Oxford Historical Society. cn.

Publications (Volume 67) online

. (page 26 of 65)
Online LibraryOxford Historical Society. cnPublications (Volume 67) → online text (page 26 of 65)
Font size
QR-code for this ebook


formerly to let me know of his Journeys beforehand. He returned on
40 Thursday, Oct. 16. The next day (being Friday) after my return from
my walk, I saw and discoursed with him, & he seemed well. On Sunday
morning he called upon me and stayed with me about an hour & discoursed
pleasantly, but complained of an Indisposition, as he often would, having
had a great pain in his Knee at Intervals for several years. The next
day, being Monday, I called at the Museum in the afternoon, but not
finding him there, I went to X* Ch., & found him silting by the Fire.



1 Not in MS.



Oct. 20-26.] VOLUME CXXII, PAGES 103-109 191

We talked as usually of many particulars, and he told me that his
Distemper (as it plainly now appeared) was the yellow Jaundice. He had
had the advice of D^'. Lee and 'twas thought it would be soon conquered.
M^ Whiteside told me the Jaundice came by drinking a pretty deal of bad
small beer at X* Ch. after his Journey. Tuesday, in the afternoon,
I called upon him again & found hum in bed. He talked well & cheerfully
as he used to do, and I did not apprehend the danger. But yesterday
morning one of his young men at the Museum came to me, and told me he
knew no body, and that 'twas feared he could not be recovered. I soon
heard this bad news confirmed by other hands. I went to him, but he 10
was speechless & knew no one. He lay 'till about half an hour after five
Clock in the Evening in that manner & then expired. He was a very
ingenious, industrious man, an excellent Mathematician and one of the
best in England in Experimental Philosophy. He carried on a course of
Experiments for many years at the Museum, to the great Advantage of
the youth of the Universit)'. He took the Degree of A.M., June 23, 1704,
as a Member of Brasnose Coll. of w^t he had been a servitour originally.

Oct. 24 (Pri.). Last night M^. Prujean of S*. Clement's by Oxford
told me and others that all in the Parish of Heythrop are Roman
Catholicks excepting one Family. 20

I have formerly mentioned an anonymous Life of Thomas a Becket in
the hands of my late friend M^. Graves, \s^^ he lent me for some time,
but having not had leisure to transcribe any Things from it, I returned
it upon his desire, he having had occasion to consult it. Yet in his
Letter to me of Jan. 31, 1728-9, he writes thus : 'You might have kept
the MS. Life of Thomas a Becket longer, if you pleased; or whenever
you are desirous of having it again, I shall very willingly send it you.'

Oct. 25 (Sat.). The eight first Reading Mercuries (published anno
1723) are valuable upon account of the Relation in them of the Bounds
of Reading & of the List of the Mayors from the x^li year of Hen. VI, 3°
anno 1432, when, it seems, it became a Mayor Town. Which account of
Reading and of the several INIayors was sent to the Press by John Watts,
Esq., who was Mayor for the year 1722.

Oct. 26 (Sun.). Mr. Whiteside was buried at X* Church in the
Cathedral, at the time of Prayers at four Clock in the afternoon, on
Friday last, Oct. 24, as I was told in my Return from my Country walk,
for I knew nothing of it 'till then.

Dr. Archer, in a Letter from Wells of the 6^^ inst., tells me that he is
much pleased that the transcript, from their accounts from Wells, of the
yearly allowance at Christmas to the episcopus puerorum proved acceptable 40
to me.

The statute I desired a copy of was made in the time of worthy John
Godele, dean of the Church of Wells, April 16, 133 1, & is in these words,
as the Dr. assures me : ' Item a festo Natalis Christi usque ad octavas
Innocentium quidam clerici, subdiaconi, diaconi, presbyteri etiam hujus



Oct. 25, 1729. T. Ward to H. (Rawl. 1 1. 69) \see Diary, Dec. i and 2].
Oct. 26, 1729. T. Baker to H. (Rawl. 23. 53) [see Diary, Nov. 2, 3, and 5].



