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taken of it by the Crown or by a court of law. CONTENT 8,-N° 71.
Take first the records of the Court of Chancery. NOTES :-Our Public Records, 341–The Pope's Golden Rose, We all know of what paramount importance and
343- Elizabeth and Mary, Queen of Scots, 344-Glendoveer -"* Like a bolt from the blue" – The Garden of the Hes: of what antiquity was the office of Chancellor. The perides, 345,Cogers' Hall-Stephen Gosson-Charles Rossi Chancellor was the sovereigo's principal secretary, -"Step-girl"-Shakspearian Relics—“We are seven"Rents in 1699--Chester, 346—" Practical Politics," 347.
the supervisor of royal grants, and, indeed, of all
business transacted under the Great Seal, of which QUERIES :-“ Fargood"-Works of King Alfred-Epiphany he was the keeper. From the reign of Richard I. Offering- The Confederation of Kilkenny'— Dictes and Sayings of the Philosophers '-Heraldic Castle-Foreigners' | the Chancery has been a court of justice, and its Descriptions of England-Duel-Enfield and Edmonton business rapidly assumed very large proportione. Kennedy --- Lord Robert Douglas, 347st. Copper Seat It is obvious, therefore, how very large is the mass Captain Rush-One Pound Scots--S. Storace-Hablot "Every mickle makes a muckle"-St. Martin's-in-the- of documentary evidence belonging to the Chancery. Fields Library School - Maize, 348—Hilcock-R. Newland Let me enumerate and describe some of the im-Handie-Authors Wanted, 349.
portant classes of Chancery records, dealing with REPLIES :-Abbey Churches, 349-St. Victor-Octagonal those not of a legal nature first. Fonts, 351-Quadruple Births-Anecdote of Queen Victoria
There is the record of royal grants, be those -Trollope's Novels-George Eliot, 352-Rhymed Deeds
Eating Poor Jack" =Titus Oates, 353 - Folk-lore grants of property, office, or what not, and to sub"Ventre-saint-gris," 354-Cause of Death -- Lads of the jects, clerical or lay. These we find chiefly in the Bedcbamber, 355—Walter Long-Celtic "Whether or no" -Goethe's · Faust,' 356-George Isham-The Poets Charter, Patent, or Close Rolls. The Charter Laureate -- Feast of the Windy Sheet-Palfrey, and Post-, Rolls are the smallest series of the three, and Tennyson's Crossing the Bar'-"God save the Queen," 357–English Sapphics-George Robins-Lines by Tenny
extend from the first year of King John to son-Charles Steward-E. Hoppus–Tolny or Udny, 358— the eighth of Henry VIII. On them are enManila-Authors Wanted, 359.
rolled original grants and confirmations of those NOTES ON BOOKS :-Wheatley's The Diary of Samuel previously made, so that we may here look for Pepys'-Cass's 'East Barnet.
accurate copies of donative charters of a much
earlier date than the commencement of the series, Notices to Correspondents.
and, indeed, of gracts not made by the Crown at
all, but inter partes. The whole of the Charter Notes,
Rolls down to the close of John's unfortunate
reign are printed in full with a good index nomiOUR PUBLIC RECORDS.
num and locorum, a copy of which is placed in the In this and the following short papers on the Record Office Search Room, so there is no need to contents of the great repository of our national refer to the rolls themselves. Of those from archives — which stands near the headquarters Henry III. to Edward IV. there is a printed of ‘N. & Q.'-I do not propose to waste words calendar, but a very poor and incomplete oneio enlarging upon the wonders of the public records numerous charters on the rolls are not even noticed and their preservation; the recent visit of the -the indexes to which are badly compiled. The Prince of Wales to the Public Record Office rolls for Richard III., Henry VII., and afforded to the press an excellent opportunity Henry VIII. are calendared in contemporary of doing this, which it did not neglect. I aim writing in MS., the calendar being incorporated rather at making the readers of ‘N. & Q.' ac- with that to the Patent Rolls, kept in the Legal quainted with what they may reasonably hope to Search Room. find if they pay a visit to the Record Office
The next_great class of Chancery enrolments is what points in antiquarian research they may the Patent Rolle. Here we have the same kind of hope to elucidate. The writer wishes to be per- entries as are on the Charter_Rolls, and also a fectly frank, and not to be a sucker of other great many others besides. We have not only men's brains without due acknowledgment, and charters and grants, but the promulgation of public therefore desires to say that, though he bas instruments of every description; entries as to our brought his own experience to bear in compiling diplomatic relations with other powers, to the dishis work, he has used as every sensible man charge of the judicial affairs of the kingdom, the would use — the valuable 'Handbook' to the enrolment of letters of safe conduct, credence, or records issued some years back by Mr. Scargill- protection, the appointments of ambassadors, Bird, F.S.A., the best book on the subject ever licences for the election of bishops and other compiled.
ecclesiastical dignitaries, restitutions of temLet me say at the outset that within this vast poralities, presentations to ecclesiastical benefices, building are kept the whole of the public docu- creations of nobility, liveries of lands, proclamaments of the kingdom, and, roughly speaking, every tions, and what not; the later rolls do not conrecord, from the time of King Jobn onwards, of the tain so much as the earlier ones, but for all pracdealings between sovereign and subject, and be- tical purposes the foregoing may be taken as a