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Notes and Queries, Number 207, October 15, 1853 A Medium of Inter-communication for Literary Men, Artists, Antiquaries, Genealogists, etc.   By:

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Transcriber's note: A few typographical errors have been corrected: they are listed at the end of the text.




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

No. 207.] SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15. 1853. [Price Fourpence. Stamped Edition 5d.



Notes on Midland County Minstrelsy, by C. Clifton Barry 357 Comet Superstitions in 1853 358 The Old English Word "Belike" 358 Druses, by. T. J. Buckton 360 FOLK LORE: Legends of the County Clare 360 Shakspeare Correspondence, by Thomas Keightley, &c. 361 Death on the Fingers 362

MINOR NOTES: On a "Custom of y^e Englyshe" Epitaph at Crayford The Font at Islip "As good as a Play" 363


Lovett of Astwell 363 Oaths 364 The Electric Telegraph 364

MINOR QUERIES: Queries relating to the Porter Family Lord Ball of Bagshot Marcarnes The Claymore Sir William Chester, Kt. Canning on the Treaty of 1824 between the Netherlands and Great Britain Ireland a bastinadoed Elephant Memorial Lines by Thomas Aquinas "Johnson's turgid style" Meaning of "Lane," &c. Theobald le Botiller William, fifth Lord Harrington Singular Discovery of a Cannon ball Scottish Castles Sneezing Spenser's "Fairy Queen" Poema del Cid The Brazen Head 364

MINOR QUERIES WITH ANSWERS: "The Basilics" Fire at Houlton Michaelmas Goose 367


Portraits of Hobbes and Letters of Hollar, by S. W. Singer 368 Parochial Libraries, by the Rev. Thos. Corser 369 Battle of Villers en Couché, by H. L. Mansel, B.D., &c. 370 Attainment of Majority, by Russell Gole and Professor De Morgan 371 Similarity of Idea in St. Luke and Juvenal 372

PHOTOGRAPHIC CORRESPONDENCE: Mr. Sisson's developing Fluid Dr. Diamond's Process for Albumenized Paper Mr. Lyte's New Process 373

REPLIES TO MINOR QUERIES: Derivation of the Word "Island" "Pætus and Arria" "That Swinney" The Six Gates of Troy Milton's Widow Boom "Nugget" not an American Term Soke Mill Binometrical Verse Watch paper Inscription Dotinchem Reversible Names and Words Detached Church Towers Bishop Ferrar "They shot him by the nine stone rig" Punning Devices Ashman's Park "Crowns have their compass," &c. Ampers and Throwing Old Shoes for Luck Ennui 374


Books and Odd Volumes wanted 377 Notices to Correspondents 377 Advertisements 378


Notes on Midland County Minstrelsy.

It has often occurred to me that the old country folk songs are as worthy of a niche in your mausoleum as the more prosy lore to which you allot a separate division. Why does not some one write a Minstrelsy of the Midland Counties? There is ample material to work upon, and not yet spoiled by dry as dust ism. It would be vain, perhaps, to emulate the achievements of the Scottish antiquary; but surely something might be done better than the county Garlands , which, with a few honorable exceptions, are sad abortions, mere channels for rhyme struck editors... Continue reading book >>

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