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from Geneva come to England, they always communicate with our established church, and never with the separate congregations.
This letter we expect will be printed very shortly, with an answer to it.
There has been a quarrel at Caius college, between the master, Sir John Ellis, and the fellows, about the power of the master in elections; he challenged a negative voice from a dubious clause in one of their statutes, which is this : “ The seniors shall elect a fellow with the consent of the master:” but at last be confirmed the election the seniors had made, and so the breach was made up.
We hear Sir W. Dawes is to be Bishop of Chester. I have but little hopes of a fellowship, for there are so many candidates, my seniors, that nothing will do but a singular interest and very meritorious qualifications. I am your very humble servant,
Mr. Naylor had the character of a downright, honest, good-natured man, and a good scholar. He drank a glass of claret pretty frequently, yet I believe very rarely to excess.
Mr. Hughes to Mr. Bonwicke.
Jesus College, Aug. 14, 1707. DEAR SIR, I have been a long while in your debt; so long, that I am afraid by this time you imagine I have quite forgot you. Indeed you had heard from me sooner, but that I have all along entertained thoughts of making a step to London ; and then I fully intended to wait upon my good friends at Headly. But since I find that my affairs will not permit me to come to London this summer, I immediately thought of writing to you. Mr. Bennet was in Cambridge last week, and I had the happiness to enjoy a large share of his conversation. His book about set forms of prayer, will come out about Michaelmas. He there asserts, that not only the primitive church constantly used set pre-composed forms of prayers, but that even our Blessed Saviour and his Apostles never joined in any public prayers but such as were pre-composed. This is more than any patron of set forms has ever ventured to assert, and which many worthy persons and
great friends to a liturgy are amazed at. You very well know that it has been ever granted by the greatest of our disputánts, that in the primitive church there were Xapós para apessuras (gifts of prayer,) which are now no more to be ejpected than the power of working miracles. It is very remarkable that St. Chrysostom is the first author that mentions this Xáporuz a poczuxñs, and which later writers have blindly borrowed from him without examining into the reasons of the thing. I have frequently talked with Mr. B. upon this subject, and have seen some of the sheets; and I anı verily persuaded that he will be able to establish his point, against all opposition of the priesthood.”—I have been at last prevailed upon to undertake an edition of St. Chrysostom #epi iepwouins ; * and I would beg the favour of you to send me your octavo edition. I want a small volume to lay by me, and the Latin version may be of some service to me, if I correct the interpretation of Fronto Ducæus. I will také particular care of your book, and return it with interest Bishop Wake is in a very ill state of health, and is come to Cambridge to his sister's for the better convenience of having the doctors about himt. I saw Mr. Archbold about a fortnight ago, who was then very well.
. This is all the little news that Cambridge asfords at present, and therefore I am obliged to be shorter than otherwise I would, for want of materials. I question not but this letter, as short as it is, will find a kind reception, when you consider that it comes from one who is, with the utmost sincerity,
Mr. Bonwicke to his wife.
MY DEAREST, You were thinking, quickly after dear Ambrose's death, that an account of his life might be of some benefit to the
* A second edition of this was published at Cambridge in Greek and Latin, with notes, and a preliminary dissertation against the pretended Rights of the Church, &c. in 1712. A good English translation of St. Chrysostom, on the Priesthood, was published by the Rev. John Bunce, M. A. in 1770.
+ He lived, however, to be Archbishop of Canterbury, and till the year 1737.
world. I have here drawn it up as well as I could: if any thing material be omitted, dear Jemmy*, by your direction, will be able to supply it. He, therefore, must be let into the secret; and i depend upon you two, that it shall for ever be a secret to all the world beside, who was the author. He must therefore take the trouble of transcribing it as soon as he comes bither after my death, for which I bequeath him the two inclosed guineas : and if my dear friend Mr. Roper be living, I would have that copy be shewed him by Jemmy as of his own motion, and wholly submitted to his judgment, to be altered as he shall think fit. I would have my good friend Mr. Browne's consent likewise procured (if it may be) for the publishing his letter in this account. And if Mr. Jacksont and Mr. Newton are willing to make any alterations in their verses, pray let it be done before they are published.
