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degrees in Schools or Universities, wc^ custom he makes to have begun
about the year 1151, when Pet. Lombard compiled the Sentences.

It is now generally said that poor Mr. Bettey, of Exeter College,
occasioned his own death by taking an immense Quantity of laudanum
or opium, which he had of an Apothecary under pretense of carrying
it into the Country. He was originally of Hart Hall, where he was looked
20 upon as a good Scholar and a hard Student, but somewhat crazed. He
had bolted the Door of his Chamber within side, when he went to bed,
after he had taken the Dose.'^

Jan. 24 (Sun.). Dr. Tho. Jenner, Fellow of Magd. Coll., & Margaret
Professor of Div., sets up for, and aims at the Character (a poor aim, God
wot,) of a very cunning man, instead of minding much his Divinity, of w^^
he hath but a little stock as 'tis said, and yet with all his cunning he some-
times makes discoveries of villanous \sic\ Acts in the College ; as he did
very lately when, inadvertently in Discourse, he let drop that 25 libs,
per an. of Bp Warner's money, for buying books yearly to the Library for
30 ever, was turned to the common stock.

Mr. Loveday hath bought my Ed. of Ross de Regibus Angliae of
Fletcher Gyles of London, bookseller, for which he gave him three guineas
and a half.

Jan. 25 (Men.). Hugh Coriat, quoted by Br. Twyne, p. 237 as an
Oxford Poet, and author Chromgraphiae descriptmiis collegiorum Oxoti.,
in wcb he tells us that University College began sub Aluredo per dom.
Gulielmum archidiaconum, anno 873.

Jan. 26 (Tu.). Last Sunday in the afternoon, being Jan. 24, M^. Sam.
Rolleston of Merton College preached again at S*. Marie's before the

Jan. 25, 1735. West to H. (Rawl. 11. 169) [see Diary, Jan. 28 and 29].
* I hear D''. Tanner is on the point of marriage with a young lady of ^40,000

^ Note by Hearne : ' But M"" Speakman himself was not privy to the wickedness,'
* Note by Hearne at the end of the volume : ' M"'. Thomas Lamb, a noted Quaker ot

Shillingford Ferry near Dorchester, and a great dealer in mault, is 55 years old; so he

said Jan. 23, 1730.'

Jan. 22-29.] VOLUME CXXIX, PAGES 47-54 379

University, upon the same Subject as before, viz. of the nature of moral
& positive Duties, and tho' the former Sermon was clamoured against by
many as heterodox (I know not how justly), yet I am told this was a very
good Sermon, notwithstanding he differed from Dr. Waterland and others
that have discoursed on the same argument,

Jan. 27 (Wed.). From the Northampton Mercury for Monday
Jan. 25 :—

Edward Kynaston, LL.D., one of the Fellows of All Souls College in Oxford,
is made Commissary to the Dean and Chapter of St. Paul's, in the room of
D"^. Harwood, deceased. 10

Jan. 28 (Thur.). Last Monday, died of a Consumption, M^. John
Gibson, an honest Roman Catholic of about 45 or 46 years of age, at his
House near Cairfax in Oxford, being a victualling House, called and
known by the name oi Par adice Hall. He hath left a wife and 6 children.
His said wife is a tall, jolly Woman (but she hath been lame some years),
and hath very good sense. She is JProtestant. He was buried at Cairfax
last night.

Mr. West, in his way to Colchester, made Halstead his road on purpose
to see Mr. Holman's MSS. relating to Essex, but hearing his son,
a mercer in Sudbury in Suffolk, had removed them into his own house, 20
he went to Sudbury, where he found them. They consist of about
200 quarto stitched volumes, each about the size of an ordinary Copy
book. He thinks the Performance very mean. It consists of a Transcript
of Domesday in the Proper Places, extracts from Newcourt's Repertorium,
and a Collection of Epitaphs, with accounts from Antony k Wood, of
famous Persons, if born there. His son (whose view seems to be wholly
gain) values 'em at an extraordinary rate, and seems to think of publishing
them, but there is no View of any one monument, ruins, or house, nor
any Map of the County yet thought on. M^. West offered him 100 libs,
for them, purely with a Design of keeping them in his own (as he calls it) 30
litde Museum, or preserving them from being destroyed. His son himself
told Mr. West, his father never thought of publishing them, w^b verifies
my Conjecture. They are so mercenary now, as even to offer M^. West
a collection of private Letters for sale, w^h M^". West told them was very

This day M'". Stephen Niblett, warden of All Souls College, was
presented in Congregation to the Degree of D.D.

