John Stoughton (priest)
Origin and religious background
Thomas Stoughton, father of John
John Stoughton, baptized at Naughton, Suffolk in 1593, was one of the three sons of the clergyman Thomas Stoughton (died 1622), and his wife, Katherine. Thomas Stoughton, the father, was born an only child in Sandwich, Kent. The University career suggested for him in the Alumni Cantabrigienses is shown by a detailed study to be a confusion with another person. He became Rector of Naughton from 1586 to 1594, when he was deprived by Archbishop Whitgift. During this time his first children, including John and Thomas, were born.
Involved with the Conference of reformed ministers at Dedham, Essex, his disputation with Andrew Oxenbridge was on the point of justification by faith alone (sola fide). He served as assistant minister at Great Burstead, Essex before being presented by Baron Rich of Leez to the Vicarage of Coggeshall, Essex in 1600. By 1603, when his wife Katherine died, she had borne him twelve children, of whom a further son Israel and four daughters also reached adulthood. As one not conforming to the Anglican formulae he was deprived by High Commission of his living in 1606: Ralph Cudworth, of Emmanuel College, Cambridge, was instituted Perpetual Vicar in his place at the presentation of Baron Rich, and held it for two years. After some time at Great Totham Stoughton returned to Kent (by 1615) and died there in 1622.
Thomas Stoughton published four principal works:
- A Generall Treatise against Poperie (1598)
- The Dignitie of God's Children (1610)
- Two profitable treatises (1616)
- The Christians sacrifice (1622)
The Generall Treatise against Poperie was dedicated to Robert, Lord Rich, with a letter to his readers including friends in Kent, London, Essex and Suffolk. The Two Profitable Treatises were dedicated to the Mayor and Jurats of Sandwich, were published in London in 1616, and were dated by Stoughton from St Bartholomew's Hospital in Sandwich. The Christians Sacrifice (dedicated to Robert (2nd) Earl of Warwick, and Baron of Leez, and to his son Robert, Lord Rich) contains "The Authors Postscript to his children as it were his last will and testament unto them", dated 22 August 1622. He states he has lived to twice his father's age, and twelve years more. Having seven children then living, he declares he has nothing to leave them but his precepts. "Let none of you be grieved that I have left you nothing of my inheritance in Kent, neither of my lands since, that I purchased in Suffolke, as also in Essex, all being now gone, and the price thereof spent: not riotously or otherwise lewdly, but by other meanes."
John Stoughton reached university age while his father was still in East Anglia, and entered Emmanuel College, Cambridge in 1607, where he was tutored by William Sancroft the elder, uncle of Archbishop Sancroft. Graduating B.A. in 1611 and M.A. in 1614, he was elected a Fellow of the college in 1616. His ordination as priest is probably that recorded in December 1617, performed by Samuel Harsnett: he took the degree of Bachelor of Divinity in 1621. In the following year his father died, but by this time John was well-established in his university position. In 1623, when the Master of Emmanuel, John Preston (admitted 1622), sought confirmation of a college statute concerning the requirements for his residency, John Stoughton's signature headed the list of Fellows' names who certified their formal response in two separate orders.
He was considered a preacher of unusual eloquence. Two notable sermons given by him in 1624, reflecting political circumstances of the time, concern the theme of marriage. Early in 1623/24 he preached at Paul's Cross in London The Love-Sick Spouse, on a text of lament from the Canticles interpreted to signify the separation of Christ from His true Church. The Song of Solomon was a rich source for contemporary theological exegesis directed against the threat to protestantism posed by royal marital alliance with Roman Catholic Spain or France. Stoughton quoted many classical and patristic sources in his exposition. About ten months later, in The Happinesse of Peace preached during a royal visitation to Cambridge, he spoke to like point before a courtly audience which cannot have missed his meaning.
- Aller, Somerset
In 1624 the College living of Aller, in Somerset, became vacant by the death of Dr. Ralph Cudworth, who had resigned his own fellowship to marry and settle in the Rectory there in 1610. John Stoughton succeeded him as Rector in 1624 and married his widow Mary (née Machell). Here he developed connections with Sir Thomas and Dame Margaret Wroth of Petherton Park, who were highly active in colonial enterprises in North America. Dame Margaret, cousin of Robert Rich and sister of Sir Nathaniel Rich, and probably a near relation of Dr. Stoughton's wife, had witnessed the elder Dr. Cudworth's deathbed testament. Also present was the minister Anthony Earbury of nearby Westonzoyland.
