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1821.] Earl of Leicester. -Errors in “ Kenilworth." 389 Whilst her true servants, led with small they descend, but are loath to depart affaires,

without leaving & marke of their iniquitie Unto a faire at Abbington did ride, and impiety behind them : some they em

This dismall hap unto my wife betide : ploy to take downe the Weathercock (that Whether you call it chance or destinie, might have been left alone to turne round), Too true it is she did untimely die." others to take down a Crosse from off an

Isle of the Church (and this you must not His Lordship is made to lament her

blame them for, they are enemies to the fate, but owns that

Crosse), others to plunder the couotry“My hopes to have married with a fa- men's houses of bread, beare, and bacon, mous Queene,

and whatsoever else was 6t for the susDrare pity back, and kept niy tears un

tentation of man." - Mercurius AcadeP. 18.

micus, p. 100. Aubrey's account is the hest, but

Mr. Owen, into whose possession bas been so frequently reprinted of Cumpor came after the dissolution, late, that it would be useless to fill

was also Lord of Godstowe Manor. your pages with it.

Yours, &c.

J. M. L. The error in the time of the story P.S. Query, was Aothong Forster is the worst of all. Lady Leicester, related to the family of Hanslape in as Mr. Chalmers tells us, died on Bucks, wbo bore the same arms; lo September 8, 1560: in 1565, Dudley their genealogy occurs ao Anthony was proposed as a busband for Mary, Porstor, esq. who died in 1610. Queen of Scotland, which, it is well his second wife (the Lady Sheffield To her an Waverley (p. 14) may

Mr. URBAN, by

May 5. was born in 1574, and he deserted her in 1576—the visit to Keoilworth be added, one in the First Volume took place in 1575 (at an expense of of " Kenilworth,” when Leicester, in 60,0001.) fifteen years after the death explanation of the several parts of of Aone Robsart. These errors, I his courtly babit, points particularly am aware, will be considered as to the Star of the Order of the Garmighty by the mere Antiquary, and ter. We are informed by Ashmole, as trifling by the mere Novelist; but that it was not until the time of we may fairly affirm, that they evince Charles I. a. r. 2. that the Cross of the same carelessness with the rest of St. George, encircled by the Garter, this author's works, as to fact and was ordained to be worn on lhe left time.

side by the Koights and Officers, at A few particulars which I have all times, it having been previously gleaned of Cumnor itself may be here confined to the Mantle, used only on introduced ; the manor was subse- solemn occasions ; and that even queolly in the possession of a family after that period, the beams of silnamed PECOCK, of whom, Richard were added ; constituting the Pecock, esq. compounded for his Star, which is set in use by the estate in the Civil Wars, at 1401. By Knights of that Most Noble Frater. the following relation, it appears that nily.

W. MENT. Cumnor was molested in those times, as it might be without any wonder,

Mr. URBAN,

May 7. from its

iniciait to the garrisons at I BEG leave to send you some acand Abingdon

, Thursday, Feb. 26, (1644-5.)

who live in tribes, and inhabit the • To present you with as honest men,

province of Louisiana, in North as those of Evesham *; and honeste you

America; which are supposed to be will not deeme them to be, when you

descendants of the Colony of Anlient heare they came from Abingdon, to a Britons, who emigrated from Wales place called Cumner, in no smaller a with Madoc, the son of Prince Owen number than 500: where their Chieftanes Gwynedd, about three hundred years view the Church, goe up into the Sleeple, before Columbus's discovery of Ameand overlook the Country, as if they rica.-(See Herbert's Travels into meant to garrison there, but finding it Persia, 2nd edit. p. 359.) not answerable to their hopes and desires,

Yours, &c.

BARDUS. * Evesham was surprised by Sir Wil

Padoucas is a settlement of the prolite Waller's horse in June, 1643. vince and government of Louisiana

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390 Padoucá Indians. Change of Customs. [May, in North America, on the shore and Missouri rivers: population is rather at the source of the river of its name, increasing. These people, as well as where there are also different villages the great and little Ossages, are staof Indians of this pame.

tionary at their villages, from about This once powerful Indian nation, the 15th of March to the 15th of of which our author speaks, has, ap- May; and again from the 15th of parently, entirely disappeared ; every August to the 15th of October : the inquiry made after them has proved rest of the year is appropriated to ioeffectual. In the year 1724, they hupting. They cultivate corn, &c. resided in several villages on the

Kanzas is a river of the same proheads of the Kansas river, and could, vince and government as the former at that time, bring upwards of 2000

settlements. It ruos East, and enters men into the field. (See Mons. Du- the Missouri. pratz' History of Louisiana, p. 71; and the Map attached to that work.) The information that we have re

