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over-abused. So bad as Pope's Homer it and in travesting the first book of Pope's cannot by any possibility have been, i. e. it Iliad with Ducket, under the title of Hocannot so misrepresent and debase the ori- merides, by Sir Iliad Doggrel: for which ginal.

Pope put him in the Dunciad.

John Howe. Mr. Nichols has transcribed an account Benjamin Stilling fleet.-169*1-1771. of this gentleman, which deserves retran- "I HAVE lately," says GRAY,“made an acscription. (Nichols' Collection, vol. 1, p. 209.) quaintance with this philosopher, who lives

in a garret in the winter, that he may sup

port some near relations who depend upon Thomas Lord Lyttleton.—1744-1779. him. He is always employed, consequently Poems by a young Nobleman of distin- (according to my old maxim) always happy, guished abilities, lately deceased, 4to. 1780. always cheerful, and seems to me a worthy, These, according to Mr. Park, are admitted honest man. His present scheme is to send to be his. The Letters published as his some persons properly qualified to reside a are said to have been written by Mr. Combe. year or two in Attica, to make themselves

The remarkable story of his death is cer- acquainted with the climate, productions, tainly believed in the family.

and natural history of the country, that we Mr. Park has published his portrait. I may understand Aristotle, Theophrastus, never saw a countenance so thoroughly ex

&c. who have been Heathen Greek to us for pressive of a debauched heart.

so many ages; and this he has got proposed to Lord Bute, no unlikely person to put it

in execution, as he is himself a botanist." Sneyd Davies.1769.

See Gentleman's Magazine, 1776, p. 162. Fellow of King's College, Cambridge, Pennant says of him, prefixed to his British

496, and for 1777, p. 440. See also what rector of Kingsland in Herefordshire, pre

Zoology, vol. 4. bendary of Litchfield, archdeacon of Derby, and D.D.

Walter Pope.-Fawsley, NorthamptonSir Thomas Burnet.-1753.

shire, 1714. YOUNGEST son of the bishop, consul at WALTER POPE was elected from WestLisbon, and afterwards king's serjeant, and minster to Trinity College, Cambridge, 1645, judge of the Common Pleas. A volume of but removed to Oxford, where he was suchis Poems was printed in 1777.

cessively scholar, fellow, and dean of WadIt is recorded of him in the days of his ham. In 1658, when he was junior proctor, levity, that his father one day seeing him

an attempt was made to abrogate the statute uncommonly grave, asked what he was me- for wearing caps and hoods; he frustrated ditating ? " A greater work,” replied the it, and this he called the most glorious action

than your lordship's History of the of his life.? Reformation." " What is that, Tom ?" “My own Reformation, my lord.” “I shall

I Watt, in the Bibliotheca Britannica, says be heartily glad to see it,” said the bishop, he was born about 1702. He was grandson to 'but almost despair of it.” It was how the Bishop.-J. W. W. ever accomplished.

2 “ Believe me,” says CUMBERLAND, “there

is much good sense in old distinctions. When He edited his father's History of his own

the law lays down its full-bottomed periwig, you Times, and was concerned in the Grumbler, / will find less wisdom in bald pates than you are


He was half brother to Bishop Wilkins, had feeling enough to admire and study the and one of the first fellows of the Royal So- great masters of the art. Though one of ciety. His publications were numerous and nine children, he had the misfortune to be unimportant; but his Old Man's Wish is the last of his family. one of those ballads which are never likely The metre of the ode in these selections to lose their estimation and popularity. is singular.

One of his works deserves mention, his Moral and Political Fables, ancient and modern; done into measured Prose, inter

Knightley Chetwood.Coventry, 1720. mixed with Rhyme. 1698. By measured

Dr. CHETWOOD was chaplain to James II. prose, blank verse is meant, in which a

who nominated him Bishop of Bristol, but couplet is occasionally introduced. Daniel had done this before him, and done it far passed the seals. He was made Dean of

abdicated the kingdom before his election better. I have seen also the same thing in Spa- borough as chaplain to the English forces.

Gloucester, and went abroad with Marlnish.

The Dissertation prefixed to Dryden's VirNichols, vol. 1, p. 173. The Old Man's

gil in 1697, is his. Wish.

But see, if possible, for the enlarged edition, in twenty stanzas, published in folio, 1693, under the title of the Wish.

Charles Dryden.1704. DRYDEN's eldest son. He was usher of

the palace to Pope Clement XI. and was William Duncombe.-1689-1769.

drowned in the Thames, near Windsor. He published, 1. a translation of Racine's Athaliah. 1722. 2. Lucius Junius Brutus, a Tragedy. 1735. 3. The Works of Horace,

Thomas Catesby, Lord Paget.1742. in English Verse, by several Hands. 1757, 2 vols. 8vo. A second edition in four vo

He died before his father, the first Earl lumes appeared in 1762. He edited the

of Uxbridge. He published an Essay on Works of Mr. Needler in 1724.

