Barrow - BX1805 .B3 1852

XXXII INTRODUCTORY ESSAY. Or, as Dr Kippis has rendered the lines: « Thy restoration, royal Charles, I see ; By none more wish'd, by none less felt, than me." In his humility, however, Barrow, though sensible of the slight, was not only content with his mastership, but, dispensing with some of its more expensive perquisites, such as the luxury of a coach, he de- voted himself and most of his revenue to advance the interests of the college. While thus employed, he was suddenly cut off in the prime of life. "The last time hewas in London," says his friend Dr Pope, " I observed he did not eat; whereupon I asked him how it was with him. Heanswered, that he had a slight indisposition hang- ing about him, with which he had struggled two or three days, and that he hoped by fasting and opium toget it off, as he had removed another andmore dangerous sickness at Constantinople some years before. But these remedies availed him not. His malady proved, in the event, an inward, malignant, and insuperable fever, of which he died, May 4, anno Dom. 1677, in the forty-seventh year of his age, in mean lodgings, at a saddler's, near Charing Cross, an old, low, ill-built house, which he had used for several years: for though his condition was much bettered by his obtaining the mastership of Tri- nity College, yet that had no bad influence on his morals; he still continued the same humble person, and could not be prevailed upon to take more reputable lodgings."* The remainsof Barrow were interred inWestminster Abbey, where a marble monument was erected to his memory by a subscription among his friends; it is surmounted by his bust, and bears an elegant Latin inscription from the pen of Dr Mapeltoft. AbrahamHill as- serts that "his picture was never made from the life, and the effigies on his tomb doth little resemble him." And he adds, "He was a person of the lesser size, and lean, of extraordinary strength, of a fair and calm complexion, a thin skin, very sensible of the cold; his eyes gray, clear, and somewhat short sighted; his hair of a light auburn, very fine and curling. He is well represented by the figure of Marcus Brutus on his denarii."t To use the words of Dr Tillotson, as editor of Barrow's works, ' The Life of the Right Rev. Father in God, Seth, Lord Bishop of Salisbury, by Dr Walter Pope, p. 167. t There is nothing inconsistent in this account with the statement of DrWard, that " he could never be prevailed on to sit for his picture; but some of his friends found means to get it taken without his knowledge."Ward's Lives of the Professors of Gresham College. The likenesswas taken by Mrs Beale, which Dr Kippis says was in the possession of the late James West, Esq. It has been often published, and cer- tainly does bear some resemblance to that of Brutus.