Richard Hale, M.D., was the son of Richard Hale, by his wife Elizabeth Church, and was educated at Trinity college, Oxford, as a member of which he proceeded A.B. 19th May, 1693; A.M. 4th February, 1695; M.B. 11th February, 1697; and M.D. 23rd June, 1701. He was admitted a Candidate of the College of Physicians 23rd December, 1708; a Fellow 9th April, 1716; was Censor in 1718, 1719, 1724; and Harveian Orator in 1724. Dr. Hale died 26th September, 1728, aged fifty-eight. (1) He was a liberal benefactor to the College. In the Annals we read: "August 11, 1729. The College seal was affixed to a discharge of 450l. Being a legacy of Dr. Hale to the College, for buying of books, &c., which, with 50l he had given in his lifetime, made up the sum of 500l."
At the next quarterly Comitia, held 30th September, 1729, "It was desired by the College that a copy of Dr. Hales’s picture might be drawn for the College library. " (2)
[(1) "Nequè hic praetermittendus est Richardus Hale, qui quan-quàm primo intuitu, ut ii plerumque qui maniacorum curam aliquamdiu habent, quadantenùs asper, non illo tamen quisquam benignior, amicior, doctior, aut melior: Eâ quippe comitate et integritate ut religio sibi fuerit alios in errorem ducere, ea etiam sapientia atque eruditione quae sibi ab aliquo imponi nullatenus paterentur ; singulari amore in viros suae Professionis; multi in illa nominis, eamque adaugere et exornare omni ratione contendens; Academicorum honorem atque commodum praecipue promovens; dignitati et utilitati hujus Collegii animitūs prospiciens, et legatis quingentis libris pro coemenda supellectile literarià, illud munifice ditans; tam probus denique tantusque, tam in arte sua, quam cæteris vitae muniis, ut illius lethum fuerit, juxta ac illud L. Crassi apud Ciceronem, Acerbum suis, luctuosum patriae, grave bonis omnibus." Oratio Harveiana, anno mdccxxix, auct. Piercio Dod.
(2) In the Treasurer’s book I read: 1733. October 11th. Paid Mr. Richardson, the lymner, for painting Dr. Hales’ picture by Dr. Tyson’s order, twenty guineas]