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THIS CHAIR IS PRESENTED
AMERICAN TESTIMONIAL TO Mrs. CoWDEN CLARKE.
SCRAPS FROM THE UNITED STATES. Mr. Willis,-Some of your correspondents appear
The space at G. W.'s command will only permit him mighty fond of Old Oaken Chairs, and I rather think to notice generally, and most gratefully to acknowledge, if they were to visit the good old City of Aberdeen, and the number, variety, and interest of C. F. D.'s commugo into the "
Auld Kirk,” they will see an Oak Chair nications, and sincerely to thank him for the kind mansomewhat older than the engraved specimens in your ner in which they have been forwarded. “ Current Notes,” and on a scroll over it, they will see 1. The existence of Hebrew relics among the Pottawritten
watomie Indians is extremely curious. That procured “ The Chaire of Weritie.”
by Dr. Lykins is described as consisting of But what do you say to the New Rosewood Shaksperian “ Four small rolls or strips of parchment, closely packed Chair, sent from New York as a complimentary testi- in the small compartments of a little box or locket, of about monial to an amiable lady living at Bayswater, the in- an inch cubical content. On these parchments are written, scription on which exquisite piece of work is as follows: in a style of unsurpassed excellence, and far more beautiful
than print, portions of the Pentateuch, to be worn as front
lets, and intended as stimulants to the memory and moral MRS. MARY COWDEN CLARKE
2. A notice of Professor Stuart's death has been
recorded in G. WE's Literary and Scientific Obituary. AS A TRIBUTE OF GRATITUDE, FOR THE UNEQUALLED
“He published at least twenty-four volumes, and in addi
tion to them many single sermons and newspaper essays, and THROUGHOUT THE WORLD
contributed more than two thousand octavo pages to AmeriHER CONCORDANCE TO SHAKSPERE.
can periodicals. His commentaries are those on the He
brews, Romans, Revelation, Daniel, Ecclesiastes, and the G.W. begs to add, that it is unnecessary for him to Proverbs. He printed his first Hebrew Grammar without engrave the beautiful drawing forwarded to him of points, and set up about half the paradigms of verbs with this Chair, as he perceives an engraving hus already his own hands. This grammar went through three editions, appeared in the Lady's Newspaper for the 24th each one being more full than the preceding.” January, and he has returned the drawing as re- 3. The intelligence of the Spanish Press is highly quested.
4. The charge made against the Editor of the Oxford Katy-DiD.-G. W.'s New York Special Reporter Edition of Milton requires proof or explanation. writes him as follows, in reference to the paragraph, * Mr. Whittier states in the National Era, that the carep. 90 of“ Current Notes" for December last. fully prepared Oxford edition of Milton's Works, contains
a poem by Elizabeth Lloyd, of Philadelphia, purporting to SIR,—Please inform“ An Entomologist" that it will have been written by the poet in his old age and blindness, afford your Special Reporter much pleasure to send him and which is so well executed, as to have deceived the Enga live specimen of the Katy-Did next fall
. We have lish editor of his works. This poem is now going the rounds no Autumn in America! It is then they begin to sing, of the American press, as the production of Milton.” or rather to say: at present they are, to use the words
of the fifth and sixth volumes of of Davie Gellatley, " A' dead an' gane-a' dead an' Lord Mahon's History of England has thus brought gane." I first heard them one evening in August forth the indignation of the editor of the Boston (U. S.) among the elms on the battery, and so loud was the Transcript. noise, I fancied it was made by porters landing bars of iron on the adjoining quays.
They commence at the year 1763, and close with the
year 1779, and comprise, of course, as the principal theme, The jingle of the song your Entomological corres- the American Revolution—the rise and progress of the War pondent enquires after was something like this; but I of Independence. One point in the American War,' says will send him a copy when I can procure one.
the Spectator, · Lord Mahon brings out quietly and im. “ The dear little Katy-did sat on a tree,
pressively-the personal falsehood of Franklin, and often And surly and sulky and savage was he,
the brutality of the Americans at large.' Here will be a His supper was stolen away by a bee,
chance for our American reviewers and critics. “The perBut he thought his own deary had hidd'n it,
sonal falsehood of Franklin !' It will take the affidavit of And while he kept calling 'twas
Katy-did, more than one Lord to make that credible.” She merrily cried — Katy-did-n't,'
6. The old American bookseller, whose career was so [Chorus of Boys and Girls.] graphically described by Dr. Francis at the celebration Katy-did-Katy-did n't-Katy-did-Katy-didn't." of the hundred and forty-sixth anniversary of Franklin's The moral of the song is, that a lady will always have the father of the present Editor of the Literary World,
birth-day, by the New York Typographical Society, was the last word, be she insect or woman.
an American periodical, extremely well conducted, and Mr. Willis.
of considerable circulation.
