NOTES AND QUERIES. [9 th s. ix. MAY 3, 1002.
raent to same, of which there is a singfe copy in the Guildhall Library. In it he made an attempt to substitute a home-grown spirit for foreign spirits, and he took out a patent for making this cyder spirit.
But death cut short his schemes, and he died in London, 29 May, 1685. Among his friends or acquaintances were the Rev. John Beale, D.D , one of his Majesty's Chaplains ; the Right Hon. Viscount Brouncker, President of the Royal Society ; Thomas Firmin, a well- known philanthropist ; Henry Goreing, Esq. ; Herbert Stapley, Esq. ; Thomas Peckham, Gent. ; and Richard Dereham, Esq.
Whatever information any reader of
- N. & Q.' can give me about Richard Haines
or his descendants will be most gratefully acknowledged. His grandson Gregory, my own great-great-great-grandfather, married a South Carolina lady, Alice Hooke, in 1719. REGINALD HAINES.
SHERIFFS OF STAFFORDSHIRE, 1699-1730. THE following list is written on the fly- leaves of a copy of ' Nicholas Machiavel's Prince,' translated out of Italian into English, by E(dward) D(acres), London, 1640, 12mo. It was written by Oswald Mosley, who bought the book in London, 1 June, 1715, for five shillings. The note of the assizes in 1714-15 belongs to the year in which Mr. Mosley him- self was sheriff.
SHERIFFS OF STAFFORDSHIRE.
1699. Oswald Mosley, of H[all (?)] Court, Rolleston.
1700. Benjamin Jolley.
1701. Thomas Nabbs.
1702. John Babington.
1703. Thomas Okeover.
1704. Mathew Ducy Morton.
1705. Thomas Crompton.
1706. William Trafford.
1707. James Wood.
1708. John Jervis.
1709. Edmond Arblaster.
1710. Walter Mosley of Mer (')
1711. Legh Broke.
1712. S r Edward Litleton, Bar 4 .
1713. Henry Gray.
1714. Oswald Mosley of Rolleston.
1715. Thomas, son of George Birch of Harborne.
1716. John Turton of Alrewas.
1717. Thomas Whitby of Heyvvood.
1718. Charles Chadwick.
1719. Edward Browne of Cavers wall, Esq r .
1720. Sneyd of Keel, Esq r .
1721. Humphry Hodgets, Esq r .
The three for 1715. Geor. Burge [?], M>' Amphlet,
M r Weston Bayley. The three for 1716. John Craddock, Es., Henry
Arden, Es., Joseph Amphlet, Es. John Craddock, of Audley, Esq., is appointed
Sheriffe Excused, and John Turton of Alrewas
The three for 1717. Joseph Amphlet, John Crew, Weston Bayley.
The three for 1718. Y e same.
The three for 1721. Thomas Jolliffe, Es.. W Robins, Es., Hum. Hodgets, Es., both of Staf- ford.
1722. Henry Goreing, Esq.
1723. Zachary Babiiigton, Esq.
1724. Richard Scot, Esq.
1725. Richard Townshend, Esq.
1726. Fowke Hussey, Esq.
1727. Edward Wilson of Cannock, Esq.
1728. Samuel Newton, Esq.
1729. Hen. Arden, Esq.
1714/5. Y e Judges y l came Oxf. Circuit: Lent Assises:
Blencow, Bury. Summer Assises: Blencow,
Dormer. M r Browne, M r Holbock, M r Meers, of L d Radnor's
Office [?] next door to a picture shop in Pell
Mell near Charing Cross. M r Beresford, Judg Dormer's Marshall.
W. 0. B.
'ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA,' II. ii. 211-16 (9 th S. ix. 222). Why go so far as the " hawse- holes" for "eyes'"? "Eye" is the common name for a loop of cord or rope, especially " the circular loop of a shroud or stay " (Ad- miral Smyth), as in R. Scot, ' Disco v. Witchcr.' (1584), xiii. xxix. 277, "Put the eie of the one [cord] into the eie or bowt of the other" ('N.E.D.'). It serves also for the "metal ring for holding a rod or bolt, or for a rope, &c., to pass through " (' N.E.D.'). These seem more likely uses during the navigation of a ship than hawse-holes, which are only used when she is at anchor.
" Their bends, adornings." Here is a pun, just as in 'Hamlet,' "Take his gibes for graces," punning on "gyves." The bends are bows or curtsies, as in Chaucer's "shippes hoppesteres," they "curvetted." Shakespere contrasts " eyes " and " bends," the latter nautically from the verb " to bind." The sailor's " bends " are tied knots.
' HAMLET,' I. i. 115 sq. (9 th S. viii. 237, 480). The graves stood tenantless, and the sheeted dead Did squeak and gibber in the Roman streets ;
As, stars with trains of fire and dews of blood, Disasters in the sun, &c.
Thus the passage in question stands in most editions, the asterisks representing a line or ines assumed to be lost. I do not think, lowever, that there is sufficient reason for }his assumption, because a highly poetical reading can be had with very little alteration of the text. Thus : Dele the asterisks. Then, nstead of " As, stars " in the next line read