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student of X* Church.

Nov. 9 (Sun.). The ' Country Journal or the Craftsman ' for Sat.,
Nov. I, 1729, says: —

M^e hear from Winchester, Oct, 26, that M'. Paul, alias Matthew, Atkinson,
a Franciscan Fryer, condemned to perpetual Imprisonment in the year 1700
for performing the Function of a Roman Catholick Priest, and confined in
30 Hurst Castle, died there [i.e. Winchester] on the 15*^ instant, in the 74*^ year
of his age and 30*^ of his confinement, and was buried there at St. James's ;
a gentleman for his exemplary Edification esteemed and visited by Persons of
all Ranks and Conditions.

The said Father Atkinson was certainly a very worthy and extraordinary
good man. I often heard him mentioned as one of the best of men. He

Gisburn's Hist, of England from W" Conq, to the Death of Hen. HI, and
intended to have added the rest (for his MS. came as low as an. 1300) by the
same Author afterwards in another Vol., but this he never did. Perhaps it
will be therefore proper to get what there is of Gisburn from the Death of
Hen. HI to the reign of Ed. & not to publish the Hist, of Edw. HI by
itself. [Friends drop apace. I have lost four lately, viz. D^'. Stratford,
Peter le Neve, Esq., ]\p-. Graves of Mickleton, and M^'. Whiteside. I have but
an indifferent . . .']^

Nov. 8, 1729. H. to Murray (Ravvl. 112. 264). Acknowledges sub-

[Endorsed by Hearne Nov. 13, 1729,] T. Baker to H. (Rawl. 22. 23).
Extracts about William de Marchia {see Diary, Nov. 22, 24, 25, and 26].

^ The words in brackets have been crossed out. — Ed.

Nor. 7-13.] VOLUME CXXII, PAGES 128-134 199

might have made his escape several times, but declined to do it, for fear
his Escape might bring a persecution upon the Roman Catholicks, who are
already great Sufferers.

Nov. 10 (Men.). On Saturday, Nov. i last, was published at London,
and ready to be delivered to the Subscribers both the large and small
paper of

The HISTORY of ENGLAND, during the Reigns of the Royal House of
STUART, wherein the Errors of the late Histories are discovered and
corrected ; with proper Reflections and several Original Letters from King
Charles H, King James II, OHver Cromwell, &c. As also the Lord Savile's 10
famous forged Letter of Invitation which brought the Scots into England in
the year 1640 and gave Occasion to the Beginning of the Civil Wars. This
Letter being never before published, led the Earl of Clarendon, Bp Burnet,
Mr. Echard, D"". Welwood, and other "Writers into egregious Mistakes upon
this Head. To all which is prefixed some account of the Liberties taken with
Clarendon's History before it came to the Press, such Liberties as make it
doubtful what part is Clarendon's and what is not. The whole collected from
the most authentick Memoirs, manuscript and printed. By the Author of the
Critical History of England. Printed for J. Pemberton in Fleet Street.

>B. The Author of the said book is one Oldmixon, a most vile Fellow, 20
of no Credit.

Yesterday died Mr. Jones of S*. Aldate's, Oxford, cooper, aged about
67, whose Daughter was lately married to one of X* Church.

Nov. 11 (Tu.). Mr. Randal Catherall was a great Antiquary, and
took much Pains in collecting materials from Leiger Books and other
monuments of that kind, in order to compile some work about the
Religious Houses ; w^t I doubt not would have been exquisite ; but he
never lived to finish what he had begun, and what became of his valuable
collections I know not. Perhaps Mr. Catherall of Oriel College may give
some Information. Bp Sanderson had seen and used them and looked 30
upon them as excellent, for wcli reason he transcribed many things from
them, wch is the more to be regarded because the Bp besides his being
a profound Divine, was likewise a great English Antiquary & spent much
time (particularly in his retirement before the Restauration) in perusing
old Registers.

