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Of Sir Kenelm Digby we are told in his Epitaph, com- quæ Trihapennina vulgo dicitur.- Præterea, alius cereposed by Farrar :
alis potus, quem Alam voeant, apud Anglos in usu est." “ Born on the day he died the 11th of June,
Is the Cervisia duplex the original double X ?
A malt liquor in use in Dublin is designated “ Three'Tis rare that one and self same day should be | penny,” i.e. three pence a quart.
A. S. His day of birth, of death, of victory." Tuesday was a most eventful day with Thomas à
COINS OF CROMWELL, &c.- Being a collector of coins, Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury. Upon Tuesday the
medals, &c. I have in my possession, at present, a shilPeers sat against him at Northampton, on Tuesday he
ling with the bust of Oliver Cromwell; inscription was banished, on Tuesday received at Pontiniac a fore
OLIVAR, D. G. RP. ANG. SCO, HIB. PRO. Reverse, PAX. warning of his fate, on Tuesday returned from exile, on
QVÆRITVR BELLO; date 1658. I have also a small
copper coin, which I take from its size, to be a farthing, Tuesday was murdered before the altar at Canterbury,
the bust the same as the shilling; reverse, Oliver and on Tuesday was canonized. Saturday was a lucky day to Henry VII. Upon that
Cromroell, 1658. I have also two Roman medals in
bronze, one has the bust of Sixtus V., with the inscripday he achieved the victory over Richard III., on that
tion PONT. MAX. after the name below the bust, the day he entered the city; and he himself always acknow
letters An.v. Reverse, a bridge, PONS FELIX; date ledged he had experienced it fortunate. See his Life by Bacon.
AN. DOM. MDLXxxix. The other has the bust of GreWednesday is said to have been the fortunate day of
gory XII.; inscription, GREGORIVS XII. PONT. MAX. Pope Sixtus V. On Wednesday he was born, on that
Reverse, two keys crossed; inscription, VI HAEC cusday was made monk, on the same day was made General
TODIAS, no date. Perhaps some of your antiquarian. of his Order, on that day also was successively created
Correspondents could inform me if the above Coins and Cardinal, elected Pope, and also inaugurated.
medals are rare, and if so what might be their value.
A COLLECTOR OF COINS AND MEDALS. There is an old proverb that
Glaphough St, Monaghan, 31st December, 1852.
IRISH COPPER TOKENS.—Can any of your readers Easter fell on March 25, the day alluded to, in 1459, i enlighten me as to the meaning of a copper coin in my when King Henry VI. was deposed and murdered ; in collection of the size of a shilling, which has on one side, 1638, when the Scottish troubles began, on which en- | the figure of King David playing on a harp, over which sued the Great Rebellion in 1618-9, wher. Charles the is a crown, the whole surrounded by the words “ Floreat first was beheaded.
| Rex;" on the reverse is a Bishop, habited and mitred, Our author adds, that it will not happen again till the right hand extended, and in the left holding his crozier, year 1991, so I fear we shall have no opportunity of to the right in the back ground is a church, and to the testing the correctness of this wonderful prophecy. | left, what I believe to be birds, reptiles and beasts, but
Aubrey remarks that on May 29 King Charles II. it is much defaced and has unfortunately a hole pierced was born and restored to the throne; that Raphael | in it. Surrounding this side of the coin are the words d'Urbino, the famous painter, was born and died on Good “QVIESCAT Plebs. From the source from which I obFriday, and that Charles V. was born, crowned Emperor,tained it, I believe it came from Ireland. I enclose it and won the battle of Pavia on the 24th of February. for you to engrave if you should think it of sufficient
And so as Edmund moralises in King Lear—“This interest; no date appears on the coin. is the excellent foppery of the world! that when we are sick in fortune (often the surfeit of our own behaviour), we make guilty of our disasters, the sun, the moon, and stars : as if we were villains on necessity; fools by heavenly compulsion, knaves, thieves, and treachers by spherical predominance, drunkards, liars, by an enforced obedience of planetary influence, and all that we are evil in, by a divine thrusting on!"
A BOOKWORM. British Museum.
