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coats; invented all the costumes of the University, and drew the model for the uniform of the council, which drawing accompanied the decree by which it was established.
In one of Webster's plays (vol. 1, p. 148), aghost enters in his leather cassock, breeches, and boots.
"And, O contemptible physic! that dost take
So long a study, only to preserve
So short a life, I take my leave of thee!"
Webster, vol. 1, p. 154.
"True, my lord, I myself have heard a very good jest; and have scorned to seem to have so silly a wit as to understand it." —Ibid. p. 182.
"He had worn gunpowder in his hollow tooth, for the toothach."—Ibid. p. 247.
"The robin-redbreast and the nightingale Never live long in cages."—Ibid. p. 267.
"Fhtsicians are like kings, They brook no contradiction."—p. 292.
"Give it me in a breath !—
They that think long, small expedition win,
But musing much o' the end, cannot begin."
Ibid. p. 295.
Norfolk's correspondence with the Bishop of Boss, Leicester, and Throckmorton was carried on by letters which were sent in ale bottles.—Camden's Elizabeth, p. 132.
"It makes me smile in scorn, That wise men cannot understand themselves,
Nor know their own proved greatness."
Webster, vol. 2, p. 150. Appius and Virg.
"The soul, Whose essence, some suppose, lives in the blood." Ibid. p. 243.
"It was wholesome advice that one gave his lewd friend, that he should hang the picture of his grave and serious father in the room where he was wont to celebrate his debauches; imagining that the severe eye of the good old man, though but in effigy, could give a check to the wanton sallies of the intemperate youth."—Scott's Christian Life, vol. 1, p. 100.1
Aristotle commends Archytas for his invention of rattles, because children, by playing with them, are kept from breaking vessels of use.—Ibid. p. 108.
"—Et aussi pour fuir la trop grande prolixite, pour laquelle certes je me sens trescapable."—Brantome, vol. 1, p. 120.
"— For to know it, is to be resolved of it; and to be resolved of it, is to make no question of it; and when a case is out of the question,—what was I saying?"—WebSter, Northard Ho. vol. 3, p. 147.
Some one has written the "Life and Death of Adam!" 12mo. 2s. 6d. 1811.
"The Hebrew conjugations, Pihcl and Puhal, signify to do a thing diligently, earnestly, fervently, &c, and are only distinguished by the vowel points from the conjugation Kal, which simply states that the thing is done."—Adam Clarke, Chron. Sue. of Sacred Literature, vol. 1, p. 23.
Clemens Alexandrinus advises white raiment, and condemns dies of every kind as useless and unbecoming.—Ibid. p. 119.
He recommends women to wear shoes that should cover the upper part of the foot as well as the sole.—-Ibid.
Tertullian says that the apostate angels when they fell in love with women, taught
1 This refers to the folio edition. Southey thought very highly of J. Scott's works. They were reprinted at tho Clar. press in 1826.
J. W. W.
them the use of gold and silver, the virtues of plants, and the power of incantations.— Ibid. p. 135.
Origin thought that the bodies of the saints at the resurrection would be spherical.—Ibid, p. 163.
As Mr. Clarke says of St. Jerome (Ibid, p. 485), " the tone of reflection varies as his own skilful hand draws forth the music of a well strung mind, or as he allows his intellect to be played on in submission to the higher, or wild, or rude performance of another."
Upon a misinterpretation of Job xxv. 5," Yea, the stars are not pure in his sight;" it was affirmed by some of the old heretics (Priscellianists, I believe,), that the stars have rational souls, and are capable of sin. —Clarke's Ecc. Lit. vol. 2, p. 30.
Victor, who wrote against Augustine, and held that unbaptized infants might be saved, asserted that the cause of their happiness or misery was "God's foreknowing what works they would have done had they lived, and rewarding them accordingly."— Ibid. vol. 2, p. 39.