Nov. 12 (Wed.). Peter Alexander, Esq., one of the Clerks of his
Majesty's Signet Office in Scotland, is dead. Fog's J our naif or Sat.,Nov. 8,

^B. I went to School with this Gentleman at Bray in Berks. He
would have been Earl of SterUng had he survived the present Earl. This 40
Peter was the youngest of four brothers that I knew, was very good
natured, and died a single man, having never been married.

Nov. 13 (Thur.). Hugh Latymer is said by some to have very much
assisted ArchbP Cranmer in compiHng the Homilies, wcb I veryly believe
to be true, considering the Learning & Simplicity of the man, who how-
ever in this work used nothing ludicrous, as he thought proper sometimes
to do in his Sermons, as the occasion required, the better to expose vice
& to please his Auditors.


The Mannour of Islip was given to the Church of Westminster by K.
Edw. Confessor, who was born at Islip. The said Mannour was formerly
the best wooded of any Mannour that belonged to Westminster, There
were formerly above two hundred customary Tenants that belonged to
that Mannour.

St. Martin's Le Grand, destroyed in Ed. VI time. It was a noble
College founded a little before the Reign of W™ Conqueror. It is sad
to consider in what a most sacrilegious manner the Chappell was abused
after the College was dissolved, part of it being turned into a Tavern,
lo M"". George Ballard, besides that above mentioned \_see Nov. 8], hath
likewise another of Stow's Summarys, printed anno 1598, in which he
always calls Britain Brutain, and the Britans \_stc] Brutains.

He hath also, in his search after old books, met with Grafton's
Abridgment, in which is the Epistle in answer to Stow.

Nov. 14 (Fri.). I am apt to think M^. Wood had given a large
account of John Bradshaw, to be inserted in Vol. Ill of Athenae Oxon.,
tho' it be left out in the late spurious Ed. of that work, in w°li the s^d
Vol. is blended with the other two & strangely mangled and curtailed.
Mr. Ballard's Stowe above-mentioned is probably a copy of the same
20 book to w°li the Fragments I have printed in Heming belonged, those
Fragments containing 35 Writers.

Nov. 15 (Sat.). Mr. Ballard, in his Letter of the 2'<^^ inst., gives me
this account of a stone Coffin, lately found in their parish Church of
Campden. About five years past, upon the taking downe a piece of
wainscote on the north side the Chancel, was discovered a hollow in the
wall, wherein was a stone coffin of a very antique form and large size,
being almost seven foot long. Upon the Cover (which was extraordinary
thick) was carved a Cross, and other adorning very well done ; and in the
inside (w^h nobody was admitted to see 'till the workmen had rifled it and,
30 as is supposed, conveyed of ^ money or something valuable therein, by
the mould's being strangely handled) was a spur of very ancient fashion,
the rowells being of a surprising length, very like those in Grimston's
Hist, of the Netherlands ; also the sole of a shoe of a very odd form, every
thing else being mouldered to dust. At which M^". Ballard says he very
much admired, when he considered they had no church at the time of the
Norman Conquest, (a most learned Gentleman so informing him from the
Domesday Book), bones usually preserving a greater length of time than
he can suppose this Coffin to have been.

Nov. 16 (Sun.). For my part, I take the Stone Coffin mentioned to

40 have been of the age of Ed. III. 'Tis probable, at least 'tis my opinion,

that the Bones or Carcass were wrapped up in a Leathern or else a silk

Nov. 16, 1729. H. to Rawlinson (Rawl. 32. 38). ' I thank you for your
Catalogue and the two pieces of William Bromt'eld's. . . . There are things of
great remark in Bromfeld's Book of his Faith, provided they may be credited.
For my part, I must needs own that I cannot rely upon anything that he

1 i.e. off.— Ed.

Nov. 13-18.] VOLUME ex XII, PAGES 134-141 201

bag, and then put into the stone coffin, w^^ I believe had been opened
before. Both the Spur and Shoe agree to the Age I have fixed.

