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lifications of which the early writers agreeably surprized those who had were destitute ; but they, in their been unacquainted with them; who tura, are totally deficient in the beau- had condemned them for fashion, or, Lies which abound in their predeces- perhaps, because their language was sors: and inasmuch as the display of not so refined as what they had been vivid Genius is superior to that of accustomed to. Even with respect Taste, so must the beauties of the to diction, they may be submitted to early writers be allowed to be supe- modern writers as examples worthy rior to those of the noderns. The of imitation. Our great Lexicograe latter indeed possess an easy flow of pher, Dr. Johnson, in his Preface to diction, a refinement of language, a the English Dictionary, makes the delicacy of expression, and an arrange- following observations : « I have ment of facts; but in the higher re- studiously endeavoured to collect exquisites, they are generally defective. anples and authorities from the WriWe look in vain for the genius and ters before the Restoration, whose imagery of Taylor, the conciseness works I regard as the wells of English and depth of Bacon, the majesty and undefiled, as the pure sources of Eaga invention of Milton, or the luxuriance lish diction." -" The writers of the and fancy of Spenser. The difference Elizabethan age furnish expressions between the two æras seems chiefly fully adequate to the conveyance of to be, the one deals in Ideas, the other our ideas with elegance and ease. in Words; the former displays Gevius, If such are the easures deposited the latter Cultivation. The early in these works, which are dispersed writers have formed a rich and exube in so many directions, that but few rant soil, which requires only the are capable of perusing them, is it '
, skilful hands of the Moderns, to ren- not benefiting the literary world to der it productive of every thing neces- re-publish them? and are not the sary to the ornament and improve warmest thanks due to those indivi. ment of the literary world.
duals who have the judgment and These sentiments are not confined ability to appreciate and amend the to a few, who might be supposed to writings of our predecessors in Eng. ' be attached to the writings of their lish Literature: if profit was their ancestors, from their having been object, they would more readily obcarly committed to their perusal, and tain it, by directing their attention to in consequence having left a favour. the passions and feelings of the day, able impression on their mind: they endeavouring to humour the prejuare the opinions of all who have had dices of inany, instead of indulging patience and opportunity to examine the inclinations of few. If dulness ihe stores of the early centuries; but was their province, many modern many of those who decry these ex- writers afford an ample field, where ploratory pursuits, probably never they could freely range in wire-drawn have perused those writings which rhapsodies, till the leaden infuence of are to be procured only in old and the goddess lulled them to rest. But, scarce editions, and are ignorant of no animated by a desire to benefit their beauties. They would shriuk Literature, they have hitherto perwith dismay from the ponderous folio severed in their labours, undismayed of Jeremy Taylor, though it displays by the sneers of the ignorant. May one of the most inventive minds that the approbation of their country still ever committed its excursions to encourage them to proceed, till they paper : each page is a constellation have preserved every grain of sterling of dazzling figurds and imagery. English intellect and fancy from the They would read with surprize, in destroying hand of Time ; and, ensome of the early and almost-forgot grafting it with the refinement of the ten dramatic writers, as much origi- present age, exhibit a fertile field of nality of thought displayed in a single intellectual variety and splendour, scene, as there is in a whole season of not to be surpassed by the proudest modern dramas. Let thein read the displays of Greece or Rome! “ Muses' Looking Glass” and “ Jea- I have been led to the preceding lous Lovers" of Randolph, with many reflections by perusing Mr. Dibdia's others that might be enumerated, regret at the frequent expressions of and they will be convinced of the contempt for the memory of Hearne. correctness of this assertion. Some It is, indeed, a matter of true regret, late re-publications of this pature have that a scholar like Hearne, who spent
the greater part of his life in painful very little defaced, the border seven research into the MS writings of our feet wide, consisting of red, ligbt blue, ancestors, who rescued many valuable and grey stones about one inch and a works from threatening oblivion, quarter square; the work within the and published them for the benefit of margin 10 feet square, consisting of the literary world, should ever, by white, red, and blue tesselæ, of as that world, meet with an inconside- many different stones, in beautiful rate reflection or reproach. But we reticulated and other patterns, and in have derived the advantages resulting the centre four hearts, their points to from their labours, in the vast stock the corners. The country people of ideas they have furnished 118, and soon pulled it in pieces, except about we despise the hands by which we re- q yard square taken up by a neighceive the benefit.
