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The Life of JOHN STOW.

fect; desiring the Readers to pardon him, who wanted not Will to pleasure them, but Health, it seems, and Leisure. These Notes added therefore in the Second Edition, were concerning the Aldermen and Sheriffs of London: The Names of the Officers belonging to the Maior's House, and of Officers belonging to the Sheriffs: Of the Liveries of the Maiors and Sheriffs somewhat: Of the Days of Attendance, that the Fellowships go to the Maior at his going to St. Paul's: How the Companies had Place 23. Henry VIII. at the Maior's Feast in Guildhall: Somewhat of the Liveries worn by Citizens in Times of Triumph, and otherwise. And yet he confessed, it lacked his Desire for the Accomplishments of some special Parts. However, this he did intend to do, and to make his Book much larger; but he grew weak and sickly, and in short, was prevented by Death.

Additions therein.

At length came out a Third Edition in Quarto also, set forth by A.M. a Citizen also, in the Year 1618. And by him dedicated to George Bolls, Lord Maior, Sir Anthony Ben, Recorder, and all the Knights and Aldermen of the City; and to Dr. King, then Bishop of London. This Man made several Additions, (as he pretended) which, or much of which, (as he hinted in his Epistle) he had formerly from Stow himself; who, while he was alive, delivered him some of his best Collections, and used importunate Persuasions with him to correct what he found amiss, and to proceed in perfecting a Work so worthy: And being overcome by Affection to him, and much more by Respect to this Royal City, Birth-place to him as well as Stow, he undertook to further a Book (as far as his Abilities would extend) of such needful Use. And this, he saith, he was employed about twelve Years, and had the Encouragement of the Court of Aldermen in the Council-Chamber, being brought before them by Sir Henry Montague, the Recorder, afterwards Lord Chief Justice of the King's Bench.

A Third Edition, Anno 1618. by A. M.

But the Additions this Editor made, were chiefly some Inscriptions and Epitaphs set on the Monuments in the Parish Churches; a Continuation of the Names of the Maiors and Sheriffs to the Year of this Edition; and little more, except some Transcripts out of Stow's Summary and Annals; and here there venturing to correct some pretended Errors of Stow, the Errors indeed being rather his own. For Stow was too exact and learned to be corrected by such an one, much inferior to him both in Learning, and in the Skill of Antiquity. Insomuch that I wonder, having had such considerable Materials for the Work from Stow himself, and having also the Countenance of the Court of Aldermen, so little Improvement of the Book was made by him. But in respect of his Diligence in conversing among Epitaphs, he is commended in the Epitaph upon his own Monument in Coleman Street Church:

Additions in this Edition.

He that hath many a Tombstone read,
I'th' Labour seeming more among the Dead
To Live, than with the Living: that survey'd
Abstruse Antiquities, and o're them laid
Such vive and beauteous Colours with his Pen,
That spight of Time those old are new agen, &c.

This A.M. (if any be more inquisitive to know who he was) was Anthony Monday, a Man of Remark; some time the Pope's Scholar in the Seminary at Rome. Afterwards came home, and renouncing the Pope, and Popery, wrote two Books concerning Matters of the English Priests and Papists abroad. One was call'd, The Discovery of Campion the Jesuit, about the Year 1581, which he presented to Bromley, Lord Chancellor; Lord Burleigh, Lord Treasurer; and Robert Earl of Leicester. The other was, the English Roman Life, set forth Anno 1591. Discovering the Lives of the Englishmen at Rome; and the Orders of the English Seminaries, &c.

Who this A. M. was.

There was yet a Fourth Edition of the Survey put forth in the Year 1633, by the same A.M. together with H.D. C.J. and some others. This came out in Folio, and was likewise dedicated (as all the former Editions) to the Lord Maior, Aldermen, Recorder, and Citizens, by A.M. In this Edition was a Continuation of the Names of the Maiors and Sheriffs to that Year, and an Addition of the Coats of Arms of all the Maiors, and of all the Companies of London, Merchants, and others; and some short imperfect Account of the said Companies Originals and Date of their Charters; some scattering Articles of the Statutes, Acts, and Customs of the City; an Act of Parliament, and an Act of Common-Council concerning the River of Thames; the Oath of some City Officers; the Free Customs of the Two Manors of Stepney and Hackney: More Customs and Orders for the City: Remains of other things to be put in their due Places in the Work; which are concerning Dulwich College: The Time of the Reparations of Decays in the Churches, and Inscriptions upon some Monuments and Stones there, or within four Miles Compass; with some other loose, disjointed Matters, to be inserted in proper Places of the Book; which, it seems, were sent in to such on whom the Care of the Work lay, but came too late. By this time, the Book abounded with verbal Errata and Deviations from the Author's Edition, and Sense; too tedious to mention many of them: Let one suffice.

A Fourth Edition, Anno 1633.

In the First Edition, in that Place of the Book where the Suburbs came to be handled, Wappin is divided into two distinct Places, viz. Wappin in the Wose, and Wappin it self. In the Second Edition, (Stow being then in a weak Condition, and not able to look to the Sheets as they came from the Press) Wappin in the Wose, was changed into Wappin in the West, occasioned, doubtless, by the Ignorance of him that had the

Errors in the After-Edition of the Survey.