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Goda Comitissa ? 46; reply, 69. Mobility ? 6.
Scribe, dramatist, 83.
Sentimental Magazine Medallets, 69.
Shakespeare, name orthography, 16.
Shakespeare's Puck, 99.
Shakespeare, Elegiac verses on, 79.
Shakespearean emendations, 6, 79, 92,
Shove groat? 28; replies, *46, 52.
Shuter at Bartholomew Fair, 57.
Simon's Competition Crown, 3, 15, 22.
Smith, Secondary Richard? 14.
Spanish veneration for the dead, 70.
Spence's birth-place ? 13; reply, 22.
*Spurs of olden days, 21.
Nine Men's Morris? 81; replies, 89. Star Chamber prosecutions, 4.
Statutes of England, 92.
Stonehenge oxcavation ? 89.
Strafford's execution, 64.
Obituary, Literary and Scientific, 8, Strawberry Hill press, 78.
16, 24, 32, 40, 48, 56, 64, 91. Sullivan the whisperer, 53.
Surrey Traditions, 33.
Surtees, Richard, 4.
*Swift's birthplace, 39.
Taylor, George Watson ? 58.
Temple dial motto, 96.
Tempora Mutantur ? 24; reply, 31,
Three black puddings, 98.
Tilly of Pentilly ? 50; replies, 69, 77.
Patrick's halfpenny? 3; reply, 16. Trelawny ballad? 68; reply, 78.
Three halfpenny beer, 3.
Troubadour bishop, 49.
Trusler's autobiography, 41.
Polish inscribed ring ? 22; reply, 48. | Tucker family ? 5.
Pope, paintings by? 47; replies, 55, Turkish alliance, 80.
Van Os ? 69; reply, 84.
*Vas Panormitanum, 82.
Waldegrave, Lady Maria, 43.
Ward, John? 30.
Prynne on Stage-plays ? 24.
Webb's, Mrs. board and lodging, 58.
Wedding ring poesy, 35.
Putchesia ? 89; reply, 93.
Weston's Three shillings, 58.
White, Gilb. portrait ? 11.
Question answered, 93.
Whitehall Palace, 35, 36.
Whiten'd Hair, verses, 83.
Raleigh's execution, 35; burial place? Whiteway's diary, 35.
11; reply, 77.
•Whittington's House, 53; club notice,
Rococo ? 27 ; replies, 38, 48. Wide wide World, 6.
Wild's execution, 1.
Ruby coloured glass ? 87; reply, 87. Wits' Recreations, 54.
adopted by Jacobites 1745, 46. Wohlgemuth ? 6; replies, 22, *29.
Russell's, Lord William, execution, 71. Woodward's picture sale, 32.
Worms simply acorns, 79.
Scold ducking, 34.
Wrath and Cabbage? 6; reply, 12.
Scottish Song bibliography ? 22. Wycherley's Maxims, 47.
Scott, Sir Walter, 4, 20, 76. | Xavier's Hymn, Pope's version ? 38.
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| if I shall not be drove to Jerusalem before I get home Your correspondent, Eboracensis (Current Notes, again ; nay, I shall forget I ever did the job by to-morNov. p. 94) makes some enquiries relative to Thomas row, and consequently shall never answer any questions Gent. His name is well known to the collectors about it if demanded. Yet, sir, I shall secretly rememof English topography and of typographical curi-ber vour generosity, and drink to your health with this osities, as that of a printer who soinetimes employed brimful glass.' Thereupon this set them both a laughhis press upon productions of his own, and who in his ing, and truly I was got merrily tipsy-so merry that I character of author produced numerous volumes which hardly know how I was driven homewards." His unare far from being destitute of merit. To the col-known employer was the famous Atterbury, Bishop of lectors of portraits he is known by a fine mezzotinto | Rochester print after a painting by Nathan Drake. His autobio- ! In 1714, Gent tells us there were “ few printers in graphy is sufficiently amusing. He was a native of Ire- England except London; none, I am sure, at Chester, land, and was born, it appears, in 1691. He was brought Liverpool, Whitehaven, Preston, Manchester, Kendal up as a printer, but ran away from his parents with a and Leeds." penny loaf and a few pence in his pocket, and after sun- In 1719, he witnessed the execution of Matthews, a dry adventures found his way to that El Dorado of run- printer, who was convicted of high treason for printing a away youths and apprentices- London. We must pass work called, Vox Populi, Vox Dei. “I beheld him over the next portion of his career ; how he became drawn on a sledge as I stood near St. Sepulchre's church; initiated into all the mysteries of the fraternity, was his clothes were exceeding neat, the lining of his coat a duly “dubbed a cuz" in the chapel of the shop at Black-rich Persian silk, and every other thing as befitted a friars, or followed the more profitable calling of a gentleman. I was told he talked like a philosopher of * smouter.” He seems to have been a hard-working death to some young ladies who came to take their fareman, fond of pushing business, industrious and cheerful. well, and suffered with a perfect resignation. He was We one day meet him as a journeyman, tramping on the son of an eminent printer in Tower Ditch, and his the Great North Road, with a light heart and a guinea body, through favour of the government, his corpse unin his shoe lining ; next inditing ballads for the flying quartered, was laid in the church of St. Botolph near stationers, or when his master gets inmured in the Aldersgate.” One Vesey, a journeyman, who was prin
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Eboracenses. He also printed songs for the Summer's as Gent, recording his afterwards stealing a book from
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Bishop of Rochester's Effigy, Ode to King George, two
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geticks, Clarke's Justin, and a Newspaper. In 1724, Gent set out by the stage coach to York, and arrived after four days' journey. Here he married, set up in business on his own account, and published most Lucky AND UNLUCKY DAYS. I wish some of your of the books by which he is now remembered. His en- correspondents would give me any information about terprise and spirit soon created rivals. In the latter J. Gibbon, the author of a whimsical piece called “ Day portion of his life, his affairs seemed on the decline, and Fatality, or some observations of Days lucky and un. though he continued to reside at his house in Petergate, lucky," folio, 1679, and which was“ reprinted in opposition had done its work, and Gent's press became Aubrey's still more whimsical miscellany, with additions in little request. Still he had friends who respected by himself.” -See Harl. Misc. The present age seems him, and who tried
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It would be impossible to give a complete catalogue of fairies, or the machinations of witches; we have of all the books produced by a man who was at once wiped all the red letter days out of the Almanack, and author, printer, and publisher. The following are the keep no holidays but those at the Bank. We are too most important.
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prices are down in the market, or a troublesome bill Ancient and Modern History of the famous City of York, falls due too soon. Do you remember Boz's story of with plan and view of the City, 8vo. 1730.
the gentleman travelling by coach, and his remarkable Ancient and Modern History of the loyal town of Rippon, coincidences. Let us see if, in the book I have quoted, woodcuts, &c. 8vo. 1733.
I cannot find a few historical facts, equally as remarkable History of Kingston upon Hull, adorned with cuts, 1735. for the amusement of your readers. British Piety displayed in the Glorious Life of St. Wine-1 The third of September was a remarkable day to the fred, 12mo. 1743.
English Attila,' Oliver Cromwell. In 1650 he obtained Compendious History of England and Rome, 2 vols. 12mo.
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