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No. XVII.]

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

(May, 1852.


ORDER OF THE ROYAL QAK. G. Willis gratefully acknowledges the various interest

Oxf. and Cam. Club, May 4, 1852. ing documents and letters he has received. He is anxious

MR. WILLIS-You can inform E. P. in reply to that it should be perfectly understood that he is not the his second query (“Current Notes," for April, p. 31), author of any statement, representation, or opinion, that that there is a printed list of the Knights of the Royal may appear in his “Current Notes," which are merely selec- Oak, and the value of their respective estates (copied tions from communications made to him in the course of from a MS. of Le Neve's) in the Appendix to Vol. I. of his business, and which appear to him to merit attention. “ Burke's History of the Commoners,” edit. 1834. Every statement therefore is open to correction or discus There is also, I believe, another printed list (probably sion, and the writers of the several paragraphs should be taken from the same MS.) in “ Burke's Patrician.” considered as alone responsible for their assertions. All I have met with written lists of them among the though many notes have hitherto appeared anonymously, | MSS. in the British Museum, which could no doubt be or with initial letters, yet wherever a serious contradiction found by reference to the Catalogues of the Harleian is involved, G. Willis trusts that his Correspondents will

and the other MSS. feel the necessity of allowing him to make use of their

I remain, your obedient servant, names when properly required.



DoorwAY IN WOKING Church,

SIR, -As in your “Current Notes"
for December last, p. 92, you have en-
graved a sketch of the Baptismal Font
in Woking Church, forwarded to you
with some interesting observations,
signed “Fons," I venture to send you
a sketch of a door-way in the same
Church, which appears to me to afford
a good example of ancient iron work,
and respecting the age of which I
should be glad of information, as you
appear to have Correspondents who
are able and willing to give it. See
S. C.'s observation in the same number
of “Current Notes," as that the
Woking Font was figured in p. 91,
under the head “TURNBUCKLE,” and
the practical remarks upon the terms
“TURNBUCKLE and Latch," by “one
who has been an Ironmonger's Ap-
prentice,” published in your “Current
Notes” for January last, p. 5.

I am, Sir,
Your humble and obliged servant,


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RIGHT. " Quite a contest between the Tribune and Times of ..

| Mr. Willis is informed that this Society, the proNew York, is going on at present on the subject of an

ceedings of which appear in his “Current Notes" for International Copyright Law. The Tribune being

April last, p. 26, with a ?, have published, besides cirfriendly to such a law, of course has the best of the

culating gratuitously a pamphlet supplying brief hints argument. We think, however, that if English authors

intended to promote the study of Antiquities, their would throw themselves upon the protection of the com- |

Transactions for 1849 and 1850, extending to 267 pages, mon law of the United States, their rights would be

with upwards of twenty illustrations. The number of respected without the aid of statutes. Mr. James, the

Members amounts to nearly 300, and when the very novelist, Mr. Mountford, and other English writers,

moderate subscription of five shillings per annum is come here and take out copyrights for their works before

considered, as much has been achieved as can reasonthey have themselves acquired the rights of citizenship,

ably be expected. The Rev. James Graves and Mr. and without signifying their intentions of becoming

John G. A. Prim, of Kilkenny, are the Honorary Secrepermanent residents. The law will no doubt protect

taries. them in the rights which they thus assume; and we Upon this communication G. W. begs to observe that THE further believe it would protect them were they to return KilkeNNY ARCHÆOLOGICAL Association is not into England, and send their books here for simultaneous clued in the Rev. Dr. Hume's work on the Learned publication.

