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and recollection, has a real character in The same or the like flash of lightening our minds, and a real presence in our and cracks of thunder rent the parish hearts :-have we neither association nor church of Bongie, nine miles from Norrecollection with the name Juliet Capulet? wich, wroong in sunder the wiers and

D. wheels of the clocks, slue two men which

sat in the belfreie, when the other were at FLORAL DIRECTORY.

the procession or suffrages, and scorched Stramony. Datura Stramonium. an other which hardlie escaped.” Dedicated to St. Peter ad Vincula. This damage by lightning to the church

of Bungay, in Suffolk, is most curiously August 2.

narrated in an old tract, entitled “Å

straunge and terrible Wunder wrought St. Stephen, Pope, A. D. 257. St. Ethel very late in the parish Church of Bongay, dritha, or Alfrida. A. D. 834.

a Town of no great distance from the citie of Norwich, namely the fourth of

this August in ye yeere of our Lord, 1577, Tiger Lily. Lilium tigrinum.

in a great tempest of violent raine, lightDedicated to St. Alfrida.

ning, and thunder, the like whereof hath been seldome seene.

With the appeer

ance of an horrible shaped thing, senAugust 3.

sibly perceiued of the people then and The Invention of St. Stephen, or the dis

there assembled. Drawen into a plain covery of his relics, A. D. 415.

method, according to the written copye, by

St.
Nicodemus.

Abraham Fleming."
St. Gamaliel, A. D, 415.
St. Walthen, or Waltheof, A. D. 1160.

Mr. Rodd, bookseller, in Great Newport-street, Leicester-square, well known to collectors by his catalogues and collec

tions of rare and curious works, has reHolyhock. Althea rosea. printed this tract, and says, on the authoDedicated to The Invention of St. Ste- rity of Newcourt's “Repertorium,” vol i., phen's Relics.

p. 519, wherein he is corroborated by An

tony Wood, in his “ Athenæ Oxoniensis ;" August 4.

that of the narrator, Abraham Fleming, St. Dominic, Confessor, founder of the rector of St. Pancras, Soper-lane, from

nothing more is known than that he was friar preachers, A. D. 1221. St. Lua- October, 1593, till 1607, in which year he nus, or Lugid, or Molua, of Ireland, died. “ He was probably," says Mr. A. D. 622.

Rodd, “a schoolmaster, as his almost CHRONOLOGY.

literal translation of Virgil's Pastorals' Holinshed records, that in the year into English metre without rhime, and his 1577,“ on Sundaie the fourth of August, edition of Withall's Dictionary,' were inbetweene the houres of nine and ten of tended for the use of beginners in Latin. the clocke in the forenone, whilest the From his numerous writings and translaminister was reading of the second lesson tions, (a list of which may be seen in in the parish church of Bliborough, a Ames, Tanner, &c.,) he appears to have towne in Suffolke, a strange and terrible been an industrious author, and most protempest of lightening and thunder strake bably subsisted on the labours of' bis thorough the wall of the same church into pen.' the ground almost a yard deepe, draue In a monitory preface, well befitting downe all the people on that side aboue the context, Abraham Fleming says, twentie persons, then renting the wall up “ The order of the thing as I receiued the to the veustre, cleft the doore, and return- sãe I have committed to paper, for the ing to the steeple, rent the timber, brake present viewe and perusing of those that the chimes, and fled towards Bongie, a are disposed. It is grounded uppon towne six miles off. The people that trueth, and therefore not only worthie the were striken downe were found groueling writing and publishing, but also the hearmore than halfe an houre after, whereof ing and considering.” He then proceeds one man more than fortie yeares, and a to “reporte" his “straunge and wonderful boie of fifteene yeares, old were found spectacle," in these words :starke dead : the other were scorched. " Sunday, being the fourth of this Au

gust, in ye yeer of our Lord, 1577, to the in a visible fourm and shape, passed be amazing and singular astonishment of the tween two persons, as they were kneeling present beholders, and absent hearers, at uppon their knees, and occupied in prayer a certein towne called Bongay, not past as it seemed, wrung the necks of them tenne miles distant from the citie of Nor- bothe at one instant clene backward, in wiche, there fell from heaven an exceed- somuch that even at a momēt where they ing great and terrible tempest, sodein and kneeled, they strägely dyed. violent, between nine of the clock in the “ This is a wõderful example of God's morning and tenne of the day aforesaid. wrath, no doubt to terrifie us, that we

