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--[It is well known that the late William, Marquis of Lansdowne, employed part of his actite life in collecting MSS. and Papers illustrative of English History, and that after his death they were brought to the hammer, and the greater part of them purchased by the Trustees of the British Museum, at a cost of upwards of

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purpose to repeat a similar article two or three times per annum, till we have extracted the essence of the 1000 volumes of which they consist.]

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X. Letter from Mr. Geo. Vertue to Mr. Christian, concerning Milton's Picture. Mr. Christian, RAY inform my Lord Harley that I have on Thursday last seen the daughter of Milton the poet. I carried with me two or three different prints of Milton's pit ture, which she immediately knew to be like her father, and told me her mother-in-law (if living in Cheshire) had two pictures of hion, one when he was a school-boy, and the other when about twenty; she knew of no other picture of him, because she was many years in Ireland, both before and after his death; she was the youngest of Milton's daughters by his first wife, and was taught to read to her father several languages. Mr. Addison was desirous to see her once, and desired she would bring with her testimonials of her being Milton's daughter. But as soon as she came into the room, he told her she needed none, her face having much of the likeness of the picture he had seen of him. For my part I find the features of her face very much like the prints. I shewed her the painting l have to engrave, which she believes not to be her father's picture, it being of a brown complexion and black hair, and curled lock; on the contrary he was of a fair complexion, a little red in his cheeks, and light-brown lanck hair. I desire you would acquaint Mr. Pryor, I was so unfortunate to wait on him on Thursday inorning last, just after he was gone out of town; it was with this intent, to enquire of him if he remembers a picture of Milton in the late Lord Dorset's collection, as I am told this was, or if he gan inform me, how I shall enquire or 1

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9. Assureties and Purprestures.
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3.814.] Things fit for Liberality. Lands or goods of any that shall be hereafter attainted of treason under the degree of nobility. The like of murther, or felonies, or any such escheats by recusants, except those who make up the 9000l. now yearly paid into the king's coffers, and others who, upon that being decayed, shall supply the Same. Dispensations, pardons, protections, liberties, licences, letters, and coinmissions of favour, mortmains, and whatsoever else, new inventions of gain, not repugnant to the law nor burthensome to the subject. Offices of honour and prost. Custody of houses, forts, parks, or chases, or walks in chases or forests.— Vol. 149. XII, Copy of Lord Bacon's Letter to the House of Lords, upon the Complaint of Bribery against him; with a Satire on it. My very good lords, I humbly pray your lordships all to make a favourable and true construction of my absence. It is no feigning nor fainting, but sickness both of my heart and my back, though joined with that comfort of mind that persuadeth me I am not far from heaven, whereof I feel the first fruits. And because, whether I live or die, I would be glad to preserve my honour and fame as far as I am worthy, hearing that some complaints of base bribery are come before your lordships, my requests unto your lordships are, first, that you will maintain me in your good opinion without prejudice until my cause be heard. Secondly, in regard that I have sequestered my mind, in great part, from worldly matters, thinking of my account and answer in a higher court; your lordships would give me some convenient time, according to the course of other courts, to advise with my counsell, and make answer, wherein nevertheless my counseli's part will be the least, for I shall not, by the grace of God, trick up an innocency with cavillations, but plainly and ingenuously, as your lordships know my manner is, declare what I know or remember. Thirdly, that according to the course of justice I may be allowed to except the witnesses brought against me, and to move questions to your lordships for their cross-examination, and likewise to produce my own witnesses for discovering of the truth. And lastly, if there come any more petitions of like nature, that your lordships would be pleased not to take any prejudice of apprehension of any

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331 number or muster of them, especially against a judge that makes 2000 decrees and orders in a year (not to speak of the causes that have been taken for hunting out complaints against me), but that I may answer them according to the rules of justice, severally and respectively. These requests I hope appear to your lordships no other than justice. And so thinking myself happy to have so noble peers and reverend prelates to discern of my cause, and desiring no privilege of greatness for subterfuge of guiltness, but meaning (as I said) to deal fairly and plainly with your lordships, and put myself upon your honour and favours, I pray God to bless your councells and persons, and rest, Your lordships' humble servant, FR. St. ALBANS EARL. To the Right Honourable his very good Lords, the Lords spiritual and temporal, in the Upper House of Parliament assembled. SATHRE. - Great Verulam is very laine, the gout of goout feeling, He humbly begs the crutch of state, with fall* ing sickness reeling, Diseas'd, displeas'd, grieves sore to see that state by fate should perish, Unhappy that no hap can cure, nor high protection cherish; Yet cannot I but marvel much at this incommon reason, That Bacon should neglected be when it is most in season 5 Perhaps the game of buck hath villify'd the boar, Or else his crescent are in war that he can hunt no more; Be it what it will, the relative your antece. dent moving, Declines a case accusative, the dative too much loving ; Young this grief will make the old, for care with youth ill matches, Sorrow makes Mutas mute, that Ratcheus under hatches, Bushel wants by half-a-peck the measure of such tears, Because his lords, as makes the buttons that he wears; Though Edney be cashier'd, grief moves him to compassion, To think how suddenly is turn'd the wheel of his ambition ; Had Butler liv'd he had vex'd and griev'd this dismal day to see The hogshead that so late was broach'd to run so near the lee; Fletcher may go feather bolts for such as quickly shoot them ; Now Cockin's comb is cut a man may soon confute them, The

532 The Red-rose-house lamenteth much that this unhappy day should bring this fall of leaf in March before the spring in May. Albones much condoles the loss of this great viscount’s charter, who suffering for his conscience sake is turn’d FRAN ciscAN MART sk. XIII. A Curious Advertisement (printed). To all persons whome these presents may concern, of what estate and degree 30ever. No man may arrogate to himself the name and title of a perfect and absolute surveyor of castles, manors, lands, and tenements, unless he be able in true form, measure, quantity, and F.". to plat the same in their particulars, ad infinitum, and thereupon to retrieve and heat out all decayed, concealed, and hidden parcels thereof, fitting the same to their evidence, how ancient soever; although blemished, obliterate, and very much worne; besides the quickening and receiving of rents, customes, liberties, privileges, &c. thereonto belonging; with erfect knowledge of customary tenures, and titles of all sorts; framing entries accordingly, together with good and commendable penmanship, as well for the plat as booke from the same. And for that more abuse in coucealment, incroachments, &c. hath beene offered in these last 100 years than in 500 before, and that many do now refuse (as more hereafter will) to pay their rents and duties, otherwise than on the Meereshead, (their lands and tenement: first singled but, and set forth unto them, metis et bunds,) I may not terme him so much as a surveyor that performeth not these difficulties, and such like incident to urve W. s Hodolph Agas, of Stoke, next Nayland, in Suffolk. Practised in survey more than 40 years. Vol. 163.

XIV, A Note of the Yearly Value of the Benevolences granted by the Clergie to, her Majesty, anno 1587, Regina Elizabetha xxiv. The Benevolence of the Diocese of Exeter for the first £ 3. payment - ... . 479 0 Of the Diocese of Winton

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bringing Arrears into the Treasury. 1. Whoever shall bring by his diligence any debt into our receipt of Westminster, due from the first year of King Edward VI. upwards, shall have two parts thereof to his own use, for his pains, and towards his charge. 2. Whoever shall bring by his diligence any debt, not extant upon record, into our receipt of Westminster, due from the 30 of the late Queen Elizabeth, upward, to the first of King Edward VI. he shall be allowed a moitie towards his travaile and charge. 3. Whosoever shall bring by his diligence any debt due upon record in or before 30 Elizabeth, into the receipt, for the recovery whereof no process hath been awarded since the said 30 yeare of the said late Queen Elizabeth, he shall be allowed one moitie thereof for his travaile and charges. 4. Whosoever shall bring by his diligence, into the receipt of Westminster, any debt for which process hath gone out at any time since 30 of the late Queen Elizabeth till this day, and nothing.levied thereupon, he shall have one moitiethereof for his paines and charges. * 5. Whosoever shall discover, and bring into our receipt, any forfeiture concealed by any informer, heretofore by agreement with the partie offending, and not notifying the same to the court where the first information was entered, shall. have the moitie thereof for his paines and charges. 6. Whosoever shall discover and bring. proof of any wilful concealment done by, any sheriff, under-sheriff, bailiff, or like, officer,

