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Page go. 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 III. 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.
And by how much the dignity of any is greater, as we more need it, so we hope for more perfect and ample favour in this kind, inasmuch as true greatness is not greater in anything than in pardoning of human errors and frailties, and in gracious acceptance of good intents and endeavours, though they attain not the measure of that perfection which is requisite for things intended to the service and satisfaction of great and excellent dignities, and especially of supreme majesty. To which, as nothing ought to be voluntarily presented that is not absolutely perfect in its own kind, so nothing ought to be kept back or withheld that is commanded or required, be it after never so light a manner. On this last ground hath the performance of this last work been attempted, and on the former the direct and immediate presentation of it forborne."
Page 132. line 15. read English.
Page 149. n. This harmony, bound in purple velvet (like the presentation copies of the Basilicon Doron, and of Bacon's Novum Organum in the Cambridge Library), is in the library of St. John's College, Oxford. Peckard (208 n.) seems to doubt Hearne's correctness (Caius, 812), but the book is still at St. John's. Page 154. § 134. A fragment of a longer account is
preserved in Middle Hill MS. 9527. “_and accepted all in good part, and were well pleased and very merry with the coarse and homely country fare. His majesty being mounted, all repaired to horse, and the gentlewomen to the gate; where they all kneeled down, and with hearty and earnest prayers most humbly besought God Almighty, that His holy angels might be his guide, and that he might be preserved from all evil both in soul and body, and that his return might be safe and speedy, to the comfort of himself and of all his people. Thereat the king moved his hat to them all, and said, Do, I pray you, daily so pray for me ; and God bless you all. The prince shook his hand at them, they crying, God bless prince Charles; and the palsgrave and duke bad them farewell, they beseeching God to keep in safety both his highness and his grace. And thus Little Gidding was made happy in the entertainment of
so royal and princely a company; and the honours which they then received have obliged them perpetually to pray day and night to the God of heaven for the long and happy life of the king and of his children, and that they may be prosperous and victorious over all who shall rise up against them. Amen. Amen. Amen."
Page 150. $ 132. Peck (Middle Hill MS. 9527) has preserved a fragment relating to this visit. “The family at Little Gidding had very ill usage [on various] hands. Some because of their strict observance of the Lord's day (about frequenting of sermons) termed them puritans, and represented them even to the king him[self) as such. But this charge was well sifted and cleared by his majesty when he was at Little Gidding, March 164ì. Some because of their fashions of Lent, Ember Days, Vigils and all Fridays in the year, &c. called them Papists.”
Page 166. & 2. The story is more fully given in Peck's letter to Ward (Brit. Mus. Add. MS. 6209. fol. 89 a).
(Godeby Sept. 10, 1735.) In the MS. Life of Mr. Nicholas Ferrar, Lib. I. cap. 11, it is said: “For his [N. F.'s] apparel, his disposition in these his so young years, was to be neat, handsome and plain. One time his mother and her maids were making bands for the children, and setting fine laces on them. Whereupon he came very soberly to his mother, and earnestly prayed her, that his bands might have no lace upon them, but be made little plain bands.— Why, child, saith she, will you not have your bands made like the rest of your brothers ? --No, I pray you, dear mother, said he, let mine be such little plain bands as Mr. Antony Wotton wears ; for I will be a preacher as he is. Mr. Wotton was then newly come into the parlour to visit Mr. Ferrar and his wife (as he once a week, if not oftener, used to do), and he and Mrs. Ferrar heartily laughed at the child's earnestness in that particular: for he would have no nay.
This Mr. Wotton was a learned divine and reader of the divinity lecture at Gresham College, and always made very much of Nich. Ferrar when he came;. posing him ever in
many things to try his wit and learning, and was wonderfully taken with the child's forwardness. And the child was ever a great observer of him, and would hearken very diligently to his discourses at all times when he came to the house."
Page 166. last line. read bands.
Page 171. n. 1. The following list (Baker's MS. xxxviii. 254) was “taken from a table at Clare Hall (penes magistrum coll.), and yet so far,” says Baker, "from being correct and accurate, that I find it mistaken in several particulars; and yet is of some use."
Catalogue of the master and present (Dec. 1, 1617) fellows.
Robert Scot*, D.D., dean of Rochester, sub-almoner, now Master or keeper. Robert Bynge, M.A.
M.A. Augustine Lindsell, M.A.
Aylmer, M.A. George Ruggle, M.A.
M.A. Thomas Winston, M.D.2
Paget, M.A.4 William Lakes, M.A.
Mitford, M.A.5 Thomas Parkinson, M.A.
Earl of Nicholas Farrar, M.A.
Exeter. Samuel Lindsell, M.A.3 ..Mapletoft, M.A.7
.Carter, M.A.8 Mr. Free
.hman, M.A. } Page 179. last line. Theophilus, perhaps Th. Woodnoth, author of Hermes theologus, &c.
Page 200. line 9. hectors. “One hector, a phrase at that time for a daring ruffian.”—Hacket, ii. 219.
Page 219. n. 2. “We come, O Lord, most mighty God,
1 See his epitaph in Baker's MS. xxxii. 512.
2 B.A. 1598-9. M.A. 1602. “An. 1608. Winston, M.D. Aul. Clar. incorporatus.” BAKER.
3 B.A. 1609-10. M.A. 1613. B.D. 1620.