Jan. 29 (Pri.). Yesterday, M^. Courtney, Gent. Commoner of
Magd. Coll., had an honorary Degree of Master of Arts conferred
upon him. 4°

Epistolae domini alhatis Willelmi de Paraclyto in M^. West's hands
contain many Letters to the Pope, with answers 'ad episcopum Lundensem,
ad conventum sanciimonialium in Roskidensi civitaie, ad conventum de
Sclagethorp, ad abbatem de Esrum, ad dominum Eebonem, ad fratres

Jan. 26, 173^. R. Mead to H. (Rawl. 8. 20). Sends subscriptions for
Cams. ' I am content that you should, as you desire, repay the money payd
to M'. Casley for Otterbourne by copys of Caius.' [See letter, Aug. 6, 1730.]


beate Genovese Parisiensis, Cancellario regi Danorum, monachis sancti
Michaelis, ad comitem B. ad construendum monasterium in Paraclyto,
ad regem Danorum Kanutum, ad abbatem Premonstratensem, ad domi-
num Lundensem archiepiscopum, ad episcopum Thurgotum '. In number
82 remaining perfect and fair, relating to the principal Affairs of Church
and State. Some person in a late hand hath written at the end : ' Heu,
crudelis et rustica, barbara manus, quae violasti quod reparare nequivisti.
Desunt caeterae epistolae domini abbatis Willelmi de Paraclj^'to, quae baud
dubie plures erant, gravibus de rebus perscriptae.'

10 Jan. 30 (Sat.). Mr. Baker in his Letter from Cambridge of the 19*^,
tells me that he dares not venture on transcribing the old French Trayle
baston in the Chronicon Abend., least \_sic\ he should lead me into mistakes.
He suspects there are mistakes in the original, & thinks he should be in
danger of giving me more in the Copy. It is plain, he says, to him, both
Dr. Tanner (whose Papers I told him I have by me, but this is omitted)
and Mr. Tyrrell did not care to meddle with it. The former must have
seen it, & the latter, tho' he takes notice of it in his history, yet does not
so much as abridge it. The Copier of Hemingford (I mean of that MS.
in Trin. Coll. Library, Cambridge, wcb I have lately perused) has done

20 the like, & for that reason has left a Lacuna, w°^ M"". Baker says will be
enough for me to say.

Jan. 31 (Sun.). Yesterday, being the Martyrdom of K. Charles I,
the Sermon before the Univ. was preached at S*. Marie's by M^. Edward
Bateman, M.A. and Student of Xt Ch.

The Chronicon. Abend, in the publick Library at Cambridge, being in
a different hand & character from any MS. M^. Baker ever saw, there
can be no ground (as M^. Baker tells me in the foresaid Letter) of judging
of its age from thence. But so much pains has been taken, & cost
bestowed upon it, that it seems to be an Original. It concludes with the
30 reign & death of Edward I, a complete period, and having Finis at the
bottom, the Compiler seems not to have designed to carry it further. It
was undoubtedly wrote by a Monck of Abendon, so many particulars
being inserted concerning that House, but they are small things, such as
the election of Abbots, disposing of Estates, &c., not considerable enough
for a generall history.

Peb. 1 (Men.). M^. Baker wishes M^. Murray would give M^. Hare's
valuable Copy of the Athen. Oxon. to me. He had not heard of it 'till
I told him. But I cannot expect any such thing from M"". Murray.
Mr. Baker tells me [in that Letter of Jan. 19] he has left me by will
40 a copy of that Book, noted with his own hand, w^b perhaps, he says,
I may value as much. He guesses very right ; I shall set a greater value
upon it, and particularly as it comes from so good a friend, provided
I survive him. But I heartily wish him still many years, for the Good of
Religion, Virtue, and Learning.

