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the 6tii and the 8*^. The President of St. John's died May 24. Wishes
some account could be procured of a MS. once mentioned by Mr. Tireman as
in his father's possession, containing a list of the vestments at St. Peter's, York.

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lately miscarried. See more of her under Dec. i6, 1727. She was
a pretty body.

[Then follows the inscription on the gravestone of Nathaniel Spinckes,
ob. July 28, 1727, in St. Paul's churchyard.]

June 13 (Thur.). Mr. Ward of Warwick hath lent me, what he also
borrowed, a 4*" printed Book intit. : Sacra institutio baptizandi, matri-
monium celebrandi, infirmos ungendi, mortuos sepeliendi, ac alii nonnulH
ritus ecclesiastici juxta usum insignis ecclesiae Sarisburiensis. Duaci,
1604, 4*0. At the end are: Annotationes in precedentem sacram
10 Institutionem, ex quibus Christianus lector & venerandam nonnullorum
ecclesiae Catholicae rituum antiquitatem percipiet & aliqua, obscurius
in ManuaH Sarisburiensi tradita, elucidata reperiet.

June 14 (Fri.). [Extracts from the book just mentioned.]

June 15 (Sat.). D^. White Kennett hath just published a large folio
Vol. wcfa he stiles a Chronological History. It beginns at the Restaura-
tion of K. Ch. II, and takes in only two years, ending with 1662. It is
a strange Rhapsody from Pamphlets and I know not what, shewing the
poor man to be a very injudicious scribbler. I hear he is now quite
despised, w^h much dejects him,

20 June 16 (Sun.). Sir W°^ Temple had the Gout when he was
47 years old. He used to say when People had that Distemper, they
were fit for nothing. He said People should give off Business, when
they came to be fifty years of Age.

Caussin his Holy Court hath the Life of Mary Q. of Scots. He gives
a fair Character of Mr. Camden for his Relation of that Affair, tho' he
calls him a Huguenot. Nicholson, in his Scottish Hist., Lond., 1702,
p. 166, mentions a MS. concerning this Queen wc^^ he stiles The True
History, Sj-c, in the well-furnished Library of S. Pepys, Esq. M^, Ward,
of Warwick, thinks Caussin's whole Relation was taken from that MS.

30 June 18 (Tu.). On Saturday last, Mrs. Betty Stonehill, of S*. Peter's
in the East, Oxford, a very pretty body, with whom the Organist of
Magd. Coll. used to be so much, the Daughter of the late Mr. Stonehill
of that Parish, was married to one M"". Thomas \_bla77k\ a man of a good
Character, who hath lived about 18 years in the Powis's family, and is
about 30 years old and she about 25.

From Mist's Journal for Sat., June 15, 1728 : —

They write from Manchester, June 8, that that day the R*. Rev^. their
Warden [D^, Peploe, Bp of Chester] condescended to call a Chapter, where
was elected the Reverend M^". Brooks, late of Oriel College, to be one of their

June 17, 1728. H. to Dr. Mead (Rawl. 28. 122, drnft). Would like
a transcript of John Gower's chronicle of Ric, II, and the Depositio Ricardi II,
both in Cott. MS. Tib. A. iv.

June 18, 1728. H. to the Earl of Oxford (Rawl. 28.123, draft). Returns
Wood's Diary and the Roll of Cookery. Wishes to know when Sir Simonds
D'Ewes was born.

June 12-20.] VOLUME CXIX, PAGES 63-73 21

Fellows, as was the Reverend M'. Richard Asheton confirmed Chaplain, and
M'. Edward Betts, rechose Organist. Every thing was done without Hurry,
our learned and most ingenious High Sheriff attending with the Proclamation
against Riots, but there was no Occasion.

fvB, We presume the Reverend IVP. John Heber, who had a Fellowship
lately given him by the S*. James's Post of 300 lib. per Ann., will go speedily to

The said M^, Heber is the Gentleman I formerly mentioned of Univ.
Coll. He endeavoured to be Fellow of INIanchester, not by Election but
by Royal Authority; Peploe declining a great while to call a Chapter 10
was to have the Matter lapse, but the Thing having been decided at Law,
their Aim is lost. This Heber is no Graduate of either University, but
I am told he is a Lambeth Bach, of Law. He is a Man of a bad
Character, a Spy, and treacherous and false.

