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to Elizabeth, daughter of Sir Thomas Vernon, of thin rheumes.....the oyle which is made of the berries, Twickenham Park, and widow of Sir John Walter, is very comfortable in all cold griefes of the joynts (&c.] of Saresden, in Oxfordshire, Bart." In Barke's ling in wet weather, or foule wayes.....eases the tor

.wearinesse also and paines that come by sore travel'Extinct Peerage' his first wife is called "Re-ments of the belly by the winde chollike wonderfully...... becca, daughter of the Rev. Thomas Clark, [and] the said oyle taketh away the markes of the skinne M.A., by whom only he had issue, one son and and flesh by bruises, falls, &c...... It also helpeth the itch, two daughters.” This son, the Hon. Simon Har- scabs, and wheales in the skinne." court, died in 1720, predeceasing his father, who

J. F. MANSERGH. died in 1727. It would seem more than probable

Liverpool. that Lord Harcourt's first wife was buried at

The berries (that is to say, the bays) of the bay Stanton Harcourt, Oxfordshire, the ancient burial- tree were used medicinally by both the Greeks and place of the family, rather than at Chipping Norton. the Romans for various diseases. Burton cites

A sepulchral chapel on the south side of the Dioscorides and Pliny as authorities for their use church at Stanton Harcourt, erected in the reign to "purge melancholy." The dose, according to of Henry VII., is literally filled with the monu- Pliny, was fifteen berries. They were also largely ments of the Harcourt family. The following epi- used as antidotes agaicst the poison of venomous taph, written by Pope, on the Hon. Simon Har- creatures. Whether they were used as flavouring court, the son of Lord Harcourt's first wife, was agents in cookery I cannot say, but probably they considered by Dr. Johnson " to be remarkable for were ; or if not the berries, at least the leaves, the artful introduction of the name":

which have the same properties, but are less powerTo this sad shrine, whoe'er thou art draw near; ful, for these are still in favour for this purpose Here lies the friend most loved, the son most dear: Who ne'er knew joy, but friendship might divide,

amongst old-fashioned country cooks. Both the Or gave his father grief but when he died.

berries and the leaves contain hydrocyanic or How vain is reason, eloquence how weak !

prussic acid, and ought, therefore, to be used (if at If Pope must tell what Harcourt cannot speak. all) with caution.

C. C. B. Oh, let thy once-loved friend inscribe thy stone, And with a father's sorrows mix his own.

The ancients made much use in medicine of the In the south-east corner of the chapel is the re

leaves, bark, and berries of various kinds of laurel, cumbent effigy of Dr. Edward Harcourt, Archbishop holding them to be of a warming nature. I believe of York, who died in 1847, and was buried in thọ Pliny does not specially mention the berries of the vault underneath. It is an exact copy or replica

Laurus nobilis, but he has something to say of the of his monument in York Minster. Just on the virtues of its leaves and oil, and probably four outside of the chapel is the colossal statue of Field berries of this Delphic laurel, taken in wine, would Marshal Earl Harcourt, who died in 1830, the cure scorpion stings, as well as those of any other Jast earl of the line, and which was brought here variety. The fruit of the laurel, applied with oil

, from the Colosseum in London.

were as good as “Cuticura," and for other valuable John PICKFORD, M.A.

qualities they were held to possess I must refer Newbourne Rectory, Woodbridge.

R. C. A. P. to the testimony of Pliny, who wrote

about them book xxiii, c. 80. St. SWITHIN. BIRTH HOUR RECORDED (7th S. v. 108, 194, 312). [The curious remedial qualities ascribed by Pliny to -There is a curious belief in some parts of Lincoln the laurel were not confined to the berries, but extended shire that a child born at midnight will never know to the leaves and the bark.] fear. This has, of course, no connexion with the subject dealt with at the above references ; but it

SINGULAR SOLECISMS (7th S. iii. 434; vi. 95).-It deserves to be recorded.

C. C. B.

is no solecism to call a police constable an“ officer,"

although the chief constable would speak of him BAY BERRIES (7th S. vi. 188).-—"The vertues"

as one of his “men.” A police-constable is a of bay berries, as recorded in Parkinson's Theater peace officer, with the rights and duties of such, of Plants' (1640), p. 1489, are numerous.

