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a great hand in the publication. Only two hundred copies are said to be

Yesterday morning, Brazennose Coll. bell went for M^. W'li Lucas,
senior Fellow of that College, a man I never saw. He lived, & so hath
done above 20 years, in the Country, where he died. He was in a crazed
condition. He took the degree of M.A., July 14, 1696,

Jan. 1, 172f (Wed.). The remains of John Ross, the Warwick
Antiquary, were many and very considerable. His hisioria regum
Angliae I have printed, and before it given an account of his works.

10 Leland preserved in his Itinerary (wcb I have published) his Remarks
about the Universities, tho' those are only some fragments of that work,
the original being either lost or in obscure hands. His two accounts of
the Earls of Warwick are in being. One is in Latin, the other in
English, in both wct are the Pictures & Arms of the several Earls.
A copy of the Latin one (taken by Sir W™ Dugdale from an original
Roll in the hands of Sir Simon Archer) is in Mus. Ashm., & 'twas made
use of by Dugdale who hath exhausted it, & taken from it all that he
judged material. The English one is in MS. in the hands of Thomas
Ward of Warwick, Esq., who hath lent it me, & I design to print it, but

ao without the Pictures (what also Dugdale left out) as not material, the
Effigies being not (as I take it) like the respective noble Persons designed
for (if we may judge from what is given us in Dugd. from old Monu-
ments), and the Arms being otherwise well enough known. 'Tis the
History we want, & 'tis that only I shall give.

Mr. Poland, the Letter Carrier of Oxford, who some time since
reprinted David Jones's sermon about Ember Week, was born in Ireland,
at Waterford, and (as he tells me) is 54 years of age.

Jan. 2 (Thur.). The Inscription over the Town Hall Gate in
Reading, communicated to me by M^". Loveday, of Magd. Coll. : —
30 Auspiciis Caroli 2^i Regis | Curiam banc labantem refici | Augeri et
ornari curaverunt | Sumptu publico Praetor et ] Decuriones huius
Municipii | Liberali ope Johannis Blagrave | Armigeri non parum

Yesterday died one M^. Smith, at his house behind the Angel Inn in
Oxford, a man of about fourscore years of age, who had been formerly
a noted Grazier near Thame in Oxfordshire. He hath left a son & four
daughters. (He was buried in Magd. Parish Church, Oxon., Friday
night, Jan. 3.)

Jan. 3 (Fri.). One Samuel Buckley proposes to put out a new Ed. of

low's Annals in the Cotton Library has been made by Mr. Casley, in accordance
with H.'s request in his letter of Oct. 22nd ; ' it is sent to my nephew, M'. Rol-
leston, who will deliver it to you '. Is also sending Mr. Buckley's second letter
about a new edition of Thuanus.

Jan. 2, 172f. Samuel Gale to H. (Rawl. 6. 58). Wishes H. to return
the old writings. [See letter of Oct. 23, 1728.]

Jan. 2, 172f. T. Baker to H. (Rawl. 27 b. 73), see Diary, Jan. 5.

Jan. 3, 172f. H. to Ric. Mead (Rawl. 15. 151, draft). Thanks for the
two presents. [See letter of Dec. 31, 1728.]

Dee. 31-Jan. 5.] VOLUME CXX, PAGES 85-92 83

Thuanus's History with the several omissions, & hath printed two Letters
on this Subject to Dr. Mead. He pretends to great exactness ; yet he
seems to me to be a silly fellow, if not (as I much fear) a Knave, & I
believe will do what he can to slur the Queen of Scots. He hath made
search after the printed i^t part of Camden's Annals, corrected with
Camden's own hand, but saith he cannot find it, not taking notice that
I have it, and that I have printed the Corrections and Omissions.

Jan. 4 (Sat.). [Extracts from 'Gervasius Tilberiensis ' ^ about
Domesday Book.]

