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chosen a Platt-fellovv on the first vacancy, A. D. 1729*. He was therefore, in fact, twice a Fellow of St. John's.

There is good reason to believe that, in the interval between his removal from his first Fellowship, and his acceding to the second, he meditated the publication of Xenophon's " Cyropcedidt* and " Anabasis" from a collation of them with a Duport MS. in the Library at Eton—to convince the world that the Master and Seniors of St. John's College did not judge unworthily in giving him so decided a preference to Mr. Burton in their election.

It appears that he had made very large collections for such a work; but we suspect that it was thrown aside on being anticipated by Mr. Hutchinson's Edition, which was formed from more valuable manuscripts.

* The Platt-fellowships at St. John's are similar to what are called Bije-fellowships in some other Colleges at Cambridge, and are not on the Foundation. The original number was six, with a stipend of %Ol. per annum each, besides rooms, and commons at the Fellows' table. They were founded by William Piatt, Esq. (Son of Sir Hugh Flatt, Knt.) an opulent citizen of London, out of an estate then of the annual value of 140/. Being a rent-charge, the Fellowships cannot be enlarged in point r>{ revenue, though the number has been increased to eight, by savings from the surplus. There is a good portrait of Mr. Piatt in the Master's Lodge at St. John's, with the date of 1626, aet. 47. He died in 1637. More of him may be seen in Mr. Lysons's Environs of London, vol. HI. pp. 5!), 66,70,71,110,376.

He possessed a MS " Lexicon Xenophonticum" by himself, as well as a Greek Lexicon in MS.; and had also " An English Historical Dictionary,'' in 6 volumes folio; a French and Italian, a Latin, a British and Saxon one, in one volume each; all corrected by his notes; a " Glossarium Generate;" and two volumes of "Collections in English History."

During his residence in Kent, Mr. Pegge formed a "Monasticon Cantianum, in two folio MS volumes; a MS Dictionary for Kent; an Alphabetical List of Kentish Authors and Worthies; Kentish Collections; Places in Kent; and many large MS additions to the account of that county in the " Magna Britannia.''

He also collected a good deal relative to the College at Wye, and its neighbourhood, which he thought of publishing, and engraved the seal, before engraved in Lewis's Seals. He had "Extracts from the Rental of the Royal Manor of Wye, made about 1430, in the hands of Daniel Earl of Winchelsea;" and " Copy of a Survey and Rental of the College, in the possession of Sir Windham Knatchbull, 1739."

While resident in College (and in the year 1730) Mr. Pegge was elected a Member of the Zodiac Club, a literary Society, which consisted of twelve members, denominated from the Twelve

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Signs. This little institution was founded, and articles, in the nature of statutes, were agreed upon Dec. 10, 1725. Afterwards (1728) this Society thought proper to enlarge their body, when six select additional members were chosen, and denominated from six of the Planets, though it still went collectively under the name of the Zodiac Club *. In this latter class Mr. Pegge was the original Mars, and continued a member of the Club as long as he resided in the University. His secession was in April 1732, and his seat accordingly declared vacant.'

In the same year, 1730, Mr. Pegge appears in a more public literary body ;—among the Members of the Gentlemen's Society at Spalding, in Lincolnshire, to which he contributed some papers which will be noticed below-f~.

* Of this little academical literary Society the late Samuel Pegge, Esq. possessed a particular History in MS. Edit.

t In 1/33, his Life of Archbishop Kempe was in forwardness for press, and he solicited assistance for it from MSS.

In 1734, he sent them a critical letter on the name and town of Wye.

In 1739, an Account of a Religious House in Canterbury, not noticed before, his conjectures on which were approved by Mr. Thorpe.

An Account of the Endowment of the Vicarage of Westfield in Sussex, by Richard second Bishop of Chichester, 1249, in the hands of Sir Peter Webster, Bart.

Account of the Amphitheatre in the Garden of the Nuns, of Fidelite at Angers: the arena i"0 feet diameter, outer wall 20 feet thick, the cavea? 14 feet long and wide, with layeri qf Roman brick and stone 3 or 4 feet asunder.

Having taken the degree of A. M. in July 1729, Mr. Pegge was ordained Deacon in December in the same year; and, in the February following, received Priest's orders; both of which were conferred by Dr. William Baker, Bishop of Norwich.

It was natural that he should now look to employment in his profession; and, agreeably to his wishes, he was soon retained as Curate to the Rev. Dr. John Lynch (afterwards [1733] Dean of Canterbury), at Sundrich in Kent, on which charge he entered at Lady-day 1730; and in his Principal, as will appear, soon afterwards, very unexpectedly, found a Patron.

The Doctor gave Mr. Pegge the choice of three Cures under him—of Sundrich, of a London Living, or the Chaplainship of St. Cross, of which the Doctor was then Master. Mr. Pegge preferred Sundrich, which he held till Dr. Lynch exchanged that Rectory for Bishopsbourne, and then removed thither at Midsummer 1731.

Within a few months after this period, Dr. Lynch, who had married a daughter of Archbishop Wake, obtained for Mr. Pegge, unsolicited, the Vicarage of Godmersham (cum Challock), into which he was inducted Dec. 6, 1731.

We have said unsolicited, because, at the moment when the Living was conferred, Mr. Pegge had more reason to expect a reproof from his Principal, than a reward for so short a service of these Cures. The case was, that Mr. Pegge had, in the course of the preceding summer (unknown to Dr. Lynch) taken a little tour, for a few months, to Leyden, with a Fellow Collegian (John Stubbing, M. B. then a medical pupil under Boerhaave), leaving his Curacy to the charge of some of the neighbouring Clergy. On his return, therefore, he was not a little surprized to obtain actual preferment through Dr. Lynch, without the most distant engagement on the score of the Doctor's interest with the Archbishop, or the smallest suggestion from Mr. Pegge.

Being now in possession of a Living, and independent property, Mr. Pegge married (April 13, 1732) Miss Anne Clarke, the only daughter of Benjamin, and sister of John Clarke, Esqrs. of Stanley, near Wakefield, in the county of York, by whom he had one Son [Samuel, of whom hereafter], who, after his Mother's death, became eventually heir to his Uncle; and one Daughter, Anna-Katharina, wife of the Rev. John Bourne, M.A. ofSpital, near Chesterfield, Rector of Sutton cum Duckmanton, and Vicar of South Winfield, both in Derbyshire; by whom she had two daughters, Elizabeth, who married Robert Jen

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