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nier le Duc d'Alençon, prit en 1420 Montereau, qui fut It
be noted that Mr. John Lionel Ching, vigoureusement défendu. Enfin, sous Henri VI., il battit the gentleman in question, is the son of a former dix mille Français avec quinze cents soldats fatigués et Mayor of Launceston, the grandson of another of mourants de faim! Voilà pour la guerre." I have searched all the books within my reach of John Ching, of Launceston and Cheapside,
the borough's chief magistrates, and great-grandson that seemed likely to throw any light upon this whose worm lozenges were famous among our foresubject, but to very little effect. I may, however, fathers. On these lozenges "Peter Pindar" wrote a mention that in Chambers’s ‘Book of Days (vol. ii. p. 551) the following name is included in squib, called The First Book of Ch-gp,' wherein the obituary for November 6 : “ Died, Sir John were described the wonderful effects
of the medicine
on the king and on his courtiers, on his captains Falstaff, English knight, 1460, Norwich "; and on
over fifties and on his captains over hundreds." referring to the 'Imperial Gazetteer,' under the
DONHEVED. heading of "Norwich," I find the following notice : “ Two curious old mansions are Fastoli's Place, or TENNYSONIANA : THE MANUSCRIPT OF 'POEMS Falstaff's Palace, built before 1459 by Fastolf of BY TWO BROTHERS,' 1827.-A record of the sale Caistor." Probably some of the learned corre- of this precious little work should be given in spondents of N. & Q.' may be able to throw some N. & Q.' It was sold by Sotheby, Wilkinson additional light upon this subject, and even to dis- & Hodge on Friday, Dec. 23, 1892, and was prove the assertions of Balzac, which, as they stand bought by Mr. R. Bowes for Messrs. Macmillan in the above extract, would appear to charge Shake & Bowes, of Cambridge, for the sum of 4801. This speare as having been guilty, not only of bad taste, included the receipt given to Messrs. Jackson for but also of spiteful and long-continued defamation 20l., the amount agreed upon for the copyright of of character.
G. MARSON. the volume and a copy of the printed book. In Southport.
offering this manuscript for sale, Messrs. Mac(For Sir John Fastolf see Sketch of the History of millan & Bowes described it as follows : Caister Castle,'1842; 'Procès de la Precellé,' by Quicherat; “ The original autograph manuscript, consisting of (1) • Nouvelle Biographie Générale,' &c.]
A volume of 76 leaves, originally bound in brown sheep
skin but taken to pieces to print from. (2) The inside SIR Thomas JONES (D. 1692), CAIEF JUSTICE of the boards of the volume covered with writing. (3) OF THE COMMON Pleas.-His baptism as “son Five poems in continuation of the volume with a leaf of of Edward Jobnes, Esquier” (above “gentleman,” corrections : in all 12 leaves. (With rough pen sketches erased), is recorded in the parish register of St. 'Tis sweet to lead from stage to stage l' 2 leaves, (5)
at the back of 3 of these.) (4) Introductory Poem, Alkmund, Shrewsbury, under date Oct. 13, 1614. A letter, without date, 4 closely written pages, containSee further 'Dict. Nat. Biog.,' vol. xxx. p. 166. ing a list of 100 poems in the MS. volume that are to
DANIEL HIPWELL. form the printed volume, and some remarks on the 17, Hilldrop Crescent, N.
amount to be paid for the copyright. (6) The intro
duction, dated March, 1827, 1 leaf. (7) A letter, without “ GRASS-WIDOW."—I do not know the French date, objecting to the initials C. & A. T. being put at the equivalent at the present time, thougb very likely end of the introduction, with list of errata on the there is one. But such a widow is neatly termed (4) and concluding on p. 2: The C. & A. T. did not
reverse, 1 leaf. (8) A letter, without date, attached to by Froissart a veuve de vif mari." His words form part of our agreement. You, of course, added it
inadvertently ! "Monseigneur, vous savez que je suis une seule femme The whole as described, 4201. The receipt for ......et veuve de vif mari, s'il plaît à Dieu, car monseig- the copyright and the printed volume were not neur Guichart [her husband) gît prisonnier en Espaigne offered for sale. A short description gave the ons es dangers du roi d'Espaigne.”—Livre i., partie ii., result of a minute examination of the MS., and chap. ccclviii.
