05/12/2016

Ordination of John Ryland Sen

Ivimey says (Volume 4)
At Warwick, Mr. Ryland had often preached before September 21, 1746; and at that time the church unanimously invited him for twelve months. His ordination took place July 26, 1750. Mr. Brine [John Brine 1703-1765, High Calvinist pastor in Cripplegate, London] gave him a charge, which appears in his printed works. Mr. John Haydon, of Horsley, preached to the people; Mr. Beddome, Mr. [John?] Overbury, and Mr. Craner prayed; and Mr. Ryland himself concluded 

Letter of Dismission for John Ryland from Bourton Church to that of Warwick.
“The church of Christ meeting at Bourton-on-the-Water, and Stow, in Gloucestershire, under the pastoral care of our beloved brother, Benjamin Beddome, to the church of Christ of the same faith and order meeting at Warwick, sendeth greeting. 
“Dearly beloved in our Lord Jesus,
“As it was our happiness that God should raise up such a gift as our brother Ryland amongst us, so 'tis your privilege that you have enjoyed his ministry so long - had him restored after a threatening and dangerous illness (of the small-pox in April last)  = and are now likely to have him settled in office amongst you. For this purpose we dismiss him from his fellowship with us, and recommend him to you; assuring you that we think it our honour that we ever had such a member; and hoping that the God of all grace will still preserve to him that amiable character which he hath hitherto sustained. May you long be a mutual blessing one to another; and may you enjoy much of God and Christ under his ministrations ! In return for such a gift, we desire, and think we have some claim to an interest in your prayers, who are “Yours in the glorious Head of the Church, Christ Jesus,“
BENJAMIN BEDDOME, Pastor, [and eleven other names.]
Done in the church this 8th day of July, 1750, and signed by us in behalf of the whole.”

29/11/2016

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401. ?
402.  Beddome, Benjamin, 1717-1795 Sermons printed from the manuscripts of the late Rev. Benjamin Beddome (Thisagain must obviously be  alater addition to the collection).
403. Doolittle, Thomas, 1632?-1707 The young man's instructer, and the old man's remembrancer 404. Herodotus [Hērodotou Halikarnēssēos Historiōn logoi 9.] = Herodoti Halicarnassei Historiarum libri IX
405. Pareus, David, 1548-1622 Davidis Parei Theologi Archipalatini. In S. Matthaei Evangelium Commentarius
406a.  Geneva Bible 1580 NT
406b. R. F. H. (Robert F. Herrey) Two right profitable and fruitfull concordances
407. Spanheim, Friedrich, 1632-1701 Friderici Spanhemii Fr. f. Introductio ad chronologiam, et historiam sacram t 1
408. Spanheim, Friedrich, 1632-1701 Friderici Spanhemii Fr. f. Introductio ad chronologiam, et historiam sacram t 2
409. Leigh, Edward, 1602-1671 Critica sacra: or, Philologicall and theologicall observations upon all the Greek words of the NT
410. Ashwood, Bartholomew, 1622-1680 The best treasure, or, The way to be truly rich. : Being a discourse on Ephes. 3.8

21/07/2016

Roger Hayden 1936-2016

I had not realised that Roger Haydn had died in March. I move in different circles. He wrote important books on Baptist history and served as a voluntary archivist at Bristol Baptist College Library. I only met him once but was impressed by his historical and more contemporary knowledge of the Baptist scene and his concerns for the future of the Baptist cause. There is an obituary here.

21/06/2016

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390. Weemes, John, 1579?-1636 The Christian synagogue … the diverse reading, the right pointing, translation and collation of scripture with scripture
391. Prideaux, Humphrey, 1648-1724 The Old and New Testament connected in the history of the Jews and neighbouring nations
392. Powell, Vavasor, 1617-1670 The life and death of Mr Vavasor Powell
393a. Hieron, Samuel, 1576?-1617 The sermons of Master Samuel Hieron
393b. Hieron, Samuel, 1576?-1617 The workes of Mr Sam. Hieron late pastor of Modbury in Deuon
The second volume
394-398. Dwight, Timothy, 1752-1817 Theology, explained and defended, in a series of sermons Vols 1-5 These volumes must have been added to the library later.
400. ?

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380. Burgess, Anthony, -1664 Spiritual refining or A treatise of grace and assurance
381. Willet, Andrew, 1562-1621 Hexapla in Danielem: that is, A six-fold commentarie vpon the most diuine prophesie of Daniel
382. Stock, Richard, 1569?-1626 A learned and very usefull commentary upon the whole prophesie of Malachy
383. Hildersham, Arthur, 1563-1632 CVIII lectures upon the fourth of John
384. Kendall, George, 1610-1663 [Theokrati'a] or A vindication of the doctrine commonly received ... concerning Gods intentions of special grace …
385.  Twisse, William, 1578?-1646 The riches of Gods love unto the vessells of mercy, consistent with his absolute hatred or reprobation of the vessells of wrath
386. Willet, Andrew, 1562-1621 Hexapla in Leviticum that is, a six-fold commentarie vpon the third booke of Moses, called Leviticus
387. Pemble, William, 1592?-1623 The vvorkes of that learned minister of Gods holy VVord, Mr. VVilliam Pemble
388.  Heidegger, Johann Heinrich Joh. Henr. Heideggeri Historia papatus
389. Sibbes, Richard, 1577-1635 Beames of divine light, breaking forth from severall places of holy scripture .. in XXI. sermons
390. Weemes, John, 1579?-1636 The Christian synagogue … the diverse reading, the right pointing, translation and collation of scripture with scripture

