Зображення сторінки

parish. — Robert Joy.- S. L. Curlewis. – ceived any thing whatsoever, he was apt to James Sant, Churchwardens."

inquire the consequences of it, and what

effects he could do with it. And now I add Sir Rowland Hill bought Dash, a fa- this other degree of the same excellence, vourite pointer of Colonel Thornton, for that he can by words reduce the conse120 guineas, and a cask of Madeira, on con- quences he finds to general rules, called dition that if the dog were disabled for theorems, or aphorisms: That is, he can sporting at any time he should be resold to reason, or reckon, not only in number, but the Colonel for fifty guineas, to breed from. in all other things, whereof one may be Which repurchase accordingly took place. added unto, or subtracted from another.

“But this privilege is allayed by another, The history of Baillie the renegade, who and that is by the privilege of absurdity, was going to cut off Arthur Aikin's head to which no living creature is subject but because I had spoken of him in the Annual man only. And of men, those are of all most Review, is to be found in DR. NEALE's Tra- subject to it who profuss philosophy.” vels, p. 232.

Hobbes, pp. 19, 20.

“They that have no science, are in better * Mrs. WHITBREAD hired a servant in and nobler condition with their natural pruCornwall, who at the time of hiring thought dence, than men that by mis-reasoning, or herself bound to let the lady know that she by trusting them that reason wrong, fall upon had once had a misfortune. When the wo- false and absurd general rules.-Ibid. p. 21.” man had been some time in service, by a Wortley Stuart's motion for a change of slip of the tongue she spoke of something ministry: “The resolutions of a monarch which had happened to her just after the are subject to no other inconstancy than birth of her first child. “ Your first,” said that of human nature ; but in assemblies, Mrs. Whitbread, “ why, how many have besides that of nature, there ariseth an inyou had then?” “O ma'am," said she, “I've constancy from the number. For the abhad four." “ Four !” exclaimed the mis- sence of a few that would have the resolution tress,“ why, you told me you had had but once taken continues firm, (which may hapone. However, I hope you will have no pen by security, negligence, or private immore.” “Ma'am,” replied the woman, “that pediments,) or the diligent appearance of a must be as it may please God."

few of the contrary opinion, undoes to-day

all that was concluded yesterday.”— Ibid. “When we reason in words of general sig- p. 96. nification, and fall upon a general inference which is false; though it be commonly called “Good reason had Xenocrates to give error, it is indeed an ABSURDITY, or sense- order that children should have certain auless speech. For error is but a deception, rielets or bolsters devised to hang about in presuming that somewhat is past, or to their ears for their defence, rather than come; of which, though it were not past, or fencers and sword players ; for that these not to come, yet there was no impossibility are in danger only to have their ears spoiled discoverable. But when we make a general with knocks or cuts by weapons ; but the assertion, unless it be a true one, the pos- others to have their manners corrupted and sibility of it is inconceivable. And words marred with evil speeches.” – PLUTARCH, whereby we conceive nothing but the sound p. 52. are those we call absurd, insignificant, and nonsense.

“The reply of that great sufferer, the “I have said that a man did excel all other noble Marquis of Worcester, to the maior animals in this faculty, that when he con- of Bala in Merionethshire, who came to excuse himself and town for his lordship's bad carried about within the very church with loolging : ‘Lord! what a thing is this mis- great solemnity and sounding of horns. And understanding! I warrant you, might but I have heard that the stag which the family the king and parliament conferre together of Baud in Essex were bound to pay for ceras you and I have done, there might be as tain lands, used to be received at the steps right an understanding as betwixt you and of the quire by the priests of the church, I. Somebody hath told the parliament that in their sacerdotal robes, and with garlands the king was an enemy; and their believing of flowers about their heads. Whether this of him to be such hath wrought all the jea- was a custom before those Bauds were bound lousies which are come to these distractions; to the payment of that stag, I know not ; the parliament being now in such a case as but certain it is that ceremony savours more I myself am in, having green ears over their of the worship of Diana, and the Gentile heads, and false ground under their feet.' errors, than of the Christian religion.”— The parlour where the marquis lay was a Camden, p. 315. soft and loose ground, wherein you might sink up to the ancles: the top of the house NEIGHBOURHOOD of Smithfield and Warwas thatcht with ill-threshed straw, and the wick Lane. It is become a more fatal place corn which was left in the straw wherewith for oxen, and perhaps also for the souls of the house was thatcht, grew, and was then the inhabitants; for of an idolater there is as green as grass." – Bayle's Worcester more hope than of a heretic. The true Apothegms. Foulis, Pretended Saints, p. 187. Diana's worship has disappeared.

