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J. DALTON. MONUMENTAL INSCRIPTION FROM SCHILLER.In Dr. Wordsworth's Journal of a Tour in Italy, vol. i. p. 26 (Rivingtons, 1863), some Latin lines are quoted from a tombstone at Lucerne, and Dr. W. asks, "Are they from an ancient hymn?
Familiar as I am from my earliest childhood with the poets of my country, I felt rather surprised at such a suggestion.
Those lines are a faithful translation of one of the best known passages in Schiller's Song of the Bell. I beg to subjoin the original and translation:
"Dem dunkeln Schooss der heil'gen Erde
"Deponit opus operator
In almis terræ gremiis; Fovendum semen seminator Telluris dat sacrariis,
Spe fisus germen oriturum, profuturum,
Sub cœlitum auspiciis.
AGNES BENSLY. SINGULAR STATE OF A PARISH: UPPER ELDON. The following report of a case in Judges' Chambers appeared in all the daily papers. I would suggest that it is worthy of preservation in "N. & Q.," and I beg to hand it to you for that purpose:
"JUDGES' CHAMBERS, AUG. 25, 1863: BEFORE MR. JUSTICE BYLES.
"(Extraordinary Application.-Happy Parish. Ex parte Cousens.)-Mr. H. Giffard appeared as counsel for a gentleman named Cousens, and applied for a writ of certiorari to remove an order of justices into the Court of Queen's Bench for the purpose of having the same quashed for informality. The learned counsel made the application under extraordinary circumstances. The Poor Law Act required that there should be two overseers, and in this case only one had been appointed. There was only one house in the parish, and only one inhabitant.
"Mr. Justice Byles asked where the parish was situate. "Mr. Giffard said it was the parish of Upper Eldon. "Mr. Justice Byles.-You say there must be two overseers, and there is only one inhabitant?
"Mr. Giffard said that was his point, and a similar case occurred in 1763, just 100 years ago, in the same parish.
"Mr. Justice Byles.-And the parish has not increased? "Mr. Giffard.-No, my lord. It seemed that the parish object was to form it into a union with other parishes, was near Southampton. There were no paupers, and the
which the overseer resisted.
"His Lordship thought it was a remarkable case, and granted an order to remove the proceedings into the Court of Queen's Bench, to be quashed next term. "Order accordingly."
DRESSES OF COURT LADIES IN SCOTLAND. - In vol. viii. of the Scotch Treasury Accounts, there appear various entries of payments for furnishing the ladies of the Court with suitable apparel: amongst the names are those of the Lady Cowdenknowes, Lady Callender, Lady Duddup, Lady Dirleton, and Margaret of the Isles, &c. Query, Who was Margaret of the Isles? Lady Duddup, would be a Schrimgeour; Callander, a Livington and Dirleton, the wife of Lord Halyburton of Dirleton. J. M.
"Stiff in opinion, always in the wrong," twice quoted as Pope's by De Quincey. (Leaders in Literature, 1st ed. p. 291; and again, vol. xv. 2nd ed. of De Quincey's Works, p. 151.) What makes this slip more remarkable is the fact that in De Quincey's Essay, Lord Carlisle on Pope, there is a long note (pp. 44-46) in which this passage of Dryden's is contrasted with Pope's "Death of the second Villiers, Duke of Buckingham." E. D.
THE LAST PRAYER OF BEATRICE CENCI:
'Signor mio, Tu sei ritornato per me, ed Io, di buona voglia ne vengo, non disperando della Tua Miserecordia per il mio grave peccare. Tu, per ricomprare l'Universo spargendo il Prezioso Tuo Sangue, ne avrai sparsa qualche goccia per me, e se Tu fosti innocentemente tanto vituperato, e con tanti tormenti morto; perche Io, peccatrice, non debbo abbraciare si dolce morte, più cruda da me meritata, che sono ora per patire, in ferma speranza di esser Teco, in Paradiso, o, almeno in luogo di salute!"
I have transcribed this prayer, literatim, from an authenticated copy of the Vatican MS. relating to the case of the Cenci. It has, I believe, never been printed, notwithstanding its touching beauty. The MS. states that it was entirely composed by poor Beatrice herself, unaided by any of the attendant clergy, and uttered on the scaffold immediately before her death.
W. J. BERNHARD SMITH.
I copy this from the Stamford Mercury of the 10th of July last, where it is added, "It is understood at Ewerby that the verses were written by Lady Emily herself when on her death-bed. Is this assertion likely to be correct? or are the lines recognizable as a quotation? The lady was
the second wife of the late Earl of Winchelsea and Nottingham, who died in 1858; and second daughter of the Right Hon. Sir Charles Bagot. She was married in 1837, and died without issue in 1848. N. H. S.
I have looked carefully through Mason's Memoirs of Gray's Life and Writings, 4 vols. 1778, for this epigram, but cannot find it. Perhaps some of your correspondents would be able to furnish the remaining lines, for one only is given by the reviewer. This was same Dr. Smith who bequeathed two annual prizes of 251. to be awarded to bachelors of arts, who had shown the greatest advancement in mathematics and natural philosophy. These bachelors are called, as Cambridge men well know," Smith's prizemen."
