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ended, he spake to this purpose: “I have now to the great joy of my

soul “ tasted of the all-saving sacrifice of my Saviour's death and passion ; and “ with it received a spiritual assurance that my sins past are pardoned, and my

God at peace with me: and that I shall never have a will or power to do any thing that may separate my soul from the love of my “ dear Saviour. Lord confirm this belief in me; and make me still to re“ member that it was thou, O God, that tookest me out of my mother's “ womb, and hast been the powerful Protector of me to this present mo“ ment of my life: thou hast neither forsaken me now I am become grey“ headed, nor suffered me to forsake thee in the late days of temptation, “ and sacrifice my conscience for the preservation of my liberty or estate. “ It was not of myself but by grace that I have stood, when others have “ fallen under my trials; and these mercies I now remember with joy and “ thankfulness; and my hope and desire is, that I may die remembering this,

and praising thee, my merciful God.”—The frequent repetition of the Psalms of David hath been noted to be a great part of the devotion of the primitive Christians : The Psalms having in them, not only prayers and holy inflructions, but such commemorations of God's mercies, as may preserve, comfort, and confirm our dependence on the power, and providence, and mercy of our Creator. And this is mentioned in order to telling, that as the holy Psalmist said, that “ his eyes should prevent both the dawning of the day and the

night-watches, by meditating on God's word;”-fo it was Dr. Sanderfon's constant practice every morning to entertain his first waking thoughts with a repetition of those very psalms that the Church hath appointed to be constantly read in the daily morning-service; and having at night laid him in his bed, he as constantly closed his eyes with a repetition of those appointed for the service of the evening; remembering and repeating the very psalms appointed for every day; and as the month had formerly ended and began again, so did this exercise of his devotion. And if the first-fruits

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dict this report, Mr. Pullin, his household chaplain, published a sermon, preached at a visitation holden at Grantham, Oet. 8, 1641, the last fermon that Dr. Sanderson wrote with his own hand. This sermon was printed in 1681, with all his other sermons, in one volume folio.

of his waking thoughts were of the world, or what concerned it; he would arraign and condemn himself for it. Thus he began that work on earth which is now the employment of Dr. Hammond and him in heaven.

After his taking his bed, and about a day before his death, he desired his chaplain, Mr. Pullin, to give him absolution : and at his performing that office, he pulled off his cap, that Mr. Pullin might lay his hand upon his bare head. After this desire of his was satisfied, his body seemed to be at more ease, and his mind more cheerful; and he said often,“ Lord, forsake “ me not now my strength faileth me, but continue thy mercy, and let my “ mouth be ever filled with thy praise.” He continued the remaining night and day very patient, and thankful for any of the little offices that were performed for his ease and refreshment': and, during that time, did often say to himself the 103d Psalm ; a psalm that is composed of praise and consolations, fitted for a dying soul, and say also to himself very often these words, “ My heart is fixed O God! my heart is fixed where true joy is to “ be found.” And now his thoughts seemed to be wholly of death, for which he was so prepared that that king of terrors could not surprise him

as a thief in the night;" for he had often said, “ he was prepared, and “ longed for it.” And as this desire seemed to come from heaven, so it left him not, till his soul ascended to that region of blessed spirits, whose em

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Thus Dr. Hammond, in his last fickness, did not by peevishness disquiet his attendants; but was pleased with every thing that was done, and liked every thing that was brought.(Life of Dr. Hammond, p. 227.)There are three of Archbishop Secker's fermons which I read repeatedly with serious attention--because they apply to a condition in which the lot of humanity will one day affuredly place me; unless it should please Almighty God to take me out of this world by a sudden death. They are “ on the Duties of the Sick," from Isai. xxxviii. 1, 2. The following passage relates to our behaviour towards all who are about us in our lickness :-“We are strictly bound to shew them, peculiarly at that time, great humanity and “goodness; not requiring from them more fatiguing and constant attendance than is fit; “nor more care, skill, and dexterity than is to be expected : recollecting that our illness in- . « clines us to imagine things amiss in a degree beyond reality, and that others ought not to “ suffer merely because we do: thinking often how disagreeable an office they go through, “ and what benefit and comfort we receive from it : begging them to forgive us those hasty “ fallies of fretfulness and impatience, that sometimes will escape us; and making them good “ amends, in every way that we can, for all the trouble which they take about us.” (Secker's Sermons, Vol. III. p. 281.)

ployments are to join in concert with his, and sing praise and glory to that God, who hath brought him and them into that place,“ into which sin and « forrow cannot enter.”

