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CONTENTS. No. 242.

NOTES : -Ballads on the Coronation of George II., 121 Bibliography of Dibdin's Works, 122 Bacon-Shakespeare Question, 124 Shakespeare, Sonnet Ixxvi., 125 Inventor of the Postcard" Cond " ' Sergeant Bell and his Raree- Show ' Themistocles aivl the Peloponnesian War, 126 "Swindler," 127.

QUERIES :" Livings" in the Game of Maw Charles Gordon, of the Chesapeake" Sithence no fairy lights " French Quotation Name of Book Wanted, 127 Peri- winkle Marjorie Fleming's Portrait Italian Bankers and the Holy See Greece and Gladstone" Different than " Freund Hein Bugle as a Signal Instrument "Gentle- man from Ohio" A. Hepplewhite, Cabinet-maker, 128 Macaulay: References "Le Furmager" Dandy-cart Farmiloe, Whicheloe, and Swinhoe Scott and Wilkie Alexander MacDougall John of Gaunt at Markeaton Earthworks at Burpbam Episcopal College of St. Edward ' Hertfordshire Historians,' 129.

REPLIES : Michael Bruce and Burns, 130 Thackeray and Homoeopathy King's-taper Heraldic Danes in Pem- broke Duke of Brabant, 132 Desborough Portraits and Relics Green an Unlucky Colour Projection on a Saw, 133 "Flapper" Various Lengths of the Perch" Mere- steads" or " Mesesteads " O and its Pronunciation, 134 "Barracked " Byron's Bust by Bartolini Ceiling Inscription in Shropshire, 135 Lambrook Strariling "Ycleping" the Church Mallet used by Wren, 136 Jews' Way : Jews' Gate : Jews' Lane Shakespeare v. Bacon Defoe, 137 Legend of Lady Alice Lea Thacke- ray's Residences in London " Upwards of," 138.

NOTES ON BOOKS : Potter's ' Sohrab and Rustem' Copinger's 'History of BuxhalP 'The Saga Book of the Viking Club ' Littledale's Dyce's 'Glossary of the Works of William Shakespeare ' ' Edinburgh Review."

Notices to Correspondents.


I HAVE in my possession a very curious volume, containing a collection of ballads and garlands printed in the earlier half of the eighteenth century, which was formerly in the library of the late Mr. James Maidment, and constituted lot 136 in that gentleman's sale in April, 1880. Amongst them is ' The French- men s Garland, containing Four Excellent New Songs,' the first two of which have reference to the coronation of King George II., of which an account was recently given by the author of that clever suvercherie, ' A Foreign View of England in the Reigns of George I. and George II. ' (see ' N. & O.,' 9 th S. ix. 479). As the tracts forming the collection in question are all extremely rare, if not unique, I will venture to transcribe the two Coronation ballads in the hope that ' N. & Q.' may be able to find room for them. I have omitted the last stanza of the second ballad, for reasons which the students of the popular literature of that day will recognize.


THE CORONATION. There was three Frenchmen came over from France

To England, for their own Pleasure, As well as to see King George the Second crown'd, And with them they brought Store of Treasure ; Good Money and Rings, and other fine Things ;

But was mad and full of Vexation, For th' People was so throng, they could not pass

along, To see our King's Coronation.

But when that they to Westminster were come,

O the Frenchmen did stare and wonder For to see how the Coaches and Horses did fly

Like Storms of Lightning and Thunder, With the Bells they did ring, and the English did sing

With Joy and Acclamations, They huff'd the French Dons, and bad them begone,

For this was the King's Coronation.

Beggar, says the Frenchmen, what do you mean ?

We lately have come over, From Calice I came but the other Day,

And last Night I landed at Dover ; Me bro't over Store of Gold, therefore be not ao bold,

To us in your English Nation ; For, Beggar, if you do, we will make you to rue

Altho tis the King's Coronation.

Then the Sharpers they, did hasten straightway

For to bite them of all their Treasure, For one shew'd them*^iere, and another shew'd there,

Till they bit them of all at Leisure ; Beggar, says one, when he found his Money gone,

Be this your English Fashion, We will never come more unto the British Shore

For to see the King's Coronation.

Then the other two, did cry out Morbleu,

And was in a Devilish Passion, And said all their Money from them was ta'en away,

Which was to them a sad Vexation. Then, Beggar, says one, come let us be gone,

If this be English Fashion, Me will ne'er come more unto the British Shore

For to see the King's Coronation.

But as they in the Height of their Fury were,

A Welshman'he ran up to them, And looked round about, and thus he replied,

What is the Matter with the Frenchmen ? But th' Frenchmen turn'd strai't, and knock'd him on the Pate,

As they did beat him and bang him, They said their Money was gone, and he was the Man,

So they all three cried, Let 's hang him.

But the Welshman he, fell on his bare Knee,

And to them he did stammer and splutter, And said his Pocket was also well piclct

Of Forty Shillings or better ; So Gad splutter hur Nails, hur will run into Wales,

And will ne'er come out of hur Nation, For the De'il take me, if e'er I come to see,

Any more of their King's Coronation.