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his body was found entire, and solemnly translated to Mannin, the Isle of Man, Mana, or Mona, may be Canterbury. The King and Queen, and an incredible thus divided, Man-n-in. Persian, māna, a sect of the multitude of persons following the procession from Lon- Magi. Sanscrit, māna, to investigate, seek or desire don. A long narrative of the event is amongst the knowledge, to give knowledge, to respect, revere, worHarleian MSS.
ship. A. Saxon mont-ige, Mona insula ; monige, moWhen King Edmund was cruelly slain by the Danes nitiæ ; monigean, monere, to teach, instruct, &c. Gaelic, in 870, his head was carried by the infidels into a wood, man-ach, a monk. and thrown into a brake of bushes ; but being afterwards And lastly, let us not despise tradition, however absurd discovered, it was deposited with the royal remains it may at first sight appear. at Hoxon, which were soon afterwards conveyed to Among a few legends, I have been told one, probably Bury St. Edmunds, and there honourably interred. imperfectly, by a lady; viz. “A man was thrown from Fifty-seven years rolled on, when his body was taken up the top of a mountain in Mona; and was afterwards, by order of the good Bishop of London ; on which occa- sometimes seen as a sheep in the plain below, sometimes sion, says the author of Britannia Sancta, “his body, | as a goat.” Will any person of Mannin veg veen do to the admiration of all, was not only found entire, and me the favour of giving the complete legend; with any without any blemish of corruption, much more like to other legend respecting the peopling of their island ? It one lying in a sweet sleep than one dead; but also his may throw more light on the peculiar occupation of the wounds were found all closed up, and his head united to Magi. the rest of his body, only a slender mark remaining like
Your's truly, a red thread around the neck, testifying their former
T. R. Brown. separation."
G. W. fears, with regret, that the “ Punch" Ar
tist, to whom his learned Correspondent's sketch was ARMS OF THE ISLE OF MAN.
forwarded to copy, has been more humourous than Southwick, near Oundle, correct in its transfer.
Feb. 27th, 1852. SIR,—The accompanying woodcut, taken from
Daniel O'Rourke. Gesenii Monumenta There is a sort of mystery attached to this legend or Phænicia, Tab. 23, fig. story, as to the authorship of it, that requires some clear59, has induced me to ing up. send you a description The first time I read it was in T. C. Croker's - Fairy of the remaining figures Legends," which appeared in 1825, 3 vols. small 8vo.; of the precious frag- | but what the editor or writer calls a compressed edition, ment, and the history forms a volume of “ Murray's Family Library," and was written underneath published in 1834. At page 134 of this latter edition them.
the story commences, as if narrated by Daniel himself, The upper part of and the writer says, “I knew the man well, -an old the stone contained, man was he at the time he told me the story, and it was
probably, the infant on the 25th of June, 1813, that I heard it from his Jesus and his mother Mary. Immediately beneath her own lips." feet is the figure here described; and below it is an All this seems very circumstantial, but it is somewhat ox at his manger; and underneath the feet of the ox, singular that this same story, with very slight variation, an ancient writing, of which the following is the meaning. is to be found in the 18th volume of Dr. Anderson's
“ The illuminated star (spica Virginis) of Virgo led “ Bee,” for January, 1794, p. 338, the party communithe Magi slowly to the inn filled within, and in the cating it, saying, “ The inclosed is genuine, and I honour court-yard, with crowds of people. Arriving at the the lady who had the merit of putting it in writing." mean cattle-stable, the Magi were.” The names of the There is also some account of its previous publication, three chiefs of the Magi in the place of the erasions? communicated in the 34th volume of the “Dublin UniFrom a Mukatteb inscription I get the name of one of versity Magazine," p. 202, but not having the volume at them, viz. “ Nathan Hafi, the Grandfather.”
hand, I do not recollect the particulars, my chief object Now what can the three legs, with the man's head being to refer to Prior's “Memoir of the Life of Burke," in the middle denote, but the three chiefs of the Magi? third edition, 1839, at p. 100 of which we are distinctly And how is it that the people of Mona adopted it as told that Mr. Doyle, a surgeon, of Dublin, was the their peculiar coat of arms, if a portion of that sect did author of Daniel O'Rourke's Dream. not establish themselves, after the nativity, in the isle Now it is right that the real author should not be of Mona? The passage in Matt. ii. 12, does not militate deprived of the merit of a story, which has even been against the idea.
