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“ Takes note of what is doneBy note, to give and to receive."-SHAKESPEARE.
Prelates must sometimes roam at large,
And lighter game pursue ;
Why not a Riddle too ?
The Charade, by an eminent dignitary of the Church, given in your last number, p. 17, is said to be by the Right Rev. the Lord Bishop of Oxford; but as I do not state the fact on my own knowledge, I cannot vouch for the accuracy of the report.
I sit here on a rock, whilst I'm raising the wind,
My first and my last are the best in the Isle. The solution is Christ Church. I send you a version in rhyme, as requested.
Christ on a rock His Church did found,
And though the tempests roar,
Till Time shall be no more.
In reference to Mr. Lowe's letter in Current Notes, p. 17, containing a Charade, and inviting a solution of it, I applied to a friend, and now send you one, in rhyme, which I received in answer to my application.
Firm on the Rock of Christ that lowly sprung, The Church, invokes the Spirit's fiery tongue, * Whose gracious breathings rose but to control The storm and struggle in the sinner's soul. Haply ere long his carnal conflicts cease, And the storm sinks in faith and gentle peace, Kings own its potent sway, and humbly bow The golden diadem upon their brow. Its saving voice with mercy speeds to all, But ab! how few to quicken at its call. Gentiles, the favour'd little flock detest, And Abraham's children spit upon their nest. Creation's work, but only once, has night Curtain'd with darken'd clouds its saving light, What time the Ark majestically rode Unscathed upon the desolating tlood. The silver weighed for it, in all its strength, For scarce three pounds,t were couuted, while its length Traced in the Prophet's view with measured reed, Squared just a mile, as Rabbins are agreed. And now I feel entitled well to smile, Since Christ Church has the palm of all our Isle.
The charade, which involves a compliment to Christ Church College, Oxforal, is said to have been the composition of a Bishop of Worcester ; and the solution is attributed to a Bishop of Salisbury. Kensington, April 11.
R. C. Kidd.
Gentle and kind the Saviour is,
As those who love Him know; He shields from harm the truly His,
But quells the stubborn foe. * Whene'er His Spirit from on high,
Scatters the clouds of lust, Kings lay their crowns and sceptres by,
And worship in the dust. Gentile and Jew detest the light,
Because their deeds are dark;
Imprison'd in the Ark.
Three pounds, in counting, gave;
Was valued as a slave. The noble Christ Church Walk extends
A mile exact in length; Long may it flourish! graced by Friends
Rejoicing in its strength!
In this, or any Isle ;
Must not provoke a smile.
BORTISM.--A new sect, which founds its creed on the revelations of speaking tables, has recently been instituted at Geneva, and from the name of its founder, M. Bort, derives the appellation of Bortism. The sect pretends to revelations from various angels and from the Saviour himself, speaking by the table and by the mouth of M. Bort. These revelations have been published at Lausanne. What next?
• The rushing mighty wind.- Acts ii, 2.
+ The weight of thirty pieces of silver was about three pounds.-Zechariah, xi. 12 and 13: and Matthew xxvi. 15.
The square of the Temple of the New Jerusalem was two thousand roods, equal to one mile.- Ezekiel xlii. 20.
* Parcere subjectis, et debellare superbos. VOL, VII.
PARKHURST.-On the title page of a copy of the
TOUCHING FOR THE KING'S EVIL. Nuremburg Chronicle, or more correctly, · Liber Chroni | In addition to the papers printed in Current Notes in carum, compiled by Hartman Schedel, and printed at reference to the Royal practice of touching diseased Nuremburg, by Anthony Koburger, in 1493, large folio, | persons, I forward a Proclamation issued at the close of is the following inscription and quatrain in the auto- | King Charles the Second's reign. I possess the original graph of John Parkhurst, elected bishop of Norwich, broadside which, I am assured, is very rare. April 13, 1560.
Lee Road, Blackheath.
At the Court at Whitehall,
The Ninth of January, 1683.
Whereas by the Grace and Blessing of God, the
have had the happiness by their Sacred Touch and InThese are followed by the autograph of William
vocation of the name of God, to cure those who are Naunton, of whose future the lines are predictive. afflicted with the disease called the King's Evil, and
Bp. Parkhurst, whose aptitude for Latin verses was | His Majesty in no less measure than any of his Royal highly creditable to him, published a volume which he Predecessors having had good success therein, and in entitled Juvenile Epigrains, 1573. He died Feb. 2, 1575.
his most gracious and pious disposition being as ready
and willing as any King or Queen of this realm ever BLUE STOCKINGS.—Myself and others must be greatly | was, in any thing to relieve the distresses and necessiobliged for the elucidation of the term Blue Stockings,'
ties of his good subjects, Yet in his Princely wisdom inserted in the last number of Current Notes, p. 21.
foreseeing that in this (as in all other things) Order is What induced my obtruding the query was the fact that
to be observed, and fit times are necessary to be apthe following statement, while it had all the appearance
pointed for the performing of this great work of Charity, of truth, seemed to be in some manner questionable.
