Argentine, Richard (DNB00)

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ARGENTINE, alias Sexten, RICHARD, M.D, (d. 1568), physician and divine, went to Ipswich 'in a serving-man's coat,' and afterwards was successively usher and master of the grammar school in that town, where he also practised as a physician and read a lecture in divinity. He was created M.D. by the university of Cambridge in 1541. In the reign of Edward VI he was a protestant; but in the reign of Queen Mary, having lost his wife, he took orders and made himself conspicuous by his advocacy of catholic principles, and by persecuting the reformers. He was instituted to the rectory of St. Helen with St, Clement, Ipswich, in 1556. Shortly before the death of Queen Mary he removed to London, and in the reign of Elizabeth retained his rectory by again becoming a reformer. In January 1563-4 he appears to have been living at Exeter, but the statement that he was a prebendary of Exeter and Wells is without foundation. He probably died in 1568, when his rectory at Ipswich became vacant.

His works are: 1, 'Certeyne Preceptes, gathered by Hulricus Zuinglius, declaring howe the ingenious youth ought to be instructed and brought unto Christ,' Ipswich, 1548, 8vo; a translation from the Latin. 2, ' A ryght notable Sermon made by Doctor Martyn Luther upon the twentieth chapter of Johan of absolution and the true use of the keyes, full of great comforte,' Ipswich, 1548, 8vo; a translation, 3. 'Sermons of the ryght famous and excellent clerke Master Bernardine Ochine,' Ipswich, 1548, 8vo; a translation. 4. 'De Præstigiis et Incantationibus Dæmonum et Necromanticorum,' Bâle, 1568, 8vo. 5. 'Ad Oxonienses et Cantabrigienses pro lingua Arabica beneficio principum restituenda;' MS. in the Bodleian library. 6. Observations about Rome and the popes.

[Tanner's Bibl. Brit.; Wodderspoon's Memorials of Ipswich, 391; MS. Addit. 5862 f. 48; Cooper's Athenæ Cantab. i. 275; British Bibliogr. i. 504; Ames's Typogr, Antiq. ed. Herbert, 595, 1456.]

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