June 19 (Wed.). Monday last and yesterday being prodigious hot
days, it occasioned much Thunder and Lightning with vast Rains, but
that which was most felt at Oxford was yesterday at three Clock in the
afternoon, when there was a very extraordinary Storm of Thunder and
Lightning, three Claps of w^t were very remarkable ; particularly the first
of those three was the most surprising Crack that either I or others at 20
Oxford (as themselves say) ever heard, the Lightning and the Thunder
coming both together, which argues that the Cloud (as it really was) was
very near. There was a vast Rain with this storm, w°^ Rain (as the
Thunder and Lightning did also, but at a distance) continued all the
Afternoon till three or four a Clock the next Morning, being June 19, ,
Wed. The main force of the great Clap before mentioned was just over
King's Street, commonly called Coach and Horses Lane, in S*. Peter's
Parish in the East, Oxford, on the west side of w^h street it beat down
the Corner of a small low building or Tenement there, and descending to
the Ground spHt in pieces a deal board & demolished a small part of the 3°
wall next to the Ground, & did some little damage, tho' not at all
dangerous, to a brewer that was then at work in an adjoining Brew
House, & frighted all the inhabitants thereabouts. I happened to be at
one of the Windows next to S*. Peter's Church Yard in my room (at
Edmund Hall) next to the said Church Yard. I was mightily surprized
at the Lightning and the Thunder both coming together, & was very
apprehensive of the very great Danger, especially at the suddeness of the
Stroke, the Cloud rising, as it seems [j/r], just over that part of S*. Peter's
& immediately bursting in a most terrible manner beyond what 'tis possible
for to describe. It is & will be the topick of Discourse whenever any of 40
those thereabouts shall happen to discourse of Affairs of this kind.

Juue 20 (Thur.). Dr. Rawlinson has a vast Collection of Papers (as
he tells me) relating to St. John's College, Oxon., w^^ he'll be bold to say
are not to be exceeded or amended by any member, none he says ever
saw more, or has made greater use of the papers he has of his College ;
some belonging to D^. Baily, once President, he fell upon in London,
which give great light into the histories of S*. John's College and the see
of Sarum, whereof he was Dean.


June 21 (Fri.). Mr. Anderson's Book about the Queen of Scots in
four Qto's is four Guineas Price. This Anderson was a Presbyterian, so
is, I suppose, his son.

Yesterday called upon me Mr. Edw. Burton, formerly Commoner of
Oriel College, whom I have often mentioned in my printed Books. He
told me he was nearly related to Rob^ Burton, Esq., who when I came
first to Oxford was Gent. Com. of Edmund Hall. This Rob^ Burton was
a Shropshire Gentleman. He died five or six years agoe, leaving behind
him a son.
10 Mr. Burton said all Will. Prynne's Books are of very great authority in
Westm. Hall, notwithstanding his being such a vile Wretch. His
Parliamentary Writs go at 7 Guineas.

June 22 (Sat.). Mr. Burton at the same time told me that Mr.
Mattaire formerly published Proposals for giving a new Ed. of Antiq.
Eccl. Brit., commonly ascribed to Mat. Parker, according to the Lond.

Mr. Burton told me of a second Ed. of Tillesley's Animadversions

upon Selden's History of Tythes. He said it is as large almost again as

the first, that it was printed the same year, is in Lambeth Library,

20 & contains M^. Selden's Reply to him & then Tillesley's Answer to that


On Tuesd. last, being June 18*!^, died at Handborough near Wood-
stock, the widow of the late D^. Bouchier, of a great age, and was buried
there by her husband on Thursday night following, June 2otli.

June 23 (Sun.). M'. Burton the other day assured me that tho' Mr.
Selden, by his careless way of writing, seems to have done everything
extempore, yet that all was laboured, as he found by several specimens
under his own hand, in wch there were such alterations and interlinings,
&c., that nothing was hardly legible.
30 He said also that Dr. Wilkins had a design some time ago of publishing
the Councils, with Mr. Wharton's Additions and Corrections, but that the
Archbishop, D"". Wake, put him by, saying that Mr. Pearce (he that was
some time since V. Principal of Edm. Hall) intended to do that work.
This is what I never heard of before, with respect to Pearce. It seems
after i'earce had got his Living, he excused himself by complaining of
his eyes.

