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William Dugdale Correspondence

Anthony Wood (1632-95)

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Antiquary from Oxford with whom Dugdale co-operated on a number of projects. Although Dugdale encouraged him to take a post at the College of Arms and move to London, Wood remained steadfastly in Oxford.


William Dugdale to Anthony Wood, 28 June 1667

Asking him for information about how many copies of the Origines Juridiciales were sold in Oxford. Mentions the copies of records Barlow is having made for him.

Gentleman's Magazine, Dec. 1861, 621; Bodleian, MS Wood F 41, 65

 

William Dugdale, London to Anthony Wood, Oxford, 9 July 1667

Thanking him for the information concerning the books and sending him the latest news.

Gentleman's Magazine, Dec. 1861, 602; Bodleian, MS Wood F 41, 66

 

William Dugdale, London to Anthony Wood, Oxford, 13 June 1668

Sends thanks for transcripts to Wood and respects to Barlow. Asks him to transcribe some records in Oxford and describes his progress in making good the work lost in the fire.

Gentleman's Magazine, Dec. 1861, 622-3; Bodleian, MS Wood F 41, 69

 

William Dugdale, London to Anthony Wood, Oxford, 17 June 1669

'Sir, I received yours of the 13th instant by Dr Yates, and give you thankes for that inclosed paper concerning those Noblemen who suffred death at Oxford as you there expresse. I will consider of what attribute I shall give that person you mention, or rather procure Mr Longvile (one of the six clerkes in Chancery, his kinsman) to write of him concerning what he hath of Burford prioye. The Epitaph of the Lord Williams in the Church at Thame, I have, for I tooke it my selfe from that monument about 8 yeares since. The booke of Devonshire you mention I have also seen, or the like by another hand. I will enquire after it, and see it: but unlesse it be Epitaphs there will be nothing in it for my purpose, no authorities being voucht for what is sayd. I know Capt. Silas Taylor very well (he calls me Father) but I doubt he hath little for my purpose.

Sir I heartily thanke you for your kinde remembrance of me in these particulars and others, and rest your most affectionate freind & servant'.

Bodleian, MS Wood F 41, 72

The 'person you mention' is presumably John Lenthall (c1625-81) of Burford Priory.
No correspondence survives between Dugdale and Silas Taylor (1624-78), the Herefordshire antiquary.

 

William Dugdale to Anthony Wood, Oxford, [February 1670]

Response to his letter of 24 January. Explains that the search of Prynne's office was conducted by the executors, who handed the papers to him and the Dean of St Paul's. He knows nothing of two leaves cut from the university's register.

Bodleian, MS Ballard 14, 7

Incomplete fragment - William Prynne (1600-69), Keeper of the Records in the Tower of London died in October 1669.

 

William Dugdale, London to Anthony Wood, Oxford, 15 February 1670

Concerning various matters, including the possibility of Wood obtaining a place in the College of Arms. Incomplete

Hamper, 390; Gentleman's Magazine, March 1862, pp. 299-300; Bodleian, MS Wood F 41, 74

 

Anthony Wood, Oxford to William Dugdale, 19 February 1670

Response to Dugdale's letter of 15 February, referring to the papers in William Prynne's study and expressing doubts about whether he would be well advised to try for a place in the College of Arms. Draft on reverse of letter from Dugdale

Hamper, 391-2; Bodleian, MS Ballard 14, 8

 

William Dugdale, London to Anthony Wood, Oxford, 28 June 1670

Concerning various antiquarian matters, including a book belonging to Cotton's library found by Barlow in Worcester and the inscribed stone found near Newcastle, which he has persuaded the recorder of Newcastle to give to Oxford.

Gentleman's Magazine, March 1862, 300; Bodleian, MS Wood F 41, 75

 

William Dugdale, London to Anthony Wood, Oxford, 13 February 1671

'My worthy freind, I do herewith returne you the Leiger-booke of Brackley with hearty thanks; and do intreat you to put those of All-Soules in minde to call for that booke of Abberbury for in Easter Terme I intend to begin to print the 3d volume of the Monasticon. You will likewise do me a very great favour in moving Dr Allestrey (the worthy provost of Eton, unto whom I have the honour to be known) to appoint some body to see for those Leiger Bookes or originall Charters concerning Coggs & Minster-Lovell, and if they be found, I will resolve to go thither in Easter-Terme to transcribe what may be necessary for this worke. So wishing you good health I rest your most affectionate freind and servant'.

Bodleian, MS Wood F 41, 77

Richard Allestree/Allestry (c1620-81) was provost of Eton from 1665.

 

William Dugdale, Blyth Hall to Anthony Wood, Oxford, 15 April 1671

Thanks him for his help with the records of Eton and Windsor. The third volume of the Monasticon will soon be ready for the press and he is now hard at work on the Baronage, 'which I fear will be great and tedious'.

Gentleman's Magazine, March 1862, 300-1; Bodleian, MS Wood F 41, 79

 

William Dugdale, London to Anthony Wood, Oxford, 31 October 1671

Asks him to make transcripts of grants in New College, which are needed to correct the volume in the press. Postscript: Asks him to help obtain a transcript of a ledger in Magdalen College.

Hamper, 392-3

 

William Dugdale, London to Anthony Wood, Oxford, 25 February 1673

'My very worthy freind, I received yours, dated the 23th instant: and am somewhat stagger'd at what you say of Lawrence Noell from Camdens Remains; for I tooke him to be the man whom I have mention'd in my Antiq: of Warwicksh: as schoolmaster at Sutton. I am this morning going homewards into Warwickshire, but to returne again about the beginning of next Terme; otherwise I would have gone to Lincolns-Inne to see their Registers (which I have formerly perused in order to my booke Origines Juridiciales) for they are very exact as to admissions of students, and what else is memorable: but considering my journey I have desired Mr Ashmole to take a little paynes in looking them over, and giving you an account of what is therein of any such person.

As for Sir Robert Dudley you will finde what I say of him in Kenilworth, he setled at Florence, but when he dyed I cannot certainly tell. His now surviving daughter is called the Lady Katherine Leveson, in regard her mother was created a Dutchesse by K Charles the first. She lives at Trentham in Staffordshire, neere Stone (which is a post-place). It is like she may be able to informe you when he dyed; therefore, if you have interest in any person now in Oxford, who is acquainted with her, I presume you may, by a Letter to her, have her answere therein.

I did hope to have sent you one of my third Volumes of the Monasticon by this time; but the printer hath been so dilatory that it will not be ready till Easter Terme. So wishing you good health I rest Your most affectionate freind and servant.'

Bodleian, MS Wood F 41, 80

 

William Dugdale, London to Anthony Wood, Oxford, 1 May 1673

Sending an unbound copy of the third volume of Monasticon. He complains about the way the bookseller has 'injured' the book, by dividing it and creating two indexes and by not having it properly proofread.

