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from John Pinkerton, Esq., the antiquarian writer, I shall be very thankful for any elucidation of dated the 23rd February, 1794 :

the above case.

It appears to have been suffi. " In looking over the Survey of Scotland accom- ciently popular to warrant the publisher in engag, plished by your exertions, it occurred to me that I ing, as he says, “the best artists” to illustrate it could furnish an article, worthy to appear in an Ap- with a series of caricatures. I have never been pendix to one of the volumes of the Statistical Account. able to meet with a copy in any public library. I need not inform you, that in the third volume of

J. WAYLEN. Prynne's Records there is a large but undigested list of all those in Scotland who paid homage to Edward I.

[The notorious impostor noticed in the communicain 1291 and 1296, forming a kind of Doomsday Book

tion of our correspondent, performed her surprising of the country at that period. Four years ago, I, with

feats of hazardous versatility between the years 1765

and 1768. On different occasions she assumed the some labour, reduced the numerous names and designa. tions into alphabetical order, and the list being now

names of Wilson, alias Boxall, alias Mollineaux, alias adapted to general use, and containing the names and Irving, alias Baroness Wilmington, alias Lady Visdesignations of the chief landbolders, citizens, and clergy

countess Wilbrihammon, alias Countess of Normandy. of the time, it may be regarded as of no small import- bland,” received for her dextrous lubricities something

In 1766 her ladyship, “with gentle mien and accent ance to our ancient statistics, topography, and genealogy. If your opinion coincides, I shall with plea

like a whipping at Coventry. In 1767 she was ad. sure present it to you for the purpose, and correct the judged a vagabond at Devizes, and in the following

year sentenced to transportation at the Westminster press.

assizes. Now the article so kindly proffered by Mr.

Alderman Hewitt of Coventry, in 1778, pub

lished some memorabilia of her ladyship in a pamphlet Pinkerton did not appear in the Statistical Ac

entitled, Memoirs of the celebrated Lady Viscountess count of Scotland, or in any of Mr. Pinkerton's

Wilbrihammon, the greatest Impostress of the present age. subsequent publications, that I am aware of. I The alderman does not notice the tract mentioned by should feel obliged if any correspondent could our correspondent, so that it still remains a query inform me if it was ever published.

whether it was ever issued, although it may have been ABERDONIENSIS. advertised.]

Early Visitations.In Noble's College of Arms, Minor Queries Answered.

it is stated, p. 25., that Dr. Sacheverell.—Was Dr. Sacheverell's speech “ Henry VI. sent persons through many of the on his trial (supposed to have been the work of counties of England to collect the names of the gentry Francis Atterbury, Bishop of Rochester) ever

of each ; these lists have reached our time. It is published ? If so, when, and by whom ?

observable, that many are mentioned in them who had COLLY WOBBLES. adopted the meanest trades, yet were still accounted

gentry.” [A printed copy of Dr. Sacheverell's speech is now

Where are these lists to be found ? on our table, bụt without any publisher's name. The

H. WITHAM following is a copy of the title: “The Speech of Henry Sacheverell, D.D., upon bis Impeachment at the Bar [Noble's statements upon such points are extremely of the House of Lords, in Westminster Hall, March 7. loose. We know not of any such lists, but would 170% London, Printed in the year 1710.” On the refer to Grimaldi's Origines Genealogicæ, under “ Rolls back of the title-page appears the following advertise- and Visitations,” where, in all probability, something

“Just published, Collections of Passages re- may be found in reference to the subject, if there ever ferred to by Dr. Henry Sacheverell in his Answer to were any such lists.] the Articles of his Impeachment, under four Heads. 1. Testimonies concerning the doctrine of Non-resistance to the Supreme Powers. 11. Blasphemous, irre

ligious, and heretical Positions, lately published.
III. The Church and Clergy abused. IV. The Queen,
State, and Ministry reflected upon.”]

(Vol. ii., pp. 478. 526.) Princess Wilbrahama. Advertisement of a

Perhaps the publication of the following docupamphlet appearing in 1767:

ment may lead to a solution of the question sent “A plain Narrative of Facts relating to the Person letter from the Duke of Monmouth, as Chancellor

by M. C. L. (Vol. iii., p. 478.). It is a copy of a who lately passed under the assumed name of the

of the University of Cambridge, intimating to the Princess Wilbrahama, lately detected at the Devizes : containing her whole History, from her first Elope clergy. the displeasure of Charles II. at their use ment with the Hon. Mrs. Sc***ts, till her Discovery of periwigs, and their practice of reading sermons. and Commitment to Devizes Bridewell; together with

His Majesty, it will be found, thought both custhe very extraordinary Circumstances attending that toms equally important and equally unbecoming. Discovery, and the Report of a Jury of Matrons sum- Of the latter, it is stated that it “took beginning moned on that Occasion, &c. London : printed for with the disorders of the late times, and that the the Author.”

