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King's Bench bar, His Majesty's pardon, for the murder To Charles Killigrew, Esq., Master of the Revels, in 1694, of Richard Wilson, Esq., better known in history | Fee, 101. per annum.

321. 10s. as Beau Wilson).

To L'Estrange Syms, Comptroller of the Revels, Fee, To Charles King, Esq., for charges and expences in eight pence per diem.

391, 108. 10d. printing “ The British Merchant,” [printed in three To William Lee, Latin Secretary, Fee, 801. per volumes, 8vo.] 3951. 16s. annum.

3201. To Gabriel Bourdon, Merchant, for twenty-six bustoes To the same, Annuity of 2001.

6501. with marble pedestals, for His Majesty.

6001. To the Kings, Heralds, and Pursuivants of arms on To several persons for their houses and goods burned their several Fees.

16751. at Preston.

47301. 18s. 6d. To Jane Grace Incledon, Keeper of the Palace at To Joseph Downing, printer for “ The Soldier's Moni- Westminster, Fee, sixpence per diem. 371. 8s.

2681. 198. 11d. To Sir Christopher Wren, Queen's Surveyor of the To Peter Waller, for Henry [fourth] Earl of Claren. Works, 2s. 6d. per diem.

111. 6s. 3d. don, in consideration of resuming the Mansion-house (Sir Christopher Wren, who after the great fire in 1666, gate at Whitehall.

60001. had been constituted Surveyor General for the rebuilding To Thomas Pain, Gent., for transcribing the Journals the Cathedral and other public edifices; and in 1669, of the House of Lords and Commons. 16371. 17s. Surveyor General of the Royal Works, was ungratefully

To Dr. Edward Halley, to furnish Her Majesty's displaced by party influence in 1718. He died in the observatory at Greenwich, with instruments 5001. / ninety-first year of his age, Feb. 25, 1722-3 ]

To William Elliot, Gent., for funeral charges of the To Christopher Wren, Esq., Clerk of the Queen's late Earl of Clarendon.

2001. Works, Fee, One hundred marks per ann. 161. 13s. 4d. (Edward Hyde, the third Earl, who died March 31,

1 To John Incledon, Esq., late Keeper of the Queen's 1723; he was succeeded by his cousin and heir, Henry |

| Palace at Westminster, Fee, sixpence per diem, 41. 11s. Hyde, the fourth Earl, and second Earl of Rochester).

To Robert Saunderson, Esq., for making three addi CORBEL IN BRECHIN CATHEDRAL TOWER. tional Volomes to Rymer's Federa.


| Brechin was created a bishoprick in 1150, by David To the Kings, Heralds, and Pursuivants at arms, for the First, King of Scotland, who also founded the a largess or reward upon the creation of Nobility. 2451. church, which was built by the side of the celebrated

To Richard Topham, Gent., Keeper of the Records Round Tower of that place, but the time is not exactly in the Tower, for clerks, 150l. per annum. 6371. 10s. known; no record remains of the progress of the work, -To George Holmes, Gent., his chief clerk, 1001. per or that it was finished. At the time of the Reformaannum.

4251. tion, induced by John Knox, the infuriated zealots To Philip Horneck, Gent., 2007. per annum. 8501. sternly adopted the advice of their leader, “to pull

To Henry Portman, Esq., Keeper of Hyde Park, down the trees, and cause the rooks to fly away," and 2001. per annum.

Brechin shared the fate of many of the old Popish fanes To the same, for watering the Ring, 2001. per annum. in Scotland : it was nearly destroyed, but the remains

To David Casley, Deputy Keeper of Cotton Library, shew that in its palmy days the church of Brechin had 821. per annum.


| been an edifice of considerable extent and of much eleTo Thomas Coke, Esq., Vice-Chamberlain of the

gance in its construction. The ruins of the chancel Household, 6001. per annum.

