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at Amsterdam by the said Wetstenii. Be he who he will (for it seems
Mr. Constable was only told so), whatever pains he may pretend to, it is
certain that it plainly appears to me & others too, that he is inclined to that
fashionable great Heresy Arianism, and his new Edition seems to be
undertaken on purpose to promote that Heresy, and to weaken the proofs
for the Trinity. He is a very bold, daring, confident man, and if the
rest, that he hath said, be as false as what he hath said with reference to
me and the MS. of the Ada Apostolorum I printed, he is not a Man
of any Veracity. Indeed, I think he ought not in any thing to be relyed
upon without very great caution, and I fear he hath played Tricks with lo
the old MSS. (he may have consulted) whenever he had an opportunity.
He depreciates all other Editions, not excepting even D^. Mill's, unless it
be so tar as the Doctor's will favour him, as ^ to be sure he will, as he hath
done in these Prolegomena, take much from it. Among other Editions
he falls particularly foul upon, is the most noble Complutensian Edition,
wch as I always admired and esteemed, so I shall have a better opinion of
it after the malicious, vile Attaques of this Man, whose Judgment is not to
be regarded.

Nov. 22 (Sun.). M''. Willis, of Drayton near Dorchester in Oxford-
shire (of the Death of whose Wife I formerly made mention), is in the 20
56fct» year of his Age.

M'. Constable hath given me a book intit. An Atiswer to D^. Clark and
M^. Whiston, concerning the Divinity of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
With a Summary Account of the chief Writers of the three first Ages. By
H. E., London, 1729, 8'*'o. I received it the idtt of this Month.

Nov. 23 (Mon.). The said Book was occasioned by a publick Dispute
which the Author had with D'. Clarke of S*. James's, who for his Arian
Principles hath made so much noise. This Dispute was at D^. Clark's
own house, where there were more Ladys of Quality than Scholars, which
was the greater pity ; however, the Author I am speakinsf of was generally 30
thought to have had much the better in the dispute, and D"". Clark was so
fair an enemy, as to acknowledge and confess his great learning and
abilities, and one of the greatest persons of quality amongst the Ladies,
and who was so great an admirer of D^". Clark that she used commonly
for her tost to choose D^ Clark's Mistress, which she was accustomed to
say was Truth, so blinded she was by this smooth D^., this Lady (I say),
as great an admirer as she was of Clark, yet sent the next day after the
dispute to his adversary, and made him very handsome compliments. But
since this Gentleman has merited so well in the Christian Cause, I think
it proper to discover who he is. His true name then is Howarden, tho' 40
he commonly goes at London by the name of Harrison ; he is a Catho-
lick Doctor of Divinity, and taught above 1 5 years Divinity at Doway, but
being a potent enemy to the bad Doctrine of the Jesuits, and a thorn in
their sides, they contrived things against him, and least he might be
forced to quit the University by force, he left it before things came to that
hight, and has since lived in England. He may also be called an

* Hearne means j/^/, — Ed,
A a 2


Oxfordian, because he was at Oxford some few days before the unhappy
Revolution. He Hves a private, retired life, far from rich but not poor ;
he is certainly the best Scholar amongst the English Catholicks, and if his
singular, great humility be considered with his great learning and exem-
plary piety, M"". Constable scarce thinks he has his equal in Europe, and
indeed, tho' M^ Constable hath always esteemed his vast erudition, yet he
hath much more admired his greater humility and piety. After this dis-
pute with Dr. Clark, he writ the little book above-said, w^h tho' it be
a stranger to our University of Oxford, yet I hope it will be esteemed by

10 some worthy to appear in any University, and tho' what common report
says be oftener untrue than true, yet, as it is sometimes true, I shall here
add what was commonly said, that after D^". Clark's dispute with D^
Howarden and his writing the little book against him, he never held
up his head. M^". Constable hath some time the satisfaction of seeing
this good man, and hath askt him about this dispute. Almost all that he
said was that he hoped he did no harm by that dispute. He also com-
mended D^ Clark for a man of learning, and particularly for his great
mildness and moderation which he shewed to the person of his antagonist ;
tho' he was at the same time very zealous for the cause he defended ; that

