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10 occasioned by some fall. This young man had been strangely wild & was

good for just nothing. [He was buried Wed. night, Dec. 1 1, in S*. Peter's

church yard.]

The number of members in Magdalen College, as taken Dec. 9, 1728,
(given me by Mr. Loveday of Magd. Coll.) is 102, to wc^i if you add
15 choristers not matriculated and one organist who is no gownsman, the
sum total is 118. >B. There is one chaplain's place now vacant, to be
filled up next quarter.

Dec. 10 (Tu.). Mr. Watts, mayor of Reading, was formerly an
Haberdasher of Hatts in London, but he became a Bankrupt on purpose

20 to cheat his creditors, as many others became Bankrupts on the same
score. Coming to Reading, w^h I am well informed is one of the
knavishest corporations in England, he got great credit among the
Whiggs, and pretending to a publick spirit, he raised his reputation
mightily upon that account, and particularly for raising the publick way
between Reading and Caversham, so as to drain away the waters that
used to be such a dangerous obstruction there to travellers. Tho' he
pretends (as M^. Bacon told me) to write the antiquities of Reading, yet
he is altogether uncapable thereof, being an iUiterate ignorant man, and
knows not how to spell English.

30 M"^. Matthews, a little young ingenious brisk Gentleman, Commoner of
X* Ch., is now in the 15*11 year of his age.

If an opportunity offer, I must enquire either of Sir Philip Sydenham or
some body else about M^". Humphry Sydenham, a famous preacher in the
time of K. Charles I, whose sermons in 4*0, printed anno 1637, were
given me yesterday by M^. Loveday, gent, commoner of Magd. Coll.

Parsons's Xtian Directory, as reformed by Dr. Stanhope, is looked upon
as one of the best practical books of Divinity, nay, some say the very best,
now extant. Yet the old one without the Purgations is most proper
(I think) for men of Judgment.

40 Paschal's Thoughts is a practical book much admired by some,
particularly by my friend IMr. John Leake of S*. Mary Hall.

Last Friday my Lord Cornbury had an honorary degree of Doctor of
Civil Law conferred on him. He was lately nobleman of Xt Ch.

Dec. 11 (Wed.). M^. Thomas Speakman of S*. Peter's parish in the
East, Oxon., carpenter, hath been married 33 years.

Sir Simonds Dewes gives a very bad character of Mi". Richard James,
as a rogue and one that shortened the life of Sir Robert Cotton. His
character I have wrote out at large from Sir Simonds's life, written by
himself; 'tis in another book. I am somewhat starded at this character,

Dec. 9-14.] VOLUME CXX, PAGES 62-66 75

I having formerly had a pretty good opinion of this James, tho' I knew
him to have been a sort of Puritan & a bitter enemy to Roman Catholicks.
But tho' I have an indifferent opinion of Sir Simonds in many respects,
I begin however to fear his account may be too true, since it appears to
me that Mr. James was a knave also to the famous M^. Thomas Allen
of Glouc. Hall, whom he cheated of many of his best MSS., as is
remarked by M^. Brian Twyne, in a note I have printed in my Preface
to the Black Book of the Exchequer.

Mr. (whom they commonly call Doctor) Keyne of Magd. College,
being Librarian there, some time since made a distinct library for under- 10
graduates, in w^b (among other vile books) he placed Hobbs's Leviathan
and Mr. Whiston's Arian pieces. This is the Man that was Tutor to the
famous Mr. Dodwell's eldest son, now (I fear) quite spoiled.

Dec. 12 (Thur.). A meeting of the Delegates of the Press on
Tuesday morning last, about the Bodleian Catalogue (when two com-
positors were ordered to be imployed), about a work to be printed in
four volumes in folio from MSS. (I suppose Junius's Etymologicon &
Dictionarium) & about reprinting Clarendon's History. This is what
I was told of this meeting.

Mr. Samuel Parker hath published proposals for a new edition to be 20
printed at London in 4*0 (the two former edidons being in 8^0) of his
Epitome of Ecclesiastical Historians with curious cutts (& his own
Effigies done by Vertue), wcl^ is to come out in January next. This
Mr. Parker (son of the late Bp of Oxford of both his names) hath written
& published a great many Things, a list of wct I must remember to get of
him, if I can.

