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Dr. Johnson and Bruce.--- Naval Tactics. part of it, whilst “
all who had run Since that I have stumbled on a out were dashed to pieces by the fall passage in Polybius which distinctly ing houses.” Now this was not the goes to prove neither one or the other fact. No such remarkable interposition are entitled to the claim of invention ; happened. He expressly mentions two and I cannot do better than give it to servants wounded, one of whom most you in the words of Mr. Hamilton. injured is again mentioned repeatedly Speaking of the battle of Drepanum in the course of the interesting narra between the Carthagenians and the tive: he even helped her out of the Romans, amongst other reasons which rubbish, and the other servant went he gives for the loss of the battle, by for assistance : and she ultimately, as the latter, he states as follows: well as the man, escaped, and was not “They were quite deprived of the advandashed to pieces ; nor was the preser tage, the greatest that is known in naval bat. vation of the narrator effected by his tles, of sailing through the squadron of the confinement in, but by his escape at enemy, and of attacking in stern the ships last from the ruins of the house." that were already engaged with others.” Historical truth should never be sacri. Thus then it appears that what we ficed for the sake of pathos : to “point claim as a discovery, was well known a moral, or adorn a tale." G. L. to the ancients more than two thou.
sand years ago; for the account given, MR. URBAN,
Jan. 8. and the expressions used, are so exMajor HEAD's mistake about Dr. ceedingly fitting to the case in point, Johnson and Bruce (December, p. 482) that there can be no doubt as to his may be satisfactorily explained thus : meaning. -In 1789, the Voyage to Abyssinia, Should the above quotation not aptranslated from Lobo, was republished pear conclusive, I have little doubt of with other tracts of Dr. Johnson, by being able to furnish you with corroElliot and Kay of the Strand, in an borative evidence written 260 years octavo volume of 500 pages. The edi before Polybius ; for I am much mistor, Mr. George Gleig of Stirling, who taken if several similar passages are inscribes the work to Arthur Murphy, not to be found in Thucydides. has prefixed a General Preface, wherein Yours, &c.
C. is the following sentence :
"The public, indeed, has reason to expect soon,
Jan. 11. a full account of that country from the NO one who is at all versed in repen of the celebrated traveller, Mr. searches of a genealogical nature, will Bruce, &c.” Then follows Dr. John- have failed to observe and deplore the son's preface to the translation; and difficulty of ascertaining the dates of as no other dates appear to the volume the births, marriages, and deaths of except the year “1789,” as above; the wives and younger children of our and “ Stirling, Dec. 1, 1788,” at the ancient English families. This remark foot of Mr. Gleig's dedicatory inscrip- is not confined to those who lay claim tion to Arthur Murphy, it is possible simply to the appellation of gentry, the Major might have taken this as a but comprehends the very highest perposthumous work of Dr. Johnson, and sonages of the realm ; many of whom was altogether ignorant of its having have appeared on the stage of life, been published so long ago as 1735. and made their exit, without leaving Yours, &c.
I. H. H. any record to attest the period of
either event. The only immediate MR. URBAN,
Gosmore, Herts. evidence of such dates, prior to the
Dec. 30. institution of parish registers, are HAVING waded, like many others, wills, inquisitions, and monuments ; through the elaborate discussions in and if these exist not, the genealogist various periodical works, on the ques is compelled to undertake a weary tion between Lord Rodney and Mr. and often fruitless search through the Clerk, as to priority of invention of accumulated series of MS. collections; that part of naval tactics usually called a task of such labour, that there are Breaking the Enemy's Line, I came to few who have zeal or perseverance the conclusion (an inevitable one), sufficient to set about it. “ that much may be said on both These reflections, familiar to me sides," but with a decided leaning to from my own ill-success in similar the arguments adduced in favour of inquiries, have been called Lord Rodney.
