A. D. 1714.
Jan. 13. Read and wrote ; then abroad about the York affair; had a most terrible mist, that could not see many yards before us, yet it pleased God that I found the way nicely over the moors ; conducted the double horse I had the charge of, and, through mercy, had a good journey, whereas, the adverse party, who occasioned this fatigue, missed their way, lamed a fine horse, &c. Evening, had a sharp expostulation with him at the inn, &c.
14. Lost the forenoon in a fruitless attendance, according to subpoena, at the Consistory Court; yet, upon the whole, he that had put me upon this unnecessary trouble, durst not have me examined, but I returned, re infcctd; afterwards I visited Mr. Hodg-son, Mr. Hotham, &c., having spent the former part at Mr. Richardson's, the worthy precentor's, with whom Parson Lodge and I dined. Evening, had Mr. Palmer's, the artist's company; sat up late enough with him.
15. Morning, visited cousin Nicholson ; was after at the Court and Minster prayers ; returned with Mr. Lodge, &c. ; got well home, blessed be God!
19. I heard of the death of a kind friend, Dr. Hargrave, of Coin
22. Morning, read . . . then preparing a table of antiquities to be engraved till eleven, and after till three.
23. Morning, read . . . was all day within framing a second table, and drawing three Roman deities, an altar, and two bricks.
27. Morning, read and wrote till ten, when rode to Rawden in company with the mayor, vicar, and three cousins, Milner, Wilson, and Cookson, to wait of old Mr. Layton, who received us very respectfully and entertained us generously ; after dinner we walked to the chapel built by order of his father, and considerably beautified by this gentleman, who hath also surrounded the church-yard with a handsome wall, and added twenty pounds per annum salary to the minister ; we went thence to the school that he hath new built and endowed, over which is a convenient lodging for the master, and a chamber for the inhabitants to meet in about all public accounts, and lastly we viewed the new almshouses he is building, which he will also endow: but what pleased us above all, was his gratitude to this town for his education at the Grammar-school, and he most generously proposed that if the town would build a new church, which he heard was much wanting, and he computed would cost 3000£. he would give 1000£. towards it, that is, 500l. immediately upon subscriptions of 1000£. by the inhabitants, and 100£. afterwards upon the advancement of every 200£. This rejoiced me mightily, and it was resolved to have a meeting upon it by the chief inhabitants the beginning of next week.* Upon return to cousin Milner's, met with my Lord Irwin there, and they being all for the Assembly,* would oblige me also, which I complied with this day of wonders, having never seen one of them before, and found more innocent than plays, &c. though I design this to be the last as well as first time ; we went thence to Cousin Wilson's where we supped, and stayed late that read no chapters.
Feb. 3. Morning, wrote letters, &c. till eleven. Afternoon, walked to Kirkstal Abbey to see a monument of antiquity lately discovered in digging close by the walls of the abbey in the garden, where I was inhopes by the account I had of it. to have found a Roman tesselated pavement, but it proved a much later matter, though I believe as ancient as the Abbey ; it is a stone coffin, and laid as usually with the face toward the east, but what was peculiar was, that the body was covered with small tiles (though larger than the Romans') of various forms and colours, and a stone only over the head of the coffin. Query, whether a person of quality, as they fancy, or rather a master workman at the building of the Abbey, and particularly concerned in the tile work, because covered with such, and not buried within the church part but without the walls.
10. I was much concerned for two pieces of ill-news, the death of my Lord Archbishop of York (at the Bath), which is both a public and private loss, and that the designed church to be built here dwindles, and I verily fear will not be proceeded in : private interest often outweighs the public.
11. Morning, read . . . then walked to Horsford, but missed of Mr. Marsh, yet had the perusal of dear Mr. Kirk's pocket-book, &c. : in return, called at Mr. Moore's, at the forge, where I received several of the painted tiles, wherewith the master artificer's* coffin was covered, that was lately found in the cloisters of the abbey, which garden, &c. were formerly the cloisters, where we viewed the stone coffin.
13. Drawing the coins to be engraved till the funeral of Mr. Hey, sen.: the Vicar preached very well from Psalm vi. 1, 2, showing, 1: that God Almighty doth often in the course of his providence chasten his servants with grievous pains and afflictions, &c. ; and gave a just character of the good old gentleman. I was after at cousin Milner's, and with him at the Mayor's, to set on foot that of the designed church, which seems to flag; but prevented for a meeting with parson Robinson on Tuesday next.
16. Morning, read . . . drawing, &c. till eleven ; at church; and after till three ; when with the Mayor and Vicar, cousin Milner, cousin Wilson, and Mr. Cookson, at parson Robinson's, who upon application generously promised to endow the new designed church with sixty pounds per annum, which rejoiced my heart. I returned to the vicarage in Alderman Milner's coach, it being the greatest snow, and most winterly day we have had this year, but my heart was warmed, &c.
23. Morning, read and wrote as usual ; till ten at church ; but much of the afternoon abroad, at Parson Robinson's, &c. ; he is so far from receding from what he promised on Tuesday last, that he now pro-miseth to make it SO£. per annum, as the New Church is; after, with Mr. H.
25. Morning, wrote to Parson Jackson about the New Church ; then, proceeding in topography till ten ; afternoon, had son Ralph's help in collating the print with the manuscript pedigrees.
March 8. Preparing materials to offer to the Chancellor, for I. C., but stayed the sermon Mr. Maud preached ; had not time to note the heads, being immediately for a journey with cousin Wilson, with whom I dined, and afterwards rode to York. Memorandum ; this day, after sermon, the writings for subscriptions towards building a new church were read in the vestry ; the Mayor subscribed 100l. my cousin Milner 200l. and others of the Aldermen as much as made it up 580l.; the rest is deferred till after the assizes.
9. With cousin Wilson at the Chancellor's, but missed of him, as I did three other times; afternoon, at the Minster prayers, both parts of the day; and after, a little at the Castle, and with Mr. Palmer, who showed me an ingenious engine, of his own invention, whereby he is to convey the water (for Mr. Duncombe, at Helmsley,) eighty yards up the hill, without a water-wheel. Evening, with company at the inn.
10. Morning, then with cousin Milner at the Chancellor's; and after, three times, as yesterday; at Mr. Buxton's, in vain, about Mr. Stretton's business ; had company to Tadcaster, but none thence home; endeavoured to improve the solitude; got well home, and found all well there, blessed be my good God.
17. At Alderman Milner's, to enquire what progress is made about the new Church, which, I fear, proceeds slowly.
April 7. Morning, read chapters; finished the perusal of the third part of the Account of the Protestant Missionary's success in converting the Heathens at Malabar. Good Lord grant yet greater success! that the waters of life may spread more and more over the parched wilderness of the Pagans.
8. Read and wrote till ten, when a gentleman from Lancaster came to see the curiosities ; so in the afternoon, Mr. Clayton, from Rochdale, who showed me also some very fine Greek coins, collected at Smyrna, by Mr. Yarborough, late Chaplain to the Company.
9. Again visited by that learned and ingenious gentleman, to whom lent three books relating to the Greek coins.
22. Wrote, &c. till noon; surprised with the death of Mr. James Kitchingham, (the Alderman's eldest son,) in the prime of his days : he was at Hunslet Chapel twice last Lord's day.
25. Die Dom. Morning, read usual chapters; Mr. Lodge preached most ingeniously from Psalm v. 7, showing, 1. what makes a fabric, or building, the house of God, and whether what is so set apart, have a relative holiness in it; what under the Jewish dispensation, and what the Christian; God not circumscribed in the temple, as the idols of the Heathens ; yet doth Christ call it his father's house, &c. This cannot be better applied than by munificent contributions to the church, that the noble generosity of two signal benefactors gives us hopes will be shortly erected in this most populous town, where it is so much wanted, to which God grant good success. Afternoon, Mr. Cookson preached very well from 1 Cor. i. 20, showing, 1. the nature and quality of worldly wisdom, how defective it is : 1. as to true riches; 2. exercise of reason ; and 3. morality. I afterwards called with the Mayor, cousin Milner, cousin Wilson, and cousin Atkinson, at the Vicar's, to consult further about the designed new church, for which 8001. (within ten) is subscribed; times and persons resolved upon for collecting more subscriptions.
26. Morning, read ; was all day within, writing and preparing for a journey; evening, at cousin Wilson's ; was glad to hear that 1000£. subscriptions towards erecting a new church are completed, to secure the former 500l. of Mr. Layton's benefaction.
27. Wrote till eleven, when visited by Mr. Wain-wright, of London, about the poor ministers' concerns, and their widows, which took up rest of the day, with visits to Mr. P. and Mr. M. Parson Robinson, our grand benefactor to the church, took leave of them, and of cousin A. and S. in return ; was affected to hear of the death of an aged and very pious minister in the neighbourhood, Mr. Bain-bridge, of Kippax.
May 1. Concluded an excellent and affecting treatise of the Great Importance of a religious life ; was to take leave of one of the religious society, now in embryo, in this town; left four books for their perusal. Lord direct them, and increase their number !
2. Die Dom. Morning, surprised by a message from Wakefield, that the coach could not reach this town, which put me upon a necessity of putting up my clothes, to send by him.
3. Had not time to read, lest I should be too late for the coach; recommended my poor family and myself to the Divine protection ; I had cousin Cock-hil's company to Wakefield, where met with Mr. Clapham, vicar of Bradford, whose wife was for London ; we afterwards had the company of Mr. Sutherland, of Ackworth, (designed for Sheriff of Yorkshire, the next year) and Mr. Waterhouse; we baited at Doncaster, where I paid old Mrs. Grant 21. for herself, and Mr. Denton, a poor aged minister ; we lodged at Barnby-moor.
4. Morning, we dined at Grantham ; had the annual solemnity, (this being the first time the coach passed the road in May) of the coachman and horses being decked with ribbons and flowers, the town music and young people in couples before us; we lodged at Stamford, a scurvy, dear town.
