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John Randall

John Randall, B. D.—This zealous minister of Christ was born at Missenden in Buckinghamshire, in the year 1568, and educated first in St. Mary's-hall, then in Trinity college, Oxford, and afterwards elected fellow of Lincoln college. Having entered upon the ministry, he became one of the most noted preachers in the university. In the year 1598, he removed from Oxford, and became rector of St. Andrews, Little Eastcheap, London. In this situation be continued to the end of his days; and by his constant preaching, resolving cases of conscience, and his other ministerial exercises, he went beyond most of his brethren, to the admiration of all who knew him. Though he was uncommonly laborious in the Lord's vineyard, he was mostly exercised with very painful bodily affliction. His learning and piety were unreservedly devoted to public usefulness. It does not, however, appear whether Mr. Randall was ever prosecuted for his nonconformity. He was accounted a zealous and innocent puritan, a judicious and orthodox divine, a harmless and holy man, and one wholly devoted to usefulness in the church of Christ. By his constant and faithful labours, true religion was greatly promoted, many were reclaimed from the ways of ungodliness, and others established in the truth. He died in the beginning of June, 1622, aged fifty-four years; and his remains were interred in his own church.* Mr. Randall was tutor to the famous Mr. Robert Bolton.

His Works.—1. Several Sermons, 1623 —2. The Great Mystery of Godliness, 1624.'—3. A Treatise concerning the Sacraments, 1630.— 4. Catechetical Lectures, 1630.—5. Lectures of the Church, 1631.

• Wood's Athens Ozon. Voi. i. p. 399,400.—Newcourt's Repert. Eccl, vol. i. p. 865.