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1831.] Notices of the Rev. Henry Copinger, of Lavenham. 13 wise I confess, that that charity which is brace, he answered, he intended to be a diont bottomed on justice, is but built on a vine. “ I like it well," said the old gentlefoundered foundation, I am sorry to see man, " otherwise what shall I say to Martin this gentleman's ancient arms (the epidemi- Luther, when I shall see him in heaven ; cal disease of that age) substracted (in point and he knows that God gave me eleven sons, of honour) by the addition of a superfluous and I made not one of them a Minister?" Bordure."
An expression proportionable enough to III. Henry Copinger, the eldest son,
Luther's judgment, who maintained, some
hours before his death, that the saints in succeeded his father at Buxhall. He married Agnes, the seventh daughter another. Ladeham liying fell void ; which
heaven shall knowingly converse one with of Sir Thomas Jermyne, of Rushbroke, both deserved a good minister, being a rich Knt., by Anne his wife, the daughter Parsonage ; and needed so, it being more of Thomas Sprynge, of Lavenham, than suspicious that Dr. Reinolds, late inesq. They had issue eleven sons, of cumbent, who ran away to Rome, had left whom Ambrose was presented by his some superstitious leaven behind him. The father, in 1509, to the rectory of Bux Earl of Oxford, being patron, presents Mr. hall; and died in the following year. Copinger to it, but adding withal that he IV. Henry, the fourth son, was
would pay no tithes of his park, being alborn in 1550, and received his acade
most half the land of the parish. Copinger mical education at St. John's College,
desired to resign it again to his lordship,
rather than by such sinful gratitude to beCambridge, of which Society he was elected Fellow. On entering into holy you be of that miod, then take the tithes,'
tray the rights of the church. « Well ! if orders, he was promoted to a Preben
saith the Earl, •I scorn that my estate dal stall in the cathedral church of should swell with church goods. However, York. By a mandate from Queen it afterwards cost Master Copinger sixteen Elizabeth, he was elected Master of hundred pounds, in keeping his questioned Magdalen College, Cambridge, which, and recovering his detained rights, in suit at her request, and to avoid a forcible with the agent for the next (minor) E. of removal, he afterwards resigned; but
Oxford and others; all which he left to his soon after this, viz. in 1577, he was churches quiet possession; being zealous in presented by the Earl of Oxford, the
God's cause, but remiss in his own. He then patron, to the rectory of Laven
lived forty and five years the painful parson ham. He was an intimate friend of
of Laneham, in which market town there that eminent scholar and renowned
were about pine hundred communicants ; wit of the seventeenth century, the
amongst whom, all his time, no difference
did arise which he did not compound. He Rev. George Ruggle, A.M. and Fellow had a bountiful hand and plentiful purse of Clare Hall, Cambridge, the inge- (his paternal inheritance, by death of elder nious writer of that celebrated drama- brothers, and other transactions, descending tic satire, the comedy of “Ignoramus," upon him), bequeathing twenty pounds in and from him received the following money, and ten pounds per annum, to the legacy :
poor of the parish; in the chancel whereof
he lieth buried under a fair monument, dying “ Item, I give and bequeath to my worthy friend, Mr. Henry Copinger the elder, and twelfth year of his age."
on St. Thomas his day, in the threescore of Lavenham, fifty shillings to make him a ring."
Mr. Copinger deceased on the 21st
of December, 1622, and was interred Dr. Fuller, in his “Church His
in the chancel of the church of Laventory,” gives the following interesting ham ; where, on the north side of the account of this spirited divine :
altar, a very handsome monument is “1622, Dec. 21.--Henry Copinger, for- erected to his memory, of marble and merly Fellow of St. John's College, in Cam. alabaster, gilt and painted. It consists bridge, Prebendary of Yorke, once Chaplain of an arched recess, between two Coto Ambrose Earl of Warwick (whose fune
rinthian pillars, supporting a cornice ral sermon he preached), made Master of
surmounted with the arms of the fa. Magdalene College in Cainbridge, by ber
mily. In this recess are represented, Majesty's mandate, though afterwards re
in alto relievo, the reverend divine and sigoing his right at the Queen's (shall I call it?) request, to prevent trouble, ended
his wife, facing each other, and kneelhis religious life. He was the sixth son of ing before a table, with their hands in Henry Copinger of Bucks Hall, in Suffolke, the attitude of prayer. They are both esquire, by Agnes, daughter of Sir Thomas habited in black, with white ruffs Jermyn. His father, on his death-bed, ask round their necks. Under the princiing him what course of life he would em. pal figures are three compartments.
