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“ En France en général, le peuple est | faces, and the straight and truly proportioned plus liseur. Le plus simple bourgeois y veut limbs that distinguish vast numbers of all sa bibliothèque. Aussi dans Paris seule- ranks of people of both sexes. We find ment tout libraire étoit-il sûr de vendre au- thousands of males and females who appear tant d'exemplaires de l'ouvrage le plus pitoy- to have been nursed by the graces, and as able, que l'on en vend à Londres pour toute far surpass the celebrated statues of the l'Angleterre des ouvrages d'une bonté com- Venus de Medicis and the Apollo Belvidere, mune." -L'ABBE BARRUEL.
as the works of the Creator ever will those
Those favoured with an opportu. MR. MALCOLM commences his anecdotes nity of seeing the 30,000 volunteers assemof the manners and customs of London dur- bled at Hyde Park in 1804, determined to ing the eighteenth century with a politico- fight for their homes, must agree with me physical, or physico-political history of Eng. that no nation ever produced an equal numlish beauty! “ There is something," he ber together so finely proportioned and begins, “ in the composition of the British handsome.” atmosphere highly congenial to human and animal life: the clouded air and frequent London workhouses, &c. Of children humidity, and consequent coolness, prevent born or received there under twelve months the violent perspirations the nations of finer in 1763, only seven in the hundred lived climates experience; hence the fluids remain in full effect, and expand every part of the frame to its full proportion!” In George I. had a Turk called M. Mahotheir struggles against the Saxons and Danes, met for his valet-de-chambre.
the whole race of Englishmen became either hardened into almost supernatural Weekly Journal, March 30, 1717. exertion and strength, or were victims to “The thieves have got such a villainous those chronic diseases, which deform the way now of robbing gentlemen, that they body, and destroy the regularity of features: cut holes through the backs of hackneythen the youth of each sex experienced pri- coaches, and take away their wigs, or fine vations incident to war, and the whole | head-dresses of gentlewomen. So a genpopulation must have suffered in the grace- tleman was served last Sunday in Tooley fulness of their persons." We want a beau- Street, and another but last Tuesday in tifying, he supposes, till Edward III.'s time. Fenchurch Street; wherefore this may serve “ After that reign I should imagine,” says for a caution to gentlemen or gentlewomen he, their stature diminished, and their that ride single in the night time, to sit on countenances assumed a less pleasing form.” the fore seat, which will prevent that way Under Henry VII. and VIH., uglier still; of robbing." and under Mary, it is to be presumed ugliest of all. Then came Elizabeth, who Tue Society for the Reformation of Man" raised the people nearer to manhood." ners in the year ending 1725, had instituted Under her auspicious reign," the person 91,899 prosecutions. was enlarged, and became more graceful ; discontent fled from the features, and the 1729. STREET robbing so common, that Londoners, still nearer perfection, at last “people, especially in an evening, choose accomplished those two revolutions which rather to walk than ride in a coach, on achave for ever banished despotism. See the count that they are in a readier posture to consequences in the myriads of beautiful defend themselves, or call out for help if infants that smile on every side of him, with attacked. The hackney coachmen were so the regular and placid lines that mark their , much injured by this, that whereas a figure for driving of an hackney coach used lately | by the articles of accidents in the newsto be sold for about £60, besides paying papers : the miserable shrieks of women and the usual duties to the commissioners for children not being sufficient to deter the licensing; they are at his time, for the rea- villains from doing what they call their duty sons aforesaid, sold for £3 per figure, good to their masters; for besides their daily or will.'”
weekly wages, they have an extraordinary
stated allowance for every chaise they can A FEMALE impostress used to live by reverse, ditch, or bring by the road, as the hanging herself, and telling a pitiful story term or phrase is.”—Weekly Register, Dec.8. when cut down, which there was always an accomplice at hand to do.