A few and is therefore entitled to be styled an • officer.” of them are as follows:


Hastings. “Galen saith that the Bay leaves or barke doe dry and heale very much, and the berries more than the leaves; ......the berryes are very effectuall against all venome

Scotch HALL (7th S. vi, 189).- I have searched and poyson of venemous creatures, and the stings of carefully through the Catalogue of the British Waspes and Bees, as also against the pestilence, or other Museum, but can find no such book as 'Cassell's infectious diseases, and therefore is put into sundry Old London' Your contributor must be jesting Treakles for that purpose.”

when he names it.

Mus URBANUS. They are to be used carefully in the special treatment of women, and

"THE SURGEON'S COMMENT' (6th S. x. 226, 297, "being made into an electuary with honey, they helpe 393; 76 S. vi. 166).—The following version, which the consumption, old coughes, shortnesse of breath, and I copied some twenty years ago into my omnium

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gatherum book, seems to have the force of an Eng- tainly for the last dozen years "empty bottles " bas lish original :

been the received slang among English visitors at Three faces wears the doctor; when first sought all the towns along the Riviera for those who go to An angel's—and a god's the cure balf wrought: Monte Carlo for a day's "play" and are supposed But when, that cure complete, be seeks his fee, to have their pockets empty when they come back The devil looks less terrible than he.

at night. “Here come the empty bottles'"; or, WILLIAM RENDLE.

"That is not the express, it is only one of the Forest Hill.

empty bottles'' trains," are expressions one often

R. H. BUSK. PRACTICAL JOKES IN COMEDY (7th S. v. 125, hears at Nice, Mentone, &c. 215, 372; vi. 129). -I think that there is not

This term occurs in the old and well-known much difference between the opinion of MR. convivial song, written probably in the days of JONATHAN BOUCHIER and my own on this sub- Queen Anne, and to be found in the 'Book ject; and perhaps after the last remarks you may of English Song' in the “National Illustrated be inclined to consider the subject closed. If not, Library." The first verse, to the best of my reyou may possibly admit one other pote of mine. membrance, is :

There is no actual practical joke in Corneille's Here's a health to the Queen, and a lasting peace, "Menteur,' though, indeed, the lies of Dorante and

To faction an end, and to wealth increase, the exchange of characters effected by the ladies Come, let us drink it while we've breath, border upon it. But there is a practical joke in For there's no drinking after death. Foote's adaptation of this play, The Liar,' since And he that would this toast deny, down amongst the

dead men, the personation of the fictitious wife may certainly

Down amongst the dead men let him lie. be so called. I myself think that Foote has turned the comedy into a farce ; but I can well see that


Newbourne Rectory, Woodbridge. others may have a different opinion, and may not draw the line as I do.

EPITAPH (7th S. vi. 25, 117).-I almost think that Perhaps I expressed myself too strongly concern- by " Bora we must understand “Boreas." The ing Gil Blas, but surely some of his tricks were following, almost identical with the epitaph given very knavish. He began life by robbing the uncle by MR. PIERPOINT, was copied by myself in 1850 who had educated him and fitted him out for his from a tomb in the churchyard of Runton, Norfolk, travels ; afterwards, in his master's clothes, he erected to the memory of John Webb, mariner :passed himself off as his master in order to have

By Boreas' blasts and Neptune's waves an intrigue with a lady of quality ; he disguised

Toss'd often to and fro, himself as a police officer, and, in order to revenge By God's degree, in spite of both, himself on a woman who had defrauded him, he

I harbour here below. extorted from her when she was lying sick all that

At anchor now I safely lie she had. This, although cruel and unmanly, might

With many of our fleet,

But once again I muet set sail be thought to some extent justifiable if he had not

Our admiral Christ to meet. taken more from her than she took from him. His

P. J. F. GANTILLON. robbery of the Jew has been mentioned by MR. Bouchier. But it may be added that Don Raphael, WILLIAM LESLIE HAMILTON (7th S. vi. 168). the companion of Gil Blas in this business, was –I cannot answer the query as to the father of afterwards executed.

