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Mr.URBAN, Shrewsbury, March 23.
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“ The Righteous shall be had in ever nexed View of the Remains of

Jasting remembrance. Bromfield Priory, worth preserving

Agatha Barlow, widow, daughter ofamongst your Shropshire Antiquities. Humfrey Welsborne, late wife of Wil(See Plate 11.) The pleasant vil- Jiam Barlow, Bishop of Chichester, who lage of Bromfield is situated about departed this life the 13th of Auguste two miles short of Ludlow, on the A.D. 1568, and liethe buried in the CaShrewsbury road, in the hundred of shee had seven children that came unto

thedrall Churche of Chichester: by wbom. Munslow, adjoining the beautiful do

men and wemen's state, too sunnes and main of Oakeley Park.

five daughters: the sunnes William and Tbis Priory or Cell of Monks be. John ; the danghters Margarite, wise longed to Gloucester Abbey, which unto William Overton, Bishop of Coven. had Prebendaries; they were of the tri and Litchefild ; Anne, wife unto HerBenedictine order. The canons of bert Westfayling, Bishop of Hereforde; it, a D. 1159, by the authority and Elizabeth died anno - wife unto with the concurrence of Theobald, William Day, now Bishop of Winchester; Archbishop of Canterbury, gave their Frances, wife unto Toby Mathew, Bichurch to the abbey of St. Peter at shop of Durrham ; Antonine, late wife Gloucester. King Henry II.

unto William Wickham, disceased, Bifirmed all the estates belonging to it, shop of Winchester : Shee being a wo. under the title of the Church of St.

man godly, wise, and discreete, from her Mary, of Bromfield, to the Monks youtbe moste faithfull unto her husband

bot be in prosperite and adversite, and a there serving God, to hold of him .companione with him in banishemente and his heirs in perpetual alms: the for the Gospell sake, moste kinde and like confirmation was made to it by loving into all her children, and dearly King Henry 111. It way valued at beloved of them all; for her ability, of a 771. 18s. 3d. per annuin clear, at the liberall mynde and pitiful unto the poore. Suppression.

Shee baving lived aboute Lxxxx years, The situation of this house was died in the Lorde, whom shee dayly most delightful, between the rivers served, the Xill of June, anno Domini Oney and Téme. The Oney flowed

1595, in the bowse of her sunne William, hy the back part of the priory, nearly being then Person of this churcke, and touchiog it with its left bank, and a Prebendary of Winchester. little below was the copftuence of the Rogatu et sumptibus Filiæ dilectæ two rivers. It is not therefore sur

Franciscæ Mathew. prising that a place like this should Hic Agathæ tumulus Barloi, Præsulis, have been chosen for retirement and

inde ineditation.

Exulis, inde iterum Præsulis uxor erat, The flat pointed arch of the Gate. Prole beata fuit, plena annis, quinque house is standing, with the Western portion of the Church, patched up

Præsulibus vidit Præsulis ipsa datas." and made parochial: these are re Yours, &c.

I. presented in the annexed view. Adjoining the South-east part of the MR. URBAN,

Aug. 12. Church are a few fragments of broken walls. - Whatever ancient Monú

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Berkeley, which I transcribed from ments or Inscriptions may have been, that most curious book “The History not a vestige remains excepting 'a of the Berkeley Family.” If y Jarge coffio-shaped stune in the chan.

never seen the extract, it will amuse cel floor, with a cross fleury; the in you, and it is entirely at your service. scription round the verge of wbich is the author of this book was a Mr. nearly obliterated. D, PARKES

Smythe, then of Kilby Green, co. Glou

cesier, ancestor of Mr. Aven Smythe, Mr. URBAN,

of Condover, Shropshire.
Aug. 7.
Yours, &c.

F. T.
THE
WIE following inscription is co-
pied verbatim from a mural ino-

“ Of stature this lady was somewhat nument, with the Latin verses on

tall, of complexion lovely, both in the brass plates, in the church of Easton, little inclining towards an high colour,

spring and autumn of her life, but a Dear Winchester..

her hair somewhat yellowish, of pace the Gent. Mag. September, 1816.

