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[Aug. vention of the genealogist, fnr Robert beqoeaths five hundred pounds, and Lawrence of Ashton, Esq. died 1450, fire hundred sheep, among his five leaving his eldest son James in his sons of their children. He having sur. twenty-third year; and William Ger- vired Thomas and Edmund, he names rard of Ince (ancestor of Lord Gerrard Richard Löwrence of Foxcote the soof Gerrard Bromley), having married pervisor of his will, and directs that he Cecilia the daughter of Laurence Sian. shoold be buried at Withington, near dish, he makes her daughier of Sir his late wise Alice (and not Isabella. James Laurence, and carry Ashion 1. John, bis eldest son, was parson at Hall to the Gerrard family. This was Withington; he died intestate 1508, an ingenious operation, out of two io. and his brothers William and Robert dividuals, Jamies Standish, and Lu. administered his will. This Joha rence Standish, to compose Sir James Lawrence must not be copfounded Laurence of Standish. Thus the ge- with another John Lawrence, prenealogist was ignorant that Ashion bendary of Worcester, whose will is Hall had passed through heiresses from registro Buck, 1551. 9. Thomas Law. the Lawrences to the Butlers of Raw- rence died besore his father, 1559 (recliffe ; from the Builers to the Rat gistro Chauncey); he left ibree chil. cliffes of Wimersley; and from the dren, John, Agnes, and Eleanore. Ratcliffes to the Gerrards of Gerrards Johu, setuled at Siowgamber, died 1500 Bromley; but conceived that it had (registro Drake), having survived bis passed immediately through a daughter sou Richard of Stow zumber, who died of Sir James from the Lawrences to 1593 (registro Verile), leaving daugh. the Gerrards. It has since passed, ters. 3. Robert Lawrence of Shurd. Through the heiress of the last Lord ington, Yeoman, died 1585 (registro Gerrard, to the Dukes of Hamilton. Brudenell), leaving William, Robert,

When John Lawrence, son of Sir and Antony, who was of Sevenhamp James, was killed at Flodden Field, ton. William of Shurdington died the chief part of the Lawrence pro. 1638, learing William, Antony, and perty was divided between the four Isaac, who married Grizel Lawrence daughters of Robert Lawrence, only of Chelsea. 4. William Lawrence of brother of Sir James, or their de. Yanworth, Yeoman, died 1582 (rescendants; whilst other manors de- gistro Tyrwhit), leaving William of scended to Lancelot Lawrence of Ye Cricklade. 5. Edmund Lawrence, land Hall, as the next male descendant Yeoman, died before his father 1559 10 Sir Robert, and consequently head (registro Chauncy), and Richard Law. of the sainily; whereas the curious pe. rence of Foscote, Yeoman, died 1575 digree passes over in silence the Lau. (registro Careve). rences of Yeland Hall, and makes this Such was William of Withington, Robert leave three sons, Robert, John, and his immediate descendants. Withand Williain, and makes this William out any pretension to gentility, they marry Isabella, heiress of John Moly. were richer than half the gentry of the neux. On this marriage there is no land. For though he must be ignorant record, but William Molyneux of Sef- of the value of money, who could ton married Elizabeth Clifion, grand assert that his revenues were two thoudaughter and coheir of Robert Law. sand pounds a year; yet few squires in rence. This William Lawrence, ace the days of Queen Bess had five huncording to the pedigree, in 1509 sold dred pounds to bequeath; and, though all his property in Lancashire; but for many of our most illustrious peers are what reason is not certainly known, descended from less elevated ancestors, and purchased Norton in Warwick, it would be absurd to believe that a shire, and lands at Withington in yeoman was the nephew of Sir James Gloucestershire, whose reyenues were Lawrence of Ashion Hall, whose bro anciently more than 20001. a year, Ther-in-law the l'iscount W'elles had

We may remark, that about 1510 a married the Princess Cecilia, daughter certain John Lawrence, of Tishoe in of King Edward IV. . Warwickshire, bequeaths lands at Nor T he Lawrences of Ashion Hall beton Limesi, in Warwickshire, to his ing cut off in 1513, the Lawrences cousin William Lawrence (registro of Yeland Hall became the senior Bennet).

branch. Thomas Lawrence, the seWilliain Lawrence of Withington, cond son of Sir Robert, had married by his will (regisiro Chauncy) 1559, Mali?'. daughter and heir of John

Curious Pedigree of the Luurences.

