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the same, but the leaves are thicker : what- old table books were for private use-mine ever smell they may have had is lost, and is for the public; and the more the public there is no gloss upon them. It might be desire it, the more I shall be gratified. I supposed that the gloss has been worn off ; have not the folly to suppose it will pass but this is not the case, for most of the from my table to every table, but I think that tables have never been written on. Some not a single sheet can appear on the table of the edges being a little worn, show that of any family without communicating some the middle of the leaf consists of paper; information, or affording some diversion. the composition is laid on with great On the title-page there are a few lines nicety. A silver style was used, which is which briefly, yet adequately, describe the sheathed in one of the covers, and which collections in my Table Book : and, as ie. produces an impression as distinct, and as gards iny own sayings and doings,” the easily obliterated as a black-lead pencil. prevailing disposition of my mind is perThe tables are interleaved with common haps sufficiently made known through the paper."
Every-Day Book. In the latter publicaIn July, 1808, the date of the preceding tion, I was inconveniently limited as to communication, I, too, possessed a table room ; and the labour I had there prescribed book, and silver style, of an age as ancient, to myself, of commemorating every day, and similar to that described, except that frequently prevented me from topics that it had not a Kalender."
would have been more agreeable to my brought to me by a poor person, who found readers than the “ two grains of wheat in it in Covent-garden on a market day. a bushel of chaff,” which I often consumed There were a
few ill-spelt memoranda my time and spirits in endeavouring to respecting vegetable matters formed on its discover
and did not always find. leaves with the style. It had two antique In my Table Book, which I hope will slender brass clasps, which were loose ; the never be out of " season,” I take the liberty ancient binding had ceased from long wear to “ annihilate both time and space," 10 to do its office, and I confided it to Mr. Wills, the extent of a few lines or days, and lease, the almanack publisher in Stationers’-court, and talk, when and where I can, according for a better cover and a silver clasp. Each to my humour. Sometimes I present an being ignorant 'of what it was, we spoiled offering of “all sorts,” simpled from out"a table-book of Shakspeare's time.” of-the-way and in-the-way books; and, at
The most affecting circumstance relating other times, gossip to the public, as to an to a table book is in the life of the beau- old friend, diffusely or briefly, as I chance tiful and unhappy “ Lady Jane Grey." to be more or less in the giving vein," “ Sir John Gage, constable of the Tower, about a passing event, a work just read, a when he led her to execution, desired her print in my hand, the thing I last thought to bestow on him some small present, of, or saw, or heard, or, to be plain, about which he might keep as a perpetual memo
“ whatever comes uppermost.'
, rial of her : she gave him her table-book, my collections and recollections come forth wherein she had just written three sentences, just as I happen to suppose they may be on seeing her husband's body; one in most agreeable or serviceable to those Greek, another in Latin, and a third in whom I esteem, or care for, and by whom English. The purport of them was, that I desire to be respected. human justice was against his body, but My TABLE Book is enriched and diver. the divine mercy would be favourable to sified by the contributions of my friends: his soul; and that, if her fault deserved the teemings of time, and the press, give it punishment, her youth at least, and her novelty; and what I know of works of ar, imprudence, were worthy of excuse, and with something of imagination, and the that God and posterity, she trusted, would assistance of artists, enable me to add picshow her favour."*
torial embellishment. My object is to
blend information with amusement, and Having shown what the ancient table utility with diversion. book was, it may be expected that I should My TABLE Book, therefore, is a series say something about
of continually shifting scenes a kind of
literary kaleidoscope, combining popular TABLE Book.
forms with singular appearances—by which The title is to be received in a larger youth and age of all ranks may be amused; sense than the obsolete signification : the and to which, I respectfully trust, many
will gladly add something, to improve its
views. * Glossary by Mr. Archd. Nares.
The New Year.
by a rabble at his heels, and knocking at certain doors, sings a barbarous song, be
ginning with Anciently on new year's day the Ro
“ Tonight it is the new year's night, to-morrow is mans were accustomed to carry small pre
the day : sents, as new year's gifts, to the senators,
We are come about for our right and for our ray,
As we us'd to do in old king Henry's day: under whose protection they were severally Sing, fellows, sing, Hagman Heigh," &c, placed. In the reigns of the emperors, they flocked in such numbers with valuable The song always concludes with “ wishones, that various decrees were made to ing a merry Christmas and a happy new abolish the custom ; though it always year.” When wood was chiefly used as continued among that people. The Romans fuel, in heating ovens at Christmas, this was who settled in Britain, or the families con- the most appropriate season for the hagman, nected with them by marriage, introduced or wood-cutter, to remind his customers of these new year's gifts among our forefathers, his services, and to solicit alms. The word who got the habit of making presents, even hag is still used in Yorkshire, to signify a to the magistrates. Some of the fathers of wood. The “hagg” opposite to Easby the church wrote against them, as fraught formerly belonged to the abbey, to supply with the greatest abuses, and the magistrates them with fuel. Hagman may be a name were forced to relinquish them. Besides compounded from it. Some derive it from the well-known anecdote of sir Thomas the Greek Aysunun, the holy month, when More, when lord chancellor,* many in the festivals of the church for our Saviour's stances might be adduced from old records, birth were celebrated. Formerly, on the of giving a pair of gloves, some with si lin- last day of the year, the monks and friars ings,” and others without. Probably from used to make a plentiful harvest, by begging thence has been derived the fashion of giv- from door to door, and reciting a kind of ing a pair of gloves upon particular occa- carol, at the end of every stave of which sions, as at marriages, funerals, &c. New they introduced the words “agia mene," year's gifts continue to be received and alluding to the birth of Christ. given by all ranks of people, to commemo
different interpretation, however, was given rate the sun's return, and the prospect of to it by one John Dixon, a Scoich presbyspring, when the gifts of nature are shared terian minister, when holding forth against by all. Friends present some small tokens this custom in one of his sermons at Kelso. of esteem to each other husbands to their "Sirs, do you know what the hagman sig. wives, and parents to their children. The nifies! It is the devil to be in the house ; custom keeps up a cheerful and friendly that is the meaning of its Hebrew original." intercourse among acquaintance, and leads to that good-humour and mirth so necessary to the spirits in this dreary season. Chandlers send as presents to their customers large mould candles; grocers give raisins,
SONNET to make a Christmas pudding, or a pack of cards, to assist in spending agreeably the long evenings. In barber's shops“ thriftbox,” as it is caļled, is put by the appren
When we look back on hours long past away, tice boys against the wall, and every cus- And every circumstance of joy, or woe tomer, according to his inclination, puts That goes to make this strange beguiling show, something in. Poor children, and old in- Call'd life, as though it were of yesterday, firm persons, beg, at the doors of the cha- We start to learn our quickness of decay.
