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Catalogue of them, he has under every Book transcrib'd all those Treatises contained in them which are not yet published: And what are, he has compar’d with that exactness, as to take Notice of the Words that are otherwise spelled in the Original than in the Print. That Catalogue purchased by the then Archbishop, together with many other of his Manuscripts may, when Occasion sball serve, see the Light.
Among the Printed Books, towards a new and more Correct Edition of which, whenever it shall be thought convenient, he hath confiderably con, tributed, are these following, Historia Matth. Parker Archiepiscopi Cantuar. De Antiquitate Britannicæ Ecclefiæ, &c. enlarg’d with Notes, Collections, and Additions, partly made by the most Reverend Author himself, and partly by others, and several by Mr. Wharton himself; together with the Life of the said Archbishop, as also that of St. Austin of Cant, written by George Acworth.
Franciscus Godwinus de Præsulibus Angliæ, with some Notes.
Florentius Wignorniensis, and Matthæus Westmonasteriensis, both enlarged with many Notes, Corrections and Additions.
He had likewise made Notes on several of his own Books already published by him, which ’tis.
like were design d for Additions to those Books, whenever they should receive a New Impresfion.
For these his Performances for the Cause of Religion and Learning, as he was admirably fitted by the Excellency of his Natural Endowments, a quick Apprehension, folid Judg. ment, and most Faithful Memory; so were these rais’d to a great Perfection by his Industry. An Industry never sufficiently to be commended, though in this (alas !) to be lamented, that it too much hastened his Death and our Lofs.
Nor were his Moral Accomplishments inferior to his Natural and acquired Perfections. He was Modest, Sober, and Pious; in all things shewing himself to be acted by a truly Christian and Religious Spirit. Of which those two Instances, to name no more, may not unfitly be given. The one, That he never undertook
any Matter of Moment, without first imploring the Divine Afistance and Blessing thereupon. The other, that in all those Journeys, which his Learned Designs engagéd him in, he was ever wont so to order his Affairs, as not once to omit being present at the Monthly Sacrament where-ever he can And then, of his Zeal for Religion, and
the Honour of God, those excellent Discourfes which he has published, in defence of the best and purest Part of the Christian Church now extant upon the Face of the Earth, in Opposition to the Corruptions of Popery (those Scandals to Christian Religion, so highly difhonourable to God, and to injurious to the Blessed Author of it, and an offence to all that truly love and fear him,) will always be a constant and standing Evidence.
It has not been thought convenient to add. any Instances of his Charity, though many might be given; because agreeable to his own Desire, which always was to be as private therein as possibly he could. This one only may (its presumd) not improperly be mentiond; viz. That by his Will, whereof he apa pointed his Father the Reverend Mr. Edmund Wharton, the Reverend and Learned Dr. Thorp, one of the worthy Preeendaries of Canterbury, and his dear Friend Mr. Charles Battely, the Executors, he has order’d the greatest part of that Small Esate which he left, to be dispos’d of to a religious use in the Parish of Worstead in Norfolk, were he was born.
As to his Person, he was of a middle Stas ture, of a brown Complexion, and of a grave
and comely Countenance. His Constitution was vigorous and healthful. In Confidence of the Strength of which, he was too little regardful of much, that he did often deny himself the Re
Baldies. Infofreshments of Nature, because of them. And Sometimes in the coldest Weather would sit folong at them, and without a Fire, as to have his Hands and Feet so Chilld, as not to be able to feel the use of them in a considerable time. His too eager Prosecution of these; together with a weakness contracted in his Stomach, by the too violent Operation of an unhappy Medicine which he had taken, so far broke the Excellency of his Constitution, that no Art nor Skill of the most experienced Physicians could repair it. The Summer before he died he went to the Bath, in hopes to have retriev’d his decaying Nature by the help of those excellent Medicinal Waters. Some benefit he found by them; but at his return from thence to Canterbury, falling again to his Studies immoderately, and beyond what his Strength could bear, be quite undid all that they had done. So that after a long and lingring decay of Nature, he was brought at length to the utmost extremity of weakness; under which languishing for some time, at last, in the Thirty first Year of his Age, on the 5th of March (that Sad
Day, whereon that never sufficiently to be lamented Princess, our most incomparable QUEEN was interr’d) about Three of the Clock in the Morning, he with an humble Patience submitted to the stroke of Death, cheerfully resigning his departing Soul into the most Holy hands of his gracious Redeemer.
The loss of so extraordinary a Person in the Flower of his Age, and one from whom the learned World had justly conceiv’d such great Expectations of most admirable Performances from his indefatigable Labours for the advantage of it, was very much lamented by Learned Men, both at home and abroad. * The Clergy, in particular, as a Testimony of that value which they had for him, did in great Numbers attend at his Funeral. Here cught by no means to be past by in silence that singular Honour which was paid to him by the Right Reverend the Bishops: Many of which, and among the rest, the most Rever
* Se Acta Erudit. Lipf. Anno 1696. Pag. 425. Idem omnium, quæ funt in Anglià, Ecclesiarum Cathedralium Historiam moliebatur; verùm, quod non modd Anglis, ad quorum antiquitates eruendas natus & factus videbatur, fed omnibus bonas literas amantibus dolendum eft, immatura morte præventus, quam trigessimo ætatis anno subiit, specimen tantum magni illius, quod animo conceperat, operis reliquit.