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he thought very apposite. He had made laree Remarks (as hath been 30
said) upon Camden's Britannia, wch book M'^. Brome & myself have
much enquired after, but we could never hear where it is, my Lord Oxford
knowing nothing at all of his Writings. He was reckoned next to
Mr Edw. Lluyd for knowledge in the British Language ; but M^. Lluyd
has told Mr. Brome & others he was a greater Master of it. His brother
in Law, D^. Morgan, Rector of Ross, can give the best account of him of
any one M"". Brome knows, but he is difficult of Address; however,
Mr. Brome will endeavour to get a short Detail from him upon my

Oct. 5 (Mon.). In the Library of the Church of Rochester is a large 4°
Folio Vellum MS. entered in their Catalogue under the Title of Libei-
Theologicarum Quaestiotium per dominum lohannem. dj-c. M^. Loveday
(who told me of it) says this is doubtless part of the Work, but he makes
a Quaere whether there may not be in it some Historical Notices relating

Oct. 3, 1730. Thomas Ward to H. (Rawl. 1 1. 74). ' Cousin West ' has
been at Warwick and bought a life of St. Werburg and other things.

Z 2


to the Convent of Rochester, since in the 2nd Leaf he finds this Titulus :
Liber de Claustro Roffensi per domi'num lohannem etusdem loci Priorem.

Oct. 6 (Tu.). Jonathan Davison, B.D., a Newcastle-upon-Tine
man, was presented by St. John's Coll., Cambridge, in 1687 to the
Vicarage of Aldworth in Berks, (which formerly belonged to the Abbey of
Whorwell or Wherwell in Hampshire & was given to the College by
archbishop Williams), but refusing the Oaths to K. William & Queen
Mary, and the College presenting no other man, it lapsed to Burnet, Bp of
Salisbury, who presented one Bowchier, after whom John Peareth, M.A.,
10 was presented by the College. This Davison transcribed the old Registers
of Aldworth into a Vellum Folio in a very good hand. It begins in 1556.
This Information I had from IM^^. Loveday of Magd. Coll., Oxford, who
had it of Mr. Peareth.

Oct. 7 (Wed.). Rastall's sign at the end of his Chronicle is a very
odd one. It is called in Cowper's MS. Catalogue, penes Hans Sloane,
the Creation. Cowper there mentions it when he is speaking of Rastall's
Chronicle. Lord Oxford lent me that Chronicle. In another book
L^ Oxford hath 'tis called The Sygnt of the Meremayd. My Lord hath
another book which has no description above it, but just as the Chronicle
20 is. So my Lord told me in his Letter from Dover Street, July 21, 1730.

Oct. 8 (Thur.). In the book of Wm Wyrcester, which I had of the
Heralds' Office, when I was printing the Black Book of the Exchequer, is
a fragment in French of the intended combate between the Dukes of
Hereford and Norfolk, that contains particulars (as M^. Anstis formerly
told me) not in any of our printed Historians, wc'^ he thought might have
been applicable to the History I was then about of Ric. II, but I did not
myself judge it proper to take notice of it.

Wood does not mention the Country of Sir Thomas Clayton either in
the Historia or Athenae, & the Books of the Heralds' Office only relate
30 his Knighthood on the 27*^ Mar., 1 661, without any other particulars.
The Matriculation Book of Oxford will tell his Country.

Oct. 9 (Fri.). Ml". Baker doubts most of the considerable particulars
in Gascoign's Dictionary are printed already. This he said upon occasion
of my mentioning the Extract of all the historical Passages in it in the
hands of M^, George Harbin, of w<^^ L^ Oxford hath a Copy.

Mr. Baker finds there has been such a Book of Grammar of Linacer

in English by Buchanan, who translated it into Latin ; but being for the

use of Schools he presumes all the Copies may have been torn & wasted

among Scholars and not possible to be met with now. But his Latin

40 Book contains all, and that with Improvements.

Oct. 6, 1730. Baker to H. (Raw!. 23. 56). Mr. Harbin is at Wimple
with Lord Oxford. [See also Diary, Oct. 9.]

