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The
PRIVATE DIARY

of
DR. JOHN DEE,

and
The Catalogue of His Library of Manuscripts,

from the Original Manuscripts

in the Ashmolean Museum at Oxford,
and Trinity College Library, Cambridge.


Edited By
JAMES ORCHARD HALLIWELL, Esq. F.R.S.,
Hon. M.R.I.A., &C. &C. &C.

[Illustration: Camden Society Logo]

London: Printed for the Camden Society,
by John Bowyer Nichols and Son, Parliament Street.

M.DCCC.XLII.




(No. XIX.)




COUNCIL
of
THE CAMDEN SOCIETY,
For The Year 1841-2.

_President_,
The Right Hon. LORD FRANCIS EGERTON, M.P.

THOMAS AMYOT, Esq. F.R.S. Treas. S.A. _Director._
The Right Hon. LORD BRAYBROOKE, F.S.A.
JOHN BRUCE, Esq. F.S.A. _Treasurer._
JOHN PAYNE COLLIER, Esq. F.S.A.
C. PURTON COOPER, Esq. Q.C., D.C.L., F.R.S., F.S.A.
T. CROFTON CROKER, Esq. F.S.A., M.R.I.A.
Sir HENRY ELLIS, K.H., F.R.S., Sec. S.A.
JAMES ORCHARD HALLIWELL, Esq. F.R.S., F.S.A.
The Rev. JOSEPH HUNTER, F.S.A.
Sir FREDERICK MADDEN, K.H., F.R.S., F.S.A.
JOHN GAGE ROKEWODE, Esq. F.R.S., Dir. S.A.
THOMAS STAPLETON, Esq. F.S.A.
WILLIAM J. THOMS, Esq. F.S.A. _Secretary._
ALBERT WAY, Esq. M.A., F.S.A.
THOMAS WRIGHT, Esq. M.A., F.S.A.




PREFACE.


The present volume contains two curious documents concerning Dr. Dee,
the eminent philosopher of Mortlake, now for the first time published
from the original manuscripts. I. His Private Diary, written in a very
small illegible hand on the margins of old Almanacs, discovered a few
years ago by Mr. W. H. Black, in the library of the Ashmolean Museum at
Oxford. II. A Catalogue of his Library of Manuscripts, made by himself
before his house was plundered by the populace, and now preserved in the
library of Trinity College, Cambridge.

The publication of this Diary will tend perhaps to set Dee’s character
in its true light, more than any thing that has yet been printed. We
have, indeed, his “Compendious Rehearsall,” which is in some respects
more comprehensive, but this was written for an especial purpose, for
the perusal of royal commissioners, and he has of course carefully
avoided every allusion which could be construed in an unfavourable
light. In the other, however, he tells us his dreams, talks of
mysterious noises in his chamber, evil spirits, and alludes to
various secrets of occult philosophy in the spirit of a true believer.
Mr. D’Israeli has given a correct and able view of his character in his
“Amenities of Literature,” which is remarkably confirmed in almost every
point by the narrative now published. “The imagination of Dee,” observes
that elegant writer, “often predominated over his science; while both
were mingling in his intellectual habits, each seemed to him to confirm
the other. Prone to the mystical lore of what was termed the occult
sciences, which in reality are no sciences at all, since whatever
remains occult ceases to be science, Dee lost his better genius.”
I shall refer the reader to this popular work instead of attempting
an original paper on the subject, which would necessarily be greatly
inferior to that drawn by the masterly hand of the author of the
“Curiosities of Literature.”

The Catalogue of Dee’s Library of Manuscripts, although long since
dispersed, is valuable for the notices which it preserves of several
middle-age treatises not now extant. He is said to have expended on this
collection the sum of three thousand pounds, a very large sum in those
days for a person of limited income.

J. O. H.
35, Alfred Place,
March 15th 1842.




DR. DEE’S DIARY.


1554. Aug. 25th, Barthilmew Hikman born at Shugborowh in
Warwikshyre toward evening. My conjecture, uppon his own reporte of
circumstances. Oct. 25th, D. Daniel Vander Meulen Antwerpiæ, mane hora
quarta.[a]

[Footnote a: It is almost unnecessary to observe that this and
the following are notes of nativities. They are not for the most
part contemporary notices, but apparently inserted at various
times by Dee when professionally consulted as an astrologer.]

1555. April 22nd, Jane Fromonds borne at Cheyham at none. Aug. 1st,
Ed. Kelly natus hora quarta a meridie[b] ut annotatum reliquit pater
ejus. Oct. 12th, the Lord Willughby born hora septima mane, ante
meridiem, Lat. 51° 30', at Wesell in Gelderland.

