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with the alterations, BO We parted in great good humour [Earl Cathcart has the portrait].

1755-1770. A good many letters from Sir William Hamilton (at Naples) and one from Frederick Hamilton to Lord and Lady Cathcart. Sir William mentions the origin of his work on Etruscan Antiquities. In a letter of 1766, ho says that he arrived at Naples after the famine, and bought cheap lots of vases ; then he thought of antiquarians and painters, and the little that was known of the Etruscans.

1766, June 24. Sir William Hamilton to his sister. Ho says that Mount Vesuvius is nearly quiet, is convinced from minute examination, that the stones from Scotland with which wo are paving tho streets of London are lava of a volcano.

1770, Aug. 14. Sir William Hamilton tells his sister of a victory by the Russian fleet over tho Turks in tho Archipelago.

1767 and 1768. Several letters from John Marr (at Halifax, Nova Scotia). He sends over seeds and trees.

1769, May 19. Long letter by the Duke of Queensbury on the Douglas cause.

1769, June 6. Privato letter from Lord Hochford to Lord Cathcart giving an account of the French Ambassador pushing the Russian Ambassador out of his place, in order to get next to the Imperial Ambassador at a ball in honour of the King's birthday.

1769, Jan. 28. Sir William Mayne to Lord Cathcart. Yesterday Wilkes was again re-elected Alderman, and almost in the same hour brought to the bar of the House of Commons; the proceedings thereon. On Feb. 4 lie writes that this morning at 3 Mr. Wilkes was expelled, 219 for and 137 against it. In the course of hearing Wilkes's petition, Lords Sandwich and March were examined in the House of Commons touching what they knew of Wilkes's Essay on Woman, but nothing new transpired.

Letter (or copy of letter) by Falconet the sculptor, complaining of certain criticisms on tho neck of tho horse of the equestrian statue of Peter the Great at St. Petersburg.

1767, Ac. Large collections relating to the navigation of the Forth and Devon. Smeaton's ietters, answers to Lord Cathcart's queries, memorials, reports, remarks on Smeaton's estimates, &c.

1774, &c. Printed paper by James Watt for rendering navigable the rivers Forth and Devon, and three letters by him, and numerous other letters and papers and reports by Smeaton on the subject.

1773. A packet of letters from Lady Cathcart, in charge of the Princess Sophia at Tunbridge Wells, and some notes from Queen Charlotte.

1757, January 21. Two letters by Lord Cathcart to his son William on the debates in the nouso of Commons. He notices the speeches of Burke and Lord Chatham; praises Burke's.

1777, April 30—Paris. Letter by Lord Cathcart to the Earl of Suffolk.

1776, April 25. Lord Cathcart to his son William. Attended tho Duchess of Kingston's trial; she made her speeches and motions with spirit, gracefulness, and propriety.

1779. A 4to. volume containing copies of letters by various military men on the defence of the coast, &c. plans for camps, &c.

1774, Dec. 29—London. Lord Cathcart tells his son William that as his sisters and Mr. Graham [afterwards Lord Lynedoch] were going to Lady Brown's in a coach they were attacked by foot-pads [on Hay Hill]; ono opened tho door and demanded the company's money. Mr. Graham collared and upset him, leapt out, and secured him, the others fled.

1784, &c. Letters by Lord Cathcart. Town talk, the opera, fashions; chignons for ladies' head dresses are mentioned. He describes Claremont. Ho goes to visit the Tower, gives account of the inscription to Sir Will. Wade and others. In another he says," Georgo "Hanger came in; he is all in all with the Prince, who *' carries him wherever he goes; he affects great spirits, "but I tremble for him. He is gone to seo a harlequin "farce. It is odds but he is arrested to-morrow." All those in 1784 are from London and are very amusing.

1795. A large bundle of letters relating to the expedition to Holland, from the Duke of Mecklenburgh, the Duke of Holstein, the Duke of York, and Lord Grenville. And numerous letters about tho military expedition in East Friesland.

1795 and 1796. Letters (many) about Westphalia and the foreign light cavalry, from Sir D. Dundas, the Count Wiilmodeu, tho Due de Choiseul, tho Duko of York, Col. Nesbit, General le Mesurier, Sir Thomas Graham, Sir R. Abercromby, and others.

1795. Letters (many) from Lady Cathcart* to Lord Cathcart, from Windsor and Weymouth, giving accounts of court life and court news. In one she gives an account of a party at the Castle on tho Prince's birthday; he was moderate at his dinner because of tho scarcity of provisions; bread 14d. per loaf; he carao from Brighton. Shooting at the King.

1795, Feb. 28. Long letter in French by Barrey, giving an account of a battle on the day preceding. Letters from foreign officers and some plans.

1795 and 1796. Letters from General Abercromby to Lord Cathcart, from the Duko of Portland to Lieut. Gen. Dundas, from Count Walmoden, General Sir W. Pitt, Sir T. Graham, W. Huskisson, Sir Geo. Don, and Sir D. Dundas on military affairs.

