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out this long life enjoyed a state of unin Ilannah Want was of a serious and terrupted health ; and retained her memo- sedate turn; not very talkative, yet ry and perception to the end with a cheerfully joining in conversation. She ciearness truly astonishing. Till the day was a plain, frugal, careful wife and moprevious to her decease she was not con- ther; less inclined to insist on rights, kned to her bed; and on the 105th anni- than to perform duties; these she executversary of her birth, entertained a party ed in all respects, “and all without hurry of her relatives who visited her to cele or care.” Her stream of life was a gentle brate the day: she lived to see a nume flow of equanimity, unruffled by storm or rous progeny to the fifth generation, and accident, till it was exhausted. She was at her death there are now living children, never put out of her way but once, and grand-children, great-grand-children, and that was when the house wherein she great-great-grand-children to the number lived at Bungay was burned down, and of one hundred and twenty-one." none of the furniture saved, save one
An intelligent correspondent writes: featherbed. * As it is not an every-day' occurrence In answer to a series of questions from for people to live so long, perhaps you the Editor, respecting this aged and remay be pleased to immortalize Hannah spectable female, addressed to another Want, by giving her a leaf of your correspondent, he says, “ What a work Every-Day Book." That the old lady you make about an old woman ! "I'll may live as long after her death as this answer none of your siliy questions; ax work shall be her survivor the Editor can Briant !' as a neighbouring magistrate promise, “ with remainder over” to his said to sir Edmund Bacon, who was ex. survivors.
amining him in a court of justice. The Hannah Want, in common with all old woman was well enough. There is long-livers, was an early riser. The fol- nothing more to be learned about her, than lowing particulars are derived from a how long a body may crawl upon the correspondent. She was seldom out of earth, and think nothing worth thinking berl after nine at night, and even in win. -as if thinking was put an idle waste ter; and towards the last of her life, was of thought ;' and how long a person to seldom in it after six in the morning. whom naught is every thing, and every Her sleep was uniformly sound and tran- thing is nothing', did nothing worth doing. quii; ber eye-sight till within the last I suppose that the noted H. W. knew as three years was clear; her appetite, till much of life in 105 hours, as Hannah two days before her death, good; her Want did in 105 years. All I know or memory excellent; she could recollect can learn about her is nothing, and if you and discourse on whatever she knew can make any thing of it you may. during the last century. Her diet was Some of our free-knowledgists, ' with a plain common food, meat and poultry, pale cast of thought' have taken a cast pudding and dumpling, bread and vege- of her head, and discovered that her tables in moderate quantities ; she drank organ of self-destructiveness was harmo. temperately, very temperately, of good, nized by the organ of long-livitiveness." very good, mild home-brewed beer. This latter correspondent is too hard upon During the last twenty years she had not Hannah; but he encloses information on taken tea, though to that period she had another subject that may be useful herebeen accustomed to it. She never had after, and therefore what he amusingly the small pox, and never had been ill. says respecting her, is at the service of Her first seventy-five years were passed at those readers who are qnalified to make Bungay in Suffolk, her last thirty, at the something of nothing. adjoining village of Ditchingham in Nor
A portrait of Hannah Want, in 1824, folk. She was the daughter of a farmer when she was in her 104th year, taken named Knighting. Her husband, John by Mr. Robert Childs, “ an ingenious Want, a maltster, died on Christmas-day, gentleman” of Bungay, and etched by him, 1802, at the age of eighty-five, leaving furnishes the present engravivg of her. Hannah ill provided for, with an affectionate and dutiful daughter,who was better
FLORAL DIRECTORY than house and land; for she cherished her surviving parent when “ age and Friars' Minors Soapwort. Saponaria want, that ill-matched pair, make count
Oficinalis. less thousands ourn.
Dedicated to the Guardian Angels.
