See also:Guy's Hospital,
See also:London, was the son of a lighterman and
See also:coal-dealer at
See also:Southwark . After serving an apprenticeship of eight years with a bookseller, he in 1668 began business on his own account . He dealt largely in Bibles, which had for many years been poorly and incorrectly printed in England . These he at first imported from
See also:Holland, but subsequently obtained from the university of
See also:Oxford the
See also:privilege of printing . Thus, and by an extremely thrifty mode of
See also:life, and more particularly by investment in
See also:government securities, the subscription of these into the South
See also:Company, and the subsequent sale of his stock in 1720, he became
See also:master of an immense
See also:fortune . He died unmarried on the 17th of
See also:December 1724 . In 1707 he built three wards of St
See also:Thomas's Hospital, which institution he otherwise subsequently benefited; and at a cost of £18,793, 16s. he erected Guy's Hospital, leaving for its endowment £219,499; he also endowed Christ's Hospital with £400 a
See also:year, and in 1678 endowed almshouses at
See also:Tamworth, his
See also:mother's birthplace, which was represented by him in parliament from 1695 to 1707 . The
See also:residue of his
See also:estate, which went to distant relatives, amounted to about £8o,000 . See A True Copy of the Last Will and Testament of Thomas Guy, Esq . (London, 1725) ; J . Noorthouck, A New Hist. of London, bk. iii. ch. i. p . 684 (1773) ;
See also:Literary Anecdotes, iii .
599 (1812) ;
See also:Charles Knight, Shadows of the Old Booksellers, pp . 3–23 (1865) ; and A
See also:History of Guy's Hospital, by S . Wilkes and G . T . Bettany (1892) .
GUY OF WARWICK
JEANNE MARIE BOUVIER DE LA MOTHE GUYON (1648—1717...
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