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Notes and Queries, Number 09, December 29, 1849   By:

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"When found, make a note of." CAPTAIN CUTTLE.

No. 9.] SATURDAY, DECEMBER 29, 1849 [Price Threepence. Stamped Edition 4d.



Our Progress

NOTES: Sir E. Dering's Household Book, by Rev. Lambert B. Larking. 130 Berkeley's Theory of Vision, by Rev. J.H. Todd. 131 Bishop Barnaby. 131 Mathematical Archæology. 132 Song in Style of Suckling, &c. 133 Gothic Architecture. 134 Dr. Burney's Musical Works, by E.F. Rimbault. 135 Ancient Alms' Basins, by Dr. Bell. 135 Minor Notes: Prince Madoc St. Barnabas Register of Cromwell's Baptism The Times Rowland Monoux Wassail Song Portrait of Charles I. Autograph Mottoes of Richard Duke of Gloucester and Henry Duke of Buckingham. 136 Notes in answer to Queries: Lord Erksine's Brooms Scarborough Warning Gray's Elegy Coffee, the Lacedæmonian Black Broth. 138

QUERIES: The Last of the Villains, by E. Smirke. 139 The Dore of Holy Scripture. 139 Turner's MS. History of Westminster. 140 Talisman of Charlemagne. 140 Dick Shore, Isle of Dogs, &c. 141 Minor Queries: The Strand Maypole To Fettle Greek Verse Dr. Dee's Petition Vondel's Lucifer Discurs Modest Ptolemy of Alexandria Vanbrugh's London Improvements Becket's Grace Cup Sir Herbert's Office Book. 142

MISCELLANEOUS: Books and Odd Volumes wanted. 143 Notices to Correspondents. 143 Advertisements. 144


We have this week been called upon to take a step which neither our best friends nor our own hopes could have anticipated. Having failed in our endeavours to supply by other means the increasing demand for complete sets of our "NOTES AND QUERIES," we have been compelled to reprint the first four numbers.

It is with no slight feelings of pride and satisfaction that we record the fact of a large impression of a work like the present not having been sufficient to meet the demand, a work devoted not to the witcheries of poetry or to the charms of romance, but to the illustration of matters of graver import, such as obscure points of national history, doubtful questions of literature and bibliography, the discussion of questionable etymologies, and the elucidation of old world customs and observances.

What Mr. Kemble lately said so well with reference to archæology, our experience justifies us in applying to other literary inquiries:

"On every side there is evidence of a generous and earnest co operation among those who have devoted themselves to special pursuits; and not only does this tend of itself to widen the general basis, but it supplies the individual thinker with an ever widening foundation for his own special study."

And whence arises this "earnest co operation?" Is it too much to hope that it springs from an increased reverence for the Truth, from an intenser craving after a knowledge of it whether such Truth regards an event on which a throne depended, or the etymology of some household word now familiar only to

"Hard handed men who work in Athens here?"

We feel that the kind and earnest men who honour our "NOTES AND QUERIES" with their correspondence, hold with Bacon, that

"Truth, which only doth judge itself, teacheth that the inquiry of Truth, which is the love making or wooing of it the knowledge of Truth, which is the presence of it and the belief of Truth, which is the enjoying of it is the sovereign good of human nature."

We believe that it is under the impulse of such feelings that they have flocked to our columns that the sentiment has found its echo in the breast of the public, and hence that success which has attended our humble efforts. The cause is so great, that we may well be pardoned if we boast that we have had both hand and heart in it... Continue reading book >>

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