This learned critic and casuist finished, in ten years, a work that seemed sufficient to employ a much longer life than his own. It is entitled, "Synopsis Criticorum aliorumque S. Scripturæ Interpretum," and is printed in five large volumes in folio. It contains not only an abridgmant of the nine volumes of the "Critici Sacri," and various other expositors, but also extracts and abridgments of a great number of small treatises and pamphlets, which though of considerable merit, would have been otherwise neglected or lost. The plan of it was judicious, and the execution more free from errors than seems consistent with so great a work, finished in so short a time, by one man; Mr. Poole made a great progress in the English Annotations on the Bible, completed after his decease by several divines, and published in two volumes folio. He was author of some other pieces of less note. His name was among those who were to be murdered by the Papists, according to the deposition of Titus Oates. In 1679, he retired to Amsterdam, where he died the same year, not without suspicion of being poisoned.
---A Biographical History of England. J. Granger, 1779.
Chart showing the number of references in each month of the diary’s entries.