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Cornhill, a very distant, if any relation *, who died soon after the Doctor; and Mr. Thomas Treadway, late glover in Leadenhall-street, an ingenious man, of a literary turn.
The Doctor had a valuable library, which was sold by auction, March 19, 1759, and the fourteen following days. The late John Loveday, esq. of Caversham had all his coins and antiques. He had prepared for the publick his “System of Oratory, delivered in a Course of Lectures publicly read at Gresham College, London,” which were, in pursuance of his intention, printed at London in 1759, in 8vo, in two volumes. Another posthumous work of his, published at London in 1761, in 8vo, was intituled “ Dissertations upon several Passages of the Sacred Scriptures of," which he had selected out of many others in manuscript, and of which he had actually caused a fair copy to be transcribed for the press. A second volume of these “ Dissertations" came out in 1774; which, though not, as the former, transcribed for the press, were equally designed for it by the Author. The papers written by him, and communicated to the Royal and Antiquarian Societies, are enumerated below. He communi
* Anne Goodam, of Warwick, was his heir.
+ In 1762 the late Dr. Nathaniel Lardner published, at London, in 8vo, “Remarks upon the late Dr. Ward's Dissertations upon several Passages of the sacred Scriptures;" and observes, that “ Dr. Ward's intimate acquaintance with antiquity, and his uncommon skill in all parts of literature, are well known; his sincere piety and respect for the sacred Scriptures were as conspicuous; and his Dissertations, though posthumous, have been well received by the publick.” Of the second volume, which is not very easily to be met with, see Gent. Mag. 1775, p. 127.
# 1. A Latin dissertation de equuleo, or the wooden horse of the antient Romans, Phil. Trans No. 412, p. 281. 2. “Remarks upon an antient Date, found at Widgel Hall
, near Buntingford, in Hertfordshire, on an oaken plank," No. 439, p. 120. 3. “Remarks upon an antient Date, over a Gateway, near the Cathedral at Worcester,” No. 439, p. 136. 4. “An Account of a Dissertation published in Latin by Dr. Weidler, concerning the vulgar Numeral Figures ; as also some Remarks upon an Inscription, cut formerly in a Window belonging to the Parish Church of
cated to Mr. Vertue, when he published upon two large sheets, " A Draught of a Roman Mosaic Pave
Rumsey in Hampshire. Read June 7, 1744." No. 474, p. 79. 5. “An Explication of a Roman Inscription found not long since at Silchester in Hampshire. Read December 13, 1744.” No. 474, p. 200. 6. “A brief Enquiry into the Reading of two Dates in Arabian Figures, cut upon Stones found in Ireland.” Read February 28, 1741-5. No. 475, p. 283. 7. "An Attempt to explain soine Remains of intiquity lately found in Hertfordshire." Read April 4, 1745. No. 476, p. 349. 8. “A brief Account of a Roman Tessera." Read March 3, 1747-8. No. 486, p. 224, 9. “A Description of the Town of Silchester in its present State, with a short Account of an antient Date in Arabian Figures at Shalford Farm, adjoining to Wasing, in the Parish of Brimpton, near Aidermarston in Berkshire." Read December 22, 1748. No. 490, p. 603. 10. “Remarks upon an antient Roman Inscription found in Italy, erected to the Goddess Flora." Read January 11, 1749-50. No. 494. p. 293, 11. “ An Abstract of a Discourse on the Medals of Pescennius Niger, and upon some Circumstances in the History of his Life ; written in French by Mons. Claude Gros de Boze. Read May 31, 1750. No. 495, p. 452. 12. “An Attempt to explain an antient Greek Inscription on a br cup, published with a Draught of the Cup by Dr. Pococke, in his Descri; tion of the East, vol. II. part2, p. 207." Read June 28, 1750. No. 195, p. 488. 13. “An Account of a Roman Altar, with an Inscription upon it, lately found at York." Read February 1, 1753, vol. XLVIII. p. 33. 