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sequence of which nobody will venture to Anecdotes for the Letters.
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. HOBLyy 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 * Ar 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, à 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
His wife was seventy
they had : they had only killed some Custom House officers."
to see his wife.
on a common.
Ar Tunbridge, while the Sexton was show
WALKING from Sapey to Ledbury with ing me the church, somebody brought him Edmund Seward, he pointed out a cottage the news of a townsman's death.
“ Is he
The cottager had planted dead ? is he dead at last ? thank God for
two apple trees before his door on the comit! it's the best piece of news I've heard
mon, to him important in value as furnishthis many a day." He was asked why he ing him with cyder. The manor came to a was so glad at the man's death ? Why" clergyman, and he went with a man to cut he replied, “ he has left me five shillings down the trees. on condition that I bury him in a particular corner of the church-yard."
* RETURNING to Brixton I saw two in
stances of English credulity. A woman was Going from Abergavenny we entered into shown for a wild Indian. I heard her singing conversation with a well dressed man in in a true cracked St. Gileses voice. A child one of the most delightful spots I had ever was shown as the most surprizing large child
We were on the edge of a wooded that ever was seen : 'twas a four years glen, a mountain stream in its bottom—the body, backward in mind, exhibited for one Brecknock mountains in view. Here"
of eighteen months forward in boly. said he, “is the finest spot in the kingdom to settle-such a situation !-water at com
* Ar Bristol I saw a shaved monkey shown mand a canal near and a railroad to
for a fairy; and a shaved bear, in a check bring coals to the door.” The fellow's waistcoat and trowsers, sitting in a great whole idea of a fine situation was to esta
chair as an Ethiopian savage. This was blish a manufactory.
the most cruel fraud I ever saw. The un
natural position of the beast, and the damWilkins the clergyman at Pill sent to a
nable brutality of the woman-keeper who poor man for his Easter dues. They amount
sat upon his knee, put her arm round his ed to two shillings. The man returned for neck, called him husband and sweet-heart, answer that he “ could not then pay the and kissed him, made it the most disgusting money, but on the Saturday next he should spectacle I ever witnessed. Cottle was have his pay and would bring it.” The
with me. poor fellow had offended a servant who had influence over his master, Wilkins, and pre
My father's Aunt Hannah had a life-hold vailed upon him to put him in the Bishops' estate, held at last upon the life of one laCourt. IIere the fees and expences daily in- bouring man. This fellow found out the creased, and when Saturday came, amounted importance of his life, and never would to a sum which he could not pay. He was
strike a stroke of work afterwards-he run arrested and carried to Ivelchester : it was
up a bill at the alehouse—then away went a cold season – he lay upon straw in the
his wife to Aunt Hannah — her husband prison--he was seventy-eight-died there, and was buried in the grave with a felon
The latter paragraph is of more recent date, who had been hanged. Mr. Kift related
- but not much. I may note here, that in Sou. this at Danverses this evening. He had as- they's early MSS, he wrote “ Danverses," and certained the facts. June 26, 1799.-Smart, “ Gileses,' &c. unmodernized. the man's name, a tyler, the debt was two
? I saw the like disgusting exhibition in Wol.
verhampton about the year 1817. The poor shillings, the law charges £30, and more, beast was then called, as I well recollect, the he ran away and was taken on venturing | Polo Savage.-J. W. W.
would be arrested - there was a bad fever me these circumstances on the faith of the in the prison, &c. The poor woman was person who asked him this question. thus perpetually harassed till the fellow died at last, and she was left destitute and * THERE is actually now in Bond-street a dependant.
