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1683, at Winchester, in the prebendal house of Dr. William Hawkins, his son-in-law, whom he loved as his own son. It was his express desire, that his burial might be near the place of his death, privately, and free from any ostentation, or charge. On the stone which covers his remains within the cathedral of that city these lines are yet extant.
- " Here resteth the body of
.“ MR. ISAAC WALTON,
- yotis MODESTIS SIC FLERUNT LIBERI.” He survived his wife many years. She died in 1662, and was buried in our Lady's Chapel, in the Cathedral of Worcester. In the north wall is placed a small oval monument of white marble, on which is the following inscription, written, no doubt, by.her affectionate husband.
· Ex --- terris
S. +. M.
Study to be like her.
"He had one son Ifaac, who never married, and a daughter Anne, the wife of Dr. William Hawkins, a Prebendary in the Church of Winchester, and Rector of Droxford in Hampshire. Dr. William Hawkins left a son William, and a daughter Anne. The latter died unmarried. The son, who was a Serjeant at Law, and author of the well-known treatise of “ The Pleas of the Crown,” lived and died in the Close of Sarum. He published a short account of the life of his great uncle in 1713, and also his works in 1721, under the title of “ The Works of the right reverend learned and pious Thomas Ken, D. D. late Lord Bishop of Bath and Wells, 4 vol.” These works include only Ken's Poetical Compositions, which do not merit any great encomium, though they are written in a strain of real piety and devotion. This William Hawkins had a son and three daughters, the eldest of whom Mrs. Hawes, relict of the Rev. Mr. Hawes, rector of Bemerton, is the only surviving person of that generation”.
I have omitted to enumerate among the friends of our biographer Dr. George Morley, Bishop of Winchester', and Dr. Seth Ward, Bishop of
Salisbury. Salisbury. To be esteemed, to be carefled by men of such comprehensive learning and extraordinary abilities is honourable indeed. They were his choicest and most confidential companions. After the Restoration, he and his daughter had apartments constantly reserved for them in the houses of these two prelates. Here he spent his time in that mutual reciprocation of benevolent offices, which constitutes the blessedness of virtuous friendship. He experienced many marks of favour from the Bishop of Winchester, of whose kindness to him he has signified his remembrance in the ring bequeathed at his death, with this expreffive motto, “A MITE FOR A MILLION.” It was doubtless through his recommendation, that Ken obtained
9 The following sepulchral inscriptions are in the Cathedral Church of Winchester.
H. S. E.
S. T. P.
QUI OBIIT JUL, 17.
H. S. E.
AUG. 18, 1715.
"Mr. Edward Powell, in commendatory Verses, prefixed to “ The Complete Angier,'s has commemorated the friendship which subfifted between Bishop Morley and Mr. Ifaac Walton.
" He that conversed with angels such as werc *** Oldsworth and Fealty, each a fining star
* “ Shewing
Shewing the way to Bethlehem; each a faint ?
A distingụislied trait in the character of this prelate, who was first known to the world as the friend of Lord Falkland, and to whom Mr. Waller owns himself indebted for his taste of the ancient classics, may be discovered from the following narrative. “ Being consulted by the mayor of a country corporation, what method he should take effectually to root out the fanatics in the year of his mayoralty; the bishop, now growing old, first preached friendliness to him, by ordering him a glass of Canary, as oft as he started the question in company; and next admonished him, when alone, to let those people live quietly, in many of whom, he was satisfied, there was the true fear of God, and who were not likely to be gained by rigour and feverity.” See“ Kennet's Register, p. 816.
After the Restoration, many divines, who had been educated among the Puritans, and had gone into the notions and scheme of Presbytery, upon mature thoughts, judged it lawful, and even eligible to conform for the honour and interest of the Christian religion, and for the peace and happiness of this church and nation. Among these was Dr. Seth Ward, celebrated for his mathematical studies. Having been appointed President of Trinity College, Oxford, in 1659, he was ejected in 1660: In which year he was admitted Precentor of Exeter, Dean in 1661, and Bishop in 1662. He was translated to the fee of Salisbury in 1667, and upon his death, in 1688, was succeeded by Dr. Burnet, who has given a character of him in « The History of his own Times." A few years before his death, he suffered a fatal decay, not only in his body, but in his intellectual faculties. For, to the mortification of all human fufficiency and wisdom, this great master of reason so entirely lost the use of his understanding, as to become an object of compassion, and uneasiness to himself, and a burden to his friends and attendants. See s Dr. Walter Pope's Life of Seth, Bishop of Salisbury."
the patronage of Dr. Morley; who, having appointed hiin his chaplain, presented him to the rectory of Woodhay, in Hampshire; and then preferred him to the dignity of a Prebendary in the Cathedral Church of Winton.