Jan. 5 (Sun.). By original deeds ever since Hen. Vlllth's time 10
downward to the year 1652 (at wch time one Hearne purchased it, from
whom it came to his grandson Mr. Edward Hearne, who now lives,
I think, in Sussex, a civil sober young man) the House (in wct now lives
one Keil) near the Theater at the corner of Wadham College Lane (wci>
Lane is part of Smithgate Street) was always called and known by the
name of the Princes Armes, wcli was then the sign, it being a Barbour's
shop and victualling house. So the said M^. Edward Hearne, in a Letter
to Mr. Keil, Feb. 29, i72f, at wc^ time M^. Keil was apprehensive that
the Mayor would deny him the privilege of hanging out a sign ; but he
did not upon considering this Letter. The sign Keil put up is the Dog 20
and Patridge \_sic]. This house is on the left hand, as we go to Wadham

Mr. Earberie's admission stands thus in S*. John's Register at
Cambridge, as M^. Baker informs me : Matthias Earlery films Maith.
E, Clerici, natus apiid Honsdon in com. Norfolk Uteris sub patre sua
institutus, annos agens 15, admissus est subsizator pro Magistro Leech
Jan. 16, 1705, tutor e et fidejiissore eius Magistro Perkins.

What books M'. Earberie hath publisht is to M^. Baker unknown,
having no correspondence with him, but he hath heard him blamed (as
I have) for publishing that book of Tho. Burnett's de statu mortuorum, 30
^•ch ]\ir_ Baker wonders was not reprinted sooner in Latin, whereof
Mr. Baker had a copy by him long enough to have printed it, if it had
been proper. M^". Baker hath an answere to one of his books, presented
him by M^". Tyrrell; what it was he does not well remember.

M''. Baker knows nothing more of John Ross than what I have
publisht. He will enquire further.

Mr. Baker says what he hinted to me relating to himself, with respect
to the late E. of Oxford, is not worth enlarging on. In short, it was only
very slow payments and unreasonable delays, for the expence (& trouble)
he had been at in collecting MSS. for him, & that without making any 40

Mr. Sam. Jebb, now commonly called (from his practizing Physick in

Jan. 4, 172|. James West to H. (Rawl. 11. 139), see Diary, Jan. 7.

^ The Dialogus de Scaccario was at one time attributed to Gervase of Tilbury, but
Madox had already shown that he could not be the author. — Ed.

"^ It is now the Coach and Horses, the last house in Broad St. ; as late as 1772 it
was the Dog and Partridge. — Ed.

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London) D'". Jebb, I am told is the supposed author of the two Letters
about Thuanus to D'". Mead. These two Letters are very erroneous, &
withall heavy & muddy. This Jebb bears a very ill character among
honest men, notwithstanding he professes himself a Non-Juror.

Jan. 6 (Men.). Dr. John Freind's books began to be sold by Auction
at London on Thursday last, Jan. 2 ; I have seen the Catalogue, and it
appears that 'tis a collection, for the most part, of valuable Books, but
there are hardly any Curiosities among them.

Who 'tis Dr. Jebb is married to, I cannot yet hear, tho' I am told it is
10 not to a Daughter of Dr. Mead's, as we first imagined upon reading the
paragraph in the Prints. D"". Jebb not finding any great account, either
in the profession of a Divine or an Author, is settled at Stratford near
London, by the recommendation of D"". Mead, in whose house he hath
lately lived, and who himself had formerly much practice in that place.

Jan. 7 (Tu.). On Sunday night last, tho' the bells did not ring till
yesterday in the afternoon, died in the 63r<i year of his age M^". William
Saunders, Clark of St. Marie's parish in Oxford, singing man of X^ Ch.
& St. John's. He died very poor, tho' his places were good, & he were
a single man, having never been married. He was a very great drinker,

20 His father had been dark of St. Marie's before him. This Will. Saunders
was also by Profession a Pricker of Musick, & got formerly abundance
of money by it, and moreover he was likewise a Barber, tho' of late he did
not follow the trade.

M''. Tho. Twining's book, relating to some antiquities near the [sic]
Devizes, it seems, is thus intit. : — Averlury in Wiltshire the remains 0/
a Roman Work, erected by Vespasian and Julius Agricola 6fc. London
1723. I have not yet seen it. But M^. West hath it, and he says he
will take care to procure either D^. Woodward's (for 'tis in Dr. Wood-
ward's Collection now about to be sold by auction) or some other for me.

