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- long from you. I beg a thousand pardons for this my pre RELICS OF THE FAMILY OF THE STUARTS. sumption in so early an acquaintance, but if ever there be any thing wherein in the future I can serve you, the effec
Henry, Cardinal of York, bequeathed to an officer of tuuting it shall be the greatest pleasure imaginable to
his household, designated his gentiluomo, certain jewels Sir, your most obedient serrant, and weapons, of considerable intrinsic value for their
ALEXANDER GORDON. artistic merits, but more especially interesting from the The work referred to by Gordon, was a thin folio, circumstance of their having been the property at difprinted at Edinburgh in 1703, entitled Historical Enqui- ferent periods of various members of the House of ries concerning the Roman Monuments and Antiquities Stuart. This collection of the Stuart relics has recently in the North part of Britain called Scotland: by Sir been purchased at Rome, for Lord John Scott, for about Robert Sibbald, M.D. At the date of Gordon's letter it | 6001., from the person to whom they were bequeathed, was then very rare, and is now not often seen. Ander- and consist of the following articles : son was a very obliging person, and there can be but! An enamelled medallion of the order of St. George, little doubt that Gordon was allowed to retain possession
allowed to retain possession formerly worn by King Charles the First. of the so much coveted tome.
A ring with a cameo portrait in ivory of King James The Baron’ was Sir John Clerk of Pennycook, one of the Second. A gold ring with a white rose in enamel, the Barons of the Exchequer, a Scotish antiquary of con
worn by the same monarch, and by his son, the Presiderable eminence. Anderson, it is almost needless to tender, designated King James . inention, was the editor of the well-known Diplomata L. The ring worn by the latter, on his marriage with the Scotiæ, the preparation of which ruined him.
| Princess Clementina Sobieski; also the marriage ring of Paton was a bookseller at Edinburgh, the father of his son Prince Charles Edward, enclosing an exquisite George Paton, the correspondent of Gough; and who small miniature. collected a library, which, as regarded Scotish literature, An emerald seal, formerly belonging to James III.; was the finest ever formed in Scotland. His letters to and a chalcedony seal, engraved with the order of St. Gough, with a large collection of letters addressed to
Andrew. A dial and compass mounted in silver, forhumself, are in the library of the Faculty of Advocates. merly belonging to Charles Stuart. The letters of Bishop Percy, with those of several other
Charles Edward Stuart's watch seal, bearing the motto eminent persons, were, at the suggestion of Sir Walter |
-CHACUN À SON TOVR. Cardinal York's seal, with the Scott, edited, with an Introduction and Notes, by James
Royal arms of England. Maidment, Esq., Advocate, and published some years
A ring, with a miniature portrait, when young, of since at Edinburgh, by Stevenson; but the volume has Prince Henry Stuart, afterward Cardinal Duke of long been, to use a bookseller's phrase, out of print.
York. It is somewhat surprising that, although Anderson A ring with a cameo portrait of James Sobieski, great did so much and so well for the history of his own
| uncle of the Pretender's wife; by the celebrated gem country, few people South the Tweed know much
engraver Pickler. about him. In England, no private individual ever pro
A ring with a cameo portrait of the wife of Prince duced such a work as the Diplomata Scotiæ, and the
Charles Edward, by the same artist. publications of the Original Record Commissioners are
A ring with a cameo portrait of Prince Charles Edmerely monuments of unnecessary expenditure: for the ward; and another, with a similar portrait of the most part, instead of finding their ways to libraries for
Duchess of Albany. Another, containing a lock of her general use, are consigned to the tobacconist, or the hair. A portrait of the Duchess of Albany's mother. trunkmaker, - in truth, for one-fourth of the public
The weapons comprise the blade of King John money so squandered, all the most valuable records
Sobieski's sword. A jasper.handled dagger taken from possessing interest, might have been printed; and that
the tent of a Turkish Bey, at the siege of Vienna; and too in a most satisfactory manner.
a pair of richly ornamented pistols, formerly the property Edinburgh, Nov. 5.
of the Sobieski family. HEARne's UNPUBLISHED REMAINS.
