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right lye told of him about a Fine. The D^, designs to joyn with others
that are abused in a prosecution against Smith. Smith owns the book, 10
but justifys himself in an impudent manner, and adds lyes to lyes, and
pretends to receive his Informations from Oxford, particularly from
University College.

I\Ii". Ward of Warwickshire hath lent me an old parchment or vellom
Fragment, containing four 4*0 pages about four hundred years old, being
part of an old Latin Glossary in w^b is this account of the 7 watches of
the nig-ht : —



'o'



Septem sunt vigiliae noctis ; crepusculum, fax, concubium, intempesta,
gallicinium, conticinium, aurora. Crepusculum est circa undecimam, quando
clauduntur portae Fax est quando incenduntur lumina. Concubium, quando 20
dormitur. Intempesta, quando alta nox est. Gallicinium, quando galli cantant.
Conticinium, silentium post primum galli cantum. Aurora prope lucem.-

Oct. 24 (Thur.). On Tuesday last M^. Tho. Weeksy was deprived
of his Fellowship of Oriel College, and indeed expelled, his name being
struck out of the Book, sentence being pronounced by the Provost him-



appointment.' Mr. Bedford is returned from Leyden owing to the death of
his mother, which puts him in possession of an estate. He has his father's
parts and understands business very well ; his stay here will now be necessary
to take care of an orphan family in the place of his father. Has found a copy
of the Processional of Sarum; will send it to H., if he cares for it; it has
information about episcopus puerorum.

Oct. 22, 1728. H, to Dr. Mead (Diaries, 120. 22). The Works of Junius
[see Oct. 18] should be printed by the University, to which they were left on
that understanding.

Oct. 23, 1728. Samuel Gale to H. (Diaries, 120. 100; Raw!. 6, 57).
' Enclosed I have sent two ancient writings. They were communicated to me
by my friend Francis Boteler of Norfolk, who has several curious Charters
particularly relating to the Burrough of Lynn. You will observe at the
beginning of the old Roll, belonging to the Guild of Lynn, mention made of
S*. Peter of Mylan, w^ii I take to signifie this Guild [was] founded to the Honour
of that Apostle in a certain Street or Lane in Lynn, w<=ii is to this day called
Mile lane, as I am informed by some who know that Town, and can have no
manner of reference to the Citty of Milan in Italy.'



1 Possibly this paragraph is a postscript to the letter to Dr. Mead, which precedes
this entry in the Diary.

'' In MS. 260, p. 87, in the Library of C.C.C, is a quotation from Nennhis de
imagine nrnndi, which gives a different version of the seven watches of the night :
' Crepusculum, conticinium, intempestum, gallicinium, matutinum, diluculum, auroram.
—Ed.



6o HEARNE'S COLLECTIONS [1728:

self in the Chappel, for Contumacy and for having uberhis beneficiunr
Both points were so plain and notorious that nothing can be alledged for
him. This Mr. Weeksy, who stood himself to be Provost, hath been so
troublesome and vexatious, that he did all that possibly he could to
hinder the Peace of the College. His Living is about 19 libs, in the
King's Books, whereas he cannot hold a Fellowship of Oriel with a Living
above 10 Marks. He had been summoned 3 times before the Society,
particularly for detaining a Register of the College and declining to
surrender it (tho' he and his Crony Bowles had had it a great while,
10 three Quarters of a year or more), notwithstanding the College had great
occasion for it. Bowles is also twice upon one of the Registers, as
lyable to the like punishment of Weeksy, w^li will be inflicted, if he
proceeds in his vile practices.

