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ably with that of Cromwell at Drogheda. Specia attention is merited by the passages descriptive o the events of Brumaire, when Napoleon, Sieves and others ran imminent risk of the guillotine. T the disaster of Marengo British dilatoriness i shown to have contributed. At vol. i. p. 335 i quoted a valuable document showing the contemp felt, at the period of the Peace of Amiens, in the Parisian salons for the conduct of the British Government. After this it is pleasant to read o the behaviour of Wellesley, "our great proconsu at Calcutta, by whose foresight our Indian Empire was preserved and strengthened." Not half waj are we through the passages we marked for com ment in the first volume, and those in the seconc have not yet been approached, yet we must stop So limited is the space that we can, under the most favourable conditions, award to reviews tha in the case of a work of this kind, which we hav< diligently perused, we can deal with no more than an occasional point. The book is pleasantly written though the epithets used in describing battles are perhaps necessarily, sometimes conventional. Peru sal is, however, a pleasure rather than a task, anc once begun is quitted with difficulty. Many an hour has in our case been stolen from sleep in order to continue the study. The illustrations are numerous and well selected, and the maps are useful. Nothing is wanting to the book so far as regards enjoyment, and as a work of reference it if invaluable.

The Vowel-Sounds of the Ea*t Yorkshire Folk-Speech By the Rev. M. 0. F. Morris, B.C.L. (Frowde.) MR. MORRIS has in a previous volume proved his intimate acquaintance with the folk-speech of East Yorkshire, and in the present brochure he endea- vours to make plain to outsiders how its vowel- sounds are pronounced. He essays to do this, not by any scientific method of phonetics, such as the glossic of Mr. Alexander Ellis, bub in a popular and untechmcal way, by the rule of thumb, which is in this case the rule of rime. On the whole, he succeeds better than might be expected in giving us a fair idea of the pronunciation. Many of its peculiarities may be traced to Scandinavian in- fiuences, and in particular to the dialect of West Jutland. It is rather amusing to find Mr. Morris m the very sentence in which he reprobates " new- tangled Americanisms" himself expressing a pre-

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VI Part I., Part //., and Part III. 3 vols. \\ ith an Introduction and Notes by (Ben & SonsV lllustrations b y B Yam Shaw. THE latest additions to the lovely " Chiswick Shakespeare comprise the three parts of ' Kin" Henry VI ' edited and illustrated in the sane admirable fashion as the previous volumes. On the question of the authorship of the three plays Mr Dennis has little to add to the current op?S that, though Shakspeare took them and stain jed portions of them with the seal of his genius thev are not wholly his. The subject, which ha! '4 en rise to endless controversy, and will continues to do, is not to be opened out afresh. Each volume has its separate glossary and notes. In none of th^ plays yet given to the world are Mr. Byam Shaw's


Croivns and Coronations : a History of Regalia. By

William Jones, F.S.A. (Chatto & Windus.) A REISSUE of the excellent account of ' Crowns and Coronations' by the erudite author of 'Finger- Ring Lore ' is a natural outcome of the approach- ing ceremonial. In the volume, which extends to six hundred pages, and swarms with illustrations, a summary the first, so far as we remember of coronations in all ages of the world's history is given. Nearly nineteen years have passed since the first edition saw the light, and so thoroughly was the work done that neither change nor addition has been found necessary. During this period it has been in constant use on our shelves as a work of reference. Under present conditions it deserves to be restudied, and is sure to be frequently con- sulted.

MR. HERBERT CHITTY has reprinted from the Wykehamist of December a few copies, for private circulation, of An Index of Names of Winchester Scholars in the 'Dictionary of National Biography.' The list, which is large and brilliant, extends from 1401 to 1854. Mr. Chitty was himself a commoner of the college, and is a contributor to our columns. Corrections which he has made therein reappear in his pages.

MR. E. H. W. DUNKIX, of The Heath, Fairlight, Hastings, writes : " May I draw the attention of your readers to a society lately formed for printing records relating to the county of Sussex ? if those interested in such matters would become members of the society, and forward their subscription (one guinea) to Mr. Turner, The Castle, Lewes, the important work promoted by the society would be greatly encouraged. The first volume, now in the press, will be ' Sussex Marriage Licences (1586- 1642) for the Archdeaconry of Lewes.'." This volume is sure to interest American genealogists.


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