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LETTERS TO MR. GOUGH.
Dear Sir, Whittington, Oct. 11, 1788.
We are to have most grand doings at this place, 5th of November next, at the Revolution House, which I believe you saw when you was here. The Resolutions of the Committee were ordered to be inserted in the London prints*; so I presume you may have seen them, and that I am desired to preach the Sermon.
I remain your much obliged, &c. S. Pegge.
• "The Committee appointed by the Lords and Gentlemen at the last Chesterfield Races, to conduct and manage the Celebration of the intended Jubilee, on the Hundredth Anniversary of the glorious Revolution, at the Revolution House in Whittington, in the County of Derby, where measures were first concerted for the promotion of that grand constitutional event, in these midland parts, have this day met, and upon consideration, come to the following resolutions:
That General Gladwin do take the chair at this meeting. That the Rev. Samuel Pegge be requested to preach a Sermon on the occasion, at Whittington Church, on the 5th day of November next. That the Gentlemen who intend to honour the meeting with their company, do assemble at Whittington Church, exactly at eleven o'clock in the forenoon of that day to attend divine service. Triat immediately after service, they meet at the Revolution House, where a cold collation will be provided. That they go in procession from thence to Chesterfield, where ordinaries will be provided at the Angel, Castle, and'Falcon inns. That the meeting be open to all friends of the Revolution. That letters be written to the Dukes of Devonshire and Leeds, and the Earl of Stamford, to request the honour of their attendance at that meeting. That there be a ball for the Ladies in the evening, at the Assembly Room in Chesterfield. That a subscription of one guinea each be entered into for defraying the extraordinary expenses on the occasion, and that, the same be paid into the hands of Messrs. Wilkinson's, in Chesterfield. That the Committee do meet again on Wednesday the 8th of October next, at the Angel Inn, in Chesterfield, at one o'clock. That these resolutions be published in the Derby and Nottingham newspapers, and in the St. James's, Whitehall, and Lloyd's Evening Posts, and the London and English Chronicles.
Chesterfield, Sept. 27, 1788. Henry Gladwin, Chairman."
Whittington, Nov. 29, 1788. My Dear Mr. Gough, Mr. Rooke slept at the Vicarage on the 4tb, in order to be ready for our grand celebrity the next day; and to distribute then to his friends his drawing, which he had caused to be engraved by Basire, of the Revolution House at Whittington, which he did, with a paper of mine, respecting the meeting there of the Earl of Devonshire, the Earl of Derby, &c. in 1688, annexed.
The 5th of November is now gone and over, and they said I acquitted myself very well. Indeed, I was in good spirits, and, as my Son-in-law read the prayers, I went fresh into the pulpit. The Duke of Devon was too late; but we had the Earl of Stamford at church, with Lord George and Lord John Cavendish, Lord Danby (Son of the Marquis of Carmarthen), and Lord Francis Osborne, with their Preceptor Dr. Jackson, Prebendary of Westminster, &c. The cavalcade from Whittington to Chesterfield, where we were to dine at four o'clock, was amazingly grand, no less than 50 coaches and chaises with horses dressed with orange ribbons; large and fine banners, with sundry bands of music. There were about 1000 on foot, with orange cockades, and about 300 on horseback, many of whom, besides cockades, were in blue, with orange capes. At half past six the fireworks, by an Italian artist, began, and very admirable they were; he had twenty pounds given him by the Managers. The ball room, at nine, was so crowded that, though it is large, there could be but little dancing. The ball was given to the Ladies, with an entertainment of cakes, sweetmeats, negus, &c. It was a fine day; and not the least accident happened, though it is supposed not less than 30,000 people were assembled. Hogsheads of liquor were given by the Managers at Whittington and Chesterfield, and the Duke of Devon gave twentyfour guineas to the footmen mentioned above. I saw nobody however in liquor; and when Mr. Rooke and I returned to Whittington, at one o'clock or after, we had a sober driver.