2505l. 8s. 2d. still present some beautiful examples of the early EngTo Richard West, Esq., 300l. per annum. 2257. lish style of Gothic architecture. The west window,

To Joseph Roberts, Keeper of Her Majesty's Water approaching in similarity to the flamboyant tracery of Engine at Windsor, 401. per annum.

the famous window in the church of St. Ouen at Rouen, To Charles, Duke of St. Albans, Master of the Hawks.

is yet in good preservation; but the principal door of Fee, 10s per diem. Thirty shillings per month, and entrance, immediately below that window, has suffered 8001. per annum.

61761. 4s. 9d. sadly from the storms of ages, and the reed enrichment, [Charles Beauclerk, second Duke of St. Albans, the of which at one time it could boast, and was supposed grandson of King Charles the Second and Nell Gwynne. to be an unique feature in Gothic architecture, has He had also an annuity of 10001. per annum; was Lord almost wholly crumbled away. Lieutenant of Berkshire, and Governor of Windsor Castle. The nave, at the time of the Reformation, was approHe died July 27, 1751).

priated as a parish church, but in a sorry attempt at To Hugh Howard, Keeper of the Records in White- some misnamed improvements, in 1806, the old aisles hall.

8001.) and cloisters were wholly demolished. To Thomas Chaplin, Esq., Kecper of the Tennis Court, The square tower, or belfry, is at the north-west Fee, eight pence per day; and 1201. per annum. corner of the church, and with its octagonal spire, one

4951. 98. 4d. hundred and twenty-eight feet in height, is a beautifully To Dr. Richard Bentley, Clerk of the King's Library, proportioned and imposing object. The bartizan, or top Fee, 2007. per annum.

7501. 1 of the tower, is ascended by a spiral staircase, and the lars.

tower itself may be said to be divided into several com

THE TREATY OF PEACE PEN. partments. The lowermost, having a groined roof, the So, after all the high-flow descriptions of eaglearches springing from illuminated corbels terminating winged pride, that the pen with which the Plenipotenin a plain circle, is the meeting place of the presbytery, tiaries were to sign the Articles of Peace was being and session of Brechin ; and in the upper part the great richly jewelled by the jeweller of the Emperor's housebell is suspended. In the latter compartment rises the hold, the incident simply solves itself into these particu. base of the spire of the tower, and the four corbels, on which the base rests, bear beautiful carvings in high The pen with which the Treaty of Peace was signed, relief. The sculptures are about seven inches in height, was made from a quill taken from the wing of an eagle, and from ten to twelve inches in length. Three of the at the Jardin des Plantes. Inmediately after the sigornaments are floral, and bear no particular peculiarity, natures, it was placed on a sheet of white paper, and excepting the broad and effective manner in which they the seals of all the Powers represented at the Congress, are executed ; but the fourth, here represented, is more accompanied by the signatures of the Plenipotentiaries, remarkable

were attached about it, and below it was written the attestation :

I certify that this pen was taken by me from the Imperial Eagle, at the Jardin des Plantes, and that it served for the signature of the Treaty of Peace of the 30th of March, 1856.


Chef de Bureau du Protocol. The whole was then placed in a gilded frame, and a glass fixed over it, to be presented to the Empress. Athenæum Club, April 4.



CLERICAL BELL FOUNDER. In Bowen's Manuscript Collections for Shropshire, among Gough's Topographical books, deposited in the

Boillcian Library, Oxford, is the following extract from It abuts from the north-east corner of the tower, and, reigns of Henry VIII., Edward VI., Mary and Elizabeth.

the register of Thomas Botelar, vicar of Wenlock, in the as will be seen, represents—a whimsical freak in design

1546. May 26, buried out of tow tenements in Mardfold-a dog with its tail strangely turned over the back,

street, next St. Owen's well, Sir William Corvehill, priest of picking a bone, and supported by a ram's head and

the seruice of our lady in this church, which 2 teuements behorns—it is the only corbel of this description I have longed to the said seruice ; he had them in his occupacon yet seen.