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EUCHARIST. ECLA, an Abyssinian monk, in an account of the ritual of his church communicated to the jesuit missionaries, says, that they celebrate monthly iovefeasts with leavened bread; and on the Thursday before Easter, celebrate with unleavened bread an annual sacrament, when they communicate in both kinds, and receive the eucharist standing. This is the closest imitation of the original rite preserved in any christian church. The same writer also describes the annual baptism of the adult Abyssinians. * DRAMAS. . The French have some tragedies in ene act, after which they perform a comedy in five acts. Such is Thamire, such is Arcagambis, and several more. There are reasons for which a revival of this practice is occasionally ão. Tragedies of the iast age, full of tedious love-scenes, could be shortened into permanent fore-pieces; and thus all that is really of value in a play, formerly successful, could be preserved for posterity. Many a work of art distilled to its essential beauties would keep, which putrifies in its dilute state. L.API da RY STYLE OF THE AM ERICANS. A man, who signed himself Senex, and who was a German, or from German descent, but who was only known as a resident in Pennsylvania, established himself at Brooklyn, on Long Island, as a water-doctor. He prescribed gratis, and many hundred people applied to him for relief: he seldom saw his patients, except the case was desperate; the usual method was, for the patient to mention the age and the compláint to the doctor's clerk, those items were written on the label attached to the phial. The man who was the cause of this epitaph, arrived at the doctor's house in a waggon, but in such a wretched state that he requested the doctor would help him up stairs: this he refused, on the plea that he received no in-patients; the poor man, however, exhibited such symptoms of bodily pain, that the doctor helped him up stairs; he laid him on his bed, but the position was , Monthly Mag, No, 254.

so painful that he was afterwards re

moved to a chair; the doctor then ran

down stairs for an assistant, and when he returned, the poor man was prostrate on the floor, and dead. This mournful event afflicted the humane doctor; and, by his order, the grave-stone, from which the following epitaph is faithfully tra:scribed, was erected at the expence of seventy dollars:– t In the mournful instauces of human failty, concording to demonstrate the destiny; also, as a baneful occurrence of both, and of an unsha

ken resolution, and usual disappointment: here lies the no more animated and wasting remains of Apolos Nicoll, born in Smith Town, April 11, 1776. The 14th of the same month, 1811, departed and delivered up to the elementary menstruum of dissolution, nought, resurrection, and ascension. Conspicuous example of an unavoidable fate; who, after having been tired of experiencing eight months of various diseases, in expectation to find alleviation to his painful existence, started in quest of relief; and firm in his resolution, notwithstanding an inconsiderable distance, contended three weeks in the road against the progressive obstacles of his perilous situation, opposing his design, to reach a dwelling, which his delusive confidence had flattered himself to find alleviance, the end of his distress, and complicated misery, but unfortunately found the one of his days accelerated by his bold attempt, and both his dropsical state, and the strenuous motion of the last vehicla which conveyed him to the one by whom he eagerly expected to be alleviated, and receive his existence prolongation: but vain hope! soon aborted subject likewise to asthmatical affection by a sudden violent paroxysm, effect of the combusted system stimulating the accumulated, aqueous mass out of its recess, and which completely obstructing the airy passage, speedily produced suffocation, and that fatally; this incident ter