forth by the perusal of the Wardrobe
(Jan. and Privy Purse Accounts of King session of Sir Gilbert Dethick's MSS. Edward the Fourth and Elizabeth of some of which, with the one I am York, recently edited by N. H. Nico now describing, were purchased of las, Esq. In the introductory remarks him, and a few returned, on account to that publication, are some useful of some scruples arising as to their biographical memoranda relative to being office books. At the period of the children of Edward the Fourth; the fire in 1731, this volume seems to but singular to remark, the exact have been lost from the Cotton library, dates of the births of most of them, and subsequently passed into the hands either rest on conjecture, or are alto of the elder Anstis. From Anstis it gether unknown. But as many of your went to Mr. Gough, and at the sale readers, perhaps, will agree with me, of the library of Mr. G. in 1810, it that any illustration, however slight, was restored to the Cotton collection. which has- escaped the researches of This volume contains a mass of very one so well versed in genealogy as the valuable information concerning, the Editor of the above publication, is wor ceremonials used at the coronations, thy of preservation, I beg leave to sub- christenings, and creations of princes join the copy of some entries touching and nobles, from the reign of Henry the births of King Edward's children, the Fifth to that of Elizabeth, incluwhich may partly serve to supply the sive ; independent of various other deficiency complained of. The volume documents more immediately relative I transcribe from is No. 6113 of the to the officers of the College of Arms. Additional MSS. in the British Mu The principal portion of it seems to seum, and once perhaps belonged to have been written by Sir Gilbert Dethe College of Arms, as might be con thick, Richmond Herald, and subsejectured from a note at the end, ad- quently Garter King of Arms, in the dressed to some nobleman not named, reigns of Henry VIII., Edward VI., in the following terms :
and Elizabeth, with additions by Wil"I praye yor L. thinck that no gould liam Colburn, Rougedragon and York o? fee could move me to have sent these Herald, and others. Having stated bookes out of my custodie, but yor Love thus briefly the nature of this MS. I ouly, requiring that yo' L. will peruse and proceed to copy the memoranda which send them presently agayne to my office : occasioned these remarks, inserted on this 9 December, 1588.-Will’m Detheck, folio 48, b. Garter principall Kinge of Armes.” At the commencement is Sir Robert
“ Kinge Edward the iïïjth, childerne. Cotton's autograph, with the following “ Ao D'ni Md jiijc and lxiiij,xj febr'. ao note, “This book I bought of Chala
1465. There was Borne At Westmester nor,” meaning Jacob Chaloner, a col The lady Elizabeth Dolffenesse of Fraunce, lector of the reign of James the First,
And Christened in the Abbay churche By who on the death of Philip Holland,
the Archebusshoppe of yorke. Portcullis Pursuivant, petitioned for
Ao D'ni Mi iiije and? Was Borne My
lady Mary. his situation, (see Noble’s Hist. Coll.
Ao D'ni Ml iiijc & 3 Was Borne My of Arms, p. 392, n). Among some
lady Cycill' Princes of Scottes. memoranda in Sir R. Cotton's own
Ao D'ni M iiijc lxx ao x E.ijijti in Nohand-writing I have seen, it appears vembre. that this Jacob Chaloner was in pos The 4 Seconde Day of Novembre was
| The date has here been filled up by a second hand, and coofirms that stated on her monument, adopted by Mr. Nicolas, p. xxxi. Sandford is certainly in error. The title of “ Dolphiness," as well as that beneath of “ Princess of Scottes," may serve to prove
that these memoranda were made by a contemporary.
2 Left blank. Mr. Nicolas supplies the date, which was August 1466. She died May 23, 1482, aged fifteen years and nine months. It was, most probably, the body of this Princess, which in 1810, was discovered, together with that of her brother George, in making an excavation at the east end of St. George's Chapel, Windsor ; although Mr. Lysons, partly from the errors in Sandford, and partly from the appearance of the body, seems to doubt it. See his Berkshire, p. 471.
3 Left blank. The time of her birth is not yet ascertained, although it must have taken place between August 1466, and the early part of 1470. Sandford (whom Mr. Nicolas follows) states she died and was buried at Quarera, i. e. Quarre Abbey, near Newport; in the Isle of Wight; and if the muniments of that religious house are still in existence, perhaps some light might be thrown on this subject.
4 Sandford says on the 4th of November, and Mr. Nicolas on the 14th.
memoranda confirmed, that the above 1881.] Christening of the Princess Bridget, 1480.
