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Barker against Evah'e Sex, and Ansuere made to Jo. Swetnan's Arraignment of Women, 4to. with many MS. Notes, half russia, 9j. 6d., sold for £1. Us. 6d. at Gordonstoun aale. 1617.

"In ancient Rome, when the empire was come to its height, and learning and arts were grown into reputation among them, it was the fashion for such as aimed at the credit of being accomplished gentlemen, to frequent conferences, and entertain the company with discourses of philosophy, and all other specimens of study and wit. In consequence to this it happened, that others who had neither parts nor industry to accomplish themselves on this manner, and yet were ambitious to have a share in every thing that made men look great, made it their practice to buy some learned slaves out of Greece, and to carry those about with them into company; and then whatsoever wit or learning the slaves could produce, that the masters looked upon as their own, and took the glory of it unto themselves." — Young (the father's), Sermon*, vol. 1, p. 97.

Times, 23rf March, 1836.—Wax and composition casts from the heads of Fieschi, Lacenaire, Avril, and David, exhibited at the Cosmorama in Regent Street; in appearance like so many heads just separated from the bodies by the guillotine. And to make them more complete, the hair and whiskers are those of the murderers themselves!

July,lS36. STEANOKDiscovery.—"About three weeks ago, while a number of boys were amusing themselves in searching for rabbit burrows on the north-east range of Arthur's Seat, they noticed, in a very rugged and secluded spot, a small opening in one of the rocks, the peculiar appearance of which attracted their attention. The mouth of this little cave was closed by three thin pieces of slate-stone, rudely cut at the upper ends into a conical form, and so placed

as to protect the interior from the effects of the weather. The boys having removed these tiny slabs, discovered an aperture about twelve inches square, in which were lodged seventeen Lilliputian coffins, forming two tiers of eight each, and one on a third, just begun! Each of the coffins contained a miniature figure of the human form cut out in wood, the faces in particular being pretty well executed. They were dressed from head to foot in cotton clothes, and decently " laid out" with a mimic representation of all the funereal trappings which usually form the last habiliments of the dead. The coffins are about three or four inches in length, regularly shaped, and cut out from a single piece of wood, with the exception of the lids, which are nailed down with wire sprigs or common brass pins. The lid and sides of each are profusely studded with ornaments, formed with small pieces of tin, and inserted in the wood with great care and regularity. Another remarkable circumstance is, that many years must have elapsed since the first interment took place in this mysterious sepulchre, and it is also evident that the depositions must have been made singly, and at considerable intervals—facts indicated by the rotten and decayed state of the first tier of coffins, and their wooden mummies, the wrapping cloths being in some instances entirely mouldered away, while others show various degrees of decomposition, and the coffin last placed, with its shrouded tenant, are as clean and fresh as if only a few days had elapsed since their entombment. As before stated, there were in all seventeen of these mystic coffins; but a number were destroyed by the boys pelting them at each other as unmeaning and contemptible trifles. None of the learned with whom we have conversed on the subject can account in any way for this singular fantasy of the human mind. The idea seems rather above insanity, and yet much beneath rationality; nor is any such freak recorded in the Natural History of Enthusiasm. Our own opinion would be, had we not some years ago abjured witchcraft and demonology, that there are still some of the weird sisters hovering about Mushat's Cuirn or the Windy Gowl, who retain their ancient power to work the spells of death by entombing the likenesses of those they wish to destroy."—Scotsman.

"Albaqi B puniceas interplicat infula cristas."—Statics. Theb. lib. 4, v. 218.

This is plainly the origin of the line which Samuel Taylor Coleridge used to say Canning, in one of his prize poems made up from Politian, through the Gradus.

"Alba coloratos intcrstrepit unda lapillos."

"Candida purpureos interfluit unda lapillos."

CinnEB, in She Would and she Would Not, makes Trappanti ask the Host at Madrid, "Hafe ye any right Galicia?" and is answered, "The best in Spain, I warrant it."

Galicia growing no wine.

"The half-taught and therefore the doubly ignorant classes."—Rickman.

"voila une abdication sans les trois jours !" was what one of the French ministers said, upon hearing of the Reform Bill.

Gabasse, whose most uncharitable writings belie his own nature, as his death proves, came to this charitable conclusion, "que la pluspart des fautes se committent par sottise, et qu'il y a plus de sottise au monde que de malice." — Doct. Concup. p. 196.

Taking a Licentiate's degree in the University of malice.—Ibid. p. 613.

"Evebt man," says Swift, "knows that he understands religion and politics, though he never learned them." — Chestebfield, vol. I, p. 123.

