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T H E HIBERNIAN MAGAZINE: O R,
Compendium of Entertaining Knowledge.
Memoirs of the Life of the late HENRY MOSSOP, Esq;
truly celebrated Performer in the
subsequent odd and enthusiastical notions. Afterwards he went to a private school on Tower-hill, and had, besides, the advantage of a private Tutor, which his father kept in the house. In 1660 he was entered a Gentleman-commoner of Christ's Church in Oxford, and matricu* in October, that year, as a Knight's on. Here he continued two years, as we are told ; and delighted much in manly sports at times of recreation. But, mean while, being influenced by the preaching of one Thomas Low, or Loe, a Quaker, he and some other Students withdrew from the national form of worthip, and held private meetings for the exercise of religion, where they preachcd and prayed among themselves. This giving great offence to the Governors of the University, Mr. Penn was fined for non-conformity; and, continuing still zealous in his religious exercises, was at length expelled his college. Upon his return home in 1661, he was severely treated by his father on the same account, who at last turned him out of doors; but, his anger abating afterwards, he sent him to travel into France, in company with some Persons of Quality, where he continued two years or upwards, and returned well skilled in the French Language, and accomplished with a polite and courtly behaviour. Then he was entered into Lincoln’s-inn to study the laws, where he remained till the plague began to rage in London. In 1666, his father committed to his care and management a confiderable estate in Ireland, which occasioned his refidence in that kingdom. But, instead of going into the diversions there, he took to a serious and retired way of life; and, by the preaching of Thomas Loe
above-mentioned, at Cork, was prevail