wherein is declared that Lent is a meer invention of man,’ London, n. d., 8vo (title from Wood). 8. ‘The Way to Wealth, wherein is plainly taught a most present remedy for sedicion,’ London, Crowley, 1550, sm. 8vo (of considerable political and historical value). 9. ‘Pleasure and Payne, Heaven and Hell; Remember these Foure, and all shall be Well,’ London, Crowley, 1551, sm. 8vo (in verse). 10. ‘One and Thyrtye Epigrammes, wherein are bryefly touched so many abuses that may and ought to be put away,’ London, Crowley, 1550, sm. 8vo, said to have been reprinted in 1551 and 1559 (the copy in the Cambridge University Library is the only one known; Strype reprinted fifteen of the epigrams in ‘Memorials,’ ii. pt. ii. 465–73). 11. ‘The true copye of a Prolog wrytten about two c. yeres past by John Wyckliffe,’ London, Crowley, 1550, sm. 8vo. 12. ‘The Fable of Philargyrie, the great Gigant of Great Britain,’ London, Crowley, 1551, sm. 8vo (title from Herbert's ‘Ames’). 13. ‘An Epitome of Cronicles,’ London, T. Marshe, 1559, 4to (by T. Languet; continued by T. Cooper, from Edward VI to Elizabeth by Crowley). 14. ‘An Apologie or Defence of those Englishe Writers and Preachers which Cerberus chargeth with false doctrine under the name of Predestination,’ London, H. Denham, 1566, 4to (see Prynne, Canterburie's Doome, 1646, p. 169). 15. ‘A Briefe Discourse against the Outwarde Apparell and Ministring Garmentes of the Popishe Church,’ London, 1566 and 1578, sm. 8vo. 16. ‘The Opening of the Wordes of the Prophet Joell, concerning the Signes of the Last Day,’ London, H. Bynneman, 1567, sm. 8vo (curious satirical verse written in 1546). 17. ‘A Setting Open of the Subtyle Sophistrie of T. Watson, which he used in hys two Sermons made before Queene Mary, 1553, to proove the Reall Presence,’ London, H. Denham, 1569, 4to (see Strype, Annals, i. pt. ii. 303). 18. ‘A Sermon made in the Chappell at the Gylde Hall in London before the Lord Maior,’ London, J. Awdeley, 1575, sm. 8vo. 19. ‘An Aunswer to Sixe Reasons that Thomas Pownde, at the commandement of her Maiesties commissioners, required to be aunsuered,’ London, 1581, 4to. 20. ‘Brief Discourse concerning those four usual notes whereby Christ's Catholic Church is known,’ London, 1581, 4to (title from Wood). 21. ‘A Replication of that Lewd Answeare which Frier John Francis hath made,’ London, 1586, 4to. 22. ‘A Deliberat Answere made to a rash offer which a popish Anti-christian Catholique made,’ London, J. Charlewood, 1588, 4to (answering ‘A notable Discourse by John de Albine,’ Douai, 1575).
Crowley also added a preface to an undated reprint of Tyndale's ‘Supper of the Lord,’ 1551 (see Notes and Queries, 1st ser. i. 332, 355, 362), and edited an edition of Seager's ‘Schoole of Vertue,’ 1557 (ib. 4th ser. vi. 452).
The ‘Select Works’ (Nos. 2, 5, 8, 9, 10 above) were edited, with introduction, notes, &c., by J. M. Cowper for the Early English Text Society (extra ser. No. xv.), 1872.
[Besides the authorities mentioned above, see Tanner's Bibliotheca, 210; Ames's Typogr. Antiq. (Herbert), ii. 757–62; the same (Dibdin), iv. 325–35; Collier's Bibl. Account, i. 39; Maitland's Index of English Works printed before 1600, 1845, pp. 28–9; W. C. Hazlitt's Handbook, 1867; W. C. Hazlitt's Collections and Notes, 1876; Corser's Collectanea Anglo-Poetica, pt. iv. pp. 539–42; Catalogue of Books in the British Museum printed before 1640, 1884; Warton's History of English Poetry, 1840, iii. 165–6; Heylyn's Ecclesia Restaurata, 1849, i. 153, ii. 186.]
CROWNE, JOHN (d. 1703?), dramatist, is stated by Oldys to have been the son of William Crowne, gentleman, who in 1637 accompanied the Earl of Arundel on an embassy to Vienna, and published in that year ‘A true Relation of all the Remarkable Places and Passages’ observed on the journey. William Crowne emigrated with his family to Nova Scotia, and on 10 Aug. 1656 received from Oliver Cromwell a large tract of territory. Shortly after the Restoration the French took possession of William Crowne's lands, and his title was not upheld by the authorities at home. In the dedicatory epistle prefixed to the ‘English Frier,’ 1690, and again in the dedicatory epistle before ‘Caligula,’ 1698, the dramatist complains that he had been robbed of his patrimony. John Dennis in his ‘Letters,’ 1721 (i. 48), says that William Crowne was an ‘independent minister;’ but this statement, which has been frequently repeated, is probably incorrect, for in the ‘Colonial State Papers’ he is invariably styled ‘Colonel’ Crowne. It is related by Dennis that John Crowne on his arrival in England (early in the reign of Charles II) was driven by his necessities to accept the distasteful office of gentleman-usher to ‘an old independent lady of quality.’ His first work was his romance, ‘Pandion and Amphigenia; or the History of the coy Lady of Thessalia. Adorned with sculpture,’ 1665, 8vo. In the dedicatory epistle to Arthur, lord viscount Chichester, he says: ‘I was scarce twenty years when I fancied it.’ In 1671 he published his first play, ‘Juliana, or the Princess of Poland. A Tragi-comedy,’ acted with moderate success at the Duke of York's Theatre.