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HOUSE OF Commons' LIBRARY.- Architects in fitting PAINTINGS BY POPE.-Current Notes, pp. 47, 53, or adapting libraries, as receptacles for books, rarely the picture of Betterton was a copy of Kneller's adgive themselves any trouble as to the height, depth, or mirable portrait, of which there is a rare print, mezzoother calculations required for their proper disposi- tinto, by Williams. It was formerly at Lord Mansfield's i tion. A flagrant instance occurs in the Libraries of seat, at Caen Wood, but would seem to be no longer exboth Houses of Parliament; in that of the Commons' tant, as in the Gent.'s Mag. for April 1794, p. 315; House, its inconveniences have become a complete the painting is there stated to have been accidentally grievance, and on the 20th ult., the last day of the burned and destroyed. Pope used to say, had not his Session, elicited the following remonstrance.
eyes been bad, he should have made a tolerable painter. Lord D. STUART said, as there was no business before the
C. R. S. House, he would take the opportunity of calling attention to the state of the library. It was a most beautiful room,
ROYALTY UNSTEADY.-William, Prince of Orange, and it was, no doubt, very much admired : but its real after his marriage with the Princess Mary, in reference beauty depended upon its usefulness, and its adaptation to to King Charles the Second, and his ministers, once its purpose. At present, however, much inconvenience, made the observation to Sir William Temple, “ Was and even danger, arose from being compelled to get at the there any thing so hot, and so cold, as this court of books by means of ladders. Every one of the librarians yours? Will the King, who is so often at sea, never complained of it, and several of them had had serious falls. | learn the word that I shall never forget since my last One of them had only saved himself by a most perilous passage, when in a great storm, the captain was cry-| leap, and a messenger had fallen from a height upon
ing out all night to the man at the helm, Steady! i a coal-scuttle and smashed it. The fact was, that although the architect had made a most beautiful room, he
Steady! Steady!” had paid no attention whatever to the wants and require
CHARLES THE SECOND, “ AN UGLY FELLOW.” ments of those who used it. The inconvenience might easily be removed by means of a light gallery round the The King, being with Nell Gwynne, and some other apartment.
personages of his Court, in attendance at the house of Mr, MILNES stated, that the attention of the Library Com- I Riley the painter, who was busied on a portrait of his mittee had not hitherto been directed to the subject, but Sovereign, and pourtraying his iron features with unhe had no doubt that something would now be done to flattering truth, as faithful as the life, exclaimed. on remedy the evil of which the noble lord complained.
seeing this blunt and veritable likeness : “Is this like Lord PALMERSTON admitted, that in the arrangement of
me? if so, then, odds' fish, I am an ugly fellow !" From the building generally, utilitarianism had rather been sacrificed to ornament, and that the purposes for which
Riley's picture, there is a print by the younger different portions of it had been destined had not always
Faithorne. been kept in view to an equal extent with the decorative
| It was the custom of the State painters of this period principle. He thought that such a gallery as his noble to paint the King in a black or very dark flowing wig. friend proposed, or some kind of self-supporting ladders In one instance he is stated to have said: “ Odds fish! which moved upon castors, might answer the purpose. how is this, I am always painted in a black wig, and the
greatest villain in the kingdom, in a light one ?” The
allusion was possibly to Shaftesbury. SPANISI REVERENCE FOR THE DEAD.—The intolerance of the Spaniards in refusing a fitting burial-place PROVIDING FOR A RAINY DAY.-Thomas Williamin Madrid, for Protestant heretics, reminds one of their son of Castlerigg, in Cumberland, by will, dated Dec. 14, one-sided blindness in favour of those who have held, or 1674, devised twenty pounds, to be laid out in land, to hold opinions in accordance with the bigotry of the be bestowed upon poor people born within St. John's religion professed by the Pope of Rome. I enclose you Chapelry, or Castlerigg, in mutton or veal, at Martinan extract from Elmes' Annals of the Fine Arts, 1818,
mas yearly, when flesh might be thought cheapest, to be vol. iii. p. 573; as it may afford amusement to some of by them pickled, or hung up, and dried, that they might your readers.
have something to maintain them, within doors, upon “Some short time since, a foreign ambassador (the rainy or stormy days. The Commissioners of ChariSpanish we believe) applied to the Vergers at Westminster ties, vol. v. p. 82, found forty pounds, in money, of this Abbey, for the sacred dust that covered the tomb of charity unexpended. Edward the Confessor, as a relique, for which they were offered to be paid by the bushel; the industrious sweepers not only cleared this ancient tomb, but every other in the
HUMBOLDT AND WELLINGTON. whole Abbey, and sold it to His Excellency, who sent it to September the 14th will in future be a notable day Spain, with a lively faith in its identity and efficacy." in the Almanac; the most eminent author, HUMBOLDT,
C. W. having been born, and the greatest statesman and
warrior, WELLINGTON, having died on that day. I ROYAL AUTOGRAPHS. - Where is deposited the am not aware that this singular coincidence has been earliest known letter, bearing the autograph of a King noticed in any publication. of England ?
