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In the handwriting of Izaak Walton the younger:—
Thomas Ken, Bp. of Bath and Wells, deprived, dyed March 19, 171o-1.
In the handwriting of William Hawkins, the biograplur of Ken :—
Dr William Hawkins my Father dyed July 17, 1691. W. H.
Note C. [Referred to in p. lxx.]
DR DONNE'S (THE YOUNGER'S) LAST WILL AND
A Dieu mon droii.
Video racliora prohoquc Diau est mon droit.
5tu tic name of J5ob, Xmcn. I, John Donne, by the mercy of Christ Jesus, being at this time in good and perfect understanding, do hereby make my last Will and Testament, in manner and form following: First, I give my good and gracious God an intire sacrifice of body and soul with my most humble thanks, for that his blessed spirit imprints in me now an assuredness of salvation of one, and the resurrection of the other; and for that constant and cheerful resolution which the same spirit established in me, to live and dye in the same religion established in England by the known law. In expectation of the resurrection, I desire that my body may be buried in the most private manner that may be, in the churchyard of the parish' where I now live, without the ceremony of calling any officers. And I desire to be carried to my grave by the ordinary bearers of the dead, without troubling any of my friends, or letting them know of my death by any means but by being put into the earth. And I desire my executor to interpret my meaning in this request by my word, and not by his own discretion; who, peradventure, for fashion sake, and apprehending we shall never meet, may think to order things better for my credit; (God be thanked,) I have not lived by juggling, therefore I desire to dye and be buried without any: and not having (as I hope,) been burdensome to my friends in my life, I would not load their shoulders being dead. I desire and appoint the Right Honourable Jerome, Earl of Portland, to be my executor, hoping that for all his cares of me, and kindnesses to me, he will undertake to see this my Will punctually performed, especially concerning my burial. To the most excellent, good, kind, virtuous, honourable Lady Portland, I give all the rest that I have in this Will unbequeathed: and I
do not this foolishly (as may at the first sight appear,) because my lord is my executor, but because I know it will please the gaiety of her humour, which ought to be preserved for all their sakes that have the honour and happiness to be known unto her. To the Right Honourable the Lord Newport, I bequeath the picture of St Anthony, in a round frame. To my very good friend, Mr Jobn Harvy, the picture of the Samaritan, by whose kindness I have been often refreshed. To my good friend, Mr Chr. Gise, Sir Thomas Moor's head, which upon my conscience I think was not more ingenious than his own. And I write this rather as a commemoration than a legacy, for I have always made a difference between kindnesses and courtesies. To Mr George Pitt, I give the picture of my Dutch Fair, which is full of business, but where there is always room for a kindness. And I
- brag of the favours I received from him, because they came not by chance. To my cousin, Henry Stafford, son to my kind friend, Mr William Stafford, I give all my printed books, which although they are of no great value, yet they may seem proportionable to his youth, and may serve as a memorial to incline him to be as indulgent to poor scholars as his father and grandfather have been before him. And by this means I give not only a legacy, but entail it upon other men that deserve their kindness. To my honourable friend, Sir Allen Broderick, I give my cedar table, to
- add a fragour to his excellent writing. To my kind friend, Mr Tho. Killigrew, I give all my doves, that something may descend upon a courtier that is an emblem of kindness and truth. To my servant, Mary Web, if she be with me at the time of my death, I give all my linen that belongs to my personal use, and forty shillings above her wages, if it does not appear
< that she hath occasioned my death; which I have often lived in fear of, but being alone could never help, although I have often complained of my sad condition to my nearest relations, 'twas not fit to trouble others. To Mr Isaac Walton, I give all my writings under my father's hand, which may be of some use to his son, if he makes him a scholar. To the Reverend Bishop of Chichester, I return that cabinet that was my father's, now in my dining-room, and all those papers which are of authors analysed by my father; many of which he hath already received with his Common Place Book, which I desire may pass to Mr Walton's son, as being more likely to have use for such a help, when his age shall require it. These four sides of this small paper being written by my own hand, I hope will be a sufficient testimony that this is my last Will. And such trivial things were not fit for a greater ceremony than my own hand and seal, for
■'I have lived alwaies without all other witnesses but my own conscience, and I hope I have honestly discharged that. I have in a paper annexed something at this present; and may do some things hereafter, which I presume my most honourable good Lord of Portland will see performed.
