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" Avis DU LIBRAIRE.
Il seroit inutile de recommander ici la lecture des mémoires qui composent ce volume : le titre seul de Mémoires du comte de Gram
mont réveillera sans doute la curiosité du public pour The commencement of a New Year, and of our Ninth
un homme qui lui est déjà si connu d'ailleurs, tant par Volume, imposes upon Us the pleasant duty of wishing la réputation qu'il a sçu se faire, que par les différens many happy returns of the season to all our Friends, portraits qu'en ont donnez Mrs. de Bussi et de St. Correspondents, and Readers.
Evremont, dans leurs ouvrages; et l'on ne doute nulThose of the latter class, who have so earnestly im- lement qu'il ne reçoive, avec beaucoup de plaisir, un
livre, dans lequel on lui raconte ses avantures, sur ce pressed upon Us the propriety and advisableness of qu'il en a bien voulu raconter lui-même à celui qui a placing our Advertisements on the outside leaves of pris la peine de dresser ces mémoires. each Number, will see that their wishes have at length “Outre les avantures du comte de Grammont, ils conbeen complied with. We trust they will be pleased tiennent particuliè[re]ment l'histoire amoureuse de la with this change, and receive it as a proof of our readi
cour d'Angleterre, sous le regne de Charles II ; et,
comme on y découvre quantité de choses, qui ont été ness to attend to every reasonable suggestion for the tenues cachées jusqu'à présent, et qui font voir jusqu'à improvement of “ NOTES AND Queries.” We can quel excès on a porté le déréglement dans cette cour, assure them that it is no less our desire to do so than ce n'est pas le morceau le moins intéressant de ces our interest.
A STRAWBERRY-HILL GEM.
“On les donne ici sur une copie manuscrite, qu'on en
a reçue de Paris : et on les a fait imprimer avec le plus. I Potes.
d'exactitude qu'il a été possible.”
The above is the first edition. The imprint is
fictitious. It was much used by the Elzévirs, and “ Pour qui se donne la peine de chercher, il y a toujours quelque trouvaille à faire, même dans ce qui a été le with the same imprint, is dated in 1714 (Cat. de
by other Dutch printers. The second edition, plus visité."—Henry Parix.
Guyon de Sardière, No. 939.). The third edition I take up a work of European celebrity, and was printed at Rotterdam in 1716. The avis is reflect awhile on its bibliographic peculiarities omitted in that edition, and in all the later imwhich may almost pass for romance.
pressions which I have seen. Its importance as a It is a Scottish work with regard to the family history of the publication induces me to revive it... connexion of its author : it is an Irish work There is also an edition printed at Amsterdam in with regard to the place of his nativity. It is an 1717 (Cat. de Lamy, No. 3918.); and another at English work as to the scenes which it represents; 'La Haye in 1731 (Cat. de Rothelin, No. 2534 *). a French work as to the language in which it was Brunet omits the edition of 1713. Renouard and written; a Dutch work as to the country in Quérard notice it too briefly. which it came to light. It was formerly printed anonymously : : it has since borne the name of its
2. “ Memoires du comte de Grammont, par monsieur le author. It was formerly printed for public sale :
comte Antoine Hamilton. Nouvelle edition, augmentée l'un it has been twice printed for private circulation. discours préliminaire mélé de prose et de vers, par le même It was formerly classed as fiction : it is now be
auteur, et d'un arertissement contenant quelques anecdotes
de la vie du comte Hamilton. A Paris, chez la veuve lieved to be history.
Pissot, Quay de Conti, à la croix d'or. 1746.” 12°. pp. But we have too many enigmas in the annals
24 + 408. of literature, and I must not add to the number.
