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BY SYLVANUS URBAN, GENT.
MINOR CORRESPONDENCE.-Elstow Priory-Charles I.'s George -Markenfield
Cowper's marginal remarks on Johnson's Life of Milton
ON THE OPERATION OF THE OLD AND NEW POOR LAWS; SURPLUS POPULA
TION, COTTAGE ALLOTMENTS, COLONIZATION, &c......
NEW RECORD COMMISSION, No. III.-Pipe Roll of 31st Henry I.
Description of the Manor House of Kingston Seymour, Somerset
Letters to Aaron Hill, Esq. from Hugh Earl of Marchmont, 371, 372; from the Hon. A. Hume Campbell, 373; and from Philip Earl of Chesterfield, 374; Letter from David Mallet, Esq. to Alexander Pope, Esq. Account of the ancient Family of De Bathe, of Devonshire and Ireland.... Gravestone of Ilbert de Chaz, at Lacock Abbey, Wilts......
Ancient Tenures relating to Archery
Expenses in conducting the body of Sir Henry Sidney, K.G. in 1586
RETROSPECTIVE REVIEW.-Pilgrimage of Samuel Purchas, 387.-Lord Falk
REVIEW OF NEW PUBLICATIONS.
Raumer's History of the 16th and 17th Centuries, 393.-Works on the Trinity, 396.-Archæologia, vol. XXVI. part I. 400.-Hodgson's History of Northumberland; Ansell on Friendly Societies, 406.-Williams's History of Sculpture in Wood, 407.-Driver's Harold de Burun, 408.-Manuscripts of Erdeley, 409-Symonds' Mechanics of Law-making, 410.-De Crequi's Recollections of the Eighteenth Century, &c.
FINE ARTS.-Stained Glass at Hornsey Church, 413.-Panorama of Ceylon.-
New Publications; Circulation of Parisian Newspapers, 415.-Halley's Comet, 416. Mr. Mathews's Theatrical Collections, &c........ . 416, 417 ANTIQUARIAN RESEARCHES.-City of Todi; Cave Temples in India, &c. 418 HISTORICAL CHRONICLE. Proceedings in Parliament, 419.- Foreign News, 423.-Promotions, Preferments, &c. 425.-Marriages OBITUARY; with Memoirs of Sir John Edmund Browne, Bart.: Admiral Sir Francis Laforey, Bart.; Lieut.-General George Cookson; Rear-Admiral James Bowen; Charles Loraine Smith, Esq.; George Tennyson, Esq.; Michael Thomas Sadler, Esq.; John Wastie, Esq.; Dr. Matthew Lumsden; Rev. Dr. M'Crie: Professor Reuvens; Rev. M. G. Butcher; John Nash, Esq.; G. S. Newton, Esq.; Mr. Pope
CLERGY DECEASED, 440.-DEATHS, arranged in Counties..
G. requests any of your Correspondents to inform him, 1. whether a chartulary of Elstow or Elnestow Priory any where exists. 2. Whether, except in Cole's MSS., any collections of Bedfordshire Church Notes are to be met with; and particu larly whether such Church Notes give entire the inscription in Elstow Church of Margery Argentine; and whether they describe the brasses in Thurleigh Church, of the 15th century, relating to Nernuyt or Harvey. 3. Whether the probate or any early copy is to be seen of the will of Sir George Harvey of Thurleigh, dated 8 April, 1520, proved in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, 8 May, 1522, the original will being wanting at Doctors Commons. 4. Whether any evidence can be given of the age of Sir George Harvey, of Thurleigh, who died 13 March 1521-2. 5. In the 14 Edw. IV. a John Harvey, Esq. died seised of the manors of Wooton and Felmersham, and lands in Radwell and Bletshoe, in Bedfordshire, and also of lands in Buckinghamshire, leaving George Harvey, his son and heir, half a year old. Can this George be identified with Sir George Hervey, of Thurleigh, before mentioned? or were there two George Herveys of Bedfordshire?--The object of this inquiry is purely historical.
Rushworth, in his Historical Collections, gives the following account of a circumstance that occurred at the execution of Charles I.:-"Then the King took off his cloak and his George, giving his George to Dr. Juxton, saying, remember (it is thought for the Prince), and some other small ceremonies past." S. inquires respecting the subsequent history of this relique. There is a well authenticated account that the George, or some other memorial of the unfortunate Charles, given to Juxon on the scaffold, was in the possession of Martha, the widow of Thos. Hesketh, Esq. of Rufford, in the county of Lancaster, and only daughter of James St. Amand, Esq. (who married a sister of Sir Wm. Juxon, Bart. a nephew to the Archbishop, and who died in 1742) but it is not positively known what became afterwards of the remembrance so presented.
