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their outward and visible semblance and identity. Gradually, Chaque grade a été le prix d'une action d'éclat.
and, as we think, unwisely, Dickens emancipated himself Le seul titre de Marechal de France a marqué,
from his artistic partnership. He was too apt to forget non pas à sa gloire, mais à l'example de ceux
those by whose aid he had risen. It is a hard criticism, but qui voudront le prendre pour modele.
a true one to say that “ Dickens was no gentleman ; " he Il étoit né à Verdun-sur-Meuse le 2 Février,
was not only no gentleman in his nature, his education, or 1695. Il mourut à Paris, le 24 Janvier, 1769.
his feelings, but he had no conception of the gentlemanly

Priez Dieu pour le repos de son Ame.". character, and consequently in no one of his numerous works The above epitaph having been written in French, enabled do we find a gentleman portrayed. The bohemianism of his the poor, and those who might strive to emulate a like early life stuck to him, and he could never entirely rid him- example, to read that true and honest merit sometimes self of its pollution. In his own line-mingling humour, meets with just acknowledgment and reward ; and moreover, pathos, and eccentricity-Dickens was facile princeps, and to follow the concluding remark in the work (suprà) needed no extraneous help. Brought up in poverty, among" que tout le monde puisse la lire et accorder à cet illustre relations without principle, he emancipated himself, edu- guerrier la reconnoissance que lui doit tout bon citoyen.” cated himself, and raised himself to the very pinnacle of Waltham Abbey.

J. PERRY. fame. Mr. Forster's biography, admirable as it is in many " SCAMELS." — Passage in the “ Tempest.” — When respects, has been unjust to Dickens's memory by attributing Caliban saw a prospect of release from his bondage under to him qualities he never possessed, and against which we Prospero, by means of Stephano and Trinculo, he makes instinctively revolt. And, in his endeavour to make his extravagant" offers of service.

He will find crab-apples, hero a perfect man, he has endeavoured, perhaps uncon- pignuts, the jay's-nest, the marmozet, clust'ring filberts, sciously, to depreciate some of those persons to whom and young scamels from the rock.”—Act ii. sc. 2. We Dickens was most deeply indebted for his early success.

are yet without any determinant for “scamels." ANCIENT PUNISHMENT.—This extract is from an old seamels for seamews, but that involves a double blunder; record of the 16th century, viz., " forasmuch as Elyn Davy, failing it, we are in darkness. I would now suggest that it is Elizabeth Eden, Johan Michel, Agnes White, Marion a form of the word "chamois,” of which Shakespeare Beckwith and Johan Westhede, that here standen, indited appears to have made a diminutive by adding a terminal in in the Ward of Portsoken of this citie, some of them for "elle," as in madam, ma’amselle, so we should have disorderlies, and some other of theym for common harlots, chamois, cham'selle, plural cham'elles. The prefix "5" and thereof been convicted and atteynted. Therefore it ys need be no difficulty, for we still say shammy-leather, adjudged by the Maior and Aldermen of this citie, after the meaning that derived from the chamois : a rupicapra, laudable laws and ancient customs of the same, that the which is an animal of the antelope kind, but sometimes said Elyn Davy, &c., shall be brought to Newgate, and the called “a buck," sometimes a goat," and the kids are same day in the market season to be ladde from thens, with dainty eating. This animal inhabits the loftiest chains of basons and panns afore theym, ray hods on their hedes and primitive mountain ridges, and the offer to "catch” a white rodds in their hands, to the pillory in Cornhill, and chamois involves great labour, for the feetness of an antethere the cause to be proclaymed, and so from thens to lope is proverbial, and our most accomplished sportsmen Aldgate, and to be conveied to and through Candlewick find that to stalk the chamois demands their utmost dexterity. Strete, Watling Strete and Flete Strete to the Temple To get them from “the rocks,” is to hunt them from their barre and there to be voided out of this citie forever, and if native resorts.

A. HALL. the said Elyn, &c., or any of theym hereafter be found within this citie they or she so found to be set on the pillory be well transferred to the pages of the Antiquiry.

PRICES OF CORN IN 1587.—The following extracts may aforesayd, 3 market days next following, every day by the

E. H. W. DUNKIN. space of an hour, and furthermore to have imprisonment by the space of an year and a day.” *Capel. Maior. 1510. and ye gretest part of last yeare before-goinge, so yi many

Thys year A° 1587, the pryce of corne was as followeth, Die Veneus.'

