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“I will make a prief of it in my Note-Book."-SHAKSPERE.
NOTICE TO SUBSCRIBERS.
The goddess (Victoria) on the coin of Dionysius is G. Willis gratefully acknowledges the various interest- supposed to be placing a wreath of laurel on his head, ing documents and letters he has received. He is anxious and under her right arm are the three legs, above the that it should be perfectly understood that he is not the compound hieroglyph resembling a weathercock, on two author of any statement,' representation, or opinion, that inverted pyramids. The same goddess on the coin of may appear in his “Current Notes,” which are merely selec- Agathocles has in her right hand the T, the emblem of tions from communications made to him in the course of perfection, Deity, &c. and with her left hand she is his business, and which appear to him to merit attention. placing the Delta, the hieroglyph of union, (primarily Every statement therefore is open to correction or discus- the symbol of the Trinunity) on the top of his armour, sion, and the writers of the several paragraphs should be supported by a stand or horse. Let us now proceed to considered as alone responsible for their assertions. Al. explain the hieroglyphs on the two coins. though many notes have hitherto appeared anonymously, or with initial letters, yet wherever a serious contradiction by supposing each to be the Hermesian hieroglyph (the
The legs cannot, I think, be accounted for here, but is involved, G. Willis trusts that his Correspondents will feel the necessity of allowing him to make use of their leg) esgäsi alkawi, the All-Powerful (God); connames when properly required.
sequently, the three legs joined will denote the three
All-Powerfuls, viz. : the Essence, the Power or Word, TAE COINS OF DIOXYSIUS AND AGATHOCLES. and the Spirit.
The hieroglyph under the legs is compounded of the Vicarage, Southwick, near Oundle.
Hermesian hieroglyph equivalent to the Hebrew w shin, SIR,—My first paper on the three legs in the Arms denoting Trinunity; and the two inverted pyramids of the Isle of Man, (which appeared in Current Notes, represent two Samaritan oins joined, giving us the same March 1852, p. 18,) was written when I had seen only idea as the Saviour afterwards gives of himself in those contained in Gesenius, and those on Manx coins. Rev. i. 11., viz., that he is the o o or w O mega. O is My second on the same subject (C. N. September, p. 79,) the hieroglyph for man ; passing through a few gradaseemed still more fully to prove that the three legs re- tions from the Hebrew Ý oin, and Chinese jin, a man. ferred to the Magi ; but, as the present copies bear a The Delta is a Chinese and Egyptian hieroglyph, date anterior to the birth of our Saviour, it is evident signifying union. The T I have more than once exthat the three legs depicted on each of them cannot plained. relate to the Magi; these must therefore be accounted We are now fully prepared to illustrate the coin of for hieroglyphically, and your readers must then attach Mr. Fargher. On his coin are the three legs, the T, such a meaning to the former two as they shall think and the word Al; and by comparing it with that in the most proper ; should they think that each of them is Atlas Numismatique, we may venture to propose the equivalent to a confession of faith in the co-equality of meaning of the words ATAOOKAH KOINH, Agathokle the Essence, Power, and Spirit of the great Jah, the koine. motto on the Manks coin, viz. : “stabit quocunque
Now, from a collation of these different coins we are jeceris,” will be applicable. My opinion with regard to naturally led to infer that the word AI must have a the former two is not altered.
similar meaning to that of the compound hieroglyphs In Spanheim's Numismata, dissertatio octava, c. 12, already explained; the AI will therefore be read, more "De Siciliæ Regibus in nummis,” you may find two Hebræo, from right to left, and we shall have IA or YA coins; the first that of Dionysius, and the second that pronounced like the Hebrew name of the great Spirit, of Agathocles. I think it will be sufficient to treat of 17 Ya for Yah, Psalm lxviii. 4. these two, in order to explain a brass coin
The triangle or Delta, and Agathokle koine, must in the possession of Mr. Fargher of
therefore denote the union of the Sicilian and African Douglas, Isle of Man; and its copy in the
dominions under the rule of Agathocles. That which Atlas Numismatique, Paris, 1829. The
in Mr. Fargher's coin appears like a left arm, is part of compound hieroglyph (excepting the three
a robe behind the armour or image of Agathocles. legs) necessary for a full explanation, is as
I am, sir, yours very truly, follows:
