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appears to have been too confidential over the amiable indiscretions of Madame Lefebvre.

In his lighter vein the author speaks, in the course of his campaigns, of the many attractions of the fair sex in Vienna and in Poland, in Silesia and in Berlin, as opposed to those of Baden and Suabia, on which latter subject he is more candid than polite. Finally, the worthy general's criticisms on things musical and theatrical in the capitals and great towns of Europe are worthy of note. The comedies and opéra-bouffes of Vienna and its faubourgs especially attracted his attention, in spite of an occasional shock given to his modesty. He gives warm praise to the musical capabilities of the Bavarians of 1805, and, passing through a church of Landshut, thus far sinks his patriotism and speaks his mind :

"J'ai été surtout ravi de l'harmonie du chant. Il y a bien loin de semblables accords aux beuglements des chantres de nos cathédrales et au bruit rauque des serpents qui les accompagnent. Les Français, d'ailleurs si rarement dotés par la nature, sont, je pense, le peuple de l'Europe qui chante le plus mal."



I am owner of a fine oil painting, a life-size half-length portrait of a gentleman, or nobleman, dressed in a black doublet, apparently velvet, richly adorned on the shoulders and arms with heavy gold bullion lace, and wearing a deep collar and cuffs of fine lawn. He is an elderly man, large-framed and stout, and has fair hair, worn long under a black skull cap, a thin fair moustache and small chin tuft, a well-shaped and slightly aquiline nose, and a double chin. He stands by a table on which lies a massive gold or gilt mace, on which the letters C. R. are plainly readable. and holds in his right hand a paper or parchment scroll, bearing an inscription, of which so much as is visible identifies it with the title of the statute 13 Car. II. c. 1, viz., "An Act for Safety and Preservation of His Majesty's Person and Government against Treasonable and Seditious Practices and Attempts"; which fixes the date of the portrait as not before 1661, and probably within a few years after that date.

I have arrived at a conclusion that the portrait may be that of Sir Heneage Finch, Lord Keeper in 1674, Lord Chancellor in 1675, and first Earl of Nottingham, for the following reasons:

The portrait came to me through my late mother, daughter of Scarlet Browne Bell, eldest son of Henry Bell, which Henry and his male lineal ancestors owned Wallington Hall, Norfolk.

Wallington Hall came into the Bell family in the seventeenth century, when Philip Bell (eighth son of Sir Robert Bell, of Beaupré Hall, Norfolk, and great-grandson of Sir Robert Bell, Speaker

of the Commons in 1575, and Lord Chief Baron of the Exchequer) acquired it by purchase from his kinsman, Daniel Finch, second Earl of Nottingham (son of the first earl above mentioned, and grandson of the marriage of Sir Heneage Finch, Speaker of the Commons in 1625, with Frances Bell, granddaughter of the before-named Speaker, Sir Robert Bell), and it passed by devise from Philip Bell, who died s.p. in 1677, to his nephew Philip Bell, then to his nephew's son Henry, and afterwards to Henry's son, my great-grandfather Henry Bell above mentioned, after the death of whom it was sold by his widow. The portrait in question hung in Wallington Hall, and was removed thence when the place was sold by my great-grandmother.

From the connexion between the Finch and Bell families it seems to be very probable that the portrait in question may be that of the first Earl of Nottingham, and have come into the possession of Philip Bell when he purchased Wallington Hall from the second earl as above stated.

I should be glad of any information which may tend to corroborate my theory, and also to ascertain who may have been the artist by whom the portrait was painted. Are there in existence any well-authenticated portraits of the first Earl of Nottingham; and where? I have recently purchased an engraving purporting to be that of a portrait of him, dated A.D. 1681; but it appears, so far as one can judge from an engraving, to be that of a dark rather that of a fair haired man, and I cannot distinctly identify the features in the two portraits, although there seem to me to be some points of resemblance between them. JOHN H. JOSSELYN,


[A portrait, attributed conjecturally to Luttrell, is described in Smith's Catalogue of Engraved Portraits," p. 1665.]


