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Aaron Purgatut, a book by Monceau, or Moni-a-us, to justify Aaron for making the golden calf!—Batle.

"Knowest thou not that fish caught with medicines, and women gotten with witchcraft are never wholesome."—Euphues.

The first assertion may be true, and probably is; the beasts killed by the Indian |>oisoned arrow are not rendered unfit for food. The effect is altogether different.

Indians.—" Their connection with the lowest orders in the United States has induced a shocking demoralization ; the greater number of them in the United States are now entirely dependent on them; they are rapidly decreasing, or in some instances retiring further west. The manner in which they live among the Americana, without actually amalgamating, is curious; they have no vote, no privilege as citizens; but this indifference towards them is got over by saying, 'that they are considered as and treated with as inilej>endent nations' I should however suppose, if they became farmers, out of the lands appropriated to them and gained property, they would be entitled to the rights of citizens. Except in one part of this Continent, they have never yet shewed themselves patient of regular labour; this exception is at Nantucket, where they have long assisted in navigating the whaleships, and prove active, good seamen. They are now becoming extinct most rapidly; the habits of a seaman in such long voyages, and the irregularities attached to it, are sufficient causes. The few who remain at home marry into the lowest orders of whites or of negroes; the latter is the most common."

In the Independent Whig are some remarks by Gordon on Sir R. L'Estrange's style.

Frozen Potatoes.—" Ik the time of frosts, the only precaution necessary is, to retain the potatoes in a perfectly dark place for some days after the thaw has commenced.

In America, where they are sometimes frozen as hard as stones, they rot if thawed in open day; but if thawed in darkness they do not rot, and lose very little of their natural odour and properties." — Recueti Indust. xiv. p. 81, as quoted in Jameson's Edinburgh New Phil. Journal.

Choristers pressed formerly.—Tcssss, p. 316.

"For some centuries there was scarcely a Knight of Malta, though all of noble families, who could write his name; wherefore the Vice-Chancellor who committed all the acts of their chapters to writing, was always a clergyman." — Caste's Life of Ormond, vol. 1, p. xxxviiL

"E Crl'dels il rimorso a i solitari,

Chi i pensier non divia,
Ricadendo sul cuor, come in lor centre.
Si pascon del velen che sta piu dentro."

Maggi, torn. 2, p. 72.

"It appears," says Perct, "from the Earl of Northumberland's Household Book, that horses were not so usually fed with corn loose in the manger, in the present manner, as with their provender made into loaves."—N. Ben Jonson, vol. 2, p. 118.

Horse loaves and horse bread axe frequently mentioned, and probably the poor ate the same bread, at least bread called by the same name, certainly.

"A Serpent ere he comes to be a dragon, Does eat a bat."

Ben Jonson, Cataline, vol. 4, p. 269. A serpent, the Greek proverb says.1

"The Roman soldiers bore other devices for their standards as commonly as the eagle, minotaurs, boars, wolves, dragons, &c. till Marius having won many battles under the eagle, introduced that more generally. Cataline had his (M.'s) silver eagle, and put

1 Sec Giffokd's Note in foe.—J. W. W.

some faith in it."—Gitfobd's Ben Jonson, vol. 4, p. 272.

"Thb Rhizomorpha—a fungus. This genus, which vegetates in dark mines, far from the light of day, is remarkable for its phosphorescent properties. In the coal mines near Dresden it gives those places the air of an enchanted castle. The roofs, walls, and pillars are entirely covered with them; their beautiful light almost dazzling the eye."—Ed. Phil. Journ. vol. 14, p. 178. Tubnxb's Sacred History, p. 92.

Scurvy—wainscotted rooms instead of walled ones thought to mitigate or prevent the disease.—Olaus Magnus, p. 653.1

"Mb. Bubton, afterwards Lord Conyngham, was with Lord Charlemont on his passage from Greece to Malta, when a tempest came on, and the Captain at length advised them to prepare for the worst. Burton broke the dead silence which ensued by exclaiming " Well," and I fear with an oath, "this is fine indeed. Here have I been pampering this great body of mine for more than twenty years; and all to be a prey to some cursed shark, and be damned to him!" —Iiabdt. Life of Lord Charlemont, vol. 1, p. 38.