bouring Mobleman. In the stratum In addition to Mr. Dibdin's testi- of loose earth, West of this pavement, monies in favour of this eminent An- were several fragınents of urns, some tiquary, I transcribe the two following oyster shells, and some large nails, by Mrs. Elstob, the Saxonist, written A bed of ashes lay near this spot, in a copy of Phillips's « Theatrum with the horns and bones of some Poetarum,” 1675, in a small and neat beast. The adjoining fields were hand:
scattered over with small stones and “Also William Vallans, the writer of pieces of tiles, and some fragments of the Tale of the Swans; for the reprinting urns; and a large freestone was taken of which we are obliged to that inge up and converted into a watering nious and most industrious Preserver trough; and other foundation stones, and Restorer of Antiquities, Mr. Thomas The neighbouring wood is called Hall Hearne, of Edmund Hall, Oxford. Wood. Five ur six coins of Valen
“ ELIZ. ELSTOB." tinian were found among the rubbiski “ Peter Langtoft, a Poet that lived in thrown off the pavement, which was the time of Edw. II. wrote a History of supposed to reach further West *. It England from Brute to K. Edw. II. which
was engraved by Vertue for the Sowas continued by Robert of Brune to ciety of Antiquaries. the end of Edw. Ill, and published by the
In 1798 another pavement, enlearned and ingenious Mr. Hearne, in graved + from a correct drawing by the year 1725."
Mr. John Selby, to whose father the Permit me, at the same time, to site belongs, was found on the same request information whether there is acre with the former, and pearly in the any intention of completing the re- centre of the field, and adjoining to publication of the above scarce and it some other pavements, but of very valuable work, the first volume of inferior work, and much broken. which was published by Sir Egerton Three coins, engraved in the History Brydges in 1800.
E. of Castor, p. 283, were the most per
fect among a quantity of others of Mr. URBAN,
Sept. I. the lower empire found with it. The following Addenda to the Near the pavement were two large
History and Antiquities of Cot. bogs, but only one of them on Mr. terstock, Northaniptonshire, drawn Selby's land, on draining which it was up chiefly by the late Mr. Gough, found to be a cistern made of oak and inserted in Gibson's " History of planks, and paved at the bottom, six Castor,” cannot fail of being accepta- feet square by seven or eight deep, ble to your Antiquarian Readers. The entirely filled with rubbish, among curious may be supplied with them in which was a large pair of horns of a size to place in “ Bridges's History,” the stag kind, and sculls of other aniby Mr. Bell of Oundle. M. GREEN. mals, and pipes of wood, which ap
* Almost in a line East from Weldon, pear to have communicated with the in 1736, a servant of Mr. Campion, other bog, which probably may bave of Cotterstock, ploughing on the been another cistern. The water is edge of that lordship, adjoining to of a mineral kind. Glapthorn, on a head land commonly The Church of Cotterstock, dedi. called the Gilded Acre, turned up se- cated to St. Andrew, consists of a nave veral little stones or tesselæ, of which
* Antiquary Society's Minutes. informing his inaster, he, with an ip. Stukeley's Carausius, 1. 169.-Brit. Top. timate neighbour, opened the grouod, II. 48. and found a pavement 20 feet square, + In Gibson's “ Castor," p. 28%.
on two pointed arches, with round This chantry, or college, for a maspillars, and two cleristories. In the ter, three priests, and three clerks, North-East pillar a niche; Nortb and was founded by John Giffard, 5 Dec. South ailes; and a tiled chancel; a 1339, and the rectory appropriated South porch of stone with groined to it 19 Feb. following but, about arches and three beasts over it: in Leland's tiine, one Nores [Norris] the centre of the roof, the Deity, claiming to be founder, got all the Crucifix, and Dove, and behind a lands, and there remained to it only church ; and symbols of the Evange.
the benefice. lists, boars, arms of the see of Peter- In the North wall is a locker and borough, and a dolphin embowed. shelf. At the West end an embattled Within the rail a slab for “ Charles
. tower containing four bells.
Kirkham, esq. of Fineshede Abbey, On the South side of the chancel, eldest sou of Walter, by Mary, daugh. three seats of different heights and a
ter of Sir Jobs Norwich, of Braloppiscina, four feet high by two feet six ton, who married Margaret Spurstow, wide, all under flowered arches. Un- of Spurstow, Cheshire, and died 1727, der the South window on a gray slab, aged 66. He always bore true alleinlaid under a pediment with purfled giance to his sovereign; in the comfinials, a priest in a rich cope, and mission of the peace a just and ima round the ledge this inscription : partial magistrate; in his friendship Hic. iacet. magister. Robertus.
sincere; in his conversation cheerful Wyntryngham'. nuper. canonicus.
and agreeable, with a general and eccl'ie.
comprehensive knowledge in historiTath. Lincolni. Prebendarius.
cal transactions; a lover of learning, de Ledpngton. sir. prxpositus, pre
and a kind indulgent parent.”. positur
On ap achievement, G. on a bend Cantarie. de. e otherstoke. qui. obiit A. 3 roses G. single, and impaling 0, quarto: die Julii. anno..domini a demi-lion rampant G. mill'mo (CCCXX
Three text y's, impaling on a fess, tuius anime.. propitietur. Deus. between three heathcocks or crows A. m. C. A.