January 6th, 1953.
S. J.T. TRIBAPENNINA-(Three-halfpenny beer) -- Brudus, a Lusitanian physician, in his treatise De ratione SIMON THE MEDALLIST.-In Granger's Biographical tictus in febribus, as quoted by M. Schookius, De History there is a note stating that at Mr. W'est's sale, Cervizia, Groningæ, 1660, cap. 37, p. 347, says " Potus, the crown-piece executed by Simon, the famous medalquo Angli utuntur, multiplex est; nempe vehemens, list during the Protectorate, sold for £68. Is not this medius, et imbecillior," he then proceeds to describe erroneous ? From a MS. note inserted in the British the different kinds of beer, viz. “ Simplex cervisia.- Museum copy of Granger's work, it appears that the Potens cervisia, quam duplicem, vulgo vocant.-Media, whole set, consisting of the crown, half crown, shilling,
F. S. Donato.
and proof sixpence, exquisitely cut as they were, only HAVE THE ROMAN CATHOLIC PRIESTHOOD produced £5. 78 6d.
MYTHOLOGIZED THE NEW TESTAMENT ?
I hope you will excuse me, if even against your rc
spectful intimation, I take the liberty of troubling you STAR CHAMBER PROSECUTIONS.— Among the Birch
with a few lines on the controversy of the “ Arms of the MSS, in the British Museum, is the transcript of a
Isle of Man:" not truly on the controversy itself, beletter dated 1628, which states that Alexander Gill,
cause I do not know anything concerning those arms; Batchelor of Divinity, Oxford, and Usher in Paul's
but on one of the suppositions put forward by Dr. F. School, under his own father, was censured in the Star
Snaith in the last number of your “ Current Notes ;" Chamber for saying in Trinity College cellar at Oxford,
which is, “that the Catholic Priesthood added mithos that the King was fitter to stand in a Cheapside shop
to the simple and beautiful rcligion of Jesus. Now, with an apron before him, and say, "What lack ye?'
in the name of truth, I would ask the Dr., whence he than to govern a kingdom. 2nd. That the Duke of
did learn, that the Catholic Priesthood invented, or Buckingham (who had been lately murdered by Felton),
altered, the fact related by the Evangelists (Matt. xxi., had gone down to hell to meet King James there. 3rd.
Mark xi. and Luke xix.); that is, of the two asses, For drinking a health to Felton, saying, he was sorry which
| which our Saviour ordered to be untied and brought to Felton had deprived him of the honour of doing that
him, and of his entry into the city of Jerusalem; brave act. His censure was to be degraded both from
whereas every one, who is conversant with the New his ministry and degree taken in the University; to lose
Testament, knows that the fact alluded to, is to be found one ear at London, and the other at Oxford, and to be
in ancient and modern, in Catholic, and Protestant fined £2000. Was this sentence ever carried into
editions of it. If there should be any mythological cir
H. B. effect ?
cumstance mixed with it, (which of course I think not Mortimer Street, Cavendish Square.
to be the case), it ought to be attributed either to the H. B, would also feel obliged if any of the readers of
of ancient Christians, or to Christians of all denominathe “ Current Notes" could inform him of the degree of
tions; and not to the Roman Catholic system only, as relationship between Felton the murderer of the Duke
he is pleased to assert. of Buckingham and the Earl and Countess of Arundel, as a letter in the same collection states that on the day
Bristol, 5, Lodge Street, January 7th, 1853. before his execution they visited him in prison, and brought him money to give away, and a winding sheet
THE MYTHOLOGY OF THE NEW TESTAMENT.- What _" he bcing of their blood."
is a myth? Are we all myths? Is the “ Price CurLITERARY FORGERY. Mr. Surtees gave a copy of a
a copy of a rent” only an allegory and the “ Current Notes" an border ballad, “ on the feud between the Ridleys and
astronomical myth subject to the planetary influence Featherstones," from the recitation of an old woman on
of the new moon? In that good old fashioned book Alston Moor, accompanied with glossarial explanations
the Bible which for eighteen centuries the millions of and learned historical notes to identify the personages
Christians existing throughout the world have believed alluded to, and to determine the date of the transaction.