“ This tempest took beginning with a might feare him for his iustice, or pulling rain, which fel with a wonderful force and back our footsteps from the pathes of with no lesse violence then abundance, sinne, to love him for his mercy. which made the storme so much the more « To our matter again. There was at extream and terrible.

ye same time another wonder wrought: “ This tempest was not simply of rain, for the same black dog, stil continuing but also of lightning and thunder, the and remaining in one and the self same flashing of the one whereof was so rare shape, passing by an other man of the and vehement, and the roaring noise of congregation in the church, gave him the other so forceable and violent, that it such a gripe on the back, thal therwith made not only people perplexed in minde all he was presently drawen togither and and at their wits end, but ministred such shrunk up, as it were a peece of lether straunge and unaccustomed cause of scorched in a hot fire; or as the mouth of feare to be coceived, that dumb creatures a purse or bag, drawen togither with a with ye horrour of that which fortuned, string. The man, albeit hee was in so were exceedingly disquieted, and sense- straunge a taking, dyed not, but as it is lesse things void of all life and feeling, thought is yet alive : whiche thing is mershook and trembled,

velous in the eyes of men, and offereth “ There were assembled at the same much matter of amasing the minde. season, to hear divine service and com- “ Moreouer, and beside this, the clark mon prayer, according to order, in the of the said church beeing occupied in parish church of the said towne of Bon- cleansing of the gutter of the church, with gay, the people thereabouts inhabiting, a violent clap of thunder was smitten who were witnesses of the straungenes, downe, and beside his fall had no further the rarenesse and sodenesse of the storm, harme: unto whom beeing all amased consisting of raine violently falling, fear- this straunge shape, whereof we have beful flashes of lightning, and terriblecracks fore spoken, appeared, howbeit he escaped of thūder, which came with such un- without daunger : which might peradvenwonted force and power, that to the per- ture seem to sound against trueth, and to ceiving of the people, at the time and in be a thing incredible: but, let us leave the place aboue named, assembled, the thus or thus to iudge, and cry out with church did as it were quake and stagger, the prophet, O Domine, &c.-0 Lord, which struck into the harts of those that bow wonderful art thou in thy woorks. were present, such a sore and sodain “ At the time that these things in this feare, that they were in a manner robbed order happened, the rector, or curate of of their right wits.

the church, beeing partaker of the peo“ Immediately hereupā, there appeared ple's perplexitie, seeing what was seen, in a most horrible similitude and like- and done, comforted the people, and exnesse to the congregation then and there horted them to prayer, whose counsell, in present, a dog as they might discerne it, such extreme distresse they followed, of a black colour; at the sight whereof, and prayed to God as they were assemtogither with the fearful flashes of fire bled togither. which then were seene, moved such ad- “ Now for the verifying of this report, miration in the mindes of the assemblie, (which to sõe wil seem absurd, although that they thought doomes day was already the sensiblenesse of the thing it self cogcome.

firmeth it to be a trueth,) as testimonies “ This black dog, or the divel in such a and witnesses of the force which rested in likenesse (God hee knowethal who this straunge shaped thing, there are reworketh all,) runing all along down the maining in the stones of the church, and body of the church with great swiftnesse, likewise in the church dore which are and incredible haste, among the people, mervelously rēten and torne, ye marks as

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it were of his clawes or talans. Beside, per, and salt, on the second Sunday bethat all the wires, the wheeles, and other fore Easter, and that on his way home things belonging to the clock, were about half-past ten at night his watch was wrung in sunder, and broken in peces. snatched from him. The circumstance is

“ And (which I should haue tolde you noticed as an instance of the practice of in the beginning of this report, if I had keeping Care Sunday at the present time. regarded the observing of order,) at the time that this tempest lasted, and while these stormes endured, ye whole church Blue Bells. Campanula rotundifolia. was so darkened, yea with such a palpa- Dedicated to St. Dominic. ble darknesse, that one persone could not perceive another, neither yet might discern any light at all though it were lesser The Dedication of St. Mary ad Nives. St.

August 5 ihé the least, but onely when ye great flashing of fire and lightning appeared.

