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k He died in 1682, and was buried in the Churchyard of St. Paul, in Covince , Garden. • ! The following account of Dr. Donne is given in « Morhoff's Polyhistor," L. VI. C. IV. $ xviii. " Inrer quos numciandum puto JOHANNEM DONNE, su Ecclefia S. Pauli apud Londiner His Decanum, Ingeniofifsimum fuisse Poemata * ejus juvenilia oftendunt Londini A. 1633 in 4 edira, quæ anno ætatis 18 fcripfit, " plena argutissimorum conceptuuin : Quorum aliquot in Linguam Belgicam ver. " tit Conftantius Huponius à Carolo fecundo Rege follicitatus, qui inimitabilem " Germanis et Belgis hujus viri ftylum putabat. Sermones verò facros elegantir.
fimos et multos, et in varios S. Scripiuræ textus emifit Londini, diver Gis annis.' « Scripfit ec Meditationes fuper morbo suo facras, quæ in Linguam Belgicum con.. “ versize et Amftelodami 1655, in 12 editæ iulit. Scripfit et Librum, quem à tali * Viro fcribi potuifle planè mirere, quippe qui aútoysplan, certis in cafibus,
Wotton, Knt. late Provost of Eaton College." This collection is. dedicated " to Lady Mary Wotton, relict of the last Lord Wotton,, and to her three noble daughters." These ladies communicated to him many original letters, written by their illustrious relation. After the dedication follows - The Life of Sir Henry Wotton." In the succeeding editions, the volume is inscribed to the Right Honourable Philip Earl of Chesterfield, Lord Stanhope of Shelford, and great nephew to Sir Henry Wotton. This nobleman accompanying his mother, the Lady Catharine Stanhope, into Holland, where lae attended the Princess of Orange, daughter to Charles I. had his education along with William, Prince of Orange, afterwards advanced to the throne of England, and became very ferviceable in promoting the restoration of the Royal Family. He loved the memory, and imitated the virtues of his generous uncle. By a life of strict temperance he attained to a great age. He died, January 28, 1713. It is proper to observe that a later edition of the “ Řeliquiæ Wottonianæ," namely that of 1685, is enriched with Sir Henry Wotton's Letters to Lord Zouch, who was eminent among his contemporaries as an able: ftatesman and an accomplished scholar.
"'The Church History of Great Britain," compiled by Dr. Thomas Fuller, whose writings, though far from being without blemish, are of inestimable value, was first publifhed in 1655. A converfation seasoned with much pleasantness and innocent jocularity, is said to have passed between the author and his ever cheerful and friendly acquaintance, Mr. Isaac Walton, upon the general character of this work. Walton having paid him a visit, it was asked by Fuller, who knew how intimate he was with several of the Bishops and ancient Clergy, first, What he thought of the History himself, and, then, what reception it had met with among them. Walton answered, that he thought it should be acceptable to all tempers ; « because there were shades in it for the warm, and sun-shine for of those of a cold constitution; that with youthful readers the facea " tious parts would be profitable to make the serious more pala" table; while some revérend old readers might fancy themselves " in his History of the Church, as in a flower garden, or one full of
evergreens."_" And why not," said Fuller, 5 the Church History, “ fo decked as well as the Church itself at a moft, holy scuson, or the 6 tabernacle of old at the Feast of Boughs ?"_" That was but for a “ sealon,” said Walton; “ in your Feast of Boughs, they may con“ceive, we are so oversiadow'd throughout, that the parson is more
n The mother of this Lord Chesterfield was Catharine the eldest daughter of Thomas Lord Worten, and reliet of Henry Lord Stanhope, who died before bis father the Earl of Chesterfield. She had heen governers to Mary Princess of Orange, and after the Restoration was made Counters of Chesterfield. See " Walpole's Anecdotes of Painting," Vol. II. p. 113.
• A contemporary writer has thus delineated the characters of Dr. Donne and Sir Henry Wotton - "To speak it in a word, the Trojan Horfe was not "fuller of heroic Grecians, than King James's reign was full of men excellent in © all kinds of learning. And here I defire the reader's leave to remember two of 4 my own old acquainrance : the one was Mr. John Donne, who, leaving Oxford, *** lived at the lans of Court, not dissolute, but very neat, a great visitor of ladies,
" a great
feen than his congregation, and this sometimes invifble to its old " acquaintance, who may wander in the search, till they are lost in “ the labyrinth.” “Oh!" says Fuller," the very Children ofour Israel 66 may find their way out of this wilderness.” “ True," returned Walton, “as indeed they have here such a Mofes to conduct them P."
His next work was « The Life of Mr. Richard Hooker,” which first appeared in 1662. It was composed at the earnest request of Dr. Sheldon, then Bishop of London; and with the express purpose of correcting fome errors committed by Dr. Gauden, from mere inadvertency and hafte, in his account of " that immortal “ man," as he has been emphatically styled, “who spoke no lunguuge « but that of truth dictated by conscience.” Gauden seems to have been extremely deficient in his information, and, dying foon af terwards, had no opportunity of revifing and amending his very imperfect and inaccurate memoir. This was followed by be The Life of Mr. George Herbert;” ufually called “ the Divine Herbert",” in 1670. In, 1678, he concluded his biographical labours with “ The Life of Dr. Robert Sanderfon," "Previous to the publication of this last work he received the fols lowing interesting letter from Dr. Thomas Barlow, then Bishop of Lincoln, who had been for many years the intimate friend of Dr.
4 a great writer of conceited verses, until such time as King James, taking notice " of the pregnancy of his wit, was a means that he took him to the study of Di. es vinity, and thereupon proceeding Doctor was made Dean of St. Paul's, and bea * came fo rare a preacher, that he was not only commended, but even admired " by all that heard him. The other was Henry Wotton (mine old acquaintance
allo, as having been fellow pupils and chamber-fellows in Oxford divers years
togecher). This gentleman was employed by King James in embassage to " Venice; and indeed the kingdom afforded not a filter man for matching the " capaciousness of the lialian wits : A man of so able dexterity with bis pen. " that he hath done himself much wrong, and the kingdom more, in leaving ne « more of his writings behind him."
(Sir Richard Baker's Chronicle of the Kings of England, London, 1684.) P See - Biogr. Brit.” p. 2061. [P]
q Sir John Hawkins, in his “ Life of Mr, Isaac Walton," inadvertently oh. ferves, that Mr. Hooker was perfonally known to his biographer. The formes died in 1600; the latter was then only seven years of age, being born in 1593.
5 The following letter is transcribed from a M$. in the library bequeathed is the Corporation of Newcaftle-upon-Tyne, by Dr. Tomlinson, formeriy Rector of Wickham, in the county of Durham.
"SIR, “ You see I have not forgot my promise to you: Here are your two books: If « you have never read the preface to your beloved. A Kempis,' I fancy, it wili
please you weil; and, if it do, send up one tender thought for him, who con "veys it to your hand. The Life of good Mr. Herbert is full of discoveries of a “ sweet composed harmonicus mind, that it will not be ungrateful neither: One hour 6 with such entertainment is better than a lite of long enjoyment of the pleasures
of the Louvre. . lc is Sunday morning, and I am hafting to prayers, 'So give " me leave to beg a share in your prayers for myself, for your servant my wite: 6 and for the babies,
"I am, with all fincerity, Dr. d. 12 June
.“ Sir, your affectionate fervant,
"PERTH." “For Mr. James Aird, from his affec. servant, PERTH."