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Daniel WILLIAMS, D. D. - This celebrated person, upon his return from Ireland, in 1687, was chosen assistant to Mr. Howe, in Silver-street, upon the
1681.-9. A Funeral Sermon on the Death of Mrs. Margaret Baxter, from 2 Cor. y. 8. 1681.-10. Of the Name of God in Prayer, from Jer. xiv. 21. octavo. 1682.-11. A Discouise on Self-dedication, duod. 1682.-12. A Funeral Sermon on the Death of Mr. Richard Fairclough, from Matt. xxv. 21. 1682. Annotations on the three Epistles of St. John, in the second volume, or continuation, of Mr. Pool. 1682 – 13. A Sermon upon Colos. ii. 2. upon this Question, What may most hopefully be attempted, to allay Animosities aniong Protestants, that our Divisions may not be our Ruin? 1683.-14. A Treatise on Luke xix. 41, 42. entitled, The Redeemer's Tears wept over lost Souls ; with an Appendix concerning the Blasphemy against the Holy Ghost, and bow God is said to will the Salvation of them that perish. 1684,—-15. A Sermon from Job v. 42. directing what we are to do after strict inquiry, whether or no we truly love God. 1688.-16. Two Ser mons on Rom. vi. 13. Yield yourselves to God. 1688.--17. A Funeral Sermon on the Death of Mrs. J. Hammond. 1689.–18. A Funeral Sermon on the Death of Mrs. Esther Sumpson; from Lake xiii. 16. 1689 -19. The Carnality of Christian Contention, in two Sermons preached at the Merchants' Lecture, in Broad-street. 1693.-20. At his first Turn at the new Lecture at Salters'Hall, a Sermon from Isa. Ixiv. 7. 1094.-21. A calm and sober Inquiry concerning the Pussibility of a Trinity in the Godhead, in a Letter to a Person of worth. 1694. To which were added, some Letters formerly written to Dr. Wallis on the same Subject. A Letter to a Friend concerning · A Postscript to the Defence of Dr. Sherlock's Notion of the Trinity in Unity,' in which his “ Calm and sober Inquiry” was reflected upon. 1694. After this came out “Some Considerations on the Explications of the Doctrine of the Trinity, in a Letter to H. H. And Mr. Howe being concerned in it, he published, A View of those Considerations, in a Letter to the former Friend. 1695.-22. A Funeral Sermon on the Death of Queen Mary. 1695.-23. A Sermon preached on the Day of Thanksgiving,' Dec. 2, 1697. And another, To the Societies for Reformation of Manners, from Rom. xiii. 4. 1997.-24. A Funeral Sermon on the Death of the Rev. Richard Adams, A. M. 1697-8.–25. A Funeral Sermon on the Death of the Rev. Matthew Mead. 1699.-26. A Funeral Sermon on the Death of John Hoghton, Esq. concerning the Redeemer's Dominion over the invisible World, and the Entrance there-into by Death. 1699.—27. On the Death of the Rev. Dr. William Bates. 1699.-28. A Discourse on Man's Enmity against God, and Reconciliation between God and Man, from Col. i. 21. 1701.–29. Sonie Consideration of a Preface to an Inquiry concerning the occasional Conformity of Dissenters. 1701.-30. A second Part of the
by the death of Dr. Jacomb. In this situation he continued about a year and a half, till he was chosen, in 1689, to succeed Mr. Oakes, in the pastoral charge of the congregation in Hand-alley, Bishopsgate-street, afterwards in New Broad-street, Petty Trance. Under that article we have already given a particular account of his life and character.
JOHN SHOWER.- After the removal of Mr. Williams, the people in Silver-street, who had invited Mr. Shower about a year and a half before, renewed their application. He was at this time comfortably settled at Rotterdam, where he had been for nearly three years; and strong endeayours were used to detain him there.
At length, after several letters had passed between them upon the subject, he consented to remove. “Mr. Shower being now returned to his native country, (says Mr. Tong) and joined with one
Living Temple, containing Animadversions on Spinosa, and a French Writer pretending to confute him ; with a Recapitulation of the Part, and an Account of the Destitution and Restitution of God's Temple amongst Men. 1702.-31. A Funeral Sermon on the Death of the Rev. Peter Vink, B. D. 1702.–32. A Sermon on Colos. i. 13. preached on the 5th of November, 1703.-33. A Discourse on Patience, relating to the Expectation of future Blessedness, to which there was afterwards added an Appendix. 1705. Since his death the foregoing pieces, under the title of his “ Works," have been collected and published in two volumes, folio. To the first volume is prefixed, a copious Life of the Author, drawn up by Dr. Calamy, and published also in octavo.--Besides these, several volumes of his Sermons, taken in short hand as they were delivered, have been published since his death. These are, Two by Dr. Evans and Dr. Harris, on The Spirit's Influence on the Church, and on particular Persons :- Another by Dr. Evans, on Family Religion, 12m0.-And two by Mr. Fletcher, on The Love of God, &c. 8vo. 1744.—Mr. Howe, also, wrote several prefaces to the works of others : as to Mr. Chorlton's Sermon on the death o: Mr. Henry Newcome, of Manchester :-To the third volume of Dr Mantou's Sermons, by way of Dedication to King William, 1689 :-To Mr. Flavel's Discourse on Mental Errors, &c. A new and complete edition of Mr. Howe's works, to be published in octavo, has lately been announced by Mr. Hunt, of Titchfield,
See Vol. ji. p. 198.
