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Obadiah Sedgwick (1600-1658)

A puritan preacher and theologian, and member of the Westminster Assembly.
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“The Scriptures charge sin, perniciousness, and damnation upon heresy. Paul reckons them among those works of the flesh which shut persons out of the Kingdom of God (Galatians 5:20-21). Peter calls them pernicious and damnable, and such as bring swift destruction; and, speaking of the authors of them, he says that their damnation slumbers not (2 Peter 2:1-3).”

His Works:

The Works of Obadiah Sedgwick available in old English:

1. The Bowels of Tender Mercy Sealed in the Everlasting Covenant. (759 pages) PDF Google Books

2. The Doctrine of Providence. (389 pages) PDF Internet Archives
Matthew 10:29-31. Appended to “The Shepherd of Israel”

3. England’s Preservation. (65 pages)PDF Google Books
Preached to the House of Commons May 25, 1642.

4. The Humbled Sinner Resolved. (521 pages) PDF Google Books
Also entitled, “Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ the only way for sensible sinners, discovering the quality, objects, and acts of justifying faith”.

5. The Shepherd of Israel, or, God’s Pastoral Care over His People. (389 pages) PDF Internet Archives
An exposition of Psalm 23. Also includes “The Doctrine of Providence.”

6. A Catechism.
7. Christ’s Counsel to His Languishing Church of Sardis. Revelation 3:1-6.
8. The Doubting Believer.
9. The Anatomy of Secret Sins. Psalm 19:12-13.
10. An Ark Against a Deluge, or, Safety in Dangerous Times. 
11. The Best and Worst Malignant. 
12. The Fountain Opened, and the Water of Life Flowing.
13. Haman’s Vanity.
14. The Throne of Mercy. A Sermon on Matthew 12:31.
15. The Tribunal of Justice. 
16. Speech in Guildhall. 
17. Synopsis of Christianity. 
18. Military Discipline for the Christian Soldier.
19. The Parable of the Prodigal.
20. The Riches of Grace.


Biography of Obadiah Sedgwick (1600-1658):

Obadiah Sedgwick (1600-1658), puritan divine, son of Joseph Sedgwick, vicar of St. Peter’s, Marlborough, Wiltshire, afterwards of Ogbourne St. Andrew, Wiltshire, was born at Marlborough about 1600. He matriculated at Queen’s College, Oxford, on 18 June 1619, aged 19, removed thence to Magdalen Hall, and graduated B.A. on 5 May 1620, M.A. 23 Jan. 1623. He was tutor (1626) to Sir Matthew Hale  Having taken orders, he became chaplain to Horatio, baron Vere of Tilbury , whom he accompanied to the Low Countries. Returning to Oxford, he commenced B.D. on 16 Jan. 1630. His first preferment (1630) in the church was as lecturer at St. Mildred’s, Bread Street, London, where his puritanism got him into trouble. On 6 July 1639 he was presented by Robert Rich, second earl of Warwick , to the vicarage of Coggeshall, Essex, in succession to John Dod. On the opening of the Long parliament he regained his lectureship at St. Mildred’s, and became a preacher against episcopacy. Wood says that he used ‘in hot weather to unbutton his doublet in the pulpit, that his breath might be the longer.’ In the autumn of 1642 he was chaplain to the regiment of foot raised bv Denzil Holles  He was a member of the Westminster Assembly (1643), and in the same year was appointed a licenser of the press. On 6 Oct. 1643 he spoke at the Guildhall in favour of the league with Scotland for the prosecution of the war, and his speech was published in ‘Foure Speeches,’ 1646, 4to. In a sermon of September 1644 he preached for ‘cutting off delinquents.’ He held for a short time the rectory of St Andrew’s, Holborn, on the sequestration (13 Dec. 1645) of John Hacket ; but next year (before May 1646) he was appointed to the rectory of St. Paul’s, Covent Garden, and resigned Coggeshall where John Owen (1616-1683)  succeeded him (18 Aug.) He was a member of the eleventh London classis in the parliamentary presbyterianism; but his ecclesiastical views were not rigid, for on 20 March 1654 he was appointed one of Cromwell’s ‘triers,’ and in August of the same year was a clerical assistant to the ‘expurgators.’ His health failing, he resigned St Paul’s in 1656, and was succeeded by his son-in-law, Thomas Manton  He was a man of property, being lord of the manor of Ashmansworth, Hampshire. Retiring to Marlborough, he died there at the beginning of January 1658, and was buried near his father, in the chancel of Ogbourne St. Andrew, A portrait of Sedgwick, engraved by W. Richardson, is mentioned by Bromley. By his wife Priscilla he had a son Robert, baptised at Coggeshall on 19 Oct. 1641, who was a frequent preacher before parliament, and published many sermons between 1639 and 1657.

