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Edition. - London, printed for Bernard Lintot; between the Temple Gates, 1721," folio. With two portraits; one “ Geffery Chaucer, an antient and learned English Poet, died 1410, æt. 72. Tho. Occleve, contemporar. et discipulus ejusdem Chauceri, ad vivum delin. G. Vertue sculp. 1717. . Anglia Chaucerum veneratur nostra Poetam,

Cui veneres debet patria lingua suas." The other, Johannes Urry, armiger, Ædis Christi alumnus. Obiit anno Dom. 1714, ætat. 51. N. Pignè sculp.—The work was nearly finished at the press in the beginning of the year 1719; but waited more than two years for the completion of the Glossary.

A new edition * of Dr. Stanhope's - Translation, from the Greek, of Epictetus his Morals; with the Comment of Simplicius, and the Life of Epicte-, tus;" 8vo.

Mr. Maittaire's excellent edition of “ Batrachomyomachia, Græcè, ad veterum Exemplarium Fidem recusa ; Glossâ Græcâ; variantibus Lectionibus ; Versionibus Latinis; Commentariis et Indicibus illustrata ;" Svo.-In this beautiful and accurate volume, of which only 204 copies were printed; Mr. Maittaire corrected the very few typographical errors throughout the whole impression. Of these 195 were subscribed for, at half a guinea in sheets; eight were reserved by the Editor for himself; and only one single copy remained for public sale.

Among others he says that Bishop Atterburywas the chiefperson who proposed to Urry to undertake an edition of Chaucer. Mr. Thomas adds, that the Bishop (then dean of Christ Church) “ did by no means judge rightly of Mr. Uiry's talents in this case; who, though in many respects a most worthy person, was not qualified for a work of this nature,” Mr. Chalmers's copy is corrected throughout in the same hand, and the principal additions signed T.T.)-The strange licence in which Mr. Urry appears to have : indulged himself, of lengthening and shortening Chaucer's words according to his own fancy, and of even adding words of his own without giving his readers the least notice, has made the text of his edition by far the worst ever published.

* The first edition appeared in 1694.

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Mr. Maittaire was Latin tutor to Lord Chesterfield's son: and had the honour of being patronized by Robert Harley, the first Earl of Oxford of that family *, both before and after that great man's eleva

* Of this let some extracts from his own letters he a proof : Honoured Sir, I beg your parcon if I presume upon vour late favour so far as to venture this trifle of mine, as I have done the rest. I know your censure deserves nothing less to be emploved about than the weirhty concerns of a whole Nation; and there. fore must stoop much below its own sphere to vouchsafe but a look toward the little business of Letters and Words. But, Sir, your judgment is universal, and extends itself to the least as well as highest things. Your great abilities and enlarged genius have joined in you the Philosopher and the Statesman, and have fitted you as much for the helm of Literature as for that of the State. Among the rest of vour eminent virtues shines your great humility, which, from the high station where the united consent of King and People has placed you, can condescend to encourage the meanest to sue for your patronage. If none in leed had right to it but such who deserved it, your goodness would lose its best quality, of being diffusive. And therefore, Sir, I hope want of merit may not hinder my most hunible claim to it. May I, while others moie deserving appear nearer, admire at an aweful distance your perfections? esteeming it too much honour already, and more than I can ever pretend to descrve, to have been once known and countenanced by you. Next, Sir, I inust with all submission implore your candid and favourable judgment in behalf of my pocr and imperfect writings; which were only designed to pass my melancholy ho rs away, and which I never intended should go out of my han's, and step beyond the bound of my narrow study; and when they return thither, I shall think them to have been as much honoured by having been exposed to your view, as if they had appeared in public to the world. Noihing can now hearten me so much to go on, nothing satisf me more in the end, as to have your approbation in the beginning. I have made bold 10 send you the Greek oration which the Archbishop of Philippopoly made at the university of Cambridge, when he was presented there to a doctor's degree t. I hope, Sir, the worth of it may make amends for the imperf Ction of the manuscript I have sent with it. Now, Sir, knowing that to rob you of the least minute of your time, is to rob a whole Nation, I shall conclude with my prayers and best wishes for your life, and consequently for the welfare of this kingdom; and beg leave to subscribe myself, with the profoundest reverence, most worthy Sir, your most humbly devoted and obliged servant. Nov. 6, 1701.' -'Your extreme kindness to me has male me so