NotE D. [Referred to in p. lxxxi.]
(From Fulman's MSS. C.C.C. Oxon. vol. xij.)
WALTON'S MEMORANDA RESPECTING JOHN HALES.
"john Hales, the fourth sonne of Jobn Hales of High Church, neer Bath, in Somersetshire, by Brigide his wife, one of the Goldshurghs of Knahill, in Wiltshire, was born in the City of Bath, where his Father then dwelt, (his Grandfather yet living at Highehurch.) His parents being of Gentile quality, kept him to school at Wells and Killmaston in that countrey, till he was fit for the universitie which was about the thirteenth yeare of his age.
He was admitted Scholar of Corpus Christi in Oxford, 1597, Ap. 16.
But being under age, not then swom, till Aug. 17, 1599.
There he continued till he was Bachelor of Arts. Admitt. Jul. 9, 16o3. Determ. Lent following.
16o5. But then by the perswasion of Sir Henry Saville much taken with his excellent parts, he removed to Merton College, where he was chosen Prob. Sept. a. Admitted Oct. 9. Admitted Fellow, Oct. 13, 16o6.
He proceeded to his Master's Degree. Admitted Jun. ao, 16o9. At the Act 16o9, July 1o.
Regius Professor of Greek, 161a, (potius 1613 or 15.) Left it 1619.
He left his Fellowship at Merton College. Admitted Fellow of Eton College, May a4, 1613. 4?
Chaplain to Sir Dudley Carleton, Ambassador to the States; and by that meanes present at the Synod of Dort. Perhaps for that end.
Came to Dort, Nov. 13, 1618. Went away about Feb. 8. V. Lett. pp. 93. 97
In his being there appeares no ground for the story of Episcopius urging Job. 3, 16.
Qu. Whether it were not rather Martinius. V. Lett. pp. 87, 9a. Insignia. Jobannes Halesius Hujus Coll. Socius et Canonicus de Windsor.
Vide Heyl. Life of A. B. Laud, p. 36a, and Parker's Reproof, p. 135, etc. Prob. of Windsor, May (end) 1639.
Turned out of his Fellowship upon the engagement, 1649.
Musarum et Charitum Amor
6 This intelligence I had from a sister of his, being a widow, antient, and in want, named Brigide Gulliford, who came to Oxford to desire reliefe, Jan. ao, 1663. But the Register of C.C.C. Oxf. diff. 1597, Ap. 16: Joliannem Hales natum in villa vocat. Highehurch in com. Somerset. Bathon et Wellens. Dioccs. auatis suae annum agentem decimum tertium circiter festura sive* diem Paschalis ult. preterit, (uti asseruit) in Discip. diet. Coli. admis.
* Easter Day. April 19, 1584.
Nam certe supra mortales emicuit
Hales was born, 1584. Bapt. in St James' Church, Bath, 5 May. King's Professor of Greek, by grant dated 15 Sept. 161a, which took effect shortly after Doctor Perin dying May 3, 1615.
The following is an original Letter of Walton's, inserted in the Collections about yohn Hales:—
"I have told you that he satisfied many scruples, and in order to what followes, I must tell you that a yeare or two after the beginning of the
. long parliament, the citisens and many yong lecturers (scollers of their zeale and pich for Learning, and precedence) had got Mr Brightman's booke or Coment on the Revelations to be reprinted and greatly magnified: in which was so many gros Errors and absurd conclusions about govern
'ment by Bishops, and other explications to the humors and the present ringleaders of the then Parliament (all whereof Brightman is now proved false, and that party not yet ashamed) with which the lecturers and their followers were so transported with Brightman's opinions, that they . swallowed them without chawing, and all thought simple that approved him not.
