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for several days at the Blue Boar Ion, then kept by Mrs. declared that “ for his part he did Mrs. Clarke no harm, Clarke. He there fell in speech with Alice Grumbold, nor did so much as think to kill or hurt her, but what a maid of the house, in the way of marriage. Where- Bradshaw did he knew not; for to his knowledge, she upon, she told him, “her mistress had great store of was living at their going away." He added, Alice money in her house, and bade him come again some Grumbold, “the maid, was the only setter of the match, night and bring a secret friend with him she might trust, for they had not dealt therein but by her procurement." and there would be means made to get some of her She however protested, that although she could not clear moncy." Harrison proceeded to Lichfield, and took into herself from the robbery and consenting thereto, she was his confidence Adam Bonus, who communicated the plan clear from the murder of her mistress, and asserted “in of the robbery to one Edward Bradshaw, and they ar her conscience Bradshaw did murder her." ranged to meet at Leicester, and carry it into effect. The plunder borne off by these robbers was never reAccordingly, Harrison and Bradshaw, on Friday, Feb-covered, they declared they did not know what the bags ruary 1, 1604, rode to Leicester, and on the following contained, silver or gold, for in their flight, it was hidden day, they removed with their horses to the Blue Boar by them in the bank of a ditch near Pooley park, in Inn, lay there all night, and staid all day, on Sunday. Warwickshire, but they believed, if it consisted of silver, In the mean time Bonus, who had appointed to meet the there was from three to five hundred pounds. Being others at the Blue Boar, came on Saturday to Leicester, apprehended on some other charge and imprisoned, and after some conversation with Alice Grumbold, in the Bradshaw, through the instrumentality of Lord Stafford, * absence of Harrison and Bradshaw, determined not to was bailed, and on his going to the ditch side for the take part in the intended robbery; and in fact after the money, found it had been removed. murder, he turned · king's evidence.'

They were subsequently apprehended on the charge The particulars of the murder are these- Alice Grum- of the murder of Mrs. Clarke, and brought to Leicester. bold deposed, that about ten o'clock on Sunday night, The result of the trial appears on record among our Hall Feb. 3, she and her fellow servant, Waters, went into papers, in the following notice, on a slip of parchment:the stable with provender for the horses, and that Brad- Our Assizes holden at Leicester upon Tuesday, March shaw and Harrison followed them; she then went to the 25, 1606, before Sir Peter Warburton, Knt.; at which well to draw water for the horses, Bradshaw at the same Assizes Edward Bradshaw was executed for murthering time returning to the house, where they had left the Mrs. Clarke, and Alice Grumbolde burned for the same mistress all alone. On returning to the stable, she found murther.' Harrison's fate is not recorded. her fellow-servant bound, and Harrison, doubtless ac Twysden, it is evident, errs in the date assigned by cording to previous arrangement, seized and bound her him, and two, not seven men were concerned with the also. She was soon however, unbound, and seemingly maid Alice, in this diabolical act. The particulars adby force taken by them into the house, to open her mis- vanced however establish the tradition as based on fact. tress's coffers, the first of which was full of linen ; the The story of King Richard's bedstead, and the dissecond, full of writings; and the third, contained money.covery of the treasure secreted within it, rests wholly From this last, they took out several bags of money, ion tradition. That, now recognized as King Richard's most of which, having previously brought out their horses, bedstead, is indisputably a fine specimen of the late they fastened to the pommels of their saddles. Alice Elizabethan style, and has no concurrent similitude with would gladly have gone away with them, whereat they those constructed more than a century before. Twysswore “by God's wounds, if thou comest with us, thouden's statement that “ from a low condition Clarke soon wilt both hang us and thyself.” They then took her became rich, and in the course of a few years, Mayor of into the hall, and there bound her; Harrison at the same the Town," would seem to be a recapitulation of some time gave her a linen cloth, wherein was money and locally accredited belief, while it affords no evidence as other things, and said he would in ten days, come again, to the discovery of the gold in the way related by those to fetch her and it. The money she had was 421. 178., who placed credence in the tradition. Thomas Clarke beside two silver rings, and a gold ring. In her second mine host of the Blue Boar Inn, from the mode in which examination, she added, that after she was left bound the money and valuables was garnered by Mrs. Clarke, in the chimney in the hall, her legs not being fast bound, was possibly of thrifty habit, might have inherited proshe got up, and went into the buttery to see how her perty from relations, or from his long and constant sucmistress did, where, being unable to get out again, she cess as an innkeeper; still, certain it is that Thomas lay till morning, when one of the neighbours came into Clarke was mayor of Leicester, in 1598-9, and was an the house to light a candle, and unbound her. Beside illiterate character, unable to subscribe his name. By the plunder carried off, it appears there were seven or his will, dated June 15, 1603, he bequeathed part of his eight bags of money or gold,' and certain plate were property to charitable uses, and died a few days later in left behind on Mrs. Clarke's bed. As to the actual per- that month. Search has been made in the Archdeaconry petration of the murder, no direct evidence appears, Court for his will, in the hope that the inventory attached possibly the account as narrated by Sir Roger Twisden, to it would afford some fact illustrative of the history of may be the fact, and the circumstance of the maid's choaking her mistress, may probably be true. Harrison • Edward Stafford, the third baron, who died in 1625.

