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MEMORIALS OF PROHIBITED LITERATURE.
Some interest appearing to be now entertained in
researches relative to “ Books ordered to be burned," Habits were formerly appropriated to denote the
the following inedited letter, addressed by the Mayor various callings and professions, and were originally
nally and two of the Aldermen of this borough, to Peter intended and considered as honourable distinctions. All Temple. Esa, one of their Parliamentary representatives, trades and occupations were in the same manner known the
the original draft being amongst the Corporation Manufrom each other; the merchant had one sort of habit, the soldier another, the artificer a third, and the hus
scripts ; may possibly be agreeable to the readers of
Current Notes. bandman a fourth, each so differently disposed from the others as sufficiently to point out the rank of the persons
Honored Sir,- After our due respect premised, with a who wore it. The graduates and the students in the
thankfull acknowledgment of all your loveing respects mani. universities were not only distinguished from the rest of
fested to vs and our Corporacion, We take leave to acquaint the world, but from each other, by the dissimilarity of
you that ypon our enquirie after the booke entituled a Fiery
Flying Roll, composed by one Topp, resolved by the high their habits. The doctors in physic, music and divinity, Court of Parliament to containe in it much blasphemy, and and also doctors of the civil law, though equal in therefore by them ordered to be burnt; a booke sold by degree, used to wear habits peculiarly designed to the Nathanyel Brookesbie, * entituled the Light and Dark sides several faculties of which they were respectively. The of God, came to our viewe, being composed, as we are incostume of those who practised in the law was in all formed by one Jacob Bathamley, sometyme a shoemaker, the grades particularly defined. That pertaining to the in our borough of Leicester, which booke vpon perusall, in judges appears to be continued with but little variation, our apprehensions, wee finde to be of a very dangerous conwhile the distinctive dress of the barristers has under sequence, and lets open a very wide dore to atheisme and gone a thorough change. Formerly the gown worn by
profaneness. Wee therefore make bold, by this bearer, them was of cloth, faced with black velvet, having tufts
Mr. Alderman Cradock, to present one of the said bookes of silk down the facings, and on the fronts of the arms.
to your view, intreating your assistance and discrecion what
wee may best doe in it. For which, as allso for all your The engraved title to the Compleat Clerk, a handbook of
of loveing favours towards ys, wee shall for ever stand obliged the law, frequently printed in the reign of Charles the to be. Second, has in a compartment a representation of a
Your humble Servants, barrister in that costume, seated in a pew-framed desk.
WILL. SPEECHLEY, Maior, So Butler, in Hudibras, makes his hero refer to a dis
WILL, STANLEY, penser of the law, an old dull sot, one
Leicester, Feb. 18, 1649 [-50.]
To the Right Worshipfull
Peter Temple, Esq.
Can any of your numerous Correspondents supply any
information respecting the books mentioned in this letter, And found him mounted in his pen,
or inform me, if any thing is known of the member of With books and money placed for shew.
" the gentle Craft," to whose authorship, the latter work Part III., canto iii., lines 621-624.
is assigned? The barrister's dress here described was that con- Leicester, Oct. 26.
WILLIAM KELLY. stantly worn by the advocate till the death of Queen Watt, in his Bibliotheca Britannica, is wholly silent in Mary in 1694, when from the generally expressed grief respect to Topp, or his Fiery Flaming Roll; but he notices on the occurrence of that event, the gown as now worn the Light and Darke sides of God set forth, by Jacob by them was introduced as mourning, and being found Bathumley, printed at London, 1650, 8vo. ; as also a later infinitely more convenient, than those formerly worn. / work by the same writer, a Selection of the Material Pashas been since continued.
sages and Persecutions of the Church of Christ, London, 1676, 8vo.
A CREMONA violin having been thrown down by a CLOSING OF CHURCHYARDS. The late measures
lady, with a frisk of her mantua, Dean Swift, then were not concurred in, till they were imperatively re
present, made the happy quotation : quired ; in some instances, however, the subject was
Mantua væ miseræ nimium vicina Cremona! absolutely forced on the parish authorities. Some years
Hardly, if at all inferior, was Thomas Warton's exsince the following notice was not only read in Ludford | clamation, on snuffing out a candle: Church, Hertfordshire, but affixed on the church door.
Brevis esse laboro :
Obscurus fio. This is to give Notice, that no person is to be buried
Pray whence are these quotations derived ? in this Churchyard, but what lives in the parish; and
M. S, M. those who wish to be buried, are desired to apply to me,
EPHRAIM GRUBB, Parish Clerk. I • These words are in the original erased by a pen.
