A. D. 1709.
Jan. 1. Morning, disconsolate enough for the reasons before-mentioned, only found some comfort in reading two or three psalms in secret; retired, but could hear of no public prayer or preaching, that squandered away the time to small purpose; there was scarce any market, few, even of the neighbours, daring to travel; I grudged at the expense, both of time and moneys, which went fast, though I hus banded it to the best I could. I found also the inconvenience of having a chamber-fellow (which yet could not be avoided upon the road) being twice in terrupted in one day.
2. Die Dom. Morning, retired ; then walked to All Saints, transcribed a benefactor's epitaph; then heard our fellow-traveller, good Mr. Clark, who prayed excellently, as he also preached excellently and practically, but I had not 'the conveniency of noting the heads, nor of Mr. Atway's afternoon ser mon against a backbiting tongue ; spent too much of the day unsuitably enough to the main work of the day, yet must acknowledge that I spent some time more profitably in secret meditation and prayer, and through mercy was not altogether unaffected ; blessed be His name !
3. Morning, retired; then having the encourage ment of some of the Scotch gentry, who must of necessity be at the Parliament at the time appointed, we ventured upon our journey (being fourteen in company ;) having the post and a guide, we found some part of the road better than we expected, considering the dismal account we had of it; others very bad, and the snow terribly drifted; but our merciful Protector preserved us, that not one of the company got any prejudice, and we reached Hunt ingdon that night, where, it is remarkable, there are four churchyards, three steeples, but only two churches and one parson, (to which some add no preacher, that it seems not being his talent.) I find, by some verses my dear father made for his diversion upon a London journey, 1658, that two of the churches were pulling down that year :
" At Huntingdon, a four church town,
My Muse was sore perplexed,
To see two of them pulling down/" &c.
4. There having been much snow, and a stormy night and day, we found more difficulties : our guide turned back at the mile's end, and durst adventure no further for fear of his life, as he said; but a good Providence directed us to a better ; and though we found it very severe travelling, especially about Royston (where the people came running out of their houses to stare upon us with amazement,) yet, through mercy, we got safe to Puckeridge, where we lodged comfortably.
5. Overtook the Scotch posters, and got before them, to London, though at Enfield had the mis chance to be plunged almost belly-deep, by the breaking in of the ice, that the water run in at my pockets and stained my papers, as well as at the boot-tops. Evening, I was with my dear fellow-traveller at Mr. Blythman's, in the Temple, and Mr. Plax ton's.
6. Walked to Westminster, and from thence to Petty France, to wait of his Grace my Lord Archbishop of York, who received me kindly, and entertained me obligingly till after dinner, when 1 met with the like civil, treatment from the Bishop of Ely, who would have engaged me to dine with him to-morrow. Mr. Chamberlayne (the late Dr.'s son,) author of the Present State of Great Britain, was also there, and very courteous. In return, called of Dr. Sloane and Dr. Hicks, but missed of both; visited good old Mr. Stretton ; was troubled to find him so infirm and lame ; was after at the prayers at St. Laurence Church, which was refreshing.
7. Was with Cousin Milner at the Bank of England, a place of vast business and crowds ; and after at the Exchequer, where he advanced thirteen thousand pounds upon the land-tax of four shillings per pound ; was prevented thereby of waiting of the Bishop of Ely ; was after with ditto Alderman to meet Mr. Tregenna and the Plaxtons about his purchase of the two Lordships of Nun Appleton and Bolton Percy : stayed late enough.
8. Writ per post; then abroad in vain, to visit three or four friends, but met with Mr. Churchill and Dr. Colbatch. After dinner, walked with ditto Alderman to Sir William Strickland's about the de signed bill against straining cloth and making ex orbitant lengths, and he with me at Dr. Sloane's. We afterwards walked to the Countess of Burling ton's, but in most places lost our labours ; got part of the prayers at St. James's, but was too full of distractions ; the Lord pity and pardon ; but through mercy, I was afterwards much affected at prayers in the evening at St. Laurence Church, and in singing, &c. which method is used in many churches at eight of the clock, after the shops are shut, and persons more at leisure. It was very pleasing to me to observe an extraordinary spirit of devotion in persons present, and notes for prayer desired for per sons afflicted with a deep sense of sin, and therefore prayed for under the notion of great sinners under troubles of mind for sin: the Lord in mercy hear and answer prayers, and perfect the good work, in thy due time ! I had also, afterwards (in my dear friend's absence) an extraordinary convenience of privacy, and was, through mercy, much affected in meditation and prayer.
9. Die Dom. Went to Mr. Stretton's meeting-place, but he not preaching, by reason of age and the extremity of the season, with Alderman Milner to the cathedral of St. Paul's; by their confused read ing (two at the same time, the gospel or lessons) singing prayers and organs, with the continued noise and hurry of persons, that through the novelty of the method (different from that at York Minster,) and the corruption of my wicked heart, it was very un profitable to me ; the Lord pity and pardon ! To hear Dr. Burgess, who, though he had some pleasant passages, which profane wits might sport with, yet preached very well. He preached above three hours, yet seemingly without weariness to himself or audi tory. Called at Christ Church Hospital; stayed prayers and singing there ; was pleased as well as surprised with the vast numbers of orphans there comfortably provided for, and the pious and prudent management thereof. Rest of evening at the inn more unsuitably to the sabbath.
10. Walked to Dr. Hicks's, our learned country man ; was kindly received,
and he promised to peruse my MS. Topography. Afterwards went to Sir
Christopher Wren's, the unparalleled architect of above fifty churches
; his ingenious son, of both his names, has a most noble collection
of Greek medals, with ancient busts, inscriptions, altars, &c.,
of which he has printed an account, which he presented me with, &c.
I then walked to Westminster, but missed of Dr. Fairfax and Mr. Calamy;
was the fore noon with Mr. Arthington and the Alderman at the Parliament-house,
to speak to Sir William Strick-land, the Lord Dovvne, and Mr. Lowther,
about the Cloth bill. Evening, surprised with the account of parson
Atkinson's being slain.
11. Walked to Petty France to the Archbishop of York's, whom to my sorrow, I found indisposed; the Lord recover him in thy due time !—then visited Mr. Gale, but missed of Captain Hally, who had promised to come thither to consult about a new edition of Antoninus's Itinerary, with the late ex cellent and learned Dr. Gale's notes relating to Bri tain ; was after to consult Mr. George Plaxton about my own concern. Dined with the Alderman at Messrs. Paine and Peirce, where spent rest of day, as evening with ditto, cousin and Mr. Plaxtons, near Temple-bar ; stayed late enough.