in part of his wages, which was viij marks and the said A deed in the Registrum Ecclesiæ Cathedralis de houses in an ov.'plus. He was well skilled in geometry, Brechin, now in the press, may be said to afford somne not by speculation but by experience : could make organs, data for believing that the square tower or steeple, in clocks and chimes; in keruing in masonry, and silkwhich this singular cor bel is found, was either built or weauing and painting, and could make all instruments of repaired by Patrick de Leuchars, bishop of Brechin, musick, and was a very patient and gud man, borne in this from 1354 to about the year 1373, and who for sometime

borowe, and somtyme monk in the monastery ; * two held the office of Chancellor of Scotland. This is the

brethren he had, called dāpne John, monk in said monas

tery; and Sir Andreu Corvehill, a secular priest, who died only deed having any reference to the building or re

at Croydon in Surry ; on whose souls God haue mercy. storing any part of the Cathedral. Possibly some reader

All this country had a great loss of sir William, for he of Current Notes may have seen a similarly devised |

was a good bell founder and maker of frames. corbel elsewhere; if so, the date of the building in which it appears might be useful in ascertaining the exact . Wenlock olim Wimnicas was first a nunnery erected period of the erection of the square tower at Brechin, about 680 by St. Milburga, daughter to King Merwald, which, notwithstanding the passing notice in the deed who presided over it. It was destroyed by the Danes, but referred to, is as yet an unauthenticated surmise.

restored by Leofric, Earl of Chester, in the time of King Brechin, April 10.

A. J.

Edward the Confessor; but being abandoned, and falling

into decay, it was in 1080 rebuilt and endowed for a prior CAIFNEY.–Are there any particulars known of the

and convent of Cluniac monks, by Roger of Montgomery, death of the once celebrated jockey Samuel Chifney,

Earl of Arundel, Chichester, and Shrewsbury. It was

dedicated to St. Milburg, who was said to have been buried whose volume entitled — Genius Genuine, and published

here ; and upon the dissolution of all monastical instituat Five guineas ! occasioned no little stir in its day?

tions in 1537, was granted by King Henry VIII. to AugusNewmarket, April 5.


tine de Augustinis. William somtyme monk,' appears He died in January, 1807, in the rules of the Fleet prison. I on the suppression to have conformed to the new faith.


THE BLIND MAN'S COMPLAINT. Shakespeare in his Dramas has frequently quoted An old manuscript in my possession, has with many from the Bible ; take the following as examples : - 1 more, the following lines :Rude am I in speech. Othello, Act i, sc. 3.

While night's black muffler hoodeth up the skies, But though I be rude in speech. 2 Corinthians,

The silly blind man misseth not his eyes; ch. xi. v. 6.

But when the day bummons to worke againe, Shew his eyes and grieve his heart. Macbeth, Act

His night eternall then hee doth complaine iv. sc. 2.

That he goes groping, and his hand, alas ! Consume thy eyes and to grieve thine heart. 1

Is faine to guide his foot and guard his face. Samuel, ch. ii. v. 33.

They are margined thus-Du Bartas, Impost., page Lighted fools the way to dusty death. Macbeth, 263. Are they original, or from any translation of Du Act v. sc. 3.


H. J. LITTLE. Thou hast brought me into the dust of death. Psalm These lines commence a simile in The Imposture, a poem xxii 15.

printed in Du Bartas His Diuine Weekes' and Workes, Mistake me not for my complexion,

translated by Josvah Sylvester, 1641, folio, p. 94, col. 1. The shadow'd livery of the burning sun. Merchant of Venice, Act ii. sc. 1.

Letter from Richard Grenville, first Earl Temple, Look not upon me, because I am black, because the K.G., but second in the Earldom of Buckingham ; adsun has looked upon me. Song of Solomon, ch. i. v, 6. dressed to the Right Honourable Hans Stanley. I took by the throat the circumcised dog, and smote

Norwich, March ye 8th, 1768. him thus. Othello, Act. v. sc. 2.

