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The following Particulars, in the Author's own hand-writing, and endorsed by him "Some Occurrences in my Life. R.W" were found amongst his papers after his de
Of some Occurrences in my own Life.
RICHARD HURD was born at Congreve, in the Parish of Penkrich, in the County of Stafford, January 13 1719-20 He was the second of three children, all sons, of John and Hannah Hurd; plain, honest, and good people; of whom he can truly say with the poet —
Si natura juberet, &c.
They rented a considerable farm at Congreve, when he was born; but soon after removed to a larger at Penford, about half way between Brewood and Wolverhampton in the same County..
There being a good Grammar School at Brewood, he was educated there under the Reverend Mr. Hillman, and, upon his death, under his successor, the Reverend Mr. Budworth-both well qualified for their office, and both very kind to him.
Mr. Budworth had been Master of the School at Rudgely; where he continued two years after his election to Brewood, while the School-house, which had been much neglected, was repairing. He was therefore sent to Rudgely immediately on Mr. Budworth's appointment to Brewood, returned with him to this place, and continued under his care, till he went to the University.
He must add one word more of his second Master. He knew him well, when he afterwards was of an age to judge of his merits. He had been a scholar of the famous Mr. Blackwell of Derby, and afterwards bred at Christ's College in Cambridge, where he resided till he had taken his M. A.'s degree. He understood Greek and Latin well, and had a true taste of the best writers in those languages. He was, besides, a polite, well-bred man, and sin
gularly attentive to the manners, in every sense of the word, of his scholars. He had a warm sense of virtue and religion, and enforced both with a natural and tak
ing eloquence. How happy, to have had such a man, first, for his school-master, and then for his friend.
Under so good direction, he was thought fit for the University, and was accordingly admitted in Emanuel College, in Cambridge, October 3,
1733 but did not go to reside there till a year or two afterwards.
In this college, he was happy in receiving the countenance, and in being permitted to attend the Lectures, of that excellent Tutor, Mr. Henry Hubbard, although he had been admitted under another
He took his B. A.'s degree in He took his M. A.'s degree, and was elected fellow in
Was ordained Deacon, 13th of June that year in St. Paul's Cathedral, London, by Dr. Jos. Butler, Bishop of Bristol and Dean of St. Paul's, on Letters Dimissory from Dr. Gooch, Bishop of Norwich.
Was ordained Priest, 20 May
in the Chapel of Gonville and Caius Col- 1744 lege, Cambridge, by the Bishop of Norwich, Dr. Gooch.
He took his B. D.'s degree in
He published the same year Remarks on Mr. Weston's book on the Rejection of Heathen Miracles, and his Commentary on Horace's Ars Poetica; which last book introduced him to the acquaintance of Mr. Warburton, by whose recommendation to the Bishop of London, Dr. Sherlock, he was appointed Whitehall Preacher in May 1750 He published the Commentary on the Epistle to Augustus in
the new edition of both Comments, with Dedication to Mr. Warburton, in
the Dissertation on the Delicacy of
His Father died Nov. 27 this year, æt. 70. He published the Remarks on Hume's Natural History of Religion in
Was instituted this year, Feb. 16, to the Rectory of Thurcaston, in the County of Leicester, on the presentation of Emanuel College.
He published Moral and Political Dialogues