the bedstead, but the roll for that year is missing. These / STONE CARVING IN GLASGOW CATHEDRAL. facts are suggestive, that Clarke during his mayoralty Your Correspondent's notice in Current Notes, p. 39, might have had this bedstead constructed for his use; Lof and on his year of official greatness expiring, it was

of the curious corbel in Brechin cathedral, reminds me

of a stone carving in one of the crypts of the cathedral moved to his inn. The murder of his widow in February, I at Glasgow : and at this time when the north-landers 1604, doubtless placed the inn in other hands, and thev

| are apparently about to repair their beautiful church, it possibly to draw custom created the fable of Richard

may not be altogether useless to caution them not to having sought repose in that inn, and as any bedstead

deal too carelessly with the fragmentary stones lying in would answer the purpose, exhibit "d that on which pos- I the crypts, now wisely left there for inspection, and persibly the ex-mayor died in 1603. This was a period of her

haps might be so placed, that visitors might study them poetical fancies, the story of Dick Whittington and his with more

| with more convenience. Cat had its origin at this time; these romances spread

The stone, of which the enclosed is a correct sketchfar and wide, and were as eagerly credited by all classes of persons, the more incredible and strange they were in

2 their purport, they were found to be vastly more agreeable, and in some panegyrical lines by an anonymous writer, prefixed to Tom Coryàte's Crudities, printed in 1611; there are recounted among the penny sights' then popular in England, in London, and elsewhere, the following :The lance of John o'Gaunt, and Brandon's still i'the Tower, The fall of Nineveh, and Norwich built in an hower ; King Henry's slip shoes, the sword of valiant Edward, The Coventry Boare's shield, and fireworks seen but to

Boare's, the swach built is still i'the


Drake's ship at Deptford, King Richard's bed sted i'Leyster,
The White Hall whale bones, the silver bason i'Chester.

has been noticed by the Rev. R. S. Hawker, in Current The bedstead, after having been for several genera- Notes, 1855, p. 42, where he with great probability tions in the family of Babington, of Rothley, has lately

supposes it to represent evil spirits preying on a soul in passed by purchase into the possession of W. Perry

purgatory. I only regret, that the carving alone can Herrick, Esq., of Beaumanor Park, in this county.

convey the frightful expression of the countenance of There are some other curious matters connected with the unhappy victim. the subject which would have been worth noting, irres- What the destination and object of this singular pective of King Richard; among them, the charge of fragment may have been, it is difficult to determine; it treason, which a few years previously had been brought is probable, however, that some of the readers of your against Mrs. Clarke, when Mayoress, for having said, periodical may be able to inform me. 'the Queen deserved a rope, etc.,' as also, the particulars

T. H. Pattison. of the attempt to procure by bribery, through Lord Stafford, a pardon for Bradshaw,

NOTES BY A NUMISMATIST. Leicester, May 10.

