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then dwelt, (his Grandfather yet living at Highchurch.) His parents being of Gentile quality, kept him to school at Wells and Killmaston in that countrey, till he was fit for the universitie which was about the thirteenth yeare of his age.
He was admitted Scholar of Corpus Christi in Oxford, 1597, Ap. 16. But being under age, not then sworn, till Aug. 17, 1599.
There he continued till he was Bachelor of Arts. Admitt. Jul. 9, 1603. Determ. Lent following.
1605. But then by the perswasion of Sir Henry Saville much taken with his excellent parts, he removed to Merton College, where he was chosen Prob. Sept. 2. Admitted Oct. 9. Admitted Fellow, Oct. 13, 1606.
He proceeded to his Master's Degree. Admitted Jun. 20, 1609. At the Act 1609, July 10.
Regius Professor of Greek, 1612, (potius 1613 or 15.) Left it 1619.
He left his Fellowship at Merton College. Admitted Fellow of Eton College, May 24, 1613. 4?
Chaplain to Sir Dudley Carleton, Ambassador to the States; and by that meanes present at the Synod of Dort. Perhaps for that end.
Came to Dort, Nov. 13, 1618, Went away about Feb. 8. V. Lett. pp. 93, 100, 97.
In his being there appeares no ground for the story of Episcopius urging Joh. 3, 16.
Qu. Whether it were not rather Martinius. V. Lett. pp. 87, 92.
Insignia. Johannes Halesius Hujus Coll. Socius et Canonicus de Windsor.
Vide Heyl. Life of A. B. Laud, p. 362, and Parker's Reproof, p. 135, etc.
Prob. of Windsor, May (end) 1639.
Musarum et Charitum Amor
Hic non jacet
Ætatis suæ 72.
in villa vocat, Highchurch in com. Somerset. Bathon et Wellens. Dioces, ætatis sur annum agentem decimum tertium circiter festum sive' diem Paschalis ult. præterit. (uti asseruit) in Discip. dict. Coll. admis.
The following is an original Letter of Walton's, inserted in the Collections about John Hales.
“I have told you that he satisfied many scruples, and in order to what followes, I must tell you that a yeare or two after the beginning of the long parliament, the citisens and many yong lecturers (scollers of their zeale and pich for Learning, and precedence) had got Mr. Brightman's booke or Coment on the Revelations to be reprinted and greatly magnified: in which was so many gros Errors and absurd conclusions about government by Bishops, and other explications to the humors and the present ring leaders of the then Parliament (all whereof Brightman is now proved false, and that party not yet ashamed) with which the lecturers and their followers were so transported with Brightman's opinions, that they swallowed them without chawing, and all thought simple that approved him not.
“ About this time comes a friend to Mr. Hales (being a neighbour gentleman,) and requests that a kinsman of his that was trobled with some sad thoughts and scruples might obtain a conference with him, in order to the quieting of his minde: which was redyly granted by Mr. Hales. When the perplext partie came to him at the howre apoynted, Mr. Ha. having taken him into his study, and shut the dore in order to a private and larg discourse with him, the perplext partie being set down takes out of his pocket a bible, turnes to the profit Daniell, reades a part of one of the chapters, askes the meaning of that, and how it was to be reconciled with a part of the revelation of St. John. When Mr. Ha. had heard him reade, and heard him make his queries or scruples, he told him, he was mistaken in taking him for a fit man to satisfie his conscience, and that if he wood be satisfied he must goe to some of the young devines now about London, and not come to so old a devine as he was, but they wood doe it readily.
“ About the time he was forc't from the Lady Saltrs, that family or collage broke up, or desolv'd, a little before which time, they were resolv'd to have Mr. Ha. picture taken, and to that end, a picture maker had promis’d to atend at Ricking to take it, but faild of his time, and Mr. Ha. being gone thence, dyed not long after. The not having his picture was lamented very much by the societie in weh number the Bishe sister (once Mris Anne King, now the Lady How) undertooke boeth for theirs and her owne satisfaction to draw it, and did so, in black and white, boeth excellently well as to the curiousness and as well as to the likenes. But before she wood shew it to any that knew either him or herselfe, she writ underneth it, this which she ment 10 be an Apologie for her undertaking it.
