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(being succeeded by I\Ir. James Gibson, who was my second Master & was
so 'till I came to the University) he was preferred in Herefordshire, & was
one of the Prebendaries of Hereford. He married in the said County of
Hereford, but I think had no Children. I know not whether he ever
published any thing, but I remember when the Scotch Presbyterian
Eloquence came out, when I was a boy, some said they believed him to be
the Author. He was a man that had a very great Affection for me when
he was my master, as had also my second master, particularly for my
diligence and promptness, which they both admired, & would often say
that I needed no spur, and indeed (if I may be allowed to note this) I was 3°
never whipped by either of them, notwithstanding they were both severe
enouarh to such as deserved correction.


April 3 (Fri.). From the Northampton IMercury for INIonday,
March 30, 1730 : —

On Tuesday last, March 24, in the Afternoon, came on (at his House in
Chelsea) before the Rt. Rev. the Bishop of Winchester (as Visitor) assisted by
D^ Sayer and D'". Wood (his Chancellors) the hearing of the Appeal of the
Rev. M^ Ayscough against Corpus Christi College, Oxford, for expelling him
from his Fellowship in the said College some months since, without assigning
(either then or since) any Cause whatsoever. The Council for M"^. Ayscough 4°
were D"". Andrews and D''. Paul, and for the College, Dr. Henchman and
D*". Strahan. The College pretended that they were accountable to no Body
for their Conduct, for that the Right was in them, and the Bishop had no
Visitatorial Power over them ; but that was soon over-ruled, many Precedents
being produced to the contrary ; and after a Hearing of about three Hours,
the Bishop decreed that the College should restore jNF. Ayscough to his

April 2, 1730. T.Baker to H. (Rawl. 22. 27). Sends Bishop Humphreys's

April 2, 1730. Lord Oxford to H. (Rawl. 8. 201) \see Diary, April 6].


Fellowship, with all Profits, &c., from the time of his Expulsion ; and that
such of the Fellows (not the College) that were concerned in expelling him,
should pay all the Costs.

April 4 (Sat.). On the i^t instant (being Wednesday) Mr. Robert
Wood, nephew of Ant. Wood, told me that he is 68 years old.

He said he thought his Uncle Anthony had been 66 years old at
least, whereas (as I told him) he was not compleat 63. He said (and so
have others) that he looked as if he had been fourscore.

He said there is a Paint of Anthony in the hands of M^". Thomas

10 Wood, a young Gentleman, now of New College, of wc^i he is like to be

Fellow, son of the late M"". Thomas Wood, brother to this M^. Robert

Wood. This Picture (he said) is very little like Anthony, being done

when he was young, and under is put Ant. a Bosco.

He said he was at London when his said Uncle Ant. died. He said
they were burning his Papers two or three days, the Maid constantly
tending the Fire, whilest 'twas doing, and 'twas before Ant. died.

He said his (M'". Robert Wood's) sister had abundance of little Papers
and little Books, containing Memorandums, written by Anthon)', who
used to write down every thing, but that they are now destroyed & lost.

20 April 5 (Sun.). From the Northampton Mercury for Monday,
Mar. 30, 1730 :

[The Epitaph on D'". Altham, archdeacon of Middlesex, who died Feb. 27,
i7§G) buried at Latton, Essex.]

April 6 (Men.). On the 2^ instant my LA. Oxford wrote to me from
London, to assist him to answer the following Question, proposed to him
by some person, whose name my Lord does not discover.

What are the oldest Rhyming verses that are to be found in our

Tongue, viz. either in English, Saxon, or British. The person desires of

my Lord an account sure, well-founded, and such as may be depended

30 upon ; these are the terms ; and from me my Ld. hopes to be enabled to

answer this Gentleman's expectations.

