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it necessary to communicate this not seen any thing of his lordship extraordinary circumstance. Mr. since they left Pitt-place.Miles Peter Andrews was one of “ P'shaw, you fool,” replied Mr. the number sent for, being at A.“ he was here this moment at that time one of his most inti- my bed-side.” The servant permate associates. Every person sisted that it was impossible. to whom Lord Lyttleton told the Mr. A. dressed himself, and, with tale, naturally turned it into ridi- the servants, searched every part cule, all knowing him to be very of the house and garden, but no nervous and superstitious, and one was to be found; still Mr. tried to make him believe it was A. could not help believing that a dream ; as they certainly con- Lord L. had played him a trick sidered it so themselves. Lord for his disbelief of his vision, till L. filled his house with company, four o'clock the next day, when and appeared to think as his an express arrived to inform him friends would wish him. Mr. M. of Lord L.'s death, and the manP Andrews had business which ner of it, by a friend who was called him to Dartford, and there- present, and who gave the folfore took his leave, thinking his lowing account of it. lordship quite composed on this On the morning before Lord subject, so that his friend's dream L. died, he entered the breakdwelt so little on his imagina- fast-room between ten and eleven tion, that he did not even recol- o'clock--appeared rather thoughtlect the time when it was pre-ful, and did not answer any endicted that the event would take quiries made by his friends replace. One night after he left specting his health, &c. At dinPitt-place, the residence of Lord ner he seemed much better, and L. he supposed he might have when the cloth was taken away, been in bed half an hour, when he exclaimed, “ Richard's himendeavouring to compose himself, self again !” but as night came suddenly his curtains were pulled on, the gloom of the morning reopen, and Lord L. appeared be- turned. However, as this was fore him at his bed-side, stand- the predicted night of dissolution, ing in his robe de chambre and his friends agreed that it would night-cap. Mr. A. looked at him be right to alter all the clocks some time, and thought it so odd and watches in the house. This a freak of his friend, that he was managed by the steward, began to reproach him for his without Lord L.'s suspecting any folly, in coming down to Dart- thing of it his own watch which ford Mills without notice, as he lay on his dressing table, was could find no accommodations :- altered by his valet. During the “ However,” said he, “ I'll get evening they got him into some up, and see what can be done.” pleasant discussions, in which he He turned to the other side of distinguished himself with pecuthe bed, and rang the bell, when liar wit and pleasantry. At half Lord L. disappeared. Mr. A.'s after eleven, as he conceived it, servant soon after entered, when from the alteration of the clocks, his master enquired, “ Where is (but it was only eleven) he said Lord Lyttleton ?" The servant, he was tired, and would retire to all astonishment, declared he had bed_hade them a good night, and
left them all delighted with his tion, to express my acknowledgcalm appearance.
During the ments to your correspondent A. day not the least hint was given for the impartation of the satisby any one to him of the dream. factory information on the subBut of course, as soon as he had ject of my enquiry, relative to withdrawn, the conversation in- Caloric ; but in admitting myself stantly turned upon it. The dis- to be perfectly convinced of the y
continued till nearly improbability, that caloric is detwelve o'clock, when the door rived from the sun, yet I cannot being hastily opened, Lord L.'s refrain from expressing myself as valet entered as pale as death, far from being satisfied, that crying out, My lord is dying!” caloric can be created or annihiHis friends flew to his bed-side ; lated, or that it is a quality and but he expired before they could not a simple substance. But as all assemble round him? The I cannot reduce my ideas to the valet gave to them the following formation of a theory without statement, viz. :—That his lord- objections, the offspring of refle ship made his usual preparations tion and observation, 1, therefore, for bed ; that he kept every now abstain from stating the grounds and then looking at his watch ; of my dissent ; and, as no doubt that when he got into bed, he your correspondent A. is furnishordered his curtains to be closed ed with the means of supporting at the foot. It was now within his opinion by demonstrative a minute or two of twelve by his quotations, and self-possessed inwatch ; he asked to look at mine, formation, he will confer on me, and seemed to find that it nearly and, probably, on many others kept time with his own. His a favour by such communication. lordship then put them both to I'am, sir, his ear, to satisfy himself that
Your obedient servant, they went. When it was more
Z. than a quarter after twelve by Worthing, May 14, 1822. our watches, he said." This mysterious lady is not a true prophetess, í find.” When it was near the real hour of twelve, he A liberal mind is still happy in said, “ Come, I'll wait no longer an opportunity of doing good ; -get me my medicine ; I'll take and, were it possible, would alit, and try to sleep!” I just ways convey its bounty in the stepped into the dressing-room dark. to prepare the physic, and had Method is doing things at the mixed it, when I thought I heard time, and in the manner they my lord breathing very hard : I should be done. With this, every ran to him, and found him in the thing is, or becomes easy ; wichagonies of death!