My dear Stanley. You will excuse my reminding you I caught him by his beard, and smote him. 1 Samuel, of your kind engagement to lend me a thousand ponuds ch. xvii. v. 35.

from Lady-day for six months. If not inconvenient I Let this pernicious hour stand aye accursed in the would wish it might be paid into Mr. Drummond's hands, calender. Macbeth, Act iv. sc. 2.

and that his receipt might be accepted as a voucher till Cursed his day; let it not be joined unto the days of my return to London. the year. Job, ch. iii. v. 6.

My Friends have made a handsome figure in our County We will die with harness on our back. Macbeth, Battle ; Mr. Coke would have succeeded as well as Sir Act v. sc. 5.

Edward Astley, if he had been supported by those from

whom he had an indisputable right to expect it. Nicanor lay dead in his harness. 2 Maccabees,

An account which has just reached me of Lady Buckingch. xv. v. 28.

ham's having brought me a third daughter, a circumstance Possibly some of your readers may be both able and which distresses me upon account of my own feelings, and willing to add to the above passages ?

much more from my knowledge of her's, will I hope Thornhill, April 8.

T. B. G. apologise for my not adding more than that assurance,

which 'flows naturally from my pen, of the regard and

affection, with which I am, Pepys. In some notices of Parliamentary represen

Your most fuithful and obedient servant, tatives, 1677, it is stated, Samuel Pepys, the member

BUCKINGHAM. for Castle-Rising, was originally a taylor, then serving

| Lady Buckingham was Anne, da. and coheir of man to Lord Sandwich, now Secretary to the Admiralty;

Thomas Chambers, of Hanworth, co. Middlesex, Esq.; has got by passes and other illegal wayes 40,0001.

a lady of some celebrity, whose poems were printed in

1754, at Strawberry Hill. The Earl, born in 1711, ANGEL's Visits.- In what writer or poem occurs the died without surviving issue, Sept. 11, 1779. line commencingLike angels visits few and far between?

THE “ FORGET ME NOT" FLOWER. Cheltenham, April 3.

Bishop Mant gives the traditionary creed for the In Campbell's Pleasures of Hope, in the second part. name of this flower. Where are the complete verses The lines are

to be found, and by whom were they written ? What though my winged hours of bliss have been,

Then the blossoms blue, to the bank he threw, Like Angel's visits, few and far between.

Ere he sank in the eddying tide ; Campbell, however, seems to have been indebted for this

And Lady I'm gone, thine own Knight true, poetical expression to Blair, in whose admirable poem en

Forget me Not! he cried. titled the Grave, first printed in 1743, are the lines

The farewell pledge the Lady caught,
- The good he scorn'd

And hence, as legends say-
Stalked off reluctant like an ill used ghost,

The flower is a sign to awaken thought
Not to return; or if it did, its visits

Of friends who are far away.
Like those of Angels, short and far between.

M. A. C. S. English Poets, by Chalmers, 1810, vol. xv. p. 67, col. 2. Crakemarsh, April 15.

No. LXV.)

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

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ST. ANDREW'S OLD CHURCI, PORTLAND, In Current Notes, pp. 30-31, are some interesting This edifice, at the southern extremity of the island, memoranda relative to the manor of Glympton. The very near to the sea, was erected and dedicated to St. earliest Register book of that parish, made of parch- | Andrew, in 1475. The tower was plain, and had no ment, does not commence till “ the 25th of June, in the bell, it was detached by nearly three feet from the body year of our Lord, 1667 ;" one hundred and twenty-nine of the church. The woodcut is from a very old drawing years after the issuing of the injunction by Thomas of the principal entrance ; inscribed over the doorwayLord Cromwell, for the keeping of registers. Possibly Psalmes the 122. I was glad when they said unto me, the following extracts, which with many others, by the Let us go into the house of the Lord. kind permission of the late Rev. T. Nucella, I made from Alex. Pearce. Phil. Dorent. Churchwardens, 1686. that register may be worth adding..