12. Walked to the Heralds' office, where the obliging Mr. Dale showed me many valuable manuscripts, and after at Mr. Brenand's, perusing some noted letters from very eminent persons to his ex cellent father-in-law, the late Mr. Hill, of Rotter dam. At noon walked with the Alderman to Hox ton Square, where dined at Mr. Hackshaw's ; visited Mr. D. Williams, (formerly of Dublin*) now in that neighbourhood; returned in time to attend the meeting of the Royal Society at Gresham College, where I was courteously received by the Secretary and several acquaintance of old; found several others since admitted, as Signer Cornaro, the Vene tian Ambassador, who readily obliged me with his motto in my album, and impression of his signet, with the honourable augmentation relating to the union : letters received from foreign parts, as well as several parts of England were read, that gave a dis mal account of this storm, which seems to have been universal as to those parts of Europe, and was found by the registers kept of the thermometer, &c. to be three degrees colder than the noted frost in 1683-4. Evening, to visit cousin Dickenson and her ingenious husband, who presented me with his Latin poem upon the Union, dedicated to his quon dam school-fellow, Lord Chancellor Cowper.
13. Walked to Mr. Wren's, who showed me some valuable curiosities, and Mr. Gale's about the new edition of Antoninus's Itinerary ; was after to visit Mr. Calamy, who presented me with his excellent Caveat against the New Prophets, for which her Majesty returned him her thanks, per a page of the back-stairs. I was afterwards at the House of Lords, and then transcribing Sir Cloudsley Shovel's and some later monuments in Westminster Abbey, till near three. Dined with the excellent Bishop of Ely, where I also met with very agreeable company, the Dean of Lincoln and other clergy, but especially the obliging R. Hales, Esquire, to whose pious endea vours, the good providence of God has given admirable success, in reconciling the reformed churches abroad (Calvinists and Lutherans) one to another, (so that they not only frequently meet together, but some of them join in the Sacrament,) and both to the Church of England, so that in many places they are willing to admit of Episcopacy, as I am credibly informed: see their mottos in my travelling Album. Evening, transcribing the Act as designed for our Manufac ture, and wrote to my dear, and cousin Cookson.
14. Walked to Bloomsbury Square before eight, that I met with my kind friend Dr. Sloane, now Sir Plans, who showed rne some of his admirable collec tions, and presented me with the Transactions I wanted. Then waited of the learned Dr. Hicks, who was pleased to express himself very favourably of the part of my MS. I had left for his perusal, and gave me directions from some authors not to be met with in these northern parts, to enlarge upon in some of the etymologies, which I rather feared some would think too tedious before. Dined with the Alderman, &c. at Mr. Plaxton's, where stayed most of the afternoon, save that I transcribed part of Mr. Petyt's epitaph in the Temple church. Evening, to bear the memorable Mr. Clinch, whose single voice, as he has learned to manage it, can admirably repre sent a number of persons, at sport and in hunting, and the very dogs and other animals, but none better than a quire of choristers chanting an anthem, &c.
15. Walked to Westminster, disappointed of many I expected to visit in the way, and so of speaking to some of the House of Lords, it being adjourned till Monday. I dined with Mr. Calamy, who, according to promise, afterwards showed me some of my quondam dear friend, Dr. Sampson's papers, which I was much concerned to find so in complete ; that of the characters of the Assembly of Divines seemed the most perfect, which I borrowed to transcribe what relates to some Yorkshire mem bers. After prayers at St. James's church, was with Mr. Milner at the Countess of Burlington's, a prudent and notable lady ; she promised 20/. for the repairing and beautifying the high quire in the church at Leeds, and was very obliging in showing me the pedigree of the Cliffords and Boyles.
16. Die Dom. Walked with Mr. Wyat, the bookseller, to Hackney, where Mr. Newcome, their pious and learned vicar prayed and preached excel lently. I afterwards viewed the monuments in the church, and was particularly pleased to find that of Henry Thoresby, Esquire, so well preserved, his and his wife's and daughter's statues (the Lady Hardress) all entire, with the arms. I dined with the worthy Mr. Newcorne, who received me kindly; showed me his father's picture. Afternoon, Mr. Strype, the pious lecturer, preached excellently. I afterwards enjoyed a little of this worthy person's company, and returned with Mr. Wyat in tolerable time to London.
17. Walked to the Countess of Burlington's; collated the noble pedigree of the Cliffords, with that of my own drawing, and transcribed that of the Boyles, annexed thereto, which kept me busily em ployed till towards evening; visited the excellent Dr. Fall, at the Duke of Queensbury's ; was after wards with cousin Milner, at the Heralds' office; consulted several curious MSS. and visitations ; then, with Mr. Dale and Mr. Hare, (another herald) at the tavern.
18. Visited the ingenious Mr. Madox, (son to my late dear friend, Mrs. Madox,) the author of the Formulare Anglicanum, and who is now upon a noble design, the History of the Exchequer. I after wards visited our countryman, good old Mr. Ryrner, her Majesty's Historiographer Royal, who was born at Yafforth Hall, near Northallerton ; has published seven or eight volumes, in folio, of The Public Leagues and Treaties of Foreign States, &c.
19. Walked to Burlington House, transcribed the Memoirs of the famous Earl of Cork, (who raised that family, from the original MS. of his own writing, upon parchment; this kept me so busily employed, that it was near three ere I reached home. I afterwards attended the Royal Society, at Gresham College, where Francis Roberts, Esq. (the Earl of Radnor's relation) was Chairman, whose hand, with Dr. Harris's, the lexicographer, and other ingenious gentlemen, I got in my album. Mr. Hawksbee showed some experiments about the ascent of water, &c. I afterwards went with Mr. Roberts, Mr, Arthington, and Dr. Sloane to the Grecian Coffee House.