E. YARDLEY. this gentleman; but as it is stated that he belonged

to the family of Hamilton of Monkland I may Dead Men=EMPTY BOTTLES (7th S. v. 448 ; point out that there are at least two families which vi. 38, 131). —The statement as to the story at may be so designated. One is generally known as p. 38, as given by Mr. E. H. Marshall at the Hamilton of Evandale, or Gilkerscleagh, the fifth of last reference is correct. It is as follows :

which line, James Hamilton, acquired Monkland, Graceful Excuse.-William IV.seemed in a momentary where he died Jan. 4, 1773; and Monkland put dilemma one day when, at table with several officers, he down as one of the chief seats" of that family ordered one of the waiters to take away that marine there,' pointing to an empty bottle. Your Majesty!' (see Burke's 'Landed Gentry,' third edition, inquired a colonel of marines, do you compare an p. 506). The second family of Hamilton of Monks empty bottle to a member of our branch of the service?' land was founded by Robert Hamilton, said to be * Yes,' replied the monarch, as if a sudden thought had second son of James Hamilton of Dalzell (see struck him; “I mean to say, it has done its duty once, Douglas, 'Baronage,' 464). This, however, seems and is ready to do it again." -Mark Lemon, The Jest Book,' London, 1864, No. DCCC., p. 161,

doubtful, for on March 26, 1668, Robertus HamilED. MARSHALL

ton was served “bæres masculus Jacobi Hamilton

de Dalzell, Patris”; while Alexander, who appears It may be worth while to note another use which as eldest son and succeeded to the estate, was on the term "empty bottles” has acquired. I do not the same date served “bæres provisionis” to his know how much longer it has been in use, but cer- father. If the books are correct, Jean Henderson,


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wife of the above-mentioned Jacobus Hamilton de Mulcaster was the first head master of Merchant Taylors' Dalzell, was granddaughter of her husband's School. He was in favour with Elizabeth, who accepted

the dedication of his volume. He was the master of brother, Sir John Hamilton of Orbiestoun. The Scots Magazine, vol. Ixxxiv., contains the and Shakepeare. It has even been suggested, though

Spenser, and was in "relations" with Sir Philip Sydney following obituary notice, “At Barachny, Nov. 13, Mr. Quick does not quite accept the view, that Shak1822, William Hamilton, Esq. He was the last speare had Mulcaster in view when he depicted Holorepresentative of the ancient family of Monkland." | fernes. When Armado says (“Love's Labour's Lost,' V. ii.)


“I protest the schoolmaster is exceeding fantastical; too, too vain; too, too vain," he uses a common expression of

Mulcaster. Our worthy is, indeed, as he confesses, not Miscellaneous.

always very easy of comprehension. He speaks of his

own “80 careful, I will not say so curious, writing," and NOTES ON BOOKS, &0.

he adds, with a frankness of confession tbat is well justi. A Nero Variorum Edition of Shakespeare. Edited by fied, and must have been good for the soul, “ Even some

Horace Howard Furness, Ph.D., LL.D., L.H.D.-Vol. of reasonable study can hardly understand the couching VII. The Merchant of Venice. (Philadelphia, J. B. of my sentence and the depth of my conceit.” Mr. Lippincott Company.)

