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In 1767, he went into a hired house at Waterbeche, and continued there two years, while a house was fitting for him at Milton, a small village, on the Ely road near Cambridge, where he passed the remainder of his days.
In 1772, Bishop Keene, unasked, sent Mr. Cole an offer of the Vicarage of Maddingley, about seven miles from Milton; which, for reasons of convenience, he civilly declined; and in 1773 had the first regular fit of the gout. He was instituted by Dr. John Green, the Bishop of Lincoln, to the Vicarage of Burnham, in Buckinghamshire, on the presentation of Eton College, June 10, 1774, void by the cession of his uterine brother, Stephen Apthorp, D. D.
His industry as a Topographical Collector was very great. He had a curious Library of printed books, and was very liberal in his communications,
To Dr. Ducarel, in 1754, he communicated a complete list of the Chancellors of Ely; and afterwards several useful hints respecting his Tour in Normandy *.
To Mr. Gough's“Anecdotes of British Topography, he contributed in 1779 some valuable Remarks; as he afterwards did in 1774, respecting the “ Sepulchral Monuments yf;" and when the “Memoirs of the Gentlemen's Society at Spalding” were printing, in 1780, he supplied several anecdotes of the early Members to
three guineas. The fund Mr. Bentham set out with, were his Father's Collections, which were very large. He was assisted in the overlooking and correction by his brother Dr. Bentham; and it was in a great measure managed by Mr. Cole." * Both these articles will be noticed in a future volume.
These also will be noticed in a future volume.
These were communicated through the medium of Mr. Gough, whom Mr. Cole thus addressed :
“Dear Sir, Milton, St. Thomas, 1780, Thursday. 1 m“ I cannot, as you expect, give you a full account of the Cell at Spalding, being no member of it, nor ever seeing any of their books. No doubt, a good account might be had from the
In 1779, in compliance with a public request, he communicated to Mr. Urban an account of St. Ni.. cholas *; and gave, in the same volume of the Gentleman's Magazine, some Remarks on Sir John Hawkins's “History of Music of."
In 1781, I was for the first time favoured with his correspondence *; and was afterwards indebted to him for several biographical hints and corrections
Cell itself, which I suppose is still existing: at least it was so in 1769 : therefore the Registers of the Cell are to be found there. When I see Mr. Greaves next, I will ask him for further particulars : but he is tottering, and I am not much better. About the time I mention, Mr. Greaves, who had been much obliged to Dr. Bentley, who pushed him forward when a young man, made him Steward of the College estates, &c. sent a picture of the Doctor to the Spalding Society. Mr. Greaves, by marrying the late Beaupré Bell's sister, came into the fortunes of that family, not far from Spalding. He gave me the following letter, which will explain some of the particulars you enquire after, and give you an anecdote of Dr. Bentley, which may be agreeable to you."
[The letter from Mr. Greaves, with the anecdote of Dr. Bent. ley, are printed in the Sixth Volume of these Anecdotes, p. 10.) * Gent. Mag. vol. XLIX. pp. 119, 131. 157.208. † Ibid. p. 219.
“Sir, Milton, near Cambridge, April 4, 1781. ( Though unknown to you, I take the liberty to address a letter to you as the Printer of the Gentleman's Magazine, in which I observed, at p. 106 of the last, a query concerning Dean Moss's Epigram on Burnet's History of his own Times. It is printed in a lively book, called “Newmarket, or An Essay on the Turf, London, 1771, 8vo. in 2 vols. at p. 71 of vol. 2; (and will be found in the account of Dean Moss, vol. IV. p. 239.)
