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Frae twenty-five to five and forty,

14. Road scene. Man on horseback enquiring the way, My Muse was now ther sweer nor dorty;

and another directing. 12 in. by 94 in. Matthew My Pegasus wad break his tether,

Hutchinson, Esq. 191. 19s. Een at the wagging of a feather,

15. The Rustic's proposal. 12 in. by 94 in. Charles And throw ideas scour like drift, Streeking his wings up to the Lift.

Curling, Esg. 471. 5s.
Then, then my saul was in a low

An exquisite production, happily illustrative of the
That gart my rbymes sae raffa row;

lines in the ballad
But eild and judgment 'gin to say,

He stammer'd and stutter'd, and let his hat fall,
Leave aff your sangs and learn to pray.

Then grinn'd, scratch'd his head, and said - nothing at all. I hope to do something yet that may chance to please,

If bashful the swain, no less bashful the maid, and if I still have a place in your indulgence I'll be Your Lordship’s humble happy servant,

She hung down her head, with her apron string play'd;

Whilst the old folks impatient the thing should be done, ALLAN RAMSAY.

Agreed that young Roger and Kate should be one. GEORGE MORLAND'S PICTURES.

16. Heath scene; Man dismounted; another cutting The Collection formed by the late Mr. Jesse Curling, furze. Woodman's cottage in the distance. 14 in. of pictures painted by that pre-eminently distinguished by 104 in. James Mitchell, Esq. 151. 15s. artist GEORGE MORLAND, were sold by Mr. Quallett, 17. The old Posters, painted with masterly effect. 15 in. New Bond Street, on the 11th inst. Most of them were by 12 in. John Curling, Esq. 691. 6s. painted at a period when his efforts justly obtained for 18. The Setters in Covert, a woodland scene of great him a lasting renown, and many of them were instantly merit, the dogs spiritedly delineated. 15 in. recognizable from the generally disseminated prints

by 12 in. Vokins. 401. 19s. which have been everywhere popularly estimated." His 19. Noontide. Landscape, sheep reposing. Finely paintings are indeed incomparably faithful representa

painted on panel, dated 1798. 15 in. by 12 in. tions of rural life, and in the description of farm yards,

Charles Curling, Esq. 2481. 17s. village scenery, landscapes, cattle, fishermen, and smug- 20. The mussel gatherers, with their boat, on a rocky glers on the sea-coast, Morland has never been sur

shore. On panel, painted with great care. 11 passed.

in. by 10 in.' Vokins. 421. The sight measure of each picture is added for the 21. Roadside inn, drovers refreshing. Vigorously gratification of our country readers, and in addition to painted. 14 in. by 11 in. Vokins. 521. 10s. the prices, the purchasers' names.

22. Wintry scene, sheep being housed for the night, 4. Landscapes, a pair of cabinet pictures. On panel.

15 in. by 10 in. John Lye, Esq. 311. 10s. Henry Stapylton, Esq. 91.

Landscape, figures in the foreground, old barn with 5. Coast scene off Margate, fishing boats in the dis

sheep in the distance. On panel, painted with tance. On panel. 74 in. by 54 in. The same.

great care, dated 1796. 12. in. by 10 in. 51. 15s.

Rought, Regent Street. 471. 58. 6. Girl with kitten, spiritedly sketched. On panel.

24. Coast scene, by moonlight, highly meritorious. 81 in. hy 74 in. Matthew Hutchinson, Esq.

17 in. by 14 in. Alderman Sidney. 351. 3s 6d. 331, 12s.

The four following formed a series of hunting subjects 7. Three pigs eating turnips. 11} in. by 64 in. Henry i Stapylton, Esq. 121. 5s.

dispersed. 8. Tap-room fire-side, with group of five figures and 25. The going out, settling the reckoning at the Fox accessories. On copper, carefully finished. 12 in.

L i nn; huntsmen and hounds in the distance. 26 by 94 in. John Curling, Esq. 171. 6s. 6d.

in, by 20 in. Matthew Hutchinson, Esq. 741. 11s. 9. Two men under a shady tree conversing, a dog 26. Hounds going in covert, squire and huntsman on

sleeping on the ground. On panel, very rich in horseback. 26 in. by 20 in. John Lye, Esq. colour. 7 in. by 6 in. T. E. Eden, Esg. 121. 12s.

