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a strange Paradox.

July 23 (Wed.). The MS., Francis Gwyn of Ford Abbey in Devon-
shire, Esq., hath, being only the Chartulary or Leiger Book of that 20
Abbey, nothing relating to the history of the Abbey can be expected from
it. If it were the Register, as Dugdale in the Monasticon calls it, quoting
three Charters from it, w°li agree ^ with the Charters ^ in this, so that he
had either seen this or some transcript of it, very likely some mention
might be made of John Cherde (monk of that Abbey) as there might
likewise be in another book, which he quotes as being then in the Cotton
Library stib effigie fulii B . 10, but D^. Smith's Catalogue informs us that
'tis missing. Whether this m.ight not be the Register, or some Annals of this
Abbey (for such a work Risdon likewise quotes), I cannot say, but it appears
from Dugdale's Extract from it to contain the History of the Foundation, 39
and to give an account of the Founders and their Descendants to the year
1340, and tho' Dugdale stops here, the Author might probably carry his
work many years farther down. Edward Prideaux Gwyn, Esq. (son of
the said Francis Gwyn), who gave me the said particulars in his Letter of
the iptti from Ford Abbey, wishes my MSS. additions, w°l^ D"". Smith
made to his Catalogue, could give any light about this Book, but he
almost despairs, since M^. Wharton formerly searched the Library on

July 22, 1729. H. to Murray (Rawl. 112. 258). Has the Customs of
London, printed 152 1. Asks if there is an earlier edition.

July 23, 1729. Will. Brome to H. (Rawl. 3. 144). Would like Vita
Ricardi II to be bound in calves-leather. Would have sent the money by
Mr. Traherne of Brasenose, but was not apprised of his return to Oxford ;
will send it by Mr. Pyle when he fetches his Lady, the President of Trinity's
daughter. [See also Diary, July 26.]

Agrees, MS. * Chapters, MS.


July 24 (Thur.). Upon my inspecting Dr. Smith's Catalogue with
MS S. corrections and additions by the Doctor's own hand, I find no other
note than this, which as it is foreign to the MS. enquired after, so I take
it for granted, that my Friend the D^". had then quite forgot what was
noted in the Monasticon : — E?iqtnre whether my Lord Haiton had not this
look, w"^ containes Collections of M'''. Camden.

July 25 (Fri.). My Remark in the Preface to the Black Book, that
Dugdale is often guilty of great mistakes in his Baronage, makes
Mr. Edward Prid. Gwyn mention one to me, in relation to the Founders of
lo Ford Abbey, for he confounds the Family of Baldwyn de Brioniis (who was
made Hereditary Vicecomes of Devonshire by W"i the Conqueror) & that
of Redvers (who had the Earldom & third penny given them by Henry I)
and makes them one. This he does in the Pedigree of Redvers, but
indeed afterwards corrects it in that of Courtnay. At my leasure {sic)
I must see and consider the whole, by comparing the extract in his
Monasticon with the Account of these two Families in the Baronage.

July 26 (Sat.). M^. John Ball hath just published The Antiquities of
Constantinople, being chiefly a Translation of Gyllius.
From Fog's Journal for Sat., July 26, 1729 : —

20 On Tuesday night the Corps of Mary Davis, alias Woodward, alias M'. Bright-
well, was interred in the Chapel Ground belonging to St. Margaret's, West-
minster, from her House, the sign of ' Man's Worst Ills ', in King Street. The
Funeral was managed in a military Manner according to her earnest Request
on her death-bed. She is said to have borne Arms during the late Wars in
Flanders ; at least she was of great service in the Suttling Way, and very
much beloved among the Soldiers. Two Relieves of six Grenadiers each
carryed the CofRn ; the Pall was supported by as many Serjeants, with a great
Train of Soldiers, and other martial Ceremonies.

Mr. Brome, in his Letter from Ewithington to me, July 23rd, 1729:
30 ' I had an inscription lately sent me, somewhat like a Dog's collar. Antique
wrote, in the following manner, miner vinvsser fvgit miltes coh. I should
be glad in your next to hear your conjecture about it.'