(Continued from 8th S. viii. 483.) Norse tradition points us to the far Asaland-most probably Asia-from which Odin came, and the underlying affinities of race and language attest its truth. How much of Scandinavian mythology, with its constant warfare between good and evil, is akin to Persian belief, and how much of Hebrew tradition underlies them both is a question too wide for so brief an essay. But a clearer light is thrown upon the worship of Thor when we remember him as the Beskytter, the protector, the shelter, and find that Houssa, Uzzi, or Husi is the divine protector among the tribes of the Euphrates and the descendants of Ishmael. From this name the Gothic huse, English house, is evidently derived, showing that the "sheltered hearth," that is the house, literally bore his name.

Philology takes us still further when it traces Thor or Thorah to the Hebrew for law or

erder received from Sinai. Thus, as far back as we can go, among the earliest vestiges of the faith of our Scandinavian forefathers, we find these ideas in close association-Thor, the embodiment of protection, law and order, united with thunder and fire; the blazing pile of pine-logs; the assembling of the free; the rejoicing of the reunited family at the feast of the home, when children, followers, and bondmen were gathered around the father and king.

The Thorsthing or Housethings, now shortened into Hustings, only survives amongst us as the name of the polling place. But in Yarmouth, the oldest seaport on the Norfolk coast, where the Danish element prevailed long after the Conquest, we find the ancient chartered court of the borough was formerly called the Court of Husting, now the court of record; all the crimes committed within the borough being tried there.

Amongst the Teutonic nations he who gave the largest entertainments was held in the most esteem. These feasts commonly lasted several days. No guest thought of departing until the empty bowls and the increasing heap of bones showed that the abundant provisions were consumed. Athenaus describes a Gaulish feast which lasted a year without interruption. Not only every individual of the tribe, but every stranger also who chanced to pass through the country, was made welcome. It was a belief sanctioned by long established custom that at the festive board men spoke out their real thoughts with greater boldness and formed their most daring plans.

In speaking of the Germanic race, Tacitus says: "When they wanted to reconcile enemies, to form alliances, to appoint chiefs, or to treat of war and peace, it was during the repast they took counsel-a time in which the mind is most open to the impressions of simple truth, or most easily animated to great attempts. These artless people during the conviviality of the feast spoke without disguise, and next day weighed the counsels of the former evening. They deliberated at a time when they were not disposed to deceive, and took their resolution at a time when they were least liable to be deceived."

Such were the traditionary customs which regulated the Saxon Yuletide. If in this spirit the father and king of the nation deliberated with his eldermen and warriors, so likewise the father consulted with his sons. We must now turn to Kentish customs for additional light upon the early Yule, for the Saxon settlement upon the Kentish shore had grown into a kingdom before the descendants of Odin cast the lance against their idols and listened to the gentler teachings of Christianity. About one hundred and seventy years after the daring escape of the Northmen from the legions of Probus, the cowardly Vortigern requested Saxon aid. In answer to his invitation 1,500 men landed on the coast of Kent. Three ships brought them over, and they were therefore

called "the men of the three ships," "the short sword men," or Saxons. Their leaders, the brothers Hengist and Horsa, are spoken of as the greatgrandsons of Odin, and, as their old songs express it, "They followed gaily the track of the swans." The lapse of time between the arrival of the three ships and the escape of the exiles suggests the identity of their ancestral Odin with the leader of that gallant band. The Northmen held the transmigration, or rather the reincarnation of souls. They believed by giving a child the name of a distinguished man, especially of his own forefathers, the soul of his name-father was transfused into the child. Thus we find St. Olaf was named after his most famous ancestor King Olaf GurstadAlf, and in his day the common people believed that the old king was really born again in St. Olaf. Among a race cherishing ideas like these the heroic mariner could not fail to be regarded as the incarnation of their god Odin, the heaven father and victor king.

We must now recall the familiar story of Hengist's first winter in England. The feast he gave to Vortigern, when Rowena presented the wassailbowl to the British king, was undoubtedly the first Yuletide ever kept within our white-faced isle. Many have ascribed the origin of the Saxon wassail to the daughter of Hengist. Others identify it with the grace-cup of the Greeks and Romans; but there seems more reason to suppose the presentation of the wassail-bowl was as closely associated with the Saxon Yule as the ivy with which the bowl was wreathed.