William Kelly.


In the Sale Catalogue of the Collection of the late SHAKESPEARE'S BARDOLPH AND PISTOL.

Mr. H. P. Borrell, of Smyrna, to lot 834, consisting of The muster-roll of artillerymen serving under twenty-five varieties of third brass coins of the period Humphrey Fitz-Allan, Earl of Arundel, at the siege of of the Constantine Family, is the following noteSt. Laurens des Mortiers, dated Nov. 11, 1435, con- ! On one of the coins of Fausta, the exergual or mint let. tained the names of R. Bardoulf, and Will. Pistail.

ters are cons. The Baron Marchant remarked a similar Qu, were these the originals of Shakespeare's Bardolph example, which he thought singular, because Fausta died and Pistol ?

before Byzantium was called Constantinople; but the late

Mr. Borrell, in his numismatic correspondence with the VESPASIAN. The March number of Current Notes, writer, expressed an opinion that these coins were struck p. 27, notices the discovery of a gold coin of Vespasian

| at Arles ; for Le Beau, in his History of the Lower empire, at Inveresk; the legend on the reverse, reading Cos

expressly tells us that in 316, Constantine visited Gaul, and ITER TR. Pot. Last month, another of identically the

having conferred many benefits upon the City of Arles, it same type, and in fine condition, was dug up on the site

took the name of Constantine in gratitude to its benefactor;

moreover, Constantine Junior, the eldest son of Constantine of a camp near Hawick. The fact of these two coins

and Fausta, was born there in the same year, or fourteen being discovered within three weeks, in different parts years before Byzantium was called Constantinople. As to of Scotland, appears to be deserving of note.

these coins having been struck in her honour, after ber Edinburgh. Barron GRAHAME, F.S.A., Scotland. death, except indeed by her sons, that is not probable.

The desire to direct attention to this note, has induced it attracted the notice of Burns, who observed he would me to transcribe it, in order to avail myself of the occa- have given ten pounds to have been the author. sion to add, that I have recently obtained a coin of Cris- | About 1842, several letters passed between the late pus, of the same module, with precisely the same letters Captain Charles Gray and myself on this subject, on the exergue of the reverse-a discovery, which in whence an abstract may be seen at p. 373, of the Book my opinion, goes far undoubtedly to corroborate the pro of Scottish Song, printed for Blackie and Son, at Glasbability of the hypothesis here suggested.

gow, in 1843. The lyric is there printed with some additional lines by my correspondent. George Picker

ing was born in or about 1758, at Simonburn, in NorST. ANDREW PENNY OF EGBERT, KING OF WESSEX.

thumberland. In 1777, he was clerk to Mr. Davidson, Among the numismatic treasures of the Anglo-Saxon solicitor in Newcastle, and shortly after, had the manageperiod in the National Collection, is a penny assigned ment of the Stamp-Office for Northumberland, Newto Egbert, king of Wessex, the first so called sole castle and Berwick; but being unfortunate, he quitted monarch of England. The coin having on the obverse, the north of England, and after residing some time in the portrait of the king, with the legend ECG BEORHT | Norfolk, in 1798 he went abroad. Twenty-five years •RE, and on the reverse, the legend + SCS ANDREAI afterward, he returned to Newcastle, and resided with is engraved in Hawkins' Silver Coins of England, his sister, at Chimney-Mills, where he died in 1826. plate XII, fig. 158; and at p. 55, it is simply described He was buried toward the west corner of the churchtype 7, without comment.

yard at Lamesley, in the County of Durham, where a The peculiarity, however of the legend on the reverse, stone bears this inscription induced Mr. Haigh to suggest that as the cathedral of

Sacred to the Memory of Rochester is dedicated to St. Andrew, the coin was prɔ

GEORGE PICKERING, bably minted at that city after the battle of Ellandene

Son of in 823, when Egbert routed the Mercians, and followed

GEORGE PICKERING, OF SIMONBURN, up his victory by the conquest of the tributary kingdom who departed this life, 28th July, 1826, of Kent.