T. R. Brown.
» Fog Month
distinguished as the first, second and third, the days of
which were called from the Latin Avenue Lodge, Brixton Hill,
1. Vrimidi. 4. Quartidi. 7. Septidi. 8th Oct. 1852.
2. Duodi. 5. Quintidi. 8. Octodi. SIR, – Your Correspondent C. R. K. (Current Notes 3. Tridi. 6. Sextidi. 9. Nonodi ; for August, No. XX. p. 71) is informed that the rare And 10 Decadi, which was to be the day of rest. tract which cost me upwards of £60, is the unique The months were novel of Pericles, founded on the play as it was acted at
Autumn. the Globe Theatre, and that, in future, I must hold Vindémaire, or Vintage Month, from Sep. 22 to Oct. 21. myself excused from replying to anonymous querists on
Oct. 22 to Nov. 20. any subject connected with the folio edition of Shake- Frimaire Sleet Month
Nov. 21 to Dec. 20. speare.
Winter. In reference to a paragraph in your last number, p. Nivôse Snow Month
Dec. 21 to Jan. 19. 80, respecting the limitation of copies to 150, perhaps Pluviose Rain Month
Jan. 20 to Feb. 18. you will kindly allow me to say, that, for reasons I con- Ventose Wind Month Feb. 19 to Mar. 20. sider quite unanswerable, that limit cannot possibly be
Spring. extended. On that point. “ I am freely dissolved and Germinal
» Sprout Month
Mar. 21 to April 19. dissolutely," preferring, if necessary, to increase the Floreal Flower Month April 20 to May 19. price of the later copies. The expenses will be heavy, Priareal Pasture Month May 20 to June 18. and it will be quite as much as I shall be able to do,
Summer. even with the greatest care, to “make both ends meet;" Messidor Harvest Month June 19 to July 18. but I certainly will not increase the impression under Fervidor Hot Month
July 19 to Aug. 17. any circumstances.
Fructidor Fruit Month
Aug. 18 to Sep. 16. Your humble servant,
The five Feasts were as follows, and dedicated to Mr. Willis.
J. O. HALLIWELL.
18. Le Travail, Labour,
19. SYMBOL OF THE EARLY CARISTIANS.
20. Bridport, 22nd September, 1852. Les Recompenses, Rewards,
21. SIR,— Accidentally, I have only just seen your Sans Culotide, on which there was to be a renovation of
The intercalary day of every fourth year was called La August number (XX.) In page 68 your correspondent the National Oath, “To live free or die.” has somewhat varied the generally received explanation of a fish's representation being adopted by the early
The above communication renders it unnecessary for Christians as their symbol, which must be too familiar G. W. to print more than the following extracts from those to the majority of your readers to justify insertion in made to him by H. (Kensington) on the same day. J. W.
C. and W. K. 1st Oct ) your Notes without an apology. The word Ixora, a fish, being formed by putting together the first letters
" The French Revolutionary Kalendar was discontinued
in 1805." of the following words, Ιησες Χριστος θεο Yίος Σωτης, Jesus Christ God's Son the Saviour, is the well known explanation.
September 28, 3852. Your obliged subscriber,
Sir, I have much pleasure in supplying your corMr. Willis,
respondent “Q." with the information he is seeking.
Of course many medals exist which are dated in accordance with the Revolutionary Kalendar. I possess several, but I may notice one in particular, because
it is a very interesting one : Nap. on his favourite steed French RevoLUTIONARY DATES.
crossing the St. Bernard-date “Le 25 Floréal, An.
viii.” Woolwich, 28th Sept. 1852.
There are many Assignats dated between 1792 and Sir,- For the information of your Correspondent 1805 still in existence, although they will not realize a "Q in a Corner" (Current Notes for this month, p. 78), good fortune to their possessors. I have only five (two I send you the inclosed, and remain your humble autumn, three winter); I should like to possess the servant,
other eight very much, and would be glad either to Mr. Willis.
purchase them, or give a goodly number in exchange, The Revolutionary French æra commenced from the having a little roll of these almost worthless pieces of foundation of the Republic, viz. 22nd September 1792. paper. I give you a minute of those which constitute The year was divided into twelve equal months of thirty my little series : Vendéiniaire, Brumaire, Nivôse, Pludays each, to which were added five days that did not viõse, and Ventôse. belong to any month to complete the number of 365 ; and
I am, sir, your obedient servant, each month was divided into three decades of ten days, Mr. Willis.
