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following it.'

Thus my friend M"". Baker, who hath been so unfortunate as to put
Papers into the hands of that vile, pragmatical, silly Pimp, J. Lewis,
a man that is abhominated by all orthodox, honest men. Which Lewis,

2o tho' he stile himself M.A., yet I cannot find that he took that or any
other degree in either of our Universities. There are abundance of MSS.
handed about of Roper's Life of Sir Thomas Moore, but I cannot see
that there are any better than those I made use of.

May 9 (Fri.). On Wednesday last at seven Clock, died D^. Wm.
Stratford, Canon of Christ Church, Archdeacon of Richmond, and Rector
of Little Shelford in Berks. This Gentleman, who was son of the late
D^. Nich. Stratford, Bishop of Chester, was educated in Westminster
School, from whence he was elected Student of X*. Ch., and at length
became Canon thereof, after he had been Chaplain to the Speaker of the
30 House of Commons. He took the Degree of M.A. Mar. 13, 1694, that
of B.D. July 8, 1703, and that of D.D. July 7, 1705. He was a proud,
haughty man, and some years agoe carryed himself very imperiously in
the College, and was commonly called Bully Stratford; but of late,
particularly since the Death of the late Dean of the College D^. Smalridge,
he hath behaved otherwise, and indeed was much dejected. From
a Friend, for little or no reason he became a great enemy to Bp.
Atterbury, and then got in with Dr. Rob. Freind, the Master of West-
minster School, to whom before he had been an Enemy. The truth is,
where D^". Stratford took, he was a true Friend, and he proved such to the

May 8, 1729. Seymour Cholmondeley of Holford to H. (Rawl. 4.81).
Being the heir of his late cousin, Mr. Cholmondeley, he would like to continue
the subscription to H.'s publications. Wishes to know how the money may
be sent.

May 9, 1729. Gilbert Lake to H. (Rawl. 7. 148). Sends a bill on
* Farmer Casemore ' [of Headington].^

^ Sec Letter of March 26, 1729.

May 7-12.] VOLUME CXXI, PACES 45-49 129

writer of these Matters in many instances, & shewed great and tender
affection to him, & was an encourager and promoter of his studies. He
died of a hngering Distemper, having had the Feaver and Ague many
times, and at last he had dolor abdominis, as the physicians, D^. Frewin
and Di". Leigh (who did not understand well the nature of his ailing)
called it. He was very rich and a single man (having never been married) &
was about sixty years of age. I hear by his will (written all with his own
hand) he hath left his books (a valuable collection) to Christ Church and
Manchester Libraries, (he being it seems born at Manchester), all his free
land to Christ Church to augment poor livings, and the rest to his two neices 10
(whom he hath made executrixes) excepting some Legacies, and Dr. Rob.
Freind & M^". Brooks the Attorney are Trustees. He died in his Lodgings
at X* Church. He was buried very privately according to his own order
in the Cathedral of X* Ch. on Saturday evening, May 10*^.

May 10 (Sat.). * Fr . . . Trevytham de laiide Univ. Oxon. ; Pr. Ad te
nunc habeo verbum, o civitas' [&c.]. From D^. Tanner, May ist, last.
The Dr. could not recollect whence he took it. This Trevytham is the
same with Tryvytlam in M"*. Gale*s MS., from wc^», in my Appendix to
Vita Ricardi II, I shall print the whole tract.

May 11 (Sun.). Last night M^. Thomas Cockman came very privately 20
to Oxford to his Lodgings at Univ. Coll., the matter now being intirely
settled with respect to his being Master of that College, seven Com-
missioners having been appointed by the Crown to visit the College, wch
accordingly was done in London, it being judged more proper to have
the Visitation there, that the College might not be put to too great
expenses. These Commissioners or Visitors soon dispatched the matter,
and at the same time I understand declared five Fellowships vacant, viz.
Dr. Denison's, M^". Nevil's (by reason of a Patrimony), M^. Lindsey's,
]\Ir. Cockerill's, and Mr. Heather's, this Heather being now legally
admitted. 30

