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"whilst that excellent, but greatly unfortunate, "Prince was able to keepe an army in the field: "which particulars, with many others, too long " to bee here related, hee has told mee more

than Hee dyed the 24th of April last "in the 87th. yeare of his age, and was buryed, "according to his earnest desire and express order, the Sunday next following, viz. 27th. very privately and obscurely in the Church

yard of St. Paul's Covent-Garden”. Instead, of saying more of this learned Person at this time, I will only insert what is spoke of him in a 4to. MS. that formerly belong'd to himself, but was given by him, about a fortnight before he died, (and not long after his Onomasticon Zoicon, of the folio Ed. with great Improvements by the Author's own hand, in order to another Edition, which it very well deserves, was sent to the University of Oxford, and put into the Bodlejan Library, to, which he had in his prosperity been a Benefactor) to the said Dr. Thomas Smith, who left it to me with many other MSS. at his Death as a Legacy., Omnibus in confesso est, hunc virum constantissime Regias partes calamitosissimis etiam temporibus tutatum fuisse: sæpiùs dicentem, Religioni, nisi salva Rep. consuli non

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Vizin. 1707.


posse ; salvam autem Remp. servari non posse, nisi Legitima successione serontá. There is one thing which at this time it will be improper to pass by, and that is, that whereas Mr. Webb hath taken abundance of learned pains to refute Dr. Charleton, I have often wondered, that, whilst he was striving all he could' to weaken that Argument, to prove the Monument Danish, which the Dr. drew from an Inscription in odd Characters, quoted by him from Camden, and supposed by him to be Runick, Mr. Webb (who otherwise very readily catcht at every thing he could of that kind to expose the Dr.) had not discovered, that the Words were not really Mr. Camden's, but his Translator Dr. Philemon Holland's. The Words are these, as I find them in pag. 254. of the Translation :: I have heard that in the time of King Henrie the Eighth, there was found neere this place (of Stonehenge] a table of mettall, as it had beene tinne and léad commixt, inscribed with many letters, but in so strange a Character, that neither Sir Thomas Eliot, nor master Lilye Schoote-Master of Pauls, could read it, and therefore neglected it. Had it beene preserved, somewhat happily might have beene discovered as concerning Stonehenge, which now lieth obscured. Which Words are in no Latin

See Webb's Vindication of \ &c. of the new Edition. * Of Stone-Heng restored, p. 78, the Ed. at Lond. 1637.


Edition ; nor is there any thing like them in
Mr. Camden's Latin Book (of the folio Ed.
1607.) as I have it corrected and improved
with his own hand, and for that reason both
this, as well as other Interpolations of Dr. Hol-
land are deservedly put at the bottom of the
Page in the late Translation. And yet I can-
not but acknowledge, that Mr. Camden does
speak of an Inscription in his Supplement to the
Topographical Description of Britain, which I have
in MS. in his own hand writing, where ? I
meet with the following Things about Stone-
henge that are not in the Britannia it self.
“ for Stone-heng uppon Sarisbury plaine, I can-
“not tell what to saye. I know oute of Vitru-
“ vius that the : auncient imitating the nature
“ of heaven, did especially take pleasure in
“ round Temples; yeat considering the rudnes
“and deformity of this work, I cannot persuad

my self, that it was in Claudius the Emperouris

time, when Architecture was come to the " topp of perfection. To think they were

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'Inter Codd. Smithianos, | honorable Thomas Earle of Num. VII. It is thus intitled : Arundell and Surrey Primier A Suplement of the Topogra. Earle of England, Lord Howe phicall Description of Britain ard, Fitz-Alan, Maltravers, published udcx. Conteining Mowbray, Segrave, Bruse and many specialites which since Clun, Knight of the most noble have intervened concerning Cre. Order of the Garter, and of his acions, Inscriptions and other Majestie's most honorable privie mentorable matters in England, Councell. * Pag. 45. '3 L. Scotland, Ireland, and the Ysles | auncients. adjacent. Dedicated to the right

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brought hither oute of Ireland by Magick, " were doting impiety, when the like stones, “ for greatness and graine, are found at Avely "and elswher. If the smale Pyramides about “the midle centure be just thirty, it may

allud "to the 30 encounters, that Vespasian, sent

by Claudius, had with the Britains. “have any hope of discovering the veritie here

in, the very centre is to be digged open, and “ the inscription to be looked with the letters * down-ward. How so ever it seemeth to con“cern Aurelius Ambrosius, when as the next “ town is denominated Ambresbury of him. " And because it is situated in the midst as it “ were of the Isle from the East to the West, “ doubtless it was a place for convention uppon “ divers ocsasions. I doubt not but the Bri. “ taines and Hengest mett here for their confe

rence, and that it was called therupon Sten“ Hengest (as Rudborn testifieth.) How Clau« dius remitted to the nobilitie of Britane the « confiscation of their goodes, and that ther“ fore they erected an alter to him, and adored “ him as a God, and how select gentlemen

wearing Crownes of Gold spent their private "states, you maye reade in Tacitus and Aria"nus, and the Britans called it Chorea Gigantum, " that is, the Temple of Giantes, you may read in the foresayd Rudborn, and how the


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"place was called Kiffen Bydden, i. the ridge
" of Bath, I need not to remember, neither
“how the stones of Mercolij were so disposed,
" that here was one stone, ther was an other,
"and the third placed upon them both.

At a Selden de

Diis Syris. word, I am persuaded that' this were so ' placed by the first, inhabitants of this ysle, “when as Hector Boëtius, writeth that Mainus

King of the Scotts did institut solemne ceremonies, " and erecting huge stones in divers places circularly, " the greatest ever toward the South, which served in steed of an alter to sacri: beastes therupon. Thies stones are yeat extant called by the commoit

sort, The temples of the Gods. Any man that seeth them would mervuile by what arte and what

strength of men they were so reared. Thus farr “ Boëtius. What other men can gather out of the " word ycluis, which signifieth, in the Britain

language, lame, I see not, albeit I know that " the name of Claudius came originaly from lamnes. Not long since a hilloc was here dig

ged down, and in it was found a stagg's hedd, " and under neth coales, which is a manifest “profe that it was a Land marck.

$. XXI. I have above declared, that Stone-henge I have no mind at this time to inter- haps a BritishMonu

ment, notwithstand. pose my own Sentiments about Stone- ing it might have


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