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BRADSHAW THE REGICIDE.-Joannes Celestis for- minster, for a residence, and about £5000 in money, wards a few particulars relative to Bradshaw which “ to put himself in such an equipage and way of living as may be acceptable to Heraldicus. He was born at the dignity of the office which he held would require." Marple Hall in Cheshire, and not in Derbyshire, as has His property, which consisted chiefly of estates which been sometimes stated. The parish register of Stock- had belonged to the Royalists, was confiscated at the port contains the following entry, “ John, the son of Restoration. Henry Bradshaw, of Marple, baptized 10th December, Echard relates a singular story, which is highly 1602." Enclosed is a sketch of the house.
characteristic of the man.
Being on his deathbed and
Lord Campbell says he knows nothing of his early advised by a gentleman to examine himself about the career; however, it appears from his Will" that he matter of the King's death, he answered that if it were was educated at Bunbury and Middleton Schools, and to do again he would be the first man that should do “ in thankfull acknowledgment of the same,” bequeathed it.” an annuity to the masters and ushers thereof. For many The hat, a thick big-crowned beaver lined with plated years he was an inhabitant of Congleton, practised as steel, which Bradshaw wore at the trial, is still preserved a barrister there, was made mayor in 1637 and after- in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, with a curious inwards high steward, and counsel for the borough, for scription. which he received a quarterly salary. See Lysons' In the British Museum are several pamphlets penned • Magna Britannia."
with bitter feelings of exultation at his death in 165.9 ; He married Mary the daughter of Thomas Marbury, they do not possess any particular merit, and are only of Marbury, and died without issue, 1659. By a codicil curious as an illustration of the execration in which his to his “ Will” he left Milton ten pounds.
memory was held by the Royalists. “ Bradshaw,” says Granger, “had the peculiar infamy of being the only man that ever sat in judgment upon his sovereign." He was well feed for his ser- The Rev. Josep. Spence, the friend of Pope, and vices on the occasion, the Parliament made him a author of the Polymetis, Anecdotes of Books and present of Summer Hill, a pretty seat of the Earl of St. Men,' • An Essay on the Odyssey,' &c. penned most of Albans (worth £1000 a-year, says Walker in his “ His- his compositions at Byfleet, and was drowned in a canal, tory of Independency.") He had also Lord Cottington's in his garden there, August 1768. Can any of your estate in Wiltshire, the Chancellorship of the Duchy of readers inform me where he was born? Lancaster, and the office of President of the Council.
W.F. P. Clarendon says he had also the Dean's House at West- Wandsworth, Feb. 1st.
HENRY OF OATLANDS.–Of Henry of Oatlands, the 1653. May 19, died, Christopher Meredith, Bookseller youngest son of King Charles 1st, a curious story is re- in St. Paul's Churchyard. lated by Dr. South, in a marginal note to one of his Dis- 1656. Dec. 11, Robert Bostock, Bookseller, suddenly in courses on Covetousness. “ A certain Lawyer, a great the street at Banbury. confident of the rebels in the time of their reign, upon a
1658. Nov. 4, died, Legat, in Little Wood St. once consult, held amongst them, how to dispose of the Duke Printer at Cambridge, since distempered in his senses. of Gloucester, then in their hands, with great gravity
Nov. 25, died, Roger Norton, Printer, very poor. declared it for his opinion, "That they should bind him
1659. May 5, died, Barnard Pollard, Bookseller, chiefly out to some good trade; that so he might eat his bread of Romances and Pamphlets, &c.
1663. April 22, d.. Thomas Robinson, Bookseller at honestly.' ” South adds, that this extraordinary advice did not hinder him from being made a judge in the Oxford, with a good report of an honest man.
1665. John Jones, ex peste. reign of King Charles the second.—“ A practice not
Dec. 4, Peter Cole, Bookseller and Printer, hanged himunusual in the courts of some princes to encourage and self in his warehouse in Leadenhall, reported to be distracted. prefer their mortal enemies before their honest friends." March 20, d. Captain Luke Fawne, Bookseller, at “ The Who is the lawyer alluded to?
Parrot" in St. Paul's Churchyard. New Square, Lincoln's-Inn.
