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enemies against Philip, who could only obtain peace with France and England on condition of banishing Alberoni. He left Spain with immense property in his
ossession, and with the will of Charles I. by which Philip derived his title to the Spanish monarchy. . The document was recovered from him by force, and the o caused him to be arrested at Geneva or intriguing against the Turks. He went to Rome; the college of cardinals inquired into his conduct, and confined him for a year to the Jesuits' college, and Clement XII. appointed him legate to Romana, where, at the age of seventy, he plotted the destruction of the little republic of San Marino, and was ludicrously defeated when he imagined brilliant success. Alberoni was baffled in almost every scheme of national aggression. He accumulated great wealth, a universal reputation for political intrigue, and at the age of eighty-seven, died rich and infamous.”
The SEAson. “Now” in this month, as in the month of July, and as, for example, in June, 1826, “we occasionally have one of those sultry days which make the house too hot to hold us, and force us to seek shelter in the open air, which is hotter;--when the interior of the blacksmith's shop looks awful, and we expect the foaming porter ot to hiss, as the brawny forger dips his # , nose into it;-when the birds sit open-mouthed upon the bushes; and the fishes fry in the shallow ponds; and the sheep and cattle congregate together in the shade, and forget to eat;-when pedestrians along dusty roads quarrel with their coats and waistcoats, and cut sticks to carry them across their shoulders; and cottagers's wives go about their work gown-less; and their daughters , are anxious to do the same, but that they have the fear of the vicar before their eyes;– when every thing seen beyond a piece of parched soil quivers through the heated air; and when, finally, a snow-white swan, floating above its own image, upon a piece of clear cool water into which a weeping-willow is dipping its green fingers, is a sight not to be turned from suddenly."+
Naturalists' calen DAR. Mean Temperature ... 60 15.
- General Biogra bical Dictionary, vol. i. + Mirrol of the Months.
about one in the morning, a fire broke out in Lincoln’s-inn new square, by which No. 10 and 11 were entirely consumed. The chambers of R. Wilbraham, the hon. Edward Harley, hon Charles York, E. Hoskyns, – Chomley, Edmund Sawyer, master in chancery, and – Ansell, Esqs. all in No. 10, with the papers, books, plate, furniture, and wearing apparel were totally destroyed. In the next staircase, No. 11, were Mr. John Sharpe, solicitor to the treasury, and Messrs. Edward Booth, Ambler, Fazakerly, Fellers, and Wilmot. The loss and difficulties in which many families were involved, the titles to whose properties were lodged with the above gentlemen, were not to be computed. Mr. Wilbraham had lately purchased an estate of great value, the title-deeds of which, among other numberless deeds, mortgages, &c. were burnt. His clerk, Mr. Pickering, lost above eleven hundred pounds in money and bank notes of his own and others, and securities for thirty thousand pounds more, also all the title-deeds of lord Leigh's estate. When the fire was discovered most of the watch were asleep or drunk, and the wife of an upholder in Carey-street, whose husband left his bed to assist the sufferers, hanged herself in his absence.”
In 1752, was living at Clee-hall, near Ludlow, in Salop, lady Wadeley at the great age of 105. She had been blind for several years, but at that time could see remarkably well. She was then walking about in perfect health, and cutting a new set of teeth.t
THE GRAve. Why should the grave be terrible? Why should it be a word of fear, Jarring upon the mortal ear? There repose and silence dwell: The living hear the funeral knell, But the dead no funeral knell can hear. Does the gay flower scorn the grave? the dew Forget to kiss its turf 2 the stream Refuse to bathe it? or the beam Of moonlight shun the narrow bed, Where the tired pilgrim rests his head No! the moon is there, and smiling too!
* Gentleman's Magazine. + Ibid.
And the sweetest song of the morning bird
And listen to the fresh winds, loudly
$tal of obtuart, the first, for the port of Łombon,
A remarkably fine impression, of which the above is a faithful copy both as to size and device, has been transmitted to the editor of the Every-Day Book by a entleman, the initials of whose name are . L., and from him the following account has been obtained. The seal itself was drawn by ballastheavers from the bed of the Thames opposite Queenhithe, in 1809 or 1810, and purchased from them by the late Mr. Bedder, of Basing-lane. He was by profession a bricklayer, but a man of considerable taste, a lover of antiquities, and the possessor of a collection of rare and curious coins in high preservation, which he had accumulated at a considerable expense. is seal, from the inscription around it, appears to have been an official seal of the port of London. It is of silver, very thick, beautifully executed, and in
town, has long been famous for its annual a tendency to keep alive the manners and exhibition of rustic sports, under the customs of our ancestors, I send it for atronage of John Ream, Esq., on whose insertion in the Every-Day Book.
awn they are celebrated. The enclosed And am,
pleasure in recording every thing that has
Will this Year be celebrated with the usual Splendour, on
This Annual Festival is now considered as a superior Establishment to a Country Fair or other Merry-making, by the Numerous Respectable and Fashionable Assemblage of Company, who regularly attend from all parts of the Neighbourhood. Undisturbed by those scenes of intoxication and disorder, so usually prevalent at Village Feasts, the greatest harmony prevails throughout, and the superior Accommodation afforded by the Landlord of the WHEEL INN to all classes of well-behaved and respectable Visiters, cannot fail to render WISBECH ST. MARY'S RACES popular and attractive; or, in language more poetical—
“To gild with Joy the Wings of Time.”
