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John Foxcroft (n.d.)

A Member of the Westminster Assembly and Gospel Preacher.

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His Works:

The beauty of magistracy (1697) by John Foxcroft
The good of a good government, and well grounded peace (1645) by John Foxcroft


Biography of John Foxcroft:

John Foxcroft received his education in MagdalenHall, Oxford. He took his degree of Master of Arts on the 29th of October, in the year 1617. And, having finished his studies at the University, he entered upon the ministerial work. He was afterward minister of Gotham, in Nottinghamshire; where, according to Wood, he continued several years a Puritanical preacher. Upon the commencement of the civil war, he joined the Parliament, and was much molested by the royal party, when he was employed in the work of his pastoral office at Gotham. In the year 1643, he was chosen one of the Assembly of Divines at Westminster, and he constantly attended. Removing to London, he became a frequent preacher in that city; and he preached sometimes to the Parliament.b

a Wood’s Ath. Oxon. vol. ii. Col. 577. And Calamy’s Account, vol. ii. 2 edit. pp. 207—214.

b Wood’s AtheDae Oxon. vol. i. Brook’s Lives of the Puritan* vol. iii.

Mr Foxcroft still retained a strong affection for Nottinghamshire, where he had been a diligent labourer in the Lord’s vineyard, as appears by his epistle dedicatory to the House of Commons, before his sermon from Isa. xxxii. 1, 2. in which he says, ” Give me leave only to shed a few tears upon the neck of the bleeding County of Nottingham, my dear Ithaca, now as beloved as that which gave me breath; having been the place of my ministry the longer half of my life.”

I have seen one sermon of Mr Foxcroft’s, which is entitled, “The Good of a Good Government, and Wellgrounded Peace,” from Isa. xxxii. 1, 2. preached before the House of Commons, in Margaret’6 Church at Westminster, Dec. 31, 1645, the day of their monthly Fast. 4to, pp.. 24. London, 1645-46,

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