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whose name is now Anglicised into Benjamin, and whose
Dec. 22nd. death is recorded at A.D. 839, in the Four Masters. SIR,-I have examined Parkhurst's Hebrew Lexicon The Legend on the stone is in Latin, (but very sorry with reference to 0. S. — your correspondent's query, Latin), and in the Irish character. It reads, “QUI(see " Current Notes" for November, p. 85), concerning CUNQUE (for æ) HUNC TITULUM LEGERIT Shem, Ham, and Japhet, and cannot discover the names ORAT (for orate or oret) PRO BERECHTUNE. to have any such primary meaning as was there ascribed On the upper part of the stone, in one corner, are the to them; though perhaps by a little straining, and a few let far-fetched ideas, such an interpretation might be given
letters fps or pps. --but it is so wholly unworthy of any one to torture his imagination to suppose that the original signification of
RICHARD III. words should have been framed to suit a climate, that
January 10th, 1852. nothing more need be said.
SIR,—All our historians assert that Richard, Duke of I remain, Sir,
Glo'ster paved his way to the crown by bastardizing, Your obedient servant, imprisoning, and assassinating his two nephews, Edward Mr. Willis.
C. M. J.
Prince of Wales and Richard Duke of York. How
then are we to account for the provision made in the TURKISH Coin.
Wardrobe Roll for the Coronation of Richard III., Southwick, near Oundle,
ndle, July 3rd, 1483, (published in the Antiquarian ReperJan. Ist. 1852.
tory, Vol. I. p. 29, 1807 ;) “ The deliveree of divers SIR,-In Kitto's Cyclopædia of Biblical Literature, Stuff delivered for the use of Lorde Edwarde, son of vol. 2. p. 379, there is a coin illustrated thus : " 5. sup- late Kyng Edward the Fourthe, and of his Henxeposed ancient Jewish coin, representing drums." Kitto
men ?" Then follows a particular account of the mategives his authorities at the end of the article on Musical rials for the “ appuraill and array” of “ Prince Instruments.
Edward" and his “ Henremen." Was he really Allow me to give the figure of present at his uncle's coronation? There is no menthe coin, and its interpretation : | tion of the Duke of York. The Declaration of Tyrrell
Read from left to right, the and Dighton, published in the ensuing reign by letters, or rather words, are: SF Henry VII., says, the young princes were murdered in TR Ch N: in Turkish it reads, July, 1483. If the words did not expressly state “ EdThe Boundary of the Turks ;warde, son of late Kyng Edwarde the Fourthe," I and the two drum sticks ! are should have concluded that it meant Richard III.'s the pillars of Hercules, or the own son Edward, by Lady Ann Nivelle, at that time
Calpe columna, and the Abyla about nine years of age. columna.-N.B. The S (for sh) is a Cuneiform letter.
0. S. T. R. BROWN. Mr. Willis.
| AMERICAN TESTIMONIAL TO Mrs. CoWDEN CLARKE. The DevoNSHIRE COLLECTION. - In reply to the
New York, 13th December, 1851. inquiry of Mr. Willis's correspondent, “ A Young Nu- About the time you receive this, you will probably mismatist," ("* Current Notes" for December, p. 95), he hear of an American testimonial to that amiable woman, is informed that the Duke of Devonshire's Collection of Mrs. Cowden Clarke, to be presented to her by the Coins was sold by auction a few years ago, and produced American Minister, Mr. Abbot Lawrence, in the name a very inconsiderable sum, to the surprise of everybody of the subscribers, at the head of whom stands America's This was accounted for by the manner in which the greatest and best statesman, Daniel Webster. Coins were catalogued. It was well known as “ The This testimonial is in the shape of a magnificent Devonshire Collection."