man who teaches gentlemen for half a gui
nea to tie their cravatts! Many persons * DR. GRAHAM. I saw this half-knave, half- can remember a man who went in his own enthusiast twice: at one time he was bu- carriage to dress sallads at the same price. ried up to the neck in earth in the midst of his patients; at another, sitting up to * At Royston in 1793, I saw a hand-bill the chin in warm mud, with his hair in full announcing that a man whose name I do not pigeon-wing dress. As he was haranguing remember, would give his annual dinner, on upon the excellent health he enjoyed from a specified day, where every person should the use of earth-bathing, I asked him why be welcome. I learnt that he believed he was then in the mud-bath if he wanted himself wrongfully kept out of a large esno relief ? it puzzled him why-he said, tate : that he worked at some day labour, -“Why-it was-it was—to show people and lived very frugally the whole year, to that it did no harm — that it was quite in- spend his collected savings in this way, on nocent- that it was very agreeable — and his birthday every year, at an inn upon the -it gives me a skin as soft as the feathers estate which he claimed. - In my childof Venuses doves." A farmer once emptied hood there was a man at Bristol possessed a watering pot upon his head when he was with the same idea. He had vowed never buried, “ to make him grow" he said. Lat- to wash himself, or put on clean linen, or terly Graham was an evident enthusiast – comb his hair, cut his nails or shave till he he would madden himself with opium - had recovered his right. He kept the vow rush into the streets, and strip himself to and died in his dirt : they called him black clothe the first beggar he met; but the John. electrical bed was the infamous pandarism of a scoundrel. He lived upon vegetables, The Christ Church Smugglers say when and perpetually declaimed against making a drowned comrade is enquired for, “ he's the stomach the grave, the charnel house on the other side the water." of slaughtered bodies : in one of his pamphlets there is a page of epithets for wheat. The mother of Pat who nursed me lived
in service at London, in 1745. It was near * In 1797 there was a fellow, an old man, Tower Hill, and on the day that some of who professed himself to be the Wandering the rebel lords were executed she was sent Jew. He did not adhere to the legend, for beer to a pot house in that neighbourbut aid claim to higher antiquity; he had hood. While she was there a man brought “ been with Noah in the ark” he said, “and in some liver, which he gave to be drest, received from the he-goat a blow on the affirming with bitter curses that it was the forehead" of which the scar still remained. liver of one of the rebels. How have such Some person asked him what country he stories been circulated against the French, preferred of all that he had visited ? he as if the mad brutality of an individual answered, “ Spain." The questioner re- characterized his nation ! — But this was marked that that was singular as he was a probably the lie of a brutal bravo. Jew. “ God bless you," replied the ready rogue, ." it was long before Christianity One day in 1795, when Coleridge and I that I was in Spain, and I shall not go there were dining at the ordinary at the Ship, again till it is all over." Mr. Sloper told Small-street, Bristol, we heard a loud quarrel between the stable - boy, and young to their own house to enjoy the wedding. Hanmer the grocer next door. A lady There will be meat and drink and all other had lost a “curious" pigeon, and employed attendance such as they can afford ; it shall Hanmer to get it cried and pay a reward be ready for you, not for you to take it an of five shillings if it was recovered. The excuse further that you should not be instable-boy had a hawk which he carried to vited to the bride or the bridegroom sepathe bell-man-the bell-man looked—"God rately. I do invite you for them both, and bless my soul! it is a curious pigeon!"- you go to which you please. There will be and away they went to Hanmer.—“ Well ! | two musicks to divert while you are at this is the most curious pigeon I ever saw! meat, and to divert you to dance as long as I don't wonder the lady offered five shil- you chuse to stay after meat : if you
don't lings for it," — and he pays the stable-boy chuse to dance, you shall have pipes and the reward. The lady however knew a tobacco to divert you, with ale, either plain hawk from a pigeon — and Hanmer was ale or sweet ale only acquaint the waiter. now come to abuse the stable-boy for a There will be a large box of snuff to wait rogue and recover the money – which he on you if you chuse to take a pinch. had wisely spent.
