342J  William Hamilton

The life and character of James Bonnel Esq; late Accomptant General of Ireland. To which is added the sermon preach’d at his funeral: by Edward Lord Bishop of Killmore and Ardagh. The life by William Hamilton, A. M. Archdeacon of Armagh. Psal. 37. 37. Mark the Perfect Man, behold the Upright; for the End of that Man is Peace.

Dublin: Printed by and for Jo. Ray, and are to be sold A. and J. Churchill, at the Black Swan in Pater-noster-row, 1703.                               $1,950

Octavo 6 ¾ x 4 ½.  Fold out portrait,1 , π1,a -c4 +1, B-S8(new title page)T-U8,X5, Lacking final blank X6. And one folding plate. X5 is errata and present.

In this edition the first line of the imprint ends: “to be”.  Bound in contemporary binding front board detached .

Ownership signature of Anne Orme (1698 Birth   •  Duffield, Derbyshire, England, United Kingdom  Death   •   0 Sources(1696/7 (Rebekah, d. of Anne Orme, a bas child, who was christened at Mathefield bur.)) 

{Moses Orme, 1693 – 1772. Moses Orme was born in 1693, in Prince George’s, Maryland, to Robert Orme and Sarah Orme. Moses had 2 siblings: Rev John Orme and Robert Orme II . Moses married Anne Ann Orme. They had 4 children: Mary Orme, Moses Orme, Rebecca Orme and Elixius Elley Orme. Moses passed away on December 17 1772, at age 79 in Prince George’s, Maryland.

Will: ORME, MOSES, Prince George’s Co, 19 June 1770; 17 Dec 1772

To wife Anne Orme, extx., dwelling plantation, part of “Towgood,” 100 acres and all personal estate during her lifetime,

To son Moses Orme, at death of my wife Anne Orme, dwelling plantation part of “Towgood,” 100 acres, at his death to my grandson Samuel Taylor Orme son of my son Moses Orme, but If he dies without issue land to my son Elley Orme, if my son Moses Orme sells above tract he to be accountable to the other legatees for the money gotten from the sale, To dau. Sarah Mitchell, £15 and one negro.

To dau. Anne Reynolds, after the death of my wife Anne Orme, one negro, at her death to her dau. Eleanor Reynolds,

To dau. Rebeccah Miles, at the death of my wife Anne Orme, one negro at her death to my two sons Nathan and Jeremiah Orme, and to be divided by Major Joseph Sim.

To dau. Mary Selby, one negro.

To 2 sons Nathan and Jeremiah Orme, after the death of my wife Anne Orme, four negroes,

To son Nathan Orme, after the death of my wife Anne Orme, stock.

To son Jeremiah Orme, after the death of my wife Anne Orme, bed and furniture.

To 2 sons Philip and Elley Orme, after the death of my wife Anne Orme, four negroes and residue of personal estate to be divided by Major Joseph Sim.

Wit: Morriss Mitchell; Rachel Mitchell; Mordecai Miles Mitchell.


Prince George’s County, Maryland Land Records 1780-1784; Liber FF 1 {Abstract by Mike Marshall}; Page 19. At the request of Gerard Truman Greenfield the following Deed was recorded March 25, 1780

Indenture made March 13, 1780; Edward Reynolds of Calvert County, Maryland in consideration of 600 pounds current money paid by Gerard Truman Greenfield of PGCo has sold those tracts whereon the said Gerard Trueman Greenfield now dwells and being part of “Retaliation”, part of “Addition” and “Barrens” which were on September 17, 1768 conveyed and made over unto Thomas Reynolds now deceased father to the said Edward Reynolds in consideration of 450 pounds current money containing in the whole 385 acres. Signed Edward Reynolds in the presence of and acknowledged before Samuel Chew, James Heighe (JP’s of Calvert County, Maryland) and at the same time Ann Reynolds w/o Edward Reynolds relinquished her right of dower

Very little is known of William Hamilton one of the more than 15 children of Rev. James Hamilton and his wife, Catherine (Leslie) Hamilton. It is believed he died in 1729, without descendants, possibly a soldier fighting on the Continent during one of the many local wars in what is now Germany He was buried in St. John’s Church, Dublin, and his funeral sermon was preached by the Bishop of Killaloe (Edward Wetehall), who uses these remarkable words in his preface to the sermon: ‘I am truly of opinion that in the best age of the church, had he lived therein, he would have passed for a Saint.’  His life was written by the Archdeacon of Armagh (William Hamilton), who fully bears out this encomium. Archdeacon Hamilton has wisely fortified himself by attaching to his ‘Life’ letters from several bishops who fully endorse all that he has written, and there does not appear to be a hint from any other source which would lead us to doubt the truthfulness of the account. Bonnell’s piety was of the strictly church of England type, though he was tolerant of those who differed from him. During; the greater part of his life he attended church twice every day, and made a point of communicating every Lord’s day. He was a careful observer of all the festivals and fasts of the church, and made it a rule to repeat on his knees every Friday the fifty-first Psalm. He took a deep interest both in the ‘religious societies’ and the ‘societies for the reformation of manners,’ which form so interesting a feature in the church history of his day. Of the former, which flourished greatly at Dublin, we are told that ‘he pleaded their cause, wrote in their defence, and was one of their most diligent and prudent directors;’ of the latter ‘he was a zealous promoter, was always present at their meetings, and contributed liberally to their expenses.’ He gave one-eighth of his income to the poor, and his probity was so highly esteemed that the fortunes of many orphans were committed to his care. Bonnell was a man of great and varied accomplishments. ‘He understood French perfectly, and had made great progress in Hebrew, while in philosophy and oratory he exceeded most of his contemporaries in the university, and he applied himself with success to mathematics and music.’ Divinity was, however, of course his favourite study. He was a great reader of the early fathers, and translated some parts of Synesius into English. He also reformed and improved for his own use a harmony of the Gospels. His favourite writers were Richard Hooker and Thomas à Kempis. Many of his ‘Meditations’ (a vast number of which, on a great variety of subjects, are still extant) remind one slightly of the latter author.    Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900, Volume 05  by John Henry Overton

[Hamilton’s Exemplary Life and Character of James Bonnell, &c.; Christian Biography, published by Religious Tract Society.]

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Copies – Brit.Isles           Trinity College Library. Dublin, Republic of Ireland.   .copac adds no copies.    National Library of Wales / Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru (I’m not sure the description is sparse )

Copies – N.America                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Henry E. Huntington Library University of California, Los Angeles, William Andrews Clark Memorial Library