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He died young, August 24th, 1766 ; and left one son William, who has been already mentioned as the grandfather's heir.
In 1756' he published “ Essays Pastoral and Elegiac,” in two volumes, 8vo. His profession however was not wholly neglected; he left ready for the press an arranged collection of all the Statutes relating to Bankruptcy, with Cases, Precedents, &c. with the title of “ The Clerk to the Commission." This work, it is believed, was published under another title in 1768.
William BECKET, esq. a surgeon of considerable eminence, died Nov. 25. 1738. He was the author of Essays “ on the Antiquity of Touching for the Kiny's Evil, 1722," Svo; “On the Venereal Disease in England;" and on other subjects, in the Philosophical Transactions, Nos. 357, 365. 366, 383.
BEAUPRE Bell, son of Beaupré Bell, esq. of Beaupré hall in Upwell and Outwell in Clackclose hundred, Norfolk, where the Beaupré family had settled early in the 14th century, and enjoyed the estate by the name of Beaupré (or de bello prato) till Sir Robert Bell intermarried with them, about the middle of the 16th *. Sir Robert was Speaker of the House of Commons 14 Eliz. and Chief Baron of the Exchequer; and caught his death at the Black Assize at Oxford, 1577. Beaupré Bell, his fourth lineal descendant, married Margaret, daughter of Sir Anthony Oldfield, of Spalding, bart. who died 1720, by whom he had issue his namesake, the subject of this article, and two daughters, of whom the youngest married William Graves, esq. of Fulborn in Cambridgeshire, who thereby inherited the family estate near Spalding, with the site of the Abbey, and has a striking likeness of his brother-inlaw. Mr. Bell, junior, was educated at Westminster school; adınitted of Trinity-college, Cambridge, 1723; and soon commenced a genuine and able * Parkins's and Blomfield's Norfolk,"IV. 180. 193.
Antiquary; Antiquary, He made considerable collections of church notes in his own and the neighbouring courties; all which he bequeathed to the College wliere he received his education. Nir. Blomfield acknowledges his obligations to him for collecting many evidences, seals, and drawings, of great use to him in his “ History of Norfolk *.” The old gentleman led a miserable life, hardly allowed his son necessaries, and dilapidated his house. He had 500 horses of his own breeding, many above 30 years old, unbroke up. He took his son home from College, where his library was left to mould. On his death, his son succeeded to his estate, of about 1500l. a year, which he enjoyed not long; and dying, of a consumption, unmarried, on the road to Bath, left the reversion, after the death of his sister (who was then unmarried, and not likely to have issue), with his books and medals, to Trinity college; under the direction of the late vice-master, Dr. Walker. But his sister marrying (as above) it is said the entail was cut off. He was buried in the family burying-place, in St. Mary's chapel, in Outwell church ; for the paving of which, and for a monument, he left 150l. The Registers of the Spalding Society abound with proofs of Mr. Bell's taste and knowledge in antient coins, both Greek and Roman, besides many other interesting discoveries. He published Proposals, elegantly printed, for the following work, at 5s. the first subscription, “Tabulæ Augustæ; sive, Imperatorum Romanorum, Augustorum, Cæsarum, Tyrannorum, et illustrium virorum à Cn. Pompeio Magno ad Heraclium Aug. series chronologica. Ex historicis, nummis, et marmoribus collegit Beaupreius Bell, A. M. Cantabrigiæ, typis academicis 1734;" which was in great forwardness in
* Preface, p. ii.
+ The late Earl of Uxbridge had as many, and the late Duke of Ancaster's brother in 1784 had 1500.
“My late friend Mr. Beaupré Bell, a young gentleman of most excellent knowledge in medals, whose immature death is a real loss to this part of learning, was busy in putting out a book like that of Patarol, and left his MSS. plates, and coins, to Trinity college, Cambridge." Stukeley's Carausius, 1. 67.
1733 *, and on which Mr. Johnson communicated his observations. Mr. Bell conceived that coins might be distinguished by the hydrostatical balance , and supposed the flower on the Rhodian coins to be the lotus, but Mr. Johnson the balaustrum, or pomegranate flower. He sent the late unhappy Dr. Dodd notes concerning the life and writings of Callimachus, with a drawing of his head, to be engraved by Vertue, and prefixed to his translation of that poet. He made a cast of the profile of Dr. Stukeley, prefixed to his “ Itinerarium," and an elegant bust of Alexander Gordon, after the original given by him to Sir Andrew Fountaine's niece. He communicated to the Spalding Society an account of Outwell church, and the Haultoft family arms, in a border engrailed Sable a lozenge Ermine, quartering Fincham, in a chapel at the East end of the North aile. He collected a series of nexus literarum, or abbreviations. He had a portrait of Sir Thomas Gresham, by Hilliard, when young, in a close green silk doublet, hat, and plaited ruff, 1540 or 1545, formerly belonging to Sir Marmaduke Gresham, bart. then to Mr. Philip, Filazer, by whose widow, a niece to Sir Marmaduke, it came to Sir Anthony Oldfield, and so to Maurice Johnson. He addressed verses on color est connata lucis proprietas to Sir Isaac Newton, who returned him a present of his Philosophy, sumptuously bound by Brindley.
