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PERPETOITY OF scott'S FAMILY.

How was such a Club originated, and for what purWith Sir Walter Scott, the desire to perpetuate his pose? Is it still in existence, or has it long since become name and family was in him the special shape taken by defunct? the last infirmity of noble minds; his every action and June 8.

David GALLOWAY. movement in life tended to that pursuit, and the perpe. Archdeacon Todd has stated-of our liturgy, as of tuity of a great name has a natural and universal, if episcopacy. Milton has often expressed his contempt. He soinewhat sentimental interest. The announcement of is said to have been a priucipal founder of the Calves-Head the birth of a son to Mr. Hope Scott of Abbotsford, Club, a festival which began to be held during the usurparenews the prospect of the continuance of the family tion in opposition to Dr. Hammond and other divines of and name of the celebrated poet and novelist. Mrs. the Church of England, who met privately to lament that Hope Scott is Sir Walter's only surviving grand child, day, in a form of prayer, little different from what we now and the infant born on the 2nd inst., his sole repre

find in the Liturgy.* sentative in the fourth generation. Should the child

The author of the Secret History of the Calves Head

Club, 1703, 4to. observes-after the Restoration the eyes of who thus inherits this illustrious name happily live to

the Government being upon the whole party, they were bear it, and to transmit it, it may be a gratification to

obliged to meet under the rose' with a great deal of prehis country, and the prospect has the further interest of

caution, but in the second year of King William's reign, they its promising the fulllment of one of the dearest wishes

met in almost a public manner, and apprehended nothing. of Sir Walter's heart, but are not the family now per He adds verts to Romanism ? a creed to which the novelist would

Another gentleman who about eight years since went out never have submitted.

of mere curiosity to their Club-has since furnished

me with the following particulars. The Club, he was CALVES' HEAD CLUB.

informed, was kept in no fixed house, but that they removed The late Dr. Macrie in his review of the Tales of my

"Y as they saw convenient ; that the place they met in when Landlord, twice refers to a club with the above desig- | he was with them. was in a blind alley in Moorfields; and nation. In the new edition of his works, Blackwood, that the company wholly consisted of Independents and 1857, Vol. IV., p. 49, an extract is given from Ander- Anabaptists; (I am glad for the honour of the Presbyteson's Defence of the Presbyterians ; part of it runs thus— riuns to set down this remark ;) that the famous Jerry

'Tis difficult to name that ill thing which a Heylin, a White, forinerly chaplain to Oliver Cromwell, who no Ilickes, a Lesley, a Sacheverel, a Calder, or some other | doubt came to sanctify with his pious exhortations, the very reverend divine of the like probity has not writ of

not writ of ribaldry of the day, said Grace; and that after the Table. them, or imputed to them, i. e. Presbyterians or Whigs.

or whics cloth was removed, the anniversary Anthem, as they Calves Head feasts are with these authors true history. I

impiously called it, was sung, and a Calves-skull filled with Why? Because one of themselves wrote, and the rest cite

wine or other liquor, and then a brimmer went about to the it, and who dares doubt it after that?

pious memory of those worthy patriots who had killed the

Tyrant, and delivered their country from his arbitrary Again, at p. 90, a quotation is given from a Sermon sway; and lastly, a collection was made for the mercenary preached on the barbarous and bloodie murder of the scribler, to which every man contributed according to his Royal Martyr King Charles the First, 1708; by Mr. zeal for the cause, or the ability of his purse.f Robert Calder, one of the persons already mentioned. These Anniversary Anthems from 1693 to 1697 inclusive The text is Genesis, ch. xlix, verses 5-7, and the Calves were written by Dunton's friend, Benjamin Bridgewater, a Head Club is there referred to.

bookseller, and author of a now extremely rare volume In the fourth place, I come to the applications, and here

entitled Religio Bibliopolæ, 1691, 8vo. The author of the

Secret History records Bridgewater frequented the Black I shall consider, firstly, Who was murthered ? Secondly, | Boy in Newgate Street By whom? Thirdly, By what means ? Fourthly, When |

Little more is said of the Calves Head Clubt beyond their and fifthly, On what pretences ? Firstly, Who? A man, a prince, a christian, yea, and a Martyr for the christian * Milton's Poetical Works, 1809, Vol. I. p. 158. religion. In the second place, let us consider by whom?

