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hands, nor indeed to take any notice of it in my Book. His meaning in j
ao advertising me of it, was that if I had a sight of it, I might perhaps find ;
something there that would illustrate & compleat the history of Bp Pea-
cock, which he presumes I intend shall take up some part of my Preface
to Hemingford, with whom I am to print the Historical Extracts from
Gascoigne. Mr. Harbin's letter of Feb. ii, 173^. |

Peb. 15 (Mon.). I have formerly observed that M'. Wharton
published a small Tract of Bp Peacock's, out of Trinity College Library
in Cambridge, about the Scriptures. M^. Baker (as M^. Harbin tells me
in the foresaid Letter) can assure me there is now in the Publick Library
at Cambridge a Folio MS. volume in English of several of his Writings.
30 Mention this to M^. Baker.

Feb. 16 (Tu.). Dr. Holdsworth, of St. John's College, told me last
Week that Dr. Stuart, of Exeter, hath met with something in an old MS.
of curious Remark, that will correct Godwyn with respect to one of the
Bishops of Exeter. What Bp 'tis, D^. H. could not tell, but he said
Dr. Stuart designed to send it me.

I desired D^. Holdsworth, at the same time, to ask D^. Stuart whether
there be any thing in their old Registers relating to Bp Peacock.

The Dr. said 'twas not likely there should. I told him perhaps there
might, considering Peacock was not orthodox, & tis probable a caution
30 about him might be entered in all Cathedral Churches.

Feb. 18 (Thurs.), From the Northampton Mercury for Monday,
Feb. 18:-^

On Sunday morning Feb. 7 last, about eleven o'Clock, the Lord James
Cavendish started from Hide-Park Corner on a Horse a little above a Galloway
(not M'. Humbertson's) and rode to the Lodge in Windsor Forest [wcii is
20 miles ^] for a very considerable Wager. Upon his Lordship's arrival the
three Stop Watches were unsealed, and it appeared by the first he had won by
16 seconds [the time allowed and agreed upon being an hour and five minutes],

Feb. 14, 173J. Baker to H. (Rawl. 23. 147) [see Diary, Feb. 22]. * I am
glad to hear you are in so good a state of health as to walk abroad this cold
weather ; I dare hardly stir beyond my chamber.*

Feb. 15, 173?. E. Acton to H. (Rawl. 27 B. 5). Wishes to subscribe for
Hemin,ir ford [see Dizry, Mar. 20, 173$].

Feb. 17, 1732 Clement Cottrell to H. (Rawl. 27 B. 245). Has not
heard from General Dormer about Ca'tus, but will venture to pay for him.

^ In the margin Hearne writes 22, as a correction. — Ed.

Feb. 13-21.] VOLUME CXXIX, PAGES 72-80 387

by another by one minute, and the third by one minute and four seconds. It
is reckoned 5000/. was depending on this match. The Earl of Portmore won
800 guineas and General Harvey lost 200 guineas. And the next day, being
Feb. 8, between Three and Four in the Afternoon he returned from thence to
St. James's in good Health. His Lordship ordered a handsome sum to be
distributed among the Receivers at the several Turnpikes through which he
passed, the Gates being all left open on that Occasion for many Hours, and all
Passengers rode through Toll free. His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales.
and a great number of Nobility and Gentry went to Hyde Park Turnpike to
see his Lordship start. 10

Feb. 19 (Pri.). M^. Lewis of Margate, that vile Wretch (for so I hear
that he is from the best hands, who Hkewise agree that he is a very silly
fellow) designed to write and publish the Life of Bp Peacock, but I am
now told by M^". Baker, that 'tis postponed for Wickliff s New Testament
now pretty far advanced.

I suppose 'twas for that Design, that Lewis had Extracts from
Whethamstede's Chron. at the Heralds' Office.

To ask the E. of Oxford whether, in his vast Treasure of MSS., he
hath any thing about Reginald Peacock.