11. “An Abstract of a Discourse intituled, the History of the Emperor Tetricus, explained and illustrated by Medals; written in French by Mons. Claude Gros de Boze.” Read April 5, 1753. Vol. XLVIII. p. 124. 15. “An Attempt to explain an antient Roman Inscription, cut upon a Stone lately found at Bath." Read November 22, 1753. Vol. XLVIII. p. 332. 16. “An Account of a Roman Inscription found at Malton in Yorkshire, in the Year 1753." Read March 20, 1755. Vol. XLIX. p. 69. 17.“ An Account of four Roman Inscriptions, cut upon three large Stones, found near Wroxeter in Shropshire, in the Year 1752." Kead May 15, 1755. Vol. XLIX. p. 196. 18. "An Attempt to explain two Roman Inscriptions, cut upon two Altars, which were dug up some Time since at Bath.” Read December 11, 1755. Vol. XLIX. p. 285. 19. “Some Considerations on a Draught of two large Pieces of Lead, with Roman Inscriptions upon them, found several Years since in Yorkshire." Read July 1, 1756. Vol. XLIX. p.686. " Among the "Vetusta Monumenta' of the Society of Antiquaries were published two Discourses of his, viz. “ De codice Geneseos Cottoniano dissertatio historico," in 1744, and "A brief Account of the Court of Wards and Liveries,” in 1747. See also vol. II. No. 15. 19. His other communications to that Society, are, 1, “Copy of a Letter from Mr. Professor Ward to Mr. Vice
ment, found in Littlecote Park, in the Parish of Ramsbury, Wiltshire,” a large account of it, engraved on one of the plates, with the initial letters of his name.
He was likewise the author of the dedication, preface, and notes, in the edition of Horace engraved by Pine. He wrote many epitaphs, admired for their elegance and propriety, on his friends, and other persons of distinction in the republick of letters ; and particularly that upon his excellent friend Dr. Mead (see vol. VI. p. 216). His piety was sincere and unaffected; and his profession as a Christian was that of a Protestant Dissenter, with a moderation and candour which recommended him to the esteem of those members of the Established Church who had the pleasure of his acquaintance or friendship. His knowledge of Antiquity was extensive and accurate; and he was remarkably well skilled in the Roman law, which was of no small advantage to him in his researches into the constitution, customs, and history of the Roman empire. His modesty was equal to his learning, and his readiness to contribute to any work of literature was as distinguished as his abilities to do it. Among other learned men, to whom he communicated what lights occurred to him on the subjects in which they were engaged, Dr. Lardner was obliged to him for his remarks, inserted in the first volume of that excellent writer on the Credibility of the Gospel History, and for a conjecture published in part II. vol. VII. p. 350. In the works
president Folkes, relating to an Inscription found at Chichester," three pages, read Oct. 9, 1740. 2. «A brief Enquiry into the Antiquity of an antient Map of London and Westminster, contained in six sheets; as also some Account of several antient Prints of the Royal Exchange, built by Sir Thomas Gresham." Read July 15, 1742. 3. “Extracts from the Accompts of the Church-wardens of the Parish of St. Helen's, in Abingdon, Berkshire; from the first of Philip and Mary, to the 34th of Queen Elizabeth (now in the Possession of Mr. George Benson) with some Observations by Mr. Professor Ward.” Read Nov. 24, 1743. Printed in Archæologia, vol. I. p. 11. 4. A Discourse on Beacons, April 13, 1749. Ibid. p. 1.
of Dr. George Benson are likewise three dissertations of Mr. Ward, but without his name. Manner of St. Paul's two Confinements at Rome considered,” is printed in the Appendix to Phileinon, in 1752. That “ concerning the Persons to whom St. Paul wrote what is called the Epistle to the Ephesians," is printed in the History of the first Planting of the Christian Religion, vol. II. p. 342, in 1755. And that called “A Postscript to the aforegoing Dissertation,” in form of a letter, in vol. III. p. 55, in 1756 *.
