1769 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. John Goad

James Granger, in Biographical History of England (1769; 1824) 5:53-54.



John Goad, who was educated at St. John's College, in Oxford, was, near twenty years, chief master of Merchant Taylors' school, in London. In 1681, he was ejected from this employment, on account of some passages which savoured strongly of popery, in his "Comment on the Church Catechism," composed for the use of his scholars. After his ejectment, he taught school in Westminster. He was a man in general esteem for his probity and learning, and particularly for his abilities as a schoolmaster. He died Oct. 28, 1689, having, a few years before, declared himself a Roman Catholic. He was author of several sermons, and one or two vocabularies, &c. but his great work, which employed him for a considerable part of his life, was his "Astro-Meteorologica; or Aphorisms and Discourses of the Bodies celestial, their Natures and Influences, discovered from the Variety of the Alterations of the Air, temperate or intemperate, as to Heat or Cold, Frost, Snow, Hail, Fog, Rain, Wind, Storm, Lightnings, Thunder, Blasting, Hurricane," &c. London, 1686, fol. This book gained the author a great reputation. The subject of it is a kind of astrology, founded, for the most part, on reason and experiment, as will appear by comparing it with Mr. Boyle's "History of the Air," and Dr. Mead's book "De Imperio Solis et Lunae."