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Puritan Memoirs - Mr. John Foxcroft

Puritan Memoirs - The Life and Death of Some Reformed Ministers

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The life and death of Mr. John Foxcroft.

MR. FOXCROFT received his education in Magdalenhall, Oxford, and took his degree of arts in 1617; and having finished his studies, he entered on the work of the ministry. He was some time after this minister of Gotham in Nottinghamshire; where he continued several years, according to Wood, a puritanical preacher. On the commencement of the civil war he joined the parliament; and while exercising his pastoral office at Gotham, was much molested by the royal party. In 1640 he was chosen one of the assembly of divines, and was a constant attending member of that assembly. Removing to London, he became a frequent preacher in that city, and sometimes before parliament.

Mr. Foxcroft still retained a powerful affection for his flock at Gotham, as appears by his epistle dedicatory to the House of Commons before his sermon; in which he says, “Give me leave only to shed a few tears on the neck of the bleeding county of Nottingham, now as much beloved as that which gave me breath; having been the place of my ministry for the longer half of my life.”

Mr. Foxcroft published one Sermon, preached before the Commons, entitled The Good of a Good Government, and most probably several other works.

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