The worthy son of a worthy father had no cause to complain that his merit was unnoticed, or unrewarded. Mr. Isaac Walton, junior, was educated at Christ Church, in Oxford. Whilst he was Bachelor of Arts, he attended his uncle, Mr. Ken', to Rome, where he was present at the jubilee appointed by Pope Clement X. in 1675. On this occafion Ken was wont to say, “ That he had great reason to give God thanks for his travels; since, if it were poflible, he returned rather more confirmed of the purity of the Protestant religion than he was before.” During his residence in Italy, that country, which is justly called the great School of Music and Painting, the rich Repository of the noblest productions of Statuary and Architecture, both ancient and modern, young Mr. Walton indulged and improved his taste for the fine arts“. On his return to England, he retired to the University of Oxford, to profecute his studies. Having afterward accepted an invitation from Bishop Ward, to become his domestic chaplain, he was preferred to the rectory of Polfhot, near Devizes in Wiltshire, and elected a Canon of Salisbury. He afforded much assistance to Dr. John Walker, when engaged in his “ History of the Sufferings of the Clergy," communicating to him a variety of materials for that excellent work. He
possessed * He was not admitted to the degree of D. D. till 1679.
u « Viator. But what have we got here? a rock springing up in the middle of the river. “ This is one of the oddest sights that ever I saw.
“Pisc. Why, Sir, from that pike that you see standing up there distant from the rock, “ this is called Pike Pool; and young Mr. Isaac Walton was so pleased with it, as to draw it “ in landscape in black and white, in a black book I have at home, as he has done several “ prospects of my house also, which I keep for a memorial of his favour, and will shew you " when we come up to dinner.
“ VIAT. Has young Mr. Isaac Walton been here too?
“Pisc. Yes marry has he, Sir, and that again and again too; and in France fince, and at “ Rome, and at Venice, and I can't tell where; but I intend to ask him a great many hard “ questions, so soon as I can see him, which will be, God willing, next month."-- Completo Angler, P. II Ch. 6.)
pofseffed all the amiable qualities that adorned the character of his father, a calın philanthropy, a genuine piety, an unaffected humility. It was at the house of this his nephew, that Dr. Ken was upon a visit, when a stack of chimnies fell into his bed-chamber, Nov. 27, 1703, without doing him any harm; whilst Dr. Kidder, his immediate successor in the fee of Bath and Wells, was unfortunately killed with his lady by a similar accident, during the same storm, in his palace at Wells. Mr. Walton, junior, died in 1716. His remains lie interred at the feet of his friend and patron, Bishop Ward, in the Cathedral of Salisbury“.
It would be highly improper to ascribe to Mr. Isaac Walton that extent of knowledge, which characterises the scholar: Yet those who are conversant in his writings will probably entertain no doubt of his acquaintance with books*. His frequent references to ancient and modern history, his season
« On a Plain fat stone is this inscription:
H. S. E. .
38 IN PAROCHIA DE POLSHOT WILTS.
ANNO DOMINI 1716,
* Walton, in his “ Complete Angler,” frequently cites authors that have written only in Latin, as Gesner, Aldrovandus, Rondeletius, and others. The voluminous History of Animals, composed by Gesner, is translated into English by Mr. Edward Topsel. This translation was published in 1658, and as it contained numberless particulars, extracted from the works of various writers concerning frogs, ferpents, and caterpillar s, it furnished our author with much intelligence. “ Pliny's Natural History" was translated by Dr. Philemon Holland. Also there were versions of the tract of Janus Dubravius “ de Piscinis et Piscium Naturâ,” and of “ Lebault's Maison rustique,” so often referred to by him in the course of his work. (See the “ Biographical Dictionary, London, 1784.”) In “ The Life of Dr. Sanderson,” Walton has quoted Thucydides. It must be remembered, that IIobbes printed his English translation of “ The History of the Græcian War," in 1628.