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frent, and uncommon capacity of distinguishing the differences, and discerning the true state of things.There was a marvellous strength and connection in his thoughts and expression, upon any subject, in his preaching and his conversation. His vivacity and quickness joined with fo great a judgment, made a very rare and uncommon mixture. He had the folidity of cool and sedate minds, and the life and quickness of those of the warmest imagination. His industry and diligence was indefatigable; he could bear hard study, and go througla a great variety of business with ease and dispatch : he was peculiarly made for the active life, and was not eafily tired or discouraged by the difficulties of an attempt. His prudence was often seen in conducting any intricate affairs, or managing a debate of consequence; in forefeeing probable difficulties, and finding out proper expedients, in which he was often fingularly happy.
He excelled in several virtues of the christian life. He had great integrity and openness of mind : there was an honesty and frankness in his temper, which never suffered him to crouch or dissemble : he knew not how to flinch or flatter : you saw his heart at once, and inight depend upon
his word. He detefted the low methods of fiander and censure, without a sufficient ground, or any proper call, as a great wickedness. The same greate ness and generosity of mind, which led him to do all manner of good to others, ket him above doing the least hurt to any,
He was steady and immovable in what he apprehended right, and thought of importance. He knew no friend, and feared no danger, in the way of his duty; though no man was a truer friend, or had a greata er zeal, or a grerter pleasure in friendship ; as no man was more generally loved and esteemned. I think I may be allowed to know it, and I have a right to say it, after living with him above fix and twenty years, in the full confidence and endearments of friendship, in all the services and struggles of life, without the least difgust or difference : God only knows how great a share I bear in the loss, and in the affliction; and how truly I can say, *“ I am distressed for thee, my brother.”
His piety was a steady regular course of serious regard to God, in his daily walk, with great fobriety of mind,
2 Sam. i. 26.
and without the least tincture or tendency to enthusiasm, notwithstanding some natural warmth and eagerness of temper. His religion was not confined to God, or the mere acts of worship, but extended to all his fellowcreatures ; he was of a public spirit, and had a zealous regard to the common good. No man was more ready to do good offices to others, to promote any worthy defign, or to help any case of distress ; and no man ever ferved the interest of so many others, with greater selfdenial, or less advantage to his own. Though he had an unusual firmness of mind, and oftentimes a noble neglect of what concerned himself, yet he had a greater tenderness to others afflictions, than comported with the comfort of his life, or the convenience of his circumtances. His compassionate heart 'to others wants and miseries, made him sometimes willing not only to his power, but greatly beyond his power. His principles in religion were fober and moderate, without any zeal for useless speculations, or running into any extremes : he much attended to what was profitable. He was strong in his sentiments of the scripture perfection, and of christian liberty, against all principles of tyranny and impofition. The Bible only was his religion and rule, and the great encouragement and support in all his trials and conflicts, living and dying. He was soberly orthodox, and thoroughly catholic ; disposed to think well of all of every denomination ; and to honour such as * differed from him, if they appeared upright and deTerving. He knew no distinction in his affection and esa teem between one good man and another, but what the different degrees of their goodness manifested.
His last fickness was a complication of distempers, which gradually broke his constitution, though it seemed built for a longer standing; and became grievous to him, not only as a confinement from active service, which he most dreaded ; but as it was sometims very painful and distrelling. He preserved, however, an immoveable steadiness and composure of mind through so
* He possessed the true christian temper, devoid of all that nara Towness of spirit and bigotry which is frequently too provalent an! mong churchmen as well as diffenters. He was intimately acquainta ed with, and greatly respected by, learned and valuable men of both parties : and always esteemed a good man of another persuasion, much better than a bad one of his own,
long an exercise, with a profound submission to the divine will, and an exemplary patience under the greatele distress; and was ready to wait the event which God should allot, Indeed the long continuance of the dil order, and frequent intervals of it; the many daily prayers offered up for his welfare, and the uncommon concern in all this part of the metropolis, for so eminent and useful a person, sometimes flattered us with hopes of recovery: but the wite Sovereign of the world had der termined otherwise.
