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BLAIR'S CHRONOLOGY. The preface to the edition,, ORAM.—What is the title and date of the Works of 1844, signed Henry Ellis, states the volume has been Samuel Marsh Oram, the poet of Shaftesbury; his reconstructed from the folio edition, by a literary friend, parentage; and if there be any descendants of him nowi who is disinclined at a late period of life, to appear publicly as the Editor of a Critical Work.' Is it known Inner Temple, Oct. 6. T. P. LANGMEAD. who this literary friend' was ?

Orani's lucubrations were entitled — Poems, 1794, 4to., Bedford Street, Oct. 13.

H. C. N. Price Two shillings and six-pence.

The work was wholly edited by Mr. John Sharpe, book

NAPOLEON'S CAMPAIGN IN RUSSIA. seller, formerly of 24, Duke Street, Piccadilly, well known

What were the general losses sustained by the belli. as the publisher of some very elegant editions of British Poets and Prose Writers.

gerents in that madly directed invasion? The question arose in some discussions on the present position of Europe, but the most opposite assertions were made,

indicating that no one possessed any real knowledge of IVORY DIPTYCHS AND TRIPTYCOS.

the facts.
Southampton, Oct. 8.

T. P. There is a general idea that these were portable

Colonel Michaud who accompanied the central staff of altars, because we find many pictures as Altar-pieces

the French army in 1812 to Moscow, published at Dresden divided into two or three portions. Small tablets were

a narrative of the Campaign, from the time of the advance thus put together by hinges forming Diptychs, Trip

from Gumbiggen to the return to Konigsberg. The French tychs, or Polyptychs, of which numerous specimens and their allies, Austria, Saxony, Wirtemberg and Bavaria, were lately exhibited in the Collection of Ivories, at began the campaign with 270,000 men, and those who reManchester. Among those in the Mayer Collection turned were scarcely 170,000; 30,000 of these being incawere two, one of the Consul Clementinus, A D. 513; pacitated for service. In every conflict with the Russians and another, the most remarkable, representing Escula the French and their allies were victorious, but owing to pius and Hygeia as the God and Goddess of health. Swartzenberg and Regnier directing their operations to the It is well known the consular Diptychs were tables

southward, the Grand Army was compelled to take the presented to them by their friends, often upon their

field, in order to maintain its communications, with Reauacceptance of office or initiation. It seems also that

mur at 20° below the freezing point. The consequence

was that its force of 85,000 men, was in twenty-five days anciently in the early church, the names of Saints to

reduced to less than 50,000. He calculated from the be commemorated were read out of these Tablets or

official returns, that in the various battles down to Nov. 15, Diptychs on certain festivals : from these circum the French and their allies lost, 20,000 killed, 20,000 stances I gather, that the idea commonly entertained wounded, and 10,000 taken prisoners. In the retreat from that such wing-diptychs were portable altars is a Smolensko they lost 5000 in killed and wounded, and from misconception. In most cases they must have been the severity of the weather nearly 30,000. The Russians ridiculously small for such a purpose; but probably, they are calculated to have lost in the several battles in killed. were used for devotional purposes, containing as they

wounded and prisoners, not less than 162,000, and the did, figures of saints, or scriptural subjects, and held

pecuniary losses, one-fifth of the entire property of the emin the hands of the devotee when reciting his prayers,

pire. The loss of horses on both sides in November and the ave-maria, and the paternoster for instance.

December were estimated as exceeding 60,000. Any information, however, which might be commu

FABLE OF THE FLOWERS. nicated in illustration of this subject, hitherto very imperfectly discussed, would be very acceptable to me.

Through the medium of your pages, I wish to ask Particularly, if it would have reference to the more

who is the author of the lines beginning — ancient diptychs, such as those referred to at the

All hail, ye gentle courtesies of life; beginning of this article, their origin, uses, etc., in

Or, Ye gentle courtesies of life, all hail! connection with later ones; and if an engraving could Also, whether the idea embodied in the following be obtained of these, it would, I am sure be a great quotation from The Statue Shrine,' a lately published gratification to many of the readers of Current Notes.

poem, is new ? and if not, where I shall find it ? I should wish also to ask if any of those Ivories of

I know a fable of the flowers ! Consular date are in the British Museum? Those

The first young maid who loved and lost already referred to were recently in the Fejerväry

Her lover on the faithless wave, Collection.

