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unanimously resolved to proceed to the business of the meeting. Seventyfour associates were present, subscribing their names on their arrival.1
Mr. Pettigrew addressed the associates, stating the circumstances which, in the opinion of himself and the other requisitionists, had led to the necessity of the meeting, and called upon Mr. Planché to read the report of the committee on the correspondence respecting the Caerwent excavations, including communications from Dr. Trevor Morris and Mr. Wakeman, by which it appeared that the labours of that committee had been interrupted in consequence of certain letters written by the rev. T. Hugo to the rev. Freke Lewis and Mr. Octavius Morgan, and the interest and honour of the Association thereby seriously affected. Mr. W. H. Black then moved, and Mr. Nathaniel Gould seconded, the following resolution:
"That this meeting, having considered the statements and documents laid before it, is of opinion that the rev. Thos. Hugo, by bringing forward unfounded accusations against the treasurer, and by subsequently writing letters which, whether public or private, were calculated to injure the interests and impede the action of the Association, by subverting the authority of the council and rendering nugatory the proceedings of its committee, has shown a want of temper and discretion which unfits him for the office of secretary of the Association; and therefore this meeting is under the necessity of removing Mr. Hugo from that office, and abolishing the third secretaryship."
Mr. Hugo was then called upon for his reply, and addressed the meeting at great length. Other members having addressed the meeting upon the proposed resolution, the following was moved as an amendment by Mr. W. Newton, and seconded by Mr. G. R. Corner:
"That a special committeee, to consist of five members (not on the council), be appointed to inquire into the circumstances which have given occasion for this meeting, and to recommend a plan for the future management of the business of the society; and that the rule requiring the officers to be members of all committees, be suspended."
After much discussion, the foregoing amendment was put to the meeting by F. H. Davis, esq., V.P., when there appeared,-"Ayes”, 22; "Noes", 35; majority against the amendment, 13; many members not voting upon this question.
The original resolution was then put and carried, nem. con.3
Mr. Black then moved, and Mr. Wansey seconded, the following resolution :
"That the zealous and most efficient services of Mr. Pettigrew as the
1 There were others who omitted to do this, and the number therefore approached near eighty.
"Not by 35 to 22, as erroneously stated by Mr. Hugo in his printed letter to the Literary Gazette, that being the division on the amendment.
treasurer and senior vice-president, which have been repeatedly acknowledged by this Association, still entitle him to the warmest thanks of all its members; and that this meeting, deeply regretting the unfounded charges by which he has been assailed, doth hereby tender to Mr. Pettigrew the most earnest pledge of sincere confidence and attachment, by requesting him to accept the office of PRESIDENT of this Association (now vacant through the lamented death of Ralph Bernal, esq.) for the remainder of the official year."
This resolution was also carried, nem. con.
Mr. Pettigrew returned his warmest thanks to the Association for their expressions of attachment and the flattering appreciation of his services, which he was still anxious to render to the society in the capacity in which he was at the present time connected with their body. He begged, however, most respectfully to decline the high honour that had been proposed to him by the society, not only on this occasion, but on others, as expressed by their late presidents, Mr. Bernal and Mr. Heywood, Dr. Lee, and others.
The best thanks of the meeting were then voted to F. H. Davis, esq., V.P., for his impartial and attentive consideration to the business of the meeting, which was acknowledged by the chairman; and at a late hour the meeting was dissolved.
NOTE BY THE COUNCIL.
The council has refrained from troubling the members with a circular in reply to those issued under the names of Messrs. Hugo and Baily, or to the letters of the former to the editor of the Literary Gazette, reprinted, with additions, in one of those documents. The charges therein contained against the treasurer were declared to be "unsubstantiated” in a special council summoned for their consideration, October 11, 1854, by votes of 11 to 1, Mr. Pettigrew and Mr. Hugo not voting; and that resolution was confirmed at the following ordinary meeting of the council, October 18th, in the presence of Mr. Hugo and his supporters. The revival of those charges, therefore, at the Extraordinary General Meeting, December 6th, was merely to divert attention from the real cause of the requisition, viz. the rev. Thos. Hugo's unauthorized letters to two gentlemen in Monmouthshire, whom he and his supporters repeatedly asserted were his private friends, but of whom, it was proved, he had no personal knowledge whatever.