F. CHANCE. the authorship of most of the poems identified. Sydenham Hill,
The result is given in the new edition of the work
just issued :CORNISH OR CAINESE ?-1o a recent issue of
“ We have also compared the MS. with the printed the Launceston Weekly News is an account of the volume and find that there is hardly a poem that has not success of one of its townsmen who has settled in beon altered, while in the case of some of the poems the Queensland, which contains the following curious variations between the MS. and the printed volnme are
numerous." passage :-"Mr. Ching is never tired of declaring his birthplace,
Endeavours were made to keep the manuscript and in all his advertisements, &c., be puts after his in England, but without success, and it has gone name, From Launceston, Cornwall, England.' This is, to America. According to a late number of the no doubt, in order to prevent his suffering from the anti- Publisher's Weekly it is in the possession of Dodd, Mongolian prejudices which exist in Australia. His name has rather a Chinese ring, and he asks his agents
Meath & Co., of Boston. It would be well to to take notice and to make the fact known that he hails know from an American correspondent where the not from the Flowery Land, but from the good old town manuscript is finally deposited. G. J. GRAY. of Launceston, Cornwall.'
MAY-DAY.-It may interest some readers of is a woman, with right arm completely bare and 'N. & Q.' to know that it is still common in parts banging down. In the hand is an instrument, the of Shropshire-notably in the neighbourhood of top portion only seen, having the appearance of the Shrewsbury, Wellington, and the Weald Moors-top part of a poker
. The one white garment, for the children to honour May-day by coming partially covering the upper portion of the perround to the houses with posies of the glittering son, hangs supported by the left shoulder.. The flowers of cattha-marsh-marygold, as it is wrongly lower garments are dark, and fastened tightly pamed-and which just now in marisb places is round the waist. The face, like those of the others, burning on the moors "like a thing dipped in is turned towards the right, but looking round on sunshine."
Shropshire boys and girls call them the beholder with a leering smile, awaking the “May-flowers,” and great bunches of them may be thought that she is the cause of the old man's pain seen suspended on cottage doors on the morning and is enjoying the contemplation of it. The books of May-day.
and the woman's arm are beautifully painted. The Query, Are not these flowers Shakespeare's canvas measures forty-nine by thirty-seven inches. “Cuckoo-buds of yellow bue"? Elsewhere he can any one say what is the subject ? Jacques, or speaks of the “crow-foot," the old name of butter- Jacob, Jordeans (1594–1678), born in Antwerp, was cup, and still used by botanists as the tribal name son-in-law to Adam van Oort, under whom he of the Ranunculaceæ. His song is of the cuckoo, studied ; he also received instruction from Rubens. with whose coming the cattha has always been
D. MACPHAIL. associated. Linneus tells us that in Sweden the Johnstone. wood-anemope blows on the arrival of the swallow, and the marsh-marygold, cattha, when the cuckoo designating a kind of hemp,
“FIMBLE.”-I find this word in dictionaries as
But in the account. sings, and the same coincidence has been observed books preserved at Althorp the word occurs in a in England.
C. A. WHITE.
totally different sense. In the year 1597 there is False DicE.-The following passage explains a payment of eightpence "to Lammey for a boke the various methods of cheating at dice in the and fimble for Great Norrells gate, the other being Elizabethan era so well, that I transcribe it in full
, stolen.” Is fimble still in use in Northamptonfor the benefit of commentators on old plays, &c. :
and is it noticed in any dialect glos"What false dise use they? as dise stopped up with sary? Many interesting extracts from the Althorp quicksilver and heares, dise of a vauntage, flattes, gourdes household books are to be found in the Appendix to chop and chaunge whan they lyste, to lette the trew to Mr. impkinson's tale 'The Washingtons,' diso fall under the table, and so take up the false, and published in 1860.
