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SUTTONS's Hospital.

His Hospital consisting of a Master, Governor, a Preacher, a Free School, with a Master and Usher, 80 poor People, and 40 Scholars, is maintained with sufficient Cloathing, Meat, Drink, Lodging and Wages: beside Officers and Ministers to attend on them; and the Number to increase, according as the Revenues upon the Expiration of the Leases is increased.

The whole number in the House, with the Attendants, is 180.

This famous Hospital with the Value of the Lands laid unto it, the Purchase of the House, Stock laid in, and Allowance towards the Building: Also, the remainder of his Goods unbequeathed, his large Gifts and Legacies to divers Honourable and worthy Friends, beside great store of far more inferior Account, surpassing my Capacity to Number, and the residue of 20000 Pounds left to the Discretion of his Executors; may well and worthily be said to be the very greatest and most bountifull Gift, that ever at any Time was given in England; no Abby (at the first Foundation thereof) excepted, or therewith to be compared, being the Gift of one Man only.

The greatest and most commendable that ever was given in England by one Man, and to pious uses.

But alas! what Perpetuity is there to be expected in this Life, where there is no other certainty than of Change? While all eyes stand gazing on this hopeful Intention, and every Ear listening to hear, when it would come to effect; that Enemy to infinite good and godly Purposes, Death, takes away the worthy Master Workman; yet not unprovided, as too many are; for he had his needful Occasions, befitting provision for so long a Journey, readily sealed up in the Peace of a good Conscience: And that which the Tyrant Death had bereft him of, he left to the Performance of his faithful Executors, Master Richard Sutton, and Master John Lawe, Men of religious and upright Souls, and (God be thanked) the Work is accomplished. And on the Monday after Michaelmas Day, being the third Day of October, An. Dom. 1614. the Captains and Gentlemen entred into their famous prepared Hospital; to the Glory of God, Honour of the King's most Royal Majesty, Credit of the Governors, Comfort of them appointed to it, and Joy of all good Minds to behold it.

Mr. Sutton died before he could see his Hopes take their effect.

The Executors to Mr. Sutton.

Thus, though no Tongue or Pen can either so amply express, or sufficiently set down the great Deserts of this so good and worthy a Man; yet Death having given a period to his Life, and laid him in a goodly Tomb, in the Chapel of his own Hospital, there we must now leave him, with this Inscription thereon engraven.

Sacred to the Glory of God, in grateful Memory of Thomas Sutton, Esq;
Here lyeth buried the Body of Thomas Sutton, late of Castel Camps , in the County of Cambridge, Esq; At whose only Costs and Charges this Hospital was founded, and endued with large Possessions, for the relief of poor Men and Children. He was a Gentleman, Born at Knayth, in the County of Lincoln, of worthy and honest Parentage, He lived to the Age of 79 Years, and deceased the 12. Day of December, An. Dom. 1611.

A very costly and beautiful Tomb in the West side of the Quire.

Master Hutton was the first Master of this Hospital, according to the Mind of Mr. Sutton.

Masters that have been of the Hospital.

Mr. Pearne was the Second.

Mr. Hooker the Third, who died there in his Mastership, and lyeth buried in the Chapel.

Mr. John Law, one of Mr. Sutton's Executors, lyeth also there buried in the Chapel, and hath a Monument or Remembrance of him, fixed in the East Wall of the said Chapel.

An Epitaph written by a Friend to Goodness.


When bad Men die, the Memory remains
Of their Corruptions and ungodly Ways:
As Merit to their misupplyed Pains,
Out of ill Actions forming as ill Praise.
For Virtue wounded by their deep disgrace,
Leaves Shame to their Posterity and Race,

Intended to be hung in a fair Table by the Tomb.

When good Men die, the Memory remains
Of their true Virtue, and most Christian Ways;
As a due Guerdon to their godly Pains,
Out of good Actions forming as good Praise:
For Virtue cherisht by their Deeds of Grace,
Leaves Fame to their Posterity and Race.

Among those good (if Goodness may be said
To be among the Seed of Mortal Men)
In upright Balance of true Merit weigh'd,
Needs must we reckon famous Sutton then.
In whom, as in a Mirror doth appear,
That Faith with Works did shine in him most clear.

And let us not, as is a common Use,
Measure him by a many other more;
In Death, to cover their bad Life's abuse,
To lance out then some bounty of their Store.
No, Sutton was none such; his Hospital,
And much more else beside, speaks him to all.

For as God blest him with abundant Wealth,
Like to a careful Steward he employ'd it,
And ordered all Things in his best of Health,
As glad to leave it, as when he enjoy'd it.
And being prepared every Hour to die,
Disposed all his Gifts most Christianly.

In Abrahams Bosom sleeps he with the Blest.
His Works, they follow him, his Worth survives.
Good Angels guide him to eternal Rest,
Where is no date of Times, for Years or Lives.
You that are Rich, do you as he hath done,
And so assure the Crown that he hath won.

In the Year 1629. Percival Burrel (who was the Fourth settled Preacher of King James's Hospital in the Charterhouse,) preached a Sermond there, printed, and entitled Sutton's Synagogue, or the English Centurion, shewing the unparallel'd Bounty of Protestant Piety. The Text was in Luk. VII. 5. He hath built us a Synagogue. It was dedicted to the Archbishop of Canterbury and the rest of the Governors. This Sermon, Dr. Goodall, late Physician of the Charterhouse shewed me; as he likewise very friendly communicated to me, divers other Writings and Instructions, relating to this noble Foundation.

A Sermon preached in Praise of this Foundation.

J. S.

By the Foundation Statues, this Hospital is to consist of a Master, or Governor, a Chaplain for preaching and saying divine Service Twice a Day, 80 decayed Men which ought to be Gentlemen, Merchants, or Soldiers, and 40 Scholars to be instructed in Learning by a Schoolmaster and an Usher, who are to be able and approved Scholars. All which have a plentiful Maintenance allowed them, in Lodging, Diet, Cloaths, and Physick, living in a collegiate Manner, besides the Allowance of Money for private Expences, the Men having 6 or 7l. per Ann. paid them, besides each a new Gown every two Years, with a sufficient quantity of Coals for firing in their particular Chambers, besides the conveniency of the great Fires kept in the publick Halls, during the cold Season.

What Persons this Hospital consists of.

R. B.

The Boys or Scholars, are habited also in Gowns, like the Men. And when any of them are fit for the Universities, and are elected, each one sent thither, is to receive 20l. per Ann. for 8 Years, to be paid out of the Revenues for their Maintenance. And as for those Boys that are found more fit for Trades, there is a considerable Sum set apart to bind such out Apprentices to good Traces; so that when they come to be Men, they may be in a Way to get their Livelyhood.

The Scholars.