“ THERE is a place near St. Paul's, called The seraphim or musical glasses, to which in old records Diana's Chamber, where in the above title is truly appropriate from the days of Edward I., thousands of the their divine harmony, offer “a powerful heads of oxen were digged up; whereat the attraction to the lovers of harmony in geignorant wondered, whilst the learned well neral, and particularly to taste and science, understood them to be the proper sacrifices in the decline of the wonted powers of into Diana, whose great temple was built strumental performance, from the gentle thereabout. This rendereth their conceit: movement whereby the music of the seranot altogether unlikely who will have Lon- phim is produced; whilst to the sensibility don so called from Llan-Dian, which sig- of pain or sorrow it infuses the balm of connifieth in British the temple of Diana. And solation by the most soothing and delightsurely conjectures, if mannerly observing ful harmony." — COURIER, January 1st, their distance, and not impudently intrud

1814. ing themselves for certainties, deserve, if not to be received, to be considered."- A CEREMONY respecting a peculiar tenure FULLER's Church History, p. 1.

for lands in the parish of Broughton, Lin

colnshire, takes place at Castor church every “ The learned know that the Tauropolia Palm Sunday. A person enters the churchwere celebrated in honour of Diana. And yard with a green silk purse, containing ten when I was a boy," says Camden, “ I have shillings and a silver penny, tied at the end seen a stag's head fixed upon a spear, (agree- of a cart whip, which he smacks thrice in able enough to the sacrifices of Diana) and

the porch, and continues there till the second lesson begins; when he goes into the church

and smacks the whip three times over the 1 The learned Selden is the author of the conceit here alluded to. The reader is referred to

clergyman's head. After knceling before the notes in the Clar. Press edit. of FCLLER'S the desk during the reading of the lesson, Church History.- J. W. W.

he presents the minister with the purse, and

then retiring to the choir, waits the remainder of the service."

few paces, wheeled round, and came up to the scale as usual.

a harsh

S. GUTHLAKE at Crowland, " that is, the In the golden speech of Queen Elizabeth raw or crude land, so raw indeed, that be- to her last parliament, me and my are alfore him no man could digest to live thereon. ways printed with capital initials. The devils called it their own land. "Could those infernal fiends, tortured with immate- A NORFOLK gentleman farmer rode his rial fire, take any pleasure, or make any own boar for a wager from his own house ease to themselves, by paddling here in to the next town, four and-a-quarter miles puddles, and dabbling in the moist dirty distant, twenty guineas the wager, the time marshes ?'—If his prodigious life may be be- allowed an hour : Porco performed it in lieved, ducks and mallards do not now flock fifty minutes. thither faster in September, than herds of devils came about him.”—FULLER, p. 95.

CARDs. The manufacturers work at them

from seven in the morning till ten at night: "It is observed of the country people born and the consumers from ten at night till at Carlton in Leicestershire, that they have seven in the morning. all (proceeding from some secret cause in their soil or water) a strange uncouth wharl- LEOMINSTER, 1796. One of the Oxford ing in their speech.” — FULLER's Church dragoon horses got loose in the stable, and History, p. 125.

