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in general (he says) deny the King-killing doctrine (charged upon them)
& utterly abhor and detest it.^

Sept. 28 (Sat.). Samuel Gale, Esq., was lately shewed by a Friend of
his an ancient Velom Roll, writt in a fine large black Character. It appears
to Mr. Gale to have been an ancient Office, Part in Latin & part in
English, used by the Chaplain of the Freerie or Fraternity of S*. Peter 30
in Lynn^ in co. Norfolk, in which among other things are petitions for
the King and Queen of England & their Children, the Baronage of the

c. Sept. 28, 1728. J. Loveday to H. (Rawl. 7. 178). 'The MSS.
I promised to send you were not retarded out of Forgetfulness, but only for
want of a good opportunity to speak with the Possessor of 'em, who has now
promised 'em me against October the lo*'', when I design for Oxford. Those
relating to the Antiquities of Reading are, I find, of the same nature* with the

' Note by Hearne : ' Achademia for the vulgar tongue begun by Tradesmen, &c.*
"^ Notes by Hearne on the fly-'eaf at the end ot the volume : ' Thurs. Sept. 26,

M". Shepherd carried out with the small pox; she came home Oct. 31, 1728.

Friday, Sept. 27, died Justice Phipps ; the same day M''. Finmore of Kidlington

buried in South Hinxey church.'

* See below, Nov. 16.

* I suppose he means ' non-existent '. — Ed.

£ 2


Land, the Patriarch of Hierusalem, & the Restitution of the Holy Cross
to Ciiristen ]\Ien, from whence M^ Gale is apt to think it might be
composed during the holy Warr. At the Bottom of the Roll is added
a Commemoration for some of the Benefactors to the Fraternity in another
Hand; M^". Gale supposes by the Priest himself; the whole discovers the
Taste and Simplicity of those dark Times, If I think such a paper may
come into an Appendix, M"". Gale says he can procure me the use of it.
The Spelling (he adds) is so remarkable in the Original that it will be
difficult to copie it in a modern Hand. His Letter bears date from
lo London, Sept. 12, 1728. I answered it Sept. 19.

Sept. 29 (Sun.). Read a folio thin Paper MS. lent me by Thomas
Ward, Esq., intit. A relatmi of my Tryall, signed at the end Fraticis Webb.
He was tryed for a Priest anno 1579, as writt at the beginning of it, but it
should be 1679. He was condemned to be hanged, drawn and quartered.
Quaere whether he were executed. He was sometimes called Johnson.
The Tryal is remarkable and his Defence excellent, as even the Judge
(Judge Adkins) allowed. The Tryal was at Worcester. He had went
also by divers other Names. The Judge acknowledged him to have
a nimble tongue and wit. It is pity the MS. is in such a bad condition,
20 being much torn or eaten by rats.

Sept. 30 (Mon.). On Friday last died M^. Justice Phipps, at his
house in Magdalen Parish, Oxford, and was buried yesterday in Cowley
church, near Oxford, where he had an Estate. He was a little more than
fifty years of age, was an inactive, indolent man, of but indifferent Parts,
and of a penurious temper.

Oct. 1 (Tu.). On Sunday morning last died suddenly Esq. Keck of
Great Tew, a man of about threescore years of age. His Lady died
many years since. He hath left behind him a Son and a Daughter. He
was the richest man and had the best Estate of any man in Oxfordshire.
30 He had many Years ago ten thousand libs, per an. He hath improved
it much since. He had always an hundred thousand libs, in bank,
keeping a bank and banker of his own. He was a great Whig. Yet
some say that he (as his Lady had done before) did much good to the
poor in constantly setting them at Work, and afterwards giving them
the Cloath they had made, as he also constantly fed them twice a week,
I mean the poor of Great Tew. This I had from one Hartley, who now
keeps a publick House in Oxford and lived with M^. Keck many years ;
but then I have heard others say that he never did much good.