This day I saw D^, Clarke's edition of part of Homer's Bias in 4*0,
printed at London in Gr. & Latin with annotations, and dedicated or
inscribed to Prince William> whose effigies by Vertue is prefixed. But
the edition is nothing near so good as IM'^. Barnes's. 3°

The said D^". Clarke is a very vain, proud man, and heterodox in
points of Religion. He makes D^. Richard Bentley, that insolent
wretch, to be the greatest scholar in the world.^

Dec. 13 (Fri.). Mr. W^ Reeves of Reading, whom I have mentioned
above, was a very personable man, & had a gracefull fine way of delivery,
but I am told that he was as proud a man as lived, and that though he
affected & used a florid stile, yet that he was not that scholar, as some
have taken him to be.

Dec. 14 (Sat.). Bittlesden Abbey in Bucks, is now all down and
a new house designed, tho' but Httle as yet advanced, by M^. Sawyer, 40
who had the old buildings demolished, the present proprietor of the state,

Dec. 14, 1728. James West to H. (Rawl, 11. 138). Is glad to hear the
Life of Ric. II is acceptable. The MSS. seem both to have been written in

1 A note by Hearne at the end of this volume of the Diary : ' Thursday, Dec. 12,
M'' Whiteside told me of M"". Carte's sending 4 guineas by IVr. Ward, also of Ward's
loosing his cause by Delegates of Congregation, Dec. 1 1, 1728.' See Oct. 25 previous.


a Gentleman of about 26 years of age, as yet unmarried, a Whig, and
formerly Gentleman Commoner of Oriel College. I am told he is
a good-natured man, & tho' he is much addicted to his sports, yet reads
pretty much at intervals.

Mr. Thomas Twining, M.A., formerly dark of All Souls College, who
wrote of some antiquities near Devizes, and is a minister thereabouts, is
a man of a free generous spirit. He hath had two wives that are both
dead. He hath no children and is worth about five thousand libs., w'^^
he hath often talked of leaving to All Souls College, to wct place he gave
10 a tankard many years ago. I have not seen his book nor heard any
character of it. He is a comical preacher. He took the degree of M.A.
Mar. 7, 1688.

Dec. 15 (Sun.). M^. John Jones of Balliol College hath just printed
in S^o, it being done at Litchfeild's press in Oxford, a sermon preached
by him at Tiverton before the Gentlemen educated in Tiverton School.
It was printed at their request. This is the same Jones that published
Oppian in English, part of wch was of his own Translation, and 'tis not
doubted but he might have been Poetry Reader in the Univ. of Oxford,
had not he plaid tricks about the late verses on the death of the Duke of
20 Brunswick, commonly called K. George I., the best of w'^^ (for he was the
person to whose care they were left) were rejected by him, and the worst
put in, among wcl» was a sad wretched English Copy of his own.

Dec. 16 (Men.). Copies of Mr. William Smith's book, stiled by him
The Annals of Univ. College^ were last week sent bound to every Common
Room in Oxford ; I know not by whom, but to be sure by the con-
trivance of D'". Bouchier & M^". Denison, and I believe M^. Recorder
Skinner ; on purpose if possible to have the University go to law with
the Crown about Univ. Coll., though that matter hath been already tryed,
& notwithstanding the Chancellour of Oxford L<i Arran's Letter, to push
30 such a suit on also, was lately rejected. But, I suppose, M^. Denison
having been baffled, his lawyers, particularly M^. Recorder Skinner, now
want their money, & they hope to get it of the University by insinuating
that 'tis a University affair & therefore that M^". Denison ought not to

M"". Gagnier is but a very mean piddling Author. D^". Humphrey
Prideaux had but a very indifferent opinion of his Josephus Ben Gorion.
D>^. Halley used to say that this Gagnier (who is a Renegado and a
French Hugonot) does not understand Arabick, notwithstanding his great
pretenses to it.

the time of Hen. VI, Has a manuscript book of Miscellanies of the time of
Hen. VH, containing a poem by John Lidgate, the Declaration of Humphrey,
duke of Gloucester, a Chronicle of the murder of James, king of Scotland ; also
a piece ascribed to Piers of Fulhain.

