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P R E F A CE.
IEWING, as we have done, since the conclusion of our
first volume, a considerable increase of the public favour, it would ill become us to remain filent, on entering into another year, accompanied by approbation and success. Our support has been derived from a subject, “ in which we are all'interested, whether considered as citizens of the world, as members of a particular community, or as beings who occupy the foremost station in the scale of animated nature. By exhibiting a collective display of the memorable transactions of preceding ages, it furnishes examples for our own conduct, without the hazard of actual experience; and, by bringing to our view the good effects which have resulted from wisdom and virtue, as well as the pernicious consequences of folly and yice, it teaches' us what to pursue, and what to avoid. Our paffions take part in the narration; we are alternately soothed into complacency, dissolved into 'pity, and roused into resentment.” We burn with ardour to emulate the different individuals who have shone on the theatre of human life; and, when truth and impartiality guide the pen, the banquet cannot be infipid.
So much in favour of the general tendency of our design; which, indeed, we have already enforced, but in different words. In the execution of it, we have not only selected remarkable circumstances from the remotest periods of antiquity, but have been careful also in culling the most interesting occurrences of modern date. To prove this, we refer to our Review of Historical Books; where, among a variety of valuable new publications, will be found, in the second volume, A comprehensive view of Mr. Bruce's celebrated Travels into Abyffinia; which is greatly superior to apy Abridgment hitherto offered, in a more expensive form; as it, in general, not only contains the exact words of the author, but impartial criticisms, tending to elucidate the subject.
The Biography, which we have selected, it is presumed, has proved of use and importance; and the Natural and Philosophical History, having been taken from the first sources, will not be found of less consequence and utility.
The National History, for the year 1790, will be written by a gentleman of eminence in the literary world; whose knowledge of politics and history, is at least equal to the abilities of those who have conducted the Annual Registers, with so much credit to themselves, and advantage to the public. Vol. III,
The other departments of our plan-though of inferior importwill nevertheless be continued with all that care and discernment which have marked our preceding labours—and which must, in some degree, have been meritorious-or we should have experienced that fate which has befallen fome of aur cotemporaries.
Our Correspondents, we are happy to observe, have continued to increase ; and there seems to have been fuch a laudable zeal of rival. fhip among them, that we hardly know which most to commend. As scarcely a fingle piece has been rejected, we must consign them to their own innate conviction for the reward due to their services'; for our own parts, we owe them grateful acknowledgments, which we will endeavour to communicate by a strict attention to their future. favours.
ENGLISH HISTORY. We have already passed through the celebrated pieces of English History, by fir Thomas Moor and lord Bacon; and are now arrived to the more modern, though not less valuable labours of Hume. After pursuing his volumes to the reign of Elizabeth, we intend to give a new history of the important tranfactions which occurred during the life of that princess; many dark and misrepresented paf, sages in which have been considerably enlightened by several recent publications, and of which we purpose to avail ourselves, however. great the expence, or difficult the enterprize.
i FROM SIR JOHN FENN's "ORIGINAL the * king of Arragon, the duke of LETTERS."
Milan, the duke of Ostrich, the duke [Continued from p. 436.} of Burgoyn (Burgundy] would have
been affiitant to us to make a conHENRY VI.-LETTER XXXI.
quest, and nothing is answered nor To William W.ayte.