Sr Bernard Hale, one of the Barons of the Exchequer, a friend of the
late Mr. Whiteside's, is dead. So is Mr. Edmund Tooke, clerk of the
Salters' Company, who married M^. Loveday of Magd. College's mother's

Nov. 17 (Mon.). About six weeks since died the Rev. M^". Sebastian
Marsh, M.A., and Rector of Bix Brand near Henly in Oxfordshire. He
took the Degree of M.A. as a member of Hart Hall on May 6, 1 671, & in
the same year became Vicar of Amersden, near Bicester in Oxfordshire, 10
wct he held 'till the year 1682, when he became Rector of the said Bix
Brand. His Father, whom I knew very well, was a Taylor in S*. Peter's
Parish in the East, Oxford, where he was possessed of Houses, w^li after
his Death came to his said son, wcli son was a noted man for his rattling
way of living, as his wife was also, who was no better than a whore, &
their Children were bred accordingly, one of w^h drowned herself in a
fish-pond in the parish of White Waltham, near Maidenhead in Berks., &
being opened when found, she proved very big with child, so that she was
thought to have been within a few hours of her time, altho' she had lived
in that parish as a very sanctified pious Woman, & constantly received the 20
monthly Sacrament. Who the Father of the child was, hath not yet been
discovered, tho' one John Hellyer was shrewdly suspected. The Parsonage
of Bix Brand, which is a very good one, is now in the Presentation of the
Earl of ]\Iacclesfield (L^ Parker), who hath given it to one M^". Thomas
Hunt, his chaplain, who took the Degree of M.A. as a Member of Hart
Hall, Oct. 26, 1721.

Nov. 18 (Tu.). Thomas Latymer & others were concerned in com-
piling Edward VPs Liturgy, yet Cranmer was the chief person, in so much
that the late Mr. Edward Stephens, whom some called Father Stephens,
and others Abbot Stephens, used to stile it the Cranmerian Liturgy. This 30
M^". Edward Stephens was a good Common Lawyer & was great with Judge
Hale, whose Meditations he published. Afterwards he went into Orders, but
was for the Greek rather than the Western Church. He had some particular
& singular opinions, but was a good, pious, sincere, and religious m.an, and
died (as I take it) a Nonjuror. Notwithstanding his calling it the Cran-
merian Liturgy, he made use of the i^* Liturgy of K. Edw. VI with some
few additions and patches of his own, as may be seen in the printed Ed. he
set out of it, of wc^, as well as of M^^. Stephens's other things, there were
only a few copies printed. D^. Grabe used to communicate with him.
He died I think in April, 1706 (vide Smith's M.'S>'S). peties me, num. 9., 4°

says. . . . About the Author of the Appendix to Bp Ward's Life, I can only
tell you that D^ Hugh Wynne (the Nonjuror) and myself used always to say
that the Author was D^. Thomas Wood, tho' he used to deny it. If I can
think of it, when I see D'. Tanner, I will ask him.'

Nov. 18, 1729. H. to the Earl of Oxford (Diaries, 122. 139). Returns
the MS. by Godfrey's waggon, carriage paid. It consists of 4 parts : (i) an
abridgement of Saxon history; (2) Marianus Scotus ; {3) Roger Hoveden ;


Lett. 43), at wch time, as I have been well informed, he professed himself
to die a member of the Greek Church. He was buried at Enfield by the
care of his son-in-law (D^ Udall), a Reverend D^. in Divinity, who lived
there, and taught a great number of the Sons of Noblemen and Gentle-
men, and had a mighty and, I believe, a deserved reputation for his
faculty that way. Quaere whether this D"". Udall were not a Cambridge

Nov. 19 (Wed.). The 6^'^ of August was formerly observed & perhaps
it may by some be still observed at Exeter, as a day of thanksgiving and

10 rejoycing upon account of the City's being delivered that day from the
Rebells, who had laid siege to it (a great Army of them) for forty days
together, wct commotion arose under pretence of breaking down In-
closures, the lA Protector favouring the populace in that Pretence, tho'
the true reason was for Religion, abundance being displeased with the new
Liturgy & being for restoring the old offices or Latin Missal again. The
same Commotions were likewise in Norfolk, headed by Ket the Tanner,
carried on also on pretence of destroying Inclosures (these Inclosures being
strangely multiplyed since the Dissolution of the Religious Houses, at
wcb the Vulgar were grieved) tho' the other motive about Religion was the

30 true Reason, provided these Norfolk Rebells were at all guided by any
thing of Reli2;ion & not rather by a turbulent Spirit, that carried & spurred
them on to Mischief without any consideration.

