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To the Editor of the Christian Observer. A FORMER communication of something answerable to his going up A mine, the character of Lady to heaven in a fiery chariot; then look Carbery, having been weil received upon the other way of ascending this by your readers, I am emboldened to ther, which is the best, by an high ransmit to you the enclosed account transcendent conversation in this of the Life und Death of Mr. John world, whereby he made a chariot Situ, late fellow of Queen's College, of his virtues that he might ascend up Cambridge, who died August the 7th, unto God.” 652, and lies interred in the chapel Dr. Patrick then proceeds as fol. if that college. It is contained in a lows to exhibit the particulars of this ermon preached at his funeral, by eminent saint's character. he pious and learned BISHOP PA " 1. Let us first look upon him in RICK.
his eminency, dignity, and worth. A
his earnest desire and thirst (as he “But let us look only at his hea-
little higher, and compare some might shine brightly in the face of
be passed by,) it would seem to say when I have told you, that as he that I knew all he was; which I am looked upon honours, riches, and the not so arrogant as to assume unto my- eagerly-pursued things of this world, self: this I will say, that he could do as vanities; so did he look upon this what he would. He had such a huge, also as a piece, though a more excelwide capacity of soul, such a sharp lent piece, of vanity (as he was wont and piercing understanding, such a to phrase it) if compared with the deep reaching mind, that he set him- higher and inore divine accompliss. self about nothing but he soon grasp. ments of the soul. For he did cot ed it and made himself a full posses- care to value himself by any of those sor of it. And if we consider his things which were of a perishing na
great industry and indefatigable pains, ture, which should fail, and cease, · his Herculean labours day and night and vanish away; but only by tot
from his first coming to the universi- things which were more solid and ty till the time of his long sickness, substantial, of a divine and immortal joined with his large parts, and his nature, which he might carry out of frequent meditation, and contemplation, the world with him. and abstraction of his mind from sen- “He was of very singular urisdus sible things; it must needs be conclud- and great prudence, of admirable skil ed that he was a comprehensor of more and readiness in the inanagement than I can say or think of; and if I affairs, which I make an account ! could, it would be too tedious to give an imitation of that providence o you an account of all.
God that governs the world. Jlis " In a word, he was, as Eunapius leurning was so concocted, that it lay speaks of Longinus, a living library, not as an idle notion in his head, but better than that which he hath given made him fit for any employment, to our college, and a walking study, He was very full and clear in all lus that carried his learning about with resolutions at any debates, a most wie him. I never got so much good a counsellor in any difficulties and mong all my books by a whole day's streights, dextrous in untying any plodding in a study, as by an hour's knot, of great judgment in satisfying discourse I have got with him. For any scruple or doubt even in matier he was not a library locked up, nor a of religion. Fle was one that soma book clasped, but stood open for any saw into the depth of any business to converse withal that had a mind that was before him, and looked i to learn. Vea he was a founiain run- quite through; that would presenti ning over, labouring to do good to turn it over and over in his mind air those who perhaps had no nind to see it on all sides; and he understood receive it. "None more free and com- things so well at the first sight, that municative than he was to such as de- he did not often need any second sired to discourse with him; nor thoughts, but usually stood to the prewould he grudge to be taken off from sent resolution and determination of his studies upon such an occasion. It his mind. may be truly said of him, that a man " And add to this his known into might always come better from him; grity, uprightness, and faithfulness, and his mouth could drop sentences as his strong and lively, his waking and easily as an ordinary man could speak truly tender conscience, which joined sense. And he was no less happy in with the former things I spoke of espressing his mind, than in conceive made him more than a man. He ing; wherein he seems to have ex- was an exemplar of true christian phicelled the famous philosopher Ploti- losophy and virtue, and as it were nius, of whom Porphyry tells us, that the spiritual rule, line, and square he was something careless of his thereof: of so poised and even a lite, words, but was wholly taken up into that by his wisdom and conscience his mind. He of whom we now (were it not that every man shout speak had such a copia verborum, a knot for himselt) one might lives. plenty of words, and those so full, most at a venture, walking blindtold pregnant and significant, joined with through the world and not miscarry, such an active imagination, as is very "He had incorporated, shall I say, rarely to be found in the company of or insouled all principles of justice and such a deep understanding and judge réghteousness, and made them one ment as dwelt in him.
with himself. So that I may say of "I have done with his learning, him in Antoninus his phrase, he was
dipped into justice as it were over our infirmities. He still resolved with head and ears; he had not a slight Job, though he kill me, yet will I trust iuperficial tincture, but was dyed and in him. Nazianzen in an epistle to Coloured quite through with it; so Philagrius saith, 0 bravely done most hat wheresoever he had a soul, there noble soul, who canst play the philowas justice and righteousness. They sopher, the christian, in thy sickness vho knew him, very well know the and sufferings; who canst not only ruth of all this. And I am persuad, talk but do, not only do but suffer! d he did as heartily and cordially, And he told me in his sickness that he is eagerly and earnestly do what ap- hoped he had learned that for which seared to be just and right, without God sent it, and that he thought God ny self-respect or particular reflec- kept him so long in such a case, un. ions, as any man living.