Statutes of S*. John's quondam Hospital at Oxford; notorious omissions in
the Disposal (or rather the non-Disposal) of Corporation-Charities have been
a long while complained of there ; and their shyness in granting a Perusal of
their Papers gives me reason to believe the Complaint not altogether ground-
less ; so that what with Frowardness in some (as was Brigham's case) & guilt
in others, many monuments of value are lost to the curious.' Notices in Plot's
Oxfordshire that William Wyrcester was an astronomer and wrote a verification
of the fixed stars for 1440. [Note by Hearne, 'received Sept. 30, 172S.']

Oct. 1, 1728. T. Baker to H. (Rawl. 27 B. 65) [see Diary, Oct. 11 and
Oct. 12]. Urges H. to take care of himself, now that he has had an ague.

Sept. 28-Oct. 4.] VOLUME CXX, PAGES 3-7 53

Oct. 2 (Wed.). Tho' some years ago Dr. George Clarke and many
that called themselves Tories slighted and spoke contemptuously (accord-
ing to her deserts) of the Dutchess of INIarlborough, yet she is now
mightily caressed by them, so that she comes almost every day from
Woodstock to Oxford & sometimes calls upon D^*. Clarke, sometimes
upon young M^. Rowney, and oftentimes at D^. Bradshaw's, who indeed
was always a Whig, & much of the same Principles with Bradshaw the

Oct. 3 (Thur.). On Sunday last died, as she came from Bath, where
she had been for her health, the Lady Clarke, wife of D"". Robert Shippen, 10
Principal of Brazennose Coll. She was brought to town yesterday, about
five Clock in the afternoon, and buried immediately in Brazennose Coll.
Chappel. Dr. Shippen was her 4^^ husband. Her maiden name was
Leigh, being sister of Dr. Leigh, late Fellow of All Souls College. She
left no child. D^. Shippen looses \_sic] by her death five hundred libs,
per an. She was about 70 years of age. She was a very proud Woman,
given much to drinking and gaming, and did no good.

Oct. 4 (Fri.). One IM^ S. Burroughs, of Gray's Inne, hath wrote to
Tho. Jett, Esq., to desire my opinion about John Alcock's being Keeper
of the Great Seal anno ix of Ed. IV. M"". Burroughs thinks there is 20
great reason to believe he was Keeper in Ap., May, and June that year
under Robert Stillington, Bp of Bath, the Chancellour. This John Alcock
was born at Beverly in Yorkshire, & built there a Chantery for his
Parents, & did other pious Acts in that Town. The 15 April, anno 11
Ed. IV, he was a Master of Chancery, & that day was appointed Keeper
or Master of the Rolls, & afterwards was preferd to the See of Rochester,
translated to Worcester, and from thence to Ely. Those times are dark,
being in confusion, and we are thereby deprived of many Records,
especially of the times of the delivery of the Great Seal, wcli always were
solemnly entred ; but so it is, there is none of Alcock, tho' during those 30
moneths there are certain privy seals directed Custodi viagni Sigilli,
without any Name, wch makes it certain that there was a Keeper ; & 'tis
not to be doubted but Alcock was the man, because the Keeper of the
Rolls, his predecessors, were usually so, & because anno 12 Ed. IV
Alcock by name appears to have the Great Seal. Now to corroborate
this proof that it was Alcock that was Keeper of the Great Seal anno 1 1
Ed. IV, Mr. Burroughs should be glad if in any memoirs or History relating
to Alcock or that year, he could find mention made of Alcock's having
then the Great Seal, and because he knows M^. Jett is my acquaintance,
he intercedes with him to know my opinion and thoughts upon this 40
Inquiry — In short, therefore, I am of Al^. Burrough's opinion, tho' I

Oct. 3, 1728. H. to John Loveday (Rawl. 28. 123, draft). Is sorry he
has so little success with respect to the Reading Antiquities. They ought to
have been glad to communicate what would tend to the honour of the place.
Knows well what D^ Plot says about WilHam Worcester, and has often studied
the MS. in the Bodleian. Probably Plot knew of this MS. through his con-
versations with Anthony Wood. * I have printed your old Charter and have
taken occasion to mention your name in the Black Book more than once.'


cannot remember any Passage we have in History at that time to confirm
it, the only Author that 'twas most lil^ely to find it in, viz. W™ Wyrcester's
Annals, being defective in that & some other years, where otherwise we
might have very good reason to exspect it.