Nov. 20 (Thur.). On Monday last, Mr. Wm Dodwell of Trin. Coll.
called upon me with another young Gentleman, and staying with me
a very little while (his business being something relating to M^. Vancittart
of Shottesbrooke) told me that the next Congregation he designed to
stand for his Degree of Bach, of Arts, to wb I said nothing (he hurrying
away), he being, I suppose, fully resolved to act contrary to the Nonjuring
30 On Monday last, died of a consumption, and was buried this day at 3
Clock in the afternoon, in the Churchyard of S*. Peter's in the East, M^".
Complin the Apothecary, a young man, that was married to a sister of
M'. Walter Powell the Beadle's, on Nov. 23, 1726, by whom he hath had
two children, one of wch is living.

Nov. 21 (Pri.). The 27th of August was continually observed, & if
I am not mistaken 'tis still kept, at Norwich as a day of Thanksgiving

(4) a continuation by Walter Goventre. There is an abundance of faults in
the MS., whence it may be gathered that Bp. Stillingfleet did not compare it
with the original.

Nov. 19, 1729. James "West to H. (Rawl. 11. 156). 'Inclosed is what
you desired of the Benefactors to the monastery of Winteney in your Letter
of the 4*^ Instant, which you had not been so long delayed, but D'". Bentley,
who is at the Cotton, and his Under-Librarian, M''. Casley, have been so much
taken up in the Lawsuit against him as Master of Trinity College that it was
difficult finding any one there. . . . This Town is very sickly. Our weekly bills
of Mortality were never so high since the Plague, and they encrease every

Nov. 21, 1729. H. to Mr. George Ballard (Ballard MS. 41. i) [see
Diary Nov. 16].

Nov. 18-23.] VOLUME CXXII, PAGES 141-146 203

for their being delivered from the Rebellion of Ket the Tanner and his
Company, under pretence of destroying Inclosures, but really on account of
Religion, provided they had any religion, as tis much feared they had none.

Norwich is not a place of good strength either by Art or Nature.

About 3 weeks or a month since, died the Rev. M^. Thomas INIason,
Rector of Lithershall or Lurdgarshall & Edgcot in Bucks. This
Gentleman took the Degree of M.A. as a member of Lincoln College on
April 27, 1675. He was a man addicted to all sorts of Game, was very
stout and bold, and when young a great Wrestler and Backsword Player.
He was a Petty-fogger & very litigious, so that he was looked upon as 10
a very ill man, & had no reputation among persons of Honesty. He
was a very mean scholar and died poor, tho' he might have been
rich had he been a good husband. His wife hath been dead many
years, by whom he had children ; I knew two brothers of his, Mr.
Edmund & M"". John Mason, who (when I was a schoolboy) lived, the
former at Heywood in the parish of White Waltham, the latter at Low-
brooks in the Parish of Bray near INIaidenhead in Berks., and were
substantial, honest and sober men, & died both of them rich.

Nov. 22 (Sat.). W™ de Marchia was made Bp of Bath and Wells
A. D. 1292, being also Treasurer of England till 1295, when he was put 20
out from being Treasurer, as Godwin says, for perswading the King in
1294 to commit Sacrilege, by taking the Treasures out of churches &
Religious Houses, for W^^ Godwin cites Mathew Westm^ ; but I believe
the true reason was because he had diswaded the King from such
methods, the King being forward enough of himself to do such Things
without any Prompter, and Wm de Marchia being a great Friend to the
Church and a very good man. insomuch that after his Death very great
stirs were made that he might be canonized, tho' Godwin & Wharton say
it does not plainly appear, whether or no it was brought to effect, & yet
I think it was, notwithstanding any other monuments to prove it have not 30
yet come to hand, besides those I have printed with Trokelowe's Annals,
that I shall publish shortly.

