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then retiring to the choir, waits the remainder of the service.1
S. Guthlake at Crowland, "that is, the raw or crude land, so raw indeed, that before him no man could digest to live thereon. The devils called it their own land. 'Could those infernal fiends, tortured with immaterial fire, take any pleasure, or make any ease to themselves, by paddling here in puddles, and dabbling in the moist dirty marshes?'—If his prodigious life may be believed, ducks and mallards do not now flock thither faster in September, than herds of devils came about him."—Fuller, p. 95.
"It is observed of the country people born at Carlton in Leicestershire, that they have all (proceeding from some secret cause in their soil or water) a strange uncouth wharling in their speech." — Fuller's Church History, p. 125.
Rhotacismus is Camden's word, and he says most of the natives have it, " a harsh and ungrateful manner of speech, with a guttural and difficult pronunciation." Perhaps originally a colony from Durham or Northumberland, whose descendants had the burr still sticking in their throats.9
Queen Catharine buried at Peterborough. See Fuller, p. 206.
"it is Luther's observation, that in Scripture Son of man is always taken in a good sense; but ions of men, generally in the worst acceptation." — Fuller, book viii. p. 22.
Atalanta at Ennis races in Ireland, threw her rider but won the race, looking back and quickening her pace as the other horses approached her. At the close she trotted a
1 I am not sure, but I think, in consideration of its profancness, the custom was done away with a few years ago. It was mentioned in the House of Commons.
* Pretty much the same statement is made, supra p. 393. J. W. W.
few paces, wheeled round, and came up to the scale as usual.
In the golden speech of Queen Elizabeth to her lost parliament, me and my are always printed with capital initials.
A Norfolk gentleman farmer rode his own boar for a wager from his own house to the next town, four and-a-quarter miles distant, twenty guineas the wager, the time allowed an hour: Porco performed it in fifty minutes.
Cards. The manufacturers work at them from seven in the morning till ten at night: and the consumers from ten at night till seven in the morning.
Leominster, 1796. One of the Oxford dragoon horses got loose in the stable, and probably scenting a better supply of provisions, found his way up a crooked staircase into the hay loft. The soldier who had the key of the stable in his pocket came back presently, and missing the horse, ran in the utmost consternation to his officer. But on his way he heard the horse, who hail put his head out of the pitching hole, and was neighing as if to say, "Here I am." There was no enticing or forcing him down the stairs; and they were%earied with attempting it, when he trod upon a trap door which covered a hole for sacking hops; it gave way,his hinder part went first, forwhich there was just room; his feet touched the ground, and in a few moments the rest fol lowed, and he alighted with very little injury, only the loss of a few hairs and a little skin.
Benjamin Smith, of Peter House, Rector of Linton in Yorkshire, died 1777; a mighty dancer before the Lord. He paid twelve guineas for learning one dance in France; and when ridjng on a journey, or to visit a friend in fine weather, he would sometimes alight, tie his horse to a gate, and dance a hornpipe or two on the road to the astonishmcnt of any who happened to pass. He was equally fond of cribbage, and when he met with a poor person who could play well, he would maintain them three or four months for the sake of playing with them.
The house at Huntingfield in Suffolk where Lord Hunsdon entertained Queen Elizabeth. "The great hall was built round six straight massy oak*, which originally supported the roof, as they grew; upon these the foresters and yeomen of the guard used to hang their nets, cross bows, hunting poles, great saddles, calibres, bills, &c. The roots had long been decayed when I visited this romantic dwelling, and the shafts sawn off at bottom were supported either by irregular logs of wood driven under them, or by masonry. Part of the long gallery in which the queen and her attendants used to divert themselves, was converted into an immense cheese chamber.
"Her oak still standing. Hearne made a drawing of it for Sir Gerard Vanneek; seven feet from the ground it is nearly eleven yards in circumference." — C. Davy, Esq.
Is the parish of Caer y Derwyddon, which is between Corwen and Keinenge Mawr, lived a weaver who played admirably upon the violin by eifr, without, any knowledge of music. He was a great cocker, and was supposed to have the art of judging by the egg whether the bird would be a good one. He had procured some eggs of an excellent breed, and entirely to his liking, when the hen was carried off by a badger. No other hen was at hand, nor other bird to supply her place. He immediately went to bed himself, took the six eggs into his own care, and hatched them himself in about two days. Four of his brood died, a cock and hen were reared. The cock proved conqueror in a Welsh match, by which he won half a flitch of bacon, and he used to say that the cock and hen of his own hatching, had supplied him with bacon and eggs for half a year.
A Stobt circulated, that, as a party were at the pharo-table at Mrs. Sturt's, having begun their game after returning from Saturday's opera on Sunday morning, a thunder-clap was heard, a slight shock of an earthquake felt, the club became the colour of blood, and the hearts black.
Rowland Hill made a good remark upon hearing the power of the letter II discussed, whether it were a letter or not. If it were not, he said, it would be a very serious affair for him, for it would make hini ill all the days of his life.
