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Did Richard Jefferies die a Christian? Reminiscences by people who knew him. Interviews with Mr. Charles Jefferies and "One who knew Jefferies." Pall Mall Gazette, 22nd September.

Did Richard Jefferies die a Christian? An Authoritative Account of the Closing Scene. Extracts from C. W. M's 1889 article. Pall Mall Gazette, 3rd October.

The Conversion of Richard Jefferies. By H. S. Salt. National Reformer, 18th October.

Thoughts on the Labour Question: Passages from Unpublished Chapters by Richard Jefferies. Article in Pall Mall Gazette, 10th November.

Homes and Haunts of Richard Jefferies, with illustrations. Pall Mall Budget, 25th August.

Inlander Leaflets, No. 1. Richard Jefferies. By Dr. S. A. Jones. Reprinted in pamphlet form from The Inlander, March, 1893. The Register Publishing Co., Ann Arbour, Michigan, U.S.A. pp. 12.

Richard Jefferies, with a bibliography, by G. E. Dartnell. Wilts Archeological Magazine, June. pp. 69-99.

Appeal for Help in Restoration of Chiseldon Church. See Morning Post, 23rd December, and other papers.

WILTSHIRE WORDS, A GLOSSARY OF WORDS USED IN THE COUNTY OF WILTSHIRE. By G. E. Dartnell and Rev. E. H. Goddard. pp. xix. and 235. London: Oxford University Press. 1893.


Contains definitions and illustrations of the Wiltshire dialect words used in Jefferies' writings.

RICHARD JEFFERIES. A STUDY. By H. S. Salt. With a portrait. London: Swan Sonnenschein & Co., 1894. pp. viii. 128. Fcap. 8vo. Cloth. 2s. 6d. Dilettante Library.

Large Paper Edition, 1894. 10s. 6d. net. Portrait and four wash drawings of Coate and the neighbourhood, by Miss Bertha Newcombe.

"In five chapters the author deals with his subject as man, naturalist, poet-naturalist, thinker, and writer with a bibliographical


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Mr. Salt holds a very high opinion of Jefferies'

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power and value as a writer
but he grounds that opinion not
on the excellence of those studies of wild and rural life by which he is so
widely known, but on his later mystical writings, and more especially on
his autobiography-The Story of My Heart."-Notice in Wilts
Archæological Magazine, June, 1894, vol. xxvii., No. lxxxi., p. 319.

An eminently readable and sympathetic study, containing much that is of high critical value, though the opinions advanced are at times hardly in accord with our Wiltshire estimates of the man and his work. It should be valued by all lovers of Jefferies. The illustrations in the large paper edition are excellent in themselves, and most successfully reproduced by some process akin to photogravure.

Noticed in some forty or fifty papers, London, Provincial, and American, the tone taken by the reviewer being in most cases determined by his personal opinion as to the relative merits of The Gamekeeper at Home and The Story of My Heart.

Richard Jefferies. The Man and his Work. By J. L. Veitch. A lecture given at the Salisbury Museum, 5th February, 1894. Reprinted in pamphlet form from The Salisbury and Winchester Journal of 10th February. Bennett Bros., Salisbury. pp. 20. A brief but very interesting survey of Jefferies' life and works. Noticed in Wilts Arch. Mag., vol. xxvii., p. 319.


Richard Jefferies and his Home in Wiltshire. By Bertha Newcombe. With eight illustrations, from sketches by the author. Sylvia's Journal, March, pp. 192–198.

Noticed in Wilts Arch. Mag., vol. xxvii., p. 320. A pleasantly-written descriptive and critical article, with illustrations worthy of better presswork, depicting scenes on the Downs, the house at Coate, etc.

A Suggested Richard Jefferies Club. Letter, signed Charles Farr, Broadchalke, in Salisbury Journal, 28th April.


The suggestion was not favourably received. The writer is the author of several Nature sketches which have appeared in the Journal recently. The Poet-Naturalists. III. Richard Jefferies. By W. H. Jupp. With portrait. Great Thoughts, 23rd and 30th March.

A very just and sympathetic estimate of Jefferies and his excellences and limitations.

SELECTIONS. A volume of selections from Jefferies, edited by Mr.

H. S. H. Waylen, is now in the press, and will shortly be published by Messrs. Longman, but the exact title has not yet been announced.

In Praise of the Country, by H. D. Traill, Contemporary Review, vol. 52, p. 477, contains a good deal about Jefferies.

NOTE:-Referring to a passage in The Eulogy, pp. 83-84, Mr. A. E. Perkins writes me as follows:-"Walter Besant, in his Eulogy, mentions a letter in which Jefferies complains of the small pittance offered him by the Marlborough paper. I well remember the circumstance, but at the time we only wanted a few paragraphs a week-not anything like his whole time. We employed him for a short time, then he discontinued his contributions."

Notes, Archæological and Historical.

MALMESBURY ABBEY-THE SCULPTURES OF THE SOUTH PORCH, &C. (From a MS. note in the possession of the Society, apparently copied from A Topographical Excursion through England in 1634," printed in Brayley's Graphic and Historical Illustrations," p. 411.

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"So on I posted into a new shire, through a little nooke of her, and by that time it was night, I got into that ancient, sometimes famous and flourishing city : [Malmesberry] but ffortune long since turn'd her face from me, so as now there is little left, but the ruines of a rare demolish'd Church, and a large fayre and rich Monastery; so much as is standing of this old Abbey Church promiseth no lesse, (for it represents a Cathedrall) to have been of that largenes, strength and extent as most in ye kingdome.