“ AVERTISSEMENT. Le public a fait un accueil si The work to which I allude is the Mémoires du favorable à ces Mémoires, que nous avons crû devoir en comte de Grammont par le comte Antoine Hamilton. procurer une nouvelle edition. Outre les avantures du
The various indications of a projected re-im comte de Grammont, très-piquantes par elles-mêmes, pression of the work remind me of my portefeuille ils contiennent l'histoire amoureuse d'Angleterre sous I Hamiltonien, and impose on me the task of a le regne de Charles II. Ils sont d'ailleurs écrits d'une partial transcription of its contents.
maniére si vive et si ingénieuse, qu'ils ne laisseoient Of the numerous editions of the Mémoires de pas de plaire infiniment, quand la matiére en seroit Grammont as recorded by Brunet, Renouard, or
moins interessante. Quérard, or left unrecorded by those celebrated
“ Le héros de ces Mémoires a trouvé dans le comte
Car on n'ignore bibliographers, I shall describe only four ; which Hamilton un historien digne de lui. I commend to the critical examination of future plus qu'ils sont partis de la mêine main à qui l'on doit
encore d'autres ouvrages frappés au même coin. editors :
“ Nous avons enrichi cette edition d'un discours mêlé 1. “ Mémoires de la vie du comte de Grammont; con de prose et de vers, où l'on exagére la difficulté qu'il y tenant particuliérement l'histoire amoureuse de la cour a de bien répresenter le comte de Grammont. On rée d'Angleterre, sous le regne de Charles II. A Cologne, connoîtra facilement que ce discours est du même auchez Pierre Marteau, 1713. 12°, pp. 4+428.
teur que les Mémoires, et qu'il devoit naturellement en
orner le frontispice. Au reste il ne nous appartient This edition has the same avertissement as that point d'en apprécier le mérite. Nous dirons seulement of 1746. The imprint is m.dcc.lx. The type reque des personnes d'un goût sûr et délicat le comparent sembles our small pica, and the paper has the au Voyage de Chupelle, et qu'ils y trouvent les mêmes
water-mark Auvergne 1749. At the end of the graces, le même naturel et la même légereté.
second part appears, De l'imprimerie de Didot, « Il ne nous reste plus qu'à dire un mot de M. Hamil.
rue Pavée, 1760. This must be M. François ton lui-même, auteur de ces mémoires, et du discours Didot of Paris. I find the same colophon in the qui les précede. “ Antoine Hamilton dont nous parlons, étoit de l'an
Bibliographie instructive, 1763-8. v. 631. This cienne et illustre maison de ce nom en Ecosse. Il
very neat edition has also escaped the aforesaid nâquit en Irlande.
Il eut pour pére le chevalier bibliographic trio! Georges Hamilton, petit-fils du duc d'Hamilton, qui 4. “ Memoires du comte de Grammont, par monsieur fut aussi duc de Châtelleraud en France.
le comte Antoine Hamilton. Nouvelle edition, augmentée “ Sa mére étoit madame Marie Butler, sæur du duc de notes et d'eclaircissemens necessaires, par M. Hurace d'Ormond, viceroi d'Irlande, et grand maître de la Walpole. Imprimée à Strawberry-Hill. 1772." maison du roi Charles.
pp. 24 + 294.
3 portraits. “ Dans les révolutions qui arrivérent du tems de [Dedication.] " À madame . Cromwel, ils suivirent le roi et le duc d'Yorck son « L'éditeur vous consacre cette édition, comme un frére qui passérent en France. Ils y amenérent leur monument de son amitié, de son admiration, et de son famille. Antoine ne faisoit à peine que de naître. respect; à vous, dont les grâces, l'esprit, et le goût re
“ Lorsque le roi fut rétabli sur son trône, il ramena tracent au siècle présent le siècle de Louis quatorze et en Angleterre les jeux et la magnificence. On voit les agrémens de l'auteur de ces mémoires." dans les mémoires de Grammont combien cette cour étoit brillante ; la curiosité y attira le comte de Gram. Hill gem. Much has been said of its brilliancy
Such are the inscriptions on the Strawberrymont. Il y vit mademoiselle d'Hamilton, il ne tarda pas à sentir le pouvoir de ses charmes, il l'épousa and so, for the sake of novelty, I shall rather dwell enfin ; et c'est la tendresse qu'Antoine avoit pour sa
on its flaws. sæur , qui l'engagea à faire plusieurs voyages en France, M. Horace Walpole'at Strawberry-Hill, and the
The volume was printed at the private press of où il étoit élevé, et où il a passé une partie de sa vie.
