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ANECDOTES, &c.

DEAN SWIFT.

no more.

Your argument's weak, and so you will

find, Voltair related to Mr. Sher for you, by this rule, must adore all lock an anecdote of Swift. Lady mankind." Cateret, wife of the lord lieuten- Swift, in his lunacy, had lucid ant, said to Swift-" The air of intervals. In one of them, he Ireland is very excellent and was taken to Dublin park for the healthy." For God's sake, air. He there remarked a new madam,” said Swift, falling down building, and was told it was a on his knees before her, “ don't magazine for arms and powder, say so in England ; for, if you

for the security of the city. do, they will certainly tax it.'

“ 0,” said the dean, “ let me Swift having dined with a rich take an item of this.” He then miser, pronouced the following wrote the following linesgrace, after dinner.

“Behold a proof of Irish sense ; " Thanks for this miracle—it is no less

Here Irish wit is seen Than finding manna in the wilderness.

When nothing's left that's worth defence, In midst of famine we have found relief,

We build a magazine.”
And seen the wonder of a chine of beef :
Chimneys have smok'd that

And then put up his pocket-book,

never smok'd before;

laughing heartily at the conceit, And we have dined where we shall dine and finishing it with these

words -“ After the steed is He said that a man of wit is stolen, shut the stable door.” not incapable of business, but

This was the last effort of his above it. A sprightly generous expiring wit. horse is able to carry a packsaddle as well as an ass, but he is too good to be put to the drudgery. Sterne is said to have The accounts of this celebrated expressed the same excellent individual, which have found sentiment to the duke of New- their way into the papers

and castle; but its originality rests magazines since his death, are in with Swift.

many respects very inaccurate, There scarcely ever

The following has been furnished finer compliment paid to a lady, by a gentleman well acquainted than that which was addressed, with sir William and his family, by dean Swift, to a wife who was and its accuracy may be relied always praising her husband. on : “ You always are making a god of your born in November, 1738 ; his

« Sir William Herschel was spouse, But that neither reason nor conscience father being a musician, brought allows ;

up his four sons, of whom sir Perhaps you may think 'tis in gratitude William was the second, to the

due, And you adore him, because he adores

same profession, and placed him, you.

at the age of fourteen, in the

THE LATE SIR WILLIAM HERSCHEL.

was

a

band of the Hanoverian foot plied mathematics.“ The sublime guards. Unable, however, long views disclosed by the modern to endure the drudgery of such a astronomers had powerfully atsituation, and conscious of supe- tracted his attention ; and when rior proficiency in his art, he he read of the noble discoveries determined on quitting the regi- made by the telescope, he was ment, and seeking his fortune in seized with an irresistible desire England, where he arrived about to see, with his own eyes, the the end of the year 1757: Af- wonders he read of. Fortunately, ter struggling with great diffi- the price of an instrument caculties in London, he was en- pable of satisfying his curiosity gaged by the earl of Darlington, was beyond his means, and he to superintend and instruct a resolved to attempt the construcmilitary band then forming by tion of one for himself. In this that nobleman, in the county of arduous task, after encountering Durham, and the opening thus endless difficulties, he succeeded, afforded contributed so far to in- and, in 1774, first saw Saturn in crease his reputation and con- a five feet reflecting telescope, nections, as to induce him to made by his own hands. Enspend several years after the couraged by this success, he now termination of this engagement attempted larger telescopes, and in the neighbourhood of Leeds, soon completed a seven, a ten, Pontefract, Doncaster, &c. where and a twenty feet reflector, lahe had many scholars, and led bouring with such obstinacy as the public concerts, oratorios, to have actually finished no less &c.

than two hundred object mirrors " In 1766 he was chosen or- before he could satisfy himself ganist at Halifax, a situation he with the performance of one. soon after resigned for the more Astronomy now occupied so advantageous one of organist at much of his attention, that he the Octagon chapel at Bath. In began to limit his professional this great and gay resort of fa- engagements, and restrict the shion, his extraordinary musical number of his scholars. talents procured him ample em- ri About the latter end of 1779, ployment, and the direction of he commenced a regular review the public concerts, and his of the heavens, star by star, with private teaching produced him a à seven feet reflector, and havconsiderable income.

