« ΠροηγούμενηΣυνέχεια »
supplied him; and though he was consumptive when he went to prison, he was perfectly recovered when he came out. At another time, he and several other ministers, by the order of the Earl of Bath, were imprisoned for twelve weeks in the Marshalsea at Plymouth, without any cause of commitment alleged. Being released, and finding other difficulties obstructing his further usefulness in the West of England, he came to London, and in 1679, was unanimously chosen pastor of the English church at Middleburg, in Zealand. This he accepted upon condition that he might be at liberty to return, if he should be called into his own country. He there however, met with some angry contests which he did not expect; upon which he returned to London, July 22, 1681, where he preached privately, with good acceptance, during the remainder of the troubles of King Charles's reign, and gathered a congregation which met in Bartholomew-Close. He afterwards made use of King James's Indulgence, thinking that to be an unjust law at the first, which deprived him and his brethren of the exercise of their ministry.
Mr. Quick possessed a good constitution, but it was broken by racking pains some years before his death. For the last three years his sufferings from the stone were scarcely tolerable. He was whole nights together without any sleep, and in the day-time seldom at ease. But under all his pains he justified God, and often censured himself as deserving more. In this state, a change by death could not have been unacceptable. A short time before his decease, he sent for Dr. Williams, and opened to him the state of his mind, desiring his impartial thoughts on the ground of his hope. On this occasion, he expressed his high admiration of the power of Christ, and his dependence on his 'righteousness alone for eternal life. Thus he passed to his everlasting rest, on the 29th of April, 1706, in the 70th year of his age; nearly fifty of which were spent in the work of the ministry, and the chief part of them in the midst of many afflictions and difficulties. His funeral sermon was preached by Dr. Daniel
Williams, from Job iii. 17. There the wicked cease from troubling; there the weary be at rest. was preached by his successor Mr. Freke.
Mr. Quick was a good scholar and lively preacher. He possessed great fluency and fervour in prayer; and his ministry was successful to the conversion of many. In preaching, his labours were abundant. While in the west, he rode from place to place, often preaching five times a week. In his latter years, when through extremity of pain, he scarcely got a wink of sleep during the whole night, he would preach the next day, though sometimes in great agony. Indeed, he would very seldom suffer himself to be diverted from his work, in which he often found present ease. He was all his life long a hard student. While in health, he would be in his well-furnished study at two o'clock in the morning; and when his distemper seized him, he spent the greatest part of the night in reading, meditation, and prayer. He was very compassionate to persons in distress, and was at great pains and expence for the relief of the poor French Protestants, on account of the noble testimony they bore to religion by their sufferings. As he was himself a learned minister, so he was much concerned for a learned and faithful ministry, and very forward in encouraging hopeful young men who were disposed to devote themselves to that office. He was a serious Christian, who conversed much with his own soul, and spent much time in meditation and prayer. He had been in great despondency and temptations, but was enabled to overcome them, and had a confirmed hope of his own state; which upon the strictest examination, in the views of eternity, he retained unshaken to the end. The warmth and eagerness of his temper, which was the greatest imperfection that appeared in him, was his grief and burden; though it had its advantages to make him the more active in his work. In the midst of labour and persecution, he received very signal consolations and supports. When a justice once told him, to what remote prison he would send him, he re
plied, “ I know not where you are sending me, but this I am sure of, my heart is as full of comfort as it can hold." He had several signal providential deliverances, and sometimes by warnings in his dreams, of which he recorded several instances.*
Mr. Quick was the author of a learned work, entitled "Synodicon in Gallia Reformata :" or the Acts, Decisions, Decrees, and Laws of those famous national councils of the reformed churches in France; being (1) a most faithful and impartial history of the rise, growth, perfection, and decay of the reformation in that kingdom, with its fatal catastrophe upon the revocation of the edict of Nantes, 1615. (2) The Confession of Faith and Discipline of those Churches, &c. London, 1692, folio." The whole was collected and composed out of original manuscript acts of Synods, and was a work never before extant in any language. The author's portrait was prefixed to it.-Besides this, he published “The Young Man's Claim to the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper, 1691," and "An Answer to that Case of Conscience, whether it be lawful for a man to marry his deceased wife's sister." Also, three Funeral Sermons. (1) The Test of true Godliness; preached at the funeral of Philip Harris, late of Alston in Devonshire, Esq. August 10, 1681. Deut. xxxii. 29. (2) The Dead Prophet yet speaking: preached at Plaisterers'-Hall, Feb. 15, 1690, on the death of the Rev. John Faldo. Zach. i. 5.-(3) The Triumph of Faith: preached at Bartholomew-Close, Jan. 16, 1697, on the death of Mrs. Rothwell. Rom. viii. 38, 39. In this discourse are introduced anecdotes of several persons who died in triumph, particularly his own brother Mr. Philip Quick, who died at the age of 25; Mr. John Welsh, a famous Scotch minister; Dr. Andrew Rivet, and Moses Amyrant, two French Protestant Divines; and old Mr. John Hieron, of Modbury.→
Calamy's Acc. p. #47. Contin. p. 331.-Dr. Williams's Sermon on the death of Mr. Quick.