July 27 (Sun.). Last night I received of my lA Oxford a large thick
fol. Vol. containing Walteri Coventriensis Annates Angliae. 'Tis only
a modern Paper Transcript, but I think of good Authority. It was
copied from Bennet College Library, Cambridge. My L^^ is for having
me print Marianus Scotus, of w<^li there are two good MSS., one in Bodley,
the other in the Cotton Library, and his Lordship hath another. I have

July 24, 1729. John Ball at Oxford Arms [London] to H. (Rawl.
14. 18). Sends Tloe Jlntiquities of Constantinople', also a guinea for H.'s
next book.

July 25, 1729. Lord Oxford to H. (Rawl. 8. 199) [see Diary, July 27].

July 27, 1729. T. Baker to H. (Rawl. 22. 22). Sends copies of entries
about Mr. Brady and Mr. Lightwine. [See Diary, June 23 and Aug. i.]

July 27, 1729. Samuel Gale to H. (Rawl. 6. 59). Is glad that H. has
put him down as a subscriber for Vita Ricardi II. Will he do the same for
Sir John Evelyn and Thomas Bryan, and enter all three as subscribers for
Trokelowe's Annals ?

July 24-29.] VOLUME CXXI, PAGES 149-164 i6i

wrote this day to his Lordship about Marianus, desiring to know what
sort of MS. his Lordship's is.

The ingenious Mr. John Murray, being now in Oxford, put into my
hands this morning to peruse a Htde foho Paper IMS. in English about
Glastonbury, having this Title, The famous monastery of Glasto7ihury in
the County of Somerset of the Order of S^. Benedict. It is a Translation
from the IMonasticon, with an addition from Camden about King Arthur's
monument. For w^ti reason I have not judged it proper to transcribe any
thing from it ; but the Translator, who lived a little after the Restauration
of K. Ch. II, having subjoyned something about K. Ina & the modern lo
state of the place, I shall for that reason here annex it.

[What follows was printed by Hearne in Walter Hettiingford, vol. II,
pp. 680-685.]

July 28 (Men.). On Saturday last Mr. Murray bought of Mr.
Wilmot, Calvin's Harmony on the Gospels, Actes & Epistles, in French in
4 thick 8^0 volumes, printed upon vellum in a very small Letter & far from
being well printed, for a Guinea, \\-<^^ he takes for a vast bargain, and seems
mighty proud thereof, as thinking and saying that he hath got a Present
fit for the greatest Prince, \\^^ is no wonder, Mr. Murray being an
admirer of Calvin & his followers, whereas I look upon this Book 20
(otherwise I had bought it) as wast (su) Vellum, and just worth little or
nothing, and others agree with me, and hardly fit for the Study of an
honest & very curious man.

July 29 (Tu.). Caxton's Chronicle, or Fructus Temporum, was
afterwards reprinted with some improvements (at least pretended to be
such) by Winkin de Word; but then this Ed. is nothing near so scarce
as Caxton's own Edition, & far inferior in value. M'. Murray saith his
copy of Caxton's Chronicle is imperfect (as mine also is) and that his
copy of Winkin de Word's Ed. of Fructus Temporum (for ]\Ir. Murray
cannot be persuaded to acknowledge, what is true, that 'tis Caxton's 30
Chronicle) is not very fair ; so he is (as I easily gather) resolved to buy
the Copy at Wilmot's (for Wilmot hath not, as he pretended, as yet
parted with it) as he likewise is resolved to purchase (as I easily gather)
Bale, of wch ]\ir. Murray (who does not understand Latin) is no judge,
and other Things. 'Tis no wonder that Mr. Murray should be so
positive that Fructus Temporum printed by W. de Word is a different
work from Caxton's Chronicle, when his Ignorance in Latin makes him
unacquainted with what Bale and Pits say of it, where 'tis styled Fructus
Temporum, and the Author is made to be a schoolmaster of S*. Alban's.

