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were, to be constant and regular in their spiritual discipline."Hacket's Life of Williams, ii. 50, 51. Page 69. line 1. then. the. MS.
“But their heavenly-mindedness was best discovered to him, when two sons of Mrs. Farrar, the mother and matron of the household, treated with the bishop, to endow the church with the tithes, which had been impropriated: this was in Sept. 1633, as appears by a smack of that which fell from the pen of the donor, as followeth : 'Right reverend father in God,
The expectation of opportunities, having some years wheeled me off from the performance of this business, I now think it necessary to break through all impediments, and humbly to present to your lordship the desires and the intentions of my heart. Beseeching you on God's behalf, to take them into your fatherly consideration, and to give a speedy accomplishment to them, by the irection of your wisdom, and the assistance of your authority.'
The rest is too much to be rehearsed, save a little of her prayer to God in the end of the papers.
'Be graciously pleased, Lord, now to accept from Thy handmaid the restitution of that which hath been unduly heretofore taken from Thy ministers. And as an earnest and pledge of the total resignation of herself, and hers to Thy service, vouchsafe to receive to the use of Thy church this small portion of that large estate, which Thou hast bestowed upon her, the unworthiest of Thy servants. Lord redeem Thy right, whereof Thou hast been too long disseized by the world, both in the possessions, and in the person of Thy handmaid. And let this outward seizure of earth be accompanied with an inward surprisal of the heart and spirit into Thine own hands : so that the restorer, as well as that which is restored, may become and be confirmed Thine inheritance, &c.'
The bishop prayed to God that many such customers might come to him: so commended her free-will offering to God, and confirmed it. To make them some amends for their liberality to the church, he devised how to give them reputation against all detraction. Therefore in the spring that came after, he gave them warning on what Sunday he would preach in their church: whither an extreme press of people resorted from all the towns that heard of it. In his sermon he insisted most what it was to die unto the world: that the righteous should scarce be saved: that our right eye, and our right hand, and all our fleshly contentments must be cut off, that we may enter into life. All tended to approve the dutiful and severe life of the Farrars, and of the church that was in their house. After sermon the bishop took their invitation to dine with them. But they were so strict to keep that day holy, that they left not a servant at home to provide for the table. Yet it was handsomely furnished with that which was boiled, and baked, that required no attendance, to stay any one from church to look to it. By this visit the bishop had the means to see their way of serving God; to know the soundness of doctrine which they maintained, to read their rules which they had drawn up for fasts, and vigils, and large distributions of alms : in which he bade them proceed in the name of God, and gave them his blessing at his departing. From thenceforth these faithful ones flourished in good opinion.”-Hacket, ii. 51, 52.
In Middle Hill MS. 6803. art. 38. is a “Case for Mr. Morris's opinion,” from the MSS. of “Jno. Caley, Grey's Inn.” Here it is said that Gidding appears by a survey taken in pursuance of an act of 26 H. VIII, to have belonged to a religious house, then to have been vested in the crown, and by it granted to lay persons. When the Ferrars? wished to restore the church to its proper use, they had “an information filed against them by the Attorney General, to shew cause why the king should not present by way of lapse, the church be repaired, and rectory endowed.” They submitted”, and set
1 The MS. wrongly says that they bought Gidding late in Elizabeth's or early in James's reign.
? Neither the information nor answer could be found, so that the whole case is rather uncertain.
out a glebe of 301 acres, and charged their estate with £20 a year by way of tithes. Since then the king had presented to the living and £20 a year only paid as tithes; this was stated in the purchase deeds, and during Arthur Annesley's ownership £20 only had been claimed (1767-1791). Mr. Clough, a new incumbent, had demanded tithes in kind.
Page 72. n. 2. See Lenton's letter in the preface.
Page 74. line 1. 1641. 164. MS. See however Articles to be enquired of within the diocese of Lincoln, in the generall and trienniall Visitation of the right Reverend Father in God, John, by God's providence, Lord Bishop of Lincoln, to be held in the year of our Lord God 1641. London. Printed by M. F. 1641. 4to. King's pamphlets, Brit. Mus. Page 77. line 10. bolder. more bolder. MS.
n. proba. read probra. Page 78. line 2. that this gentleman. this g. that. MS.