Oct. 8, 1730. James West to H. (Raw). 1 1. 164). ' I find the gentlemen
of Corpus disperse their Case ; for I have had two or three sent me by
anonymous donors.' Hopes to drink H.'s health with Mr. Granger and
Mr. Holmes \see Diary, Oct. 10, which is copied from this letter].

Oct. 5-11.] VOLUME CXXVII, PAGES 89-94 341

Oct. 10 (Sat.). Quaere who was the Author of the book entituled
Les Chroniques de Normandie. 'Tis made use of by Stow, Grafton, and
many of our English Historians. An imperfect Copy of it (the only one
he ever saw) was lately lent M^". West by Martin Wright, Esq., author of
the Law of Tenures. There is much curious History in it, relating
to Henry V, John Duke of Bedford, and the Earl of Somerset. 'Tis
printed by Jean Maw at Rouen, without date.

Mr. George Holmes is confirmed in his Place of Deputy Keeper of the
Records by Mr, Polhil, who is made Keeper of the Records in the room
of Mr. Topham, deceased. 10

Oct. 11 (Sun.). Last night, meeting with M^ Moses Williams in the
street, I took him to my room at Edmund Hall, & had some Discourse
with him.

His first Wife being dead without Issue, he very lately married a second.

This Moses Williams is well skilled in the British Language, & took
care of M^. Wotton's Ed. of Howel Dha's laws, published lately since
Mr. Wotton's death.

He told me he had some design of putting out a new Edition of
D^, Powell's History of Wales, with the British Text of Caradoc of
Lancarvon and many Additions besides. 20

He said there are about twenty copies of Caradoc of Lancarvon in the
Library of the late Great Antiquary, M^. Vaughan of Henguist, the
present Heir having an inclination to Learning, & having still a pretty

He told me he takes the Answer of the Abbat of Bangor to Austin the
Monk, asking subjection of the Britains ' to the Church of Rome, printed
in p. 108 of Spelman's Councils, to be spurious. This he told me upon
my mentioning to him that I thought it to be so, though I was unskilled
in British.

It is also printed by Smith in Ven. Bede, p. 716, but without noting 30
that 'tis spurious, tho' M^". Williams had told M"". Smith that 'tis so, as he
told me.

Mr. Williams some years ago printed a little Catalogue of what printed

Oct. 11, 1730. H. to Bawlinson (Rawl. 32. 46). Returns Ashmole's

Orders, &c. ' You do well to add Pride to what was said of the Gr r's

son,'^ and the lowest submissions lucri causa.' Would like a Catalogue of
Le Neve's books. ' I know nothing of M'". F. Gyles's buying any parcel of
M^ Dodwell's books. He bought indeed here at Oxford, a little before
M''. Whiteside dyed, a great number of M"^. Dodwell's book de Cyclis, by the
help of M''. Whiteside (who it may be had his interest in them) for a very
inconsiderable sum, of Tillemont Bobart, husband of John Hall's widow, which
books John Hall stopt when Benj. Tooke broke, and having satisfyed the
University kept them as his own, tho' M'. Dodwell was never satisfyed in the
least for compiling that excellent work, as 1 have several times heard him say,
so that he lost all his Copy money, w^h was considerable, what he used to take,
on purpose to bestow it in Charity.' In a Postscript H. adds that he learns
that Mr. Dodwell's books have been sold by his eldest son.

^ i. e. Britons. Hearne often uses the spelling ' Britains '. — Ed.
' For ' the Greweller's son '. See letter of Aug. 31. — Ed.


Books in Welsh he knew of. He hath since enlarged it, & designs
to give another Edition with an Addition of a Catalogue of the British


Oct. 12 (Men.). Last night, called upon me Roger Gale, Esq.

I had heard that he was about printing a second Edition of his
Antoninus's Itin. through Britain. He said in his Travels he had made
a great many new Observations, & collected several Inscriptions not in his
Antoninus, but he did not intend another Ed., but rather (if he had time)
to make it a new work, the former being chiefly his Father's.
10 He told me he had a MS. of Historia Elyensis (part of w^^ is published
by his Father) of the age of Hen. HI.

He said he could not imagine what became of his Father's MS. of
Hemyngford, \i^^ he believes must be an old one and not a modern

He insinuated that there is a great deal of obscene Stuff in Hoel Dha's
laws, well I have not yet seen.