Societies and Printing Clubs of the United Kingdom," “A foreigner may transfer property in an unpublished and for this reason ; Dr. Hume's publication, which supbook, as well as property in a patent medicine, to an plied an important desideratum in our literature, appeared American resident. If Mr. Dickens makes Mr. Irving

| in 1847, while the Kilkenny Archeological Society was not a present of an unpublished novel, Mr. Irving will be

instituted until the early part of the year 1849. But as a protected, under the common law, in copyrighting that

new and corrected edition will shortly appear, G. W. has novel and enjoying the profits. We wonder that English

which much pleasure in rccording any communications which may

| tend to its correction or improvement. authors do not avail themselves of the obvious protection, which they would thus secure. To make assurance doubly sure, let Mr. Irving (in the supposed case) be

Kilkenny, May 14, 1852. privileged to edit the aforesaid novel. His editorial

SIR, -As I perceive you “?" the Kilkenny Archæoemendations, however slight, appearing in both the logical Society (not being, I suppose aware, from the English and American edition, he is protected doubly in local nature of the Society, of the fasciculi issued by it), the possession of the copyright.

I beg to inform you that there has been printed"We think, however, that the subject is one well wor

- Transactions of the Kilkenny Archæological Sothy the attention of Government. France and England

ciety, Vol. I. Parts 1 and 2, for the years 1849 and have recently concluded a treaty for the interchange of

1850. 8vo. Dublin." protection to their authors; and why should not our Part 3, for 1851, completing the 1st vol. is in the Government be influenced by like considerations of justice pre


I have the honour to be, Sir, and patriotism? We hope that as soon as Congress gets

Your obedient servant, through with President making, it will take up this Mr. Willis.

JAMES GRAVES, Hon. Sec. subject. Of the authors and scholars of the country, we believe that ninety-nine in a hundred would give their votes for an International Copyright Law, not only as a

ARCHEOLOGICAL SOCIETIES AND THEIR WORKS. righteous measure, but as one advantageous to the country.”- From the Boston Evening Transcript of

Barnwell Rectory, Oundle, May 5th, 1852. 29th April, 1852.

Sir, I cannot but think “ Anti-Socialist" has been very unjustly severe upon the Archæological Societies of

the Midland Counties, ir, his letter inserted in your last ARCHÆOLOGICAL PUBLICATIONS.

number of “Current Notes," p. 29, Your Correspondent Newcastle-on-Tyne, 8th May, 1852. does not appear to understand the nature or object of DEAR SIR,-Permit me to inform you that Part ii. Architectural or Archæological Societies. From his of Vol. IV. of the “* Archæologia Æliana” is published letter it would seem that he supposes them to be formed ind delivered to the members of our Society.

simply for the purpose of editing a book or books, It is a most interesting one, and will stir up the in- / whereas, I conceive, such Societies are formed for the purerest felt here in the study of antiquities; and this pose of assisting editors of books and of procuring curious otice, if published, will take the sting out of the fillip Antiquarian information of all kinds, of bringing togeou have given us in your “Current Notes" for April, ther in any neighbourhood the local intelligence, so that age 25.

it may at a future time be embodied in permanent works I am, Sir, yours respectfully,

of history or topography. When to these objects are Mr. Willis.

David H. Wilson. I added opportunities of giving direct architectural advice

to church builders and restorers-sometimes even pecu- see it has on the title-page,“ second edition," and has niary assistance-we see at once that there is much more a different publisher to the other. The Preface states to be done than “ Anti-Socialist" seems to imagine. The that the author died in the year before this book is dated, • handsome octavo volume,' to which he alludes, is a very but he claims the privilege of writing after he is dead, creditable production as “the Reports" of these Socie and the matter of the volume is totally different from ties, but it pretends to be nothing more. Does your the other ninth. Is this really Sterne's, or only an imiCorrespondent, however, forget that, at the same time, tation ? and if so, is the reason why he called it “ninth, every individual member of each of these Archæological second edition,” known? In a collected edition of Sterne's Societies may be editing a book on his own responsibi works, I noticed a continuation of the “Sentimental lity? As an instance in point I will mention one. Journey," by “ Eugenius.” Who is this Eugenius? “ The Handbook of the Cathedrals of England and

I remain, yours very truly, Wales," advertised by Mr. Murray, as now in prepara Mr. Willis.

