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enough this was the case, for whatever might be its qualities, it pleased the " leddies," who purchased in such abundance, that they besmeared their faces so as to destroy that rosy red, love's proper hue, which dwells upon the cheeks of our northern rustic beauties.

I must not forget to mention that the October fair is more numerously attended by those who go for pleasure. Unlike the southern holyday folks, they prefer autumn (or this reason, that " liearst" is just ended, and they have then most money, which, with the " leddies," is generally expended in dress suitable to this and similar occasions. After baking a sufficient number of barley bannocks for the following day, and the milk set up, they throw off their "linsey-woolsey petticoats," and "hale made bed-goons" for a gown, a good specimen of their taste, in the two warmest colours, a red flower or stripe upon a yellow ground, and as much of a third colour round the waste, as would make them vie with Iris. In this butterfly state they hasten to the scene of mirth, and most of them dance till they have reason to suppose it is time to " gang liamc, an git a' ready be' crowdie time." The style of dancing is the same as in Scotland, countiy dances, reels, jigs, and hornpipes; the last mentioned is much admired. No merry-making is allowed to pass over without some rural " admirable Crichton" having shown his agility in this step. The hornpipe is introduced between each country dance, while "Love blinks, wit sleeps, an' social mirth forgets their's care upon the earth." The following day is called by the inhabitants "gwonny JokesaneV'day; why so is not known; all they know is, that it is and has been so called since the recollection of the oldest alive; and that is sufficient to induce them to continue a custom, which is peculiar to it, as follows. When a sufficient number have assembled, they elect what they are pleased to call a mayor, who they mount upon a platform, which is borne along by four men, headed by the musician that attended the preceding evening, and followed by a number of bailiffs with white "wans," and all the men, wives, maids, and white-headed urchins in the village. Thus, all in arms, they proceed first to the minister's house, and strike up a dance in front. His worship, " the mayor," as a privileged person, sometimes evinces a little impatience, and if the minister has not made his appearance,

demands to speak to him. On his advancing, " his worship" begins thus, " A yes! twa times a yes 1 an' three times a yes! If ony man, or ony man's man, lairds, loons, lubburdoons, dogs, skelpers, gabbrigale swingers, shall commit a parliament as a twarliament, we, in the township o' Avingham, shall hea his legs, an heed, tied ta tha cagwheel, till he say yence, twice, thrice, prosper the fair o' Avingham, an' gwonny Jokesane's day." This harangue, however ridiculous, is always followed with cheering, in which their good-tempered pastor freely joins, with his hat above his head, and stepping forward, shakes "his worship" by the hand, giving him a cordial welcome, trusting he will not leave the manse till he takes a "drap a yel, a' his ain brewin.'' This is of course acceded to. The ale being handed round in plenty, and being found to be good, "an' what is na guid that the minister lies," they engage themselves for some time, "while news ir.uch older than their ale goes round." The musicians meanwhile play such airs as "The Reel Rawe," " The Bonny Bit," "Laddie Wylam away," &c. The dance goes round, "the young contending as the old survey," until silence is called, when "his worship" gives as a toast, "Health, wealth, milk, and meal, the de'al tak ye a' thot disent wish him (the minister) weal—hip ! hip I huzza 1" Raising " his worship " shoulder height again, they proceed round the village, repeating their gambols in front of ve ry respectable house where they meet w.th a similar reception.

After this, foot-racing commences, for hats, handkerchiefs, and (as Mathews calls them) she-shirts.The several races run and prizes distributed, they return to the last and gayest of their mirthful scenes, not without bestowing some little pains in selecting colours calculated to give the finishing touches to the picture.

"Wi' merry bangs, an' friendly cracks,
I wat they did na weary;
An' unco tales, an' funny jokes,
Their sports were cheap an'cheaiy.

• • * * Syne, wi' a social glass o' slrunt, They parted arTcareerin,

Fu' blythe that night."

So ends the fair of Avingham and it sports, which was to me, "in my youthful days," a source of great amusement, but whether it is in comparing the pre

sent with the past, from a consciousness
of having

"Dealt with life, as children with their play,
Who 6rst misuse, then cast their toys away,"
that we do not derive the same pleasure
from what passes before us in maturer
age; or whether, in boyhood, the impres-
sions of such trifles as I have related are
deeper rooted in the memoiy; yet, cer-
tain it is, whatever be our situation in
life, we all come to the conclusion, that
our early days were our happiest.
I am, &.C.

J—N J—K—N.

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Bath Anecdotes.

A Member for the City, 1645.

In December 1645, the following letter was sent by the mayor and first alderman of Bath, to sir John Harrington, announcing their design of electing him one of their representatives, entreating him to accept the trouble thereof. The bold eagerness with which a seat in parliament is solicited now, and the modest coyness that marked the conduct ot those who were called to that honour in the early part of the seventeenth century, strikingly contrast. The person chosen at that period to represent a county or city, was generally allowed a gratuity by his constituents in consideration of his trouble.