+ The Secret History was reprinted in the original edi. The answer is, by Simeon and Levy, brethren in iniquity, tion of the Harleian Miscellany, Vol. VI. pp. 552-569; and by a prevailing party in Scotland and England: the one / in Park's edition, Vol. VI. pp. 596-605. the Judas that betrayed bim; the other, the Pontius Pilate

The Calves' Head Club appears to bave been more rethat crucified him. It is by virtue of these principles that putably known under another appellation; Macky in the Gentlemen of the Calves Head Club meet together upon

February 1714, while describing the London Clubs, notices this day, to stick their knives in a calves' head, thereby

-The Hanover Club, like the Kitt Catt, also composed of engaging themselves in an unitie to extirpate monarchy | Noblemen of the first quality, and officers of the army. out of Britain, and to mock the devotions and humiliations

affectionate and zealous for the succession of the Crown of the day out of the Church. Those Gentlemen act and

to that illustrious family, have their meetings as the former; conform to the Covenanters' principles which took off the

they are as all the innumerable other Clubs, kept within King's Head.

this great City, prescribed by Rules, and have their PresiYea, let me add another consideration, by way of ques

dent and Secretary. The Queen's day, Nov. 17, is annually tion-1s not the Calves' Head feast as lawfúll as the public

observed still in London, by ringing of bells during the day, thanksgivings which the Covenanters appointed for any | and bonfires and burning of the Pope at night. The last in victories they got when fighting against the king ?

| 1713] was kept with great solemnity, and I saw the proces

continuing their anniversaries, till 1734-5, when the follow- | paintings on these outsides are pretty much damaged : ing particulurs of a riot occasioned by their proceedings are one would wonder indeed they are not all destroyed, narrated in the Gentleman's Magazine, 1735.

considering how long some of them have been done, Friday, Jan. 30. Soine young Voblemen and Gentlemen

two hundred years, standing against all the vicissitudes met at a Tavern in Suffolk Street, Charing Cross ; called

of weather; besides the vapours always rising from the themselves the Calves' Hearl Club, dress'd up a Calf's head

salt water, and resting upon them. in a napkin, and after some hurrahs threw it into a bonfire, dipp'd nupkins in their red wine, and waved them out of

There is one house painted on the outside, by Tin- . the windows. The mob had strong beer given to them,

toret ; they call it • Hands and Feet,' and as they tell und for a time they halloo'd as well as the best, but taking

the story there, it was upon this occasion, While Tindisgust at some proposed Healths they grew 80 outrageous toret was making his draugs

toret was making his draught upon the front which he that they broke all the windows, and forced themselves intended to have been pinars and our

intended to have been pillars and other ornaments of into the house, till the guards being sent for, prevented architecture, Paolo Veronese happened to pass by, and further mischief.'

asked him—What do you do there drawing those lines? The rare print entitled —"The true effigies of the Members Make me hands and feet! Tintoret taking him at his of the Calves Head Club held on the 30th of January, word, altered the design, and made a parcel of hands 1734, in Suffolk Street, in the County of Middlesex,' presents and feet: huge colossal hands, bearing festoons of a graphical illustration of this tumultuous proceeding.

flowers and fruit. There are some whole figures too. The Hyp-Doctor, a periodical of that day observed— It is an honour to the Dissenters, that we do not hear of one of their body who belonged to this ingenious and refined

Vanderleur.-Can any of the readers of Current cabal. It must not be overlooked that if the report be right,

Notes give me information as to an artist Flemish or the Calves' heads were bought in St. James's market; the

French, called Vanderleur ? I have his name attached double entendre was to have wit prepense : but methinks to a small highly finished picture, entitled The Stuthe emblem was wrong-headed; for how can a calf, which

dent;' but do not find it in the biographies I have conis a tume gentle creature, and incapable of sin, represent a sulted, and conclude it, from these circumstances, to be supposed Tyrant or a bad Monarch? Some of the parties | little known in this country. concerned were, as the Chronicles of Suffolk Street record June 13.