Bromyard. EXECUTIONS FOR MURDER. Can any of correspondents refer me to a source whence I may learn the number of executions that have taken place for murder since the year 1839, with the calling or profession of the person murdered, and the county in which the murder was perpetrated? Or where can I find the names of police constables who have been murdered (and the counties or divisions to which they severally belonged) since the establishment of the rural force in 1839? A list of executions in Suffolk which has lately come into my hands, records the executions of two men, one Jan. 25, 1845, the other April 14, 1863, for the murders of two policemen, both belonging to one division, the East Suffolk Constabulary, which musters, including the chief constable, 117 officers and men. I cannot help thinking this is a high average, whether we consider the number of constables, or the acreage, or the population of the district in which they are allocated, and I wish to compare it with other parts of the kingdom. If collective information is not to be had, perhaps some of your correspondents may kindly favour me with accounts, each for his county or division. I may add that not one policeman of the West Suffolk constabulary has been murdered since the establishment of that force. J. P. D. FAMILY HISTORY.-Wanted any information as to ancestry or arms about any of the undermentioned families::
BENJAMIN GALE, a native of Aislaby, near Whitby is referred to in 1829 as an eminent artist then living at a very advanced age. I shall be glad of information as to him and his works. S. Y. R. GARNIER: "THÉORIE ÉLÉMENTAIRE DES TRANS
VERSALES. - In the second, third, and fourth tomes of Quetelet's Correspondance Mathématique et Physique, I find a series of papers 66 par M. Garnier, Professeur à l'Université de Gand," relating to a work of his on Transversals, which he announced as ready for publication. Has this work ever appeared; and if so, where may a copy be inspected? T. T. W.
Where stood the half-way tree? There used to be, perhaps still is, a half-way house on the road between, London and Greenwich; has Jonson's allusion any connection with that place, or with any other spot now known, on the road between London and Dover?
The other allusion is more definite. The poet affects to doubt whether the foppish gentleman who was his subject, were not, after all, a statue. "No!" he exclaims,
""T doth move, and stoop, and cringe."
These fantastic movements lead to the conclusion "N. & Q." obligingly state how, if published, or with which the poem ends,
otherwise, I can obtain a sight of this interesting historical document, which it is desirable should be generally known, were it only as conducing to the character of a noble-minded and magnanimous lady. LOYAL.
"It needs must prove
The new French tailor's motion, monthly made, Daily to turn in Paul's, and help the trade."
Can those of your readers who are well read in Jacobean literature point out any other allusions to this strange ornament of Paul's Walk, this substitute for the moveable figures which now show forth the productions of bodice-makers, and the excellence of the works of hair dyers, and perhaps of some other tradespeople? JEBNORUCH.
N. HAWKSMORE. — Being interested in a new memoir of this celebrated architect, who died 1736, in London, I venture to inquire, through your valuable pages, whether any descendants exist who can furnish further information than is already printed. He had not a son. His only daughter, Elizabeth, married a Philpot, and then a Blackerby, both before his death. The "family" supplied the account for Chalmers's Biographical Dictionary, but that was early in the present century, and it conveys but few of the particulars I am anxious to arrive at. Have any of his drawings got into the possession of private individuals? Some few are, I believe, at Oxford.
WYATT PAPWorth. PAUL JONES.-In noticing this worthy, and his buccaneering and piratical exploits, I must not omit that this day (Sept. 23) is the eighty-fourth anniversary of his capture of the "Serapis," which raised him to the highest pinnacle of his transitory glory. My object, however, is to recur to one of his earlier predatory achievements with the Ranger" privateer; viz., his landing on Thursday morning, April 23, 1778, at St. Mary's Isle, Kirkcudbright, the seat of Dunbar Douglas, fourth Earl of Selkirk, and the plundering the house of all the family plate. It is said his principal object was to seize upon the person of the Earl, and to take him off as his prisoner, but if that were his design, the Earl being in London, it was frustrated. The Countess (who was Helen Hamilton of the Haddington family) was alone there with her children and servants; far from being alarmed, she received Jones's party most heroically, and upon their demanding the keys of the plate closet, she caused them to be delivered up to the marauders, who, having taken all the household and family plate they could find, packed it up, and reembarking with their commander in the "Ranger," set sail. It is well known that when the freebooters had departed, the Countess sat down and made a record of all the circumstances of this incursion exactly as they transpired, and of this she sent copies to one or two of her most particular friends by letter; and I have understood one of these communications has been recopied several times, and perhaps also published. Will any reader of
DUKE OF KINGSTON'S REGIMENT, 1745. — In the '45 rebellion, the Duke of Kingston raised a troop of horse for the government. Is any list of those who composed it extant, or any account of its services?
