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Page 297. Dr. Sanderson was in a very pitiful condition as to his estate.
“ Dr. Sanderson had at that time a wife and children, was reduced to great poverty, and, in the year 1658, was in a very pitiful condition. But, living to the restoration, he was reinstated in his professorship and canonry in August, 1660, and in October the same year consecrated to the bishopric of Lincoln, the palace of which, at Buckden, he repaired; and, as fines came in, augmented several poor vicarages, notwithstanding he was old and had a family; which when his friends suggested to him, he made them this return,“ that he left them to God, and hoped he should be able to give them a competency;" though whether he did or not I am not informed; only the contrary seems probable, because he enjoyed the bishopric but a very little time.-(Walker's Sufferings of the Clergy.)
The following incident, which is said to be well authenticated, proves the indigence to which Dr. Sanderson was reduced at one time, as well as the esteem in which he was held by those who knew him. Having been pillaged by soldiers, and left destitute, he sent his old servant, as he was wont in better times, to Grantham, to purchase provisions, telling him, that though he could not supply him with money, he doubted not but that God would provide for his family. A company of gentlemen, seeing the servant loitering in the market, reproved his idle
The servant related his master's great distress, and the errand upon which he was sent. The good doctor's wants were cheerfully and liberally supplied by the company, and the servant was dismissed, loaded with provisions.
Page 298. Letter written by Dr. Barlow.
This letter is inserted in the Lifo of Walton, prefixed to the first volume of this edition, page xxii.
Page 310. Dr. Sanderson chosen bishop.
“He was made Bishop, with the universal vote of all good men, in 1660, as who expected his prudence, counsel, equanimity, and moderation, equal with his other abilities, might allay animosities, close differences, heal men's distempers, and work a right understanding ; all men imagining his gravity might awe, his goodness oblige, his moderation temper, his reason persuade, and his approved sincerity prevail upon all men otherwise minded; for he was not only a man of much learning and reading, but of a mature understanding, and a mellow judgment, in all matters politic and prudential, both ecclesiastical and civil.” (Reason and Judgment, p. 39.) “ He had this advantage of other men, that, when he entered upon that employment which lay open to the malice and envy of so
many, his life was so spotless, his integrity 80 eminent, that partiality itself could not accuse him: he being a man of solid worth, in whom was nothing dubious or dark, nothing various or inconstant, nothing formal or affected, nothing as to his public carriage that was suspected, nothing that needed palliation or apology. I never heard of any thing said or done by him, which a wise and good man would have wished not said or undone.” —(Ib.
Page 309. The books he read were well chosen.
Luther advised all that intended to study in what art soever, that they should betake themselves to the reading of some sure and certain sorts of books oftentimes over and again; for to read many sorts of books produceth more and rather confusion, than to learn thereout any thing certainly or perfectly, like as those that dwell every where and remain certainly in no place, such do dwell no where, nor are any where at home. And like as in company we use not daily the community of all good friends, but of some few selected, even so likewise ought we to accustom ourselves to the best books, and to make the same familiar unto us, that is to have them, as we use to say, at our finger's ends. -(Luther's Table Talk,
“ Nihil æque sanitatem impedit, quam remediorum crebra mutatio. Distrahit animum librorum multitudo. Itaque cum legere non possis quantum habueris, sat est habere quantum legas. Sed modo, inquis, hunc librum evolvere, modo illum. Fastidientis stomachi multa degustare; quæ, ubi varia sunt et diversa, inquinant, non alunt. Probatos itaque sempe lege ;, et si quando ad alios divertere libuerit, ad priores redi." (Senecæ Epistola II.)