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a Copy of the Statutes of the Univ. of Cambridge, wcb Statutes it seems
are kept so close at Cambridge that it is very difficult to procure a sight
of them, tho' the several Members at Matriculation are sworn to the
Observation of them. 3°

Dr. John Wigan was lately rejected from being Fellow of the Royal
Society when he desired it, not, as I am told, from any Disapprobation of
electing him Fellow, but from an Endeavour to hinder his being Secretary.
By the Statutes, none but a fellow can be chosen Secretary. The Secre-
tary is to be chosen by the Majority of Votes, but a fellow must have
two thirds consenting to his Election, so that it was more easy to hinder
his admission as a fellow, than his election to be secretary after he had
been admitted. My friend M"^. West did not vote in the above Election.

Nov. 4 (Wed.). M^. Nicholas Ferrar, nephew to that most admirable
Pattern of Piety, M^". Nich. Ferrar of Little Gidding, died in the 21^* year 40
of his age, as may appear from my Ed. of Thomae Caii Vindiciae antiq.
Univ. 0x071.

He would have equalled his Uncle, had he lived.

Nov. 3, 1730. Cuthbert Constable to H. (Rawl. 4. 95) \see Diary,
Nov. 6, 12, and 17]. Wishes to know why H. dislikes the second edition of
Athenae Oxon., and calls it spurious.


In his Sepulchral Elogie (made by Mr. Crashaw, as Archbishop Sancroft
thought), his industry in sacris concinnandis Harmomis, and his great
knowledge in Languages is commended.

The book in S*. John's College Library, Oxon., said to be compiled
by the Nuns of Gidding, is certainly one of those Harmonyes, being all
patch Work.

Nov. 5 (Thur.). There is a Letter in the Ashmolean Library giving
an Account of the Nunnery (as it was called) of Gidding, 1636, as
Dr. Tanner tells me in a Letter from Norwich, Oct. 24, 1730; otherwise
10 the most that he hath met with about this Religious Man, M"". Nich.
Ferrar (the Uncle), and his Family, is in Isaac Walton's life of M*". Geo.
Herbert, where he saith that M"". Farrar wrote an excellent Preface to his
friend Mr. Herbert's poems. M^. Walton's story about the Vicechancel-
lour refusing to Hcense those poems, D"". Tanner believes is not quite
right. D"". Tanner hath at Oxford the Original Poems in fair MS. with
the Imprimatur of D^ Lany, Pro-vice-chancellour, and three other Heads
of Houses.

Nov. 6 (Fri.). Among the few scraps D"". Tanner hath left of
M^. A. Wood, he says in the said Letter he don't find any more of

20 Mr. Woodhead, than he has already printed in the Ath. Oxon. He hath
formerly heard that he was the Author of The whole Duty of Mati, and
of all the works of that Author, but knows no good grounds for the same,
there being many things in those Works which a Papist could not say.

One little thing he thinks is in M^ Wood's papers not printed about
Mr. Woodhead & M^ Walker's troubles in 1678, when the Popish plot
broke out : ' Note that in Nov. & Dec. Israel Tonge, fellow of Univ. Coll.,
& Mr. Shippen made friends in the Parliament House to have M^. Walker
turned out for being a Papist, because one of them might succeed [in the
Mastership] ; base ingratitude and false.'

30 The said Shippen (viz. Wni Shippen) was father to D^". Rob. Shippen,
Principal of Brasnose Coll. This W>n Shippen had no other D.D. Degree
but what he had from Archbishop Sancroft, how averse soever the son
has been to the Lambeth degrees.

Nov. 7 (Sat.). Cuthbert Constable, Esq., remembers to have seen
M'". Vinter (who he told me was contemporary of M^". Abraham
Woodhead's) when he (M^. Constable) was a child. He was, as
Mr. Constable believes, an Oxfordian, and became afterwards a Catholick
Clergyman, and lived, when M^. Constable knew him, at Bransby in
Yorkshire, with one M^. Cholemeley or Cholmondeley. He was a very
40 facetious, jolly, fat Gentleman. There is a nephew now of his name living,
who keeps the chief Inn at Huntington.

Nov. 8 (Sun.). At two Clock in the morning of Nov. 2^^^^ last, the
Spire of the beautifull Church (named All Saints) of Maidstone in Kent
was set on fire by Lightning, w'^^ burning from 2 to seven, was by

Nov. 5, 1730. Baker to H. (Rawl. 23. 57) [see Diary, Ap. 24 and 25, 1731,
all taken from this letter.]

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the Providence of God put out before it had reached the Church or
the Bells.'