+ Λόγος τε ίερωθαν και σεβασολάτα Νεόφυλα μητροπολίττης Φιλιππ πόλεως προς 'Ακαδημίας της Καλαβρίγιας, ιγ Σεπτεμβριο. ότ' εις την ταξιν Tüv px!i lepo do fretxoa wv - ? Dracyíze įverppei081. Oratio, &c. cum Vasione Latina. Cantab. Sept. 13, 1701, 410.

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tion to the peerage; and continued a favourite with his son the second earl. In his earliest letters he writes his name Michell Mattuire. bold as to trouble vou with this letter, and therein to pay all the acknowledgement I am capable of for all your favours, and to proinise my utmost readiness to serve you, if it lie in the power of one who is so much below you as I am. I almost wish myself at my old school-drudgery again, that I might express my thankfulness in attending your son, whom you told me you had some thoughts of putting to Westminster. However, I shall be at your command, and entirely willing to give him any manner of assistance in any way as you may think fit. A friend of mine has invited me to Acton on Saturday for three or four days ; which ma le me willing not to put off my thanks till I retun, lest I should find you gone into the country. And so, wishing you a safe journey and return, and such a success there and here as your merits most deservedly claim, I beg leave to subscribe myself, with all humility, worthy Sir, your most obliged and respectful servant. July 15, 1702."-" I beg your pardon for this interruption, of which I had rather be guilty, than of failing to pay you that respect vou deserve from all in neral, and so much froin me in particular. I don't doubt but ty this you think on your journey to London, in order to attend the Parliament, where all lovers of their country, as they expect and pray for it, so they fear not but your signal deserts, so much tried and so well approved in the most difficult businesses now these two sessions, will meet with a most suitable return. I am sure all true Churchmen, having found you so good a patron to that good cause, ought to be, and will, one and all, in the interest of one on whom theirs so much depend. As for news of the town, it would be impertinent for me to trouble you with, when you have better intelligence than I can pretend to, who for the most part am confined to my study, where old dead company is my melancholy entertainment an.l diversion. I ma le a visit last Sunday evening to your son, asked him how he did, and what form he was in. He to! me he liked all well, but was not placed yet. I promised him now and then to come and spend an hour with him. As I was sealing this letter, the proclamation was cried for proroguing the parliament. Aug. 12, 1702."-"I chanced lately to mention to you in our discourse something concerning the fa nous Whiston's impu lent letters to the Bishop of London, wherein he opposed our doxology; you will pardon me, my Lord, if I trouble your Lordship with this little pamphlet, which my zeal in the cause of Religion moved me to write. Neither my tudies nor calling have been turned to Divinity, farther than a Christian ought, who has some little knowledge of the original text of his Bible. I know your Lordship to be no less quicksighted in those things, than in others which are more particularly the object of men in your high station; what I now offer to your reading must needs discover much of my imperfections and ignorance; but your goodness will, I hope, excuse its faults,

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« Pharmacopoeia Collegii Pegalis Medicorum Londinensis, Editio quarta ;" folio; with a view of the College Gate for a frontispiece.