1796 and 1797. Memoranda as to what was to be done in case of invasion. In 1797 are many letters and papers on this subject.

1797, January 14. Account (in French) of tho battle of Rivoli between the Austrians and tho French.

1797, January 11. Letter from Sir Thomas Graham. On the 13th, if we carry the heights of Rivoli, the bridge will be established for our artillery, and wo shall push on for Mantua. Bonaparte will not quit his hold without a violent struggle; the garrison is at tho last gasp. He hopes to write from Mantua in a few days.

1788. Several letters by Mary Graham to Lord Cathcart. Gives accounts of Court Balls and plays.

1788 and 1789. Letters (many) from Lord Cathcart at London; among these is a long letter (3 sheets) dated 20th March 1788, giving an account of a visit to Windsor where he saw the King, and conversed with him and certain noblemen. And ono in 1789 about the King's recovery.

1788, Several letters by Lord Cathcart on the subject of the King.

1786, Nov. 18. Hears all about Lady Strathmoro being carried off by Mr. Bowes. Anecdotes of them.

1789, March. Lord Cathcart seconded the address on tho King's recovery. Draft of his speech. Tho address. A letter from Pitt about his seconding the address. Letters about a regency.

1791-1800. Number of letters from Queen Charlotte and members of the Royal Family.

1793. Many letters from Lord Cathcart, to his wife at Tunbridge, from Windsor, Spithead, and Guernsey. Some of these contain notices of the King and Royal Family, their sayings and doings; account of tho French Royalists; tho attack on Granville; news of inland military affairs, and the doings on the French coast.

1793. Several letters from Sir Thomas Graham (afterwards Lord Lynedoch) at Toulon, and Gibraltar; one from Toulon Oct. 2, giving an account of a battle there (4 sheets).

1793, May 3. Letters from James Duff near Tournay, giving account of a battle.

1794. Letters from Lord Cathcart from Donington, Helvoctsluys, Antwerp, and other places.

1794 and 1795. Letters and papers (military) from Sir D. Dundas, Sir G. Don, the Wince of Orange and others, during tho expedition to Holland.

1790, Jan. 13—Dover Castle. This morning H.R.H. Prince Edward arrived, he has not slept for a week; ho came over in a tempest in a collier from Dieppe. Tho king does not know of his coming; he is come to plead his own cause against his governor; he is attended by a gentleman and two or three servants; ho sleeps at Shooter's Hill, and waits there until ho hears from the Prince of Wales, whom he means to send to.

1778-1783. Batch of papers by Andrjew Elliot, Collector of Customs at New York, about duties on prize goods. (Andrew Elliot was Lieut.-Govcrnor of tho province of New York. In 1764 he had been appointed Collector for tho port of New York, and Receivergeneral of the province. At tho rebellion ho was net attainted in New York, where ho seems to have been much liked, but ho was attainted in Pensylvania, and tho fortunes of himself and of his wife, about 15,000t., were confiscated aud sold. He petitioned tho Crown for relief.)

1782. Several political letters by Andrew Elliot at New York.

Letters 1781-1789 from Andrew Elliot at New York; in 1780 and 1781 from Sir Henry Clinton ; in one dated Sept. 8 he gives a notice of Washington's movements; in one dated 30 Nov. 1781 he encloses a printed letter by Cornwallis, telling of his being obliged to give up the ports of York and Gloucester; account of the battle and list of killed and wounded, ana other papers ny Elliot.

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1778-1782—America. War papers, orders, reports, returns of stores, the staff, &c.

1780-1782. Papers of the Quarter-master General's department (America).

1795. Letters about the expedition to Bremen. Two 4to. cases full of letters from Lord Cathcart to his wife, being in fact a journal. Ho wrote every two or three days, giving minute accounts of the military proceedings.

1798, Oct. 25—Downing Street. A letter from Naples of the 18th Sept. says that the whole of the French force, 2,000 in number, are shut up in Valetta and St. Elmo besieged by the inhabitants; those in Valetta twice offered to capitulate, but their offers were refused, they were to surrender at discretion. The French were in want of provisions, and the water was cut off from Valetta.

Copy of a draft of a will of Mary Queen of Scots in Nan's hand.

A paper folio, 14 pp., the Reveur. Edinburgh, Friday, 20 January 1738. (An address to the King or the Prince.)

1718, August 26. Relation de ce que s'est passe' au Palais des Tuilerics hier veudredy, 26 Aout 1718. (About the Due du Maine and the Comte de Toulouse.)

