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Huntington Library - Britwell
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A living remembrance of Master Robert Rogers, Marchant adventurer &
Leatherseller of London deceased, who declared the fruites of his faith, by his most christian & charitable workes.
And left this life at his house in Bassings-hall the 22. of September. And was buried in Christ-church
on Thursday the 1. of October. 1601.

WHen bad men dye, the memorie remaines
Of their corruptions, and ungodly wayes,
As merit to their misapplyed paines,
Out of ill actions, forming as ill praise.
for vertue wounded by their deepe disgrace,
Leaves shame to their posteritie and race.

When good men dye, the memorie remaines,
Of their true vertues, and most christian wayes:
As a due guerdon to their godly paines,
Out of good actions, forming as good praise.
for vertue cherishd by their deedes of grace,
Leaves fame to their posteritie and race.

Among those good (if goodnes may be said,
To be among the seede of mortall men:
In upright ballaunce of true merit wayed)
This worthy Batcheler esteeme we then.
In whome, as in a mirrour doth appeare,
That faith and workes did shine in him most cleere.

Now let us not, as is our common use,
Measure him by a many other more:
In death, to cover their lifes bad abuse,
That then flyes out some bounty of their store.
No Rogers was none such, as may appeare,
By these true witnesses annexed heere.

First, as God blest him with aboundant wealth,
Like to a carefull Steward he imployde it:
Squaring his guifts out in his best of health,
As glad to leave it, as when he injoyde it.
Himselfe prepared every houre to die:
And all in order pointed christianly.

In sundry callings and vocations,
Where he could heare of them were rightly poore:
As men decayed by their occupations,
Yet held by shame from begging at the doore,
Such succourd he, as knowing that their need,
Stopt up their mouthes, though made their hearts to bleede.

What should I say? to what poore wanting heart,
Was he not liberall in the largest kinde?
Such as were hopefull, and had any parte
Of christian zeale, felt freely his good minde.
Preachers, poore handy-crafts, and parishes:
From Rogers purse have liberall Legacies.

In Abrahams bosome sleepes he with the blest,
His workes do follow him, his worth survives:
The Angels guide him to eternall rest,
Where is no date of time, for yeares or lives.
You that are rich, doe you as he hath done:
and so assure the Crowne that Christ hath wonne.

Leagacies bequeathed to charitable uses by Master Robert Rogers deceased.
IN primis, to the two Counters, Ludgate, Newgate, Bedlam and the Clinke. xii.l.
Money to be presently distributed to the poore, in the Parish he dwelt in. x.l.
To provide two dozen of bread every Sunday for ever, to be given to the poore of the said Parish. C.l.
To the Parish of Christ-church, to buy Coales at the best hand for the poore yearely, to continue a stocke
forever to that use: x.l.
And money presently to be distributed to the poore in that Parish.v.l.
To the poor of Saint George Parish in Southwarke, the poor without Newgate, the poor without Cripplegate,
& the poore without Bushops gate, to each Parish xx. Nobles to be distributed in money. xxvi.l. xiii.s. iiii.d.
To the poore of two Townes in the West Country. xiii.l. vi.s. viii.d.
To the poore of the towne of Poole where he was borne, to be presently distributed in money: x.l.
More, to build almes houses in the said towne, CCCxxxiii.1. vi.s. viii.d.
With exebition for twelve poore people weekely forever.
To releeve poore Prisoners such as may be set free for xx. Nobles a man, or under, so that no Papist nor Athist
have any benefit thereof. CL.l.
To releeve poore Preachers of the word of God, not exceeding to any one man, above ten pound. C.l.
To ten poore decayed Artifficers that have charge of wife and Children ten pound a man. C.l.
To the company of Marchant adventurers, for the reliefe of decayed people by him nominated during their
lives, and after their decease, to the use of young men free of the said company. CCCC.l.
To the Company of Leathersellers, to give exebition at the Unyversities, to foure Schollers students in De-
vinitie forever VIZ. Two in Oxford and Two in Cambridge. CCCC.l.
To Saint George Parish in Sowthwarke. xxx.l.
To Saint Sepulchers Parish. xxx.l.
To Saint Oliffes Parish in Sowthwarke. xxx.l.
To Saint Gyles without Cripplegate. xxx.l.
To Saint Leonards in Shorditch, xxx.l.
To Saint Buttolphes without Allgate. xx.l.
To Saint Buttolphes without Bishopsgate. xx.l.
Amounting to 190.l. in all, to make stocks to buy sea-coale or other fuell in summer at the best hand, for the use of
the poore, and to continue for ever in that manner, leaving stocks in those severall Parishes.
To Christs Hospitall (of which he was a governour) to purchase land to the reliefe of that house. CCCCC.l.
To erect Almes houses within the Cittie of London, and for exebition weekely for xii poore people to be pla-
ced in them. CCCCCC.l.
The whole summe given by Master Rogers last Will to charitable uses. 2960.l. 6.s. 8.d.
Imprinted at London for M. Allde, and are to be solde at her shop under Saint Mildreds Church in the Poultry.

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