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ners !” which Boswell, being much amused meaner occupations which persons of infewith the compliment, has himself recorded. rior abilities and unimproved talents might - Letters between A. Erskine and Boswell. discharge with equal, or perhaps with su
perior, skill." “ A SENTENCE so clumsily formed, as Monthly Review, vol. 61, p. 316. Where to require an I say to keep it together; it is properly observed that this was not which I myself candidly think much resem- the vice of the times, but the very contrary bles a pair of ill-mended breeches.”—Ibid. to it.
Ibid. vol. 62, p. 556. Issues to prevent “I EXHIBITED my existence in a minuet; earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. See and as I was drest in a full chocolate suit, for some, Mr. Williams's (?) scheme for and wore my most solemn countenance, I wholesale irrigation, and for regulating the looked as you used to tell me, like the fifth weather in this island. act of a deep tragedy.”—Ibid. p. 72.
“ Car il est vraysemblable, et nous le John Morley, of Halstead in Essex, voyons tous les jours, que l'on reçoit avec Prior's companion in his Ballad of Down amour la briefveté discrète et bien troussée, Hall, who was bred a butcher, but became pourveu toutesfois qu'elle n'entre d'une ex. one of the greatest land jobbers in England, tremité en l'autre."-CHEVALIER DU SOLEIL, used in honour of his profession, annually vol. 6, p. 148. to kill a hog in the public market, and receive a groat for the job. He died A. D. Hutchinson, in his View of Northumber1732.
land (A.D. 1776), says "he cannot perceive
that the name Burrough or Burgh, was in“The hughest absurdity I ever heard of stituted to denote any kind of eminence in in the way of ornamenting grounds was com- the place so called, beyond others, so as to mitted by a member of the Irish Parliament, mean a fort, or castle, &c. It signifies no M -e by name. He laid out his whole more than house, houses, or town, a settledemesne, for some unexplained reason, in ment where one or more families dwelt. the shape of a thistle. A deep and wide Burrough was the habitation, and bour was trench, a mile in circumference, was cut to the inhabitant; hence neighbour, i.e. a nigh represent the bulb, double ramparts formed bour, or one that lived in a burrough not far the petals, and clumps of trees were for the off. And because this name is appropriated down. The avenue to his house was the to the underground lodgings of animals, as stalk; and the leaves were the several fields to the holes of foxes, rabbits, &c. he infers branching from thence, and from each that when it was first applied to human haother." Phil. Survey of the South of Ireland, bitations, the inhabitants of this land dwelt A. D. 1772.-Monthly Review, vol. 60, p. 9. chiefly under ground, and lived not in houses
raised from the ground, but dug in it: which Graves wrote his Colloquial Tale of sense of the word seems still to obtain as Columella, or the distressed Anchoret, " to to the dead, though it has lost its native idea expose the folly of those who, after having as to the living. Our original boroughs were been prepared by a liberal education, and so many human warrens, consisting of a set a long and regular course of studies, for of underground caverns. And it is not unsome learned or ingenious profession, retire likely that the vast caverns, such as those in the vigour of life, through mere indolence of the Peak, may not be all the work of and love of ease, to spend their days in so- nature, but in great measure the effect of litude and inactivity; or even in those under-ground architecture. As they look
like the palaces of some old giants, so they | irregularly, replied, “Yes Sir, I understand; might be the Windsor's and Hampton Court's you would have them hung down somewhat of those times, when under-ground lodgings poetical.”—Ibid. vol. 1, p. 319. were in fashion.”—Monthly Review, vol. 64,
“ You know my system is, that everyElephants, Ellora, &c. Troglodytes. Bur- thing will be found out; and about the time rowing Tribes, and Roosting Tribes. that I am dead, even some art of living for
ever.”—Ibid. vol. 1, p. 344. “ He that has this wisdom, has sufficient; and without it, the greater our pretences Kean's opinions of high and low life seem are to wisdom, the more conspicuous is our to have been much the same. “ Neither of folly.”—Dean Young's Sermons, vol. 2, p. 3. them are judges of acting,” said he, (his
only method of measuring a man's intellect.) “And fooling is an angry name for wit.” “ The only critics worth a thought are J. BAILLIE, The Bride, p. 354. doctors, lawyers, artists, and literary men."
-Life of Kean, vol. 2, p. 71. “IF incorruption have put corruption on, we may very well eat and drink as we do, MESSOP chose his dish with his character. for to-morrow we die indeed. The unlikely · Broth," said he, “ for one; roast pork for heathen ploughed in more hope than so."— tyrants; steaks for Measure for Measure; Joun GREGOIRE, p. 124.
boiled mutton for lovers ; pudding for Tan
cred."— Ibid. vol. 2, p. 34. "A man may come unto the pericardium, but not the heart of truth."-Sir T. BROWN, “Even moralizing," says H. WALPOLE, "is vol. 4, p. 81.
entertaining, when one laughs at the same
time : but I pity those who don't moralize “ Many positions seem quodlibetically till they cry.”—Letters, vol. 2, p. 198. constituted."-Ibid.
