10 s. xii. AUG. 7, 1909.] NOTES AND QUERIES.
Coffin had then just arrived at Cairo. J. J. Halls, 'Life of Henry Salt,' 1834, i. 482; ii. 220, 270, gives the date of his leaving Abyssinia as 1827 ; and Dr. Beke, ' British Captives in Abyssinia,' 1867, p. 10, pvits it in 1828, and says he was sent to Bombay and Egypt, and afterwards to England. Sir Clements R. Markham in Macmillaris Magazine, xviii. 1868, pp. 90-91, and in his 'History of the Abyssinian Expedition,' 1869, p. 55, also gives the date as 1828. In any case, Coffin does not seem to have re- turned to Abyssinia till 1832 (after Sabe- gadis had been captured and put to death by his rival Has Ubi6), taking with him a supply of muskets. The Rev. Samuel (afterwards Bishop) Gobat found him at Massowa in December, 1832 (Gobat, ' Journal of a Three Years' Residence in Abyssinia,' 1834, p. 333) ; and the Rev. Joseph Wolff also met him there in 1834 (Wolff, ' Journals,' 1861, ii. 243). In 1839 Coffin was put in irons by Ras Ubie until he delivered what remained at Massowa of the guns sent to Sabegadis (Arnauld d'Abbadie, ' Douze Ans dans la Haute-Ethiopie,' vol. i. 1868, p. 554). And in 1841 Ras Ubie sent him with a letter to England (Beke, '[British Captives,' p. 18).
Nathaniel Pearce, who also lived in Abyssinia from 1810 to 1818, frequently refers to Coffin in his ' Life and Adventures,' 2 vols., 1831 ; and gives Coffin's account of his visit to Gondar in 1814. Is anything more known of Coffin's life and doings in Abyssinia ? He is not mentioned in the ' Diet. Nat. Biog.' FREDK. A. EDWARDS.
39, Agate Road, Hammersmith.
WINDOWS FROM CHURCH AT TRIER. It is stated at p. 222 of a book entitled ' Edgar, oder, Vom Atheismus zur vollen Wahrheit,' by Father Ludwig von Hammerstein, S.J. (Druck und Verlag der Paulinus-Druckerei, Trier, 1898), that, about the beginning of the nineteenth century, the ancient painted windows of the church of Our Lady and St. Lawrence at Trier (Treves) on the Moselle were taken from their settings, and, as Father von Hammerstein had heard, were acquired by an Englishman, and by him removed to England. Can any one enable me to trace the present whereabouts of these windows ?
It was, I think, no uncommon thing in those days for Englishmen on their travels to buy old glass from the clergy of Conti- nental churches, and insert it in the windows of their own parish churches in England. An instance occurs to me in the case of the
parish church of Lambourne in Essex, where there are five small pieces of seven- teenth-century German glass, brough tfrom Basle in 1817. F. S. EDEN.
Maycroft, Fyfield Road, Walthamstow.
[A similar subject is referred to in the query of M. LEFRANCOIS, ante, p. 47.]
AUTHORS OF QUOTATIONS WANTED. I should be much obliged if any of your readers could tell me who wrote the following lines :
With new-fallen dew
From churchyard yew
I will but 'noint,
And then I '11 mount.
I have traced the last two lines only to Thomas Middleton's ' The Witch,' with one word altered ("I'll" for "I").
T. M. L.
[These lines are part of the words to Locke's music in ' Macbeth.']
Nor think the doom of man reversed for thee.
And there were crystal pools, peopled with fish, Argent and gold ; and some of Tyrian skin, Some crimson-barred.
' THE BRITISH CONTROVERSIALIST.' Can any reader kindly supply me with informa- tion regarding the writer of the leading articles on philosophy, &c., in this publica- tion ? They bear the signature S. N. The work, I believe, does not reach any further than 1872. Dr. Ingleby and the late Dr. James Hutchison Stirling wrote some signed articles for its pages. JAMES DOWNIE.
68, Weaver Street, Glasgow.
JOHN PARR, EMBROIDERER TO QUEEN ELIZABETH AND JAMES I. Any information as to this personage would be greatly esteemed. C. H.
COMPANY SPOONS. 1 possess two silver spoons which appear to commemorate some date of interest. On the top of the handle are arms (possibly those of the Salters' Company), and on a ribbon around the stem is the inscription " Sal sapit omnia." On the back, behind the arms, is the date "May 12, 1853." Can any one state the reason the spoons were made t -^ T. CANN HUGHES, M.A., F.S.A.
" IF TWO AND TWO MAKE FOUR." What
is the origin of "If two and two make four, what is your opinion of things in general ?
J. H. KlDSON.