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THE LATE J. M. W. TURNER, R.A.
| stratagem by which the poet bad preserved his life. - In March last, Mr. Ruskin referring to the sketch of
lively and good-natured monarch discovered too, himself, Mr. Turner, so well represented in your woodcut in
not a little satisfaction, on finding, that, by this ingenious
expedient, his reign had not been tarnished with the blood January, 1852, wishes to have any further reminis
of a man already blind by application, infirmity, and age, cences which I may be able to communicate respecting
and who, under all his dreadful misfortunes, had written him. I regret that my treacherous memory does not
Paradise Lost.* retain any traces of this distinguished artist, beyond
Here there are no details to substantiate a fact, that the simple notice that accompanied my rude sketch of
in itself is not devoid of interest. Archdeacon Todd ob. his person.
serves, Milton at the Restoration, withdrew from the The following anecdote trifting as it may at first
garden-house in Petty-France, Westminster, which sight appear, may possibly not be altogether unde
opened into St. James's Park, and in which he had reserving Mr. Ruskin's attention, as bearing upon the sided as Latin Secretary, from 1652; to a friend's house modus operandi occasionally resorted to by our latein Barthole,
in Bartholomew Close. By this precaution he probably eminent painter, and which may furnish “a hint worth
escaped the particular prosec:ition, that was at first knowing" to those who may be anxious to tread in his
directed against him. He adds, Tyers from good authopath, and to give to their productions every possible ad
rity had told Warton, that when Milton was with Goodvantage and effect.
win under prosecution, his friends to gain time, made The circumstance was related to me by a gentleman
| a mock funeral for him; and that when matters were who resided in the house immediately adjoining that of
settled in his favour, and the affair was known, the king Mr. Turner, one of the windows of which presented ai
| laughed heartily at the trick.t Tyers' authority was full view of the back yard of the artist's premises. This do
f the back yard of the artist's premises. This doubtless Cunningham, who says that Milton pregentleman informed me, he was occasionally much tended to be dead, and had a public funeral procession; amused at the earnestness with which the little man and that the king applauded his policy in escaping the was for a considerable time busily engaged in pumping punishment of death, by a seasonable show of dying.t upon some of his paintings, and was unable to imagine The Journals of the House of Commons show that on what particular result was intended to be produced by
led to be produced by June 16, 1660, it was resolved, that his Majesty should
June 16 1660. it was reso these persevering exertions of the artist, but I have be humbly moved to call in Milton's Eiconoclastes, and little doubt that Mr. Ruskin will be able to estimate his Defensio pro Populo Anglicani: as also Goodwin's the true effect of this application of the “Cold Water | Obstructors of Justice, and order them to be burned Cure" to Mr. Turner's paintings.
by the common hangman. The proclamation for appreAt all events, it seems desirable that a good pump | hending Milton and Goodwin, intimate that they were should be henceforth considered a required adjunct to so far fed, or so obscured themselves, that no endeaevery artist's studio.
vours used for their apprehension had taken effect, Stradbrooke, May 11.
J. T. A.
whereby they might be brought to legal trial, and de
servedly receive condign punishment for their treasons FROISSART.-A statue commemorative of this cele
and offences. On August 27, several copies of these brated historian, is about to be raised at Valenciennes.
proscribed books were burned by the hangman, but
the Act of Indemnity passed within three days after, MILTON'S MOCK FUNERAL.
and Milton was unconditionally relieved from the necesEXAMINING recently some papers, I found the follow sity of further concealment. The supposititious funeral ing “Anecdote of Milton, not generally known." of the Author of Paradise Lost, must therefore have
The freedom and asperiiy of his various attacks on the taken place between June 16, and August 30, 1660 ; character and prerogative of Charles I. rendered him pecu. can any reader of Current Notes, produce any coeval liarly obnoxious when the Restoration was accomplished. notices in illustration of the fact of Milton's Mock To save himself, therefore, from the fury of a court which Funeral ? he had so highly incensed, and the vigilance of which, from U. U. C. May 7.