107 Redmain of Yeland-Redmain, whose four daughters; the eldest, Elizabeth, pedigree is in the Bodleian Library, married Christopher Vernon, Esq. son Dodsworth, vol. 120. Thomas Law of William Vernon of Stukeley, co. rence, Miles, according to Dodsworth, Hunts. He died 1652, and on the vols. 147 and 149, was Sheriff of Lan- monument which she erected to bis cashire from the Itih 10 230 of Hen. memory, she styles her mother Susan, VI. He had six sons, Edmund, Jobo, coheres Rogeri Laurence, post varias William, Robert, Richard, and James. Laurentiorum successiones in HertingOne of the elder sons must have been fordbury prædictâ vere celeberrimas, father of the above-mentioned Laun. masculorum ultimi. celot, who died 26th Hen. VIII. leav- In Mr. Clutterbuck's Hertfordshire, ing Thomas and Robert. Robert died Richard is named Johu, but his ac2u Philip and Mary, leaving by Anne count of the family is less circumstaotial daughter of Thomas Bradley of Brad. than the above. ley, an only daughter Anne Lawrence, Now this Richard bore for difference who married Walter Sydenham, third in his arms an annulei; he therefore son of Sir Joho Sydenham, of Brimp. must have been a fifth son. He has ton in Somersetshire. Observe that been considered the brother of Sir the fifth son of Thomas of Yeland Oliver ; but as the deaths of the father, was named Richard.

son, and grandson, succeeded so rapidly, Bat to return to the curious pedin he might have lived to a very old age, gree. Nicholas Lawrence of Agercroft, and have been the son of Thomas of younger brother of Sir James, married Yeland; and as nothing is known of an beiress of — Moore. Here are the father of Sir Oliver, neither where three errors; Sir James had no bro. he dwelt, nor whom he married, and ther but Robert. Agercroft, a man as Nic. and Ric. Nich. and Rich. in sion near Manchester, belonged to the the decyphering of antient deeds, are family of Sir Robert Lungley, and the so easily confounded, it is not imposheiress of More, who was widow of sible that Richard of Harlingfordbury

- Nicholson, was not the mother, has been converted into Nicholas of but the first wife of Sir Oliver Lau. Agercroft. William died either in the rence, and hence his descendants quar. 3d of Edw., or 3d of Eliz., and Sir tered her arms. Nicholas had seven Oliver, who died 1558-9, mentions in sons, Thomas, Robert, William, John, his will his sister Dorothy. This may Richard, Henry, and Sir Oliver. The possibly mean his sister-in-law. Tho. fisih son of this brood was a Richard mas Franks bore the same arms as the also. This Richard, says the genea. Franks of Campsal ; and at York is logist, was seated at Stapleton, co, Dor- the will of Thomas Lawrence of Campset. Now the Lawrences of Winter. sal, proved 1530. This Thomas may ton Stapleton, of whom Hutchins gives be one of the seven sons. In iwo an account, were the descendants of Harleian MSS. Nos. 1457 and 4198, the above-mentioned Richard of Fox- are the arms of John Laurence, Esq. cote, a yeoman, and consequently could bearing the Lion of Saint Ives placed not be of the Ashton Hall family. among the Yorkshire gentry; and the

