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1735), married William Graham of Platten, near Drogheda. Grace, the third (d. 1769), married T. Foley of Whitley (created Baron Foley 1776), and had children. Granville had no male issue, and his title became extinct (see the Granville pedigree prefixed to Mrs. Delany's ‘Autobiography,’ &c., vol. iii. 2nd series).
[Life of Granville in Johnson's Lives of the Poets; Autobiog., &c., of Mrs. Delany, see Index under ‘Lansdowne;’ Memoir in Anderson's Poets, vol. vii.; Walpole's Royal and Noble Authors (Park), iv. 154-60; Chalmers's Biog. Dict.; Rose's Biog. Dict.; Genest's English Stage; Pope's Works; Granville's Works ; Brit. Mus. Cat.; authorities cited in the article.]
GRASCOME, SAMUEL (1641–1708?), nonjuror, son of John Grascome of Coventry, was educated at Coventry school, and was admitted a sizar at Magdalene College, Cambridge, on 1 June 1661, when he is described as in his twentieth year (Admission Book, Magdalene College; his name is here spelt Grawcome). He graduated B.A. in 1664, and M.A. in 1674 (Cat. Grad. Cant.) Perhaps he is the S. Grascomes who was curate to Bishop John Dolben [q. v.] at Bromley, Kent, 1681–2 (Hasted, Hist. of Kent, i. 96), and who was married privately at Westminster Abbey on 19 Jan. 1681–2 to Elizabeth Watkins (Chester, Reg. Westminster Abbey, p. 21, where the name is spelt Samuell Grascomb). On 10 Dec. 1680 he was appointed rector of Stourmouth, Kent. He remained there till his deprivation in 1690 (Hasted, Hist. of Kent, iii. 643), when he settled in London, and gathered a congregation at a house in Scroop's Court, in the parish of St. Andrew's, Holborn (Ralph, Hist. ii. 525). Grascome wrote an account of the trial of William Anderton, a Jacobite, condemned to death in June 1693 (cf. his An Appeal of Murther, summarised in Howell's State Trials, xii. 1250–68), and is said to have attended Anderton on the scaffold. During the debates on the Recoinage Act, in 1695–6, Grascome published ‘An Account of the Proceedings in the House of Commons in relation to the Recoining the Clipt Money and Falling the Price of Guineas,’ which Macaulay describes as the most remarkable tract of the time. In November 1696 the house voted that this pamphlet was ‘false, scandalous, and seditious, and destructive of the freedom and liberties of parliament,’ ordered it to be burned by the common hangman, and petitioned the king to offer a reward for the discovery of the author (Kennett, Complete Hist. of England, iii. 724). On 14 Dec. a proclamation appeared for the apprehension of Grascome, but he seems to have evaded arrest. In February 1699 the attorney-general was ordered to prosecute him. The trial was postponed from time to time, and on 3 July it was dropped altogether, the printer, who was the only witness against him, having fled the country (Luttrell, Relation, iv. 155, 483, 534). Grascome spent the last twenty years of his life in theological controversy, defending the nonjurors, and denouncing dissent, occasional conformity, and the church of Rome. He was a strong partisan, but Macaulay is somewhat too harsh in charging him with scurrility and ferocity (Hist. of England, ch. xxiii.) Lee speaks of the ill odour into which his bitter reflections on the government brought his party (Memoirs of Kettlewell, § 55). His writings show much learning. He died before 1710, but the exact date is uncertain (see Hickes, preface to his Second Collection of Controversial Tracts, pp. xii, xiii); in the appendix to the ‘Memoirs of Kettlewell’ he is said to have died in 1718, perhaps a misprint for 1708.
Grascome wrote: 1. ‘A Letter to a Friend in answer to a Letter [by Robert Grove [q.v.] ] against Mr. Louth in Defence of Dr. Stillingfleet,’ London, 1688. Stillingfleet wrote the tract referred to in 1684. 2. ‘A Further Account of the Baroccian Manuscript,’ 1691 [see HODY, HUMPHREY]. 3. ‘Epistola ad Humfridum Hody;’ perhaps the letter appended to No. 2, which is dated 1 Jan. 1691. 4. ‘A Brief Answer to a late Discourse [by E. Stillingfleet, bishop of Worcester] concerning the Unreasonableness of a new Separation,’ 1691. Bishop Williams of Chichester issued a defence of Stillingfleet, to which Grascome responded in 5. ‘A Reply to a Vindication of a Discourse,’ &c., 1691. 6. ‘The Separation of the Church of Rome from the Church of England, founded upon a selfish interest,’ 1691. 7. ‘An Answer to “God's Ways of disposing of Kingdoms”’ [a pamphlet by Bishop Lloyd of St. Asaph, 1691]. 8. ‘Two Letters written to the Author of a Pamphlet entituled Solomon and Abiathar, or the Case of the Deprived Clergy discussed,’ 1692. 9. ‘An Historical Account of the Antiquity and Unity of the Britanick Churches. … By a Presbyter of the Church of England’ [signed S. G.], 1692. 10. ‘An Appeal of Murther,’ 1693. 11. ‘Considerations upon the Second Canon in the Book entituled Constitutions,’ &c., 1693. 12. ‘An Account of the Proceedings in the House of Commons in relation to the Recoining the Clipt Money and Falling the Price of Guineas,’ 1696. 13. ‘A Brief Examination of some Passages in the Chronological Part of a Letter written to Dr. Sherlock. In a Letter to a Friend,’ 1700? The ascription of this pamphlet and
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