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- In brief,” sayd he, “ how the Prince's Heart “ stands to the Church of England, that when “ God brings him to the Crowne, we may - what to hope for.

My Reply was to this effect; That however I was the most upfit of any to give my Opinion herein, attending but Two Months in the Year, and then at a great Distance, only in the Closet, and at Meals; yet seeing they so pressed me, I would speak my Mind freely: So I sayd, “ I know My Master's Learning is not equal to « his Father's; Yet I know his Judgment to “ be very right : And as for his Affections in " these particulars, which Your Lordships have

pointed at, for upholding the Doctrine and

Discipline, and the right Estate of the Church, “ I have more confidence of him, than of his “ Father, in whom they say (better than I can) “is so much inconstancy in some particular


Hereupon My Lords of Durham and St. David's began to argue it with me, and required me to let them know, upon what ground I came to think thus of the Prince: I gave


my reasons at large, and after many replyings (above an Hour together) then My Lord of Winchester ( who hąd said nothing all the while) þespake me in these Words ;

" Well

“ Well Doctor, God send you may be a “ true Prophet concerning your Master's Incli"nations in these particulars, which we are * glad to hear from you: I am sure I shall be "a true Prophet; I shall be in my Grave and " so shall you, My Lord of Durham, but My " Lord of St. David's, and you, Doctor, will " live to see that Day that your Master will be " put to it, upon his Head and his Crown, with"out he will forsake the support of the Church.

Of this Prediction made by that Holy Father, I have now no Witness, but mine own. Conscience, and the Eternal God, who knows I lie Dot; no body else being present when this was spoken, but those three Lords.

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Num. XX. See the Glossary to this Work,

voc. kampedene.

Extract of a Letter to the Publisher from Mr. Graves

of Mickleton in Gloucestershire, concerning Campden in that County. With a remarkable Passage upon that occasion, out of an old anonymous MS. Author (stiled John Bever by Dr. Powell) in Trinity College Library Oron.

As to the Etymology and Scituation of Campden, as you relate it from Dr. Skinner's Etymologicon; I very readily agree with him, but never saw the Book; and consulting with Ant. à Wood, and finding a good Character of the Author, I think to gett it.

I have formerly observ'd, that John Bever, or Castorius, call's it Campodunum ; which Ter-' mination made me believe it to be a Roman Town; for we meet in Antoninus's Itinerary with those of Cambodunum, Margidunum, Camulodunum, Muridunum, Sorviodunum, and Maridunum; in all which Dr. Gale make's the Termination, dunum, to answer to, collis, in the Latine; and so likewise the Scituation of those Towns he observe's to be on Hills; and indeed our Campden is ever reckon’d among the Towns on the Cotswold Hills, but at the same time is scituated in a deep Valley, or Den, on those Hills.

For, as you come to it on the North side, on the Road' from Warwick, and Stratford, through Mickleton; you goe up hill almost all the way for the 2. last Miles, that is, from Mickleton ; and yet you see little or nothing of the Town, but the Church, and some Remains of the Great House, till you come within a Land's length of the Town; and then you fall down, it

were, unexpectedly into it; But,



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as you 'approach it on the South side, on the Road from London and Oxford, you come down a Hill for above a Mile to it, and have a full view of the whole Town, which lye’s in length East and West, all along the Bottom; but in breadth North and South, on a declining Bank; and the Church, and these Remains of the Great House, stand on a rising ground above

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Lying in this Valley it is encompassed on 3. sides, that is, North, West, and South, by the Cotswold Hills; but lye’s open on the East side to the Morning Sun, which make's the Scituation both pleasant and healthfull ; and overlook's a pleasant Vale, lying considerably below it; which run's through some Parts of Worcestershire, Warwickshire, . and Oxfordshire, to the Borders of Northamptonshire.

Dr. Powel, in his Notes on the History of Wales, pag. 11, 12. ha's translated the whole Passage out of Bever, and it seem’s by his Account, that the Place was then (above a Thousand years agoe) of considerable Note, and large Extent ; for, upon a threatning Message from the Britains, the great King Ina of the West Saxon's summoned all the other Saxon Kings to repair thither ; where old King Sibert of the East Saxons making a Speech to them, and, among other things, recommending to p3


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them the choosing a Head to lead them, they made Choice of King Ina ; who received Homage of them there, and advancing his Standard, marched forward against the Britains.

Probably. it might be then the chief Residence of the West Saxon Kings, at least of this Ina; however it must be necessarily furnished with stately Houses, fitt to give Reception to the Persons of all the Saxon Kings of the Heptarchy, with their Courtiers and Attendants, which must be very numerous; besides, there seemed to have been a great Army along with them, which waited the Result of their Consultations.

I know not, what should induce the Dr. to call the Place Mount Campeden; unless there was some word in the original Latine, besides that of Campodunum, that answer’d to that of, Mount ; for, if it was barely that and no more, 1 think it should have been rendered, according to Dr. Gale, the Camp on the Mount, or Hill. But I want very much to see the original Latine, and accordingly, when I was at London last year, went to the Cotton Library to peruse that Copy of Bever, which is said to be there, Vitell. E. XVII.4. I saw the MS: indeed, but there is not the least mention of thạt Passage in the Book; which Mr. Casley

, and I, both of us, thoroughly examined; that I concluded, it was


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