, LL . D. was the son of Dennis Bond, esq. of Dorchester, a violent
, LL. D. was the son of Dennis Bond,
esq. of Dorchester, a violent adherent of the republican
party in the seventeenth century, and at whose death, a
little before that of the protector, the wits said Oliver
Cromwell had given the devil Bond for his appearance.
Our author was educated under John White, commonly
called the patriarch of Dorchester, and was afterwards entered, not of St. John’s college, Cambridge, as Wood reports, but of Catherine-hall, of which he was afterwards
chosen fellow, and took the degree of B. A. in 163 1, commenced M. A. in 1635, was nominated LL. D. in 1645,
and completed the year following, while he was yet a member of that society. But, although he took his doctor’s degree in law, he was by profession a divine, and had before
this preached for some years, first as a lecturer in Exeter,
and frequently afterwards before the long parliament at
Westminster. In 1643, both he and his tutor, Mr. White,
were chosen of the assembly of divines; and when Mr.
White took the rectory of Lambeth, Dr. Bond succeeded
him as minister of the Savoy, and on Dec. 11, 1645, hfc
was made master of the Savoy hospital under the great
seal. On the decease of Dr. Eden, master of Trinity-hall,
Cambridge, the fellows made choice of the celebrated
Selden, and the choice was confirmed by parliament, but
he declining the office, Dr. Bond was chosen, chiefly by
the authority or interference of parliament, March, 1646.
In 1649 he was chosen law professor of Gresham college,
and in 1654 was made assistant to the commissioners of
Middlesex and Wesminster, for the ejection of scandalous
and ignorant ministers; and in 1658 served as vice-chancellor of Cambridge. He held his mastership and law
professorship until the restoration, when he was ejected
from both for his adherence to the politics by which he
had obtained them. He then retired into Dorsetshire, and
died at Sandwich in the isle of Purbeck, July 1676.
Wood, who has committed several mistakes in his life,
corrected by Dr. Ward, gives a list of his works, which
are few: 1. “
A Door of Hope,” Lond.
Holy and Loyal Activity,” Lond.