The Sinner Impeded in His Own Court, in which are represented the great discouragements from sinning, Thomas Pierce, Rector of Brington in Northamptom-shire.
Printed by R. N. for R. Royston, Book-seller to the King=s most excellent majesty (
London , 1670).
This is a third edition, but it is very rare,
Pierce was an English Puritan (though not fully in accord with the Westminster Confession. Since this book is the third edition of this work in 1670).
Cloth bound, cover loose on inside. Hardly any foxing.
Several pages of contents. Large type, perhaps 13 point. Wide margins with annotations.
Handwritten notes simply saying, AYes@ in the margins.
The subtitle has this: AWherein are represented The great Discouragements from sinning, which the Sinner receiveth from sin itself@ In other words, sin is its own punishment in this life, as well as in Hell later. The sinner lives in a preliminary Hell on earth. He writes in the Preface, A@And first of all I remember that the whole duty of a Christian does lye wrapt up in these two Bottoms, his ceasing to do evil, and his learning to do well@ Note that there was some words spelled differently than what our dictionary now says. How wonderful it would be if someone would take this theme and develop it for today=s sinners, and for today=s Christians.
“Dr Thomas Pierce..[b.1622], son of John Pierce of the Devises,…was successively chorister, Demy, and Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxon. In 1648 on suspicion of having written a Satire against the Parliament Visitors he was ejected from his Fellowship. Upon the Restoration of the King he was made Canon of Canterbury and Prebendary of Lincoln, and in 1661 upon the death of Dr. Oliver he was elected President of Magdalen. But the fellows not agreeing under his government he resigned the office 1671, and in 1675 was promoted to the Deanery of Salisbury. He was esteemed both as a poet and a preacher, had great quickness and sagacity and was much exercised in the controversies handled in those times. The catalogue of his writings which were various and numerous occurs in Wood’s history of the
Oxford writers, (Athen. Oxon. Vol ii. Col. 858, &c. Bridge’s Northamp. I. 478.) Whilst Rector of Brington Co. Northampton, he printed a Sermon preached at
St. Paul ’s November 10th, 1658, “before the gentlemen of Wilts: it being the day of their yearly feast.” He died in 1691 at Tidworth, Wilts, where Robert Pierce was Rector. At Brington he was “much followed for his smooth and edifying way of preaching,” but says Mr. Baker the Historian of Northamptonshire (
I. 92) “in his controversial writings there was more of the bitterness of gall than the smoothness of oil.” His scarce pamphlet called “A Vindication of the King’s Sovereign rights,” relating to the patronage of the Prebends of Sarum, and printed at the end of Dr. Rawlinson’s Antiquities of the Cathedral Church of Salisbury, is said to have hastened the death of Bishop Seth Ward, his opponent in that controversey.”
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