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Aug. 6, 1730. R. Mead to H. (Rawl. 8. 83). 'I have sent word to
M''. Casley that I would pay him what you are indebted to him for the
transcript of Otterburne.'


together with D^. Waterland, to answer a Book lately published, called
Christianity as old as the Creatioft, so as these two are to be joynt Authors
of an answer, the Authors of \v^^ Book about Christianity, ^r., were
Mr. Collins and D^. Tyndale, the former of wct is dead.

Aug. 8 (Sat.). Mr. Allen of Kent hath written & printed several
Poems, one of \v^ he intitles Iterculum Cantio Cestriense, or a Trip from
Kent to Chester.

Aug. 9 (Sun.). Yesterday, called upon me, the son of old Mr.
Hailly of Winchmore Hill in the Hamlet of Colshill in Hartfordshire, near
lo Agmondesham in Bucks./ He brought me a letter from my brother
William, in w^t Letter my brother signifyes that his wife is delivered
safely of two brave boys. She was brought" to bed (as this young Hailly
said) on Monday, July 27 last, the day my said brother went from
Oxford, The said young Hailly was born July 29, 1699. He is married
and hath children.

Aug. 10 (Mon.). From the Northampton Mercury for Mon., Aug. 3,

There is very lately dead Sir William Glynn of Oxfordshire, Bart., who was
just entered into the 21^* year of his Age. It is very remarkable that he is
20 the 4*^ Baronet of the Family who has died within these four or five years,
viz. his Uncle, his father, his brother, and now himself. He is succeeded in
Honour and Estate by his youngest Brother, now Sir John Glynn, Bart., of
about 1 7 years of Age.

Aug. 11 (Tu.). One Underwood, who keeps the Red Lyon in Henley,
being in Oxford, laid a wager of 30 Guineas with one Bedsworth of
Oxford, dancing Master, for the same Sum, that a nag he had then with
him in Oxford, would run from the Middle of Magdalen College bridge to
London, and back again to the Bridge in twelve hours. Accordingly,
yesterday morning, at 4 Clock, the nag set out at four Clock in the

30 morning and was back again seventeen minutes and an half before four
Clock in the afternoon, to the amazement of all people, who thought
it impossible, but the nag (a pretty creature) died in less than an hour
after at the Black Nag in S*. Clement's by Oxford. 'Twas rode by two
boys, both w^li did not weigh quite nine Stone. One of them rode from
Magd. Bridge to Gerard's Cross, where he stopt & rested himself, while
the other rode thence to London, round S*. Gyles's Pound & back to the
Cross, & then he rode again to Oxford, & when he came towards Oxford,
instead of coming by Cheyney Lane, he came by Horspath, otherwise the
Horse would most certainly have dropt, the weather being excessive hot

40 and the ways very dusty.

Aug. 12 (Wed.). Yesterday, called upon me, M"". W^ Beckett of
Abbington, chirurgeon. He was born at Abbington and is a single man.
His Father (who is also a chirurgeon, but hath given off his Business) and
he live together. Before his father left off (wch hath been about two
years) he, the son, lived in London. He is a man curious in old Books.

Aug. 12, 1730. D'. Tanner to H. (Rawl. 16. 125). Offers to send H.
the elogium on Nicholas Ferrar, which Archbishop Sancroft thought was by
M''. Crashaw.

Aug. 7-15.] VOLUME CXXVII, PAGES 5-12 317

He is acquainted with M^. John ]\Iurray. He was acquainted with
Thomas Britton the Small Coal man & John Bagford. He lent me an
old Compotus of the manor of Barton by Abbington for one whole year,
viz. the 5*^ year of Roger de Thame, Abbat of Abbington. Barton
belonged to Abbington Abbey. The said Compotus or Rental is on
Velom. Mr. Beckett designs to continue Little's Account of Abbington
Hospital. He hath many other MSS. He gave three half Crowns for
Richard Smith's Auction Catalogue. He hath a mind to erect a Statue
at Abbington to the memory of Sir John Mason. He hath an Historical
MS. on Vellom, the one part of w°li is about the Roman Emperors; 10
what the other is about he knows not. It is in Wiltshire, he having not
yet got it from the person that gave it him. He hath promised me
a sight thereof. He is an acquaintance of D^. Stewkley's, and admires
his fancifull proceedings in Antiquity.

