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as it were. Possibly he had himself suffered by reason of some erring cook prising open a tin with his priceless apostle spoon : the narrative opens an endless range of possi- bilities. I trust that gentle encouragement may be offered by Sir F. Pollock, the learned editor, to his staff not to neglect this sub- branch of literature, for which, surely, the Law Reports open a wide field.


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WE must request correspondents desiring infor- mation on family matters of only private interest to affix their names and addresses to their queries, in orderthat the answers maybe addressed to them direct.

'CHRISTIAN PASSIONS,' SONNETS. In Arber's ' Transcript of the Stationers' Register ' I recently came on an entry, on p. 297b of vol. ii., of a book registered by Richard Field, "The first parte of Christian passions cpn- teyninge a hundred Sonnettes of meditacion humiliacon and prayer," the entry being authorized under the hand of "the Lord Bisshop of London." I shall be glad if any of your readers can give me a clue to this work or its author.

The third preceding entry is that of a well- known work, registered by the same Richard Field, "a booke intituled Venus and Adonis." This volume was authorized "under the hande of the Archbisshop of Canterbury" in 1593, and was the " first heire " of Shake- speare's " invention." This same archbishop had suppressed and ordered to be burned similar works by Marston and Hall, and it would be interesting to learn how he came to be sponsor for such a volume as * Venus and Adonis.' Probably the Archbishop of Canterbury became another patron of Shakespeare after the poet left Stratford. It adds to the interest to know that this archbishop, Dr. Whitgift, was Francis Bacon's tutor at Cambridge University. Is it possible that Bacon used some small influence with his old friend to get Shakespeare's work licensed ? GEORGE STRONACH.

PANTON FAMILY. I am most anxious to have some knowledge of the Panton family, and also of the meaning of the name. There is Panton Street in Cambridge, besides the notorious Panton Street in London, and there is a Panton House at Brighton ; and I have an old book by Capt. Edward Panton, published in 1671, called " Speculum Juven- tutis ; or, a True Mirror where Errors of Breeding noble and generous Youth, with the

Miseries and Mischiefs that usually attend it, are clearly made Manifest. As likewise Remedies for every Growing Evil portray'd to the Life in the Legend of Sisaras and Vallinda." It is dedicated to the king's most excellent majesty in a long and entertaining preface, and I should much like to know how to find out about this branch of the family. Our own starts from the Rev. W. Panton, M.A., who married a Miss Christian Douglas, I should think about 1740. He was master of the Edinburgh Grammar School in the Canongate, but that appears to have gone. One branch of the family went to Wales about 1600, and I believe ends in the present Lady Vivian. One son of the Rev. W. Panton went to Wimborne, in Dorset, and I have these links complete (but no dates before 1805) from the Rev. W. Panton to the present day ; but I should like to trace the author of my old book, and also the people after whom the streets and houses were named, and if possible to have some information of the origin of the name ; no one seems to have the least idea. There are very many of the name in Scotland, but one rarely meets it in any other place. Any information will be gratefully received. ' (Mrs.) J. E. PANTON.

[Have you got the title of the book right ? It is different in Lowndes. For Panton Street see ante, p. 386.]

TONGUE-PRICKS. The French people have a proverb to the effect that a prick with the tongue is worse than a prick with a lance. I have never seen it in print, and should be glad to have a reference to its use by some French writer. LEO C.

DAVID BRADBERRY. I should be obliged if some one would inform me where the por- trait of this Nonconformist minister is to be found. A portrait of him was shown at the Manchester Jubilee Exhibition of 1887, most probably from one of the magazines current at the time of his death. Bradberry died in 1803, and is buried in Bunhill Fields. I have biographical particulars.



MISSING STATUE. The Duke of Wellington's statue, which formerly stood on the Tower Green, opposite the church of St. Peter ad Vincula, has disappeared for some years, and [ wish to ascertain what has become of it. L inquired of the sergeant on duty the last time I was there, but he was unable to give me any information. BRUTUS.

WESLEY'S PORTRAIT BY ROMNEY. I have Defore me a print by Ward of a portrait of