30 The Printer hath none of them left.

Jan. 8 (Wed.). Mr. Thomas Carte (of whom mention is made
above) hath written and printed several Things of wc*i I must endeavour
to get a List, either of himself or of somebody else. I find he doth not
bear among Non-jurors that character I exspected, tho' he profess him-
self to be a Non- Juror. They say a thousand libs, was offered by the
Government to take him up, and thereupon he fied into France. Why
did he not stay, they say, in France, and not come over with that rogue
Sam. Buckley 1 It looks (add they) that it was a trick between them to
get a thousand libs. What credit is to be given to this objection
40 I know not. I am willing to think well of him, at least till I know some
better foundation to judge otherwise, not\vithstanding (they say farther)
that he is a very forward man.

Mr. Richard Russell, formerly Commoner of Univ. Coll., and Pupil to
D"". Hudson, as a member of w^^ Coll. he took the Degree of M.A.,
June 16, 1705, is a Non-Juror and an honest man. The said M^". Russell
had a benefice, but could not hold it by reason of the oaths. He hath
translated, from French into English, Quesnell's N. Test., & he hath

Jan. 5-10.] VOLUME CXX, PAGES 92-97 85

printed it in iv vols. 8"^o. He is now about printing the Patres Apo-
stolici (with select notes) in Gr.-Lat. in two vols. S'^o.

Mr. Russell came to Oxford last week, and went out of Town again
yesterday. One D^". Martin, a Cambridge Physician, was with him, as
also a son of Mr. Russell's, who goes to Westminster School.

The said D^. Martin is about publishing a curious book about plants.
He hath read two or three Botanick Lectures at Cambridge for the service
of that place.

INIr. Martin told me Dr. Rob. Brady left behind him another Vol. of
English History fit for the Press, from Ric. II to his own time, but that 10
his Widow burnt it. Inquire about this of M'. Baker. If true, 'tis
a great Loss, the Dt. being an honest man & the times dark to the Reign
of Hen. VIII.

Jan. 9 (Thur.). D^. Martin and Mr. Russell both then told me that
the Works of D^. John Cay of Cambridge are reprinting, and that
Dr. Jebb hath the care of the edition, but they said they thought this
edition took in only his Physical pieces, and not his Antiquities of

Yesterday morning, at 5 Clock, died suddenly M^. Bradgate, keeper of
the Three Tunns tavern in High St., Oxford, a man of about 37 years 20
of age, who hath had that Tavern about i o years, and hath been married
about as many. He had been at his Friend one M^". Whitehead's, an
Attorney, behind that Tavern, on Tuesday night, Jan. 7, and came home
at one in the morning, seemingly very well, at least as well as he hath
been a great while, and not disordered in liquor to all appearance. He
bid the servant that opened the door lock it, and so went directly to bed
to his wife, who after he had been in bed some time, perceiving his throat
to ruttle, got up for his assistance, but 'twas too late. The neck of his
Cravat being tied close to his neck, 'tis supposed was the immediate cause
of his Death. He was by trade an apothecary, but leaving off that 30
business, he took the said Tavern, having married one M's. Elizabeth
]Matthews, who is now about 30 years of age, the daughter of one widow
]\Iatthews, afterwards the widow Badcock, who hath been dead several
years, that kept one of the Oxford waggons to London; wc^i Mrs. Eliz.
Matthews, wife of the said Bradgate, is a fine, stately, beautifull, large
young Woman, but very proud & empty of sense, as her husband also
was, and a great Company Keeper, particularly she is very familiar with
one Mr. INIoseley, M.A., a deformed rich Gentleman, Fellow of Merton
College. It hath been observed that she had very little affection for her
husband, who was a very hard drinker, & yet she had good reason to 4°
make much of him, he having brought her a good stock, having a good
estate & a good fortune, whereas she had very little. She hath had a
child every year since she was married to Bradgate, and there are four of
them now living. He was buried Friday night, Jan. 10, in St. Marie's
church, Oxon.