In dying, all her sweetness gave Oct. 17.

E. B.

To ev'ry bud that spring can boast;

And since that time, from flow'rs and groves, The Maskell Collection of Ivories in the British Museum

All fragrance seaward ever roves, comprises numerous examples of diptychs and triptychs ; And leaves the marge of ev'ry shore most of them of very early date, some being of the fourth, To seek its love the ocean o'er. fifth, and sixth centuries.

Rochester, Oct. 17.

H. G. A.



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

[NOVEMBER, 1857.



KING JAMES TAE FIRST A CLOTH-WORKER. Amissos queritur fætus Philomela sub umbrâ, On the east side of Mark, or as formerly designated

Ipsa magis musicis commemorata modis; Mart Lane, Fenchurch Street, on LUSCINIA ast nobis FLORENTIA gratius olim

the premises No. 12, remained some Carmen, et auspicium, spe meliore, dedit; ten or fifteen years since, sculptured Lætitiæ voces, blandi medicamina vultûs,

on stone, the merchant's mark which Indefessa manus, Religionis amor

indicated the house in 1564, when Itæ tibi erant artes O spectatissima Virgo ! possibly it was erected, as the resi

Freta quibus, magnum mens tua gessit opus : dence of Thomas Watts, of BuntingNobilis ante alias vives, Lux splendida sæc'li, ford, in the county of Herts, Citizen Nec fama evadet, nec morietur honos;

and Clothworker of London. These Anglica te tellus-Pia te Regina beabit,

premises adjoined the back of ClothTe servata cohors-te sacer Ipse Deus!

workers' Hall. Newport, Essex, Nov. 2. William HILDYARD.

John Watts the son and successor of this Thomas Watts, was also a Citizen and Cloth worker. He

married Margaret, the daughter of Sir James Hawes, PORCELAIN COLLECTIONS.

Knight, Citizen and Clothworker, who served Sheriff Collectors of China-ware or porcelain, a century and in 1565-6, and was Lord Mayor in 1574-5. By his a half since were a prescribed class of individuals, there wife Margaret, John Watts had issue four sons and were but few shop-keepers, and the taste of Collectors four daughters. was but ill defined. Specimens then as now, passed

He was Warden of the Company of Clothworkers, in from one collection to another in a cracked or broken 1587; Master in 1594; and in the same year was condition, and many are yet extant in old mansions re elected Alderman of Aldersgate Ward. In 1596-7, he garded as household lares and looked on with a long- served the office of Sheriff, and on July 2, 1597, had cherished religious veneration, notwithstanding their granted to him under the hand and seal of Richarí Lee deficiencies in soundness.

Clarencieux, the arms — Argent, two bars Azure, in Among those who seem to have had a passion for chief three pellets. Crest-A Sea-hound's head, couped collecting, was Sir John Newton, Bart., of Barr's Court, proper. His autograph is thus given, t. Gloucestershire, and the following china-dealer's bill addressed to him, will doubtless interest many readers of Current Notes. Sir John Newton, Bongbt of James Lund and Lluellin Aspley,

at the Crane in the Poultry. March 299, 1701. 1 pair of fine China Jarrs, painted with gold . 1 6 0 James the First and his Queen Anne of Denmark I pair of blew China Rowlwaggons .

were crowned July 15, 1603, and the 26th of the same 4 China chocolet cups and 4 saucers in colers , 0 2 ditto chocolet cups and 2 saucers.

month, John Watts with eighteen other Aldermen of 4 small China bottles .