20 he talkt much, but not correctly or eloquently ; and that he had much to
doe before his admirers to get him to answer his Questions, being very
backward, like the old Arians, to discover openly his opinion. This little
Ml'. Constable could get from him about this dispute, more of the particulars
may be seen in the little book M"". Constable sent me. It was one
Mr. Hook, a gentleman of good learning, who was acquainted both with
Dr. Clark and D"*. Howarden, who was the bringer about of the dispute.
Dr. Howarden, being an humble man, was very far from being fond
of a puHick dispute, and excused himself by saying that it would do no
good, but Mr. Hook would not be contented with such an Answer, and

3° prevaild at last upon him by telling him that he durst not dispute with him,
wcb saying so rouzed up his zeal that he promised him he would, and met
according to appointment at Dr. Clark's own house.^ Now I think I have
told you all that M^". Constable could get out of the humble D^., only
I have forgot to tell you that Di". Clark, after the dispute, made a very hand-
some treat for the D''., and told him that he did not think that there was j
an English Catholick so learned in England as he found he was. M''.
Mattaire writ a letter of thanks and civility to D^. Howarden upon his i
writing the little book against Clark, a copy of wch M^". Constable got,
and prefixt it in a leaf of the D^.'s book he gave me.

4° Nov. 24 (Tu.). Peter Le Neve's papers of Norfolk and Suffolk are j
reposited, by the care of D^". Tanner, in the Church Library at Norwich,
I suppose for publick benefit and use to any bold undertaker ; but 'twill
not be, I fancy, an easy matter to digest & methodize them, if (as I hear)
they are all (or at least the greatest part of them) written on small, poor
scraps of Paper.

* The whole of this account is taken verbatim from M"" Constable's Letter of Nov. i t,
except that Hearne puts ' M^ Constable ' instead of ' I ', but in the next sentence ' I ' is
left by accident. — Ed.

Nov. 23-26.] VOLUME CXXVII, PAGES 141-148 357

Nov. 25 (Wed.). The submission of M'. A. Wood [from the original
written by the Author's own hand, w^li I received on the 23'^ inst. from
My. Ward of Warwick, to whom it was sent to be communicated to me by
Mr. Rawlins. This Form of submission was occasioned by M^". Wood's

Whereas in the sentence passed against M''. Wood, it is said that he shall
continue banished till such time that he shall subscribe such a publick recan-
tation as the judge of that Court shall approve of & w^ii upon his enquiry
he cannot yet learn what it is, he himself has therefore in the meane time
drawn up a form w"^*" is this : — 10

Whereas I, Anth. Wood, M' of Arts, have from my youth laboured in good
Letters for the honour of the most famous Univ. of Oxford, without any
prospect of reward or preferment, I am sorry & much grieved at heart that
I have fallen into the hands of most barbarous & rude people of our owne
Body, who have endeavoured to ruin me & my name by making the second
Vol. of Athenae et Fasti Oxon. a Libell (wo'» by the sentence of the Assessor
of the Vice-Chanceliours Court, a Civil Law Court, hath been burnt), & after-
wards to banish me from the said University to the great abhorrence of the
generaUty thereof, purposely to please the supercilious & Tyrannical humour
of a certaine Lord, for 3 or 4 Lines mentioned in the said second Vol., p. 221 20
& 269, concerning a person there mentioned without any name or title, who
hath been banished from England, Scotland, & Ireland, for refusing to answer
to divers Articles of Treason & Misdemeanour, for about 28 years, & dead
about 1 8. I say I am heartily sorry for these things. Witness my hand.