Besides these and a catechism, he published: 1. ‘Christ’s Counsell to … Sardis,’ 1640, 8vo. 2. ‘The Doubting Beleever,’ 1641, 12mo; 1653, 12mo. 3. ‘The Humbled Sinner,’ 1656, 4to; 1660, 4to. 4. ‘The Fountain Opened,’ 1657, 4to. 5. ‘The Riches of Grace,’ 1657, 12mo; 1658, 12mo. Posthumous were: 6. ‘The Shepherd of Israel,’ 1658, 4to. 7. ‘The Parable of the Prodigal,’ 1660, 4to. 8. ‘The Anatomy of Secret Sins,’ 1660, 4to. 9. ‘The Bowels of Tender Mercy,’1661, fol.

John Sedgwick (1601?-1643), puritan divine, younger brother of the above, was born at Marlborough about 1601, entered at Queen’s College, Oxford, in 1619, removed to Magdalen Hall, was ordained deacon at Christmas 1621, admitted B.A. 6 Dec. 1622 (after four refusals, as he had used the title of the degree before obtaining it), proceeded M.A. 7 July 1625, B.D. 9 Nov. 1633 (incorporated at Cambridge 1638). After holding curacies at St. Botolph’s, Bishopsgate (London), Chiswick (Middlesex), and Coggeshall (under his brother), he obtained (1 April 1641) the rectory of St. Alphage, London Wall, on the sequestration of James Halsey, D.D. He was chaplain to the Earl of Stamford’s regiment. He died in October 1643, and was buried at St. Alphage’s on 16 Oct. His funeral sermon was preached by Thomas Case  He was twice married; his second marriage (1632) was to Anne, daughter of Fulke Buttery of Ealing, Middlesex, Wood cites a posthumous notice of him in the ‘Mercurius Aulicus,’ which says he had but one thumb, had been reprieved from the pillory in 1633, and was of bad character. He published four single sermons (1625-41), and ‘ Antinomianisme Anatomized,’ 1643, 4to.

A younger brother, Joseph (fl. 1653), was batler of Magdalen Hall on 7 Nov. 1634, aged 20, B.A. 2 March 1638, afterwards M, A, and fellow of Christ’s College, Cambridge. He published: 1. ‘An Essay to the Discovery of the Spirit of Enthusiasm,’ 1663, 4to. 2, ‘Learning’s Necessity,’ 1653, 4to. Another Joseph Sedgwick was prebendary of South Scarle in Lincoln Cathedral, and died on 22 Sept. 1702, aged 74 (Le Neve, Fasti ii. 207).

[Wood’s Athenæ Oxon. (Bliss), in, 65, 442, 1090, iv. 751; Wood’s Fasti (Bliss), i. 392, &c.; Foster’s Alumni Oxon, 1892, iv. 1331; Baxter’s Reliquiae, 1696, i. 42; Walker’s Sufferings of the Clergy, 1714, ii. 171; Brook’s Lives of the Puritans, 1813, ii. 485 sq., iii. 295 sq.; Neal’s Hist. of the Puritans (Toulmin), 1822, vol. iii.; Dale’s Annals of Coggeshall, 1863, pp. 155 sq.; Mitchell and Struthers’s Minutes of Westminster Assembly, 1874, p. 219 sq.; the baptismal register of St. Peter’s, Marlborough, does not begin till 1611.]



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