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press of Russia, the King of France, the British Museum, the Society of Antiquaries, the Royal Academy, the Duke of Rutland, Lord Viscount Hampden, Sir Edw. Walpole, Hon. Horace Walpole, Dan. Wray, Esq. Mat. Duane, Esq. Dr. Hunter, and in many other very capital collections, both in this kingdom and on the continent. "Hæc studia," says our worthy author, from Cicero, "adolescentiam alunt, senectutem oblectant, secundam rem ornant, adversis perfugium ac solatium præbent, delectant domi, non impediunt foris, pernoctant nobiscum, peregrinantur, rusticantur."

The lives to be found in this work are those of Leonardo da Vinci, Michael Angelo, Raffaelle, Giulio Romano, Polidoro, Baccio Bandinelli, Batista Franco, Perino del Vaga, Frederico Zuccaro, Il Passignano, Pietro da Cortona, Bernino, Andrea Sacchi, Stefano della Bella, Romanelli, Il Borgognone, Filippo Lauri, Carlo Maratti, Ciro Ferri, Cav. Ghezzi, Titiano, Correggio, Parmigiano, Camillo, Procaccini, Lodovico Carracci, Agostino Carracci, Annibale Car racci, Caravaggio, Guido, Albani, Domenichino, Guercino, Schidoni, Cantarini, Mola, Canuti, Elizabetta Sirani, Luca Cambiaso, Salvator Rosa, Francesco Vieira, Poussin, Le Sueur, La Fage, Boucher, Breughel, Rubens, Vandyck, Rembrandt, Wouwermans, Vander-Velde, and Rysbrack.

Not long before his death, Mr. Rogers had an intention of disposing of the remaining copies in twelve numbers, one to be published every other month, at one guinea each number. This project his ill-health prevented his adopting, though the proposals for it were printed.

Besides this work, Mr. Rogers printed an anonymous translation of Dante's Inferno, in 4to. 1782. In the performance of this, he chiefly attended to giving the sense of his author with fidelity. The character of a poet does not seem to have been the object of his ambition.

He also published in the Archæologia, vol. 3, p. 35, a paper on the antiquity of horseshoes; and in vol. 6, p. 107, an account of certain masks from the Mosquito shore. Another paper, which was read at the Society of Antiquaries, Feb. 18, 1779, we shall be enabled to communicate to the public in our next.* A curious letter of his, to Mr. Astle, on some ancient blocks used in early printing, may be seen in our vol. 51, p. 169.†

Mr. Rogers was never married. In the society of very

[* See his letter to Dean Mills, on two ancient Pictures, vol. iii. p. 79, of these Selections. E.]

[† See vol. i. p. 352, of these Selections. E.]

near relations he passed a domestic life, without engaging in, or interesting himself about, the struggles of parties or political contentions.

Stranger to civil and religious rage,

The good man walk'd innoxious through his age.

In the bosom of retirement, when free from business, in the conversation of friends, and in attentions to literary concerns, he wore out his days. At length the inroads of old age began to appear. About twelve months before his death, a degree of feebleness shewed itself. His walks fatigued him; and on twelfth-day, 1783, he was thrown down and run over in Fleet-street, by the carelessness or brutality of a butcher's boy on horseback. From this period his constitution evidently declined, and the loss of several of his friends about this juncture rendered the approaches of death more indifferent to him. He lingered through the summer; and when that season was over, those who were about him plainly perceived that his dissolution was near. At length, after struggling some time with his disorder, he resigned to fate, Jan. 2, 1784, and was buried in the family vault in St. Lawrence Pountney burying-ground.

The following epitaph he left to his representative, to place on his tomb, or to omit it, at his pleasure. As it contains something characteristical, and what every person who knew him will subscribe to, we need not say that it has been adopted.


Spare to obliterate the name of

whose body is here deposited,
unless you are convinced that he hath
injured you by word or deed.

He was born the 2d of August, 1711;
and died [Jan. 2, 1784.]

1784, March.

XXXI. Anecdotes of STRYPE, the Historian.

(From a MS. of Mr. RowE MORES.)

MR. STRYPE was born in Houndsditch, in a house built and inhabited by Hans Jacobson, a Dutchman, jeweller to

King James I. He was born, as I conjecture, about 1640. This house was situated in a paved alley, called afterwards Strype's Court, so named from Mr. Strype's father, who dweit there. See Survey, p. 367. b. He was educated in St. Paul's School, ib. p. 84, where he entered about 1655, as I guess. From thence he went to Cambridge, anno 1661, ib. p..... He was of Jesus College, as I guess, from a passage in the Survey, p. 191. Mr. Newcourt says, of Catharine Hall, vol. 2. p. 382. He took the degrees in arts. In the year 1669, he was presented to the vicarage of Leyton (then vacant by the resignation of John Cox), by Mrs. Swanley, and others, impropriators of the rectory, Newcourt, II. 382. He was lecturer of Hackney. He died 13th of December, 1737.

