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In the Author's once popular Performance, lately fell into my possession, and here, again,
the Christian name is wanting, the title being in The Brush.
true Collinsian style :The Gallimaufry Garnished with a variety of COMIC TALES,
A MEDLEY OF THE FOLLIES, VICES, AND ABSURDITIES A Kickshaw Treat, which comprehends
OF THE AGE. Odd Bits and Scraps, and Orts and Ends,
PERFORMED OFF, AND ON THE STAGE, Mere nicknack nambypamby Pickings,
WITH THE SONG OF TO-MORROW, Like Fricasees of Frogs or Chickens;
BY MR. COLLINS. A Mess with Grubstreet Giblets fraught;
Never before published.” And here and there a MERRY THOUGHT;
The Brush was evidently a monologue enter In frothy Brain SAUCE trimly drest,
tainment of recitations and songs, interspersed But wanting SAGE for perfect zest. Yet if we countervail that Fault,
with imitations and anecdotes of Garrick, Foote, With some few Grains of ATTIC SALT,
G. A. Stevens, and laughable notices of such Sage Critics may withhold their Frown,
subjects as “ Butchery of Blank Verse"_"NewAnd kindly let the Trash go down.
castle Burr and Provincial Dialects SpeciPUBLISH'D BY mens of Remarkable Acting
" Fools of the THE AUTHOR HIMSELF,
Stage “ The Parish Clerks"- “ The Political
“ Irish Schoolmaster,” &c. &c.
The Brush, though an eccentric title for an
entertainment of this kind, was by no means inap. Facing this curious title-page is an engraved propriate, as Collins was by profession a miniature portrait, with the words“ COLLINS. SCRIPSCRAP- painter. This, as well as his Christian name, I OLOGIÆ SCRIPTOR.” The features represent a man lately discovered, when making some researches rather past middle age, with a keen eye, and an
on Irish art and artists; he being thus noticed by evident tendency to mirth ; with that indescribable Pasquin, the notorious Williams, in An Authentic expression of crossness which a lover of laughter History of the Professors of Painting, Sculpture, often assumes when he tries, for once in a way, to and Architecture :look very grave and serious. There is a very remarkable resemblance, in this portrait of Col
“ John Collins, miniature painter in profile, is a native
of England. This ingenious gentleman is better known lins, to a deservedly popular London comedian for his amusing lecture called Collins's Brush ; which he of the present day, whose name I shall not men- exhibited in Ireland with success, at the same time that tion, lest the allusion should be considered un- he pursued this diminutive branch of the arts; he now complimentary.
resides in Birmingham.” We learn little of Collins from the Scripscrap- As Pasquin's work is undated, we cannot say ologia, except that his father was a tailor (p. 182); what time is specified by the “now resides in that he himself was a native of Bath (p. 168), Birmingham ;” but we glean sufficient to learn, and that when he published the work he was the that the Christian name of the author of Toproprietor of the Birmingham Chronicle (p. vii); morrow was John; and some of the able Warbut not one word of or allusion to his Christian wickshire contributors to “ N. & Q." may, pername, the first page commencing thus
adventure, give us a little more information “ SCRIPSCRAPOLOGIA ;
respecting him. I would be glad to learn, also, if COLLINS,
there be another MS. of The Brush in existence; AUTHOR OF THE BRUSH,
mine, from its dirty condition, many creases and SCRIPTOR."
thumb-marks, its general sprinkling and flavour It would seem, indeed, as if the clever and of lamp oil, seems to have been the copy which eccentric man affected to suppress his Christian its eccentric author used, when delivering his name, as a matter of no moment to a person so entertainments.