Gentleman's Magazine, March 1862, 301-2; Bodleian, MS Wood F 41, 82

 

William Dugdale, Blyth Hall to Anthony Wood, Oxford, 25 August 1673

'My very worthy freind, This is to let you know, that yours bearing date the 7th of this month, came not to my hands till within these 2 days; and that I cannot satisfye you of the time when John Earle of Bristoll died, nor the place of his buriall till I come to London the next Terme; but then I hope to do it by the helpe of Justice Windham whose daughter is now the wife of the present Earle of Bristoll's son.

This John Earle of Bristoll was borne in Coleshill in this county (within a mile of this place where I live) and Christened in Febr: ao 1580.

I wish you all good speed in your worthy worke in the presse'.

Bodleian, MS Wood F 41, 86

 

William Dugdale, London to Anthony Wood, Oxford, 4 November 1673

'My very worthy freind, This is to thanke you for your care and paines in sending me the date of Claude paradines Impression of his Alliances Genealogiques'. He also asks him to thank 'the learned provost of Queens Coll: (my speciall and most honoured freind)' for his information concerning the books of Hooken. He encloses the best answers he and Ashmole can make to Blount's questions and hopes that the information he sent about Bishop James in Ashmole's letter was satisfactory.

'As to matter of News the substance of all I can tell you, is that the King hath this day prorogued the parliament till the seaveneth of January next'. He intends to go to Warwickshire on Thursday next.

Bodleian, MS Wood F 41, 88

The provost of Queen's College was Thomas Barlow.

 

William Dugdale, Blyth Hall to Anthony Wood, 27 December 1673

Concerning William Wainflete and an error in the Origines Juridiciales, which Dugdale blames on Thomas Philipot, the proofreader.

Gentleman's Magazine, May 1862, 565; Bodleian, MS Wood F 41, 89

 

William Dugdale, London to Anthony Wood, 3 June 1675

Acknowledging receipt of two letters from Wood and telling him that he will receive a copy of the Baronage in quires.

Gentleman's Magazine, May 1862, 565-6; Bodleian, MS Wood F 41, 91

 

William Dugdale, Hanwell, near Banbury to Anthony Wood, 30 June 1675

Responding to Wood's comment on the Baronage. (Dugdale is at Hanwell for the funeral of Sir Anthony Cope.) Recipient assumed from content and location.

Gentleman's Magazine, May 1862, 566; Bodleian, MS Wood F 41, 93

 

William Dugdale, Blyth Hall to Anthony Wood, 24 January 1676

Explains that Wood's letter of 1 January has only just reached him, because it was sent to Ashmole's old address and thanks him for the information it contained, although he thinks there was little new there. He explains why he thinks Wood failed to be appointed to the College of Arms on Ryley's death.

Gentleman's Magazine, August 1862, 176-7; Bodleian, MS Wood F 41, 95

 

William Dugdale, London to Anthony Wood, 7 June 1676

Covering letter for a copy of a volume of the Baronage.

Gentleman's Magazine, August 1862, 177; Bodleian, MS Wood F 41, 98

 

William Dugdale, London to Anthony Wood, 14 June 1676

Concerning the proposal that he should write a book on the bishops.

Gentleman's Magazine, August 1862, 177-8; Bodleian, MS Wood F 41, 97

 

William Dugdale, Blyth Hall to Anthony Wood, 3 March 1677

'Sir, I am heartily glad to heare of your good health, and the like of our noble freind where you now are'. Sir Edward Walker's death has caused some confusion in the office.

At end: 'The days are now long, and the weather not like to be very cold: therefore I shall expect you heere sometime next week, or on Munday following'.

Postscript: 'Present my service to worthy Mr Sheldon I pray you; whom I hope to see in London about the beginning of Easter Terme'.

Bodleian, MS Wood F 41, 101

Ralph Sheldon (1623-84) of Beoley, Worcs. and Weston, Warws. was a wealthy Catholic antiquary

 

William Dugdale, Blyth Hall to Anthony Wood, 3 March 1677

Concerning the arrangements for his visit to Warwick for Lord Brooke's funeral and Wood's proposed visit to Blyth Hall.

Gentleman's Magazine, August 1862, 178-9; Bodleian, MS Wood F 41, 101

 

William Dugdale, Blyth Hall to Anthony Wood, Weston, 23 March 1677

'Sir, This is to tell you that I did receive your kinde Letter at Warwicke by your freind Thumper, being very joyfull to heare of Mr Sheldons happy recoverie. When I get to London I will consider of the best way to further you in those your most commendable Studies; whence you shall heare further from me; and will discourse with Sir John Cotton therein'. He can't think of anyone more likely than Cotton to 'entertain such a person', but he's only in London in term time, unless parliament is sitting.

'Upon my return from Warwick, I received a Letter from our good freind Mr Blount, who tells me of two pleasant passages'. The first concerned an election meeting at Presteigne in Radnorshire, which was deadlocked between three candidates. After a week a fourth man arrived on the field with 120 supporters, and declared that whichever of the others would give him the most money would have their voices. The other involved the chaplain of the bishop of Hereford, who was giving a lecture at Hope. A non-conformist member of the congregation farted. The chaplain did not hear the fart, so when the congregation descended into laughter, he thought it was at his sermon, took umbrage and stormed off.

Sends regards to Sheldon, Mr Gryffin the Steward and 'noble Thumper (of whose acquaintance I am very proud)'.

Bodleian, MS Wood F 41, 102

Sir John Cotton (1621-1702) was the grandson of the antiquary Sir Robert Cotton and custodian of the library, which he arranged to be sold to the nation after his own death.

 

William Dugdale, Heralds' Office to Anthony Wood, 18 June 1677

'Sir, Understanding by this bearer (Mr Machell) that you are willing to give one of your Bookes to our Office, I though fitt to let you know, that it will be very acceptable'. Since Dugdale will be leaving London shortly, it should be directed to Henry St George, who will be in residence over the summer.

Bodleian, MS Wood F 41, 104

Henry St George succeeded Dugdale as Norroy king of arms in 1677.

 

William Dugdale, Blyth Hall to Anthony Wood, Weston, 23 August 1677

Responding to Wood's letter of 17 August and offering him his own notes concerning the history of bishops. He wants Wood to visit him to meet Chetwynd. He discusses the Baronage, a fourth volume of Monasticon, Plot's book on Oxfordshire and an archaeological find at Tanworth.

Hamper, 412-14; Bodleian, MS Ballard 14, 6

 

William Dugdale, Blyth Hall to Anthony Wood, 2 October 1677

'Sir, Your dated 30 Sept: came not to my hands till Thursday last. I presume the fault is in the Host at the Dolphin. Otherwise he might send twice every weeke to Coleshill by the Malt-men.

