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Mr. URBAN,

Jan. 1. (with all the other epitaphs in the ITH this you will receive a Church) is printed in Cozens's “ Tour of St. Martin's, Canterbury (see Plate in Parsons's “ Monuments in Kent,” II.), supposed by Mr. Cozens (in his pp. 291-6. - John Finch was chosen “ Tour through the Isle of Thanet, Speaker of the House of Commons and some other parts of East Kent,") 1627; Justice of the Common Pleas to one of the first Churches 10 Car. I. ; Chief Justice of the same erected for the worship of the Al- the following year; Lord Keeper mighty under the Christian dispensa- 15 Car. I.; and created a Baron tion in this island. It is asserted, and 16 Car. I. He fled to the Netherseemingly with good foundation, that lands during the troubles, continued it was built by the Roman soldiers in there till the Restoration, and died the second century, about the year 8. p. Nov. 20, 1660, aged 77. His 180: and that the present is the build. character is given in Lord Clarendon, ing. then erected, no one can doubt 1. 73+. Yours, &ć.

B. who is conversant either in the materials or the simplicity of the buildings Mr. URBAN, Chelsea, Dec. 10, 1812. of that early age. The walls seem originally to have been all of Roman TP following paper is certainly a

great curiosity, and worthy of brick, particularly the chancel; this, being preserved from oblivion; for, and a single short aile, and a low first, it shews what methods were square tower, form the whole struc- used heretofore for granting relief ture. It is still kept in decent re to the necessitous; next, it proves pair, and contains a font and monu that in the reign of Queen Elizabeth ment worthy the eye of the curious. sports on Sundays were common;

and The font stands in the middle of the lastly, it infurips us of the nature of aile, opposite the North door, and the pastimes that were in those days consists of a cylindrical stone of near

As to the authority of this two feet six iuches high, and as much piece, it is a transcript from the oriin diameter; it is but a shell, so that ginal, formerly in the possession of Sir the bason is sufficiently large to dip a John Evelyn, bart. J. FAULKNER. child. The outside is embellished Middlese.c. To all Majors, Shereffes, with four series of ornaments: the

Constables, and other Hed Officers, lower is a simple scroll; the next, a within the Countie of Middlesex. kind of hieroglyphical true-lovers'

After our hartie commendations. knot; the third, smali Saxon arches, Whereas we are informed tliat one John intersecting each other; the upper, Seconton Powlter, dwellinge within the a kind of lacing in semicircles invert- paris be of St. Clements Daines, beinge ed, intersecting one another : all the

a poore wan, bavinge fower small chilvrnaments are very small, and inuch dren, and fallen into decay, ys lycensed enriched ; so that it would be impos- to have and use some playes and games, sible to do justice to it, except by a at uppon nine severall Sondaies, for his drawing on a very large scale *. By better relief, comforte, and sustentacion, the arches, it seems of Saxon arcbi. within the countie of Middlesex, to comtecture. In the tower are three bells. mence and begynne at and from xxund On the first there is no inscription; daie of Maye next comynge,' after the

date hereof, and not to remayne in one
second,“
1641. A. B.;" third, “ Qra pro nobis, place not above three severall Sondaies :
Santa Katerina."

And we consideringe that great resort of
In the chaucel is a handsome monu-

people is lyke to come thereunto, we

will and require you, as well for good ment to the memory of Job Finch

order as also for the preservation of the Lord Finch of Fordwich, created 1640,

Queen's Majesty's peace, that you take with a long Latin inscription, which

with you foure or fyve of the discrete

and substantiall men within your office * This curious font was well engrayed or libertie, where the games shall be put by F. Perry in 1760; and is copied in a

in practice, then and there to forsee and small scale in Hasted's Kent, vol. IV; do your endeavour to your best in that Another small view of it may be found in Duncombe's Kent, No. XXX. of Bib

+ Collins's Peerage, by Sir Egerton liotheca, Pl. XIII.

Brydges, IX. 481,
Gent. Mag. January, 1813.

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behalf duringe the continuance of the Ruberlus de Monte, was tripliciter games or playes; which games are dition, i. e. thrice richer than the hereafter severally mentioned, that is other) had used to be consumed and to say, the Shotinge with the Standarde, spent within the island, the same must the Snotinge with the Brode Arrowe, thenceforth be carried over to Cherthe Shotinge at the Twelve Shore Prick, bourg, after a small portion reserved the Shotinge at the Tarthe, the Lep- for the maintenance of a Prior and a pinge for Men, the Runninge for Men, few Canons. And now it must no the Wrastlinge, the Throwinge of the Sledge, and the Pytchinge of the Barre, loiger be called the Abbey, but the with all such other games as have at any Priory of St. Helier ; and on that time hertofure or now be lycensed, used, foot of a Priory it stood uptil the or played.

reign of Henry v. when all Priories Geaven the xxvith daie of Aprill, in Alien were suppressed, both in Engthe eleventh year of the Queen's Ma- land and in these Islands.--See Ph. jesty's Raigne.

Falle's History of Jersey, edit. 1734, pp. 35, 36.