Dee. 15, 1728. Tho. Baker to H. (Rawl. 27 B. 70). See Diary, Dec. 18,
Dec. 19.

Dec. 16, 1728, H. to Francis Gvp-yn (Rawl. 6. 170, draft). Thanks for
the subscription ; the MS. shall be returned in the manner directed [see
Letter Dec, 7].

Dec. 14-19.] VOLUME CXX, PAGES 66-71 77

Dec. 17 (Tu.). Vj. Walters of Edmund Hall, A.B., as he saith him-
self, hath spent at least fourteen hundred pounds since he hath been in
the University, where he hath been about six years.

INIeeting three or four days since with one M^. Clarke, who was
formerly Amanuensis to James Tyrrell, Esq., he told me IM^. Tyrrell's
History now since his death sold a little, but that the MS. volume was
left imperfect, and yet IM^. Tyrrell himself told me that 'twas quite

Dec. 18 (Wed.). Polychronicon, of Trevisa's Translation, in S*. John's
Coll. Library, Cambridge, concludes with the victory obtained against the 10
French by Edward the King's son, the Captivity of the French King &
his being brought into England, a glorious Period where, M^. Baker
presumes, Higden might conclude his History, tho' Authors vary about
the time. That copy is indeed a noble Book in a very beautifull hand
and many of the initiall Letters illuminated ; but containing no part of
Ric. II's reign, M^". Baker doubts, will be of no use to me.

The late Earl of Oxford, Robert Harley, got abundance of very good
MSS. from many gentlemen, promising upon such gifts to procure them
Preferments, he being then Lord Treasurer. Particularly M"^. Henry
Worseley and Mj". Anstis gave him their best MSS. And M^". LeNeve 20
(Norroy) had the like expectations (as he told Mr. Baker) given him of
an Office in the Exchequer, but after his Present made, were utterly
defeated. Somewhat, M^^. Baker says, he could tell me of himself.

Pray remember to ask M'*. Baker what that is he can tell of himself,
I have more than once heard Mr. Murray say that M^". Baker parted with
many rare Books to his Lordship, and that either the then Earl of Oxford
or else the present Earl (at that time Lord Harley) made him the present
of a Silver Tankard.

Dec. 19 (Thur.). I\Ir. Wm Reeves was of King's College, Art. Bac.
an. 1688, Art. Mag. an. 1692. Mr. Baker finds they have a design of 3°
publishing some of his sermons.

Mr. Earbury was of S*. John's College, Cambridge. IVR Baker hath
not his admission by him, but if I desire it, he can send it me. ^B. I do
desire Mr. Earbury's admission and, if it were convenient, I should be
glad to have a Catalogue of M^. Earbury's published works,

Mr. Earbury hath published one Book, for wct I am sorry, that is
D^. Thomas Burnett de statu viortiiorum in English. To this Trans-
lation Mr. Earbury hath added notes. It was printed by that rogue
Edmund Curl. I have heard all people blame M^. Earbury for this
work, as well as for employing such a vile Rascal as Curl. In justifica- 4°
tion, he alleges, he hath added notes to confute Burnet, & that he was
obliged to Curl for procuring him the Latin Book.

There were at first printed a very few copies (I think about four or

Dec. 19, 1728. Thomas Carte at Prince's Court to H. (Rawl. 4.26).
Mrs. Drake is the executrix of Mr. Drake, but Mr. Allington is Trustee, and
will see that H. is paid the four guineas, if no receipts from H. for the money
are found among the late Mr, Drake's papers. The matter would have been
looked into by this time, had not Mrs. Drake had an accident, falling into


five) of Burnett's Book. Afterwards it was reprinted so that the Latin is
not now scarce. I am told it was reprinted from a Copy procured of
Dr. Mead.

Dec. 20 (Pri.). M^. Hiley (an ingenious Gentleman), schoolmaster
of Reading, hath looked over M^. Reeves's sermons, designed for the
Press. But he thinks they will not appear anything near so well from
the Press, as they did from the Pulpit.