At p. 23, is an entry made by the rector, it appears in 1686, 2 James II., to the following effect.

Memorandum : Least the not demanding any other offerings att Easter then what are given att the Sacrament should be thought a neglect of mine, I am concerned to leave to my successors, this account which I had from some of the most understanding of the parish.

Whereas anciently there was a barbarous custom here for all the house-keepers, and which is worse the (judi. cious) rabble, to come to the Minister's house on Easterday after the Sacrament, to demand bread and cheese, and drink themselves full of ale, and in process of time, meate, pigeon pyes, etc. This rudeness was broken off

VW by way of exchange, that is, the quitting the Easter two-pences; and whereas long afterward, my predecessor demanded Easter-offerings, the parish came and demanded their ancient custom, which he was forced and glad to be ridden of. This I had from the mouth of an honest neighbour, who was one of those who came to demand it.

Ita est STEPH. Penton, Rector. Under another heading there is a subsequent reference. Queen Anne presented this church with a PrayerCUSTOMES AND USAGES IN GLYMPTON.

| book, having the Service of the Healing, for the use of

the parishioners; with the following presentation :1. A Fee Farm : rent payable at Michaelmas to Mr. Samuel Barton.

To the Minister and Churchwardens of ye Churche of 6s. 8d.

St. Andrew, in ye Island and Manor Royal of Portlande. 2. A dinner at Christmas, not on any certain day, for

This Booke of Common Prayer, is given by commande of such house-keepers as take no almes.

the Queen's Majestie to the above-named Church, for the 3. The poor who take alms, have one peck of wheat, use of the Ministers thereof. and one shilling.


NOTTINGHAM. 4. Noe two-pences demanded att Easter, above the Hampton Courte, ordinary Oblations att the Sacrament, for a reason May ye 8th, 1708. ascertained at p. 23. [As above.]

The signatures are those of Her Majesty, and her The Glympton register, with many others in the north principal Minister of State, but at what time it ceased to of Oxfordshire, which I have examined, contains items be a part of the church property is a question; it was relative to the sums being collected for the redemption however purchased recently at a book stall, by a gentleof the English who were captives and in slavery in man, by whom it was sent to the Rev. David Hogarth, Turkey; a curious contrast with the present state of Rector of Portland, who has recently deposited it as a the two countrics.

donation in the Portland County Museum Deddington, May 12.

C. FAULKNER. From the Act of Parliament, 29 Geo. II., we learn VOL. VI.

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that this church was then in a ruinous condition, oc- have been secreted where it was subsequently discovered, casioned by several settlements in the foundation from by the king himself, to be available for his purposes after time to time; further, that it was in a very dangerous the battle. situation, the cliff having fallen into the sea, by which could Mr. Kelly, or any reader of Current Notes the verge of the remaining part was within thirty-six say what has become of this bedstead, or in whose posfeet of the foundation ; upon these representations, the session it now remains ? demolition of the old and much decayed church was com-1. King Richard's body after the battle, was, it is asmenced in 1754, and the materials used in the new one. serted, exposed for some time, and then buried in the Dorchester, May 2.

Joan GARLAND. church of the Grey Friars, in Leicester. It is also

stated, that King Henry VII. bestowed a monument TRADITION OF RICHARD THE THIRD'S BEDSTEAD. upon his rival, which, on the dissolution of religious

A paragraph in Current Notes, p. 27, has recalled to houses by Henry VIII., was demolished, and Richard's my mind a circumstance communicated to me some years stone coffin actually served for a horse trough, at the since, by an eminent English antiquary, respecting the White Horse Inn, in Leicester. bedstead on which Richard the Third slept, August 21, Downpatrick, May 1.

