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William Dugdale Correspondence

Thomas Blount (1618-79)

Catholic lexicographer from Herefordshire

William Dugdale, Blyth Hall to Thomas Blount, Inner Temple, 13 May 1672

'Sir, I heartily thank you for your kinde Letter (which I received this morning) being safe and well return'd hither from my long Northern journey (thanks be to God)' - he intends to be in London for the start of Trinity term & is 'in the meane time sticking close to my great worke of the Baronage.'

Concerning Mr Burton's death - his book (dated 1658) was printed after his death, so that he thinks he died in 1657. 'He was taken with a dead-palsye, and lay in Aldersgate street, where I visited him not long before he dyed', although he may have actually died at his house at Kingston upon Thames. Mr Roycroft or Mr Twyford may know where his widow lived.

Asks Blount to send his respects to his 'good freind' Wood when he writes to him. When he was in Durham he sought for something on the death and burial of Dean William Willingham, but found nothing. 'Mr Davenport (the late Bishopps chaplain and a speciall Lover of Antiquities) tells me he is able to tell about what time he dyed. And as for Francis Bunney (sometime a prebend there) he tells me, that he was Rector of a church not far distant hence' and was buried there with a monument & epitaph, which he'll send up next term.

If he is sure Dr Benson will pay for the plate of Hereford cathedral, he asks him to get his son at Essex House to let Hollar know, to speed things up (he already has a draught) - but they'll need the arms and any inscription.

Bodleian, MS Wood F 41, 85


William Dugdale, Blyth Hall to Thomas Blount, Inner Temple, 29 June 1674

Discusses various matters, including the death of Sir Orlando Bridgeman. Asks Blount to visit Scott the bookseller on his behalf.

Hamper, 395-6


William Dugdale, Blyth Hall to Thomas Blount, Orlton, near Ludlow, 6 September 1674

'Sir, By yours of the last of August, I perceive that you have not yet seen Mr Wood. I suppose therefore, that the Raynie Weather hath prevented his journey to you at this time; the ways growing now foule, and the days much shortning.

I cannot imagine what those words sugunt contra me (in that old grant) should meane: if the word be contra; therefore looke well upon it.

As to you other Quere, you must be resolv'd in it from some old Missall. Your best way therefore is to desire Mr Wood, when you write to him, to wish Dr Barlow (who is stored with such old Rituals) to looke for it, where he may easily discover it. In my Origine Juridiciales I have instanc'd the Levying of Fines in other places beside the Court of Common pleas, as you will see pag: 92 and 93.

If I could see you here, I should consult with you in some particulars, relating to this volume of the Baronage, wherewith I am now in hand, which at this distance I cannot do. So wishing you good health, I rest your most affectionate freind and servant'.

Bodleian, MS Eng Lett c. 130, 22


William Dugdale, Blyth Hall to Thomas Blount, Orlton, near Ludlow, 26 February 1675

Thanking him for some information for the Baronage and reporting on the progress of his own work and his receipt of Wood's book.

Hamper, 397-8


William Dugdale, Blyth Hall to Thomas Blount, 10 September 1675

Responding to Blount's letter of 6 September, announcing an intended visit, but complaining it will be too short.

Hamper, 400-1


William Dugdale, Heralds' Office to Thomas Blount, Orlton, near Ludlow, 8 January 1678

Concerning antiquarian matters and tthe latest news from London.

Hamper, 416-17


William Dugdale, Blyth Hall to Thomas Blount, Orlton, near Ludlow, 15 February 1679

Concerning the Middle Temple fire and the Warwickshire elections.

Hamper, 420-2