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“ Letters which passed between Count Gyllenborg *, the Barons Gortz, Sparre, and others, relating to the Design of raising a Rebellion in his Majesty's Dominions, to be supported by a Force from Sweden ; published by Authority ;" 8vo.
“ Alterations in the Triennial Act."
In June 1716, young Bowyer was admitted a sizar at St. John's College, Cambridge; of which to vindicate the measures of the Court, as ever were gone by any mercenary journalist. On the accession of King James he was knighted, April 30, 1685; and elected in that year one of the representatives in parliament for Winchester. Dec. 16, 1688, he was committed to Newgate, for publishing treasonable papers against the Government.--He was again committed to Newgate, March 2, 1695; and thence in a few days removed to the Mar. shalsea, where he continued till May 1696. He died Dec. 11, 1704, in his 88th year; as appears by “ An Elegy on the muchlamented death of Sir Roger L'Estrange."
* Ambassador from Charles XII. king of Sweden in the reign of Queen Anne, and for two years to King George I; but, being supposed to be deeply engaged, in 1716, in a conspiracy against the English Monarch, he was sent out of England; as was at the same time the Baron Gortz from the Hague. To the Count de Gyllenborg Dean Swift inscribes his fragment of a History of England, in a letter dated Nov. 2, 1719_" It is but very lately," says the Dean, “ that I found the following papers, which I had almost forgotten. My intention was, to inscribe it to the King your late master, for whose great virtues I had ever the highest veneration, as I shall continue to bear to his memory. I publish them now for two reasons ; first, for an encouragement to those who have more youth, and leisure, and good temper than I, towards pursuing the work as far as it was intended by me, or as much farther as they please; the second reason is, to have an opportunity of declaring the profound respect I have for the memory of your Royal Master, and the sincere regard and friendship I bear to yourself; for I must bring to your mind how proud I was to distinguish you among all the foreign ministers with whom I had the honour to be acquainted. I am a witness of the zeal you shewed, not only for the honour and interest of your master, bui for the advantage of the Protestant religion in Germany, and how knowingly and feelingly you often spoke to me upon that subject. We all loved you, as possessed of every quality that could adorn an English gentleman, and esteemed you as a faithful subject to your prince, and an able negotiator; neither shall any reverse of fortune have power to lessen you either in my friendship or esteem." He married the widow of Elias Derritt, esq. deputy of the great wardrobe, niece to John Allen, esq. of Gretton, in Northamptonshire. Her daughter, Miss Derritt, was afterwards created Countess Gyllenborg, and married Baron Sparre.
the learned and pious Dr. Robert Jenkin* was at that time master.
1717. “ Monumenta Anglicana ; being Inscriptions on the Monuments of several Persons deceased in or from the Year 1700 to the End of the Year 1715; deduced into a Series of Time, by way of Annals q. ** See the « Essays and Illustrations" in vol. IV. NO VIII.
+ The Postboy of Aug. 14, 1716, contains the following advertisement: “ Whereas a proposal was lately printed, relating to a Collection of Monumental Inscriptions digested into a Series of Time by way of Annals, intended to be published by John Le Neve, gent. author of the Fasti Ecclesice Anglicanæ : Now these are to desire and invite all gentlemen, lovers of antiquity, to communicate to the said undertaker any epitaphs or monumental elogies worth inserting (those contained in books already printed only excepted); which favour he shall publicly acknowledge by a marginal note, and thankfully receive, if directed to him, to be left at Mr. Bowyer's printing-office in White Fryars, London. Note. All gentlemen and others who shall think fit to encourage this undertaking by subscription are desired so to do before Christmas next, after which no subscription will be taken in, nor any more printed than shall be subscribed for. The terms are 2d. per sheet, for so many sheets as the book shall amount to; and no money will be required till the book be in the press." - In the Evening Post, Oct. 16, 1716, was also the following advertisement : John Le Neve, gent. having often advertised his intended Collection of monumental inscriptions, and being very desirous to render the same as full as possible, again repeats his request to all Lovers of Antiquity to communicate any worth printing; as also to extract out of each Parish Register the dates of the death or burial of any memorable person, of the degree of an Esquire or upwards. He addresses this advertisement more particularly to the reverend incumbents hic et ubique throughout England and Wales. Direct for him, to be left at Mr. Bowyer's printing-house in White Fryars."