M. the emissaries employed, it was become so difficult to elude, be connived with his friends in effecting the following in • Milton was certainly blind in 1653, if not before, but nocent imposture. The report of his death was industri. Paradise Lost was not written in 1660. Aubrey says Milton ously circulated, and the credulity of the people swallowed | began the work about two years before the Restoration in the bait prepared for them. The coffin, the mourners, and May 1660. All that we know with any certainty is that other apparatus of bis burial, were exhibited at his house, the Manuscript was finished and placed in Ellwood's hands with the same formality as if he had been really dead. A for perusal, at Chalfont, during the time of the sickness, in figure of him, as large and as heavy as the life, was actually 1665; and that Milton sold the copyright to Samuel Simformed, laid out, and put in a lead coffin, and the whole inons, on April 27, 1667, for an immediate payment of five funeral solemnly acted in all its parts. It is said, when the pounds. truth was known, and he was found to be alive, notwith- 1 Milton's Minor Poems, edited by Warton, 1791, 8vo. standing the most incontestable evidence that he had been p. 358. thus openly interred, the wits about the court of King History of Great Britain, translated by William ThomCharles II, made themselves exceedingly merry with the son, 1787, 4to. vol. i. p. 14.
BURNEY'S BANDEL COMMEMORATION.
MALESPINI NOVELLE. Dr. BURNEY'S Account of the Musical Performances. The following notes are memoranda by the late in Westminster Abbey, in Commemoration of Handel, Roger WILBRAHAM on the fly-leaves of a copy of the in 1784, was published in quarto, in the following year, Ducento Novelle, printed at Venice, in 1609, and were in aid of the Musical Fund. Some years after, he pro- made by him on a perusal of that work. mised his friend, the Rev. Dr. Du Val, a copy of the The title of the fifty-fifth novel, of the first part is book, but either from not having one at hand, or un- entitled, Viaggio ridicoloso di un Segretario, che andò willing to part with his own, on Large THICK PAPER, con suo amico a Livorno. In this novel the name of the promise appears to have escaped his recollection. the secretary appears to have been Malespini, and was Circumstances however brought it again to mind, and most probably the author himself. the author's copy is now before the writer, with the fol A singular picture of manners at Bologna is presented lowing lines :
in the third novel, part 1. In Carnival time, all the
scholars went armed with swords, and even those who TO THE Rev. DR. DU VAL,
were in no way dressed or prepared for a ball carried ON THE TREACHERY OF MEMORY.
daggers with them. The ball is described as being in O Memory! ever trait'ress to old Age,
the house of a courtesan, where young women of chaWhen neither truth nor zeal thy aid engage
racter and fashion were present, and through the whole Now for the produce of my worn out brains
novel, the spirit of revenge in privately murdering those Nor glue, nor paste, nor peg, nor hook remains :
from whom an injury was supposed to have been reAlthough in Youth each trivial thought and thing,
ceived is mentioned as a custom commonly in practice With fond tenacity were wont to cling.
and highly meritorious. Is it alone when birch attention wakes,
The custom of carrying a knife in a sheath which That Mem'ry true and faithful record makes !
formed part of the scabbard of the sword, is mentioned And at the nether end Ideas get in
in the seventeenth novel, p. 51, però io vi priego, che When out the blood begins to spin ?
voi mi prestiate il vostro coltello, c'hauete nella spada ; If so, it proves to giddy, thoughtless youth,
and again in the thirteenth novel, part II. p. 95, in The hopeful and exhilarating truth,
tergo-raccolto ch'ella hebbe un sodero di spada di quei That second Childhood like the first should feel,
mariuoli, e cano il coltello che ni un dentro. The rod's inspiring pow'r from head to heel.
In the thirteenth novel, part I., are two decisions of March 12, 1801.
| • Il General Zalebotto' in France, one of which is against Dr. Burney having promised me this book, some time
a soldier who had stolen il Tabernacolo in una chiesa. elapsed before we met. On my avoiding him, that he
This is possibly allusive to the soldier who stole the Pix, might not imagine I meand to press his promise ; he
as related by Hall and Holinshed, which theft Shakerecollected it, and the next day sent it to me, with the
speare has affixed upon Pistol. Talbot's sentence in above lines.