14 Notices of the Rev. Henry Copinger, of Lavenham. [Jan. In the middle are seen their children years, died peaceably the 21st of Dec. A. habited in black, and kneeling before a covered table ; eight sons, two and
On a tablet underneathtwo, on one side, and four daughters, “ This monument of Dr. Henry Copinger singly, on the other. The first of the was new beautified, Auno Domini 1721, by former is represented cross-gartered Mrs. Judith Brinkley, daughter of Thomas down the leg, in the fashion alluded Burly, gent. and Margaret, his wife, third to by Shakspeare in the fifth act of his daughter and cobeir of Ambrose Copinger, Twelfth Night. On either side of the D. D. by Judith his wife, only daughter of
mbrose monument, upon a pedestal, stands an Roger Keddington, gent. ; which
was second son of the said Henry, and also angel at full length, with a scroll in his hand, on one of which is written, he was buried."
Rector of this parish, and of Buxhall, where “ dilecti accipite coronam vitæ ;” and
In a circle-"Justorum memoria on the other, “mortui venite ad judi
benedicetur.” cium.” Over one angel, on the cornice, “novissimus lectus sepulchrum;"
On the top of the monument are and over the other, “viventes sequen
three escutcheons, viz. :tur mortuos.”
1. The arms of Copinger. On a tablet, on the left hand, is this
Jermyn, Sable, a cres
cent between two mullets in pale, Arg. inscription :
In the centre, six quarterings; viz. “ Sacrum memoriæ Henrici Coppingeri, Ist, Copioger ; 2d, on a bend four ... ; 3d, antiquissima Coppingerorū familiâ, in agro Clopton, Sabl. a bend Arg. between two hoc Suffolciensi, oriundi, hujus ecclesiæ per cotises dancette ; 4th, Arg. a fess between quadraginta et quinque annos pastoris ; pa three boars' heads couped, 5th, Arg. a fess cifici, fidelissimi, et vigilantissimi. Monu. between three bugle horos stringed proper ; mentum hoc, amoris et pietatis ergo, dilec- 6th, Copinger. tissima uxor, Anna, marito optimè merenti,
Under the arch, Clopton impaling heu invita superstes, merens posuit.
Fisher ; viz. Gul, a chevron between Amans maritus, prole fæcundus pater, Sancti pius pastor gregis,
three lions passant Or. Qui sensa dextrè codicis docuit sacri Mr. Copinger devised by his will, * Nec voce quàm vitâ majus ;
dated the 31st Dec. 1621, as follows: Qui largâ abundè favit indigis manu “To four of the most aged, needy, and Securus annonæ domi.
impotent persons in Lanehame, which shall Hic plenus annis, plenior deo, jacet,
be after the death of Ambrose my son, and Secum polo gregem trahens
Judith his now wife, I give all the benefit Mutus jacet; sed lingua quæ vivo decus, and profit which shall arise of the tenement Vitam paravit mortuo.
and yard, which now James Write dwelleth
in and used, and all the free meadow called On a tablet on the left side
the Church Meadow, and the three rood, " This monument was erected at the sole
more or less, of copie lying in that meadow, cost of Mrs. Ann Coppinger, in memory of if the lord of that manor will consent thereher deare husband, the Rev'd and godly unto, to the use of four such parties as bedivine Mr. Henry Copinger, (fourth son of fore be named successively for ever; which Henry Copinger, of Buxhal
, in this county, four persons, proposed to receive that beneesq. by Agnes his wife, daughter to Sir fit, are to be nominated by my sons, WilTho's. Jermine, of Rushbrooke Hall, knt.) liam, Henry, Ralphi, Francis, and Thomas, the painful aud vigilant Rector of this church the parson of the town then being, the headby the space of 45 years, Prebendary of the boroughs of that town, or the greater pummetropolitan church of St. Peter's in Yorke, ber of them; and if all my soos be dead, or Lord of the towne, aud patron of the church being requested to join in choice of any of of Buxhall aforesaide; who marryed Ann, these, refuse, then my mind is, that the daughter to Henry Fisher, of Lione, in Nor parson and headboroughs, if the parson be folk, geot., and by her had 8 sopues and 4 resident, otherwise the greater part of the daughters ; and, after he had lived godly 72 headboroughs without the parson, to make
* For the copy of this will, I am indebted to Mr. M.Keon's interesting " Inquiry into the Charities of Lavenham ;" a work recently published, and which, in its execution, evinces great talent and research. It affords much matter for serious reflection; and if it should, unfortunately, not lead to the reform of any present misapplication of the large bequests which belong to that parish, it will at least serve as a record to preserve the existing funds from future malversation, as well as a lasting proof of the author's benevolent intentions.