The musicians are David James, harper,
and Wm. Jones, fidler. * WHEN Mrs. Danvers lived at Cirencester And Henry Morgan is the Inviter. a fellow showed for a penny the fork that belonged to the knife with which Margaret JOSEPH WHITE of Poole was an uncomNicholson attempted to kill the king. monly wealthy merchant. His will was very
extraordinary. He left each of his ships to Near Rownham I once met two men, the captain who commanded it for seven who were carefully lifting a square box years, after which they were to return them over a stile. I asked them what was in it ? | in good condition to his brother. His brothey told me “the little woman," whom ther was to use them with the rest of his they were carrying to show some lady at the fortune seven years - at the end of the Wells. They carried it with short poles fourteen Joseph expected to return to life like a little sedan something, and gimlet and reclaim his property.—A sailor in one holes were the only air avenues : for the of his vessels heard on his arrival, of his people would have seen her for nothing employer's death and was affected. Howhad there been a window !
beit, land, air, and an alehouse abated his feelings — they operated singularly — he
went to the merchant's grave — and lay Copied from the original. It is in Miss Bar
down upon it—" Joe," said he, “ Joe-Joe ker's possession and was sent to her uncle's
White-what-no answer?-not a word to house near Llandaff.
an old servant !- here, Joe—change me a A MESSENGER and inviter I am to the shilling"—and he threw one upon the grave. landlord and landlady of the house, and the
“ No answer
- Ah poor Joe-such a rich rest of the family, as they arise and sleep, fellow—and now canst not give change for them that likes the journey, to the wedding a shilling! -" Captain Stokes, whom of David Rees, millman at Cyfarthfa, and I met at Faro, and who told me this, was Gwenny Davies, sérvant maid at Richard once when a boatswain with a very wicked Crawshays Esq., against Saturday the 14th of May, she come out of her own house I The reader should refer to the notes on where they goes to live in burch grove,
“ Bride-Ale,” in Sir H. Ellis's edition of
Brand's Popular Antiquities. In my younger and he comes out of the next door, to
days these things were common in North Wales, Merthyr church to be married, and back as I dare say they are now.-J. W.W.
captain. One night, in calin weather, the The prospectus for the Beauties of Sen-
London Mag. 1759. Stokes was most amusingly superstitious. He said many ships were haunted, In the Lady's Diary 17 .., all the ladies' and sailors who knew their character would last years rebus's are answered by not embark in them. A captain told him in an Elegy on his Father's Death. that his mate at daybreak called him, to say three vessels were in sight. After * A woman in Herefordshire bakes two some time he came down again—he did not cakes annually on Good Friday, and lays know what to make of the vessels-whether them by. People come far and near for they were French or English — they vere
the crumbs of these cakes to cure diarrhea. 'em on-and he was coming up to them. Faith says they never mould — and never At eight in the morning he again roused the fail as a remedy. captain — they were close and in dangerthey were three pinnacle rocks like the * A Man in the Strand advertises that he Eddystone. It was between the Azores will contract with any person who will send and Cape St. Vincent. Stokes sailed in that him game from France, Norway or Russia ! course as near as possible to look for them -but in vain.
* Tue female Esquimaux when she stood
under the dome of St. Paul's, knowing it to A navy surgeon loved to prescribe salt be a temple, was imprest with the strongest water. He felloverboard one day: “Zounds, awe, and leant upon the gentleman who Will," says a sailor, " there's the doctor took her, as though she were sinking. At tumbled into his own medicine chest." last she asked, “Di man make it-or was
it put here?” Major Cartwright told me “ Damn the French !” said an Irish this.
they are such ignorant rascals ! here now," and he took off his hat and It is a trade to write advertisements. pointed to it : “ What do you think they A fellow wrote to Duppa, who he observed, call this that I have in my hand ?" “ That! had not leisure to attend to the science. It —why a hat I suppose.” “No-damn their was his profession : he wrote four for halfeyes—they call it a chapeau!"
a-guinea. Another fellow called upon him,
said he was intimate with the nobility and A man advertises an Infirmary for dogs could serve his work. “ I suppose, Sir, you - single dogs taken in to board and nurse allow centage."
Dr. Thornton had acat half a guinea per week.
"This l'aschal Loaf is still common in Sussex, Great reputation of Señor Joseph Miller and, I dare say, in Herefordshire. It is renewexl
each year; and the remarkable point is, that for wit.
many superstitiously keep it who cannot be per. suaded to communicate.-J. W. W.