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12S.X.JAX.21.1922.] NOTES AND QUERIES. 47 bluejackets and marines under the first lieutenant." ALGERNON ASPINALL. [We regret that the above came too late to be Inserted as a footnote to the list contributed at the reference.] A NEW CRITICISM OF CASANOVA'S

  • MEMOIRES.' Students of the eighteenth

century who are able to read German will be much interested in Gust a v Gugitz's new volume, 'Giacomo Casanova und sein Lebens- roman,' Verlag Ed. Strache Vienna, Prague and Leipzig. Herr Gugitz is an accomplished Vienne e scholar, with a prof o und knowledge of the period, and he has made a close study of the Memoirs of Casanova for many years. He appears to rate them far higher from a literary and psychological stand- point than from a historical one and is able to show that in some places they are un- reliable and even purely fictitious. This book is a most notable and scholarly con- tribution to the subject and deserves the careful attention of all students of the great autobiography. He devotes a long chapter to the relationship between the adventurer and the famous Madame Therese Cornelys, and is of the opinion that she treated Casanova far more generously than he acknowledges. Other chapters deal with Casanova's sojourn at Constan- tinople ; his connexion with Cardinal Bernis ; his mission to Holland ; and his celebrated escape from the prison " under the leads," &c. It is a most erudite book, with copious documentation and is illustrated profusely. HORACE BLEACKLEY. SCHOOLMASTERS IN 1714 AND 1759. The following names are taken from the Lists of Subscribers to Walker's ' Sufferings of the Clergy ' and to Warner's ; Ecclesiastical History of Engfand ' :<* WALKER, 1714. Rev. Tho. Alleyn, Colchester. Robert Dawbie, Wolverhampton. Rev. Mr. Drake, Pocklington. Rev. Mr. Franklin, Earl's Colne, Essex. J. Marsh, Wolverhampton, writing-master. Rev. Tho. Parsell, Merchant Taylors' School. Humph. Pipe, M.A., Apleby, Leicester. Mr. Pledwell, Abingdon. Rev. Mr. Rayner, Tiverton. Rev. Mr. Rose, Pontefract. Richard Skirman, M.A., Henly. Rev. Mr. Treherne, Hereford. (12) WARNER, 1759. Rev. Mr. Ball, Chelmsford. Rev. Dr. Barnard, Eaton. Rev. Mr. Clark, Wakefield. Rev. Mr. Newling, Shrewsbury. Rev. Mr. Swainden, Greenwich. (5) RICHARD H. THORNTON. ' CASTLE DALY ' AND GAL WAY. Current events may perhaps induce some people to turn then- attention to this novel of Ireland at the time of the famine, by Annie Keary. The author's descriptions of Conne- mara scenery and Irish peasant life are very good, accurate and sympathetic, but in her account of a journey to Galway she has made two mistakes that show that ! she was not as familiar with the " City of the Tribes " as with Connemara. She seems to have thought it possible for a rowing boat to float down from Lough Corrib straight into Galway Bay " by the narrow channel that connects the lake with the bay," and before the voyagers were out of this narrow channel (which I suppose is Friar's Cut, referred to shortly afterwards), " Galway harbour, with the Atlantic beyond," and at the same time " the waters of the lake stretched out far behind them," were visible (chap, xxxix.). Now my recollection is that this is impossible. Besides, Lough Corrib is separated from Galway Bay by the narrow and deep channel of Friar's Cut, opening out at the town end into a wider stretch of water held up by a weir and ideal for rowing and sailing boats, but also, below this, by a broad, rapid and shallow reach of river navigable only by salmon. From I this channel and backwater several canals I take off and traverse the town, and on one j of these, by negotiating a series of loughs, it might be possible for a boat to reach the docks and the bay. But of this I ! am not certain. The other mistake is in the location I attributed to the house of James Lynch

FitzStephen, the fifteenth-century Mayor of

! Galway, who from one of its windows hanged his own son. The author says : They were now walking down Castle Street, 'and . . . stopped before the monument let into the wall of Lynch Castle, to mark the spot where the stern father executed his rebellious i son with his own hands, in the face of an exe- crating Celtic crowd, who could not appreciate ] the immolation of live family love to dead law (chap. xl.). But the monument is not let into the j wall of Lynch Castle, which still exists I in Castle Street, a street that runs past ' the south side of the old Collegiate Church ! of St. Nicholas ; it is on the wall of a ruined house on the north side of St. Nicholas, i just below the window from which the mayor is supposed to have hanged his son. He executed him not so much because