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substitute; such priest also to celebrate nass in the Guild Chapel and on Festivals in the Parish Church at the Altar of St. John Baptist for the good estate of the Bishop and for the souls of the said Tho. Jolyffe and others, turning towards the people and saying "Ye shall pray specially for the sowles of Maister Thomas Jolyffe, John and Johanne his fadur and modur, and the sowles of all brethern and sustern of the said Gilde and all cristen sowles, sayinge of youre charite a paternoster and a ave." Moreover the said Tho. Clopton and his successors shall nominate the grammar master as often as a vacancy shall occur, and shall keep an obit for the said Tho. Jolyffe and others as above on the eve of St. Bartholomew's Day both in the Guild Chapel and in the Church, at the altar of St. John Baptist, and in default the said Tho. Balsale and his successors shall enter upon the lands till security be found, and if it be not, shall retain the same for the niaintenance of certain choiristers. Finally, the said priest granımar master and his scholars shall twice a week, Wednesday and Friday, sing an antiphon of the Virgin and say a De profundis” for the souls of Tho. Jolyffe, his parents and all the faithful departed.

Dated, at the beginning, 12 Feb. 21 Edward IV. (1482); and at the end, in the Hall of the Guild, Monday after the Feast of the Translation of St. Thomas the Martyr (7 July) 22 Edward IV. (1482). Latin. Vellum-with seal of the Guild (injured).

Presented by MISS ANNE WHELER.

22.-An ancient oak Desk from the Free Grammar School at Stratford-upon-Avon.


UPON-Avon, 23 April, 1863.

23--Standard bushel "1671, H. D.” and halfbushel "1670, H. D.”; with six sinaller measures.



24.-Eight encaustic tiles from Stratfordupon-Avon Church.

Presented by Miss ANNE WHELER, 1865.

25.—Angel with outspread wings (imperfect), carved in oak, from the Guild Chapel. 3 ft. high.

Presented by Miss ANNE WHELER.

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26. -Framed facsimiles of entries in the Heralds' College as to the assignment of Arms to the dramatist's father, John Shakespeare of Stratfordupon-Avon in 1596-1599 by Sir William Dethick [Garter King of Arms].

The documents, of which facsimiles are here given, are dispersed through various volumes of evidences in the Herald's College, in the city of London. Though in all the papers John Shakespeare, the poet's father, is represented as the applicant for a grant of arms, there is little doubt that the poet was personally acting throughout the transactions in his father's name. The documents show that on 26 October, 1596, Sir William Dethick, Garter King of Arms, drafted a grant to John Shakespeare, of a shield, which was thus described : “Gold, on a bend sable, a spear of the first, and for his crest or cognizance a falcon, his wings displayed argent, standing on a wreath of his colours, supporting a spear gold steeled as aforesaid.” A second copy of this draft was made with a few verbal alterations. The draft of 1596 was however not fully executed. In 1599 a fresh application was made to the Herald's College for a “recognition or “exemplification' of John Shakespeare's coat of arms, together with a request for permission to impale the arms of the Ardens, the family of the poet's mother. The desired “exemplification” of John Shakespeare's coat was granted jointly by Sir William Dethick, Garter King, and William Camden, the great Elizabethan Antiquary, who had become Clarenceux King of Arms in 1597. With regard to the impalement of the mother's arms the Herald's, after tricking those of the great Warwickshire family of the Ardens of Park Hall, substituted the arms of the Arden family of Alvanley, Cheshire. As a matter of fact, no Arden arms were adopted by the poet or members of his family. The Shakespeare arms alone are displayed on the poet's monument in the Church of Stratfordupon-Avon, and they figure without any indication of the Arden arms, in the heraldic emblems used by the poet's daughters. See Lee's Life of Shakespeare, 6th Ed. 1908; pref. xi-xv, pp. 194-200.

Presented by Garter King of Arms and Norroy

King of Arms, 5th May, 1909.

27.--An Elizabethan oak chair.

Presented by MR. EDWARD ADAMS, 1864.

28.-" The House in which Shakespeare was born”: an engraving published by T. H. Ellis, London May, 1847.

29.--The old sign of The Falcon Inn, Bidford.

Presented by MR. JOHN ASHFIELD, Stratford-upon

Avon, 24 April, 1865.

30.--Three angels holding shields; from the Chapel of the Guild of the Holy Cross (their wings lost); two Miserere seats, from Thomas à Becket's Chapel in Stratford-upon Avon Parish Church, and ten other carvings, in wood, of foliage and figures.

Presented by Miss ANNE WHELER, 24 April, 1865.

31.--Cast, on pedestal, from Shakespeare's bust in Stratford-upon-Avon Church, modelled by moulded George Bullock.

Two copies only were executed, one for Mr. Wheler, the other for Mr. Bullock himself, “who then immediately broke up the mould.”

Presented by Miss ANNE WHELER.

32.--A Venetian glass bowl of the Shakespearian period. I ft į in. in diameter and 5 in. deep.

Bequeathed by F. W. FAIRHOLT, Esq., F.S.A.

33:--Portrait of John Conolly, M.D., D.C.L., (1794-1866) engraved in mezzotint by W. Walker after a painting by Sir John W. Gordon, R.A., 1851.

John Conolly was a resident in Stratford-upon-Avon 1822-27, and Mayor of the borough 1825-6; an ardent Shakespearean student, author of "A Study of Hamlet,” published by Moxon, London, 1863. Memoir of him by Sir James Clark, Bart., K.C.B., M.D., F.R.S., Physician in ordinary to Queen Victoria, published by, John Murray, 1869. -See Dictionary of National Biography, vol. xii, 26.

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