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great and precious promises : that by these ye
might be partakers of the divine nature, having
escaped the corruption that is in the world
through lust.--2 Peter i. 4.
Sermon XI.—Wherefore by their fruits ye shall
know them. Not every one that saith unto me,
Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of
heaven, but he that doeth the will of my Father
which is in heaven.--St. Matt. vii, 20, 21. ... 246 :
SERMON XII.—But the day of the Lord will come
as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens
shall pass away with a great noise, and the
elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth
also and the works that are therein shall be
burned up. Seeing then that all these things
shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought
ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,
looking for and hasting unto the coming of the
day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire
shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt
with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according
fore him ; all nations shall serve him.-Ps. lxxii.
“I would express him simple, grave, sincere ;
Task, Book II.
A BRIEF MEMOIR
OF THE LATE
REV. JOHN RICHARDS, A.M.
JOHN RICHARDS, the subject of this short Memoir, was born at Penryn, in the county of Cornwall, August 4, 1771. He was descended from respectable parents. His father was a gentleman of some independent property, who, in early life, held the commission of a Captain in the Cornwall Militia. · He was a man well known in the western part of the county, and generally respected for his sound sense and integrity of principle. His mother's maiden name was Loscombe: she was the only daughter of Joseph Loscombe, esq. a merchant of the city of Bristol.
As it is the principal object of this Memoir to afford a sketch of Mr. Richards's ministerial character, his early history will be noticed as briefly as possible. At the age of ten years he was placed under the care of Dr. Cardew, the master of the