Rosewood Library Chair, richly carved, and covered S. H. H. with the finest French Satin Brocade. It is at this
moment on the Atlantic, in the “ Atlantic," and insured DISCOVERY OF THE TOMB OF ST. BERICHERT, or, by the Atlantic Insurance Company, for three hundred BERECHTUNE.-Mr. Windele the local historian of Cork, dollars. has circulated among his friends a Lithographic drawing As THE FAME OF SHAKSPERE is world-wide, subof this very interesting monument, which he found at scriptions of five dollars each came in from all parts of Tullilease, a small hamlet on the border of the Counties the American Union—from the most northerly of all, of Cork and Limerick, within a mile of Dromcolleher. Maine,-to Mexico. From Wisconsin, in the far-farThe tomb is a much more highly ornate specimen of an FAR West, to the shores of the Pacific, at San Francisco ancient cross than any of those engraved in Dr. Petrie's - they are thousands of miles apart from each other. work on the Round Towers of Ireland. At Tullilease Why have you left it to us poor Yankees “ to take there are the ruins of an old Romanesque church, which the wind out of your sails,” in presenting a testimonial was dedicated to St. Berichert or Berihert, a Saxon, to the authoress of the Concordance to Shakspere ?
Mr. Payne Collier, and such like dear fellows, who
THE JARVIS LIBRARY SALE. know so many eminent wealthy literati, ought, now that This Sale, which has so long attracted the attention of we have set you the example, to get up a subscription, and American Bibliopoles, commenced on Tuesday, Nov. 4th. present Mrs. Clarke with some better Shaksperean testi- It was the means of drawing together agents for the monial than a Chair! What say you to a FIRST' Best most prominent Libraries in the United States. Among Bed? But if the hangings of it beat our satin brocade others, the following Colleges and Institutions were cover, why I'll hang myself in despair-no I won't, but represented:--Smithsonian Institution, Harvard College, I'll eat it-bed-feathers and all. The Chair was to Yale College, General Theological Seminary of New have been covered with the richest silk Genoa velvet, of York, College of New Jersey, Brown University, Roa regal scarlet or crimson, but the lady of our Secretary chester University, Andover Theological Seminary, New of State, Mrs. Daniel Webster, would have it, that | York State Library, New York Society Library, and the velvet covers were quite old-fashioned ; and as ladies | Historical Society of New York. best know what will suit ladies, she was asked the favour The sale being the largest that ever took place in to select the cover, and I guess you will admire it. America, of any private library, the books brought fair
Now for the frecdom of America. Collins gave the prices. A volume of Tracts, containing the American Chair free passage. Edwards, Sandford and Co. con- | Whig, &c. sold for 22 dollars 75 cents, to Bancroft, the veyed the case to the ship, and will convey it from historian. Byzantinæ Historiæ Scriptores, a unique set, Liverpool to London, free. They are Express men, and containing a beautiful MS. translation of the third thus do we go a-head."
volume of Nicephorus Gregoras, sold for 475 dollars, to CATHERINE HAYES AND FATHER MATHEW.
Prof. Ticknor, of Boston. Biblia Sacra Polyglotta, being
the celebrated CompLUTENSIAN POLYGLOTT, 130 dollars, G. W.'s Correspondent adds :
to the Rochester University. The Paris Polyglott, 100 " I receive your Notes' regularly. The story about dollars, to Geo. Livermore, Esq. Boston. Vetus TestaKaty Hayes in your November Number, p. 88, is some
mentum Græcum, 40 dollars, Harvard College. Murawhat embellished by your New York Special Re- tori, 37 vols. folio, 207 dollars, to the Theological porter.' I regret to tell you that she, poor girl, has Seminary, New York. Cranmer's Bible, 26 dollars, to quite put her foot in it here, and I am afraid will | Rochester University. Tyndale's Translation of the return poorer than when she came. She or her agent Pentateuch, 41 dollars, to John Wiley. Duchesne's or agents, pursued a silly course by, it is said, keeping Historical Collections, 24 dollars 50 cents, to Brown almost open house to her countrymen at the Astor house, University, &c. &c. a very expensive hotel, where she ran up an enormous bill, and being unable to pay, the sheriff's officers carried
THE PERIODICAL PRESS OF THE METHODISTS IN TIE off the receipts at some of her concerts, particularly that
UNITED STATES. which she gave for that humbug hypocrite Father
The Christian Advocate and Journal has a circuMathew. There has been a great deal about it in our
lation of from 25 to 29,000 copies. The Missionary papers. Doctor Joy returned to England some time ago
Advocate circulates 20,000 copies, and the Sunday in disgust. Mathew absolutely had the temerity to
School Advocate no less than 65,000 copies, with a make it appear that he could work miracles, publicly, yearly sale of Sunday
1 yearly sale of Sunday School Books amounting to upin the face of a large Catholic congregation, by restoring
wards of £1000, or 5000 dollars. the sick and lame to health !"
