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Another edition : “Edita est ad latus dextrum Few things connected with “N, & Q.” have versio hispanica ; ad lævum, versio barbaro-græca. gratified me so much as its being the means of Constantinopoli, 1547, fol.”
making me known to Sir G. C. Lewis, and the Plantavit (Jo. de). Florilegium biblicum, et Flori- way it was brought about. legium rabbinicum. 1645, 2 vols., fol.
Calling one morning at the London Library on Prætorius (Abdias). Commentariolus de phrasibus my old friend George Cochrane, then the librarian, hebræis, ad intelligentiam Scripturarum. Witebergæ, and formerly editor of the Foresan Duarte
and formerly editor of the Foreign Quarterly Re1561, sm. 8vo. Prophetæ priores, scilicet Josua, Judices, libri Samuelis
libri Sampelis | view, he exclaimed, as soon as I entered his little ac Regum, cum commentario Kimchii, hebraice. Son
sanctum, “Oh, I wish you had come ten minutes cini (1485), fol.
sooner! Cordewall Lewis has just been here ; we Also, Leira, 1494, fol.
have had a long talk about you and N. & Q.; Prophetæ posteriores, scilicet Isaias, Jeremias, Eze. and he wishes to know you.” I naturally exchiel, et xii. minores cum commentario Kimchii, hebraice. pressed myself much flattered at this ; and yet Soncini, circa 1485, sm. fol.
more so when Cochrane continued, “What CorneProverbia cum commentario Rabbi Immanuel, hebraice.
wall Lewis says he means, and he left a message Neapoli (1487), sm. fol.
with me for you. He says you must often be Psalterium hebraicum, cum commentario Kimchii. Joseph et filium ejus Chaiim Mordachai, et Ezechiam
passing the Home Office, and he hopes the very Montro. 1477, no place, sm. fol.
first time you do, you will call upon him”; and Also, Neapoli, 1487, sm. fol.
acting upon Cochrane's advice, I called that very Weill (M. A.). Le judaïsme, ses dogmes et sa mission.
morning, was instantly received by that distinParis, 1866.69, 4 vols., 8vo.
guished gentleman with a frankness and kindliYapheth (Rabbi). In librum psalmorum Commentarii, ness which were indescribably charming, and arabice edidit specimen Bargès. Paris, 1846, 8vo. passed upwards of half an hour in most pleasant
HENRI GAUSSERON. literary chit-chat; in the course of which he did Ayr Academy.
not hesitate to point out, with all kindliness and
courtesy, some of my shortcomings as an editor, THE STORY OF “NOTES AND QUERIES.” and was, I think, somewhat surprised and amused (Continued from 5th S. vii. 2.)
when I told him that no one was so conscious of When with the New Year I resumed the story
them as I myself. Oh ! I owe much to Sir G. of “N. & Q.," I was obliged, from the same cause
Cornewall Lewis. Honoured be his memory! which had interrupted it two or three months
Mentioning dear old George Cochrane reminds before, to avail myself of other eyes and another me that I owe to him my introduction to another pen. I trust I may be pardoned for this purely
valued friend to whom the readers of “N. & 0." personal allusion, but it is necessary to explain a
have been greatly indebted ; not only for many ·most extraordinary omission in my last paper-an
valuable articles, but for a suggestion which has omission of which I could not possibly have been given great and general satisfaction, namely, that guilty but for that circumstance. For if I myself of publishing at stated intervals those General had looked at p. 61 of that fourth number, the Indexes which, in the words once used to me by history of which I was there telling, a small Lord Brougham, “double the value and utility of Query, of less than five lines, modestly signed L. N. & Q.", I allude to Mr. William Bernard
- the initial of the surname of the writer--would MacCabe, the learned author of that very o Whave reminded me that that was the first of al and curiously interesting book, The Catholic Hislong series of communications from one of the tory of England, and who may justly be described. most candid, clear-headed, and acconıplished in a line which I have seen applied to one of his scholars of the day, Sir George Cornewall Lewis, most eminent co-religionists, as who from that 24th November, 1849, until the “True to his faith, but not a slave of Rome." very Saturdity which preceded his death - an event | I am sorry I do not see his name in “N. & Q." so which Mr. Disraeli justly characterized as “a frequently as I used to do. calamity which had befallen the nation”-con- But I must get on, or my readers will anticipate tinually enriched these columns with some of the that my story, like Carové's more celebrated one, fruits of his varied learning and intelligent criti- translated by Mrs. Austin, will prove to be a cism. His last paper, to which I have just re- Story without an End. However, I must run that 'ferred, viz., that on “The Presidency of Delibera- risk, and here treating of three contributors, whose tive Assemblies” (3rd S. ii. 281), a most valuable names first appeared in No. 5, bring, in another article on an important subject, appeared only two part, my old man's gossip to an end with a few days before his death-a death which I felt very similar notes on No. 6. deeply as the loss of a most kind-hearted and dis. The first of the new names which appeared in tinguished friend-I must say friend, for he this number is that of Mr. Planche, whose wellhonoured me with many proofs of his respect and earned reputation as one of the most graceful and personal regard.
