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12 s. vi. APRIL 17, i92o.] NOTES AND QUERIES.


1799, till disbanded in Ireland. 1802, then on its (Irish) half -pay until 1814 ; brevet- colonel Oct. 25, 1800 ; major-general Jan. 1, 1812 ; lieutenant-general May 27, 1825 ; and general Nov. 23, 1841. His regiment served at the Cape of Good Hope in 1801, but I think, did not see any active service.


AARON BAKER (12 S. vi. 75). A. T. M. omits another Aaron Baker, younger son of Aaron Baker of Bowhay, Devon, who pre- deceased his father and was the father of Ann Michell and Mary Cheeke.

Aaron Baker of Bowhay was the first President and Governor of Fort St. George, Madras, 1652-1654 (the first British Governor in India), and a Director of the East India Company ; before this he had been for many years President and Governor of Bantam, East Indies. He was born 1610 and died 1683.

Mrs. Penny in her ' History of Fort St. George ' states that in the caste disputes Aaron Baker gave his ruling in the vernacular in writing, and the document was preserved down to Pitt's time, when it was produced as evidence in support of the rights of one of the factions.

It was on the voyage from Bantam to Fort St. George that Governor Baker's first wife died (M.I. St. Mary's Church, Fort St. George) ; she was a daughter of Ralph Cartwright, President and Governor of Bantam.

The Governor's elder son, Thomas Baker of Oxford, was excluded from his father's will. Although Thomas Baker married twice it is unknown if he left descendants ; he died about 1708.

Aaron Webb Baker (6), son of Aaron Abraham Baker (5), had a younger brother, Capt. John Popham Baker, R.N., who left descendants now represented by Baker of Sparkeswood, Kent.

Another Aaron Baker, born 1640 and died in childhood, was the son of Philip Baker of Exeter, but the connexion, if any, with the other Aarons is not at present known.


MAULE (12 S. v. 236, 323). The Rev. John Maule, M.A., rector of Horseheath, Cambs, from 1776 to 1825, could not be identical with the John Maule admitted to Westminster School in 1787, as the former was born May 5, 1748.

The rector was son of Henry Maule of Huntingdon, and, according to the tablet in Horseheath Church, he was a descendant

of the Panmure family of Scotland. He died' at Bath in 1825, aged 77. For additional information regarding him see ' All Saints'" Church, Horseheath,' by Catherine E^. Parsons, 1911. CHAS. HALL CROUCH.

204 Hermon Hill, South Woodford.

SWARTVAGHER (12 S. vi.,37). Evidently this is the Flemish-Dutch equivalent of" German " Schwertfeger " literally sword- polisher, but really sword-cutler, blade - smith and, generally, armourer.

L. L. K.

GENERAL JAMES OGLETHORPE (12 S, vi. 13). The ' D.N.B.' gives, with authority., the date of his birth as Dec. 22, 1696, and his name as James Edward. It is there stated that a three-quarter length portrait of him, engraved in mezzotint, by T. Burford, is in the Print Room at the British Museum, and that there is " another, engraved by S. Ireland, mentioned by Bromley." In 'The Parish and Church of Godalming,' by S. Welman, 1900, p. 44, there is a sketch of him " copied from an old print showing him as sketched by an artist at the sale of Dr. Johnson's library in 1785, reading without the aid of spectacles at an advanced age." He died July 1, 1785, at the age of 88.


Sullingstead,, Godalming.

Coleridge. Biographia Literaria. Chapters I.-IV. r XIV.-XXII. Wordsivorth. Prefaces and Essays on Poetry, 1800-1815. Edited by George Sampson, with an Introductory Essay by Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch. (Cambridge, University Press, 10s. net.)

" EVERY abridgment of a good book is a stupid abridgment," says Montaigne. Teachers and students, however, are spoilt nowadays with special collections of the stuff, they require to master, and we must admit that much of Coleridge's ' Biographia Literaria ' is dead matter which most readers skip when they re-read it. This abridgment, too, adds to Coleridge's criticism of Wordsworth's theories of poetic language, the latter's own statements on his side. It also preserves those passages of the ' Biographia ' in which Coleridge frankly reveals his odd and amusing self, in particular his adventures when he was touting for The Watchman, was overcome by yellow tobacco, and rose from his stupor to proclaim his doubts about reading newspapers at all. Then we have also Mr. Sampson's notes, and an introduction by the liveliest of English professors. Sir Arthur and Mr. Sampson both owe something to Mr. Shawcross, whose -edition of the ' Biographia ' might have been distinctly mentioned by the Professor. A just tribute to- - its excellence is paid on p. 248.