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The Charterhousc of London. By William F. Taylor. (J. M.

Dent and Sons. 7s. Oil. not.)—Mr. Taylor's is a careful study, worthy of his subject. This is a detailed history of the Charter- house, from the day when a Carthusian monastery was erected on a London plague-graveyard to the migration to G odalming of the school which grow out of Thomas Sutton's foundation of pen- sioners and poor scholars. The book covers a wido field, The story of Thomas Sutton, the wealthy merchant who bought and endowed the Charterhouse, would make a book by itself. Ho stands out as one of the remarkable figures of his age. He made largo sums of money by holding public offices and by trading in sea-coal, but Fuller in his "Worthies" writes of him that "though tenax he was not rapaw." His sole thought was to bestow his riches in charity, and the care that he took in order that hie wishes should be carried out after he death was prodigious. In one respect he did not foresee that his wishes would be disregarded by his executors he desired a simple funeral, and they spent on it, and on his tomb, £2,228 10s. 3d.