Oswald, King. St. Afra, and Compa“ These things are not lighily with si

nions, A. D. 304. St. Memmius, or lence to be over passed, but precisely and

Menge, Bp. A. D. 290. throughly to be considered. “ On the self same day, in like manner,

An Every-Day Complaint. into the parish church of another towne In the “London Chronicle" of the 5th called Blibery, not above sevē miles dis- of August, 1758, there is an advertisement tant from Bongay above said, the like from a sufferer under a disease of such a thing entred, in the same shape and simi- nature that, though the cure is simple, a litude, where placing himself uppon a description of the various afflictions and maine balke or beam, whereon some ye modes of relief peculiar to the progress of Rood did stand, sodainly he gave a swinge the disorder would fill many volumes. downe through ye church, and there also, To guard the young wholly against it is as before, slew two men and a lad, and impossible ; for like the small pox, every burned the hand of another person that one must expect to have it once, and when was there among the rest of the company, it is taken in the natural way, and if the of whom divers were blasted.

remedy is at hand, and the patient “ This mischief thus wrought, he flew follows good advice, recovery speediiy with wonderful force to no little feare of follows. The advertisement alluded to the assembly, out of the church in a hi- runs thus :decus and hellish likenes."

A For “a necessary prayer," and other Vauxball on Thursday night last, in particulars concerning this“ straunge and company with two gentlemen, could not but terrible wunder," which was " Imprinted observe a young gentleman in blue and a at London, by Frauncis Godly, dwelling gold-laced hat, who, being near her by the at the West End of Paules," the cu- orchestra during the performance, especirious reader may consult Mr. Rodd's ver

ally the last song, gazed upon her with the batim reprint of the tract itself, which is unmarried) she will favour him with a line

utinost attention. He earnestly bopes (if a “ rare" distortion of a thunder storm directed to A. D. at the bar of the Temple with lightning, well worthy to be pos- Exchange Coffee-house, Temple-bar, to in, sessed by collectors of the marvellous un form him whether fortune, family, and truths with which Abraham Fleming's age character, may not entitle him upon a furabounded.

ther knowledge, to hope an interest in her

heart. He begs she will pardon the method 1825. This day at the Northumber- he has taken to let her know the situation land assizes, James Coates, aged twenty- of his mind, as, being a stranger, he detwo, and John Blakie, aged sixteen, were spaired of doing it any other way, or even found guilty of robbing Thomas Hind- of seeing her more. As his views are march of his watch, on Sunday, the 20th founded upon the most bonourable princiwho lived at Howden Panns near Shields, this trifling formality of the sex, rather of March last. It appeared that Hindmarch, ples, le presumes to hope the occasion will

justify it, if she generously breaks through had been at Newcastle on Carling Sunday, than, by a cruel silence, render unhappy a day so called, because it is the custom one, who must ever expect to continue so, of the lower orders in the north of Eng- if debarred from a nearer acquaintance with land to eat immense quantities of small her, in whose power alone it is to complete peas, called carlings, fried in buiter, pep- his felicity.

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jesty, was born; and on the 2d of NoEgyptian Water Lily. Nelumbo Nilotica. vember, 1810, she died at Windsor. Her Dedicated to Our Lady ad Nives.

constitution was delicate, and subject to frequent and severe indisposition. On her

death-bed she anxiously desired to present August 6.

his majesty with a token of her filial duty The Transfiguration of our Lord. St. and affection; himself was suffering under

Xystus, or Sixtus II., Pope and Mar- an infirmity, the most appalling and humityr. Sts. Justus and Pastor, A. D. 304. liating in our nature, and in that state he Transfiguration.

approached her death-bed. She placed This, which stands in the English on his finger, a ring containing a small almanacs on the present day, is the name lock of her hair, set beneath a crystal of a popish festival, in celebration of the tablet, enclosed by a few sparks of diaglorified appearance of Christ on mount monds, and uttered with her dying breath Tabor.

“Remember me !" The words sunk deep

into the paternal heart, and are supposed FLORAL DIRECTORY.

to have increased a malady in the king, Meadow Saffron. Colchicum autumnaie.

which suspended his exercise of the royal Dedicated to the Transfiguration.

functions, and ended in the extinction of man's noblest faculty.