I am glad to heare that Mr Sheldon did resolve to see that Buriall-place at Tanworth (it being not farr from Stilts).

I did expect you ere this. Had you come I would have brought you to Grendon (6 miles hence) to be acquainted with Mr Chetwynd: but now tis too late, he being gone back to his house in Staffordshire on Saturday last'. Dugdale and Chetwynd will be in London next term, 'so that then you may do well to come up, and see him there'. He would be glad to see him at Blyth before he leaves for London around 20th October.

Bodleian, MS Wood F 41, 105

Endorsed: received 17 October

 

William Dugdale, Heralds' Office to Anthony Wood, 18 December 1677

'Sir, Here hath been with me a Gentleman from the Earle of Derby, to enquire what became of Sir Edward Stanley, who lived at Eynsham in Oxfordshire, and was a younger son to Edward Earle of Derby. You will do me a great favour, if you can informe me of the time of his death, and what issue he left, if any'. It's believed that he died in James I's reign and the register of Eynsham is probably the best source, since there is no inquisition.

Bodleian, MS Wood F 41, 106a

Letter addressed to both Oxford and Weston.

 

William Dugdale, Heralds' Office to Anthony Wood, Oxford, 29 December 1677

Answering Wood's letter of 26th December, concerning Sir Edward Stanley of Eynsham.

'Now that you are in Oxford, I pray you enquire of Dr Marshall what Mr Junius (who died lately) did with those labours of his, which he intended for the presse'. He hopes they're left with a learned person, 'for I doubt if he left them to his kinsman Mr Vossius, whether he will be zealous therein'.

'I pray you likewise enquire what is become of that Transcript which was made at the charge of Cornelius Bee (a late Bookseller in Little Britain) of a parcell of our English writers'. He's been told either the Bishop of Oxford or Dr Marshall has it. 'I heartily wish it printed'.

Postscript: 'The Duke of Norfolk (a Lunatick) died at Padua in Italy the first day of this month; and his corps is coming over to be buryed at Arundell in Sussex by his Father and Grandfather'.

Bodleian, MS Wood F 41, 107

Thomas Marshall (1621-85), philologist & rector of Lincoln College.

 

William Dugdale, Heralds' Office to Anthony Wood, Oxford, 7 January 1679

'Sir, some few days since I had the honour of a visit by that learned and worthy person Dr Plott, whose acquaintance I do highly value'. William asked Plot to present his respects to Wood and to ask him to let him have corrections for the second impression of the Baronage. He will soon go to Warwickshire and remain there until Easter term, but the corrections can be sent to the Heralds' Office for forwarding, unless Wood would like to visit William at Blyth during Lent. He entreats him not to delay, 'in regard our lives are uncertaine' and he wants to get this done.

'I am heartily sorry that our freind of Weston is in the catalogue of those who are named for Conspirators in the so much talkt of plott; but hope he is innocent.'

Bodleian, MS Wood F 41, 108

Robert Plot (1640-1696), naturalist and Professor of Chemistry at Oxford
Dugdale's equivocal support for Ralph Sheldon during the Popish Plot soured his relationship with Wood.

 

William Dugdale, Blyth Hall to Anthony Wood, Oxford, 24 January 1679

Sends thanks for Wood's corrections for the Baronage, contained in letter of 14th. Sheldon has sent the letter by his servant - 'I am most heartily sorry for the affliction which is now upon him, but in great hope that he is innocent.' He expects a visit from Wood in April.

'Your congratulation of my good fortune, as you call it, I take as a great piece of kindnesse: for so I presume (that is to say for good to me) you esteeme it: but I assure you I do not so account it: and could I have, with duty and good manners, avoyded it, I would gladly have so done, as I shall tell you at large when I have the happiness to see you'.

'The person of my name, whom you mention, is a meere stranger to me, and not of kin, that I can discover. About seaven yeares since he came hither to see me, being then and since a servant to my Lord Aston (who liveth at Tixall in Staffordshire)'. He hasn't seen Stephen Dugdale before or since. 'A busy young man he is, as I heare'. He was involved in arranging footraces. When he stole the money entrusted to him and ended up in jail, he offered information on the Popish Plot to get out.

The office has received the cuts of Oxford from Mr Machell and they'd like a copy of Wood's book to bind up with them.

Bodleian, MS Wood F 41, 111

Stephen Dugdale was an informant during the Popish Plot
Thomas Machell (1647-98), Oxford educated antiquary of Cumberland & Westmorland.

 

William Dugdale, Heralds' Office to Anthony Wood, Oxford, 13 May 1679

He's arrived in London and received Wood's corrections and notes for the Baronage. 'As to the losse Mr Ashmole had by the fire, it was exceeding great; all his Bookes there being consumed, and many other things of value, but all his chief manuscripts escaped' as they and his gold coins were at Lambeth. His silver coins melted - the silver has been recovered. The cooper coins are found, but defaced. Hatton's manuscripts, which Dugdale has custody of, were at the Heralds' Office. He wishes Oxford was ready to take Ashmole's collections.

'I am heartily sorry, and not a little ashamed, that Mr Sandford should deale thus sordidly with such a worthy benefactor, as I perceive by what you tell me'. He'll remonstrate with him, when he sees him.

He'll acquaint 'our company' with Wood's information about Mr Paynton's use of usurped arms on a tomb 'for to say anything of it to Sir E Bishe is to no purpose, having had such ample experience of his doings'.

He'll ask Dr Thoroton's brother, a dry chandler living near Covent Garden, what university & college he attended. Thoroton died 28 November last.

Blount wrote to him about 6 weeks ago. 'I presume it is his affliction by reason of these late troubles fallen up[on] that party, which hath occasioned his distemper'. He wrote about the continuance of Godwin's history of the bishops and gave him the same answer as Wood. Blount was asking on behalf of a Worcester bookseller. Sends respects to his cousin Austin & Dr Marshall & asks Wood to ask Marshall about the manuscripts of Fleetwood, the former recorder of London, 'a learned man, and reputed a great Antiquarie in his time' at Missenden, Bucks.

Bodleian, MS Wood F 41, 113

 

William Dugdale, Heralds' Office to Anthony Wood, 23 May 1679

Returns his papers. 'It is now about a weeke since, that a Letter was written by Sir E. Bishe to the person who erected that monument in the Church neere Carfax; so that in case it startle him, tis like we will shortly heare what he will do'.

He'd be glad to see Wood. He hears Sheldon is in town, but hasn't seen him. Sandford has been to see Sheldon and apologised for not going before, having heard he was in prison.

Postscript: 'My service to my Cosen Austin when you see her'.