15 choice of such as shall receive that help; Barbier d’Aucour, a French advoand if the lord of the manor will not permit cate of talent, married the daughter of the copy plece therein to be applied to that his bookseller, as a discharge of his good use, then I give that copy piece, after
bill. Ambrose and his now wife's death, to Tho
A remarkable story is told of a Idas my youngest son, and his heirs ; the intent of me is that the headboroughs of French dog, in the Variétés sérieuses et Laneham have the estate of the land to the
amusantes. The bridge St. Michel at only use beforesaid.”
Paris fell down in 1616; a child, who Ambrose having died in or about
was buried among the ruins, owed the Nov. 1644, and Judith his wife on the
preservation of his life to two beams 3d of Nov. 1675, the charity was,
which struck against each other in soon after the demise of the latter, ap
falling, and formed a sort of shed over plied in accordance with the will of him. A dog happened to be close to
his side, and escaped in the same the testator. The following account of the first
Finding himself a prisoner,
he barked with all his might, and drew appointment of persons to partake of several persons to the spot, who extrithe charity, is extracted from the
cated him ; but missing the child, who “ Account Book :"
had not been observed, he returned to “Of all the five sonnes which the donor,
the ruins, resumed his former place, by his will, did appoint to joyne with the
and began to bark again, till he atparson and headboroughs of the towne, in tracted attention once more, and was the choice of the foure poore persons,
taken out, as well as the child. there was none that was alive at the death of Mrs. Judith Copinger, save only Mr. Henry,
Louis XII. said that lawyers treat who, being requested to joyne in the said the laws as shoemakers do leather ; choice, did refuse, and made his owne re
they stretch, bend, and batter them, quest to the other electors that he himself
till they bring them to what shape they might be chosen for one of the foure to par please. take of the benefit. To whoin, being very Hobbes observes, that ignorance of aged and low in estate, his said request was true principles is less dangerous than readiely granted.”
pertinacity in false ones.
Manilius has a line well worth the FOREIGN LITERARY FRAGMENTS.
attention of Reviewers :-" Pro captu MR. URBAN,
Jan. 2. lectoris habent sua fata libelli.” ONE of the earliest specimens of a To think and reason justly in a conDiatessaron, is the third part of Le fined sphere, says a French writer, is Romant des trois Palerinaiges, 4to. b. by no means easy. This should be l. 15.-The first part contains the Life suggested to those who are fond of soof Man in this world; the second, litude. treats of the soul separate from the The well-known lines,“ Sunt aries, body; and the third is a life of Jesus taurus, &c.” were made by Anianus, Christ, compiled from the four Gos an astronomer of the 15th century, pels. The author was Guillaume de author of a Latin poem on astronomy. Guileville, monk of Chaaliz (Chalus ?). Angran d'Alleray, a magistrate of
The first mention of the Small-pox Paris, was brought before the revoluis in an essay on that disorder, by Aa- tionary tribunal, in 1794, at the age ron of Alexandria, a priest and physi of 69, on the charge of having forcian of the seventh century. He de- warded money to the royalists. He rives its origin from Egypt, where the acknowledged that he had done so to Arabs caught it, and introduced it by M. de la Luzerne, his son-in-law. their conquests into Europe.