20. Writing a little from Dr. Sampson's MS. till Mr. Wyat came, with whom I rode by Mile End, Stratford, and Bow, to Low Leyton, rightly so called from its situation, the meadows being covered with water, like an arm of the sea, but we found the road good, and were kindly received by the worthy Mr. Strype, a pious divine, and indefatigably industrious historian, as appears by the many vo lumes of his own hand-writing, and some of them prodigiously large folios, which I was really surprised with the sight of, and with his noble collection of original letters of King Henry the Eighth, and se veral of his Queens, Edward the Sixth, Queen Jane, Queen Mary, and Queen Elizabeth, with Cardinal Wolsey, Pole, and others of the most eminent clergy, before and after the Reformation, with the most eminent statesmen, divines, and historians; which, I perceived, had been the collections of the famous Lord Treasurer Burleigh, to whom most of the later letters were directed, and particularly those of the Lord Chancellor Hatton, Earl of Essex, Sir Philip Sydney, Sir Walter Mildmay, and Secretary Wilson, that he -presented me with. Returned very well, and in good time.
21. Walked with Mr. Dale to the Tower; was mightily pleased with the new and excellent method the Records are put into, (of which see a letter of the Bishop of Carlisle's to me ;) viewed many great curiosities of that nature, and original letters from foreign kings and potentates, upon parchment, and paper as old, (reckoned as great a rarity,) to the Kings of England, very ancient tallies, Jewish stars, &c. which the obliging Mr. Holms showed me, who also gave me an autograph of Queen Elizabeth, that was his own property ; then went to view the seve ral armouries, as that more ancient of the weapons taken in the memorable year 1588 from the pretend ed Invincible Armada, and those modern from Vigo, and in other memorable transactions of this age ; the present armoury for use is put into a surprising method, in the form of shields, pyramids, trophies, &c. Some of the elder and later Kings' armour are placed as though mounted on horseback ;—in the re turn, stepped in to see the lions, eagles, catamoun-tains, leopards, &c. I dined at Mr. Dale's, with the pious and learned Samuel Clark, D.D. the Bishop of Ely's chaplain ; and afternoon, perused some cu rious MSS. in the college library, and transcribed some pedigrees of the gentry in these parts, from Sir William Dugdale's last visitation, anno 1665 and 6.
22. Walked to Soho Square, to the Bishop of Salisbury's, who entertained me most agreeably with the sight of several valuable curiosities, as the ori ginal Magna Charta of King John, supposed to be the very same that he granted to the nobles in the field, it wanting that article about the Church, which, in the exemplars afterwards, was always in serted first; it has part of the Great Seal also re maining. He showed me also his strong box, with many noble medals of silver and gold, presented to him by the Princess Sophia, and other foreign Princes of the house of Hanover, &c. several of them worth about 301. a piece, as to the intrinsic value. But what was the best of all was his pious and ex cellent converse; for, notwithstanding the censures of a malignant world, that hates every thing that is serious, he is, doubtless, an admirably holy and good man, and has one of the best regulated houses in the world. In return, called at Mr. Rymer's, who pre sented me with his Three Letters to the Bishop of Carlisle, &c.; dined with Mr. Stretton ; afterwards, visited Parson Elstob, who has published the most correct edition of Roger Ascham's Epistles, and his ingenious sister, Eliza Elstob, who was also born at Newcastle-upon-Tyne; she has already printed a French version, with some composures of her own, and is going to oblige the world with some Saxon tracts, and particularly a correct edition of the Psalms, that of Sir John Spelman's being, indeed, intolerably bad; to which end she has learnt the Latin as well as Saxon; she draws and paints curi ously ; they both wrote Saxon mottos in my Album, and presented me with her translation of Monsieur Scudery, of Glory, from the French.
23. Die Dom. Coached it with the Alderman to St. Clement's without Temple-bar, to hear the Bishop of Sarum, who had a most moving prayer and sermon ; he pressed in the conclusion to cha rity, for educating poor children, who sung a psalm, (after the rest was ended;) much fine music, then the organs, and there was collected, as I remember, about 25/., as I was told by the Bishop himself, with whom I dined, according to appointment. He received me most affectionately, and presented me with his lady's book, called a Method for Devotion, a serious and excellent treatise, which her modesty used all the art she could to evade being known for the author : she is a lady of great piety and admi rable parts, as appeared by her converse with Mr. Grey Nevile, a Member of Parliament, that dined with us.
24. Walked with Mr. G. Plaxton to the ingenious Sir Andrew Fountain's, who showed me several ad mirable curiosities and antiquities from Ireland, both Roman, Danish, and Irish, of copper and other metals ; he has also a noble library, some very rare books, both as to the antiquity of the print, and variety of the subjects; but, above all, his admirable collection of medals, Greek, Roman, Saxon, and Norman, that, though by his letter to me, when he wrote the dissertation in Dr. Hicks's Thesaurus, it appears that mine was then the completest nest of any in England ; yet, by his industry and vast ex pense, (advancing half-a-crown for every Saxon penny that could be got, as the Bishop of Carlisle gave me notice per his letter,) he has raised one much supe rior, both in number and value, of which I hope he will oblige the world with a particular description, it being absolutely the completest that ever I saw relating to the ancient coins and later monies of this nation, he having Philip, as styled King of England after Queen Mary's death, and not only Oliver, but Commonwealth half-crown, and one shilling, as well as sixpence, of the milled monies, which was abso lutely the first of that kind in this country ; he has also some original pictures of learned men, and obliged me with the autographs of some of his foreign correspondents. I afterwards walked to Westminster, and in return waited of the Lady Howard, and dined there with his Grace the Duke of Norfolk, the premier peer of Great Britain, who showed me his kinsman, the late Cardinal Howard's picture, and subscribed in my Album with his two brothers and cousin ; there were three generations at table, the Duke, his mother, and grandmother. In return, visited the famous Dr. N. Grew, at the Col lege of Physicians.
25. Staying within, waiting, according to my promise, for Mr. Wait, from the Countess of Bur lington's, to show the museum at Gresham College, but the bad weather prevented him. Then to visit Mr. Hare, a herald, at that office, who gave me an autograph of Queen Elizabeth. Afterwards with Mr. Foster, about business from the Exchange, to visit cousin John Dickenson, an ingenious and hope ful young man, the only son of my dear cousin of both his names, to whom I was much obliged in my younger years ; went with him to see Hans Vale rian, a German, who, being born without hands or arms, performs many actions most dexterously with his feet. I have several specimens of his writing, (scriptum ore et pedibus, &c.) This was a most dreadful stormy day, much snow fell, that renders the roads again impassable. Evening, received a very kind as well as unexpected visit from the obliging Mr. Le Neve, Norroy King-at-Arms, which was the more civil, because I had omitted (not to say neglected, through the insinuations of some of his antagonists) to wait upon him ; when at the Heralds' Office he was extremely civil, came to ten der me the perusal of the noble Record of Domes day-book, which is in his keeping in the Exchequer, the fees for which would otherwise surmount my attempts, being a noble for producing the book, and ten groats for every line transcribed; he also urged me to accept of the like deputation as Mr. Hopkin son, which should cost me nothing, and might procure me the sight of arms, inscriptions, &c. in all places north of Trent, without control.