Yesterday I went to the Ashm. Museum, and perused among Ant.
a Wood's MSS. the Catalogue of old M^ Thomas Allen's MSS.

Num. 47, fol. Liber Chartaruni Prioratus S. Frideswydae. There is
40 a note that 'tis in bib. C. C. C. Oxon. I never knew before, that this MS.
well I have often heard mentioned, tho' I never saw it, belonged once to
Mr. Allen.

Num. 58, fol. Gulielmi Worcestrensis variorum autorum deflorationes.
This is now in the Cotton Library, as I take it, where are also several
other MSS. that belonged to Mr. Allen, being procured by M^. Rich^i

June 21, 1728. H. to Rob. New (Rawl. 8. 166, draft). The money may
be paid to Thomas Godfrey, one of the Oxford carriert^, at the Oxford Arms
[see letter of June 6].

June 21-25.] VOLUME CXIX, PAGES 73-79 33

James, as appears from his note at the End of the Catalogue, written by
Mr. Brian Twvne, to whom this Catalogue once belonged : ' IM^. Rich.
James, of Corp. Xpi. Coll., comminge afterwards into Mi". Allen's
acquaintance, gott away many of these manuscripts from the good old
man and conveyed them awaye to London to Sir Rob. Cotton's studdie.'

AUso the owner himself (M'". Tho. Allen) dienge at Oxford in Glocester
Hall, anno domini 1633, gave all his whole studdie of bookes to Sir
Kenelme Digbie, of London, who afterwards gave most of them to the
Universitie's Library.

Dr. Langbaine compared this Catalogue with that of those in Bodley, 10
and marked in this Catalogue what were there & what were otherwise
disposed of, saying : ' Qui autem illic [in Bibliotheca Bodl.] non extant,
vel Diius Digby sibi reservavit vel forte alio distracti sunt.'

The said Catalogue belonged, as I take it, once to D^". Langbaine, or -
rather to the School Tower, where I suppose the D^. met with it among
Mr. Twyne's Papers, as Ant. a Wood did, as I take it, afterwards, and
'tis very probable that Anthony conveyed it off from thence.

Fol. 67 of the said M^. Allen's MSS. is: Quadrilogium de vita
S. Thomae.

4'^ 87. Liber de antiquitate coenobii Glaston. 20

40 88. Roberti Talbott Annotationes in Itinerarium Antonini.

S'^o 3. Radulphi Nigri Chron. \

8^0 18. Jo. Rossi Hist. &c. [All now, I think, in Bibl. Cotton.

8^0 36. G. Malmsb. de Antiq. Glast. J

Anno 1522 Tho. Skelton was Mayor of Oxford. So in Br. Twyne's
Account and Catalogue of the Mayors &c. of the City of Oxford, bound
up with the said Catalogue.

The IMayor of Oxford in old Time was called Prepositus, by wct* name
he occurs even before the Conquest. Prepositus is the same as Provost.
He was also called Praeses. The Bayliffes of Oxford were also some- 30
times called Prepositi. Praetor or Mayor, I think, was made use of in
Henry H^'s time.^

June 24 (Men.). Mr. Cock, formerly Schoolmaster of X* Ch., Oxon.,
and afterwards minister of Chippenham in Wilts., wcb he quitted upon
account of the Oaths, died in the year 1724 at Chippenham, where there
is a monument to him set up, near the place where he lies buried, at the
West End of the Chancel. The Inscription is this, as sent me by M"".
Gilbert Lake, the present Vicar of Chippenham.

[Here inscription omitted.]

