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(Middle Hill MS. 9527.) A. “At Mr. Mapletoft's at Bifield near Daintry in Northamptonshire.
... 2. The grandmother (Mrs. Mary Ferrar's) answer [to the letter in Hearne’s Caius, 781, 782), beginning with : What I have taught, &c.
3. Mary and Ann Collett's letter To our dear sisters. Dated 21 Febr. 1631. Subscribed. Mary Collett
Anne Collett. [To which follows by a later hand.] “Who both died virgins, resolving [so] to live when they were young, by the grace of God.
My much honoured aunt Mary, who took care of me and my brother Peter and sister Mary after the death of our reverend and pious father Mr. Joshua M. died in the Both year of
Jan. 22, 1715."" B. Then follows another list of papers probably at the same place.
“1. Begins : It was the same day wherein the church celebrates the great festival of the purification &c. (printed, but only in part, by Hearne, Caius, 713 seq.]. Contains 291 pages. With an index of stories, beginning : The accuser himself.-Adrian and Marcellus &c.
This I have. [Peck’s note.] 2. Beginning : The treble admonition which the name and profession of St. Luke &c. Ending : of learning.
This I want. [Peck’s note.] 3. [A letter (I think of no great importance) from a father to his son, an. 1687. J.J.]
4. Beginning : Cheerful, pardon me, if I seem importunate. Ending: receiver of complaints. [Partly printed in Caius, 783 seq.]”
C. “At Mr. Bunbury's of Great Catworth. Books and MSS, belonging to Mr. John Mapletoft.
Of the instruction of children in the Christian doctrine, by Ludovico Carbone, 16361. Wherein is demonstrated how necessary, worthy and acceptable to God this exercise of teaching the Christian ductrine is; and what profit children, masters, private families, cities and the whole church reaps thereby. There are also profitable advertisements given for the good training up of children gathered out of the holy scripture. A work very profitable and necessary for every Christian. Con Privilegii. Printed at Venice by John Guerigli, 1596.
At the end of this book are these words. Praise be to God and the blessed Virgin Annunciata.-But I say, Soli Deo gloria. [N. F.]
This translation was finished the 15 June, 1634, at the request of Edmund Duncon.
[I suppose this book to be of Mr. Nicholas Ferrar's writing, being in a scholarlike hand &c. J. J.]
Pia exercitia et documenta, excerpta, composita, scripta, labente ætatis suæ anno lxxxo. per Johannem Collett. [It is dedicated to the Holy Trinity, and contains a preface, litanies, prayers, petitions, hymns, exhortations and admonitions against several sins. J. J.) This book is a 4to, handsomely bound in Turkey leather.
3. Collections ; part i. of some short sentences out of the holy scriptures upon divers subjects : part Sentences upon the preceding subjects out of divers human authors. [This book is in 8vo. J. J.] 4.
A large story book. Folio. 5, 6, 7. Three large books of dialogues. Folio.
8. A large book of stories, with outlandish proverbs at the end, englished by Mr. Geo. Herbert : in all, 463 proverbs. [One story book begins with : The chief care of parents
i Peckard seems to have had a MS. copy of this translation, which, he says, was sent to Cambridge to be licensed in 1636, but refused. See above, 51 n.
2 So far the Italian (Peckard).
ought to be the good education of children. ii. Examples of good children. This is the story book with proverbs. J.J.]”.
D. At the same place.
“1. The book of temperance, by way of dialogue. [One or two stories in it. J.J.]
Another book of dialogues, with many stories. Beginning with The treble admonition. With an index of the stories at the end.
3. Of the education of children, many stories. Also, wise and witty sayings and actions included in stories. Part ii. Outlandish proverbs &c.
4. Conversations concerning the true end and design of human life and the contempt of the world. Interspersed with many useful stories. [At the beginning are the young ladies' letters, &c. At the end, an index. J. J.]
