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It is not to be wondered that a life filled up with so many labours should decline under the weight of infirmities which now began to grow upon him. Some few years before he died he was often iil, and sometimes confined to his bed or chainber, whereby he was taken off in a great measure from his ministerial function, but not altogether disabled from serving the church of God; and whenever he was able to sit up, he would be continually writing, when not prevented by company, and several excellent books were composed by him, which might deserve a particular notice but our limits will not allow us to enlarge, and there. fore we refer the reader to his works. The time now drew near when he must die, and after all his labours and suffer. ings enter into the joy of his Lord. His infirmities of body grew on him apace, which obliged him to retire into the country for the benefit of the air. He went to Kensington and lived there some time. One day as he was coming from thence to London in the Strand two informers seized upon his coach and horses, upon which a mob gathered about him: the providence of God so ordered it, that sir Ed. mund Bury Godfrey came by at that time, and seeing a mob, asked what was the ma:ter? and being a justice of the peace, he ordered the informers and Dr. Owen to meet him at a justice of the peace's house near Bloomsbury Square upon a day appointed, and he would get some other of his brethren to be there to hear the cause : they met accordingly, and șir Edmund being in the chair, upon examining the whole matter they found the informers, had acted so very illegally, that they discharged the Doctor, and severely reprimanded them; after which he was no more disa turbed by them. From Kensington he went to Ealing, where he had a house of his own; in which he finished his course. During which time he employed his thonghts in the contemplation of the other world, as one that was drama ing nearer to it every day; which produced his “Meditations on the Glory of Christ;” in which he breathed out the devotion of a soul that was growing continually into the temper of the heavenly state. He died August 24, 1683",
*in the sixty-seventh year
Dr. A Correspondent has favoured me with an anecdote of the Doctor whịch transpired on the day of his death, and which I shall give in his own words. Old Ms. Humphreys, of Colchester, but originally
of his age.
Dr. Owen's published works were thirty in number, but as we have spoken concerning the principal of them, it may be unnecessary to enumerate them in this place.
The Doctor was buried at Bunhill Fields, with uncommon respect, where he has a tomb stone with a Latin inscription, drawn up by Mr. Thomas Gilbert, of Oxford, but very inaccurately engraved, and in Dr. Calamy's account as inaccurately printed. The following is a true copy :
“ JOHANNES Owen, S. T. P.
Agro Oxoniensi oriundus;
Mensura parum communi, instructus:
Ab illo jussis suæ famulari theologiæ;
Arminio, Socino, Cano, Venenosa strinxit guttura:*
Et missis, cæteris, coluit ipse, sensitque,
Quibus opus erat, et copia, consulendi :
Multis privatos infra parietes, à suggesto pluribus,
Pura doctrinæ evangelicæ lempas præluxit;
Sic prælucendo perii:,
Morbis creberrimis impetiti,
Durisque laboribus pottissimum attriti, corpotis from Saffron Walden told me a little before his death, that Mr. Payne, who for several years kept an academy at Saffron Walden (at which several eminent Dissenting ministers were educated) being instructed by Dr. Owen to put his last performance to the press, came in to see the Doctor the morning of that day on which he died, and told bim, Doctor, I have been just putting your book “ On the Glory of Christ to the press; to which the Doctor answered, “I am glad to hear that performance is put to the press; and then lifting up boih his haods and his eyes, as in a kind of rapture, he said, “ But; O brother Payne, the long looked for day is come at last, in which I shall see that Glory in another manner than I have ever done yet, or was capable of doing in this world."
(Fabricæ, donec ita quassatæ, spectabilis) ruinas,
Deo ultrà fruendi c:1pida, deseruit;
IHi, à cælesti Numine, felici reddito;
MDCLXXXI". Etat. LIVII."
an eminent divines but more eminent himself, and justly ta be ranked among the most illustrious of the age. Furnished with the aids of palite and solid learning, in a very i-common de gree, he led them all, in a well-ordered train, to the serviced his yreat study, Christian divinity, controversial, practical
, and casuistical. In each of these, he excelled others, and as eie equal to himself. In the one branch of this sacred science, le, with powers more than Herculean, seized and vanquisbed the envenomed monsters, of Arminian, Socinian, and Popish e;
In the other, tirst experiencing in his own breast, according to the unerring rule of Scripture, the Sacred energy of the Holy Spirit, he taught the whole æconomy of that divine inde ence. Rejecting lower objects, he constantly cherished and largely experienced that blissful communion with God which he so admirably described. Though a pilgrim on earth, be a next to a spirit in heaven. In Experimental Divinity, all who could have the blessings of his counsels found him as an oracle He was a seribe every way accomplished for the kingdom of her: ven. To anany iu private dwellings, from the pulpit to more and from the press to all, who were aiming at the heavenly price, he shone a pure lamp of Gospel doctrine. Thus brightly shining he was gradually consumed, not upobserved by himself and his aftkled friends, till his holy soul, longing for the fuller fruition of its God, quitted the ruins of a body depressed by constan: infiruities, ematiated by frequent diseases, but chiefly wora out by severe labours, and so no further suitable for the service of God; a fabric, till thus reduced, most comely and majestic
. "He left the world on a day, rendered dreadful to the church by
the powers of the world, but blissful to himself by the plaadit
of his God, the 24th of August, 1683, aged sixty-seven." OWEN, THANKFUL, M. A. president of St. John's College. He was born in London, and was remarkably preserved in his youth as he was swimming near Oxford, after he had suok i wice under water. He was a man of an excellent temper, and possessed a considerable share of pa lite literature. He was adınired for an uncommon fluency and easiness in his composures, and for the peculiar purity of his Latin "style.
