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The two Grants were, indeed, brothers. their University course they ran pari passu. 1801 (Henry Martyn's year) one was third wrangler, and the other fourth. In after life Robert was Governor-General of Bombay, and Charles Secretary of State for the Colonies: and while one wrote such hymns as that in question, and "By thy birth and early years," the other raised his University in sacred poetry into rivalry with Oxford. In 1803, Heber recited "Palestine"; and 1806, Charles recited his beautiful poem "On the Restoration of Learning in the East." In the remarks on these two poems, the reviewer awards the palm of genius to Grant, and of taste to Heber. S. S. S.
In 1861 I corresponded with Lord Glenelg on the subject of his brother Sir Robert Grant's hymns, when his lordship distinctly informed me that Sir Robert was author of that hymn. His lordship presented me with the little publication of his brother's Hymns, edited by himself, in which the hymn in question is included-two versions being given, both from Sir Robert's MSS. CHARLES ROGERS, LL.D.
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CHRIST A CARPENTER (3rd S. xi. 508.) — Will you allow me to complete a reference in my note on this subject? The anecdote about Libanius, the sophist, is from Theodoret's Church History, book iii. chap. xviii. B. H. C.
JARVEY (3rd S. xi. 475.) - This word is still in common use in Dublin. It is employed by students instead of carman, &c. E. L. NUMISMATIC (3rd S. xi. 497.)-See "N. & Q." 3rd S. vi. 186, 278. The numbers on sovereigns are for the same purpose as those on the shillings. JOHN DAVIDSON.
ONE ALPHABET FOR EUROPE (3rd S. x. 329, 400.)-In the account given in The Times of the visit of the Sclavonian deputies to St. Petersburg in May, it was stated that, in the conversation which took place on their reception at court, the Empress deigned to express her regret that the Sclavonian people had not a common alphabet and orthography. As Russia professes a strong desire to cultivate friendly relations with the widely-scattered races of a kindred descent, would not the patriotic wish of the Empress be best realised by the adoption of the Roman character as the common alphabet? The use of a very few years would be sufficient to prove the immense advantages of the new system in an empire with such a great future before it as Russia. Professor Max Müller says, in his Survey of Languages, that
"It has been the policy of Russia to support the introduction of her alphabet among the nations which in the course of time she expects to absorb. Still it is a
beautiful, and not merely so described by me for the sake of improving the picturesque effect, the reader will judge from this line in the poem, written perhaps ten years earlier, when Barbara might be six years old
Twas little Barbara Lewthwaite, a child of beauty rare!'" S.
"WHEN ADAM DELVED," ETC. (3rd S. xi. 192,323, 429, 486.)-MR. WYLIE'S alteration of the word loam for lame agrees with the accounts we have of Adam in several MSS. Thus the Harleian, 1704, says that Adam was made of "viij thinges," one of which was 66 slyme of the earth." Another source also confirms the reading earth; for Master of Oxford's Catechism, published by Elfric Society, in answer to the query, "Whereof was Adam made? of viij thingis, A. The first of erthe," &c. Lastly, a MS. in the Bodleian_reads erthe: three pretty fair evidences in MR. WYLIE's favour. I should be very glad to find any allusion to Adam's lameness; in several MSS. that I have searched there is no mention of it.
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ST. MATTHEW (3rd S. xi. 399, 469, 511.) — MR. C. T. RAMAGE is perfectly right in supposing that the saying "Matthai am letzten " refers to the last verse of the Gospel of St. Matthew, and that the real phrase is "Matthäi am letzten sein," although Matthai im letzten sein" would be more correct, meaning " im letzten Vers." Since I wrote (p. 469) I have inquired into the matter, but have not been able to find out who first used this very original expression. HERMIT.
CROMWELL FAMILY (3rd S. xi. 325, 467.) — I am unable to give your correspondent, JAMES WAYLEN, any further information on the claim of the family of Markham to be descended from Oliver Cromwell; but I think that he will admit that on the authority of Mark Noble it is more probable that Mrs. Fennel was the child of Gen. Fleetwood's second than of his first marriage, inasmuch as Noble satisfactorily accounts for all the issue of the first marriage, whereas there is no certainty as to the issue of the second, though it is most probable that there was issue. (See Noble, vol. ii. p. 368, 3rd ed., 1787.)
WILLIAM WICKHAM. COMMUNION (3rd S. xi. 518.)-I have always understood that communion is derived from communis, and that from an ante-classical word, munis (the root of immunis), which word is probably connected with munus, and bears the meaning of "performing a duty," or having a duty to perform." Vox may refer to White & Riddle's Latin Dictionary, articles "Communio and "Munis." SCRUTATOR.
If Vox will turn up to this word in the last edition of Webster's Dictionary, he will there find its derivation given from con and munus.
"Fortune reigns in gifts of the world, not in the lineaments of nature." (Act I. Sc. 2.)
JOHN ADDIS, JUN. REYNOLDS (3rd S. xi. 467.)-In my "abbreviated sketch," Robert Reynolds is made the son of both the wives of his father, James, instead of being son of the first wife only; and the Chief Baron is in a like predicament, instead of being the son of the second wife only. The Chief Baron's second wife is called "Rainboid" instead of "Rainbird.” And, finally, John Hatley is marked as the eldest child of Robert Reynolds, instead of being named
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