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NOTES AND QUERIES. [9 th s. ix. MARCH s, 1902.

Lomond.' As a copy of the original edition of the 'Address' (1788) has been searched for in vain by Mr. Wallace, the new editor of Robert Chamber's 'Burns' (vol. ii. p. 382, note), I venture to draw attention to the fact that I found a copy in the British Museum Library (press-mark 11602. h. 14 ; not in the Catalogue s.v. 'Cririe'). [ may add that the first three lines quoted bj' Mr. Wallace from the version given in Cririe 8 'Scottish Scenery' (1803) are not contained in the original edition. The "compliment" referred to by Burns "one of the most elegant compliments I have ever seen "- reads thus :

Along thy banks,

In playful youth, unconscious of their powers, They sportive rov'd ; where, sacred to each name, A tribute due, the monumental stone, With sculpture deck'd, with praise well-earn'd

inscrib'd, The grateful pride of kindred souls proclaims.


EGMONT AND THE ' ENCYCLOPEDIA BRITAN- NICA.' One of the most atrocious judicial murders recorded in history is that of Count Egmont by the Duke of Alva, who had got the former into his hands by treachery. That in ordering his execution and that of Hoorn he was carrying out the intentions of the marble-hearted Philip there is no doubt ; but it may be worth while to point out an odd mistake of that generally accurate authority the * Encyclopaedia Britannica,' in its life of Egmont (ninth edition, vol. vii. p. 699), where we read :

"It was in vain that the most earnest inter- cessions had been made in his behalf by the emperor Charles V., the order of the Golden Fleece, the states of Brabant, the electors of the empire, and the regent herself."

The date of Egmont's execution was 5 June, 1568; that of the death of Charles V. ( some time after his abdication ) was 21 September, 1558, nearly ten years before. Prescott discredits the report of a brutal jest sent to the countess by Alva the day before her husband's execution, but says there is more reason to believe that the emperor (then Maximilian II., son of Ferdinand I. and nephew of Charles V.) sent her a letter during the trial assuring her that she had nothing to fear. The cruelties of Philip through the agency of Alva had, as is well known, far-reaching consequences which they little- anticipated. W. T. LYNN


" KEEP YOUR HAIR ON." The ' N.E.D.' does not take this phrase further back than 1883 ;

but it must be much older. In 1799 Thomas Holcroft sailed from the Thames to the Elbe. During the voyage he was told by the sailors that "the waves in the western ocean are sometimes so oily, from dead whales, that they are not much disturbed by a brisk gale." Another described to him " a stiff breeze": he " swore that it shaved him, that he could not keep his hair safe on his head, and that it made the ship sneeze" ('Memoirs of Thomas Holcroft,' 1816, iii. 228-9).

W. C. B.

[Is not the slang sense illustrated in the ' N.E.D.' distinct from the literal meaning in the above quotation from Holcroft ?]


ifec." An inquiry was recently made as to the meaning of " &c." in this common ending to a petition. West's ' Symboleography,' pub- lished in the reign of Elizabeth, gives many forms, some of which I have copied below :

"And your said almoner shall pray unto almighty god for the prosperous estate of your Majestic according to his most bounden dutie in most high honour and felicitie long to reign over us."

"And your said suppliant shall daily pray unto God for your highnes prosperous estate in royaltie long to reign."

" And your said subject shall daily pray to God r the prosperous estate of your majesties Raigne." "And your said humble subject shall daily pray

to God for the preservation of your highnesse in all

felicitie most happily long to reigne."

"And your said supplyant shall daily pray for

your honor."

"And your supplyant as nevertheless by duetie

bounden shall daily pray to God for the increase of

your Honour."

It is evident that the " &c." may be filled up according to individual fancy.


[Numerous endings of petitions are supplied in 8 th S. ix. 377, with references to 1 st S. i. 43, 75; vii. 596 ; 3 r(l S. ii. 113, 148, 178.]

PICTURE RESTORING IN FRANCE UNDER NAPOLEON I. 'A Visit to Paris in 1814,' by John Scott (editor of the Champion), second edition, 1815, at pp. 162-3, contains the following :

" M. Hacquin could not be content only to clean Titian's picture of Pietro Martire, but he must lay it on its face, and plane away the board till he came to the actual colour. He then put down pasted and glued canvas, that stuck to the colour, and thus transferred the picture from wood to canvas. The members of the Institute were in an agitation of delight as this curious trick was in progress : ' Sacre Dieu ! What an undertaking ! ' An eye or a toe, a white cloud, a speck of colour, on which much of the effect of this inestimable performance of the Venetian depended, was as nothing to the dexterity of the French remover. M. Hacquin was made member of the Legion of Honour, arid the