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conformist Minister at Retford, in the county of Nottingham. At eleven years old he lost his father, being then at school at Attercliffe in Yorkshire, whence he removed to Darton in the same county, under the care of his Grandmother, and his Uncle Cotton. At sixteen he studied under the care of the Rev. Mr. Jollie, at Attercliffe, whom about the age of twenty one he quitted, and went to his Uncle's house at the Kaigh, where he officiated as his chaplain ; and after his death he came to London, having preached only three or four sermons in the country. He was soon after invited to assist Dr. Grosvenor at CrosbySquare-Meeting; was afterwards chosen to carry on an Evening Lecture in Southwark, in conjunction with the Rev. Mr. Haman Hood; who soon quitting it, it devolved on Mr. Wright, then only twenty three. On the death of Mr. Matthew Sylvester, 1708, he was chosen Pastor of the congregation at Black-Friars, which increased considerably under his care, and where he continued many years, 'till he removed to Carter-Lane, which Meeting-house was built for him, and opened Dec. 5, 1734.
His sermons printed singly amount to near forty. But his most consid
er able work was his Treatise on the “ New Birth.” He died April 3, 1746, at Newington-Green, which was his residence.”
Should this Publication meet with a favourable reception, it is in contemplation to make a selection of as many sermons and essays on the most interesting subjects from the works of Dr. Wright and other authors of great merit, though not generally known now, as will make another volume nearly the same size.
OF THAT BEING
No Man can be Saved.
BY SAMUEL WRIGHT, D. D.
Illud vero sæculo gratulor, repertos homines qui neutiquam in
controversiis subtilibus tantum ponunt, quantum in vera vitæ emendatione, et quotidiano ad sanctitatem profectu. Utinam et mea scripta, aliquid ad hoc studium in animis hominum excitandum, infiammandumque, conferre possint: Tunc enim non frustra me vixisse hactenus existimem.
GROTII AD CRELLIUM Epist.
Printed by William Young, FOR WILLIAM BARLAS, NEW-YORK.
WHICH IS HERE INSERTED, AS THE REASON OF HIS
PUBLISHING THE FOLLOWING SHEETS.
YOUR ******* discourses upon the weighty subject of Regeneration, have so 'affected us, that we have cause to praise God, who hath blessed us with the opportunity of hearing them: And we hope a great many more have reason to do the same. We could wish they might be more public ; *** and we hope you will suffer them to go abroad into the world, for the edifying the church of Christ ; and to render the filthy, who will be filthy still, so much the more inexcusable.
Had not we, through grace, experienced something of the new birth, we should not have entered within your meeting-house, being of the established church: But this has removed our prejudices, and with St. Peter, of a truth we perceive that God is no respecter