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of the Royal Household * ;M Three Portions of which he published in his life-time:
Part I. consisted of " Two Dissertations, addressed to the President of the Society of Antiquaries, London; viz. 1. On the obsolete Office of the Esquires of the King's Body. 2. On the original Nature, Duty, &c. of the Gentlemen of the King's Most Honourable Privy Chamber, 17 82."
Part II. contains " A Memoir regarding the King's Honourable Band of Gentlemen Pensioners, from its Establishment to the present Time, 17 84."
Part III. is "A Memoir respecting the King's Body-Guard of Yeomen of his Guard, from its Institution, A.D. 1485; 1791."
During the remaining period of his life, Mr. Pegge amused himself in preparing several other Numbers of his "Curialia" for the press; the materials for which, and also his " Anecdotes of the English Language," he bequeathed to Mr. Nichols; who printed "The Anecdotes of the English Language" in 1803. This Work having been noticed with much approbation in the principal Reviews, and very favourably received by the Publick at large, a Second Edition (corrected and improved from his own detached MSS.) was published in 1814. To this Edition was added, "A Supplement to the Provincial Glossary of Francis Grose, Esq." compiled by Mr. Pegge.
* Had Mr. Pegge lived to have completed his whole design, the Title would have run thus; "Hospitium Regis ; or, a History of the Royal Household, and the several Officers thereof, principally in the Departments of the Lord Steward, the Lord Chamberlain, the Master of the Horse, and the Groom of the Stole. Collected and digested by Samuel Pegge, Esq. F.S. A."
In 1806 Mr. Nichols published Two additional Numbers of the " Curialia:"
Part IV. "A History of Somerset House*, from the Commencement of its Erection in 1549-"
Part V. "A Dissertation j- on the ancient Establishment and Function of theSerjeant at Arms."
The further continuation of that interesting work was broken off by the melancholy accident mentioned in page v.
In the early part of his life Mr. Pegge was a- considerable proficient in Musick. He composed a complete Melo-Drama, both the words and the musick in score, which still remains in MS. Many Catches and Glees also, and several of the most popular Songs for Vauxhall Gardens were written and set to music by him.
His Muse was very fertile; and, though his modesty forbade the avowal, he was the Author of some occasional Prologues and Epilogues, which were favourably received by the Publick; a Prologue, particularly, spoken by Mr. Yates at Birmingham in 1760, on taking the Theatre into his own hands; an Epilogue spoken by the same excellent Actor, at Drury Lane, on his return from France; and another Epilogue, filled with pertinent allusions to the Game of Quadrille, spoken by Mrs. Yates, at her Benefit, in three different seasons, 1)6*9, 1770> and 1774. He was the Author also of a pathetic Elegy on his own Recovery from a dangerous Illness; and of some pleasant Tales and Epigrammatic Poems.
* The History of Somerset House was with Mr. Pegge a favourite subject; and to this, with the exception of the twoconcluding pages, he had put the finishing hand.
f Announced by the Author in his Introduction to Part IH. and by himself very nearly completed for the press.
His other acknowledged writings were,
1. "An Elegy on the Death of Godfrey Bagnail Clerke, Esq. (late one of the Representatives in Parliament for the County of Derby), who died Dec. 26, 1774*."
2. "Memoirs of Edward Capell, Esq." -f
3. " Illustrations of the Churchwardens' Accompts of St. Michael Spurrier Gate, York," in the "Illustrations of the Manners and Expences of Antient Times, 1797."
4. " On a Custom observed by the Lord Lieutenants of Ireland." (Antiquarian Repertory, Edit. 1809, vol. IV. p. 622.)
5. "Historical Anecdotes of the French Word Carosse." (Ibid. p. 642.)—-The two last-mentioned Tracts are re-printed in the present volume.
* Of this Elegy Mr. Pegge printed only a few copies, to be given to particular Friends ; but, by his permission, it was re-printed for sale by Mr. Joseph Bradly, of Chesterfield.
f See the " Illustrations of Literature," vol. I. p. 427.
Mr. Pegge also superintended through the Press the greater part of his Father's " History of Beauchief Abbey ;" but died before it was completed.
His only Son, the present Sir ChristopherPegge, was admitted a Commoner at Christ Church, Oxford, in 1782; took the Degree of B. A. there in 1786; was elected Fellow of Oriel College in 1788; resigned his Fellowship in 1790, and was re-admitted of Christ Church, having been appointed, through favour of the Dean and Chapter, Dr. Lee's Reader in Anatomy (which situation he resigned in I8l6", an asthmatic complaint having rendered change of residence adviseable); took the Degrees of M. A. and M. B. 1789, and that of M. D. 1792. He was elected one of the Physicians to the Radcliffe Infirmary in 1791 (which he resigned in 1S03); F. L. S. 1792; F.R.S. 1795; and Fellow of the College of Physicians 1796; received from his Majesty the Honour of Knighthood in 1799, and the Dignity of Regius Professor of Physic in ]80].
Sir Christopher Pegge married, in 1791, Amey, the eldest daughter of Kenton Couse, Esq. of Whitehall;'by whom he has issue one daughter, Mary, married in 1816 to the Rev. Richard Moore Boultbee, of Merton College, Oxford (second son of Joseph Boultbee, Esq. of Springfield House, near Knowle, Warwickshire), and had a daughter, born Dec. 9, 1817.
APPENDIX, No. II.
To Richard Gough, Esq.
Dear Sir, Whittington, March 17, 1796.
There are po persons in the world to whom so much regard is due, respecting my late Father's Collections in the literary line, as to yourself and Mr. Nichols. I daily see obligations, from Books which you have respectively conferred upon him, which call for every acknowledgement. I am as daily concerned in looking over papers of various kinds; and wiH preserve them all sacredly, and report upon them when I return to Town, which must be in May or June.
I am labouring to keep possession of this house as long as I can, and believe I shall be amply indulged; a circumstance which will enable me to pay every attention to what may be of real use to my Father's Friends: for, as Botanists allow nothing to be weeds, so I admit nothing to be waste paper.
What I write to you I mean should be said to Mr. Nichols, with every kind remembrance. I have only to desire that I may be considered (by descent at least) as Your obliged Friend, S. Pegge.
To Mr. Deputy Nichols.
Dear Sir, Whittington, March 30, 1796.
A peck of March dust is said to be worth a King's
ransom;—and to you (who know this house) I may say
that I am enveloped in as much dust*as would ransom
an Emperor. I shall be in Town at the end of May
* The Books in the Library at Whittington had, probably, not been dusted for 20 or 30 years,.