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John Bond (1612-1676)

An English Puritan, and member of the Westminster Assembly.
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“The Lord draws his salvations in shadowed works that you may see the depth of his wisdom.”

His Works:

The Works of John Bond available in old English:

1. Salvation in a mystery: or A prospective glasse for Englands case. As it was laid forth in a discourse given at Margarets in Westminster, before the Honourable House of Commons, at their monthly fast, March 27. 1644. By John Bond, B.LL. late lecturer in the city of Exceter now preacher at the Savoy in London. A member of the Assembly of Divines. Published by order of the Commons House. London: printed by L.N. for Francis Eglesfeild, and are to be sold at the signe of the Marygold in Pauls Church-yard, 1644.
2. The Parliaments and Londons preparation for His Majesties return. With the manner how many Parliament men, with the Lord major, and aldermen are to congratulate his Majesty. With the manner likewise how many petitions are to be delivered unto him, and the substance of th same. As also the true relation, how the 12. accused Bishops are devoted out of the House of Peers, and being called to their tryall, they expected the Kings either ascent or discent thereunto, which induced His Majesty to return. With the certain time prefixed when he doth return. Composed and published by Iohn Bond. London: printed for Iohn Tompson, 1641
3. King Charles his welcome home, or A congratulation of all his loving subiects in thankefulnesse to God for his Maiesties safe and happie returne from Scotland, 1641. By Iohn Bond, Cantabrid: Coll: St. Iohns. London: printed by F. L. for T. Bates, and F. Coules, and are to be sold at their shops in the old Baily, [1641]
4. Englands reioycing for the Parliaments returne. Declaring the kingdomes happinesse in their councells, and their iustice in their consultations against papists, Arminiasme, and popish superstition. Composed by Iohn Bond, Cantabrid. St. Iohns Coll. London: printed by F. L. for T. Bates, and are to bee sold at his shop in the old Bail.y [sic], 1641.
5. A doore of hope, also Holy and loyall activity. Two treatises delivered in severall sermons, in Excester. By Iohn Bond, Bachelour of the Lawes, and lecturer in the same city.
London: printed by G.M. for Iohn Bartlet, at the signe of the Guilt-Cup near St. Austins Gate, 1641.
6. The poets recantation, having suffered in the pillory. the 2. of Aprill 1642. VVith a penitent submission of all things, that have beene written against the King and state. In an humble petitionary description, obsequiously commended to the honorable and high court of Parliament. Iohn Bond. London: printed for T. A. and Ioseph Wren, 1642
7. The downfal of old common-counsel-men. Being their great repulse at Guild-Hall last Friday by the committee, who extruded the old out of their corrupted offices, and elected new in their places. First, shewing their manifold corruptions, and unequall taxations, which they imposed chiefly on their poor parishioners, and connived on the rich, which hath been too common an abuse used by them. Then exactly describing, how they oftentimes robbed the poore of their due,and detaining the charity of other men from them, have put it up in their own purses. Lastly, shewing the manner of their arreignment at Guild-Hall, with the cause of their downfall, and the others vprising. Composed by Iohn Bond, scribimus, & scriptis consumiter igne libellus.
London: printed for T.H., MDCXLJ. [1641, i.e. 1642]
8. Exon. Aprill 8. 1643. Having lately seene a pamphlet mis-called a sermon, and fathered upon my name, under this title, a sermon preached in Exon, before the Deputy Liuetenants, Captaines, &c. in the county of Devon, by John Bond, minister of the word of God in the city of Exo the tect being, Prov. 25. v. 5. and perusing those broken notes uppon it, contained in some 35 pages….1643
London [s.n].: n.p.
9. The states stability: a sermon preached in Exon before the deputy-lieutenants, captaines, and other militarie officers and souldiers of the county of Devon. By John Bond minister of the Word of God in the city of Exon, London [s.n.], printed, 1643.
10. Oriens ab occidente: or, A dawning in the west. As it was delivered in a sermon before the Honourable House of Commons, at Westminster; upon their day of thanksgiving, for severall victories in the west, &c. By John Bond Mr of the Savoy, and one of the Assembly of Divines
London: printed by J.D. for Fr. Eglesfield, and are to be sold at his shop, at the sign of the Mary-gold in Pauls Church-yard, 1645.
11. Occasus occidentalis: or, Job in the VVest. As it was laid forth in two severall sermons, at two publike fasts, for the five associated westerne counties. By Iohn Bond B.L. late lecturer in the City of Exon, now minister at the Savoy, London. A member of the Assembly of Divines. London: printed by J. D. for Fran. Eglesfield, and are to be sold at his shop, at the signe of the Marigold in Pauls Church-yard, 1645.


Biography of John Bond:

John Bond (1612-1676) was a Calvinistic puritan divine. He was a member of an old Dorsetshire family which settled in that county in the reign of Henry VI, but was born at Chard, in Somersetshire (Ep. Dedicat. to Occanus Occident.) on April 12, 1612. His father was Dennis Bond [q.v.] He was educated at Dorchester under John White (a member of the Assembly of divines), and afterwards entered at St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge. of which he became a fellow. He took his B.A. degree in 1631, became M.A. in 1635, and LL.D. ten years later. After leaving Cambridge he was for some time a lecturer at Exeter, and then succeeded his old master, White, as minister of the Savoy. In 1643 he became a member of the Westminster Assembly of divines, and in December 1645 succeeded to the mastership of the Savoy. In the same year, Selden having declined the mastership of Trinity Hall, Dr. King was chosen by the fellows: but, parliament interposing on behalf of Bond he was elected master on 7 March 1646. Three years later he was made professor of law at Gresham College, London, and in 1654 became assistant to the commissioners of Middlesex and Westminster for ejecting scandalous ministers and schoolmasters He was appointed vice-chancellor of Cambridge University in 1658, but lost his preferments at Cambridge and London on the Restoration. He retired to Dorsetshire, where he died at Sandwich, in the Isle of Purbeck, and was buried at Steeple on 30 July 1676. He is thought by some to be identical with the John Bond who was member for Melcombe Regis in the last parliament of Charles I, recorder of Weymouth and Melcombe Regis in 1645 and subsequently a recruiter in that district for the Long parliament (Hutchins, Dorsetshire, ed. Ship and Hodson).

For further study see: Wood’s Athenæ Oxon. (ed. Bliss), 1817, ii. 115; Kennett’s Register and Chron. Ecclesiastical and Civil, 1728, p. 222; Ward’s Lives of the Gresham Coll. Professors, 1740, p. 247; Coker’s Survey of Dorsetshire, 1732, p. 49; Hutchins’s History and Antiq. of Dorsetshire, ed. Ship and Hodson, 1861, i. 603, 607, ii. 438, 440, 451, 453; Willis’s Notitia Parliament. ii. 437, iii. 244.



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