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A “ Funeral Sermon, by Thomas Hewerdine * M. A. on the death of Mrs. Nightingale af;" 8vo. :
Two editions of “A Sermon against Popery, preached to the Protestants of Ireland now residing · in London, at their Anniversary Meeting, Oct. 23,
1711, in Commemoration of their Deliverance from the barbarous Massacre committed by the Irish Papists in the year 1641, in the Parish Church of St. Paul's, Covent Garden. By Wm. Stevens *, B. D. rector of Sutton in the County of Surrey:" 8vo.
“A Sermon preached at Shaftesbury, May 24, 1711, at the primary Visitation of the Right Reverend Father in God John Lord Bishop of Bristol; now Lord Privy Seal. By T. Dibben , M. A. Rector of Great Fontmel, in Dorset;" 8vo.
* Rector of Abingdon; and vicar of Basingbourn, Cambridge. shire. He published another sermon in 1719 under the title of “ The Common Prayer-book no Mass-book;" 8vo.
+ The family of Nightingale, seated at Meldreth, is one of the most antient in the county of Cambridge.
In an advertisement of this sermon, in the Post-boy, Nov. 3, 1711, is this note on the Author's name, which in modern times would have been considered as highly impertinent, if not actionable: “Who had looked through the wooden ruft (i.e. stood in the pillory), had it not been for his gown, for reflecting on the Duke of llarlborough.” Mr. Stevens afterwards published three other single sermons on the same subject; and had before printed eight single sermons on various occasions.
$ Thomas Dibben, D. D. rector of Great Fontmel, and precentor of St. Paul's, chaplain to Dr. Robinson, bishop of Bristol, at the congress of Utrecht, was born at Manston, and educated at Trinity College, Cambridge. He was a good divine and orator, and an excellent Latin poet. He published the abovementioned sermon preached at Shaston visitation, and another (see p. 49) preached at St. John's church in Utrecht, before the ambassadors, on the day of Queen Anne's accession, 1711. He' translated Mr. Prior's Carmen Seculare into Latin verse, which is perhaps the best piece of modern Latin poetry extant. Mr. Prior's compliment to him, in his preface to his poems, is but truth. He thanks him for this excellent version, though, he says, his gratitude might justly carry a little envy with it, as the most accurate judges would find the translation exceed the original. Many years before his death he became disordered in his senses, left his bouse and friends, spent his fortune, and died
“A Sermon by Moses Hodges, D.D. vicar of St. Mary's in Warwick *.”
« Bouchain; in a Dialogue between the late Medley and Examiner;" 8vo.
“ Reflections, Critical and Satirical, upon a late Rhapsody, called an Essay on Criticism." By Mr. Dennis ;" 8vo.
“ The Husbandman's Paradise;" 12mo. “ Reasons for building a Church at Deptford.” . Ecton's “ Liber Valorum," 8vo.
1712. “ The antient and present State of Glostershire, by Sir Robert Atkyns," a large folio volume, very beautifully printed f.
“ Some important Points of Primitive Christianity maintained and defended, in several Sermons and other Discourses. By George Bull, D.D. late Lord Bishop of St. David's*;" 4 vols. 8vo; the fourth of which consists wholly of “the Life of Bp. Bull, with the History of those Controversies in which he was engaged, and an Abstract of those fundamental Doctrines which he maintained and defended in the Latin Tongue; by Robert Nelson , esq.”
in the Poultry Compter in London, 1741. Hutchins's Dorset. ” shire, 1774, vol. II. p. 210.
* Dr. Hodges was presented to that vicarage by Queen Anne in 1706. He died Nov. 21, 1724.
+ See p. 55. Some copies were on royal paper " for the Curious."
In speaking of the fifth Discourse of Bp. Bull, concerning the State of Man before the Fall, &c. (which had long been in the hands of Dr. Fowler, Bishop of Gloucester,) Mr. Nelson says, “ Whatever sentiments I might have upon the perusal of this excellent Treatise, I was unwilling to trust my own judga ment in a matter of that nature; and, therefore, I immediately communicated the work to my very learned and worthy friend Dr. Hickes, that great master of Ecclesiastical Antiquity, and the most considerable reviver of primitive Theology that hath appeared in our time. Though he is admirably skilled in other parts of useful learning, yet he hath laboured with great success in untrodden parts (see p. 18); a certain mark of a great genius, whereby the utmost parts of Europe will have an occasion to celebrate his profound erudition. But he excelleth in his own profession, having built his study of Divinity upon
Some Instances of the Defects and Omissions in Mr. Whiston's Collection of Testimonies from the Scriptures and the Fathers, against the true Deity of the Son and Holy Ghost; and of misapplying and misinterpreting divers of them. By Dr. Grabe. To which is premised, a Discourse, wherein some Account is given of the learned Doctor, and of his MSS. and of this short Tract found among the English MSS. By G. Hickes, D.D.”
“A Sermon preached at the Assizes holden at Kingston upon Thames, on Wednesday the 30th of July 1712, before the Right Hon. the Lord Chief Justice Parker and the Hon. Mr. Justice Tracy. By Robert Moss *, D. D. Chaplain in Ordinary to His Majesty, and Reader to the Honourable Society of Gray's Inn, 1712;" 4to.
