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P. 98. Of the Author of the “Icon Libellorum," the following particulars have been presented to the Publick by Mr. D’Israeli :
“ Myles Davies and his works are imperfectly known to the most curious of our Literary Collectors. His name has scarcely reached a few; the Author and his works are equally extraordinary, and claim a right to be preserved in this Treatise on the Calamities of Authors. Our Author commenced printing a work, difficult, froin its miscellaneous character, to describe, of which the volumes appeared at different periods. The early, and the most valuable volumes, were the first and second; they are a kind of bibliographical, biographical, and critical work, on English Authors. They all bear a general title of “Athena Britannice.” Collectors - some years past — have sometimes met with a very curious volune intituled " Icon Libellorum," and sometimes the same book, intituled “A Critical History of Pamphlets.” This rare book forms the first volume of the “ Athena Britannice." The Author was Myles Davies, whose biography is quite unknown; lie may now be his own biographer. He was a Welsh Clergyman, a vehement foe to Popery, Arianisin, and Socinianism, of the most fervent loyalty to George I. and the Hanoverian Succession; a Scholar, learned in Greek and Latin, and skilled in all the modern languages. Quitting his native spot with political disgust, he changed his character in the Metropolis, for he subscribes himself “Counsellor at Law.” In an evil hour he commenced Author, not only surrounded by his books, but with the more urgent companions of a wife and family; and with that child-like simplicity which sometimes marks the mind of a retired Scholar, we perceive him imagining that his inmense reading would prove a source, not easily exhausted, for their subsistence. From the first volumes of his series much curious literary history may be extracted amidst the loose and wandering elements of this literary chaos. In his Dedication to the Prince he professes “to represent writers and writings in a catoptric view.' The Preface to the second volume opens his plan – and nothing as yet indicates those rambling humours which his after-volumes exhibit. As he proceeded in forming these volumes, I suspect either that his mind became a little disordered, or that he discovered that mere Literature found but penurious patrons in the Few,' for, attempting to gain over all classes of society, he varied his in. restigations, and courted attention, by writing on law — physick - divinity — as well as literary topicks. By bis account, • The avarice of Booksellers, and the stinginess of hard-hearted Patrons, had driven him into a cursed company of door-keeping herds, to meet the irrational brutality of those uneducated, mischievous animals called Footmen, House-porters, Poetasters, Mumpers, Apothecaries, Attorneys, and such-like beasts of prey,' who were, like himself, sometimes barred up for hours in the menagerie of a great man's anti-chamber. In his Addresses to Doctors Mead and Freind be declares, "My misfortunes drive
me to publish my writings for a poor livelihood; and nothing hut the utmost necessity could make any man in his senses to endeavour at it in a method so burthensome to the modesty and education of a Scholar.' In French he dedicates to George l. ; and in the Harleian MSS. I discovered a long letter to the Earl of Oxford, by our Author, in French, with a Latin ode. Never was more innocent bribery proffered to a Minister! He coinposed what he calls Slricture Pindaricæ on the · Mug-houses,' then Political Clubs ; celebrates English Authors in the same odes, and inserts a political Latin drama, called “Pallas Anglicana.' Mævius and Bavius were never more indefatigable! The Author's intellect gradually discovers its confusion amidst tho loud cries of penury and despair.” For farther particulars of this extraordinary writer, and of his hard fate, see the “Calamities of Authors," vol. I. pp. 67-80.
P. 113, note, 1. 5. Dr. Charles Elstob died suddenly in Can. terbury Cathedral, during divine service, Nov. 18, 1721.
P. 122, 1. 6, r. “ Dr. Thomas Marshall."
P. 141, 1. 3. - A spiritual person, as I suppose the Master of Baliol College was in 1451, could never be the acknowledged ancestor of any man." J. Brown.
Ρ. 142, 1. 98, 99, r. «Διονυσιου οικουμενης."
P. 160. Mr. Richard Williamson, Bookseller, died in January 1737. He was Deputy Receiver-general of the Post-office Revenue, and Clerk of the mis-sent and mis-directed Letters.
