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Dr. Richardson, an intimate Friend of Sir Hans's, seems to think in these
things that D'. Woodward is exceeded by Sir Hans.

Mj, Martin shewed me a little printed Paper last night, being the
statutes of Trin. Coll., Camb., so far as they affect the case of D'".

June 7, 1729. T. Carte at Crouch End, near Highgate, to H. (Rawl.
4. 31). Hoped to have been in Oxford before now, but is detained by
Thuanus, and will be kept until September. Thuanus, quoting Rossi, says
that Lady Jane Grey at the time of the death of Ed. VI was at Flora, a castle
of the Duke of Northumberland seven miles from London, and that Dudley
Earl of Leicester died Sept. 4, 1588, Uhtochii near Langley in Oxfordshire;
Dugdale says at Cornbury Park. Would be glad to know where these places
are. Sends subscriptions for himself and the Marquis dAubais by Sir John
Morgan. [Endorsed ' Received by Sir John Morgan July 15.']

^ i. e. the Cyropaedia, issued in 1727. It seems that the Anabasis was not issued
until 1735. — Ed.


What Ml". Baker sent me from the Arundel Register, w^li were three
remarkable Extracts, I shall print at the end of Vita Ricardi II.

Ml". Dale, who does Silas Taylor's Antiquities of Harwich, I found by
Ml". Martin is no Scholar, but a sort of Apothecary and Presbyterian and
adds many Things to it relating to Natural History.

Ml". Young, a very honest Roman Catholick, who lives near Lambourne
in Berks., is a very curious man and hath many ancient coins, several of
wc^ are Greek, and abundance of Natural Rarities. M"". Fetherstone,
a Lancashire man of Birth, Hved lately with him, an ingenious Franciscan ;
lo where he is now, I know not. Neither can I learn where M^ Parkinson
is, another ingenious learned Franciscan.

I look upon Ml". Abr. Woodhead to have been much the greatest man
in England in his time, both as a Christian and Scholar.

June 10 (Tu.). One Dr. George is now Head Schoolmaster of
Eaton, a little, poor, despicable man, as I am told, who is one of those
created Doctors at Cambridge, when the Duke of Brunswick, commonly
called K. George II, was there. He is a man of so little authority in the
School that he is as it were quite weary of it already. Nor indeed had the
late Master, D'. Bland, much authority there. They have both behaved
20 themselves ridiculously, w^^ hath made them (and particularly the latter)
much reflected upon.

June 11 (Wed.). Remember to enquire of the Earl of Oxford about
a Print (I am told) he hath of Richard II, done by Hollar from the old
Painting in the Hands of the Earl of Pembroke. This is the only Print
I ever heard of.

Fr. Junius in his Preface to his Glossarium Gothicum, printed at the
end of Marshall's Saxon and Gothic Gospells, makes a mistake in saying
that Somner's Saxon Dictionary was printed at Cambridge, when 'twas
really done at Oxford.
30 Junius hath there given us a very useful Catalogue of Saxon Books,
&c., he made use of in compiling that Glossary, all or most of w^*! are now
in the Bodleian Library.

June 12 (Thur.). An acquaintance of Mr. Tho. Carte's, who has had
occasion formerly to consult & make some transcripts from the Red Book
of the Exchequer, chiefly with regard to the Scutages, has an inclination
to be at the expence of compleating his transcript from the original itself,
if I have no intentions to publish it, but if I have, M^. Carte says, it will
probably put a stop to his further proceeding in that aff"air. Mr. Carte's
Letter from London, Mar. 11, i72f.
40 Were the Red Book, or a perfect Transcript thereof, sent me, 'tis
probable I should be very much inclined to print it. The MS. I had
(with a compleat copy of the Black Book) from Lord Oxford, contains
only some Extracts from the Red Book, and therefore I copied nothing
from it.

M'. Rob* Wood told me yesterday that his Uncle Ant. Wood was

June 12, 1729. N. Booth to H. (Rawl. 28. 24) {see Diary, June 14 and 15].