S. 3 lions 'rampant A. Between each word, and also be. Both quarteriog, ' 1. 4. 3. boars? tween each letter of Amen, one or heads with a dart erect S. Booth, 2. more roses as are here dotted.
A. a fess engrailed G. Barton. 3. Az. Wyntryngham, by will proved 18 3 bars A. in chief, 2 mullets A. DeJuly 1420, directed his body to be rables. 4. Bendy of 10, Az. and 0. buried near the lavatory, on the Mountfort. 5. A mullet S. Ashton. South part of the chancel of St. An- 6. A. 'a lion rampant G. between drew of Cotherstock.
three pheons S. Egerton, impaling He gave 200 marks to eight priests Erm. on a cross S. voided Erm. 4 to celebrate mass for his own soul, millronds. Turner. and for the soul of William his bro: Over the communion-table: ther, of which priests, three were to « This chancel was repaired, new perform mass, successively, in this roofed, and beautified, in the years 1784 church, and the others in some re- and 1785, by the Rev. Sir George Booth, spectable places. He also bequeathed bárt, and Rev. Nevil Maskelyne, D. D. a sufficient suin to new pave the impropriators and patrons, at which chancel floor, and cover the roof with time they presented to the parish the lead. He résigned the provostship king's arms, communion-table and cloth, 16 May 1398, to make way for his and hangings and cushions for the desk brother William, and, probably on
and pulpit.” his brother's death, 'resumed it again On the South side of the chancel is $ April 1401, and died 1420.
inscribed on veined marble : * In the Vault of this Chancel
lie the mortal Remains of
the Rev. Sir George Booth, Baronet,
to which Rectory he was presented'in 1758 liy his Cousin
the Right Honourable Nathaniel Booth, Lord Delamer, in the year 1770,
who had himself arrived to the dignity of Baron, on
to be many years an independent and vigilant Magistrate,
in Middlesex, by whom he bad two daughters, who, with their Mother, are buried at Hayes; she departed this life, Mareh 30th, 1784,
of John Pate Rose, esq.
in the 74th year of his age;
at their respective deaths.
T. Brayne, London." Sir G. Booth's arms are the sane as those on the North side (which beJonged to his first Lady), before-mentioned, with the addition of in the centre 3 roses. Rose.'--Sir George's crest, A white lion, passant, passive.
Against the North wall a white many churches in this county and marble :
hundred. “To the memory of John Simcoe,
Font is octagon, in three pannels, esq. late Commander of his Majesty's
a cross moline, in two a saltire and ship Pembroke, who died in the Royal
a flourish. service, upon the important expedition
Before the church door is the base against Quebec, in North America, in of a cross, on which Bridges, II. 440, the year 1759, aged 45 years. He spent gives this inscription : the greatest part of his life in the ser
Joh's Leef [et Jacksen) ufor eius hanc yice of his king and country, preferring
fecerunt éclam [fieri]. the good of both to all private views. He was an officer esteemed for his great The words in hooks supplied from abilities in naval and military affairs, of another copy; but this inscription is unquestioned bravery, and unwearied not now to be distinguished. Nor are diligence. He was an indulgent hus- the two antique stones, on one of band, a tender parent, and sincere friend, which is cut a rude figure of a man generous, humane, and benevolent to with his hand in his bosom, and on all; so that his loss to the publick, as the other a cross, to be seen in tbe well as to his friends, cannot be too yard near the West end of the church, much regretted. This monument was,
unless the latter be the cross at the in honour to his memory, erected by bis disconsolate wife Catharine Simcoe,
end of the stone bench by the door. 1760. Under lie Pawlett, William, and
On the South side of the church is Jobn, sons of the above John and Catha- inscribed on a neat black stone:
- Near this place are deposited the Fine Simcoe.” E. Binghang. 0010.