Malespini is infinitely milder than that of K. Henry V., Ph. DU VAL.
who orders the soldier to be strangled, whereas Talbot
only obliges the soldier to take a solemn oath that he Charles Burney, M.D., born at Shrewsbury, in 1726 ; I will never in the course of his life again enter a church. long occupied the house in St. Martin's-strect, Leicester- First Part, p. 234 in tergo-uscirono fuori dal Cassquare, formerly the residence of Sir Isaac Newton.tello per giuocare al palla maglio. On being appointed Organist of Chelsea College, he In the seventy-eighth novel, of the second part, is a removed thither, and died there in May, 1814.
| curious account of an English bloodhound, in the reign B. of Queen Elizabeth.
The story of an attorney in London and his clerk, reCLEVER.— Besides the provincial uses to which this lated in the fifth novel, part the first, is evidently the word is applied, as noticed in Current Notes, p. 23, in ground plot of Wycherley's Horner in his Country Wife. some parts of the north of Ireland it is used in reference to persons, or acts of great kindness, benevolence, or philanthropy; particularly in such cases as when there WAY-SIDE CROSSES.—By the way-side, near to has been a large pecuniary disbursement. For instance Whitehaven, stands a stone cross, about three feet high, if an individual has contributed a sum greater than and from the name of the place, “ Cross-Lacon," and what might have been expected from him, or dispropor- from many other places in the neighbourhood being tionate to his supposed means, he is thereby called “a called “ Cross - " I suppose such erections were Clever fellow ;" and the act is designated as “a Clever numerous ; tradition saith that the attendants of funerals act." This is a very common application of the word were accustomed to stop for rest and devotion. in different parts of Ulster; at least I have so heard it Can any information be afforded as to the origin of made use of unsparingly in many parts of the counties the services used at way-side crosses, and whether many of Down and Londonderry, and, occasionally in Mona- are now standing ? ghan and Tyrone. J. A. P. l Whitehaven, May 15.
have ever conferred on me. Permit me to request, after
the flattering notice you took of the Septuagenarian at THOUGHT oft obtrudes, each tott'ring form
St. Leonard's, to mention my name again towards proSeen ling'ring on in life's decline; Had once a heart as fond, as warm,
moting my intended publication. As full of idle thoughts as mine!
As the many “ Reminiscences," since Kelly's have That each hath had its dream of joy,
become quite a drogue, mine included, though still I am Its own unequall'd pure romance;
writing on the remainder of my recollections of characCommencing when the blushing boy
ters, and the various scenes I have experienced these First thrills at lovely woman's glauce.
last fifty years and above, yet the same title may disThat each could tell his tale of love,
gust the many who have already had patience to read
my two lengthened volumes, that I could almost fancy And think the scenes described evince More passion, and more guileless truth
I hear them say, “ What! more of Angelo's ReminisThan hath been told before or since.
cences, pooh! I have had quite enough of them." That they could tell of tender lays
Now as there is so much humbug and puffing that At midnight penn'd in classic shades ;
has great weight, and as “ variety is charming," I mean Of days more bright than modern days,
to give this second attempt of my goosequill, a new apAnd maids more fair than modern maids. pellation—"Angelo's Pic Nic;" and having been as a Of whispers breath'd in list' ning ear;
professional man so well known, my name may still
excite notice to induce the sale, and by way of a bookOf kisses bland on blushing cheekEach kiss, each whisper, far too dear
trap, a pleasing snare, I have already procured some of For modern lips to give or speak.
the first literary authors of the present day, who have Of promised hopes untimely cross'd,
contributed their pen towards my undertaking, Colman, of friendships slighted or betray'd ;
Horace Smith, etc. etc. Theodore Hook, Bulwer, Of kindred spirits early lost,
and several others whose promises I shall remind, Like buds that blossom'd but to fade.
at my return to town. Already, I have in addition to
my scraps, nearly three hundred ; about seventy Of beaming eyes, and tresses gay;
Anecdotes, Poetry and Fragments; some from my acOf face divine and noble brow, And forms which have all pass'd away,
quaintance, though not authors, yet, clever at telling And left them what we see them now !
their stories. Any effusions of yours, as a man of the Then is it thus-is human love
world, I can only say in duty bound, you will much So very light, so frail a thing,
oblige.-Such additional Plats recherche must be a That all youth's brightest visions move
zest to any Pic Nic, whilst mine are the mere Entremets, Unheeded on Time's restless wing?
side dishes, potatos, etc. etc. etc.
