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evening, we indulge in the hope that our be cast upon them-for, should the good future use of the steeple will be generally town's people imagine the “most hideous allowed.
noise" was caused by the “old ringers," “ We are, Sir, most gratefully, their characters are gone for ever—they
“ Your humble servants, dare not even look at you through a sheet “ St. James's RINGERS.” of paper ! How" many a time and oft”
have they fired their feux de joie on the Ah! much respected “St. James's king's birthday-how many thousand company," do “'indulge the hope" of changes pealed for the alderman's annual making St. Mary's bells speak eloquently feast-how many“ tiddle-lol-tols" played again. If my pen can avail, you shall on the celebration of your election soon pull “ oid Tom's" tail in that steeple; parish dinners, &c. &c. Then think of and all his sons, daughters, and kindred their fine — half-minute-scientific-eloaround him, shall lift up their voices in quent “tolls” for the death of the “ young well-tuned chorus, and sing “hallelujahs" -the brave—and the fair !” Oh! of returning joy.' “ Those evening bells, respectable gentlemen in office" think those evening bells," which used to frighten of these things." all the dogs and old women in the parish, I can aver, the ringers of St. Mary's are and which used to make me wish were only to be equalled in the variety of their suspended round the ringers' necks, shall tunes, and unaccountable changes, by the utter sweet music and respond delightedly most hideous noise" of our Waterloo-road to lorers' vows and tales whispered in bellmen. I suppose they are a young shady lanes and groves, in the vicinity of company.” I can only say, then, I wish your beautiful town. You, worthy old they were old, if there were any chance of bellmen, who have discoursed so rapidly their playing in tune and time. on the marriages of my father, and uncle, And now, farewell, my good“ old and cousin, and friend, and acquaintance, ringers” of St. James's. I have done all I who would have (for a guinea !) paid the can for you, and will say there is as much same compliment to myself, (although I difference between your ringing and the was wedded in a distant land, and like a young company” at St. Mary's, as there hero of romance and true knight-errant, is between the fiddling of the late Billy claimed my fair bride, without consulting Waters and Signor Spagnoletti, the leader “ father or mother, sister or brother,") and of the large theatre in the Haymarket! made yourselves as merry at my expense,
Farewell! May you have possession of as my pleasantest friends or bitterest St. Mary's steeple by the time you see enemies could have wished, had I hinted this in the Every-Day Book; and may the such a thing !
first merry peal be given in honour of your Oh! respectable churchwardens—dis- considerate and faithful townsmancharge the young company," who chant
S. R. unfeelingly and unprofitably. Remem. ber the “ old ringers !"
NATURALISTS' CALENDAR. “Pity the sorrows of the poor old men.”
Mean Temperature ...60 · 67. Respect talent-consider their virtuespatronise that art which “ can only be attained when young”—and which the
July 5. young company" cannot attain-(does this mean they are stupid ?)—and console
CHRONOLOGY. the “old ringers, and let them pullon until they are pulled into their graves ! Think
On the fifth of July, 1685, the duke of how they have moved the venerable tower II.was ended by the battle of Sedgemoor,
Monmouth's enterprise against James of old St. James's with their music* —nay, until the very bricks and stones above,
near Bridgwater, in Somersetshire. The -wished to become more intimately ac- duke's army consisting of native followers quainted with them! Do not let a stigma attacked the king's veteran troops, routed
them, and would finally have conquered,
if error in Monmouth as a leader, and • A few years ago it was unsafe to ring the ten the cowardice of lord Gray, one of his bells in St. James's steeple. It has been repaired-I commanders, had not devoted them to cannot say its fine Saxon architecture either beauti. fied or improved.
Enemy from three miles short of Havers
browe to nine beyond-Ever to sight of Oliver Cromwell
Leicester, whither the King fed.—SirNow first published.
this is none other but the hand of God:To several letters of distinguished in- and to him alone belongs the Glorydividuals, first brought to light in these wherein none are to share with him. The sheets, the editor is enabled to add another. General served you with all faithfulness If the character of the writer, and the and honor-and the best recommendation remarkable event he communicates, be I can give of him is, that I dare say, he considered in connection with the authority to whom the letter was addressed, it attributes all to God and would rather will be regarded as a document of real perish than to assume to himself, which importance.
is an honest and thriving way—Yet as
much for Bravery must be given him in To the Editor of the Every-Day Book.
this Action as to a man.—Honest men
July 1, 1826. served you faithfully in this Action.—Sir, Sir, I had intended to have sent you this they are trusty—I beseech you, in the communication in time for insertion under Name of God, not to discourage them.the date of the twenty-sixth of June, which, according to the New Style, corresponds I wish this Action may beget thankfulness with the fourteenth, on which the letter and Humility in all that are concern'd in was written, a copy of which I send :it it-He that ventures his Life for the good is from Oliver Cromwell to the Speaker of his Country—I wish he trusts God Lenthall
, giving an account of the battle for the liberty of his Conscience and you of Naseby.-It was presented to me a great many years ago by a friend in for the Liberty he fights for.-In this, he Northamptonshire, and is, I think, an rests who is your most humble Servant historical curiosity-I make no comment
« O. Cromwell." on its style; it speaks for itself. I am, &c.
