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his expectation, for this man, as soon as he had
a cure, employed his talent diligently and faith-
fully, and proved very successful in converting
many of the Irish papists to our church, and con-
tinued labouring in that work till the rebellion
and massacre, wherein he hardly escaped with
his life.”

The works of Archbishop Usher are too many
to be enumerated in this place. The most im-
portant, and the best known, are his “Annals of
the Old and New Testament," and the “ Chrono-
logia Sacra,” both in folio.

His likeness was very hard to take, whence it is, that the engraved portraits of him are surprisingly dissimilar. The best is that by Vertue, taken from a picture painted by Sir Peter Lely.


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This excellent prelate who has been called, by Sir Henry Wotton, the “ Christian Seneca,” on account of his sententious style, and not as Bayle erroneously supposed, from his having written a book under that title, was a native of Ashby-de-laZouch, in Leicestershire. His father was a farmer, and had besides a situation under the Earl of Huntingdon. The bishop, in the account which he wrote of his own life, relates a very pleasing anecdote of fraternal affection with regard to his education. Though his parents had destined him for the ministry, yet the largeness of their family and the narrowness of their circumstances, almost prevented them from sending this son to the University. They were accordingly disposed to place him under a private clergyman who promised to give him every qualification necessary for the sacred profession, at a moderate charge. The articles of agreement were about to be executed, when the elder brother happening to be at Cambridge, and conversing with Mr. Nathaniel Gilby, fellow of Emmanuel College, the latter, on “hearing of the diversion of his father's purposes from the University, importunately dissuaded him from



that new course, professing to pity the loss of so good hopes. The elder brother moved with these words, at his return home fell upon his knees to his father, and besought him to alter so prejudicial a resolution, and not suffer the young man's hopes to be drowned in a shallow country channel; but that he would revive his first purposes for Cambridge, adding, in the zeal of his love, that if the chargeableness of that course were the hindrance, he would be better pleased to sell part of that land, which, in course of nature he was to inherit, than to abridge his brother of that happy means of perfecting his education.”

Accordingly Joseph was sent to the University, from whence however he had like to have been recalled after two years residence, but providence again raised him up an unexpected friend. Of this he gives the following account:

“My two first years were necessarily chargeable above the proportion of my father's power, whose nut very large cistern was to feed many pipes besides mine, for he had twelve children; his weariness of expense was wrought upon by the counsel of some unwise friends, who persuaded him to fasten me upon that school as master', whereof I was lately a scholar. Now was I fetched home with a heavy heart; and now, this second time had my hopes been nipped in the blossom, had not God raised me up an unhoped benefactor, Mr. Edmund Sleigh, of Derby, (whose pious memory I have cause to love and


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