ing already continued this up« But, though fond, to enthu- wards of eighteen months, he siasm, of his profession, his ar- was at length rewarded, on the dent thirst for knowledge had thirteenth of March, 1781, with begun, for some time past, to the discovery of a new primary open a nobler field to his exer- planet, to which he afterwards tions. While at Halifax, he had gave the name of Georgium Sicommenced a course of mathe- dus, now more generally distinmatical reading, and in spite of guished by that of Uranus. the difficulty of such studies, ac- " In consequence of this mequired without assistance a con- morable discovery, the attention siderable familiarity with the of the scientific world became principles both of pure and ap- fixed upon him; and his laté majesty, with a promptitude of of that learned, body from the liberality which must ever be re- year 1782 to 1818. corded to his honour as a patron “In 17- be married Mary, of science, enabled him, by the widow of the late John Pitt, esq. settlement of a handsome salary, and the accession of domestic to discontinue his professional happiness he experienced from exertions, and devote the re- this union, while it testified the mainder of his life wholly to as- justice of his choice, contributed tronomy.

In

consequence of powerfully to cherish that calm this arrangement, Herschel im- , tranquillity of mind which is the mediately quitted Bath, and took native element of contemplative up his residence at Datchet, in philosophy, and the soil from the neighbourhood of Windsor, which its shoots rise most vigorwhere he was no sooner esta- ous and most secure. blished than he entered on a ca- “In 1816, his present majesty reer of discovery unexampled, was graciously pleased to confer perhaps, in the history of science. on him the decorations of the Having removed to Slough, he Guelphic order of knighthood. commenced the erection of a His astronomical observations telescope of yet larger dimen- were continued within a few sions than any before attempted, years of his death, till his declinwhich he completed in 1787, and ing strength, no longer keeping aided by this stupendous instru- pace with the activity of his mind, ment, and others of hardly infe- he sunk at length full of years rior power, extended his re- and glory, amidst the applause searches to every part of the hea of the world, and, what was far vens-penetrating into regions of dearer to him, the veneration of space, of a remoteness eluding his family, and the esteem and calculation and developing love of all who knew him. views of the construction of our Sir William Herschel has left own system and the universe, of one son, who, with is father's a daring sublimity, hardly more name, inherits his distinguished surprising than the strictness of talents. the induction on which they rest.

LAW AND Physic. - If thou “ In these observations and the study law or physic, endeavour to laborious calculations into which know both, and to need neither." they led, he was assisted through- In a conversation which a out by his excellent sister, Miss short time since took place upon Caroline Herschel, whose in- the wonderful and various apdefatigable and unhesitating de- plications of steam, an Irish genvotion in the performance of a tleman present, who had just task usually deemed incompatible arrived in England, suddenly exwith female habits, surpasses all claimed, “ It's quite entirely past eulogium. It is not our task to all belafe ; by the powers, I'll be trace the progress of these dis- no way surprised to find myself coveries, which were communi- going a hunting some morning cated, as they arose, to the royal on my own taykettle !" society, and form an important Villains are usually the worst part of the published transactions casuists, and rush into greater crimes to avoid less. Henry VIII. ly,“you are going to dun-Leary." committed murder to avoid the A wit having lost the election imputation of adultery; and in to a fellowship at college, our times, those who commit which was gained by a candidate the latter crime, attempt to wash of very inferior desertą" Well," off the stain of seducing the said he, “ Pope is rightWorth wife, by signifying their readi- makes a man ; the want of it the ness to shoot the husband. fellow.''