But according to Harl. MS. No. two wives of William Laurence, of 5533, add, Cat., Richard Lawrence, Saint Ives, Sheriff and Knight of the Gent., io right of his wife Agnes, Shire of Hunts, were Frances, daughdaughter and heir of Thomas Franks, ter of Hepry Hunston of Loudham, Chancellor at Law, 9 Hen. VII. was Norts, and Margaret Kaye of Wood. of Hertingfordbury, co. Herts, from som, Yorkshire. (See Gent. Mag, for 23 Hea. VII., to 28 Hen. VIII. Wil. Aug. 1815.) liam Laurence, Gent., who married These observations may be useful to Dorothy daughier of Walter Wroites. those (and several there are) who at ley of Wrottesley Hall, co. Stafford, was no small expense and trouble are enof Hartingfordbury from 28 Hen. VIII. deavouring io male out the Laurence 10 3 Eliz. Roger Lawrence, Gent. pedigree. The Herlingsordbury wills, who married Elizabeth, daughter of could they be discovered either ai BuckGeorge Minne, Esq. of Hartingford- den, at Hertford, or at Lincoln, would bury, was of Harlingfordbury from clear up every difficulty. Three ge3 Edw. 10 6 Eliz. Susan Laurence, nerations of so distinguished a family daughter and coheir of Roger, married could not have died iniestate. The John Darnel, Esq. by whom she had inquisitions post mortem at the Rolls 112 A Walk to Beresford.The Influence of Comets. [Aug. swers to Curious Questions in Arts coming reprint will do well to consult and Sciences," but which in reality a copy of the poem in question, given was nothing belter than a collection of at p. 115 of Clifford's “Tisall Poetry," childish dissertations upon trivial sub- 1813, from which I think he may jects. In this delectable work I find adopt various emendations. the following silly query of Response. One word more about Walton's respecting Old Rose, which I tran- book. In turving to the passage which scribe, not because they throw the mentions Old Ruse, the following quo smallest light upon the subject, but to tation caught my eye: show for how long a time the saying

“Many a one must have been obsolete :

Owes to his country his religion ;

And in another would as strongly grow, " Question.

Had but his nurse or mother taught him so." * We sent y' a letter t'other day,

May I ask from whose works Izaak As we were moistening our clay,

took this passage, which is evidently the Not touching matter philosophic,

original of the following, by Dryden : Or any other soaring topic, But an odd saying, that's so very

“ By education most have been misled, Current amongst us when we're merry; So they believe, because they so were bred; Highly conceiting there would follow

The priest continues what the nurse began, Solution by the next Apollo.

And thus the child imposes on the man." But, disappointed of that pleasure,

JAMES BROUGHTON. (Whether through loss, or want of leisure,) We still address, in sanguine hope, Ye will not let the question drop;


Aug. 10. But compliment us honest fellows,

TAM glad to perceive that a CorreAnd the original meaning tell us,

1 spondent, in pt. i. p. 409, takes the . Of singing old Rose and burning the bellous.

same view that I do of the influence Answer.

of Comets on our system. I kuow Your ditty, merry fellows, kuow,

not whether or no he has seen my

late publication “ On the Atmosphe Came to our hands ten days ago; But then our brains stood mathematic,

rical Origin of the exciting Cause of And all our flights were most extatic;

Diseases," but if not, he will find Till now, like you, our clay we moisten, therein abundant proof of what he has And so, by chance, your question hoist in. hinted at respecting the manner in An answer then we'll give you, very which Comets disturb our system; and True, an't please ye, Sirs, and merry; by rousing volcanos, producing earıhHighly conceiting there will follow,

quakes, and deranging in soine une Thanks to your faithful friend Apoilo.

known manner the atmospherical elecIn good King Stephen's days, the Ram,

tricily, not only give a peculiar cha. An ancient inn at Nottingham,

racter to the seasons, but produce va. Was kept, as our wise father knows, By a brisk female call'd Old Rose ;

rious forms of pestilence and famine. Many, like you, who hated thinking,

I was led to a knowledge of this fact, Or any other theme but drinking,

as it were, by accident, while I was Net there, d'ye see, in sanguine hope

examining a long historical Catalogue To kiss their landlady, and tope;

of pestilences and plagues which I had But one cross night, 'mongst twenty other, made, with a view of illustrating the The fire burnt not, without great pother, atmospherical nature of such disorders Till Rose, at last, began to sing,

of health. I perceive, to my surprise, And the cold blades to dance and spring; that the years of general pestilence So, by their exercise and kisses,

were years in which there were CoThey grew as warm as were their wishes;

mets. And this, iodeed, was the almost Whea, scorning fire, the jolly fellows

universal belief of the ancient physiCry'd, Sirg Old Rase and turn the brilous.”

cians and astronomers. The notions While on the subject of old song, it entertained by Kepler the astronomer, may be remarked that the text of the on this subject, are well known; and one commencing “Like Hiermit Poor," however much some astronomiers may as engraved with the music in Major's atteet to laugh at them, a long and edition (as I believe it is the same in patient examination of facts has con. ali others), sveins to be given very in- vinced me that they will be found correctly. The editor of the furth- correct.