26. Having received an obliging invitation from Mr. Wanley, the librarian,
walked to Mr. Harley's, (the late Secretary of State,) was wonderfully
sur prised to find so prodigious a number of original charters, (some
of them before the Norman Advent,) bulls, ancient writings, charts,
and MSS. of great variety and value, before and after the Reformation;
but he is a gentleman of great abilities and curiosity, and spares no
charges in purchasing MS. historians, ledger-books, and chartularies
of abbeys, &c.; there were some of the famous Archbishop Usher's,
Sir Henry Spelman's, &c. ; but I was straitened in time, having
promised to meet Mr. Le Neve, in the Tally Office, in the Exchequer
at Westminster, where I had the perusal of Domesday-book, the original
and the index of later date, both which I perused with great satisfaction.
In return, visited Mr. Kempe, who showed me his noble collection of
Greek and Roman medals, several of the large me dallions in silver,
and others larger in copper, valued at vast sums of monies; he had also
two entire mummies, (in their wooden chests, shaped with a human head,
&c.), one of which has the Egyptian hieroglyphics painted upon the
swathing-bands; he had fragments of another, and gave me a piece, which
seems converted into a dark coloured rosin or gum by the embalming,
which has penetrated the very bones, which are not only outwardly but
quite through of a black colour, as is evident per a piece he gave me;
but what I was most surprised with, was his closet of the ancient deities,
lares, lamps, and other Roman vases, some of which were Monsieur Spon's,
and are described in print; others not yet, being the noblest collection
I ever beheld of this kind. The Duke of Buckingham had a design upon
them, but not yield ing to the price, Mr. Kempe advanced 10/., and pro
cured the treasure, and has wrote over that part of the museum, "
Hie sitis Laribus Icetor." Memo randum : he takes one exactly the
same with mine of Jupiter Ammon to be of Antinous, the beautiful youth
that Adrian doated upon, consecrated and offered sacrifices to ; (vide
Hist. Dictionary ;) quere further.
Afternoon, I attended at Gresham College, where the famous Sir Isaac Newton, the President, was Chairman, who honoured my Album with his subscription ; received also Dr. Mead's, &c.
27. Writ and read at home ; it being a fresh storm could do little. Visited cousin Dickenson, and after noon the noted Mr. Pettiver, who showed me a great variety of insects, some very beautiful and delicate from the Indies; was afterwards at the College of Arms, transcribing from the last visitation till dark.
28. Walked to Dr. Hicks's, who having courte ously perused several other sheets of my manuscript Topography, obliged me with variety of readings from some rare Dano-Saxon authors. Afterwards visited his good neighbour, the pious and ingenious Robert Nelson, Esq. with whose excellent converse I was very well pleased; he obliged me with four original letters from very eminent hands, viz. Cardi nal Norfolk, the Bishop of Meux's, and Elector and Electrice Palatine; and with his own two excellent Treatises of the Feasts and Fasts of the Church, and of the Sacrament. In the afternoon I walked to the west-end of the town to wait of the Lord High Admiral, Sir Andrew Fountain, and Mr. Harley, according to their own appointments, yet disap pointed in all, both houses of Parliament sitting un expectedly long upon earnest business; only Mr. Wanley showed me several very rare editions of the Bible in English, of the New Testament single, and the Psalms in the early days of the Reformation, of which ancient Bibles he is supposed to have the most curious collection of any person, and will oblige the world with a more accurate account of the several editions than was ever yet known.
29. In Moor-fields bought a very rare edition of the New Testament in English, printed anno 1536, with lessons from the Old Testament, according to the Salisbury use. After, perusing Sir Philip Constable's manuscripts.
February 1. Dined with cousin Milner at Mr. Blythman's ; he gave me an autograph of that Earl of Warwick who was the Admiral, and three others relating to his wife's family.
2. Walked to Ormond-street for my kind friend Dr. Hicks's sentiments (which were very candid) upon the last papers I have had leisure to transcribe of my Topography; took leave of my said worthy and learned friend, and the excellent Mr. Nelson ; then walked to Mr. Plaxton's and (while he was getting up and dressing) had the welcome oppor tunity of the prayers in the neighbouring church in Fleet-street; then walked with him to Lincoln's-inn-square, to visit his grandmother good old Mrs. Plaxton, who notwithstanding her great age and the extremity of the weather was gone to church. Oh, that all her descendants would imitate her piety! Was constrained to dine with her and her two daughters ; met there also with a grand-daughter of Archbishop Sterne's, from whom I received an ac count of the family. Afternoon attended at Gres-ham College, where was showed an experiment of the circulation of the blood, &c. to the Venetian ambassador, &c. I afterwards took coach with Mr. Roberts and Dr. Pratt (the Duke of Ormond's Chap lain) to Sir Andrew Fountain's, who, according to appointment, conducted us to the Lord High Admi ral's,* who entertained us most agreeably with the view of his most noble collection of Greek and Roman medals, much enlarged since I saw it before, and particularly his Excellency has procured a Roman Bos, which weighs five pounds of their monies.
It is quadrangular; on the one side has the figure of an ox, the other side.is worn like a honeycomb with its extreme age (I have since seen the draught of it in Baron Spanhemius's new edition of his Numismata, &c.); his Lordship has also a set of the Roman weights, and the most rare coins that ever I saw; amongst others, one with three heads upon an oblong square, yet minted as the lesser round ones. It is incomparably the best collection in the nation, if not the universe, and his Lordship was particularly kind to me, and more respectful than is usual, condescending to me (as a countryman, I presume) shaking me by the hand in a most familiar manner, desiring to see me whenever I should come to town, &c.
3. Walked with the Alderman to Westminster ; called at the Lord Weymouth's to speak to his Chaplain, the noted Mr. Jenkins, to inquire after a catalogue of our late learned Vicar, Mr. Milner's manuscripts; then at the Exchequer Office in Westminster-hall, transcribing from Domesday-book concerning these parts; then passed the Thames to Lambeth, to visit Dr. Gibson, afflicted for the loss of his only son ; the worthy Dr. received rne kindly, and promised me his free thoughts and advice about my own MS. Topography of this parish, and received my additions to the three Ridings of Yorkshire, for the new Camden, with thanks ; in return, had a sort of storm ; the wind and tide being contrary, the water was very boisterous, and, as I thought, not without danger; but the Lord delivered me. In return, went with Mr. Wanley to the late Secretary Har ley's, a gentleman of great curiosity, who received me very courteously ; he has made a most noble col lection of MSS. which have cost him a prodigious sum of money; and he allows his library-keeper 100l. per annum.