A folio volume is labelled "Major General Clark's "account of Rochefort expedition." It contains an account of the naval expedition to St. Hellier by Sir John Mordaunt, 8 Sept 1757; orders by Sir Edward Hawke, Admiral of the Blue; copy of letter by Col. Robert Clerk to Pitt, Earl of Chatham, applying for employment; Chatham's autograph reply (1766) refers him to Lord Granby: Observations sur l'etat actuel de l'infanterie Francaise. At the other end of the volume are,—copy of letter by Clerk, July 1757, to Sir John Ligonier about Rochefort; a paper in French on 10-inch bombs (1 page); Clerk's account of experiments in 1769 (a rifle could be got at Coblentz for 2 guineas); copies of letters by Clerk to Lord Shelburne in 1766 on American affairs; to Lord North in 1779 on the pro'jected alliance with Prussia; and to Lord Macartney at Madras 1784, about Indian affairs.

A folio volume contains "Journal de l'expddition "contre Quebec, 1759" (341 pp.); it extends from the 1st of May to the 10th of May. At the other end of the volume is " Journal du siege de Bergenopsoom. (M. de "Lowendalk was in command of the attack, and he was "opposed by M. lo Prince de Saxe Hilbourghausen)." A folio volume contains "Journal du siege de



"a present (1767) est Lieut.-Gdneral dans le service de "Franco, &c." The siege was by the troops of the King of Prussia, under the orders of M. Tavengier during the first seven weeks, and by the King in person during the last 15 days. The place was defended by the Comte de Guasco, Lieut.-GeneYal of the Imperial and Royal troops. This occupies 151 pages. In the same volume is another account, also in French, sent to the Court of Vienna by Count Guasco. This occupies 47 pages.

A folio volume, date about 1700, contains a list, by regiments, of the troops, cavalry and infantry, of tho King's German Soldiers, with the names of tho officers at various times, from 1670, posted up to 1759. It has large, well-drawn, and well-coloured figures of horse and foot for each regiment, showing costume and equipments.

Lord Cathcart freely imparted his full knowledge of the various portions of his large collections, and thus completed the pleasure of my visit to his Lordship, to whose hospitality and courtesy I am so much indebted, and which I beg to be allowed gratefully to acknowledge.

Alfked J. Hokwood.

The Manuscripts Of Toe Rioht Honourable The Earl or Bradford, Belgrave Square.

This collection consists exclusively of the corresponencc of Lord Torrington, while he was ambassador at


Tho correspondence ranges from 1782 to 1792, and is contained in 14 folio volumes.

1. Copies of letters from Lord Torrington and to him while he was ambassador at Brussels. The volume commences with a short narrative by himself (41 pages) of his undertaking office on 31st July 1782; it ends in 1786. Then begin the letters; tho first is dated

2nd August 1782, from Brussels. They are chiefly between Lord Torrington, and Lord Grantham, C. J. Fox Lord Temple, and Lord Carmarthen.

2. This volume begins on 27th January 1784. In a letter dated7th April 1784, addressed to Lord Carmarthen, Lord Torrington explains the way in which, by means of letters addressed to persons with feigned names, he gets information. Some were in cypher.

3. The volume begins 9th August, and ends 31st December 1784. It contains a copy o? the secret articles between France and the States General.

4. The letters here are from 1st January 1785 to 10th February 1786.

5. From 17th February 1786 to 5th June 1792. In one addressed by Lord Carmarthen to Lord Torrington ho sends from Whitehall a description of the flying weavil and Hessian fly; and says that the former were very destructive in France 25 years ago, and that the latter lately caused such ravages in the United States that the King prohibited the importation of wheat.

On the 11th November 1788 Lord Carmarthen tells him that the King had been indisposed for more than three weeks past; he did not mention it before, because he would not be of long continuance. On the 21st of the same month he says that the King could not prorogue or even issue his commands. On this subject Lord Torrington seems to have written a letter to some person, in which he said that all hopes of the King's recovery were at an end, and that the symptoms which threatened insanity were converted into a decided state of idiotism. On hearing this Lord Carmarthen, on the 24th February 1789, wrote a " secret and separate " note, scolding Lord Torrington. On 6th March Lord Torrington made reply, explaining the circumstances under which the above expressions were used.

6. The sixth volume is labelled Papers of Intelligence, vol. 1. 1st January 1787 to 13th June 1788.

7. This is labelled Papers of Intelligence, vol. 2. 17th January 1788 to 24th October 1788.

8. This is labelled Papers of Intelligence, vol. 3. 25th October 1788 to 27th March 1789.

9. This is labelled Papers of Intelligence, vol. 4. 31st March 1789 to 4th September 1789.

10. This is labelled Papers of Intelligence, vol. 5. 8th September 1789 to 27th October 1789. Only 130 pages are filled.

These 5 volumes contain copies of letters from various correspondents in different parts of Europe. All are in French, and are dated from Brussels; tho writer or writers from Brussels give copies of letters from persons at other places. None are signed. In the fifth is an account of the siege of Belgrade.