5. Had other passengers, which, though females, were more chargeable in wine and brandy than the former part of the journey, wherein we had neither ; but the next day,
6. We gave them leave to treat themselves ; the coach dining at Oakenbury we missed Huntingdon, but had a prospect of St. Neot's and St. Ives, nigh together; passed through Eaton (which truly answers the name Ea aqua) and a low moist country, abounding with willows, of which are made osier baskets, screens, &c. which, with bobbin-lace, seem the chief manufactures of these parts: these parts also abound with barley, which they roll with a large stone, as we do bowling-greens. Near Thams-ford (where our Archdeacon Chetwood, Dean of Glocester, has a pleasant seat) I observed a layer of variously coloured pebbles, &c. three-quarters or a yard below the surface of the earth. I left the coach to seek for fossil shells and formed stones, but could find none in so little time ; this afternoon, we arrived safe at our journey's end; was courteously entertained by Mr. Gollins, my Gains, who is writing the History of the Baronets; but was concerned at the bad news concerning the undertaker, Atkins, and my own book ; said to be absconded.
7. To Paul's Church-yard; was surprised to find his house disposed of, and his shop to be let; then visited cousin Peters ; called in vain, at the printer's and Mr. Bishop's; visited Mr. Sunderland (indisposed after his journey) ; met with two kind friends, Mr. Chamberlayn and Mr. Newman, in Westminster-Hall, and the Bishop of Carlisle, in the House of Lords.
8. With Mr. Nutt, the printer; heard yet more melancholy tidings
from him and Mr. Ross, about Atkins' mismanagement; then waited of
the Bishop of Carlisle, where had the like doleful account concerning
the public; met there with the ingenious Mr. Madox, (author of the
Formulare, &c.); then ferried over to Lambeth, was courteously
received by Dr. Gibson, with whom stayed much of the day, consulting
him about my son Ralph's education at Cambridge, and about this affair
of Atkins's ; in return, called at Mr. Nelson's and Dean Hicks's,
but missed of both. 9. Die Dora. Morning, walked to Petty France,
(beyond Westminster) to hear the Bishop of Bristol, (as Mr. Chamberlayn
expected) but he preaching a charity sermon elsewhere, Dr. Fulk preached
very well, from St. Math. iv. I dined with much good company at Justice
Chamberlayn's ; a Chancellor, Archdeacon, Commissary, D. D. and Fellow
of Trinity College, Cambridge, an Indian Prince, and gentleman of
New England ; see their autographs in my Album : in my return I found
Mr. Boulter, and walked with him from his pleasant lodgings through
the Park ; had his company till evening.
10. With Mr. Nutt, the printer, and Mr. Rosse about my book ; afterwards walked to Shoreditch to J. B.'s, and in return visited Mr. Gill's, in Moorfields.
11. Morning,. . . . near noon walked to Chelsea, to visit the good old Bishop of Gloucester, who very gladly received me ; found there also his son Fowler, and nephew Cookson (our Lecturer), whom he hath preferred to a living of ISO/, per annum in that diocess. When I durst not promise to go again and dine with his Lordship and stay longer, he importuned me affectionately, " For," saith my lord, " I love such as you." In my return, I visited the ingenious Sir Andrew Fountaine at St. James's ; walked thence to Piccadilly, to Mr. Carpenter's the carver's, about the draught of the Queen's statue, which he made for Mr. Milner at Leeds, see other curious workmanship of his in marble and lead.
12. Walked out of town to St. Mary-le-Bone, commonly but corruptly called Marrow-bone, to the engraver, Mr. Edwards, who lent me five copper-plates. After return, visited Mr. Hare (Richmond Herald) at the College of Arms, who presented a manuscript and some ancient coins; and then Mr. Faire, an ingenious chymist, who gave me a sapphire of his own making, by additional inventions to Mr. Boyle's; visited there Mrs. Fenton and her daughters. In return, visited cousin Dickenson. Evening, with Mr. Dale and Mr. Gale.
13. Walked to the Parliament-House; spoke to Sir Arthur Kay, who told me that the Marquis of Carmathen, son to the Duke of Leeds, had promised 100£. towards erecting our new church. I had also Admiral Fairfax's good company in the lobby of the House. Afterwards, visited Mr. Plaxton till four; at the meeting of the Royal Society, where was read a letter of grand compliments from the Duke d'Au-mont, late Ambassador from the French King, upon his admission ; Sir Isaac Newton, the President, Mr. Roberts, Sir B. K., present. I met there also with several of my old friend's, Dr. Sloane, Dr. Hal-ley, Mr. Hill, Mr. Waller, Dr. Thorp, Mr. Pettiver, &c. ; but I left all to go with Mr. Chamberlayn to Bartlet's-buildings, to the other Society, viz. that for promoting Christian Knowledge, which is to be preferred to all other learning. Dr. Felling read the prayers before the consultation begun ; then were read some pious and very moving letters from corresponding members, relating to charity schools, and other pious designs in distant places, and an account of collections nearer hand. Resolutions for printing the Bible in Welsh, with a greater number of the New Testament and Prayer-books. I came away with my honoured and pious friend Mr. Nelson. Was after with Mr. Gale and Mr. Nutt.
14. Walked to Westminster, to Mr. Boulter, who had been at my lodgings. Called to visit Mr. New-man, the Secretary at Whitehall; perused the list of the society and subscriptions of the residing members. Evening, called upon by Norroy (just come to town) and Richmond Herald, with whom and other ingenious gentlemen, at their club.
15. Walked to Petty France, as requested by my kind friend Mr. Chamberlayn, where I had most agreeable converse with some learned and pious divines, Dr. Paget, &c., and afterwards with his Excellency the Ambassador from the Emperor of Morocco, a very courteous and comely person, who very readily honoured my album with his motto and seal; Sir John, now Lord, PercivaL, also, and Mr. Sellers, an eminent quaker, who presented me (as well as the Lord Ambassador) with his essay towards the Improvement of Physic. Afternoon I walked to St. James's, to wait of the truly noble Earl of Pembroke, who not only received me most courteously but extorted ajpromise to dine with his Lordship OR Monday, else he would not show me the additions made to his invaluable museum.
16. Die Dom. Morning, read Dr. Gibson's pious tract; then heard Mr. Newton preach, &c.
17. Walked to St. James's-square to the Earl of Pembroke's, who showed me many noble additions to his Lordship's inestimable collection of ancient medals and moderns; of the extras relating to our own nation, the most extraordinary was of Perkin Warbeck, with Mene Tekel, the year of his landing, &c.; some rare obsidional pieces, and of the plantations, a second and third of New England, to which place also his Lordship ascribes that with N. E. in my collection.* After dinner, Mr. Arundel of Trerice (my Lady's son by her former husband) subscribed in my album. In my return I waited upon the Bishop of Ely, and unexpectedly found him sitting upon the cause betwixt Dr. Bentley (the Master) and the Fellows of Trinity College, Cambridge. I was concerned to hear the opposite counsel cast some harsh reflections upon the Doctor as too imperious, and putting the college to needless expense, though confessedly for the ornament, if not necessary repairs of what he hath no private advantage [in.]
18. About business, and after to visit Mr. Nelson, and the learned Dr. Hicks, who not being at liberty of half-an-hour, I had the benefit of the prayers in the adjoining church, and when his non-juring conventicle was over I visited the said Dean, who is said to be Bishop of ...... I went thence, according to his Lordship's kind invitation, to dine with the Bishop of Ely, and had the opportunity to consult him about my dear son Ralph, whom he would by all means have to be of Clare Hall, for the sake of Mr. Laughton, an incomparable tutor, with whom he intrusted his own son, a hopeful gentleman, who showed me several curiosities and originals in that inestimable library ; his Lordship also promised to prescribe for my dear son, and advised to wrap his knees in flannel. I went thence to Clerkenwell, to speak to Dr. Newton, but missed of him, and in my return visited the Bishop of Sarum, who surprised me with the relation of a very unjust censure that had passed upon me, which he expressed much concern for till he perceived the falseness thereof.
19. Morning, walked to Mr. Faire's to Mr. Fenton, with whom, and Mr. Dale, attended the Duke of Norfolk about a lease of the colliery to Mr. A. F.; went thence with Mr. Dale to Mrs. Oglethorpe's about the pedigree of that ancient family she desires to have inserted. After dinner we went to Mr. Anstis's ; was this evening mightily surprised with the death of our neighbour the Lord Irwin, (having heard nothing of his illness,) who died yesterday in London, of the small-pox, which have been so fatal to the nobility.
20. With the learned Dr. Smith, (who gave me a kind visit,) who is about publishing an accurate edition of venerable Bede. Near noon I went to hear the Bishop of London preach the charity sermon before an almost innumerable company of p00r children, decently clad in various colours, which are Christianly educated and cared for in the several wards of the city, both for soul and body; the Bishop of Bristol, (Dr. Smalridge,) read the prayers, and the Bishop of London preached very well from that of the Evangelist, " Of such is the kingdom of God." With the said Bishops we had also at the annual feast of the Society for Propagating Christian Knowledge, the Bishop of Chichester, (Dr. Manningham,) the King of Prussia's agent, Mr. Nelson, a most useful and excellent member, Sir Richard Hoare, and much good company. I sat betwixt two friends, Justice Chamberlayn and Mr. Shute the treasurers, that made me very easy, though most of the company from various parts of England and Wales were strangers to me. It seemed to me like the primitive Agapae or Love Feasts, before corrupted. I was afterwards at the Royal Society, where was read a very handsome Latin letter, (penned by Mr. Waller.) in answer to the French ambassador's, &c. I was after at Mr. Nichols the engraver's, and then at Mr. Anstis's, with the Rev. Mr. Holman, V.D.M., who is writing the History of Essex, with whom and Mr. Dale, and Mr. Collins, spent the evening.
21. Morning, with Mr. Dale to meet with the creditors of Mr. Atkins
relating to this book : they at first seemed to be hard upon me as
to ray charges, &c., expecting less ; but upon summing up the
whole, were more easy, concluding it would
22. Morning, at Mr. Anstis's, thence with Mr. Dale to the Duke of Norfolk's; discoursed Mr. Tempest about his pedigree, (the branch of Brough-ton,) and about Mr. Fenton's lease. Evening, read topography.
