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THE ROD AND THE WORD.
First conceived by way of
AFTERWARD DIGESTED INTO CERTAIN SERMONS,
for the Help and Comfort of the Afflicted.
BY THOMAS CASE, M. A.
Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him. JOB Xiii. 15.
RECOMMENDED BY THE REV. DR. MANTON.
À NEW EDITION, corrected and somewhat abridged.
PRINTED BY W. SMITH, KING STREET, SEVEN DIALS,
Some Account of the AUTHOR from the
REV. THOMAS CASE, of Christ Ch. Oxford, was the son of Mr. GEORGE CASE, minister of Boxley, Kent. His first pastoral charge was at Erpingham, in Norfolk, out of which place he was forced by Bp. Wren's severity. He was summoned to the high commission-court, and bailed; but before answer could be given to the articles preferred against him, the court was dissolved by act of parliament. He afterwards settled in London, in the sequestered living of Milk Street, where he was very laborious and faithful in his ministerial work. He it was that first set up the Morning Exercise, which, to the benefit of multitudes, was kept up in the city many years afterwards. He was turned out of this living for refusing the engagement; and was afterwards lecturer at Aldermanbury, and St. Giles's, Cripplegate. He was imprisoned six months in the Tower for his concern with Mr. LOVE; from whence he was released with the rest, on their making submission, when most of them were reinstated in their livings. Mr. CASE made the best use he could of his time during his imprisonment, employing himself in the meditations which he afterwards preached and printed under the title of "Correction, Instruction." He was afterwards Rector of St. Giles's in the Fields. In 1660, he was one of the ministers deputed to wait on the King at the Hague; and in 1661, one of the commissioners at the Savoy. When his public ministry was at an end, he ceased
not in private to do all the good he could. He died May 30, 1682, aged eighty-four. His funeral sermon was preached by Dr. JACOMB, who gives a full account of his character; the substance of which is: That he was of a quick and warm spirit; but an open plain-hearted man, a hearty lover of God and goodness, and of all good men. He was a scriptural preacher; a great man in prayer, and one who brought home many souls to God. He was the longest survivor of any who composed the Assembly of Divines at Westminster, who continued among the dissenters.
His works were: Sermons before the Lords and Commons-Sermons at Milk Street, on God's waiting to be Gracious-Sermons on the Covenant-And others on particular occasions-Imitation of the Saints, opened in practical Meditations-Mount Pisgah; or a Prospect of Heaven-Correction, Instruction, or a Treatise on Afflictions-The first and last Sermon in the Morn. Exercise at St. Giles's-Sermon on the Sanctification of the Sabbath, in the Supp. to the Morn. Ex. at Cripplegate-Funeral Sermons for Gualter Rosewell, at Chatham; for Mrs. Anne Browne, on the Imitation of the Saints, to which is prefixed a letter to Mr. Case from Mr. William Woodward, dated 1666-For Kinsmel Lucy, Esq.-Mrs. Elizabeth Scott-Darcy Wivell, Esq.-And a Sermon to the Citizens born in Kent.
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