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(From the original in the popsifsion of the Family)
Published June 104 1825. for the conurational tw. by BJ.Holdsworth, S.Pauls Church Yard lin
-- MEMOIR OF THE REV. DAVID SOME, ' : LATE OF MARKET HARBOROUGH, LEICESTERSHIRE.
* ; (Concluded from page 229.)
We are indebted to the intimate provement of Mr. Døddridge, who friendship that: so long subsisted had now, (in 1723,), by his becombetween Mr. Some and Dr. Dod- ing the minister of the congregadridge for much that we know of tion at Kibworth, been brought this “ incomparable, man." We again into Mr. Some's neighbourhave thus gained such an acquaint- hood. Mr, Doddridge knew how ance with him, as makes it a sub- to prize sạch valuable assistance: ject of eleep regret that no more of and therefore, in 1725, removed to him is known. We discern the hand Harborough, that he might emof a master, in the few; outlines ,brace more frequent 'opportunities presented us of the original; and of being in the society of a person, their loveliness and grace but ren- as Orton says, “ of such uncomder us the more desirous of haying mon,' piety, zeal, prudence, and the finished portrait. Mr. Some sagacity; and who was, as we appears to bave early.paidatten- learn from another quarter, the tion to his young friend. The in- prime, ornament among the Distimacy forned between MrDod- senting Ministers in this part- of dridge and Mr. Some's only son, the kingdom...“. In him," to use the both then at the Academy,, under Doctor's own words," he had found Mr. John Jennings at Kibworth; a sincere, wise, faithful, and tenwas probably the first occasion of der friend; from him he had met it, which a mutual acquaintance with; all the goodyess he could with each other's excellencies have expected from a father, and served only to increase and con- had received greater assistance firm. Mr. Some, too, we have than from any person, except Dr. reason to believe, was made ac- Clarke, in the affair of his educaquainted with the views that Mr. tion.” To promote Mr. DodJennings entertained of the quali- dridge's views of retirement and fications of young Doddridge, as leisure for study, Mr. Some underthe most suitable of all his pupils took the pastoral care of the to occupy his station, and to per- church at Kibworth, in conjuncfect his plans, should they, by his tion with his own, going thither early death, be left unfinished. once a month to adıninister the Mr. Jennings (as himself seems al- Lord's Supper; when his young most to have foreseen) closed a friend supplied his place at Ashshort course of useful labour in ley and Harborough. Early in 1722; and it is not an improbable the year 1729, Mr. Doddridge was conjecture, that the wish to see chosen assistant to Mr. Some, and his deceased friend's design put the labours of the three congregainto execution induced Mr. Some tions were equally divided between to pay so great regard to the im- them. It was about this time that New SERIES, No. 6.
some circumstances transpired, the assistance and encouragement which eventually issued in what in their power. “ The friendly Mr. Jennings had suggested, and conduct of Mr. Some, and of the Mr. Some had all along had in ministers present on this occasion, view ; viz. the establishment of had great weight in forming Mr. an Academy .under Mr. Dod- Doddridge's determination ; and, dridge's care. It seems, that Mr. after consulting other friends, he Saunders, Dr. Watts, and others, opened his Academy at the Midhad seen and highly approved of summer following.” But Mr. a plan of Lectures, which Mr. Some was not long to enjoy the Doddridge had drawn up for the assistance of his new colleague, use of a friend (who soon after who, towards the latter end of the died): they applied, therefore, to year, was invited to Northampton. Mr. Some, to employ his influence To a compliance with this Mr. to induce his friend and assistant Doddridge was at first averse, and to engage in this laudable design, Mr. Some strongly dissuaded him for which, in their opinion, he was from it, as thinking that he would so well qualified. We need scarce have more leisure at Harborough, say, that Mr. Some immediately than elsewhere, for the business of embraced these first openings of the Academy; and so determined, Divine Providence for the accom- apparently, were both as to the plishing a purposeso near his path of duty, that (as we have heart. He therefore proposed to seen) Mr. Doddridge's name was Mr. Doddridge his undertaking it, inserted in the Ashley trust-deed, and pressed it