As stepfather he took in hand the education of his wife's young sons and daughters. The younger Ralph later described this as a "diet of Calvinism". Stoughton was awarded the degree of Doctor of Divinity in 1626. Under his instruction his stepchildren flourished, and he thought Ralph Cudworth (junr.) 'as wel grounded in Schol-Learning as any Boy of his Age that went to the University', when commencing his studies at Emmanuel College in 1632.
In 1630 Stoughton's brother Thomas (by then married and with a family) was among the emigrants in the sailing of the Mary and John of London to New England, arranged by John White of Dorchester, Dorset to found the town of Dorchester, Boston, in Massachusetts Bay Colony. A younger brother Israel Stoughton followed in 1632.
- St Mary Aldermanbury, City of London
In that year Dr. Stoughton left Aller and was appointed curate and preacher in the City of London church of St Mary Aldermanbury, a strong focus of Puritanism, in the place of Thomas Taylor. In October 1632 John Winthrop and John Wilson, hearing of his favour for spreading the Gospel in New England, wrote from Boston inviting him to take up his ministry there. Stoughton remained in London: in the nine months from Michaelmas to Midsummer he preached three sermons a week, and two a week during the late summer. In 1634 his eldest stepson James Cudworth emigrated permanently to Scituate, Plymouth Colony. Mary Stoughton died in the summer of 1634, and in December of that year Cudworth wrote at length to his stepfather describing John Endicott's mutilation of the banner and detailing the appointments of ministers and teachers in the various New England townships. Israel Stoughton's letter to his brother also referred to the political and religious differences occasioned by the mutilation of the flag.
Dr Stoughton's wide circle of correspondence reflected his involvement in, or support for, the propagation and unification of international Protestantism. Through 1634 and 1635 he received news of English ministers (John Davenport, William Ames and others) in Amsterdam and Delft through James Forbes (son of John Forbes, pastor of the British church at Delft). John White had mediated John Dury's approach to Dr Stoughton for funds, and Stoughton was among those who supported Dury's journey to Sweden. He was among the "several Godly Ministers" engaged in compiling the Body of Practical Divinity advocated to James Ussher at this time. John Browne the younger of Frampton, Dorset, a close associate of John White's, and committee member of the Dorchester (New England) Company, 1624-1627, was writing familiarly to Stoughton in August 1634 to condole over the death of his wife, and to bring news of the Earl of Holland's fines and of superstitious ceremonies being enforced in the English Church. These sympathies were already attracting the attention of Archbishop Laud's agents when Henry Whitfield wrote to Stoughton in March 1635, saying he had heard that Stoughton was likely to be questioned.
It was however in October 1635, when a carrier was asked by John White and John Browne in Dorchester (Dorset) to take a large sum of money to Dr Stoughton in London, purportedly inheritance money owing to Stoughton's stepchildren, that tongues fell to wagging and "twatlinge". It was officially suspected that this was the "Puritan purse", money collected to support the dissenting puritan ministry at home and abroad. Sir John Lambe, who dared not act alone, persuaded Laud to have the papers of Stoughton, White and Browne searched. Stoughton's study was sealed and the correspondence found, including a particularly dangerous letter, addressed via a third party for concealment, from Sir Thomas Wroth, newly written from Petherton, lamenting the state of the Church and speaking of "resistance in blood". Stoughton and White were arrested and brought before William Juxon, Bishop of London, and the Court of High Commission. Samuel Hartlib bore news of Stoughton's danger to Amsterdam, where John Dury, fearing to be implicated, sought to dissociate himself, and Dury's patron Sir Thomas Rowe sought to reassure him.
With the support of Sir Robert Harley and the Earl of Holland Stoughton managed to escape the worst consequences, though the investigation against him continued until May 1636, when he was discharged. Archbishop Laud, accounting for the year 1635, wrote that Dr Stoughton had been "convented" for breach of the canons of the Church in sermons or practice (or both): but he having promised amendment for the future, and submission to the Church in all things, proceedings were not continued against him. Various surviving letters, and a list of contributors in the Hartlib Papers, do suggest that Stoughton was acting as a treasurer and distributor for puritan funds. Letters of July and September 1636 from Stoughton to Samuel Hartlib show him eager to support Dury. In March 1637 Sir Nathaniel Brent reported that letters of Stephen Marshall, minister of Finchingfield in Essex, deemed to be a dangerous person, had been found in the search of Stoughton's papers. Marshall mediated between Stoughton and White, and Hartlib and Dury, concerning funds from Katherine Barnardiston's bequest. Among Stoughton's other correspondents were Samuel Ward and William Sancroft.