CHR. Cooke. [The Antiquary being intended as a work for future reference, our

poore peple weare supposed to dye for lacke of bredde, correspondent, we are sure, will pardon our suggesting that all ex. notwithstanding greatt store in the handes of hard-harted tracts should be authenticated by reference to the source whence carles, yt styll raysed the p'ce untyle harvest : at the wycle they are taken, without which they lose much of their value. old record" is much too vague.-ED.]

“An tyme, ye p'ce of corne begane tó fall. The p'ce of rye FRANCOIS DE CHEVERT.-In "Mémoires Secrets pour at vs. ixa. ye bushell, grotes at iniis ye pecke, pese at sii*.

xiiis. iiijd. the bushell, wheat at xvis. iiijd, the b'shell, haver servir à l'histoire de la République des Lettres en France, ye bushell, byg at vis ye bushell, halfermalte at : vidye depuis 1762, jusqu à nos jours, &c.,” under date. Ith July, hushell, but the next somer wheate was at iiis. iva. the 1771,* there is an account of a memorial erected to the busheli'... memory of M. de Chevert, which is particularly interesting byg at 35. 43. ye bushell.–Par, Reg. S. Oswald's, Durhan.

. rye & pays at ijii sye bushell, otes iis ye bushell, for the “plain and unvarnished tale” given, as inscribed

1587. Mdm. that in this yeare was a great dearth of come upon the stone. The writer of the account in the above useful work says-- sold for tenne shillings and sixpence a bushell. Rie at nine

in the realme of England. In so much that wheate was On a élevé depuis peu à St. Eustache, paroisse où M. de shillings and sixpence a bushell. Pease at scaven shillings Chevert est enterré, un monument à son honneur, mais dans

a bushell. une simplicité convenable à ce grand homme. Il consiste en son médaillon, sans aucun ornement.

Mdm. that the 29th of July, in the yeare above written,

Au bas est une being Satturday, wheate was at 159 a bushell, rie at 14% pierre noire, sur laquelle est inscrite l'epitaphe suivante :"Ci git Francois de Chevert, Commandeur,

a bushell, bigge at 8, a bushell, and haver at 19$ a loade. Grand-Croix de l'Ordre Royal et Militaire de

- Par. Reg. S. Nicholas, Durham. St. Louis, Chevalier de l'Aigle Blanc de

CRUIKSHANK ILLUSTRATIONS.-I observe you have Pologne.

adopted as your motto, “We want nothing but facts." Gouverneur de Givet et Charlemont,

There is one fact in regard to which I am personally Lieutenant-général des Armées du Roi.

interested, and which you will oblige, if you will allow me, Sans Ayeux, sans fortune, et sans appui.

to make known through the pages of the Antiquary. This Orphelin dès l'enfance.

is that the illustration contained in the present Christmas Il entra au service à l'âge de 11 ans. Il

number of the magazine entitled London Society, and s'est élevé malgré l'envie, à force de mérite.

referred to in the advertisements of the public prints the

“coloured frontispiece, designed by George Cruikshank is not by me. This is the work of the son of


* Vol. V., p. 279.

my nephew, Percy Cruikshank, whose baptismal name and circumstances only that any peculiar pronunciation of the surname being identical with my own gives rise to much word will be observed.

KENTIGERN. confusion. This awkwardness I have sought to avert by Glasgow. suggesting to my nephew that he should induce his son to

CÆSAR'S LANDING-PLACE.-In Notes and Queries, for interpolate the name Percy between his Christian and September 28, I ventured to express my doubt of the cor. surnames. This would prevent the public from being rectness of the opinion, now perhaps most in favour with misled, and so remove every chance of possible miscon- scientific men, that Cæsar must have landed at a point con. ception. It is most unfair to the public, to the son of my siderably westward of Deal; the chief argument advanced nephew, and to myself, that this kind of confusion should be by the Astronomer Royal, in his elaborate essay on the suballowed to continue.


ject, being that the tide was setting westward when on his 263, Hampstead-road.

