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to be buried under the houses in Arundel “John Bell of Brekenbrow ligs under this Street. The upper part of the Parian Chro- stean, nicle, containing forty-five lines, is believed Four of mine een sons laid it on my weam.' to have been worked up in repairing a I liv'd all my days but (without] shirt or chimney.

strife, SIR HULDEBRAND Jacob had a pleasant

I was man of my meat, and master of my

wife. mode of travelling in the earlier part of his if thou'st done better in thy time than I life (1735). As soon as the road became

have done in mine, tolerably good, and the fine weather began Take the stean off o' my weam, and lay it to set in, he and his man set off with a port

upon thine." manteau, and without knowing whither they were going. Towards evening, when they Mr. Beaupre Bell sent to the Antiquarian came to a village, they inquired if the great Society a Latin version, which is truly a man loved books, and had a good library : masterpiece of mistranslation, -that is, of and if the answer was in the affirmative, Sir that sort of translation which effectually deHildebrand sent his compliments, that he stroys the life, spirit, and essence of an oriwas come to see him ; and then he used to ginal. stay till he was disposed to move farther.

" Ipse Caledoniis Bellus bene notus in oris In this manner he travelled through the Mole sub hâc, nati quam posuere, cubo. greatest part of England, scarcely ever

Mensa parata mihi, mihi semper amabilis sleeping at an inn unless when town or vil

uxor, lage did not afford one person civilized

Et placidæ noctes, et sine lite dies. enough to be glad to see a gentleman and a Heus, bone vir! siquid fecisti rectius istis, scholar."—Nichols's Anecdotes.

Hoc marmor tibi do quod tegat ossa li

bens." The appointment of the four canon residentiaries of York Cathedral is in the gift There is in the Bodleian atract describing of the dean, who is obliged by statute to give

" The most dangerous and memorable adthe vacant canonry to the first man he sees

venture of Richard Ferris, one of the five after the vacancy capable of taking it.- ordinary messengers of her Majesty's chamIbid.

ber, who departed from Tower Wharf on The day after Mr. Robins's murderer was

Midsummer day last past, with Andrew Hill hanged near Stourbridge, a noted party of and William Thomas, who undertook in a plunderers assembled under his gibbet, and small wherry boat to row by sea to the city drank his health! The first Sunday, more

of Bristowe, and are now safely returned." than 100,000 persons came to see him hang- Upon accomplishment of this voyage, “The ing in chains; and a kind of wake continued mayor of Bristow, with his brethren the alfor some weeks for ale and gingerbread, &c. dermen, came to the waterside, and wel“ For the information of Rosanna, who is comed us most lovingly, and the people came sadly disconcerted at remaining in ignorance

in great multitudes to see us, in so much of what all the country knows but herself, as, by the consent of the magistrates, they I have made a drawing of the scene; but I took our boat from us, not suffering us once am sorry to say she would rather see the original.” Rosanna is an old servant, too

Stick him i't weam, is a common expres

sion in Cumberland. The etymology of the old to go six miles to see the sight.

word is the same as that of Womb. Iceland,

Vömb, Dan. Vom. See SCHILTER'S Thesaur. in Ar Farlam, near Naworth Castle, was

v. Wamba, JUNII Gloss. in Evangel. Vers. Goth. this epitaph :

and Kiliana in v. Wambeys.-J. W.W.

to meddle with it, in respect that we were along, and knocked him down. The other all extreame weary, and carried our said got up and coolly said, “Who the devil boat to the high cross in the city; from sent you to London without a martingale ?" thence it was convayed to the Town House, there locked safe all night. And on the £100 was sent to a Mr. Averell in Irenext morning the people of the city gather- land, anonymously, to be laid out according ed themselves together, and had prepared to his judgment among the poorest missiontrumpets, drums, fyfes, and ensigns, to go aries who instructed the people in Irish. It before the boat, which was carried upon came from a Quaker, by the language. Avemen's shoulders round about the city, with rell, who had been pestered with anonymous the waites of the said city, playing orderly letters, not knowing the hand, refused to in honour of our rare and dangerous attempt take it in. It was returned to the Dead atchieved. Afterwards we were had to Letter Office, and being in due time opened Maister Maior's, to the aldermen and she there, was again returned to him. riffs' houses, where we were feasted most royally, and spared for no cost at the time NONE but the wearer can tell where the that we remained there."—British Biblio- shoe pinches, says the proverb. In like mangrapher, vol. ii. p. 552.

ner, none else can tell where it fits.

WHEN the Sunderlins were on Mont An- The age of puberty is the dangerous age ver (?), passing the day at Blairs Tower (?) in colonies as well as in individuals. to see the Mer de Glace, up came Lord Paget, the Marquis of Worcester, and his bro- It is a good anecdote of histrionic feeling ther, Lord C. Somerset, in dresses made for that Booth hated Cato the most of all the the excursion. They looked at the glacier, Romans.-Aaron Hill, vol. ii. p. 364. agreed nem. con. that it was damn'd curious," turned on their heels, and walked GEORGE Smith GREEN, a watchmaker at down again."