WILLIAM PINKERTOX. well known by his writings and performances in
ANCIENT WROUGHT-IRON ARTILLERY. attached to the surname, but one, and that one The following from The Times of Wednesday, exception is, “ Collins, Camden Street," whom we October 28, 1863, will be read with interest by may most reasonably suppose to be no other than
many of your correspondents. I send it in the the author of Scripscrapologia.
hope of its eliciting accounts of a similar nature To the best of my knowledge and belief, The regarding other relics of the same sort which may Brush was never printed; but the original manu- exist in many places in Old England. I rememscript (at least what I assume to be so) of it, ber to have seen many old cannon at various ruins,
but omitted, to my subsequent regret, taking a served, for they performed successfully the duty required note of them. There were some scattered about, of them, without, so far as I can see, sustaining the least
structural injury. and quite uncared for, at Pevensey Castle, about
“I think the attention of the French Government four years ago, but whether genuine "relics” or
should be directed to the preservation of these interesting not I cannot now remember:
monuments of antiquity. So little are they prized by the “ TO THE EDITOR OF THE TIMES.
commune to whom they are said to belong, that the
Maire offered to sell them to me if I would fetch them “Sir,-In 1427, when the English in Normandy made their last assault on the Mont St. Michel, they brought to
away! their aid plusieurs machines espouvantables et divers engines
“I am, Sir, your obedient servant,
“ WILLIAM POLE. de guerre, with which, to continue the words of the old chronicler, ils dressèrent une batterie si furieuse contre les
· Storey's Gate, Westminster, Oct. 27.”
J. S. A. murailles qu'ils y firent brèche.' Among these formidable weapons were two enormous wrought-iron guns, which, on the repulse of the besiegers, they were compelled to leave behind them, and which have remained on the rock
PETER GOLDSCHMIDT. to the present time. “Interesting as these pieces of artillery are, both in a
I lately met with a volume containing two historical and a constructive point of view, very little has curious works, the title-pages of which I copy : hitherto been known about them, and I am not aware “ Petri Goldschmids, Pastoris Sterupensis, höllischer that any complete and accurate description of them is in Morpheus welcher kund wird, durch wie geschene Erexistence. “During a late visit to Normandy, I have endeavoured hero zum Theil von keinen einzigen Scribenten ange
scheinungen derer Gespenster und Polterbeister, wo bis(at the suggestion of my friend the Secretary of the führet und bemercket worden sind. Daraus nicht allein Ordnance Select Committee) to supply this want, and erwiesen wird, dass Gespenster seyn, was sie seyn, und possibly the following notes may be acceptable to some of
zu welchem Ende dieselbigen erscheinen, wider die your readers.
vorige und heutige Atheisten, Naturalisten, und Nah“ I found the guns in a bad state, being choked up with
mentlich D. Beckern in der Bezauberten Welt, &c. Aus masses of stone, sand, rust, and rubbish, which had pro
allen aber des Teufels List, Tücke, Gewalt, heimliche bably been there for centuries, and had become almost Nachstellungen und Betrug, handgreiflich kan ersehen as hard as conglomerate. However, by the courteous
und erkandt werden.” Hamburg, 1698, 8vo, pp. 448. aid of M. Marquet, the director of the · Maison Centrale (to whom antiquaries and architects are so much in
The frontispiece has a figure with a buman debted for his intelligent and zealous preservation of the head, body, and arms, a bunch on his back after beautiful ecclesiastical buildings on the island) I contrived the manner of Punch, a long tail, one leg ending to get them tolerably clear, to obtain their dimensions, in a cloven foot, and the other in a bird's claws. and to take photographs of them. “ The guns are of the kind termed · bombardes,' and are
Several insects, like large bees, crawl about bim, of different sizes. The larger one is 19 in. calibre, 304 in and on his hunch is a winged serpent with a bird's greatest external diameter, and 12 ft. total length; of head. A devil is flying to the right, and to the which about 8 ft. 8 in. belongs to the barrel, or chase,' left is Satan offering a stone to Jesus. and 3 ft. 4 in. to the smaller powder chamber in the rear. The book is partly a confutation of Bekker, but The smaller gun is 15 in, calibre and 11 ft. 9 in. long. “ They are true built-up' guns, being formed of longi, amount of demonological learning. The author
it contains many original ghost stories, and a vast tudinal wrought-iron bars, about 3 in. wide, arranged like the staves of a cask, and bound round closely with quotes Glanvil
, Henry More, and other English hoops of the same material. The analogy of this ancient writers in their own language, and seems posted construction with that of the modern wrought-iron guns up on such matters to the day of going to press. is very curious. “I found a projectile in each gun, and several others
His credulity is unbounded, and he treats as lying about. They are granite balls, roughly spherical, Atheists all who believe less than he does. His and a little smaller than the bore. Those for the larger style is clear and his matter readable. gun will probably weigh about 300 lbs. each ; but if the The second book is entitled : size of the gun be denoted according to the calibre on the “Petri Goldschmidts, Huso-Cimbri p. t. Pastor Sterup. same principle as modern guns for round shot, it must Verworffener Hexen-und-Zauberer Advocat, das ist Wolbe called a 920-pounder! The breech-chamber would gegründete Vernichtung des thorichten Vorhabens Hn, hold about 40 lbs. of powder. I estimate the weight of the Christiani Thomasii J. Ŭ. D. et Professoris Hallensis und large gun to be about 54 tons, and of the smaller one
aller derer welche durch ihre superkluge Phantasieabout 31 tons.
