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Suburbs. Inclosures.

No, no, blest Virgin, this Engravers Breath
Is not to speak your Life, but weep your Death.
This here is only laid by th' careful Trust
Of a sad Mother, in honour of your Dust.

Reader, pay thy Tribute here,
A Tear, a Rose, and then a Tear.
Grief may make thee marvel too,
Yet weep on, as Marbles do.
Gently let the Dust be spread
On a gentle Virgins Head:
Prest by no rude passer by,
Nothing but a Mothers Ey.
Sacred Tomb, with whom we trust
Precious Piles of lovely Dust:
Keep them safely, sacred Tomb,
Till a Mother ask for room.
Happy Soul, thy Hearse prepare,
Till she comes and hugs thee there.
And when each Particle shall kiss,
In her dear Arms, arise to bliss.

Mr. John Gosnald, a faithful Minister of the Gospel. Oct. 3. 1678. Aged 53. They that turn many to Righteousness shall shine as the Stars for ever and ever. Dan. 12.3.

Jana Barton, Vidua Joahnnis Barton, Theolgi hic sepulta, expectat donec mortui resurgant. Ob. Aug. 20. Anno Dom. 1679. Annos nata 67.

Honoria Read, late Wife of Samuel Read, Merchant, died Febr. 5. 1690/1. Aged 33.

John Huntley, Citizen and Painterstainer of London, late of the Parish of St. Giles Cripplegate. Aug. 30. 1682. Elizabeth Huntley his Wife, June 11. 1691. in the 63 of her Age. And John Huntley his Son, Febr. 10. 1687/8. Aged 32.

Elizabeth Carter, Daughter of William Carter, Citizen ond Mason of London; and Grandaughter of the abovenamed John Huntley, Sen. Febr. 1. 1692.

William Dixon, Citizen and Weaver. Nov. 3. 1701. Aged 70.

In this Vault lies buried the Body of Captain John Smith, late of London, Merchant, and Treasurer of St. Thomas Hospital many Years. Whose Study was to imitate his Redeemer here by doing good. Departed March 7. 1698. at Clapham, in the 69 Year of his Age; with a joyful Hope to meet him in glory hereafter.

Anne and Elinor, Daughters of Captain John Smith: the former aged five Years ten Months; 1689. the latter three Years, 1692/3.

A Tomb of an unusual Form, long, in the Figure somewhat of a Coffin, but narrow at the bottom and broad at the top, with a kind of Urn on it; for Mordecai Abbot, Esq; Receiver General of her Majesty's Customs. Ob. Febr. 29. 1699. ætat. 43.

Here Abbot, Vertues great Example, lies,
The Charitable, pious, just and wise.
But how shall Fame in this small Table paint
The Husband, Father, Master, Friend and Saint.
A Soul on Earth so ripe for Glory found,
So like to theirs who are with Glory crown'd,
That 'tis less strange such Worth so soon should go
To Heaven, than that it stay'd so long below.

Lieutenant Colonel Samuel Brache, Esq; Sept. 3. 1687. Aged 62.

Joshua Brook, late Merchant Tayler of London, Jan. 16. 1696. in the 68 Year of his Age.

Mary Brook, late Wife of Joshua Brook, Aug 4. 1687.

Rebecka Godolphin, Widow of John Godolphin, late Dr. of Laws, June, 4. 1696. Aged 56.

Here resteth in Hope the Body of Hanna, Wife to Nehemiah Bourn, sometime Commander at Sea, and Commissioner for the Navy. By whom he had four Sons and one Daughter. Who after She had lived with him, as a most affectionate Wife, 52 Years; during which Time she was a most suitable Companion to him in various and extraordinary Paths of divine Providence by Sea and Land, at home and in remote Parts; and an eminent Example and Pattern to all that knew her, as well in the several Excellencies of a natural Temper, as those of the spiritual and divine Life; being ripened for a better, She departed this World at Ebisham in Surrey, upon the 18th of June. From thence She was brought to this Place, and buried the 21st in the Year of our Lord 1684. and of her Age 68.

In this CÅ“mitery was also buried, about the beginning of the Year, 1708. Dr. Eems, a Practiser of Medicine, one of the Sect of the Prophesiers: of whose rising again out of his Grave here, after a wonderful and terrible Manner, his Party confidently prophesied to happen on the 26 of May the said Year. On which Day were Thousands of Poople got together at his Tomb to see the Issue. But the Prophecy failed. The Prophesiers were very blank at it: Notwithstanding they affirmed the Prophesy was from God; but that he had deceived them.]

And now concerning the Inclosures of common Grounds about this City, whereof I mind not much to argue; Edward Hall setteth down a note of his time, to wit, in the fifth, or rather the sixth of H. the 8.


Edward Hall.

Before this time (saith he) the Inhabitants of the Towns about London, as Iseldon, Hoxton, Shoresditch and others, had so inclosed the common Fields with Hedges, and Ditches, that neither the Young Men of the City might shoot, nor the ancient Persons walk for their Pleasures in those Fields; but that either their Bows and Arrows were taken away or broken, or the honest Persons arrested or indighted, saying: That no Londoners ought to go out of the City, but in the Highways.

This saying so grieved the Londoners, that suddainly this Year, a great Number of the City assembled themselves in a Morning, and a Turner in a Fools Coat came crying thorow the City, Shovels and Spades, Shovels and Spades. So many of the People followed, that it was wonder to behold; and (within a short Space) all the Hedges about the City were cast down, and the Ditches filled up, and every thing made plain; such was the Diligence of those Workmen.

Hedges pulled down and Ditches filled up.

The Kings Councel hearing of this Assembly, came to the Gray Fryers, and sent for the Maior and Councel of the City, to know the Cause; who declared to them, the Injury and annoying done to the Citizens, and to their Liberties, which though they would not seek disorderly to redress, yet the Communalty and young Persons could not be stayed, thus to remedy the same. When the Kings Councel had heard their answer, they dissimuled the Matter, and commanded the Maior to see that no other thing were attempted, but that they should forthwith call home the younger Sort: who having speedily atchieved their Desire, returned home before the King's Councel, and the Maior departed, without more harm: After which time (saith Hall) those Fields were never hedged.

But now we see the thing in worse Case than ever before it was, by means of Inclosure for Gardens, wherein are builded many fair Summer Houses, and as in other Places of the Suburbs,

Banqueting Houses like Banquerouts, bearing great shew and little worth.