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long coat. Had this been done to con- he says," I am, as I ought to be, thank. ceal the inward inclination of the cap- ful to divine providence.” With him he tain's knees, it would have been credita- stayed, improving and not succeeding, ble to Mr. Rapson's delicacy; for there till he was fourteen,“ at which age,” says is a sentiment connected with the meet- the captain, “ I was bound apprentice to ing of the knees, in the owner's mind, Mr. William Bird, an eminent writer and which he who knows human nature and teacher of languages and mathematics, in has human feelings, knows how to re- Fetter-lane, Holborn.” After his apprenspect; and no one either as a man or an ticeship the captain, in the year 1780, artist is better acquainted with the “hu- went with his father, during an election, tó manities" than Mr. Ranson. But that Newcastle-upon-Tyne, his parents' native gentleman drew the captain from the town. Returning to London, he, in 1784, life, and the captain's coat is from the went electioneering again to Newcastle, coat he actually wore when he stood for having left a small school in London to his picture. There is a remarkable dere- the care of a substitute, who managed to liction of the nose from the eyebrows. st reduce twenty-five scholars ten, was a practice with the race of nurses “although he was paid a weekly allowwho existed when the captain's nose ance.”. Being“ filled with trouble by the came into the world, to pinch up that fea- loss," he was assisted to a school in Sunture of our infant ancestors from an hoarderland; “but,” the captain remarks, old, till “ the month was up.” This was “ as the greatest success did not attend from a persuasion that nature, on that me in that, I had the happiness and hopart of the face, required to be assisted. nour of receiving a better employment in A few only of these ancient females re- the aforesaid town of Sunderland, from main, and it does not accord with the ex- that ever to be remembered gentleman, perience of one of the most experienced William Gooch, esq., comptroller of the among them, that they ever depressed that customs, who died in the year 1791, and sensible feature ; she is fully of opinion, did not die unmindful of me : for he left that for the protrusion at the end of the me in his will the sum of 101., with captain's, he was indebted to bis nurse which, had I been prudent enough, and "during the month ;" and she says that, left his employ immediately after his in"it's this, that makes him look so sensi- terment, I might have done well; but ble."

foolishly relying on the continuance of my According to captain Starkey's narra- place, continued doing the duties for tive,when "learning to walk alone,” he un- nine months without receiving any rerufortunately fell, “and so hurt his left arm, neration; and at last was obliged to that it turned to a white swelling as large leave, it not being the pleasure of the as a child's head." The captain says, then collector, C. Hill, esq., that I should “ my poor parents immediately applied continue any longer in office." Great as to two gentlemen of the faculty, at the the sensation must have been at Sunderwest end of the town, named Bloomfield land on this important change “in and Hawkins, physicians and surgeons to office," the fact is entirely omitted in his then reigning majesty, king George the journals of the period, and might at the Second, of these kingdoms, who de- this time have been wholly forgotten if the clared that, they could not do any more captain had not been his own chronicler. than cut it off; unto which my tender On his forced “ retirement” he returned parents would not consent.” A French to Newcastle, willing to take “office" surgeon restored to him the use of his there, but there being no opening he rearm, and gave him advice "not to em- solved once more to try his fortune in ploy it in any arduous employment." London. For that purpose he crossed I, therefore,says the captain, as my the Tyne-bridge, with two shillings in his mother kept a preparatory school, was pocket, and arriving at Chester-le-street, learned by her to read and spell.” At obtained a subscription of two gui. seven years old he was put to a master neas, by which,“ with helps and hopes," to learn to write, cipher, and the classics.” and “walking some stages,” and getting After this, desiring to be acquainted with “casts by coaches,” he arrived in the meother languages, he was sent to another tropolis, where he obtained a recommenmaster, and “improved," to the pleasure dation back, to the then mayor of Newof himself and friends, but was “not so castle. Thither he again repaired, and successful" as he could wish ; for which presented his letter to the mayor, who promised him a place in the Freemen's out affixing a price, for the purpose of Hospital, and gave it him on the first va- saying, “ what you please," and thereby cancy. “ In which situation,” says cap- raising “supplies” by sixpence and a tain Starkey, “ I have now been twenty- shilling at a time. It is to be observed to six years enjoying the invaluable blessing his credit, that had he made his book of health and good friends.” So ends his more entertaining, it would have had far “ Memoir written by himself.”

less claim upon an honest reader. It is To what end captain Starkey wrote his the adventureless history of a man who history, or how he came by his rank, he did no harm in the world, and thought he does not say; but in the “ Local Records, had a right to live, because he was a living or Historical Register of Remarkable being. Mr. Ranson's portrait represents Events in Durham, Northumberland, him as he was. His stick, instead of a Newcastle, and Berwick," a volume com- staff of support, appears symbolical of the piled and published by Mr. John Sykes, assistance he required towards existence. of Newcastle, there is a notice which He holds his hat behind, as if to intimate throws some light on the matter. “Mr. that his head is not entitled to be covered Starkey, who was uncommonly polite, had in “ a gentleman's presence.” He seems to a peculiarly smooth method of obtaining have been a poor powerless creature, senthe loan of a halfpenny, for which he was sible of incompetency to do; anxious not always ready to give his promissory note, to suffer ; and with just enough of worldly which his creditors held as curiosities." cunning, to derive to himself a little of the Halfpenny debentures were tedious in- superabundance enjoyed by men, who obstruments for small “ loans,” and Starkey tain for greater cunning the name of may have compiled his “Memoirs," with- cleverness.