Aug. 13 (Thur.). D^. Knight has wrote Bp Patrick's Life, but having
submitted it to the Censure of two Rt. Rev^s [one of wch is Dr. Gibson,
Bp of London] they are either so over-nice or over-timorous (as men in
Preferments & expectation of greater, will usually be) that a Stop is put,
at least for some time. M^". Baker hath wisht him to proceed, as he hopes
he will. He is likewise making Collections towards Bp Grosthead's Kfe. 20
He may proceed in that without danger of giving offence.

The Catalogue compiled by him (for w^h he received 50 libs, reward)
was a Catalogue of all such printed books as they then had in the Publick
Library, not having then received the late Bp of Ely's books, wct are so
numerous that M^". Baker despairs of seeing a Catalogue in his time.

Aug. 14 (Fri.). What number of MSS. Lord Oxford is possessed of,
Mr. Baker cannot say, but he thinks Mr. Wanley once told him he had
14,000 Cartae antiquae, w^b will go a great way towards half the number
I spoke of to Mr. Baker, w^^^^ was a matter of 30,000 INISS.

Indeed, I have often heard M^. Thwailes speak of the vast number of 30
ancient Cartae in the Harleian Library, not that I presume he was so well
acquainted with the Library himself, tho' I believe he saw it more than
once in the old Earl's time, but from his acquaintance with Dr. Hickes
and Mr. Wanley, who were wont to speak and discourse thereof to
Mr. Thwaites, who had a very great hand in the Thesaurus lingiiarum
septentrionalium, as D^*. Hickes hath gratefully acknowledged. Most of the
said old Cartae belonged formerly to Sir Simonds D'Ewes, a man
undoubtedly of great skill in affairs of this kind.

Aug. 15 (Sat.). On Wed. last, Aug. 12, died (anno aetatis, as I take
it, 71), John Powell of Sand ford near Oxford, Esq., and was buried 40
in Sandford Church to-day. His beautifull Lady died on Nov. 17, 1727
(anno aetatis, I think, 53), as I have formerly observed. He was a man
of great honesty, virtue, & Goodness, and, as most Roman CathoHcks, very
charitable & hospitable to the poor. He was an excellent Landlord
& beloved by all his Tenants, & his Loss is regretted by all that knew him.
He hath two brothers (at least they were lately) living, very learned men.
He hath left two children, both Daughters, by his said Lady, the eldest of

Aug. 14, 1730. {Endorsed: Received Aug. 14, 1730.) Cuthbert Coit-
stable to H. (Rawl. 4. 96). See Diary, Sept. lo, 11, 12.


■vvch was since her Mother's death married to Sir Francis Curson, the
youngest is as yet unmarried.

Aug. 16 (Sun.). Mr. Taylor of Univ. Coll. (who formerly told me
that, besides the long box of papers of Ant. Wood's delivered from
Dr. Charlett's Lodgings for the Museum, there were remaining still two
sackfulls) informed me upon enquiry t'other day, that the said two sack-
fulls are now in the possession of M'. Tho. Cockman, Master of Univ.
Coll., and that among them are several litde note Books of Anthony's, all
wch 'tis probable will be now imbezzeled and turned to some vile use.

10 Aug. 17 (Men.). Mr. James Gibson wrote me word from Wootton-
Underwood the last of last July, that he had made the strictest enquiry he
can about Musewell. It is a lone house & stands in two Countys, Bucks.
& Oxon., as ancient people tell him. He went lately to see it & he finds
S<^. Crosse's Chapel still standing. It is made a Cart-house of, & abun-
dance of ancient strong joysts laid over the upper part of it, to make
a granary of, & for other uses, as to lay wool in and the like. The
greatest signs of a chapell to outward appearance is a free Stone at the
West end, whereupon it is manifest a cross did stand. At the South Side
the corners have some little free-stone; the side two columns, not

