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Feb. 16 (Sun.). Sir Edmund Sawyer, K*., of Heyw^ood in the 20
county of Berks., was a man that improved his Estate there mightily,
he being a Gentleman that delighted much in husbandry and planting
trees, insomuch that he let no bit of Land lye fruitless, but planted apple-
tre^es &c. upon such ground as was hardly fit for other purposes.

Mr. Baker will enquire after the Consuetudinary of the Church of
Norwich in Bennet Coll. Libr., and if he finds any thing concerning the
Barne Bishop he will send it. Their constitution at Bennet Coll. is so
troublesome that it hardly affords time for strict Enquiry.

Feb. 17 (Mon.). If M^. Baker remembers well, there is somewhat
in King's College Statutes concerning the Barne Bishop. He hath lent 30
his Copy to Dr. Rawlinson. When he returns it, Mr. Baker will send
me an account.

That foolish custom was revived in Queen Mary's reign by Bishop
Bonner, as IM*". Baker tells me I may find in Strype's Eccles. Memorials,
vol. iii, chap. 25, pp. 202, 205, 310. JM^". Baker says there is somewhat
of the like custom at York, as may be found in W. Thoresby's Vicaria
Leodiensis, pag. 25.

Feb. 17,172|. H. to Sir Thomas Sebright (Rawl. 9. 57, draft). The
books were taken by H.'s friend, the Rev. Robert Gordoun, to Mr. Gosling,
but he refused to pay for them, having received no orders [see letters of
Nov. 17, 1728, and Feb. it, 172I].

Feb. 17, 172f. E. Bridges to H. (Raw). 3. no). The books are not at
Godfrey's warehouse at the Oxford Arms, nor at Mr. Mott's, the bookseller's.
Hopes they will be sent at once.

^ A note by Hearne at the end of this volume of his Diary: ' Feb. 15, 1728, Sat.,
Delegates of Convocation set Scot's mulct at 1}^$. \d. & that both pay their Lawyers.
Both protest.' See above, Oct, 25 and Dec. 12. — Ed.



Feb. 18 (Tu.). Cock throwing in England (and indeed 'tis nowhere
else) owes its original to the Triumphs of the English over the French in
the time of Hen. V, particularly after the great Battle of Agencourt, when
such a great number of the French were slain. Gallus being Latin both
for a Cock as well as a Frenchman, 'twas thought a proper method of
keeping up our insults at that time by Cock throwing.

Feb. 19 (Wed.). I am told that Dr. John Woodward's books, now
selling by Auction at London, go at very high Prices. Outer's Inscrip-
tions, of the new Ed., was bought in the said auction for 4 libs.
10 Mr. West hath given me Mr, Twining's little 4*° book about Avebury
in Wilts. 'Tis a very mean thing & shews the author to be a poor

On the 29 of Jan. last, I desired from Dr. Mead, out of the Cotton
Library, a copy of Hen. Blancford's Chrofii'con de treugis inter Scotos
4- Anglos. I sent my Letter by M'". Whiteside on the said Jan. 29, being
Wed. ; the D^". sent word by M^. Whiteside, who returned from London
last night, that the person he employs in such affairs is at present very
busy for him (the D'.) in writing Things relating to the new edition
of Thuanus.

20 Feb. 20 (Thur.). Yesterday, the Latin Sermon before the deter-
mining Batchelours was preached by M"". Jones of Balliol College.

I hear they are about printing the Remains of Sir Xtopher Wren, who
was undoubtedly a very great man, tho' very little or nothing hardly of his
was published (at least not under his own name) in his life time.