1668. Died, Samuel Thompson, Bookseller in Duck
Lane, a good husband and industrious man in his profession. RICHARD SMITH THE BIBLIOMANIAC.-Rusticus,
1670. Nov. 3, obiit, Jacobus Allestry, Bibliopola. (Current Notes, Dec. p. 103), requests information re- Britain, buried Thursday at St. Bartholomew's, without
1671. Jany. 2, d. Cornelius Bee, Bookseller in Little lative to Richard Smith, the famous Bookworm of Little wine or wafers, only gloves and rosemary. Moorfields. He was one of the best patrons of the booksellers in the time of Charles II. Anthony à Wood
After the decease of the worthy old bibliomaniac him
says " He was a person infinitely curious and inquisitive after self, it was proposed to buy his library by public subbooks, and suffered nothing considerable to escape him that scription, but eventually it fell into the hands of Chiswell, fell within the compass of his learning ; desiring to be a bookseller in St. Paul's Churchyard, who printed a master of no more than he knew how to use. He was con- catalogne of the books and sold them by auction, “ to stantly known every day to walk his rourds among the the great reluctance of public-spirited men," 1682. The booksellers' shops, (especially in Little Britain), and by his prices the Caxtons fetched would have made Dibdin great skill and experience, he made choice of such books as heave a groan.
d. were not obvious to every man's eye. He lived in times Caxton's Chronicle of England
3 6 which ministered peculiar opportunities of meeting with
Mirrour of the World
5 0 books that were not every day brought into light, and few
History of Jason
5 1 eminent libraries were bought where he had not the liberty
Recueile of the Histories of Troy 3 0 to pick and choose."
Book of Good Manners
0 Smith had a fine collection of historical works, and was
Game of Chess
13 0 also " a great collector of MSS. and delighted much to be
0 poring over them. He collected abundance of pamphlets
Godfrey of Bulloigne
18 0 published at and before the Reformation, relating to eccle
Translation of Virgil's Æneides 3 0 siastical affairs—the copies of some of them supposed to
Pilgrimage of the Soul; Cbastising be then not extant, and therefore esteemed as choice as
of God's Children ; Rule of St. MSS. Nor was he the owner of this choice treasure of
5 0 books as an idle possessor or did he barely turn over the
Translation of Cato
4 0 leaves, but was a constant peruser of, and did generally
Translation of the Knight of the collate them, observed the defects of impressions, the ill
5 0 arts used by many and compared the difference of editions.
The Sale Catalogue with MS. prices annexed is now Concerning which, he with great diligence and industry in the British Museum. entered many memorable and very useful remarks upon his books with his own hand."
SacriLEGE.-In former numbers of the “ Current He bad ample means to gratify his passion for Notes you have alluded to the spoliation and sacrilege books. He was for many years Secondary of the Poultry committed in our churches. In Gregson's Fragments Compter, a situation worth about £700 a year. This
of Lnncashire, printed 1817, is a sketch of an ancient venerable old bibliomaniac died in 1675, at the advanced Baptismal Font, at Walton Church, “ From whence, age of 85, and was buried in Cripplegate Church. He
(we are told), upon the erection of the present Font in wrote a curious obituary, (published by the Camden 1754, it was removed and degraded as a seat before the Society,) in which he carefully recorded the progress door of a Public House, where it now lies reversed, and made by death in thinning the list of his friends, the considerably sunk into the earth. The diameter is about booksellers, the Thorpes, the Rodds, and Paynes of three feet. It is of a circular plan, with six projecting their day.
panels, upon which, and the intervening compartments, 1634. February 22, died, Richard Wase, bookseller in some figures are rudely carved." Can any of your ArchæoLittle Britain.
logical friends in Lancashire inform me what has become of 1648. Died, Richard Clutterbuck, Stationer.
this interesting relic?
NUMISMATIC ENQUIRIES ANSWERED.
last June, p. 53. We doubt much whether “ Baby" was Permit me to reply to the queries of your four Nu- a word even known to the Scotch in 1550. To this day mismatic Correspondents, seriatim but briefly.
it is never used by the lower classes who speak the Low“ A Collector of Coins and Medals" is informed that land Scotch dialect. R. B. wishes to know what may the average price at auctions of the shilling of Oliver is be the reverse of this coin? It consists of a foliated about one guinea, if in fine preservation ; but if rubbed cross, having a crown and a cinquefoil in alternate or worn, its value becomes seriously diminished. His angles; Legend “ Oppidum Edinburgi.” Miss Strickcopper piece must be a forgery, as no coin of the Pro- land is somewhat renowned for her Medallic inventions. tector is known having his head on one side and his In her Life of Mary of Esté, the Queen of James II., name on the other, as - A Collector, fc." describes it. she describes two Medals, one representing the King His two copper Papal medals have very common re- and Queen face to face, and the other of the Queen verses, and are not worth more than one shilling each.
