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Though we will be candid enough to allow that Dr. Pegge's style in general was not sufficiently terse and compact to be called elegant; yet he made ample amends by the matter, and by the accuracy with which he treated every copious subject, wherein all points were matured by close examination and sound judgment*.
* The first Piece that appears to have been, in any degree, published by Dr. Pegge, was, A Latin Ode on the Death of King George 1. 1*27. See ** Academioe Cantabrigiensis Luctus." Signature Z. z. fol. b. [Dr. Pegge was then lately elected Fellow of St. John's College (the first time) as he signs it "Sam. Pegge, A. B. Coll. Div. Joh. Evang Soc.'' See before, p. xiii.]—1731. An irregular English Ode on Joshua vi. 20, which he contributed to a Collection of "Miscellaneous Poems and Translations," published (with a numerous subscription) by the Rev. Henry Travers, 1731, octavo, p. 170. [See "Anonymiana," p. 327, for an account of Mr. Travers, and this publication] A marginal note in Dr. Pegge's copy of Mr. Travers's publication tells us, that this One was art academical exercise, when the Doctor was an iwier-graduate at St. John's, which was sent to the Earl of Exeter. His Lordship's Ancestors had been Benefactors to the College, a circumstance which, we presume, gave rise to the custom of sending such periodical exercises to the then Earl; though the practice, as far as we know, does not continue. Thus much of this Commemoration, as we believe, remains, that two Sermons are still annually preached (the one at HatfieUl, and the other at Bnrleighj by Fellows of the College, which, we apprehend to have been enjoined by the Benefactor. The (We, of which we have spoken, became some years after an auxiliary contribution to Mr. Travers's Collection from Dr. Pogge, jointly with other contemporaries, to relieve the Editor from some pecuniary embarrassments.— An Examination of" 1 he Enquiry into the meaning of Demoniacks in the New Testament; in a Letter to the Author," 1739. An octavo (of 86 pages), with his name prefixed. [This controversy originated from the Rev. Dr. Arthur-Ashley Sykes, who published "An Enquiry into the Meaning of the Demoniacks
Frivolous as many detached morsels, scattered up and down in the Gentleman's Magazine, may appear to some Readers, they may be called the ruminations of a busy mind; which shews an universality of reading, a love of investigation,
in the New Testament" (1737). under the obscure signature Of "T. P. A. P. O. A. B. I. T. C. O. S." The interpretation of this is, The Precentor//nd Prebendary Of ^lton-Borealis, In. The Church Of Salisbury. Dr. Sykes had been vicar of Godmersham; so that two vicars of Godmersham became, incidentally, parties in the controversy. The question engaged several other Writers; viz. Rev. Leonard Twells, Rev.Thomas Hutchinson, and Rev. William Whiston, who were followed by Dr. Pegge. He, however, entered so late into the lists, after the subject was almost worn out, that his Publication was not much attended to, though it attracted the applause of several competent judges, such as the Rev. Dr. Newcome, Master of St. John's College, Cambridge; Rev. Dr. Taylor (late Residentiary of St. Paul's); the very learned Bp. Smalbroke; and some others.]—A Sermon on St. John i. 5: " The Light Shineth in Darkness," preached on St. John's-day, 1742, at Canterbury cathedral, and inscribed to his much-respected friend, Thomas Knight, Esq. of Godmersham, in Kent.— A Sermon, preached also at Canterbury Cathedral during the Rebellion, 1746. [The avowed design of the Discourse was, to prove that "Popery was an encouragement to vice and immorality." This Sermon attracted the civilities (mentioned in p. xxxi.) which Dr. Pegge received from Archbishop Herring.") These are the principal professional Publications by Dr. Pegge; to which ought to be added some short pastoral and gratuitous printed distributions at various times; viz. 1755. A Discourse on Confirmation (of 23 pages, octavo), being an enlarged Sermon, preached at Chesterfiehl previously to the Bishop's triennial Visitation, and dispersed.—1767- A brief Examination of the Church Catechism, for the Use of those who are just arrived at Years of Discretion.—1790. A short Paraphrase of the Lord's Prayer (4 pages octavo), first addressed to his Parishioners of Brindle, in Lancashire, 1753; and afterwards reprinted and distributed in his three parishes of Whittington, Heath, and Wingerworth, in Derbyshire, 1790.
and a fund of knowledge, more than would have displayed itself in any greater work, where the subject requires but one bias, and one peculiar attention *.
It is but justice to say, that few men were so liberal in the diffusion of the knowledge which he had acquired, or more ready to communicate it, either vivd voce, or by the loan of his MSS. as many of his living Friends can testify.
In his publications he was also equally disinterested as in his private communications; for he never, as far as can be recollected, received any pecuniary advantage from any pieces that he printed, committing them all to the press, with the sole reserve of a few copies to distribute among his particular Friends -jf.
* An accurate list of these detached publications may be seen in the Gentleman's Magazine for 1796, pp.979, 1081.
f We shall here specify Mr. Pegge's several Memoirs printed (by direction of the Council of the Society of Antiquaries) in the Archseologia, as being the principal combined work to which he contributed. Herein we shall proceed as they successively occur in those volumes, rather than by the times at which the communications themselves were actually read before the Society.