Ar the peace of 1713, the master of the
Spread Eagle Inn, in Gracechurch Street, During the first thirty years of the eigh- advertized shilling tickets for a peace pudteenth century, the numbers of deaths in ding, nine feet in length, twenty inches London from small-pox, was thirty-four out broad, and six inches deep. of 1000. During the last thirty of the same century, they were ninety-five out of 1000, About 1716, “Sion Chapel at Hampstead nearly a tenth of the whole mortality. In- being a private and pleasant place, many oculation had thus greatly increased the persons of the best fashion have been lately disease.
married there. Now, as a minister is obliged A certain physician who had seen more constantly to attend, this is to give notice, than 40,000 cases of small-pox, said, he never that all persons upon bringing a license, and met with a confluent case in a person of red who shall have their wedding dinners at the or light flaxen hair.
house in the gardens, may be married in
the said chapel without giving any fee or “Les régistres de l'affinage de Paris at- reward ; and such as do not keep their wedtestent qu'on employoit, ou plutôt qu'on ding at the gardens, only five shillings will perdoit tous les ans la somme énorme de be demanded of them for all fees.” huit cent mille livres en or fin, à dorer des meubles, des voitures, du carton, des por- In George I.'s reign, a florist's feast at celaines, des clous, des éventails, des bou- Bethnal Green, a carnation named after him tons, des livres, et à brocher des étoffes ou was the king of the year. The stewards were à masquer de l'argenterie.” 1790.-BAR- drest with laurel and flowers, and carried RUEL, vol. ii. p. 72.
gilded staves; and ninety cultivators fol
lowed in procession to the sound of music, Avignon, Barruel says, was the chief seat each bearing his flowers. of the Martinists.
1720. Clubs of Bold Bucks and Hell Fires. 1733. The stages and hackney coaches | These latter used to call for a Holy Ghost made war upon private chaises. The drivers pie at the tavern. How came the Abbé Bar" are cominissioned by their masters to an- ruel to overlook them ? noy, sink, and destroy all the single and double horse-chaises they can conveniently 1717-18. JAMES Austin, inventor of the meet with, or overtake in their way, with- Persian ink powder, invited his customers out regard to the lives or limbs of the per- | to a feast. There was a pudding promised, sons who travel in them. What havoc these which was to be boiled fourteen days, inindustrious sons of blood and wounds have stead of seven hours, and for which he almade within twenty miles of London in the lowed a chaldron of coals. It weighed 900 compass of a summer's season, is best known / pounds. The copper for boiling it was
erected at the Red Lion in Southwark Park, gentlemen who pleased might let their dogs where crowds went to see it; and when boiled, it was to be conveyed to the Swan Tavern, Fish Street Hill, to the tune of 1718. A SPEAKING dog exhibited, who " What lumps of pudding my
gave was even said to articulate distinctly senme.” The place was changed to the Resto- tences in German, French, and English. ration Gardens in St. George's Fields, in consequence of the numerous company 1718. A man who called himself the gripected, and the pudding set out in procession mace Spaniard, attempted to fight a bull with banners, streamers, drums, &c., but the after the Spanish manner, but failed shame. mob chased it on the way and carried all off. fully, and was hooted out of the arena.
When the drawbridge on old London 1722. “I, ELIZABETH Wilkinson, of bridge was shut up to be repaired in 1722, Clerkenwell, having had some words with some tradesmen had a table placed there in Hannah Hyfield, and requiring satisfaction, the middle of the street, and sat there drink- do invite her to meet me on the stage, and ing punch the whole afternoon, that they box with me for three guineas, each woman might do what no other persons ever had holding half-a-crown in each hand, and the done. Some Englishmen did the same on first woman that drops her money to lose the top of Pompey's pillar.
