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he ordered his man to take him on his back, and carry him into limbo.
When notice was given him, the night before he suffered, that he was to be burnt the next day, he said, “I am ready; God give me strength, and a joyful resurrection.” He then poured out his spirit in prayer to the Lord, giving him hearty thanks for accounting him worthy to suffer for his truth. As he was going into Smithtiold, the way being very dirty, two officers took him up, in order to bear him through the dirt; on which he merrily said." What! will you make a Pope of me?” When he was come into Smithfield, he kneeled down and said, “ I will pay my vows in thee, O Smithheld!” Being come to the stake, he kissed it, and said ; “ Shall I disdain to suffer at this stake, when my Lord and Saviour refused not to suffer a most vile death upon the cross for me." When he was bound to the stake, he repeated the hundred and sixth, seventh, and eighth Psalms, and prayed most fervently ; till at length, in the midst of the flames, with great meekness and comfort he gave up his spirit to God.
PINCKNEY, JOHN, of Magdalen Hall, Oxford. He was of the ancient family of the Pinckneys, of Russel, near Marlborough. His father, Mr. Philip Pinckney, was minister of Denton, in Wilts, between twenty and thirty years, having a small maintenance, but a large family. He had thirteen children, who lived to be men and women. From Denton he removed to Bemerton, near Sarum, (a good parsonage) and there he died, leaving behind him a good reputation for piety and learning. This his son was observed in his tender years to be very religiously inclined. When he went to school, he was so diligent, that he attained to more than common skill in the Latin and Greek tongues, and especially the latter; insomuch that his master used often to boast of his young Grecian, He went to Oxford at the age of fourteen, and was entered of Magdalen Hall, where he studied so hard, that he often allowed himself but four hours sleep. This however im paired his health, and brought him into an ill habit of body, which was afterwards a great hindrance to him in his work. When he first entered on the ministry, he qucceeded his father at Denton, and afterwards at Bemer. ton: from whence about half a year before the Restoration, he removed to Longstock in Hampshire, where he was much beloved, and found his preaching very successful; and from whence in 1662, he was ejected.
He was diligent in all the parts of ministerial service, and would not have left his place, if he could have satisfied his conscience as to the terms of conformity; for what estate he had, would do but little towards the main-' taining himself, a wife, and three children. After he was silenced, he continued with his family at Longstock, and attended on the ministry of his successor, whom he found to be an honest good humoured man, but not very able to study two sermons a week ; he therefore advised him one part of the day to adopt some good printed sermons, and lent him a volume for this purpose, the whole of which he delivered. While Mr. Pinckney was in this place, he not only taught his people by public preaching and catechising, but instructed them privately from house to house ; and in this way he continued endeavouring to promote serious piety, when he was denied the liberty of preaching in the church. They that were often in his company observed, that he took a singular pleasure in talking of heaven, and in such discourse as might help men forward in the way to it. He ever discovered a most compassionate concern for the Jews, and upon all occasions prayed earnestly for their conversion. He died May 6, 1680, being about sixty-seven years of age,
PISCATOR, JOHN, a learned and laborious divine, was born at Strasburg in 1546. He was from a youth a lover of study, and made an early proficiency in learning; and, in his study of logic, reconciled and united Aristotle and his commentator Peter Ramus. Having made great progress in divinity, he was invited to Herborn to accept of the professor's chair, which he filled with suchi general satisfaction, and so yery agreeably to the students, that many flocked thither fron Germany, France, Poland, and other northern countries. He was very diligent and laborious : scarcely allowing himself sufficient time for sleep. He wrote many things; and translated the whole Bible with great industry and faithfulness into the German language; besides his analysis logical and theologi. cal of the greatest part of it. He died at Herborn in 1025, and in the cightieth year of his age. Dr. Twisse says of VOL.III.--No. 74,
him, that he was an excellent scripture divine, but no school divine, and that therefore it is not to be wondered at, if he did not use the accuracy of scholastic expressions. But if what Luther says be right (as we are inclined to believe!, “ Bonus textuarius est theologus bonus;" i.e. “A good textuary is a good divine."
