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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.

defeat.

LETTER OP

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.

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frequent; and should I be fortunate
enough to assist you to a column in a
way that will be gratifying to you and
your numerous readers, I shall rejoice in
the opportunity.
I am, Sir, &c.

N. G,
City Swan-hopping,
The following curious circumstance
occurred, several years ago, at a tavern in
the vicinity of Putney-bridge. Several
members of one of the city companies

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

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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.

C. T.

The OAK AND THE WILLOW.

When the sun's dazzling brightness oppresses the day,

How delightful to ramble the forests among!
And thro' the arched boughs hung with woodbine so gay,

To view the rich landscape, to hear the sweet song!
And lo! where the charms of the wild woodland vale,

Expanding in beauty, enrapture the sight;
Here the woods in dark majesty wave in the gale,

There the lawns and the hills are all blazing in light.
From yonder high rocks, down the foaming stream rushes,

Then gleams thro' the valley o'ershadowed with trees,
While the songsters of spring, warbling wild from the bushes,

With exquisite melody charm the faint breeze.
The peasant boy now with his cattle descends,

Winding slow to the brook down the mountain's steep tide;
Where the larch o'er the precipice mournfully bends,

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;
The morning's first glances alight on its breast,

And evening there spends the last glimpse of her time.
But bark! the storm bursts, and the raging winds sweep

See the lightning's swift flash strikes its branches all bare!
E'en the leaves, where the sunbeams delighted to sleep,

Are scorched in the blaze, and are whirled thro' the air.
Yet the shrubs in the vale closely sheltered from harm,

Untouch'd by the tempest, scarce whisper a sound;
While the mountains reecho the thunder's alarm,

The winds are restrained by the rock's massy bound.
Thus the rich and the great who engross fortune's smiles,

Feel the rankling of care often torture their rest,
While peace all the toils of the peasant beguiles,

Or hope's higher raptures awake in his breast.
Then mine be the lot of the willow that weeps,

Unseen in the glen o'er the smooth flowing rill,
'Mongst whose pensile branches the flow'ret creeps,

And the strains of the night-bird the ear swectly thrill

Some nook in the valley of life shall be mine,

Where time imperceptibly swiftly glides by,
True friendship and love round my heart shall entwine,

And sympathy start the warm tear in my eye.
Then haply my wild harp will make such sweet notes,

That the traveller climbing the rock's craggy brow,
May stop and may list, as the music still floats,

And think of the bard in the valley below.

July 6.

NATURALISTS' CALENDAR. 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. pow 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 “gröd 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. I'nhappily he has expect 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; in the stones for that purpose.

at each of which places marks were cut with propriety, under certain days; while

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

After the chain had done the best in his power, and intro- measuring chain. 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 ode 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.

one “ Horn," one “Hare's-tail,” one

“ Duck’s-nest," one“ Oven," one "Shell,” To the Editor of the Every-Day Book. Evil," and one 66 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

one

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