The princess Amelia's character has August 7.

hitherto' lain in the oblivion of silent St. Cajetan, A. D. 1547. St. Donatus, merit. The editor of these sheets is enBp. A. D. 361.

abled to disclose sentiments emanating Name of Jesus.

from her, under circumstances peculiarly There is no satisfactory reason for this of stain upon her reputation, commanded

affecting. Dignity of station and absence nomination of the present day in our towards her the respect and sympathy almanacs.

which accident of birth, and abstinence THE PRINCESS AMELIA. from evil, always command in the public On the 7th of August, 1783, the prin- mind : but there are higher claims upon cess Amelia, daughter to his late ma. it.

Homage, by rule and precedent prescribed,
To royal daughters from the courtier-ring
Amelia had ; and, when she ceased to live,
The herald wrote her death beneath her birth;
And set out arms for scutcheons on her pall;
And saw her buried in official state ;
And newspapers and magazines doled out
The common praise of common courtesy ;
She was “ most" good,“ most” virtuous, and so forth:
Thus, ere the Chamberlain's gazetted order
To mourn, so many days, and then half-mourn,
Had half expired, Amelia was forgotten !
Unknown by one distinguish'd act, her fate,
The certain fate of undistinguished rank,
Seems only to have been, and died; no more.
Yet shall this little book send down her name,
By her own hand inscribed, as in an album,
With reverence to our posterity.
It will revive her in the minds of those
Who scarce remember that she was; and will
Enkindle kind affection to her memory,
For worth we knew not in her when she lived ;
While some who living, shared her heart, perchance,
May read her sentences with wetted eyes,
And say, “ She, being dead, yet speaketh."

The princess Amelia relieved the in- Girl. You may depend on my never digent friends of three infant females from care, as to their wants, by fostering them forsaking you as long as I can be your at her own expense. She caused them to friend. Nothing but your conduct not be educated, and placed them out to businesses, by learning which they might being what it ought to be, can make me acquire the means of gaining their subsistence in comfort and respectability. give you up. Forget you, I never could. They occasionally visited her, and to one

Believe of them she was peculiarly attached ;

me, nothing shall be wanting, on her royal highness placed her with Mrs. my part, to restore you to what you Bingley, her dressmaker, in Piccadilly. In this situation

were; but you must be honest, open, -long she flourish’d, Grew sweet to sense and lovely to the eye, and true. Make Mrs. K, who is so Until at length the cruel spoiler came, Pluck'd this fair flow'r and rifled all its sincerely your wellwisher, your friend.

sweetness, Then Aung it like a loathsome weed away." Conceal nothing from her, and believe

The seduction of this young female me, much as it may cost you, at the deeply afflicted the princess's feelings ; and she addressed a letter to her, written moment, to speak out, you will find relief throughout by her own hand, which marks her reverence for virtue, 'and her afterwards, and I trust it may enable us pity for one who diverged from its pre- to make you end your days happily. scriptions. It is in the possession of the editor, and because it has never been To Mrs. Bingley, and all with her, you published, he places it to note the anniversary of her royal highness's birth in never can sufficiently feel grateful. Her the Every-Day Book. It is a public memorial of her worth; the only record of conduct has been that of the kindest her high principles and affectionate dispo- mother and friend, and, I trust, such sition. (copy.)

friends you will ever try to preserve; for, The accounts I have received of you, if with propriety they can continue their My poor Mary from Mrs. Bingley, have kindness to you, it will be an everlasting given me the greatest concern, and have blessing for you : but, after all that has surprised me as well as hurt me; as I happened, My dear Mary, I cannot conhad hoped you were worthy of the kinde sent to leaving you there. Though I ness you experienced from Mrs. Bingley, trust, from all I hear, your conduct and were not undeserving of all that had now is proper, and will continue so, yet, been done for you.

for the sake of the other young people, it Much as you have erred, I am willing must be wrong, and if you possess that to hope, My poor Girl, that those reli- feeling, and repent, as I hope you do, gious principles you possessed are still you cannot but think I am right. I trust firm, and that they will, with the good- you feel all your errors, and with the ness of God, show you your faults, and assistance of God you will live to make make you to repent, and return to what I amends; yet your conduct must be made hoped you were a good and virtuous an example of. The misfortune of turning

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