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is led by his studies to regard Christianity as a trans- the title-page. Several correspondents have confounded formation from astronomical mythology.
the book with The Original of Walker. We are com
missioned to show it to MR, NICHOLSON if he will tell us The Corporation of Birmingham is doing good work in publishing a catalogue of the Reference Department
how to send it. of its Free Libraries. In the first part, which deals | MRS. R. H. BATE (“Dalnacardoch ").-- It is simply, with the letter A, are about ten thousand volumes. as described in Macgregor's Pocket Gazetteer of Scotland Under the head America appear 1,570 volumes, (Edinburgh, W. P. Nimmo, 1860), “a well-known stage and under Australia and Australasia 434 volumes. inn in Perthshire, on the great Highland road to Inver. Arts and Artists claim among them no less than 2,187
ness. 83 miles from Edinburgh, 70 from Inverness, and 11 volumes; Arcbæology, 291 ; Architecture, 593; As from Blair-Athole." We cannot trace any place of the tronomy, 195. The completed catalogue will be a very character attributed by you to the subject of your inquiry useful work. The entire series of catalogues published under the same name. There are, of course, seats in the in connexion with these libraries constitutes an im neighbourhood, but not of that name. The village itself portant contribution to bibliography.
is not even mentioned in Lewis's Topographical DicTHE Rev. Dr. Jessopp's “Daily Life in a Mediæval
tionary of Scotland. Monastery," in the Nineteenth Century, is likely to in. MRS. POLLARD.-Phelps's History of Somersetshire can terest our readers. The Contemporary has an essay by be seen at almost any of the established libraries, such as the Bishop of Ripon, entitled "Thoughts about Appa- the London Library, &c. The original scheme embraced ritions." * The Literature of Introspection " is the sub- four volumes, of which two only were published. ject of an essay in Macmillan. Mr. Andrew Lang | R. R., Stoke ("Book-plate").-The use of a book-plate appears among this month's contributors to Merry | with crest and motto renders the employer liable to the England.
charge for armorial bearings.
G, ELLIS (" Green-Room Twelfth Cake ").- What is Notices to Correspondents.
known as the Baddeley Cake is still symbolically eaten We must call special attention to the following notices: | in Drury Lane green-room on Twelfth Night. Under On all communications must be written the name and
the present management a handsome supper to a larga address of the sender, not necessarily for publication, but
number of guests has sometimes been substituted for
Baddeley's modest bequest. as a guarantee of good faith. We cannot undertake to answer queries privately.
S. MORE RICHARDS (“Pouring oil on troubled
waters"),-See 6th S. iii, 69, 252, 298; iv. 174; vi. 97, ANTONY (“Serbonian Bog").-“ Serbonis was a lake | 377. The second of these references gives the amplest 200 furlongs in length and 1,000 in compass, between information. As a question to which there is no decisive the ancient mountain Casius and Damiata, a city of
| answer it is continually presenting itself. Egypt, on one of the more eastern mouths of the Nile.
I X. X. (“ Cockshut").-Correspondents seeking further It was surrounded on all sides by hills of loose sand, which, carried into the water by high winds, so thickened
information on this subject are referred to 2nd S. vi. 345, the lake, as not to be distinguish'd from part of the con
400, 423, 512; vii. 347, 405, 463, 484; xi. 16. tinent, where[by] whole armies have been swallowed. Scottish (“ Charles I. and Ghost of Strafford ').Read Herodotus, i, jii., and Luc., Phar., viii, 539, &c. The authority for the legend is to be found in Coritani • Perfida qua tellus Casiis excurrit arenis
Lachrymantes, quoted in Rastall or Dickenson's History Et vada testantur junctas Ægyptia syrtes.'”.
of Southwell. See 6th S. vi, 111. Hume, quoted in Newton's Milton, vol. i. pp. 135–6. INQUIRER No. 41 (“ Eternal fitness of things '').-- All ed. 1790. Information supplied in our columns is gra- that is known concerning this is that it is employed by tuitous,
Square, the philosopher, in Fielding's Tom Jones. See
6th S. viii. 79. R. EDGECUMBE (" Toby Fillpot”).-The question as to Toby Filipot, or Phillpot. and his connexion with S. C.--A Mad World, My Masters, is the title of a Derby and Mortlake pottery, was threshed out in comedy by T[homas] M[iddleton), acted by the children “ N. & Q.," Srd S. xii. 523; 4th S. i, 160, 253, 425, 494, 615; 1 of Paul's, 4to. 1608, 1640. ü 23. 90. At the last reference but one an important R. I. (“Curious Epitaph ").---This has appeared in answer is elicited from our valued contributor MR. our columns. See 6th S. viii. 454. CHAPPELL. The only allusion to Toby Fillpot as yet E. R. VYVYAN (“ Popular Superstitions "). -- Will found is in the famous Toby-jug song, commencing,
appear. (" Cinderella's Slipper").-The subject has been “Dear Tom, this brown jug, that now foams with mild ale | fully discussed in “ N. & Q." See 5th S. xi. 188, 485, &c. (in which I will drink to sweet Nan of the vale),
C. W. STRETTON.-The MS, on the Manx language Was once Toby Fillpot, a thirsty old soul, As e'er drank a bottle or fathom'd a bowl," &c.
shall appear next week, The last line is,-
C. M. I. (“He left us, &c.").-Much obliged, but the “And with part of fat Toby he form'd this brown jug." |
,, reference to these lines has been given, 6th S. viii, 339. J. NICHOLSON ("The Original").-A copy of the
| ERRATA.-In “Powis Horses,” 6th S. viii. 514, for
peroptiona" read peroptima; for “Belesmo" read Original, of which' Mr. Thoms speaks, lent by the kind.
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