alone with her double name of “ Maria Beatrix."The piece described by “ S. J. T.” is a St. Patrick's As the writer had been a Medal collector for 18 years, Farthing, struck in Ireland in 1642. St. Patrick is and had never seen or heard of such Medals, and knew represented in the act of performing his famous exploit that none such were engraved in any Medallic History, of banishing all the venomous reptiles out of “ Happy he was somewhat startled; but inasmuch as the lively Erin," for as the humourous Irish song has it,
authoress boldly added, “ These Medals are preserved
in the British Museum," and he could not suspect a lady “He gave the snakes and the toads a twist, And banished all the varmint."
of a fib, he went directly to the British Museum to see
these rarities, and need scarcely add that his errand Halfpence were also struck, composed, like the farthing, proved a fruitless one.
B. N. of mixed brass and copper ; but on them the Saint is represented preaching to a crowd of people, and behind
4th February, 1853. him, instead of a church, is a shield charged with the
Irish COPPER TOKENS.- I have been a constant arms of Dublin.
reader of your “ Price Current," and feeling that it has done much service to literature, I regret to see any part of it occupied with useless matter.
You have been led to incur the cost of engraving a Copper Token, (Price Current, Jan. 1853, p. 3), which is very abundant in Ireland, and which has been long published in the well-known work of “Simon on Irish Coins," plate 7, fig. 142. The forthcoming part of the Transactions of the Kilkenny Archæological Association contains a paper by Dr. Cane, of Kilkenny, which will furnish an answer to your correspondent
S. J. T. The questions proposed in the article “Coins One would scarcely have thought that “ An Old respondent to be merely a collector, and utterly' ignorant
of Cromwell,” (P. C. Jan. 1853, p. 3) prove your corCoin-hunter" would have been misled by Granger's of Numismatics. I would readily inform him of the odd mistake as to the Crown-piece of the Protector, and value of his possessions, but I do not consider that the have occasion to ask, “ Is not this erroneous ?" Certainly Price Current" should be used for such purpose. I it is : West's Catalogue (Upcott's copy) is now before take the liberty of suggesting, that before you put in me, and I observe that on the third day's sale the set of type any queries respecting coins or medals, you should Oliver's Silver Coins (the Dutch Ninepenny-piece being refer them to some competent authority to determine if substituted for the Sixpence) sold for £5.78 6d, the lot they are worth printing. As to Irish Coins and Medals, being numbered 66. Lot 67 was a Shilling, which sold I will be happy to assist you in the way I have suggested. for 16s 6d. Lot 68, another Shilling, produced 143 6d.
AQUILLÄ Suiti, M.D. Lot 51, a Sixpence (a MS. note in my Catalogue says P.S. Simon the Medallist (P. C. page 3). The crown “ also Dutch") £1. 12s. And in the third day's sale piece which sold for £68, was the celebrated “ Petition was a Half Crown, lot 32, which sold for £1. 12s. This Crown." Granger's note is not erroncous. A.S. comprised all the Silver Coins of Oliver that Mr. West possessed.
121, Baggot Street, Dublin. The story of the “Baby Coin of Mary Queen of HIGHWAYMEN IN THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY.Scots," the fanciful invention of Miss Strickland, may Can your readers give me any information relative to be answered very briefly. The coin is a penny, and the the following worthy, who is thus alluded to in a letter head of the Queen youthful, but not that of an infant. dated 1625, amongst the Birch MSS. It is by no means rare, and is engraved in Lindsay's
“ Mr. Clavell, a gentleman, a knight's eldest son, a great and Cardonnel's works, and indeed in all other books highway robber, and of posts, was, together with a soldier, relating to the Coinage of Scotland. The origin of the his companion, arraigned, condemned on Monday last, word buwbee may be found in the “ Current Notes” for January 30th, at the King's Bench bar. He pleaded for
himself that he never had stricken or wounded any man,
TO CORRESPONDENTS. never taken anything from their bodies, as rings, &c., never cut their girdles or saddles, or done them who he robbed
W. Webster. (Coins). J. J. (Petition Crown). J. H. any corporeal violence. He was with his companion re
(Irish Copper Tokens) thanked, but enough space has been prieved, and sent these following verses to the King for
devoted to the subject. mercy, and hath obtained it :-"
The article on Will. Fuller in our present number em"I that hath robb'd so oft, am now bid stand
braces the information so obligingly communicated by
H. J. Bobart and J. K.
E. Peacock (Burton's Anatomy of Melancholy) in our
L. H. M. is referred to Sir F. Madden's “ Observations
on the autograph of Shakspere, and the orthography of
his name." 1838. In his Will,' however, our great So may our gracious King, too, if he please, Without his council, grant me a release ;
dramatist signs himself William Shakspeare. God is his precedent, and men shall see
T. R. Brown. The explanation of the “Rosetta Stone" His mercy go beyond severity.'
displays great research, but we are afraid the subject is too abstruse for the generality of our readers.