“Were you ignorant that the law forThomas d'Andrada, a Portuguese bade it ?” said one of the judges. monk of the Augustine order, followed “No,” he replied; “but the law of Don Sebastian into Africa, and was nature spoke louder to my heart than taken prisoner at the battle of Alcazer the law of the republic.” Kebir. The court sent over a suffi The practice of computing by the cient sum of money to purchase his æra of Jesus Christ, was first invented freedom, but he nobly preferred re by Dionysius, surnamed the Less, a maining in slavery, that he might Roman monk, in the year 532. console his fellow-captives. He com Vosgieu (l'advocat) says, in his Dicposed a little treatise, on the Sufferings tionnaire Géographique, that one part of Christ, during his detention, which of the city of Orense, in Spain, which has been often re-printed.
is situated at the foot of a hill, suffers
16 Remarks on French Writers.--Syrian Christians. (Jan. the severest cold, while another quar- nice, that of the Gracchi, and the hister enjoys the mildness of spring. tory of Don Carlos, are now regarded,
Who is the author of the pentame- and with reason, as ingenious roter, which alludes to the frequent vi- mances, which contain nothing true cissitudes of the Margraviate of Bran- but the names of the parties, and some denburgh?
facts which are too much adapted to Mutavit dominos Marchia sæpe suos.
his brilliant imagination. In spite of Kirloff, a living Russian poet, is the these defects, we cannot refuse him auth of several dramatic pieces, but the praise of genius, and of having his fame is chiefly owing to his talents shed over his style a seductive illusion, as a fabulist. The Countess Orloff, which makes us regret that we cannot an admirer of his writings, formed add conviction to the interest which the idea of extending their reputation he produces in the mind of his readers.
-Ibid. throughout Europe, by translations ;
CYDWELI. but her design was interrupted by death, in 1824. However, her hus Mr. URBAN,
Jan. 3. band completed it, and published two THE Syrian Christians of St. Thovolumes with French and Italian ver mas, in the South of India, appear, sions. The principal French poets, of from the narrative of Dr. Buchanan, both sexes, were concerned in the to be a very interesting people, though, work, particularly Ségur, Daru, Jouy, indeed, the late Bishop Heber, a less the Delavignes, Rouget de l'Isle (au- sanguine judge, was inclined to think thor of the Marsellais Hymn), Stassart, his representations overcharged. One Madame Delphine Gay, &c. The ty of the most obscure points in their hispographical part was executed by Fir- tory is the origin of their name ; some min Didot. On account of the many referring it to St. Thomas the Apostle, composers, this work has been com and others, I believe, to a Nestorian pared to the famous Garland of Julia. missionary of the sixth century.
CYDWELI. There is, however, a legend on this
subject, which ought to be examined, CRITICAL REMARKS ON FRENCH even if rejected at last. I mean the WRITERS.
Apostolical History of Abdias, discoCharacter of Crevier.-His arrange- vered by Wolfgang Lazius in a monasment of facts (in the History of the tery of Germany, and published in Roman Empire) does not want order: 1551. It is supposed to have been it contains just remarks, useful reflec. written about the sixth century, and tions, and good feeling in the course of to have been framed from older matethe narrative; but the style is heavy, rials, perhaps from the apocryphal diffuse, generally careless, faulty, and Acts of the Apostles. I have not seen without elevation.—Sabatier de Cas it myself, but extract this information tres.
