LONDON, SATURDAY, JANUARY 6, 1877.
this respect led him to challenge me to make fur-
ther inquiries of a similar character, when baffled
CONTENTS. – No 158.
in his endeavours to discover and make a note of
NOTES:- The Story of “Notes and Queries." 1-The First the point of any caricature ; for his collection was
Public Meeting-Niam-Niam Folk-Lore, 2-Shakspeariana, 3 not only systematically catalogued, but carefully
- Biographia Dramatica--Specialists upon Books, 4-Wesley
in "The Dunciad,” 5-Curious Epitaph - The Duchess of annotated, as all who had occasion to avail them-
Devonshire-Mr. R. Thornton—The Island of Barataria – selves of the liberality with which he placed his
Right of Way, 6.
portfolios at the service of his literary friends will
“ Letamia" Prince Eugene's Prayer -- Napoleon ., 4ed testify. Mr. Wright, in his England under the
“Hudibras "-"Superior" and "Inferior”-Heraldic-Pil- House of Hanover, has paid a grateful tribute to
grim Family - Gilliam Family – Lancashire Clergymen- Mr. Hawkins for the kindness with which he
* Facies." --Old Song Book, 8.-Thomson's. Hymn on the placed his large collections at his service.
Creator"-"A Aelp to English History”-“Flanderkin
Millers' Sons-Thorwaldsen's Bust of Byron, &c., 9.
Upon the death of Mr. Hawkins the Trustees of
REPLIES :-A Society for the Publication of Church Re- the British Museum became the purchasers of his
gisters, 9-Haydon's - Autobiography;"11.–Style and Title caricatures, and I may here record an act of great
Ancient Hindu Grant - Rev. R. S. Hawker, of Morwenstow, liberality on the part of Mr. Hawkins's repre-
13-"Adversity needs not,” &c.-H. Ingles-The Sin-Eater sentatives which deserves to be made known.
--Shakspeare and the Bible-Lochleven Castle and its Keys. All those who have paid any attention to this class
14-Old Collect for Christmas Day-Common Lias Fossil-
+ Clemant + Tosear - J. Bingham - St. Nathalan - Pro- of satirical works must have experienced the diffi-
claiming an Earl's Titles at the Altar-Sir B. Gascoigne, calty of arranging them in chronological order
Female Burials in St. Peter's, Rome-"Dromedary,” 16– from the grossness and indecency by which many
Knox and Welsh Families-St. Alkeld-Scandinavian Myth: of them are disfigured, and are compelled, if they
Lexicon," 17–"To catch a crab”-Dr. Homer's - Biblio- desire to make their collections complete, 'to keep
theca Americana Universalis "-Records of Long Service - separately the most objectionable ones. Mr. Haw-
* Man-a-Lost" - Autographs of Sir J. Reynolds—Mrs. Cuth-kins adopted this very proper course ; a separate
bertson-Sheridan's Begum Speech-Voltaire upon Racine,
18-Umbrellas—“Infants in hell," &c., 19.
portfolio contained those caricatures which were
Notes on Books, &c.
most. offensive, but many of which were among
the most valuable (historically) in his collection.
Some two or three years after it had been deposited
in the Museum, I fancied I had found a clue to
one of these objectionable caricatures relating to
THE STORY OF "NOTES AND QUERIES.”
a distinguished personage, and on my next visit
(Continued from 5th S. vi. 222.)
to the British Museum visited the Print Room for
Every week added new and distinguished names the purpose of ascertaining whether or not I was
to the list of avowed contributors, while others no right. To my surprise the print was not to be
less able preferred to identify their communica- found. Mr. Reid had never seen it, and it was
tions by pseudonyms or initials only. Thus, in not until he had referred to Mr. Hawkins's MS.
the fourth number, appeared articles from the pens catalogue, and found it duly recorded there, that
of Mr. Edward Hawkins, Mr. Singer, and the he was satisfied that I had seen it in Mr. Hawkins's
Rev. Mackenzie Walcott.
possession. Two or three other references to the
It was my privilege to be acquainted for catalogue for prints of a similar character soon
many years with the learned, frank, outspoken, established the fact that the portion of Mr. Haw-
and straightforward Kepeer of the Antiquities kins's collection to which they belonged had never
in the British Museum, who was possessed of reached the Museum. The fact was the portfolio
a great variety of information on matters containing them, having been kept separately from
totally distinct from the department over which the rest, had been overlooked by the family, who,
he presided with so much advantage. For in- on being applied to, most handsomely handed it
stance, no man in England had so thorough an over to the Museum, although it had never been
acquaintance with the history of caricature in this seen by the gentleman who valued the collection,
country; and his collection of the works of our and who must have added a considerable sum tó
caricaturists was the most complete that had ever the estimated value if it had been submitted to
been formed. Many a pleasant morning have his inspection.
I passed in examining that collection; and it was The name of Samuel Weller Singer had for some
my good fortune on one occasion to discover the years ceased to figure in literary journals, until Mr.
point of a small satirical print in his possession, Singer was induced to emerge from his pleasant
which had baffled the inquiries not only of Mr. library at Mickleham, and give the world, in
Hawkins himself, but of the late Mr. John Wilson “N. & Q.," some of the fruits of his long
Croker and Lord Holland. The print I allude to literary leisure ; for, as he told me some weeks
is that described in the Third Series of “N. &Q.," afterwards, when I met him at the publisher's,
vol. ii. p. 401, and vol. x. p. 323. My success in “N. & Q.” had served to call him into a new