“ In the same Magazine, p. 120, it is said, that the Christian. name is never used in the University with the addition of Sir, but the surname only. It is certainly so at Cambridge. Yet, when Bachelors of Arts get into the country, it is quite the reverse; for then, whether curates, chaplains, vicars, or rectors, they are constantly styled Sir, or Dominus, prefixed to both their names, to distinguish them from Masters of Arts, or Magistri. This may be seen in innumerable instances in the lists of incumbents in Newcourt, &c. I could produce a thousand others from the wills, institutions, &c. in the Diocese of Ely, throughout the whole reign of Henry VIII. and for many years after, till the title was abandoned ; and are never called Sir Evans, or Sir Martext, as in the University they would be, according to your Correspondent's opinion, but invariably Sir Hugh Evans and Sir Oliver Martext, &c.
relative to four volumes of “A Select Collection of Miscellaneous Poems," then lately published; all which were adopted in the four succeeding
“The subject puts me in mind of a pleasant story much talked of when I was first admitted of the University, which I know to be fact, as I since heard the late Dean of Salisbury mention it. The Dean was at that time only Bachelor of Arts and Fellow of Bene't College, where Bp. Mawson was Master, and then, I think, Bp. of Landaff, who being one day at Court, seeing Mr. Greene come into the drawing-room, immediately accosted him, pretty loud, in this manner-How do you do, Sir Greene? When did you leave College, Sir Greene? Mr. Greene was quite astonished, and the company present much more so, as not comprehending the meaning of the salutation or title, till Mr. Greene explained it, and also informed them of the worthy good Bishop's absences,
“I this week sent for, from Mr. Merrill, the ‘Bibliotheca Topo graphica Britannica,' and was rather concerned to find Mr. Mores has employed eight or nine pages unnecessarily to inform the world of his father's disputes with his parish; had he been ever so much in the right, it would surely have been more judicious to have let the remembrance of such squabbles die with the authors of them. Yet I am sorry to say, that I am afraid this gentleman by birth was also of a litigious and quarrelsome disposition. I am warranted to say so, by a perusal of several of his original Letters to Mr. John Strype the Historian, a man of a quiet, hu. mane and meek disposition, to whom Mr. Edward Mores was curate at Low Levton in 1739, with whom he had disputes; and from his own Letters, his boisterous and wrangling nature may easily be discerned, and from which it should seem that Mr. Mores was not the neighbour one would wish to live near. I think I discern a spice of the same spirit in the son, whom I once was in company with, being introduced to him by my worthy patron, Browne Willis, esq. But our acquaintance ended in the first visit. I am, Sir, Your most obedient servant, Wy. Cole.“ “Sir,
Saturday, April 14, 1781, Milton. “Since I wrote my first Letter to you, near a fortnight ago, your Select Collection of Poems was put into my hands by the Master of Emanuel, the bearer of this: and I am sorry I did not meet with the Collection sooner, when I might, perhaps, hare been more diffuse than I can be at present, running over the work in an hasty manner, and putting down a few hasty observations, which you, as a correct man, no doubt, will be glad to have. I am at present so ill, that I can barely hold my pen, and therefore you will excuse my mistakes also.
[The Notes and Corrections of Mr. Cole were all adopted.]
“I lately copied an original letter from Mr. Pope to Mr. Broome, dated Aug. 29, 1730, giving him an account of Mr. Fenton's death, whom he bighly extols, and in which is this cu
Volumes. A similar good office he performed towards improving the “ Anecdotes of Hogarth *."..
rious passage: 'I condole with you from my heart, on the loss of so worthy a man, and a friend to us both. Now he is gone, I must tell you, he has done you many a good office, and set your character in the fairest light to some, who either mistook you, or knew you not, I doubt not he has done the same for me. Adieu! Let us love his memory, and profit by his example !'
“ Among the additional remarks, it is made a question, whether Lord Falkland was of St. John's College in Cambridge, because the registers do not begin so early. But there is full as good evidence of it in a letter to that Society, in which he boasts himself to have been a member of that House. This I have from a note by Mr. Baker of that College, who surely was enabled, if any man was, to decide on that question. Wm. Cole." .