His Majesty was therefore this day pleased to declare Many persons are no doubt curious to know the
in Council His Royal Will and Pleasure to be origin of the name Blue Stocking Club; and from the
That, in regard heretofore the usual times of present• Memoirs of Mrs. Carter, which have been lately pub
ing such persons have been prefixed by His Royal Prelished, we are enabled to present them with the follow
decessors; the times of Publick Healing shall from hence ing explanation : it appears that the celebrated Mrs.
forth be from the Feast of All Saints, commonly called Montague used to have parties of literary persons at her
Alhallon -tide, till a week before Christmas; and after house, concerning which the author of the Memoirs
Christmas until the first day of March, and then to says, “ to these parties it was not difficult for any per
cease till the Passion Week, being times most conson of character to be introduced. There was no cere
venient both for the temperature of the season, and in mony, no cards, and no supper. Even dress was so
respect of Contagion, wbich may happen in this near little regarded, that a foreign gentleman, who was to go
access to His Majesty's Sacred Person. And when His there with an acquaintance, was told in jest that it was
Majesty shall at any time think fit to go any progress, so little necessary, that he might appear there, if he
He will be pleased to appoint such other Times for pleased, in blue stockings. This he understood in the
Healing as shall be most convenient, and His Majesty literal sense; and when he spoke of it in French, called do
doth hereby accordingly Order and Command, it the Bas Blue Meeting; this was the origin of the
That from the time of publishing this His Majesty's ludicrous appellation the Blue Stocking Club, since
Order, none presume to repair to His Majestics Court given to these meetings, and so much talked of.
to be healed of the said Disease, but only at, or within Belgrave Square, April 2.
the times for that purpose hereby appointed as aforesaid, and His Majesty was further pleased to order,
That all such as hereafter shall come or repair to the LADY AND SPANIELS.— In your last number, p. 21, Court for this purpose, shall bring with them Certificates you state that Miss Power is the lady represented in this
under the Hands and Seals of the Parson, Vicar or pleasing engraving. May I take the liberty of enquir- Ministers, and of both or one of the Churchwardens of ing the authority for this statement? The Hon. Mrs. the respective parishes where they dwell, and from Norton has been named, and also Lady Blanche Eger whence they come, testifying according to the truth, ton, and they who compare the Lady with the Spaniels' that they have not at any time before been touched by with the fish-girl in Bolton Abbey' in the absence of His Majesty, to the intent to be healed of that disease.
And all Ministers and Church wardens are hereby named Lady.
required to be very careful to examine into the truth, April 1.
Civis ROMANUS. before they give such certificates, and also to keep a Miss Power is the Lady represented, reference to Mr. | Register of all Certificates they shall from time to time McLean, the publisher, would possibly convince Civis give ; and to the end that all His Majesties loving subRomanus of his error.
jects may the better take knowledge of this His Ma
jesties Command, His Majesty was pleased to direct
INEDITED LETTER OF THOMAS BEWICK. that this His Order be read publicly in all Parish The following letter will doubtless be read by many Churches, and then be affixt to some conspicuous place collectors of Bewick's publications with peculiar interest there. And that to that end, the same be printed, and a from the information it conveys in reference to the ori. convenient number of copies sent to the Most Reverend ginality of the several portraits which were painted of Fathers in God, the Lord Archbishop of Canterbury, him. The portrait by Ranson,* to whom the letter was and the Lord Archbishop of York, who are to take care addressed, 31, Judd Place West, New Road, and to that the same be distributed to all parishes within their which it more particularly relates, was engraved by respective Provinces.
subscription, and published in January, 1816. It was Par. Lloyd.
deemed the best portrait of Bewick which bad then been London: Printed by the Assigns of John Bill executed ; subsequently, the plate falling into the hands deceased; and by Henry Hills and Thomas Newcomb of a local bookseller, he reduced it to an oct:lvo size, and Printers to the King's most Excellent Majesty, 1683. appropriated it as a frontispiece to Bewick's works
both are now rarely met with.
Newcastle, Dec. 12, 1815. NOTES RELATIVE TO THE HEBER FAMILY.