D'". Hickes, in his Saxon Grammar of the fol. Ed., hath an intire
Chapter on this Subject, viz. cap. xxiv, & many Specimens, w^b with
Robert of Gloucester & Peter Langtoft are the most considerable I know
of, but what is the most ancient I cannot really tell. I suppose his
Lordship means Bastard Rhyme or Jingle, for as for the true Rhyme, it
may be carried I think as high as Caedmon ; yet in this I am also

April 7 (Tti.). Dr. Rawlinson tells me by Letter from London
^o House, dated March 25 last and brought to me on the 2^^ inst. by
Mr. John Morgan (Rector of Brightwell near Wallingford), that he returns
me thanks for my last letter, in w^^ I gave him an account in short of my
MS. He observes that in the light it now stands, it reflects no honour
to those who have interested themselves in putting this MS. in the
library, and made so much stir afterward. He says I have enabled him,
if called on, to speak now on this head, and whenever his words or
actions may be of service, I need not doubt of his Friendship.

Apr. 3-11.] VOLUME CXXV, PAGES 77-84 263

April 9 (Thur.). The four Easter Sermons before the University this
year were preached by M'". Lamprey of X*' Ch. on Good Friday,
Mr. Cox of New College at S*. Peter's in the East on Easter day,
Mr. Brent of Pembroke Coll. on Easter Monday, and M^". Leaves of
Wadham on Easter Tuesday, wch M^. Leaves repeated also on April 5,
being Lowe Sunday.

Mr. Beaupre Bell of Trin. Coll. Cambridge is a Man of honor, and is
Heir to a thousand pound per an. or better, & has a Soul large enough
for his fortunes, but his Father is too close handed in his allowance, tho'
he has no other son to leave his Estate to. 10

IMr. Baker tells me the account I sent him (from one of these Volumes)
of Bp Williams's Books is pretty exact. The Books when received by the
College, such as were wanting were reserved in the Library, such as were
Duplicates or imperfect were sold, & with the produce a purchase made
of Lands near Cambridge to the value of 20 libs, per an. ; out of which
£6 13^. ^d. has been paid annually to the Library Keeper, the rest
towards the purchase of Books.

April 10 (Fri.). M^. Baker hath not observed M^. Roger Dodsworth
to have been of the University of Cambridge. But their publick Register
is a Blanck about the time when by his age he might have been admitted 20
— from the year 1589 to the year 1602 — & nothing entered, by the neglect
of a careless Registrary, one M^, Smith of S*. John's College.

Dr. Needham's Aeschylus goes on slowly. M^. Baker hath heard
nothing of it of late, nor of M'^. Stanley's son's being an Author or
Translater. He says the Doctor's other Design about Ecclesiastical
Livings is in good measure anticipated by M^. Willis.

April 11 (Sat.). From the Northampton Mercury for Monday, Ap. 6,

On Thursday, March 26 last, at night, part of Reading Bridge at one end
fell down, the Piles being rotten, by which Accident two men and a woman 30
fell into the River, and the latter was drowned.

On Tuesday, the 'j^'^ instant, M^. Will. Haward, M.A. of Merton
College, was elected Fellow of Magd. Coll. in room of D^. Grandorge
deceased, it being a Yorkshire Fellowship. There was a great struggle on
this occasion ; but D^. Butler, the President of Magd. Coll., carryed it by
two or three votes for Haward. As there were heart-burnings before in
Magd. Coll., so they are now risen much higher.

On the 26*^ of March last, Roger Gale, Esq., told me by Letter from
London that he is too well satisfyed that he hath not any MS. of
Hemyngford, and what that was which his father mentions as his own, in 4°
his preface before what he publisht of him, he is intirely a stranger to.

April 8, 1730. H. to Rawlinson (Rawl. 32. 43 ; Diaries, 125. 81).
Thanks for the letter of March 25, received April 2. Is glad Rawlinson
is satisfied. Has heard nothing of R.'s present of the Pamphlet about
Prince Charles, nor of R.'s Stamford MS. Is considering whether it would
not be proper at the end of one of his books to say something about the paper
unjustly detained at the Bodleian. As it was given under Mrs. Cherry's will,
he wishes a copy of the will could be had.


having never seen the book, or found the least account of it in his father's
papers. He wishes he could have given me any information in this

April 12 (Sun.). On Wednesday the 8*1^ inst., the Proctors for 1729
laid down their office & those for 1730 took place, viz. M^. Jo. Andrews
of INIagd. Coll. and JM^. Tho. Robinson of Mert. Coll. ; the same time an
Act was voted against.

