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Terry F  •  Link

George Morley (1597-1684)
After resisting the Parliament during the Commonwealth, he joined Charles in exile in France; before the Resoration he came to England and gained the support for it of the Presbyterians. In 1660 "he was consecrated bishop of Worcester. At the Savoy conference of 1661 he was chief representative of the bishops. He was translated to the see of Winchester in 1662."…

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George Morley, some time chaplain to Charles I. was a polite scholar, and an eminent divine, especially in controversy. He was, in the early part of his life, one of Ben Jonson's sons. He was also an intimate friend of lord Falkland, Mr. Hyde, Mr. Chillingworth, Mr. Waller, and others of the first eminence in the late reign. One of his excellencies, which raised him much in the esteem of all his friends, helped to degrade his character in the opinion of his enemies. This was his wit, which was natural, but uncommon; keen, but inoffensive. The very faculty was condemned by many in this age, without the least regard to its application. After the death of the king, he retired to the Hague, where he attended on Charles II. He afterwards resided at Antwerp, where he was very assiduous in his ministerial duty. During his residence abroad, he contracted an intimacy with Rivetus, Heinsius, Salmasius, Bochart, and other persons of rank in the learned world. Upon the Restoration, he was made dean of Christ-church, and the fame year bishop of Worcester, whence he was translated to Winchester. His constant practice was to rise at five o'clock in the morning, to go to bed at eleven, and eat but once a day. By these rules he preserved his health, with very little interruption, through the course of a long life. He died Oct. 29, 1684. His writings are chiefly on polemical subjects. In 1683, he published several treatises in a quarto volume. In the preface is a good account of the religious character of Anne Hyde, dutchess of York, before her conversion to popery.
---A Biographical History of England. J. Granger, 1779.

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MORLEY, GEORGE (1597-1684), bishop of Winchester; of Westminster School and Christ Church, Oxford; M.A., 1621; D.D., 1642; met at Oxford Robert Sanderson, Gilbert Sheldon, Edward Hyde, afterwards earl of Clarendon, and subsequently Edmund Waller and John Hampden; canon of Christ Church, 1641; rector of Mildenhall, 1641; preached before the House of Commons, 1642; ejected, 1648; went abroad and performed service for the English royalists wherever he stayed; sent to England to win over the presbyterians to the Restoration; regained his canonry, became dean of Christ Church, Oxford, and in October bishop of Worcester, 1660; preacher of the coronation sermon, 1661; translated to Winchester, 1662; frequently entertained the Duke of York at Farnham Castle; signified to Clarendon the king's wish that he should leave the country, 1667; of Calvinistic leanings; benefactor of Winchester diocese, St. Paul's Cathedral, and Christ Church and Pembroke College, Oxford; published controversial works.
---Dictionary of National Biography: Index and Epitome. S. Lee, 1906.

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