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OFFICE, 20, WELLINGTON STREET, STRAND, W.C.
LONDON, SATURDAY, JANUARY 6, 1877.
this respect led him to challenge me to make fur-
ther inquiries of a similar character, when baffled
in his endeavours to discover and make a note of
the point of any caricature; for his collection was
not only systematically catalogued, but carefully
annotated, as all who had occasion to avail them-
CONTENTS. - N° 158.
NOTES:-The Story of "Notes and Queries," 1-The First
Public Meeting-Niam-Niam Folk-Lore, 2-Shakspeariana, 3
-Biographia Dramatica-Specialists upon Books, 4-Wesley
in "The Dunciad," 5-Curious Epitaph-The Duchess of
Devonshire-Mr. B. Thornton-The Island of Barataria-selves of the liberality with which he placed his
Right of Way, 6.
portfolios at the service of his literary friends will
testify. Mr. Wright, in his England under the
House of Hanover, has paid a grateful tribute to
Mr. Hawkins for the kindness with which he
placed his large collections at his service.
QUERIES:-" Ogre' -"Roma Vetus," &c.-Wales called
"Letamia" Prince Eugene's Prayer-Napoleon I., 7—
"Hudibras"-"Superior" and "Inferior"-Heraldic-Pil-
grim Family - Gilliam Family - Lancashire Clergymen
Facies"-Old Song Book, 8-Thomson's "Hymn to the
Creator"-"A Help to English History"-"Flanderkin
Millers' Sons-Thorwaldsen's Bust of Byron, &c., 9.
Upon the death of Mr. Hawkins the Trustees of
REPLIES:-A Society for the Publication of Church Re- the British Museum became the purchasers of his
gisters, 9-Haydon's "Autobiography," 11-Style and Title caricatures, and I may here record an act of great
-Birds named in Drayton's "Polyolbion," 12-Missing
Ancient Hindu Grant-Rev. R. S. Hawker, of Morwenstow, liberality on the part of Mr. Hawkins's repre-
13-" Adversity needs not," &c.-H. Ingles-The Sin-Eater sentatives which deserves to be made known.
-Shakspeare and the Bible-Lochleven Castle and its Keys, All those who have paid any attention to this class
14-Old Collect for Christmas Day-Common Lias Fossil-
+ Clemant +Tosear - J. Bingham-St. Nathalan - Pro- of satirical works must have experienced the diffi-
claiming an Earl's Titles at the Altar-Sir B. Gascoigne, culty of arranging them in chronological order
15-Scot: Scotland: Scotia - The Mews, Charing Cross-
Female Burials in St. Peter's, Rome-"Dromedary," 16- from the grossness and indecency by which many
Knox and Welsh Families-St. Alkeld-Scandinavian Myth of them are disfigured, and are compelled, if they
ology-"La Coquette Corrigée "-"Facciolati et Forcellini desire to make their collections complete, to keep
Lexicon," 17-"To catch a crab"-Dr. Homer's
theca Americana Universalis "-Records of Long Service- separately the most objectionable ones. Mr. Haw-
"Man-a-Lost"-Autographs of Sir J. Reynolds-Mrs. Cuth-kins adopted this very proper course; a separate
bertson-Sheridan's Begum Speech-Voltaire upon Racine,
18-Umbrellas-"Infants in hell," &c., 19.
Notes on Books, &c.
THE STORY OF "NOTES AND QUERIES."
(Continued from 5th S. vi. 222.)
Every week added new and distinguished names
to the list of avowed contributors, while others no
less able preferred to identify their communica-
tions by pseudonyms or initials only. Thus, in
the fourth number, appeared articles from the pens
of Mr. Edward Hawkins, Mr. Singer, and the
Rev. Mackenzie Walcott.
It was my privilege to be acquainted for
many years with the learned, frank, outspoken,
and straightforward Kepeer of the Antiquities
in the British Museum, who was possessed of
a great variety of information on matters
totally distinct from the department over which
he presided with so much advantage. For in-
stance, no man in England had so thorough an
acquaintance with the history of caricature in this
country; and his collection of the works of our
caricaturists was the most complete that had ever
been formed. Many a pleasant morning have
I passed in examining that collection; and it was
my good fortune on one occasion to discover the
point of a small satirical print in his possession,
which had baffled the inquiries not only of Mr.
Hawkins himself, but of the late Mr. John Wilson
Croker and Lord Holland. The print I allude to
is that described in the Third Series of "N. & Q.,"
vol. ii. p. 401, and vol. x. p. 323. My success in
portfolio contained those caricatures which were
most offensive, but many of which were among
the most valuable (historically) in his collection.
Some two or three years after it had been deposited
in the Museum, I fancied I had found a clue to
one of these objectionable caricatures relating to
a distinguished personage, and on my next visit
to the British Museum visited the Print Room for
the purpose of ascertaining whether or not I was
right. To my surprise the print was not to be
found. Mr. Reid had never seen it, and it was
not until he had referred to Mr. Hawkins's MS.
catalogue, and found it duly recorded there, that
he was satisfied that I had seen it in Mr. Hawkins's
possession. Two or three other references to the
catalogue for prints of a similar character_soon
established the fact that the portion of Mr. Haw-
kins's collection to which they belonged had never
reached the Museum. The fact was the portfolio
containing them, having been kept separately from
the rest, had been overlooked by the family, who,
on being applied to, most handsomely handed it
over to the Museum, although it had never been
seen by the gentleman who valued the collection,
and who must have added a considerable sum to
the estimated value if it had been submitted to
The name of Samuel Weller Singer had for some
years ceased to figure in literary journals, until Mr.
Singer was induced to emerge from his pleasant
library at Mickleham, and give the world, in
"N. & Q.," some of the fruits of his long
literary leisure; for, as he told me some weeks
afterwards, when I met him at the publisher's,
"N. & Q." had served to call him into a new