Abbildungen der Seite

ham, has the original deed of the Grant.

A LADY's Song.
Father John Huddleston, a Benedictine
Monk of Lampspring in Germany, was

The wise man sees his winter close
Chaplain in the family of Mr. Whitgrave

Like evening on a summer day ; of Moseley in the county of Stafford,

Each age, he knows, its roses bears,

Its mournful moments and its gay. who was a principal contriver of king Charles's escape from the battle of Wor

Thus would I dwell with pleasing thought cester. My informant says—“The fa

Upon my spring of youthful pride ; mily of Huddleston is supposed to be

Yet, like the festive dancer, glad Saxon, and to trace five generations before

To rest in peace at eventide. the Conquest. The most ancient residence The gazing crowds proclaim'd me fair, was Huddleston in Yorkshire, from which

Ere, autumn-touch'd, my green leaves fell : place comes the name.- Nine brothers

And now they smile and call me good-of the Huddleston family are said to have

Perhaps I like that name as well. lost their lives in fighting for king On beauty bliss depends not; then Charles. Respecting the commotion, I

Why should I quarrel with old time? derive from the same source that “The

He marches on : how vain his power

With one whose heart is in its prime ! council took the part of lady Jane. The duke of Northumberland was their ge- Though now perhaps a little old, neral; he had his troops at Cambridge,

Yet still I love with youth to bide ; and the council promised to stand by him,

Nor grieve I if the gay coquettes but upon finding the lady Mary had

Seduce the gallants from my side. gone from New Hall, a palace of Henry And I can joy to see the nymphs VIII. in Essex, by Copt Hall and Saws

For fav’rite swains their chaplets twine, ton to Framlingham castle in Suffolk,

In gardens trim, and bowers so green, had been joined by the Suffolk men, and

With Aowerets sweet, and eglantine. had claimed the crown, they deserted him; I love to see a pair defy i. e. would not acknowledge he had acted

The noontide heat in yonder shade; under their authority. He therefore, to hear the village soug of love though he threw up his cap in the market Sweet echoing through the woodland glade. place and proclaimed the qneen, was be- I joy too (though the idle crew headed ; none of the Tudors being much

Mock somewhat at my lengthen'd tale,) given to mercy.”

To see how lays of ancient loves It is a singular proof of the tenacity

The listening circle round regale. with which the unlettered preserve oral They fancy time for them stands still, information that, at this day, the village And pity me my bairs of gray, dames tell how the queen escaped the fury And smile to hear how once ther sires of the mob, by quitting “the Hall,” in the

To me could kneeling homage pay. disguise of a milk-maid, with a pail on And I, too, smile, to gaze upon her arm. They say she had got a short These butterflies in youth elate, distance from the village, when her con- So heedless, sporting round the flame ductor requested her to look back and see

Where thousand such have met their fate. how her enemies had served Sawston-hall;

Comtesse Barbe de Verrue. the lady Mary turned her eyes and saw it in flames; she immediately promised that, if ever she was made queen of England, Sawston Hall should be rebuilt of stone,

September 5. and by that means defy the fury of the lawless element. Traditional report, how- 5th September, 1569, died Edmund ever seemingly vague and desultory, has Bonner. He was bishop of London in a connexion with fact.-The village now the reign of Henry VIII., but in 1549 presents

was deposed by king Edward VI. and

committed to the Marshalsea, whence he The joys of liberty and smiling Peace !

was released in 1559, and restored to the No doubt further interesting particulars see by queen Mary, during whose reign of this momentous era are capable of he exercised the office of an ecclesiastical being added, and your attention and that judge, condemned two hundred persons of your numerous literary friends is re- to the flames for their religion, and caused spectfully solicited to the subject. great numbers of others to suffer impriCambridge.