Feb. 21 (Fri.). Last night I had a peevish (or, to use his own Term,
splenetick) Letter from one Mr. J. Lewis, of Margate in Kent, in wch he
signifies that he does not know how to trust books faithfully printed from
MSB., that he and others have been offended with what I have said truly
of many great and deserving men, particularly with my character of

Feb. 18, 172|. H. to William Thomas, Esq. (Raw!. 8. 196, draft).
Sends a copy of the Black Book for Mr, Timothy Thomas, whose friend
at Ch. Ch., Mr, Manaton, refuses to have anything to do with it, saying
that he has received no instructions,

Feb. 18, 172f. H. to the Earl of Oxford (Rawl. 8. 196, draft). 'I
thank you for your designed present [see letter Feb, 13], which may be sent
as your Lordship shall think most proper, . . . M"^. Wood's Life that I have
quoted is a different thing from his Diary. Your Lordship hath the first part
of his Diary, but the second part I never saw. The Life which I saw ends in
1672. I have done with Fordun long ago & design to spend no more time
about him. 'Twas enough that I published faithfully the MS. I had. However,
since your Lordship hath had a MS. of Fordun sent you from Scotland, I shall
be glad to see it.' Is sending a copy of the Black Book for Mr.Wiiliam Thomas,
who is to give it to his brother, Mr. Timothy Thomas.

Feb. 20, 172f. T. Baker to H. (Rawl. 27 B. 76). [See Diary, March 2.]
Explains that as Mr, Beaupre Bell values himself upon his family, he would like
his name spelt correctly in H.'s list of subscribers.

Feb. 20, 172^. James West to H. (Rawl. 1 1. 142). [See Diary, March 5.]
' When I wrote to you last, I wrote Guy by mistake, instead of Richard, tho' I
had put it down right in my collections.'

Feb. 18-23.] VOLUME CXX, PAGES 133-137 99

Wiclif and Fox ; that the method I follow in speaking the truth is
unbecoming the ingenuity of a scholar, as well as the Character of
a Christian ; that the Charters &c. of Glastonbury &c. published by the
Editors of the Monasticon, by Dr. Gale, myself, &c. are foolish, sorry
stuff; & lastly that I have done an honour to my country & myself
& have got deserved credit by the pains & diligence I have bestowed in
publishing Livy &c.

Memorand. that this Lewis is the same poor writer that drew up and
published Wicliff's Life. He is a Wiclivist, Calvinist, Puritan & Repub-
lican, and hath wrote & published divers other things of no manner of 10
Esteem among honest learned men.

Feb. 22 (Sat.). Yesterday I returned back to Richard Graves, Esq.,
a folio MS. in vellum, fairly written in an ancient hand, Viia B. Thomae
a Beckei. It begins thus : hicipit Prologus in vita beati Thomae archi-
episcopi ^- martiris. Post sunivii favoris voce vestitos praeclaros pugiles.
In Lib. II in the Chapter intit. Visiones propheiicae de fuga are these
words: Divertit autem rex in salam [id aulam, in an ancient hand]
regiam fundatam in praedicto loco &j sedit in ea itiduius veste Candida linea
^- lana, catididisque vulpinis, tajiquam sertis caput cificttis. It ends :
^- earn faciant a suis parochianis anriuatim cum magna devocione observari. 20
It is handsomely bound. Mr. Graves sent it Nov. 28, 1726, but I wrote
nothing out of it. I had returned it much sooner, only I heard of a MS.
of Thomas a Becket's Life in the hands of D^. Goodman, a physician of
London, and I endeavoured to have some account of it before I sent back
Mr. Graves's, and accordingly Dr. Mead promised to send me some
account thereof; but after a long exspectation none came, tho' I reminded
Dr. Mead of his promise ; for w^^ reason I sent I\Ir. Graves his again, he
having offered me the liberty of having it again when I please. Who the
author of M^". Graves's IMS. is does not appear, nor can I tell how it
agreed with Quadrilogus, but I have desired M^. Graves to see. At the 30
end of this MS. are bound with it two Leaves in vellum, which are of an
old Hand & likewise in good Characters, the Subject of them is de
miraculis S. Wlsini, so that this is a Fragment of S*. Wlsin's Life.
Memorandum that the life of S*. Wlsin occurs twice in the Cottonian
Library. Put ]\Ir. Graves in mind to examine them.