Aged 68 years. Mr. Haigh's hypothesis it must be observed, rests en

Erected by his sister ELIZABETH PICKERING, tirely on the assumption that the name of St. Andrew

from motives of true affection to her bears relation to the city in which the coin was struck ;

much beloved and esteemed brother. but, even assuming that fact as a basis of classification, I Every communication written by Sir Walter Scott it must be borne in mind that the cathedral of Wells in possesses to me great attraction, and I look forward with Somersetshire was also dedicated to St. Andrew; and much interest to the letters which will appear in Curin reference to that fine old structure, that it was built rent Notes, connected with his membership of the Newby Ina, king of the West Saxons, and that several other castle-upon-Tyne Society of Antiquaries, and the Border of the West Saxon kings endowed it. It may therefore Minstrelsy. I am also glad to perceive Mr. Maidment be fairly presumed, that as Wells was situated within contributing to Current Notes ; like Mr. David Laing, the original territories of Egbert, the coin in question of the Signet Library, Edinburgh, what he has done in is much more likely to have been struck there, than at the field of Scottish Literary Antiquities, awakens the Rochester, a city that was only acquired by conquest, desire that he would do still more. His letter is valuin the twenty-fourth year of the reign of the monarch able, and has my cordial approval as to Scott being the whose effigy and name it bears.

author of the Waverley Novels. As a further proof of May 9.

M. B.

the correctness of his views on this point, I may relate

what Mr. Ellis, of Otterburn, told me himself. NOTES ON THE AUTHOR OF WAVERLEY.

On Sept. 25, 1812, Mr. Scott, for he was not then a I have been again much gratified by perusing the

ha baronet, visited Mr. Ellis, at Otterburn. He was on second letter of Sir Walter Scott, printed in Current !

his way to Rokeby, and occupied in the composition of Notes, pp. 21, 22.* Mr. Ellis presented to me, the

his poem of that name. Mrs. Scott and two children copy of the Poems by Bedingfeld and Pickering, which

h were with him, and they remained at Otterburn for one I still possess. Probably, the most attractive piece in

night only. Next morning Mr. Ellis accompanied his the volume is the fragment of Scottish Song, said to

distinguished guest on the road through Woodburn, when have been written by the latter, beginning

they walked over the Roman station of Habitancum, Keen blaws the wind o'er Donnocht head;

commonly called Risingham, and ascending the hill to

the south-east, they saw the figure of Robin of Redes• If, in Current Notes, p. 14, I was mistaken in the ob.

dale sculptured on the face of a huge stone, which Scott servation relative to the Lines on North Tyne, I was led to

examined with great attention. The result of the obthe error from Scott's mention of Drayton, to whose prin- / servations made that morning, may be seen in Rokeby. cipal work, the Marriage of the Coquet and Alwine has Subsequently, when the stone bearing the figure was direct reference, and none whatever to the lines in question. I also overlooked Mr. Fenwick's tract, and now thank

* To this visit I have alluded more particularly in the E. H. A., for the light he has thrown upon the subject.

History of the Battle of Otterburn, now in the press.

broken, Mr. Ellis communicated all the particulars to they encircled the venerable temples and white hairs of Mr. Scott, to which the latter replied, dealing out some that old man, whom to have seen was almost worth a sarcastic remarks on the perpetrator of the deed. No. king's ransom, and who hath left behind him a lesson thing more on this matter transpired till 1819, when impressive as Solomon's of the vanity of terrestrial on the publication of Ivanhoe, Mr. Ellis by referring to things. Scott's letter, detected towards the close of the Intro-1 Newcastle-on-Tyne, May 9. ROBERT WHITE. ductory Epistle to that novel, clear and most conclusive proof that he alone was the author.