first expedition Cæsar weighed anchor, and ran along shore NUMISMATIC PORTRAIT OF Queen ELIZABETH.—There to his landing place. Most of Sir G. B. Airy's reasons is a curious fragment of a broad piece of this sovereign's seem to me easily refutable except this one of the tide, his reign, figured in Mr. Planché's Regal Records, which, if you statement respecting which I confess myself unable to would take the trouble to have it reproduced, might pos- understand; and as the subject has not been taken up in sibly interest your readers. I transcribe from page 48 of Notes and Queries, I shall feel much obliged to any reader his book what Mr. Planché says in regard to this matter. of the Antiquary who will enlighten me. Sir G. B. Airy

PENGUIN. says that on the third day before full moon, at 3 p.m., the "I am not aware that the fragment represented below tide at Dover sets to the westward. Now, the tide along has ever been engraved. It is copied from a drawing in my the coasts of Kent and Sussex sets to the west when falling, possession presented to me, with his usual liberality, by Mr. and to the east when rising. Take then the year 1846 ; Dominie Colnaghi, and on the back of which is written the there was a full moon on August 7; in that year, at 6 a.m.; following description :

high water at Dover on the 4th at 8.3 a.m., low water about * This very unfavourable likeness of Queen Elizabeth is 2.15 p.m, and by 3 or 3:30, the time when Cæsar set sail, taken from a fragment of her last broad pieces in the posses. according to Mr. Long, the tide was rising, and flowing sion of Horace Walpole, Esq. ; it is universally supposed eastward. Take 1871; full moon, August 30, at 6:24 a.m., that the die was broken by her command, and that some high water at Dover on the 27th at 7:59 a.m., low water at workman of the Mint cut out this morsel, which contains l'11 p.m., therefore tide rising and setting eastward at 3 or barely the face.'

3.30 p.m. So, in 1870, it appears there was low water three days before full moon, on the 8th, at 2'14 p.m., and at 3 the tide was rising and setting to the east. The times of high and low water are computed from those for high water at London-bridge, given in the Companion to the Almanacks for the several years. I will only add that Sir George takes for granted the accuracy of the date of Cæsar's landing, the end of August, B.C. 55, computed by Halley and others, but as Sir John Herschel has shown (" Outlines of Astronomy,” 10th ed., 1869, p. 674, &c.), the calendar, down to the year 46 B.C., "the year of confusion,” was in disorder inextri.

cable, and even for thirty-six years later; so much so, that “I have no doubt,” Mr. Planché says, “ that the real cause whenever, in the relation of any event, "either in ancient of offence was the truth of the likeness, to a woman who history or in modern, previous to the change of style, the wished to pass for a Venus of seventy. There is great time is specified in our modern nomenclature, it is always to character in the head, and it is probably the only portrait be understood as having been identified with the assigned of Elizabeth towards the close of her reign that can be relied date by threading the mazes (often very tangled and obscure on.

ones) of special and national chronology, and referring the CHRISTMAS TOAST. — Anne, Countess of Northesk, day of its occurrence to its place in the Julian system, so writes (1777):—" The first toast at Peterhead after dinner interpreted.

FRANCIS J. LEACHMAN, M.A. is—Health, friends, familys, firesides, a happy new year, a

20, Compton-terrace, Highbury. merry Christmas, and the Company's inclinations.

PROFESSOR CONINGTON'S GRAVE.-I lately visited Fish. “ In Verse.

toft, near Boston, where, at the rectory, the ex-professor • Health, the first blessing in a mortal's frame,

spent several of his earlier years, and in the churchyard of With all the sweets that follow Friendship’s train which his remains were interred, now more than three years This be my lot, and with a family blest,

ago; but I was surprised to find no visible record of that A cheerful fireside, and a mind at rest,

fact. There is an inscription on the headstone to the A happy new year with bright virtue crowned, memory of his father, the late rector, but none to himself or While Christmas plenty fills my table round;

brothers who are also interred there. There is no memorial I'll envy none, tho' thousands fill their store,

stone or tablet in the church.

FILMA, And never think, and never wish for more.

SINGING COMBAT, GREENLAND.-The following account My inclinations here I do express,

as to the manner in which the Greenlanders terminate their But will be happy, tho' my fate be less."

quarrels is copied from the Habitable World Described, -Lives of the Carnegies, ii. 407, privately printed. published in London, in 1788, vol. i. p. 67. It would

ALISON. seem as if in some things we might receive a lesson even PIN. -I find Mr. Wedgwood, in his able Dictionary of from a savage people, without religion, and without the English Etymology, saying under the word “Pull," that knowledge of a God.