Oxford, published, somewhere about 1750

60, a specimen of a new version of Paradise THERE were in the room of an officer at Lost, into blank verse (?), " by which that an inn at Durham, twenty-four pair of boots, amazing work is brought somewhat nearer twelve pair of shoes, and four pair of slip- the summit of perfection.” pers.

Locusts, why so numerous? Other creaAr Leyburn I saw written up over a tures lay as many eggs, and yet do not mulshop, “Bride cakes and funeral biscuits." tiply to the annoyance of mankind. Is the

link destroyed that should have checked Ar Bentham, a village on the road from them ? Settle to Lancaster, “ Leeches sold here," at the bakers and pastry cooks.

The blood of the Jews, like that of the

Goths, is a strong blood. For wherever A dog at Congreve went regularly every there is a cross of it, the cast of the Mosaic Sunday to Penkridge church, during a whole features predominates. year that the church was under repair, and if he could get in, past the proper time in JOHNSON once heard a fisherman who was

skinning an eel, curse it because it would

not lie still. He noticed it as a striking inA man who held his head remarkably stance of human insensibility and inconsihigh, walked against one who was hurrying deration.

the family pew.

* Johnson tells a story of a man who was with his digestion, I did not learn, but his standing in an inn kitchen with his back to doubts were satisfied, and he became from the fire, and thus accosted the person next that time a zealous professor. him: “Do you know, Sir, who I am ?”– Josiah Conder once heard Huntington “No, Sir," said the other, “ I have not that the S.S. in the pulpit examine St. Paul and advantage.”—“Sir,” said he, “I am the St. James concerning their imputed differgreat Twalmley, who invented the new flood- ence of doctrine. “My dear Paul," he gate iron,"—that is, the box-iron with the said, “and my dear James," and so carried sliding door, or ironing box, flat heaters on the imaginary dialogue in a colloquial alone having till then been used, or possibly and familiar style, suited to his congregathe box-iron with the door and bolt. tion, but never bordering upon vulgarity.

At last the examiner brought St. James to The cross by the wayside a memento, a point which gave him occasion to exclaim, which, often as it is passed with indifference, Why you are of the same opinion as Paul must often excite a salutary thought; and after all!” — “To be sure I am,” replied he who condemns it as a superstitious me- James ; “the only difference is, that we morial, would do well to examine whether were speaking to different persons, under there is not in his own frame of mind more different circumstances." of sectarianism than of Christianity.

In 1815 I saw written on the walls in “The heathens," says South,"attributed London, “God save Napoleon! No ima kind of divinity or godhead to springs, posing kings by a foreign army !"_“No because of that continual inexhaustible ema- commissioners of hackney coaches !" in annation from them, resembling a kind of in- other place. finity."— Vol. ii. p. 539.

Among the odd things in the streets at

that time, was an eagle at the corner of OUR common laurel was first brought into Pall Mall and St. James's Street,-a beggar the Low Countries, 1576, (together with the walking with a ship on his head, -and anhorse-chesnut) from Constantinople, as a other mendicant without legs or thighs, present from David Unguad, the Imperial drawn in a low cart by two dogs abreast,ambassador in Turkey, to Clusius the bo- and a monkey playing upon a tambourine. tanist. It was sent to him by the name of 1815. Waterloo gown pieces,-in which Trabison-Curmasi, i. e. the Date of Trebi- the word made the pattern, or the pattern sond, but he named it Lauro-Cerasus.—MA- (rather) the word. son, Note to the English Garden.

Wellington door-knocker, designed by

Bray, ironmonger, of Cranbourn Street, Josiah Conder knew a man who began Leicester Square, claims the attention of to doubt the Scripture in general, because the nobility and gentry, as well deserving he did not think it possible that Nebuchad- notice, by bearing a public tribute of respect nezzar could have lived seven years upon to the hero of Waterloo. grass. And to ascertain this point, he set about grazing himself, and persevered in it, I HEAR of a goose feeder, who has made by his own account, a whole week, —which

a large fortune. was six days longer than Edward Williams, -but then the bard's was only a politico- Among the carriages which are going out economical experiment. How it agreed to Hayti, according to order, is one for some sequence of which nobody will venture to Anecdotes for the Letters.

duke who has chosen two hyenas for his All the Anecdotes I have marked with an asterisk have been used up either in Espriellu's supporters. Letters, or The Doctor, &c.-J. W. W.

the forge the next day. A master found * I DINED with a Vital Christianity Parson, these visits of his Satanic Majesty so frea fellow whose face was wrinkled into one quent and so troublesome, that at last he everlasting smile. He said he had been declared he would turn off the first man expending all his money in charity and who should see the Devil. One fellow saw religious purposes. He explained this to the ghost of a waggon with a great light in mean erecting an organ in his chapel at it, in a place where no mortal waggon could London.—" And I shall think myself badly have got. off, if it does not bring me in fifty per cent." Sittings are hired in these chapels, A WELSHMAN here had 500 tobaccoand where there is the best music there is boxes made at Birmingham with this inthere most custom.