JAMES B. MURDOCK. tion by an individual member of one of these maligned societies, the Rev. G. A. Poole. No doubt • Anti

THE WRECKS OF THE BIRKENHEAD AND SALDANHA. Socialist will be ready to subscribe his “ couple of hun

24th April, 1825. dred pounds" towards this interesting work.

Dear Sir,-By a most melancholy coincidence with I am, Sir, yours truly,

the recent loss of the Birkenhead, I have this forenoon Mr. Willis, G. R. M. “ ANTI-HUMBUG.”

found in looking over some family papers the verses

which you wished for respecting the loss of the Saldanha ARCHÆOLOGICAL PUBLICATIONS.

frigate, and I send them to you in the autograph of the Hastings, April 29, 1852. author_Tom Sheridan-a dear and valued friend of the SIR,—The list of Antiquarian publications which ap- father of your pears in the last part of your “ Current Notes," p. 25,

OLD CORRESPONDENT. is precisely the thing I have long been wanting. For Mr. Willis. instance, being from Scotland, I once ordered the Pro

“ BRITANNIA RULES THE WAVES."ceedings of the Antiquaries of Scotland, but my London

Heard'st thou that dreadful roar? bookseller told me the Society was altogether extinct, Hark! 'tis bellowed from the caves, and in consequence no books had been printed for very Where Loch Swilly's billow raves many years. I thought it strange, as Scotland is full

And three hundred British graves of Antiquities, both Roman and Mediæval. I also could

Taint the shore. never before understand the difference between the

No voice of life was there Archæological Association and Institute, and find I have

'Tis the dead that raise the cry!
been supplied with the works of the latter body instead The dead—who heard no prayer
of the former.

As they sunk in wild despair
I am, Sir, yours obliged,

Chaunt in scorn that boastful air,
Mr. Willis.

Where they lie.

" Rule Britannia !" sang the crew, STERNE'S AUTOGRAPH.

When the stout Saldanha sailed, 162, Hope Street, Glasgow, 29th April, 1852. And her colours, as they flew, DEAR SIR,- In a recent number of the “ Current

Flung the warrior-cross to view, Notes," (January last, p. 2), a Correspondent, A. C. K. Which in battle to subdue remarked the occurrence of Sterne's Autograph in one

Ne'er had failed. volume (the 7th) of Tristram Shandy. In my copy, Bright rose the laughing morn, . 9 vols. small 8vo. published by P. A. Dehont, &c.

That morn, that sealed her doom ; Strand, London, a facsimile of the same autograph that Dark and sad is her return you have engraved occurs no less than three times, And the storm-lights faintly burn namely, at the top of the first page of the 3rd, 5th, and

As they toss upon her stern, 7th vols. I remain, dear Sir,

'Mid the gloom.
Yours very truly,

From the lonely beacon height
Mr. Willis.

As the watchmen gaz'd around
They saw that flashing light

Drive swift athwart the night

Yet the wind was fair and right
' 162, Hope Street, Glasgow, 12th May, 1852.

For the Sound. DEAR SIR,-On looking over some odd volumes the

But no mortal power shall now other day, I found a ninth volume of Tristram Shandy.

That crew and vessel save ; The complete edition I have, with the three autographs They are shrouded as they go mentioned in my note of the 29th ultimo, has nine

In a hurricane of snow, volumes, so I thought this must be a duplicate copy of And the track beneath her prow the ninth. On inspecting it, however, more closely, I

Was their grave.


There are spirits of the deep,

Who, when the warrant's given,
Rise raging from their sleep
On rock or mountain steep,
Or 'mid thunder-clouds that sweep

Through the heaven.
O'er Swilly's rocks they soar

Commissioned watch to keep.
Down, down with thundering roar,
The exulting demons pour ;
The Saldanha floats no more

On the deep.
The dread behest is past-

All is silent as the grave;
One shriek was first and last,
Scarce a death-sob drunk the blast
As sunk her towering mast

'Neath the wave.