June 25 (Tu.). Bp Wren was a true Antiquary. He has left Collec- 40
tions wherever he went, as Pembr. Hall where Fellow, Peter-House
where INIaster, Windsor where Dean, & Ely where Bishop, many of which
M"". Baker hath seen ; but being in loose scattered papers are in danger

^ This paragraph is full of errors. The mayor was never called prepositus ; but
the bailiffs were habitually called prepositi until about 1250, after which the word
baillivi gradually came into use. There was no mayor in Oxford, or in any other
town, in Henry ll's reign; Oxford first had a mayor in 1199 or 1200. Pretor was
used occasionally of the bailiffs in very early times. The <\\\t praeses is unknown. — Ed.


of perishing. D^. Tanner hath likewise seen many of this good Bishop's
Collections. They should be got together as far as possible, & endeavours
for preserving them should be used. The Cambridge men are much
wanting to themselves in not retrieving the Remains of their Worthies.
Mr. Baker is the only man I know of there, that hath of late acted in all
respects worthily on that head, and for it he deserves a statue.

The following Letters Patent I copied from the original, lent me today
by Mr. Loveday, Gent. Com. of Magd. Coll. He said original is on
Parchment. [Then follows Letters Patent of Feb. 6, 2 Ed. VI, by
lo which the King appoints Sir Humfrey Browne, kt., and Sir James Hales,
kt., serjeant-at-law, to hold an assise of novel disseisin which William
Wyfold and Alice his wife have arraigned against William Naysche and
Alice his wife about a tenement in Matyngly.^]

June 26 (Wed.). Mr. Baker informs me that he hath a Copy of the
Lady Margaret's Foundation, & that there is nothing in it that two of
the same House shall not be immediately Professors.

Dr. Salmon was with M^". Baker and offered him a sight of his Papers,
wcb he declined as civilly as he could, for he is told he goes very much
out of the common Road. If Dr. Stukeley be his Guide (as he certainly
20 is) he will be in danger of wandring {sic). Mr. Baker observes that our
Friend M"". Murray is a great Admirer of that Doctor, unless I have
shown him reasons to alter his opinion. I have talked more than once
with Mr. Murray on that head, but found him stiff, & that 'tis hardly
possible to make him alter his opinion, wcb nevertheless perhaps might
be easy, were M^, Murray a Scholar and versed in true Learning.

June 27 (Thur.). Yesterday was a most dismal day. It began to
rain (pouring down at 3 Clock in the morning) attended with Thunder
and Lightning, and continued 'till eight (the Lightning and Thunder
having been indeed, tho' at a distance, all night) that morning, when
30 it ceased for a while, and then began again with Thunder and Lightning,
& rained very hard till quite night, it being withall very hot. It is very
remarkable that between two and three Clock that morning the Sky was
Eastwards most amazingly red, insomuch that the very Element seemed
to be on fire, 8c many people and particularly myself were so surprized at
it that they thought there was a great & veritable fire, & thereupon got
out of their Beds, it being as light as it were as midday, soon after w^li it
grew dismally dark & then followed the great Rain.

June 28 (Fri.). Dr. Warton of Magd. Coll. told me yesterday, that

he hath often heard that one Mr. Francis Bagshaw, Fellow of Magd.

40 Coll. & a very great Whig, was Author of the Account in 4^0 of the

June 28, 1728. T. Ward to H. (Rawl. 17. 43). M had not forgot to send
you this MS. containing Ross's Account of the Earls of Warwick, but was
prevented by my removal to Barford [Warwickshire], where I have lately met
with a piece of Antiquity. It is the gravestone of one Will, de Wellesburn
who was incumbent here in 1298 ; and tho' Dugdale makes no mention of this

* i. e. Mattingley, Hants. — Ed.

June 25-Juiy 1.] VOLUME CXIX, PAGES 79-84 25

Proceedings at Magd. Coll. in 1688, a book wct Dr. Thomas Smith used
to condemn as partial & full of Falsities, and yet in one of the Catalogues
of Bibliotheca Rawlinsoniana D^. Rawlinson hath ascribed it, by a very
great mistake, to the said Dr. Thomas Smith.

June 29 (Sat.). M^. Joseph Brookland became, as he saith,
Apprentice to IM'. John Hall, the Printer, in the year 1693, in the 13^11
year of his age.

Simonds D'Ewes stands in the List of those that took the Covenant,
printed (viz. 4,000 copies) by Order of the House of Commons Feb. 5,
1643. 10

Mr. Thomas Warton read his last Poetical Lecture (his time being
now fully expired) on Tuesday last. He designs to print his Lectures.
His Father's name was Ant. Warton, wcl^ Ant. was a Clergyman also,
and a good Antiquary, and (as his son hath told me) a great Acquaintance
of Dr. Thomas Smith's.

