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full account of his Buildings, w^^ show him to have been a Humorist ; he
has given Titles to every Gate : that leading into the College is Porta
Humilitaiis, that leading to the Schools is Porta Honoris, wch being
lo obscured by their late new Building at Cambridge has occasioned a suit
at Law betwixt the University and the College, who are much concerned
for the Honor of their Gate, tho' excepting point of Honor there is
no other Inconvenience, & so M^". Baker thinks the Jury have found the
Ad quod davinum, Nihil, The Middle & most beautiful! Gate is Porta

Dec. 29 (Men.). Of Bucer, Fagius & P. Martyr's Wife, their Death,
Burial, Exhumation, Combustion, Restitution, &c., may be seen a large
account in a book publisht by C. Hubert (sent to him by Bp Grindal)
under the Title : Historia vera de vita, obitu, sepultura, accusatione

20 Haereseos, condemttatione, exhumatione, combiistione, honorijicaque resiitu-
tione D.M. Biiceri et P. Fagii ; item historia Cathej-ijiae Virmiliae P.
Martyris cast: coJijugis exhumatae, restitutae &)C. cum orationibus, epitaphiis,
carftiinibus, ^r. IJ62, 8^0. This is a very scarce book, w^t I have not,
and therefore M^. Baker promises ' to present me with it. As for the said
Catherine, S*.Frideswyde's sacred Relicks were disturbed upon her account,
to the great regret of all holy devout persons, who abominate such

Of the old Translation of the Psalms in Metre, M^". Baker hath the
same opinion with me. They have stood their ground against the greatest

30 men, first Archbishop Parker's Translation, printed by John Day, 4*0
(now very scarce) v/<^^ M^. Baker hath seen ; & next King James's Trans-
lation, beautifully printed, with the privilege of his son ; & M^. Baker
hopes (as I do), will do the like against our late Innovators.

Dec. 30 (Tu.). I am sorry to hear (says M^. Baker in his Letter
before-said of the 18*^ inst.) of M'". Bowles's death, and as sorry that he
that is best fitted to succeed him wants one Qualification, w^h yet I cannot
wish him.

The said words are spoke by Mr. Baker with reference to myself, who
am unqualified upon account of my refusing the wicked Oaths.

Dec. 29, 1729. Bev. James Gibson to H. (Raw!. 6. 86). Would like
his papers returned by Mr. Clements [see Letter, Dec. 16]. As a new Grammar
is being compiled at Eton, it would not be proper to print the Grammatical
Ohseri'ations, but he would like to send them to the Masters at Eton, ' by our
young Gentlemen now at their return to School. I have catched a great cold,
and my church yesterday was forced to be without service.'


^ Hearne adds in the margin : — ' which he hath since dene.

Dec. 27- Jan. 1.] VOLUME CXXIV, PAGES 91-96 223

Mr. Anstis, in his Letter of the as'J, from INFortlake, tells me that he has
not been at the Heralds' Office since the Receipt of my last to him, so that
he could not give then an account of the MS. of Walter Hemyngforde's
history there, but as soon as he goes thither, w^l^ will be before the
Session of Parliament, he will send me an Account. He says he wrote
a Letter to one of their officers to acquaint him with the nature of their
MS., but he had had no answer to it.

Dec. 31 (Wed.). On Monday last was to have been a Prize-fighting
in Oxford between two Fellows, and they had cryed it about with beat of
Drum for some time, the Mayor, Sir Oliver Greenaway, having given them 10
leave, but they having had no leave from the Vice-Chancellour, the same
was stopt, the Vice-Chancellour taking one of them up a little before the
time of fighting and laying in wait yesterday for the other, or any one else
that was to abett and countenance such a proceeding, to the great Resent-
ment of some Townsmen, who aim at destroying the Privileges of the
University, one of wch is to prevent and obstruct all idle vagrant dissolute
persons who carry arms to the disturbance of the publick peace and of the
Discipline of the University.

