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Sept. 20. by a reference to his history, either S a second edition of “Wallace” in verse or prose ; always excepting

, appearing before the publick, it as Dalrymple observes, “either knew may not be

an improper season not history, or meant to falsify it.” to make the following inquiries. If

“ Beads of fear” is a novel phrase ; they do not result from inisconcep- and, except I am taught by some one tion, or my confined powers of appre- who is a better judge than 1, to aphension, the Author may perhaps prove the expression, I should say, ayail herself of my remarks. Should that the mere property of novelty did they be just, they will not be less not justify it, or exempt it from the attended to by an enlightened mind, charge of affectation, and far-strained for coming from an obscure indivi- imagery. dual. Since I finished reading the

Capto II. St. xviii. Wallace reprePoem, I am saved the trouble of sents his “scarf” as the “

gift of writing one query, with which I love,” which he therefore, it seems, should otherwise have troubled you, thought an unfit attendant on the by the perusal of the critique on it in rough conflicts of a Hero, as he says, the, Quarterly Review: 1 there find “ I would not be found in my country's that the page David, and the wife wreck Agnes, are one and the same person.

With a love-knot twin'd around my neck.” I

presume not to say that my ignor. But what I wish to know is, where a ance till then of inis circumstance scarf is worn ? The second line of the proceeded from any other cause than couplet gives the idea that it is tied the obtuseness of my faculties. But round the throat ; which I should to proceed to the inquiries, which I have thonght erroneous. still wish to have satisfied, I am one In one of the Poems in Campbell's of those plodding readers, who, whe- last publication, I first met with the ther I read prose or verse, an always word “ pibroch,” or “ pibrach” as he desirous to affix a meaning to words calls it, and imagined it was some and sentences. The Quarterly Re- plaintive instrument: it occurs in viewers, have noticed some which Scott's “ Lady of the Lake,” to which puzzled me ; but those that remain I cannot at this moment refer, but you will oblige me by inserting, and the general impression of its nature. still more, by an explanation of them remained the same. In “ Wallace" from any of your better-informed Cor. it occurs twice ; in Canto I. and II. respondents.

“ Hark to the pibroch's battle-sound;" in Canto I. Stanza xv, I cannot And understand what connexion there is “ When the merry harp and the pibroch between the six concluding lines and those that precede them. The Author lo which of these opposite senses, of is lamenting that she cannot celebrate each Hero who merited the fame with propriety; or is it an unfeeling

awe and jollity, is the pibroch used bestowing rhyme ;" what then has instrument, that obeys the hand or “ But” to do in connecting these re breath of the master to any tune, grets with a remark, just no doubt, itself " indifferent whether grief or ihat the race of man is fickle, &c. and has“ in every age” “ stooped to

Canto II. St. xxviii. begins; “Who shame"?

is it that rides thro' the night so fast ?” In the next Stanza, the Author, Did the Author purposely omit to after enumerating several Worthies, mark this as a quotation ? with whom I had hopes to be better Erl King," in a Collection of Tales by acquainted, particularly promises or Lewis, commences,

“ Who is it that foretels of Scrymgeour, that

rides v'er the forest so fast ?". History grave, and verse sublime,

From the same Stanza I copy the Shall give thy deeds to latest time." As this Hero is not mentioned again, juriog the sense by a separation from

following lines, unconscious of inI am left to suppose that the Author's the context: modesty does not allow to her verse

I mark'd, ou Scotland's saddest day, that epithet, but that she has allri. The spot where her mangled father lay! buted it to some of which I am ig- The maid - blossom of the North, Qurant; I shall, therefore, be obliged Like a pale suow-drop glinted forth.”



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Mr. URBAN, Shrewsbury, Aug.13. Oak (See Plate 1.) not more remarkILLO's celebrated Tragedy of able for its size, than its traditional

George Barnwell having by history. some been imputed to fiction, and by Mr. Gough, in his edition of Camothers to an event said to have hap- den's Britannia, introduces the folpened at Camberwell; and the whole lowing notice of it: still remainiog in apparent obscurity; “ About a mile and a half from Shrewsthe following observations, which bury, where the Pool road diverges from arose from visiting a place near Lud. that which leads to Oswestry, there stands low in Shropshire, may be deemed an antient decayed Oak. There is a tray worthy of notice by the curious. dition that. Owen Glendør ascended this The place alluded to is called Hucks tree to reconnoitre; and finding that the Barn, a short mile from Ludlow, on King was in great force, and that the Earl the Leominster road, which is said of Nortkumberland had not joined his son to have been the residence of the Hotspur, he fell back to Oswestry, and, Uncle of George Barnwell ;

and a plot

immediately after the battle of Shrews-, > of land near it still bears the appella bury, retreated precipitately to Wales," tion of Barnwell's-green, so named This tree is now in a complete state from his waiting there to rob his 'of decay, and hollow, even the larger uncle, as he returned from Leomin- ramifications. It is visited by many ster fair ; near to this green is a wood, people, from the above tradition. or thieket, in which he perpetrated A gentleman whom I accompanied the horrid deed. The following ex

was so charmed with the old tree, tract from the old ballad will farther that he gave it the name of Owen corroborate the fact of its being at Glendwr: Observatory, and wrote or near Ludlow:

the annexed inscription for a brass Nay, I an uncle have;

plate to be fixed to the tree :
At Ludlow he dotb dwell :
He is a gražier, which in wealth

A. D. Mccccui.
Doth all the rest excell *.”

'The Uncle might reside in Ludlow, ascended this Tree to reconnoitre,
apd keep the house and land in his jon his march to Shrewsbury,
possession at Hucks Barn for the

to join the daring Hotspur convenience of keeping cattle, and against King Henry IV.; as an occasional residence, which is

but, finding his friends were defeated, the case with the present possessor.

