Notes and Queries, Number 04, November 24, 1849 eBook

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Dr. Plott, in his account, and Lord Monboddo, Origin and Progress of Language, refer to the Travels of Herbert (17th century), lib. iii. cap. ult., for a full history of this supposed discovery.  They derived it from Meredyth ap Rhys, Gatty Owen, and Cynfyn ap Gronow, A.D. 1478-80.  See also Atheneaum, Aug. 19. 1848.—­Professor Elton’s address at the meeting of the British Association, on this and the earlier Icelandic discovery.

The belief in the story has been lately renewed.  See Archaeologia Cambrens, 4. 65., and L’Acadie, by Sir J.E.  Alexander, 1849.  I will only observe that in Dr. Plott’s account, Madoc was directed by the best compass, and this in 1170!  See M’Culloch’s Dictionary of Commerce.


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A traveller informs us that Baron A. von Humboldt urges further search after this expedition in the Welsh records.  He thinks the passage is in the Examin Critique.

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