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NOTES AND QUERIES. [9 th s. XL FEB. 23, 1903.


last-mentioned work, which is dated from Museum Street, Bloomsbury :

P.S. Je dois des excuses au public pour ne pas avoir ecrit ce livre en la langue de raon pays. Deux raisons s'y sont opposees. La premiere, c'est que le manuscrit, termine" depuis plusieurs annees.


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anglaise n'aurait pas se plie"e aise'ment a 1'ortno- graphie des noms dont ce livre traite." ' Les Conquerants d'Angleterre' was privately printed and published by subscription. In 1869 Ogilvy, who was then residing in the Fulham Road, issued a prospectus, with a list of the subscribers to the work.

S. J. ALDRICH. New Southgate.

A Frenchman, presumably of Scotch ex- traction, Gabriel O'Gilvy, lived and died in London. He was a regular worker at the British Museum, and would doubtless be remembered by any of the Reading-Room officials of about the period 1864 who may still be living. I have his manuscript refer- ence-book, ' Heraldique dans le British Museum,' arranged under names of places, with the names of works relating to them and their press-marks. "Normandie" was evidently his chief study, for there are more entries under that heading than under any other, his own 'Nobiliaire' (1864) being in- cluded among them. The press-mark was then 9917, g.g. He has more entries relating to Normandy than are to be found in Gatfield (1892). I am not aware that a second volume of the 'Nobiliaire' was published. L. C.

" HONEST " EPITAPHS (9 th S. x. 306, 375). The epitaph quoted by MR. MACMICHAEL from Hackett's collection was written "upon Mr. Ashton, a conformable citizen," by Rich- ard Crashaw, consists of thirty-six lines, and begins thus :

The modest front of this small floor. One would like to know if it was ever transferred to stone, and if so where ; and a biographical notice of the deceased is a deside- ratum.

Mr. William And rews's volume of ' Curious Epitaphs' contains several "honest" speci- mens (see pp. 22, 46, 49, 51, 64, 102), of which I would specially notice two. The first is on a miller. Edward Swair, who died on 16 June, 1781 and was buried in Rotherham Church- yard, Yorkshire :

Here lies a man which Farmers lov'd,

Who always to them constant proved ;

Dealt with freedom, Just and Fair

An honest miller all declare.

"An honest miller hath a golden thumb,"


says the proverb, but honesty was not pre- dicable of Chaucer's golden-thumbed one.

The other epitaph is on the " honest soldier " of MR. MAcMiCHAEL's article an epitaph put in place of an older inscription in Winchester Churchyard, which stated that this son of Mars " died of a violent fever contracted by drinking small beer when hot the 12th of May, 1764, aged 26 years." The memorial verses that followed concluded : Soldiers, be wise from this untimely fall, And when ye 're hot, drink strong, or none at all.

The attribution of antipyretic properties to strong as compared with small beer provokes scepticism ; but the advice to abstain is excellent. F. ADAMS.


NOTES ON BOOKS, &c.

Hierurgia Anfflicana. Edited by Rev. Vernon

Staley. Part I. (Moring.)

WITH this volume of documents and extracts illus- trative of the ceremonial of the Anglican Church since the Reformation Mr. Vernon Staley initiates a new "Library of Liturgiology and Ecclesiology for English Readers." The ' Hierurgia Anglicana ' was originally produced by the Cambridge Camden Society so far back as 1848, when the editor-in- chief was the late Rev. J. F. Russell. The matter it contains is of permanent interest, and is now re-edited by Mr. Staley, who is an expert on these questions, with enlargements, revisions, and fresh illustrations. The object of the book is to gather from all quarters, Puritan and Catholic, a number of typical extracts which serve to show post-Reforma- tion usages with regard to rites and ceremonies, and thus, by a consensus of evidence, to establish that many things not prescribed or forbidden in the rubrics were continuously retained in public wor- ship with the sanction of the Reformers them- selves, and consequently that a full and ornate ritual is not inconsistent with thorough loyalty to the Church's teaching. " We take our stand on the ground," says the preface, "held by Andrewes, Bancroft, Laud, Wren, Montague, and their fellow confessors, and we claim, with them, for the English Church, the revival of all the vestments and orna- ments to which, it can be proved, she is justly entitled."

The present instalment of the work has to do with fonts, chancels, altars, vestments, and church furniture, which are all copiously illustrated with quotations. The editor has not thought it a part of his duty to explain the meaning of some of the ob- solete terms occurring, which we think a mistake e.g., "aire," a part of the furniture of the altar a fine covering for the chalice a word the more necessary to be explained as it is misrendered in so common a book as Hook's 'Church Dictionary' (four- teenth edition). " Lay res," "leires," a word for some articles of Communion plate, looks like an old form of "ledgers," but the meaning is not obvious. Mr. Staley would hardly contend that every eccle- siastical custom which has once been in use should (or might) be retained still ; otherwise fonts might be boarded in within doors securely locked, for fear