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THE

CON TENTS

OF THE.

F I R ST V. O L U M E.

SOME Memoirs of the Lise of Dr. Ev* Ans... Rage ix.

Sermon I.. p. %

The Importance of knowing what Spirit we are of:

Luke ix. 55.. But he turned, and rebuked them,.. and said,' Ye -know. not what manner of spirit ye are of.

General Characters of the Chris* tian Temper*

Serm. II. p. 2a.:

A new Spirit.

E?h. iv. 23. .And le renewed in the.spirit of your mind..

Serm.. 11 Li. P.. 4 2

A' divine Nature. .

3 .pet. i.; 4.—That by these ye might be partakers of the divine Nature.—

Serm. IV.. - p. 64 .;

The sime Mind which wa« in Christ. PiHiU ii. 5. htt ihis mind be in you, whichimi also in Christ Jesus. y.

Serm,.

SOME

MEMOIRS

QF THE

LIFE Of Dr. EVANS,

Who died May 16, 1730, in the 51st year of his age*

JjE was born at Wrexham,. in Denbigfhire: His father w?.s a minister at Oiwestry, in Shropshire, and ejected in 1662. He afterwards settled again at Wrexham, and lived in general esteem among the gentlemen of that country. His mother was the daughter of the eminent Colonel Gerard, who was Governor of Chester castle,a woman of an excellent spirit,.and great understanding.

He had his education Erst under Mr. Thomas Row of London; and afterwards under Mr. Richard Frankland, at Rathmill in Yorkshire. He enjoyed singular advantages under both, and made an uncommon prosiciency in all the parts of rational and polite literature, which he cultivated and improved all his lise. He enlarged his views of several things beyond those of his education, as sincere and'inquisitive minds ever will do. .

His sirst settlement in lise was in the family of. Mrs. Hunt of Boreatton in Shropshire +. He was treated with the kindness and respect of a fon by that excellent lady, and by all the family; which he always mentioned with a singular pleasure and honour.. Here he enjoyed the great selicity of an agreeable retirement in a religious family, and" pleasant country, with all the convenience for study and devotica, and proper diversion when he could be persuaded to take it. Being.now in the vigour of lise. and having sufficient leisure,. he read over entire Mr. Pool's Latin .Synopsis in sivelarge folios, which laid the foundation pf his great skill in Scripture Criticifm, without fome knowledge os'which, no man can.

* Extracted from his Funoral Sermon. preached by Dr. Harris.

+ She was relict of Rowland Hunt. Esq. and sifterof Lord Pajet. •who was ambassador to the Ottoman court.

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thoroughly understand his Bible, or make the proper use of it. He read over all the Christian writers of the three sirst centuries, under the direction of a very learned and able friend; making judicious extracts of what related to the doctrine and practice of the primitive church, which were of great use to him ever after.

While he was in this family, he sirst began to preach, though he was then very young.. He (pent a whole week in folemn retirement, and in extraordinary exercises of devotion, when he sirst took lhe whole pastoral charge of the congregation in Little Broad-street, Moorsields, London ; where he spent the principal part of his lise and labours, in which he always reckoned, with great thankfulness and pleasure, was fober, judicious, and peaceable. And God owned his ministry and endeavours in various ways to the good of many, young and eld, and in fome instances very singular and remarkable. He was several years concerned in the Sunday evening lecture at Salters Hall ; and was chosen one of the six preachers. at the Merchants-lecture in the fame place, in the room of Mr. Jeremiah Smith.

He published many sermons upon divers occasions; and two volumes of very judicious and useful difcourses upon the " Christian Temper"; a noble subject. and. »f standing use. These difcourses met with uncommon* regard in the world. He was once engaged in a controversial writing with a late learned perfon, concerning the "Importance of Scripture Consequences," which was generally allowed to be managed in a masterly manner, with clearness, judgment, fobriety, and decency.

Pie received the highest marks of respect from two Seamed bodies, viz. the universities of Edinburg and Aberdeen, who conserred on him the degree of doctor without his knowledge, and in the most honourable manner. He fometimes presided at public ordinations with great gravity and wisdom.

His character was remarkable for many excellent endowments, which were very evident in him, and superior to most others. He had a great folidity of judg

* Uncommon indeed !—'Tis not very tsten lhat sermon* aow-a4ays pass a second or third edition j yet there has been such a demand for these excellent discourses of Dr. ^evans's on the christian Temper. (though in twt, octavo volumes) thit five targe imjr«Sio»;i have beca already fold.

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