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370.  Gale, John, 1680-1721 Reflections on Mr. Wall's History of infant-baptism
371.  Russel, Robert, fl. 1692 Seven sermons
372.  Spencer, John, -1680 [Kaina kai palaia]. Things new and old
373. Ussher, James, 1581-1656 A body of divinitie
374(a). Gataker, Thomas, 1574-1654 Certaine sermons, first preached, and after published at severall times
374(b). Gataker, Thomas, 1574-1654 Saint Steuens last will and testament
375. Willet, Andrew, 1562-1621 Hexapla in Genesis, ie A sixfold commentary vpon Genesis, vvherein ... translations … are compared
376. Greenhill, William, 1591-1671 An exposition continued upon the sixt, seventh ... and 13th chapters of the Prophet Ezekiel
377. Elton, Edward, -1624 Three excellent and pious treatises
378.  Leigh, Edward, 1602-1671 Annotations upon all the New Testament philologicall and theologicall
379. Richardson, John, 1580-1654 Choice observations and explanations upon the Old Testament d 380. Burgess, Anthony, -1664 Spiritual refining or A treatise of grace and assurance.

12/05/2016

Review of Volume 4 of Beddome's Sermons 1816

Twenty Short Discourses, adapted to Village Worship, or the Devotions of the Family. Vol. IV. Published from the Manuscripts of the late Rev. B. Beddome, A. M. Button and Son, and Hamilton. 8vo. pp. 175. Price 3s.
We are persuaded, that many of our readers, perhaps the greater number of them, know that three volumes of admirable sermons have already been printed, from the manuscript copies of the late venerable Beddome; and we entertain the hope, that not a few have them in their possession, and that they have read them with pleasure and advantage. The bare intimation, that this volume is in no respect inferior to either of the three preceding ones, will, we presume, be quite sufficient to induce those who have seen the former, to procure this; in doing which, they will furnish themselves with a fresh store of excellent family reading, for twenty succeeding sabbath evenings. They will probably conclude, and they may do it with perfect safety, that these discourses are too good to need any eulogium, and that the errors are too few, and too trivial, to require correction. But, as all our readers have not seen the former volumes, there must be some who cannot anticipate the merit of the present. It is principally for their information, that we proceed, in the following remarks, to give some account of this additional volume. Though we cannot honestly allow it to be supposed, that we consider these sermons free from mistakes, or that they could not have been better than they are, much less that they are the best we have ever seen; yet, in reviewing a posthumous work, particularly one which was not designed by the author for public inspection, we think, there can be no apology for criticising its faults, unless, either from their number, or magnitude, they possess a dangerous tendency, against which our readers should be put on their guard; and as, in the present instance, we conceive, this is not the case, we shall content ourselves with a brief notice of the general properties and excellencies of the discourses under consideration. Suffice it, then, to say, they are neither complex in their form, nor tedious in their extent; on the contrary, they are simple and natural in their plan, and short and pointed in their execution. In both these respects, they are select; so much so, as to render it very evident that the author's mind was more occupied in choosing, than merely in collecting, his materials. They abound with scripture quotation, interesting thought, sound divinity, deep experience, and pious feeling. They are plain, but not common-place; intellectual, but not abstruse; clear, but not cold; devotional, but not enthusiastic.
The general cast of sentiment, and the prevailing turn of thought, are at a considerable distance from what is termed moderate Calvinism, though they do not, by any means, compass the length and breadth of the hyper-calvinistic system. The practical addresses, of course, arc very far from being legal. There is no attempt to employ the hand of the formalist, whose heart is unaffected; the dread of a master's frown is not urged to produce the submission of a slave; nor is the idea of doing "God service," or the absurd notion of human merit, exhibited to engage the exertions of the proud Pharisee; neither is the discharge of spiritual duties enforced upon Christians themselves, by inadequate motives. The doctrinal parts are free from any tendency to antinomian licentiousness. There is nothing to countenance the inconsistency of those, who, while in words they acknowledge Christ, in works deny him; nothing to foster the fancied security of those "who are at ease in Zion;" nothing to apologize for the indolence of those who slumber and sleep, regardless of the bridegroom's approach; nothing to feed the pride of those who consider themselves as the favourites of heaven; nothing to encourage , the presumption of the man who says, "I shall have peace, though I walk in the imagination of mine heart, to add drunkenness to thirst." The prominent features of the sermons, then, are neither legal nor lawless. The practical addresses are evangelical, and the statements of evangelical truth are practical. The design of both is to remind believers that they are " not without law to God, but under the law to Christ," and to excite and strengthen the cheerful obedience of a dutiful son, by the smile of an affectionate father. The conduct which they require, and which they are intended to produce, would form a beautiful exemplification of the genuine effects of that "faith which worketh by love."
The style of the sermons is nowhere elegant, but always perspicuous, uniformly sententious, generally correct, frequently antithetical, and it sometimes assumes a kind of proverbial structure, which last property is peculiarly calculated to impress ideas upon the mind, and to print them upon the memory. In almost every page, there is a thought or two, printed, we were going to say, on the old-English adage type,— which mode of printing upon the memory was, probably, much more in use before the modern art of printing upon paper was invented, than it has been since.
We could give many very pleasing extracts, which would also confirm the various remarks which we have made; but we wish rather to refer our readers to the volume itself. We can assure them, that they will not regret the purchase of it; for, beside its intrinsic excellence, it has what, in these times, may be called the unusual recommendation of being cheap.
The sermons being originally designed for the author's use only, needed no titles; and, as they were written, so they are printed, without any. The texts are: Who is the beginning—Lift up thy prayer for the remnant that is left—If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness, is born of him—I will give them one heart—Rejoice evermore—Pray without ceasing—In every thing give thanks—Quench not the spirit—Despise not prophesyings—Prove all things—Hold fast that which is good—Abstain from all appearance of evil—etc, etc.