23. Die Dom. Morning, read till ten; at the Temple, but a stranger preached for Dr. Sherlock. Afternoon, Dr. Lupton, a Yorkshire author, preached very well at St. Dunstan's, particularly recommending that (charity) of promoting Christian knowledge, pursuant to the Queen's letters.
24. Morning, walked to Mr. Boulter's about the map. We went by water to Fox-hall and the Spring Garden: I was surprised with so many pleasant walks, &c., so near London. After dinner there, we viewed the pottery and various apartments there; was most pleased with that where they were painting divers colours, which yet appear more beautiful, and of different colours when baked. After I parted with my kind friend, I walked to Piccadilly, to Mr. Carpenter's the carver, about the Queen's statue, and thence to Mr. Vertue's about the engraving of it, and found a gross mistake, Mr. Atkins writing 3l. for what 8l. or 10l. is demanded.
25. Morning, reading Sir Abstrupus Danby's manuscript till past ten, when heard Mr. Tong, &c. I was afterwards with worthy Mr. Strype, and subscribed to his Memoirs of Archbishop Whitgift; afternoon within ; saw the public entrance of the Ambassador from the King of Sicily, in her Majesty's royal coach, his own coach of state, with about forty of the nobility and gentry, each with six horses.
26. Morning, at church ; then to visit Sir John Rawden and Mr. Prior ; after, at Whitehall, with Mr. Secretary Newman, with whom at the Committee for propagating Christian Knowledge, dined with him and the Treasurer, Mr. Shute.
27. Morning, to visit Mr. Brook, who gave me some autographs, with whom also I met with Mr. Whitaker; after, in Moorfields, picked up Psalte-rium Ungaricum : with cousin Peters to visit cousin Sagar; was concerned to find him an admirer of Whiston :* afternoon, at the Royal Society, but was full late, and stayed little, going with my friend, Mr. Chamberlayn, to the other society, (for Promoting Christian Knowledge) Sir Isaac Newton and Robert Nelson, Esq. filling the chairs; there were greater numbers of learned and pious men at both places, than I have often seen at the weekly meetings of either society.
28. Visited Mrs. Fenton and son, Mr. Faire, an ingenious artist, who presented me with three artificial gems, an emerald, sapphire, and amethyst, of his own invention, and also a box of his admirable Anti-scorbutic Elixir, which is famous, having done much good. I walked thence to Hackney, to visit the pious Mr. Mathew Henry, at whose house I found also Dr. Beard, noted for the art of memory ; I spent three or four hours very agreeably, and returned by Bethnall-green, to visit Mr. Moreland, F.R.S,, and nephew to Sir Samuel, but stayed not long, being to meet with Bishop and Mr. Hoole about Atkins, who yet appears not; was perplexed about that affair. I was after with Mr. Dale and Downs at the cyder-house.
29. With Mr. Dale to visit Mr. Bryan Fairfax; and in return, called to see Mr. Wanley, at the Lord Treasurer's inestimable library, who showed me several volumes of original letters of kings and princes, with learned authors; also some very rare manuscripts, amongst which, the Gospels in capital letters, most remarkable; after dinner, we visited the Bishop of Carlisle, and in our return, Sir Ab-strupus Danbjr, who entertained us most generously, and (which I valued even above the Palm-wine) most agreeably with many ancient writings, (which we collated with the transcripts) and many volumes of his transcripts, of Mr. Dodsworth's manuscripts, and other valuable records and manuscripts at Oxford, London.
30. Die Dom. Heard Dr. Clark; I dined at the Duke of Norfolk's with Mr. Tempest, Mr. Dale, &c. when I left unawares, and went to church.
31. At the Heralds' office, and to visit Mr. Le Neve, Norroy, till noon ; transcribed some things relating to Leeds, from some manuscripts he lately purchased ; afternoon, within writing, taking account what coats-of-arms are engraved and printed, and what not.
June 1. Then, according to appointment, walked to Westminster, to the Bishop of Carlisle, by whose instance I had the sight of the Records of the House of Lords, (in the office kept by Mr. Fitzgerald,) from Henry the Seventh to the present. I saw also the dead warrant, subscribed by Bradshaw, Grey, (father to the Earl of Stamford,) Oliver Cromwell, and too many others, for the execution of King Charles the First, Jan. 30, 1648, together with the original trial; for which the land yet mourns : it was not subscribed by General Fairfax, as has been pretended. Lord Jay not that grievous sin to the charge of the innocent posterity of any that did, who justly abhor it! Visited Mr. Bennet, of Colchester, who is writing a treatise upon the Thirty-nine Articles, collating all the manuscript and ancient printed editions; and thence to visit Mr. Bosville, an obliging person, sadly afflicted with the gout; was afterwards introduced by the Bishop of Carlisle to his Grace the present Archbishop of York, as was also Mr. Le Neve, Norroy. In my return from the House of Lords and Commons, I visited Sir John Rawden, (with whom I dined,) and Mr. Prior, about a manuscript of Sir G. R.'s exploits.
2. At church; then walked to Bloomsbury, to Mr. Wotton's, who showed me several curiosities, and gave me some, particularly a small shred of the silk shroud of King Edward the Confessor, cut off when the coffin was accidentally broke, (by fall of a pole,) at the coronation of King James the Second, from whom was taken a gold chain and crucifix, (taken out of the said coffin at the same time,) when he was rifled at his abdication. I transcribed a Privy Seal of King Edward for " Rauff Thorysby," for his service at Barnetfield.
3. Writing pedigree of Oglethorp till past six ; read rest of Mr. Ockley's account of the authority of the Arabic manuscripts, in answer to Whiston, which is a judicious, though small tract: four, at the Royal Society, and thence with Mr. Chamberlayn, to the Society for promoting Christian Knowledge, in both which several learned and pious matters were discoursed. I met with our very learned countryman, Dr. Bentley, at the former, who gave me very frankly his motto in my travelling album.
4. Walked to take leave of Mr. Penrise; stayed a little at Mr. Wiat's ; was after at Mr. Nutt's, and put in hopes of Mr. Atkins's speedy arrival. Afternoon, writing till evening, to wait upon my Lord Chief Justice Parker, who received me most kindly ; advised me as to Atkins; presented me his lovely picture, done by Mr. Vertue, &c.
5, At church, the Princess Sophia was omitted, news having arrived yesterday that the said pious and most excellent Princess died suddenly of an apoplexy, in the eighty-fourth year of her age ; was after at Sir John Rawden's, and at my dear friend's, Mr. Chamberlayn, where I met with much good company, the Emperor of Morocco's ambassador, the Bishop of Bangor, Mr. Jones, the ambassador's interpreter, &c. My friend showed me the specimen lately received from beyond sea, of his noble design of the edition of the Lord's Prayer, in two hundred languages : this is engraved in a copper-plate, in the Chinese character, with the interpretation.
6. Die Dom. I went to the Bishop of Ely's; I received the blessed Sacrament from my Lord; I would not stay dinner there, nor go to Mr. Fairfax's, (the Parliament-man,) but came home. I was at the evening prayers at St. Dunstan's; rejoiced that the Elector of Hanover was publicly inserted in the prayers.
7. Morning, writing till ten ; visited by the very obliging Sir Abstrupus Dan by, about the plate he designs to present of the arms, formerly in the windows of the parish church of Leeds, relating to that and other ancient families.
8. Morning, at Mr. Le Neve's, transcribing from his manuscripts somewhat relating to that branch of our family, which removed into Essex and Norfolk.
9. Morning, wrote a little, till sent for by the Committee and Secretary of the Society for promoting Christian Knowledge; then to dine with the King-at-Arms, Mr. Le Neve: afterwards, with Mr. Wanley, (keeper of the Lord Treasurer's inestimable library,) and Mr. Kempe, who hath a noble collection of deities, altars, &c.
10 At the weekly meeting of the Royal Society, into which the Emperor of Muscovy himself desires to be admitted, if any crowned heads had been of it, as King Charles and King James had been, but he being a foreign Prince, it could not be determined without the Queen's special approbation. Dr. Douglas showed his plates, curiously engraved, relating to anatomy ; but I left them, and went with Mr. Chamberlayn to the quest-house at St. Dunstan's, where the Society for promoting Christian Knowledge do at present meet; Sir George Wheeler, Mr. Nelson, and several other learned and pious gentlemen and divines, were present. The matter of the Secretary's (my friend, Mr. Newman's,) removal from Whitehall to the Temple, was argued, and so that of their weekly meetings from the Bishop of London's, (because of its distance,) to Lincoln's Inn : I never heard a matter (wherein the Society was divided,) argued with more temper and decency.
11. At church and printer's ; then writing till noon : afterwards walked out of town to Mr. Edwards the engravers'.
12. Morning . . . walked to Gresham College to my visit my old friend, Dr. Woodward, who showed me several valuable curiosities and antiquities: then at Mr. Bowles's about the Queen's statue to be engraved ; bought the print of that at St. Paul's, which seems to fall short of what Mr. Milner hath nobly presented to Leeds: though wearied, yet walked afterwards to Hyde Park, to Mr. Carpenter's, who made that for cousin Milner.
13. Die Dom. Morning, concluded Mr. Shute's discourse of the necessity of public worship, and just rebuke of some miscarriages therein, given me by his pious uncle the Rev. Mr. Shute, the treasurer : called upon cousin Peters to walk to Kensington, but stayed near two hours, that we were forced to take coach and yet were too late : the Bishop of Bath and Wells (Dr. Hooper), preached excellently from John ii. from that of our Saviour to his mother, Woman, &c., very well observing the arrogance of the papists in adoring the Virgin ; and also (from the text itself) the folly of such who pretend to know more of God than himself hath revealed ; supposed in reproof of Dr. Clarke, of St. James's, suspected of Arianism. Afternoon, Mr. Wotton, chaplain to the Countess of Winchelsea, discoursed excellently of the Divine love; I was much pleased. Dined with him at cousin Hough's, who is much better of the hyps.