“ M. Antoine Hamilton étant catholique, il ne put impression was limited to one hundred copies, of obtenir d'emploi en Angleterre ; et rien ne fut capable which thirty were sent to Paris. So much for its d'ébranler ni sa religion, ni la fidélité qu'il devoit à attractions - now for its flaws. In reprinting the son roi.
dedication to madame du Deffand, I had to insert “ Le roi Jaques étant monté sur le trône, il lui donna eight accents to make decent French of it! The un regiment d'infanterie en Irlande et le gouvernement avis is a mere medley of fragments : I could not de Limeric. Mais ce prince, ayant été obligé de quit- ask a compositor to set it up! The avertissement ter ses etats le comte Hamilton repassa avec la famille is copied, without a word of intimation to that royale en France. C'est-là et pendant le long séjour effect, from the edition of 1746. The notes to qu'il y a fait, qu'il a composé les divers ouvrages qui the építre are also copied from that edition, except Germain le 21 Avril 1720. dans de grands sentimens L'abbé de Charlieu ; and two of the notes to the
memoirs are from the same source. The other de piété, et après avoir reçu les derniers sacremens. Il étoit âgé alors d'environ 74 ans. Il a mérité les notes, in the opinion of sir William Musgrave, regrets de tous ceux qui avoient le bonheur de le con
are in part taken from an erroneous printed Key. noître. Né sérieux, il avoit dans l'esprit tous les
Where are the éclaircissements I find none exagrémens imaginables ; mais ce qui est plus digne de cept a list of proper names — of which about onelouanges, à ces agrémens, qui sont frivoles sans la third part is omitted ! vertu, il joignoit toutes les qualitéz du cœur."
In quoting Brunet, I have used the fourth ediIf the above avertissement first appeared in 1746, Renouard, I refer to the avis prefixed to the
tion of the Manuel du libraire, 1842–4; in quoting which I have much reason to conclude, this is Euvres du comte Antoine Hamilton, 1812 ; in certainly a very important edition. The biographicaloportion of the advertisement is the found. The other references are to sale catalogues. The
quoting Quérard, to La France littéraire, 1827-39. ation of the later memoirs of Hamilton. In the titles of the books described, and the extracts, are Moréri of 1759, we have it almost verbatim, but given literatim, and, except as above noted, with taken from the OEuvres du comte Antoine Hamilton, ihe same accentuation and punctuation. 1749. Neither Brunet, nor Renouard, nor Quérard notice the edition of 1746. The copy which should prefer the French text, for various reasons,
To revert to the question of a new edition : I I have examined has the book-plate G. III. R.
to any English translation that could be made. 3. “Memoires du comte de Grammont, par le C. An- That of Abel Boyer is wretched burlesque ! toine Hamilton. 1760." (De l'imprimerie de Didot, The chief requirements of a French edition rue Pavée, 1760.] 120. I. partie, pp. 36 + 316. II. would be, a collation of the editions of 1713 and partie, pp. 4 + 340.
1746 — the rectification of the names of persons
- a revision of the punctuation — and It hardly admits, I think, of a doubt; for even a strict conformity, as to general orthography and without the internal evidence furnished by the accentuation, with the Dictionnaire de l'Académie Latin copy, the age of the manuscripts containing française, as edited in 1835. The substance of the Early English text at once set aside the supthe avis of 1713 might be stated in a preface; and position thut Simon of Ghent (Bishop of Salisbury the avertissement of 1746, a clever composition, from 1297 to 1315) was the original author of the would serve as an introduction and memoir of the work. The copy in Corpus Christi College, Camauthor. Those who doubt its value may consult bridge, I have not seen, but of the three copies in the Grand dictionnaire historique, and the Bio- the British Museum I feel confident that the one graphic universelle. As one hundred and sixty marked Cleopatra C. vi. was actually written bepersons are' noticed in the work, brevity of anno fore Bishop Simon of Ghent had emerged from the tation is very desirable. It would require much nursery. This copy is not only the oldest, but research. The manuscript notes of sir William the most curious, from the corrections and alterMusgrave would, however, be very serviceable-ations made in it by a somewhat later band, the more so, I conceive, than the printed notes of M. chief of which are noticed in the printed edition. Horace Walpole.
