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pearance, deep in contemplation, and not inclinable to discourse; which gave the doctor occasion to inquire his present thoughts : to which he replied, " That he was meditating the number and nature of angels', and “ their blessed obedience and order, without which, peace could not be in “ heaven; and oh! that it might be so on earth!” After which words, he said, “ I have lived to see this world is made up of perturbations, and I “ have been long preparing to leave it, and gathering comfort for the dread“ ful hour of making my account with God, which I now apprehend to be “ near : And though I have by his grace loved him in my youth, and feared “ him in mine age, and laboured to have a conscience void of offence to “ him, and to all men; yet if thou, O Lord, be extreme to mark what I “ have done amiss, who can abide it? And, therefore, where I have failed, “ Lord, shew mercy to me; for I plead not my righteousness, but the for“ giveness of my unrighteousness, for his merits who died to purchase a
pardon for penitent finners. And since I owe thee a death, Lord, let it “ not be terrible, and then take thine own time; I submit to it! Let not “ mine, O Lord, but let thy will be done!" With which expression he fell into a dangerous slumber ; dangerous as to his recovery; yet recover he did, but it was to speak only these few words: “ Good doctor, God “ hath heard my daily petitions ; for I am at peace with all men, and he “is at peace with me; and from which blessed assurance, I feel that inward “joy which this world can neither give nor take from me.” More he would have spoken, but his spirits failed him; and, after a short conflict betwixt nature and death, a quiet sigh put a period to his last breath, and fo he fell asleep?.
» That Mr. Hooker in the full vigour of his understanding did lift up his eyes as it were from the footstool to the throne of God to consider the state of heavenly and divine creatures, see “ Ecclef. Polity,” B. I. S. iv. “ The subject which engaged Mr. Hooker's dying thoughts “ought conftantly to engage our living ones; since in the prayer composed and delivered out “ to his disciples by our Lord and Saviour, the obedience of the angels is proposed as the pat“ tern to be imitated by us, as the copy after which we should diligently write, Thy will be “ done on earth as it is in heaven." (Bilbop Horne's Sermons, Vol. IV. p. 322.)
2 He died Nov. 2, 1600. Thus the day of his death was noted by Archbishop Laud, in the title-page of his copy of “ The Ecclesiastical Polity."
And here I draw his curtain, till with the most glorious company of the patriarchs and apostles, the most noble army of martyrs and confessors, this most learned, most humble, holy man, shall also awake to receive an eternal tranquillity, and with it a greater degree of glory than common Christians shall be made partakers of. In the mean time, Bless, O Lord! Lord, bless bis brethren, the clergy of this nation, with ardent defires, and effetual endeavours to attain, if not to his great learning, yet to his remarkable meekness, bis godly fimplicity, and his Christian moderation : for these are praise-worthy; these bring peace at the last! And let the labours of his life, his most excellent writings, be blessed with what he designed when he undertook them: which was glory to thee, O God on high, peace in thy church, and good will to, manę kind. Amen, Amen..
TO THE LIFE OF MR. RICHARD HOOKER.
A ND now having by a long and laborious search satisfied myself, and, I I hope, my reader, by imparting to him the true relation of Mr. Hooker's life ; I am desirous also to acquaint him with some observations that relate to it, and which could not properly fall to be spoken till after his death, of which my reader may expect a brief and true account in the following Appendix.
And first, it is not to be doubted but that he died in the forty-seventh, if not in the forty-sixth year of his age; which I mention, because many have believed him to be more aged; but I have so examined it, as to be confident, I mistake not; and for the year of his death, Mr. Camden, who in his “ Annals of Queen Elizabeth,” 1599, mentions him with a high commendation of his life and learning, declares him to die in the year 1599; and yet in that inscription of his monument“, set up at the charge of Sir
* The following is an accurate copy of the inscription on Mr Hooker's monument :
SUNT MELIORA MIHI. RICHARDUS HOOKER EXONIENSIS SCHOLARIS SOCIUSQ; COLLEGII CORP. XTII OXON: DEINDE LONDINIIS TEMPLI INTERIORIS IN SACRIS MAGISTER RECTORQ; HUJUS ECCLÆ. SCRIPSIT VIII LIBROS POLITIÆ ECCLESIASTICÆ ANGLICANÆ, QUORUM TRES DESIDERANTUR. OBIIT ANO DOM. MDC ÆTATIS SUÆ L. POSUIT HOC PIISIMO VIRO MONUMENTUM ANO DOM. MDCXXXIII. GULI. ELMUS COWPER ARMIGER IN CHRISTO JESU QUEM GENUIT PER EVANGELIUM. Cor. iv. 15.