JAYES A, Pilson. 1485, on the night previous to the battle of Bosworth Field, at the Blue Boar Inn, Leicester. The bedstead. The tradition quoted by your correspondent, Mr. J. so occupied by the king, according to my informant, is A. Pilson, is well known in this locality, and generally still extant, the history of which, as related by Sir Roger speaking is, in all its details, as an article of faith, Twysden, is not a little curious.

popularly believed. Sir Roger Twysden, in his Decem When King Richard marched into Leicestershire against

Scriptores, 1652, first placed these assertions upon Henry Earl of Richmond, he lay at the Blue Boar Inn, in record ; and he is said to have “had it from persons of the town of Leicester, where a large wooden bedstead, undoubted credit, who were not only inhabitants of gilded in some places, after his defeat, the bedding being Leicester, but who saw the murderers executed," and all taken from it, was either through haste, or as a thing of from him, these assertions have been transmitted by little value, left to the people of the house. Thenceforward subsequent writers, down to Miss Halstead, in whose this old bedstead, which was boarded at the bottom, as the biography of Richard III., they have been garnished by manner was in those days, became a piece of standing fur- some slight poetical embellishments. The advance howniture, and passed from tenant to tenant with the inn. This ever that has been made of late years in the study of house, in the reign of Queen Elizabeth, was kept by one archaeology, and the distinguished characteristics of Clarke, who put a bed on this bedstead, which, his wife going to make hastily, and tumbling the bedstead, a piece

architecture, furniture, and moveables, has been the

means of exposing many falsely supposed reliques, and of gold dropped out, this excited the woman's curiosity : she narrowly examined this piece of furniture, and finding the so long vaunted King Richard the Third's bedstead it had a double bottom, took off the uppermost with a chisel, is among the number. Among the most prominent of upon which she discovered the space between them filled those who expressed their doubts on the subject, was with gold ; part of it coined by King Richard III., and the Mr. J. G. Nichols, who, proceeding to the opposite exrest in earlier times. Clarke concealed this good fortune, treme, in an article some years since in the Gentleman's though by degrees the effect made it known, for from a low | Magazine, and more recently in the Literary Remains of condition, he became rich, and in the space of a few years, Mr.J.S. Hardy, edited by him, endeavoured to prove that Mayor of the town, and then the story of the bedstead came to the whole tradition, which rested solely on the authority be rumoured by the servants. At his death, be left his estate of Sir Roger Twysden, was nothing more than " an old to his wife, who continued to keep the inn, though she was wife's tale ” nay, that the king never slept at the Blue known to be very rich, which put some wicked persons upon engaging the maid-servant to assist in robbing her. These

Boar at all; and still more, that there was no such inn folks to the number of seven, lodged in the house, plundered

i at Leicester, it, and carried off some horse loads of valuable things, yet

Without attempting a thorough investigation of these left a considerable quantity of valuables scattered about the assertions, I shall content myself with noticing the more floor. As for Mrs. Clarke, who was very fat, she en- salient points of the story, and of Mr. Nichols's doubts. deavoured to cry out for help, upon which her maid thrust | That the Blue Boar Inn at Leicester, was well known her fingers down her throat, and choaked her, for which in the reign of Queen Elizabeth there are ample docuact she was burnt, and the seven men who were her ac-mentary proofs; whilst the traditionary story of the complices, were banged at Leicester, some time in the year murder of Mrs. Clarke, has since the publication of 1613.

Mr. Nichols's denial of the fact, been confirmed in the In addition to the foregoing statement by Sir Roger main relation, by the discovery in the Borough MuniTwysden, I have heard that the bedstead was sub- ment Room, of the original depositions of the witnesses sequently possessed by one Alderman Drake; I am in the case, taken before the Justices of the Peace, at however of opinion, that it is not at all likely such a the time of the murder. From these documents, the piece of furniture would or could be carried about, by a following facts are derived : person like Richard III. ; it is far more probable that Shortly before Christmas, 1603, one Thomas Harit had been the best in the inn, and that the gold might rison came out of Staffordshire to Leicester, and lodged

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