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fore.” “In medio tutissimus ;"—to these serious complaints we reply,
It is really amusing to observe the contrasted opinions of our dif-
On the con-
To these conflicting opinions we can only reply, “Non nostrum
The most essential character of the Gentleman's MAGAZINE will,
June 29, 1822.
ber a recess,
We are much obliged to the Rev. John Clere de Montè, a Norman Baron, who is Graham, and to another Correspondent, who described on a monument erected to his mehave both sent us Drawings of what they mory in the chapel of Blickling, as having conceive to be a very curious Medal. We
come to England with William Duke of have before, vol. XCI. ïi. p. 482, given our Normandy, to assist him in the Conquest opinion of the Medal, in answer to H. R. D. of England.'— Blomefield's “ Norfolk.' who first sent us the notice of it, which Puff observes, “If there be in chamappeared in a provincial journal.
eep or shallow, above or beJ. O. may obtain the information he re- low, it does not occasion any peculiar curquires almost in any public Library. rent of air to make one sensible of being in
A CONSTANT READER is referred to his its vicinity; but convert this recess into a Dentist.
closet, and however well fitted and comANTIQUARIOLUS says, “I am glad that pacted the door may be, yet through every A. C. R. has furnished an additional proof little crevice the air will draw and become to the scene of Adam Gordon's combat, by painfully troublesome. Nay, I have seen a placing Shortgrave in Bedfordshire : per- candle nearly extinguished through the keyhaps he can also identify Altun wood. Dr. hole of a closet not six inches deep. Pray Brady, in his History of England, relates solve this problem." that in 1265 the King being obliged by the W. F. C. observes, “I beg leave to point rebellious Barons, sent letters, dated at out what I consider a very material error in Monmouth, June 28, “per Regem, comi- the new Coinage, inasmuch as it would mislead tem Leicestriæ,' &c. to Adam de Gurdun any person seeking information of the arand others, commanding them to suppress morial bearings of our natiou. I allude to the efforts made in his favour."
the false heraldry of the shield, in which Clericus suggests to Mr. Frank Hall the whole field is made to appear Argent; STANDISH, the Editor of the Life of Vol- neither does it, as a medal, look so rich and taire, the propriety of correcting, in another handsome, from the want of the usual disedition, an uncharitable disposition towards tinguishing lines. I should be glad to learn a very respectable body of men, which, the reason which led to this new mode of while it leads him into error, may bring displaying the arms?". down contempt upon him. He wishes to A. S. wishes to know whether the Charge call Mr. Standish's attention to the follow- given by the present Bishop of Winchester ing acrimonius and unjust attack upon the to his Clergy in the last summer at his priClergy at large. Speaking of satire as a mary Visitation in Surrey has been printed; libel, he says, “It proceeds generally from and if it has, where it may be procured? an hireling author, or from some little, low, W.R. K. ARMIGER observes ; “ Inquiries contemptible, and foolish man, of a bad dis- having been made respecting the family of position, with imaginary talents, who has Knivett (XCI. i. pp. 286,482), some of your neither sufficient conrage nor good nature Correspondents may probably say what beto suppress the paltry venom of his own came of the descendants of Sir Philip Knivett conceptions. A libel" is the natural off- of Birkenham Castle, Norfolk, bart. whose spring of a weak head and corrupt heart, and sons were, Philip, heir apparent; John, of is sometimes to be found still emanating Leatherhead, Surrey; Thomas, who mareven from a Christian Teacher or Protestant ried, and had issue (query, of what family Clergyman of the present Century." Our was his lady ?); Sir Robert, the fourth son, Correspondent then remarks, “'Now let bart. died in London, at an advanced age.Counsel, learned in the law, or let any man Eleanor married, first, to Sir Henry Hastof plain understanding, say if this last charge ings ; secondly, to Sir Thos. Waldron, of be not a solemn and a cruel libel ; and if it Chorley, knt. ; Dorothy or Elizabeth, wife be so, see how the earlier part of the sen- to James Erskine, Earl of Buchan, in Scottence characterizes its author, as 'an bire- land. Catherine is said to have died unmarried." ling, or as some little, low, contemptible The recommendation of the Thetford Spa
of bad disposition, with imaginary can only be used (if paid for) as an Advertalents, who has neither sufficient courage tisement on our Cover. nor good nature to suppress the paltry ve- T.B. expresses his disappointment at findnom of his own conceptions'.”
ing the Compendiums of County History disA. Y. Z. asks, “Was Sir John Clere of continued; and hopes that Byro will again Blickling in Norfolk of the family of Clare, favour us with his communications : in this whose pedigree appeared in vol. LXXXIX. wish we heartily join with T. B. ii. p. 411? This Sir John Clere possessed The hints of « Clericus, M. A." (of Blickling in right of his wife, daughter of Bury, L.) we adopt as far as is easily practiSir William Boleyn, and received Queen cable. To the extent he mentions, they Elizabeth there. He was descended from would alone fill the whole of our pages.