The highly valuable collection of Antiquities and
articles of Art and Vertu, formed by Mr. Hertz, of The Manuscript Diaries of the Oxford Antiquary, | Argyle-strect, including those purchased at Mr. Rogers' cdited by Rev. Philip Bliss, D.D., are announced for recent sale, have been added to that formed by Joseph publication ; they are replete with biographical minutiæ,
Mayer, Esq., who with princely munificence has prepersonal anecdote, and historical gossip, more particu- sented the whole to the town of Liverpool, in aid of larly illustrative of the local antiquities, and by-gone establishing their Museum, of which he will ever remain habits and manners of the University. The impression the principal founder. is limited ; in 2 vols, octavo, 150 copies, at Two guineas; 50 copies, in 2 vols. On LARGE PAPER, at Three pounds Vita brevis, Ars longa. Whence is this well known ten shillings, to range with Hearne's publications, issued | adage derived ?
H. C. by himself. The work is printed for subscribers only, and From Hippocrates : the adage . Life is short, Art is long,' names are received by Messrs. Willis and Sotheran. is a translation of the first of his Aphorisms.
FIGURES OF PRELATES ON TOMBS.
BOAR'S HEAD TAVERN, EASTCI EAP. Whence originated the practice of placing the effigies Is Washington Irving's account of the following of deceased Prelates on their Tombs ?
S. M. | Epitaph in St. Michael's Church, Crooked Lane, on the In the third volume of Spelman's Concilia, it is stated:
tomb of Robert Preston, whilom drawer at the Boar's Thomas de Marleberg, abbot of Evesham was the first per-|
Head Tavern, in Eastcheap, true, or a pleasant fiction of son who introduced the custom of placing such figures upon
that most pleasant writer in his very fictitious article in sepulchral monuments, which he did on the tombs of two the Sketch Book, on that famous Tavern? of his predecessors, and also on a third designed for himself. Bacchus to give the toping world surprise, He died in 1213.
Produced one sober son, and here he lies.
Though rear'd among full hogsheads, he defy'd LORD PANMURE AND ROSS'S MONUMENT.
The charms of wine, and ev'ry charm beside. In Current Notes, August 1855, p. 62, it will be
O reader ! if to justice thou'rt inclined, observed, notice was there made, that the monument
Keep honest Preston daily in thy mind :
He drew good wine, took care to fill his pots ; which was raised by subscription to the memory of Alex
Had sundry virtues that excused his faults. ander Ross, A.M., the schoolmaster and poet, of Loch
You that on Bacchus have the like dependence, Lee, was then misplaced, in so far as it was erected in
Pray copy Bob in measure and attendance. the new burial ground of the parish, fully a mile distant
Perhaps some of your readers can tell me? I have a from the old one in which the poet and his wife were both
| purpose in ascertaining its truth. interred. This was occasioned by the obstinate whim of a late minister of the parish who determined the monument
Needham Market, Nov. 4. LINCOLN Green. should become an ornament to the new burial ground; and
In the church-yard of St. Michael, Crooked-lane, was accordingly, contrary to the desire of the subscribers, and
formerly a tablet to the memory of Robert Preston, late
drawer at the Boar's Head Tavern, in Great Eastcheap, the urgent remonstrances of many disinterested parties
who departed this life, March 16, 1730, aged twenty-seven persisted in its being so misplaced. Our observations
years; followed by the ten lines quoted by our corresponupon the subject having happily fallen under the notice
houce dent. They were first noticed and printed in the London of Lord Panmure, the proprietor of this romantic district, | Magazine for August, 1733. his Lordship, during his recent visit there, caused Ross's memorial to be taken from the new church, and placed at
FEMALE PROFESSORS OF SCIENCE. the head of the poet's grave, in the fine old burial ground,
By the following extract from Malden, on the Origin within a pistol shot distance of which are also the ruins
of Universities, p. 63, it appears that the United States of the poet's dwelling house, and the parish school in
of America is not the only country where the ladies which he taught the youth of the neighbourhood for more
share with thc sterner sex the privilege of competing than fifty-two years.
