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must not be forgotten, tho' his good Intention succeeded not, who left his Books
Library; but his Executors pretended there were not Assets sufficient to satisfy
Mr. Wynn, Citizen and Dyer gave 100l. The Interest to be laid out Yearly in
Mr. Calfe 20l. per Annum for the same Use, payable by the Leathersellers
The Library is to be surveyed twice a Year: And had at first a Library Keeper,
Under-Library Keeper, and an Ostiary. Now one serves for all.
Officers of the Library.
Proposals have been made for augmenting this Library. First, that every Author
desired to give a Book of whatsoever he shall publish. Secondly, that every
Minister at his Admission into a Living be desired to give a Book. Thirdly,
Governor do the same at his Admission, not under 10s. Value. Fourthly, That the
Booksellers be desired to give one Copy of every of the Books they Print.
Means to augment this Library.
This whole College being consumed by the Fire, the rebuilding of the Alms House,
the Library, cost above 1300l. the Hall, and all the other Buildings cost above
more, as was computed in the Year 1688. The Wainscoting of the Hall cost 140l.
as for the Chambers of the Students, which before the Fire were wholly for such,
Women then permitted to inhabit there, and amounted to a considerablet Revenue
College of about 54l. per Annum; The Ground was let out to build upon at Ground
The Charge of Rebuilding.
When this was drawn up, the President, Deans, and Assistants were,
Lilly Butler, D.D.
William Thomas, M.A.
Mountague Wood, M.A.
John Waugh, D.D.
John Turton, M.A.
Samuel Baker, M.A.
BEsides Sion College, there was another College for
Divines, called Chelsea College, being situate within the Parish of that Name,
indeed comes not properly within the Survey of London and Westminster; but yet
within the Prospect of the latter named City, and being taken notice of in the
of Stow's Survey, I shall make mention of it in this Place.
It was built on a Piece of Ground called Thame Shot, containing about Six Acres,
founded near the beginning of K. James the First his Reign; endued liberally,
sufficiently) by Dr. Matthew Sutcliff, Dean of Exeter, for a Provost and
should devote themselves to the Study of Polemick Divinity, to vindicate the
Reformation of Religion from time to time against all Popish Writers, who were
up in Colleges abroad, for this very Purpos, to asperse this
Church, and to draw away the Members of it. That so we, having Men bred up in
Controversies, as well as they, might stand upon equal Ground with them. In
College also were to be maintained two Historians, to record and publish all
worthy of Remark in this Church and State: A most noble and worthy Design of the
said Sutcliff, who while he lived had earnestly employed his Pen in the behalf
Religion against Parsons the Jesuit. In his Lifetime he settled Four good Farms
Devonshire on this College to the Value of 300l. per Annum, and upon his Death
Will, Dated Nov. 1. 1628. bequeathed unto Dr. Prideaux, and Dr. Clifford, as
in Trust, the Benefit of an Extent on a Statute of 4000l. acknowledged by Sir
Founded for the Study of Polemick Divinity.
How endowed by Sutcliff, the Founder.
King James I. a Learned Prince and firm Protestant, liked well of this Purpose,
encouraged it. And when the Building began, he laid
the first Stone himself; and moreover gave all the Timber requisite thereto,
to be fetched from Windsor Forest. And what was more done in this Business, and
what further Provision was made for the Endowment of it, and how cordially the
moved others in it, may be seen by what follows:]
Not far from Westminster, by the River, there is Erected a goodly Building, not
finished, for Students in Divinity, commonly known by the Name of Chelsea
whereof I thought fit to make mention, because I find an Act of Parliament, made
Seventh Year of King James, in the behalf of the same College; as also a
published by Authority, in the Year 1616, containing the Reasons that moved his
Majesty and the State to Erect the same; which here followeth:
"Whereas his Majesty, of his most Royal and Zealous Care for the Defense of
Religion now established within this Realm of England, and for the refuting of
and Heresies repugnant unto the same, hath been graciously pleased, by his
Patents under the great Seal of England, to found a College at Chelsea near
and therein to place certain learned Divines, and to Incorporate the same by the
The Provost and Fellows of the College of King James in Chelsea, near London, of
Foundation of the same James King of England; and hath of his most gracious
and Goodness, not only endowed the same with certain Lands, Privileges, and
Immunities; but hath also for their further Maintenance and Sustentation, given
them a Capacity and Ability, to receive and take from his Majesty, or any of his
Subjects, any Lands, Tenements, Hereditaments, Gifts, Benefits, and Profits
whatsoever, not exceeding in the whole the Yearly Value of Three Thousand
as in and by the said Letters Patents doth more at large appear. And whereas,
also it is
manifest and evident, that the bringing in of fresh Streams of running Water
City of London, is very convenient, necessary, and profitable, as well for the
use of such as shall rent the same, as a Help for cleansing the said City in the
Sickness, and preserving the same against all sudden Adventures of Fire: It is
Enacted, &c. that it shall and may be lawful to the said Provost and
Successors, Deputies, and Assigns, at all and every such Place and Places, in
Fields or Marshes, lying between the Bridge called Lock Bridge, in or near the
of Hackney, in the County of Middlesex, and the Bridge called Bow Bridge at
Bow in the Parish of Stepney in the said County, (as by the said Provost and
their Successors, Deputies, or Assigns, by, and with, the Consent and Allowance
the Occupiers and Owners of the Soil in the said Place or Places, and in default
Assent and Allowance, by such Composition, first to be made with the said
and Owners of the said Soil, as by the Commissioners, by vertue of this Act to
this Behalf appointed, shall be thought fit and convenient) to dig or cut from,
and out of
the main River of Lee, on that Side or Bank of the same River which is next unto
City of London, a Ditch or Trench not exceeding in Breadth Ten Foot, or to
Cleanse, or Enlarge unto the Breadth aforesaid, any old Ditch or Trench there
made; and the same Ditch or Trench either Old or New, so to be made or to be
to convey by and thorough the said Fields and Marshes, in all Places convenient,
such Sort as the same may again "
Act of Parliament for Chelsea College.
The Cause of the Erection of the College there.
The Name of that Corporation.
The Ability thereof to receive Lands.
The Provost, &c. may dig a Trench out of the River Lee.
Of what Quantity.