Francis Wise, B. D. and F. S. A. many years fellow of Trinity college, Oxford, was born Oct. 3, 1695, educated at New-college school under Mr. Badger, admitted at Trinity college 1710-11, A.M. 1717, and assistant to Dr. Hudson in the Bodleian library; elected fellow of his college 1719; where he had the honour of having for his pupil, 1721, the Earl of Guilford; who appointed him his chaplain, and presented him to the vicarage of Ellesfield of in Oxfordshire, 1726 ; as did his College to the rectory of Rotherfield-Grays, in the same county, 1745. He was appointed keeper of the Archives 1726, and in 1748 Radcliffe librarian. lished, 1. " Annales Ælfredi Magni, Oxon. 1722," Svo. “Letter to Dr. Mead * concerning some
piece to the Preface to his Bodleian Coins. Mr. Boswell, in his Life of Johnson, vol. I. p. 247, 5th edition, has recorded the visit paid to Mr. Wise, at this parsonage, by Mr. Thomas Warton and Dr. Johnson, with a pleasant account of it.
*.“An Account of the Life of John Ward, LL.D. &c. by Thomas Birch, D. D.” printed for Vaillant in the Strand, Svo, 1766 (a posthumous work), was published by Dr. Maty, with a short Preface.
† A view of his house and grounds at Ellesfield forms a tail
# This Letter was as rudely as sillily animadverted upon in a pamphlet called, “The Impertinence and Imposture of modern Antiquaries displayed, or a Refutation of the Rev. Mr. Wise's Letter to Dr. Mead, concerning the White Horse, and other Antiquities in Berkshire, in a familiar Letter to a friend. By Philalethes Rusticus. With a Preface by the Gentleman to
Antiquities in Berkshire. Oxford, 1738,” 4to. 3. “ Further Observations upon the White Horse and other Antiquities in Berkshire; with an Account of Whiteleaf-cross in Buckinghamshire; as also the Red Horse in Warwickshire, and other Monuments of the same Kind. Oxford, 1742,” 4to.
In 1750, he published by subscription “Catalogus Nummorum Antiquorum in Scriniis Bodleianis reconditorum, cum Commentario,” with plates of many of the Coins, folio.
In 1758, “Enquiries concerning the first Inhabitants, Languages, &c. of Europe," 4to.
In 1764, “ Observations on the History and Chronology of the Fabulous Ages,” 4to.
After a long struggle with the gout, he died at his favourite retreat at Ellesfield, Oct. 6, 1767 aged 72, universally beloved and esteemed me on account of his great merit and learning *.
whom this Letter was addressed. Lond." 4to, said, in a MS note in Mr. Wise's own copy, to be written by Mr. Asplin, vicar of Banbury, and the preface by his friend Mr. William Bumpstead, of Upton, supercargo of the Prince Frederick South-Sea ship (of whom there is much to be met with in some of the pamphlets concerning the Assiento contract carried on by the South-Sea Company). It was replied to by Mr. North, as mentioned in vol. V. p. 126. In canvassing for the office of Radcliffe librarian, Mr. Wise was much hurt by the endeavours of the author of this pamphlet to represent him as disaffected to the Government. -The pamphlet was so universally disliked, that the author is said to have called it in very soon after publication; it has therefore long been very scarce, and, like many a misbegotten brat, its parent could never be found with any certainty. Notwithstanding the general opinion that it was written by Mr. Asplin, well known by some pamphlets on a different subject, the late Mr. Rowe-Mores always asserted the author's name was Aspinwall; and others have attributed it to the Rev. Mr. Bumpstead, a clergyman in Essex.
* Five years before his death the following ludicrous anticipation of it appeared in the London papers. « Dec. 9, 1762, died the Rev. Solomon Wise, greatly regretted by the studious part of the University of Oxford. His death was occasioned by a violent cold, contracted by too close attendance on the duties of his respective offices in the Bodleian and Radcliffe libraries."
+ Gough's British Topography, vol. I. p. 176.
# I have several of his original letters to Dr. Z. Grey and Dr. Ducarel.