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most stately and upright, all times of to apprehend; and in Hilary Term in
ber age that ever I beheld; of stomach the 37th year of Queen Elizabeth, I
great and haughtie, no way diminishing bought for her a globe, Blagrave's Ma,
the greatness of her birth and marriage, thematical Jewel,' a quadrate, compas
by omission of any ceremony, at diett or ses, rulers, and other mathematical in-
public prayers, whose book I have usually struments, wberein she much delighted
observed presented to ber with the herself till her death.
Jowest curtesies that might be, and on “I remember about three years before
the knees of her gentlewoman; of great her death, one of her fingers in the two
expence and bountie beyond the means of foremost joints put her to much pain,
continuance; of speech passing eloquent which caused ber to send for an excel-
and 'ready, whom ia many years I could lent chirurgeon from Coventry, who
never observe to misplace, or seem to told her plainly that it must be cut off
recall one mistaken, misplaced, or mis- by the palm of ber hand, or else be
pronounced word or syllable, and as lanced all along to the bare bone ; which
'ready, and significant under her pen : latter, though far more painful, she
forty of whose letters at least at several made choice of. At the time appointed
times I have received; her invention as her surgeon desired her to sit, and that
quick as her first thoughts, and her some of her strongest servants might
words as ready as her invention; skilful hold her, for the pain would be extreme;
in the French, but perfect in the Italian to whom she replied, Spare not you in
tongue, wherein she most desired ber performing your part, and leave the rest
daughters to be instructed. At the lute to me: she held out her hand, he did
she played admirably, and in her private his office, she never blenched, or so
chamber would often sing thereto, to much as seemed to take notice of the
the ravishment of the hearers, which to pain: at which Roman-like magnani-
ber knowledge were seldome more than mity, and fortitude of mind, the sur.
one or two of her gentlewomen; how- geon seemed incredibly to wonder, as
beit I have known divers of her ser often after he told myself and others.
vants 'secretly hearkening under her Being in the 16th of Elizabeth the
windows, and at her chamber door, mother of three daughters, and almost
whom her husband hath sometimes there without hope of more children, especially
found, and privately stayed amongst of a son, which she for the continuance
them, of which number three or four of her house, and husband's name, much
times myself hath been one.

desired, extremely grieving that the

male line of this ancient family should « In the first 20 years after her mar end in her default, as she accounted it, riage, she was given to all manner of she acquainted Mr. Francis Aylworth delights beseeming her birth and call. therewith, then of Kington Magna, in ing, as before hath been touched. But Warwickshire, a little old queerish man, after the beheading of the Duke of Nor but an excellent well-read and practisfolk her brother, and the frowns which ed chirurgeon and physician, and for 'state government had cast upon the many years a gentleman living in her rest, and others of her dearest kindred, house: he gave her hope of conception, with the harsh bereavings, or rather yea, of a son, if she and her Lord would wrestings, of her husband's possessions, for a few months be ruled by him. This as hath been declared, then grown to. in a private conference betweene them wards thirty-eight or forty years, she three was agreed upon, and promised to retired herself into her chamber, and be observed. Children are given to men. private walks, which each fair day in It's God that giveth them. She congarden, park, and other solitaries, for ceived, and within one year after this her set hours she constantly observed, communication, brought forth a son not permitting either ber gentleman- called Thomas, father of the Lord usber, gentlewomen, or any other of ber George, to her unspeakable comfort; house, to come nearer to her than their but never conceived after. What time appointed distance: when the weather Mr. Aylworth told me this story, about permitted not abroad, she observed the 10 years after at Hallowdon, which I same order in the great chamber or have at second hand heard also that this gallery.