WARTON'S HISTORY OF ENGLISH POETRY.
POETICAL SIGN-BOARDS. . The following inedited letter, addressed to the Rev. Your Correspondent, J. M., Current Notes, p. 86, Thomas Percy, subsequently bishop of Dromore ; is enquires for the locality of a certain sign-board ? It is printed from the autograph in the possession of the very long since I have passed by the road between Editor.
Frome and Wells, by the side of which it was to be Sir-I am infinitely obliged to you for the favour of seen ; but twenty years ago the inscription was as your Letter.
follows : Your plan for the History of English Poetry is ad
Good people call and pray walk in, mirably constructed : and much improved from an idea
Hollands, Brandy, Rum and Gin, of Pope's, which Mr. Mason obligingly sent me, by
Cyder, Ale and Beer that's good, application froin our friend Dr. Hurd. I regret that a
Are all sold here by John ATTWOOD. writer of your consummate taste should not have exe
Arle-Bury, Nov. 9.
A. M. S. M. cuted it.
Although I have not followed this plan, yet it is of great service to me, and throws much light on many of In answer to the query of your Correspondent, J. M., my periods, by giving connected views and details. ICurrent Notes, p. 86, the lines he refers to occurred at began with such an Introduction, or general Dissertation, Rodney Stoke, near Wells; but in his “remembrances as you had intended : viz. on the Northern Poetry with of days foregone," appears to have forgotten their seits Introduction into England by the Danes and Saxons,
ons, quence, or they may have been re-edited. They are and its duration. I then begin my History at the Con- | thusquest, which I write chronologically in sections; and
Good people stop, and pray walk in! continue, as matter successively offers itself in a series
Here's Foreign Brandy, Rum and Gin, of regular annals, down to and beyond the Restoration.
With Cyder, Ale and Beer that's good, I think with you, that Dramatic Poetry is detached from
All selling here by JOHN ATTWOOD. the idea of my work, that it requires a separate con
Living in the ancient (formerly) vale of Blakemore, sideration, and will swell the size of my book beyond all
or Forest of White Hart, a royal forest as proved by the bounds. One of my sections, a very large one, is entirely on Chaucer, and exactly fills your title of Part Second.
names of places near this, such as Buckland, Buckshaw, In the course of my Annals' I consider collaterally the
Hartgrove, though further off; King Stagbridge, etc.; Poets of different nations as influencing our own. What
some curious specimens of poetry have fallen under my I have at present finished, ends with the section on
notice, which I transmit. Chaucer, and will almost make my first volume; for I
On a sign-post at Hartleigh, in Mintern parish, near design two volumes in quarto. This first volume will the bridge last-named, are the following soon be in the press. I should have said before, that,
When Julius Cæsar reigned here, although I proceed chronologically, yet I often stand
Oh! then I was a little Deer, still, to give some general view, as perhaps of a particu.
When Julius Cæsar reigned King, lar species of poetry, etc., and even anticipate sometimes
Around my neck he put this ring ; for this purpose. These views often form one section;
Whosoever doth me take, yet are interwoven into the tenor of the work without
Oh! spare my life for Cæsar's sake! interrupting my historical series. In this respect, some From the History of Dorset, it should have been the of my sections have the effect of your parts, or divisions. White Hart, but the animal is now transformed into a
I return to Oxford in a few days. I cannot take my Fallow Deer. There are similar verses, as occurring at leave without declaring that my strongest incitement Rodwell Hake, near Leeds, noticed in Ray's Itineraries, to prosecute the History of English Poetry is the pleasing p. 153. hope of being approved by you ; whose true genius I
When Julius Cæsar here was King, so justly venerate, and whose genuine poetry has ever
About my neck he put this ring ; given me such sincere pleasure.
Whosoever doth me take,
Let me go, for Cæsar's sake!
Recollections of days long past by will at times steal
ARTON. upon our memory, and create feelings of pleasurable Winchester College, April 20, 1770.
import. At East Orchard, in the afore-named forest (my native place) was formerly a school, much noted in
the History of Dorset, kept by a Mr. Willis, an exWhat is implied by a Versus Cancrinus ? S.T. cellent writing-master, who produced specimens of
The reading being the same either backwards or for singularly minute calligraphy. I once saw at Cambridge, wards, the sense remaining unimpaired. The epithet, at Old Ives's, a barber, who dressed in the style of a LIVED A Devil, in the epitaph on a Scold, is a good century or two ago, the Twelve Commandments, so example.
written, and afterwards saw at East Orchard, the origi
nal, in writing so small as almost to require a micros- | entitled “Gardener's Miscellany." He died a few years cope, written, as I was told, by Mr. Willis.
since on a commercial journey, at Perth. The music of At Holwell, in Somerset, a detached part, adjoining the song was composed by J. C. Rogers, son of to our parish, were the following:
Rogers, Professor of Music, in Howe Street, Edinburgh, Reading, Writing, and Mensuration,
and was published by Mortimer, Anderson and Co. in Barter, Interest, and Irrigation;
that town. I append the original words. The extraction of square and cubic root,
Forfarshire, Nov. 9.
