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By J. B. Nichols, F.S.A. Vol. VII.-Correspondence of Bishop Percy .... 339
OBITUARY: with Memoirs of Christian VIII. King of Denmark; Dr. Howley,
Archbishop of Canterbury ; the Earl of Powis, K. G.; Lord Granville
Embellished with a view of The Poor Men's ALMSHOUSE AT GLASTONBURY.
MR. URBAN,- Permit me here to make daff, 1843; The Old Paths, 1844. It is confession of an error in my precursory added that “one sheet of Dr. D's intended notice of the “ History of the county of History of Dover was printed, and some of Kildare,' which was published in your the engravings finished, and a small portion Number for March, p. 261. Writing of of his Bibliographical Tour in Belgium is the Earls who derive their title thence, I written in MS. These two works he fully stated that John Fitz-Thomas was the first intended to have completed, but the nature so ennobled, and thus far was right; but of the malady of which he died, viz. paraI added erroneously that he “became an. lysis of the brain, had been gradually in. cestor of the diverging lines of Kildare creasing upon him for some years past, and Desmond,” The mistake was in and which entirely incapacitated him duced by one in the Calendar of the Patent from performing their completion, notRolls in the Tower of London, where withstanding his repeated efforts to proThomas, the father of this John, and gress with them. One of the medical whose second son Maurice is in sundry gentlemen who attended the post mortem pedigrees alleged to have been the first examination, asserted that the brain was created Earl of Desmond, is misrepre. in such a state from over-work, that it sented as the first Earl of Kildare. Al was quite impossible he could have acthough, on revision, I consider my above complished them." comment in the Magazine incorrect, I am H. T. E. says, -- " There is a story, that yet not at present prepared to speak a person had long been absent from the positively as to the identity of the first land of his nativity, where in early life Earl of Desmond, or the precedence of he had assisted in setting up a singularly those illustrious lines.
fine peal of bells. On his return home, Yours, &c. John D'Alton. after a lapse of many years, he had to be
rowed over some water, when it happened S. W. S. P. is clearly correct in deriving that the bells struck out in peal, the sound the surname which is now written Wis.
of which so affected him that he fell back would. Wiswold. Wisewold, and Wise in the boat and died !-Can any of your would, from the parish of Wimeswould in readers give a reference where the account Leicestershire, originally Wymondeswold, is to be met with?". --the cold or forest-country of Wymond In Fuller's Church History, vol. iii. p. in the Anglo-Saxon times. Some of the 390, and in Bishop Hacket's Life of Archfamily are found in Nottinghamshire in hishon Willisme bridged edit m an the year 1390, and in 1459 a branch was
seq. mention occurs of one RICHARD fixed at Southwell, where they long con Kilvert, apparently a solicitor, practinued. Our correspondent adds that, tising in the Court of Star Chamber, and though Rastall in bis History of South- a most upprincipled persecutor of the well supposed the Wymondswoulds to be Archbishop during his troubles since 1636 quite extinct, yet the name of Wiswould, 1640. The same person is also severely which is evidently a contraction of the handled in a satirical brochure of the same, has continued in the county of Not- time, of which there is a copy in the tingham, as appears by the registers of Bodleian Library, as a monopolist of West or Little Markham, Eaton, Bever- wines. If any of our readers could oblige coates, &c. and there it still remains at F. K. with any additional particulars of this day, in the liberty of Southwell. He the life and character of this worthy, or also supposes the same name appears in a could furnish any clue to his connexion form still further corrupted in a poem with a Roger Kilvert, merchant of Lon. quoted in the Tatler, No. 2:
don, 1634, whose name occurs in a short To an old uncle oft she would complain,
pedigree of the family of Kilvert, in the Beg bis advice, and scarce from tears refrain; Heralds' Office, it would be esteemed and Old Wise rood sinok'd the matter as it was, acknowledged as a particular favour. “ Cheer up!” cried be, "and I'll remove the
In answer to the inquiry (p. 114) for cause.”
the derivation of Ardington, the name of a We have received from the daughter of village in Berkshire, S. H. replies, Ard is the late Dr. Dibdin a list of her father's a Celtic adjective, and in the word before works, the two last of which were not us signifies great. The Saxon ing in this mentioned in the memoir which appeared instance is a meadow. The last syllable in our January Magazine, viz. Sermons, requires no explanation. Ardington then and Three Letters to the Bishop of Lan- means the house of the great meadow.'
Illustrations of the Literary History of the Eighteenth Century, &c.
By J. B. Nichols, F.S.A. Vol. VII. Percy CorRESPONDENCE.