The collation, however, of this MS. might have As the indications of a projected re-impression been, with advantage, made more minutely, for at may be fallacious, I shall conclude with a word of present many readings are passed over. Thus, at advice to inexperienced collectors. Avoid the jolie p. 8., for unweote the second hand has congoun ; édition printed at Paris by F. A. Didot, pur ordre at p. 62., for herigen it has preisen; at p. 90., for de monseigneur le comte d'Artois, in 1781. It is on cheafle, it reads o mu þe, &c. The original hand the very worst specimen of editorship. Avoid also has also some remarkable variations, which would the London edition of 1792. The preface is a cause a suspicion that this was the first draft of piratical pasticcio; the verbose notes are from the author's work. Thus, at p. 12., for scandle, the most accessible books; the portraits, very un the first hand has schonde ; at p. 62., for baldeliche equal in point of execution, I believe to be chiefly it reads bradliche; at p. 88., for nout for, it has copies of prints - not d'après des tableaux origi
anonden, and the second hand aneust ; at p. 90., for The most desirable editions are, 1. The sunderliche it reads sunderlepes, &c. All these, edition of 1760 ; 2. That of 1772, as a curiosity; and many other curious variations, are not noticed 3. That edited by M. Renouard, Paris, 1812, 189. in the printed edition. On the fly-leaf of this 2 vols.; 4. That edited by M. Renouard in 1812, 8o. MS. is written, in a hand of the time of Edward I., with eight portraits. The latter edition forms part as follows: “ Datum abbatic et conventui de Leghe of the Euvres du comte Antoine Hamilton in 3 vols. per Dame M. de Clare.” The lady here referred It seldom occurs for sale. Bolton Corner. to was doubtless Maud de Clare, second wife of
Richard de Clare, Earl of Ilereford and Glou.
cester, who, at the beginning of the reign of Ed“ANCREN RIWLE."
ward s., is known to have changed the Augus
tinian Canons of Leghe, in Devonshire, into an The publication of this valuable semi-Saxon or abbess and nuns of the same order; and it was Early English treatise on the duties of monastic probably at the same period she bestowed this life, recently put forth by the Camden Society, volume on them. The conjecture of Mr. Morton, under the editorship of the Rev. James Morton, that Bishop Poore, who died in 1237, might have is extremely acceptable, and both the Society and been the original author of the Ancren Riwle, is the editor deserve the cordial thanks of all who by no means improbable, and deserves farther are interested in the history of our language. As inquiry. The error as to Simon of Ghent is due, one much interested in the subject, and who many in the first place, not to Dr. Smith, but to Richard years since entertained the design now so ably James (Sir Robert Cotton's librarian), who wrote executed by Mr. Morton, I may perhaps be al
on the fly-leaves of all the MSS. in the Cottonian lowed to offer a few remarks on the work itself, Library a note of their respective contents, and and on the manuscripts which contain it
. Mr. who is implicitly followed by Smith. Wanley is Morton is unquestionably right in his statement
more blamable, and does not here evince his usual that the Latin MS. in Magdalen College, Oxford, critical accuracy, but (as remarked by Mr. No. 67., is only an abridged translation of the Morton) he could only have looked at a few original vernacular text. Twenty-three years ago pages of the work. The real fact seems to be I had access to the same MS. by permission of the that Simon of Ghent made the abridged Latin Rev. Dr. Routh, the President of Magdalen Col version of the seven books of the Riwle now prelege, and after reading and making extracts from it", I came to the same conclusion as Mr. Morton.
served in Magdalen College, and this supposition
may well enough be reconciled with the words of At p. viii. of Mr. Morton's preface, for “yerze'
Leland, who says of him, (eye), my extracts read “yze."
