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author in London, which the daughter now living remembers. But we could hear nothing of any presents that this rival made our author 'in his trying circumstances. It is most likely he knew the worth of the estate, though his brother made so light of io when it stood in competition with Chrift and conscience.

She informed us, that, foon after his father and friends had cast him off, thar he much wanted to borrow a book that was in his father's library, but knowing that he could not get the loan of it hinself, he got a friend to borrow it as for his own use. His father lent it to our author's friend, but suspecting it was for his fön, wrote this text on the blank sheet: The wicked borroweth and payeth: not again. When our author had read it, he returned it, having written the laft clause of his faw ther's text on the same blank sheet: But the rigbteous fbewerb mercy and giveth. Pfal. xxxvii. 21. Hinting that if he had been the righteous man he pretended to be, he would have given it to his fon, and then there had been no fear of his acting the wicked man's party in not paying again.

From Croydon our author returned to London, in the times of persecution, and went and dwele in the Mint, in what was then called The Verge of the Court, which was a place of safety. In that place he hired a large room, for a lecture on the Lord's day evening, which cost him forty or fifty

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pounds to fit up, in which he preached a cons fiderable time. His wife took a shop in the Borough, and carried on the business of linendrapery. When he left The Verge of the Court, he went to a meeting-house in Globe Alley, but whether he was pastor, or an assistant, I could not learn ; but the last times of his preaching were for one Mr. Kenninghorne, or Kenninghall. His wife having many losses in trade, gave it up, and learnt the business of mantua-making, and continued it for many years.

The many amictions that our author met with in his youth, and those that attended him in his ministry, brought on an asthma, the stone, and the gout, which rendered him incapable of the ministerial work for twenty years before his: death, during which time his wife, and daughter now living, worked in order to support him. The never failing providence of God, of which he so sweetly treats, followed him to the last, which occasioned him often to say,, when any present came in a time of need, “ here is 'God's basket: come again,” meaning the hand-basket portion. When he was first laid aside from the ministry, he was under much darkness and dejection of mind; but, after some time, came to enjoy great consolations, and endured his afflictions with remarkable patience and cheerfulness; and a little before his death faid, " I am nearer my home than ever ; I am

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foon going.” His last wife was a very affectionate one, a good nurse to him, and was very fond of him, insomuch that she was quite inconsolable at his death. The daughter says she would sit weeping by his corps till two or three o'clock in the morning, and then come sighing to bed to her. She informed me that he was buried in the diffenters' burying ground, in Dead Man's Place, adjoining to Mr. Thrale's brewhouse, in the Borough, and had a head and foot stone at his grave. I went with a friend to see if I could find it, and on the north side of the ground I found a foot stone, with J. B. on it, but the head stone was sunk so deep in the ground that only the first line appeared ; but diggiig down about sixteeen inches, I found the following inscription :

• Here lieth the body of the Rev. James Barry, who departed this life the 3d of July 1719, aged 78 years.” The stones discovered the affection, and the smallness of them the poverty, of the disconfolate widow.

He was three times married, and had twentytwo or twenty-three children. One fon was settled in Charles Town, South Carolina, and several at Croydon in Surrey, where there is living at this time several descendants and grandchildren. Mr. Jasper Wood, baker, is one of them. He was a man of about the middle stature, of a light complexion, very quick and sharp, and, when able to move, very active.

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He wrote the following Books.

ELECTION BEFORE TIME.

Two SERMONS ON THE APPLE-TREE, from this text, As the apple-tree among the trees of the wood, , Ja is my beloved among the fons. I fat down under bis padow with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste. Song, ii. 3.

THE SPIRIT OF PRAYER.

THE FALSENESS AND UNSCRIPTURALNESS OF ANABAPTISM.

A CORDIAL FOR SIN-DESPAIRING SOULS, which I revised.

The books were printed by Mr. Marshall in Newgate-street; but none of his works have fell into my hands but the last mentioned. When he had finished the book which he stiled The Spirit of Prayer, he cold the copy to the Printer, and strictly charged him not to alter the title, or the work ; but the publisher sent it out with this title A Help to Prayer, I cannot learn that Dr. Calamy, or any other writer of the History of the Puritans, take any notice of him, which is easily accounted for, God having stript him of all confidence in

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the flesh, and wiped him out of the cathedral, his testimony could never gain him any credit among the tories, papists, or rotten arminians, whose craft is always in danger from such witnesses ; therefore, when they become historians, they are sure to bury the names of such men, and their testimonies, in silence, left the devil's interest should fall to the ground.

Should any of the other books fall into my hands, they shall appear in the world again, if God permit.

Reader, farewell,

While I remain,

Your's, in the gospel of Christ,

WILLIAM HUNTINGTON,

T. BENSLEY, Printer, Bolt Court, Fleet Street, London,

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