- Later life
In January 1635/36 Stoughton took as his second wife Jane, the widowed daughter of John Browne, by whom he had two daughters, and acquired further stepchildren. Three months after their marriage Elizabeth Cudworth, sister of James, Ralph and John, married the Rutland clergyman Josias Beacham. Beacham was rector of Seaton in Rutland; this has given rise to a confusion, for John White purchased the rectory of Seaton with Beer in Devon to support the church of Dorchester, and a connection has been mis-inferred.
Robert Woodford the diarist frequently heard Stoughton's preaching. He admired him as one "who deales honestly and faithfully and boldly", and thought the continuing pressure brought upon him by the authorities to be through "the malice of Satan and his instruments". He chose Dr Stoughton to act as a referee in the settlement of a dispute in which he became involved. He was also frequently heard by diarist Samuel Rogers, who was usually stirred by his preaching, though on one occasion slightly disappointed.
Dr Stoughton was a friend of Samuel Hartlib and a member of the Hartlib Circle. Some letters survive. Stoughton's millennial pamphlet Felicitas ultimi saeculi was in the form of an address, dated 1638, to John Tolnai (a contact of Comenius) in Hungary. Two years later, after Stoughton's death, Hartlib published the pamphlet with a covering letter of his own, and a dedication to György Rákóczi. Hugh Trevor-Roper comments on the language of inauguration of international Protestantism in this work, which upholds Comenius, Francis Bacon and John Dury as its apostles.
In addition to this work, Stoughton prepared a large number of his own sermons for publication towards the end of his life. In his stepfather's last months Ralph Cudworth sought his guidance in the question of a possible college fellowship. Dr. Stoughton died in May 1639 making his wife Jane and her father John Browne his executors, with legacies to her and to their two daughters, and gifts of £25 each to Emmanuel College and to 'Mr Hartlipp a Dutchman'. Jane Stoughton delivered his sermons to the editor who saw them through the press.
John Stoughton married first (c.1624) Mary Machell, widow of Dr Ralph Cudworth senr (Rector of Aller c. 1610-1624), by whom he had no issue. He married secondly (18 Jan. 1635/36) Jane Browne (widow of Walter Newburgh, Rector of Symondsbury, Dorset 1624-31, to whom John Browne, father and son, were executors). Jane died before 1 November 1658. John and Jane Stoughton had two daughters,
- Jane Stoughton (c.1637-1680). As her mother Jane Stoughton née Browne was dead in 1658, this daughter is very likely the Jane Stoughton who married Thomas Burwell, Doctor of Physick of Dorchester, on 15 September 1659 at Frampton, by whom she had two sons and three daughters, and was buried at Frampton on 5 March 1679/80.
- Marie Stoughton, buried at Frampton in 1640.
In New England, John's brother Thomas Stoughton (1588-1661) was among the group which left Dorchester, Massachusetts to establish the town of Windsor in the Connecticut River Valley in 1635. His brother Israel Stoughton (c.1603-1644) was a co-worker with John Endicott in Massachusetts Colony, and Israel's son William Stoughton (1631-1701), John Stoughton's nephew, lived to be chief magistrate at the Salem witch trials of 1692-93.
Mary Machell's children
- James Cudworth (1612-1682), of Scituate, Massachusetts, strongly disapproved of the religious persecutions against Quakers during the later 1650s, and stood out against their treatment. He became an Assistant Governor of Massachusetts and a Commissioner of the United Colonies.
- Elizabeth Cudworth (1615–1654) became the second of three wives of Josias Beacham of Broughton, Northamptonshire (Rector of Seaton, Rutland from 1627 to 1676) in 1636, by whom she had several children. Beacham was ejected by the Puritans in 1653 but reinstated by 1662.
- Ralph Cudworth (1617-1688) became a leading philosopher and theologian among the Cambridge Platonists, Regius Professor of Hebrew, and Master of Christ's College, Cambridge: he was the father of Damaris Cudworth Masham (Lady Masham), friend of John Locke.
- Mary Cudworth, christened at Aller 14 February 1618/19.
- John Cudworth (1622–1675), of London and of Bentley, Suffolk, became an Alderman of London and Master of the Worshipful Company of Girdlers in 1667–68. He left four orphans of whom Thomas (1661–1726) and Benjamin (d. 1725) both attended Christ's College, Cambridge.
- A certain Jane or Joan Cudworth living unmarried in 1647 might also have been a daughter of Mary's (the youngest?), but this is not finally confirmed.
Jane Browne's children
Dr. Stoughton's sermons and other works were mostly published in the year after his death, and were edited by Anthony Burgess. The opening dedications indicate that "The Widdow of the deceased Authour, in testimonie of her humble and thankefull acknowledgement of his noble favour and respect, shewed to her dearest Husband in his life time, presenteth these ensuing Sermons, which are now, according to the trust reposed in him, published by A.B."
