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9< s. x. DEC. is, 1902.] NOTES AND QUERIES.


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of Jeanne Marie, and greetings by the thousand t Mary, and (say that I) will go as soon as possible t see her. You will present my respects to the Lon Rector (i.e., the parish priest), to the Sisters, t Madame Dufaur, and greetings by thousands tx Mary, Jeannetfee, Godmother, Anna, to all nr kinsfolk, and (say) that I do not forget any one in my prayers. Now I leave you, my dear ones a home, in the sacred hearts of Jesus and Mary. You daughter who loves you, FRANCES SOMMEILLANT. P.S. I began taking the cod-fish oil to-day.

J.M.J. Notre Dame le 10 De^embre 1898. Ene etcheco maiteac, Errecibitou dout zouec igorri lettra, zoinetan erraiten baicinuten ongu zarestela (1). Ni (2) er arras ontsa niz, Yainco maiteari esker, eta ddsiratcen dout zouec ere' fagore beraz gozatcea orai eta bethi. Ma mere izatu da ene ikhusten (3) eta erran daut (naski asken lettran igorri dautgut, bainan ahantzia bai ala ez) ene taulier gorria eta libouroua igorrico touela com- missione e"guialiarekin. Errozu Annari batere ez naicela content harec igorri lettraz. Biciki labourra guin daut, eta nahiago dout escouaraz iskiria dezan Mehainen bezala, eta louziac, lau pageac bethiac. Ene ama maitea, ene ikhusterat jiten cirenian ekhar azu, othoi foular chouri bat, unita (4) lau carre" hetaric, bethi lepuan ibiltceco, ceren eta bethi mafrundi bainiz eta cinzurr^tic (5) min. Presen- tatuco touzou, othoi, ene errespetuac Yaun Erretor- ari, Serorei, Madame Dufauri, eta milaca goraintci Maria boticacoari eta hemengp ahaide guciei. Zuen alaba fidel Francoise Sommeillant. Lettra hunen arrapostia fite igor, eta (6) louzia.

Throughput these letters ou ought to be u. But this u sounds like French ou.

(1) For zaretela.

(2) The original has not ni, but go, perhaps from thinking of Castilian yo=I. '

(3) Ikhustera=to see would be better.

(4) What is this word ? a slip perchance for ugei orhogoi-ta='20 and (4).

(5) The original has cincurretic, which is meaningless.

(6) The MS. has et, the French equivalent.

Translation.

My dear ones at home, I have received the letter sent by you, in which you were saying that you are well. I also am quite well, thanks to the dear God, and I desire you to be enjoying the same favour now and ever. Ma mere has been seeing (to see) me and has told me probably 1 have sent you (this news) in the last letter, but forget if it is so or no that she willsend my red apron and the book with the man who does commissions. Tell Anna that 1 am not at all content with the letter sent by her. She has made it excessively short for me, and I prefer that she should write in Baskish (Eskuara) as (she did) at Mehaine, long ones, the four pages full. My dear mother, when you come to see me, bring, I beg, a white neckerchief, of those (? tiventy) four- checked ones, for (me) to wear always on my neck because I have still a cold and pain about the throat. You will present my respects to the Lord Rector, to the Sisters (of Mercy), to Madame Dufaur, and greet- ings by the thousand to Mary at the shop and to all my relatives of this (i.e., that) place. Your faithful daughter F. Sommeillant. Send the answer to this letter quickly, and a long one !


Another letter from the same girl was published in the Lhan at Lampeter on 14 June, 1901. EDWARD SPENCER DODGSON

Oxford.

THE BACON-SHAKESPEARE QUESTION.

(Continued from p. 363.)

THAT portion of the lost ' Ornamenta Ka- tionaha' which. Dr. Tenison was able to preserve by a call on his memory of what it contained, and which consists in part of a small collection of Latin sentences from the 'Mimi' of Publius Syrus, includes several sentences which Ben Jonson translates or alludes to in his* various writings. I will quote a few cases, but would remark in refer- ence to them that, although they tend to make him come nearer to Bacon in learning than Shakespeare, it is not to be supposed that the same sayings were unknown to other writers of the time, or that they are even rare. I can find them nearly all in John Lyly, and spn>e of them are the originals of very old English proverbs.

Hseredis fletus sub persona risus est.

Male secum agit asger, medicum qui hasredem facit.

Both sayings are referred to in the same scene (Act I. sc. i.) of ' The Fox ' :

Mosca. Tut ! forget, sir.

The weeping of an heir should still be laughter Under a visor.

Mosca. I often have

Heard him protest, that your physician Should never be his heir.

Multis minatur, qui uni facit injuriam.

Silius. He threatens many that hath injured one.

'Sejanus,' Act 11. sc. iv.

And the following, to which I have already made allusion :

Arcum, intensio frangit ; animum, remissio.

" Ease and relaxation are profitable to all studies. The mind is like a bow, the stronger by being unbent." ' Discoveries : Otium,' &c.

In the essay of ' Truth ' Bacon quotes the saying of Montaigne :

"If it be well weighed, to say that a man lieth, s as much as to say, that he is brave towards God, and a coward towards men. For a lie faces God, and shrinks from man."

Jompare :

Fastidious. A kind of affectionate reverence trikes me with a cold shivering, methinks. Macilente. I like such tempers well, as stand efore their mistresses with fear and trembling; and before their Maker, like impudent mountains. ' Every Man out of his Humour,' Act III. sc. iii.

Aristotle'sdoctrineof aritiperistasis occupies large space in the philosophy of Bacon, who applies it to individuals and states as well as o nature :