way of preaching without book was most agree





able to the use of the foreign churches, to the not the work at hand, but from a MS. extract custom of the University heretofore, and to the from the same, believe it may be found as a note nature and intendment of that holy exercise." It by the editor in vol. i. p. 359. will surprise many of your readers to find that the

“ Burnet was always an extempore preacher. He reading of sermons was considered to be a mere

says that reading is peculiar to this nation, and cannot puritanical innovation.

be induced in any other. The only discourse he ever “ The Duke of Monmouth, Chancellor of the University wrote beforehand was a thanksgiving sermon before of Cambridge, to the Vice-Chancellor and University. the queen in 1705. He never before was at a pause “ Mr. Vice-Chancellor and Gentlemen,

in preaching. It is contrary to a university statute, “ His Majesty having taken notice of the liberty obsolete, though unrepealed.” which several persons in holy orders have taken to wear

C. H. P. their hair and periwigs of an unusual and unbecoming Brighton, June 27. length, hath commanded me to let you know, that he is much displeased therewith, and strictly injoins that all such persons as profess or intend the study of divinity, do for the future wear their hair in a manner more suitable to the gravity and sobriety of their pro

(Vol. iii., p. 496.) fession, and that distinction which was always main- This Query, and your answer,

involve one or tained between the habit of men devoted to the ministry two important questions, which are worth a fuller and other persons.

solution than you have given. “ And whereas, his Majesty is informed that the tice of reading sermons is generally taken up by the

The Lord Mayor is no more a Privy Councillor preachers before the University, and there for some

than he is Archbishop of Canterbury. The title time continued, even before himself, his Majesty hath

of “Right Honourable,” which has given rise to commanded me to signify to you his pleasure, that the

that vulgar error, is in itself a mere courtesy apsaid practice, which took beginning with the disorders pended to the title of “ Lord;" which is also, popu. of the late times, be wholly laid aside ; and that the larly, though not legally, given him : for in all foresaid preachers deliver their sermons, both in Latin his own acts, he is designated officially as “ Mayor” and English, by memory, or without book, as being a only. The courtesy-title of Lord he shares with way of preaching which his Majesty judges most agree- the Mayors of Dublin and York, the Lordable to the use of the foreign churches, and to the Advocate of Scotland, the younger sons of Dukes custom of the University heretofore, and to the nature and Marquises, &c. &c., and all such Lords are and intendment of that holy exercise. " And that his Majesty's commands in the premisses style of Right Honourable is also given to Privy

styled by courtesy “Right Honourable ;” and this may be duly regarded and observed, his Majesty's Councillors in virtue of their proper official title farther pleasure is

, that the names of all such ecclesias- of “Lords of Her Majesty's Most Honourable tical persons as shall wear their hair as heretofore in an unfitting imitation of the fashion of laymen, or that Privy Council.” So, the “ Right Honourable the

So much shall continue in the present slothfull way of preaching, Lords of the Treasury and Admiralty. be from time to time signified unto me by the Vice for the title. The fact stated in the Editor's anChancellor for the time being, upon pain of his swer, of the admission of the Lord Mayor to the Majesty's displeasure.

Council Chamber after some clamour, on the accesHaving in obedience to his Majesty's will signified sion of William IV., is a mistake arising out of the thus much unto you, I shall not doubt of that your following circumstances. On the demise of the ready compliance; and the rather because his Majesty crown, a London Gazette Extraordinary is immeintends to send the same injunctions very speedily to diately published, with a proclamation announcing the University of Oxford, whom I am assured you will the death of one sovereign and the accession of equal in all other excellencies, and so in obedience to

the other. This proclamation styles itself to be the king; especially when his commands are so much that of the to the honour and esteem of that renowned University, whose welfare is so heartily desired, and shall ever be

“ Peers Spiritual and Temporal of the Realm, endeavoured by, Mr. Vice-Chancellor,

assisted by those of the late Privy Council, with num. “ Your loving friend and Chancellor,

bers of others, Gentlemen of Quality, with the Lord

“ MONMOUTH.” | Mayor, Aldermen, and Citizens of London.” I believe this letter, or something like it, was

The proclamation is that of the Peers alone, but published by Peck in his Desideratừ Curiosa, and assisted by the others. The cause of this form is, also by Mr. Roberts in his Life of Monmouth. that the demise of the crown dissolves the Privy The transcript I send you was made from a copy Council, and used (till modern times) to dissolve in the handwriting of Dr. Birch in the Additional parliaments, and abrogate the commissions of the MS. 4162., fo. 230.

Joun BRUCE. Judges, and all other public officers ; so that the

Lords Spiritual and Temporal were the only subThe following passage occurs in Rutt's Diary of sisting authority. Hence they, of necessity, underThomas Burton, 4 vols. : Colburn, 1828. I have took the duty of proclaiming the new king; but

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