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Notes and Queries, Number 43, August 24, 1850   By:

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


No. 43.] SATURDAY, AUGUST 24, 1850 [Price Threepence. Stamped Edition 4d.


NOTES: Notes and Queries. 193 Collar of SS. 194 Tenyson Coleridge Extract from Baker's MSS. on Barth. Dodyngton, and William Jenkin, by J.E.B. Mayor. 195 Parallel Passages. 196 Folk Lore: Power of Prophecy Bay Leaves at Funerals Shoes (old) thrown for Luck Roasting Mice for Hooping Cough The Story of Mr. Fox Baptismal Superstition Rushbearing. 196

QUERIES: Who wrote Shakspeare's Henry VIII.? by Samuel Hickson. 198 Minor Queries: The Abbé Strickland Works on Aerostation Pilgrims' Road to Canterbury "Ædricus qui signa fundebat" Osmund, the Waterman Logic Darbon Gatherall Damasked Linen Flourish Drax Abbey and Free School Ancient Catalogue of Books. 198

REPLIES: Shakspeare's Use of the Word "Delighted," by S.W. Singer. 200 Family of Love. 201 Translation of the Philobiblon. 202 Etymological Queries, by S.W. Singer. 203 Replies to Minor Queries: Lord Richard Christophilus Poker Querela Cantabrigiensis "One Bell" Fabulous Account of the Lion Pomfret on the Thames Walrond Family Armenian Language Genealogical Query Richard Baxter's Descendants Duresme and Dunelm. 204

MISCELLANEOUS: Notes on Books, Sales, Catalogues, &c. 207 Books and Odd Volumes Wanted. 207 Notices to Correspondents. 207 Advertisements. 207



The history of books and periodicals of a similar character ought to be the object of interest to the readers of this work. The number of works in which answers have been given to proposed questions is not small. Not to mention the Spectator and its imitators, nor the class of almanacs which give riddles and problems, nor mathematical periodicals of a more extensive character, though all these ought to be discussed in course of time, there yet remains a class of books in which general questions proposed by the public are answered periodically, either by the public or by the editors. Perhaps an account of one of these may bring out others.

In 1736 and 1737 appeared the Weekly Oracle; or, Universal Library. Published by a Society of Gentlemen. One folio sheet was published weekly, usually ending in the middle of a sentence. (Query. What is the technical name for this mode of publication? If none, what ought to be?) I have one folio volume of seventy numbers, at the end of which notice of suspension is given, with prospect of revival in another form probably no more was published. The introduction is an account of the editorial staff to wit, a learned divine who "hath entered with so much discernment into the true spirit of the schoolmen, especially Thomas Aquinas and Duns Scotus, that he is qualified to resolve, to a hair's breadth, the nicest cases of conscience." A physician who "knows, to a mathematical point, the just tone and harmony of the risings pulses...." A lawyer who "what he this day has proved to be a contingent remainder, to morrow he will with equal learning show must operate as an executory devise or as a springing use." A philosopher "able to give the true reason of all things, from the composition of watches, to the raising of minced pies ... and who, if he is closely questioned about the planner of squaring the circle, or by what means the perpetual motion, or longitude, may be discovered, we believe has honesty, and we are sure that he has skill enough to say that he knows nothing of the matter." A moral philosopher who has "discovered a perpetuum mobile of government." An eminent virtuoso who understands "what is the best pickle to preserve a rattle snake or an Egyptian mummy, better than the nature of the government he lives under, or the economy and welfare of himself and family... Continue reading book >>

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