The result of that general meeting was the ejection of Mr. Hugo from the office of secretary, nem. con.: his own party declining to vote, as they
had found that, even on Mr. Newton's well-intentioned amendment, they could only get twenty-two friends to support it in a meeting of upwards of seventy-four members.
The council will not be drawn into any controversy on this subject, and confidently trusts to the increased exertions which will be made to keep up the high character of the Journal, and the interest of the evening meetings, for the cordial support of the members of the British Archæological Association.
S. R. SOLLY, Esq., F.R.S., F.S.A., V.P., IN THE CHAIR.
E. W. Ashbee, esq., of 22, Bedford-street, Covent Garden, was elected an associate.
Thanks were given for the following presents:
From the Archæological Institute. Their Journal for September. 8vo. From Mr.J. G. Nichols. The Gentleman's Magazine for December. 8vo. From Mr. Ridgway. A Pamphlet on the Decimal Coinage. 8vo.
F. H. Davis, esq., F.S.A., V.P., exhibited a beautiful alabaster figure of Thalia, measuring fifteen inches in height, which had formerly belonged to the earl of Elgin. The execution of the figure, as well as the material of which it is composed, gave rise to doubts as to its assignment to the age of Greek sculpture. Mr. W. Calder Marshall, R.A., did not consider it Greek.
Mr. E. M. Gibbs exhibited a curious candlestick, of classic design, but of doubtful antiquity. It was referred to be compared, with other objects, at a future meeting.
Mr. Thomas Gunston exhibited a circular plate of delft-ware, 93 inches diameter. On it is painted a large figure, in the costume of the close of the reign of Elizabeth. It represents a combatant armed with a sword and dagger, the hilt of the latter being provided with a lateral ring. On his head is a plumed bonnet; he wears a blue "peascod-bellied" doublet, with his brownish-orange breeches well "bombasted" or stuffed out, and decorated with long slashes showing the white linings. The yellow hose are confined with large blue garters, and the shoes are black. The whole is a highly interesting representation of the dress of the period, and well illustrates a passage in Porter's comedy of the Two Angrie Women of Abington, 1599, where Coomes, one of the characters, exclaims, in a strain of regret: "I see by this dearth of good swords that dearth of swoord and buckler fight begins to grow out: I am sorrie for it; I shall never see good manhood againe, if it be once gone; this poking fight of rapier and
dagger will come up then; then a man, a tall man, and a good sword and buckler man will be spitted like a cat or a conney.'
Mr. James Clarke of Easton, Suffolk, announced the discovery of some Roman coins, together with a large flint arrow-head, found in a brickkiln field at that place,-the coins were unfortunately crushed by the plough. Also a fine example of a rial, or rose-noble, of Edward IV, found near Halesworth. It is in Mr. Clarke's possession, and weighs 120 grains the mint mark is a coronet on both sides. Mr. Clarke promises an account of these, and some others lately obtained, at a future time.
Mr. W. W. King exhibited some rubbings from interesting brasses: "Circa 1360. A lady, at Great Berkhampstead. A loose super-tunic, without any buttons, is the only outer garment. Upon the head is a kerchief, which partly covers a reticulated head-dress: the folds of the sleeves are curiously marked. This brass lies in the chancel.
"1361. Walter de Annefordhe, All Saints, Binfield, Berks. A small demi-figure with stunted beard; the apparels of the amice and alb are ornamented with quatrefoils.
"Walter de Annefordhe gist icy
dieu de sa alme eit mercy.'
"C. 1370. A priest, Great Berkhampstead, Herts. A demi-figure, in chasuble, wearing an amice round his neck. The inscription is lost. This brass lies in the chancel.