Francis Lutterell, Esq., son of Narciscus Lutterell, Esq., lives with his 40
Father at Chelsey near London, & is a Gentleman very curious in our
English History and Antiquities, and hath made great and amazing col-
lections that way, and being withall a Councellor hath collected choice
Books, as he hath done in History and Antiquities, in that Faculty, in imita-
tion of his Father, who hath been wonderfully industrious in this particular,
insomuch that the whole Collection of books in their Study at Chelsey, wcli
is equally large and curious, is chiefly and principally owing to the Father.
But tho' both these Gentlemen (who are descended from a very ancient
Family in Cornwall) are so very curious and knowing, yet I do not find

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that either of them hath pubhshed any thing, notwithstanding both of
them are every way qiiahfyed to do great matters.

Svilj 30 (Wed.). Mr. Murray tells me he hath got the printed
Charter of Rumney Marsh, with a MS. thing about the same Marsh
bound with it. He also saith he hath got a folio MS. about the Fens,
five times as big as Dugdale's History of Imbanking and Drayning, and
that such as are proper Judges have set a great value upon this MS.

July 31 (Thur.). Notwithstanding Mr, Murray's Inclination to buy
Frudus Temporuvi (altho' he hath one, if not more, already) and Bale
lo (wc^, he saith, he hath not in folio) of Wilmot, yet he is gone this morning
for London without purchasing them, saying that he designs now to give
over buying books, being (as he told me) next January compleat 59 years
old, and to sell the bulk of his books (he having selected what he thinks
most proper, and placed them at his House at Sacombe in Hartfordshire)
wch he offers for 300 guineas, but there is no catalogue of them, nor does
he design to have one taken, or to permitt that one should be taken.

Tuesday last, at 2 Clock in the afternoon, was a Convocation, in w^b
Sr John Morgan of Queen's College, Baronett, had the Degree of M. of
Arts conferred on him.


20 Aug. 1 (Pri.). M^. Baker, in his Letter from Cambridge of July 27,
1729, tells me, if the Bale I spoke to him of belonged to S^ W™ Glyn,
it might probably be borrowed of him by Bp Kennett, and may be the
same Book the Bp lent to him. M^". Baker copied out all the MSS. notes,
wcb he would willingly send me, were it worth the while, but (saith he) as
you observe, they are really of little moment aiid are otily valuable for being
in Bale s hand, which I am zvell acquaitited with. [So M'". Baker,
and he is most certainly right. 'Tis the very book Bp Kennett lent him,
and Kennett had borrowed it of Glyn.]

Mr. Baker says the Customs of London is amongst the late Bp of

30 Ely's books, but when he went to look for it, it is out of its place ; but he
is pretty confident it has no Date, otherwise he should have noted it.

Aug. 2 (Sat.). It is as yet uncertain how many Pieces of our English
history Richard White of Basingstoke wrote and put out. It is commonly
said nine, but there are several more ; as may appear from what I have
observed formerly, and indeed we ought to add to them his Orationes,
printed in S'^o Atrebati, or at Artois, a.d. 1596, there being many things of
English History and Antiquityes in them. This White was a good writer
in Latin and a man of great Renown.

Aug. 2, 1729. R. Graves to H. (Rawl. 6. 156). Sends two guineas,
subscriptions from himself and Mr. Canning ; also 2/6 for the binding of ^'ita
Ricardi II, for himself and Mr. Canning ; also 2/6 to H. to drink with
Mr. Whiteside ; and Carew's Survey of Cornwall as a present to H. The
reason why he was late in sending Mr. Canning's money was that from Aug. 2,
17285 to March, 1729, G. was ill. Then he went to London, hoping to see
Mr. Canning at the Temple, but he had just left London for the country.

July 29-Aug. 6.] VOL, CXXI, P. 164 — VOL. CXXn. p. 5 163

Aug. 3 (Sun.). Mr. Loveday, who returned from Bristoll to Oxford
on Thursday night last, tells me that a man of good sense told him that
there was formerly a Priory at Greeklade/ and that his Father had built
several houses on the ground where it stood ; that the Chappel, or at least
the Chancel-part of the Chappel, was standing not long since, but his
father took it down & built one of the above-mentioned tenements upon
the place ; at which time they broke in pieces the Holy-Water hole, and
the Pope's Chair (so he called it) then standing in the Chancel. He
likewise told Mr. Loveday that the Chappel was called in Old Writings,
T^e Free Chappell of SK Johi Baptist.

