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right; and I took its bearings with my compass, and from the top of it I have drawn a prospect of the country, with Chilhamhouse, the Castle, and the Town, which you shall see when we meet. I believe this is the last Letter I shall trouble you with from hence at this season, but may receive one from you.

“Excuse blots.—Mr. Creyk's humble service attends you; and I am, Sir, your humble servant,

CYNGETORAN; or (if I have lost that title for insufficiency) WINCHILSEA."

Marlborough, Oct. 31, 1793. After so long a silence, I not only am, but ought to be, ashamed; and, had I not experienced your good-nature, I should have gone still farther, and not dared to have set pen to paper, for fear of my merits, even no pardon. But hold; I would not have you imagine from hence that I fancy any thing I can write, or say, deserves more than thanks, for the escaping the trouble of either reading, or even hearing, what I am able any way to express ; but, stuff such as it is, take it, and use it as it deserves.

"I please myself not a little with the progress you have made, and hope to have an account of it from you when we meet at London, which I, with great satisfaction, promise myself niay be in company with my Lord Winchilsea and Roger Gale, an old acquaintance that I shall have the utmost pleasure in renewing. You tell me, you saw the inscription of the Temple of Neptune at Chichester ; you would oblige me if you would send me a copy of it ; for that I had from Lord Winchilsea is very imperfect, some words being entirely wanting. As to the Amphitheatre at Dorchester, I am sure you were pleased with it.

"My Lord Winchilsea went with me to Cadbury; I shall say nothing of what we saw ; his Lordship, I doubt not, having given you a better account than I am capable of. Jam sure you will not

let next summer pass without seeing Avebury; and as I will - contrive to be in this country, if possible, at the same time, no information that I can get shall be wanting to make Wiltshire agreeable to you. I envy much the time you spent with Cartilius Magnus. I remember so well the pleasure I lead there four years ago, that I am sure the innumerable additions since made must be inexpressible, as would be my pleasure again to go.

“I will mis-spend no more of your line, but assure you that I am, your obedient humble servant, SEGONAX (HARTFORD]."

Dec. 23, 1723. “ Since what you told me of the late discovery of Hippocrates upon some of the Medals of Smyrna, I have examined mine, and on the other leaf of this sheet * baie written a Catalogue of such as I think have that figure, with the names of persons—ilat, if Dr. Mead designs to take notice of those sort of Medais, and finds among these any names of persons that he has not yet met

• His Lordship has there given a description of six Smyrnean Medals in bis possession, which have the figure of Hippocrates.

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with, he may have the perusal of them, and have them engraved if he thinks fit.-I hope it will not be long before you and I meet again. I will endeavour to call upon you in a few days.--I am, Sir, your very affectionate humble servant, WINCHILSEA." « Dear DRUID,

Jan. 1, 1723-4. “ I shall begin with wishing you a happy new year, and ten thousand more ; and now I am to tell you, that next Monday morning, at about ten o'clock, Lord Hartford and I intend to beat up your quarters (if it will not be unseasonable to you), having something to discourse with you. He sends you his service; and I am your niost humble servant, WINCHilsea.”

Monday night (1723). “I did not intend to have wrote to you, thinking erery moment of your time mis-spent in reading any thing I either shall or can write; therefore will only say that I am not a little obliged to you for the rery few days you were with me, who have had too much pleasure in your conversation not to wish it had been longer. I hope next winter to enjoy inore of your company, and to be estcemed by you as I really am, your very humble servant,

HARTFORD.” “ Most VENERABLE Druid,

Eastwell, AND MY DEAR Doctor,

Oct, 26, 1724. Though I hope to see you very soon (but not till next week) I will not defer my thanks for your very obliging and most entertaining Letter, and for the favour of your company here. What could be kinder, than to come out of your way, and let me enjoy your company for a week, in a house till then very solitary, where we had nothing to divert and entertain you so well as I would have done, and yet I should have been glad to have lengthened your niortification, if I could but have adjourned St. Luke's day * for one fortnight.--I am glad your weather was so favourable for your journey; we have had wet enough since. I long to discourse with you upon the fine things you saw; you have described them enough to make me long to hear more of them.--Our Society friends will, I doubt, be disappointed, by finding my acquisitions not come up to the ideas you have raised of them. — You was not displeased, I believe, when you saw your Sister (the Cleft Doctor) at Elham. am glad my old friend Dr. Wagstaff is not dead, as was reported. I question not but Dr. Hales made you a fine speech, with his belli homines, whether you was meant or no. I shall be impatient to see Dr. Mead's Dissertation; but I must wait with patience for the sight of that and other things. Oh, why did not I take my degree in your Faculty, instead of the Civil Law? but I was not fated to be great.--I am glad you saw our dear President t, and that he has a reasonable prospect of improving the discovery in his neighbourhood to something very considerable. — Last Wednesday my .fac-totum, after a ramble of four days on foot in all our bad wea