The late Mr. Cole, of the Fen-office, editor of the second edition of Sir William Dugdale's History of Embanking, 1772*, tells us that this edition was printed from two copies of the old one, one corrected by Sir William himself, the other by Beaupré Bell, esq. “ a diligent and learned Antiquary, who had also made some corrections in his own copy, now in Trinity college library.” See his letters, dated Beaupré hall, May 11, and July 30, 1731, to
* See the “Reliquiæ Galeanæ,” in the Bibliotheca Topographica Britannica, No. II. p. 490. t Ibid. p.53. '
Printed at the expence of Richard Geast, esq. of Blythe hall, who married the immediate descendant of Dugdale. See in the third volume, under the year 1772.
T. Hearne, T. Hearne, about the Pedlar in Swafsham church, a rebus on the name of Chapman, prefixed to Ilemingford, p. 180, and preface, p. 113. See also, on the same subject, Preface to Caius, p. xlvii. and Ixxxiv. and the speech of Dr. Spencer, vice-chancellor of Cambridge, to the Duke of Monmouth, when he was installed Chancellor, 1674, lb. lxxxvi. In p. lü. Hearne styles him amicus eruditus, cui et aliis nominibus me devinctum esse gratus agnosco. He also furnished him with a transcript, in his own hand-writing, of Bishop Godwin's Catalogue of the Bishops of Bath and Wells, from the original in Trinity college library. App. to Ann. de Dunstable, 83.5. $37. À charter relating to St. Edmund's Bury abbey. Bened. Abbas, p. 865. The epitaph of E. Beckingham, in Bottisham church, in Cambridgeshire, Pref. to Otterbourne's Chron. p. lxxxii. App. to Trokelow, p. 378. Papers, &c. of his are mentioned in Bibl. Top. Brit. p.57,58.62. Walsingham church notes, p. 59, entered in the Minutes; a paper on the Clepsydra, p.60; and five of his letters to Mr. Blomfield are printed, pp. 290. 495--472; one to Dr. Z. Grey, p. 147'; one to Mr. N. Salmon, p. 150; others to Mr. Gale, pp. 169. 191. 302–305; to Dr. Stukeley, p. 176. 178. See also pp. 175. 178. 181. 465. 469.470.471. In Archæologia, vol. VI. pp.133.139. 141. 143. are some letters between him and Mr. Gale, on a Roman horologium mentioned in an inscription found at Taloire, a poor small village in the district and on the Lake of Annecey, &c. communicated to him by Mr. Cramer, professor of philosophy and mathematics *
The following correct copy of the epitaph given in Mr. Camden's Remains, p. 400, at Farlam, on the West Marches towards Scotland, near Naworth castle, being communicated to the Society 1734, Mr. Bell sent them the Latin translation annexed: John Bell of Brekenbrow ligs under this stean, Four of mine een sons laid it on my weam,
* See the Bibliotheca Topographia Britannica, p. 60.
ANBUL I livd all my days but * shirt or strife; I was man of my meat and master of my wife. If thou'st done better in thy time than I have done
in mine Take the stean off o'my weam and lay it upon thine. Ipse Caledoniis Bellus benè notus in oris Mole sub hâc, nati quam posuere, cubo: Mensa parata mihi, mihi semper amabilis uxor, Et placidæ noctes et sine lite dies. Heus, bone vir! siquid fecisti rectiùs istis, Hoc marmor tibi do quod tegat ossa libens.
Dr. Thomas Birch, a valuable biographical and historical writer, was born in the parish of St. John Clerkenwell, Nov. 23, 1705. His parents were both of them Quakers; and his father, Joseph Birch, was a coffee-mill maker by trade. Mr. Joseph Birch endeavoured to bring up his son to his own business; but so ardent was the youth's passion for reading, that he solicited his father to be indulged in this inclination, promising, in that case, to provide for hiinself. The first school he went to was at HemelHeinsted in Hertfordshire. It was kept by John Owen, a rigid Quaker, for whom Mr. Birch afterwards officiated some little while as an usher. The next school was kept by one Welby, near Turnmillstreet, Clerkenwell, who never had above eight or ten scholars at a time, whom he professed to instruct in the Latin tongue in a year and a half. To him Mr. Birch was likewise an usher; as he also afterwards was to Mr. Besse, the famous Quaker, in George's court in St. John's lane, who published the posthumous works of Claridge. It is farther said, that he went to Ireland with Dean Smedley gr; but
+ Who published, in 1728," A Specimen of an universal View of all the eminent Writers on the Holy Scriptures; being a Collection of the Dissertations, Explications, and Opinions of learned Men, in all Ages, concerning the difficult Passages and obscure Texts of the Bible; and of whatsoever is to be met with, in Profane Authors, which may contribute towards the better understanding of them.” This extensive undertaking was intended to have been composed in two large folio volumes. Had the plan