In these early days, I well remember with what avi Scott's having abandoned poetical description for prose dity, I read every work that came from the hand of the narrative, as a wider field for display of character apGreat Minstrel. After perusing all his poetry to which

pears never to have led to any attempt of a drama for I had access, and duly weighing in my own mind, the theatrical representation, of which it would se

theatrical representation, of which it would seem he enwriter's remarkable genius, on reading the novels, I had

tertained some dread. On the rebuilding of Drury Lane not the slightest doubt, they emanated from the same! Theatre, among other projects of the proprietary for source. In his prose fictions, Scott commanded a wider points of attractive advertisement, was one of obtaining stage for the performance of his dramatis personæ, in

at any cost, a play from the Northern Bard; and Ellistroducing many peculiar characters who became known ton was deputed to make the application; it failed to him among his own countrymen, and who were suit

wholly. Scott in January, 1812, after five years graable for a novel, though unfit for a poem. But the same

tuitous service as a clerk of Session entered upon the careful individuality was in each preserved—the same salary attached of 13007. a-year; and might therefore creative power every where evident; the effective group

be considered as less anxious to profit by the produce of ing together of all ranks, and the appropriate names em

his pen, but on the contrary, it appears to have been ploved the striking force of the descriptive portions, a settled principle that led to the avoidance of all assoand above all, in every instance, the complement and

complement and ciation with the drama, as the autograph letter addressed framing of a tale that every reader could comprehend. to Elliston, and now before the writer, is conclusive eviwere not to be mistaken. In short, judging from what dence. I saw of current literature, my opinion was that no Sir,- I am favour'd with your letter, and am much other individual of the time could have produced them. obliged to you for the polite expressions it contains, as

Retrospectively glancing over the circumstance of well as for your supposing me capable of advancing in Scott's frequent denial of being the anthor, we ought to any degree, the dramatic art, or the advantage of its remember, that he was not only possessed of profound professors. As I am very fond of the Stage, which is sagacity, but that he was a very proud man. In his the only public amusement that I ever indulge in, I day, none could better fathom the human mind both in have at times, from my own inclination, or at the soliciits strength and weakness, and being aware how public tation of friends, partial like yourself, to my other procuriosity becomes excited in proportion to the impene- ductions been tempted to consider the subject your letter trable silence with which a great secret is kept, this very proposes to me. But upon a mature consideration of my point told most effectively on the popularity of these own powers such as they are, and of the probable conworks of fiction. Again, as he himself said, he was by sequences of any attempt to write for the Theatre, which birth, a gentleman, and if it was openly avowed he wrote might fall short of complete success, I have come to the novels, the circumstance might detract from his dignity. determination of declining every overture of the kind, In this respect, he was not alone, for about the com- of which I have received several. mencement of the seventeenth century, a still greater I therefore have only to express my regret that it is man, alluding to the plays he had written, which ulti- not in my power to assist your exertions, which I have mately crowned him with immortal honour, observed - no doubt, the public favour, and your own talents, will

render successful without such aid, and I am very glad, Thence comes it that my name receives a brand, And almost thence my nature is subdued

I have been indirectly the means of supplying new subTo what it works in, like the dyer's hand:

Tjects for your Theatre, and am very much,

Sir, your obedient servant, so, the dread of such debasement undoubtedly influenced Edinb. January 6, 1812. WALTER Scott. Scott to keep his own counsel when he wrote the Novels; and he seems to have made up his mind to repel most pointedly every attempt of prying impertinence to get

IPSWICH TOWN ARMORIAL INSIGNIA, beyond him. When his position in a business point! I enclose drawings, with rubbings of the arms of of view rendered longer concealment impossible, he Ipswich, from monumental brasses in the churches of gave way; but had this not occurred, and had it not that Town. been that those works had then acquired a world-wide The arms on these examples are differently reprefame, the probability is, that he had never confessed the sented, and yet not one is in accordance with the authorship; and when he mildly allowed the mask to description of the coat particularized in Clarencieux's be withdrawn, his unfading laurels were already won- confirmation in 1561 ; if that record was correctly