11. This is labelled vol. 1, Private Official Correspondence. From 9th August 1782 to 13th March 1785; with a table at the beginning in alphabetical order. These are letters from all sorts of people, English and foreign; some from the Imperial minister at Brussels, Lord Carmarthen, and English ministers at homo and at foreign Courts.

12. This is vol. 2 of the Private Official Correspondence. From 8th April 1785 to 24th November 1787. On the 10th March 1786, Wedgwood writes to Lord Torrington, sending a set of cameo buttons (only the Prince of Wales had another set), and asks him to introduce them, and, if a good sale is likely, to recommend him a good house as agents. To this volume is a table and short statement of the contents of the letters.

13. This is vol. 3 of Private Official Correspondence. From 29th November 1787 to 21st July 1789.

14. Memoranda and transactions at the Court of Brussels, from 21st August 1782. It contains copies of letters (all in French) and of memorials to and by our Government on divers private official matters, that is, matters affecting individuals.

15. This is labelled Index Volume. It contains precis of the official letters. 1782 to 1788.

Besides the 15 folio volumes there arc two quarto volumes, labelled Notes of what passed in the Austrian Netherlands in 1787, copied from the original letters of Lord Viscount Torrington, and, copied in 1788 from tho original letters to Lord Torrington, to his two eldest daughters, and Lord J. Russell, a Nice, Montpelier, Baqueres, Bourdcaux, and Paris in 1787. Only about 10 pages of the second volume are filled up.

In addition there are a folio and quarto volumes containing a register of all the letters, with the names of the writers in alphabetical order, stating the dates, names, and subject, and what course was taken thereon.

Alfred J. Horwood.

Genealogical Mss. Deposited By The Elght HonourAble The Earl Of Cawdor In The Public Record Office.

These volumes are four in number, three of them containing the genealogies, and the fourth containing two indices.

The first volume is lettered A—C, the second is lettered D—I, and the third is lettered K—N. These letters indicate the books contained in the three volumes. The indices in the fourth volumo contain an alphabetical list of all the names in the three volumes, showing that a particular name occurs at a certain page of the book bearing the letter A, or any other letter up to N.

The books are lettered A, B, C, D, G, I, K, L, M, and N.

Bach of the books is separately paged, but there is a red ink pagination for the entire series, 1-2103.

On a page at the commencement of each of the books A, B, D, G, I, and K is a short statement of its contents.

All the genealogies are Welsh; 0 relates entirely to Glamorganshire families.

Each of the books, A and B, is divided into two parts; the first relating to native families, the second to Advenao, or Adventurers, as the books call them. In A are the Advense of Carmarthenshire; in B are the AdvenaB of Pembrokeshire. G consists of the Advena of the shires of Glamorgan, Brecon, Monmouth, Radnor, Cardigan, Hereford, Carmarthen, and Pembroke. I contains pedigrees for Denbigh, Carnarvon, Anglesea, and Merioneth.

There are in the pedigrees various cross references, so that the ramifications from matches can be traced.

Generally, the armorial bearings are blazoned at the head of each genealogy.

Throughout the volumes, dates or references to Kings' reigns rarely occur.

No authorities are given, except that at p. 1. of vol. 1. is a list of abbreviations of the names of the heralds and genealogists referred to in the book. These are 30 in number; a few others are left unexplained.

Each leaf of the books A, B, G, and L is marked at the bottom " examined."

At the bottom of the recto of the leaf preceding p. 1. of vol. 1. is the note " Carmarthen, 20 July 1765, E.E." At the top of p. 1372 (the last written page of vol. 2) the compiler or examiner has written "ended 20 Nov. "1760.'*

These volumes are known as the Golden Grove Book. They were compiled in the early part of the 18th century by Hugh Thomas, deputy to Garter King-at-Armsinl703.

The notes by a later hand in these volumes are believed to be by Theophilus Jones, the historian of Brecknockshire, with whom the volumes were allowed to remain for several years. The additions are chiefly, if not entirely, from Edmondson's work on heraldry; but somo are from tho writer's own information.

Alfred J. Hob Wood,

The Manuscripts Of The Right Honourable Viscount Dillon, Ditchlet, Co. Oxford.

Some interesting manuscripts, though few in number, are preserved at Dytchley.

A large folio volume, vellum, written at the end of the 14th century, contains WicliPs translation of the Gospels of St. Matthew and St. Mark with commentaries in English. Mr. Macray of Oxford has placed a note in the volume, and I cannot do better than adopt his account. He says that the version of the Gospels is the earlier of the two Wicliffite versions issued about 1380. In some verses, however, it has words which occur in the later version. The commentary i)p of peculiar interest and value. That on Matthew is in other MSS., but this copy has the peculiar interest of having the insertion of several passages of considerable length from the Sermons of Grostete condemning the abuses of the Papal system, which, as far as Mr. Macray is aware, are not found in other copies. The commentary on St. Mark appears to be unknown; it is not mentioned in Mr. Shirley's list of Wiclif's works.

