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In some that were mere fragments and detached stanzas, Dr. Percy supplied the deficiencies, and formed into a whole, by congenial taste, feeling, and imagination. The beautiful old ballad of "A Friar of Orders Grey," upon which Goldsmith founded his interesting Poem of "The Hermit," was among the remains of antiquity which Dr. Percy completed in this manner; and he is the avowed author of the affecting song of "Oh Nannie, wilt thou gang with me." "A Key to the New Testament," a concise manual for Students of Sacred Literature, which has been adopted in the Universities, and often reprinted, was first published in 1765. After the publication of the "Reliques" he was invited by the late Duke and Duchess of Northumberland to reside with them as their domestic chaplain. In 1770, he conducted "The Northumberland Household Book" through the press; and a translation of Mallet's "Northern Antiquities," with notes. In the year 1769 he was nominated Chaplain in ordinary to His Majesty; in 1778 he was promoted to the Deanry of Carlisle; and in 1782 to the Bishoprick of Dromore in Ireland, where he constantly resided, promoting the instruction and comfort of the poor with unremitting attention, and superintending the sacred and civil interests of the Diocese, with vigilance and assiduity; revered and beloved for his piety, liberality, benevolence, and hospitality, by persons of every rank and religious denomination. Under the loss of sight, of which he was gradually deprived some years before his death, he steadily maintained his habitual cheerfulness; and, in his last painful illness, displayed such fortitude and strength of mind, such patience and resignation to the divine will, and expressed such heartfelt thankfulness for the goodness and mercy shewn to him in the course of a long and happy life, as were truly impressive, and worthy of that pure Christian spirit, in him so eminently conspicuous. His only son died April 2, 1783. Two daughters survive him; the eldest is married to Samuel Isted, esq. of Ecton, in Northamptonshire; and the youngest to the Hon. and Rev. Pierce Meade, Archdeacon of Dromore. -A fine mezzotinto portrait of him, in a cap. holding in his hand a thick volume, labeled "MSS." was engraved, February 2, 1775, from a painting by Sir Joshua Reynolds; under which is "Thomas Percy, S. T. P." To this, in some impressions taken of it in 1778, was added "Dean of Carlisle ;" which, in 1782, was again exchanged for " Bishop of Dromore."

P. 57. note I. 16. Dr. Worthington was presented to Llanyblodwell in 1729. Bishop Thomas in 1745 removed him to Llanrhaiader.-L. 20. dele stall at St. Asaph, and read the sinecure rectory of Darowen in 1737.

P. 120. The family of Jennens is one among the many who have acquired ample fortunes at Birmingham, where they were equally famous for industry and generosity. John Jennens, gave in 1651, 3l. 10s. for the use of the poor; and Mrs. Jennens 10/. to support a lecture. The land on which the neat and elegant church of St. Bartholomew was built in 1749 was the gift of John Jennens, esq. of Gopsal, then possessor of an estate in and near

Birmingham. Mrs. Jennens gave 1000l. towards the building. P. 162. Note*, read, "was by a very learned Divine, who had been many years a Dignitary in the Church."

"DEAR SIR,

P. 184. Letter from Sir Joseph Ayloffe to Dr. Ducarel: Whartons, Sept. 6, 1772. "I am much obliged to you for your kind letter, which I hope is a prelude to your future favours of that sort. The venison came safe and sweet, and luckily at a time when I had company to dine with me. I am thankful to you and Mr. Astle for being mindful of me in this article of venison. My visit to Lord Montague afforded me an entertainment infinitely surpassing my most sanguine expectations. Of this the historical paintings in the dining-parlour, which are those generally spoken of, make not one half; there are many other English Historical Paintings dispersed in different parts of the house, and some in the lumber garrets, which elegantly represent many events in the reigns of Henry VIII. and Elizabeth, all of them either unnoticed, or but barely mentioned by the Historians. The are likewise some which illustrate the history of Harry's interview. The tilting at the Barrier by the two Monarchs is a most excellent picture, and in the highest preservation. His Lordship, in the most friendly and genteel manner, conducted us, and opened all his stores of antiquarian and historic representation. They are truly amazing, and so striking even to the eyes of a common observer, that I cannot account how it hath happened that they have so long remained unknown to the curious; and I am still more at a loss to guess the reason why those travellers who mention the paintings in the dining parlour should have been guilty of so many mistakes and omissions, as may justly be laid to the charge of the most accurate of them.-The portraits by Holbein are very numerous -amongst them is that of Erasmus which you mention. His Lordship keeps it in his private closet; but after dinner he sent for it, and gave us an opportunity of closely examining it. This portrait infinitely exceeds not only that of Lord Radnor's, late Dr. Mead's, which I well remember, but every other portrait which I have hitherto seen; the most minute parts are as highly finished as those which are the principal, and are painted in a manner of miniature painting. The small glands which adhere to the fine blood vessels which appear on the outer coat of the eyes are expressed in this portrait. His Lordship also shewed us the finest drawing in water colours, by Isaac Oliver, that I ever beheld. - Dr. Burrel's discovery is new and surprising to me. Upon what authority doth he ground his assertion that his new-found brass instruments were used as couvrefeus, or that any instruments whatsoever were sounded after the ringing of the Curfeu-bell? I do not recollect that such a circumstance is mentioned in any of the Historians. Why should a trumpet, or any other wind instruments, be sounded, in order to give notice that the fires and candles were then to be extinguished, after the ringing, for the same purpose, of the Curfeu bell, whose sound must 3 c 2