He was ejected by the commissioners in 1660, after which he went to London and lived privately, much respected, and never repented of his nonconformity
Upon Dr. Goodwin's decease he was chosen to succeed hiin, but died suddenly about a fortnight after, April 1, 168}, at his house in Hatton Garden, just after finishing an episs tle for a volume of Dr. Goodwin's works. He was preparing for the press, and had almost finished, a book entitled “Imago Imaginis," designed to shew that Rome Papal was an image of Rome l'agan! When Dr. Owen
gave notice of his funeral, he said, “Tbat he had not left his fellow behind him for learning, religion, and good humour." He was buried in the same vault with Dr. Goodwin, at Bunhill Fields, and a Latin inscription is subjoined 10 that on the Doctor expressive of the above singular circunstance attending his death. Both are copied in Maitland's Hist... of London, p. 174.
OXENBRIDGE, JOHN, A. M. was born at Daventry, in Northamptonshire, Jan. 30, 1608. He took his degree in 1631, and the following year began publicly to preach, the Gospel. After two voyages to Bermudas he returned 10 England, and settled as pastor to a church at Beverley, in Yorkshire, in 1664. After his ejectinent froin Eton College, Dr. Calamy says, that he went to Berwick-uponTweed, where he held on his ministry till he was silenced by the Bartholomew Act. He then went to Surinam, in South America, and from thence, in 1667, to Barbadoes, With what view he took these voyages we are not informed, but from one of his publications it appears most probable that it was to propagate the Gospel. in 1669 he went to New England, where he succeeded Mr. Davenport, as pastor of the first church in Boston ; and there be died suddenly, Dec. 28, 1674, being seized with an apoplexy towards the close of a serinon which he was preaching at the Boston Lecture. Mr. Mather, having mentioned his writings, says, “ The piety which he breathed in these composures was but what he maintained in his daily walk.” Having spoken of the large MS, of his which he bad perused, mentioned below, he says, that “he found in it a grateful variety of entertainment. He also gives soine extracts from his diary, which discover a very pious, devout and humble spirit. From one of these, dated Nov. 1666, it appears that be was then involved in great affliction, by the death of an
* See this argumeut since discussed in Dr. Conyers Middleton's Letters from Roma
excellent wife and two children; but that, though he had been subject to great depression of spirits, he then experienced wonderful support and comfort, on which occasion he writes thus: “ What shall I say for the strange and strong consolation with which he filled my soul ? No words can express what I felt in my heart. I was wholly taken up with the thoughts
kindness of God. I said _Who is a God like unto thee? What remains for me but to love and praise thee for ever? Now death was no dark thing to me, neither was any concerni of this life considerable. This hath been a great stay to ine in my solitary condition. Though 'berest of such relations, the Lord Jesus liveth for ever, to do all for ine, and be all to me. I the more admire and adore the great God, in condescending so much to so vile a worin, that hath been so full of fears and doubts, and hath so much displeased his Holy Spirit. Oh that the Lord may confirm these comforts, so that I may enjoy them in death, and improve them for the good of others in life !"
Mr. Oxenbridge was a person of great modesty as well as exemplary piety; but the troubles to which the Dissenta ing interest was exposed in his own country, after the restoration of Charles II. made him desirous of endeavouring to be useful to the church of God, by contributing to advance the name of Christ in a clime far reinoved fiom his native land.
He was author of, 1,“ A double Watch-Word; or the Duty of watching, and watching in Duty: on Rey. xvi. 5. and Jer, i. 4,5."—2.“ A Proposition of propagating the Gospel by Christian Colonies in the Continent of Guiana ; " being glcanings of a , larger Discourse, the MS. of which is yet preserved in New England.-3.“ A Sermon at the Anniversary Election of Governor, &c. in New England."-And, 4.“ A Sermon on season-, ably secking God."