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Notes and Queries, Number 29, May 18, 1850   By:

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

No. 29] SATURDAY, MAY 18. 1850 {Price Threepence. Stamped Edition 4d.


Page NOTES: Oliver Cromwell as a Feoffee of Parson's Charity, Ely 465 Dr. Parr and Dr. John Taylor 466 Provincial Words 467 Folk Lore: Death Bed Superstition May Marriages Throwing old Shoes Sir Thomas Boleyn's Spectre Shuck the Dog fiend 467

QUERIES: Numismatic Queries 468 Queries Proposed, No. 2., by Bolton Corney 469 Authors who have privately printed, by E.F. Rimbault 469 Minor Queries: Seager a Painter Marlow's Autograph MS. Diary of the Convention Parliament of 1660 Etymology of Totnes Dr. Maginn Poor Robin's Almanack The Camp in Bulstrode Park 469

REPLIES: Dr. Percy and the Poems of the Earl of Surrey by J Payne Collier 471 Symbols of the Four Evangelists 471 Complexion 472 Ballad of Dick and the Devil 473 Replies to Minor Queries: Cavell Gootet Christian Captives Pamphlets respecting Ireland Pimlico Bive and Chute Lambs Latin Names of Towns Le Petit Albert Walker Lynne Emancipation of the Jews As lazy as Ludlum's Dog St. Winifreda Vert Vert "Esquire" and "Gentleman" Pope Felix and Pope Gregory Love's last Shift Quem Deus Dayrolles Emerods Military Execution "M. or N." Sapcote Motto Finkle &c. 473

MISCELLANIES: Dr. Sclater's Works Runes 478

MISCELLANEOUS: Notes on Books, Catalogues, Sales, &c. 479 Books and Odd Volumes wanted 479 Notice to Correspondents 479


There is in Ely, where Cromwell for some years resided, an extensive charity known as Parson's Charity, of which he was a feoffee or governor. The following paper, which was submitted to Mr. Carlyle for the second or third edition of his work, contains all the references to the great Protector which are to be found in the papers now in the possession of the trustees. The appointment of Oliver Cromwell as a feoffee does not appear in any of the documents now remaining with the governors of the charity. The records of the proceedings if the feoffees of his time consist only of the collector's yearly accounts of monies received and expended, and do not show the appointments of the feoffees. These accounts were laid before the feoffees from time to time, and signed by them in testimony of their allowance.

Cromwell's name might therefore be expected to be found at the foot of some of them; but it unfortunately happens that, from the year 1622 to the year 1641, there is an hiatus in the accounts. At the end of Book No. 1., between forty and fifty leaves have been cut away, and at the commencement of Book no. 2. about twelve leaves more. Whether some collector of curiosities has purloined these leaves for the sale of any autographs of Cromwell contained in them, or whether their removal may be accounted for by the questions which arose at the latter end of the above period as to the application of the funds of the charity, cannot now be ascertained.

There are however, still in the possession of the governors of the charity, several documents which clearly show that from the year 1635 to the year 1641 Cromwell was a feoffee or governor, and took an active part in the management of the affairs of the charity... Continue reading book >>

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