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Some Account of the Rev. Thomas It was in this situation, that Hooh.r.
Mr. Hooker became an hopeful
subject of conversion. He was THE Rev. Thomas Hooker, led to see his hopeless condition,
one of the first settlers of while a stranger to regenerating the colony of Connecticut, and grace, and was so filled with first pasior of the church of fearful apprehension, of the Christ in Hartford, was born in wrath of a justly offended and England, at Marfield in the holy God, that sleep fled from county of Leicester, in the year him, and peace was a stranger 1586. His parents, whose for to his soul. He sought, in the tune was ample, were induced abundant resources of his own from his early thirst for science mind, a refuge from trouble, and strength of capacity, to be- and in the subtlety of philosostow on him a liberal education. phy an hiding place from danHis literary progress was more ger; but he at length perceived than ordinary, which united every renewed effort still more with a cheerful and courteous unsuccessful than the former, temper, and a strong and vigo- and that like the hypocrite's hope rous mind, prepared the way they vanished in the day of for bis advancement in the Uni- trial. Emptied of all self-reversity. While a proctor in the liance, he was now led, by the seminary, his constant efforts to renewing influence of the divine restrain the excesses, and re-i spirit, to embrace by faith the form the morals of the dissipated, Saviour of the world; to hope were crowned with uncommon for pardon and acceptance, thro'
And he was soon pre- his atonement and intercession; ferred to a fellowship in Eman and to love, with cheerful subuel College, Cambridge, the stu- mission, God's holy character dents of which, were originally and righteous governmentdesigned for the study of divin- Broughithus from darkness into ity.
marvellous light, he became an
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humble, a judicious, and an ani- | dinances of worship ; and a genmaled Christian.
, to speedily prepared himself for address each other, with the the ministry, and shortly after friendly and laudable salutation, became a powerful preacher of " come and let us go up to the the gospel. Not ambitious to house of the Lord." shine among the great, or to After the lapse of four years, acquire applause in the fashiona- the people of Cheimsford were ble circles, he after a few deprived of their spiritual teachmonths left London and its er. He was too conscientious, vicinity, where he had preached to subscribe to the articles, in with much reputation, and re- the act of uniformity, and was tired into the country. He was compelled to leave his flock, to ardently desirous to preach the which he was tenderly attached; gospel to the poor ; to instruct not, however, without the conthe ignorant in the way of life, solation, that the Shepherd of and to publish the glad tidings Israel, who never slumbers, still of salvation, to the stranger and watched over them. the captive.
He retired to a neighboring In 1626, Mr. Hooker became village, and kept a school in his lecturer, and was united as assis- own hired house ; and, like tant, with a Mr. Mitchel at the apostle Paul, received with Chelmsford, in Essex, a town of Christian tenderness and affecgreat resort and business ; but tion, as many as resorted thither abandoned in the extreme, to all to receive instruction ; and in manner of excess and licentious- this way was eminently useful
, ness. They were highly favor- not only by confirming the doubled by heaven, in the setilement ful in the truth, but also by of this discreet, pious and influ- counselling the neighboring minential minister among them. isters, and relieving them from His lectures soon drew the at- many difficulties, by his salutatention of his people, and not on- ry advice. In his connection ly they, but the neighboring with his people and his clerical congregations who occasionally brethren, his conduct was 50 heard him, began apparently to blameless, and his deportment give a more frequent and solemn so inoffensive, that the tongues attention to religious instruc-of his enemies. were withheld tion. Multitudes flocked from from abuse, and compelled to a distance to hear him, and the defend him. When the bishop spirit was shed abroad, like re- of London pretended, that the freshing showers on thirsty ministry of Mr. Hooker was in. lands, over the neighboring jurious, and offensive to the min. country, and more especially on isters in his vicinity, forty-seren the people of his charge. He of them petitioned in his behalf,
an interesting instructor, and declared him to be orthodox, and spiritual guide, and beheld honest, peaceable, and in no wise with delight the increase of or- turbulent or factious; though der and piety ; a growing res. they were all strenuous opposels pect for the sabbath and the or- of the nonconformists :
.“ Abash'd they stood, mainder of his days, in the quiet " And felt how awful goodness is, enjoyment of Christian liberty.
and saw · Virtue in her shape how lovely.”
