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ing had been made to look like I trod upon his toe, I firmly bore sixteen volumes, came tumbling my pain in silence, and sat with down, and unluckily pitched up- my lower extremities parboiled, on a wedgewood ink-stand on amidst the stifled giggling of the table under it. In vain did the ladies and the servants. sir Thomas assure me, there was I will not relate the several no harm; I saw the ink stream- blunders which I made during ing from an inlaid table on the the first course, or the distress Turkey carpet, and, scarcely occasioned by my being desired knowing what I did, I attempted to carve a fowl, or help to varito stop its progress with my ous dishes that stood near me, cambric handkerchief. In the spilling a sauce-boat, and knockheight of this confusion, we ing down a saltcellar ; rather let were informed that dinner was me hasten to the second course, served up, and I with joy per- “ where fresh disasters overceived that the bell, which at whelmed me quite." first had so alarmed my fears, I had a piece of rich sweet was only the half-hour dinner- pudding on my fork, when Miss bell.
Louisa Friendly begged to trouIn walking through the hall and ble me for a pigeon that was suite of apartments to the dining- near me; in my haste, scarcely room, I had time to collect my knowing what I did, I whipped scattered senses, and was desired the pudding into my mouth, hot to take my seat betwixt lady as a burning coal ; it was imposFriendly and her eldest daughter sible to conceal my agony, my at the table. Since the fall of eyes were starting from their the wooden Xenophon, my face sockets. At last, in spite of had been continually burning shame and resolution, I was like a firebrand, and I was just obliged to drop the cause of torbeginning to recover myself, ment on my plate. Sir Thomas and to feel comfortably cool, and the ladies all compassionated when an unlooked-for accident my misfortune, and each advised rekindled all my heat and blushes. a different application ; one reHaving set my plate of soup too commended oil, another water, near the edge of the table, in but all agreed that wine was bowing to Miss Dinah, who the best for drawing out the politely complimented the pattern fire, and a glass of sherry was of my waistcoat, I tumbled the brought me from the sideboard, whole scalding contents into my which I snatched up with eagerlap. In spite of an immediate ness; but, oh! how shall I tell supply of napkins to wipe the the sequel ? whether the butler surface of my clothes, my black by accident mistook, or pursilk breeches were not stout posely designed to drive me mad, enough to save me from the he gave me the strongest brandy, painful effects of this sudden with which I filled my mouth, fomentation, and for some mi- already flayed and blistered ; tonutes my legs and thighs seemed tally unused to every kind of stewing in a boiling cauldron ; ardent spirits, with my tongue, but recollecting how sir Thomas throat, and palate, as raw as beef, had disguised his torture, when what could I do? I could not
THE HARVEST MOON,
swallow, and clapping my hands the following observations may upon my mouth, the cursed li- not be deemed irrelevant; it is quor squirted through my nose probable, that some of your inand fingers like a fountain, over genious readers will, by them, he all the dishes, and I crushed by induced to notice the phenomebursts of laughter from all quar- non. ters. In vain did sir Thomas re
I am, sir, primand the servants, and lady
Yours, &c. Friendly chide her daughters;
BRIGHTONIENSIS. for the measure of my shame Sept. 14, 1822. and their diversion was not yet complete. To relieve myself from the intolerable state of perspiration which this accident had
Sister of Phæbus, gentle queen, caused, without considering what
Of aspect mild, and ray serene;
Whose friendly beams by night appear, I did, I wiped my face with that the lonely traveller to cheer! ill-fated handkerchief, which was
now reigns still wet from the consequences Full orb’d the moon, and with more of the fall of Xenophon, and pleasing light covered all my features with Shadowy sets off the face of things.”