T. N. sonment. In his violent proceedings

against Richard Gibson, a gentleman, street, where she had lived by his bounty who, being surety for a debt, was im- nearly twenty years, Mrs. Anna Williams, prisoned in the Poultry Compter, Bonner who had long been deprived of her sight. required him to confess or deny whether, She published, in 1745, the “Life of if at liberty, he would go “in procession" Julian,” from the French of M. de la with others to his parish church upon Bleterie. In 1766, she published a volume appointed days, “bear a taper or a candle of “ Miscellanies in Prose and Verse," upon Candlemas-day, take ashes upon 4to. Dr. Johnson wrote several of the Ash Wednesday, bear palm upon Palm- pieces contained in the volume. She Sunday, creep to the cross upon days and was the daughter of Zachariah Williams, and times accustomed, receive and kiss who published a pamphlet printed in the pax, &c.” Bonner pronounced the English and Italian, intitled, “ An Acfatal sentence against him, and “he count of an Attempt to ascertain the valiantly underwent the cruel death of Longitude at Sea, by an exact Theory of burning in Smithfield.” About the same the Variation of the Magnetical Needle. time, Cardinal Pole, as legate, interposed With a table of Variations at the most between Bonner and two-and-twenty Col- memorable Cities in Europe, from the chester people, and saved their lives. year 1660 to 1680," 1755, 4to. The Bonner wrote to the Cardinal, “ that he English part of this work was written by thought to have had them all to Fulham, Dr. Johnson, the Italian by Mr. Baretti. and to have given sentence against them.” In Boswell's life of Johnson there are He whipped some of the victims of his interesting memorials of Johnson's kindjudicial character with his own hands. ness to Mrs. Williams, and her grateful In Fox's “ Acts and Monuments” there attachment to him. is a wood-cut of his inflicting this punishment on Thomas Henshawe. When the print was shown to Bonner, he laughed

Dr. Johnson's Man, “ FRANK." at it, saying, A vengeance on the fool, Francis Stewart was the son of a shophow could he get my picture drawn so keeper in Edinburgh. He was brought right?" He was commonly called "Bloody up io the law, and for several years emBonner.” On the accession of queen ployed as a writer in some of the princiElizabeth, this cruel man was finally dis- pal offices of Edinburgh. Being a man missed from the bishopric of London, of good natural parts, and given to literand again comunitted to the Marshalsea. ature, he frequently assisted in digesting He died in that prison, and was buried in and arranging MSS. for the press; and, St. George's church-yard in the borough.* among other employments of this sort, The following epigram was found at- he used to boast of assisting, or copying tached to his monument :

some of the juvenile productions of the If Heaven be pleased when sinners cease to afterwards celebrated Lord Kaimes, when sin,

he was very young, and a correspondent If Hell be pleased when sinners enter in, with the Edinburgh Magazine.' When If Earth be pleased when it hath lost a knave, he came to London he stuck more closely Then all are pleased! for Bonner's in his

to the press; and, in this walk of copying, grave.

or arranging for the press, he got recom, mended to Dr. Johnson, who then lived

in Gough-square. Frank was a great September 5.-Day breaks 3 17 admirer of the doctor, and upon all occaSun rises

5 21 sions consulted him; and the doctor had sets

6 39 also a very respectable opinion of his Twilight ends 8 43

amanuensis, Frank Stuart, as he always Bladder catchfly flowers the second time. familiarly called him. But it was not

only in collecting authorities that " Frank"

was employed; he was the man who did September 6.

every thing in the writing way for him, 6th September, 1783, died in her

and managed all affairs between the docseventy-eighth year, at the house of Dr.

tor, his bookseller, and his creditors, who Samuel Johnson, in Bolt-court, Fleet

were then often very troublesome, besides every species of business the doctor had

to do out of doors. For this he was much * Strype, Granger.

beiter qualified than the doctor himself,

h. m.

[ocr errors]


as he had been more accustomed to com. keeping the old copy, which was always mon business, and more conversant in returned to him with the proof, in a disthe “ ways of men.”