5. The appearance
“ There are many booksellers and publishers," observed to the Harpers the first job of printing they ever executed Dr. Francis, " whose character and influence might justly whether Tom Thumb' or · Wesley's Primitive Physic,' I command detailed account. Spence himself would find know not. The acorn has become the pride of the forestamong them anecdotes of consideration in the world of let the Cliff Street Tree, whose roots and branches now ramify ters. I must, however, write within circumscribed limits. over the land. Duyckinck faithfully carried out the pro· The first in immediate recollection is Evert Duyckinck. He verbs of Franklin, and the sayings of Noah Webster's was a middle-aged man when I was a boy occasionally at Prompter. He was by birth and by action a genuine his store, an ample and old-fashioned edifice, at the corner Knickerbocker.” of Pearl Street and Old Slip. He was grave in his demeanor, and somewhat taciturn; of great simplicity in
SEAL OF Whitgift's HOSPITAL AT CROYDON. dress, accommodating and courteous. He must have been
At p. 77 of your
“ Current Notes" for October last, rich in literary occurrences. He for a long while occupied
there is an this excellent stand for business, and was quite extensively engaged as a publisher and seller. He was a sort of Mr.
engraved reNewbury, so precious to juvenile memory in the olden
of the Cortimes. He largely dealt with that order of books, for elementary instruction, which were popular abroad, just about
porate Seal the close of our revolutionary war and the adoption of our
of Dulwich Constitution, Old Dyche and his pupil Dilworth, Perry,
College; as a and Sheridan. As education and literature advanced, he
companion to brought forward, by reprints, Johnson and Chesterfield,
it, I have proand Vicesimus Knox, and a host of others. His store was
cured a draw. the nucleus of the Connecticut teachers' intellectual pro
ing of the ducts, and Barlow and Webster, and Morse and Riggs,
Seal of Archfound him a patron of their works in poetry and school
bishop Whitbooks. Bunyan, and Young, and Watts, Doddridge and
gift's HospiBaxter, must have been issued by his enterprise in innu
tal at Croymerable thousands throughout the whole thirteen States ;
don, which and the old English Primer, now improved into the Ameri
was founded can Primer, with its captivating emendations, as
towards the The royal oak, it was the tree
end of the That saved his Royal Majesty ;
reign of Eliimproved by the more simple diction,
that beneOak 's not as good
volent bat As hickory wood; and the lines,
superstitious Whales in the sea
prelate, who God's voice obey ;
have been a now modified, without loss of its poetic fire,
devout beGreat deeds were done
liever in the By Washiogton
Black Art, led captivity captive, and were circulated without limits for
among the better diffusion of knowledge and patriotism throughout
the crimes the land. As our city grew apace, and both instructors and
enumerated their functions enlarged, he engaged in the Latin Classics.
to be punishHaving a little Latin about me, it became my duty to set
ed by expulup at the printing-office of Lewis Nicols, Duyckinck's resion are “ obstinate heresye, sorcerye, and any kind of print, De Bello Gallico. The edition was edited by a Mr. Rudd. He was the first editor I ever saw ; I looked at him
charming or witchcrafte.” with school-boy admiration when I took him the proofs.
There were some interesting relics preserved in this What alterations or improvements he ever made in the text establishment, particularly three wooden goblets or of Oudendorp, I never ascertained. This, however, must drinking vessels, the largest of which could hold about have been among the beginnings of that American practice, three pints, and bore the following inscription : still so common among us, of deeming it necessary that the
What, Sirrah! hold thy peace, reprints of even the most important works from abroad
Thirst satisfied - cease.' should have, for better circulation, some name as editor inserted on the title-page. Mr. Duyckinck was gifted with But I am told they have disappeared no one can tell great business talents, and estimated as a man of great how or when exactly. I mention the circumstance, as punctuality and rigid integrity in fiscal matters. He was there was a singular legend connected with this inihe first who had the entire Bible, in 12mo. preserved—set scription, which I once heard, but do not now remember up in forms—the better to supply, at all times, his patrons. the particulars—perhaps some of your correspondents This was before stereotype plates were adopted. He gave may.