P. MORANT.” Mr. URBAN,

Jan. 2. The following namligharied panti

: Dress of the Ancient Frenck. (From Ducarel in June 1756, by the learned

SIGEBERT was buried an. 576, in and Rev. Philip Morant, the well

, known Colchester Antiquary: where his statue is still seen in long

A Norman gentleman founded clothes, with the mantle which the in Jersey an Abbey in honour of St. Romans called Chlamys. This was the Helerius; but the time when, is not dress of Clovis's children, whether as particularly mentioned. Du Mon more noble and majestic, or that they stier, Neustria Pia, p. 712.-It stood looked on the title of Augustus as in the same little island where now hereditary in their family. However stands Elizabeth-castle; was plenti- it be, long clothes were for several fully endowed both in the island and ages the dress of persons of distincin Normandy, and, filled with Canons tion, with a border of sable, ermin, or Regular of St. Augustin. But the miniver. Under Charles V. it was Empress Maud, in passing from Eng- emblazoned with all the pieces of the laod to Normandy, meeting with dan coats of arms. At that time, neither ger at sea, she made a vow, that if it ruffs, collars, nor bands, were known, pleased God to deliver her from the being introduced by Henry II. Tilí distress she was in, she would build an his tine the neck of our Kings was Abbey in the place where she should always quite bare, except Charles the come to land, which proved to be Wise, who is every where represented Cherbourg.

Mindful of her vow, with an ermin collar. The short dress, she sent for Robert, Abbot of St. antiently worn only in the country and Helier in Jersey, and committed the the camp, came to be the general fawork to his care, as one well versed sbion under Lewis XI. but was laid in such affairs. Thus was the Abbey aside under Lewis XII. Francis I. re. built, and called de Volo, from the vived it, with the improvement of Empress's vow; and, in reward of his slaches. The favourite dress of Henry service, Robert was made the first II. and his children was a tight close Abbot of it, without relinquishing St. doublet, with trunk hose, and a cloak Helier; yet so that the two houses scarce reaching to the waist. - The remained distinct and separate, al- dress of the French ladies, it may

be though they had but one and the supposed, had likewise its revolutions. same superior. Soon after, it was They scem for near nine hundred years suggested that the endowment of the not to have been inuch taken up with New Abbey fell short of what was ornaments. Nothing could require requisite to support the dignity of a less time or nicely than their headRoyal foundation, and therefore the dress, and the disposition of their King was moved have St. Helier hair. Every part of their linen was annexed to it; which was done, to quite plain, but at the same time the great prejudice and detriment of extremely fine. Laces were long unthe island. For whereas before, the known. Their gowns (on the right whole estate of St. Helier (which, says side of which was embroidered their

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husbands' coat of arms, and on the families there being reduced to the last left that of their own family) were so

extremities! close as to shew all the delicacy of

“ These poor people stand commended their shape, and came up so high as

to the rest of the kingdom, as they have

been an antient Corporation, living up to cover their whole breast up to the peck. The habit of widows had very traders, faithful subjects, helpful to such

to the ends of their institution, fair much of that of our nuns. It was not

as wanted, and, to other great towns, a till under Charles VI. that they began

very good example. to expose their shoulders. The gal

But, besides this general commenlantry of Charles the Virth's court

dation, they are more particularly rebrought in the use of bracelets, neck

commended to us, and intitled to our laces, and ear-rings. Queen Anne de more especial regard, on account of their Bretagne despised those trinkets; proximity of relation, being, as it were, and Catharine de Medicis made it her of the same household, our hrethren by whole business to invent new. Ca the same mother, of the same Church price, vanity, luxury, and coquetry,

and Diocese with ourselves. And as we have at length brought them to their

with them, and they with us, are hereby

in a more intimate manner members one present enormity.

of another; so I trust that you and your Advantages which France derived

well-disposed parishioners will have a

more tender feeling of their present from the Antient Monks. (From

distress, and express it in a proper manVelly's New History of France.)

ner on this occasion.. Among other advantages accruing “ It is an unkind observation made by to the Government from so many sonie, that applications of this sort are pious foundations, it is to the skiil much increased of late years; but it is and industry of the Recluses that certain that the wealth of the Nation is, Frauce owes a great part of its pre

by the blessing of God, much more insent fertility. It had been frequently creased: and you, I hope, will not be ravished by the incursions of the Bar

wanting to inculcate the obligation barians. The cye every where met

hereby laid on those who partake of with wastes, forests, heaths, !noors,

this happy increase, to do good, as they

have opportunities, to all men, especially and marshes; that bequeathing to

to those that are most nearly related to the Monks estates of no produce was

them in Christ, to those that are their thought but a very small matter ;

fellow-servants of the same house. accordingly they had as much iand

“ I pray God to have you and your given them as they could cultivate. parish under his most gracious protecThese worthy Solitaries, so far from tion, and remain your truly loving devoting themselves to God with a Brother,

R. LINCOLN *. view of living in idleness, grubbed up “ Park-street, Westminster, and cleared the land, drained, sowed, April 28, 1726." planted, and built; that these dreary wastes soon became pleasant and

Mr. URBAN,

Jan. 11. fruitful tracts. So opulent were soine

"HE Bishop of St. David's, in his Abbeys, that they could raise a little army; and on this account the Abbots

tian Church," p. 49, says, were afterwards suminoned to the “ The conduct of Sweden affords to Assemblies in the March Field.

the Papists of this Empire, not an obso

-lete example, but an existing proof of Mr. URBAN,

the duty of conformity to the constitu

tion of their own Government, The SEND an original circular Letter from Bp. Reynolds to the Clergy King of Sweden has adopted a Papist for

his successor, But the Crown Prince of his Diocese, which coinmemorates

was not admitted to the high post which a melancholy calamity at Buckingham he holds till he had abjured Popery, and in the year 1726.

B.

conformed to the Protestant Religion." Fire at Buckingham, 1726.

This statement of the learned PreGood Brother, --You will with this late is not exactly correct.-Marsbal receive his Majesty's most gracious let- Bernadotte, the present Crown Prince, ters. patent for making a charitable col

a member of the Reformed lection in favour of the poor sufferers by Church of Switzerland; and when he fire at Buckingham. The loss is very great! more than an hundred and thirty

* Bp. Reynolds.

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