4. At Mr. Tong's, to peruse some of my late dear friend Dr. Sampson's papers; was troubled to find them in such confusion, and so incomplete, though I think if these, and those in Mr. Calamy's hand were strictly digested, there might several useful matters be collected from them. Mr. Tong pre sented me with some noted autographs and three sermons. Spent much of the afternoon in walking to the Tower-hill, and endeavouring to meet with Dr. Kennet, author of Parochial Antiquities, &c. yet could do little more than see him.
5. Dined at Mr. Churchill's, a relation of the Duke of Marlborough's, and a worthy member of parliament; then walked to Holborn, to remind Mr. Silvester Petyt (late principal of Barnard's Inn) of our charity-school, amongst other places, to which he is capable of being a benefactor.
6. Die Dom. Walked to Sir Andrew Fountain's in Leicester Fields, and thence to St. Ann's, where I stayed the prayers till Sir Andrew was dressed, with whom I then went to St. James's, the royal chapel, where Dr. Willis, the Dean of Lincoln, preached well, but I could hear little, there being upon this her Majesty's birth-day, so vast a concourse of the nobility of both nations as the like has rarely been seen. I saw the Kings-at-Arms, and Heralds in their formalities, with their velvet robes richly em broidered, the Union Arms nobly raised in gold and silver to a great height. I stood securely, notwith standing the great crowds betwixt my two friends, Norroy and Suffolk Herald, who knew all the nobility as they passed. After the empty glory of all this pomp was over, and I had seen the best of Queens in this world, with the splendour of the Court, I most willingly retired. After dinner, at Mr. Dale's, walked again to the West-end of the town, to make good Sir Andrew Fountain's promise to Baron Spanhemius, Ambassador from the King of Prussia, who received me most courteously, and told me, by his interpreter, that he was mightily surprised with my catalogue of coins ; he took notes of some that were more rare ; he presented me with his picture, and honoured my Alburn with his name, who is the most celebrated father of the antiquaries of this age. In return, I heard an excellent sermon at St. Clement's, but the church (blessed be God for so happy a sight) was so crowded with attentive hearers, that I could scarce get so far into an alley at any of the doors as to hear distinctly.
7. To visit Mr. Bagford, who showed me a sur prising collection in several vols. of ancient prints and papers, titles of books, &c. in the infancy of the art of printing, and gave me his proposals for pubUniversally celebrated Art of Typography, with the Lives of the Ancient Printers, &c. And in the same house met with Mr. Jones, the author of the Complete History of Europe, which he begun anno 1701, and has published seven vols. in 8vo.; after, to the Lord Irwin's, and thence to the Grecian Coffee-house, with the ingenious Sir Godfrey Copley.
8. Walked to Bloomsbury-square betwixt seven and eight, to Dr. Sloane's, who showed me seven or eight most noble (but costly) volumes in large folio, full of admirable fine paintings and drawings of In dian animals, plants, insects, habits, prospects, &c. and other volumes of heads, and other prints of European Princes, learned men, &c. Then walked to Dr. Fairfax's, at Westminster, my father's, and my good friend, who truly verifies his motto in my album, Amicorum veterimus optimus; he went with me to the Bishop of Rochester's, who showed me some noble original paintings of great value; I saw also there that part of the white marble altar-piece, with the heads of the Virgin Mary and our Saviour, &c. that the late king James had placed in West minster Abbey, but was not suffered to continue. I afterwards met with my long expected friend the Bishop of Carlisle, in the House of Lords, where we discoursed till the House being full, prayer and business began. Upon my return into the City I met with worthy Mr. Strype, who was come from then again with the Bishop of Carlisle, but the Thames so rough that we neither of us thought convenient to see Lambeth. Having stayed awhile to see the Judges in Westminster Hall, I took leave of Mr. Calamy in my return, and Mr. Wanley, who went with me to the famous Harleian Library, where I spent rest of day in transcribing notes from Bishop Stillingfleet's MSS. concerning Yorkshire,* till almost faint and starved, not being willing to give over to get victu als, being straitened for time and the weather ex tremely severe, more than ever in my apprehension. Afterwards, with Mr. Wanly, at the tavern. Even ing, at Mr. Wyat's, to pack up books for Yorkshire. 11. Walked to Westminster before eight, accord ing to appointment by the Bishop of Carlisle, with whom J stayed till ten, before Sir James Dalrymple and the other North Britons came: we then went al together to see the noble Cottonian Library, of which there are so good accounts already published, that I need not mention particulars, and which, indeed, I was less capable of doing, because of the extre mity of the weather, which was so violently cold that it much affected my head, and I was appre hensive of danger. Lord, prepare me for thy plea sure ! I could not but observe Genesis in Greek, curiously illuminated, supposed to be writ in Con stantine the Great's time; several genuine charters before the Norman advent, and other curious MSS. in capitals, with some fragments upon purple parch ments and gilded, which are yet more ancient, being mentioned by St. Jerome (in his prologue to Job), a fragment also of the Philyra of the ancients. The Bishop, Sir James, and Mr. Anderson, who are all eminent authors, writ in my album, as also Mr. Mackenzy, &c. In return met with Mr. Mil-ner at Mr. Blythman's, where we dined; I after wards called to see the Moving Picture, a curious piece of art: the landscape looks as an ordinary picture till the clock-work behind the curtain be set at work, and then the ships move and sail distinctly upon the sea till out of sight; a coach comes out of the town, the motion of the horses and wheels are very distinct, and a gentleman in the coach that salutes the company ; a hunter also and his dogs, &c. keep their course till out of sight. I had some dis course with the German inventor of it, Mr. Jacobus Morian : see his paper and autograph. Evening, packing up papers and apparel.