[Footnote b: “Anno 1555, Aug. 1, hora quarta a meridie Wigorniæ
natus Dominus Edouardus Kelæus,” MS. Ashm. 1788, fol. 140, where
there is a horoscope of this nativity in the handwriting of
Dr. Dee. Ashmole, in his MS. 1790, fol. 58, says “Mr. Lilly told
me that John Evans informed him that he was acquainted with
Kelly’s sister in Worcester, that she shewed him some of the
gold her brother had transmuted, and that Kelly was first an
apothecary in Worcester.”]

1557. July 30th, Mr. Arundell of Cornwayle natus circa [horam]
quartam a meridie.

1558. Dec. 14th, Mary Nevelle, alias Mary Lewknor, borne inter 11 et
meridiem mane, by Chichester.

1560. July 8th, Margaret Russell, Cowntess of Cumberland, hora 2
min. 9 Exoniæ mane.

1561. Aug. 14th, Mr. Heydon, of Baconsthorp in Norfolk, hora noctis
11½ natus in comitatu Surrey.

1563. March 23rd, Mr. William Fennar a meridie inter horam undecimam
et duodecimam nocte. June 23nd, Jane Cooper, now Mystris Kelly,
toward evening. Sept. 28th, Mr. John Ask ante meridiem, by York six
myle on this syde; Elizabeth Mownson, circa horam 9 mane, soror
magistri Thomæ Mownson et uxor magistri Brown.

1564. Mrs. Brigit Cooke borne about seven of the clok on Saynt
David’s Day, which is the first day of March, being Wensday; but I
cannot yet lerne whether it was before none or after. But she
thinketh herself to be but 27 yeres old, anno 1593, Martii primo,
but it cannot be so. June 20th, Mr. Hudson, hora septima ante
meridiem. Aug. 21st, Wenefride Goose, inter 9 et 10 a meridie by
Kingstone.

1565. Sept. 12th, John Pontoys, inter 9 et 10 ante meridiem prope
Stony-Stratford; puto potius hora 8 min. 43. Oct. 17th, Thomas
Kelley[c] hora quarta a meridie at Wurceter. Dec. 21st, Mr. Thomas
Mownson at 11 of the clok in the morning.

[Footnote c: The brother of the celebrated astrologer before
mentioned.]

1568. July 14th, William Emery born at Danbery in Essex paulo post
undecimam horam noctis. Sept. 24th, Margaret Anderson mane inter 7
et 8.

1571. Samuel Swallow borne at Thaxstede in Essex Feb. 15 ante
meridiem, inter horam undecimam et duodecimam, forte hora media post
undecimam.

1575. July 31st, Simeon Stuard natus ante diluculum per horam 11½ at
Shinfelde; his grandfather by the mother was Dr. Huyck the Quene’s
physicien.

1577. Jan. 16th, the Erle of Lecester, Mr. Phillip Sydney, Mr. Dyer,
&c., came to my howse.[d] Jan. 22nd, The Erle of Bedford cam to my
howse. Feb. 19th, great wynde S.W., close, clowdy. March 11th, my
fall uppon my right nuckul bone, hora 9 fere mane; wyth oyle of
Hypericon in 24 howres eased above all hope: God be thanked for such
his goodness of his creatures! March 24th, Alexander Simon the
Ninivite came to me, and promised me his servise into Persia. May
1st, I received from M. William Harbert of St. Gillian his notes
uppon my Monas.[e] May 2nd, I understode of one Vincent Murfyn his
abhominable misusing me behinde my back; Mr. Thomas Besbich told me
his father is one of the cokes of the Court. May 20th, I hyred the
barber of Cheswik, Walter Hooper, to kepe my hedges and knots in as
good order as he sed them than, and that to be done with twise
cutting in the yere at the least and he to have yerely five
shillings, [and] meat and drink. June 10th, circa 10, a shower of
hayle and rayne. June 18th, borrowed £40 of John Hilton of Fulham.
June 19th, I understode of more of Vincent Murfyn his knavery;
borrowed £20 of Bartylmew Newsam. June 20th, borow £27 uppon the
chayn of golde. June 26th, Elen Lyne gave me a quarter’s warning.
June 27th, showrs of rayne and hayle. Aug. 19th, the Hexameron
Brytanicum[f] put to printing.

[Footnote d: “Dr. Dee dwelt in a house neere the water side,
a little westward from the church [at Mortlake]. The buildings
which Sir Fr. Crane erected for working of tapestry hangings, and
are still (1673) employed to that use, were built upon the
ground whereon Dr. Dee’s laboratory and other roomes for that
use stood. Upon the west is a square court, and the next is the
house wherein Dr. Dee dwelt, now inhabited by one Mr. Selbury,
and further west his garden.” --MS. Ashm. 1788, fol. 149. The
same account says that “Dr. Dee was wel beloved and respected of
all persons of quality thereabouts, who very often invited him
to their houses or came to his.”]

[Footnote e: This of course is his celebrated Monas
Hieroglyphica, frequently printed, and the nature of which
I attempted to explain in a paper read before the Society of
Antiquaries.



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