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to meddle with it, in respect that we were | along, and knocked him down. The other all extreame weary, and carried our said got up and coolly said, “ Who the devil boat to the high cross in the city; from sent you to London without a martingale?" thence it was convayed to the Town House, there locked safe all night. And on the £100 was sent to a Mr. Averell in Irenext morning the people of the city gather- land, anonymously, to be laid out according ed themselves together, and had prepared to his judgment among the poorest missiontrumpets, drums, fyfes, and ensigns, to go aries who instructed the people in Irish. It before the boat, which was carried upon came from a Quaker, by the language. Avemen's shoulders round about the city, with rell, who had been pestered with anonymous the waites of the said city, playing orderly letters, not knowing the hand, refused to in honour of our rare and dangerous attempt take it in. It was returned to the Dead atchieved. Afterwards we were had to Letter Office, and being in due time opened Maister Maior's, to the aldermen and she- there, was again returned to him. riffs' houses, where we were feasted most royally, and spared for no cost at the time None but the wearer can tell where the that we remained there."British Biblio- shoe pinches, says the proverb. In like mangrapher, vol. ii. p. 552.

ner, none else can tell where it fits.

WHEN the Sunderlins were on Mont An- THE

age of puberty is the dangerous age ver (?), passing the day at Blairs Tower (?) in colonies as well as in individuals. to see the Mer de Glace, up came Lord Paget, the Marquis of Worcester, and his bro- It is a good anecdote of histrionic feeling ther, Lord C. Somerset, in dresses made for that Booth hated Cato the most of all the the excursion. They looked at the glacier, Romans.-Aaron Hill, vol. ii. p. 364. agreed nem. con. that it was

“ damn'd curious," turned on their heels, and walked GEORGE Smith GREEN, a watchmaker at down again."

Oxford, published, somewhere about 1750

60, a specimen of a new version of Paradise THERE were in the room of an officer at Lost, into blank verse (?), " by which that an inn at Durham, twenty-four pair of boots, amazing work is brought somewhat nearer twelve pair of shoes, and four pair of slip- the summit of perfection.” pers.

Locusts, why so numerous ? Other creaAt Leyburn I saw written up over a tures lay as many eggs, and yet do not mul. shop, “ Bride cakes and funeral biscuits." tiply to the annoyance of mankind. Is the

link destroyed that should have checked At Bentham, a village on the road from them? Settle to Lancaster, “ Leeches sold here," at the bakers and pastry cooks.

The blood of the Jews, like that of the

Goths, is a strong blood. For wherever A dog at Congreve went regularly every there is a cross of it, the cast of the Mosaic Sunday to Penkridge church, during a whole features predominates. year that the church was under repair, and if he could get in, past the proper time in Johnson once heard a fisherman who was the family pew.

skinning an eel, curse it because it would

not lie still. He noticed it as a striking inA man who held his head remarkably stance of human insensibility and inconsihigh, walked against one who was hurrying | deration.

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Johnson tells a story of a man who was with his digestion, I did not learn, but his standing in an inn kitchen with his back to doubts were satisfied, and he became from the fire, and thus accosted the person next

that time a zealous professor. him :

“Do you know, Sir, who I am ?"- Josiah Conder once heard Huntington “No, Sir," said the other, “ I have not that the S.S. in the pulpit examine St. Paul and advantage."_“Sir," said he, “I am the St. James concerning their imputed differgreat Twalmley, who invented the new flood- ence of doctrine. · My dear Paul,” he gate iron,"—that is, the box-iron with the said, “and my dear James," and so carried sliding door, or ironing box, flat heaters on the imaginary dialogue in a colloquial alone having till then been used, or possibly and familiar style, suited to his congregathe box-iron with the door and bolt. tion, but never bordering upon vulgarity.

At last the examiner brought St. James to The cross by the wayside a memento, a point which gave him occasion to exclaim, which, often as it is passed with indifference, Why you are of the same opinion as Paul must often excite a salutary thought; and after all !” “ To be sure I am," replied he who condemns it as a superstitious me- James ; "the only difference is, that we morial, would do well to examine whether were speaking to different persons, under there is not in his own frame of mind more different circumstances." of sectarianism than of Christianity.

IN 1815 I saw written on the walls in "The heathens," says South,"attributed London, “ God save Napoleon ! No ima kind of divinity or godhead to springs, posing kings by a foreign army!"_“No because of that continual inexhaustible ema- commissioners of hackney coaches !" in annation from them, resembling a kind of in- other place. finity.”— Vol. ii. p. 539.

Among the odd things in the streets at

that time, was an eagle at the corner of OUR common laurel was first brought into Pall Mall and St. James's Street,-a beggar the Low Countries, 1576, (together with the walking with a ship on his head, -and anhorse-chesnut) from Constantinople, as a other mendicant without legs or thighs, present from David Unguad, the Imperial drawn in a low cart by two dogs abreast,ambassador in Turkey, to Clusius the bo- and a monkey playing upon a tambourine. tanist. It was sent to him by the name of 1815. Waterloo gown pieces,-in which Trabison-Curmasi, i. e. the Date of Trebi- the word made the pattern, or the pattern sond, but he named it Lauro-Cerasus.—MA- (rather) the word. SON, Note to the English Garden.

* Wellington door-knocker, designed by

Bray, ironmonger, of Cranbourn Street, Josiah CONDER knew a man who began Leicester Square, claims the attention of to doubt the Scripture in general, because the nobility and gentry, as well deserving he did not think it possible that Nebuchad- notice, by bearing a public tribute of respect nezzar could have lived seven years upon to the hero of Waterloo. grass. And to ascertain this point, he set about grazing himself, and persevered in it, I Hear of a goose feeder, who has made by his own account, a whole week,—which

a large fortune. was six days longer than Edward Williams, -but then the bard's was only a politico- Among the carriages which are going out economical experiment. How it agreed to Hayti, according to order, is one for some All the Anecdotes I have marked with an

duke who has chosen two hyenas for his asterisk have been used up either in Espriella's supporters. letters, or The Doctor, &c.-J. W. W.

Anecdotes for the Letters.

sequence of which nobody will venture to

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. HOBLYN said that

many

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 hinn 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 immediately relapsed into his madness

. The * At 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, a 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

of his pa

His wife was seventy

they had: they had only killed some Custom House oflicers."

to see his wife.
four.

on a common.

Here

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 seen. 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.

of eighteen months forward in body. 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 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. Here 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 Southis 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 be ran away and was taken on venturing | Polo Savage.-J. W.W.

with me.

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-there was a bad fever would be arrested

me these circumstances on the faith of the The poor woman was in the prison, &c.

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 * Ar 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, Tue 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 laid 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 that I was in Spain, and I shall not go there

One day in 1795, when Coleridge and I gain till it is all over." Mr. Sloper told | Small-street, Bristol,

dining at the ordinary at the Ship,

quar

were

we heard a loud

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