Dear Sir,--I have long wished to hear from you, and It is not generally known that one of the Heber would have written to you long since if I could have got family was a century since, a book and printseller. your address, so that your letter per favour of Mr.
Richard Heber, Esq., the proprietor of Marton Hall, | Heaton gave me great pleasure, and has gratified me in Craven, Yorkshire, and of Hodnet Hall, in Shrop- in both these respects. shire, had a brother, Reginald, who was well known for I dare say most of our booksellers have Proposals in his fondness for Field sports and the Turf. Mr. John their shops — I know Finlay has, and also, I believe, Cheny, who in 1727 first projected and commenced the both Bell on the Quay, and Miller; therefore if you publication of the Racing Calendar, died in 1751, when send some of the prints to them as soon as you can, it Reginald Heber in conjunction with Thomas Butler, as will be what I think ought to be first done, before they book and printseller, in l'all Mall, near St. James' are advertised. Street, continued it, and among the advertisements at If I recollect right, the proposals or prospectuses the end of the Racing Calendar, 1751, Reginald Heber, mentioned that the print would be of a certain size, so as the author and publisher, is described as then living many inches in breadth and so many in height, I have in Cold Bath Square, Clerkenwell. In 1753, he was forgot how many; but if the plate is done the size living in Fullwood's Rents, Holborn, and dealing in named, the prints cannot suit to bind up in any of my Sporting Prints and Books, and also in York River publications, therefore I am quite at a loss to know how Tobacco. The volume for 1754, contains a Notice to this is, and also what Longman's people can do with it his subscribers, that at a fire at his printer's, Edward if it is too large for the books. Owen, in Hand Court, Holborn, all the printing Sometime ago I expressed to Mr. Nicholson my fears materials, as well as his books were destroyed.
that the large print would not sell to pay you, and I In 1757, he had removed to Holborn Bars, and added also named this to him in July last, when I met with to his former business, the sale of the Finest Durham him at Chillingham. I also told him several other Flour of Mustard.' A long advertisement of Sporting particulars respecting this business, and my reasons for Prints is appended to the volume for 1758, and in thinking it would not pay you at so high a price without addition to the Mustard, he added. Various Snuffs, and it was engraved so as to be called an inimitable engravRight Woodstock Gloves.'
ing. As the Racing Calendar in 1769 passed into other "While we were at Chillingham, Mr. Nicholson hands, it is presumed Reginald Heber was then de- painted another likeness of me in water colours of a
smaller size, but for what purpose I know not. Whether Richard Heber, Esq., his brother; by his first wife Mr. Nicholson may have informed you of Mr. Summerbecame possessed of some sbares in Elliott's Brewery, Pimlico, and by this marriage was the father, in 1773, * Thomas Fryer Ranson, born at Sunderland in 1784, of Richard Heber, M.P., and the most distinguished was apprenticed to J. A. Kidd, engraver, of Newcastlebibliomaniac of the early part of this century. Inherit-upon-Tyne. He then came to London, and in 1814, was ing his mother's property in the brewhouse, he, when in awarded by the Society of Arts their silver medal for exLondon, resided in a house in the brewhouse yard, where cellence in engraving a portrait of Sir Thomas Gresham. he died in 1835. Reginald Heber the no less cele- | In 1818, he underwent a prosecution by the Bank of brated preacher at Lincoln's Inn, and subsequently
England authorities for holding a one pound note, which bishop of Calcutta ; and also Thomas Heber, were sons
they alleged to be a forgery, but which was subsequently by a sccond marriage, but the bishop was the only
proved to be genuine. In 1821 he received the Society of
Arts' gold medal, for his line engraving of a portrait of the married son, and dying withont issue male, the name of
Duke of Northumberland ; and, in 1822, their gold medal, Heber of Marton and Hodnet is extinct.
for his admirable engraving from Wilkie's picture, Duncan April 8.
field's intention of engraving my portrait, as a Frontis- | he says they are done by Turner. I think Mr. Rampiece to my books, I do not know, as I forgot to ask say's portraits, one and all, are the best that ever were him, but lest he may not have told you, I think it right done; he gives the character as well as the likeness so to inform you how this happened.
