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manager in the public debates, and was much regarded; for as he was an excellent speaker, so the perfect candor of his spirit, which in the whole of his conduct was so apparent as to raise him quite above suspicion, made him universally beloved: Even the greatest adversaries to his cause could not but admire him. He was of no party; farther than his regard to truth and virtue made him of it. He was a great master in natural religion, and in the arguments which hipport the authority of the christian religion, to which he did great honour by a conversation worthy of it. He was a person quite above the spirit of the world, and seemed to have no solicitude at all about his cir^. cumstances in it. No man easier about himself, but the good and benevolent affectioi^ so reigned in him, that to do good to others was his constant business and study. . And no one manifested a greater reverence for his creator, and care to please him in all things. A fixed persuasion of the perfect wisdom and goodness of God, and that all events are under the direction of his providence, begot such an habitual calm and tranquillity in his mind, that he was not to be^fhakeu evest bv most aiflictisg eccurrence$.^

He was a most acceptable preaclier, and had a wondrous faculty of expressing himself, even upon the most difficult and abstracted sobjects, in a manner that was plain and easy to the apprehension of his hearers. And his way of thinking was so clear, and his memory so strong, that tho' he did not write his sermons (which his friends now regret as a very sensible loss) yet he delivered himself ttt a correct style, and without any confusion. He was capable of rising into great warmth, but the most distant possible from the unreasonable wildnesfes of enthusiasm. His strong reasoning, enlivened by the zeal of his spirit, (which never discovered itself but in matters truly important) made deep impressions upon his hearers. It was apparent he felt the power of the sacred truth which he'taught: And as he was a man of the greatest simplicity of spirit in declaring the truth, so he was of the greatest firmness in defending it; not to be sway'd by any authority, or daunted by any opposition. lie '.

Mr. Taylor was a man of sound judgment, and very considerable knowledge. He was a weighty speaker, and could mix {he argumentative and pathetic very agreertU d 3 ably. - "'• - Vs- ^ • § to

ably. A P1^ Pf ? W4 ^4 resolved spirits and who cpnld not give way to any human authority in religious matters, but followed Readily the conviction pf his own judgment* He was a laborious and sexious preacher^ Jrle bestowed much pains in composing his sermons, and always studied to do honour^ to his station and character. He maintained a great and firm mind in very afflicting cirr cumstances, which attended an unweildy body, and full of disorders, for many years, This confined him much, and rendered him incapable of those services for which^^e was in other respects very well qualified. He was much esteemed in the Belfast fog/r ety, and very zealous in their cause. „• -s

"Mr. Shaw was a gentleman whp could not be known without being beloved. . He had an education suitable to his genteel parentage, fie had the greatest sweetness and cheerfulness of temper, happily joined with a gravity which became his character, and fat easy upon him. lie was much .and justly admired fpr prudence and discretion in his conduct. Not hasty in fesolvkig? and very diligent to satisfy himself thoroughly jn the reasons upon which he acted. But

of of, a firm mind, and'hot toljc^put out of his course, when his reasorHvas convinces jpfe was formecl for friendship, having'greflft generosity, tenderness, purity, and constati^ or Ipirit. He laboured in his work:£s">& .minister with much diligence and afFectio* nate concern for his people. His life was, |h all respe&s exemplary. He was the "delight of his friends, ahd could scarcely have an enemy.

fc7"MR. Harper was distinguimed by great •piety and tenderness of affection. He had 'attained to a considerable degree of learning •Srrthe languages and philosophy, as well as Idttfinky. * His sermons were full of the pathetic, which was natural to him, and without any affectation. He had a delicacy his temper and passions, which was in ; ;lbme respects uneasy to himself, but amiable to his friends, with whom he rejoiced k'TSr suffered, as their circumstances gave occasion, above most men. He had the ink'terests of true religion greatly at hearts and k-^as content to bear personal inconveniencics noftot a-little grievous to him, rather than foriSfpkti that party which he believed had truth ^ atii'd reason on their side. - iaB.- .iajiii :iU sv- - .\j n| I..


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lMr- Neyin's death happened since this preface was written. He was a man of great abilities; and indefa-^ tigable industry and activity. Exceedingly zealous for the just liberties of mankind, and warm in opposing all pretences to power jn matters of religion and conscience; In the course of the debates between the Synod and Nonfubjcribers, a pai dcular charge was brought against him, for some things he had said in private conversation j which were thought inconsistent with some important articles of the christian faith. In the Synod which met at Dungannon, 1724., the matter was brought to a public trial; and issued, not in a decision upon evidence, but in requiring Mr. Nevin to make a declaration of his. faith concerning the supreme deity of Christ. This he would not submit to, for many reasons which he urged against such a method of proceeding, as holding an irti. quisition upon him, and a direct violation of the com-j mon rights of mankind: Upon which he was excluded from the Synod. The Nonfubscribers- protested against this, and gave in their reasons, which are printed with Mr. Nevin's trial published by himself. His defence, to which the reader is referred, though made under great disadvantages, very much raised his character, evei} in the Synod as well as without doors, shewing great eloquence and strength of reason. He continued, notwithstanding his exclusion, to maintain his reputation, amongst his friends at Downpatrhk; and when the. Nonfebscribers were erected into a separate Prefbytryi became a member with them.

He was an eloquent and acceptable preacher, and delivered himself in the pulpit with great life. He had truly generoys dispositions, and was ready to serve his friends at the expence of any labour to himself. As ffiis" engaged him in many affairs, so he came to acquire a considerable knowledge. in civil matters, and was'-eX*' ceedingly serviceable in the neighbourhood by bis advice

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