Jan. 1 (Thur.). On r^Ionday last, one M^. John Holloway, a Taylor
of S*. Peter's in the East, Oxford, took a walk by himself to a single 20
Alehouse, standing upon the Hill on the left Hand of Horsepath. He
happened at the Ale House to fall into Company with two other Oxford
men, that were on horseback. They parted between 5 and six in the
evening in good order & nothing in Liquor, as they say ; but Holloway
being on foot & not much used to go out of Town (tho' he would other-
wise walk by himself much about the Precincts of Oxford) he mistook his
way & struck down upon Temple Cowley (the Time being very dark) &
near eight Clock inquired his wav there & was directed, but instead
of coming directly for Oxford, rambled about till eleven or twelve a Clock,
& at last appeared at Church Cowley, where he knocked one up, who set 30
him in his way again ; but after he had parted, it seems he missed his way
again, & on Tuesday morning was found at a little distance from Church
Cowlev, not far from the Place where he had left the man who directed
him, & was buried last night in the Church of S*. Peter's in the East,
Oxford, where his Father, &c. are buried. He was the youngest of
3 brothers,^ all single men in that parish, two of w^^ are now living. He
was aged 41. He had nine shillings & six pence & a silver Thimble in his
Pocket, & a pair of silver Buckles in his shoes when he was found dead ;
therefore he was not murdered, but there being a Contusion in his Fore-
head & it being a sad, dirty, ugly way, 'tis concluded he had had some 40
great Fall against the wall by Cowley, w^li with some other accidents
attending might occasion his Death. He was a man of a good Character.

Jan. 1, 17§§. Lord Oxford to H. (Rawl. 8. 200) [see Diary, Jan. 14].
Has lately had the pleasure of conversation with that most worthy Gentleman,
Mr. Baker.

' Hearne adds in the margin : ' There is a fourth brother who keeps the George
Inn by Thames Street in Oxford.' Thames Street is now George Street. — Ed.



Jan. 2 (Pri.). In Ed. VFs time sentences of Scripture were painted
upon walls in Churches and Chappells, and there were other decorations
of that kind, w^h were stiled the Laymen's books, but in Q. Mary's time
they were defaced.

Before the Reformation there were other decorations upon the walls of
sacred places, such as the Images of Saints, Martyrs, & Confessors, with
other Things very proper, & even sentences too, sometimes, of Scripture,
tho' not in the vulgar Tongue.

Jan. 3 (Sat.). In September last died the celebrated S^ Richard

10 Steel, Kt., a man that some years ago made a great noise upon account

of a Paper called the Spectator, wch came out a great while together,

& have been since printed together in many Volumes; but the best

of these Spectators were done by M'. Addison.

Jan. 4 (Sun.). D"", Tanner formerly made some Extracts out of Tho.
Gascoignes Dicttofiartum Theologicum in Line. Coll. Library, two or
three of w<"b I rec<i from him in a Letter from Norwich of Dec. 29 last, by
wch, as well as from the Passage out of him I printed in the Antiquities of
Glastofibury, & from what is in Wood's Antiquities 0/ Oxford, I not only
see the manner of his writing, but likewise gather that a great many odd

20 historical things may be collected from the work, very proper to be

The great house ^ standing in the enterance {sic) into Grampole, over
against the lower end of Ch. Church, Oxford, vi<^^ belonged formerly to
Col. Crook, was built by one M^". John Smith (shortly after Maior of the
City), and cost him (as 'tis credibly reported) above £1,300, & it cost the
Col. near £150 after he purchased it, in building of two stables, one that
would hold 6 horses & the other 4. The Garden plot is not large, & the
Hall but small ; all the other roomes (wch are many) very good. It was
some yeares before 1679 a boarding School and called Virgin's Hall,

30 because usually between 20 or {sic~\ 30 young Ladies were boarded in it.
So in an original Letter written from Malmesbury, Nov. 19, 1679, to the
Earl of Anglesey, Lord Privy Seal, at Anglesey House in Drury Lane,
London, by M^. Thomas Gilbert, the Independent, who was then buying
it for his Lordship, and adds at the same time : ' The only inconvenience
is that it neither has, nor can have, a Coach- House belonging to it ; but
standing in the Enterance into Grampole, over against the lower end of
Christ Church, where are diverse of the Canons Coachhouses still standing
empty, choice whereof may be had at easy Rates. The house is no
College Lease, as the others you have formerly been about, but good

40 freehold ; the lowest Rate I can yet bring the Col. downe to for it is
£600, and I verily think it will not stick long on his hand at that price,
when it shall be more commonly knowne that he is minded to part
with it.'