Such a feeling many a man entertains towards his heir.

"Ma come potrb raai condurmi al fine Senza par due parole delle stringhe, Sorelle delle calze, over cugine.

Chi le vuolc spagnuole, e cbi fiaminghc, E chi le fa venir fin d'Inglalterra Come se possin sermoni au o aringhe." Bino. Op. Burl. vol. 1, p. 302.

"The Roman armies used to carry tiles with them, enough for paving the place where the prsetorium or General's tent was set up. Suetonius the authority in Julius

1 I suspect the passage here alluded to occurs in p. 316 of the Kdit. Remit, 1555, which I look upon as one of my very curious books.


Caesar."—Malcolm's Londinium, vol. 3, p. 513.

Abiosto saying that when Rodomonti set fire to Paris the houses were all of wood, adds—

"Ch' in Parigi ora De le dieci le sei son cosi ancora."

C. 16, St. 26, torn. 2, p. 153.

The slaughter of the pagan put a stop

to by night.

"Dal Creatore accelerata forsc,
Che de la sua fattura ebbe pietade."

And then

"Villani e lupi rcscir' poi de la grotte A dispogharli, e a divorar la notte." Ibid. c. 18, st. 162, torn. 2, p. 275.

Astouo, in Abiosto's abominable story is by his courtiers


Or del bel viso, or de la bella mano."

C. 28, st. 6, torn. 3, p. 250.

Abiosto speaks of

"L'audaci galee de Catalani."

Orl. Fur. c. 42, st. 38, torn. 5, p. 14.

"La ferocita de' montoni, ferondo loro il corno presso l'orecchia, si possa initigere." Sanazzabo. Parn.Ital. vol. 16, p. 229.

"el onzeno mandamiento
Es, no estorvariis."
i. e. not interfere in a quarrel.

Caldebon. El Maestro de Danzas.

Soldiebs could not be quartered upon an hidalgo. The high-minded labrador in Calderon's play, (El Garrotte mas bien dado) is advised to buy an executoria for the sake of this exemption.

The Venetians. Du Bellat, in the Recueil, vol. 1, p. 214. A very good sonnet of its kind.

Ibid, p. 161.—Sonnet of St. Gelais upon the whims in his mistress's head.

"Atqi I ante nnnos viginti-quinque nihil receptius erat apud Iirabantos, quam therms public*!: ea; Dune frigent ubique. Scabies cnim nova di>cuit nos abstinere."—ErasMus. Divertoria, p. 172.

A. D. 1459. Johnes's Morutrelet, vol. 10, pp. 44-7, a horrid persecution at Arras for witchcraft. Vaudoisie it was called, meaning a nightly meeting of sorcerers, for to this calumny the poor Vaudois were exposed! It was known "that these charges had been raked up by a set of wicked persons against some of the principal inhabitants of Arras, whom they hated, and whose wealth they coveted."

Ibid. p. 69.—Military patrols established in France, which made travelling safe. The E$corcheuri were thus employed. This was in the latter years of Charles VII.

Monstrelet, vol. 10, p. 74. — "It has been commonly said that the sons of the kings of France are made knights at the font when baptized."

Des gem de Guerre. "Je ne connois qui que ce soit De ceux qui maintenant suivent Mars et Bellone,

Qui—s'il ne violoit, voloit, tuoit, bruloit,— Ne fust assez bonne pcrsonne."

Le Chevalier de Cayney. Recueil, torn. 4, p. 211.

De Charlkval, ibid. p. 301. Au Roy. "Tout l'Univers s'cinent quand ta fondre s'aprest,

Oii la crainte, ou l'amour, partagent tous les Rois;

Et le Batave ingrat, et si fier autrefois, N'observe qu'en tremblant ou fondri la tempeste.