scription in Welsh, “ He is an Englishman,

take care of him." The man had been * Mr. Severne was told by one of his cheated by an Englishman. parishioners, that the fairy rings were made by the Fairies, that the Fairies were never THERE are several weddings there every seen now, but they used to be seen in the Sunday. The bridegroom leads the bride olden times—in the times of the scriptures. by a pocket-handkerchief to church, pre“ Nay," said Mr. Severne, "you never read ceded by a harper. At a funeral there are of them in the scriptures." “Oh, yes you always several hundred followers. do, Sir. I hear you read of them almost every Sunday — of the Scribes and the

A MADMAN was conveyed from Rye to Pharisees."

Bedlam. They slept in the Borough, and

he suspected whither they were taking him. *MR. HOBLyn said that many of his pa- He rose before sun-rise — went to Bedlam rishioners he never heard of but when they -and told the keepers there that the next came up to be buried.

day he should bring him a patient, “ but

that in order to lead him willingly he had Ar Falmouth the Sexton found coal in been persuaded that I am mad, accordingly digging a grave; he concluded it must be

I shall come as the madman. He will be a mine, and ran with the news and the very outrageous when you seize him, but specimen to the clergyman. The surgeon you must clap on a strait waistcoat." Acexplained it, they had stolen a French pri- cordingly the sane man was imprisoned and soner who died, and filled his coffin with the lunatic returned home. He entered a coal that the bearers might not discover room full of his relations and friends, told its emptiness.

the story with exceeding glee, and imme

diately relapsed into his madness. The * At Falmouth the clergyman was desired other man had a strait waistcoat for about to bury a man. “Why, John,” said he to four days before he was exchanged. the sexton, we buried this very man ten years ago." They referred to the register At Merthyr, Danvers used a plaister and found it so, a mock funeral had been poll-parrot for an extinguisher. made for him that his relations might receive his rents.

The Pool smugglers who were hung for

the most cruel murder I remember to have Merthyr Tydvil. When the forge-men read of, told the judge, who dwelt upon want a day's drinking they find out that the the guilt of murder, that “nobody could Devil has appeared to one of them, in con- have a greater abhorrence of murder than

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Going from Abergavenny we entered into conversation with a well dressed man in one of the most delightful spots I had ever seen. We were on the edge of a wooded glen, a mountain stream in its bottom-the Brecknock mountains in view. “ Here said he, “is the finest spot in the kingdom to settle-such a situation !-water at command a canal near -- - and a railroad to bring coals to the door.” The fellow's whole idea of a fine situation was to establish a manufactory.

* RETURNING to Brixton I saw two instances of English credulity. A woman was shown for a wild Indian. I heard her singing in a true cracked St. Gileses voice. A child was shown as the most surprizing large child that ever was seen : 'twas a four years body, backward in mind, exhibited for one of eighteen months forward in borly.

* At Bristol I saw a shaved monkey shown for a fairy; and a shaved bear, in a check waistcoat and trowsers, sitting in a great chair as an Ethiopian savage. This was the most cruel fraud I ever saw. The unnatural position of the beast, and the damnable brutality of the woman-keeper who sat upon his knee, put her arm round his neck, called him husband and sweet-heart, and kissed him, made it the most disgusting spectacle I ever witnessed.

Cottle was

with me.

vailed upon

Wilkins the clergyman at Pill sent to a poor man for his Easter dues. They amounted to two shillings. The man returned for answer that he “could not then pay the money, but on the Saturday next he should have his pay and would bring it." The poor fellow had offended a servant who had influence over his master, Wilkins, and pre

him to put him in the Bishops' Court. Here the fees and expences daily increased, and when Saturday came, amounted to a sum which he could not pay. He was arrested and carried to Ivelchester : it was a cold season

- he lay upon straw in the prison-he was seventy-eight-died there, and was buried in the grave with a felon who had been hanged. Mr. Kift related this at Danverses this evening. He had ascertained the facts. June 26, 1799.--Smart, the man's name, a tyler, the debt was two shillings, the law charges £30, and more, he ran away and was taken on venturing

My father's Aunt Hannah had a life-hold estate, held at last upon the life of one labouring man. This fellow found out the importance of his life, and never would strike a stroke of work afterwards-he run up a bill at the alehouse-then away went his wife to Aunt Hannah — her husband

The latter paragraph is of more recent date, —but not much. I may note here, that in Southey's early MSS. he wrote “ Danverses," and “ Gileses,” &c. unmodernized.

? I saw the like disgusting exhibition in Wol. verhampton about the year 1817. The poor beast was then called, as I well recollect, the Polo Savage.-J. W. W.

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