“ WOODMAN, SPARE THAT TREE."
| GENERAL Morris, who is associated with Mr. N. P. ETHNOLOGY.-“G.W.S New York Special Reporter, | Willis as Editor, and publisher of the “ Home Journal." whose embellished style has been questioned in the pre
in New York, was, as all the world knows-or at least, ceding paragraph, states, that he has forwarded a
as the United States ought to know, for it is something pamphlet, for which he will be duly thanked when it is
to be proud of to be possessed of a real living poet in received, “ giving an account of a pretended journey to
these days, was the author of the words of a charming the city of Eximaya, in Central America, by an Eng- | ballad, entitled, “ Woodman, spare that Tree," which lishman and two Spaniards, who are all gone dead.""
was sung effectively by an illustrious scion of the house Observing that, “ It is a good Arabian Night's hoax.
of Russell. The parentage of this lyric having been You will see," he remarks, “the pamphlet is dated
claimed by a respectable Boston paper, (The Sunday 1850, but the children have only been exhibited here
News), on behalf of a deceased literary gentleman this week. There is no mistake about them, they are
named Woodward, who is said, in an unguarded evidently children of a distinct and unknown race, come
moment, to have pawned his reputation upon the Woodfrom whence they will. The recession of their foreheads
man, to the gallant General, for a glass of grog ; the is extraordinary. Their heads are wonderfully small,
General indignantly repudiates the whole statement; and in exact proportion to their bodies and limbs. They
repeating that, “ a slander well hoed grows like the are not dwarfs but pigmies ; about twelve years of age,
devil ;" and labours to establish the fact, that the Amelively and playful. They are not at. Barnum's Museum,
rican General Morris is not to be by posterity identified but at the rooms of the Society Library, and are ex
with the English Captain of the same name as a song citing very great attention."
THE BAW DRICK OR BALDROCK. (Illustrated.) TURNBUCKLE AND LATCH. The figure you have
engraved on p. 91 of your December “ Notes," as a The Rectory, Clyst St. George, Topsham, Turnbuckle, is the common casement latch of the 17th Jan. 2, 1852.
century; which may be found attached to the iron SIR,-You are publishing, in your “ Current Notes,” | frame of casement windows in many old farm houses. some nice little cuts of interesting relics of antiquity, Alatch is not a turnbuckle, and no ironmonger's for which all who delight in such things must feel apprentice would confound the two. A latch is a bar thankful to you.
moving up and down in a limited space-or, if backMay I ask you to put into your cutter's hands the wards and forwards, as in some locks-it is called the rough sketch which I send with this; and will you allow latch-bolt. A turnbuckle, as its name implies, turns it to be introduced to the notice of your readers, as an round, and is only limited by the notch, &c. by which it illustration of the Bawdrick, or Baldrock, which is the holds. They are chiefly of two kinds : one is a spindle, leather gear, with its appurtenances of the upper part with a knob or ring at one end, and a tongue or buckle of the clapper in old black-letter bells, and about which at the other; another is a handle with a tongue atyour readers may have seen a discussion, with extracts tached, moving together freely round, upon a pin or from old Churchwarden's accounts, in another valuable rivets. This latter kind has taken the place of the periodical of like character to your own, but in which casement latch represented in your “ Current Notes" at present no illustrations of any kind are admitted. in present use. You will oblige one of your subscribers.
