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ADMISSION OF LITERARY INQUIRERS TO THE PUBLIC | the inquiry from these documents in such manner as his RECORDS.

own knowledge and capacity may best enable him to do REGULATIONS under which permission will be given to Literary Inquirers to make searches among the Public L G. W. is informed that the reading Public are inRecords, without payment of fees, contained in a letter debted to John Bruce, Esq., the Treasurer of the addressed by the Right Honourable Sir John Romilly, Society of Antiquaries, for this important concession Master of the Rolls to Sir Francis Palgrave, K.H., the on the part of ihe Master of the Rolls ; and it has Deputy Keeper of the Public Records : dated at the been suggested that a suitable testimonial should be Rolls House, 4th December, 1851:

presented to Mr. Bruce by those historical inquirers Ist. That the individuals seeking to avail themselves who are likely to derive such valuable aid from his of the permission shall address a letter to the Deputy exertions. Keeper, stating generally their objects of research, so as

F. S. A. to show that the applications are really and bona fide for literary purposes, and that the applicant shall also attend the Deputy Keeper personally thereon, and give

LITERARY AUCTIONS.—That there is no lack of ensuch further explanation as may be required; and that

thusiasm among amateurs for the possession of rare thereupon the Deputy Keeper shall, if he be satisfied

and curious works, is evidenced by the prices which with the statement and explanation, authorise the Assist

some books of this class brought at a sale just conant Keepers to allow the applicant to inspect such

cluded by Messrs. Sotheby and Wilkinson, being the Indexes of Records, and also such Original Records, and

| first sale of importance this season. Among them may to make such copies or extracts in pencil required by the

be noticed the following: applicant as the Deputy Keeper may think advisable. ORLOGE (1") DE SAPIENCE, folio, nouvellement imThis mode of proceeding, which is equally required for primée à Paris, 1493. A VERY SPLENDID SPECIMEN

the security of the Records, and for the protection of OF PRINTING ON VELLUM, from the celebrated Press the business searchers, will in fact be beneficial to of VERARD, ruled with red lines, bound in red morocco Literary Inquirers; for the more fully they explain their extra, gilt edges, by Bauzonnet, with a well made pigobjects, the better will the Deputy Keeper and the other officers be able to direct them to the documents Of this singular Ascetical Romance, M. Van Praet states which may be useful to them.

that six copies are known as being printed on vellum : of 2ndly. That all the applications before mentioned be these three are in the National Library at Paris, all of which entered in a book, and be reported to the Master of the are more or less adorned with miniatures, two of them, Rolls.

like the present, having the summary of the chapters (left 3rdly. That a book be kept at each branch office, in blank for the insertion of the miniatures) written in a which the Assistant Keeper shall enter a note or parti

contemporary hand on the margins. The Harleian copy, cular of the Rolls, Records, Books, or Documents, called

afterwards in the collections of Count Macarthy and Mr. for, inspected, or used by the applicant, nearly in the

Hibbert, was adorned with thirteen miniatures : the presame manner, mutatis mutandis, as is practised with

sent beautiful volume has sIXTEEN, the additional ones respect to Manuscripts in the British Museum.

being at the commencement of the chapters, in which the

same subjects are treated in a different manner. The But this book is to be considered as confidential, and not whole of the fine miniatures are in the best style of French to be shown to the public without express permission

| art. This Lot SOLD FOR £45. of the Master of the Rolls or Deputy Keeper. 4thly. That, in case of any impropriety or abuse of the privilege, the Assistant Keepers do forthwith report the Literary and šrirutific Obituary. same to the Deputy Keeper, in order that he may bring the same before the Master of the Rolls.

CHILDREN, Jobn George. Science. Late Secretary R.S. It will be necessary also to explain to the Literary Halstead, Kent. Inquirers that the time of the various officers and other

GRAEFE, Dr. Christian. Greek and Roman Antiquities. persons employed in the Public Record Office is so wholly

St. Petersburgh. 11th December. engrossed by the performance of their present duties,

Jacob, William. F.RS. Political Economist. 31, Cadogan that it will not be possible for the officers to assist any

Place. 17th December. Aged 89. Literary Inquirers beyond the production of the docu

LUTTRELL, Henry. Wit and Poet. Brompton Square.