May 12 (Men.). From some notes of Bryan Twine : ' Novi
CoUegii alumni, stata et recepta a majoribus solemnitate, quotannis
locum istum (sc. Hospitale sancti Bartholomaei) in festo SS. Philippi et
Jacobi multo mane adeuntes invisunt, sacris de more intersunt, muneribus
et oblationibus pauperes recreant, suavissimis hymnis, quorum sympho-
niaca modulatione totum nemus resonat, tempus protrahunt.' From
D^. Tanner. ^B. ]\Ir. Wood, in the notes I have published of his, at the
end of the Black Book of the Exchequer, makes it to be Holy Thursday.
Mr. Gadbury in one of his Almanacks mentions the same custom also,
& had been at it himself, he having been born in Oxford. M^. Wood 40
must likewise, I believe, have been at it, when he was very young.
I have read the passage in Gadbury many a time, when I was a boy, but
I forget what Almanack it was.

May 12, 1729. J. West to H. (Rawl. 1 1. 147) [see Diary, May 2 1], ' 'Tis
talked D^. Knight, the Compiler of Colet and Erasmus's Lives, will succeed
D^'. Stratford in the canonry of Christ Church.'

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May 13 (Tu.). [Extracts from the Register of Oseney Abbey and
the Roll of Hugh Wells, obtained from Dr, Tanner on May i ; see
Diary, May 2 and May 3.]

May 14 (Wed.). Some say the late M^. Theophilus Downes was
author of the Introduction to Hereditary Right.

The said M"". Downes was certainly a very ingenious man and
a good Divine, but I fear not a very great Antiquary, & the information of
his being author of the said Introduction I much suspect. The more
I consider the stricturae under his name de clypeo Woodwardiano, the

10 more I am inclined to look upon them as very weak. They were long
ago obviated. The age of the Shield hath been fixed, both by M"". Dodwell
and myself. Mr. Dodwell (after I had given my opinion, little different
from his) assigned it to the time of Nero. No judicious man ever
believed it to be of the age of the Action represented. All things agree
to the age we have assigned. Mr. Downes himself was satisfied of this.
It was therefore weak to print these stricturae, wch prove just nothing,
unless it be that the Shield is not near the time of Camillus, what no
skilfuU man ever contended it was. It is most certainly, notwithstanding,
very ancient, and of very great value.

20 Mr. W™ Ball, who died in Oxford about a year since, was fifty-five
years of age, as I was told by his younger brother the Rev. M^". John
Ball, an honest Nonjuror, formerly scholar of Corpus Xti Coll. Oxon.,
this morning, who is printing, in English, Gyllius of Constantinople, &
tells me that he himself is fifty-four years old. He, this Mr. John Ball, is
much patronized by M^. Banner, 15 years ago Gentleman Commoner of
Queen's Coll. Oxford, & now lives in Staffordshire, an honest Gentleman
of a good large Estate, who married a very fine Woman ten years ago,
but as yet they have had no children.

May 15 (Holy Thursday). The Rt Hon^le the Lady Scudamore
30 (whose Lord hath been dead some years) died about a fortnight agoe of
the small Pox at London, leaving a great character behind her for her
Charitie and other Virtues. There is only one Child left, viz. her
Daughter, Miss Scudamore, a very great Fortune, about 1 8 years of age,
with whom a match was carrying on with the Duke of Beaufort, and the
Wedding was to have been speedily, had the old Lady lived.

May 16 (Fri.). M^. John Ball was entered of Corpus Xti Coll. (as he
told me last night) anno 1690.

Mr. Ball told me, about 7 years ago he translated and printed a Piece
of Bellarmine, and that there were two thousand copies printed, and that

May 13, 1729. R. Levett to H. (Rawl. 7. 156). ' You have put me down
in your list of subscribers Fellow of All Souls. If you recollect, I have been
married these two years. I would not be thought to keep a Fellowship with
a wife : you have enough of that sort in Oxford besides.'

