Obrazy na stronie
PDF
ePub
[graphic][merged small]

tutor of the young

“ divinities intended for the Dissenting ministry. The sons before leaving home assured their father their only end was to glorify God and win souls. John, soon to be heard of at Rotherham, also said he desired to do God more services than any of his ancestors. Perhaps a little too boastful, Master John !

Frankland afterwards removed his Academy to Attercliffe, near Sheffield, where for three years—1686-1689—he provided a seat of learning for the training of young men for the office of the Christian Ministry.

During these three years as many as 51 students came under the superior tuition and training of this early dissenting teacher.

Mr. Timothy Jollie, at a later period minister of Upper Chapel, Sheffield, worthily revived Frankland's Academy at Attercliffe in 1691, where he engaged Attercliffe Hall for the purpose, residing himself there as chief tutor. The history of this distinguished minister and tutor is given in a most interesting part of his valuable history of Upper Chapel by Rev. J. E. Manning, M.A., minister of the Chapel 1889-1902. It only concerns us here to state that among Jollies' students for the ministry were John Wadsworth, Wm. Moult, Thomas Wilson, and his brother William Wilson.

CHAPTER X.

THE FIRST NONCONFORMIST

MEETINGS” AT

ROTHERHAM.

THE EJECTED PURITAN VICARS AND THE OCCASIONAL Visits

OF OLIVER HEYWOOD.

IT

T has been already stated that the burning by Royalist

raiders from York of the out-houses and other

properties of Sir Chas. Rhodes, the noted Presbyterian and Parliamentarian, of Houghton, was the first outbreak of Civil War in South Yorkshire. Oliver Heywood was always a welcome minister at that hospitable old hall at Houghton, as he frequently records :—“November 3, '63. Having been too Lord's days at home I went to Houghton to my Lady Rhodes's, where we had a solemn fast on Wednesday. Mr. Clayton, of Rotherham, and I preacht and prayed, and Mr. Kerby closed the work with prayer. The day after the 5th of November my lady prevailed with us to stay and spend some time in thankfulness." What a pleasant reminiscence of this good Lady's attachment to Presbyterian services, and hospitality towards the ejected ministers of the district. Mr. Kirby, here mentioned, had been Sunday afternoon lecturer at the Parish Church of Wakefield. A brother minister once said of him, " Mr. Kirby prays apostolically."

[graphic][ocr errors][merged small]
« PoprzedniaDalej »