JAYDEE. if they be true dise, what shyfte wil they make to set ye one of them with slyding, with cogging, with foysting, Sir THOMAS ROBINSON, BART., and his sister with coytinge as they call it."- Ascham's 'Toxophilus, are described by Dr. Busby, the famous head 1545, fol. 20.
master of Westminster School, in a codicil to his
J. E. SPINGARN. New York.
will, as his “only near relations now living." AC
cording to Burke's 'Extinct and Dormant BaroQueries.
netcies,' Sir Thomas Robinson succeeded as third
baronet on June 6, 1684, and died without issue on We must request correspondents desiring information on family matters of only private interest Coaffix their April 21, 1743. His sister appears to have married names and addresses to their queries, in order that the
Sir Comport Fitch. I shall be glad to have answers may be addressed to thêm direct.
further particulars of them, and to know in what
relationship they stood to Dr. Busby, and whether PICTURE BY JACQUES JORDAENS.—There is a
there are any descendants of Lady Fitch in existpainting by Jacques Jordaens, the title of which ence.
G. F. R. B. I should be pleased to know. Three figures are AUSTRIAN FLAG AT ACRE.—Can any reader of depicted, one that of an old man seated at a 'N. & Q.’inform me where I can find an authentic table on which are open books which be bas been copy of the Austrian flag which Richard I. is said reading, and a few closed, having clasps. His left to have thrown into the ditch at Acre ? Any hand supports his head, wbich is turned up, show. reference will be acceptable.
R. H. S. ing the face marked with an expression of deep sorrow or great pain. His
right hand clutches the BRIGADIER-GENERAL W. PHILIPPS.-I write to lapel of his purple robe. The second figure is also ask whether you can throw any light on a disthat of an old man, but younger than the other. tinguished officer of the Royal Artillery, who fought His right hand is laid on the right arm of the at the celebrated siege of Boston, and died a very other, and his face, very pale, is bent towards him few years afterwards of fever in Virginia in 1776. with a look of deep compassion, as, standing be- I refer to Brigadier General William Philipps. I bind him, he seeks to administer consolation. want to know—1. What family of English Philippses Both of these wear full beards. The third figure be belonged to. 2. Whether it is true that bis
wife Mary and daughter Louisa, aged about ten J. H. MORTIMER : SHAKSPEARE CHARACTERS. years, were with him at the siege of Boston. 3. -How many of these did he design and engrave ? Whether his greatest friend was not Major Small, I know of twelve, and what appears to be a titlewho distinguished bimself greatly at the Battle of page (undated) with lettering
“Nature and Bunker's Hill.
Genius,” introducing Garrick to the Temple of F. W. FELDING-KANE, Lieut.-Col. Shakespear; the other twelve are dated May 20, EPITAPH.-Can any roader of 'N. & Q.' ex
1775. The size is 16 in. by 13 in.
Geo. OLULOW. plain the following, from a tomb in Christchurch
Belsize Avenue, N.W.
“SPURN-POINT." – Io Jeremy Taylor's 'SerRayed not to life
mons,' Sermon xxiii., 'The Good and Evil Tongue,' But to be buried twice
part ii., see, towards the close of section ii., " He By men of strife
that makes a jest of the words of Scripture......he What rest could the living have When dead bad none
stakes Heaven at spurn-point"? Can any one Agree amongst you
explain the "spurn-point."
It has no capital
letter in the edition of Tyler, London, 1668. Henry Rogers, died April 17, 1641.
J. T. F. G. H. CLARKE. Bp. Hatfield's Hall, Durham. PORTRAIT BY KNELLER.— I have a life-size por- COBBLERS CALLED SNOBS."—Why in certain trait of Sir Thomas Robinson, Bart., supposed to parts of the country (Hertfordshire, to wit) are be painted by Sir Godfroy Kneller. Can any of cobblers called snobs ? your readers tell me anything about the history of
John CAURCHILL SIKES. the picture ?
W. R. 13, Wolverton Gardens, Hammersmith, W.
[See 7th 8. iv. 127.] CHURCA PATRONAGE TRUST.-This is a similar body to that known as the Simeon Trustees (who
BARCLAY'S ENGLISH DICTIONARY.'- What was were the subject of several communications to your the Christian name of the author of Barclay's columns some years since (800 66 8. 2. 229, 315, Complete and Universal English Dictionary'? 433, 524), in regard to holding the patronage of a The work was published at Liverpool in 1811. number of churches in various parts of the country.
