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Nonconformist visitors to London invariably found their way through the maze of streets and courts which surrounded this modest place of worship. One wonders whether the sermon \vhich has been annually preached for nearly two centuries to commemorate the great storm of 1703 will continue to be delivered in whatever chapel has taken the place of this old one. Many well-known ministers and prominent members of the Baptist community found a last resting-place in the vaults of Little Wild Street, and it is hoped that some antiquary will preserve their names to us.

A writer in the Daily News recalls the fact that it was in a house near this chapel that on 1 Januaiy, 1825, the old actor Ralph Wewitzer d'erl in great destitution. His

  • School for Wits ; or, the Cream of Jests,'

was at one time well known, and may even now occasionally be met with. Perhaps some reader of ' N. & Q.' will tell us of other associations which linger round this old temple of Dissent.


WE must request correspondents desiring infor- ' ill ' '

lation on family matters of only private interest affix their names and addresses to their queries, order that the answers maybe addressed to them


K" OVERSLAUGH." Can any reader of ^. & Q.' help us with information as to . le origin and history of the term overslaugh in the British army, and with quotations for it before the middle of the nineteenth cen- tury? The first instance that has yet reached us is one of 1855, in which the well-known General Perronet Thompson, in one of his political pamphlets, refers to u what soldiers call their overslaugh." This looks rather colloquial ; but the word is used in 1859 in ' Musketry Instruction for the Army,' p. 8 : " In depot battalions, the officers holding the permanent appointments of instructors of musketry are to be allowed an overslaugh on the roster for duty with the service companies, which they are not to be required to join without special orders from the Commander-in-Chief."

This passage, I am informed, does not occur in the 'Musketry Instruction' of 1855 or 1856. Finally, the term is used in the 'Queen's Regulations' of 1868, para- graph 837 : "When an Officer's turn of duty comes along with other duties, he is to be detailed for that duty which has the pre- cedence, and he is to receive an overslaugh for any other duties." This paragraph, I ain

told, does not occur in the ' Regulations ' of 1866, 1854, or any earlier year. On the other hand, I have been assured by one of the oldest of retired officers that the term was as well established and fully recognized in the array, when he joined it in the thirties, as it is to-day. Apparently, however, it had not yet received official recognition. As to derivation, the term appears to be adopted From the Dutch overslaan, to pass over, omit. But when, why, or in what circumstances was a Dutch word likely to gain currency in bhe British army ] Any information throw- ing light on this question will be heartily welcomed, as will any quotation for the word, printed or written, before 1855. (Please be it noted that I am not asking about the American overslaugh, a bar in a river, or to overslaugh, to pass over the senior candidate For an appointment ; only about overslaugh in the army.) J. A. H. MURRAY.'


ARMS OF BOROUGHS AND DIOCESES. When were boroughs and dioceses first granted arms, and with what object? I have consulted Clark, Planche', Boutell, <fec., with- out success. D. K. T.

TREVELYAN LEGEND. I should be much obliged if any of your readers could inform me where is first told in literature the legend of a Trevelyari swimming a horse from the submerged land of Lyonnesse to a spot near St. Michael's Mount. A. M. Z.

CAPTURE OF CADIZ IN 1589. Can any of the correspondents of 'N. & Q.' give me a list of the 117 ships and of the captains of each that constituted the fleet which sailed from England and captured Cadiz ? If so, I shall be much obliged. F.R.A.S.

SIR TOBIE MATTHEW. I should be grateful for information as to the present whereabouts of a MS. entitled 'A History of the Late Times,' an opus imperfectum of Sir Tobie Matthew. A. H. MATHEW.

Chelsfield, Kent.


I shall be grateful for any information as to Edmund Schulze the man, his methods, &c.

J. H. BURN. The Parsonage, Ballater, Aberdeenshire.

HEDGEHOG. Afriend of mine named Harris has the above creature as his crest. It has therefore occurred to me that some gentle- man of that name bore that crest. I recollect that the French for hedgehog is herisson. Can the gentleman who bore that crest in