May 13, 1729. H. to Anstis {draft, Rawl. 19. 66). The Diary of Wood
[see Letter, April 3, 1729] reached to 1659, not to 1672. The book printed
was in some measure extracted from it. ' You are acquainted well with the
Gentleman in London who did it, and I suppose he may, as he ought to,
furnish you with a copy of it.'

May 13-17.] VOLUME CXXl, PAGES 50-55 131

M^". Ch. Rivington the Bookseller gave him 20 libs, for the Copy, after he
had disposed of a good number. Some have cryed this Rivington up for
a very honest man, but I hear now that he bears the quite contrary
Character amongst truly honest men in London. M^. Ball never printed
anything, besides that piece of Bellarmine, & that piece of Gyllius he is
now doing.

Mr. Ball is much acquainted with M'". Edmund Chishull, of whom
however he hath but an indifferent opinion, Chishull being very haughty
& conceited, & a great Whig or Republican. This Chishull assists Ball
in Gyllius, furnishing him with IMaps or Tables, &c. 10

I hear Dr. White Kennett hath left a copy of the i^t Ed. of Ant.
Wood's Athenae Oxon. corrected throughout, with several Additions.

There is a Copy goes about, w^li I have not yet seen, of the said
D"" White Kennett's contract with the booksellers, for the writing of the
last volume of the English History, in w^^^ D^. Rawlinson (who told
me of it) observes not a word of pay for the scandalous notes in the
other part.

Dr. Rawlinson lately bought, at an Auction, a fine copy of the Ath.
Oxon. i8t Edit, large Paper, the late property of Mi". Lees, formerly
fellow of All Souls, & since Vicar of Faversham in Kent, in w^i are 20
several MSS. notes, as the D^. apprehends, of that Gentleman's hand-

Mr. John Ball's father was an Apothecary in High St. in Oxford.
INI^ John Ball's grandfather, W^a gall, was one of the yeomen Beadles of
the Univ. of Oxford. He was an honest old Cavalier, and fought for
K. Charles L^

May 17 (Sat.). Mr. Combes, the Printer, told me yesterday, that his
nephew ]\lr. Parne, Fellow of Trin. Coll., Cambridge, hath as fine
Chambers as any one in that University, and that one Room is adorned
with an extraordinary fine Paint of the History of the travells of S*. Paul, 3°
•\vch ]\ir, Parne bought cheap, tho' some value it at 6 or 7 hundred Pounds.
It seems it is an Italian Paint, and is supposed to have belonged to some
Italian Church or Convent.

D^. Rawlinson says Sir John Oldcastell's Process, &c., are reprinting,
as is Silas Taylor's Antiquities of Harwich, with great Additions in
Antiquities and Natural History, both by good hands.

He says Norden's short survey of Essex is under consideration, from
a very great man's library. ISB. I suppose the D^. does it himself, as he
wrote the account of Norden's Life and Writings, prefixed to the Survey
of Cornwall. 40

M'". Ball informed me the other night that my late Friend, M^". Hilkiah
Bedford, died worth six thousand libs, or more. He left two sons and
one Daughter.

Mr. John Strype, now a very old man, who hath published so many
books of Lives, was always looked upon to be (as he most certainly is)
a strange, heavy, dull, injudicious Writer.

* There is a reference to William Ball's suffering for the King in Balliol Oxford
Deeds (O. H. S.), p. 345, but it does not appear that he fought for the King,' — Ed,

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Bp Fell always designed the ground, where the new printing house is,
for a University Church. But D^". Lancaster turned it to quite another
use, for wcb he is much blamed by honest men.

The old University Congregation House at Oxford was the ground
room, at the north side of S*. Marie's church, and over it was the Cobham
Library, built by Thomas Cobham, bishop of Worcester ; but the books
of this Cobham Library being translated to the Library of Duke Humfrey
A. D. 1480, the upper room became the Congregation House, in w^h upper
room was brave painted glass, containing the Arms of the Benefactors,
10 wc^ painted glass continued till the times of the late RebeUion.