He said Mr. Baxter's Glossariu?)i Romanum (of w^li the Letter A
only is printed) is much better than his Ghssarmm Brit., and yet that
even in that also there is much Trash.
20 Baxter, in his Gloss. Brit., in the Preface, p. vii, makes Hengist enter
into League with Vortigern, who gave him his Daughter Rouen thereupon
in marriage, & that the Picts & Scots also joyned with them in the said
Covenant, & so Hengist got possession of the Roman Province. On the
contrary, 'tis true that Vortigern called in the Saxons in opposition to the
Picts & Scots, who were avowed enemies to the Britains.' Baxter's
is only a notion without Authority.

Oct. 13 (Tu.). Moses Williams, when he was with me t'other night,
signifyed that the British Chronicle in MS. in Jesus Coll. Library is only
a Translation of Geffry of Monmouth into Welsh, whereas I always

30 thought it had been the Original to the Latin & much fuller. This
deserves particularly to be considered, because if it be the old British
one, from w^^ Geffrey deduced his, it will most highly deserve to be pub-
lished. I know not whether Mr. Williams be a true proper Judge,
because I hear (what I had also understood from some before) by such as
know, that tho' he be well skilled in the modern Welsh, yet he is but
indifferently versed in the ancient British, w^li I suppose may be the
reason why M"". Smith did not rely upon what he said, when he told him
that the Abbat of Bangor's answer in Spelman is spurious. This Chronicle
I have been often urgent with the Welshmen of Jesus College to print,

40 with some Translation, either Latin or English, or some other, but they
are all averse, & are utterly for discouraging their own History.

Oct. 14 (Wed.). From the Northampton Mercury for Monday,
Oct. 12 :—

There is dead very lately the Rev. M'. James Finmore, Vicar of Odiham
in Hampshire, a Gentleman of great Merit, exemplary Life, and Conversation,

Oct. 14,1730. G. Ballard to H. (Rawl. 14. 20) {see Diary, Jan. 11, 173 1].

Oct. 11-19.] VOLUME CXXVII, PAGES 94-100 343

and an indulgent Parent ; he is justly lamented by his Parishioners, and all
who had the happiness of knowing him.

^B. I formerly knew this Gentleman very well, viz. when he was Curate
for many years at Shottesbrooke in Berks, to D^. White Kennett, Rector
of that place, at wch time M^". Finmore used to read Prayers constantly
twice a day, Morning and Evening, in the Parish Church. He took the
Degree of M.A., as a member of Balliol College, on July 4, 1694.

Oct. 15 (Thur.). In Selden's Eadmer, p, 211, is a Charter of
K. Hen. I, turning the Abbey of Ely into a Bishoprick. But M^". Selden
thinks it spurious. Mr. Gale, however, told me on Sunday night last that 10
'tis in the old MS. of the History of Ely, part of w^^ his father hath
printed, written in the reign of Hen. Ill, from whence at least thus much
may be gathered, that the word Dux as distinct kom-Comes, with respect
to a Title of Honour, wc^ is made mention of in this Charter, was in use
in Hen. Ill's time, whereas Selden in his note upon the Charter tells us
'twas not so used till the Reisrn of Ed. III.


Oct. 16 (Fri.). Dr. Michael Stapylton was M^. Baker's old friend,
tho' he (Mr. Baker) hath not seen him since the Act, 1687, I have before
noted that they were School Fellows. They have a great Affection the
one for the other, and are both ]\Ien of great Learning, and tho' M^. Baker 20
be a Non-Juror, and the other not, yet they are both of them virtuous,
good men, and accordingly so respected.

Oct. 17 (Sat.). Yesterday, in the morning, called upon me M^. Sam-
ford of Balliol College, and among other Things told me that they had got
in their College Library an old 4*0 MS. in Vellum de forma Religwsorum,
It belonged to the Abbey of Westminster. He told me he would shew me
that or any other MS. in their Coll. Library, whenever I pleased. He said
he could not tell who gave this MS.

