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guard to the coachman, springing up behind ; whereupon off whisked the coach, one or two indi- viduals who were standing by disappeared, and I was left alone."
JOHN DYER (10 S. xii. 428). Nichols in his ' History of Leicestershire, 4 referring to John Strong Ensor, who was living at either Cosby or Narborough, 1767, and who was a partner with his brother-in-law George Purefoy, attorney at Hinckley, says : " Ensor's sister was the wife of the Rev. John Dyer, the poet, and his grandmother was a Shakespeare, descended from a brother of everybody's Shakespeare." Being further from a library than Sydney Smith was from a lemon, I am sorry I cannot give the reference more fully.
I may add that Ensor entered Rugby School 31 March, 1729, as John Strong alias Ensor. A. T. M.
RICHARD NEILE, ARCHBISHOP OF YORK (10 S. xii. 449). If G. F. R. B. could consult the following, he might find the desired information : ' Catalogue of the Harl. MSS.* (Lists and Lives of the Archbishops of York), vol. i. pp. 34 and 360, cod. 108 and 595, art. 6 and 19 ; also ' Historia Archiepis- coporum,* ib., p. 207, cod. 357, art. 4 ; ' List of Archbishops of York to 1646,* Add. MSS. B.M. 33, 595, f. 7 ; and ' Lives of the Archbishops of York,* edited and enlarged by Canon Raine (by W. H. Dixon, vol. i., all published).
J. HOLDEN MACMlCHAEL.
Louis XIV. TABLECLOTH (10 S. xii. 408, 451). Those who are interested in these old linens would do well to look back to 8 S. vi. 286 and 9 S. vii. 446, and to the references given at the latter place.
W. C. B.
VICOMTE VILAIN XIIII. (10 S. xii. 409, 451). An example of mi. for iv. that " comes home to men's business and bosoms'* was omitted at the latter reference. It can usually be seen by consulting a watch or clock.
The Publishers' Circular of the 4th inst. well illustrates the chance of error by printing xm in giving the contents of
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A MUSICAL FAMILY: DR. JAY (10 S. vi. 441, 502 ; vii. 293 ; xii. 138). In ' The Royal Academy of Arts,'- 1906, Mr. Algernon Graves identifies anonymous portraits wher- ever possible. In consequence of my last
reply I am enabled to give the name to a portrait unknown to him. Under H. Carl Schiller he has this entry : " 1844, No. 648, portrait of a lady.'* This lady was Mary Ann Symons, and the portrait is now in the possession of one of her nieces. References . to Schiller were given by me at 10 S. vi. 503. RALPH THOMAS.
MARY, QUEEN OF SCOTS : HER CRUCIFIX (10 S. xii. 208, 274). A small cross is pre- served at Abbotsford which is said to have been used by Mary at her execution. I do not know where Sir Walter got it. It is not mentioned in Lockhart, nor in Mrs. Maxwell Scott's work on Abbotsford.
W. E. WILSON.
MRS. AND Miss VANNECK (10 S. xii. 188 y 251, 318, 377, 417, 456). I think MR. HORACE BLEACKLEY has identified both of these ladies, though I doubted it at first.
MR. G. W. E. RUSSELL now throws doubts on the whole story. How does he account for the coincidence between Lord R. Sey- mour's diary and Rowlandson's picture ? I hope he will publish more of this diary.
BAKERS' SERVANTS c. 1440 (10 S. xii. 427). Seeing " the bred sesond *' was probably an inspection made to prevent the sale of quite new bread. In more recent times it was an offence under 40 Geo. III. cap. 18 r to sell bread within twenty-four hours of its being baked. (In May, 1801, two persons were convicted of selling hot bread at Oxford.) It may be interesting, perhaps, to note this, though it does not aid in tracing the etymology of the three words men- tioned. R. B.
" SPURRINGS," OR BANNS, AND LAMENESS (10 S. xii. 288). Although the term " spur- rings ** is not known in Devonshire, the idea of connecting lameness with the banns of marriage is quite common. It is not at all unusual when a young man's banns are called for his associates to make ludicrously solicitous inquiries about his health ; and if he professes innocence of any cause for such solicitude, and protests that he is in the best of health, the rejoinder is promptly forthcoming in some such terms as " Oh ! I was told you fell out of the pulpit on Sunday morning and broke your knees ! " or " WelU I heard you were prayed for in church on Sunday, so I thought you must be seriously ill- 11 FRED. C. FROST, F.S.I.