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other Extracts from his Miscellaneous Observations upon Authors: and by such of the Literati as have read those Observations, the new matter now introduced will perhaps be considered as a valuable supplement. His Remarks on Seneca have already been given in periodical publications, which are now.rarely to bę met with; and, together with those on Hesiod, Homer, Virgil, Horace, Ovid, and Josephus, may furnish no mean assistance to any future Editor of their respective works.
The account of our Author's life, as drawn up by his friend Dr. Heathcote, and prefixed to the late edition of Dr. Jortin's Sermons, might well indeed have precluded any other; and yet, in a publication of this miscellaneous nature, it is presumed, that the following particulars may not be found unacceptable, as standing in connection with the plan of his ingenious Biographer.
“ My father, Renatus, fays Dr. Jortin, was born in Bretagne in France, and studied at Saumur,
I have his Testimonial from that Academy, dated A. 1682. He came over, a young man, to England, with his father, mother, uncle, two aunts and two fifters, at the time when the Protestants fled from France about A. 1687. He was made one of the gentlemen of the Privy Chamber, in the third
year of King William, A. 1691, by the name of Renatus Fortin. I have his Patent. After this, and before I was born, he took a fancy to change his name into JORDAIN, and to give it an English appearance ; being fond I suppose of paffing for an Englishman, as he spoke English perfectly, and without any foreign accent. This gave me some trouble afterwards, when I went into Deacon's orders under Bishop Kennet, for the register of St. Giles in the Fields wrote my name, as it stood there, Jordain. I gave the bishop an account how it came to pass. After my father's death, my mother thought it proper to assume the true name of Jortin; and she and I always wrote it so. My father was secretary to Lord Orford, to Sir George Rook, and to Sir Cloudelly Shovel; and was cast away with the latter, October 22, 1707
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“ I did not think there was any person left of our name, till lately* I found in a news paper, that a Merchantman came to one of our Ports, commanded by a Captain Fortin, from the West Indies.”.
“! I have twice perused Bacon's ingenious History of Life and Death. It recommends abundance of things to be taken, and a variety of rules to be observed, with a view to make life healthy and long. But of these prescriptions many, are too dear, and almost all too troublesome; and a long life is not tanti. Few persons could procure all these Subsidia; A Lord Chancellor, or a Lord Bishop, might ;-a poor parson could not afford a hundredth part of the expense.
of the expense. But, for their comfort, I will be bold to tell them, that they may fare as well without his regimen. As to myself, I never observed any of his rules, or any rules
* Most probably in the year 1770, as the above is the last entry found in the Author's Adverfaria.
at all, except the general ones of Regularity and Temperance. I never had a strong constitution; and yet, thank God, I have had no bad state of health, and few acute disorders."*
“ Archbishop Herring and I were of Jesus College in Cambridge: but he left it about the time when I was admitted, and went to another. Afterwards, when he was preacher at Lincoln's Inn, Iknew him better, and visited him, He was at that time, and long before, very intimate with Mr. Say, his friend and mine, who lived in Ely. House; and Mr. Say, to my knowledge, omitted no opportunity to recommend me to him. When he was Archbishop of York, he expected that a good living would lapse into his hands; and he told Mr. Say that he designed it for ine. disappointed in his expectation : so was not I; for
* Dr. Jortin lived to his seventy-second year; and died in his Parifa of Kensington, A. 1770.
I had no inclination to go and dwell in the North of England. When Mr. Say died, he asked me of his own accord, whether I should like to fucceed him in the Queen's Library; I told him that nothing could be more acceptable to me; and he immediately used all his interest to procure it for me; but he could not obtain it. A person, who is not worth the naming, was preferred to me, by the solicitation of — it matters not who.
“ The Archbishop afterwards assured me of his assistance towards procuring either the preachership, or the mastership of the Charterhouse, where I had gone to school. This project also failed; not by his fault, but by the opposition of - it matters not who,
“In conjunction with Bishop Sherlock, he likewise procured for me the preaching of Boyle's Lectures. He also offered me a living in the country, and (which I esteemed a fingular favour) he gave me leave to decline it, without taking it amiss in the least; and said, that he would en