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necessarily be heard no further than that of a trumpet ? And, supposing that this hitherto unknown custom of sounding a Curfeu trumpet had prevailed, by what criterion doth he determine that these brass instruments newly discovered were used for that purpose? I wish to be more fully informed of this matter; and am, dear Sir, &c. JOSEPH AYLOFFE."

P. 190. In 1763, Mr. Temple, who seems to have been studying Law, had chambers in Farran's buildings at the bottom of Inner Temple Lane; which he lent that year to Mr. Boswell, that he might be near Dr. Johnson. Mr. Temple retired to Trinity Hall, Cambridge; where he took the degree of LL B. in 1766; in which year Mr. Boswell introduced him to Johnson; concerning whose "Political Tracts" Mr. Temple thus addresses Boswell in 1775: "How can your great, I will not say your pious, but your moral Friend, support the barbarous measures of Administration, which they have not the face to ask even their Infidel Pensioner Hume to defend!" He wes presented by the Earl of Lisburne to the rectory of Mamhead in Cornwall 1777 ; and by the Bishop of Exeter to the vicarage of St. Gluvias.

P. 192. Mr. Dilly was Master of the Stationers' Company in 1803. Ibid. Read" Mr. Joseph Mawman."

P. 199. 1. 11. The sale of Mr. Ives's curiosities produced more than 2000l. There is a second portrait of Mr. Ives, J. S. pinx. P. S. Lamborn fec. without his name, but with his arms, and a motto, "Moribus Antiquis."

P. 203. To the mention of Mr. Astle's MSS. add, "It will be a matter of great gratification to those who know how to appreciate that splendid collection of Saxon Characters, Saxon MSS. antient Registers, and other documents, tending to the illustration of our early Constitution and History (and to which the publick are so highly indebted for many of the learned Essays presented to them by Mr. Astle), that they are not to be separated; but are bequeathed by him to his noble friend the Marquis of Buckingham, to be added to his magnificent library at Stowe ; which will now have the singular advantage of uniting in it, and that of the venerable and learned Charles O'Connor, the Antiquary of Ireland, the most valuable and the earliest Illustrations of Irish and Saxon Antiquity. The condition of the legacy is, that the Marquis pay 500l. to Mr. A's Executors. Should this be declined, the MSS. are to be offered on the same terms to the British Museum. Many of the antient Saxon Rolls and Charters have been already communicated to the publick; and the specimens of the Irish MSS. so far as they tend to illustrate the remote history of that kingdom, its laws, its customs, and the progress of society and sciences in it, have been for some years digested, under the immediate eye of the Marquis, by the grandson of the very learned collector of these valuable materials, and will, we trust, speedily make a most inestimable addition to this most interesting branch of literature."

P. 226. "DEAR SIR,

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to be seen as you desired me. I looked them over, and found them clean entirely without defects or spots, beginning the large map four sheets, so on from 1676 to 1710 all bound up without intermission. 1711, 12, and 15, are wanting. 1725, 26 are wanting. 30, 32, 33, 34, and 36, are wanting also, all the others perfect. Last night I did expect to see you at the Society, to acquaint you of this, that the person that brought them to my house took them back to Mr. Sandby, and my answer was then, I would call on him and pay for them, that is, if now you agree to it. I should be willing to have your orders; if not, I don't think I can put them off longer than to-morrow. But your commands are only my rule, whilst I am, and what I wish to continue, &c. &c. GEORGE VERTUE."

P. 233. Mr. Da Costa is before noticed, in vol. II. p. 299; and an ample History of his Family, compiled from his own notes, may be seen in Gent. Mag. vol. LXXXII. p. 21; and bis Memoranda respecting many eminent Botanists and Natural Historians, in the same volume, pp. 205. 513. — Messrs. White and Cochrane possess, in fifteen large portfolios, a very curious collection of Letters to Mr. Da Costa from men of the first literary character of his time.-He was admitted Feb. 7, 1739-40; a member of the Aurelian Society, which met at the Swan (afterwards the King's Arins) in Cornhill.-In 1745, he dates from his "Observatory in Adam's Court, Old Broad-street Buildings." -In 1746, he was elected a Member of the Gentlemen's Society at Spalding; and kept up a regular correspondence with Dr. Green, their Secretary. Nov. 26, 1747, he was elected F. R. S.; his Certificate having been signed by the Duke of Montagu, Martin Folkes, esq. President; Bryan Fairfax, esq. Henry Baker, esq. Dr. James Parsons, Mr. Peter Collinson, and James Theobald, esq.; who recommended him " as a Gentleman well skilled in Philosophical Learning and Natural Knowledge, particularly in what relates to the Mineral and Fossil Parts of the Creation; as one exceedingly diligent in his Enquiries; and who, by applying himself with great assiduity to the study of Natural History, is likely to be a useful Member of the Royal Society, and a zealous Promoter of Natural Knowledge, for the advancement of which the same was founded."