Oh ! these are not my country's hills, .
Though they look bright and fair;
Though flow'rets deck their verdant sides,
The heather blooms not there.
Let me behold the mountain steep,
The wild deer roaming free;
The heathy glen, the ravine deep,
Oh! Scotland's hills for me. p. 87, I remember to have somewhere seen
The rose through all this garden land
May shed its rich perfume;
But I would rather wander 'mang
My country's bonny broom.
The ploughman on the lea;
There lives my blythesome mountain maid, On the St. Neot's road, about seven and a half
Oh! Scotland's hills for me. miles from Cambridge, on a sign-post before the Two Pots Inn, are some lines, in their commencement possibly suggestive of the Italian brigand's mode of accost
VERSES UPON PORTRAIT OF JOHN PYM. ing the wayfarer, Siste Viator, siste ! but here mine host draws it milder. On one side of the board are the
As a companion to the verses on William Prynne, following
printed in Current Notes, p. 80; the following may Stay Traveller, stay! lo COOPER's hand
perhaps be worth inserting. They occur in Tatham's Obedient brings two pots at thy command;
Collection, known as the Rump Songs. If the feelings
of the Royalists are to be judged from that collection, Here take thy rest, banish the thought of care ; Drink to your Friends, and recommend them here.
Pym was regarded with more intense hatred than any
other of the Parliamentarians. He died Dec. 8, 1643. On the other side
EDWARD PEACOCK. Travellers here shelter, and withall good cheer; Two foaming pots of genuine home brew'd beer;
Upon Mr. Pyu's PICTURE. And if a toast you'd have, why let us sing,
Render, behold the counterfeit of him, Success to Farming, and long live the King.
Who now controuls the land ; Almighty Pym! Lincoln's Inn, Nov. 8.
J. L. R.
A man whom even the Devil to fear begins,
Of Reverend Laud and noble Strafford's blood.
To strike so high as to put Bishops down, On an alehouse window some pennyless bard, lacking And in the Mitre, to controul the Crown; a better patron, inscribed the following adulatory lines
The wretch hath mighty thoughts, and entertains
Some glorious mischief in his active brains,
Where now he's plotting to make England such
As may not vye the villainy of the Dutch.
He dares not go to Heav'n, 'cause he doth fear
To meet, and not pull down the Bishops there.
These Kingdom's ruins should be buried ?
Is it not strange, there should be hatcht a Plot
Which should out-doe the Treason of the Scot, In Millar's British Songster, a note states the author
And even the malice of a Puritan? of this song is unknown, and that it was set to music
Reader, behold! and hate the poysonous man, by R. A. Smith; both statements are erroneous. The The Picture's like him, yet 'tis very fit song was published in or about 1828, by William Bis
He adds one likeness more-that's hang like it! sett Gardener, then a bookseller in Dundee, more latterly in Cupar Fife, where he some time edited a periodical,
WILLIS'S CURRENT NOTES.
“ Takes note of what is done-
POPE AND HIS EDITORS.
1 From this it will be seen, that the same figure or TURNING over Mr. Carruthers' recent cdition of metaphor is used in a reverse sense to that by Pope; Pope's Works, 1853, I was surprised to see in the first the one to attain truth, the other to deceive. The coinbook of the Dunciad, the two lines, 207 and 208, printed cidence is, I think, worthy the notice of the editors of thus
the forthcoming new edition of Pope's Works. 'Tis the same rope at different ends they twist,
Much obscurity exists regarding the Dunciad, from To Dulness Ridpath is as dear as mist,
the mysterious manner in which it first appeared.