25 Borne At Westmester In the Seyntwary, My lady the Kinges Mother, and my lady My lorde the Prince, the kinge That tyme Elizabethe, were godmothers at the Fonte. Beinge out of the lande in the parties of The Busshoppe of Winchester Godfather. Flaundres, Hollande And Zelande.
And in the Tyme of the christeninge, The 5 A° D'ni Mlije lxxj Was Borne My officers of Armes caste on theire cotes. Jady Margarete, And Dyed yonge, And ys And then were light' all the foresayde Berryed at the Auter ende fore Sainte Ed Torches. wardes Shryne At Westmester.
Presente, theise noble men enseuenge. A° D'ni Mjije Ixxij, ao xij, Was Borne The Duke of Yorke. my Lorde Richarde Duke of Yorke, At The lorde Hastinges, the Kinges chamberShrowesbury on the xvijth Day of Auguste. 6 layn.
A° D'ni M iiijc lxxv. Was Borbe my The lorde Stanley, Stewarde of the Kinges Lady Anne At Westmynster the ijde Day of
house. Nouembre,7 And Crystenned in the Abbay The lorde Dacres the quenes chamberlein, churche there.
other astates. 8 The ladye Katheryne was borne 147 And when the sayde Princesse was chris
A D'ni Mi iiijc xlij the xxvijah day of tened, A Squier helde the Basens to the Aprell’9. Was Borne the noble Kinge Ed gossyppes, and even by the Fonte my warde the iiijth, at Rone, and Christenyd in lady Matravers was godmother to the the Cathedrall churche there.
conformacion. On Seynt martyus day 1480 Ao 20 And from thens she was borne before the E. 4, was borne at Eltham the ladye high' aulter, Aud that Solempnitee doon brysytt.
she was Borne eftesonys into her Par
closse, 10 Accompenyed' we the Astates This last entry is by a second hand;
Aforesayde. but at folio 73 of the same MS. we And the lorde of Sainte Joanes brought' meet with a more correct notice of tḥither A Spice plate. this Princess's birth, to which is added And At the sayde Parelose the godfather the ceremonial of her Christening, and and the godmother gaue greate gyftes to as it is short, and has never been no the sayde princesse. ticed, I shall transcribe it here.
Whiche gyftes were borne by Knightes
and esquiers before the sayde Princesse, Md that in the yere of our lorde M iiiję turneng to the quenes chamber Againe, ijas And the xxth yere of the Reigne of well' Accompanyèd As ye Apperteynethe, Kinge Edwarde the iiijth on Sainte Martyns aod after the custume of this Realme. Deo even, was Borne the lady Brigette, And gr’as. Cristened on the morne on Sainte Martyns
It must be daye In the Chappell' of Eltham, by the Busshoppe of Chichester in order As en
the order of the suethe.
births of King Edward's children, as Furste C Torches borne by Knightes, Es- stated by Mr. Nicolas, and prove
quiers, and other honneste Parsondes. Sandford to have been mistaken. The The Lorde Matreuers, Beringe the Basen, name of George of Shrewsbury, the
Havinge A Towell' aboute his necke. third, son of Edward, is omitted, and Therle of Northumberlande beringe A Taper the date of his birth is unknown; not light'.
but on making an excavation in St. Therle of Lincolne the Salte. The Canapee borne by iij Knightes and A George's Chapel, at Windsor, in 1810,
his body was found in a leaden coffin, My lady Matrauers dyd bere A Ryche Cry- which fixes his death to March, 1473.
and an inscription, partly obliterated, som Pynned Ouer fier lefte breste. The Countesse of Rychemond did Bere The Lysons's Berksh. p. 471. Princesse.
F. M. My lorde Marques Dorsette Assisted her.
Sandford and Nicolas state her birth to have taken place the 19th of April, 1472. She died the 11th of December following.
6 The exact date of this Prince's birth is unknown both to Sandford and Nicolas, although the latter assigns it very justly to this year.