Grillen dem teuflischen Hexen-geschmeiss das Wort “ I have prepared detailed drawings and descriptions, reden wollen, in dem gegen dieselbe aus dem unwiderwhich, together with prints of my photographs, will sprechlichem Göttl. Worte und der täglichlehrenden be deposited at the Royal Museum of Artillery, Wool- Erfahrung das Gegentheil zur Gnüge angewiesen und wich.
bestätiget wird, dass in der That, eine teuflische Hexerey “ There are two other ancient bombardes in existence, und Zauberey sey, und dannenhero, eine Christliche Obconstructed on the same principle; namely, the Dulle rigkeit gehalten, diese abgesagte Feinde Gottes, SchaGriete' of Ghent, and the Mons Meg' of Edinburgh. denfroh, Menschen und Vieh-Mörder aus der Christlichen The •Michelettes,' as they are called by the people of Geminde zu schaffen, und dieselbe zur wohlverdienten Mont St. Michel, compare well with these, but have an
Straffe zu ziehen." Hamburg, 1705, 8vo, pp. 694. additional interest in their very early date and positive history, and in the probability of their being of English The frontispiece is an ordinary representation manufacture. They must have been well made and well of the witches' sabbath, with nothing remarkable
but a race in the clouds between two witches, one It'm, payd ffor fflower for the books
ja mounted on a ram, the other on a pitchfork. Below It'm, payd onto the bookbynder and the each plate is "P. Goldschmidt, fecit.” The second
wryter for xxx dayes work is a fit sequel to the first, and is composed
It'm, payd onto Raymys wyfe for their
borde, v wekes of similar materials. Eleven hundred pages of It'm, payd onto the bookbynder for serdemonology in old German is too much for con
tyn skyns, glewe, vellym, and for mentinuous reading, but Peter Goldschmidt is one of dyn sertyn bookes the most learned and amusing of his class, and I expect to read him bit by bit. I have looked into withal. A task which employed the bookbinder
The “flower” was probably to make paste such works of reference às lie in my way here,
and the writer for five weeks was evidently a conand cannot find any mention of him. I shall be
Mr. Baker (by whom the extracts glad to know who he was, and whether these volumes are well known or not.
are communicated) in a note has attributed it to
an entire revision of the books of the old church Paris was once the place for picking up curious service, attendant upon the full completion of the books; it is now far less so than London. The
Reformation. It was not, however, until two quais abound with boxes of books, but they are mostly modern or worthless. I bought the above- years after that Sir Richard Charnell received ij' mentioned at a stall in the Rue Colbert (Lefebvre's, of Thomas Becket, together with ija for bread and
from the churchwardens for correcting the service No. 10), which I have visited for many years, and drink during the time of doing it, and John Pack; seldom failed to find something tempting. Give me credit for mentioning this, for it is as if Venator iije iiijų for razing the windows of Becket, and were to point out the form of a hare, or Piscator transposing the stained clothes that Thomas Becket the haunt of a trout.
correcting," it may be presumed, was equivalent to cancelling; and the “transposFITZHOPKINS.
ing" something like turning inside out. Paris.