der such burdens and pressures, that “Methinks I see how earnest he putience might hare its perfect work in vould be in a good matter which ap- him. His sickness undoubtedly was jeared to be reasonable and just, as (as Vazianzen speaks) a learned dishough justice herself had been in ease and full of true philosophy, iin, looking out at his eyes, and which taught him more of real chrispeaking at his mouth. It was a vir- tianity, and made his soul of a more de indeed that he had a great affecs strong, able, athletic habit and temion unto, and which he was very per. For, as St. James saith, if pacalous to maintain; in whose quar- tience huve its perfect work, then is a el he was in danger to be angry, and soul perfect and entire, wanting no. ometimes to break forth into a short thing. And really in bis sickness he assion.
shewed what christianity and true re"But he was always very urgent ligion is able to do; what might, pon us that by the grace of God and power, and virtue there is in it to be help of the mighty spirit of Jesus bear up a soul under the greatest Christ working in us, we would en- loads; and that he could through eavour to purge out the corruption Christ strengthening him do all that
our natures, and to crucify the which he so admirably discoursed of esh with all the affections and lusts in his life. hereof: yea to subdue as much as it “ But for his humility, it was that
possible even those first motions which was most apparent and con-, at are without our consent, and to spicuous. You might have beheld in bour after purity of heart, that co him (as the same Father speaks) true We might see God. For his endea- humility in a most en inent degree, our was not only to be out of the and the more eminent, considering ollutious of the world through lust, how much there was within him which ut, in the apostle's language, so le would have swelled and puffed up artaker of the Dirine nature. And another. But from his first admission ere now what words shall I use? into the university (as I am informed "What shall I say of his love? by those that knew him) he sought one that knew him well, but might not great things for himself, but was be in him love bubbling and spring contented in the condition wherein he
34p in his soul, and flowing out to was. He made not baste to rise and Hi and that love unfeigned, without climb, as youths are apt to do (which wile, hypocrisy, or dissimulation. I we in these late times too much exannot tell you how his soul was uni- perience, wherein youths scarce ersalized, how tenderly he embraced fledged have scared to the highest
God's creatures in his arms, more preferments) but proceeded leisurely specially men, and principally those by orderly steps not to what he could i whom he belield the image of his get, but to what he was fit to under, eavenly father
take. He staid God's time of ad"llis patier.ce was no less admira- vancement,' with all industry and . te than his love, under a lingering pains following his studies; as if he od tedious disease, wherein he never rather desired to deserve honour, than urmured nar complained, but rest- to be honoured. He shook off all idle9.quietly salisfied in the infinite up- ness and sloth, the bane of youth, and panded goodness and tenderness of so had the blessing of God upon his s father, and the commiserations of endeavours, who gave him great ensus Christ our merciful high priest couragement from divers persons of o can be touched with a feeling of worth, and at last brought him unto
this place. And I challenge any one was in great eminency) to be a plus that is impartial to say, if since he sician, lawyer, general linguist; which came hither, they ever beheld in him names and many more his generi any pride, vain-glory, boasting, self- skill deserved: but he would have conceit, desire of honour and being fa- answered, as he doth there, my art mous in the world. No, there is not is to be good; to be a true divide is the man living that had the eyes ever my care and business, or, in the christo discern any thing of this szoln na- tian phrase, to be holy as God is holy, ture: but on the contrary it was easy to be perfect as my heavenly father i to take notice of most profound humi- perfect. All that remember the serility and lowliness of mind, which ous behaviour and weighty expres. made him a true disciple of Jesus sions he used in his prayers, cannot Christ, who took upon him the form but call to mind how much his heart of a servant, and made himself of no was set upon the attainment of this reputation. And I dare say our dear true goodness. friend was as true, as humble a ser- “I have trespassed perhaps too vant (without any compliment) to the much upon your patience: yet I hope good of mankind, as any person that I should not weary you, if I should this day lives. This was his design discourse upon his ingenuousness, his in his studies, and if it had pleased courtesy, his gentleness and sweetness, the Lord of life to have prolonged his with many other things of the like days, it would have been more of his nature. And let me say thus much, work: for he was resolved (as he that he was far from that spirit of once told me) very much to lay aside devouring real that now too much other studies, and to labour in the rages. He would rather bave been salvation of men's souls, after whose consumed in the service of men, than good he most ardently thirsted. have called for fire down from heaven,
