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cary formerly living in Fleet-Street, who made it his

chief Business to make curious Observations, and to CONTENTS.-N° 1.

collect such Antiquities as were daily found in and about NOTES:- History of the Thames, 1-Decameron: in Eng; fore I will not attempt it. Yet this I must note that he

London. His Character is very well known, and therelish, 3-York Minster, 4-Sheaf of Misprints-" Ifs and Ands"-Keats, 6–Social Clubs—“ Filius Populi"-Seventh

was at great Expence in prosecuting his Discoveries, and Daughter-The Josepbins-A Drowned Corpse-Suggested that he is remembered with respect by most of our Press Error-"Sitting on both sides," 6.

Antiquaries that are now living. 'Tis this very Gentle

man that discovered the Body of an Elephant, as he was QUERIES :-Tunisia-Bell of the Hop-Platform- Belgium, digging for Gravel in a Field near to the sign of Sir 7-Highland Kit-Hon. Mrs. Norton- Lothair '-MS. of John Old-Castle in the Fields, not far from Battlebridge, Game of Chess'-Proverbial Phrase-Scotch Names of Fisbes–Irish Parliament-Pigott- Hacket's Life of Wil

and near to the River of Wells, which tho' now dryed up liams '-" Hang sorrow"-'Multiply's Merry Method,' 8

was a considerable River in the time of the Romans. • Rapids of Niagara'-J. Thurloe-W. Harries-Cogers' Hall How this Elephant came there? is the Question. I --Scotch Traders in Sweden-Latin Poem-Carisbrook Castle know some will have it to have layn there ever since the -** The Eight Braves" - Classical Jingle, 9.

Universal Deluge. For my own part I take it to have REPLIES :- Coronation Stone, 9 - Burgomasco - Venetian tbe Reign of Claudius the Emperour, and conjecture (for

been brought over with many others by the Romans in Glass-Peerage of Scales, 11-'Horæ Nausea'-Clerk of the Kiteben-W. H. Swepstone-Double Tuition Fee- Abp.

a liberty of guessing may be indulged to me as well as to Avgustine, 12-Josselyp-Feet of Fines-Pope's 'Iliad," 13 others that maintain different Hypotheses) that it was -kis-Shields of Twelve Tribes—' Paradise Lost' in Prose killed in some Fight by a Britain. For not far from the -Bosky-Nuremberg Nimbus-Author of Pamphlet-Hol- Place where it was found, a British Weapon made of a bein-Become: Ares, 14 - R. Wharton – Inscriptions on Flint Lance like unto the Head of a Spear, fastned into Wells — Coligny-Tyrociny-When was Burns born ? 15

a Sbaft of a good Length, which was a Weapon very "Morrow-masse preest” — W. Longsword - Billament Father and Son Bish, pg - "Pull Devil"-Talbot, Earl of

common amongst the Ancient Britains, was also dug up, Shrewsbury, 16-Seal of Grand Inquisitor-Scochyns-Act they baving not at that time the use of Iron or Brass, as of Union -- Cronebade Balfpenny, 17-Jury List-Arms of the Romans had. This conjecture, perhaps, may seem Halifax-Bartolozzi: Vestris, 18.

odd to some; but I am satisfied my self, having often NOTES ON BOOKS :-Uzanne's 'La Française du siècle'

viewed this Flint Weapon, which was once in the PosHulbert's 'Supplementary Annals of Algondbury'

session of that Generous Patron of Learning, the ReveGrove's · Dictionary of Music.'

rend and very Worthy Dr. Charlett, Master of University

College, and is now preserved amongst the curious Col. Notices to Correspondents, &c.

lections of Mr. John Kemp, from whence I have thought fic to send you the exact Form and Bigness of it (a coarse woodcut of the flint occupies the next page). This dis

covery was made in the presence of the foresaid Mr. Notes.

Conyers, and I remember that formerly many such bones

were shown for Giants-Bones, particularly one in the CONTRIBUTIONS TO A HISTORY OF THE Church of Aldermanbury which was hung in a Chain on THAMES.

a Pillar of the Church, and such another was kept in

St. Laurence's Church, much of the same Bigness. All BOOK I. PRIMEVAL AND PROMISCUOUS. which bones were publickly to be seen before the dread. O could I flow like thee, and make thy stream ful Fire of London, as it appears to me from the Chro. My great example as it is my theme

nicles of Stow, Grafton, Munday, &c.”* Though deep, yet clear, though gentle, yet not dull, Strong without rage, without o'erflowing full.

Who or what the "black Mary” referred to in Sir J. Denham.

the Sloane catalogue may have been I know not; CHAPTER 1.

but although she bas long since been topographicAmong the “chief things of the ancient moun.

ally dead and buried, her silent ghost still pertains and the precious things of the lasting hills" petually revisits its former baunts. "In Cary's map preserved in the British Museum is a certain of London in 1792 “Black Mary's Hole” appears rudely chipped flint, which once formed part of as part of an unnamed continuation of Coppice Sir Hans Sloane's collections, bequeathed by him Row, immediately before it passes Bagnigge Wells, to the nation at his death in 1752. In the Sloane a spot identifiable in the London of to-day as that Catalogue it is thus described :

part of Cross Street fronting the Clerkenwell No. 246. A British weapon, found with elephant's House of Correction. “Black Maria”

for at least tooth, opposite to black Mary's near Grayes inn lane" some five-and-twenty years has been a favourite Conyers. It is a large black flint, shaped into the figure London synonym for a prison van, and it seems of a spear's point, K."

difficult to avoid the conclusion that the first The references to “ Conyers” and “K.” are, for vehicle to which the name was applied was the one tunately, fully explained in a letter on London which conveyed its duly qualified passengers to antiquities written by Mr. John Bagford to this establishment at Clerkenwell

, situated exactly Thomas Hearne, the antiquary, and printed among

opposite black Mary's." I note here, moreover, the introductory matter to Hearne's edition of two other etymologies. The House of Correction Leland's 'Collectanea. The whole passage runs is known to its frequenters as The Steel," a fact thus :

" And here I cannot forget to mention tbe honest * Leland's Collectanea,' Hearne, second ed., vol. i. Industry of my old Friend Mr. John Conyers, an Apothe. p. Ixiii.

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