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WILLIS'S

CURRENT NOTES:

A SERIES OF ARTICLES

ON

Alntiquities, Biography, Beraldry, Wistary, Languages,

Literature, Natural History, Curious Customs, K.,

SELECTED FROM

ORIGINAL LETTERS AND DOCUMENTS

ADDRESSED DURING THE YEAR

1855,

TO THE PUBLISHER,

GEORGE WILLIS,

GREAT PIAZZA, COVENT GARDEN, LONDON.

MDCOOLVI.

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Aberdeenshire benefactions, 72
Colburn personalty, 84.

Franklin's nationality of character, 52. Adair, Sir Rob., writer in Rolliad, 83. Colman the elder, 64.

Franklin's Manuscripts ? reply, 40. Adamson, John, notice, 78.

Combustibility of the Diamond? replies, | *Frederick the Great, 72, 90-91, 100. Adamson, Sonnet on loss of Library,

44, 63.

French Newspapers, 8. 92.

Concordance, the earliest English, 8. Froissart statue, 37. * Ambry in Airlie kirk, 3, 10. Condog, 12.

*Galloway rock inscription ? 90. Amadis de Gaule, early editions, 95-96, Constable’s White Horse, 28.

Garrick, verses to, 1. American Presidents, 22.

Copernicus opposed to the Bible, 88. Garrick Club inauguration, 55. Angelo's Reminiscences, 39. Cowper's death, verses on, 5.

Garter-badge, worn by the Emperor Anti-Jacobin Poetry quoted, 83. Covent Garden Market, 17.

Nicholas, 40. Arctic armorial distinction, 65. Croft's Musica Sacra, 72.

Gay's Shepherd's Week quoted, 6. Army abuses, (by Erskine) ? 3. Cromberger, early printer, 95. Genoa, Duke of; public library, 75. Associations, Literary and Scientific, Culloden relics, 75.

*Glamis' Castle tradition, 19. 40.

Cur morietur Homo, etc ? 44; replies, Gray, Lord, asserted sacrilege refuted, * Assuanlee Cup, 51.

see Schola Salernitana

11. Atlantidis Reliquiem, 2.

Cutler's poetry ? 56 ; replies, 56, 66, Grotesque in Churches, 42. Atossa, characterised by Pope, 14. 75, 92.

Hampton Court Theatricals, 49, 50. Baal-Zephon, the god of the North, 29. Dante, Paradiso, quoted, 97.

Handel Commemoration, 38.
Bacon, on early Education, 88. Dagger attached to sword, 38.

Henry Vth, Embarkation, 40.
Bayle's Dictionary defined, 35.
Debt of Nature, 64.

Henry VIIIth, Irish groats, 16. * Bedford, First Duke, signature, 18. Dialects in the World, 56.

Highland wives, 23.
Belfry rhymes, 7, 19, 36.
Dispraise of Women, 49.

Honour and Fame? 56.
Bell inscriptions, 19, 30, 85.

Doom-Well of St. Madron, 93. *Hornbooks described, 75-78, 86. * Bell marks, 29. *Dorchester Roman Vase, 21.

Hornbook of Jacobite Toasts, 18. Best's Poems? 20; reply, 27. Dorchester Antiquities, 45.

Hoyle Family notes, 31, 40, 41. Bill nor ban? 56.

Douglas' Praise of Heraldry, 29. Hume, Joseph, early career, 47. Biographical History suggested, 34. D'Oyley Family? 14.

Immaculate Conception, 64.
Black-book of Scone, 4.
Ducking-stool, Scotland, 98.

Infant Sleeping, verses on, 100.
Blenheim palace stone, 79.
D'Urfey portrait, 81.

Ingledew Family? 51; replies, 64, 65. Blessington on Society, 86. Easter Court Frolics, 24.

Inscribed Wall rhymes, 69.
Blood-hound noticed, 38.

Edmondson's Manuscripts ? reply, 47. Inveni portum, etc. ? 36.
Boccaccio and Chaucer, 52.
Edward I., Coinage of, 54.

*Inverquharity castle, 62. Book Inscriptions, 44.

