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by the surgeons causing a constant trickle of lukewarm water to drip from his arm into a vessel. The story goes that, when a quantity of water equal to the amount of blood in the man's body had thus dripped into the vessel, the victim (who all the while had been slowly collapsing) at length expired.


Town Hall, Cardiff.

INQUESTS (9 th S. ix. 408). The Hull Cor- poration possesses a very large book, the contents of which" date from the reign of Henry VI. to that of Philip and Mary, and consist mainly of minutes of the proceedings of Quarter Sessions and Sheriff Turns. But the book contains a large number of miscel- laneous entries, and amongst these are many records of coroners' inquests held in the county of Kingston-upon-Hull in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. J. R. BOYLE.

The records of the coroners' courts should be found among the Calendar Rolls for the county, or with the clerk of the peace for the borough, as the case may be. No great care seems to have been taken to preserve these records, and difficulty may be found in ascer- taining their whereabouts. I know of the wholesale destruction of the coroners' records in one borough, where they had got into private hands. Comparatively recent records are probably in the custody of the coroners. JOHN HOBSON MATTHEWS.

Town Hall, Cardiff.

PORTRAITS WANTED (9 th S. ix. 368). Brom- ley, who might be consulted in this kind of case before ' N. & Q.,' notes portraits of none of the personages mentioned at the above reference except one of "William Pen, Ad- miral, knighted by Charles II. 1 oval, in Brachelius's 'History.'"


There is a small mezzotint portrait of Admiral Sir William Penn, published 1811, in the portrait gallery of the Friends' Insti- tute, 12, Bishopsgate Street Without.


Clay gate.

There is a portrait of Admiral Sir William Penn, father of the founder of Pennsylvania by Sir Peter Lely, at Greenwich Hospital. A good reproduction of this may be seen in vol. v. of Mr. Wheatley's edition of Pepys'?

  • Diary '(1895). CHARLES R. DAWES.

Two miniatures of the celebrated nava commander Admiral Sir William Penn (1621-70) were exhibited at the special loan collection of works of art at the South

ington Museum in June, 1862. One, by

5. Cooper, was lent by the Duke of Buccleucn,

,nd the other by the Rev. J. Beck. Both

re recorded in the Catalogue, edited by

. C. Robinson, F.S A., on pp. 191 and 198.

My copy of the Catalogue is the revised

dition, January, 1863.

CHAS. H. CROUCH. 5, Grove Villas, Wanstead.


If MR. GRIFFITH refers to Canon Jessopp's Trials of a Country Parson,' p. 166 (second

edition, 1891), he will find some notes ex- racted from the muniments of the diocese of Sly of a very interesting character. I should hink that the examination of the muniments n question would afford him some of the naterial which he requires.


GREEK PRONUNCIATION (9 th S. vii. 146, 351, 449; viii. 74, 192, 372, 513: ix. 131,251,311, 332, 436).-! deeply regret that it is possible 7 or any one to be able to say that, " accord- ng to Prof. Skeat, salt is derived from A.-S. sealt" For, of course, this is not strictly the case, though the assertion would not for a moment mislead any one who had the most elementary notions about English phonetics. [ have tried to guard against such a blunder by careful explanation, which, however, has been wholly ignored. Thus, in my Prin- ciples of English Etymology,' series i. p. 43, I say: "It ought to be carefully borne m mind that, when we say a word is 'derived from Anglo-Saxon, we common y mean that it is derived from an Old Mercian form, which in some cases probably coincided with the recorded A.-S. form, but in other cases certainly did not," The italics are in the original; and the caution hasĀ ; particulai regard to the fact that the A.-S. often has ea where the Mercian has a. See the whole

C All X experience shows that such warnings are of no use, and that my countrymen deeply resent learning the most elementary facts about their own language. One result has been that I have had to rewrite my 'Concise Etymological Dictionary,' and have endeavoured thereby to help the un- initiated by using plainer language than would otherwise have been necessary. Ihis is why, in the new edition of , that work.