At the cliffs about Seaford, Sussex, the eggs of the sea-fowl are taken as in Scotland, by lowering a man from above.
"june 18,1796, a main at the Cock-pit Royal, Westminster, between J. H. Durand and J. Reid, Esquires, Bromley and Walter feeders, for bona fide twenty guineas a battle, and a thousand the odd, " a more numerous assemblage of opulent sportsmen, or a greater field for betting money, has never been remembered."—" Candour compels us to confess the energetic fervour of each party could not be exceeded, nor could the honesty of feeders be ever brought to a more decisive criterion. Employed by gentlemen of the most unsullied honour, the cause became enthusiastically sympathetic, and it is universally admitted, a better fought main has never been seen in the kingdom. Walter had certainly a most capital accumulation of feather, the Lowthers, the Elwes, the Holfords, the Basingstoke, &c. &c, which (luckily for Bromley) were put in the back-ground of the Picture, by the old blood of the late Captain Bertie, Vauxhall Clarke, Cooper of Mapledurham, and a little of Bromley's Cock-bread from Berkshire."
A Cricket match at Bury between the married women of the parish and the maidens.1 The matrons won. The Bury women
1 Such a match was played here at Westchallenged all the women in their own county.
An alphabetical cricket match between Lord Darnley and Lord Winchelsea. The former to choose players whose names began with the first eleven letters of the alphabet. Lord Winchelsea from the next eleven.
The Duke of Queensberry betted 1000 guineas that he would produce a man who would eat more at a meal than any one whom Sir John Lade could find. The Duke was informed of his success (not being present at the achievement,) by the following bulletin from the field of battle:—" My Lord, I have not time to state particulars, but merely to acquaint your Grace that your man beat his antagonist by a pig1 and an apple-pie."
1796. Sunday afternoon, June 26, was interred in the churchyard of St. Leonard, Shoreditch, the remains of Mr. Patrick, the celebrated composer of church-bell music, and senior of the Society of Cumberland Youths. His productions of real double and treble bob-royal, are standing monuments of his unparalleled abilities. The procession was singular and solemn; the corpse being followed by all the ringing societies in the metropolis and its environs, each sounding hand-bells with muffled clappers, accompanied by those of the church ringing a dead peal, which produced a most solemn effect on the eyes and ears of an innumerable conoourse of spectators. Mr. Patrick was the person who composed the whole peal of Stedman's triples, 5040 changes, (till then deemed impracticable), for the discovery of which the citizens of Norwich advertised a premium of £50, which was paid him about three years since, with the highest eneomiums on his superlative
Tarring in the summer of 1850. The stool-ball is likewise kept up here.—J. W. W.
1 A pig is still a provincial term for an apple puff.—J. W. W.
merit. He was well known as a maker of barometers.
Dog tax. Dent received some hundred dead dogs packed up as game. The slaughter was so great, and the consequent nuisance, men not thinking themselves bound to bury their dogs, that the magistrates in some places were obliged to interfere. At Cambridge the high-constable buried above 400. About Birmingham more than 1000 were destroyed.
As a boy was climbing a tree in Gibside Wood, Durham, to rob a hawk's nest of its young, the old hawk attacked him, and he was soon covered with blood. After a most severe conflict of several minutes, hands proved superior to beak and claws, and the boy took his antagonist prisoner.
1796. A Bet that within two years the beard would be commonly worn upon the upper lip and the point of the chin, a la Vandyke.
Jolt 30, 1796, was rung by the Society of Cambridge Youths, at the church of St. Mary the Great, in Cambridge, a true and compleat peal of Bob Maximus.in five hours and five minutes, consisting of6600 changes, which, for the regularity of striking and harmony throughout the peal, was allowed by the most competent judges that heard it to be a very masterly performance; especially, as it was remarked, that, in point of time, the striking was to such a nicety that in each thousand changes the time did not vary the sixteenth of a minute, and the compass of the last thousand was exactly equal to the first, which is the grand scope of ringing.
The time of ringing this peal shews that the late Professor Saunderson's calculation is pretty accurate, respecting the time it would take to ring the whole number of changes on twelve bells, which he stated at forty-five years, six days, and eighteen hours, without intermission.
Cbickkt match between Greenwich pensioners, eleven with one arm against eleven with one leg. The one legs beat by 103 run9. In the course of the match there were five legs broke, four in running, one by the blow of a bat.
1796. Friday, August 20, was rung a complete 5040grandsire triples at St. Mary's, Kendal, in three hours, twenty minutes, by the Westmoreland youth,—being the greatest number of changes ever rung upon that noble peal at one time. The peal was divided into ten parts, or courses, of 504 each. The bobs were called by the sixth; a lead single was made in the middle of the peal, and another at the conclusion, which brought the bells home. Distinct leads, and exact divisions were observed throughout the whole of the peal.
