John Dolben, who distinguished himself by the early pregnancy of his parts, at Westminster school, was, in 1640, elected a student of Christ-church in Oxford. In the Civil War, when that city was made a garrison for the king, he entered a volunteer into the royal army. He acquitted himself so well in his military capacity, that he was soon made an ensign, and at length advanced to the rank of a major. Upon the disbanding of the army, he again applied himself to his studies; and having entered into holy orders, he was, upon the Restoration, preferred to a canonry of Christ-church. He was afterwards made archdeacon of London, clerk of the closet to the king, and dean of Westminster. In 1666, he was advanced to the bishopric of Rochester, with which he held his deanry in commendam. He was a man of great generosity, candour, and benevolence, and was justly admired as a preacher. The people, as they afterwards did in the reign of Anne, assembled in crowds to hear
Him of the western dome, whose weighty sense
Flow'd in fit words, and heav'nly eloquence.
Dryden's Absolom, &c.
He was afterwards translated to York, and died the 11th of April, 1686. Two or three of his sermons only are in print.
---A Biographical History of England. J. Granger, 1779.
Chart showing the number of references in each month of the diary’s entries.