June 30 (Sun.). Yesterday M^. Sadler of Garsingdon told me that
old Mr. Basset, of whom I have formerly made mention, of Wooley
Green, near Maidenhead in Berks., died about a year ago, in the 102*1
year of his Age.

One IM^s. Lee lives at Ailesbury an hundred and three years of age, 20
who hath all her senses, even her hearing and eyesight, still good and

W'm Worcester's Itinerary in Bennet Coll. Library, Camb., is in so
wretched a hand, that M^. Baker's eyes will not reach it (he being now
turned of 70, as he tells me in his Letter of the 10*51 inst.). He is forced
to lay aside such MSS. There is a fair Copy, taken he presumes by
ArchbP Parker's Order ; but as far as he remembers, it contains only the
account of Churches & Religious Houses, & the rest is left out as useless.
It is such a Rhapsody, as you shall seldome meet with, containing scraps
of paper pasted in, in different hands & probably not all his own. 30

July 1 (Mon.). Yesterday in the morning, preached at S*. Marie's,
before the Univ. of Oxford, Dr. Matthew Hole, Rector of Exeter Coll.,
a man almost 90 years of age, and yet useth no Spectacles.

church's being rebuilt at any time, nevertheless I am inclinable to believe it
was, from the following circumstance ; viz. the above-mentioned stone is
placed in the north wall of the church, on the outside next the Chancell ; it is
in two halves with a plain stone between. The whole wall is of the same sort
of stone, squared and jointed alike, and seems to bear equal date with the rest
of the building.' If H. prints Ross's Account, the frontispiece, Jrma IVarivici,
ought not to be omitted. There is a piece of ground in Barford called Akerman
Close, or ' Akerman Furlong, butting upon Ashorne Way, as in my Survey of
Barford Manner made the 16*^ of Elizabeth.' [A drawing shows that when
the two stones were united, they would make a slab i6\ inches by 72 inches.]
June 29, 1728. H. to Rawlinson (Rawl. 32.22). "Thanks for a present.
Acknowledges a present for St. John's Coll. Library, which H. conveyed to
Dr. Holdsworth, the Librarian. Is glad that R. is preparing a catalogue of his
brother's MSS.


July 2 (Tu.). Yesterday died M". Clark, the Widow of M^. Sam.
Clark (son of the famous Orientalist M^. Samuel Clark), who died many
years ago & was virger of the Univ. of Oxon. She was about 70 years

July 3 (Wed.). The Earl of Oxford, in a Letter from London of
27th of last March, tells me he hath looked into Sir Simonds D'Ewes's
life (in his Lordship's Library) w^l^ is wrote by his own hand, and his
Lordship was pleased at the same time to transcribe and send me the
three or four first lines in answer to my Question, when Sir Simonds

10 was born. My Lord believes he was a puritan, and much more inclined
to the Parliament than to the King. He believes I would not be ill
pleased to read this life. My Lord says, he appears to be a very
laborious & a very exact Collector.

Last night died, of the small Pox and Purples, Mr. Rob* Bradley,
Fellow of New College, a little weak sickly man, who took the Degree of
M.A. on June 8, 1726. He had just got a good Parsonage. He died
at the House of the Widow Tea in S*. Peter's Parish in the East, whose
Daughter M". Eliz. Tea he had courted about 5 years, and it was
supposed they were married, but the old Woman says otherwise, tho' she

20 says had he lived the match would have now been soon consummated.
(He was buried this night just at 12 Clock at New Coll.)

July 4 (Thur.). M'. Loveday of Magd. Coll. told me yesterday
that in the Catalogue of their College manuscripts in 4*0, at the end of
Libri Facult. Artium, occurs this note in a later hand than the Catalogue
was wrote in • Quaere de libro statutorum Hospitii sancti Johannis
Baptistae extra portam orientalem Oxon., quem M. Brian Twine citat
saepius in Apologia Oxon. et per magistrum Summers diligentissimum
Archivorum Magdal. custodem 40 abhinc annis ad ipsum legendum
admissus est ^.