Feb. 1, 173j. Rawlinson to H. (Rawl. 27 c. 144). Has waited on
Mr. Calvert's agent, but has received no answer. 'Our Royal Society, by
a new Statute, have declared war against all the Academies in the world ; for

Jan. 29-Feb. 5.] VOLUME CXXIX, PAGES 54-60 381

Feb. 2 (Tu.). King Edward I and Alienor his Q. were at Oxford
15 days together anno 1286, according to the annals de Bruton sive Briton
monastery, Br. Twyne, p. 285. Wet passage, however, is not in
Mr. Fulman's Ed. at Oxon. The book of Keinsham, according to John
Stowe, hath Exoniae for Oxoniae. Twyne knew not what that Book of
Keinsham was.

Feb. 3 (Wed.). On Monday last, Feb. i, was entered Commoner of
Edm. Hall, one Dawson, who had been Commoner of Exeter College,
but was expelled that House, because last Portmeadow Horserace, he
and many besides, to the number of about 30, lay with a young Woman 10
all together one night (the Woman's Maiden Name Cradock, she being
married, a most impudent slut) in the said Meadow, whilst all the People
in the Meadow stood round to see them. For w^^ three others also of
Exeter College were expelled, as were two of Queen's College, one of wch
two hath since hanged himself in the north. Both those of Queen's
College were poor Children.

From the Northampton Mercury, Feb. i : —

On Wednesday night last two Publishers were taken into Custody by two of
his Majesty's Messengers for publishing a most seditious and infamous Libel
intitled The Divine Catastrophy of the Royal family of the Stuarts, Gr^c. ; by which 20
the reigns of King James I and King Charles I are traduced and villified, and
the Murder of King Charles I openly avowed and justifyed. And on Thursday
M''. Charles Davis, bookseller, was taken into Custody for the said Libel.

Feb. 4 (Thur.). M^". West, in his Letter from the Inner Temple of
Feb. 2, tells me a friend of his is about publishing Letters to and from
Selden, a large volume of wct* he hath found in M"". Hale's Library, grand-
nephew to Sir Matthew Hale, to whom they came as Executor from
Mr. Selden.

My. West wants to know whether we have any of M^. Selden's or
Dr. Langbaine's Letters in Bodley, or any College Libraries. 30

I know of nothing in Bodley, whither came none of his private Papers
nor any of his Common Law Books, wcli collection of Common Law
Books was a noble one. Neither do I know of any in College Libraries.

One would think by his careless Style, that M^. Selden was an
extempore Writer, and yet no one laboured things more, as I have
formerly noted from what M^". Burton told me, who hath seen some of
his Tracts in MSS. so altered & changed, as they were hardly legible
plainly, shewing that he had not a ready pen ; for wch reason 'tis probable
he might pen his Letters of any note twice, & so there may be of them
among his Papers, wch otherwise one would hardly expect. 40

Feb. 5 (Fri.). On Wednesday last, I received from Dr. Rawlinson
a copy of Madam Cherry's will, as he procured it from the Heralds'

It is dated Dec. 6, 1725, and to it is a Codicil of July 21, 1726, and

who'll be the man who shall sign to the candidate he proposes, or think
patiently of his being posted up for ten weeks together ; but this scheme is to
thin us.'

Feb. 2, 173°. James West to H. (Rawl. 27 c. 301) [see Diary, Feb. 4].


to that Codicil an Appendix without date. In it there is not the least
mention of M^ Cherry's MSS. In disposing of her temporal affairs she
appears very uncharitable, both to her Daughter Eliz. & to M^. Frinsham,
particularly the latter for marrying with the said Daughter. She cuts off
every thing whatever from M^. Frinsham. She makes her daughter Ann

Feb. 7 (Sun.). On Thursday last, died at Appleton (near Abbington
in Berks.), D^. Samuel Cripps, rector of that place. He was formerly
Fellow of Magd. Coll. Oxon., as a member of wcli House he took the

