1893 text

Thomas Gouge (1609-1681), an eminent Presbyterian minister, son of William Gouge, D.D. (lecturer at and afterwards Rector of St. Anne’s, Blackfriars). He was vicar of the parish of St. Sepulchre from 1638 until the Act of Uniformity, in 1662, forced him to resign his living.

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Thomas Gouge, minister of St. Sepulchre's in London, from the year 1638, to 1662, was son of Dr. William Gouge of Black Friars. He was, throughout his life, a person of exemplary piety; and was, especially in the latter part of it, such an example of charity, as none but men of fortune, and of enlarged and benevolent minds like his own, could imitate. He caused many thousand copies of the " Bible," "Church Catechism," "Practice of Piety," and "Whole Duty of Man," to be printed in the Welch language, and dispersed over Wales; where he set up three or four hundred schools. He constantly travelled over that country once or twice a year; where he inspected every thing relating to the schools himself, and instructed the people both in public and private. He was author of several practical books, which he usually distributed gratis wherever he went. He was a stranger to the narrow bigotry of sects, and loved good men of every denomination. He was constantly chearful, and scarce ever knew what sickness was. He died in his sleep, with a single groan , in the year 1681, and the 77th of his age. His funeral sermon was preached by Dr. Tillotson, who speaks thus of him; "There has not, since the primitive times of Christianity, been many among the sons of men, to whom the glorious character of the Son of God might be better applied, that He went about doing good." He is said to have conformed to the church some time before his death.
---A Biographical History of England. J. Granger, 1779.

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