Notes and Queries, Number 39, July 27, 1850
"Tre cose mat fecesti, O Padre santo: Accettar il papato, Viver tanto, Morir di Carnivale Per destar pianto."
_Shakspeare a Brass-rubber._--I am desirous to notice, if no commentator has forestalled me, that Shakspeare, among his many accomplishments, was sufficiently beyond his age to be a brass-rubber:
"What's on this tomb I cannot read; the character I'll take with wax."
_Timon of Athens_, v. 4.
From the "soft impression," however, alluded to in the next scene, his "wax" appears rather to have been the forerunner of gutta percha than of _heel-ball_.
_California._--In the _Voyage round the World_, by Captain George Shelvocke, begun Feb. 1719, he says of California