Thus this pattern of meekness and primitive innocence changed this for a better life :- It is now too late to wish that mine may be like his : for I am in the eighty-fifth year of my age; and God knows it hath not ; but I most humbly beseech Almighty God that my death may: and I do as earnestly beg, that if any reader shall receive any satisfaction from this very plain, and as true relation, he will be so charitable as to say Ameno.

I. W.

BLESSED IS THAT MAN IN WHOSE SPIRIT THERE IS NO GUILE.

PSAL. Xxxii. 2.

“ Thus was he taken away with a happy euthanasia, composedly, peaceably, and comfortably departing, giving himself to prayer, meditations, and discourses, which his own strength could bear, full of the grace and peace of God, and confirmed by the absolution of the church.” (Reason and Judgment, &*c. p. 43.)

· However diversified the conditions of men are, there is one common event to all. When the hour of death approaches, the distinctions of worldly pomp are of no avail. At that awful period every confolation will vanish, except that which flows from the consciousness of doing well, and the expectance of another life. The examples recorded in the preceding pages present to our view the noblest of all spectacles--the calm composure, the pious resignation of good men, who, having finished their earthly course of virtuous conduct, anticipate the blessedness of the heavenly state, and, full of joyful hope and humble confidence in the merits of a Redeemer, close the last scene with dignity and honour.

" Sic mihi contingat vivere, ficque mori!"

The Letter of Dr. Barlow, Bishop of Lincoln, mentioned in page 482, is inserted in the Life of Mr. Ifaac Walton, prefixed to this work.

APPENDI X.

THE WORKS OF DR. ROBERT SANDERSON.

I. " LOGICÆ ARTIS COMPENDIUM. Oxon. 1615."--8vo.

II. “ PHYSICÆ SCIENTIÆ COMPENDIUM, a Roberto SANDERSON, Coll. Lincoln. in alma Oxonienli olim socio, &c. ante multos annos Lucis usuræ deftinatum, nunc vero ex authentico Manufcripto primo Impressum. Oxoniæ, 1671."

IIT. SERMONS. “ Dr. Sanderson's XII. Sermons, 1632." 460.--" Dr. Sanderson's Sermons, (including the twelve before printed) 1664.” Folio.—“Ditto, with his Life by Ifaac Walton, 1689." Folio.

IV. “ NINE CASES of CONSCIENCE DETERMINED, 1678, 168;." 8vo.--Several of these were printed separately. Two in 1658 (not in 1628, as Wood atierts). Three more in 1667. Another in 1674, and one in 1678.

The last of these Nine Cases is “Of the Use of the Liturgy;" the very same tract which was published by Isaac Walton in his “Life of Dr. Sanderson, 1678," under the title of “ Bishop Sanderson's Judgment concerning Submillion to Usurpers.” In this tract is given a full account of the manner in which Dr. Sanderson conducted himself, in performing the service of the church, in the times of the Usurpation.

V. “DE JURAMENTI PROMISSORII OBLIGATIONE PRÆLECTIONES SEPTEM: HABITÆ in SCHOLÂ THEOLOGICÂ OXONII, Termino Michaelis, anno Dom. MDCXLVI. a ROBERTO SANDERSON. Præmissà Oratione ab eodem habità cum publicam Professionen aufpicaretur, 26 October, 1646. Lond. 1647."

These Lectures were translated into the English language by Charles I. during his confinement in the Isle of Wight, and printed at London, in 1655.-8vo.

VI. “ DE OBLIGATIONE CONSCIENTIÆ PRÆLECTIONES DECEM OXONII in SCHOLÀ THEOLOGICÂ HABITÆ, anno Dom. MDCXLVII. An English translation of the “ Prelections on the Nature and Obligation of Promillory Oaths and of Conscience" was published in 3 vol. 8vo, London, 1722.

VII. “ CENSURE of Mr. ANTON. ASCHAM his BOOK of the CONFUSIONS and REVOLUTIONS of GOVERNMENT. London, 1649."-Svo. Of Anthony Afcham, who was appointed by the Rump Parliament their agent, or resident in the Court of Spain, in 1649, and who was killed in his apartments, at Madrid, by fome English Royalists, see " Wood's Ath. Oz.” Vol. II. col. 385.

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