HELLIER R. H. GOSSELIN. Can any of your readers oblige me with informa- Bengeo Hall, Hertford. tion respecting the history and constitution of this trust—that is, when and where was it formed ; 1863, from Wouldham, near Rochester, written by
M. Yates.—I have a letter, dated Aug. 31, what are the general provisions of the trust under the above. Will any autograph collector kindly which the body was constituted ; how did they say if the letter is worth keeping, and for what Mr. become possessed of the advowsons which they Yates was noted ?
PHILIP PENTIN, now hold ; how are vacancies in their number
Midland Institute, Birmingham, supplied ; what are the names of the present members ; and who is their secretary? My pur
RAYME ON CALVINISM. - Can any of your pose in asking this information is not controversial ; readers tell me where I can find the rhyme conbut it seems curious that a body having such a taining a short and succinct description of Calvinlarge number of benefices in their gift, as appears ism, part of wbich runs something like this ?— by the Clerical Directory,' should be so utterly
You can and you can't, ignored in all publications in which Church matters
You will and you won't ; are dealt with, such as “The Church Year-Book,'
You'll be damned if you do,
You 'll be damned if you don't. &c. I hope, therefore, it will be possible to ascertain these particulars through your columns.
J. B. FLEMING. W. S. B. H.
How to REMOVE VARNISH.-Will some corroMAPLE Cups. - At the coronation of King spondent kindly tell me the best way to remove George III. the Mayor and Burgesses of Oxford, hard clear varnish or French polish from oak furniby charter, claim to serve in office of batlership to ture made some twenty odd years ? the king with the citizens of London, with all foos
H. M. LL. thereunto belonging allowed, and to have three CHRIST Cross Row ALPHABET. (See 4th S. vi.
for their fee ; and also, ex gratiá 367 ; vii. 418.)—It seems worth while to reopen regis, a large gilt bowl and cover (" Annual this question by noting that, having come across Register, 1761, p. 202). Are these cups still the word kruasā, used as the Basque for alphabet, retained by the Corporation ; and have they any, in the little 'Gramera Berria ikasteko Eskualdunec thing to do with other so-called maple, or mazer, mintzatzen Espainoles; ó sea Nuova Gramática cups occasionally seen?
W. P. para enseñar a los Bascos á hablar Español por D.
“ maple cups
Francisco Jauregui de San Juan' (Buenos Aires, and especially to know by what armorial insignia 1883), I asked several French Basques to explain they were distinguished. Can any one kindly it to me, as it was otherwise a perfect stranger. I inform me?
H. NORRIS. learned that it must be a transcription of Castilian Tamworth, Cruz or French croix, plus the Basque definite and post-positive article a, and that it must refer to
THE ROYAL LUSITANIAN LEGION.--I have a the custom, formerly existing in Basque schools, of book entitled ' A Narrative of the Campaigns of the beginning the alphabet lesson with the sign of the Royal Lusitanian Legion under Sir Robert Wilson, Christian faith, which was also printed at the &c., viii, 346 pp., 8vo., London, for E. Egerton, beginning of the alphabet in the books. Canon 1812, about the author of which I would like to Inchauspe, a learned Basque, author of eight know something. volumes described in the “ Essai d'une Biblio- The book is edited by Col. William Mayno. graphie de la Langue Basque, par Julien Vinson ” The “Narrative” is only from pages 29 to 117, (Paris, 1891), and of a beautiful translation in while most of the text consists of an Appendix Souletin prose of the first canto of the Inferno, lettered A-R. Appendix D contains an extensive kindly sent me the following note thereon : “Dans notice of the death of Sir John Moore. In the mon enfance on apprenait l'alphabet sur un feuillet “Advertisement,” signed William Mayne, he qui avait une Croix en commençant, avant l'A, et speaks of being indebted for the “ Narrative” to on disait croix à la Croix, puis A, B, &c." See a young officer, one of the most meritorious what Littré says in his dictionary about croix as Flowers of the corps.". This is evidently a pun meaning alphabet.