They have at S*. John's Coll., Cambridge, the Polychronicon in Latin,
concluding with the Coronation of Ed. Ill, another at Christ's College
lo concluding with the death of Ed. IIL In a MS. of my Lord Harley, at
the year 1341, after these words Regina A7igHae filhwi peperii, qui
baptizatus est a domino Michaek abbate de sane to Albano et 7iominatus
Edmwidus follows Hie finivit Ranidphus Cestrensis opus stiuvi. The MS.
is much the same with Walsingham's History, but yet varying in several
particulars, & is a continuation of the Polychronicon; so M'". Baker,
Dec. 15^^ 1728.

Dec. 21 (Sat.). D'. Rawlinson tells M'. Baker of a design (but yet
uncertain) of publishing Domesday Book at the expence of the Govern-
ment. This (says M^^. Baker) would be a usefull work, but yet would show

20 us to have been a conquered nation.

That news of the Government's design to print Domesday I had heard
before from M^". Murray, when he was last in Oxford, who also spoke of
it as a thing uncertain. He mentioned it because I said, could I get
a perfect copie, I would print it myself. And I believe D^ Rawlinson
might speak of it now to M^. Baker, because he had heard of what I
designed. I mentioned some time since to a certain Gent, in Oxford
what I had heard of the Government's Design. He replyed he believed
there was nothing in it.

The Bishop of Oxford, Dr. John Potter, bears a very poor mean

30 character at Cuddesden, where he lives. I heard a man of Cuddesden
say yesterday, when I was that way, that he and his Lady are miserably
stingy and covetous, & that there is not the least hospitality in their
Family. He said they were so wretchedly miserable, that the Bishop and
his Lady went themselves acoursing, she going up to her knees for a day

a river, from whence she was got out with great difficulty, and in consequence
has had to keep her bed. Would like copies of H.'s previous publications for
the Marquis d'Aubaix, a learned gentleman of Languedoc, if they are

Dee. 20, 1728. H. to T. "Ward (Rawl, 17. 47, draft). Has been reading
W.'s MS. containing Ross's Historical Account of the Earls of Warwick and
other matter. Wishes to know to whom the MS. previously belonged. The
account Dugdale used was in Latin and bears the name of Ross ; this is
in English, bears no name, and the writing seems to be not earlier than
Hen. VHI. It is possible that Ross wrote two accounts, one in Latin and one
in English. The Black Book would have been finished ere this 'had not
the weather freezed our paper, ink, &c.'

Dec. 21, 1728. Kic. Furney to H. (Rawl. 5. 157). Hopes H. is well,
notwithstanding the great cold and the sickliness of the last seasons. Hopes the
Black Book will soon be out.

Dec. 19-26.] VOLUME CXX, PAGES 71-76 79

together at that sport, on purpose to hinder the poor from catching any
Hares, & that they were very severe to any one (tho' never so poor) that
killed any Hare &c. there.

Dec. 22 (Sun.). Mr. Spenser of Horspath was first a Thresher &
went to day labor. Afterwards he became a Schoolmaster. Then he
was a great Cocker (at w^^ time his first wife drowned herself in a draw-
well) and at length a Petty-Fogger. His second wife (whose maiden
name was Bigg) died lately. He never had any child by either of his

From Fog's Weekly Journal of Sat., Dec. 21, 1728. 10

London, Dec. 21. D"". Samuell Jebb, an eminent Physician, was married on
Tuesday last to a young Lady of Ormond Street, of great Merit and Fortune.

Dec. 23 (Men.). M^. West hath lent me an old MS. anonymous
Chronicle, of good note. The life in it of Edw. II is large & full, but
four pages are wanting of it, w^li M"". West tells me he is wholly incapable
of retreiving.

The said Chronicle belonged formerly to the Abbey of Malmesbury,
and may therefore be properly sii\e.di Anony mi Chronicon Malmesburiense.

Dee. 24 (Tu.). M''. Palmer (who some time since published pro-
posals for printing the history of Printing and Printers from Mr. Bagford's 20
and other MSS. and printed books) is making all possible dispatch
with it.