Brand tells us of an ancient custom among the Kentish villages, for which he can offer no explanation, although it was kept up as late as 1779, referring to the holly and ivy with which they decorated their houses at Christmas. In this traditional observance the mistletoe has no partanother indication of its purely Saxon origin. We must remember the holly is the only thing remaining alive and green throughout the dark winter of the frozen north, where they reverence it as the Grantra. Therefore we may conclude it was "a symbol dear" to Hengist and Rowena before their winter in Britain. Brand adds, the holly and ivy which decorated the Kentish farmhouses at Christmas were never taken down until Shrovetide. Was this the limit of the ancient Yule? The village maidens then collected the witbering ivy and bound it into a bundle, which they denominated the ivy-girl. Meanwhile the village boys had got possession of the holly, which they had twisted into the rude effigy of a man. By nightfall their respective bonfires were lighted; but the holly-boy was nowhere to be found. Girlish craft had stolen him away, and all the stealthy cunning of the lads was now exerted to get possession of the ivy-girl by way of reprisal. Of course they succeeded, and by the time the



holly-boy was discovered blazing in the maidens' bonfire the ivy-girl was carried off in triumph and burnt likewise with much shouting and glee.

In this curious practice we cannot fail to perceive a marked personification of these hardy evergreens-a personification we again meet with in an old ballad of the days of Henry VI. preserved in the British Museum. Here the holly and ivy are placed in opposition :

Old Ballad of the Days of Henry V1.
Nay, Ivy, nay; it shall not be i-wys;

Let Holly hafe the maystery, as the manner is.
Holly stond in the Halle fayre to behold;
Ivy stond without the dore; she is full sore acold.
Holly and his merry men they dancyn and they sing.
Ivy and hur maidens they wepyn and they wryng.
Nay, Ivy, nay, &c.

Ivy hath a lybe, she laughit with the cold;
So mot they all hafe that wyth Ivy hold.
Nay, Ivy, nay, &c.

Holly hat berries as red as any rose;
They foster the hunter, and kepe him from the doo.
Nay, Ivy, nay, &c.

Ivy hath berries as black as any slo;
Ther com the oule and ete hym as she goo.

Nay, Ivy, nay, &c.

Holly hath byrdys a full fayre flock,
The nightyngale, the poppyngy, the gayntal lavyrok.
Nay, Ivy, nay, &c.

Good Ivy what byrdys hast thou?
Non but the owlet that kreye how ! how!

Nay, Ivy, nay, &c.

This weeping ivy with her maidens can have no reference to the infant Christ or the Bacchus weed, as the ivy which wreathed the wine-cup at the Norman festivals was often called, or the ivy wreath frequently hung up outside the door as a vintner's sign. The allusion to the owlet's cry, even now regarded as a warning of the approach of death, shows plainly that the ivy of the Yule wreath was identical with the ivy of the funeral garland. The holly and ivy thus contrasted may represent the twofold phase of the festivalthe gloom of the "mother night" and the joy of the new-born year.

than the climber in the shade to typify their love
they were mourning as the dead? Sorrow reigned;
in adversity and their fidelity unto the absent ones
no bird but the owlet was heard, no laughter but
the laughter from the cold, when holly and his
merrymen appeared within the hall, and joy and
Nay, Ivy, nay; it shall not be i-wys;
mirth took the place of weeping and despair :-

Let Holly hafe the maystery, as the manner is.
The story of that return was sure to be repeated
when those parted ones gathered around the king's
fire. Even if this occurrence did not originate the
custom, it must have imparted an added zest to
the old feast of Thor, and made the family reunion
the one indestructible characteristic of the Yule
by the sheltered hearth. This was the festival which
the father of Rowena introduced into Britain.

A similar antithesis is found in the garland gay which crowned the head of the boar-the most conspicuous dish at the Saxon Yule feast-and the rosemary, another funereal herb, which was placed in its mouth. After Rowena's day the preparation of the wassail-bowl evidently belonged to the maidens, who wreathed it with ivy and carried it E. STREDDER. round with appropriate songs. 21, Stowe Road, Shepherd's Bush, W. (To be continued.)