20 buttresses, of free-stone ; it is tiled, and the coping up from the wall
to the ridge has been free-stone, as appears from a small remnant left.
He is informed it stands in two] parishes, Brill and Piddington ; but in
Kennett's Parochial Antiquities it appears to be in Amersden. As for
a well from which it should take its name, all the account he can give is
this. There are many springs on that side the hill, but he cannot hear
that any particular one gives a name to the place. . . . The chapell is
built of very cobling Stones, which makes Mi^. Gibson wonder it has
stood so long. . . . No ancient windows, nor dores. . . . The inside
he viewed with as much care as he could, and found at the East end,

30 on the south side, a litde arched place in the wall, over which are some
ancient litde figures in stone, & opposite to them a greater number
on the north side. He could not see the bottom of the Arch, for harrows
& suchlike implements of husbandry. The breadth of the Chapell, to his
thinking, is about 6 yards 6 inches and 6 half inches, the length about
13 yards, 13 inches and 13 half inches. . . . The Fossatum, mentioned in
the Monasticon, he is told is nothing else but such a ditch as parts
all parishes. Other things he says are not much pertinent, but if he can
hear any further he promises an account.

Aug. 16, 1730. Baker toH. (Rawl. 22. 32) \see Diary, Oct. i and 2].

Aug. 17, 1730. H. to Cuthbert Constable, Esq. {transcript, Bodl. MS.
Eng. Misc. c. 88. i). Is glad that C. is writing a life of Abraham Woodhead.
Mr. William Rogers of Gloucestershire, who was well acquainted with
Mr. Woodhead and Mr. Walker, was ' positive in it '.^ Mr. Walker had many
writings of Mr. Woodhead which were never published. Some few years ago
a Dr. Constable was in Oxford, a man who had travelled much ; after he left
Oxford he went beyond seas to end his Hfe in a cloister. ' Let me know what
title I must give you.'

Aug. 17, 1730. [Jane Hearne] to H. (Rawl. 27 b. 384). Thanks for
a guinea. Is now at Bray Wick.

^ Probably means ' positive that Woodhead wrote The Whole Duty of Man '. — Ed.

Aug. 15-20.] VOLUME CXXVII, PAGES 12-19 319

Aug. 18 (Tu.). Mr. Hen. Doughtie, whose Death I lately mentioned,
was one of Rt. Rev^s. He was of S*. John's College in Cambridge, and
]\I'". Baker's countryman, but being a very daring, bold man, Mr. Baker,
tho' he hath received Compliments from him, yet he never durst corre-
spond with him. He was, IM"". Baker thinks, Chaplain to Lord Dundee,
when that L^ gave a defeat in Scotland to Gen. Mackay. Mr. Baker
hath sent me his Admission thus : * Henricus Doughty Dunelmensis,
filius Henrici D. clerici, natus infra Elton ibidem; literis institutus in
schola publica infra Dunelm' sub magistro Battersby, aetatis 19, admissus
est [in Coll. Jo.] subsizator pro magistro Roper, tutore et fidejussore ejus 10
magistro Verdon Mali 25, 1683,' Regr. Coll. Jo. ' H. Doughty. Coll. Jo.
Art. Bac. ann. 1686, 7,' Regr. Acad. He never proceeded further.

Where he took Orders Mr. Baker does not know ; not at Durham an.
1688, for he was that year (a very critical!, trying year) in the Bp of
Durham's family, and the next out of all. IM^. Baker's patron, the Bp,
held his ground ; INI'". Baker, who was a malignant in 88, turned out in 89.^
M^'. Baker's Letter, Aug. 4, ij^o.

Old My. William Rogers of Glocestershire, a great Acquaintance of
Mr. Abr. Woodhead's and Mr. Obadiah Walker's, used to tell me that
M'". Woodhead was Author of a Book of Opticks, & of The whole Duty 20
of Man, & of the other pieces w^li goe under the name of the Author of
The whole Duty of Man, but this last particular I could never believe.

Aug. 20 (Thur.). To the Rev. Mr. Edward Lye at Little Houghton
near Northampton.

Rev. Sir,

I thank you for your present, and for the List of Books. I have
Coverdale's Bible, tho' of another Edition. I suppose yours is Tindale's
and Coverdale's, which came out in 1535. Pray look whether it hath
gelded man instead of Eunuch in Acts viii. If not, 'tis not so remarkable
as otherwise 'twould be. 3°

You may send me, if thev be perfect and in good condition —

1. Jope's Exposition of Daniel . . . . 00 00 06

2. The Welsh Grammar with Powell's MSS. Col-

lections, provided they are not an abstract
only of what he printed ....