Though by a sudden and unfeard surprize,
Thou lately taken wast from thy friends' eies :
Who had noe copy to be guided by
Thus ill cut Brasses serve uppon a grave,
may take notice that she is a most generous and ingenious Lady. Greater friendship 'twixt her and Mr. Ha, she has told me he told her he had liv'd 14 days with bere and bred and tosts, in order to try how litell would keepe him if he were sequestered. She told me he would eate very fully at a diner, and of the strongest or coarsest of the mete rather than the finest.
She told me he was never out of Humour but always even, and humble, and quiet, never disturbed by any news, or any losse or any thing that concerned the world, but much affected if his friends were in want or sick.
At his being at Rickkings towards his later end when he was alone he was usually reading Tho. à Kempis, which of a small print he read without specktacels.
He kept his opinions to himself especially towards his later part of his life: and would often say there was plainness in all necessary trewths:
He was Bowser about that time when in the contest began betwixt the King and Parliament (and) boeth armies had sequestered the College rents : so that he could not get money to pay wages to the servants, or for victuals for the schollers. But after 9 weekes hiding himselfe to preserve the college writings and keyes, he was forc'd to appere, at the end of which time, the old woman that conceal'd him demanded but 6d. a weeke for his browne bread and bere, which was all his meate, and he wood give her 12d. His concealment was so nere the Cottage or Highway, that he said after, pleasantly, those that searched for him might have smelt him, if he had eaten garlick.
This was told me by Mrs. Powney from whome Mr. Montague it may be, had it?) more perfectly.
He lived 5 yeares after he was sequestered. He dyed the 19th of May, Anno --q-, Mrs. Powny, and was by his owne comand buried next day in the Church yeard. He had a monument made for him (by some friend) wch is now in Eaton church yard.
He was not good at any continuance to get or save money for himselfe; yet he undertook to do it for Sir H. Wotton, who was a neglector of mony, and Mr. Ha. told me he had got £300 together at the time of his deth, a some to which Sir H. had long been a stranger, and would ever have been if he had managed his owne money-business. It was happily got together to bury him, and inable him to doe some offices of honor, and justice, and gratitude, and charitie.
Mrs. Powny told me Sir Fra. Bacon and the Lord Falkland came One day purposely from London to sup and discourse with him, and return'd early next morning.
Mr. Ha. like Paule at Damascus, eate not in 3 dayes.
I thinke he bought and gave the howse in which he dyed to Mrs. Pownye's husband, who had been his honest servant of which -
I have heard that Mr. Ha. being suppos'd to hold some heterodox opinions, he, to testifie the contrary, did in his sickness (which was not long,) declare his beleife to his pupell, the Lady Salter's son, which he tooke in his writing from his owne mouth. This, Mr. Salter (who is now dead,) told me long since, and promised me a Copie of it.
Mr. Mountague, formerly the scolem of that college and now fellow ’tis like has it, and he hath promis’d me to write and give me what materiall passages he can rem" concerning him, and he will give them to Mr. Marryot if the be cald for.
He or Mrs. Powny will answere all the q as to the yeare of his deth, and who was at the charge of his monument, how long he lay sick, his behaviour then, and what ells is defective in theise collections gathered by me. Mrs. Powny dwells nere the college, and Mr. Montague is constantly in it being now sickly. As you reade this
make y que, and let them be given to me or Mr. Marryot who may get a resolution for you. J. W. Octo. 20, 73.
I think the Lady Salter did many yeares since tell me she had the profession of the beliefe taken by her son, Salter, from Mr. Hales' mouth. If she have it, I will endeavour to get it of her. Her Husband's name was Sir William, her son's name, Emund. (? William, see Will.)
Then was told this by Mr. Anthony Faringdon, and have heard it discourst by others, that Mr. Thomas Cary, a poet of note, and a great libertine in his life and talke, and one that had in his youth bein acquainted with Mr. Ha. sent for Mr. Hales to come to him in a dangerous fit of sickness, and desired his advice and absolution, which Mr. Hales, uppon a promise of amendment, gave him, (this was I think in the country.) But Mr. Cary came to London, fell to his old company, and into a more visable scandalous life, and especially in his Discourse, and be (being ?) taken very sick, that which proved his last, and being much trowbled in mind procured Mr. Ha. to come to him in this his sickness and agony of minde, desyring earnestly, after a confession of many of his sins to have his Prayers and his absolution. Mr. Ha. told him he shood have his Prayers, but wood by noe meanes give him then either the sacrament or absolution.