June 9-14.] VOLUME CXXI, PAGES 92-99 145

a wonderfull Pryer, that he used to go out by himself in by-Places, wore
his hat over his eyes, seemed to take notice of nothing & to know nothing,
and yet he took notice of everything and knew everything.

Ask Mr. Graves whether he hath any curious remarks about St. Briavells,
S*. Brevials or S*. Breulais Castle in Gloucestershire. It is now demolished.
It stood in a woody place among Tufts of Trees. It stood upon an high

D^ Richardson of Yorkshire tells me of two Urns, a large & small one,
found about half a year since at Eccleshill near Bradford in Yorkshire.
He takes them to be Danish. They were found upon the top of a Hill, 10
as they were digging for the Foundations of a small cottage, and probably
there may be more of them, if farther search were made. In the larger
were found the blades, being brass, of several knives (he thinks 3 or 4) &
black and white burnt bones. The Urns were of a coarse earth ; the
bigger holds about a gallon. The D"". hath them & the Knives & Bones.

June 13 (m.). Yesterday, D^". Richardson (who went from Oxford
to-day, going to Wimbledon in Surrey) told me that M^. Lhuyd's collec-
tion of Fossils in the Ashm. Museum far exceeds that in the same place
of Dr. Plot. Dr. Richardson spent the whole day Wednesday last in
looking them both over. ^°

Last Wednesday being George IPs Inauguration, the Sermon before
the Univ. at St. Marie's was preached by M^. Jones of Balliol College.

June 14 (Sat.). Nathaniel Booth, of Gray's Inn, Esq., wants to know
of me whether there be not such a Book in the Bodleian Library as
Lucianus de laudibus Cestriae, & whether printed or MS.

There is such a IMS. there (for 'twas never printed) mentioned in
p. 153 of the printed Catalogue, no. 3005. 16.

Nicolson in his Historical Library, ed. fol., p. 11, speaks of it thus:
' Cheshire was long since described by Lucian, a monk, soon after
the Conquest, whose work is cited by Camden as a piece of great rarity z^
and good value.'

In the said Library is another MS. copy of the same Book mentioned
in the Catalogue, p. 258, among D"". Ric. James's Coll., vol. 2, num. 24.

I have often looked over both, particularly the first, wcli is ancient and
may be the very MS. Camden used.

When I was about Leland's Itinerary, Mr. Henry Prescott, the Chester
Antiquary, wrote to his son M^". John Prescott, then of X* Ch., about it.
Upon wcb the Son came to me to the Library. I shewed him the MS.
He perused it and found it to answer the Title very little and that there
was hardly any thing of value in it besides the passage Camden had pub- 4°
lished. And this was my opinion also. For vi^^ reason IM^. Prescot
concerned himself no further about it. Had I found the rest equal
to that passage, I had published the Book.

Yesterday died Mrs. Peck, daughter-in-law ^ of D^. Newton, Principal
of Hart Hall. She was aged about 40, was a very pretty Woman some

June 14, 1729. T. Baker to H, (Rawl. 23. 47) [see Diary, June 19, 20,
22, and 23].

^ By daughter-in-law he means step-daughter. — Ed. ^

VOL. X. I.


years since, but died never married. [Carried out of Town to be buried
in Northamptonshire, Monday morning early, June 16.]

Yesterday also died M^^. John Hart, a fuller of S*. Peter's Parish
in the East, Oxford. [Buried Sunday night, June 15, in S*. Peter's
Church Yard.]

June 15 (Sun.). Mr. N. Boothe of Gray's Inn, in his Letter to me of

the 12*'!, observes that the many great performances of mine in literature,

and in particular in reviving the Antiquities of this nation far beyond any

before me, and he says he may say our celebrated Camden, makes him

10 trouble me about Lucianus de laudibiis Cestrie.

He says he travailes very much in Inquiries of this kind, being of the
Society of Antiquaries.

From Fog's Journal for Saturday, June 14: —

The Duke of Devonshire being dead, has left a year's wages to all his
servants, and ordered that his Pictures, together with his fine collections of
Medals and other Rarities, shall not be disposed of, but kept in the same
order as he had ranged them in his life-time.

