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ture, as Mr. Sharp's “ Dissertation on the

Books. Coventry Mysteries."

Give me

Leave to enjoy myself. That place, that does “ The Thing TO A T.

Contain my books, the best companions, is

To me a glorious court, where hourly I A young man, brought up in the city of Converse with the old sages and philosophers ; London to the business of an undertaker, And sometimes for variety, I confer went to Jamaica to better his condition. With kings and emperors, and weigh their counsels; Business flourished, and he wrote to his Calling their victories, if unjustly got, father in Bishopsgate-street to send him, Unto a strict account; and in my fancy, with a quantity of black and grey cloth, Deface their ill-placed statues. Can I then twenty gross of black Tacks. Unfortu- Part with such constant pleasures, to embrace nately he had omitted the top to his T, and Uncertain vanities? No: be it your care the order stood twenty gross of black Jacks. To augment a heap of wealth: it shall be mine His correspondent, on receiving the letter,

To increase in knowledge. recollected a man, near Fleet-market, who made quart and pint tin pots, ornamented

IMAGINATION. with painting, and which were called black Imagination enriches everything. A Jacks, and to him he gave the order great library contains not only books, but for the twenty gross of black Jacks. The “ the assembled souls of all that men held maker, surprised, said, he had not so many wise.” The moon is Homer's and Shakready, but would endeavour to complete speare's moon, as well as the one we look the order; this was done, and the articles The sun comes out of his chamber in were shipped. The undertaker received the east, with a sparkling eye,“ rejoicing them with other consignments, and was like a bridegroom.” The commonest thing astonished at the mistake. A friend, fond becomes like Aaron's rod, that budded. of speculation, offered consolation, by pro- Pope called up the spirits of the Cabala to posing to purchase the whole at the invoice wait upon a lock of hair, and justly gave it price. The undertaker, glad to get rid of the honours of a constellation; for he has an article he considered useless in that part hung it, sparkling for ever, in the eyes of of the world, took the offer. His friend posterity. A common meadow is a sorry immediately advertised for sale a number thing to a ditcher or a coxcomb; but by the of fashionable punch vases just arrived from help of its dues from imagination and the England, and sold the jacks, gaining 200 love of nature, the grass brightens for us,

the air soothes us, we feel as we did in the The young undertaker afterwards dis- daisied hours of childhood. Its verdures, coursing upon his father's blunder, was its sheep, its hedge-row elms,-all these, told by his friend, in a jocose strain, to and all else which sight, and sound, and order a gross of warming -pans, and see association can give it, are made to furnish whether the well-informed correspondents a treasure of pleasant thoughts. Even in London would have the sagacity to con brick and mortar are vivified, as of old at sider such articles necessary in the latitude the harp of Orpheus. A metropolis beof nine degrees north. The young man comes no longer a mere collection of houses laughed at the suggestion, but really put or of trades. It puts on all the grandeur in practice the joke. He desired his father of its history, and its literature ; its towin his next letter to send a gross of warm ers, and rivers ; its art, and jewellery, and ing-pans, which actually, and to the great foreign wealth; its multitude of human surprise of the son, reached the island of beings all intent upon excitement, wise or Jamaica. What to do with this cargo he yet to learn ; the huge and sullen dignity knew not. His friend again became a pur- of its canopy of smoke by day; the wide chaser at prime cost, and having knocked gleam upwards of its lighted lustre at nightoff the covers, informed the planters, that time; and the noise of its many chariots, he had just imported a number of newly- heard, at the same hour, when the wind sets 'constructed sugar ladles. The article under gently towards some quiet suburb.-Leigh that name sold rapidly, and returned a Hunt. large profit. The parties returned to Eng. land with fortunes, and often told the story

ACTORS. of the black jacks and warming-pans over Madame Rollan, who died in 1785, in the bottle, adding, that “ Nothing is lost in the seventy-fifth year of her age, was a a good market."

principal dancer on Covent-garden stage in

per

cent.?

