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The LIFE of the REVEREND
Anthony Horneck, D.D.
HIS Excellent Man was born, Ano
Palatinate, a Town some think, from from whence we receive a Wine,
Misson's Tras that from the Place, bears the vels, Tom. 1. fame Name amongst us. His let. 6. Father was Recorder, or Secretary, of that Place; a very strict Protestant, and a Person of great Reputation. The
Doctor was also bred up in the same Profession from the beginning: He never was of the Church of Rome, as hath been falsly reported of him. His Father devoted him for the Holy Ministry from the Womb, and was not wanting to give him such an Education as might fit him for that Sacred Office. He was first sent to Heidelbergh, where he applied himself, with great Diligence, to the Study of Divinity, under the Direction and Care of the very Learned Dr. Spanheim, who is now the Primary Professor of the University of Leyden.
He had it appears, a greatDesire to come over into England : I cannot tell what it was that moved him ; 'tis certain, his Father inclined
not to it; however, to England he came, not without his Father's Consent. He was about 19 Years of Age when he first came over : He was then very Eminent, not only for his Learning, but for his great Piety also. He who taught him the English Tongue, does profess, that he never saw a young Man so exemplary for Piety, as this young Man was.
He was entred into Queen's College, in Oxford, Dec. 24, 1663, and was in very great Esteem there with Dr. Barton, then Provost of that House, and since Bishop of Lincoln, who valued him highly for his great Learning, and, more particularly, for his good Skill in the Baftern Languages. He was, by his Favour, made Chaplain of the said College, soon after his Entrance. He was incorporated Master of Arts, from the University of Wittembergh, Dec, 21, 1663. It was not long after this,
he was made Vicar of Alballows, in One ford, which is in the Gift of Lincoln College, there he continued a most constant and painful Preacher about two Years.
Thence he removed into the * An. 1665. Family of the Duke of Albemarle *
and was received there as a Tutor to his Son, the then Lord Torringtor, and since Duke of Albemarle. He was now in a fair Way to Preferment, had he been forward in feeking it: The Duke did indeed bestow up
on him a Living in the Diocess, + The Rectory of of Exeter , and did also proDoulton in De.
cure him a Prebend in that vonshire.
Church, from Dr.Sparrow,then i Lord Bishop there. I shall have occasion, after
* A. 1669
ward to give an Account of his parting with them. I am now on that part of the Doctor's Life, which I know the least of; I doubt not but he did well every where, and agreeably to his Holy Profession.
He did, before he married, go over into Germany *, to see his Friends, where he preached with great Acceptation, and was entertained with great Respect, at the Court of one of the German Princes t, + Charles Lodo. who shew'd him a very particu- wick, Elekkor Pae
latine, lar Kindness.
After his Return, he was chofen Preacher at the Savoy *,
* An. 1671. where he continued about 26 Years, till he died. That Place deserves not the Name of a Preferment: The Maintenance is small, and, upon the matter, precarious. And whatever it was to him at his first taking of it, when there were Persons of considerable Quality inhabiting there, who were very kind to him ; yet, afterwards, when his Family increased, and his Necessities were great er, it could not be call'd a competent Maintenance. But, whatever it was, first or last, he could not be perswaded to keep his Living in Devonshire with it; nor could he ever be prevailed with afterwards, (whatever Offers were made to him) to accept of any Living to hold in conjunction with it. He was irreconcileable to Pluralities, and to Non-Residerice, and would, upon occafion, declare his Abhorrence of them with fome considerable Warmth.
He was of the Opinion, in this matter of Bernard Gilpin, the famous Preacher and Saint of the North, of whom the Bishop of Chichester, who wrote his Life, gives the following Account. “Mr. Gilpin was about to travel be
yond the Seas, and to ftudy there: He " was at that Time poslessed of a Living, a cc Cure of Souls; Bishop Tunft al perswades him
to keep his Living for his better Support; " Mr. Gilpin refuseth fo to do, and resigns it. “ He tells the Bishop, that he had left his Pare " fonage upon neceffity, because he could not keep “it in his Hands with any Peace of Conscience. And when the Bishop offered him a Dispensation to hold it, Mr. Gilpin replied. “The Deo el vil will get be restrained with any Bonds of Dif"pensation from labouring, in my Absence, the "Destruction of my People committed to my Charge: " And, I fear, that when God skall call me to ac
count of my Stewardship, it will not serve myturna.
to make Answer, That I was dispensed wisbal, " whilst the Devil made havock" of my Flock. Mr. Gilpin was, after this, and whilft he continued beyond the Seas, presled to accept of a Living, but he tells the Bishop, in his Letter to him, his Mind, in these Words : " I am “ fully resolved, so long as I live, never to burden
my Conscience in this case, nor to keep a Living “ in my own Charge, with condition to live from it. He adds afterwards, “Though any other should " Teach and Preach for me, as constantly, and ina "dustriously as ever St. Augustin did, yet cannot a I think my self discharged by another Man's “ Pains-taking. But if yet I should be perswaded us thus to offer Violence to my Conscience, upon
Condition to remain either here, or in any other " University, my Disquiet of Confcience would re“ ver permit me to profit in my Study.
He was a very great Blering to the Inhabitants of the In the Year 1683,
be commenc'd Doi. Savoy, and indeed to the City.
tor at Cambridge. He constantly resided among them, tho’he had no House belonging to his Place; he hired an House, and was constant in the Discharge of the Duties of his place. He preached with great Vehemence and Ardor, with mighty Force and Conviction : He spake the Sense of his Soul, and entred into the Hearts of his People : He soon convinced his Auditors, that he was in great Earnest, and that he had a mighty Sense of the Worth of Souls, and of the vast Importance of those Truths which he delivered to them.
His Auditors were convinced, that he was a Man of God, and sent, by him, for the good of Souls. He used great Freedom of Speech, and, instead of using inticing Words, of Human Wisdom, he spake, like his Master, with great Conviction and Authority.
His Fame grew exceedingly, and very many were his constant Auditors, some of the highest Rank and Quality, and a very great Number of very devout and pious Persons. A vast Crowd there was that followed him, and such a Collection of most devout and conformable Persons, as were hardly to be found elsewhere; it was no easie matter to get through the Crowd to the Pulpit.
He administred the Holy Communion on the First Sunday of every Month, and preached