Lives of the fellows

James Windet

b.? d.20 November 1664
MD Leyden(1655)

James Windet, MD - A doctor of medicine of Leyden, of 26th June, 1655, incorporated at Oxford 27th March, 1656, was admitted a Candidate of the College of Physicians 25th June, 1656. Wood speaks of him as “a good Latin poet, a most excellent linguist, a great rabbi, a curious critick, and rather shaped for the faculty of divinity than for that faculty he professed.” Dr Windet resided at Yarmouth, and was the friend and correspondent of Sir Thomas Browne, MD, of Norwich.

“His letters,” says Wilkins, in his Life of Browne, “are most tedious and pedantic; written in Latin, profusely ornamented with Greek, and even Arabic, but utterly destitute of interest.” “He has extant under his name,” continues Wood -
Ad Majestatem Caroli IIi Sylvæ duæ. 4to.
De Vitâ functorum statu, ex Hebræorum atque Græcorum comparatis sententiis concinnatus, cum Corollario de Tartaro Apost: Petri in quem prævaricatores Angelos dejectos memorat. 4to. Lond. 1663;
and other things which I have not yet seen, among which is the Epist. Dedic. to the most ingenious John Hall of Durham, set before an edition of Stierius’s Philosophy, printed and published by Roger Daniel, printer to the university of Cambridge, who, having a great respect for the said Mr Hall, got Dr Windet to write it, which being done, Mr Daniel set his own name to it, purposing to do honour to that young Gent of great and wonderful hopes.”

Dr Windet died in Milk-street, London, 20th November, 1664, and left behind him, at his death, a quarto MS containing many of his Latin poems, which at this day, says Wood, “go from hand to hand, having been exposed to sale in one or more auctions.”(1)

William Munk

[(1) Fasti Oxon, vol.ii, p.790.]

(Volume I, page 273)

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