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In the department of the Magazine allotted to Correspondents, I shall be glad to receive more assistance from my readers. Notices of antiquities, of remarkable events, or other matters communicated to me, have ever formed an interesting portion of the contents of the Magazine, and by means of my pages literary men have been enabled to interchange their thoughts, and often to obtain a solution of their difficulties. I am therefore desirous that in this respect, as in others, new friends and new contributors will favour me with their communications.
salem and Durham-King of Jerusalem-Roman Remains in Buckinghamshire- The
WRONG DIVISION OF SYLLABLES. Our united recollections seem to con
MR.URBAN, —Your correspondent W.C., firm, and even to extend the interesting in his complaint that certain words are erro
information afforded by “F. N.” of “Lin. neously divided in printed lines, appears
coln's Inn," in your November number to me to attend too much to their pro. (p. 590), to the conclusion that “ Baron nunciation, and too little to their deriva- Munchausen's Travels” were written at tion and composition. Instead of assum
Dolcoath Mine, in Cornwall, by Mr. Raspe, ing them to be printed wrongly, I think who was then storekeeper of that establishhe would do better in saying that our ment.
H. method of pronouncing them is incorrect. Penzance.
For instance, in the word “magnificent,” (one of his own examples,) which JERUSALEM AND DURHAM. is derived from the Latin magnifico, a
MR. URBAN,—In Sharp's “New Gazet. compound of magni and facio (often sepa
teer of the British Islands,” (2 vols. 8vo., rate in the older authors), it would scarcely 18 ,) there is a citation from “an old be right to make the division after the
writer," “ He who has seen Durham has “f,” and so cut up, if I may use the ex
seen Zion, and may save a journey to pression, the component parts of the word.
Jerusalem.” This is satisfactory, as I The same objection applies to his proposed have crossed the Tees, and am not likely to division of the word "equivalent:" and if visit Palestine ; but for my full assurance W. C. will take the trouble to examine
I should be glad to learn who that “old the inflections of the Latin opinio he willy writer” may be, and what is the name of no doubt, be convinced that the point of his work.
W, E. F. division in “ opinion” should be after the i, and not after the n. As for the
KING OF JERUSALEM. word “consider," I believe he will find
MR. URBAN,-In Fuller's “Historie of that in most good books it is divided as
the Holy Warre,” (small folio, Cambridge, he wishes; but in this case it should be recollected that the syllable “sid” is the 1647,) p. 126, I read that “ King Richard,
with some of his succeeding English kings, root of the word, being akin to the Greek ιδω or ειδω. .
wore the title of Jerusalem in their style In arguments of this kind, Sir, you will
for many years after;" i. e. after Caur-de
Lion had bestowed the island of Cyprus doubtless bear me out in saying that it is always dangerous to trust to the mere pro
on Guy de Lusignan. The authority given nunciation of a word, which in compara
is “Sabell. Enn. 9. lib. v. p. 378," but the tively few cases exactly agrees with its
assertion is not borne out by any record orthography. To arrive at a just conclu.
that I am acquainted with. Can any of sion, we should invariably trace its origin, your readers inform me better on the
W. E, F. and then subject it to a careful analyzation.
HOMUNCULUS. Cloisters, Westminster.
MR. URBAN,—In a field north of the
town of Olney, the plough is continually BARON MUNCHAUSEN.
bringing to light the remains of Roman
pottery, coins, &c. Is there any historical MR. URBAN, -Some thirty years ago, one of the principal captains of Dolcoath existed here ? _Yours, &c.
evidence to prove that a Roman station Mine, in the parish of Camborne, informed
W, P. STORER. me that “Baron Munchausen's Travels"
Olney, Nov. 19, 1856. had been written there, by a German, who had many years previously performed the duties of storekeeper of that mine, of which
THE GIPSIES IN ENGLAND. the freehold has long been in the noble MR. URBAN, — Permit me to enquire, family of Basset.
through your pages, where I may obtain I have lately made enquiry on the sub- any information respecting the early his. ject, of the present intelligent manager of tory, habits, and present condition of the Dolcoath; who tells me that one of the Gipsies. Many of your readers are doubt. oldest of the mining captains used often less in possession of facts relating to them to speak of the wonderful chemical experi- which would throw some light upon the ments made in the office by Mr. Raspe, a history of that singular race of people. German gentleman employed at the mine:
Your obedient servant, of his literary perforinances, however, his
A. LYE. informant had made no mention.
Oxford, Dec. 20, 1856.