POMFRET, The Rev. SAMUEL, was one whose exemplary conduct and genuine piety as a Christian, and whose extraordinary success as a minister of the gospel, secured to him the sincere respect of his contemporaries, and justly entitle him to the admiration of posterity. The various excellencies of this man of God not being now generally known, we have extracted this account froin a memoir of his character, annexed to a funeral sermon preached and published by the rev. T. Reynolds, to which we have made some sniall additions. He was descended from pious parents, and was born at Coventry, 1651. He received the rudiments of his education at the grammar school in that city; and after residing some time at Cambridge, completed his studies under a private tụtor at Islington. The death of his mother, which took place when he was about nineteen years of age, was rendered, by divine Providence, instrumental to his conversion. Early as this great change was wrought in his soul, he often lamented that it was no sooner, applying to himself with great emotion those words of Augustin, “ Sero te amavi, Domine!” i.e. “ O Lord! too late have I loved thee." Though miercifully preserved in his youth from scandalous sins, he retained a bitter remembrance of his juvenile vanities and follies. The deep impressions he received at this period fitted him, in a remarkable degree, for the service of Christ. He officiated for a tine as chaplain to Sir William Dyer, in Essex. He afterwards took one voyage up the Mediterranean, with a 'pious captain, as chaplain to his ship; in the course of which he left no means unattempted to reform the sailors. Among other expedients, he distributed to them an adventure of hats, which he had carried out, to the value of fifty pounds, on condition that they would refrain from swearing. This, together with his obliging carriage, his daily exerçıses in prayer, and his excellent sermons on Sabbath days, had, under divine influence, a wonderful effect in re.
straining the whole ship's company from profaneness, and. in producing a saving change in several of the crew. His first appearance as a public preacher was at a lecture in Lincoln's Inn Fields, where his services were so accepiable, that multitudes flocked to hear him; and many acknowledged the great benefits they received from bis ministry. He then Jaboured for seven years at Sandwich, in Kent, where he preached to a few people with indefatigable diligence, and embraced every opportunity of doiug good in the neighbouring villages, until he was compelled to leave that place by the persecutions directed against. Dissenters in the reign of Charles the Second. Thus driven from his beloved flock, he resided near London ; and notwithstanding the perils of the times, took every opportunity of dispensing the word of God. He generally preached three or four sermons on the Lord's day; and to accomplish this, has walked from Hackney to Bethnal Green, to Wapping, to Nine Elnıs, and back again to Hackney at night. His first stated meeting house in London was in Winchester Street, where the crowd was so great as to break down the floor of the room ; but the hearers were so mercifully preserved, that nat one of them received the least injury. This accident occasioned the building of a large and commodious house in Gravel Lane, Houndsditch, capable of containing fifteen hundred people. · Here he laboured with uncommon success, and had more than eight-hundred communicants: a number rarely to be equalled in the most flourishing Christian so. cieties in the present day.
Mr. Pomfret was a man of exalted piety. It was his constant study to preserve the power of religion in his own heart ; and, when not ministering to others, he was incessantiy employed in reading, meditation, and other devotional exercises. It was common for him to rise in the night, and spend considerable time in prayer; and whenever, either in the night or day, a useful thought occurred, he would immediately commit it to paper. His nocturnal exercises, however, were the unhappy means of greatly impairing a constitution unusually robust. Every Friday he kept a fast. His observation of the Sabbath was singular. He retired to rest very early on Saturday evening, would rise about twelve, and wrestle with God for his presence in the public services of the day. He D.
would frequently spend part of the night succeeding the Sabbath in the same manner, plentifully watering the seed he had sown with tears. In his family devotions he exceeded most, not suffering the least interruptions therein, after repeated exertions on the Lord's days; but has continued them till he has fainted away with excessive fatigue. Such was his fear of 'sin, and even the ap pearance of evil, that when he dined in a public company, he generally ate so sparingly as to return home from the table hungry: His visits were usually short, especially where religion could scarcely be introduced; nevertheless, he was a bold reprover of sin. His temper was affectionate and generous to the last degree. He treated his people with the utmost affability and tenderness; and, by his condescending behaviour, gained the affections of the poor. In his charities he was la. vish; to enumerate all the instances of which would fill a volume. He has frequently straitened the provisions of his own table to feed the hungry, and given the clothes from his back to cover the naked. He has left home with a considerable sum of money in his pocket, and has returned empty, having distributed the whole of it to the poor. When his own finances have been low, he has borrowed of his friends, to satisfy the calls of the indi. gent*. He has, and perhaps with some propriety, been charged with imprudence and precipitancy in the exercise of his charities. But when we consider him as a man of extreme benevolence of mind and sensibility of nature, it is not to be wondered at, that his zeal was sometimes too incautious, and led him to bestow his gifts without sufficient discrimination.
• Movd by their tale, his heart begun to glow,
Among other singular anecdotes concerning him, it has been reported, that passing a beggar, who was soliciting charity, he gave her a guinea. Surprizel by so musual an alms, and secing him dressed in black, she immediately suspected him to be the Devil, who (according to the superstition of the ignorant) had thus bribed her, with the design of purchasing her soul; and actually looked down to see if he had cloven feet: