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S'm Tot. of the proffitte } 513li. 10s. 7d.

wrecked and drowned in the waters of the Rents of Assise

115li. 1.. 10d hundred : And concerning the keeping and

12li, preservation of the statutes of the queen Faires and Marketts

10li. and her kingdom in the maritime parts of Relieves and Alienac'ons 4li. the said hundred: And concerning the Fines and Amercements 6li. 138. 4d wreck of the sea : And to exercise the office Wastes Strayes Fellons of coroner, according to the statutes in the Goods and Wrack of Sea third and fourth years of Edward the First : And to proceed according to the statutes con

161li. 18. 10d. cerning the damage of goods upon the sea in the 27th year of Edward III. : “And you the

492li. 28. 6d. aforesaid sir Hobbie, our vice-admiral, commissary, and deputy in the office of viceadmiralty, in and over the aforesaid hundred Articles of the Queene's Majestie of Milton, we appoint, recommending to

Lands and other benefitts beyou and your locum tenens firmness in the

longing to the Hundred of Marexecution of your duty, and requiring you

den now less letten in farme. yearly in Easter and Michaelmas term to

Acres. Value account to the Court of Admiralty your Queene's Lands 9 - 88. 3li,12s. proceedings in the premises.'

Rents of Assise

14li. 98. 5d. « Given at Greenwich under our great seal Wastes Straies and Fellons goods 3li. 68. 8d. the twelfth day of the month of July in the year of our Lord from the incarnation

21li. 8s. 1d. one thousand five hundred and eighty-five, and in the twenty-seventh year of the reign of our most serene lady Elizabeth by the grace of God queen of England, France, and It is oversom’ed viij p. ann. Ireland, defender of the faith, &c.” The “ great seal” above mentioned is

II. the great seal of the admiralty, engraved on

SIR EDWARD HOBY for a Lease of the a preceding page, and as there represented,

custodie of MILTON and MARDEN. of the exact size of the seal appended to the commission.

The Queene's Ma’tie by warrant of the late Lörd Treasourer the sixt daye of July,

in the xiijth Yeare of her Raigne, did MILTON HUNDRED, KENT.

graunt Custodia of the Mannor of Milton, Through a different source than that, and the Hundred of Milton, and Marden, whence the commission just set forth came &c. vnto Thomas Randolphe for Threescore to hand, the Editor has now before him

years, yieldinge 120li. yearly rent and vjs. various original papers formerly belonging viijd increase of the rent. Prouiso semper to sir Edward Hoby, concerning his private q'd si aliquis alius plus dare voluerit de and public concerns. The two following incr'o per Annum pro Custod. predict relate to the hundred of Milton.

sine fraude vel malo ingenio Quod tunc I.

idem Thomas Randolphe tantum pro eadem Articles of the Queene's Majestie soluere teneatur si Custod. voluerit her'e

Lands belonging to the Mannor sup'dict.
of Milton with ther yearly values

The Lease is by meane_ conveyance
as they wilbe letten, and of the colorably sett over vnto one Thomas Bod-
other benefits belonging to the ley, but the interest is in one Richard Pot-
same mannor, which are man, Attorney towards the Lawe.
letten by her Majestie in farme. Sr Edward Hoby knight the xxvjth of
Value

Maye xlmo Regine nunc, before the nowe Earable Lands 276 - 13s. 4d. 184li.

Lord Treasourer and the Barons of the Meadowe Lands 39 - 208. 39li.

Exchequer did personally cum, and in Mershe Lands 12 - 208. 12li.

wrytinge under his hande, Offer, sine fraude Pasture Lands - 80 - 158. 60li.

vel malo ingenio, to increase the Queene's (Shent ?) Lands - 34 - 6s. 8d. 11 li. 6... 8d. rent 10011. vearly, which sayd Offer was Towne meade 25 - 58.

oli. 58. accepted and attested, with Mr. Baron

Clarke's hande redy to be inrolled. 466 331li. O 8 de Whereupon the sayd Sr Edward Hoby

doth humbly praye that Yor Lo'pp wilbe

now

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Garrick Plays.

pleased to gyve warrant for the inrowlinge Bell. Did no amazing sounds arrive thy ear i thereof accordingely, and that a scire facias Pray, listen. maye presently be awarded agaynst the

Worth. Come, come ; 'tis thy fear suggests Leasee, to shewe cause whye the former

Illusive fancies. Under Love's protection Patient shoulde not be repealed, and the

We may presume of safety. custody aforesayd graunted to the sayd

(Within.) Follow, follow, follow. Sr Edward Hoby.

Bell. Aye me, 'tis sure my Uncle ; dear Love

Worthgood ?
Note.

Worth. Astonishment hath seiz'd my faculties. The lyke tender was heretofore made

My Love, my Bellamie, ha! xxxijdo Regine Elizabeth by Richard Var

Bell. Dost thou forsake me, Worthgood ? ney Esquyer, agaynst Gregory Wolmer

(Erit, as losing him.) Esquyer, for the Mannor of Torrington Worth. Where's

my

Love? Magna : beinge in extent to her Ma'tie Dart from thy silver crescent one fair beam for the dett of Phillipp Basset, and leased Through this black air, thou Governess of Night, with the like Prouiso, and thereby ob To shew me whither she is led by fear. teyned a newe Lease from her Ma'tie. Thou envious Darkness, to assist us here,

And then prove fatal |

(Within.) Follow, follow, follow. The preceding

documents are so far Worth. Silence your noise, ye clamorous ministers interesting, as they connect sir Edward of this injustice. Bellamie is lost; Hoby with the hundred of Milton and

She's lost to me. Not her fierce Uncle's rage, Marden, beyond his public office of vice Who whets your eager aptness to pursue me admiral of the former place, and show the

With threats or promises ; nor his painted terrors underletting of the crown lands in the Of laws' severity; could ever work reign of Elizabeth, with something of the Upon the temper of my resolute soul means employed at that time to obtain To soften it to fear, till she was lost. grants.

Not all the illusive horrors, which the night
Presents unto th' imagination,
T affright a guilty conscience, could possess me,
While I possessid my Love. The dismal shrieks

Of fatal owls, and groans of dying mandrakes,
No. XVI.

Whilst her soft palm warm'd mine, were music to me.[From “ Tottenham Court," a Comedy, by

Their light appears. -No safety does consist Thomas Nabbs, 1638.]

In passion or complaints. Night, let thine arms

Again assist me; and, if no kind minister
Lovers Pursued.

Of better fate guide me to Bellamie,
Worthgood, Bellamie, as travelling to-

Be thou eternal. gether before daylight.

(Within.) Follow, follow, follow. Worth. Come, my Delight ; let not such painted griefs

Bellamie, alone, in Marybone Park. Press down thy soul: the darkness but presents Shadows of fear; which should secure us best

Bell. The day begins to break; and trembling Lighs From danger of pursuit.

As if affrighted with this night's disaster, Bell. Would it were day!

Steals thro the farthest air, and by degrees My apprehension is so full of horror;

Salutes my weary longings.-0, my Worthgood, I think each sound, the air's light motion

Thy presence wonld have checkt there passions ; Makes in these thickets, is my Uncle's voice,

And shot delight thro' all the mists of sadness, Threal’ning our ruins.

To guide my fear safe thro' the paths of danger : Worth. Let his rage persist

Now fears assault me. — 'Tis a woman's voice. To enterprise a vengeance, we'll prevent it.

She sings; and in her music's chearfulness Wrapt in the arms of Night, that favours Lovers, Seems to express the freedom of a heart, We hitherto have 'scaped his eager search :

Not chain'd to any passions.
And are arrived near London. Sure I hear

Song, within.
The Bridge's cataracts, and such-like murmurs
As night and sleep yield from a populous number.

What a dainty life the Milkmaid leads !
Bell. But when will it be day? the light bath com-

When over the flowery meads fort:

She dabbles in the dew, Our first of useful senses being lost,

And sings to her cow; The rest are less delighted.

And feels got the pain Worth. Th' early Cock

Or Love or Disdain. Hath sung his summons to the day's approach :

She sleeps in the night, tho' she toils in the day 'Twill instanti; appear. Why startled, Bellamie?