Drayton as a Dramatic Poet.

109 Poetic constellation which shed a the life of our favourite, whom Drayspleodour over the age of our august ton survived full fifteen years. The Elizabeth:—and the Poets of that Poly-Olbion of this latter writer was time, whose names will occur in his first published in 1612, at which tiine epistle to his friend Mr. Henry Rey- Shakspeare had partially withdrawn dolds, have been regarded as his inii. from public life, and devoted himself mately-connected friends. The Dra. to the improvements of his newlymatic writers are especially included; formed retreat on the banks of the and, as doubts have been entertained Avon. Drayton speaks of this river by many whether the Plays ascribed in the 13th and 14th Song in this elato him in the above list were really borate Poem ; but in neither can any from his pen, or whether he produced complimentary tribute be traced to any, the following Sonnet of Drayton Shakspeare, although the opportunities may, I conceive, be received as evi were favourable as well on the first dence and proof of his having written publication of the Poly-Olbion, as subfor the stage, and written successfully, sequently when the work appeared with which is the aim of this Essay. The the twelve additional Songs, after ShakSoonel also evinces that his feelings of speare's death. triomph were evapescent, as towards Ilis, however, due to Drayton to say the close he speaks thus of his state of that he possessed very sound judgment mind :

as a critic. This will appear manifest “When the proud round on every side hath by the following short selections froin

his Epistle to his friend Henry ReySadly I sit, unmoved with the applause, nolds, which are confined solely io As though to me it nothing did belong.' the writers for the stage ; and the ad

To this indifference for fame, as a mired Shakspeare's praises are therein writer for the stage, may be attributed confined to four verses. his withholding his plays from the “ Neat Marlow, bathed in the Thespian press; and probably he dreaded to en. springs, counter a comparison with the power Had in him those brave translunary things, ful scenes of the higher order of authors

That the first Poets had; his raptures were in the dramatic line.

All air and fire, which made his verses clear, SONNET 47.

For that fine madness still he did retain,

Which rightly should possess a Poet's brain." From the small Quarto of 1613.

“ And surely Nashe, though he a Proser In pride of wit, when high desire of fame

were, Gave life and courage to my labouring pen, A branch of laurel yet deserves to bear; And the first sound and vertne of my name Sharply satyric was he, and that way Wan grace and credite in the eares of He went, since that his being, to this day men:

(presse, Few have attempted.” With those the thronged Theatres that

" And be it said of theeI in the circuit for the lawrel strove, SHAKSPEARE, thou hadst as smooth a comic Where the first praise, I freely must con

veio, fesse,

(move : Fitting the Sock; and in thy natural brain, In heate of bloud a modest minde might As strong conception, and as CLEAR A RAGE,

With showts and claps ateverie little pause, AS ANY one that traffick'd with the Stage." When the proude round on every side hath

Daniel is the next Dramatic writer

noticed; and the ensuing couplel will Sadly I sit, uomov'd with the applause, As though to me it nothing did belong :

contain a critique upon him, very No publique glorie vainely I pursue,

much in accordance with the opinions All that I secke is to eternize your.”

of the present day. The auihor of Fuller has mentioned Drayton among

“ Every Man in his Humour” follows the “ Worthies of Warwickshire,”

next. and asserts that “ the place of his birth · His rbimes were smooth, his meeters well was near that of his countryman Wila liam Shakspeare." This may not,

But yet his manner better fitted prose. however, he correct, as some accounts

Next these, learn'd Jonson in this list I

bring, state that Drayton was born in Leices.

Who had drunk deep of the Pierian spring, * tershire. Their births certainly occurred nearly at the same time; Dray- * Pope had this line in mind when he lon was born in 1563, and Shakspeare formed this couplet: in 1564, so that their career as writers « A little learning is a dangerous thing, must have run closely together during Drink deep,—or taste not the Pierian Spring."