JEREMY TAYLOR.—On 14 Jan., 1635/6, Jeremy Taylor was admitted to a fellowship at All Souls' College, Oxford, and his biographer, the Rev. Henry Kaye Bonney, observes, that "at this time the Papists circulated a report that he was strongly inclined to enter into communion with the Church "which of Rome." Mr. Bonney believed, however, that the authority upon which this rests must be considered very doubtful, and that the best answer to the report was an appeal to Taylor's works," contain nothing that savours of Romish errors; but, on the contrary, abound with arguments 'Letter to one tempted to the Communion of the against them." He also quotes from the firstChurch of Rome,' a passage already printed in Still, if this were all, it is hard to see why the'N. & Q.' (4th S. vi. 391), to the effect that the funeral emblems are given to the female, while the brightness and merriment ascribed to the holly are always male, and stranger still why the weeping ivy is placed without the door and the position which the dancing holly within, a youngest Viking, the beardless boy, would have scouted and contemned. But if we accept the holly and ivy as the memorials of the return of the exiled Goths from the borders of the Euxine, they full of meaning :—

The Rev. Robert Aris Willmott, in his work on 'Bishop Jeremy Taylor' (1847), speaks (p. 99) of 66 we must the "improbable story of his intended secession to the Roman Church," and adds that close our ears to the universal teaching of his works, before we can believe that he had ever turned a Anthony à Wood appears to be the first writer His words are:favourable eye upon the papal superstition." who referred to the rumour.

allegation was "perfectly a slander."

"About the same time [that he was admitted a fellow Ivy stands without the door and is full sore acold. suasion have said, but upon a sermon delivered in S. What attitude could more vividly describe the of All Souls'] he was in a ready way to be confirmed a desolation of those Saxon women, hopelessly watch-member of the church of Rome, as many of that perMary's Church in Oxon, on the 5 of November (Gunpowder-treason day), an. 1638, wherein several things

ing through that weary "mother night" of sepa-
ration and suspense; or what more fitting emblem

were put in against the papists by the then vice-chancellor, he was afterwards rejected with scorn by those of that party, particularly by Fr. à S. Clara, his intimate acquaintance; to whom afterwards he expressed some sorrow for those things he had said against them, as the said S. Clara hath several times told me."-"Athenæ Oxonienses,' ed, Bliss, iii. 782.

Franciscus à Sancta Clara above referred to was a learned Franciscan friar, whose real name was Christopher Davenport, and who sometimes passed under the name of Hunt. He was born at Coventry in 1598, and died at Somerset House, in the Strand, on 31 May, 1680. For some years he lived in concealment at Oxford, or in the neighbourhood, being on terms of friendship with Dr. Barlow, the Bodleian librarian.

Heber, in his 'Life of Jeremy Taylor' (p. xvi), expresses the opinion that

"when Davenport, as Wood assures us, ascribed to Taylor a regularly formed resolution of being reconciled to the church of is most reasonable, as well as most charitable, to impute the assertion to a failure of memory, not unnatural to one so far advanced in years as he must have been when Wood conversed with him."

Wood's assertion is, however, confirmed in a remarkable manner by a passage occurring in a very rare work, which is not to be found, I believe, in the Library of the British Museum. This is entitled, "The Literary Life of the Rev. John Serjeant, written by himself at Paris, 1700, at the request of the Duke of Perth"; and it was published at London in 1816, 8vo., under the editorship of the Rev. John Kirk, D.D. Serjeant, or more properly Sergeant, who was a distinguished controversial writer on the Catholic side, after referring to his reply to Bishop Taylor's' Dissuasive from Popery,' makes the following positive state

ment :

Wood was first introduced to Franciscus à Sancta Clara at Somerset House on 29 Aug., 1669, and afterwards visited him frequently in London.


THE SEA-SERPENT.-It is interesting to find that the sea-serpent was known in remote antiquity. Some myth relating to it appears to have existed among the Accads, who, blending with later arriving races, helped to form the population of ancient Chaldea. Speaking of the worship of serpent gods, Lenormant says in 'La Magie chez les Chaldéens,' 1874, p. 207:—

"The Accads made of the serpent one of the principal attributes, and one of the figures of Ea [lord of the terraqueous surface of the earth, and of the atmosphere], and we have a very important allusion to a mythological serpent in these words of a dithyramb in the Accadian tongue placed in the mouth of a god, perhaps Ea...... 'Like to the enormous serpent with seven heads, the weapon with seven heads, I hold it. Like to the serpent which lashes the waves of the sea [attacking] the enemy in face-devastatrix in the shock of battles, extending its power over the heaven and the earth, the weapon with [seven] heads [I hold it].'"