Copt.

To our muche honoured and icorthie Friend, John Harrington, Esq. at hit home at Kelstone, near Bathe.

Worthie Sir, Out of the long experience we have had of your approved worth and sincerity, our citie of Bathe have determined and settled their resolutions to elect you

for a burgess for the House of Commons ii[<ik im( ,.,.,.,...

in this present parliament, for our said Bat]jej mucj, troubled hereat, concerning citie, and do hope you will accept the proceeding truly, for men's good

trouble thereof; which if you do, our de- ^ r and mme own safety sire is, you will not fail to be with us at

Sib John's Account Of Ceedinos. A Note of my Bathe btminesse about,- the

Parliament.

Saturday, Dec. 26th 1646 went to Bathe, and dined with the maior and citizens, conferred about my election to serve in parliament, as my father was helpless, and ill able to go any more; went to the George inn at night, met the bailiffs, and desired to be dismissed from serving, drank ttrong beer and metheglin, expended about iijt, went home late, but could not get excused, as they entertained a good opinion of my father.

Monday, Dec. 28th went to Bathe, met sir John. Horner, we were chosen by the citizens to serve for the city. Tie maior and citizens conferred about parliament busines. The maior promised sir John Horner and myself a horse apiece, when we went to London to the parliament, ivhich toe accepted of, and we talked about the synod and ecclesiastical dismissions. I am to go again on Thursday, and meet the citizens about all such matters, and take advice therein.

Thursday 31st, went to Bathe, Mr. Ashe preached. Dined at the George inn with the maior and four citizens, spent at dinner vjs in wine.

Laid out in victuals at the George inn xjs 4rf.

Laid out in drinking vijs ijd.

Laid out in tobacco and drinking vessels, iiijs Ail.

Jan. 1st, My father gave me £4 to pay my expenses at Bathe.

Mr. Chapman the maior came to Kelston, and returned thanks for my being chosen to serve in parliament, to my father, in name of all the citizens. My father gave me good advice, touching my speaking in parliament as the city should direct me. Came home late at night from

Bathe on Monday next, the eighth of this instant, by eight of the morning, at the furthest, for then we proceed to our election: and of your determination we entreat you to certify us by a word or two in writing, and send it by the bearsr to

Your assured loving friends,

John Bigg, the maior, William Chapman. Bathe, Dec. 6, 1645.

report and mine own safety.

Note. I gave the city messengers qs for bearing the maior's letters to me. Laid out in all £3 vijs for victuals, drink and horse hire, together teith divers gifts.

SUFFERINO A RECOVERY.

In December, 1822, a poor man made application to »he Bath forum magistrates, and stated tnat six months prior, he haa bought the goods and chattels of a neighbour, together with his wife, for the sura

of four pounds ten shillings, for which he produced a regular stamped receipt.

The man had spent all the money and wanted to have his wife back again, but he refused to part with her. The magistrates told him he had no claim to her, and advised him to deliver her up to her husband, which he at last reluctantly did. The following is a true copy of the stamped receipt.

"Received of Edward Gale, the sum ol four pounds ten shillings, for good and chattels; and also the black mare and Mrs. Naish, as parting man and wife. As agreed before witnesses this 8th December, 1822.

"Witness, the mark of Edward Pulling X Mary Gale, George Lansdowne, and Edward Gale.

* Settled the whole concern,

By me John Naish."

Nine Men's Morris. To the Editor of the Every-Day Book. Ludgate-hill, 10th Nov. 1826.

Dear Sir,—I was much pleased on reading and being reminded of an ancient game in your book, called Ninepennyntarl; a game I had scarcely heard of during the last twenty years, although perfectly familiar to me in my boyish days, and played exactly the same as described by your correspondent P.*

I have since visited my native county, Norfolk, and find the game is still played by the rustics, and called, as it always has been there, "the game of Morrit," or " Nine Men's Morrit." The scheme is frequently chalked on the ground or barn floors, and the game played with different coloured stones or beans. I think the name is more appropriate than "Ninepenny-marl;" and moreover, we o. Norfolk have the authority of our immortal bard in his " Midsummer Night's Dream," where the queen of the fairies, speaking to Oberon, says, "TheNineMen't Morrit is filled up with mud."

There are some men who are not a little proud at being proficients at this game. I heard an anecdote at North Walsham of a man named Mayes, still living in that neighbourhood, who is so great a lover of the pastime, that a wager was laid by some wags, that they would prevent his going to church, by tempting him

to play; and, ir. order to accomplish their purpose, they got into a house, building by the road side, where Mayes was sure to pass. Being a great psalm-singer, he had a large book under his arm; they called him in to settle some disputed point about the game, and he was very soon tempted to play, and continued to do so till church time was over, and got a good scolding from his wife for being toe late for dinner.