Yesterday, meeting Dr. CoUis of Magd. Coll. Oxon. in S*. John 20
Baptist's Street, I told him they had in Magd. Coll. an account of
K. Ric. Ill's entertainment there. He said he would speak to the Vice
Chancellour about it, & that I should certainly have it, if it be there.

reb. 20 (Sat.). Old M^. W™ Joyner, who lies buried in Holywell
Church Yard, Oxford (with a Tombstone over him), often desired
M'^. Kymber to be his Executor. But he declined it, tho' he wished
he had, because after his Death, when they examined his Books, they
found money stuck in almost every one of them, in all to the value of
three or four hundred libs., w^h I take to be the reason why he never
would let one see his Study, tho' often desired to do it. 30

I was acquainted wi)h M^. Joyner, and used to visit him in the
Mannour House at Holywell, where he lodged, after Dinner, it being
his desire I would come at that time, because of his going to bed always
at 4 in the evening, and rising at 4 in the morning.

When I used to be with him, he would often niention his Books as
curious in their kind, but I could never get him to shew me one, wch
must be for the foresaid reason. Yet when he died it appeared that the
Books were but ordinary.

Feb. 21 (Sun.). He would talk very pleasantly, and have a Pint of
Ale by himself, and a very hard Crust. 40

He used to say he loved an old Protestant, but could not endure the

Mr. Wood hath an account of two Things that he printed. His
account of Cardinal Pole is but a mean Thing. When he gave it to
Mr. Obadiah Walker, M^. Walker afterwards said to him, ' My Joyner,
I like your Book well ; only you mention Puritans before they were in
being.' ' Oh ', says Joyner, ' they are the greatest Rogues upon the Face
of the Earth.' ' Very well', says M^. Walker, ' then I like your reason
for mentioning of them very well.'

c c 2


Mr. Joyner told me M^. Wood used often to come to him, & that he
told him many stories which he (Mr, Wood) penned down in his presence,
& when any thing pleased AP. Wood, he would always cry Hum, upon
wch Mr. Joyner would go on & expatiate. Mr. Joyner told me also to
bring my Pen and Ink, and write down old stories he should tell me,
' and when you say Hum ', says he, ' I shall know that you are pleased,
and I will go on.' But I never did, tho' I was with him many times,
when I was a young Master of Arts.

Feb. 22 (Men.). From Mr. Baker's Letter of Feb. 14 :
10 < Instruction given by us Thomas Archbishop of Can. withe the advis
of oure Brethren of this Land to th' Abbot of Thorney, howe Reginalde
Peacock, whome we have sent unto hym shall be treatyd in y© monastery

First hit is thought convenable that the said Reynolde shall have
a secrete closed chambre, having a chymeney, & an House of Easement,
within the Abbey aforesaid ; where he may have sight to some Aulter
to here masse, & that he passe not the said chambre. Item the said
Reynolde to have but oon personne, that is sad & well disposed, to make
his bedde & to make hym fyr, as hit shal nede. Item that the said
20 Reynold have no bookes to looke on, but oonly a Portuol, a Masse
booke, a Saulter, a Legend, & a Bible. Item that he have nothing to
write wyth, noe stuffe to write upon. Item that the said Reynolde have
competent small [^stc] according to his age & his necessitye shal requere.
Item that the said Reynold be served dayly of meat & drink as a Brother
of the salide Abbey is served, when he is excused from the Freytour, &
somewhat better, after as his disposition & raisonable appetit shal desire
conveniently after the good discretion of th' abbot abovesaide.'

Forty pounds assigned to the said Abbey for his finding, &c. From
Collect. H. Wharton, vol. Y, p, 32, e libro formularum tempore Hen. VI
30 penes El. Ashmole. Copied by Jo. Anstis Esq., * from whom ' (says
Mr. Baker) ' I had it.'

'I sent ' (adds M^. Baker), 'a Copy to M^". Lewis, when he was upon
R. Peacock's Life, but that Life being postponed for Wickliflf's New
Testament, now pretty far advanced, it will hardly be of use to him;
I wish it may be of any to you.'

Feb. 23 (Tu.). When old M^". W°i Joyner above-mentioned was just'
near expiring, he sung an hymn. He was a religious, retired man, and,
always very cheerful. M^. Kymber used to tell me that the said M^". Joyner
spent a very great part of his time upon his knees, so that whenever they
40 peeped through the key-hole, where he lodged, they always found him in
that posture.

