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9* s. ix. FEB. s, 1902.] NOTES AND QUERIES.


have handed down a part of her share to William de Wigornia (whom Rollo, pro- bably following Worthy, describes as "one of her own younger sons ") ; while that the Earls of Moretain did hold land in the parish of South Tawton is testified by the grant (recorded in Oliver's * Monasticon,' p. 228) by King John, when Earl of Moretain ("dum essemus Comes Moritonensis "), of certain rents in Allingeston (now Allison), within the manor of South Tawton, to the priory of Canonsleigh. I may add that, from com- parison of ancient records, I should judge Allingeston to have been the lordship -house of the manor later known as Ytton, and comprising Collibeare, Serslande, &c., in which case part of it was contiguous to the lands of North Wyke proper (which, as Rollo points out, very nearly correspond in acreage with the Wica of Domesday). The Rev. Wm. Wykes-Finch informs me that Itton, Powlesland, Youldens, Collibeare, Sess- land, &c., were long held by the North Wyke family. As to Worthy's assertion that Wil- liam de Wigornia was possessed of North Wyke and of divers other lands in the parish (in particular the manor of East Ash), besides Wray in Moreton Hampstead and Cheverston in Kenton (the last three " by royal grant "), I have yet to learn and should be very pleased to know his authority. Certain it is that Bellomontes were at that time lords of the manor of South Tawton.

My own paper in the Transactions of the Devon Association for 1901 contains some early local matter that in an expert's hands might throw further light upon the case. ETHEL LEGA-WEEKES.

EARLY HOTELS OF ROME. In 1469, close to St. Peter's, was an inn bearing the sign of "The Ass" (Asino), managed by Giorgio Britanno.* This reminds one that here was that ancient Anglo-Saxon quarter, dating from the days of Ina and Cead walla, the quarter of S. Spirito, where doubtless Raher, of St. Bartholomew the Great, and certainly Thomas A'Beckett, a little later, lodged when in Rome. In the commencement of the six- teenth century we find a Pietro de Leone keeping a hotel there " in casa dell' Ospedale de 1' inglesi. 7 ' The Piazza di Spagna already had "1'osteria del Cavalletto" in 1701, as Valesio records in his diary, where he like-

  • "Georgio de Brectania hospiti hospitii Asini

apud S. Petrura Fl(or) ij b(on) liiij pro expensis factis iiij equis cursorum Imperatoris." * Arch, di^ Stato di^Roma,' Mandati Camerali, vol. 1468-9,


fol. 180. Cf. 'Ricerche Storiche intorno Agli Alberghi di Roma,' F. Cerasoli. The emperor here referred to was Frederick III.

wise refers to a robbery at another " locanda " there, called Monte d' Orp, at the mouth of the street leading to Trinita di Monti, called S. Sebastianello. ST. CLAIR BADDELEY.

" PATTLE." (See ' Brattle,' 9 th S. viii. 500.)- In the ' Durham Account Rolls' (Surtees Soc.), the third volume of which, containing the Glossary, &c., is just about to be issued, we find the terms patele, patil, and plogh pattyl, used of " a ploughpaddle or spud, to clear off adherent soil or weeds, or for breaking large clods." The Glossary gives a reference to Deut. xxiii. 13, A.V. " J. T. F.

CAPT. S. FORSTER TO N. TILSON, 1673: A CURIOUS HISTORICAL LETTER. Among my collections is the following original autograph letter, dated 18 August, 1673, from a Capt. S. Forster, at Fleet (near Holbeach), in Lincoln- shire, to Mr. Nathan Tilson, who appears to have resid.ed opposite to the " Red Hart " Inn, in Fetter Lane, London. The writer, who was evidently a wag or, as some would say, "a jolly fellow "humorously refers to matters and things of historical interest, and his letter is therefore, I think, worthy of publication in 'N. & Q.' Moreover, many of your readers would, like myself, no doubt be glad to know more of these correspondents, as well as of the Mr. Lawrence (Tilson's neighbour) and Mr. Peter referred to therein. The explanatory foot-notes, it must be under- stood, are mine.

ffleet. 18. Aug. 1673.

Deare S r , I am here safe, (God be thanked,) I left my bagg and baggage att Lyn,* drinkeing helter Skelter in King John's cupp,f but I hope the washes wilbe more kinde to my neice, J 1 'le venture it how- euer. I intreat yo u doe me thekindnesse to deliuer the inclosed w h the french Edict, Decree, I know not what yo u call it to my Lord priuy Seale, if it be knowne 1 shalbe hangd, but the right I thinke ought to take place, especially belonging to the late Kings sonne and our Kings-brother, wee say here that the french wud not fight the last Engagement, marry hang them for cowardly traytorly whorelily rogues.H My most humble service to Amorous

  • Lynn Regis (or King's Lynn), co. Norfolk.

t The Corporation of Lynn boasts of having been presented by King John with a very rich double-gilt cup and cover, weighing 73 oz., which is still pre- served and used on public occasions ; and at the same time a large s\yord with a silver mounting from his own side, as is engraven on the inscription on the hilt.

t Referring to King John crossing the washes of Lincolnshire.

James, Duke of York, brother to Charles II., and afterwards King James II. He resigned his place of Admiral of the Fleet 9 April previously (1673), and was succeeded by Prince Rupert.

|| Alluding to Prince Rupert's engagement with the Dutch fleet, llth of same month (August, 1673), in which, owing to the French squadron (our allies)