I*B. That night the Wind was very high at Oxford, and it rained
prodigiously hard (attended, I am told, with very much Lightning at
a distance) quite till morning.

Nov. 9 (Men.). In pag. or col. 235 of Vol. II of the 2^^ Ed. of Ath.
Oxon., it is said that Richard Lloyd left behind him a son named Will.
Lloyd, aftenvards Bishop 0/ S^. Asaph, then of Litchfield, and at length of
Worcester. M^. Wood could not write these last words, because the said
W™ Lloyd was translated to Worcester, anno 1699, four years after 10
Mr. Wood's death. But this is a small Instance of the many tricks plaid
in this Spurious Edition.

In col. 458 of the said Vol. II are these words ; so that from the death
of Ar. Clarke to this time, the superior Beadleship of the Civ. Law and the
Architypographer' s place hath been disjoyned. It should ht Joy tied, as 'tis
rightly in the first Ed. 'Tis true a very few arbitrary persons disjoyn
the two places. A man of Learning is to be Architypographus by Statute,
& by Statute the Beadleship, by way of better encouragement, is annexed
for ever, and M'". Clarke was the first that so enjoyed both offices, and
after his Death they became joyned by Statute, & the Convocation always 20
elects one to be Architypographus & Beadle, and I myself was so elected
in a very honourable way by Convocation, but the then Vice-Chancellour
& some few others made a mechanick Architypographus, & I had only
the Beadleship, notwithstanding my immediate Predecessor, M"^. Thistle-
thwayte, had both.

Nov. 10 (Tu.). Part of a Letter from D^. Worthington to D^. Ingelo,
dated June 4, 1670 : —

W" Sir, In answer to yours I thank you for revising of some of the Papers of
Desiderius '^ : but I am minded to lay aside for the present my Thoughts
about that Book, having a Desire in the first place to bestow my Pains and 30
Diligence about a Practical Book written by a Protestant Minister in the
German Language, & lately done into English ; which will need to be fairly
transcribed & much other care in i-evising it and preparing it for the Press ;
in which Labours I am not unwilling to engage myself (though I have other
Business & Cares enough) because I hope the Bonk may be of good Use,
having a more than ordinary strain of Practical Piety in it ; as heretofore
I bestowed not a little Pains upon Thomas a Kempis, to whom this Author is
not inferior. The book is not bulky ; & therefore I hope that I may through
God's Assistance dispatch this work in a shorter time.

But there is a larger & more laborious Employment, which our good friend 40
D"^. Thristcross doth move me to engage in ; and that is the preparing of
M"". Ferrar's MSS. for the Press. I need not tell you, how much I value the
Piety & Labours of that worthy person ; & upon that account need no
Arguments to perswade me to the liking of the work. But I foresee the
Vastness of the Labour & Pains that is necessary upon this Occasion to under-
take this work as it should be ; and I consider that what I do, I must do it
with all my might & with my utmost Care, as becomes the Importance of such

' This is apparently an extract from a newspaper. — Ed.

^ ' Newly translated into English by a Country Gentleman at the desire of D'.
Worthington.' A marginal note by Heame.


a Work, & that I may testify my best Respects to the Name & Memory of
the Author, now with God. Though some there are that in publishing the
Posthumous Works of others make too much Hast, as consulting their own
Ease, and because they would decline any Labours that may seeme tedious to
them ; yet I dare not be so slight and superficial in what I undertake for the
publick Good. I think I can never do too much, nor do it too well. In
publishing M"". Mede's Works, some would have excused themselves from Half
that Labour w"^ I thought was not more than what was fit and becoming ; nor
would they have bestowed half that time I did about them. But by my more
10 than ordinary Diligence about revising & preparing M'. Mede's and M''. Smith's
works & Thomas a Kempis for the Press, I have some Advantages of knowing
what is to be done in ordering of MSS. for the better ; so that they may
come forth with best advantage for the publick Good and the Reader's

M'. Ferrar's Manuscripts are many, consist of many Sheets ; & therefore
the revising them will not be a short or Light Labour. They must be tran-
scribed ; & for me to do this will require no small Pains; especially to
transcribe them as they should be ; to make Capital Letters where it is fit &
mark some words for Italick Letters in the Print ; and to make fit Breaks
20 & begin new Lines ; and to use all possible exactness in the printing, the want
whereof is a general Fault in printed Books.

Besides Advices that must be imparted to the Corrector and Compositor at
the Press (for the better carrying on of the Work), some passages being
defective, all the Copies that can be got must be compared to perfect what is
wanting. Then there will be need of seriously considering the Method and
Order into which the several Tracts are to be digested. And there may be
need also to compare the Quotations of Speeches or Histories out of Authors,
& to set down in the Margin the Book or Chapter of the Author, where
they are to be found. And because sometimes the same things are discoursed
30 of in several Tracts, there may be a great Use of setting in the margin
References to such places, where they are elsewhere and more fully treated of.