Lord hath privately told 10 some others: “In her elder years she gave herself to he added, that some months, or therethe study of natural philosophy and as abouts, before the time of delivery, she tronomy; and the better to continue her sent for him, and kept him with her; knowledge in the Latin tongue in read and be, out of wbat observation I know ing over the grammar rules, bath three rot, being confident she went with a or four times called me to explain some offered to wage with ber ten pound thing therein, that she seemed not fully to thirty pound that so it was : she ac

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opted the offer, most willing, no doubt, husband's chamber and otherwise, of his to lose, had the wager been thirty hun speeches, dispatches, and purposes : few. dred. As soon as she was delivered, and fines or incomes from his tenants were understood it was a son, the first word raised, and never any land sold, but she she spake was, Carry Aylworth his had a sixth, eighth, or tenth part therethirty pound, which purposely she had out unknown to him: so strictly held laid ready in gold in her chamber, this she obliged to her the servants, and being the 11th of July, 1575. She also officers employed under her husband (I prevailed with her husband to sell him write mine own knowledge for many of The said manor of Kington Magna, in her last years, and received the usage September following, for 520l. which he of former times from my fellow com. then held in lease for years, formerly by missioners, employed in that kind, many me mentioned amongst this Lord's sales years before my observations); by us all of his lands.

disliked, but by none of us to be helped. “For the awing of her family (I say Most just it is, that all toll should come not regulating the expence according to into the right toll-dish. For the most the revenue) and the education of youth, part it falleth out, that where wives will she had no compeer, which I could much rule all, they marall; words I lately heard enlarge by many particulars : I will from wise lords in the Star Chamber, in only mention one instance, that as my- the cases of the Lady Lake, the Counself, in the 26th of Elizabeth, then tess of Suffolk, and some others. These about 17, crossed the upper part of the verses are ancient: gallery at the Fryars in Coventry, where Concerning wives take this a certain rule : she then dwelt, having a covered dish That, if at first you let them have the in my hands, with her son's breakfast,

rule, wherewith I was hastening, and there. Yourself with them at last shall bear by presented her, then at the farther end,

no rule, with a running leg or curtesie, as loth Except you let them evermore to rule. too long to stay upon that duty, she called me back to her, and to make, ere

“ For many of her first years after I departed, one hundred legs, so to call marriage, she was allowed from her them, at the least. And when I had done busband's purse and his receivers, whạt well, and missed the like in my next

she spent, and called for; but that essay, I was then to begin again. And proved more burthensome than her such was her great nobleness to me

husband's revenue could beare. After therein, then a boy of no desert, lately

she undertook to amend much that was come from a country-school, and but amiss, and became his receiver-general, newly entered into her service, that to to whom all officers, foreign and domesshew me the better how, she lifted up

tic, made their accompts; but that prom all her garments to the calf of her legge,

ving more unprofitable, soon blasted; that I might the better observe the

lastly she had 3001, by the year for her grace of drawing back the foot, and apparell, and chamber expences, which bowing of the knee. At this time, the

allowance continued till her death. antic and apish gestures, since used in After this lady had seen her son and salutations, nor the French garbs of two daughters married, growing by dea cringing, were not arrived, nor ex grees into a kind of dropsy, a watry pected in England ; but what is worse, timpany, she departed this life, the 7th in subscriptions of letters, your humble April in the 38th of Elizabeth, anno servant hath since that time almost 1596, at Hallowdon aforesaid, then of driven your loving friend oui of Eng. the age of 58 years or thereabouts, and land.

was buried on Ascension day following, “ It cannot be said that any apparent then the 20th of May, in St. Michael's vice was in this lady; but it may be said church in Coventry, with the greatest of a wife, as of money, they are, as they

state and honour that for many years are used, helpers or hurters : money is before had been seen in that city, or in a good servant, but a bad master. And those parts of the kingdom, the man sure it is that she much coveted to rule ner whereof, by direction of this Lord her busband's affairs at home and abroad, Henry, for his private satisfaction, and to be informed of the particular (mourning all that time at Hallowdon passages of each of them; which soine in his private chamber) I put into write times brought forth harshness at home, ing, a labour the more readily under and turning off such servants as she gone, as the last service I could performa observed refractory to ber intentions to the memory of her who had to my therein. As far as was possible, she had young years and education, both in her in her middle and elder years a desire house at Oxford, and in the Middle to be informed from the groom3 of her Temple, continued any benefactor by