QUATRAINS

TO THE EDITOR OF THE EVERY-DAY BOOK.

[From the London Magazine.]

I like you, and your book, ingenuous Hone!

In whose capacious, all-embracing leaves
The very marrow of tradition's shown;

And all that history-much that fiction-weaves.

By every sort of taste your work is graced.

Vast stores of modern anecdote we find,
With good old story quaintly interlaced-

The theme as various as the reader's mind.

Rome's lie-fraught legends you so truly paint

Yet kindly—that the half-turn'd Catholic
Scarcely forbears to smile at his own saint,

And cannot curse the candid Heretic.

Rags, relics, witches, ghosts, fiends, crowd your page;

Our father's mumieries we well-pleased behold;
And, proudly conscious of a purer age,

Forgive some fopperies in the times of old.

Verse-honouring Phæbus, Father of bright Days,

Must needs bestow on you both good and many,
Who, building trophies to his children's praise,

Run their rich Zodiac through, not missing any.

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In feeling, like a stricken deer, I've been

Self-put out from the herd, friend Lamb; for I
Imagined all the sympathies between
Mankind and me had ceased, till your full

cry Of kindness reach'd and roused me, as I lay

Musing-on divers things foreknown:" it bid
Me know, in you, a friend ; with a fine gay

Sincerity, before all men it chid,
Or rather, by not chiding, seem'd to chide

Me, for long absence from you; re-invited
Me, with a herald's trump, and so defied

Me to remain immured; and it requited
Me, for others' harsh misdeeming—which I trust is
Now, or will be, known by them, to be injustice.

I am " ingenuous :" it is all I can

Pretend to; it is all I wish to be ; Yet, through obliquity of sight in man,

From constant gaze on tortuosity,
Few people understand me: still, I am

Warmly affection'd to each human being ;
Loving the right, for right's sake; and, friend Lamb,

Trying to see things as they are; hence, seeing
Some “ good in ev'ry thing ” however bad,

Evil in many things that look most fair, And pondering on all: this may be mad

ness, but it is my method; and I dare Deductions from a strange diversity Of things, not taught within a University.

No schools of science open'd to my youth;

No learned halıs, no academic bowers; No one had I to point my way to truth,

Instruct my ign'rance, or direct my powers : Yet I, though all unlearned, p'rhaps may aid

Thé march of knowledge in our “ purer age," And, without seeming, may perchance persuade

The young to think-to virtue some engage : So have I hoped, and with this end in view,

My little Every-Day Book I design'd; Praise of the work, and of its author too,

Froin you, friend Lamb, is more than good and kind : To such high meed I did not dare aspire As public honour, from the hand of ALLWORTHY Elia, As to the message from your friend above :

Do me the favour to present my best
Respects to old “ Dan Phæbus," for the “ love

He bears the Every-Day Book : for the rest,
That is, the handsome mode he has selected

Of making me fine compliments by you, 'tis
So flatt'ring to me, and so much respected

By ine, that, if you please, and it should suit his
Highness, I must rely upon you, for

Obtaining his command, to introduce me
To him yourself, when quite convenient; or

I trust, at any rate, you'll not refuse me
A line, to signify, that I'm the person known
To him, through you, friend Lamb, as

Your Friend

WILLIAM HONE.

July 10.

Yet still, amid the spreading gloom, The Seven Brothers, Martyrs, and St.

Resplendent glow the western waves Felicitas, their Mother. 2nd Cent. That roll o'er Neptune's coral caves

A zone of light on evening's dome.
Sts. Rufina and Secunda, V. A. D. 257.

On this lone summit let me rest,
Spider Barometers.

And view the forms to fancy dear, If the weather is likely to become 'Till on the ocean's darkened breast, rainy, windy, or in other respects dis- The stars of evening tremble clear ; agreeable, spiders fix the terminating fila- Or the moon's pale orb appear, ments, on which the whole web is sus- Throwing her light of radiance wide, pended, unusually short. If the termi- Far o'er the lightly curling tide. nating filaments are made uncommonly No sounds o'er silence now prevail, long, the weather will be serene, and Save of the murm'ring brook below, continue so, at least for ten or twelve Or sailor's song borne on the gale, days. If spiders be totally indolent, rain Or oar at distance striking slow. generally succeeds; though their activity So sweet, so tranquil, may my evening ray, during rain is certain proof that it will Set to this world--and rise in future day. be only of short duration, and followed by fair and constant weather. Spiders usually make some alterations in their

FLORAL DIRECTORY. webs every twenty-four hours; if these

Yellow Lupin. Lupinus flævus. changes take place between the hours of

Dedicated to St. James, six and seven in the evening, they indicate a clear and pleasant night.