These are some of the many other Cares which I think to be needfull ;
and if these things be cared for, it will make more for the Honour of the
Author's Memory, and for the Benefit of the serious Reader, as also for his
greater Satisfaction and Delight in the reading.

The preparing of Mt. Ferrar's MSS. for the Press is such a Task as will be
found to be no easy nor short Labour to any one that doth so undertake it.
None can know it so perfectly as those that try it, or have been engaged in
the like Labours, as I have been ; and therefore I am easily sensible of the
40 many Difficulties, and that it is no light Burden for mine or any other's
Shoulders; which I do not mention, as if I would altogether decline that
Work to which I am invited. With God's Leave & Help I would set upon it,
if I were in such a settled Condition, and in such Circumstances that I might
•vacare to it, as I ought. But as things are now with me, I cannot undertake
it, to do it as I wish it should be done, viz. as I have hinted above.

If either our good Friend M''. Thristcross, or any other of the Fellows,*
would be without their Fellowship and in Exchange please to accept of what
I have, then I being thus put into a Capacity for minding the great Work desired,
I should desire to devote my whole Strength to the Service ; and considering
50 that Life is short and uncertain, would begin to set upon it, as soon as I am so
provided for, and settled in such a place of Vacancy. And in the way of
Compensation, all that I have should be his, either to have for himself or to
help any deserving Friend of his that is unprovided. Particularly I should
part with my Parsonage,'^ which is about seven-score Pounds a year, & better

* ' of Eton College' ; note by Hearne.

* In the margin, ' Ingoldsby in Lincolnshire.'

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than a Living of 40 libs, a year more near London ; as also with my Prebend
at Lincoln & my sinecure ^ in Norfolk ; and if I had more, he or they should
have it. He did always shew forth a mind cheerfully contented with what he
had at the Charter-House & at York, which was a right Christian Spirit.

I have been much longer in these Particulars than I ever intended. When
you see D^. Thristcross, you may acquaint him with the Reasons, why I cannot
venture upon such a Work, as I now am. I desire you to satisfy him,
I would be loth to grieve him in any thing, whom I have so much respected
for the Esteem of his Piety & Devotion. And out of the Respect which
I account due to such, I presented him with my Edition of Thomas a Kempis, 10
when we were Strangers to each other. Which I did with all Singleness of
Heart & without any Design that he might be helpfuU to my Good, and as
Times then were, there was no Expectation of what we have since seen

The said Part of a Letter was communicated to me by Mr, John

Worthington, son of D"". Worthington. I returned it back to M"".

WorthingLon on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 1730, by Godfrey the Carrier's
Letter Bag.

Nov. 11 (Wed.). On Monday last the Bodley Speech was spoke by
Mr. John Fanshaw, M.A., Student of X*- Church. so

I was told lately that t'other day Browne Willis, Esq. gave a Collection
of Coins to X* Church Library. What they are I know not. He told
Mr. West he had a five shillings piece of Hen. VIIL Many years ago
Mr. Willis shewed me (when I was at Whaddon Hall) his coins by
Candlelight, but I only just saw them, and I remember one was of
Rio. II, as Mr. Willis assured me, but I had not an opportunity of
examining and considering it, what I should have been very glad of,
especially when I lately published the Life of Ric. II.

Nov. 12 (Thur.). As to the speech M^. Woodhead made at University
College, I shall here insert what Mr. Nicholson writ to M^". Constable 30
in an imperfect account of M^. Woodhead's life. I shall give you
M', Nicholson's own words : ' His early parts. Discreet behaviour, and
assiduous application to, and proficiency in Study, so effectually recom-
mended him to that Society that he was soon twice chosen Freeston's
Scholar, and appointed to speak an Oration, when the foundation was
laid, to rebuild the Colledge. I have seen that speech, for it was reserved
and esteemed as excellent by the Students there.' This must certainly be
the same speech (savs M^. Constable) >'^« were pleased to mention in yours ;
for I suppose a Freeston Scholar means mie who has been chosen to make

Nov. 11, 1730. Cuthbert Constable to H. (Rawl. 4. 97). Sends to H.
a book by Westenius, who seems to be one that has spared neither labour nor
cost to satisfy himself about the requisites for making a new edition of the
Greek Testament, but seems to reflect upon H. See Diary, Nov. 21, 22, 23.

Nov. 11, 1730. Cuthbert Constable to H. (Rawl. 10. 122) [see Diary,
Nov. 20].