It has a request to "pray for the soule of Master "John Crow land felowe of the Quene's College of Cam"brigge, and Parson of South Wokyngton in Essex, "gyver of this boke," and a Latin memorandum that Master Geoffrey Downes desired that after the death of James Downes, the volume should be given to the Chapel of Pottiford, Co. Salop. At the beginning and end of Hie volume is a request to pray for the soul of Hugh Blyth.

A small folio, vellum, written about A.d. 1400. Wiclif's translation of the New Testament. The prologue begins "Mathew of Jewerio born, as he is putt "first in order," &c, and ends "worthy to be under"stonden." It is in very beautiful English binding of the early part of the 17th century and has the initials H.S.

A 4to. volume, paper, end of 16th century. "The "discovery and recovery of Ireland with the author's "apology." This was written by Thomas Lee, an account of whose trial and execution in 1600 is found in the State trials. The work occupies about 180 leaves, and treats of the then state of Ireland. It begins "Before I shall enter into this discourse, Right Honour"able" ....

A 4to. volume, paper, 16th century. Begins "I do "here present the notes of the maner and fashion of "levyinge of armes in this our nation of England." On the fifth leaf, All the names of all the officers; the duties of the different officers. Instructions by me A.B. Admiral of the fleet. The work occupies about 50 pages. Tho prologue states that the author wrote it after long peace j that whenever he executed an office he noted the particulars of it, and gave it to Sir Oswald Wolsthorpe at such time as he (the writer) was Captain of Roxborough in Scotland.

"Brian Leaselles 1588" is written on the flyleaf.

A 4to. volume, paper, 16th century. History by Crelius Secundus of the wars of Malta (60 leaves). Begins " Those which doe complaine." At the end is a copy of a letter, dated Malta, 9th Oct. 1565 from Pr. John Valeto of the hospital at Hierusalem to the Rev. &c. George of Hohenheim called Bombaste, prior of our priory in Almain.

Leicester's Commonwealth, 4to., 17th century, imperfect at the beginning. (This tract has been printed.)

The statutes of the order of the Garter on vellum, written for Sir Henry Lee, knight, of Dytchley.

A small folio volume of prayers in Latin and English, the latter being at the end of the volume. The MS. is on vellum, and of the 15th century, and contains somo pictures and illuminated letters. It seems to have been executed for one of the Beaufort family.

Sir Edwin Sandys' relation of the state of religion in several parts of the western world. A 4to. volume of about 80 leaves in writing of the 17th century. (This work has been printed in English, and also in French and Italian translations.)

A 4to. volume containing an account of the establishment for Ireland in 1709. The courts and their officers, &c, &c.

A 12mo. volume, paper, 17th century, contains catalogue of marshals. The ordering and placing of all estates according to their degrees (from a Duke downwards). Order and manner of apparel for mourners. Ordinances of John Tiptoft, Earl of Worcester and Constable of England, dated Windsor 24 May, 6 Ed. 4. List of Peers in order, 1577. Proceedings at the funeral of a knight in London. Allowances of servants and blacks at the funeral of Mary, Queen of Scots, Tuesday, 1 Aug. 1587 (ob. 8 Feb.). The marshalling of the King's attendance when he rode to St. Paul's Church, the 26 March 1620, as it was entered and set down by the Earl Marshal and Heralds.

There are court rolls for the Manor of Spellysbury, of the times of Henry VII., and Henry VIII., and Elizabeth.


There are several volumes containing letters and papers, by and to members of the families of Lee and Dillon.

Sir Henry Lee, by a letter to the Lord Treasurer in Nov. 158-, mentions disorders in the affairs of the army since the death of Sir Geo. Howard.

Copy of a return made of "the several parcels of arms "that were found in the several armories hereafter "following after the death of Mr. John Lee, which wero "numbered the 4th, 5th, and 6th days of Jan. 1603, and "committed to the charge of John Cowper by Sir Henry "Lee, K.G., Master of His Highness's armories :— "For lances. Back and brest - 1,341 "Close head-piece - 1,418 "Collers - - 1,049

"Vambrays with pald

"rons - 1,248 pairs.

"Cannons and gardes or

'* short vambrays - 230 "Cushes - - 1,289 pairs.

"Gauntletts - - 712'v

Then follow entries for Flanders corslets, Almayuo corslets, curaces, divers other furniture. Unserviceable with wear in the old hall:—At Woodstock as in tho former remain:—At Woolwich as in the former remain. Tho document was signed by S. Benion, J. Cowper, H. Lee, and . . Symondes.

Many of the letters are from King Charles IL to his daughter the Countess of Lichfield, and from the Duke of York, afterwards James II., to tho same lady, who was a great favourite with her father and uncle. These letters are not of political or historical value, but, nevertheless, they contain some very curious and characteristic remarks. Horse-racing was one of Charles's many amusements, and as his visits to Newmarket were frequent, it is not surprising to read in a letter, dated Whitehall, Oct. 22 (no year), that he has been to Newmarket and has much business now.

