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Biblical Query, 2 Samuel, II. 23.

[Feb, Then, IRELAND, the same planet on us rose, language or behaviour to Jonathan, to Such the strong sympathies our lives disclose, say that they were lovely or pleasant : Thou know'st how soon we felt this in, whereas, in the short history delivered Auence bland,

respecting the monarch and his son, And sought the brook and coppice hand in

we read that upon a solemn occasion, band,

Saul reproached Jonathan as “the son And shaped rude bows, and uncouth whistles of a perverse rebellious woman,”(we all

blew, And paper kites (a last, great effort!) few: know by what terms such an expression

in the Oriental languages Inight be And when the day was done, retired to rest, Sleep on our eyes, and sunshine on our breast. fairly translated into

vulgar English) Io riper years, again together thrown, and not content with such indignity Our studies, as our sports before, were one. publicly offered to a great prince (whom Together

we explored the stoic page he ought at least to have honoured beOf the Ligurian, stern though beardless, fore his guests and his people, in what

soever terms he might have rebuked Together too, when Greece unlock'd her him more privately) “ cast a javelin stores,

[shores, at him to smite him." Really, Sir, in We rov'd in thought o'er Troy's devoted

common reasoning, this appears not Or follow'd, while he sought his native soil

, very lovely or very pleasant. Nor does That “old man eloquent,” from toil to toil; Jonathan seem to have considered it Lingering with goud Alcinoüs o'er the tale, either one or the oiher, for he arose Till the east redden'd and the stars grew pale. from the table in fierce anger. and did So past our life,-till Fate, severely kind, Tore us apart, and land and sea disjoin'd eat no ineat, &c. “because his father For many a year; now met, to part no more,

had done him shame." The ascendant power, confess'd so strong of

I humbly desire that this question yore,

may not be misconstrued into a cavil Stronger by absence every thought controls, respecting the language or sentiments And knits in perfect unity our souls ! contained in the best of Books, but I

think it may quite as usefully employ Mr. URBAN, Leicester, Jan. 15,

the lime of some of those gentleinen,

who like your correspondent, Clericus, B' IBLICAL Scholars multiply every [p. 303, of the last volume of Gent.

day, and as the system of religi- Mag.) seems desirous of opening the ous education is rapidly extending, it doors of the pulpit to all manner of may be hoped that those who are so teachers, to shew that they understand zealous in the encouragement of it, will not content themselves with giv, such like passages plain to the meanest

the Scriptures, hy rendering this, and ing the mere outlines and shadows of capacity, as in preparing speeches for instruction, but teach their disciples to Bible-society meetings, or harangues understand, as well as to read the

upon the advantages of communion books placed in their hands. With

with Dissenters of all denominations, the hope, therefore, that information merely because they may perchance be may now be obtained respecting sub

very pious. jecis which might a few years ago have Here, Mr. Urban, I find myself apbeen only adapied to the learned few, I proaching to the question respecting beg leave to propose a question, which

extemporary preaching and expoundperhaps it may be deemned very igno

ing : but, with all due deference lo rant in any one to ask in these enlight your correspondent, I may be permitted ened days; but which, if so, may be the

to say thal, if such language be necesmore readily answered. In the song or poem called The Bow, jeci as a man cannot bring himself”

sary for elucidating any religious submentioned in the 1st chapter of the

to commit to paper, it is not fit or be2nd Book of Samuel, in which the

coming to use it orally in the church, Book of Jasher is ciled as containing or on public occasions, and it should the original, there is the following re

therefore make pari of the business as markable expression :

well as duty of the parochial clergy 10 “ Saul and Jonathan were lovely and supply by private instruction, such a pleasant in their lives."

degree of information as may qualify Now I would enquire in what sense their parishioners for uriderstanding these words are to be understood ; for such language as they can bring surely without very ample poetical li- themselves” to utter in the pulpit and cense, it can scarcely be deemed agree to commit to writing. able 19 the preceding account of Saul's Yours, &c. A PLAIN SPEAKER.

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Topography of Somerton, Oxfordshire.

