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good men, and to whom he cordially wished success in their endeavours; and he patiently met the consequence. They called him a bigot; and he, in return, prayed for them, that they might not be really such.
He had formerly taken much pains in composing his sermons, as I could perceive in one MS. which I looked through; and, even latterly, I have known him, whenever he felt it necessary, produce admirable plans for the pulpit. I own I thought his judgment deficient, in not deeming such preparation necessary at all times. I have sat in pain, when he has spoken unguardedly in this way before young Ministers; men, who, with but comparatively slight degrees of his information and experience, would draw encouragement to ascend the pulpit with but little previous study of their subject. A Minister is not to be blamed, who cannot rise to qualifications which some of his brethren have attained; but he is certainly bound to improve his own talent to the utmost of his power: he is not to cover his sloth, his love of company, or his disposition to attend a wealthy patron, with the pretence of depending entirely on divine influence. Timothy had as good ground, at least, for expecting such influence as any of his successors in the ministry; and yet the Apostle admonishes him to give attendance to reading, to exhortation, and to doctrine-to neglect not the gift that was in him-to meditate upon these things
--to give himself whOLLY to them, that his profiting might appear to all.
Mr. N. regularly preached on the Sunday morning and evening at St. Mary Woolnoth, and also on the Wednesday morning. After he was turned of seventy he often undertook to assist other clergymen; sometimes, even to the preaching of six sermons in the space of a week. What was more extraordinary, 'he continued his usual course of preaching at his own church after he was fourscore years old, and that, when he could no longer see to read his text! His memory and voice sometimes failed him; but it was remarked, that, at this great age, he was no where more recollected or lively than in the pulpit. He was punctual as to time with his congregation. Every first Sunday evening in the month he preached on relative duties. Mr. Alderman Lea regularly sent his carriage to convey him to the church, and Mr. Bates sent his servant to attend him in the pulpit; which friendly assistance was continued till Mr. N. could
appear no longer in public.
His ministerial visits were exemplary. I do not recollect one, though favoured with many, in which his general information and lively genius did not communicate instruction, and his affectionate and condescending sympathy did not leave comfort.
Truth demands it should be said, that he did not always administer consolation, nor give an
account of characters, with sufficient discrimination. His talent did not lie in discerning of spirits. I never saw him so much moved, as when any friend endeavoured to correct his errors in this respect. His credulity seemed to arise from the consciousness he had of his own integrity; and from that sort of parental fondness which he bore to all his friends, real or pretended. I knew one, şince dead, whom he thus described, while living“ He is certainly an odd man, and has his failings; but he has great integrity, and I hope he is going to heaven:" whereas, almost all who knew him thought the man should go first into the pillory!
In his FAMILY Mr. N. might be admired more safely than imitated. His excessive attachment to Mrs. N. is so fully displayed in his “ Narrative," and confirmed in the two volumes he thought it proper to publish, entitled, “ Letters to a Wife,” that the reader will need no information on this subject. --Some of his friends wished this violent attachment had been cast more into the shade; as tending to furnish a spur, where human nature generally needs a curb. He used, indeed, to speak of such attachments, in the abstract, as idolatry; though his own was providentially ordered to be the main hinge on which his preservation and deliverance turned, while in his worst state Good men, however, cannot be too cautious how they give sanction, by their expressions of
example, to a passion, which, when not under sober regulation, has overwhelmed not only families, but states, with disgrace and ruin.
With his unusual degree of benevolence and affection, it was not extraordinary that the spiritual interests of his servants were brought forward, and examined severally every Sunday afternoon; nor that, being treated like children, they should grow old in his service. In short, Mr. N. could live no longer than he could love: it is no wonder, therefore, if his nieces had more of his heart than is generally afforded to their own children by the fondest parents. It has already been mentioned that his house was an asylum for the perplexed or afflicted. Young Ministers were peculiarly the objects of his attention: he instructed them: he encouraged them: he warned them : and might truly be said to be a father in Christ, spending and being spent, for the interest of his Church. In order thus to execute the various avocations of the day, he used to rise early: he seldom was found abroad in the evening, and was exact in his appointments.
Of his WRITINGS, I think little needs to be said here; they are in wide circulation, and best speak for themselves. An able editor is now employed in adding some posthumous pieces, left for publication by the author. After which, the whole will appear in a complete set, with a reduced copy of the admirable portrait of Mr. N. lately pub
lished by Mr. Smith, engraved by J. Collyer, A. R. A. from an original painting by J. Russell, R. A. This was the only reason why no portrait was published with these Memoirs*, as had been done in the Memoirs of the Hon, and Rev. Mr. Cadogan, and of John Bacon, Esq.- I hope to see a fuller and more accurate account of these writings published by the editor, should the executors deem it necessary. At present, therefore, what I shall observe upon them will be but general and cursory.
The “ Sermons” which Mr. N. published at Liverpool, after being refused on bis first application for orders, were intended to shew what he would have preached, had he been admitted : they are highly creditable to his understanding and to his heart. . The facility with which he attained so much of the learned languages seems partly accounted for, from his being able to ac, quire so early, a neat and natural style in his own language, and that under such evident disadvantages. His “ Review of Ecclesiastical History,” so far as it proceeded, has been much esteemed; and, if it had done no more than excite the Rev. Joseph Milner (as that most valuable and instructive author informs us it did) to pursue Mr. N's idea more largely, it was sufficient success. Before
* To render the three Memoirs uniform, a portrait of Mr. N. is given in this edition, reduced, for the purpose, by Collyer, from the larger portrait above-mentioned.