1784, April.


THE celebrated Mr. Strype, whom you have mentioned in your Magazine for April, was succeeded at Low Leyton by Mr. Doubourdieu; who then instituted a suit of dilapidations of the vicarage-house in the Bishop of London's Consistory Court, against Mrs. Harris, the grand-daughter and administratrix of Strype. In the course of the suit, it appeared that Mr. Strype, who had built that house sixtyseven years before, had never been presented, instituted, or inducted into the vicarage of Low Leyton; but that, originally coming there by accident at a time when there was no vicar, he was desired by the parishioners, by some of whom he was known and much esteemed, to officiate there as minister. This he not only complied with, but built the parsonage-house at his own expense, in which he resided to the time of his death. The legal question, therefore, was whether his successor had a right, under those particular circumstances, to sue for dilapidations. The counsel for the administratrix contended that he never was vicar, and pleaded the epitaph which he had drawn up for himself, which had these remarkable words " qui per. . . . . .annos vixit ut vicarius hujus ecclesiæ." This cause came by appeal from the Consistory Court of London to the Court of Arches; and Dr. Bettesworth, the then dean, gave 401. for dilapidations to his successor. The whole process remains in the Registry of the Bishop of London, and in that of the High Court of Delegates.

It should be observed, that Mr. Strype appeared regularly at all the bishop's visitations, gave receipts for tithes, &c. and though numberless applications for the living were made, from the beginning of this century, to divers lord chancellors, he was by them so much esteemed, that they would not consent to his being put out of possession of the living, though acquired in such an extraordinary manner.

1784, June.

Yours, &c.

A. C. R.



THE Editor of the "Supplement to Swift" has inserted in that work some of the Dean's MS. notes on Macky's cha racters, which you have yourself pronounced (vol. 49. p. 255), to be both "curious and authentic." Several copies of that book, with the above-mentioned notes, transcribed at different times, are to be found in the hands of the curious. But in one now before me (which was bought at Mr. Leigh's in 1778) are six MS. leaves, intituled, "Some additional characters of the chief of the late ministry," and superscribed "Aug. 16, 1715, MS." These have clearly been transcribed by some ignorant person from a MS. written on a large page; they fill eleven pages in 8vo.; and the copy they were taken from began at p. 85, and ended at p. 94. The present possessor of the book (by whose permission they are now sent to Mr. Urban) supposes, with great probability, that they were transcribed from a common MS. copy of Macky's characters, and that those contained in the eightyfour preceding pages of the larger volume were what have been printed.

Yours, &c.

N. J.

Lord Bolingbroke

Is son to old Sir Henry St. John, of Wandsworth [Battersea], in Surrey. He was bred a Presbyterian; but as soon as he came to years of discretion, he changed his religion, and entered into the communion of the Church of England.*

The advantage of a liberal education, and his own good natural parts, together with his having improved himself by travel, soon made him conspicuous; and being chosen a member of parliament, he was not long in that house before he became one of the leaders of it; in which he never spoke but with eloquence, and seldom without success. He is a zealous assertor of monarchy and episcopacy.

After Dr. Sacheverell's trial, he was, by the interest of the Earl of Oxford (then Mr. Harley), made secretary of state (a post, at that juncture of time, of no small danger and difficulty). He heartily joined with that minister in concerting the measures, whereby to ease the nation of a long and burthensome war; and, with more industry than honour, so carried that matter on, as to bring it to a conclusion not altogether so beneficial to England, as, from our great conquests, and the miserable circumstances of France, we might with reason expect.

Some time before the peace was proclaimed, he was created Lord Bolingbroke; and, that he might take place of all the other lords made some little time before him (because he could not well be spared out of the House of Commons), he had also the title of Viscount.

How he increased in the queen's favour is very visible, from a difference which happened between him and my lord treasurer, in which each used their utmost efforts to disgrace the other. But her majesty so far listened to my Lord Bolingbroke, as to take away the treasurer's staff, and would in a few days have given it to his lordship, had not death intercepted it.

Upon the arrival of the first courier from Hanover after her majesty's death, his lordship was, by the king's sign manual, turned out of his office; and the duke of Shrewsbury,

*He was born about the year 1678, married his first wife in 1700, and was chosen a member of the parliament in the same year. He was appointed Secretary of State, Sept. 27, 1710, at the age of thirty-two, and created Lord Viscount Bolingbroke, July 7, 1712. See two other characters of him, in Swift's works, and in Lord Chesterfield's letters. E.

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