Oh! vain and impious boast.
Go, mark, presumptuous slaves,
Where He who sinks or saves
Strews the sand with countless graves

Round your coast.

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36, Lincoln's Inn Fields, May 5, 1852. Your correspondent, F.R.S. (Current Notes for April, p. 31,) is perhaps not aware of the brass to William

ses Denham, goldsmith, who died 1583, aged 64, his wife, five sons, and ten daughters, at Thorpe, near Chertsey, Surrey. His arms are on it, viz, Gules, 3 lozenges ermine; impaling his wife's, Gules, a cross patonce, &c. &c. A copy of the inscription, which is very curious, is in Manning's Surrey, enlarged by Bray, vol. iii. pages 244 and 245, edition 1814. Thorpe Church was com

VODODDDDDD pletely restored a few years ago, but this brass, and the The verses which are under this brass may be found brass plate in the stone underneath which refers to it, in the same valuable work; and on a gravestone frontare left in the same position they formerly occupied, and ing this memorial is another brass, inscribedare in very good preservation. I have never seen an engraving of the brass, and should like to know if any

“ TUI illiam Denham, whose picture in ye wall exists.

Ingrabed in brass you see [spye]
I am, your obedient servant,

Under this stone slepinge in Christe
Mr. Willis,


En reste and pease dothe lye." P. S. I suppose Wm. Denham was of the same family Mr. Willis.

X. Y. Z. as that of Sir John Denham the judge, who lived about a generation later, and was buried at Egham in Surrey, TREASURE TROVE.-L. K. would be obliged by Mr. two and a half miles from Thorpe, being father of the Willis informing him of the nature of the laws relating poet of the same name. The books of the Goldsmith's to Treasure Trove. In the April number of the GenCompany would probably shew Wm. Denham's parentage. tleman's Magazine, p. 392, it is stated, that some

important discoveries made in Scotland could not be MONUMENTAL BRASS TO WILLIAM DENHAM. reported “ owing to the mischievous operation of the law Middle Temple, 13th May, 1852.

of Treasure Trove in Scotland. L. K. would wish also

to know if this law be the same in England as in ScotSIR, – I send you, for the information of your Cor

land. respondent F.R.S. (“Current Notes," for April, p. 31), a tracing of the Brass of William Denham, in Thorpe

10th May, 1852. Church, from the woodcut in “ Brayley and Britton's History of Surrey," vol. ii. p. 252, where it is stated

What is A W(h)ig?

A NASTY false thing, that sticks to the Crown. that he died on the 31st August, 1583, aged 64.

J. R.


the Doctrine of the Tripity; A Letter to the Bishop of

St. David's on some extraordinary passages in a charge Durham, March 29, 1852.

to his Clergy, by a Lay Seceder, 1814. Besides conSIR,- I can inform your Correspondent, H. K., whose tributing several Articles to the Gentleman's Magazine enquiry about Mr. George Wilson Meadley, you have he wrote a curious pamphlet entitled “ Two pairs of Hisinserted in your “ Current Notes” for this month, p 23, torical Portraits, Cæsar and Pitt, Rienzi and Buonathat he was born on the 1st January, 1774, at Sunder parte ;" and a Biographical Notice of William Henry land, and educated at the Grammar School, Witton-le Lambton, Esq., whom he had known at Naples. Mr. Wear, in the county of Durham. In early life he | Meadley died at Bishopwearmouth, after a short but visited Italy and afterwards resided for a short time in severe illness, November 28, 1818, aged 45. Germany, and on the neighbouring shores of the There is a short sketch of him in the Gentleman's Baltic. His first work was a Memoir of his friend Dr. Magazine, from which we glean that “ his memory was Paley, of which a second and enlarged edition appeared so tenacious that he could recall the details of any in 1810. One volume 8vo., and his last, if I remember event, or the contents of any book which had ever correctly, Memoirs of Algernon Sydney, 8vo. 1813. engaged his attention," and that “ he had perhaps read I remain, Sir, your humble servant,

