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Notes and Queries, Number 55, November 16, 1850   By:

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

No. 55.] SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16. 1850. [Price Threepence. Stamped Edition 4d.


NOTES: Authorship of "Henry VIII." by Samuel Hickson 401 On Authors and Books, No. IX., by Bolton Corney 403 Notes on the Second Edition of Mr. Cunningham's Handbook of London, by E.F. Rimbault 404 Folk lore: Laying a Ghost A Test of Witchcraft 404 Minor Notes: Quin's incoherent Story Touchstone's Dial America and Tartary A Deck of Cards Time when Herodotus wrote "Dat veniuam corvis." &c. 405

QUERIES: Dryden's "Absalom and Achitophel" 406 Minor Queries: The Widow of the Wood Edward the Confessor's Crucifix and Gold Chain Cardinal Erskine Thomas Regiolapidensis "Her Brow was fair" Hoods worn by Doctors of Divinity of Aberdeen Irish Brigade Doctrine of immaculate Conception Gospel Oak Tree at Kentish Town Arminian Nunnery in Huntingdonshire Ruding's annotated Langbaine Mrs. Tempest Sitting cross legged Twickenham: Did Elizabeth visit Bacon there? Burial towards the West Medal struck by Charles XII. National Debt Midwives licensed 406

REPLIES: The Black Rood of Scotland 409 Replies to Minor Queries: Hæmony Byron's Birthplace Modena Family Nicholas Breton's Fantasticks Gaudentio di Lucca Weights for weighing Coins Mrs. Partington The East Anglican Word "Mauther" Cheshire Cat "Thompson of Esholt" Minar's Book of Antiquities Croziers and Pastoral Staves Socinian Boast MSS. of Locke Sir Wm. Grant Tristan d'Acunha Arabic Numerals Luther's Hymns Bolton's Ace Hopkins the Witchfinder Sir Richard Steel Ale draper George Herbert Notaries Public Tobacconists Vineyards 410

MISCELLANEOUS: Notes on Books, Sales, Catalogues, &c. 414 Books and Odd Volumes Wanted 415 Notices to Correspondents 415 Advertisements 415



In returning to the question of the authorship of Henry VIII. , I am anxious to remove a misconception under which MR. SPEDDING appears to labour relative to the purport of a remark I made in my last communication to you (Vol. ii., p. 198.) on this subject. As we appear to be perfectly agreed as to the reasons for assigning a considerable portion of this play to Fletcher, and as upon this basis we have each worked out a result that so exactly coincides with the other, I conclude that MR. SPEDDING, as well as myself, has rested his theory solely on positive grounds; that is, that he imagines there is strong internal evidence in favour of all that he ascribes to this writer. It follows, therefore that the "third hand" which he thought he detected must be sought rather in what remained to Shakspeare, than in that which had been already taken from him. I never for an instant doubted that this was MR. SPEDDING's view; but the inequality which I supposed he had observed and accounted for in this way, I was disposed to refer to a mode of composition that must needs have been troublesome to Shakspeare. The fact is, that, with one or two exceptions, the scenes contributed by the latter are more tamely written than any but the earliest among his works; and these, different as they are, they recalled to my mind. But I have no doubt whatever that these scenes were all written about the same time; my feeling being, that after the opening Shakspeare ceased to feel any great interest in the work... Continue reading book >>

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