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BALIAIKH, against a Memorandum said to be written by the Earl of Anglesea, and against the
of Wagstaffe's “ Vindication" and " Defence," formerly belong. ing to Dr. Rawlinson, and now to Mr. Gough. He possessed this title to his death, whicho happened Oct. 17, 1712, in his 67th year, after having given many proofs of good parts and learning. He published many pieces in defence of the constitution both in Church and State, according to the Nonjuring system; and was well qualified to detect and expose the sophistry of his adversaries. A long list of his tracts may be seen in the Supplement to the Biographia Britannica, 1766, p. 250.--His Library, being a very large and curious collection of Hebrew, Greek, and Latin books, in Divinity, History, Physic, and other Polite Learning, began to be sold, by a marked Catalogue, by Fletcher Gyles, April 10, 1713.
The following article, it is believed, relates to his son: “ Dec. 3, 1770, died at Rome, in the 78th year of his age, the Rev. Mr. Thomas Wagstaffe, a clergyman of the Church of England. He had resided there many years in the character of Protestant chaplain to the Chevalier de St. George, and afterward to his son; a fine, well-bred old gentleman, and, what is still infinitely more valuable, a sincere, pious, exemplary, good Christian, so conspicuously so, that the people there were wont to say, “Had he not been a Heretic, he ought to be canonized! Besides this. he was well-known among the Literati of that great city, to be an universal Scholar, both in the Belles Lettres and Divinity, being a perfect master of the keys of knowledge to those sciences, the antient and modern languages, being conversant (besides his own mother tongue) in Hebrew, Chaldee, Arabic, Greek, Latin, Italian, and French."
The last-named Mr. Wagstaffe, in the early part of his life, resided in the University of Oxford; where we find the following sportive sally, now first printed from his own hand-writing : Epitaph, written by I don't know who, on Dr. D .
“In hac urnulâ conduntur cineres
Puellas plurimas amavit perdite,
: Sed eheu !
fuit Doctor insignis satis atque splendidus.
ac collare latum, cujus pars dimidia
ac sericum per humeros, agitante manu sparsum, et ab extremâ plateà longè nitens ;
totam per urbem erat ornatissimus.
Qui ut in sacris studiis inclaresceret, patres, brevissimum quorum nunquam legerat,
Exceptions of Dr. Walker and others. To which is added a Preface, wherein the bold and insolent Assertions * published in a Passage of Mr. Bayle's Dictionary relating to the present Controversy are examined and confuted to. The Third Edition ; with large Additions; together with some original Letters of King Charles the First, under his own Hand, never before printed, and carefully copied from the said Originals ;" 4to.
“ The Mitre and the Crown; or, a real Distinction between them. In a Letter to a Reverend Member of the Convocation.”
“ The great Duty of frequenting the Christian Sacrifice, and the Nature of the Preparation required; with suitable Devotions, partly collected from the antient Liturgies. To which are prefixed, Instructions for Confirmation. By Robert Nelson, Esq. The Fourth Edition 1.”
longo ordine et multa ostentatione citans,
Qui et ut delicatulæ serviret gulæ,.
carpens, ac cyathos sorbillaret suaviter.
tui, Jacobe, totus erat Tuus:
ad Georgii castra feliciora transtulit. Sed vale, levis umbra ; nam me vetant
Musæ te pluribus efferrę laudibus,
omnes quem solitæ fastidire virgines. Some other Epitaphs, principally on his own immediate relatives, shall be given in the “Essays and Illustrations,” vol. IV. No V.
*" That pious King and blessed Martyr was too often thus used. His Declarations were denied to be his, though asserted, framed, penned by himself. His Book denied to be his, though none could pen it but himself; he was denied to have declared what he did constantly profess, to have written what he wrote, to have spoken what he spoke; and at last, sure some will deny him to have suffered what he endured.” Bishop Pearson, in answer to Dr. Burges.
† It is now pretty generally agreed on that Dr. Gauden was the writer of the Eikon.
The first edition of this work is dated Aug. 15, 1706. For ; an account of its pious and learned Author see the " Essays and Illustrations” in vol. IV. NO VI.
“ Two. “Two Treatises, one of the Christian Priesthood, the other of the Dignity of the Episcopal Order, first written and afterwards published to obviate the erroneous Opinions, fallacious Reasonings, and bold and false A sertions, in a late Book, intituled, The Rights of the Christian Church; with a large prefatory Discourse in Answer to the said Book *. All written by George Hickes, D. D. With an Appendix ; . whereto are added, in this Edition, several new Tracts'; viz. a particular Treatise written by Isaac Casaubon of Geneva, intituled, De Libertate Ecclesiastica, of the Liberty (or free Estate) of the Church. Mr. Hughes's Preliminary Dissertations (to St. Chrysostom de Sacerdotio) wherein the Authority of the Church, as it is distinguished from that of the State, is explained and defended, and all the Objections of the Erastians answered, especially those of a late Author, who has published a Book, intituled, " The Rights of
* Among other Answerers to “ The Rights of the Christian Church,” may be noticed some “ Remarks" by Dr. Swift, writ. ten in the year 1708, but left unfinished ; in which he observes, “ It may still be a wonder how so heavy a book, written upon a subject in appearance so little instructive or diverting, should survive to three editions, and consequently find a better reception than is usual with such bulky spiritless volumes ; and this in an age that pretends so soon to be nacseated with what is tedious and dull. To wbich I can only return, that, as burning a book by the common hargman is a known expedient to make it sell; so, to write a book thai deserves such treatment, is an. other : And a third, perhaps as effectual as either, is to ply an insipid, worthless tract, with grave and learned answers, as Dr. Hickes, Dr. Potter, and Mr. Wotton, have done. Such performances, however commendable, have glanced a reputation upon the piece; which oves its life to the strength of those hands and weapons that were raised to destroy it; like fiinging a mountain upon a wrm, which instead of being bruised, by the advantage of its littleness, lodges under it unhurt." In one of the Dean's satirical tracts, he also says, “ The most learned and ingenious author of a book, called “The Rights of the Christian Church, was in a proper juncture 'reconciled to the Romish frithi, whose true son, as appears by a hundred passages in his treatise, he still continues." Swift's Works, 1808, yol. III. pp. 125, 161.