19th December. Aged 86. ments, and giving a general explanation, if needed, ofsu their character and nature. No applicant ought to pre

SADLIER, Rev. Dr. Provost, Trinity College, Dublin.

14th December. sent himself who is not sufficiently acquainted with the STEEL. James. Editor and Proprietor Carlisle Journal. hand-writing, abbreviations, and language of ancient

Carlisle. 16th December Aged 55. documents, so as to be able to read and decipher their TURNER, Joseph Mallord William. R.A. 47, Queen Anne contents.

Street (Chelsea) 19th December. Aged 76. The Literary Inquirer will have free access to the WARBURTON, Eliot. Historian and Novelist. Lost in the documents, but, this being done, he will have to conduct wreck of the Amazon. 4th January.

FOR THE MONTH.

No. XIV.]

“ I will make a prief of it in my Note-Book.”-SHAKSPERE.

(FEBRUARY, 1852.

NOTICE TO SUBSCRIBERS

informed press upon this matter, which, with the excep

tion of the Sunday Times of the 15th of February, have TO THE “ PRICE CURRENT OF LITERATURE."

been silent about the “ Pigmies" exhibiting in New

York ;-and about which, as G. W.'s “Special” observed G. Willis gratefully acknowledges the various interest | last month—" there is no MISTAKE.” ing documents and letters he has received. He is anxious that it should be perfectly understood that he is not the author of any statement, representation, or opinion, that

| THE BAWDRICK OR BALDROCK, (Illustrated Cormay appear in his “Current Notes," which are merely selec

rection.)-Few people feel inclined to acknowledge an tions from communications made to him in the course of

error, or to make a correction. See Willis's “ Current his business, and which appear to him to merit attention. Notes" for February last (p. 16), where Sir Walter Every statement therefore is open to correction or discus- | Scott's remark is quoted, that " it is ill making holes sion, and the writers of the several paragraphs should be in one's own stockings for the purpose of darning them considered as alone responsible for their assertions. Al. again, darn we never so neatly." However, G. W. is though many notes have hitherto appeared anonymously, always happy-- not to feel himself in the wrong- but or with initial letters, yet wherever a serious contradiction to correct any mistake which inadvertently he or his is involved, G. Willis trusts that his Correspondents will agents may have made. He has therefore no hesitation feel the necessity of allowing him to make use of their about printing the following communication. names when properly required.

“ H. T. E. informs G. W. that the engraver of the

sketch of the Bawdrick, which appeared in the last ETHNOLOGY.-The marvellous pamphlet published in

number of the “ Current Notes" (p. 5), “ has omitted New York, with reference to the Aztec Children exhibit one important reference, and a letter of reference, (which ing there, has reached G. W., with the copy to be pre

H. T. E. believes he sent). sented to a distinguished traveller, which has been “ In fig. 2, letter B, all is right. delivered to him ; and he seems not inclined to disbelieve

“ But in fig. 1, letter B is wrong; it should have been in the accuracy of any of its statements, whatever may

by the side, and where that B is should have been an be the opinion of G. W.'s New York Special Reporter. E, which was thus describe

| E, which was thus described: (See “ Current Notes" for January, p. 4.)

“ E. A piece of hard wood, placed between the staple The pamphlet purposes to give an account of the dis- and the end of the clapper, which is made steady to the covery of an idolatrous city called Iximaya, in Central | clapper by D, the busk board, &c. America, with 85,000 inhabitants, situate somewhere

| “As engraved, H. T. E. fears it will be a terrible about 160 42' N. and 910 35' W., whose priests seem to puzzler to the uninitiated in Campanology, and even consider the flesh of Scotchmen to be a peculiar culinary

Campanologists will wonder at the confusion. luxury-when they can catch them. The information

