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dered very obnoxious: yet, for Christ his Lord, how did his soul dilate with joy. and triumph in a prison!"
The happy Revolution, and the legal toleration of Prote9tant Dissenters, were a welcome relief to Mr. Jollie and his people, as to many thousands besi'ics. The work of the Lord greatly
?rospered in the success of his abundant and zealous labours, he meeiing-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 iu 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 AttercltfTe, where he resided.
The usefulness of this valuable character was not confined to his labours in the pulpit and the pastoral care. An institution lor the instruction of youth, in such studies as were immediately proper for the Christian ministry, and other liberal professions, had been maintained for so.ue years amongst the Nonconformists of the north. Mr. Richard Frankland, ejected from Bishop's Auckland, in the county of Durham, a man of very superior learning and abilities, set up and presided over this academy. It was fouuded at Rathinill, in Yorkshire; but from the severity of persecution, it was obliged to be repeatedly removed to various stations, and Attercline among the re-t. It was, however, brought again to Rathinill before Mr Fi a [inland's death, in l6y8. On the removal of that good rnan, who had sent out in hi* t me about 300 pupils, Mr. Jollie was invited to the charge of t\e institution ; and,on his acceptance, it was again established at Altercliffe :—a pleasant village, one mile from Sheffield.
Mr. Jo lie served the came of Christ upon a truly extensive scale of usefulness, in his capacities of a minister and a tutor. In conjunction with his assistant Mr. De la Rose, and by the occasional aid of his pupils, he not only exercised the ministry in his numerous Hock at Sheffield, but supplied the smaller, though veiy respectable, congregation at Altercliffe. It is a gnat loss, that no list of his pupils, or minute account el bis academical course of tuition, can be ob'uined; and perhaps tliev are irrecoverable. It is, however, ceitain, liom the high literary reputation afterwards possessed by many of his pupils, that t'nir advantages, under Ins care, must have been veiy eonsideiable. Among them were the following eminent 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 Seeker, who, after preaching on probation to a Dissenting congregation at Bolsovfer, in Derbyshire, conformed to the Establishment, and became Bishop of Oxford, and, lastly, Archbishop of Canterbury; Dr. Nicholas Saunderson, the ceiebrated Lucasian P, ofessor of Mathematics at Cambridge, and blind from his infancy.
Mr. Jollie died in the year 1713. On the frame of his mind, when in dying circumstances, Mr. De la Rose remarks, "Thus died in the Lord this man of God. your dear aud worthy pastor. His soul was bottomed," he said, " upon Christ, the Rock of Ages: his views of Christ, as thus .considered, were clear and distinct: he seemed to have no clouds upon his mind, no darkness about it; nor "did lie labour under doubts and fears of his being interested in him thus, but what Wi* all calm and serene in the firm and inwrought persuasion of it. As Christ was dear to him, and exceedingly precious in his lifetime, so now, in his dying season, he found Christ near to him: his left hand was underneath him to support htm; and with his right hand he embraced him. Pie dealt familiarly with him; for, in his frame and talk both» there appeared a great (shall I say an unusual) steadiness and composure of spirit as to the state and world before him, and his saving relation to Cnrisi: he dwelt upon the theme with pleasure; and in his last illness, and even in the dark valley of Death itself, be 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, steadfastly fixed, when dyimr too "He died ia the Loid, — he slept in Jesusand thus dying in the Lord, you may write him bttssrd!"
The following description of his character is from the same authentic source: — " As to the constitution of his body, it was remarkably strong, fine, and florid; and in the air of his countenance there appeared a just temperature of admirable sweetness and majesty: his voice auswtred his countenance, and awed or won all who heard it.
"Plis genius was masterly and grand, elevated and curious; and as to his natural temper, it was serene, cheerful, active, open, and geneious: his composedness of spirit, Ins mirth, his majesty, were all unaffected ami natural to him; and continued with him in a 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 uncommon presence of mind, and the agreeableness of his person, all conspired to make him one of the most consummate orators of the age. 1 shall not except any of those that 1 have yet met with, even of that nation that probably not only equals, but exceeds, in this way, the admired productions of Rome and of Greece; that is, 1 shall not except either the Bourdaloues, nor the Cheminaises, nor ttie Fleehiers 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, •re ripened already into a great harvest here upon eaith, and are ail 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 to the saints" (and that in a diffusive manner, for instrumental!)* he ministered to many communions of them up and down in this nation) as well as ministered personally to you here, and that with great assiduity and readiness, till his natural strength abated, nn<] pains and indispositions grew upon him, and checked him.
"As God had rewiered him capable of very great usefulness, he accordingly pursued it: he was frequent in his offices of kindness, both more publicly and privately, and always instilling into all about him something for the benefit of tbeil souls.
"As he was richlv versed in the lansninjie of Canaan, so he was rend)' to speak it upon ail occasions: he was bold and skilful in using this sword of the spirit, and very successful. As he could bring " oat of his treasure things 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 tlie lengthening out of his vivacity and cheerfulness, — for usefulness was his delight and his element!