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1731, and followed her profession, by pri some time after the frost has entirely subvate teaching, to the last year of her life. sided, they will be found not to have susShe had so much celebrity in her day, that tained the slightest injury. This is on having one evening sprained her ancle, no account of their not having been exposed less an actor than Quin was ordered by the to a sudden change, and thawing gradually. manager to make an apology to the audi A person inspecting his potato heap, ence for her not appearing in the dance. which had been covered with turf, found Quin, who looked upon all dancers as “the them so frozen, that, on being moved, they mere garnish of the stage,” at first de- rattled like stones : he deemed them irtemurred; but being threatened with a for- coverably lost, and, replacing the turf, left feiture, he growlingly came forward, and in them, as he thought, to their fate. He his coarse way thus addressed the audience: was not less surprised than pleased, a con“ Ladies and Gentlemen,

siderable time afterwards, when he disco“ I am desired by the manager to inform vered that his potatoes, which he had given you, that the dance intended for this night up for lost, had not suffered the leasť deis obliged to be postponed, on account of triment, but were, in all respects, remarkmademoiselle Rollan having dislocated her ably fine, except a few near the spot which ancle: I wish it had been her neck." had been uncovered. If farmers keep their

heaps covered till the frost entirely disapIn Quin's time Hippesley was the Roscius pears, they will find their patience amply

rewarded. of low comedy; he had a large scar on his cheek, occasioned by being dropped into the fire, by a careless nurse, when an in

London. fant, which gave a very whimsical cast to his features. Conversing with Quin con

Lost CHILDREN. cerning his

son,

he told him, he had some The Gresham committee having humanely thoughts of bringing him on the stage. provided a means of leading to the discovery

Oh," replied the cynic, “ if that is your of lost or strayed children, the following intention, I think it is high time you should is a copy of the bill, issued in consequence burn his face.

of their regulation :

TO THE PUBLIC. On one of the first nights of the opera

London. of Cymon at Drury-lane theatre, when the late Mr. Vernon began the last air in the

If persons who may have lost a child, or fourth act, which runs,

found one, in the streets, will go with a

written notice to the Royal Exchange, they “Torn from me, torn from me, which way did they

will find boards fixed up near the medicine a dissatisfied musical critic immediately notices, (free of expense.) By fixing their

shop, for the purpose of posting up such answered the actor's interrogation in the notice at this place, it is probable the following words, and to the great astonish- child will be restored to its afflicted parents ment of the audience, in the exact tune of

on the same day it may have been missed.

The children, of course, are to be taken Why towards. Long-acre, towards Long-acre." care of in the parish where they are found, This unexpected circumstance naturally until their homes are discovered. embarrassed Vernon, but in a moment

From the success which has, within a poor recovering himself

, he sung in rejoinder, short time, been found to result from the the following words, instead of the author's! immediate posting up notices of this sort, “ Ho, ho, did they so,

there can be little doubt, when the knowThen I'll soon overtake her,

ledge of the above-mentioned boards is I'll soon overtake her."

general, but that many children will be Vernon then precipitately made his exit speedily restored. It is recommended that amidst the plaudits of the whole house.

a bellman be sent round the neighbourhood,

as heretofore has been usually done. Home Departinent.

Persons on receiving this paper are re

quested to fix it up in their shop-window, POTATOES.

or other conspicuous place. If potatoes, how much soever frosted, be only carefully excluded from the atmo The

managers of Spa - fields chapel spheric air, and the pit not opened until improving upon the above hint, caused

take her?"

the air,

CHILD LOST.
Sex
Name
Residence

Sex
Name

a board to be placed in front of their chapel

Ticket PORTERS. for the same purpose, and printed bills which

By An Act of common council of the city can be very soon filled up, describing the child lost or found, in the following of London, Heygate, mayor, 1823, the forms :

ticket porters are not to exceed five hun

dred.
CHILD FOUND.
Age

A ticket porter, when plying or working,

is to wear his ticket so as to be plainly May be heard of at Further particulars Further particulars

seen, under a penalty of 26. 6d. for each The severe affliction many parents suffer offence. by the loss of young children, should in No ticket porter is to apply for hire in duce parish officers, and others, in popu- auy place but on the stand, appointed by lous neighbourhoods, to adopt a plan so

the acts of common council, or within six well devised to facilitate the restoration of yards thereof, under a penalty of 58. strayed children.

For FARES OF TICKET-PORTERS.

half Qr. Half One

Two

mile Mile. Mile. Mile. Mile. Miles. farther.

every

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For every parcel above 14 lbs. which they may have to bring back, they are

allowed half the above fares.

