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NOTES AND QUERIES. [u s. XL MAY 22, 1915.


generally found time to hand him the onion, the use of which did really fortify him to some extent. Moreover, I am bound to say that I saw more than one cane actually split on hitting a boy's onioned hand, though, as the cane was used to rap on the desk as a call for silence, it had no doubt begun to split before. Once, to our intense joy, the master bound up his hand after giving a lad the cane, thus confirming the belief in the efficacy of onion juice. THOS. RATCLIFFE. Southfield, Worksop.

EARLY RAILWAY TRAVELLING (11 S. x. 170, 215, 252, 318, 356 ; xi. 253). Jane Welsh Carlyle, in a letter of 19 July, 1836, wrote to T. Carlyle :

' ; On Tuesday afternoon I reached Liverpool after a flight (for it can be called nothing else) of 3t miles within an hour and a quarter. I was dreadfully frightened before the train started : in the nervous weak state I was in it seemed to me certain that 1 should faint, and the impossibility of getting the horrid thing stopt! But I felt no difference between the motion of the steam carriage and that in which I had come to London ; it did not seem to be going any faster."

Macreidy, in his diaries, records some amusing experiences in America. On tour, between Savannah and New Orleans in January, 1844, he writes :

"Our journey was most disastrous: up to one o'clock we had progressed at the rate of four miles an hour ; at one of our stoppages all hands turned

out and pushed our car and engine After dinner

the stoppages became so frequent, and I so chilled, that I asked to walk, and walked with Ryder and another about three miles. They stopped, as there was no supply, to chop the wood by the roadside to keep the fire of the engine alight ! The man at last said that the engine would not make steam, and I was in despair of reaching Griffin to-night. At last, however, the many chopping^ brought us to a station where we got wood and water, and proceeded tolerably well, reaching Griffin about half-past eight, instead of eleven this morning."

HUGH SADLER.

OLD ETONIANS (11 S. xi. 267). No. 16. There is a tomb in the churchyard of St. Michael, Barbados, recording the death of Judith, wife of Mr. Samson \Vood, merchant, on 8 Dec., 1750, in her 25th year. In 1773 the Hon. Samson Wood wa,s one of the attorneys for the Codrington College planta- tions. 'Their son would be the Etonian, and I have a note that he married Miss Sarah Sober, daughter of Cumberbatch Sober of Barbardos, and was uncle of Harrison Walke Sober, at Eton in 1811. On 1 Feb., 1806, John Walton, Dep. Provost Marshal, was married at St. Michael's to Mrs. Ann Elcock Wood, relict of Sampson Wood, Esq.


No. 20. Sir William Young of Delaford,, first Bart., married in 1747 Elizabeth, only child of Brook Taylor, and William^ their eldest son, was born in 1750. Brooke may have been a younger son, though his- name does not occur in the pedigree.

V. L. OLIVER.

Sunninghill.

MARYBONE LANE AND SWALLOW STREET (US. xi. 210, 258, 325). I think that MR.. ABRAHAMS will find that he has made a small mistake at the last reference in de- scribing King Street as being "now Warwick Street." The street still remains as it was,, except that the name has recently been changed to " Kingly " Street.

ALAN STEWART.

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WANTED :: GARBRAND (11 S. xi. 231, 326). It may be of interest to MR. V. L. OLIVER to know that cne of the largest houses in Ewell, Surrey, is called " Garbrand Hall," after the family of that name in Jamaica. Thomas Hercey Barrett, the owner, who died 28 Oct",. 1817, aged 79, and is buried in the family vault at Ewell, was also a member of a Jamaica family, and either married one of the Garbrands or was descended from one of them. The arms over the gateway are those of Barrett quartering Garbrand.. There is a coloured view of the Hall en- graved by I. Hassell in. 1817.

LEONARD C. PRICE.

Ewell, Surrey.


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Calendar of Stale Papers and Manuscripts relating-

to English Affairs existing in the Archives and

Collections of Venice, and in other Libraries of

Northern Italy. Vol. XX. 1620-8. Edited

by Allen B. Hinds. (Stationery Office.)

BUCKINGHAM'S expedition to the Isle of Re" is, as^

the dates indicate, the chief event in English

history illustrated by this volume. Alvise Con-

tarini is the Venetian ambassador in England r

Zorzi, the Venetian ambassador in France. We-

have also the dispatches of Anzolo Contarini, sent

to England as ambassador extraordinary. There

are two appendixes, of which the more interesting

is the compilation of rough notes for a ' Relazione "

by Alvise Contarini.

The Introduction to these papers is a model of lucidity, sufficiency, and brevity, in particular as regards Eastern affairs, and as regards the* domestic situation in England, for both of which the material supplied here, while highly interesting- and abundant, needs not a little unraVelling.

By far the most important character then play- ing a part upon the stormy European stage was, of course, Richelieu, whose power, in these years, was;