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NOTES AND QUERIES. [9 th s. XL JUNE 6, 1903.

1807, and 3 June, 1805. Probably it include* other songs by Dibdin. I have seen late issues from Dibdin's plates of No. 3 bj Diether, and Nos. 8, 12, 14, 15, and 23 G. Walker.

1798. King and Queen, a short Table Entertain ment, written & composed by C. Dibdin, firs performed 6 January, 1798. The songs were as usual in folio, price Is. and otherwise as described in * The Sphinx. Headings similar to No. 2.

  • 1. Cakes.

2. Change for a Guinea, written and composec by Mr. Dibdin. and Sung by him in his new Enter tainment called King and Queen. London, Printe< & Sold by the Author, at his Music Warehouse Leicester Place, Leicester Square. 4 pp.

3. The Flowing Bowl.

4. Grizzle. 4 pp.

5. The Lover.

6. A Drinking Song for the Ladies.

7. The Invasion. 4 pp.

  • 8. The Jew Pedlar. (No. 3, 'Valentine's Day.';
  • 9. King and Queen.

The above formed the original programme of songs, in the order as advertised for the opening night.

1798. * Hannah Hewit; or, The Female Crusoe, a new Musical Drama in Two Acts, performed (for the Benefit of Mr. Bannister jun r ) at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, 7 March, 1798.

Not printed. Evidently founded on the novel so named (1796). q.v.

E. RIMBAULT DIBDIN. Morningside, Sudworth Road, New Brighton. (To be continued.)

ELIZABETHAN PLAYERS. Whilst recently perusing the ancient account books of the Corporation of Bristol, I came across a few relating to dramatic entertainments in the reign of Elizabeth, which may possibly in- terest some of your readers. Small civic payments to companies of " players," travel- ling under the patronage of the king, the Duke of Richmond, the Earl of Derby, and other noblemen, are not infrequent in the time of Henry VIII., the first occurring in January, 1532. A few items also appear in the two following reigns, but they become much more numerous after the accession of Elizabeth. The chief interest of the latter, however, is that the Chamberlain sometimes notes the name of the drama performed, which is the point that occasions this com- munication. Thus in October, 1577, "my Lord of Leicester's players " came down, and were rewarded with 20s. "The play was called Myngo." In the following year six companies made their appearance, Lord ' Berkeley's players giving 'What Mischief

worketh in the Mind of Man,' Mr. Charles Howard's 'The [illegible] Ethiopian,' Lord Sheffield's 'The Court of Comfort,' and the Earl of Bath's 'Quid pro Quo.' What was represented by the Earl of Derby's and the Lord Chamberlain's companies is not stated, nor is there any further mention of the pieces performed. J. LATIMER.

BYRONIANA. Count Stephen Szechenyi, the well-known Hungarian statesman, noted the following in his diary in July, 1818 :

"I spent only a few hours in Ferrara. 1 visited the prison in which Tasso was, it is said, in- carcerated, and the monastery in which he was imprisoned for over seven years. In the library they keep a MS. of the 'GerusalemmeLiberata' with a few unpublished letters and verses of his. Lord Byron has been here lately, and has applied to and received from the authorities permission to copy the interesting relics. He will no doubt publish them."

L. L. K.

POEM ON THE BRIDE OF GEORGE III. In his lecture on George III. ('The Four Georges,' p. 137, ed. 1873), Thackeray quotes from the Gentleman's Magazine (without reference) two stanzas of a poem translated from a German tribute to the Princess Charlotte of Mecklenburg Strelitz on the occasion of her marriage. The original he attributes to 4i the distinguished Madame Auerbach." Hopelessly puzzling over this poet, I recently appealed for help on the subject to my friend Mr. Galbraith, of 3rlasgow University Library, whose uniform courtesy is equal to his wide and well- ordered knowledge. In due course his search was rewarded with the discovery of the ode in the Gentleman s Magazine for 1765, vol. xxxv. p. 184. The author then turned out to be Anna Louisa Durbach, a Silesian, x>rn in 1722. She was the daughter of a Drewer and alehouse-keeper, and seems to lave written various poems on military and patriotic subjects. It is only becoming that eaders of Thackeray should learn to know ler by her proper name.


FOLK-LORE IN BRITTANY. I received an nteresting letter from a valued correspondent n Brittany, and from it I cull the following nteresting items of folk-lore : "The other day I went to St. Gildas', a church edicated to that saint in our Cornwall here. It eing the festival of St. Gildas, I saw there some two r three thousand peasants, who had congregated ogether and brought their horses with them. Vith these they went devoutly three times in pro- cession round the church, and then drawing water from the sacred well near the church, they poured of this water on the animals' heads, ears, legs,