London received the honour of Knighthood. Sir John 1 China teapot

Watts served the office of Lord Mayor in 1606-7, and 3 pair of bottles, and 3 faulty cups

2 6 | during his mayoralty the King condescended to visit 12 delf saucers

him at the Mayor's house in Mark Lane. The particu

lars of this event are embodied in a memorial in the

4 7 10 possession of the Clothworkers Company, placed below 1 pair of small bottles, with gold

an engraved portrait of the monarch, by Robert White, 9 faulty chocolet and tea cups in colers

. 0 3 0 from a painting by Cornelius Janssen.
4 13 4

• Harl. MS. 1435, fol. 19. Agreed to abate of the upper percell

. 0 2 10 + Lansdowne MS. 145, p. 335. A letter dated Dec. 15,

1588, signed by Hugh Offey, Alderman, then Lord Mayor;

4 10 6 and himself. VOL. VII.

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FLETA.—The derivation in Current Notes is ingeniThat on the 12th day of June, Anno Dni 1607, the high ous: but it contains its own refutation in supposing the and mighty Prince JAMES, by the grace of God of Great double f or ff of the law-books to be a substitution by Britain, France and Ireland King, Defender of the Faith, the copyists for the D of the German text or of the etc.. Attended on by the Duke of Lenox and divers Other Court hand. Neither the German nor Court hand D Earls, Barons, Knights and Gentlemen, repaired unto his has the slightest resemblance to the double F; the ff City of London, to the house of Sir JOIN WATTS, Lord of the Civil-law books is in truth a substitution for the Mayor of the said City, where his Highness and all his Greek II, the initial of Pandectæ ; and one conversant attendants were joyfully received and royally feasted ; at with the literature of Roman law must as frequently wbich time the said Lord Mayor being free of the Company I have met Il as with ff to indicate the Pandect or Digest. of Clothworkers', and Sir William Stone, Knt., Master of

Edinburgh, Oct. 27.

J. M. the said Company, and the Wardens and divers of the assistants of the said Company being there present, became humble suitors to his Majesty that he would be pleased to

CRUX GRAMMATICORUM. honour the said Company of Clothworkers by vouchsafing | The epitaph on the Rev. John Dickes, in Current to be free thereof; to the wbich, bis Highness being in Notes, p. 79, is a wretched attempt at Correlative Verses. formed that some of his predecessors, Kings of England, It is neither Latin nor Greek— Hic fulgur, hæc fama, had heretofore vouchsafed to be free of some other of the hoc decus,' etc. There is no such thing as an Article in Companies of the said City; graciously condescended, and

the Latin language, although we are told by Lily in thereupon his Highness at the humble motion of the said

King Edward the Sixth's Latin Grammar, edit. Oxford, Lord Mayor and Sir William Stone, Knt., was pleased to repair unto the Common Hall of the said Company of Cloth

| 1673, that · Articles are borrowed of the Pronoun.' workers, adjoining unto the House of the said Lord Mayor,

A10ékletoç is not Greek, and no where else to be found. and then and there being seated in a chair of green velvet, | I suppose the author of the epitaph intended by this in the presence of the said Duke of Lenox, and the Earls, monstrous compound to express the words of St. Luke, Barons, Knights and Gentlemen attending on him, and of ch. xxiii. v. 35, Toù Oso✓ ēKĀEKTOS, chosen of God. Comthe said Lord Mayor ; Sir William Stone, the Wardens pare Mark, ch. xiii. v. 27. Romans, ch. viï. v. 33. and others of the said Company, kneeling before him, and Coloss. ch. iii. v. 12. Titus, ch. i. v. i. etc.; but words of divers others, his Highness was pleused openly to pub- compounded with Alo refer not to the Living God,' but lish, that he would from thenceforth be a free brother of

to Jupiter, or some other heathenish deity. the said Company of Cloth workers, and his Majesty was

The most ancient Correlative Verses, are, I believe, then also pleased to drink to the said Lord Mayor; Sir! William Stone, and the rest of the said Company, by the

the two following Distichs. name of his good Brethren the Clothworkers, praying to

VIRGILIUS loquitur. God to bless all good Cloth workers, and all good cloth

Pastor, arator, eques, pavi, colui, superavi, wearers.