- A Learned Treatise: in Three Parts, 1. The definition 2. The distribution of Divinity 3. The happinesse of man; as it was scholastically handled by John Stoughton D.D. in Immanuell Colledge Chappell in Cambridge, while he was fellow there: and now published according to the copy left under his own hand (John Bellamy, Daniel Frere and Ralph Smith, London 1640).
- Seaven Sermons, Preached Vpon Severall Occasions.
- 1. The Christians Prayer for the Churches Peace. One Sermon on Psal. 122.6 (Preached at the Mercers' chapel). One Sermon on 1 Sam. 2.30
- 2. Baruchs Sore Gently Opened; Gods Salve Skilfully Applyed. In two Sermons on Jeremy 45.5.
- 3. The Araignement of Coveteousnesse. In three Sermons on Luke 12.15.
- By John Stoughton, Doctor in Divinitie, sometimes fellow of Immanuel Colledge in Cambridge, late of Aldermanbury, London. (Iohn Bellamie, Henry Overton, Iohn Rothwell, Richard Serger, and Ralph Smith, London 1640).
- XV. Choice Sermons : Preached upon Selected Occasions.
- 1. The Happinesse of Peace: before K. James at Trinity Colledge in Cambridge.
- 2. The Love-sicke Spouse: at S. Paul's Crosse.
- 3. The Burning Light: at a visitation in Christ's Church, London.
- 4. The Magistrates Commission, or, Wisdome Justified: before the judges.
- 5. The preachers dignity, and duty: in five sermons, on 2 Cor. 5.20. Preached in Cambridge.
- 6. Christ Crucified, the Tree of Life: in sixe sermons, on 1 Cor. 2.2. Preached in Cambridge.
- By John Stoughton, Doctor in Divinity, sometime fellow of Immanuel Colledge in Cambridge, late preacher of Aldermanburie, London. According to the originall copie, which was left perfected by the authour before his death. (I. Bellamie, H. Overton, I. Rothwell, R. Royston, D. Frere, and R. Smith, London 1640).
- XIII. Sermons: Preached in the Church of Aldermanbury, London.
- 1. The Form of Wholsome Words, or An Introduction to the Body of Divinity. In 3 sermons on 2 Tim. 1.13.
- 2. The Righteous Mans Plea to True Happinesse. In 10 sermons on Psal. 4.6.
- By John Stoughton, Doctor in Divinity, sometimes fellow of Immanuel College in Cambridge, and late preacher of Aldermanbury, London. (J. Bellamy, H. Overton, A. Crook, J. Rothwell, R. Sergeir, J. Crook, D. Frere, and R. Smith, London 1640).
- The Heauenly Conuersation and the Naturall Mans Condition: In two treatises.
- By Iohn Stoughton, Doctor in Divinitie, sometimes fellow of Emanuel Colledge in Cambridge; and late preacher of Gods word in Aldermanbury London. (John Bellamie and Ralph Smith, at the three Golden Lyons, London, 1640).
- Felicitas Ultimi Sæculi: epistola in qua, inter alia, calamitosus ævi præsentis status seriò deploratur, certa felicioris posthac spes ostenditur, & ad promovendum publicum Ecclesiæ & rei literariæ bonum omnes excitantur: in gratiam amici cujusdam paulo ante obitum, scripta à reverendo viro Johanne Stoughtono, SS. Theol. Doctore, Coll. Emanuel. Cantabr. olim socio, postea, eccles. Aldermanburiensis Londini, pastore dignissimo: nunc, post decessum ejus ad fidem autographi, publici juris facta à S.H. (Samuel Hartlib). (Londini : Typis Richardi Hodgkinson, impensis Danielis Frere habitantis in Parva Britannia, ad insigne Tauri rubri, Anno MDCXL). (1640)
- P.S. Seaver, 'Stoughton, John (bap. 1593, d. 1639), Church of England clergyman', Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
- J.C. Whitebrook, 'Dr. John Stoughton the Elder', Transactions of the Congregational Historical Society Vol. VI, no. 2 (October 1913), pp. 89-107, continued in Vol. VI, no. 3 (February 1914), pp. 177-87 (Internet Archive).
- E.McL. Turner, The English Ancestry of Thomas Stoughton, 1588-1661, and his son Thomas Stoughton, 1624-84, of Windsor, Conn. (Artcraft Press, Waterloo, Wisconsin 1958), at pp. 62-73. (Hathi Trust) Warning: the page sequence in this view is muddled. See Internet Archive version (Login only).
