easons not very clearly explained, there seems to have been a sort of jealousy, which prevented his admission to many pulpits among the London dissenters; and, after the dissolution of his own little society, he speaks of himself as almost a silenced man; so as to be sometimes ready to lament himself as an unprofitable servant, turned out of his Master's service.
The only exceptions to this remark whose names have been mentioned, are Mr. Burroughs, and Mr. (afterwards the celebrated Dr.) James Foster, Ministers of the Baptist congregation at the Barbican.
His talents and learning were, however, estimated at their due value by some of those who were most competent to appreciate them; and he was admitted to the intimate friendship of several persons of high distinction and eminence, particularly Dr. Samuel Clarke and Mr. Whiston; who nearly agreed with him in religious opinions, and the latter of whom had suffered for his principles, though not to the same extent.
In 1726, on the deat
tudent, and a fervent, clear, and impressive preacher.
His immediate successor was Mr. G. Trosse, with whom his son, Joseph Hallet, jun., was associated as colleague in 1690.
In 1710, this gentleman opened an academy for the education of candidates for the Christian ministry, which continued for several years.
In the list of students at this institution we find the names of several who rose to eminence in the succeeding age;—among the rest, Joseph Hallet the third, and the celebrated Dr. James Foster.
It seems to have been looked upon with great jealousy by the opponents of the new notions, as a hotbed of heresy; and the liberal manner, as we should consider it, in which Mr. Hallet appears to have permitted and even encouraged his pupils to study both sides of disputed questions, is frequently mentioned in terms of strong censure in the pamphlets published by the ultra-orthodox in the Exeter controversy.
It is by no means improbable that some of them both went further than their
Sacred to the memory of the celebrated James Foster, D. D., who in this humble and retired mansion, being defamed we entreat.
From Ashwick, Mr. Foster, after some time, removed to Trowbridge, in Mr. Houlston, an opportunity was afforded to Mr. Foster of cultivating a more extended and varied inby C. Bulkeley, p. 10.
In the year 1728, Mr. Foster engaged in a Sunday evening lecture at the Othe interference of the civil magistrate.
Mr. Foster's treatise is entitled The Usefulness, Truth have been altogether prevented.
In 1734, Mr. Foster published a volume of sermons, which speedil, that with the outward graces of an orator, Mr. Foster appears, by the reports of his contemporarienations, if statedly addressed in the style of Foster's sermons, would be sensible of a deficiency i on the death of the Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Hunt, Mr. Foster received an invitation to succeed him in thes be true Christianity!
In the year 1746, Mr. Foster was called upon to perform a melancholy offi[14 more...]
he continued to officiate till the year 1752, when, on the declining health of the celebrated Dr. Foster, he was chosen assistant to him as morning preacher at Pinners' Hall.
On the death of Foster,Foster, which took place shortly after, Mr. Fleming was chosen to be his successor; and in this situation he remained till incapacitated by the increasing infirmities of advanced age.
A singular anecdote orning.
He accordingly went.
Mr. Reynolds inquired whether the person he had heard succeeded Dr. Foster, and whether he always preached with that freedom?
He told him, Yes. About four or five montegacy of a hundred pounds to Mr. Fleming, under the description of the gentleman who succeeded Dr. Foster at Pinners' Hall, and who speaks deliberately.
Mr. Fleming observed, that he could not but long theologians of his time.
His argument is by this means freed from the embarrassment in which Foster, Chandler, and others are always more or less involved by their concession of the admitted possi