“ Haversbrowe, June 14, 1645." E.S. F. [COPY.]
The gentleman who possesses Crom.
well's original letter is known to the “ To the Honourable W. LENTHALL,
editor, who thus publicly expresses his Speaker to the Commons House of Par- for having communicated so valuable an
thanks to him, as he has done privately, liament.
historical document to the public, through
the Every-Day Book, “ Being Commanded by you to this Service, I think myself bound to acquaint you with the good hand of God towards
HERIOT's HOSPITAL you and us: We marched yesterday after
Edinburgh. the King, who went before us from Daventry to Haversbrowe, and quartered foundation in the present volume, it was
With the particulars respecting this about Six Miles from him—he drew out intended to give the two engravings subto meet us—Both armies engag'd.—We, joined. They were ready, and the printer after three hours fight—very doubtful, waited for them, and delayed the public at last routed his army-kill'd and took
cation an entire day, while the engraver's
messenger carried them about with him, about 5000—very many officers—but of without the accompaniment of a recollec; what quality, we yet know not.-We tion that they were in his pocket
, until took also about 200 Carag. all he had after the sheet had appeared without and all his Guns being 12 in number them. This is a disclosure of one of the whereof two were Demi Culverins and the editor, who begs the reader to bear in
many “secret sorrows" lately endured by I think the rest Fasces-we pursued the mind that the cuts belong to col. 766.
frequent; and should I be fortunate
having accompanied the chief magistrate ARMS OF GEORGE HERIOT.
on an excursion up the river, quitted his This armorial bearing is carved on
lordship, and landed at the house in ques
tion. A boat containing a party of six many parts of the edifice.
ladies, elegantly dressed, and rowed by two watermen, in scarlet jackets, put in at the same time.
The happy citizens relieved from the controul of their dames, could not resist this opportunity of showing their gallantry and politeness. They stepped forward
and offered their aid to assist the ladies The present fac-simile of his signature, this act of civility was followed by others.
in landing; the offer was accepted; and is from one
engraved, from his subscrip, They walked, talked, and laughed togetion to an “ acompt,” in his “ Memoirs" before quoted.
ther, till dinner was announced. The gentlemen went to the larger room; the ladies sat down to a repast laid out for
them by their order in a smaller one. SWAN-HOPPING SEASON.
After some time the ladies again reTo the Editor of the Every-Day Book.
turned to the lawn, where the gentlemen
occasionally joined them and continued
June 24, 1826. their civilities till the watermen informed Sir, It was about this season of the them the tide served for their return to town. year, though I am not aware of any pre- The gentlemen then assisted the ladies cise day being fixed for the excursion, on board, and wished them a safe voyage. that the chief magistrate of the city, in Soon after they called for their bill, which the stately barge, attended by all the was handed to the chairman in due form; “ pride, pomp, and circumstance” of but it is impossible to express the surprise flags, gilding, and music, used, when I was which marked his countenance on reading a boy, which is a good thirty years ago, the following items :-"Dinner, desert, to proceed up the river Thames as far as wine, tea, &c. for the ladies, 71. 108.;' Staines, and, I believe, pour a glass of together with a charge of twelve shillings wine, or perform some such ceremony, upon for servants' refreshments. The landlord a stong which, standing in a meadow a was sent for and questioned as to this short distance above Staines-bridge, marks charge, who said the ladies had desired the city's watery jurisdiction. The cus- the bill should be delivered to their tom may, for aught I know to the con spouses, who would settle it. An explantrary, be still continued, though I suspectation now took place, when it appeared it has become obsolete, and my conjecture the parties were strangers to each other ; is strengthened by not observing in your for ihese sprightly dames, taking advanEvery-Day Book any mention of this civic tage of the occasional civilities of the excursion, or Swan-hopping," as I be- gallant and unsuspecting swan-hoppers, lieve it was called. My reason for re had imposed themselves on honest Boniviving the memory of it now, is to intro- face, nothing loth perhaps to be imposed dụce an authentic anecdote. Your invi- on, as the wives of the city company, and, tations to correspondents have been as such, had been served with an elegant
dinner, desert, wine, &c. which they had
ORIGINAL POETRY. left their husbands to pay for. The dis
To the Editor of the Every-Day Book. covery at first disconcerted the gentlemen, but the wine they had drank having Sir,—The following beautiful lines opened their hearts and inspired them were written in the summer of the year with liberality, they took the trick put 1808, at Sheffield, and have not been upon them in good part, and paid the published; as they are no mean effusion, bill; and the recollection of the wives of perhaps they will not disgrace your interthe city company, long afterwards afforded esting little work. them an ample subject for conversation
Believe me, Sir, &c. and laughter.