14. At church; then to visit Mrs. Barker, returned from the Bath, and the Bishop of Ely about my concerns . . . walked thence to Mr. Sturt, the engraver's, about the Queen's statue, and Mr. Thoresby's monument . . . Afternoon within, writing ; was at Mr. Bowles's, the print shop. Evening, with Mr. Dale and Mr. Gale; fell into a dispute about religion, that had no effect but to exasperate one another's spirits ; their reflections upon the Dissenters first, and after, upon such as I esteem the most pious and orthodox part of the Established Church (as snap- jacks, &c. for prayer before sermon) being very disagreeable, especially when some in company (who had denied there was any true worship of God amongst the Presbyterians) owned there was in the Papists.
15. ... Received from Mr. Newman a Malabar letter, wrote per T. (a
convert) at London ; met with notice of Mr. Atkins's being in town
. . . dined at the Bishop of Ely's ; saw more rarities in his invaluable
library; was much obliged to his son, Mr.
16. ... Finished the transcript of the Commissioners return, 1650, about new parish churches, valuations of livings, &c. from the original manuscript lent me by Mr. Le Neve, &c.; then at Mr. Dale's, and got his company to meet Mr. Atkins at Belvi-dere : he promises fair, if performance be answerable.
17. With Sir Abstrupus Danby about the drawings of Arms for copper-plate ; collating the manuscript and my transcript till four at the Royal Society, and after at the Quest-house at St. Dunstan's with the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, where was somewhat a warmer debate about their weekly meeting.
18. At church ; after at the College of Arms to return Mr. Le Neve's manuscript, and about Mr. Dale's concerns; after at the Temple with Mr. Tempest about his pedigree.
19. At Mr. Boulter's, Mr. Bennet's, and Mr. Bos-ville's; heard of the sudden death of his kinsman, Justice Bosville of Gunthwait, of four hours' sickness. After, to see cousin Rayner; then at Mr. Charnberlayn's, in Petty France, and Mr. Nevvman's at Whitehall. Afternoon, with Mr. Atkins, had also Mr. Hool's and Mr. Dale's company, yet to no purpose, through Mr. Atkins's sottishness.
20. Walked to Durham-yard, in the Strand, to secure Mr. Atkins, with whom walked to St. Mary-le-Bone. I afterwards \vrote some epitaphs till Mr. Edwards, the clerk, had dined; then discoursed him a little about the engraving work, and got to London before the prayers began at St. George's. Mr. .... the Lecturer, preached very well against the errors of the times, (Dr. Clarke, &c.). In my return, I visited the learned Dr. Hicks, who this day entered upon his 73d year. I learned from Mr. Bennet, of Colchester, that his title is Suffragan of Thetford, in the bishoprick of Norwich ; for it being death by the present laws, to confer or receive episcopal ordination without the Sovereign's authority, the nonjuring bishops supplied the defects of the vacant bishopricks, by ordaining suffragan bishops, who have power of ordination, &c. as well as bishops themselves. I there met with the Honourable Mr. Archibald Campbell, who hath a noble collection of Scotch medals in gold.
21. Morning, .... walked to Mr. Atkins's lodging ; lost most of the forenoon with him, being at a sad dilemma to get the matter concluded betwixt him and Mr. Nutt, the printer, it being almost impossible to keep the one sober (at least capable of business) till the other get out of Ins bed Then with the chairman and others of the committee to iew the Secretary's new lodgings at the Temple, to ive orders about repairs, &c. Afterwards, the Letter to a Corresponding Member was deliberately read over by paragraphs, in order to insert many valuable articles in the new edition.
22. With Mr. Tempest and Mr. Dyneley, at their chambers in the Temple. Dined with the Bishop of Ely ; had much good company. Then with the Chancellor of Ely, and Master of Clare-hall.
23. Then to catch Mr. Atkins in bed, else no meeting him. After, with Mr. Ridlesden, from Sir John Ingleby. After dinner, walked to the Earl of Pembroke's, to consult his Lordship about the gold medal sent me by Mr. Boulter, which proves of Joannes Comnenus. My Lord showed me some unics and other valuable curiosities relating to the Greek and Roman libra, &c.
24. With Mr. Tempest, but found him indisposed. After, walked to Bishopsgate-street about the coach for Cambridge. Dined with Mr. R. Dixon ; was at the Royal Society ; and after, at that for Promoting Christian Knowledge, but somewhat indisposed. Evening, it grew upon me; had a weary night.
25. Morning, I was much better; ventured by water to consult Dr. Gibson at Lambeth, about the book ; was then about the arms in our church, as delineated in the Heralds' office; and afternoon met Atkins and others by appointment, to endeavour to compromise the matter ; but there was too much heat betwixt Mr. Dale on my behalf, and some of them, that nothing could be determined ; only 29£. 15s., which they had positively asserted to be part of the copy-money, appeared evidently, by the receipt itself, to be for the 7th books.
26. Morning, retired; then about the sheets printed and manuscripts, computing how much pedigree (at a guinea per sheet) and how much plain (at 15s.). After, at Mr. Astley's, directing the rolling-press, and writing directions for the inscriptions upon the plates, for Mr. Edwards to engrave. At Mr. Strut's, about the arms he is to engrave; at Mr. Coats's, the arms-painter ; Mr. Nutt's, the printer's, &c.
27. In ray walk to Hackney, read Bishop Bull's Pious Companion, &c. Forenoon, Mr. Newcome, Jun. preached. Afternoon, Mr. Carter (Assistant to my friend Mr. Strype, whom I missed of). I dined with the most obliging and pious Mr. Doulins [now Sir Daniel], who told me of the death of my dear friend the Reverend and excellent Mr. Matthew Henry, (who preached on Monday last, and died on Tuesday,) which surprised and afflicted me much for his family's sake, my own, but especially the church of God, wherein he was singularly useful.
28. Morning, writing to Sir Abstrupus Danby, and computing the printed copy of my book, how much finished, what remains; then at the Committee for Promoting Christian Knowledge, &c.
29. Went with Mr. Dale per water to the famous Cotton Library, where I particularly took notice of the most ancient Pentateuch, the gospels in Greek literis majusculis, the Syriack manuscript presented by Archbishop Usher, the Saxon Gospels that the Saxon kings took their coronation oath upon, the Saxon version of Bede, with many volumes of original charters, treaties, autographs, &c., and a manuscript relating to Kirkstal Abbey, but most of it wrote so lately as Henry VIII.'s time, that I took no excerpta. But I was disappointed of seeing the Royal Library, neither Dr. Bentlcy, nor (it being a holy day) his under librarian being there. I then ferried to Lambeth, but stayed not, Dr. Gibson being gone to the Bishop of Winchester's ; in return visited the secretary at Whitehall, perused the original subscription-book of the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, to which several learned and pious divines and gentlemen contribute generously, (Mr. Nelson 10/,, Mr. Doulins 51. per annum.) After seven at night I walked out of town to Mr. Edwards', at St. Mary le Bon; returned late enough to London, but in an agreeable solitude, singing psalms in the silent fields.
30. Past eleven at the committee; dined with Mr. Doulins, the secretary and treasurer ; was after with Mr. Moore and Mr. Laughton, of Clare-hall, at the Bishop of Ely's.
July 1. Walked to Mr. Atkins in Durham Court, and thence to Whitehall to the secretary's, Mr. New-man's ; ferried to Lambeth to consult Dr. Gibson about these wretched printers, and their demands and demurs. After return, writing the additions, &c.; till noon transcribing a memorable discourse betwixt the Lord Lovelace and an Indian about the Christian religion ; was at the Royal Society, and after at that for Promoting Christian Knowledge; had Mr. Nelson's and Dr. Chamberlayn's company at both ; finished perusal of Bishop Aylmer's Life, wrote by my worthy friend Mr. Strype, who justly represents him as a learned and strenuous defender of the Protestant interest, and particularly the Church of England, against all opponents ; the character of his son, Dr. Aylmer, eminent for piety, charity, modesty, &c. was very agreeable.
2. Visited Mr. Bagnall, and dined with him ; was after with Mr. Nutt, who at long run yields that I may deduct the premium of 40£. out of the latter payment, without any deductions or account, let the event of Atkins's concerns be what they will. Instead of 40£. profit, the two journeys cost rne above 50£ Afterwards wrote till evening: to meet my old friend Dr. Sloane, at the coffee-house of Mr. Miers, who hath a handsome collection of curiosities in the room where the virtuosi meet.
3. Then walked to Mr. Chamberlayn's in Petty France, where met, as usual, with much learned company, but near half a score foreigners; yet missed of him I chiefly wanted, the ambassador from the Emperor of Morocco, upon whom I waited at his own house, and received from his Excellency a Blankelia and copper piece of money of their own country, and Turkish Parra of the new mint. Visited Dr. Hicks and Mr. Wainwright, with the poor ministers' receipts ; was after at the Bishop of Ely's and Dr. Wilcock's, late chaplain to the Factory at Lisbon. Finished the perusal of the Arguments of Sir Richard Hutton and Sir George Crooke, two upright judges, with an account of the extra-judicial act of" their brethren relating to ship money.
4. Mr. Elstob preached very well, &c. I dined with the learned author and his ingenious sister, who besides the Saxon Homily (to which I have subscribed) hath in the press also a Saxon Grammar.