B The upper joint should have been thus, and the given to the discoverers of the ideal or real city of

lower joint square (but G. Wi's artist has reI.cimaya, was “ that a man of the same race as Senor versed the thing), for it is at B that the clapper Hammond, who was of a bright-florid complexion, with swings. light hair and red whiskers, had been sacrificed and eaten

“ Still it is well to have got the thing shewn to by the Macbenachs or priests of Iximaya, the great the public, and H. T. E. thanks G. W., and city arnong the hills, about thirty moons ago, (previous supposes all blunders must be set down to his to May, 1849).”

correspondent's fault of indistinct writing." It has been asserted that Mr. Wheelwright, an American gentleman of the highest respectability, well

Strood, Rochester, 13th Feb. 1852. known and much respected both in London and Liver

SIR,-In reference to the letter of H. T. E. page 5 of pool as the originator of the Pacific Steam Navigation

your work, I beg to send you the following extracts from Company, is (or was) well acquainted with the author of this

the Account Book of the Churchwardens of this Parish, very extraordinary pamphlet. And although it must be

now in my possession :confessed, that if considered as a piece of mere invention,

H. WICKHAM. for in marvellous incident it is a formidable rival to

" Ao. 1555. the voyage and travels of one Lemuel Gulliver, or the

Itm. payd For a horse hyde xxn. life and adventures of the well known Mr. Robinson

For maykyng of ye bawdreck ijd." Crusoe,-yet the fact should not be forgotten, that

" 1556. “ Truth is sometimes stranger than fiction."

For whytt lether for ye bawdreck xija.
G. W. anxiously looks for the opinions of the well-

For maykyng of iiij bawdrecks . viija.”
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THE HISTORIC SOCIETY OF LANCASHIRE AND

ANCIENT SIGNET EXPLAINED.
CHESHIRE.

Southwick, near Oundle,

Jan. 30th, 1852. Liverpool, 30th Jan. 1852.

1002.

Sin

Sir,– Your excellent little work, “ Current Notes," SIR,—I have to complain that your Correspondent is worthy of all praise and support; as affording to the T. M. rushes into print so incautiously on the subject of Numismatist, the Paleologist, and the Archeologist, &c. his tobacco-pipe. From the accuracy of his quotation, the means not only of giving a written account of their he appears to have had the Society's volume before him, various studies, but also of exhibiting facsimiles of the yet he has taken no trouble to arrive at the truth. Mr. objects of their research. At the same time that I Lamb's paper was read three months before the wood thank you for the insertion of my last (p. 3, Jan. 1852), cut of the pipe in question appeared ; but as the latter allow me to present you with one of, I think, much was of peculiar form, it was engraved, as well as one or greater interest to the Chronologist and Historian, taken two others that had not been exhibited. All of these from “ Gesenii Monumenta Phænicia, Pars 3, Tab. 11, were minutely referred to. Thus, in the NOTE RESPECT- fig. XL. bis,” ING TIE PLATES, p. iii. there is the following :-“No.

The letters at the top of the sig“ 14 Ton Plate IV.j is from Willis's Current Notes,'

net are Ch sr bi; and the “ for April, 1851; the stem is of bamboo, and the top of

reading is, “ The great king." “ the bowl of brass. It was found in taking down an old

At the bottom of the signet they “ inn at Fulham in 1836." From a mutilated copy I

are, A ch m n; and the readsend you the actual leaf for the use of T. M. ;* and have

ing is, “ Achemen," and with to express my sorrow that he does not possess either more

the Greek termination Achæpatience or more civility,

menes. On the right side they A. HUME, D.C.L.

are a n b, Hebrew H7 , taken Corresponding Secretary.

as numerical characters, i.e. * G. W. has forwardell it to his Correspondent, and begs

1000, 700, 2; making the date to thank the Rev. Dr. Hume for this correction of T. Mi's

1702. On the left, the figure oversight, and the manner in which an acknowledgment has

like the Greek 8, is the sign of been made toWillis's Current Notes,which it gratifies Taurus, to denote the month when the sun entered into him to find considered worthy of the attention of the His. Taurus. The dove and leaf seem to refer to “ the dove TORIC SOCIETY OF LANCASHIRE AND CHESHIRE.

and olive leaf,Gen. viii. 11.