English Version or French REPUBLICAN Dates. The coffin, covered with an ensign, was placed on deck.
Tuesday she arrived at Greenwich, the body still being in The English version of these Republican names was the cofin made of the wreck of L’Orient, was then thus proposed by a wag of the day :
enveloped in the colours of the Victory, bound round by a Snowy. Showery.
piece of rope and carried by sailors, part of the crew of Blowy. Lowery.
Sneezy. the Victory, to the Painted Hall, where preparations were Flowy. Flowery. Wheezy.
made for the lying in state ; the days appointed for which Glowy. Bowery.
were, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, Jan. 5, 6 and 7, 1806; and to which all due effect was given.
Wednesday, Jan. 8, the first day's procession by water Frenci AssignATS.
took place, and the remains were removed from Greenwich
to Whitehall, and from thence to the Admiralty, with all Mr. Willis,- If you fall in with any assignats : possible pomp and solemnity. This procession of barges, dated
etc. was nearly a mile long, minute guns being fired during 1. Germinal.
its progress; the banner of emblems was borne by Captain 2. Floréal.
Hardy, Lord Nelson's Captain. The body was deposited 3. Prairial.
that night in the Captain's room at the Admiralty, and 4. Messidor.
attended by the Rev. John Scott. 5. Fervidor, or Thermidor.
Thursday, Jan. 9, 1806, the procession from the Ad. 6. Fructidor.
miralty to St. Paul's moved forward about eleven o'clock 7. Sanculottides, and (or)
in the morning-the first part consisting of cavalry regi8. Frimaire ; be pleased to let me know, and No. 7ments, regimental bands with muffled drums, Greenwich in particular.
pensioners, seamen from the Victory, about 200 mourning If your correspondent “Q.” is going to press, it may coaches, 400 carriages of public officers, nobility, etc. in. be well for him, perhaps, to check my statement, but i cluding those of the royal family (the Prince of Wales,
Duke of Clarence, etc. taking part in the procession), the believe I am correct. I have copied from the manu
body upon a funeral car drawn by six led horses. At script of my catalogue-coins and medals.*
Temple Bar the City Officers took their places in the pro
cession. Upon arrival at the Cathedral, they entered by FOSSIL HUMAN BONES?
the West Gate and the Great West Door, ranging them.
selves according to their rank. The seats were as follows: September 15, 1852. under the dome; in each archway was the front of the
piers and in the gallery over the choir. The form of the SIR,- Could you or any of your correspondents inform me if there is any published account of the fossil seats under the dome took the shape of the dome, namely,
a circular appearance and calculated to hold 3056 persons. human and other bones found in the Island of Portland, An iron railing was also placed from the dome to the Great of which mention is made in your Current Notes for Western Door, within which persons were allowed to stand. August [No. XX. p. 66] ?
The body was placed on a bier, erected on a raised platYour obedient servant, form opposite the Eagle Desk; at the conclusion of the Mr. Willis.
T. D. A. service in the Choir, a procession was formed from thence
to the grave, with banners, etc. : the interment being over,
Garter proclaimed the Style, and the Comptroller, TreaNelson's FUNERAL.
surer and Steward of the deceased, breaking their staves Sept. 27th, 1852.
gave the pieces to Garter, who threw them into the grave. Sir, — The accompanying gathered and reduced from the procession, arranged by the Officers of Arms, then re.
turned. the newspapers, at the period of the arrival to these shores of Nelson's remains as well as of his Funeral, shilling fee, and permitted to enter the enclosed spot di
For a few days after the public were admitted upon a are much at your service; if you think them worthy of rectly over the body, looking down a distance of about ten insertion at this time, when attention is so much directed feet, and even gratified with a sight of the coffin placed to public funerals.
upon a sort of table covered with a black cloth. I remain, sir,
Obediently yours, Mr. Willis.
A. T. K.
TALAVERA. The Victory, with the remains of the ever-to-be-lamented Mr. Willis,-I have been told that a copy of Mr. Nelson, arrived off Sheerness, Sunday, Dec. 22nd, 1895. Wilson Croker's poem of Talavera was printed in folio The body was placed the following morning on board the by Mr. Murray, the eminent publisher, and presented Chatham Yacht, proceeding on her way to Greenwich. by him to the Duke of Wellington.
Have you ever seen or heard of a folio copy, as I * It agrees perfectly with that printed on the authority understand this literary curiosity does not exist in his of J. R. (Woolwich), except as to the mode of spelling one Grace's library? or two words. G. W.
in the year.