I have been led to make these remarks from the pleasure I have derived from your publication; and you may excuse me, perhaps, if I add, with a smile, that I have found some amusement in the game of Morris, by playing it with my chess men: it requires more art to play it well, than you would imagine at first sight. I am, dear sir, Yours sincerely,

T. B

With almost the same pleasure tha room has been made for this letter, from a well-remembered kind neighbour, will his communication be read in Norfolk by his fellow-countrymen.

He graces it from charmed metre, but
I (spoil'd of Shakspeare's line') take prose
from Strutt.

The erudite historian of the " Sports and Pastimes of the People of England." says, that " Mcrcllet, or, as :t was formerly called in England, Nine Men's Morrit, and also Fivepenny Morrit, is a game of some antiquity." He gives a figure of the " Merelle-table," as it appeared in the fourteenth century, the lines of which are similar to those in the scheme of " Ninepenny Marl," engraved with the account of the game communicated by •. *. P., with only this difference, that at each corner, formed by the angles and intersections, are black spots.

The game is played in France with pawns or men, made on purpose, termed merellet: hence the pastime derived that denomination. The manner of playing is briefly thus: two persons, each having nine men, different in colour and form, for distinction sake, place them alternately one by one upon the spots; and the business of either party is to prevent his antagonist from placing three of his pieces so as to form a row of three, without the intervention n an opponent piece. If he forms a row «ie takes one of his antagonist's pieces irom any part, except from a row, which must not be touehed if he have another piece on the board. When all the pieces are la(d down, they are played backwards and forwards in any direction that the lines run, but they can only move from one spot to another at one time. He that takes all his opponent's pieces is the conqueror.

The rustic players of "Nine Men's Morris," in Krigland, who draw their lines on the ground, make a small hole for every dot, and play in them with stones of different forms or colours. The pastime is supposed to have derived the appellation of "Nine Men's Morris,'' from the different coloured men being moved backwards or forwards as though t!iey were dancing a morris.*

NATt'RAHSTS CALENDAR.

Mean Temperature ... 38 • 70.

Sterembtr 31.

To December.

The passing year, all grey with hours,

Ends, dull month, with thee;
Chilled his summer, dead his fljwers,

Soon will his funeral be;
Frost shall drink up his latest breath,
And tempests rock him into death.

How he shivers'. from his age

All his leaves have faded, And his weary pilgrin.age

Ends at last unaided By his own sun that dims its ray, To leave him dark in his decay. Hark ! through the air the wild storm bears

In hollow sounds his doom,
While scarce a star its pale course steers

Athwart the sullen gloom;
And Nature leaves him to his fate,
To his grey hairs a cold ingrate.

She goes to hail the coming year,

Whose spring-flowers soon shall rise—

Too', thus to shun an old friend's tier,
Nor wisely moralize

On her own brow, whereagc is stealing Many a scar of time revealing :—

Quench'd volcanoes, rifted mountains,

Oceaus driven from land, Isles submerged, and dried up fountains.

Empires wheim'd iu sand— What though her doom be yet untol.l— Nature, like Time, is waging old!

Ntw MonlMy Mugazin

NATURALISTS CALENDAR.

Mean Temperature ... 37 • £■

The Indexes To The Volume Will

END TUE Every-dav B'JOl.

On taking leave, as Editor of this work, 1 desire to express my thanks for its favourable acceptation. It seems to have been regarded as I wished—a miscellany to be taken up by any body at any time. I have the pleasure to know that it is possessed by thousands of families of all ranks: is presented by fathers to their sons at school; finds favour with mothers, as suited to the perusal of their daughters ; and is so deemed of, as to be placed in public and private libraries enriched with standard literature. Ascribing these general marks of distinction to its general tendency, that tendency will be maintained in my next publication,

The Table Book.

This publication will appear, with cuts, every Saturday, and in monthly parts, at the same price as the Every-Day Book, and will contain several original articles from valued correspondents, for which room could not be here made.

The first number and the present year will be "out" together. I gratefully remember the attachment of my friends to the present sheets, and I indulge a hope that they will as kindly remember me, and my new work

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INDEXES.

1. GENERAL SUBJECTS. II. ROMISH SAINTS.

III. POETRY, ORIGINAL AND SELECTED

IV. CORRESPONDENTS* SIGNATURES.

V. ENGRAVINGS IN THE VOLUME.

TO TUB BINDER.

If the work be required in FOUR Volumes, commence "VOL. I— IMHT II." «t rol. *W. Hid place the Indexes In tint Volume at the end— commence "VOL. II.—I'ART II," .1 rol. tfft, end conclude with the Inilrxei to Vol. II.

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