"About this time comes a friend to Mr Hales (being a neighbour gentleman,) and requests that a kinsman of his that was trobled with some sad thoughts and scruples might obtain a conference with him, in order to the quieting of his minde: which was redyly granted by Mr Hales. When the perplext partie came to him at the howre apoynted, Mr Ha. having taken him into his study, and shut the dore in order to a private and larg discourse with him, the perplext partie being set down takes out of his pocket a bible, turnes to the profit Daniell, reades a part of one of the chapters, askes the meaning of that, and how it was to be reconciled with a part of the revelation of St Jobn. When Mr Ha. had heard him reade, , and heard him make his queries or scruples, he told him, he was mistaken in taking him for a fit man to satisfie his conscience, and that if he wood be satisfied he must goe to some of the young devines now about London, and not come to so old a devine as he was, but they wood doe it readily.
"About the time he was forc't from the Lady Saltrs, that family or collage broke up, or desolv'd, a little before which time, they were resolv'd to have Mr Ha. picture taken, and to that end, a picture maker had promis'd to atend at Ricking to take it, but fail'd of his time, and Mr Ha. being gone thence, dyed not long after. The not having his picture was lamented very much by the societie in wch number the Bishs sister (once Mris Anne King, now the Lady How) undertooke boeth for theirs and her owne satisfaction to draw it, and did so, in black and white, boeth excellently well as to the curiousness and as well as to the likenes. But before she wood shew it to any that knew either him or herselfe, she writ underneth it, this which she ment to be an Apologie for her undertaking it.
Though by a sudden and unfeard surprize,
Thus ill cut Brasses serve uppon a grave,
Which less resemblance of the persons have.
Yon may take notice that she is a most generous and ingenious Lady. Greater friendship 'twixt her and Mr Ha. she has told me he told her he had liv'd 14 days with bere and bred and tosts, in order to try how litell would keepe him if he were sequestered. She told me he would eate very fully at a diner, and of the strongest or coarsest of the mete rather than the finest.
She told me he was never out of Humour but always even, and humble, and quiet, never disturbed by any news, or any losse or any thing that concerned the world, but much affected if his friends were in want or sick.
At his being at Rickkings towards his later end when he was alone he was usually reading Tho. a Kernpis, which of a small print he read without specktacels.
He kept his opinions to himself especially towards his later part of his life: and would often say there was plainness in all necessary trewths.
He was Bowser about that time when in the contest began betwixt the King and Parliament (and) boeth armies had sequestered the College rents: so that he could not get money to pay wages to the servants, or for victuals for the schollers. But after 9 weekes hiding himselfe to preserve the college writings and keyes, he was fore'd to appere, at the end of which time, the old woman that conceal'd him demanded but 6d. a weeke for his browne bread and bere, which was all his meate, and he wood give her l2d. His concealment was so nere the Cottage or Highway, that he said after, pleasantly, those that searched for him might have smelt him, if he had eaten garlick.
This was told me by Mrs Powney, from whome Mr Montague it may be, had (it?) more perfectly.
He lived 5 yeares after he was sequestered. He dyed the 19th of May, Anno —q—, Mrs Powny, and was by his owne comand buried next dayin the Church yeard. He had a monument made for him (by some friend) wcn is now in Eaton church yard.
He was not good at any continuance to get or save money for himselfe; yet he undertook to do it for Sir H. Wotton, who was a neglector of mony, and Mr Ha. told me he had got £yxi together at the time of his deth, a some to which Sir H. had long been a stranger, and would ever have been if he had managed his owne money-business. It was happily got together to bury him, and inable him to doe some offices of honor, and justice, and gratitude, and charitie.