DELTA. “a Glasgow man pronounces which, whuch ; pin, pun." I "The most singular thing in Greenland is their singing yield at once as regards " which," but I cannot admit the and dancing combats, by which they decide their quarrels. correctness of pun.". A thirty years' residence here en. If a man conceives himself injured, he does not vent his ables me to speak with some confidence on the point, and anger in quarrelsome words, nor proceed to any revenge, I can safely say that never on any occasion have I heard but composes a satirical poem ; this he rehearses so often, pin," so pronounced. Preenand “peenyou will with singing and dancing before his family, that they all get hear often enough where pincushions and hair-pins are it by heart. The man publishes his design of fighting with talked of, but, so far as my experience goes, it is in such his antagonist, not with a sword, but a song, and a place of



meeting is appointed. The party challenged attends at the affects of the storms of the Atlantic, and of the saline atmosplace, encircled with his friends, when the challenger begins phere acting upon a stone which easily disintegrates.' his song to the beat of a drum, and chorussed by his party, As to the identification of this Broeagan with some historic with Amna ajah. In this song he discharges so many personage, it has been questioned whether the monument mortifying truths at his adversary, that the standers-by have may not "commemorate Brechan, a king of Wales, from their fill of laughing. When he has done, the accuser whom the district of Brecknock derived its name, who was renews his attack, and so on, and he that has the last word the father of Saint Endelienta," the foundress of the parish gains his cause. 'On these occasions they will speak cutting church of Endellion. The names are certainly similar, and truths, but without rudeness or passion. The body of the as King Brechan must have had an interest in the parish, people present constitute the jury, bestow the laurel, and it is not at all unlikely that he was interred there, and that the two contending parties become good friends.” Contrast this stone was inscribed to his memory. these proceedings with the still recent usage of what we

E. H. W. DUNKIN. are proud to call our higher civilization, as exemplified in a

ALBERT DURER.–We have been favoured with a photo. foot note to Byron's English Bards and Scotch Reviewers, Paris, 1818. Speaking of Lord Falkland, who had lost his gram of one of Albert Durer's engravings, representing the life in one of those brutal transactions termed - affairs of Virgin and Child, which, reproduced by a new process, we honour,” Lord Byron says: “On Sunday night, I beheld present to our readers in this the first number of our new him presiding at his own table, in all the honest pride of hospitality; on Wednesday morning, at three o'clock, I saw, stretched before me, all that remained of courage, feeling, and a host of passions. He died like a brave man in a better cause ; for had he fallen in like manner on the deck of the frigate to which he was just appointed, his last moments would have been held up by his countrymen as an example to succeeding heroes."

DELTA. INSCRIBED Cross, ENDELLION, CORNWALL.-Sir John Maclean, in the fifth part of his valuable “ History of Trigg Minor," issued to subscribers a few months since, has made known the existence, in the parish of Endellion, of an inscribed cross, though the circular head has been removed. Through the perseverance and ability of the Rev. W. Iago, of Bodmin, the inscription has not remained unexplained, but has been deciphered in such a way as to leave no doubt as to the correctness of the solution. The usual weatherworn and rough condition of these inscribed ancient stones renders it no easy matter in many cases to make out” the individual letters, and when “made out "it is not always that a meaning can be attached to them. Such is the case with the inscribed cross in Lanherne Nunnery burial-ground, which is of the Saxon type, with interlacing knotwork, yet the letters of the inscription, though remarkably distinct, have hitherto baffled the ingenuity of all who have examined it, to apply to them a meaning. But to proceed with the “ Broeagan stone, in the parish of Endellion. Sir John observes—“An incised stone, called “Long Cross," of very great interest, marked with two crosses, formerly stood at the cross roads (to which it has given its name), about midway between Endellion and Port Quin, at the junction of the road from Roscarrock. It was set in a large base, near which, more than thirty years ago, it had been thrown down and was lying prostrate. Eventually, it was removed by the late Mr. Symons, of Gonvena, to Doydon Head, near Port Quin, on the western side of the creek, where he had erected a summer-house, and where the stone yet remains. The base with its square socket still continues in situ. The monolith is 4 feet 3 inches high, i foot wide, and 8 inches thick, and is about the same size throughout ; unfortunately, it has been broken about one-third from the bottom. On its face it bears a memorial inscription in Roman characters, which, in consequence of the abrasion of the stone, is almost un. decipherable. The first three words, are without doubt, engraving” is fully described by Adam Bartsch, in his

