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Emery (Frederick), 1851-70. Succeeded his father as publisher. In 1870 he took his son William into partnership, and sold the business to Keeling in 1872. Frederick Emery was born in 1811, and died in 1875.
Smith & Lovell, Circulating Library, 1802-7. "Printing business from the Letter or Rolling- Press done correctly with the utmost dispatch." Fox (W.), Market Place, printer, January, 1807
Fairy (S.), " sold by," 1810-33. Geard (John), printer, 1811-16. Geard (S. & E.), 1813-17. Printed the Rev. T. Morell's ' Studies in History,' 1813-15. Ebenezer Geard d. 23 March, 1849, aged 61. Stanford (J.), High Street, printer and bookseller,
July, 1821 May, 1826.
Hatfield (James), 1826-35. Successor to Stanford. Hatfield left St. Neots in 1835, and established the business at Huntingdon now carried on by Messrs. Goggs & Son. A paper dated St. Neots, 9 Nov. 1838, however, bears the imprint : " James Hatfield, printer, bookseller, <fec., Huntingdon and St. Neots."
Stott (D. & J.), September, 1832-48. D. Stott was a nonentity in this business. John Stott was apprenticea to Hatfield, but had a quarrel with him and ran away to France, coming back in a few months and starting for himself. In 1835 Stott succeeded to Hatn'eld's shop. In 1848 he and his family emigrated to South Australia. He died 20 March, 1881, aged 68.
Tomson (David Richard), 19 June, 1848^7 Suc- cessor and nephew to J. Stott ; retired in 1887 in favour of his son Percy Calder Tomson. Mr. Tomson, I am glad to say, still enjoys good health, and his career as a practical printer extends over 76 years, which is noteworthy. Topham (James), 1842-52. Commenced business in
the High Street.
Topham (Frederick), 1852-72. Succeeded his cousin James, to whom he had been apprenticed. Estab- lished the first St. Neots newspaper 24 Nov., 1853. Sir J. R. Somers Vine worked in his office for a few months. Mr. D. R. Tomson bought Topham's business in 1872, but kept it only a few days, selling it to Messrs. Evans & Wells, who had managed it for Topham. Topham died in 1902 in his 73rd year.
Evans & Wells, 1872-87. Bought Topham's busi- ness, as just recorded. They dissolved partnership 17 May, 1887, Evans taking part of the premises for printing, and Wells part for stationery. Evans (Harry Joseph), 1887-91. Evans d. in 1891. Keeling (Richard Ratcliff), September, 1872 August, 1902. Purchased Mr. Frederick Emery's business in 1872. Died August, 1902, aged 66 years
HERBERT E. NORRIS. Cirencester.
JOSEPH KNIGHT AND THE RABELAIS CLUB In the affectionate tribute which Mr. John Collins Francis, in his admirable ' Notes the Way,' has paid to the memory of th( last Editor of ' N. & Q.,' he has not, I think made any reference to Knight's connexion with two institutions in which he took con siderable interest the Ex-Libris Society and the Rabelais Club. Both of them hav now crossed the Stygian ferry the forme
within the last few months, though I believe here are some hopes of its resuscitation ; he latter more than twenty years ago, knight was a member of the Council of the
Ex-Libris Society, and was a pretty regular
ittendant at its meetings, and I think it is o be regretted that none of his colleagues ihould have given some reminiscences of his genial collector in the Journal of the
Of the Rabelais Club Knight was an original nember, and his extensive knowledge of
early French literature gave him fitting ank by the side of such connoisseurs a ir Walter Besant and the brothers
Pollock. When the Club was established in. 880, Knight was the London correspondent f that highly interesting journal Le Livre,
and was in his literary prime. I can find
only one contribution with the familiar nitials J. K. in the ' Recreations ' of the 1ub. It occurs in the first volume, p. 68, ,nd has the following lengthy title :
" Translation of the Ballad and Rondeau of Ghiillaume Cretin (Raminagrobis), addressed to Christofle de Refuge, Maitre d'Hdtel to Mon- seigneur d'Alencon ; who had asked his advice upon the subject of marriage : poems which are supposed to have suggested to Rabelais the idea of the consultations of Panurge as to his projected marriage."
The motif of the poem is summarized in the concluding rondeau, of which I subjoin a opy as a specimen of Knight's neat versifica- tion :
Take her, friend, or take her not : If you take her, you are wise ; If to take her you despise, Nowise worse will be your lot. Gallop apace ; proceed jog-trot ; Stand doubtingly ; commence red-hot,
Take her, friend. Starve, or empty twice the pot To do what is undone arise, Or undo all that done you prize ; Preserve her life, or have her shot, Take her, friend.
The wit and wisdom compressed into the three volumes of the ' Recreations ' of the Rabelais Club render the work a rare and valuable possession. W. F. PRIDEATJX.
" FABIUS PICTOR." I find that a second- hand bookseller lately sold as by John Ruskin a copy of the " Hand-book of Taste ; or, How to observe Works of Art, especially Cartoons, Pictures, and Statues. By Fabius Pictor. Second Edition. London, 1844." It may as well be put on record that this book was written by Anthony Rich, the author of ' A Dictionary of Roman and Greek Antiquities,' 1860, and not by Ruskin.
WM. H. PEET.