Quick treats him as the equal of Ascham, points to the new The successive volumes of the American Variorum Shake- features he introduced into education and the general speare appear with what, under the conditions, must be breadth of his views, and likens him to Montaigne. He called exemplary punctuality. Regarded as the work should go further back, Rabelais alone among Renaispractically of one man, a portion of whose time is sance thinkers excogitated a great scheme of education necessarily occupied with professorial duties, these for the mind and the body, and there are few subsequent volumes strike us with amazement. None of the six teachers, from Montaigne to Mulcaster, and from him to plays for which Dr. Furness is responsible involves so Rousseau and Locke, who have not owed much to the much labour as the 'Hamlet,' which extended over two famous author of 'Pantagruel.' Mr. Quick has done volumes. The present work, however, includes close good service in reprinting this curious and, in a sense, upon five hundred pages, and contains everything con- important work, the first edition of which appeared in nected with The Merchant of Venice' that the student 1581. The work does not appeal to a large section of or the actor can seek to know. For the text the First readers, but those to whom it does appeal will give it a Folio, which Dr. Furness is at some pains to show is warm welcome. practically the same as the second quarto, has been selected as the basis. The various readings of the other The Catharines of History. By Henry J. Swallow. three folios, the four quartos, and the subsequent editors (Stock.) are given beneath the text, and lower still, in footnotes, John CAPGRAVE, the chronicler, wrote a book, which appear the suggestions and emendations of various was issued several years ago in the Rolls Series, called commentators, from Rowe to Dr. Furness. Equally Liber de Illustribu: Henricis.' The thread which con. shrewd, sensible, and scholarly are the notes of the nects his biographies together is the fact that every one latest editor, and much interesting information, de- of the people concerning whom he discourses was called rived from various sources, is supplied. Let a reader Henry. Mr. Swallow has perhaps heard of this, and so who wishes to test this see the comments of a class of determined to do for women called Catharine what Capyoung women upon the speech of Portia to Bassanio be- grave did for his Henries. He has produced a book fore he opens the casket (Act III. sc. ii.). In the ap- almost the opposite of that which we have suggested pendix, which constitutes little less than hálf the volume, may have been his model. The chronicler has preserved à mass of invaluable information is given. Those whó for us many facts which, but for his zeal, would have bave followed the American Variorum Shakespeare know been forgotten. Mr. Swallow has recorded nothing how exhaustive such information is, and are also aware which was not to be found told much better elsewhere. how largely N. &Q.' has contributed to it. It can scarcely Of what service it can be to jumble together in one book be given to one man to finish a task such as that on ill-considered lives of St. Catherine of Sienna, Catherine which Dr. Furness is occupied, and juvenile indeed must von Bora, the wife Martin Luther, Catherine of be the reader of N. & Q.''whó hopes to see the perfected Russia, and Catherine Howard, we cannot imagine. To work. It is, however, to be hoped that many more criticize such a book seriously would be a waste of time, volumes will receive Dr. Furness's scholarly and intelli- space, and temper. As a specimen of Mr. Swallow's gent supervision. Scholarship is necessarily the chief qualifications to give instruction, we may mention that characteristic in these works. With so much that is he tells us that the letter K "only came from Germany graceful, genial, and human is it accompanied, that the with the printing press.” If our readers will consult notes signed by the editor can in a moment be distin. the index to Domesday, or, for the matter of that, any guished. That this is the edition of Sbakspeare is con- mediæval book of a later date than the Norman Confessed. It is pleasant to see the row of goodly volumes quest that has been properly printed, they will know extending upon the shelves, and to know that one more wbat to think of this statement. Mr. Morris's 'Speciplay is in the hands of the student in the best obtainable mens of Early English ’ is not an uncommon or a costly shape. There is something to be said in favour of a volume. It would have been well for Mr. Swallow to Shakspeare without note or comment of any kind. If have looked at the glossary appended thereto ere he notes are, however, necessary—and most find the need of made history after this fashion out of his own inner them-they are here in excelsis.

consciousness. It seems even still necessary to tell some

people that knowledge of the older forms of English Positions. By Richard Mulcaster. With some Account does not come by the light of nature, and that if people

of his Life and Writings by Robert Herbert Quick. who are quite ignorant of it will force themselves into (Longmans & Co.)

the position of instructors, they must be content with In the very interesting account of this forgotten worthy, being told that they render themselves ridiculous. Aninterest in whom he has sought to revive, Mr. Quick other of Mr. Swallow's blunders has a personal interest gives Mulcaster strong claims upon our appreciation. to us, as it brings back to our memory one of the most CORRIGENDUM.-P. 190, col. i. I. 36, for “08” read æs. We may, however, be permitted to say briefly that the manorial history of Tockington is worked out in a Editorial Communications should be addressed to “The careful manner that leaves nothing to be desired. The Editor of Notes and Queries'"-Advertisements and pedigrees of the families of Poyntz of Cory Malet and Business Letters to “Tho Publisher"-at the Office, 22, Iron Acton are very elaborate, and, so far as we are able Took's Court, Cursitor Street, Chancery Lane, E.C. to test them, singularly accurate. The inventories of Wo beg leave to state that we decline to return comGloucestershire church goods taken in the reign of Edmunications which, for any reason, we do not print; and ward VI. are valuable. We are very glad to have them to this rule we can make no exception,