The words given in brackets are emendations filling spaces where the text is mutilated in the original.

G. W.

MOTTOES FOR SUNDIALS.-Some of the readers of N. & Q.' may like to know that there are upwards of three hundred of these in Charles Leadbetter's Mechanick Dialling; or, the New Art of Shadows,' 8vo., 1773, pp. 101-116. It would be well if they were reprinted in 'N. & Q.' or elsewhere, as I think the book containing them is rare. I do not call to mind ever having seen a copy except that in the library of the Society of Antiquaries. EDWARD PEACOCK.

[See Indexes to 'N. & Q.,' passim.]

FOLKLORE RELATING TO MARRIAGE AND BAPTISM.-A short time since I was at a wedding in Lincolnshire. On the important morning the bridegroom had an interview with his mother-inlaw to be in the garden of her house, it not being considered right that he should come indoors until after the marriage ceremony. I believe he had dined with the bride and her family the night before.

"Mr. Hunt, otherwise called Sancta Clara, a Franciscan, a worthy and grave man, did assure me, that when Dr. Taylor was a Master of Arts in Oxford, he had converted him to the Catholic faith, and was about to reconcile him; but it happened, that there running a whisper in the university that he was inclined to Popery, the Vice-chancellor, to give him occasion to clear himself, put him upon preaching the 5th of November sermon, which he did, and (as is the fashion) did in it tell twenty lies of the faith and faults of Catholics. Fear of the world, and of losing his repute in the university, made him to commit that fault; for he was far from having yet received the Holy Ghost to strengthen A working man in Yorkshire was advised to him; yet he still preserved his former intentions. But call his child Giles or Michael, because of the dates Mr. Hunt would not yield to reconcile or absolve him, of its birth and baptism; but he declined, saying till he had first by some public writing made satisfaction" the saints would want it" if he made it their for the lies he had preached and printed (as his sermon was by order of the Vice-chancellor) against God's church, and had retracted the falsehoods he had preached; which he, valuing the praise of men more than the glory of God, would not do, and so lost his halfVocation, and continued as he was. In Cromwell's days he had published his Liberty of Prophecying,' in which MATTHEW ARNOLD'S 'CROMWELL.' (See 7th S. he was very civil to Catholics. But now the Churchvii. 287, 414; 8th S. vi. 448; vii. 156).-As this of England scrambling up again at King Charles his restoration, and he having got a bishopric, he was become our greatest enemy."

namesake. This idea is probably of Protestant
growth, as in earlier times it was quite general to
name a child after the saint who presided over its

poem, I believe, is very scarce-I fancy it is not even in the London Library, but I am not sure—



I think it may interest your readers, or some of
them, to make some acquaintance with it.
accordingly send what is perhaps the finest passage,
or, at all events, one of the finest passages in it,
hoping that N. & Q.' will find room for it. I
owe my own acquaintance with the poem to a
correspondent of N. & Q.,' unknown to me per-
sonally, who has, very kindly and courteously, lent
me a volume of Oxford Prize Poems,' containing
also Dean Stanley's interesting poem 'The Gipsies.'
Then his eye slumbered, and the chain was broke
That bound his spirit, and his heart awoke;
Then-like a kingly river-swift and strong,
The future rolled its gathering tides along!
The shout of onset and the shriek of fear
Smote, like the rush of water, on his ear;
And his eye kindled with the kindling fray,
The surging battle and the mailed array!
All wondrous deeds the coming days should see,
And the long Vision of the years to be.

Pale phantom hosts, like shadows, faint and far,
Councils, and armies, and the pomp of war!
And one swayed all, who wore a kingly crown,
Until another rose and smote him down.