« Othello's occupation was gone." By an artist, presented the Editor with a this time, if the conditions of the auction
old associations, to take place without
St. Gerard, Abbot, A. D. 959. The two Dedicated to St. Dionysius
Not e'en the noble banks of silver Seine
Majestic scenes, all silent as the tomb;
While shadowy forms seem gliding through the gloom
public sale of the toll-house, and all the 1 St Francis of Assisium, A. D. 1226. Sts. materials enumerated in the accompany i
Marcus, Marcian, &c. St. Petronius, ing catalogue. If you were not present. 1
, the drawing I have sent may interest you
as a view of the old toll-house and the
last scene of its eventful history. You
&re at liberty to make what use of it you
The sale commenced at one
o'clock, the auctioneer stood under the Before the close of the sessions of par- arch before the door of the house on the liament in 1825 an act passed for the re
north side of Piccadilly. Several carriage moval of the toll-gate at Hyde-park-cor- folks and equestrians, unconscious of the per, with a view to the free passage of removal of the toll, stopped to pay, whilst horsemen and carriages between London the drivers of others passed through and Pimlico. So great an accommoda- knowingly, with a look of satisfaction at tion to the inhabitants of that suburb, ma their liberation from the accustomed tre nifests a disposition to relieve other grow. striction
at that place. The poor die ing neighbourhoods of the metropolis mantled house without a turnpike, men from these vexatious imposts. On the seemed “almost afraid to know itself"> present occasion a gentleman, evidently day when it was sold; it is engraved op left on the spot. I have thought this Pozitele This liberal communication was ench permalin here any change in the link accompanied by the subjoined letter :To the Editor of the Every-Day Book.
tory of improvement,
record. I have taken the liberty of enclosing
I remain, sir, you a representation of a scene which inok place at Hyde-park-corner last Tuesday, October 4th, being no less than the
or full of
he is sent without any contradiction. He into a fish, though you rince it and scous lifts not his foote against any one; he it with ever so cleanly cookery."* bytes; not he is no fugitive, nor malicious The modern poet, quoted by A. B., affected. He doth all things in good sort, proceeds to celebrate a virtue, for which and to his liking that hath cause to em no one to this day had been aware that ploy him. If strokes be given him, be the Ass was remarkable. cares not for them; and, as our modern
One other gift this beast hath as his owne, poet singeth,
Wherewith the rest could not be furnished; “Thou wouldst (perhaps) he should become On man himselfe the same was not bethy foe,
stowue, And to that end dost beat him many times; To wit-on him is ne'er engendered He cares not for himselfe, much lesse thy The hatefull rermine that doth teare the
skin Certainly Nature, foreseeing the cruel And to the bode [body] doth make his usage which this useful servant to man passage in. should receive at man's hand, did pru
And truly when one thinks on the suit dently in furnishing him with a tegument of impenetrable armour with which Na. impervious to ordinary stripes. The ma
ture (like Vulcan to another Achilles) lice of a child, or a weak hånd, can make
has provided him, these subile enemies feeble impressions on him. His back
to our repose, would have shown some offers no mark to a puny foeman. Toa dexterity in getting into his quarters. As common whip or switch his hide presents the bogs of Ireland by tradition expel an absolute insensibility. You might as toads and reptiles, he may well defy these well pretend to scourge a school-boy small deer in his fastnesses. It seems with a tough pair of leather breeches on. the latter had not arrived at the exquisite His jerkin is well fortified. And there- policy adopted by the human vernin fore the Costermongers
« between the is between 1790 and 1800." years 1790 and 1800" did more politicly
But the most singular and delightful ihan piously in lifting up a part of his gist of the Ass, according to the writer upper garment. I well remember that of this pamphlet, is his voice ; the "goodig. beastly and bloody custom. I have often sweet, and continual brayings" of which, longed to see one of those refiners in dis.
“ whereof they forme a melodious and cipline himself at the cart's tail, with just proportionable kinde of musicke," seem such a convenient spot laid bare to the to have affected him with no ordinary tender mercies of the whipster. But
pleasure. “Nor thinke I," he adds, " that since Nature has resumed her rights, it is any of our immoderne musitans can to be hoped, that this patient creature deny, but that their song is full of exceeddoes not suffer to extremities; and that ing pleasure to be heard; because there to the savages who still belabour his poor in is to be discerned both concord, discarcase with their blows (considering the cord, singing in the meane, the beginning sort of anvil they are laid upon) he might to sing in large compasse, then following in some sort, if he could speak, exclaim
to rise and fall, the halfe note, with the philosopher, "Lay on : you whole note, musicke of five voices, firme beat but upon the case of Anaxarchus.”