Capras, rus, hostes, fronde, ligone, manu. Whereupon the said Lord Mayor, Sir William Stone, and the rest of the Company in token of their great joy and

CICERO loquitur. thankfulness, kissed his Majesty's royal hands, and the said

Defendo, tutor, servo, a face, cæde, cruore, Sir William Stone, and the Wardens of the said Company

Civis, dux, consul, tecta, patres, Latium. with all humility and reverence then and there admitted

These if compared with the epitaph, will show the his Majesty into the Brotherhood of the said Company, and Labsurdity of that composition. also caused his Highness' name to be registered in their

We find also the following on book as a free brother of the said Company, with the which his Highness was very well pleased, and of his princely

DIANA. bounty then and there gave unto the said Company, Two Luna, Diana, Hecate, Cælo, sylvis, Ereboque, braces of Bucks yearly for ever.

Astra, canes, animas, ducit, agit, cruciat. For the perpetual Memory of which Honour vouchsafed

PROSERPINA. unto the said Company by his Highness, it was enacted and decreed by the Master, Wardens and Assistants of the said

Terret, lustrat, agit, Proserpina, luna, Diana, Company, that the same should be recorded and registered Ima, superna, feras, sceptro, fulgore, sagittis. in a fair Table to remain in the Common Hall of the said I intend again referring to this subject. Company for ever.

Hawkshead, November 9.

D. B. H. Sir John Watts died in September 1616, and was buried on the 7th at Ware, Hertfordshire. His will

INSCRIPTION ON DRINKING CUP. obtained probate in the same month.

The following inscription is engraved on an ancient Lee Road, Blackheath.

J.J. H.

drinking cup— Nichts unsaubers kan mein hertz endt

zünden. Would any of your Correspondents kindly CONSOLATION.

favour me with a translation ?
For most mishaps beneath the sun,
A remedy there is, or none —

Twynholm, Nov. 12.

J. M. If aught there be, seek to find it;

Literally-Notbing impure can kindle or inflame my Where none is, then - never mind it!

heart. Nothing unclean affects me.



JOHNSONIAN RELIQUES. Not infrequently the most curious and valued reliques of distinguished and great men are met with in places | Dr. Johnson's introduction to the Thrales, was after where they are to be least expected, nor would any one, his becoming “Johnson of that ilk ;' after his moval have supposed that in the manse of the old parish of from Inner Temple Lane, to Johnson's Court in Fleet Crail, in the east of Fifeshire, Scotland, was deposited Street, at midsummer 1765, and was then busied in the the chair commonly used by the Emperor Napoleon production of his Shakespeare, printed in that year, during his exile in St. Helena, but such is nevertheless | Thrale was then possessed of a house, in West Street, true. The chair,

Brighton, built for him, and which remains in the same now in the posses

state as when inhabited by his family. Miss Burney, sion of the Rev. —

subsequently Madame D'Arblay, speaks of it as one of Merson, the hospi

the most considerable houses in the town, and that it tableparishminister

was exactly opposite the King's Head, where Charles of Crail, is made of

the Second lay hid waiting the opportunity to leave a very indifferent

England - I fail not,' she adds, to look at it with piece of mahogany;

loyal satisfaction, and his black-wigged Majesty has the stuffed seat and

from the time of the Restoration been its sign.' .. His cushion at the back

black-wigged Majesty' has however long since disapbeing covered with

peared. chintz. The ac

Mrs. Mostyn, the last survivor of Thrale's daughters, companying sketch

long resident at Sillwood Lodge, Brighton, died there taken by me from

recently, and her effects were sold on the premises from the chair, will afford

October 15th to the 23rd. The library consisted of a tolerable idea of

2700 volumes, and the decorative property was such as its appearance and

may readily be supposed would be treasured by a lady, form.

who looked on such matters as they appeared to the eye, The Rev. — Merson has favoured me with the follow

that is, as to their prettiness, not their utility in illusing particulars of its transit to Scotland.