Feb. 24 (Wed.). I have read D'^. Howarden's Book against D^. Clarke I
with much Pleasure and Satisfaction. 'Tis concise, learned, and rational,

Feb. 22, 173$. S. Cholmondeley to H. (Rawl. 4. 86). Subscribes for i

Feb. 23, 173^. R. Mead to H. (Rawl, 8. 82). Is glad H. likes the print
of Julius Caesar. Does not know whether there is a perfect transcript of ;
])oniesday Book. !

Peb. 21-28.] VOLUME CXXIX, PAGES 80-88 389

& the author (for whom I have a great honour) shews himself to be a man
of exquisite judgment.

Peb. 25 (Thur.). Whethampstead's book in the Heralds' Offiice will
furnish us w^ith narratives of the battles of S*. Alban's, as well as an
account of Peacock, as I am told by Mr, Anstis, who formerly transcribed
the things about the battles for his own use.

In Wm Wirecestre is a French Letter, directed to Sir John Fastolf, about
the same Battles. M^. Anstis hath a Transcript of it. I saw it when
I perused Wirecestre, but did not copy it, nor think fit to print it, exspecting
that INIr. Anstis would do it himself, with notes upon that part of it relating 10
to Heralds.

Feb. 26 (Pri.). Mr. Thomas Bedford, son of the late M^. Hilkiah
Bedford, tells me from Burnhall near Durham, by Letter of the 2 i^t, where
he is at his Brother Smith's, that he hath made ready for the Press
Simeonis vionachi Dunholmensi's Liber de exordio atque procursu Dunhelm'

Peb. 27 (Sat.). Yesterday morning died M^^. John Keen, a Barber
of 71 or more years of age, at his House in S*. Peter's parish in the East,
Oxford. He had been the best shaver in Oxford. [Buried Sunday night
in S*. Peter's churchyard, Feb. 28.] 2c

Also yesterday morning died M^. Charles Combes, a bookseller of
Oxford. He lived in S*. Marie's parish, but for about 3 weeks or a month
he Kved at his Aunt Boddeley's by Paradice Garden, viz. ever since his
goods were seized. He was a young extravagant Fellow & run out his
wife's fortune, a good one. His wife herself is also said to have been
extravagant. She is a comely, jolly, young woman, being the Daughter
of the late M^. Thomas Juggins.^ [Buried at S*. Marie's, Sunday night,
Feb. 28.]

Also, yesterday morning, was taken up dead by Boltslock Bridge, as
\ve go to Botley, M^. Vicaris, the youngest brother of, and Partner with, 30
Mr, Vicaris of Oxford (viz. AH Hallows parish) mercer. He was found
in the shallow water just on the other side the Bridge, viz. on the right or
north side of the first Arch beyond the Bridge, having fallen in but a Httle
before he was taken up. 'Tis observed that he was disordered for about
5 days before. He was a single man, & so is his Brother (who was
sometime since mayor of Oxford), & had the Character of being a civil
young man. [^B. He was carried to Hethrop (where he was born, his
Father having been minister of that place) to be buried on Monday,
March ist.]

Peb. 28 (Sun.). This Term, one M^. Richard Good of IMagd. Coll., 4©
who is nephew to D^. Butler (President of that Coll. & Vice-Chancellour
of Oxford), took the Degree of Doctor of Law\ He is Register of the
Vice-Chancellour's Court, succeeding D"". Woodward in that Office.

^ Note by Heame at the end of the volume: 'Mrs. Combes was but 15 years old
when she was married and is now at her husband's death but 22.'


'March 1 (Mon.). The Congregation House of the Univ. of Oxford
was built, by a certain old Scholar, long before S*. Marie's Church was
united & appropriated to Oriel College. Thomas Arundel, Archbishop
of Canterbury, gave fifty marks to Oriel College to resign their Right to
it, and brought it so to pass that it should for ever belong to the University
upon the Universitie's paying a yearly pension of one penny, if lawfully
demanded. Br. Twyne, p. 314.

