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whatever regard his physiognomical logue of the bookseller, and the hamobservations deserve, has, I believe, mer of the auctioneer, afford a suffi. mentioned that the nodern busts of cient proof, whenever the History of Shakspeare do not represent a man of Somerset is enrolled in the pages of genius, from the invariable shortness the one, or subjected to the vibration of bis upper lip.

of the other. The very limited paIo the description of a bust neither tronage, which the venerable and possessing a characteristic pertness of well-qualified Historian of the neighcountenance, nor deficient in skilful. bouring County of Dorset has expeness of execution, a bust seen to the rienced, would appear to afford in a least advaptage in its present situa. pecuniary point of view an unfavourtion, so long disregarded, except by able prospect of encouragement to the very few, who, having bad the such an undertaking ; but, sir, when constant opportunity, have been in the extent of our County, its infithe almost daily babit of contemplat- nitely more abundant population, aod ing and admiring it; and at last likely the perpetual change of property, to to gain its due value in the opinion of which that population necessarily the illustrious Bard's intelligent coun- gives rise, are taken into consideratrymen, when its merits are more tion, the adventurer, I am confident, fully known than hitherto they have would not feel that he was about to

it may be at present improper launch into an uncertain and precafurther to intrude upon your pages, rious speculation. From my own perwhich may be better occupied, if not sonal knowledge, I can affirm that by a subject more interesting to those Proposals for a New History of Sowho boast of being born in a country merset would meet with general atwhich produced the greatest dramatic tention; and in the hope that these genius in the world, yet by composi- remarks will be considered as conveytions less erratic than the « bald dig. ing a stimulus to the exertions of the jointed chat” of

living, rather than a reflection on the Yours, &c. R. B. WIELEN. labours of the dead, I subscribe myOld Town, Stratford-upon-Avon. self,

URBANI AMICUS.
Mr. URBAN,
Jan. 7. Mr. URBAN,

Jan. 7.
AS

s youngpages bare always afforded IN the margin of the Domesday Sur vations relative to the general Topo- occurs, which, as I believe, is not to graphy of this favoured Isle, and as be found in any other part of that County History in particular seems at Record. It stands thus, present to hold a deservedly high rank

4 in the public estimation; 1 venture to address you iu behalf of a spot, of in small characters, and appears first which but a very unsatisfactory and at folio 105, and again at folios 105 b. imperfect account has hitherto been 108 b. 110, 111, 112, 112 b. 113, 114 b. given. The county of Somerset, sir, 115, and 116. has laboured under the misfortune of I am at a loss for its meaning, and having had an Historian, who, for the shall thank any of your Correspondmost part, has been diffuse, where a ents who will assist ine in attaining it. less detailed account would have been Mr. Kelham (in Domesday Book Ildesirable, and too often brief, where lustrated) does not attempt its explaa more ample account would have nation, but says merely, “ This abbeen acceptable to his readers. His breviation occurs in the margin of pen was not calculated for the office Domesday, p. 105, io six places sucwhich it assumed ; and, were it ne- cessively, and once in p. 110; but cessary, numerous instances might be what the signification of it is, or to adduced, in which profferred informa- what it refers, is left to the reader to tion was too hastily canvassed, and determine." documents of an interesting nature Yours, &c.

R. R. too cursorily investigated. That the opinion of the residents of the county Mr. URBAN, Middle Temple, Jan. 9.

THE that of the pablick at large, those in bis Translation of Domesday certain criterions of merit, tbe cala- Book for Dorsetsbire, communicated

to

par

Several years

to the Editor of the Fourth Volume thoughts on that most important subof the excellent History of that County, ject, will, I am persuaded, be acceptbas fallen into a slight hallucination, able to many admirers of the useful by rendering ipsa Ecclesia“ the Church portion of his multifarious objects of itself.” It should rather be the same research, and seems to be a tribute of Church ;" namely, the Cburcb just justice due to his memory. This conbefore mentioned.-Collinson, in his sideration induces me to indulge a “ Somersetshire,” has committed the hope, that the insertion of the folsame mistake. --That Ipsa signifies lowing anecdote in a Miscellany so “ the same,” is evident from Ains generally esteemed and that has so worth. And accordingly, in the Trans- extensive a circulation as the Gentlelation of Domesday for Leicestershire, man's Magazine, may not be deemed the indefatigable Historian of that an improper occupation of a part of County renders ipsa Abbatia, “ the one of its valuable pages. It is exsame Abbey,” p. vi. ; ipse H. “ the tracted from “ Travels in some parts same Henry," p. xii. ; ipse R. “ the of North America, in the years 1804, same King," &c. &c.

