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She told him that vnles he did so it was impossible he should
recouer. Mr Henderson then lifting upp himselfe, & pointing to
an Oken table that was in the roome, asked her & seied gude
dame I pray ye tell me, if it would not do as well if I repeated
thrice theis words oken burd oken burd garre me shit a hard
turde. the woman seing herselfe derided & scorned ran out of
the house in a great passion & Mr Henderson within halfe a
quarter of an houre departed this life : There is a like tale told
of Mr George Buchannan who lying at the point of death 1 pro¬
posed such a question & made such an answer to some ladies &
women, that came vnto him perswading him to dy a Romane
Catholicke, but it is so unciuell & unmannerly, that it is better to
suppres it in silence then relate it.2
1 Waldron inserts ‘was.’
2 Kinaston’s note is on one page. It runs to forty-six lines (excluding the
heading) in continuous writing, without paragraph breaks, and is (as will be
seen) indifferently punctuated.
Waldron (Introductory Extracts, pp. xxix-xxxi) prints verbatim, but not
litteratim. He introduces the extract thus: ‘In Mr. Tyrwhitt’s “Account
of the Works of Chaucer,” prefixed to his Glossary, Vol. V. 1778, p. xvii,
he says; The Testament and Complaint of Creseide appears from ver. 41 [of
that Poem] not to have been written by Chaucer ; and Mr Urry was informed
“by Sir James Ereskin, late Earl of Kelly, and diverse aged scholars of the
Scottish nation,” that the true author was “Mr Robert Henderson, chief
school-master of Dumferlin, a little time before Chaucer was first printed, and
dedicated to King Henry VIII. by Mr Thynne.” I suppose the same person
is meant that is called Robert Henrysone in “Ancient Scottish Poems,” where
several of his compositions may be seen, from p. 98 to p. 138.
‘ Mr Tyrwhitt has been led into a gross mistake, in supposing this to have
been told by the Earl of Kelly to Mr Urry, by the vague manner in which the
information is given at the head of The Testament of Creseide, in Urry’s
Chaucer ; it being merely an abridgment of Sir Francis Kinaston’s Ms. note :
of which the following is a copy.’ ( Then Jollows ‘ For the author,’ &c.)
Waldron continues: ‘ Coarse as this story is, it serves to shew that, even in
so remote a period, men of understanding had no faith in charms or witchcraft.
‘ Exclusive of Henderson or Henryson’s Supplement, in various editions of
Chaucer; it appears, by the following notice, to have been separately printed
[here Waldron refers to Henry Charteris's edition of 1593, as cited in Herbert's
Typographical Antiquities, 4/0. 1700, vol. III. p. 1514].’
Waldron’s reference to ‘Ancient Scottish Poems’ must be to Ancient
Scottish Poems, published by Hailes in 1770, not to Ancient Scolish (with
one ‘t’) Poems, published by Pinkerton in 1786; but the pages are not
correctly cited. The extracts begin on p. 124.
Laing, in his collected edition of 1865, reprints from Waldron the extract
from “ For this Mr Robert Henderson ” to “ departed this life” (p. xx, note).

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