Oct. 18 (Sun.). The old Congregation House of the Univ. of Oxford
was built originally by a certain old Scholar, long before S*. Marie's Church 30
was united & appropriated to Oriel College. Thomas Arundel, at that
time Archbishop of Canterbury, gave 50 marks to Oriel College to part
with their right, upon condition that they receive a penny a year, so that
afterwards it should belong for ever to the University. I know not who
that certain old Scholar that built it was, but am apt to think it was built
in K. Alfred's time, tho', it may be, rebuilt afterwards even before Arundel's

Oct. 19 (Mon.). About a fortnight since, died in Devonshire
Mi^. Samuel Wells, an Oxford young man, aged about 26, by birth.
He was fomerly Clark of All Souls, and thence came to Edmund Hall. 40
He was Bach, of Arts, and about ten years' standing in the Univer-
sity. He was handsome, but led a strange, drunken, loose, debauched
Life, & spent a vast deal of money, with wch he was furnished by his
Aunt, who is the wife of M"". Rich. Dyer, late Fellow of Oriel Coll., who
now lives with his said wife in Devonshire. This Samuel Wells walked
lately over into Devonshire, and lived at some Distance from his Uncle


& Aunt, his Uncle (who cared not to see such an extravagant Debauchee)
all the time being ignorant thereof, tho' his Aunt, who contrived it, was
privy to everything.

Oct. 20 (Tu.). Samuel Hill of Shenston, in the county of Stafford,
Esq., an ingenious Man, has an ample Study of Books, and a long Purse,
as I was told by my Friend Mr. Edward Arblaster, by letter on Dec. 22,
1725. Quaere whether he be still living.

In that year were several brass Coins or Counters found in the puUing
down an old House, belonging to Sir Edward Littleton of Staffordshire ;
10 the Inscription of some of them is thus.^

Oct. 21 (Wed.). Yesterday, in the afternoon, was elected Provost of
Queen's College, Oxon., in room of D^". John Gibson deceased, the Rev.
Joseph Smith, D.D., in his absence, «&, I believe, without his Privity,
formerly Fellow of this College, but now Rector of a parish in London.
He is brother to the late learned D'". John Smith, Prebendary of Durham,
to whom we owe the edition of Bede's Historical Pieces, of vi^^ Edition
his son Mr. George Smith took care after his death. This Dr. Joseph
Smith is a marryed man & hath children, but he is a grave, sober, virtuous
man. The Candidates at first were D^. Mich. Hutchinson, Minister of

20 Hackney, formerly Fellow of the College, Dr. Steadman, & M^. John
Fletcher, Fellows of the College. Hutchinson had stood formerly, upon
the death of D>', Lancaster, but missed it. M^". Fletcher desisted to
Mr. Hutchinson, so that the contest was between D^. Hutchinson &
Steadman. There were fourteen votes, and would have been fifteen had
not one of the Fellows, Mr. Shaw, been absent beyond Sea. There were
seven & seven of a side, & there the matter stuck 'till yesterday, when, to
determine the point & hinder the matter's being brought to the Visitor,
they elected Dr. Smith, to whom D^". Steadman in that case was a Friend.
Dr. Hutchinson is a married man, his 3rd wife being living, & he hath

30 one Daughter living, as I am told, but (I think) he hath no son.
Dr. Hutchinson was very ambitious of the Place, was here himself, and
treated high, being a rich man.

Oct. 23 (Fri.). Old M"". Plailley the Potter being in Oxford, told me
last night that my Brother in Law, Thomas Field of Uburne'^ in Bucks.,
who married my sister Anne Hearne, died on Monday last, and was
buried there the Wednesday following.

He told me also that the eldest of my brother William Hearne's
children, they being twins, is dead, being named William, but that the
youngest, being christned Thomas, is living; but I knew not before that
40 he was so named.

Oct. 22, 1730. Baker to H. (Rawl. 22. 34) [see Diary, Oct. 28].

^ Then follows a drawing of a coin ; the motto round is ' Gotes Seeen macht
Reich '.
2 i.e. Wooburn. — Ed.

