Let us therefore, good Countrymen and Christians, hearken willingly to his
Motion, and readily follow his Example. Let it appear by our Bounty, how
are to maintain his everlasting Truth, and root out Error and Idolatry. Let us,
Effects, declare how studious we are to do good Works, and to advance our
Honour. They that have much, may give of their Abundance; the rest according to
Measure of their Means. God as well accepteth the Widow's Mite, and poor Man's
good Will, as the rich Man's Treasure.
If we honour God with our Substance, he will honour us, and increase our
If we build a House for the Maintenance of his Truth, that it may continue to
Posterity, God will uphold our Houses, restore to us, and double it to our
Abraham, by offering his Son, was made a Father of many Sons, yea, of Nations.
And Solomon, that shewed his Royal Magnificence in building God a Temple, in
Honour and Riches passed all other Kings. How then can we excuse our selves, if
deny God a small Offering, that daily offereth to us many Graces, and giveth us
good Things we possess? Our Souls and Bodies are a Sacrifice due to him; and
therefore no Christian may deny to him an Offering out of his worldly Goods, if
Service require it.
As for those that draw back in this Service, and refuse to concur in promoting
Honour, let them mark the Words of our Saviour, Matth. xii. He that is not
is against me. And the Curse of the Angel upon the People of Meroz, Judg. v.
ye Meroz, saith the Angel; for they came not up to help the Lord.
But we hope we shall not need many Words to move them that already are so well
perswaded, nor to perswade Men that in Religion and Devotion are so forward. It
the Duty of good Christians to advance God's Honour, and repress Superstition,
Heresy, Idolatry, Blasphemy. It is the Office of good Subjects to defend the
the State, against the Sycophancies of English Fugitives, and the secret
soreign Enemies, their Adherents. The Adversaries using all their Skill, and
their Forces against Religion and the State; it behoveth us likewise to unite
and to join in Consultation how to resist them. This common Business requireth
common Help: The Practices of the Adversaries provoke us to use Speed; the
the Work being for Defence of Religion and the State, will move any, whose Heart
not hardened, chearfully to give. Whosoever shall willingly give, shall receive
a full Reward in this Life, and when they dye, their Works shall follow them;
whatsoever they have given to God on Earth, they shall assuredly find in Heaven.
Wherefore recommending the College of Chelsea to every Religious Christian's
Thoughts, we cease further to press them. Only for Satisfaction of those that
know why this College is erected at Chelsea, and not in one of the Universities,
thought fit to add; That this Place was thought most fit to receive Directions
Superiors; to consult with Men of best Experience; to obtain Intelligence from
Parts; to print Books, and to disperse them; and lastly, to obtain the Favour of
and City. Further hereby; As all Emulation may be avoided, so the Help of both
Universities may as well be had by Intercourse of our Agents, as if the College
either of the Universities.
This College, why at Chelsea?
Thus all Things now stand. God bless the Proceeding of this Work, and give
his own Name, and a happy Issue to this holy Design. Amen.
But after all this Endeavour and Pains to bring this good Work to some
there was only one Range of Building erected, and that scarce finished, which
3000l. all begun and done chiefly by the said Dr. Sutcliff. But this was scarce
Eighth Part of the whole intended Edifice; that is, a double Quadrangle, besides
on each Side. But however, Provosts and Fellows were appointed from Time to
The first Provost and Set of Fellows, nominated by the King himself, were these:
Only a small Part built.
Full. Church Hist. Lib. X. p. 52.
Matthew Sutcliff, Dean of Exeter, Provost.
John Overal, Dean of St. Paul's.
Thomas Morton, Dean of Winchester.
Richard Field, Dean of Gloucester.
William Covitt, [perhaps for Covel].
Ben. Charrier. [This Man turned Papist afterwards.]
Names of the Provost and Fellows.
Doctors of Divinity.
William Hellier, Archdeacon of Barnstable.
John White, Fellow of Manchester-College.
William Camden, Clarencieux, Historians.
John Heywood, Doctor of Law, [perhaps Heyward].
All great, learned Men, and of the best Figure in those Times. And as these
preferred to Bishopricks, (as many of them were) or died; K. James, by Letters
Patents, dated November 14. 1622, substituted others in their Rooms: Among whom
was the remarkable Archbishop of Spalato.
To advance this Work, the King, 1616, sent his Letter to Abbot, Archbishop of
Canterbury (as was mentioned before) to stir up all the Clergy in his Province
liberal Contribution. He accordingly wrote his Letters to the Bishops to deal
respective Clergy and others of Ability, to give their charitable Benevolence
perfecting so pious a Design. But the Collections came in but slowly and
that finally the Building stopt and went not forward, and so by little and
little fell to
Decay and Ruin. And at last there was a Decree in Chancery, made by Coventrie,
Keeper, that three of those four Farms formerly given to the College, should
again to the Possession of the Heir general of Dr. Sutcliffe; and this by the
Dr. Featly the third Provost of the College, and Dr. Prideaux surviving Trustee.
were also commenced about the Title of the very Ground it stood on, between
Lord Mounson, who Married the Widow of the Earl of Nottingham, that granted the
Lease of the Land, and the fourth Provost. This Provost was Dr. Samuel
living about the Year 1654 or 1655, when Dr. Fuller wrote his Church History, to
whom the said Provost imparted the Records of the said College.
A Contribution towards it among the Clergy.
The Building stopt.
Suits commenced about the College.
But though this College, set apart for Learning, came to this unhappy
yet now in our Times, after it had laid long neglected, our Kings have cast a