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copied, of this fact however, no means of ascertaining On Monday, the 11th inst., the public library was remaius, as the original is believed to have been long opened by his Excellency, the officer administering the since destroyed, Harvey's confirmation, printed wholly Government. It is a free library, and we owe its existin Current Notes, October, 1855, p. 80; describes the ence to the exertions of Judge Barry, one of the Judges lion rampant as regardant. Possibly, it would be of of the Supreme Court. He took the Legislature in time interest to notice this addition to the Curiosities of when the revenue bad increased from less than 300,0001., Heraldry, and therefore, with the drawings and rub- to more than three millions, and people thought bings, have attached an heraldic description of each it never would come to an end. He thus obtained shield.

money for the building, and for about three thousand I. Arms of Ipswich, from the brass in the church of volumes. Last year, there was a vote for 30001., but St. Mary Tower; of Thomas Drayle, Portman, 1500. it lapsed for want of money. This year, that sum is

Per pale, three demi-lions guardant in pale, joined to again on the estimates, and as the colony is flourishing, as many demi-hulks of ships.

and the revenue is improving, the amount will no doubt be voted and paid. The best colonial library is at Cape Town, but an annual payment for admission is required. The library at Quebec, is also good, but that is not free. Ours will be emphatically a public institution, and I fully expect that in eight or ten years, it will be the finest colonial library under the British Crown. That of the Legislative Council also presents the beginning of a splendid library, but that will of course be confined

to the members of both Houses. We adopt the AmeII. Arms of Ipswich, from the brass in the church of rican custom of a joint library instead of the English St. Mary Key; of Thomas Pownder, 1525.

custom of a library for each House. The Pownder brass in mode of emblazonment bears conclusive evidence of its foreign fabrication. Only one

FEMININE DELUSION. demi-hull appears on the shield, and the coat is reversed, in order apparently to turn the lion towards the centre

The enclosed letter was written by Lord Eldon, in of the subject, a perversion not unfrequently assumed reply to one addressed to.

reply to one addressed to him by the aged wife of a in Flemish, German, and other continental heraldry.

tal heraldry. Yorkshire Vicar, whose husband had long been engaged III. Arms of Ipswich, also in the church of St. Mary in a vexatious Tithe suit in Chancery. The request was Key, on the brass of Henry Toolye, 1551.

to aid her by moving on the slow machinery of that very Party per pale; on the dexter side, a lion rampant

slow court-she, poor woman, thought that as she was guardant; on the sinister, three demi-hulls joined to

a native of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and had known and the impaled line.

visited the Scott family there, the member of that family The arms as described in the confirmation by William

who then occupied the Woolsack, would for the sake of Harvey Clarencieux, August 22, 1561, are

Newcastle, etc., use his influence in some powerful Party per pale gules and azure; in the first, a lion

manner, to drive on Chancery to decide the case. To rampant regardant, gold armed and langued azure; in enable her husband to carry on the suit, her private prothe second, three demy-botes of the third.

perty had been mortgaged, and the family had suffered

greatly in consequence of the protracted litigation-she III. IV.

therefore in the anguish of her mind wrote the letter to the Chancellor, which drew from him the enclosed reply.

Madam-I have received your letter. With respect to making any application to Lord Lyndhurst, it cannot be made by me; I am sure that as a Judge, he would not permit me to have any conversation with him, relative to a cause which may come judicially before him; and having

myself been long in a judicial situation, I could not permit IV. Arms of Ipswich, in the church of St. Clement, | myself to speak to him upon such a subject. on the brass of John Toye, 1583.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer has nothing to do with Per pale; in the dexter, a lion rampant; on the anything respecting Tithes. Lord Lyndhurst is the Lord sinister, three demi-hulls joined to the impaled line. Chief Baron of the Exchequer, who, with other Judges Lee Road, Blackheath.

J. J. HOWARD. | hears Tithe Causes, but no Judge will permit himself to be

told anything respecting a cause but in open Court. COLONIAL PUBLIC LIBRARIES.

I am, Madam, A letter dated Melbourne, Feb. 16, affords some in

Your obedt. Servt.

ELDON. timation of the progress of the public free library of Australia.

" I may add, that the dilatoriness of the reverend gen

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