J. G, N.
FASHIONABLE QUARTERS OF LONDON. In the last number of the East Anglian; or
The progress of transmigration of the fashionNotes and Queries on Subjects connected with the able world from the East to the West of the Counties of Suffolk, Cambridge, Esser, and Nor metropolis, with the occasional irruptions into the folk, among various extracts from the church Northern and other outlying districts, is a subject wardens' accounts of Bungay in the first-named into which, I should think, would be generally
of antiquarian and modern interest, the inquiry county, are the following very circumstantial details of some expenses in bookbinding, which I acceptable to your readers. Let me, then, sugtranscribe as being deserving of wider circulation, gest to some of your learned correspondents the and in the hope they may attract other informa- obligation they would confer, particularly, on your tion of a similar kind upon an art of which com
London friends, if they would trace the changes paratively little has been published :
of locality which have occurred either by neces
sity or fashion, or by the gradual increase of the 1525. It'm, payde to the Booke bynder for ij dayes town and its junction with the suburbs. and a halfe
viija As it would be unfair to make a suggestion for It'm, payde for his boorde
inquiry without contributing some little matter to It'm, payde for parchement for to mende we ye seid book
further it, let me begin with the Chancellors of
England, body of men who, if they cannot be By " bis boorde" we must understand, not the considered of the class of fashion, are still so immaterial for his work, but his maintenance in food, portant in their position as to afford some index as more fully detailed in the following entries :
to the variations which have taken place from
time to time in the residences of the great. 1537. It'm, payd onto Garrard for iij cawfskyns
In the earlier reigns, when the Chancellor was for the reparacion off ye books
xviija little more than the King's private Secretary, they It'm, payd onto him for halfe a horssebydd for the reparacion of ye books and
probably were located in the palace with the bells (i. e. the bells in the steeple) xvjd royal family, till they received their reward in It'm, payd onto Thomas Gyrlyng for iij
Bishoprics or other ecclesiastical dignities. It skyns to ye reparacion of the books viija would not assist our purpose, therefore, to carry It'm, payd unto the sayd Thomas for ij skyns for the cloffers (covers?] to ye
the inquiry further back than the reign of Edbooks
iija It'm, payd for iiij rede skyns for the
Under that king we find the Chancellor, Sir books
xvja | Robert Parning, resided in Aldermanbury.
Robert de Thorpe died Chancellor in 1372, at
Minor Nates. the Bishop of Salisbury's house in Fleet Street.
In the reign of Henry IV. the residence of “ PIG AND WHISTLE:” INCONGRUOUS SIGNS.John de Scarle, the Chancellor, was in Chancery This subject has been taken up by a literary Lane, on the site which is now known as Serjeants' contemporary, and some ingenious but far-fetched Inn.
attempts at explanation have been made, deduced Henry VIII. compelled Cardinal Wolsey, so from languages the publican is not likely to have long his Chancellor, to give up his residence as heard of. The following seem at least to be unArchbishop of York, called York Place, which doubted English: “The Sun and Whalebone,” the king converted into a palace known by the “ Cock and Bell," “Ram and Teazle," Cow and name of Whitehall.
Snuffers," " Crow and Horseshoe,” “Hoop and Wolsey's successor, Sir Thomas More, lived Pie,”- -cum multis aliis. I have some rememsuccessively in Bucklersbury, Crosby Place in brance of a very simple solution of the cause of Bishopsgate, and Chelsea ; at the last of which he the incongruity, which was this: The lease resided when Chancellor.
