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That they of my cunning should make
probation: I kepe not to fall in alternation. And while they commen, my bookes I turne and winde, [minde.
For all is in them, and nothing in my Ptnlomeus the riche caused longe agone Over all the vvorlde good bookes to be sought, Done was his cominaundement anone: These bokes he had, and in bis studie brought, [he thought,
Which passed all earthly treasure as But neverthelesse he did him not apply Unto their doctrine, but lived unhappily. Lo in likewise of bookes I have store, But fewe I reade, and fewer understande, I folowe not their doctrine nor their lore, It is enough tobearea buoke in hande: It were to muche to be in suche a bande For to be bound to loke within the booke, I am content on the fayre covering to
looke. Why should I studie to hurt my wit thereby, [cessive?
Or trouble my minde with studie exSithe many are which studie right busely, And yet thereby shall they never thrive: [contrive,
The fruite of wisdome can they not And many to studie so muche are inclinde, [minde.
That irtterly tbey fall out of their Eche is not lettred that nowe is made a lorde, Nor eche a clerkethat hath a benefice: They are not all lawyers that plees do recorde,' [wise,
All that are promoted are not fully
That though one knnwe but the yrishe
I am like other clerkes which so frowardly them gyde, [promotion:
That after they are once come unto They geve them to pleasure, their study set aside. [votion:
Their avarice covering with fained deYet dayly they preache, and have great derision [vetise,
Against the rude lav men, and all for co
* To viit: The ingenious author of '• The Lincolnk Nosegay." M*. E». S».
Though their owne conscience be blinded
with that vice.
But if I durst truth plainly utter and ex
This is the speciall cause of this incon
That greatest fooles and fullest of lewdnes,
Having least wit, and simplest science,
Are first promoted, and have greatest
reverence. [on his fist,
For if one can flatter, and beare a hawke
Be shal be made parson of Honington
or of Clist.
But he that is in study ay firme and diligent, [Christe's lore, And without all favour preacheth Of all the cominaltie nowe a dayes is sore shent, And by estates threatned oft therfore. Thus what avayle is it to us, to study more, [dome or vertue. To knowe either Scripture, truth, wiseSince fewe or none without favour dare
But, O noble Doctours, that worthy are
of name, [their diligence:
Consider our olde fathers, note well
Ensue ye their steppes, obtayne ye suche
As they did living, and that by true
Within their heartes they planted their
science, [to fewe such be,
And not in pleasaunt bookes: but now*
Therfore in this Ship come you and
rowe with me.
The Lcnvoy of Alexander Barclay,
translatour, exhorting the fooles accloyed
with this vice to amend their folly.
Kj" Say woorthie Doctours and Clerkes
curious: [such number?
What moveth you of bookes to have
Since divers doctrines through way con
Doth man's minde distract and sore
Alas! blinde men awake out of your
And if ye will ncedes your bookes multi
With diligence endevour you some t»
Mr. Urban, Feb. 14.
1F1ND in Messrs. Longman and Co's Catalogue for the past jear (art. 4395) a Work entitled " Dugdale't Calendar of the Years of our Lord God, and those of the Kings of England.— London, 1GS5." But am at a loss to know why the said work is classed as Dugdale's; for, on reference to a copy of this " Chronica Juridicialia," the Author (who is nameless) speaking of Dugdale, says,
"To the careful industry of this great person am 1 chiefly obliged for most of this Chronological Table."
Who was the Compiler of the Work in question? D. M. Y.
Mr. Urban, Shaftesbury, Feb. 1.
HAVING obtained permission from John Dyneley, esq. the proprietor of the site of the late Abbey of Shaftesbury, to make any searches 1 might think proper, I employed a workman to dig there, and at the .depth-of about six feet from the surface, came to the floor (as I apprehend)ofthe Conventual Church. Ills composed of what is'called Roman tile, having gryphons, dragons, greyhounds, and other.animals, burnt in the bricks or tiles, interspersed' with the arms of Stourton and Bonham in painted shields, similarly burnt in, surrounded in each case with a border. The bricks or tiles are about four inches square, and I send jou a Drawing of one (See Plate If. fig. I.), having the arms of lioubam, done, as I suppose, when the Abbess Bonham presided — her Abbacy commenced in 1462; she succeeded the Abbess. Stoorton.. I met in the search with many mutHated Monuments, chiefly of Purbeck marble; a Drawing also of one of these 1 send yon (See Fig. 2.) It seems as if those into whose hands the Abbey materials fell were anxious that the names of the dead should be concealed, as the face of the figure is destroyed, as well as the legend which once surrounded it. I have met with leveral other Monuments, but uot a •ingle one with an inscription. Remains of the billety mouldings of massive pillars, of the Purbeck slender marble shafts, every where dispersed under-ground, convince me, that this once grand pile of buildings was composed of Saxon, Norman, and the modern architecture or pointed arch. Ch. Bowles.
Worcestershire, of the Inscription on which a fac - simile is annexed to each seal, delineated by the aid of a magnifying glass; they are in Gothic letters, which shew them to be of the fourteenth century. The inscription on the smaller seal, fig. 4. is:
S' I. DP. THttOKEIUF.RTOR. i. e. Sigillum Juliannis de Throkemertor.