Cavalier BALLADS AND VERSES.-A very in is probably the best specimen we possess of this species teresting volume might be compiled by a judicious of composition. The political ones of the seventeenth selection from the Songs, Glees and Parodies which century were always in verse ; one has been printed by were fashionable among the Cavaliers during the Disraeli in his “Curiosities of Literature." I subjoin Great Civil War, very many are of such a nature as to another, taken from the collection known as the “ Rump preclude their being reprinted now in this age of re- Songs," (the compilation of John Tatham.] finement in speech, but there are some against which no exception can be taken, such as have rarely been
LONDON, SAD LONDON. surpassed for wit, and possessing a high degree of
AN ECHO. poetic merit. Those which are satirical are almost all
What wants thee, that thou art in such sad taking? levelled at the Puritans, and surely the appar ent sanc
A King: tity, and real profligacy of those men, who, to use the What made him first remove hence his residing? words of Dr. South, "expressed their honour to God,
Syding. and their allegiance to their prince, by murdering Did any bere deny m satisfaction ? the one, and desecrating the temples of the other,"
Faction. have never been laid bare more unsparingly; there is, Tell me whereon this strength of faction lies ! of course, much comic exaggeration, in what is said, as
On Lies. there is always in satire, but the main ground work is | What didst thou do when the King left Parliament ? truth; one of the best known of this class is " the Mad
Lament. Puritan," printed by Bishop Percy in his “Reliques,"
What terms would'st thou give to gain his company ?
Any. but there are many others of equal merit. Take for in
But how would'st serve him ? with thy best endeavour? stance a few verses, from one written about 1640.
What would'st thou do if thou could'st behold him ?
But if he comes not, what becomes of London ?
And Hey, then up go we!
LORD WILLIAM RUSSELL'S EXECUTION.- An hitherto
unpublished letter of Sir Thomas Clarges.
My LORD,-Yesterday, Walcott, Rous, and Hone,
were hanged, drawn, and quartered at Tyburne; and Shall stand for men to see ;
this day, my Lord Russell's head was severed from his Rome's trash and trumpery shall go down,
body, at three strokes, on a scaffold in Lincoln's Inn And Hey, then up go we.
Fields. The three first made long speeches, and gave Whate'er the Popish bands have built,
them afterwards in writing to the Sheriffs. My Lord Our Hammers shall undoe;
Russell sayd little, but gave a writing also to the Sheriff, We'll break their pipes and burn their copes,
and I suppose, at the beginning of the week, all these And j ull down churches too:
papers will be published. The Dean of Canterbury, and We'll exercise within the groves,
Doctor Burnet, were on the scaffold with him. I have And teach beneath a tree;
nothing more to add to this hasty account, but that We'll make a pulpit of a cask,
I am, my Lord, your Lordship’s most humble, and And Hey, then up go we!
obedient servant, We'll down with all the 'Versities
July 21, 1683.
EARLY STUDY.- Bartolus in commendation of an
early application in the morning to study, thus elegantly We'll cry all arts and learning down,
enforces the precept. “ Aurora is the mother of honey; And Hey, then up go we!
and in the early Morning, pearls do fall upon the paper
of such as write, as the dew distils itself into the ConOne very singular form of the poetry of the day, was chylia, to engender pearls." that of Echo verses. When these toys were invented is doubtful. A prose Echo dialogue was written by Erasmus, * with his usual ease and beauty of style; it | GAZETTE.- Whence does this term originate, and
- what is the earliest paper bearing that title in Eng* Colloquia, edit. Elzevir, 1650, p. 400. | land?
Joe Miller's Jest-Book.-Josiah Miller, the Lis- NANCY Dawson.-Numerous songs have the intiton, or Compton, of his day, according to the obituaries mation of the tune “Nancy Dawson," but I have not of the time, died in August 1738; and was interred in met with the Song itself. Will any correspondent kindly the burial-ground of St. Clement's Danes, in Portugal say in what collection it is to be found ?
