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On the inside of the cover, in Walton's writing :
At his conversion take out of Jeremy the ways of man are not in his
Loke doc, dones letter to Tilman.”
On this booke folyo 28 himns and psalms wch was his holy recreation
Vew Hookers preface; and hooker 226 & 229
Vew the verses before Sands psalms and Sir Tho. Haukins his Horrace doc dons letters and the elegies on him
In heaven wher his imployment is to sing such himns as he made on erth in prase of that god to whome be glory and honor
His deth was the prolog to joye and the end of troble
Vew Chudleys elegies and godolpbins on docr done where they are
Vew Doc. Cozens devotions
Make his description that he was ļo for his complexion, then his beha-
docr taylor, living and dying
Note F. [Referred to in
[Referred to in p. cxxxii.]
ACCOUNT OF WALTON'S CHARITIES.
The following statement occurs in the parish church of St. Mary, at
“ The Gift of Mr Isaac Walton, borne in ye Burrough of Stafford,
First ye said Mr Walton in his life tyme gave a garden of eight
Alsoe ye said Mr Walton in his life tyme gave 22 pounds to build a
See Donne's Poems, p. 372, ed. 1635. 3 See p. 366.
2 See p. 369, ib. * See ib. p.
would have & doe give 10 pounds of the said rent to bind out yearley 2 boys ye sonns of honest & poore parents to be apprentices to some tradesmen or handicraft men to ye intent ye said boys may ye better afterwards gett their owne living. And I doe also give 5 pounds yearley out of ye said rent to be given to some maid servant yt hath attained ye age of 21 yeares not less & dwelt long in one service or to some honest poore Man's daughter yt hath attained to yt age to bee paid her at or on ye day of her marriage. And this being done my will is, that what rent shall remaine of ye said farme or land shall be disposed of as followeth. First I doe give yearley 20 shillings to bee by the Major of Stafford and those that shall collect the said rent and dispose of it as I have or shall hereafter direct. And that what money or rent shall remain undisposed of shall bee employed to buy coles for some poore people that shall most need them in the said town: the said coales to bee delivered in the last weeke in January or every first weeke in February I say then because I take that tyme to bee the hardest and most pincheinge tyme with poore people.”
Before inserting the following account of the present state of those Charities, from a pamphlet which was published about twenty-seven years ago,* it must be observed, that the farm there mentioned did not become the property of the Corporation of Stafford until the death of Canon Walton in 1719.
“ This farm is now (1808] let at the yearly rent of £80, and, excepting the application of the money directed to be given to some maid servant or poor man's daughter, I believe that the trusts of the will have for some years past been complied with. With respect to that sum, it has been the practice almost invariably for the mayor to give it to his own servant, without even considering, in some instances, the time she may have continued in her service.
"Upon St. Thomas's day last, the only application made was by the mayor's servant, so useless is it supposed to be to oppose
the of a person claiming the money under such authority.
“It seems to have been the intention of Mr. Walton, that whether the money be given to a servant or poor man's daughter, it should be paid on the day of her marriage; but, admitting that construction of his words to be wrong, to bestow it upon a servant who has not dwelt long in one service' is certainly incorrect, That the mayor's servant may sometimes be as well entitled to it as any other person is not to be disputed, but that it should so happen nine years out of ten, is somewhat too improbable to obtain belief; and such a disposition of this charity must unquestionably create a suspicion as to the motives of the gift which, it is to be presumed, the chief magistrate of a town would be desirous of avoiding."-P. 41, 42.
The author of the pamphlet next proceeds to describe Startin's charity, and Mr. Walton's gift in his lifetime.
“Richard Startin, who was a baker in Stafford, gave £60 to the corporation to be put out at interest, and to be applied and given weekly in bread for ever, in the parish church of St. Mary. By the advice, and with the assistance of Mr. Isaac Walton, the money was laid out in the year 1672 in the purchase of a fee-farm rent of £3. 68. 8d. payable to the crown from the borough. In a deed made in the following year,
# A Letter to the Inhabitants of Stafford.
to which Mr. Walton and the corporation were parties, it is stated that by the will of Mr. Startin £2. 128 only were to be paid to the poor, and that the corporation had, at Mr. Walton's request, agreed to apply the surplus of the fee-farm rent (being 14s) in the purchase of coals for the poor. By that deed, and, it should seem, in order to induce the corporation to accede to his wishes, Mr. Walton granted to them a garden near the gaol (as it then stood), in trust that the rent should be disposed of by the mayor with the alderman and church-wardens of the parish of St. Mary's, towards the buying of coals for the poor of the borough of Stafford, according to the discretion of the mayor, &c. at two days in the year ; viz. one half of the coals to be given at or before St. Thomas's day, and the other half at the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It was also provided, that in case the coals were not disposed of as directed, the rent of the garden should be paid to the churchwardens of the parish of St. Chad, either to keep in repair the wall of St. Chad's church, or to buy coals for the poor of the parish, at their discretion. Mr. Walton's suspicions that the trusts, which he had reposed in the corporation, might in after times be disregarded, appear as well by this deed as by his will, and even the members of that body must admit that they were but too well founded. In the gift of both charities he prudently endeavoured to guard against their abuse; but neither his exhortations to his trustees to a faithful discharge of their duty, nor the condition which he annexed to the non-conformance of it, seem to have had any effect. Of part of the garden, upon which four cottages have been erected, two leases, each for ninety-nine years, have been
made, and none of the rent has been laid out in the purchase of coals ; neither has the surplus of the fee-farm rent been applied for that purpose.