Sundat, August 28, was rung at Kidderminster, a compleat peal of 5012 grandsire triples. The peal was conducted through with one single, which was brought to the 4984th change, viz. 1267453. It is allowed by those conversant in the art to exceed any peal ever yet rung in this kingdom by that method. The same peal was composed and called by Stephen Hill. Time, three hours and fourteen minutes.
An old ringer of Milford (Southampton), left three-fourths of an acre, the rent to be applied in the purchase of bell-ropes for the use of the church.
Monday, September 12, 1796, was attempted to be rung by eight Birmingham youths, some of whom were under twenty years of age, a compleat peal of 15120 bobmajors. After they had rung in a most masterly manner for upwards of eight hours and a half, they found themselves so much fatigued, that they requested the caller to take the first opportunity to bring the bells home, which he soon did, by omitting a bob, and so brought them round, which made a compleat peal of 14224 changes in eight hours and forty-five minutes; and was al
lowed to be fine striking through the whole performance, and the longest peal ever rung in that part of the country.—Magnis tamen excidit awit!
August 22, died at the Bald Buck, Lichfield, the noted Jack Lewton, chaise-driver. He was buried on the Wednesday following in St. Michael's churchyard, and by his own request as near to the turnpike road leading to Burton as possible, that he might, as he said, enjoy the satisfaction of hearing his brother whips pass and repass. He particularly desired that he might be carried to the grave by six chaise-drivers, his late companions, in scarlet jackets and buckskin breeches, the pall to be supported by the like number of hostlers from different inns, and the mourners to consist of six publicans with their wives. The procession on their way to the grave were desired to stop at the Old Crown inn, and refresh themselves, each with a glass of Hollands, his favourite liquor.
Mabgabet Tch Evan, of Pennllyn, who inhabited a cottage on the borders of Llanberris Lake, was the greatest hunter, shooter, and fisher of her time, rowed stoutly, played the violin, was a good carpenter and joiner, and wrestled so well at seventy, that there were few men who dared to try a fall with her.
In some parts of Italy they make holes in the ground, and put in them conical caps of paper bird-limed, with meat at the bottom; the crows come to the bait, and are hooded.
Rats, it is said, will forsake a house if their road is bird-limed so as to besmear one of them.
A Pitman's wife in Northumberland suckled two lambs whose dams were killed in a storm.
1799. A Gentleman in Herefordshire
is said to have lately married his grandmother. It is thus related :—" On Friday Mr. John Palmer, second son of Mr. William Palmer of Yatton Marsh, Aymstrey, was married to Mrs. Mary Palmer, relict of the late Mr. John Palmer of Leinthall Earls, who was grandfather to her present husband. The bride, though she may be properly called grandmother to the bridegroom, is no more than thirty years of age."
At Alnwick, every burgess who takes up his freedom goes in procession to a large pond at some distance from the town, dressed with ribbons, makes a jump into it, and gets through as he can. A party generally perform at the same time, and then gallop back to the town, the foremost in the race being pronounced winner of the boundaries. They are entertained with ale at the gate of the Castle by the Duke's steward,—a holly tree is planted at the young freeman's door, and the day ends with such merriment as is usual—dancing, drinking, and sports.1
Courier, July 18, 1814. "Real redlegged Partridge-eggs. Noblemen and gentlemen may be supplied with any quantity just imported from France, by applying to Mr. Joseph Clark, Poulterer, South Audley Street."
These are odd persons all the world over, but in other parts of the world they die and their oddities with them. In England every man's oddities find some faithful chronicler. Thus a chapter of Obituary Anecdotes.
Want of churches in large towns. Marybone contains not less than 60,000 inhabitants. Pancras in the same predicament —very populous, with only one church. Yet we found Catholic colleges, and have no money for churches!
Preserves the main cause of poaching;
1 The miry pool is called the " Freeman's well," and the custom still exists.—J. W. W.
the madness of vying with each other in the quantity of game killed. Game book. List of the killed at Woburne. One of these homo's had 800 head of game in his larder at one time.
The three sweet fire-side sounds — the song of the tea-kettle; the chirping of the cricket; and the purring of the cat.
"J*ovy un jour bien naifvement un enfant de grande maison, faire feste a chascun dequoy sa mere venoit de perdre son proces, comme sa toux, sa fiebvre, ou autre chose d'importune garde." — Montaigne, vol. 8, p. 344.
1824. The steam-engines in England represent the power of 320,000 horses, which is equal to that of 1,920,000 men. They are worked by 36,000 men, and thus add to the power of our population 1,834,000 men.— Morning Herald.
"There is a house on London Bridge built entirely of wood, without any mixture of iron nails therein; therefore commonly called Nonesuch, for the rarity of the structure thereof."—Fuller's Pisgah Sight, p. 261.
New System of Education.
Young Roscius. Missions.
Religious Magazines. Gipsies.
Strolling Players. Sandemanians.
Astley's, Royal Circus, &c.
Pidcock. Travelling Elephants at Bristol Fair.
Death of Mr. Perceval. Almanacks.
Navy and Army Lists, and Periodicals of this nation.
Gas Lights. Insurance Offices.
O. P. The Green Man.