His lingering illness gave him an opportunity of dropping several pallages which were instructing and affect. ing. He had the sentence of death in himself a confide. rable time, and rejoiced in the views of eternity. He would sometimes check himself in the midst of exquisite pain, “ But I must not complain : God is good, and the " will of the Lord be done." He once said, “ Though "I cannot express myself in the words worthy even of
an apoftle, of a late venerable minister * a little before " his death,” • I have no more doubt of my acceptance with
God, than I have of my own existence, yet I have good * hope through grace, and such as I am persuaded will " never make me ashamed.” He was sensible, he owned, of many failings, yet he could appeal to God, “ That he " had walked before him with integrity.”. When he was in acute pain, he said to his worthy friends, where he was treated with such high respect and tender care, "The formality and ceremony of taking down this tab"ernacle by degrees, is irksome and grievous; how "much better were it, if it pleased God, that it might "tumble all at once! but the will of God be done,' When he looked upon his body, swelled with his disa temper, he would often observe with pleasure, “ This
corruptible shall put on incorruption.- glorious "hope.' He was full of thankfulness to God for any intervals of rest : when he found himself toleraby easy, * Thank God for this.” When in great pain of body, "Blessed be God for the
of He told a particular friend who visited him, " That "he was obliged to his friends who expressed so great a
concern for his life, but it was not so much his own " desire." He added, “If I might be continued for * The very pious and learned Mr. WILLIAM LORIMORE, B
*6 further usefulness in the church of Christ, I shall be
glad to live ; but if not, it is my earnest desire to fin“ish at present.”-He faid with earnestness and tears, 66. I have reason to thank God for an early sense of reli“ gion, and an early dedication to God; I have endea6 voured to order the main
life as before 6 God: and have ever desired to be faithful in the min« istry: I am conscious of many failings in public and
private life; but I can rest upon the gospel for mercy : " I am fully persuaded of the truth of it, and desire no e other salvation.” He said at another time, “ I die in " the faith and hope of the gospel I have preached, and “ find great comfort in it.Upon the occasion of the prayers on his account, he remarked, " I heartily wish & that my affliction may occafion the reviving a spirit of
prayer ; I shall not think much of any thing I en“ dure, if it may have that effect.” He spent whole nights in prayer to God, when he could not sleep, for himself, his family, his friends, and the church of God: it was the proper breath of his soul. He said to an old and intimate friend, “ That the greatest difficulty lie * found in the thoughts of leaving this world, was part, "ing from the company of his brethren, whom he had 6 always loved, and with whom he had conversed with « so much pleasure.” He began to write some hints of meditation for the use of himself and friends, fome days before his death, with a trembling hand.; the inscription of it
was, " What I am as a creature; as a reasonable creature; as a sinful creature; as a redeemed crea. "ture; as a creature in a state of trial for eternity ; as a “ social creature, and related to other beings about me." But it was only begun. The last thing remarkable, while he was sensible, and some of the last words he was heard to fay, were, lifting up his hands, “ All is well, "all is well.” Indeed he had a firm undaunted spi. rit upon christian principles, through his long illness; and he truly “finished his course with joy.' . From so moving an example, and encouraging a motive, may we
and do likewise.
God grant that in the words of the apostle to the christian Hebrews, we may
** Remember them who have had the rule over us, and have spoken to us the
* Heb. xiii. 2.
word handsome pro
word of God, following their faith, and considering the end of their conversation.”
Dr. Evans was of an uncommonly tall stature, yet not a lusty man. There was something very pleasing, folemn, and commanding in his countenance.
He married a lady of family—and had a daughter, fupposed tò be a considerable fortune ; but it proved otherwise and at his death there was a very vision raised for his wife and daughter by the congrega. tion, out of the very great respect they had to his memory as an accomplished preacher, and a most excellent man.
It was not known, tiit after his decease, that he had been tempted to make private shipwreck of his lärge fortune in the fatal South-sea year, so destructive to multitudes of others as well as to him. The weight of which secret lay on his mind, and was in some meafure, perhaps, productive (so one of his intimates thought) of his flow, but certain death. He was buried with great folemnity in Dr. Williams's vault, in Bunhill Fields. Dr. Harris spoke the funeral oration over the grävé, and preached the funeral sermon,