Edward VI. legend on Shilling, 1. Invocation to the Virgin, 56, 63, 64, Broomes, New Broomes ! 69. * Effigy in Airlie kirk, 4.

70, 71. Bunyan's descendant, 94.

English Epistolary Correspondence, 24. Ipswich Arms grant, 80. Burial customs, 44, 45.

Epitaphs, 36, 63, 64, 71, 72, 82, 85, Ireland, William Henry, 98. Burney's Apologetical lines, 38.

97.

Jacobite Toasts hornbook, 18. Butler's Hudibras misquoted, 3. Exeter Change ? reply, 31.

Jacobite Mementoes, 75. Camden Society ? 2; reply, 14. Falstaff's Praise of Sack, 70.

Johnsonian advice, 85. Carnival assassinations, 38.

Fastradana ; Monumental Inscription King's Cup-bearer, 11, 12. Charles I., bronze statue, 17.

explained, 86.

Kirby Family notes, 61. Charles and Henrietta Maria ? 71. | Feast of Tabernacles ? reply, 35. Kneller's Jocosery, 26. Chaucer's Miller's Tale, 52.

*Finhaven, Monumental sculpture, 86 Knight's Fee, and Chinese Mythology, 59.

88.

Knight's Service defined, 94.
Christ Cross rhyme, 86.
Finkle Street ? 35.

Knipton, Etymology of? 89.
Churchyards, north side unhallowed, Finsbury-field archers, 7.

Landulph belfry verses, 7. 24, 31. | Fly-leaf rhymes, 72, 81.

Lansallos bell marks ? 29; replies, 36. Clever, uses of the word, 23, 38, 47. Forfarshire traditions, 27.

Legal brevity, 40. Coinage, 1854, 48.

| Fox, C. J., bit of an Ode to, 84. Letter receiving-boxes, 24.

Leveridge advertisement, 100.

Papal sovereignty, 32.

| Shakespeare Society? 2; replies, 2, 14,
Lexicographical absurdities, 12. Paper, new material for, 36.

34.
London Letter carriers, 45.
Perjured Laird's Doom, 27.

Shropshire belfry rhymes, 19.
Lords of the Isles lands, 47.
Phænician Paleography, 2.

Shropshire epitaphs, 32.
Love and Honour ? 8; replies, 14. Pindar, see Wolcot.

Shropshire dialect, 98-99.
Macdonald, Flora, 47.
Polish Names, 23, 32.

Sicilian Vespers, 74, 86.
Madron Doom Well, 93.
Pont Alais, French jester, 45.

Simon on Irish coins, 22.
Madron Well chapel ? 85 ; replies, 93, Pope's Last hours, 31.

Skelton portrait, 13.
94.
Porcelain, Chinese, 59-60.

Skimming.dish hat, 58.
Mai, Cardinal, Vatican Librarian, 31. Posture of buried dead, 44.

Smithfield market, 45.
Malespini, Novelle, 38.
Pre-Adamite pictures, 22.

Smith library sale, 5.
Mancini, Marie de, 24.
Prepaid envelopes, 24.

Songs, Early English, 67-69.
Mary I., legend on coins, 1.
Prescott, the historian, 23.

Spectator, assignment, 56.
Marie Antoinette, correspondence ? 25. Prior's Cbloe, 72.

Spenser's death ? reply, 41.
Masses for the dead, 37.
Propugnacula described, 75.

Spes et Fortuna valete ! ? 36; replies,
Melbourne, lines on a bed ? reply, 50. Pulci's Amatory Verses, 24.

*42, 43, 52, 63, 72.
*Merchants' marks, 97.
Pump, motto for a, 8.

Sterne's Le Fevre, 50.
Microcosmos illustrated, 70.
Radcliffe and Kneller, 26.

Sterne's Inedited Letters, 9.
Midwatch Sea-song ? 20; replies, 30. Ravenscroft, the musician, 67-69. Sterne’s grave, 96.
Mill the historian's birth-place, 27. Reflective Moments, 39.

Strutt's Queen Hoo Hall ? 8.
Milton's mock funeral, 37.
Reynard the Fox, 88-89.

Swallows taken by flies, 48, 56.
Mixed Alphabets, 2.

