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part of his own time in his instruction. He too, like his uncle, with uncommon quickness of parts, and extraordinary strength of memory, possessed an equal ardour for improvement, and an indefatigable spirit of application.
He also was the constant attendant of his uncle in bis religious exercises, and particularly in the nightly watches, and acts of devotion. And it is to be feared that these (may I say?) too severe exertions might in some degree tend to shorten the term of life.
He was but seventeen at the death of his uncle, and he survived him but four years. He died May 19, 1640, in his twenty-first year.
The first work in which young N. Ferrar appears to have been employed by his uncle was the translation of Mynsinger's Devotions; a volume containing a very large collection of prayers 'for all sorts and conditions of men. N. Ferrar, sen, commended this book of Occasional Devotions as the best he had ever seen upon the subject, and said that it could not but do much good in the world. This the nephew performed when he was about fourteen years of age. His greater works, as they are arranged in the original MS. stand as follows: and I give them in the very words of the MS. without correction of some little inaccuracies in the account, which it is hoped will meet with pardon?.
• With pardon.] In the room of what follows in Dr. Peckard's Life, from the conclusion of this paragraph, (from p. 360 ty p. 278) the reader is here presented with a much more complete, and extremely interesting account, transcribed, by the permission of his Grace the Archbishop of Canterbury, from a MS. (No. 251) in the Lambeth library. These papers
Upon your request, and bound by the great obligation of your worth, I have thus scribbled out, what here follows; rather willing to shame myself in this kind, than not to fulfil your desires. Such as it is, you will please to accept, from,
Your much obliged in all love and service,
1. FIRST WORK.
Glory be to God on High. The actions, doctrines, and other passages touching our blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, as they are related by the Four Evangelists, reduced into one complete body of history; wherein that which is severally related by them, is digested into order, and that which is jointly related by all, or any of them, is first expressed in their own words, by way of comparison ; secondly, brought into one narration, by way of composition ; thirdly, tracted into one clear context, by way of collection : yet so as whatsoever was omitted in the context, is inserted by way of supplement in another print, and in such a manner as all the Four Evangelists may easily be read severally, and distinctly,
appear to have been written by Mr. John Ferrar, the father of the extraordinary young man to whom they refer, the eldest brother of Nicholas Ferrar, sen, and the compiler of the original MS. from which Dr. Peckard's Memoirs of the elder Nicholas are taken. They were written probably in the year 1653, but to whom they are addressed, it does not appear.
each * First to last.] From a copy of this llarmony Dr. Peckard produces (p. 274) the following memorandum :
each a-part and alone, from first to last 4. Done at Little Gidding, anno 1630.
In each page throughout the whole book were sundry exquisite pictures added, expressing either the facts themselves, or other types and figures, or matters appertaining thereunto, much to the pleasure of the eye, and delight to the reader.
2. SECOND WORK.
The History of the Israelites, from the death of king Saul, to the carrying away captive into Bapylon: collected out of the books of Kings and Chronicles, in the words of the texts themselves, without any alteration of importance by addition to them, or diminution from them: whereby, first, all the actions and passages, which are in either of the books of Kings or Chronicles, whether jointly or severally, are reduced into the body of one complete narration; secondly, they are digested into an orderly dependancy one upon the other; thirdly, many difficult places are cleared : and many seeming differences between the books of Kings and Chronicles compounded : and all this so contrived, as notwithstanding these mutual compositions of the books of Kings and Chronicles in this histo
“ This book was presented by my great-grandmother, by my honoured mother's two sisters (the daughters of Jobn and Susanna Collet), and by their uncle Nicholas Ferrar, who was my godfather, to my ever bonoured mother, Susanna Mapletoft, the same year in which I was born (1631). And I desire my son, to whom I do give it, with the Great Concordance, and other story books, that it may be preserved in the family as long as may be. John Mapletoft, Jan. 23, 1715."
rical collection, yet the form of each of them is preserved intire, in such a manner as they may easily be read severally and distinctly, from first to last. Also there are three sundry kinds of tables : the first summarily declaring the several heads and chapters, into which this historical collection is divided; the second specifying what passages are related in the aforesaid books of Kings and Chronicles, and what are jointly related by them both, as also in what heads and chapters in the collection they may be found; the third shewing where every chapter of the texts themselves, and every part of thein may be very readily found in this collection.
N. There is an intention, and preparation making · (if the times permit) to make a second piece in this
kind : but to illustrate it in a more pleasant and profitable way, and manner, than this first work was done. The good Lord say Amen to it!
3. Third WORK.
The actions, doctrines and other passages touching our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, as they are related by the Four Evangelists; harmonically, symmetrically, and collaterally placed, in four languages, English, Latin, French, Italian, reduced into one complete body of history; wherein that which is severally related by them, is digested into order, and that which is jointly related by all or any of them, is first extracted into one narration, by way of composition ; secondly, brought into one clear context, by the way of collection : to which are, in all the pages of the book, added sundry of the best pictures that could be gotten, expressing
the facts themselves, or their types, figures, or other matters appertaining thereunto ; done at Little Gidding anno 1640.
4. Fourth WORK.
The Gospel of our blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, according to the holy Evangelists, in eight several languages, Hebrew, Greek, Latin, French, Spanish, High Dutch, Saxon and Welsh, all interpreted with Latin or English, word for word, interlineally placed, and at one view to be seen and read; so done and contrived for the use and benefit of all such as are desirous with sureness, ease, speed and pleasure, to attain to the knowledge of these languages : likewise it may be of very good help. to strangers that may desire to learn the English tongue.
5. FIFTH WORK.
Novum Testamentum Domini et Salvatoris Nos tri Jesu Christi viginti quatuor linguis expressum,. vid. 1. Hebraice.
13. Germanice. 2. Græce.
14. Polonice. 3. Syriace.
15. Danice. 4. Arabice.
16. Bohemice. 5. Æthiopice.
17. Hungarice. 6. Latine.
18. Anglice. 7. Anglo-Saxonice.
19. Gallice. 8. Muscovitice.
20. Italice. 9. Cambro-Britannice. 21. Hispanice. 10. Belgice.
22. Cantabrice. 11. Suedice.
23. Lusitanice. 12. Hibernice.