"Young men are as apt to think themselves wise enough, as drunken men are to think themselves sober enough. Tbey look upon spirit to be a much better thing than experience, which they call coldness. They are but half-mistaken; for though spirit without experience is dangerous, experience without spirit is languid and defective."— Ibid. p. 308.

Tin Ib own interest he calls, "a solid security with knaves, but none with fools."— Ibid. p. 379.

That Alderman Venables who qualified himself for the Geographical Society by the exploratory voyage which he happily performed from London to Oxford during his mayoralty, of which voyage a full and immortal account was published by his chaplain and historiographer, but who cannot be admitted a member of the Travellers' Club, because of the illiberal base upon which that society has been established I

Among the members who voted for the bill, we read the name of Calcraft, John— by G.I

Too surely may the scripture be applied to the government and constitution at this time, "he that is not with me is against me."

He looks at things with an evil eye, and when the "eye is evil, the body also is full of darkness."

These are times when it may be "impossible but that offences will come, but woe unto him through whom they come."

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to it should be regulated with a more than ordinary regard to propriety and decorum." —owen. Hist of B. Soc. vol. 2, p. 529. See vol. 3, pp. 154-5.

How the B. Soc. may be looked at by its friends.—Ibid. vol. 1, p. 44.

"What truth, what knowledge, What any thing but eating is good in her? 'Twould make a fool prophecy to be fed

continually; Inspired with full deep cups, who cannot

prophecy? A tinker, out of ale, will give predictions."

Beaumont and Fletcher.
Prophetess, p. 115.

Bp. Reynolds, vol. 3, p. 201.—Wish for a Bible in every family,—for education and discipline.

Ibid. vol. 4, p. 268.—Church and State. Plato.

The Jesuits divide them,—agreeing here with the schismatics.

Ibid. pp. 290-1.—How unity is to be preserved—unquiet—and in the end uncomfortable singularities.

"the very philosopher could say that 'wickedness doth putrify the principles of the mind,' and that 1 such as are men's courses of l^fe, such likewise are the dispositions of their minds towards practical truth.' "—Ibid. p. 303.

Kdui'cj <pdaprtKr) ap\ijt. — A BIST. Eth. lib. 6, c. 5.

Ai acpoamc Kara rd iBn ov/x&alvovBtv. tit yap liwdafifv, Ovtwc d£tovficv \iytaOat.—Ibid. Metaphys. Min. lib. 1, c. 3.

"It is curious to observe," says Godfrey Iiiggins, {Celtic Druids, p. 207) "that the more elegant, polite, and learned these people became, in the same proportion they

became the more degraded and corrupt in their national religion."

"It is no bad maxim, where there are t wo handles, to take hold of the cleanest."— Major Dotle. Irish Debates, vol. 7, p. 225.

"When the payment of the clergy by tithes in kind was instituted, the landlord was also paid in kind. The clergy were paid by the produce of the land, to be consumed upon the land; and the landlord was also paid by the produce for the use of his land."—Mr. Browne. Ibid. p. 349.

"Coarse expressions—which men are apt to bring forth, when they are pumping in vain for strong ones."—Mr. Burke. Ibid, vol. 11, p. 327.

Lords B. and Nugent to wit.

"April avoir creuse les fertiles sillons, Qui recoivent le grain, espoir de nos moissons,

Si chaque jour le soc repasse sur la terre, Au lieu de l'abondance il produit la misere, Et detruit aujourd'hui ce qu'il a fait hier. Tel est le mouvement dont le siecle est si fier.

Le talent naturel s'eteint dans la lecture, Et l'esprit est sterile & force de culture."

"D'un ton fier, en vrai gentilhomme de lettres," said of Chateaubriand in this MS. satire.

Nov. 1786. "A Meeting of lawyers at Lord Mansfield's to take into consideration the alarming growth of perjury, which had become 'so very rife in our courts of justice, as to threaten the most dangerous consequences:' it was determined at this meeting that nothing short of capital punishment was sufficient to deter persons from the commission of this crime, and it was agreed that a bill should be prepared to make perjury in any court of justice, &c. a capital offence, punishable with death." — Lady's Magazine, vol. 17, p. 667.

"Quoiqu'ob en dise, l'imagination sert a voir beaueoup de chosea tres-reelles." — F. R. Bibliolkiipte UnivtrteUe. Mai 1830. p. 84.

"L'angletebbb avec son orpuoil, sa population, ses richesses, ses prejuges, et ses ceremonies, est le Japon de 1'Europe."—

M. DE CuSTTKB, Vol. 2, p. 189.

Oatbobocgh, Rascalburgh, and Rabbletown.

Jobbing like smuggling. The same lax morality U the cause. In our indignation against the former, let him who is guiltless of the latter offence cast the first stone.