MILTON. streaks of ink in every direction. The baronet himself could not The harvest-moon, is the moon support this shock, but joined the full of which happens either his lady in the general laugh ; upon the autumnal equinox, or near while I sprung from the table in it, whether before or afterit: a few despair, rushed out of the house, nights before the full, and also a and ran home in an agony of few nights after it, she rises confusion and disgrace, which nearly at the same hour ; that is, the most poignant sense of guilt a short time before and after the could have excited.
setting of the sun ; by which Thus, without having deviated · phenomena, the whole hemisfrom the path of moral rectitude, phere becomes enlightenedI am suffering torments like a first by the sun, and then by the “ goblin damn'd." The lower moon, which not only make the half of me has been almost boil- nights pleasant, but, in some ed, my tongue and mouth grilled, respects, profitable also, by and I bear the mark of Cain up- enabling the farmers to get in on my forehead ? yet these are their corn-harvest, hence called but triding considerations, to the the harvest-moon : and as the everlasting shame which I must
for hunting happens feel, whenever this adventure about this time, it is denominatshall be mentioned.
ed the hunters'-moon : and because shepherds, for the better management of their flocks, are
content to be abroad on those Mr. Editor,
nights, it is sometimes called the As the next full moon, which shepherds'-moon. The sun enters happens on the 30th instant (the "libra about the twenty-third of nearest to the autumnal equi- September, and the full-moon nox), will be the harvest-moon, which is nearest to that day is,
properly speaking, the harvest- In spring, these signs rise with
the sun, because he is then in Mr. Ferguson, in his astrono- them ; of course, the moon, in mical researches, has given a full conjunction, rises nearly with explanation of these phenomena, the sun, and is invisible. In as they appear in different climates summer, these signs rise about of the earth : so much of it as midnight, and the sun being then suits our present purpose we shall three signs, or a quarter of a abridge, as below.
circle, before them, the moon is To conceive the reason of the in them about her third quarter, harvest-moon, it may first be when, rising so late, and giving considered, that the moon is al. but little light, the peculiarity of ways opposite to the sun wben her rising passes unobserved. she is in full ; that she is full in But in autumn, these signs, bethe signs pisces and aries, in our ing opposite to the sun, rise harvest months, those signs be- when he sets, with the moon in ing opposite to virgo and libra, opposition or at the full, which the signs occupied by the sun in makes her regular rising very that season ; and that those parts conspicuous at that time of the of the ecliptic (in which the year. moon then is) rise from the hori- These circumstances would rezon in northern latitudes in a gularly take place, if the moon's smaller angle, and, of course, orbit coincided with the plane of equal spaces, in shorter intervals the ecliptic; but, as her orbit of time than any other points, makes an angle with the ecliptic, as may be easily shewn by the varying from 5 degrees to 5 decelestial globe, consequently, grees 18 minutes, and crosses it since the moon's orbit deviates only in the nodes, her rising, not much from the ecliptic, she when in pisces and aries, will rises with less difference of time, sometimes not differ above one or more immediately after sun- hour and forty minutes, through set, about harvest, than when the whole of seven days ; and at she is full at other seasons of the other times, when in the same year.
signs, the time of her rising, in The moon rises with nearly the course of a week, will differ the same difference of times in full three hours and a half, acevery revolution through her or- cording to the different positions bit, when she is in the signs of the nodes with respect to pisces and aries ; and hence it those signs; which positions are may be asked, why we never ob- constantly changing, the nodes serve this remarkable rising but going backward through the in harvest ? The answer is ob- whole of the ecliptic in about vious : in winter these signs eighteen years, two hundred and rise at noon, and, being then twenty-eight days. (The motion only a quarter of a circle distant of the nodes for a short period is from the sun, the moon in them very regular ; but by comparis in her first quarter, and rising ing together very distant obserabout noon, when the sun is in 'vations, the mean annual is found his meridian, the phenomenon is to be about 19 degrees, 19 neither perceived nor regarded. minutes, and 44 seconds in ante
cedentra ; so that the nodes make The second edition of that little a complete retrograde revolu- manual was published in 1735. tion, with respect to the equi- The harvest-moon, in south noctial points, in about eighteen latitude, is the full moon which years, two hundred twenty-eight happens at, or near, the time of days, five hours.) This revolu- the vernal equinox; for, to the tion of the nodes will cause the inhabitants of south latitude, harvest-moons to go through a whenever the moon is in virgo or whole course of the most and libra (and she is in these signs least beneficial states, with re- twelve times in a year) her orbit spect to the harvest, in about is nearly parallel to the horizon ; nineteen years.
but, when the full moon happens The following table 'shews in in virgo or libra, the sun must be what years the harvest-moons either in pisces or aries. Hence are inost
or least beneficial, it appears that the harvestfrom the year. 1817 to 1861. are just as regular in The columns of years under the south latitude as they are in letter L, are those in which the north latitude, only that they harvest-moons are least bene- happen at contrary times of the ficial-those marked M, shews year. when they are most beneficiał: the former falling nearest the descending node, the latter nearest the ascending node. Harvest-moons.