Barton upon Humber, Of the many invasions of Great Bri-
tain by the Northern barbarians, none In of
there is perhaps no one to whom county of Lincoln, until after the conwe are more indebted than Mr. Sha- quest of Northumbria by Ivan, when ron Turner, who, in compiling his (temp. 871) the Danes landed at HumHistory of the Anglo Saxons, has ex- rstone (on the Lincolnshire coast), plored so many before-hidden treasures, and commenced that too successful as to produce an abundant detail of irruption, which proceeding through events that
, but for him, might pro- the county Southward, destroyed the bably have still remained unheeded monasteries of Bardney and Croyland, and unknown; and although the tran- and desolated the whole country; and sactions of that eventful portion of our being assisted also in its progress by history are yet so scanty as to hurry us the petty jealousies of the Anglo Saxon over a vast period of time, through a Sovereigns, triumphed over each kingquick succession of barbarous and re- dom, in detail, and in the end made volting, incidents, yet the events of the great Alfred himself a temporary those times are nevertheless worthy of fugitive in his own dominions. our most serious consideration : in From the period of this devastation, them, indeed, we see as it were the and during the subsequent struggles of germ of our national civilization, strug. Alfred in regaining his kingdom, and gling against the rude shocks of igno. to the time of his final triumph over rance and barbarism, and yet increas- the Danes, none of the important ing to a growing shoot; then assisted events recorded give any local interest and nurtured by the introduction of to the North of Lincolnshire, nor is the mild truths of Christianity, we see any thing particularly stated, so as to that shoot overpowering all barbarian place any military operations of conseobstacles, and expanding itself into a quence immediately on the banks of large and spreading tree, under whose the river Humber, until the reign of full grown and shady branches we now Athelstan, when the great Battle of enjoy the sweet repose of historic con- Brunnenburgh was fought. templation, counting the many bless- Without giving you the full detail ings of the present, and contrasting of Mr. Turner's history of the events them with the miseries of the past. which occasioned this great contest, it
Shocking as the detail may be, yet may be useful to premise, that almost the violent usurpations of power, the upon every accession of our elective murders and desolations committed Anglo Saxon Monarchs to the sovewith fire and sword, and the bloody reignty of their respective States, it contests that were continually taking was invariably necessary that they place between one or other of the many should have recourse to arms, in order Sovereigns of our Saxon ancestors, may to support or confirm their authority; truly be considered as having. laid the and the submission that was made by foundation of our present National in the Sovereigns of Northumbria, Scoidependence, and each greater contest land, and Wales, to Edward, was but that is recorded becomes doubly inte- ill attended to, when the sceptre was resting to the present generation, by conceded to his successor Athelstan ; having some accompanying proofs of the consequence of which was, that its locality.
Athelstan soon added Northumbria to
The invading allies were on their progress federacies that ever had been formed
from that river when they were met by sprung up against hin, and threatened
Athelstan ; and it is probable that Brunne, his whole kingdom with present anni- shire (near which is Witham, perhaps for
now Bourne, in the South part of Lincolnhilation.
merly Weondune), may have been the
To which is added the following
princes, and the Anglo Danes,
Coupling these queries and observaas to gain time, and be prepared to
tions with my own, I have ventured meet the storm ; and, finally, in the
to presume that I am able to deterBattle of Brunnenburgh, he com- mine this hitherto doubtful point, and pletely defeated their combinations.
to lay down the exact position where In this battle the contending armies this Battle was fought'; in order to were so numerous, the circumstances which, however, I must again refer 10 50 particular, the slaughter so great, Mr. Turner's History for information, and the consequences so important, " that Aplaf commenced the warfare that it may not inaptly be compared to by entering the Humber with a fleet the modern Waterloo.
of 615 ships ;” and also, “that he Every reader of Mr. Turner's His
soon overpowered the forces which tory will no doubt be delighted with Athelstan had posted in Northumhis description of the particular events bria.” It does not appear how far of this most important period, and Anlaf's force was personally engaged especially with his representation of in producing these advantages North this Baule; and it only leaves a regret of the Humber; and from the silence that the scite of such events should
of our Historians, we may infer that not have been identified with his de
the magnitude of the invading force scription.
was such as made it necessary that In my edition (being the first) of Athelstan should withdraw his troops Mr. Turner's History, with reference from the North, and concentrate to the Battle of Brunnausburgh, he them in a more Southerly position ; subjoins the following note :
although the ships of the period we
are now speaking of were not vessels of
as little delay as possible, debark and
My conjecture is, that Anlaf landed
the main body of his army at Barrow,
taking up a position at the head of the Accidentally looking into Macpher. creek or haven there, about three quarson's Geographical Illustrations of 'Scot- ters of a mile distant from the river, tish History, with reference to this same where he threw up entrenchments, event, and under the title Brunnan- and that he in a similar way posted his burgh, I found the following observa- allies at Barton ; which conjecture is tion:
founded on the natural positions thesė