to be divinely inspired, which the Church of England Scott was delighted with this accession to his collection,
holds as her sole rule of faith, and which every man and did not doubt the genuineness of the piece. It accord
but an infidel or a pagan reverences and respects, we ingly was introduced as a valuable gem of antiqnity into
read a simple and beautiful story of our Lord's humithe 12th note to the first canto of Marmion, published ity--that he entered Jerusalem riding upon an ass, and in the beginning of 1808, as furnished by his friend and that the people strewed branches on the way-side to correspondent, R. Surtees, Esq. of Maidsforth. Now all welcome his approach. Now pray let me ask in sober this was a mere figment, à sport, a frolic of an candour your correspondent, Mr. Snaith, what can this antiquary's brain !! It is proved by more than one
have to do with any mystical trash you have had the copy being found among his papers, corrected and inter
good nature to insert about the legs and arms of the Isle lined. The imposition was never acknowledged. In
of Man. He tells us some stars are called little asses, the Minstrelsy published in 1831, the ballad of Feather
yea verily, and so are some men it would be invidious stonhaugh still retains its place, with all its borrowed
to name. The priesthood he informs us foisted this plumes and fictitious air, undetected !!!
myth into the holy narrative. Will this disciple of the Life of Surtees by Taylor.
puny Volney school give me some authority for so
astounding an assertion, and inform me when it was INQUIRY?- Can any of your readers furnish me with done, where it was done, and why? On a similar any particulars of William Fuller, who, I believe, wrote an principle we might blot out the page of history altoaccount of his eccentric career about the year 1702 or 3.gether, resolve all historical facts into astronomical There is a portrait of him, not badly engraved, in which myths, and gravely metamorphise fat George IV. into he is styled the famous Impostor and Cheat-Master the Georgium Sidus, and Virgin Bess Queen of EngGeneral of England.
land into one of the signs of the Zodiac. Lincoln's Inn, January 13. A CUSTOMER.
ARREST OF THE FIVE MEMBERS.-Whitelocke and / RoseTTA STONE.- After a search of some few years Warwick affirm, that when King Charles I. went to the for a copy of the inscriptions on the Rosetta Stone; I, a house to arrest the five members, timely notice was few days since, had the pleasure of obtaining the three given of his approach by that busy intriguante in state sheets. May I ask the favour of your inserting a drawpolitics, the Countess of Carlisle. Montreuil, the French ing of a very small portion of the hieroglyphic text of ambassador, says he was himself the first to warn them line 6, and the Egyptian cursive translation correspondof the danger. Others give the credit to a Captain ing therewith, part of lines 22, 23; as also my interpreLangrish, who it appears had passed the royal party in tation of both. The parts of my translation between the street as they were advancing towards Westminster crotchets, are not in the original, but appear to be Hall. Did they all do so? It would be well if history necessary for the purpose of filling up the ellipses. had no greater contradictions.
H. L. Read the hieroglyphs and Egyptian translation from Temple, January 15th, 1853.
right to left; and the Coptic from left to right.
THA112 Strickland's work gives an engraving of 19 F Bw. Külow le 24U Yusus 481031911 1922 the Baby coin of Mary Queen of Scots. The writer would feel particularly | The Coptic words corresponding to those of the Egypobliged if any of your Numismatic friends could favour tian cursive are as follows: him with the reverse of that coin, or say whether there Ptlomius ke Pht pouruh nida pi=erouo Yhudim is one in the British Museum? Miss Strickland seems Q 1177matoou ahe pimisi. (T. R. B.) to think that the Scottish term, bawbee, originated with The Greek professing to be a translation of the the baby coin. It would be very gratifying if any Egyptian cursive is as follows, 1. 37. Scottish antiquary can say for certain, whether the term " Iltodepaiw ntan nuevw UTTO T8 goa OEN ENIAdid originate with the coin in question.
R. B. I NEI ευχαρισω ομοιως δε και τα των γονεων αυτ8 New York, 15th Dec. 1852. *
Translation of the Greek by Weston.