* The grand Anniversary of the College of Physicians. + Lord Harisord; see p. 770.

ther, Knousley, Dec. 12, 1725. “ I never designed to buy any more of the things you men. tion; being satisfied, God be thanked, with what I have, not only in such things, but in every thing else. Au that I wish for is, that we may in safety enjoy what we have, which at present we are in no danger of losing. I have given orders to Mr. Ed. ward Stanley, of Hare-court, Temple, to pay you for the figure whenever you send it to him; and he will take care to convey it hither. If I had not your word for the goodness of it, I would not meddle with it ; but, since I have that, I shall seek no further satisfaction. I am glad you are approaching nearer to us, but

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ther, came hither, and brought with him a very large urn, very perfect, of a dark colour, with a patera of the fine red earth, wbich stood as a cover upon the mouth of the great urn. These are fine things; and with them, I think, I have finished my harvest, and have had a good one this summer; and it is time to finish my Letter. All health and happiness attend you. Mr. Creyk returns his love and service to his dear Brother.-I dear Sir, your very affectionate humble servant,

CYNGETORIX." “Dear David,

Feb. 17, 1724-5. “ If you conveniently can, I wish you would meet me at Lord Hartford's to-day, where you are always welcome, and after dinner we shall go all together to the Mirre: but, if this does not well suit with you, I will come to you about 12 o'clock, having something to say to you from Lord Brooke; nothing concerning the engine ; but, if you have got an opinion upon the paper I left with you, I desire you will bring it with you to Lord Hartford's if you can come there, because I would send it to Lord Brooke by to-morrow's post, and at the same time an account of something else which I am to discourse with you upon. WinCHiLSEA." “ MY DEAR Doctor,

Eastwell, Oct. 18, 1725. « Four months absence, and leave a friend in doubt all that time whether you was dead or alive! was that right? You may excuse yourself by telling me that your time was wholly taken up in search of Antiquities, and in making such discoveries as will not only be a public benefit to all lovers of Antiquity and His. tory, &c. and a particular pleasure to me (I am sure nobody more). I confess, when I consider how fully you must have been employed, in travelling, viewing, examining, diuwing, and writing, it was not reasonable to expect Letters ;—but why pot a few lines to acquaint me of your health and return? Till Lord Hartford informed me of his seeing you at the Mitre, and a Newspaper of the same post telling you are chosen a Censor of your College (which I congratulate) I knew not what was become of you. I am glad you are returned, and well. — Mr. Creyk is your humble servant, and congratulates your safe return. “I am, dear Sir, your most humble servant, WINCHILSEA." “My good Doctor,

The famous old Tavern in Fleet-street, where the Sveiety of Antiquaries originally met; and where the Royal and Antiquarian Societies long beld their convivial associations.

cannot * James Stanley, tenth Earl of Derby ; see vol. 1. p. 298. t Emanuel Serope, Lord Viscount Howe; of whom see before, p. 30. Thomas Earl of Pembroke and Montgomery ; see before, p. 22

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cannot help wishing you had been still nearer. I make my le as easy as I can to myself and all my neighbours, and so am resolved (to manage wisely the last stake) at least as far as my poor understanding will give me leave. I am glad to find you agree with me that a country life is the most innocent, as well as the most satisfactory, especially for one that has seen so much of the bustling part of the world. I have no list of what you desire ; but, as soon as I have one, you shall have it. I forgot in my Letter to Mr. Gale (to whom pray give my hearty service) to mention Cumberland, for we can see Black Coume, which is in that county. I find (and am glad) you design to oblige the world further with your pleasing and useful labours ; and you can none more than your very hearty friend, DERBY *."