De son frivole orgueil, de sa temerite, Tu dois un grand exemple a la posteritc,

Et son abaissement importe pourtagloire. Tu le veux; il suffit; son sort est dans ta main;

De ces Republiquains tu vas finir l'histoire,

Trop heureux mille fois s'il t'ont pour Souverain."

"Yoi'B Dutchwomen in the Low Countries Take all and pay all; and do keep their husbands

So silly all their lives of their own estates. That when they are sick, and come to make their will,

They know not precisely what to give away
From their wives, because they know not
what they're worth.'
Webster, vol. 2, p. 57. Devil Law Com.

"The Empress Eudocia wrote a history of Cyprian and Justina the martyrs, which is lost. It was probably in verse, and the legend was believed in her time."—C Lax Ilk, vol. 2, p. 154.

"Some (in Edward IIL's reign) had a project that men's clothes might be their signs to show their birth, degree, or estate, so that the quality of an unknown person might at the first sight be expounded by his apparel. But this was once let fall as impossible. Statesmen, in all ages, (notwithstanding their several laws to the contrary) being fain to connive at men's riot in this kind, which maintaineth more poor people than their charity."—Fuller. Church History, p. 117.

Herodotus, lib. 2, § 137.—Criminals in Egypt condemned to the public works.

"Generally speaking, a person connected with grain will tell you at once where any sample of wheat from any part of Europe, or any part of the world, comes from."—Ma. Joseph Sanders. Agric. Report, 1833, p. 216.

"The times forbidden to matrimony were from Advent Sunday till a week after Epiphany; from Septuagesima Sunday till a week after Easter; and from Ascension <lav till Trinity Sunday."—Chanmer's Remains, vol. 1, p. 286.

Rabbits making way for a sand flood in Suffolk, by which much land was lost.— Phil. Trans. Abr. vol. 1, pp. 264-5.

The Queen of Corinth, in the Grand Cyrus, said to have been intended by Scudery for Queen Christina.—Dbtden. Preface to Secret Love, or the Maiden Queen.

A Latin translation of the New Testament in hexameters, with dedications, one to the Holy Trinity, another to King James, preface, index to the gospels, and varia? lectiones, all in hexameters. 1604.

So says a Catalogue.

An advocate of Poictiers, Le Breton by name, took up the cause of a widow and her child. He lost it both there and at Paris. But, being strongly persuaded that though law was against him, all justice was on his side, he sought to reform the law, presented himself before Henry III. and addressed him upon the subject. The King treated him with contempt, (probably as a madman), so did the Dukes of Guise and Mayenne, and the King of Navarre would not hear him. He returned to Paris and printed a book containing the case, and his efforts afterwards, and interspersed it with " a thousand injuries and calumnies against the King and the Parliament." M. Seguier, the Lieutenant-Civil, seized the book and the author, brought him to trial, and he was hanged in the Court of the Palace, about twenty paces from the grands degrcz, and his book burnt before his face.

This execution " fut un des plus specieux pretextes qui prirent les Seize, de parler contre le Roy et la justice."—Palma Cayet. Col. Gen. vol. 55, pp. 76-7.

The Pomoerium was that space of ground both within and without the walls which the augurs at the first building of cities solemnly consecrated, and on which no edi

fices were suffered to be raised.—Hooke, vol. 1, p. 43. Livy, lib. 1, c. 44, referred to.

A politic provision.

Monck Mason derives Bachelor from Bas Chevalier,—the title Sir being still appropriated to Bachelors of Arts in the University of Dublin.—Shakespeare, vol. xix. p. 203, N.

Monthly Review, October 1764.—A Harmony of the Gospels, in Welsh, by John Evans, A.M. Bristol.

All the reviewer says is, " We cannot conceive how any subject can be harmonized by being treated in Welch. However as the poor Welchmen have souls to be saved as well as other people, we have no objection to their receiving the assistance of good books, in whatever language they can read."

Raid. vol. 32. May 1765. P. 395.