May 18 (Sun.). Yesterday I was with Mr. Cockman, Master of
Univ. College. He shewed me an old 4*0 MS. of their statutes. The
word pa/rimom'um is expressly in them, & by virtue of that word M^". Nevile
is out of his Fellowship, what M"*. Nevile was very desirous of.

The Master told me, they design to frame new Statutes, in order to wc^
they will have before them three or four of the best bodies of Statutes in
the University. He said, he found I had a copy of New Coll. Statutes.
He asked if I would lend it them. I told him he should see it at any
time. I added, if I lent them, I hoped he would lend me at the same
20 time Univ. Coll. Statutes. He said 1 should see them.

Just published twelve sermons preached on several occasions (the last
of which was never before printed), by the Rev. W™ Lupton, D.D., late
Prebendary of Durham, and Preacher to the Hon. Society of Lincoln's
Inn, S'po. His Effigies by Vertue is prefixed.

Dr. John Rogers above mentioned [see Diary, May 4] was buried at
Eynsham, where he was born. He had been esteemed some years for
his being a great Tory, but of late he was turned Whig, & I have heard
him mightily spoke against on that score, as a sneaking Trimmer. But
this was done by him, as 'tis by others, purely for the sake of Preferment.

30 May 19 (Men.). A dairie book for good Huswives [&c.], Lond.
1588, 4*0. [Quotations from it omitted.]

About a week since, one ]\R Thomas Hughes, M.A. & fellow of
Trin. Coll., Oxon., had a Licence given him by the Convocation, for
practising Physick, tho' he be no graduate in that Faculty, wcl^ I note
particularly for this reason, because M^. John Crossley, M.A., of S*. Mary
Hall, was denied, about the beginning of this month, the degree of Bach,
of Physick, notwithstanding he hath done all his exercise, is a man of
great skill, & hath done extraordinary cures ; but it seems 'tis his skill
that raised him up enemies, such as Dr.Frewin,Dr. Leigh, &c., who objected

40 that he was a Quack, and practiced before he had either a licence or was
a graduate in the Facultie. The same objection might be alledged against
them all ; for all of them have done the same.

May 20 (Tu.). M'. West cannot send me an account of what the
whole of D^. Woodward's curiosities amounted to. In his opinion they
were all sold very cheap.

Mr. West knows not, whether D^ Woodward had any collection of
coins. He is sure there have been none sold since his death. If he
formerly had any, he thinks he disposed of them in his life time.

May 17-23.] VOLUME CXXI, PAGES 65-61 133

^B. I always understood that he had a very good collection of coins, and
I have had it from several that some years ago saw them.

Mr. Thomas Granger hath published no book. What occasioned
Mr. Graves's mistake [see Diary April 2 7] was a book just published by
a namesake of his, entitled ' Catalogus nummorum Sueco-Gothicorum
usualium ac memorabilium,veterum recentiumque,in Museo Graingeriano,
Holmiae curiose asservatorum, concinnatus a Nicolao Kedero Holmiensi,
regii antiquitatum collegii assessore. Accedunt & alii nummi ab eodem
descripti. Lond. 1728. 4*0/

The said collection was formerly made by Elias Brenner, and 10
Mr. Granger bought them in Sueden. They are a very large collection
of Suedish coins, & he hath brought them here to sell them. He asks
4 or 5000 libs, for them.

May 21 (Wed.). Last night I spent the evening with my friend
Mr. James West at the King's Arms in Holywell, Oxford, who came
from London yesterday, and called here in his way to Evesham in

Rymer's Foedera was reprinted by Jacob Tonson at 50 libs, a set, and
yet he hath printed five hundred copies. There were but two hundred
printed for sale of the former Impression, besides what was reserved to 20
the Government for Presents, and they were sold at 40 shillings a volume,
and the whole (there being seventeen volumes) came to 34 pounds.
Ml". George Holmes, of the Tower, had the care of this new Edition, and
found considerable mistakes in the Transcripts.

Mr. West hath a copy of Tully de Senectute, &c., in English, printed
by Caxton, but he says 'tis imperfect at the beginning, wanting 3 or 4
leaves. My Lord Oxford hath one w^^ his Lordship hath lent me, but it
wants the first Leaf.