E. S. Taylor. We have engraved the coin so kindly FLOGGING IN TIE ARMY.-I remember on the road
forwarded. leading to Charnwood, in Leicestershire, stood one of G. S. Wintle (Satirical Coin) in our next. the old oaks of the forest. It was during the war time, when troops were stationed at Loughborough. Under its time-honoured branches the triangles were fixed, and the soldier's back bared so often to receive the lash,
Literary and scientific Obituary. that the people at last in detestation cut it down. I BONNAR, Mr. Portrait and Historical Painter. February. wish some of your antiquarian friends could point out Creuze, Augustus F. B. Naval Architecture. Nov. 23, the earliest instances on record in English history of 1852. flogging in the army.
A SEXAGENARIAN. D'ARUSMONT, Madame, well-known as Miss Fanny Leicester, January 29.
Wright, authoress of · A few days in Athens.' 14
Dec. 1852. Thomas Gent.- In the last number of the “ Notes" FAIRLAND, Thomas. October, 1852. Engraver and Porthere is an interesting article on Thomas Gent, a well
trait Painter. known Yorkshire typographer and topographer, taken from Fillans, James. Sept. 27, 1852. Sculptor. his Autobiography, published by Thomas Thorpe in 1832. Gilbert, Rev. Joseph, author of the Christian Atone
At the close of the Life, the publisher states that ment,' &c. Dec. 12, 1852. Gent translated into English verse the “Reliquiæ Hawkins, George, Lithographic Artist. Nov. 6, 1852. Eboracenses,” by Dr. Heneage Dering, Dean of Ripon ; Halcomb, Mr. Sergeant. Nov. 3, 1852. Law. and that an inferior printed copy was in his possession, Hasted, Rev. Henry, F.R.S. Nov. 26, 1852. Sermons. intended probably as a proof. I should be glad if your Huve, Monsieur, Member of the Académie des Beaux correspondent could inform me whether it was published
Arts. Architecture. Lately. or not, as I never saw a copy, though I have for some Johnson, Captain, R.N. author of . Necessity for conyears collected every work connected with Yorkshire sidering the deviations of the Compass.' topography; if not published, what has become of the MERRINAN, Samuel, M.D. Medical Essays. Nov. 22,
1852. proof? If Gent's translation is even a moderate one, it Mangin, Rev. Edward, editor of Richardson's Works, would form a curious and interesting addition to York
Piozziana, &c. October 17, 1852. shire literature. The original work being in Latin verse,
PEREIRA, Dr. Medical Works. 20 January. few people are acquainted with it; from its want of PROTHEROE, Edward Davis. Public Records. August 18, success on that account, the work was never completed. 1852.
I should be glad if any one would print Gent's transla- Price, James, editor of the Dublin Evening Packet. tion, if it can be found ; it might be done at a small cost. January 14.
Whilst on the subject of Gent's works, I would warn Reader, William, Warwickshire Antiquities. October 3, the curious collector to beware of the generally imperfect 1852. state of his books; their circulation lay principally Smyth, George Lewis, Biography and Newspaper Literaamongst the poorer classes, and from the rough usage
ture. February. they have experienced, they are generally in a bad state. Train, Joseph, Antiquities, History of Galloway, a friend For example, take his History of Ripon," this fre
of Sir Walter Scott. Lately. quently wants the map; more frequently the three VANDERLYN, John, American Painter. Sept. 23, 1852.
Von Oesfeld, Colonel, chief of the Trigonometric BuChurches at page 2 of the Excursions, the second part
reau at Berlin, MS. Catalogue of all Geographical of the work, and where the paging is recommenced ;
Maps and Plans published in Europe from the earliest whilst the view of St. Mary's Abbey, York, at page 4,
period to the 19th century. Recently. is not found in one copy out of ten. W». BOYNE.
WOODWARD, T. Animal Painter. Oct. 1852. Headingley, Feb. 1853.
FOR THE MONTH.
“ I will make a prief of it in my Note-Book."-SHAKSPERE.
Thomas Parkhurst, the Nesbit of his day. Young JOIN DUnton.