3. Fisher : Assertion' Luther' Confutatio

4. Test. Gr. per Fell

5. Norden's Middlesex; but see that it hath the

Map .......

















I am, Sir, your very humble servant,
Aug. 20, 1730. Tho. Hearne.

Aug. 20, 1730. Cuthbert Constable to H. (Rawl. 4. 93) \see Diary,
Sept. 13, 14].

^ Mr. Baker's Letter runs: 'not at Durham anno 1688, for I was that year [&c.
as above'] out of all. My Patron, the Bishop, held his ground ; I, who was a malig-
nant in 88, turned out in 89.' — Ed.


Aug. 21 (Fri.). M^, George Ballard, of Campden in Gloucestershire,
a young ingenious Taylor, whom I have formerly mentioned, being now
in Oxford, he yesterday called upon me, and his youngest Brother (for he
hath two Sisters and four Brothers living, whereof himself is the eldest
son) was with him, and we spent the evening together.

His ingenious Sister, who is now 26 years of age, is very curious in
Coins & Physic, she designing to be a Midwife by the Assistance of her
Mother, who hath followed that Imployment many years.

The said ingenious Sister reads very much in Physick & History, &
10 procures many of the best Books that way.

Mr, Ballard then gave me a little MS. in vellom in 120, being a common
Law Book of an old hand, containing Magna Charta & other Statutes, of
w<^^ kind of MSS. I have seen many.

He also gave me a Manks Brass Piece with an Head upon it.

He likewise gave me a very old Coin of Carausius in IBrass, found in

He told me there is a Catalogue taken by M^. Smith, Schoolmaster of
Campden, of my late friend Richard Graves of Mickleton Esq.'s books,
& that Mr. Smith says 'tis hardly credible what Curiosities there are among
20 them.

He said the eldest son (Morgan Graves) of the said Richard Graves
hath no manner of Genius nor Inclination to Antiquities, so 'tis feared
the Books will be sold, but that the second son (a boy) is mightily
inclined that way, for w^l^ reason 'tis wished the Books might be kept
for him.

Aug. 22 (Sat.). Yesterday, in the evening (after my return from my
Country Walk) called upon me, M^. Wni Becket of Abbington, & I restored
him his MSS. Roll of Barton.

He hath a MS. on Vellom by one Stipes, a chirurgeon of S*. Aldate's
30 in Oxford, near the stile.^

He told me the Mannor of Barton belongs now to the Reeds, one
of well built one of the Isles in Abbington Church (S*. Helen's) called
Reed's Isle.

The Reads removed from Barton House tempore Caroli primi. Barton
House was pulled down when Abbington was besieged.

The foresaid Roll about Barton Manour was presented to Mr. Beckett
by George Knap, Esq., Recorder of Abbington.

The MS. (in w°^ are so many Historical Things about the Roman

Aug. 22, 1730. H. to the Hon. Cuthbert Constable, Esq. {transcript ;
Bodl. MS. Eng. Misc. c. 88. 3). Has received two guineas for Cuius. Dr. Con-
stable was in Oxford July 17, 1721 ; he was then upwards of three score, was
a Doctor of Physick, a Botanist and Antiquary ; had travelled in most parts of
Italy. Was said to have a good estate in the north, which he gave to his
brother, and to have become a ' clergyman ' in his old years. [The rest is
identical with the Diary for Aug. 27.]

^ There was a stile on the south side of Pembroke St., in the alley which leads to the
west end of St. Aldate's Church. — Ed.

Aug. 21-25.] VOLUME ex XVII, PAGES 19-25 321

Emperours) was given him by M"". Triplet, a Clergyman, and it now lyes
at Tho. Ewre's of Highworth, Esq.

Mr. Beckett gave me a Book in 12° in French, about the Creatures,
printed in fourteen hundred and odd, but he had it not with him.