the the Christian Church, &c. The Third Edition, enlarged; in Two Volumes," Svo. * “ The Works of Mr. George Farquhar; containing all his Poems, Letters, Essays, and Comedies, published in his Life-time; the Comedies illustrated with Cuts representing three of the principal Scenes in each Play. The Second Edition;" 8vo..
“The Subjects' Sorrow; or, Lamentations on the Death of Britain's Josiah, King Charles I. most unjustly and cruelly murthered by his own People, before his Royal Palace at Whitehall, Jan. 30, 1648;in a Sermon upon Sam. iv. 20. To which is added, a Form of Prayer, used in King Charles the Second's Chapel at the Hague, upon Tuesdays throughout the Year; being the Day of the Week on which King Charles I. was barbarously murthered ;” Svo.
“A short Essay against Arianism, and some other Heresies lately revived; or, a Reply to Mr. Whiston's Historical Preface and Appendix;" 8vo.
« The Usefulness of Prophecy, in a Letter to Mr. Whiston;" 8vo.
“ Remarks on Two late Sermons preached in the Cathedral Church of Salisbury. In a Letter to a Friend. To which is added a Postscript, wherein the Charge of Uncharitableness against the Church, for condemning Lay Baptism as invalid, is more particularly considered and confuted ;" 8vo.
« Grammatica Espaniola ; a Spanish Grammar; containing the shortest and most easy Method to attain the true Knowledge of that extensive Language. Dedicated to her Grace the Duchess of Shrewsbury. By Don Pasqual Joseph Anton, Master of Languages in London ;" 8vo.
“A Poem to the Right Honourable Mr. Harley, on his appearing in Publick after the Wound given him by Guiscard. By Joseph Trapp *, A. M.;" 8vo. “ Verses sent to the Right Honourable the Earl of Oxford, Lord High Treasurer of Great Britain * ; occasioned by a late subtle and barbarous Machina. tion against his Lordship's valuable Life, by Gunpowder, loaded Pistols, &c. sent in a Box to his Lordship, Nov. 4, 1712.” [By Mr. Castleton.] This Poem passed through five editions.
* Dr. Joseph Trapp was elected poetry professor in 1709, and published his lectures under the title of " Prælectiones Poetica;" the first volume of which is dedicated to Mr. Secretary St. John; to whose father, in the early part of his life, he had been chap
Another “ Poem,” by Mr. Castleton , “ to Lord Harley, on his Father's Promotion."
“ An Epistle from Mr. Elijah Fenton to Mr. Southerne;" 8vo.
“ Critical History of the Creed. By Sir Peter King ; second edition;" 8vo.
Jain (and was also made chaplain to the son by Swift's recommendation; Journal to Stella, July 17, 1712). He had been chaplain to the lord chancellor of Ireland in 1711, in which year he published " A Character of the present Set of Whigs;" which Swift, who conveyed it to the printer, calls “ a very scurvy piece ;" see the Journal to Stella, May 14, 1711. In a short time after, he printed at Dublin a poem on the Duke of Ormond. which was re-published at London, “ and the printer sold just eleven of them ;" see Journal, Aug. 24, 1711. Dr. Swift, haying mentioned to Stella, that Trapp and Sacheverell had been to visit him, adds, “ Trapp is a coxcomb, and the other is not very deep; and their judgment in things of wit and sense is miraculous !". Journal, March 17, 1711-12. He was an agree. able and pathetic preacher; published several volumes of ser. mons; and died Nov. 22, 1747.
* See, in Dr. Swift's Works, 1808, vol. III. p. 333, “ A true Narrative of what passed at the Examination of the Marquis de Guiscard, at the Cockpit, March 8, 1710-11; his stabbing Mr. Harley; and other precedent and subsequent Facts, relating to the Life of the said Guiscard.”—The following lines also, inscribed to the Physician who attended Mr. Harley whilst he Was wounded, were written by Dr. Swift :
« On Britain Europe's safety lies;
Think whom you save, or what you kill.”
This celebrated poet was at that time usher to Mr. Bonwicke, at Headley in Surrey.
The first edition of this volume was published in 1703. Of its excellent author some idea may be formed from the following inscription on a handsome monument on the North side of Ockham church in Surrey, (engraved in Gent. Mag. vol. LXX. p. 113). On the urn is written :