5. The instruction of children, translated from the Italian, &c. 1634."
25. The translations of Valdesso and Lessius, and Ferrar's preface to Herbert's Temple. (See below.)
Page 3. n. 3. The other sister was named Joyce. She seems to have died before N. F. took his farewell of the family in 1613. See page 11 $ 6. An only sister.
Page 7. Barnabas Oley was a most laborious tutor at Clare at the outbreak of the civil war. (See the list of freshmen, nearly all pupils of his, preserved in the college.) See Walker's Sufferings, ii. 141, 142, Wood's Ath. ii. 667, Bentham's Ely, i. 27, Barwick's Life, 26 n., Baker in Hearne's Caius, 690, bis will in Baker's MS. xii. (or xvi? the Index gives both volumes) 191, his letter to Dr. Gower, ibid. ii. 146. “[I] can satisfy you that the rich man that desired to print Dr. J[ackson]'s works was Mr. Nettleton of University College, and the Cambridge man that solicited it, Mr. Oley of Clare Hall, who lives in the north privately, near the place of 1[ady] Savil's demolished habitation.”—Hammond's letter of Jan. 7. [1652–3] in the Theologian and Ecclesiastic, xiii. 328. Lady S. lived at Altrop (Ibid. vii. 60). “Mr. Oley is living, and, I think, now in L[ondon), but I know not where.”Hammond, March 4. [1650–1]. Ibid. vii. 285.
Page 9. line 12. Officiate himself in person. “I had likewise observed it ordinary in the universities to preach long without orders as probationers, &c., and accordingly thought myself obliged not to refuse any inoffensive opportunity of doing good by preaching, where it was wanted, &c.” Life of Edmund Trench (London, 1693), 51.
Page 11 Mrs. Collett. A few only of the Collett letters
1 For the following table of contents I am chiefly indebted to Mr. Hopkinson. Date. Place. From
Το I. 28 Aug. 1600. Buttolph Susanna Mrs. Elizth. Banderlo, written
Lane, Collett. soon after her marriage to London
the lady who taught her the French language. She concludes : “ Voster amme
Tres affectionat." II. July 1616. Bourne. Do. her brother Richard at Ham
borough. III. 14 Jan. 1627-8. Gidding. Do. her eldest son Thomas, on his
intended marriage with
Miss Sherington. IV. 21 Do.
Do. Do., on the same subject.
Do. her cousin, Arthur Wood
noth, inclosing the above
letter to her son Thomas. VI. Do. Do.
Do. her cousin Mrs. Stead, still on
the same subject. VII. 30 Do.
Do. her son Thomas. VIII. Feb. 1627-8. Do.
Do. lady Bodley*,
• Wife of Sir John Bodley, of Streatham, co. Surrey ; his mother, a daughter of Humphrey Collett of Southwark, was cousin to John C. Sir J. B. was knighted at Warwick, Sept. 5, 1617. Nichols's Progr. of James I. iii. 435. Cf. Manning and Bray's Surrey, iii. 432, 438.
can here be given; they will suffice to prove that she was not unworthy of her race.
To her aunt Collett.
her son Edward : good advice
to him as an apprentice. her son Thomas, on his recent
marriage: the pair are ex
pected at Gidding. her cousin Arthur Woodnoth. her son Edward. her son Nicholas, then in ser
vice withArthur Woodnoth. her daughter Susanna Maple
toft, soon after her mar
riage. lady Bodley, on Susanna
Mapletoft's marriage, sent
by her son. her daughter Anna, then at
Margetting, (or Margaretting, in Essex), on a visit to
her sister Mapletoft. her son Edward. N. F. her daughter Mapletoft, who
has her sister Margaret with
her. Do.; speaks of Mrs. M.'s
daughter, “ little Nan:” “We thank God for your own and my dear Peggie's recovery.' lady Bodley, proposing in
July to visit with her daughter lady B. in Essex. Aunt Collett, written during
a visit (with her daughter Hester) to the Mapletofts. She had hoped to have borne a part in the training of her aunt's daughter
Julia. her brother Ferrar [i. e. J. F.]