Jan. 10 (Fri.). Formerly was a great Fair kept at Oxford against
the Augustine Friers' Gate, & so it continued some time after Wadham
College was founded.

There is a speech printed in the Papers of the 4*11 of this month, of my


friend Benedict Leonard Calvert's to the General Assembly of Maryland,
complaining of many differences subsisting there, and in the close tells
them that his frequent indispositions will occasion his stay to be very
short, so that I hope we may exspect him back ere long, what I shall be
glad of, nor indeed would I have had him went at first. But he urged as
a motive the doing what service he could for their Family.

To enquire of M"". Whiteside about some of the bones of Ed. V & of
his brother Richard Duke of York, found in the Tower of London, temp.
Car. II, part whereof were sent (as D'. Plot in his MSS. memoirs says)
10 by Mr. Ashmole to his Museum at Oxford.

Query about London Coll. or Burnell's Inn in Oxford, mentioned by
Mr. Wood, Ath. Ox., vol. i, p, 159, to have belonged to the Carthusians.^

Jan. 11 (Sat.). Yesterday, died of a dropsy, M". Burnham, at her
house in S*. Aldate's parish, Oxon., a widow woman, whose husband,
M''. Burnham, a maulster of that Place, died of the late epidemical Feaver
last summer, in the di^t year of his age. He was very rich, wcb came to
his widow during her life, they having no children. What they had now
comes to relations. A kettle full of money (at least a thousand libs.) was
hid in the Cellar, & by her directions 'twas taken up last Saturday and
20 carried to Alderman Boyce, one of the Trustees.

On Dec. 2^^ last was a meeting of the Heads of Houses about a Pro-
gramma, relating to infidelity, & 'twas carried for one by a Majority,
& accordingly one was printed, but at last (it seems) all the Heads, unless
perhaps you may except one or two, so intirely agreed in one and the
same thing, that is that what they had done should not be known, that they
got all the copies into their own hands & quite stifled this Programma,
done (it seems) without spirit, insomuch that it could not be seen nor
procured, so that tho' I have much laboured for it, yet I have not been
able either to get a Copy or even a sight of one. God knows, 'tis a poor
30 zeal for Religion, when they are ashamed & afraid to appear publickly in
a good cause, but act in a clandestine way, and are not willing that even
actions that are laudable should be known.

This day in the afternoon I called at the Mus. Ashmol. on purpose to
see the bones of Edw. V and his brother Richard D. of York. M"".
Whiteside told me they had somewhere or other such bones very small,
particularly the finger bones, and that Sandford had mentioned them as
being there, in his Gen. History, but M'. Whiteside did not produce them.

I saw at the said Museum in sheets D^. Salmon's Antiquities of
Hartfordshire. M'. Whiteside said the author was in Town last week
40 and left the book there. 'Tis a very mean performance.

I have been told this Salmon is a Nonjuror and that he hath been so
ever since the Revolution in 1688.

Jan. 12 (Sun.). I do not find that the monk of Evesham's Life of
Ric. II is anywhere quoted in Speed, by wch it should seem that 'twas
not made use of by him ; nor does he cite Hen. Knighton otherwise than
as he found him quoted in Hollingshead.

At one time it was rented by Benedictines not Carthusians. — Ed.

Jan. 10-16.] VOLUME CXX, PAGES 97-103 87

Jan. 13 (Mon.). On Friday last the bells went in Oxford for
Madam Hawkins, who died a little before in London, a widow woman,
who was mother of Serjeant Hawkins, an eminent Practitioner of Law,
who lives mostly in London, & was formerly Fellow of Oriel College, and
hath printed several Books.

