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    letters to the Bishop of Carlisle, Dr. William Nicholson, gave rise to a heated controversy.
  1. ‘Dr. Snape instructed in some matters, especially relating to Convocations and Converts from Popery,’ London, 1718, 8vo.
  2. ‘An Historical Account of the Discipline & Jurisdiction of the Church of England,’ 2nd edit. London, 1730, 8vo.

Hearne published in his edition of Leland's ‘Itinerary’ (vol. vii. Pref. p. xvii) a letter from Kennett ‘concerning a passage’ in vol. iv. of the same work (1711). Some manuscript verses by Kennett on ‘Religious and Moral Subjects, translated from some of the chief Italian Poets,’ belonged to S. W. Rix in 1855, and manuscript notes by Kennett, written in a Bible, were printed in ‘Notes and Queries’ for 1885. Sir Walter Scott first printed, in his ‘Life of Swift,’ p. 137, from a manuscript in the British Museum, the well-known description by Kennett of Swift's attendance in Queen Anne's antechamber (November 1713).

Many of Kennett's manuscripts, which once formed part of the library of James West, president of the Royal Society, were purchased in 1773 by the Earl of Shelburne (afterwards Marquis of Lansdowne), with whose collection they passed, in 1807, to the British Museum. They are now numbered 935–1041 in the Lansdowne collection. Among them are:

  1. ‘Diptycha Ecclesiæ Anglicanæ; sive Tabulæ Sacræ in quibus facili ordine recensentur Archiepiscopi, Episcopi, eorumque Suffraganei, Vicarii Generales, et Cancellarii. Ecclesiarum insuper Cathedralium Priores, Decani, Thesaurarii, Præcentores, Cancellarii, Archidiaconi, et melioris notæ Canonici continua serie deducti a Gulielmi I conquæstu ad auspicata Gul. III tempora,’ 935.
  2. ‘Diaries and Accounts’ (chiefly commonplace books), 936, 937.
  3. ‘An Alphabetical Catalogue of English Archbishops, Bishops, Deans, Archdeacons, &c., from the 12th to the 17th century,’ 962.
  4. ‘Biographical Memoranda, many of them relating to the English Clergy from 1500 to 1717,’ 978–87.
  5. ‘Materials for an Ecclesiastical History of England from 1500 to 1717,’ 1021–4.
  6. ‘Collections for a History of the Diocese of Peterborough; with Particulars of all the Parishes in Northamptonshire,’ 1025–9.
  7. ‘Notes and Memoranda of Proceedings in Parliament and Convocation,’ 1037.
  8. ‘Collections for the Life of Dr. John Colet, Dean of St. Paul's, with a Letter of Advice and Instruction to Dr. Samuel Knight [q. v.], by whom they were Digested and Published,’ 1030.
  9. ‘Materials relating to the History of Convocations,’ 1031.
  10. ‘Etymological Collections of English Words and Provincial Expressions,’ 1033.
  11. ‘Letters to Bishop Kennett from Dorcas his wife, 1702–28,’ 1015.

He also made copious annotations in an interleaved copy of the first edition of Wood's ‘Athenæ Oxonienses.’ This copy was purchased by Richard Gough, from the library of James West, president of the Royal Society, and it is now preserved in the Bodleian Library. Kennett's notes are incorporated by Bliss in his edition of Wood. They consist chiefly of extracts from parish registers and from other ecclesiastical documents (Wood, Athenæ Oxon. ed. Bliss, vol. i. Pref. p. 13).

His portrait was engraved in mezzotint by Faber from life in 1719, and by J. Smith. There is also a portrait, engraved by James Fittler, A.R.A., prefixed to the second edition of the ‘Parochial Antiquities.’

[Life (anon.), London, 1730, 8vo, by the Rev. William Newton, vicar of Gillingham, Dorset; Short Remarks on some Passages in the Life of Dr. Kennett, by a Lover of Truth (J. Sharpe, M.A., curate of Stepney), London, 1730, 8vo; Wood's Athenæ Oxon. (Bliss), iv. 792, 1003; Burnet's Own Time, ii. 81; Gent. Mag. lxxv. 971 (and general index); Biog. Brit.; Nichols's Lit. Anecd.; Nichols's Illustr. of Lit.; Gutch's Collectanea Curiosa, ii. 403; Addit. MS. 5874, f. 49; Watt's Bibl. Brit.; Nichols's Atterbury, edit. 1789–98, i. 114, 401, ii. 145; Catalogue of MSS. in Univ. Libr. Cambridge; Hackman's Cat. of Tanner MSS. p. 988; Walker's Letters written by Eminent Persons, i. 224, ii. 62, 74, 108, 113; Lowndes's Bibl. Man. (Bohn); Notes and Queries (general indexes); Le Neve's Fasti (Hardy); Georgian Era, i. 203; Hollis's Memoirs, pp. 588, 589.]

T. C.

KENNEY, ARTHUR HENRY (1776?–1855), controversialist, born in 1776 or 1777, was the youngest son of Edward Kenney, vicar-choral and prebendary of Cork, by Frances, daughter of Thomas Herbert, M.P., of Muckross, co. Kerry (Burke, Landed Gentry, 1868, p. 686; Cotton, Fasti Eccl. Hibern. i. (1847), 221, 234). In 1790 he entered the university of Dublin, was elected a foundation scholar in 1793, and graduated B.A. in 1795. In 1800 he proceeded M.A., and was elected to a junior fellowship, which he vacated in 1809 for the college living of Kilmacrenan, co. Donegal. He became B.D. in 1806, and D.D. in 1812 (Dublin Graduates, 1591–1868, p. 317). On 27 June 1812 he was instituted to the deanery of Achonry, which he resigned in May 1821 on becoming rector of St. Olave, Southwark (Cotton, iv. 105). He soon became popular among his parishioners, but his living was eventually sequestered on account of pecuniary difficul-