Vol. I. No. XXXVII. p. 155. Some Observations on an antique Marble of the Earl of Pembroke.—No. XXXVIII. p. 161. Dissertation on an Anglo-Saxon Jewel. — No. LV. p. 319. Of the Introduction, Progress, State, and Condition, of the Vine in Britain.—No LVI1. p. 335. A Copy of a Deed in Latin and Saxon of Odo, Bishop of Baieux, with some Ob-, servations thereon.
Vol. II. No. IX. p. 63. Observations on the Mistakes of Mr. Lisle and Mr, Hearne in respect of King Alfred's Present
In the following Catalogue we must be allowed to deviate from chronological order, for the sake
to the Cathedrals. The late use of the Stylus, or metalline Pen. Mr. Wise's Conjecture concerning the famous Jewel of Jfing Alfred further pursued; shewing it might possibly be part of the Stylus sent by that King, with Gregory's Pastorals, to the Monastery at Athelney.—No. XIII. p. 86. The Bullrunning at Tutbury, in Staffordshire, considered.—No. XVI. p. 100. Observations on Dr. Percy's (afterwards Bishop of Dromore) Account of Minstrels among the Saxons. [See vol. III. Art. XXXIV. p. S10.]—No. XIX. p. 124. Observations on Stone Hammers.—No. XXV. p. 171. A Dissertation on the Crane, as a Dish served up at great Tables in England.— JNo. XXXVI. p. 276. A succinct and authentic Narrative of the Battle of Chesterfield [co. Derby], A. D. 1266, in ths .Reign of K. Henry III.
Vol. III. No. I. p. 1. Of the Horn, as a Charter, or Instrument of Conveyance. Some Observations on Mr. Samuel Foxlow's Horn; as likewise on the Nature and Kinds of those Horns in general. — No. X. p. 39. On Shoeing of Horses among the Antients. — No. XI. p. 53. The Question considered, whether England formerly produced any Wine from Grapes. [See vol. I. Art. LV. p. 319. This Question was answered by the Hon. Daines Barrington in the 12th article of this volume, p. 6?.]—No. XIV. p. 101. Remarks on Belatucader.—No. XVIII. p. 125. Memoir concerning the SacFriars, or Fratres de Pcenitentid Jem Christi, as settled in England. — No. XIX. p. 132. 'AXuAivivm 'Aycev. A Memoir on Cock-Fighting; wherein the Antiquity of it, as a Pastime, is examined and stated; some Errors of the Moderns concerning it are corrected; and the Retention of it among Christians absolutely condemned and proscribed.—No. XX. p. 151. An Inscription in honour of Serapis, found at York, illustrated.—No. XXXIV. p. 310. A Letter to Dr. Percy (afterwards Bishop of Dromore), on the Minstrels among the antient Saxons, occasioned by some Observations on the Subject printed in the second Volume, p. 100. [In this short Letter, Dr. Pegge very candidly acknowledges that the Bishop had removed all Ids doubts in the most satisfactory manner, by si more copious discussion of the subject in a subsequent edition, which the Doctor had not seen when he wrote the Memoir in i»ol. II. p. 100.]—No. XXXVI. p. 316. Remarks on the first
of preserving Dr. Pegge's contributions to various periodical and contingent Publications, distinct from his independent Works; to all which,
Noble (coined 18 Edvv. III. A. D. 1344) wherein a new and more rational Interpretation is given of the Legend on the Reverse.—No. XLII. p. 371. Observations on two Jewels in the Possession of Sir Charles Mordaunt, Bart.
Vol. IV. No. III. p. 29. An Enquiry into the Nature and Cause of King John's Death; wherein it is shewn that it was not effected by Poison.—No. IV. p. 47. Illustrations of a Gold enamelled Ring, supposed to have been the Property of Alhstan, Bishop of Sherburne, with some Account of the State and Condition of the Saxon Jewelry in the more early Ages.—No. VIII. p. 110. Observations on Kits Cotty House in Kent.—No. XVII. p. 190. A Dissertation on a most valuable Gold Coin of Edmund Crouchback, son of King Henry III. — No. XXVI. p. 414. Remarks on the Bones of Fowls found in Christ-church Twynham, Hampshire.
Vol. V. No. 1. p. 1. Observations on the History of St. George, the Patron Saint of England; wherein Dr. Pettingall's allegorical Interpretation of the Equestrian Figure on the George, and the late Mr. Byrom's Conjecture, that St. George is mistaken for Pope Gregory, are briefly confuted; and the Martyr of Cappadocia, as Patron of England, and of the Order of the Gaiter, is defended against both. [N. B. Dr. Pegge's Name to this Article is omitted in the Contents to the Volume; but see the Signature, p. 32.]—No. V. p. 95. On the Rudston Pyramidal Stone.—No. VII. p. 101. Remarks on Governor Pownall's Conjecture concerning the Croyland Boundary Stone.—No. XIII. p. 160. An Examination of a mistaken Opinion that Ireland, and [The Isle of] Thanet, are void of Serpents. — No. XXI. p. 224. Observations on the Stone Coffins found at Christ Church [in Hampshire]. — No. XXVII. p. 272. An important Historical Passage of Gildas amended and explained.—No. XXXVI. p. 346. The Question discussed concerning the Appearances of the Matrices of so many Conventual Seals.—No. XXXIX. p. 369. Remarks on the antient Pig of Lead [then] lately discovered in Derbyshire. [The Date is 1777]—No. XLI. p. 390. The Penny with the name of Rodbertus IV. ascribed to Robert Duke of Normandy, and other Matters relative to the English Coinage, occasionally discussed.