Edmund Calamy, D.D., the celebrated Nonconformist divine, born February, 1600, appointed Chaplain to Charles II., 1660. He refused the bishopric of Lichfield which was offered to him. Died October 29th, 1666.
This text comes from a footnote on a diary entry in the 1893 edition edited by Henry B. Wheatley.
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The entry is in fact incorrect. Edmund Calamy the elder was not a DD but rather a BD. The honour of DD was given to his grandson, the famous memorialist of ejected puritans.
He opposed the infamous murder of his Sovereign King Charles I, with constancy and courage. Under the usurpation of Cromwell, he was passive and lived as privately as he could, yet he gave no reason to suspect, that he was at all a well wisher to that government, when the times afforded a favourable opportunity, he neglected not the promoting the return of King Charles II, and actually preached before the House of Commons on the day they voted that great question, which, however, has not hindered some from suggesting their suspicions of his Loyalty. After this step was taken, he together with Mr Ash and other eminent Divines, were sent over to compliment the King in Holland, by whom they were extremely well received. When His Majesty was restored, Mr Calamy retained still a considerable share in his favour, and in June 1660, was appointed one of his Chaplains in Ordinary, and was offered the Bishoprick of Coventry and Litchfield, which he refused.
---Biographia Britannica. 1748.
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