H. T. E.
ONE WHO HAS BEEN AN IRONMONGER'S APPRENTICE.
ARCHITECTURAL RESTORATIONS IN IRELAND.
pose of sustaining the failing walls of Buttevant Abbey, an
in the County of Cork, is about to be followed by Mr. Thomas Tobin, of Ballincollig, taking measures to uphold the Castle of Buttevant.
The same good spirit animates Mr. Odell, the proprietor of Ardmore, in the County of Waterford, who has determined to preserve the west gable of the Old Church, which is covered over with figures that, according to Ryland's History of Waterford, “ with a good imagination, and some knowledge of the ancient Scriptures, may be made to exhibit an epitome of the history of the Old Testament."
THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF LANCASHIRE AND
16th January, 1852. SIR,- If your refer to your “ Current Notes" for April last, you will find engraved, at p. 27, a tobacco pipe, found when the Golden Lion Inn at Fulham was pulled down in April, 1836. Now, Sir, it appears to me that this drawing of mine has been copied, without acknowledgment, from your Notes, in the Transactions
of the Historical Society of Lancashire and Cheshire, A. Crown Staple.
Session iii. 1850-51, to illustrate a paper by Andrew B. Bawdrick or Baldrock of old Churchwarden's books, | James Lamb, Esq. Plate IV. No. 14. “If not, I humbly viz. stout white leather straps, shewing how fitted with conceive that Mr. Lamb, or the Rev. Dr. Hume, the intervening piece of hard wood and pin.
Secretary, on behalf of the Society, is bound to state . C. Clapper, with stirrup top.
where the original pipe which figures in their Transac
end is tied | tions exists, and how and when Mr. Lamb obtained his round the stem of the clapper, and by the pin above drawing or knowledge of it. This alone can disprove the keeps the wood and leather all steady together, and the charge which I make against the Historical Society of clapper works or swings on the crown staple, having | Lancashire and Cheshire, of copying without acknowleather on the upper side, and hard wood under.
ledgment, my sketch from Willis's Notes. H. T. E.
ARCHÆOLOGICAL PUBLICATIONS.— In addition to those ROWLAND HILL AND THE Penny PostAGE. enumerated in G. Wi's - Current Notes” for December
The following is the commencement of a leading (p. 93), the first Number of “ Reliquiæ Antiquæ Eboracenses, or Remains of Antiquities relating to York, has of Saturday, 9th August. 1851:
article on the Penny Postage, contained in the “ Times," appeared. *In answer to W. B.'s communications, G. W. con
" A traveller sauntering through the Lake districts of
England some years ago, arrived at a small public-house ceives that the best mode of making a local work of this
just as the postman stopped to deliver a letter. A young nature known, would be by a circular letter addressed to
girl came out to receive it. She took it in her hand, the resident Nobility, Clergy, and Gentry of Yorkshire,
turned it over and over, and asked the charge. It was a soliciting their countenance and support.
large sum-no less than a sbilling. Sighing heavily, she The information desired respecting the publications of observed that it came from her brother, but that she was the Archæological Societies named, may be obtained by ton poor to take it in, and she returned it to the postman W. B. addressing himself to their respective Secretaries, accordingly. The traveller was a man of kindness as well viz.
as of observation; he offered to pay the postage himself, M. A. LOWER, Esq., Lewes.
and in spite of more reluctance on the girl's part than be Rev. DR. HUME, Liverpool.
could well understand, he did pay it, and gave her the WILLIAM Ayrton, Esq., Chester.
