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WE have, in the first place, to return our thanks to the Public for the favours with which they continue to receive our endeavours to contribute to their instruction and entertainment.—“ State super vias antiquas ”-may be said to the motto of our book; and certainly, we lose no opportunity afforded us of searching for, and bringing forward whatever memorials of antiquity may have escaped the devastations of time, which can reflect light on the history of the past, or lead to any useful comparison with the usages and institutions of the present. While some of our pages are thus devoted to subjects “ antiquos exquirere mores,” in others, we endeavour to accompany and observe the progress and tendency of modern literature; to point out whatever is most eminent in merit, or to show where the rules of good taste have been neglected, and errors in fact or in reasoning substituted for truth. If a larger share of our pages should by some be considered to be employed in the latter division of the work, they should recollect that there is this difference between the subject-matter in which the researches of the Antiquary are employed, and those which occupy the attention of the literary inquirer — that the former are rigidly bounded by a definite quantity of materials which cannot be increased; and all that labour can effect, is to clear away the valuable substance from the soils of antiquity, repair what is imperfect, and illuminate what is obscure. But literature is a body possessing a perpetual vitality, an inexhaustible power of increase in itself; so that it is constantly presenting a fresh supply of intellectual food, in such abundant measure as to require a rigid discrimination and forbearance in the method of making use of it. In fact, in the same proportion that one study becomes gradually exhausted or diminished, the other is acquiring fresh strength and dimensions.
In the investigation of both, we have now to return our thanks to those kind and intelligent friends who by their assistance both cheer and lighten our labours. The old Roman adage says, “One cluster of grapes ripens best beside another." So we find our labours most pleasant and successful, when they are participated by our friends. And, first, are we in all duty bound to return our thanks to the author of those most acute, learned, and valuable papers on the Record Commission, the reasoning and information of which we know to have made a strong impression on the public mind : and to the same person we are indebted for that Review of a Life of Coke, in which the indolence, carelesness, ignorance, and presumption of the author met a most severe and merited castigation. We have a correspondent at Cork, J. R., who will receive our acknowledgments for past favours, and our hopes of their continuation ; and, lastly, the gentleman who occasionally favours us on the subject of Old Poetry and German and Saxon Literature, will know that his communications are highly valued by us.
And thus we for the present bid farewell, saying of the subject of which we treat
Cognitio studiosis si non magnam utilitatem afferet, at certe quod petimus, bonum voluntatem,"
E PLURIBUS UNUM.
BY SYLVANUS URBAN, GENT.
Liturgy.--La Hogue Bie de Hambie. -On Surnames derived from Coins.
IN Nichols's Literary Anecdotes, My chief authority was the article in vol. i. p. 19, is given the title of Alva- Rees's Cyclopædia, to which I then rerado's Spanish translation of the English ferred ; but a stricter inspection shews Liturgy, printed by William Bowyer in me that my construction of the words 1707. J. G. N. has lately seen a copy of was not quite accurate, which are: *Hav. a second edition, not mentioned in the ing suffered much from accidental fires, Literary Anecdotes, and bearing the fol. as well as from the lapse of time, the Hall lowing title: “La Liturgia Ynglesa, &c. was completely restored by Richard II. Hispanizado por D. Felix de Alvarado, who added a new roof,' &c. The fact of Ministro de la Yglesia Anglicana, con las general decay and re-construction is conAlteraciones hechas en el Nombre de Nu- firmed by all writers on the subject." estro Muy Augusto Soverano, el Rey A correspondent who signs Philo. Don Jorge, Su Alteza Real Don Jorge, GENEALOGIÆ' is answered, that the Principe de Gales, la Princessa, y su Por family of Langhorne of Bedfordshire, teridad. Edicion Sugunda, corregida y whose grant of arms 1610, he has tran. augmentada. Londres : Impresso por scribed, is not likely to be the same as William Bowyer, Impressor de Libros. that of Dr. Langhorne, the translator of Anno Domini MDCCXv." The copy from Plutarch, as he was of Cumberland exwhich this was taken was the companion traction : but we can give him no positive of the Duko of Wellington during his information. Sir William Langhorne, of campaign in Spain, and was of material the Inner Temple, created a Baronet in assistance in teaching him that language. 1668, is the only person of the name who His Grace has since given it to a lady. has borne that title.
In reference to the vignettes in “ La A history of the Northern Rebellion of Hogue Bie de Hambie" (noticed in June, 1569, is now in the press, and the Editor p. 626,) A. B. C. remarks that the views would feel much obliged if any of your of the ruins of Normandy are neither more correspondents would inform him if there nor less than unacknowledged reductions is any authentic portrait of the attainted (improved by the engraver's skill), from Earl of Westmoreland. the miserable lithographs introduced in Mr. J. STUART remarks :-“ In an. the Atlas of the "Memoires des Anti- swer to an inquiry of your correspondent quaires de Normandie."
Mr. GREGORY, relative to the place of Notwithstanding the existence of such burial of Sir John Robinson, Bart. Aldersurnames as Farthing, Halfpenny, Penny, man of London, referred to in your Vol. Twopeny, Grote, &c. H. S. is not likely VI. N. S. p. 226, I beg to forward you to be right in placing in the same class an extract from the Oxford Journal of the surnames of Shackell, Bigod and Ba- April last : 'As some men were employed got, and Skeet and Keats, as derived from in digging a grave last week in the churchihe Jewish shekel, the Roman biyati, and yard of Nuneham Courtney, their spades the Saxon sceata ; at least, the last only came in contact with a hard substance, appears to us to have any probable con- which proved to be a vault. It was found nection with the coin. Bigod and Bagot to contain seven or eight coffins, the are Norman local names; and every one depositories of the mortal remains of the knows what shcekles are, without travel. family of Sir John Robinson, Bart, who ling to the land of Israel. We have not lived on the Nuneham estates in the reign room for H. S.'s letter ; but should men. of Charles II. Although diligent search tion that he has traced the name of Skeet has been from time to time made for their in Surrey from the 13th to the last cen- place of sepulture, it has remained a pertury.
fect mystery up to the present period.'" J. R. writes : “ In your note sub- Will the writer of the memoir on the scribed to my letter on the timber of Carews of Ireland permit us to transfer Westminster Hall (N.S. Vol. VII. p.582.), it to the “Collectanea Topographica et you very properly require my authority Genealogica" ?-We shall feel obliged by for stating, that the original roof had the communication of his name and ad. been consumed by fire under Richard II.' dress,