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printed in the Bible of James, and so one's first thoughts may be that our translators owed it to the poet. But did he and they both owe the term to some earlier Biblical translation 1 In the Testament hexapla versions of Wyclif, Tyndale, Cranmer, and Geneva they would have failed to find it at all, and only in the so-called " Rheims " does it come to light The publication of the " Rheims " was 1582, eight years before Shake- speare. Was the seventeen-year Stratford stripling likely to meet with a Catholic Bible ? Does his adopting the phrase augur Catholic affiliations ? A further question is, Whence did the Rheims authors borrow the word ? If found in an English Prayer-book would they have accepted it 1 In short, how much further can the compound be traced in the dark backward 1 ? Questions of this sort have been answered oftener and better by 'N.E.D.' than by all books before it, and its disclosures have given so much coveted in- struction to its readers that its consummation is among the crowning mercies which they most eagerly and frequently desire.

JAMES D. BUTLER. Madison, Wis., U.S.

'Six LETTERS FROM PESTH.' Quoted in the early fifties of last century. Where were they published and who was the author? L. L. K.

"Bui THIS I KNOW," &c. Whose are these lines ?

But this I know,

If along unseen strand,

Or anywhere in God's eternal space,

You heard my voice,

Or I beheld your face,

That we should greet,

And both would understand.


BOUNDARY CUSTOMS. Where may I find a book or pamphlet entitled 'The Origin and History of the Boundary Customs,' by J. Bassett, 1839 ? It is not in the Catalogue of the British Museum Library.


BOADICEA'S DAUGHTERS. What were the names of the two daughters of Boadicea ? Does any historian record these ? T. P.


BEDFORDSHIRE : LORD LIEUTENANCY Can any of your readers tell me the actual dates of the Lord Lieutenancy of the Earl of Upper Ossory (title now extinct) for the county of Beds? ALEX. R. ALSTON.

" FIN COULEIDOS " : STANYHURST. In the introductory dedication of his Vergil (p. 7,

Arber's ed., 1895), Stanyhurst writes of a forthcoming book of his as "my Fin Couleidos. " What did he mean, and in what language are the words ? H. P. L.

NAMES OF NOVELS SOUGHT. What is the novel which opens in a village inn with a company of bumpkins singing : 8ome talk of Alice Andrews And some of Harry Lees ?

What is the novel in which the following incident occurs ? Two ladies of social position walking on a country road pass a tramp lying under the hedge. His eyes catch those of one of the ladies, who says to her companion, " What a dreadful man ! What eyes ! I hope I shall never see him again, for if he ordered me to follow him, I should be obliged to go." The tramp overhears, follows, orders this lady to go with him, and she goes. She is afterwards found in a garret, beaten, starved. 1 write from imperfect memory some twenty years old ; but the story is, I think, pretty much as I have written it.


ANCIENT DEMESNE OR CORNWALL FEE. (9 th S.x. 443; xi. 153, 210.)

HAVING ventured to cross swords with MR. REICHEL in defence of the right of South Tawton to rank as "ancient demesne," I am pleased to be able to bring forward on its behalf some fresh evidence which I lope may prove decisive.

The term "ancient demesne," as I under- stand from Jacob's ' Law Dictionary ' and

rom other more modern sources, is legally

and generally accepted as denoting the tenure whereby were held all such manors as had Delonged to the Crown both in the days of Sdward the Confessor and of William the Conqueror. Among the privileges enjoyed )y tenants in ancient demesne were exemp- tions from toll for all things bought and sold oncerning their sustenance and husbandry, and from attendance on any sort of inquest, 30 that if they were empanelled on a jury

hey might have an attachment against the


This may perhaps explain how it came to 3ass in 1463 that on the " murdre " of a South Cawton man in a local affray, when "on of ,he kyng's coron's in the said shire required or enquere upon the syght of the body," D hilip Copleston (lord of one of the sub- manors ?) " and his retous feleshipp so ma- nasshed [menaced] the said xij that were