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NOTES AND QUERIES. [12 s. vj. MAT is, im

There are covenants by the lessee to perform and observe this reservation, and to

" grind or cause to be ground all his Corn, Grain and Malt that shall be spent, ground, or made use of upon the said premises or sold ground from ofl the same at the mill of the said Sir Henry Hoghton in the said Manor of Walton he and they bein honestly served and in due time and to pay sue toll, custom, and mulcture for the grinding thereof as is their [sic] used and in default thereof to pay the whole toll and mulcture thereof for all such corn and grain as shall not be ground at the said mill."

The printed form also contained a provision that the lessee should well and sufficiently keep and provide for a dog or cock when thereunto required by the lessor. This clause was struck out in the lease for which the form was actually used as such lease only applied to a cottage.

In a lease for 999 years of a plot of building land at St. Annes-on-the-Sea, Lancashire, granted as recently as 1888 by the trustees of the Clifton Estate, which passed through my hands a short time since, there was the following reservation :

" Yielding and performing suit of Court at all the Courts to be held for the Manor of Lytham. This appears to be a mere survival of no practical use whatever, as not only have Courts leet fallen into disuse, but suit to them did not depend on tenure, while a lessee under a term granted by deed has no place among the copyholders or customary tenants, for the admission of whom Custom- ary Courts are still held for manors upon which copyholds exist.


Westwood, Clitheroe.

BARTON'S ' ANATOMY ' : " DEUCE ACE NON POSSUNT " (12 S. vi. 167). The couplet is earlier than Burton's day. Camden gives the following account of it in his ' Remaines Concerning Britaine,' ed. 1636, pp. 339, 340, near the end of the chapter on ' Rythmes ' :

" In the time of King Henry the 4. when in leavying of a Subsidie, the rich would not, and the poore could not pay, so they of the meaner sort bare the burthen : a skilfull dicer, and no un- skilfull rimer wrote these verses. Dews As non possunt, & Sise Sinke solvere nolunt. Est igitur notum, Cater Tre solvere totum." '

G.G. L. asks whether there is a good modern edition of Burton's book. The most convenient is that in three volumes published by George Bell & Sons in 1893, with notes by A. R. Shilleto and an intro- duction by A. H. Bullen. It was reprinted in 'Bonn's Standard Library' (1896 and 1903), and again, with a few corrections, in

the "York Library." This last is in a. handy pocket form. Shilleto r s text and notes, however, leave very much to be- desired. Perhaps I may be excused for referring to a series of over twenty papers on> ' The Anatomy of Melancholy ' that ap- peared in ' N. & Q.,' 9 S. xi., and several subsequent volumes, and for adding that a. critical edition of the book, with a com- mentary by the late William Aldis Wright and myself, is to be published by the- Clarendon Press. EDWARD BENSLY.

VAN BALEN: CHARLES LAMB (12 S- vi. 167). What Lamb writes to Barton in the letter (no. 393 in Mr. E. V. Lucas's edition) referred to by MR. F. H. CLARKE is- this :

" Apropos of Van Balen, an artist who painted! me lately had painted a Blackamoor praying, and not filling his canvas, stufj'd in his little girl aside- of Blacky, gaping at him unmeaningly ; and then, didn't know what to call it."

If syntax is to count for anything it is- clear that Van Balen is not the artist who- had lately painted Lamb. Mr. Lucas ex- plains in a note that Van Balen was the painter of a Madonna and Child which Barton had received as a present from Edward FitzGerald's mother, and that Henry Meyer was the artist who had lately painted Lamb. A reproduction of Meyer's picture of the negro and girl, which Lamb' christened ' The Young Catechist,' is given in Mr. Lucas's edition.


University College, Aberystwyth.

" THE DERBY BLUES " : " THE OXFORD BLUES " (12 S. v. 97, 138). The inquiry concerning " the Derby Blues," suggests a further one concerning "the Oxford Blues." A work of 1820, in an account of " a most magnificent entertainment given at Windsor Castle by George III. on 25 February, 1805," at an estimated cost exceeding 50,OOOZ. says:

" In the courtyard and on the grand staircase- every circumstance of military pomp was ex- hibited by the disposition of parties of the Oxford Blues and Staffordshire Militia."

Mr. Ralph Nevill's ' British Military Prints,' 1909, gives the facings of the 52nd or Oxfordshire Regiment in 1815 as buff, the olour of the uniform presumably being scarlet. Can information as to the " Oxford Blues " as a regimental name be given ? Jcftm Camden Hotten's ' Handbook to the Topography and Family History of England and Wales,' c. 1863, contains The Oxford- shire Garland, a True Blue Song,' apparently