April 13 (Men.). From the Northampton Mercury for Monday,
Ap. 6, 1730:

10 On Wednesday morning, Apr. i last, dyed suddenly the Rev. M''. Rayner,
A.M., Head Master of a Free School at Tiverton in Devonshire for more than
30 years. He was the Scholar and Favourite of D^ Busby, and remarkable
for an exact knowledge of the Classicks and a peculiar Felicity in explaining
them. This, together with an inimitable Sweetness of Temper, made him
universally beloved in his life time and at his Death makes him as universally
lamented, particularly by all who had the Happiness of being bred under him.

April 14 (Tu.). Being told of a Parcel of Antiquities (I think old Coins

and Medals) put into the hands of M^. Powell of Sandford for me to look

over, on Friday the lotl^ inst., I walked to Sandford & called at M^,

20 Powell's, but he was confined to his Bed by the Gowt ; so I saw neither

M^ Powell nor the Antiquities.

On the 10*^ inst. the Chevalier Ramsey (who wrote a Romance called
The TraveUs of Cyrus) had an honorary Degree of Doctor of the Civil
Law conferred on him by Convocation.

The said Ramsey is a Scotish Man, and he was presented to that
Degree by D^". King, Principal of S*. Mary Hall.

The same day called upon me James Joye, of Duke Street, West-
minster, Esq., who is now in Oxford with his Lady and Daughter. He
told me the said Ramsey accompanied him to Oxford. ]\Ir. Joye's
30 Wedding day was yesterday. How long he hath been married to his
Wife, Mrs. Mary Jeffs, I know not.

On Thursday, Ap. 9*^^ M^. Tottenham of Line. Coll. called upon me
and shewed me a note he had taken from their Coll. Register, with
respect to D^". Crew's being dispensed with from proceeding in Canon
Law, as their Statutes require, it being judged that Civil Law comprehends

I desired M^". Tottenham to let me have a Copy of that note, but he
declined it, because it was transcribed from their Register.

About a Month ago I mentioned (as I had several times before) to

40 Mr. Tottenham the publishing the Historical Things in Gascoigne's

Dictiotiarium Theologictmi in their Coll. Library, and I shewed him

D^. Tanner's letter to me on that account in w^h the D^". very much wishes

April 14, 1730. T. Baker to H. (Rawl. 22. 28) \see Diary, April 19].

April 14, 1730. James West to H. (Rawl. 11. 160). [Part of this
Letter appears in the Diary for April 20.] ' The new edition of Parker meets
but with a poor reception. Lord Oxford tells me he hath two of 1572
Edition, which Dr. Drake never saw.'

Apr. 11-19.] VOLUME CXXV, PAGES 84-96 265

I could have the opportunity of doing it. M^. Tottenham said not
a word, so I take it for granted he is against it.

Dr. ^lathew Braylesford, Dean of Wells, was a Cambridge man. He
hath but a mean Character. There is a great Quarrel between him &
Dr. Archer. Bishop Hooper was his great Friend, for w^li he hath most
ungratefully abused him since.

April 15 (Wed.). On Wed. April 8*^ being the beginning of Easter
Term, Mr. John Coxed, Warden of New Coll., took the Degree of D^. of
Civil Law.

April 19 (Sun.). Yesterday, Mr. Loveday of Magd. Coll. told me that i^
his Mother had informed him that one of the late famous M^. Dodwell's
daughters is married to M^". Thomas Birt, an undertaker of Funerals in
Reading, wcli ]\ir. Thomas Birt is a man of a very good Character, being
one of the compleat Nonjurors that neither take the Oaths nor frequent
the publick Churches where petitions are used for Usurpers. It seems he
hath had two wives before, tho' he is but a youngish Man.^

Mr. Baker of Cambridge hath desired a friend of my Lord Oxford (who
went on the 14*^1, the date of M^ Baker's letter to me, from Cambridge
to London) to enquire of his Lordship, whether he has any of D^.
Humphry Humphrey's, late bishop of Hereford's, posthumous Papers. 20
Mr. Baker hath sent me copies of some of that Bp's MSS. papers, being
Corrections of and Additions to Ant. Wood's first volume of AiJienae
Oxon. Mr. Baker designed to make the like enquiry concerning M^".
Hugh Thomas's MSS., but he really forgot thro' hast, the Gentleman being
ready to step into the Coach.

