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flicted and unsuccessful ; frequently strug- a nutmeg and grater, a smelling-bottle, gling with penury, and sometimes with and according to the season, an orange or oppression. His irritability subjected him apple, which, after many days, she draws to numerous mortifications, and inflicted out, warm and glossy, to give to some on him many pangs unknown to minds of little child that has well behaved itself. less feeling or less delicacy,
She generally occupies two rooms, in the Mr. Nichols, in his “ Literary Anec- neatest condition possible. In the chamdotes," gives a letter he received from ber is a bed with a white coverlet, built up Mr. Tasker, dated from Iddesleigh, in high and round to look well, and with curDecember, 1798, wherein he says, “I tains of a pastoral pattern, consisting alcontinue in very ill health, and confined ternately of large plants, and shepherds in my dreary situation at Starvation Hall, and shepherdesses. On the mantleforty miles below Exeter, out of the verge piece also more shepherds and of literature, and where even your exten- shepherdesses, with dot-eyed sheep at sive magazine ['The Gentleman's '] has their feet, all in coloured ware, the man never yet reached." The works he put perhaps in a pinkjacket and knots of ribforth from his solitude procured himno bons at his knees and shoes, holding his advancement in the church, and, in the crook lightly in one hand, and with the agony of an excruciating complaint, he other at his breast turning his toes out departed from a world insensible to his and looking tenderly at the shepherdess : merits :-his widow essayed the publi- the woman, holding a crook also, and cation of his works by subscription with- modestly returning his look, with a gipout effect. Such was the fate of an eru- sy-hat jerked up behind, a very slender dite and deserving parish priest, whose waist, with petticoat and hips to counterright estimation of honourable independ- act, and the petticoat pulled up through ence barred him from stooping to the the pocket-holes in order to show the trimmeanness of flattery; he preserved his ness of her ancles. But these patterns, of self-respect, and died without preferment, course, are various. The toilet is ancient, and in poverty.
carved at the edges, and tied about with a snow-white drapery of muslin. Beside it are various boxes, mostly japan : and
the set of drawers are exquisite things for The Old Lady.
a little girl to rummage, if ever little girl If the Old Lady is a widow and lives be so bold,-containing ribbons and laces alone, the manners of her condition and of various kinds,-lipen smelling of laventime of life are so much the more appa- der, of the flowers of which there is alrent. She generally dresses in plain silks ways dust in the corners,-a heap of that make a gentle rustling as she moves pocket-books for a series of years, and about the silence of her room; and she pieces of dress long gone by, such as wears a nice cap with a lace border that head-fronts, stomachers, and flowered satin comes under the chin. In a placket at shoes with enormous heels. The stock of her side is an old enamelled watch, unless letters are always under especial lock and it is locked up in a drawer of her toilet key. So much for the bed-room. In the for fear of accidents. Her waist is rather sitting-room, is rather a spare assortment tight and trim than otherwise, as she had of shining old mahogany furniture, or a fine one when young; and she is not carved arm-chairs equally old, with chintz sorry if you see a pair of her stockings on draperies down to the ground,-a folding a table, that you may be aware of the or other screen with Chinese figures, their neatness of her leg and foot. Contented round, little-eyed, meek faces perking sidewith these and other evident indications wise ;-a stuffed bird perhaps in a glass of a good shape, and letting her young case (a living one is too much for her ;) friends understand that she can afford to a portrait of her husband over the mantleobscure it a little, she wears pockets, and piece, in a coat with frog-buttons, and a uses them well too. In the one is her delicate frilled hand lightly inserted in the handkerchief, and any heavier matter that waistcoat:-and opposite him, on the is not likely to come out with it, such as wall, is a piece of embroidered literature, the change of a sixpence;- in the other is framed and glazed, containing some moral a miscellaneous assortment, consisting of distich or maxim worked in angular capia pocket-book, a bunch of keys, a needle- tal letters, with two trees or parrots below case, a spectacle-case, crumbs of biscuit, in their proper colours, the whole con