The Freemasons' Quadrille, with the Solitary, printed by order of the Prince of Conti, Grand Master of the Lodges in France; and revised by M. de Bergeron, Advocate in Parliament, and Perpetual Secretary of the Royal Lodge at Versailles; in French and English; with the Free Masons' Minuet and Country Dance. — 12mo. 1*. ,

The free masons of some of the principal lodges in France, in order to take off a scandalous imputation, were politic enough to admit their wives into their assemblies and societies; and this quadrille is indebted to the female masons for its establishment. The rules are nearly the same as those of the other quadrilles played in France; but there is a variation in the names of the cards, which have been changed, in order to conform to the terms of masonry.

Mathematics and absence of mind running in a family. Sir Isaac Newton had an uncle, Ayscough by name, a clergyman, who when he had any mathematical problems or solutions in his mind, would never ijuit the subject on any account. Dinner has been often three hours ready for him before he could be brought to table. When lie ban been getting up in a morning, he has sometimes Ix-gun to dress, and with one leg in his breeches, sat down again on the bed, and so remained for hours before he got hit clothes on.—Monthly Review, vol. 47, J). 332. In a letter from one of his descendants.

Ci Riol's phenomenon on the morning of the earthquake.—About two o'clock, A.M., on the 20th ult., a smack from the Wyre was off Disjiham, at the distance of about a mile and a half from the shore, when the master, who was at the helm, perceived within a few yards of the vessel a large volume of pale fire whirling round with great rapidity over the surface of the sea. The water at the spot did not seem agitated. Report says that a slight shock was felt at Kirkham about two o'clock.—Manchester Courier, Srpt. 12, 1833.

In the Kamtchatsal translation of the Lord's Prayer, the passages—forgive us our trespasses, and lead us nut into temptation, are omitted. M. Kracheninnikow assigning as a reason, that the Kamtchadales could not be made to comprehend the meaning of the terms.—Monthly Review, vol. 41, p. 443.

An enquiry into the subject of suicide, published by some Mr. Moore, in 1790, is said to prove that no cause has produced it so frequently as gaming,—probably in the proportion of nine cases out of ten.

The editor of Mrs. Carter's Letters calls it a copious and elaborate enquiry.

Monthly Review, vol. 65, p. 313.—Triumph of Dulness, a poem, against this Grace.

A. D. 1781. A Grace past at Cambridge to prevent those who either directly or indirectly had the assistance of private tutors for the two years preceding their degree, from receiving those honours to which they would otherwise have been entitled. The ground was, that it increased the expenses of

the University, already too high, and gaTe an undue advantage to those who could afford to pay for this assistance, feeders these tutors were called, a cockpit term, cramming being thought good only for the nonce, leaving no strength.

Is the year 1008 the Emperor Tchintsong was informed in a vision that a book should be sent to him from Heaven. Accordingly it was, suspended at one of the gates of his palace, in a covering of yellow silk, twenty feet long. The Emperor went to the place, attended by his grandees, received the celestial book on his knees, placed it on a magnificent chariot, and read in it a prediction that the family of Song, (his dynasty), should possess the empire during 700 generations. The book was deposited in a gold box, the monarch received the congratulationsof thewhole empire on occasion of the celestial present, and public rejoicings were celebrated five days successively.—Monthly Review, vol. 60, p. 508.

From the Hist. Gen. de la Chine.

The vilest wretch may become an object of the best feelings in others. When William Coxe was at Moscow, there was a gentleman confined there in the prison of the police; and he alone of all the prisoners was denied the privilege of ever coming out. His crime was, having used several of his peasants so cruelly that they died. Clone to the door of his prison, his nurse, then about seventy years of age, had built a miserable shed which scarcely protected her from the weather, and there she lived in order to render him all the services in her power,—services which could have no other possible motive than affection; for it was certain that his punishment would be, as it deserved, for life. Upon Coxe's giving her a small piece of money, she immediately gave it to the prisoner.—Monthly Review, vol. 64, p. 383.

Speght's (Rachel) Mouzell forMelastomus, the Cynical Bayter, and foul-mouthed

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