« Protestant

A ticket porter not to take more than one his daughter to Rich, in Nov. 1657, the ob at a time, penalty 28. 6d.

lord protector threw about sack-posset Seven, or more, rulers of the society, to among all the ladyes to soyle their rich constitute a court.

cloaths, which they tooke as a favour, and The governor of the society, with the also wett sweetmeats; and daubed all the court of rulers, to make regulations, and stooles where they were to sit with wett annex reasonable penalties for the breach sweetmeats; and pulled off Rich his pethereof, not exceeding 20s. for each offence, ruque, and would have thrown it into the or three months' suspension. They may dis- fire, but did not, yet he sate upon it.”. charge porters who persist in breach of their orders.

OLD WOMEN. The court of rulers to hear and determine De Foe remarks in his complaints in absence of the governor. Monastery," that “ If any whimsical or

Any porter charging more than his re- ridiculous story is told, 'tis of an Old Wogular fare, finable on conviction to the

man. If any person is awkward at his extent of 208., by the governor, or the court business or any thing else, he is called an of rulers.

Old Woman forsooth. Those were brave Persons employing any one within the days for young people, when they could city, except their own servants or ticket swear the old ones out of their lives, and porters, are liable to be prosecuted. get a woman hanged or burnt only for

being a little too old-and, as a warning Manners.

to all ancient persons, who should dare to

live longer than the young ones think conOLIVER CROMWELL.

venient." The following is an extract from one of Richard Symons's Pocket-books, preserved

DUEL WITH A BAG: , amongst the Harleian MSS. in the British Two gentlemen, one a Spaniard, and Museum, No. 991. “ At the marriage of the other a Germani, who were recom

court.

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22 mended, by their birth and services, to “ 2d Class. I am thirty years of age, a the emperor Maximilian II., both courted

widow, in the grocery line in his daughter, the fair Helene Schar.

London-have children; of fequinn, in marriage. This prince, after

middle stature, full made, fair a long delay, one day informed them,

complexion and hair, temper that esteeming them equally, and not being

agreeable, worth 3,000l. able to bestow a preference, he should "3d Class. I am tall and thin, a littie leave it to the force and address of the

lame in the hip, of a lively dispoclaimants to decide the question. He did

sition, conversable, twenty years not mean, however, to risk the loss of one

of age, live with my father, who, or the other, or perhaps of both. He

if I marry with his consent, will could not, therefore, permit them to en

give me 1,0001. counter with offensive weapons, but had “4th Class. I am twenty years of age; mild ordered a large bag to be produced. It

disposition and manners; allowwas bis decree, that whichever succeeded

ed to be personable. in putting his rival into this bag should “ 5th Class. I am sixty years of age; inobtain the hand of his daughter. This

come limited; active, and rather singular encounter between the two gen

agreeable,
tlemen took place in the face of the whole
The contest lasted for more than an

Gentlemen.
hour. At length the Spaniard yielded, and “ Ist Class. A young gentleman with dark
the German, Ehberhard, baron de Talbert,

eyes and hair; stout made; well having planted his rival in the bag, took it

educated; have an estate of 5001. upon his back, and very gallantly laid it at

per annum in the county of Kent; the feet of his mistress, whom he espoused

besides 10,000l. in the three per the next day.

cent. consolidated annuities; am Such is the story, as gravely told by M.

of an affable disposition, and very de St. Foix. It is impossible to say what

affectionate. the feelings of a successful combatant in a « 2d Class. I am forty years of age, tall duel may be, on his having passed a small

and slender, fair complexion and sword through the body, or a bullet through

hair, well tempered and of sober the thorax, of his antagonist; but might

habits, have a situation in the he not feel quite as elated, and more con

Excise of 300l. per annum, and a soled, on having put is adversary“ into a

small estate in Wales of the anbag?"

nual value of 1501.

“ 3d Class. A tradesman in the city of “ A New MATRIMONIAL PLAN."

Bristol, in a ready-money busiThis is the title of a bill printed and dis

ness, turning 1501. per week, at tributed four or five years ago, and now

a profit of 101. per cent., pretty before me, advertising “ an establishment

well tempered, lively, and fond

of home. where persons of all classes, who are anxious

« 4th Class. I am fifty-eight years of age ; to sweeten life, by repairing to the altar of

a widower, without incumbrance; Hymen, have an opportunity of meeting

retired from business upon a with proper partners.” The plan” says, “ their personal attendance is not abso

small income; healthy constitulutely necessary, a statement of facts is ali

tion; and of domestic habits. that is required at first.” The method is

« 5th Class. I am twenty-five years of age; simply this, for the parties to become sub

a mechanic, of sober habits; inscribers, the amount to be regulated ac

dustrious, and of respectable concording to circumstances, and that they

nections. should be arranged in classes in the fol.