A form that towered above his brother men;
A form he knew-but it was shrouded then!
With stern slow steps-unseen-yet still the same,
By leaguered tower and tented field it came;
By Naseby's hill, o'er Marston's heathy waste,
By Worcester's field, the warrior-vision passed!
From their deep base thy beetling cliffe, Dunbar,
Rang, as he trode them, with the voice of war!
The soldier kindled at his words of fire;
The statesman quailed before his glance of ire!
Worn was his brow with cares no thought could scan ;
His step was loftier than the steps of man;
And the winds told his glory-and the wave
Sonorous witness to his empire gave!
With the last couplet may be compared the lines
in Mr. Swinburne's fine poem 'Cromwell's Statue,'
in the Nineteenth Century magazine for July, 1895:
His hand won back the sea for England's dower.
His praise is in the sea's and Milton's song.
This being so, may we not apply to Cromwell
Victor Hugo's lines in praise of Welf, Castellan


LI, 131-58.

Si la mer prononçait des noms dans ses marées,
O vieillard, ce serait des noms comme le tien.

JONATHAN Bouchier.

M.B. COATS AND WAISTCOATS.-During the last few days I have come upon the following two passages which seem worthy of preservation in N. & Q.' There are probably many readers of the younger generation to whom the letters M.B., when applied to coats and waistcoats, must present an impenetrable mystery. It may be as well, then, to say that they were originally used to describe a long clerical coat which came down nearly to the heels of the wearer, and a waistcoat which hid his shirt entirely from view, after the manner of a cassock. The waistcoat is now almost universally worn by the clergy, and the coat, with a considerable shortening of its tail, still survives.

the adoption of this costume was a sure sign that
But in the early days of the Tractarian movement
the wearer sympathized with that section of the
High Church party then known as Puseyites.
And after Cardinal Newman went over to the
Church of Rome, these garments were stigmatized
"Mark of the Beast."
with the epithet of M.B., which briefly meant

"Third, I really fear whether a profane person like
brown holland trousers, would not be somewhat out of
me, a carnal west country alderman, in a white hat and
character among the cloud of M.B. coats, which I con-
ceive a meeting of the E.C.C.C.S. (as Hope writes it) to
present."Life and Letters of E. A. Freeman, D.C.L.,
LL.D.,' by W. R. W. Stephens, B.D., vol. i. p. 46, letter
from E. A. F. to the Rev. B. Webb, dated 22 April, 1854.

Betsy had arranged this 'object' in a pink bed-gown of her own, a pair of the minister's trousers turned up nearly to the knee in a roll the thickness of a man's wrist, and one of the minister's new-fangled M.B. waistcoats, through the armholes of which two very long arms escaped, clad as far as the elbows in the sleeves of the pink bed-gown."-See The Colleging of Simeon Gleg.' in Mr. S. R. Crockett's Bog Myrtle and Peat,' p. 268, London, 1895.

It is, perhaps, worth while noticing that in 1895 a minister of the Scotch Kirk is represented as wearing as a matter of course a garment which in 1845 was considered to be the badge of the extreme Romanizing party of the Church of EngC. W. PENNY. land.


ORAL TRADITION.-The following clipping from the Scotsman of Tuesday, 19 November, seems worthy of preservation in N. & Q.':—

"The Rev. Dr. Smith, of Cathcart, Glasgow, the father of the Church of Scotland, attained his ninetysecond birthday yesterday. The reverend gentleman, the parish of Cathcart for sixty-seven years, and celewho continues to enjoy good health, has been minister of brated his pastoral jubilee in 1878. He retains a wonderful memory, and has a recollection of conversing with a soldier who carried arms at Culloden."

Thus the account of an event which happened a R. M. SPENCE, M.A. hundred and fifty years since, may to-day be had only at second hand.

Manse of Arbuthnott, N.B.

HAPPY TEXT.-At the conference of the Institute of Journalists, held at Exeter in September last, the Rev. Canon Edmonds, B.D., preached a sermon in the cathedral from the words: "And He charged them that they should tell no man; but the more He charged them, so much the more This surely deserves a record among felicitous texts. a great deal they published it" (St. Mark, vii. 36). It must be added that the sermon was worthy of it.

B. W. S.

A NEW CRYPTOGRAM.-At this time of year new puzzles are sometimes in vogue.

Most cryptograms are really very easy to solve. Their usual defect is that the same symbol always means the same thing. I offer for solution the

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