Feb. 23 (Sun.). Yesterday called upon me Mr. Robert Phillips,
formerly of Merton College, brother of the late famous Poet, Mr. John

Mr. Twining is extremely ignorant in Antiquities. The place in Wilts,
is commonly called Aliiry (not, as he writes it, Avebury) wch without 40
doubt is the truer word, and is no more than Aldbury or Oldbury. He
makes Marlborough to be Martin le bourg, and called so from the

Feb. 22, 172|. H. to John Murray (Raul. 112. 251). Wishes to know
if among his I\ISS. he has anything about Richard II. ' M"". Whiteside's service.
I believe we shall drink your health by and by.'

Feb. 22, 172 1. Wm. Thomas to H. (Raw!. 10. 34). Has received the
copy of Liber Niger 'for my brother'. The two guineas shall be sent to
Oxford by Dr. Stratford's man.

H 2


church's being dedicated to S*. Martin, wch is ridiculous, the name with-
out all dispute being occasioned by Marie or Chalk thereabouts.

Mr. Phillips yesterday told me that M^". Carte is certainly (as I indeed
always thought) a very honest Gentleman, but that he is a very great
talker, and so imprudent that way as not to distinguish friend from foe,
soe as the Bishop of Rochester, Dr. Atterbury, would trust him with no
secrets in France, but was very shie of him.

Feb. 24 (Men.). One Mr. Peter Lancaster, M.A., lately of Xt Church,
hath put out Proposals for printing in 4*° an Epitome of M^. Daubuz's
10 great folio Commentary upon the Revelations, a Book in wch I am told
there is a vast deal of Learning, and is much admired by M"". Jonathan
Colley, chaplain of X* Church, and by M^". Bourchier, Fellow of Worcester
College, and by some other crazed Readers.

Feb. 25 (Tu.). Saturday last, I received from Dr. Rawlinson
Depositio Ricardi secundi; so it is intit. on the backside by his brother
Thomas, to whom it belonged. It is only 2 leaves in vellum, written
in an old hand, of the age of Henry V. It is bound up with a great deal
of blank Paper. It is only part of the Proceedings against that King,
and being already published, I made no use at all of it.

Feb. 24, 172|. H. to Rev. J. Lewis, at Margate (Rawl. 7. 167),
* I received your peevish (or, to use your own term, splenetic) Letter of the
17*1^ inst. in which you signify, that you do not know how to trust books
faithfully printed from MSS. ; that you and others have been offended with
what I have said truly of many great and deserving men, particularly with my
characters of Wiclif and Fox ; that the method T follow in speaking the truth
is unbecoming the ingenuity of a Scholar, as well as the character of a Christian ;
that the charters &c. of Glastonbury &c. published by the Editors of the
Monasticon, by D"". Gale, myself, &c., are foolish sorry stuff; and lastly that
I have done an honour to my County and myself, and have got deserved
credit by the pains and diligence I have bestowed in publishing Livy, &c. I am,
Sir, your most humble servant, Tho. Hearne.' This letter was returned
to Hearne by Mr. Lewis with the following written at the foot. ' I dont at all
wonder at this man's misrepresenting dead men, when in this Letter he has so
misrepresented my Letter to him that I do not know it again. I never said
I did not know hoiv to trust books faithfully printed Q^c, but that Hearne printed
from such faulty MSS. as that I did not know how to trust or depend upon his
books, witness Sprot's Chronicon, Robert of Gloucester's Chronicle, &c. Nor
did I say or write that I and others have been offended ^uith nvhat he said truly of
many great and deserving men, &r^c., but that they were offended with what he
had saidyW/j/j/ of them ; which is as clear and visible as the sun in his meridian
brightness. J. Lewis.' Note by Hearne : ' Received Tuesday, Mar. 18, 1728.
I represented Lewis's account truly, and I knew he would be angry, as he most
certainly is. Tho. Hearne. The MSS. I used in Sprott, Robert of Gloucester,
&c., are excellent good ones, and they were most faithfully published by me.

Feb. 25, 172f. H. to Mr. Robert New, in Pump Court (Rawl. 28. 124,
draft). The Black Book is finished, and shall be forwarded on receipt of the
second half of his subscription.