Pope, we are told, stated the first edition was an imperinstead of Mist, the Tory writer,* and thereby creating fect one, published at Dublin in 1727; this, however, a Fogt over a passage left originally somewhat obscure, is questioned, for Mr. Carruthers says, 'no copy has and which has remained unnoticed, by Bowles at least, been found ;' but as efforts are now making to clear up his being the only other edition I have at hand.
this point, and ascertain the dates of the several early The allusion is evidently, to the juggling of the two editions, I may mention that I have a copy of one, desigfactions of Whig and Tory, as elucidated by the follow- | nated on the title-page, “the Second Edition, with some ing passage in Burgh's Crito, or Essays on Various' additional Notes. “London, Printed for Lawton Gilliver, Subjects, 1767, duod. vol. ii. p. 45, where, writing as a at Homer's Head, against St. Dunstan's Church, Fleet Whig is supposed to do, he proceeds —
Street, 1729. 8vo.; having the frontispiece of the I would subborn an opposite faction, and we should seem Ass laden with a bundle of books, on the top of which an to the public to be battling it with great eagerness, while, Owl is perched. I have been thus particular, because, in fact, we should be playing into one another's hands. if Mr. Carruthers is correct, when he states, Life, p. They should seem to take the side of Prerogative, while we 206, that in the edition of 1729, the line 283, book ii. should stickle vigorously for the people, both all the while begins---- Next * * tried, etc." there must be two editwisting the same rope at opposite ends.
tions of that date, as in my copy the line commencesNow, it is somewhat singular to find this simile of “Then * * tried, etc." twisting the cord, in a curious work entitled, La Civil
F. R. A. Conversazione del Signor Stefano Guazzo, originally published in 1574, but the edition before me is a subse
In the Dunciad, London, printed for A. Dob, 1729, 8vo. quent one, 'nuovamente dell'istesso Authore corretta ;'
., p. 45, the line 285, book ii. reads “ Then * * try'd.” A printed at Venice, by Domenico Imberti, 1589, 8vo.
manuscript note, among others of a former possessor, on
the fly-leaf suggests_“ Qu. if this is not the 6th edition ?" At fol. 54, when speaking of disputants, he says
Following the Index, is a leaf entitled- Addenda to the A quel che dite poi de filosophi, vi rispondo, che non Octavo edition of the Dunciad, printed for A. Dob (Price Two solamente à loro, ma à tutti gli altri huomini, quando s'ac- Shillings) which have been printed in the newspapers as cozzano insieme per disputare, è lecito, et convenevole il Defects and Errors, but were really wanting in the Quarto contrasto, et è più degno d'honore quel che defende la più Edition itself, and have only been added to another edition difficil parte; et se ben sono discordanti nelle parole no in Octavo, printed for Gilliver, for which he charges the discordano però nel l'amore et nella scambievole benivo - Publick Three Shillings." From this it would appear the lenza, anzi vano d'accordo cercādo la verità, a guisa di quarto of 1729 was really the first edition, and A. Dob's ediquelli, che fanno le corde, de quali se bene uno torce al tion a pirated reprint from it. The second edition, printed contrario dell'altro, s'accordano però intorno all' intentione, for Lawton Gilliver, was in fact a republication of the first et al fine dell'opera.
quarto, as a second edition in octavo, and Dob added these
Addenda after Gilliver's second edition in octavo had ap* George Ridpath and Nathaniel Mist were both Journalists, the latter was the printer and publisher of a news. The Dunciad was reprinted in the second volume of the paper, long deemed scandalous, entitled Mist's Weekly | works of Mr. Alexander Pope, printed for Lawton Gilliver, Journal. It commenced on December 6th, 1718, and was at Homer's Head in Fleet Street, 1735, 4to, and at p. 29, published in Great Carter Street, now Great Carter Lane, line 283, book ii., reads " Then P** essay'd ;” and the Doctors' Commons.
following note at p. 143, thus displaces the former. + Mist, after ten years successful career, had to encounter “ Then P * * essay'd. A Gentleman of Genius and Spirit a rival publication, entitled Fog's Weekly Journal, which who has secretly dipt in some papers of this kind, on commenced at the close of 1728.
whom our Poet bestows a Panegyric instead of a Satire, as VOL. IV.
deserving to be better employed than in party-quarrels and
to be better employed than in party-quarrels and personal-invectives."
IECTOR BOYCE, HISTORIAN OF SCOTLAND. Roscoe, in his edition of Pope's Works, 1824, vol. iv. p. ! The first Scottish author that wrote in the Latin 191, refers to the edition of 1743, being that in which they
language, with any degree of eloquence,” Dr. Irving above amended note first appeared, but he who edits Pope
observes, “ was Hector Boyce, born at Dundee, about must not pass unheeded the quarto of 1735. Pope was ever eccentric in his pen-movements, and the last named edition
the year 1465. He was descended of a family which, has variations. Aaron Hill considered himself slurred by
for several generations, had possessed the barony of Pope in the passage noticed by our correspondent, and his Panbride, or Balbride,” in Forfarshire. The following letters to the Satirist, January 1730-1, are to Hill's advan- gleanings regarding the family of this old historian, tage ; but if Pope really intended the lines as more pane- whose surname, it will be seen, is variously written gyrical to Hill than as intended to be offensive, then, as Boece, Boyce, Boyis, Boys, Bowis, Bowse, Bois, and Bowles justly observes, he estimated the opinion of posterity | Boethius, may possibly be interesting, particularly since equally falsely, in regard to Bolingbroke's politics and Hill's so very little of his history is known. poetry.