[Feb. Arsics, however, must have either re- that he might give the manor of Sotained or recovered part of the manor, merton, and the right of a second since Walter de Grey, Archbishop of course of presenting to the Church, to York, bought of Robert de Arsic, and Sibil, the widow of the said Sir Thoat his death demised to his brother Ro- mas Giffard, for her life t. bert, a moiety of the manor of Somer- Notwithstanding these several alieton, held by the service of keeping nations, the descendants of the Arsics Dover Castle.

seem to have retained the paramount In the chartulary of Eynsham Ab- interest in the manor of Somerton, bey, Oxfordshire, it is recorded that which descended from them through Alice de Langetot had given to that the families of Deincourt and Lovel, monastery three virgates of land she to the Greys of Rotherfield. After the had in Somerton, for the health of her battle of Bosworth, it was declared soul, and for those of her sons and forfeited by the latter family, and bedaughters, Hugh, William, and Robert, stowed on Jasper Duke of Bedford 1. Hawise, Beatrice, and Isabella; and At that Nobleman's death it again refor the souls of her husband Roger de verted to the Crown, and was grantChaisni, and her sons Ralph and Ro- ed to William Fermor, esq. Clerk of ger, and her daughters, &c. The date the Crown, who seated himself here, of this does not appear.*

and, leaving no issue male, bequeathed In 1291 the Prior of Merton had his estate at his death to his nephew here possessions, worth annually 24s. Thomas, in whose descendants (inany and 8d.

of whose epitaphs will be subsequently Roger, son of Sir Thomas Giffard, given) it continued till recently, acknt. paid a fine to the King, July 21, cording to the subjoined pedigree :

Thomas Ricards, 72d. w. Emmotte, dau, and h. of Simkin Hervey, esq.
alias FERMOR.

widow of Henry Wenman.

Richard FERMOR, Merchant of the Anne, dau. of Sir William FERMOR, to whom Staple of Calais, first master of Will I Wm.Brown, Lord Somerton was given, marr, four Somers, the celebrated Jester of Mayor of Lon- times, but died s. p. mn. Sept. 20,


Henry VIII.


Sir John FERMOR, ances- Thomas FERMOR, 2dBridget, dau. and coh. of Sir Henry tor of the Earls Of Pom- surviving son, died | Bradshaw, of Halton, knt. Chief Baron FRET. +

Aug. 8, 1580. of the Exchequer.

Sir RICHARD FERMOR, TCORNELIA, dau. and coh. of Sir Ance, died Apr. 12, 1575. knt. Sheriff of Oxon. Cornwallis, kpt. and grand-dau. of Mary, named in her fa1602.

John last Lord Neville of Latimer. ther's will.

HENRY FERMOR, TURSULA, dau. of Sir Peter Middleton, kat.; Jane, eldest dau. marr. died Jan. 30, / great-grand-dau. of Charles Neville, last Earl Col. Thos. Morgan, of 1672, aged 60. of Westmoreland, died Sept. 8, 1669, aged 53. Heyford, North'tonsh. RICHARD FER-FRANCES, dau, of Sir Basil Brooke, of Madeley, Peter, and five other MOR, died Jan. ( Salop, knt. grand-dau. of John Lord Mordaunt children. 5, 1684.

of Turvey. Henry FERMOR, died HELEN, dau. of Sir Geo. Browne, of Shefford, Richard, died May Feb. 3, 1683. Berks, K. B.; died Aug. 13, 1741.

18, 1730. JAMES FERMOR, FMARY, dau. of Sir Rob. Henry Henrietta, died unm. Sept. 4, died Nov. 30, Throgmorton, of Wes

1744 ; and six other daugh1799.

ton, Bucks, bart.


HENRY Fermor, died Jan.FRANCES, daughter of Edw. Shel- Janies, and four other 17, 1746-7, aged 31. don, of Weston,

children. WILLIAM FERMOR, died July 1, Herry.

Elizabeth, James, and Frances, 1806, aged 68.

died young

• Dugdale's Monasticon, new edit. vol. ii. p. 23. + Dodsworth MSS, vol. lii. 35,

I Dugdale's Baronage, ii. 242,

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