Immagini della pagina
PDF
ePub

enemies against Philip, who could only

June 27. obtain peace with France and England on condition of banishing Alberoni. He

CHRONOLOGY. left Spain with immense property in his

Fire in Lincoln's Inn. possession, and with the will of Charles On the twenty-seventh of June, 1752 II. by which Philip derived his title to about one in the morning, a fire broke out the Spanish monarchy. The document in Lincoln's-inn new square, by which No. was recovered from him by force, and the 10 and 11 were entirely consumed. The pope caused him to be arrested at Geneva chambers of R. Wilbraham, the hon. for intriguing against the Turks. He went Edward Harley, hon Charles York, E. to Rome; the college of cardinals in- Hoskyns, - Chomley, Edmund Sawyer, quired into his conduct, and confined him master in chancery, and — Ansell, Esqs. for a year to the Jesuits' college, and all in No. 10, with the papers, books, Clement XII. appointed him legate to plate, furniture, and wearing apparel Romana, where, at the age of seventy, were totally destroyed. In the next he plotted the destruction of the little staircase, No. 11, were Mr. John Sharpe, republic of San Marino, and was ludi- solicitor to the treasury, and Messrs. crously defeated when he imagined bril. Edward Booth, Ambler, Fazakerly, Felliant success. Alberoni was baffled in lers, and Wilmot. The loss and difficulalmost every scheme of national aggres- ties in which many families were involved, sion. He accumulated great wealth, a the titles to whose properties were lodged universal reputation for political intrigue, with the above gentlemen, were not to be and at the age of eighty-seven, died computed. Mr. Wilbraham had lately rich and infamous.*

purchased an estate of great value, the

title-deeds of which, among other pumTHE SEASON.

berless deeds, mortgages, &c. were burnt. “Now” in this month, as in the month His clerk, Mr. Pickering, lost above eleven of July, and as, for example, in June, hundred pounds in money and bank 1826,“ we occasionally have one of those notes of his own and others, and securisultry days which make the house too hot ties for thirty thousand pounds more, to hold us, and force us to seek shelter in also all the title-deeds of lord Leigh's the open air, which is hotter ;---when the estate. When the fire was discovered most interior of the blacksınith's shop looks of the watch were asleep or drunk, and awful, and we expect the foaming porter the wife of an upholder in Carey-street, pot to hiss, as the brawny forger dips his whose husband left his bed to assist the fiery nose into it;—when the birds sit sufferers, hanged herself in his absence.. open-mouthed upon the bushes; and the fishes fry in the shallow ponds; and the sheep and cattle congregate together in

In 1752, was living at Clee-ball, near the shade, and forget to eat ;-when pe- Ludlow, in Salop, lady Wadeley at the destrians along dusty roads quarrel with great age of 105. She had been blind their coats and waistcoats, and cut sticks for several years, but at that time could to carry them across their shoulders; and see remarkably well. She was then walkcottagers's wives go about their working about in perfect health, and cutting a gown-less; and their daughters are

new set of teeth.t anxious to do the same, but that they have the fear of the vicar before their eyes ;

THE GRAVE. when every thing seen beyond a piece of Why should the grave be terrible ? parched soil quivers through the heated Why should it be a word of fear, air; and when, finally, a snow-white Jarring upon the mortal ear ? swan, floating above its own image, upon There repose and silence dwell: a piece of clear cool water into which a The living hear the funeral knell, weeping-willow is dipping its green fin- But the dead no funeral knell can hear. gers, is a sight not to be turned from Does the gay flower scorn the grave? the dew suddenly.”+

Forget to kiss its turf? the stream

Refuse to bathe it? or the beam
NATURALISTS' CALENDAR.

Of moonlight shun the narrow bed,
Mean Temperature ...60 15.

Where the tired pilgrim rests his head ?

No! the moon is there, and smiling loo! • General Biographical Dictionary, vol. i.

• Gentleman's Magazine. + Ibid.

Mirror of the Months.

[ocr errors][merged small][ocr errors]

And the sweetest song of the morning bird And listen to the fresh windz, loudly
Is oft in that ancient yew-tree heard; Playing around yod sod, as gay
And there may you see the harebell blue As if it were a holiday,
Bending his light form-gently-proudly, And children freed from durance they.

Bowring.