William Cooper in Borne church, where Mr. Hooker was buried, his death is said to be anno 1603, but doubtless both are mistaken; for I have it attested under the hand of William Somner the archbishop's register for the province of Canterbury, that Richard Hooker's will bears date October the 26th in anno 1600, and that it was proved the third of December following. And this attested also, that at his death he left four daughters,
Sir William Cowper, who erected this monument, was the great grandfather of William, the first Earl Cowper, Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain. He was created first a Baro. net of Nova Scotia, and afterward a Baronet of England in 1641. He suffered imprisonment, the loss of his son, and other great calamities, for his fidelity to Charles I. He outlived all his troubles, residing at his castle of Hertford, and famed for his hospitality, charity, and other Christian virtues, ofteny visiting his poor neighbours at their houses, and relieving them in private according to their necessities.
• The following is extracted from the registry of the archdeacon's court of Canterbury.
In the name of God amen This life and twentieth of Datober in the yeare of our Lold one thousand and lire hundred J Richard Hooker of Bilhopesbojne though äcke in bodye yet Counde in minde thankes be unto allmightye God doe opdaine and make this my laŭ will and testament in manner and forme following fict 1 bequeth my soule unto Allmightye God my creatoz hopinge alluredly of my Calvation purchased thorough the death of Christ Jesus and my bodye to the earth to be buried at the discretion of mine erecuto: Item 1 give and bequeth unto niy daughter alice Hooker one hundred pounds oflawfull Englishe money to be paide unto her at the daye of her marriage Item 1 give and bequeth unto my daughter Cicilye Hooker one hun: dred pounds of lawful Englithe money to be paid unto her at the daye of her marriage Item 1 give and bequethe unto my daughter Jane Hooker one hundred pounds of law: ful Englishe inoney to be paid unto her at the day of her marriage Item 3 give unto my daughter azargaret Hooker one hundred pounds of lawful Englishe moneye to be paid unto her at the day of her marriage and if it shall happen any of my laid daugh: ters to departe this life befove the daye of their said marriage then I will that her Od their poction Co dieinge shal be equally divided amonge her od their filters survivinge Item 1 give and bequeth unto the pool of the pilhe of acha live pounds of lawful money to be paid unto them by mine erecutol Item I give unto the poole of the pithe of Bilhopesbozne fiftye lillings of lawfull Englishe money to be paid unto them by mine erecutol Item I give and bequeth three pounds of lawful Englilhe money to wards the buildinge and makeing of a nese and suficient pulpett in the pilhe church
Alice, Cicily, Jane, and Margaret ; that he gave to each of them a hundred pounds; that he left Joane his wife his fole executrix; and that by his inventory his estate (a great part of it being in books) came to 10921. gs. 2d. which was much more than he thought himself worth; and which was not got by his care, much less by the good housewifery of his wife, but saved by his trusty servant Thomas Lane, that was wiser than his master in getting money for him, and more frugal than his mistress in keeping it: of which will I shall say no more, but that his dear friend Thomas, the father of George Cranmer, of whom I have spoken, and shall have occasion to say more, was one of the witnesses to it.
One of his elder daughters was married to one Chalinor, sometime a schoolmaster in Chichester, and both dead long since. Margaret, his youngest daughter, was married unto Ezekiel Clark, bachelor in divinity, and rector of St. Nicholas in Harbledown near Canterbury, who died about sixteen years past, and had a son Ezekiel, now living and in sacred orders, being at this time Rector of Waldron in Sussex ; she left also a daughter, with both whom I have spoken not many months past, and find her to be a widow in a condition that wants not, but far from abounding; and these two attested unto me, that Richard Hooker, their grandfather, had a sister, by name Elizabeth Harvey, that lived to the age of one hundred and twenty-one years, and died in the month of September, 1663.
of Bilho pegbone The refidue of goods and chattells whatsoever unbequethed my funeral debts and legacies discharged and paid 1 give unto Foane Hooker my wel: beloved wife whom I oldaine and make lote erecutor of this my laft will and rettament and 1 oldaine and make my welbeloved father Mr. John Churchman and my ađured good frende i. Gdwin Sandes my overseers by me Richard hooker Sealed and delivered in the presence of these whose names are subscribed Robert Role Daniel Pichols Avery Chetton. ll.
Proved the third day of December 1600, befoje the Reverend James Billel
midow the relia and soie erecutrir named in the said will, tc. £. s. d.
Thos. BACKHOUSE, Registrar. H 1092 92 Fxd W.M. Cullen