Jan. 3, 17|§. Tanner to H. (Ravvl. 16. 123). Sends a specimen extract
from Gascoigne's Dictionarium Theologicum.

Jan. 4, 17|§. Rev. Henry Frinsham to H. (Rawl. 5. 123) \^see Diary,
Jan- 7].

^ Now called Bishop King's palace j but incorrectly. — Ed. ]

Jan. 2-6.] VOLUME CXXIV, PAGES 96-106 225

The said letter belongs to M^^. Loveday, of Magd. Coll., who lent it me
last night.

In the said letter Mr. Gilbert inclosed Copies of the Inscriptions he
(Mr. Gilbert) was desired to draw for the monument & grave-stone of
Mr. Maijor Dunch, buried at Pusy in Berks.

Mr. Gilbert's son-in-law, IM^. John Bennion, was then vicar of
Malmesbury, worth very little above £40 per an. in clear Income,
a Vicarage as small as the Corporation is great. He was the same with
John Bennion, who took the Degree of M.A. as a Member of Hart Hall,
Oct. 24, 1674, and had taken the Degree of B.A. as a member of Edmund 10
Hall, Feb. 17, 167 1. M^. Wood speaks of him in his Fasti.

The Inscription for the monument is printed (but faultily) in p. 173 of
a book called Ashmole's Antiquities of Barkshire, but that for the Grave-
stone is not there. I shall here insert both, from the Copy under M^.
Gilbert's own hand, lent me at the same time by M^. Loveday.

[Two inscriptions for the monument of Maijor Dunch, Esq., M.P. for Abingdon,
who died of fever Sept. 27, 1679, aged 29.]

Jan. 5 (Men.). M"". Loveday at the same time lent me the following
Epitaph upon D^ John Owen, made also by M^". Gilbert & written with
his own hand. 20

[Epitaph of John Owen, Dean of Christ Church, who died Aug. 24, 1683, aged 67.]

This Epitaph, it seems, was altered when it came to be put upon his
monument, as may be learned from col. 747 of the 2^ or spurious Ed. of
Athenae, Oxon.

Jan. 6 (Tu.). From the S*. -James's Evening Post, Feb. i, 1729,
Numb. 2140: —

To the Reverend William Smith, Rector of Melsomby.

Reverend Sir,

In a Book lately published by you entituled The Annals of Uni-versity
College, page 333, I find this Passage : ' I will beg Leave to insert a true Story 30
of a Canon and a Chapter Clerk of Christ-Church. The Person here intended
by me purchased a College Lease from one of our Tenants, and some time
after had Occasion to renew his Lease, and the Chapter Clerk being the
Drawer of our Leases also, this Canon observing that by his Lease he was
obliged to pay a yearly sum of forty shillings for and in the name of Part of
his Fine (over and above the Rent) bid the Lease Drawer to leave it out ;
the same Person (out of Fear of giving Offence or in Compliance with that
Canon's Desire) left it out, and the Fellows, contrary to their Duty and
common Custom, sealed the Lease without comparing it with the old one, or
to that eiifect.' 40

I think myself obliged to inform you that what you assert for a true Story
is wholly false and scandalous. For on the 2^^^ of March, 1700, when you
was Senior Fellow and Register of University College, in Virtue of which
office you was to enter the Fines for renewal of Leases in the Fine Book of
the College and to see the Leases Registered in the Legier Book, for doing
whereof there is a Fee of los. for each Lease to the Register, in that year the
Lease you mention was renewed to M'". Robert Scruby and the Clause for
4CJ, per annum not inserted, but the Fine was entered in the Fine Book under



your own hand, with a INIemoranduin, that at the time of that Renewal especial
Favour was then shewn to the Tenant, as appears by the Book.