agreed in manner, fave abiding the IGHT faithful and well-be- great deliberation that at the last
loved brother William Wayte, ihall spill all together, &c. I commend me to you, as the Lord † The chief justice hath waited may to his tepant, praying you effec- [cxpected] to have been assaulted all tually to recommend me to my fingu- this fev'night nightly in his house, lar good master and yours, excusing but nothing come as yet, the more me that I write not to him, for I dare pity, &c. An Ioyer and determiner not envolde [involve) me in the goeth into Kent, and commissioners fame; and as for tidings here, I cer- my lord the duke of York, Bour
that all is nought, or will chier, my master, that will not come be nougat; the king borweth (bor. chere de proditionibus, &c. but Kent The whole of this familiar letter, wherein
By what is mentioned of the commissions the writer mixes politics and pleasantry, is going into Kent to try those guilty of treanot entirely explicable; nor can the date be lons, &c. (if these were for that purpose) it exactly ascertained; I have ventured to date appears as if it was not a great while alter it between 14.50 and 1454:
Cade's rebellion; and the duke of York bes * The affistance offered by the princes ing one of the commissioners, must have here pamed related to our wars in France. been greatly in favour of the rebels, as tvis
† Jobin Hody was chief justice of the friends were said to have stirred up ehe inKing's Bench, but I do not understand what furrection, is here related
prayeth them to hang no men when they come.
Marriage articles betwixt Agnes Pafton, &c. Other tidings as yet can I none
on the one part, and William Clopton, tell you, save Ulveston is steward
esq. on the other part (a). of the Middle Inn, and Isley of the
This indenture, made betwixt Inner Inn, because they would have offices for excuse for dwelling this Agnes that was the wife of William time from their wives, &c.
Pafton, John Pafton her son, and
Sir Thomas Todenham lost his primer William s Clopton, efq.' on the
* John Damme on the one part, and at the Tower-hill, and sent his man
other to seek it, and a good fellow wished
part, witnesseth that accord is it in Norfolk, fo he would fetch it taken atwyn (between) the faid parthere, &c. * Men ween that Nor- ties, that John Clopton, fon and heir folk men were hardier than they be. of the said William Clopton, by the God grant, and at the reverence of grace of God shall wed Elizabeth the God help too that an outas (outcry) daughter of the faid Agnes, for which and clamour be made upon the lord marriage the said Agnes, &c. shall Scales, praying him for weal of the pay to the said John Clopton four country, neither sustain nor help him hand of lawful money of England,
hundred marks (2661. 135. 4d.) in nor Heydon in no wise, and that ye and over that (befides) if the said cry upon my master and
that hé obey not the certiorari as yet, as
marriage be holden with the said you may see by his letter from Agnes, the said Agnes shall bear the
my master rudely and in haste by me
costages thereof the day of the wed. endited, of which I pray escule, &c. ding, with such || chambering as And pray Blake to do Swaffham shall be to the pleasure of the said men say somewhat to the matter.
and the said William ClopI
Agnes ; weet well Todenham and Heydon
ton shall do (take care that) his
foeffees make a lawful estate to the will not come there at this time, as
faid William of lands, tenements, it is verily reported, &c. fapientem, &c.” Brayn and I thall rents, and services to the yearly be with you on Saturday next at
value of 401. over all charges borne, even with the grace of Jesu, to whom
to have and hold to him (for the) In haste at London term of his life without impeachthe ad day of January.
ment of waste, the remainder thereof Ву
to the said John and Elizabeth, and * J. BOCKING
to his heirs inale of her body law. London, 2 Jan.
fully begotten, without impeachBetween 1450 1454
ment of waste, within twelve days 29 & 34 H. VI.
after the said wedding. * It seems as if some robust exercises had eminence in the law to publish every cire been performed on Tower-hill, wherein cumstance that might throw light upon the Norfolk men did not exert themselves legal forms, or upon the legal transactions in a manner that was expected from them. of the times here treated of.
+ J. Bocking was one in the houshold of # John Damme was a burgess in parfir John Fastolf.
liament for the city of Norwich, and like (a) On the back of the above indenture in wife recorder. a more modern hand is written, “ Themar. f The Cloptons were a family of conriage wthyn mentioned never toke effect for sequence. the same Elizabeth was after first married || This word is here used in a good sense, to Robt. Ponyngs arm, and then to sr and probably means joyous entertainment George Browne knyght." I thought this and feasting—but it may mean certain exdraught of a marriage settlement too curious pences to be borne, or goods, &c. to be to be omitted, particularly as I have been bought on this occasion. requested by some persons of considerable
I betake you.