W. H. remarks:-" At the north end of the transept of Ripon Minster is an ancient altar tomb, the effigies whereon are said by Gent, in his History of Ripon, to be William Markenfield, Steward to the Archbishop of York; whilst a modern publication assigns them to Thomas Norton and his wife. On the west end and
south side are the arms of Stafford, Neville, a cross flory, Conyers, and Markenfield. In a filletting above is an inscription nearly obliterated. I should feel greatly obliged to any of your Correspondents if they could furnish me with the inscription, or to whom the tomb really belongs."-J. G. N. is extremely happy to be able to furnish this Correspondent with a copy of the inscription, having with considerable difficulty deciphered it in the year 1830, notwithstanding Mr. Gough (Sepulchral Monuments, vol. I. p. 142) had pronounced it illegible. It is in fact more obscure from the bad style of the carver, than obliterated by time. How
ever, here it is, nearly complete :- [Mic jacent] tomas de m'knefeld et elenor uror ejus [ille obiit....]mo mensis Mai anno d'ni meccclxxxiij qi fuit Seneschallus istius ville et kurkbi maltse'de, et Elenor obiit. . . . mensis Maii a° d'ni meccclxxx. W. H. will observe that Gent is wrong in ascribing it to William Markenfield, but that it belongs to Thomas de Markenfield, steward of Ripon and Kirkby Malzeard, who died in 1484, and Eleanor his wife, who died in 1483.
C. F. remarks, that the character of Lady Austin, attributed to Bishop Jebb, in our June number, p. 564, should be referred to Mr. Knox.
LL.B. inquires for accurate information respecting the distinction between the degrees of D.C.L. and LL.D. at the present day. As the matter stands, the degree of LL.D. is conferred by the Universities of Cambridge and Dublin; that of D.C.L. by that of Oxford. LL.D. is interpreted to be Doctor of Civil and Canon Law. Yet in the admission to LL.B. and LL.D. at Cambridge, the admission is IN JURE CIVILI only. And is there not a statute of Henry VIII. whereby it is enacted that henceforth no degrees be conferred on Canon Law, i. e. Canon Law simply? In foreign universities (at least the German) we find the degree of J.U.D. (Juris Utriusq. Doctor.) And this same expression is not altogether unknown in England, particularly in Latin epitaphs and institutions to livings.
S. S. will probably find part of what he asks in a Life of Lord Chancellor Jefferies, published a few years since. He further inquires, for the origin and law of vote by proxy in the House of Peers? Query also as to the political privileges of Peeresses in their own right?
COWPER'S LIFE AND WORKS,
VOL. III. AND IV. BY THE REV. T. S. GRIMSHAWE.
WE give all praise to the manner in which these volumes have been printed and embellished by the publishers; but we still think them not very fortunate in their editor. Of Mr. Grimshawe's piety and worth no one could doubt, and he appears also to feel much interested in the character of his author; but he is clearly not a person conversant with literature; and consequently his critical remarks and observations are not always to the purpose. We shall enumerate a few out of the mass.
In vol. iii. p. 86, Cowper mentions, " It is now shrewdly suspected that Homer did not compose the poems for which he has been so long applauded; and it is even asserted, by a certain Robert Heron, Esq. that Virgil never wrote a line worth reading." Now, if it were necessary to write any note at all on the above passage, Mr. Grimshawe ought to have specified the names of the critics who suspected that the Homeric poems were written by different persons, at different times, and the reasons assigned; and he ought to have mentioned that Robert Heron, Esq. was a nom-de-guerre, under which the well-known Mr. Pinkerton pleased to write his "Letters on Literature," in the year 1785, and hurl his paradoxical javelins, as he supposed, undetected; but, instead of such a note, Mr. Grimshawe gives us the following:-" A few years afterwards a question was agitated whether the war of Troy itself was not a poetical fiction. Dr. Clarke, in his Travels, shows the absurdity of these incredulous speculations, and satisfactorily establishes the fact. In the same spirit Lord Orford endeavoured to prove that Falstaff was no coward. But the boldest act of literary presumption was the assertion of Father Hardouin, that all the classic writings of antiquity were the production of the monks of the middle ages." To this we have to observe, that Dr. Edward Clarke must have had access to some most ancient and long-hidden archives, probably concealed in the old barbaric cities of Asia, by which he could satisfactorily prove the fact of the war of Troy. He endeavoured to prove that the topography of the Homeric poems, agreed with the present appearance of the spot where tradition had long fixed the site of the events recorded; how far he has even succeeded in that, we leave others to judge: but to prove satisfactorily the war between the Greeks and Trojans, even the fancy of Dr. Clarke did not reach. Secondly, we know nothing of Lord Orford's attempt on Falstaff; but we know that Mr. Morgan wrote a most elegant and instructive critique on the same character, well worthy of perusal. Lastly, Father Hardouin did not assert that all the classic writers of antiquity were forgeries, for he excepted some and parts of others. His work (with some answers) is now on our table, and we know well what we are writing about; having perused many of his works, all of which we possess, with instruction and delight.
P. 142. In speaking of Pope's Translation of Homer, Mr. Grimshawe says, the original manuscript is said to be in the British Museum.' Does not everybody know it is there? has not every one seen and handled it? observed the blots, interlineations, scraps of paper and letter covers on