WILLIAM MIDDLETON, Esq., a native of Boroughbridge, who in, and for several years subsequently to 1814, resided at Esk Hall, near Whitby, died in 1842, and was buried at New Malton. He furnished the greater part of the Botanical Catalogue given in Young's History of Whitby; and I am assured that he also published a botanical work in French. Particulars as to this work will greatly oblige. S. Y. R. NOTTINGHAMSHIRE INCUMBENts. - - Where can find a list of the incumbents of Palethorpe or Peverelthorpe, in the county of Notts, or of any other parishes in the deanery of Retford?
Bottesford Manor, Brigg.
PHELPS FAMILY. - Will Mr. Edward Peacock, the editor of The Army Lists of the Roundheads and Cavaliers, kindly inform me whether he has met with the name of Thomas Phelps, who, my family tradition says, was a captain in Cromwell's army in Ireland? In "N. & Q.," 1st S. x. 530, there is an answer to a query I made relative to this said Thomas Phelps, which was kindly answered by the much lamented antiquary, JAMES F. FERGUSON, of Dublin.
verse or verses.
I should be also thankful to your correspondent And if so, can you furnish us with the missing "on Robert Anderson" (3rd S. iv. 34), if he can tell me who the Mr. Phelps was who sang the ballad of "Lucy Grey," at Vauxhall, in the year Jos. LLOYD PHELPS.
PISCINE NEAR ROODLOFTS.-The church of the Blessed Virgin at Maxey, Northamptonshire, is being restored. The masons have just bared a trefoil-headed (decorated) piscina in a spandril of the Norman nave, fourteen feet from the ground floor. Two openings to the rood loft remain, one on either side of the chancel arch, and it is near the opening on the south side, where this piscina was found. There must have been an altar here. Has any reader of "N. & Q." seen a piscina in a similar position? As far as my experience extends, this at Maxey is unique. STAMFORDIENSIS.
ROMAN CONSISTORY ON HENRY VIII.-Can you tell me where to see, or if in the British Museum what under, the pleadings before the Roman Consistory, in Queen Katherine v. Henry VIII.? few copies were, I believe, printed at Rome, and given to the members of the consistory, one may have found its way here.
N. W. SIR THOMAS DE VEIL. In one of the MS. volumes of Miscellanea given to the British Museum by Professor Ward, is the following trifle:"Sir Thomas de Veil thinks it proper to tell,
That summonses signed by Sir Thomas de Veil,
Were left where Sir Thomas de Veil never meant;
A CONSTANT Reader of Fraser.
[The ballad inquired for by our correspondent, sometimes entitled "The bride cam' out o' the byre," is printed in Herd's Collection; and with the music in Robert Chambers's Songs of Scotland prior to Burns, p. 206, et seq. The following verses conclude the ballad:
"Out and spake the bride's brither, As he came in wi' the kye; 'Poor Willie wad ne'er hae ta'en ye, Had he kent ye as weel as I; For ye're both proud and saucy, And no for a poor man's wife: Gin I canna get a better,
I'se ne'er take ane i' my life.' "Out and spake the bride's sister, As she came in frae the byre; "O gin I were but married, It's a' that I desire:
But we poor folk maun live single, And do the best that we can;
I dinna care what we shou'd want, If I cou'd but get a man.'"]
BOOK OF SPORTS.-Will you, or some of your readers, kindly inform me when this book was issued? Was an edition issued in the time of Charles II.? ANTIQUUS.
[The original edition of the Book of Sports was published by King James I. in 1618, on account of a petition presented to him on his return from Scotland in 1617 by the people, chiefly the lower classes, who were desirous of Sunday amusements. The first edition is of the greatest rarity. The second edition, published by King Charles I., with his ratification added, is also of great rarity. The copy in the British Museum canfe from Mr. Maskell's collection. This edition has been reprinted in the Harleian Miscellany, and in The Phænix, vol. i. In 1860, Mr. Bernard Quaritch of Piccadilly printed, upon tinted paper, 100 copies of an exact reprint of the original edition, a literary and historical curiosity. No edition was published during the reign of Charles II. To complete the bibliographical account of this book, may be added, "A Brief Defence of the several declarations of James I. and Charles I. concerning lawful recreations on Sundays, commonly call'd The Book of Sports, against the cavils of puritans and phanaticks; with a true and original copy of the said Declaration, 4to, 1708." See also, The Book of Sports, set forth by James I. and Charles I., with Remarks upon the same [in vindication of King Charles I. ], 4to, Lond. 1709.]
THEODORE PALEOLOGUS.-The following paragraph was taken from an advertisement in an old London paper of about sixty years ago. "To be sold in Devonshire, a capital Barton. Theodore Paleologus, the lineal descendant of the Greek Emperors, lived and died in the house." I should be glad to know if any correspondent residing in Devonshire or elsewhere can say where the house was situated in which this person lived and died ? P. HUTCHINSON. [Theodore Paleologus lived and died at Clifton, in the parish of Landulph, Cornwall (not Devonshire). Clifton was the mansion of the Arundels till about the year 1620.