"You have seen his delight in catechizing. With what pleasure he served the lambs of his flock! How watchful over you too, in season and out of season! and how jealous over you with a godly jealously! And here, from this place, how often h«\s he broken the bread of life to you! — and with what zeal and concern! How faithfully has he declared to you the whole counsel of God! How did he set before yon .life and death ! — and with what earnestness did he beseech you, in the name of Christ, to be reconciled to God! How did he feed you in the strength of the Lord, and " reprove, rebuke, exhort with all.long-suffering and doctrine!
"In prayer how mighty and eminent! What a continual flow and surprizing variety of matter! What high adorations! What strong supplications, and what Israel like wrestlings with God! Here his soul mounted to God in a flame of lo\e, find with an unbounded scope. All his rich expressions and graceful turns weie as free and easy as his breathing was, and yet were as cultivated and accurate as the elaborate composures of the rise. When did he recal a word? When was there any •need of it?'
"•Go, thou great, thou surpassing genius! Thy memory shall live heie, — 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 ubtne in Heaven: thy death was in the Lord, thou restest from thy labours, and thy works shall follow thee."
It is much to be regretted, that such a man as Mr Jollie was, so distinguished an example of religion and literature, and so bright an ornament to the Dissenting inteiest, left no written works " to praise him in the gate." As far as the collector of this imperfect account can learn, he published nothing but A funeral discourse, preached at 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 Timothy, who was some years assistant preacher in his father's church; and in 17i0, was invited to London, by the church assembling in M'Uss Lane. He was first, assistant to the Rev. Matthew Cluike; and on that gentleman's decease, Mr. Jollie was chosen his successor. In this situation he laboured, in an holy and unblatoenble manner, and under great bodily afflictions, till his. death in 1757, aged sixty-six. The late Dr. Jennings preached and published his funeral-sermon.
Mr. Jollie's church at Sheffield, sustained, after his death, a painful division. The real majority chose Mr. De la Hose as their pastor; but the other party, having the power of the trustees on their side, kept possession of the meeting-house, and introduced Mr. John Wadsworth, of Rotherham, one of Mr. Jollie's pupils. Mr. Wadsworth also was appointed to the vacant tutorship in the academy; and he exercised that function some years. Mr. De la Rose's friends proceeded with great meekness and moderation in maintaining the rights of a Christian comuiunwy. The case was finally submitted to an Assembly of Ministers and Messengers from many neighbouring churches; who, after carefully hearing both sides, declared the separation to be justifiable, and confirmed their love and communion with the Separatists. Upon this they proceeded and built the Nether Chapel. The succession of pastors in this church of Christ has been,—Mr. De la Rose, Mr. Radford, Mr. Pye, Mr. Harinar, and now the Rev. John Dawson.
ON THE MODERN DRESS OF THE GENTLEMEN. Mr. Editor, —
1 Agree with Moderator, in your Magazine; and lamentable it is, that neither the pulpit nor the press avails in this day of rage for dress. I am not a little concerned that my fair countrywomen so far depart from the characteristic of the English as to drink into the spirit of French levity, at least in their appearance. I apprehend, the duty of Christian parents is to see their children brought up in the'- nurture and admonition of the Lord. As it is the province of the father to provide tor the household, so it is the duty of the mother to see that his substance is not wasted; for we are all stewards of the manifold mercies of God. As the sons are more the province of the father, the chief management of the daughters devolves on the mother; and were mothers, Mr. Editor, to bring up their d.uiuliters in a proper manner, they would not have so much, timr for dressing; that is, they should teach them the art of housekeeping, ins.e*id of leaving the management of the ho^se to a housekeeper. My dear mo'her, tho* she could afford to'let ns appeal well in the world, taught us industry, and a capability el supporting ourselves in case of exigency; also a knowledge ol pastry, pickling, and every necessary branch of housekeeping. 1 have followed her example, and hope my daughters will be useful members of society: they adorn themselves in mildest apparel; and I have warned them to shun and fly from a fop as they would from a basilisk. Now, should you admit a female pen thus far, I shall take the liberty to proceed.— To speak the truth, our young Christian gentlemen are not far behind the ladies; and as I am an old woman, hope they wiH not be offended, should some remarks be made that may come rather home.
We will suppose ourselves at a prayer-meeting, and one of our young Christian brethren is desired to exercise his gifts. Let alone his graces, you would suppose, by the modus of his head, that he had been terrified with dreams and visions of the night; the neck is so encumbered with muslin, you can scarcely make out his words; he is girt about the paps, but not with a leathern girdle; his coat quite as scanty as the ladies gowns; a warm pair of pantaloons, and, for tear the air should penetrate, hoots drawn over them. It is a known fact that nothing braces like the air: but should this fashion continue for some years, as one observes, our ladies will bring on old ;ige by dressing airy; and I fear our professing gentlemen will bring up the rear with crutches. This is not all: the conversation of the gentlemen is equally as frivolous as their dress. The reason is, they no sooner commence professors of religion than, instead of putting "on the whole armour of God," they provide themselves with silver slippers. In these they walk from one end of this great city to tiie other in quest of popular preachers, and to make themselves popular; but in private company, if you talk to^hem of the good old way, you are very impolite; and as to thorns and briars in the wilderness, the* scarcely ever heard or knew there were such things. Should such ever be fathers, I hope God will first shew them the awful state they are in. 1 would not deprecate the whole : —— happy I am to say, many come within my knowledge who do not conform to the world ; but are transformed by the Spirit of grace