Mr. URBAN, Paisley, April 12. ceived is, that being oppressed by the THO

THOSE even of patriciao raok nations residing on the Missouri,

among our ancestors, were they removed to the upper part of contented with accommodations at the River Plate, where they after

which an ordinary tradesman of the wards had but little intercourse with present day would spurn. lo the ibe Whites. They seem to have given Northern division of our Island many pame to the North branch of the ri proofs exist of the correctoess of ver, which is called Padoucas Fork. this assertion. Arnot, the historian The most probable conjecture is, that

of Edinburgh, inserts in his Appedbeing still further reduced, they have dix, No. Xill. various letters writdivided into small wandering bands, ten in 1783, by Mr. Creech, then which assomed the names of the sub chief bibliopole of our Northerd me. divisions of the Padoucas nation; and tropolis, with a view to the exbi. are known to us at present under the

bition of that remarkable change, appellation of Wetepahatoes, Kiawas, which, during the preceding 20 years, Kanenavish, Katteka, Dotame, &c.

had taken place in the modes of life, who still inhabit the country to which inanders, and customs of the city. the Padoucas are said to have re

From the first of these letters I quote moved.

as follows, in illustration of the poThe aforesaid river runs South

sition with which my owo letter east, then East, and enters the grand Clerk Tinwald's bouse was lately

commences : “ The Lord Jastice River Missouri.

Dotame is a wandering 'nation of possessed by a French Teacher Indians of North America, inhabit.

Lord, President Craigie's house is at ing an open country, and who raise present possessed by a Roupiog-wife a great number of horses and mules.

or Saleswoman of old furniture and They are a friendly, well-disposed

Lord Drummore's house was lately people, and might, from the position left by a chairman for want of ac of their country, be easily induced to

commodation." A note to this pas. visit an establishment on the Missouri, sage adds, "the house of the Duke about the mouth of Chyenne river.

of Douglas at the Union, is now posThey have not, as yet, visited the

sessed by a wheel-wright.” Missouri.

Not long ago, a walk in the viKanzas. The limits of the country cinity of the town in which I reside, these Indians claim is not known. The furnished me with an additional and country in which they reside, and very remarkable jostance of the unifroni thence to the Missouri, is 'a de- versality of the change alluded to. lightful one, and generally well wa

Scarcely half a mile South-east of tered, and covered with excellent the populous manufacturing towo of timber. They hunt to the upper part Paisley; a little beyond that remarkof Kanzas and Arkanzas rivers. Their able ledge of rock, which, occurring trade may be expected to increase

in the bed of the river White Cart, with proper management.

is supposed to bave given the town sent they are a dissolute, lawless its original British appellation, and banditti ; frequently plavder their almost close upon the Soulbera baok traders, and commit depredations on of the Ardrossan Canal ; ! observed wersons ascending and descending the

a solid and aplique looking fabrie,

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At pre

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1821.] Blackhall, near Paisley, described.

391 not large, but wearing the appear. ward towards the staircase. Across ance of something between a house it is a small square lobby, also strongly and a castle. I went up to it, and fouod vaulted with stone, and on the West. that it was, in fact, one of those se. ern side of which opens the eotry to mi-castellated dwellings io which, till the kitchen. This apartment, occua comparatively recent period, even pying the entire Western part of the barons of the secondary class in Scot- ground floor, evinces, in ils compaland dwelt; and observing, from the rative magnitude, and in the amplimapper in which the farmer who now tude of a fire-place on its Western occupies it replied to my interroga- side, that ao enlarged hospitality was tories, lhat my entrance into the in- formerly often exercised in a confined terior would not be considered av in mansion. A small arched window trusion, I requested permission to go on the North, enables us to ascertain through the building, and to make four feet as the thickness of the wall. memoranda, with a view to future A corresponding window is on the description. Permission was at once Soutb. In the North-east corner is granted, and the farmer himself ac- a recess for a bed. Looking upwards, companied me both round and through we observe evident traces of ihe ori.

gival vaulting of this room also. lo. The whole exterior of the fabrick deed, although there were never bere breathes op air of rugged uncourtly apy subferraneous vaults, all the apartstrength. On the South, a projecting menis and passages on the lower floor stair-case turret disfigures what is, of the building had exceedingly strong nevertheless, the principal front. arched roofs of stone. On the North West of it opens the main door ; the side of the passage into which the outer arch is a plain semi-circular one. One door opens, is the entrance to anoplaio square window occurs between ther room, now used as a depository the door and the Western extremity for lumber, but which, and the kitchen, of the front. The second story ex- are the only apartments of any size bibits three similar windows West of on the first floor. The staircase, a the stair.case turret, and one East of winding stone one, leads up to the it. The upper story displays an equal dining-room, which measures about number of windows, disposed also in 21 feet by 18, and is lighted by three the same way; but these windows rise windows, placed severally on the higher than the superior line of the North, West, and South. On each front wall, and are surmounted by side of the door are now recess-bed pedimenls more or less decorated. places, which make the room appear The middle window, indeed, of the less ; otherwise, this is a tolerably three West of the turret, is a good good room, almost the only one dedeal orsamented. The cavetto mvuld- serving to be so stiled in the whole ing decorates its freestone casing, and bouse. The fire-place is on the North, the pediment is adorned by a corded marked on the outside by a tall an. moulding placed between the cornice tique-lookiog chimney. Near the and the tympanum. On the upper South wiodow is a press, or cuppart of the North front, one window, board; and in the West wall, near the fieished with a pediment, is seen ; corner, is a small square recess, formed and near the grovod, on the same in the thickness of the wall. In the front, a small, and trefoil- headed, lobby, opposite to the dining-room but merely loop-bole window. With door, is a recess, formerly shelved these exceptions, only a few small as a place of ready deposit for dishes. windows, square in form, but most North of it is the entrance to the irregular in size and position, ad principal bed-room. This room is mitied light into the interior of the about 18 feet by 10 or 12. On its building. I say admilled, for now to Western side are formed two recesses, -save window duly, some even of these not of recent coostruction, for beds. are blocked up, most effectually, with On the South side is a small wiodow, stone and lime; so that the whole ex. arched within ; in the corner, near terior, except on the South, looks as it, a recess, formerly a second winforlorn and desolate as can well be dow; and on the North a press. imagined. From the threshold of From the North-east corner of this the door, already mentioned, we step, floor a stair-case, narrow, and yet on entering the house, into a strongly constructed with an almost terrific vaulted passage, which runs East- solidity, wiods in darkness to two

