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To this Living (which was of less value, but a purer air than Wibberton), he was presented by Thomas Harrington of the same county and parish, Esq. a gentleman of a very ancient family, and of great use and esteem in his country during his whole life. And in this Boothby Pannell the meek and charitable Dr. Sanderson and his patron lived with an endearing, mutual, and comfortable friendship, till the death of the last put a period to it.
About the time that he was made Parson of Boothby Pannell, he resigned his Fellowship of Lincoln College unto the then Rector and Fellows; and his resignation is recorded in these words:
Ego Robertus Sanderson per, &c. I Robert Sanderson, Fellow of the College of St. Mary's and All Saints, commonly called Lincoln College in the University of Oxford, do frecly and willingly resign into the hands of the Řector and Fellows, all the right and title that I have in the said. College, wishing to them and their successors, all peace, and piety, and happiness, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
ROBERT SANDERSON. May 6, 1619. And not long after this resignation, he was by the then Bishop of Yorks, (or the King, Sede vacante), made Prebendary
e To this gentleman, his very kind neighbour and patron, he has dedi. cated three fermons, printed in 1637. “ Living so long under my charge, " as I doe also under your patronage, you never yet gave me the least cause " to thinke myself either despised in the work, or defrauded in the wages " of my ministry. Which as it is a gracious evidence of a pious and lin: «6 cere heart in you, so it is a circumstance wherein I am happy beyond o the condition of most of my brethren in the fame calling."
(Epistle Dedicatory, 8c.) f The name of Robert Sanderfon first appears in the Register of Lincoln College, subscribed to the order of the College Chapter of the 6th of May, 1606; and it appears that he was a resident Fellow till the time of his re. Agnation, which is inserted in the Register with his own hand, in the College Chapter of the 6th of May, 1619, in the following affectionate and solemn form:
6 Maii, 1619. Ego Robertus Sanderson, perpetuus socius Collegii B. Mariæ et omnium Sanctorum Lincoln in Universitate Oxon. totum meum jus quod habeo in dicta Societate in manus Domini Rectoris et sociorum ibidem sponte et liberè resigno, exoptans illis universis et singulis et successoribus eorum pacem, pietatem, et omnimodam felicitatem, in nomine Patris, Filii, et Spiritus Sancti. Amen. "... Teitor; ROBERTUS SANDERSON.
& Dr. Tobias MATTHEW was then Archbishop of York. He died March 29, 1628, in the 83d year of his age, ..
h Dr. George MOUNTAIN, Bishop of Lincoln, was translated to London, July 20, 1621. It is probable, that Dr. John Williams, liising. diate fuccessor in the See of Lincoln, was the patron of Dr. Sanderson.
“ either are not (or at least the less) effectual; and usually ra“ther harden, than convince the hearer."
And this excellent man did not think his duty discharged by only reading the church-prayers, catechiang, preaching, and administering the facraments feasonably; but thought (if the law or the canons may feem to enjoin no more, yet) that God would require more than the defective laws of man's making can or do enjoin ; even the performance of that inward law, which Almighty God hath imprinted in the conscience of all good Christians, and inclines those whom he loves to perform. He, considering this, did therefore become a law to himself, practising not only what the law enjoins, but what his conscience told him was his duty, in reconciling differences, and preventing law-suits, both in his parish and in the neighbourhood. To which may be added his often visiting sick and disconfolate families, persuading them to patience, and raising them from dejection by his advice and cheerful discourse, and by adding his own alms, if there were any fo poor as to need it; confidering how acceptable it is to Almighty God, when we do as we are advised by St. Paul," Help to bear one another's burden;" either of sorrow or want : And what a comfort it will be, when the Searcher of all hearts shall call us to a strict account as well for that evil we have done, as the good we have omitted ; to remember we have comforted and been helpful to a dejected or distressed family.
And that his practice was to do good, the following narra. tive may be one example. “ He met with a poor dejected “ neighbour that complained he had taken a meadow, the rent " of which was 9 l. a year; and when the hay was made ready “ to be carried into his barn, several days constant rain had “ fo raised the water, that a sudden flood carried all away, and or his rich landlord would bate him no rent; and that unless “ he had hálf abated, he and seven children were utterly un“ done." It may be noted, that in this age there are a fort of people so unlike the God of mercy, so void of the bowels of pity, that they love only themselves and children ; love them fo, as not to be concerned, whether the rest of mankind waste their days in sorrow or Thame; people that are cursed with riches, and a mistake that nothing but riches can make them and theirs happy. But it was not to with Dr. Sanderson, for he was concerned, and spoke comfortably to the poor dejected man; bade him go home and pray, and not load himself with forrow, for he would go to his landlord next morning, and if his landlord would not abate what he desired, he and a friend would pay it for him.
To the landlord he went the next day, and in a conference the Doctor presented to him the fad condition of his poor dejected tenant, telling him how much God is pleased " when * men compassionate the poor;" And told him, that “though “ God loves sacrifice, yet he loves mercy so much better, that'
i Mr. Walton generally quotes from memory. “ Bread of Deceit' is “ sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth Niall be filled with grável." Prod. xx. 17.
k It is related of Dr. Hammond, that having set the tithe of a large mea. dow, and received part of the money at the beginning of the year, it hape pening that the product was afterward spoiled by a food, he returned all the money to tbe poor tenant, saying, “ God forbid I thould take the “ tcnth, where you have not the nine parts.'
? Is it possible to read the above description without great pleasure? May every Clergyman of the Church of England seriously contemplate this
excellent portrait ! Not merely content with the transitory gaze of admiration, may he faithfully copy, and accurately'expreso the transcript of it in his own life and manners !Dr. Featley teils us, that "there were few " gentlemen of his acquaintance whom Dr. Sanderson had not directed " to some noble and charitable work fór men's improvement or relief: he, “ their great caluist, having their hearts and purses at his devoir, and “ using his happy power, always to their honour, comfort, and infinite “ satisfaction." See “ Reason and Judgment,” &c. p. 29.
m In the collection of his Sermons, we find five preached ad Clerum, at the Vifitations held at Bolton or Grantham; one preached ud Magistratum, at a public Sessions at Grantham ; four at the Alsizes at Lincoln, and one at the Alsizes at Nottingham.
o Whom the author of " The Confessional" hath diftinguished with the harth epithet of malicious. The noble historian has delineated the character of this great Prelate with his usual ability and candoor: " He “ was a man of great parts, and very exemplary virtues, allayed and disa credited by lonne unpopular natural infirmities; the greaieit of which "" was (besides a halty sharp way of expressing himself) that he believed “ innocence of heart and integrity of manners was a guard strong enough er to secure any man in his voyage through this world, in what company " foever he travelled, and through what ways foever he was to pass; and “ sure never any man was buiter supplied with that provision. He wiis " always maligned and persecured by those who were of the Calvinian fas“ tion, which was then very powerful; and who, according to their usual " maxim and practice, cail every man they do not love, Papist;' and os under this senseless appellation, they created him many troubles and “ vexations." (History of the Rebellion, &c. Vol. I. p. 90.)--Archbilhop Laud's excellent book againit Filhei the Jefuit, and his success in recovering Mr. Chillingworth from Popery, afford inconteftible proots of liis learning, and his fincere atachment to the Church of England. Noc to mention other instances of his liberalits i tow nobly did be beitow his