1805, and 1806. By Robert Sutcliff, Yours, &c.

CARADOC. late of Sheffield,” one of the Society

of Friends (called Quakers), 12mo. Mr. URBAN,

Jan. 18 printed at York, 1811 *. The Editor N the Times of Saturday last, Jan. informs us that the narrative was IN

14, 1 read a letter signed" Laicus,” penned without the remotest thought on the state of the Church in our of publication, but from the wellWestern Colonies. With the senti- known character of the writer, its ments of the writer I perfectly agree; strict veracity does not admit of a and as a Church establishment in the doubt. He was a respectable mer. East was formed in the last year, ce chant in Sheffield, and his extensive lebrated for many memorable events, dealings with transatlantic connecand that one pot among the least, I tions led him to make two voyages do think that a resident Bishop should to North America. be sent out by the Prince Regent for elapsed, after his return from the latthe Ecclesiastical Government of the ter' in 1806, before he consented to Colonies. It was at first, perhaps, permit the manuscript containing the well ordered, that they should be observations he had committed to placed under the care of the Bishop writing, to go to the press, from of London ; but it could not be sup- whence its contents had issued but a posed that they were always to con- short time, when it pleased Provitique so, wben that Prelate has so dence to remove him from this state large a Diocese at home. Besides, the of existence. inhabitants of the Colonies must be,

A FRIEND TO ACCURACY. as things are, without evidently, as the

Page 225. “ Philadelphia, 3rd month writer expresses, some useful Epis- 31, 1806. In conversation this evening copal rites! Probably some of your with Samuel Bryant, a son of the Judge friends know a reason why a Bishop of that name, he mentioned that Doctor should not be sent to reside in Ja. Franklin was an intimate friend of his Inaica. Yours, &c. AMICUS. father's, and that, in consequence, there

was a frequent intercourse between the DR. FRANKLIN'S LAST THOUGHTS two families. Amongst a number of ON RELIGION.

anecdotes relating to the Doctor, he reTHAT the name of Benjamin Frank. cited one respecting his religious opiniJin cannot fail of occupying 8

ons, which appeared to me worth preconspicuous place in future bistories serving. It is as follows: At the time

the Doctor was upon his death bed, he of the eighteenth century, will, I have no doubi, be readily admitted ; also, great respect for his judgment in all

was visited by a young man who had a that of his distinguished mental en

things; and having entertained doubts dowmeots, as well as the extent of in his own mind as to the truth of the his scientific attainments, there can

Scriptures, he thought that this awful be but one opinion. Still, as there is reason to believe that his sentiments

* See vol. LXXXIII. Part II. p. 416, on the great conceru of Religion va-. for some anecdotes of the late lamented ried at different periods of his long General Moreau, extracted from the same life, an authentic exhibition of his last publication,

THA

period afforded a suitable opportunity of Hon. William Lord Riversdale obi
consulting the Doctor on this important tained a decree of Court for the sale
subject. Accordingly be introduced it of the mortgaged premises. They
in a solemn, weighty, manner, inquiring
of the Doctor what were his sentiments Willcocks; and in the deed of convey-

were accordingly sold to Mr. Adderley as to the truth of the Scriptures. On

ance the before-mentioned William the question being put, although he was in a very weak state, and near his close, (widow of Osborne Greatrakes), An

Baron Riversdale, Mary Greatrakgs be replied, “Young man! my advice to you is, that you cultivate an acquaint

thony Sampis, Esq. and Frances Samance with, and a firm belief in the Holy

pis (otherwise Greatrakes) his wife, Seriptures: this is your certain interest and Mary, Catherive, and Sarah Great

rakes, daughters and coheiresses of

the late Osborne Greatrakes, are Mr. URBAN,

Jan. 18.,

stated to be consenting parties. TH We attention of the publick being William Greatrakes, of Clashder

a good deal turned to William mot, the younger son (the supposed Greatrakes, I send some particulars Junius) is styled usually in these Parelative to his family, drawn up from pers, “ William Greatrakes, of the papers ju my possession.