on the name of Capt. Lillie, of the 60th British HEUSCAROLOGUS ANGLICANUS. Infantry, who is mentioned in a MS. note as being Paris.
the author, and who is referred to in the text as
one of the officers in the expedition. “NOMENCLATOR NAVALIS.”—I remember, some The British Museum Catalogue has this rather quarter of a century ago, examining in the British amusingly indexed under “Flower” as author, on Museum a manuscript having the above title.. It the apparent assumption that the word Flowers in is a dictionary of English naval terms. I think the "Advertisement” was simply a play on the there is more than one copy of it in the national word.
P. LEE PAILLIPS. collection. Has this work ever been printed? If Washington, D.C. not, it is worthy of the attention of the English Dialect Society. There is, I understand, a refer
SIR CORNELIUS VERMUYDEN. This historic ence to a manuscript bearing this name in the Dutch engineer on English fens in the period of Second Report of the Historical MSS. Commis- James I. and Charles I. and onwards is believed sion,' p. 45.
K. P. D. E. by Dr. Smiles (see his 'Lives of the Engineers,'
i. 45) to have died abroad after 1656. I much LYN FAMILY OF BASSINGBOURNE.—Can any desire to learn whether any account of the Vergenealogist tell me whether the four brothers of muyden family exists in other English books. I William Lyn, of Bassingbourne, in 1588, who have some reasons for surmising that there are married Elizabeth Stuart, the mother, by a second descendants in England through a female line. marriage of Cromwell, married and left children ? Charles Vermuden was a Christ Church B.A.
G. in 1661. Smiles records the Parliamentary “SAEDBARSCHEMOTA”: “SCHARLACHAN.”—Sir Colonel Cornelias Vermuyden, the eldest son of Walter Scott, in his novel The Antiquary'(vol. i. the engineer, resigning his commission and going chap. xxi.), puts these two words into the mouth of beyond seas in 1845, but reappearing in England Dousterswivel
. As I see many contributions in in 1665 as a member of the Corporation of the your columns on the subject of occult science, I
Bedford Level. Mention is made (Burke's hope one of your readers can help me to find out | Landed Gentry,' 1849, iii
. 247) of lands acquired if these two words are gibberish, invented by the in Sedgmoor by the marriage of a Blake with a anthor, or from what source he derived them, and daughter of Sir Cornelius, the name of Venn enter whether they have any meaning in our language.
ing, not clearly, into the statement. In the London GEORGE H. Hooton.
Gazette of February 17, Sub-lieutenant Robert
Vermuyden Woods, of the Royal Naval Reserve, HAWISIA DE FERRERS. — From a charter of is promoted to be lieutenant. KANTIOS. Robert de Ferrors, Junior, Earl of Nottingham Quinta dos Tanquinhos, Madeira. and second Earl of Derby, granted to Tutbury Priory in 1141, we learn that his mother's name MANDRAGORA.-In an old play, a witch gives was Hawisia, and in other records it is given as the hero the following advice : "Sow next thy Hawis and Hadewise. No additional dame appears vines Mandrage, and over keeps thine eares open,“ in any pedigree I have so far seen, and I am anxious &c. To what popular superstition does the author to discover of what family this lady was a member, allude ?
J. E. S.
be was at least as early as Sandys (1636) to whom Beplies.
PROF. Skrat refers, and it is more than probable
that he was be ore him. THOMAS BAYNE. METRE OF 'IN MEMORIAM.'
Helensburgh, N.B. (8th S. iii. 288, 337.)
I gladly acknowledge my indebtedness to the Earlier in the employment of this metre than writers who have noticed my query under this either Lord Herbert_of Cherburyor. George head. We have now before us three early exSandys was Francis Davison, who at his death amples of this metre, viz., Sandys's 'Paraphrase (probably in or before 1619, according to Mr. of Ps. cxxx.' (published 1636); a Luttrell broadBullen, Dict. of Nat. Biog.'), left in MS. ' Divers side (circ. 1660); and Lord Herbert of Cherbury's Selected Psalms of David, in verse, of a different | Ode' (1665). It is possible that the late Laureate composure from those used in the Church.'