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the pension of ten pounds by the year; bis constant practice, after he had which I here present verbatim, out of taken tea at Horseman's Coffee-house, my rough draft, as I delivered it fairer

in the High-street ; where he used to written, tó tbis Lord Henry, the third

meet Mr. Cracherode, Dr. Smallwell, day after the funeral, viz. * A declaration of the funeral of the generally used to accompany him to

and other Christ-Church men, who Lady Katherine Berkeley, as it was per- ihe 'Turl. He was a profound scholar, formed on Thursday, the 20th of May, and rendered Dr. Kennicott great as1596, being Ascension-day."

sistance in his great work of the HeMr. URBAN,

May 29.

brew Bible. When The Confessional N inspecting the papers of a

was first published, he told Mr. ford, I found a letter addressed to last of that Book as long as he lived ; him froni'a correspondent in London, and I am apt to think his opinions containing Anecdotes of the learned coincided with those vf the Author Joseph Sanford, of Baliol College, of that celebrated work, for he did Oxford, well known for his profound not take Holy Orders until he could learning, extev sive library, and sin. not avoid it for preserving his Fellowgularity in dress; and who is a re- ship; and I have been told, that he markable instance of neglecled Bio

never did any duly, not even in the lieve, there is uo Chapel of his College. On his appliaccount of him in any publication, cation to the Bishop for Ordination, except in the “ Literary Anecdotes of he was introduced to the Chaplain, to the Eighteenth Century,” in which he whom he was a stranger, and who, as is incidentally mentioned in the Cor. usual, told him he must examine him; respondence of the Rev. Mr. Godwyn and the first Question proposed was with Mr. Hutchins, the Historian of Quid Fides ? to which Sanford replied Dorsetshire; which work was not in a loud tone (and increasing it at

The published at the time the following each answer), Quod non vides. Letter was written. In a Note in the second question was Quid Spes ? to “ Literary Anecdoles," vol. VIII. p.

which Sanford-Futura res. The 260, he is said to have died Nov. 14, third was Quid Charitas? to which he which is an error for Sept. 25, 1774, roared out-In Mundo ruritas. Upon as authenticated by the following lo

which the Chaplain, finding he had an scription on bis Monument, in the extraordinary character tv deal with, Church of St. Mary Magdalen, in left him, and went to inform the Bishop Oxford. Mr. Sanford wrote his name

of what had passed below, with a without a d; this trifle is mentioned, person he knew not what to make of, as his name is usually printed Sandford. who had given in his name Joseph - Juxta hoc Marmor requiescit

Sanford, of Baliol; which made the vir Reverendus Joseph Sanford, S. T. B. Bishop laugh, and exclaim, You Collegii Ballousi

examine hin! why he is able to exexaginta Socius, ainine you, and our whole Bench! folicioris Ingenii, Memoriæ, Judicii, pray desire him to walk up :' when exemplum singularis ;

the Bishop made an apology for the in republica literaria

Chaplain, and said, he was sorry Mr. esse primas meruit, modestus devitavit; Sanford had not applied to him in the ingenuo cuiq; consulenti se facile adjunxit first instance. studiorum simul adjutorem et ducem; “ His rooms were in the middle ab eruditis in honore,

stair-case, on the East side of the ab Academicis in veneratione habitus,

Quadrangle: he used to read at the ab amicis muitum desideratus, dié 25 Septembris decessit,

end of a gallery, without fire, in the

coldest weather. On every Friday, in anno Salutis 1774, ætatis 84."

all weathers, he never missed walking Yours, &c.