« Allen

city of Cork, Esq." He appears to Greatrakes, of Clashdermot, in the have had a property (I believe under Barony of Imokilly, and county of a lease) in the barony of Duhallow, Cork, Gentleman,” (so styled in a co. Cork, which he conveyed to Tho. lease dated March 9, 1755, granted mas Chatterton, Gent. of the city of to bim by Richard Supple, Esq.* of Cork, viz. “ all that and those the the lands of Monelahan, co. Cork,) lands of Knockanerobart, Nancy's had three sons and a daughter, Eliza Farm, Keel, and Milleen, situate in beth Greatrakes, wife of .... Cour- the parish of Culleen, barony of Du. tepay, of Lismore, co. Waterford, and hallow, and county of Cork, containwow living at an advanced age.

The ing 328 plantation acres, and also the sons were Osborne Greatrakes, Wil- lands of Knockigillane, in the same liam Greatrakes, Edmond Greatrakes,

barony." mentioned in the above lease, but Of Mr. William Greatrakes's claims supposed to have died young, as no to the authorship of Junius's Letters, farther account of him occurs. Allen I do not feel myself entitled to give Greatrakes, the father, devised the any opinion. lands of Clashdermot and Monelaban

Yours, &c.

G. H. W. to his sons Osborne and William, of which they made a division, Osborne

Mr. URBAN,

Jan. 19. taking Monelahan, and William Clashdermot.

N vol. LXXXIV. Part ii. p. 264, Osborne Greatrakes, the eldest son, resided at the town of Youghall, co.

borto lauros carpentem,” also a trans Cork; be is described in the Papers lation of them, both sent by a Corsometimes as “ Osborne Greatrakes, respondent, signed Oxoniensis. I need Merchant,” at others, as “ Osborne not tell you, Mr. Urban, that the Greatrakes, Mariner.” By his wife, Eliza so celebrated, was the late learned who was named Mary, he left four ard excellent Mrs. Elizabeth Carter, daughters and coheiresses, viz. I. the translator of Epictetus. But, on Frances, wife of Anthony Sampis, Esq. turning to the Memoirs of that lady, 2. Mary; 3. Catherine ; 4. Sarah. by her Nephew the Rev. Montagu This Osborne Greatrakes mortgaged Pennington, p. 25 of the quarto edi. his leasehold lands of Monelahan and tior, I was induced to refer back to preinises in Youghal to Richard Hut the year 1738, of your valuable Mischeson, Esq. by whom the Mortgage cellany, and there found not only the was assigned Colonel Richard Ton. original Latin verses, p. 372, but three son, M. P. for the borough of Balti

several translations, or rather imita. more, whose descendant the Right tions of them. Also a Latin answer to

the Epigram, and a translation of the

same, both I believe from the pen of • Richard Supple, Esq. of Ahadoe,

the learned and modest object of the eo, Cork, (the lessor of Allan Greatrakes,) was father of Sir Richard Brooke,

first well-verited compliment. Bart. of Northamptonshire.

Yours, &c. A CONSTANT READER.

Mr.

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Jun. 2. the habit of the Knights Hospitallers ;

- PLACE (a view and his wife Margaret, who had dower piece to our present Volume) is so William, son of Sir Simon de Swanland, ably described by Mr. Lysons, in his

had three sons, two of whom died in “ Middlesex Parishes,” that I beg their infancy, and the third left no issue. you to insert bis own words :

Joanna, the only daughter, married

John Newdegate, who was afterward “ In the survey of Domesday, the knighted, and served in the wars in name of this parish is written Herefelle ; France under Edward III. In the year in other antient records, Herfeld, Here: 1585, Jobi Newdegate, esq. the eighth felde, and Herfield. Harefeld in the in lineal descent from Sir John, who Saxon is literally the ' bare field.' married Joanna Swanland, exchanged The parish of Harefield lies in the

the manor of Harefield, with Sir Edmund hundred of Elthorne,' and forms the Anderson, Lord Chief Justice of the North-west angle of the county of Mid Comion Pleas, for the manor of Arbury dlesex, being bounded on the North by in Warwickshire, which has ever since Rickmansworth in Hertfordshire ; on

been the principal seat of the family. the West by the river Colne, wbich sepa. Sir Edmund Anderson, in 1601, sold rates it from Denbam in Buckingham. Harefield to Sir Thomas Egerton, Lord shire ; on the South by Hillingdon ; and Keeper of the Great Seal; his wife, on the East by Ickenham and Rislip. Alice Countess Dowager of Derby, and The village is pleasantly situated on Lady Anne, Laily Frances, and Lady rising ground, three miles from Ux