July 12. FLORAL DIRECTORY. Speckled Snapdragon. Antirrhinum tri- St. John Gualbert, Abbot, a. D. 1073. phyllum.

Sts. Vabor and Felix, Martyrs, A. D. Dedicated to Sts. Rufina and Secunda.

304.
In the “ Poems” of Mr. Gent, there

some lines of tranquillizing tenJuly 11.

dency. St. James, Bp. of Nisibiş, A. D. 350. St.

To Mary.
Hidulphus, Bp. A. D. 107, or 713. St. Oh! is there not in infant smiles
Pius I., Pope, A. D. 157. St. Drostan, A witching power, a cheering ray,
A. D. 809,

A charm that every care beguiles,
Sun-set.

And bids the weary soul be gay?
Soft o'er the mountain's purple brow, There surely is—for thou hast been

Meek twilight draws her shadowy grey ; Child of iny heart, my peaceful dove, From tufted woods, and valleys low, Gladd’ning life's sad and checquered scene, Light's magic colours steal away.

An emblem of the peace above.

are

reum.

July 13.

Now all is calm and dark and still,

WARMTU. And bright the beam the moonlight

The heat of the season, unless patiently throws On ocean wave, and gentle rill,

endured, has a tendency to inflame the And on thy slumb'ring cheek of rose.

mind, and render it irritable. On some

infants its effects are visible in their rest. And may no care disturb that breast, lessness and peevishness. Parents, and

Nor sorrow dim that brow serene; those who have the care of childhood, And may thy latest years be blest

must now watch themselves as well as As thy sweet infancy has been.

their offspring.
A father's voice in threat'ning tone

The storm of rage revealing,
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His flashing eye and angry frown,

Would rouse a kindred feeling.
Great Snapdragon. Antirrhinum purpu. But where's the child his sigh can hear,

When grief his heart is rending ?
Dedicated to St. John Gualbert.

And who unmov'd can see the tear,

A parent's cheek descending.
Oh, yes! a child may brave the heat,

A father's rage confessing,
But, ah! how sweet his smile to meet,

And, oh! how dear his blessing !

Then let me shun with shrinking fear, St. Eugenius, Bp. A. D. 505. St. Ana

The thought of not conceding, cletus, Pope, A. D. 107. St. Turiaf, I could not bear affection's tear, Bp. A. D. 749.

When parent's lips were pleading. How soothing is a calm stroll on a summer's evening after sun-set, while the The Cross Bill. (Loxia curvi rostra.) breeze of health is floating gently over In July, 1821, at West Felton, in Shropthe verdure, the moon ascending, and the shire, this rare and beautiful' bird was evening star glistening like a diamond.

seen, in a flight of about eighteen or

twenty, alighting on the tops of pine trees Diana's bright crescent, like a silver bow,

and larch ; the cone of which it opens New strung in Heaven, lifts high its beamy with adroit neatness, holding it in one horns

claw, like a parrot, and picking out the Impatient for the night, and seems to push

seeds. They were of various colours, Her brother down the sky; fair Venus sbines

brown, green, yellow, and crimson, and Ev'n in the eye of day; with sweetest beam, some entirely of the most lovely rose coPropitious shines, and shakes a trembling lour; hanging and climbing in fanciful flood

attitudes, and much resembling a group Of softened radiance from her dewy locks. of small paroquets. Their unusual note, The shadows spread apace; while meek- somewhat like the quick chirp of linnets, ey'd eve,

but much louder, first attracted attention. Her cheeks yet warm with blushes, slow The observer had repeated opportunities retires

of viewing them to the greatest advantage, Thro' the Hesperian garden of the west,

by means of a small telescope. They And shuts the gates of day.

also eat excrescent knobs, or the insects formed therein by the cynips, at the ends of the young spruce branches. These birds

are natives of Germany and the Pyrenees, Blue Lupin. Lupinus cæruleus.

and are very rarely seen in England. It Dedicated to St. Eugenius.

was remarked, that the same mandible of the bill crossed on the right side in some birds, and on the left in others.*

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July 14.
St. Bonaventure, Card. Bp. a. D. 1274.

St. Camillus de Lellis, A. D. 1614. St.
laus, Bp. in Leinster

FLORAL DIRECTORY.
Red Lupin. Lupinus perennis.
Dedicated to St. Bonaventure.

* Shrewsbury Chronicle.

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