March 2 (Tu.). This day, being S*-. Cead's day, I sent back
Hemingford's History, a MS. lent me by Mr. Anstis's means by the
TO Heralds' Office. It was put into M"". Murray's hands for me, and
I returned it to M^ Murray (to be delivered to Mr. Anstis) in a Parcell
of Copies of Caius I sent to M'. Murray. I take the said MS. to be of
the age of Hen. V. It breaks off abruptly anno 1297, as several other
old MSS. of Hemingford do,

March 3 (Wed.). M^. West bought Bradshaw's Translation of the
Legend of S*. Werburge in old English Verse at Warwick, where he also
bought his MS. relating to Mancestre in Warwickshire, as I have been
informed by Letter from M^. Ward, dated at Barford near Warwick,
Oct. 3, 1730.

20 Mr. West communicated both to me, what M'. Ward designed to have
done, had not M^". West bought them out of his hands.

Wrote to-day to John Ivory Talbot, Esq., of Lacock near Chippenham
in Wilts. In my edition of Neubrigensis, I said several Things relating
to the Nunnery of Lacock. 'Tis very likely M^. Talbot can give an
account of many besides, especially since I suppose he hath many old
writings that formerly belonged to it. It was a Nunnery of great note,
and I should be glad to hear that either himself or any friend of his hath
got the Chronicle of Lacock, in w^^ many particulars relating to the
general History of England were entered. I know where this Chronicle

30 is said to be, but before I make enquiry there, I would fain learn whether
it be also in any private friend's hands. 'Tis said to commence at the
year 1320, so that it may have particulars about the latter part of Ed. II's
reign, w^ti part is something dark, and wants more clearing than I have
yet met with. But many things of that kind have been industriously
destroyed, from w^^ (if they had been preserved) we might have accounted
much better for the Transactions of the most melancholic part of that
Reign, than we are now able to do.

March 4 (Thur.). On Saturday last, one Alice Knight, a comely,

March 2, 173?. H. to the Hon. Cuthbert Constable, Esq. {transcript,
Bodl. MS. Eng. Misc. 88. 16). Sends him copies of Caius. Has read D"".
Howarden's book with pleasure.

March 2, 173J. H. to Rawlinson (Rawl. 32. 54). Sends two copies of

March 2, 173?. H. to Murray (Rawl. 112. 279). Sends copies of Caius ;
also the MS. of Walter Hemingford.

March 3, 173?. J. Worthington to H. (Rawl. 1 2. 1 30) [see Diary, April i].

March 4, 173?. James West to H. (Rawl. 27 c. 297). Has received the
parcel of books.

Mar. 1-7.] VOLUME CXXIX, PAGES 88-96 391

tight, young, single Woman, was delivered of a child in S*. Peter's
parish in the East, Oxon. She swore it, before the midwife would deliver
her, to one Robert Winter, who lived as Gardiner some time agoe to
Dr. Butler, President of Magd. College. One of the churchwardens
and one of the Overseers rode that day, in the afternoon, to Henley upon
Thames, where they heard Winter lived. There they found him, & by
virtue of the IVIayor of Henley's Warrant they apprehended him. The
next day, being Sunday, they brought him to Oxford. On Monday, in
the afternoon, she swore it to him again in his own presence before two
Justices, who came to the place where she lay on purpose. Yesterday, 10
she (being brought in a chair, for she was not able to walk nor stand)
and the said Winter were married in Edmund Hall Chappell by one Rock,
a Bach, of Arts of Edm. Hall.

March 5 (Pri.). From the Northampton Merciuy for Monday,
IMarch 1 : —

Leeds, Feb. 16. Wednesday last the Woolcombers, thirty in number,
dressed in wigs, shoulder-belts, &c. of combed Wool, made a procession with
the Town Musick playing before them in honour of Bishop Blaze, who is said
to be the Inventor of Wool-combing. The Procession was preceded by one
on Horseback, representing the said Bishop, with a book in one hand and 20
a comb in the other, whose Horse was led by two Boys dressed like the rest,
and the whole made a very handsome appearance.