cluding with an A BC and numerals, and likes a walk of a summer's evening, but the name of the fair industrious, express- avoids the new streets, canais, &c. and ing it to be “ her work, Jan. 14, 1762.” sometimes goes through the church-yard The rest of the furniture consists of a where her other children and her husband looking-glass with carved edges, perhaps lie buried, serious, but not melancholy. a settee, a hassock for the feet, a mat for She has had three great æras in her life, the little dog, and a small set of shelves, her marriage,-her having been at court in which are the Spectator and Guardian, to see the king, queen, and royal family, the Turkish Spy, a Bible and Prayer-book, and a compliment on her figure she once Young's Night-Thoughts, with a piece of received in passing from Mr. Wilkes, lace in it to flatten, Mrs. Rowe's Devout whom she describes as a sad loose man, Exercises of the Heart, Mrs. Glasse's but engaging. His plainness she thinks Cookery, and perhaps Sir Charles Gran- much exaggerated. If any thing takes dison, and Clarissa. John Buncle is in her at a distance from home, it is still the the closet among the pickles and preserves. court; but she seldom stirs even for that. The clock is on the landing-place between The last time but one that she went was the two room-doors, where it ticks audibly to see the duke of Wirtemberg: and she but quietly; and the landing-place, as has lately been, most probably for the last well as the stairs, is carpeted to a nicety. time of all, to see the princess Charlotte The house is most in character, and pro- and prince Leopold. From this beatific perly coeval, if it is in a retired suburb, vision, she returned with the same admiand strongly built, with wainscot rather ration as ever for the fine comely appearthan paper inside, and lockers in the win- ance of the duke of York and the rest of dows. Before the windows also should the family, and great delight at having be some quivering poplars. Here the Old had a near view of the princess, whom Lady receives a few quiet visitors to tea she speaks of with smiling pomp and and perhaps an early game at cards; or lifted mittens, clasping them as passionyou may sometimes see her going out on ately as she can together, and calling her, the same kind of visit herself, with a light in a sort of transport of mixed loyalty and umbrella turning up into a stick and self-love, a fine royal young creature, and crooked ivory handle, and her little dog daughter of England. - Indicator. equally famous for his love to her and captious antipathy to strangers. Her
The Season. grandchildren dislike him on holidays; Sudden storms of short duration, the and the boldest sometimes ventures to last blusters of expiring winter, frequently give him a sly kick under the table. occur during the early part of the present When she returns at night, she appears, month. These gales and gusts are mostly if the weather happens to be doubtful, in noticed by mariners, who expect them, a calash; and her servant, in pattens, fol- and therefore keep a good " look out for lows half behind and half at her side, with squalls." The observations of seamen a lantern.
upon the clouds, and of husbandmen on Her opinions are not many, nor pew. the natural appearances of the weather She thinks the clergyman a nice man. generally, would form an exceedingly cuThe duke of Wellington, in her opinion, rious and useful compendium of meteorois a very great man; but she has a secret logical facts. preference for the marquis of Granby. Stilling the Sea with Oil. She thinks the young women of the pre- Dr. Franklin suggests the pouring of sent day too forward, and the men not oil on the sea to still the waves in a respectful enough: but hopes her grand- storm, but, before he lived, Martin wrote children will be better; though she differs an “Account of the Western Islands of with her daughter in several points re- Scotland," wherein he says, “The steward specting their management.
She sets of Kilda, who lives in Pabbay, is accus. little value on the new accomplishments : tomed in time of a storm to tie a bundle is a great though delicate connoisseur in of puddings, made of the fat of sea-fowl, butcher's meat and all sorts of house to the end of his cable, and lets it fall into wifery: and if you mention waltzes, ex- the sea behind the rudder; this, he says, patiates on the grace and fine breeding of hinders the waves from breaking, and the minuet. She longs to have seen one calms the sea; but the scent of the grease danced by sir Charles Grandison, whom attracts the whales, which put 'the vessel she almost considers as a real person. She in danger."
Browne Willis, Esq. LL. D.
The only likeness of an honour'd face. The present engraving, however un- picture painted by Dahl. There is no winning its aspect as to drawing, is, in other portrait of the great original” pubother respects, an improvement of the lished. late Mr. Michael Tyson's etching from a
• See “Every-Day Book," vol. i. p. 1308.