NOTE FROM THE DUKE OF WELLINGTON.
THE LAST OFFICIAL LETTER SIGNED BY TIE DUKE London, October 4th, 1852.
OF WELLINGTON is said to have been that addressed to Sır,-The following characteristic note of the late that his name was placed on the £1. 58 list.
Major-General Sir Charles O'Donnell, acquainting him Duke of Wellington, which came into my possessioni a few years since, possibly may be considered worthy of insertion in your interesting pages.
THE DUKE OF WELLINGTON SURPRISED.
Yours faithfully, While sitting for his portrait to Mr. Pickersgill, that Mr. Willis.
A. artist in order the better to catch the Duke's expression, Walmer Castle, Oct. 31, 1839. put the question, “ Pray is it true that your Grace was The Duke of Wellington presents his compliments to surprised at Waterloo ?" The Duke's countenance Mr. Hale. The Duke has thousands of friends and ac
remained unmoved, but with an arch look he replied, quaintances.
“No, Sir. I never was surprised till now." He has agents, stewards, bailiffs, and other servants in
R. A. charge of his house, gardens, and place at Strathfieldsaye.
These persons are perfectly aware that any respectable THE DUKE OF WELLINGTON'S WATERLOO SWORD. person desirous of seeing the house and place is to be shewn it, if it should be convenient that it should be seen.
Upon application being made to the Duke for his The Duke's business and duties elsewhere keep him at a sword to be deposited in the Waterloo room of the distance from Strathfieldsaye during seven or eight months United Service Institution, bis Grace quaintly replied,
that he could not part with it during his life or so long It is impossible for him to give any more positive direc. as the Crown may require its service, but he had no tions applicable to all who may desire to see his house and objection after his death to its being placed there. place, and it cannot be required from the Duke that he
S. E. should sit down and write an order that each and every traveller through Hampshire should visit his house, as is
THE BATTLE OF WATERLOO. required by Mr. Hale, and this whether the Duke has the honour of being acquainted with him or not.
The Executors of Mr. Richard Jones (Gentleman The Duke really thinks that Mr. Hale will not be refused Jones), of whom some recollections have appeared in the gratification of seeing Strathfieldsaye when he wishes. Current Notes, Nos. IX. X. and XI. (1851), have
If he should, the Duke hopes that he will believe that it recently presented to the United Service Institution the is because it would be inconvenient to allow the place to be following letter, written on the field of battle by a shewn on the day that he will have fixed upon.
young cavalry officer, and bearing the London Post John Hale, Esq.
Office stamp of “ 12 o'clock, Jy. 1815, Nn."
Camp near Nivelles, 19th. September 27th, 1852. DEAR JONES,—The fight is over, I am safe. The action In the copy of Brayley and Britton's Surrey, which was horrid, the cannonade tremendous, and the slaughter very valuable and interesting work I recently procured immense. Nap. beaten with loss of 40,000, all his baggage from you, I have been particularly struck and pleased and artillery--3 days fighting-half the cavalry on our side with the lines by Lord Carhampton upon a young Oak destroyed, and the infantry and artillery suffered immense.
Love to all. growing on an island at Pains Hill, which was planted
Yours always, in 1817, in “ Honour to the Duke of Wellington." It
J. C. C. is stated to be now upwards of thirty feet high, with branches extending over a space measuring seventy
AUTHOR OF A NARRATIVE OF POLITICAL AND feet in circumference.
MILITARY TRANSACTIONS OF British INDIA. "Emblem of Britain's glory! grow thou here, Deep in the earth ; high in the atmosphere ;
In reply to A's letter of 27th August, (Current Notes Sacred to WELLINGTON's great name,
for September, No. XXI. p. 75) G. W. has received the And record of his well-earn'd fame.
following communication. When many hundred years are past
8, Leadenhall Street, And thou must die, his fame shall last.
Sept. 28th, 1852. Yes! thou sturdy, long-liv'd tree,
MY DEAR SIR,—The Author of a Narrative of His glorious deeds shall outlive thee.
Political and Military Transactions in India” is “ Henry Shakespear prophetically tells us when
Toby Prinsep,” at present a Director of the East India His fame must perish—but not till then.”