The Collection of Tracts (mentioned above under March 24) was
publisht by AK Parne and one Belman, both then Scholars, since Fellows,
of Trinity College. M^. John Plaifere (as Mr. Baker hath since found)
was originally of Emanuel College, where he proceeded M^^ of Arts anno
1601, & might possibly be Fellow of Sidney College the same year, the 30
College being then an embrio, to wcli he might be nominated anno 1600,
tho' not admitted or compleated Fellow 'till the College was compleatly
finished. He was instituted Rector of Debden, dioc. Noruic. 25 Junii,
1605. Had our Register (saith M^. Baker) been perfect, it would 7iot have
shown the place of his birth or educatioti, it being not usuall to put down
either place of Birth or Education in the Cambridge Register, as we do at

April 16, 1730. Thomas Rawlins at Stratford to H. (Rawl. 9. 17).
Wishes to subscribe for the next vohime : ' I have desired my cousin Taylor
to pay.'

April 18, 1730. H. to John Murray (Rawl. 112. 270). Acknowledges
the receipt of three guineas.

April 18, 1730. T. Ward to H. (Rawl. 1 1. 73). Has received the copy
of Trokelowe. Dined yesterday with Mr. Bromley, M.P. for Oxford University ;
* he will be very glad to see you at Bagginton, whenever you come this way.'

^ Hearne adds in the margin : ' They were married at London on Monday last,
April 13*^ ; she is the youngest daughter, named Monica.'


April 20 (Mon.). Last night Mr. Joye & I (and nobody else with us)
spending "the Evening together in Oxford, he told me that the Chevalier
Ramsey (who is gone out of Town) gave (before he went) in consideration
of Dr. W™ King's Civilities to him in Oxford, the perpetual Right of
printing his Travells of Cyrus in French (wct is the original, the English
being a Translation & the Right given to another) provided the profits be
turned to the Benefit of S*. Mary Hall. Inquire more of this. Mr. Joye
was one of the witnesses to the Deed of Gift.

The Picture of Edward V in Rastell's Chron. hath a Crown hanging
ic over his head and not upon his head, & the Picture of Richard III hath
the Scepter in his left hand broke and held downward, as is the Scepter
of Edward IT, tho' not broken. Likewise Richard II holds the scepter
downwards unbroken. The rest of the Kings hold them upright.
Richard Ill's age is not mentioned in that Chronicle. From what
I printed of W™ Worcester in the Black Book of the Exchequer, it may
be gathered that he was only 33 years old, when he was killed in Bosworth
Field. Yet the Pictures of him represent him to be an old and shrivelled

This morning in Congregation M^. Jos. Steadman, Fellow of Queen's
20 College, was presented to the Degree of D^. of Div.

April 21 (Tu.). The new Edition of Parker's Anh'q. Eccl. Brit, meets
but with a poor reception. Lord Oxford says he hath two of 1572
Edition, w^b D^. Drake never saw.

Yesterday, called upon me Mr. Pointer of Merton College with one
Mr. Buck. This M'^. Buck and his brother (their names are Samuel and
Nathaniel Buck) are upon a Work containing the Perspective Views of
the present State of many of the most noted Abbies, Religious Founda-
tions, Castles, and other Remains of Antiquity in this Kingdom, They
have already published part of their work, viz. five sets for five years, each

30 set containing 24 cuts, and they are now about the sixth set. The Price
of each set is two Guineas. I was shewed some of the cuts. One is a Cut
of the remains of Eynsham, w^h at the bottom they acknowledge to have
been received from one communicated by Browne Willis, that was taken
anno 1657. I presently told M^". Buck 'twos Anthony Wood's & that
'twas taken by Anthony's own hand, and that Brown Willis hath acted
very disingenuously in not acknowledging it, but permitting that to be
ascribed to himself w^b was due to Anthony.