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comical mistakes ever made in our hearing. In the given us in full. They would have borne more annotajottings about poor Catherine Howard Henry VIII. is tion than Sir John Maclean has felt justified in giving quoted as speaking of the “many strange accidents that them. The banner cloths of "Satten Abridges" at Beghave befallen my marriages,". and Mr. Swallow prints worth were made of satin from Bruges. The supple“accidents" in italics, conceiving, as we surmise, that mentary documents in the appendix are all of value. the king used the term in its modern sense as we meet We have a list of the plundered chantries in Gloucester, with it in the newspapers. Had he done so, considering and of the lead taken from several of the religious the circumstances connected with his previous marriages, houses. For these we are grateful. Every collection of the effect would certainly have been irresistibly comic. facts of this kind is an additional stone to the pyramid, Henry was, however, a man who knew the meaning of Until we get together all these details it will be imwords, and gave those about him credit for an equal possible for us to see the great changes of the sixteenth amount of penetration. He meant by accidents not century as they affected the men who lived through that mischances, but properties or attributes not of the long period of revolution, essence of the thing in itself. No one at the time could possibly mistake his meaning, for the air was heavy with writes on Historic

Art, and complains of the persistent

In the Universal Review Mr. Ford Madox Brown theological strife regarding the nature of the holy

, refusal of England-alone, perhaps, among European Eucharist, and the words "accident" and "substance were bandied to and fro as “boycott " and "plan of cam

nations--of " recognition and aid to the fine arts." Mrs. paign” are now. We really should not have thought it Lynn Linton writes boldly on The Philosophy of Marworth while to mention this had it not given us an

riage,' Mr. W. L. Courtney supplies 'The Agnostic in

Fiction,' and Mr. W. L. Thomas a good account of The opportunity of relating how the misunderstanding of a well-known term may lead to strange mistakes. Our Making of the Graphic.? The very numerous illustrareaders must go back more than five-and-thirty years. Luke Fildes, and Sir James Linton.

tions include reproductions from Mesars. Herkomer, They must picture for themselves a woodside on å raw December morning. Hounds are drawing the covert with little hope of finding a fox, and men of all ranks and conditions are chatting "de omnibus rebus." It was in

Potices to Correspondents. the days wben the dispute between Mr. Gorham and the We must call special attention to the following notices : Bishop of Exeter filled the popular mind, and when

On all communications must be written the name and minute points of theology were not only discussed by the address of the sender, not necessarily for publication, but religious newspapers, but overflowed into the secular

as a guarantee of good faith. press, and when discussions on the most sacred matters

We cannot undertake to answer queries privately. of religion came in odd juxtaposition with the price of horned cattle, accounts of prize-fights, and the last new

To secure insertion of communications correspondents thingin swindling. A young man of great intellectual attain. must observe the following rule. Let each note, query, ments and no little vanity had been for some time talk or reply be written on a separate slip of paper, with the ing to a friend on some of the deepest questions included signature of the writer and such address as he wishes to in the cause then before the Privy Council, when a man

appear. Correspondents who repeat queries are requested whose tastes were merely for sport came up to him, and to head the second communication “Duplicate. poured out a string of observations concerning hounds, WESTMINSTER LIBRARY (7th S. ii. 447).-MR. J. DYKES horses, foxes, and the prospective state of the weather. CAMPBELL is anxious to direct attention to his unanswered The vain young man gave only half attention, and at last query at this reference as to how long this library lasted irritated his companion so much that he said in a pet, and what became of its collection. It is mentioned in "I see, Tom, you don't care a d— for the hunting the Picture for London,' 1815. now." "Yes I do, Jack," was the reply. “Hunting Rexus.—1. (“Pightle"). Phillips, in his New World would be all very well if it were not for its accidents ---the accidents” meant in this case being intrusive folk Land enclosed with a Hedge, which in some Parts of

of Words,' has Pigle or Pightel, a small Parcel of of the mental calibre of Jack. Jack did not see this. England is commonly called a Pingle." See 1" S. iii. 391. He was a dull person, whose intellectual horizon was bounded by his family, his game, and his hunters. He s. ix. 490. 2. (“Springs as applied to Fields and