W. H.

to some house, four or five miles off, “ DEAR SIR,

on the banks of the Cherwell, where “ YOU have set me a longer task he used to dine on fish. I suppose than you imagine, if I am to give you there is no old servant left at Baliol, all that I recollect of Joseph Sanford. to tell you the name of the place. You seem to remember seeing him in " I do not know who succeeded to au evening, walking his mile up and his property; but suppose bis Nephew, duwn Mr. Fletcher's shop, which was a Dr. Sanford, who had been Fellow

of

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new cases.

of All Souls. His exteusive Library Westminster are not only abundance
he gave to Exeter College, by a of rare printed books and MSS. but
nuncupative Will, witnessed by Mr. antiquities, as statues, medals, paint-
Fletcher.. Dr. Eveleigh, of Oriel, ings, and many other curiosities, both
who, I think, married a daughter of in art and nature, which may vie with
Dr. Sanford, presented a portrait of any city in Europe, Rome excepted.
him to Exeter College; he is repre- We are not addicted to extol our
sented witba folio under his arm, own country, as the French do; but
which is the first edition of the we ought to let Foreigoers know the
Hebrew Bible, a book of the greatest vast quantities we have of this nature.
rarily, which he bought for a trifle of I shall not trouble the reader with
David Wilson, a Bookseller in the an account of such great abundance
Strand; and as soon as he had ascer we have of good books, and how well
tained his treasure, he never laid the the Conventual Fryeries and Abbeys
book down, but took it himself to were furnished with them before the
his lodging, and the next morniny set Reformation. My design is only to
out for Oxford, although he had not direct you to the place where they
finished the business which brought are to be seen; and I shall begin with
him to London, and kept the book in our Public Records, and the several
his hands the whole journey, until he places where they are deposited.
"safely lodged it in his room at Baliol : First, in the Tower of London.-
he was so much pleased with this ac Those jo Wakefield Tower deserve a
quisition, that on Mr. Fletcher's next critical inspection, especially since
visit to London, he sent a guinea by they are new modellized and have
him to the Bookseller, in addition to

Those also in the White what he had first paid him.--This is Tower contain vast number of reall I can send you at present; and cords relating to monasteries, &c. sewhich, perhaps, is more than you can veral letters of Emperors, Kings, and get bow from any one else.”

Princes, Dukes, &c. in several parts,
as Tartary, Barbary, Spain, France,

Italy, &c. to our Kings in England,
An Account of the several Libraries which are and will be in such order

public and private, in and about as to be very serviceable to the cuLondon, for the satisfaction of the rivus: the Building itself, which was Curious, whether Natives or Fo- a Chapel of the Palace, is built after

reigners. (HARL. MSS. 5900.) a rare and uncommon manner, and IT, T is usual for Travellers (I mean by the Queen's generosity in time

such as are lovers of learning), will be both useful and ornamental. when they come to reside in any city

For the Records at Westminster, or place of note, to make inquiry there are, first, those in the Excheafter the Libraries of learned men, quer, in the custody of the Lord and get information of the rare Treasurer. There are those two most books, medals, ' paintings, statues, antient books of Records of England, prints, and other pieces of antiquity, made in William the Conqueror's that are to be seen there, and who time, called Doonusdag-book, one in are the proprietors of them.

4to, containing the survey of Essex, Having been abroad, and seen the Norfolk, and Suffolk, the other in several Cities and Universilies in Hol. folio, being all the shires in England land, and the French having given from Cornwall to the river Tine. large accounts of their Libraries at This is well worth the seeing. There Paris, hath put me upon this subject, are also other autient and valuable to give an account in print of our

records : see lowell's Repertory of public and private Libraries. No. Records, 4to, printed in 1631. thing of this valure having been al

The Parliament Rolls are kept in tempted bere in England, only the a Stove Tower in the Old Palace-yard. two Universities, the Bodleiaii Li The Papers of State, from the be. brary, avd the Catalogue of MSS. in gimning of Henry VIII. to this time, Colleges and Cathedral Churches, and are kept over the Gate that goes to those ia private hands that would the Cockpit, and is called the Papercommunicate them; I thought fit to Office; it was built by lleory VIII. inform the world that in London and and is one of the bese pieces of work

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