Company, and residing at Little Holland House, KenThere is a rugged earnestness about these verses that sington. sounds to my ear far more sternly melodious than the The facsimile in this month's Circular is his. dulcet stop of Moore could have produced.
and 1834.” The following lines of Miss Sheridan at SIR, - I have been somewhat puzzled and amused at the termination of the privilege, Jan. 10, 1840, may, the facsimiles given in the last number of your Current
perhaps, be interesting :Notes (p. 75) and I now send you a signature cut from “ Best thanks to those privileged friends I'd express an official document which I think almost rivals them Who have helped me, so oft, with a little address,' in obscurity.
Who placed under cover each dull imperfection,
frankly." However, I can inform you that it is the signature
Yours faithfully, of an eminent literary, scientific, and official character, Mr. Willis. A COLLECTOR, BUT NOT OF FRANKS. the late Sir John Barrow, Bart., who I need scarcely inform you, was for many years Second Secretary to the Admiralty, the founder and President of the Geo
UNCLE Tou's CABIN. graphical Society, and a distinguished Quarterly Reviewer.
(From the Boston Transcript of 17th September.) What the unfortunate Admiralty Clerks, the Secre
“ A VOICE FROM A SUFFERER.- Mr. Editor : I am a taries of Scientific Societies, and printers must have victim of the popular excitement about Uncle Tom's suffered from this style of illegible writing may be con- Cabin. Mrs. Tyke read it in chapters in the New Era ceived, and what extraordinary blunders such reck- long ago, and she, as well as the little Tykes, has been lessness in penmanship may lead to, I leave you to reading it in two volumes ever since. Never was mortal conjecture.
so hunted down by a book before. I have no peace – I once heard the poet Rogers observe that the man who wrote his name obscurely was guilty of a piece of suggests sympathetic allusions to the thousands of poor
morning, noon, or night. Indian cake at breakfast impertinence towards the party addressed by him, and Uncle Toms at the South, who must eat hoe-cake or Sir John Barrow, I believe, received more than one die; dinner is enlivened by conversations upon the incireproof respecting his writing. It is said that a dis- dents of the work; and I am pestered every evening tinguished Admiral, the late Sir Edward Codrington, after tea by my eldest daughter's imploring me to hear who wrote a clear, beautiful, and distinct hand, cut off
the last sweet song about little Eva. The young ladies a similar signature to that which I inclose from a letter addressed to him, pasted it on the envelope of his reply, in black worsted; the baby has a woolly headed doll
are working fancy sketches of Uncle Tom's physiognomy and directed it to the Admiralty. In another case the whom she tries to call Topsy; and my house is lumbered official Baronet was addressed as J. W. Bunn, Esq. cedent is so much considered since the days of Sir John and Southern Life as It Is'nt,' and goodness knows As example, especially official example, where pre- up with fresh editions of Uncle Tom's Cabin, and
· Aunt Phillis's Cabin,' and Southern Life as It Is,' Barrow, it would appear that the Secretaries and Clerks what else besides. Our youngest has fortunately been of the Admiralty have been selected from the most christened – but Mrs. Tyke gives dark and mysterious illegible writers that could be discovered. Amongst hints about naming somebody else Eva some of these my collection of Literary Autographs I possess a few days, if circumstances permit. I am almost driven to specimens which, upon finding that this communication receives favour in your sight, I will forward to you to haven't read the book. I won't read it. People say it
say that I hope circumstances never will permit. I engrave, as enigmas for the amusement of your readers. is a remarkable work. I do not doubt it. If it wasn't, Mr. Willis. An AUTOGRAPI COLLECTOR.
it never would set all creation so agog. Young ladies are astounded that I am ignorant of its contents, and
throw up their hands, exclaiming, ' Haven't read Uncle FRANKS AND FRANKING.
Tom's Cabin ? whereupon a chorus of astonished
bystanders chime in, Well, I am surprised ! Will September 30, 1852.
not somebody write something or do something to SIR, -I wish it were in my power to give a more full change this wearisome subject ? I think of it all day, reply to “ Franks and Franking” (Current Notes for and dream of it all night. It will be the death of me. this month, p. 74], than to refer to a most useful little But as I say to Mrs. Iyke every morning, as sure as work, “ The Tablet of Memory," wherein I perceive my name is John Tyke, I will not read the book. No!
Franking letters first claimed 1660, commenced 1734 not even if people point at me in the streets as (which must be an error), restrained 1761, 1775, 1793, The Man who has not read Uncle Tom's Cabin.'”