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(London, 1869), I find in the "Contents" 'Lost Legends of the Nursery Songs, The,' by Mary Senior Clark. There are three of these legends, 'Diddledy, Diddledy Dumpty,' 'Hark! hark! the Dogs do Bark,' and 'See- Saw, Margery Daw.' To the first legend there are seventeen pages of letterpress, to the second fourteen pages, and to the third fourteen pages also. Is it not likely that in some of the other volumes what A. G. wants might be found ? ALFRED J. KING.

101, Sandmere Road, Clapham, S.W.

" HURRY "= STAITH (9 fch S. v. 107). Ansted's definition of staith or staithe is imperfect, and it is curious that none of my dictionaries, not even Skeat, gives its full meaning. From de- noting the landing-stage on a river or arm of the sea, it has come to be applied to that part of the village which has sprung up round the staith. Thus we have Brancaster Town (all our villages are called towns) and Brancaster Staith. The next village but one is Burnham Overy, which is a mile or more inland, but the part that clusters round the staith is called Overy Staith. ' Stormonth's English Dictionary ' gives us * Hurries,' not "hurry," and its meaning as "stages or frames at the sides of a quay for the con- venience of tumbling coals from the waggons right into the holds of sea-going vessels." If this is correct it is not quite a synonym for staith. HOLCOMBE INGLEBY.

Heachara Hall, Norfolk.

Though I cannot give direct evidence on this point, it may be useful to refer your readers to ' Harry-carry ' (9 th S. i. 429), where is a lengthy reply, with which I have never felt quite satisfied. The two matters may elucidate each other. Under 'Harry-carry' we were told that M Harry-carries " were nar- row carts, used in Yarmouth to convey fish from the wharves into the town. The writer- suggested that the name arose from their having been introduced in the time of Henry VII., and stated, " It would seem that Nail was in error in connecting the name of these carts with the word hurry" But if hurry = staith, then Nail was right, and the " harry-carry " has its name explained with- out dragging in Henry VII., who seems to have had no connexion with them, beyond the fact that he lived at a time when they were said to have been recently introduced in Yarmouth. H. SNOWDEN WARD.

Hawthornden, Woodside Park, N.

The late Admiral Smyth, in his 'Sailor's Word-Book,' treats the two words as synony- mous. Halliwell, in his dictionary of ' Archaic

and Provincial Words,' gives the latter as " stathe," and quotes an advertisement in a newspaper (qy. Hull), 1840. See also 'N. & Q.,' 4 th S. viii. 395, 489 ; ix. 23, 100.


WORD CORRUPTION (9 th S. v. 105). Occa- sionally, but not very frequently, I hear the mispronunciation of "law" to which MR. PEACOCK calls attention ; but as the person in whose speech I most frequently hear it is "a foreigner" (he is, I believe, a Bawtry man), I gather that it is not peculiar to this neighbourhood. Pretty often, however, I meet with the form "loyer" in the hand- writing of natives of the Isle of Axholme, and this I take to be a phonetic spelling of " lawyer," not of " liar." The distinction is a somewhat important one. C. C. B.


DEPRECIATION OF COINAGE (9 th S. v. 87, 174). Will W. W. C. kindly give me the reference to the chapter in Oresme's treatise to which he refers ? ALDENHAM.

St. Dunstan's, Regent's Park.

JACOBITE SOCIETIES (9 th S. v. 169). A Legitimist almanac, giving full information about them, was published at least once, I think about three years ago. D.

By far the best account of these societies is to be found in the ' Legitimist Kalendar,' edited by the Marquis de Kuvigny and Raineval. The latest edition was published last year by Messrs. A. D. Innes. It is a remarkably interesting production, contain- ing, among many other things, a series of unique genealogical tables. The latest issue included a list of all the descendants of Charles I. I have found it indispensable. The Whirlwind is now scarce.


118, Pall Mall.

SHRAPNEL (9 th S. v. 168). It did not occur to me that General Shrapnel was a sufficiently conspicuous person to be mentioned in the 'Dictionary of National Biography,' which contains a good and full account of him. I beg leave to apologize to the editor of that important work for the oversight, which I admit to be hardly pardonable. It is as bad as ignoring the existence of the ' H.E.D.'


[We have received some accounts of the General, but do not print them in the circumstances.]

SHADDOCK (9 th S. v. 168). PROF. SKEAT asks for " a less vague date " than " early in the eighteenth century," which he says all