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9 th S. XL. FEB. 28, 1903.]



vessel in the Albert Museum, Exeter. This John Reynolds was a native of Exeter, a well- known author, and seems to have been Master of the Mint in the Tower of London. Is there any list of Masters of the Mint extant 1 I want to get at the date of his death.

REYNELL UPHAM. Star-cross, near Exeter.

GRAHAMS OF NETHERBY. Can any reader acquainted with the family history of the Grahams of Netherby kindly inform me if, between 1685 and 1715, ladies of that family married gentlemen of the same name, but unconnected by blood ?

A. W. GRAHAM, Col.

67, Gipsy Hill, S.E.

"O COULD MY MIND," &c. I shall be glad if some one can give the source of the follow- ing lines ; they are at least forty years old : O could my mind, unfolded in my page, Enlighten climes, and mould a future age, To Virtue wake the pulses of the heart, And bid the tear of Emulation (?) start, In one good deed a fleeting hour employ, Or flush one faded cheek with honest joy.

Blest were my lines, though limited their sphere, And short their date as his who traced them here.


HANOVER OR SAXE-COBURG ? I would draw attention to the following statement, which appeared under the heading 'Notices to Correspondents ' in ' N. & Q.' of 24 Decem- ber, 1881 (6 th S. iv. 527) :

"J. S. (Hanover). What designation may here- after be adopted we know not ; but, genealogically speaking, the line will be that of the paternal stock, viz., Saxe-Coburg, and the House of Hanover will be in precisely the same position as at present, i.e., represented by its heir-male, whoever he may be, and whatever title he may bear, so long as such heir-male exists. In popular parlance, no doubt, close accuracy is not observed, and in some cases the inaccurate designation is too deeply rooted to be easily rectified."

As I note that ' Whitaker's Almanack ; and the ' British Almanack ' alike appear to con- sider the House of Hanover as a reigning house to be at an end, and its place to have been taken by u the House of Saxe-Coburg," I should be glad to know if there has been, or can be, made any authoritative statement on the point thus raised.


RACES OF MANKIND. Far from libraries, I have involved myself in an inquiry into racial characteristics. Can any of your readers supply me with the following information?

1. The name and publisher of a cheap English or German work on the subject which

will give me complete information as to shape of head, stature, structure, and colour of skin, colour of eyes, &c., of the races that now inhabit the globe. The few books I possess are either very spasmodic in giving such information one race being carefully described, while of another race is given a sketchy description of no scientific value whatever or else flatly contradictory.

2. In the ' Encyclopaedia Britannica ' article

  • Anthropology ' I find, under Huxley's classi-

fication of the races of mankind, the state- ment that the Negritos are dolichocephalic. In * The Living Races of Mankind,' published last year, I find it asserted that the pure Negrito is brachycephalic. Which is correct 1

3. Prof. Sweet, at p. 132 of a little book on the 'History of Language' (J. M. Dent, " Temple Primers "), speaks of " the tall, short- headed race which undoubtedly existed in Western Europe in prehistoric times." Does he refer to the Celt-Iberian mixture, or to what race 1

4. In measuring the height of the skull in order to obtain the index of height, must I measure from the crown of the head to the orifice of the ear? This query refers, of course, to the living subject.

FRED. G. ACKERLEY. Care of British Vice-Consulate, Libau, Russia.

COAST WAITERS' OFFICE. In an old family MS. I find a notice of the death of one E. Whitehouse, who "died at his residence at Wai worth after being fifty-two years principal surveyor in Coast Waiters' Office." Can any one tell me what the Coast Waiters' Office was 1 The writing is not very distinct, probably written some seventy or eighty years ago, or more. A. E. W.

[In the ' H.E.D.' a Coast Waiter is defined as " a custom-house officer who superintends the landing and shipping of goods coastwise." See also 7 th S. xi. 148,258; xii. 274.]

HENSLOWE'S 'DIARY.' This book is being again brought forward as evidence (e.g., ante, p. 69) on Shakespearean questions. I shall be glad to know whether there is any edition of it by a competent scholar and hand- writing expert, who can tell us which parts of it are Henslowe and which are John Payne Collier. Q. V.

ROBIN HOOD. It has been suggested, I believe, that the traditionary hero of Sher- wood and Barnsdale owes his name to the forest in which he spent most of his days, and that he should properly be known as Robin 'ood, that is, Robin of the Wood. This theory receives some support from the fact