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272 NOTES AND QUERIES. [8th S. X. OCT. 3, '96. old boys, Mr. W. A. Willis, the Rev. A. H. L. Hastling, and Mr. W. P. Workman, M.A. (head master). The editors ask your kind assistance in soliciting help from old boys and from all who have any knowledge concerning the past history of Kingswood School, originally founded in 1748 by the Rev. John Wesley at Kingswood, near Bristol. In particular, information is required respecting the present resting-place of the minute books of the Kingswood Committee, dating from 1861 to 1875. All other minute books from the beginning of the century are duly preserved in the school archives, but the volumes for the above named years are, unhappily, missing. The history will be accompanied by a register, furnishing as complete a dated list as possible of all boys edu- cated at the school, with notes indicative of their subsequent career, and, where necessary, the date of death. The editors have failed to trace the following : Joseph Algar (1795), Edwin Apple- yard (1824), John Appleyard (1823), Wm. Armett (1842), Richard Arundell (1766), Wm. Aver (1814), Wm. Bacon (1829), Jonathan Barker (1821), John Cheesman (1854), Robert Cheesment (1765), John de Putron (1837), John Gaulter (1800), John Hay (1768), Isaac Hayes (1831), Justinian Isham (1817), Thomas Isham (1817), four brothers named Jewell (1841-49), Philip Kelk (1808), Thomas Kelk (1814), John Moon (1800), 0. G. Sinclair (1860), Robert Turner (1845), five brothers named Wevill (1831-44), and six named Worden (1830-41). Any information which your readers can supply will be most grate- fully received by Mr. Workman, at Kingswood School, Lansdown, Bath. DANIEL HIPWELL. PHONETIC SPELLING OF SURNAMES. Through the courtesy of the rector, I have had the pleasure of examining the Langham (Essex) registers lately. I notice in them similar curious changes in the spelling of names which one notices in all old registers. These examples seem to be of interest. Wenlock the name of the knightly family which settled here in the fourteenth century, and which was ruined through its adhesion to the royal cause in the Civil War becomes in the eighteenth cen- tury Wellock, and sometimes Willock. Talbot becomes Tabut and Tarbut. Orrice of the seven- teenth century becomes Orris, Arris, and Harris. Seaborne becomes Sebbon. There is a recurrence of the names Stringer and Lawrence in the seven- teenth and eighteenth centuries. Was Col. Stringer Lawrence, of Trichinopoly fame, whose monument is in Westminster Abbey, an Eastern Counties man ? FRANK PENNY, LL.M. BLOOD-BATHS. In 'N. & Q.,' 2 nd S. iii. 162, there is a collection of interesting notes on the superstitious belief in the efficacy of blood-baths for the cure of leprosy and similar diseases. The subject does not appear to have been continued, but I should like to add one very curious and early instance, which is, perhaps, likely to be overlooked. The account of the death of King Ahab at Ramotb Gilead, in 1 Kings xxii. 35, 38, says that " the blood ran out of the wound into the midst of the chariot and one washed the chariot in the pool of Samaria ; and the dogs licked up his blood ; and they washed his armour." But the Sep- tuagint reads : " And they washed off the blood at the pool of Samaria, and the swine and the dogs licked up the blood, and the harlots washed them- selves in the blood." The Revised Version, after the Hebrew, reads, "(now the harlots washed themselves there)," which implies nothing more than an identification of the place as one of ill repute. W. C. B. " LUNDT." This folk- word has several kindred meaning?. A stout, elderly person, unable to walk with ease, lacking nimbleness, is " lundy " ; a bulky article, difficult to carry (not because of its weight), is " lundy " ; and a reckless, rough foot- baller plays a " lundy " game. THOS. RATCLIFFE. Worksop. THEODOSIUS THE GREAT. In bk. i. chap. xi. of ' Italy and her Invaders/ Mr. Hodgkin says in a note : " Though reluctant to differ from Tillemont, and (among modern commentators) from Sievers and Gulden- penning, I cannot see sufficient force in their arguments to outweigh the clear testimony of Zoeimus and Prudentius as to the visit of Theodosius to Rome, which was cer- tainly possible, between the victory of the Frigidus and his death." He here passes over the fact that Gibbon also- appears to reject this account ; for he absolutely leaves it without mention in the text of the his- tory, though he obscurely refers to it in the follow- ing chapter (xxviii.) in a note (18). But there is no sufficient reason for not accepting it. Accord - ng to Socrates, the battle at the river Frigidus was fought in the first week in September, A.D. 394, and Theodosius died at Milan on 17 January billowing, between which there would have been ample time for a journey to Rome and return. It s certainly very remarkable that Zosimus says

hat the young Honorius accompanied his father to

the war, whilst the court poet Claudian expressly says that Theodosius forbade this, and that Honorius travelled from Constantinople to join his father afterwards ; Socrates says that the latter sent for iim because he felt ill. Still there would have )een time for a short visit to Rome and return to Vlilan, and it must have seemed very desirable for he emperor to take his son (intended to rule over he west) to the old capital. An American astro- nomer (Prof. Stockwell) has recently tried to alter he date of the battle by nearly a year, because Zosi- mus speaks of an eclipse of the sun causing darkness ike that of night during the action on the second