“Of King Ptolemy, living for ever, beloved of Phtha, TAE Tucker Family.-I refer your Correspondent, the God Epiphanes most gracious, and those of his “ Friar Tuck," in No. xxiv. p. 103, Current Notes, to parents." the Harleian MS. No. 1162, compiled by the Heralds, Translation of hieroglyphs. (T. R. B.) St. George and Lennard, in which he will find, at folio Ptolemy (believes] also that after 4000 years, life 68, the entry thus designated by them, with their com- eternal will come through] Neith, Phtha's beloved. ments thereon :
The God Horus shall have the dominion at the end of “ Copie of a Warrant of K. Henry VIII., whereby he 4000 years (4 periods). There shall be given to him a gave licence to Stephen Tucker, of Lamartyn, in co. Devon, dominion that is spiritual, over the face of the whole gentleman, to wear his bonnet upon his head as well in earth, to give (the knowledge of the Serpent (Agathohis presence as elsewhere ; i. e. at Divine Service, and this demon, the Messiah) sborn of The woman. in respect of certayne diseases and infirmities (perbaps a Translation of Egyptian cursive and Coptic. (T. R. B.) scald head or leprosie,) attending the said Mr. Tucker:
Plotemy [believes also that Phtha's Horus [will dated 2nd July, anno regni 10.
come) after 4000 years to rule the Jews [and] to teach “ It seems as if the descendants of this Mr. Tucker
the reception of the Serpent. thought the warrant above mentioned to be a glorious mark
I will not leave my memoir incomplete, but will give of the King's faror to their ancestor and family which
the origin, derivation, authorities, &c. of the hieroreally was only a liberty procured for him, that in such places where be (as well as his superiors,) must otherwise
glyphs and Egyptian "running-hand" letters in a subhave been uncovered, he might by wearing a bonnet or cap
sequent number, (D. V.) I have translated, here and hide a loathsome sight.'
there, little pieces of the Egyptian cursive, and have
now made a regular beginning, and am going on with An instance may be seen in the Harleian MS. No.
| line 2
T. R. BROWN. 1856, of a like warrant to Bartholomew Hasketh, “be
Southwick, near Oundle, cause of divers infirmities in his hede."
Jan. 1853. As to the family of Tucker, so numerous in Devonshire, several branches of them claim to have descended Borton'S ANATOMY OF MELANCHOLY.- What aufrom the Tookers of Exeter, by pedigrees which cannot thority is there for the statement that Burton, the author be detailed in the pages of the “Current Notes." of the Anatomy of Melancholy, comunitted suicide. 'J. D. S.
J. MILLER. 8th January, 1853.
January 10, 1853.
INQUIRY.- Where can I find the origin of the comi- Scott's “OLD MORTALITY.”—The following addical expression, “brimful of wrath and cabbage," used tional particulars as to the family of Old Mortality are in Irving's Knickerbocker's History of New York ? extraordinary and interesting. .
His son, John Paterson, who is mentioned in the InLITERARY NEW3.–The real name of the authoress troduction by Sir W. Scott as having settled at Baltiof that very popular work, The Wide Wide World, more in America, made a large fortune there. He had which purports to be written by Elizabeth Wetherell, is a son, who married an American lady, Marianne, daughMrs. Waters.--The small work, entitled Little Things, ter of Richard Caton, Esq. of the U.S. of America. She published at Edinburgh, of which 20,000 copies have survived him, and afterwards intermarried with the late been already sold, is the production of Prof. Wilson.- Marquis Wellesley, being his second wife. A daughThat excellent little work, Woman's Mission, is written ter of this son of John Paterson was married to Jerome by Miss Lewis, Schoolmistress of Barnsbury.
Bonaparte, and after her separation from him wedded
Monsieur Serraier, the French Consul at Baltimore. INQUIRY.-Can any of your numerous readers tell | What would Old Mortality have said, as he pored me who is the author of a Tract, now rare, that ap- l among the neglected grave-stones in Scotland, had he peared some twenty years ago, entitled, “ Can no good foreseen that the widow of his grandson was to become thing come out of Nazareth ?"
an English Marchioness, sister-in-law of the Duke of The general opinion of the time ascribed it to the pen | Wellington, and his granddaughter, Queen of Westof the spirituelle Madame V...., and it is to confirm phalia, and sister-in-law of the Emperor Napoleon. or correct this report that I now address you.