At Winchester (5 Sept.) Charles tells his daughter that her brother was there, and would go in a few days to see Holland, and by the time he returned would have worn out in some measure the redness of his face, so as not to fright the most part of the ladies; that his face was not changed, though he would be marked very much. He says that he will give orders for the 2002. for her buildings; the reason she has not had it before is "the change he has made in the Treasury, which now "in a little time will bo settled."

James, Duke of York, in a letter dated London Dec. 4 (not addressed, but most likely to his niece), says that by the Duke of Monmouth being come back he had much business. "As for news, Col. Alg. Sidney is to "be beheaded on Tower Hill on Friday. Sure this "bad weather will drive you out of the country."

In a letter from Edinburgh, in December, the Duke tells his niece that the Duchess had had a great fall, that she could not move although she was better, and in another dated Edinburgh Jan. 11, the Duke tells his niece " the Duchess plays often at bassett, my daughter "dances country dances, which the Duchess cannot yet "do, her leg not being quite well enough for that."

From Edinburgh on the 19 Feb., the Duke writes to his niece: "Tho letters of this day brought the news of "Tom Thynno having been assassinated, and how ready "some people are to lay it on the poor Catholics, and "'tis well the murderers were soon found out. We "have plays twice a week here in this house, tho "Duchess not caring to stir out. When Lent comes we "shall have no more plays, so that bassett will be the "chief diversion within doors."

From [Edinburgh] June 6, he tolls her "things arc "very quiet and like to continue so, for here false "witnesses dare not come, perjury being death; if it "had been so in England, so many innocent people in "England had not suffered." [Here perhaps ho alludes "to Oates's plot.]

From Edinburgh on tho 18 July [1681] he tells her that his daughter arrived yesterday. "This town bc"gins to fill with company again, tho meeting of Par"liament being to be soon, which I am confident will "behave themselves better than those of late have done "in England. Cargill tho great covenanting field "preacher is taken, he has been once examined before "the council and will be again to morow, after which "he will be soon tried, and I believe condemned." [Cargill was executed on the 26 July 1681.]

From Edinburgh on the 35 of August, he writes that he is busy by reason of the sitting of Parliament. Although not so troublesome as the English ones of late, yet it takes up all one's time.

And from Edinburgh, January 31 (no year) he writes that there is no Morocco or Russian Ambassador to divert them, nor, God be thanked, such disorderly young men as Mr. narry Wharton to disturb the playhouses or kill horses. He plays at Goffe. They have plays, bassett, and billards.

From Windsor, April 30, he writes to her that he is about to go to Scotland on Wednesday, by a ship from Portsmouth.

From Edinburgh, May 9, he tells her of his safe arrival, though the frigate in which he was, was lost on a sand call the Lemmon. He and most of the people of quality got off, but Lord Roxborow, Lord O'Brian, and two or three gentlemen were drowned, and many of his underservants, but thi3 accident has not discouraged the Duchess from going by sea. Hopes to set out hence on Monday next [for Windsor].

On June 21 he dates from Windsor.

Newmarket, March 22. The Duke to his niece. Was fox hunting yesterday. Very little company till the last day or two. Tho Duchess and his daughter had been twice to see the cock-fighting. Her Majesty had not yet played at bassett, which made the drawing room very dali. The Duchess played.

Newmarket, March 13. Cock-fighting; that for tha most part we have twice a day. Had been fox-hunting thrico; good sport; tomorrow he is to go to it again. The Duchess of Portsmouth not well; was let blood. His Majesty says he will go to Euston, but has not yet named his day.

St. James, 2 July. Is travelling about with tho King: his Majesty will not stay here longer than Wednesday next; and till then he will stay, being tho day for the election of Sheriff.

Windsor, 9 August. "It is charitable of you to "write Bo in favour of old Col. Leggo as you have "done. I immediately went and spoke to His Majesty "in his favour, and sent to Lord Clarendon whose gift "it seems it is, who tho' he had an engagement upon "him, for an old servant of the family, will see what "ho can do to let Jack Legge have it.

Windsor, August 15. .Bassett almost every night at the Queen's and Duchess's. Crimp at the Duchess of Portsmouth's. The King hunted on Monday in Cranbonrne.

Windsor, 25 August. Tho Duchess likes hunting; stays with his daughter this day to see the fair.

London, August 28. Lady Henrietta Berkeley has run away from her father; not known whither or with whom. A report that she has drowned herself, but ho can't believe sho has such a temper.

From London, Sept. 27. Ho says that he cannot say when the King goes to Newmai ket; that depends on the affair of the City Charter which will be ended one way or another by Wednesday next.

1682, Sept. 29—London. Affairs have gone well in the city yesterday, where the two loyal sheriffs, North and Rich, were sworn; great satisfaction to the Whigs.