On the 5th of February, 1760, Dr. The Season and Smoking. Browne Willis died at whaddon hall, in the county of Bucks, aged 78; he was
At this time, Dr. Forster says that born at St. Mary Blandford, in the county people should guard against colds, and, of Dorset, on the 14th of September, above all, against the contagion of typhus 1682. He was unexcelled in eagerness and other fevers, which are apt to prevail of inquiry concerning our national an
in the early spring. “Smoking tobacco," tiquities, and his life was devoted to their he observes, “is a very salutary practice study and arrangement. Some interest- in general, as well as being a preventive ing particulars concerning the published against infection in particular. 'The Gerlabours and domestic habits of this dis. man pipes are the best, and get better as tinguished individual, will be given in a they are used, particularly those made of subsequent sheet, with one of his letters, merschaum, called Ecume de Mer. Next not before printed, accompanied by a fac- to these, the Turkey pipes, with long simile of his handwriting.
tubes, are to be recommended ; but these are fitter for summer smoking, under the
shade of trees, than for the fireside. The NATURALISTS' CALENDAR.
best tobacco is the Turkey, the Persian, Mean Temperature . ..39.20. and what is called Dutch canaster.
Smoking is a custom which should be re
commended in the close cottages of the February 6.
poor, and in great populous towns liable Collop Monday. See vol. i. p. 241.
The Rule of Health.
Rise early, and, take exercise in plenty,
On the virtues of tobacco its users enhance with mighty eloquence, and puff it bravely.
In praise of Tobacco.
Much food doth gluttony procure
to feed men fat like swine, But he's a frugal man indeed
who on a leaf can dine.
of Shrove-tide comes in place, And cruell fasting dayes at hand
approach with solemne grace.
He needs no napkin for his hands,
his finger ends to wipe, Who has his kitchen in a box,
his roast-meat in a pipe.
NATURALISTS' CALENDAR. Mean Temperature ...39 · 47.
Then olde and yong are both as mad, throw them on the heads of the monks, as ghestes of Bacchus' feast,
saying, “ Remember that you are but And foure dayes long they tipple square, dust, and to dust must return." Then
and feede and never reast. Downe goes the hogges in every place,
“ the procession” was to follow.*
In former times, on the evening of Ash and puddings every wheare Do swarme : the dice are shakte and tost,
Wednesday, boys used to run about with and cardes apace they teare:
firebrands and torches. In every house are showtes and cryes, and mirth, and revell route,
Lent Assizes and Sessions. And daintie tables spred, and all be set with ghestes aboute :
These follow, in due course, after Hilary With sundrie playes and Christmasse games,
Term, which is within a week of its exand feare and shame away,
piration. The importance of assize and The tongue is set at libertie,
sessions business is frequently interrupted and hath no kinde of stay.
by cases not more serious than
Of Farmer Carter's Dog
PORTER morning, the lord chancellor Finch's mace was stolen out of his house in
for Murder. Queen-street; the seal laid under his Edward Long, esq., late judge of the pillow, so the thief missed it. The admiralty court of Jamaica, wrote and famous thief that did it was Thomas published this “ Trial," I which is now Sadler, he was soon after taken, and scarce, and here somewhat abridged from hanged for it at Tyburn on the 16th of the original without other alteration. March.
He commences his report thus :
of — 1771, at Gotham-Hall.
Mat o' the Mill,
Esqs., Just-asses and
Associates. To the particulars concerning this day,
Osmyn Ponser, and the ashes, (in vol. i. p. 261,) is to be
GAME-ACT Plaintiff added, that the ashes, made of the branches of brushwood, properly cleansed, sifted,
PORTER Defendant. and consecrated, were worn four times a The Court being met, the indictment year, as at the beginning of Lent; and was read, which we omit, for sake of that on this day the people were excluded brevity. from church, busbands and wives parted Court. Prisoner, hold up your paw at bed, and the penitents wore sackcloth the bar. and ashes.t
First Counsel. He is sullen, and reAccording to the Benedictine rule, on
fuses. Ash Wednesday, after sext, the monks were Court. Is he so? Why then let the to return to the cloister to converse; constable hold it
nolens volens. but, at the ringing of a bell, be instantly [Which was done, according to order.] silent. They were to unshoe themselves, Court. What is the prisoner's name? wash their hands, and go to church, and
Constable. P-P-Poort-er, an't please make one common prayer. Then was to your worship. follow a religious service ; after which the Court. What does the fellow say? priest, having consecrated the ashes, and Constable. Porter! an't please you; sprinkled holy water on them, was to Porter ! * Life of Ant, a Wood.
. Fosbroke's British Monachism. + Ibid. Fosbroke's British Monachism.
# Printed for T. Lowndes, 1771. 8vo.
J. Bottle, Esq.} PRESIDENT.