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pected in an Auvergne peasant-girl of the Minstrel himself found his metre pall upon sixteenth century.
the public ear after the charm oť novelty Bertrand de la Vigne subsequently plays was lost, and no inferior hand should prea very conspicuous part in the book. Še sume upon obtaining more success. His is the object of a somewhat unaccountable curious stores of knowledge would have attachment on the part of Colette's lame been well appreciated-and, if we may aunt, poor Marcelline; and is brother to judge by the example of the copious notes, one of the two martyrs, who, in the course well written-in prose; and we are conof the tale, suffer for their faith at Le Puy tent to hope that his easy versification and It is principally through his influence that accurate rhymes will abate nothing from Colette and her relations become asso- the popularity which is undoubtedly his ciated with the reformers; and he is also due. greatly instrumental in making Magda. leine de St. Nectaire, after her great afflic- Doctor Antonio : a Tale. By the Author tion, so staunch a friend to the party she of “ Lorenzo Benoni.” (Edinburgh : Conhad before but weakly served.
stable and Co. Small 8vo.)-If any of our There is in our story quite the orthodox readers wish to know something of Sicily proportion of love-affairs. Marcelline is and Naples, we can recommend this book in love with Bertrand de la Vigne, and to them, on the same ground that we Colette has two suitors; whilst Colette's would recommend De Foe's “ History of elder brother, Christophe, although always the Plague;" for, like that work, “Doctor the lover of the pretty Gabrielle Grégoire, Antonio" under the garb of fiction gives a is no little smitten by the charms of the more vivid description of real life in Italy beautiful and noble Magdeleine de St. than we can get to find elsewhere. If the Nectaire, who, in her turn, is betrothed to author be an Italian, he writes marvellously a young gentleman of her own rank, -the good English-if he be not an Italian, he poshandsome Seigneur Guy de Miremont. sesses a marvellous acquaintance with Italy,
Why the book should be called “ The and has produced a most fascinating work. good Old Times," considerably puzzles us. Our praise must not be confined to the deGood men there were in the times, grand scriptions given of oppressed humanity in heroes as ever walked the earth, but it that lovely part of the world, but must was the very badness of the times—the also extend to the plot, the persons, and cruelty, and oppression, and persecution, the scenery; while to such as delight in that called forth their greatness. No pe- horrors, the work will afford as much riod of history seems to us to merit less the “amusement” as the defunct “Terrific title which the author has given to her Register” used in our early days. Lest book; in fact, the title looks almost like a we should be thought to overrate this burlesque, so at variance are all the doings latter quality, we will quote the account of those terrible days with the ideas we of a little event which occurred in the are wont to indulge in of "the good Old year 1836, immediately after the cholera Times.”
had caused a most dreadful havoc-SO
dreadful, that it was rumoured the govern. The Ruins of Kenilworth: an Historical ment were poisoning the people:Poem. By WILLIAM READER. (London: Dean and Son; and W. Reader, 47, Maria
“Mario Adorno, one of those who had writhed
most violently under the loss of Sicilian indepenstreet, Hackney-road.)-Mr. Reader's poem dence, took advantage of the prevailing excite. will be well received by many. The large
ment to bring about an insurrectionary movestores both of tradition and history con
ment in Syracuse, where he shortly after pro
claimed the constitution. Catania immediately nected with the noble ruins of that castle followed the example, raised the Sicilian standard, which Sir Walter Scott has set before us
tore down the statues of the Bourbons, and formed in the days of its magnificence, are sure to
a provisional government. Partial risings also
took place in the valley of Messina, and in the re-awaken and revive the interest that was small towns adjacent to Palermo, where a belief originally called into existence by the novel in the poisoning plot was deeply rooted. Furof “the Great Unknown." Born in the
nished with unlimited sovereign power, and ac
companied by a strong body of troops, Del Carimmediate neighbourhood of the scene and retto was sent to Sicily, less to conquer than to subject of his poem, the author's first im- reap the fruits of victory, for by the time he pressions of the ruins were deep and vivid,
landed all revolution was over. In fact, the news
of his expe having reached the Catanians, and stimulated him to those prolonged in. they, finding themselves unsupported, of their own quiries and thoughts which, in their ulti- accord effected a counter-revolution. All those mate accumulation, are now presented to
most compromised sought safety in flight, with the world. He has evidently laboured long
the exception of Mario Adorno, who was taken
and shot. The ab ence of all resistance in no and diligently on a pleasing theme.
