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Notes and Queries, Number 75, April 5, 1851 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. 75.] SATURDAY, APRIL 5. 1851. [Price Threepence. Stamped Edition 4d.



Two Chancellors, by Edward Foss 257

Illustrations of Chaucer, No. III. 258

Folk Lore: Cure of Hooping Cough Charms from Devonshire Lent Lilies Oak Webs, &c. 258

The Threnodia Carolina of Sir Thomas Herbert, by Bolton Corney 259

Minor Notes: Shakspeare's Venus and Adonis Moorfields in Charles II.'s Time Derivation of Yankee A Word to Literary Men 260


Poems of John Seguard of Norwich, by Sir F. Madden 261

Epitaph on the Countess of Pembroke 262

Minor Queries: The Vellum bound Junius What is a Tye? "Marriage is such a Rabble Rout" Arms of Robert Nelson Knebsend or Nebsend, co. York Moore's Almanack Archbishop Loftus Matrix of Monastic Seal Syriac Scriptures and Lexicon Villiers Duke of Buckingham Porci solidi pedes The Heywood Family Was Charles II. ever in Wales? Dog's Head in the Pot "Poor Alinda's growing old" 262

MINOR QUERIES ANSWERED: Who was the Author of "The Modest Enquiry, &c."? William Penn's Family Deal, Dover, and Harwich Author of Broad Stone of Honour Pope Joan The Well o' the World's End Sides and Angles Meaning of Ratche "Feast of Reason," &c. Tu autem 264


Barons of Hugh Lupus 266

Edmund Prideaux and the First Post office 266

Lady Jane of Westmoreland 268

Replies to Minor Queries: Ulm Manuscript Father Maximilian Hell Meaning of "strained" as used by Shakspeare Headings of Chapters in English Bibles 269


Notes on Books, Sales, Catalogues, &c. 269

Books and Odd Volumes wanted 270

Notices to Correspondents 270

Advertisements 271



Although neither your readers nor I are politicians enough to interfere in the changes proposed with reference to the office of Lord Chancellor, I doubt not that some of them, now the subject is on the tapis , may feel interested in a fact connected with it, which our ancient records disclose: namely, that on one occasion there were two chancellors acting at the same time for several months together, and both regularly appointed by the king.

It is an unique instance, occurring in the reign of Edward IV.: the two chancellors being Thomas Rotheram, Bishop of Lincoln, and John Alcock, Bishop of Rochester. The former received the Great Seal in May, 1474, in the fourteenth year of the reign, and without any doubt continued chancellor till the king's death; and yet, from April to September in the following year, the latter was also addressed by the same title. During that interval of five months, there are numerous writs of Privy Seal addressed by the king to both, in which each of them is styled "our chancellor."

This curious circumstance may be thus accounted for. King Edward had for some time been contemplating an invasion of France; and when his preparations were completed (about April), as he required his chancellor, Bishop Rotheram, to attend him on the expedition, it became necessary to provide some competent person to transact the business of the Chancery in his absence. On previous occasions of this nature, it had been usual to place the seal that was used in England, when the king was abroad, in the hands of the Master of the Rolls, or some other master in Chancery, with the title of Keeper: but, for some unexplained reason (perhaps because Bishop Alcock was a man whom the king delighted to honour), this prelate was dignified with the superior designation, although Bishop Rotheram still retained it... Continue reading book >>

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