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Notes and Queries, Number 58, December 7, 1850 A Medium of Inter-communication for Literary Men, Artists, Antiquaries, Genealogists, etc.   By:

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

No. 58.] SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7. 1850. [Price Threepence. Stamped Edition 4d.


NOTES: Page Further Notes on the Hippopotamus 457 Parallel Passages: Coleridge, Hooker, Butler, by J. E. B. Mayor 458 Shakspeare and the old English Actors in Germany, by Albert Cohn 459 Ten Children at a Birth 459 George Herbert and Bemerton Church, by H. T. Ellacombe 460 Minor Notes: Lord Mayor's Show in 1701 Sir Thomas Phillipps's MSS. Translation from Owen, &c. Epigram on the late Bull Bailie Nicol Jarvie Hogs not Pigs The Baptized Turk 460

QUERIES: Gray Dryden Playing Cards 462 Minor Queries: Pretended Reprint of Ancient Poetry The Jews' Spring Gardens Cardinal Allen's Admonition to the Nobility "Clarum et venerabile Nomen" Whipping by Women Lærig MS. History of Winchester School Benedicite The Church History Society Pope Ganganelli Sir George Downing Solemnization of Matrimony Passage in Bishop Butler The Duke of Wharton's Poetical Works Titus Oates Translations of Erasmus' Colloquies and Apuleius' Golden Ass, &c. 463

REPLIES: Holme MSS. The Cradocks 465 Antiquity of Smoking 465 Antiquitas Sæculi Juventus Mundi 466 Albemarle, Title of, by Lord Braybrooke 466 Replies to Minor Queries: Cromwell Poisoned "Never did Cardinal bring Good to England" Gloves not worn in the Presence of Royalty Nonjurors' Oratories in London "Filthy Gingran" Michael Scott The Widow of the Wood Modum Promissionis End of Easter First Earl of Roscommon Dryden's "Absolom and Achitophel" Cabalistic Author Becket Aërostation Kilt Bacon Family, &c. 467

Miscellaneous: Notes on Books, Sales, Catalogues, &c. 470 Books and Odd Volumes Wanted 470 Notices to Correspondents 470



The following remarks are supplementary to a note on the hippopotamus in Vol. ii, p. 35. In that note the exhibition of the hippopotamus at the Roman games is not traced lower than the time of the Emperor Commodus. Helagabalus, however, 218 22 A.D., had hippopotami among the various rare animals which he displayed in public as a part of his state. (Lamprid. c. 28) A hippopotamus was likewise in the vast collection of animals which were prepared for the Persian triumph of Gordian III., but were exhibited at the secular games celebrated by the Emperor Philip in the 1000th year of Rome, 248 A.D. ( Capitol. in Gordian. Tert ., c. 33.) In the seventh eclogue of Calpurnius, a countryman describes the animals which he saw in the Roman amphitheatre, among which is the hippopotamus:

"Non solum nobis silvestria cernere monstra Contigit; æquoreos ego cum certantibus ursis Spectavi vitulos, et equorum nomine dignum, Sed deforme genus, quod in illo nascitur amni Qui sata riparum venientibus irrigat undis." VII. 64 8.

Calpurnius is generally referred to the time of Carus and Numerian, about 283 A... Continue reading book >>

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