way induced the destroyer of Bosco to forego one We are less disposed to approve of the
cruelty in his power. Courts-martial were estaform of Mr. Reader's work. The mighty
blished everywhere, and citizens sent by thousands to prison. Several hundreds were con
demned to death, and no less than a hundred should also mention that it has an excellent underwent the penalty. At Bagberia, a boy of index, which is almost always the sign of fourteen years of age was shot. Executions took place to the sound of military music. Such,
in- a painstaking author or editor. deed, was the rage for killing, that once, after one of these direful exhibitions, when the corpses were Plain Sermons preached to a Country counted over, one more than the appointed number was found.”
Congregation. By the Rev. J. J. BLUNT, For these ignoble acts, the “ conqueror” The greater part of the so-called plain
D.D. (London: John Murray. 8vo.) was rewarded with the insignia of San
sermons which come before our notice, are Gennaro, while the unfortunate Sicilians lost every trace of the few liberties they thought, are frequently without any plan
the reverse of plain ; containing but little before possessed.
or system, and have nothing to attract:
but the sermons contained in this volume The Paragreens on a visit to the Paris are really plain, thoughtful discourses, Universal Exhibition. By the Author of which may be easily understood by illi“Lorenzo Benoni” and “ Doctor Antonio.” terate persons, such as are usually found in (Edinburgh : Constable and Co. Fcap. 8vo.) country congregations. They were preached -We presume that this work is intended in the village church of Great Oakley, in to exhibit the versatility of the author's Essex, of which parish the late learned genius, for he is as much at home in the professor was rector, and are now printed French capital as in Sicily, or even at from his manuscript, without any but Eden-lodge, Peckham, — whence Mr. Pa- merely verbal alterations. As models to ragreen, wife, son, and three daughters set young clergymen called to serve in country out for the French Exhibition. How they parishes, they will be invaluable. travelled, how they passed their first night in Paris, how they explored the “Exposi
We are sorry to find that The Midland tion,” are each and severally told in the
Counties Historical Collector, which has most picturesque manner, with the assist
been published monthly, at Leicester, ance of Mr. Leech's clever illustrations.
during the last eighteen months, is about
to cease, for want of sufficient encourageMemoirs of James Hutton ; comprising ment. It has not only reported the prothe Annals of his Life, and Connection ceedings of several local archæological with the United Brethren. By DANIEL societies, but has also diffused the knowBENHAM. (London: Hamilton, Adams, ledge of many interesting and valuable and Co. 12mo.)—This is a singularly in historical documents, some of which have teresting volume, whether we regard it as been published for the first time, and others the life of a pious, untiring, worthy man, have been derived from rare books. We or as a chapter in the history of the regret that the antiquaries of the midland eighteenth century, or as the best account counties should lose such a medium of in. yet given of the birth, rise, and progress tercommunication ; but we learn at the of the Moravians in England. In any same time that, at a recent meeting of the one of these respects, it is well worth read. Leicestershire Architectural and Archæoing; but the special interest of the book is logical Society, it was proposed that that in the description of the early Moravians, association should in future withdraw from their primitive manners, and their un- its present connexion with the joint publi. doubted piety.
cation of the Northamptonshire, YorkMr. Hutton was born in 1715, and, by shire, and other Architectural Societies, and the mother's side, was third cousin of Sir print annually a volume of their own Isaac Newton; he was educated at West- papers and proceedings. If this should reminster School, apprenticed to a book- sult in an annual volume equal in character seller, and was afterwards in business for and importance to that of the Sussex sohimself ;-was awakened by John Wesley, ciety, the cause of archæology in the midin 1738 formed an acquaintance with the land districts will be materially advanced ; United Brethren, and continued in com- and we know that there are Mr. Thompson, munion with them up to the time of his the Leicester historian, and many fellowdeath, in 1795. All the particulars of labourers well qualified to fill such a vothis very interesting life are fully detailed lume. We have not recently heard what by Mr. Benham, who has spent some years progress Mr. Potter has made with his in preparing materials for the book. We projected History of Leicestershire. Notices of several other important works are in type, and will appear in our next
BOCIETY OF ANTIQUARIES.