10 degree of M.A., June 22, 1683, that of B.D. June 25, 1695, and that of
D.D. July I, 1708. He was a good, honest, quiet man, and made
an excellent Parish Priest, being well-beloved there, and the better
because he used to invite his Parishioners in their turns to dine with him
on Sundays. He was a good Country Preacher, but was looked upon,
when he lived in Oxford, as the very worst University Preacher of that
place, insomuch that when D^. Ironside was Vice-Chancellor, this Cripps
preaching at St. Marie's before him so tired the said D^. Ironside with the
Dullness of his Sermon, that the Dr., as the Beadles were conveying him
home, asked them the Preacher's name. ' Pray ', says he, ' what is the

20 name of him that preached just now ? ' ' Cripps, sir,' says one of the
Beadles ; I think 'twas Peter Cox. ' A Pox cripp him,' says D'. Ironsides.
Yet I remember that notwithstanding he was despised by others,
D"". Grabe used to say that he was the best Preacher in the whole
University, and wondered he was so much contemned. * For ', said he,
' he preaches practically and brings Proofs from Scripture, contrary to the
common way of the University, where generally Essays without Scripture
Proofs pass for Sermons.' He married two Wives, the first of wcli hath
been dead many years, and lies buried in Appleton Church, as I think
I have noted formerly, there being an Inscription to her memory there.

30 She was a very good Woman, & is often spoke of there to this day with
respect. But his second Wife, now a widow, is a miserable, stingy, ill-
natured Wretch, not at all like the other. He had Children by neither.
The Dr. had an elder Brother, a millener in Oxford, who had been
formerly mayor of that City, and was a man of very good sense, so that
'twas often said, he should have been the Scholar, and the other the
Tradesman. He was a lewd man, & was strangely affected with the Palsy
some years before he died, wcli happened several years since. He had
children, one of w^li, a Daughter, was one of the prettiest young Creatures

Feb. 6,173?. H. to Murray (Rawl. 112. 277). Caius is finished and is
with the binder. Asks whether M. possesses a copy of Athenae Oxon. with
notes and additions by John Hare, Richmond Herald.

Feb. 6, 1735^. H. to Richard Grosvenor indraft ; Rawl. 27 b. 334). Asks
where the copy of Cams is to be sent. He has not yet paid for Trokelowe.

Feb. 7, 173?. Thomas Bedford, from Burnhall near Durham, to H.
(Rawl. 28. 20). Sends his proposal lor the printing of Simeon of Durham,
subscription 6 shillings.

^ Note by Hearne at the end of the volume : ' Feb. 5, M'' Cockman from 3 clock till
after tec'

Feb. 5-9.] VOLUME CXXIX, PAGES 61-66 383

in England, & married one M^". John Hacker who took the degree of M.A.
as a member of Edmund Hall, June 8, 1686, and succeeded M"". Stephen
Penton in the Rectory of Glympton. He is still living, but his wife, by
whom he had two daughters, both, I think, living, hath been dead a good
while. This Hacker was not at all personable, even when young, nor of
good Qualities, as I am told, so that 'twas much wondered at, that
so complete a beauty, as Cripps's daughter was, could consort with him.

There is an old Chair at the Deanery of Wells, \v\\h Johamies Arthurus
monachus Glaston^ about it.

This day, in the forenoon, died in the 35*^^ year of his age, about ten 10
of the Clock, of a consumption, Dr. James Jenkinson, Fellow of Magd.
College. He died in the College. He took the Degree of M.A. as
a member of that House, May 17, 17 16, that of B.D. Feb. 15, 1725, and
that ofD.D. July 8, 1727. He was one of the many sons of the late
S'' Robert Jenkinson, was a perfectly good-natured man and well beloved,
as indeed all of that family are the best-natured people in the World.
I was perfectly well acquainted with an elder brother of his, M^. Richard
Jenkinson, late Student of X* Church, who took the Degree of M.A. as
a member of X* Church, June 26, 17 10. He died some years since
Rector of Binfield, near Ockingham in Berks. 20

Feb. 8 (Men.). Q. Eliz. was wonderfully pleased with Thomas
Neal's book, that he presented to her when she was in Oxford, about the
University, and with Bereblock's Draughts of the Buildings, as Bereblock
himself has told us in the valuable piece of his that I have printed at the
end of Vita Ricardi II.

