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devoted three lines to the mention of his death, but, strange to say, it seems to have passed unnoticed by The Sporting Magazine of the following month.


WALVEIN FAMILY (12 S. vi. 14). MB. WALLIS-TAYLER should refer to Burke' s ' Landed Gentry,' 1853, wherein, under the heading of Walwyn of Longworth, he would find the lineage of this ancient family. It is said to be descended from the son of King Arthur. Several ancient works on genealogy are referred to.

G. D. McGBiGOB Exmouth.

The name looks like a continental version of the English surname Walwyn or Walwin, wide-spread in Herefordshire. The Walwins of Much Marcle in that county were ar- migerous and bore anciently Gules, a bend ermine, and at a later date quartered it with gules, a bend sinister ermine in chief a talbot passant or, within a bordure of the second. Thev obtained lands at the con- quest, of Brecknock ; and Longworth temp. Henry IV. There was also a family of that name at Witham in Sussex, with almost identical arms, as well as others


LOBD BOWEN (12 S. vi. 41). The refer- ence to Daniel in the lions' den, made in the course of an after-dinner speech when Mr. Justice Charles was entertained by the Western Circuit, will be found in ' Pie-. Powder ' by a Circuit Tramp (John Murray, 1911), p. 27. J. PAUL DE CASTBO.

AUTHOR or ANTHEM WANTED (12 S v. 291, ; vi. 23). There is an article in the International Musical Society's Quarterly Magazine, seventh year (1905-6) in which this anthem is discussed at considerable length. I think it contains all that is known about both words and music.

G. E. P. A.

" BOCASE " TREE (12 S. vi. 15). Mr. H. A. Evans in his interesting ' Highways and Byways of Northamptonshire ' (p. 93) refers to " the stone which marks the spot where once grew the ' Bocase ' Tree .... a word which a writer in ' N. & Q.' connects with the old French bochasse, a wild chest- nut." Mr. Evans adds in a footnote that Prof. Montagu Burrows in his ' Family of Brocas ' suggests that " Bocase " may be a corruption of " Brocas " and that the Brocas Tree got its name from its having been a

favourite meet of the Royal Buckhounds of which the Brocas family were the hereditary masters. Mr. Evans also states that in> Northants Notes and Queries (N.S. vol. ii.)< the theory is advanced that the tree marked! the spot where the foresters and keepers assembled for archery practice, the long, narrow field within a short distance being still known as " the Bowcast."

J. B. TWYCROSS.. 10 Holmewood Road, Brixton Hill, S.W.2.

EMERSON'S 'ENGLISH TRAITS' (12 S.. vi. 9). 4. Both thought and expression, are older than Napoleon's day. W. F. H.- King, in his ' Dictionary of Classical and Foreign Quotations,' 3rd ed., p. 61, under- No. 470, " Deos fortioribus adesse "(Taci- tus, 'Hist.,' iv. 17), cites from Bussy Rabutin, ' Correspondances,' Paris, 1858 r vol. iii., p. 393, in a letter of Oct. 18, 1677 : " Dieu est d' ordinaire pour les gros- escadrons contre les petits," and fronx Voltaire, ' Ep. a M. le Riche,' Feb. 6,. 1770 :

" Le nombre des sages sera toujours petit. Ik' est vrai qu'il est augment^ ; mais ce n'est rien en comparaison des sots, et par malheur on dit que- Dieu est toujours pour les gros bataillons."

12. In the Tenth Series of ' N. & Q.,' vol. iii., p. 195, there appeared, under the- heading ' Statutes of Merton,' a communica- tion signed LLYD, in answer to the query whether the correct form of the famous saying was " Nolumus leges Anglise mutare " or "... .mutari." According to LLYD'S- statement :

  • ' the words are in the ninth chapter of 20 Henry III;

commonly called the Statute of Merton, and are printed in the ' Revised Statutes ' thus : ' & omnes Comites et Barones una voce responderunt q'd nolunt leges Anglie mutare que usitate sunt et approbate.' "

He added that the words are the same, with- immaterial differences, in Ruff head's- ' Statutes at Large.'

17. A version of this story, differing in most of the details, is found in the ' Life of Hugh Latimer ' in ' Abel Redevivus ' (sic), the collection of short biographies edited by Thomas Fuller :

" At New Year's tide the bishops used to present the king with a New Year's gift ; and Bishop- Latimer, amongst the rest, presented him with a- New Testament, wrapped up in a napkin, with this poesy about it: ' Fornicatores et adulteros- indinabit Dominus.' " The authority is John Foxe,

21. See p. 393 of King's book referred to- above. King in a list of ' Adespota ' gives r " Les Angloys s'amusent moult tristement,"