Thb system of reducing a conquered people to bond-service seems always to have been pursued when wars of extermination ceased—1 Kings, ix. 20-22.

Thb man who (for a wager) was made to suppose himself ill,—and died in consequence.

A case like that of this nation at this time.

"Nb mea dona tibi studio disposta fideli, Intellecta prius quam sint, contempta relinquas."—Lucbetius, lib. 1, v. 47.

"Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their i wn sight." Isaiah v. 21.

"Since it is customary for men to bequeath to their posterity the goods of fortune, and not to bury them with them, why should they 6uffer that which is more precious to die with them, and not communicate for the instruction of others, some part of the knowledge and experience wherewith time has enriched them." — Aldeeman Whatson, p. 7.

"Cp.rtainlt the volume of one life would afford as great a variety of examples as the

long volumes of antiquity, if we would be diligent to mark them, so that they can be compared to nothing fitter, than to a wheel ever turning in the same motion."—Ibid, p. 9.

"Whatever occurrences seem strange, they are but the same fable acted by other persons, and nothing different from those of older times but in the names of the actors,"—Ibid, p. 8.

"So justly is avarice plagued in itself, that I know not which be greater, the sin or the punishment."—Ibid. p. 10.

And this is equally true of all sins,

Alexander and Csesar " pricked like bladders in the height of their tumour."— Ibid. p. 13.

"Elizabeth advised the House of Commons to prefer the most weighty matters first, and not trouble themselves with small matters and of no weight"—Parliamentary History, vol. 1, p. 707.

See also, Ibid. p. 909.

Uroii the money-getting system no tree would be allowed to stand after it became worth forty shillings. We should have young mutton, young beef, and no old timber!

Almost every where we might ask, as Arthur Young does of the Weald in Sussex, "Where is the good for nothing land P"

"Thb wastes only within forty or fifty miles of London would supply that city with bread."—Young's Survey of Sussex, p. 188.

"That breed which gives the greatest net profit in money from a given quantity of food, must at last be allowed to contain the sum total of merit."—Ibid. p. 241.

So think our political economists of man!

"The public mind," says Sir E. Brtdges, "is as servile as it is capricious."—Recollections, vol. 1, p. 163.

Ibid. p. 243.—" To suppose that poets are less in search of truth than philosophers, is to draw the opinion from bad poetry."

Even of ploughs, Vancouver says, " that some improvement may be made upon these ancient machines, daily experience very clearly shows, at the same time it was fully demonstrated that there is an absolute necessity of not altogether departing from a principle the utility of which has been established upon the practice of ages."— Survey of Hampshire, p. 92. See also p. 93.

Experiments upon old civilization are like breaking up old pastures.

"The age immediately preceding one's own is less known to any man than the history of any other period." — Horace Walpole, Pinkerton Correspondence, vol. 1, p. 61.

"And Friendship like an old acquaintance sends

To his friend Justice, that she should be mild

And look with eyes of mercy on your fault."

Goffe's Orestes, p. 237.

Norris's Miss. p. 158.—The atheistic argument from the self-sumciency of God, —to which that from his goodness is a conclusive answer.—P. 320.

"Ceetainlt," saysNoBRis (ibid. p. 160), "there is more required to qualify a man for his own company than for other men's." It is not " every man that has sense and thoughts enough to be his own companion."

"The ancients chose to build their altars and temples in groves and solitary recesses,

thereby intimating that solitude was the best opportunity of religion."—Ibid. p. 163.

"There are monstrosities in the soul as well as the body."—Ibid. p. 224.

"It is well observed by Plutarch, ' that men of desperate and bankrupt fortunes have little regard to their expenses, because should they save them, the tide of their estates won't rise much the higher, and so they think it impertinent to be frugal, when there's no hope of being rich. Yet they that see their heaps begin to swell, and that they are within the neighbourhood of wealth, think it worth while to be saving, and improve their growing stock."—Norris, Miscell, p. 268.

Levellers.—It is not thus that " every valley shall be exalted and every mountain and hill shall be made low; that the crooked shall be made straight and the rough places plain."—Isaiah xi. 4.

"It is not to be conceived how many people, capable of reasoning, if they would, live and die in a thousand errors from laziness; they will rather adopt the prejudices of others than give themselves the trouble of forming opinions of their own. They say things at first because other people have said them, and then persist in them because they have said them themselves."—ChesTerfield, vol. 1, p. 335.

Speeches or things which one wishes to be:

"p.(vvv8a ittp, art fiaXa Bi/y."

Hom. 11. i. 416.

"Hear, ye deaf; and look, ye blind, that ye may see."—Isaiah xlii. 18.

Principle of equality.— Voyageur Philosophique, torn. 2, p. 306.

Proposal that every one on arriving at the age of twenty should be required to

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