Oct. 25 (Fri.). Out of the foresaid Mr. Ward's fragment : —

Notarius de notis dicitur. Sunt autem notae, figurae quaedam sillabarumj
nonnunquam & integrarum dictionum, quibus tanta velocitate ab eis qui earum
peritiam consecuti [sunt] scribittir, ut verba loquentis, hoc est loquendi ',
scribere eis difficile non sit. Hii etiam exceptores vocantur, eo quod verba
loquentis excipiant. Unde beatus Gregorius in Omelia Pascae ' Sicque
20 excipiatur ut loquemur ' id est a notariis scribatur.^

Oct. 26 (Sat.). Yesterday, at two Clock in the Afternoon, a young
man, who had been a good while a seaman, flew the rope from the
Battlements of S*. Marie's Steeple in Oxford, down to High Street, the
Rope being tied or fastened at Bottom on the south side of the way at
a House above St. Mary Hall Lane. He performed to the admiration
and great satisfaction of all the Spectators. He first with great agility
climed up to the top of the Battlement to wct the Rope was fastened,
then flew down, his Arms extended, in about half a minute of an hour,
then he climed up the Rope again, w^t was more strange, quite to the
30 top of the Battlement, hung by his legs upon the Rope, when he was
about half way up, pulled off his clothes (nay his very shirt) as he hung
upon it, put them on again, undone his Breeches & tucked his shirt in, &c.,
done them up again as he hung, then (when he was got up to the top of
the Pinnacle) he flew down again, and in his descent had a pint of ale
(the pint being tyed to a Packthread he had in his hand) drawn up to
him, wcb he drank upon the Rope. And 'tis withall remarkable that he
flew down the second time with two Pistolls in his hands, both wc^ he let
off as he came or flew down. He hath performed in the same manner
often at London and other places.

40 Oct. 27 (Sun.). Yesterday, calling upon Dr. Tanner at Xt Ch.,
I asked him whether he could tell me who the anonymous Author was



Oct. 26, 1728. T. Carte to H. (Rawl. 4. 29) see Diary, Nov. 4.



^ loquendo may be suggested. — Ed.

2 A note by Hearne at the end of this volume of his Diary : ' Friday, Oct. 25,
M"". Scot condemned in 30 libs, to M''. George Ward in the Vice-Chancellour's Court;
which was reversed by the Delegates of Congregation the latter end of that term ' :
see Dec. 11 and Feb. 15 following.



Oct. 24-Nov. 2.] VOLUME CXX, PAGES 24-30 6i

that wrote the Life of Ric. II in the Cotton Library, where there are two
copies. He was a INIonk of Evesham. The D^. said, he beHeved he
could tell, & when he saw me next he promised to tell me more. He
observed very rightly that we want Writers of those times, our History
being certainly from his Reign to that of Hen. VIII very barren for want
of co-eval Historians, for w^t reason I have got a Transcript of the said
Life, with a design to print it, I find that Thos. Walsingham made
great use of it, but (as he useth to do with respect to other Authors) with-
out acknowledgment.

Oct. 28 (Mon.). When I was with D^. Stratford the other night he lo
could not forbear observing that there is something (I know not what, for
I have not seen the book) in M^. Anderson's collection relating to INIary,
Queen of Scots, to shew that Buchanan's account of the wickedness of
that Queen is true. I replyed, I did not wonder at it, since Anderson
was a Presbyterian, and to be sure would therefore do what he could to
favour that side, that have been so very industrious in aspersing that fine
Queen.

Oct. 29 (Tu.). Mr. Wm Findall, the Printer, who lives in S*. Gyles's
Parish, is 83 years of age.

Thomas Ward of Warwickshire hath lent me, w^h I read over this 20
morning, a small 8^° Historical Fragment in English (transcribed from
some larger work) about Joseph of Arimathaea planting the Christian
Religion among us, &c. ; but there is nothing in this Fragment but what
I have read much more fully elsewhere.

Oct. 30 (Wed.). INI"". Loveday of Magd. Coll. told me yesterday that
he hath at Caversham an original fine Picture of King Charles I. He
gave me an account yesterday of a stone coffin, lately dug up at the Gray
Friers, now the Bridewell at Reading.

Oct. 31 (Thur.). In the year 1388 was a Parliament at Cambridge.
Inquire of JM^. Baker, whether he knows any thing particular relating to 30
that Parliament, that is not in our common Historians ; also in what part
of the Town it was held.