P. A. H. J. W.
January, 1853. January 23rd.
MICHAEL WOHLGEMUTH.-It is well known that SHAKESPEAREAN EMENDATIONS. — As considerable MICHAEL WouLGEMUTH, who in conjunction with interest seems to have been excited by a volume rePLEYDENWURFF illustrated the celebrated Nuremburg cently published by Mr. Payne Collier, which appears Chronicle, was the master of ALBERT DURER, and to contain many happy corrections of corrupted pasesteemed by his contemporaries a clever artist. Are sages in Shakespeare, a country customer, who lives at there any known paintings by his hand in existence ? a distance from Public Libraries, and has no means of
consulting the Early Editions, would feel much obliged Brunswick Square.
if Mr. Willis, or any of his intelligent friends, could
give him some information respecting the volume, and LORD HERBERT OF CAERBURY.-In all the bio- the extent of the corrections. It would appear that graphical Dictionaries I have seen, including Chalmers we now, for the first time, possess the means of restoring and Rose, it is stated that the eccentric Lord Herbert the text of our immortal Bard to its integrity. Do any of Cherbury was born at Montgomery Castle. This is of these emendations appear in the early editions ? and evidently a mistake, as in his autobiography he expressly have any been supplied or guessed at by recent comdeclares he was born at Eyton in Shropshire. The mentators? If the former question be answered in the Herbert family were singularly opposite in their career. negative, this is an event in Literary History which Lord Herbert was an avowed Deist, and wrote a book rivals any of D’Israeli's “ Curiosities." Q. E. D. expressly to prove it. His brother George was a pious Yorkshire Wolds, January 14th. Church of England divine, and author of The Temple and the Country Parson. His brother, Sir Henry, was a gay courtier and Master of the Revels to King Charles,
COINED Words.-" The liberty of coining words (his autogranh is given in the June number of the ought to be used with great modesty. Horace, they Current Notes.) His brother Thomas was a sailor : say, gave but two, and Virgil only one to the Latin while his brother Richard was a noted duellist, who tongue, which was squeamish enough not to swallow carried the scars of some four and twenty wounds to his those, even from such hands, without reluctance." See grave.
Sketches or Essays on Various Subjects by Launcelot January 5th,
Temple, Esq. p. 157, in the first volume of Miscella
nies by John Armstrong, M.D. 2 vols. 12mo. Dublin, CORONATION BY A Pope._I very much doubt the 1770." truth of the story related by Rimius, and quoted by Query- The words coined by Horace and Virgil. your correspondent Y.S. N. that Pope Innocent crowned In the preface, p. iv. the author says, “He has the troubadour King of Arragon with a crown of un- always most heartily despised the opinion of the Mobileavened bread. Rimius does not give any authority (lity”—and again at p. 156, “ It is the easiest thing for his statement. Hurter, in his admirable life of imaginable to coin words. The most ignorant of the Innocent III. makes no mention of the occurrence. Mobility are apt to do it every day, and are laughed at
HISTORICUS. for it." Who coined Mobility ? Ashby de la Zouch.
KING CHARLES'S RESTORATION.
OLD COOKERY Books.-Who was W. M. the author England's Glorious change by calling home King Charles of The Queen's Closet opened, 12mo. London, 1668 ? II. folio, 1660.
This curious production is divided into three parts. The Britain's Triumph for her unparalleled deliverance, 4to. first contains The Pearl of Practice, being accurate, 1660.
physical, and chyrurgical receipts. The second is The England's Joy for the coming in of Charles II.
Queen's Delight, or the Art of Preserving, Candying, To the King upon his Majesty's return by a person of &c. The third is The Complete Cook, “ which," says honor, folio, 1660.
the author, W. M. “hath had a general reception traA Glimpse of Joy for the happy restoring of the King's velling up and down the kingdom, and, like the good Majesty, or the Devoirs of a nameless poet, folio, 1660.