Page 80. $ 68. From (His answer— -&c.] is Baker's summary.
Page 82. last line. on. by. MS.
n. 2. Woodnoth's son Ralph was educated at Gidding. He seems to be alluded to by the Cheerful in the eighth Conversation (Circumcision, 1632. Middle Hill MS. 9527). “I have a story very suitable to that holy calling which he [our good cousin and guest] intends, and which I presume may be very useful both to him and other such young persons in these corrupt times."
Page 85. line 12. requested. required. MS.
last but one of which. which. MS. Page 89. line 15. it was. was. MS.
6 from foot. friends. now friends. MS.
1 An exaggeration: see Jebb, § 59 with Robinson's note. The larger glebe is now nearly 18, the smaller, near 6 acres. The tithe commutation is now £135. The statement about the purchase deeds is false.
Page 90. line 2. he would tell that he w. t. MS.
came from N. F.'s. was in N. F.'s.
instructed. I inst. MS. Page 99. n. 3. See 174, n. 1, 273 seq., 284 seq. Page 100. § 83. line 3. N. F. that N. F. MS.
Page 101. n. 1. She lived at “Old Park" with her brother John, and was buried at Gidding Jan. 17, 1687–8 (Title-deeds of Gidding estate : Register at G.).
Page 103. line 3 from foot. this. that this. MS.
With n. 2 compare the extracts from the conversations, given below (notes on 273, 274).
Page 109. line 4 from foot. esteem. supplied by Baker.
“ His majesty having appointed the lord Cottington, to sign all packets, set forward from London, attended by the earls of Northumberland, Arundel, Pembroke, Southampton, Holland, marquis Hamilton, and other nobles and persons of quality. In his progress he stept a little out of the way to view a place at Gidding near Stilton in Northamptonshire, which by the vulgar sort of people was called a Protestant Nunnery. When his majesty came to that place, he understood that it was by the institution and appointment of one Mrs. Mary Farrar, widow, aged about eighty years (who said she bid adieu to all fears and hopes of this world, and only desired to love God) and none were permitted to reside in her house and family, but such as would devote themselves to that course of life, which she by her order had appointed, to frequent prayers at certain hours, morning, noon, evening and night-time; they were to eat by measure and drink by quantity. Within the chapel was a rich altar, crucifix, candles of white and green wax, and before they went to read prayers they bowed three times before the altar, as they went up and came down.
Those that entered into that course of life with them, were at liberty to use any vocation within the house, as binding of books, teaching of scholars, others studying their books. Lastly, the foundress was pleased to add this liberty and privilege unto any that entered into that society, that if they had a mind to marry, they should with freedom have liberty to depart.” Rushworth, ii. 178.
Page 1. Two of these harmonies are in the King's Library, Brit. Mus. (C. 23. e. 3 and 4). The first (dated 1635) is a copy, with a slightly different title, of the first work. It is a large folio, richly bound in stamped leather, gilt. The title and tables are in manuscript; in the work itself the gospels are given in parallel columns, each pasted on the blank leaves; there are also columns in smaller type, as stated in the title. Often each line of the text has been separately pasted down, yet so exactly was the cutting and placing managed, and so powerful were the presses employed, that the whole looks as though it were printed on one uniform surface. So with the plates (on which see page 201 n.): the ground has been cut away, and the plates pasted down so that the blank leaf supplies the ground, and that so naturally, that neither the eye nor the touch can readily distinguish the surfaces. The other is a harmony not described by John Ferrar, bound like the first, but less sumptuously. “Acta apostolorum elegantissimis monochromatis delineata:" containing also the Revelation of St. John.
Two letters from John Ferrar respecting a supply of materials for these works are given below (on p. 243).
Page 112. Second Work. This, with a slightly different title, (date 1637) is among the MSS. Brit. Mus. Bibl. Reg. Append. 65; it is bound like the others, and has a preface and notes, explaining discrepancies, &c. The preface, after confessing some mistakes, proceeds thus: “All which, together with all the other essential defects and imperfections of this work, as we are bound in justice and humility to make acknowledgement of, so we are in assured hope that the charity of the peruser will pass them over with allowance and pardon.