Nov. 12, 1730. Baker to H. (Rawl. 23. 58). Is sending by the
Northampton Carrier the MS. of Hemingford. Mr. Parne says that H. may

^ In the margin, ' Moulton, All Saints.'


a speech or Oratioii at the foundation of some Colledge. P II presume to go
on with a little more of M^ . Nicholson^ s account, because it regards your
very antient and famous University, which all lovers of Learning and
Loyalty ought to respect and admire. ' He was elected fellow shortly after,
and proctor of the University in 1642 ; which office manifested to the
publick, what 'till then either none, or only that little house, knew him
to be. For then was the Puritan Parliament rebellion against K. Charles I,
to whose person and cause that University (heretofore ^ Orthodox, and
a loyal source of Science and Sanctity) cordially and courageously adhered.

10 Of whose Fidelity, and how influential it was over the kingdom, those
traytors being sensible, they endeavoured by violence, or by artifice, to
reduce it to their party. To this end, a visit by the Earl of Pembroke
and others was resolved on, intending to abrogate its Statutes, and to
model it by rules and principles more propitious to Rebellion, and that
might deprave it to be a countenance to their faction. This Republican
intent was proposed by their Convocation, where he so stoutly, and with
such Potent reasons, opposed the Emissaries of the Rebels and the
advocates of the proposal, that he defeated their industries, and preserved
the University for that time in its former state, and in its allegiance. The

20 implacable Sect resenting this disappointment very heinously, obtained
a Summons of him (M^. Woodhead) to the Parliament's Bar; where
appearing, he insisted on so prudent a defence of his proceedings that
he was dismist without further molestation. Whether these reasons he
alledged were those celebrated in Clarendon's History, as absolutely
unanswerable, I cannot affirm ; but I have motives to believe and conjecture
they were of his dictating, &c.'

Nov. 13 (Fri.) What a Freeston or Freiston Scholar is, may be
seen in Hist. Sf Antiq. Univ. Oxon., p. 58. When the west Side of the
Quadrangle was built, M^". Woodhead was one of Skirlaw's Fellows, and
30 was properly pitched upon to speak the Speech, not only on account of
his skill, but as he had been a Freeston scholar, and as the raising
the west part of the Quadrangle is in part to be ascribed to Freeston's

Nov. 14 (Sat.). Mr. Constable thought fit to impart the particulars
above inserted to me (as he will do the rest, if I desire it) because he
thinks I may be a good judge of the truth of this matter, and may be able
to sett this great piece of service to our University in a better and more
satisfactory light than the good old Gentleman, M"". Nicholson, has done ;
he is now above 70, nay, M^. Constable believes very nigh eighty. You
40 may find him in the 2^*1 Ed. of Ath. Oxon. ; he went over with the Queen
Dowager and had a place in her Court, and continued in the same to her
Majestie's Death ; after, travelled with M^. Sands, came after to Portugal,
purchased a Httle Estate there, which of late years he made over to the

keep it until the last of the Christmas Holydays, unless any extraordinary case
should make it necessary that the MS. should be returned earlier.

^ / thmk (says M'' Constable) iJ/'" Nicholson had better left out this parenthesis
because it seems ta reflect on Oxon. as if it was not tiow what it was formerly. [This
quotation from Mr. Constable's letter is added by Heame in the margin. — Ed.]

Nov. 12-17.] VOLUME CXXVII, PAGES 128-135 353

English College at Lisbon on certain conditions, where now he leads
a most retired, virtuous life amongst his books, preparing himself with all
earnestness for a better world. M'". Boyes has been a companion in his
retirements, and enjoys still good health, is very chearfull tho' old ; he
was one of the Executors to M^". Obadiah Walker, some of whose INISS.
he has in his possession, and it was from him and M'. Nicholson that
IVR Constable got several unprinted MSS. of M"". Abraham Woodhead.

Nov. 15 (Stm.). Mr. Constable hath also taken no small pains to
find out Mr. Dean, on purpose to get intelligence about Mr. Woodhead.
But tho' Ml". Dean be still living, yet he is old, but however looks very 10
fresh and well, if one has regard to his body, but then he is quite other-
wise as to his mind or understanding, no madman being more disordered
in his senses, so that Mr. Constable's labour was entirely lost, and nothing
could be depended on which he said. The said M^. Dean was (as well
as Mr. Nicholson and M^. Boyse) of Univ. Coll., & suffered at the time
of the Revolution.

Nov. 16 (Mon.). M'. Robinson of Merton Coll., now one of the
Head Proctors of the Univ., I am told is about a new Ed. of Hesiod, but
will do nothing new to him.

