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Page 55. note : read Vindication.
Page 56. line 9. newly. late MS. and so the original among the king's pamphlets, Brit. Mus. (which, by the way, certainly was not corrupted by Hearne).
Page 58. line 2. this ensuing writing. It occurs also in a conversation (the fourth) on temperance (Middle Hill MS. p. 140). Page 59. line 2. burnt it. it burnt. MS.
12. leases. supplied by Baker.
9. from foot. he took. took. MS.
to Whom. and t. W. MS. Page 62. line 18. made. strong. MS.
Page 64. n. Mrs. Ferrar. “Though of so great age, at her dying day she had no infirmity, and scarce any sign of old age upon her. Her hearing, sight, and all her senses were very good. She had never lost a tooth ; she walked very upright and with great agility. Nor was she troubled with any pains or uneasiness of body. While she lived at Gidding she rose, summer and winter, at five o'clock, and sometimes sooner. In her person she was of a comely presence, and had a countenance so full of gravity that it drew respect from all who beheld her. In her words she was courteous, in her actions obliging, in her diet always very temperate ; saying, she did not live to eat and drink, but ate and drank to livel. She was a pattern of piety, benevolence, and charity. And thus she lived and died, esteemed, revered, and beloved of all who knew her.” John Ferrar in Peckard, whose account is confirmed by the Collett letters and by his mother's portrait. Her will (dat. 29 Jul. 1628%. probat. 12 Jul. 1634) sets forth her wish to be buried by her husband.
1 A saying ascribed to Socrates in Gell. xix. 2, &c.
2 Witnesses John and Nicholas F., John, Susanna and Mary Collett, Arthur Woodenoth.
The Gidding estates purchased by her (by indenture of sale [May 30. 1625] by Thos. Sheppard of London, merchant, to N. F. and Arthur Woodnoth) were first to be applied to paying her debts; then to be enjoyed by N. F., who was to pay Mary Collett £500, by yearly instalments of £50; this bequest, which had been promised in more prosperous times, must now stand in lieu of further aid to the Colletts, who had already received more than any other of the family now could. Mrs. F. therefore charged them "upon her blessing" not to molest J. F. or N. F. for the dispositions they had made of houses and lands in Southwark, in which she once had an interest. £50 to be added “to the portion of my grandchild Margaret Collett, because I have so long brought her up." J. F. had a rent charge of £85 out of the estate ; the remaining rents were to be equally divided between J. F. and N. F. to whose loves, “if he deserved,” it was left to provide for the great necessities of their brother Richard. Other bequests : Cousin Joan Collett, nephew Arthur Woodnoth, nephew John Woodnoth (or some of his children), each £10: husband's niece Mary Steed, great silver salt; her sister Wright,
their brother John Ferrar, £3 for a ring: Hester Holmes, £2 for a ring ; as much to Ellen Harris : Robt. Bateman, a gold ring. All other goods and chattels, to N. F. in part payment of £300 and other debts. Sole executor, N. F.
Page 65. § 61. Mr. Ferrar. By the will (dat. Feb. 13, 1617–8) of Mrs. Mary Robinson (who founded four poor scholarships at the universities) plate, cushions &c., with the lease and furniture of her house at Mile End are bequeathed to Mr. and Mrs. F. Mr. F. is also requested to distribute a legacy of £200 among such poor people as he shall know to have need of relief. Mrs. R. is recorded in 1619 as having left by will £200 for building a church in Virginial.
I Will transcribed by Peck from a copy in Edw. Ferrar's hands; extract from True Declaration of the present state of the colony and affairs in Virginia. By Edward Waterhouse. London. 1622. 4to. page 51. Both transcribed in Middle Hill MS. 9527.
Mr. Ferrar's will.
[London the 23rd of March 1619–20.] In the Name of God, Amen. The three and twentieth day of March in the Year of our Lord God after the computation of the Church of England 1619, &c.