Besides his printed works, Mr. Quick had prepared for the Press, in three volumes folio, a collection of the lives of several Protestant Divines, which he entitled Icones Sacra. They consist of fifty French lives, and twenty English. Among the former, are the most eminent pastors and professors of that nation, since the reformation: such as the Capells, Cameron, Chamier, Place, Drelincourt, Du Moulin, Amyrant, Bochart, Daillé, L'Arroque, Claude, &c. names of the first reputation for piety and learning in the reformed world. The few British Divines he has given an account of, were singled out from their brethren, upon some considerations peculiar to the author. Some of them were Scotch Divines, some old Puritans in England; and others, persons for whom the author had a particular esteem and friendship. This collection would have been published in his lifetime had he obtained a sufficient subscription to encourage the design. The old Duke of Bedford was so well pleased with it, that he resolved to see it published, though at his own charge; but death prevented the design. If this manuscript is still in existence, it would be a benefit to the public was it deposited in some public library, where it might be easy of access. Mr. Quick left an only daughter who was married to the excellent Dr. John Evans.*
THOMAS FREKE.-Mr. Quick was succeeded in the pastoral office by Mr. Thomas Freke, concerning whom very little is known. He had been some years assistant to Mr. Quick and stood in the same relation to Mr. Richard Stretton at Haberdashers'-Hall. He was remarkable for lowness of stature, and was well esteemed in his day. Mr. Tong, who preached his funeral sermon from 2 Cor. iv. 7. has nothing concerning him excepting the following paragraph: "When the distemper seized him some years ago, which has now re
• Calamy's Contin. p. 334, 335.
turned, and suddenly taken him away from us, I was almost a daily witness of that exemplary faith, and patience, and comfort, and resignation to God which he then exprest, and I doubt not but when his great Lord came, and called him away, though he might not immediately expect so great a change, he was not unprepared for it; and it was observed by those about him, that for the little time he had the use of his reason, he continually lifted up his eyes to heaven with all the signs both of a serious and well satisfied mind."* Mr. Freke died in the month of September, 1716. He was the author of an Essay on the Liberty of the will, and of several single Sermons which will be specified below. (T)
JOHN MUNCKLEY.-After the lapse of a few months, Mr. Freke was succeeded in the pastoral office at Bartholomew-Close by Mr. John Munckley. This gentleman, after studying some years in a private academy near London, went over to Leyden, where his proficiency was well known to those who accompanied him, and fully proved on several occasions. Returning to England, he was chosen one of the ministers at Exeter; from whence he removed to London, and was set apart at Bartholomew-Close, Jan. 19, 1717.
• Mr. Tong's Sermon on the death of Mr. Freke, p. 9.
(T) WORKS.-1, A Fast Sermon, on occasion of the great Storm. 4to. 1703.-2. A Sermon preached to the Societies for Reformation of Manners, in the cities of London and Westminster, October 2, 1704.-3. A Funeral Sermon on the death of the Rev. Mr. Quick. 4to. 1706.-4. Union the Strength of a people; considered in a Sermon preached in BartholomewClose, May 1, 1707, being the Day of Thanksgiving, &c. 8vo. 1708.-5. A Practical Discourse concerning a Tender Conscience, as delivered in the Holy Scriptures, &c. 8vo. 1768.-6. The Heroic Christian. A Sermon on Psalm cxxii. 9. Preached in Bartholomew-Close, Jan. 31, 1713-14. 8vo. -7. An Essay upon the Liberty of the Will, and Human Actions. 8vo. 1715.-8. The Nature, Guilt, and Danger of Rebelling against the Light, explained and improved. With a prefatory Epistle to the rising Generation. 8vo. 1716.-9. Christ the Saviour of his People. A Sermon preached at Hackney, on the Wednesday-Lecture, Aug. 1, 1716.