5. After a weary night, rose by three; walked to Bishopsgate to take coach for Cambridge, was in time, and had the good hap of agreeable converse, Mr. Bran th wait and Mr. Dover. We passed through a pleasant country, full of towns, hamlets, and seats of the gentry and citizens, to Epping Forest; thence through Woodford to Bishop Stortford, where we dined; thence by Quenden-street and Newport to Littlebury, but had not time to view the late ingenious Mr. Winstanley's house, or the model of his noted light-house, which was cast down in the dreadful storm, the same night that himself perished in the light-house* itself by the sea. Had a view of Audley-end (much of which is now taken down, but formerly reputed the greatest house in England), and of Saffron-Walden ; the country people were planting that valuable crocus; thence over Gog-ma-gog's-hill, (upon the height whereof is an ancient and large camp with a double vallum,) to Cambridge, after a prosperous journey. Escaped a great danger in the town itself, one of the wheels of the coach being just off, and the man driving a full career, as is too usual with them. I made my first visit to Mr. Milnerf at Jesus College, and after my return was at a loss for lodging, the worthy hostess having let the room I had agreed for to another for a greater rate, this busy time of the Commencement. Mr. Dover and I went to the Red Lion (Mr. Reyner's, a Yorkshireman), where we fixed.
6. Had Mr. (now Sir William) Milner's company to see the public schools and library, but the then keeper could give me little satisfaction. Then, at the Commencement, at St. Mary's : our countryman Dr Edmundson had kept the act yesterday, and Mr. Waterland, Master of Maudlin, did the like to-day. Dr. James, Dr. Edmundson, Dr. Gibbons, and Dr. Sherlock (which three commenced yesterday) were opponents, and Dr. Jenkins (Master of St. John's) was moderator; all performed excellently, and the Prevaricator's speech was smart and ingenious, attended with volleys of hurras : the vocal music, &c. was curious, and after seven or eight hours' stay there, being sufficiently wearied, I went thence to visit Mr. Baker (a learned antiquary), at St. John's, whom I never saw before, though I corresponded with him many years ago. He entertained me most agreeably in the College library with the sight of some valuable manuscripts, printed books, very rare, particularly two translated by their pious foundress, the Countess of Richmond, King Henry VII.'s mother; he gave me an autograph of his Excellency the noted Cardinal Fisher, a native of Yorkshire. I was invited by Dr. Edmundson and Mr. Bennet to the Commencement treat in the College Hall, which I very thankfully embraced, to see the manner of it: the Masters of Arts now commenced waited in their hoods. Dr. Jenkins, the master, sent to invite me afterwards to his lodgings, with Dr. Edmundson and Mr. (now Dr.) Bennet, of Colchester.
7. Early to bespeak a place in the coach, but there was none empty till Friday. Was afterwards to visit Dr. Edwards, a learned and pious author, though much depreciated by some because of his moderation, for which reason I visited him ; he was son of the noted author of the Gangrena, &c. was born at Hertford. I dined at Jesus College with Mr. (Sir William) Milner, had the company of his tutor, Mr. (Dr.) Warren, and Mr. Miers. Was after at Trinity College to visit Dr. Colbatch, Casuistical Professor of Divinity; after prayers in the delicate chapel there, he very courteously showed me the stately library, of which the obliging Mr. Claget is keeper, whose company I also enjoyed. The courteous Professor, Dr. Colbatch, would constrain me to sup with him in the College Hall. I forgot to note that I was at the most stately fabric in the University, viz. King's College Chapel, where I got little benefit by the prayers, because of the music and noble architecture, which too much diverted my thoughts.
8. Taking leave of Sir John Rawdon, Mr. Prior, and Mr. Dover; visited Dr. Bentley, Master of Trinity; then at Clare-hall, to visit and consult the famous pupil-monger, Mr. Laughton, to whom I was recommended by the Bishop of Ely; and after, at Queen's College, with the ingenious Mr. Langwith, (a native of York,) recommended by Mr. Baker, of St. John's, and preferred rather than any of his own college. The Lord direct me in this matter of so great concern to the temporal and eternal interest of my son Ralph. Whether Clare Hall or Queen's College, I cannot determine, but look up to thee to whom future things are present. He entertained me most agreeably before and after dinner, with his own collections of antiquities and natural curiosities, the Materia Medica, &c. ; he gave me a small specimen of the Asbestina, or incombustible paper from Hungary ; and after accompanied me to Dr. Covel, the master of Christ's College, who having much company, we had not the opportunity of seeing his collections of curiosities; met there also with the Arabic Professor, Mr. S. Ockley, the Lord Treasurer's chaplain ; went thence to Mr. Sanderson's apartment, who, though blind, is the celebrated Lucas Professor of the Mathematics, who was born at Peniston, in Yorkshire.
9. Morning, rose before four; then, by the care of Dr. Colbatch, my very kind friend, was placed in one of the three coaches, where I had better company and accommodations ; was happy in the ingenious converse of Mr. Worster, of Lewisharn, (who understood Saxon and the mathematics, &c.) and his neighbour, Mr. Sherlock, of Deptford, (two ministers,) which made the journey easy and pleasant : observed therein several noblemen's seats, not before mentioned, as the Earl of Orford's, Lord Townshend, Lord North and Grey, Copt-hall, &c. with Sir Gilbert Heathcote's, Sir J. Child's, &c.' In this day's journey, we passed through part of the counties of Cambridge, Essex, Hertfordshire, and Middlesex, and arrived safe at our journey's end.
10. Morning, at Mr. Nutt's, printer, and Mr. Edwards', the engraver ; then to visit cousin Idle, at the Temple; afternoon, to inquire after the coach for Leeds, but found it taken up for a fortnight.
11. Walked to Dr. Williams' meeting-place, without Bishopsgate, to hear Mr. Boyse preach, but was too late at that remote place, he having taken his text, but preached concerning the Roman Antichrist ; comforting sincere believers that the 1260 years are, by the most judicious interpreters, thought to be near expiring ; I dined with him and relations at Mr. Fair's. Afternoon, he preached from that of the Apostle to the elect lady, rejoicing to see her children walking in the truth ; which he applied, both in reference to the Schism bill, and of such as desert the ways of their pious ancestors, which I was not over fond of, being, I fear, by the generality of the auditory, applied to matters of indifference and less consequence, wherein good men may and frequently do vary, the essentials of religion not being therein concerned.
12. Morning, at the printer's and engraver's; then with Mr. Dale, to visit the ingenious Mr. Row-ley, and see the admirable sphere he has made for the Czar of Muscovy, representing the planetary motions, eclipses, &c. after a new method, most accurately and ingeniously ; was then at cousin Idle's chambers, in the Temple,, to meet Mr. Bridges, who presented some eminent writings; was after with the ingenious Dr. Thorp and Mr. Coats.
13 Morning, walked to Durham-court to Mr. Atkins ; called at Mr. Nutt's, found nothing done : after, to Salters' Hall : I there met with Mr. Co-riingham, who gave me his Reformation Sermon; I called at the Bishop of S arum's, and was extremely concerned at the unjust, as well as uncharitable censure, that some had passed upon me; and his Lordship was too credulous in believing that I was become a rank Tory, denied salvation to any out of the Church of England, and was a violent prosecutor of the Dissenters, and other abominable untruths, contrary to my real judgment and practice, who hate persecution, yet would he not hear my defence. I was much troubled till I met with good old Mr. Sttypc, who told me it was his Lordship's blind side, and that there are many instances of his too great easiness in receiving false rumours; that himself lay under his unjust displeasure for a long time. I was with Atkins, and found another intrigue that I suspect is roguish, he denying the thirty copies I am to have, till I prove it under his own hand.
14. Called upon by Mr. Boulter ; coached it to the Tower ; then took boat; coasted by St. Catherine's, Wapping, Shadwell, Radcliff, Limehouse, Poplar) and down to Blackwall, where we had a view of the turn of the river Thames; we called at the Isle of Dogs, to see the skeleton of a whale, forty-eight yards long, and thirty-five round: upon the South-wark side, we had St. Olave, Horsly Down, Redriff, or Rotherhithe, Cuckold's Point, Deptford, and Greenwich, where we landed and viewed first the new church, now building, which is a most noble one, with pillars in the front, like that of Covent Garden, but much more stately : the old steeple remains, but the church fell down in the morning, in the evening of which same day was to have been a sermon preparatory to the Sacrament, whereby the watchful Providence of a merciful God preserved the lives of his servants. We walked into the Park, which is most pleasant, to the Astronomical House upon the height of all, the inscription whereof I took in my dearest father's company, anno 1677, (vide vol. i. of Inscriptions,) but missed of Dr. Flamstead, the famous astronomer, who was gone to London. We viewed the Royal Hospital, fitter, indeed, for a Royal residence, than poor mariners, &c.: the hall is admirably painted, by Mr. Thornhill; (an Englishman, but that he was related to the Yorkshire family of that name, I could not learn;) in the centre of the oval, upon the roof, are the pictures of King William and Queen Mary, with the Liberal Arts, &c. All the several apartments of the said ceiling are delicately performed: amongst the Astronomers is Dr. Flamstead, with the scheme of an almost total eclipse of the sun, with the date April 22, 1715: of the other inscription, see my present Collection. We went thence by water to Deptford, where another new church is building: we were very civilly treated at Mr. Sherlock's, (the minister,) where I met also, by appointment, with my dear friend, the ingenious Mr. Worster, minister of Lewisham ; adjoining, in the cemetery of the old church, is a monument of a remarkable form: see the inscription in my Collection, as also that upon the front of the finest charnel-house that ever I beheld, built of late years by Mr. Loader, (our fellow-traveller from Cambridge,) who had laid a kind obligation upon Mr. Sherlock not to deliver me the fragment of the Royal Escape, (a small fishing-smack, wherein King Charles the Second, after his miraculous deliverance at Boscobel, escaped beyond sea, which is now repairing at Deptford, by public order,) till I visited him at his pleasant habitation. The gardens are surprisingly fine and large : there are of the said Mr. Thornhill's paintings in the Bagnio, and other garden-houses; for there are many of them, and of various forms, in the gardens, which contain six acres of ground. He showed me some Roman coins, of Antoninus Pius, &c. and urns, dug up in the gardens, and gave me a fragment of one : the grotto is entertaining, made of his own cinders, (when anchor-smith to King William and Queen Mary,) intermixed with plenty of curious and large shells, the auris marina, and other productions of the sea. Discourse upon the Royal escape, occasioned another, of King Charles the First, which I had a mind to hear from the daughter of the party immediately concerned. Mr. Worster accompanied me to her, who told the history, with many circumstances, the chief whereof are, that her mother, Mary Baily, of Deptford, after she had been twelve years blind by the king's-evil, was miraculously cured by a handkerchief, dipped in the blood of King Charles the First : the attested narrative is to be reprinted shortly by Mr. Watts, of London. After a very courteous entertainment by Mr. Loader, we returned late enough, by water, but had a good voyage.