In reply to the query of our correspondent, this beautiful BROEAGAN HIC IACIT ; but the two words forming the lower Peintre Graveur, and is entitled by him La Vierge aux line are very doubtful, though they would appear to be cheveux courts liés avec une bandelette. At the date 1514, NADOTTI FILIVS. Some of these letters are so close to the inscribed near the monogram, this celebrated artist was at edge of the stone, that it is difficult to believe they could ever his best. have been perfect. The inscription is preceded by a large incised cross, and on the upper part of the back of the stone

BRUCE OF CLACKMANNAN'S APOLOGY TO DAME is a plain cross in slight relief. There is also a square socket MARGARET SCHAw. --Sir Bernard Burke's latest book on in the top, in which a head was formerly set.

the Rise of Great Families, contains an anecdote given on “ This interesting monument,” adds Sir John, “is in

the authority of his “friend Alexander Sinclair,” which if very

T. C. C. bad condition, and will daily become worse in consequence true deserves to be permanently recorded. of the position in which it is now placed, being on a high “Sir John Schaw, of Greenock, a Whig, lost a hawk, cliff with its face towards the sea, exposed to all the evill supposed to have been shot by Bruce of Clackmannan,

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a Jacobite. In Sir John's absence, Lady Greenock sent to “ The storm raised in the two kingdoms was too violent Bruce a letter, with an offer of her intercession, on Mr: to blow over. ... It was rightly considered that the point Bruce signing a very strongly-worded apology. His reply at issue would be thus nowhere more becomingly settled than

in the ante-chambers of Windsor or St. James's. · For the honoured hands of Dame Margaret Schaw, of " It was on Monday, February 22, 1864, that the Lords of Greenock :

the Council met at the Council Chamber, Whitehall, for the • Madam,-I did not shoot the hawk. But sooner than purpose of hearing this famous cause. It was a dark, gloomy have made such an apology as your Ladyship has had the winter's day. The Hall, with lamps burning, presented the consideration to dictate, I would have shot the hawk, Sir appearance of what we may imagine the Court of Chivalry or John Schaw, and your Ladyship.

the Star Chamber to have been. The Lord President, the • I am, Madam,

Earl of Granville, sat as chief judge, and by him the other •Your Ladyship's devoted servant to comand,

Lords of the Council, the Lords Kingsdown, Eversley, and CLACKMANNAN.'"

Sydney, and the Rt. Hon. Robert Lowe, Viee-President of

the Council of Education. There were also in attendance HEREFORDSHIRE New Year Customs.—The follow the Attorney-General and the Solicitor General, Sir Roundell ing customs I think have never yet appeared in print. They Palmer, and Sir R. P. Collier. Ranged at the Bar stood Sir are observed at Bromyard and its neighbourhood, although Hugh Cairns and Mr. Serjeant Burke, representing Dublin, the strict tunes of music, nor the usual correctness of English and the Lord Advocate Moncreiff, and Mr. Rolt, Q.C., regrammar are not generally adhered to. They are at your presenting Edinburgh. The two civic kings were likewise service.

C. GOLDING. present. An amusing incident occurred at their meeting. 16, Blomfield-terrace, W.

The Lord Provost, Lawson, whose good feeling through the As twelve o'clock, on the 31st of December, draws near, ( litigation was only equalled by his earnestness in the cause and the last of the Christmas carols are heard without doors, of the city of which he was chief magistrate, expressed a wish and a pleasurable excitement is playing on the faces of the that he and his opponent should evince their personal regard family around the last Christmas log within, a rush is made by interchanging the usual courtesies. A difficulty, however, to the nearest spring of water, and whoever is fortunate arose as to which, with due regard to the question of preenough to first bring in the “ cream of the well," as it cedence then sub lite, should first proffer his hand. is termed, and who first taste of it, have prospect of good

“ The elaborate reports and pleadings of the Kings of luck through the forthcoming year. Also, in the early hours Arms were placed before the lords on the council table, and of the New Year, after a funeral service, as it has been at eleven o'clock Sir Hugh Cairns opened the case for termed, have been said over “ Old Tom,” as the old year is Dublin. His powerful and exhaustive address, which lasted called, at the public houses and ale and cider stores, the more than two hours, put forth all the arguments tending to streets are filled with boys and men, singing in loudest tones establish the superiority of the Irish capital. The Lord possible :