Wrote to-day to S^ Thomas Sebright, desiring him to let me know
whether he had any Thing relating to S' Roger Twysden's design of
publishing Hemingford : also whether he had among S^" Roger's books
any MS. of Boston of Bury de scriptoribus Britannicis (wct S^ Roger
is said to have had), and whether among M^". Lhuyd's books and papers 30
he had Bp Humphreys's notes upon, and Additions to, that part of
Cambden that relates to Wales.

Feb. 9 (Tu.). To ask D^. Rawlinson what 'tis that he is printing, at
least correcting from the Press, in wc^ is A copy of the Deed 0/ Pens mi by
Henry the sixth of England to John Hardifig. The book relates to
ScotUnd. The said deed is in the Appendix numb. 7, taken from Rot.
Pat. 36 Hen. VI. The book is S'^o.

Upon my suggestion, D^. Rawlinson sent to M^. Crynes, the Beadle, to
procure of D^. Newland, Fellow of Magd. Coll. Oxon., the Bill of Fare,
when Ric. Ill was entertained in that College. 40

Mr. Crynes told me yesterday D^. Newland had left it to D^. Jenner to
help him, the said D^. Newland, to that Bill of Fare. I am told the said

Feb. 8, 1735. H. to Rawlinson (Ravvl. 32.52). Thanks for Mrs. Cherry's
will, which he returns.

Feb. 8, 173$. Richard Grosvenor to H. (Rawl. 27 b. 333). Says that
his bookseller, Mr. Crockett at the Golden Key over against St. Dunstan's
church, will pay for the books {see letter, Feb. 6).

Feb. 9, 173?. E. Burton to H. (Rawl. 3. 180). Subscribes for Eemins^ford-


Bill is in the Bursary. I know not how truly Ant. Wood refers to the
College Register for what he knew of the Entertainment.

' I find Geo. Harbin, Coll. Eman., takes the Degree of Bac. of Arts,
an. 1686. When he should regularly proceed M', he was not qualifyed,
so I looked no further '. J/'". Baker's Letter of Jaii. ig.

Dr. Cripps w-as buried in Appleton Church yesterday, in the afternoon,
when several of the Fellows of Magd. Coll. went over to the Funeral.

Feb. 10 (Wed.). From the Northampton Mercury of Monday,
Feb. 8, 173a :_

10 About a week ago, as the Workmen were digging in the Gardens of Charles
Child, Esq. of Waverlay in the County of Surrey (where an Abbey was
founded about 400 years ago by William Giffard, then Bp. of Winchester and
Abbot of Waverlay aforesaid, as appears by the Monasticon Anglicanum, vol. i,
page 703) they found a leaden Pot, in which was the Heart of a man preserved
in Spirits, supposed from an Inscription upon a Tomb in the Cathedral Church
of Winchester to have been the Heart of the said Bishop, and yet it is not in
the least decayed. But this Art of preserving Bodies, &c., for so many ages,
seems now to be entirely lost amongst us.

This day I wrote to M'". Edward Acton, LL.B., rector of Bentworth,
20 near Alton in Hampshire. He is brother to the late M^. James Acton
of All Souls. He was a neighbour and great acquaintance of the Rev.
Mr. Thomas Hinton, rector of Lasham.

Mr. Hinton used often to tell me that he had made divers Collections
relating to Glastonbury and to the History and Antiquities and the
famous men of Oxford. He promised me that I should have the use of
them, but I never saw any thing of them, so that I suppose he might
detain them till an opportunity offered of communicating them to me
himself at Oxford. Probably IVR Acton may know something of this
Affair. He was a man versed in our History and Antiquities, and for
30 that reason I should regard his Remarks, and particularly also as he was
my Friend. So I told Mr. Acton.

About three weeks since died Mary Pulcher at Littlemore by Oxford.
She was a strangely merry, laughing Woman. She was never married.
She was 75 years old. She was found dead, stark naked, in the lowest
room of the House (her brother's house) with whom she lived, tho' till of
late she had generally lived at Oxford. 'Tis supposed she was seized
suddenly (for she went to bed well), & tumbled down stairs.