It was a maxim of his, that “it is idle to Herod a pigeon fancier. There were endeavour to cure the world of any folly, Herodian doves, named from him, a rare unless we could cure it of being foolish.”— breed which he introduced; this is more Ibid. vol. 3, p. 14. likely, than that he should have been the first who bred doves in the house, which “ Visions, you know, have always been Ramban affirms.-John GREGOIRE, p. 149. my pasture; and so far from growing old
enough to quarrel with their emptiness, I Pineda believed that Adam understood almost think there is no wisdom comparable all sciences except politics.-H. WALPOLE, to that of exchanging what is called the vol. 1, p. 188.
realities of life for dreams. Old castles, old
pictures, old histories, and the babble of old Keith, the marriage broker, cursing the people, make one live back into centuries bishop as he spoke, said, “ So they will that cannot disappoint one. One holds fast binder my marrying. Well, let 'em! But and surely what is past. The dead have I'll be revenged. I'll buy two or three exhausted their power of deceiving: one acres of ground, and by G- I'll underbury can trust Catharine of Medicis now."them all.”—Ibid. vol. 1, p. 292.
Ibid. vol. 3, p. 126.
MR. ASHE, a nursery-man, when H. Wal- “I will attempt in some measure to pracpole told him he would have his trees planted | tisc a rule given to me a great many years
ago by a good old lady, which was, “When selled handkerchief hanging from a low I had nothing to say, to say nothing."- pocket: his countenance chearful, good-hu- : LADY POMFRET, Letters, vol. 2, p. 161. moured, and very sensible. The whole is
extremely well-coloured, with perfect har. “ With all the divinity of wit, it grows mony, and H. Walpole calls it a most curiout of fashion like a fardingale. I am con- ous and delightful picture." vinced that the young men at White's al- Though raised by the royal gardener, it ready laugh at George Selwyn's bon-mots seems to have been in a private garden. only by tradition.”—H. WALPOLE, vol. 3, p. 236.
“ You saints," said he to Ilannah More,
can set down and feast on your self-denial, " It is right to lay vanity under contri- and drink bumpers of satisfaction to the bution, for then both sides are pleased."— health of your own merit."— Ibid. vol. 4, Ibid. vol. 3, p. 288.
“ Methinks as we grow old, our only “KNOWLEDGE," says Hickes, “in the most business here is to adorn the graves of our learned men is imperfect; so imperfect that, friends, or to dig our own."—Ibid. vol. 3, as my Lord Bacon observes, all the learn.
ing which hath been in all men from the
beginning of the world, would but make one “My pen is not always upon its guard, good scholar, if it could be all in one man." but is apt to say whatever comes into its - Letters from the Bodleian, vol. 1, p. 72. nib."-Ibid. vol. 3, p. 505.
“Believe me," says Cumberland, "there WHITAKER's History of Manchester. “To is much good sense in old distinctions. When be sure, it is
very kind in an author to pro- the law lays down its full-bottomed perrimise one the history of a country town, and wig, you will find less wisdom in bald pates give one a circumstantial account of the than you are aware of." ' — Choleric Man, antediluvian world into the bargain.”—Ibid. vol. 4, p. 15.
" There are times when sense may be H. WALPOLE (vol. 4, p. 160) says, “I do unseasonable as well as truth.”—CONGREVE, not repine at reading any book from which Double Dealer, p. 18. I can learn a single fact that I wish to know."
What is now called a fancy, Steel calls Ile might have added, “ or a single re- a fantasque.— Tender Husband, p. 48. mark that I should wish to remember."
“ The estate which I should leave beThe best likeness which H. Walpole (vol. hind me of any estimation is my poor fame 4, p. 206) ever saw of Charles the Second, in the memory of my friends; and therefore was in a picture of the smaller landscape I would be curious of it, and provide that size, in which Rose, the royal gardener, was they repent not to have loved me.”—Donne, presenting to him the first pine-apple raised Letters, p.32. in England. “ They are in a garden, with a view of a good private house, such as there This is a very striking truth. The careful
reader will observe that I have used it as an are several at Sunbury and about London.
illustration elsewhere, together with a parallel The king is in brown, lined with orange,
quotation from the Gull's Horn Book. and many black ribands; a large flapped
J. W. W. hat, a point cravat, no waistcoat, and a tas
A Memoir by l'Abbé Ameilhon was read nesses, yet are so near them that they serve before the Academy of Inscriptions and as for excuses, in omissions of the others." Belles Lettres, 1768, wherein the author asserted that the Tritons, Nereids, and
As by our law, a man may be feloother sea-gods, &c., “ n'étoient que des de-se, if he kill himself, so I think a man plongeurs exercés à cet art dès leur plus may be fur-de-se, if he steal himself out of tendre enfance, et qui l'avoient perfectionné the memory of them which are content to au point de vivre sous les eaux. Ce systême harbour him.”—Ibid. p. 295. harde fait autant d'honneur à la fécondité de son imagination, qu'à la sagacité de son " As Cardinal Cusanus writ a book Criesprit et à la profondeur de ses recherches." | bratio Alchorani, I have cribrated, and re-BACHAUMONT, vol. 4, p. 168.
cribrated, and post-cribrated this sermon.' - Ibid.