Dec 15, 1725. “ I have orders from Lord Derby to pay you £.100, for a fie gure in Brass of a Venus and Cupid ; and will, for that purpose, wait on you this afternoon about five; and am, Edw. Stanley." Sir,

Dec..., 1725. “I have, since I received your Letter, had an opportunity to give a good character, as I know you deserve, and not only for your learning, to the Duke of Rutland; and, though I find that my Lord Howe t and family are used to one much nearer them, yet I gave the same character of you to him. I have, since you were at Wilton, where you will always be welcome, had come over the last eight load of Antiquities. Dr. Mead did not know where to place the two large Statues he had, and therefore has sold them to me. I have also the fine carved Marble Urn which you drew when he had it. I was glad to hear, by Mr. Gordon, that you were so well settled; who am your humble servant,

PEMBROKE I."

Wilton, Oct. 13, 1726. “I must first tell you, from the Ladies, that they are much pleased with their Letters, and I thank you for mine, and shall be glad to see your Book; pray bid my porter send it to me with the four I have marked with a cross in the inclosed Print. I desire that you will buy them; and if any are not bound, only have them stitched, that I may the sooner have yours. I hope Mr. Gale (with my service to him) is perfectly well again. And my service to Mr. Anstis, and tell him that I shall be glad to see him well at London, though without the Medal, which I desire him to keep When I pay for these books, I must remember that I forgot the last digging at Stonehenge. “ I am your humble servant,

PEMBROKE." “ Dear DR. STUKELEY, Eastwell, Sept. 30, 1726. “ This morning, at five minutes before six, i performed the doleful office of closing the eyes of my dear Lord Winchilsea, who died of the iliac passion, of which he had been ill since Sa

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turday last. I shall leave this dismal place after I have performed my last duty of burying his Lordship; and beg you will let me hear from you in town. - I know not whether you know my direction; at Mr. Doughty's, in King-street, St. Anne's, Westminster. I am, dear Sir, your most humble servant, J. CREYK." “ WORTHY SIR,

Feb. 2, 1796-7. “ I was really at a loss to know what was become of you, till I received the account you were pleased to give me of it. Since you resolved to leave the town, and retire altogether into the country, I am glad you have fixed on so pleasant a place, and country, as that you are now in ; and where I hope you will meet with all the content you proposed to yourself in it. My niece Payn, and her family, will have a sensible benefit by it; for indeed so I account it, in our present state of life, to have a Friend and Physician within call, upon occasion, upon whom one may entirely depend. Though I have no fear that this removal wiilatate your love of Antiquities, yet I doubt it will hinder your usual search after them; and that we must be content with your account already published of your Travels in England, without expecting any new increase of the like curious remarks. I believe I once acquainted you that I had been endeavouring to gather a perfect Collection of our English Money, of all metals, froin the Conqueror to the present times. I am almost perfect from King Henry VII. (inclusive); but want several of the more antient Reigns. If it should lie in your way to mect with any of them, and you would be so kind as to think of me, I would most thankfully receive them at any reasonable rate you could get them for

I have some of William the Conqueror, Henry II. Edward 1. II. and III. Henry IV. Henry V. Henry VI. and Edward IV. None of any others before Henry VII.— You will have the goodness to excuse this liberty, and impute it to the desire I have to finish a Collection intended for the use of the publick, ihan I myself must have done with it. — I am, witli all respect, good Sir, your faithful and assured friend and servant, W. CANT.***

April 20, 1797. “I am obliged to you for your agreeable Letter; and the concern you express for the loss of Lord Winchilsea cannot but be pleasing to me; for I should have been very sorry that you, for whom he had a just value, should not have grieved with the rest of his friends; and I think I may call the whole world so, for sure he had no enemy, nor was he one to any body. By his will he left me his Imperial Medals, and his Sark Antiquities ;-hat be wrote upon them is in the possession of Mr. Creyk; — whether he will publish them or not I do not know ;-he has the disposal of every thing ;-he has promised me the refusal of the Athenian Medals, and some of the Books. I have seen Baron Clerk several times ; he seems very sorry that he missed of you as he passed through Grantham. I will send you the Prints of * Dr. William Wake, Archbishop of Canterbury from 1715 to 1737.

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