NOTES AND QUERIES. [9* s. ix. APRIL a, 1002.
" BRISTOL LOOK" (9 th S. ix. 148, 298). The ridiculous explanation that appears in your impression of the 12th inst. in regard to the above quotation makes a correction necessary. I annotated the original query a few days after it appeared, but it hardly then seemed to require further notice. It puts " Harvey " instead of Hervey. The title " Lord " is naturally omitted. Lord Hervey is the third title of the Marquess of Bristol. The person referred to in the paragraph is the present Lord Bristol, who possibly was surprised at Dicky Milnes's (not then Lord Houghton) observation. Lord Bristol was Lord Hervey till 1859, his father and grandfather being both alive. This is a singularly apposite instance of how myths originate. Cardboard and argot have as little to do with the ex- pression as cabbages and cauliflower, or, for a matter of that, the town of Bristol itself. I enclose my card and beg to subscribe myself,
A. H. D.
"SAY NOT THAT HE DID WELL" (9 th S. ix.
87). MR. F. M. CAMILLERI MAJOR asks for the authorship of the following quotation :
Say not that he did well or ill,
But say he did his best.
I have looked in vain in each succeeding issue of 'N. & Q.' for a reply, being desirous to discover if my impression that the lines occur in a poem by Miss Mulock (Mrs. Craik) is correct. There is not much doubt, I think, as to this ; but I should like my verbal know- ledge of the stanza in which the lines cited occur rectified. I am almost certain the following is not the exact reading :
And when 1 lie in the green kirkyard With the sod above my breast,
Say not that he did well or ill, Only he did his best.
JOHN GRIGOR. 105, Choumert Road, Peckham.
GREEK PRONUNCIATION (9 th S. vii. 146, 351, 449 ; viii. 74,192, 372, 513 ; ix. 131, 251, 311). This discussion, which has wandered rather far away from its subject, might be consider- ably shortened if your correspondents W. H. B. and M. HAULTMONT, before attempting to trace the origins of English words, would first make themselves acquainted with a few elementary things in philology, and would look at such books as Skeat's "Etymol. Diet.' and Sweet's 'Hist, of English Sounds '; they would then not suggest such an impossible origin for salt as Fr. set, and would see that it really comes from Anglian salt, not West Saxon sealt. Apparently there are still many who do not yet recognize that there were several dialects of O.E., and that modern
standard English forms are not, as u rule, to be traced back to West Saxon forms.
F. J. C.
SIR EDMUND BERRY GODFREY (7 th S. xii. 314 ; 9 th S. ii. 367, 414 ; iii. 16, 96). A short time ago I bought a " lot " of old deeds, and among them I found an indenture " made the fifth day of November In the yeare of our Lord God According to the Accompt used in England one Thousand six hundred fiftie and seaven Betweene John lies of Stanwell in the County of Middlesex Esquire of the one part and Edmund Berrey Godfrey Citizen and Woodmonger of London on the other part."
Was the latter the Sir Edmund Berrey God- frey, or "Sir Edmondbury Godfrey," as he used to be called when the writer was at school, who has become known to history through his sensational murder on 17 Octo- ber, 1678 twenty-one years later?
He is described in the document in ques- tion, which is a conveyance by gift to him of the estate of John lies at Stanwell in Middle- sex, as " sister's sonne of him the said John lies."
The estate consisted of :
1. " The Farme house called Ludlowes."
2. " That Pightell or Parcell of Pasture adjoining to the Orchard [?] of the said Farme house."
3. " One Little Close of Pasture with sods [?] ad- joining to the River there, called Great Besses [?] Containing by Estimation Thirteene Acres with the Coppices and springs of the wood thereunto adjoin- ing/'
4. " One other close adjoining unto Great Besses [?] aforesaid with a Sawpitt now or heretofore in the same, commonly called or known by the name of Little Besses [?]."
All the above premises were at the time or late in the occupation of Richard Finch and Thomas Russell.
5. "That water-mill late or sometime called
Peacockes Mill late in the tenure of one
6. " That dwelling house adjoining to the said Mill And all Buildings &c. thereunto belonging."
7. " Three Acres of Arable Land in Stonehillshott abutting south upon Iverhedge,"
8. " Two Acres Lieing in Dymeadshott [?] abutting south upon Dymead."
9. "One Acre of Land in Longrope Feild near Broomhedge."
These three " parcells " of land were hereto- fore in the occupation of John Clarke and George Clarke.
10. " One half acre of Arable Land likewise in
the Tenure or Occupation of the said John Clarke."
All these " Messuages, &c., with all Manner of Woods,
Underwoo>ls, Timber Hedgerows, Woods [?J,
Commons, Commons of Pasture Reversions
Fishinge, \Voodes [?] Profits, Commodities, Advan- tages, Emoluments, Privileges and Hereditaments whatsoever,"