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lost; for most of those that were driven count of “ several remarkable deliverto sea were safe. Rear-admiral Beau- ances." One of the most remarkable mont with a squadron then lying in the instances of this kind occurred at a house Downs, perished with his own and seve in the Strand, in which were no less than ral other ships on the Goodwin Sands. fourteen persons : “ Four of them fell

The ships lost by the storm were esti- with a great part of the house, &c. three mated at 'three hundred. In the river stories, and several two; and though Thames, only four ships remained be buried in the ruins, were taken out untween. London-bridge and Limehouse, hurt: of these, three were children; the rest being driven below, and lying one that lay by itself, in a little bed near there miserably beating against one an its nurse; another in a cradle ; and the other. , Five hundred wherries, three third was found hanging (as it were hundred ship-boats, and one hundred wrap'd up) in some curtains that hitch'd lighters and barges were entirely lost; by the way; neither of whom received and a much greater number received con

the least damage. In another place, as siderable damage. The wind blew from a minister was crossing a court near his the western seas, which preventing many house, a stone from the top of a chimney ships from putting to sea, and driving upwards of one hundred and forty pounds others into harbour, occasioned great weight, fell close to his heels, and cut numbers to escape destruction.

between his footsteps four inches deep The Eddystone lighthouse near Ply- into the ground. Soon after, upon drawmouth was precipitated in the surround- ing in his arm, which he had held out on ing ocean, and with it Mr. Winstanley, some occasion, another stone of near the the ingenious architect, by whom it was

same weight and size, brush'd by his contrived, and the people who were with elbow, and fell close to his foot, which him.—“ Having been frequently told that must necessarily, in the eye of reason, the edifice was too slight to withstand have killed him, had it fallen while it the fury of the winds and waves, he was was extended.” In the Poultry, where accustomed to reply contemptuously, that two boys were lying in a garret, a huge he only wished to be in it when a storm stack of chimnies fell in, which making should happen. Unfortunately his de

its way through that and all the other sire was gratified. Signals of distress floors to the cellar, it was followed by were made, but in so tremendous a sea the bed with the boys asleep in it, who no vessel could live, or would venture to first awaked in that gloomy place of conput off for their relief.

fusion without the least hurt. The ainazing strength and rapidity of So awful a visitation produced serious the wind, are evidenced by the following impressions on the government, and a well authenticated circumstances. Near day of fasting and humiliation was apShaftesbury a stone of near four hundred pointed by authority: The introductory pounds weight, which had lain for some part of the proclamation, issued by queen years fixed in the ground, fenced by a

Anne for that purpose, claims attention bank with a low stone wall upon it, was from its solemn import. lifted up by the wind, and carried into a

THEREAS, by the late most hollow way, distant at least seven yards

terrible and dreadful Storms of from the place. This is mentioned in a

Wind, with which it hath pleased Alsermon preached by Dr. Samuel Stennett mighty God to afflict the greatest part of in 1788. Dr. Andrew Gifford in a ser

this our Kingdom, on Friday and Saturmon preached at Little Wylde-street, on day, the Twenty-Sixth and Twenty, the 27th of November, 1734, says that“ in Seventh days of November last, some of a country town, a large stable was at

our Ships of War, and many Ships of our once removed off its foundation and in- loving Subjects have been destroyed and stantly carried quite across the highway, lost at Sea, and great numbers of our over the heads of five horses and the man subjects, serving on board the same hare that was then feeding them, without perished, and many houses and other hurting any one of them, or removing buildings of our good Subjects have the rack and manger, both of which re

been either wholly thrown down and mained for a considerable time to the demolished, or very much damnified and admiration of every beholder.” Dr. defaced, and thereby several persons Gifford in the same sermon, gives an ac have been killed, and many Stacks of + Belsham's Hist. of G. Britain,;

Corn and Hay thrown down and scat

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tered abroad, to the great damage and (now D.D.) preached the sermon of 1798, impoverishment of many others, espe- which was the last published one precedcially the poorer sort, and great numbers ing Mr. Pritchard's. of Timber and other Trees have by the Mr. Joseph Taylor was a bookseller in said Storm been torn up by the roots in Paternoster-row. He left 401. for the many parts of this our Kingdom: a Cala- purpose mentioned, to which the church mity of this sort so dreadful and asto- added 5l., and purchased 501. three per nishing, that the like hath not been seen cent, consols, which is now standing in or felt in the memory of any person living the name of three trustees, who pay

the in this our Kingdom, and which loudly minister.

£. 8. d. calls for the deepest and most solemn For the sermon

1 0 0 humiliation of us and our people: there Distributing of Notices 02 6 fore out of a deep and pious sense of Clerk

02 6 what we and all our people have suffered Two Pew-openers 2s. 6d. by the said dreadful Wind and Storms,

each

0 5 0 (which we most humbly acknowledge to be a token of the divine displeasure, and

£1 10 0 that it was the infinite Mercy of God that we and our people were not thereby wholly destroyed,) We have Resolved, The following is a copy of the noand do hereby command, that a General tice, printed and distributed in the year Public Fast be observed,” &c.