15. Morning, perusing papers till noon; after dinner walked to Mr. Boulter's, to get his assistance, to conclude, if possible, the affair with Mr. Atkins and Mr. Nutt, but found very strange, or rather downright unjust practices, denying 301. till I proved it under his hand, &c.; after, with Dr. Thorp and Mr. Coats.
16. Morning, went to Mr. Cookson's, found Atkins' receipt for 10£., which will help to bear charges; thence to visit Mr. Preston, and found there had been a lamentable fire last night in that neighbourhood, near forty houses burnt. I walked from Mr. Fair's, in Queen-street, near Cheapside, to the Hay market, beyond Charing-cross ; paid 4£. for coach-hire for the Hunslet family and myself; afterwards accounting with Mr. Atkins by ourselves alone, he was somewhat better conditioned, and confessed his errors, acknowledged the thirty books and 10£. (towards charges.) Evening, with Dr. Sloane.
17 Walked to Queen-square, to take leave of the celebrated Mr. Nelson, where I met also with Mr. Spinkes, another noted author; afternoon, with Mr. Nutt and Mr. Atkins, who were more inclined to peace and justice; so that we came to a conclusion, and subscribed the accounts and papers.
18. Mr. Croft, jun. called upon me about five, and we walked to the Bishop of London's seat at Ful-ham. Dr. Dwite preached very well in the forenoon ; afternoon, Mr. Crofts preached excellently. Afterwards, viewed the church, and monuments, of which a stately one for the Earl of Peterborough, with his statue to the full proportion, standing, in white marble,—a flat marble for Bishop Henchman, which I transcribed, as far as was legible for dust, and Mr. Winter's ; but the most noted is a short and modest one for the late Bishop of London, in the church-yard. I afterwards enjoyed Mr. Croft's and his pupil's pleasing converse a little, and returned in the cool of the evening, well satisfied with my ten miles' walk.
19. Walked to Petty France, to procure some franks from Sir Bryan Stapleton; in my return through St. James's Park, Mr. Boulter spied me, and called me to his chambers, and having now fixed upon his journey, kindly invited me to accompany him in his coach to Yorkshire. I went accordingly to the stage coach, and relinquished my place there, at the loss of 10s.; in return, visited cousin Peters, paid her 6s. 6d., which, with two guineas paid before, is full for Grace's furbelow scarf, gloves, &c.; afternoon, to acquaint Mr. Boyse with my going in Mr. Boulter's coach, and with him visited Mr. Tong; was after at Mr. Sturt's and Mr. Dale's. Evening, with Dr. Sloane, Dr. Harris, (the physician,) and Dr. Frank, at Miers's coffee-house ; had very agreeable converse.
20. Morning, was at Mr. Boulter's, and the stage coach; determined that business. Was full late at Salters'-hall, where Dr. Williams was preaching against apostacy and popery. Was, after dinner, with the ingenious Mr. Worster, of Lewisham, and Mr. Ditton, the discoverer of the new method of finding out the longitude ; then Mr. Edwards, the engraver, came to show me a proof of the table of medals. Was after with Mr. Gale, to see the chapel at Somerset-House, now happily used (the crucifix above the altar being taken away) by the Protestants. Walked in the gardens, where is a pleasant prospect by the Thames; viewed the Bishop of London's apartment there.
21. Till past two engaged in correcting a sheet for the press, and the table of medals,. which was tedious ; then walked to Hackney, to visit the family of the late pious and excellent Mr. M. Henry, and hope that his Memoirs will be published from his Diary, and the last volume of his Practical Paraphrase upon the Bible from his manuscript notes.
22. At the Heralds'-office, the engraver's, and the printer's : then proceeding in my work at home till four ; dressed to attend the Royal Society (which now adjourned as annually), and that for Promoting Christian Knowledge. Had much good company and ingenious at each place; and. my two honoured friends, Mr. Nelson and Mr. Chamberlayn, at both : was with the Secretary (Mr. Newman) at his new lodgings in the Temple. After, wrote to Oxford, and my dear.
23. Received a kind visit from the learned and ingenious Mr. Derham, with a most acceptable present of his Physico-Theology, preached at Mr. Boyle's Lectures; then within, preparing a sheet and correcting papers till afternoon ; visited cousin Walker, at Gray's-Inn, and Mr. Gowland, about the Lord Wharton's Bibles for the poor. Was at Ely-house, and much troubled to find the good Bishop so weak. After, with Mr. Edwards, the engraver.
24, Morning, was at the printer's, then walked to Petty France, to take leave of my kind friend Justice Chamberlayne ; took the inscription upon his famous predecessor's picture, who first brought watches and coaches into England. Met, as always, with much learned company there, foreigners and others. Afternoon, writing and making additions to the Catalogue of Antiquities. Walked to Dean Hicks's, to consult Sir Andrew Fountain of the Saxon coins. Evening, with Dr. Sloane, at Mier's coffee-house.
25. Mr. Newman preached very well from that in Genesis, concerning Joseph's brethren, raising many doctrinal notes, &c. I dined with Mr. Plaxton and his aged grandmother, who, in the ninety-first year of her age, can see to read a written letter without spectacles, and also to thread a very small needle, as I saw her do it last Friday, and keep it as a curiosity ; walked with her son to Bloom sbury Chapel, where Paul Bachiler preached very well from Joshua xxiv. 15. Evening, Mr. Watts preached a preparatory sermon, &c.; was after unwillingly engaged with Mr. D. and Mr. C. unsuitably to the day, and, in return, lost a silk handkerchief, a just punishment for unsuitable discourse.
26. All day within, proceeding in my work till four; at the printer's and engraver's : then at Christ's Hospital, and spent the evening agreeably with the ingenious Mr. Ditton, (teacher of the mathematics there,) who presented me his new method of finding the longitude, for which discovery is a public reward by Act of Parliament. Had also the company of Dr. Hancock, (who hath writ several tracts in divinity against Dr. Hicks and Whiston, and seems a moderate and pious divine,) and dear Mr. Worster, of Lewisham, a most ingenious person, of whom I took leave.
27 Morning, walked to have secured my place in the coach for a friend, but in vain. Met the solemn funeral of the late Lord Chief Baron Ward, whose corpse was to be carried to Northamptonshire, near Oundle. After heard Mr. Robinson, who preached well from John v. 19- showing, 1. That as good men are of God, &c. In return, had good Mr. Strype's company. Paid my subscription for Archbishop Whitgift's Life, and he gave me an autograph of the famous Beza. Evening, to take leave of Mr. Boyse and Mrs. Fenton.
28. Walked to Sir Bryan Stapleton for franks, and visited Dr. Calamy, who acquitted himself from the false imputation that the Bishop of Sarum had received of me, but owned I had many enemies, Then visited Mr. Boulter, who desired my company to take the air with him in his chariot; but from Kensington (whither I only designed) the pleasantness of the country, the weather, and way, &c. tempted him to proceed by Acton, Sion-house, and Thistleworth, to his favourite place Richmond, where we walked to view several pleasant prospects and seats of the nobility and gentry, the ancient palace where several of the Royal Family were born, and some died, as Queen Elizabeth, &c. The Duke of Ormond's seat was particularly charming ; the house, gardens, avenues, with the park and river adjoining. After dinner, we returned the other road ; and from the height of the town had a most noble prospect of the city of London on the one hand, and on the other a most delightful view of the Thames, with islands woods, corn, meadows, intermixed with the seats of the nobility (the Earl of Rochester's, &c.) and gen-try. We returned through a pleasant and populous country, Mortlake, Putney, Wandsworth, Barn Elms, to Lambeth, whence we ferried over to Hungerford Stairs; in the Strand parted with my kind friend. After, to mitigate the pleasure, met with a huff from Mr. D., in reference to the printer, for what I could not possibly effect.
29. At church. After, at the printer's in the Savoy, and proceeding in my book till four : at the Royal Society, according to summons, to elect Prince ————, and other Fellows. The Emperor of Muscovy himself desired to be admitted, but being a foreign crowned head, it could not be without special licence of her Majesty, whereupon it was thought more convenient to compliment him with that of this Prince, the next him in power, &c. I was after with the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, at their new apartment at Lincoln's-Inn, (No. 6, in Serle's-court). After the business was over, I looked at the curious and noble models of many • churches proposed to be built; this pleasant room being that where the Commissioners meet upon that account in the forenoons, (as the Bishop of London, Mr. Nelson, &c. did this day) and this Society in the afternoons. Memorandum, this was a most severe stormy day, with wind and rain. Captain Kay was coming to take leave of me, but seeing several coal vessels and other boats sunk before him, ordered them to land him at the next stairs, and at Mr. Anstis's, whose house stands close by the Thames. It is positively said there was no tide this day, which was looked upon as ominous. Evening, with Mr. Dale and Mr. Collins.
30. Was at the printer's and Heralds'-office, upon the same account; when was sadly surprised with the lamentable news of the Queen's death, who was seized with an apoplectic fit in the night, and was speechless three hours, and thought to be dead, but was, by Dr. Mead's cupping, &c. brought to her speech. She continued very weak, and was frequently reported to be dead, to the great terror of all good men of whatever denomination, as expecting nothing but confusion, and the effusion of much Christian blood before the matter can be brought into the former state, by reason of the absence of the Elector of Brunswick, and the dreaded invasion of the Pretender with an army of French and Irish. I was deeply concerned at this matter, and so were most persons, as was evident by their very countenances. The Lords of the Council sent to the Lord Mayor, &c. to take special care of the City; the trained bands were immediately raised, and a triple guard sent to the Tower.
