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and was himself engaged in tuition at Liverpool. He is said to have sculptured the figure of painting over the Shakespeare Gallery in Pall Mall, London. His hobby lay in investigating the remains of the early inhabitants of Britain, and he published two works on that subject. After walking ‘considerably above a hundred miles … among the barrows’ near Weymouth and Dorchester, he wrote ‘Illustration of the Tumuli, or Ancient Barrows’ (1806), which was dedicated to William George Maton, M.D. [q. v.], His second work, the result of visits to the earthworks and remains in the southern counties, ranging from Tunbridge Wells to Bath, was ‘Two Lectures on the Remains of Ancient Pagan Britain’ (1833), of which seventy-five copies were struck off for private distribution. He also published ‘Views of Remarkable Druidical Rocks near Todmorton,’ presumably Todmorden, near Rochdale. Stackhouse joined the Society of Friends, and his speech at the eleventh annual meeting of the Peace Society is reported in the ‘Herald of Peace’ (vol. vi. 1827). He died at Chapel Road, Birdcage Fields, St. John's parish, Hackney, on 29 Jan. 1836, and was buried, with his wife, at Park Street burial-ground, Stoke Newington, on 4 Feb. His wife Ruth, daughter of John and Ruth Fell of Blennerhasset, Cumberland, whom he married at Liverpool on 18 Dec. 1783, died at Stamford Hill on 16 Feb. 1833, aged 76. They had issue three sons and two daughters.

Other works by Stackhouse were: 1. ‘A New Essay on Punctuation,’ 1800, 3rd edit. 1814. 2. ‘An Appendix and Key to the Essay on Punctuation,’ 1800. 3. ‘The Rationale of the Globes,’ 1805. 4. ‘Horne Tooke revived; or an Explanation of the Particles of and for,’ 1813. 5. ‘Sacred Genealogy; or the Ancestry of Messiah’ (anon.), 1822. 6. ‘Thoughts on Infidelity,’ 1823. 7. ‘Biblical Researches, with an Explanation of Daniel's Seventy Weeks,’ 1827. 8. ‘Astronomical Discourses for Schools and Families,’ 1831. 9. ‘The Eclipsareon: a Diagram of the Times in which Eclipses may happen in any given Year.’ 10. ‘The Zodiacal Chart.’ 11. ‘Key to the Egyptian Hieroglyphic Alphabet.’ Stackhouse left in manuscript ‘Historical, Doctrinal, and Obituary Notices of the Society of Friends.’

[Stackhouse's Works; Smith's Cat. of Friends Books, ii. 619–20; private information.]

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STAFFORD, Marquis of. [See Leveson-Gower, Granville, 1721–1803.]

STAFFORD, Viscount. [See Howard, William, 1614–1680.]

STAFFORD, ANTHONY (1587–1645?), devotional writer, born in 1587, was the fifth and youngest son of Humphry Stafford of Sudbury and Eaton Socon, Bedfordshire, by Elizabeth, daughter of Sir John Cutts of Childerly, Cambridgeshire. He was descended from the Staffords of Grafton, Worcestershire [see under Stafford, Humphrey, Earl of Devon]. Anthony matriculated as a gentleman commoner at Oriel College, Oxford, on 8 March 1605. In 1606 he also entered as a student at the Inner Temple. At Oxford he soon ‘obtained the name of a good scholar, well read in ancient historians, poets, and other authors,’ and was on 18 July 1623 created M.A. ‘as a person adorned with all kinds of literature.’ In 1609, ‘having then a design to publish certain matters,’ he had been ‘permitted to study in the public library.’ The result of his studies was several theological and devotional treatises, some of which gave great offence to the puritans. The first of these appeared, both in octavo and duodecimo, in 1611, with a dedication to Robert Cecil, earl of Salisbury, ‘because my father was a neighbour to your father, being much obliged unto him and my whole family unto yourselfe.’ It was in two parts, the first entitled ‘Stafford's Niobe, or his Age of Teares: a Treatise no less profitable and comfortable than the Times damnable. Wherein Death's Vizard is pulled off,’ &c.; the second, ‘Stafford's Niobe dissolved into a Nilus, or his Age drowned in her own Teares … an admonition to a Discontented Romanist.’ This was followed in 1612 by ‘Meditations and Resolutions, Moral, Divine, and Political,’ with which was printed a translation of the Latin oration of Justus Lipsius against calumny. Next came ‘Stafford's Heavenly Dogge, or Life and Death of that Great Cynick Diogenes, whom Laertius stiles Caius Cælestis,’ 1615, 12mo. Stafford's ‘Guide of Honour; or the Ballance wherein she may weigh her actions,’ was described as written by the author ‘in foreign parts,’ but is undated. It was dedicated to George Berkeley, eighth baron Berkeley [q. v.] Other works were: ‘The Day of Salvation, or a Homily upon the Bloody Sacrifice of Christ,’ 1635, 12mo; and ‘Honour and Virtue triumphing over the Grave, exemplified in a fair devout Life and Death, adorned with the surviving perfections of Henry, lord Stafford, lately deceased,’ 1640, annexed to which are divers elegies upon the death of the said lord, mostly written by men of St. John's College, Oxford [see