Nehemiah Wallington, the compiler of the work nowpublished, was the tenth of the twelve children of John Wallington, and Elizabeth, his wife. He was born on May 12th, 1598. His kindred were in humble circumstances, although his father, a citizen of London, by trade a turner, was of sufficient standing to be elected churchwarden of his parish, St. Leonard's, Eastcheap. He filled that office in 1599. We have but few glimpses of him, but those show him to have been a man of sincere piety, and of a most affectionate disposition. These qualities were, indeed, the leading characteristics of the whole family, and in none of them were more conspicuous than in the amiable mother of our author. She died when he was only five years old, but it is clear that he preserved an affectionate regard for her memory. Among his papers is a careful copy of "A Faithfull Memoriall of my owne Mother that is deceased," drawn up by her husband.