“ I, Hannah Hyfield, of Newgate market, Amanwagered that he and another would hearing of the resoluteness of Elizabeth eat a bushel of turnips and drink four bot- | Wilkinson, will not fail, God willing, to give tles of wine within an hour: the other was her more blows than words, desiring home a bear, who had the turnips for his share, blows, and from her no favour.” with three bottles of wine roured into it. Hockley-in-the-Hole was the place. They
wore close jackets, short petticoats, holland Fire of London. “ This subject,” says drawers, white stockings and pumps, and Mr. Malcolm,“ may be allowed to be fami- fought a long time to the general satisfacliar to me, and I have, perhaps, had more tion of the spectators. than common means of judging: and I now declare it to be my full and decided opinion 1725. Ar Figg's Amphitheatre, Oxford that London was burnt by government,' to Street, Sutton, the champion of Kent, and annihilate the plague ; which was grafted in a Kentish woman, fought Stokes and “his every crevice of the hateful old houses com- much admired consort " of London : £40 posing it!!!"—Anecdotes of London, vol. ii. to be given to the male and female who
gave most cuts with the sword, and £20 for most
blows with a quarter-staff, besides the col1736. An attempt to diminish the exces- lection in the box. sive use of gin, occasioned cries from the mob of “ No gin, no king!”
In Islington Road, on Monday, being the
17th of July, 1727, will be performed a trial 1715. A LEOPARD baited to death, and of skill by the following combatants : “We,
Robert Barker, and Mary Welsh, from Ire· DRYDEN, who calls the Fire “ this chymic land, having often contaminated our swords flame,” gives no authority to this often repeated in the abdominous corporations of such annotion. He
tagonists as have had the insolence to disThose seeds of fire their fatal birth disclose.”
pute our skill, do find ourselves once more Annus Mirabilis.-J. W.W.
necessitated to challenge, defy, and invite
Mr. Stokes and his bold Amazonian virago Holy Scriptures they renounce chapters, to meet us on the stage, where we hope to verses, and contents, being only done by give a satisfaction to the honourable lord of human wisdom. They renounce the imour nation who has laid a wager of twenty pressions and translation of both the Old guineas on our heads. They that give the and New Testament, and that for additions most cuts to have the whole money, and the put unto them by men and other causes : benefit of the house: and if swords, daggers, as first putting in horrid blasphemy, making quarter staff, fury, rage and resolution will a Tyrant patron of the church; for putting prevail, our friends shall not meet with a in horrid pictures, and for drawing scores disappointment.” “We, James and Eliza- betwixt the Books of the Bible. They rebeth Stokes, of the City of London, having nounce all Catechisms, larger and shorter ; already gained an universal approbation by the acts of the General Assembly ; all the our agility of body, dexterous hands, and Covenants acknowledging sin and engaging courageous hearts, need not preambulate on to duties ; and that which they call preachthis occasion, but rather choose to exercise ing books; and all their works, form, manner the sword to their sorrow, and corroborate of worship, doctrine, discipline, government, the general opinion of the town, than to the studying of books, the thing they call follow the custom of our ezparte antagonists. preaching, by reason that instead of going This will be the last time of Mrs. Stokes to God for his mind, they go to their books performing on the stage. They will fight in making their books their God and their the same dresses as before."
leader. They renounce the limiting the
the Lord's mind by glasses,' ordination by Mrs. COMELY died in the Fleet, 1797. men; the Covenant taken at Queen's ferry, Her last speculation was to keep asses at called Carghill's Covenant, as also the deKnightsbridge, and open breakfast rooms clarations of Hamilton and Lanrick, as for those who chose to drink asses' milk. not being strict enough; wherefore it seems
good to the Holy Ghost and to them to 1700. A GIRL with remarkably fine flaxen burn the said Covenants, together with all hair is said to have sold it in London for the former works of the clergy of Scotland. £60,-being twenty ounces at £3 an ounce? They renounce and decline all authority
throughout the world, and all that are in WILLIAM III., then Prince of Orange, said authority, and all their acts and edicts. to Sir W. Temple of Charles II.“ Was They renounce the names of months, as ever any thing so hot and so cold as this January, &c., and of all days, as well the court of yours! Will the King who is so days of the week as holy days. They likeoften at sea never learn the word that I wise renounce all chapels, chaplains, feastshall never forget, since my
ings, piping, dancing, laughing, monk-land, when in a great storm the captain was cry
frier-lands, churches, church-yards, maring out to the man at the helm all night- ket-crosses, fount-stones, images, all regisSteady-steady-steady!"