192 HEARNE'S COLLECTIONS [1729:

ecclesiae vicarii ludos faciunt theatrales in ecclesia Wellensi, et monstra
larvata introducentes in ea insaniae suae ludibria exercere presumunt,
contra honestatem clericalem et sacrorum prohibitionem canonum,
divinum officium multipliciter impediendo, quod de caetero in ecclesia
Wellensi sub poena canonica fieri prohibentes, volumus quod divinum
officium in festo sanctorum Innocentium, sicut in festis sanctorum
consimilibus quiete et pacate absque quocumque tumultu et ludibrio cum
devoiione debita celebretur/

The feast (saith the D^.) of the Holy Innocents includes the whole
10 Octaves, on every day of which the young bishop and his attendant
choristers had their part of the divine service assigned them. This
religious shew was attended with great licence of irregular diversions,
which drew together a great concourse of people to partake of them, the
indecent inconveniency of which this statute, as in other places many
provincial & diocesan constitutions were made to prevent.

Oct. 27 (Mon.). D^. Archer fancys a tolerable good catalogue of the
abbots and priors of the religious houses in the county of Somerset may
be picked up out of their registers & some of his own collections, together
with the number of monks, canons, & nuns which lived in them. He
20 desires me to let him know, whether such an account would be acceptable
to me ; if it will, he shall (he says) be very glad to serve me in any thing
in his power &c.

Such an account will not only be acceptable to me, but (I believe) will
be of good service to the publick, the D^. being well versed in these affairs
& able to make curious occasional observations & remarks in drawing up
such a Catalogue.

Oct. 28 (Tu.). Mr. Whiteside's father is still living, being a Glasier
at Kirkham in Lancashire.

I have got by me now a very thick modern Paper MS. in Folio (being

30 lent me by the Earl of Oxford, who sent it by the coach on July 25 last,

from Dover Street, Westminster) of Walter Coventry. It was one of Bp

Stillingfleet's MSS. and he copied it from the MS. in Corpus Xti College

in Cambridge.

We have no Edition of Marianiis Scotus in relation to our English
affairs. He was one of the eldest writers. Florence of Worcester, indeed,
has transcribed from him, notwithstanding wcb my \J^ Oxford thinks it
would not be amiss to have an edition of Marianus with his own name to
it. There is a MS. of him in the Cotton Library; there is one also in
the Bodleian Library. So my Ld.
40 ^B. Florence of Worcester is really Marianus Scotus & I have got him
collated with 3 MSS., but then Florence comes much lower than Marianus
& I think the whole therefore should be published in Florence's name, as
was designed both by D'". Ger. Langbaine & M^. Wharton.



Oct. 27, 1729. H. to Rawlinson (Raw!. 32. 37). Gives an account of
Mr. Whiteside's death,

Oct. 27, 1729. F. Drake, surgeon, of York, to H. (Rawl. 4. 124). Asks
the advice of H. about the history of York that he is planning. [Printed in
Letters from Bodl. ii. 76.]



Oct. 26-30.] VOLUME CXXII, PAGES 109-116 193

Oct. 29 (Wed.). Yesterday being S*. Simon & Jude, the Sermon
before the University was preached at S*. Peter's in the East by M''. Eden,
Fellow of Univ. College, and afterwards there was a great Gaudy at Univ.
College in the manner Gaudies were formerly held there, w^li have been
discontinued ever since the Death of D^. Charlett, which happened Nov. i8,
1729.1

Dr. Rawlinson's MS. of \A Somers's, in w^^i there are so many
Characters of those of that time, hath drawn so many people to see it,
that the D^". told me on the 7*1^ of May last, till the town is a little
emptyed, it would be inconvenient to send it to me, a thing I had desired 10
of him, on purpose that I might have a sight of it and so judge accord-
ingly.

