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the isfecution, it was obliged to be repeatedly removed 10% his gas stations, and Attercliffe among the rest. It was,

rigower, brought again to Rathmill before Mr. Frankland's - a pit, in 1698. On the removal of that good man, who of Cilent out in his time about three hundred pupils, Mr. d ande was invited to the charge of the institution ; and, on ch. ceptance, it was again established at Attercliffe : 3 wbicant village, one mile from Sheffield *. . cle ok. Jollie served the cause of Christ upon a truly ex

him sive scale of usefulness, in his capacities of a ministeri Domyl a tutor. In conjunction with his assistant Mr. De la rightse, and by the occasional aid of his pupils, he not only lang-rcised the ministry in his numerous flock at Sheffield, crimt supplied the smaller, though very respectable; congremori tion at Attercliffe. It is to be regretted, that no list of - yets pupils, or minate account of his academical course of Gumsition, can be obtained f. '. cal Mr. Jollie died in 1713. On the frame of his mind Teliehen in dying circumstances, Mr. De la Rose remarks, besThus died in the Lord this man of God, your dear and · Ecce orthy pastor. His soul was bottomed," he said, “ upon ou brist, the Rock of Ages: his views of Christ, as thus I thansidered, were clear and distinct : he seemed to have no e, louds upon his mind, no darkness about it; nor did he la

Four under doubts and fears of his being interested in him ce tous, but what was all calm and serene in the firm and inHe thought persuasion of it. As Christ was dear to hiin, and sidexceedingly precious in his life time, so now, in his dying t ceason, he found Christ near to him: his left hand was una ferneath bim to support him; and with his right hand Eu te embraced him. He dealt familiarly with him; for, in

Mr. Oliver Heywood in his diary records, that Mr. Timothy Jollie ' bath at this time (May 17, 1700,) twenty-six scholars, and forty more completely qualified, and now employed in the sacred office." "

† It is, however, certain, from the high literary reputation afterards possessed by many of his pupils, that their advantages, under la care, must have been very considerable. Among them were they

lowing emigent characters: Mr. Thomas Bradbury, minister at Fetter Lane, and afterwards at New Court; Dr. Samuel Wright, for whom the meeting house in Carter Lane was erected; Dr. Thomas Secker, who, after preaching on probation to a Dissenting congregaTon at Bakover, in Derbyshire, conformed to the Establishment, and became bisbop of Oxford, and, lastly, archbishop of Canterbury; Dr. sicholas Saunderson, the celebrated Lucasian Professor of MathemaItca at Cambridge, and blind from his infancy.

his frame and talk both, there appeared a great (shall I say an unusual) steadiness and coinposure of spirit as to ibe" state and world before hiin, and his gaving relation to Christ: he dwelt upon the theme with pleasure ; and in his last illness, and even in the dark valley of Death itself, he rather triumphed in it than anywise questioned it. As his • heart was fixed, trusting in the Lord,' whilst living, so here his heart was fixed, when dying too, "He died in the Lordhe slept in Jesus;' and thus dying in the Lord, you may write him blessed I" . .

Mr. De la Rose observes, that “ his genius was masterly and grand, elevated and curious; and as to his natural temper, it was serene, chearful, active, open, and generous : his composedness of spirit, his mirth, his majesty, were all unaffected and natural to him ; and continued with him in à very conspicuous degree, even to the very last. As to his capacity and powers, they were unquestionably great and extensive; and as nature had moulded them, and given them some advantageous casts and touches, he appeared very much of an original. I cannot omit what I have often thought and spoken; and that is, that his quick apprehension, his amazing invention, his diction, his elocution, and the vast but even flow of his affections, together with his uncoininon presence of inind, and the agreeableness of his person, all conspired to make him one of the most consununate orators of the age.

“ His works and labours of love to Christ and to souls, that were many and eminent in his own house and in God's house, are ripened already into a great harvest here upon earth, and are all upon the file in heaven ; 'for God is not unrighteous to forget his work and labour of love which he shewed (upon all occasions) towards his name, in that he ministered in the saints' (and that in a diffusive manner, for instrumentally hc ministered to many communions of them up and down in this nation) as well as ministered personally to you here, and that with great as.

siduity and readiness, till bis natural strength abated, and - pains and indispositions grew upon him, and checked him.

“ As God had rendered him capable of very great useful. ness, he accordingly pursued it: he was frequent in his of fices of kindness, both inore publicly and privately, and always instilling into all about him something for the benefit of their souls.

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si As he was richly versed in the language of Canaan, so he was ready to speak it upon all occasions : he was bold and skilful in using this sword of the Spirit, and very suc. cessful. As he could bring out of his treasure ihings new and old,' so he readily did it; and as he manifestly. aimed at the good of souls in it, so he obtained it; and this, I believe, contributed to the lengthening out of his vivacity and cheerfulness-for usefulness was his delight and bis element !

“ Go, thou great, thou surpassing genius! Thy mnemory shall live here-thy, name shall be precious! Thou hast done singular services, and won unenvied praises upon earth, and thine shall be a distinguishing crown of glory above in Heaven: thy death was in the Lord, thou restest from thy labours, and thy works shall follow thee."