It happened to be my birth-day ; which being known to some gentlemen at all the three great inns where the company dined, they drank my health with three cheers, requesting me to print my Sermon. This request 1 have complied with, and it is now printed at Chesterfield; I will take care that a copy be sent to you and Mr. Nichols. But I must observe to you on the occasion, that the Sermon will not read so well as it was heard, because having good command over myself at the time, I delivered it with energy and emphasis.
There will be a monument erected at the Revolution House in Whittington ; a column I suppose; and 148 guineas are already subscribed. N. B. The Duke of Devon and the Earl of Stamford were excepted from subscribing, so they reluctantly desisted. Sir H.Hunloke, a Catholic, is a subscriber, and went in the cavalcade, but was not at "church, as you may suppose.
We have a very fine time here, no signs of winter but the absence of leaves; the want of water however is very wonderful, considering the time of year, and is even distressing. I grow very idle and good for nothing ; but, such as I am, I remain your very affectionate and much obliged servant, S. Pegge.
Dear StR, Whittington, Dec. 22, 1788.
By this time I hope you are in possession of my Sermon, as I desired my Son to send one copy to you, and another to Mr. Nichols. If I know you, your sentiments in politics coincide with mine; so that I have no fear of your concurrence in that respect, and have only to wish that the composition may please you.
I am, dear Sir, your truly affectionate and mucl> obliged servant, .'.'. S. Pf.gge,
SEQUEL TO THE PARENTALIA.
By The Editor.
Samuel Pegge, Esq. the only surviving Son * of the venerable Antiquary whose Life has just been recorded, was born in 1731. After an excellent classical education, at St. John's College, Cambridge, he was admitted a Barrister of the Middle Temple; and was soon after, by the favour of the Duke of Devonshire, then Lord Chamberlain, appointed one of the Grooms of His Majesty's Privy-Chamber, and an Esquire of the King's Household.
Mr. Pegge married Martha, daughter of Dr. Henry Bourne, an eminent Physician, of Spital, near Chesterfield, in Derbyshire -f-, and sister to the Rev. John Bourne £, Rector of Sutton, and Vicar of South Wingfield, co. Derby.
By this lady, who was born in 1/32, and died in 1767, he had one son, Christopher, of whom hereafter; and one daughter, Charlotte-Anne, who died, unmarried, March 17, 1793.
Mr. Pegge married, secondly, Goodeth Belt, daughter of Robert Belt, Esq. of Bossall, co. York, by whom he had no issue §.
After the death of his Father, Mr. Pegge, though somewhat advanced in life, was desirous of becoming a Member of the Society of Antiquaries. He was accordingly elected in 1796"; having previously shewn that he was well deserving of that distinction, by the accuracy and intelligence displayed in the " Curialia."
* Another son, Christopher, died an infant in 1736.
f Who died in 1775, in his 89th year.
J Who married Anne-Katharine, Mr. S. Pegge's only sister.
§ She died Oct. 23, 1S07, in her 82d year.
He survived his Father little more than four years; during which period he enjoyed but an indifferent state of bodily health. His mental faculties, however, were, to the last, strong and unimpaired; his manners truly elegant; his conversation always sensible and pleasant; and his epistolary correspondence * lively and facetious.
His death is thus recorded on an upright stone
on the West side of Kensington church-yard:
"Samuel Pegge, Esq.
Martha, Wife of Samuel Pegge, Esq.
Charlotte-anne, the only Daughter
of Samuel and Martha Pegge, died March 17, 1793, aged 31 years.
Mrs. Christiana Pegge died July 1, 1790." To Mr. Pegge we are indebted for the foregoing circumstantial Memoir of his very learned Father; and for several occasional communications to the Gentleman's Magazine.
But his principal Work was intituled, "Curialia; or, an Historical Account of some Branches
* A few extracts from his Letters are given in P- lxxxiii.