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NOTES AND QUERIES, rio s. xn. JULY 10, im


folio, London, 1781. He was elected F.S.A 25 June, 1795; and died 10 Dec., 1815 aged 86 years. There is a short biography of him in the Architectural Publicatior Society's ' Dictionary of Architecture.'

BENJ. WALKER. Gravelly Hill, Erdington.

'Ax EXCURSION TO JERSEY' (10 S. xi, 507) was written and illustrated by my grandfather Major-General Godfrey Charles Mundy, Governor of Jersey, also the author of ' Our Antipodes ' and ' Journal of a Tour in India.' The only edition of which I have any knowledge is that to which your correspondent refers, but there may have been a subsequent edition of which I have no copy. PERCY DRYDEN MUNDY.

Hove.

MALHERBE'S ' STANCES A Du PERRIER ' (10 S. xi. 507). The second verse,

De murraurer contre elle et perdre patience, is well known. I did not see the translation in The Spectator. Is it the excellent trans- lation of Longfellow ? H. K. H.

The concluding stanza of this poem is to be found in " Les cent meilleurs Po ernes (lyriques) de la Langue francaise, choisis par Auguste Dorchain," published in London by Gowans & Gray, 1908. JOHN HEBB.

Miss LA ROCHE, LADY ECHLIN (10 S. xi. 501). MR. BLEACKLEY may learn some- thing about this lady from the " Delaval Papers," a mass of documents discovered at Seaton Delaval, some of which have been published locally, and others calendared by the Hist. MSS. Commission.

K. B R.

South Shields.

MAJOR RODERICK MACKENZIE (10 S. viii. 30). This officer seems to have been identical with Lieut. Roderick Mackenzie, of the 71st Regiment, who was killed at the storming of Seringapatam on 15 May, 1791, when the 71st so gallantly drove the enemy across the river. I am thus able to answer my own query. D. M. R. Q.

CAPT, THOS. BOYS (10 S. xi. 487). There is a list of twenty-one captains of Deal Castle in the Rev. C. R. S. Elvin's later book on ' Walmer and Walmer Castle,' p. 91-3. The date of the appointment of

pt. Thos. Boys is there given as 20 Feb., 1551, and the name of his predecessor as Thomas Wingfield.

Lyon's date (1538) is probably incorrect, as, according to a paper by Mr. W. L.


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Rutton, " Deal Castle and its fellows " were only founded in March, 1539. They do not appear to have been completed until 1540,. in which year they were placed under the control of the Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports by the statute 32 Henry VIII. cap 48, sect. 6. * G. H. W.

NAME - CORRUPTION : MOUNTAIN BOWER (10 S. xi. 505). The village of Monkton, near Jarrow the reputed birthplace of the Venerable Bede used to be, and may be yet, known as " Mounten," or rather " Moonten," the dialect giving oo sound for ou. ^R. B R.

" SEVEN AND NINE " : " PEANUT " POLITICIAN (10 S. xi. 410, 497). MR.. THORNTON mistakes the meaning of " seven- by-nine politician " in the U.S. : it means just the reverse of one who " cuts some figure," viz., a borne man, of tco limited abilities, force, or outlook to cut much of any. The phrase refers to the old-fashioned window-panes, before the time when glass filling the whole or half of the sash was common ; these were " seven by nine " in hundreds of thousands of farm or village houses, and an affliction to the hard-worked housewives who had to clean them. It differs from " parish politician " in England or " village politician " here, as not neces- sarily implying a restricted field of action ; there are plenty in the national field ; the name concerns what they do, not where or how conspicuously they do it. Its nearest synonym is " peanut " politician, i.e., bearing the same relation to large political ideas and plans as a peanut vender, or huckster of peanuts and roast chestnuts in a push- cart, does to large mercantile activities. Neither name implies a low position or importance : only the pettiness of the issues which form the staple of the activities. Chairmen of national committees, U.S. Senators, even Cabinet ministers, have often been peanut politicians ; that is, given up their whole souls to questions of petty patronage and mean huckstering for spoils,, without political principles or thought for the national welfare or dignity. The Duke of Newcastle in the elder Pitt's time was a 'seven-by-nine" or peanut politician of the foremost type. Similar names are ' two -cent " or " two-for-a-cent " ("ha'- Denny " comes just between) or " huckle-

>erry " (whortleberry) politician : the last

having the same implication as "peanut" >ne who peddles huckleberries by the- quart. FORREST MORGAN.

Hartford, Conn.