9 th S. XL FEB. 28, 1903.]
NOTES AND QUERIES.
Parliamentary reform, delivered in the House of Commons 1 March, 1831, alluded to the borough of Gatton, where the right of election lay in the hands of freeholders and house- holders paying scot and lot, but the only elector was" Lord Monson, who returned two members.
" The most serious difficulties and the greatest perils which the new ministry encountered arose out of their financial pleasures. On this subject the expectations of their followers had been highly raised. At the last general election ' retrenchment ' had figured on their banners side by side with 'reform.'" Molesworth, 'History of the Reform Bill of 1832, 'p. 98.
"ROLLICK" (9 th S. xi. 47). The wind is rollicking about to-day, Wild, but not stormy, kissing every feature Of loveliness, that happens in its way.
John Clare's MS. Poems.
J. HOLDEN MAC MICHAEL.
According to Butler the existence of an abstract implies a concrete, and this may be found in an old song entitled 'The Gipsy King,' which used to be popular circa 1844 :
3 Tis I am a gipsy king,
And where is a king like me ?
No trouble my dignities bring,
None other is half so free.
He is then described as a "rollicking Romany."
JOHN PICKFORD, M.A. Newbourne Rectory, Woodbridge.
CITY OF THE VIOLET CROWN (9 th S. xi. 108). When Athens became illustrious its citizens repudiated their Ionian origin. This seems to be the only reason for the punning deri- vation of its antonomastic designation from ion, violet ; whereby the artistic susceptibili
gratified. See Duruy, * Hist. Greece,' ed. Mahaffy, i. 510; and also Brewer, 'Reader's Handbook,' where references to Aristophanes may be found. J. DORMER.
If MR. WATSON had referred to the indexes of ' N. & Q.' he need not have sent his query. He will find a very full reply in 4 th S. xii. 496 ; 5 th S. i. 93.
EVERARD HOME COLEMAN.
71, Brecknock Road.
LATIN CONVERSATION (9 th S. x. 407, 452; ' xi. 13). Apathy has long since killed this once laudable practice ; I mean apud nos Anglos or Britannos, as the phrase suits. Spasmodic efforts, however praiseworthy, are foredoomed to failure. Witness the Nunt' Latinus Internationalis and Post Prandium in the early nineties ; the first reached four
numbers, the second one only. Dr. Stander was simply beating the air when, by his excellent initiative, he sought to quicken interest amongst us in the flexibility of the Latin tongue. Our seats of learning ignored the attempt, and a general indifference frowned it out of existence. This is not to our credit. There is something more in a nation's life than adding " field to field " or expanding commerce. It is doubtful whether the patronage of royalty or the example of an Erasmus redivivus would give to us what continental colleges and seminaries enjoy.
J. B. McGovERN. St. Stephen's Rectory, C.-on-M., Manchester.
IRETON FAMILY (9 th S. x. 508 ; xi. 93). The following extracts from the registers of St. Bartholomew the Less, London, will show that Lord Mayor Ireton was married and had issue, and presumably his own burial therein 1689/90 as "Esq.," inasmuch as his knighthood by the Protector would be ignored after the Restoration : Burials.
1656, June 11. Dorothy, da. of John Ireton, Alder- man of London.
1656/7, March 11. A young child of Mr. Alderman Ireton, bur d in y e chancell. Her name was Jane [entered again in vol. iii., where her mother's name is given as " Easter' ].
1658, May 7. The Lady Ireton [entered again in vol. iii. as " Sir John Ireton's Lady "], bur d in y* chancel, out of Warwick Lane.
1658, May 24. A child of Lady Ireton's, bur d in y e chancel.
1663, July 4. Esquire Ireton's eldest son buried.
1689/90, March 16. John Ireton, Esq.
1710. Nov. 13. German Ireton, of Gray's Inn, Esq., was bur d in the church.
This last entry, however, does not refer to any of the alderman's children, but is doubt- less that of " Jerman Ireton, son and heir of Jerman Ireton, Esq., of London," who was admitted to Gray's Inn 8 December, 1664.
G. E. C.
'NOBILIAIRE DE NORMANDIE ' (9 th S. XI
109). Ogilvy intended to have published this work in six volumes, but only the first appeared (see Lorenz, ' Catalogue General de la Librairie Fran9aise,' <fec., torn. iii. p. 604). The author's other works are the following : 'Nobiliaire de Guyenne et de Gascogne,' Bordeaux, 1856 ; the ' Livre d'Or de la No- blesse d'Austrasie, Belgique, Neerlande, Alle- magne, Rhenane, France Orientaleet Septen- trionale,' Bruxelles, 1861 ; and ' Les Con- querantsd'Angleterre,ouLignagesd'Outremer de 1066 a 1204.' G. Ogilvy, London, 1867, also incomplete. That Ogilvy was a native of Great Britain is proved by the following passage, which occurs in the preface of the