And on the 19^^ of March, 1707 (M'". Dcnyson being then Register), the
same Lease was again renewed to M'. Scruby and no such Clause inserted, as
appears by the Book.

Afterwards INI'^. Scruby, by his Will, devised this last mentioned Lease
{inter alia) to INI'. Francis Heywood and myself, and made us his Executors
in Trust, who after M'. Scruby's Death sold the same Lease to a Canon of
Christ Church, agreeing with him to pay the Fine and renew the Lease in the
10 Canon's name, which was renewed accordingly and no such clause inserted, on
the 29*h of April, 1715, M'". Ward being then Register.

If then there was no such Clause in the Lease when the Canon purchased
the same, it's impossible your Story can be true.

I therefore think it will become you to confess your Guilt, if you have been
the Inventor of this Lye, and to ask Pardon of those you have injured thereby ;
or, if you have been only the Propagator, then to consult your own Advice
given to D"". Ayliffe in your Book, pag. 295.

And if you have any Regard to your own Reputation, to use some proper
Methods to satisfy the World, that tho' you have been the Propagator of
20 a Lye, yet you was not the Inventor of it, by letting us know from whose
unfaithful Hand you received it.

Sir, your injured Servant,

J. Brooks, Chapter Clerk of Christ Church, Oxon.

February i,

Jan. 7 (Wed.). Yesterday I had a Letter from Mi". Henry Frinsham,
Vicar of White Waltham, dated Jan. 4, 1729, in answer to mine of
Dec. 26 last, in wch ]Mr. Frinsham writes thus: ' Sir, I received yours of
the 26th last past, and would have given you an Answer to't before now,

3c had it not come at so busy a Season, tho' I am apprehensive what I now
send you will be but little satisfactory to you. Some years ago I took
a Catalogue of the MSS. you mention, but do not remember any Thing
particularly of them, whether there was any one amongst them that
belonged to you or any other Person, but those that had the Possession
of them and in whose Custody they were. . The best Account I can give
you of them at present is that my mother [Cherry] gave them by Will to
the B. Library, and that my sister [M^s. Anne Cherry] hath sent them
to Oxon. some Time ago, where I suppose they are now lodged in the
Archives, M^. Samuel Parker, whom I imagine you are acquainted with,

40 can give you a better Account what is become of them than I can, & no
doubt will, if you apply yourself to him ; for my sister consulted him
about the sending of them thither, & he indeed, as I have been informed,
first put it into my mother's head to send them thither ; I was no more
concerned in it than you were, and perhaps dislike the Disposal of them
in that manner as much as you do. For had not that notion been infused
into her, 'tis not very improbable they might have fallen into my Hands,
but no more of that.'

Jan. 8 (Thur.). Upon a Brass Plate shewed me last Week by Mr.
Broadstock, the Rolling Press man, who said he had it of the late M"".

Jan. 7, 1729. T. Baker to H. (Raw!. 23. 49) [see Diary, Jan. 19, 20].

^ This must be an error for 1729. — Ed.

Jan. 6-11.] VOLUME CXXIV, PAGES 106-111 227

Bowles, the Librarian, who had taken it from some Church, I know not
■whether from S*. Marie's in Oxford.^

Sis memor ; absque mora properat mors, praeterit hora ;

Willelmus testis Scot est, victus nece pestis ;

Quem cardinalis Eboraci sanguis honorat ;

Cancia natalis cui patria, quem modo plorat.

Hie fuit a cunis ^ vultus ^ gravitate, modestus,

Carnis et immunis viciis cunctis, et honestus.

