1859 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Peter Heylyn

David Masson, in Life of John Milton (1859-94; 1965) 1:400-01.



Another appointment [by William Laud] of some consequence was that of Peter Heylin, who, after acting as one of Laud's chief agents throughout his life, survived to be his biographer, and a busy writer of books. He had been introduced to Laud in 1627, bringing with him from Oxford the reputation of being "papistically inclined"; he became one of Laud's chaplains; in 1629, he became chaplain to the King; and in 1631 he obtained a rectory in Hunts and a prebend in Westminster, with promise of more. Heylin claims for himself the credit of having first roused Laud to the danger of the feoffment scheme for the purchase of impropriations; and it is certain that he preached on this subject in 1630. Besides Heylin, Laud had a host of other clients of the same stamp, scattered through the Church. "They that watched the increase of Arminianism," says Hacket, "said confidently that it was from the year 1628 that the tide of it began to come in," and this because it was from that year that "all the preferments were cast on one side." Hacket's statement is curiously corroborated by the clerical lives of this period in the pages of Wood.