Elizabeth's accession, English exiles. "I knew one right well," says Fuller, " whose father amongst them, being desperately diseased, was presently and perfectly cured with the cordial of this good news."—Ch. Hist, p. 52.
Tho. Newton translated from the Latin of Gul. Gratarolus, A Direction for the I lealth of Magistrates and Students, namely, such as be in their consistent age, or near thereunto, A.d. 1574.
There are extracts from it in the British Bibliographer, vol. 2, p. 414.
Nic. Bypield the Puritan died at fortyfour of the stone, after fifteen years' suffering. It weighs more than thirty-three
ounces, was fifteen and a half inches in measure about the edge, about the length above thirteen, about the breadth almost thirteen. —Wood's Athena:. vol. 2, p. 326.
Hoplocbisma spongus, or a sponge to wipe away the weapon salve; wherein is proved that the cure taken up among us, by applying the salve to the weapon, is magical and unlawful, A.d. 1631, by W. Foster. Dr. Richard Fludd answered him, "not without some scorn;" and Osborne also ridicules him in an Essay, "on such as condemn all they understand not a reason for."—Ibid. Tol 2, p. 573.
Wm. Whatelt, vicar of Banbury, who laid the foundation of Puritanism there, published, A. D. 1624, A Care - cloth, or Treatise of the Cumbers and Troubles of Marriage.—Ibid. p. 639.
Faust the Jesuit " altered his Christian name of Arthur, because, as his kinsman tells us, (\V. Burton, in his Description of Leicestershire, p. 10,) no kalendar saint was ever of that name." He assumed that of Laurence. — Fuller's Church History, p. 213.
Classification of ships from A 1, to O 1. —Report on Manufactures, 1833, p. 232.
Scrimanskt and George Stone were bears in the days of the bear garden.—Grey, i/udibras, vol. I, p. 127.
Sackebson, whom Master Slender had seen loose twenty times, and taken him by the chain.—Merry Wives of Windsor, act i. sc. 1.
In one of Wolsey's inventories, is one bed called the Infantelage, and another called the Sun.—Ellis's Original Letters, vol. 2, p. 15.
A son of the Count de Furetenberg killed at the battle of Censolles, is called Vulcan by P. Jovius. But the editor of Brantome supposes that this must mean Wolfgang.— Ibid. vol. 5, p. 4.
Andrea. Dona had a gallery called La Temperance.—Ibid. p. 60.
D». Akakia, whose portrait is in the town hall at Chalons, sur Marne.
Iierh! Denck an
An innkeeper at Ulm thus notified his piety and his name on a slate-coloured gilt stone crucifix.—Downe's Letters, vol. 2, p. 44.
Maria Globiosa, a bell at Erfurth, said to be the largest in Europe.—Ibid. p. 443.
Amaimon, according to Reginald Scott, is king of the east; but, according to Randle Holme, his dominion is on the north side of the infernal gulf. Barbatos is a great countie or earl; he is like a sagittary, and hath thirty legions under him.—Shakspeah, (boswell) N. vol. 8, p. 91.
"One of the first calico printers in France came to England expressly in search of ideas for next spring. He has visited all the shops in London, and has gone home well satisfied. I went to Paris three weeks ago for the same purpose."—Jambs ThomSon, Report on Manufacture!, 1833. P. 240.
Sating of Francis the First about a fine woman, a fine horse, and a fine greyhound. —Brantome, vol. 2, p. 406.
—This point which at that time, "coaclun
sum abbreviare, imo abrumpere plane, pra> termisso eo, quod et tunc quarn maxime scriptum volui, nunc otii plusculum nactus, nescio quam nervose, verbose certe decrevi pertractare."—CsLAnuBMtoOsiander. CranMer's Remains, vol. 1, p. 303.
Thr once celebrated physician, Sirenus Sammonicus, prescribes the fourth book of the Biad to be laid under the patient's head, for a quartan ague.—Preface to Gret's Hudibras, p. xliii.
In the island of Desolation, South Georgia, and South Shetland, the seals have already been almost destroyed.—P. 515, Report of Manufactures, $-c. 1833.
Men of whom the best that can be said is, that they are "of the better sort of beasts."—Hbnbt More, Th. W. p. 88.
"It was said of one who, with more industry than judgment, frequented a college library, and commonly made use of the worst notes he met with in any author, that he weeded the library."—Fuller, Holy State, p. 149.
Communicating with the dead by keeping their memory alive.—Adam Littleton, p. 62, Funeral Sermon.
Dr. Beale made "rests for water on the body of Kentish codlin trees, and caused water to be frequently poured into those cavities. The effect was, that the apples grew to an extraordinary size, but were very insipid, and many of them had parts in appearances much like the pulp of lemons. Some he suffered to hang on the tree as long as they would, and these became full of spots of the colour of earth, or like the rottenness of an apple."—Abr.Phil. Trans, vol. l,p. 335.
Holder's classification of the elements of speech.—Rjid. p. 352. I A way of dwarfing men, by anointing theii back bones in their very infancy with the grease of moles, bats, and dormice; together with an intimation of the art used at Bononia to dwarf their dogs, by often washing (from the first day they are whelped) their feet and back bone, thereby drying and hardening those parts, and so hindering their extension.
From a Miscellanea Curiosa Medica Physica, published at Leipsic, 1670; the commencement of an intended series. — Ibid, vol. 1, p. 562.
"Jeremiah Horrox died 1640, in the twenty-second year of his age; born at Toxteth, Lancashire, and began to study astronomy at fourteen. He was the first who predicted or saw Venus in the sun, and made from it many useful observations, though he was not aware of the great use that was to be made of it. And his new theory of lunar motions Newton made the groundwork of all his astronomy relative to the moon.—Ibid. vol. 2, p. 12.
Christian Adolphus Baldiunus, who accidentally discovered phosphorus, thought that it contained the red spark, yea, the most secret soul (secretissima anima) of the fire and light of nature, consequently the innate and invisible fire of philosophers, attracting magnetically the visible fire of the sun, and afterwards emitting and diffusing in the dark the splendour of the same. —Ibid. vol. 2, p. 368.
One Signor Zagonius had a way of making out of the Bologna stone calcined statues and pictures, variously shining in the dark.—ftid. vol. 2, p. 382.
"It I keep a passion, Til never starve it in my service."—Dbyden, vol. 2, p. 307. Mock Astrologer.
Conclude instead of finis, with
Two barbarous words with which the mysteries were closed and the assembly dismissed; "shewing," says Warburton, " the mysteries not to have been originally Greek." —Ibid. vol. 1, p. 204.
When the king of Fetou was dying of consumption, at Cape Corse, the Fetishers not only made several pellets of clay, which they ranged in order in his room, and sprinkled them with blood; but besides they eat several muttons to his good health.—Phil. Tram. Abr. vol. 4, p. 201.
At Copenhagen, a perspective of the late king of Denmark's family, the queen's face being in the middle, and eight princes and princesses round her, yet all conspire to form the king's face, when seen through the hole of a glass tube.—Ibid. vol. 5, p. 48.
Increase of a turnip from its seed to its full growth.—Ibid. vol. 6, p. 404-5.
An English gentleman showed me once in Holland, in 1687, a cherrystone, with 124 heads on the outside of it, so that you might distinguish with the naked eye popes, emperors, kings, and cardinals by their crowns and mitres. It was purchased in Prussia, where it was made, for £300 English, and is now in London (1703), there having been a law-suit not long since commenced about it in Chancery.—Phil. Tran. Abr. vol. 5, p. 49.
Dr. William Oliver.
Leuweniioeck says, that in any quantity whatever of sand you cannot find two particles that are entirely alike. He gives drawings of them magnified.—Ibid. p. 94.
Debuah (ibid. p. 394), says that some of his observations on the motion of sound may be useful to the Echometrician. "Several learned men, both ancient and modern, have carefully examined into that ludicrous and agreeable phenomenon of sound called echo. I am persuaded, though any reflecting object were capable of returning all the syllables of the following verse, Vocali nymphse, qua) nec reticere loquenti, yet it could not reflect all the syllables of this other, because its pronunciation is a little longer,
Corpus adbuc Echo, non vox erat, et tamen usum:
and much less repeat all the rough and long syllables of the following verse, though fewer in number,
Arx, tridens, vostris, sphinx, pnester, torrida, seps, strix.
"A Babe clinch will serve the turn; a carwichet,1 a quarterquibble, or a pun."— Wild Gallant, Dbyden, vol. 1, p. 12.
A Collection of Geometrical Flowers, presented to the Royal Society by Guido Grandi, Abbot of the Cameldales, and Professor of Mathematics at Pisa, 1723.
This handful or bouquet of geometrical roses is a dissertation on certain curves geometrically described in a circle, of a nature more curious and fanciful than any way useful.—Phil. Trans. Abr. vol. 6, p. 664.
Mr. Downes has observed in several countries, distinguished by what he calls a local physiognomy, that it is most perceptible in the women.—Letters from the Continent, vol. 1, p. 202.
Half the diary of Philip the Fair, on waxed wooden tablets, is in the library at Geneva. Queen Christina purchased the other half at Paris, and presented it to the Vatican.—Ibid. p. 248.
A Jew told the Ulm physician (Johan Marius) that by wearing a cap of beaver's fur, anointing the head once a month with oil of castor, and taking two or three ounces of it in a year, " one's memory will be so strengthened as to remember every thing one reads." The Dr. (Marius) conjectures that this notion might at first have brought the use of the beaver's fur into request for hats.—Phil. Trans. Abr. 7, 642.
"At'yfroc irj Kcu oSf 6 Xoyoc, ifioi fiiv oi vt$av6<:."—Hebodotus, Thalia, § 3.
1 Not an uncommon word. Nares in v. quotes from Butler's Remains, "He has all sorts of echoes, rebuses, chronograms, &c. besides earmeheti, clenches, and quibbles." Vol. ii. p. 120.—J. W. W.
William Manuel (Man«el P) a Welsh prodigy, three and a half years' old, reads Welsh and English fluently in the usual, or in an inverted, or thwart position, " but appears to prefer reading upside-down."— Manchester Courier, February 15, 1834.
In an island near Bombay, "a large snake was found dead with a porcupine in its belly. The snake had seized the porcupine by the head, and had so sucked it in. When it was quite in, the quills, which were flatted down while it was going in, rose, ran through the snake's belly and killed it: so that there was a monstrous snake dead, with the quills of a porcupine sticking out of it in many places."—Phil. Trans. Abr. 9, p. 102.
Pigeons for many ages built under the roof of the great church at Pisa; their dung (spontaneously) took fire at last, and the church was consumed.—Ibid. p. 143.
Apples, as well as pears and coleworts, &c. are affected by their neighbours; so that it may be of importance to the curious in fruits to take care how their trees are sorted, and what company they keep.— Ibid. p. 109.
Viviparous animalcuke, ergo, all animalcule are not produced from eggs. — Ibid. p. 203.
The ergo not conclusive, because, as in the aphis, an impregnation might suffice for many generations.
An altar to Silvanus, erected by C. Tatius Veturius Micianus, Prsef. Aire Sebosianae, ob aprum eximia; forma; captum, quern multi Antecessorcs ejus pradari non potuerunt. V. S. L. P. i. e. votum solvens lubens posuit. "Silvano morato sacrum" is the first line, and this makes the inscription complete. It was found near Stanhope, in the bishoprick of Durham.—Ibid. p. 470.
The first anecdote relating to Sir Wil