out it, the smallest matters are perplexing, and every thing goes
to wreck. He who does things Mr. Editor,
at: random, is always in a hurry. Allow me, through the medium Persons are distinguished, by of your very interesting publica- their birth, their virtues, their
vices, or the weight of their another, and, when you have ocpurse. The first is mere ac- casion to find fault, do it in the cident, the second is truly spirit of meeknsss. honourable, the third infamous, Cheerfully concur in all offices and the last meanness and folly. of humanity, as your circumstanThe first class the world will re- ces shall enable you ; there is spect, if it be not their own fault; some danger in exceeding, but the second it must respect ; the much greater in falling short. two last may claim their legal Remeniber, that, as God hath privileges, but, if they look for made all the nations upon earth more, they must generally be dis- of one blood, all mankind are appointed
your brethren, and, as such, Deserving relations have a pre- they are intitled to your good ferable title to your good offices; offices. He that dispiseth the from the unworthy learn caution poor, dishonoureth his maker.' and humility.
As bigotry is the mark of a We may put on the appearance little mind, and an illiberal eduof respect, but can no more real- cation; the want of a decent rely respect a bad character, than gard for religion is the sure sign we can prefer sickness to health, of a bad heart. To moral reor pain to pleasure.
straints, and the influence of reA modest man feels his own ligion upon the human mind, superiority; a proud man makes much more than to penal law, others feel it.
in many cases too easily eluded, Use to-day, to-morrow may you owe that safety and tranquilnever come. It was finely said lity, without which life would be by Plato, that 'the less one insupportable. wants, the more he resembles Judge not the Christian religion the gods, who want nothing.' by the influence it has upon the
Woman, while under the influ- lives of the generality of its proence of virtue and principle, is fessors, nor let the unhappy dithe most amiable—but stained by visions and subdivisions of its vice, and the rein given to her members at all hurt you. A rule passions, she becomes the mean- is never the less excellent, est, and most despised of all ra- though ninety-nine in a hundred tional beings.
should neglect to apply it. When your sentiments are Avoid the most distant apdifferent, in regard to any thing proaches to envy and ambition i to be done or forborne, avoid pas- the first is the mark of a bad, the sions and asperity of speech ; if last of a light mind. Be well the matter be of consequence, assured, that the whole of worldput off the consideration of it to ly happiness is comprised in three another day. Herein you shall words, health, peace, and comimitate the prudent example of petence : Temperance and exthe House of Commons, who ercise best preserve the first; a give every bill a first, a second, hearty desire of the second will and a third reading, before they rarely be disappointed ; to secure pass it into a law.
the last where it is, or to attain Put the best construction it it where wanting, diligence and will bear upon the conduct of one economy are all in all,
Learn to bear unavoidable ac- which you are now engaged will cidents of human life with be- soon be shut up, and is but a coming fortitude ; ever consi- prelude to one infinitely more indering that the busy scene in teresting and important.
