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"When found, make a note of."-CAPTAIN Cuttle.







CONTENTS.-No. 54. ✔

NOTES:-Milton Bibles, 1-Bishopsgate Street Without, 2 -Chamney Family, 3-Anglo-American Mail Service: its Bicentenary-South African Bibliography-Samuel Richardson and the English Philosophers, 5-Bells and Bell-Founders, 1560-Legal Macaronics, 6. QUERIES:-"Terse" Claret-The Black Prince's Language -"Die in beauty"-Roger Greatorex-Bibliography of Folk-lore, 7-Thread-Papers-Pitt and Wilkes on Disfranchisement - Prebendary Gabriel Grant — Claims, 1716-Anne Boleyn: Bulley Family-Lacy as a Militia Place-Name, 8-John HudsonImitated Oundle 'Pilgrim's Progress' -"Ennomic" "Carent":"Patricksmas": "Caeqehouias' or "Current"- Rev. J. Samwell: Rev. J. Peacock "Lukesmas "- "Instant" Roeites of Calverton, 9-Andrew Arter's Memorial

mysterious way," 10.

Church with Wooden Bell-Turret-"God moves in a REPLIES:-Motto of 1851 Exhibition, 10-Lord Mayor Trecothick, 11-Turcopolier-Corn and Dishonesty, 12Eminent Librarians-Great Snow in 1614, 13-Christmas Mummers - Christmas Bough or Bush-Owls called "Cherubims"-Authors Wanted-John Bright's Quota tions, 15-Gentleman's Magazine Danes'-Blood, a Flower, 16-High Stewards and Recorders-Dante and a Font-Miss Sumner, 17-Elizabeth Woodville and the Kings of Cologne-Babies and Kittens-Lowthers v. Howards, 18.

NOTES ON BOOKS :-Leland's 'Itinerary'-Reviews and

Booksellers' Catalogues.
Notices to Correspondents.


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"John Milton was born the 9th of December, 1608, die Veneris half an howr after 6 in the morning.


Christofer Milton was born on Friday about a month before Christmass at 5 in the morning, 1615.

"Edward Phillips was 15 year old August,


"John Phillips is a year younger, about Octob. My daughter Anne was born July the 29th on the fast at eevning about half an houre after six 1646.

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"My daughter Mary was born on Wedensday, about 6 a clock, 1648. Octob. 25th, on the fast day in the morning


My son John was born on Sunday, March the 16th about half an hower past nine at night, 1650. May, being Sunday, somwhat before 3 of the 'My daughter Deborah was born the 24 of clock in the morning, 1652.



[His] My wife hir mother dyed about 3 days after. And my son about six weeks after his mother.


Katherin my daughter, by Katherin my following, 6 weeks after hir mother, who dyed second wife, was borne y 19th of October, between 5 and 6 in y morning, and dyed yo 17th of March 3rd of Feb., 1657.”


The Bible-an octavo edition of 1636 printed by Young-which Dr. Birch saw and examined in 1749-50, when he visited. Milton's granddaughter Mrs. Foster in Cock Lane, near Shoreditch Church, also contains entries of births and deaths of Milton's children. Dr. Birch's own account is as follows:


the 16th halfe an houre past nine at night 1650.
"My Son John was born on Sunday March

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MS. 4244.
in the

A BIBLE in the British Museum (Add. MS.
32, 310) is thus described in "Facsimiles of
Royal, Historical, Literary, and other Auto-May, being Sunday somewhat before 3 of the Clock
My Daughter Deborah was born the 24 of
graphs in the Department of Manuscripts,
British Museum.
morning 1652.' "-Birch
Edited by George F.
Warner, M.A., Assistant Keeper of Manu-
Mrs. Foster, daughter of Deborah, third
scripts. Series I.-V." :—
daughter of Milton, of whom a long account
"The Holy Bible printed by Robert Barker,Life of Milton,' married Abraham Clarke,
London, 1612: a copy which belonged to John
is given in vol. vi. p. 751 ff. of Masson's
Milton, who on the page here reproduced [facing
the beginning of Genesis] entered memoranda of
the dates of the birth, &c., of himself and members
of his family, including his brother Christopher
Milton [baptized 3 Dec., 1615] and his nephews
Edward and John Phillips. The first five entries
appear to have been made together in 1646;
the last two, written in 1657/8, after Milton had
become totally blind, were added under his
direction by another hand.-Add. MS. 32, 310."
The entries are as follows:

who died

"She show'd me her Grand Mother's Bible in 8vo printed by Young in 1636, in a Blank Leafe upon which Milton had enter'd in his own Hands the Births of his Children, as follows:

"Anne my Daughter was born July the 29th the day of the Monthly Fast between six and seven, or about half an hour after six the Ev'ning 1646.