Samaritan, giving comfort to all it met." Some of the A noble salutation and a faithful greeting unto thee,
quaint receipts of our ancestors will excite a smile. We Charles Stewart, who art now proclaimed King of Eng.
are gravely informed that the tooth of a dead man land, &c. from George Fox the Younger, 4to. 1660. The Subject's desire to see King Charles his safe arrival,
carried about with one, presently suppresses the toothfolio, 1660.
ache. It would be impossible to enumerate all the ballads
“For redness and shining of the nose, take a fair linen and broadsides which were the first fruits of the Resto- cloth, and in the morning lay it over the grass, and dra ration. King Charles arrived in London. 29th May, over till it be wet with dew, then wring it out into a dish, 1660, the anniversary of his birthday. The people vied a
and and wet the face therewith as often as you please. As you with each other in their demonstrations of joy. Charles's
wet, let it dry in. May dew is the best." sarcasm on their weathercock enthusiasm is well known. Lady Goring's water for an ague, &c. was thus de" It must have been his own fault he had been so long | lectably compounded : absent, since every one was so unanimous in welcoming " Take the dung of a horse when it is new made, mingle his return." Perhaps the most curious ballad on the it well with beer, and a little ginger, and a good quantity subject is in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. It is of treacle, and distil in an ordinary still ; give of this a entitled “ Win at first, Lose at last, or a New Game at pretty draught to drink.” Cards, wherein the King recovered his Crown and Traitors lost their heads. To the tune of, Ye gallants
A medicine for the plague that the Lord Mayor had that delight to play.”
of the Queen. “ Ye merry hearts that love to play
“ Take of sage elder and red bramble leaves a little At cards, see who hath won the day.
handful, stamp and bruise them together through a cloth, You that once did sadly sing
with a quart of white wine, then take a quantity of white The Knave of Clubs hath won the King,
wine vinegar and mingle all together. Drink thereof, Now more happy times you have
morning and night, a spoonful nine days together, and you The King hath overcome the Knave.
shall be whole. There is no medicine more excellent than Not long ago a game was played,
this, when the sore doth appear, then to take a cock chick When three crowns as the stake was laid ;
and pull it, and hold it to the sore, and it will gape and England had no cause to boast,
labour for life, and in the end die. Then take another, and Knaves won that which Kings had lost,
so long as any one do die, for when the poison is quite Coaches gave the way to carts
drawn out, the chick will live, the sore presently will assuage, And clubs were better cards than hearts".
and the party recover. Mr. Winlour proved this upon one And after comparing the whole of the civil disturbances 1 of his own children, the thirteenth chick died, the fourteenth that ensued to the mysteries of a game at cards in which
which I lived, and the party cured." the Presbyterians had the deal; the army swearing they We do not know the wonderful virtues and properties would cut, Cromwell's unlucky son
of the “ Oil of Swallows," however, it seems to be com“poor silly Dick,
posed of as many ingredients as the witches' cauldron Played awhile but lost the trick."
in Macbeth. Then the King's party resolved to save the stakes or
| Take swallows as many as you can get (ten or twelve at lose their lives, and when General Monk, who was ac
the least). [This almost rivals Mrs. Glasse's directions cused of foul play
about catching your hare ;) put them quick into a mortar, “ did understand
and put to them lavendar, cotton, spike, camomile, knot The Rump were peeping in his hand,
grass, ribwort, halm, valerian, rosemary tops, woodbine tops, He wisely kept his cards from sight,
strings of vioes, French mallows, plaintain, walnut leaves, Which put the Rump into a fright,
violet leaves, brook lime, mother of time, &c. &c. &c. He saw how many were betrayed,
| put a quart of neat's foot oil, beat with cloves, and put them That shewed their cards before they played."
| all together in an earthern pot, stopt so close with a piece Till at the close of the game they turned the “King of dough that no air can escape, set them nine days in a of Hearts," which made —
cellar, boil them six or eight hours on the fire, but first put “all loyal subjects sing,
in half a pound of wax, and a pint of salad oil, and strain Farewell Knaves and welcome King."
them through a linen cloth."