W.F. Street, at the west end, near the watch-house, in front of the door of which, occupying the place of the now
EVANGELET SPOONS.—What are they? H. R. curbstone, formerly stood the parish stocks and whipping post.
Yesterday, on passing the gates, I strolled in ; the CAQUEFAGISME.-Can any of your friendly corresgrave stones are all moved, and building materials for pondents favour me with some explanation of this very the new hospital now obtrude irreverently over the odd word?
H. graves. These chronicles of death's doings in by-gone days-the grave-stones-are, 1 learn, to be used and ENGLISH MERCURIE, 1588.- What particulars are worked up in the progressive erection, so that the in
known relative to this now asserted literary forgery, scriptions in memory of the dead will be soon, if they
among the Birch Manuscripts in the British Museum are not so already, irremediably lost. Jo. Miller's
G.T. stone I found flat on the earth, at the east end, near the present hospital, the face upwards, with a great beam
A man should be in the world what a good book is in lying across it. Evidently some curiosity has been ex
a library; an object always seen with interest and pleacited about the stone, but its present position seems to
sure, and from whose acquaintance we never fail to gain be the harbinger of its fate: its destruction may be thus
something.–Madame Campan. foreseen.
With some difficulty, the inscription being much ! Sir Thomas MORE.-Wynkyn de Worde's edition of defaced by the operation of the weather, I transcribed the Psalter, printed in 1508, that Bishop Fisher, before the following :
his execution, presented as a remembrance to Sir Thomas Here lye the Remains of
More, and having the autographs of both, is extant in honest JO. MILLER,
the library of Douay College.
PROPITIATING A Victory. The following prayer of a facetious Companion,
old Count Anhalt, at the battle of Kesselsdorf, is pithy, if ! and an excellent Comedian.
not over pious. “O God! graciously assist me this day, I He departed this Life the 15th day of August 1738, aged 54 years.
or, if thou wilt not, at any rate do not help the rascally
enemy; but look on, happen what will." The Count If humour, wit, and honesty could save
commanded for Frederick the Great, and won the
H. A., is informed the third volume of Mr. Charles Roach
Smith's Collectanea Antigua, is restricted to Subscribers; S. DUCK.
the subscription is 248., payable on delivery of the first
part; to be had only of the Author, 5, Liverpool Street, From respect to social worth,
Finsbury Circus. mirthful qualities, and histrionic excellence,
Dirty Dick's, (Current Notes, p. 37,) was No. 46, commemorated by poetic talent in humble life ;
Leadenhall Street, the fourth house past Billiter Street end. the above inscription, which Time
It is now divided into two houses, the eastern part, No. 46), had nearly obliterated has been preserved
is Dick's Coffee House. The western portion is tenanted by and transferred to this Stone by order of
Mr. Simkin, a furnishing ironmonger, while the contiguous Mr. JARVIS BUCK, Churchwarden.
premises, with its richly carved doorstead, formerly the A.D. 1816.
Crown Tavern, is now in the occupation of Messrs. Hob
son, Export Ale and Porter merchants. The architectural The Jests ascribed to Jo. Miller, derived, however,
eq, nowever, | appearance of the house remains the same, without the from a variety of sources, were the compilation of John dinginess of Dick Bentley's dirt. I remember him well. Mottley, a literary drudge of that day. The first edition,
A. ' price one shilling,' was published in December 1738, T. N. Felix Farley's Bristol Journal, after being pubbut the title is not dated. The rarity of this dateless lished for more than a century, ceased on Saturday March edition has greatly enhanced its price; at the Bindley 26, 1853. The copyright and interest of the veteran journal sale, part ii, no. 974, Messrs. Longmans purchased his was purchased by the proprietors of the Bristol Times, to copy for eleven pounds five shillings.
incorporate it with that paper, now entitled the Bristol Sept. 13.
| Times and Felix Farley's Bristol Journal.
FOR THE MONTH.
“I will make a prief of it in my Note-Book.”—SHAKESPEARE.