Mr. Beckett hath a very old MS. in Vellom of Lactantius de religione
Cristiana. It belonged to S"" Thomas More, as M"". Becket hath been
very well assured.

He hath a MS. in Physick and Chirurgery that belonged to Sir Thomas
Browne of Norwich. It is in Vellom. The Author was John Ardern,
Arden. or Ardeson. 10

Mr. Beckett hath a prospect of being Governour of Abbington

Aug. 23 (Sun.). Last night M"". Geo. Ballard and his brother Thomas
called upon me again, and we spent the Evening together.

The said Mr. Geo. Ballard then shewed me 4 or five more Roman
Brass Coins, but they were not Scarce.

I made then a Present to him of my Letter about the Andquities
between Windsor and Oxford, printed at the Theater.

He told me that D^. W^ Thomas, who lately put out a new edition
of Dugdale's Antiquities of Warwickshire, wcli I have not yet seen, 20
would do no more, because he had met with very little Encouragement
in that work.

The Dr. surely might have met with better, had he put out the Additions
in a distinct separate Volume.

Aug. 24 (Men.). Last Thursday, was created in Convocation Dr. of
Civil Law^, the IMarquess of Blanford.

On July 22°<i last died Mr. Humfrevile Fairer, B.D., Rector of Becons-
field in Bucks. He had been formerly Fellow of Magd. Coll. Oxon., and
was younger brother to Dr. Fairer, late of that Coll.

There is also lately dead M^". Nath. Tranter, B.D., Rector of Pembridge 30
in Herefordshire. He was before Fellow of Corpus X^i. It is a noble
Living, yet he died in bad Circumstances, notwithstanding he was a single
man and hath had the Living five or six years.

Mr. Fairer is succeeded at Beconsfield by D^". Thomas CoUis, Fellow of
Magd. Coll.

Aug. 25 (Tu.). D'^. Rawlinson, in a Letter from London House of
the 15*^ inst., tells me he hath searched the Prerogative Office for two
years back for INI". Cherry's will, but finds no such name in its Indexes,
so that he is at a loss how to satisfy me.

Mr. Eedes, lately Gentleman Commoner of Edm. Hall, is lately dead 4°
at his Parsonage in the Country, where he led the same drunken Life as
in Oxford. He had a Rupture & was very fat & unweildly, and kept his
bed 12 weeks, not able to stir, and his Rupture turned to a ^Mortification.
He was educated a Presbyterian, was a sad Hypocrite & dissembler, &
'tis incredible to think what mischief he did all the time he was at
Edmund Hall, it being his whole study to seduce young Gentlemen, w^h
he the more easily effected because he was a man of Parts. He was

Aug. 25, 1730. Jamea West to H. (Rawl. ir. 163) [see Diary, Aug. 29].


never so well pleased as when he had made any one drunk, and he spent
a vast deal of money there purely for that end, & if he could not get
Gownsmen to drink, he would then invite & force Townsmen to it, & to
get his Aim the better it was common with him to mix Brandy with the
Liquor he gave them.

Aug. 26 (Wed.). Yesterday in the afternoon called upon me the
Rev. D^ Miles Stapylton, first of Univ. Coll., afterwards Fellow of
All Souls Coll. & now Rector of Horspenden, alias Harding,^ near Henley
in Oxfordshire.
10 He is a very worthy, learned Divine, & when he was many years ago
in France, he conversed with Father Simon & Father Harduin.

When he was a young man, he translated Plutarch's life of Caius
Marius into English, printed in 1684 with Plutarch's Lives done by
several hands. And this is all that he hath in print, as he told me when
I asked him, tho' I wish he had published other Things, considering his

He is strangely concerned at the woful decay of Discipline in our
University, wch occasions so much Atheism, Deism, Debauchery, & all
kinds of Immorality, for wcli the young men are blamed, whereas the
20 Fault lyes in the Governours & Tutors.

He called the famous Mr. Dodwell his couzin by the mother's side,
who was a Slingsby.

He could not but deplore what hath befallen the eldest son of that
truly learned & religious Man, who acting quite contrary to his father's
Principles was lately expelled Magd. Coll. (tho' he had before retired into
the Country), when two others (as several more should have been) were
expelled for their wicked behaviour.