Nov. 1 (Fri.). About a Fortnight since died D^". Cox Macroe,
Preacher at the Rolls. He was a man that had got many Curiosities, but
what now becomes of them I know not. I once wrote to him, but he not
answering my Letter, I thought it not worth my while to write to him
any more. He was a thoroughpaced Whig, and (as I take him) a close,
proud, stingy man. I have, however, mentioned him as a man of
Learning in Adam de Domerham, upon account of a Register of
Glastonbury D^. Tanner borrowed of him for my use. I have been told 40
that he was a good Preacher.^

Nov. 2 (Sat.). Yesterday M^. Browne Willis, being in Oxford,
shewed me in my walk an original Letter of Prince Charles, afterwards



1 Note by Hearne : 'Tis not D"" Cox Macro, but his brother D"" Ralph Macro, who
was not curious in books.



62 HEARNE'S COLLECTIONS [1728:

K. Charles I, written (but without date) to the Duke of Buckingham,
whom he calls Stenny, relating to some Lady, with whom an Intriegue
was carrying on in behalf of the Prince, with whom the Prince confesseth
he had been once. I know not well the Mystery, but surely Buckingham
was the cause. The King was angry on this account with the Prince,
and had chid him for it. The Prince desires the INIarquess not to let the
King see this Letter. M"". Willis promised to send me a copy of this
Letter of his son's transcribing. He said it belonged to D^. Tanner.
Mr. Willis said 'twas the only Intriegue the Prince was concerned in. He
10 wished the Letter were not in being.

I have mentioned formerly that they are reprinting in London L*!
Bacon's Works. He was a man of great knowledge, but I hardly value
any of his Things, but his Life of Hen. VII ; and yet I know not how
far he may be trusted, he being a great wicked man. He was guilty of
Bribery, & of a crime I will not mention.

Nov. 3 (Sun.). Yesterday Mr. Willis went out of Oxford for
Bletchley. Before he went he gave me a copy of Prince Charles's Letter
to the Duke of Buckingham, transcribed by Mr. Willis's son, from w^h
Transcript I shall here insert it : —

20 Steenie, I have nothing now to wryte to you, but to give you thankes both
for the good councell ye gave me & for the event of it. The King gave mee
a good sharpe potion, but you tooke away the working of it by the well
relished Comfites ye sent after it. I have met with the Partie that must not
be named, once alreddie ; and the cullor of wryting this Letter shall make
me meete withe her on Saterday, although it is written the day being Thursday.
So assuring you that the busines goes safelie onn, I rest

your constant loving friend,
Charles.

I hope ye will not show the King this Letter, but put it in the safe custodie
30 of Mister Vulcan.*

ISB. The said Letter M^. Willis told me belonged to ArchbP Sancroft.

Nov. 4 (Men.). The Marquis d'Aubaix, a Gentleman of a noble
family near Nismes in Languedoc, and a very valuable and learned man,
is drawing up an account of the Learned men of that Province. Among
the rest he finds that P. Bernard Andr^ of Tholouse was Poet Laureat to
Henry VII, and that he died in England. He asks Mr. Thomas Carte
(formerly of Brazennose Coll., Oxon.) particularly after Memoirs of his
Life, & the time of his death, & desires to know what works he published
or left in MSS., and the particular editions of the former. M^". Carte
40 finds, by a pension granted to him in 2 Hen. VII, that he had lived and
read lectures in the University of Oxford for some years with great success,
& he hath desired me, by Letter of the 26 of last month, to give him
what inform.ation I can about him, as also whether, among D^. Smith's
Papers that I have, there be any Court Rolls relating to a mannour
annexed to the Rectory of Amersham in Bucks., of wcli Place M*". Smith



* This letter and part of the Diary for Nov. 2 are reproduced by Hearne in
Historia Ricardi II, Oxf. 1729, p. 404.



Nov. 2-8.] VOLUME CXX, PAGES 30-35 63

(brother to Dr. Smith) was Rector, It seems Courts used anciently to be
held at this mannour, but M^. Drake and D^". Brydges, predecessors to the
present Rector Mi". Robert Shaw, who spoke about this to Mr. Carte, had
no court Rolls, and could hold no Court. M^. Shaw thinks (& 'tis very
likely) that one Philips (who enjoyed the Rectory in Oliver's time) kept
most of them in his hands after he was deprived for simony, tho'
]\I^ Shaw is assured by some old Parishioners that M^. Smith held some
Courts.