- Thomas should not be confused with his contemporary Thomas Stoughton who married Katherine Evelyn (aunt of the diarist John Evelyn), who was son of Sir Lawrence Stoughton of Stoughton in Stoke, Guildford, Surrey, see W. Bruce Bannerman, The Visitations of the County of Surrey, Harleian Society Vol. XLIII (1899), p. 87.
- J. & J.J. Venn, Alumni Cantabrigienses (Cambridge University Press, 1927), Part I Vol. 4, p. 172.
- P. Collinson, J. Craig and B. Usher, Conferences and Combination Lectures in the Elizabethan Church: Dedham and Bury St Edmunds 1582-1590, Church of England Records Society Vol. 10 (Boydell Press, 2003), p. xciv and 'Biographical Register' pp. 252-55, at p. 253, fn. 2 and p. 254 and p. 255 (Google).
- Clergy of the Church of England database, Vacancy Evidence Record ID: 241617.
- Collinson, Craig and Usher, Conferences and Combination Lectures, pp. 103-04, 253-55. J. Craig, 'Members of the Dedham Conference,' Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Themes.
- R. Thompson, 'Stoughton, Israel (bap. 1603, d. 1644), colonist in America,' Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
- (Thomas Stoughton), The Christian Sacrifice as set forth in Romans XII, 1,2 (1622), Postscript. British Library 4371, b.20.
- Clergy of the Church of England database, CCEd Appointment Record ID: 193664.
- Conferences and Combination Lectures, pp. 251-55.
- A generall treatise against poperie and in defence of the religion by publike authoritie professed in England and other churches reformed. VVherein they that either want leisure to read, or that haue not iudgement to conceiue, or that are not able to buie the learned treatises of other concerning particular points of religion, may yet euidently see poperie not to be of God, and our religion to be acceptable in his sight. Very necessarie for these times, for the confirmation and strengthening of men in our religion, that neither by Iesuits, nor by any other, they may be drawne to poperie, or any other heresie or sect: and likewise for the winning of Papists and atheists to an vnfained liking and true profession of our religion. By Thomas Stoughton minister of the word (Printed by Iohn Legat, Printer to the Uniuersity of Cambridge, 1598). See at Umich/eebo (Login only).
- The Dignitie of God's Children: or an exposition of 1 John iii. 1, 2, 3, plentifully showing the comfortable ... and most blessed state of all God's children, and also ... the base ... condition of all other that are not the children of God (Printed by Thomas Haueland, for Thomas Man, and are to be sold at his shop in Paternoster Row, at the signe of the Talbot, London 1610).
- Two profitable treatises: I. Of Davids love to the word: II. Of Dauids meditation on the word of God. The one shewing the excellencie of the word, and therefore worthy of the love of all men: and what be the trials and testimonies; as likewise the impediments and helpes of the said love. The other shewing the necessitie of the continuall meditation of the word by all men that will bee saved: and that as well for knowledge as for practice and obedience: removing likewise the things that may hinder, and laying forth the things that may further the said meditation of the word, either generally by all men, or particularly by ministers of the word (Printed by Edward Griffin for Arthur Iohnson dwelling in Pauls Church-yard at the signe of the White horse, London 1616). Original at (Google) (open).
- The Christians sacrifice: much better then all the legall sacrifices of the Iewes; and without the which, all the said legall sacrifices of the Iewes, euen when they were in force, were not acceptable to God. Or, a logicall and theologicall exposition of the two first verses of the twelfth to the Romanes, with all the doctrine in the said two verses, plainly laid forth, and fitly applied according as these times do require the same. Wherein also besides the orthodoxall exposition of the said words, diuers other places of Scripture by the way occurring, before somewhat obscure, are so naturally interpreted, as that the iudicious reader shall thinke his paines well bestowed in vouchsafing to reade this treatise following. With the authors postscript to his children, as it were his last will and testament vnto them (Printed by William Iones, London 1622). Original at Google (open).
- Stoughton, The Christians Sacrifice, Postscript, pp. 252-58 (Google).
- F.J. Bremer, Congregational Communion: Clerical Friendship in the Anglo-American Puritan Community, 1610-1692, New England Studies (Northeastern University Press, Boston 1994), p. 31, referring to Letter of 1615 in Harleian MSS 3785 no. 29.
- CCEd Ordination Record ID: 194231.
- Alumni Cantabrigienses Part I Vol. 4, p. 171.
- E.S. Shuckburgh, Emmanuel College, Cambridge College Histories (F.E. Robinson & Co., London 1904), pp. 58-60 (Internet Archive).