June 16 (Men.). On Saturday last, Dr. Potter, Bp of Oxford's
eldest Daughter, a very pretty young woman, was married to one
30 Tenison, not of the Family of the late Archbishop Tenison.

Mr. Ward of Warwick hath sent me the Impression of a seal in
copper with this Inscription : Sigillum domini Johannis Whyte, episcopi
Cloji/ertensis, a bishoprick in Ireland. It was found lately in digging up
ground for a little garden in Sponend, Coventry, where there are no
marks of any former buildings, as M^. Ward's friend writes him word, for
he hath not yet seen it.^

June 17 (Tu,). John of Stunsfield is the most famous man for
musick on the Tabour and Pipe that hath been for ages. He was born
at Stunsfield, near Woodstock, and being a Bastard and a Foundling,

30 they gave him the sirname {sic) of Stunsfield. He used to be sent for far
and near, and he got a great deal of money, so that growing rich, he
married a Wife (an Eynsham Woman) and then removed to Eynsham,
where he now lives and hath done many years, and seldome now takes
journies in order to play, but keeps for the most part at home, being (as
he says) 70 years of age, tho' his House is still pretty much frequented by
Gentlemen, partly for the sake of himself and partly (and indeed more)
for the sake of his neece {sic), a young pretty girl, to whom he designs to
leave what he hath, after a proper provision for his wife, by whom he hath
had no children.

40 Finding by some MSS. notes ofD^ Plot, that a Woman of Bradgar in
Kent was Christened by the name of Samuel, and that 'tis rarely known
that any one born in the parish of Marston in Kent ever comes to the age
of 2 1 years, I wrote to my Friend the Rev. M^". Thomas Allen, rector of
Murston near Sittingbourne in that County, about both these particulars,

* ' 1446-7, John With, a Franciscan Friar, formerly Provincial of his Order, was
elected Bishop, but either he declined the dignity, or else he resigned it almost
immediately afterwards.' {Fasti Ecclesiae Hibernicae, vol. iv, p. 164.) This seal
proves that With did not decline the dignity. — Ed.

June 14-18.] VOLUME CXXI, PAGES 99-105 147

who tells me in his Letter of Ap. 9, 1729, that as for my enquiry concern-
ing Mrs, Samuel of Breadgar, the IVIinister of the Parish knows nothing
of any such thing so much as by hearsay ; and for that concerning Mur-
ston, he can assure me 'tis false, & he believes groundless, there being now
therin {sic) two or three women between 30 and 40 years of age that
were hardly ever out of it, and he cannot find it hath been without such
these hundred years.

But here M^". Allen mistakes me. For I did not enquire after Murston
or Merston in the Lathe of Scray, but after Marston or Merston in the
Lathe of Aylesford. I must therefore inquire further of him. 10

This day, in the morning, died M^. Mashbourn, millener, the mace-
bearer of Oxford, in an advanced age.

On Friday night last, Browne Willis called upon me at six Clock
at Edmund Hall, and told me M^. Wilmot, one of our Oxford book-
sellers, had bought the late S'' W°i Glynne's books, printed and MSS.,
and that amongst them was lying Bale de scriptoribus Brii. with MSS.
notes by Bale's own hand, for w^h said Wilmot asked ten guineas.

Yesterday I called upon Wilmot and saw some few of the Books, but
could not prevail with him to shew me the rest. One of the books
I saw was the said Bale. I looked it over and found Wilmot very 20
positive for ten guineas, saying that if he had advertized it (as he designed
to do) he did not doubt but he should have twenty guineas for it.
To-day I called upon him again, & found him stiff for ten Guineas, tho'
I shewed him, that the five last centuries (there being fourteen in all,
whereas this book contains only nine) are wanting in it.

The MSS. notes are but few and of no great moment. 'Tis the very
book Dr. Kennett mentions as his own, in his Remarks relating to
Bishop Merkes, and yet 'twas really S^ W™ Glynne's. At the beginning
the Dr. hath transcribed a Letter, or rather part of a Letter, he had
in 1 7 1 5 from my friend M^. Thomas Baker of Cambridge, in w^h 3°
IVfr. Baker (to whom he had lent the book) observes that he knows
the hand (he being well acquainted with it) to be Bale's, that the notes
are but few (nothing near so many as he exspected), that 'tis however
a Rarity and a book of good use.