« The Nature of Truth and Falshood; with some Motives to the Practice of mutual Sincerity. A Sermon preached before the Queen in St. George's Chapel at Windsor, August 12, 1712, being the Eighth Sunday after Trinity. By Wm. Reeves,
the holy Mysteries, and the primitive Fathers of the Church, as the best expositors of those sacred writings; and hath thereby created such a regard to antiquity in the generation of young Divines that are now rising among us, that we may hope to see the next age preserved from the infection of those latitudinarian principles which have too much prevailed in this. His readiness to communicate his knowledge draweth an application to him from men of the greatest figure for their talents, and renders his friendship a true and valuable blessing. But, above all, the solid and substantial piety of his conduct maketh his example a constant instruction to those who live within the reach of it. It was to this excellent friend that I proposed the perusal of Bishop Bull's Treatise, which I had received from the Bishop of Gloucester. I am apt to think the judicious reader will be very well pleased with the methods I took, when he shall have read the learned answer which I received from that eminent Divine upon this occasion." For this very learned and truly excellent letter, dated Hampstead, Aug. 5, 1712, and written when the author of it " was not in a condition to study, or bear intense thinking," we refer to Mr. Nelson's Life of Bull, p. 513.
* Of whom see the “ Essays and Illustrations," vol. IV. NO VII,
+ Of Queen's college, Cambridge; B.A. 1689; M. A. 1692. He was some time rector of Cranford in Middlesex; and obtained
Chaplain in ordinary to her Majesty, and Vicar of St. Mary in Reading. Published by her Majesty's special Command, 1712;" Text, Eph. iv. 25; 4to.
- A Sermon preached in St. John's Church in Utrecht, on Sunday, March 9-20, 1711, being the Day after the Anniversary of her Majesty's happy Accession to the Throne. By Thomas Dibben, A. M. Rector of Great Fontmel in Dorsetshire, and Chaplain to his Excellency the Lord Privy Seal. Published by the Command of their Excellencies her Majesty's Plenipotentiaries at the Congress of Utrecht *" 8yo. .
* A new Institute of the Imperial or Civil Law, with Notes; shewing in some principal Cases, amongst other Observations, how the Canon Law, the Laws of England, and the Laws and Customs
the vicarage of St. Mary in Reading in 1711. He published seven single Seriaons; two of them, whilst rector of Cranford, in 1704 and 1703, at the annual feast of the Company of Apothecaries, the first of which, from Eccles. iii. 24, was, “ on the natural Immortality of the Soul ;" the other, from Rom. ï. 9, “ on the Wisdom of God in the Works of Nature.”—The third Sermon was that noticed above.-4. “ The Folly and Danger of misplacing our Affections; preached before the Queen 1713;" 2 Tim. ii. 14.-5. An Assize Sermon at Abingdon, 1713, Prov, xxiv. 21. 46. “ The great Importance of redeeming Time," before the Queen 1714, Col. iv. 3.-7. On the Sunday before the Queen's Death, Mark vi. 16. He published in 1719 “ Fourteen Sermons on several Occasions," Svo; and long after his death 2 single Sermon of his “ against Bribery” was printed during the general election of 1754, 8vo. He died in 1726, and was buried in his church at Reading, with the following epitaph :
“ Here resteth the body of
vicar of this parish,
in the 58th year of his age.
of July, 1745, aged 72." From a copy printed at Utrecht by William vande Water, Printer to the University.
of other Nations, differ from it. In Four Books. By Thomas Wood *, LL. D. ;" Svo.
« Dr. Synge's Sermon before the Commons in Ireland, Oct. 23, 1711;" 8vo; and his “ Essay towards making the Knowledge of Religion easy."
“Specimen of Mrs. Elstob's Saxon Grammar;" Svo.
“Mr. Clayton's Sermon;" 8vo. On what occasion I know not; but this is the latest publication I have been able to trace, previous to the grievous calamity which (horresco referens !) must now be noticed.
After having for thirteen years pursued business with unremitted industry and unsullied reputation ; and having amply experienced the patronage and encouragement he well deserved; on the fatal night of Jan. 29-30, 1712-13, he was reduced to a state of almost absolute indigence by a calamitous fire, which totally destroyed his printing-office, and many considerable works at that time in his warehouse and under his press.
I have several different setts of newspapers of that period; but do not find this dreadful accident mentioned in any of them, except “The Weekly Packet, of Jan. 31," where it is thus slightly noticed : “ The night between Thursday and Friday a fire happened
* A relation of the Oxford Antiquary; a student at New College, Oxford; and a barrister of Gray's Inn; but, taking holy orders, he was presented to the rectory of Hardwick, Bucks; and was appointed commissary and official of that archdeaconry. Besides the above valuable volume, the profession was indebted to him for “ An Institute of the Laws of England; or, the Laws of England, in their natural Order, according to common Use. Published for the Direction of young Beginners, or Students in the Law; and of others that desire to have a general Knowledge in our Common and Statute Laws, 1720;" Svo; reprinted in folio, 1722, with additions, and again in 1724, with a good portrait of the author. He was the author also of an anonymous pamphlet, intituled, “ An Appendix to the Life of Bishop Seth Ward;" severely censuring the innocent pleasantries of Dr. Walter Pope, in his Life of Dr. Ward; and for the liberties he had taken with his cousin Anthony Wood. But, if people will be oddities, what law is there against laughing at them? It is with more justice, perhaps, that he blames Dr. Pope for dwelling too much upon minutiæ. In the Preface to Sir William Blackstone's “ Commentaries” the “ Institutes" of Dr. Wood are deservedly commended by