30 July 5 (Fri.). Dr. Rawlinson tells me by Letter of the 2^ inst. that
he designs to cut in copper & print, tho' never publish, some specimens
of several hands of the most antient, fair, and best MSS. in his late
Brother's Library. I cannot see of what use this can be, but I must
forbear giving my frank opinion to him.

He also at the same time tells me, that he hath formed a project some
time hereafter to publish a very pompous and, he hopes, usefull Catalogue

July 2, 1728. H. to Peter Le Weve at Great Witchingham Hall,
Norfolk (Raw). 28. 123, draft). Dugdale in his Baronage quotes the Black
Book as different from the Red Book. If William Botoner's account of the
Norfolk families and the bishop of Chichester's certificate (see letters of May 30
and June 7) are sent to H., he will take care of them.

July 4, 1728. T. Baker to H. (Rawl. 27 B. 54) [see Diary, July 7 and 8].

^ The reference probably is to Tvvyne's Apologia, p. 262, his words being 'in libro
illius hospitalis, quem in Archivis Magdalensiiim diligentissima magistri Summers
custodia salvum retinet.' This is not the book of the statutes of the Hospital, but the
Cartulary, and the deed which Twyne quotes is found on fol. 9 of the Cartulary. No
book of statutes of the Hospital is known. — Ed.

July 2-13.] VOLUME CXIX, PAGES 85-92 27

of the whole Library of his late Brother, taking notice at the same time
of its number of duplicates, and descending to some of his own just,
frequently indeed spitefull, remarks on persons and things. Nor, indeed,
can I see the use of this ; but here I must likewise forbear.

July 7 (Sun.). Mr. Baker of Cambridge thinks D^. Tillesley's book
to be much the best answer to M>'. Selden, for he hath no great opinion
of INIountagu's book, w^h yet made the greatest noise.

Mr. Beaupr^ Bell of Trin. .Coll. Cambr. is an Antiquary & has already
made large Collections, 4" n^ay live (says M'^. Baker in his Letter to me
of the 4''li) io do you service when I am gone. 10

July 8 (Men.). M"". Baker of Cambridge was at Oxford anno 1687,
where being then M.A. he went ad eimdem gradum at the Act at Oxford;
whether entred upon the Register he does not know, but he very well
remembers he paid the Fee, and he further remembers that being
presented as Fellow of S*. John Baptist Coll. in Cambr., some of the
Oxford Doctors smiled.^ One M^. Smith, Fellow of Trin. Coll., went
out at the same Act an. 1687.

July 9 (Tu.). The late M^". John Smith, second Schoolmaster
of Magd. College 's Epitaph, given me the 6*1^ inst. by M^ Loveday,
Gent. Com. of that College. 20

[Inscription, apparently from Magd. Coll., here omitted.]

July 10 (Wed.). M^. Stretton, Gent. Commoner of Edm. Hall, was
born at Thorpe by Egham, in Surrey. He is blind, and on Saturday last,
when he called upon me, he told me he had been so ever since he was
two years of age. He hath no notion of reading intire Volumes through.
He aims at having a litde knowledge in all Arts and Sciences, but he only
hath such and such Passages in Books read to him.

July 11 (Thur.). Yesterday I rec<i from Peter Le Neve, Esq.,
Norroy K. of Arms, an old Parchment Roll, containing the coats of Arms
(with the names prefixed to the greatest part) of some of the Norfolk 30
Families. I take the Author to be W^ Worcester. It belonged for-
merly to Sir William Le Neve, Clarentius. At the same time M^. Le
Neve lent me the Copy of a Certificate made by the Bp of Chichester
to K. Hen. 11 of his Knights' Fees. But this is all in the Black Book
of the Exchequer.

July 12 (Fri.). Quaere, who hath wrote best of the Cortex
Peruvianus, so much used now (and with great reason) in Feavers and
Agues. The Spaniards call it The Feaver Tree.

July 13 (Sat.). I find old Mr. W^ Smith's Book (wch he stiles the
Annals of University College) is got to London, but 'tis there (most 4°
deservedly) looked upon as a meer injudicious Rhapsody, and full of lyes
throughout. I hear he is very angry with his Friend M"". Denison for
applying to improper persons as Visitors. Smith, it seems, denies the

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