Bodleian, MS Wood F 41, 116

Francis Sandford (1630-94), Lancaster herald
The maiden name of Dugdale's mother-in-law Mary was Austin.

 

William Dugdale, London to Anthony Wood, Oxford, 12 June 1679

He has received his of 3rd June. 'I shall not mention Emanuell E. of Sunderland's concubine'. The erector of the offending monument has employed an attorney to procure a grant of the arms, 'which considering his quality and estate will be fitt enough'.

'Our freind is deerely discharg'd of his bayle, and gone to Canterbury. I expect him back this week'.

Sends his service to Marshall and cousin Austin. He hopes to see Wood in London or Warwickshire.

'We are here allarm'd with an unhappy Insurrection of the presbytereans and other sectaries in Scotland, which hath stayed the king's going to Windsor'. They hear that forces will be sent north - 'I hope the loyall Scots will bestirr themselves, and not suffer these great pretenders to Godlinesse to devoure them up once more'.

Bodleian, MS Wood F 41, 117

 

William Dugdale, London to Anthony Wood, Oxford, 1 July 1679

He has received his of 26 June with corrections for Baronage. He's seen Blount, who'll probably stop in Oxford on his way home. He hasn't seen Sheldon since his return from Canterbury. He hopes to see Wood in August. 'God be thanked that this dangerous cloud in Scotland is so happily dispelled.'

Bodleian, MS Wood F 41, 118

 

William Dugdale, London to Anthony Wood, Long Compton, Warws., 9 July 1679

He has received Wood's letter of 4 July and delivered the enclosed papers to Mr Burnet. Burnet came to him yesterday and told him, 'he had not written that which he hath done concerning you, but that Dr Lloyd (who is minister at St Martins & Deane of Bangor) put him upon it. I perceive that there are many that looke upon you as popishly affected; you may ghess at the reasons'.

Bodleian, MS Wood F 41, 121

William Lloyd (1627-1717), anti-papist vicar of St Martin in the Fields, who preached funeral sermon for Sir Edmund Berry Godfrey. Later Bishop of Worcester.

 

William Dugdale, Heralds' Office to Anthony Wood, Oxford, 18 November 1679

Answers Wood's of 16 Nov. - as to his apology for not visiting, had he come in August 'you would not have been troubled with bad ways or weather'. Hopes for a visit from him in Lent.

He is not sure when the Baronage will be reprinted, 'for I must tell you that most men, for more then a twelvemonth last past, have been so startled and amused with these strange plotts, that they stand at gaze and mind little of Bookes, much lesse of such as relate to Antiquities, and when these frights and feares will cease, is past my skill to say'.

'As to the particulars of my own life I assure you, I account my selfe so inconsiderable and have little reason to thinke but that most men will deem so too, that they are not worthy the notice: Neverthelesse to satisfye you, who are more my freind than I know how to deserve I resolve when I return into the country, where all my cheife Notes are, as to point of time, to put pen to paper, and give you a brief touch of what I conceive most materiall; referring myselfe wholy to you to make use of them, in case you survive me, as you thinke best'.

'The last night we had great doings here in burning another pope in effigie; never the like in that kind seens before; I believe you will have a relation of it in print'.

Bodleian, MS Wood F 41, 120

 

William Dugdale, London to Anthony Wood, Oxford, 25 November 1679

Concerning corrections for the Baronage and his account of his life, with answers to the queries in a letter from Wood.

Hamper, 422-3; Bodleian, MS Ballard 14, 5

Hamper omits the second sentence of the letter, referring to Dugdale's account of his life.
Marginal note describes Lady Houghton as the daughter of Sir Roger Aston, a Scot who was barber & then Master of the Robes to James I.

 

William Dugdale, London to Anthony Wood, Oxford, 9 December 1679

Acknowledges receipt of notes from Wood & tells him about William Hill: 'a sober ingenious man', who was master of the Free School in Sutton Coldfield and his father Blackleech Hill of Curdworth, an attorney and bailiff of Hemlingford Hundred 'a nimble and dextrous man at business', who William knew well. The son died in Ireland.

Bodleian, MS Wood F 41, 123

William Hill (1618-67), classical scholar.

 

William Dugdale, London to Anthony Wood, 16 December 1679

Tells him prorogation of parliament will allow him to return to Warwickshire earlier than expected. Tells him more about William Hill, including the general belief that he was cuckolded by his second wife who gave birth to a healthy child seven months after their marriage. 'Yesterday morning dyed the bane of this poore Office Sir Edw: Bishe, in a very low conidition as to his estate we heare'.

Bodleian, MS Wood F 41, 125

 

William Dugdale, London to Anthony Wood, 1 January 1680

He would have responded sooner. but until yesterday he couldn't discover where Bysshe was buried (St Olave's in the Jewry). He thinks Henry St George will succeed as Clarenceux, but they have to wait on the Duke of Norfolk, who has the nomination and is in Brussels. He hopes to see Wood in Warwickshire by Easter.

Bodleian, MS Wood F 41, 126

 

William Dugdale, Blyth Hall to Anthony Wood, 6 March 1680

Letting Wood know that he has to go to London the week before Easter, when new Clarenceux etc. are to be created by the deputy Earl Marshal. He doesn't expect to see Wood beforehand 'considering the badnesse of the ways, by the store of wet weather we have had'. He has heard 'for certain' that Blount died at Christmas. He saw him in London in Michaelmas term 'very pensive, and not a little dejected', which he attributed to 'the violent current of the times'.

Bodleian, MS Wood F 41, 127

 

William Dugdale, Heralds' Office to Anthony Wood, Oxford, 6 April 1680

Dugdale has returned to London sooner than expected for the creations of Sir Henry (Clarenceux) and Sir Thomas (Norroy) St George on previous Saturday. 'I should be very glad to see you here, having made a rough-draught of what you have minde I should do, in reference to my selfe, which I am desirous you should see before I do perfect it'. 'Our noble freind' Mr Sheldon has had him draw up a funeral certificate for his brother, who died at Canterbury. If Sheldon is in London for the term, he can see it before it's registered.

'Mr Blount dyed of an Apoplexie on the Fryday next after Christmasse day last, as Mr Newcome the printer tells me'.

Sends his service to Marshall & cousin Austen.

Postscript: 'I heare this day that the parliament is prorogued till the 17th of May, and then to sit if cause require'.

Bodleian, MS Wood F 41, 129

 

William Dugdale, Heralds' Office to Anthony Wood, Oxford, [late April 1680]

He's received Wood's letter of Easter Day and sent him back his papers with thanks. He hasn't learnt when William Hill died, but is sure he never published anything 'only that he wrote something (principally to assert his wifes honesty) by way of argument, that a child borne in the seventh month might live'.