Feb. 11 (Thur.). D^. Howarden's answer to D^. Clark and Mr.
Whiston is not only very concise, but likewise very clear and learned.
40 Dr. Howarden hath printed another book, called The Rule of Faith,
w*'^ I have not yet seen, tho' it hath been printed many years.

Yesterday, in the afternoon, was buried old goody Sheene, in St. Peter's
Churchyard in the East, Oxon., who died on Tuesday, the 7th inst.,^ in

Feb. 11, I73Q. Lord Oxford to H. (Rawl. 8. 204). * The note you sent
me in relation to the Author of the Customs of London no person has seen,
nor no one shall, without you give leave.' [5^'^ also Diary, Feb. 13.]

1 Hearne must mean either ' Sunday the 7"^ ' or ' Tuesday the 9*''.' — Ed.

Feb. 9-13.] VOLUME CXXIX, PAGES 66-71 385

the said St. Peter's parish work House, starved to death & smothered
in her own filth, there being no due care taken of her, tho' she was, when
able, a very neat woman. She was about 80 years old.

Her husband died 20 years since or more. He had his Coffin made
some time before he died, & placed against St. Peter's church or by it,
wct he would daily view & sit in, to put him in mind of mortality.

Feb. 12 (Fri.). This morning, at 7 Clock, Dr. James Jenkinson, of
Magd. Coll., was carried out of Town to be buried at Charlebury.

John Middleton, S.T.P., who now lives in London, was formerly of
Merton College, and is a noisy, empty, frothy, vain-glorious man, whose 10
merit could never raise him above a Chaplainship of Merton College.
He is a swearing Jacobite, fawning on the Nonjurors, ever exclaiming
against the Prince he has sworn to, and speaking laudably of him he has
abjured. Neither can his Church meet with better quarter, its Prelates,
particularly its primate, has no recommendations in his opinion for his
post. To conclude, he is loud and positive, a Champion in the pulpit
for Toryism, as near a bordurer on Treason as he dares. Such is in short
the Character of this Fanfaron, who ought not to be trusted by persons
of any denomination or persuasion ; and yet he, and such as he, should
there be an alteration, will pretend to very great Merits, even far above 20
such as have been real sufferers and acted according to Principles. He
hath printed one or two Sermons, in w^li his Froth & Noise may be seen.^

Feb. 13 (Sat.). Lord Oxford tells me by Letter from Dover Street,
of the nth inst., that he hath not any MS. of Chronicon Abingdom'ense.
None of his MSS. are in his Country Library.

He had lent me his copy of Extracts from Gascoigne, only M^". Harbin
had informed him he had lent me his, from whence my Lord's was

My Lord repeats again to me that he shall always be ready to lend
me any book, MS. or printed, charter, &c., that is in his power, & he 30
hopes I will make use of this declaration ; for, he assures me, it is very

About 2 months or more since, Mr. Murroe, of Trin. Coll., married
the daughter of the widow Stockley, who keeps a Coffee House in the
Turl, Oxford.

The said Murroe was originally of Cambridge, but being wild, he was
sent to Edmund Hall, Oxford, where he was Gent. Commoner. From
Edmund Hall he went to Trinity Coll., & was there also Gent. Commoner,
but he is now a Bach, of Arts.

Feb. 13, 173$. Anstis to H. (Rawl. 1. 115). Proposes that Whetham-
stead's Register should be sent to H. ' If I guessed at the inference you are
making from the Precedent of Peacock, it may not be foreign for you to
observe that the Canon Law about the Depositions of Bishops was received
into our Law by the Laws of Hen. I, as will appear to you upon reading the
Laws towards the beginning of that Collection.'

1 This account of D"". Middleton seems, from its style, to be the writing of
D*". Rawlinson. — Ed.



His wife is deformed & lame, & hath not a penny to her Fortune, but
she is looked upon as witty, i. e. I suppose, bold and impudent.

Her elder sister was married a few years since to one Loder, a Com-
moner of Exeter College, but he is dead, & she hath spent the main
of what she had by him.

Mr. Murroe is a person of mean understanding. ■

Feb. 14 (Sun.). M'. Harbin is of my opinion that it might not be j
proper to print Bp Hooper's dissertation, if it should be put into my

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