He narrowly escaped from the
officers, who diligcntly sought But nothing, in these days of in- him till he sailed from London, tolerance, could avail a dissenter. in 1633, in the ship which bore The spiritual court, at Chelms. Mr. Cotton, Mr. Stone,and seveford in 1630, proceeded to si-ral others with himself, beyond lence him, and laid him under the reach of their malignant purbonds of fifty pounds, to ap
On their arrival in Bospear before the court of high ton, in the month of Septemcommission. The bonds, how-ber, Mr. Cotton was there setever, were forfeited, his security tled, but Mr. Hooker and Mr. was indemnified by his friends, Stone went to Newtown, now and himself saved from the dan-called Cambridge, where many ger of a trial.
of their friends had established Mr. Hooker, having left his themselves the year before. family under the care of his Here a churclı was now gathergreat and good friend the Earl ed; Mr. Hooker was chosen of Warwick, now thought it ex- pastor, and Mr. Stone teacher, pedient to avoid prosecution, by a transaction highly gratifying becoming a voluntary exile from to these pious people, and so rehis native country,
After an viving to the spirits of their hazardous
he arrived in venerable pastor, that he exHolland ; which, at this time, claimed with affectionate fervor : was a frequented asylum, to the Now I live if ye stand fast in despised and oppressed puritans. the Lord.” Though in an unHe remained a short season at cultivated land, far removed from Amsterdam, and thence removed the temporal comforts and abunto Delft, where he was cordially dance of his native country ; received, and associated in the still be confidently trusted in ministry, with the pious and the great Shepherd of Israel, Rev. Mr. Forbs, pastor of the who « made his own people to English church in that place. go forth like sheep, and guided About two years after, he went them in the wilderness like a to Rotterdam, and lived in friend flock." ly intimacy, till he left Holland, In 1635, the people of Newwith the learned and celebrated town obtained permission, to Dr. Ames, whom he assisted in make a settlement on Connect the composition of some of his icut River,-made the necessadiscourses designed for the press. ry arrangements, and in June
This country did not afford a 1635, Mr. Hooker with Mr. convenient settlement for his Stone, and about an hundred of friends, and receiving informa- his congregation, travelled thro tion, that they contemplated a the trackless desert to Hartford, removal to New-England, he the place of their final and perresolved to return to England manent establishment. Remov. and join them, with his family, ed now beyond the reach of the in their expedition to America ; sword of persecution, this good where he hoped to spend the re-l man was sensible, that they had
not escaped from the lure of cation of instruction. Ready temptation, and the snares of and cheerful, in the discharge of the world. It was his maxim, his official duties, he was emi“ That adversity had siain its nently a father to all around thousands, but that prosperity him; he was happy in their would slay its ten thousands ;" prosperity, and wounded by and " I fear” said he, “ that they their misfortunes ; in the house who have been lively Christians, of poverty his charities were in the fire of persecution, will abundanti in the chamber of soon become cold in the midst sickness, he was kind and beof universal peace.” Anxious- nevolent ; and in the circle of ly concerned for the religious mourners, his heart overflowed prosperity and peace of this with sympathy and consolation. infant colony, he devoted him. In his own family* he was self, with his uncommon wis cheerful, prudent and exempladom and steady resolution, to ry; given to hospitality ; ready their highest interests. His to communicate ;
easy of acprayers ascended with unremit. cess, and happy in their enjoy, ied engagedness to the throne of ment. His students and domesgrace, which evinced the sincer- tics, always viewed him as their ity of his own frequent remark, patron and friend ; and often " that prayer is the principal part manifested their gratitude, that of a minister's work ;” and with they were so fortunate, as to this impression, it was his con- have enjoyed the privileges of stant practice, to set apart one this devotional family, whose day in each month, for private governing motto corresponded prayer and fasting
with the resolution of the pious Both in the civil and religious conqueror of Canaan ; “ as for affairs of his people, his advice me and my bouse we will serve was a strong motive for exer- the Lord.” tion, and his decision, in matters In church government and of dispute, terminated strife. discipline, he displayed that In forming resolutions, he was knowledge and ability, which bold and decisive, and in their the subject eminently requires. execution, judicious, diligent Prudence and deliberation 60 and persevering. So much was marked his footsteps, that disorhe regarded in all weighty tran- der withered in the bud at his sactions, that when Capt. Ma- approach, while harmony and son, who had signally vanquished the Pequots, the most war * Mr. Hooker's descendants are like of their enemies, was ap- numerous and respectable. His enpointed Major General, the ly son, the Rev. Samuel Hooker, who standard was solemnly delivered came with his father from England,
was ordained at Farmington, in 1655, to him, by the hand of Mr. where he continued 40 years a faithHooker.
ful and respected minister of the His manners were open and gospel. He had nine sons and two agreeable, calculated to invite daughters. His sons settled in Farthe timid to a friendly con- His eldest daughter married Mr.
mington, Hartford, and Guilfontfidence, and gain an avenue to Pierpont, of New-Haven, and the every heart, for the communi-youngest a Mr. Buckingham.