1825. This public fast was accordingly ob

« GREAT STORM. served, throughout England, on the nineteenth of January following, with great On Sunday Evening, November 27, 1825, seriousness and devotion by all orders and denominations. The protestant dissenters, notwithstanding their objections

Annual Sermon to the interference of the civil magistrate in matters of religion, deeming this to be Iu commemoration of the Great Storm in 1703, an occasion wherein they might unite with their countrymen in openly bewailing the general calamity, rendered the In Little Wild Street Chapel, supplication universal, by opening their

LINCOLN'S INN FIELDS, places of Worship, and every church and meeting house was crowded.

By the Rev. Thomas GRIFFIN,

Of Prescot Street.
ADVERTISEMENT.

A collection will be made after the service “ It may not be generally known, that for the support of the Evening Lecture, which a Mr. Joseph Taylor, having experi- was commenced at the beginning of the preenced a merciful preservation, during the

sent year, and will be continued every SunGreat Storm,' in 1703; and, being at

day evening, to which the inhabitants of Wildthat period, a member of the (Baptist) street, and its vicinity, are earnestly solicited church, meeting in Little Wild-street, Lincoln's Ion Fields, instituted an annual "Service commences at half-past six o'clock." sermon, to perpetuate the recollection of that affecting occurrence ; leaving, in Etymology of the Seasons. trust, a small sum to be thus annually

To the Editor of the Every-Day Book. expended.”

The above announcement is prefixed to Mr. Editor, a sermon preached in the before-men I am, no doubt, with many others, tioned chapel, in the year 1821, by the obliged by the information contained in rev. George Pritchard. The annual ser- your Every-Day Book, especially in mon at that place has been regularly giving the etymology and origin of things preached, but Mr. Pritchard's is the last of old and present practices, printed one. It has an appendix of “re But being a dabbler in etymology mymarkable facts, which could not so con- self, I was disappointed in finding none veniently be introduced into the dis- for the present season of the year, aucourse." The rev. Robert Winter, A. M. tumn; and as many of our names of

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places were, no doubt, given by our Saxon Ava, or emperor of the Burmans, at the ancestors, we in the north retain more of Egyptian-hall, Piccadilly, gave the editor that language, and consequently more of the Every-Day Book an opportunity familiar with the names of places than of inspecting it, on Friday, the 18th of you in England.

November, previous to its public exhibiPerhaps there is not one hundred per- tion; and having been accompanied by sons in Langbourn ward know any an artist, for whom he obtained permis. meaning to the two words by which the sion to make a drawing of the splendid ward is called ; but to any child in Scot- vehicle, he is enabled to present the acland the words are significant.

companying engraving. Will you then allow me to give you my

The Times, in speaking of it, remarks, etymology of the seasons ?

that “ The Burmese artists have produced Spring makes itself familiar to almost a very formidable rival to that gorgeous every one; but summer, or as we would piece of lumber, the lord mayor's coach. say in Scotland, means an addition, or It is not indeed quite so heavy, nor quite “sum-more," or some-mere ;" viz. if a so glassy as that moving monument of person was not satisfied with his portion metropolitan magnificence; but it is not of victuals, he would say “I want sum inferior to it in glitter and in gilding, and mere."

is far superior in the splendour of the And does not this correspond with gems and rubies which adorn it. It difthe season, which in all the plants and fers from the metropolitan carriage in fruits of the field and garden, is getting having no seats in the interior, and no “sum-mere" every day, until the months place for either sword-bearer, chaplain, or of August and September, when accord- any other inferior officer. The reason of ing to the order and appointment of the this is, that whenever the 'golden mogreat Lawgiver, they are brought to per- narch' vouchsafes to show himself to fection, and gathered in?

his subjects, who with true legitimate Then comes the present season, au- loyalty worship him as an emanation from tumn, or as we would in the north say, the deity, he orders his throne to be re“ ae-tum," or "all-empty,” which is the moved into it, and sits thereon, the sole present state of the gardens, trees, and object of their awe and admiration." fields; they are ae-tum.”