Dr. John Donne died Mar. 31, 1631. He left behind him an Abridge-
ment or an Analysis of 1,400 Authors, wc^ he had read, all written with
his own hand.

Dec. 25 (Wed.). On the 13*^ of April, 1728, West Fenton, of the
Inner Temple, Esq., an ingenious Gentleman, lent me a little Folio Paper
MS. containing (i) Gervasii Tilberi'ensis de necessariis Scaccarii obser-
vantiis Z>za/(?^«j [exscriptum ex libro MS. Guilielmi Lambardi, 1652];
some short observations are here and there added of M^". Woi Lambard's. 30
This Dialogue being printed, I transcribed nothing from it. (2) De
monetae assaio, allaio ^ examinatione tractaius incerti Auctoris [This
was also transcribed from M^. Lambard's Copy. But this I had before
this MS. came, having transcribed it from M^". Lambard's copy that
I had put into my hand by M^", Lambard of X^ Church, anno 1726].
(3) Thesis Cantabrigiae proposita terciojulii 16^2 pro gradu doc tor is injure
civili in Scholis publicis ab erudite viro michique amicissimo Johanne Cruso
LL. doctore [This is a thing not to my purpose]. The said folio MS.
belonged to Thomas Kecke, socius Medii Templi, who transcribed it.

Dec. 26 (Thur.). M^. Wm Smith, author of the book called The 40
Annals of Univ. College, hath written a letter to his nephew of Grays Inn,
wherein he desires a copy of a Charter of Henry VI to Merton College,
in order to vindicate Sir Henry Savile from some aspersions, w°^ he
confesses he hath too severely charged him with in his Annals. He
writes word in the same Letter that he hath begun printing several
Letters, w^l^ he formerly wrote De re nummaria, & which he shortly
designs to publish.


On Thursday, the ig^^ instant, in the morning, died of a Feaver after
a short illness, tho' he had been ill some time before, D^. White Kennett,
Bishop of Peterborough. It seems he had went over the water from
London to Lambeth, & upon his Return fell ill, & not taking care of him-
self with respect either to a Physician or an Apothecary, he soon was
carryed off at his House in S*. James's street, Westminster. He was the
son of Basil Kennet, vicar or minister of Popling in Kent, and was born
in the parish of S*. Mary in the ancient Town of Dover, in the same
county, in the month of August 1660, entreda Batler or Semi-Commoner

10 of Edmund Hall in June 1678, being then put under the tuition of
M'". Andrew Aliam, took the degree of Bach, of Arts, became assistant
to M^. Samuel Blackwell, minister & schoolmaster of Bister in Oxford-
shire, proceeded in Arts, being made Master thereof Jan. 22, 1684 ; was
made vicar of Amersden in the same county, by the favour of Sir W^ii
Glynne, Baronet, in the beginning of Sept. 1685, one of the Lecturers of
St. Martin's church, commonly called Cairfax, within the City of Oxon., in
Sept. 1 69 1, he being then Vice-principal of Edmund Hall; rector of
Shotsbrook near Maidenhead, in Berks., by the gift of W^^ Cherry, Esq.,
at the recommendation of his son M^. Francis Cherry, sometime Gent.

20 Commoner of Edmund Hall, in Feb. 1693. On May 5, 1694, he was
made B.D., and on July 19, 1700, D.D., tho' 'twas with dilBculty that he
got to be Doctor at Oxford, by reason of a false & scandalous story he
had divulged ; but the Vice-Chancellour himself, D^. Mander, happening
not to sit, he got it ; otherwise he would have been denyed, & there-
upon he designed to have went to Cambridge. On May 16, 1701 (he
being then Rector of St. Aldermary in London) he became Archdeacon
of Huntington; in Feb. 1707 Dean of Peterborough, & in 17 18 Bishop
of the same Place. He had three Wives & hath left a son behind him
of both his names. He was a Man of Parts, & had in the former part of

