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Henry the Seventh's Chapel, Westminster, by Dr. Thomas Sprat, Bishop of Rochester, and Dean of that Church, Decem. 19, 1686. And July 9, 1687, he was collated to the Vicarage of Boughton under the Blean, by Archbishop Sancroft. And by the same Archbishop he was allowed to hold the Vic Carage of Hernbill adjoining to Boughton, by Sequestration : Both which Churches he supplied himself, preaching one Part of the Day at one Church, and the other at the other:
Although he entered so young upon the Cute of Souls, yet by his first Sermon he convinced his Parishioners, and all others that heard him preach it, which were not a few, that he was well qualified for that Charge. His Text was Heb. XIII. 17. Obey them that have the Rule over you, and submit your felves : For they watch for your
Souls as they that must give an Account : That ļ they may do it with yoy, and not with Grief :
Far that is unprofitable for you. From which Words he took Occasion to inform them what was his own Duty to them, and how he purposed faithfully to discharge it, and also what he might reasonably expect from them. And this he did in fuch a Manner, as to convince all that heard him, that; as young
as he was, he very well understood his Of. fice, and how he ought to execute it, and that he was not a person whose Youth they might despise. And he proceeded answerable to this Beginning ; so that he was both beloved, and respected, in both his Parishes : And was soon taken Notice of by the neighbouring Clergy of Canterbury, and the adjacent Parts, as one no Ways inferior, except in Age, to any Parish-Priest in the Diocese.
In the Year 1689, Oɛtober 24, he married Margaret the Daughter of Thomas Jenkin, Gent. of the Isle of Thanet, and Sister to the Reverend Dr. Robert Jenkin, late Master of St. John's College in Cambridge, and to the Reverend Mr. Henry Jenkin, Rector of Tilney in Norfolk.
About this Time there was one Sale, a vile Fellow, who had counterfeited Holy Orders, and forged Letters of Ordination for that Purpose, who came into this Diocese, and taking Advantage of the Confusion oC cafioned by the Revolution, and when Archbishop Sancroft was under Suspension, and before Archbishop Tillotson was consecrated, he made it his Business to find out what Live ings were held by Sequestration only, and got the Broad Seal for one for himself, and apother for his Father, for whom he had 3 .
Hlo forged Letters of Orders. Mr. Johnson hereupon thought it necessary to take Institution to Hernhill, to prevent Sale, or any such Persons, depriving him of that Benefice. And the Archbishop being then only sufpended ab Officio, not a Beneficio, presented him to Hernbill, to which he was instituted, O&tober 16, 1689, by Dr. George Oxenden, Vicar-General to the Archbishop, but at that Time to the Dean and Chapter of Canterbury, Guardians of the Spiritualities, during the Archbishop's Suspension. But as the Living had been held by Sequestration so long as to be lapsed to the Crown, he found it necessary to corroborate his Title with the Broad Seal, which was obtained April 12, 1690.
In the Year 1697 the Vicarage of St. Fohn's, to which the Town of Margate in the Ifle of Thanet belongs, becoming void, Archbishop Tenison the Patron, considering the Largeness of the Cure, was very desirous to fix upon some better than ordinary qualified Person to supply it, and could think of no one so proper for it as Mr. Johnson, and therefore entreated him to undertake the Care of that Place : And because the Benefice was very small, and the Cure very great, the Archbishop collated him to the Vicarage of
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Appledore, on the Borders of Romney Marsh, on the first Day of May 1697, but Mr.
Fohnson chose to hold Margate by Sequeftration only. At this place he was no less beloved, and respected, than he had been at Boughton. And having now two Sons ready to begin to be instructed in Learning, he would not send them abroad to School, but taught them himself, saying, that he thought it as much the Duty of a Father to teach his own Children, if he was capable to do it, as it was for the Mother to give them Suck in their Infancy. And because he believed they would learn better in Company than alone, he took two or three Boarders to teach with them, being the Sons of fome particular Friends. He was much importuned by several others of his Acquaintance to take their Sons, but he refused. For he was well known, and his Ability in all Parts of Learning so much esteemed, that though he lived in a Corner of the County, yet he might have had a large House full of Boarders, if he had pleased. But finding that he could not attend his little School, and his great Cure, and his Studies in such Manner as he desired to do, he' humbly entreated his Patron the Archbishop' to give him Leave entirely. to quit Margate, and retire to his
Curę Cure at Appledore, which with some Difficulty was at last granted him : But not till his Grace had made Inquiry throughout his Diocese, and the University, for one that might be fit to succeed him.
He settled at Appledore in the Year 1703, and as soon as his eldest Son went to the University, which he did before the Age of fifteen, in the Year 1705, he dismissed all his Boarders, sending his other Son to School, till he was of Age to be put out an Apprentice. He seemed much pleased with Appledore, at his first Retirement thither, as a Place where he could follow his Studies without Interruption. But this Satisfaction was not of long Continuance. For that marshy Air in a Year or two's Time brought a fevere Sickness both on himself and his whole Family, so that they were all like to die in their Turn; but it pleased God they all escaped at that Time. However his Conftitution, which till then had been very strong and vigorous, was so broken by the Sickness he there fell into, that he never perfectly recovered it afterwards. This made him desirous to remove from thence as soon as he could. And the Vicarage of Cranbrook becoming void, he desired the Archbilhop to bestow it on him, which his Grace readily
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