31. Morning, very solicitous about her Majesty, who some say is much better, and others that she died at eleven ; but most fear that a few hours will terminate the life, upon which the fate of this sinful kingdom seems to depend. She was living, and prayed for at St. Paul's this afternoon ; and no certainty of its being otherwise at eleven at night. This day, my good old friend the Bishop of Ely departed this life, which is a public loss to the church of God, as well as private disappointment to me, in respect of his interest in the College. But the public concerns of the nation drown all others.
August 1. Walked to the west-end of the town, designing for my friend Mr. Chamberlayne, who being in waiting, was most likely to give certain intelligence concerning her Majesty ; but at Mr. Boulter's met with a message from the Duke of Ormond, that she died at forty minutes past seven. Then walked a little farther to hear Dr. Calamy, who preached excellently from that of the Evangelist St. John—" This is life eternal, to know thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ," &c. Showing, 1st. That this knowledge must be transforming; notional knowledge avails nothing, saving knowledge will transform into his likeness ;—2nd. Fiducial;—3rd. Certain, not . wavering;—and 4th. Progressive. He also prayed very well, and which, I must own, pleased me, concluded with the Lord's Prayer. Dined at Madam Boulter's, because she was angry that I had not visited her before, and then walked with Mr, Boulter to Mr. Woodrove's, to see the solemnity of the proclamation of the new King ; it was mightily to the satisfaction of all people, that there was not only the chief ministers of State (Lord Chancellor, Treasurer, &c.) and Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and Sheriffs of London, but the greatest concourse of the nobility in their coaches that was ever known, with the Bishop of London, &c. of the clergy. Blessed be God for so promising a token of good to this nation !
2. At the prayers at St. Dunstan's, where King George was prayed for : the Lord make his reign long and prosperous to these nations ! Writing till noon, when visited by Mr. Wainwright, with news of the Duke of Marlborough's arrival, which was agreeable, because of a supposed descent of the Pretender, with a force of French and Irish.
3. Finished my transcript of the minutes of the Royal Society for the three months since my arrival here. Till seven at church ; then at the Savoy printer's, and writing till ten. Mr. Tong preached excellently, &c. Evening, troubled to hear two ingenious gentlemen arguing not only against councils, fathers, and antiquity, but Scripture itself, in my opinion, in defence of Dr. Clarke's heterodox opinions concerning the Divinity of our blessed Saviour, &c.
4. Morning, at the printer's correcting a sheet; rest of the day proceeding in my work, till interrupted by Atkins, who was drunk in passion as well as liquor. This afternoon the Duke of Marlborough returned from beyond sea, passed through the city in great state, attended by many hundreds of gentlemen on horseback, and several of the nobility in their coaches, the trained bands, &c. attending.
5. At the printer's, &c.; then at cousin Peters', met with Mrs. ...... daughter of good old Mr. Tildsley, of Manchester, with whom had agreeable converse concerning Bishop Wilkins, her father's friend, &c.; then writing, till near five, at the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge. There not being much to do, had more time afterwards to view the curious models of the various churches designed or proposed to be built.
6. At church ; the Savoy printer's ; then with Mr. Collins, at Covent-garden, in vain, but afternoon met with Mr. Thomas, a modest and ingenious man, who showed me very rare manuscript pedigrees of the English and Welsh nobility and gentry, descended from the kings and princes of North and South Wales. I walked thence to the Lady Cavendish's, in Soho-square, to visit Mr. Fairfax's ingenious and pious daughter. Was also with Mr. Wotton, in Bloomsbury, who gave me some noted autographs.
7. Morning, at the printer's ; then within, the whole day, proceeding in my book. Evening with Mr. Dale.
10 Die Dom. Morning, wrote in Diary, read in Mr. Derham's sermons. Mr. Bradbury preached very fluently from Genesis xxii. concerning Abraham's building the altar and laying the wood thereupon, in order to offer up his only son Isaac, the faith of Abraham, Sic.; raising some political observations, as well as religious, concerning the power of the Father in civil affairs, passive obedience, &c. and blaming such as he supposed to go out of the way of their duty in religious affairs, to serve the ends of Providence. After dinner at Mr. Dale's, went to the Heralds'-church, where their Scotch minister, Mr. Middleton, preached from that of our Saviour's act of compassion in St. Matthew, in raising the widow's son. Took occasion to praise the deceased Queen and the new King, but I was too heavy in the more practical part of the discourse, so walked after to Salters' Hall, to hear the evening lecture ; found it so crowded as is scarce credible, in expectation it seems of Mr. Bradbury, who preached the forenoon sermon verbatim.
9. Morning, at church ; after at the Savoy ; then within, writing, till past two; with Mr. Boulter and his cousin Lloyd till evening.
10. Corrected two proof sheets for the presses, till past ten ; Mr. Fleming preached well concerning the mercy of God, that it should lead to repentance; and, m the conclusion, took occasion to expatiate in praise of King George, but cautioning, that by sin we forfeit not the mercy, as the Jews did Josiah. Afterwards, wrote to Mr. Strype, visited Mr. Robin, son and Walton, till three ; walked to Kensington ; rejoiced to find cousin Hough so much better; wrote Mr. Courten's epitaph, (commonly called Mr. Charlton, of the Temple, where he had a noble collection of curiosities, which he showed me, ast morti h(zc mm sunt curce;) in my walk, read the new edition of the Letter from a residing member of the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge in London, to a Corresponding Member in the Country, with considerable additions.
11. Morning, all day within, close at work ; made tolerable progression.
12. Morning, at the press; afterwards, writing till past noon; walked beyond St. James's, but missed of Mr. Molesworth; was after at Lincoln's Inn, where was a full Society, &c.
13. Morning, all day within, proceeding in my work.
14. Morning, walked to Duke-street, to wait of my old friend Mr. (now Lord) Molesworth, and his two memorable sons, the elder just returned from the Great Duke of Tuscany, to whom he was her Majesty's Envoy, (as his father was from King William to the King of Denmark;) and the younger (the Colonel) is famous for remounting the Duke of Marlborough, to the great hazard of his own life, in the battle : was very courteously received, both by the father and the sons, at their several apartments. I afterwards walked through St. James's Park, to Justice Chatnberlayn's, where met with variety of good company and learned men, &c. Walked thence with Mr. Shute, to the new church, building beyond Westminster ; upon my return, went to Ely House, to acquaint my Lady with a house, (near the Park,) as she desired; after dinner there, and discourse with my friend, Mr. D. More, (the second son of the late excellent Bishop, who was born in Leicestershire ;) visited afterwards Richard Waller, Esq. Secretary of the Royal Society; found him making two experiments ; he showed me some curious drawings and manuscripts, of his own performance ; returned well wearied. I forgot to state the great satisfaction I had in conversation with the most pious Mr. Boehm, Chaplain to the late Prince George, a most devout man, always in a heavenly disposition ; after, in company of Dr. Bradford, of St. Mary-le-Bow, Dr. Hancock, Mr. Mayo, and Mr. Watts, pious divines, &c.
15. Was concerned in private meditation, to consider that this is the last day of six-and-fifty years that I have most unprofitably spent; and so as I am able to give but a sorry account of, not only with respect of this world, but, which is more lamentable, in respect of that to come. A stranger preached for cousin Hough, who is somewhat indisposed. My Lord Chief Justice Parker sent to desire (our) company to dinner; cousin durst not go, but I went after dinner. My Lord, after a little general discourse and civilities, read most of an excellent sermon, which was most moving, especially as accented by the incomparable Lord Chief Justice, a most devout as well as learned and ingenious gentleman. 16, Morning, close at work till seven ; at prayers, and designed the whole day for a vigorous prosecution of the work, which was done accordingly.
17. Morning, correcting a sheet from the press, and preparing others all day, except when visited by worthy Mr. Strype, to whom I lent a letter, subscribed by Abp. Whitgift, (whose life he is writing,) and rest of Queen Elizabeth's Privy Council.
19. Morning, walked to Westminster, to see the royal vault, where the late Queen's corpse is to be deposited ; but there being such crowds, I spent two hours in viewing the monuments, and transcribing some of them I had not seen before; as the Marquis of Halifax and his daughter-in-law, &c.; and after, got in, not without difficulty : it was affecting to see the silent remains of the great mo-narchs King Charles the Second, King William and Queen Mary, and Prince George, next whom remains only one space to be filled with her late Majesty Queen Anne, where her bowels are already deposited, in a little box, as the rest, covered with velvet, and adorned with silver plates, nails, hesps, gilt, &c.: this sight was the more affecting to me, because, when young, I saw in one balcony six of them that afterwards were Kings and Queens of Great Britain, all brisk and hearty, but now all entered upon a boundless eternity. There were then present King Charles and Queen Katherine, the Duke of York, Prince and Princess of Orange, and Princess Anne. I was afterwards at the meeting of the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge ; and after a little, at the Grecian Coffee-house, with Sir Isaac Newton, Dr. Sloane, the two Secretaries, &c. of the Royal Society, but stayed little.
20. Forenoon, transcribing Dr. Hicks's Addenda for the press, till noon, when Mr. Boulter called, and took me in his coach to Hampstead, where we dined with his mother ; and after viewing that pleasant town, and taking a view of the country from the hill beyond it, we took a tour to Highgate, Mussel Hill, and other country villages, and a pleasant country, and returned by Islington and Newington home again.
22. Two strangers preached at St. Dunstan's, and both, Queen's sermons : Dr. Warfs,* in the afternoon, was particularly very moving, both as to his character of her Majesty's piety, charity, and conjugal affection, wherein she was singular, superior only in the throne. Afterwards, heard part of a sermon, at the outside of Salters'-hall, where were numbers of persons to hear the popular Mr. Bradbury.
24. Morning1, writing till past ten ; heard part of Mr. Fleming's historical sermon at Salters'-hall, enumerating the wonderful deliverances that God has been pleased to vouchsafe to his servants in this nation, from the Reformation to this day : some of the latter notes were thought less charitable, with respect to her late Majesty; that she died the first of this month, when the Schism Bill commenced, and is to be buried this day, the fatal Bartholomew : he vindicated the Revolution totally, and spoke very honourably of the present King and Royal Family, the Princess refusing, for conscience sake, to marry the Emperor.