"Her old strong Basis is answerable to her Coat. The two great Towers at her West comming in, are quite demolish'd, and her great High Tower, at the vpper end of the high Altar much decay'd and ruinated; The Angle there cleane decayd. At the West Doore, wch was her entrance, are curiously cut in freestone, the seuerall postures of the Moneths.

A veteran if ever soldier was;
Who merited well a pension
.If long services be a merit :
Having served upwards of the days of man.
Antient, but not superannuated,

Engaged in a series of wars
Civil as well as foreign;

Yet not maimed or worn out by neither.
His complexion was florid and fresh,
His health hale and hearty,

His memory exact and ready.

In stature he excelled the military size;
In strength surpassed the prime of youth.
And what made his age still more patriarchal;
When above one hundred years old,

He took unto him a wife.
Read-fellow soldiers, and reflect
That there is a spiritual warfare
As well as a warfare temporal.

BORN 6 August, 1620

DIED 7 February, 1732 Aged 112."



"Forasmuch as ys Sicknesse of ye Plague doth soe exceedingly encrease within ye Citties of London Westm'. & Borough of Southwarke & y pishes adjoyning, as it hath occasioned the Kings Matie to withdraw his Royall pson from his Pallaces of Whitehall & Hampton Court & to Reside in our County, & whereas ye Towne & pish of Calne (by reason of its lying much in the Road betweene London & Bristoll) may be apt to take infection. These are in his Maties name to Authorize & Require you to appoynt 2 honest antient women of good carriage inhabiting whin the said pish of Calne to be Searchers & y' you present them to some Justice of the Peace for this County to be sworne, y' if any sicknesse should happen within your said Towne or pish (wh God prevent) shall search & view ya bodies of such dying, to discover the quality of ye Disease & thereof to make certificate; and for that Annoyances are chiefe Occasion of Infection, you are to remoue or cause to be remoued out of your Towne, or web ly neere the High waies all Noysome things of that Nature, & particularly to cause forthwith to be decently interred ye body of Henry Girdler lately deceased within ye pish of Calne aforesaid, least the omission thereof (his carcase being very corpulent) turne much to the prejudice of the Health of your Towne & pish, And heereof fayle not at your prills. Given &c."

[The original of the above order is written on a small 8vo sheet of paper, and seems to be a contemporary draft or copy of an official document. It is not signed or dated. It is communicated by Mr. F. Haverfield, of Christ Church, Oxford, who received it from Mr. Willimot, of Bromham. Probably it originally belonged to the Bayntuns.-ED.]


Since writing the note in vol. xxvii., p. 315, of the Magazine, I see that in Price's Salisbury Cathedral (1774) the author states that in his time (he died in 1753) Mary Barnston's monument was in the Lady Chapel. I gather from this that when Wyatt destroyed the Hungerford and Beauchamp Chapels at the end of the last century, and panelled the Lady Chapel with fragments of the former, this monument was removed, together with her husband's hatchment, to their present position. Price adds that Dr. Barnston was buried in the Lady Chapel, and that on his gravestone was this inscription :

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"Int' Robtum de Hungerford quer p. Ricin de Wamberge positum loco suo ad lucrandu &c et Robtum de Horputte et Agn ux'em eius defore de medietate unius acre terre cum ptin in Blontesdon seint Andreu et aduocacione ecclie eius. dem ville vnde pltm conuencois sum fuit int' eos, &c. Scilt qd pdci Robtus de Horputte et Agn recogn p'dcam medietate cum ptin et aduocaconem p'dcam esse jus ip'ius Robti de Hungerford. Et illas remiserunt et quietum clam de ipis Robto de Horputte et Agn et her ipius Agn p'dco Robto de Hungerford et her suis imppm. et p. hac recognicone remissione quieta clam fine, &c. idem Robtus de Hungerford dedit p'dcis Robto de Horputte et Agnes decem Marcas argenti.

66 E. xv.

pasch anno xiiij dies dat est eis de cap Cyr suo in gatino Sci Johis. Et Robtus et Agn pro lo suo Johem de Crickkelade. Wyltes."

(Translation). "Between Robert de Hungerforde plaintiff by Richard de Wanberge his attorney, and Robert de Horputte andAgnes his wife defendants, of the moiety of one acre of land with its appurtenances in Blontesdone Seint Andrew and the advowson of the Church of that vill; of which a plea of covenant was taken between them, &c., to wit that the said Robert de Horputte and Agnes acknowledge the said moiety with its appurtenances and the said advowson to be the right of the same Robert de Hungerford; and have remitted and quit-claimed them for the same Robert de Horputt and Agnes, and the heires of the said Agnes; to the aforesaid Robert de Hungerford and his heirs for ever. And for this recognisance remission, quit-claim, fine, &c., the same Robert de Hungerford hath given to the aforesaid Robert de Horputte and Agnes

ten marks of silver.

"From the quindenes of Easter in the 14th year [of King Edward II.P] a day is given to them to take their indentures until the morrow of St. John. And Robert and Agnes have placed in their stead [appointed as their attorney] John de Crickkelade. Wyltes."

This shows that the half-acre and advowson were the inheritance of Agnes.



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