« FöregåendeFortsätt »
9. True humility gaineth_and overcometh God Almighty, and maketh thee also apt and meet to receive all graces and gifts; but alas ! who can say that he hath this blessed meekness, it being so hard, so uncertain, so secret and unknown a thing, to forsake and mortify perfectly and exactly thyself, and that most venomous worm of all goodness, vainglory?
10. Commit all to the high providence of God, and fuffer nothing to rest or enter into thy heart, save only God; all things in the earth are too base to take up thy love or care, or to trouble thy noble heart, thy immortal and heavenly mind : Let them care and sorrow, or rejoice, about these things, who are of the world, for whom Christ would not pray.
11. Thou canst not please nor serve two masters at once; thou canst not love, divers and contrary things: if then thou wouldft know what thou lovest, mark well what thou thinkeft most upon; leave earth, and have heaven"; leave the world, and have God.
12. All fin and vice springeth from the property of our own will : All virtue and perfection cometh and groweth from the mortifying of it, and the refigning of it wholly to the pleasure and will of God.
HISTORICAL Facts in the Life of Bishop
LEIGHTON, with his Last Will; and some Particulars about the founding of the Public Library at Dunblane. Extracted from the original Library Catalogue, and never before printed. ARCHBISHOP LEIGHTON, after resigning his archbishoprick, took leave of the court and the world, and retired to the house of Mr Edward Lightmaker of Broadhurst, his nephew, by his fifter Madam Lightmaker, in Suflex, where he lived, in an absolut retirement, a most devout and contemplative life, for the space of about seven years.
In all this time he met with no interruption of his folitude, but one, which gave no small alarm to his thoughts. It was by a private letter from the King, whereof the true copy follows, and is consigned in this town:
Windsor, 16th July 1679. “ I am resolved to trye what clemencie and gentle“ ness can prevaill upon such in Scotland as will not “ conforme to the government of the church there : “ for effectuating of which design, I desyre ye may
go down to Scotland, with your ist conveniencie, “ and take all possible paines for persuading all you
can, of both opinions, to as much mutual corre
spondence and concord as can be; and send me, “ from tyme to tyme, characters, both of men and
things. In order to this design, I shall send a precept for two hundreth pounds Str. on my Exchequer, till ye refolve how to serve me in a stated employment.
“ Your loving friend, “ For the Bp. of Dunblane.
CHARLES R." VOL. II.
Bishop Leighton mortified L. 300 for a philosophy bursary at Glasgow :-L. 300 for the maintenance of four old men in St Nicholas' Hospital at Glasgow, in the town of Glasgow's hands :-L. 50 to the philosophy bursary in Edinburgh :--And L. 1024 Scots to the poor of Dunblane parish.
The Bishop's testament and latter will follows :
" At Broadhurst, Feb. 17. 1683. “ Being at present (thanks be to God) in my ac" customed health of body, and foundness of mind " and memory, I do write this with my own hand, to “ fignify, that, when the day I so much wished and
longed for is come, that shall set me free of this pri“ fon of clay, wherein I am lodged, What I leave be" hind me of money, goods, or chattels, or whatso46 ever of any kind that was called mine, I do de4 vote to charitable uses, partly such as I have re".commended particularly to my sister Mrs Sophia
Lightmaker, and her son Mr Edward Lightmaker “ 'of Broadhurst, and the remainder to such other “ charities as their own discretion shall think fittest; “ only I design each of them to accept of a small “ token of a little grateful acknowledgment of their
great kindness, and their trouble they have had " with me for some years that I was their guest ; the
proportion of which (to remove their scruple of
taking it) I did expressly name to themselves while " I was with them, before the writing hereof, and likeço wise after I had written iç : But they need not give
any part of it to any other; the whole being left $to their dispose: Neither, I hope, will any other “ friend or relations of mine take it unkindly that “ I leave no legacy to any of them, designing, as is “ faid, fo entirely to charitable purposes the whole $« remainder : Only, my books, I leave and bequeath " to the Cathedral of Dunblane in Scotland, to re"! main there, for the use of the clergy of that dio,
" cefs. I think I need no more, but that I appoint
my said fifter Mrs Sophia Lightmaker of Broadhurst, and her son Mr Edward Lightmaker of
Broadhurst, joint executors of this my will, if they “ be both living at my decease, as I hope they shall; “ or, if that one of them shall be surviving, that one “ is to be sole executor of it. I hope none will raise
any question or doubt about this, upon any omis“ fion or informality of expression in it; being, for “ prevention thereof, as plainly expressed as it could “ be conceived necessary by me.
And this I deis clare to be the last will and testament of
Having thus settled his worldly affairs, he continued in his beloved retirement, waiting daily for his happy exit, which fell out the next year. He received a letter from Dr Gilbert Burnet, giving him an account, that some of his best friends were come from Scotland to London, who had a great desire to see him, after so many years absence, and that one of them had thoughts to wait on him in his folitude in the country. He, to prevent this, and upon a tender regard to those noble persons, then at Court, chose rather to come up himself, than to give them the trouble to come down to the country. Proposals were then made him of coming down to Scotland ; but he did absolutely stop his ears to all motions of that kind, assuring these noble persons that treated with him, that his race was near at an end, and that the time of his diffolution was drawing on. Accordingly, a few days thereafter, he fickened at London, 25th June 1684, and rendered up his spirit to the Father of fpirits. He keeped not his chamber above a week, nor his bed above three days. He was attended during his fickness by Dr Burnet, and Dr Call, Principal of the College of Glasgow, who may possibly publish to the world a more full account of his life and death, there being in both very remarkable instances wor
thy of record ; that the memory of the just may be had in remembrance, and that the example of so great and good a man may preach, and prove an incitement to virtue and godliness, and a practical copy of holy living and dying. He was buried in Broadhurst church.
His nephew, seemingly a man of the same fpirit, sent L. 100 Sterling to build a chamber for the books; that too small, L. 60 more, afterwards remitted: Likewise, L. 200 for a librarian. Clerk Graham, who had been presented to St Stephen's chaplainry in Dunblane for life, resigned it to the library. Lord Viscount Strathallan gave the carriages;- James Robertfon, his chamberlain, master of work ;-George, his fon, in 1688, after the house was finished. Sir Hew Paterson carried on the correspondence with Mr Edward Haverfield, of the Middle Temple; the former having been a special trustee of Bishop Leighton.