A long note on the subject, signed J, A. Pn., appears 2nd went his way, and told the field that Tom bad on a sud: Woods"). Does not this refer to the fact that there was den turned a coward, and was afraid of breaking his at some time a spring, or springs, of water ? neck. As a matter of course, he was covered with ridicule, for Tom bad the well-earned reputation of

UNCERTAIN ("Pronunciation of Valet "').—Like many being the most reckless rider after hounds ever seen in other words of French origin (e.g., piquet), valet has been the two hunting countries which he favoured by his incorporated into the English language, and it is a matter presence.

of taste, or perhaps of sentiment, whether the French or

English pronunciation is accepted. We have received from Sir John Maclean The Manor of Tockington and the Roman Villa, and Inventories of M. H, R. (“Spiflicate ").-Anticipated. See p. 115. and Receipts for Church Goods in the County of Gloucester Very many similar replies were received. and Cities of Gloucester and Bristol, reprinted from the

Drawoh (" A Queer Inscription").-Anticipated. See Transactions of the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archæo- 7th S. v. 472. logical Society. Nothing written by the editor of Smyth’s Lives of the Berkeleys' can be in need of praise from

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LONDON, SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 1888. is brought to an effective close by her condemna

tion of Mary. The fifth act, of four scenes, is laid CONTENTS.-N° 144.

at Fotheringhay, and ends—not as Mr. Algernon NOTES:- Mrs. Siddons as Mary Stuart, 241-English Gram- Swinburne ended his five-act mars, 243–Cromwell and Carlisle, 244 - Portraits of Penn; Stuart' (1881), with the description, by Mary

tragedy, Mary 245 – “ Rusticus expectat," &c. - HolyPrinted Works-Watch Mending, 246.

Beaton and Barbara Mowbray, of the actual execuQUERIES :-Chedreux - Discovery at Chelsea - Noy - Abp. tion-but with Mary's farewell to Melvin, followed

Melton's Register - Charlemagne - The Birds of Man-
chester'-A Dorchester wil–Courts of Love" Chateau by these words :-
qui parle, femme qui écoute"-Brooke-Tooth-brushes, 247

Bear witness all, tell it throughout the world,
English and Scottish Correspondence — Devil's Bible-
Hampton Court Guide-Books- Highland Life-Physique-

But chiefly to my family in France,
James Montgomery - Longfellow's Ancestors - Alone'-

That I die firmly in their holy faith!
Heraldic-Arms of Rev. John Denne-Samuel Daniel, 248- And you, yo Ministers from England's Queen !
Idiot - Benjamin Day-Cartmel - Compass Plant-Sny- Tell her, she hath my pardon; and relate,
Belgian Custom-Surviving Friends of Wellington-Authors That, with my dying breath, I do beseech
Wanted, 249.

Her kindness to my servants; and request
REPLIES :-Riddles on Trees, 249-Sons of Edward III., 250–

Safe conduct for them into France; that done,
Gataker-Grange-Chaffer-Church Libraries-Ion Signs-
Attributes of the Deity, 251-Dalston-Hammond-Church

I've naught to ask, but that my poor remains
Vestments - Death of Charles I. - 'Gulliver's Travels '- May be bestow'd in Lorrain, or in France,
Chante-pleures-Hind, 252-Hyde-Burial Place of George Where I may hope for pious obsequies ;
III. – Phonograph - John Milton's Bible - Oldest Mili- For here the tombs of my progenitors
tary Corps-Dane's Skin, 253-Playtes: Cogsbip: Farecost-

Are all prosan'd-Remember my requests !
Legenda Aurea'-Parodies of Scott's Prose, 254-Letter of