tration of times long since gone by- the modern works, Capt. Barclay, of the ship Sophia, being at St. copies of old illuminations, seem to have been the main Helena, when the effects of Napoleon Buonaparte were object of her pursuit. Still several articles referred to sold, purchased this chair at a large price from Mr. Saul the period when the great Lexicographer in his conSolomon, the Jew merchant, who bought most of what nexion with the Thrales, not only derived much personal had belonged to the late Emperor. Capt. Barclay took gratification, but he also conferred considerable celebrity it to Calcutta, and there presented it to his friend. Mr. on a family that had no particular prominency to renCudbert Thornbill Glass, E.I.C.C.S., who sent it to his der them distinguished, either in intellect or position. father, the late Colonel Glass, of Abby Park, St. An

Johnson observeil an obsequious course of conduct todrews, under the care of Major Burns, son of the poet, waras n

wards his · Mistress;' and Master' was unquestionably Robert Burns. The Major stated, the chair caused a most happy to secure Johnson's visits to his Table; great sensation on its homeward passage, and among

his associates were with himself ever welcome; and other incidents, mentioned the fact that a Frenchman

though the Doctor was frequently bearish in his reon board, fell down before it and kissed it.

marks, they were pardonably passed over as the ebulli. When Colonel Glass's furniture was sold in 1851, the

tions of a mind ill at ease, and at times pressed on by chair was brought to the manse of Crail. Mr. Merson

infirmities. being the Colonel's son-in-law.

Among the books, lot 206, was an odd folio volume Brechin, November 2.

A. J.

of Saurin's Commentary on the Bible, purchased at a book sale in 1766, by Dr. Johnson for Streatham Park

library for 2s 9d; but having some manu: cript notes on EDUCATION. Those who are entertained and edu- the margins by Mrs. Thrale, subsequently Piozzi, was cated at the public expence, the public have a fair right bought in by the family, for forty guineas-against the to their disposition ; and it is certainly for the public bidding of a London bookseller of forty pounds. good, that they are appointed to such employments as In 1774, some property in Wales belonging to Mrs. are most in want of labourers.

Thrale's family devolved by bequest to her, and JohnThe children of very poor or dishonest people, should son accompanied Mr. and Mrs. Thrale thither to take be adopted by the public in time, if it can be done possession. The Doctor's Diary during that Journey, without violence to the natural right of the parent, remained in manuscript till 1816, when Duppa admiralest instead of serving, they come to injure the public, bly placed it before the public. Mrs. Mostyn at coneither through poverty or bad education; as it is better siderable expense had a copy inlaid in large folio, and to make men good, than to hang those which are bad. had commenced illustrating this work with drawings and

Magens. 'prints of places noticed throughout; with some portraits

of Mrs. Piozzi, and other persons of the Cotton and The poor lady' was Mrs. Thrale's mother, Mrs. Mostyn families. Messrs. Nattali and Bond purchased Salusbury, then in ill health, and daily growing worse. this collection.

Dr. Johnson in his letter from Ashbourne, MichaelmasLot 445, were two volumes of prints and other collec- day, 1777, to Mrs. Thrale, observes tions relating to Brighton, purchased by Mr. T. Attree - At Streatham there are dears and dears, who before of the Queen's Park, for 151. 10s. Among these this letter reaches them will be at Brighthelmstone. Where papers were three letters; one from Thrale to his wife, I ever they be, may they have no uneasiness but for want undated as regards the year; one from Dr. Johnson to of me. Mrs. Thrale, dated Ashbourne, Nov. 4, 1772; and a Now you are gone, I wonder how long you design to stay; third, from Mrs. Thrale to Dr. Johnson, 1777. These pray let me know when you write to Lichfield, for I have letters are here published seriatim. The superscription not lost hope of coming to you, yet that purpose may chance on the first is – Mrs. Thrale, Streatham, Surrey to fail ; but my comfort is, that you cannot charge me with

forgetting you when I am away. You perhaps do not think Brighton, Friday Morning, 5th March. I how ea

how eagerly I expect the post. This letter should have been sent by the post last night; but behold, there was no post out, and therefore it will