Feb. 25, 172 1. H. to Rev. John Ball, at the Oxford Arms, in
Warwick Xiane (Rawl. 28. 124, draft). The Black Book is finished, and
Mr. Banner's copy shall be forwarded on receipt of the second half of his

Feb. 23-28.] VOLUME CXX, PAGES 137-141 loi

INIemorandum that D'. Rawlinson desires that if I use any of the books
that belonged to his brother, they may be mentioned as his (the D^.'s)
and not as his brother's.

The Dr. wants to know, in wch of my works I published the form
of Bidding the Prayers temp. Ed. VI, and the Verses about S*. Scho-
lastica's affair. The first is in the Glossary to Rob. of Gloucester, & the
second in the \\^^ & ix^^i vol. of Leland's Itinerary, & the Preface to Rob.
of Avesbury.

Feb. 26 (Wed.). Yesterday, called upon me Mr. Philip Stubs, B.D.,
archdeacon of S*. Alban's. This person is a large, rawboned man, much lo
like the late M^". David Jones. He hath published many things but they
are poor and silly. He lately printed a sermon at the Theater in Oxford,
a very ridiculous one, to shew the just right of the Brunswick Family to
the Crown of England. He told me he wanted mightily to talk with me
about the Abbey and Antiquities of St. Alban's, but would take another
opportunity to do it. He said he was acquainted with Brown Willis, Esq.,
but that he gave him no satisfaction in what he enquired after with respect
to that Affair.

Feb. 27 (Thur.). M^. Wood makes Schidyard Street, now S*. Mary
Hall Lane, in Oxford, to be the same with Sched-ivriters street, as if the ao
Librarians or scribes formerly lived here & for that reason might be termed
Sched-wriiers or Writers Row. But I some time ago, I think, noted that
it is the same with Schieldyard Street & that therefore the schieldmakers
formerly dwelt here.'

Feb. 28 (Fri.). Last night M'^. Whiteside told me and others (and
I think he had it from the present Earl of Oxford) that the late Earl
of Oxford often talked that he would publish Domesday Book itself, and
that in such a manner as to have the whole ingraved on copper plates,
with all the several abbreviations & very ductus s \jic\ of the Letters.
But this I look upon as a vain Proposal, the business of publishing being 30
to make it as clear as can be, that is, to give the words at length, and the
abbreviations only at such times, when such abbreviations may bear
several significations, & even then, too, sometimes a note will be necessary.
Were what his Lordship proposed followed in other books, viz. Livy, &c.,
we should have strange editions. Let an able faithfuU man (that is
skilled in abbreviations & hath honesty) undertake the Work, and give
the Words at large in common Characters (unless it be where the signi-
fication is dubious) & he will deserve well of the learned World.

Mr. James Gibson being in Town yesterday, he told me his Wife,
whose maiden name was Newton, died in October last. His Gram- 40
matical Observations (printed at Litchfield's) is quite finished, he said, but
not yet published. It seems it is against the alterations that have been
made in Lilly's Grammar. He was told yesterday, by one that was with
me that Lilly's Grammar is newly done at London with the corrections
of all the Schoolmasters there, so as to be reduced to its first state, and

^ But see above, p. 28. — Ed.


that Mr. Ainsworth was one of those that had done it. This seemed to
trouble IM"". Gibson, as if his own Labour were now in vain.

March 1 (Sat.). Yesterday, being at Horspath, I saw an old stone
Coffin, but broke, laying in the Church Yard. M"". Spenser happening
to ride by when I was looking on, I asked him whence it came. He said
it was taken out of the Church lately, when they dug a Grave for his wife,
she being buried in the very place where this Coffin lay.

March. 2 (Sun.). Junii 15, 1709, Samuel Jebb Nottinghamiensis in

schola publica de Mansfield institutus, annosque natus 15, examinatur,

10 approbatur, admittiturque in ordinem Sizatorum sub tutore & fidejussore

Magistro Walter, Reg. Coll. S. Petri. Art. Bacc. ann. 171 2, 13; whether

he proceeded further is more than M^. Baker knows.

M^". Baker hath not met with Mr. Salmon's admission, but is told by
his Tutor, D*". Lunn, that he was admitted in Benet College about the
year 1690, & that his Father was Rector of Mepshall com. Bedf. I have
no acquainlance (saith M^. Baker, Feb. 20, 1728) with him, but am told he
is of your Principles and mine.