The two passages for w"** the second Voh was burnt are these : The first
is in David Jenkyns, a most Loyal Judge & the greatest Sufferer of any person
of his profession.^

Can any man think the contrary but that he gave money for his place, when
he rather had deserved the Halter or at least to be excepted from the Act of
Oblivion. 3°

Nov. 26 (Thur.). From another single Paper wrote by M^. Wood's
own hand, sent at the same time by M"^. Ward, who received it of
Mr. Rawlins.

March, 1660. The latter end of this month, D'. Wallis got by flatteries,

Nov. 25, 1730. H. to Rawlinson (Rawl. 32. 50). Has received the two
pamphlets against Sir William Dugdale. He was well versed in our English
Antiquities, but deficient in classical learning. * Mr. Crynes says your name
is struck out, according to your desire, of the Buttery Book, before the
President in his (M"". Crynes's) presence, and that your account, meaning
what is due upon the score of the Buttery Book, will be sent you.' As
Mrs. Cherry died at Holyport, near Windsor in Berks., H. had called on
Mr. Greenaway, the ' Register ' for Berks., who lives in St. Peter's in the
Baylly ; but could not see him. ' I am surprized at what you say about

a Plate done at the expence of M'. W de,^ I could heartily wish you

and I were near together that we might converse more freely than perhaps it
may be proper for me to mention in writing.'

Nov. 26, 1730. J. Jones at Abbats Ripton to H. (Rawl. 7. 100).
Writes about one who wishes to subscribe to H.'s works ; he is a wealthy man,
who visits Abbats Ripton every year. {See also Diary, Dec. 10, and Letter,
Dec. 14.]

1 There are marks here as if Hearne was unable to read something. The notes that
Wood wrote on scraps of paper are often illegible. — Ed.
* i.e. Whiteside. — Ed.


good words, &c., his book of deciphering the King's letters from the Public
Library from D'". Barlow, where he altered what he pleased. ■

That w<=^» he gave as a Trophey of his great skill, did now after a sneaking ^
way blot out. Qu. D'. Hyde.

Nov. 27 (Pri.). From another original Paper, wrote also with M"".
Wood's own hand, all but D"". Nicholas's name, wch the Dr. put himself &
under it his seal. This likewise I received from M^. Ward at the same
time, who had it of M^. Rawlins.

The second of Decemb., an. 1678. These are to certifie to all to whom

10 this writing may come that the bearer hereof, Anthony a Wood, Master of

Arts of the University of Oxford, did on the day and in the yeare above

written take the oathes of Allegiance and Supreamacy before, and in the

Presence of, me

Jo. Nicholas, Vic. Can. Oxon.

Nov. 28 (Sat.). Mr. Collins's Library is preparing for sale. They
talk of 15,000 volumes, but perhaps many of them are only single
Pamphlets. I am assured great discoveries will be made of Authors,
more particularly of the fine Gentlemen of the free-thinking Scheme,
'by "Mr. Collins's care, who has given all their due. Doubtless this will
20 enhance their value, and 'tis probable that at this sale we may see the
whole formidable strength of that body, which at present is so boasted of,
and scandalously encouraged.

Nov. 29 (Sun.). On Friday morning last, was found the dead body
of one Eliz. Owen, a Button Maker of S*. Thomas's parish, Oxon.,
in a shallow place of the Ditch by X* Ch. Stables, where we go over to the
Wheat Sheaf and Anker. She had strolled abroad the Evening before,
having had an ague & Feaver of late, & the person that looked after her
happened to be stepped aside for something, & so she went out & is sup-
posed to have been drowned about 8 Clock that evening. She was a very
30 handsome young Woman, completely 30 years of age last June, & was
unmarryed. The Coroner examined the affair yesterday morning, & she
was brought in non compos mentis.

Nov. 30 (Mon.). M^. Rawlins, of Stratford-upon-Avon, tells Mr. Tho.
Ward, in a Letter from that Place of Nov. 20th last, that he hath an
account of the prosecution of M^. Wood for libelling the L^ Clarendon,
wch he thinks better suppressed than taken notice of by me in what I am
now printing. So I think too, but 'tis already printed, I know not how

In that Letter he takes notice that Mr. West in his Letter, dated
-40 April 14, 1730, acquainted him that he had made some Collections
on Spectacles, and withall about the Invention of Glass.

