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we shall not ask in vain, we shall be cheered in our laborious undertaking; for every accession of approval on the part of the public will be met by fresh exertion on the part of their old and faithful servant,
MR. URBAN,-With reference to the inquiry of T. W. P. in your Magazine for Feb. 1849 (p. 114) for the arms of DE ROUBAIX FAMILY, I, as one of the members of the family of that name, have herewith the honour to transmit a copy of an impression of the said arms, which was obtained by me from my grandfather Petrus de Roubaix, who came to this place as secretary in a Dutch man-of-war in or about 1782, and, in consequence of ill health, remained behind, married, and died here. His father left France, where he was born, under the following circumstances, as appears from a brief written statement of my said grandfather, which remained with the family after his demise, and of which the following is a true copy, translated from the Dutch language :-" My father, Emanuel Joseph de Roubaix, de Tourcoing, died at the Hague, in the age of nearly 74 years, in the year 1775, born a Marquis, descended of a most noble extraction. The estates de Roubaix and Tourcoing, in Picardie, in France (which after his flight were confiscated by the French government), belonged to him, and which he left and fled from in consequence of the persecution in France against the Protestant reformed religion. He settled himself in the Hague, where he was greatly esteemed by reason of his abilities and skill in all arts, sciences, and languages, and was afterwards promoted to the rank of Lieut.-Col. of the Engineers, in which branch, as well as that of surveying, he rendered many services to the Dutch government, and for which he has obtained their approbation. He married in the year 1764 with my mother, named Margaretha Woest."-Yours, &c.
P. E. DE ROUBAIX. Cape Town, Cape of Good Hope. Note. The impression in sealing-wax inclosed by this Correspondent with this letter was wholly defaced by pressure; but another writer communicated a reply respecting the arms in question, which was inserted in our number for March, 1849, p. 226.-EDIT.
P. C. informs us that the Brechin seal noticed at p. 607 of our last number is not one of the episcopal see " of that name, but of the court of the official of that diocese.
Its legend is Sigillum curie officialis brecinensis, and its device the mitred head of St. Columba, and beneath it a hunting horn stringed. The latter feature makes it probable that the official's name was Forester, of which name there were several churchmen in that diocese, and a Walter Forester was Bishop of Brechin in the very beginning of the fifteenth cen
tury, and it is not improbable that he may have been official before he was elevated to the see; but there was a Gilbert Forester who was archdeacon at a somewhat later period within that century. There was also a considerable family of landowners of the name in the immediate neighbourhood, who bore for their arms three hunting horns stringed, some cadets of the family bearing only one. From Mr. H. Laing's "Catalogue of Scottish Seals " it appears that this matrix was found near Montrose in 1848, and then surrendered as treasure-trove to the Queen's Remembrancer in the Exchequer.
With reference to the term bridge as applied to landing-places, Mr. John Acklam, of Gravesend, has the kindness to inform us that it is still used at that town in regard to various low wooden platforms running from waterside premises to the low water mark, at which persons can land from small boats at all times of the tide. The modern piers are similar contrivances for large vessels, and consequently built on a larger scale, with this difference, that, whereas the pier is on a level, and the landing always taking place at the extreme end, the different state of the tide being met by a floating barge and a staircase,the smaller landing-place is on an incline, and the passenger from the small boat steps from the boat to the "bridge." At high water these " "bridges are entirely under water; at low water they are dry.
It may be interesting to some of our readers to know that the Rev. PHILIP STANHOPE DODD as well as Mr. CHILDREN, who were both subjects of articles in the Obituary of our last Magazine, were alike scholars of the Rev. Vicesimus Knox -the former receiving the whole, and the latter a part, of his education under that eminent master at Tunbridge School.
In the article on "Monetary Affairs after the Revolution of 1688," in our last Magazine, p. 567, the name of the writer of the diary is misprinted Leake instead of Jeake. He was the son of Samuel Jeake, the wellknown editor of the Charters of the Cinque Ports.
We have much pleasure in complying with the wish of CORNUBIENSIS by inserting Mr. Le Grice's Sonnet on Coleridge in our present Magazine. Our readers will recollect the sonnet by the same veteran writer "On Charles Lamb leading his Sister to the Asylum," which was inserted in our Magazine for May, 1851; and we also refer them to that for March, 1846, for Mr. Le Grice's Lines on hearing of the recovery of the Rev. Dr. Wordsworth, Master of Trinity.