Let me now refer your readers to Drummond's OriTHE LATE J. M. W. Turner, R.A.

gines, v. 1, p. 310: G. W. has the honour to acknowledge the receint of " The Greeks fancied Achæmenes to have been the five communications respecting the Sketch of the late name of the progenitor of Cyrus; but Achæmenes is Mr. Turner, which appeared with J. T. A.'s letter in nothing else than a corruption of one of those pompous the January number of " Current Notes,” (p. 1.) Four and impious titles, which were assumed by the kings of of his correspondents are pleased with the Sketch, and Iran, and of which the inscriptions explained by M. de one who signs himself, D. R. states that he knen Mr. Sacy afford many examples. Achæmenes, as I have Turner well, and considers it to be," no caricature, shown elsewhere, signifies Rex cæli in ancient Persian." but on the contrary, an excellent likeness."

| So much for guess-work, which cannot be too much However, the following epistle, expresses a diffe. reprobated. I do not pretend to any skill in chronology, rent opinion.

but the calculation appears to be so simple, that I will

Yarmo. Feb. 2, 1852. | attempt it, taking the dates of our authorized version of SIR,—How very vexing it is that the “ rude sketch”. the Bible. favoured by your obliging correspondent, (J. T. A.) was not Deluge. : '

2349 A.C. placed in the hands of some R. A. (before engraved), who Signet engraved . 1702 from the Deluge was acquainted and well knew that celebrated painter, and

Or . . . 647 A.C. from that (“ rude sketch") and the knowledge he (R. A.) Cyrus begins to reign 537 A.C. had of the late Turner, would have favoured us with a more. Therefore, from the beginning of the reign of Achæcharacteristic portrait. Was he not more than four feet in

| menes to the same of Cyrus is 110 years. stature? This represented “ Current Notes," January, 1852, p. 1), reminds us of a wooden punchinello more than

From this remarkable signet we obtain the historical any thing that ever breathed, and not at all credible to the

truth, that Achæmenes began his reign in the month • Current Notes." All such Notes are highly interesting

Taurus, 1702, after THE Deluge. I have found the

Deluge taken as an epoch in various Cuneiform and if properly done. In haste.

Yours faithfully,

Egyptian, &c. documents, that have not been explained to the public.

Yours truly,

T. R. BROWN. The MARQUIS OF WORCESTER, (Author of the Cere! tury of Inventions”).-R. C. particularly thanked for T. R. B.'s translation received, but must stand over his communication.

for the present.

belong to the Southern and Midland districts: of the city Robert HOBLYN, quere RICHARD ?

of Oxford alone I have 62 varieties. The Northern No. 59, Grey Street, Newcastle, Tyne,

Counties are much fewer in number : of Cumberland I January 28th, 1852.

have only tokens of two towns, Carlisle and CockerSir,-In your “Current Notes” for this month (p. 7),

P: 7), | mouth; of Northumberland, the town of Newcastle only; a correspondent, A. K., enquires about “ Robert Hob

of Westmoreland, Appleby, Kendal, and Kirby Steven. lyn” and his Works. Presuming he has made a mis

The ordinary value is the halfpenny for the Southern take in the name, and that he means “Richard" in

Counties, having usually the Arms of some Company of stead of “Robert," I send herewith a list of some of

the City of London, and the initials of the issuer, his - Richard's" Works.

wife and family name, with the name, trade and business I remain, yours,

at full length. The great bulk of these tokens are of a Mr. Willis.