Advocate, Moncreiff, replied with singular ingenuity and

eloquence, and fought gallantly for Edinburgh. At three “I wish you a Merry Christmas

o'clock the court broke up, and the judgment they had And a Happy New Year,

arrived at was announced a few days after. It was to the A pocket full of money,

effect that neither city had established precedence one over And a cellar full of beer,

the other, and that they were to be considered ex æquo-to And a good fat pig

be, as it were, bracketed together for second place.
To serve you all the year.
Ladies and gentlemen,

“ Years have elapsed since this memorable precedence Sat (sic) by the fire,

battle was fought, and both cities seem to approve of the Pity we poor boys

royal policy which gave victory to neither, but placed them Out in the mire."

co-equal, side by side, next to “ famous London town," to EDINBURGH AND DUBLIN : CONTEST FOR PRECEDENCE typify in their liarmony the well-knit union of the kingdom. (1863).–At the request of one of our Edinburgh correspon- | A less judicious judgment might have turned international dents we print the following from the account given by Ulster rivalry into international animosity." King of Arms. The mock solemnity with which Sir Bernard FOLK LORE.-In the more sequestered districts of the relates this contest brings to mind the well-known descrip- south-west of Scotland, when a cow drops a calf, care is tion, by Dibdin, of the sale of the first edition of Bocaccio's always taken, immediately after, to have a handful of Decameron.-ED.

oatmeal mixed with salt placed upon her back. To ask the “ As the Lord Provost conjectured, the susceptibilities of goodwife what benefit can possibly accrue from the mola Scotland were deeply touched by this loss of position, by this salsa thus applied would, of course, be a bootless question, depreciation, as it were, of their national prestige. The just as it would have been for the sceptic of two country was stirred to the centre by patriotic agitation. Pub- thousand or more years ago to have quizzed a pontifex lic meetings were held, Scottish M.P.'s were appealed to, regarding the hidden virtues of the like mixture, when and Government put under the most influential pressure, sprinkled on the head of a hostia major, about to be sacriThe Scottish motto, · Nemo me impune lacessit,' everywhere ficed to Jupiter or Ceres. Have not our forefathers done so repeated, reached Whitehall. Garter King of Arms was at from time immemorial ? is an argument admitting of no length referred to, and that heraldic authority supported the satisfactory reply. The custom, if I mistake not, has altopretensions of Scotland. . . . The citizens of Dublin, 3.nd gether a very ancient look about it. Is it not somewhat the people of Ireland generally, were no less excited than the curious to find salt holding the prominent place it does in Scots had been, and they resolved on making every exertion so many of the old-world heathen practices, and still to regain what they deemed their right-the second position prevalent in our midst ?

A, B, C. for their city in the United Kingdom. Old memories came Dumfriesshire, N.B. back upon them; the times were not forgotten when Dublin EAR NAILED TO A Post.-In No. 1848 of the Edin. -still the metropolis of a separate kingdom-was the seat of burgh Evening Courant, January 12th-13th, 1736, is the an independent Parliament, long after Edinburgh had become, following announcement :-Last week one Blackadder was as they deemed it, a provincial town ; when Dublin more sentenced by the Lords of Session to be pilloried, and to than rivalled London in the graces and hospitality of society, have his ear naild to a Post on the 21st Instant, for the and when her streets and squares were crowded with a resi- Crime of wilful Perjury, in a Process depending before their dent nobility,

Lordships concerning the Estate of Tulliallen. D.


OLD BALLAD.—The following delectable old ballad, from

Queries. recitation, in Forfarshire, is at least a hundred years old, and, as far as I know, not in print :

LANDSCAPES BURNED INTO WOOD. There was a lady in the West,

A FRIEND lately informed me that while on a visit to NorAbout the age o' twenty,

folk last year, he was shown some curious old works of And she had sweethearts o' the best,

art, consisting of landscapes burned into wood by means of Baith lords an' squires a plenty.

a lot iron; these I think he said are in the possession of Her youthfu' charms an’ beauty bricht

Mr. John Culley, Church Farm, Costessy, near Norwich. If Was far an’ near admired,

Mr. Culley would kindly describe these works of art, But she adored her father's clerk

through the medium of your columns, I should esteem it a

No grander she required.

