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ii s. ix. JAN. 10, 19R] NOTES AND QUERIES.


" whom I from a girle did use to call my second wife, and mighty pretty she is." She had been betrothed to his elder brother, but, he dying of the plague, espoused the younger brother, whom she is said always to have preferred. Her mother sold gloves., &c., in her shop in Westminster Hall.

I think " our Sarah " must have been the former maid of Pepys, about whom he and his wife fell out. Both parties mentioned evidently lived on the Bridge.

A. R. BAYLF.Y.

NORBORNE (US. viii. 488). Might I ven- ture to suggest that the chance of furnish- ing information of a definite nature would be greater if more details were included in the inquiry ? The name of the family in connexion with which the place is men- tioned would be helpful. Considering that the question is whereabouts in London Norborne was, one hesitates to propose a place in Kent as the likely spot, but for what it may be worth I would draw atten- tion to a parish called Norborn (now North - bourne) in co. Kent. In the ' Index Vil- laris ' (1690) it occurs with the following particulars : " Norborn ; Kent ; hundred Augustine Lafthe] ; latit. 51.14 ; loiigit. 1.18 E ; seat of one gentleman and knight; vicarage ; deanery of Sandwich." It is three miles from Deal, and furnished the title borne by Lord Northbourne.

LEO C.

This place is described in Sir Henry Spelman's 'Villare Anglicum ' (1656) as being in Kent, in the Lathe of St. Augustine. It can then be identified in Philipott's 'Villare Cantianum ' (1659) as North - bourne, mentioned by Leland as containing the remains of an ancient building said to have been the palace of Eadbald, King of Kent, by whom the manor was granted to the monks of St. Augustine's. Thereafter its history is easy to trace. The estate w T as in the possession of the Sandys family from 1603 until it was sold to Mr. Edward Bois in 1630. WM. NORMAN.

DRAMATIC CRITICISM (U S. viii. 490). I do not think any book exists in which detailed accounts are to be found of Lilian Adelaide Neilson's performances of Juliet at the Haymarket Theatre. Perhaps her fullest biography in which these appear- ances are briefly referred to, merely by way of record is to be found in Charles E. Pascoe's ' Dramatic List,' published by David Bogue in 1880, but long since out of print.


To Miss Litton's season at the Aqua- rium (afterwards named the Imperial Theatre), which commenced in 1878, the same remark applies, though if N. L. P. can obtain Pascoe's ' Dramatic Note.s,' first published in 1879, but out of print, and con- tinued for many years subsequently under the auspices of Messrs. Rideing, T. Walter Wilson, and other editors, he will find more detailed criticism. This book was also embellished with clever illustrations and sketches for the first seven years of its publication, after which it was confined to letterpress. The. Owl was never illustrated, to my knowledge ; anyhow, there are no pictures in two or three volumes of it in my possession.

The best thing for N. L. P. to do is to refer to the ' Era Almanacks ' for the dates of productions and revivals at the Haymarket and Imperial Theatres of the periods to which he alludes, and then consult the files of The Era newspaper for detailed accounts and criticisms ; or, from and after August, 1878, the volumes of the now defunct Theatre Magazine.

WlLLOUGHBY MAYCOCK. [Joseph Knight r in his 'Theatrical Notes,' pub- lished by Lawrence & Bullen in 1893, gives a full description of Miss Neilson's Juliet and her other characters. There are also many references to Miss Litton.]

MOIIIA JEWEL (11 S. viii. 489). This, presented to the Earl of Moira on 27 Jan., 1813, and described as

"a superb jewel suspended from a collar three feet long, composed of seven rows of fine gold Maltese chain, intersected by five gold parallelograms, with brilliant centres,"

was supplied by a well-known Freemason, Mr. J. C. Burckhardt, of Northumberland Street, Strand, for under 670Z., being the cost price of the materials and labour, though valued by an eminent jeweller at about 1.500Z. (Preston's 'Illustrations,' ed. 1840, 352").

A published paper, read in 1885 at the centenary celebration of a Masonic Lodge which had seventy years before subscribed 40 guineas to the jewel presentation fund, has the following :

" I regret to say that the jewel no longer exists. It was, I understand, given into the possession of the last Marquis [of Hastings] by the trustees as an heirloom. On his death without issue, it was claimed by his sister, who succeeded him as Countess of Loudoun, but it was then found that the stones had been taken out and re-set in various ornaments, and their identity hopelessly lost. Thus a lady added to her store of personal adorn- ments ; and an artistic expression by our Order of the merits of a gallant soldier, a distinguished