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CONTENTS. No. 114.

3JOTE3 : Printing House Square Papers : III. Delane's Journal of his Visit to America (ii.). 305 Irish Family History : Fitzgerald of Kilmead and Geraldine, 303 Florence Nightingale Lengthy Sentences in English and 'French, 389 Magpie in Augury Double Flowers in Japan Sign Painting Ancient Deeds, 310.

vQUERIES; Leonardo da Vinci Lewin : Origin of Name in Ireland Musouius. 311 Marriage of Cousins Use of Royal Arras on War-Memorial Boards Sir Francis Bacon . and Sir Francis Godolphin ' An Apology for the Life of 'the Right. Hon. W. A. Gladstone; or The New Polities' Dunsroore Family Leith Robert de Morley and 'Robert de Montalt, 312 Burton Families The King's .Astrologer Manor of Frinton Harry Gordon Title of -Song Wanted Edwhi Athwrstone's Birthplace 'Lucretia; or, Children of Night,' 313 The Crucifixion in Art " Ouida** in Periodical literature Win. Wightwick Jesuit Colleges in England Frogs and Toads in Heraldry, 314.

CSEPLIES : Old Stained Glass, 314' Nornhanger Abbey,' 315 Funeral Parlour Royal Oa Diy Two Old Pistols Otway, 316" Chinese " Gordon Epicaph Celtic Patron Saints Rue tie Bourg, 317 "The Beautiful Mrs. Con- duitt " ' The Itinerary of Antoninus 'Amber Monkey's Wine, 3H Evans of the Strand Old China Finkle -Street Frank Barber, Dr. Johnson's Black Servant Dock-leaves and Nettle-sting*, 319 " Diddykites " and -Gipsies Major John Bernardi Sprot or Sproat Sir William Blackstone -Grandfather Clock. 320 Breeding of Woodcocks Jeanne of Flanders Hincks and Foulkes Curious Surnames " Stunning " F. E. Hugford Tone of Bodenstown : Prosperous Latin as an Inter- national Language, 321 London University Lore of the Cane Voltaire's ' Candide 'Nursery Tales and the Bible 322 Seventeenth -Century Bookseller's Label -Inscrip- tions in City Churches, 323.

.IS'OTES ON BOOKS :-' English Midrigtl Ver*e. 1538-1632 ' . 'The Library ':' Transactions of the Bibliographical

Society.* Notices to Correspondents.


PRINTING HOUSE SQUARE PAPERS.

III. DELANE'S JOURNAL OF HIS VISIT TO AMERICA. (ii.)

"THE first date in this, the continuing, in- stalment of Delane's journal of his visit to America, in 1856, is given in the manuscript as Oct. 7 ; but it must be corrected to Oct. 8, which is also the date of the pre- ceding entry. Land is now sighted, and the reader may compare Delane's letter dated "in sight of land Oct. 8, 1856 (11.45) " in Mr. Dasent's biography. Other letters, printed by Mr. Dasent, also bear out the journal.

Oliphant leaves at Halifax, but he occurs

again in the diary, the events recorded in

which need little comment. It may not be inappropriate, however, to remind the reader of the Presidential election which was impending. Delane "had," says his bio-

grapher, " timed his arrival so as to be in


New York during the Presidential election " what he saw of the voting is recorded in his entry for Tuesday, Nov. 4. The elected candidate was James Buchanan, who had been nominated by the Democrats ; his opponents were John C. Fremont (Republi- can) and Millard Fillmore (Whig). The politics of slavery coloured the election.

Delane may now be left to continue his narrative :

Wednesday, October 7 [8], I left oft just as we were in sight of Nova Scotia, the first portion of this continent I had seen. The day was glorious and we ran along it from three until about ten P.M., when we began to enter the harbour of Halifax. The aspect of the country covered by forests of larch and Scotch fir reminded me a good deal of Berkshire, but my Canadian friends pointed out " clearings " enough to show that this was no case of plantations but that the trees were regarded as encumbrances which every settler endeavoured to destroy. Halifax seems the very best harbour I ever saw. Easy of access, perfectly impregnable and secure in any wind, with size and deep water enough for all the ships in the world. We went ashore as soon as we could and, under the guidance of some friends of Miller's, perambulated the whole town to very little purpose and made belief to partake of a splendid repast he had provided for us, but for which our ship's hospitality left no excuse.

Thursday [Oct. 9]. -We left Halifax this morn- ing at two o'clock and left Oliphant behind us there, and certainly no better fellow ever landed in Nova Scotia. We had again motion enough to upset the squeamish in the Bay of Fundy, but I was beyond all such weakness and we. had a very jolly day of it, ending by a great sweep for me at whist. In the evening we had music as usual, the American ladies growing intensely patriotic as they get near home. Much and very reasonable talk about slavery all day and espe- cially on the exclusion of the white settlers from the Slave States, whose great natural advantages are all lost to the Union for the sake of a few plantations which occupy not a tenth of the whole available surface. My informants declare that half Virginia is forest although it is near the best markets, abounds in water power, and has the best land and the richest land in the Union. Land, they say, in Chesapeake Bay is not of half the value it is in the Western States simply because the planters will tolerate no free im- migration.

Friday, 9 [10]. A most lovely morning, like the best of Italy, heat about 75 degrees. Every- body half wild with delight at the idea of getting home, for I am one of only six who are not return- ing. My traps all packed early so that I had ample leisure to survey the approach to Boston which is through a labyrinth of islands, the number of which and the tortuous channel protect it much more efficiently than some very ill-built forts supposed to command the passage. I shall not attempt to describe Boston, the com- mercial part of which reminded me of Liverpool and the better part of Brussels, and sometimes of Bath. Both Filmore and Davis came to meet me at the wharf, and, after taking a cordial leave