“ Current Notes,” p. 7, concerning the print of Crom
“ The following is a History of this celebrated Print :SIR, -Allow me to correct a slight error in the com
“Faithorne, with his master, Robert Peake, engaged in munication of your correspondent G. E. S. contained in House, from whence Faithorne was brought to London,
the King's service, and were both taken prisoners at Basing your
“Current Notes” for December last, p. 92. The and contined in Aldersgate ; here resuming bis occupation, name of the gentleman who was mainly instrumental in he produced the exquisite Portrait of the Protector, (known restoring the Brass with the Effigy of a former Vicar as Cromwell between the Pillars), which pleased the parties of this Parish, Thomas Codd, was the late Mr. W. F. then in power so much, that shortly after, it occasioned his Harrison, not Hanson, as printed.
being set at liberty, and he retired to France. Copies of I am, Sir, yours obediently,
the original print have been known to sell as high as A SUBSCRIBER AND CONSTANT READER. 40 pounds ! Mr. Willis.
si Mr. Caulfield in his Chalcograpbiana, says, Mr. Bull the celebrated Collector, shewed him the original drawing
in red chalk from which Faithorne engraved the print ; from CAVENDISE'S LIFE OF Wolsey.
whom he also learned the face was afterwards altered to Sir,- In an anonymous treatise, entitled, “ Who William III.” wrote Cavendish's Life of Wolsey ?" London, 1814 ;
“ OGILS.” (usually attributed to the Rev. Joseph Hunter), the writer considers the author to be a George Cavendish,
PRINT OF OLIVER CROMWELL. a branch of the Devonshire family. But in the valuable collection of my friend Mr. W. S. Fitch, of this town, SIR, I have a beautiful impression of the Print there is a well-preserved MS. copy of " The Life and alluded to by a “ Young Print and Portrait Collector," Death of Cardinal Wolsey," by Th. Gainsford. This in- (“Carrent Notes” for January, p. 7), with this superteresting MS. is a folio volume of 166 pages. It em- scription : "Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of England, braces all that is contained in Cavendish's “Life of Scotland, France, and Ireland, and the Territories thereWolsey," with a considerable deal of extra matter. I unto belonging. Engraved by Chas. Turner, from the refer to Lowndes and find that this Gainsford was the celebrated print by W. Faithorne.” Below the figure of author of a Life of Perkin Warbeck, and other works. the Protector, on a small ornamental tablet, is “ The He printed nothing, it seems, after 1619.
Emblem of England's distractions, and also of her I am, Sir, yours truly,
attained and further expected Freedom and Happiness;"
A SUBSCRIBER. which sufficiently explains the extraordinary allegorical Ipswich, Feb. 6, 1852.
figures which crowd the print.
S. S. " ROBBED BETWEEN SUN AND SUN." Jan. 28, 1852.
AUTOGRAPHIC BIOGRAPHY. Sir,-Perhaps the query of “ Y. S. N.” concerning the expression of
Sir,-Perhaps some of the readers of your “ Notes,"
can inform me who is the “ Kendall" who signs a docu“ ROBBED BETWEEN SUN AND SUN,"
ment, a fragment only of which I possess, and that withyour "Current Notes,") may be derived from out date, which also bears the signatures “ Orford,”
• J. Houblon,” “G. Wharton," “ P. Rich," and another the definition of Burglary, in Blackstone's Commentaries, book 4, Public Wrongs, section 2. “ The Time must be
I cannot decypher.
Yours, by Night, and not by Day, for in the Day-time there
S. S. “ is no Burglary.... Anciently the Day was accounted "to begin only at Sun-rising, and to end immediately
AUTOGRAPHIC BIOGRAPHY.-The Marquis de Spinola, “ upon Sunset.”
Therefore, if I was robbed last night, the Burglary mentioned by ELLEN F., in “Current Notes” for January, was committed between the Sun-set of yesterday, and p: 6, was Ambassador or Minister from Genoa to France. the Sun-rise of to-day,
He afterwards came to England on a mission from his Yours,
Government. I have many of his letters, in some of MERVINENSIS.
which he complains of Lord Nelson's proceedings in the Mr. Willis,
(p. 6, of
“ CROMWELL BETWEEN THE PILLARS."
I think p. 8 of your January “ Notes," if referred to Sir, 1 extract the following out of the copy I got by your fair Correspondent Ellen F., may answer her from you of “ Smeeton's Reprints,” which answer one of Hue and Cry" after John Bruce, on the 20th May, the queries put by your correspondent in last month's 1829.