March 3 (Men.). Mr. Baker hopes ere long to give me some account
of the Consuetudinary of the Church of Norwich, in Bennet College,
20 Cambr., and of King's College Statutes, wch our friend (he says) D"".
Rawlinson has kept longer than he exspected.

Mr. Baker knows nothing of a Monk of Glastonbury being Author of
Brute of England. ' Might not ', says he, ' your informer mistake him
for a monk of S*. Alban's, who (you know) has been said to be the Com-
piler of Caxton's Chronicle, not much varying from Brute of England.'
Nor does he know any thing of M^. York or remember him of S*. John's

March 4 (Tu.). M^. Reeves's Sermons, xii in number, are come out in

8^'o, but there is no Preface, nor no account of the Author, \n^^ might

30 easily have been done, and I cannot but wonder at such an omission.

But it seems Mr. Hiley, a schoolmaster of Reading, revised them and

March 1, 172|. H. to J. Murray (Rawl. 112. 241). Acknowledges the
receipt of five guineas ; also of ' one guinea I sent by you to Mr. Bateman, who
cannot be prevailed with to take it '.

March 3, 172|. E. Graves toH. (Rawl. 6. 151). Has taken places in the
Oxford coach for Wednesday sevennight, and will call on H. the night he
comes, ' but it will be late before we come, having women-kind with me.'
Mr. Ballard has made great additions to his collections of coins, having
travelled 1,500 miles searching after them.

March 3, 172f. H. to Sir Thomas Sebright (Rawl. 9. 56, draft). Has
heard from Mr. Bedford, dated Feb. 27, that Mr. Gosling refuses to pay for
the books [see letter of Feb. 17].

March 4, 1725- H. to [? Gordoun] [draft ; Rawl. 1 11. 167). Has written to
Sir Thomas Sebright twice, but has had no answer; does not know where he
lodges in London. Thanks for ^i paid by Sir Philip Sydenham; 'you are
very right in reserving is. yourself.' The Advertisement of Vita Ricardi H,
which appeared in Fog's Journal, was wrongly worded, so that H. would rather

Feb. 28-Mar. 5.] VOLUME CXX, PAGES 141-145 103

had the Care & Management thereof, and would not say any thing of the
Author, knowing him to have been a very proud man, &c.

Mr. James Gibson's httle 4*0 book (printed at Leonard Litchfield's in
Oxford) relating to Grammar is just come out. 'Tis entitled by him
Grammatical Exceptions, w^h is a very odd Title, as indeed the whole
Book is very odd. 'Tis true there are several good Remarks in it, and so
I told him a good while since, when he shewed it me in MS., but I then
told him it ought to be wrote all anew and several Things to be omitted
& others to be altered, but this he little regarded. For tho', at my
suggestion, he did leave out his note or Observation in w^l^ he had made 10
Dorobernia to be Dover, and was a long time positive that 'twas so (and
I had a great struggle with him, to make sensible that 'twas Canterbury),
yet he took no care in other things to consult his Reputation, but hath
published a very ridiculous book, wcb need not be wondered at, consider-
ing that he is crazed and very perverse, tho' when young he was a very
good schoolmaster and got himself a good reputation on that account.
He is withall an honest, religious man & very inoffensive, and on that
account to be much respected. His second wife (whose maiden name
was Newton) died in October last, aged at least threescore and ten.
After I had formerly more than once cautioned him very freely about this 20
Book, he never afterwards either shewed it me or told me what he did in
it, for fear (I suppose) that I should expostulate with him, tho' sometime
since he did tell me in Oxford that he would dedicate it to the Convoca-
tion of both Provinces, but 'tis not dedicated to them, his brother, the
Provost of Queen's Coll., having over-ruled that matter.

March 5 (Wed.). On the 20*^ of Feb. last, Mr. West saw my Lord
Hartford, who told him that Mr. George, who formerly was at Oxford
and engraved a Plate of a Roman Pavement found at Froxfield in Wilt-
shire, hath lately found the most perfect tessellated one that was ever
seen, if it answers George's description. My Lord exspected a drawing 30
of it.

