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and it would be easy to remove it, if she would but take the white nut, called the Virgin Mary's nut, and lay it in the pail into which she was to milk the cows. This advice she presently followed, and haying milked one cow into the pail with the nut in it, the milk was all blood, and the nut changed its colour into dark brown. She used the nut again, and all the cows gave pure good milk, which they ascribe to the virtue of the nut.' "

Can any reader of * N. & Q.' tell me the scientific name of the plant that yields this Virgin Mary's nut ?

KUMAGTJSU MlNAKATA. Tanabe, Kii, Japan.

'PUBLIC OPINION.' As we publish the 2,500th number of Public Opinion on Sep- tember 24th, I should be very glad if any of your readers could tell me any of the circum- stances in which the first number of this paper was issued. I should especially be glad to hear from any who may have been associated with the early numbers either on the literary or business side.

P. L. PARKER. 31 and 32, Temple House, Tallis Street, E.G.

RICHARD BARBOTJR was elected on the foundation at Westminster School in 1665. I am desirous of obtaining particulars of his parentage and career. G. F. R. B.

HENRY VINCENT was elected on the foundation of Westminster School in 1700. I should be glad of any information con- cerning his parentage and career.

G. F. R. B.

CANADIAN DIARY QUERIES. I shall feel greatly obliged for replies to the following queries. They arise in a Canadian diary I am editing, and I fail to find the information anywhere.

1. Who was Spencer Ariolo ?

2. Who was Dosquet, Bishop of Samos ?

3. Spencer : " The clock in Jones's high house." Where is this to be found ?

4. Is the ' History of Prince Ctesiphon ' a book or poem ? F. G. HALEY.

REV. JOHN BONAR, EPISCOPALIAN MINIS- TER. He was born in Edinburgh in August, 1741, and published a sermon some time in 1773, entitled 'The Advantages of the Insular Situation of Great Britain.' He calls himself B.A. He was appointed Vicar of Queenborough in July, 1773, and in the minute of his appointment is styled M.A. He died in 1776.

I cannot find his name in any register of the graduates of Oxford or Cambridge. In Dr. David Laing's ' Edinburgh Graduates ' there is a John Bonar who graduated M.A.


27 April, 1760. He had been B.A. My difficulty is, if this is the same, that on the title-page of his sermon published in 1773, he describes himself as B.A. ; and in the same year, in July, when presented to Queenborough, he is mentioned as M.A, If any one can tell from what university he had his degrees, I shall be obliged.

HORATIUS BONAR. 3, St. Margaret's Road, Edinburgh.

BRUNSWICK SOCIETY, BOYNE SOCIETY, &c. I shall be glad if any of your readers can give me information about the following old English bodies, viz., the Loyal and Friendly Society of the Blue and Orange (a body distinct from the Orange Order of to-day), the Brunswick Society, and the Boyne Society. Where can their records be seen ?

I also desire information about any English memorials and inscriptions connected with the Revolution of 1688-90.

WILLIAM MACARTHUR.

79, Talbot Street, Dublin.

MRS. AND Miss VANECK. Who were Mrs. and Miss Vaneck, mentioned in Mr. G. W. E. Russell's ' Collections and Recollections * as having been the subjects of some of George IV. 's pranks when Prince of Wales ?

JAS. TALBOT.

Dublin.

HURSLEY VICARS. On the back of Register Book III. of the Hursley parish registers are a few notes in the handwriting of the Rev. John Marsh, curate from 1786 to 1820, and author of a history of the parish:

" Henricus Rowe, clericus, buried April 17, 1609. " Mr. William Symonds, Vicar of Hursley, buried May 5, 1616.

" Mr. John Cole, buried 1638 (9 August). "Mr. Robert Maunder, Vicar, died 1673."

John Cole was Fellow of New College in 1614.

Is anything known of the history of these Hampshire clerics ? F. H. S.

Romsey.

LANSDOWNE MS. 720 : NICOLAS AUDE- BERT. Lansdowne MS. 720 at the British Museum is ascribed to " Nicolas Audebert of Orleans " by a MS. note in the volume of the Catalogue which is kept for use in the Manuscript Room. The officials cannot give any information as to the source of, or authority for, this statement ; nor does the MS., which is a record of travel in Italy by a Frenchman who left Tours in 1574 with Pignerolles, Mareschal du Logis, when the latter went to meet Henri III. on his return from Poland. The only other bio-