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of the greatest men of his age, and in a congregation of the most exemplary and judicious Christians, met with very great respect and encouragement, and yet he continued not above a year in that relation. His preaching was so acceptable in London, and drew so many hearers, that some of his friends thought two such ministers as Mr. Howe and Mr. Shower, though their talents were of a different kind, were too much to fall to the share of one people.”*
Mr. Borfet's congregation at Curriers'-Hall being at this time destitute, in consequence of the great indisposition of their minister, who was incapable of proceeding in his work, they agreed to give Mr. Shower a call to the pastoral office. « This invitation; (says Mr. Tong) cost Mr. Shower some trouble, and many thoughts of heart. Mr. Howe was loath to part with him, and the honour he had for Mr. Howe made it very difficult to him to do any thing that would grieve him. Those of the congregation that had been so earnest and industrious to gain him from Rotterdam, took it unkindly that he should entertain any thoughts of leaving them, especially so soon after he was come among them. In a word, their affection for him and his ministry grew in some of them a little passionate under the apprehension of losing him, as it generally does in cases of that nature." + But Mr. Shower being satisfied of his duty in this particular, accepted the call May 8, 1691, and continued with that people at Curriers'-Hall, and afterwards at the Old Jewry, till his death, in 1715, as we have seen under that article, where the reader will find a more particular account of him. I
Thomas REYNOLDS.-Upon Mr. Shower's removal, the vacancy in the congregation at Silver-street was very well filled by Mr. Thomas Reynolds, then a young man, and newly come from Holland. His labours here were very
• Tong's Life of Shower, p.01.
See Vol. ii. p. 308.
+ Ibid. p. 62.
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acceptable; and he behaved with so much prudence and modesty, as to gain a high interest in the esteem both of Mr. Howe and his people. But after about four years he accepted a call to take the pastoral charge of the congregation that had been under the ministry of Mr. Thomas Kentish; and in a little time had a new meeting-house built for him over the King's Weigh-House. There he continued to labour many years, much to his own reputation, as well as to the public benefit, as the reader will perceive by turning to his life under that article. *
JOHN SPADEMAN, M. A.–This learned and pious Divine was son to the Rev. Thomas Spademan, who was ejected by the fatal Bartholomew Act, from the living of Authorpe, in Lincolnshire, and was afterwards pastor of a Presbyterian congregation at Boston, in the same county, where he died in 1678. His son, after previous studies, was entered of Magdalen College, in Cambridge, where he continued several years, and took the degree of Master of Arts. The improvements he made at the university, may be in some measure estimated by the character he afterwards maintained for learning, both at honie and abroad. Having left the university, he at first conformed to the established church, and had the living of Swayton, in Lincolnshire, where he preached for some years after the act of Uniformity; but at length, being dissatisfied with the terms of subscription, he resigned his living, and took his lot with the Nonconformists. " The occasion of his dissent and leaving his parish, (says Mr. Rosewell,) I shall not at present inquire into; and it may be best it should be forgotten at this time of day, when, thanks be to God, things are so much better in several respects, than they were then.”
On quitting his living he went over to Holland, and be
See Vol. i. p. 167.
came pastor of the English church at Rotterdam, where he was an acceptable preacher, and discharged the whole of his ministerial work with general approbation. He had there a numerous audience, who knew how to value him; and was held in general reputation by foreign Divines, no less for his great sincerity, than for his excellent attainments in literature. A worthy and reverend person, bis neighbour, who was intimately acquainted with him for several years together, says of him,
“ That he was so much of a piece, the same sincere good man on this side the water, as when he lived there ; that to know him there, or here, is much the same.”
While abroad he was singularly useful to his countrymen who pursued their studies at Leyden and Utrecht. He, also, diligently cultivated the stock of learning he had already acquired ; continued a very close student, and increased his fund of knowledge, as well as his library. He was well read in philosophy and history ; a good critic, and a solid Divine. He was so charitable as often to leave himself bare ; very cordial in his friendships, and such a stranger to artifice and disguise, that he appeared to all who knew him to be made up of sincerity.
After the Revolution he left Holland, and coning over to England, became co-pastor with the great Mr. John Howe, whose congregation then met in Silver-street. Upon Mr. Howe's Jeath he succeeded him in his charge, but did not long survive him. To the duties of the ministerial office he likewise joined those of a tutor; and associated himself with two other learned and pious Divines, Mr. William Lorimer, and Dr. Joshua Oldfield. They kept their academy in Hoxton-square; and there was no house in England among the Dissenters which had such great advantages, and where three such learned persons were joined together, so eminently qualified for the several parts allotted them. After Mr. Spademan’s death, his place was filled by Mr. Capel, who