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The Righteous shall be in everlasting Remembrance. Pf. cxii. 6.
Seeing we are compassed about with so great a Cloud of Wit-

nejjes, let us lay aside every Weight, and the Sin which doth
so eafily beset us, and let us run with Patience the Race that

is set before us, Heb. xii. 1.
Deo, Beneficiorum ejus, folemnitatibus festis & diebus

Atatutis, dicamus facramusque memoriam ; ne volumine
temporum ingrata fubrepat oblivio.

S. Auguft. de Civit. Dei, lib. x. c. 4.
Grandis Labor, fed grande Præmium, esse quod Martyres,
esse quod Apoftoli, effe quod Chriftus eft.

S. Hieron, ad Euftoch. de Caft. Virg.

Printed for C. Hitch and L. Hawes, J. HODGES, E

Stevens, J. RIVINGTON, J. Rivington and J. Flet-
Owen, G. Keith, J. Richardson, P. Davey and
and M. COOPER.




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Obert Nelson, Esquire, the pious Author

of this excellent Book, was born the 22d of June 1656, being the Son of Mr. John Nelson, a considerable Turkey Merchant of London, and Delicia his Wife, Sister to Sir Gabriel Roberts, a Turkey Merchant also of the fame City. His Father dying when he was young, he was left to the Care of his Mother, and her Brother Sir Gabriel, who being made his Guardian, was very careful of the Education of this his Nephew, who was indeed beloved by every one, being a most beautiful Youth, and of fine natural Parts. He was for some time at St. Paul's School in London; but the principal Part of his Education was under a private Tutor in his Mother'sHouse, from whence he went to Trinity College in Cambridge, where he was entered Fellow Commoner. He married the Lady Theophila Lucy, Relict of Sir Kingsman Lucy, and Daughter of John late Earl of Berkeley. His Lady, enjoyed but an ill State of Health; for the Recovery, it he passed over with her into France, and went to Aix la Chapelle, where he continued some Time, and afterwards proceeded on his Travels thro' France, Italy, and Germany. Never was any Englishman known to be more caressed in all the foreign Courts which he visited, as the many Letters written to him from Princes, Ministers of State, and Persons of Distinction, do abundantly testify. Nor was he less esteemed in England, his ACquaintance being generally among such as were most remarkable for Piety and Learning, of whom the good Mr. Kettlewell was one ; 1 here particularly mention him, because to him we owe Mr. Nelson's first engaging in this useful Work: Which whosoever reads, will find it no


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small Addition to the Pleasure and Advantage he shall reap by it, to consider that it is the Work of a fine Gentleman, and one who never entered into holy Orders; because this will shew what Injustice those Men do to our most Holy Religion, who represent it as a morose, narrow spirited Institution, fit only to be practised by Hermits and Recluses. Mr. Nelson's other Qualifications, of a comely Personage, a genteel Deportment, and a fair Fortune, were so far from being inconsistent with that genuine Spirit of Piety which always thewed itself in him, that they were no small Ornaments to it: Those external Endowments of Nature and Fortune served to fet off, and make his Virtue the more amiable and captivating; as his Virtue made those which are by themselves unworthy to be esteemed, appear as real Accompliíhments.

His Corpse was deposited in the New Burying Ground, in Lambs-Conduit Fields, then first consecrated on that Occasion. A square Monument was afterwards erected over him, containing, on the four Sides of it, the following Inscription drawn up by George Smaldrige Lord Bishop of Bristol.

HI. S. E.
ROBERTUS Nelson, Armiger,
Qui, Patre ortus Johanne Cive Londinensi,
Ex Societate Mercatorum cum Turcis commercium

Habentium, Matre Deliciis Sorore
Gabrielis Roberts Equitis aurati, ex cadem
Civitate & eodem Sodalitio, uxorem habuit

Honoratiflimam Dominam Theophilam
Lucy, Kingsmanni Lucy Baronetti viduam,
Prænobilis Johannis Comitis de BERKLEY
Filiam, quam Aquisgranum usque valetudinis
Recuperandæ caufa proficiscentem lubenter

Summo amore fovit, morte divulsam
Per novem annos superstes plurimum defideravit,

Literis Græcis & Latinis,

Quas partim in Schola Paulina,
Partim intra domesticos parietes didicerat,
Linguarum Gallicæ & Italicæ peritiam
Lutetiæ & Romæ agens facile adjunxit.

In omni fere Literarum genere versatus,
Ad Theologiæ studium animum præcipuè appulit :
Et felici pariter memoriâ atque acri judicio pollens,
Antiquitatum Ecclefiafticarum scientiâ

Inter Clericos enituit Laicus.
Peragratâ semel atque iterum Europa,

Poftquam diversas Civitatum
Et Religionum formas exploraverat,
Nullam Reipublicæ administrandæ rationem

Monarchiæ domi conftitutæ præpofuit, Cæteras omnes Ecclefias Anglicanæ longe pofthabuit :

Hanc ipfi femper caram

Beneficiis auxit,
Vitâ exornavit,

Scriptis defendit,
Filius ipfius obfequentiffimus,
Ec propugnator imprimis ftrenuus.
Nulla erat bonorum Virorum communitas,
Aut ad Pauperum liberos, fumptu Locupletiorum,

Bene inftruendos,
Aut ad augendam utilitatem publicam,
Aut ad promovendam Dei gloriam inftituta,

Cui non se libenter socium addidit.

Hisce ftudiis & temporis & opum
Partem longè maximam impendit.
Quicquid Facultatum supererat,

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