from a French miscellany. Maupertius.—Good philosopher, and The chapters are entitled as follow : able literatist. In his works, elegance 1. Peter; 2. Paul; 3. Andrew (nodoes not detract from depth, or pre- thing is said of his coming into Scot. cision from perspicuity. Method ren land); 4. James the Great; 5. John; ders every thing intelligible, as well as 6. James the Less, Simon, and Jude; easy to retain. By turns, geometri. 7. Matthew; 8. Bartholomew; 9. cian, astronomer, naturalist, geogra- Thomas ; 10. Philip. The labours of pher, moralist, he is always an in- Bartholomew, as well as of Thomas, structive and amusing writer, because are placed in India, but in what part lessons are pleasing when they do not is not mentioned in the extract. The come as lessons, and when one has legend of Thomas is as follows : the art of informing, without the re An Indian merchant passing through pulsive tone of dictation.-Ibid. Syria, stopped at Jerusalem. The
Saint Real.- Pupil of Varillas, whose Deity appeared to him in open day, in style, taste, and love of the marvellous, a human form, and demanded what he has adopted. However, he excels brought him so far from his country. his master in purity of style, and ex He replied, that he came from his actness of language, and has more master, King Gundafer, and was seekability, though he has written less. ing a skilful architect to build him a If he had rejected untrue anecdotes, palace. He was led to the house of and chosen better authenticated facts, St. Thomas, who was pointed out to his pieces of history might have passed him as a fit person, and they departed
inodels; but his conspiracy of Ve. together for India. They arrived after
1831.) Syrian Christians of St. Thomas in India. a journey of three months, which in deeply impressed during sickness. ordinary cases took as many years. The rapid acknowledgment of the gosThe merchant presented the apostle to pel by king and people is no more exthe king, who pointed out the site of traordinary than the conversion of our his future palace, outside the town, Ethelbert of Kent. I can imagine, and departed to another city till it also, that St. Thomas exhorted Christ-. should be finished. Coming one day ian married women to separate from to see it, he found no building what idolatrous husbands, when there was ever begun; and in his fury he bade no hope of converting them. And the apostle shew it, or prepare for in- this, by exasperating the men, might stant death. It is finished, said the have been the cause of his cruel death, apostle, but you cannot see it now; There is an account of the Syrian you will see it, and inhabit hereafter. Church, by Professor Lee, appended The king in a rage ordered him to be to the Seventeenth Report of the cast into prison.
Church Missionary Society. It
apAt this time the king's brother fell pears that John, Bishop of India, ill; some days after, he told the king signed the acts of the Council of Nice, that two men had led him to the pa in 325. (Query, was he a titular Bilace which the apostle had built, and shop, residing nearer home?) he was so charmed with it, that he re Cosmas Indicopleustes, who flourished quested it for himself. This struck in the sixth century, mentions exthe king (the legend says converted pressly church of the faithful in Ceyhim); he went in person to the prison, lon, and at Malabar. From this time asked the apostle's pardon, and de- downward, their history is clear. clared his belief in the Deity he Particulars concerning them are to be preached. Seven days after, St. Tho- found in all Histories and Dictionaries mas baptised the king, his brother, and of Religions, in the Asiatic Researches, all his people. After this, he traversed and in various recent works. the whole of India, preaching the gos The wishes of many pious persons, pel, healing the sick, raising the dead, to promote an union between this and casting out devils. In the terri. church and the English in India, have tory of King Mesdeus, he exhorted his not yet been blest with any permanent female converts to quit their earthly effect. spouses, being now united to a hea The name of Menezes, Archbishop venly one. This, and the strict conti of Goa, is well known as the persecunence he enjoined, raised him invete tor of these primitive protestants. The rate enemies; they complained to the Dictionnaire Historique, 1827, gives a king, who sent some of his soldiers to short notice of him. Alexis de M. dispatch him, which they did with was born at Lisbon, in 1559; entered
into the Augustine order ; was nomi. I have omitted in this abstract some nated Archbishop of Goa, on the union of the legendary tales, which only dis of the two Crowns of Spain and Por. figure the story. There appears, how- tugal, and Viceroy of the Indies, in ever, to be a vein of truth running 1607. In 1608, he was appointed through it. Tradition leads us to be. Archbishop of Braga, and returned lieve that St. Thomas preached in In home; in 1614, he was constituted dia. That he should have gone thither Viceroy of Portugal, and in 1616, he with a merchant whom he met at Je fixed his residence at Madrid, as Prerusalem, is quite probable; he may sident of the Council for Portuguese have preached the gospel to King Affairs. He died at Madrid, in 1617. Gundafer by the metaphor of a palace, A journal of his voyage to the Indies as that monarch's thoughts were then (Visitation, I presume), was pubemployed on building one. Such is lished by Antonio de Gouveau, at the language of Rev. xxi. and of many Coimbra, in 1606. The Virorum illuspassages in the prophets ; though of trium ex ordine eremitarum div. Auguscourse I do not mean to imply that tini elogia, contains a tribute to his St. Thomas quoted his contemporary memory, far different from the horror John. The king, far from understand in which his memory is held at Maing the apostle, may have been irritated, labar. and have imprisoned him ;. while his Yours, &c.
M. brother's mind may have been more Gent. Mag. January, 1831.