Newmarket, 8 October. Horse races; the horses and their doings. It rained every day, so that the Kuig could not hawk. The Duchess of Portsmouth was ill of the colick yesterday.

St. James, Oct. 28. "At last the two combatants "that had such long swords this summer, I mean "Prince Philip and Bannior, have fought; the last is "run into the thy; I do not hear he is in danger. P.S. "I am just now told that Bannier is dead."

1682, Nov. 26. Edinburgh is not so dull as she thinks; they have plays and bassett.

1683, July 19—London. Thanks God for a great discovery of the horrid conspiracy; and some of them, as sho knows, aro condemned and will be executed. The Prince of Denmark is come into tho river and will be here, ho believes, this evening.

1688, June 10. Original council letter, signed by Lord Chancellor Jeffries and many others, to the Earl of Lichfield, announcing the birth of a sou to the King and Queen.

16S8, December 29. A printed paper signed by the Prince of Orange asking the Earl of Lichfield to sit in the Convention Parliament.

The Dillon Papers.

The Dillons remained faithful to the Stuarts, and entered the service of the King of France.

1706, Sept. 24—Marly. Charaillard (Miuistrc d'etat) notifies that the King (Louis XIV) has made Dillon a Lieut.-General for his conduct in the battle of Castiglione.

A letter from the Mardchal due de Villars giving Dillon orders of march.

1707, Aug. 23. Chamillard (miuistre d'<5tat) thanks Dillon for his good service in the attack on the heights of Croixfaron and St. Catherine.

In 1709 the King of France by letter to the Duke of Berwick, thanked Dillon for his military services.

Down to 1713 are a good many letters and copies of letters relating to the military operations by France, by Voysin, the Duke of Berwick, and copies of letters by Dillon to the Count de Mddars, M. do Broglie, M. d'Angevilliers, the Duke of Berwick, Lieut.-Gcn. Richard Hamilton, and Voysin. Those from Dillon in 1711 and 1712 are mostly dated from Briancon.

In 1713 Dillon writes to Madame do Maintenon that peace is coming, and he asks for a place.

In 1725 tho Due de Bourbon tells Dillon that he is glad to hear of the exertions of M. de Sanies for the reunion of the two crowns [France and Spain].—There are several letters by the Duke on this subject.

1768, April 8. Lord Bute to Lord Dillon. An interesting letter of three pages, in strong terms. He protests that he only resigned offico from bad health; he begs Lord Dillon not to resign.

The Dillons were accustomed to write to their exiled Prince on New Year's day. At Dytchley are many letters from James and his Princess Clementine returning thanks. A number of these are of the years 1726, 1733, 1736, 1739,1744, and 1745.

In 1733 General Dillon died, and on the 4th of March 1733 James writes asking that such of the general's papers as related to Him might be at his disposal; and desires that they may be put up in the presence of Mr. Dicconson, and then be sent to the Scots' College at Paris, there to remain at his disposal.

On the 22d of March 1733, W. Dicconson gives a receipt to Mrs. Dillon for two packets of papers, one of which was superscribed, "Lettres du Roy d'Angleterre a "Monsieur Dillon," and the other was superscribed, "Five packets of papers from the King of England." An indorsement says, " Received from the executors of "G. Dillon, to be deposited in the Scotch College."

On the 15th of April 1733 James (at Rome) thanks Mrs. Dillon for having delivered so speedily to Mr. Dicconson the papers which related to Him.

Ia 1733 is a letter from Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough, but is only on family affairs.

In 1736 is a letter from Prince Charles.

Dillon's regiment was famous in the French service. Striking passages of history have been recorded on silk, and a good many pages of this kind may be seen in St Paul's Cathedral, and at Greenwich and Chelsea. There is one leaf of it at Dytchley which makes the blood of him who seeth it to tingle; it is the banner "pierced by the lances, and torn by the shot" borne by Dillon's regiment at the battle of Fontenoy.

Lord Dillon placed no limitation on the examination of his collection; and his Lordship's hospitality is not the least of the pleasant memories of Dytchley which his kind invitation enabled me to bear away.

Alfred J. Horwoop.

A Manuscript In The Library Op The Right HonourAble Lord Camoys.

The library of Lord Camoys at Stonor Park, Henleyon-Thames (besides several volumes of a devotional and controversial nature) contains one manuscript which is worthy of especial notice. His Lordship having kindly permitted it to be inspected, the following notes have been made for the purpose of the Commission.

This MS., a noble folio volume upon vellum, in the original oaken boards, is of the early part of the 15th century. Unfortunately it is imperfect at the beginning, all being lost prior to the 21st chapter of the first book. The mutilation, however, is as early as the reign of Henry VIII., the signature A. 1 at the bottom of folio 1 being written by a hand at least as old as that period. Of its history previous to its acquisition by the family of Lord Camoys nothing is known beyond the fact that in the year 1674 it was in the possession of John Butlar, whose name occurs on several of the margins.

