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the reply will properly be, No. The poet expected that the well-known
figure, which he had thus thrown into verse, would be immediately
recognised by every literary reader, and that the recognition would give
pleasure. He was trying his hand at a task of which it has been affirmed
by a master, that _Difficile est proprie communia dicere_. The Schoolboy
knows where to find these words; and I hope that he also knows where to
find the words of one who speaks with greater authority, and has said
most kindly, "Cease, my son, to hear [read] the instruction that causeth
to err."

H.W.


_Aboriginal Chambers near Tilbury._ - It is proposed to descend some of
the aboriginal chambers alluded to by Camden, near Tilbury in Essex. In
consequence, however, of Camden having named a wrong parish, later
antiquaries have been puzzled to ascertain their precise whereabouts.
Mr. Crafter, in 1848, after many days' labour, found them out; and a
brief notice of them was given {463} in an article upon "Primæval
Britain" in the _West Kent Almanack for_ 1849. Hasted mentions similar
pits in Crayford Parish, Kent. In Dartford parish is another called "the
Sound Hole," from the echoes, &c., made upon a stone being thrown down.
Mr. S. Laudale intends an examination of it this summer. Tradition
reports that there are three enormous caverns, which communicate with
the central shaft.

How, or what, is the best way of driving the foul air out of those
chambers which are aloof from the central shaft?

[Greek: Delta]


_Sir R. Haigh's Letter-Book._ - A few days ago, Messrs. Puttick and
Simpson sold a very important manuscript, the original letter-book of
Sir R. Haigh, of Lancashire, of the time of Charles II. It fetched 51l.,
being bought by a collector whose name has not transpired; but perhaps
this notice, if you kindly insert it, may induce the purchaser to edit
it for the Chetham Society, to whose publications it would for a most
valuable addition.

R.


_A Phonetic Peculiarity._ - I venture to note as a very curious phonetic
peculiarity, that we have in the English language a large number of
monosyllabic words ending is _sh_, all of which are expressive of some
violet action or emotion. I quote a few which have occurred without
search, in alphabetical order. "Brush, brash, crash, crush, dash, gash,
gush, hash, gnash, lash, mash, pash, push, quash, rush, slash, smash,
squash, thrash."

J.M.B.

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MISCELLANEOUS.

NOTES ON BOOKS, CATALOGUES, SALES, ETC.

At the late Annual Meeting of the Shakespeare Society it was announced
that a complete collection of the works of Thomas Heywood had been
determined upon, and the first volume containing six plays was laid upon
the table. It was also shown that Mr. Collier's _Essay on the Chandos
Portrait_ had only been delayed from a desire to obtain the most novel
and accurate information.

The members of the Percy Society will be glad to hear, that at the
Annual Meeting on the 1st instant, the immediate publication of the
third volume of Mr. Wright's edition of the _Canterbury Tales_ was
announced.

The plan for the _restoration of Chaucer's tomb_ in Poet's Corner has at
length assumed a practical shape. It has been ascertained that less than
100l. will do every thing that can be desired to repair the ravages of
time, and preserve the monument for centuries to come. It is proposed to
raise this sum by subscriptions of five shillings, that more may share
in the good work; and a committee has been formed to carry out this
scheme, which has already received the sanction of the Earl of Carlisle,
the Earl of Ellesmere, Lord Braybrooke, Mr. Charles Wynn, and other
distinguished lovers of literature. Subscriptions are received by every
member of the committee, and parties resident in the country may remit
them by post-office orders payable at Charing Cross in favour of William
Richard Drake, Esq., F.S.A., of 46. Parliament Street, the Honorary
Treasurer; or of William J. Thoms, Esq., the Honorary Secretary of the
Committee.

The Annual Meeting of the Camden Society on the 2d instant, under the
Presidentship of Lord Braybrooke, gave general satisfaction. The council
reported the publication during the past year of the _Peterborough
Chronicle_; the _Letters of Elizabeth and James VI._; and the _Chronicle
of Queen Jane_. This last volume was then only on the eve of
circulation; it has since been issued, and found to justify the
announcement of the council that it is work of great historical value,
and an interesting companion to _Machyn's Diary_.

We have received the following Catalogues: - James Darling's (21. Little
Queen Street, Lincoln's Inn Fields) Catalogue of Books Old and New,
Theological and Miscellaneous, and Andrew Clark's (4. City Road)
Catalogue, No. 8., of Books in English and Foreign Theology, Literature,
Roman Catholic Controversy, Classics, &c.

* * * * *

BOOKS AND ODD VOLUMES

WANTED TO PURCHASE.

(_In continuation of Lists in former Nos._)

THE ANTI-JACOBIN.

ROCCHA DE CAMPANIS.

_Odd Volumes_.