Lion, and even of Constantine the Great ! Nov. 20. Edward Hawkins, Esq., V.-P. Mr. Edward Hawkins offered some remarks in the chair.
on these forgeries, observing that they It was announced by the Executive Com- had apparently imposed on Mr. Thomas mittee, to whom the subject had been Wright, who had described some of them, referred by the Council, that the Archæo. with engravings, in a pamphlet which he logia had been delayed in consequence of saw on the Society's table.
Mr. Heythe illness of Mr. Scharf, who had under. wood, M.P., alluded to the manufacture of taken to supply some of the plates.
Greek vases in England, and their exporThe Secretary exhibited, by permission tation to the Continent, where they were of the owner, a collection of objects of the sold as antique, having been previously Romanand Romano-British periods, formed prepared by the obliteration of some of the by a provincial antiquary, and obtained devices upon them. chiefly in the eastern counties of England. The Secretary communicated an account They comprise fibulæ of various forms, of his researches during the vacation at some of them incrusted with pastes, keys, Filkins and at Broughton Poggs, in Ox. buckles, knitting implements, &c.
fordshire, the result of which was the disThe Secretary then read a communica- covery of eleven skeletons, accompanied tion by himself, entitled "An account of by weapons and personal ornaments usualthe Discovery of Anglo-Saxon Remains at ly found with Anglo-Saxon interments. Kemble, in North Wilts; with Observa- These objects were exhibited, and comtions on a grant of land at Ewelme (Ewen), prised a fine sword-blade, several spearto the Abbey of Malmesbury, by King heads, knives, brooches, two of Roman Æthelstan, in the year 931.” During fabric, buckles, hair-pins, &c. Both cemethe midsummer vacation, while engaged teries were situated at an arrow's flight in some antiquarian enquiries in North from the source of streams so highly veneWilts, he heard of the discovery of human rated by the pagan Saxons, and long after remains, accompanied by weapons and per. their conversion to Christianity. sonal ornaments, which clearly evidenced Mr. Beldam, in a letter to the Secretary, their Saxon origin. On application to R. gave a description of some excavations Gordon, Esq., the owner of the Kemble which he had prosecuted on the chalk estate, the relics were presented to him, downs near Royston. In one place he had and he was permitted to make researches discovered what appeared to be a rude on the spot, unfortunately without suc- dwelling-place, formed in the chalk,—the cess. Failing in this object, he had at- area being in the form of the figure 8. tempted the identification of the bounda. The other, which had been the retreat of ries recited in the charter of Æthelstan; burrowing animals, appeared to have been and here he had succeeded beyond his expec. designed for the purpose of a columbarium; tations, having detected in several local a supposition which is favoured by the fact names the places mentioned in that docu. of the finding of a well-preserved Roman ment; among others, the far-famed source This urn, as well as drawings and of the Thames, and the Hoare stone still plans of the sites excavated, were exhibited. standing there.
The latter appears to have been entirely overlooked by our topo- Dec. 4. Edward Hawkins, Esq., V.-P., graphers and tourists.
in the chair.
Mr. W. F. Antonio Wilson was elected Nov. 27. Joseph Hunter, Esq., V.-P., Fellow. in the chair.
The Rev. Thos. Hugo exhibited a tranA letter from Mr. Franks to the Secre- script of Norton's "Ordinal of Alchemy," tary was read, accompanying the exhibi. which had formerly belonged to Elias tion of two modern fabrications of flint Ashmole. arrow-heads. They were forwarded to The Secretary, by permission of the Rev. Mr. Franks by Mr. Wardell, of Leeds, who A. Gibson, Vicar of Chedworth, near Northstates that they are the work of a man leach, exhibited an arrow or dart-head, and living on the moors near the coast, in the a small Anglo-Saxon coin of the denomi. East Riding of Yorkshire. Stone hammer nation“ sceat” or “sceatta.” The latter and axe-heads, and fish-hooks of Alint, were was found on the presumed site of the old among these fabrications. The fabrication church of Chedworth, on the summit of of jet seals had apparently ceased—the the hill, a spot known as “St. John's forgers having invented seals of Cæur-de- Ashes,” from several ancient ash-trees
once growing there. Mr. Gibson had pressions from a seal appended to a grant caused the ground here to be trenched, in from Matilda, relict of Simon Traunceys, the course of which several fragments of citizen of London, dated 33rd Edw. III., Norman sculpture had been found. One bearing a shield charged with a chevron of these fragments has a rude head of the between 3 billets impaling a saltire beSaviour bearing His cross.