[graphic]
[ocr errors]

Seal of Edward the first, for the Port of London,

FOUND IN THE RIVER THAMES. A remarkably fine impression, of which the finest possible condition. By whom the above is a faithful copy both as to it is now possessed is not known to Mr. size and device, has been transmitted to J. L., whc received the impression from the editor of the Every-Day Book by a Mr. Bedder himself. gentleman, the initials of whose name are

The editor may venture to assert that İ. L., and from him the following ac- full justice is done to it in the preceding count has been obtained.

representation ; and as he is unable to The seal itself was drawn by ballast- give further information, he will be happy beavers from the bed of the Thames to receive and communicate any other opposite Queenhithe, in 1809 or 1810, and particulars respecting the original." purchased froin them by the late Mr. Bedder, of Basing-lane. He was by pro NATURALISTS' CALENDAR. fession a bricklayer, but a man of con

Mean Temperature. . . 60 • 57. siderable taste, a lover of antiquities, and the possessor of a collection of rare and curious coins in high preservation, which

June 28. he had accumulated at a considerable

A VILLAGE FETE. expense. This seal, from the inscription around

To the Editor of the Every-Day Book, it, appears to have been an official seal of

Wisbech, June 24, 1826. the port of London. It is of silver, Dear Sir,-The rural village of Wis. very thick, beautifully executed, and in bech St. Mary, two miles west of this

And am,

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 patronage of John Ream, Esq., on whose insertion in the Every-Day Book. lawn they are celebrated. The enclosed bill is an outline of the amusements for

Dear Sir, the present year. Knowing you have a Yours, with very great respect, pleasure in recording every thing that has

J. P. [copy.]

Trembling age, with happy smile,

Youth's high-mettled Gambols view,
And by fancy warm’d awhile,

Scenes of former bliss renew;
Love repeats his tender tale,

Cheeks responsive learn to glow,
And while Song and Jest prevail,

Nut-brown tankards circling flow.
Wouldst thou wish such joys to share,
Haste then to the Village Fair.”

Wisbech St. Mary's

RACES,
And annual exhibition of Rustic Sports,
Will this Year be celebrated with the usual Splendour, on

Wednesday and Thursday, June 28th ard 29th, 1826.

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

FREE PRIZES. And to add a greater stimulus to the aspiring PLOUGH BOY, and for the encouragement of Agriculture in general, the Stewards purpose having

A PLOUGHING 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 Weaver depends for his bread

By the Plough we in turn behold the rich mow-
By the Plough all our tables with plenty are spread-

Then who but must wish Success to the Plough!
A full Band is engaged to play loyal and popular Tunes during the Amusements,

which will commence each Evening precisely at Five o'clock.

There'll be a sound of revelry by night,
And Saint Mary's Village will assemble then
Her Maids and Ploughmen : and bright
The lights will shine o'er fair women and brave men ;
A thousand hearts beat happily! and when
Music arises with its voluptuous swell,
Soft eyes look love to eyes, which speak again,

And all go merry as a marriage beli.
Tickets for the Ball to be had at the bar of the Wheel Inn.

(Leach, Printer, Wisbech.)

sion-house for the purpose of contradicting NATURALISTS' CALENDAR.

a statement which appeared in the Courier Mean Temperature ....60.85. newspaper, that he had persecuted a poor

man, named Brown, and procured his June 29.

discharge, for sticking up bills against

him (Alderman Wood). He thought it CHRONOLOGY.

worth while not to let such a statement On the twenty-ninth of June, 1813, died go unanswered; for he never exercised at his house in St. Alban’s-street, London, such an influence in the course of his life, Valentine Green, Esq. A.R.S., keeper of and he never heard of such a man until the British Institution; greatly respected the charge was made in the newspaper. for his superior talents as a mezzotinto He wished to know whether there really engraver, for the purity and universality of was such a man connected with the Manhis taste in works of art, for the general sion-house establishment. urbanity of his manners, and for that in The Lord Mayor said, he believed variable benignity of disposition, which, there was such a man, not belonging to in popular language, is usually styled the Mansion-house, but to the Mansion“goodness of heart."

house porter. The fact was, that their Mr. Green, besides his distinguished porter, like the porter to the “ Castle of merit as an artist, acquired considerable Indolence," had become so exceedingly reputation as an author, by publishing, in fat, that he had employed a valet to do 1796, a valuable work, entitled, “The the only work which there was for him to History and Antiquities of the City and do-namely, to sweep the gateway. This Suburbs of Worcester,” in two quarto valet was the aforesaid Brown, in whom volumes; a performance of great research the liberty of the subject, and the and labour. He was born at Salford, constitution, was alleged to have been near Chipping-Norton, in Oxfordshire, violated. How, or why, he had quitted October 3, 1739.*

the Mansion-house, the porter alone could

teil. NATURALISTS' CALENDAR.