Dr. Rawlinson at the same time sent me engraved the Copy of an old
seal, of which he said he had procured the Matrix. It hath much
surprized the Antiquaries, as he added. It is this : '

Oct. 30 (Thur.). On the 10*^ of Sept. last, Charles Gray of Col-
chester Esq. wrote me a long letter about his opinion of Camalodunum,
wcb he takes to be Colchester. Upon w^b I have written to him the
following short answer, for he desired my sentiments to be conveyed by
Mr. Corsellis of Lincoln College, who brought me M^. Gray's Letter : — 20

' Sir, 'Twas with great pleasure I received and read your letter of the lo'-^
of Sept., and the rather so, because it contains some curious remarks of yours
relating to Colchester, and because it gives me hopes that our Correspondence
will be renewed. It is now many years since I particularly considered
Antoninus's Itinerary, viz. when 1 was publishing Leland's Itinerary ; in w° '
work, as I have published Antoninus, so I have also mentioned what I took to
be the modern names of the several stations. You will there find Camelo-
dunum to be Saffron Walden. 'Tis true I followed D^. Gale, but then
I looked upon his authority to be so good, as that I judged, upon a carefull
Reading ot his Book, that he had given the most satisfactory account of the 30
stations I had met with. Colchester, without doubt, was a considerable Roman
garrison ; but if it should not prove to be Camelodunum, it need not be
wondered at, that 'tis omitted in the Itinerary, since many other Roman
stations that were also famous are wholly omitted in that ancient monument,
y^oh shews (as I always thought) that there are Defects in it.

Our excellent friend M"". Corsellis is so kind as to undertake the conveyance
of this letter. From him you will understand that I am now printing John
Trokelowe's Annals of Edw. II and some other pieces (that are to go with
him) of the same kind, a work that I hope will be finished about X*'*"^^ next.
You formerly told me you had a collection of some curious MSS. papers (one 40



Oct. 29, 1729. Walter Pryse to H. (Rawh 27c. in). Dr. Fullerton
has spoken to him about Mr. Walden's legacy to H.; Mr. Pryse will discourse
with Mr. Orme about it, as soon as he sees him.



1 Dr. Charlett died Nov. 4, 1722.— Ed.

* Then follows an engraving of the ' Sigillum antiquum hospitalis sanctae Mariae
de Bettelem extra bischopsgate Londoniarum '. Rawlinson, no doubt detecting that he
had misread the inscription, had another plate engraved in which antiqutun was
altered to commune. The plate is now at the Bodleian Library. — Ed.

VOL. X. O



194 HEARNE'S COLLECTIONS [1729':

of w<=i> you communicated to me, and I have printed it) the account of which
was very entertaining to me. I suppose you may have since improved the
Collection, a piece of news that will be equally agreeable to,

Sir, your obliged & most humble servant,
Tho: Hearne.

Nov. 1 (Sat.). Mr. Thomas Winder, formerly of Trinity Coll., Oxon.,
is Vicar of Hartley Wintney in Hampshire. He married a Daughter of
Dr. Dobson, the President of Trinity. He called upon me on Thursd..
last to consult me about the Nunnery of Wintney, he being endeavouring
TO to recover some Tithes to the Vicaridge. I told him what I knew
thereof, wc^ was more than he had ever met with, and I promised him
a copy, & that I would leave it with his Father-in-Law, the President of
Trinity.

The present Dutchess of Brunswick, commonly called Queen Caroline,
is a very proud Woman & pretends to great Subtlety and Cunning. She
drinks so hard that her Spirits are continually inflamed & she is often
drunk. This last summer she went away from Orkney House near
Maidenhead (at w^^ she had dined) so drunk, that she spewed in the
Coach all her Journey as she went along, a thing much noted.

2o Nov. 2 (Sun.). My friend M^". Baker says in his Letter from
Cambridge, Oct. 26, 1729, that he read Blount's Boscobel with pleasure
when he was very young in his Father's house, as indeed it is a very
pleasant entertaining book, & perhaps may contain many things that
were communicated by Father Huddleston, whom IM^. Wood heard
at Oxford to relate the whole story. It is very strange (as M^". Baker
observes) that the King should only name Father Huddlestone once in
his long narrative penned by M^ Pepys, and without due acknowledge-
ment of his services. But in truth the King is too full of himself & too



Nov. 2, 1729. George Ballard to H. (Rawl. 2. 2). Asks the value of
some Roman coins which he intends to buy \^see also Diary, Nov. 8, 13, 15].

Nov. 2, 1729. Sam. Catherall to H. (Rawl. 4. 41). 'The news of
M'. Whiteside's & poor Craster's death, which I received not before yesterday,
gave me a great concern, and sitting in a melancholy mood by myself, I wrote
the following lines, which I hope you'll take in good Part, as they relate to our
common friend : —

' Dear Sir, would I could write in older strains.