Nov. 6 (Wed..). Velleius Paterculus was translated into English, &
printed in 12° at London, 1632. The Translator was Sir Robert Le 10
Grys, Kt, who had before translated into English and published Barclay's
Argenis. I know not whether he were the Author of any thing besides,
nor whether he were of Cambridge. I must enquire of M^". Baker. I do
not remember that he was of Oxford.

Nov. 7 (Thur.). Yesterday I perused or read over a MS. single
sheet of Paper, lent me for that end by Thomas Ward, Esq., intit. Notes
upon the schisme begimne by Henry the 8, Restaiiration of Religion by
Q. Alary, destruction 0/ the same by Q. Elizabeth, out of Fromund Sanders,
Spondau. The Things noted are of great Remark, but being already
printed (at least in Latin) I had not the Curiosity of transcribing any 20
thing from this Paper, drawn up by some hearty Roman Catholick.

Nov. 8 (Fri.). This being the Visitation of the Bodl. Library, the
Speech was made by M^. Manaton, Student of X*. Ch., and one of the
Head Proctors.

M^". Aynsworth teaches a private School in London. He hath been
a great many years about a Latin Dictionary, and (I am told) hath at last
finished it, tho' 'tis not printed for want of Encouragement. It seems, he
leaves out in it all proper Names, but such as are classical. I do not
know of any thing that he hath published but the Catalogue of M"". Kemp's
Curiosities (a great number of wcli were Counterfeits & Cheats) & the 30
Catalogue of D"". Woodward's Books and Curiosities. I am told he hath
wrote a Latin Poem to Mr. Edm. Chishull, and another to M^. John
Strype, but they are not printed. He is a married Man of at least
70 years of age.

Nov. 5, 1728. H. to Rev. Mr. Thomas Carte in Prince's Court,

Westminster (Carte MS. 227. 174 ; Diaries, 120. 23). There are two poems
of P. Bernard Andre de Tholouse in the Cotton Library, but H. has never
seen them. In the Ashm. Museum is a MS. English poem of the reign of
Hen. VII, called Sir Barnard, Erie of Tolouse, an amorous romance. There
is nothing in Dr. Thomas Smith's papers about court rolls. Would be glad
to know who are executors to the late M. G. Drake, Esq., ' who happened to
die four guineas in my debt ; it is a small sum & yet too much for me to
loose.' Application had been made to Sir Thomas Sebright, but he had not
replied.

Nov. 7, 1728. T. Baker to H. (Rawl. 27B. 68). Sends a long extract
about an ordinance for boy-bishops, taken from the Cartulary of St. Paul's,
London, preserved in St. John's College, Cambridge. Dr. Macroe, who died
lately, was one of the King's late Doctors, not the Antiquary. The Sarum
Processional was sent off by the Northampton Carrier [see Diary, Nov. 20,
and Letter of Oct. 22].



64 HEARNE'S COLLECTIONS [1728:

Nov. 9 (Sat.). Sir Simonds D'Ewes, all alono: his account of himself
in the first (for I have not seen the second) Part of his Life, takes
occasion to speak well of the Puritans, whom he looked upon as men of
sound principles and true Religion, and the others as Papists. He was
a zealous man, & in all appearance pious, and took all occasions openly
to shew it, but he was an Enemy to K. Ch. I, and to the true and real
friends of that excellent Prince, and 'twas such as Sir Simonds that did so
much mischief to him, as to exasperate his Subjects against him, by
instilling ill notions about Popery, and I know not what, into their minds.
10 Sir Simonds was an industrious man, but he wanted Judgment very
much.

K. Ric. II had a Coat made by his own order of Pearls, & other
precious stones & gold, to the value of 30,000 marcs or 20,000 libs., as is
specifyed in the MS. Life of him, written by a monk of Evesham, whereof
I have a Copy.

Nov. 10 (Sun.). Yesterday I called upon D^. Tanner at X* Ch.

He told me he could not find as yet, who the Author of the MS. Life ot

Ric. II was. There were five Eveshams that were writers, Adam Evesham,

Gualterus Evesham, Helias Evesham, Hugo Evesham, and Joseph

20 Evesham.

Dr. Tanner preached at X* Church two Sundays together lately, viz.
Oct. 27 & Nov. 3, tho' he had a very great cold and was hoarse. He
told me more than once he could get no one to do it for him.