And merrily passeth her time away.

Ball. Ob, might I change my misery

Through my hard travail in this iníant's birth,
For such a shape of quiet!

Am now grown strong upon necessity,
How forwards are we towards Windham Castle ?

Berty. Just half our way: but we have lost our [From the “ Duchess of Suffolk," an His

friends,
torical Play, by T. Heywood, 1631.] Thro' the hot pursuit of our enemies.

Duch. We are not utterly devoid of friends;
A Tragic Pursuit.

Behold, the

young Lord Willoughby smiles on us : The Duchess, with her little child, pre

And 'tis great help to have a Lord our friend.

C. L. paring to escape by night from the relentless persecution of the Romanists. Duch. (to the Nurse.) Give me my child, and mantle ; —now Heaven's pleasure:

Theatrical Customs.
Fare vell ;-come life or death, I'll hug my treasure.

PLAY-BILLS.
Nay, chide not, pretty babe ; our enemies come:
Thy crying will pronounce thy mother's doom.

To the Editor.
Be thou but still;
This gate may shade us from their envious will.

Sir,-Conjecturing that some slight no-
(Erit.)

tices of the early use of play-bills by our

comedians might be interesting to your (A noise of Pursuers. She re-enters.) readers, allow me respectfully to request Duch. Oh fear, what art thou ? lend me wings to

the insertion of the following :Ay ;

So early as 1587, there is an entry in the Direct me in this plunge of misery.

Stationers' books of a license granted to Nature has taught the Child obedience ;

John Charlewood, in the month of October, Thou hast been humble to thy mother's wish.

“ by the whole consent of the assistants, O let me kiss these dateous lips of thine,

for the onlye ymprinting of all maner of That would not kill thy mother with a cry.

bills for players. Provided that if any Now forward, whither heav'n directs; for I

trouble arise herebye, then Charlewoode to Can guide no better than thine infancy.

bear the charges." Ames, in bis Typogr. Here are two Pilgrims bound for Lyon Quay," Antiq., p. 342, referring to a somewhat And neither knows one footstep of the way.

later date, states, that James Roberts, who (Noise again heard.)

printed in quarto several of the dramas Duch. Return you ? then 'tis time to shift me hence. written by the immortal Shakspeare, also (Exit, and presently Re-entors.)

“ printed bills for the players ;" the license Duch. Thus far, but heav'n knows where, we have bably devolved to hiin. The announce

of the Stationers' Company had then proescaped The eager pursuit of our enemies,

ments of the evening's or rather afternoon's Having for guidance my a!tentive fear.

entertainment was not circulated by the

medium of a diurnal newspaper, as at preStill I look back, still start my tired feet, Which never till now measured London street:

sent, but broadsides were pasted up at the My Honours scorn'd that custom; they would ride ;

corners of the streets to attract the

passerNow forced to walk, more weary pain to bide. by.. The puritanical author of a “ Treatise Thou shalt not do so, child; I'll carry thee

against Idleness, Vaine-playes, and InterIn Sorrow's arms to welcome misery.

ludes," printed in black letter, without date, Custoin must steel thy youth with pinching want, but possibly anterior to 1587, proffers an That thy great birth in age may bear with scant admirable illustration of the practice.Sleep peaceably, sweet duck, and make no noise : “ They use," says he, in his tirade against Methinks each step is death's arresting voice.

the players, " to set up their bills upon We shall meet nurse anon; a dug will come,

postes some certain dayes before, to adTo please my quiet infant: when, nurse, when ? monish the people to make resort to their

theatres, that they may thereby be the

better furnished, and the people prepared The Duchess, persecuted from place to to fill their purses with their treasures." place, with Berty, her Husband, takes com

The whimsical John Taylor, the water-poet, fort from her Baby's smiles.

under the head of Wit and Mirth, also

alludes to the custom, a Master Nat. Duch. Yet we have scaped the danger of our foes; And 1, that whilom was exceeding weak