+ This collection, which was followed in the two subsequent years by four similar volumes, still continues in high reputation, and of course bears a good price when it occasionally comes into sales. The author had just before obtained no small degree of celebrity as the editor of “ Fasti Ecclesiæ Anglicanæ ; or, an Essay towards deducing a regular Succession of all the principal Dignitaries in each Cathedral, Collegiate Church, or Chapel (now in being), in those Parts of Great Britain called England and Wales, from the first Erection thereof to the present Year 1715; containing the Namas, Dates of Consecration, Admission, Preferment, Removal, or Death, of the Arch. bishops, Bishops, Deans, Præcentors, Treasurers, Chancellors, and Archdeacons, in their several Stations and Degrees. To which is added, the Succession of the Prebendaries in each
At the End of each Year is added an Obituary of some memorable Persons who died therein; whose
Prebendal Stall (of most of those erected at the Reformation, and) continued down to this 'Time; as also of the Heads or Masters of each College or Hall in either of our famous Universities from their first Settlement to this Time. The whole extracted from the several Registers of the respective Cathedrial or Collegiate Churches or Foundations, as also from other authentic Records and valuable Collections, never before published;" folio. In this useful compilation the industrious editor had the advantage of the laborious collections of Dr. White Kennett; and was countenanced by the encouragement and subscription of no less than thirty Prelates.--An interval, however, of nearly a century from the original publication calls loudly for a new impression, not only with the proper continuation of the several lists, but with such amendments as more recent discoveries may have suggested in the parts already printed. Such an edition the publick had some reason to have expected a few years since from the unwearied industry of the Rev. John Gutch of Oxford; who was only deterred from the undertaking by its extreme labour, and from the fortunate circumstance of his obtaining the easier and more profitable employment of Registrar to his University. There are hopes, however, that it may still be undertaken. The Rev. Charles Coates, the very able author of the “ History of Reading," his native town, (should the University of Cambridge deem it an object deserving the privilege of being franked through their press) would not shrink from the heavy task. My steady friend Mr. Gough possesses several copies of the work, with additions hv various collectors, which might be of use; and my own library contains two interleaved copies, which, in such able hands, would be of incalculable value; I need only say, that one of them was the copy of the Rev. Robert Smyth of Woodston, abounding with additions in the earlier parts of the work ; the other was Mr. Le Neve's own copy, prepared by himself for a new edition, and containing the following brief account of its author : “ John Le Neve, the publisher of the following Collections, was born in Great Russell-street, Bloomsbury, in the house facing Montague-house great gate, Dec. 27, 1679. He was the only child of John Le Neve and Mary the second daughter of John Bent of Paternoster-row, mercer. About the 8th vear of his age his mother died. About the 12th, he was sent to Eton school, and admitted into the lowermost remove of the third form. About two years aiter, his father died. About the age of 16, being arrivedabout the upper end of the fifth form of the said school, he left it, and became a fellow-commoner of Trinity college, Cambridge, into which he had been admitted some time before, where making a short stay of not quite three years, he reinoved to London, and there married Frances the second daughter of Thomas Boughton, of King's Cliffe in Northamptonshire, gent, by whom he had issue John, Amy, Elizabeth, Richard, Peter, Elizabeth, Francis, Catherine."--Here the personal history ends; but Mr.
Inscriptions (if any yet set up) are not come to hand. Intended as a Specimen of a much larger Work. By John Le Neve, Gent.” Vol. I. 8vo.
