The Visitation of the County of Huntingdon: Under the Authority of William Camden, Clarenceux King of Arms, by His Deputy, Nicholas Charles, Lancaster Herald, A.D. 1613

The Visitation of the County of Huntingdon: Under the Authority of William Camden, Clarenceux King of Arms, by His Deputy, Nicholas Charles, Lancaster Herald, A.D. 1613

The Visitation of the County of Huntingdon: Under the Authority of William Camden, Clarenceux King of Arms, by His Deputy, Nicholas Charles, Lancaster Herald, A.D. 1613

The Visitation of the County of Huntingdon: Under the Authority of William Camden, Clarenceux King of Arms, by His Deputy, Nicholas Charles, Lancaster Herald, A.D. 1613

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It has frequently been said that the Camden Society have done nothing for the memory of Camden as a Herald. Camden, in reality, did but little, in that capacity, for himself; all his Visitations, as a King of Arms, were made by deputy.

It was in 1575, by the interest of Dr. Gabriel Goodman, Dean of Westminster, that Camden obtained the place of Second Master of Westminster School. In March 1592-3 he became the Head-Master. His spare hours and his holidays, in the earlier part of his career, were devoted to the production of his "Britannia," which first appeared in 1586. The duties of the School engrossed the rest of his time.

Although attacked by successive and painful illnesses, he published, in 1597, his Greek Grammar, entitled, "Grammatices Græcæ Institutio Compendiaria, in usum Regiæ Scholæ Westmonasteriensis," 8vo. London. Dr. Grant, his immediate predecessor, had composed one before him, but Camden thought it deficient and inconvenient. Wood says, Camden contracted it.

Gough, in the Life of Camden prefixed to his English edition of the Britannia, 1789, says, "At this time he probably entertained no thoughts of quitting a post in which he was universally esteemed and respected. He refused the place of Master of Requests, offered him probably by Lord Treasurer Burghley. But before the end of the year he quitted it for one in the Heralds' College.

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