- J. Shami, ' The Love-Sick Spouse: John Stoughton's 1624 St. Paul's Cross sermon in context,' in W.J.T. Kirby and P.G. Stanwood (eds), Paul's Cross and the Culture of Persuasion in England, 1520-1640 (Brill, Leiden & Boston 2013), pp. 389-407.
- A.P. Baggs, R.J.E. Bush and M. Tomlinson, 'Parishes: Aller ', in A History of the County of Somerset Vol. 3, ed. R.W. Dunning (V.C.H., London 1974), pp. 61-71. (British History Online accessed 4 June 2016)
- For this connection see D. Richardson, ed. K.J. Everingham, Magna Carta Ancestry 2nd Edn (2011), II, p. 10 items 15-16, but contrast A. Boaz, Specific Ancestral Lines of the Boaz, Paul, Welty and Fishel Families (Otter Day Books, LLC, 2014), pp. 479-81.
- Will of Dr. Ralph Cudworth of Aller, Somerset (P.C.C. 1624).
- T. Birch (ed.), 'An Account of the Life and Writings of R. Cudworth, D.D.', Preface to the 1743 edition of The True Intellectual System of the Universe, New Edition, 4 Vols (Richard Priestley, London 1820), I, p. 7.
- F.J. Powicke, The Cambridge Platonists: A Study (J.M. Dent & Co., London 1926), p. 111.
- D.A. Pailin, 'Cudworth, Ralph (1617–1688), philosopher and theologian', Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
- J.L. von Mosheim, Radulphi Cudworthi Systema Intellectuale Huius Universi, 2 Vols (sumtu viduae Meyer, Jena 1733), I, 'Praefatio Moshemii' (34 sides, unpaginated) 19th side, note.
- R.T. Cornish, 'White, John (1575–1648), clergyman and promoter of colonization', in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
- English Ancestry of Thomas Stoughton, pp. 79-84. (Hathi Trust)
- R. Thompson, 'Stoughton, Israel', Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
- "Stoughton, John (STTN607)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
- The Winthrop Papers Vol. III, 1631-1637 (Massachusetts Historical Society 1943), pp. 88-89.
- J.P. Malcolm, Londinium Redivivum: or, An Antient History and Modern Description of London, 2 vols (Rivington, Payne, Wilkie and White, London 1802, 1803), II, pp. 119, 122.
- 'Gen. James Cudworth (salter),' in Samuel Deane, History of Scituate, Massachusetts, from its first settlement to 1831 (James Loring, Boston 1831), pp. 245-51.
- Whitebrook, 'Dr John Stoughton the Elder', p. 94 (Internet Archive).
- 'Letter of James Cudworth of Scituate, 1634', (to Dr. Stoughton), in New England Historical and Genealogical Register 14 (1860), pp. 101-04; see also Whitebrook, 'Dr John Stoughton the Elder', pp. 104-07, 177-78; also W.N. Sainsbury (ed.), Calendar of State Papers, Colonial Series, 1574-1660 (Longman, Green, Longman and Roberts, London 1860), p. 194, no. 39 (Internet Archive).
- E.H. Emerson, Letters from New England: the Massachusetts Bay Colony, 1629-1638 (University of Massachusetts Press, 1976), pp. 100-01, 138-44, 144-152.
- Captain Israel Stoughton to his dear brother Dr Stoughton. 'America and West Indies: May 1634', in W. Noel Sainsbury (ed.), Calendar of State Papers Colonial, America and West Indies Vol. 1: 1574-1660 (HMSO, London 1860), pp. 178-80 (British History Online, accessed 4 November 2018).
- J. Bruce (ed.), Calendar of State Papers, Domestic, Charles I: 1633-1634 (Longmans, Green, Longman, Roberts & Green, London 1863), [ pp. 413, 545] (Internet Archive).
- Whitebrook, 'Dr John Stoughton the Elder', pp. 182-83.
- C. Hill, Intellectual Origins of the English Revolution (1965), p. 101.
- J. Dury, ed. S. Hartlib, The Earnest Breathings of Forreign Protestants, Divines and Others, to the Ministers and Other Able Christians of These Three Nations, for a Compleat Body of Practicall Divinity... and an Essay of a Modell of the Said Body of Divinity (For T. Underhill, at the Anchor in Paul's Church-yard, London 1658), pp. 47-48 (Google).
- J.P. Ferris, 'Browne, John II (1580-1659), of Dorchester and Frampton, Dorset', History of Parliament online, 1604-1629.
- Michael Russell (compiler), 'John Browne J.P. (1582-1659) of Dorchester & Frampton,' Free pages at Ancestry Rootsweb.