I should not be willing to give more than two Guineas at farthest for
it, that being a good round Price, considering the imperfection of the

June 18 (Wed.). I saw at Wilmot's also Polychronicon printed by
Winken de Worde, fair but wormeaten much, for wc^ he asks 4 guineas ;
Fabian's Chronicle, very fair, 4 guineas ; Camden's Angl. Norm., &c., 4a
3 guineas ; Caxton's Chronicle (of Winken de Worde's Impression), very
fair, no price; Dr. Davies's Welsh Dictionary, 30 shillings; Holinshed's
Chronicle, 2 vols., i^* Ed., no price ; Burton's Leicestershire, a guinea.

This day I wrote to Mr. Allen of Kent and, among other things, sent
this Clause : ' I must withall Desire another favour of you, and that is to
inform me somewhat about the Fanatical Wiclevist J. Lewis, and whether
he be really a Graduate or were of any University. He is a man that
bears no good Character among any that I can learn, either for Learning,
Sense, or Principles.'

L 2


June 19 (Thur.). Mr. Baker tells me by Letter from Cambridge of
June 14, that they have two copies of Caxton's Tully de Senectute amongst
the late Bp of Ely's books. They both seem to him to be perfect, & yet
both begin with the Prohemye, Here begymielh the Prohemye, &c. One of
these copies has a blanck Leafe of the same Paper with the rest of the
Book & looks as if nothing were wanting. The other has two leaves of
clean Paper prefiJct and [they] had undoubtedly been added. It is certain
it is no unusuall thing for old Editions to want Title pages. Yet my Ld
Oxford's copy wanting the first Leaf of the same paper with the rest of the
10 book, I even for that reason judge it imperfect, this very Leaf of the same
Paper being the only proof of the perfection of the Copies, w^^ are other-
wise justly doubted, for w^li reason I suppose M^, Tho. Rawlinson did not
(as he otherwise used) write at the beginning of his copy (now my L*i
Oxford's) C Sf P ox collated ^- perfect.

June 20 (Pri.). Having mentioned Dr. Woodward's coins to Mr.
Baker, he thereupon at the same time sent me Mr, Hadderton's account
in his own words, viz. : ' as to Dr. Woodward's coins, M^. Miller (his
neighbor & particular Acquaintance for 30 years past, who often went abroad
with him to gather Fossils, and assisted him often in packing up boxes,
20 to be sent abroad to Professors «fe curious persons, & presented him him-
self with a Drawer or two from the West Indies), at the time he came down
hither with the last Cabinets to unpack & dispose the Fossils into their
proper places, told us that D^, Woodward, tho' he did collect some medals
yet never kept them himself, but presented them commonly to Foreigners
& others, & had Fossils or other things in exchange for them.'

Mr. Baker is glad, as well for my sake as for the sake of the Public, that
the MS. from whence I publisht Fordun proves so good a one (even the
very best in the World, as may be gathered from M"". Innes's two 8^0
volumes of Scottish Affairs, tho' M^. Baker hath not as yet seen them)
30 tho' he always thought it to be a good one. He believes D^". Gale bought
it cheap, as he did many other Books. Mr. Baker is sure the Publisher
(meaning me) deserved a good Reward.

'Tis very true, that D"". Gale got his Books (particularly his MSS.)
cheap, as I often heard it said by M"". Bagford, and indeed many of them
he had for nothing, from the Parents of youths that were his Scholars
when he was master of Paul's school.

June 21 (Sat.),

[From Fog's Journal, an account of the discovery of three Roman jars at Braughing,
Herts., on June 14.]

40 June 22 (Sun.). On Friday last Mr. Kirby was elected Mace-
bearer of the City of Oxford in room of M^. Mouldin,^ deceased.