sparkling of dramatic writers is only rivalled by that which he has won for himself as a learned Archeologia Cantiana, which is only rivalled by antiquary and an accomplished herald ; and who the eloquent testimony borne to his high personal is now, as he has long been, the delight of society, character and rare attainments by Mr. Bruce in, which declares of him with great truth that age the preface to Manningham's Diary, printed for has not withered nor custom staled his infinite the Camden Society. Not until after his death variety. Mr. Planché's contribution was a very did his admirable edition of The Domesday of curious paper on “ Ancient Tapestry."
Kent make its appearance, and show those who The name of the venerable John Britton, who did not know Lambert B. Larking what a loss did so much good work in his day for English Kent had sustained in the founder of the Kent archæology and architecture, also graced my fifth Archæological Society. His contribution to my number, to which he contributed a note showing fifth number was connected with the MSS. of Sir that the date of birth of John Aubrey was the Roger Twysden, and although he was not a very 12th of March, 1625-6, and not the 3rd of frequent correspondent, “N. & Q." benefited November, as had been stated by a former corre- greatly by the instructive private letters which I spondent, who had noted that the birthday of continually received from him. “N. & Q.” was appropriately that of the Wilt | Mr. Larking died on Sunday, the 2nd of August, shire antiquary.
1868, and the reader will readily imagine the pain It is my happy lot to be blessed with a with which I heard of his death when I say that, contented disposition ; and I can sit down to a not being aware of his illness, Mr. Bruce and dinner of herbs without losing my equanimity, myself had arranged to give him an agreeable though I can relish and enjoy-no one more so surprise by running down to Ryarsh on the Satura well-served, round-table dinner of half-a-dozen day and having a gossip and luncheon with him, intelligent men, of each of whom, as of Chaucer's and returning home together. Happily an accident Oxford Scholar, it can be said, “ Full gladly would prevented our intrusion at such a sad moment ; he learn and gladly teach." I look upon such a and we learned in a day or two that this good meeting as one of the highest intellectual enjoy- man and great scholar had sunk to his rest. ments. It was at such a feast of reason, at which
WILLIAM J. THOMS. I was present, about thirty years since, and which
(To be continued.) I shall never forget, that I made the acquaintance of him of whom I am about to speak. My host
SHAKSPEARIANA. was that model of official accuracy and great master of his own peculiar branch of knowledge
THE “BUSIE LEST” Crux (5th S. vii. 143.) my late excellent friend, Sir Charles Young,
| Mr. R. M. SPENCE is “surprised that no critic... Garter. It took place in his official residence in
has suggested the omission of the colon after forget." the Heralds' College, and the party consisted of He and every other may, for the future, assume Garter himself, Sir Thomas Duffus Hardy, the that everything, absurd or tolerable, that can be learned Deputy Keeper of the Public Records,
suggested has been suggested, and this unfortunate my friend Bruce, a young friend of our host's, and passage may in future be held exempt from tentaa gentleman whom I then met for the first time. I tive surgery. The omission of the colon was He was a Kentish clergyman, a ripe classical suggested by the late Mr. Samuel Bailey (The scholar, a profound antiquary, and a polished man | Received Text of Shakespeare, p. 125), who enforced of the world. On that might commenced an ac- his suggestion by interpolating all after forget. quaintance between myself and the Rev. Lambert | My surprise is that either of these gentlemen: B. Larking (for he was the stranger in question), should have thought so intolerable a perversion which soon grew into intimacy, and ripened into worthy of record. For my part I am convinced the warmest attachment, which ceased only with that argument, whether thrown away or not, would the death of one who seemed to win the affection be unnecessary when once we have placed in juxta-of all with whom he came in contact.