^B. It was no Priory but a Free Chappel. There was a Pension
paid to the Incumbent of it in 1553 ^4 i-*"- 7«'- The Incumbent was
Thomas Pharne. In Speed it is called an Hospital.

Aug. 4 (Mon.). Mr. Ball takes no notice of Mr. ChishuU in his
Translation of Gyllius, notwithstanding he (M^. Ball) told me he had so
much assistance from him. But 'twas judged more prudent to omitt his
name, M^". Chishul being but a haughty proud man, and indeed in some
things little better than mad.


Aug. 5 (Tu.). IM''. Loveday tells me, that the Nunnery of Lacock in
Wilts, is most of it now intire, being the seat of John Ivory Talbot, Esq., 20
that it is a very large and (considering its Antiquity) a very fine house,
having spacious Rooms in it, that it is admirably well furnished, and that,
among other Curiosities, there are in it divers excellent pictures of some
of the Nunns.

Aug. 6 (Wed,). Last night called upon me M^ Cockman, Master of
Univ. College. He desired me to lend him my copy of New College
Statutes, that he might have it before him in drawing up a body of
Statutes for their own College. I told him I was continually using it
my self, and so could not spare it, w^h well satisfyed him. I went with
him to their College & saw a Register of their College commencing anno 30
1509, but there was nothing in it of the hand-writing of Thomas Key;
Avhat I want to see, that so I might the better be sure that M^". Key's
Defence I have, is of his own hand-writing, as I take it to be, it being
(without doubt) the original book. In that Register is an order, written
by Dr. Hudson, anno 1692, at the electing Di". Charlett to be their master
from Trinity College, consisting of three Articles, one of wcli M^. Cockman
read to me, being a condition the Master (D''. Charlett) entered into, that
he would have a new body of Statutes drawn up, by comparing the
Statutes of other Colleges & extracting from them what was proper in

When G. returned to Mickleton in April, Mr. Canning had gone to London.
Now he has just returned.

Aug. 5, 1729. H. to Mtirray (Rawl. 112. 259). 'I thank you so much
for your good company lately.' Sends copies of Vita Ricardi II.

Aug. 5, 1729. Thomas Hinton to H. (Rawl. 15. 86). Desires his
volume to be bound.

^ i. e. Cricklade. — Ed.
M 2


order to clear, regulate & methodize their own. One of the other
Articles M^. Cockman told me was that D'', Charlett should swear that he
would not marry during his being Head of that College (but this M^".
Cockman said D^ Charlett, who was never married, would not enter into)
and the third was that D^". Charlett should swear that he would not, if he
left the College, endeavour that any other ah'enus should be elected Master
of Univ. Coll.

Aug. 7 (Thur.). Yesterday was hanged at the Castle at Oxford, being
condemned this last Assizes, a young Woman of about 25 or 26 years of

10 age, commonly called Black Bess. She was a Shropshire woman by
birth, but was never married, tho' she hath had several Children. She
had been condemned several times before, but she was no sooner out of
Jayle, but she used to return to her former Pranks, particularly horse-
stealing, at w^ch she was remarkably famous, in so much that after
Condemnation at the former Assizes at Oxford, having obtained a Pardon,
that very afternoon she was freed, she stole two horses at Garsington,
four miles from Oxford, and was taken the next day near S*. Alban's with
a companion or two (but they were quitted), & being afterwards conveyed
to Oxford was (as I have observed) hanged yesterday, making (as I am

20 told) a penitent end.

Aug. 8 (Fri.). Magd. Coll. hath an Estate at Hartley Wintney, or
Hartley Rowe, in Hampshire, and there are writings in the College
Treasury belonging to it. I saw some of them yesterday by the favour
of Mr. Loveday, whom I desired to take notice if any thing should occurr
to him in these writings about the Nunnery of Winteney or Hartley
Rowe, about which Captain Stephens could meet with nothing more than
what is in Leland and the Monasticon, and yet in the Captain's work are
many wriginal writings never before published, tho' done in a quite
different method and order from Dugdale, or rather Dodsworth's
30 Monasticon.

