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NOTES AND QUERIES. [9* s. v. MAY 19, i9oo.

title-page, 'Veneres uti Observantur in Gemmis Antiquis' ; the bastard title, ' Veneres et Priapi.' The book evidently consists of two volumes bound in one. The descriptions of the gems are in English and French. It was printed at Lugdunum Batavorum (Ley- den), but without date. Can any reader give me the date and name of printer ?

J. G. WALLACE-JAMES, M.B. Haddington.

[The date is between 1785 and 1790, and the book, though bearing the rubric " Lugdunum Batavorum," is believed to have been printed in England. It is by Pierre Frangois Hugues, called d'Hancarville, 1719-1805, who was employed by Sir William Hamilton, husband of Emma, Lady Hamilton, and resided in England for some years before 1790. D'Hancarville is responsible for other books similar in character.]

SPURRING FAMILY. --Any information as to this family will be acceptable. The only member I know anything of was a Richard Spurring, a celebrated naval architect, re- sident at Plymouth about the year 1800. So far as I can tell from directories the name at the present day seems to be most uncommon.


98, Constantino Road, Hampstead, N.W.

SIR GEORGE NORTON. What became of the endowment made by Sir George Norton, circa 1697, for an Ash Wednesday sermon for ever in Westminster Abbey in memory of his daughter, Lady Grace Gethin 1 M. B. W.

Boston, U.S.

LIFE IN SOUTH AMERICAN REPUBLICS. I seek the titles of books dealing with modern life, travel, or adventure in Chile or neighbouring republics. Is there any pub- lished account of the war between Chile and Peru, or of the Civil War in 1891 ?


CAMPLIN FAMILY. I should be much obliged for any references to books contain- ing particulars of the history of this family.

X. MYALL-WOOD. Why is this wood so called ?


[The word is aboriginal Australian, and a good deal disputed. See 'Austral English,' by E. E. Morris, where several quotations are given.]

AN ABBOT OF FURNESS. In the Manchester Evening News of 8 July, 1899, a short story appeared by Harwood Brierley, under the title of * A Cistercian Lay brother.' The story is startling, and ends thus :


the fatal deed of surrender which drove them away exiles from Furness. Among the charges brought against the brotherhood are those of insolence and rebellion, added to vicious and carnal living. The abbot, Roger Pyle, had two wives ; John Groyn (Mary Groyn's own uncle) one wife; and Thomas Horneby no less than five. So has the great Furness Abbey crumbled through its own internal rotten- ness.

The names occurring in the excerpt figure as characters in the story. I would ask : Are these grave charges matters of history I mean those of *' vicious and carnal living " ] No novelist would surely coin such, even " to point a moral or adorn a tale." Many abbeys were and are sanctuaries of piety and learn- ing, as some were, in pre-Ret'ormation days, abodes of the opposite, but it is information to me that Furness belonged to the latter. It would be interesting to learn Dom Gasquet's version of the state of Furness prior to and at its suppression. J. B. McGovERN.

St. Stephen's Rectory, C.-on-M., Manchester.


"In 1894 the Clarendon Press printed the Book of Genesis from a manuscript in the library of the Earl of Macclesfield, at Shirburn Castle, in the county of Oxford. How this and other Basque manuscripts came to be there is a long and inter- esting story, though hardly relevant to the work of a Bible society." 'Annual Report,' T.B.S., 1899, p. 23.

I solicit information, direct or per ' N. & Q.' M. MILLETT, Major-General. Channu, India.

COMPLETE VERSION OF LINES WANTED. Would you kindly publish the full text of the verses of which the following lines form a part ? They appeared in some American magazine or paper :

Is Thomas Hardy nowadays ? Is Rider Haggard pale ? Was Minot Savage, Oscar Wilde, And Edward Everett Hale ?

Jonathan Swift and old John Bright ; And why was Thomas Gray ? Was Francis Bacon lean in streaks, Tom Suckling vealy, pray ? Was Hogg addicted to tlie pen ? Are Lamb's Tales sold to-day ?

R. M. Ross.

FIELD-NAMES. I shall be glad to know the signification of the following field - names occurring on a farm in South Notts : Swingei- nooks, Near and Far Queensics, Wadland Hurst (there are two large fields so called), Litewong (three syllables), Cotcher Hill, Thrus Hill. A friend suggests that possibly Thrus in the last name may mean "goblin "or u giant." The hill bearing the name is a spur of the Nottingham wolds, from which Lincoln