It is a sad Misfortune that this should have happened to so great
a Man's son. But as the mother is to be blamed for sending him thither,
30 & for encouraging him to act contrary to those Principles of Honesty
professed by his Father, so his Tutor also, M"". Cane, commonly called
Dr. Cane, is highly culpable, being a man of vile Principles himself, and
one who, when Librarian, put most vile scandalous books, such as Hobbs's
Leviathan, &c., into the Undergraduates' Library of Magd. Coll. on purpose
to seduce and pervert young men.

Dr. Stapylton told me his School Fellow was my friend Mr. Thomas
Baker of Cambridge.

His sister (who is still living) married M'. Patrick Gordon, who died
lately, & was formerly my Schoolmaster at Bray, being the first Master
40 I had for the Latin Tongue, & was a very great man for the Hebrew
Tongue, & was an excellent Scholar, & was one of the ejected Scotdsh
Episcopal Clergy, having been in Scotland Professor of Hebrew &
Humanity, and afterwards of Divinity at Aberdeen, & (as I understood
by Dr. Stapylton) he had some sacred office under (I know not whether
he was Chaplain to) Archbishop Sharpe of S^. Andrews.

The D^. told me he is in the 73''d year of his age.

Aug. 27 (Thur.). Copy of part of a Letter I wrote to-day to IM^".
Baker of Cambridge : ' I want (if I could get it) something more about

^ Hearne must mean Harpsden. — Ed.

Aug. 25-28.] VOLUME CXXVII, PAGES 25-32 323

Mr. Abraham Woodhead than hath been said by Mr. Wood. Tho'
he was a Roman Catholick, yet I always looked upon [him] to have been
one of the greatest men that ever were bred in England. Old Will.
Rogers of Glocestershire (now dead) was his great Acquaintance (as he
was also well acquainted with Mr. Obadiah Walker & Mr. A. Wood) and
used to tell me that M^. Woodhead wrote a Book of Opticks, and that he
was certainly the Author of The whole Duty of Man, &c. ; and indeed
some others have also imagined M^. Woodhead to have been the Author.
I am told lately that M"". Vinter (who was a contemporary of IM"". Wood-
head's and an Oxfordian) informed a certain worthy Lady, that he askt 10
Mr. Woodhead whether he was the Author of The ivhole Duty of Man,
and he made no answer ; w^t considering the great modesty and humility
of IM"". Woodhead might incline some to think to be a sufficient proof of
his being really the Author ; and yet, to speak my mind freely, I cannot
believe that he was Author, especially when I reflect with myself upon
what was told me on Aug. 24, 1706, by a very learned friend of mine,
who hath been dead more than twenty years, viz. that being in discourse
(about the year 1682) with Bp Fell in his lodgings at X* Church (the
occasion of which Discourse my friend did not tell me, nor indeed is
it material to know), the Bp told him most solemnly that he believed 20
he was the onely man (then alive) in England who kttnv who was the Author
of The whole Duty of Man. At that time M^. Obadiah Walker was living
and in England, and was the man -with whom M^". Woodhead had com-
municated his secrets, and had he known who the Author was, the Bp
would not have spoke thus. I wish with all my heart this good Prelate
had entrusted my Friend or any other Friend with the secret, that the
excellent and pious Author might have his deserved, tho' undesired, praise
in this world, as he has already his reward in the other. Some have like-
wise suggested that ArchbP Bancroft was Author ; but this is still more
unlikely than Mr. Woodhead. I say no more on this occasion, unless it 30
be that many years ago was given to the Bodleian Library the Original
MS., the very Book from wch 'tw-as printed, as appears (as I remember)
from the Printer's marks, of The Causes of the Decay of Christian Piety.
The Book I placed in the Library myself (for 'twas before I was debarred)
and before 'twas placed there it was shewed to D'. Henry Aldrich, who said
he believed 'twas not the Author's own hand, but that 'twas written
in a disguised hand by Bp Fell. Of which opinion I am also, I having
often seen the Bp's handwriting.' ^

Aug. 28 (rri.). On Wednesday last died old Mr. Nash of S*. Peter's
in the East, Oxon., aged 86. Buried to-night at S*. Peter's in the Baylly. 4°

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