It is much to be regreited, that such a man as Mr. Jol. lie was, so distinguished an example of religion and literature, and so bright an ornament to the Dissenting interest, left no written works “ to praise him in the gate.” It does not appear that he published inore than one funeral discourse, preached ai Althome, after the interment of his venerable father, Mr. Thomas Jollie, in 1704.

Mr. Jollie married the daughter of that faithful and holy sufferer Mr. Fisher; and had a son, called also Timo. thy, who was some years assistant preacher in his father's church ; and in 1720, was invited to London, by ibe church assembling in Miles's Lape. He was first, assistant to the rev. Matthew Clarke ; and on that gentleman's decease, Mr. Jollie was chosen his successor. In this situation he laboured, in an holy and unblameable manner, and under great bodily afflictions, till his death in 1757, aged sixty-six. The late Dr. Jennings preached and published his funeral serinon. .

JOLLIE, JOHN, was brother to Mr. Thomas Jollie abovementioned, and was educated at Trinity College, Dublin. He was for a short time assistant to Mr. Angier of Denton, Going to preach one Lord's day in the chapel at Norbury, in Cheshire, after the Act of Uniformity bad taken place, he found ihe doors locked. The people being unwilling to lose the opportunity, opened them, and he preached as usual. This inade a very great noise, and some neighbouring gentlemen were so officious as to ac

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quaint the king and council with the matter, aggravating the business, as if the chapel doors had been broken. Whereupon a pursuivant was sent down, who brought up Mr. Jollie. Being before the king and council, the question was, “ Whether Norbury chapel, which was an inconsiderable building, in a field near Norbury Hall, was a con secrated place?" Mr. Jollie denied that it was, and sir Peter Leicester's Hist. Antig, was brought to decide the question. The earl of Shaftesbury, upon lord Delamere's letter, procured him his discharge. He was averse to the Common Prayer and Cereinonies, but inuch approved the Scotch presbytery. He used to say, “ A Christian's greatest danger lay in lawful things." He was much engaged in acts of praise, and in pious ejaculations. He would often with thankfulness take notice of the goodness of God in providing for himn who had so little. He was a man of a fertile genius, of a resolute spirit, remarkable for spiritual anindedness, and hearty in forming designs for God. He died June 16, 1682, little more than forty years of age; leaving behind him several children, one of whom sycą ceeded him in the ministry,

JONES, JOHN. He was born in Wales, and he officia ated for some time in his younger years at Tarperly church, after the manner of the church of England; but being afterwards dissatisfied with it, he was invited by twa pious gentlewomen, Mrs. Jane and Mary Done, to reside with them at Utkinton Hall, as their chaplain. Upon their removal to Harden, he went with them. Being earnestly importuned by the inhabitants of the township of Marple in Cheshire, to labour statedly among them in their chapel, he accepted the invitation. He lived in the neighbourhood, and preached there every Lord's day, catechized young persons in public, and administered the sacraments.

He had a vast auditory, and his ministry was attended with I great success. He brought several persons who had been

guilty of scandalous enormities, publicly to acknowledge their faults, and profess their repentance. After some year's thus spent, he was forced to desist from preaching here, even before the Restoration. He afterwards made several removes to different chapels in the neighbourhood of Marple. He was always content with a small allowance from his people, given to hospitality, and bountiful to the

needy, needy, yet his estate manifestly increased. The last cha. pel he laboured at was Mellor, on the borders of Derbyshire, oul of which, in 1660, he was excluded by some leading gentlemen, upon a groundless pretence of his being not well affected to kingly government. In some following years he preached privately in his own house, which he enlarged for the better accoinmodation of those that attended his ininistry. But he met with much opposition, and received no little damage from his enemies, on account of his Nonconforinity. He was seized and imprisoned for some time in Chester; his house was rifled under pretence of seeking for arms, and some goods were actually taken away, though he had not been guilty of any kind of disloyalty. Being called to preach at Manchester, he was suddenly taken ill on the Lord's day, and was not without difa ficulty brought to his own house. He gave serious advice to his friends and visitors, as his acute pains would allow him, and finished his course in Aug. 1671, in the seventysecond year of his age.

He had a considerable share of learning and ministerial abilities. In his will he devised eight pounds per annum, out of the profits of his lands in Marple, for the maintenance of two poor boys in Tarperly town, three years in school, to be chosen by the overseers of the poor for the time berag, ordering that the same sum should in the fourth year be employed towards procuring them some suitable trades; and that, if his son died without lawful issue, this sum should be appropriated to these uses for ever. He was an affectionate preacher, and a zealous promoter of family worship. His prayers upon special occasions were admirable. He was a great opposer of the Quakers, and underne took, with some other ministers, to dispute with them publicly, which he did before vast numbers of people. The dispute was managed closely and calmly, and had good effects. He was a bold reprover of sin, though in the case of some offenders he could easily foresee, what he experienced afterwards, that it would turn to his outward prejudice. He was of the congregational persuasion, of a ca. ibolic spirit, and for holding communion with all that agreed in the main points of Christianity, though they entertained different sentiments about lesser matters. He told some of his friends, who were for separating from their brethren, because they were not altogether of their own VOL. III.-No, 54.

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