Field, the player, riding up Fleet-street at

a great pace, a gentleman called him, and • Prom which place she hopes to embark for Flan

asked what play was played that day. He ders

being angry to be stay'd on so frivolous a

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demand, answered, that he might see what distracted estate of England, threatened play was plaied on every poste. I cry your with a cloud of blood, by a Civill Warre; mercy, said the gentleman, I took you for a call for all possible meanes to appease and poste, you rode so fast."

avert the wrath of God, appearing in these It may naturally be inferred, that the judgments; amongst which, fasting and emoluments of itinerant players could not prayer having been often tried to be very afford the convenience of a printed bill, effectuall, have bin lately, and are still enand hence from necessity arose the practice joyned: And whereas public sports doe of announcing the play by beat of drum. not well agree with public calainities, nor Will. Slye, who attended Kempe in the publike Stage Playes with the seasons of provincial enactment of his “ Nine Men of humiliation, this being an exercise of sad Gotham,” is figured with a drum. Parolles, and pious solemnity, and the other spectain Shakspeare's “ All's Well that ends cles of pleasure, too commonly expressing Well," alludes to this occupation of some lascivious mirth and levitie: It is therefore of Will. Slye's fellows, Faith, sir, he has thought fit, and ordeined by the Lords and led the drum before the English come Commons in this Parliament assembled, dians."

that while these sad causes, and set times The long detailed titles of some of the of humiliation doe continue, publike Stage early quarto plays induce a supposition, Playes shall cease, and bee forborne. Inthat the play-bills which introduced them stead of which, are recommended to the to public notice were similarly extended. People of this land, the profitable and seaThe “ pleasant conceited Comedy,” and sonable considerations of repentance, re“ the Bloody Tragedy,” were equally cal- conciliation, and peace with God, which culated to attract idling gazers on the book, probably may produce outward peace and stalls, or the “walks at St. Paul's,” and prosperity, and bring againe times of joy to draw gaping crowds about some voci. and gladnesse to these nations." ferous Autolycus, who was probably an The tenour of this ordinance was strictly underling belonging to the company, or a enforced; many young and vigorous actors servant to one of the players; for, as they joined the king's army, in which for the ranked as gentlemen, each forsooth had his most part they obtained commissions, and man. A carping satirical writer, who wrote others retired on the scanty pittances they anonymously « Notes from Black friers," had earned, till on the restoration, the 1617, presents some traces of a play-bill theatre burst forth with new effulgence. crier of that period.

The play-bill that announced the opening -" Prithee, what's the play?

of the new theatre, in Drury-lane, April 8, The first I visited this twelvemonth day.

1663, has been already printed in the They say— A new invented boy of purle, Every-Day Book. The actors' names That jeoparded his neck to steale a girl

were then, for the first time, affixed to of twelve; and lying fast impounded for't, the characters they represented ; and, to Has hither sent his bearde to act his part, evince their loyalty, “Vivat Rex et ReAgainst all those in open malice bent,

gina," was appended at the foot of the That would not freely to the theft consent: bills, as it continues to this day. Faines all to 's wish, and in the epilogue

In the reign of the licentious Charles II., Goes out applauded for a famous-rogue.' wherein monopolies of all kinds -Now hang me if I did not look at first, granted to court favourites, licenses were For some such stuff, by the fond-people's thrust." obtained for the sole printing of play-bills. In 1642, the players, who till the sub- There is evidence in Bagford's Collections, version of the kingly

, prerogative in the Harl. MSS. No. 5910, vol. ii., that in preceding year, basked 'in the sunshine of August, 1663, Roger L'Estrange, as surcourt favour, and publicly acknowledged yeyor of the imprimery and printing presses, the patronage of royalty, provoked, by had the “ sole license and grant of printtheir loyalty, the vengeance of the stern un- ing and publishing all ballads, plays, &c. yielding men in power. The lords and not previously printed, play-bills, &c." commons, assembled on the second day of These privileges he sold to operative printSeptember in the former year, suppressed

When that license ceased, I have yet stage plays, during these calamitous times, to learn. by the following

The play-bills at Bartholomew-fair were

in form the same as those used at the regu. Ordinance.

