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seats before the door, when the unwary stranger is again immersed in a tab of cool spring water, and roused from his enchantment. There were extensive hot and green-houses filled with hosts of exotics.
The author of the Miseries of Human Life' has the following allusion to gardens like that we have just described:- Walking in gardens laid out in the ancient taste-parterres tortured into diagramsspouting lions-a mile's length of clipped trees— statues, with the air of petrified sentinels, startling you at every corner-fish-ponds as round as a wheel, the circle being struck from a perpendicular squirt of water in the centre-a parallelogram of stagnant water, ennobled by the name of the “ Canal”-six or eight stages of ruled terraces, suggesting the idea of a flight of rural steps for a retired giant-a summer house, with a yawning window at each of the four sides to swallow in the sun-beams, from which it professes to protect you.'
Is there any remembrance at Banstead (says Mr. Southey, in his Omniana) of a clergyman, who amused himself there for fifty years with ornamenting his gardens, and died in a state of dotage about the beginning of the last century? The company from Epsom used to visit his curiosities, as he might well call them ! for this gentleman had discovered more capabilities in wood and stone than ever Lancelot Brown dreamt of. You ascended one of his trees by a straight flight of steps, the top had been flattened in the middle, and the boughs round about clipped into a parapet; here there was an octagon bench; and this place he called his Teneriffe. Another tree was manufactured into Mount Parnassus; and there Apollo was to be seen perched with the nine Muses. That they might not want worthy company, the Great Mogul, the Grand Signior, the Cham of Tartary, and the Czar of Moscovy, were all to be seen in the garden. Two other trees, clothed with ivy and cut smooth, stood for the pillars of Hercules. The
old gentleman was a wit as well as a scholar; he had cut one tree into the shape of a rose, and placed a bench under it, where lovers might talk under the rose.' Uncle Toby might also have found something to interest him. There was the whole confederated army and their generals represented by stones, of which the large ones were the officers, and the little ones the men. Within doors he had montero caps, shoulders of mutton, apples, &c. cut in stone, and painted.
AUGUST. THIS month received its name in honour of Augustus. Its sign is Virgo.
In AUGUST 1829.
1.-LAMMAS DAY. This was anciently loaf-mass, it being customary for the Saxons to offer an oblation of new bread on this day, as the first fruits of the barvest.
6.-TRANSFIGURATION. This festival, in remembrance of our Lord's transfiguration on the Mount, was instituted by Pope Calixtus in 1455.
7.-NAME OF JESUS. This day, previously to the reformation, was assigned to Donatus: our reformers gave it its present appropriation. The representation of the Deity in the form of a child is very common in Spain. The number of little figures, about a foot high, called Niño Dios, or Niño Jesus, is nearly equal to that of nuns in most convents. The nuns dress them in all the variety of the national costumes, such as clergymen, canons in their choral robes, doctors of divinity in their hoods, physicians in their wigs and gold-headed canes, &c. &c. The Niño Jesus is often found in private houses; and in some parts of Spain, where contraband trade is the main occupation of the people, is seen in the dress of a smuggler with a brace of pistols at his girdle, and a blunderbuss leaning on bis arm. -Doblado.
*8. 1828.-THE NAPOLEON CHILD IN LONDON.
A writer in the • Mirror' says, on the 8th August, we paid a visit to the Bazaar in Oxford Street, to witness this extraordinary sport of Nature, about which the French and English newspapers have lately
been so communicative. The child is an engaging little girl, about three years old. The colour of her eyes is pale blue, and on the iris, or circle round their pupils, the inscriptions on
NAPOLEON may be traced in the above sized letters, although all the letters are not equally visible, the commencement · NAP' and 'EMP' being the most distinct. The colour of the letters is almost white, and at first sight of the child they look like rays, which make the eyes appear vivacious and sparkling.
The accuracy of the inscriptions is much assisted by the stillness of the eye, on its being directed upwards, as to an object on the ceiling of the room, &c.; and with this aid the several letters may be traced with the
*9. 1827.- REV. SIR H. MONCRIEF WELLWOOD
DIED. This distinguished divine was, for half a century, one of the greatest ornaments of the Scottish church. He was the author of Sermons,' • Discourses on the Evidences of the Jewish and Christian Revelations,' and an Account of the Life and Writin John Erskine, D.D.'
10.-SAINT LAWRENCE. Saint Lawrence was by birth a Spaniard, and flourished about the middle of the third century. He
was laid upon a gridiron, and broiled till he died, August 10th, 258.
12. 1762.-King George Fu born. As Carlton House was, for many years, the town residence of his Majesty, while Prince of Wales and Prince Regent, and has been lately pulled down, our readers will be pleased to see the following representation; and it can be nowhere more appropriately placed than under the date of the birth-day of our most gracious Sovereign.
*12. 1816.—DOMESTIC SLAVERY ABOLISHED IN
CEYLON. Among various measures which Sir AlexANDER JOHNSTON, President of his Majesty's Council, adopted with equal ability and integrity, for raising the political, moral, and intellectual character of the inhabitants of Ceylon, he obtained a charter from the crown to extend the right of sitting upon juries to all the natives of the country; a privilege possessed by no other natives of Asia. In return for this boon, Sir Alexander urged them, for many years, to adopt some means for the gradual, but effectual abolition of domestic slavery. In consequence of bis suggestion upon this point, and the anxiety of the inhabitants to show themselves worthy of the privilege which had been granted them, the proprietors of domestic slaves came to å resolation, that all chil