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He translated a Life of King Alfred, which he published with Plates and Notes, proving him to be popishly affected. He was author, also, of a Treatise on Education; Instruction in the Art of Oratory and Grammar; a Description of Greenland, the Northern Islands, Muscovy and Russia ; a Life of Christ, the sale of which was interdicted by the Vice-Chancellor of Oxford for it's Popish tendencies; a Greek and Roman History, illustrated by Coins and Medals; and some other works. He was buried in the Church-Yard at Pancras, near the grave of Mr. Woodhead, where a monument to his memory bears the inscrip

tion,

Per bonam Famam et Infamiam.*
Ob. Jan. 31. A. D. 1699, Æt. 86.

See Restituta, iii. 42. ; Lysons' Environs of London, III. 360.; and Nichols' Literary Anecdotes, II. 600, 604, where Dr. Walker's pretensions to the writing of the Whole Duty of Man' (sometimes ascribed to his pen) are discussed.

131. WALTON BRYAN,

Born in Cleveland, was admitted first of Magdalen College, and afterward of Peter House, Cam.

* The Vulgate reading of a clause in 2 Corinth. vi. 3.

bridge; where he took his first degree in 1623. He officiated, for some time, as Curate and Schoolmaster in the County of Essex ; but his superior merit was not long concealed from the world.

No register of his birth has been discovered.

In 1660, he was promoted to the prebend of Wenlokesburn, in the Church of St. Paul's; and consecrated Bishop of Chester by Accepted Frewen, Archbishop of York. He was one of the Divines who attended the Savoy Conference, of which Mr. Baxter has given a narrative; not with the candour, however, which becomes a faithful historian. He tells us, that • Bishop Walton was present at the Conference only once or twice.' Death hastily snatched him away,

whilst he was intent on pursuits honourable to himself, and useful to religion and mankind. He died November 29, 1661. His loyalty exposed him to numerous dan

The vast compass of his learning, his admirable piety, his sincere attachment to the Church of England, and the unblemished purity of his life, all concurred to provoke the resentment of those who then governed the kingdom.

His edition of the Polyglott may be pronounced superior to any other. In executing this noble work, in six immense folios, he received much assistance from his learned contemporaries, but from none more than Mr. Ed

gers.

mund Castell,* the indefatigable author of the Lexicon Heptaglotton, who complains that Walton did not sufficiently acknowledge the aid he derived from him.-(See Dr. Clarke's Bibliographical Dictionary, and Nichols Literary Anecdotes, IV. 7–13, &c.) For this, probably the first work published by subscription, Dr. W. got leave to import paper duty-free in 1652: it was begun in 1653, and finished in four years ! Yet in the reprinted leaf of his preface, the editor robbed the Protector Cromwell of the honour of patronising his work, and preferred presenting his work to one, to whom its subject at least would be no recommendation, Charles II., in 1660. Several critics have taken great pains in collating the two prefaces, where sundry alterations have been detected in various parts.

132. WATKINSON JOSEPH.

No apology is requisite for paying the tribute of applause to the memory of a private clergyman, whose virtues are portrayed in the following inscription, in the Chapel of Merton College, Oxford :

* See Nichols' Literary Anecdotes, IV. 22.

Hic situs est JOSEPHUS WATKINSON, A. M.

Ex antiqua familia apud Wakefield
In comitatu Eboracensi oriundus ;

À schola Westmonasteriensi
Collegië hujusce Portionista,

Deinde Socius ascitus
Vir ad normam à MERTONA statutam

Probus, humilis, pacificus ;
Omnium virtutum choro societatem

Recreavit domi,

Foras honestavit.
In humanioribus literis varius et elegans,

In theologia doctus et disertus.
Quas à Deo dotes feliciter expendit

In instituenda juventute
Assiduus aliquando tutor,

In Parochiæ curâ
Pastor ad extremum vigilantissimus.
Obiit Anno Domini MDCCXX, Ætatis suæ XXXVII.

133. WHITAKER JEREMIAH,

Born at Wakefield, and educated at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, was successively Master of Okeham School, and Preacher at St. Mary Magdalen, Bermondsey, Southwark. He died June 6, 1654.

134. WICKLIFFE JOHN,

Born at Wickliffe.

Is it not extraordinary, that in 1722 Thomas Hearne, a Member of the University of Oxford, should accuse the venerable John Wickliffe of rebellion and impiety, and to prove his charge should name several Popish libels on that University, printed in 1623 ?-(See Preface to Lewis' Life of Bishop Pecock, p. 5, and Nichols' Literary Anecdotes, VIII. 341.

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