returned from this spot

into Wales." The house is likewise a pretty clear index to the ballad, it being, accord The following are the dimensions ing to its general appearance, of the of the Shelton Onk: time of King James 1. From the

Ft, in, above observations it seems evident, Girt at bottom, close to the that the Play was founded on' a sad


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25 1 catastrophe that really happened at Ditto, 5 feet from the ground this place. Thinking a view of the Ditto, 8 feet ditto

27 4 house, in which the unfortunate Uncle The beight of the tree to A. of the infatuated Barnwell occasion

Within the holiow of the tree, at ally resided, would be worth pre

the bottom, there is sufficient room serving in Mr. Urban's Museum, í for at least half a dozen to take a snug have enclosed one taken at the time [

dimer ; and he, whose signature folvisited the place, July 2, 1805. (See lows, would have no objection to Plate' I.)

D. PARKES. make one of the party, and drink

to the memory of Owen Glyndwr. Mr.URRAN, Shrewsbury, Aug.14, Yours, &c.

D. PARKES. delineations of many trees, re

, markable for size, or some history

Mr. URBAN, Harwich, Aug. 17. attached to them, I am induced to

S send you a drawing of The Shelton

of recording the various epi

taphs, &c. transmitted from this * See Percu's " Reliques of Antjent place, I cnclose several Inscriptious Poetry,” vol. III. p. 260.

transcribed from Monuments lately Gent. Mag. October, 1810.


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erected in the Chapel of St. Nicholas The mother, as also a brother and here.

sister, of Sir Philip Stephens (see vol. Yours, &c. 1. R.R. BARNES. LXXIX. p. 1284) were buried at this On a Mural Monument at the East place, as appears by the following lacod of the Chancel :

scription upon a beat Altar Tomb,

surrounded by light iron palisades, " Sacred to the memory of

at the Southern part of the ChurchThomas, eldest son of

yard : Captain Samuel and Harriett Bridge,

“ Here lieth interred the body of Ellis of the 95th Rifle regiment.

Stephens, widow of Nathaniel Stephens, Born Dec. 13, 1799;

Clerk, who died 18th August, 1762, aged died March 12, 1809. "Ah! what avails the fragrance of the

* Also Tyringham Stephens, esq. (one rose,


of the Cowinissioners for victualling His Or beauteous tints ' which liarmony be- Majesty's Navy) their son, who died loth Which ends and blossoms in one transient February, 1768, aged 53 years. day,

“ Also Grace Stepheus, spinster, their And ere maturity which pines away? daughter, who died 14th Marchi, 1783, How dark the aspect of its native ground; aged 65 years.” Dull and insipid ev'ry plant around ! Such was thiy fate, my child ;-thy lovely is trauscribed from'a board over the

The following List of Benefactions form,

South door of tne Chapel: Too fair to encounter dire Diseases storm, Liv'd to excite an anxious father's love, "Benefactions to the poor of y* parish, And died to be his advocate above,

1667. Mrs. Offey by ber uw €. 8. He hails thy friendly short-liv'd mission gave to the Poor of Harnich here,

for ever, out of the rents of And marks his gratitude with sorrow's tear.

the Unicorn lon in Holbourn, Thy intercession prays, when death shall

an annuity of.....

2 10 come, To mix with thine his ashes in the tomb,

1717. Mr. John Rolfe by his The wretched parent may regain his son,

will gave the suium of £50. And rest in conscious love 'till time is done.

the interest thereof to be for “ S. B."

ever applyed yearly towards

the Education of Two l'oor On an elegant Mural Monument at


50 0 the South side of the Chancel.

1727. Mr. Dav. Smyth, sen. 2. “Sacred to the memory of Philip Deane, by his will gave the sumin of late Commander of His Majesty's Packet

£60. the interest thereof to be King George, and one of the Capital Bure

for ever applyed ycariy towards gesses of this Borough ; who died 29tli the Education of Three Poor April, 1806, in the 53d year of his age,


60 0 “ Also of his son Philip Deane, who suc. 1730. Mr. William Godfrey reeded him in the Command of the Packet. by his will gave the sumin of He was detained at Helvoetsluys at the 25. the interest thereul to be Commencement of Hostilities in 1803, and forever applyed yearly lowards marched as Prisoner of War to l'erdan the Education of Oue l'uor in France, where he died on the 5th Sept: Child...

25 1807, aged 32 years, universally regretted by all his unfortunate fellow - sufferers, to

Mrs. Mary Wiseman, by her will whom his urbanity of mamers, and good- dated Jan. 3, 1758, bequeathed £30. pess of heart, bad rendered hiin deservedly capital part of her joynt stock in the dear."

Old s. S. Aumuities, the annual inOn a Mural Monument at the North

terest to be equally distributed beside of the Chancel.

tween 24 Poor Widows of this Parish." 3.

And ou another board directly op“Sacred to the memory of Charles Cox, posite to the above, esq. late Agent to His Majesty's Packets Henry Bickerton, } Church wardens. on this Station. He departed this life the Giles Baker, Tth April, 1808, aged 76 years.

This Chapel “ In the family vault near the North door of this Chapel, are interred with bim,

was repaired Av.Dom. 1712-13. his son Charles Cox, who died at the age

The Charges amounting to £350. of five years; and two infant grand-chil.

Bencsactions : dren, Charles and Mary-Anne, son and Sir Thomas Davall, knt. late Burdaughter of Anthony and. Mary-Anne Cox." gess in Parliamcut..

50 Sir

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