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ST. ALBAN's, WOOD-STREET, (RS.) M R. HASLEFOOT BRIDGES; of St. John's College, 11 Cambridge. He was a gentleman and a scholar; much admired, though of a reserved disposition, About the year 1680, he lived at Enfield, in Middlesex; but whether he preached there or not, doth not appear. He was possessed of an estate, and was disposed to do good with it. His only daughter being unhappily married, he gave the whole of it (on condition of her dying childless, as she did in 1695) to charitable uses : principally to the college where he was educated, and to the parish of which he was minister. [Dr. Wm. Watts was sequestered from this rectory. He had been chaplain to Charles I. and, from Dr. Walker's account, appears to have been a respectable and learned man. If it be true, as that writer relates, that he and his family were treated with severity on the change of the times, Mr. Bridges was in no sort accessary to it; nor did he immediately succeed him, but a person of the name of Glendon, so that probably he might not enjoy the living till after Dr. Watts's death, as he died some time before the Restoration. ] - ...
Mr. FISHER was assistant to Mr. BRIDGES, and was ejected with him.
ALDERMANBURY, [Perp. C. 1501.] EDMUND CALAMY, B. D. of Pembroke Hall, Cam. bridge. He was the son of a citizen of London; born February 1600, and admitted to the university at the age of fifteen. His inclination to the Anti-Arminian party, hindering his preferment there at that time, Bishop Felton, of Ely, took notice of him, and made him his chaplain. It is not likely therefore that he should then be of the Laudensian faction, as Dr. Walker insinuates, and there is good evidence of the contrary. He was ever after a thankful imitator of the piety, charity, and diligence of that good bishop, whom he used often to mention with honour. And well he might; for the bishop directed him in his early studies, and was very careful that he might not be interrupted in them. Here he studied at the rate of sixteen hours a day. He read all the controversies of Bellarmine intirely, with all his answers : also many of the school. men ; especially Thomas Aquinas, in whom he was most exactly versed. He read over Augustine's works five times; besides many other eminent authors ancient and modem. The holy scriptures, and commentators upon them, were his daily study.
He first had the vicarage of St. Mary's, in Swaff ham, Cambridgeshire, where God owned him for doing much good; though he did not reside there, but in the house of Bishop Felton, who gave himn this living, which he resigned after the bishop's death, and went to St. Edmund's Bury, . in Suffolk, where Mr. Burroughs was his fellow.labourer. He there continued above ten years, till Bishop Wren's articles, and the Book of Sports, drove him and thirty more worthy ministers out of the diocese. After Mr. Fenner's death, he was presented by the Earl of Warwick to the rectory of Rochford, in Essex, which he accepted, in the hope, that under the wings of such a patron, and of a quiet bishop, he should have more repose: which accordingly he had; but he felt the inconvenience of removing from one of the pleasantest, to one of the most unhealthy airs in England; being seized with a quartan ague, which brought upon him a dizziness in his head, of which he complained all his life afterwards; and on this account he avoided the pulpit, and preached in the desk.