upper

392 Blackhall. Oliver Goldsmith's Family. (May, upper rooms, the larger of which, See page 6 and 7 of the first Volume lighted by two windows on the South, of thai Work. and one on the North, is unfloored ; We have no evidencetbat Goldsmith and being unceiled too, discloses the had heard of the jest ascribed to the bare rafters of the peaked roof. facetious Mr. Grummet of Liocolo.

Such, Mr. Urban, is the mansion shire. The “ Mislakes of a Nights of Blackhall, long the baronial re- or, She Stoops to Cooquer," nade sidence of a family descended from its first appearance at Covent Gar. the Stuaris,-a family, the present re.

den on the i5th of March, 1773. The presentative of which, Sir Michael Jate Sir Thomas Fetherston, Baronet, Shaw Stuart, Bart. of Blackhall and assured Mr. Graham a few years ago, Ardgowan, has, on the latter estate, that the Anecdote respecting Golda stat, that in extent, elegance, and smith's Mistake at his Grandfather's accommodation, as well as in its ap. house, was authentic, and it is mora pendages, might be a worthy resi- likely that the plot of the Comedy dence for any pobleman.

should have been suggested by an adFrom the North windows of Black- venture of his owo, than by any other ball, a charming prospect may be of which the author might have heard. enjoyed, the chief features of which There are many male descendants are, the town of Paisley, with its of the Rev. Henry Goldsmith, the sister spires and venerable Abbey Poet's brother, io existence; among Church; and a tract of richly cul- them may be reckoned Oliver Goldtivated land, the numerous gentle smith Hudson, Esq. of St. John's, in eminences of which are often beau- the county of Roscommon, the son tifully, though partially wooded. Be- of William Hudson, M.D. who was tween these and Blackhall, winds the the son of Dean Hudson, who marriver White Cart, which al a very ried Henry Goldsmith's daughter.short distance flows beneath the ex- Mr. Hudson is a geotleman of high pansive arch of an aqueduct bridge, respectability, and considerable proalong which the Ardrossan Canalis car- perly. He possesses the original picried. The Garden belooging to Black- ture of his great uncle, which was hall was on the East; but, with the painted by Sir Joshua Reynolds, and rich groves that once waved around from which the priot in ibe frontisthe seat, has long disappeared. The piece of Ottridge's edition has been Well, too, was cut off by the exca- takeo. Mr. Hudson's sister was mar. vation of the Canal. At the East end, ried to the late Mr. Denoisloo of however, of the farm of Blackhall, is Rossgull in the county of Donegal, a slightly mineralized water, called by whom she had six sons, now living: Jeuinc's Well. Hundreds of Paisle- It is much to be apprehended tans visit it, and quaff its walers; that the project for erecting a monu, which are, report says, impregnated menl in Ireland to the memory of chiefly with lime. They are used for Goldsmith, will fall to the ground, if ordinary household purposes. In sum- not taken up by a Committee of some nier they are cold as ice: in winter rank and influence in Dublin. Mr. the surface of the well smokes, as if Hogan and Mr. Graham were so situthe water were boiling.

ated as to feel incompetent to the Yours, &c. REINFRAOCHEN$19.

task of soliciting Subscriptions, and declined to do so. Thus the matter

rests at present. As for the honour Mr. URBAN,

May 4. of Ireland, it is to be hoped, that a THE Anecdote of Goldsmith's project so creditable to its literary house of Sir Ralph Fetherston of but a short time since monuments Ardagh, co. Longford, (see p. 325.) were erected in Scotland, in honour rests upon the authority of the Poet's of the memory of Burns and Alan niece, Mrs. Catharine Hudson, daugh. Ramsay.

J. GRABAN. ter of the Rev. Henry Goldsmith of Lissoy, who detailed it, and many other interesting particulars, to the

Mr. Graham says, that G. H. W. is corAuthor of the Life of Goldsmith,"

rect in his observations respecting Goldprefaced to the Edition of his Works Poet had not been ascertained by Dr.

smith's Epitaphs. The birth-place of the in four Volumes, published by Ot. Johnson for some time after his friend's tridge and Son, &c. in London, 1812, death.

Mr

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