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Notes and Queries, Number 19, March 9, 1850   By:

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

No. 19.] SATURDAY, MARCH 9, 1850 [Price Threepence. Stamped Edition 4d.



Our Progress. 289

NOTES: Captivity of the Queen of Bruce, by W.B. Rye. 290 A Note on Robert Herrick, by J. Milner Barry. 291 The Meaning of Lærig, by S.W. Singer. 292 Folk Lore St. Valentine in Norwich Cook eels Old Charms Superstitions in North of England Decking Churches with Yew Strewing Chaff before Houses. 293 Folk lore of Wales Cron Annwn Cyoerath or Gwrach y rhybin. 294 William Basse and his Poems, by Rev. T. Corser. 295 John Stowe. 297 Transposition of Letters Pet Names Jack Pisan Mary and Polly. 298 Parallel Passages. 299 Inedited Poem by Burns, by Rev. J.R. Wreford. 300 Lacedæmonian Black Broth. 300

QUERIES: Ten Queries on Poets and Poetry, by E.F. Rimhault, LL.D. 303 Bishop Cosin's Consecration of Churches. 303 Portraits of Luther, Erasmus, and Ulric von Hutten. 303 Queries concerning Chaucer. 303 Letter attributed to Sir Robert Walpole. 304 Queries concerning Bishops of Ossory, by Rev. I. Graves. 305 Burton's Anatomy of (Religious) Melancholy. 305 Minor Queries: Master of Methuen Female Captive Parliamentary Writs Portraits in British Museum. 305

REPLIES: College Salting, by C.H. Cooper, &c. 306 Queries answered. No. 5., by Bolton Corney. 307 Replies to Minor Queries: Old Auster Tenement Tureen. 307

MISCELLANIES: M. de Gournay The Mirror, from the Latin of Owen Journeyman Balloons. 308

MISCELLANEOUS: Books and Odd Volumes wanted. 309 Notices to Correspondents. 309 Advertisements. 309


Although very unwilling to encroach upon the enlarged space which we have this week afforded to our numerous and increasing contributors, we may be permitted to refer to the fact of our having felt it due to them to find such additional space by giving an extra half sheet, as a proof at once of the growing interest in our Journal, and of its extended utility.

We trust too that the step which we have thus taken will be received as a pledge of our intention to meet all the requirements which may arise from our Journal becoming more generally known, and consequently, as we are justified by our past experience in saying, being made greater use of, as a medium of intercommunication between all classes of students and men of letters.

Our last and present Number furnish proofs of its utility in a way which when it was originally projected could scarcely have been contemplated. We allude to its being made the channel through which intending editors may announce the works on which they are engaged, and invite the co operation of their literary brethren. Nor is the readiness with which such co operation is likely to be afforded, the only good result to be obtained by such an announcement. For such an intimation is calculated not only to prevent the unpleasantness likely to arise from a collision of interests but also to prevent a literary man either setting to himself an unprofitable task or wasting his time and research upon ground which is already occupied.

One word more. When we commenced our labours we were warned by more than one friendly voice, that, although we should probably find no lack of Queries, we should oftentimes be "straited for a Reply." This, however, as our readers will admit, has not been the case; for though, as Shakspeare says, with that truth and wisdom for which he is proverbial

"The ample proposition that Hope makes, In all designs begun on earth below, Fails in its promis'd largeness,"

the observation in our Introduction, that "those who are best informed are generally most ready to communicate knowledge, and to confess ignorance, to feel the value of such a work as we are attempting, and to understand that if it is to be well done {290} they must help to do it," has, thanks to the kind assistance of our friends, grown, from a mere statement of opinion, to the dignity of a prediction... Continue reading book >>

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