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Harp | died April 8th, 1843. | Aged 33." The tradition here is that she was a very noted actress, and that she died when on a visit at a large house in the parish. Could any one conversant with the history of the .English stage at that period say whether there was an actress of this name com- paratively prominent ?

T. LLECHID JONES. Yspytty Vicarage, Bettws-y-Coed.

THE BEV. DR. JOHN WILLIAMSON F.B.S., 1749. I should be greatly obliged if any reader could give me information respecting the Bev. Dr. John Williamson, who was elected a Fellow of the Boyal Society on 15 June, 1749, for eminence in mathe- matics, Lord Stanhope being one of the signatories to his proposal form. In 1748 lie was appointed chaplain to the British Factory at Lisbon, where he died on 15 Feb., 1763. J. PAUL DE CASTRO.

1, Essex Court, Temple, E.G.

ALFONSO DE BAENA. This writer, accord - ing to Prescott, was a converted Jew, and secretary to John II. of Castile in the fif- teenth century. He edited the poems of many Spanish troubadours of those days. The original MS. is believed to have dis- appeared, though extracts from his remains are to be found in Castro's ' Bibliotheca Espanola,' the pleasing feature of which is "a fine idea of poetical taste, combined with variety of versification." Is anything known of his work in our literature, and are examples in English procurable ? Is any- thing known of the man himself ?


South Hackney.

'A TALE OF A TUB.' Perhaps some reader can inform me where a copy of a child's book, ' A Tale of a Tub,' can be either seen or obtained. It was illustrated in colour, and should date from the sixties. It was naturally quite distinct from either Swift's or Ben Jonson's work.

B. BYRON-WEBBER. The Corner, Leeside Crescent, Golder's Green.

SANDYS : BOBERTS. The Bev. Abraham "Sandys, Canon of St. Patrick's, Dublin, Avho was great-grandfather to the late Earl Boberts, and lived in the reigns of George I. , George II., and possibly George III., is said to be related to the Bev. Joseph Sandys, Bector of Fiddown, Ireland, in the reign of George III., who married Miss Frances Burroughs, sister of Sir William Burroughs, &nd granddaughter of Sir Henry Cavendish, ancestor of the Lords Waterpark ; while

both Abraham and Joseph Sandys are said to be descended from the famous Archbishop Sandys, who was imprisoned by Queen Mary I. for his adhesion to Lady Jane Grey, and was Archbishop of York under Queen Elizabeth, dying in the year of the Armada, 1588. Can any one trace the connexion between Archbishop Sandys, Abraham Sandys, and Joseph Sandys? B. C. S.

CHAPMAN : TYSON. Can any one tell me in what parish the marriage of Thomas Chapman and Elizabeth Tyson took place about the year 1710, or of any parish in which a family named Tyson was living at that time, either in or near London, or in the neighbourhood of Coventry ?

A. C. H E.



MR. ERIC W T ATSON, at the latter reference, gives two early instances of this style of address, taken from the 'State Trials.' I would like to make some observations as to the first of these cases only, namely, " The trial of John Udall for felony " at the Croydon Assizes in 1590. All the well-known editions of the * State Trials ' Hargrave's (1776),Cobbett's (1809), and HowelFs (1816.) give the same title and account of this case : " The trial of Mr. John Udall, a Puritan minister, at Croydon Assizes, for Felony, 32 Eliz., 24 July, 1590. Wrote by himself."

MR. WATSON'S bare statement of the case and his description of Udall as " the prisoner "* (which undoubtedly he sub- sequently became) might lead an ordinary reader to imagine that this was an ordinary trial for felony a term which to this day covers crimes from murder down to petty larceny and that the accused was an ordinary "prisoner." Whereas it was, his- torically, a most interesting trial for an alleged criminal libel more political than criminal arising out of the " Marprelate " controversy, in which Udall was charged with

  • I have always in my criminal practice as a

judge in the Colonial service discouraged the use of this term until after the culprit has been convicted. I much prefer his being alluded to as the " accused, ' ' or, in some cases, the "defendant." Our law assumes a person to be innocent until he is proved guilty ; and until then he suffers no " imprison- ment" he is only kept in safe custody.