The Tuitsh, or Druid; or with Merlin's Brains;

I, peradventure, should relieve my Friend

Of Edmund Hall, & timely Comfort send.

Is Whiteside dead? To other "Worlds he's flown.

Intelligent of this. Hear Nature groan

Through all her works. Empyreal Air he draws,

Wond'ring & soaring far above Mechanick Laws :

He drinks his Nectar now, not Cat Street mild;

He thinks poor Sam a babe, & Hearne a Child.

Eclipses now will shew themselves in vain ;

And Lettered youth of their sad Loss complain :

The Vertue of the Load-stone, sure, must die

And even his sylver-quick inactive lie.

The Rainbow, that shall next adorn the Skies,



-Oct. 30-N-ov. 3.] VOLUME CXXII, PAGES 116-121 195

much forgets his Friends. When he came to dye he remembered
M^ Huddleston, who had preserved him in the Tree and now he hoped would
preserve his soul. ' As it is,' says M^. Baker, ' you will shortly have it in
print, together with Wicklif s New Testament, & if that succeeds, you may
probably have the Old. It was D^". Waterland's advice to begin with the
New well possibly was not amiss, for M^. Russell having undertaken for
the whole, the Design was too great for him & so miscarryed.'

So M^". Baker. I well remember M^. Russell's Proposals and the
Reception they met with. He was put upon the Undertaking by
W. Kennett, who indeed was looked upon as the chief Person concerned 10
in the edition. Men judged here that it could be of no true service either
to Religion or Learning. Russell's Abilities were as much decryed as
Lewis's, tho' I think the latter bears much the worse Character. Indeed
this Lewis bears such a character as I care not to mention now.

Nov. 3 (Mon.). Having mentioned what Parker says of D'". Caius in
his Scclelos Ca?it. to Mr. Baker, M"", Baker thereupon wrote to me as
follows concerning the said Caius, in his Letter from Cambridge of the
26^^ of Oct. 1729 : 'Parker you may safely trust in what concerns his
own College. In the Continuation of Dr. Caius's Annals of his College,
it is as you have it — Johamtes Caius, medicinae Doctor, electus et creatus 20
est custos Collegii de Goneville et Caius 24 Jan. an. Domini /f/P- Et
postquam functus est officio custodis ad annos tredecim, menses quinque et
dies 14 resignavit officium suum custodis Thomae Legge, artium magistro,
viro gravi atque docto, et Custodi decimo no7io, 2']^ die Jutiii, hora sexta
mane statim a precibus anno domitti i^']).

Idem Jo. Caius, secundo, tertio et quarto Julii anno do7nini /j^? ciiravit
tit sepulchrum ejus concameratum, in quo reponereter corpus ejus, con-
s truer etur sub Tabernaculo Annuntiationis B. Mariae, ex parte septen-
irionali summi Altaris in sacello Collegii sui, expectans Dei voluntatem,
gravis annis et morbo. 3°

Ide}7i Joh. Caius, natus sexto die Octobris anno domini l^io, postquam
■vixisset annos 62, menses 10, et dies 16, resignassetque officium suum
Custodis Collegii praedicti Thomae Legge infrascripto, homitii Norwici
oriundo et professione Jurisperito, languido morbo correptus, exhaustis viribus
in magna Imbecillitate obiit mortem Londini 2(j' Julii, a?ino domini IJJJ.
Proximo die ejus cadaver Cantabrigian transvectu7n fuit 6jC.

On the north side of the Chappell near the Altar is the Monument of
Dr. Caius thus : Vivit post fu7iera Virtus. Fui Caius, JE.tatis stiae 6j,
obiit 2() Julii, a7ino do77ii7ii i^Jj.