I NICHOLAS FARRAR, citizen and skinner of London, being weak in body but sound in mind and of perfect remembrance, praised be God, do ordain and make this my last will and testament in manner and form following. First and principally I commit my soul into the hands of the Almighty God my Creator and Jesus Christ His Son my only Saviour and Redeemer, by Whose precious death and bloodshed I trust to [receive] remission of all my sins and after this life life everlasting, only by faith in Him, and by no other means that can be wrought by man or angels. Also I do know and believe, that after I am departed out of this mortal lifel nothing can be available for me, neither prayer nor works that can be wrought by man, be he never so holy, but only Jesus Christ is able perfectly to save all those that come unto Him, seeing that He liveth ever to make intercession for us, and like a merciful Father He calleth us unto Him, saying, Come unto Me all ye that travail and are heavy laden with the multitude of your sins, and I will refresh you. Therefore being called, O Lord, I come unto Thee ; receive me graciously for Thy mercy's sake into Thy hands, O Lord; for my body, I leave it to be buried in the place where it shall please God to appoint; and farther that there be a sermon made at my burial, if it may be, that thereby all men may be admonished to fear God sincerely and truly remember what they are and whither they shall: for death is the end of all flesh. And for my worldly goods, First, Whereas there is lately given a beginning to the erecting and founding of a college in Virginia for the conversion of infidels' children unto Christian religion. And my will is, that, when the said college shall be erected and to the number of ten of the infidels' children therein placed to be educated in Christian religion and civility,--that? then my executor shall give and pay the sum of £300 unto the company of Virginia, to be disposed of with the advice and consent of sir Edwin Sandys, now treasurer of the company, and my son John Farrar, so as may most tend to the furtherance of that godly work of the college and thereby to the advancement of God's glory. And in the meanwhile, until such time as the said college shall be erected and at least ten of the infidels' children therein placed (until which time I will not that the said £300 shall be paid or delivered by my executor unto the company of Virginia) my will is that my executor shall pay and deliver yearly the sum of £24 in the hands of sir Edwin Sandys and John Farrar, which said sum of £24 my will and desire is the said sir Edwin Sandys and John Farrar shall yearly pay by eight pounds a year to any three several persons in Virginia of good life and fame, that will undertake therewith to procure and bring up each of them one of the infidels' children, instructing them carefully in the grounds of Christian religion and entreating them in all things so christianly, as by the good usage and bringing of them up the infidels may be persuaded that it is not the intent of our nation to make their children slaves, but to bring them to a better manner of living in this world and to the way of eternal happiness in the life to come. Item, I give and bequeath unto St. Thomas's hospital £10; to Christ's hospital £5; to St. Bartholomew's £5; to Bridewell £5; which money my mind is shall be paid unto every one of them within six months after my death. Item, I give and bequeath unto the poor in Harford, where I was born, the sum of £10 to be given and distributed amongst them within one month after my death, to every one according to the discretion of the ministers and churchwardens then being there and as the necessities of the poor persons, some more and some less, to the full sum of the said £10. Item, I give unto the worshipful company of the skinners, whereof I am a brother, three or four bowls of silver plain to drink in of the value of twenty marks, to be made and given within six months after my death, and also twenty marks to make them a dinner or supper the same day I shall be buried. Item, I give unto my dear and well beloved friend and sometime my partner that was, now sir Thomas Middleton, a ring of gold of three pounds. Item, I give unto my good friends Mr. Hugh Middleton and Mr. Richard Wyche, each of them, a ring of gold of three pounds. Item, I give unto my good and loving 'friend Mr. Robert Bateman my white silver bason. Item, I give unto my good friend Mr. Thomas Shepherd my diamond ring. Item, I give unto my good friend Mrs. Anna Middleton, widow, my watch. Item, I give unto my cousin Mary Stead a ring of gold of three pounds. Item, I give unto my daughter Farrar my great gilt bason and ewer. Item, I give unto my son John Collett and his wife my bason and ewer of parcel gilt. Item, I give unto Mary Collett their daughter (whom I have brought up from her cradle) five hundred pounds (I say, five hundred pounds) to be paid unto her at her age of one and twenty years or at the day of her marriage, which shall come first : and I will that my executor shall in the mean time, till the said Mary Collett be married or of age to receive the said five hundred pounds (I say, five hundred pounds) pay unto her the sum of £30 yearly towards and for her maintenance. And to the rest of my daughter Collett's children then living £20 a-piece, to be paid unto them at the day of their marriage or the age of one and twenty years, which of them shall be first. Item, I give unto my grandchild Nicholas Farrar £100. Item, I give unto my son John Farrar my house wherein I now dwell, which I bought of Mr. William Allen, lying and being in the parish of St. Bennett Sherehogge in St. Sythe's Lane in London, to him and his heirs males for ever; provided always that my dear and well beloved wife Mary Farrar shall enjoy
1 That nothing, MS.