Dunton made_himself conspicuous in a political contest The · Life and Errors' of John Dunton form a singular between the Tory and Whig apprentices. He joined episode in the literary history of the eighteenth century. the latter, was installed Treasurer, and attended their Combining the somewhat anomalous avocations of Book, meetings in Ironmonger Lane; and having got up an seller and Author, he published six hundred works, and address with some thirty thousand signatures, presented wrote upwards of sixty: trade speculations, new pro- it to the Lord Mayor, who promised he would acquaint jects and paradoxes, scraps of poetry, political and sati- the King with its contents, and then bad the deputation rical essays, love adventures and devout reflections, mark return home and mind the business of their respective the versatality of this erratic genius; we are entertained masters.” His apprenticeship shortly after expired, and in one page with a tender letter to “Iris' or · Valeria ;' a hundred of his companions were invited to attend the in the next, with outpourings of repentance, and a ser-funeral.' He soon commenced business as a bookseller mon upon sin. His mind was not inaptly compared to on his own account, but to avoid too large a rent, “ took "a table where the victuals were ill sorted and worse only half a shop, a warehouse, and a fashionable dressed.” He seems to have been possessed with an chamber.” “ Printing, he relates, was now the upperunaccountable mania of making the world the confessor most in my thoughts ; and hackney authors began to ply of his foibles, and after narrating the irregularities of me with · specimens' as earnestly, and with as much passion his life with somewhat too racy gusto for a veritable and concern as the watermen do passengers with oars and penitent, proceeds to moralize upon his own enorniity, scullers. The first copy I would venture to print was the and sketch “ an Idea of a New Life, wherein is shewn Sufferings of Christ,' written by the Rev. Thomas Doolittle. how he would think, speak, and act, might he live over This book fully answered my end; for exchanging it his days again.” Into this extraordinary performance through the whole trade, it furnished my shop with all sorts he has introduced the characters of all his friends and of books saleable at that time. The second adventure I contemporaries, amongst whom will be found bishops, made in printing was a copy written by Mr. Jay, Rector of and churchimen, eminent nonconformist divines, hack Chinner, intituled, Daniel in the Den, or the Lord Presiwriters, printers, bookbinders, and auctioneers. How- dedicated to Lord Shaftesbury, and published upon the
dent's Imprisonment and Miraculous Deliverance.' It was ever, it is no slight evidence of his humble and charitable occasion of his being acquitted by an ignoramus jury, disposition that the portraits he has drawn of (thers This piece was well furnished with wit
, and being published are generally favorable ones, and the chief faults he had at the critical time sold well. This extraordinary success to find were with himself.
in my first attempts gave me an ungovernable itch to be He relates that he was born at Graffham, in Hunt- always intriguing that way.” ingdonshire, on the 14th May, 1659. His father was Another production of Dunton's press was, “The a clergyman. At an early age he was sent to an House of Weeping, written by his father; to which he academy in the neighbourhool, where he passed through prefixed “The Holy Life and Triumphal Death of that the usual ordeal of school adverture, "robbing an faithful and eminent servant of Christ, Mr. Jolin Dunton, orchard, falling in the river, swallowing a bullet, being late Minister of Aston Clinton, near Aylesbury." He nearly choked with ears of corn, improving in every- was now a ‘rising' tradesman. Prosperity was naturally thing but the art of learning,' and only scrupling to lie followed by marriage ; and the cautious bachelor entered • when it did not procure bim any advantage. He into a debate with his friends as to the future partner describes his childish notions of heaven, hell, and the of his affections. There was Sarah Day, "extremely final day of judgment; and pictured to himself “ Death pretty, well bred, and the best natured creature in the like a walking skeleton with a dart in his right hand, world;" upon her name he perpetrated an anagram; and an hour glass in his left.” He was designed for but Sarah Doolittle would “ make a better wife by ten the ministry. °His family had been connected with the degrees, he would have her father's copies for nothing, Church for three generations, and Dunton felt pronder and his book on · The Sacrament' has sold to the of his descent from the House of Levi, than of being twentieth edition, which would be an estate for a booka Duke's son." However, he was of too volatile seller ;” again, Sarah Briscow of Uxbridge was
“ handand roving a disposition to follow in their footsteps; his some, rich, and religions, and there were more topics religious impressions soon wore off like letters inscribed about her to argue from than eren Scheibler could upon the surface of water, and at the age of fifteen, invent." At last, “one Lord's day, (and I am very having made some progress in Latin, none in Greek, he sensible of the sin) I was strolling about just as my fancy was apprenticed to a London bookseller. This was led me, and stepping into Dr. Annesley's meeting place, where