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College, Oxford, in Lent term 1817; and after obtaining mathematical honours in Michaelmas term 1820, proceeded in due course to the degrees of B.A. and M.A.
In the autumn of 1826 he received the appointment of Commissioner of Stamps, which he resigned in 1840. years he was a member of the Geological Society of London. In June 1828 he married.
In 1833 and following years he engaged zealously in the revival which took place of the ecclesiastical principles of the seventeenth century, and was one of the earliest assistants and supports of a friend, who at that time commenced the
Series called the Tracts for the Times.
That most intimate friendship, which began with the first months of his resi
dence at Oxford, shewed itself also in his contributions to the Lyra Apostolica, which bear the signature of a, and in several articles which he wrote in the British Critic between the years 1836 and 1841.
The articles referred to are those upon the “Rise of the Papal Power” in July 1836; on “Gothic Architecture” in April 1837; on the “British Association” in January 1839; and on “the Church in the Mediterranean” in July 1841.
In the spring of 1839 he had the first attack of the malady which ultimately proved fatal. On his apparent recovery in the autumn he went abroad with his family for the winter; which he passed at Malta. On his return in the course of the ensuing spring, he put to press his
“ Life and Pontificate of Gregory VII.," which had been written in previous years, during his intervals of leisure from official duties.
His complaint returned in the summer of 1843; throughout a long illness, the gifts of clearness and equability of mind, and of a gentle, cheerful, composed spirit, with which he had ever been blessed, were mercifully increased to him. He died in the early morning of Sunday, September 15, 1844, in undoubting communion with the Church of Andrewes and Laud. He was buried at Fulham, which had been the home of his childhood and youth. He lives still here, the light and comfort of many hearts, who ask no happier, holier end than his.
J. H. N.
In festo S. Beda, 1845.
1. IN THE BEGINNING GOD CREATED THE HEAVEN AND THE EARTH.
FROM the mention of “heaven" in this place, we may learn that, though the creation of the earth—that is, of the visible system of things to which we externally belong—is the matter here literally treated of, yet that the narrative is intended, when fully understood, also to inform us respecting that better system, or order, of creation to which the regenerated members of Christ's Church, internally and spiritually, belong; and which, in many subsequent parts of Holy Scripture, is spoken of as “ the kingdom of heaven.” And from the word “heaven in the text being put before “earth,”
we may infer that the creation of this spiritual kingdom or world, is in truth the chief and primary object of the opening chapter of Genesis ; the creation of the visible and external world being but a subordinate one.
It is said God created heaven and earth“ in the beginning.”
Now the highest sense in which this phrase, “the beginning," is used in Holy Scripture is to denote our Lord Jesus Christ. “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lordo.” Again, we read in the Epistle to the Ephesians, that God "created all things by Jesus Christb;" and that “we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works.” And as it is impossible to conceive that any agreement or coincidence of expressions which we can discover in Holy Scripture was, to
a Rev. i. 8.
6 Ephes. iii. 9.
• Ibid. ii. 10.