Mr. Rawlins at the same time takes notice to M"". Ward that if he hath
a mind for the Life of S'. Werburg, he believes he could purchase it for
\s, 6d. or 2s., if it is not parted with.

Dec. 1 (Tu.). As to what is said above with respect to D'. Wallis's
Deciphering, it being only a Quaerie, I do not think it proper to insist much
upon it, much less to print it, because I do not remember that there are

Nov. 26-Dec. 3.] VOLUME CXXVII, PAGES 148-153 359

any such Alterations in the MS., and yet I have seen it several times. But
concerning this Book, may bee seen what I have observed in my Preface
to Peter Langtoft, where it appears that Dr. Waliis, when he gave it,
reserved to himself a Liberty of adding or correcting as he pleased, and it
may be, if Anthony's note above be true, he might take some leaves out
& get the book new bound. However, as I said, it being only a Quaerie,
I wish I could rather see Anthony's second part of his Diary or what he
said of D'. Waliis at large in the third volume of his Athenae Oxon. And
I wish it the rather because what he wrote in both must have been done
after he had enquired of D^". Hyde, who (it may be) could give Hght. As lo
for Anthony's Submission, I think that also ought to be suppressed as not
signed, and besides I think M"". Bridges shewed me one written with M'.
Wood's hand also more perfect, or if it was the same as this, yet I think it
very wrong in calling the great E. of Clarendon's son supercilious and
tyrannical, who suffered so much for his honesty & was (as I and others
took him to be) a very good man.

Dec. 2 ("Wed.). From the Northampton Mercury for Monday,
Nov. 30 : —

We hear from St. Ives that there were found last week by the Workmen
which are employed in making a new road between Wisbeach and March, in 20
the Isle of Ely, two urns, in the largest of which were Bones and Ashes, and
in the other about 300 pieces of Silver Coin among which are not two Pieces
alike, and by their Date they appear to be 20Q0 years old each.

Dec. 3 (Thur.). D^". Rawlinson lately sent me, being a Present, two
little Things by way of Letter. 'Tis a Criticism upon Sir W™ Dugdale's
Baronage. The D'. hath some reason to think them wrote by M^".
Hornby, a Barrister of Grey's Inne, a sufferer for the cause, often at hide
and seek, and thought to have been at least Editor, if not Author, of the
celebrated Advice to the Freeholders. The author, be who he will, speaks
contemptuously of Si^ Wm Dugdale, and calls Antiquities a dry Study, wct 30
is a term used by many besides, a plain Argument of the decay of
Learning, wch is really Antiquity, as vice versa Antiquity is Learning.

Strange reports were raised of the famous D"". John Rainolds before his
Death, as if he had prevaricated, and as if he had revolted to the Church
of Rome, but 'twas all Calumny, as may be seen in Henry Mason's New
Art 0/ Lying, covered by Jesuits under the Vaile 0/ Equivocation ; London,
1634, 120, where in p. 202 you have his Confession upon his Deathbed,
attested by several eminent men, dated May 20, 1607.

Dec. 3, 1730. H. to Rev. John Jones [draft ; Rawl. 28. 126 b.). ' I am
obliged to the Gent, you speak of that desires to subscribe for my books and
shall put down his name in my list, provided you will send me what his name
and title is.' Does not know where a compleat set of his books can be
obtained. Mr. Gyles or other booksellers may have a set ; or Mr. Murray
may be able to supply them ; he is to be met with, or at least heard of, at
John's Coffee House, Swithin's Alley, near the Royal Exchange. ' Richard
Johnson, our Manciple, understanding I was about to write to you, desired me
to put you in mind that M^. Parry, whom you brought hither, owes him
£2 I J. lod. It seems you know where he is, & the Manciple hopes you may
direct him how to get his money.'