Now, my dear Sir, my motive for making this request Must all the eyes which still are bright,
is, knowing your general acquaintance and influence And all the lips that talk of bliss,
with the press, and men of letters, at this moment you All that which now seems fair to sight,
could be of infinite service to me, fearful as I am, sume Hereafter only come to this? What then are all these pleasures worth,
one may anticipate my Title— " Pic Nic” for themselves. If we ere long must lose them thus ?
Permit me, therefore, to request, as my intended work If all we value most on earth,
is speedily forthcoming, Such a Bouquet, the first LiteFlit like shadows from among us?
rary Characters (no names mentioned at present) they must be a zest to the Book Epicure-something like
this which is merely the matter that runs from my ANGELO'S REMINISCENCES AND PIC NIC.
numskull; leaving it to your superior judgment what
to write. Should it meet with your approbation, and as Tae following letter addressed to the late well known the paper may not be at the Library here, your sending • Paul Pry,' Thomas Hill, will doubtless interest many
it to me directed “Post Office," will oblige. When in readers of Current Notes, as a species of solicitation to
town, I hope to thank you for your kindness to the which even persons of some notoriety are frequently impelled to obtain a favourable reception for their literary alas! the curtain's dropt, yet hath my night of life some
Septuagenarian. “Oh! the days when I was young," emanations. Angelo's Reniniscences contain many memory. May I ever remember your kindness to amusing and interesting traits, while his Pic Nic, pre
Your obliged and old acquaintance, sented an olla podrida all the worse from having so many cooks busied in its preparation.
Hastings, February 1, 1822. DEAR SIR-I should not have presumed to trouble P.S. Should you see Mr. Colburn, pray mention to you with this scrawl, but having the pleasure of being him, I shall first depend on his approval of my “ Pic known to you so many years, and that cordiality you Nic," previous to my future intentions.
LEGAL BREVITY IN TIE OLDEN TIME.
HENRY THE FIFTH, in 1415, embarked for France, LEGAL documents were formerly a simple narration of from Southampton, but from what part had become contract and fact, of which the following old Scottish matter of doubt; recently an old pier or jetty has been Tack, or Lease, proffers a good illustration. The original discovered while digging, and appears to solve the diffiis still in the possession of a descendant of the John and culty. James Low herein mentioned.
FRANKLIN'S MANUSCRIPTS.-In Current Notes, p. J david Lyndesay of Edzell Binds and oblidges me my 25, reference is made to the letters “ of the great airs exrs and successors q'homeuer that John Low and Franklin, now in course of publication." Temple James Low in mickl Tullo shall peacablie possess and Franklin. the possessor of Dr. Franklin's letter-books. Bruick ther possession then for the space of five years nixt to com they alvayes paying ther yearlie duties oyers as
was for some time a lodger in the house of Mr. Pulsformerlie used and wontd in witt wherof J have subscrived 2010
ford, King Street, St. James's Square, and were left this my obligatione at Edzell the sixt day of Junn jm. vie. there by him. nyntie six years.
with them to a friend, to whom the agent of the SmithNotta that within ther taks jtt on of them are to pay a
sonian Institution, at Philadelphia, on application re
sonian Institution, at ? wedder sheep.