The first treatise is apparently " The Ladder of Perfection; or, a Treatise upon the Contemplative Life." As already mentioned, it is imperfect at the beginning, several chapters having been lost from the MS.

The 21st chapter of book I. begins thus: "The secund "bing whiche be behoveb to have." Book I. ends with these words: "but to be or to anober whicho ha)) state "of lyf contemplatyf, be grace of our Lord Ihu. be w' "be. Amen."

Book II. begins: "Qui timetis . . . bat is, $e b' "dredyn God bobe smale and grete."

The second treatise professes to be a translation into English, by Walter Hilton, of a treatise by St. Bonaventura, entitled Stimulus Amoris.* It must be observed, however, that the version here given does not correspond with the original which it cites; and further, that no such version occurs among the writings of Hilton as recorded by Bishop Tanner in his list of the works of that author. (See, however, upon this subject the remarks of Warton in his History of English Poetry, vol. ii. p. 99, edit. 1824.)

"Iste liber sequens primo fuit compositus in Latino "sermone per quendam Fratrem Minorem, cardinalem, "nobilem doctorem, Bonaventuram nomine. Postca "translatus est in linguam Anglicanam pro Minoribus "Latinum non intelligentibus per quendam canonicum,

* Printed in the works of that writer, torn. vii. pnrs. iij. p. 206. Edit. Bom., 1096.

"Walterum Hilton nomine, in amore dei valde "devotum."

The first chapter (which treats "How a man Rohal "haveCristisPassyone in mynde")begins, "Forwondred "of oure selfe oughte us to ben." And it concludes with these words, "And so mote our tretys endyn in "prisyng of God, so bat alio blissed spiritys mote prisyn "oure Lord in be blisse of hevene. Amen."

"Here endib be tretys bat is called Prickyng of Love, "maad by a Frere Mcnoure, a cardinal of the court of "Rome; Bonaventure be his name."

A treatise upon the Love of God.

The titles to the following treatise, prefixed to which is the following rubric: "bis schort pistil bat folweb "is devyded in sundrie maneris, eche matere be hymself "in titlys as bis kalendere makib mencioun." "In be "begynnyng and endyng of alle goode werkys, worschepe, "and bankyng."

It ends with these words: "On bis maner mayst b" "kepe be and bi fyve wittys fro synne, and ocupie }>e "in be servyse of God; and berto God Jive be grace. "Amen."

"Explicit tractatus qui vocatur Amor Dei." A poem, in English, [by Richard Hampole, called the "Pricke of Conscience,"]* upon the religious life, "what is to be believed, what practised, &c.

The poem at present consists of only 13 leaves. It begins thus:—

"pe mi?t of be Fadre Almijty,

"pe wisdom of be Son Alwitty,

"pe grace of be Holy Gost,

"A God and Lord, of mi^tes most." In the course of tho exhortation the author inveighs in the following terms upon the degenerate taste and growing indifference of the age in which he lived :—

"Man is now more lef to here

"Of Rowland and of Olyvere,

"And of Alexandyr be conquerowr,

"And of Julius Cesar be emperowr,

"And of Sir Gy of Warwike,

"And of vanitees b' bam wil like,

"And of rymes, japes, and ober folyes

"pat turnen verteu in to vices,

"pan bai have for to lere here

"Of Holy Writt in bokes sere." The poem ends twenty lines from the beginning of the chapter which comments upon the words, "Et ideo "ambulate dum lucem habetis." The concluding couplet is the following —

"pat bene ifounde in syn,

"p' wold noujt hem self do."

Lord Camoys authorises me to state that he will permit this manuscript to bo examined under such conditions as he may consider consistent with its safety.

Joseph Stevenson.

The Manuscripts Op The Right Honourable The Lord Arundell Op Wardour, At WArdour Castle.

By the liberality of Lord Arundell of Wardour, I have had the privilege of examining at my leisure the vast collection of early Charters, Papers, and Manuscripts belonging to his Lordship, which are now deposited in the Muniment Room at Wardour Castle.

The collection is both extensive and important, and will probably require a more minute examination at some subsequent period than I thought myself justified in bestowing upon it during my recent visit. I am permitted by his Lordship to state that, under due restrictions, he will afford the Commissioners for the investigation of Historical MSS., every facility towards a more detailed inspection of his collections.

The Charters, Rolls, and Papers are at present deposited in eighteen boxes, in seven presses, and in various drawers. These are filled to overflowing with documents of all dates, from the twelfth century to a comparatively recent period. Many of the later papers relate to transactions of a purely family character, and consequently do not come within the scope of the present inquiry. The remainder may be conveniently arranged under the following classification:—

Ancient Manuscripts In Volumes.

1. A magnificent copy of the-Latin Psalter, in folio, upon vellum, written in the 12th century, ornamented with six illuminations, each of the full size of the page.

• See Tanner's Bibl. p. 375, col. 1.

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