361. 15s. 10. The gravel diggers. On panel, highly finished. 8 in. 27. The check, hounds at fault in the foreground; fox by 6 in. J. H. Anderdon, Esq. 241. 3s.

away in the distance. Very masterly. 26 in, by 11. Winter Scene. Soldiers returning on furlough ; 20 in. Matthew Hutchinson, Esq. 791.

cottages in the distance. On panel, carefully 28. In at the death, fox and hounds in the foreground, painted. 104 in. by 7 in. Alderman Sidney. huntsmen climbing over the fence; dated 1794. 121. ls. 6d.

26 in. by 20 in. Haskett Smtih, Esq. 601. 12. Horses watering, landscape and ruins in back ground. 29. Rustic interior, the fireside on a winter's day. 25

On panel, dated 1794. 11 in. by 9 in. J. H. An in. .by 20 in. Matthew Hutchinson, Esq. derdon, Esq. 281. 7s.

531. iís. 13. The washing-day, with child in pond, and village 30. Interior of a farm-house kitchen, rustics preparing

church in the distance. 11 in. by 10 in. Alderman their evening meal. 24 in. by 18 in. The same. Sidney. 231. 2s.

68l. 5s.

e now

31. Land storm, figures sheltering themselves ; stream, burg, Copenhagen, Berlin, Vienna, and Dresden. The

with bridge in the distance. 24 in. by 18 in. Public Libraries of Italy; the University and Town Rought. 511. Is.

Libraries of Germany and France; the University, Col32. Sea storm, the wreck on shore, figures clinging to legiate, Cathedral, Town and Parochial Libraries, with

the rocks; the long boat in the distance. 25 in. the Proprietary and Public Libraries of Great Britain and by 20 in. Attenborough. 371. 16s.

Ireland. The Libraries of the United States of America. 33. Pheasant shooting, a woodland scene, with game- Comparative Statistics of Books publicly accessible in

keeper and dogs. 25 in. by 20 in. Rought. the libraries of Great Britain, Europe, and the United 921. 8s.

States, and of the means afforded by Ewart's Public 34. The hard bargain : interior of stable, figures dealing Library Act, 1855, for supplying those of the United

for a calf; a dog sleeping, and another in the Kingdom.
middle distance. 26 in. by 20 in. Charles The Economy of Libraries, more especially of their
Curling, Esq. 1311. 5s. .

formation; the collection of books by taxation, or copy35. The Gypsies: a rich woodland scene, gamekeeper exaction from authors and publishers, by donation, by

leaning on style, in conversation with a group of international exchange, or by purchase.
gypsies, etc. 30 in. by 24 in. Richard Frankum, Designs and Projects for a great Public Library,
Esg. 551. 13s

elicited by recent propositions for the removal of the 36. Thatchers repairing roof of roadside inn, horses in Imperial Library at Paris, with other Projects for Pub

the foreground ; and market woman in the lic Libraries, involving notices of the more celebrated distance, dated 1795. 30 in. by 24 in. D. T. edifices of St. Mark's Library, Venice; the Laurentian, White. 1471.

at Florence; the Vatican, at Rome; the Brera, at 37. Innocence alarmed, an interior with figures, dogs, Milan; the Bodleian and Radcliffe Libraries, at Oxford;

gamekeeper, etc., singularly brilliant, clear, and St. Genevieve's, at Paris; the Ducal Library, Wolfentransparent. 36 in. by 30 in. Matthew Hutchin- buettel ; the University, and Trinity College Libraries, son, Esq. 2241 14s.