being out, of (say) the sign of “The Ram,” or the The next Chancellor, Sir Thomas Audley, tenant had left for some cause, and gone to the Lord Audley of Walden, held his private sittings sign of “The Teazle:” wishing to be known and at his house in Cannon Row, Westminster ; but followed by as many of his old connexion as posafterwards converted the priory of the Holy sible, and also to secure the new, he took his old Trinity, or Christchurch, in Aldgate, his share of sign with him and set it up beside the other ; King Henry's confiscations, into a mansion for and the house soon became known as The Ram himself. This was afterwards occupied by his and Teazle.” After some time the signs required son-in-law, the Duke of Norfolk ; the memory of repainting or renewing; and, as one board was which is still preserved in its modern designation more convenient than two, the “emblems," as of Duke's Place.
poor Dick Tinto calls them, were depicted togeLord Chancellor Thomas Wriothesley, Earl of ther-and hence rose the puzzle. A. A. Southampton, who held the office under Henry Poets' Corner. VIII. and Edward VI., lived in Lincoln Place, Holborn, afterwards known as Southampton of neglected biography which have been men
Sir John DALRYMPLE.-To the many instances House, the site of which is now partly covered tioned in your miscellany, must be added the by the offices lately used by the Masters in author of the Memoirs of Great Britain. His life Chancery. Edward VIth’s Chancellor, Richard Rich, Lord the Georgian Éra, Rose, or Chambers; nor is even
is not given by Chalmers, Gorton, the compiler of Rich, of disreputable memory, lived in Great St. his death recorded in the Gentleman's Magazine, Bartholomew's. Nicholas Heath, Archbishop of York, Lord the Annual Register, or the Edinburgh Annual
Register. Chancellor to Queen Mary, received a grant from her Majesty of a residence in London for the Cousland; was born in 1726, and after being
He was the son of Sir William Dalrymple of Archbishops of York, in lieu of that taken away educated in the University of Edinburgh, and at from Cardinal Wolsey by Henry VIII., This Trinity Hall, Cambridge, became an Advocate at was Suffolk House, near St. George's Church, the Scottish bar. He succeeded to his father's Southwark; but was permitted to change this baronetcy in 1770; was made a baron of the for Norwich House, near Charing Cross, which, Scottish Exchequer in 1776; resigned that post adopting the name of York House, became the in 1807, and died Feb. 26, 1810. residence of several future Chancellors as tenants of the Archbishops.
He married his cousin Elizabeth, only child and Except in the instance of York House, which heir of Thomas Hamilton Macgill, Esq., of Fala is remarkable for the reason above-mentioned, I and North Hamilton, became Earls of Stair ; the
and Oxenfoord. Two of his sons, John Hamilton have not noticed the residences of the Chancellors who were Bishops, inasmuch as they were gene
latter now enjoying that dignity.
Particulars of Sir John Dalrymple's works may rally attached to their Sees, and I confine myself be obtained from the ordinary sources of biblioin this communication to the localities of legal graphical information, and somewhat, but not men.
For the present I will stop here, reserving the much, respecting him from Boswell's Life of Johnfuture reigns for another week, supposing you of Alexander Carlyle. A brief notice of Sir John
son, the Caldwell Papers, and the Autobiography show your approval by inserting this.
Dalrymple occurs in the English Cyclopædia EDWARD Foss.
(Biogr. li. 483, col. 2), but the date of his death is not there given.
C. H. & THOMPSON COOPER. Cambridge.
SELLING A WIFE BY AUCTION. — There have a note of Displeasure, when he flattered himself he debeen several notices of wife-selling in your columns, serv'd Lady D's thanks.”
J. D. CAMPBELL. but I do not remember seeing any account of the peculiar circumstances under which the custom
Glasgow. became a settled legal point in the minds of the STEAMBOAT. The following may be useful as labouring population.
a mark of the rate of speed in ship building :When the war was over in 1815, and great num- “A new steamboat has been launched at Potsdam bers of soldiers were disbanded, many of them larger than any yet built in Europe. It is 200 feet long, found, on reaching what had been their homes, and 44 feet wide. It is impelled by two engines of 20-horse that their wives had married again, and that a
power each ; it was named • The Blucher' with grand new family had sprung up to which the unfortu- ceremony.”—Literary Gazette, 1820, Feb., p. 94.
