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saw the Earl of Surrey march northward at the head, of his army. That the Earl rested with the army one day at Northallerton, and an order was sent from him to all the neighbouring parishes to furnish each a certain number of bows and arrows; and that being in harvest, the arrows were sent on horseback, attended by some of the boys, all the men being employed in reaping. That he was sent to take care of the horses belonging to Bolton, and saw the arrows delivered at Northallerton; after which he brought home the horses, and in a few days heard that the Scots were defeated and their King slain. Being asked how he had lived, he said by thatching, and salmon fishing ; that when he was served with a subpæna, he was thatching a house; and would dub a hook with any man in Yorkshire. That he had been Butler to Lord Conyners, of Hornby Castle, and that Marmaduke Brodelay, Lord Abbot of Fountains, did frequently visit his Lordship and drink a hearty glass with him. That his Lord often sent him to inquire how the Abbot did, who always sent
for him to his apartment; and after ceremonies (as E, he called) passed, ordered him, besides wassel, a
quarter of a yard of roast beef for his dinner, (for that monastery did deliver their guests' meat by measure), and a great black jack of strong drink. Being further asked, if he remembered the dissolution of religious houses, he said very well, and that he was between thirty and forty years of age, when the order came to dissolve those in Yorkshire. That great lamentation was made, and the country was all in a tumult when the monks were turned out. Jenkins could neither read nor write; he retained his sight and hearing to the last.
Nothing can more clearly prove the age of this
man than the above account; for James IV, entered England on the 24th of August, 1513, and the Earl of Surrey began his march from York on the first of September. He reviewed his army at Boroughbridge, and halted next day at Northallerton, from whence he marched north, and the battle was fought on the 9th of September, 1513 ; so that if Jenkins was turned of twelve at that time, he must have been born about 1500, and dying in 1670, he was at least one hundred and sixty-nine years of age.
What a multitude of events, says an ingenious author, have crowded themselves into the period of this man's life. He was born when the Roman Catholic religion was established by law. He saw the supremacy of the Pope overturned; the dissolution of monasteries ; Popery established again, and at last the Protestant Religion securely fixed on a rock of adamant. In his time the invincible armada was destroyed; the Republic of Holland formed. Three Queens beheaded, Anne Boylen, Catherine Howard, and Mary Queen of Scots; a King of Spain seated upon the throne of England ; a King of Scotland crowned King of England, at Westminster, and his son beheaded before his own Palace, his family being proscribed as traitors; and last of all the great fire in London, which happened in 1666, at the latter end of his wonderful life.
ON MISS STANLEY.
Here Stanley rests, escap'd this mortal strife,
Fierce pangs no more thy lively beauties stain,
On a beautiful young LADY, who died December,
memory hovers o'er a hallow'd name,
Way claim the tender tribute of a tear-
In the Abbey Church, Bath ; on MR. JAMES QUIN, the celebrated Actor.
That tongue, which set the table on a roar,
writ; Clos'd are those hands, which living were stretch'd
forth, At friendship's call, to succour modest worth.
Here lies James Quin ! deign, reader, to be taught, (Whate'er thy strength of body, force of thought), In nature's happiest mould however cast, To this complexion thou must come at last.
ON CAPTAIN GRENVILLE.
Ye weeping Muses, graces, virtues, tell,
ON A POOR BUT HONEST MAN.
On one without a name;
Of fortune, or of fame.
Meek virtues fill'd his breast ;
“ An honest heart" his crest.
And this his motto ran :
" Before both God and Man."