correctly, that they look the personation, they ought Some few years ago, while Mr. Summerfield was in indeed not to be called likenesses but facsimiles. Mr. Newcastle, upon sceing my likeness done by Murphy, Ramsay is also a very agreeable, kind, good man, as he obtained a promise from me that I would lend it to well as a first rate painter. him for the pirpose of his making an engraving from it I am sorry to hear you remark that you hare not for my books. From that time untill, I think, about last been fortunate in your former speculations-I hope the Christmas, I never heard a word about Mr. Summer-tide will turn in your favour, and that times will field, and supposed, from the ill state of health he was brighten upon you. Since you left Newcastle, I could in, it was likely he inight be dead-he however, put me often have got you jobs, but I did not know that you in mind of my promise, and I sent him the picture, but would or could do them, and I have always been at a with some reluctance I was not easy under the appre- loss for your address, this your father from time to hension that it might hurt the sale of your print, not- time has promised to give me, but never did so. At withstanding their being so different in size. I have, present work is very slack in Newcastle, while at the however, my fears that poor Mr. Summerfield is not same timo Engraving shops increase. I keep myself doing well, so it has been hinted to me, and also, that I extremely busy at work upou our intended new publiwould never see my much valued portrait again-it was cation of the Fables of Æsop and others, but I fear it presented to my wife, and she is very uneasy about it. may be a year before I can get fairly to press with it. His last address, given to me in April last, was Mr.! I dare say I have tired out your patience, and shall John Summerfield, No. 15, Allerton Street, Hoxton conclude by wishing you the compliments of the season, New Town. I would be obliged to you if you could and best wishes for your success. make it convenient to call upon him, and enquire what
I am, dear sir, yours, &c, he is doing, and when I may expect he will return the
Thomas BewicK. portrait. You will at the same time see, and perhaps know, what he has done to the portrait, or whether he
TRADITION OF THE PIPER OF HAMELIN. intends doing it or not?*
In Nicholson's English Atlas, 1681, it is stated-At A succession of odd things has happened about this Hamelin, an ancient city on the confines of the Dukeportrait of mine, which I cannot help wondering at, and dom of Brunswic Calemberg, they keep the record of I have more to relate to you respecting it, than is the famous Piper, who in anno 1284, with his pipe and altogether agreeable, especially as it relates to my much
tabret drew the Rats into the river after him; and a esteemed young friend Mr. Nicholson, † for not long
year after, with the same musick, drew the Boys of the after he so kindly painted the grand portrait, as I think Town into a cave on the top of a neighbouring Hill, who it, I found some gentlemen in Newcastle, my warm were never after heard of. In remembrance of this friends, did not like it, some of them went so far as to
sad accident the Citizens were wont for many years after, call it an outrageous likeness; but before I knew this,
as appears by several old deeds and records in that city, I was particularly requested, and consented to sit again to date all their Indentures and Contracts such a year to Mr. Ramsay here, and I supposed at the time that it since the departure of their children. was meant as a private portrait, and I dare say, at the Hamelin, situated at the confluence of the Hamel time, it was meant for that only ; it has however given with the Weser, is a strong town of Lower Saxony, at such thorough satisfaction that these friends now talk the extremity of the Duchy of Brunswick, of which it is of having it excellently engraved. I have mentioned to the key. What are the facts respecting this extraor. some of them how you were situated, and strenuously I dinary Piper ? recommended to thein that you should do it. At this Minories. April 8.
P.M. they hesitate, and wish to see your execution of the plate you have in hands, before they determine upon The portrait of himself had all the distinctness which any thing. Mr. Ramsay recommends its being done Bewick so warmly eulogised as appearing in all Ramsay's in the stippled manner, and shews several portraits done portraits. It was engraved by John Burnet, and published from his paintings in that way, and they certainly are by him in October 1817. done very correctly, very like the paintings--I think The Fables of Æsop and others, a volume projected
previously to 1795, did not make its appearance till 1818, * The portrait, after Murphy, engraved and published nor then with the success that was anticipated ; and though by John Summerfield, in the first state of the plate, is dated this work by no means added to Bewick's already wellNov. 1, 1815; in the second, published by T. McLean, established reputation, it certainly did not detract from it. Sackville Street, Piccadilly, Feb. I, 1816. In either state The subjects are well drawn and engraved, and evince that it rarely occurs. Ed.
his capabilities were not confined solely to the correct de+ Isaac Nicholson, eminent as a wood cutter, was one of lineation of figures. Thomas Bewick died, in his 76th Thomas Bewick's most talented apprentices. He died, year, at Gateshead, Nov. 8, 1828, and was buried, on the aged 59, Oct. 28, 1818. Ed.
13th in Oviugham Churchyard.