He told me. Dr. Wake (ArchbP of Cant.) would leave all his Books to
X* Ch. Library. He said the ArchbP's Study was well furnished with all
Books of our English History and Antiquities.

Dr. Tanner told me he had a large Transcript of a Continuation of
Polychronicon, that he formerly took from a MS. then in the hands
of MJ". Henry Worseley, but now in the Harley Library. Dr. Tanner
30 promised to lend me this Transcript. The D^. had once a design of
publishing one or more Volumes of our English Historians from the
beginning of Edw. II to the end of Hen. VII. M^. Worseley gave all
his MSS., wch were good in their kind, to the late Earl of Oxford, out of
prospect of being advanced by the Earl, then in power. The same was
done with respect to his best MSS. by John Anstis, Esq.

Dr. Tanner hath a great Collection of English Medals at Norwich.
He collects only in this way, not in Greek or Roman or any foreign
ones. He hath many Gold ones at Oxford, several of web he shewed
me. I asked him for one of Ric. II. He said he had one at Norwich.
40 I asked him for Ric. III. He shewed me a gold Angel of his. I told
him I wanted one of Ric. Ill with his Face, ^^^ this had not. He said
he had no one with it. Says he, ho credit is to be given to the heads of
our former Princes. I told him this Prince being represented in Prints
as if he were 60 or 70, whereas he was but 33 when he was killed,
I should be glad to see how his Effigies appears on Coins.

Nov. 11 (Mon.). Dr. Tanner at the same time told me, he had got
sixty names of Prebendaries for Browne Willis's Account of Lincoln that



Nov. 11, 1728. Thomas Carte to H. (Rawl. 27 b. 26^). Finds that



Not. 9-14.] VOLUME CXX, PAGES 35-40 65

is now in the Press, the Dr. at the same time laughing, as if he thought
Mr. Willis only a dry Collector of Names, &c.

I told him Dr. INIead was of opinion that John Gower's account of
Ric. II in the Cotton Librar}^, w'^^ I have not seen, is not fit to be
printed. Dr. Tanner seemed to be of another mind, especially since we
have so very few coaeval Authors of those times, and he seems to think
Dr. IVIead no proper Judge of Affairs of this kind.

Nov. 12 (Tu.). The Custome of making Episcopi Puerorum, or Boy
Bishops, in Cathedral Churches continued 'till even the Time of the
Reformation. Great Honours used to be paid to such Bishops. They lo
used to be chosen about Innocents Day. After chosen, the honour
continued several days. Tho' the custom continued so late, yet few
knew anything about it, so much is it forgot. Mr. Gregory wrote a
Discourse about it. It is in bis published Works. At first he was
puzzled to know what the meaning of such a little Bp should be in
Salisbury Church, whereas 'twas a Boy Bishop, who happening to die
in his office, was buried as other Bp^ are, in his Episcopal Habits.

' Nov. 13 (Wed.). D^. John Rogers, formerly Fellow of Corpus X**
College, is made Vicar of S'. Giles's without Cripplegate, in room of
Dr. Thomas Bennet deceased. This D^". Rogers hath written and 20
published several things in Divinity, and hath the Character of a good
preacher and a learned Divine.

Nov. 14 (Thur.). Last Sunday preached at S*. Marie's D^. George
Rye, Rector of Islip, and made (as I hear from all hands) a most sad,
horrid, heavy, irrational Discourse, wcli need not be wondered at, con-
sidering his former performances that way, and particularly his two S'^o
volumes (as bad as bad can be) against the Nonjurors. And yet I do
not find that his Sermon was worse than one lately preached at X* Ch.
by Dr. Robert Clavering, Bp of Landaff, Dean of Hereford, and Canon of
X* Ch., well I have heard condemned by all hands, even his very Friends 3°
and Acquaintance, who stick not to say, that they never heard such
a sermon for badness, wcb no one need wonder at, that hath seen his
most wretched Charge to his Clergy. Some few years ago this
Dr. Clavering used always to preach upon Rabbinical affairs (he having
studied Hebrew), wcb when People used to laugh at, he at length turned
himself to another way of preaching, and undertook (as he did particularly
in his late Sermon) to confute Aristotle's Definitions. The Bp of Chester,
Dr. Gastrel, having heard one of these sermons, was surprized at its
badness ; said he, ' he did well to intermix formerly Rabbinical Stuff in
his Sermons, because few could then find him out ; but now all are able 4°
to judge of him & he sufficiently discovers himself.'