for academical distinctions. The monument is simply a plain tablet of Aberdeen
One of the most singular points in the history of the granite, inscribed with his birth in 1699, and his death in 1784, and referring to his literary labours.* His songs
University of Bologna, is the admission of the female sex
to its honours and offices. There is mention in early times of the Rock an' the Wee pickle tow; To the biggin we
of learned women on whom degrees were conferred. It is will go; Wooed an' married an' a; and many others are
said that Novella d'Andera read lectures on jurisprudence, as popularly well known; and sung by the peasantry be
but took the precaution of drawing a curtain between her. tween the rivers of Tay and Spey, as are those of Burns. self and her auditors. Mrs. Piozzi mentions La Dottoressa Dr. Beattie, of Minstrel notoriety, was Ross's contempo- Laura Brassi, who taught arithmetic and natural philosophy; rary and intimate friend ; and having upon one occasion and Lady Morgan has introduced us to Signora Clotilda visited him at Loch Lee, wrote him a curious address, Tambroni, a learned professor of Greek. But the boldest in Scottish verse.
inroad into the scientific province of the ruder ses was Since the death of Ross, many a young poet, some of made by Madame Manzolina, who lectured on anatomy. whom their country is now proud to honour, have made St. Alban's Parsonage, Gateshead. E. H. A. pilgrimages to his romantically situated grave; and by the absurdly misplacing of his monument, many have left the
SUFFOLK TRADITIONAL CURE FOR FITS. district, wending on their way, in the belief that no me- In the following rustic prescription, that little animal morial marked his last deposit, or honoured his genius; the Mole, is the victim to an absurd and ignorant belief. but the recurrence of these apprehensions has now been A friend, resident in the most north-easterly part of obviated by the prompt and laudable interposition of Lord Suffolk, was thus recently addressed by an old woman : Panmure, who, amidst the many honours so justly gained -I wish, Sir, yow'd catch me a live Moll. For what from his Queen and country, has thus also insured the purpose ? asked my informant. Why, Sir, you see my humble gratitude of every admirer of Scottish Poets and darter's little gal is got fits, and I'm told that if I get Poetry.
a live Moll, cut the tip of his nose off, and let nine drops
| bleed onter a lump of sugar, and give that to the child, . See Mr. Andrew Jervise's History and Traditions of the 'tis a sartin cure. Land of the Lindsays, 1853, 8vo. p. 73.
John F. FOWLER.
Yet O! I could have woo'd my treach'rous Fate Thave let me died without the publique hate,
London, printed 1641.
WIMBORNE MINSTER LIBRARY. Some time since, a correspondent in Dorsetshire discoursed pleasantly concerning the old library attached to Wimborne Minster. I should like to draw his attention en passant to its present state. When down there recently I did not forget to inquire for it, when the sexton conducted me to a damp vestry, where the books were piled on the stone floor in dreary disorder. The damp had already commenced its ravages upon them, and the sexton mournfully hinted at the prospect of the coming winter. Upon one, a Manuscript of the Gospels, mouldy decay was already visible. The reason assigned is, that a new library is being built to receive these books; but if more care is not taken, the new library will be only suitable for their grave.
I assure Mr. Garland that I have not overstated their present condition.
Needham Market, Nov. 4. LINCOLN Green,
ULTIMUM VALE, A LAST FAREWELL OF THOMAS, EARLE OF STRAFFORD, Written by himselfe a little before his death.