Cambridge; the Imperial Library, St. Petersburg; the 38. The Horse Fair; interior of stable, horses and Royal Libraries, Copenhagen and Munich; and the

figures about to attend the horse fair, seen in the British Museum Library.
distance. Admirably painted. 36 in. by 30 in. The arrangement and preservation of Books, with the
Charles Curling, Esq. 2311.

classification of Manuscripts, Prints, and Maps-folThe produce of these paintings was 21731., yet lowed by an Historical retrospect of Book-bindingwere they the products of the son of an obscure painter describing the Monastic bindings in ivory, metals, and now designated Old Morland,' who subsisted late in / wood, carved, embossed, chased, and jewelled; bindings life by the incessant toil of his son in producing draw-adorned with portraits, cameos, medallions, heraldic ings for sale hence in the few hours of remission he

| devices, and other ornaments. Embroidered or tambour sought solace among public house companions, formed bindings of velvet, silk, and damask. Embossed and bad connexions, and imbibed intemperate habits, which stamped leather and vellum bindings, with the severally destroyed his energies, and rendered him always poor, characteristic styles adopted in the libraries of Grolier, thus, many of his best pictures, those which will ever

De Thou, Maioli, Hollis, and others. Notices of eminent eternise his name among English artists, were painted

Binders and their peculiarities. with inconceivable rapidity in sponging-houses to raise Advantages and disadvantages of Alphabetical Catameans to redeem him froin arrest, or in ale houses, to logues, with the difficulties arising from the large discharge his reckoning. He died in a sponging-house number of anonymous and pseudononymous books. Colin 1804 ; and his wife, the sorrowing victim of his lections on particular subjects; the publications of follies and inebriety, followed him, two days after.

Societies, and Corporate Bodies.

Survey of the principal systems which have been MEMOIRS OF PUBLIC LIBRARIES.

proposed for the classification of Human Knowledge and Mr. Edward Edwards, Librarian of the Public Library, Libraries, with the comparative merits of these Systems. Manchester, has announced as preparing for speedy pubs The Fifth and Sixth Books treat generally of the lication, Memoirs of Public Libraries; with a Practical Management and Service of Public Reading Rooms, Hand-book of Library Economy. The prospectus of this and of lending Libraries; with the Administrative work shews amplified details of the vast labour and Organization of a Public Library ; followed by an Apresearch which have attended the producing of a book, pendix of Bibliographical and Critical Notices of some with such an admirable purport of utility and record. pre-existing works on bibliothecal economy, and on the The whole is in three parts, each containing many sub- history of Libraries. divisions. The first comprises the History of the Libraries The author proposes to publish the work, with of the Antients, and the Monastic Libraries of the Mid- numerous illustrations, in two volumes, royal octavo. dle Ages-General View of the Origin and Extension of Price to Subscribers, 11. 4s. Libraries in Modern Europe; the Imperial and Royal Subscribers' names are received by Messrs. Willis and Libraries of Paris, Munich, British Museum, St. Peters-Sotheran.


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

(AUGUST, 1856.


THE SAINT GILES'S BOWL. During the reign of King Edward the Second, the Burton, the historian of Leicestershire, mentions-At University of Oxford was much prepossessed in favour of the hospital of Saint Giles in the Fields, without the those who were termed .Nominals,' whose peculiarity bar of the Old Temple, London, and the Domus Converthen as now consisted in the most rigid adherence to sorum, now the Rolls; the prisoners conveyed from the the signification of words, and of which class of persons, City of London towards Teybourne, there to be executed the following will afford a sufficient illustration.