The Sports to consist of Horse, Pony, and Donkey Racing;--Wheelbarrow Racing;—Jumping in Sacks;–Jingling Matches, and Foot Racing; all for
And to add a greater stimulus to the aspiring PLOUGH BOY, and for the encourage. ment of Agriculture in general, the Stewards purpose having c
A Plough ING MATCH,
When will be given a sovereign for the best, and a Half-sovereign for the second best Furrow, to be determined by impartial Judges chosen on the ground. The first Plough to start on Thursday Morning at Ten o’Clock precisely.
By the Plough the Poor Peaver depends for his bread–
By the Plough all our tables with pleaty are spread—
A full Band is engaged to play loyal and popular Tunes during the Amusements, which will commence each Evening precisely at Five o'clock.
Tickets for the Ball to be had at the bar of the IPheel Inn.
On the twenty-ninth of June, 1813, died at his house in St. Alban's-street, London, Valentine Green, Esq. A.R.S., keeper of the British Institution; greatly respected for his superior talents as a mezzotinto engraver, for the purity and universality of his taste in works of art, for the general urbanity of his manners, and for that invariable benignity of disposition, which, in popular language, is usually styled o ness of heart.”
§. Green, besides his distinguished merit as an artist, acquired considerable reputation as an author, by publishing, in 1796, a valuable work, entitled, “The History and Antiquities of the City and Suburbs of Worcester,” in two quarto volumes; a performance of great research and labour. He was born at Salford, near Chipping-Norton, in Oxfordshire, October 3, 1739.”
* Hutler's Chion. Exercises,
(Leach, Printer, Wisbech.)
sion-house for the purpose of contradicting a statement which appeared in the Courier newspaper, that he . persecuted a poor man, named Brown, and procured his discharge, for sticking up bills against him (Alderman Wood). He thought it worth while not to let such a statement go unanswered; for he never exercised such an influence in the course of his life, and he never heard of such a man until the charge was made in the newspaper. He wished to know whether there really was such a man connected with the Mansion-house establishment. The Lord Mayor said, he believed there was such a man, not belonging to the Mansion-house, but to the Mansionhouse porter. The fact was, that their rter, like "...P. to the “Castle of ndolence,” had become so exceedingly fat, that he had employed a valet to do the only work which there was for him to do—namely, to sweep the gateway. This valet was the aforesaid Brown, in whom the liberty of the subject, and the constitution, was alleged to have been violated. How, or why, he had quitted . Mansion-house, the porter alone could tell. The porter was then sent for, and he waddled into the justice-room. In answer to his lordship's inquiries, he stated that he had employed Brown at half-acrown per week, to sweep the door and do other work for him. The Lord MAYor.—When did he absent himself from his duty —The porter replied, it was about three weeks ago. The Lond Mayor.—Did you discharge him from his office on constitutional grounds, or for acting against Mr. Alderman Wood 2 The Port ER.—Bless your worship, no: I can't tell why he went off. Alderman Wood professed himself satisfied with , this contradiction : he thought the affair unworthy of farther attention. He had been challenged to prove his statement respecting the bills, and he had proved it.”
From this description of the “initial” to the Mansion-house, he seemed “a fit and proper person” to be taken by a “limner,” and represented, by the art of the engraver, to the readers of the EveryDay Book. An artist every way qualified was verbally instructed to view him; but instead of transmitting his “faithful portrait,” he sent a letter, of which the following is a
Dear Sir, I went this morning to the Mansion-house and had an interview with the porter, but that porter was very different to what I expected to have found. Instead of a very fat lazy fellow, fatted by indolence, I found a short active little man, about five feet high, not fat, nor lean, but a comfortable size, dressed in black, powdered hair, and top boots, pleasing and easy in his manners, and
* The Times, July 1, 1826.
such a one that every one would su se would get an inferior person to . is dirty work. There is nothing extraordinary in him to be remarkable, therefore I made no sketch of him; but proceeded to Limehouse on a little business, and from thence home, and feel so excessively tired that I send this scrawl, hoping you will excuse me coming myself. Yours respectfully,
Between this gentleman's “view of the subject,” and the preceding “report,” there is a palpable difference; where the mistake lies, it is not in the power of the editor to determine. The letter-writer himself is “ of a comfortable size,” and is almost liable to the suspicion of having seen the porter of the Mansion-house, from the opposite passage of the Mansionhouse tavern, as through an inverted telescope. The lord mayor's alleged comparison of the porter at his own gate, with the porter of the “Castle of Indolence,” may justify an extract of the stanzas wherein “that porter,” and “his man,” are described.
Wak’d by the crowd, slow from his bench arose
Sir porter sat him down, and turned to sleep again.
A comely full spread porter, swoln with sleep:
Meantime the master-porter wide display'd
NATURA lists’ calen DAR.