translated into French, and published in the “ Magasin Let us now take that most valuable auxiliary, Ety- Pittoresque" for 1813, with two humorous wood cuts. mology, in order that we may further elucidate the subject.
| THE HISTORIC SOCIETY OF LANCASHIRE AND Dublin, March 5th, 1852. | CHESHIRE.—T. M. considers the Rev. Dr. Hume's Sir, I was much pleased with the observations
“ attack" upon him (“* Current Notes,” for February, which appeared in the last number of your Current
p. 10) to be “ most unfair and uncalled for.” He, Notes, (p. 11) by your intelligent Correspondent, Mr.
| however, admits the accuracy of Dr. Hume's statement, Boyne of Leeds, respecting the tokens issued by trades
and withdraws his charge of the unacknowledged appromen in the seventeenth century. But as he states that
priation of his communication, although he questions the only instance with which he is acquainted of one
the Rev. Gentleman's taste or temper in accusing him bearing the Arms of the Commonwealth is that which
of want of patience or civility. “My copy," writes you have engraved to illustrate his paper, it is evident
T. M. “ does not contain the pages which were forthat Mr. Boyne cannot have seen Dr. Aquilla Smith's
warded to you by Dr. Hume, and you have sent on to Catalogue of the Tradesmen's Tokens current in Ireland
me. How, therefore, could I overlook pages which do between the years 1637 and 1679 which was printed in
not exist in my copy? Now, suppose no such pipe 1849 in the 2nd part of the 4th volume (8vo.) of the
ever existed, but in the fumes of my brain (for I someTransactions of the Royal Irish Academy, for on the
times have strange fancies), and that I, in a hoaxing very same page in which John Whittle's issue is enu
humour, transferred it to paper, and transmitted it to merated, a token for the County of Kerry issued by T. S.
you. I say, again, suppose that no such inn ever existed is mentioned as bearing “ The Commonwealth Arms."
at Fulham as the Golden Lion-would not I have an From my own collection I can give another instance,
everlasting laugh at the learned Doctor Hume, and the inscribed on both sides A. CORKE. FARTHING.
Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire, and The list of Irish Tokens formed by Lindsay in 1839
“ Willis's Current Notes?" And would it not make as amounts to only 195; while that published ten years
good a story as Bishop Heber's, or James Smith's hoaxes afterwards by Dr. Smith extends to 552 ;-and I would
upon the venerable - Gentleman's Magazine,' or Dr.
Maginn's Correspondence with the trusty · Times;' or respectfully call Mr. Boyne's attention to it. Your very humble servant,
Hook's political information to the Morning Post ;' or the recent Roman Bridge affair, and Lord Goring's
cobbler's bill, about his corns, in the York papers ? Look Southwick, near Oundle,
to this, Mr. Willis; and don't encourage men to try Feb. 27th, 1852.
and defend themselves at the expense of your CorresSIR,- Finding by Mr. Boyne's communication in
T. M. your Current Notes, that Tradesmen's Tokens are worth TOBACCO.—The charge made against the Historical collecting, I beg to send for your acceptance five dug up Society of Lancashire and Cheshire, by your corresponin my own gardens. You may make what use you dent T. M. in your “ Current Notes” for January (p.5), please of them.
induced me to refer to the former numbers, of which, as Yours truly,
I do not possess a complete set, I will thank you to
T. R. Brown. forward me a copy of the Collected Edition you have IOHN. EATON. OUNDLE (dug up in my garden at South- announced. But, as by looking over the numbers which wick by myself.)
I have, I find that T. M. (see - Current Notes" for Feb. IAMES MEAD, 1667 (an Angel) IN TENTARDEN. HIS
1851, p. 13), is curious upon the subject of smoking HALFPENY.
and tobacco, I send you the following extract from an IONN COVITER (Coat of Arms) GROCER, IN. WYE, 1662, old miscellaneous manuscript book which came into my And two German Counters.
possession a few years since at Gloucester, and has the Dug up in my garden at Woodchurch, near Tenter dates 1699 and 1703, with the names Bubb or Butt and den, Kent, by myself.
Richard Smith in it, but part of which is written in a
much earlier hand. G. W. sincerely thanks his Correspondent, and with “ I was tempted to smoke no tobac his permission will consider these tokens at Mr. Boyne's
And to smoke. service should he wish for them.