There is an ingenious gentleman [E. Gibbon], a member of our office, who hath written a tract of blazon by Latine expressions'. If Wood likes, he'll send him a copy to peruse and 'shew to such as are ingenious'. He thinks it would be more suitable to be printed in Oxford than London - 'for I must tell you that here, little sixpeny pamphets or such as consist of drollery do most late'. The author will give the copy freely, in return for two dozen copies to bestow on his friends.

Postscript: 'I cannot yet learne who was Register to that Committee you mention, for regulating the Universitie of Oxford in the time of the late usurpation'.

'I am told, that Mr Newcome the printer hath those papers of Mr Blounts, which tend to the enlarging of his Law Dictionary'.

Bodleian, MS Wood F 41, 130

 

William Dugdale, London to Anthony Wood, Oxford, 25 May 1680

He's received Wood's letter of 11 May 'and had written to you again sooner, but that we have been in suspence about sending the Booke of Latine blazon; for the printing whereof at Oxford you give little encouragement'. They'll probably get it printed in London. He hopes to be home by midsummer and to see Wood there, when he'll explain why he won't 'take notice of those particulars in your papers, though I know your paynes were no lesse in them'.

Bodleian, MS Wood F 41, 131

 

William Dugdale, Heralds' Office to Anthony Wood, 28 October 1680

He's received Wood's letter of 24 October, but he hasn't yet received what Wood sent to Warwickshire as it arrived there after he'd left for London. He is lending Wood the requested book for a month, but entreats him to take good care of it, especially in returning it to London.

Postscript: Seeks names of late Earl of Rochester's daughters, of which he understands there are two.

Bodleian, MS Wood F 41, 133

 

William Dugdale, London to Anthony Wood, 2 December 1680

The book he lent Wood has been safely returned by the Long Compton carrier. A letter to Wood with answers from Sir Thomas Herbert has miscarried 'for upon enquiring at the Saracen's Head I finde that my man delivered to a Cheating knave, who sayd he was porter to the Long-Compton carryer, but was not, and to gayne 2d never delivered the Letter', so he's sent a copy.

The stonecutter who set up the monument to Sheldon's brother is pestering William, expecting 'I should be instrumentall for to helpe him to the money'. He asks Wood to remind Sheldon that £13 is due (£10 for the monument and £3 for carriage).

'I pray you do what you can to stiffle that report of me at Oxford, concerninge the Booke in the presse there'.

'I am desired by a worthy person to incite you to continue the Catalogue of Bishopps since Godwyn publisht their lives: and likewise to continue the memoriall of our English writers since Bale & Pitts publisht their worke upon the subject; none being so likely to performe either of these workes so well and carefully as your selfe'.

Bodleian, MS Wood F 41, 135

 

William Dugdale, London to Anthony Wood, 6 January 1681

By Wood's letter of 2 January he learnt that he had finally received William's book by the Oxford carrier. 'Thinke not of making any return of it again to me; for I never purpose to write anything upon that subject, but to let you have all my other Notes out of our publique Records which may be proper for that worke, as also those monumentall Inscriptions in sundry Cathedralls which relate to the Bishops, and which I tooke before the late Rebellious times, all of them being destroyed through the inquity of the souldiers and others of the parliament party except those in York minster.'

He's heard nothing from Mr Mill and he doesn't need to see him. 'If he could by any proper means divert the thoughts of some of those unto whom he hath talked of me another way'. He intends to complete his account of himself when he returns to Warwickshire around Candlemas.

'I shall be glad to receive any observations upon my Baronage from your freind in Gloucestershire. Mr Chetwynd (who is so much a furtherer of Dr Plotts commendable worke) is a very generous person, and much affected with Antiquities; but unless he had recourse to the Fountaine head, I meane the publique Records in the Tower and other palces, he will make but a lame peice of worke of what he desires to accomplish: of which I totally despaire. He was a parliament man till the late long parliament was dissolved, but now is not, residing wholy in the country'.

'I hope I shall shortly be able to tell you of a worthy and learned Cambridg-man, who will undertake for that worke of the Bishopps and English writers of that university, as you I expect will for those of Oxford'.

Bodleian, MS Wood F 41, 136

 

William Dugdale, London to Anthony Wood, 13 January 1681

Sending Sir Thomas Herbert's replies to Wood's questions. 'About 14 or 15 yeares since, he gave at my request (for he offred them to me) divers antient Manuscripts to the Bodleian Library in Oxford; which he convey'd hither from Yorke to me; and which I sent to Dr Barlow then cheif custos of that famous Library'. Lists books Herbert had given to the York cathedral library. Letter includes details of Charles I's burial from Herbert.

Asks Wood to remind Sheldon about the stonecutter. He still hasn't seen Mr Mills.

Bodleian, MS Wood F 41, 137

 

William Dugdale, London to Anthony Wood, Oxford, 25 January 1681

'To yours of the 18th instant, I had returned answer ere this, but our journey to Windsor for the Installation of the Pr: Elector Palatine by proxie hindered me'.

The parliament will sit at Oxford on 21 March - 'I have spoke to Mr Pitt to procure me a lodging for my selfe, and a youth that wayts on me, who tells me, that he will write to Mr Crittenden that lives at Hollywell, and hath a convenient roome for the purpose. I pray you therefore speake with this Mr Crittenden (whom you will finde at the printing house) for I shall trust to you and him for accomodation: I care not how small the roome be, so it be warme, clenly, and a good Bed. When you have fixt it for me, let a paper be put over the Dore, that it is for Garter principall king of Armes, which will prevent the Harbingers from laying their hands on it: and let me hear from you as to this matter by the next return of the post. I hope to stay in Oxford but a few days, not doubtling but to gayne leave to go home again. Nor do I thinke the parliament will sit long there: for if there happen to be a fayre accord between the Commons and the king, a short time may dispatch what is most necessary .. if otherwise it will soon be seen'.

'Mr Blount was much mistaken in what he told you I had in reference to the enlargement of Godwyn' - he's sent Wood all he has, apart from the monuments & epitaphs etc., which he'll bring with him to Oxford. He'll also bring his account of his own life. 'I am told by a freind, that there [is] a rare sculpture in a copper plate, cut beyond sea to print off, for the memory of Sir Kenelm Digdby; and am desired to write to you, to contribute what you can, towards an Inscription of what is most memorable of him'.

Bodleian, MS Wood F 41, 140

 

William Dugdale, London to Anthony Wood, 31 January 1681

He has received Wood's letter of Sunday night, but without Sir Thomas Herbert's enclosed as indicated. 'I send this purposely to you, to desire you to go againe to Mr Crittenden and secure that large roome, wherein is a Bed, which two of my fellows are willing to lodge in. It is like some other of our Societie may be his Lodgers for a little roome or two more'. He expects to stay till Easter Monday and to come to Oxford on Saturday 19 March, which will be a fortnight. He intends to go to Warwickshire in a week.