THE SPIRIT OF THE PUBLIC JOURNALS, Vol I. 1797.

CALENDAR OF HARLEIAN MSS., Vol. IV.

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NOTICES TO CORRESPONDENTS.

COMPLETION OF OUR FIRST VOLUME. - _Two more numbers will complete our
First Volume, to which a very full Index is preparing. A Second Volume,
of the same size, will be completed at the end of December, and we shall
then be enabled to judge how far it will be desirable to adopt the
system of Half-Yearly or Yearly volumes._

_Our readers will find the present and two following Numbers principally
occupied with_ REPLIES, _as it is obviously desirable that they should,
as far as possible, appear in the same volume as the_ QUERIES _to which
they refer._

COLLAR OF SS. _This subject shall be brought forward early in the next
volume._

E.S.T. _Thanks._ The Query and Folk Lore _shall appear as soon as
possible_.

W.M.T. _is also thanked. It can scarcely be necessary to assure him,
that had we known what he has so kindly informed us, the article he
alludes to would not have been inserted, nay, we are sure we may add,
that the friend who sent it would never have handed it to us for
publication_.

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On the 30th of APRIL, 1850, was published, by CHARLES KNIGHT,

PART I. OF

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The Work now announced is the commencement of a NEW SERIES OF
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The publication commences with

THE GEOGRAPHY OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE;

To form Two Volumes, with Steel Engravings and numerous Coloured Maps;
And to be completed in Twelve Monthly Parts, at Half-a-Crown.

"The Part now before us is the commencement of the 'Cyclopædia of
Geography.' The articles which appear in the present number convey a
large amount of useful information in a compact and intelligent form.
They are evidently the productions of competent writers, well acquainted
with the present state of geographical science. The Maps are beautifully
distinct. Fulness, compactness, and clearness - the great requisites of a
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1175.

"The Part before us promises well. Books published subsequently to the
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the latest date; and many contributions from local residents of places
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A few copies of this work remain for sale; and, as it will not be
reprinted in the same form and at the same price, the remaining copies
are raised in price. Early application for the Large Paper Edition is
necessary.

By the same Author, to be completed in Four Parts, CHRISTIAN MONUMENTS
in ENGLAND and WALES: an Historical and Descriptive Sketch of the
various classes of Monumenta Memorials which have been in use in this
country from about the time of the Norman Conquest. Profusely
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Heel Ball, in cakes, at 3d. and 1s. each.

Also, RICHARDSON'S METALLIC RUBBER, in cakes price 1s. l6d.; Double
cakes, 2s. 6d.

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THE ROMANCE of the PEERAGE; or, Curiosities of Family History. by GEORGE
LILLIE CRAIK. Vols. I. II. and III. Post 8vo., cloth, 10s. 6d. each.

"A book of strange facts." - _Atlas._

"Great industry and minute research are apparent in almost every page.
Mr. Craik happily unites excellence of style with patient
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"For our own parts, let us at once say, that Mr. Craik's design appears
to us an extremely good one, and that we are glad to see it in competent
hands. It is precisely that kind of book to which scrupulous care and
diligent labour were essential; and in this respect we cannot speak too
highly of the volume lying on our table." - _Examiner._

Volume IV., completing the work, is in the press.

London: CHAPMAN and HALL, 186. Strand.

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N.B. Every Cutting is correctly and distinctly dated.

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Just published, WILLIAMS and NORGATE'S CATALOGUE of GERMAN THEOLOGICAL
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14. Henrietta Street, Covent Garden.

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THE PRIMÆVAL ANTIQUITIES OF DENMARK. By J.J.A. WORSAAE, Member of the
Royal Society of Antiquaries of Copenhagen. Translated and applied to
the illustrations of similar Remains in England, by WILLIAM J. THOMS,
F.S.A., Secretary of the Camden Society. With numerous Woodcuts. 8vo.
10s. 6d.

"The best antiquarian handbook we have ever met with - so clear is its
arrangement, and so well and so plainly is each subject illustrated by
well-executed engravings.... It is the joint production of two men who
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_Morning Herald._

"A book of remarkable interest and ability.... Mr. Worsaae's book is in
all ways a valuable addition to our literature.... Mr. Thoms has
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See also the _Gentleman's Magazine_ for February 1850.

Oxford: JOHN HENRY PARKER, and 337. Strand, London.

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Printed by THOMAS CLARK SHAW, of No. 8. New Street Square, at No. 5. New
Street Square, in the Parish of St. Bride, in the City of London; and
published by GEORGE BELL, of No. 186. Fleet Street, in the Parish of St.
Dunstan in the West, and in the City of London, Publisher, at No. 186.
Fleet Street aforesaid. - Saturday, May 11. 1850.







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