“ When the (HOLY) Angel (Spirit) torn'd I
Discorst on to the other Sir,-Mr. William Boyne, in your “ Current Notes"
I told him that I
Did think not to smoke no more for February, asks any of your readers to inform him
Tobacko nor drink no more Alle if there were any Tradesmen's Tokens of Scotland
And I have. I hope the Lord issued during the seventeenth century. I find in a
Will forgive me, as he told the small collection of Tokens I possess, an Edinburgh and
Spirit blind me, and ever since Glasgow halfpenny, dates 1791 and 1793, proving there
I have been tempted to smoke and were some during the eighteenth century, though I
Not to smok. The Angel Spirit have never met with any of an earlier date.
Is you when I do smok no tobac
But when I do he comes to me
M. A. M, L Again and I am tempted to smok."
What an extraordinary record is this of a mental being merely his theatrical soubriquet, possesses in his struggle to overcome the cravings for Tobacco and Ale. | Album among many other interesting records the folChester, February 4th.
lowing witty testimonial from the late Mr. Mathews:
“I am happy to have it in my power to express my
perfect belief that Mr. O. Smith is a most respectable WHAT HAS BEEN THE HIGHEST PRICE EVER PAID 'character iň private life, though a Great Ruffian on FOR A VOLUME?-In the course of my reading lately on the Stage. Bibliography, I observe that at the sale of the Duke of
C. MATHEWS. Roxburgh's Library in May, 1812, the first edition of the Decamerone of Boccaccio produced the enormous English Opera House, sum of £2260. In the Catalogue the work is entitled
August 21st, 1827." “ Boccaccio il Decamerone. Fol. M. G. Ediz. Prim. I was so much pleased with this impromptu by MaVenet. Valdarfer, 1471."
thews, that I asked Mr. Smith's permission to copy it, It was bought by the Duke of Marlborough, and again and I have no hesitation in sending you my transcript sold by public auction from his Library, by Mr. Evans, to make what use of it you like. Pall Mall, in June, 1819, for the large price of £918. 158.
A. B. C. In that Catalogue it is entitled“ Boccaccio il Decamerone, (Venezia), per Christoful
CAMPANALOGIA. Valdarfer di Ratispona, MCCCCLXXI."
Sir, I thank you for amending the errors and omisAt this time it was purchased by Mr. Longman, appa- sions about the Bawdrick, though at the cost of pubrently for Lord Spencer, in whose library it is said at lishing to all the world that “ my writing is indistinct.” present to be. A note to the above Catalogue mentions! I also thank your Strood Correspondent for his extract that, “notwithstanding the publicity of the extraordinary from an old Churchwarden's book, bearing on the item sum which this book produced at the Roxburgh Sale, all | Baldrick. researches throughout Europe to procure another copy
I would request the favour of any of your readers have proved entirely fruitless. This volume still con- who have access to old parish accounts, to publish, tinues to be the only known perfect copy of this edition, through the medium of your “Current Notes,” (pace and is, in all probability, the only copy which will ever tuâ) any entry relating to that item, or to the “ Wheles be offered for public sale. Its unparalleled rarity, how- lof ve Belles.'' ever, is not its only recommendation, as it contains many " It is a desideratum in Campanalogical history, when important readings which have not been followed in any and by whom the ingenious and beautiful Bell-wheel subsequent edition."
now in use was first introduced. In some retired villages, If any of your learned correspondents could give us and indeed very generally in Dorsetshire, the half wheel additional information as to this rare and apparently may still be found. Bells so hung and rung, are said valuable volume, it would be doubtless interesting to
| to be with a “ Dead Rope." The Bell can only be Bibliographers. Has any volume ever brought a higher set" one way, and changes could not be rung on the price, or any work even in a series of volumes ?
system now practised, viz. changing the position of each It is most probable that the other copies of this Edition
bell at every half pull. have fallen under the ban of the Pope.
The mention of this original sort of wheel may induce W. B. M.
some of your readers to wend their way into the Bell
chambers in their neighbourhood, and, regardless of the JAMES SMITH. The mention of this gentleman by filthy state in which most will be found when they get your Correspondent J. in your “ Current Notes" for there, they will, perhaps, crawl under the bells (minding January (p. 7), reminds me that no author in the English their heads), and hunt out and report if they meet language ever received so high a remuneration “ per with any clappers hung with Bawdricks and Busk Boards, line” for his verses as James Smith. Longman's famous obliging many others besides your scribbler. payment to Moore of a guinea a line for “ Lalla Rookh"
H. T. E. is as nothing to it, for Mr. Strachan, the King's Feb. 26, 1852. printer, was so pleased with an epigram by Smith of eight lines, that he actually, in a codicil to his will bequeathed him £3000, or £375 per line.