P. 190. “The Historical Register was indeed begun with 1715-16; but in the year 1724 the Publishers, that their publication might start fair, and begin with the Accession of the Hanoverian Family, published two volumes (afterwards bound together) containing a History of Public Events during the first Seventeen Months of the Reign of King George. The two following articles, copied from the Chronological Diary at the end, may throw some light upon the desiderata in this page:
"1714-15, January 13. This day, between 4 and 5 o'clock P.M. the boy of one Walker, who kept a small gun-powder shop near Bear Quay in Thames-street, between the Custom-House and Billingsgate, being in an upper room with a light, and making rockets and squibs, unwarily set fire to the gun-powder, upon which the house blew up. The wind being very high, the fire soon spread from that house to others towards Billingsgate, and backward towards the warehouses on the quays; did great damage there ; crossed the way to the North side of Thamesstreet, and burnt up Water-lane and the back part of Harp-lane to Tower-street, taking Bakers' Hall and the Trinity-House in its destructive career; which, about 5 o'clock the next morning, was stopt in Tower-street, over-against Mark-lane. Above 120 houses were either burnt or blown up; and great quantities of sugar, oil, wine, and other rich goods and merchandize, were consumed and destroyed. The loss was computed at above
land, filius Radolphi Markland, de Wigan in eadem Civitate Generosi, examinati, et approbati, admissi sunt in Comminas inferiores sub eorum Tutore Mro Crompton."
The poem intituled “Pteryplegia ; or, The Art of Shooting Flying,” is erroneously attributed to Ralph Markland; it was undoubtedly written by Abraham Markland, D.D. of St. John's College, Oxford.
Dr. Abraham Markland was twice married. By his first wife, Catharine daughter of Edward Pitt, of Stratfield Say, co. Dorset, he had one son, George, who died in 1722, aged 41. By the second wife, Elizabeth
. , he had also one son, Abraham, born June 19, 1705, who died an infant. On a flat grave-stone in the Chancel of St. Cross :
H. S. E.
de Stratfieldseà Armigeri,
Eccl. Cath. Wint. Praebendarii,
et hujusce Domus Magistri; Quæ ad sacram synaxin festinans,
humanæ pietatis pertæsa,
ad cælestem se contulit,
animam efflavit A. D, MDCXCV.
[Arms of Marklund, impaling Pitt.) On two lozenge-shaped white stones :
1. ABRAHAMUS ABRAHAMI MARKLAND
et ELIZABETHÆ Conjugis filius
Nat. Jan. Xix
ABRA. MARKLAND Filius natu maximus.
P. 295, note, 1. 8. “ Contemned the House of Communs." Dr. Musgrave asserted, but gave no “proof" of his "assertion,” that the Peace was procured by Bribery.” E. J.
P. 287, note, 1.18, r.“jam.”—Þ. 288, note, 1.4, r. "arthritis."
Ibid. note, 1. 2. The application was from “the Clergy of the
P. 306. “All came to nothing in nine or ten months, by the death of Miss Jolland (see vol. III. p. 232). His conduct and will were arraigned in Gent. Mag. vol. LV. p. 290 ; defended, p. 339. Who is B. P.? Mr. Le Blanc thought Barrow Parson; but I know nothing of it. Qu. Beilby Porteus) Hardly. It should have come from some of the Legatees.” T. F.
Pp. 308, 9, r. thrice "Luke ii
, 35;" the first time," pou Qaud." P. 333, 1. 6 from bott. r. “those who have written."
P. 354. “Mr. Markland's quotation from Horace seems strangely perverted. It occurs in 2 Epist. xx. 31. Nil intra est olearn, nil extra est in nuce, duri. And among the Conjecturas Bentl. at the end of Sandby's Edition, printed by Bettenham 1749, stands olea for oleam. But surely the intra and extra are unaccountably transposed." J. Brown,
P. 358, 1. 8 from bott, r. “vwT10v."
P. 363. Richard Lloyd, of St. John's College, Cambridge; B. A. 1679; M. A. 1683 ; was elected Head Master of Shrews' bury School in 1697, and resigned in 1723.