Jan. 14 (Tu.). Last night had like to have been a dreadfull Fire at
the new printing house in Oxford, but 'twas discovered between nine and
ten clock & so stopped. It happened to be in the Rolling Press room,
where are many vessels of oyl & a great deal of rags that are besmeared
with oyl & abundance of other combustible stuff. Tho' it flamed out, 10
yet no other damage than the burning some paper (such as Oxford
Almanacks, &c.) was done ; but had it happened an hour and a half or
two hours after, when people were abed, the whole house (I am told)
would have been burnt down, & in all probability much mischief would
have followed besides, the wind being very high & the Schools, Library,
Theater, &c., very nigh. It hath been in danger of being burnt several
times before.

Jan. 15 (Wed.). London College or Burnell's Inn in Oxford was in
Civil School Street, the East Part of \\^^ street abutted upon Penny-
farthing Street. This street was sometimes also called Fryers' street, tho* ao
not so properly as that street (w°^ was also called Lombard Street &
Slaughter Lane) that goes behind Pembroke College.^

Madam Hawkins was very handsomely buried last night, at 7 Clock, in
Merton Coll. church, in a Leaden Coffin, in the same vault with her
husband, who was also buried in a Leaden Coffin, anno 1701, & was
commonly called Esquire Hawkins.

Mr. Tottenham, of Lincoln College, called upon me today and read to
me a Letter from D^. Archer, Archdeacon of Wells, by w^^ I understand
the Dr. is searching the Registers there for me about Episcopus puerorum,
in reference to wc^ little bishop I have printed something at the end of 30
the Black Book of the Exchequer.

Jan. 16 (Thur.). INIadam Hawkins above mentioned was at least
fourscore years of age, yet she carried a good fresh countenance to the
last. She was a tall proper Woman, and had been very handsome.

Beaumont Street in Oxford went from Smith Gate to the middle of

Jan. 13, 172f. H. to Rev. Mr. Carte (Rawl. i. 3). Asks him to present
to Marmaduke Alington, Esq., M.P., at Lincoln's Inn, the enclosed receipt for
4 guineas, due to H. from the late M. G. Drake, Esq.; upon which C. will
receive 4 guineas, and after he has satisfied himself for the charges he has been
at, the residue is to be sent to Oxford by Godfrey, the waggoner.

Jan. 15, 172|. E. Archer to H. (Rawl. i. 130), see Diary, Mar. 17.

Jan. 16, 172f. The Earl of Oxford to H. (Rawl. 15. 65). Knows of no

^ This paragraph is ftiU of errors. Civil School Street was on the east side of
St. Aldate's Street, Pennyfarthing Street was on the west side. Fryers' Street was
different from either, being the street which ran westward from St. Ebbe's Church.
Slaughter Lane, now Brewers' Street, was never called either Lombard St. or Fryers'
Street. — Ed.


Beaumont Field, where was a place called Rome ^ formerly (and at wch
some years ago great Foundations were digged up), and I think the lane
going by S*. Gyles's church towards Worcester College was part of this
Beaumont Street.

Mr. Clement Walker continued his History to the King's coming to
Worcester. But this continuation (wch is great pity) is lost. It seems
that at Bristoll they observe that weak persons usually dye about full sea ;
& so this Mr. Walker dyed in the Tower of London. He asked about
an hour before how long it was to that time ; then, said he, I shall depart.

10 Jan. 17 (Pri.). Yesterday I called upon D'. Stratford, who gave me
a Print of the late Bp of Chester, Dr. Gastrell, curiously done by Vertue,
at the charges of the present Earl of Oxford, from a print by Dahl.

Jan. 18 (Sat.). M^. Wharton {Anglia Sacra, Part I, p. 316) quotes
Henry Blanford's continuation of John Trikelowe's Annals as good
authority. I must therefore get a transcript thereof, as I have one of
Trikelowe (or rather Trokelowe) already, being sent me by D^". Mead.

The said Henry Blancford is in Bibl. Cott. Claudius D. vi. 9, but it
seems it is imperfect there. D'^. Nicolson (in p. 149 of his Scotch Hist.
Libr.) makes mention of it and tells us of no other copy ; therefore I must
20 get it by all means.