March 6 (Sat.). There are two parts of Whethamstead. One is in
the Heralds' Office, the other in the Cotton Library. They are both
written exactly in the same Characters. 'Tis pity these two books should
be thus separated. That in the Heralds' Office is upon his second

INfr. Anstis thinks I ought to make some publick Complement to their
Office, who, he says, will be ready to lend me any of their antient INISS.,
& he says there are good ones. I know not what he means by a publick 30

Mr. Anstis knows nothing of any notes, either made by M^. Hare to
the Athenae, Oxon., or about the Copy in M^". Murray's hands.

[Here is omitted an epitaph from Fyfield Church, on Mary (daughter of Francis
White, Esq., who was heir and great nephew of Sir Thomas White, founder of St-
John's College, Oxford) ; wife of John Oilman, S.T.P., rector of Creek in Northampton,
shire; she died July 17, 1721, aged 37. Communicated by M'' Loveday.]

March 7 (Sun.). On Friday night last, being Mar. z% died of the
small Pox, Mr. George Shepheard, Fellow of Trinity College and Keeper
of the Ashmolean Museum. He took the Degree of M.A. Dec. 2, 1712, 40

March 4, ITSJ. Hans Sloane to H. (Rawl. 27 c. 205). Sends subscrip-
tions for Hemingford.

March 4, 173^. William Thomas to H. (Rawl. 27 c. 240). Has received
the books from Lord Oxford (i. e. copies of Caius).

March 6, 173J. R. Gale to H. (Rawl. 27 b. 308). Acknowledges the
receipt of Caius.

March 6, 1732. Lord Oxford to H. (Rawl. 8. 205) {see Diary, March 25
and 26].


and that of B.D. Oct. 23, 1721, He was a man of no great Character,
tho' he was a great Tutor in the College, and some cried him up for
a great JNIathematician, but others (who knew him well, for I knew him
not so much as by sight) observed and said that he was a muddy-headed
man, & had a very dark notion of things. He was buried in Magd.
Parish Church, Oxford, last night.

March 8 (Mon.). From the Northampton Mercury for March i :

On Sunday, Feb. 21 last, died suddenly at Bath, the Rev. Dr. [Matt.] Smith,
Senior Fellow of St. John's College, Oxford, and Head Master of Merchant
10 Taylors' School.

There is lately dead the Rev. M"". John Smith, M.A. and Fellow of St. John's
College in Oxford. He was elected the last year as Chaplain to the British
Factory at Oporto in Portugal, a Post of as much Caution as Profit in
a Country tyrannized over by the Inquisition to that Degree that our Factors
could never obtain more than a Licence for publick Service in their Houses
alternatively and that in the most secret Manner ; yet this Gentleman by his
Learning and inoffensive Conversation had charmed his Countrymen and the
Natives so much in so short a Time that he was universally beloved, respected,
and lamented.

20 ^B. The said Character is very just. He was Junior Proctor of the
Univ. of Oxon., anno 1727.

March 10 (Wed.). From the Northampton Mercury for March 8 :

We hear from Bath that the Rev. D^. Smith, late Head Master of Merchant
Taylors' School, was lately interred in the Abbey Yard there, in a very private
and decent manner, according to his Order by his last Will, by which he has
given the largest Part of his Fortune among his Relations, some small
Legacies to Friends, and two hundred Pounds to St. John's College in Oxford,
towards a Fund for Purchasing Advowsons to quicken the succession from the
School, and as a gratefuU Acknowledgment to the Founder for the benefit he
30 received from his Education and Support there, an example fit to be imitated,
tho' very rarely it is, by such whose chief Support is a Founder's Bread, and
are even obliged by their Oaths to some small Return when vested in

March 11 (Thur.). From the Northampton Mercury for March 8 :

There is lately married Thomas Prowse, of Axbridge in the County of
Somerset, Esq., a Gentleman of plentiful Estate, and Grandson to Bishop
Hooper, to M^^. Elizabeth Sharp, a young Lady of good Fortune and Merit,
grandaughter [sic] to the late Archbishop of that name.

JB. The said M^". Prowse was lately Gentleman Commoner of Christ-


March 9, 173J. M. Folkes, of Queen's Sq. by Ormond Street, to H.
(Ravvl. 5. 82). Tho' a stranger to H. he writes about a passage in his last book
in which he states that maps were made in the time of Roger Bacon. [See
Diary, March 15, 16, 18.]