Aug. 9 (Sat.). Memorandum that Dr. Nicolson, in the Preface to
the fol. Edition of his English Historical Library, makes mention of the
Black Book and the Red Book of the Exchecquer, making them both to
be in the Harley Library ; w^t distinction is certainly most just, not-
withstanding some are very positive that they are both the same, and yet
the contrary is plainly demonstrated by me in my Preface in the Black
Book ; but then I much question whether there be an intire Transcript of
the Red Book in the Harley Library, or whether there be more than those
Extracts my Lord Oxford lately lent me. I must remember at some time
43 or other to ask my Lord about it.

Aug. 7, 1729. Sir Hans Sloane to H. (Rawl. 8, 94). Sends a guinea
and a half by Godfrey for three copies of Trokelowe. Hopes the money will
not be lost, as was the case with a post letter \^see letter of Jan. 23, 1729].

Aug. 9, 1729. T. Baker to H. (Rawl. 23. 50). ' I presume IVf. Bedford
has acquainted you that he is going over to Leyden for some time & that he
will leave your interests in his brother's (M'. Thomas Bedford's) hands, a very
pretty youth, who was of this College.' \See Diary, Aug. 1 3.]

Aug. 6-12.] VOLUME CXXII, PAGES 5-11 165

From Fog's Journal, Sat., Aug, 9, 1729 : —

They write from Rome that the 23"! of July, being the birthday of the
Princess Clementina Sobieski, several Foreign Ministers, as also many
Cardinals, with most of the Princes and Nobility of Rome, of both sexes,
went to the Palace of the Chevalier de St. George, to pay their Compliment
to that Princess, who that day entered into the 27*11 year of her Age ; they
were all (the Cardinals excepted) in rich Habits, and made a most splendid

Aug. 10 (Sun.). Yesterday D"". Tanner told me that he knew nothing
of John Trokelowe, but that he believed him (as I do) to have been 10
a monk of S*. Alban's, and that he knew no more of Blaneford than what
is said of him in Tho. Walsingham.

The Dr, gave me leave to print M^. Wood's account of his own Life, but
said he could find no more of it, and that he believed M^, Wood transcribed
no more than to the year 1675 from his notes, that were scattered up and
down in Books and Papers.

He said M"". Henry Wharton went thro' Oxon. in his way to Bath
a little before he died, & called upon T)^. Charlett, & that he [D^. Tanner]
was then also with him. M^. Wharton wrote a Diary of his own life in
Latin, even to that very time, that circumstance of his being then at 20
Oxford being in it. D^. Tanner hath seen it, and after Mr. Wharton's
death, calling upon his (M^ Wharton's) father, an old Clergyman, he
asked him about it. He replyed, ' my son hath got every thing from me,
not leaving me so much as a book or scrap of paper.' This son was
younger than M"". Henry Wharton, was an Apothecary & great Rake, so
that 'tis to be feared this Diary & many other Things of great value are
utterly destroyed.

Aug. 11 (Men.). Mr, West's Ed. of the Cusloms of London is the same
with mine. He bought it also of Wilmot, who (it seems) had two and
perhaps may have another, as he hath duplicates of many old books. 30
INI''. Murray's Edition is older, coming no lower than the iS^liof Hen. VU,
whereas ours reaches to the 12*^ of Hen. VIII; so that I take this to be
a better Ed. than M^. Murray's. J/*". West's letter / received yesterday
from London.

Our friend John Anstis hath lately had one of Hollar's Cutts of the
Earl of Pembroke's picture of Hen, VII [lege Ric, IIJ sent him a Present
from France. D^, Stukeley, to the surprize of everybody, has taken orders.
His friends think him crazy. Ibid.