Bodleian, MS Wood F 41, 142

 

William Dugdale, London to Anthony Wood, 5 February 1681

Asks Wood to let Mr Crittenden know that as 'some of our company are otherwise accomodated, and some others will go to some freinds the day after the parliament sits, till Easter, we shall need but three lodging roomes' - a little room for Dugdale, a large room for Sir Henry St George and his brother and a 3rd room for Mr Dethick and Mr Devenish. He may dispose otherwise of the 4th room. 'But I must intreat you to tell him, that he must either by Trucklebeds or some small pallets accomodate three servants, in his house. Myne is a youth of about 15 yeares of age; the others are somewhat elder'. He will bring his collections with him to Oxford.

Bodleian, MS Wood F 41, 143

 

William Dugdale, Heralds' Office to Anthony Wood, 14 May 1681

'Sir, with great thanks for you many civilities to me, when I was lately with you at Oxford'. He arrived in London last Wednesady. He is sending his annotated copy of Godwyn via Mr Pitts. He asks him to copy what he needs qucikly, 'for I shall have occasion for it here upon a businesse relating to the cathedrals of Durham and Carlisle'.

'If either your self or your freind Mr Fulman can contribute anything of consequence towards my Hist: of the late Troubles, I pray you favour me therein; for I thinke it will come to another Impression.'

Postscript: 'Me thinks the Universities should send up Adresses to the King of Thanks for his gracious Declaration upon dissolving the Parliamentas well as other places.'

Bodleian, MS Wood F 41, 144

 

William Dugdale, London to Anthony Wood, 28 June 1681

'Sir, Yours dated on Saturday last, came safe. As to that Narrative relating to my self, I do not, at present, know what more to adde to it.

When you send up Godwin, direct it to John Dugdale Esqr (my son) at the Heraulds Office, for he stays there (I thinke) till Michaelmasse; and will take care to convey it safe to me into the country.

When I come home, I will not forget that continuation of the Bishopps restitution of the Temporalities.

I have told Sir H. St George of your intention of sending that Survey of Hertfordsh: by Norden.

Tomorrow we go hence. So wishing your good health, I rest.'

Postscript: 'There is a little thing which Mr Pitt is to print of myne at your Theatre, wherein will be 13 Coats of Armes cutt in wood by an excellent Artist (as he says) now in Oxford. He hath sent the draughts of them in paper to him; and I intreat you to see that he do them exactly and neatly.'

Bodleian, MS Wood F 41, 145

 

William Dugdale, Blyth Hall to Anthony Wood, Oxford, 15 September 1681

'Sir, Discerning the absurd practise of late times by the paynters of Armes, and the little regard had by the Heraulds in restrayning it, there there is a great confusion made in such Distinctions as are nowadays used for the younger branches of Families; and that neither reason, nor authorities will be heard, by those which ought to have better consideration of these things: I resolved, for my own vindication, to publish something to the world, whereby it might be known what my judgment is in these matters, though I have not any power in my self to amend it; with which I thinke I made you acquainted: and having now brought it to the presse, with a Catalogue of the Nobility, and Baronets, which Mr Pitt will speedily print at Oxford, intreat, that you will see the sheetes of the whole worke before they be wrought off: for the compositors may possibly mistake one Letter for another, which in names will be very mischeevous. I know you are very exact, as well as knowing in these matters; and therefore desire that you will favour me herein'.

He intends to be in London for the beginning of Michaelmas term & bring up the notes on the restitution of the bishops' temporalities since 10 Eliz., which follow on from those he's already given Wood. 'When you see that learned man Mr Smith of Magdalen Collegde I pray you commend me heartily to him, with great Thanks for the kinde visit he made me this summer in his passage out of the North. My hearty service also to worthy Mr Walker of University College and to my Cosen Austen'.

Bodleian, MS Wood F 41, 147

 

William Dugdale, London to Anthony Wood, 8 November 1681

From Wood's letter of 6th William gathers that he papers he sent have arrived. safely. 'As to the Letter in which those things, now in the presse at Oxford, are printed, I should have likt it better had it beene the next size bigger, and the paper somewhat larger Octavo; but Mr Pitt says that he had consultation with many scholars, who for diverse reasons advised it should be as it is. I have seene but one sheet of it, which begins at pag: 17 and ends at pag: 32, but have, since the receipt of your Letter, which intimates many faults in the Copie, sent to Mr Pitt for the rest, which I am now going about to looke over .. I intreat you therefore that by the next post (if possible) you will send me a note, both of those Errors which you say you have corrected in my Copie and of those you tell me the printer would not correct, but follow'd the copie', so that he may 'make an advertisement at the end of the Booke'.

Dr Hausted 'was my most familiar freind' and made a DD in 1642 'for his excellent parts' - 'when that Honour was conferr'd on sundry persons who had manifested their loyaltie to the late king; at which time I my self was persuaded to be made Master of Arts'.

'I confesse I have an ancient acquaintance with Mr John Rushworth; but have not seen him this Twelve months; nor had I then, but that I casually met him in St Margarets churchyard at Westminster. For though I was many times at his lodging, early and late, they always denyed him. I doubt he is now very poore, which is the reason that he thus doth abscond. I never heard of anything that he publisht in print, than those two volumes of Historicall Collections; and the Tryall of the late Earle of Strafford.'

Bodleian, MS Wood F 41, 148

 

William Dugdale, London to Anthony Wood, Oxford, 19 November 1681

He's taken his time to reply to Wood's letter of the 12th, because he only went to Westminster yesterday 'to enquire of the names of those good men, whose Bodies after his Majesties restauration were removed out of the Church into the Church-yard. Which I am promised by the Bishop of Rochester (who is Dean of Westminster) within ten days of thereabouts, he having in my presence, commanded the sub-chanter to finde out.'

Dr Hausted died in the castle at Banbury in 1645 and was buried there, but he's not sure exactly where. 'That poem, called the Lecture to the people, printed at Oxford, had the Title thereof given it by the last king, who seeing it in manuscript, with the Title of a Sermon to the people, altered it and caused it to be called a Lecture.'

He's enquired about Norden's Hertfordshire, but not located it. He's told Sir Henry St George, who 'makes little matter of it' and sends his respects. He has looked over the sheets and found various errors. Pitt is waiting for a catalogue of the Irish nobility; this, the catalogue of the Scottish nobility and the boroughs, cities and shires 'is none of my worke'. The bookseller's preface to the reader is placed on the wrong page, and careful directions must therefore be given to the binder.

He sends his respects to Mr Smith of Magdalen college. 'Sir Ph: Warwick and I did speake much of him last weeke. I should be glad to see him here'.