Rex Anglorum, see Schola Salernitana. Swedish copper money, 48.
Modern Illuminators, 14.
Right of way ? replies, 82.

Symbolic Hand ? reply, 45.
* Monastic cell-lamp, 26.
Rolliad quoted, 83.

Talbois Family ? 100.
Mormon Fanaticism, 64.
Rosemary blossoms, 5-7.

Talbot's Pix judgment, 38.
Mysteries and Stage-plays, 45. Routh library, 94.

Thames' liquid world ’? 31.
Nancy Dawson, song, 26.
Rundale land tenure ? 81.

Thunderstorms on deaths, 92.
Napoleon's bequest, 100.

Russian Easter ceremonies, 33. Tiled in, origin of phrase ? reply, 58.
Natural intellect misapplied, 87. Russian profaneness, 30.

| Timor Domine Fons Vitæ, 1.
Nelson effigy in Abbey, 20.
Russian state-coach, 40.

Tobacco-smoke, its weight, 4.
Newspapers, English, 34.
Sainthill medal described, 66.

*Tomb of Juliet, 14-16.
Newspapers, French, 8.
*Samian ware bowl, 21.

Tottleben, letter respecting, 90-91. .
Newspaper slander, 34.

Sardinian motto explained, 94. Turner, R.A.? 18; reply, 37.
Newspaper, its universality, 71. Schola Salernitana, 54, 55, 60, 73, 74, Unicorn in heraldry ? 56; reply, 70.
*Nuremburg mask, 73.

89.

Veritas Temporis Filia, 1,
Obituary :-
Scold presentment, 98,

*Verona, Tomb at, 15.
Adair, Sir Robert, 83.
Scotland's hills, 13.

Victory, or Westminster Abbey ! 20.
Adamson, John, 78.

*Scottish yets' or gates, 61, 71. * Victoria pattern Florins, 7-8.
Bell, Currer, 25.
Scottish tack or lease, 40.

Virginia, origin of name, 4.
Brown, James, Boston, 32.

Seals, silk interwoven ? reply, 48. Wayside crosses ? 38; replies, 46, 47.
Bunyan, Robert, 94.
Sebastopol, lost survey, 23.

Welsh burial custom, 45.
Burns' Jessy Lewars, 45.
*Sebastopol bronze galley, 90.

Who will bell the Cat? 16.
Eckermann, Dr., 14.
Sepulture in Ireland, 45.

Wigs, their disuse ? 85.
Mitford, Mary Russell, 5.
Sevendible ? reply, 13.

Will's Coffee-house closed, 66.
Rogers, Samuel, 100.
Seven Whistlers ? reply, 25.

Wolcot's annuity, 27.
Oregon Territory Maps, 40.

Shaftesbury belfry rhymes, 19. Women, Dispraise of, 49.
Overdoor inscriptions, 36, 42, 43, 53. Shakespeare, Chandos portrait, 2, 35. Words are things ? 14; reply, 24.
Painter's Palace of Pleasure, 1. *Shakespeare's chair, 81.

Wycherley's Country Wife, 38.
Paisley black-book, 4.

Shakespeare's mention of rosemary,6. Yankee Doodle, song, 20.
Pall Mall, Italian game, 38.

Shakespeare read by sparkish girls, 56. 1

WILLIS'S CURRENT NOTES.

No. XLIX.]

Takes note of what is done
By note, to give and to receive."-SHAKESPEARE.

(JANUARY, 1855.

PAINTER'S PALACE OF PLEASURE.