Aug. 12 (Tu.). About a year since died M^". Richard Parker, rector of
Embleton in Northumberland, and was succeeded by D^, Tovey of Merton 40
College, it being in Merton College gift. This Embleton is the Place

Aug, 10, 1729. J. West to H. (Rawl, 11, 153) [see Diary, Aug. 11].
' ]VP. IMurray's account of your health proved exceeding acceptable to me. . .
You have done well to correct the Petulancy of Smith, He hath just pub-
lished a Farrago of confused Observations on Re Nummaria, , . . M'. Granger,
M'. Jett and mvself are now drinking your health,'

Aug, 11, 1729, R, Levett to H. (Rawl, 7, 155). The Warden of All
Souls will always pay subscriptions for him to H,, if he is shown this letter.


where Duns Scotus was born. As for M"". Parker, he was formerly
Fellow of Merton College, as a member whereof he took the Degree of
M.A., April 17, 1697. He was an excellent Classick Scholar, and when
of Merton College was acquainted with the chief Wits of the University,
among whom he would be very merry and facetious, but he was very
modest and even sheepish, and would be very shy in strange Company.
He was commonly called learned Dick Parker, but I know of nothing
that is published of his, unless it be the Account of Isaac Casaubon's JMSS.
papers in the Bodleian Library, in pag. 264 of the is* volume of Catalogus
10 MSS'^'^'"^"' Angliae et Hiherm'ae, where he is stiled vir erudiius byD'. Edw.
Bernard, who had the chief care of that work and was a great admirer
of M'". Parker, whom the D'. observed to have the shape of TuUy's head.

Aug. 13 (Wed.). Vj. Thomas Bedford, young brother of Mr. Wm
Bedford, and both sons of M"". Hilkiah Bedford, is a very pretty youth,
and was of S*. John's Coll., Camb., who left them upon Principle, as his
brother had done before him, tho' they had a full Propriety to Fellowships,
and had the immediate enjoyment of Scholarships and Exhibitions. This
(says INK Baker to me in his Letter from Camb. of the 9th inst.) you
will approve, who parted with greater Preferment.

20 Aug. 14 (Thur.). M^". Baker tells me that if the Bp of Peterborough's
copy of Bale were S"" Wi^^ Glyn's, I need not purchase it, for I may
command the MSS. notes (he having a copy of them) whenever I please.
My printing Qu. Eliz. Entertainment at Oxford, anno 1566, puts M^.
Baker in minde, that he hath an account of her entertainment there, anno
1592, and of K. James, anno 1605, taken by one of their Esq. Bedells,
sent on purpose to observe the Ceremoniall ; but he doubts it would
hardly please me, some things being reported with too much freedom and
possibly not always with truth.

Aug. 15 (Fri.). D^". Joseph Smith, formerly Fellow of Queen's College,
30 Oxford, calling upon me yesterday, told me that his late Brother,
Dr. John Smith, Prebendary of Durham, who published Bede's history,
was a most severe Student, that he did not take hardly common Refresh-
ments, and used very little or no Exercise, and that this broke his
constitution and shortened his Life, being about 55 or 56 years of age.
This Di". Joseph Smith is near 59 years of age compleat. His nephew,
son of the said D^. John Smith, had a great hand in the said Ed. of Bede,
& his Father dying before it was printed, being indeed advanced at the
Press but a little way, the son handed it to the World. This M"". George
Smith, who is married and lives near Durham, is an excellent Scholar,
40 a very honest man (being a Nonjuror) and a severe student. He is a fat
man and uses very little Exercise.

Aug. 16, 1729. Wm. Thomas to H. (Rawl. 16. 136). Will send his
money by Mr. Hay, if he soon returns to Christ Church.

Aug. 16, 1729. H. to Murray (Rawl. 112. 260). Has received the
Customs of London, of the first edition. It is a valuable book.

Aug. 16, 1729. Tanner to H. (Rawl. 10. 9). Had designed to spend
with H. 'this hour' between Prayers and dinner-time, but the Dean has

Aug. 12-19.] VOLUME CXXIl, PAGES 11-19 167

Aug. 17 (Sun.). Yesterday I received from M^ Murray a copy of the
first Ed. of the Customs of London, ending in the i^*^ year of Hen. VII,
tho' atino xviii be added, after w^h is a blank Page. The Contents are
written at the beginning and then follows the print, the first signature
being A. i, & the book beginning The name 0/ y'^ baly/s, Cuslos, Mayers,

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