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Biographia Evangelica.

EZEKIEL HOPKINS, D. D.

BISHOP Or DERRY, In IRELAND.

EZEKIEL HOPKINS, a learned Bishop, whose works are in good esteem, was born in 1633, in the parish of Credhon, near Exeter, in DevonJbire, and was son to 'the curate of Sandford, a chapel of ease belonging to Credhon. In 1649 he became a chorister of Magdalen-College, Oxford, usher of the school adjoining when bachelor of arts, chaplain of the college when master, and would have been sellow had his county qualified him. All this time he lived and was educated under prelbyterian and independent discipline; but, upon the restoration of K. Charles II. being a doctrinal calvinist, and a real professor of the most essential articles of the church of England; he found no difficulty in his mind for a full conformity to its outward ritual, when re-established by law; persuaded that more good might be done in the church than out of it, both because there were more opportunities of attempting it, and because there, in consequence of the larger and more mixed multitude, it was most of all wanted. He was first, by the interest of Sir Thomas Viner, made lecturer of the parish of Hack' ney near London, where he continued till the act of conformity was published, and might have been chosen a lecturer in London, but the bishop would not permit it, 'because he was a popular preacher, Mr. Wood fays, 1 among the fanatics.' At the Restoration, the men of the church were much changed; but the dtclrines of the Vol. J.V. B church church continued the same. Some fiery Armimans took the lead, and, instead of compromising differences (as they had then a favorable opportunity to do), they, or too many of them, sought the indulgence of revenge by trampling all dissenters under their feet. It is not to be doubted, but that the great majority of the hundreds, who were ejected in 1662, would have gladly conformed by healing measures, both to preserve their maintenance and to enjoy a larger sphere of usefulness. All moderate men (and moderate men are the only wife men) must look pack with regret upon those times, when, to the great scandal of the protestant religion and of christianity itself, the ministers of peace became ministers of war, and, instead of embracing and forgiving and reclaiming, seemed too eager to bite and de-jour one another. Pudet hac opprobria nobis. After some considerable time, he was promoted to tiie parish church of St. Mary Woolnorth, in Lombard Street. But, on account of the plague, he retired to Exeter, where he was so much approved of and applauded for his excellent manner of preaching, especially by Dr. Scth Ward, bishop of that diocese, (who was himself a true bishop and real friend of the church) that he presented him to the parish of St. Mary Arches in that city. 'John lord Roberts, baron of Truro, happened to hear him preach at this place, and was so much pleased with his abilities, (for he was, as the late Mr. Hervey* styled him, 'a fervent and affectionate' preacher) that, soon after upon his own appointment to be lord lieutenant of Ireland, he took him with him in the quality of chaplain, and in the fame year, viz. 1669, gave him his daughter in marriage, and conserred upon him the treasurership of Waterfotd, and, in the year following, the deanry of Raphoe. In the spring afterwards, he strongly recommended him to the favor of his successor, Johnlord Berkeley, of Stratton, who, on the twenty-seventh of O/leber, 1671, promoted him to the see of Raphoe; to which he was consecrated in Christ-Chureh, Dublin, by James, archbishop of Armagh, assisted by the bishops of Clogher, Waterford, and Derry.

On the eleventh of November, 1681, ten years after, he was translated to the bishoprick of Derry. In 1688, on account of the troubles in Ireland, he returned to England for safety, and was made minister of the parish of St. Mary, Aldermanbury, or, as others fay, of St. Laurence,

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