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The Second Epistle Dedicatory, which is in English, and by Taylor is addressed « To the

of Latin verses written by F. Gregory, from Westminster school, and superscribed “In Grammaticam Reverendi « viri domini, Jer. Taylori, S. Theologiæ Doctoris recens "editam.” They are given in a subsequent note.. :

The “ New and easie Institution of Grammar” is very scarce. A copy of it is preserved in the library of Caius College, Cambridge, D. h. 5. And as the book is not to be met with in the more public collections of the kingdom, some further account of it may be thought requisite. Prefixed is a frontispiece. Apollo seated on a mount and leaning on his lyre, holds out to the youth below a wreath of laurel. Beneath him is a scroll or sheet supported by two figures, Philoponus and Musæus. On the sheet is inscribed “A new and easie Institution of • Grammar."

“ Expedire Grammatico - “ Etiamsi quædam nesciat." " QUINT. Beneath this on a shield of arms is a book open between three crowns, and on each side boys seated at their studies. The arms are those of the University of Oxford. On the opposite page are the following explanatory lines. •

“ Explicatio Emblematis. . . “ Cernis ut in solio sedeat sublimis Apollo,

“ Et cingat medium laurus utrinq. Deum!
“ En, ut grammatici venerati numen adorent,

“ Et cadat ad sacros pronus uterque pedes ; -
“ Nec pueri pietate carent ; dant vota magistris."

“ Relligiosa suis, relligiosa Deo.
“ Singula grammaticæ quadrant, quam tradit Apollo,

Quam pueri discunt, grammaticiq. docent."'...

“most hopefull, Christopher Hatton Esquire,' “ son and heire to the right honourable the “ Lord Hatton, of Kirby.” As it is but little known and in a few years may possibly be en. tirely lost, and as it in some measure shews the mind of Taylor in adversity, and exhibits a specimen of the manner in which he directs his subject to the attention of a young man born to higher expectations, it is thought wor-, thy of being recorded at length.

“ Sir, “ All that know the infinite desires and the “ many cares, my lord your most honoured

The title page is as follows, “ A new and easie Institu“tion of Grammar. In which the labour of many yeares * usually spent in learning the Latine tongue, is shortned 86 and made easie.” .“ In usum Juventutis Cambro-Britannicæ.. * “ Non obstant hæ disciplinæ per illas euntibus, sed “ circa illas hærentibus.

QUINT. " London. Printed by J. Young, for R. Royston, and are “ to be sold at the signe of the Angel, in Ivie Lane, 1647."

He was created Viscount Hatton, by Charles II. and made Governor of Guernsey. He married Lady Cicely Tufton, third daughter of John Earl of Thanet ; by whom he had Ann, who became the wife of Daniel, Earl of Nottingham ; from whom the present possessor of Kirby is descended.

* father hath of your education in learning, “ and exemplary piety, will expound this ad“ dress to you, as a compliance with those “ thoughts and designs of his, by which he in“ tends hereafter to represent you to the world, “ to be a person like himself; that is, an able “ instrument of serving God, and promoting “ the just and religious interests of God's vice“ gerent and God's church. It is yet but earely “ day with you, · Adhuc tibi messis in herba:' “ but if we may conjecture by the most hope. “ ful prognosticks of a cleare morning, we who “ are servants and relatives of my lord your fa“ ther, promise to ourselves the best concern“ing you; and those are, that you will be“ come such as your honourable father intends “ you, who had rather secure to you a stock of “ wisdom then of wealth, or of the most poi la « pous honours. These sadnesses which cloud “ many good men at this present, have taught “ us all, that nothing can secure a happinesse " or create one, but those inward excellencies, " which like diamonds in the night sparkle in “ despight of darkness. And give me leave to “ tell you this truth, that however nature and “ the lawes of the kingdome may secure you a

"Adhuc tua messis in herbâ. Ovid Ep. xvii. 263, *Taylor quoted from memory, and not always with accuracy.

“ great fortune, and mark you with the extes “rior character of honour, yet your fortune “ will be but a load of baggage, and your ho“ nour an empty gayety, unlesse you build and " adorne your house as your father does, with " the advantages and ornaments of learning, “ upon the foundation of piety. In order to “ which give me leave to help you in laying “ this first stone, which is cut small, and yet " according to the strictest rules of art, but “ with a designe justly complying with your “ end; for it is contrived with no small bre. “ vity, that since you are intended for a long “ journey, to a great progresse of wisdom and “ knowledge, you may not be stopped at your “setting out, but proceed like the sun, whose “ swiftness is just proportionable to the length “ of his course. For, Sir, you will neither “ satisfie your honourable father's care, nor “ the expectation of your friends, nor the hum. “ blest desires of your servants; if you here.

after shall be wise and pious but in the even “ ranke of other men.

“ We expect you to shew to the world an « argument, and make demonstration whose “ sonne you are, that you may be learned even “ to an example, pious up to a proverb; and

“ unlesse you excell those bounds which cus“ tome and indevotion hath made to bee the “ terme and utmost aime of many of your “ ranke, we shall onely say you are not vicious, “ not unlearned; and what a poor character that “ will be of you, yourself will be the best “ judge, when you remember who and what “your father is. Sir, this freedome of expres“ sion, I hope you will pardon, when you shall “ know that it is the sense and desires of “ one of the heartiest and devoutest of your “ most honoured father's servants; who hath “ had the honour to have so much of his pri“vacies communicated to him; as to be witness “ of his cares, his sighes, his hopes and feares “ concerning you; and for the advantage and “ promotion of your best interests. I hope, “Sir, that neither this monition, nor the pre“sent institution of the first, but the most ne“ cessary art and instrument of knowledge, “ will become displeasing to you, especially if “you shall accept this testimony from me, that “ it is done with much care and choice, and “ though the scene lies in Wales, yet the repre“ sentment and design is one of the instances “ for Kirby, and that it is the first and the least " testimony of the greatest service and affec

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