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minated the earthly career, in putting a
period to the painful life of the suffering
venturing afflicted; sorrowful conse-
quence which insuperably has condemned
the one he so inconsiderately intrusted
with his corporeal repair, to become of
his disaster passive spectator, instead of
a desirous benefactor; pre-determined in
the witness, which initially and preremp-
torily was to sustain the view of such
sinister catastrophe, the inexorable par-
thees manifested to only have af.
forded to their destined victim enough of
vital faculty, for reaching the spot where
upon the minutest residue of the last
hour was to be exhausted, and for im-
placably having after the fatal final thread
cut off. To memorise such a dismal
event, the concern it has caused to the
unaccustomed beholder, may this cold
stone, relating the particulars, be of a
consolatory nature for the surviving con-
sort and relatives of the deceased, and
help them to be in their privation, re-
signed to the unalterable supreme will,
and with fortitude submit to the ex-
ecution of its irrevocable decree.
ASPARAG US,
Augustus, in order to express the ce-
lerity of an action, was wont to say: it
was done before you could boil an as-
paragus.
TABU LAF CATECIIETICE.
Philip Jacob Spener was born in
1635, at Rappolsweiler, in Alsace, was
brought up to preach ill the Lutheran
church, became preceptor to the young
Pfalsgrave, and at length consistorial
provost at Berlin. He invented a new
method of teaching the catechism by
tablets, wbich may perhaps bear some
resemblance to the celebrated improve-
inent of Dr. Bell. It was proclaimed in
a work entitled, “Tabulae Catechetica.”
* A Fijo I.D OF BATT I. F. -
A clergyman who went over the field
of battle after the defeat of the Russians
by the King of Prussia at Soldin, wrote
and published the following account
of it :-
“At one o'clock (says this gentleman)
the cannonading ceased, and I went out
on foot to Soldin, in order to learn to
whose advantage the battle turned out:
towards evening, seven hundred of the
Russian fugitives came to Soldin, a pitiful
sight indeed! some holding up their
hands, cursing and swearing; others
praying, and praising the King of Prus-
sin, without hats, without clothes; some
off foot, others two on a horse, with their
heads and arms tied up; some dragging
along by the stirrups, others by the

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[May 13 horses tails. When the battle was decisive, and victory shouted for the Prussian army, I ventured to the place where the cannonading was. After walking some way, a cossack's horse came running full speed towards me. I mounted him, and on my way for seven miles and a half, on this side the field of battle, I found the dead and wounded lying on the ground, sadly cut in pieces. The farther I advanced, the more these poor creatures lay heaped one upon another. This scene I shall never forget ! The Cossacks, as soon as they saw me, cried out, Dear Sir, water water water —Righteous God, what a sight! Men, women, children, Russians and Prussians, carriages, horses, oxen, chests, baggage, all lying one upon another, to the height of a man; seven villages around me in flames, and the inhabitants either-massacred, or thrown into the fire. “The poor wounded still firing one at another in the greatest exasperation. The field of battle was a plain two miles and a half long, and wholly covered with dead and wounded; there was not even room to set my foot without treading on some of them. Several brooks were so filled up with Russians, that I do affirm it, they lay heaped up, one upon another, as high as two men, and appeared like hills to the even ground; I could hardly recover myself from the fright occasioned by the great and miserable outcry of the wounded. A noble Prussian officer, who had lost both his legs, cried out to me, Sir, you are a priest, and preach mercy: pray shew me that compassion which God has not for me, and dispatch me at once.” WALNUT or L, In Switzerland great use is made of the oil of green walnuts, which is preferred to olive oil for salads and delicate purposes. . The walnuts are gathered while the interior shell is white, soft and pulpy; and are squeezed in adapted presses. INSCRIPTION, Lately, under a bust of Mr. Pitt, was pasted the following inscription, which appeared to me well applied. Nonsibi, sed patria wirit, regique, suisque. Mr. Pitt was a disinterested patriot, who lived not for himself, but for his country; he strengthened, however, the influence of the crown; and gave much unmerited emolument among his kindred. The praise, therefore, is just; the definition of qualities is precise, not indeed complete; and the anti-climax of the phraseology has almost the effect of sneer. . "

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