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8 NOTES AND QUERIES. [12 S. X.JAN. 7, 1922 1 , MRS. JOANNA STEPHENS. This lady's 2. When were first published Benjamin biography is not given in the ' D.N.B.' She Disraeli's editions of the following works published, on June 16, 1739, a receipt for I by Isaac Disraeli : ' Quarrels of Authors,' the cure of the stone and gravel, which I ' Calamities of Authors,' ' Amenities of raised considerable dust among the medical j Literature,' and the other works of Isaac faculty in this country and abroad judging included in the Routledge seven-volume by the 13 entries in the British Museum edition of 1858, with the exception of the Catalogue. Parliament, we are told by j ' Curiosities of Literature ' and the ' Com- herself, paid her 5,000 to make the receipt j mentaries? on the Reign of Charles I.,' the public for the use and benefit of mankind, j first publication dates of which were 1849 Her medicines were a powder, a decoction j and 1851 respectively? M. T. H. ' S. and pills, the powder consisting of egg-shells and snails both calcined : while the deqoction SUNT OCULOS CLARI QUI CERNIS SIDERA was made by boiling some herbs (together ! TANQUAM." In The Linguist; or Weekly with a ball which consisted of soap, swine's j Instructions in the French and German Lan- guages, of April 9, 1825, p. 33, the author crosses burnt to a blackness, and honey) in water. The ingredients of the pills were also snails calcined, with wild-carrot seeds, burdock seeds, ashen keys, hips and haws, all burnt to blackness, soap and honey. The preparation of all three nostrums is described in detail, and minute directions are given as to how to administer them to the patient. The receipt was published on two leaves which the binder was directed to place after the Tables of Contents at the beginning of a 12mo book, the title page of which is missing in both^ copies I have seen. The title page writes : The ablest Latin scholar on seeing for the first time the well-known puzzling line, " Sunt oculos clari qui cernis sidera tanquam," is obliged to give it a moment's consideration to arrange the words in their logical order, and this operation, which is rapidly performed whenever the grammatical rules and inflexions of a language are known, would be rather impeded than assisted by the English, "are eyes bright which thou seest stars as," underneath the line. Who wrote this " well-known puzzling line " 1 The Linguist, in two volumes, in the British Museum copy is given in MS. be g an March 26, 1825, and ended March 18, as follows : ' The Complete Family Piece I 1826 - The compiler or author was, accord - and Country Gentleman's and Farmer's | *ng to a former owner of my copy, and certain Guide,' which repeats the sub-titles of the | internal evidence, Daniel Boileau, author of three parts or divisions of the little book, [ ' French Homonymes,^&c. ^ which was printed in London and sold by T. Longman at the Ship in Pater-noster Row, 1736 (according to the MS. title, but ROBERT PIERPOINT. VANGOYEN, A DUTCH PAINTER. Can three years before the date of the lady's ! an yne kindly tell me when this painter signature at the end of the receipt). At the ! " flourished," and anything about him? end of my copy there is a long list of books I M ^ famil y have a painting on wood done by sold by J. Clark, the first and last pages of It is obviously old, and is entitled b. 21). L. L. K. correspondents desiring in- formation on family matters of only private interest to affix their names and addresses to their queries in order that answers may be sent to them direct. which are also missing (press mark, 1147! ' View in Holland with Boats and Figures' such, at least, is the inscription printed on a piece of paper affixed to the back of the picture. We have another painting on wood, ap- i parently by a Dutchman, of about the period | 1640-1690. It depicts a number of figures of men and women grouped in various atti- tudes around a dog and a well-dressed dwarf. It is said by family tradition to represent the meeting of some secret or masonic society. But there is nothing about the picture by which to identify either author or subject. H. WlLBERFORCE-BELL. 21, Park Crescent, Oxford. PSALM LXXXIII. Has the extraordinary mistake regarding the heading of this psalm in the Common Prayer Book been remarked DISRAELI QUERIES. 1. ' Ixion in Heaven ' and ' The Infernal Marriage.' Were these short pieces published in book form prior to 1853 ? They were published in The New Monthly in the early thirties, and in Sep- tember, 1853, a letter from Disraeli in Monypenny's ' Life ' shows that they had recently been issued as a book.