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Notes and Queries, Number 09, December 29, 1849

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Author: Various Authors
Published: 1849
Language: English
Wordcount: 15,105 / 52 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 69
LoC Category: AP
Downloads: 482
Added to site: 2004.11.14
mnybks.net#: 9182
Genre: Periodical
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d scarlet and black, as this insect has on its wing-covers. Some remains of the finery of the gravest personages still exist on our academical robes of ceremony. There is something inconsistent with the popish episcopal character in the childish rhyme with which Bishop Barnabee is thrown up and dismissed when he happens to light on any one's hand. Unluckily the words are not recollected, nor at present recoverable; but the purport of them is to admonish him to fly home, and take care of his wife and children, for that his house in on fire. Perhaps, indeed, the rhyme has been fabricated long since the name by some one who did not think of such niceties."

G.A.C.

Sir,--In the explanation of the term Bishop Barnaby, given by J.G., the prefix "Bishop" seems yet to need elucidation. Why should it not have arisen from the insect's garb? The full dress gown of the Oxford D.D.--scarlet with black velvet sleeves--might easily have suggested the idea of naming the

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