more than any man of his years.” “In opinions he W. S. G. ( appears to have been liberal. In his manner and

deportment there were certain peculiarities which freNewcastle, April 5, 1852. quently accompany studious habits. In his general Sir, Your Correspondent, H. K., will find a Memoir | habits he was cheerful and communicative, in domestic of Mr. Meadley, of Bishopwearmouth, in the Gentleman's

| life, a warm friend, a kind brother, and an affectionate Magazine for Dec. 1818, Vol. lxxxviii. pl. 2, page 568. | son." I am, yours respectfully,



SHOVEL BOARD. The late Mr. George Wilson Meadley was an inde

New York, 13th April, 1852. pendent gentleman, residing at Bishopwearmouth, The game is played on a table or board about 40 feet (Sunderland). He was the friend and biographer of long and 18 inches wide. It is made of clean white pine Dr. Paley, 'He also published a Memoir of Algernon without knots, and fine sand is sifted all over, to enable Sydney; a Letter to the Bishop of St. David's, or the players to shovel their pieces along. On each side some extraordinary Passages in a Charge delivered of the board there are narrow troughs or gutters, to to his Clergy in September, 1818; Memoirs of Mrs. | catch the pieces if they fly off, which they very frequently Jebb, and two or three minor articles of biography. do. The game is played by two persons, who have each At the time of his death, which happened in November, four pieces, numbered 1 to 4. The pieces are of brass, 1818, in the 45th year of his age, he was engaged in exactly the size and form of half pound flat weights. A collecting materials for a Life of John Hampden, and line is marked across the board, about half a foot from the a Memoir of the Rev. Dr. Disney. In religious farther extremity, and the art is to discharge the piece sentiments Mr. Meadley was an Unitarian. He was from the hand with just sufficient force to go beyond the one of the founders of the Sunderland Subscription line, which counts so many; but if the piece lies half off Library, of which he was a most active member; a and half on the farther end it counts double. But to do marble tablet, to his memory, is placed in the principal that requires great skill and long practice. The players room of the institution, and was erected by the resolu- play off their pieces alternately, and the chief effort is to tion of a General Meeting called for that purpose. A knock the antagonist's piece from the table. They stand more detailed account of this gentleman may be seen close to the end of the board, holding the piece firmly in Garbutt's History of Sunderland.

between the fingers and thumb, and, after giving the hand three or four rapid whirls, from right to left, the

piece is discharged, with what may be judged sufficient British Museum, April 13, 1852. force to reach the end of the board without flying off. I SIR-I beg to inform your Correspondent, H. K., regret to say the game is getting into disuse, as the that George Wilson Meadley was the author of the board requires a long room, and ground is very valuable following works :-Memoirs of Dr. Paley, Sunderland, in New York. But if any of your friends thought of 8vo. 1809; Memoirs of Mrs. Jebb, Widow of Dr. Jebb, erecting a shovel board, I shall have the greatest pleasure London, 1812; A Sketch of the various proposals for a in sending you a correct drawing and exact measureConstitutional Reform in the representation of the ments. Such a nobleman, for instance, as Lord Londespeople introduced into Parliament from 1770 to 1812 ; borough, who is a liberal patron of antiquity, might Memoirs of Algernon Sydney, 8vo. London, 1813; easily erect a fine shovel board in one of the galleries of Memoirs of Robert Clarke, Sunderland, 1815; A short his noble castle ; and why might not our beloved Queen obituary of his literary friend Dr. Disney of the Hyde, have one in Windsor Castle? You know that an “ EdEssex, 1817; Controversy with Bishop Burgess on the ward Shovel Board” is mentioned in the Merry Wives! Bill repealing various penalties against impugners of l I would also, with equal pleasure, send a set of the


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