More English Diaries: Further Reviews of Diaries from the Sixteenth to the Nineteenth Century with an Introduction on Diary Reading

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ANTHONY WOOD

AMONGST the immense quantity of material available for the life of Anthony Wood (or as he called himself --Anthony à Wood), the seventeenth-century Oxford Antiquary, there is an autobiography ( 1632-72) and there are journal notes preserved in an unbroken series in interleaved almanacs from 1657 to 1695, amplified by further notes from a manuscript of his known as the "secretum Antonii." It is with the journal and additional notes that we are concerned here. Wood was a laborious and indefatigable collector of archæological matters and recorder of incidents public and domestic connected with the University of Oxford. He was born at Oxford, entered at Merton College in 1647, lived in rooms opposite the College in Merton Lane practically all his life, died at Oxford in 1695 and was buried in Merton College Chapel. He never married nor was he given any post or reward for his antiquarian researches. His manners seem to have been uncouth and his temper uncertain. He was constantly at cross-purposes with college authorities in his endeavours to examine college registers and muniments. The diary notes show the extraordinary diligence with which he noted in detail every conceivable event remotely connected with Oxford, in addition to his own pursuits, his accounts and his movements. For the historian and antiquary a record of this description is of great value. But the ordinary reader can hardy find sufficient interest in the greater part of Wood's diary to encourage him to plough through several large volumes of it. Nevertheless, there are many personal touches which are intimate and amusing and his accounts of University events are often picturesque. A curious feature of the diary--almost unique it may be said-- is the fact that Wood generally, though not invariably, refers

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface v
  • Contents vii
  • INTRODUCTION ON DIARY READING WITH NOTES ON MINOR ENGLISH DIARIES 3
  • LIST OF DIARIES ARRANGED IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER. 33
  • SIXTEENTH AND SEVENTEENTH CENTURIES 37
  • Philip Wyot 38
  • Adam Winthrop 40
  • Margaret Lady Hoby 43
  • Lady Anne Clifford 49
  • Walter Powell 56
  • The Ishams - SIR JOHN, SIR THOMAS, AND SIR JUSTINIAN 59
  • Sir John Reresby 64
  • Anthony Ashley Cooper (first Earl of Shaftesbury) 68
  • Viscountess Mordaunt 71
  • Anthony Wood 74
  • Sir Richard Newdigate 83
  • EIGHTEENTH CENTURY 89
  • James Clegg 90
  • James Woodforde 92
  • Thomas Hollis 101
  • Nicholas Cresswell 110
  • Joseph Mydelton 115
  • William Jones 119
  • Henry White 133
  • Samuel Teedon 137
  • John Marsden 140
  • NINETEENTH CENTURY 147
  • Dorothy Wordsworth 148
  • Thomas Asline Ward 158
  • Colonel Peter Hawker 162
  • Thomas Rumney 167
  • Katherine Bisshopp (lady Pechell) 170
  • J. Vine Hall 179
  • William Kershaw 183
  • Henry Edward Fox (fourth Lord Holland) 190
  • Antony Ashley Cooper (seventh Earl of Shaftesbury) 195
  • Emily Shore 204
  • William Charles Macready 210
  • Miss J. 219
  • Ford Madox Brown 226
  • Charles Russell 234
  • Wilfrid Scawen Blunt 241
  • INDEX OF DIARIES AND CHRONICLES NOTICED IN THIS VOLUME 249
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