In Complaisance will put on sable Dyes,
And the bright Morning Stars forget to rise.
Even you, alas, with grief o'ercome, shall lend
Some tears, & lose the Stoick in the Friend ;
So stern Achilles wept. But you & I,
Observant of Decorum, will not cry
Like children (for we all were born to die).
Basse's immortal Ale shall make us gay
He holds out conquest, that dilutes his Clay.

o 2



196 HEARNE'S COLLECTIONS [1729:

The Dr., as you observe, was a Humorist, as appears both by his
Building, from his Grant of Arms (a Copy whereof I have from the
Heralds' Office) w^h seems to have been of his own contriving, & otherwise.
He did seem to affect the name Caius, & yet his true name was Key : —

An7io IS}2,^. Imprimis conceditur Joanni Kees ad respondendum
Quaesiioni. This you know was Bac. of Arts, Senior of his Year. Anno
j^j^ Dojuinus Keys incipit in Artibus (Regr. Acad. Cant.). Anno I ^$1,8
Concessum est Doctori Caio ut sit hie apud vos iri eisdem gradu, ordine et
anno, quibus fuit in transmarinis partibus (Regr. Acad.). Idem creatus
10 est Doctor Patavii I)" Maii anno domini 1^41 ut patet per Literas
testimojiiales a me lectas et consideratas. Math. Stokes, notarius publicus.
(Ibid.)

His Book in 4*0, as you observe, was a Posthumous work, but it was
left in very safe and carefull hands, viz. ArchbP Parker's, who bore part of
the expence of the Edition, as I find in some MSS. notes of his son Sir
John Parker.

The Dr., in all appearance, was a Roman Catholic, and yet he joyned
in Communion with the Church of England to the last, & came to the
Chappell & to our Prayers, as many of the R. Catholicks did till towards
20 that time, when the Pope sent out his Bull &c. His successor, D^. Legge,
was popishly affected in a high Degree, & probably for that reason was
brought in by him, & during that Reign there was a Popish Leaven in
that College amongst the Fellows and Scholars.'

Nov. 4 (Tu.). About a month since dyed S^" Richard Blackmore,
Kt., M.D., formerly of Edm. Hall, Oxon., where he had been a great
Tutor. He hath wrote & published many things, partly in verse
& partly in prose. He fain would have been reckoned a good Poet, but
that Character would not be allowed him by the best Judges.

Yesterday I delivered to the President of Trin. Coll., D"". Dobson,
30 a Paper in 4^0^ of my own handwriting (being writ on 3 pages) containing
extracts from this & the preceding vol. of what I knew about Wintney
nunnery in Hampshire. This I did for M^. Winder, Vicar of that place.
The President promised to send it him to-day by D^". John Burton,
Master of Winchester School, wch Burton took the Degree of D^, of Div.
yesterday.



Nov. 4, 1729. R. Mead to H. (Raw!. 15. 152). Sends Mr. Casley's
answers to H.'s question in his letter of Oct. 17.

Nov. 4, 1729. Ja. Gibson to H. (Rawl. 6. 77). ' I have been sick this
long time, or else you had in all likelyhood seen me before now. At Port-
meadow races I sent over to my Brother some more Gr[ammatical] Ob[serva-
tions], which I thought were worth observing. I desired him to get me two
copies of 'em, & to get the Fellows of the College to examin, but neither
being done, I desired he would send 'em to M^ Clements to get some
Gentleman to peruse 'em, & give him his opinion of 'em. The dead time of
year is come on now, & I desire M"". Clements that he will keep my papers for
me. I perceive a great alteration in the world, few people caring to meddle
with anything that brings trouble with it. If I could have got any copies,
I would have sent 'em to the Masters of Winchester to have perused. They
have been both beyond all expectation kind to me, having each of 'em sent me
a guinea. Of our 4 great Schools now Winchester is the only regular one.



Nov, 3-6.] VOLUME CXXII, PAGES 122-128 197

Nov. 5 (Wed.). Bp Ridley (the Glory of the Reformation) was
never marryed. M^. Baker's Letter. Oct. 26, 1729.

IM'". Baker at the same time, according to his promise, sent me a copy
of K. Charles II's Letter, taken from the Original under his own hand,
with permission or leave to make what use of it I please, tho' he thinks it
is of no use, only a Curiosity.

To the Lord Marques of Ormond.
My Lord,

Though the Dispatches you will receive together with this, may
sufficiently inform you of my present Condition, & of all that concerns me, 10
yet I cannot forbear to tell you myself, that 1 am useing all the meanes &
makeing all the hast I can possibly to you, that I may help you in that great
good work, you have with such discretion & so good success, thus fan-
advanced. I am so confident of your beliefe in this, that I must desire your
concurrence to help others to think it too, especially such as you finde most
concerned in it. When I come, I shall better acknowledge your great services,
though for the present I say no more, but that I am,

Mv Lord,

Your most Affectionate Friend,

Charles R. 20

There are three that will come along with this Letter, Coll. Thornell, Coll.
Hammond, and Major Ascutt ; Praye have a care of them, for they are very
honest men.