E. B. it, sons of nobles of England, Scotland and Ireland, besides N. Van der Leur according to the Chronological Tables Commoners: but the transaction was carried on like lo in the was born at Breda in 1657 ; Deschamps says 1667, but farce, by a Bull rather than a Calf, by which it might appear this, in either case, may be a typographical error. After to be more Irish than English, if you examine the criticism acquiring the rudiments of art, he went to Rome, before of the show. It was a sequel to Punch at the Masquerade, | his twentieth year, and there diligently devoted his whole putting his Opera bills into the hands of some too great for | time to studies from nature, and in copying from the best a familiar mention ; but neither the Haymarket Punch, nor painters, till he at length was accounted the best copyist in the Suffolk-Street Puppet-show took : one was acted but | Rome. On his return to Holland he acquired considerable once, the other was not acted thoroughly the first time : reputation, but although he might justly be esteemed a the people were the criticks, the connoisseurs, and corrected good painter of History, yet his imaginalion was cold, and the play. We are now assured it had no plot, the head his invention slow and difficult, so that it was rather a like Æsop's mask, had no brains : this may be true, but no labour than a pleasure to undertake a composition. His credit to a tragi-comedy: it only proved they were no poets, most considerable historical work is the principal altar-piece and but indifferent actors. Was there none who bore a in the church of the Recollets at Breda, but his excellence calves' head couped, as the Heralds speak, in his coat of in portraits was so decided that had he confined himself to arms ? The device of the Escutcheon might be more signi that course, he might have been without a competitor. He ficant than that of the Club. Such a proceeding might died in 1726. have been proper in a slaughter-house ; but, perhaps, they were replenished with the wisdom of the Egyptians, who

UGONOTTORUM STRAGES MEDAL. worshipped Osyris in the form of a Calf? • Buu!' be the Wright describing the Sala Regia, or Royal Hall, at motto of this speculation. The Gens Vitellia, the Vitellian Rome, in 1720, observes, it has several large paintings family at Rome, were denominated from the like. This in fresco; the Pope condemning Heresy, with S. Peter adds light from Roman History.'

and S. Paul in the air, and several other figures by The Calves Head Club it is presumed ceased at this time. Geo. Vasari, who has inscribed in a corner of the piece,

his name and country, in Greek, TAKING A MAN AT HIS WORD. Wright describing Venice in 1720, observes—There

ΓΕΟΡΓΙΟΣ ΟΥΑΣΑΡΙΟΣ ΑΡΕΤΙΝΟΣ ΕΠOΙΕΙ. are several houses painted on the outside by Paolo Vero- There are other pictures by the same Master, and nese, Pordenone,the Palma's, and other celebrated Vene- particularly three which represent the circumstances tian masters, with a little of whose works we are now-a relating to the assassination of Admiral Coligni in the days so glad to adorn the inside of our houses. The massacre at Paris, in 1572. That the memory of so

glorious an action might not be forgotten, Pope Gresion of the Pope, the Devil, and the Chevalier St. George on gory XIII., caused a medal to be struck upon the that night, performed with great order, as also their being occasion with, on the reverse, these words, VGONOTTORVM burat at the expence of the Hanover Club at Charing Strages, the Slaughter of the Hugonots. The medal Cross.—Journey through England, pp. 188-197.

is publicly sold in Rome at this time.

Joan MILLAN, at Charing Cross, the publisher of eminent, and placed the excellencies of a work very the original editions of Thomson's Seasons, was in his forcibly to the bidders. The arrangement of the Hen way a most extraordinary man, for beside being a book- derson, Wright and Pearson Collections, especially rich seller of some eminence, he systematically collected an in the English Drama, suggested and induced the extensive museum of Natural Curiosities for his own volume entitled Egerton's Theatrical Remembrancer, gratification. He was a humourist, and of great strength 1788; which is still a useful publication. This was the in the arm. In his shop, he had a large Rhinoceros compilation of John Egerton; in business his activity horn, which with extended arm he could easily lift by and zeal were equalled by few, and in private life his the point, to the surprise and discomfiture of all other character and conduct were highly exemplary. He died persons, who deceived by the apparent readiness with of a rheumatic fever, after a week's illness, January 17, which he raised it, were foiled in the attempt to achieve 1795. the same feat. As a man of excellent conduct and substance he maintained the respect of his fellowtradesmen. Henry Dell, a bookseller in Holborn, in his

RHINE ROMAN TERRA-COTTA FORGERIES. poem, entitled “The Booksellers," printed in 1766, thus | English, French, and German antiquaries and travel. eulogized him

lers, have, for some years been induced to make MILLAN deserving of the warmest praise,

considerable purchases on the Rhine, of what were appaAs full of worth and virtue as of days;

rently genuine Roman terra-cottas; more especially at Brave, open, gen'rous, 'tis in him we find,

a place named Rheinzabern, in the Bavarian Palatinate. A solid judgment, and a taste refined.