12. Walked with Mr. Wanley to Somerset-house, to see some venerable Roman busts and noble origi nal paintings, one of which is valued at 1500/, or 2000/. Rest of day at Mr. Harley's curious library, transcribing as much as the extremity of the season (which pinched me very much) would permit me, re fusing to give over for victuals as long as I was able to subsist, this being the last day I could hope to have the perusal of the excellent Bishop Stilling-fleet s curious manuscripts relating to Yorkshire, of which there are ten volumes, that cost each forty shillings, (though thin ones truly valuable). After I had taken leave of Mr. Wanley, who is a person of great curiosity and judgment in these affairs, I met at Mr. Blythman's with the Alderman, who was justly concerned for an unexpected disappointment by Mr. T. and P. which kept us late and to no purpose.
13. Die Dom. Afternoon, walked to hear Dr. Kennet, but found the church so crowded, that could scarce get in at the door, yet pressed forward, and though I stood in the alley the whole time, yet was well pleased, for he prayed and preached excellently. I had afterwards a little of the said worthy Dean's company, but was straitened, &c. In the evening I was at the prayers at St. Laurence Church, and requested of a devout gentleman I had observed most constantly there, that they would please to continue their prayers for those upon their journey till Friday next: it is a good provision against dangers, to have a stock of prayers going forward for us.
14. Packing up the trunk, &c. Begun our jour ney with my dear friend the Alderman, and some Hull gentlemen. Lord, grant us a safe return in thy due time to our native country and poor families! We found the roads better than we expected, the extreme frost the latter end of the last week having made them capable of bearing man and horse. We baited at Ware, and reached Royston in good time, blessed be God!
15. Begun our day's work by six in a cold morn ing. We reached Stamford, half our journey, in good time.
16. Rose very early ; had a most severe cold morning, and found the roads now very bad in some places, the ice being broke by the coaches that it bore not, and rougher than a ploughed field in others, yet hard as iron, that it battered the horses' feet; the servant's was downright lame, that when we baited, he was sent before to make the best he could of the way. Afterwards, when ours were brought forth, mine (that ailed little when put up) being now stiff, was worse than his, that we had a melancholy afternoon of it; the ice breaking, we were often forced to alight, and had none to assist in any mat ter but the Alderman himself, who acted the part of a most kind friend, but had more trouble than I was pleased with, yet could not avoid; but it pleased God to bring us in safety and good time to Carlton by Newark, where we lodged.
17. Our measures being broke by yesterday's rough ways and casualties, we set not forward so soon, designing only for Doncaster. We found the roads dangerous as well as troublesome at the Eel-pie-house, by Tuxford, and afterwards tedious by snow lately fallen in Yorkshire; but blessed be God! we arrived safe and in good time at Doncaster; walked into the town.
18. Began our journey with courage, but was presently cooled, the road being full of snow, and which was worse upon a continued ice almost, the melted snow being frozen again, that made it dan gerous and very troublesome; so that I was more fatigued with this last twenty miles than all the journey besides. My horse slipped dangerously often, and once fell quite down (as I was leading him into Wentbrigg), but, blessed be God! we arrived safe at our desired habitations betwixt two and three, and found our families well; blessed be his holy name ! I was truly thankful, and desirous to make a public acknowledgment of the goodness of our merciful God in his house of prayer, whither I went with a joyful heart at four, and may say in sincerity of heart, I hope, with the Psalmist, " I thought of thy loving-kindness, O God, in the midst of thy Temple !" I was the more deeply sensible of His great mercy in protecting me from the many dangers my sins have exposed me to, in about three hundred miles journey, and that in such a storm as the like has rarely happened, because that several persons in this neighbourhood have, during this interval, met with their death wounds in a few miles, as Mr. Samuel Harpur in his return from Leeds to Farnley, and Parson Atkinson, who was lamentably shot betwixt his own house and his church at Methley, (see the piteous account of it in cousin Cookson's letter to me). I might add the sudden death of the Curate there since, who officiated the Lord's-day afternoon, and was dead at Monday noon; which reminds me of what I was much affected with at London, viz. the death of Bishop Burnet's pious lady, with whom I dined 23d January, (see this Diary,) and she seem ed then to be in perfect health, and though her death was not so sudden, yet the next week the first news I heard of her was, that she was dead and buried. But she was indeed ripe for Heaven : see her pious and excellent Method of Devotion, which I particularly recommend to my daughter.
19. Wrote to Mr. Tong, to bless God on my be half, and enclosed a note for the minister that offi ciates at the evening prayers at St. Laurence church, for the like in that congregation; and if any more rigid of either denomination, should censure this as a halting betwixt two, I shall (to avoid arguments) appeal to the searcher of hearts for my sincerity herein ; and methinks it is ungrateful (to say no worse) not to desire that praise may succeed prayers, for mercies received, in all the congregations of his saints.
March 9. Finished the perusal of a catalogue of Mr. Spademan's* excellent library, which shows him to have been a person of great learning and curio sity.
19. Endeavouring (with Mr. Thornton's help, who sent for me on that account,) to perfect the list of the sheriffs of Yorkshire.
21. Finished the perusal of Mr. Spademan's Stric ture breves in Epist. D.D. Genev. and Oxon. wrote in a curious Latin style, &c.
22. Walked to Beeston, to the funeral of Mr. Joshua Hill.
24. Afternoon, walked to Beeston, to inquire after some manuscripts writ per the late Mr. Hill. Mr.Win chester made me a present of the duplicates of that in defence of the Immortality of the Soul, in Vindica tion of Dr. Manlove against Mr. Layton's heterodox opinion, and of his little Catechism.
29. Finished transcript of the learned and pious Dean Nowel's Life, and the perusal of our learned countryman Mr. Rymer's third Letter to the Bishop of Carlisle, in vindication of King Edward III., the present of the said worthy author, her Majesty's Historiographer Royal.
30. Begun to transcribe manuscript Memoirs of Mr. John Bois, one of the translators of the Bible. Afternoon taken up in attending the Corporation in their formalities to receive the Judge, Baron Price with whom spent rest of the day and evening, at the expense of the Corporation, (not the town, as some unworthily surmise).
April 8. Was late at church, and fetched out by a message from the bone-setter, (Smith, of Ards-ley,) who positively affirms that one part of the kneebone of my dear child Richard, has slipped out of its proper place ; he set it right and bound it up ; the Lord give a blessing to all endeavours ! We had made use of several before, who all affirmed that no bone was wrong, but that his limp proceeded rather from some weakness, which we were the rather in duced to believe, because warm weather and bathing in St. Peter's Well, had set him perfectly on his feet without the least halting, only this severe winter has made him worse than ever.
