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seems to have got a Prebend of Lincoln, and became afterwards Master of Eaton
John Harrison, M.A. He was also of Kings College in Cambridge. A great
for Coins, and English History. He had some Contest with the Company of Mercers
for the Augmentation of his Salary. And by an Order agreed and established, it
considerably increased to him and his Successors. He continued Master of St.
School Fifteen Years.
Richard Mulcaster, M.A. of a good Family in Carlisle in Cumberland. He was also
bred in Eaton School, and chosen thence to Kings College in Cambridge; thence
Student of Christs Church, Oxon, Anno 1555. He seems to have been the first
of Merchant Taylors School, in the Parish of St. Laurence Pountney, London. For
was chosen thither, Anno 1561, where after he had spent Five and Thirty Years he
became Master of St. Pauls School. For the use of this School he wrote a
Latin in Hexameter and Pentameter Verses. He also published two Books in
while he was Master of Merchant Taylors School, about the Instruction of
4to. The former he presumed to dedicate to the Queen, because it pretended a
Good: For in it he laid down Positions for the training up of Children in
Health. The latter which he called, The Elementarie, teaching the right Writing
English, he dedicated to the Earl of Leicester.
He was a Man of great Account for his Learning in those Times: And for his
Knowledge in the Oriental Languages, was valued by that great English Rabbi,
Broughton. He had the Honour to be Master to Bishop Andrews, while he governed
Merchant Taylors School. He dyed Parson of Stanford Rivers in Essex, whither he
retired two or three Years before his Death. Next him came
Alexander Gill born in Lincolnshire, M.A. of Corpus Christi College Oxon. He
a Book intitled Logonomia, for amending and rectifying the Writing of the
Language. And being a Divine as well as a Critic, he wrote a Tract concerning
Trinity in Unity, against a certain Anabaptist. And another Book entitled,
Philosophy of holy Scripture. He was buried in Mercers Chapel.
Alexander Gill, D.D. Son of the said Alexander. He had been second Master
under his Father, He was esteemed one of the best Latin Poets in his Time. Many
Pieces of his Poetry are extant. He remained Master of this School the shortest
any Master before or since, being removed in the Year 1640, perhaps for his
yet he had an Annuity allowed him of 25l.
John Langley, born near Banbury in Oxfordshire, of Magdalen Hall, Oxon, first
of the College School in Glocester, from thence chosen to St. Pauls. A general
Scholar, and especially a great Antiquary in Matters of our own Country. Of the
Stories and Curiosities whereof, he made a considerable Collection in his
was known and beloved by the learned Selden. He composed a short Rhetorick, and
compendious Prosodia for the use of his School, besides divers Amendments,
Additions, and Explanations of the Latin and Greek Grammars, used by his
He had a very awful Presence and Speech, that struck a mighty Respect and Fear
Scholars, which however wore off after they were a little used to him. And his
Management of himself towards them was such that they both loved and feared him.
He was a single Man, and dyed in the Year 1657, and was buried in Mercers
all the Scholars attending his Funeral, walking before the Corps (hung with
Eschotcheons) from the School through Cheapside, with White Gloves on: and I
was one of the Number. His Funeral Sermon was preached by one of his learned
Friends, Dr. Edward Reynolds, (afterwards Bishop of Norwich) upon the Text Acts
vii. And Moses was learned in all the Learning of the Egyptians; wherein both
Learning, and the Learned Man deceased, were much commended: And the Sermon
Samuel Cromleholme, or Crumlum of Corpus Christi College, Oxon, who was also
removed from the Government of Gloucester School hither, where he had once been
second Master. And such an Opinion had Mr. Langley of him, that on his Death
he recommended him to the Mercers, as the fittest Man to succced him. He was
xxx, one that understood a
great many Languages, and exceeded his Predecessor in that sort of Learnings.
Time Pauls School was burnt in the great Fire; and he lost an incomparable
he was very curious in Books. But he lived to teach School there again, after
beautiful rebuilding of it. He dyed a Married Man, but without Children. From
Care of my Education, (which I think my self bound publickly to acknowledge) I
removed to the University of Cambridge, Anno 1661.
Thomas Gale, D.D. A Yorkshire Man, bred at Westminster School, Fellow of
College, Cambridge; an excellent Grecian and Antiquarian, especially for the
this Kingdom. A Married Man, and had Children. He resigned, being made Dean of
York, lately deceased. His Son is Roger Gale, Esq; a Person of great Learning,
John Postlethwait, born in Cumberland, bred in Merton College, Oxon, chosen from
School in St. Martins in the Fields, of the Foundation of Dr. Thomas Tenison,
was Rector of the said Parish, since the most Reverend Father Lord Archbishop of
Canterbury. Who upon the Experience and thorough Knowledge of him,
recommended him with a most ample Commendation to the Mercers Company, whose
Testimonial was as followeth:
"I have known Mr. Postlethwait nigh Twenty Years. He hath been long the upper
Schoolmaster at St. Martins. I have never known him wilfully absent for two
any Day in School time. He is a Man of great Abilities in Learning, and
that which relates to Grammar, in the Knowledge of the Hebrew, Greek, and Latin
Tongues. He is of a very even Temper, and one who studieth the Temper and
of Youth. His Scholars are in awe of him by reason of his grave Deportment and
Discipline, but he doth not terrify them with Severity. He hath sent forth
eminent Scholars. And I do believe for Instance sake, that there are few in the
equal (for their Time) to Wallis of Magdalen College, Oxford, and Mr. Fawcet of
College in Cambridge, late his Scholars. He is very careful of the Religion and
Manners of those under his Care, and taketh pains with divers of them every
Day before Church time. His Conversation is serious and discreet, and hath
Pedantry in it. I have said very much of him, and yet I cannot do him Justice
The Archbishop's Recommendation of him.
Upon his Death, Philip Ayscough, M.A. who had been Surmaster succeeded; now
Isaac Steel, M.A. present Surmaster.
Hugh Wyat, A.B. Chaplain, or third Master.
Out of this School, by the care of these diligent and learned Men, have gone