This Rheinzabern is well known to students of Roman Nature's most choice productions are his care, archæology, as being doubtless the site of a former And them t'obtain no cost or pains does spare, Roman settlement, and many an unquestionable antiA character so amiable and bright,

caglia has been discovered there. These facts have led Inspires the Muse with rapture and delight: to the adoption of a fraudulent course of proceeding by The Gentleman and Tradesman both in him unite.

some unprincipled persons, and modern fabrications of Gough, in a letter dated March 5, 1772, describes supposed Roman terra-cotta remains have been produced pictorially the interior of Millan's shop, on an occasion there to a considerable extent, and the museums of of having visited it, as a book purchaser.

Paris, Munich, and Luxemburg having expended large Last night, in my return from Westminster, I penetrated sums in their acquisition, the supply seemed inexhaustithe utmost recesses of Millan's shop, which, if I may bor-ble. The success however attendant on these forgeries row an idea from Natural History is encrusted with Litera- induced a wider range, and at length, to doubts, as to ture and Curiosities like so many stalactitical exudations. the genuineness of the numerous products issuing from Through a narrow alley between piles of books, I reached a this prolitic manufactory. cell or adytum, whose sides were so completely cased with Recently, a vase from Rheinzabern, valued at one the same supellex, that the fireplace was literally enchassée thousand francs, which came under the notice of Prodans la muraille. In this cell sat the Deity of the place, I fessor Braun, the President of the Society of Antiquaries at the head of a Whist party, which was interrupted by my l in Rheinlaná, excited his suspicion. His examination enquiring after a copy of Dillenius in sheets. The answer

| and researches brought to his mind a full conviction that was,' he had none in sheets or blankets,' but only in the state of this I send, which I think is in a rich coverlid or

it was a forgery, and further investigations led him concounterpane; and as it has an Index of Species referring

clusively to the perception that not only was this vase a to the plates, you will not have the trouble of interleaving modern fabrication, but that the greater part of the or writing in it.

asserted terra-cotta remains derived from that neighI emerged from this shop, which I consider as a future bourhood by the Paris, Luxemburg and Munich Herculaneum where we shall hereafter root out many Museums were also spurious. Professor Becker, of scarce things now rotting on the floor, considerably sunk Frankfort on the Maine, continued these inquiries, and below the level of the new pavement.

notwithstanding the protestations of all persons conOf Millan there is a rare etching by Harris from a cerned in the disposal or procuration of these terrapainting by Roberts, 1780, which represents him as cottas, was induced to concur in the same conclusion. being then aged 80. He died Feb. 15, 1784.

More recently, Professor Von Hefner, a member of the His successors, Thomas and John Egerton, sold his Academy, and a skilful antiquary, was directed by the effects on the premises, and named the House, the Mili-King of Bavaria, to visit Rheinzabern in the interest of tary Library, Whitehall, opposite the Admiralty. John, science, and his report has substantiated the fact of who married a daughter of Lockyer Davis, the book- there being a regularly established manufactory of seller, opposite Gray's Inn Gate in Holborn, was a very Roinan Antiquities at that place. The process of the superior man as a bookseller, and highly useful to the investigation by Professor Brann in the developments of literati of that day. He knew books well, and his these spurious industrial products, are detailed in the memory, more than usually retentive, was seldom at a Twenty-third volume of the Transactions of the Society loss, through the varieties of dates, sizes and prices. In of Antiquaries in Rheinland, and a full account of more the sale room as an auctioneer, he was conspicuously recent enquiries will it is said shortly appear.

MATRIMONIAL FLITCH OF BACON.

TWO POETS IN ONE FAMILY The origin of the claim of the Dunmow Flitch of

From its connection with a late distinguished Poetess, Bacon is said to have been instituted in the reign of King

the following anecdote may possibly not be entirely deHenry the Third, by Lord Fitzwalter, who ordered that

void of interest to the readers of Current Notes. whatever married man did not repent of his marriage,

The writer's father during a journey in Canada in or or quarrel with his wife in a year and a day after it,

about the year 1819, formed one of a party of gentlemen, should go to his Priory, and kneeling on two stones in

chiefly strangers to each other, who met round the dinner the churchyard, on swearing to the truth of it, demand

nd table of an hotel in Quebec or Montreal, I forget which. the bacon.' Lord Fitzwalter must have shrewdly guessed

