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my said will and testamt one fourth part of my personal estate (above debts and legacies) is left between my two brothers and whereas it has pleased God that I have since outlived one of them I doe now appoint and leave out of the said fourth part one hundred pounds to my cousin William Dingley student at Oxford and another hundred pounds to Mr. Jonathan Swift now dwelling with me and to free my Executors from the trouble of choosing where to lay me I do order it to be in the West Ile of Westminster Abby near those two dear pledges that lye there already and that after mine and my sisters decease a large stone of black marble may be set up against the wall with this inscriptionSibi suisq Charissimis Dianae Temple dilectissimae filiae Dorotheae Osborne conjunctissimae conjugi et Marthae Giffard Optimae Sorori Hoc qualecung monumentum poni curavi Gulielmus Temple Temple Baronettus—W. Temple. Signed and sealed in presence of M. Giffard—B. Johnson-Leonard Robinson.

Proved with a Codicil 29th March, 1699.

NOTE ON ILLUSTRATIONS

A Few words about the Illustrations to the Volume. For the portrait of Temple I have chosen George Vertue's engraving, dated 1679, prefixed to the folio of 1731, after one of Lely's portraits, of which I believe four are known—at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, at Broadlands, and at Chicksand Priory: at Coddenham is, or was, a portrait of Temple as a youth of eighteen, with a hunting-spear and greyhound.

Besides Vertue's there are other engravings by Vanderbanc (a very handsome portrait prefixed to Courtenay's Life); by R. White (in Letters collected by Swift, 1700); by Houbracken (curiously preferred by Mr. Seccombe in his article on Temple in Dict. of Nat. Biog.); and by Vandergucht (in Boyer's Life of Temple).

Most of the engravings bear the motto chosen by Temple from Lucan, describing the character of old Cato — Servare modum, finemque tueri, Naturamque Sequi : which fine Stoic legend may still be read over the Portico at More Park, Farnham. Some might have expected a follower of Epicurus to prefer a Lucretian line, but Temple appears to have been a Stoic in character (witness his behaviour on the suicide of his son), and an Epicurean in temperament and intellect ; at their best and highest the two Philosophies are

one.

The other five Illustrations of Royal Palaces and Gardens are from the margin of a curious and somewhat rare Map of London and its Environs, published at Nüremberg about 1725, by Johann Baptista Homann, a pupil or assistant of Sandrart and Funck. Homann has been made the subject of a learned monograph by Dr. Christian Sandler, and I am indebted to Mr. Soulsby, Head of the Map Department in the British Museum, for kindly referring me to this source of information (which ascribes my map to J. B. Homann's second son), and for fixing its approximate date as 1725.

i Zeitschrift der Gesellschaft für Erdkunde zu Berlin, No. 124, 1886.

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