[Rcprinted from the original broad sheet.) Farewell vain World, farewell my fleeting joyes, Whose best of musick's but an Echo's noyse; And all the lustre of your painted light, But as dull dreams and fantoms of the night. Empty your pleasures too, nor can they last Longer than aire-puft bubbles, or a blast. Farewell you falling Honours, which do blinde By your false mists the sharpest sighted minde; And having raised him to his height of cares, Tumble him headlong down the slippery stairs. How shall I praise or prise your glorious ills, Which are but poyson put in golden pills. Farewell my Blus'tring Titles, ne'er come backe, You've sweld my sailes until my mastings cracke, And made my Vessel reele against the rocks Of gaping ruine, whose destructive knocks Hath helplesse left me, sinking, here to lie : The cause? I raised my main-top sailes too high. Farewell Ambition, since we needs must part, Thou great Inchantresse of man's greater heart : Thy gilded titles that do seeme so faire, Are but like meteors hanging in the aire : In whose false splendor, falling thence, is found No worth, but water-like shed on the ground. Farewell the Glory, from which all the rest Derive the sweets for which men style them blest, That from one root in several branches spring; I meane—The favor of my Gratious King: This too, hath led my wand'ring soule astray, Like Ignis Fatuus from its righter way. Farewell my Friends, I need not bid you go; When Fortune flies, you freely will doe so : Worship the rising, not the setting Sun. The house is falling, Vermin quickly run. Bees from the wither'd flowers do make haste: The reason? Because they have lost their taste. Farewell the Treasures of my tempting store, Which of all Idols I did least adore; Haste to some Idiot's coffer, and hee'l bee Thy slave, as I have master been to thee. Heaven knowes of all the suitors that I had, I prized thee least, as counting none so bad. Lastly, my Foes Farewell: for such I have Who do in multitudes wait for my grave; 'Mongst which I can't beleeve but some there be That hate my vices only, and not me: Let them passe ore my fame without a blot, And let the vulgar snatch, they know not what, Let them besmeare me by the chatt'ring notes, Poor silly hearts, which echo through their throtes; I'll passe it ore and pray, with patience too ; Father forgive, they know not what they do.
CENTENARIAN QUEEN OF THE LAKE. Toward the close of the seventeenth century was born the memorable Margaret uch Evan of Penllyn, of whom it may be truly said —How little was it thought while the bantling crawled upon the floor, and feebly tottered to gain its mother's knee, unable to lisp her native tongue, that she in particular should live to become so celebrated an example of the spirit and strength of the ancient British fair. Pennant observes of her- This extraordinary female was the greatest fisher, hunter, and the best shooter of her time: she kept at least a dozen dogs, terriers, greyhounds, and spaniels, all excel. lent in their kinds. She killed more foxes in one year than all the confederated hunters do in ten,* Mistress of most mechanical arts, she was a good joiner, and while under contract to convey the copper ore down the lakes, she built her own boats, rowed them stoutly, and was the Queen of the Lake. She made her own shoes; and as a blacksmith, made the shoes, and shod her own horses. She made harps, and well versed in all the old British airs, fiddled excellently. Many of the neighbouring bards paid their addresses to her, and celebrated her many exploits, in pure heroic British verse; till at length, as if determined to maintain the superiority which Nature had so pre-eminently bestowed upon her, she gave her hand to the most effeminate of her admirers. In most field diversions she had no superior, and even at the age of seventy was considered the best wrestler in the county, so that few young men dared to try a fall with her. She had a maid-servant of congenial qualities, but Death ere long earthed this faithful companion; and Margaret herself, having lived through an entire century, at length succumbed to this mighty monitor in 1801, when she had attained her one hundred and fifth year. Harbledown.
S. * Journey to Snowdon, 1781, p. 158,
RELIOS OF ALEXANDER SELKIRK.
THE JEWS NOT THE ARBITERS OF EUROPE. Howell, in the Introduction to his Life and Adventures Allix's Refutation of the last Hope of the Jews, may of Alexander Selkirk, printed at Edinburgh, 1829; men serve as a refutation of Von Haxthausen : and, it may tions seeing in 1823, the cup and chest that had once be | be remarked, one does not see how Von Haxthausen's longed to Robinson Crusoe, the name by which he has assertion, that the Jews are now our servants, can be been rendered an object of so much interest, in the house reconciled with what follows, that the Jews are now to a at Largo, so admirably and so recently pourtrayed in great extent the arbiters of the fate of Europe ; or, how i Current Notes, pp. 73-74. He also notices no informa his further views can be reconciled with Revelation ? On tion was then obtainable except a few vague traditions the Divine authority, we may rest satisfied, the Jews" repeated by an old man, a relative of Alexander Selkirk's, have no more important a destiny in the affairs of who possessed the precious relics, and dwelt in the house:' | Europe, than this, and truly of no small importance, this it would seem was the husband of the now surviving namely, to be witnesses for God to the end of the world, widow Gillies, alluded to by your correspondent.