FROM one small quarto volume originally published in the year 1782, and called Anecdotes of Bowyer the Printer, the two works of Literary Anecdotes and of Illustrations of Literary History have proceeded, issuing from the same press, and under the care of the same proprietors and editors: they have increased, by successive volumes published at intervals, till they at length form the richest, the most extensive, and the most valuable body of literary history in our language. Conjointly the two works extend to fifteen large volumes of biographical memoirs and epistolary correspondence of writers of all degrees of fame and excellence who flourished during the last century; correcting many mistakes in works previously published, and affording much additional information The present volume forms a valuable supplement to the former, containing as it does the correspondence of several persons engaged in different walks of literature, and expressing their separate and independent opinions on the subjects presented to their inquiry. The chief portion is called the Percy Correspondence. The Bishop during the latter part of his life was resident in his diocese of Dromore, in Ireland, very remote from that literary society in which he had lived during his earlier years ; and he depended on the communications of his friends for information on subjects in which he was much interested, and for accounts of that learned society in which so many of his most pleasing hours of life had passed ; of which he was one of the most distinguished members; and beyond that circle known by his various talents, his elegant taste, and his curious inquiries into the poetic literature of the country. The names of most of Dr. Percy's correspondents are familiar to our readers, and to all we are more or less indebted for some useful information, or some pleasing creation of fancy ; for some invention of genius, some expansion of learning, or some discovery of truth. Those who delight in our old Ballad poetry, and who feel how much they are indebted in this respect to the Editor of the Reliques, will be gratified with the correspondence of Grainger and Anderson; while the names of Archdeacon Nares and Dr. Lort, always held in respect by scholars, will receive honourable addition by the memorials here produced of their zeal and activity in the cause of letters. To Archdeacon Nares especially we would gladly give our meed of praise, as the able and vigilant Editor for many years of the British Critic; a Review which, under his inspection and authority, during times when the opinions of the higher rauks were unsettled, and the doctrines inculcated among the lower were dangerous and delusive, resisted the machinations of the factious, and supported the best principles of social duty and constitutional government, equally repressing the fanaticism of the Sectary, the violence of the Republican, and the delusions of the Infidel: while in sobriety of judgment, in soundness
of learning, and in caldour of criticism, it might challenge competition with any of its rivais, abrvad or at home. His two works, the Orthoëpv of the Eugh Language, pesished in his earlier time, and his Glossary in his later, are works of so.id merit and will be esteemed by all who seek for information respectiu, our language, whether as to the extent of its rocabu. lary, or the principles of its formation. Of the other writers it is not necessary for us to make a distinct and particular Lention, as the very diligent Editor of the work bas pretired a biographical tremoir at the head of each separate correspondence. We therefore proceed to make a few extracts, sufficient to show the nature of the materials, though we are unable to give an adequate representation of their value and extent.
In the few remarks we have made the only object we have had in view is what the interest of learning required. The writers themselres hare been removed far berond the reach of censure or of praise, and can no longer be affected by the tenderness of the friendly, or the severity of the envious and malignant. Some of them were much exposed to attacks in their own day; but the interval that has passed has modified opinions formed in haste or prejudice on their characters or talents; and we must recollect, " that the duty of criticism is neither to depreciate nor dignify by partial representations, but to hold out the light of reason whatever it mar discover, and to promulgate the determinations of truth whatever they dictate." In a letter to Bishop Percy, Mr. Steevens observes
P. 3. * The character your lordship Daines Barrington, with singular progives of Mr.J. Monck Mason's production priety, as he is the only one who possesses is thoroughly just. He is often ingenious credulity enough for the anthor's purposes. and sometimes right; but occasionally out. Your Lordship and I may perhaps un. does even Dr. Warburton in absurdity of willingly believe that in the kingdom of conjecture. There is also somewhat of Amhara every jessamine tree is as big as ferocity in his manner, which had better two Eaglich oaks : and yet this fact our been avoided. Stiii. with ail his extra.
travelier is said to have asserted in convazand ces, I must allow that he is a man of versation. I relate it on the authority of thinking and erudition. Boswell's book Jir. Gibbon. I have been so long absent is not yet gone to press. He waits, I from the literary world, that the intellibelieve, till Mrs. Piozzi bas published two gence I offer you is scarce worth your volumes of Johnson's correspondence with reading. One circumstance, however, I her, which is expected to comprise near must not omit. Your antagonist, Mr. 200 letters. Lord Lonsdale has appointed Ritson, about a month ago, got drunk, Boswell recorder of Carlisle, and he is and assaulted an inoffensive barber, who gone to take possession of his new office brought an action against him, and has Mr. Jephson's .Julia'* I bave neither seen obliged him to pay severely for his frolic; nor read; but am told the playhouse lost a proper warning to critics militant." &c. by performing it, and that the author's P. 6. ** Another word and I have done. oply gain has been by the sale of the copy. You cannot more successfully ingratiate In about a month or six weeks we are to yourself with your coadjutor, the Rer. expect the three volumes, quarto, which Henry Meen, than by requesting bim to conclude Mr. Gibbon's celebrated work. give you a copy of Happiness, a poem in Mr. Bruce's Abyssinian Tour is also at blank verse, which he published while he press, but will be withheld till next winter was resident in Emanuel college." It will be dedicated to the Honourable . This was the early and unfortunate production which Mr. Meen was
• Jephson was a favourite poet of Horace Walpole, see his Letters, rol. v. p. 223; and Thoughts on Tragedy, vol. ii. p. 303-314. See also Campbell's Life of Mrs. Siddons for a criticism on bis Tragedies, vol. ii. pp. 73, 105, 113, 158. Mrs. Inchbald says in her Memoirs, vol. i. p. 149, “ The Count of Narbonne succeeded so greatly, as eren to suspend the pantomime itself. It was a tragedy that burst out of the Gothic castle of romance. It was extremely well done, and we believe Walpole said so," &c.-Rev.