Notes and Queries, Number 24, April 13, 1850

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Title: Notes & Queries, No. 24. Saturday, April 13. 1850 A Medium Of Inter-Communication For Literary Men, Artists, Antiquaries, Genealogists, Etc.
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"When found, make a note of."--CAPTAIN CUTTLE.
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No. 24.] SATURDAY, APRIL 13. 1850. Price, Threepence. Stamped Edition, 4d.
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NOTES:-- Page Skinner's Life of Monk, by W.D. Christie 377 Cunningham's Lives of Whitgift and Cartwright 378 Inedited Letter of Duke of Monmouth 379 Lydgate and Coverdale, by E.F. Rimbault, LL.D. 379
QUERIES:-- Speculum Exemplorum, &c. 380 The Second Duke of Ormonde, by Rev. James Graves 380 Mayors--What is their correct Prefix? 380 Quevedo and Spanish Bull-fights, by C. Forbes 381 Minor Queries:--Gilbert Browne--The Badger--Ecclesiastical Year--Sir William Coventry--The Shrew--Chip in Porridge--Temple Stanyan--Tandem--As lazy as Ludlum's Dog--Peal of Bells--Sir Robert Long--Dr. Whichcot and Lord Shaftesbury--Lines attributed to Lord Palmerston--Gray's Alcaic Ode--Abbey of St. Wandrille--London Dissenting Ministers--Dutch Language--Marylebone Gardens--Toom Shawn Cattie--Love's Last Shift--Cheshire-round--Why is an Earwig called a "Coach-bell?"--Chrysopolis--Pimlico, &c. 381
REPLIES:-- Blunder in Malone's Shakspeare 386 Hints to intending Editors 386 Replies to Minor Queries:--Depinges--L?rig--Vox et pr?terea Nihil--Havior--Mowbray Coheirs--Sir R. Walpole--Line quoted by De Quincey--Quem Jupiter, &c.--Bernicia--C?sar's Wife, &c. 387
MISCELLANIES:-- Franz von Sickingen--Body and Soul--Laissez faire--College Salting--Byron and Tacitus--Pardonere and Frere--Mistake in Gibbon 389
MISCELLANEOUS:-- Notes on Books, Sales, Catalogues, &c. 390 Books and Odd Volumes wanted 390 Notices to Correspondents 391 Advertisements 392
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Reading for a different purpose in the domestic papers of Charles II.'s reign in the State Paper Office, I came upon a letter from Thomas Skinner, dated Colchester, Jan. 30. 1677, of which I will give you what I have preserved in my notes; and that is all that is of any interest.
It is a letter to the Secretary of State, asking for employment, and recommending himself by what he had done for Monk's memory. He had previously written some account of Monk, and he describes an interview with Lord Bath (the Sir John Grenville of the Restoration); in which his Lordship expressed his approval of the book.
"He [Lord Bath] professed himself so well satisfied, that he was pleased to tell me there were two persons, viz. the King and the Duke of Albemarle, that would find some reason to reflect upon me."
Lord Bath gives Skinner a letter to the Duke of Albemarle (Monk's son), who receives him very kindly, and gives him a handsome present.
"I have since waited on his Grace again, and then he proposed to me (whether upon his own inclination or the suggestion of some about him) to use my poor talent in writing his father's life apart in the universal language; to which end, he would furnish me with all his papers that belonged to his late father and his secretaries. The like favour it pleased my Lord of Bath to offer me from his own papers, some whereof I had a sight of in his study."
Now if any of your readers who are interested in Monk's biography, will refer to the author's and editor's prefaces of _Skinner's Life of Monk_, edited in 1723, by the Rev. William Webster; and to Lord Wharncliffe's introduction to his Translation of M. Guizot's Essay on Monk, they will see the use of this letter of Skinner's.
1. The life is ascribed to Skinner only on circumstantial evidence, which is certainly strong, but to which this letter of Skinner's is a very important edition. This letter is indeed direct proof, and the first we have, of Skinner's having been employed on a life of Monk, in which he had access to his son's and his relative Lord Bath's papers; and there can be no serious doubt that the life edited by Mr. Webster was a result of his labours.
2. This letter would show that Skinner was not on intimate terms with Monk, nor so closely connected with him as would be implied in Mr. Webster's and Morant's, the historian of Colchester, description of him, that he was a physician to Monk. Else he would not have required Lord Bath's letter of introduction to the son. Lord Wharncliffe has, I have no doubt, hit the mark, when he says
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