singing by four voices, three together or Contemplating this natural safeguard, one voice and a halfe. Then their varie i his fortified exterior, it is with pain Í able contrarieties amongst them, when one view the sleek, foppish, combed and cur- delivers forth a long tenor, or a short, the ried, person of this animal, as he is trans- pansing for time, breathing in measure, muted and disnaturalized, at Watering breaking the minim or very least moment Places, &c. where they affect to make a of time. Last of all to heare the musicke palfrey of brm. Fie on all such sophis- of five or six voices chaunged to so many tications ! — It will never do, Master of Asses, is amongst them to heare a Groom. Something of his honest shaggy song of world without end." exterior will still peep up in spite of you There is no accounting for ears; or for -his good, rough, native, pine-apple that laudable enthusiasm with which an coating. You cannot “refine a scorpion Author is tempted to invest a favourite • Who this modern poet was, says Mr. c., is é fections. I should otherwise, for my owu
subject with the most incompatible per secret worth discovering. - The wood-cut on the title of the Pamphlet is-an Ass with a wreath of laurel
• Milton: from memory.
round his neck.
taste, have been inclined rather to have Monks, A. D. 1101. St. Faith or 'giren a place to these extraordinary mu Fides, and others. sicians at that banquet of nothing-less
Faith. tban-sweet sounds, imagined by old Je This name in the church of England remy Collier (Essays, 1698; Part. 2. calendar and almanacs belongs to a saint 0. Music.) where, after describing the of the Romish church. inspirating effects of martial music in a According to Butler, St. Faith was a battle, he hazards an ingenious conjec- female of Aquitain, put to death under ture, whether a sort of Anti-music might Dacian. He says she was titular saint of not be invented, which should have quite several churches in France, particularly the contrary effect of “ sinking the spić that of Longueville in Normandy, which fits, shaking the nerves, curdling the was enriched by Walter Giffard, earl of blood, and inspiring despair, and cowar- Buckingham. He also says she was dice and consternation." "" Tis probable” patroness of the priory of Horsam, in be says, “the roaring of lions, the warb- the county of Norfolk;" that “the subling of cats and screech-owls
, together terraneous chapel of St. Faith, built with a mixture of the howling of dogs, under St. Paul's, in London, was also judiciously imitated and compounded, very famous ;” and that “ an arm of the might go a great way in this invention.” saint was formerly kept at Glastenbury." The dose, we confess, is pretty potent, Nevertheless, Mr. Audley thinks, that as and skilfully enough prepared. But what the ancient Romans deified Faith accordshall we say to the Ass of Silenus (quoted ing to the heathen mythology, and as chrisby Tims), who, if we may trust to classic tian Rome celebrates on August 1st the lore, by his own proper 'sounds, without passion of the holy virgins, Faith, Hope, thanks to cat or screech-owl, dismaid and and Charity, it is highly probable these put to rout a whole army of giants ? virtues have been mistaken for persons; Here was Anti-music with a vengeance; a and, admitting this, Dr. M. "Geddes whole Pan-Dis-Harmonicon in a single smartly says, “they may be truly said to lungs of leather!
ave suffered, and still to suffer martyrBut I keep you trifling too long on this dom at Rome.” Mr. Audley adds, Asinine subject. I have already past the
“ There is indeed the church of St. Faith Pons Asinorum, and will desist, remem at London ; but as our calendar is mostly bering the old pedantic pun of Jem Boyer, copied from the Romish one, that will my schoolmaster:
account for the introduction of the good Ass in presenti seldom makes a WISE virgin amongst us." ** man in futuro.
This saint was an anchoret and the FLORAL DIRECTORY. Starlike Camomile. Boltonia Asteroides. is stiled by writers of his own age
founder of the Carthusian monks. He Dedicated to St. Placidus.
ter of the Chartreuse;" from his order comes our Charter-house at London.
A prelate of the same name is reOctober 6.
nowned in story, and his last adventures St. Bruno, Founder of the Carthusian are related in verse.
Bruno, the bishop of Herbipolitanum, sailing in the river of Danubius, with Henry the
Third, theu emperour, being not far from a place which the Germanes call Ben Strudel, or the devouring gulfe, which is neere unto Grinon, a castle in Austria, a spirit was beard clamouring alond, ‘Ho! ho ! bishop Bruno, whither art thou travelling? but dispose of thyself how thou pleasest, thou shalt be my prey and spoile.' At the hearing of these words they were all stupified, and the bishop with the rest crost and blest themselves. The issue was, that within a short time after, the bishop feasting with the emperor in a castle belonging to the countesse of Esburch, a rafter fell from the roof of the chamber wherein they sate, and strooke him dead at the table."
Heywood's Hierarchie of the blessed Angeles
• Comp. to Almanac.