The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.2226 Friday, 8 November 2002
Date: Thursday, 7 Nov 2002 11:13:25 EST
Subject: 13.2216 Re: Shakespeare's Valentine? A Query
Comment: Re: SHK 13.2216 Re: Shakespeare's Valentine? A Query
A few corrections to yesterdays Further Query on Shakespeare's possible
I got the citations wrong way round for the quotations from the Sonnets
and Romeo & Juliet. [They were correct in my original query, but late
nights, bleary eyes, etc.] Of course "bewitched by the charm of looks"
is from R&J and "the sternest blade &c" is from Sonnet 95.
Also, in my citation of a line from Measure for Measure I gave "repate"
when I meant to type "rebate". A turned letter?
Finally, I have found some information on what Halliwell must have meant
by "the Middlehill MS." Middlehill was the residence of Sir Thomas
Phillips, the bibliophile who befriended Halliwell in 1841. Phillips
became Halliwell's enemy after the latter's engagement to his daughter,
and it was his surname that Halliwell was forced to add to his own in
order for he and his wife to inherit from Sir Thomas. It seems likely
then that Halliwell was referring to some commonplace book or other MS.
he had seen in Phillips's library. I'm guessing that the MS. has since
found its way to some library or other institution. Anyone know where?
All four of the poems Halliwell quotes are said to be from "Middlehill
MS. No. 9569."
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