March 11, 173?. T. Carte at Mr. Hughes', stationer, in Inner Temple
Lane, to H. (Rawl. 4. 33). Writes that he has left Mr. Buckley's and is now
at No. 5 King's Bench Walks, but books are to be sent to Mr. Hughes's. Has
received Caius ; subscribes for Hemingford ; hopes to visit Oxford in the

Mar. 7-13.] VOLUME CXXIX, PAGES 96-103 393

Church. His mother (who is sister to the late Bp Hooper) is a Woman
of great parts and sense in our English Antiquities.

March 12 (Fri.). Camden, speaking (p. 718, fol. ed.) of Ptolemy's
producing the coast of Scotland to the East, hath these words: quo nomine
Rogerus Baconiis in sua Geographia ilium olim nominavit.

Among other things that Roger Bacon wrote of, ought to be reckoned
Descriptiones locorum mundi & his Cosmographia.

In Corpus X^i Coll. Library, Oxon., no. 161 5. 148, R. Baconis Gram-
matica Graeca circa annum I2J2 conscripia. Fol. membr.

He also wrote de situ orbis. In some MSS. Sir John Maundevile goes 10
with Bacon.

Dr. Gale had a great many of Roger Bacon's works. I know not what.
See printed Catalogue, p. 191.

I formerly often perused many MSS. of Roger Bacon, and then 'twas
I formed my Notitia of his skill in Geographical affairs, and 'twas upon
that Notitia I grounded what I have said in short at the beginning of
Caius; but where 'tis, in such a great variety of his MSS., that his
Geographia may now be seen, I cannot recollect ; tho' I do remember
that I have seen such a Book. I had then access to MSS. of his that
I have no access to now ; but had Bp Fell lived, his works that are in 20
being would all have be^n printed, & then might have been exspected his
Geography among the rest, as well as his Cosmography. That Bp and
some others thought it would have been an honour to our Oxford Press,
as well as to the University, of wch Roger Bacon was a Member, to have
that great man's works collected together & printed here at the Theater.
But now no one talks of it, tho' I do remember that D^. John Mill, he
that printed the Greek Testament, was very zealous to have such a work
undertaken. And I must needs say that I wish some one or more would
still set in good earnest about it. And, indeed, I think 'twould highly
become our University to do it at their own Expense. 30

March 13 (Sat.). I must remember to tell IMartin Folkes, Esq., of an
old map of Oxford done on wood long before that on Copper in Q. Eliza-
beth's time. I could never see such a one, but I have been told more than
once that M"". Ant. a Wood had it, and M^. Thomas Myn, the joyner,
often told me that he had also several times seen such a one after M"".
Wood's death, but that care not being taken thereof, it was destroyed.

March 13, 173?. Sam. Mead to H. (Rawl. 8. 112). Has received Cams ;
wishes to subscribe for Hemingford.

March 13, ITSf. Thomas Ward to H. (Rawl. 11. 76). Has received
a parcel from H. safely.

March 13, 173$. Baker to H. (Rawl. 22. 35). 'What you say is very
true. It has been said there have been 30,000 scholars in the University of
Oxford, & I should be willing to beheve it, could I find room for them. In
an account of the number of Inhabitants in the town of Cambridge as given m
to the Bp of Ely (by order) July 17, 1728, the sum.me total amounts to 6008.
And the number of students &c. may be near the same as with you, not so
many. And yet I have been told that Adam (author of the Index ViUaris) by
computing the number of chimneys, found there were more at Cambridge
than at Oxford. And I am fully satisfyed both Towns are now more populous




I have made mention of the said old map of Oxford in pag. 410 of
Textus RofFensis.

March 14 (Sun.). On Friday last was a Vestry held in the back
Church Yard of St. Peter's in the East, Oxford, for making a Tax, not
for the poor, but only for one of the Overseers, old M"". Cob, & it may be
one or two more, to get them paid some money w^b they pretend to be
out of Pocket for the Parish. It was in the Church Yard, because the
Churchwardens (particularly M^. Richard Johnson) would not let the

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