The origin of the family and name, as given by Among the editions of the Dunciad not particularized, is
18 | Boyce, is sufficiently romantic, and refers to a circumone of the fourth book, thus entitled - The New Dunciad : by Mr. P-O-P-E, with the Illustrations of Scriblerus, and
stance attending the capture of Urquhart Castle by Notis Variorum. The Second Edition. London : Printed
Edward the First, in 1304. The fable need not be refor J. H. Hubbard, in the Old Bailey, 1742. After line
| peated ; suffice it to say, that the surname is of Roman 516,
origin, and as Boyce and Bosco are one and the same Oh sing, and hush the nations with thy song!
name, Angl. Wood, it was known in Scotland at a much
earlier period than that stated by Boyce himself, since is the following couplet, since omitted :
William de Bosco, or Boyce, who died in 1231, held the While the Great Mother bids Britannia sleep,
office of Chancellor of Scotland to William the Lion, And pour her Spirit o'er the Land and Deep.
from 1211 to 1226. The name also occurs in the year 1233, when Robert Boyis was one of an inquest at
Dumfries, who enquired regarding the death of William On Eagle's WinG.-J. M., in Current Notes, vol. Molendinarius,d but as Thomas de Boys, mentioned by iii. p. 76, asks whence the origin of Congrere's line | Nisbet in Critical Remarks on Ragman Rolls,e is not
| noticed in the Bannatyne Club edition of that record, it Like the victorious Wren perch'd on the Eagle's wing?
may be inferred, that although the family had been in will possibly find a solution in a prior use of the simile. Scotland at the time, Prynne misread Boyt (Boyd) for in a small privately printed work, entitled The Standard Boys, several of which name did homage to Edward. of Equality ; London: printed by D. H. 1647, 16mo. Nothing more than the preceding of the early history on the reverse of E6, while reverting to the injustice of the Boyces is known to the writer ; nor is he aware of a man having perfected an invention, another is of the time when they came to Angusshire. Chambers crowned with all the credit thereof; the author adds —
says that Hugh Boece, grandfather of Hector, had the
estate of Panbride along with the “ heiress in marriage, As in the fable of the byrds, striving to fly highest, l in consequence of his services to David II. at Dupplin when the Soveraigne Eagle had soared above them al, the lin 1332 It is certain that previous to that battle, at small Wren, which covertly had conveyed herselfe upon the which Sir Alexander Fraser uncle to David II, fell, the Eagle's back, mounted with her owne wings a little higher, and so got the victory, so many men improving themselves
", lands of Panbride belonged to that knight, who left on the discoveries made by the brain and paines of others,
several sons, two of whom fell at Halidon in the followand only adding some complemental enlargements of their
ing year, as did Thomas de Boys.' This Thomas is not owne; have plundered the first founders of all the praise
designated of any place, and if he married a daughter and profit of their invention.
of Frazer of Panbride, the fact is neither recorded in the W. B. Frazer genealogy, nor indicated by the Boyce arms, which
are a saltier and chief. In honour point, a mullet as
a difference.8 CLAUDE. Can any of your numerous Correspondents The proprietary history of the barony of Panbride is inform me, in which of the Duke of Buccleugh's Collec- however rather obscure, from the time of Sir Alexander tions is this artist's Judgment of Paris ? H. A. 0. Frazer, down to 1441, when Alexander Seatoun, Lord The painting is described in Smith's Catalogue Raison.
Gordon, had a confirmation charter of the whole lands née, vol. viii. p. 354, as being the Duke of Buccleugh's property, but no one in his Grace's establishment, knows any thing of pictures or masters, and the person referred a History of Scotland, book XIV. p. 298. b Dr. Adam's to, as most capable of solving the question, was unable to
Classical Biography, p. 44. «See Reg. de Aberd., and say whether such painting by Claude was in the Duke's St. Andrews, etc. Acta Parl. vol. I. p. 88. e System possession or not; it is certainly not at Montagu House, of Heraldry, 1742, vol. II. p. 32.. which is now being dismantled, to be demolished.
vol. III. p. 93.
6 Laing's Scottish Seals, p. 28.