NOTES AND QUERIES. ui s. XL MAY i, 1915.
HOSE, 1560-1620. Being engaged upon a book dealing largely with the costumes in vogue between 1560 and 1620, I venture to claim the hospitality of your columns, hoping that, out of their varied reading, some of your correspondents may be able to furnish me with contemporary references to
(1) "Trunk-hose " (or " trunks," " trunk- slop," " trunk-breeches," &c.). The earliest undoubted use of the word (the thing is much earlier) I can find is in Nashe's ' Pierce Penniless ' and in the ' Defense of Cony Catching ' (pseudonymous, and generally included with Greene's works), both of 1592. I should be glad to know of any earlier instances, and should also be grateful for any allusion to " trunk -hose," in any way descriptive, within the dates above men- tioned. The earliest description of this form of hose I know is in Bulwer's ' Pedigree of the English Gallant,' which is retrospective, although it gains some weight from his remark, " Bombasted paned hose \\ere, since I can remember, in fashion." Randle Holme's definition (' Acad. Arm.,' 1688) is not of great value, except for his remark that " trunk-breeches " were a distinctive feature of pages' livery, which we find to have been the case all over civilized Europe up to about 1700 or thereabouts.
(2) " Canions (of hose)." The stock defi- tion in Fairholt, Planche,' &c., docilely copied in most modern dictionaries, &c., is, I am confident, erroneous. H. Estiemie ('Deux Dialogues,' &c.) mentions them es a novelty in 1579, but, alas ! omits to say what they are. I have my opinion as to the sense, based upon contemporary allusions, but require confirmation, whether from English, French, Spanish, or other writers of Eliza- bethan or Jacobean date.
May I add that, as I know the modern bibliography (English, French, and German) of costume by heart, none but first-hand authorities are of use ?
FRANCIS M. KELLY.
Brook Farm, Little Marcle, Ledbury.
' PETER SNOOK.' Who wrote 'Peter Snook,' and where did it first appear ? It was reprinted in book - form under the title 'Peter Snook, a Tale of the City; Follow your Nose, and other Strange Tales.' The volume included 'Chartley.' 'The Lodging- House Bewitched,' and' ' The Invisible Gentleman.' The last appeared in The Dublin University Magazine, vol. iii. p. 672, and was signed "B." O. R. B.
MRS. MICHAEL ARNE. This lady was the original Leonora in Isaac Bickerstaffe's and Charles Dibdin's successful musical play ' The Padlock,' which was produced at Drury Lane on 3 Oct., 1768. On 5 Nov., 1766 she married Michael Arne, the son of Dr. Thomas Augustine Arne, the musical composer. Michael Arne died in 1786, and his wife predeceased him. I shall be obliged to any one who can tell me the exact date of her death. Before her marriage she was Elizabeth Wright.
DUPTJIS, VIOLINIST. Is anything known of this man ? He was a French musician who performed in England.
ATTTHOR WANTED. Will anybody inform me where I can find a poem on the evils of gold possibly entitled ' The Guinea ' in which each verse ends thus :
And all for thee, vile yellow slave.
STEPHEN COLERIDGE. The Ford, Chobham, Surrey.
JOHN ESTEN COOKE. In collecting- material for a biography of John Esten Cooke (Virginia novelist and historian ,. 1830-86) I have located several hundred pertinent letters, and have been granted permission by members of the author's family to use his diaries, note-books, and manuscripts. Can any reader refer me to- additional letters or to articles by Cooke which appeared in newspapers and non- catalogued magazines, or give me any' information whatsoever concerning the life and works of this writer ? A direct reply will be appreciated.
JOHN OWEN BEATY. Columbia University, New York City.
JOSEPH HILL, COWPER'S FRIEND AND CORRESPONDENT. I 'should be glad to obtain any information about his parentage and career. What evidence is there that he was a schoolfellow with Cowper at West- minster ? When did he die ? The last letter which Cowper wrote to him is dated 10 Dec., 1793. G. F. R. B.
SYCAMORE TREE ADMIRED BY RUSKIN. In the Haslemere Road, Crouch End, is a noble sycamore tree about which there is a tradition that it was greatly admired by John Ruskin. What authority is there for this belief ? Is the tree mentioned in any of Ruskin's books ? J.
Crouch Hill, N.