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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.

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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

MEMOIR.

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“I would express him simple, grave, sincere ;
In doctrine uncorrupt; in language plain;
And plain in manner; decent, solemn, chaste,
And natural in gesture; much impressed
Himself, as conscious of his awful charge,
And anxious mainly that the flock he feeds
May feel it too; affectionate in look,
And tender in address, as well becomes
A messenger of grace to guilty men.”

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

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