An Irishman in the patriot LUDICROUS ECLAIRCISSEMENT. service in South America writes --Scudery, returning from his to his friend in Boston :- We government of Notre Dame, with compel the two armies of royal- his sister, stopped one night at ists to run in different directions; Point Saint Esprit, and slept in a one we drive before us, while the two-bedded room. Before they other is close at our heels.” went to sleep, Scudery conversed

When lady Craven, of lively with his sister about the romance memory (afterwards margravine of Cyrus, which they were comof Anspach), first published her posing jointly. “What shall we "Travels through the Crimea and do,” says the brother, “ with Constantinople," a wit made an prince Mazare ?" “I think we extract from them under the fol-must poison him," replied the lowing abbreviated title, “ Lady sister. “ No,” rejoined the broCraven's Travels through Crim.- ther, “ I think we must keep the Con.

prince alive longer, as we have TREASON WITH A VENGEANCE. some business in hand for him Whitaker, in his History of Man- and it will be in our power to chester, relates that in an early kill him when we like.” During period of the English history, this conversation between the is two dogs suffered death for brother and sister about the fate assaulting one of the lions in the of prince Mazare, a merchant, Tower, on the principle of its who slept in another room adbeing treason against Royalty !" joining to them, and divided only

A PUN.-A few days since, a by a thin partition, had been learned lord (of punning noto- long listening to this discourse ; riety), when riding along the and assured that the parties were Rock-road met counsellor D-n. plotting the assassination of some After the usual salutations, his prince, arose from his bed, and ļordship enquired of the barris- went immediately to a magister, where he was going, in that trate, to unfold this dark scheme. direction? The counsellor re- Scudery and his sister were arplied, that a fellow, named rested, and carried prisoners to Leary, living in Kingstown (for- Paris, and summoned before the merly called Dunleary), had for court; who, hearing the ema long time_owed him thirty bryo romance given by the aupounds." -“ For which,” said his thors, dismissed the cause with a Iordship, interrupting him hasti- very hearty laugh.

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FROM BARRY O'Meara's work on

up to man, who is only the most perfect of them all. The same

spirit animates them all in Animals and Vegetables. greater or a lesser degree.” “ There is a link between ani- Blucher.-" Blucher,” said he, mals and the deity. Man,” added “ is a very brave soldier, un bon he, “ is merely a more perfect sabreur. He is like a bull who animal than the rest : he reasons shuts his eyes, and, seeing no better. But how do we know danger, rushes on. He committhat animals have not a language ted a thousand faults ; and had of their own ? My opinion is, it not been for circumstances, I that it is presumption in us to could repeatedly have made him say no, because we do not un- and the greater part of his army derstand them. A horse has me- prisoners. He is stubborn and mory, knowledge, and love: he indefatigable ; afraid of nothing, knows his master from the and very much attached to his servants, though the latter are country ; but, as a general, he is more constantly with him. I without talent. I recollect that, had a horse myself, who knew when I was in Prussia, he dined nie from any other person, and at my table after he had surrenmanifested, by capering and dered, and he was then consiproudly marching with his head dered. to be an ordinary chaerect, when I was on his back, racter." his knowledge that he bore a Alexander.-Asked his opinion person superior to the others by of the emperor Alexander, “ C'est whom he was surrounded. Nei- un homme extrêmement faux. Un ther would he allow any other Grec du bas empire," replied Naperson to mount him except one poleon. “ He is the only one of groom, who constantly took care the three who has any talent. of him; and, when rode by him, He is plausible, a great dissimuhis motions were far different, lator, very ambitious, and a man and such as seemed to say that who studies to make himself por he was conscious he bore an in- pular. It is his foible to believe ferior. When I lost my way, I himself skilled in the art of war; was accustomed to throw the and he likes nothing so well as bridle down his neck, and he al- to be complimented upon it, ways discovered it in places though every thing that origiwhere I, with all my observation nated with himself, relative to and boasted superior knowledge, military operations, was ill-judgcould not. Who can deny the ed and absurd. At Tilsit, Alexsagacity of dogs ? There is a ander and the king of Prussia link between all animals. Plants used frequently to occupy themare so many animals who eat and selves in contriving dresses for drink, and there are gradations dragoons ; debating upon what

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