Jan. 19 (Sun.). Greek Hall in Oxford stood somewhere in St. Gyles's
parish, I think near the church on the west side of the way." It flourished
much, even as low as the time of Hen. VI. Bryan Twyne was of opinion
it was nothing but a corruption of Greeklade, and that it owed its original
to the Greeklade Philosophers ; but I think otherwise, and that it was so
called from the Greek language that was taught there more than elsewhere
in Oxford, particularly in Hen. Ill's time, when Fryer Bacon had
instructed many in that language.

Yesterday was admitted Fellow of All Souls College, Mr. Wood, of

30 X* Ch., younger brother to Mr. Wood, Fellow of All Souls, being put in

by the Archbishop of Canterbury, to whom that power this year devolved

by reason of the Warden & Fellows disagreeing. ]\Ir. Wood is Founder's

Kinsman & nearly related to the present Archbishop.

Jan. 20 (Men.). Yesterday being Prince Frederick's birthday
(according to the foreign accounts, tho' the xxx of January be it accord-
ing to the English Account), the Bells rang mightily for him in Oxford,

one who has a transcript of Domesday Book except Mr. Trevor, whose tran-
script belonged to the late Master of the Rolls.

Jan. 18, 172f. Tho. Carte to H. (Rawl. 4. 27). Has sent the 4 guineas,
received from Mr. Allington, to Godfrey, at the Oxford Arms.

Jan. 20, 172f. H. to Rawlinson (Rawl. 32. 26). The Black Book
is finished, and the advertisement of the next work, Vita Ricardi II, is

^ Rome was on the east side of Banbury Road where it joins Park Street and the
road from Norham Gardens. — Ed.

2 Wood says that Greek Hall was on the east side of St. Giles's, where now is the
kitchen of St. John's College ; but he adduces no proof that it bore this name, and
none has been found. — Ed.

Jan. 16-23.] VOLUME CXX, PAGES 103-107 89

more than ever I knew them ring for his father K. George II, as he is
called, tho' they were never rung for this Prince before, he having been all
his time (till he came over very lately) beyond sea.

Last Friday morning, M^. Bannister, a young, civil, sober man (one of
the University of Oxford musick for their waights), died suddenly, having
been upon business very well that very morning. He hath left a wife and
4 children. He lived in Merton Coll. fields.

Jan. 21 (Tu.). The Inscription on the monument of Bp Hooper at
Bath was made by Mr. George Wigan & revised by Dr. Rob. Freind.
'Tis long. The late Princess of Orange & the Princess of Denmark, 10
commonly called Q. Mary and Q. Anne, are called in it 7-eginae
pteniissimae, notwithstanding their unnatural undutifullness, particularly
the first, to their father K. James II, who often complained with bittei;
Tears at it, especially he used very frequently to lament the fate of the
first, as the most undutifull Wretch on earth.

I am told Mr, Nevil Lowther, whom I have formerly mentioned, dyed
in the Fleet, that he was a Roman Catholick, & remitted what money he
could beyond seas to some Dominican Friery, and upon occasion some
to the Chevalier. He died very poor. His widow (a good sort of woman
and a pretty body), by whom he had no child, lives now in Reading. 20
I always looked upon this M'. Lowther to be a Non-Juror, as indeed he
was, but I knew not till today that he was a Roman Catholick. I always
took him (& 'twas his character amongst all) to be a very honest man,
but I find since his death, that people now look upon him to have been
otherwise, from his cheating some persons, but perhaps this may be in
good measure groundless.

Jan. 22 (Wed.). M^. Walter Hart, Bach, of Arts of S*. Mary Hall,
is an ingenious young man, especially in Poetry, and is Vice-Principal of
that Hall. He is son of Mr. Hart, the Nonjuror. He hath something
relating to Poetry in print. 3°

Jan. 23 (Thur.). Little University Hall in Oxford stood in Pligh St.,
towards East Gate,^ and was much talked of in Hen. VI's time, when

published. Mr. Russell, who was lately in Oxford with Mr. Martin, told H
that R. designed to send him Douglas [see letter of Nov. 25, 1728]. Did not
see Dr. Salmon when he was recently in Oxford, ' I do not know whether he
be one of us ; if he be, I shall have a great value for him '.

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