“ It is presumed that the public will not lowing order, viz.

find any difficulty in describing themselves;

if they should, they will have the assistance Ladies.

of the managers, who will be in attendance • 1st Class. I am twenty years of age, at the office, No. 5, Great St. Helen's,

heiress to an estate in the county Bishopgate-street, on Mondays, Wednes-
of Essex of the value of 30,0001., days, and Fridays, between the hours of
well educated, and of domestic eleven and three o'clock.--Please to in-
habits; of an agreeable, lively dis- quire for Mr. Jameson, up one pair of
position and genteel figure. Re- stairs. All letters to be post paid.
ligion that my future husband. « The subscribers are to be furnished

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THE BEAUTIES OP SOMERSET.

A BALLAD

with a list of descriptions, and when one occurs likely to suit, the parties may correspond; and if mutually approved, the interview may be afterwards arranged. Further particulars may be had as above."

Such a strange device in our own time, for catching would-be lovers, seems incredible, and yet here is the printed plan, with the name and address of the match-making gentleman you are to inquire for“ up one pair of stairs."

I'm a Zummerzetzhire man,
Zhew me better if you can,

In the North, Zouth, East, or West;
I waz born in Taunton Dean,
Of all places ever seen

The richest and the best, OLD BALLAD

Tuce, Alley Croker.

Topographical Memoranda.

That Britain's like a precious gem

Set in the silver ocean,

Our Shakspeare sung, and none condemn.
CLERICAL LONGEVITY.

Whilst most approve the notion -The following is an authentic account, But various parts, we now declare, from the “ Antiquarian Repertory,” of the Shine forth in various splendour, incumbents of a vicarage near Bridgenorth And those bright beams that shine most fair, in Shropshire. Its annual revenue, till the The western portions render;death of the last incumbent here mentioned, O the counties, the matchless western counties, was not more than about seventy pounds

But far the best,

Of all the rest, per annum, although it is a very large and

Is Somerset for ever. populous parish, containing at least twenty hamlets or townships, and is scarcely any

For come with me, and we'll survey where less than four or five miles in dia.

Our hills and vallies over, meter. By a peculiar idiom in that coun

Our vales, where clear brooks bubbling stray try, the inhabitants of this large district are

Through meads of blooming clover ;

Our hills, that rise in giant pride, said to live in Worfield-home :" and the

With hollow dells between them, adjacent, or not far distant, parishes (each

Whose sable forests, spreading wide, of them containing, in like manner, many

Enrapture all who've seen them; townships, or hamlets) are called Claverly,

O the counties, &c. or Clarely-home, Tatnall-home, Womburnhome, or, as the terminating word is every

How could I here forgetful be where pronounced in that neighbourhood,

Of all your scenes romantic, " whome.”

Our rugged rocks, our swelling sea, " A list of the vicars of Worfield in the Where foams the wild Atlantic! diocese of Lichfield and Coventry, and in the

There's not an Eden known to men county of Salop, from 1564 to 1763, viz. That claims such admiration, Demerick, vicar, last popish priest, con

Ay lovely Culbone's peaceful glen, formed during the six first years of Eliza

The Tempe of the nation ; beth. He died 1564.

O the counties, &c. Barney, vicar 44 years ; died 1608.

To name each beauty in my rhyme Barney, vicar 56 years; died 1664.

Would prove a vain endeavour, Hancocks, vicar 42 years; died 1707. I'll therefore sing that cloudless clims

Adamson, vicar 55 years : died 1763. Where Summer sets for ever; Only 4 vicars in 199 years.”

Where ever dwells the Age of Gold

In fertile vales and sunny,

Which, like the promis'd land of old,
SPELLING FOR A WAKE.

O'erflows with milk and honey;

O the counties, &c. Proclamation was made a few years ago, at Tewkesbury, from a written paper, of But 01 to crown my county's worth, which the following is a copy :

What all the rest surpasses,

There's not a spot in all the earth “ HOBNAIL'S WAKE_This his to give

Can boast such lovely lasses ; notis on Tusday next-a Hat to be playd There's not a spot beneath the sun at bac sord fore. Two Belts to be tuseld

Where hearts are open'd wider. fore. A plum cack to be gump in bags Then let us toast them every one, fowr. A pond of backer to be bold for, In bowls of native cider; and a showl to danc lot by wimen.”

O the counties, &c.

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