"Some short Memorials concerning the Life of that Reverend Divine Dr. Richard Field*, Canon of
Le Neve subjoins: “ If there should ever be occasion to print 3 second edition of this work, let Fuller's Worthies and the Athena Oxonienses be revised; which will furnish the birthplaces and an account of the several other preferments (not dignities) which many of the persons herein named enjoyed ; which may conveniently be added. The said books will likewise furnish very many materials towards an Obituary of several eminent personages who lie buried dispersedly, and which, being duly ranged under their respective years, may very properly be placed after the monumental inscriptions of each year, and help much towards a catalogue of the viri illustres of each ge. Jo. LE NEVE, April 28, 1716."—At the beginning of this copy is a long communication from Dr. Browne Willis, being the particulars of the lives of many prelates; concerning which he says, “ Mr. Le Neve, I count these will be of admirable use to you. I might possibly pick up more: but let me hear how your design advances of your Supplement. You are very wela come to these papers, or what I can send you; and I shall be glad to engage Dr. Tanner, &c. for you; and, if you like what is done of St. David's province, to send you an account of York and Canterbury." — Another work by Mr. J. Le Nevé, the "Lives of the Protestant Archbishops," will be noticed under the year 1720. He died about 1722. Mr. Lysons, in his En. tirons of London, says, he had a house at Stratford Bow:
* This excellent Divine was born at Hempsted, Herts, Oct. 15, 1561 ; and was educated at Magdalen College, Oxford. After having been M. A, seven years, he became Reader of Divinity in Winchester Cathedral; and in 1594, being then B.D. was chosen Reader of that Faculty at Lincoln's Inn; whence he was presented by Richard Kingsmill, esq. (one of the Benchers, and Surveyor of the Court of Wards) to the rectory of Burrowcleeve in Hampshire; which he for some years held, though the vali. able rectory of St. Andrew's Holborn was offered to him. He became D. D. 1598; and was appointed Chaplain in Ordinary to Queen Elizabeth the same year and in 1604 obtained a canonry of Windsor. He was appointed Dean of Gloucester in 1609; but continued to reside principally at his rectory; and occasioa hally at Windsor, where he was a particular favourite of King James, who frequently conversed with him on points of Divinity; and who much lamented his death, saying, “I should have done much for that man,” &c. He was buried in the outer chapel of St. George at Windsor ; with the following epitaph: .
"Richarduis Field, hujus olim Coll: Canonicus, Vol. I.
Windsor and Dean of Gloucester, the learned Author of Five Books of the Church *, &c. ; 8vo.
« A Sermon preached before the Sons of the Clergy, at their Anniversary Meeting in the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Dec. 6, 1716; by Thomas Bisse, D.D. Preacher at the Rolls, &c. :" 8vo.
Mr. Anthony Blackwall's ghe “ Introduction to the Classics ; containing a short Discourse on their Ex
et Ecclesiæ Gloucestrensis Decanus,
Librorum Quinque de Ecclesiâ ;
filios, filiam unicam,
Obierunt in Domino,
hæc anno Salutis 1614, etatis suæ 41." * This book coming into the hands of the learned Dr. John White, he was so much taken with it, that in a marginal note to his Epistle, set before his Book, intituled, The Way to the Christian Church, he thus speaks of it : “ If any man desire to see all these and other questions more scholastically and accurately handred, let him read Dr. Richard Field, Of the Church; a Book that I recommend to our zealousest adversaries to read with diligence, and to compare with the learnedest that have written on their own side." Wood, Athen. Oxon, vol. I. p. 412.
+ This worthy and learned man, born in Derbyshire about 1674, was admitted sizar in Emanuel college, Cambridge, Sept. 13, 1690; B. A. there 1694; M. A. 1698. He was appointed head-master of the noted free-school at Derby, and lecturer of Allhallows there, where in 1706 he distinguished himself in the literary world by “ Theognidis Megarensis Sen. tentiæ Morales, nova Latina Versione, Notis & Emendationibus, explanatæ et exornatæ : unà cum variis Lectionibus, &c.” 12mo; addressed, in a copy of Greek verses, to the famous Joshua Barnes. Whilst at Derby, he also published the above-noticed « Introduction to the Classics ;" which Mr. Bowyer reprinted in 1719; and in which were displayed the beauties of those admirable writers of antiquity, to the understanding and imitation even of common capacities; and that in so concise and clear a manner as seemed peculiarto Mr. Blackwall. A third edition of this work was afterwards published “with Additions." : Yet Mr. Gilbert Cooper selects this very book as “one lamentable instance of able scholars having succeeded very ill in works where they have betrayed the