P. 368, 1. 19, r. “Sherborniana,” as referring to Robert Sherborne, Bishop of Chichester 1508—1536.
P. 370, I. 18, r. “siluissent."
P. 440, 1. 9. “ Mary Browne, of Arlsey in Bedfordshire, second wife of Col. John Lee, brother to Sir Thomas Lee, bart. to Sir William, Lord Chief Justice of England, and to Sir George, Dean of the Arches. She was afterward married to Col. Schutz, under whose name you meet with her again in p. 468, 1. 11 from bottom.” J. Brown.
P. 457, 1. 4, for “ 220," r.“ 250."
P. 460. “One of Bp. Mawson's Nieces was married to Thomas D'Oyly, LL. D. Archdeacon of Lewes, Prebendary of Ely, and Vicar of St. Peter's, St. Alban's, who died January 27, 1770, leaving three sons: 1. Matthias, also Archdeacon of Lewes, who married Miss Poughfer, of Kensington Square, and is the father of George D'Oyly, B.D. Christian Advocate in the University of Cambridge ; 2. Thomas, late Vicar of St. Peter's, St. Alban's, now of Walton-upon-Thames, Surrey, and Chaplain to the King, who married Miss Kushbroke, of Suffolk; 3.
late a General Officer." J. Brown.
P. 462, note, r.“ Wrotham Park, Middlesex." There is a similar inseription in the Church of Southill, Bedfordshire.
P. 471. Dean Milles was elected F. R. S. April 1, 1742.
P. 473, 1.1, r.“ Oct. 30.”— Of Dean Milles's sons it was Thomas, not John, of Lincoln's Inn; Fellow of All Soul's. They were educated at Eton.
P. 495, 1. 28, r. “grandsons."
“I have just heard from Mr. Ames. If you see him, pray thank him for his last present. I shall think myself much bound to contribute all I can towards his work, though I fear
it is but little. I do not in the least question his accuracy, but rather my own judgment: however, in my way of thinking, in his Catalogue of English Printers, p. 3, under 0, instead of * 1478. At Oxford, who?' it should be · 1468, at Oxford, who?" Nor do I know why he omitted Frederick Corsells, or Corsellis. I should be obliged to him for an exact copy, if easily come at, of the third Inscription published by Mr. Maittaire a few years ago, under the title of 'Appendix ad Marmora Oxoniensia,' now in the hands of Sir Hans Sloane. It begins thus, TITOBOAHE ANTATIOAOLENE, and is a very short one. If I remember, it went through Mr. Ames's hands, which is the reason of my giving him this trouble. I am, &c. J. TAYLOR,"
P. 516, 1. 18, “1500," probably “15,000."
P. 536. Miles Gale, M. A. cousin-german of Dr. Thomas Gale (Dean of York, father of the learned Antiquaries Roger and Samuel Gale), was Rector of Kighley from 1680 to 1720; and his Epitaph is here subjoined, “out of respect to a name which every Antiquary hears with pleasure."
« H. S. E.
hujus Ecclesiæ Rectoris : qui per annos 41 innoxiè et pacificè vixit, nemini inimicus.
Concionando frequens :
Ob. 30 Januarii, 1720, ætatis suæ 74.
Whitaker's History of Craven, p. 146. Ibid. In note t, r. “at Accomb Grange, two miles and a half from York, and in the Ainstey of that City, 1590."
P. 542, I. 22, and note, r.“ Impington:” 1. 23, “ four sons."
P. 547, add, “ A Copy of an antient Chirograph or Convey. ance of a Sepulchre, cut in marble, lately brought from Rome, and now in the possession of Sir Hans Sloane, with some Observations on it by Roger Gale, Esq." is in Phil. Trans. No. 441, p. 211.–The name of Mr. S. Gale was in Peck's “ Stanford" as contributor of the Plate of the Bishop of Elphin's Scal.
P. 554, note, l. 3, r. “M. P. for North Allerton."
P. 581. Mr. William Richardson died at Dagenham in Essex, in May 1789. His widow is living, and enjoys the office of Housekeeper at Stationers Hall.
P. 594, note, 1.3, for “Westmoreland," r. “Cumberland"
P. 596. Anne surviving daughter of Mr. Samuel Richardson lived some years at Stratford in Sufiolk (near Dedham, Essex), and was buried in the church-yard there. The following inscription to her memory is in the church-yard of that parish: