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along the point of the style traces upon the lampblack these days, it is curious to find that the one thing all the curvilinear and rectilinear movements originating in particular which surprised the Prussian pastor in the vibrations of the membrane, and thus producer Moritz in his journey from Greenwich to London in its own peculiar characters a faithful reproduction of the sound. This true phonetic writing is constant for in 1782" was the number of people we met riding every tone, and varies in the size of the markings in pro- and walking with spectacles on, among whom were portion to the greater or less intensity of the sound. many who appeared stout, healthy, and young." Musical sounds produce vibration of a regularity propor. A few pages further on, in his 'Travels in Engtioned to their degree of harmony, and every instrument land," he sagely observes : has its own peculiar character, as distinguishable by the eye as its quality of tone is by the ear. The human voice “The sight of the fire [of sea-coal] has also a cheerful offers certain difficulties at present; but there is little and pleasing effect, only you must take care not to look ; doubt that eventually the Phonautograph will be made at it steadily, and for continuance, for this is probably capable of superseding every species of stenography, and the reason that there are so many young old men in Eng. not only the words but the very tones of our talented land who walk and ride in the public streets with their speakers and actors will by its aid be registered for spectacles on; thus anticipating in the bloom of youth future generations. The science of acoustics has received those conveniences and comforts which were intended at the hands of M. Scott a means of development of for old age." which we can form no idea at present.”

G. F. R. B. Substituting the name of Edison for that of Scott, MOB.-In Country Conversations, London, the concluding lines of the above might have been 1694, one of the persons introduced, who is copied from any paper during the last few weeks. criticizing a translation from Horace, says :R. W. HACKWOOD.

“I cannot approve of the word mob, in these yerses, A MISSING MS.-A. Y. writes in L’Inter- Late Use, and not sufficiently Naturalized to appear in a

which though significant enough, yet is a word but of médiaire, June 25:

serious Poom: Besides I esteem it a kind of Barlesque “Un manuscrit des Contes de la Fontaine. Grimm word and unsutable to the Dignity of Horace." raconte, dans sa lettre du 1er juillet, 1768, que Gaignat

RALPH N. JAMES. possédait dans sa riche bibliothèque un manuscrit des Contes de la Fontaine en deux volumes, grand in 4o ou MITTEN. (See 7th S. v. 399.)—" To get the petit in folio, écrits à la main sur du velin. Le texte, de mitten” is referred to in Sam Slick, 'Human la main de Monchaussé, imitait parfaitement les plus Nature,' p. 90: “There is a young lady I have set beaux caractères gravés......Ce manuscrit fait pour Gaignat lui avait cottē 18,000 livres. A sa mort, en 1768, 1e8 my heart on ; though whether she is agoing to give héritiers déposèrent les deux volumes chez le libraire mo hern, or give me the mitten, I ain't quite Debure que Galignat avait chargé de vendre sa biblio- satisfied." Without doubt the Latin mitto, to thèque. C'est la que Grimm les vit...... En 1769, le send (about your business), to dismiss, is the fons ministre de la guerre, Choiseul, acquit l'ouvrage moyen et origo of the word. E. COBHAM BREWER. dant dix mille livres. De cette bibliothèque il passa dans les mains de Debure père qui le garda quelque temps et le vendit à M. Paris, parent de Paris de Montmartel,

CARAVAN, A KIND OF PORTMANTEAU OR Box.dont la bibliothèque, transportée en Angleterre vers la A peculiar use of the word caravan occurs in fin de 1789, y fut vendue publiquement au mois de mars Essays by Bishop Horne, the Rev. Thomas 1791. Le manuscrit des contes de la Fontaine, qui en Munro, A.B., the Rev. Henry Kett, B.D., &c., faisait partie, fut alors acheté par un riche amateur la forming the Collection originally entitled Olla somme de trois cent quinze livres sterling, soit 7,500 francs. Depuis, on a perdu la trace de ce chef-d'ouvre Podrida,' 1820, vol. i. p. 41: qui n'aurait pas de prix aujourd'hui...... Peut être pour- “It would be no bad plan if all genteel people would rons-nous savoir si ces precieux volumes sont encore en furnish their trunks, portmanteaus, caravans, and band. Angleterre."

boxes with the beauties of some author that suits their Can any reader of or contributor to ‘N. & Q.' taste.” satisfy the laudable curiosity of A. Y.? It is only This quotation would seem to imply that caravan by such channels as those opened up by 'N. & Q.signified a kind of portmanteau or box. its Gallican counterpart, et hoc genus omne,'

mention of this meaning is made by Dr. Murray that literati can hope to get at the hidden treasures in his 'Dictionary,' I conclude it is å slang word. of literature, both printed and manuscript.

I may add that the essay in which it occurs is Apropos of these latter, it may be well (for the dated April 7, 1787. HENRI LE LOSSIGEL. advantage of future votaries of Pallas) to add that I had the pleasure a few years ago, on the occasion

BYRON's Town HOUSE.-It is worthy of note of a visit of our literary club to Knowsley Hall, to that in a few weeks the residence 13, Piccadilly inspect two well bound_MS. volumes (8vo.), Terrace, where Byron passed the wretched period being the late Earl of Derby's neatly written of his married life, where Ada was born, and where translation of the 'Iliad.'

J. B. S. he wrote some of his earlier poems, will have enManchester.

tirely changed its wonted appearance. Scaffolding

warns us of the coming change, and soon we shall THE USE OF SPECTACLES. -As all Germans, have No. 139, Piccadilly new vamped and faced according to our insular ideas, wear spectacles in with the corroding stone. I am thankful to have

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seen it as it was in Byron's time, and hope that BISHOP LATIMER.— I should be glad to know some distinguishing mark may be set upon its walls whether the famous words of Bishop Latimer to which shall preserve it from oblivion.

Bishop Ridley at the stakeRICHARD EDGCOMBE. “Be of good comfort, Master Ridley, and play the 33, Tedworth Square, Chelsea.

man : we shall this day light such a candle, by God's grace, in England, as I trust shall never be put out,"

have ever led any to think that the metaphor of the Queries.

candle not being “put out” may (perhaps unconWe must request correspondents desiring information sciously) bave been suggested to Latimer's mind on family matters of only private interest, to affix their by the words in 2 Esdras xiv. 25 :namos and addresses to their queries, in order that the

And como hither, and I shall light a candle of underanswers may be addressed to them direct.

standing in thine heart, which shall not be put out till

the things be performed which thou shalt begin to SHANTY: CHANTIER.— Can any correspondent write." in Canada inform me if chantier, which is now

ALICE. used in the lumber districts of Lower Canada in

JACK-ASS.—The question why the male cat is the same sense as our shanty, is of old standing called tom has been fully discussed. May I ask why there, and is, in fact, the original of shanty? Chantier a male donkey is called jack-ass ! is old in French (Littré has it of thirteenth century),

ALFRED GATTY, D.D. but I happen to have no examples of the French

[At 2nd S. ix, 221 DR. GATTY will find some informaword precisely in the Canadian sense of shanty till tion upon the subject

from a gentlewoman bearing his within the last few years, while one finds the own name. For the use of “Jack," consult the Index to English form shanty already in Cooper's 'Prairie,' the First Series.] 1827. This is, I have no doubt, merely owing to want of materials for Canadian French; and I shall written by s. South, 1730-48, treating on book

S. SOUTH. I have twenty-one volumes of MSS., be obliged to any one who can inform me of ex. amples of chantier=shanty before 1827.

keeping, chronology, geography, logic, law terms, J. A. H. MURRAY.

trigonometry, navigation, history, anatomy, philoThe Scriptorium, Oxford.

sophy, Latin grammar, motion, arithmetic, valuaP.S.-I have not referred to various guesses

tion of chances and annuities, mechanics, Euclid, assigning to the word a Celtic derivation, which go 'N. & Q. give me any particulars of S. South;

conics, and miscellanies. Can any reader of the round of the dictionaries ; but if any one also say if there is any possibility of his being the knows any facts which make for an Irish origin I author of the works or merely a copyist? They shall be glad to consider them.

are very neatly written in octavo, each page being CHANTE PLEURES.”—The French Book of ruled round with red ink, and the diagrams are Rates,' p. 38, has the following curious entry :

executed with great precision ; several are in Latin.

G. BLACKLEDGE. Chapte Pleures, or Woodden Gods, per 100 Weight

02 00

5, Bishop's Court, Chancery Lane. Can any reader of N. & Q: suggest what were ST. ANDREWS, WARDROBE.- I shall be obliged these “ Woodden Gods,” which paid import duty if any reader of N. & Q.’ can inform me where the by the hundred weight? J. A. H. MURRAY. church registers, quoted by Mr. Nichols in the Oxford.

Collectanea Topographica et Geneolgica,' vol. iv. POPE's VILLA.-In the recent Loan Museum p. 96, as having been in the “possession of Mr. at Twickenham were several views of this house sevt. to Dr. Timothy Baldwin, Dr. of the Civill

Henry Gwyn, collected by one Maurice Prior, during the tenancy of Pope's immediate successore, Lawe and Fellowe of All Soules Colledge, in Sir William Stanhope and his son-in-law, Welbore Ellis (Lord Mendip); but there was no picture of Oxford, Anno Dom. 1656,” can be found.

J. J. LATTING. it as it appeared when Pope himself lived in it,

36, Woburn Place, W.C. viz., in its initial state of “a small 'body,' with a small ball, paved with stone, and two small par- PARODIES OF SIR WALTER Scott's PROSE.lours on each side; the upper story being disposed Has Sir Walter Scott's prose ever been parodied ? on the same plan” (Carruthers's 'Life,' 1858, I do not think Scott's prose style would be very p. 168). Can any reader of N. & Q.' inform me easy to parody, as it has not any very peculiar whether the “fine view of his [Pope's] House, characteristic other than a constant use of metaphor Gardens, &c., from Mr. Rijsbrack's painting, and general vigour and picturesqueness, all of which which Edmund Curll advertised on July 26, 1735, we should expect from an excellent poet writing as shortly to be published, was ever issued ?' And romances. I have a vague recollection that many where is "Rijsbrack's painting" now?

years ago on a bookstall in London I came across AUSTIN DOBson. a collection of parodies of celebrated novelists, and

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that Scott was amongst them; but I have no idea ton, is given to 1460. See Burke's 'Extinct who the author was. I do not think Scott comes Baronetcies.'

T. W. CAREY. into Thackeray's_ ‘Novels by Eminent Hands'; and although in Bret Harte's 'Sensation Novels,'

LOKE.—I have met with this word, chiefly in 'Ivanhoe' is, I think, alluded to, it is not, so far Norfolk, as meaning a narrow lane." What is

W. WINTERS. as I remember, actually parodied.' Is Thackeray's its etymology? 'Rebecca and Rowena' exactly what we mean by

Waltham Abbey. a parody?

OATH FORMULA.—In my young days, in IreParody has its " seamy” side. As an instance land (Tipperary), when boys fell out they vowed of this, I remember my old friend Walter Thorn: eternal enmity somewhat as follows: bury telling me that when he was young, ‘Rokeby'

By back of hand and sole of shoe was quite spoilt for him by 'Jokeby. I do not I'll never speak (again) a word to you. feel this myself. I can appreciate A Tale of Whence comes the saying?

J. J. FAHIE. Flodden Field' without feeling that it has been at Tehran, Persia. all vulgarized by Horace Smith's clever "Tale of Drury Lane'; nor does Oliver Wendell Holmes's CATAWIMPLE.— What is a catawimple? Samuel more than clover parody of Keats, 'Ode on a Jar Johnson, the Whig writer of the period of the of Pickles,' in the least interfere with my enjoy- revolution that our grandfathers called glorious, in ment of the Odes 'To a Grecian Urn and To a his ' Remarks upon Dr. Sherlock's Book intituled Nightingale, both of which appear to be aimed the Case of Resistance to the Supreme Powers,' at in Holmes's burlesque ode.

1689, says: JONATHAN BOUCHIER. When you have once allowed them that point of Ropley, Hants.

an absolute judg, then presently an apple shall be an

oyster......pig shall be pike, and a dog shall be a cataGULLIVER'S TRAVELS.'- I have recently ob- wimple.”—P. 50. tained a copy of this book printed in Dublin in Dr. Murray's great dictionary has not appeared as 1727 (first edition being printed in London in far as cat, so there is no way open to me except to 1726–7), and should be glad to know whether this fly to 'N & Q.'

ANON. is an edition well known to bibliographers of Swift or not, and whether copies of it are scarce. The A MORT "=MUCH.--I have frequently heard

How title-page runs as follows :

this expression in Cambridgesbire thus : "Travels | into Soveral | Remote Nations / of the

are you to-day ?” “Oh, I feel a mort better," or World | in four Parts viz. | Part I. A Voyage to Lilliput

“ He is a mort better off than I am." I may not | Part II. A Voyage to Brobdingnag | Part III. A have spelt the word properly, but this is how it Voyage to Laputa, Baln | ibarbi, Luggnagg, Glubdub | sounds. What is the derivation ? drib_and Japan | Part IV. A Voyage to the Country of

WM. GRAHAM F. PIGOTT. the Houybnbnms | By Lemuel Gulliver First a Surgeon, & then a Captain of Several Ships With Cuts & Maps

Abington Pigotts. of the Authors travels | Dublin | Printed for G. Risk, G. Ewing, and | W. Smith'in Dame Street, MDCCXXVII."

RAYMES ON BIRD NOTES.—Is there any other Opposite title-page is a portrait of Gulliver with joined popular rhyme of the Scottish Midlands ?

bird's cry dealt with as is that of the snipe in the subround it "Captain Lemuel Gulliver of Redriff This is supposed

to be imitative of the snipe's cry as Ætat. suæ lviii.," and beneath,

it descends in its undulating flight in the air of a Compositum jus, fasque animi, sanctosque recessus Mentis, et incoctum generoso pectus honesto.

summer evening :Each part has a separate title-page, opposite to which

Nipcake, don't take,

Don't take, don't take, there is in each case a map of the country to which

Gie the lassies milk and bread, the part refers. There is also a separate system of

And gie the laddies don't take, pagination for each part, the pages running thus :

Don't take, don't take. part i., pp. 1-68 ; part ii., pp. 1–79; part iii., pp. “Don't take" is a guess at the meaning of the 1-79 ; part iv., pp. 1–88. The book is a small second epithet, which is pronounced duntig., Nipoctavo. This edition is not mentioned by Lowndes, cake, I may add, is the name commonly applied to

I nor does it appear in the several catalogues to which the snipe by the old people in this district. I have, up to this, been able to refer. Any informa

W. B. tion as to Irish editions of Swift's works would also Fife. oblige.


LONGFELLOW PEDIGREE. — Could any reader LEIGHTON FAMILY. - Were the Leightons, or oblige by stating the earlier generations of LongDe Leightons, descended from the Do Brokes, of fellow the poet i The following table of descent, Oheshire ? An Adam de Broke was Lord de though imperfect, may be useful to some. James Leighton in Cheshire at the close of the twelfth Langfellay, of Otlay, Yorkshire, born about 1460; century. The descent from Adam, Lord of Leigh. Rev. Sir Peter Langfellowe, born about 1470.

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(Three ? generations missing.) Edward Longfellow, farce in every case as to define the exact distincborn about 1590; William Longfellow, of Horsfortb, tion between wit and humour, or between parody near Leeds, born 1620, died 1704; William Long- and burlesque. My notion of a “ farce” is a short fellow, born 1650, in Hampshire or Wiltshire, emi- piece in one act, containing a single comic idea, of grated to Newbury, Mass., about 1760, married course considerably expanded, but without any1676, died 1690 ; Stephen Longfellow, born 1685, thing that can really be called a plot. Now of the married 1713, died 1764; Stephen Longfellow, born above-mentioned three plays-namely, “Les Four1723, married 1749, died 1790 ; Stephen Long- beries,' 'Le Médecin,' and 'Monsieur de Pourfellow, born 1750, married 1773, died 1824 ; ceaugnac'-the first has not only a plot, but rather Stephen Longfellow, born 1776, married 1804, an involved plot, which is remarkable, as 'Les died 1849 ; Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, born Fourberies de Scapin' is, perhaps with the 1807, married 1831 and 1843, died 1882. Any exception of "Monsieur de Pourceaugnac,' the other information I have is at the disposal of your most “rollicking” of all Molière's plays. There readers.

ROBERT CH. DAVIES. are two fathers, two lovers, two heroines, and two Waterloo, Liverpool.

valets ; and if one is not careful one is very apt

to forget which son belongs to which father, which AUTHORS OF QUOTATIONS WANTED. —

heroine to which lover, and which valet to which Who was the author of the following pretty canzonet, master. Does not this alone take it out of the which is set to music as a glee or part song ?

category of farce ? Each of these three plays is in O'er desert plains, and rushy meres,

three acts; Le Sage's ‘Crispin rival de son Maftre' And wither'd heaths I rove;

is in one, but it is a very long act, in many scenes. Where tree, nor spire, nor cot appears, I pass to meet my love.

MR. YARDLEY, I presume by inference, admits But, though my path were damask'd o'er

that 'Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme' is a comedy, With beauties e'er so fine,

which it undoubtedly is in the main, but the My busy thoughts would fly before,

fourth and fifth acts, in which Monsieur Jourdain To fix alone on thine.

is created a "mamamouchi,” are pure farce comNo fir-crown'd hills could give delight;

bined with ballet. No palace please mine eye;

I think MR. YARDLEY is rather hard on our dear No pyramid's aërial height,

friend Gil Blas in saying that he “committed acts Where mould'ring monarchs lie. Unmoved should Eastern Kings advance,

that might very justly have brought him to the Could I the pageant see;

gallows." I am very far from admitting that any Splendour might catch one scornful glance, act can justly bring a person to the gallows ; but Not steal one thought from thee.

this would be an unsuitable subject for discussion

John PIOKFORD, M.A. in ‘N. & Q.' (See Nicole Andry's last words in Where in Coleridge's poems can I find the following De Banville's "Gringoire,' at the end of the play.) lines I The Fox-glove tall

At any rate, Gil Blas never did anything that Bende beneath the upspringing Lark,

could be so characterized. It is true that his Or Mountain Finch alighting.


notions of meum and tuum are sometimes as shady as those of Autolycus and Scapin, 6.g.,

where he keeps more of the patients' fees at ValReplies

ladolid than he was entitled to keep according to

his agreement with Sangrado; and still more shady PRACTICAL JOKES IN COMEDY.

when, under the guise of officers of the Inquisi

tion, Don Raphaël, Ambroise, Don Alphonse, and (7th S. v. 125, 216, 372.)

Gil Blas himself, combine to rob Samuel Simon MR. YARDLEY says he would class 'Les Four- of a considerable sum of money. But this last is beries de Scapin,' 'Le Médecin malgré lui,' and faithfully restored ; and although Gil Blas does ' Monsieur de Pourceaugnac,' among farces, not not himself restore it, he is the instrument of its among comedies. May I point out to him that restoration, and he succeeds in resisting the tempMolière himself called them comedies ? — that tation which beset him to appropriate it instead of is, supposing that Molière is responsible for giving it to its rightful owner. Sir Walter Scott, these descriptions of the nature of his plays. in his biography of Le Sage, calls Gil Blas a 'Les Fourberies de Scapin' and 'Le Médecin " most excellent person ”; and, although Scott malgré lui' are described as "comédies," Mon obviously did not mean to apply the term "exsieur de Pourceaugnac' as a "comédie-ballet." cellent " to Gil Blas's morals, still we'cannot supPerhaps the best definition of them would be pose that so " warrantable” an author (as Charles " farcical comedies,” in contra - distinction to Lamb would say) as Sir Walter would have spoken

L'Avaro' and 'Les Femmes Savantes,' which are of any one as a most excellent person ” in any strictly " comedies." It is almost as difficult to sense if he had thought him very bad. Gil Blas define the exact distinction between comedy and indisputably is not a model young man, but bo

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has good impulses, and his heart is really sound; Again, in ‘Don Juan,' canto xiv. 51 and 53, he but he is weak, and easily led.

speaks of Even Scapin, whom MR. YARDLEY classes in

That leap-year, whose leap, the same category with Gil Blas, is perhaps not so

In female dates, strikes Time all in a heap; thoroughpaced a rogue as we are apt to think and adds :from the title of the play. His chief rogueries are This may be fixed at somewhere before thirtycommitted for the purpose of obtaining money, not Say seven-and-twenty; for I never knew for himself, but for the two young men, Léandre

The strictest in chronology and virtue and Octave. It is true that in order to accom

Advance beyond wbile they could pass for new. plish this he sticks at nothing. He certainly

Taken in conjunction with his own early death, appropriates for himself Léandre's watch, which it is remarkable that Byron alludes more than once he ought to have delivered to Zerbinette, "afin de in the last-quoted poem to the age of thirty, and voir quelle heure il est "; but even in the instance seems to have believed that life has little to offer of the cask of Spanish wine, he drank it " avec

men or women after that period, or, at the utmost, ses amis."

after thirty-five (canto i. v. 62, 213; canto xii. May I conclude by thanking MR. YARDLEY? V. 2).