ters of lands and houses, together with all
manner of law works, ballads, romances, 1681. SOME poor crazy people at Edin- play books, cards, and dice. They also reburgh called themselves the Sweet Singers nounce all the customs and fashions of this of Israel. They set forth a declaration that
1 The allusion is to the hour-glass still to be it seemed good to the Holy Ghost and to found, or, at least, its iron frame, in many them, to take out of their Bibles the Psalms churches. The custom of preaching by the in metre (being a human addition) and
hour.glass commenced about the end of the six
teenth century. An iron frame remains in the burn them in the prison, and afterwards
church of Ferring, in Sussex,-a few miles from sweep away the ashes. Likewise, in the where I write.-J. W. W.
generation, and their way of eating, drinking, clothing, and sleeping."
These poor creatures made the amend honourable, and were pardoned.
MONTHLY Magazine. January, 1814. Among the deaths. " At Loughborough, 81, Thomas Parkinson, tailor, and a prophet.”
JULY 21, 1699, Exeter. “ The citizens
DR. LAMBE has had more than sixty having showed their zeal for the public proselytes for above three years. good in making our river navigable, on Monday last an heroic company of near
Mr. Thomas COLLINSON controverting 200 women (of the parish of Alphington
a scheme of vowels proposed by Dr. Shaw, adjoining) appeared all in white, with clean observes, “ that gentlemen as well as himstraw hats, armed with mattocks and sho- self must be willing to sacrifice on the altar vels, with drums beating, and the city music
of truth all personal consideration," and playing before them; two grave matrons,
we must all indeed console ourselves with shovels in their hands leading the van.
with the reflection that to err is human, In the centre upon a pole was carried a but to forgive, divine!” garland of flowers, with a globe thereon :
M. Mag. Jan. 1814, p. 485. the rear was also brought up by one of the most considerable persons with a shovel ;
“ In the South-hams of Devonshire on in which posture they advanced to the the Eve of the Epiphany, the farmer, atworks, the engineer going along with them : tended by his workmen, with a large pitcher and having fixed their standard they fell of cyder, goes to the orchard, and there, to their work with courage, and followed | encircling one of the best bearing trees, the same diligently till evening, when they they drink the following toast, three several returned to the Mayor's door, and gave times, three huzzas, after which they returned to
“ Here's to thee, old apple tree, their own parish, about a mile from hence.
Whence thou mayest bud and whence Yesterday the gardeners and hatters to the
thou mayest blow, number of 300 marched to the works like
And whence thou mayest bear apples wise, with laurels in their hats; and this
enow! day 300 Grecians? (?) of the parish of St.
Hats full! caps full ! Sidwell's, headed by their parson on horse
Bushel—bushel-sacks full, back, as also the best of the parish in front
my pockets full too ! Huzza ! and rear, with eight drums, two trumpets, and other sorts of music."
This done they return to the house, the
doors of which they are sure to find bolted COURIER. 20 January, 1814. It is re- by the females, who, be the weather what markable that the new river is not the least
it may, are inexorable to all intreaties to frozen by the present inclemency of the open them till some one has guessed at weather, and never was known to be so what is on the spit, which is generally some from its source near Ware, in Hertford- nice little thing, difficult to be hit on, and shire, to its reservoir at Islington, from its is the reward of him who first names it. first establishment by Sir H. Middleton. The doors are then thrown open, and the
lucky clod-pole receives the tit bit as his
recompence. Some are so superstitious as 1 Southey has put a ?, but no doubt it means to believe that if they neglect this custom, - jovial fellows, according to the proverb, As See NARES' Gloss. in v,
the trees will bear no apples that year. Shakespeare calls them merry Greeks.
They have likewise a custom in DevonJ. W. W.
shire on the Eve of Twelfth-day, of going
merry as a Greek.