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The following Particulars, in the Author's
own hand-writing, and endorsed by him “ Some Occurrences in my Life. R.W”were found amongst his papers after his de
Of some Occurrences in my own Life.
RICHARD HURD was born at Congreve, in the Parish of Penkrich, in the County of Stafford, January 13 1719-20
He was the second of three children, all sons, of John and Hannah Hurd; plain, honest, and good people; of whom he can truly say with the poet –
Si natura juberet, &c. They rented a considerable farm at Congreve, when he was born; but soon after removed to a larger at Penford, about half way
between Brewood and Wolverhampton in the same County.
There being a good Grammar School at Brewood, he was educated there under the Reverend Mr. Hillman, and, upon his death, under his successor, the Reverend Mr. Budworth — both well qualified for
their office, and both very kind to him.
Mr. Budworth had been Master of the School at Rudgely; where he continued two years after his election to Brewood, while the School-house, which had been much neglected, was repairing. He was therefore sent to Rudgely immediately on Mr. Budworth's appointment to Brewood, returned with him to this place, and continued under his care, till he went to the University
He must add one word more of his second Master. He knew him well, when he afterwards was of an age to judge of his merits. He had been a scholar of the famous Mr. Blackwell of Derby, and afterwards bred at Christ's College in Cambridge, where he resided till he had taken his M. A.'s degree. He understood Greek and Latin well, and had a true taste of the best writers in those languages. He was, besides, a polite, well-bred man, and sin