On Jig. 5.
HEMERIT. VA'DER MANDERT.
i.e. Hemerit. Vander Mandert. probably a Fleming. The arms of this person are in ths center of the seal. Fig. 4 appears to have been a seal of the Throckmortons, a family mentioned by Tindal, in his History of Evesham, as having lived near Evesham at the time of the dissolution of the monastery. This inscription shews the orthography of the name at that period. Perhaps some of your-Correspondents conversant in antiquities may be able to communicate some information respecting the other seal. E. R.
Mr. Urban, Feb. 4.
FIG. 3 is an antient octagonal Font in the Church of Lilchet Alaltravers, CO. Dorset; on which is, 1. a rose; 2. a fret (the arms of the family of Maltravers); 3. a rudder; 4. a cinquefoil; 5. a fret; 6. a rudder; T. arose; 8. a cinquefoil. The Font has a large octangular wooden eover terminating iu a point at top. Yours, &c. N. R. S.
.Mr.Urban, tVimpole-street, Feb.6.
J SEND you the Impressions and
A Drawings of two Antique Seals
which were dug up at Evesham yt
Gent. Mac 'March, 181T.
Mr. Urban, Newton Abbot, July 13.
THE inclosed impression (See Fig. 6) is from a gem found by a husbandman in the vicinity of Rumsey; it is a very fine and highly polished garnet, the under surface hollowed out. It was set in fine gold, the back quite plain, the rim very neatly chased, in the upper part of which chasing were three small holes probably to suspend it by a gold chain or thread.
It was in the possession of Mr. Sweeper, a Silversmith at Rumsey, who had taken out the stone for the convenience of weighing the gold, who was .about to make it into a broche until I dissuaded him from the design, and urged him to remount it as when found.
The Inscription is submitted to the Antiquary for explanation, as well as the purpose for which the gem was intended. H.
Mr. Urban, Fcb.1.
WITH this you will receive a representation of a Bronze Medallion of the unfortunate King Charlesl. (SeeFig.1.) Theorigiual (of the exact size of the Engraving) is now in the possession of Mr. James Lawrence of Axbridge. It was found not long since at a place called BroadfieWl
Broadfield Down, about eight miles falling band which his Majesty wears, S. W. from Bristol, aod is supposed is very rich and elegant, somewhat to have been lost there by some faith- like that on the painting ut Hampful adherent to his sacred King in ton Court; and the inscription on tne the march of the troops to, or re- reverse, surrounded by a wreath of treat from that city. — Broadfield laurel, speaks for itself. By permitDown was formerly a wild unculti- ting this to appear in one of your vated waste of many hundred acres, future Numbers you will confer a but has lately been enclosed. favour on one who has often "shed The likeness of the King in the a generous tear for the fate of Charles original is remarkably striking. The the First." G.B.
COMPENDIUM OF CDUNTY HISTORY.
COUNTY PALATINE OF DURHAM.
SITUATION AND EXTENT Exclusive of its detached members of Norhamshire, Islandshire, Bedling
tonshire, and Crake. ■•
Boundaries. North,Northumberland. East, German Ocean. South, York.
West, Cumberland and Westmoreland. Greatest lenglhib; greatest breadth 36; circumference 178; square 1040miles. Province, York. Diocese, Durham. Circuit, Northern.
ANTIENT STATE AND REMAINS.
lioman Province. Maxima Cffisariensis.—Stations. Vindamora, Ebchester;
Antiquities. Maiden Castle, Roman Encampment. Durham Cathedral.
Monk Wearmouth Church was the first in England that had glass windows; they were introduced about 680 by Biscopius its founder. In Durham magnificent Cathedral, founded in 1093, by Bishop William de Carilepho, lie the remains of St. Cuthbert brought hither from Lindisfarne; of Venerable Bede removed from Jarrow; and of Ralph Lord Neville, Philippa's General at the battle of Neville's Cross, who was the first Layman permitted to be interred within its walls.
PRESENT STATE AND APPEARANCE.
Rivers. Derwent, Done,- Gaunleis, Lune, Skern, Tees, Till, Tweed, Tyne,
Wear. Inland Navigation. Hartlepool Canal, Tees, Tyne, Tweed, and Wear rivers. Eminences and Views. Beacon, Hilly, Bail, and Brandon hills. Teesdale
Forest hills, (latestlead and Cockfield fells. Bolt Law. Merrington
Church, and St. Giles's Church-yard, Durham. Natural Curiosities. High Force and Cauldron Snout, Cataracts on the
Tees. Birtley and Butlerby Salt Springs. Marston and Blackhalls
rocks. Cavities in the earth at Oxenhall, called Hell Kettles. Hartlepool
Promontory. Public Edifices. Sunderland iron-bridge, one arch 236 feet span, weight
of iron 260 tons, finished Aug. 9, 1796, expence 20,000/. Winston
bridge, one arch of 111 feet span. Arch over Causey Burne, span 10S
feet. Newton cap, and Durham (new) bridges. Sunderland pier and