The porter was then sent for, and he

waddled into the justice-room. In anMean Temperature ...61 • 70.

swer to his lordship's inquiries, he stated

that he had employed Brown at half-aJune 30.

crown per week, to sweep the door and

do other work for him. LONDON PORTER.

The LORD MAYOR.—When did he All the world knows that London is absent bimself from his duty ?- The famous for porter; it is not of this porter porter replied, it was about three weeks we speak to-day, but of a personage who ago. derives his quality from the means by

The Lord Mayor.–Did you discharge which he has attained the honour of him from his office on constitutional doing credit to the corporation. The grounds, or for acting against Mr. Alderindividual alluded to, was publicly made

man Wood ? known by a police report of the thirtieth The PORTER.--Bless your worship, no: of June, 1826, viz.

I can't tell why he went off. Mr. Alderman Wood came to the Man Alderman Wood professed himself

satisfied with this contradiction : he thought the affair unworthy of farther

• Butler's Chron. Exercises.

attention. He had been challenged to such a one that every one would supprove his statement respecting the bills, pose would get an inferior person to do and he had proved it.*

his dirty work. There is nothing extra

ordinary in him to be remarkable, thereFrom this description of the “initial” fore I made no sketch of him; but proto the Mansion-house, he seemed "a fit ceeded to Limehouse on a little business, and proper person” to be taken by a and from thence home, and feel so exces“ limner,” and represented, by the art of sively tired that I send this scrawl, hoping the engraver, to the readers of the Every- you will excuse ine coming myself, Day Book. An artist every way quali

Yours respectfully, fied was verbally instructed to view him; but instead of transmitting his “faithful

Between this gentleman's “view of portrait,” he sent a letter, of which the fol- the subject," and the preceding “report," lowing is a

there is a palpable difference; where the Copy.

mistake lies, it is not in the power of the To Mr. Hone.

editor to determine. The letter-writer Dear Sir, I went this morning to the himself is “ of a comfortable size,” and Mansion-house and had an interview is almost liable to the suspicion of having with the porter, but that porter was very different to what I expected to have from the opposite passage of the Mansion

seen the porter of the Mansion-house, found. Instead of a very fat lazy fellow, house tavern, as through an inverted telesfatted by indolence, I found a short active

cope.

The lord mayor's alleged comlittle man, about five feet high, not fat, parison of the porter at his own gate, nor lean, but a comfortable size, dressed with the porter of the “ Castle of Indoin black, powdered hair, and top boots, lence,” may justify an extract of the pleasing and easy in his manners, and

stanzas wherein “ that porter,” and “his * The Times, July 1, 1826.

man,” are described.

Wak'd by the crowd, slow from his bench arose
A comely full spread porter, swoln with sleep:
His calm, broad, thoughtless aspect, breath'd repose
And in sweet torpour he was plunged deep,
Nor could himself from ceaseless yawning keep;
While o'er his eyes the drowsy liquor ran,
Thro' which his half-wak'd soul would faintly peep--
Then taking his black staff

, he callid his man,
And rous'd himself as much as rouse himself he can.

The lad leap'd lightly at his master's call :
He was, to weet, a little rogueish page,
Save sleep and play who minded naught at all,
Like most the untaught striplings of the age.
This boy he kept each band to disengage,
Garters and buckles, task for him unfit,
But ill becoming his grave personage,

And which his portly paunch would not permit,
So this same limber page to all performed it.

Meantime the master-porter wide display'd
Great store of caps, of slippers, and of gowns;
Wherewith he those that enter'd in array'd.
Loose, as the breeze that plays along the downs,
And waves the summer-woods when evening frowns,
O fair undress, best dress! it checks no vein,
But every flowing limb in pleasure drowns,

And heightens ease with grace, this done, right fain
Sir porter sat him down, and turned to sleep again.

Thomson.

NATURALISTS' CALENDAR.
Mean Temperature ... 61. 40.

« IndietroContinua »