in the strongest so late as the November of this manner; and, that he might obvi- year, as the future minister of that ate every objection, he had, un- place; yet both were soon afterknown to him, engaged the friends wards convinced of the will of of some young men to place them God in it, and Mr. Some was under his care. It was at this again left alone. Dr. Kippis rejuncture that the Leicestershire marks it as singular, that Mr. ministers had agreed to meet at Some was not present at the ordiLutterworth, (April 10th, 1729,) nation of his friend at Northampto spend a day for humiliation and ton; and that neither Mr. Dodprayer for the revival of religion. dridge, nor his biographer, takes Upon that occasion Mr. Some any notice of the circumstance in preached that admirable discourse, the way of accounting for his abwhich was afterwards printed, con- sence. He conjectures, that Mr. cerning the proper methods to be Some might be detained by some taken for the revival of religion severe illness; and there is reain their respective congregations, son to believe, that that excelfrom Rev. jii. 2;-a sermon which lent man found himself incompegreatly impressed the mind of tent to undertake the whole of his Doddridge, as well as many other work alone, as he soon after was ministers. To this assembly, (we provided with another assistant in are told by Orton,) Mr. Some pro- Mr. John Halford, a native of posed the scheme he had concert- Northampton, who, though he need for the establishment of an ver enjoyed the advantages of an Academy at Harborough, under academical education, possessed the care of his young friend ; in good natural talents, and acquired the propriety and usefulness of a respectable share of learning. which the ministers present unani- From Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordmously concurred, as well as in shire, where he settled in 1730, he Mr. Doddridge's qualifications for was invited to Harborough, to conducting it, and promised all assist Mr. Some, and came there March 31st, 1731. Here he re- only in number, but in a divine inained till September 29th, 1734, sufficiency for their work, and in when he accepted an invitation to the fulness of the blessing of the succeed the Rev. Mr. Sladen, the Gospel of Christ. May a double first pastor of the church meeting portion of that Spirit which has in Back-street, Horsley-down. rested on the most eminent in the Among that people he laboured present day, be upon those that till his death, which happened succeed, that they may do God May 22d, 1763.
more and better service in their · After Mr. Halford's removal to day, than we have done in ours ! London, we are not aware that May vital Christianity live when Mr. Some had any other assist- we are dead ! and may pure reliance to the day of his death; gion and undefiled be propagated though most probably he resigned amongst our children, and our (if, indeed he had not done it be- children's children, when we are fore) his care over the congrega- sleeping in the dust! May that tion at Kibworth, and confined flourish from age to age, and from himself to his more immediate generation to generation, as long charge. In the month of August, as sun and moon shall endure ! 1736, we find him preaching a fu- To these wishes and to these pray.. • neral sermon (before alluded to) ers let all the people say, Amen." for the Rev. Thomas Saunders, of As we have just intimated, Mr. Kettering, with whom he appears Some soon followed his excellent to have been on terms of the great friend to his Saviour's presence, est intimacy, and of whose cha- and his glorious reward. In a racter and labours he gives an in- note appended to an ordination teresting delineation. On this oc- sermon, which Dr. Doddridge casion Mr.“ Some seems to have shortly after preached at Wisfelt the probability of his own re- beach, he alludes to the melanmoval at no distant period—a pre- choly event, and speaks of him as sentiment but too well realized. “ that great man of God, the truly There is something very affecting reverend and excellent Mr. David in the following language, when Some, of Harborough, whom we reflect that the speaker within God was pleased to favour with a a few months afterwards himself serene and cheerful exit, suited to was no more :