Yesterday, in the Forenoon, called upon me one M^. Durant, a French
Refugee Clergyman, who hath printed and published two little folio Books
in French about painting. He is now upon an Ed. of Pliny's Nat. His-

June 19, 1729. H, to John Murray (Raw!. 112. 255), Has received
a letter from Mr. Baker, saying that Murray had been expected at Cambridge
for a long time.

* He is named Mashhourn p. 147, line 11. — Ed.

June 19-24.] VOLUME CXXI, PAGES 106-114 149

tory in Latin, and pretends to make great Corrections upon Harduin. He
is consulting wliat is in Corpus Xti and other Places in Oxford of note
upon this Author. He hath but an indifferent opinion of his countryman,
Mr. John Masson, looking upon him as an heavy, dull, injudicious Writer.
For w^^ reason (he says) his Things do not sell.

Mr. Baker hath not yet seen, nor can he meet with, the printed extracts
from Trin. Coll. Statutes, shewed me by Mr. Martin ; but he hath desired
Mr, Parne and ]\Ir. Bell to help him to a Copy, wch if they can procure, he
will send it to me by the Carrier. There being a great Blunder by print-
ing from an imperfect copy, has occasioned these Extracts to be supprest jo
or seen.^ M^. Baker has a better Copy of their Statutes than they have in
their Library.

In the Refectory of Merton Coll., at the upper end, is an old carved
piece of work (wct is newly painted) with L H. S. and the date 1540.

The Windows of the Refectory were all formerly finely painted with
Inscriptions and Arms, but most now is broke. In one of Windows is
.... Nele, shewing that that was done by one Nele. I wish I could see
Mr. A. Wood's History of this College.

June 23 (Men.). About two months since died M^". Charles Ush^r,
formerly Fellow elect of Univ. Coll. but ejected by the contrivance of Dr. 20
Charlett, & afterwards by the same contrivance expelled the University.
He was a very ingenious, worthy man. Mention hath been made of him

]\Ir. Baker, in his Letter of June 14, 1729 : ' M"". Ligh twine, Fellow of
Caius Coll., Executor to D^. Brady, possesst of his papers, died here this
week, after he had lived some years an animal Life. I will enquire after
his Papers, but I am told he used to entertain his vacant hours in burning
Papers, & had burnt a Bond of 500 libs., had he not been accidentally
prevented. This makes me afraid of living too long. I am likewise told
that Mr. Hungerford [an eminent, ancient Lawyer] has left two-thirds of 3°
his Estate to King's College, under some Conditions, w^^ I have not
heard, and the other third part to Dr. Mangey, after the death of his
widow. This too is somewhat odd, & yet I believe it is true.'

June 24 (Tu.). On Saturday night last (June 21) died (tho' the
Bells did not ring till next morning) M'. John Brabourne, M.A., at his
house in S*. Peter's Parish in the East, Oxford, and was carried out
of Towne yesterday in the afternoon, and buried at Sutton near Abbington
in Berks., by his Wive's Relations. This Person was son of the late Dr.
John Brabourne, Principal of New Inn Hall, and took the Degree of
M.A. as a member of that Hall, on June 25, 1717. About 3 or 4 years 40
since, or more, he married a very pretty Woman, one M^. Justice, the
second of three sisters (the other two being also very handsome), who was
very fond of him, as he also sometimes seemed to be of her, tho' at first
(particularly at Charlbiu-y, of \\°^ his Father was Rector) he was dogged

June 24, 1729. Lord Oxford to H. (Raw!. 8. 197) [see Diary, July i].

^ i. e. ' supprest ere seen.' — Ed.


and cross to her. He was a man of no Learning, minded hunting and
sporting, and was an excessive drinker, \^^^ cut him off in the prime of his
age, he being 36 years of age, or something more. He had for some time
been a Proctor in the Vice-Chancellour's Court.

Mr. Kirby, the new Mace-bearer of Oxford, having at the time of his
Election been the Mayor's Serjeant, yesterday M«". Mace, an honest Shoe-
maker by Cairfax, was elected Mayor's Serjeant in his room, in opposition

■ to one ]\Ir. Osbaldeston and one Plastin (the former a Tallow Chandler,
the latter a Taylour) and he (M^. Mace) had more votes than both

10 of them.