Anno milleno domini C quater quadrageno

Adjuncto semel I, Gereonis limine festi, 10

Mors rapit hunc ; plora. Christus sit ei salus, ora.*

Jan. 9 (Fri.). D^. Timothy Goodwin, Archbishop of Cashel in
Ireland, died very lately. He succeeded D^. Wm Nicolson, formerly Bp
of Carlisle. This is the same Goodwin that was for some time a sojourner
of Edmund Hall, Oxford, as a Member of w^^ he took the Degree of
M.A., Jan. 22, 1696, he being before a Leyden D^. of Physick. I have
spoke of him several times formerly, w^li makes it needless to say any
Thing of him at present, unless it be that he was Author of the Life of
Bp Stillingfleet, to whom he had been Chaplain,

Jan. 10 (Sat.). D^". Rawlinson hath lent me, being delivered to me 20
last Sunday, Jan. 4, a little Thing in S'^'o, intit. : Caesar s Dialogue, or
a Familiar Comyminication coittaining the first histitution of a Subject in
allegiance to his Soveraigne, Lond., 1601. The Author E. N. ; on the
backside of the Title Page is a most admirable Print of Q. Eliz. ; the book
is very honest.

At the same time the D"". restored to me Wilkinson's printed Catalogue
of the Books in Magd. Hall Library.

Jan. 11 (Sun.). Yesterday, between 3 and 4 Clock, I was with the
Vice-Chancellour, Dr. Butler, about restoring me my MS. that is (what
I had heard) come to the Bodl. Library, and was lent by me to M^. 30
Cherry, but never given by me either to him or to any one else, and
I design it for no other Place than the Flames. It is the original and is
dated, as I very lately learned (for I had quite forgot) June 11, 1700,
thirty years ago ; I have not the copy of so much as a single word of it.
It is written by way of Letter about the Oath of allegiance, which I took
when I was made Batchelor of Arts, as afterwards I did when I was made
Master of Arts, & when I was made Beadle [and I paid those to whom
I took it all the Allegiance (that is just none) that was due to them].*
All this I readily acknowledge. But when the Abjuration Oath was
imposed, I utterly refused it, resigned my place of Architypographus and 40

^ It was from St. Mary's ; see Wood, City of Oxford, vol. iii. p. 44, where it is
given. — Ed.

2 Wood reads cujus, which makes no sense and does not rhyme with immunis.

2 Hearne reads victus ; Wood vultus.

* Hearne omits this last word ; it is supplied from Wood. If Wood's version is
consulted, it will be noticed that Hearne's is the more accurate.

^ The words in brackets are added in the margin.

Q 2



superior Beadle, ^as debarred (for I never resigned my place of Hypo-
bibliothecarius) the Bodleian Library, and I am now so much dissatisfyed
with both Oaths [notwithstanding the Oath of Allegiance can only include
all Allegiance that is due to the Prince to whom 'tis taken, w^li can in
reality be just none to a de facto King of England] ^ that I decline & will
decline taking either of them to the present Possessors of the Throne or
their successors, in opposition to the RightfuU Heir. Some say that this
Letter was wrote by me to induce & perswade IM'. Cherry to take the
Oath, whereas the contrary is true; it was upon occasion of my taking
10 the Oath when I was made Bach, of Arts. I put down in writing the
Arguments that perswaded me to take the Oath, & this I did by way of
Letter, & afterwards I lent it to IM^. Cherry, who wanted to be satisfyed
about my reasons, as it was fit he should, he having educated me at the
University. The Arguments that then satisfyed me are far from doing so
now. I look upon them as weak and frivolous, & I am so much dis-
satisfyed with this IMS. of mine that, if they will keep it from me, I never-
theless revoke every Paragraph, line, word, letter, and tittle in it, & consign
it over to the Fire.'^

Tho: Hearne.

20 Jan. 12 (Mon.^. Last night M^. Fysher, Head Keeper of the Bodleian
Library, called upon me and told me he had been with the V. Chancellour
last Saturday, after I have been with him [the V. Chanc], and that he
seemed now to be against restoring me my IMS., tho' before Saturday the
V. Chanc. had told M^. Fysher that it was a very reasonable Request.
But it seems Wise of Trin. Coll. had been with the Vice-Chanc. on
Friday last and dissuaded him, as much as he could, from being for doing
me Justice. IM^, Fysher is much concerned at this, judging it (as it most
certainly is) a great Injury to me, as well as to the memory of IVI^. Cherry,
since I utterly dislike the whole performance, never gave it away (and

30 consequently no one had a Right to dispose of it but myself) and am so
far from giving it to any Library whatsoever, or to any person or persons,
that I give it no where else but to the flames. Tho' the Book be lodged
in the Library, yet 'tis not as yet either numbered or catalogued.

