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well as his friend, and contemporary, Horace) hath kindly laid open his ample stores for the use of writers (wherefrom to cull their mottoes) of every age, and every nation; and it has, the

; Author would apprise his reader, a lwo-fold allusion-it tells him, that the splendid room, which he is beholding, is an admirable specimen of the skill, and labour, of the architect of the middle age; and, again, it reminds him, that this is the arena, from the resources of which the Author has to fulfil his allotted task—the completion of his two humble volumes on–The Halle of John Halle.

The Author closes this explanatory preface to his multifarious work* with expressing his obligations to H. Petrie, Esq., the Keeper of the Records at the Tower of London, for the copies of the Inquisitiones post mortem as to the property of John Halle; and, also, to R. M. Wilson, Esq., of Salisbury, for his transcript from the City Records under the liberal assent of the Corporation. He has only to add, that he will immediately enter on the renewal of his allotted task-his second volume—that he will use every exertion to forward it, and will publish it as early as in his power.

*“ Farrago nostri libelli.”—Juvenal.

LAKE, December 31, 1836.

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QUOTATION from Aubrey-Arms of John Halle impaled with his merchant's

mark-Reasons for supposing, that John Halle married one of his own kindred-

Different opinions as to the origin of the word staple-Opinion of the Author-

The word subsequently extended in its application-The duties, or hereditary

customs of the Crown-Anderson's account of the origin of the staple-Nume-

rous statutes varying the laws of the staple-Opinion of Henry and Anderson

cited in favour, that there was a chartered Company of Merchants of the Staple

-Dissent of the Author-In the numerous, and varied, statutes no such Company

ever adverted to-Officers of the staple-Open to all merchants to become mer-

chants of the staple on the oath to obey the laws of the staple-Decline, and

final extinction, of the staple trade

p. 53-81

"Merchants' Marks.”—Origin of them-Monogrammatic initials of the mer-

chant often connected with the Cross, or with the Sacred Pennon-The mono-

gram of our Saviour on the Labarum, the prototype of the merchant's mark-

Merchants' marks not heraldic-Esteemed a debasement of heraldry to place

them on shields-Extract from Blomefield's "History of Norfolk" relative to

merchants' marks-Often the ornaments of the church-Mark of William

Swayne, in St. Thomas's Church, Salisbury-Extract from Dallaway-Mer-

chant's mark on a tomb in the aforesaid Church of St. Thomas-Sir H. Engle-

field cited as to other merchants' marks-Quotation from Piers Plowman-

Remarks by Sir H. Englefield—Armorial honours assumed by merchants-The

arms of John Halle impaled by him with his mark
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"Hair and Beard."-Rightly embraced as a portion of the dress of John Halle-
Etymology of the word hair-Notices of different authors, and customs of
different nations as to the growth of the hair-Partiality of the Britons, the

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