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A THIRD Son he had, named Bedingfield Atterbury, who was born 8 Jan. 1693. and, after a School Education at Westminster, was admitted at Chrift-Church, Oxford, and matriculated t, 9 April 1712. There he studied, till he I commenced A. M. 20 June 1718, and took Deacon's Orders. Those, who knew him, give him the Character of a fober, modest, and ingenious young Gentleman : But the Hopes, which his parents and Friends conceived of him, were soon disappointed, for he died of the Small-Pox, 27 December 1718.

The Mother, grieved for the Loss of her favourite Son, did not many Years survive him, for the died the first of May Anno Dom. 1723.

HAVING thus given some Account of his Family and Off-spring, in one View, ! return back to the Father of them, whom I find, in 1691, Lecturer | of St. MaryHill, in London, and, not long after his Marriage, settled at Highgate, where he supplied the Pulpit of the Rev. Mr. Daniel

Lathon, + Certificate. 1 Oxford Catalogue. 1 Gen. Dict,

Lathom, who was very old, and laboured under the Misfortune of the Loss of his Sight. Upon the Death of this Gentleman, our Doctor was, 16 Jun. 1695, by the unanimous Votes of the fix Governors, of Trustees, of Highgate Chapel, elected fo to be their Preacher ; and this Office he held to the Time of his Death.


But before this he became one of the fix preaching Chaplains to her Royal Highness the Princess Anne of Denmark at Whitehall and St. James's, which Place he continued to supply after she came to the Crown, and likewise during Part of the Reign of King George 1.

When he first resided at Highgate, he observed what Difficulties the Poor in the Neighbourhood then underwent for the Want of a good Physician or Apothecary, and therefore he fet himself in good Earnest to the Study of Physic, and, having attained a good skill therein, practised it (gratis) occasionally amongst his poor Neighbours



+ Certificate.

In the Year


the Rectory of Shepperton, in the County of Middlesex, lapsed to the Queen, the Incumbent thereof becoming deprived for neglecting to take the Oaths within the Time limited by the Laws. Upon this, his Royal Mi, stress presented Dr. Atterbury to this Cure, and he was instituted Rector, 30 Sept. in the same Year.

On the 3d of March, 1719, Dr. John Robinson, then Lord Bishop of London, collated our Author to the Rectory of Hornsey, in the County of Middlesex, || which was the more agreeable to him, because the Chapel of Highgate is situate in that Parish, and many of his constant Hearers became now his Parishioners,

He never rose to any Dignity in the Church, though it might perhaps have been expected from the Interest of his Brother, whilst in Place and Favour.

It is certain the Doctor applied for the Archdeaconry of Rochester, in the Biihop's own Gift, and had some Encourage



+ Original Instrumente. Ibid.


ment from his Lordship, though he did not succeed in it. I shall let the Reader into this Affair, by presenting him from the Originals with the following Letters between the two Brothers, which will at the same Time give him a Specimen of their Manner of writing in an Epistolary Way.

To the Right Reverend the Lord Bishop of


Dear Brother, a ,

T is reported that the Archdeacon (of my Servant to inform me, whether it is so or not. I have since considered * all that you said to me Yesterday, and

both from Reason and Matter of fact, * still am of Opinion, that there can be

no just Matter of Exception taken. I ' fhall only lay down two or three Instan

ces which lie uppermost in my Thoughts. • Your Lordship very well knows, that

Lanfranc, Archbishop of Canterbury, had a Brother for his Archdeacon; and that « Sir Thomas More's Father was a puisny

Judge, when he was Lord Chancellor. And thus, in the Sacred History, did


God himself appoint, that the Safety and Advancement of the Patriarchs should be procured by their younger • Brother; and, that they, with their Fan

ther, should live under the Protection • and Government of Joseph. I instance in those obvious Examples, only to let

your Lordship see, that I have canvased • these Matters in my own Thoughts ;

and I fee no Reason, but to depend ' on your kind Intentions intimated in your former Letter, to

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To the Reverend Doctor ATTERBURY

at Highgate.


Wednesday, Apr. 1720. Dear Brother, ¿YOUR Letter, directed to Weft

minster, found me here this Morning. I hope to be at Westminster To-morrow.

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