ANECDOTES, &c. DEAN Swift.-One day, at The doctor distributed among Quica, the dean received intelli- them the money which he had gence that there was to be a received as his pay; but the dean, beggar's wedding in the neigh- who mortally hated all vagra.:ts, bourhood, which being a scene rated them soundly; told them exactly suited to his taste, he in what manner he had been preproposed that Sheridan, grandfa- sent at their entertainment, and ther to the late orator, should go assured them if they did not imthither as a blind fiddler, with a mediately apply to honest labour, bandage over his eyes, and he he would have them taken up would attend him as his guide. and committed to jail; upon Thus accoutred, they reached the hearing which, the lame recovered place, and were received with their legs, and the blind opened welcome shouts by the whole their eyes so effectually, as to crew, who had plenty of meat make a very precipitate retreat in and drink, and plied the fiddler all directions. and his man with more than was PICTORIAL ENTHUSIASM.-A Paagreeable to them. Never was a risian painter, who wished to remore joyous wedding seen. They present the tragical end of Milo, sung, they danced, told their of Crotona, met in the street a stories, and cracked jokes in a porter of a most athletic form. vein of humour more entertain- He admired his colossal figure ing to the two guests than pro- and vigorous muscles, and offerbably could have been found at ed him a pound sterling on conany other meeting on a similar dition that he would stand to him occasion ; and when the musician as a model. It was only necesand his guide were about to-de- sary to tie his hands, and confine part, the company rewarded them them with an iron ring, in order very handsomely. The next day to represent, as well as possible, the dean and the doctor walked the trunk of the tree in which out in their usual dress, and Milo's hands were imprisoned found their companions of the when he was devoured by wild preceding evening scattered about beasts. The porter readily conin different parts of the road, and sented to the painter's proposal : the neighbouring villages, all he stript himself, and suffered his begging charity in doleful strains, hands to be bound. Now, said and telling dismal stories of their the artist, imagine that a lion is misery. Among these, were some darting upon you, and make upon crutches, who had danced every effort which you
would do very nimbly at the wedding; in such a case to escape his fury. others stone blind, who were per- The model threw himself into fectly clear sighted at the feast. the most violent agitation ; but he made too many grimaces ; counsellors. Harlai called to a there was nothing natural in his man, who acted something in the frightful contortions. The pain- capacity of a steward to him, and ter gave him further directions, said—“ Turn that scoundrel out but still he failed of producing of doors, instantly; he has the the desired effect. At length, impudence to dress himself like he thought of the following sin- these two gentlemen !" gular method :-he let loose a Health.-Health is the blesvigorous mastiff, which was kept sing every one wishes to enjoy ; in the yard of the house, and de- but the multitude are so unsired him to seize the unfortu- reasonable as to desire to purnate captive. This powerfully chase it at a cheaper rate than it excited both gesticulation and is to be obtained. The continu. utterance. The efforts of the ance of it is only by exercise and porter thus became natural; and labour. But the misfortune is, the fury of the animal increased that the poor are too apt to overin proportion as his struggles look their own enjoyments, and were violent. The painter, in a to view with envy the ease and fit of transport, seized his pencils. affluence of their superiors, never The patient, however, who had considering that the usual attenbeen bitten and torn by the dog, dants on great fortunes are anxuttered violent cries. “ Excel- iety and disease. lent! bravo !” exclaimed the A COUNTRY LIFE. It is observe artist. “ Continue .-Oh! that's ed by Milton, that he who neg. admirable !" Finally, the sitting lects to visit the country in or rather the torture being at an spring, and rejects the pleasures end, the artist offered the pro- that are then in their first bloom mised salary; but the model re- and fragrance, is guilty of sullenplied, that he had agreed to ac- ness against nature. If we allot cept of a pound sterling for being different duties to different seapainted, and not for being bitten; sons, he may be charged with he, therefore, demanded a large equal disobedience to the voice indemnity.
of nature, who looks on the bleak ACHILLES DE HARLAI.- In the hills and leafless woods, without time of this great man it was the seriousness and awe. Spring is fashion in France for every one the season of gaiety, and winter to be habited according to his of terror; in spring the heart of profession. Two young counsel- tranquillity dances to the melody lors, while Harlai was at his of the groves, and the eye of becountry-house, came to pay him nevolence sparkles at the sight a visit ; the president remarking of happiness and plenty ; in the to himself that they were dressed winter, compassion melts at uniin a manner very unsuitable, as versal calamity, the tear starts at he thought, to the gravity of the wailings of hunger, and the their profession, looked imine- cries of the creation in distress. diately on a valet who was cloth- A French traveller lately vened in a suit of grey, with his cra- tured to the summit of the glacier vat foppishly twisted through the in the canton of Glarus, which button-hole of his coat, exactly is 8925 feet high, and covered like those worn by the two young with eternal ice. Before he