Human Life, which was printed in a sup

2. The Poems of Hughes, his brother-in-law, 1735. plement to Pope's Works, 1757; and is said 3. The Miscellanies of Jabez Hughes. 4. by Mr. Park to be perhaps the closest imiThe Works of Samuel Say, 1745; and, 5.

tation of that poet's ethical essays. And a Seven Sermons, by Archbishop Herring.

volume of Miscellanies in Prose and Verse, 1741.

Thomas Edwards.-1699-1758.

Joseph Spence.-1768. AUTHOR of the Canons of Criticism. In

A VERY amiable man, who was drowned the dark age of English poetry, Edwards in his own fish pond. In the Tales of the

Genii his character is drawn under the aware of.”—Choleric Man. This passage is elsewhere referred to by Southey. I'may add from clumsy name of Phesoi Ecneps, i. e. Jothe Gull's Horn-Book, “Come, come; it would seph Spence read backwards. be but a bald world, but that it wears a periwig.” p. 48. Reprint by J. N. 1812.

J. W. W.

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Door brass for the servant's fingers, the Letters from England by a Spaniard. clean custom of a dirty people.

FAR better mode of exposing Novel prospects. Hedges. Hay-making.
folly than by novels.

Country houses.
The journals of my own tours The Spanish sheep produce good wool :

shall be given with characteristic the English good mutton. minuteness, in a lively stile and full of all the I have heard two instances of the misanecdotes that I have collected. They will chief done by wasps ; the one in Herefordderive a Spanish cast, from drawing general shire,—a gentleman and his wife in a oneconclusions from single circumstances, and horse chair were attacked in a bye-road by from the writer's wish to find the English a nest of these insects. They were overas much upon a level with his own country- turned, and escaped with little injury. The men as he can.

horse died in consequence of the stings. Thus the theatre affords him an oppor- Mr. Rowe knows a lady who with her child tunity of retaliating the contempt exprest was attacked in the same way; her bosom by Englishmen of the Spanish stage. A was full of them, but she recovered. Mystrolling play may equal my Coruña exhi- self once suffered five stings at once. An bition.

odd circumstance happened at Mr. Lamb's' The Catholic may in his turn deride re

--a wasp's nest was taken by the usual meformed worship, the vital Christianity cant. thod of suffocation, and brought into the The Quaker silence may be described as parlour to show the family. They went out striking him with awe—till a speaker rose. to walk, and left it there. By the time they

Astonishment at the taxes. Stopt win- returned, the wasps were recovered, and dows.

they found them all flying about the Heretical intolerance. Elizabeth's perse- room. cution of the Puritans. Birmingham riots.

Dr. Hunter's Museum. I can borrow Apostle Spoons.

Carlisle's book. Horses' tails and ears.

Crimping. Pressing. Wall bills in London. Persons lost. Re- State of the poor. Laws of settlement. wards for apprehending murderers. Quack Universities. The seminaries of our clerbills. Debating societies, &c. &c.

gymen. Fashions. The pudding cravatts invent- Excellent roads in England; their dised to hide a poultice. Two watches. Many advantages not obvious. The servants who under-waistcoats and the coat at the same go to summerize in the country with their time dragged back over the shoulders. Hands in the coat-pockets. Bandalores.

· This was his early friend, T. P. Lamb, Esq. Padded coats to look broad-breasted. of Mountsfield Lodge, near Rye.-J. W. W.


effect upon

masters, corrupt the women. An emulation | fully there, and are very effectual, being of folly and extravagance is excited. The sown and planted by the Romans for chiprovisions are carried to the great towns, rurgical uses.

.-R. B. Adm. Curios. and thus rendered scarce and dear on the spot.

Gondomar bade a Spanish post who was The Catholics' defence of relics, of cere- returning to his own country remember him monious worship, of regulated convents, of to the sun, for it was a long time since he purgatory, of a cheerful Sunday. Prayers had seen him here, and he would be sure to for the dead, do they not produce a good find him in Spain.-R. B.

the living ? Protestant absolution.

Fanatics at Newbury. - Adm. Curios., The English have no business to abuse p. 12. Spanish oppressions and cruelty. The East Indies. The West. The scalping in Ame

GARSTANG.-Cyclopædia. rica. Ireland. Never let them abuse Alva.

“REGNUM Diabolorum,” was a phrase apBesides, English atrocities have been always perpetrated by petty rascals; there sidering foreigners' mouths. Preface to

plied to England, and common in unconhas been nothing to counterbalance it in

MOLESWORTH's Account of Denmark. their character, as in Cortes—even in Pizarro. Wyoming. Glencoe.