Oct. 5 (Sat.). Yesterday was a Convocation at 2 Clock in the After-
noon, when D^". Mather, President of Corpus X^i Coll., laid down the
office of Vice-Chancellour, wc^i he had held five years, and D^. Edward
Butler, Doctor of the Civil Law and President of Magd. Coll., was
admitted in his room. This Dr. Butler is a very great Whig, and tho'
lo very rich, a very stingy Man. He is not in holy Orders, the Bp of
"Winchester not insisting upon it, because of the D^'s being a Whig. Yet
'tis certain that, by the statutes of the Colleges, the President ought to be
in Orders. He is also an illiterate, heavy Man, and does no manner of
good that I can hear of. His Pro-Vicechancellours are D^". Mather,
President of Corpus X^^, D"". Shippen, Principal of Brazennose, D^. Dobson,
President of Trinity, and D^. Morley, Rector of Line. Coll.

Oct. 6 (Sun.). I have formerly made mention of one Philips of
Exeter College, a young undergraduate Servitour, who had like to have
been killed upon the Spikes in the Theater Yard, when he leaped off the
2o Wall next the College. Afterwards he was entered of Edmund Hall,
where he lived a strange, rakish, whoring Life, and was guilty of Robberies
and other Pranks, yet was sly & carryed a demure look. About two
months since he was expelled of the Hall, since wcb his Father (who is
a Welchman and Keeper of the Goal [sic] of Caerdiff) came to Oxford
and on Thursday last took him with him in order to enter him at Cam-
bridge. His Father says this Son of his is 23 years of Age.

Oct. 7 (Men.). In the Convocation on Friday last, when D^. Butler
the new V.-Chancellour took place, the Clause of D^. Sherard's Will,
relating to his Benefaction to the Univ. was read (as I have been informed),
30 viz. that he had given three thousand libs, besides his books and
curiosities, to be disposed of by the University, for endowing a Botanick
Professorship, to be done within six months after his Decease, otherwise
the Executors may dispose of it as they please. About sixteen Delegates
were then nominated for the University, most of wcii are utter strangers
to Botany. Had D"". Mead and Sir Hans Sloane and some lawyer of
Skill, or any other three understanding men (Friends to the Univ.), been
pitched upon, it had been sufficient, and the Business might have been
immediately dispatched.

Oct. 8 (Tu.). Wroxall Nunnery in Warwickshire belongs now to

40 M''. W^ren, son of the late famous Sir Christopher Wren, as I was told

last night by M^. Wren's son, a commoner of Xt Church, so that 'tis

probable he may have some old writings relating to it. Yet his Son (the

said M"". Wren of X* Church) thinks he hath none.

About a fortnight since, died in London Dr. Richard Hale, an eminent
Physician in London. He was of Trin. Coll. in this Univ. He took the
Degree of M.A. Feb. 4, 1695, that of B.M. Feb. 11, 1697, and that of
D.M. June 23, 1701. He was a man of a very fair Character and was an


Oct. 4-12.] VOLUME CXX, PAGES 7-14 55

excellent Scholar. His printed Speech, in praise of the English Physicians,
well is in Latin, is by many reckoned the best on that Subject.

Oct. 9 (Wed.). On Tuesday last, about 3 Clock in the afternoon,
died of a lingering distemper, at her mother's house (for the mother,
widow of the late D^. Smith, Princ. of Hart Hall, her former Husband
being Astrey, is still living) in New Inn Hall Lane, Mrs. Astrey, aged
about 50, she that prosecuted the late M^. Anthony Alsop, because he
would not marry her. She was buried on Mond. night following, in
Cairfax Church at 4 Clock.

Oct. 10 (Thur.). Yesterday all the Forenoon was very fine and 10
sunshiny, but at one Clock in the afternoon was a very violent Storm of
Thunder, Lightning, Rain, and Hail, wct continued about half an hour.
The Cloud was very black and dismal, & being very low, we were appre-
hensive it might do some mischief at such places to w^^ it was nearer
than it was to Oxford. 'Tis remarkable that, it having been a frosty
morning, the whole day was very cold.