Now lead me on in triumpb, till I gain Mary Stuart-Initials after Names, 255-St. Thomas Apostle - N. Hone, R.A. - Rose in Regimental Colours, 256 — Immortal joye, and an immortal reign. “ Friar's lanthorn"-Extract from Parish Register, 257- On which scene the curtain falls. It must have Dorothy Hall-Clergy and Religion -“Coups de Soleil"Scott of Mesangère --Relic of Witchcraft-Arms of Cities been a splendid impersonation, rivalling, if not and Towns-Samuel Foote, 258-Authors Wanted, 259. surpassing, that of Rachel in Racine's tragedy NOTES ON BOOKS:- American Notes and Queries

Marie Stuart.' Mrs. Siddons was then thirtyDunlop's · History of Prose Fiction' - Savage's 'Shakespearean Extracts Cook's Handbook to the National four years of age and in the fulness of her perfecGallery'- - Alexandrow's 'Russian Languago ' - Postgate's tions, both as to nature and art. She had made *New Latin Primer'-Johnson's Early Writings of Thackeray'-'Book Prices Current."

her début at Drury Lane Theatre on Friday, Dec. Notices to Correspondents, &c.

29, 1775, in 'The Merchant of Venice,' when the

character of Portia was “performed by a Young Potes.

Lady–her first appearance. She failed to please

the critics, and had to appear in minor characters, MRS. SIDDONS AS MARY, QUEEN OF SCOTS. in such pieces as The Blackamoor Washed White. I have a copy of “Mary, Queen of Scots, a

Then she practised her art in the provinces, and Tragedy: as Performed at the Theatre Royal, reappeared in London—this time with complete Drury Lane. By the Honourable John St. John. success—on Oct. 10, 1782. London : Printed for J. Debrett, opposite Burling

It must have been with some revulsion of feel. ton House, Piccadilly. MDCC,LXXXIX.” (8vo., ing, although in accordance with the taste of a pp. 76). The tragedy is dedicated “ To the Honour century ago, that after Mary, Queen of Scots, had able Mrs. Bouverie," and is dated “Carzon Street, made her impressive exit, Mrs. Siddons had to April 30, 1789." 'It has a prologue, written by immediately step before the curtain to speak the Wm. Fawkener, Esq., and spoken by Mr. Wrough- epilogue written by the author. It commenced ton, and an epilogue, written by the author and

thus:spoken by Mrs. Siddons. The dramatis personce

Were you not told, before the play began,

Our Author ventur'd on a daring plan? are:

A tale of woe, a deep historic Play Men : Duke of Norfolk, Mr. Kemble. Sir William Giv'n in an age go debonnair and gay, Cecil, Mr. Aickin. Lord Herries, Mr. Barrymore, Davi. Was this a place to set up a defence, son, Mr. Packer. Earl of Shrewsbury, Mr. Benson. Earl And talk of injur'd Mary's innocence ? of Huntingdon, Mr. Phillimore. Sir Amias Paulet, Mr. Of late discoveries, drawn from dates and worde, Fawcett. Beton, Mr. Williames. Nawe, Mr. Alfred. Old rotten parchments, musty, dull records ? Lieutenant of the Tower, Mr. Lyons. Sheriff, Mr. No-all is now for tinsel, show !--this age Chaplin.-Women: Queen Mary, Mrs. Siddons. Queen Turns a deaf ear—but keenly views the stage ! Elizabeth, Mre. Ward. Lady Douglas, Mrs. Farmer. Lady The Tragic Muse, nay, all the sisters nine, Scrope, Miss Tidswell.”

Are now eclips'd-Aladin's lamp doth shine !
The tragedy is in five acts. The first, in two

Exulting o'er their tomb-now boxers spar!
In the

And beaux, in raptures, envy overy scar ! scenes, shows Mary at Bolton Castle.

Learning and wit were once esteem'd, and then second act, of three scenes, which is laid at White

The stage produced Ben Johnson (sic)-now, Big Ben ! hall, Elizabeth is the chief character. In the third Shakespeare make room for Humphries !-that's the act, of three scenes, laid at Tatbury Castle, Mary way reappears. The fourth act, of four scenes, goes

To bring the men of fashion to the play! back to Whitehall and Elizabeth, whose character At the date of this address Humphries,

o the

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