Worthy Acts of Citizens. 272

Worthy Acts of Citizens.

should rather sufficiently find it, than the World (in Publick) know it, I am content to spare their Nomination; as knowing very well, that they who have been so liberal in their Lifetime, have (no doubt) set down extraordinary Determinations, which neither Death, nor any deceiving Executors, can or shall frustrate and disappoint.

Let me commend that truly Religious Man, who perceiving the heavy want of divers honest Housholders, laboriously endeavouring (Night and Day) to maintain their Charge; but that the World's Extremity frowned too fiercely upon them. I know the Man, and oftentimes in Tears hath he said to me; here is true Poverty indeed, too modestly Silent in speaking their mighty Need and Misery, and therefore justly deserving Pity. To Two, Three, Four, and many times more of these, hath he been, and is, a liberal Benefactor (Weekly) with his own Hands; yet not in his own Name, or as coming from himself, (he being so meanly Disguised at such Times of his coming to them, and so sudden also in departing from them, that they were not able to distinguish him;) but alledging, that the Relief was sent them from some, who understood their Need (almost) as well as themselves, and willed them to be thankful only to God for it.

The Testimony of a good and godly Conscience indeed.

A living Benefactor unknown.

Oh that London had a Park near adjoining to it, stored with many such choice Deer; as doubtless it hath, though not easily known. For some build Almshouses, Free Schools, Cawseys, and Bridges, in very needful Places: Yea, and repair old ruined Churches, relieving Hospitals also in very bountiful Manner, and are Weekly Benefactors to Prisons: Yet performed by such Agents faithfully, that the true Bestowers are not noted, though vehemently suspected; and the Glory they shun here, will (for ever) shine on them elsewhere. But God stir up the Minds of many more to imitate them in this Tongueless Liberality.

Mr. William Masham, Grocer, and Alderman of London, gave (beside his liberal Charity to the Hospital) toward the Maintenance of poor Scholars at both the Universities, 20l.

William Masham his Love to Learning.

Mr. Henry Prannel, Vintner, and Alderman of London, gave among the said Hospitals, the Sum of 50l. Yearly.

Henry Prannel his Charity.

Mr. William Elkin, Mercer, and Alderman of London, in the Year 1593, gave to Christ's Hospital in London, and for certain charitable Uses, the Sum of 800l.

William Elkin his bountiful Charity.

He gave also to the Prisons in and about London, 60l.

Beside, he gave to Emanuel College in Cambridge 5l. and to both the Universities together, 60l.

Mr. Richard Gurney, Salter, and Alderman of London, gave to be distributed among the several Hospitals in and about London, 60l. And to the Universities Yearly 5l.

Richard Gurney his Charity.

Mr. Hugh Offley, Leatherseller, and Alderman of London, gave for the maintaining of Scholars in both the Universities, 77l.

Hugh Offley, his Love to Learning, and Care for the Poor.

He gave to Christ's Hospital in London, the Sum of 77l.

Beside, he gave to the Prisoners in and about London 20l. and 35s. Yearly, to continue for certain Years.

Mr. Robert Brooke, Grocer, and Alderman of London, gave to be distributed among the Hospitals in London, the Sum of 36l.

Robert Brooke his Charity.

Mr. Benedict Barnham, Draper, and Alderman of London, gave to be distributed among the several Prisons in London, 50l.

Bendict Barnham his Charity.

Mr. Robert Taylor, Haberdasher, and Alderman of London, gave in Distribution to the Hospitals in London, the Sum of 100l.

Robert Taylor his Charity.

Mr. Paul Banning, Grocer, and sometime an Alderman of London, gave unto Christ's Hospital the Sum of 100l.

Paul Banning his Charity.

Sir Richard Goddard, Draper, and Alderman of London, gave to the Hospital of Bridewell, 200l.

Sir Richard Goddard.

Mr. William Walthall, Mercer, and Alderman of London, gave to the Hospitals of London 200l.

William Walthall his charitable Benevolence.

More, he gave to the poor Scholars in Cambridge, 9l. Yearly.

To the Prisons beside, in and about London, he gave 135l.

Beside his former Gifts, he gave 10l. Yearly to Christ's Hospital.

To his Company of the Mercers he gave 100l. to be lent to young Men that begin the World.

Care for young Beginners.

Sir Robert Hampson, Merchant Taylor, and Alderman of London, gave to the charitable Relief of poor Prisoners, 150l. in Ready Money, and the Reversion of Two Tenements besides.

Sir Robert Hampson his Charity.

Sir Henry Anderson, Grocer, and Alderman of London, and Richard Anderson, his Son, gave to the College of Brazen Nose in Oxenford, for the Relief of poor Scholars there, 113l.

Henry Anderson his Love to Learning.

Sir William Glover, Dyer, and Alderman of London, gave also to the Hospitals in and about London, the Sum of 200l.

William Glover his Charity.

Sir William Rumney, Haberdasher, and Alderman of London, gave also to be distributed among the same Hospitals, the Sum of 65l.

William Rumney his Charity.

Sir Roger Jones, Dyer, and Alderman of London, gave likewise to the said Hospitals, 220l.

Roger Jones his Charity.

Mr. Richard Faringdon, Clothworker, and Alderman of London, gave also to be distributed among the same Hospitals, the Sum of 66l. 13s. 4d.

Richard Faringdon his Charity.

Nicholas Stile, Grocer, and Alderman of London, gave unto Christ's Hospital 5l. to St. Bartholomews 10l. and to St. Thomas's Hospital 2l.

Nicholas Stile his Charity, and Care for poor Seamen.

Moreover, he gave to poor maimed Seafaring Soldiers in St. Bartholomew's Hospital, 10l. if no House were erected in or about London, for the Harbour and Relief of such Maimed Soldiers and Saylors.

Mr. Jeffrey Elwes, Merchant Taylor, and Alderman of London, gave unto Christ's Hospital the Sum of 100l. And to the Hospital of St. Bartholomew, and St. Thomas in Southwark, 10l. to each House.

Jeffrey Elwes his Charity.

Mr. Cuthbert Martin, Skinner, and Alderman of London, gave unto Christ's Hospital the Sum of 20l.

Cuthbert Martin his Charity.

Sir James Deane, Draper, gave to be distributed among the several Hospitals in and about London, the Sum of 130l. And to the Prisons 70l.

James Deane his Charity.

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