the eminent piety and usefulness .“ Several valuable ministers of his life. His dying command haye been removed in the compass hath silenced the attempt which of a few years, and others are in some of his' surviving friends the decline of life : their sun is would gladly have made to emgoing down, their evening shadows balm his memory, for the instruclengthen, and in a little time the tion of those that are yet to come; veil of night will be drawn over but I am well satisfied, that, conthem; and the eye that seeth them sidering how very generally he shall see them no more. Then the was known, he has left a most hogreat concernments of the Re- nourable testimony in the hearts of deemer's kingdom will devolve on thousands, that he was one of the those who are now the rising ge- brightest ornaments of the Gosneration. May the great Lord of pel, and the ministry, which the the harvest send them forth as age hath produced; and that all, able and faithful labourers into his who had any intimacy with him, harvest, to supply the places of must have esteemed his friendship those who are going, or are already amongst the greatest blessings of gone, to a better world! As we life, and the loss of him amongst decrease, may they increase'; not its greatest calamities. He died
May 29th, 1737, in his 57th year; If this had been preserved, it and surely I have never seen great would have proved a valuable er reason to cry out, My father ! present to the lovers of Christian my father ! the chariots of Israel biography; but we fear that it is and the horsemen thereof!"* now irrecoverably lost. In the
The dying words of such emi- Collection of Letters to and from nently holy men have ever been Dr. Doddridge, published some regarded with peculiar interest. years ago by the Rev. Mr. Sted. Mr. Some's were, “ If any ask man, of Shrewsbury, this Me. how David Some died, let it be moir is alluded to in the following answered, that · He sought and manner, page 49: “ I heartily found mercy.'”-An excellent and thank you for the particular acaged Christian, in this neighbours count you have given me of Mr. hood, the son of one of Mr. Some's Some's illness and death; and can members, and but lately deceased, truly say, that if you have not often repeated this saying to the blended the poet with the histowriter, in a way that convinces rian, I never heard of a more him it made at the time no slight christian death, and never read a impression upon the church and more instructive narrative. I think congregation.
it is a pity that what is so edifying Dr. Doddridge preached his Fu- should be concealed from the neral Sermon, which, however, world, therefore could wish that was not published; but he em- the funeral sermon, with his chabraced every opportunity of mani- racter, were made public.” festing his affection for, and his The Rev. Mr. Barker, of Hackhigh sense of the worth of, his de- ney,* who was well acquainted parted friend. In a letter to Mr. with Mr. Some, and was much Steffe he says of him, " Than affected at the news of his death, whom I know none more wise to speaks of him, in a letter to Dr. win souls ;” and, in his Family Doddridge, in the following terms: Expositor, he has preserved a re- “ The mention you make of the mark of Mr. Some's, as a speci. excellent person you have lately men of his judgment and acute- lost affects and afflicts me greatly. ness, and his insight into the cha- There are few such ministers any racters of men, on the finished where, and but few such men in hypocrisy of Judas; viz. that this any age. I knew his modesty was man is never found saying one excessive, but am sorry it has deword of Christ's temporal kiny- prived us of those memoirs, which, dom, though probably the hope touched over by your hand, would of preferment and gain in it was have been very instructive and enthe chief consideration which en- tertaining. But if we must not gaged him to follow our Lord.t read his life and character, let It appears, too, that the Doctor us remember to imitate his exemhad drawn up a particular account plary prudence, piety, and diliof Mr. Some, which he sent to his gence." friend and fellow-student, Mr. Hughes, of Staplehurst; but it is . We need scarcely remind our reaevident, that this was intended ra- ders, that this was the excellent person ther for private circulation among who wrote that inimitable letter to Dr. his friends, than for publication.
no Doddridge during his last illness, which
Orton has preserved, and which, he says,
so affected the Doctor, and melted him * Doddridge's Miscellaneous Works, into tears of gratitude and joy, with the Vol. iii. p. 189, note.
friendship it expressed and the divine
consolations which it administered, that + Doddridge's Family Expositor, Vol.
it was apprehended his tender frame ü, p. 309, note (d) 8vo. edit.
would have sunk under it.