THOMAS GRAY.

monotonous character, with a few curious exceptions. Richard D. Hoblyn, A.M., Oxon, author of “Medical One of square shape, issued by Thomas Dedicot, in Terms." “ Scientific Terms," “ Manuals of Natural Bewdley, has the legend, “ SQUARE DEALING." Philosophy of Chemistry, and of the Steam Engine,” | A copper token of Worcester, has a brass plug in the First Books in Science,” &c. &c.

centre. A facetious Boniface of Leeds gives us the

double-entendre, “ BEWARE THE BEARE," with his ROBERT HOBLYN.

sign of the Bear. To make the catch better, it should 4, Birchin Lane,

be known that in Yorkshire, BEER and Bear, are proFebruary 7th, 1852.

nounced alike. The device and motto of the Baron Sir,—In answer to a letter in your “ Price Current" Bradwardine is consequently older than the time of the for January 25th, (p. 7), addressed to you, and signed author of Waverley. Roger Dickinson, of Robin Hood's “ A. K." I beg to inform your correspondent that Bay, affects a heart-shaped token, on which are repre“ Robert Hoblyn," published the following works :- sented the popular heroes, Robin Hood and Little John :

“ Bibliotheca Hoblyniana," 8vo. London, 1767. Little John is represented half the size of Robin Hood, “ The First Book of the Georgics of Virgil, Lat. and instead of being considerably taller, not knowing he was

Eng. with Translation in blank verse, and notes, so nick-named from his gigantic stature. There are 8vo. London, 1825."

other tokens of octagon and diamond shape. It is worthy to notice that “ M. A." is affixed to his The Welsh tokens are generally of very good execuname in the last named work.

| tion: the halfpenny of Edward Lloyd, of Kidwelly, is I am not aware that he published any other works: very neat; a few of Carnarvon are small, and issued at but a perusal of the Catalogue of Printed Books in the one penny, of a similar character to those of Ireland, British Museum would satisfactorily decide this point.

| which I have next to mention. Perhaps your correspondent means “Richard Hoblyn,”

| The Irish tokens are of a different character to those whose publications are very numerous.

of England and Wales, being generally small, issued at Your obedient servant, one penny, and the issuer styling himself Marchant. S. I. TUCKER. The penny token of John Whittle, of Kilkenny, 1656, has

the Arms of the Commonwealth on it; the only instance LAVERS, the Bookseller.

that I know of: the King's Arms are plentiful enough. Overseal, Ashby de la Zouch. SIR-I should be very much obliged to any of your correspondents who will give me information respecting Mr. Lavers, a bookseller in London, who flourished about the third quarter of the last century; especially any thing relating to his wife and descendants.

Very faithfully yours,

J. M. GRESLEY. Besides the list of towns given by Lindsay in his 13th Feb. A.D. 1852.

66 View of the Coinage of Ireland, 1839," I can add from

my collection, Ballinasloe, Downpatrick, Loughrea, TRADESMEN'S TOKENS.-Can any of your readers in- | Mount-Mellick, Navan and Roscommon, besides many form me if there are any Tradesmen's Tokens of Scotland, varieties of the towns Mr. Lindsay has published. issued during the 17th century; and if not, can any The circulation of these tokens was forbidden under cause be assigned for it. I have a very large collection severe penalties in 1673, but in Ireland they were conof tokens of the 17th century, of England, Wales, and tinued partially to near the close of the 18th century, Ireland, but not one of Scotland, which is very singular, when another general issue of tokens throughout Great as the towns of Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Sterl Britain was allowed by Government, owing to the great ing, Perth, &c. must have had as great need of a small scarcity of small money. The tokens of this period are currency, as many small villages in England, of which of an entirely different size and character to those of the there are many specimens.

preceding century. By far the most numerous of the English tokens 1 Leeds. Feb. 1852.

WM. BOYNE.

LITHOGRAPHY.- Some years ago, letters and papers before those Societies in the year 1850. The second of William Combe, the well known author of “ Dr. | part, comprising the Transactions for the Year 1851, is Syntax," came into my possession, and with them a now in the press, and will shortly be published. These paper, of which the following is a copy :

two parts will form one handsome octavo volume, printed I have been told of one

more especially for the use of the Members of the above Who being ask'd for bread,

Societies, but a few copies are reserved for general sale, In its stead

for which Mr. Masters is the agent. Thinking that Returned a stone.

your Correspondent might be glad to hear of the existence

of this volume, I thought it as well to trouble you with But here we manage better,

this note.
The Stone we ask

I remain, yours faithfully,
To do its task,

T. PYNDAR LOWE.
And it returns us every letter.

Saltfletby, Louth, Jan. 29. Wm. Combe, January 23, 1817." This is the first impression of Ackermann's Litho

BLACKWOOD'S MAGAZINE.— With reference to the graphic press.