me in contact.
The affec- position the two following passages :tionate regard in which he was held by his old “Bel. Ob Melancholly, friends and neighbours the late Earl of Aber
Who ever yet could sound thy bottome? Finde gavenny and his family, by Lord and Lady Fal
The Ooze, to shew what Coast thy sluggisb c[r]are
Might'st easilest harbour in.” Cymbeline, iv. 2. mouth, and by his friend the Marquess of Camden,
« Fer. who predeceased him only a few months, was shared
"Fer.......... such basenes
Had never like Executor: I forget : by all the best people of his native county, to the But these sweet thoughts, doe even refresh my labours, history of which county he devoted every hour he Most busielest, when I doe it.”
Tempest, iii. 1. could spare from his duties as a parish priest. If we bear in mind that easiliest and busiliest (as.
What his labours had accomplished and with we write them) were often spelt easielest, easilest ; what skill they had been carried out may be seen | busielest, busilest, we need have no difficulty in in the brief but touching memoir of my old friend regarding “busie lest” as a dislocation, like “ for which Sir Thomas D. Hardy contributed to the that” (forth at) in the same play. The double
superlative is all too comnion to be a difficulty, It appears in Coles's Eng. Dict. (ed. 1677) as an
Delight in them sets off.”
« This my mean task III., iv. 4), is misquoted in England's Parnassus,
Would be as heavy to me as odious; but
The mistress which I serve quickens what's dead, 1600, or it would be another instance. I believe
And makes my labours pleasures." such instances are too rare to be our authority in
In the same strain he says of his task :the interpretation of the “ busie lest” crux.
“Most busy lest, when I do it," As I shall probably have no more to say on this
Ti.e. Most busy pleasure it is, whenever I do it. crux, I may as well reply to MR. WEDGWOOD (5th S. vii. 83). He says, “It seems incredible that
Belsize Square. some one should not already have suggested” the pmission of "it," and the reflection of “do” on I suggest the following reading, and pointing: “ least” as its objective. Incredible indeed! If
"I forgetso, he had better have assumed that the conjecture But these sweet thoughts do even refresh-my labours, had been made, duly considered, and rejected. It! Most busy, feast when I do it" has been made times ont of count. I particularly the italicized words, and punctuation, conveying as remember three of them: A. E. B. and Icon. made much as I might wish to be understood. it, independently, in “N. & Q.," 1st S. ï. 338,
J. BEALE. and viii. 124 ; and the late Mr. W. N. Lett
Can the following be strictly reconciled to right som made it in Blackwood's Magazine, Aug., 1853. As I have said above, this passage has
sense and lawful form ?
"I forget; fully earned its exemption from further treatment; | But these sweet thoughts do even refresh my labour's and in my opinion Mr. Bullock has discovered its Most busy hest, when I do it.” meaning.
JABEZ. If so, it would make the second of the four usages Athenæum Club.
of “hest” in the play-twice in the same scene; “I forget:
once before in reference to Ariel and Sycorax, and But these sweet thoughts doe even refresh my labours, Most busie lest, when I doe it.” First Folio.
urs, | after, in the dramatic vision set forth by Prospero's sprite.
