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A Brief A C COUNT :

OF THE

AUTHOR

OF THE

Following SERMON S.

HILST I comply with

the Request of the Bookseller, in saying something

of the late Rev. Dr. Lewis Atterbury, whose SERMONS are here presented to the World: I must request the Reader not to expect a compleat Life of him, but only a short Relation of such Particulars, as a personal Conversation with him for several years, and the Papers I have by me, have furnished me withi

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The Family of Atterbury hath flourished for many Years in Northamptonshire : The Grandfather of our Author was one of the many Children of Lewis Atterbury, of Great-Houghton, in the said County. This Person, whose Name was Francis, was a Reverend Clergyman, Rector of Middleton-Malfor, in his native County ; he was an eloquent, judicious, and useful Preacher, as appears by what I have feen of his Writings, and left behind him the Character of a worthy and good

Man.

His Son, Lewis Atterbury, was edu"cated at Christ's-Church, in Oxford, * becaine A. B. 23 Feb. 1649, and was I March 1651, y admitted or created A. M. by Virtue of a Difpenfation from the Chancellor of that Üniversity. He was admitted in the Year 1654, Rector of Great or Broad-Risington, in the Diocese and County of Gloucester, and, after the Restoration, took a Presentation for that Benefice under the Great Seal, and, was instituted again to confirm his Title to it I.

On

* Gen. Diction. + Athen. Oxon. Vol. II. p. 777.

Original Instruments in my Custody.

On 11 Sept. 1657, he was admitted Rector of Milton Keynes, otherwise MiddletonKeynes, in the County of Bucks, and took the same Method of corroborating his Title to this Living at the King's Return. Scon after which (25 July 1660,) he was made Chaplain Extraordinary to Henry, Duke of Gloucester; and, on 1 Dec. of the fame Year, was || created Doctor in Divinity, and published afterwards three occasional Sermons in the Years 1684, 1685, and 1691. He died in December 1693 *.

Dr. Lewis Atterbury, the Elder, married Elizabeth, the Daughter of Thomas Giffard, of North-Crowly, in the County of Bucks, Esq; by Elizabeth, the Daughter of Edmond Harding, of Apply, in the County of Bedford, Esq; by his faid Wife he had two Sons, the Younger of which was Francis Atterbury, D.D. who was successively Archdeacon of Totness, Dean of Carlisle, Chrift-Church Oxford, and Westminster, and Bishop of Rochester: A Person as remarkable for the Endowments ''A 3

of

| Oxford Catalogue, and Athen. Oxon. Vol. II. p. 805. First Edit.

† General Dictionary

of Nature, and the Acquirements of Learning, as he was unfortunate in the latter Part of his Life, in being deprived of his Preferment, and banished out of his native Country. A Pen like his own should write his Lifé : I shall only acquaint the Reader, that he was born at Milton Keynes, in Buckinghamshire, the 6th, and baptized the 17th of March Anno Dom. 1662, and died at Paris the 15th of February 1731 .

Lewis, the elder Brother, was born at Caldecot, in the Parish of Newport-Pagnel, in the County of Bucks I, the ad of May Anno Dom. 1656. He was educated at Westminster School, under the celebrated Dr. Richard Busby, between whom and the Father of our Author there was a Friendship and Intimacy. In the 18th Year of his Age he was sent to ChriftChurch, Oxford, and matriculated || in that

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§ Milton Register, and a Letter of Bishop Atterbury.,

of The Gen. Die. makes the Bishop die, Feb. 15, 1732, but falsely, unless they compute the Year from the first of January; for he survived his Brother but a few Months, from Detober 1731, to the February follow, ing.

1 Newport-Pagnel Regist.
| Certificate in my Hands.

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