Bodleian, MS Wood F 41, 149

 

William Dugdale to Anthony Wood, [November 1681]

'Sir, This is to tell you, that I received yours yesterday having heard before of the young E. of Rochester's death, by which that Honour is extinct.

You shall here inclosed finde the Copy of the warrant for taking up those Bodies out of the Abby-Church at Westminster, with the names of them. You see what good English the virger writes. This is all I have to say at present; resting your assured freind and servant'.

Postscript: 'Sir Henry St George is content to stand to the losse of that little Book he lent you, if Mr Pitt cannot finde it; being willing to pleasure you, notwithstanding this mischance, with any thing else that he hath'.

Bodleian, MS Wood F 41, 153

Charles Wilmot, earl of Rochester died 12 Nov. 1681

 

William Dugdale, Blyth Hall to Anthony Wood, 11 April 1682

'Sir, The bearer hereof, a poore Lancashire youth, being recommended to me by severall persons of quality in that county, in order to my furtherance of him for setling at Oxford', he thought this an opportunity to salute Wood and to ask him to be the boy's friend. He intends to be in London the week after term begins and hopes to see Wood there. Sends regards to the Bishop of Oxford, the Master of University College and Smith of Magdalen.

Bodleian, MS Wood F 41, 155

 

William Dugdale, London to Anthony Wood, 15 June 1682

'Sir, I herewith send you from the Author (who is one of our Society here) his Essay of Blazon in Latine, which he was constrayned to print at his own chardge, and now would willingly reimburse himselfe'. William entreats Wood to show it to booksellers with whom he 'has an interest' and to give one to 'the worthy master of University College' and to ask him to recommend it to 'such young Gentlemen, with whom he hath any interest' and to any booksellers. He hopes to see the master of University College in London before the end of the term.

Bodleian, MS Wood F 41, 154

 

William Dugdale, London to Anthony Wood, 24 October 1682

He received Wood's letter of 23rd yesterday. 'As to my worke of Yorke and Pauls (as you call it) it is ready for the presse, I having agreed with Mr Pitt to print it; only there is something deficient as to the Benefactors to Pauls, which the Clarke of the Works will shortly supply'. The printers won't be able to start on it before Xmas, so it won't be done before Easter term.

'My good freind' Sir Thomas Herbert died at York on 1st March last, but he's not sure where he's buried. He'll ask his son-in-law, who is 'now under' one of the Six Clerks.

'The Christian name of the wife of Henry later Earle of Kent (with whom Mr Selden lived in white Fryers) was Elizabeth'. Hatton only ever published the psalms of David (in Oxford) - 'nor can I say that he was Author thereof, but only projected it, the prayers being composed by Dr Jeremy Taylor'. Sends regards to Bishop of Oxford, Rector of Lincoln & Master of University College. He hears the Saxon work by Junius is in the press.

Bodleian, MS Wood F 41, 156

 

William Dugdale, London to Anthony Wood, Oxford, 9 November 1682

Sending copy of Sir Thomas Herbert's epitaph.

Bodleian, MS Wood F 41, 158

 

William Dugdale, Blyth Hall to Anthony Wood, Oxford, 17 February 1683

He received Wood's letter of 8th that morning, which was the first he'd heard of Rushworth's death. According to his intelligence the Earl of Shaftesbury died on Sunday 21 January - 'the Gout, as I heare, striking up to his stomack. I know he is a mortall man; but a great Hocus pocus, which hath made me doubt whether he be really dead or not; for I know a most prodigious knave, yet living (and a pretended Divine) who hath been confidently affirmed to be dead, and Coffins empty twice buryed in his name, whereof one was in Wales'. Sends regards to Bishop of Oxford, Dr Marshall and Mr Walker at University College.

Bodleian, MS Wood F 41, 161

 

William Dugdale, London to Anthony Wood, Oxford, 1 May 1683

He was delayed by 'some more than ordinary buisness' and has only just arrived in London. Sends responses to Wood's questions.

Bodleian, MS Wood F 41, 163

 

William Dugdale, Heralds' Office to Anthony Wood, Oxford, 17 May 1683

Sends further responses to Wood's questions. He also sends a message to the Bishop of Oxford concerning a statue of Henry VIII in white marble that he told him about nearly 3 years ago and suggested it should be obtained for Oxford. He hears that Trinity College, Cambridge are now interested in it.

Bodleian, MS Wood F 41, 165

 

William Dugdale, Heralds' Office to Anthony Wood, Oxford, 29 June 1683

'By yours dated on Thursday last, I perceive, that the Master of the Rolls expects money for that Marble-Stone of K. Hen: 8th at which I cannot bu much wonder; considering he is a person so wealthy, and that it stands in a Farme-house', where few know it exists. If William owned it, he'd think it an honour to see it placed in a college, rather than as 'when I saw it', stored by the tenant of the farm in a room with wool and household stuff.

Answers various questions, including that his father John told him that William Dugdale 'was his kinsman, but not particularly neere allyed'.

Bodleian, MS Wood F 41, 166

 

William Dugdale, Heralds' Office to Anthony Wood, 17 July 1683

Sending questions relating to Sir Richard Wenman of Caswell bart., newly created a baron.

Postscript: 'I presume you all [sic] the particulars, by this time, of this execrable plott for murthering the king & the Duke of York, and many more'.

Bodleian, MS Wood F 41, 167

 

William Dugdale, London to Anthony Wood, Oxford, 4 August 1683

He has received Wood's letter, dated 'yesterday'. The countess of Huntingdon died 3 or 4 years ago 'a very excellent woman, and with whom I had a good acquaintance'. Tells Wood what the countess had told him about her father Sir John Davies and his wife Lady Elinor Touchet 'a woman very fancifull, and much inclined to prophetick predictions'. He'll make further enquiries, when the Earl of Huntingdon returns to London.

Bodleian, MS Wood F 41, 162

 

William Dugdale, Blyth Hall to Anthony Wood, Oxford, [September 1683]

Concerning Sir John Davies. Incomplete

Bodleian, MS Ballard 14, 10

 

William Dugdale, Blyth Hall to Anthony Wood, Oxford, 5 September 1683

He received Wood's letter 3 days ago via 'my good freind' Mr Kettlewell. He assures Wood that Gwillim's book of heraldry was actually written by Dr Barkham, chaplain to Archbishop Abbot - as he learnt from Dr Barkham's brother, procotr of Doctors Commons 40 years ago. 'So did Sampson Erdswick in permitting Will: Wyrley to publish (as his own) a little Tract ... and so did Sir Henry Spelman offer me the publishing his Apilogia in my own name in ao 1638, of which he thought not fitt (being then about 80 yeares of age, and having written it in his youth) to discover himself to be the Author: but I refused it'. More recently Morgan the arms painter 'a busy pragmaticall fellow' published the work of the 'cock brayned' Mr Waterhouse as his own.