VERITAS TEMPORIS FILIA. SHAKESPEARE borrowed largely from this rich store-l Your Correspondent, M. R. C., asks why Queen Mary house of “ Pleasant Histories and Excellent Novels, the First adopted this motto as a legend on her coins, Tragicall Matters, and other morall Argument," for the adding that it was one "to which Mary at no period of plots of his dramas, or the enrichment of his incidents; her life was entitled." It must not be assumed that the and there are few books in early English literature, so Sovereign ever suggests a legend for the coinage, on the attractive in their import, or more difficult to obtain in contrary, she, or he, merely approves or rejects what the a clean, sound, and unexceptionable condition than the Master of the Mint, or the designer of the medal, under volumes under notice.

the sanction of the Lords of the Treasury, may have proA circumstance which adds to its rarity, and conse- posed. The legend on the shillings of her predecessor, quently the difficulty of obtaining the two volumes, either King Edward the Sixth, is TIMOR DOMINE FONS VITÆ, together, or in a co-equal condition, is the fact that each the family motto of the Butlers, Earls of Dunboyne ; were printed at separate times. The first was printed in and the present Earl informed the writer that one of his 1566, again in 1569, and again in 1575. The second ancestors was Master of the Mint in the reign of that in 1567, and again in 1580, but the title is not dated. | Prince, and as a record of the fact placed his own motto The Harleian copy, which is noticed in Oldys' Cata- on the coinage. May not that of Queen Mary have logue of that superb, nay, national library, after it was had some similar origin? It is much the fashion to imapurchased by Thomas Osborne, at Gray's Inn Gate, for gine a Popish origin for every event of Mary's reign, and 13,0001., a much less sum than had been expended on Mr. Hawkins, in his Silver Coins of England, ventures the binding of a portion, was formed of the editions, vol. on this conjectural explanation: “ The motto was I. 1575, and vol. II. 1567. See Catalogue, 1744, vol. adopted by the persuasion of her Romish clergy in III., Romances and Novels, numb. 6375. The binding allusion to her endeavours to restore the abominations of red morocco, with richly tooled corners.

Popery, which had been in a great degree suppressed by Whether Mr. Hans Stanley was then purchaser or not, her predecessors."

B. N. does not appear, but he presented the work to the im- | The inconsistency of this assertion will be apparent in mortal Garrick, with these lines inscribed on the fly leaf | reverting to facts. Sir James Butler, who married Joan, of the first volume

daughter of Pierce Butler, Earl of Ormonde, died in Jan. From these dark Legends of a barbarous age,

1533, leaving Edmund his son and heir, ennobled in 1541 by The self-taught SHAKESPEAR drew his Tragic page,

King Henry the Eighth, as Baron Dunboyne. It is true, From each faint portrait, each imperfect line,

the armorial motto appears to be TIMOR DOMINI PONS He traced Othello, Juliet, Cymbeline ;

VITÆ, and that legend is attached to the shillings of King His wilder muse succeeding criticks foil'd,

Edward the Sixth, from 1547 to 1551, but not the slightest Fruitless their author to explain they toil'd.

evidence is to be found that connects Lord Dunboyne with 'Twas thine, O GARRICK, in each lofty part,

the mint affairs of either monarch, in England or Ireland, in To write a comment in the anxious heart ;

which latter country he.seems to have been a resident, and By skilful accent, gesture, voice, and mien,

married Julia, who after a month's marriage, was the widow To show the beauties of each rapt'rous scene,

of Gerald the red haired,' fifteenth baron Kerry killed in What he to Cynthio, or to Boccace ow'd,

Desmond, August 1, 1550, Edward, Baron Dunboyne, was Thy buskin on the British bard bestow'd.

deceased in 1566.

The legend on the shillings of Edward the Sixth was deBelow these dedicatory lines, Garrick, thus highly rived from the Vulgate version of the Bible, Proverbs, complimented, wrote

xiv. 27. The editions by Henry Stephens, of Paris, being The above lines were written by Mr. Hans Stanley, who

| then very popular among the Reformers. -Ed. gave me this book.

D. G. Pope's SKULL has the animal passions strongly deveUpon Mrs. Garrick's decease, the library of her

loped, nor are the organs of veneration or benevolence husband was dispersed by public auction, when this copy

very prominent; it is, however, devoid of what is vulwas purchased by Mr. Jolley for 281. 178.6d., and on the garly designated “ bumps and lumps," and is singularly 16th inst. was, in the last day's sale of his books, pur

pre-eminent for the harmonised disposition of leading chased by Mr. Lilly for 18l.

characteristics. The operation of the brain upon the skull evinces indisputably how active while living were

the poet's exercise of ideality and the reflective powers. VOL. v.

January 10.

J. D. H.

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