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the history of Parker, Bishop of Oxford, is so much blended with
that of Marvell's, and gave rise to one of his best productions, we
deem a Biographical Sketch of him not inapplicable, as an Appendix
to Marvell's Life.] Samuel Parker was born at Northampton, in the
year 1640. He was the Son of John Parker, Esq. afterwards Serjeant
at Law, and one of the Barons of the Exchequer, in 1659. Young
Parker was educated among the Puritans, at Northampton, from whence
he was sent to Wadham College, Oxford, and admitted in 1659. Here
it is said he led a strict and religious life, and entered into a
weekly society, which met at a house in Halywell, where they fed on
thin broth, made of oatmeal and water only, for which they were
commonly called Gruellers. Among these, says Marvell, " it was
observed he was wont to put more graves than all the rest into his
porridge," and was deemed " one of the preciousest young men in the
University." These mortified saints, it seems, held their chief
meetings at the House of " Bess Hampton, an old and crooked maid,
that drove the trade of laundry, who being from her youth very much
given to the godly party, as they called themselves, had frequent
meetings, especially for those that were her customers." Such is
the dry humour of honest Anthony Wood, who paints like the Ostade
of literary history. But the age of sectarism, and thin gruel, was
losing all its coldness in the sunshine of the Restoration; and
this " preciousest young man," from praying, and caballing against
Episcopacy, suddenly acquainted the world, in one of his
dedications, that Dr. Ralph Bathurst had rescued him from the
chains and fetters of an unhappy education," and, without any
intermediate apology, from a sullen sectarist, turned a flaming
highflyer for the " supreme dominion...
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