If Dr Kuerden is still at Oxford, he sends his remembrances and invites him to stay 2 or 3 nights at Blyth Hall on his return journey.

Bodleian, MS Wood F 41, 169

 

William Dugdale, Heralds' Office to Anthony Wood, Oxford, 25 October 1683

Concerning Charles Spelman's intention to publish a manuscript written by his grandfather Sir Henry and an invitation from the Earl of Clarendon for Wood to visit him.

Bodleian, MS Tanner 34, 205

 

William Dugdale, London to Anthony Wood, 13 November 1683

He couldn't answer Wood's letter of 1 November until he'd spoken to the Earl of Huntingdon and Ashmole. Ashmole has been prevented from going to Oxford by his wife's ill health. 'Bloome is an egregious progging knave, and abuses the world by his pretended undertakings'. 'Daniel King was a most silly ignorant fellow, but an errant knave. That concerning Cheshire was nothing of his: He was not able to write on line of true English .. I can clearly tell you whence he had it all .. If I could see you, I would tell you more of these progging, scribling knaves'.

Bodleian, MS Wood F 41, 170

progging: OED of a person, that solicits, begs or forages.
Richard Blome (1635?-1705), bookseller and cartographer

 

William Dugdale, Heralds' Office to Anthony Wood, Oxford, 22 May 1684

Not having heard from Wood for some time, he sends an enquiry as to his health. He wants Wood to remind Mr Smith that he'd like him to publish Sir Philip Warwick's memoirs. A new book has published a list of those who sat in judgement on Charles I - 'I thinke it might be a very good worke to finde out from what places as Burgesses or otherwise each of them sate in that parliament begun 3 Nov 1640', which Wood is well placed to do.

Bodleian, MS Wood F 41, 172

 

William Dugdale, Heralds' Office to Anthony Wood, Oxford, 3 June 1684

Thanks Wood for his letter of the previous Thursday. He will be in London for 3 more weeks. He wants to know where the regicides had their chief residence - a friend will help him to the Yorkshiremen and he hopes Wood will help with the Oxford men. He has spoken of this to the Master of University College, who is in London. The 'history of them' will be difficult to get together and 'I have heard that the sons of some few of them are loyall'. 'I thanke you for your intimation of Mr Gore's Bookes. I have acquainted the Earle of Clarendon therewith: who (being a hearty lover of these things, and a Wiltshire-man) tells me, he will cause enquiry to be made after them'.

Bodleian, MS Wood F 41, 174

Thomas Gore (1632-84), writer on heraldry from Wiltshire.

 

William Dugdale, Blyth Hall to Anthony Wood, Weston, 7 July 1684

He received Wood's letter of 1st July that morning, bringing news of Sheldon's death: 'he was a virtuous and right good man; and will be much missed'. The manuscripts he's left to the office should not be mentioned to the executors until after the funeral. He explains what arms may be used for a private funeral without heralds. If the executors intend to hand arms in the church, they must get a dispensation from the Earl Marshal or risk having them torn down. This is the province of Sir Henry St George as Clarenceux, who will be out of town visiting Cambridge and Huntingdon with Mr King until 6 August. If Wood writes to him from Weston, he should direct the letter via Mr James Fish, a schoolmaster in Warwick. He hopes to see Wood at Blyth Hall this summer.

Bodleian, MS Wood F 41, 175

 

Anthony Wood, Weston to William Dugdale, Blyth Hall, 19 July 1684

Concerning Sheldon's funeral and his bequest of manuscripts to the College of Arms.

Hamper, 434-5; Merevale, HT4/6/39-41

 

William Dugdale, Blyth Hall to Anthony Wood, Oxford, 8 November 1684

Requests an explanation as to why, as he's learnt from his son John, the Book of Glastonbury & other manuscripts were not delivered with the other items in the Sheldon bequest and when they will be sent. He like a list of the other books, which he had 'superficially cate my Eye upon' at Weston and thinks are mostly divinity. He assumes Wood had heard Sheldon say they were found in the old steeple of St Clements church in Temple Bar. Sends greeting to Mr Smith of Magdalen and warns him that 'except he do earnestly looke after it', the manuscript of Sir Philip Warwick's memoirs 'will be smothered'. 'Mr Johnson told me, that the Lord Keeper did desire to see it: but I doubt he forgets to shew it to him'.

Bodleian, MS Wood F 41, 177

 

Anthony Wood to William Dugdale, Heralds' Office, 17 November 1684

Responding to Dugdale's letter of 8 November, denying that any part of the Sheldon bequest had been omitted.

Hamper, 440-1

 

William Dugdale, Blyth Hall to Anthony Wood, Oxford, 22 November 1684

He has received Wood's letter of 17 November and thanks him 'for that particular account you give me of those Ms Bookes belonging to Mr Sheldon'. He has no further use for the Book of Glastonbury, but 'I much desire that it be fixt in some publique Library: for if it be lodgd in any private hand, it will be no better than lost'. He responds to Wood's questions on Bysshe & Wyrley. He tells him that Burton heard from Erdeswick that he wrote the True Use, 'but being a grave and learned man, thought it too light a thing to passe under his own name'.

Bodleian, MS Wood F 41, 178

 

William Dugdale, Blyth Hall to Anthony Wood, Oxford, 2 February 1685

Concerning Sir Aston Cockaine.

In margin in different hand: Cockaine born 28 Dec. 1608, died 13 Febr. 1683.

Warwickshire Record Office, CR721/4

 

Anthony Wood to William Dugdale, Heralds' Office, 9 April 1685

Concerning the disagreement over Sheldon's bequest to the College of Arms.

Hamper, 451-3; Merevale, HT4/6/39-41

 

William Dugdale, Heralds' Office to Anthony Wood, Oxford, 23 June 1685

'Sir, I doubt my long delay in answering of your Queres, (which came to my hands about a month since) may make you doubt that your Letter miscarryed: but the true reason is, that the E. of Clarendon being so taken up with greater buisnesse, could not have leisure to give me so good an account concerning his Grandfather (Sir Tho Aylesbury) before this time, which I send you here inclosed. He answers Wood's other queries. He refers to Lord Gery of Warke, 'who is now in Rebellion with the late Duke of Monmouth; and outlawed for high Treason; and the sayd late Duke attaynted by Act of parliament'.

'You will finde the great and good News from Scotland in your Gazet of yesterday; and I hope it will not be long ere we shall heare the like, in reference to those Rebells in the west about Taunton'.

Bodleian, MS Wood F 41, 180

 

Anthony Wood to William Dugdale, Blyth Hall, 14 October 1685

Concerning the ongoing dispute over Sheldon's bequest.

Hamper, 455-9; Merevale, HT4/6/39-41