for treasons, felonies or other trespasses, were presented Merton College being on the walls, and the Master with a great bowle of ale thereof to drinke at their and Fellows being desirous of a facility to walking in pleasure, as to be their last refreshing in this life. Parthe meadows which were situated contiguously thereto; ton, under the head of peculiar custom,'* states, before deputed three of their community to the king then at 1413, the gallows was removed from the Elms in SmithWoodstock, to ask his authority and permission. One field, and erected at the north end of the garden wall of them, on their being presented to the king, signified belonging to the hospital of St. Giles, on which spot bethat they were sent by the College to demand licentiam tween the ends of St. Giles's High Street, and Hogfaciendi ostium-a licence or liberty to make a dcor : lane now Crown Street, opposite to the place where afterwhen a second immediately interrupted him, by saying ward the pound stood, it continued till removed to Tythat he was mistaken, as liberty to make a door was burn. The condemned criminals on their way to this not a satisfaction to them, for so they might have a their place of execution, usually stopped at the great licence, and yet the door never be made; therefore, his gate of the hospital, where they as their last refreshdesire was to have ostium fieri-a door to be made. ment in this life, were presented with a large bowl of ale, On this the third insisted, that they were both in error, whence the name of the Saint Giles's bowl.' for by this request it might still be in fieri, but his peti- The custom was not so peculiar, but appears to have tion was to have ostium factum,-a door made. Where been an observance of Popish times. Saintfoix, in referupon, the first replied, they were not so unmannerly as ence to Paris, observes, in those ages when literature had to desire a door made, for that was to demand the king not yet civilized our manners, the execution of criminals to make them a door, yet simply desired they might was a kind of show, exhibited with no small state and have leave posse ostium fierito have it in their power solemnity, and often on holidays. On their way to the to make a door; but the second again interposing, and place of execution, they were to stop at certain places, the third as resolutely opposing the second, the king and among others, in the Court of the Daughters of wearied by their squabble, intimated that though he God, where they had a glass of wine, and three bits understood their request, he would not give them satis- of consecrated bread. This collation was called the faction till they should agree in modo loquendi.

patient's last bit; and if he eat with any appetite, it Oxford, August 4.

P. B.

was looked upon as a good omen to his soul.

In accordance with this practice, we find in 1477, the Duke of Nemours who was beheaded in the Fish

Market at Paris, was led thither from the Bastille, on RUMP STEAK CLUB. I have heard of the Beef Steak

a horse caparisoned with black cloth, The rooms in Club, but I am also told there is or was another, called

the market-place appointed for his last resting-place, the Rump Steak Club. Can any correspondent of Cur

were lined with blue-grey serge, sprinkled with vinegar, rent Notes gratify your readers by some notice of it?

and fumigated with a fire of juniper-wood, to overpower Cambridge, August 5.

P. | the smell of the flesh. Whilst he was confessing, bis Upon the Excise Scheme being rejected, King George the

Commissaries were treated with wine, white-bread and Second evinced his resentment against those Lords and pears. He was then brought out upon a scaune Commons who opposed it, by turning his back upon them when they came to Court, upon which they formed themselves into a society, and designated themselves--the Rump in the Fields, 1822. 4to. p. 38.

• Some account of the Hospital and Parish of St. Giles Steak Club, adopting for their motto :

+ The same brutal malignity was evinced by King James RUMPATUR QUISQUIS RUMPATUR INVIDIA. the First, in the order for the execution of Sir Walter The Toasts of the Rump Steak Club, were printed in a Raleigh, on the Inauguration day of the Mayor of London, folio pamphlet, in 1734; but the Club has long since ceased. 1618. This was done to evince his contempt for the

citizens. VOL. VI.

for that occasion, care having even been taken to newly

EPITAPHIUM. stuff the cushion upon which he was to kneel; and the The Epitaph quoted in Current Notes, p. 62, by W. executioner after severing his head from the body, B., was inscribed to the Memory of John Wiles. of La. plunged it into a vessel of water, and held it up to the

it up to the venham, who died Dec. 16, 1691, ætat 50; the said people. By order of the King, Louis the Eleventh, the epitaph appearing to be a paraphrase of two or three Duke's children, the eldest of whom was but twelve

verses in the sacred Scriptures, viz.years of age, were present on the scaffold, in white ap

The thing that hath been, is that which shall be. parel, bare headed, and with folded hands, that they | Ecclesiasteš, ch. i. v. 9. might be sprinkled with their father's blood! The fiend-! That which hath been, is now, and that which is to like ovation over, the procession on its return was closed | be, hath already been. Eccl., ch. iii. v. 15. by one hundred and fifty Cordeliers holding lighted! There is another line, which I cannot at this moment torches, the head and body of the Duke in an open coffin | place my hand on, that has been frequently selected as being borne before them. Money was given to them

the theme of one of the most delightful anthems in Canto bury him, and the whole chaunting proceeded on | terbury Cathedral, and to which some of the young their way.