Mr. Keck, of Great Tew, being lately dead, his estate is to come to his
Son. I must enquire of M^. West, whether he hath any acquaintance in
the Family, & whether my late Friend Robert Keck Esq.'s curiosities
came to any of that Family. I have mentioned this Robert Keck, Esq., 20
who was a fine Gentleman (very curious & ingenious) in pag. 137 of my
Pref. to Camden's Eliz. and in pag. 10 of my Pref. to Rob. of Gloucester.

Oct. 11 (Fri.). Sir Simonds D'Ewes was Pupil to M'^., afterwards
Dr., Richard Holdsworth of S^. John's Coll. in Camb., as I find by
Sir Simonds's Life written by himself, MS. in Bibl. Harl. ; so that I have
sometimes wondered how Sir Simonds came to be a Commonwealth's
man ; for I find him in the Catalogue of those that subscribed the
Covenant, & he frequented and took notes at the Sermons of the Puritans,
admired and applauded their ways, and appeared as zealous a Saint as
any of them; till M^". Baker in his Letter of i^t inst. told me that his 30
Tutor (tho' he did not know till I told him that 'twas D^. Holdsworth)
was lookt upon as warping, whilst in College, and yet approved himself
otherwise, notwithstanding the hard measure he met with from Court, for
he was chosen Master of St John's by a full majority, and yet (with his
Competitor D^. Lane) was layd aside by the Court & a third man
(Dr. Beale) brought in by the King's Letters, who was indeed a good
Master, but not so great a scholar as D^. Holdsworth.

Oct. 12 (Sat.). St. INIarie's Church at Cambridge was in the Crown,
given by Ed. Ill (Founder) to King's Hall, now Trinity College, and
appropriated to that Hall, as it stands now to the College. The Parish, 40
or some of the Parishioners, who have built shops adjoyning [affixt] to
the West end of the Church, in a manner really scandalous, pay an
acknowledgement to Trin. Coll., wct ]\Ir. Baker (from whom I had this

Oct. 9, 1728. H. to Thomas Jett, Esq., in Grays Inn (Diaries, 1 20. 1 1 ).
Thinks it probable that John Alcock was Keeper of the Great Seal in 1 1 Ed. IV,
but does not remember any passage in History about it, William Wyrcester
(now in printing) being defective in that year [see Diary, Oct. 4].


account in his Letter of the i^t inst.) hath often wondred the College
would consent to. When the Church was new built in the Reign of
Ed. IV, the Tower not finished till K. Jas. I reign, most of the expence
fell upon the University, or upon Benefactors procured by them, as
appears by a large Catalogue of Benefactors, amongst the rest Archb?
Rotherham, whose arms (3 Staggs) are upon the Church, as they are
upon that part of the Schools, that was built by him.*

Oct. 13 (Sun.). From Fog's Weekly Journal (Numb. 3) for Sat.,
Oct. 12, 1728 : —

10 London, Oct. 12. On Tuesday morning last, died at his seat in Hatfield, in
Hertfordshire, the most noble James, Earl of Salisbury, most remarkable for
his Loyal, Steddy and Honourable Principles both in Church and State.

I knew and was acquainted with him when he was of X* Ch. in Oxford,
and I dedicated my Livy to him. He was then a very fine youth. He
died under fourty years of age.

On Wednesday morning last, died the Rev. D'^'. Thomas Bennet, of an
Apoplexy, Vicar of S*. Giles's without Cripplegate, justly lamented by all
who knew his invaluable Worth and great Merits.

I have formerly been more than once in this D^. Bennett's Company
20 in Oxford, & he took occasion to correspond with me upon account of
his writing upon the 39 Articles. He was a learned man, but conceited,
and an Enemy to Non-Jurors, against whom he wrote but very weakly.

Oct. 14 (Men.). My Friend Mr. Baker of Cambridge's name being
not put to his books, I know not well all that he hath published, and
therefore I must crave an account from him.