I hope, my dearest, you will be at the charge of printing it handsomely; and if your bookseller be faithful, it is possible that charge may be made up to you again in a little time. You will, I know, think it proper that the master of the college, Mr. Roper, Mr. Baker, and Mr. Verdon, dear Ambrose's special benefactors, should be presented with these better bound than ordinary; and that Jemmy should give his tutor one handsomely bound, and distribute about à score among the lads where he thinks they may do most good. I am sorry I must bequeath you both this trouble; but if by this means one soul be gained, your reward will be great. However, I hope our good God will graciously accept the honest intention of us all, through the merits of our blessed Saviour Jesus, Amen.
1778, Dec. and Suppl.
XXIII. Letters from Lord Carteret to the Earl of Oxford.
MR. URBAN, The names subscribed to the four letters I now transcribe for you, exclusive of the anecdotes they contain, are a sufficient apology for the trouble now given you by
Another of his sons. + Laurence Jackson, A. B. These were printed.
Mr. Newton's verses are still in MS.
To Mr. Harley, at Ch. Ch. in Oxford.
Long Leat, Aug. 16, 1732. I now write at a venture, for I am not sure this will find you. I can never think that you are got quietly again to Ch. Ch. whilst the affairs of state are in such agitation : and if you are not, I will not advise you to go. I rather could wish that, as you imitate Apollo in some things, you would also imitate his tree
'« Parnassia laurus Parva sub ingenti matris se subjicit umbra.” I need put no comment to decypher my meaning. You will pardon my making use of so rural an image. Sometimes one may compare great things to little without diminution. When I know where you are, I will write again. Yours,
To the Earl of Oxford.
Aug. 1, 1732. HAVING heard that your lordship has several curious manuscripts of Homer, I take the liberty to acquaint you that Dr. Bentley has lately revised the whole works of Homer, which are now ready for the press with his notes, some of which I have seen, and are very curious; and he desires leave to collate your manuscripts upon some suspected verses in our present editions. If
your lordship will be pleased to let the doctor have the manuscripts for a short time for that purpose, I shall be obliged to you. I have set the doctor at work, and would be glad to procure such assistance as he desires, that he may have no excuse not to proceed. If your lordship has no objection to this request, you will let him have the manuscripts to be perused at Cambridge, upon his application to you.
I desire the honour of an answer, that I may acquaint the doctor with it. As you are a known encourager of learning, and learned yourself, I hope this request will not be disagreeable to you. I am, my lord, with the greatest respect, your lordship's most humble and most obedient servant.
To the same.
March 8, 1732-3. I THANK your lordship for your great goodness in sending me the eleven MSS. of Homer and relating to him, and for your permitting me to send them to Dr. Bentley. I shall take his receipt for you; and I am persuaded he will take great care of them : they shall be returned to your lordship with thanks and honourable mention of you. I shall have them packt very carefully. I am, my lord, with the greatest truth and respect, your lordship's most humble and most obedient servant,
“ All these MSS. were returned to me, by the hands of Mr. Casley, Aug. 19, 1737.
To Lord Dupplin.
Paris, March 10, 1731. I have received and perused the book your lordship was so good as to send me. I am extremely acknowledging for this favour, and satisfied with the reading of it. I wish it were in my power to find occasions of being any way useful to you in this country; at least it is a satisfaction to me, of having had the honour and pleasure of your acquaintance. Honour me with your commands; and believe me, with all esteem and sincerity imaginable, my lord, your lordship's most humble and most obedient servant,
XXIV. Letters from Bishop Atterbury to Mr. Prior, and from
Mr. Prior to Mr. Wanley.
MR. URBAN, I SHALL make no apology for sending you two letters of Bishop Atterbury and Mr. Prior, transcribed from their originals in that excellent repository, the British Museum, Yours, &c.