CHARTER-HOUSE AND TUE Howard Family. under the matting leading to the Duke's bed-chamber; IN August. 1852. the kitchen of Sutton's Hospital in and the key, that led to the deciphering the characters, Charter-House, underwent a complete repair, the ceil
was found hidden under the tiles on the roof of the Charing was raised, and the old oak tables and forms, on treuse. Lord Henry Howard, the Duke's brother, was which, from its establishment in the days of King James
for a time not suspected, till at length Banister, the the First, the recipients of Sutton's bounty, were wont to
Duke's confidential agent, confessed in one of his exbe seated, were withdrawn, for tables less cumbrous in
aminations, that "the Duke being at first unwilling to form and size; and chairs took place of the forms.
attempt the marriage of the Queen of Scots himself, During the repairs, the room above the kitchen was de
proposed his brother, the Lord Henry, for that object, spoiled of its flooring to give greater altitude to the to which the party, the Scottish Queen, objected, as not kitchen; and while moving some woodwork from the being well assured of him."* Upon this information, wall. a large parcel of papers was discovered. The Irish the Lord Henry Howard was arrested, and committed to labourers finding no hidden wealth, shovelled, without
the custody of Edmund Grindall, Archbishop of York ; further heed, the debris, papers and all, into baskets, he underwent many examinations, and again Queen and carried them to a heap, on the other side of the Elizabeth appears to have been his friend, and prevented square, behind the new buildings, to be carted off when
ed off when his enemies from including him in the same sentence required. One of the inmates in passing took two of the
ok two of the with the Duke his brother, who was declared guilty by papers, but unable to read them, took no further notice
his peers in January 1572, and whose execution followed of the affair, till recently, when a more practised eye,
on June 2, in that year, with forfeiture of all his honours. having deciphered both, the mischief in the destruction
The lynx-eyed Burleigh, and other ministers of Queen of these concealed papers is apparent.
Elizabeth, were not to be deceived; from family connecThe Priory of Carthusian Monks, hence the name of tions, the Queen was disposed to deal most leniently with the Chartreuse, since perverted into Charter-House,
perverted into Charter-House the Howards, but the tenets of the Popish faith inherent was finally suppressed on June 10, 1537. and Edward. / in the family, led them imperceptibly to conduct cerLord North, having obtained it from the persons to tainly not then tolerated, or permitted by the governwhom it had been granted, made it his residence. After ment. Lord Henry Howard, was indisputably“ the his decease, his son and heir, Roger, Lord North, with secret and confidential adviser” of Queen Mary, and the concurrence of his father's executors, sold the Char- obstinately remained about the court of his Sovereign, treuse in June 1565, to Thomas Howard, Earl and
whose clemency had saved him from the scaffold; his fourth Duke of Norfolk, for 28201. He resided here, till
reasons subsequently admitted by himself were, “ he did his commital to the Tower, in 1569, for meditating a mar that, he might supply real information to the Queen of riage with Mary, Queen of Scotland, but Queen Eliza
Scots, and not vague reports, which could only mislead beth interposed her good offices, and under the pretext
her, and injure her cause." It was therefore the subject that the plague was then raging with direful virulence of his frequent accusations of treasonable propensities, in the Tower Hamlets, permitted on August 4, 1570, his and at the close of 1583 he became seriously involved. return to the Chartreuse, then called Howard House;
He was twice closely questioned before Lord Hunsdon, under the promise of abandoning in future his intrigues on Dec. 13th in that year, and on the ensuing January 1, with the Scottish Queen, and remaining under the sur- 1584. Nothing was proved against him, so subtle were veillance of Sir Henry Nevill. Lord Henry Howard, all his proceedings, but Queen Elizabeth piqued doubtless the Duke's brother, who had shortly before appeared at at being thus outwitted, did not liberate him. He was Court, had order from the Queen never more to appear
closely confined in the Fleet prison, and from thence it there, and his annuity from her, being withdrawn he would seem he addressed to his cousin Philip, Earl of became a dependant on the Duke, who granted him Arundel, † the following letter, one of those adventiapartments in Howard House, but appears to have made tiously preserved from the rubbish at the Charterhim no certain provision, and at best treated him illi- | House. berally. The Duke was again involved by his resuming his | Annals, sub an. 1570.
* See Murdin's State Papers, p. 134, and Camden's chimerical design of espousing the royal widow, and Philip Howard, the eldest son of Thomas Howard, accordingly recommitted to the Tower, Sept. 7, 1571, fourth Duke of Norfolk, born in 1557, and baptized in the being taken thence, never to return, from Howard House. presence of Queen Mary and Philip, the latter being his Some particularly important papers, which the Duke had godfather, and left England for ever on the day the cereordered Hickford his secretary to destroy, were found | mouy was performed. Having early adopted the faith of
to the right fonorable my
Esle of Acunder
If I be bounden to God for anie one benefite in this I most humbly beseech yor Lo. to thanke my Lo world aboue otbr, mine owne most swete and most dere Thomas* for his goodnesse toward me who hath acted more Lord, it is for preparinge that interest and assured anchore lyke a fathr than a nephewe. Or Lord make me thankeholde in yor most honorable fauor wch from time to time full to you, and for yor goodnesse, who as I have cause to hath bene a refuge vnto all my miseries. I could repeat a saye, have been rare examples of good nature. beade roll of yor so graciouse dealinge toward me wch neuer fayled in my nede. If yor Lo, could expect returne yor owne dewe praise, as I am ready to discharge my dutie, but till I may have better opportunity to expresse my dutifull and thankefull mynde, my prayerrs shall be my prologutorye.