On Saturday last, between five and six Clock at Night, was buried in
St. Peter's Churchyard in the East, Oxford, Mrs. Sarah Bennet, the 31*1
Daughter of Mr. Bennet, Mancipal of All Souls College. She was the
handsomest of the Daughters, & was sometime since courted, at least

30 pretended to be courted, by a nobleman of Balliol Coll., but that coming
to nothing, about a Quarter of a year since she was married to one
Mr. Chandler, a Cane-Chair Maker in London, where she died of the
malignant epidemical Feaver, that hath raged so much in England these
two years, and hath swept off multitudes of all kinds, & was brought
down in an Herse, & buried so privately that there was no Pall, and
hardly any one attended her to the Grave but her Husband and two or
three who came with her. She was under twenty years of age, & her
husband is also very young, being the son of M>'. John Chandler, formerly
of Wadham College, where he took the Degree of M.A. June 16, 17 15,

40 and was one of the head Proctors of the Univ. of Oxon. a.d. 1719, upon
the Death of M^". John Baker of the same Coll. This Mr. John Chandler
is since dead, having (as I have been told) been unfortunately drowned.

1 This passage is reproduced by Hearne in Historia Ricardi II, Oxf. 1729, p. 401.
A note by Hearne at the end of this volume of his Diary : * M" Sarah Bennet, Sat.
night, Oct. 12, buried.'

Oct. 12-17.] VOLUME CXX, PAGES 14-19 57

Oct. 15 (Tu.). Perused a little 4*0 Paper IMS. lent me by Thomas
Ward, Esq., intit. A brief e RepJye to the Ansiveres of JSV'. William Sparks,
made to two Questions proposed imto him by a Catholicke. This Sparks
was the same with W™ Sparke, son of the famous D^. Thomas Sparke,
Rector of Blechley in Bucks., and after his Father's death Rector also
himself of the same place. But who the Catholike was, that wrote this
Reply, I know not, tho' at the end he subscribes himself H. F. 'Twas
wrote Ao 1631 ciirrente. 'Tis learned & nervous. He does not insist
upon the story of the Nagg's head, wcb he seems to reject, nor does he
deny that Cranmer and the first Protestant Bishops and Ministers, w^h 10
lived in the time of Ed. VI, received in their Ordination true Priesthood,
and that internal Power w°li is usually given in the Sacrament of Order ;
but then he says the truth is that the Bps and Ministers of England
receive not any divine power at all in their Ordination ; neither are they
truly Preists \jic\ and Bishops, but are merely laymen ; neither have they
any divine power and authoritie at all, more than other laymen have, to
teach, to sanctify, and to govern souls; but to undertake and perform
these things, they have only such human and civil power and authority as
temporal princes and commonwealths can give. His proof of this is
grounded upon this, that the Protestant Bp^, wct here in England have 20
been ordered since the fourth yeare of Ed. VI, receive not that manner of
ordination w°^ Christ instituted to give divine power, w^b the Apostles
used, wcb the Church learned of them and hath charily kept and practised
in all ages, in the ordering of Church Ministers ; but instead thereof they
have been ordered by a new form of Ordination, devised in the dayes of
the said Edward VI, by twelve men appointed by the King, to invent and
devise the same, as is clear out of the book of Statutes, Ed. VI. 3, 4,
c. 12, in the 3 and 4 yeare of Edw. the sixth, chapter 12. And upon this
occasion he observes many other things to the same purpose, well worthy
of notice. 30

Oct. 16 (Wed.). Dr. Mead (in his Letter of the 13*) tells me that
he and his Friends think the Historical Pieces in the Cott. Library of
John Gower about Ric. the 11^ & Hen. IV are not worth publishing.
I wrote to him a good while since about this affair, but I never saw the
MS. myself, and therefore can say nothing myself about it.

Oct. 17 (Thur.). Mr. Beaupre Bell, of Trin. Coll., Cambridge, is
a very worthy Gentleman and studious of Antiquities and collects that

Oct. 15, 1728. H. to ♦Honoured Sir' [.? Sir Hans Sloane] {Draft,
Raw!, no. 59). Thanks for eleven guineas by the hands of Mr. Whiteside,
which he supposes is subscription money for the Black Book. Is thinking of
Vita Ricardi II for his next work ; he has a transcript of it from the Cotton
Library. Does not know whether John Gower on the same subject, which is
in the Cotton Library, ought to be published with it. ' I should be very glad
of having a word or two on that point from you.'