choristers there have given the most charming effect, Pennant mentions, an anciently similar observance at

so much so, that after a breathless silence and syinpaYork, occasioned the saying that the sadler of Baw

thetic attention of a most numerous congregation, I trey was hanged for leaving his liquor,' for that had

have sometimes heard pass from one to another, in pious he stopped as usual, his reprieve then actually on the

admiration of the melodious powers of the youth, in a road would have arrived in time to have saved him.

subdued whisper, the word “ beautiful” involuntarily After the suppression of the Hospital, the ale appears escaping from many lips on every side. The sentence to have been presented to criminals, at a house, that is-Who was, and is, and is to come. early in the seventeenth century, was known as the Bowl public house,' and gave name to Bowl-yard, which

The literal translation of the epitaph in Lavenham with Canter's Alley seem to have been the only places,

Church, is as follows : or nearly so, built on the south side of the present Broad That which a being was, What is it? show; Street: the rest being for the most part, cultivated

That being which it was, it is not now; ground, known by the appellation of Great Garden. To be what 'tis, is not to be, you see; Bowl-yard was continued to Long Acre, by Belton That which now is not, shall a being be. Street, which, by an inscribed stone tablet, was erected, The following in the parish church of Horsham, Susin 1683; but modern improvements have demolished sex, has a slight addition. Bowl-yard, it is now named Endell Street; and the

Quod fuit esse-quod est; Swiss Church, with ale and bottle stores on each side

Quod non fuit esse-quod esse. as supporters, now occupy the site of the once well

Esse quod est-non esse quod est : known Bowl-Brewery.

Non est-erit-esse.

Vita malis plena est,

Mors pia--preciosa Corona.

Post Vitam Mors est : Fade, Flowers, fade! nature will have it so;

Post mortem Vita beata. 'Tis what all living must in autumn do: And as your leaves lye listless on the ground,

What we have been, and what we are, The loss alone who loved them, will be found.

This moment, or the time that's past,

We cannot possibly compare,
So in the grave shall we as quiet lye,

With what we are to be at last.
Miss'd by some few who liked our company;
But some so like to thorns and nettles live,

Tho' fancy's flight has often ranged,
That none for them shall when they perish grieve.

In search of form that ne'er has been ;
We yet shall into that be changed

By ear unheard—with eyes unseen.
On the fly-leaf of a copy of Tom Paine's Common

Like Him transform'd whose God-like soul, Sonsc, sold among Ritson's books, were these lines :

Lay hid beneath the human shrine,
On the King's Illness, 1789.

From flesh and sense, and earth's controul, See the vengeance of Heaven! America cries,

At once immcrtal and divine. George loses his senses, North loses his eyes;

Life cursed with evils, then shall cease, When they strove to enslave us, all Europe will find,

While faith, the Crown of glory shows; That the tyrant was mad and his Minister blind.

For death succeeds to life, and this Qu. Were these lines written by Tom Paine?

At death commenced, unending flows. Edward F. RIMBAULT. I Words of similar import occur in the Revelations, They were ascribed at the time to John Williams, better chap. i. verse 8. I am Alpha and Omega, etc. kuown as Anthony Pasquin. Ed.

Harbledown, August 20.

M. D.


the truth of what I now write. I know no otherwise than Addison's Works have again appeared; but in a new

from the rumour of the town, and a half intimation from a

great man, who has always promoted my small interest, if I form, and with highly commendable additions. Bishop

am to be continued in my present station or commanded Hurd's edition, hitherto considered the most complete,

elsewhere; in either case, I have reason to hope, my forhaving become scarcely possible of attainment, the new

tunes may not be diminished. The favour I would, there. edition has opportunely been published to supply its fore, desire of your Lordship is to mention me to my Lord place at a much less cost. The new edition comprises Sunderland, with whom in every station (whilst I have the six volumes, the first four of which and a small portion honour to continue in the service) I must have affairs, that of the fifth contain all that constituted Bishop Hurd's his Lordship would receive me as a man who has obligations edition ; thus nearly two volumes are added from un to my late Lord, his father, and who, by my diligence and published manuscripts, and in all nearly two hundred

duty in her Majesty's service, would deserve his favour and and fifty letters, wholly superseding for library purposes

protection. and utility all previous editions of this celebrated Eng

I must detain your Lordship one moment longer, amongst lish classic.