lar theatres ; but, as they were given among “ Whereas the distressed estate of Ire- the populace, they were only half the size. land, steeped in her own blood, and the One that Dogget published recently, in my

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possession, had W. R. in the upper corners,

one fancies himself sick, the doctor fancies as those printed in the reign of Charles II., he can cure him: death—that stern realityhad C. R., the royal arms being in the settles the matter, by fancying both. One, centre.

because he has a little of this lite's evil The luxurious mode of printing in assail him, fancies himself miserable, analternate black and red lines, was adopted other, as ragged as a colt, fancies himself in Cibber's time; the bills of Covent-garden happy. One, as ugly as sin, and as detheatre were generally printed in that man ous as death, fancies himself handsome ner. The bills of Drury-lane theatre, with- another, a little higher than six-penn'orth in the last ten years, have issued from a of halfpence, fancies himself a second Saul. private press, set up in a room below the In short, it would take a monthly part of stage of that theatre. The bills for the the Table Book to enumerate the different royal box, on his majesty's visit to either vagaries of fancy-so multifarious are her theatre, are printed on white satin.

forms. Leaving this, proceed we to one Connected with these notices of play- of the fancies which amuse and divert the bills, are the means by which they were mind of man in his leisure and lonely dispersed. A century ago, they were sold hours—the " Linnet Fancy." in the theatres by young women, called “ Linnet fancy !" I think I hear some

girls," some of whom, Sally Harris taker-up of the Table Book say, “ What's and others, obtained considerable cele- in a linnet?-rubbishbrity; these were succeeded by others, who

A bird that, when caught, neither coveted nor obtained notoriety.

May be had for a groat."
The “orange-girls” have gone out, and
staid married women, who pay a weekly Music! I answer-melody, unrivalled
stipend to the box-lobby fruit-woman, now melody-equal to Philomel's, that ever she-
vend play-bills in the theatre, but derive bird of the poets.-I wish they would call
most of their emolument from the sale of things by their proper names; for, after all,
the “ book of the play,” or “the songs it is a cock-hens never make harmonious
of the evening. The old cry about the sounds. The fancy is possessed but by a
streets, “ Choice fruit, and a bill of the few, and those, generally, of the “ lower
play-Drury-lane or Covent-garden," is orders "—the weavers and cobblers of
almost extinct; the barrow-women are Whitechapel and Spitalfields, for instance.
obliged to obtain special permission to re- A good bird has been known to fetch ten
main opposite some friendly shopkeeper's sovereigns. I have frequently seen three
aoor; and the play-bills are chiefly hawked and four given for one.
by little beggarly boys.

Whence the song of the linnet was ob-
I am, sir, &c.

tained I cannot tell; but, from what I have WILL O'THE WISP. heard the tit-lark and sky-lark do, I incline March, 1827.

to believe that a good deal of theirs is in
the song of the linnet. This song consists

of a number of jerks, as they are called,
THE LINNET FANCY.

some of which a bird will dwell on, and

time with the most beautiful exactness : To the Editor of the Table Book. this is termed a “ weighed bird.” Others

rattle through it in a hurried manner, and It is my fantasie to have these things,

take to what is termed battling ; these Por they amuse me in my moody hours :

are birds often “sung" against others. It Their voices waft my soul into the woods : Where bends th' enamour'd willow o'er the stream,

is with them as in a party where many are They make sweet melody,

inclined to sing, the loudest and quickest

tires them out; or, as the phrase is, “knocks Of all the earthly things by which the them down." These jerks are as under. brain of man is twisted and twirled, heated Old fanciers remember more, and regret and cooled, fancy is the most powerful. the spoliation and loss of the good old Like a froward wife, she invariably leads strain. I have heard some of them say, him by the nose, and almost every man is that even larks are not so good as they in some degree ruled by her. One fancies

were forty years ago. The reader must not a horse, another an ass—one a dog, another suppose that the jerks are warbled in the a rabbit-one's delight is in dress, an- apple-pie order in which he sees them other's in negligence-one is a lover of here: the birds put them forth as they flowers, another of insects-one's mind please : good birds always finish them. runs or a pigeon, another's on a hawk

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