THE UNION JACK.
Sir,-I have met in some collection of National
papers with an account of the formation of our British 0. Smith! The name of the “far famed Ruffian of Union Jack; but the book has altogether escaped my the Adelphi," as your Correspondent, Mr. John Smith, memory. Can you or your readers kindly name it, to in your Current Notes for January last, p. 7, is pleased yours, &c. to style a gentleman of quiet habits and literary tastes,
H. M. whose real Christian names, are Richard John— the Ol London, Feb. 17, 1852.
PILLAR PRINT OF OLIVER CROMWELL.
ROMAN REMAINS AT ASHTEAD, SURREY. Sir,- All I can tell your correspondent, “ A Young A Subscriber writes-“I am not aware that this loPrint and Portrait Collector," in reply to his inquiry, cality has p. 7, in your “ Current Notes" for January, is, that I | hope I may congratulate him on the possession of a very from Mr. valuable and historically interesting engraving.
Roach Horace Walpole mentions it as in “ Dugdale's Ori-Smith, the gines Juridiciales," and describes it as "a large emble- eminent matic sheet print of Oliver Cromwell, whole-length, in | Antiquary armour, with variety of devices and mottoes.”—Proof -in fact
Granger describes it thus: “Oliver Cromwell stand- our best ing with a book in his hand betwixt two pillars; various authority emblems. Faithorne, sc. sh." And Granger adds: “I upon Rodo not remember to have seen more than two proofs of man rethis fine print. Mr. Walpole had one, and Mr. Gulston mainsanother." Mr. Bull has the original drawing. The face that attenwas altered to that of King William."
tion which A manuscript note upon myinterleaved copy of Gran- | I am conger, which you may remember I purchased of you, states vinced it that, “ Caulfield had not less than ten or twelve of this deserves. print, but in consequence of the size they were mostly | The arch damaged: Coram had a tolerable good one which he of a small sold to Mr. Townley for thirty quineas." Caulfield, window on who was a well known print dealer, says in his “Calco- | the North graphiana,” (1814), “The late Mr. Bull shewed me side of Faithorne's original drawing, from which he engraved | Ashtead the print, and a most brilliant proof impression; from Church is him I also learnt the face was afterwards altered to that turned of William III., in which state, however, I never saw with Roit.” He describes the print as “ Oliver Cromwell stand- man tiles, ing between two pillars, inscribed the · EMBLEM OF and a vaENGLAND'S DISTRACTIONS AS ALSO HER ATTAINED riety of AND FURTHER HAPPINESS:' large sheet ;" and values interesting the print at no less a sum than £36. This was all very fragments well for a dealer's valuation ; however, if your corres- have been pondent will refer to the records of the Strawberry Hill found in Sale, he will find in the Sixth Day's Sale of the Prints, the vicini(18th June, 1842), that mentioned by Granger, Lot.ty-par1761. Oliver Cromwell, whole-length, in armour, ticularly standing between two columns, and otherwise surrounded portions of a Hypocaust, of one of which you have a by a variety of allegories and emblematic devices, en- representation half the size of the original—the subject titled, THE EMBLEME OF ENGLAND'S DISTRACTIONS, AS is evidently a wolf attacking a stag."
F. K. ALSO OF HER ATTAINED AND FURTHER EXPECTED FREEDOME AND HAPPINESS : sheet, extra rare ;" which
THE DEVONSHIRE COLLECTION. Mr. Evans, (a dealer also), then secured for £7 158.
- Castle, The discrepancies between the two Inscriptions appear
16th January, 1852. to me to be worthy of remark, and if both have been SIR-I rather think the Devonshire Collection is correctly copied, with what has been stated respecting either at the Duke's residence at Chiswick or Chatsthe appropriation of the head to William III., would worth. But your correspondent, (who signs himself shew that the plate had been altered more than once. “A Young Numismatist," p. 95, of your " Current The original plate is supposed to have been engraved by Notes" for December), would be best answered if inquiry Faithorne, while a prisoner in London (for his adherence were made at the fountain-head; for a more amiable or to the cause of Charles I., and to have been so favourably kinder-hearted nobleman does not exist, than his Grace received by the Parliamentary party as to have occa- the Duke of Devonshire. Is your correspondent quite sioned his liberation; and the alteration of the head is sure, however, that the Collection is Numismatic? I attributed to his son, William Faithorne, who was an know the Duke of Devonshire has an invaluable Collecengraver also.
tion of Antique Gems, both Cameo and Intaglio. A COLLECTOR
Your obedient Servant, Mr. Willis.