Oct. 19-26.] VOLUME CXXVIl, PAGES 101-109 345

Oct. 24 (Sat.). Yesterday I was well assured that M'. Drake of York
hath laid aside his Antiquities of York, and that he is now upon the
Antiquities of Pontefract, being directed by D^. Edmund Gibson, Bp of
London, who hath got what he pleased of M^. Thoresby's Curiosities.

Oct. 25 (Sun.).^ From the Northampton Mercury for Monday,
Oct. 19 : —

There is very lately dead the Rt. Rev. Father in God, William Talbot, Lord
Bishop of Durham, being the yi^' Bishop of that Diocese. He was Lord
Lieutenant of that County, one of the Governors of the Charter-House, and
one of the Society for Promoting the Gospel in Foreign Parts ; consecrated 10
Bishop of Oxford, Sept. 24, 1699, from whence, on the 19*^ of March, 17J*, he
was translated to the see of Salisbury in the room of D'". Gilbert Burnet
deceased ; and in 1721 from thence to that of Durham, in the room of the
Right Hon. & Right Rev. the Lord Crew deceased.

Oct. 26 (Men.). The said Talbot was the son of a father of both his
names of the City of Lichfield, Esq., descended from an antient and noble
Family. He became a Gent. Commoner of Oriel Coll., in the very
beginning of the year 1674, aged 15 years, and in the year following
spoke a good speech in the Encaenia (like a child) that was none of his
own. Afterwards he took the Degrees in Arts, entered into Orders, 20
married the daughter of one — Crisp (an Atturney), living in Chipping-
Norton, and was beneficed. At length, upon the coming to the Crown
of William Prince of Orange, he was by the endeavors of his kinsman
Charles Talbot, Earl of Shrewsbury, in great favour with that King,
promoted to the Deanery of Worcester in the place of the learned and
religious D'. George Hicks, ejected from the said Dignity for refusing
the Oaths to the said King and his Queen, in Apr. 1691, and in June
following was diplomated D^. of Div. by D"". Jo. Tillotson, Archbishop of
Canterbury, and Aug. 8, 1699, he had the same Degree conferred on him
by Diploma by the Univ. of Oxon. He was a man of a personable, 30
gracefull presence, & a good smooth delivery in the Pulpit, w^h pleased
the Multitude, but his Sermons were frothy and shallow, of w^li there
are several printed. When he was a young man in the University, he
was most rem;arkably and scandalously idle & debauched, minded no
studies of learning, but was a compleat Rake, and indeed he had very
litde of Religion to his dying day. He was perfectly regardless of his
words & promises, unless purely for secular Interest, and was sadly

Oct. 24, 1730. Tanner to H. (Rawl. 10. 11). Has had a violent fever
' which, upon the turn, caused all the humors of my body to settle in my right
leg and foot, which swelled both to a very high degree.' Hence the delay in
answering H. [see Diary, Nov. 4, 5, 6, which is ail from this Letter].

Oct. 26, 1730. H. to Dr. William ruUerton (Rawl. 39. 145). Has
had a letter trom Mr. Orme's lady from Peterborough, signifying that she is
ashamed that the Legacy of ;^ 100 left to H. by her brother had not been paid ;
that Mr. Prise the Atturney has had frequent requests from Mr. Orme to sell
part of the estate to pay the legacies ; that at Christmas H. shall be paid the
Interest due, at Midsummer he shall have ^50, and ;^5o at the following


Oct. 27 (Tu.). Yesterday, M^, Rich. Grey, M.A. of Lincoln Coll.,
told me that he had just printed a little book in English intit, Memoria
Technica, in wch, after a new method invented by himself, he gave a short
historical Account of the chief affairs from the Creation, and that he had
made mention of my name at the beginning, and made much use in the
whole of my Ducior Hisloricus. This Gentleman is now a Country
Clergyman, & he told me he is at present printing, at the Theatre,
a sermon preached at a triennial Visitation of the Bp of Lincoln.

Oct. 28 (Wed.). I do not read many Newes Papers, otherwise I am
lo told I should have found, that as in one Paper it is (with respect to
M'. Topham's books) The Cotton Library at Cambridge, so in another
. it is The Cotton Library at Oxford; & yet I am told the books are left to
any public Library, at the discretion of M^. Topham's executors, whereof
D'. Mead, being one, may determine them to Oxford ; but more probably
to the Cotton Library at Westminster.

