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as signed and issued by Sir Richard Croft, Dr. Baillie, and Dr. Sims ; extracts from the London Gazette, as well as the most minute details connected with the pregnancy, iaccouchement, and burial, will be found in 'the 'Memoirs of the Princess Charlotte,' by JRobert Huish, published by Thomas Kelly, tPateraoster Row, London, in 1818. There is, ^however, nothing in these accounts calculated to 'confirm either the authority of "Mrs. Martin " as to a fatal disease, or the strange ^story as to the princess having been poisoned r by Queen Charlotte, as mentioned by your correspondent at the above reference. No doubt the death of the princess and the unhappy married life of her parents gave rise to much fiction, for, in the words of the biographer :

"Imagination indeed has been busy, and a phalanx of casual circumstances has been arranged to account for her dissolution ; some of which are ungenerously and too unguardedly, not to say maliciously, calculated to attach blame to her attendants ; but such expositions ought to be deprecated as unjust to the individuals concerned, and in no degree honourable to the profession It is reported that the whole of the Royal Family are liable to spasms of a violent description ; and to this hereditary predisposition and the excitability of the amiable sufferer, owing to the tedious nature of her labour, is that event to be ascribed, which has destroyed the flattering hopes of the nation, and lopped off the fairest branch from the stem of monarchical succession."

G. YARROW BALDOCK.

South Hackney.

"LUPO-MANNARO " (9 th S. ix. 329, 476 ; x. 34, 215 ; xi. 17). Among the literature of this subject should be included Mr. Bagot's fine story 'A Roman Mystery.' Mr. Bagot speaks as if he knew for a fact that the superstition still survives in Italy, or did survive until quite recently. C. C. B.

SAMUEL CLARKE, D.D. (9 th S. x. 408, 491). In his communication on this subject G. E. C. makes two slight mistakes :

(1) The Heralds' Visitation of 1682, from which he professes to quote, gives the death of Margaret Clarke (nee Peyto) as circa 1634 (not 1643). Turning to the parish registers of Kingsthorpe, near Northampton (of which church Dr. Clarke was rector), we find the following: 1634-5. "Mrs. Margarett Clarke, the wife of Doctor Clarke, was buried the ix of ffebruarie."

(2) Not very long after the death of his first wife Dr. Clarke married again. The licence is dated 12 September, 1635, and the bridegroom is described as "Samuel Clarke, D.D., widower, of Kingsthorpe," and the bride as " Katharine Sympson, wydow, of Precincts


of Christ Church, Canterbury." They were married on the following day in the cathedral.

Three children of Dr. Samuel Clarke and Katharine his wife were baptized at Kings- thorpe Katharine, baptized 29 June, 1637 ; Edward, baptized 13 November, and buried 14 December, 1638; and Samuel, baptized 18 June, and buried 20 June, 1640.

R. M. SERJEANTSON.

St. Sepulchre's, Northampton.

SIR JOHN WORSHAM (9 th S. x. 509). The word "great" is probably not to be under- stood here as of one unusually distinguished in his farming operations, for in ancient statutes it is used to describe " the Laity of the higher House of Parliament, and also the Knights of the lower House" (see N. Bailey's 'Diet.,' 1740, s.v. 'Great Men'). The following curious announcement, from the London Journal of 17 January, 1722, seems to afford a similar instance :

"Some days since Sir John Yeomans (Great Mustard Master General) was insulted in Fore Street by an inferior Mustard Maker, on Account of his new-invented Machine, which takes away the Hull from every Grain of Mustard Seed. Sir John (who is well known to descend from Great Blood) us'd him with good Manners, and so thoroughly convinc'd him of the Excellency of his new Machine that the poor Fellow begg'd Pardon on his Knees, and Sir John, out of his wonted Clemency, gener- ously forgave him and entertain'd him as one of his principal Footmen.

J. HOLDEN MACMlCHAEL.

KEATS'S ' LA BELLE DAME SANS MERCI ' (9 th S. x. 507). This poem is similar to the Scan- dinavian ballad of 'The Elf- woman and Sir Olof,' which can be found in Keightley's ' Fairy Mythology.' In both cases the knights meet with elfin ladies and are fairy stricken. There is nothing allegorical in such poems. They are founded on the belief that those who meet with nymphs, fairies, peris, and other supernatural beings are generally smitten with mortal sickness, paralysis, or insanity. E. YARDLEY.

" FERT, FERT, FEET" (9 th S. x. 345, 412, 453). There is a tradition that this motto of the house of Savoy dates from the year 1310, when 'Othman el-Ghazi, the founder of the Ottoman dynasty, appeared before Rhodes and summoned the Order of St. John to deliver up the island to him. But this tradi- tion seems to rest on no historical basis. This is what the learned historians of Rhodes, MM. Edouard Biliotti and the Abb<$ Cottret, have to say on the subject (' L'He de Rhodes,' Rhodes, 1881, p. 134) :

" Plusieurs historiens rapportent que Rhodes dut alors son salut $, Amede"e de Sayoie, qui, arrive au