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This learned Divine having married a lady of a rich and noble family without the consent of her parents, was treated by them with great as. perity. Having been told by the father, that he was to expect no money from him, the Doctor went home, and wrote the following note to him; “ John Donne, Anne Donne, undone." This quibble had the desired effect, and the distressed couple were restored to favour.
It was said of Donne as of Picus de Miran, dola, that he was rather born wise than made so by study: yet, as his Biographer tells us, “hę “ left behind him the resultance of fourteen « hundred authors, most of them abridged and “ analysed with his own hand,”
This great Civilian was in London in 1613, fent thither by the States General of Holland to settle fome disputes that had taken place between that country and England, respecting the right
of fishery in the North Sea. Casaubon says, that if he was not satisfied with the decision of the English Minister on the subject of the dispute, he had great reason to be flattered with the reception he met with from the Sovereign, James the First, who was much pleased with his con. versation, and shewed him the greatest atten. tion. Grotius's company and conversation were not, however, much relished by some of the Courtiers, nor by his Majesty himself, as appears by the following Letter of Archbishop Abbot to Sir Ralph Winwood, Secretary of State, dated Lambeth, June 1, 1613: . . You must take heed how you trust Dr, Gro. “tius too far, for I perceive him so addicted to “ some partialities in those parts, that he feareth “ not to`lash, so it may serve a turn. At his « first coming to the King, by reason of his “ good Latine tongue, he was so tedious and “ full of tittle-tattle, that the King's judgment 4 was of him, that he was some pedant full of “ words and of no great judgment. And I “ myself discovering that to be his habit, as if " he did imagine that every man was bound to “ hear him so long as he would talk, (which is a a great burthen to men repleat with busyness,) “ did privately give him notice thereof, that he
* Mirè Grotii, fermonibus dele&atus.- Casaubon. Epiftola.
" should plainly and directly deliver his mind, " or else he would make the King weary of him, « This did not so take place, but that afterwards 6 he fell to it again, as was especially observed
one night at fupper at the Lord Bishop of “ Ely's, whither being brought by Monsieur «c Casaubon, (as I think,) my Lord intreated him “ to stay to supper, which he did. There was
present Dr. Steward and another Civilian, unto " whom he flings out some question of that
profession; and was so full of words, that “ Dr. Steward afterwards told my Lord, that 66 he did perceive by him, that like a smatterer $6 he had studyed fome two or three questions, “ whereof when he came in company he must « be talking to vindicate his skill; but if he ç were put from those, he would shew himself “ but a simple fellow. There was present also « Dr. Richardson, the King's Professor of Divi. 66 nity in Cambridge, and another Doctor in “ that faculty, with whom he falleth in also “ about some of those questions which are now “ controverted among the Ministers in Holland. v And being matters wherein he was studyed, 6 he uttered all his skill concerning them; iny « Lord of Ely fitting still at the supper all the .66 while, and wondering what a man he had “ there, who not being in the place or company « before, could overwhelm them so with talk
“ for so long a time. I write this unto you so “ largely, that you may know the disposition of « the man, and how kindly he used my Lord of “ Ely for his good entertainment. For when « he took his leave of the King, he fell into dif. « course what a famous Church was here in « England, what worthy men the Bishops were, “ how he admired the ecclesiastical government, « what great contentment he received by con“ ference with many learned men. But,' « faith he, I do perceive that your great men “ do not all agree in those questions controverted « amongst us; for, in talking with my Lord of
Ely, I perceive that he is of opinion, that a “ man that is truly justified, sanctified, may ex. e cidere à gratia, although not finaliter yet tota. « liter.' The King's Majesty knowing that my “ Lord of Ely had heartofore inclined to that “ opinion, but, being told the King's judgment ¢ of it, had made shew to defist from broaching “ any such thing, (for then it was as well finaliter « as totaliter,) did secretly complain to me that “ my Lord should revive any such thing, and “ especially make it known unto a stranger.
Whereupon I moved my Lord in it, and told ç him what the Doctor had said, and to whom ;
but thereunto he replied with earnest assever66 ation, that he had not used any such speech “ unto him, and was much abused by that res
6 port. s port. Thereupon he offered by letters sent “ into Holland to challenge Grotius for it, as « having done him a singular wrong to report 66 so of him to the King. I replyed, that I held FC it fitter to let it alone, not to draw contention “ on himself with so busy a man, I would sa“ tisfy the King, and so might his Lordship “ also; but he would do well to be wary how “ he had to do with any of those parts ill affected, « for he had been once before so served by Ber* tius, the Author of the book De Apostasia « Sanctorum ; who, upon speech with Mr. Bed. 56 well Leyden, vauntingly gave it out, that his 65 Lordship and the Bishop of Lincoln were of “ his opinion. You will ask me what is this to 66 you? I must tell you, therefore, that you shall & not be without your part. At the same time 6 that Sir Noel Caron was together with Grou tius, being now to take his leave of the King, “ it was desired of his Majesty that he would « not hastily give his judgment concerning points s of religion now in difference in Holland, for « that his Majesty had information but of one “ fide; and that his Ambassador did deal par“ tially, making the reports in favour of the one “ fide, and saying nothing at all for the other;