Over the wine the subject of poetry was introduced, his bacon was not placed in much jeopardy, as on the

and after discussing the merits of the various poets of best evidence, the entries in several records, there were

that and former periods, a trial of poetic talents of those but three claims before the dissolution of monasteries,

present was proposed and agreed to, it being arranged and including the claims in 1701 and 1751, there have

that he whose lines should be decided to be the worst, been but three since.

should pay the dinner bill. The contest resulted in the A similar custom was formerly recognised at Which

unanimous decision that the effusion of a gentleman, noure, in Staffordshire, but this appears to have been in

named Browne was decidedly the worst. The unconformity to an ancient tenure, and was certainly as

lucky competitor cordially acquiesced in the decision, old as 1336, 10 Edward III., when this manor was held

expressing his readiness to pay the forfeit, and adding it by Sir Philip de Somerville.

would be unfair that there should be two poets in one In Ireland similar inducements in reward of conjugal

| family, as he was brother to Mrs. Hemans. propriety were presented in the olden day, though like

Leicester, June 16.

LEICESTRIENSIS. inost beneficial customs, seem to have passed into de

COVENT GARDEN THEATRE FRIEZES. suetude. The last notice known to the writer occurs in As much misconception prevails as to Flaxman's share a letter, dated Kildare, July 4, 1767, of which the fol- l in these admired sculptures, it may be proper to state, lowing is an extract:

on the authority of a person then in Flaxman's employ, On Trinity Sunday last, a year and a day from the that Flaxman designed the friczes, and statues of Tragedy celebration rites being then expired, a young couple in and Comedy. He modelled that of the Ancient Drama their neighbourhood claimed, and upon their taking the next Hart Street, and the figure of Comedy, which was oath prescribed, and producing proper vouchers on the placed in the niche, in the north-east front. He also occasion, obtained a flitch of bacon from the rector of cut the figure in Portland stone. the parish. The report of the revival of that obsolete Rossi modelled, from Flaxman's design, the frieze of demand caused such infinite astonishment, and at the the Modern Drama, and the figure of Tragedy. He and same time afforded so much diversion to many of the his assistants cut that, and both friezes in Portland stone. polite company who were on the preceding day assembled at the Curragh Races, that the bets ran high against ART TREASURES EXHIBITION, MANCA ESTER. the parties winning the unusual prize in question, and We are happy to find that the unparalleled Collection many of the knowing ones of both sexes, who were un- | in the Museum of Ornamental Art at Manchester will fortunately inexperienced in all the various arts of ma- not be dispersed without an honourable record of its extrimonial jockeyship, were with the aforesaid rector | istence. Through the enterprising spirit of Messrs. considerably taken in.'

Day, a work consisting of one hundred prints in chromoPossibly some of your numerous readers may be dis | lithography founded on photographs taken expressly by posed to contribute to the columns of Current Notes Mr. F. Bedford, is announced for publication in fortother instances which may occur to them.

nightly parts. The Text, which will consist of valuable Windsor.

A.P.

Essays on the several Arts described, will be further enriched with wood-cuts illustrative of the subjects; and

the names of Messrs. Owen Jones, Digby Wyatt, G. SOUND AS A TOP.-We say of a person who has

Scharf, jun., J. C. Robinson, and J. B. Waring, are fallen into a deep sleep, He sleeps like a Top; or, as

satisfactory assurances that the useful portion of this sound as a Top! What reference can that have to a

publication will be properly conducted. The entire diTop, the instrument of sport in our boyish days, when rection of the work is under the editorial care of Mr. the noisy whirl, or the busy hum, would seem to be in

Waring, and altogether we have reason to feel assured dicative of any thing but the stillness essential to re-lit wil

it will be a book of the most desirably useful, as well as pose ?

of the most ornamental character. We hope that some Dalston, June 9.

L. H. | means will be adopted of adding to the letter-press, a The saying is derived from the Italian in which language, satisfactory and descriptive Inventory of the various the word topo signifies a mouse; it is the generic name, and Articles in the Museum at the Exhibition, which is not applied indiscriminately to the common mouse, the field only already found to be essentially a desideratum, but mouse, or the dormouse, hence the Italian proverb-Ei a positive requirement in aid of all future archæologists dorme come un topo, or in English-He sleeps like a Top! I and collectors.

No. LXXIX.]

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

[JULY, 1857.

DE NYMPIA AD FONTEM DORMIENTE.