many prose afflictions, I have one that is poetical. Some

rogue of a bookseller has made a very imperfect collection In vol. v. p. 365, is printed a letter from Addison to

of what he calls my writings; the whole is mutilated, Stepney, under the date 1707, which should have been

dames printed at length, and things written near twenty placed to Dec. 17, 1706, and followed in at p. 356, after years since mingled with some written the other day, in the letter dated Dec. 13.

such a manner as may do me harm; part of The Mouse is Addison's letter, dated Dec. 20, pp. 356-7, transmitted likewise inserted, which I had little to say to, otherwise than to Stepney the news received from · Lisbon, Dec. 17th.' | as I held the pen to what Mr. Montagu dictated. I menthat heading, therefore, at p. 356 is in error, Addison tion this, my Lord, desiring your Lordship to consider this being then in London, not at Lisbon.

book was printed without my knowledge or consent, and I Addison's allusion, p. 365, They say Jack Howe,

add to it, that since I had the unhappiness of being sepaMr. Blathwaite, and Prior shake,'* derives an interest

rated from your Lordship's company, I never have written ing explanation from the amusing letter addressed by

anything that could possibly merit yours or any of my

friends' displeasure. I am ashamed to be your debtor so Prior to Lord Halifax, as the friend of Addison, who was

long as to pecuniary matters ; in others, my Lord, your under the immediate patronage of Lord Sunderland. | Lordship sees in what manner I desire to continue my obli. These letters are truly valuable as illustrative of the gations to you. times, and adducing personal details which have not

I am, with very great respect, hitherto been available to the biographer or poetical

My Lord, your Lordship's most obedient historian.

and most humble servant, Duke Street, Westminster, Feb. 4.1707.

M. PRIOR. My Lord,—It is too late to recapitulate the differences

Among the letters is one, dated June 27, 1710, from that have happened between us, or to dispute the reasons that distinguished antiquary, Sir Andrew Fountaine, that occasioned them; it is properer at present to thank to Swift, in reference to Addison ; but so rich and racy you for your generosity and assistance whenever you suw in its invective and smartness of raillery that it is any danger threaten the man, whom you once honoured here extracted, in the hope that it will afford no little with the title of your friend. I know a great many ill gratification to the reader. people have endeavoured to calumniate me to your Lord.

I neither can nor will have patience any longer : and, ship and to some of your friends, but I hope you know me well enough not to believe them, and though I may suffer

Swift, you are a confounded son of a — May your the misfortune, I desire you to think I will not (as I have

half acre turn to a bog, and may your willows perish : may not bitherto) any way deserve the blame.

the worms eat your Plato, and may Parvisol* break your

snuff-box. What! because there is never bishop in EngI am very much obliged to Sir James Montagu for his kind concerns in my poor affairs, and take this opportunity

land with half the wit of St. George Ashe, nor ever a of assuring your Lordship that my respects to yourself and

Secretary of State with a quarter of Addison's good sense ; family are inviolable; and I appeal to him if, in all my dis

therefore you cannot write to those that love you, as well

as any Clogher or Addison of them all. You have lost courses and actions, I have not upon all occasions, testified

your reputation here, and that of your bastard, the Tatler,

| is going too; and there is no way left to recover either, • Addison, in defence of Garth and the Whigs, was po- but your writing. Well, 'tis no matter ; I'll e'en leave litically opposed to Prior, who found the former a formid- London. Kingsmill is dead, and you don't write to me. able opponent. His contempt of Prior induced the latter to Adieu. level a shaft at him, at the end of his Alma, in the follow Whiston, bookseller, at the Boyle's Head in Fleet ing lines : For Plato's fancies what care I ?

Street, in an unpublished note on his father's life, in the

Biographical Dictionary, writes : William Whiston being
I hope you would not have me die
Like simple Cato in the play,

in company with Mr. Addison, Sir R. Steele, Mr. SecreFor anything that he can say.

tary Craggs, and Sir Robert Walpole, they were busily Lord Halifax and Prior were also estranged by the Tory

engaged in a dispute whether a secretary of state could affinities of the latter; the Whigs were in the ascendant.

• Parvisol was the Dean's steward.

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