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" Robert Parrey, of Portsea, gent., 21, b., and Ann Bremer, of Bath, co. Somerset, 21, sp. ; at P., 22 Aj)l., 1803 " (ibid.).

Edmond Halley, jun., surgeon R.N., was landed, dead or alive, at Portsmouth, 7 Feb., 1740 (cf. 10 S. ii. 224) ; but his burial-place has not been found. There is no entry of his interment in the parish of Portsea.

"The will of Isaac Parry of Deptford (reg. Simp- son, fo. 110) was proved 1764. It did notappear

to be relevant. The will of Mary Parry of Kent (reg. Bogg, fo. 392) is probably that of the widow of

Isaac above mentioned The administration of

John Parry of Kent is indexed in register Bogg (1769)."

The writer is indebted to Mr. R. J. Beevor, M.A., of St. Albans, and to Mr. J. G. Brad- ford, of Buckhurst Hill, for most of the above data. Further facts would be gratefully received. EUGENE F. McPiKE.

1, Park Row, Chicago.,

BEN JONSON AND SUCKLING. There is in Suckling's unfinished play ' The Sad One ' a character Signior, Multecarni the poet, intended, I submit, to represent Ben Jonson. Apart from the name, suggestive of Jonson's unwieldy bulk, I think conclusive evidence is to be found in the following dialogue in Act V. sc. i. :

DroL A rare masque, no doubt, who contrivd it ? Lep. Marry, he that says 'tis good, howsoe'r he has made it,

Signior Multecarni. DroL Who, the poet-laureate ? Lep. The same. DroL O, then 'twere blasphemy to speak against


What, are we full of Cupids ? Do we sail upon the vast, and re-sail, And fetch the masque from the clouds ? Lep. Away, critic, thou never understoodst him. DroL Troth, I confess it ; but my comfort is Others are troubled with the same disease, 'Tis epidemical, Lepido, take 't upon my word.

It can hardly be doubted that this refers to ' Cynthia's Revels,' and particularly to the last two lines of the Epilogue :

I 'le only speak, what I have heard him say, By ( ) 'tis good, and if you like 't you may.



AND GERALD : THEOBALD. The following is from Bardsley, ' Dictionary of Surnames,' under Garrard :

" In Ireland Gerard and Gerald have become confused, and Fitz-Garrett and Fitz-Gerald are said to be representatives of the same name and family. It is possible the same confusion existed in England."

He looks upon Garrett as representing Gerard, but, at any rate as far as Ireland is

concerned, the evidence points the other way. The Gaelic equivalent of Garrett is Gearroid. The termination -old, which retains the stress, is French -and, and can stand only for original -aid. It appears from this that Fitz-Garrett and Fitz-Gerald really are the same name.

There is another common Gaelic Christian name with the same ending, viz. Tioboid, and this is historically descended from Tibbald or Theobald, "prince of cats." This is now forgotten, and Tioboid is trans- lated into English as Toby !


THE NAPIEBS AND COL. RICHARD HOE, PBINTING -MACHINE MAKERS. The death of Mr. Robert Hoe, which I see referred to in The Athenaeum of 25 September, reminds me of another eminent maker of printing machines, the late David Napier, who carried on business for a great number of years in Vine Street, Lambeth. I am not aware that any notice of Napier's career has ever appeared. That he does not find a place in the ' Dictionary of National Biography ' is, I feel, a great omission. This much I can say about him in connexion with a pre- decessor of Robert Hoe.

A gentleman called on Napier, and got into conversation with him on the subject of printing machinery, and obtained so much information that on leaving he could not help saying to Napier that, whilst he was exceedingly obliged for the particulars furnished, he was of opinion that had he known who his interviewer was, he would not have been nearly so communicative. " Well, who might you be ? " said Napier. "I am Col. Hoe of New York," said the visitor. " Oh, indeed," replied Napier. " that does not matter. I am quite ready to answer as many more questions as you desire to put."

There was a notable sequel to this inter- view. Some time after there appeared in The Mechanics' Magazine a woodcut of the Colonel's fast printing machine, but there were some features in it of so peculiar [; a character that Napier's son, the late James M. Napier (a man, by the way, who^also deserves inclusion in the 'D.N.B.'), addressed to the editor a letter of protest, in which he took the worthy Colonel to task in no^hesi- tating way. I have seen both woodcut and letter, and I should be obliged if any one could inform me in what numbers of t he- periodical named they are to be found.

Napier was the inventor of the " perfecting machine without tapes " ; and J. M. Napier