The arrow- tween 4 crosses crossletts : Jegendhead exhibited was probably not earlier
SIGILLVM MATILDE TRAVNCEYS. than the fifteenth century, but the coin was evidently an early attempt of our As the saltire is given by heraldic writers Anglo-Saxon forefathers at a stamped to the family of Traunceys, Mr. Howard money. The obverse bears a diademed thinks it probable that the engraver of the head, imitated from the Roman coins after die may have reversed the coat. the days of Constantine ; a cross before it Mr. G. R. Corner then read a paper on in the field. The reverse has a figure the remains of an Anglo-Norman building standing, in a long habit, holding in each formerly existing in the parish of St. Olave, hand a staff surmounted by a cross. Many Southwark, supposed to have been the analogous coins are without the Christian Prior of Lewes' hostelry; with reference symbol, but many of them bear types which to a paper by the late John Gage Rokeappear to indicate that they were struck wood, Esq., Director of the Society, in after the conversion of the Anglo-Saxons Archæologia, vol. xxiii. p. 299, and to anto Christianity. They are, for the most other paper by C. E. Gwilt, Esq., in Archæo. part, found in the district once forming logia, vol. xxv. p. 604. the heptarchic division, Mercia, and were Mr. Corner submitted to the Society probably issued by royal authority, under copies of two letters patent, of 12th Hen. the superintendence of some prelates. VIII. and 1st Edw. VI.; the latter being
Mr. J. Jackson Howard communicated a confirmation of the first, whereby licence an account by Mr. Ventress, of Newcastle. was granted to Richard Panell and three upon-Tyne, of the Bells in the tower of others, to convey to James Denton Clerk, St. Nicholas in that town.
rector of the parish of St. Olave, and his Mr. Hunter read “Notices of the old successors, a messuage, two workshops, and Clockard or Bell-tower of the Palace of a certain parcel of land, in the parish of Westminster.” The erection of this tower, St. Olave the King, adjoining to the house and the placing in it, not one, but three of the Prior and convent of Lewes towards bells, was the work of Edward the Third, the east and south; part thereof for the when he made extensive repairs and im- purpose of a churchyard, and to apply provements in the palace,-which in his the rents and profits of the residue for reign, and long before and after, was the repairing and adorning the parish church residence of royalty. It was considered of St. Olave. an appurtenance to the chapel of St. Ste- The house conveyed to the parish by phen. Stow gives a vague account of this virtue of those licences was used by the tower, and does not describe its precise parish for & vestry-hall; and the free situation. The bells were said to weigh school of the parish was afterwards esta30,000lbs., but when taken down the blished and held there; and the land was whole three were found to weigh less than converted into a churchyard, called the 20,000lbs. The tower was built in 1365-6, Flemish Churchyard. The crypt described the 39th and 40th year of Edward the by Mr. Gage Rokewood was under the Third. The surveyor of the king's works vestry-ball and school, in Churchyard-alley; was William Slaford, and from his ac- and the crypt described by Mr. Gwilt was counts Mr. Hunter has extracted many somewhat to the south-east of it, in Walinteresting items. The expense of the nut-tree-court, at the end of a lane called clock and bells is, however, not given ; Carter-lane; where, Stow says, the hostelry nor have we anything respecting them of the prior of Lewes was situated, and until the reign of Henry the Sixth, when where, in his time, was an inn, which had Thomas Clockmaker received for his salary, for its sign the Walnut-tree. From those for keeping the clock and bells in a state documents and other corroborative evi. of efficiency, 13s. 4d. a-year.
dence, Mr. Corner inferred that the crypt
described by Mr. Gage Rokewood was not Dec. 11. Joseph Hunter, Esq., V.-P., part of the Prior of Lewes' hostelry, but in the chair.