I became acquainted with Sandys's paraphrase in quote the first stanza of his translation of Psalm Dr. Tennyson's library at Somersby ; but the procxxv. from Farr’s ‘Select Poetry' (p. 325) :— bability is that Lord Herbert's poems were introThey that their faitho's foundation lay
duced to Tennyson's notice by Arthur Hallam On God the Lord, vomou'd shall stand, himself. In this latter case there would be a Like Sion's bill, which by Time's hand
peculiar fitness in the choice of the metre in quesCan never be brought to decay.
tion for the poem which must prove a more enExamples in a composito stanza occur as early during memorial of Hallam than the marble on as 1561 in William Rethe's version of the same the western wall of the manor aisle in Clevedon psalm, of which I copy the first stanza from the Church. We know, on the testimony of the 1588 edition :
elder Hallam, that Arthur in bis youth became Such as in God the Lord doe trust
acquainted with, and was an ardent admirer of, the As mount Sion shal firmelie stand : And be remoued at no hand
best English writers of the period to which Lord The lord wil count them right and iust,
Herbert's poems belong; and specimens of comso that they sbalbe sure :
position in this metre are to be found in the for ouer to endure.
volume of “Remains' of Arthur Hallam's writing Also in William Whittingham's translation of which his father printed for a memorial among his Psalm cxxvii. :
friends. Except the Lord the house do make
It may be well to have in the pages of and thereunto dos set his hand
'N. & Q. a record of Charles Kingsley's descripwhat men doe builde it cannot stand.
tion of this metre. In the criticism of 'In Likewise in vaine men vndertake
Memoriam' which he wrote for Fraser's Magazine cities and holds to watch and ward, except the lord be their safegard.
in 1850 Kingsley pronounced the metre of the But is not the elegy in Ben Jonson's 'Underwoods' the pattern of Tennyson's poem ?
80 exquisitely obosen, that while the major rhyme in F. ADAMS.
the second and third lines of each stanza gives the
solidity and self-restraint required by such deep themes, In searching for the origin of what is now
justly the mournful minor rhyme of each first and fourth line called the In Memoriam stanza, Ben Jonson always leads the ear to expect something beyond, and should not be overlooked. He died Aug. 6, 1637, stanza to stanza and poem to poem."
enables the poet's thoughts to wander sadly on, from leaving a considerable amount of MS. verse.
F. JARRETT. Part of this collection was the Underwoods: consisting of Divers Poems, which appeared in the MASSACRE OF Scio (8th S. iii. 387). —Subjoined second folio of 1641. Of these, An Elegy' is is a short account of the massacre of Scio, or Chios, written in the stanza in question, and Lieut.-Col. taken from the appendix to Wanderings in Canningham, in his edition of Gifford’s ‘Jonson,' Greece,' a work of my father, the late Mr. George expresses the opinion that " Mr. Tennyson must Cochrane, of the Middle Temple, barrister-at-law, have been familiar with this `Elegy' before be who was in the Greek paval service during the commenced his 'In Memoriam.' The poem latter part of the War of Independence :
“I must now refer to one of the most dreadful occur. Though beauty be the mark of praise,
rences of the whole war. The island of Scio, which is And yours, of whom I sing, be such,
not far from the mainland of Asia Minor, was at this As not the world can praise too much,
time very flourishing; it contained 100,000 Greeks, 6,000 Yet is 't your virtue now I raise.
Turks, 68 villages, 300 convents, 700 churches. It appears Perhaps it is impossible to say when Jonson that the inhabitants had been excited by the Ipsariotes, actually wrote the 'Elegy'; but, when we consider who were the avowed enemies of the Turks, and in the the troubles from which he suffered towards his month of March, 1822, the people of the town arose, and
drove the Turks into the citadel. This news soon flew end, it may be safely inferred that he did not to Constantinople, and Kara Ali was sent with six linewrite it in his latter days. Thus in all likelihood of-battle ship, ten frigates, and smaller vessels; and he
poem to be