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To SYLVANUS URBAN, Gent.
ON COMPLETING his xcveh volume.
HAIL, veteran Sage! whose years have reach'd the span
Through London's streets when sounds of mourning past
And see where follows, in procession slow,
C. A. Wheelwright. Tansor Rectory, Dec. 16. 10X
• Ps. xc. verse 10. + “On the religion of the Druids," part i. p. 7. Letter on the Plague, part i. p.313. Š “ London Pageants," part i. p. 81.
# Paro ii. p. 113. Exod. xii. 23.
THIS is our Ninety-fifth Annual Address. In the short period of four years the Gentleman's Magazine will enter the second centenary of its existence. Amidst all the changes which have transpired in the literary world, during this extended period, the venerable Sylvanus has pursued the same even tenor of his way. Whilst rivalry of the most powerful character has constantly appeared in the literary arena, and contemporary Publications innumerable have been driven from the field, Sylvanus Urban has stood immoveable as towering Atlas, when warring elements play around his head, and foaming oceans break their billows at his feet.
The Literature of England was perhaps never more varied, or more extensively diffused, than during the past year. It was once considered necessary for a person to be a Student before he became an Author; but now all such preliminary steps are considered superfluous, if we are to judge from the melange of professions with which Authorship is crowded. Every individual who can scribble a paragraph, assumes the character of an Author, Compiler, or Editor : this probably accounts for the ephemeral inundation of cheap periodical or twopenny works of the early part of the current year; and perhaps for the countless volumes of Useless trash with which we have been deluged. From the Army, we have two gallant Colonels directing editorial assaults on each other, in the columns of their own weekly journals. From the Navy, we have a Purser standing forth as the high-priest of modern Hellenistic learning, and a Lieutenant emblazoning the columns of every newspaper, as the oracle of Booksellers in biographical and genealogical lore, – tenet insanabile multos scribendi cacoëthes. — In the new Literary Institutions, every individual who imagines himself capable of giving an opinion on any department of literature, assumes the important office of a Lecturer. "Thus one offers to enlighten the world on Heraldryanother on Topography—and a third, assuming the title of Doctor, to teach Latin by lecturing ! risum teneatis? But what is still more extraordinary, if we are to rely on the statements of the Hamiltonian Professors, the learned languages are taught, as it were, by a steam-engine power, without the necessity of the teacher understanding them himself !
The political horizon of Europe, fortunately, was never more auspicious than at the present time; but on the Continent, however, there appears a constant fermentation in every department of literature-a perpetual struggle with Governments and the pressand in many instances native talent is paralyzed. Two grand parties possess the field one supporting the old monarchical principles of the Monkish ages, and the other advocating liberal ideas and the inarch of the human intellect. Under the latter, which is the popular banner, we find America, England, the Netherlands, and the great mass of Germany. France (says the Courier Frunca
the higin Francecal relations have alreadydvancing in
indemnity to the ancient Nobility, and the law of sacrilege to the
pensable to the satisfaction of the middle classes. - The Holy
With respect to the political relations of the New States of
Dec. 31, 1923.
LIST OF EMBELLISHMENTS.-Wood Engravings marked thus.
m. remarks, “ that on the font in St. ard Earl of Arundel,” given in the pedigree Martin's, Ludgate, is the following Greek of Howard, Duke of Norfolk, in Mr. Huninscription : NIYON ANOMHMA MH ter's Hallamshiré, p. 100, where it is stated MONON OYIN. This, it will be ob- that she died on the 24th of May, 1654. served, may be read either backwards or for A. Z. enquires in what year Sir Edward wards. m. inquires whether it is to be Dineley, of Charlton Castle, Worc. knighced found elsewhere?-We answer, that we by Charles II. in 1684, died, and the place have no doubt it was a motto frequently in- of his interment? Whether he did not die scribed on fonts, and can supply him with without leaving male issue, and thereupon apother example ; namely, on the lofty spiral the title and estates did not descend to Sir cover of the funt at Wörlingworth Church, Edward Goodere? How did the latter heSuffolk, as appears in the engraving pub- come the inheritor? When did he die, lished by Vertue in 1753.