Az. a fesse wavy Erm. chief, mortal remains of John Campion, gent. two estoiles of 12 points 0. in hase An honest man), who having borne a graà canon of the first. Simcoe. Oil a dual and painful decline, with patience shield of pretence A. a cross fitchè G.
and resignation, and within three days between three fleurs-de-lis G. Crest, completed his 75th year, finished his a demi-grislin, below a ship. Crest earthly pilgrimage, in joyful hope of reto the atchievement a demi-leopard Jolin Campion, of Oundle, surgeon, his
surrection to eternal life, July 19, 1766. holding a sword.
only son, caused this memorial to be In the South-East aile :
placed here, as a grateful and lasting “ John Campion, gent. 1766. An testimony of filial duty and affection to bonest man who bore a painful decline.”
the best of fathers," Perks to the East window of each On the North side of the chancel aile, stone seat round the nave, as in has been fixed by Daine Lætitia Booth,
within a neat white frame, the origi
Mr. URBAN, with black marble which was placed CANarn me of the number of the
of over the remains of the Hon. Miss Ann Booth, daughter of Lord Dela. Earls of Ormond in succession from mer, in St. James's Church, Clerken- James, created Earl of Ormond in well, and wbich was removed on the 1328.-By the attainder of the Duke rebuilding of that church in 1788^ of Ormond (which was supposed to with the following inscription : have extinguished his Irish as well as “ Ann Booth, third daughter to the
his English honours) and the Irish Right Honorable George Lord Delamer, titles remaining dormant and unclaim. by the Lady Elizabeth his wife, eldest ed for so long a period, some dîfidaughter to Henry Earl of Stamford, by culty occurs in stating the succession. the Lady Ann, daughter and one of the -The Duke was attainted by the Eugcoheirs of William Earl of Exeter, April lish parliament only, it not being 20th 1651. Shee came into the world, then thought necessary to obtain the which too much prideing itselfe in her, sanction of the Irish parliament. -On became unworthy of her, November 24, the assertion and acknowledgment of 1667, shee received a divine summons to
the independence of the Irish parliarepayre to her eternal repose, which her
ment in 1783, it was pointed out to calm soul gladly obey'd, leaveing its
the representative of this illustrious fayre mansion to be here deposited with her most noble Grandmother, and her family, that the Irish honours had not
been attainted by the Irish parliamento incomparable Brother -- aged 16 years
who alone had that power vested in and 7 months.
them; he accordingly claimed, and “ Fair soul, what passions shall attend
was, without hesitation, admitted Earl thy urn,
of Ormond, in Ireland, for the dukeIt were barbarous to rejoice, in vain we
dom of Orinond had become extinct. But this is our consolation, now thou art fied,
The English dukedom of Ormond was The choicest fruits are earliest gathered: also extinct, and had been legally atAnd our complaints Heaven seems to
tainted. The following perhaps may silence thus
be a correct series, viz. What's fit for it, is much too good for us. James (the second and unfortunate) Where beauty, youth, and honour lies Duke of Ormond, was the thirveenth By Death's surprize,
Earl of Ormond; he died in 1745, and Resolved to common dust;
was succeeded by his brother, Charles Without a tear,
Earl of Arran, who however did not None can appear,
assume the Irish honours, conceiving But cruel or unjust."
them attainted. By the decision of
the Lords of Ireland, in 1793, it apMr. URBAN, Grantham, Sept. 3.
pears, that he was in fact, on his bro. ther's decease, third Duke, and four.
teenth Earl of Ormond. He died in ing Quære to those of your 1758, without issue, when the dukeReaders whose researches into Eccle- dom became extinct, and the earldom siastical matters and things of a rela: devolved to his male heir, John Buttive nature, may have enabled them ler, of Kilcash, who was the fifteenth to decide in an argument which lately Earl, though he did not assume
the arose in privale society, where it is
title, under the impression of its legal not likely to be satisfactorily deter- forfeiture; he died without issue in mined, Is a Minister of the Church of Eng, Walter Butler, of Garryricken, the
1766, when the estate devolved to Jand justified *, if he refuse to read the Thanksgiving Service, commonly from Richard Butler, brother of the
sixteenth Earl; he was descended called The Churching of Women, for
first Duke of Ormond: Walter was a Woman unmarried, should be be succeeded by his son John, who claimapplied to for that purpose ?
ed and was admitted to the honours of Yours,&c.
he was the seventeenth Earl,
- and was succeeded by his son, Walter, * By justified, is here meant, that he the present and eighteenth Earl of Ora is liable to no ecclesiastical censure for mond and Ossory. an omission of duty, nor legal prosecu
A Constant READER. tion from the applicant herself.
P.S. There is another circumstance.