'Tis a reproach to the Nation that so great a man as D^". Wall, that
wrote of Infant Baptism, should have no Preferment. We did our part
at Oxford, where he had the Degree of D.D, conferred on him, tho' not
noted in the Catalogue of Graduates printed at the Theater, anno 1727.
■20 M"". Baker thinks my character of M"". Eachard to be just, and says
I have made more discoveries in History than all his Volumes contain.

Oct. 29 (Thur.). On Tuesday last M"". Thomas Cox, M.B., was
presented as a member of Merton Coll. to the Degree of Doctor of
Physick. He is a son of the late Peter Cox (Esq., Beadle of Arts and
Physick), and practises Physick at Nottingham.

The same day, in a Convocation at two Clock in the afternoon,
gr Wm Bowyer, Baronet, of Magd. Coll., a young Gentleman of a good
character, was created Master of Arts.

Oct. 30 (Pri.). This day I wrote to M"". Baker of Cambridge to get
30 an account how low the two MSS. in Trin. Coll. of Hemingford's
Chronica sive His tor ia Angliae come. That in the Cotton Library comes
no lower than that in the Heralds' Office, breaking off in 1297 at the
Articles for a Contract of Marriage between Isabel, daughter of the K. of
France, & Prince Edward, afterwards K. Edw. II. Yet Hemingford in his
Pro-oemium tells us he proposed to bring the whole to 1300.

Oct. 31 (Sat.). Yesterday, at 5 Clock in the Afternoon, came to
Oxford the new Provost of Queen's College, Dr. Joseph Smith, and was
met by the Fellows & about an hundred besides on the Road.

Last night, called upon me the Rev. M^". John Rutton, who took the
40 Degree of M.A. as a member of Pembroke Coll. in 1704, June 27, and
is now Minister of S*. Mary Sandwich in Kent. He told me he was
nearly related to the late M^. Thomas Madox, Historiographer Royal.

Oct. 27, 1730. James "West to H. (Rawl. 27 c. 296) \see Diary, Nov. i
and 3, which is copied from this letter].

Oct. 28, 1730. H. to the Hon. Cuthbert Constable, Esq. {transcript;
Bodl. MS. Eng. Misc. c. 88. 9). Has heard from Dr. Tanner [see Diary,
Nov. 6, which is copied from this letter].

Oct. 27-Nov. 4.] VOLUME CXXVII, PAGES 109-115 347

The said M^. Madox died in the 63''<l year of his age.
The said Mr. Madox's MSS. Collections, contained in fifteen volumes
in folio, were valued at fifteen hundred libs. Sed quaere de hoc.

Nov. 1 (Sun.). Yesterday morning Dr. Smith was admitted and sworn
Provost of Queen's College.

The Cotton Library hath been removed, from Sir Roger Mostyn's
house in Essex Street, to the Lord Ashburnham's, opposite to Westminster
School, that house having been hired for their reception by the Govern-
ment, whither it is thought all M^. Topham's Collection will be removed.

Mr. Casley hath prepared a Catalogue of the King's Library, which he lo
intends to print, and wcb contains above 2,000 MSS. not taken notice of
in the printed Catalogue of MSS. of England. He hath added notes and
observations on many of them, and proposes to give the publick a Specimen
on Copper Plates of the most curious ones.

Nov. 2 (Mon.). M^. Edward Lye, Vicar of Little Houghton near
Northampton, gave me lately a little Thing in 4*0 of two sheets, printed
in English and Latin, called A Skeltonical Salutalion, being in verse in
imitation of Skelton. The English is printed in the black English Letter,
but the Latin in the Roman Letter. It was occasioned by the Spanish
Armada's being defeated in 1588. It is perfect, only the first Leaf or 20
Title Page is gone, so that I can neither tell the Author nor the Place
where or the Time when printed, tho' I suppose it might be about the
Time when the Defeat happened, and at London. 'Tis so scarce that
I can hear of no other Copy. Even John Murray, who is very curious
in Skelton, and what relates to him, never saw one, that I can find.

Nov. 3 (Tu.). When Mr. West was last in Oxford, he procured

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