“ Shall I add above, or unto all as Elijah did to consume them. And these, his faith; I say, his true, live- therefore though Elijah excelled him ly, and working faith, his simple, in this, that he ascended up to hearen plain-hearted, naked faith in Christ? in a fiery chariot; yet herein-I may It is likely that it did not busy itself say he was above the spirit of Elijat, about many fine notions, subtleties, that he called for no fire to descend and curiosities, or believing whole from heaven upon men, but the fire volumes; but be sure it was that of divine love that might burn up al which was firmly set and fixed in the their hatreds, roughness, and cruelty mercy and goodness of God through to each other. But as for benignited Christ; that also which brought down mind and christian kindness, every Christ into his soul; which drawed body that knew him will remember down heaven into his heart; wbich that he ever had their names in his sucked in life and strength continually mouth, and I assure them they were from our Saviour; which made him no less in his heart and life; as knowhearty, serious, and constant in all ing that without these truth itself is ma those forenamed christian virtues, a faction, and Christ is drawn into & His faith was not without a soul; party. And this graciousness of spibut what Isidore saith of faith and rit was the more remarkable in him, works, held true of him. His faith because he was of a temper naturawas animated, quickened, and actu- ly hot and choleric, as the greatest ated by these. It made him God-like, minds most commonly are. He wa and he lived by faith in the Son of wiser than to let any anger rest in his God: by it he came to be truly par- bosom; much less did he suffer it to taker of the righteousness of Christ, burn and boil till it was turned into and had it wrought and formed in his gall and bitterness; and least of all very soul. For this indeed was the would he endure that any passion erd of his life, the main design which should lodge in him, till it was behe carried on, that he might become come a cankered malice and black like to God. So that if one should hatred, which men in these days can have asked him that question in Anto- scarce hide, but let it appear in their ninus, what is thy art and profession, countenance and in their carriage tothy business and employment ? He wards others. would not have answered, to be a “If he was at any time moved utgreat philosopher, mathematician, his to anger, it was but a sudden flushing corian, or hebrecian, (all which he in his face, and it did as soon vanish
s arise ; and it used to arise upon no him; with true faith in, and imitation uch occasions as I now speak of. of, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ: So, whensoever he looked upon the for which end he often expounded to jerce and consuming fires that were them out of the holy scriptures. And men's souls, it made him sad, not for human learning, the many good gry; and it was his constant endea- scholars that came from under his Pour to inspire men's souls with more hand do witness how dextrous he was jenign and kindly heats, that they at the training up of youth in all good night warm but not scorch their bre- literature. They could not be comhren.
mitted to a more loving tutor, a more " And from this spirit, together holy and faithful guardian, that would with the rest of christian graces that bring them up in all true learning and vere in him, there did result a great piety. He both looked and spake crenity, quiet, and tranquillity in his like a man that had drunk into his oul, which dwelt so much above, soul such solid, high, and generous hat it was not shaken with any of principles, as few men are acquainthose tempests and storms which use ed with, which made him very zealpunsettle more low and abject minds. ous not only for righteousness, intele lived in a continued sweet enjoy- grity, and holiness, but for a decorum jent of God, and so was not disquiet- in all things. He had a great regard d with scruples or doubts of his sal- for all those things which are menation. There was always discerni- tioned by the apostle, Philip. iv. 8. le in him a cheerful sense of God's for whatsoever things were irue, honest, podness, which ceased not in the (or rather, coinely and grave, seemly me of sickness. But we most long- and venerable, as Csurd doth signify) d tor to see the motions of his soul, for all that was just, pure, locely, of when he drew near to the centre of good fame and repori; if there was is rest. He that had such a constant any praise, or any virtue, he was most eeling of God within him, we might earnest and forward in its behalf. onclude would have the most strong “And now what his usefulness was, nd powerful sense when he came and the benefit we received by him, learer to a close conjunction with all that bare any share in the governim. But God was pleased to deny ment of this society will be made to his to us, and by a lethargic distem- know by the want of him. That must ver which seized on his spirits, he not be resolved by me, nor by any passed the six last days of his life (if I one single person of us, but we must pay call it a life) in a kind of sleep, lay our heads together to tell our loss. ind without taking much notice of To which of us was he not dear? ny thing he slept in the Lord
who is there that was not engaged to " And now have I not described a him?” “There is none that knew his Jerson of worth and eminency? Have worth, but honour his very dust.” ve not reason to be sad, as you see “But let me tell you in conclusion rur faces tell you that we are? But of all, that herein would be shown Has! half of that is not told you which our greatest love and affection which your eyes might have seen, had you we bare to him; this would be the seen acquainted with him.
greatest honour of him, if we would " All his pupils began to know in but express his life in ours, that others his sickness what it was to have and might say when they behold us, there o want a loving father, a faithful tu- walks at least a shadow of Mr. Smith. or; and now they will know it more And O that I might beg with Elisha a ully. He was one that did so con- double portion among those that I detantly mind their good, that instilled sire should share in the gifts and graces uch excellent pious notions into their of this Elijah: this is the highest of my minds, and gave such light in every ambition, that many might but possess thing a man could desire to know; the riches that lodged in this one. that I could have been content, though They disgrace their master who have in this gown, to have been his pupil. not skill in that which they say he His life taught them continual lessons professed; but they who tread in his of justice, temperance, prudence, for- steps and excel in his art, shine back titude, and masculine virtue; and a- again upon him from whom first they bove all he taught them true depen- received their light. Let me seriousLance upon God, and reference of ly therefore exhort every one of us to themselves and all their studies unto imitate this master in Israel; imitate