F. J. K.
But when her father hears o' this,
An’he, alone, does meet her,

“Will you disgrace my blood,” he says,

Turkeys, carps, hops and beer,
“ You fond and foolish creature,

Came into England all in one year.”
“By weddin' o'a servant slave,
Where are the above lines to be found ?

C. C.
Has neither birth nor breedin'?

[In a small volume entitied ' A Compendious History of England, A portion of me you shall not have

from the Invasion of the Romans,”' &c., London, 1789, p. 154, speakIf this be your proceedin'."

ing of the reign of Henry VIII., the author says: “ About the fifteenth

year of his reign several new things were introduced into England, “Dear honoured father,” she replied,

which occasioned the following verse" (see above). "For before “It's you must use your pleasure,

this time," he continues, "the English drank no other malt-liquor

than ale, into which was put ground ivy instead of hops."'-Ed.] For I adore my dearest joy Abune a' worldly treasure.

(1.) “When nature convolves and turns night into day, “ With him I hope to live an' die,

And old Terra Firma's great axel gives way,
To him I have consented ;

We'll turn up our glass as we slide down the brae,
Sure Heaven will my wants supplie,

And finish the last of our bottle."
If that I be contented.”

(2.) « Not drunk is he who from the floor
Her father in a passion flew

Can rise alone and still drink more ; “No clerk should e'er enjoy her."

But drunk is he who prostrate lies

Without the power to drink or rise.” (Desunt.)

(No. 1, we believe is from a poem called the Drunkard's Revel,

written by a drawing-master in Dundec, named Mudie, a man of It was in a parlour there alone

considerable talent, but who did not always turn it to the best purWhere a loaded piece was lyin';


No. 2, occurs in a volume entitled Monarchs Retired from
He took the piece all in his han'

An' then at her let flyin'.

LORD JUSTICE SELWYN.-Among your numerous corre;
He shot into the lady's breast,

spondents I observe the names of several gentlemen connected An' sune she lay before him ;

with the Bar. Can any of these by possibility inform me It was the hin'most words she spak',

regarding the degree of relationship which subsisted between I must an' will adore him!

the late Lord Justice Selwyn and the family of the late Sir And when he sees what he has done, H. Willock, of Castleneau, Mortlake ?

B. (2.) "What! have I slain my dauchter ?"

RIVER Lossie, N.B.- What is the derivation of the name He took a rappier in his hand,

of this river ?

And slew himself thereafter,

Her mother cam' into the room,
An' baith their deaths stood viewin';

ARMS OF PLAYFAIR.-In Burke's Dictionary of Ileraldry
Her tender heart did quickly brak'-

are mentioned several coats of arms (as many as four or five) Ambition was their ruin.

belonging to the name of Playfair. When were these granted, Her love cam’in among the rest,

and where can I meet with reliable information regarding His hands wi' sorrow wringin'

them? No coat of arms is assigned to any individual of the

name by Nisbet, or is found in any other work on heraldry with To sce his youthfu' lady's breast, From which the blood was springin'.

which I am acquainted. From what source can Burke have copied them?

TRESSURE. " How could her wicked father be

St. Andrews, N.B.
Sae damned base and cruel ?
() could n' he laid the blame on me,

ABBEY CHURCH, PAISLEY.-Some years ago I visited
An' so ha'e spared my jewel !”

this venerable structure. In passing out through some en

trance or doorway, near to what is called the “sounding He took the piece all in his hand,

aisle,” I observed a sculptured coat of arms on one of the Cryin' " Here I'll stay no longer !

inside walls, about which I should like to obtain some inI'll cut the tender threed o' life,

formation. The charge was three cups. This is about all Nor from my true love sunder.”

that I remember of its appearance. I think, but am quite So they were both laid in one grave,

uncertain, the man who showed me over the abbey said the Like lovers that were loyal,

arms to which I refer were those of some abbot of the name May Heaven preserve all those in love,

of Shaw. Will any of your Scotch readers, who may be And send them no such trials !

better informed, kindly describe this coat the ordinary

terms of heraldic nomenclature, and also favour me with Rude as it is, this old ballad, repeated with the wailing sad- some brief account of the owner ? Otherwise, if any of your ness of Scots reciters, has no doubt brought tears from the correspondents would refer me to any printed work where eyes of many a gathering round the winter fire. ALISON, such account may be found, I shall feel greatly obliged. A

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