for the sake of its honest meaning. I have my aim, if I can confirm still the good opinion your Lordship has entertained of my stedfast and immoveable adherence to the Orthodox Church of England, as well as to the true loyal interest of a country to which (after I was driven from my own) I owe every thing which I enjoy in the world. Aug. 2, 1719."—“When I had the honour to wait on your Lordship last, I promised you to give you a copy of those verses which Dr. South made upon the Westminster School about the time he had his first degree at Oxford. I have transcribed them from the very manuscript I had from himself, and send them herein inclosed *, being glad of any opportunity of assuring your Lordship that I am, &c. Aug. 4, 1719."-"I take this opportunity of wishing your Lord. ship a happy new year, and many of them; the same also to your noble family. I can't sufficiently thank you for your last; and in it for your accustomed favours to an old friend, in your procuring me those two subscriptions you mention. I am sorry the notice of them came too late to be inserted in the printed list. I will take care to obey your Lordship's orders concerning the ten copies to be laid by for you; as also to return the two exemplars of Prideaux's edition, the use of which your Lordship was so kind as to allow me. I suppose I need not to carry them to your house till you are in town. The completing this work, which lay so heavy on my shoulders, hath given me some ease; especially since Providence has continued my life to see it finished, that I might not die indebted to my generous benefactors; whom I beg to add one kindness more to the former, to excuse all the imperfections and faults in a work, the nature of which required a much abler hand than mine. I am, &c. Jan. 20, 1731-2."“ My Lord, in obedience to your orders by yours of the 25th, I delivered at your house last Friday a copy of the Marbles stitched up. I hope your Lordship and the learned Company at Wimple will find a more agreeable way of diversion in the country, than of examining this poor work of mine, which will, I am afraid, discover too much my ignorance. However, I promise myself excuse from candid judges (such as your Lordship) in consideration of the labour I have spent in it. Dr. Middleton is a subscriber; and, when he comes to town, or whenever he orders it, I will send him his copy. Mr. Harbin, who has been assisting to me by communicating some papers, shall not fail of my thanks and acknowledgement. I have in the 596th page, last line but 8, of my work) expressed my sentiments of the worth of that great and good man. I am, my Lord, infinitely obliged to your Lordship for your help in getting off this book of mine, of which I repent of having printed so many copies as

* It may be sufficient to refer to these verses, which are printed in South's • Opera Posthuipa Latina, Lond. 1717," 8vo, p. 179.

“ The providential Sufferings of good Men; a Serinon preached before the House of Commons Jan. 30,1720-21; by Thomas Mangey*, M.A.;" 4to.

“ The New Year's Gift complete the fifih edition, printed in 24o.

Dr. David Wilkins's up " Leges Anglo-Saxonicæ."

“A Sermon preached at the Parish Church of St. Dunstan's in the West, on Friday, Dec. 16, 1720, being the Day appointed by his Majesty for a general Fast, and particularly for beseeching God to preserve us from the Plague; published at the Request of the Gentlemen of the Vestry. By William Lupton, D. D.”

The third edition of - Sir Isaac Newton's Opticks; or, a Treatise of the Reflections, Refractions, Inflections, and Colours of Light;" Svo.

“ Hieronymi Fracastorii Syphilis, sive de Morbo Gallico. Edidit Carolus Peters, et inscripsit Viro

300, when 200 might have sufficed, and much fewer, had it not been for your Lordship's charitable kindness in promoting the subscription; for which kindness, and all others received from your Lordship, no other return can be given but the ardent wishes and hearty prayers of, &c. Jan. 30, 1731-2.”-I take the liberty to trouble you with this, and acquaint you that I have received your Lordship's two lists inclosed in your two last letters. This night is the seventh of the auction, and I am now going to attend your commissions, as I will do all the rest. I will certainly take care of thein all, and I believe in propria persona. If by chance I should be forced to be at any time absent, I will provide a sure friend to supply my place. However, I promise your Lordship, that I will not fail to be present at the twelfth day for No 1374. Your Lordship's name (as you desired) shall not be known. Nov. 24, 1732."-" I have not trusted the commissions to any one; but both have attended, and will attend every night myself. I must go this afternoon early to look at the books and examine them, and make up the account with Ballard the auctioneer.' I was told by Dr. Freind, that we should keep our every-other-year Westminster meeting next January; in order to which, Eunuchus was a week ago acted for the first time by this new set of King's scholars : Gnatho was represented to admiration. Dec. 7, 1732."

* Of whom see p. 134. Benjamin Mangey, a brother of the Doctor, was of Lincoln college, Oxford ; M. A. 1723 ; lecturer of St. Mildred Bread-street; and died Oct. 20, 1730.-John Mangey, the Doctor's son, was of St. Mary hall, Oxford; M. A. 1752. + Of whom see hereafter, under the year 1726.

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