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"The fullness of his material learning," fays the Dedication to Bishop Andrewes's Sermons, " left room enough in the temper of his brain for "almost all languages, learned and modern, to "feat themselves; so that his learning had all the helps language could afford, and his languages learning enough for the best of them to ex"prefs; his judgment, in the mean time, fo "commanding over both, as that neither of them "was fuffered idly or curiously to start from, or "fall fhort of, their intended fcope; fo that we cc may better fay of him than was faid of Claudius "Drufus, He was of as many and as great vir"tues as mortal nature could receive, or induftry "make perfect."
This Prelate's character was fo tranfcendant, that Milton himself did not difdain to write an Elegy upon his death. Archbishop Laud is faid to have made ufe of the Ritual of Bishop Andrewes, in the Ceremonies of the Church.
In his " Diary," Laud thus fpeaks of this great Prelate: "Sept. 21. About 4 o'clock in the "morning died Launcelot Andrewes, the most "worthy Bishop of Winchefter, the great light " of the Chriftian world."
JAMES the First," fays Wilfon, " took delight by the line of his reason to found the depths of "bruitish impostures, and he discovered many: "for in the beginning of his reign, Richard Haydock, of New College in Oxford, practised " phyfick in the day, and preached in the night "in his bed. His practice came by his profeffion, "and his preaching (as he pretended) by reve"lation: for he would take a text in his fleep, " and deliver a good fermon upon it; and though " his auditorie were willing to filence him, by pulling, haling, and pinching, yet would he pertinaciously perfift to the end, and fleep ftill. "The fame of this fleeping Preacher flyes abroad " with a light wing, which coming to the King's knowledge, he commanded him to the Court, "where he fate up one night to hear him: and " when the time came that the Preacher thought
it was fit for him to be asleep, he began with a "prayer, then took a text of Scripture, which he fignificantly enough infifted on a while, but " after made an excurfion against the Pope, the "Crofs in Baptifm, and the last Canons of the "Church of England, and fo concluded sleeping. "The King would not trouble him that night, letting him reft after his labors, but fent for
" him the next morning, and in private handled " him fo like a cunning Surgeon, that he found " out the fore; making him confefs not onely "his fin and error in the act, but the cause that " urged him to it, which was, that he appre
hended himself as a buried man in the Uni"verfitie, being of a low condition, and if fomething eminent and remarkable did not spring " from him, to give life to his reputation, he
fhould never appear any body, which made "him attempt this novelty to be taken notice " of. The King, finding him ingenuous in his "confeffion, pardoned him, and (after his re" cantation publiquely) gave him preferment in "the Church. Some others, both men and "women, inspired with fuch enthusiasmes, and frantique fancies, he reduced to their right "fenfes, applying his remedies fuitable to the diftemper, wherein he made himself often very merry. And truly the loofneffe and careleff"neffe of publique juftice fets open a dore to "fuch flagitious and nefarious actions, as feverer « times would never have perpetrated."
DEAN OF ST. PAUL'S.
THIS learned Divine having married a lady of a rich and noble family without the consent of her parents, was treated by them with great afperity. Having been told by the father, that he was to expect no money from him, the Doctor went home, and wrote the following note to him: John Donne, Anne Donne, undone.” This quibble had the defired effect, and the diftreffed couple were restored to favour.
It was faid of Donne as of Picus de Mirandola, that he was rather born wife than made fo by study: yet, as his Biographer tells us," he left "behind him the refultance of fourteen hundred authors, most of them abridged and analysed "with his own hand.”
THIS great Civilian was in London in 1613, fent thither by the States General of Holland to fettle fome difputes that had taken place between that country and England, respecting the right of
of fishery in the North Sea. Cafaubon fays, that if he was not fatisfied with the decision of the English Minister on the subject of the difpute, he had great reafon to be flattered with the reception he met with the Sovereign, James the First, who was much pleased with his converfation*, and fhewed him the greatest attention. Grotius's company and conversation were not, however, much relished by fome of the Courtiers, nor by his Majefty himself, as appears by the following Letter of Archbishop Abbot to Sir Ralph Winwood, Secretary of State, dated Lambeth, June 1, 1613:
"You must take heed how you trust Dr. Gro"tius too far, for I perceive him so addicted to « fome partialities in those parts, that he feareth "not to lash, so it may ferve a turn. At his " first coming to the King, by reason of his good Latine tongue, he was fo tedious and "full of tittle-tattle, that the King's judgment
was of him, that he was fome pedant full of "words and of no great judgment. And I
myself discovering that to be his habit, as if " he did imagine that every man was bound to "hear him fo long as he would talk, (which is a great burthen to men repleat with bufynefs,) " did privately give him notice thereof, that he "should plainly and directly deliver his mind, " or else he would make the King weary of him.
• Mirè Grotii, fermonibus dele&tatus:-Cafaubon. Epiftola.