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E. PAG-ET. 63 upon his admittance into the university, the Greek professor sought his acquaintance, and derived much assistance from him. At the age of twenty-six years, he understood and wrote fifteen or sixteen languages.. Having completed his studies at the university, he became minister at St. Edmund's church, Lombard-street, London, where he continued many years. While in this situation, he entered into the conjugal state, and married Lady Bord, widow of Sir Stephen Bord, of a worthy family in Sussex. Upon the commencement of the civil wars, he was a great sufferer and he was so much troubled and molested, says Wood, that, merely for the sake of quietness, he left his benefice in his old age, being then commonly called old father Ephraim. He retired to Deptford in Kent, where he spent the remainder of his days in retirement and devotion. He entered upon the joy of his Lord in the month of April, 1647, aged seventy-two years. His remains, according to his last will and ,testament, were laid in Deptford church-yard.ts Though his name is enrolled among,the sufferers in the royal cause, he is with justice classed among the puritans. Many excellent divines, who were dissatisfied with the ecclesiastical discipline and ceremonies, and even with episcopacy itself, were nevertheless, during the national confusions,great sufferers on account of their loyal attach- ment to his majesty and the civil constitution. Their zeal for the king and his cause exposed them to theseverity of the opposite party. This appears to have been the case with Mr. Paget. He was decided in his attachment to his majesty's interest and the civil constitution, for which he was a sufferer in those evil times,; yet he was oppoSed to the ecclesiastical establishment, as well as the cruel oppressions of the prelates. Therefore, in the year 1645, being only two years before his death, he united with his brethren, the London ministers, in presenting a petition to the lords and commons in parliament, for the establishment of the presby- terian discipline.t He wrote with great bitterness against the independents, baptists, and other sectaries, by which he exposed himself to the resentment of his enemies. " Error and heresy," it is said, " began to take deep root, and to spreadfar and wide over the face of the earth; he therefore, set himself to discover them, and root them up, when he published his Heresiography.' Hence sprung his troublei" o Paget's Heresiography, Pref. Edit. 1662. + Wood's Athena Oxon. vol. ii. p. 52. t Grey's Examination, vol. ii. Appea. p. 27-29.