to all who believe not their Messiah, our Christ, God and In the spring of 1825, Howell discovered in the person Man, manifested to destroy the works of the Devil, in of John Selcrag, a teacher of youth, at Canonmills, a love to our souls, and to bring us nigh to God. village near Edinburgh, a veritable grand-nephew of Clifton, Bristol:
HORATIO MONTAGU. Alexander Selkirk, who was in possession of two relics which had once belonged to his distinguished relative: a
LORD COCKBURN'S MEMORIALS. staff, or walking-stick, and his flip-can—the latter, in an The accuracy of the late Lord Cockburn, with reappeal, printed in February, 1841, for assistance to ference to several statements in his recently published alleviate the then distressed condition of the owner, an Memorials, has been impugned. Among other charges aged and indigent man-is described as being made of is the one he has related of the Judge at Gerald's trial, brown glazed stone ware, resembling a common porter | in 1794 ; a remark, it was asserted, that was at mostjug, and holding about a Scottish pint. Every thing an after thought; but on referring to Pryse Lockhart that belonged to a sailor in the olden time, that would Gordon's Memoirs and Reminiscences, I found, as I admit of it, had its rhyme, and this flip-can had the anticipated, if the authority of Mr. Gordon, who affirms following inscription and posy: —
he was present at the trial, be trustworthy, and this there Alexander Salkurke, this is my one si.e. own). I is no reason to question ; a strong confirmation of Lord When you me take on bord of ship,
Cockburn's story. Subjoined are both versions — Pray fill me full with punch or flipp.
In his (Gerald's] speech, which was anything but a deFulham.
fence, he unfortunately attacked the Lord Chief Justire
Mansfield,] a severe judge, and a bitter enemy to reform. Alexander Selkirk obtained this stone ware jug from The prisoner at the bar stated that it was reform and the pottery at Fulham, about the middle of 1703, while not revolution which he wanted, and that Jesus Christ was waiting for the equipment and sailing of the Cinque a reformer.' Weel, sir, and muckle did he get by that! Ports Galley, to which he had been appointed sailing | Was na' he crucified? The most brutal and impious remaster. That the flip-can, as his grand-nephew desig- mark that ever came from the mouth of a Judge. Gordon, nated it, doubtless accompanied him on his voyage, was vol. i. p. 149. with him on the island of Juan Fernandez, and was
The reporter of Gerald's case could not venture to make brought home by him, there cannot reasonably be en
the prisoner say more than that Christianity was an in
novation,' but the full truth is, that in stating this view, he tertained any doubt; and it appears that it had been
added, that all great men had been reformers - even our highly venerated in the family, had been generally
Saviour himself. “Muckle he made o' that,' chuckled locked up, and, at one time, by a niece, during fifty
Braxfield, in an under tone- he was banget. Cockyears. It had been cracked, and to prevent the crack burn's Memorials, p. 117.
K. Y. E. from extending, Selkirk had himself while at sea attached a patch of pitch: this had also been specially
NE SUTOR ULTRA CREPIDAM. retained. Can any correspondent of Current Notes state In one of the principal streets in Fisherrow, near where these relics are now deposited ? The fact of Musselburgh, is the following sign-board • Fulham' being attached to the distich, as the place of
Bu TOOS AND fabrication, renders the Jug an object of interest as a
SHOUS repreD specimen of the early pottery, for which Lambeth and
HeR Houf BURNSS Vauxhall are now so deservedly celebrated.
It was copied by myself as nearly as possible to the Selkirk doubtless never dreamed of the posthumous original, and is, I think, as a curiosity from a land cele. fame that awaited him : it is not certified that he com brated for good and cheap education, worthy of a place in municated any papers to De Foe, who it would seem your Notes, based his glorious fiction on the Voyages to the South Haddington, Nov. 5.
ROBERT Pape. Sea, and round the World, by Captain Edward Cook,
ERRATA.-P. 84, col. 2, 1. 10, for pellets, read printed in 1712, in 2 volumes, Svo.
pallets. P. 86, col. 2, 1. 38, for edition, read addition. Woolwich, Nov. 3.
E. M. P. 87, col. 2, for hort read host.
WILLIS'S CURRENT NOTES.
"Takes note of what is done
FEUDS OF THE VEITCHES AND TWEEDIES.
