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sheets of paper, for the most part made in ac
cordance with, or in consequence of, his objecCONTENTS.-No 183.
tions. Moreover, the mention of an actor (p. 53, NOTES:- Are there any Extant MSS. of Shakespeare's note 1, of Dyce's reprint) shows the play to have Handwriting? 1- Memoranda of Junius, 3-- The Use of belonged to Shakespeare's company. If then the Man 125!- Deritend, Birmingham - Edward Fairfax and
consentaneous opinion of Shakespearian critics is Tasso – Swallows formerly Used in Physic - Curious Ad: right, that he was for a long time employed as dresses on Letters - Quiver Inscription - Argyllshire Folk the Johannes factotum of his company, to alter, Lore - Eighth -"Chalk for Cheese" - Dr. Garth on Revolutions - Royal Deaths from Smallpox, 4.
cobble, and botch the plays they adopted, there QUERIES: — “ All-to” – Anonymous - Sir John Boysis some à priori probability that he was employed "Bonaparte's Coachmanship." Ceremony -- Destruction in the alterations of this play.
To enforce this probability I will make some beth's dying Words - Geographical Queries - A Jury exposed to the Rain Ladies on Horseback - A Lincoln: critical remarks on the play itself. First then, it shire Query — Sir Hudson Lowe - Manuscript Journal
is a biographical play, precisely on the plan of mentioned by Byron - Mount Calvary -" The Mistletoe Bough” - Numismatic - A Prophecy of Nostradamus - the very similar drama The Life and Death of Punning Motto- Quotations wanted - Mediæval Service Thomas Lord Cromwell, and nearly on the plan of Books – Tatleriana —"Thole and Thinkon," 6.;
Pericles. All three consist of successive tableaux REPLIES: --Mural Paintings in Starston Church, Norfolk, from the hero's life, without more connection than
10 – The Piano, 11 - Heraldic, 12 - An Heads in Mediaeval Seals, Ib. "The Garden of the Soul" - Pas- the unity of the person gives them. Of these sages in Shelley - Stafford of Blatherwick, Gretton, Sud
three plays, Pericles is Shakespeare's, Cromwell bury, &c. - The Memory of Smells - Parodies: the late Stephen Kemble, &c. - Chepstow = Estrighoiel – Gough
was printed with his initials in his lifetime, and a Surname - Mourning or Black-edged Writing-paper- More is much more worthy of him than Cromwell. Sir Joshua Reynolds's Palette -- Luther "Grand Héré. All three belonged to his company of actors. siarque"-Charms for Ague - Chevisaunce or Chevisance
In the Straw" - Hood's" Address to Mr. Cross The date of it is approximately fixed by Mr. A Cromwell Note Cheshire Cats - "Streak of Silver Dyce as about 1590, or perhaps a little earlier. Sea" – "The Sun never Sets,” &c - Spenser, the Poet of The plot itself enables us to fix the date with Ireland, &c., 14. Notes on Books, &c.
somewhat more precision. Before doing so, a preliminary remark is necessary. It is clear from
the play itself under consideration, and from many Notes.
other passages from writings of 1589 or 1590
which I might quote, that it was a received ARE THERE ANY EXTANT MSS. IN SHAKE
theory of the time that plays ought to have a SPEARE'S HANDWRITING ?
present interest; that it was of no use to reproAll that is known of Shakespeare's handwriting duce the great men of antiquity unless there were is six signatures—one in a book, two on inden- some extant parallel to them in the circles of the tures, and three on his will. They all come within day. When no such modern instances existed the last ten years of his life; two of them are there was no reason for reviving the old excramped for want of space ; three are written by amples. The theatre was the stage to discuss the the failing hand of a decaying man. But they all great questions of the day under the thin disguise show that the poet's handwriting was that of the of Plutarchian parallels. This is the doctrine of ordinary scrivener or copyist of the time. This Spenser in his Tears of the Muses. It may be fact, while it makes any holograph of his more gathered out of Shakespeare's sonnets, and it is difficult to distinguish from similar writings, at declared in the following verses of the present the same time points to the possibility or even play (p. 50) :probability of something from his hand being
“This is no age for poets; they should sing extant among the mass of manuscripts written in To the loud cannon heroica facta; the scrivener's hand of the period.
Qui faciunt reges heroica carmina laudant. In this paper I will give my reasons for thinking
And as great subjects of their pen decay, that portions of the MS. Harleian 7368 in the
Even so unphysicked they do melt away.” British Museum are in his writing. It is the This being the case, it is reasonable to suppose MS. of a play, “Sir Thomas More," which was that the play was intended to have reference to edited for the Shakespeare Society by Mr. Dyce the subjects of the day. And this conjecture is in 1844. The MS. is important, as being a spe- strengthened if we find the censor objecting to cimen of a "book” still for the most part re- any part of it for no apparent reason except its maining in the state in which the author sold it political danger. Now the early part of the play to the players; it is the official copy, submitted refers entirely to the famous "il May day” of by them to the Master of the Revels as censor, 1517, when the London apprentices rose against with his remarks in the margin, and his scratches the foreigners resident in London. The same through lines and words which he disapproved, feeling, prevalent for years in Elizabeth's reign, and with alterations and additions on separate was very nearly bursting out into violent acts in