orderly manner. Besides this there was In another department, besides collecting another mode of accounting for it, which, authorities, Frank was remarkably useful to at that time, was very current in the Dr. Johnson; this was, in explanation of printing-house. In addition to his old low cant phrases, which the doctor used and constant assistant, Stuart, the Doctor to get Frank to give his explanation of first. had several others, some of them not of All words relating to gambling and card- the best characters; one of this class had playing, such as All-fours, Catch-honors, been lately discharged, whom the doctor Cribbage, &c., were, among the “ typos," had been very kind to, notwithstanding all said to be Frank's, corrected by the his loose and idle tricks; and it was gedoctor, for which he received a second nerally supposed that the rogue had fallen payment. At the time this happened upon the expedient of picking up the old Johnson's Dictionary was going on print- MS. to raise a few guineas, finding the ing very briskly in three departments, money so readily paid on the MS. as he letter D, G, and L, being at work upon delivered it. Upon the whole, every body at the same time; and the doctor was, was inclined to acquit the doctor, as he in the printing-house phrase, “ out of had been well known to have rather “too town,” that is, had received more money little thought about money matters." than he had produced MS.; for the pro- What served to complete the doctor's prietors restricted him in his payments, acquittal was, that, immediately on the and would answer no more demands from discovery, Frank supplied the quantum him than at the rate of a guinea for every of right copy (for it was ready); which sheet of MS. copy he delivered, which set every thing to rights, and that in the was paid him by Mr. Strahan on delivery; course of an hour or two. and the doctor readily agreed to this. Frank usually “spent his evenings” at The copy was written upon quarto post the Bible, in Shire Lane, a house of call paper, and in two columns each page. for bookbinders and printers ; where he The doctor wrote, in his own hand, the was in good esteem among some creditwords and their explanation, and gene- able neighbours that frequented the backrally two or three words in each column,

Except his fuddling, he was a leaving a space between each for the au- very worthy character ; yet his drinking thorities, which were pasted on as they and conviviality, he used to say, he left were collected by the different clerks or behind him at Edinburgh, where his inamanuenses employed. In this mode the timacy with some jovial wits and great MS. was so regular, that the sheets of card-players made his journey to London MS. which made a sheet of print could very prudent and necessary, as nothing

exactly ascertained. Every but such a measure could break off the guinea parcel caine after this agreement connexion. Before Frank determined on regularly tied up, and was put upon a quitting Edinburgh, he took some pains shelf in the corrector's room till wanted. to bring his companions to order and The MS. being then in great forwardness, good hours; and one of his efforts in this the doctor supplied copy faster than the way was his writing a song of four verses, printers called for it; and in one of the to the famous old tune of “Woe's my heaps of copy it happened that, upon heart that we should sunder;" every verse giving it out to the compositors, some concluded with a chorus line,“ Let's leave sheets of the old MS, that had been lang-jinks but never sunder."* printed off were found among the new In one of his Edinburgh night ramMS. paid for. This led to a charge against bles, Frank and his companions met with the doctor of having obtained double the mob-procession when they were conpayment for the same MS. copy. As ducting Captain Porteus 10 he hanged; the MS. was then in such a ready and and Frank and his companions were next forward state, it is but justice to the day examined about it before the towndoctor's character to say, that he does council, when, as he used to say, we were not appear to have been driven to his found to be too drunk to have had any hand shifts so much as to make use of this shabby trick to get three or four guineas, for the sum amounted to no more. It is * Langijinks is the name for lansquenet in probable that it happened by the doctor's Scotland among gamesters.


be very

h. m.




in the business." He gave an accurate and behind the Royal Exchange, to instrue: particular account of that memorable trans- how all persons may walk the streets action in the Edinburgh Magazine of that without dirting themselves in the worst time, which he was rather fond of re- or dirtiest weather." lating.

The “ Post Boy" from Thursday May 16 to Saturday May 18, 1723, in narrating

the execution of counsellor Layer fa September 6.—Day breaks 3 19 High Treason, says “ his head was carria Sun rises

5 23 to Newgate, in order to be parboiled a 6 37

affixed upon Teinple-bar this day.”—Ala Twilight ends

8 41 what Cookery! Large purple starwort flowers.

I am, &c., Currants nearly gone, unless preserved

I. under nets on walls, or under mats over standard trees.


[Advertisement from Walker's Birmingham September 7.

paper, Monday April 12th 1742, No 26.)

The LITCHFIELD AND BIRMINGHAN REMARKABLE ADVERTISEMENTS. Stage-Coach set out this inorning (Mos[To Mr. Hone]

day] from the Rose Inn at Holbour Edinburgh. June 1831.

bridge, London, and will be at the house 7 September 1820 is the date of the Chickens, in the high town, Birmingham,

of Mr.Francis Cox, the Angel and Hen and following advertisement in the “Edinburgh Evening Courant" of the 9th of on Wednesdaynext to dinner, and goes the that month :

same afternoon to Litchfield, and return

to Birmingham on Thursday morning “Tue Lamiters of Edinburgh and its day night, and so will continue ever

breakfast, and gets to London on Sate vicinity are respectfully informed, that a Festivalwill be celebrated by the READY

week regularly, with a good coach ani

able horses. TO-HALT-FRATERNITY, at M.Lean's Hotel, Prince's-street, on Thursday the 14th day of September inst.