The said Robinson hath printed a Sermon in opposition to a printed 20
ingenious one of M*". Thomas's of All Souls College.

The said Thomas preached at S*. Marie's in the afternoon yesterday
Sennight, & I am told made an excellent Discourse.

Nov. 17 (Tu.>. Mr. Constable tells me that Dr. Tanner's observation
about Mr. Abraham Woodhead's not being Author of TJie whole Duly of
Man and of all the Works of that Author seems very good, to wit, because
there are many things in those works which a Papist (so D"". Tanner
expressed it, not a Catholick, as he should rather have done with
M''. Constable) could not say. Yet it might be answered, says M"". Con-
stable, that he might have writ these things before he changed his opinion 3°
or became Catholick. However, Mr. Constable confesseth that the differ-
ence of his style in his own certain works from that of The whole Duty of
Man, &c., seems to make it very likely that he was not the Author of this
work, and those others which are attributed to that Author. But it might
be replyed to M^. Constable that the Stile varies in all the said Pieces, so
that if that were a good argument, then one and the same Person was not
Author of all those Pieces. M^. Woodhead was a man of that extensive

Nov. 17, 1730. H. to Cutiibert Constable, Esq. {transcript ; Bodl. MS.
Eng. Misc. c. 88. 11). ' 'Tis above a week since I received your letter of the
3'<i, but 'twas opened, having been carried (it seems) to another person of my
name in Oxford. Be pleased for the future to direct for me at Edmund Hail
in Oxford.' Would like a specimen of Woodhead's handwriting. Recites the
facts mentioned in Diary for Nov. 9 as justifying the word spurious when used
of the 2nd edition of Atbenae Oxon. What the Author of the Prolegomena to
an ed. of the New Test. [Wetstein] says of H. is absolutely false ; H.'s design
in publishing the Acta Apostolorum 'being no manner of Picque to D"". Mill,
who was my friend and acquaintance. . . The MS. did not belong to the
Ven. Bede. The note about Dux Sardlnlae (as I remember) is late. Perhaps

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learning and of such a Capacity that he could write in any stile ; and yet
for all that, I do not conclude him to be the Author of Tke whole Duty of
Man, &c.

Nov. 18 (Wed.). From the Northampton Mercury for Nov. 12,

Mr. Holman, an eminent Dissenting Minister of Halsted in Essex, whio has

been many years making Collections, in order to write a History of that

County, went to dine with a Friend last Week, about three miles from his

own House, and was very chearful and easy, and seemingly in a good state of

10 Health, but going home went into a Church-Porch, and was there found dead.

This is the same Man mentioned above under Sept. 29.

Nov. 19 (Thur.). On Sunday last, died at 9 Clock at Night, M^.
John Barker, under Porter of Magd. Coll., Oxon., at his House in
S*. Peter's Parish in the East, Oxon., and was buried last night in the
Church of the said S*. Peter's. Had he lived till next Dec. 27, he would
have been complete fourty two years of age. He was an honest, modest,
quiet man and well beloved. He was born at Cuddesdon, near Oxon.,
where his mother was buried on Nov. 2 last, and he went over to the
Funeral. He hath left a Widow, a jolly Woman, but he had no Children.

20 Nov. 20 (Fri.). The following Verses have been lately printed
at London, amongst others in a new Miscellany of Verses, and as the
times as well as the sense of words are perverted, they are (in the opinion
of Mr. Constable, from whom I had them) far from being against our

On his late M . . . . y'^ Gracious Gift to the Universities.

The iC . , g surveying with judicious Eyes
The State of both his Universities,
To one a troop of Horse he sent ; for why ?
'Cause that Learn'd body wanted L . . . . ty ;
30 To th'olher he sent books, as well discerning

How much that loyal body wanted Lear . . ng.

Nov. 21 (Sat.). I have always been of opinion, that D"". Mill's vast
heap of various Readings, and his Observations, Notes and Prolegomena,
would afford never-failing Matter to the dull, heavy Germans to exercise
their Industry upon. Of this we have had several Instances, & now more
effectually to crown all, there is a most undeniable Specimen just given in
a 4*0 Pamphlet, containing Prolegomena in order to procure a most
accurate Ed. of the Greek Test., as if nothing of that kind that is to
be relyed upon, had been done before. The Author (I am told by
40 Mr. Constable) is not forty, that his name is Wetstenius, Professor at
Basil, son of one of the Printers of that name at Amsterdam. It is printed

the Author of the Prolegomena had his observation from one Masson, a French
Huguenot, who formerly took notice of it with myself, when I used to show
this MS. to him.'

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