COLUMNAR ORNAMENT IN GULVAL CHURCI. These two families, though now of little notoriety,
The meaning of the centre representation on were at a former period, of some importance. James,
the pillar in Gulval Church, referred to by whom it has been the fashion of late to ridicule; had
your correspondent, Henry Williams, in during his Scotish reign, adopted every measure in his
Current Notes, p 90, no doubt, represents the power to tame the “perferoidum genus Scotorum,"
White Lily, (Lilium Candidum) in dedication and as he was not very scrupulous in the means used,
to the Virgin Mary, mother of Christ. was so successful, that when he ascended the English
W. throne, his native country was making rapid strides towards civilization. Had he lived ruler of Ireland, a few years longer, Ulster would not have remained the only portion of that country in which life and property were
ARMS TO PARLIAMENTARY REPRESENTATIVES. deemed safe. James was in fact a much wiser man than I have heard it stated that prior to the Commonhis son Charles, and fully as honest. The following un wealth, any person who became a member of Parliapublished letter, addressed to the Lords Priry Council, ment, if he had not a coat of arms, had one granted to relative to the feuds between the Veitches and the him. I should feel obliged if, through the medium of Tweedies, goes far to establish the vigour of his Scotish Current Notes, it were notified that such was the fact ; administration
and where a list of such arms may be found ? Right Trustie and Well beloved Cousins and Counsellors, Also, is there any list of arms of the members of We greet you well. Whereas We understand that the Parliament, Lord Mayors and Sheriffs of the City of deadly feud between the Veitches and Tweedies is as yet | York ? unreconciled, and our peace kept between them only by ! Rotherham, Dec. 12.
A SEA LAWYER. the means of renewing of assurance from time to tiine; but since we came so far by great pains in our person or Chivalry with its gorgeous splendour during the reigns during our stay there, and by our continued directions of Elizabeth aud James was evidently waning, and had einsyne, and suppressed that monster within that kingdom, I lost much of its original attractions by the substitution and so as We do hardly think that there be any fend except intermixture of Italian shows, while the Military ardour this unreconciled, and the wrongs and mischiefs done by which was its chief impetus, had greatly subsided; the pride either of them, as we understand to others being in such a of ancestry, seems at this era to have been very generally proportion of a compensation as neither part boast of ad- avowed and encouraged in opposition to those of newly. vantage or otherways unless he be himself too much blind. I acquired pretensions. The practice of the law, and the Therefore our Pleasure and Will is, that you call before you wealth arising from commercial advantages, had, in fact, the principals of either surname, and then take such created a new order in society who were ambitious of the course for removing of the Feud, and reconciling as We ensigns and rank of gentility, and these honours were not have been accustomed to do in the like cases : And, who obtainable from the heralds but upon the strictest inquiry, ever shall disobey your commands and directions, you shall and frequent references to the Institutes of the Earl Marcommit them prisoners and certifie us thereof to the effect shal's Court, serve only to authenticate the equity and libeWe may return unto you our further pleasure and will rality which directed most of their proceedinys in days, intherein. And so we bid you farewell.
vidiously, perhaps, deemed gothic, savage, and unlettered, From our Court at Greenwich, the 10th of March, 1611. but certainly those when just claims only were confirmed, The Veitches and the Tweedies were a higher class
and real merit obtained its rewards. The fact of being re. of border marauders; the Elliotts had not then come
turned as a parliamentary representative, conferred doubtless into much notice.
a rank of gentility on persons whose family possibly in a pre
vious generation, the heralds might have deemed ineligible Edinburgh, Dec. 5.
to armorial honours, and in that light only could be con
nected with our correspondent's enquiry. The grants of The study of antiquities constantly reveals some ad
arms to all or any of such claimants are to be found only ventitious feature in elucidation of the history of the upon search of name in the records of the College of Arms. past, and opening the way to an infinite number of diverg- Lists of names of the High Sheriffs of York, the Parliaing results, frequently differing widely from the gene mentary representatives, the Mayor and Bailiffs, Lord rally accredited opinion, but which only a patient and Mayors and Sheriffs, to1735, are printed in Drake's History skilful pertinacity of research, can render successfully of York, 17336, fol. pp, 350-367, but the armorial distincavailable.
tions are not particularised. VOL. VI.