letter. No sooner, however, was the postman's back SAMUEL TYmms, Esq., Bury St. Edmunds, and turned, than she confessed that the proceeding had been HENRY HARROD, Esq. Norwich.
concerted between her brother and herself, that the letter was empty, that certain signs on the direction conveyed all
she wanted to know, and that as they could neither of SOCIETY OF ANTIQUARIES OF NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE. them afford to pay postage, they had devised this method Mr. Willis is informed with reference to a paragraph
of franking the intelligence desired. The traveller pur
sued his journey, and as he plodded over the Cumberland which appeared in his “ Current Notes" for December,
fells, he mused upon the badness of a system which drove p. 93, that the Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle
people to such straits for means of correspondence, and upon-Tyne, whose issues have been suspended since
defeated its own object all the time. With most men such 1846, will forthwith resume publishing.
musings would have ended before the close of the hour,
but this man's name was Rowland Hill, and it was from THE SLOGANS OF THE NORTI OF ENGLAND have
this incident and these reflections that the whole scheme of been published by Mr. G. B. Richardson, of Newcastle
Penny Postage was derived." upon-Tyne,
I should be glad to know if there is any doubt as to
the truth of this statement, as I fancied it had been THE BRITISI MUSEUM.-A recent resolution of the
contradicted. Could any of your Correspondents oblige Trustees of this National Establishment has been con
me by giving me information on the subject, I should sidered, in certain Antiquarian circles, to present “ a
I. E. fair specimen of double-dealing." AN IRISI NUMISMATIST.
Boston, January 15th, 1852. AUTOGRAPHIC BIOGRAPHY.
| SIR, I send you a query for “ Current Notes.” January 3rd, 1852.
“ Robbed between Sun and Sun." SIR,--I trust I shall not trespass upon the limits of your courtesy, if I beg your assistance with regard to Can any of your communicants favor me with the accompanying list of names, about whom I am
of this expression? It was employed to describe the anxious to gain any information as to dates of birth,
late Revolution in Paris, by the “ Examiner,” and I death, or any subject of interest connected with the in have seen it as a quotation in a work of old date. dividuals.
Y. S. N. As I live in the country and have not the facility of
Dental SURGERY.—In the observations on the proaccess to a library for reference, I avail myself of the
the gress of Geography and Ethnology, by Mr. John Russell medium of your instructive and valuable publication,
| Bartlett, read at the Meeting of the New York Histoand beg to subscribe myself, with all good wishes,
| rical Society in November and December, 1846, it is Your obedient servant,
mentioned that in the exploration of a tumuli carried on ELLEN F.
by Dr. M. W. Dickeson, in the South-western States, Symonds' Inn. 24th April, 1787. Edward Montagu.
chiefly in Mississippi, although in some instances exNo date. Marquis de Spinola.
tending to Alabama, Louisiana, and Texas, he found St. Petersburg. 24th Jan. 1805. C. A. Pozzo di Borgo. I that Dentistry had been extensively practised by this No date. Geo. R. Collier, Commodore.
ancient people, as plugging the teeth and inserting London. . 13th March, 1820. W. Plumer.
artificial ones, were common. In one instance five 20th May, 1829. Jno. Bruce. No date. P. P. Jacob. artificial teeth were found inserted in one subject.
T. C. B.
CAPPING A STORY.-Rogers, the poet, was fond of Pilgrim's BADGE? – A Correspondent has kindly telling the story of a gentleman who lost a shilling in transmitted to G. W. a rubbing from which the Covent Garden Market, just at the corner of the Great
annexed woodcut has been Piazza, and on his return from India some five-and
made, of a small brass ortwenty years afterwards, on passing the spot where he
nament, found at Launde supposed the loss had taken place, remembered the cir
Abbey, in Leicestershire, cumstance, and looking about him on the pavement,
which abbey or priory was picked up his shilling. Here Rogers, in his own inimit
founded by Rd. Basset, in able way of telling a story, would pause, and then add
the reign of Henry III. dis“ IN HALFPENCE, wrapped up in paper."