P. 242. The monument in St. Paul's church is thus inscribed:

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"To the Memory of Sir William Jones, Knight, one of the Judges of the Supreme Court of Judicature at Fort-William in Bengal.

This Statue was erected by the Honourable Fast India Company, in testimony of their grateful Sense of his public Services, their Admiration of his Genius and Learning, and their Respect for his Character and Virtues. He died in Bengal, on the 27th April, 1794, aged 47." P. 244. The article on Dr. Worthington should have been omitted. A fuller account of him had been given in p 57.

P. 250.1.8. Of this edition of the "Dissertation on the Epistles of Phalaris, only 350 copies were printed; and of those by far the greater part were sold for waste paper !!

P. 279.

P. 279. Mrs. Emonson died July 5, 1805; her son in 1769. P. 287. Mr. Thomas Fletcher, who had formerly been an eminent Bookseller and Printer at Cambridge, died, in lodgings in Leather-lane, Holborn, July 16, 1790. It was both singular and unfortunate, that, about the time that Mr. Fletcher's illness precluded him from many of the comforts of life, his brother (whom he supposed to be living in great affluence in America, arrived in London) in the most indigent circumstances, and, being disappointed in receiving assistance from the only friend he could apply to, was necessitated to go into St. Thomas's Hospital, where he died.

P. 290. The following Entries of Admission in Merchant Taylors school were communicated by the Rev. H. B. Wilson, one of the Masters of the school, and (I may now add) its Historian.

"Guilielmus Bowyer, filius natu max. Guil. Bowyer, Pileonis, natus Londini, in parœciâ de Martin's Ludgat. Sept. 25, 1635, an. agens 10; admissus est Jan. 9, 1644; solvitque pro ingressu 1s.

Joannes Bowyer, filius 2 Gulielmi Bowyer, Metaparii, natus Londini, in parœciâ de Michael Querne, Martii 29, 1637, an. agens 9; admissus est Junii 23, 1645; solvitque pro ingressu 1s.

Edwardus Bowyer, filius 3 Gulielmi Bowyer, Propolæ, natus Londini, in parccià de Michael Querne, Februarii 2, 1639, an. agens 8; admissus est Aprilis 26, 1647; solvitque pro ingressu Is. Afterwards re-entered, with this difference in his birth, Januarii 24, 1639, an. agens 9; admissus est Januarii 20, 1647.

Thomas Bowyer, filius natu maximus Thomæ Bowyer, Clerici, natus Londini, in parœcià de Peter's Poor, Junii 4, 1635, an. agens 14; admissus est Jan. 19, 1648; solvitque pro ingressu 2s. 6d.

Robertus Bowyer, filius 3 Thomæ Bowyer, Clerici, natus Londini, in parœciâ de Peter's Poor, Februarii 1, 1638, an. agens 11; admissus est Maii 28, 1649; solvitque pro ingressu 2s. 6d.

Timotheus Bowyer, filius 7 Guilielmi Bowyer, Propolæ, natus Londini, in parœciâ de Michael Querne, Maii 25, 1644, an. agens 10; admissus est Jan. 18, 1653; solvitque pro ingressu 2s. 6d. Humfredus Bowyer, filius 8 Guilielmi Bowyer, Propolæ, natus Londini, in parccià de Michael Querne, Novembris 4, 1645, an. agens 9; admissus est Jan. 18, 1653; solvitque pro ingressu 2s. 6d. Carolus Bowyer, filius 10 Guilielmi Bowyer, Propolæ, natus Londini, in parœcià de Michael Querne, Julii 12, 1649, an. agens 9; admissus est Aprilis 20, 1658; solvitque pro ingressu 2s. 6d.

Robertus Chapman, filius unicus Roberti Chapman, Typothetæ, natus Londini, in parœciâ de Allhallowes Lumbard-street, Novembris 10, 1637, an. agens 11; admissus est Oct. 4, 1648.

Thomas Dawks, filius unicus Thomæ Dawks, Typographi, natus Kelmescotiæ, in agro Oxoniensi, Octobris 8, 1636, an. agens 13; admissus est Apr. 2, 1649; solvitque pro ingressu 2s. 6d.

Johannes Grismond, filius unicus Johannis Grismond, Typographi, natus Londini, in parœciâ de Giles Cripplegate, Aprilis 1, 1647, an. agens 8; admissus est Aprilis 3, 1654.

Johannes Grantham, filius natu maximus Bernardi Grantham, Typographi, natus Londini, in parœcia de Andrewes Wardrope, Septembris 24, 1651, an. agens 9; admissus est Decembris 4, 1659; solvitque pro ingressu 2s. 6d.

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