308. “A-GAD," says Sir Joseph Wittol,“ there are good morals to be picked out of Esop's | Πόλλ' αν συ λεξας ουδέν αν πλεόν λάβοις. Fables, let me tell you that, and Reynard
Eur. Alcestes, v. 72. the Fox too."-CONGREVE. Old Bachelor,
Διπλούς επ' αυτή μύθος έστι μου λέγειν.
Ibid. v. 535.
Ibid. Hippolyt. v. 9.
Βιότου δ' άτρεχείς επιτηδεόσεις which sounded long before you heard it, so
Φασί σφάλλειν πλέον ή τέρπειν, are these thoughts of you familiar and ordi- Τη 9 υγιείς μάλλον πολεμείν. nary in me, though they have seldom the
Ibid. v. 261-3. help of this conveyance to your knowledge.” -P. 40.
“ The first sharp sorrow,-ay, the break
“ It is true that a good conscience is our Of that deep fountain, never to be sealed triumph and banquet in the haven ; but I Till we with Time close up the great acwould come towards that also, as mariners count.” say, with a merry wind.-Ibid. p. 46.
Car. Bowles, Birth Day, p. 12.
“ Self-INTEREST is thought to govern " En quelque humeur qu'on soit, ma every man: yet is it possible to be less go- chère nièce, on se déshabitue mal aisément verned by self-interest than men are in the de ce qui plaît."—Ibid. p. 103. aggregate ?”—Ibid. p. 91.
"LEGER m'a dit que vous êtes fort triste: – But the most surprising part of his surmontez vous là-dessus, ma chère nièce; character is his memory, which is the most la tristesse n'est bonne, ni pour ce monde, prodigious and the most trilling in the ni pour l'autre. Croyez-en une personne world.
assez gaie de son naturel, assez triste par “ I have met with such men, and I take état, et fort instruite des maux inséparables this good-for-nothing memory to proceed des soucis.”—Ibid. p. 124. from a certain contexture of the brain which is purely adapted to impertinencies, and “ Je ne vois rien, je ne sçai rien, et je there they lodge secure, the owner having ne pense presque rien."— Ibid. p. 265. no thoughts of his own to disturb them.”— FARQUHAR. Recruiting Officer.
" J'ai toujours trouvé en lui ce bon sens
cette bonne tête, ce juste discernement enLockit. “Of all animals of prey man is tre le bien et le mieux."—Ibid. the only sociable one. Every one of us preys upon his neighbour, and yet we herd When the Princes in the Tower of the together."--Beggar's Opera.
Universe were disenchanted in consequence
of the combat between Florisel in Niques One of Cumberland's ladies says, “Sen- | and El fuerte Anaxartes, the Queen of timent in the country is clear (n ?) another Argines said to them of Amadis, “ No es de thing from sentiment in town. In
box tener en servicio a quien diezyseys anos de at the Opera I can take it as glibly as a dish | vida os ha hecho passar sin ser passados en of tea, down it goes, and there's an end of edad ni cuydados? con tener talis hijos apait. But in walks of willows, and by the rajedos con los demas que vereys."— ff. 80. side of rivulets, there's no joke in it.”— The French has it,“ Sire, il n'a pas faiet Natural Son.
peu pour vous autres, quiconque vous a
tenu quinze ans en repos, sans vous esveil-, “ Dont you know, there is nothing so ler, et voire maintenant telle posterité yssue foolish as the follies of genius ; nothing so de vous."—ff. 325. weak as the weaknesses of the wise."-Ibid.
Dr. SHARP says " the very weakest side “A REPARTEE that only lights upon the of an honest and sincere man is ever the outside of the head.”—Cibber. Refusal. most inexpugnable by reason."—Life of
Archbishop Sharp, vol. 1, p. 59. Whex Croaker in the Good Natured Man, speaks of our bad world, his wife says to “And hence will result a petit biography, him, “ Never mind the world, my dear, you wherein the remarkable may assist the theory were never in a pleasanter place in your of human nature, which consists in the knowlife."
ledge of its perfections and infirmities."
Roger North, vol. 1, p. 99. “ Les gens qui n'ont qu'une affaire, sont dangereux, et quand l'oisiveté s'y joint, c'est It is said to have been a saying of Dryencore pis.”—M. De Ceylus. Maintenor's den's, that he never knew the wisest man, Letters, vol. 6, p. 60.
who had a fair opening for a good pun, lose the opportunity.--Gent. Mug. vol. 2, p. 643.