Nov. 23 (Sun.). Yesterday in the afternoon I was with D^". Tanner,
who returned from Norwich to Oxford the day before.

The Dr. told me he could find no more of M^. Wood's Life than
I have already. He said this Life had some things in it that are Hght &
asked whether I thought all ought to be printed. I replyed : if any, all
ought, and that I was not for curtailing, well knowing the Reflexions that
would be made in that case. He said there was a Speech in it, that was
very light. I allowed this, but then I said that as it related to an old 40
custom now laid aside, it ought to be preserved. In short, I am to give
a true, genuine Ed. of this Ufe.

He said Knap Cock had had this Life, when they were about the 2d
Ed. of Ath, Oxon., in his hands for 3 or 4 days, but transcribed nothing
& he believes he with-held no part of it, tho' he cannot be positive, the
sheets being not paged or numbered. Tho' the Dr. hath consented
I should print it (and indeed I fully resolve to do it, there being in it
things of very great Remark), yet he still shews some diffidence, fearing
perhaps some of the Puritans may be displeased.


The Dr. told me D'". Thomas Girdler is made Rector of Reedham in

He told me M^. John Kirk Patrick/ a Linnen draper of Norwich, was
a notable Antiquary, and was the Author of the Map of Norfolk with Coins
round it.

He said the said Patrick was excellently well versed in old Coins.

Nov. 24 (Men.). They had Examiners at Cambridge for Bac. and
Doctors of Divinity, but whether with regard to Wicliff, Mr. Baker cannot
say. That University was noted for Orthodoxy, when we at Oxford were
10 tainted with what they called Heresy. Dr. Cranmer was one of those
Examiners, afterwards Archbishop. M^, Baker remembers only one
censure of a Wiclivist at Cambridge, whilst that sort of men were very
numerous at Oxford. And it was this [reputed] Orthodoxy that partly
determined Henry VI to be a Founder at Cambridge. His Foundation
brought in the Queen's, before \y^^ they were very low.

Nov. 25 (Tu.). Mr, Russell (as I lately observed to M^. Baker) was
encouraged in the design of publishing Wickliff's Bible (as 'tis called) by
the late Bp of Peterborough, Dr. White Kennett, who expresst a great
Concern to Mr. Baker of Cambridge, when the design was dropt. And
20 now the design being revived, M^. Baker cannot find that M^. R. is
willing to give his assistance, tho' he has been applyed to.

Nov. 26 (Wed.). M^. Baker at the same time told me (viz. in
a Letter without date I received from him on the 13*^ of this month) that
my friend IM^-. Le Neve has left an imperfect Will (as M^. Anstis
tells him). His MSS. relating to Norfolk and Suffolk to be laid up in
the Church of Norwich. The rest to be disposed of in such manner
as he should direct by a note for that purpose, wch note for some
time could not be found, 'till of late, when found upon his Desk, probably
the last thing he wrote, unfinished. What is clearly expressed is, that he

30 gives 'em to the Heralds' Office to be kept under three locks and keys, the
latter ^ to be kept by the two Provincial Kings, & the Senior Herald &c.,
with somewhat more, whimsicall, wch for that reason M^. Baker will not
trouble me with. He seems to have dyed in some discontent, having
been refused by the Lord Marshal an unreasonable Request, in the
Disposal of an Herald's place. ' Somewhat ', says M^, Baker, ' I can say
from myself. Not many weeks before his Death, I had a Letter from
him, to desire my opinion whether he should leave some old Prints &
MSS. to Trinity Coll., whereof he was a Member, or to our Public
Library. I answered his Letter, tho' I did not expect he should

40 follow my opinion, & only mention it to show he was at a loss how to
dispose. He seems to have been determined at last to the Heralds'
Office, by a Letter from M^. Anstis.'

Nov. 25, 1729. Dr. Girdler to H. (Rawl. 6. 103). Subscribes for two
copies of Trokelowe, and half a guinea for the next work.