The following was communicated by N. Ingelo, dated, Eton Coll. Oct. 29, (1675) to Mr. Marriot. The writer begs his hearty respects to Mr. Isaac Walton.
“ Mr. Montague says, that he (Hales) gave an Explication of his belief concerning the Trinity to Mr. Salter, according to the Doctrine of the Church of England.
“ Abp. Laud gave him the Preb. of Windsor at a publike Dinner.
"Abp. Laud also sent for him, and told him he might have what preferment he would; and he answered, if it please your grace I have all I desire.
“He was made prebendary of Windsor about two years before the Wars, and enjoyed it but two years.
“He was not long sick; about a fortnight, and then not very ill, but discoursed with all his friends as freely as in his Health, till within half an hour before his death, for Mr. Montague was then talking with him, and left him for half an Hour, and before he returned he was dead, and had his perfect senses to the last minute.
“ After he came to Eton, for thirty years together he was never hindered by any sickness from studying constantly from 5 o'clock in the morning till night, seldom eating any Dinner.
“About the time of Archb. Laud's Death, he retired from his Lodgings in the College into a private chamber in Eton, where he remained for a
quarter of a yeare unknown to any body, and spent in that time only 6d. p
week, living only upon Bread & Beere, and as he had formerly fasted from Tuesday night to Thursday night, so in that time of his retirement he absteined from his Bread & Beer, and when he heard that Abp. Laud was murdered, he wished his head had been cut off for him.”
Then follows the Will; with two letters of Hales on Cases of Conscience; and one or two tracts.
Note E. [Referred to in
[Referred to in p. cxxiv.]
BOOKS IN THE CATHEDRAL LIBRARY, SALISBURY,
FORMERLY BELONGING TO IZAAK WALTON.
1. King James' Works, fol. Lond. 1616. 'Iz. Walton.' 2. Charon of Wisdom, 4to. Lond. n. d. 'Izaak Walton, price 4s. 6d.
Nov. 17, 1652.' 3. Heylin's Microcosmus, 4to. 1621. Izaak Walton.' 4. Heylin's Parable of the Tares, 4to. 1659. 'Izaak Walton, given
me May 28, 1659, by Mr. Richard Marryot.' 5. Shute's Divine Cordials in X Sermons, 4to. 1644. • Izaak Walton.' 6. Bishop Reynolds' Treatise of the Passions, 4to. 1640.
· Izaak Walton.' 7. Dr. Thomas Fuller, Abel Redivivus, 4to. 1651. · Izaak Walton.' 8. Hammond's, The Christian's Obligations to Peace and Charity,
X Sermons, 4to. 1649. “Izaak Walton.' 9. Camerarius', Living Library, fol. Lond. 1621. Izaak Walton,
given mee by my very good friend
Mar henry ffield, July, 29, 1634.' 10. R. Sibb's, The Saint's Cordiall, fol, 1658. Izaak Walton, 1682.' 11. Pat. Symson's Historie of the Church, 4to. Lond. 1624.
Izaak Walton.' 12. Dr. Donne's Letters, 4to. Lond. 1651. Izaak Walton.' 13. Mornay, of the Christian Religion, 4to. 1617. “Izaak Walton,
July 5, 1621, 14. Cowper's Heaven opened, 4to. 1613. • Liber Izak Walton.' 15. Cowley's Works, fol. 1674. 'Izaak Walton, 1682.' 16. Donne's 80 Sermons, fol. 1640. Izaak Walton.' 17. Hooker's Eccles. Politie, fol. 1666. · Izaak Walton.' 18. Ovid's Metamorphoses, by G. S[andys). fol. 1626.
• Izaak Walton, pr. 58.' 19. Sibb's Returning Backslider, 4to. Lond. 1650. On the title,
Of this blest man let this just praise be given, • Heaven was in him, before he was in heaven.
· Izaak Walton.' 20. Eusebius, Socrates, and Evagrius, Ecclesiastical Histories, fol.
On the fly leaf, erased, Francis Garrard his booke.'