30 his Life a pretty fair character, but afterwards he proved a perfect
Weathercock, & did & wrote anything for Preferment. He became an
Antiquary by gleaning Dr. Matthew Hutton's papers, & pretended much
that way. His printed books are hasty Things & his veracity not much
to be relyed on. I cannot tell all he wrote, he being ashamed to OM'n
some. Dr. Tanner told me to-day that the last paragraph of the
Vindication of the Oxford Historiographer and his Writings was certainly
written by D^". Kennett, whence I am apt to think that all that Pamphlett
(wct is reprinted in the second or spurious ed. of Athenae Oxon.) was
at least licked over by Kennett, who happened to be acquainted with

40 Mr. Wood, tho' I cannot find by good authority that M^. Wood had
a very good opinion of him. Once this Kennett happening to dine with
Anthony (as D''. Tanner told me) at his (Mr. Wood's) Lodgings at the
Racket Court by Merton College, two of M^. Wood's sisters dined with
them, one of wct M^. Wood had not spoke with 25 years before. Kennett
desired M^. Wood to drink to his sister. Instead of that, he turned
the thing, moved and said, ' Ay, this is good mustard, this is good
Beef, &c.'

Dec. 27 (Fri.). The said D^. Kennett hath left behind him (as
Dr. Tanner told me) an excellent study of Books, many of w^li were his

Deo. 26-31.] VOLUME CXX, PAGES 76-85 8i

late brother Basil's, who had pickt up many of great note & curiosity in

He hath likewise left behind him an excellent collection of MSS.
Papers relating to English history and antiquities, particularly with respect
to the Church affairs of England. So also Dr. Tanner. And indeed
I know that the D"". hath been a collector a great many years, but what
Credit may be given to his own Transcripts the Reader may easily guess,
when he hears that he was a very partial writer and did nothing but with
a design to serve a turn & that he was no accurate transcriber.

D'. Tanner told me yesterday that it would be worth while to consider, lo
& publish many things from John Wethamstede's Acta Prelature, or the
Transactions during his being twice Abbat of S*. Albans. There are
two parts ; the first, being his first Abbacy, in JBibl. Cott. ; the second in
the Heralds' Office. The second is the best.

Dec. 28 (Sat.). The Life of Anthony a Wood by himself, written
with his own hand, that D^. Tanner hath, who lent it me and I have
transcribed it, ends July 6*^ 1672. The D^. told me more than once,
particularly on Thursday last, that he went no farther with it, unless it be
that he made in other years some References by the word Vide^ &c., to
some of his note books, intending (had life continued) to have carried ao
it on.

Dec. 30 (Men.). Dr. Mead having laid out a great deal of money
all along upon books & prints, his present Lady hath now advised &
persuaded him to lay out his money another way, that is upon gold &
silver Medals, wch she knows will be always worth their weight at least.

Amersden is no more than Mersedene, notwithstanding D^. Kennett's
noise & talk of Ambrosden ^ : see mention of Mersedene in Dugdale's
Antiq. of Warwickshire, p. 304, and Mon. Angl,, vol. i, p. 835, under
Bruern Abbey.

D^. Tanner told me the other day that he would shew M^. Graves any 30
thing in their College of X* Cb. relating to the Abbey of Eynsham, in
relation to wch Mr. Graves is writing some discourse, as he is about
some other Places.

Dec. 31 (Tu.). There is just published in Folio, wc^ I have not yet
seen, the History of Wales to the Death of Cadwalader. The author
J. Lewis, who hath been dead many years. I take it to be the same
book proposed formerly to be published by Hugh Thomas, who was
much discouraged by M^". YI"^ Thomas, &c., and yet now, since
Mr. Hugh Thomas's death, I take the said Wia Thomas to have had

Dec. 31j 1728. Dr. Tanner to H. (Rawl. 10. 5). [For first part see Diary,
Jan. 25 and 26.] * Please to send my copy of your edition of the Red Book &c. to
my brother-in law^ M'. Symonds, surgeon, in Fenchurch Street, London.'

Dec. 31, 1728. E. Mead to H. (Rawl. 15.150). A transcript of Troke-

* If Hearne means that Amersden in Domesday is the same as Mersedene, he is
wrong. Amersden is entered under Oxfordshire and is Ambrosden ; the two Merse-
denes of which Hearne speaks are Marston in Warwickshire and Marston in Somerset-

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