RING OF MARY QUEEN OF Scots.
edition of 1640, having belonged to the Somerset family,
and of much interest from the circumstance of its conYour Correspondent T. K.'s notice of Queen Eliza- taining on the inside of the cover an unpublished Poem beth's ring, said to have been given to the Earl of of twenty-six lines, of a complimentary character, on Essex, (“Current Notes," for December last, p. 95), the Nuptials of Robert Carr, Earl of Somerset, entirely
reminds me of another ring, that in the autograph of Ben Jonson, and concluding with the
" And when your yeares rise more than would be told,
Yet neyther of you seeme to th’other old. its having the Arms of England That all ye view you then, and late may say, M м
Sure this glad payre were maried but this day."
BEN JONSON. signet ring, procured from a seal
The flattering wishes of the great Bard were however feel particularly obliged if any of It produced £14, and has found a resting-place in the
feel particularly obliged if any of not realized in the future history of the unhappy pair. your Antiquarian friends can inform me,
where the original
British Museum. now is. I was told that it was in the British Museum, and had inquiry made there, but to no purpose. I rather think paste facsimiles may be had at Mr. Wil
To CORRESPONDENTS. son's, formerly Tassie's, in Leicester Square. Mine is an engraving on Amethyst, and I shall seal this letter H. M.'s communication has been forwarded to the with it.
periodical for which it appears to have been intended. R. B. MEDIÆVAL MUMMIES. A Bookworm,” who dates
from the “ British Museum,” in type, but too long to A TRAVELLING NAME.—The anecdote told by your appear this month. Correspondent “ J.” in the last number of
A. Thanked. rent Notes," p. 7, is somewhat differently related in the Memoir of Mr. James Smith, prefixed to his “Comic TOBACCO. S. T. “ Chester,” received, and in type. Miscellanies," where it is stated : “ The following inci- The copy of the collected edition of “ Current Notes” dent occurred to James Smith in a Brighton coach. An sent as desired. old lady struck with his extraordinary familiarity with
A. Oak House, in type, but must stand over until things and people, at length burst forth, “And pray, Sir,
next month. you who seem to know every body--pray may I ask who you are?' James Smith, Madam.' "This evidently ANTONINE'S ITINERARY and ETYMONS, &c. received conveying nothing to her mind, a fellow passenger added, after G. W.'s “Current Notes” had been made up for
One of the authors of the Rejected Addresses. The press.
Literary and ärirutific Obituary.
CLEMENTS, William. Newspaper Proprietor (Morning SALE OF RARE BOOKS.- Some curious books of an
Chronicle, Observer, Bell's Life in London). 24th interesting character, collected by the son of SIMON
January. Lord Lovat, who, it will be remembered, was executed CRABB, George, (M.A.) Law, Language, and History. for treasonable practices, have recently been sold by 16, Oxford Place, New Road, Hammersmith. 4th Auction by Messrs. SOTHEBY & Wilkinson, of Wel- December. 1851. Aged 83. lington Street. The Collection contained specimens from DAVENPORT, Richard Alfred. History, Biography, Critithe presses of Pynson, Wynkyn de Worde and Caxton ; cism, Poetry, &c. Brunswick Cottage, Park Street, also some rare and early works relating to America, and Camberwell. 25th January. Aged 72. on the subject of English Theology during the time of Grimshaw, William. School Histories, American Chesthe Elizabethan Age, and some curious works on
terfield, Ladies' Lexicon. Philadelphia. 8th January. Machinery and the Occult Sciences. Among them may
Holcroft, Thomas. Periodical Writer, formerly Secrebe specially named, “ THE BOOK OF THE ORDRE OF
tary Asiatic Society. 37, Woburn Place. 6th Feb.
Prout, Samuel. Water Colour Painter. 10th February. CHYVALRY OR KNYGHTHODE," (lot 244), said to be one
Aged 68. of the rarest productions of the press of Caxton; one of three copies, (two of which being in the British RodWELL, George Herbert. Musical Composer, Drama
tist and Novelist. Upper Ebury Street, Pimlico. Museum), and considered to be one of the most interest
22nd January. ing volumes which we owe to the perseverance of Cax- Rodwell (John). Publisher (Rodwell and Martin, Bond ton as a translator, and of great beauty as an example Street) of Batty's Views, &c. January 3rd. Aged 71. of his typographic skill. It unfortunately wanted two STUART (Professor), Moses. Biblical Scholar, Author of leaves, but produced £55. 10s. The next in importance Hebrew Grammar, &c. Andover, U.S. 4th January. (lot 585) was a copy of the works of Ben Jonson, the
FOR THE MONTH.
“ I will make a prief of it in my Note-Book."-SAAKSPERE.