25. Morning, . . . .; all day within, writing.
26. Morning, . . . .; at work till near three, when visited by Mr. Wotton; till five, at Lincoln's Inn, with Mr. Nelson, Mr. Charnberlayn, and Mr. Shute, &c.
27. Except morning and evening at church, was not so much as at the door all day, being busy making a new index, &c.
28. Prosecuting the index all day.
29. Walked to my dear friend's, Mr. Doulins, at Hackney ; but Mr. .Newcorne preached not, though a stranger did very well, &c. ; afternoon, my good old friend, Mr. Strype, prayed and preached excellently. I was most kindly received, and mightily pleased with Mr. Doulins's happy, loving, and pious family.
30.. Proceeded in my tedious index, which kept me fully employed all day.
31 Morning, walked to St. James s Park, but missed of Mr. Boulter ; visited Mr. Kay ; called at Mr. Pingo's, the engraver's, and at Mr. Nutt's, the printer's"; found all at a stand, through the indisposition of Mr. Addison, the compositor ; then walked to Salters'-hall, where Dr. Calamy preached excellently, from Haggai ii. 7 : showing, 1. That when nations shake, God is the main agent, and is more to be regarded than all common causes : 2. A sinful nation need not wonder at its being shaken : 3. Such shakings of nations are to be minded by such as are due observers of God's providences : 4. God is to be looked to for settlement after shaking : 5. When God will shake nations, he never wants instruments : 6. For several nations to be shaken at once, or successively after each other, must be an affecting thing : 7. All the shakings of the nations will issue in good for the church. Let us therefore observe, 1. How all nations have been shaken, not a country in Europe hath escaped : 2. The likelihood of some considerable consequence of such a general shaking, perhaps the fall of Antichrist, which cannot be far off: 3. In all shakings, Almighty God will take care of his own interest : 4. Let Britain improve all our shakings ; sm is a provoking thing; let us pray for a healing spirit, which he applied very afFectingly, that iniquity may not be our ruin : lastly, let us all take are to secure those things that cannot be shaken Afternoon, beginning the transcript of the index which is tedious collating.
Sept. 1. Rose early; then proceeding in the in-dex; till eleven at the Committee of the Society fox-Promoting Christian Knowledge; dined privately with my good friend the secretary, Mr. Nevvman • had refreshing discourse concerning his pious grandfather, the author of that useful book, called the Cambridge Concordance; he showed me also a curious manuscript of the Danish missionaries, concerning the heathen Malabar deities, with their horrid pictures.
2. Mr. Cockburn preached the anniversary sermon, in memory of the desolating fire of London, 1666, from that of the prophet, " Thee have I known, and will punish;" but being to walk to Devonshire-square, without Bishopsgate, I had not opportunity to note the heads. Mr. Cooke, now Sir Charles Cooke, before the other company came, obliged me with part of his judicious discourse before the Parliament, relating to the trade to Turkey, which so ingeniously and substantially proves the advantage of the Levant trade to Great Britain, by transporting thither our woollen cloth fully manufactured, and importing raw silks, &c. that are manufactured by the poor here, that it quite overthrew the articles relating to trade with France, &c. Afterwards enjoyed dear Mr. (Sir Daniel) Doulins' with his lady and mother's good company the rest of day so agreeably, that I got not to the Society s meeting.
3 At church, but all the rest of day within, proceeding in the tedious index. Evening, with Mr. Dale, to visit the learned Mr. Anstis, where had also the agreeable converse of Dr. Charlet, Master of University College, in Oxford.
4. At Mr. Cookson's about business, and after at many shops ; from thence to Whitehall twice, to buy prints for cousin Cookson ; made little proficiency in the index this day.
6. Proceeding in the tedious index all day, save when at printer's.
7. Morning, writing till past ten, to inquire for, but missed of Mr. Derham. Dr. Calamy preached very well against censuring one another for being of different sentiments in lesser matters, and that it is often the hap of good men to be guilty of this fault; after at the engraver's and printer's ; can get nothing forward.
8. Morning, finishing the index ; till ten, to visit Mr. St. John, at Plasterers'-hall, who showed me his collections of natural curiosities, formed stones, &c.; but I was best pleased with his Roman coins, of which he had some very rare; and he was so kind as to present to me a Diudumenianus, of whom I had not one before, and would have me dine with him ; after at the printer's ; nothing done.
9. Morning, at church; at printer's twice in vain • and as oft at Mr. Anstis's : rest of day writing till past four at the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge . . . met with my good friends, Mr. Chamberlayn (who showed me some of the engraved plates of the Lord's Prayer in exotic characters), Mr. Nelson, Mr. Shute, Sec.
10. Morning . . . was all day within, close at work in the latter appendix of unusual accidents, till almost dark; walked to Mr. Wainwright's.
11. . . . Writing till ten ; walked to Mr. Chamberlayn's, and the Lady Brown's (the Bishop of Ely's relict) but lost my labour. I forgot to note that I have lately lost another affectionate friend, the pious and very aged Bishop of Glocester, who was buried at Henden, on Wednesday was sevennight. I walked thence to Westminster Hall and Abbey, where great preparations are making for his Majesty's coronation, the Courts of Judicature are taken down, and scaffolds erected in both places, that only an entrance is left into the church, the spacious Minster being most enclosed.
12. Walked to St. Mary-le-bone, spoke to the clerk, Mr. Edwards, to finish the plates of medals and antiquities he hath to engrave : the minister preached very well concerning anguish and trouble of mind, from that text, Thou shalt say when it is morning, &c. showing that a guilty conscience, 1. acts as a thousand witnesses: 2. as a judge : and 3. as an executioner ... In return, visited Mr. Fairfax at the Lady Cavendish's ; dined there : walked thence to St. James's ; the lecturer, Mr. . . - preached admirably well concerning Christian love and forbearance, not compelling by violence and constraint, &c. Afterwards visited Mr. Thoresby, an aged gentleman of the Norfolk line, who received me most courteously; showed me his grandmother's picture with the arms the same as ours, admirably painted upon board in a rich habit that seems to have been in Queen Elizabeth's time.
14. After dinner with Mr. Gale ; walked into Southwark to see the Italian gentleman with two heads ; that growing out of his side has long black hair ... I bought his picture, which is with the printed ticket.
15. Rose before light . . . then writing till eleven ; at the Committee with Mr. Nelson, Mr. Chamber-layn, and Mr. Lewis, a clergyman from the East Indies, where he had been a missionary above twenty years : his modest account of the state of religion in those parts was very agreeable.
16. Morning, busy writing till five at the Society, &c.; then with Mr. Dale and Mr. Collins treating my said kind landlord.
17. The whole day hard at work to finish the transcript of my manuscript, that got not to the door all day till past six, that the engraver wanted me.
18. Then delivered the remaining part of the copy in Mr. Nutt's absence to his servant Mr. Jennet, the compositor, in presence of Mr. Caps. Afternoon with Mr. Boulter, rejoicing at the King's safe arrival; upon which illuminations.
19. Mr. Boyse preached excellently from Psalm cxxii. 6, 7, 8. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, &c. whence he made a peaceful, charitable, and healing sermon, which will probably be printed, so need not note the heads.
20. Wrote till eleven, save when called down in times to see the King's horse-guards inarch by, for Greenwich; they make a most noble appearance, and some of the nobility splendidly attired . . . then walked to see the several trades and companies with their banners, the charity children in particular stands in St. Paul's church-yard; the streets crowded with innumerable spectators ; the balconies hung with tapestry, and filled with ladies, &c.; then by my friend Mr. Toll's help, got a pure stand among the Grocers' Company, where had a fair view of the cavalcade when his Majesty, King George, made his public entry through the city, which was most splendid and magnificent above expression, the nobility even burdened with gold and silver embroidery. We counted above two hundred and six coaches, though there were frequently two lords in one coach, besides the Bishops and Judges, &c. of all which, see the printed ceremonial; at last came the most blessed sight of a Protestant King and Prince (whom I had a full view of) attended with the loud acclamations of the people; after all followed the guards. It was above three hours from the beginning to the end of the procession ; the conduit ran wine. I afterwards walked with cousin Wilson to their feast at Cooks'-hall; their own (the Grocers') being let to the Bank of England : after supper saw the fire-works, drank one pint of canary, and returned : heard of no damage, blessed be God !
21. Wrote letters and errata till noon.; visited by the ingenious Mr. Derham, and after Dr. Chetwood, Archdeacon and Dean of Glocester, and Mr. Brian, of Harrow-on-the-Hill.
22. Walked to Duke-street, St. James's, to wait of Mr. Molesworth and his two sons; rest of day within correcting the press, and preparing for a journey.
23. At the printer's and engraver's to expedite the work ; rest of day within reading or writing.
24. Morning : at the press, and writing till three ; walked to Hackney to take leave of dear Mr. Doulins and his lady, and the excellent Mr. Henry's widow; in return visited also Mr. Cooke.
25. At the press ; then writing till noon at Mr. Start's, but meeting Mr. Boulter, he obliged me to dine with him, which cost the rest of day; missed of the Honourable Mr. Molesworth, who made me a visit and left some valuable antiquities.
26. Mr. Jenks, of St. Dunstan's, from that of the apostle, The Spirit beareth witness with our spirits &c. preached very well: dined at Mr. Dale's with the ingenious Mr. Wasse, who preached excellently concerning the final judgment, lamenting that per. sons should be so solicitous for the judgment of men, and so remiss in approving themselves to the Searcher of Hearts, at whose tribunal we must stand naked with the world on fire about us. Spent the evening very agreeably with that ingenious and learned divine.
[The Reader will participate with the Editor in regret that from this period to September 1719, we have neither Diary nor Review.
The most material event in the life of Thoresby which occurred in this interval, was the publication of the Ducatus Leodiensis. This work bears in its title-page the date 1715.]