and where buried ? Upon the death of Sir The piece with the band on one side, and Edward Goodere, the title and estates decross on the reverse, of which a drawing is volved upon his elder son, then living, John sent by C. D. is certainly not a coin. We Goodere, who took the name of Dineley. take it to be a counter, and the metal pro- Sir John Diveley was murdered by his brobably brass, but for what purpose such ther Captain Goodere at Bristol, in 1740, pieces were struck it is difficult to form an and leaving no issue, the title became extinct. opinion ; though most probably for reckon- John Foote, esq. of Truro, a nephew of Sir ing counters, or for cards. The piece is pro- J. Dineley, became the purchaser of the bably not of great antiquity, perhaps about estates under the will of his uncle, and took two centuries old. Such pieces are not the name of Dineley." valued by Collectors.
P. P. would be thankful for information · In answer to R. G. we have good autho where to obtain a certificate of the marriage sity to state, that “ The coif, hood, and of Captain Henry Berkeley (brother to Lord cap of mail are anterior in point of date to Berkeley), with Dorothea Bridgeman, daughthe camail, which was introduced in the ter of Sir Joho Bridgeman. Captain Henry time of Edw. II. The coif is a covering Berkeley was one of the confidential Lieufor the head and neck, opening on one side, tenants in King Charles's Army of Array, and fastened with a strap of leather, as in and was killed in the skirinish which took the monumental effigy at Gloucester, pre place the day before the battle of Worcester. tended to represent Robert Duke of Nor The place of his interment, and any particumandy; the capuchon or hood was for the
lars respecting him, will be received with same purpose, but large enough to allow the gratitude. head to pass through the aperture for the E. B. requests information respecting face, that it might rest on the shoulders, as the family of Rutt, he believes of Camin the instance of the effigy of Rous, in the bridgeshire, from the reign of Henry VIII, Temple church ; and the cap was a mere to Elizabeth. covering for the head. The camail, so called D.O. will thank any of our bibliographical from its resemblance to the tippet of camel's friends to inform him, whether the translahair, was a guard for the neck, attached by a tions of Pliny and Erasmus, mentioned in cord to the basinet, which was a conical the letter from Edmund Curle to Dr. White skull-cap of steel, and these were worn from Kennet, Bishop of Peterborough (see Litethe time of Edward II. to that of Henry IV. rary Gazette, Feb. 5, p. 88), were ever pubinclusive.”
lished ; and likewise, whether the letter E. M. says, “ T. T. (p. 317) is right in from the Bishop of Carlisle to Humphrey the Yorkshire term of leathering or tanning Wanley (ibid. p. 89), was not written by his hide; as I well remember, when a boy, a Bishop Nicolson, and not Bishop Newton, speech made from one to another in playing as there stated. The same Correspondent al Schoolmasters:
must excuse our inserting the “ eccentric "Sirrah, my son, thou hast no grace, epitaphs" he has transmitted : the more Thou hast transgressed before my face ; valuable matter he promises from the same And if thou dost not mend thy manners, source will be acceptable, if not already in print The skin of thy -- shall go to the tanner's; The contributions of X, M, O. will be And if the Tanner does not make good leather, acceptable. His present communication is Thou and the Tanner shall be hanged to omitted solely in consequence of an article gether;
on the same subject being printed in the And if that day should never come,
current Nuniber. Thou shall be hauged when all's done." - ERRATA.-P. 478, b. 1, read Hon. Mrs.
CLIONAS (last vol. p. 482) will find the Cox; 10, read Hon. Mary Prittie ; 31, read date of the death of Alithea, youngest daughter of the late Fred. Trench, esq. daughter and co-heiress of Gilbert 7th Earl end sister, &c.-P. 648, 9, 11, for Greece of Shrewsbury, and widow of Thomas How read France.