He shewed me at the same time a Cut of Osney and Godstowe, but
nothing near so just and exact as what I did many years ago.

40 In short, this performance is a superficial Thing & contains little more
than what hath been done already.

April 22 (Wed.). The first Register of Merton College begins
A.D. 1482, the second a.d. 1567. So M"". Pointer told me on Monday
last, I having desired of him this information.

April 22, 1730. J. Worthington to H. (Rawl. 18. 47). Says that in
the Life of George Herbert there are some mistakes about Nicholas Ferrar;
e. g. Little Gidding did not belong to him but to his mother, having been
purchased in her widowhood about 1625. Says that he had heard that

Apr. 20-24.] VOLUME CXXV, PAGES 97-102 267

April 23 (Thur.). From the Northampton Mercury for Monday,
April 20, 1730 :

We hear from Oxford that it being proposed in that University to confer
an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws on the Chevalier de Ramsay (Author
of the Travels of Cyrus and lately admitted a Member of the Royal Society),
a Convocation was thereupon called on Friday last [April 10] and after a slight
opposition, the Favour was granted him by a Majority of 85 to 17.

The Rev. M"". Samuel Baker, minister of Laverstock in Hampshire, succeeds
the Rev. M"". Hinton, deceased, in the Rectory of Lasham in the same county.

This Mr. Hinton is M"". Thomas Hinton, my particular Acquaintance, who 10
loved Antiquities & corresponded with me, and whenever he was in Oxford
he loved my Conversation. He took the Degree of M.A. as a member
of New Inn Hall on June 6, 1681. After this he became Chaplain of
Corpus Xti Coll. Oxford, parson of S*. Peter's in the Baylly, Oxon', & at
length Rector of Lasham in Hampshire. He was never married.

He, the said M^. Hinton, was for some time very intimate and great
■with Dr. Arthur Charlett, but finding Charlett treacherous, he broke off
his acquaintance.

April 24 (Fri.). M^. Ward tells me, from Warwick the 18*11 inst., that
he hath lately met with th' Account of Q. Eliz. entertainment at Coventry, 20-
together with the Recorder's Speech on that Occasion, and is promised
the like Account of her Entertainment at Warwick.

I hear there is put under IM^. Cherry's Picture, wcb is a very sorry one
and not like him (and with w^^ M^". Cherry himself was displeased), the
following ridiculous nonsensical Inscription Franciscus Cherry cl. Dodwelli
alter ego.

M^^. James Joye was of Balliol Coll. when D"". Maunder was Master
thereof. His Tutor was M^". Jer. Milies, brother of the present Bp ot
Waterford and Lismore.

Among Hen. Jones's MSS. in the Catalogue, num. 7007, is Tho. 3°
Otterbourne Chronica Regum Angliae ad Annum 1420. 'Tis a modern
Transcript and is in the Bodl. Library.

In Bibl. Cott. Vitellius F. ix. 3. Chrotii'ca Regum Angliae per Thomavi
Otterburn a prima origine gentis ad tempora R. Henrici V.

Mr. James West told me formerly that there is a Transcript of
Otterburn among M^. Fulman's MSS. papers in Corpus X*i Coll. Lib.

It may be M^. Fulman, who was the Editor of the first Vol. of the
Oxford Historians (and 'tis done best of all the 3 volumes) in folio,
intended to have published Otterburn.

On Wednesday, the 15 of this month, I met in High Street M^. Trollop, 4°
who is related to the Wrights' family and was dark to old M^". Wright.
He told me M^s. Anne Cherry hath left Beaconsfield and hath taken
part of Mr. Bacon's House in White Waltham street to five in. This

Bishop Turner wrote a life of Nicholas Ferrar, but does not know who had
his papers ; probably his son-in-law.

April 23, 1730. Lord Oxford to H. (Rawl. 15. 66). Writes that his
MS. of Hemingford reaches to the year 1300 ; it belonged to Bp. Stillingfleet
and was copied from one of the Earl of Arundel's.