Still Aies unwearied Time;-on still we go; ritable, a small pittance, which, though collected in small sums, yet, when put
And whither :-Unto endless weal or woe, together, forms to them a little treasure;
As we have wrought our parts in this brief play. so that every heart, in all situations of life, Yet many have I seen whose thin blanched locks
But ill became a head where Folly dwelt, beats with joy, at the nativity of his Saviour.
Who having past this storm with all its shocks, The Hagman Heigh is an old custom
Had nothing learnt from what they saw or felt: observed in Yorkshire on new year's eve, as
Brave spirits ! that can look, with heedless eye, appertaining the to season. The keeper of
On doom unchangeable, and fixt eternity. the pinfold goes round the town, attended
Clarkson's History of Richmond, cited by a core * Every-Day Book, i. 9.
respondent, A. B
ON THE NEW YEAR.
Angoulême, in the sixteenth century, being
awakened during the night, she was surWESTMINSTER ABBEY.
prised at an extraordinary brightness which The following letter, written by Horace illuminated her chamber; apprehending it Walpole, in relation to the tombs, is curious. to be the fire, she reprimanded her women Dr. whom he derides, was Dr. Za- for having made so large a one; but they chary Pearce, dean of Westminster, and assured her it was caused by the moon. editor of Longinus, &c.
The duchess ordered her curtains to be unStrawberry-hill, 1761.
drawn, and discovered that it was a comet I heard lately, that Dr.
which produced this unusual light. “ Ah !"
a very learned
“this is a phenomenon personage, had consented to let the exclaimed she, tomb of Aylmer de Valence, earl of Pem
which appears not to persons of common broke, a very great personage, be removed
condition. Shut the window, it is a comet, for Wolfe's monument; that at first he had
which announces my departure ; ļ must objected, but was wrought upon by being prepare for death." The following morning told that hight Aylmer was a knight tem
she sent for her confessor, in the certainty plar, a very wieked set of people as his lord- of an approaching dissolution. The phyship had heard, though he knew nothing of sicians assured her that her apprehensions them, as they are not mentioned by Longi
were ill founded and premature. “ If I had I own I thought this a made story, not," replied she," seen the signal for and wrote to his lordship, expressing my death, I could believe it, for I do not feel concern that one of the finest and most myself exhausted or péculiarly ill." On
the third day after this event she expired, ancient monuments in the abbey should be removed; and begging, if it was removed, the victim of terror. Long after this period that he would bestow it on me, who would all appearances of the celestial bodies, not erect and preserve it here. After a fort- perfectly comprehended by the multitude, night's deliberation, the bishop sent me an
were supposed to indicate the deaths of answer, civil indeed, and commending my
sovereigns, or revolutions in their governzeal for antiquity! but avowing the story under his own hand. He said, that at first
Two PAINTERS. they had taken Pembroke's tomb for a knight templar's; -observe, that not only When the duke d'Aremberg was confined the man who shows the tombs names it at Antwerp, a person was brought in as a every day, but that there is a draught of it spy, and imprisoned in the same place. at large in Dart's Westminster; that upon his fellow prisoner on the wall
, and, con
The duke observed some slight sketches by discovering whose it was, he had been very unwilling to consent to the removal, and at ceiving they indicated talent, desired Rulast had obliged Wilton to engage to set it bens, with whom he was intimate, and up within ten feet of where it stands at pre- him a pallet and pencils for the painter, who
by whom he was visited, to bring with sent. His lordship concluded with congratulating me on publishing learned authors
was in custody with him. The materials at my press. I don't wonder that a man
requisite for painting were given to the who thinks Lucan a learned author, should artist, who took for his subject a group of mistakind to be
tomb in his own cathedral. If I soldiers playing at cards in the corner of a had
prison. When Rubens saw the picture, he I could complain angry,
-as having paid forty pounds cried out that it was done by Brouwer, for ground for my mother's funeral--that the often admired. Rubens offered six hundred chapter of Westminster sell their church over and over again : the ancient monu
guineas for it; the duke would by no means ments tumble upon one's head through part with it, but presented the painter with their neglect, as one of them did, and killed
a larger sum. Rubens exerted his interest, a man at lady Elizabeth Percy's funeral becoming his surety, received him into his
and obtained the liberty of Brouwer, by and they erect new waxen dolls of queen house, clothed as well as maintained him, Elizabeth, &c. to draw visits and money and took pains to make the world acquainted from the mob.
with his merit. But the levity of Brouwer's
temper would not suffer him long to conBiographiral Memoranda. sider his situation any better than a state
of confinement; he therefore quitted RuCONETARY INFLUENCE.
bens, and died shortly afterwards, in conBrantome relates, that the duchess of sequence of a dissolute course of life
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