LONDON consumes butcher's-meat to the The remarkable instance of honour in the

amount of seven millions sterling annually. Spanish prisoner, in Richard II.'s reign. Fox-hunting,

CALF fed for the London market is said Stone the plumbs. If this were a dead

to consume as much milk as would make a language, said a Frenchman to me,—what

hundred weight of cheese. would an antiquarian make of that phrase ?

There is a Committee of Art or of Taste “ What is thy disease—a consumption ?

who decide upon the designs sent in for indeed a certain messenger of death ; but

public monuments. The best artists will not know, that of all the bayliffs sent to arrest

enter into such a competition, very properly us for the debt of nature, none useth his

not chusing to trust their reputation to the prisoners with more civility and courtesie."

opinion of men whom they may not deem -FULLER. Sermon-Life out of Death.

competent judges. An inferior one will send

in several designs, speculating upon the MEMORANDUM.-Dr. Fothergill intended

doctrine of chances, and the speculation an

There is a monument to Captain to leave “a pretty large collection of Quakerswers. Tracts to the Meeting to which he then be

in St. Paul's, of which the history is longed, in Peter's Court, Westminster.”—

this. Ross sent in several designs. The Nichols's Anecdotes.

Committee pitched upon one, which was not the best ; fixed upon one figure, also not the

best of the design which they had chosen; ESPRIELLA.

and then desired him to put just such anoSome empiric chirurgians in Scotland ther figure on the other side,-so then they take a journey to the Picts Wall the be- are like an admiral's two supporters ! ginning of every summer; to gather vulnerary plants, which they say grow plenti- MRS. WILSON’ remembers the time when

'It is not necessary to note what is worked up in the Letters referred to.-J. W. W.

2 The kind friend of the children before men. tioned.-J. W. W.

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the people of this place did not know what an almanack was. She knew the parties. Two men at work were accosted by an acquaintance, who told them he was going to Kendal on purpose to see an almanack, which was to tell every thing about the weather. They desired him to let them know when he came back what sort of thing it was ; and his account on his return was :

Why, why,—I know not;—it maffles and talks: howsoever l'se been considering that Collop-Monday will be on a Tuesday next year."

TURNER knew a Londoner who had kept a retail spirit-shop, and retired into the adjoining county when he had made a fortune, to enjoy himself. This man used to amuse himself by having one puncheon filled with water, and measuring it off by pints into another.

He knew another retired cit who used every day to angle in his round wash-handbasin sized fish-pond for gold-fish. One fish he knew, because it had once lost its eye in being caught,--and he used to say, “Curse that fellow, this is the fifth, sixth, &c. time that I have caught him this season." It used to provoke him.

If a man be found at work in the Christmas week in Kendal, his fellow-tradesmen lay violent hands on him, and carry him on a pole to the alehouse, where he is to treat them.

At Bishop's Middleham a man died with the reputation of a water-drinker; and it was discovered that he had killed himself by secret drunkenness. There was a Roman Catholic hiding-place in the house, the entrance to which was from his bed-room; he converted it into a cellar; and the quantity of brandy which he had consumed was ascertained.

CROKER told me that some of his countrymen brought a man before the magi. strate for murder, because one with whom he had quarrelled and fought, died in the course of the same evening. It appeared upon enquiry that the deceased had complained of a pain in his bowels, and that they to relieve him had determined upon spreading the gripe. The way this was effected was by laying the patient on his back, and then putting a plank on his belly upon which all the company stood and jumped.

VALENTINE's Day. Two hundred and fifty valentines delivered at Keswick from the post-office, 1813. The post-woman is given their produce as a gratuity, (they are one penny each), and last year she received fifty shillings. In London they are said to double the receipt of the twopenny post on that day. Long Nanny,' the postwoman, has a whole box-full, which were either directed to persons who have left Keswick, or were refused to be taken in.

Palm Soap,—which Patey, Butts and Co.recently removed from Ball-Alley, Lombard Street, to No. 12, Three Kings Court, in the same street, think it an indispensable part of “their duty to inform their friends and the public that they have brought this preparation to the utmost zenith of excellence. It is manufactured wholly from Palm Oil, which is so vinous and nutritious that the natives of Asia take it internally from choice."

Of the Arundel marbles, many were stolen while they lay at Arundel House in the Strand, or cut and worked up by masons. Theobald cut some into slabs for his house at Lambeth, and converted part of a column into a roller for his country house in Berkshire. A colossal Apollo (whose head is at Oxford) and an entire small obelisk, are said

William HUTCHINSON, when he was in Rome, skaited on the Tyber, to the great astonishment of the Romans.

I This was the post-woman of the day, as might easily be inferred. - J. W. W.

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