Notes and Queries, Number 42, August 17, 1850 eBook

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“Panopea, the soft Mother of a slothful and pusillanimous people, is a neighbor Iland, antiently subjected by the Arms of Oceana; since almost depopulated for shaking the Yoke, and at length replanted with a new Race.  But (through what virtues of the Soil, or vice of the Air, soever it be), they com still to degenerat.  Wherfore seeing it is neither likely to yield men fit for Arms, nor necessary it should; it had bin the Interest of Oceana so to have dispos’d of this Province, being both rich in the nature of the Soil, and full of commodious Ports for Trade, that it might have bin order’d for the best in relation to her Purse, which, in my opinion (if it had been thought upon in time), might have bin best don by planting it with Jews, allowing them their own Rights and Laws; for that would have brought then suddenly from all parts of the World, and in sufficient numbers.  And though the Jews be now altogether for merchandize, yet in the Land of Canaan (except since their exile, from whence they have not bin Landlords), they were altogether for Agriculture, and there is no cause why a man should doubt, but having a fruitful Country and excellent Ports too, they would be good at both. Panopea well peopled, would be worth a matter of four millions of dry rents; that is besides the advantage of the Agriculture and Trade, which, with a Nation of that Industry, coms at least to as much more.  Wherfore Panopea being farm’d out to the Jews and their Heirs for ever, for the pay of a provincial Army to protect them during the term of seven years, and for two millions annual Revenue from that time forward, besides the customs which would pay the provincial Army, would have bin a bargain of such advantage both to them and this Commonwealth, as is not to be found otherwise by either.  To receive the Jews after any other manner into a Commonwealth, were to maim it; for they of all Nations never incorporat, but taking up the room of a Limb, are no use or office to the body, while they suck the nourishment which would sustain a natural and useful member.”

HENRY KERSLEY

Corpus Christi Hall, Maidstone.

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NEWS.

A FEW OLD MATERIALS FOR ITS ELUCIDATION.

Novaum, vulgo Nouvelle.  Ugutio:  ’Rumor, murmur, quod vulgo dicitur Novum.’ Occurit non semel in Epistolis Marini Sanuti.  ‘Novis de Obitu Papae auditis,’ in Regesta Universitatis Paris, an. 1394, Spicileg.  Acher., tom vi. p. 60.”

So far Ducange, who also refers to the following: 

“Supervenerunt nobis Nova certa de morte, videlicet quorundam Nobilium, nobis adhaerentium, captorum per partem dieti Philippi in Britannia, et de speciali Praecepto suo Parisiis ignominiosae morti traditorum; nec non de Strage, &c. &c.”—­Charta an. 1346, apud Rymer, t. v. p. 497.

The derivation of this word has been so strenuously and ably discussed by the contending parties in your pages, that I have no intention of interfering (non nostrum tantas componere lites) further than to furnish a few materials bearing on the subject, which may not have come under their notice.

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