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Notes and Queries, Number 34, June 22, 1850 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. 34.] SATURDAY, JUNE 22. 1850. [Price Threepence. Stamped Edition 4d.


NOTES: Page The Agapemone of the Sixteenth Century, by E. F. Rimbault, LL.D. 49 Punishment of Death by Burning, by C. Ross and Rev. A. Gatty 50 Folk Lore: Death bed Mystery Easter Eggs May Marriages "Trash" or "Skriker" 51 Notes on Milton 53 Colvil's Whigg's Supplication 53

QUERIES: Hubert le Soeur's Six Brass Statues by E. F. Rimbault, LL.D. 54 Bishop Jewell's Library 54 The Low Window 55 Minor Queries: North Sides of Churchyards Hatfield Ulrich von Hutten Simon of Ghent Boetius Gloucestershire Gospel Tree Churchyards Epitaphs Anthony Warton Cardinal's Hat Maps of London Griffith of Penrhyn Mariner's Compass Pontefract on the Thames 55

REPLIES: Study of Geometry in Lancashire by T. T. Wilkinson 57 Queries Answered, No. 8., by Bolton Corney 60 Meaning of Bawn 60 Replies to Minor Queries: Births, Marriages, &c. M. or N. Arabic Numerals Comment in Apocalypsin Robert Deverell Hippopotamus Ashes to Ashes Dr. Maginn's Miscellanies Living Dog better than a Dead Lion Gaol Chaplains Rome, Ancient and Modern Trianon 60

MISCELLANIES: Aboriginal Chambers near Tilbury Mistake in Conybeare and Howson's Life of St. Paul 62

MISCELLANEOUS: Notes on Books, Catalogues, Sales, &c. 63 Books and Odd Volumes Wanted 63 Notices to Correspondents 63 Advertisements 64



As it is not generally known that the "Agapemone" had a prototype in the celebrated Family of Love , some account of this "wicked sect" may not at this moment be without interest to your readers:

"Henry Nicholas, a Westphalian, born at Munster, but who had lived a great while at Amsterdam, and some time likewise at Embden, was the father of this family. He appeared upon the stage about the year 1540, styled himself the deified man , boasted of great matters, and seemed to exalt himself above the condition of a human creature. He was, as he pretended, greater than Moses and Christ, because Moses had taught mankind to hope , Christ to believe , but he to love ; which last being of more worth than both the former, he was consequently greater than both those prophets." See Brandt's Hist. of the Reform, &c., in the Low Countries , vol. i. p. 105, ed. 1720.

According to some writers, however, the sect was not founded by Henry Nicholas, but by David George, an Anabaptist enthusiast of Delft, who died in 1556; and indeed there is some reason to believe that the Family of Love grew out of the heresies of the said George, with whom Nicholas had been on friendly terms.

"'Not content,' says Fuller, speaking of Nicholas, 'to confine his errors to his own country, over he comes into England, and in the latter end of the reign of Edward the Sixth, joyned himself to the Dutch congregation in London, where he seduced a number of artificers and silly women... Continue reading book >>

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