Marmaduke Allington, Esq., is an executor for tlie late Mr. Drake. He is
a lawyer, but a man of a fair character.

Nov. 12, 1728. H. to Sir Thomas Sebright at Beachwood, near
Market Street, Herts. (Rawi. 28. 124, draft). Has two copies of Elmham
reserved for him, but does not know where to send them.

VOL. X. F



66 HEARNE'S COLLECTIONS [1728:

Nov. 15 (Pri.). There was but one vacant Fellowship, viz. that of
D'". Irish, this year of All Souls College, for w^b four Candidates appeared,
two of which were Founder's Kinsmen, the others not. The Founder's
Kinsmen were M^. John Anstis (eldest son of John Anstis, Garter
Principal King of Arms, Esq.), Gent. Commoner of Corpus X^i Coll., &
Mr. Wood, Commoner of X* Ch. (brother of Mr. Wood, Fellow of All

Souls Coll.) ; the two others were M"". , Bach, of Arts of Oriel Coll.

& M"", Collins, Commoner of Queen's College. The matter was carried
so, as the Fellows would not come into the Warden's measures, nor'

lo would the Warden be guided by the Fellows, tho' there were a majority
for one that was not his man ; upon w^b the Warden, by virtue of his
negative, made a devolution to the ArchbP of Canterbury, before whom
the matter now lyes. And I hear M^. Anstis's Father, who drew up his
son's Pedigree upon this occasion with great accuracy, confirming every
particular by substantial Proofs, is now printing a Book upon this subject,
wcli (it seems) he wrote several years ago. I am told this Book is in
Latin (I suppose done, or at least revised for him, by M^ Mattaire) and
that there will not be above ten copies printed, and that 'twill afterwards
come out in English, as Mr. Anstis originally wrote it. But this is

20 a Matter of Secresy at present & requires some time to clear it. The
Fellows against Founder's Kinsmen pretend Conscience, saying they are
upon their Oaths. So they are, & should therefore observe them with
respect to Founder's Relations, but 'tis stuff for men to pretend Oaths
that have no regard to them in Matters of an higher nature, their duty to
Rightfull Sovereigns.

Nov. 16 (Sat.). On Saturday, Oct. 26, 1728, I received from
Samuel Gale, Esq., an old Velom Roll in MS. w^h he borrowed for my
use and w^h I have copied as follows. It seems to have been written in
the time of Edw. I : —

30 In ))e worshepe of Ihu. Crist of heuene & of his derworthe moder Seynt
Marie & of alle halowe & speciali of Seynt Peter of Mylane ^ in whos worshepe
))is fraternitie is begunnen seyeth a pater noster & aue for charite. Et ne nos
inducas in temptacioneni, sed libera nos a malo. Amen. Laudemus Deum qui
fecit coelum & terram, mare & omnia quae in eis sunt. Benedicamus patrem
& filium cum sancto spiritu. Laudemus & superexaltemus eum in secula. Per
signum sancte crucis de inimicis nostris libera nos deus noster. In omnem
terram exivit sonus eorum. Et in fines orbis terrae verba eorum.

O Petre, martir indite, praedicatorum gloria, virginitate praedite, verbo,
signis & gracia, concessa nobis solitae pietatis clemencia, transacto mundi

40 tramite, nos transfer ad coelestia. Amen. O martir egregie, doctor veritatis.



Nov. 15, 1728. Thomas Allen to H. (Rawl. i. 24). Not having heard
from H. for a long time, A. hopes that H. is not ill, nor forgetful of old friends.
Sends his service to Mr. Parker, Mr. Whiteside, and Mr. Arbuthnot. Mr. Bate-
man has no fixed habitation but is now at S*. Stephen's, alias Hackington, near
Canterbury, officiating for Mr. Coppen, M. A., of Oriel, who was lately presented



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