solved by Henry VIII., and “ I knew the man," said a witty friend to the poet,
Cromwell, Earl of Essex, “ but you have forgotten the most singular point of the
had a grant of it. In the story about the recovery of this lost shilling just at the
Chapel (all that remains of door of Willis the bookseller's place of business.”
the Priory) is a monument “I thought it sufficiently odd," replied the poetical to his son Gregory, Lord Cromwell, of the date of 1551. banker, “our friend having found his shilling after so The ornament is supposed to be a Pilgrim's Badge, long a period, and only wish that my lost notes may turn brought from Rome, and probably was buried with him. up again in the same unexpected and amusing manner
1st January, 1852.
M.C.S. - that notes turn up to me from Willis." “ Then you must have heard the whole story, and the
ANCIENT KEY. -1. D. is thanked for the drawing of very remarkable fact to which I refer? That in the an Ancient Key found in October last, in the parish of paper which contained the four-and-twenty halfpence he Stoke Holy Cross, near Warwick ; but as no particular found another filled with farthings, the exact amount of interest attaches to this key in an antiquarian point of which when calculated, proved to be that of compound
| view, it is not worth engraving. interest upon the shilling for five-and-twenty years one month and thirteen days."
THE LIBERTY STONE IN CASTLE STREET, LIVERMr. Rogers has never since told the story.
POOL.- T. B. B. (Burnley, 1st December) thanked, but
the space at G. Wi's command does not permit of his Robert Hollyn.
inserting the extract forwarded to him from the LiverSir, — Through the medium of your publication, can pool Albion. you tell me anything about “ Robt. Hoblyn;" and what | PRINTS OF OLIVER CROMWELL AND“ ST. LUKE'S works he has published ? I believe they were of a
Day." classical nature; and he was living in 1825.
A - Young Print and Portrait Collector" would be Yours truly,
obliged by any explanation respecting a portrait of Jan. 2, 1852.
Oliver Cromwell, of an allegorical nature, surrounded A TRAVELLING NAME.— I have heard or read some- upon the events of his life. He is represented standing
by various emblems and devices, which evidently bear where of a story about one of the authors of the between two columns, in armour, with a wreath of laurel " Rejected Addresses"—indeed, I now remember that in place of a helmet. This print has neither name or he told it to me himself-how that he once travelled in date of any kind upon it. a stage coach with a very agreeable old lady, who was
Another print is one marked
published 1816, well acquainted with London society, and with whom he | by J. T. Smith, called “ St. Luke's day," a conversed for a considerable time about various mutual só poor painter removing ;" is friends and circumstances that could only be known to
this intended as
the time? them, or to their immediate circle, with so much fami- |
a caricature upon some artist of liarity, that the old lady's curiosity being roused, she
Jan. 6th, 1852. ventured to inquire his name. “ James Smith, madam," was the reply. “Oh, that's your travelling name, is it?
D. E., 47, Blessington Street, Dublin, thanked for But it won't do for me."
his suggestions. The R. I. A.-T.C. D. and the Dublin Society, however, cannot in the slightest degree in
fluence the conduct of G. W.'s “ Current Notes." Smith.-Has not some one written, or is not some
If these learned bodies regard their own situation, one going to write, a history of the Smiths? It really |
they will not object to “ any slang, coarseness, or Amemight be made a very amusing book, and some one-I
ricanisms." They should rather reflect how much forget who-actually told me that “the far-famed
America has and probably will teach young IrelandRuffian of the Adelphi," (O. S.) was collecting materials
BUT NOT through their agency, as publishers. for or from such a book. I subscribe my real name The Holy Grail, A. as confessedly “ made up identify, if you can, Mr. Willis.
of quotations," is an article not suited to G. W.'s “ CurJohn Smith. rent Notes."