*"DEAR SIR, Milton, near Cambridge, Sunday, May 6, 1781. “I meant to have answered your letter immediately, had not your request to have Mr. Pope's Letter obliged me to see the Daster of Emanuel, who sent it to me to transcribe, and therefore was not willing to part with a copy without his consent. Accordingly I went to Canbridge on Friday : unluckily he carried the original Letter up with him to town a fortnight ago, and gave it to Dr. Johnson, who will probably print it in Mr. Fenton's Life : if he does not, the Master says, you shall have it : 1 am therefore precluded from sending what I should certainly have done but for this reason. Your kind intention I thankfully accept, and if any thing occurs to my poor shattered head, that I think will answer your purpose, I will note it down, and send it to you.-) can send you no farther particulars about Mr. Hogarth than what you know. I have a sister, who was much acquainted with his wife, and was often at Chiswick with them. You are aware, no doubt, of his life in the last volume of the Anecdotes on Painting in England. The picture you mention , have never seen since it was finished and sent home; Chancellor Hoadly and Mr. Harry Taylor were frequently at Rivenhall, when I was used to be there in my early age; but I do not remember their pictures being in the Family Conversation piece: they might be added afterwards. I sat for my picture, with Mr. Western, his mother, a daughter of Sir Anthony Shirley, with Archdeacon Charles Plumptre, to Mr. Hogarth at his house, in a square at the West end of the town, about the year 1736: at which time Mr. Western sat to him for a full length picture, for me, and which I have now in my gallery; and is one of the most resembling portraits I ever met with: he is drawn sitting in his Fellow Commoner's habit, and square cap wiih a gold tassell, in his chamber at Clare Hall, over the arch, towards the river; and Mr. Hogarth, as the chimney could not be expressed, has drawn a cat sitting near it, to express the situ
In the latter end of 1781, and the beginning of 1782*, I had frequent occasion of consulting Mr. ation, agreeably to his humour. But I am tired, and hope you will excuse, Dear Sir, the scrawl of Yours, &c. WM. COLE."
“ P. S. Mr. Taylor was then curate of Rivenhall, and a great favourite in the family."
* “ DEAR SIR, Milton, Aug. 4, 1781, Saturday. “ I received your proof-sheet last night, in my return from Cambridge, and am glad you mean to correct the note relative to Mr. Baker, whose virtue, integrity, and modesty, can never enough be commended, and, least of all, should not be misrepresented. I am a little interested in this matter, and therefore the more piqued, having collected some materials towards his life, which being communicated to a friend about three years ago, a life has been drawn up, and may, possibly, in due time appear. I wish I could with propriety send you the materials, as I find you mean to print some account of him in the Appendix; and I will try to find out an expedient, if I can; for I know you will do him justice, and I had rather you would print an account from them, than that they should moulder away among my papers. Dr. Grey lent me the Memoirs of Robert Earl of Oxford, which are very jejune : however, I had his leave to copy them, which I made use of : I do not know that I have added much to them. He also let me copy the original letters to Dean Moss, &c. to which I have added notes here and there, which shall be at your service. I only wonder how you get through so many undertakings.
.“ I mean to write to my namesake to-morrow for a thing I am unsatisfied about, and which I would have corrected if faulty. I don't know that Dr. Grey was ever married but once, and that was to the daughter of Dean Moss's wife, who was the widow, as I take it, to a Mr. Hinton, who had kept the Three tuns Tavern in Cambridge, by whom he had two daughters, one married to Mr. Hatton, brother to the baronet of that family, by whom she had a son Mr. Christopher Hatton, now Rector of Marston in Bed. fordshire; and after Mr. Hatton's decease, to Dr. Grey, by whom she had two daughters; Mary, married to my namesake, and Susan to Mr. Le Piper. It is possible Dr. Grey might have a former wife, and I never heard of it: but of this you shall be adver. tised when I hear from Ely. I think I mentioned to you in my last Mr. Bowyer's connection with the famous George Psalmanazar, an account of which may be seen in his Life, towards the end.
“ I can't help observing, though drawn up well, that the epi. sode relating to Mr. Hogarth's father, the schoolmaster, is so like the 9th ch, liv. 2. vol. I. of Gil Blas, in which el Sen'or Thomas de la Fuente, the schoolmaster of Olmedo, his character is drawn, that it almost seems a transcript of it. I write this, that you may not set your press till I hear from Mrs. Cole, to whom I write to-morrow, and I will send you her answer as soon as I re. ceive it. I am, dear Sir, Yours very truly, WM. COLE."