NOTICE TO SUBSCRIBERS
nails, but rested on three transverse bars of wood. By TO THE “ PRICE CURRENT OF LITERATURE."
the help of two iron rings, fixed at the extremities, it
was easily removed, and disclosed the body apparently G. Willis gratefully acknowledges the various interest- entire, lying on its right side, on a pallet of silk. At ing documents and letters he has received. He is anxious the sight they gazed on each other in silent astonishthat it should be perfectly understood that he is not the ment, and then retiring a few paces, fell prostrate on the author of any statement, representation, or opinion, that floor, and repeated, in a low tone, the seven penitential may appear in his “Current Notes," which are merely selec- psalms. After this preparation, they approached the tions from communications made to him in the course of coffin, and three of them, by order of the prior, placing his business, and which appear to him to merit attention. their hands under the head, the feet, and the middle of Every statement therefore is open to correction or discuss the body, raised it up, and laid it on a carpet spread on sion, and the writers of the several paragraphs should be the floor. It was found to have been wrapped in a cereconsidered as alone responsible for their assertions. Al cloth of linen. Over this appeared the usual episcopal though many notes have hitherto appeared anonymously, or with initial letters, yet wherever a serious contradiction vestments, the amice, alb, stole, fanon tunic and dalmais involved, G. Willis trusts that his Correspondents will tic;—the chasuble alone was wanting, which had been feel the necessity of allowing him to make use of their removed at the former translation in 689. On the forenames when properly required.
head lay a thin plate of gold, or metal gilt, thickly encrusted with small stones; and a mitre covered the
head, round which had been wound a napkin of purple MEDIÆVAL MUMMIES.
colour. A cerecloth of the finest linen adhered so closely British Museum, Jan. 1852. to the face, that no part of it could be loosened, but beSir, -The late discovery of the remains of a human tween the neck and the shoulders the skin was exposed body in a complete state of preservation, in St. Stephen's to the sight and touch. The arms could be moved with Chapel, has induced me to send you a brief notice of ease; the hands were joined over the lower part of the several similar occurrences recorded by our early chro- chest, and the fingers, which were still flexible, pointed niclers and historians. Bede relates that eleven years upwards. With the body were found a chalice, patine, a after the death of St. Cuthbert, bishop of Lindisfarne, portable altar, a burse to hold the linen for the altar, the monks took up his body, expecting to see it reduced and an ivory comb, with scissors of silver." When the to ashes, but found, "all the body whole, as if it had shrine of St. Cuthbert was plundered and demolished by been alive, and the joints pliable more like one asleep order of that sacrilegious scoundrel King Harry the than a dead person ; besides all the vestments the body Eighth, the body was still found entire, as Harpsfield had on were wonderful for their freshness and glossness." testifies. We learn from William of Malmesbury that the body Audry, a daughter of Annas, King of the East Angles, was again found incorrupt 415 years afterwards at Dur- and abbess of Ely Monastery, died A.D. 679, and was ham, and publicly shewn. Lingard gives an interesting buried in a wooden coffin. Sixteen years afterwards account of the event, taken “ from a memoir written at her sister caused her body to be exhumed. It was found the time by an eye-witness," in all probability Simeon, “ free from corruption, and all the linen cloths in which the Durham historian. Fr this narrative it appears the body had been wrapped appeared entire, and as fresh that when the monks removed the masonry of the tomb, as if they had been that very day wrapped about her
they beheld a large and ponderous chest, which had limbs." Such are the words of the physician who been entirely covered with leather, and strongly secured attended her in her last illness, and who saw the occurwith nails and plates of iron. To separate the top from rence. (Bede, B. 4. c. 19). the sides required their utmost exertion, and within it Wereburge, a daughter of Wulfere, king of Mercia, they discovered a second chest, of dimensions more pro- died about the close of the seventh century. Her body, portionate to the human body. It was of black oak, according to her own desire, was interred at Hanbury. carved with figures of animals and flowers, and wrapped Nine years afterwards, in 708, it was taken up in prein a coarse linen cloth, which had previously been dipped sence of King Cöelred, his Council, and many bishops, in melted wax, to exclude the air and damp." By the and being found entire and incorrupt, was laid in a costly direction of Turgot, the prior, “ they conveyed the smaller shrine. În 875 her body was still entire; when, for fear chest from behind the altar to a more convenient place, of the Danish pirates, it was removed to Chester, and in the middle of the choir, unrolled the cloth, and with soon after its translation, fell into decay. trembling hands forced open the lid. Instead of the re- St. Elphege, Archbishop of Canterbury, was barmains of the Saint, they found a copy of the Gospels barously murdered by the Danes in 1012, and buried in lying on a second lid, which had not been fastened with St. Paul's Cathedral. Twelve years after his martyrdom,