“Edidit inter cætera, libros septem de Vita Solitaria,
ad Virgines Tarentinas, Duriæ cultrices." — Comment., the following order addressed by the Lord Mayor
of London to his aldermen in 1650-51, which apA second copy of the Latin version was formerly plies, amongst other things, to that very subject. in the Cottonian collection (Vitellius E. vii.), but It will be seen that some of the artifices of begno fragment of it has hitherto been recovered from gary in that day were very similar to those with the mass of burnt crusts and leaves left after the fire wbich we are now but too familiar. The difference of 1731. I am happy, however, to add, that within of treatment between vagrant children over and the last few months, the manuscript marked Vitel- under nine years of age, is worthy of observation. lius F. vii., containing a French translation of the Riwle, made in the fourteenth century (very
“ BY THE Mayor, closely agreeing with the vernacular text), has “ Forasmuch as of late the constables of this city been entirely restored, except that the top margins have neglected to put in execution the severall whol. of the leaves have been burnt at each end of the some laws for punishing of vagrants, and passing them volume. This damage has, unfortunately, carried
to the places of their last abode, whereby great scandall away the original heading of the treatise, and the
and dishonour is brought upon the government of this title given us by Smith is copied parıly from city; These are therefore to will and require you, or James's note. This copy of the French version your deputy, forth with to call before you the several appears to be unique, and is the more interesting them to put in execution the said laws, or to expect
constables within your ward, and strictly to charge from its having a note at the end (now half ob
the penalty of forty shillings to be levyed upon their literated by the fire), stating that it belonged to estates, for every vagrant that shal be found begging Eleanor de Bohun, Duchess of Gloucester, whose in their several precincts. And to the end the said motto is also added, “ Plesance. M (mil]. en un.” constables may not pretend ignorance, what to do with The
personage in question was Eleanor, daughter the several persons which they sbal find offending the of Humphrey de Bohun, Earl of Hereford, and said laws, these are further to require them, that al wife of Thomas of Woodstock, who ended her aged or impotent persons who are not fit to work, be days as a nun in the convent at Barking in 1399. passed froin constable to constable to the parish where Is any other instance known of the use of this they dwel; and that the constable in whose ward they motto? Before I conclude these brief remarks, I
are found begging, shal give a passe under his hand, may mention a fifth copy of the Ancren Riwle, expressing the place where he or she were taken, and which has escaped the notice of Mr. Morton. It the place whither they are to be passed. And for is buried in the enormous folio manuscript of old
children under five years of age, who have no dwelling, or English poetry and prose called the Vernon MS.,
cannot give an account of their parents, the parish where in the Bodleian Library, written in the reign of they are found are to provide for them; and for those Richard II., and occurs at pp. 3716.–392. In the
which shall bee found lying under stalls, having no habit
ation or parents ( from five to nine years old), are to be table of contents prefixed to this volume it is
sent to the Wurdrobe House*, to be provided for by the entitled “The Roule of Reclous ;” and although corporation for the poore ; and all above nine years of age the phraseology is somewhat modernised, it agrees are to be sent to Bridewel. And for men or women who better with the MS. Cleopatra C. vi. than with are able to work and goe begging with young children, Nero A. xiv., from which Mr. Morton's edition is such persons for the first time to, be passed to the printed. This copy is not complete, some leaves place of their abode as aforesaid ; and being taken having been cut out in the sixth book, and the againe, they are to be carryed to Bridewel
, to be corscribe leaves off at p. 420. of the printed edition.
rected according to the discretion of the governours. It is very much to be wished that Mr. Morton And for those persons that shal be found to hire children, would undertake the task of editing another vo
or go begging with children not sucking, those children are lume of legends, homilies, and poems, of the same
to be sent to the several parishes wher they dwel, and the age as the Ancren Rivle, still existing in various persons so hiring them to Bridewel, to be corrected and manuscripts. One of the lomilies, entitled “Sawles passed away, or kept at work there, according to the goWarde," in the Bodley MS. 34., Cott. MS. Titus beggars under any pretence whatsoever, to be forth with
vernour's discretion. And for all other vagrants and D. xviii., and Old Royal MS. 174. xxvii., is very sent down to Bridewel to be imployed and corrected, curious, and well deserves to be printed.
according to the statute laws of this commonwealth,
F. MADDEN. except before excepted; and the president and goBritish Museum.
vernours of Bridewel are hereby desired to meet twice
cvery week to see to the execution of this Precept. ORDER FOR THE SUPPRESSION OF VAGRANCY,
And the steward of the workehouse called the Wardrobe, is A.D. 1650–51. At a time when the question of “What is to be known by the name of The Royal, or The Tower
* I suppose this to have been the ancient building done with our vagrant children?” is occupying Royal, used for a time as the Queen's Wardrobe. It the attention of all men of philanthropic minds, it will be seen that it was occupied in 1650 as a work. may be worth while to give place in your pages to house.