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Rev. Mr. Foxcroft, in the pastoral care of the SEC. XV. First Church, 25 October, 1727. In 1742, he was honoured with the degree of doctor in divinity by the university of Edinburgh. He expired, 10 February, 1787, in the 83d year of his age.
Dr. Chauncy had three children.
A Catalogue of the printed works of Dr. Chauncy.
him to defend his conduct, or confess his faults, 1744.
at lake George, in a letter to a friend, 1755.
A sermon on the death of Mr. Edward Gray, 1757.
ing's conversation, &c. 1758.
nian doctrines, 1765.
to a friend, 1767.
preached at the request of a number of patriotick
the town of Boston, in a letter to a friend, 1774.
8vo. 1784. The benevolence of the Deity, fairly and impartially
considered. 8vo. 1784. Five dissertations on the fall and its consequences. 8vo.
1785. A sermon upon the return of the society to their house
of worship, after it had undergone the necessary repairs, 1785.
Sketch of the life and character of the late Rev. Dr. Clarke.
John CLARKE, D. D. pastor of the First Church in Boston, was born at Portsmouth, in sec. XVI. Newhampshire, April 13, 1755 ; graduated at 1798. Harvard college, in 1774 ; and ordained, July 8, 1778, as colleague with the late Dr. Chauncy, with whom he lived, in the most intimate and respectful friendship, about nine years; and afterwards continued assiduously and faithfully la- bouring in the service of the church, until the Lord's-day, April 1, 1798 ; when, in the midst of his afternoon sermon, he was suddenly seized with an apoplexy, fell down in the pulpit, and expired in less than twelve hours ; having almost completed the forty-third year of his age, and the twentieth year of his ministry.
Descended from respectable parents, who live to lament an only son, he discovered in early life the signs of genius and industry. At the university, he was distinguished by a close attention to classick and philosophick studies, by a strict obedience to the laws, and by irreproachable morals. In the office of preceptor, he was gentle and persuasive, beloved by his pupils, and esteemed by their friends. As a publick preacher,
SEC. XVI. his compositions bore the marks of penetration,
judgment, perspicuity, and elegance. Faithful to the interest of religion, he deeply examined its foundation and evidence ; and, persuaded of the truth and importance of the christian system, he recommended, by his publick discourses and private conversation, its sublime doctrines, its wise institutions, and its salutary precepts.
Though fond of polite literature and philosophick researches, yet he considered theology, as the proper science of a gospel minister. To this object he principally devoted his time and studies, and was earnestly desirous of investigating every branch of it, not merely to gratify his own sacred curiosity, but that he might impart to his hearers the whole counsel of God. He was habitually a close student ; and it is not improbable, that the intenseness of his mental application proved too severe for the delicate fabrick of his nerves.
His devotional addresses were copious and fervent ; and his intercessions strong and affectionate ; discovering at once the ardour of his pie. ty, and the warmth of his benevolence. In the private offices of pastoral friendship, he was truly exemplary and engaging. His temper was mild and cheerful; his manners easy and polite ; and the social virtues of an honest heart gave a glow to his language, and enlivened every circle, in which he was conversant.
In the relations of a son, a brother, a husband, a father, a guardian, a correspondent, a master, a friend, and a member of several literary and char
itable societies, * his deportment was marked SEC. XVI. with affection, fidelity, and carefulness. He was concerned for the interest, reputation, and happiness of all his connexions ; and zealously devo. ted to the cause of science and humanity.
Being successour to ten eminent luminaries of the church of God, he was studious to emulate them in piety, learning, and usefulness. Like three of them, he was suddenly called off from his ministerial labours, and, having happily escaped the painful agonies of a lingering death, is gone to receive the reward of a faithful servant, and enter into the joy of his Lord.
Dr. Clarke's printed works are four sermons, one on the death of Dr. Cooper, one on the death of Dr. Chauncy, one on the death of Dr. N. W. Appleton, and one before the Humane Society ; An answer to the question, Why are you a Christian? which has had three editions in Boston, and three in England ; and Letters to a student at the university of Cambridge.”
A volume of Dr. Clarke's sermons has been published, since his decease. It is a selection, that does honour to his memory ; and will be cherished by the christian and the scholar, as exhibiting, in elegant and very impressive language, the pure and pious sentiments of one of the best of men. †
* Dr. Clarke was a counsellor of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, corresponding secretary of the Humane Society of the commonwealth of Massachusetts, and one of the members of the Massachusetts Historical Society.
† [To this has since been added a volume, containing seventeen sermons to the young. 1