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MR. JOSEPH POTE.
This respectable and intelligent Bookseller resided many years at Eton, where in 1730 he published, "Catalogus Alumnorum, è Collegio Regali B. Mariæ de Etona in Collegium Regale B. Mariæ & S. Nicholai apud Cantabrigienses cooptatorum, ab A. D. 1734, ejusdem Collegii Etonensis Fundationis primo, usque ad An. 1730," 4to.; [continued to 1750.] These were collected from the oaken pillars that supported the roof of the underschool, on which their names were cut as they left school; and some other authorities. In 1749 he published, "The History and Antiquities of Windsor Castle, and the Royal College, and Chapel of St. George with the Institution, Laws, and Ceremonies of the Most Noble Order of the Garter: including the several Foundations in the Castle from their first Establishment to the present Time; with an Account of the Town and Corporation of Windsor; the Royal Apartments, and Paintings in the Castle; the Ceremonies of the Installation of a Knight of the Garter; also an Account of the first Founders, and their Successors Knights-Companions, to the present Time, with their several Styles or Titles, at large, from the Plates in the Choir of St. George's Chapel; the Succession of the Deans and Prebendaries of Windsor; the Alms-Knights, the monumental and ancient Inscriptions; with other Particulars not mentioned by any Author. The whole entirely new wrote, and illustrated with Cuts. Eton, 1749," 4to.; treating of many particulars not in Ashmole, Anstis, or any other writers. The collection of titles at large of the knights-companions, from the plates of St. George's chapel, is here first attempted. The work was abridged in "Les Delices de Windsore; or a Pocket Companion to Windsor Castle and the Country adjacent, &c. Eton, 1755, 1769," 12m0; full of blunders, particularly in the names of the Painters.-An appendix
to Mr. Pote's book was published in 1762, 4to, continuing the Knights to the last installation; with an alphabetical index of Knights from the institution to that year, and another of all the plates of arms.
Mr. Pote was the printer of many other learned and useful works, and was himself the editor of several. He died at Eton, aged 84, March 3, 1787.
Of his sons, 1. Joseph, a regular scholar at Eton, was afterwards of King's College, Cambridge; B. A. 1755; M. A. 1759. He was some time Chaplain to the Factory at Rotterdam *; and obtained in 1766 the rectory of St. Margaret Lothbury, which he resigned in 1768. He was also Prebendary of Sandiacre in the cathedral of Lichfield; and had the rectory of Milton near Gravesend in Kent, with that of St. George, Southwark, through the interest of Earl Camden, when Chancellor, who had boarded at his father's house when at Eton, and resigned in his favour his Fellowship of the College. Mr. Pote died July 29, 1797, in his 60th year.
Another son, Thomas, who succeeded to his Father's business, was Master of the Stationers Company in 1791, and was very generally esteemed, as a cheerful, lively companion, and an openhearted, obliging friend. He died Dec. 28, 1794, of an inflammation on the lungs, occasioned by a cold caught on Windsor Terrace; leaving a widow and four children.
A daughter of the elder Joseph Pote was married to Mr. John Williams, Bookseller, of Fleet-street, well remembered as the publisher of "The North Briton" in the days of Wilkes and Liberty. His son, Mr. John Williams, is now a very worthy member of the Company of Stationers; and carries on the Grandfather's business at Eton with considerable reputation, in partnership with Mrs. Maria Pote, widow of his uncle Thomas.
*Harwood's Alumni Etonenses, p. 338.
