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Memoirs of the Life and Writings the free-school at Kingston-upof Philip Doddridge, D.D. on-Thames*.
Mr. Daniel Doddridge had
was descended from a re- died young except one daughspectable family in Devonshire. ter, and Philip, who was born His great-great-uncle was sir in London, on the 26th of John Doddridge, knt. a justice June, 1702. So destitute was of the King's bench, in the reign he at his birth, of the signs of of James I. His grandfather, life, that he was thrown aside as John, rector of Sheperton in dead. But one of the attendants Middlesex, was ejected by the thinking she perceived some act of uniformity, in 1662*. notion in him, cherished with Mr. Daniel Doddridge, his fa- such assiduous care the almost ther, an oilman in London, mar- expiring flame of existence, ried the daughter of the Rev- that it was happily preserved. John Bauman, of Prague, who, From his infancy young Dodin consequence of the troubles dridge had an infirm constituwhich followed the expulsion of tion, and a thin, consumptive hathe Elector Palatine from Bohemia, came to England, and, This gentleman likewise gave a having brought ample testimo- great example of integrity. That nies from many German di- le might enjoy the free exercise of
the Protestant religion, he quitted vines, was appointed master of the possession of a considerable es
tate, and withdrew, on foot, in the * At that time, he had ten chil- habit of a peasant; carrying, with dren unprovided for ; notwithstand- him nothing but a hundred broad ing which, he quitted a benefice of pieces of gold, plaited in a leathein 2001
, a year, rather than violate the girdle, and a bible of Luther's transdictates of his conscience.
bit, which rendered both him- could not have proceeded in his self and his friends apprenhen- studies. sive that his life would be short. During Mr. Doddridge's resHe frequently was accustomed, idence at St. Alban's, he began therefore, especially on the re- to keep a diary of his life ; from turns of his birth-day, to ex- which it appears how anxious press his wonder and gratitude he was to be advancing in knowthat his years were so long con- ledge, piety, virtue, and usefultinued. His parents brought ness. As he had the Christian him up in the early knowledge ministry in view, beside his apof religion. His first initiation plication to the languages, he in the learned languages was in read, every morning and evea private school in London. In ning, portions of scripture, with 1712, he was removed to Kings- some commentary upon them ; ton-upon-Thames, and placed and it was seldom, indeed, that at the school there under his he permitted either his schoolgrandfather Bauman. Here he business, or any amusements, continued till 1715, and distin- to divert him from this course. guished himself by his piety He recorded the substance of and diligent application to lite- the sermons he heard, with the rature. The same year, he lost impressions they made upon his father ; and he had been de- him ; noting what was most prived of his mother some time worthy of imitation in the before. · This circunstance, of preacher. his being left an orphan, excited In 1718, Mr. Doddridge left in him very serious, but not the school at St. Alban's, and gloomy reflections ; for he ex- retired to his sister's house, at pressed a devout, and even a Ongar in Essex. Strong as his cheerful trust in the divine pro- inclination was to the ministry, tection.
he had little prospect, from the On his father's death, Mr. narrowness of his circumstanDoddridge was removed to aces, of being able to carry his private school at St. Alban's. wishes into execution. While Here he was happy in forming he was in this state of suspense, an acquaintance with a gentle the dutchess of Bedford, hearing man who behaved to him with of his situation and character, the kindness of a parent-Mr. made him an offer, that, if he (afterward Dr.) Samuel Clark, chose to be educated for the the dissenting minister of the church of England, she would place. What rendered Mr. support the expenses of his edClark's protection particularly ucation, and afterward provide seasonable, was a calamity that for him. This proposal he rebefel Mr. Doddridge. By the ceived with gratitude, but demismanagement of the person clined it in a respectful manner, into whose hands the care of his as he could not comply with the affairs had been entrusted after terms of ministerial conformity. his father's death, he lost the In the distress of his mind, whole of his substance ; and from an apprehension that he had not Providence raised him should not be able to accomplish up such a generous friend, he what was so near to his heart,