Jan. 13 (Tu.). Yesterday came to Oxford my only sister, Anne
Hearne, now the Wife of Thomas Field, of Woburn, near Beaconsfield,
in Bucks., husbandman, who came with her. They were married on
Monday, Dec. 22 last, at Wicombe, in Bucks. He is the son of Thomas
Field, deceased (whose Widow is still living), husbandman, of White
Waltham, in Berks., in w^h parish my sister was also born. This Thomas
40 Field, the son, was married before, by wch former Wife he had one
Daughter, now 12 years of age, & no other Child. He is about 42 years
old & my sister 39. My sister says she shall be 40 next Michaelmass.

' The words in square brackets are added in the margin.

''■ Hearne adds in the margin : ' When I was a childc, I spake [or reasoned^ as
a chtlde, I understood as a childe, I thought as a childe ; but when I became a man
I put away childish things. The Vice-Chancellour seeme 1 to be against restoring
it me, and said every one of the Curators' leaves must be had, & that a Majority would
not do, tho' he could not but allow that the thing was really mine. Upon w"^'' 1
presently left him, concluding that he was an enemy,'

Jan. 11-20.] VOLUME CXXIV, PAGES 111-119 229

Remember to ask iM"". Baker who Joannes Herrisonus was. He is an
Author quoted by D^^. Caius, who says he was Art him ^- Mediciitae
Doctor ^- author non incelebris ; upon wct Thomas Key, in his Vindiciae
Antiquiiaiis U?ttversttatts, Ox07i., observes qui mmquam tamen antea in
testivwfiium productus est. D'. Caius says, scripsit iste anno salutis 1464.

D"". Caius calls George Coriat poeta cum pritnis elegans, upon w^^
Thomas Key says, p. 61, Quae tua est faciendi poetas author itas ? But
here, I think, D^. Caius was in the right.

Jan. 14 (Wed.). The maiden name of my brother William's wife
(for he was married lately before my sister) was Elizabeth Free. She had 10
been Cookmaid in iM"". Pen of Pen's family for about five years.

My \A Oxford, in his Letter to me from Wimpole of the i^t instant,
says that he hath no MSS. there nor any Catalogue of his i\ISS., so that
he could not be certain whether he had any MS. of Walter Hemyngford,
but he had some imperfect notion ihat he hath a MS. of that Historian.
As soon as he comes to London, he said, he would let me know certainly,
and if I desired to see it, I should be very free to make use of it.

Jan. 15 (Thur.). From the Northampton Mercury for Jan. 12,

London, Jan. 6. Last Week Sir Robert Walter of Sarsden, in the County 20
of Oxon., Bart., was married to the eldest Daughter of the late Hon. and
Rev. Dr. Brydges, and Niece to his Grace the Duke of Chandos.

Jan. 16 (Fri.). Yesterday D^. Henry Bigg, Warden of New College,
was unanimously chosen Warden of Winchester College, in the room of
D"". John Dobson, deceased.

Last night died the widow Gardiner, mother to M^". Stephens, School-
master of Magd. ColL School's wife. She died at the Physick Garden at
her son-in-law's, the said M^. Stephens. Her Husband Gardiner was
a Wheelwright. She was buried in S*. Peter's Churchyard in the East, on
]Mond., Jan. 19. 30

Jan. 19 (Men.). M^. Baker tells me from Cambridge of the 7''ti inst.,
at wcb time he sent me the book above mentioned about Bucer, Fagius,
& P. Martyr's Wife, that he never reads Lady Jane Grey's History
without compassion, she having been led or persuaded by an ambitious
man to accept a Crown, \\^^ of herself she never affected. He knows of
no IMS. letters of hers.

Jan. 20 (Tu.). Of S^" James Hales, his Integrity & Resolution in
refusing to subscribe the Instrument for disinheriting the Lady ]\Iary, his
fall, manner of death, &c., we have an account in Fox, in the Reign of
Queen Mary, as likewise separately in a small Pamphlet in 121^0, w^h is 40

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