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LITERARY MEN, GENERAL READERS, ETC.
"When found, make a note of."-CAPTAIN COTTLE.
SEVENTH SERIES.-VOLUME NINTH.
L O N D ON:
PUBLISHED AT THE
OFFICE, 22, TOOK'S COURT, CHANCERY LANE, E.C.
BY JOHN C. FRANCIS.
LONDON, SATURDAY, JANUARY 4, 1890.
confuted."* To contradict a writer who professes
to relate history from personal observation, and to CONTENT 8.-N° 210.
the contradiction to the hilt, requires more NOTES :-Capt. J. Smith, 1–R. Burton, 2-Topographical study and labour than copyists are wont to Notes, 3—Education - Apostolicals—“Grand Old Man"
their subject. A Thorough Abridgment—“Rank and Ale,” 5-An Old Jest -Channel Tunnel-Verminouis-Bailhatchet, 6-New Year's
At the suggestion of a friend, I have lately Day, 7.
examined into that portion of the captain's QUERIES :-The Cockpit-Cock-penny-Cockatiels-Cockney adventures which, according to Purchas, who first -Title of Book Wanted - Diversions of Purley? -Cathedral, printed them in his 'Pilgrims,' were taken from 7-Byron's Works-Heraldic-Mirabeau-Brockett MSS.- à book entitled “The Warres of Transiluania, Blacklegg — General c. Martin - Castell - Zuingli-Equi, Wallachi, and Moldauia, written by Francisco noctial Storm-Macaulay's Style-Oseney Abbey-Funeral shutters, 8—Mrs. Honey - Allusion by Macaulay – Rules Ferneza, a learned Italian, Secretarie to Sigis-J. M. Johnson - Cool |_ "The Marleypins" — Authors mundus Bathor, the Prince [of Transylvania].” Wanted, 9.
In performing my task I have, I believe, conREPLIES :- The Couvade, 9 – Teaching of the Twelve scientiously followed the example set by Prof.
Apostles ?—Sir J. Hawkwood-Tennyson-J. G. Holman, 10 Arber, the able and painstaking editor of the last -Flemish Brass–J. BIL—Brennus—"If I had a donkey,” edition of Capt. Smith's Works.'t Like him, I 11-“Præfervidum ingenlum Scotorum"-Park-Runes, 12 have approached the text perfectly free from all -Hurrah-Heraldic–Pigeon's Blood, 13-Compound Words „Pigs seeing the Wind - Human Leather "Humanity bias, scanned every assertion of fact most keenly; Martin," 14— Folk-lore—"To stay at home is best ”-Arms but, I regret to state, the result arrived at vastly -Black Cap-Column on Calais Pier, 15–Robert Barns- differs from his, and is anything but satisfactory. "Spotted Laddie'-Signs Sculptured in Stone-Corrigendum Prof. Arber seems to attach great importance -Skeleton-Provincial Publishing, 16–Horatia Nelson,
to the statement that the parrative which we are Zoroaster-'Arabiniana'-Old Scottish Ballad, 17—Footprints in Snow-Seething Lane-Wellington-Heraldic, 18.
about to consider was extracted and translated by NOTES ON BOOK8:- Dictionary of National Biography,'
Purchas from & manuscript, written in a foreign VOL. XXI.- Moorsom's Historical Companion to Hymns tongue, and is therefore not Smith's own account Ancient and Modern.'
of his own doings, but chiefly the narrative of a Notices to Correspondents.
foreigner with no possible motive for his laudation, I must join issue with the professor.
First of all, we have only the captain's word for Notes.
the assertion that the Hungarian, &c., travels
extracted and translated by “ Master CAPTAIN JOHN SMITH OF VIRGINIA. Purchas."
The latter simply says that he gives “Prima lex historiæ, ne quid falsi dicat.” an account of them as they are 66 written" in the Modern research has stripped the protégé of Italian book referred to, and Prof. Arber's Princess Pocahontas of many of his self-conferred argument could only bold good if Capt. Smith bad laurels and dispelled much of the romance which had no hand in the publication of them. But as formerly clung to his name. The truth of a great no one else but he was in a position to supply portion of bis wonderful adventures and heroic Purchas with an account of his doings while in deeds has lately been questioned, nay, some captivity amongst the Tartars, the 'True Travels' American writers have even gone so far as to were evidently published by some arrangement denounce him as a blustering braggadocio and with Smith, and he may have in various ways brand his autobiography as a collection of mere assisted at the preparation of the "
copy” for the traveller's tales and "the gasconades of a beggar." printers. Perhaps Smith made the translation
Mr. Henry, the vice-president of the Virginia himself, but his modesty—the latest of virtues Historical Society, referring to this subject in his discovered in him by recent authors—prevented address in 1882, tells us that, 80 persistent have bim from taking credit for the performance. these assaults been (lately on our author] that it Wbatever the shortcomings of Fuller may otherseems to be the fashion now with those writers wise be, in the present instance he seems to have who are content to act the part of copyists to hit the nail on the head. Capt. Smith's sneer at the veracity of Smith.)* Our experience “perils, preservations, dangers, deliverances......seem to of the species of historians alluded to by Mr. most men beyond belief, to some beyond truth. Yet we Henry does
not agree with his, as, to use the words have two witnesses to attest them the prose (the text] of Fuller,“ strange performances (such as related much to the diminution of his deeds, that he alone is
and the pictures—both in his own book, and it soundeth by Capt. Smitb]......are cheaper credited than the herauld to publish and proclaim them.
* Proceedings of the Virginia Hist. Soc. at the The italics are mine. I shall now proceed to lay Annual Meeting, February 24, 1882, with the Address of W. W. Henry......with particular reference to the * Wortbies of England, London, 1662. lato attacks upon Capt. John Smith. Richmond, 1882, † Vol. xvi. of the English Scholar's Library,' edited 8.12
by Prof. Edward Arber, Birmingham, 1884.