|The Life of JOHN STOW. ||viij
the Low-Countries. So that the whole Continuation, which was from the Year
(when that Chronicle first came forth, to 1587,) seems mainly to be of Stow's
Pains. Ralph Hollingshed ended his Chronicle Anno 1576. With an Epilogue;
acknowledged, that he had made Use of the Abridgment of Richard Grafton, and the
Summaries of John Stow: In these Words,
"Thus far [viz. to the Year 1576,
Hollingshed left off] have I continued this Collection of English Histories;
in these latter Years, such Things as I find in the Abridgment of Richard
Grafton, and in
the Summaries of John Stow, increased somewhat, as may appear."
the Chronicle was supplied, and continued to the Year 1586, Ten Years further,
by the said
Stow, and some others: and digested by the Industry of A. F. [Abraham Fleming]
hath a short Epistle before the remaining Chronicle, shewing the same.
But still, even to the last Close of his Life, our Author's Mind ran much on
World these his Pains before his Death; as he expressed it in the Conclusion of
Edition of his Annals, by himself set forth, and dedicated to Archbishop
the Reader to accept these, and other his Labours, in good Part; and that, if
God gave him
Life, [though he were now of good old Age] he intended to Publish, or leave to
far larger Volume. But he died before he could accomplish that. And where that
Work of his is, I know not: Only we are told, that he left the same in his
written, ready for the Press. But that it came to nothing. We all know that another Edition
of the Annals was set forth in Folio by Edmond Howes, some Years after the
Death. Perhaps those Historical Collections are preserved in the curious
Repository of Sir
Simmonds Dewes, as some say the rest of Stow's Books and Papers are. Many of
are now reposited in the incomparable Library of Manuscripts erected by the Earl
Edmond Homes, Page 811. b.
So that Stow's Histories, which he collected and wrote, were Three: viz. his
Summary of Chronicles, and his Annals. The Two latter he Printed; but that
which he called his largest Work, was never Printed. To this in his published
often referreth himself. So in the Business of Wat Tyler, in his Annals, he
referreth to the
Tenor of the Charter given him by King Richard the IId, for the Kentish Men,
that were in
the said Tyler's Rebellion: Which Charter Stow had set down at Length in his
Stow's Histories Three.
And while we are recounting his Labours in History, we must not forget another
his. Which though inserted in his Summary, may be reckoned a distinct Work.
is, a Biographical Tract of several Ancient Writers; their Qualities, and
Books they writ, the Times
wherein they lived, and died, and divers Passages of Remark concerning them, as
Preferments, Learning, Deserts, &c. As of Asserius Menevensis, Alfred
Adam Merimouth, &c. And here we cannot but mention some of Stow's
Observations, cursorily falling in his Way. As concerning Arnold, a Citizen of
"How he noted the old Charters, Liberties, Laws, Constitutions and Customs of
London, being inflamed with a fervent Love of good Learning, and principally
Matters worthy to be remembred of Posterity."
And upon Occasion of the
the Chronicles of Dunstable, Bury, and St. Albans; supposing them to be written
well-disposed in those Monasteries, to preserve the memorable Matters and Events
to those Places, he takes Occasion to wish,
"That since Doctrine is now more
in the Monkish Times, that Care were taken to have the Matters of every great
worthy preserving, to be written; or at least in every Shire; and that Order
might be taken
for a diligent noting of such Things, as hereafter might be welcome to
Posterity, to read
and know: As those of our Predecessors are now with us."
And this good Wish
we in our Days have in some Measure seen fulfilled, not only in Camden's
Britannia, but in
the Topographical Accounts published of divers distinct Counties, and Places of
His Tract of several Ancient Writers.
He made a remarkable Note of the Chartæ Regiæ; that is, Charters of
Abbies and Colleges, that were gathered together in a Book by Commandment, at
Supression of Abbies, by Sir John Ryst, [Wryste,] and that he left to his Heirs,
divers such like excellent Monuments. These Wrysthes, or Wryothesleys, were
and Kings at Arms, and at length advanced to the Earldom of Southampton.
Chartæ Rexxx Mr.
And divers such Observations may be found in the foresaid Tract; shewing both
Judgment and Abilities in Historical Matters.
But now we proceed to another of his excellent Books published from Antiquities,
Topographical Piece, called, A Survey of London. The Reason that first put him
doing this, was the Sight of a Book of the great Antiquarian, William Lambard,
Perambulation of the County of Kent: Whom (upon Occasion of the Mention of his
Father's Monument in St. Michael Woodstreet Church) he called his Loving Friend,
known by sundry Learned Books which he published. As this Gentleman somewhere
that Book had desired and called upon others, to write particular Descriptions
Shires and Counties, where they were Born, or Dwelt, so our Author took his
and attempted the Description of this Place, where he both was born, and had his
that he should excite others, by his Example, to write Memorials
of other Cities, and eminent Places of England, as he of this; and so to make
Survey of London.
First Edit. Survey.