Trollop was great with Madam Cherry & her Daughters. I thought he
might know the particulars of her Will, and therefore I mentioned the
Picture of INI'". Cherry and the silly Inscription put (as I am told) under
it, & the MSS. of the same M^. Cherry, several of wcb were not at all
proper to be sent to the Bodleian. He seemed surprized & said he knew
nothing before of the matter, having not heard the least Word about it.

Mr. ]\Iurray formerly told me that he hath got a MS. of Brule of
England. This History is called by some Ihe Hislory of Si. Alban's.
On the 23'^^! inst. I wrote to M'*. West and desired him to ask M^.
10 JMurray how low it comes.

April 25 (Sat.). My Lord Oxford's MS. of Hemyngford goes as far
as the year 1300.^ The last Fact he mentions is the marriage of
Edward I with Margaret, daughter to Philip, King of France. This MS.
did belong to Bp Stillingfleet, and (as he says) [was] copied from one of the
Earl of Arundel's. My Lord Oxford, in his Letter of the 2'^'^'^, says he
wonders Dr. Gale did not publish the whole, and that he must have seen
this MS. of my Lord Arundel's.

'Tis no wonder that D^. Gale did not publish the whole, since 'twas
customary with him to break of" at a certain period. He intended another
20 Volume & then to have taken in the Remainder. What hindered him
from giving us another Volume, I know not. He lived long enough to
have done it. Indeed, after the volume in w^^ Hemingford is included
(vvch was printed anno 1687), he put out another volume of Historians,
being printed at Oxford anno 1691, but then 'twas not the volume he
designed, wcb was to have begun with Edw. I's reign. D^". Gale died
April 8, 1702, aet. 68.

My Lord Oxford says, if I would see his MS. he will lend it me
whenever I please.

I find by M^. Ansiis's Letter to me of the 21st that the MS. of
.30 Hemyngford at the Heralds' Office, tho' it break off abruptly, wants but
very little of anything.^ He tells me that doubtless he shall be able to
send me the MS. upon my request & note for the return thereof.

April 26 (Sun.). D"". Tanner being just returned to Oxford from
Norwich, I called upon him yesterday in the Afternoon. He told me he
had about 200 MSS. that he would give to Bodl. Library.

He mentioned the Letter of Prince Charles, afterwards King Charles I,
that I have printed at the end of Vila Ricardi IL He lent it to
M»'. Willis, who shewed it me and afterwards gave me a Copy, it being
transcribed by his Son. I told the Dr. that 'twas my Opinion that it
40 could not be gathered from the Letter that the Prince was any way
debauched or inclined to vice, and this I told him I had signifyed to
M'". Willis, when he first shewed it me. The D^. said he could not tell
what to think, yet believed the whole Blame falls upon the Duke of

^ Hearne adds in the margin : ' A mistake from a wrong information I had. It
comes no lower than 1297, & the last fact is about the agreement of a marriage of
Prince Edward, afterwards Edward II, with the daughter of the King of France.'

^ i. e. off.

* llearne adds in the margin : ' It wants a great deal.'

Apr. 24-27.] VOLUME CXXV, PAGES 102-106 269

Buckingham, as without doubt it does. M"". WiUis (I told the Dr.)
thought the Prince was guilty this one time of an amorous Intriegue by
the Duke's Contrivance, wcli opinion I by no means countenanced, when
Ml". Willis insinuated it at his shewing me the Letter, when I told him
'twas plainly capable of another Interpretation. However, I published the
Letter to prevent false Copies & that I might not be charged with
partiality in saying what might be justly charged on de facio Kings,
without taking notice of objections against Kings de jure. And at the
end of Trokelowe's Annals I have shewed how much they are in the
wrong, who from this Letter charge the Prince with vicious Inclinations, ic

The Dr. told me the Life of Ant. Wood by himself, that I had copied
from the original, was all he had finished, and that the rest was only scraps
in Almanacks & some little Sketch in two or three pages, w^t the D^. said
(however) he had not been able to find, neither was it of moment to
inquire after.

The Dr. hath got a Transcript of Hemyngford's History from the death

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