probably scenting a better supply of proRhotacismus is Camden's word, and he visions, found his way up a crooked stairsays most of the natives have it, “

case into the hay loft. The soldier who had and ungrateful manner of speech, with a the key of the stable in his pocket came guttural and difficult pronunciation.” Per- back presently, and missing the horse, ran haps originally a colony from Durham or in the utmost consternation to his officer. Northumberland, whose descendants had But on his way he heard the horse, who hail the burr still sticking in their throats.? put his head out of the pitching hole, and

was neighing as if to say, "Here I am." Queen CATHARINE buried at Peterbo- | There was no enticing or forcing him down rough. See FULLER, p. 206.

the stairs ; and they were wearied with at

tempting it, when he trod upon a trap door " It is Luther's observation, that in Scrip- which covered a hole for sacking hops ; it ture Son of man is always taken in a good gave way, his hinder part went first, for which sense ; but sons of men, generally the there was just room; his feet touched the worst acceptation.” — FULLER, book viii. ground, and in a few moments the rest fol

lowed, and he alighted with very little in

jury, only the loss of a few hairs and a little ATALANTA at Ennis races in Ireland, threw skin. her rider but won the race, looking back and quickening her pace as the other horses BENJAMIN Smith, of Peter House, Rector approached her. At the close she trotted a of Linton in Yorkshire, died 1777; a mighty

dancer before the Lord. He paid twelve ! I am not sure, but I think, in consideration guineas for learning one dance in France ; of its profaneness, the custom was done away and when riding on a journey, or to visit a with a few years ago. It was mentioned in the House of Commons.

friend in fine weather, he would sometimes · Pretty much the same statement is made, alight, tie his horse to a gate, and dance a suprà p. 393.

J. W. W. hornpipe or two on the road to the astonish

p. 22.

ment of any who happened to pass. He was A story circulated, that, as a party were equally fond of cribbage, and when he met at the pharo-table at Mrs. Sturt's, having with a poor person who could play well, he begun their game after returning from Sawould maintain them three or four months turday's opera on Sunday morning, a thunfor the sake of playing with them.

der-clap was heard, a slight shock of an

earthquake felt, the club became the colour The house at Huntingfield in Suffolk of blood, and the hearts black. where Lord Hunsdon entertained Queen Elizabeth. “The great håll was built round

Rowland Hill made a good remark upsix straight massy oaks, which originally on hearing the power of the letter H dissupported the roof, as they grew; upon these cussed, whether it were a letter or not. If the foresters and yeomen of the guard used

it were not, he said, it would be a very seto hang their nets, cross bows, hunting poles, rious affair for him, for it would make him great saddles, calibres, bills, &c. The roots ill all the days of his life. had long been decayed when I visited this

At the cliffs about Seaford, Sussex, the romantic dwelling, and the shafts sawn off at bottom were supported either by irregular eggs of the sea-fowl are taken as in Scotlogs of wood driven under them, or by ma

land, by lowering a man from above. sonry. Part of the long gallery in which the

“ June 18, 1796, a main at the Cock-pit queen and her attendants used to divert Royal, Westminster, between J. H. Durand themselves, was converted into an immense and J. Reid, Esquires, Bromley and Walcheese chamber.

ter feeders, for bonâ fide twenty guineas a “Her oak still standing. Hearne made a

battle, and a thousand the odd, "a more drawing of it for Sir Gerard Vanneck ;

numerous assemblage.of opulent sportsmen, seven feet from the ground it is nearly ele

or a greater field for betting money, has ven yards in circumference.” — C. Davy,

never been remembered." _“Candour comEsq.

pels us to confess the energetic fervour of

each party could not be exceeded, nor could In the parish of Caer y Derwyddon, which the honesty of feeders be ever brought to is between Corwen and Kerneoge Mawr,

a more decisive criterion. Employed by lived a weaver who played admirably upon gentlemen of the most unsullied honour, the violin by ear, without any knowledge the cause became enthusiastically sympaof music. He was a great cocker, and was

thetic, and it is universally admitted, a betsupposed to have the art of judging by the

ter fought main has never been seen in the egg whether the bird would be a good one.