א בר אבאד אבו א
ROWLAND HILL AND THE Penny Postage.
February 26th, 1852. l in the middle ages, concerning the names of God, were SIR,-Seeing that the inquiry made by your Corres- singular. Of these they reckoned 72, from which, by pondent, I. E.,. and which appeared in your “Current different arrangements in sevens, they produced 720.Notes” for January last, p. 6, in a paragraph entitled, The principal of these was bas, agla, which they “Rowland Hill and the Penny Postage," has not been disposed of in two triangles intersecting each other. answered in the “Current Notes,” for this month, I This they called the “ Shield of David," and pretended will inform you that the traveller mentioned in that that it was a security against wounds, and would exparagraph was not Rowland Hill, but Coleridge. The tinguish fires, and was able to perform other wonders. fact was mentioned by Mr. Commissioner Hill (brother to Rowland Hill), in the last of two lectures, which he
A BRAC AD A BRA. gave at the Bristol Philosophical Institution, on the evening of the 29th ultimo, “on Postal Arrangements," which I attended. An extract of the Lecture is to be found in the Bristol newspapers, and especially in the Times and Gazette, from which I copy the portion which has reference to the “ Inquiry :".
“Many instances were related of the uselessness of the Post-office of those days to the poor ; and the Lecturer took occasion to remark how often we were wrong and selfish in measuring any expense by our shillings and pence, forgetting that these nothings to us were pounds to the poor. Amongst other instances he referred to one mentioned in the Autobiography of Coleridge, who, whilst travelling, observed the postman offering a letter to a poor
This word, thus written, is a charm for fever or ague, woman, urging upon her the necessity of taking it in, as it
still used by some superstitious persons ; it was invented was evidently from her son. The poor woman refused; she
by Basilides, of Alexandria, in the beginning of the could not afford it ; but Coleridge charitably paid the shilling for her, and the postman left, when the woman ex
2nd century, to signify the 365 divine processions which pressed her grateful thanks, but was sorry he had wasted he invented, (see Moreri); the value of the letters acthe shilling, for it was only a blank sheet addressed by her cording to the Greek numbers, make 365 thus: son, as a means of informing her he had reached his desti
A. B. P. A. . A. . Abraxas. nation safely. Hundreds of such expedients were then
1. 2. 100. 1. 60. 1. 200. 365. employed, nor could it be wondered at."
Abraxas was a deity adored by the author, and was If this communication can be of any use for your the root of his charm, as the more mysterious they were “ Current Notes," it will give great pleasure, Sir, to the more serviceable they were considered. Your subscriber,
The mode of cure described in these verses, viz.
Inscribes Chartæ quod dicitur Abracadabra
Sæpius, et subter repetes, sed detrahe Summam,
Et magis atq. magis desint elementa figuris
Singula qua semper capies, et cætera figes SIR, I will be much obliged to any of your corres Donec in augustum redigatur Litera Conum. pondents who can inform me to whom Edmund Gibson, His lino nexis collum redimere memento. the Bishop of London, and a great authority on eccle
Talia languentis conducent vincula collo, siastical laws, was married ? and, if possible, the date Lethalesq. abigent (miranda potentia) morbos. of such marriage. The biographies of him which have fallen under my notice, have named no domestic cir ARCHÆOLOGY.-Numerous Archæological Societies cumstances but those of parentage and infancy. I think now exist in different parts of England, of a local chahe died in 1745.
racter, as in Norfolk, Suffolk, Sussex, Cheshire; and Your obedient servant,
from the Councils of which some printed volumes of GENEALOGIST. Transactions have issued, as appears by occasional
references in the public prints. If any of your corresG. W.'s Correspondent will find it stated in Faulk pondents have the means of supplying, through your ner's History of Fulham, that “the Bishop died at * Current Notes," a list, or short account of the titles Bath, September 6, 1748, aged 79, and was buried at and number of volumes published, it would not only be Fulham. He married the sister of the wife of Dr. interesting, but a very useful contribution to the current Bettesworth, Dean of the Arches, who died suddenly knowledge of the day, and by the publicity promote in her chair, December 28, 1741, and by whom he had their sale, for we folks in the South know but little of several children."
what is doing in the North, East, or West. S. E.