January Number of “Current Notes," p. 2, and the Combe was so intimately connected with Ackermann's

reply to an inquiry (from J. P., Philadelphia, 18th Noestablishment, that there can be no doubt of the fact vember) respecting the Author of " Father Tom and the that the paper I have, was truly the very first impres Pope, or a Night at the Vatican,"– a paper which apsion in Lithography in England. The poetic scrap was peared in Blackwood some years ago, W. C. J. A. has no doubt Combe's own, and the facsimile shews that it had the goodness to inform G. W. that the reply given was in Combe's writing.

by F. M. is not quite correct.

RobT. COLE. “The writer of that paper was Mr. Samuel Ferguson, 52, Upper Norton Street.

then and still a Member of the Irish Bar, going the

North-East Circuit, and a native of Belfast. Mr. FerSTERNE's AUTOGRAPH.- As mentioned by A. C.K. in guson is also the author of some spirited stanzas, pub“ Current Notes” for January, p. 2, as occurring on the lished in the same Magazine, entitled, “The Forging of title page* of his “ Tristram Shandy," is not I believe the Anchor,' and is very favourably known as the often met with, but I doubt much its having been written author of some interesting papers in . Blackwood,' and for the gratification of particular friends, to whom copies in the Antiquarian department of the Transactions of of the work were presented.

the Royal Irish Academy,' of which learned body he I have two (the title pages only) in my possession. | has been for several years a member."

ROBERT COLE. “Mr. F." adds W.C.J. A. “ has, I believe, but I am 52, Upper Norton Street.

not quite sure, written in the Dublin University Ma* G. W.'s respected Correspondent A. C. K. said “ at gazine. the head of the first chapter in some or one of the volumes" of a few of the first editions.

THE SHADOOF.-I beg to inform W. G. with reference to his observations in your “ Current Notes" for

December last, that the Shadoof as engraved by you at Middle Ages.—MediÆVAL.

p. 96 is in common use all over the State of New York THESE terms are now so frequently used in reference in places where wells are obliged to be sunk, the machine to periods and works of art, that it would be useful to being far less costly than a pump, and such as anybody your readers if some competent person would define pre- can construct. cisely what period is comprehended in the term mediceval. We have abundance of rivers and streams, so many In a recent Exhibition many works of a comparatively indeed, that I have never seen a windmill in America. late date were classed as mediæval. Mr. James, speak

Your N. Y. ES-PECIAL REPORTER, ing of Charlemagne, says—" the precise birth-place of the greatest man of the middle ages is unknown.” Here

Thomas Hood.- How lamentable is it to observe, he refers to the year 742. Some of the correspondents from the research of A. K. in Willis's “ Current Notes" will, perhaps, through your “ Notes Current," define the for December (p. 90), and for which I sincerely thank limits of this term.

S. E.

his Correspondent, that so eminent a man as Thomas

Hood should so recently have departed from among us ARCHÆOLOGICAL PUBLICATIONS.

without record of his death. SIR,— With regard to the inquiry made in your His Song of the Shirt alone, written with so humane “ Current Notes" for December, p. 93, with respect to a purpose, surely demanded some notice. Are you Archæological publications, I wish to direct your Cor- aware that the Song of the Shirt suggested the Amerespondent to a publication issued by the Architectural rican Sewing Machine, exhibited in the World's Fair, Societies for Northampton, Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, and for the purpose of relieving poor females froin the nightly Bedfordshire, consisting of the Reports and Papers read drudgery of “ stitch-stitch-stitch ?" w. s.

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