specting these manuscripts was referred; they were This lease is in the handwriting of the penultimate
purchased by that gentleman at a very handsome sum. Lindsey of Edzell. The extensive lordship of Glenesk, Mr. Pulsford had also for some time the missing maps of which Edzell forms a part, became part of the posses of the Oregon territory, about which a few years since sions of the ancient family of Lindsay, by the marriage
there was so much talk. As he attached no value to of Catherine Stirling, co-heiress of Sir John Stirling, to them, they were suffered to decay, and at length were Sir Alexander, third son of Sir David Lindsey of Craw destroyed. ford, in or about 1357. The Lindseys held these lands I Can any correspondent state whether Franklin's Cortill 1715, when James, fourth Earl of Panmure, pur- respondence is published, and how it can be obtained ? chased them from David Lindsey, the only son of the
S. grantor of the above lease, for 192,502 pounds Scots, or
Franklin's Manuscripts are still in England, but are in sterling money 16,0421. Soon after this purchase, about to be transmitted to America, for the purpose of being through Panmure aiding the Chevalier de St. George,
edited and published by Mr. Jared Sparks, and are inthese lands were forfeited, but were repurchased by his
tended to form five additional volumes to the ten already nephew William, ultimately the fifth Earl of Panmure,
printed ; but many months may elapse before they upin 1764, for 11,9511. 8s. 9d. sterling, and now constitute
pear.-ED. a part of the extensive possessions of Lord Panmure, ! HOYVILLE.- The name Hoyle appears to be derived now Minister of War, whose united properties in Forfar- from Hoyville, the family name being in various reshire are calculated to exceed one hundred thousand acres. cords designated Hoyvile, Hoyville, Hoyvill, Hoyuile, Brechin, May 15.
A. J. Hoyuille, Hoiuille, Hoiville and Hoyvyle. The family The magnificent State Coach of Russia, was built in
formerly held the manors of Fifield and Dorchester in Long Acre, London, 1762, by order of the imbecile
Oxfordshire, and were also resident in Derbyshire. Can
any Correspondent of Current Notes state what are the Emperor, Peter the Third, but his deposition and death occurred before it was finished. Its grandeur was at
arms, crest and motto borne by any branch bearing any the time the general theme of admiration; the harness
of these designations ? or where any pedigrees of them with gilded buckles, cost thirteen hundred pounds, then
may be found?
UNUS Gentis. considered a large sum, and the whole was finished with sumptuous elegance. The Empress Catherine first used it
Neither Guillim or Edmondson notice any of these dames. at her coronation in Moscow, on Nov. 3, in that year,
HOYLE. - Your Correspondent who enquires, p. 31, The riband and badge of the Order of the Garter which after the family and arms of Hoyle, should direct his so recently adorned the person of the late Emperor attention to the West Riding of Yorkshire, where that Nicholas, is the same now worn by the Emperor Napo- | name is of frequent occurrence, and especially I would leon. One day mine. to-morrow thine. Sic transit refer him to Watson's History of Halifax, * 1775, 4to., Gloria Mundi !
where there are notices of many individuals of that
name. At p. 304 he gives the arms of Hoill or HoyleLITERARY AND SCIENTIFIC ASSOCIATIONS.
Ermine, a mullet or. For crest, on a wreath, an G. F., of Liverpool, who complains of the difficulty helmet, above all, a Griffin's Head erased. he has in determining what are the particular purposes / Stradbrooke, May 11.
J. T. A. of certain Associations, the names of which he comes in contact with in various publications, is referred to * The Rev. John Watson, formerly Fellow of Brazenose Hume's Learned Societies and Printing-Clubs in Great College, Oxford, and Rector of Stockport, Cheshire, died Britain, 1853, 8vo., which supplies all the required in- March 14, 1783 ; his only daughter, Ann Watson, died formation, and should find a place in all libraries, public | recently in her ninety-first year, at Macclesfield, April 20,
1855. or private.
“ Takes note of what is done-
DID SPENSER THE POET DIE IN DUBLIN ?