"1409. Edmund Cook, Great Berkhampstead, Herts. A small figure of a civilian habited in a hood, long loose gown with ornamented belt at the waist, from which depends an aulare; the sleeves and collar of a tight under garment are also visible. From his mouth proceeds a scroll inscribed, 'Ihū fili dei miserere mei.' Beneath the figure is this inscription: Cook qui obiit xx°
m m° cccc° nono.
A shield below is lost. This figure is also in the south chapel. "1424. Robert Willardsey, S. Nicholas, Warwick. A small and well executed figure of a priest in amice, alb, stole, maniple (all ornamented with quatrefoils), and chasuble. Hic iacet Rob'tus Willardsey prim' vicari' isti ecclie qui obijt xiiio die mens' marcii anno millo ccccxxiiiio cui’ aie ppcietur deus ame.'
"1443. Thomas Berwyk, S. Mary Magdalene, East Hampstead, Berks. A small demi-figure of a civilian, in gown secured by a girdle buckled at the waist, with full sleeves close at the wrists. 'Orate pro aia Thome Berwyk nup in societate M. J. Fowler de Capella regis H. Viti qui obiit in vigilia Sci Andrei anno Xri millō cccco xliiio cui aie ppciet de amen.' This brass lies in the chancel.
1 Printed by the Percy Society, 1841, p. 61.
"1485. Richard Westbrooke, Great Berkhampstead. A figure habited in long gown with loose sleeves; the gown, which is opened on the breast, shows a lining of fur, and beneath that an ornamented under-garment: the gown is confined round the waist by a cord. His shoes are broadpointed.
"Hic jacet Ricardus Westbrooke qui obiit v....
Supplicaris vobis ex caritate vrā paīa s.
The brass lies in the north chapel.
"1521. Kateryne Incent, Great Berkhampstead. A figure in a shroud, with the following inscription: 'Here lyeth buryed und' thys stone, the bodye of Kateryne Incent, sumtyme the wyf of Robert Incent, gent', father and mother unto John Incent, docto' of ye lawe, who hath done many benefyt and ornament gyven unto thys chapell of Saynt John; which sayd Kateryne dyed the xi day of Marche ye xii yere of the reygne of king Henry the VIII.' The petition for mercy is erased. Brass lies in chapel before mentioned.
"1528. Robert Sutton, S. Patrick's cathedral, Dublin. A priest wearing a skull-cap, and vested in cassock, surplice, and almuce. From his hands proceeds a scroll inscribed, 'In te d'ne speravi nō cöfudar ieternum', addressed to an emblem of the Holy Trinity (covered by a veil) on an altar. The veil has on it the monogram R.S., entwined by a cord or 'true lover's-knot', which occurs twice besides on the brass.' The background is ornamented with twenty stars of six points; a shield in the right hand corner of the brass bears a lion rampant. 'Orate pro anima magistri Roberti Sutton, hui' ecclesie cathedralis non immerito decani, qui hui' nostre mortalitatis diem clausit extremu an° dominice icarnacionis millesimo quigentesimo xxviii ac mensis Aprilis die primo et sepultus est sub hoc magno marmoreo lapide coram d........ patricii ymagine in secundo gradu a summo altari situato Cuius anime propicietur deus Amen'.
"1537. Geoffrey Fyche, S. Patrick's cathedral, Dublin. A priest vested in cassock, surplice, and almuce; kneeling with his face towards an altar, and a lectern or desk, with an open book before him. Above the altar is a reredos bearing a representation of the Dead Christ, with figures of the Blessed Virgin, Joseph of Arimathea, and four others. The upper part of the cross is visible, and has the letters I. N. R. I. on it. From the priest's hands proceed two scrolls, inscribed 'Miserere michi pie rex d'ne Ihu Xre.' From the wall of the chapel in which the priest kneels is a shield charged with an oak-tree eradicated, with three birds in the foliage, and on the trunk is suspended a "true lovers' knot", interlacing the letters G. F.
'Orati pro aĩa Magistri Galfridi Fyche huius Ecclesie Cathedralis de
1 For remarks on this device, see Journal, vol. iv, p. 389.