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A Walk to Beresford.

[Aug. Whose knowledge did him worthily prefer, of Beresford, in the county of Stafford, conAnd long was Lord here of the Theatre." sisting of an ancient mansion or ball house,

Beaumont is also noted with his rookery, &c. &c. and near 90 acres of land, brother Sir William Beauniont, but

on the river Dove, which forms the eastern the name of the divine Fletcher is

buundary of the property. The rocks and

the whole of the romantic scenery are well not introduced in the Poem.

clothed with both ancient and young timYours, &c.


ber, and the property is well known to the
public, not only for its very great and pic-

turesque beauty, but also from its having

been the favourite residence and place of (Continued from p. 31.)

retirement of MR. COTTON, and of his friend THE fishing-house of Izaak Wal- Izaak WALTON. Tion, is 15 feet square, and about

"It consists of the mansion house, gar30 feet in height, to the centre of the

den, orchard, kitchen-garden, plantations of pointed roof. Opposite the entrance,

meadows, making (with the river) near 90 in the right-hand corner, is an angu.

acres in the whole, ahout 70 acres of which lar excavation, wherein it is said Cote

are excellent dairy land.

“Any farther particulars may be bad at ton deposited his wine. Our cicerone Mr. M.' Thomas's, No. 6, New Boswellinformed us that “soon after Squire court, Lincoln's-inn, London ; and at the Cotton's time” his aunt was house- office of Mr. Thomas in Chesterfield. keeper at the hall, then occupied by a Chesterfield, July 13, 1825." Mr. Osborn, at which period the fish

So much for Beresford! It is one ing house was ceiled and in good condition; and that Mr. O. being a de

of the few much talked-of spots which voted angler, had a mattress there, for

realize all the expectations their celethe convenience of sleeping near the

brity may have excited, and by their river, which was raised or let down by

own native charms add tenfold intepulleys. The hall, he added, now be.

rest to the associations connected with longs to a Mr. Jebb, of Chesterfield in

them. Whilst I gazed upon its scenery

(not without a feeling of envy towards Derbyshire, whose maiden sister long resided there, expending much money

the possessor of such a “retreat from to keep the house and grounds in a

care,") Cotton's enthusiastic burst in state differing greatly froin their pre

its praise came forcibly upon my recolsent forlorn condition. It is now in

lection, and I mentally repeated his

lines, with an intense perception of habited by a labourer and his family,

the perfect traih as well as beauty of and two or three apartments are occupied by a clergyman named Ward,

the description : who does duly at Hartington and “Good God! how sweet are all things here ! Wetton; but we were told that Mr. How beautiful the fields appear! Jebb had intimated an intention of

How cleanly do men feed and lie ! making it his own residence. This Lord ! what good hours they keep! idea, however, I presume he abandon

How quietly they sleep!

What peace ! what unanimity! ed; for about twelve months after the

How different from the lewd town fashion time at which we visited the place, it is

Is all their business, all their recreation !" was announced for sale. The advertisement issued on the occasion I shall The foregoing observations have been subjoin, for two reasons ; firstly, be put together from rough notes made on cause certain matter-of-fact readers the spot, without much attempt at armay wish to know the precise dimen- rangement, and without any endeavour sions of the estate by actual measure- to swell them by calling in the trea. ment; and, secondly, because the ad. cherous aid of memory; for, like the mirers of Walton and Coiton will be Irish witness, I was fearful that, at gratified to see that the same of their this distance of tiine, I might perfavourites has penetrated even the chance“ remember more than I ever dusky recesses of an auctioneer's office:

knew." “Beresford Hall, Staffordshire, formerly

I shall close this paper with a few the residence of Charles Cotton, esq.

scattered notices relating to Walton, «« To be sold by auction, by Mr. Nichol- which, trivial though they be, will not son, on Wednesday the 10th day of August be quite uninteresting to his adınirers. next, at the house of Mr. Wood, the Green “To swing the hero of an alehouse Man, in Ashborne, at two o'clock in the sign,” is allowed to be an undeniable

..), all the manor, or reputed manor, proof of celebrity; and this honour

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