His real name was Kirkpatrick. — Ed. 2 ja^t-gj. y^v,^

Nov. 23-29.] VOLUME CXXII, PAGES 147-153 205

Mr. Baker adds, ' Shall I tell you somewhat more diverting concerning
him & his Landlords at New College. I\Ir. Norroy's seat was Great
Wichingham in Norfolk. In the neighbourhood is another Mannor called
Little Wichingham, held by lease from the College by M^. Le Neve's
neices. The College, in a late Perambulation, came into M^. Norroy's
Hall well pleased, & said they did not know they had so good an House,
& Mr. Le Neve, overhearing the Discourse, bid them immediately depart
from thence, with ill words, & go to a little Farm House w^b belonged to
the College. This I give you in the words of a good friend of yours and
mine.' 10

Nov. 27 (Thur.). Of Historia Burierisis M^. Baker knows nothing ;
but he says D^. Broome has lately discovered an old MS. belonging to
that House [i. e. Bury] wch he took to be a History, but is really
a Consuetudinary of that House, containing little of History but much of
forms and customs.

On Tuesday last M^. Bartholomew, a good sort of man, lately
Gentleman Commoner of Univ. Coll., a man of staid age, was created
M.A. by the Univ. of Oxford. This Gentleman hath given a good
Collection of Physick Books to the Library of Univ. Coll.

Last Sunday in the afternoon, preached at S*. Mary's before the 20
University, M"". Hutchinson of Hart Hall, who put out Xenophon's
Cyropaedia. He preached upon Agur's wish, Prov. xxx. 8. Give me
neither poverty nor riches c^c. It was very long, I am told, & sad,
wretched, immethodical l^sic) stuff, shewing him (as he certainly is) a most
conceited compleat Coxcombe.

Nov. 28 (Fri.). M^. Taylour of Univ. Coll. hath several times told
me, particularly on Wednesday last, that he hath got of his own a Folio
MS. of the Privileges of the Univ. of Oxford.

At the same time time he said he had another MS. of the Privileges of
the Univ. of Oxford (much less than the former) the Author whereof was 30
Dr. Zouch.

He said he had a MS. of the Statutes of the Cathedral Church of

Dr. Tanner th'other day told me of some body that had accidentally
met with and retrieved, just as 'twas going to be destroyed, a MS. of
several sheets, all written by D^". John Caius's own hand, containing the
whole of his expenses in building & founding Caius College.

Nov. 29 (Sat.). Learning is at so low an ebb at present, that hardly
anything of that kind is sought after, except it be English, Scotch, and
Irish History, wch probably may make D^. Grey's Catalogue sell well after 40
Xtmass^ wct I hear is well fraught with books of that kind. It is said to be
very low in Italy, and yet they have even now a much greater Regard both
to Religion and Learning than we have in England.

John Radcliffe of S*. John's Coll., Oxon., took the Degree of M.A.,
Apr. 23, 1714, and that of B. and D.M., June 30, 1721. He died last

Nov. 27, 1729. N. Booth to H. (Rawl. 28. 25). Writes that he has
a transcript of Gernjasii Tilburiensis de mcessariis obsewantiis Scaccarii.


August, and was buried in the churchyard of S*. Gyles, Cripplegate, where

on a Grave Stone is the following Epitaph to his Father and him, sent me

by D^. Rawlinson, in a Letter of the 26*^ inst., who calls Dr. Radcliffe his


[Epitaph omitted.]

In INI'". Salmon's last part of his Survey (D'. Rawlinson says) is a very
proper invective against the burying in Churches, which his friend Dr.
Radcliffe was much averse to.

Nov. 30 (Sun.). I formerly mentioned the age of D'. Matthew Hole.

JO But last night M'. Tottenham of Lincoln College told me, that he was

half a year younger than the late Bi' of Bath & Wells, D^. Hooper, and

that he enters the 90*1^ year of his age next loth of June. Quaere ; for

I doubt it.

Last Wednesday died suddenly M^. Benjamin Cole, of All Hallows
parish, Oxford, and was buried the next day in All Hallows churchyard.
This person was originally a Bookbinder, but he performed but indiffe-

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