R. H. LEGIS. It has escaped the notice of all the editors of
[This discussion must positively close here.] Shakspeare that lest was formerly used as a noun, with the meaning of pleasure or delight. It is a variation of list, A.-S. lyst, O.N. lyst, voluptas ;
EASTER AT DUMBLETON, GLOUCESTERSHIRE, but in 0. Fries. hlest or lest: “Da spreek diel,
es. htestmor lest: "Da spreek die in 1620.-The following notice of certain “rude koningk mid hleste” (Then spake the king with forefathers of the hamlet.” who carried their delight). This form is used by Chaucer both as a
as a “rudeness” to such unwarrantable lengths as to
.. noun and a verb. In the Prologue to the Canter
| draw down upon themselves a well - merited bury Tales, in describing the Prioress, he says :
punishment, is taken from a manuscript record of “In curteisie was set ful moch hire leste” (pleasure);
fines inflicted at Ludlow, preserved in the British and in the “ Clerk's Tale":
Museum :"Lord, if it your wille be
“Anthony Diston of Dumbleton, yeom', at the suite of That for to been a wedded man you leste (please), | Rich. Voile, relat. for sev'all assaults, affrayes, and disThan were your peple in souereyn hertes reste." turbing a mynister in the church at the comunion upon Easterday, and abusing a mynister's wief, with scan PRESENTS TO CARDINAL WOLSEY.--The followdalous words againste the whole mynistery, and pub- ing document from the Public Records, although lishing a scandalous libell, and other abuses comitted. I ffined £6. 13. 4.
ed. published in Mr. Brewer's Letters and Papers, &c., “ John Mason, of the same, yom., for publishing the of the Reign of Henry VIII., may be of so much said scandalous libell, and for beastely bragging of his interest to many of your readers, whether devoted lewd lief, and other abuses, £6. 13. 4."
to antiquarianism or to natural history, that I The Dastons (or Distons) were old residents at think you will not be unwilling to let it appear in Dumbleton, and an Anthony Daston-probably your columns. the individual named above-died seised of lands! It refers to "presents made to Cardinal Wolsey there 12 Charles I.
WM. UNDERHILL. from May 21 to June 30, 1529," just about the
I period of the trial for the divorce of Queen St. Mary MATFELLON.-Since the rebuilding | Catharine, and may possibly represent certain by Mr. Coope, M.P., of Whitechapel Church so special offerings made for the attendants at that much speculation has arisen as to the meaning of high assize ; but, if not, it very fully explains the Matfellon that I have ventured in the following means by which the great prelate maintained the memoranda an opinion thereupon.
enormous army of nobles, knights, and gentlemen On referring to Halliwell's Archaic Dictionary, who constituted his household. The “haul ” on I find that “matfellon” is “ knapweed,” which | this occasion seems principally to have been made embraces a variety of plants, and, as its name in our west country, which was the home at that implies, chiefly such as were used by cloth-workers
| time of most of the persons named, and many of or fullers, so that the plant may be either the one whose descendants still remain here:used for dyeing in former times, or more probably! “By my Lord Aldelley (Audley ?): 4 kids, 6 herons, the (Anglo-Saxon) “tæsel," Dipsacus fullonum
fullorum 1 6 shovellers, 6 gulls, 2 wild geese, 4 pheasants. By or fullers' teasel of naturalists, so called from its
Master Aldelley: 2 salmons, 3 mullets, 3 bass. The
Abbot of Glastonbury: 4 beeves, 40 muttons. The being used in dressing cloth, for which purpose the Abbot of Melton (Milton ?): 2 beeves, 20 muttons. hooked scales of its receptacles are admirably The Prior of Christchurch : 1 beef, 16 muttons, 4 adapted ; and Stow tells us " it was largely culti- salmons, 2 pikes, 19 lobsters. The Prior of Bendham vated near unto Hogge Lane, which cometh from
(Bindon?): 1 beef, 4 cygnets, 6 gulls. The Abbess of
Shaftesbury: 2 beeves, 20 muttons. Sir Giles Strangthe Bars without Aldgate," and mentions a field or
wies : a great horse, a peacock, 40 rabbits, 6 herons, close, “Tasel Close some time, for that there were 6 partridges, 2 pheasants. Sir John Horsesaye : 2 tassels planted for the use of cloth-workers” (the beeves, 6 herons, 2 pheasants, 2 dozen quails. Sir arms of the City guild of Cloth-workers are three
| Thomas Trenchard : 6 herons, 6 shovellers, 6 cygnets. teasels).