'Mary my Daughter was born on Wednesday Octob. 25 on the Fast Day in the morning about six o'clock 1645.



afterwards married Thomas Foster, some time after weaver in Spitalfields," and died in 1727. 1688. She ing Katherin. All Milton's children are mentioned exceptentries from the burial registers of St. Masson gives the following Margaret's, Westminster, Mrs. Katherin Milton," and again, “March Feb. 10, 1657/8, 20, 1657/8, Mrs. Katherin not know which designated the mother remarks that from these entries we should Milton," and and which the child. a sentence in Phillips's memoir of his uncle He quotes, however,

* Marked through.



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Katherin Woodcocke married Milton on 12 November, 1656, and the child, according to the parish books of St. Margaret's, Westminster, was born 19 October, 1657. This date is given in the Museum Bible. Masson known of this Bible, he could even have given the exact day of death.



There are slight differences in the wordings of some of the entries in the two Bibles. Here is another and important difference. "I am the book of Mary Milton," i.e. Mary Powell, Milton's first wife, is written, "in his wife's handwriting," in the Birch Bible. Mr. Mossman tells me that an old-fashThose words are not in the Museum Bible, ioned society called " Ye Olde White Dogs but on the inside of the back cover is was held there for many years, and at Yulewritten "Eliz. Elcock," and underneath time the chairman always gave the toast "Eliz. Salmon, Her Book (apparently of "the buxom lasses and merry wives of maiden and married names). Of Milton's Bishopsgate." The White Dogs at the third wife, Elizabeth, née Minshull, who same festive season distributed bread died in 1727, the same year as Mrs. and coal tickets among the poor inhabitants Foster, surviving Milton fifty-one years, of the surrounding district, a charity, supwe are told that she left all her effects, ported by many City merchants, which did after payment of debts, to her nephews and a vast amount of good, but which has now nieces. Among those effects was a large been removed to the Bishopsgate Institute Bible.' Possibly this was the Museum under a new name. Bible, which had been acquired by one of those nieces.



This Museum Bible was purchased from Thomas Kerslake in 1884. Masson's Life of Milton,' by the way, was published only three years previously. I naturally inquired of Dr. Warner whether Kerslake had given any details as to how the Bible had come into his possession. Dr. Warner kindly looked over all letters received from Kerslake during 1883 and 1884, but found nothing of the kind. Kerslake, who is now dead, wrote from Bristol. It would be extremely interesting to know its history. And perhaps some day the Bible described by Dr. Birch may come to light.

J. S. S.

"The Black Raven," 136, Bishopsgate Street Without, survives, like the curate's egg, "in parts." Some few years ago it could be distinguished, not by a hanging sign, but by a modern tessellated pavement at the entrance, bearing a large black raven. The probability, however, that it occupies the site of a more ancient house with the same sign is suggested by the circumstance of the upper portion containing, among other things, a very old-fashioned staircase, which I have not at present seen, and heavy beams of oak supporting the ceiling. informant is Mr. Samuel Mossman, the My owner, who is landlord also of The Swan Hotel" at Stratford, E., and whose connexion with "The Black Raven " has lasted over fifteen years.



THE widening of this ancient thoroughfare begins at Lupinsky & Brandon's, tailors, Nos. 134 and 135, and will extend to Norton Folgate. It may be observed that the new Post Office Directory' includes Bishopsgate only, and has a note that Bishopsgate Within and Without have been amalgamated under

the new title.

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There is a seventeenth century token extant of "The Black Raven," but I do not remember to have seen the sign noted by MR. MCMURRAY in his interesting lists of some of the “ Signs of Old London."

I have the remains of an old handbill, dated 1791, of "The Black Raven," 136, Bishopsgate Street Without. The landlord at that time was Alfred Love, who announces the perhaps not surprising fact that he was a "direct importer and Bonder of all his wines and spirits, noted for Special Scotch and Irish Whiskies." A raven perched on a bough adorns this handbill. But why were the "White Dogs


so named ? Angel Alley, which stood between Nos. 137 and 138, but was swallowed up by the Great Eastern Railway Station about, I think, sixteen years ago, probably marked the site of "The Angel Inn" in Bishopsgate Street, where the Parish Clerks, incorporated in 1232 by Henry III., kept their hall, that is, the first hall of the Fraternity; and by it was an almshouse for seven poor widows of deceased members. The Clerks kept the account of christenings, casualties, &c., and published the bills of mortality, among other privileges of their charter being exemption from parish duties in the parish wherein.

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