What the said Pavement may be I know not. Nor can I think that it
equals that found at Stunsfield.

Mr. West at the same time told me that he wrote Guy by mistake,
instead of Richard Beauchamp, Earl of Warwick, when he told me of
a fine MS. of John Ross's in the Cottonian Library.

On Saturday morning last died, of a dropsy, M^s. Anne Brookland, the
wife of Mr. John Brookland, of Sunningwell, near Abbington in Berks.,

have paid 5J. that it should not have been inserted at all. Further, there
are two journals known as Fog's, one genuine and one spurious, and the
advertisement appeared in the spurious one.

March 4, 172|. H. to E. Archer (Rawl. 1. 131, draft). Would be glad
of the statute made in 1331 [see Diary, Mar. 17], though it is too late for the
Black Book of the Exchequer, of which A. should already have received
his copy, Mr. Tottenham having taken it and paid for it.

March 4, 172f . H. to Rawlinson (Rawl. 32. 29). Returns the Depositio
Ricardi II. 'I have paid the Carriage. The writs about the Oxford disturb-
ance in Ed. Ill's time are fuller in some other MSS. than in that of Your late
brother. Before I say more, I would willingly know what you are about, that
you seem to be so earnest on this occasion.'


(brother of my printer M^. Joseph Brookland), in the 40^^ year of her
age. She died at Sunningwell and was very decently buried yesterday in
the Church Yard of Drayton (near Abbington) in the same county, the
place of her nativity. She was a clever, neat body and was handsome but
proud. She hath left issue by her said husband only one child, a son,
who is about 1 8 years of age. Her Maiden name was Tyrrel. She hath
a brother a lawyer at Reading, a man of about 300 libs, per an., who is
now (I am told) undersheriff of Bucks. She hath left another brother,
a rich wealthy Farmer at Kidlington near Woodstock. There was a
10 funeral sermon, according to her desire, preached in Drayton Church.
Her husband, M'. John Brookland, is a man of very good understanding,
and had a great affection for his wife, too much indeed, considering that
by her pride she wasted his affairs in the matter of his farming Business.
He doated so much upon her that he would hardly hearken to his Friends
when they offered good advice, if it happened to thwart her inclinations,
however so absurd.

To inquire of Mr. Lake of Chippenham, about a Roman Pavement
found some years ago at Grittleton, in the Hundred of North Damerham,
in Wilts., at w^i time Mf. Hine of Merton Coll. was Rector there.

20 March 6 (Thur.). Mr. Jenner, A.B., Fellow of Brazennose Coll., is
a Gentleman (whose brother is an Apothecary in London) something
curious in Prints, and endeavours to make a collection that way.

Dr. Mill's Gr. Test, in Dr. John Friend's late auction, being bound in
three volumes and of the best paper, sold for 5 libs. 15 sh.

Remember to ask M^. Baker something about the great difference at
present in King's College, Cambridge.

The Assize being now in Oxford, this morning the Sermon on that
occasion was preached at S*. Marie's by Mr. Phanuel Bacon, Fellow of
Magd. Coll. ; the Judges are Judge Fortescue and Judge Probyn.

30 March 7 (Fri.). Yesterday Mr. Murroe, a Gendeman Commoner of
Edmund Hall, left that Place and is entered of Trinity College. He
came to Edmund Hall from Cambridge, and might have done well at the
Hall, were there any Trace of Discipline kept up there. He is a very
good-natured Gentleman, but is something soft and very easily misled.
D"^. Felton, Principal of Edmund Hall, made him pay him five guineas
before he would give him a Discessit, besides a Guinea more he extorted
from him, pretending it to be for the Library. This is the same
D^^. Felton that hath entered several of Edmund Hall (since he was
Principal) without having any Discessit.

40 March 8 (Sat.). Mr. Anstis, finding by a citation of mine that I have
a copy of New College Statutes, desires to borrow it for a very short time.
I must tell him (what 1 must also to all that pretend to borrow books of
me ; for if I should lend to one I must to another) that being debarred the
Bodleian Library, I am now confined to my own books, which I am every

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