| Johnson hated Brighton, and though he derived some come by the Dili John. Your verses have been much ad- pleasurable results from bathing in the sea, he conmired, and particularly by Mrs. Trevor, who I take to be sidered Thrale's house as situated at the world's end ;' the best judge of ye language: she has taken a copy of the country about it did not please him. He loved the them. I make no doubt of seeing some great strokes struck sight of forest trees and detested Brighthelmstone by the time I get home, which will certaiuly be on Monday Downs, because, as he said, it was a country so truly to dinner, though, upon second thoughts, you had better doc

desolate, that if one had a mind to hang one's self for not wait after five o'clock, as Major and Mrs. Holroyd have

desperation at being obliged to live there, it would be insisted upon my going the Chailey Roud and breakfasting with them at Sheffield, wbich is a longer and heavier road

difficult to find a tree on which to fasten the rope.' than ours; but as they go, I think, on Saturday in a great

The letters referring to this period as printed hy Mrs. measure to show me their place on Monday, I could not

Piozzi, are wrongly dated ; Dr. Burney had evidently decently avoid it. I shall do it upon a promise they have gone with the Thrales to Brighton, as shewn by Mrs. made of calling at Streatham, the first time they come to Thrale in the third letter here noticed, addressed — town. Lady Poole is very happy at the very honourable Dr. Samuel Johnson, Rev. Dr. Taylor's, at Ashbourne, mention you make of her, and the Augecock wonders what Derby, and franked H. Thrale; it is not published by her you think he must be made of to forget all your civilities. among the letters in either of the two volumes. It would He reminds me much of Musgrave, so quick for applause. seem to be her first letter on their arrival to Johnson. Puss admires herself much in the glass, and we have breakfasted and dined together every day this week very com

Brighton, 2nd October, 1777. fortably. Good night - its past one o'clock, and I am to Dear Sir, Here we are, not very elegantly accommodated, be on horseback at nine in the morning.

but wishing sincerely for you to share either our pleasure, Yours affectionately, or our distresses. 'Í'is fine bathing with rough breakers, H. THRALE.

and my Master longs to see you exhibit your strength in P.S. If you were always to write such good letters as opposing them, and bids me press you to come, for he is your last, I should stay where I am and make you play tired of living so long without you; and Burney says if you Lady Cotton.

dont come soon, he shall be gone, and he does love you, or

he is a vile —. But one woman in the water to-day, Dr. Johnson's letter to Mrs. Thrale, was printed by

Una et hæc audax Mrs. Piozzi, in her Letters to and from Dr, Samuel

Was your most faithful and obliged, Johnson, 1788, vol. I. p. 62; but the usual inaccuracies

H. L. TARALE. which are found in that publication, are here apparent

Johnson was too ill to immediately obey this sumin this transcript from the original.

mons, he however managed later in that month to proAshbourne, Nov. 4, 1772.

ceed to Brighton, where he met Beauclerk, and staid Dear Madam, We keep writing to each other when by three dave

three days. the confession of each there is nothing to be said ; but on

Lot 23, The Johnson Letters as published by Mrs. my part, I find it very pleasing to write, and what is pleasing is very willingly continued.

Piozzi; her Journey through France, and her British

Synonymy, in all 6 vols., in yellow morocco, sold for I hope your procriptions (prescriptions] have been successful, and Mr. Thrale is well. What pity it is that we 61. 78 6d; bought for some one of the family. cannot do something for the poor lady! Since I came to Ashbourne I have been out of order: I was ill at Lichfield.

Fifth of NOVEMBER! memorable in English annals. You know sickness will drive me to you, and perhaps you very heartily wish me better; but you know likewise that

In 1605, the Popish plot was discovered. 1689, William, health will not hold me away, and I hope that, sick or well,

Prince of Orange landed at Torbay in Devonshire; I am, Madam,

and in 1855, at Inkermann, Protestant and Catholic Your most bumble servant,

laymen repelled the Muscovite aggression on the liberSAM. Johnson. ties of the World.

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