I need not inform your classi
cal readers of the ancient cele1817 1826 1835 1844 1853 brity of the Sortes Virgiliana ; 18181827 1836 1845 1854 .. which consisted in the practice 1819 1828 1837 1846 1855 of opening the works of Virgil 1820 1829 1838 1847 1856 at random, in any case, of diffi1821 1830 1839 1848 1857 culty or doubt, and extracting, 1822 1831 1840 1849 1858
from whatever verse first present1823 1832 1841 1850 1859 ed itself, a hint of advice or de1824 1833 1842 1851 1860
the matter in ques1825 1834 1843|1852)1861 tion ;-but I may be allowed to
express my regret, since this oraFarmers were better acquaint- cular authority of the Roman poet ed than astronomers, till within has fallen into disrepute, that no these few years, with the circum- unexceptionable substitute for it stances of the harvest-moon. has been established. This is the The first person, it is said, who more wonderful, as an ingenious attempted to account for this invention appeared among us, phenomenon was Mr. Johnson, about thirty or forty years ago, in his “ Questiones Philosophicæ. which seems to be very capable
* It is observable by the above, that the harvest-moon of this year, will be a beneficial one.
of being used to great advantage ner the case of the sufferers were in this view :-it was the ex- taken into consideration. pedient of reading the common King's Theatre, · Haymarket. newspapers crosswise, or across This evening for the first timethe whole breadth of the page, Publii Virgilii Maronis opera. without attending to the black The cold baths of Peerless strokes, which separate the Pool are now open—they are columns; and thus taking any water-proof, and universally altwo lines that may stand next lowed to be the warmest winter to each other on the same level, wear yet invented. and exhibiting them in apposition. A small whale was lately pickIn the present times, when per- ed up off the coast of Scotlandhaps an oracle is more wanted the coroner's jury returned a than ever it was, I propose to. verdict of “ Found drowned." revive this idea; as I have no The projected battle between doubt that the contrivance will Belcher and Crib is laid aside be found to place many points of it being feared that the parties importance or curiosity in a new might come to personalities. and satisfactory light. I beg, A new bank was lately opened leave to submit to you the result at N.B. No money to be reof my late inspections in this way, turned. and to recommend similar in- ' The Speaker's public dinpers vestigations to such of your will commence next week-adreaders as pursue the appropriate mittance three shillings, while branch of study.
the animals are feeding.
Criss Cross. His majesty the emperor of Weybridge, Sep. 12.
France, king of Italy, &c.—this
is supposed to be not his true Yesterday a violent thunder- name. storm-was bound over to keep Yesterday a young man was the peace for two years.
bit by a mad dog-bark was givThe pregnancy of Buonaparte's en him in large quantities. new wife is announced it was On Sunday was married, at discovered to have been per- St. George's church, Mr. petrated by a servant in the this is not his first offence. house.
A forged check was yesterday The new jail for the county presented at the house of Messrs. of is finished-none but
; the question was immedipersons of respectability will be ately put, “ that this bill do now admitted.
Lost on Sunday in Hyde Park Last week a flash of lightning a young pointer-he wears his struck a house-the villain is in own hair, and speaks French custody. fuently.
The learned judge then senThe principal partner in a great tenced Mr. Cobbett - he was porter-brewery-was sworn and most rapturously encored. took his seat as member for Ales- In the present scarcity of bury.
labourers to get in the harvestThe shooting-season having J. L. corn-cutter and toothcommenced yesterday-afterdin- drawer, offers his services.