June 25 (Wed.). On Monday last in the afternoon, Mr. Richmond,
a Batchelor of Arts of Brasnose Coll., was drowned at Newnam Lock
near Oxford, as he was bathing himself with several other young Gentle-
men of that College. He could not swim and yet ventured at a very bad
place out of his depth. M"". Ing, a newly entred Gentleman Commoner
of the same College, had like to have been drowned at the same time,
being not able to swim neither. This M^. Richmond had an Exhibition
of the College of 40 or 50 libs, per an. and likewise a Scholarship of
about 10 libs, per an. He was a young Gent, of a very good Character
20 and his loss is lamented by all that knew him. He was buried last night
at Brasnose about 10 Clock.

June 26 (Thur.). To the Rev. Mr. Edward Gardiner, in Guttur
Lane, near Cheapside, London : ' Rev. Sir, I desire you would not
forget (what you partly promised) to send me a Catalogue of all the
Things your old friend M"". Francis Fox hath published. I had many
Things to say to you, had not you (it may be for fear of entering into
Antiquity) avoided the conversation of your humble servant, Tho. Hearne.
Edmund Hall, June 26, 1729.'

N3. Upon second thoughts I did not send this Letter.

30 The said M"". Edward Gardiner was born in Guttur Lane, afterwards
prenticed to a Cutler in London, left his Master after he had served two
or three years, came to Oxford, entered of Edmund Hall, was servitour to
Dr. Mill, took the Degree of Bach, of Arts a. d. 1702, left the University
without determining, went into Orders & had some small Business as he
hath still, being now one of the Readers at Bow Church in London, went
to Cambridge & took the degree there of M.A. as a member of Catharine
Hall, as he told me on Tuesday morning the 1 7*^ inst., when he called
upon me & staid with me a little time, having come from London the day
before, and he went for London again early this morning. He entered

40 himself anew of Edmund Hall the said 17*^^ inst. & lived all the time there
in Dr. Felton's Lodgings, with whom he chiefly conversed. This M"".
Gardiner is a very soft, weak man, and looked upon as a proper
Companion for D"". Felton.

June 27 (Fri,). I wrote to-day to D^. Ralph Bridges, to know of him
what progress his brother, my late worthy friend, John Bridges, Esq., made
in his design of having exact Draughts taken of the Arundel Statues in my
L'l Lempster's gardens in Northamptonshire.

Also I desired to know of the D^". what things himself hath published,

June 24- July 1.] VOLUME CXXI, PAGES 114-122 151

besides his Sermon (wch I have) preached on Act Sunday, 1724, before
the Univ. of Oxford. This request (I told him) I made that he might
appear among the Worthies of the Univ. of Oxford, when a continuation
should be published of the Athenae & Fasti Oxon.

June 28 (Sat.). Old M^. W™ Joyner, who lived in the latter part of
his time in Holywell and dyed there, was one of the most retired men
I have known. He was so devout and religious a man, that I have been
told he spent almost the greatest part of his time upon his knees, upon
wcl» he was always found, if it happened that any one peeped in at his
door. He was a large man, very cheerful and pleasant, and dyed singing 10
an hymn. Tho' he were a zealous Roman Catholick, yet he lived very
quietly, and was not of the number of those that were for creating

June 29 (Sun.). [The dimensions of S^. Peter's at Rome * from
a modern MS. lent me by Thomas Ward, Esq., viz. M^. Newton's
Travells, Mar. 16, 1637'; omitted.]

June 30 (Men.). I think M^. Baker formerly told me he hath
a copy of Bale's MSS. notes upon his [Bale's] book de scriptoribus ,
belonging to Bp Kennett. I have this day desired M^. Baker to let
me know, whether that Copy had all the 14 centuries or only the nine 2a

On Saturday last was in Oxford, and went out of Town yesterday
in the afternoon, the Duke of Buckingham, with his mother, Catherine the
Dutchess Dowager. They came to find if any College might be judged
proper in Oxford for the Duke to be entered in. This^Dutchess Dowager
is Natural Daughter to K. James II, then Duke of York, being born

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