Assure yor selfe, swet Lord, that it is a most inestimable comfort ynto me, that it pleaseth the swetest Lord that Liues, to interpose himselfe as a partye in defence of my credit, who wth the honor of his birth defaceth the presumption of a varlette, wth the weight of his word quaileth all that arrogancye dare avowe, and by the sufficiency of his penne and iudgement putteth spight to silence. I pritest to God, I flatter not, but beside the aduauntage of myne owne cause wch receyueth most in able countenance and strength by the honor of yor name, but reioyse from the bottome of my harte that this occasion setteth yor delightfulle pepne one work and giueth a plaine proufe of yor abilitye to those wch dwellinge furder of could not be witnesses of those rare giftes wch hane bene manifest to those that haue hard you speake in matteres of great moment. For myne owne part, I protest to God, I knowe not well, which to reioyse more in, the swetenesse of yor nature wch retaineth in it selfe that honorable sympathie that ought to rest in blood, and throbbeth at my wronge; or, in the strength that ariseth by yor countenance to so good a cause as I take myne to be; or, in the praise wch shall accompany yor good desart as the shadowe doth the body. All that I can doe, is to fall downe prostrat and kisse the swet foot of that swet Lord, who alwaies aydeth
As the preceding letter, and also the following from and assisteth me in my chefe extremities.
Thomas Butler,t Earl of Ormonde and Ossory, are adThus beseching or Lord to comfort and strengthen yor Lo. in yor kind attempte, and to reward your goodnesse ence in the Tower, where he died in his thirty-eighth year, wth the greatest fauores that riches, heaven or earth can Nov. 19, 1595. His name over the chimney in Beauyeld, I most affectionately and humbly kisse the swet hand champ's tower, yet remains. of the best Lord that Liues,
The Lansdowne MS. 94, art. 39; is a very interesting In hast this 15 of February.
paper by a popish priest named WILLIAM BENET, dated Yor Lo. most affectionate
Jan. 23, 1588-9, denying his own accusations against the humble and professed
Earl. It is printed in the Archæologia, vol. xxxi. pp. 392. S’uant till death, 393.
• Brother of Philip, Earl of Arundel, to whom this supplicatory letter was addressed.
+ Thomas Butler, Tenth Earl of Ormonde, educated at the Court of England, with Prince Edward, afterwards King Edward the Sixth, in whose reign he was distin
guished as a volunteer at Musselburgh; in Queen Mary's the Romish Church, he succeeded to the title of Earl of for his exertions in repressing the rebellion of Wyatt; and Arundel, in right of his mother, and was summoned to in that of Elizabeth, having been appointed Lord Treasurer Parliament by that title in 1580. He shewed his aversion of Ireland, in 1559, for his appeasing the troubles there, to the Protestant faith, by declining to carry the Sword of he suppressed the rebellion of his brothers, in 1569, and State before the Queen to chapel; and endeavoured to took the Earl of Desmond prisoner in 1578. In 1581, he escape abroad, but was arrested on the Sussex coast, sen- was appointed Lord Marshal of England, which office he tenced in the Star Chamber to imprisonment, and a fine of declined as incompatible with his already defined duties in ten thousand pounds. On the arrival of the Spanish Ar- Ireland. The Earl was eminently distinguished in four mada in the Channel, he most indiscreetly expressed his joy reigns, as a man of great ability, comely in person, but of at the event; and his misdemeanours were then charged on so dark and swarthy complexion, the Irish gave him the him as treasons, for which he was tried in Westminster soubriquet of “Duffe;" and Queen Elizabeth good-hu. Hall, in 1589. Nothing beyond his being a Papist was sub- mouredly called him her“ black husband.” His hospitality stantiated against him, and his sentence was respited, but and great housekeeping, at his castles of Kilkenny and he was attainted in 1590, and suffered to languish his exist- Carrick, caused him to be regarded as the most considerable
[The paper, eleven inches by eight, folded to this size, and shewing the superscription ; with the Howard family seal, on the back.]