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May 12.


Friday (May 12) the Members of Merton College appear'd, and when A. W. was call'd in (for the Members were called in one by one) he was ask'd this Question by one of the Vifitors: Will you fubmit to the authority of Parliament in this Vifitation? To which he gave this Answer, and wrot [it] downe on a paper, lying on the Table, as he was directed: I do not understand the bufinefs, and therefore I am not able to give a direct Anfwer.


Afterwards his Mother and Brother Edward, who advised him to fubmit in plaine Termes, were exceeding angry with him, and told him, that he had ruined himself, and must therefore go a begging. At length, by the interceffion of his Mother made to S'. Nathan. Brent (who usually cal'd her his little Daughter, for he knew her, and us'd to fet her on his knee, when shee was a Girle and a Sojournour in her husband's house, during the time of his first Wife) he was conniv'd at and kept in his place, otherwise he had infallibly gon to the


His eldest Brother Tho. Wood, who had ferved in the Quality of a Lievtenant of Horse for his Majestie during the Warr, did, after the Warr was terminated, returne to his Coll. of Ch. Ch. and there receiv'd the profits of his place; but about the beginning of Aug. this yeare, he very abruptly left the Universitie, went into Ireland, and finding out his School-Fellow Colonel Hen. Ingoldesby,

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became an Officer in his Regiment, to fight against the Rebells there. The reafon of his fudden Departure was this: viz. that he being one of the prime Plotters of the remaining Cavaliers in Oxon. to seize on the Garrison, Vifitors, and all the Armes they could find, to the end that they might joyne themselves to others, that had plotted in the fame manner in other Parliament Garrisons, to relieve the diftreffed Cavaliers that were befieg'd in Colchefter, the Plot was difcovered by one or more of them when they were in their Cups; which made every one shift for themselves as well as they could. but fome being taken, one of them, named Edward Adams, á Barber, was upon the point of being hanged, having mounted the Ladder in order thereunto on the figne Poft of the Catherine Wheel in Magdalen Parish (in which Inn they had layd the Foundation of their Plot.) Mr. Francis Croft, whome A. W. found to be one of the Chaplaynes of Merton Coll. at his first coming thereunto, was deeply engaged in the faid Plot. He was a high-flone Cavalier and a boon Companion, and was the man that gave to every person, that was concern'd in the Plot, the Oath of Secrecy : which being done, they were to write their names in his little paper-book, which he ufually carried in his Pocket; but if they could not write, they were to set their Mark, and he to add their names to it. At the first discovery of the Plot, Mr. Croft fled, and fome of the Parliament Soldiers of the Garrifon fuppofing that he might be in his Cham


ber, which joyned to that Chamber, which was afterwards the Common Room belonging to Merton Coll. they broke open his Dore, searched but found the Bird flown. This being done early in the Morning, his Dore stood open most of the day following, and A. W. with fome of the Juniors going into it, faw it all adorn'd with Efcocheons, which he (Mr. Croft) had got by burying several Perfons of Quality in Merton Coll. Church and elsewhere, during the abode of the King's and Queen's Courts in Oxon. but these, his Books and bedding were not then touched.


Edward Wood before mention'd, Bach. of Arts and Scholar of Trin. Coll. (who before had fubmitted to the Vifitors) was with others admitted Probationer-Fellow of Merton Coll. They were feverely examin'd, and in due courfe elected and admitted which was done by the favour of the Warden S'. N. Brent the Arch-Vifitor. Some Admiffions that followed were done by the fole Authority of the Committee and Vifitors. Soon after E. Wood being fetled in the Bay -TreeChamber, in the first Quadrangle next to the Gate of Merton Coll. A. Wood was put into the Cockloft over him. So then, and after, his trudging to Trin. Coll. to receive his inftruction was fav'd.

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a Yet all that were then admitted, fubmitted to the Vifitors. Some Admiffions of Fellowes that followed Diar.

A. Wood's

A. Wood's Mother (Mary Wood) being much out of Purse in reedyfying the Stables and OutHouses of the Flowr de Luce, and in repairing the Inn it self, she gave off House-keeping, and taking her Son Christopher and a Maid with her, went to Caffington neare Woodstok, and fojourn'd in [a] fair Stone house, then inhabited by one Tipping, lately fequeftred from the Vicaridg of Shabbington in Bucks, neare to Thame, who had married an Oxford Gentlewoman, the dau. of one Will. Dewey, who had been acquainted with Mris. Wood from her Childhood. In the fame House did then fojourn Mr. Joh. Lucas, lately fenior Fellow of New College, and Mr. Rich. Sherlock, lately Chaplain of the faid College, but now (1649) Curat of Caffington. A. Wood did often retire thither to see his Mother, and fomtimes lodge there for a night or two. Mr. Sherlock was civil to him, and would give him good instruction, and talk fatherly to him. * Mr. Joh. Goad was then

* John Goad was the Son of John Goad of London: He was educated at Merchant Taylors School, elected Scholar of St. John's Coll. Oxon. in 1622, afterwards Fellow, M. A. and 1643, Vicar of St. Giles's Church: where, continuing his Duty very conftant during the time that the Garrison was befieged by the Parliament Forces, did undergo great Dangers by Cannon Bullets that were shot from their Camps adjoining, in the time of Divine Service: In 1646, he was presented to the Vicaridge of Yarnton near Oxford by the Chancellor and Masters of the Univerfity; In the Year following, in confideration of his Sermons preached at Oxon. before the


Vicar of Yarnton, a mile diftant from Caffington; (to whom Chriftop. Wood went dayly to School) and being a fuffering Cavalier, did go often to the


King, he was created B. D. Being defired by Dr. Franc Cheynell in 1648, who well knew his merit, to return to his fellowship, he would not comply; but keeping Yarnton till the King's Reft: afterwards took the Offer of Tunbridge School In fhort time after, he was made chief Master of Merchant Taylors School, where he continued with great Succefs till 1681; at which time he was fummoned to appear before the chief Heads of the Society of Merchant Taylors, and charged with certain paffages in behalf of Popery in his Comment on the Church of England Catechifm, but discharged with a confiderable Gratuity. The Particulars of this Affair fee in a Postscript to a Book entit. Contrivances of the fanatical Confpirators in carrying on the Treafons under Umbrage of the Popish Plot, laid open; written by W. Smith Schoolmaster at Iflington, who ftiles Mr. Goad fo qualified a Person that a better could not be found in the three Kingdoms. Mr. Goad being thus difmiffed took a House in Piccadilly, and kept a private School. In the year 1686. in the reign of K. James II. he declared himself a Roman Catholic, having many Years been so in his mind. In 1689, he died, and was buried at the Church of Great St. Helen, London. Several Elegies were published on his Death: two of which I have feen.

I. By Joshua Barnes, B. D. Camb. begins thus:

Can then a father of our Ifrael die

And none step forth to found an Elegy?

2. By James Wright of the Middle Temple, Efq; begins:

Goodness inspire me, while I write of one

Who was all Goodness; but alafs! he's gone –

Athena Oxon. Vol, 2. Col. 838.

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