NOTES ON THE FAMILY OF HOYLE. Some time since it was announced in a now extinct My attention having been drawn to some enquiries Dublin periodical, that Spenser, the author of the Fairy in recent numbers of Current Notes, in reference to the Queen, died in that city; the assertion was made on family of Hoyle, I forward the following :the authority of the late John Bernard Trotter, formerly | The origin of this family was from Flanders or Braprivate secretary to Charles James Fox; supported by bant, whence they came and settled some centuries since documents in the Irish Record Office. The impression in the Yorkshire dales. on my mind was, that after Spenser was burned out at A branch of the family of some pretension, located in Kilcolman Castle he fled to London, and died about the parish of Ripponden, in the West Riding, not far three months afterwards at Westminster. Ben Jonson | from Halifax, where they acquired considerable possessays that he died from want of bread. Can there be
sions, and allied themselves with several of the ancient any doubt on the subject ?
Yorkshire gentry. The lands of Light Hazels, Hoyle John Bernard Trotter was born here, and received Royd, Swift Place, and the Hollings, all belonged to the his elementary education in this town. He was a man fainily, whose crest and armorial ensigns may still be of considerable literary acquirements and taste. He seen in the several now deserted nanor houses. was the author of the Memoirs of the distinguished About the year 1618, John Hoyle of Swift Place, Statesman, which pass under his name, and contributed married Agnes, daughter of John Hanson of Woodhouse, to several of the leading periodicals of his day. He by his wife Agnes, the daughter of Sir John Savile. In died in 1818, at Cork, in very depressed circumstances. the grave yard of Ripponden chapel are many monuDownpatrick, June 1.
James A. Pilson. mental stones erected over members of the family of
Hoyle; and over a John Hoyle there is the following Trotter's assertion is entitled to no consideration, as the epitaph, facts resolve themselves to but few particulars. George Chalmers, in reference to Tyrone's rebellion, stutes cor
Deo, ac Conjugi pius, justus rectly-" The Irish of Munster rising universally in Oc
Ac propositi tenax, Amicis tober, 1598, laid waste the country and expelled the English.
Certus, Omnibus Affabilis, ac Neither Kilcolman nor Spenser were spared. He was thus
Si quid ultra est, sit tota constrained to return, with his wife and family, to England,
Vita pro Epitaphio. Vade but in ruined circumstances." Camden says that being plun
Et tu fac similiter. dered of his fortune in Ireland, the poet in 1598 was On one of the bells is an inscription, purporting it to obliged to return to England, where he died in the same or have been presented in 1715, by Elkanah Hoyle, Genthe next year, and was buried in St. Peter's Church, West- tleman. The same Elkanah Hoyle, by his will made in minster, next to the monument of Geoffrey Chaucer. There | 1717. gave forty shillings yearly out of his estate called is, however, coeval evidence that at an inn or lodging--the tollins' to the poor people of Soyland, and sixty house in King Street, Westminster, in which doubtless he and his family were domiciled immediately upon their
shillings yearly to the incumbent of Ripponden, for arrival in London, Spenser died on January 16, 1598-9,
preaching a sermon in Ripponden chapel on Ascensionthe expenses of his burial being defrayed by the Earl of
day yearly, with a proviso that if the owner of Swift Essex, and the pall at the funeral being held up by several Place had not a good liking to the incumbent, this money distinguished poetical contemporaries.
should also be given to the poor of the parish, to whom Ben Jonson's statement, that Spenser died by absolute it has been paid for many years past. want of bread, and that while living he spurned the relief Some of the descendants of this family are, I believe, offered to him by the Earl, was a conversational averment now settled in or about Newcastle-upon-Tyne, in Northmade to Drummond of Hawthornden, in 1619; but the umberland. latter has recorded of his friend Ben, that he was guilty of The arms borne by the Hoyle family-on a field erinterpreting the best sayings and deeds often to the worst ! I mine, a Mullett or. For Crest, on a helmet, a Griffin's Spenser had his pension, which he doubtless as a servant head erased of the Queen duly received ; his situation, though in ruined
Roger HANSON. circumstances, was not that of abject want, and the expenses of his burial, though borne by the Earl, are rather to be considered as an honorary distinction rendered to the remain
nobleman looked upon as The Hoyles of the chapelry of Ripponden, in the entitled to his generosity, being both poetically and politi- parish of Halifax, came from Flanders several centuries cally known to him.-ED.
'since, and bear for arms, on a field erm., a Mullet or.; VOL. V.
ne whom t