Oct. 16, 1728. H. to Dr. Mead (Rawl, 28. 123, draft). Thanks for the
letter of the 13th delivered by INIr. Whiteside, and for its remarks about John
Gower, but it contains nothing about Dr. Goodman's MS. History of Thomas
a Becket. As for Junius's Etymologicon, it is said that the University will print
it and cast types for the purpose.


way, but tho' he stood lately to be Fellow of that House he missed it, but
being born to an Estate he can the better bear with a disappointment.
There were only two Fellowships void, into one of wch D"". Bentley has
brought his nephew, the other from Westminster School.

Oct. 18 (Pri.). It appears every day more plain than ever^ that the
late Dr. John Freind did all the mischeif that possibly he could to
Dr. Mead.

D', Mead is soUicitous for me to undertake the printing Fr, Junius's
Dictionarium qidnque linguarum septentrionalium & his Eiymologicon
lo linguae Anglicaiiae. The former is in xi volumes in fol. in the Bodl.
Library, being a Transcript amongst Bp Fell's MSS. The latter is the
original in two large folio vols, written in a small hand. The Work, if
printed, would make many Folio volumes. For my part I have not the
Copy, have been debarred the Library, have not a purse, nor can I exspect
a sufficient number of subscribers to such an immense Thing, tho' I think
the University ought by all means to do it, nor indeed have we types at
present to do it with.

Oct. 19 (Sat.). Mr. Nash, senior, of S*. Peter's Parish in the East,
Oxford, was last Michaelmas 84 years old. M^. W°i More, glazier, of
20 that Parish, is in his 34*^ year. M^. Robert Speakman, a Joyner, of
that Parish, an ingenious Man, is in the 38^^ year of his age. He hath
got some notes about the Antiquities of St. Peter's Church in the East w^li
belonged to the late Mr. John Mynn, but they were only what were taken
from a Paper that I drew up many years ago, when I was a young man.
But whether it was that w^b M^. Pullen had (for I drew up two Papers,
that were in many respects different) or that v^^^ M^. Jenks, the glover,
had, I cannot tell.

Oct. 20 (Sun.). Last night I was with M"". John Anstis, of Corpus,
in Cat Street, and a younger Brother of his, Mr. George Anstis, & two
30 others were with us. This M^*. George Anstis came from London
yesterday, and is to be entered tomorrow of Balliol College, where his
Tutor is to be M"". Best. He hath been for five years under the care of
Mr. Mattaire, having been before about a year at Westminster School.
He said Mr. Mattaire is very busy in printing the Marmora Oxon., and
that he is doing also something (1 know not what) beyond sea.

Oct. 22 (Tu.). In the Cotton Library (Claud. D. vi. 8) are John
Trokelow's Annals of Ed. II, thus intit. in the Catalogue, p. 44, Annales
R. Edwardi,filii Edwardi^ filii Henrici III ab anno 1307 ad anniwi

Oct. 22, 1728. T. Baker to H. (Rawl. 27 B. 67). 'To your enquiry
I can say no more than that I onely owne the little Book I sent you. If
common fame will give me more, I cannot help it. I wish I had engaged in
Antiquities as early as you did : I set out too late (which I now repent of)
after I had spent my time in other studies.' Mr. Bell is a Beaupre on his
mother's side, of Norfolk. * He would have made a very usefull member of
that College, wherein he will continue some time, notwithstanding his dis-

Other, MS.

Oct. 17-24.] VOLUME CXX, PAGES 19-24 59

1323 /^^r Frairem Joannem de Trokelozv. This Trokelow (or, as other
call him, Tricklow) is quoted as good authority, and I humbly beg that
a Transcript of him may be procured with expedition for my use.^

Oct. 23 (Wed.). On Monday last I spent the evening with
D^. Stratford, Canon of Xt Ch., at his Lodgings in that College, M^". Colley
and IMr. Whiteside being with us. The Di". shewed me a Letter his
kinsman had received from Mr. W11 Smith, author of the Book called
The Annals of Univ. Coll. In this Book the D^. is abused, & a down-

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