There is no Date (says M^". Baker) wcb makes it of less use. Either
there were two Coll. Hammonds, or he that was the late King's Jayler in
the Isle of Wight was become honest.

Nov. 6 (Thur.). On Tuesday last died M^. Segoe or Segar, a noted
Turner of Oxford, aged 67. He was born at Highworth in Wilts., where
he hath a Daughter living. [He was buried at S*. Marie's, Oxon., where
he lived, on Thursday night, Nov. 6.] 30



I suppose D^ Godolphin & other great persons have bro'ht the new Grammar
in at Eaton, which new Grammar, when I compare with the old, 1 cannot
think it worthy to be named the same day with it. I heartily pray God will
keep our Grammar from suffering too much alteration.'

Nov. 6, 1729. John Murray to H. (Rawl. 8. 149). Sends two guineas.
Refers to the death of M^. Le Neve and M"". Whiteside.

Nov. 6, 1729, H. to Dr. Mead (Diaries, 122. 127). ' I take the oppor-
tunity of returning vou mv thanks for your answer to mv Quaere relating to
Walter Gisburn, by'wch I'find that the MS. of Gisburn's'Chron, of Edw. Ill
in the Cotton Library is only a late Transcript, probably from the old MS. in
Magd. Coll. Lib. in this Univ., of w<=^ I have a Transcript communicated to
me by Dr. Tanner, who once designed to print it with Vita Ricardi II, that
1 printed lately, and some other Things. I have got the D^'.'s Transcript
collated with the original in the said Magd. Coll. Lib., w*'^ concludes with only
the Title of the Chapter De bello inter reges Angliae &^ Franciae apud Cressy
commisso, SO that 1 believe the Author died before he could add the chapter
itself. 1 suppose the Transcriber of the Cotton IMS. took it to be superfluous
& therefore left the Title quite out, w^ii he should not have done. You have
all else, 1 think, in the Cotton MS., w^h begins just as that in Magd, Coll,
Library does, but then the Cotton Copier was very ignorant & therefore 'tis
not equal in authority with that in the Coll, Library. D"". Gale published



198 HEARNE'S COLLECTIONS [1729:

Nov. 7 (!Pri.). Math. Parker's Ed. of Asser Menevensis is without
date. Quaere the year. His Ed. of Thomas Walsingham was printed
Londifti in aedibus Johannis Daii i^'J4, the same year in w^li Day printed
tlie 4*0 Ed. of John Caius. Asser is commonly, if not always, bound with
Walsingham.

Anno 1693 ^^'^s printed a very small octavo at London, intit. An
Introduction to a Breviary of the History of England, with the Reign of
King William I entitled the Conqueror. Written by Sir Walter Raleigh
Kt. 6^ dedicated to the then Earl of Salisbury. I have seen a MS. of
10 it, not an original but a Copy, lent me by Dr. Tanner, with w^^
were other things, but I do not look upon this Thing as Sir Walter
Raleisfh's.



'»'



Nov. 8 (Sat.). Mr. Stow was a man much superior both in skill and
probity to Ric. Grafton the printer, who tho' he used published Books,
yet he was not curious enough to consult and collect from old MSS.

Mr. George Ballard, the ingenious Taylor of Campden in Gloucester-
shire, hath met with Stowe's Summary, printed anno 1565, wct is a very
scarce book, and he believes the first he ever published. The title page
is gone, but the Preface & Epistle Dedicatory (to the E. of Leicester) are
20 intire, with a Catalogue of 35 of our story writers, which he made use of
in the work. M^. Ballard's Letter, Nov. 2, 1729.

This day, being the Visitation of the Bodl. Library, the speech was
spoke by Mr. Jones, commonly, from his sour look, called Vinegar Jones,



Online LibraryOxford Historical Society. cnPublications (Volume 67) → online text (page 26 of 65)