May 22 (Thur.). M^". West told me. Lord Oxford is mightily for
having Domesday Book printed. He said Lord Trevor's is the only 30
perfect Transcript, they know of, that hath been exactly collated. If there
are others, they were taken from Lord Trevor's.

One Mr. Innes hath just published two volumes in %^^, price bound ten
shillings, in wc^i he is pleased to give a great Character about the exactness
of my Edition of Fordun's Scotichronicon. These two volumes are all
relating to the Scotish Historic, and from it I gather that the MS., I made
use of, of Fordun's Scotichronicon, now in the hands of Roger Gale, Esq.,
is most certainly the very best MS. in the world of the genuine Fordun ;
what I knew also before.

May 23 (Fri.). Last Saturday the Duke of Brunswick, commonly 40
called K. George II, went for Hanover, leaving his Dutchess, commonly
called Q. Caroline, sole Regent in his absence, who is dispensed with by

May 23, 1729. H. to Rawlinson (Rawl. 32. 31). 'I thank you for both
your Letters &c. by M'. Ball, We drank your health with the half Crown. . . .
The Stricturae prove nothing. They were long since obviated, even to
RI"". Downe's satisfaction. You should not therefore have published them
without you had at the same time considered what hath been said with great


the Parliament from taking all manner of oaths on that occasion, vv^^ makes
many merrily say, a Non Juror is now Queen of England.

May 24 (Sat.). My Lord Oxford tells me by letter, May 22, 1729,
that he hath seen three other copies, besides his own, of Tully de Senectute,
translated and printed hy Caxton (they are my Lord's own words), and they
all begin as his does, and he is apt to think that his book is perfect. 'Tis
very plain to rhe, both from the Signature and the vestigia of a Leaf now
remaining, that one Leaf (w^li hath been cut out) is wanting, and I am
apt to think too that it could not have been a blank Leaf, since there
10 would have been no need of distinguishing that by a Signature.

My Lord Oxford hath no MS. of Henry Blankforde.

May 25 (Whitsunday). From Fogg's Journal for May 24, 1729 : —

London, May 24. On Monday Se'nnight last [May 12] the Corps of the
Rev. D"^. Rogers was carried from his House at Cripplegate in a solemn
manner, to be buried at Ensham in Oxfordshire, the Place of his Birth. The
Pall was supported by the following — Rev. Twines; D"*. Mather, President of
Corpus Christi College ; Dean Harris, clerk of the Closet to the Queen ;
Dr. Marshall; D'. Astry ; D'. Bloomer; and M'. Burton, of Oxford. The
Corps was met nine miles from the Church by 50 Gentlemen on Horseback.
20 The Funeral was performed by M"". Peake, undertaker, sub-clerk of St. Giles's,
Cripplegate. His Funeral Sermon was preached last Sunday morning at
St. Giles's, Cripplegate, by the Rev. D'. Marshall, jun.

May 26 (Mon.). Last night W"^. Ing, of Thorp-Constantine in
Staffordshire, Esq., spent the evening with us in Cat Street, He was
formerly Gentleman Commoner of Queen's Coll., Oxon. ; M^"., afterwards
D'*.,W'^ Lancaster being his Tutor. He was four years of the University and
went away about 1689 or 1690. He hath been Parliament Man several
times. He is a worthy Gentleman and a great Admirer of the Saxon
Tongue and of our English Antiquides. He hath brought a son to
30 Oxford to Brazennose Coll., where his Tutor is M^. Yarburgh. He is 18
years old and is Gentleman Commoner. His Father is mighty desirous
his son should study our Antiquities.