Dec. 4 (Fri.). Last Sunday, preached in the Afternoon at S* Marie's
before the University, M^". Samuel Rolleston, M.A., Fellow of Merton
Coll., Chaplain to Hoadley, Bp of Salisbury, & minister of a Church
in Salisbury, w^b Church he was presented to lately by the said Bp.
This Sermon is much talked of by many, as if it were heterodox and
savouring of Bp Hoadley's Doctrine, but what grounds there are I know
not, as having not heard the sermon, tho' those Reports I have heard seem
to be well founded. M^. Rolleston was originally of Leyden, thence
he came to Oxford, became Gentleman Commoner of Oriel Coll., from
10 whence being Bach, of Arts he was elected Fellow of Merton Coll.,
as a Member of w<li he took the Degree of M.A., Nov. 2, 1725. He is
nephew to D'. Richard Mead. He is an ingenious man and a good

Dec. 5 (Sat;). Yesterday, early in the morning, died M^. Nash
of S'. Peter's in the East, Oxford, Master of the Charity School main-
tained by the University of Oxford, leaving a widow and one child, a son
of about 1 7 years of age. This School was begun when D^. Lancaster
was Vice-chancellor, & Nash was the first Master, being put in by the said
Dr. Lancaster, who was his Godfather. As for Nash, he minded his
20 Scholars with diligence, tho' he was but a moutheing, ill-bred man, & was
not much of a Scholar.

Dec. 6 (Sun.). Last night, Mr. Nash, the Schoolmaster, was buried
in the churchyard of S*. Peter's in the East, when the boys sung him into
the Church ; afterwards they sung again in the Church, as they did when
they brought him out of the Church, round the Churchyard to his Grave.

D"". Rawlinson, in a Letter from London of the i^t Nov. last, tells me
(what I am amazed at) that he had redeemed from a publick sale a copper-
plate of my Head, done by Vertue at the expence of M"". Whiteside, whom
death frustrated in his poor, narrow views. M'. Whiteside had con-
30 tracted with this Engraver for the Plate, and a number was drawn of.^
Others, amongst wch M^". Murray, were to have been Sharers. Thus do
mankind (says the D"".) very emphatically make a property of their friends,
but the Dr. hopes he hath broke all their schemes.

Dec. 7 (Men.). I hear there is in M^. Murray's hands a fine copy of
Athenae Oxon., filled with MSS. corrections, additions, &c., by the late
Mr. John Hare, Richmond Herald.

Dec. 5, 1730. James West to H. (Rawl. 11. 165). Thanks for the
return of the Book of Mancestre College. Points out that in the preface to
Trokelowe, H. should have written ' Potiphar's wife', not ' Pharaoh's wife'.

Dec. 6, 1730. Baker to H. (Rawl. 27 b. 82). Is glad H. has received the
MS.; there is 'no danger of its being called tor ante diem. I wish I could
have given you more time, but there are such divisions in that College that
they are watching & observing one another & ready to take any advantage.'
Suspects that Dr. Gale never possessed a MS. of Hemingford, but used the
MS. of Trinity College, where he was Fellow.

^ i. e. drawn off. — Ed.

Dec. 4-10.] VOLUME CXXVII, PAGES 153-158 361

Dec. 8 (Tu.). Mr. Wise, it seems, hath put out Proposals, w^li I have
not seen, for printing the Catalogue of the Bodleian Coins, the same
Catalogue without doubt that was first drawn up by Mr. Ashmole, and
afterwards enlarged by inserting the Additions by myself, tho' the
Catalogue of Consul Ray's coins (w^^ is the best part of the Bodleian
coins for the number) w^^^ I drew up, is kept by me, nor was it ever

When Dr. Hudson first became Librarian, a proposal was published
for printing the foresaid Catalogue, w^li was before M^. Raye's Coins
came, but it was condemned by learned Men in general, & the Design 10
laid aside, it being judged useless to publish barely a dry Catalogue,
& the Collection, being not answerable to the Name of the Library,
would only expose & lay open the Library besides, that Occo improved
by Mediobarbus & other printed Books contained almost everything we
have, but if such only were printed that are curious and not published
by others, it might be of service to Learning, provided short Dissertations,
in the manner of Seguin, were likewise added.