W. P. nate soldier or sailor had no claim. In some of these cases certainly nobody was to blame. The LAYING THE FIRST Stone. — Godwyn, Rom. wife had heard from more or less certain sources Ant. p. 22, ed. 1633, has an account of laying the that her husband had been killed in such a battle, first stone of a temple among the Romans, which and after a decent interval had got another; all very much corresponds with the present custom. parties were in the wrong; all were to be pitied, After describing other ceremonies of dedication, but what was to be done? I don't suppose that the he writes :
“ This being done, the Prætor touched certain ropes, occurred in former wars; but any way, the fact of wherewith a great stone, being the tirst of the foundataking a wife to the market, and selling her by trates, priests, and all sorts of people did help to pluck
tion, was tyed. Together with that, other chief inagisauction, was considered as effectual a way of dis- that stone, and let it down into its place, casting in solving the vinculum as if it had been done in the wedges of gold and silver, which had never been purified House of Lords itself. The second husband be- or tried in the fire. These ceremonies being ended, the came the purchaser for a nominal sum, twopence Aruspex pronounced with a loud voice, saying – Ne or sixpence, the first was free to marry again, and
temeretur opus saxo aurove in aliud destinato :' i. e. Let all parties were content. In the manufacturing gold into any other use.”
not this work be unhallowed by converting this stone or districts in 1815 and 1816 hardly a market-day passed without such sales month after month.
Those who stand at the laying a foundation The authorities shut their eyes at the time, and stone would hardly conceive the antiquity of those the people were confirmed in the perfect legality details in which they take part, or, at all events,
FRANCIS TRENCH. of the proceeding, as they had already been satisfied of its justice.
Islip Rectory. It seems, however, not improbable that its origin FATHER AND Son.-The case of a man not setwould be found in times long ago, when women ting eyes on his own son until he was fifty years guilty of adultery were either put to death or sold old, is probably without a parallel. The story is as slaves.
told by Leslie, in his agreeable Recollections of
West, the painter's father. On his emigrating to Lady DENBIGH AND GARRICK.— The following America, he left his wife in England ; who died letters are extremely characteristic, and, so far as shortly after giving birth to a son, whom his I am aware, have not been printed. Before I father first saw on his return to his native land possessed them they were in the collection of Mr. fifty years afterwards. The painter was one of Dawson Turner, and a MS. note declares they the second wife's family, born in America. were sold at Southgate's, Feb. 19, 1827, lot 78.
E. H. A. Garrick's reply bas many erasures and interlineations :
ALPHONSO FerrABOSCO.-A note or two (from "Lady Denbigh is extremely surpriz'd to find it ad
MS. materials) touching a well-known musician vertis’d that M* Garrick plays to-night, and to have resident in England in the reign of James I., will receiv'd no notice of it from him notwithstanding her interest Dr. Rimbault, Mr. CHAPPELL, and many request and his promise.
of your musical readers : " South Street, Thursday Morn."
“ To Alphonso fferrabosco, one of her Ma's Musicons, “ Adelphi, Thursday.
upon a Warrant dated vto Decembr. 1623, for a new lyra “Mr Garrick presents his respects to Lady Denbigh
and vall de gambo by him bought, xxl. -- Accounts of the he had so much when her Ladyship's servant was
Treasurer of the Chamber. with him, that he cd not give a full answer to the Note. Ferrabosco, the elder, died in 1627-8; and was Mr G. did not imagine that her Ladyship would want any Notice of a Play which was in the Papers the day court by his son:
succeeded in one, at least, of his situations at before. Had Mr G.'not settled to play the part of Kitely so soon, he should certainly have given her LP notice of "A Warrant to swear Alfonso Ferrabosco, a musician it-as it was Mr G. had secured a box for Ly D., and ex- to llis Majesty, for the Viols and Wind Instruments, in pected her Servant all ye morns to have her commands, ye place of bis father, Alfonso Ferrabosco, deceased. — and must confess that he was rather surpris'd to receive 19 March, 1627-.”.