9. Proved the will of Widow Bland, and codicil, whereby 3/. per annum left to charity school.
12. Perused catalogue of Mr. Hill's library, which argues him to have been a learned and very curious man, well seen in the controversies against the Papists, Remonstrants, Socinians, &c.
17. Finished the perusal of Drescelius's Consider ations upon Eternity, wherein are several excellent meditations, and remarkable passages relating to eternity. Oh, that I was more duly prepared for it!
23. Read the pious Mr. RosewelTs Confession of Faith made at his ordination, wherein are the fun damentals of the Christian religion, given me by the worthy author. Finished perusal of Letters to a Peer, concerning the honour of Earl Marshal, where in is much reading in that way of learning ; it was given me by Robert Dale, Esq. who had a consider able hand in the composure.
May 2. Concluded Mr. Wittie's excellent tract of the Reasonableness of assenting to the Mysteries of Christianity, which shows the author a man of great parts and piety.
5. Had the honour of a visit from the Bishop of Carlisle and Mr. Archdeacon Pearson ; had the advantage of his instructive converse.
6. Sent for by his Lordship pretty early: spent the morning with him,
and forenoon with Mr. Plaxton ; and much of the afternoon with Sir Abstrupus
Danby, who was very thankful for some notes upon his ancient family.
10. Concluded the learned Mr. Hill's second Dissertation concerning the Antiquity of Churches, a piece of great reading, wherein he shows that the Christians of the two first centuries had no such public separate places for worship as the Papists generally, and some Protestants plead for, though he grants they had places of meeting during those 200 years, but either in private houses, or vaults under ground, where were their burying places.—Concerned at the wretched reproaches of such as pretend to a greater degree of purity in religion, yet censure the practice of it as hypocritical. I am, alas! full of sin, and am so far from having occasion of glorying in my duties, and I hope from the folly of boasting of them, that I am really ashamed of them ; and the many imperfections, defects, and the sinful distrac tions they are accompanied with ; but, notwithstand ing my many and great sins, I hope I may appeal to the searcher of hearts, that I am clear of the hypo crisy that is alleged. Lord, discover my naughty heart more and more unto me. I was the more concerned for this slander, because positively as serted by an unkind (to say no worse) neighbour to a reverend and pious minister, who told me of it with concern.
13. Lost much of the afternoon in appeal about my land-tax, which the perverseness of a neighbour had advanced, though houses empty.
23. Transcribing topography of the town ; after surprised with a visit from my Lord Irwin, and some relations, to see the collections.
25. Concluded the perusal of the funeral sermon, and Life of the late Rev. Mr. Fr. Tallents, a learned, pious, and excellent person, and rny kind friend Mr. Henry's, the worthy author's present.
26. Walked to Beeston-hall, to visit Mr. Bland ;* was surprised to hear his daughter read Hebrew dis tinctly into English, which she learnt of her mother, who is an ingenious gentlewoman; she presented me with an autograph of the noted George Fox, the founder of Quakerism.
June 9- Walked to Farnley, to visit Sir Abstrupus Danby and his son ; viewed the hall and chapel, which has been built two if not three times ; received some additions to the pedigree of that ancient family.
12. The afternoon was wholly taken up in at tending Uncle Joseph Sykes's funeral, accompanying the corpse to the burial place upon Tinglaw Moor, beyond Morley.
13. Prevented of reading before family prayer, and also of retiring, being called upon too early (between five or six) by Mr. Rither to walk to Methley : went about by Swillington-bridge, to avoid the rush-bearing at Rothwell; was mightily pleased with the sight of Methley Hall, which was built in the memorable year 1588 (as appears by that date upon the front, under the arms of the family, with seven quarterings,) by the famous Baron Savile, whose picture, with his learned brother Sir Henry's, of Eton College, are the chief ornaments of the great dining-room, as the arms in the windows are of the gallery ; the nobility and gentry are marshalled ac cording to the Wapentakes in the several Ridings of Yorkshire. I took especial notice of my dear friend's, Mr. Thornton's, because it has not the superfluous addition of the trees, and of our own family, which is placed next the Scroops and Danbys, and has the cheveron plain, as it was and ought now to be borne, not engrailed, as Sir William Dugdale need lessly added it in the last visitation, ours being the eldest branch, and indeed the only male issue of the family. Walked (over the draw-bridge) through the Park, to the lower part of the town, to visit Mr. Goodwin, the new Rector. In return, visited my kind friend Mr. Lowther, Rector of Swillington ; transcribed his father's monument in the church, and took notice of some antiquities which are elsewhere noted; he walked with me to brother Hough's at Newsom Green.
22 and 23. Both days entirely spent with labourers, directing and overseering the sows to drain water, that got not so much as to church. Lord, pardon!
24. Painting the arms in my MS. pedigrees of this parish.
27. Finished the perusal of worthy Mr. Strype's excellent History of the Reformation or Annals, &c. wherein are collected, from original papers, many valuable remains of that age, and which show, in many of the reformers, an excellent Christian temper to avoid extremes on both hands, and such a one I take the pious and indefatigable author himself to be.
28. Showing collection to Mr. Todd, of London (a native of this town, Chaplain to the Bishop of St. Asaph, an ingenious gentleman.)
30. Took Ralph along with me ; walked to Mor-ley, (took an account of the monumental inscriptions) to the funeral of good old Mr. Dawson.
July 7. Received a kind visit from Mr. Gale, of Scruton, a learned and ingenious gentleman, eldest son of the excellent Dean Gale, and parliament-man for North Allerton.
19. Observed the Spa course, and was obliged with the ingenious Mr. Moult's company from Derbyshire ; and after, was with my dear child Richardr at Peter's Well. Lord, give a blessing!
30. At the Quarry-Hill, drinking the waters, going with the child to St. Peter's Well. Afternoon, as always, heavy with the waters, but finished pe rusal of the fourth vol. of Mr. Oldenburgh's Philo sophical Transactions, wherein are many curious ex periments of some truly great men.
August 4. Rode with Alderman Milner, to dine at the Lord Irwin's, who showed me some curious books he bought beyond sea, &c.
11. Walked to Berwick to visit Mr. Plaxton in his widowhood; walked with Mr. Plaxton thence to Barmbow-hall; dined with Sir Thomas Gascoigne, which place was of old the seat of the Greenfields (of whom a Serjeant-at-law is buried in Berwick Church,) now of the Gascoignes, from the time of King James I. as I conjecture, from the ornaments of lions and unicorns in the great dining-room. Walked home by way of Mansion, once the seat of the Dyneleys (see the monuments in Whitkirk,) and the Moors of Austrope, through Whitkirk and Haw-ton to Leeds.