that the vaulted chamber described by The Rev. J. Pemberton Bartlett, local Mr. Gwilt was part of that edifice. And secretary for Hampshire, exhibited two from the evidence afforded by entries in bronze celts and a bronze spear-head of the parish books, it appeared that the the ordinary types, found in Ireland. vestry-hall and schoolhouse had been called
Mr. J. Jackson Howard exhibited im. Jesus'-house, and belonged to a brother
hood or religious guild of Jesus, founded ject has hitherto been involved. The Secre. in St. Olave's Church at some period, and tary read a communication from Sir Henry existing there until the Reforination; of Ellis, Director, addressed to the President, which fraternity Richard Panel and the introducing the narrative of Sir William other conveying parties were probably the Swan, the English minister at Hamburg wardens and assistants. As to the ori- in 1678. It appears to have been, in those ginal purpose of the building, Mr. Corner days, the practice of foreign princes who conjectures that it might possibly have had been admitted to the Order of the been the Guild or Town Hall of the ancient Garter, to celebrate St. George's-Day with vill or town of Southwark, now called a fête. Sir W. Swan was invited to Dres. the guildable manor, granted to the Cor. den, and entertained at the court of the poration of London by King Edward III.; Elector, when the fête was celebrated with the boundary of which ran on the south unusual splendour : 28,000 rockets contriside of the Prior of Lewes' house : and buted to heighten the effect; some of them from certain deeds relating to the parish were upwards of 200lbs. weight. They property, dating back from 9th Henry IV., had been kept for an extraordinary occait appeared that there was a house in St. sion for twenty years; the Elector having, Olave's called the Gate-house, probably as he informed Sir W. Swan, made the the building in question, which stood as greater part of them himself! The fête connearly as possible in a line from the ori. cluded with an oration in high Dutch, deginal London-bridge, crossing the Thames, livered by the Vice-Chancellor Von Oppeln, as it did, somewhat lower than the last in praise of the Garter, beginning and bridge, erected in the reign of King John, ending with the time-honoured motto,viz. from Botolph's Wharf to the Bridge- HONI SOIT QVI MAL Y PENSE. yard; and if the original High-street of The meetings of the Society were ad. Southwark was continued from the bridge journed over the Christmas recess, to southward, the building in question would "Thursday, January the 8th. have stood at the gate of the town. The paper was illustrated by a map of the guildable manor, or ancient town of South
ARCHAEOLOGICAL INSTITUTE. wark, shewing the boundary, and the sites Dec. 5. John M. Kemble, Esq., in the of the house of the Prior of Lewes and of chair. Jesus'. house, and the other localities re- Mr. J. Le Keux gave an account of ferred to.
recent discoveries at Sherborne Abbey
Church, by which the remains of the ladyDec. 18. Joseph Hunter, Esq., V.-P., in chapel, the position of which was prethe chair.
viously unknown, have been brought to Richard Meeson, Esq., of Grays, Essex, light in the course of the work of restoraMr. John James, of Bradford, Yorkshire, tion now in progress, through the muniand the Rev. William Calvert, rector officent donation by Mr. Wingfield, the preSt. Antholin's and one of the minor canons sent possessor of Sherborne Castle. The of St. Paul's, were elected Fellows.
lady-chapel appears to have been a strucFrederic Ouvry, Esq., Treasurer, exhi. ture beautiful in its proportions and debited and read descriptions by W. S. Wal. tails : it was probably destroyed when the ford, Esq., of two instruments for the great changes in the fabric took place, addition of four priests to the college of early in the fifteenth century. The arched Wimborne Minster, of the date 1355. One entrance, of fine architectural character, of these documents bore the following seals, was blocked up, and the lady-chapel conappended by silk cords, alternately red and verted to some secular uses: at the pregreen: viz. the seals of Robert Wyvill, sent time it forms part of the residence of Bishop of Salisbury; the Dean and Chapter the head-master of the King's School, the of Salisbury; Richard Bury, rector of Shap- lower part being wainscoted, so that all rewick; those of three of the canons, and mains of the original arrangement of the that of the Sacristan, To the other was building are concealed ; but fortunately, in appended the seal of Hugh Pelegrini, Trea- the upper chambers the groining, Purbeck surer of the Church of Lichfield, and Nun- shafts, capitals of columns, and other elacio of the Pope and Apostolic See in Eng- borate details, which shew traces of poly. land. The addition of these four priests chrome decoration, remain visible. The has been sometimes confounded with the rooms are actually dorinitories for the serfoundation of Brembra's Chantry. Under vants, and the finely sculptured foliage has Shapwick, Hutchins speaks of the church been rudely broken away to allow the bed. as having been appropriated to Brembra's steads to fit in more closely. Part of the Chantry in 1354; but these instruments chapel had been demolished, but the founclear up the obscurity in which the sub- dations have been traced, and Mr. Le Keux