W. J. BUCKLEY. His original note (p. 125) has led to some, I hope, May not Byron's lines be put in evidence :pleasant discussion on a very pleasant subject.

And lo! a fifth appears, and what is she?

A lady of “a certain age," whica means
Ropley, Alresford.

Certainly aged, what her years might be

I know not, never counting past their teens. Many instances occur in the older dramatists.

•Don Juan,'c, vi. 8. 69. In the third act of Jasper Mayne's .City Match? (Hazlitt's ‘Dodsley, vol. viii.) there is one that

EDWARD H. MARSHALL, M.A. recalls to mind the Induction to The Taming of

Hastings. the Shrew.' One of the characters is made drunk, I thought somebody would have quoted 'Beppo,' and in that state is dressed up and exhibited as á xxii. :monstrous fish newly discovered. In the earlier

She was not old nor young, nor at the years Damon and Pythias' (Hazlitt's ‘Dodsley,' vol. iv.)

Which certain people call a "certain age,”

Which yet the most uncertain age appears, the two comic lackeys make Grim the Collier drunk,

Because I never heard, nor could engage and pretend they can shave him as nicely as the A person yet by prayers, or bribes, or tears, king's beautiful daughters, who, they allege, act as To name, define by speech, or write on page barber to their father. They shave him with an The period meant precisely by that word, old knife and dirty water, and generally ill-treat

Which surely is exceedingly absurd. and finally rob him. In' Jack Juggler' (Haz

C. F. S. WARREN, M.A. litt's . Dodsley,' vol. ii.) a good part of the humour consists in Jack Juggler persuading Careaway, the Coleridge invented this name.

CHRISTABEL (7th S. iv. 368, 412).—I do not think

In 1687 James, simple-minded serving-man, that he is some one son of Francis and Christobella Hill, was baptized else, and getting him into trouble with his master in St. Alphage Church, Canterbury. I believe I and mistress. Other instances occur in Cart- have the name somewhere under its masculine wright's 'The Ordinary' (Hazlitt's “ Dodsley,' xii.), form, Christobello, but I cannot lay my hand on it and Kiligrew's "The Parson's Wedding (ibid., xiv.), just now.

J. M. COWPER. but are too coarse to be detailed in the pages of Canterbury. 'N. & Q.' Reference may, however, be made to the practical jokes or buffoonery in Marlowe's CLARENDON PRESS (7th S. v. 368, 474).—Will 'Faust,' although a tragedy, and the scenes in the Rev. W. E. BUCKLEY allow me to make some question are almost certainly not from Marlowe's additions to his notice of the University Press ? An pen,

A. COLLINGWOOD LEE. interesting account of a later date than Dr. Ingram's Waltham Abbey, Essex.

was compiled by one of the then partners in the

business, H. Latham, M.A., with the title, “Oxford “ OF A CERTAIN AGE (7th S. v. 447; vi. 36). — Bibles and Printing in Oxford. By H. Latham, I think T. A. T. has defined this phrase so far as M.A.Ox. By T. Combe, M.A., E. B. Gardner, it admits of definition. Byron says in his descrip- E. P. Hall, and H. Latham, M.A., Printers to the tion of Laura ('Beppo,' xxii.):

University. 1870" (with several pages containing She was not old, nor young, nor at the years

specimens of type). An excellent list of the books Which certain people call a "certain age, printed at Oxford is in Sotheby & Wilkinson's Which yet the most uncertain age appears,

sale Catalogue of the Library of Dr. Bliss, pt. ii. Because I never heard, nor could engage pp. 1-97. The Rev. W. E. BUCKLEY says that A person yet by prayers, or bribes, or tears, To name, detine by speech, or write on page

some one is looking up Oxford printing. I have The period meant precisely by that word,

met with notices of two books not in this list:-'A Which surely is exceedingly absurd.

Compleat Herball, containing the Summe of

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