For the amount of those sums, the corporation will therefore have to account; of the money appropriated to the purchase of bread, ls. is laid out weekly; and the bread is given away in St. Mary's church on a Sunday."
Since that statement was written, the following remarks on the subject have been communicated to the Gentleman's Magazine by an intelligent correspondent:
“The estate has not hitherto been forfeited, although as appears from the Report of the Commissioners appointed to inquire into Public Charities, (wherein it is particularly described,) complaints have occasionally been made that the money was not distributed with perfect impartiality. The subjoined accounts of the manner in which the receipts have been expended in one or two recent instances, are from the Stafford Newspaper. This week has been dispensed to the poor of the Borough of Stafford the bounty of the celebrated and ingenious Izaak Walton, a native of the place, who bequeathed a portion of the
rents and profits of a farme' for the purchase of coals • for some poor people,' to be delivered in January or February. "I say then,' run the words of the humane testator, because I take that time to be the hardest and most pinching time with poor people.' The farm in question is now of considerable value, bringing in, we believe, about 801. a year, and after deducting a moiety of the profits directed to be applied to the apprenticing of two boys, and in a gift to a maid servant, or some honest poor man's daughter, a sufficient sum has this year remained for the purchase of a small allowance of coal to almost every poor family, which has this week been distributed.'— Staffordshire Advertizer, 27 January, 1827.
« On Monday last (Sunday being St. Thomas's Day) the Corporation of this borough, in pursuance of the will of 'good old Izaak Walton,' gave 51. each with the son of Charles Smith's widow, and the son of William Pilsbury, on their being bound apprentices; also 51. to Martha Smith, for long servitude in one place and general good conduct, and 40s. each to ten burgesses of this borough.'— Ibid. 27 Dec. 1828." - Gentleman's Magazine, vol. xcix, pt. ii, p. 111.
LIST OF PORTRAITS OF WALTON'S FAMILY,
IN THE POSSESSION OF HIS DESCENDANT, THE REV. DR. ILAWES,
AT SALISBURY, JUNE 1836.
Izaak Walton, by Housman, æt. 79.
a crayon drawing, æt. 82.
EXTRACTS FROM THE PARISH BOOKS OF ST. DUN-
In 1627, 1628, 1629, 1630, 1631, 1632, and 1640, Izaak Walton resided in Chancery Lane about the seventh or eighth house from Fleet Street, and paid 2s. 8d. to the scavenger's rate. His house was never described as a shop.
He was nominated on the petty jury on St. Thomas's Day, 1628.
He was presented for the office of scavenger for the parish of St. Dunstan's, 21st December, 1632.
He was on the grand jury in 1633, and 21st December, 1638.
He was on the wardmote inquest of the parish of St. Dunstan's on the 20th December, 1636, and was then appointed a constable.
On the 18th April, 1639, Isaak Walton and Daniel Holtenby were elected overseers of the poor and sidemen to serve for the year ensuing.
He and others were elected vestrymen in February 1639-40, and he was appointed examiner of St. Dunstan's on the 27th August, 1641.
He was also on the vestry in February 1643-4.
At a vestry holden 20th August, 1644, divers persons were chosen vestrymen in the room of Thomas Taglis, &c. and “ Isaak Walton, lately departed out of this parish, and dwelling elsewhere.”
EXTRACTS FROM THE REGISTERS OF ST. DUNSTAN'S
IN THE WEST.
1627. Dec. 19. Izacke, the sonne of Isack Walton, was baptized out of Chancery Lane.
1629. July 23. John, the sonn of Isaack Walton, was baptized. 1630. Jan. 20. Thomas, sonne of Isaack Walton, baptized.
1630. Mar. 6. Thomas, sonne of Isaack Walton, was buried out of Chancery Lane.
1631. Mar. 28. Isaac Walton, sonne of Isaac Walton, was buried out of Chancery Lane.
1632. Oct. 12. Henry, sonne of Isaac Walton, was baptized.
1632. Oct. 17. Henry, sonne of Mr. Isacke Walton, was buried out of Chancery Lane.
1633. Mar. 21. Henry, sonne of Isaac Walton, was baptized out of Fleet Street.
1634. Dec, 4. Henry, sonne of Isacke Walton, buried. 1637. Aug. 19. William, sonn of Izack Walton, was buried. 1640. Aug. 25. Rachell
, wife of Isaack Walton, was buried. 1642. May 13. Anne, daughter of Isaac Walton, was buried.
OTHER ENTRIES OF THE NAME OF WALTON.
1607. June 3. Ellin Walton, from Fewter Lane buried.
1622. Nov. 19. Mary, daughter of Thomas Walton and Mary his wife, baptized.
1623. Dec. 14. Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas Walton and Mary his wife, baptized.
1625. Sept. 4. Alice, daughter of Thomas Walton, was buried out of Fetter Lane.
1625. Sept. 28. Th mas Walton buried out of Fetter Lane.
1630. Dec. 11. Sara, daughter of John Walton, was buried out of Fleet Street.
1630. Feb. 20. William Walton and Alice Chapman married by banns.
1632. Aug. 8. Margaret, daughter of John Walton, baptized.
1632. Oct. 2. Margaret, daughter of John Walton, buried out of Fleet Street.
1641. Sept. 14. William Walton was buried.
It appears from these extracts, which were not discovered until very recently, that Izaak Walton had four children besides those mentioned in the pedigree in the Appendix, No. I. ; namely, Izaak, born in December, 1627, who died in March, 1631; John, born in July, 1629, of whom nothing more is known, and who probably died very young ; Thomas, who was born in January, and died in March, 1630-1; and William, who died in August, 1637.