Sir John Rogers : 4 pheasants, 2 beeves, 6 gulls. Sir
Thomas Moore : 1 beef. Sir Edward Willoughby : 15 With regard to the derivation of the name of
herons, 5 shovellers. Sir William Woodall : 1 beef, 10 the plant “knapweed,” or “matfellon,” the latter muttons. Master Abery: 1 beef, 10 muttons, 3 herons, portion of the word is undoubtedly the Latin word 3 shovellers, 2 pikes, 1 salmon. Master Arundel : fullonum (of the fullers), whilst the former is 2 beeves, 1 nag with saddle, bridle, and harness. Master probably the Latin matta, a mat, a prefix to many
Lyne: 1 beef. Master Baskett: 1 beef. Master
Cranerde : 6 cygnets. Master Lentte: 2 veals, 2 lambs, names of plants, as mat grass (nardus), &c., from
2 quarters oats. Master Byngham : 2 beeves, 2 dozen their having been used for various purposes ; the pigeons. Master Phillips : 2 kids, 1 peacock, 1 peahen, matta fullonum being the fullers' mat, or comb 1 moorhen, l varnakell (bernicle-goose ?), 18 rabbits. made of the teasle.
Master Asheley: 1 beef. The Mayor of Salisbury : It is scarcely necessary to observe that the pro
2 beeves, 20 muttons. The merchants of Poole: 1 ton
of white wine of Angell (Anjou ?). The Comptroller of pinquity of the open fields at Whitechapel to the
Poole : 1 barrel of salad oil, 8 congers. The Customer City would cause them to be used by fullers and of Poole: 1 hogshead of claret. Master Worsley dressers of cloth. We find in Stow that, in con Searcher of Poole : 7 cygnets, 12 capons, 12 geese, 19 sequence of the increase of cloth-making, Bake-chi
chickens, 2 gulls. The town of Wareham : 1 hogshead well Hall was establised in the twentieth year of
of wine. The Vicar of Caneford : 2 lambs, 4 capons Richard II. for the purpose of a cloth hall, or
C. W. BINGHAM. market, and it was decreed that no foreigner or Bingham's Melcombe. stranger (not a citizen) should sell any woollen cloth but in the Bakewell Hall, upon pain of for
DR. Dodd's WIFE.-I have lately been r6 feiture thereof; and we find also that St. Mary reading Boswell's Life of Johnson in the cheap Matfellon (or St. Mary at the Fullers' Fields, as I and popular edition of Messrs. Routledge & Sons. read it) is mentioned in a record dated 21 Richard | May I venture to say a word for poor Mary II., and we have to-day in the parish of White Perkins, or rather Mary Dodd, who is grievously chapel the “ Tenter ground,” formerly a large field maligned on page 297, in a note ? This note or close which would be used for the stretching records that Dr. Dodd “married a woman of and preparing of cloths. EDWARD BADDELEY. very inferior station and of equivocal character, South Hampstead, N.W.