Elizabeth Stanley, her daughters. The bridge, and eighteen from London. Lord Keeper died in 1617, being then “ The manor of Harefield is thus de.

Viscount Brackley; the Countess of scribed in the survey of Domesday : Derby, in 1637. Lady Anne Stanley, * Richard, son of Gilbert the Earl (of the eldest daughter, married Grey Lord Briou,) holds Herefelle, which is taxed Chandus; and after his death, Mervin at five hides. The land is five carucates. Earl of Castlehaven. She survived her Two hides are in demesie, on which there

mother only ten years ; and on her are two ploughs. The villans have three death, George Lord Chandos (her eldest ploughs. The priest has one virgate ; son by her first husband) inherited the there are five villans, who bold a virgate manor of Harefield, pursuant to the each; seven bordars, who have five

deed of 1601. Lord Chandos died in acres each, and one bordar, who has' February 1655, having bequeathed it by three acres; there are three coitars, and will to his wife Jane. In the month of three slaves, two mills yielding 15s. October following, Lady Chandos marrent, four fisheries yielding 1000 eels, ried Sir William Sedley, bart. Sir Wilmeadow equal to one carncate, pas liam died in 1656; and in 1657 bis ture for the cattle of the manor, and widow took a third busband, Ge orge pannage for 1200 hogs.

The total Pitt, esq. of Stratfield Say, in the county annual value is 121. ; it was only 81. of Southampton. Having vested all her when entered upon by the present owner; estates, by a deed bearing date 1673, in in King Edward (the Confessor's) time Mr. Pitt and his heirs, he, in conjuncti on (being then the property of the Countess with his trustees, in the month of FebGoda, it was 141.' - Richard, son of ruary 1675, (his lady being still living) Gilbert Earl of Briou, was sometime conveyed by bargain and sale the manors called Richard Fitz Gilbert, sonetime of Harefield and More ball to Sir Richard Richard de Tonbridge, and sometime Newdegate, bart. Serjeant at Law, Richard de Clare : from him it seems to

younger son of Sir John Newdegate, and have descended to Alice, daughter of grandson of John Newdegate, esq. who Geoffrey, and grand-daughter of Baldwin had exchanged them with Sir Edmund de Clare.

Anderson. Having been thus restored “By a quo warranto, bearing date 1284, to the Newdegate family again, they have it appears, that Roger de Bacheworth continued in it ever since, and are now was then lord of the manor of Harefield, [1800) the property of Sir Roger Newdi. and that he and bis ancestors bad en gate, bart. who is the thirteenth in dejoyed it, with all its rights and privileges, scent from Sir John Newdegate first menfrom time immemorial, paying a small tioned. It is remarkable that this maquit-rent to the Honour of Clare. Sir nor (with the exception of a temporary Richard de Bacheworth, in the year 1315, alienation) has descended by intermargranted this manor to Simon de Swan riages, and a regular, succession in the land, who married the elder daughter families of Bacheworth, Swanland, and and co-heir of his brother Roger. This Newdegate,) from the year 1284, when, Sir Richard afterwards took upon him by the verdict of a Jury, it appeared Gert. Mag. January, 1815.