7 This date also is not to be found in either of the above writers. Mr. Nicolas only says, “ subsequent to June 1475.” The time of her decease is unknown, but is stated, on good authority, to have occurred in 1512, or early in 1513. See Dr. Nott's edition of the Earl of Surrey's Poems.
8 This line is added by a second hand. She was born before August 1479, and died November 15, 1527.-Nicolas, p. xxiv.
9 Sandford states his birth to have taken place April 29, 1441; p. 403.
CAMBRIDGE PRIZE COMPOSITIONS. As we are desirous of calling the attention of the Universities and other scholastic institutions to the Classical Department of our Miscellany, we propose to give insertion to such short Prize Compositions as have sufficient merit to appear in our columns. As a commencement, we now (though late) insert the Shakspearian Iambics and the Epigrams, which were the successful compositions at Cambridge in the year 1830. It is our intention to continue the series.
τι χρήμα λεύσσω; τίς ποθ' υψόθεν δόμων
Ι. ή μοι.
P. έφθέγξατ'· ο θεός φαιδίμη, φθέγξαι πάλιν.
ούτω γαρ ούτω διαπρέπεις υπερθέ μου
27 νεφελών έφιππεύοντα δέρκονται θεόν,
πτεροίσι ναυστολούντα κόλπον αιθέρος. .
πατέρα τ' αναίνου κώνομ" ει δε μη θέλεις, ,
ROMEO. JULIET. (Act 11. Sc. ii.) R. He jests at scars that never felt a As daylight doth a lamp; her eye in heaven wound.
[dow breaks ? Would through the airy region stream so But, soft! what light through yonder win
[night. It is the east, and Juliet is the sun! That birds would sing, and think it were not Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon, See how she leans her head upon her hand! Who is already sick and pale with grief, Oh that I were a glove upon that hand, That thou, her maid, art far more fair than That I might touch that cheek. Be not her maid, since she is envious ! (she. J. Ay me! Her vestal livery is but sick and green,
R. She speaks : And none but fools do wear it! cast it off! O speak again, bright angel! for thou art It is my lady; Oh! it is my love!
As glorious to this night, being o'er my head Oh that she knew she were ! [that? As is a wioged messenger of heaven She speaks ; yet she says nothing! what of Unto the white upturned wondering eyes Her eye discourses ; I will answer it. Of mortals, that fall back to gaze on him I am too bold; 'tis not to me it speaks. When he bestrides the lazy-pacing clouds, Two of the fairest stars in all the heaven, And sails upon the bosom of the air. Having some business, do intreat her eyes J. Oh Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art To twinkle in their spheres till they return. thou Romeo ? What if her eyes were there, they in her Deny thy father, and refuse thy name : head?
[those stars, Or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love, The brightness of her cheek would shame And I'll no longer be a Capulet.
ήίθεος Δάφνις, φάρμακο έδωκε κόρη
" SPATIIS INCLUSUS INIQUIS.”
Non tempus illi ut cogitet : Esin Minervæ crassioris Appius
Clepsydra semper adsidet jentaculo,
Dum rodit ungues et legit;
Arctis ubique terminis includitur; Et cæterâ farragine.
Dies propinquat horridus. Non ambulabat indies miserrimus
Quid ergo restat ? heu, rei fastigium ! Trans milliare proximum :
Cuneatur inter ultimos.
Dec. 23.—The Norrisian prize for the as effects produced in the ordinary course of present year was on Monday last adjudged to nature. Thomas Stone, B.A. Scholar of St. John's The subject of the Hulseau prize essay College, for his essay on the following sub for the ensuing year is, “ The Evidences of ject :-" The Christian Religion the last the Truth of the Christian Revelation are Revelation to be expected of the will of not weakened by Time.” God."
The subject of the Seatonian prize poem Dec. 31.-On Monday last, the Hulsean for the present year is, “ David playing the prize, of one hundred guineas, was adjudged harp before Saul," 1 Sam. xvi. 23. And the to Frederic Myers, Scholar of Clare Hall, examiners have given notice that, should any for his essay on " The futility of attempts to poem appear to possess distinguished merit, represent the Miracles recorded in Scripture a premium of £100 will be adjudged.