- J. Bruce (ed.), Calendar of State Papers, Domestic, Charles I: 1634-1635 (Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts and Green, London 1864), p. 182.
- F.J. Bremer, 'Whitfield [Whitfeld], Henry (1590/91–1657), minister in America,' Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
- Calendar of State Papers, 1634-1635, p. 555-56.
- J. Bruce and W.D. Hamilton (eds), Calendar of State Papers, Domestic, Charles I, Vol. 13: 1638-39 (Longman & Co., London 1871), p. 217 no. 97 (Internet Archive): full text in Whitebrook, 'Dr. John Stoughton the Elder', pp. 179-80 (Internet Archive). The correct date of October 1635 is shown from the reference in the Diary of John Rous cited below.
- J. Bruce (ed.), Calendar of State Papers, Domestic, Charles I: 1635 (Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts & Green 1865), 435-36 (Internet Archive)
- N. Tyacke, Aspects of English Protestantism, c.1530-1700 (Manchester University Press, 2001), pp. 124-25.
- State Papers, Charles I, Domestic, SP 16/297/39, Letter dated 12 September 1635. Calendar of State Papers, Domestic, 1635, pp. 104-05, 377-78.
- Calendar of State Papers, 1635, 459, & 500. See also Calendar of State Papers, Domestic, Charles I: 1635-36 (1866), pp. 48, 109, 116, 125, 268, 470, 478, 503, 513, 651, 653.
- Whitebrook, 'Dr. John Stoughton the Elder', p. 182.
- Copy Letter, Sir Thomas Rowe To John Dury, 16 December 1635. The Hartlib Papers, Ref: 14/4/40A-44B.
- M.A. Everett Greene, Diary of John Rous, Incumbent of Santon Downham, Suffolk Camden Society, Old Series Vol. LXVI (1866), pp. 79-80.
- Whitebrook, 'Dr. John Stoughton the elder', pp. 178-84 (Internet Archive).
- The Works of the Most Reverend Father in God, William Laud, sometime Lord Archbishop of Canterbury, Vol. V, Part 2 (John Henry Parker, Oxford 1853), pp. 332-33 (Internet Archive).
- The Hartlib Papers, Ref: 23/2/17A-18B.
- The Hartlib Papers, Ref: 46/11/1A-2B and Ref: 46/11/3A-4B.
- J. Bruce (ed.), Calendar of State Papers, Domestic, Charles I: 1636-1637 (Longmans, Green, Reader & Dyer, London 1867), p. 545 (Internet Archive).
- T. Webster, Godly Clergy in Early Stuart England: The Caroline Puritan Movement, C.1620-1643 (Cambridge University Press, 1997), pp. 260-61 (Google).
- Bremer, Congregational Communion, p. 54. and pp. 92, 99.
- Marriage at St Mary Aldermanbury, 18.i.1635/36.
- Marriage at St Mary Aldermanbury, 28.iv.1636. London Marriage Allegations. Will of Josias Beacham, Rector of Seaton (Rutland) (P.C.C. 1675/76).
- S.H.C., 'Extracts from the Parish register of Seton, Co. Rutland, relative to the family of Sheffield', Collectanea Topographica et Genealogica I (J.B. Nichols & Son, London 1834), pp. 171-73.
- D. Underdown (ed.), William Whiteway of Dorchester, His Diary 1618-1635 (Dorset Record Society 1991), pp. 114, 123.
- P.S. Seaver, 'Stoughton, John (bap. 1593, d. 1639), Church of England clergyman', Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, following Whitebrook, 'Dr. John Stoughton the Elder', p. 93. See correctly in M. Russell, 'Rev John White MA (1574/5-1648), Patriarch of Dorchester & Founder of Massachusetts' OPC Dorset.org webpage.
- J. Fielding (ed.), The Diary of Robert Woodford, 1637-1641 Camden Society, 5th Series Vol. 42 (Cambridge University Press 2012), pp. 75, 131-33, 173-74, 176, 206, 208, 217-19, 245, 246, etc.
- The Diary of Robert Woodford, 1637-1641, pp. 64 and 174, and pp. 29 and 131 (Google).
- The Diary of Robert Woodford, 1637-1641, p. 43 (Google).
- T. Webster and K. Shipps (eds), The Diary of Samuel Rogers, 1634-1638, The Church of England Record Society XI (Boydell Press, 2004), pp. xliv-xlv, & pp. 129-32, 137-41, 150, 159-62, 169-71.