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tbat Roger de Bacheworth, and his an established themselves in power, he was cestors, had then held it from time im- obliged to pay a heavy composition for memorial. It is the only instance in his estates. He then retired to Harewbich I have traced such remote pos field, where he spent the remainder of his session in the county of Middlesex. days in great privacy. Dr. John Conant,

“ Harefield Place, situated near the a celebrated preacher and divine, resided Church, [of both of which a good view with him as his domestic Chaplain ; and, is given in Mr. Lysons's Work,] was the during his residence there, preached a antient Mansion-house of the Lords of voluntary lecture on a week-day to a the Manor, and for many years a seat nuinerous congregation at Uxbridge. of the Newdegate family. After the Harefield Place was burnt down about alienation before mentioned, it became the year 1660. Tradition says, that the the successive residence of Lord Chief fire was occasioned by the carelessness Justice Anderson, and the Lord Keeper of the witty Sir Charles Sedley, who was Egerton. The Countess Dowager of amusing himself by reading in bed. It Derby, wife of the Lord Keeper, (and is probable that he was on a visit to his with him joint purchaser of the manor,) sister-in-law Lady Chandos. The founcontinued to reside here during her dations of the old mansion may be traced second widowhood. Here she was ho at a little distance above the site of the noured with a visit from Queen Eliza present house, which was formed by beth, whoin she received with all the uniting the two lodges with an intermepomp and pageantry of those days *. Sir diate building. This was done by Sir Roger Newdigate was once possessed of Richard Newdegate, the second Baronet, an account in MS. of this visit, with a whose widow resided in it several years, collection of the complimentary speeches it being her jointure house: it was for with which, as was customary upon some years also the residence of Sir Roger those occasions, she was addressed. The Newdigate, the present Baronet [1800), MS. is unfortunately losip; but Sir Roger who, in 1743, was unanimously chosen Neydiyate recollects, that she was first Knight of the sbire of Middlesex. In 1760, welcomed at a farm-house, now called having fixed bis residence in Warwick Dew's farm, by several allegorical per- shire I, he sold Harefield Place (retaining soris, who attended her to a long avenue the manor and his other estates in this paof elms leading to the bouse, which ob- rish) to John Truesdale,esq. In 1780 it was tained from this circumstance the name purchased of Mr. Truesdale's executors of The Queen's Walk. Four trees of by the late William Baynes, esq. whose this avenue still remain, and the greater son, Sir Christopher Baynes, bart. is part were standing, not many years ago. the present proprietor and occupier. It was at Harefield Place also that Mil- . “ Evelyn, in his Sylva, mentions a ton's Arcades was performed by the

silver fir, wbich having been planted at Countess of Derby's grandchildren. Harefield Place in 1603 at two years That great Poet, during the time he growth, had, in 1679, attained the height lived at Horton with his father, (viz. of 1 feet, and measured 13 feet girth.” from 1632 to 1637,) was, it is probable, The Church, dedicated to the Vira frequent visitor at Harefield. After gin Mary, is a Gothic structure of the death of the Countess of Derby, flint and stone, consisting of a chanHarefield Place was inhabited by George cel, naye, and iwo ailes ; at the west Lord Chandos, her grandson. This No. end is a low square tower embattled. Weman, during the civil war, attached It contains a very handsome monuhimself to the royal cause, and behaved

ment to Alice Countess of Derby, enwith great gallantry at the battle of Newbury, having three horses shot under graved in Mr. Lysons's work; several

monuments of the Newdegate family him. When the republican party had

(one of which, to the memory of Mary • The Queen was twice at Harefield. Lady Newdegate, is also there enIn 1601 she visited Sir Edward Anderson there; and in 1602 Sir Thomas Egerton. The Ashbyes, Bishop Pritchett, &c.

graved; monuments in memory of See the Queen's Progresses, vol. II.

&c. all of which are fully described 1601, 1603, pp: 20, 21; and Vol. III. by Mr. Lysons; to whose valuable Preface, p. xviii. Evit.

B. N. + Not long before the death of Sir

Work I refer your Readers. Roger Newdigate, this curious MS. Sir Roger Newvigate died in his (which bad for many years been missing) 87th year, at bis seat at Arbury, co. was found in a volume of “ Strype's Warwick, Nov. 23; and was buried at Annals ;” and a transcript of it was Hareheld Dec. 5, 1806. See an account made (see LXXVI. 1074; LXXVII. 633.) of him in vol. LXXVI. pp. 1173, 1174 ; But both the original and the copy were and a full biographical Memoir of bini, soon after again mielaid; and neither of by his friend Mr. Archdeacon Churton, faena has since been found. EDIT. in vol. LXXVII. pp. 133, 705.

Mr.

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