MR. JOHN PRIDDEN,
was one of the many instances that integrity and perseverance introduce their attendant votaries to ease, affluence, and satisfaction. To animate others to appreciate the value of unsullied honour, or bear up against the torrent of stern oppression, a few particulars respecting the life of this truly worthy man cannot be omitted. He was born July 20, 1728, at Old-Martin-hall, in the parishes of Ellesmere and Whittington, in Shropshire, of a very respectable and rather wealthy parents. But his father dying when he was only 12 years old, and his mother marrying again, the object of our remarks soon experienced the withholden protection of his mother, and the most unmerciful and cruel treatment of his step-father. Indeed, the severity he endured was so great, that he was frequently laid up; and often rescued by his neighbours from the tyrannic grasp of his father-in-law. But, alas! nothing could subdue the inexorable temper of his foster-parent; and the oppressed youth determined to leave his home, and try his fortune in the Metropolis. This happened soon after the breaking-out of the French war in 1744, when, having proceeded on his journey as far as Worcester, and finding there a hot press for soldiers, he did not relish the probability of a military attachment, but adopted what he conceived to be the least of two evils, and returned back again. For this selfdefensive offence he was regularly and systematically thrashed every Tuesday and Saturday, the days of his exit and return, for nearly three years, when, unableany longerto endure his unmerited sufferings, he once more bid an eternal adieu to his unpropitious habitation, and arrived in London on the 25th of March, 1748, where he soon found protectors in Mr. John Nourse, in the Strand, and Mr. Richard Manby, Ludgate-hill; the latter of whom he succeeded in business. The libraries of many eminent and distinguished characters passed through his hands; his offers on purchasing them were liberal; and, being content with small profits, he soon found himself supported by a numerous and
respectable set of friends, not one of whom ever quitted him. Before the American Revolution, his house was the rendezvous of the Clergy of that country; and when that unfortunate event took place, both his purse and his table were open to their wants. About 1782 he became totally blind; but was relieved from that malady by the judicious hand of Baron de Wenzel, and enjoyed his eye-sight to the last. He was naturally of a weak habit of body; but his extreme temperance and uninterrupted complacency of mind insured to him an almost constant flow of health and spirits. To do good, was his delight; to communicate happiness to all he could, was his unceasing aim. He was a most amiable and indulgent parent, a sincere friend, and, in the strictest sense of the word, an honest man. The following anecdote appeared in some of the public prints immediately on his death, doubtlessly there inserted by some grateful friend as a memorial of the goodness of his heart: "Seven years ago, on the failure of his less fortunate next-door neighbour, he invited him to his house, and relinquished business, to give him the opportunity of keeping on the spot: his kind intentions met with success; and he frequently expressed the pleasure he felt at seeing his friend prosper under his roof." He married, March 27, 1757, Anne daughter of Mr. Humphrey Gregory, of Twemloves, near Whitchurch, Shropshire, by whom he had 14 children, nine of which died young, of the small pox; and two sons and three daughters now survive him. His wife died April 1, 1801: he survived till March 17, 1807.-John, the eldest son, was educated at St. Paul's school, and at Queen's College, Oxford; B. A. 1781; M. A. 1789. He is now Vicar of Caddington in Bedfordshire; a Minor Canon of St. Paul, London, and of St. Peter, Westminster; and one of the Priests of his Majesty's Chapels-Royal. The other son, Humphrey-Gregory, was for a short time a Bookseller; and is now living, but wholly retired from business. The daughters are all respectably married.
MR. JOHN BEECROFT,
a considerable wholesale Bookseller in Paternosterrow, and many years Agent to the University of Cambridge, was Master of the Stationers' Company in 1773. He died at Walthamstow, of an apoplectic fit, Nov. 12, 1779,
MR. BEDWELL LAW,
a Bookseller of extensive business in Ave Maria Lane, by his mild and unobtrusive manners secured the esteem of all who knew him. He died May 25, 1798; and was succeeded in business by his son, Mr. Charles Law.
Another son, Henry, is a Printer, of considerable business, in St. John's Square, in the house formerly Mr. Emonson's, afterward Mr. John Rivington's, and since Mr. Deodatus Bye's.
MR. WILLIAM EDWARDS,
Bookseller at Halifax in Yorkshire; a character of very great eminence in his profession, and of no common estimation for the energies of his mind, died Jan. 10, 1808, aged 86. The Catalogues which he occasionally published were astonishingly rich in scarce and valuable books; of which the ornamental bindings were peculiarly elegant. He brought up several sons to his own profession, all of whom have acquired very high celebrity. Two of them have retired from business to enjoy the comforts of a well-earned fortune, and a third is still a considerable Bookseller at Halifax.