15. Concluded Mr. Somner's Treatise of the Roman Ports and Forts in Kent, an excellent and instructive treatise, especially with Dr. Gibson's curious notes.
22. Finish perusal of Captain Graunt's Observa tions upon the Bills of Mortality, which are both curious and useful, not only in a natural and politi cal capacity, which is the chief design of the book, but also in a religious. I was often much affected with the vast numbers posted into a boundless eternity in a few days.
25. These three days much gentry in town, upon account of the races at Chapel-town-moor, where the Lord Irwin's horse won the plate.
27. Concluded the pious Mr. Nelson's most ex cellent treatise of the Feasts and Fasts of the Church, with which I have been often much affected, and might still have been more if I could come nearer to the pattern set by the exemplary author who presented this to me.
28. Begun good Mrs. Burnet's Method of Devo tion, given me by her husband the Bishop of Sarum.
29. Went the last time with my dear child Richard to St. Peter's-well (the cold-bath.) In my walk finished the perusal of the Maxims of the Popish Policy in England, translated out of French by Mr. Daubuz of Brotherton, who has added a pre face, with some of Dr. Talbot's letters upon the like occasion; an excellent piece, and I wish was more considered.
September 12. Was much affected in prayer for Mr. Bright Dixon, who was said to be drawing away ; it was a doleful thing to hear the passing bells at the same juncture at both churches, and I believe drew tears from more eyes than mine. My cousin Atkinson, a pious gentleman, died this same forenoon, and parson Benson has been speechless since three of the clock in the morning.
14. Went to the sad funeral of the excellent Mr. Bright Dixon, but there was such a hurry and confusion, as is almost unavoidable when funerals are by torch-light in this town.
15. The passing bell tolled for Mr. Benson, senior, Lecturer of the Old Church. Lord, sanctify all these mementos of mortality!
19. Mr. Lodge was this day elected to succeed Mr. Dixon in the New Church.
October 10. At court, where Mr. Iveson, the late High Sheriff of the county, was sworn Mayor.
15. Had Dr. Pelham Johnston (grandson to Dr-Johnston of Pontefract) to view collection.
17. Much afflicted, both sleeping and waking, with the dreadful account our merchants have from their relations at Dantzig and Coningsberg of the violence and increase of that most terrible of all diseases the plague, and how obnoxious this place is above most to that desolating judgment, be cause of our immediate correspondence with them
22. Afternoon at aunt Sykes's, had the oppor tunity of perusing several papers of her uncle, the last Lord Eure's ; the executors presented some autographs (that were agreeable to me) to my collec tion, and this day I received some Indian curiosities from another hand. Lord, grant these diversions may not be a snare to me, and rob me of too much precious time!
26. Afternoon sent for by the Recorder, Vicar, and others of the committee of pious uses, to peruse cer tain ancient writings in the great chest in the vestry
27. Was much of the day at Mr. Adams's taking excerpta from some of those ancient writings and transcribing others.
31. Was all the forenoon at the town clerk's, transcribing or taking excerpta from deeds relating to the public concerns of the parish.
November 1. Finished perusal of Patrick's Re flections upon the Roman Devotions, and am entirely of the author's mind, that barely to recite their prayers to the saints and angels from some of their own breviaries, &c. with the lessons of their pre tended miracles (which lessons were read as scrip ture) is enough to expose them. I have collated several of them with the printed and manuscript breviaries in my possession, and find them justly recited.
7. With the workmen, to direct the fixing the brass plates upon our grave-stones.
9. Had Mr. Bland and family to view the collections ; I was pleased with the two gentlewomen's writing Hebrew mottos in the album.
11. Within perusing Saxon coins to oblige Dr. Gibson, (now Bishop of London) in order to a more correct edition of Camden's Britannia. Evening writ (from another ancient book lent me by Mr. Fothergil) something from the Horte beat. Marite, to supply the defects of mine, of which see Bishop Burnet's History of the Reformation.
14. At the funeral of Mrs. Hall. Mr. Benson preached well, and in the conclusion gave a just commendation of her charity to the poor; to her mother's (the late widow Bland) three pounds she has added five pounds per annum to the charity-school, and two pounds per year to other pious uses.
December 23. When at family prayer in the morning was disturbed with the knocking of the bailiff, who at Hugh Sleigh's suit arrested me, and said he had positive order to carry me to the gaol if I gave not a three score pound bail bond, which I refused to do, not owing him a penny, which base act shows the most abominable ingratitude, I having lost the interest of 80£ for twelve months, which the Corporation was then willing to pay me for my own share of the tolls, purely in his favour, who had not else, as is owned on all hands, ever got a groat for his share, if cousin Wilson and I had closed with Ihem for ours without him ; and now, for a supposed promise of dividing the monies and bond, he sues me with the utmost violence and malice, though I was so far from making such a promise, that when it was first proposed I declared against it, lest it should involve me in a suit with the Corporation, who were fully satisfied with my title and cousin Wilson's, but had demurred so long upon Sleigh's, who being a ...... attorney, employs his cunning gratefully against his benefactor. The bailiff indeed was civil, and upon my parole allowed me, when the bell tolled, to go to church according to my custom. This affair, and consulting my constant and dear friend the Recorder, took up the rest of the day.
24. Again at dear Mr. Thornton's; at church; received a hasty demand from my gaoler either to go immediately to prison, or give 60l. bail, which, at my dearest dear's request and tears I did.
26. Concluded Dr. Hicks's Answer to the Popish Priest, an excellent tract upon that subject, with an Appendix of some very curious papers, as the Bishop of Meaux's letter, and Bishop Bull's answer, a letter of the pious Mr. Nelson's to a Priest, and a Saxon office. The excellent Mr, Nelson has presented me with the original letter of the said French Bishop.
27. Heard the commemoration sermon at New Church, where Mr. Lodge, the new incumbent, made a very ingenious sermon, concluding with a recital of the ever famous Mr. Harrison's benefactions. Afternoon, concluded the perusal of a most delightful account of the number and progress of the Charity-schools, annexed to an excellent sermon of Dr. Bradford's, upon that occasion.
28. At Church ; made a collection for the Charity-school, (viz. 15l. 3s. 3d. in which were two guineas, supposed to be given by Mr. Milner and Mr. Thornton, both being eminent for charity.)