The British Press well observes, that The last season brings with it its own “ Independent of the splendour of this name by its effects, “wind-tere." magnificent vehicle, its appearance in this

If these observations will add any thing country at the present moment is attended to your fund of information, it will not with much additional and extrinsic indiminish that of

terest. It is the first specimen of the Your humble servant,

progress of the arts in a country of the

very existence of which we appeared to A NORTH BRITAIN.

be oblivious, till recent and extraordinary PS.-Observe, they pronounce the A events recalled it to our notice. The in Scotland as in France, Aa.

map of Asia alone reminded us that an November 16, 1825.

immense portion of the past tract of country lying between China and our

Indian possessions, and constituting the Lupinleaved Wood Sorrel. Oxalis lupi- eastern peninsula of India, was de nifolia.

signated by the name of the Burmah emDedicated to St. Virgil.

pire. But so little did we know of the people, or the country they inhabited,

that geographers were not agreed upon November 28.

the orthography of the name. The attack St. Stephen the Younger, A. D. 764. St. upon Chittagong at length aroused our James of La Marea, of Ancona, A. D. attention to the concerns of this warlıke 476.

people, when one of the first intimations (Michaelmas Term ends.]

we received of their existence was the BURMESE STATE CARRIAGE. threat, after they had expelled us from Exhibited in November, 1825.

India, to invade England. Our soldiers

found themselves engaged in a contest An invitation to a private view of the different from any they had before expeRath," or state carriage of the king of rienced in that part of the world, and

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The Rath, or Burmese Imperial State Carriage ;

Captured, in September, 1825, at T'avoy, a sea-port in the Burmese Empire.

with a people who, to the impetuous bra- inches : the spokes richly silvered, are very of savages, added all the artifices of of a very hard wood, called in the east, civilized warfare. We had to do with an iron wood: the felloes are cased in brass, enemy of whose history and resources we and the caps to the naves elegantly de knew absolutely nothing. On those heads signed of bell metal. The pole, also of our information is still but scanty. It is iron wood, is heavy and massive; it was the information which the Rath, or im- destined to be attached to elephants by perial carriage, affords respecting the which the vehicle was intended to be state of the mechanical arts among the drawn upon all grand or state occasions. Burmese, that we consider particularly The extremity of the pole is surmounted curious and interesting."

by the head and fore part of a dragon, a Before more minute description it may figure of idolatrous worship in the east; be remarked, that the eye is chiefly struck this ornament is boldly executed, and by the fretted golden roof, rising step by richly gilt and ornamented; the scales step from the square oblong body of the being composed of a curiously coloured carriage, like an ascending pile of rich talc. The other parts of the carriage are shrine - work. “It consists of seven the wood of the oriental sassafras tree, stages, diminishing in the most skilful which combines strength with lightness, and beautiful proportions towards the and emits a grateful odour; and being hard top. The carving is highly beautiful, and and elastic, is easily worked, and pethe whole structure is set thick with culiarly fitted for carving. The body of stones and gems of considerable value. the carriage is composed of twelve panels, These add little to the effect when seen three on each face or front, and these are from below, but ascending the gallery of subdivided into small squares of the clear the hall, the spectator observes them, and nearly transparent horn of the rhinorelieved by the yellow ground of the gild- ceros and buffalo, and other animals of ing, and sparkling beneath him like dew- eastern idolatry. These squares are set in drops in a field of cowslips. Their pre- broad gilt frames, studded at every angle sence in so elevated a situation well with raised silvered glass mirrors: the serve to explain the accuracy of finish higher part of these panels has a rằnge of preserved throughout, even in the nicest rich small looking-glassės, intended to and most minute portions of the work. reflect the gilding of the upper, or pagoda Gilt metal bells, with large heart-shaped stages. chrystal drops attached to them, surround The whole body is set in, or supported the lower stages of the pagoda, and, when by four wreathed dragon-like figures, the carriage is put in motion, emit a soft fantastically entwined to answer the perand pleasing sound." The apex of the poses of pillars to the pagoda roof, and roof is a pinnacle, called the tee, elevated carved and ornamented in a style of on a pedestal. The tee is an emblem of vigour and correctness that would do royalty. It is formed of movable belts, or credit to a European designer : the scaly coronals, of gold, wherein are set large or body part are of talc, and the eyes of amethysts of a greenish or purple colour : pale ruby stones. its summit is a small banner, or vane, of The interior roof is latticed with small crystal.

looking-glasses studded with mirrets as The length of the carriage itself is thir- on the outside panels: the bottom or teen feet seven inches; or, if taken from flooring of the body is of matted cane, the extremity of the pole, twenty-eight covered with crimson cloth, edged with feet five inches. Its width is six feet nine gold lace, and the under or frame part inches, and its height, to the summit

of of the carriage is of matted cane in the tee, is nineteen feet two inches. The panels. carriage body is five feet seven inches

The upper part of each face of the body in length, by four feet six inches in width, is composed of sash glasses, set in broad and its height, taken from the interior, gilt frames, to-draw up and let down after is five feet ght inches. The four wheels the European fashion, but without case or are of uniform height, are remarkable for lining to protect the glass from fracture their lightness and elegance, and the pe- when down; the catches to secure them culiar mode by which the spokes are se- when up, are simple and curious, and the cured, and measure only four feet two strings of these glasses are wove crimson

cotton. On the frames of the glasses is * The British Press,

much writing in the Burmese character,

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