kingdom. Walter had certainly a most He had procured some eggs of an excellent capital accumulation of feather, the Lowbreed, and entirely to his liking, when the thers, the Elwes, the Holfords, the Basinghen was carried off by a badyer. No other stoke, &c. &c., which (luckily for Bromley) hen was at hand, nor other bird to supply

were put in the back-ground of the Picture, her place. He immediately went to bed by the old blood of the late Captain Bertie, himself, took the six eggs into his own care,

Vauxhall Clarke, Cooper of Mapledurham, and hatched them himself in about two days. and a little of Bromley's Cock-bread from Four of his brood died, a cock and hen

Berkshire." were reared. The cock proved conqueror in a Welsh match, by which he won half a A CRICKET match at Bury between the flitch of bacon, and he used to say that the married women of the parish and the maidcock and hen of his own hatching, had sup- ens. The matrons won. The Bury women plied him with bacon and eggs for half a year.

Such a match was played here at Westchallenged all the women in their own county.

merit. He was well known as a maker of barometers.

An alphabetical cricket match between Dog tax. Dent received some hundred Lord Darnley and Lord Winchelsea. The dead dogs packed up as game. The slaughformer to choose players whose names be- ter was so great, and the consequent nuigan with the first eleven letters of the al- sance, men not thinking themselves bound phabet. Lord Winchelsea from the next to bury their dogs, that the magistrates in eleven.

some places were obliged to interfere. At

Cambridge the high-constable buried above The Duke of Queensberry betted 1000 400. About Birmingham more than 1000 guineas that he would produce a man who were destroyed. would eat more at a meal than any one whom Sir John Lade could find. The Duke

As a boy was climbing a tree in Gibside was informed of his success (not being pre- Wood, Durham, to rob a hawk's nest of its sent at the achievement,) by the following young, the old hawk attacked him, and he bulletin from the field of battle :-“ My was soon covered with blood. After a most Lord, I have not time to state particulars, severe conflict of several minutes, hands but merely to acquaint your Grace that proved superior to beak and claws, and the your man beat his antagonist by a pig and boy took his antagonist prisoner. an apple-pie.”

1796. A BET that within two years the 1796. Sunday afternoon, June 26, was beard would be commonly worn upon the interred in the churchyard of St. Leonard, upper lip and the point of the chin, à la Shoreditch, the remains of Mr. Patrick, the

Vandyke. celebrated composer of church-bell music, and senior of the Society of Cumberland July 30, 1796, was rung by the Society Youths. His productions of real double of Cambridge Youths, at the church of St. and treble bob-royal, are standing monu- Mary the Great, in Cambridge, a true and ments of his unparalleled abilities. The compleat peal of Bob Maximus, in five hours procession was singular and solemn; the and five minutes, consisting of 6600 changes, corpse being followed by all the ringing so- which, for the regularity of striking and cieties in the metropolis and its environs, harmony throughout the peal, was allowed each sounding hand-bells with muffled clap- by the most competent judges that heard it pers, accompanied by those of the church

to be a very masterly performance; esperinging a dead peal, which produced a most cially, as it was remarked, that, in point of solemn effect on the eyes and ears of an time, the striking was to such a nicety that innumerable concourse of spectators. Mr. in each thousand changes the time did not Patrick was the person who composed the vary the sixteenth of a minute, and the comwhole peal of Stedman's triples, 5040 pass of the last thousand was exactly equal changes, (till then deemed impracticable), to the first, which is the grand scope of for the discovery of which the citizens of ringing. Norwich advertised a premium of £50, which The time of ringing this peal shews that was paid him about three years since, with the late Professor Saunderson's calculation the highest encomiums on his superlative is pretty accurate, respecting the time it

would take to ring the whole number of Tarring in the summer of 1850. The stool-ball changes on twelve bells, which he stated at is likewise kept up here.-J. W. W.

A pig is still a provincial term for an apple forty-five years, six days, and eighteen hours, puff.-J. W. W.

without intermission.


« НазадПродовжити »