- C. Hill, Intellectual Origins of the English Revolution (Oxford University Press 1965), p. 91 & notes 79, 80. See also T. Webster, Godly Clergy in Early Stuart England: The Caroline Puritan Movement, c.1620-1643 (Cambridge University Press, 2003), p. 260.
- M. Greengrass, M. Leslie and M. Hannon, (2013), The Hartlib Papers. Published by HRI Online Publications, Sheffield.
- G. Gömöri, 'Hungarian Students and Visitors in 16th-17th Century England,' Hungarian Studies 1, No. 1, Nemzetközi Magyar Filológiai Társaság, Akadémiai Kiadó (Budapest 1985), pp. 31-50, at p. 40, pdf p. 10.
- H. Trevor-Roper, The Crisis of the Seventeenth Century: Religion, the Reformation and the Social Change (Liberty Fund, Indianapolis 2001), p. 17 (Liberty Fund) Search term: Stoughton.
- T. Solly, The Will Divine and Human (Deighton Bell & Co., Cambridge/Bell & Daldy, London 1856), pp. 287-91.
- Will of John Stoughton, Doctor in Divinity and Curate of Saint Mary Aldermanbury, City of London (P.C.C. 1639).
- Ralph Cudworth, minister, married mistress Mary Machell, 18 June 1611. Parish register of St Mary Newington, Southwark.
- Stoughton's marriage to Cudworth's widow, and the management of her children's inheritance portions, is mentioned in 1636 in The Diary of John Rous, pp. 79-80.
- Will of Walter Newburgh, clerk of Symmondsbury, Dorset (P.C.C. 1632).
- Will of John Browne of Frampton (P.C.C. 1659) dated 1658, Audley Quire; "John Newburgh, his sister Elizabeth, and Jane Stoughton, three of the children of my deceased daughter Jane".
- Will of John Stoughton (P.C.C. 1639).
- W.K. Watkins, 'Notes', New England Historical and Genealogical Register LXIV (1910), pp. 85-87, at p. 86, imagines that this was Jane Browne's third marriage, but her father is clear that she was dead in 1658, so his inference is impossible.
- English Ancestry of Thomas Stoughton, pp. 83-90. (Hathi Trust)
- Cudworth told the Scituate Court which dismissed him from office that, just as he was no Quaker, so also he would be no Persecutor. Richard P. Hallowell, The Quaker Invasion of Massachusetts (Houghton, Mifflin & Co, Boston/Riverside Press, Cambridge 1883), pp. 162-172.
- Will of Josias Beacham, Rector of Seaton (Rutland) (P.C.C. 1675/76). London Marriage Allegations, 28.iv.1636 (St Mary Aldermanbury). Foster, Index Ecclesiasticus. Beacham was a graduate of Brasenose College, University of Oxford. Seaver mistakes his living for that of Seaton, Devon.
- The first wife was Maria Sheffield (died November 1634). S.H.C., 'Extracts from the Parish register of Seton, Co. Rutland, relative to the family of Sheffield', Collectanea Topographica et Genealogica I (J.B. Nichols & Son, London 1834), pp. 171-73.
- Aller Parish Records: Register of Baptisms, Marriages and Burials (Baptisms 1561-1652), Somerset Heritage Centre (Taunton) D\P\all/2/1/1.
- Will of John Cudworth, Girdler of London (P.C.C. 1675).
- W. Dumville Smythe, An Historical Account of the Worshipful Company of Girdlers, London (Chiswick press, London 1905), pp. 109-10.
- J. Peile, Biographical Register, II, pp. 64; 111.
- D. Richardson, Jewels of the Crown, 4 (2009), citing the references to Jane Cudworth in Will of John Machell of Wonersh (P.C.C. 1647).
- Will of John Browne of Frampton (P.C.C. 1659). (dated 1658)
- Will of Walter Newburgh of Symondsbury (P.C.C. 1632). Will of John Browne of Frampton (1659).
- M. Morrissey, Politics and the Paul's Cross Sermons, 1558-1642 (Oxford University Press, 2011), pp. 37-38.
- XI. choice sermons preached upon selected occasions, in Cambridge. Viz. I. The preachers dignity, and duty: in five sermons, upon 2. Corinth. 5. 20. II. Christ crucified, the tree of life: in six sermons, on 1. Corinth. 2. 2. By John Stoughton, Doctor in Divinity, sometimes fellow of Immanuel Colledge in Cambridge, late preacher of Aldermanburie, London. According to the originall copie, which was left perfected by the authour before his death. (Printed by A.B. for Iohn Bellamie, Henry Overton, Iohn Rothwell, and Ralph Smith, London 1640) Oxford Text Archive. These "XI" sermons are contained within the "XV".
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