Mary Perkins, who died mad in 1784.” Now, it
is true Mary was only a verger's daughter, and "Geologia :/ or, a | Discourse concerning the | Earth therefore perhaps not quite such a wife as the before the Deluge. Wherein | The form and properties father of the fifteenth wrangler of 1749 might have
ascribed to it, , in a Book intituled | The Theory of the
Have | Earth, I are excepted against :) and it is made to appear, desired for his son, though she brought her hus-1 | That the Dissolution of that Earth was not the cause band some 10001. before he died. But it does not of the Universal Flood. | Also I a new Explication of follow that, because a girl is of low extraction, she that flood is attempted. | By Erasmus Warren, Rector is also “ of equivocal character”; and very strong
of Worlington, in Suffolk. I Hebrew quotation, | Eccle
8 siast. iii. 11. , Et mundum tradidit Disputationi coram evidence ought to be produced (or at least pro
(sic). | London, | Printed for R. Chiswell, at the Rose duceable) before such a statement is hazarded. For and Crown in í St. Paul's Churchyard. MDCXC.” it is in these little ways that history is falsified ;
The book is about fcap. 4to. in size, and extends and though poor Mary died nearly a century ago, one would not wish her defamed. God knows
to 360 pages. An epitome of the author's argu
ments would therefore be lengthy. As the book she had enough to suffer in life without the loss of her fair fame after death. Some two vears ago I
may, however, be unknown to some of the readers
of "N. & Q." who are interested in scientific read every Life of Dr. Dodd I could find in the
bibliography, I shall be happy to lend it, on the British Museum, and found not a hint to this
usual conditions as to safe keeping and a speedy effect. On the contrary, she was spoken of as an
JOSIAH Rose, excellent wife, and, but for the disparity of rank,
Leigh, Lancashire. most unexceptionable ; and she went mad solely on account of her husband's sad fate. This edition of Epitaphs. -Bideford Churchyard, on Capt. H. Boswell's Life of Johnson being likely to be in the Clark, died April 28, 1836, aged sixty-one :hands of thousands of people, I thought it only « Our worthy Friend, who lies beneath this stone fair that her character should be cleared in your Was Master of a Vessel all his own, much-read serial. Requiescat in pace.
Houses and Lands had he and Gold in Store, ERATO Hills. He spent the whole, and would if ten times more.
For twenty years he scarce slept in a Bed DRYDEN AND GOLDSMITH.-Perhaps no two
Linhays and Limekilns lulled his weary Head, passages in Goldsmith's poems have been more Because he would not to the Poorhouse go, admired than his description of the village For his Proud Spirit would not let him to. preacher and the hunted hare ; yet the leading The Blackbird's whistling Notes at break of Day idea in each is Dryden's, though Goldsmith, by | Used to awake him from his Bed of Hay. his exquisite grace and finish, has made it his own. Unto the Bridge and Quay he then repaired, Your readers will judge for themselves. Gold
To see what Shipping up the River steered. smith, Deserted Village, 1. 189 :
Oft in the Week he used to view the Bay, “ As some tall cliff that lifts its awful form
To see what Ships were coming in from Sea.
To Captain's Wives he brought the welcome News Swells from the vale and midway leaves the storm,
And to the Relatives of all their Crews.
At last poor Harry Clark was taken ill,
And carried to the Workhouse 'gainst his Will,
But being of this Mortal Life quite tired, “But like some mountain in those happy isles,
He lived about a Month and then expired." Where in perpetual spring young Nature smiles,
On an old bachelor at Aberdeen, written by Your brow, which does no fear of thunder know,
himself :Sees rolling tempests vainly beat below.”
“At threescore winters end I died, Goldsmith, Deserted Village, l. 93 :
A cheerless being sole and sad,
The nuptial knot I never tied, “And, as a hare, whom hounds and horns pursue,
Aud wished my father never had."
C. S. JERDAM. Here to return--and die at home at last.”
ENGRAVINGS PASTED ON Walls. — Dipping Dryden, Epistle to John Dryden, 1. 62:
| lately into Boswell's Johnson, I hit upon the fol“ The hare in pastures or in plains is found,
| lowing. Johnson and Boswell are dining at Emblem of human life ; who runs the round, And after all his wandering ways are done,
Streathamin 1778, and Boswell writes :-“Amongst His circle fills and ends where he begun.”
the numerous prints pasted on the walls of the FLORENCE EDWARD MacCarthy.
dining-room at Streatham was Hogarth's Modern Ampthill Square, N.W.
Midnight Conversation.” What a mode of de
corating the dining-room of a handsome couutry AN OLD BOOK ON AN OLD CONTROVERSY.-I house! for such Thrale's was. Nowadays one have in my library an old book, to which I have would hardly find prints pasted on the walls in a never yet seen a reference, and, therefore, a note publican's back parlour. respecting it may be interesting. The title-page (We remember that at Dunkeld, in the billiard-room of is as follows:
| the old house of the last Duke of Athole but one, nearly