conversation.” It is not known where Mr. Jollie received his academical education, except that it was in one of those private seminaries which were established among the Non. conformists, after they were excluded from the English Universities. Undoubtedly, he had signal advantages for improvement, both in holy graces and in literary acquire. inents, from his valuable father; and as, before his settle. ment at Sheffield, he was a meinber of a church in London, under Mr. Griffyth (ejected from the Charter House) it seems probable that he was a student under some one of the celebrated Nonconformist divines. A church of the
congregational Congregational order had been gathered at Sheffield, by the exemplary and useful Mr. James Fisher, who was ejected from the vicarage of that town in 1662. He was succeed. ed by Mr. Robert Durant, ejected from Crowle, in Lincolnshire, who died in 1678: and Mr. Jollie was his sucsessor in the great work of Christ : he was a follower of their faith, and a close imitator of their conversation. He was solemnly set apart to the pastoral office over the church at Sheffield, April 28, 1681 * In the following year Mr.
• As it may be interesting to observe the mode adopted in those me, morable days for the ordination of ministers, we insert the following account of Mr. Jollies ordination :
The ministers assembled in the house of Mr. Abel Yates, early on Wednesday morning, the 27th of April. Though a convevient place of worship had been erected for Mr. Durant, yet such was the danger and distress of the times, that this important service was obliged to be held in a private house. Mr. Oliver Bey wood, the ejected minister of Coley, whose memory and whose praise are still precious in the churches, was chosen Moderator. The people assembled, and the public service began at ten o'clock. The Moderator spent an hour in i prayer. Mr. Jollie then preached his trial sermon, from Isaiah lix. 1, 2. after which the congregation was dismissed. The ministers then examined the candidate in languages, logic, philosophy, and divi. pity; in which they spent three hours. Through an oversight, no subject for a Latin Thesis had been assigned to Mr. Jollie; but, instead thereof, he maintained an ex tempore disputation : “ An Infantes omnes Baptizatorum, etsi scandalizantiam, sint Baptizandi?" i. e. “ Whether Baptism is to be administered to all the Infants of baptized Persons, even though the Parents bc scandalous Characters" At six o'clock the examination and disputation were ended; and the meeting adjourned to the next morning, at seven. On Thursday morning the ministers, church, aod spectators being again assembled, Mr. Hancock, ejected from Bradfield; and Mr. Bloom, ejected from Sheffield, both engaged in prayer. The Moderator proposed suitable and important questions to Mr. Jollie; which he answered so as to give great satisfaction. His excellent father then gave him up to the Lord, in a most pathetic prayer, for the work and service of the sanctuary, as he had before given him up in holy baptism. The ordination prayer followed; which was very solemnly and affectionately offered up by the Mode ator, with imposition of bands by the ministers present. The Moderator then gave the charge, from 1 Tim . jy..15; and concluded with prayer. The spectators were desired to withdraw; and one of the ruling elders read Mr. Jollie's dismig. sion from Mr. Griffith's church to that at Sheffield, and expressed, in the name of the people, their call of Mr. Jollie to the pas toral office; to which they signified assent by lifting up their hands. Mr. Jollie declared his acceptance of this charge over them in the Lord. His venerable father then preached a discourse on the mutual
Jollie became the viction of persecution. Under the inhzman acts of the legislature of Charles II. he had his goods distrained for a penalty; and was thrown into rigorous confinement in the castle of York. “ He took a prison joyfully,” says Mr, de la Rose, “ for the cause of Christ, though the manner of his abode there endangered and impaired his constitution, and threatened his death. Even the blooin of his youth and prime of his days, in which he was capable of the highest gust for the whole circle of inoffensive enjoyments tliat this world could afford him, he readily, be joyfully, submitted to spend in a gloomy and noisome confinement. Though thereby both his righteous soul was greatly afflicted, bearing so much of the language of hell there, the dreadful oaths and curses of the criminals round about him ; and the life of his body, by more circumstances than one, rendered very disagreeable: yet, for Christ his Lord, his soul dilated with joy, and triumphed in a prison !" The happy Revolution, and the legal tolero on of Protestant Dissenters, were a welcome relief to Mr. Jollie and his people, as to many thousands besides. The work of the Lord greatly prospered in the success of his abundant and zealous labours. The meeting house in which his people assembled, proving insufficient for them, they built, in 1700, a very large and noble place, now called the Upper Chapel, from its local situation. Here Mr. Jollie statedly laboured, with much acceptance and usefulness, during the remaining years of his life. He had also a commodious chapel at Attercliffe, where he resided.
The usefulness of this valuable character was not confined to his labours in the pulpit and the pastoral care. An institution for the instruction of youth, in such studies as were immediately proper for the Christian ministry, and other liberal professions, had been maintained for some years amongst the Nonconformists of the north. Mr. Richard Frankland, ejected from Bishop's Auckland, in the county of Durham, a inan of very superior learning and abilities, set up and presided over this academy. It was founded at Rathinill, in Yorkshire ; but from the severity
duties of pastors and people; and the newly ordained minister himself concluded the whole solemn work by a judicious and moving prayer. The service closed at eight o'clock at night, having continued the whole day with no other intermission to the church and ministers than about half an hour.