MONKS OF LA TRAPPE. Hujus Nympha loci, sacri custodia fontis,

Looking over a long list, a register of the monks of Dormio, dum blandæ sentio murmur aquæ,

La Trappe, who died there 1667-1714, there are few Parce meum, quisquis tangis cava marmora, somnum names of any interest, and none distinguished by any Rumpere. Sive bibas, sive lavere, tace.

literary ability, none who have benefited mankind by Scriver says of this Epigram, “Suspectam et sane

any intellectual emanation of mind or genius. I enclose mihi commentitium plane videtur,' Dormið and sentið

| three or four which I copied, presuming they might occur in the second line, which an ancient Latin poet

interest some reader of Current Notes. would hardly use.

Dom Armand-Jean le Bouthellier de Rancé, Abbé

Réformateur, Diocese de Paris; fait Profession 26 Juin, TRANSLATION.

1662. Mort 27 Oct. 1700. Εις Νύμφην παρά κρήνη εύδουσαν.

F. Alexis Grême, Ecossois; Diocese d'Edimbourg ; Νύμφη κρηναία φυλακίς παρά νάματι τούτω

fait Profession 31 Octobre, 1700. Mort 20 Mai, 1701. Εύδω, θελγομένη τοίς πατάγοισι νόον.

D. Bede Lake, Anglois, Benedictin ; Diocese de Ches"Ην δε πέτρα προσίης γλαφυρά, ξένε, μή με ταράξος:

ter; fait Profession 20 Octobre, 1698. Mort 30 Mars, Πιoμένω σιγάν λουσομένη τε πρέπει.

1704. The original Latin epigram, incorrectly transcribed

D. Malachie Blackburn, Irlandois, Diocese de Medy; from Burmann's Anthol. Lat. 1759, 4to. vol. I. p. 62,

fait Profession 18 Aoust, 1706. Mort 2 Octobre, 1712. has already been printed in Current Notes, No. LXXI.,

No other natives of the British Isles than the three p. 89,-murmura being there in the third line obtruded

bá | last named are found in this obituary. for the correct reading, marmora.

July 6.

w. In Pope's translation in the same page, Nympha being a nominative, no stop should have followed the

NOTES ON THE KIT CATT CLUB. word Grot in the first line."

The Kit Catt Club was associated for the purposes of This reminds me of Howell's Doxological Chronogram, in Current Notes, No. LXXIII. p. 8., also incorrectly

maintaining the constitution of the country, and the transcribed. The sense and metre require it to stand

exclusion of the Stuarts, and were all distinguished and

honourable persons. Mackey in 1714, in reference to thus, as written by the author : GLorla LaVsqve Deo sæ C'LorVM In sæCVLa sVnto.

the infinity of Clubs or Societies in London, for the im

provement of Learning, and the keeping up good-humour The year is still the same, 1655.

and mirth, states—of the first rank is the Kitt-Catt, Hawkshead, July, 15.

D. B. H. commonly so called, because their original meeting was

at the house of one Christopher Catt, of which the late In what author, and to what character has the fol- gr

great Earl of Dorset * was one of the first founders.

| This Club can have but Thirty-nine Members, who lowing line reference —

| are all men of the first rank for Quality or Learning, Did good by stealth, and blush'd to find it Fame? and most of them have been employed as the greatest It was supposed to have been Pope's, and referred to officers of State, and in the Army, and none but are John Kyrle, the Man of Ross, but on referring it does gentlemen of the greatest distinction in some way or

other. All their pictures are drawn by that great Worcester, July 7.

B. master, Sir Godfrey Kneller, and kept in commemora

tion of that august assembly by their ingenious Secre

tary, Mr. Tonson. † BLUNDERBUSS.-Dr. Johnson, quoting Dryden, observes, a blunderbuss is a gun that is discharged with

Charles Sackville, created April 4, 1675 Baron Cranmany shots. May I ask, if any reader of Current

field of Cranfield, co. Bedford, and Earl of Middlesex, Notes will help me to an etymology of the word.

titles borne by his maternal uncle, Lionel Cranfield, Earl Clifton, July 10.

G.

of Middlesex, to whom he was heir. He succeeded his Possibly it has none. Dr. Meyrick, Ancient Armour, father Richard, the ninth Earl of Dorset, upon bis death in edit. 1824, vol. iii. p. 103 n., believed the word to be a cor 1677, and died in 1706. His portrait is No. 13 in Faber's ruption of the German term donderbucks, or thundering- volume. gun; donder signifying thunder, and bucks a gun.

+ Journey through England, p. 188. VOL. VII.

not.

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