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Saint Alkilda, Alguia was the nearest in sound in my book. I am, with all respect,

Your most obliged servant, John Anstis." “To your Treatise of Horns you will add that of Mortimer, to be found in Dugdale's Baronage, Vol I. p. 149."

His eldest son, John Anstis, esq. who had been educated as a gentleman commoner at Corpus Christi college, Oxford, was, at the revival of the order of the Bath, in 1725, joined to his father in the office of Garter, and had the additional office of genealogist and registrar of the Bath. At the opening of Dr. Ratcliffe's Library, 1749, he was, with several other members of that University, created LL.D. He died a bachelor, Dec. 5, 1754; and was succeeded in his estate by his brother George above mentioned, besides whom he had another brother in holy orders. He possessed a well-chosen collection of books, and numerous MSS. on heraldic subjects by his father.

MR. HENRY BAKER, an ingenious and diligent Naturalist.- Of his family, and the accidental determination to a pursuit which subsequently became one of the principal employments of his life, and proved highly beneficial to himself and others, he has left the following brief memorial. “My Father William Baker had a seat in the Six Clerks Office, and was one of the Clerks in Chancery. He was the son of William Baker, the son of John Baker of Shrewsbury.- My Grandfather married Amey, daughter of Charles Powel, a gentleman of Cardiganshire; by whom he had two sons, William and James - William was my father.— The coat of arms borne by my father, is, Sable, a griffin rampant Argent and Ermined, gorged with a ducal coronet Or, armed and membered Gules—and I find a Coat like this assigned to John Baker of Shrewsbury, by Sir William Segar.-About the year 1694 my father married Mary, daughter of Aaron Pengry, esq. who was then Comptroller of the Petty Bag




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Office.--I was born May 8th, 1698, in Chancery Lane, where my father resided, to be near the Chancery Office. - My father died when I was very young; and from about four years old, I was brought up by my father's mother (Mrs. Amey Lock.) On February 17th 1713, I was placed, at my own particular request, with Mr. John Parker, bookseller in Pall Mall; an honest, good-natured man, who treated me with the utmost kindness, and made the seven years I continued with him as agreeable a part of life as any I have known.-On April 26th 1720, I took leave of good Mr. Parker, and went to Enfield, on an invitation from Mr. John Forster, an eminent Attorney, who was my relation by marriage. - My visit here was intended only as an amusement for about a month, after a confinement of seven years; but Providence so ordered, that I continued in this family till my marriage. - For, this gentleman having a daughter (Miss Jane Forster) born deaf and consequently dumb, and at that time about eight years old; Heaven put into my thoughts a method of instructing her to read, write, understand and speak, the English language; which communicating to her father, he intreated me to make a trial, and from that time would never part with me, till I had perfected her in the language, and taught her not only to read, write, and speak it readily, but likewise to understand the speech of others by

sight, and be able to hold a regular conversation i with them upon most subjects." —Another daughter

and a younger son of Mr. Forster's labouring under the same unfortunate defects, were afterward under his care, and received the same benefit *. In the

* Mr. Baker succeeded so well with these two young ladies, his first pupils (Miss Jane and Amey Forster), that they were well qualified in all the parts of the best female education, and possessed every elegant and domestic accomplishment. So capable were they of the politer instructions, that they appeared with advantage in public assemblies. They were not long since living in Peterborough. Their elder brother was bred to the Church, was D.D. and rector of Elton co. Huntingdon. Another Yol. V.


prosecution of this valuable and difficult undertaking, Mr. Baker was indeed eminently successful; and all his pupils bore the best testimony to the ability and good effect of his instructions *

On April 30th 1729 he married Sophia, youngest daughter of the famous Daniel De Foe, by whom he had two sons, David-Erskine, named after his godfather the Earl of Buchan, born January 30th 1730; and Henry, born February 10th 1734; both of whom he survived. On the 29th of January 1740, Mr. Baker was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries; and on the 12th of March following, the same honour was conferred upon him by the Royal Society. In 1744, Sir Godfrey Copley's gold medal was bestowed upon him, for his microscopical experiments on the crystallizations and configurations of saline particles. This medal was presented to him by Sir Hans Sloane, the only survíving trustee of Sir Godfrey Copley's donation, atthe recommendation of Martin Folkes, esq. the President, and of the Council of the Royal Society. Having led a very useful and honourable life, he died on the 25th of November 1774, being then in his 77th year. His wife died in 1762; and he left one only grandson William Baker of, who was born February 17th 1763, and to whom he bequeathed the bulk of his fortune, which he had principally acquired by his profession of instructing the deaf and dumb. It is much to be regretted that Mr. Baker

brother was the late Mr. Serjeant. Forster, who left, by a daughter of the late Sir John Strange, Master of the Rolls, three daughters,

* His pupils were very numerous; among them were- The Honourable Lewis Erskine, a son of the Earl of Buchan; Lady Mary and Lady Anne O'Brien, daughters of the Earl of Inchiquin ; the Earl of Sussex, and his brother Mr. Yelverton; the Earl of Haddinton; a son of Sir William Heathcote; the Earl of Londonderry; and many others. It is doubted whether any of his pupils be now living. . .

+ The Reverend William Baker, LL. B. at this time (1812) mrctor of Lyndon and South Luffenham, in the county of Rutland,


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