May 27 (Tu.). M^. Ing is mightily against the monks and pretends
to assert that they were monstrous Forgers of Charters, and that therefore
very few of their charters since the Conquest are to be depended on.
But this is gratis dictum & I look upon it only as talk and not the real
sentiment of M'^. Ing, whom I made sensible of the contrary, and that the
monks were not such Villains. For tho' some of their charters are

strength of argument for the antiquity of the shield. But you have been so
far from considering what hath been Wrote for it that you do not seem to have
read what hath been alledged to that purpose, at least not with any tolerable care.
... I am glad M'. Crynes will receive so great assistance from you in his
designed Ed. of Busbequius. . . . M'. F. Gyles is represented here as the fairest
and cheapest bookseller in England. His agent here takes care to disperse his
catalogues always before yours are seen with us. I have not seen D"". White
Kennett's contract with the Booksellers,'

May 26, 1729. Seymour Cholmondeley to H. (Rawl. 4. 82). Will
send the subscription to Mr. Bedford, as directed \see Letter of May 8].
Sends a list of the volumes that are lacking in his series of H.'s publications.

May 23-31.] VOLUME CXXI, PAGES 61-67 135

spurious, yet the bulk of them are authentick and the monks were for the
most part very honest, conscientious good men. M^. Ing is mightily for
the Charters before the Conquest, & it must be allowed that great credit
is to be given to the Saxon Charters, tho' even there frauds may be
discovered. For many Saxon Charters having been destroyed by the
Normans, the friends of the Saxons took pains afterwards to retrieve them,
& so 'twill be no hard matter to conceive that some were new made, on
purpose to maintain & secure Rights, done indeed not immediately by the
Monks themselves, but by some that had a great affection for them.

May 28 (Wed.). It is advertised that Bale's Account of Sir John 10
Oldcastle, Lord Cobham, is just published, that there are only 250 copies
printed at "js. 6d. a copy, and that six are printed upon a fine writing

It is also advertised that W^ Roper's Life is just printed from an
old MS.

Neither of the Editors' names appears. Lewis, however, did the latter,
and 'tis nothing but a scrap of my Book. Some say Dr. Rawlinson did
the other; as 'tis also said, and I am satisfyed about it, that the Dr.
printed the stricturae de clypeo Woodwardiano. Remember to ask the
Dr. whether M^ Downes really gave that Title, and whether the Editor 20
did not give it himself. Also ask the D^. for a List of all the Books he
hath published.

May 29 (Thur.). Mr. Martin (commonly called Dr. INIartin), the
Botanist, called upon me yesterday with a Letter from INI^. Baker of
Cambridge. IM^. Martin walked from Cambridge, where he has done
much ser\'ice and honor to that University.

Mr. Baker cannot say precisely what D^. Woodward's books and rarities
went for, but he remembers Dr. Middleton (who corresponds with one of
the Executors) told him they were sold for very near two thousand pounds.
He says my first book printed at Oxford was sold for £11 iij-. & was 30
said to be bought by my Lord Pembroke or order.

Mr. Baker says he has seen the Stricturae breves, and gave his copy
to Dr. Middleton, who, he believes, would send it to Rome, where they
will be able to form a judgment of it, by comparing it with Originals.

I\Ir. Baker hath not met with any Book printed at Greenwich, & is
partly of my opinion with respect to INP. West's book, that I told him of,
that it may be a misnomer.

He says M^. Parne has a curious Painting that came from Italy, but the
History of it is Our Savior's Nativity, and the Shepherds coming to pay
their Adoration, &c. ; what it cost, M^. Parne never told him ; but he had 40
it cheap, being partly a Present and partly bought, and has been valued
by a Painter at Cambridge (no great Master) at 300 libs.

May 30 (Fri.). Lord Lechmere's books are sold odly to brokers with
his goods by a Yorkshire Spark, who has married his Widow, and cares
not wholly to depend on Apron Strings, so that a havock will be made of
a good collection, as I am told, of English History. D\ Rawlinson,
Feb. 18, i']28-<).

May 31 (Sat). It does not yet appear what became with the late


M^. Edw. Lhuyd's Collections for his intended History of Wales, what Sir
Thomas Sebright hath of that kind being very inconsiderable, in respect
of what to be sure he had in his Travells collected. 'Tis very probable
that Ml", Parry imbezzled them some way or other so that 'tis hoped they
may be still in some private hands, and 'tis to be wished that at some
time or other some qualifyed person may be found who may do the

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