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On the wall of the stairs leading to the north gallery is a fine old picture of King Charles I. emblematically describing his sufferings.
MONUMENTS. Besides that of Sir Paul Pindar, whence his character is extracted, there are several in the chancel preserved from the old church; the most particularly worthy notice are the following:
A tablet on the south side, thus inscribed :
In the great vault near this place lieth the body of Mrs. MARY GriGMAN, widow, late of this parish, who departed this life the 17th day of July A. D. 1749, aged eighty-four years. In which vault also lie the bodies of her three children, viz. Mrs. Mary Grigman, who departed this life the 20th day of April 1740, aged thirty-eight years. The Rev. Stephen Grigman, D. D. late curate and lecturer of this parish, who departed this life the 31st day of August 1741, aged forty-seven. Mr. Thomas Grigman, who departed this life the 9th day of February 1744, aged forty-eight years.
And having no other issue, she by her will gave the following benefactions for the use of the poor :
For the benefit of ten poor widows of this parish, for ever, 10001. 3 per cent. annuities in trust, that the interest and dividends thereof might be equally divided between them, but subject to the payment of 10l. per year to her maid servant for her life.
To twenty other poor women of this parish, to be equally di. vided among them, 100l. For clothing ten poor men, and ten poor women of this
pa. rish, 401.
For the benefit of the charity children of this parish, 1501.
For the benefit of the charity children attending St. Ethelburgh's church, called The Society's Children, 1201.
To the parish of St. Vedast, alias Foster, London, 401.; the interest to be laid out in bread, and given to poor inhabitants of that parish yearly, at Christmas, for ever.
To the parish of St. Christopher, London, to be distributed to twenty poor housekeepers of that parish, 201.
For the benefit of the poor children of the London workhoose, 301.
On another tablet, on the same wall, is a memorial of the respected family of Giles:
* Underneath this marble, in a vault belonging to DANIEL Giles, Esq. lie deposited the remains of his dear and much lamented wife Lucy Giles, who (after thirty years uniform attention to all conjugal duties, and the practice of every social virtue) calmly resigned her soul to the Great Author of all Nature, on the 9th day of November 1778, aged fifty-one years. In the same place lie the remains of MARTHA GILES, daughter of the above Daniel and Lucy Giles, who died at Bristol on the 11th day of April 1768, aged nineteen years.
DANIEL GIles, Esq. who was governor of the bank of England in 1797, died on the 8th of July 1800, aged seventyfive. This gentleman left a son, DANIEL GIles, Esq. barrister at law, and member of parliament for East Grinstead, Sussex.
A monument with Persian characters, erected in the lower church yard, out of the bounds of consecrated ground, to the memory of Coya ShawSWARE, thus translated :
This grave is made for Hodges SHAUGHSWARE, the chiefest servant to the king of Persia, for the space of twenty years, who came from the king of Persia, and died in his service. If any Persian cometh out of that country, let him read this and a prayer for him; the Lord receive his soul, for here lieth MAGHMORE SHAUGHSWARE, who was born in the town of Novoy, in Persia.
This gentleman was a Persian merchant, and principal secretary to the Persian ambassadör, with whom he and his son came over to England. He was forty-four years of age, and was buried August 10, 1626 ; the ambassador himself, the junior Shaughsware, and the priucipal Persians, attending the funeral. The rites and ceremonies were principally performed by the son, who, sitting cross-legged, alternately read and sang, with weeping and sighing. This continued morning and evening for the space of a month, and, had not the rudeness of the rabble prevented, would have continued during the whole stay of the Persians in this country.
The rector, besides other considerable advantages, receives about 300l. per annum by tythes. It has a select vestry, consisting of twenty-seven inhabitants, including the rector and churchwardens for the time being. There are two churchwardens, and four overseers. - The churchyard, which is now handsomely railed with iron work, and opened to the street, was originally a piece of waste ground, given by the City, in the year 1615, for the burial of the dead; reserving a passage through it, to Broad Street.
In the register book of this parish are some very curious items; and the following, though illustrative of the general regard for Queen Elizabeth, does not argue much in favour of the humanity or politeness of the times :
“ 1586. Paid for bread and drink for the ringers, when they rang for the death of the queen of Scots.”
: The items of charges for the dinner at the consecration of the burial ground, which bad been presented to the parish by the City, on the 5th of June 1617, are also very curious:
£. s. d. * Paid for four pieces of beef, weighing 21st.6lb. 11 3 6 twelve legs of mutton
114 six lambs and a half
0 twelve chickens
8 0 grocery
O four points * of beef for the poor 0 12 0
15 6 6
We have already mentioned Sir PAUL PINDAR, when deseribing his house in this street; but his benevolence, and other great qualifications, do not suffer us to pass the merits, of such a worthy character slightly. The mementos in this register book would be sufficient to hand down his name to posterity with respect and gratitude:
£. $. d. He gave in plate, during the year 1633, to the amount of
113 14 0 To be disposed of in lands for the
300 0 * Quære? Buuocks of beer?
In 1634, for the poor
presented to the parish, for one of the
of which cost Besides what was given to the cook, who
Dressing and fuelling
0 15 0 0 5 0 O 14 6 0 12 6 0 2. 4
12 0 35 0 0
And singular as it may appear, after the be.
nevolence of this good parishioner, and all
Lent, for three years past
for the maintenance of the organ
government had been overturned,
nison, he gave to the poor But was compelled to pay for his licence to
eat flesh In 1646, he gave to the poor
VOL. II. No. 44.
The last account which occurs of Sir Paul, is expressive of the veneration in which he was held even in those ini. quitous times.
1650, paid to Mr. Ellis, glazier, for mending the windows of the church) that were broken at Sir Paul Pindar's burial, 16s. 2d.”
Sir Paul Pindar was early distinguished by that frequent cause of promotion, the knowledge of languages. He wa put apprentice to an Italian master, travelled much, and was appointed ambassador to the grand seignior by James I. in which office he gained great credit, by extending English commerce in the Turkish dominions. He brought over with him a diamond valued at 30,0001.; the king wished to buy it on credit; but this the sensible merchant declined, but favoured his majesty with the loan of it on gala days: Charles I. however became the purchaser. Sir Paul was appointed farmer of the customs by James; and frequently supplied that monarch’s wants, as well as those of his successor. He was esteemed at one time worth 236,0001. exclusive of bad debts, in the year 1639. His charities were very great: he expended 19,0001. in the repairs of St. Paul's cathedral; but was ruined by his connections with his unfortunate monarch; and, it is said, was imprisoned for debt. Charles owed him, and the rest of the old commissioners of the customs, 300,0001.; for the security of which, in 1649, they offered the parliament 100,0001. ; but the proposal was rejected. He died involved, and left his estate in such disorder, that his executor, unable to bear the disappointment, destroyed himself; and most deservedly underwent the ignominy of the now, almost obsolete verdict, of felo de se*.
This side of Bishopsgate Street, till we arrive at Threadneedle Street, is occupied by several respectable inns. On the north corner of Threadneedle Street, is
THE SOUTH SEA HOUSE. This structure stands upon a great space of ground; running backward as far as Old Broad Street. The back front was * Pennant.