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etrange, aussi mysterieux que ceux qu'on fait pendant les nuits de cauchemar sur les ailes de chauvesouris de Smarra." What is Smarra ?
Gautier names a novel the scene of which is laid in Venice, ' Le Confessionnal des Peni- tents Noirs.' Who was the author of this ?
A journey through Venice at night recalls "la tirade de Malipiero a la Tisbe." What is this 1 DE V. PAYEN-PAYNE.
SERJEANT EDWARD DENDY. Is anything known of the parentage and ultimate fate of this worthy 1 He was serjeant-at-arms to the Commonwealth, and as such proclaimed the High Court of Justice for the king's trial. He was excepted from the benefit of the Indemnity Act, but escaped to Lausanne, where Ludlow in his 'Memoirs' tells us he met with him in 1666. W. D. PINK.
JEWS' WAY : JEWS' GATE : JEWS' LANE, &c. I shall feel obliged to any correspondents favouring me with references to these in the ante-expulsion period, 1290.
M. D. DAVIS.
GERALD GRIFFIN. I should be glad to know where I can find the poem by Gerald Griffin which contains the following lines :
Wordsworth and Coleridge, and Landor and
Are stupid and prosy and frothy and mouthy ; Like A and H they sit side by side, True brotherly emblems of dulness and pride. What is the meaning of the third line ? After roundly abusing the four poets named, Grif- fin continues :
Compared with such garbage, the trash of a Tenny- son
To me is a haunch of poetical venison ; Or Bulwer as deep as the sky in a lake, Till the mud at six inches reveals your mistake.
"FLOWERING SUNDAY." It is reported in the journals that on Palm Sunday it is customary in South Wales and Monmouth- shire to strew flowers on the graves of deceased relatives. Did this observance originate from caprice, or has it any special significance 1 ? B. D. MOSELEY.
GUEST FAMILY. What is the origin of the surname Guest, which, though belonging to families settled in Wales, seems to be analogous to the Anglo-Saxon gest (stranger) rather than to any Welsh word ? ALPHA.
MERRY ENGLAND AND THE MASS. There is a sixteenth-century saying, though where to be found I know not, to the effect that "'twas never merry in England since the Mass was done away." Seldeu, I think,
repeats the mot in the form " since the priest ceased to conjure," perhaps in his * Table Talk.' What is the particular connexion qua cause and effect? I have my own idea, which is probably wrong, and should be obliged if any one could account for the meaning of the dictum. PHILIP NORTH.
BYRON. In the ' Bibliographie de la France,' 1824, there is a reference to ' Ode sur la Mort de Byron,' by Thomas Moore. The ode begins as follows :
II est mort, et la Grece est en deuil.
Les guerriers pleurent sur leurs armes.
Is it not an error to ascribe this to Moore ? Can some one tell me anything about this ode 1 LEO C.
MILITARY COSTUME. I shall be greatly obliged to any of your readers who will help me to find copies of the under - men- tioned works on military costume. In several cases only the publisher's name and approximate date are known ; but as they all contain plates it may be possible to trace them. Any information about them may be sent to the address below.
' Costume of the British Army,' Engelmann & Co., 1828-9, folio.
S. & J. Fuller, 1823.
'Costumes of the British Army and Navy,' Gam- bart&Co., 1854-5, 8vo.
' Costumes of the British Army and Militia,' Gam- bart & Co., 1855-6, 8vo.
Graves & Co.
' Military Incidents,' Newhouse, 1845.
Robinson, of Leeds, 1814.
' Sketches of British Soldiers,' Stanford, 1869.
' The British Army,' Spooner, 1835.
H. R. PLOMER.
23, Fortune Gate Road, Willesden, N.W.
THACKERAY'S RESIDENCES IN LONDON. On the front of a house now numbered 28, Clerkenwell Road (but which was formerly in Wilderness Row) is a stone tablet with the inscription :
I cannot find any reference to this house as having been Thackeray's residence, and shall be glad to know what authority there is for the inscription placed upon it. Thackeray, who was born in Calcutta 18 July, 1811, was sent to England by his parents in 1817, and was first put to school in Hampshire, and afterwards to a school at Chiswick kept by