VISCOUNTESS KEITII. Hester Maria Vicountess Keith, noticed in Current Notes, p. 22; daughter and co-heir of Henry Thrale, of Streatham, in the county of Surrey, married, in 1808, George Keith, who, for various naval exploits, was created, in 1801, Admiral of the Blue, and in 1814, Viscount Keith, with remainder to issue male. He died in 1823; and their only issue, Georgiana Augusta Henrietta, born 1809; married in 1831 the Hon. Augustus John Villiers, second son of George Child Villiers, fifth Earl of Jersey. Thrale, whom Dr. Johnson could not otherwise consider than as his friend and benefactor, diel in 1781, and appointed the author of *the Rambler' as one of his executors, in conjunction with three other persons. Johnson's inaptitude to this duty is fairly and fully described by Sir John Hawkins, in his Life of Dr. Samuel Johnson,' a volume most unaccountably neglected. Thrale's brewery in Southwark, now Barclay, Perkins and Co., was then as now, a gigantic concern, and the executors, unable to conduct it with sufficient effect for the interest of the widow and her children, disposed of it for 135,0001., a proceeding in which the Doctor, without hesitation, readily concurred. Soon after Thrale's decease, it was observed Dr. Johnson's visits to Streatham became less and less frequent; he doubtless assumed too much of the Mentor, and too dogmatically imposed an observance of council to which Mrs. Thrale, or her daughters were not inclined, the former more particularly having predilections of her own to gratify, which were exemplified in her not very generally approved marriage with Piozzi ; certain it is, the intimacy that had so long continued cooled rapidly, and in his Diary, Dr. Johnson records
1783, April 5th, I took leave of Mrs. Thrale. I was much moved. I had some explanations with her. She said that she was likewise affected. I commended the Thrales with great good will to God; may my petitions have been heard !
This formal dissolvement of all further intercourse between the Thrales and himself explains the causes which so soon after Thrale's decease induced the Doctor's studiously avoiding all mention of Streatham or of the family, a circumstance that was feelingly yet silently observed by his associates.
Hester Maria Thrale, who at this juncture had passed through her course of teens, married, in her forty-fourth year, Lord Keith, whom she survived.
Viscountess Keith died at her residence, 110, Piccadilly, in her ninety-third year, on Tuesday, 31st ult.
Eaton Place, April 2.
PRAISE OF TIE HORN-BOOK.
Thee! will I sing, in cow.ely Wainscot bound,
Or, if to Ginger-Bread Thou should descend, And Liquorish Learning to Thy Babes extend; Or, Sugar'd plane o'erspread with beaten Gold, Does the sweet Treasure of Thy Letters holdStill Thou shalt be my song. Apollo's Choir I scorn t'invoke ; Cadmus my Verse inspire ! 'Twas CADMUS, who the first Materials brought Of all the Learning that has since been taught, Soon made compleat! for Mortals ne'er shall know More than contain'd of old the Christ-Cross.Row. What Masters dictate, or what Doctors preach, Wise Matrons hence e'en to our Children teach. But as the Name of every Plant and Flow'r, So common that each Peasant knows its Pow'r ; Physicians in mysterious Cant express, T'amuse the Patient, and enhance their Fees : So from the Letters of our Native Tongue, Put in Greek Scrawls, a Myst ry too is sprung, Schools are erected, puzzling Grammars made, And artful Men strike out a gainful Trade; Strange Characters adorn the Learned Gate, And heedless Youth catch at the shining Bait, The pregnant Boys the noisy Charms declare, And Tau's, and Delta's,* make their Mothers stare; Th' uncommon Sourds amaze the Vulgar Ear, And what's Uncommon never costs too dear;' Yet in all Tongues the Horn-Book is the same, Taught by Grecian Master, or th’English Dame.
But how shall I thy endless Virtues tell, In which thou dost all other Books excel? No greasy Thumbs thy spotless Leaf can soil, Or crooked Dog's-Ears thy smooth Corners spoil ; Or in idle Page doth th' Érrata stand, To show the blunders of the printer's Hand. No fulsome Dedication here is writ; Or flatt'ring Verse, to praise the Author's Wit. The Margin with no tedious Notes is vex'd, Or Various Readings to confound the Text: All Parties in thy lit'ral Sense agreeThou perfect Centre of Concordancy !
The five old stately mansion, in Peebles, formerly the residence of the Hay family, Earls of Tweeddale, and lastly the property of the Dukes of Queensberry, has been purchased by Mr. William Chambers of Edinburgh, with a view of annexing adjoining buildings and offices, and fitting them for the purposes of a public reading-room, library, lecture-hall, and gallery of art, --the whole to be presented by him, as a FREE GIFT, to hiş native town.
* The Greek Letters T and A.