July 9, 1826.
THE OAK AND THE WILLOW.
When the sun's dazzling brightness oppresses the day,
How delightful to ramble the forests among!
To view the rich landscape, to hear the sweet song!
Expanding in beauty, enrapture the sight;
There the lawns and the hills are all blazing in light.
Then gleams thro' the valley o'ershadowed with trees,
With exquisite melody charm the faint breeze.
Winding slow to the brook down the mountain's steep tide;
And the mountain-ash waves in luxuriance beside.
And mark yonder oak—'tis the cliff's nodding crest,
That spreads its wide branches and towers sublime;
And evening there spends the last glimpse of her time.
See the lightning's swift flash strikes its branches all bare!
Are scorched in the blaze, and are whirled thro' the air.
Untouch'd by the tempest, scarce whisper a sound;
The winds are restrained by the rock's massy bound.
Feel the rankling of care often torture their rest,
Or hope's higher raptures awake in his breast.
Unseen in the glen o'er the smooth flowing rill,
And the strains of the night-bird the eår sweetly thrill
Some book in the valley of life shall be mine,
Where time imperceptibly swiftly glides by,
And sympathy start the warm tear in my eye.
That the traveller climbing the rock's craggy brow,
And think of the bard in the valley below.
Day Book, p. 837, vol i. mention of an Mean Temperature ...61 • 32. ancient custom of dividing lands, which
formerly took place on the Saturday before old midsummer-day, in the parish
of Puxton, in Somersetshire, (taken from OLD MIDSUMMER DAY.
Mr. Collinson's history of that county,) I This day is still marked in our alma now send you a more explicit and ennacs, on account of its being adhered to, larged account, with the marks as they in a few places, as a “grød old day,” were cut in each person's allotment. of the “ good old times.”
The two large pieces of common land
called Dolemoors, which lie in the parishes LAYING OUT OF LANDS
of Congresbury, Week St. Lawrence and In the Parish of Puxton, Somerset. Puxton, were allotted in the following
The subjoined letter was duly received manner. . On the Saturday preceding according to its date, and is now in due midsummer-day O. S. the several proprietime inserted. The editor has very few tors (of the estates having any right in omissions of this kind to apologize for: those moors) or their tenants, were sum
moned at a certain hour in the morning, if he has prematurely, and therefore unduly, introduced some communications by the ringing of one of the bells at Pux. which arrived too late for their proper ton, to repair to the church, in order to days, he may be excused, perhaps, in see the chain (kept for the purpose of consideration of the desire expressed by laying out Dolemoors) measured. The some correspondents, that their papers fained by placing one end thereof at the
proper length of such chain was ascershould appear in a
« " or not at all. ('nhappily he has expert the body of the church, and extending it
foot of the arch, dividing the chancel from rienced the mishap of a “ reasonable" difference, with one or two of his con
through the middle aisle, to the foot of tributors. From the plan of this work, the arch of the west door under the tower, certain matters-of-fact could only range,
at each of which places marks were cut with propriety, under certain days; while in the stones for that purpose. The it has been conceived of, by some, as a
chain used for this purpose was only magazine wherein any thing could come,
eighteen yards in length, consequently at any time. In this dilemma he has four yards shorter than the regular land done the best in his power, and intro- measuring chain. After the chain
had daced, in a few instances, papers of that been properly measured, the parties renature out of place. On two or three paired to the commons. Twenty-four occasions, indeed, it seemed a courtesy apples were previously prepared, bearing almost demanded by the value of such the following marks, viz. Five marks articles, that they should not await the called “Pole-axes," four ditto “ Crosses," rotation of the year. The following cu
two ditto “ Dung-forks, or Dung-pikes,” riously descriptive account of a remarkable one mark called "Four Oxen and a Mare, local custom is from a Somersetshire one ditto “ Two Pits," one ditto “ Three gentleman, who could be relied on for a Pits," one ditto “ Four Pits," one ditto patient endurance of nine months, till this,
“ Five Pits,” one ditto “ Seven Pits," its due season arrived.
“ Horn," one “ Hare's-tail,” one
“ Duck's-nest," one“ Oven," one" Shell,” To the Editor of the Every-Day Book. one “ Evil,” and one Hand-reel.”
Bristol, October 19, 1825. It is necessary to observe that each of Sir,--Having observed in your Every- these moors was divided into several