Dec. 9 (Wed.). Remember to ask either M"". Baker or M^. West for
what it is that M"". Tyrrel hath said in his History, where he gives an
Account of his Authors, about Walter Hemyngford. I do not remember 20
that D"". Brady, what I much wonder at, takes any notice of him, and yet
he might have made use of divers copies of him at Cambridge.

Last night at 7 Clock, died of a violent Feaver, after hardly a week's
illness (for I saw & talked & spent some time with him the Tuesday
before, being Dec. i, at wcb time, however, he cofnplained of a cold),
Mj. W"! Mortimer, second Cook of Queen's Coll. Oxon., a pretty, civil,
ingenious, good-natured young man, of about 28 years of age, beloved
of all, Brother in Law to the late James Hart, Head Cook of that College,
to whom he was Apprentice, who married his (W'l Mortimer's) sister,
a very pretty woman, who is likewise dead. [Buried in S^ Peter's 30
churchyard in the East, Thursday afternoon, Dec. 10.]

Dec. 10 (Thur.). In p. ccviii of my Appendix to my Preface to Peter
Langioft, I have printed Bp Wren's Narrative, touching Prince Charles's
Judgment and Affection to the Religion of the Church of England.
1 printed it from a Paper transcribed from the Ashm. Museum, and given
me by M'. Jones, at that time an assistant at the Museum. His name is
John Jones. He was of Edmund Hall, where he took the Degree of
Bach, of Arts, but is not M.A. When he was undergraduate, upon my
mentioning him, M"". Whiteside took him to the Museum, & after he had
taken his said Degree of B.A., he made him his Curate at King's Walden 40
in Hartfordshire, but leaving that, he settled at Abbats Ripton or Ripton
Abbats, near Huntingdon. Upon M^. Whiteside's death, he had King's
Walden proposed to him, but having a Competency at Ripton Abbats

f. Dec. 9, 1730. R. Bridges to H. (Rawl. 3. 113). Sends six guineas,
subscriptions to Caius ; General Dormer, Mr. Trumbull, and Mr. Masters
will not subscribe, as the author is not sufficiently ancient for them. Sends
a copy of the Catalogue of the Library of ' my late brother'.


(as he tells me by Letter from thence, Nov. 26, 1730), & many particular
advantages in respect of means of Learning & other matters, wcb weigh
much with him, he declined the kind offer w^^ was made him, & chose
rather to settle at Ripton Abbats, where (he says) he lives in much
Content & Satisfaction. This Place being situate about 15 miles from
Cambridge, and having some leisure Time upon his Hands, he sometimes
resorts thither for the conveniency of Libraries, and indeed he saith he
hath a very fair Encouragement, having free Access to the Public Library
there, & to some others. He wishes he was acquainted with M''. Baker
10 of S*. John's, who could satisfy him as to several particulars he wants to
gain Information about. He wishes I would mention something about
him to My. Baker, & to let him know his Inclinations. What his
Enquiries are I know not, nor can I tell anything of him besides what is
mentioned here, unless it be that he lived soberly and studiously with us,
& bore a fair Character. [Wrote to M^, Baker about him Dec. 17,
1730, telling him that I am cautious in the business of recommending;
so he may be pleased to favour him no otherwise than he shall find

Dec. 11 (Fri.). Mr. Jones wants some Account of Abbat's Ripton,
30 particularly he desires to know somewhat of Tobias Bland, who was
Sub. Almoner to Q. Elizabeth, and Rector of that Parish. When
B. Willis was writing the History of Peterborough Cathedral (wcli he had
in good measure from White Kennett), M^". Jones searched narrowly

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