Thomas Lyttelton, IV
|Death:||Died in Worcestershire, UK|
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LITTLETON ADAM an eminent English scholar and divine was also desccnded from a branch of the Moun slow family H and on of mr Thomas Littleton minister of Hales Owen in Shropshirc where he was born the 8th of November 1627 Being educated under dr Busby at West minster sehobl he was chosen thence student of Chrlst church in Oxford l in 1647 5 but was ejected by the par liament viiitors next year However he became uslitr Westminster school soon after and in the beginning of 1658 was made second master having for some time in the interim taught school in other places and after the Rcstoration at Chelsea in Middlesex of which church he was admitted rector in j 674 and being made prebendary of West minster the same year he had likewise a grant from king Charles II to succeed dr Busby in the mastership of that school for which he was highly qualified He had been from years before appointed king's chaplain and in 1670 accumulated his degrees in divinity which were conferred upon him without taking any in arts on account of his extraordinary merit in the attestation where of he brought letters from dr Henchman bishlop of London recommending him to the favour of the univerfity as a man egregiously learned killed in many brances of literature and for that esteemed by many of the good and learned as well for his simgular erudition humanity and sweetness of manners as for his blameless and religious life as also for his exquisite genius and ready faculty in preaching He was for from time sub dean of Westminster and in 1687 he was licensed to the church of St Botolph Aldersgate London which he held about four years and then resigned it posiibly on account of from decay in his constitution through age He died June 30 1694 aged 67 years and was buried in his church at Chelsea where there is a handsome monument with an epitaph to his memory which informs us that he was simgularly beloved by his parishioners whence it may be inferred that he was a good parisher priest He was certainly an excellent philologist and grammarian and an unv versal scholar an indesatigable restorer of the Latin tongue as appears from his Latin dictionary K and an excellent critic in the Greek a sexicon of which he laboured much in compiling out of the anctent a nd modern lexicographers but was prevented from finishing it by death He was well skilled in the oriental languages and in rabbinical learning in prosecution of which studies he exhausted great part ofhw fortune in purchafing ln uks and manufcripts front all parts of Euroj e Ana and Africa Some time before his death he made a mall eslay towards facilitating the knowledge of the Hebrew Chaldee and Arabic tongues which if he had not been hindered by death he would have brought into a narrower compass and freed from the unnecesiary load of radixes with which the common lexicons are incum bered He was also verfed in all the abstruse parts of the mathematics and wrote a great many manuscripts concerning mystical numeration which came into the hands of his brother in law dr Hofkin He was extremely charitable
From Frankly County Worcester.