A NOTED SURGEON. “ Dinner on the table at Five o'clock.

[From a Lancashire paper, about the year “All such Cripples and Lamiters as 1778.] wish to consociate and dine together will

ELLEN HAYTHORNTHWAITE, the wife give in their names at the Hotel, before the

of Robert Haythornthwaite, of Dicklin 14th inst. “ No procession.

green, near Whitewell, in the forest of

Bowland, Lancashire, is supposed to be “W. T. Secretary.

one of the best Surgeons in the country; Concerning the advertisement of “the she has performed several amazing cures, Lamiters ” I have made several enquiries, given up for incurable by the Whitworth the result of which show that it was a doctors, and others. mere quiz on the public.

As for Asthmas, Coughs, Fevers, and The following, equally curious, and of all internal disorders, she will not prescribe more value perhaps to your erudite Mis- a large quantity of drugs, and yet effectcellany, is copied from “ Parker's Lon- ually cure, it curable ; but as for burns

, don News, or the Impartial Intelligencer, scalds, fractured skulls, bruises, and all containing the most remarkable occur- external wounds, she will in a very rences Foreign and Domestic, 18th Jan. little time make a perfect cure, if they uary 1722"

come to her before they are mortified. « WHEREAS GENTLEMEN AND Gen- N. B. She will take nothing in hand if ILEWOMEN, in walking the streets in dirty she finds it incurable. slabby weather, very frequently incom

Her charges are also very moderate, mode their stockings and petticoats by twelve pence a week, if they the filth and nastiness thereof. There is She travels none abroad. a person who gives daily attendance from The following can testify of her excel9 to 3 in the afternoon, at the Hercules lent remedies, with many others too les in Nags-head-court in Bartholomew lane, dious to mention.

come to her.

John Langton, a lame hand.

have their wedding dinner in the gardens, James Dewhurst, ditto.

may be married in the said chapel withJames Parker, a fractured skull: his out giving any fee or reward whatsoever : brain was bare.

and such as do not keep their wedding Christopher Martin, lame leg.

dinner at the gardens, only five shillings Robert Parkinson, ditto.

will be demanded of them for all fees." William Livesey, ditto.

Many similar advertisements in old Richard Knowles, a lame arm, two newspapers show the facilities formerly years standing.

afforded to private marriages.


h. m.



BETROTHING CUSTOMS. [From a new Jersey Paper, 1821.] TO BE SOLD, on the 8th of July, one

Hand-fasting. hundred and thirty-one suits at law, the In 1794 the minister of Eskdalemuir, property of an eminent attorney about to in the county of Dumfries, mentions an retire from business. Note, the clients annual fair held time out of mind at the are rich and obstinate.

meeting of the Black and White Esks, [Note. Whether this is serious or sa- now entirely laid aside. At that fair it tirical I know not.]

was the custom for unmarried persons both sexes to choose a companion, according to their liking, with whom they

were to live till that time next year. This September 7.-Day breaks 3 22

was called “hand-fasting,” or hand in Sun rises

5 25

fist. If they were pleased with each 6 35

other at that time, then they continued Twilight ends 8 38

together for life: if not, they separated, Green gage plums in great plenty. and were free to make another choice as Peaches and nectarines abundant. at the first. The fruit of the connexion,

if there were any, was always attached to

the disaffected person. In later times, September 8.

when this part of the country belonged to

the Abhacy of Melrose, a priest, to whoin PRIVATE MARRIAGES.

they gave the name of " Book i'bosom," [For the Year Book.]

either because he carried in his bosom a

Bible, or perhaps a register of the mar

July 1831. The parsons of the old Fleet, and of riages, came from time to time to confirm

the marriages. May fair, were noted for their celebration

In the Isle of Portland, near Weyof 'private marriages; and it appears mouth, where the inhabitants seldom or that the village of Hampstead was not less remarkable for conveniences of that land, young women betroth themselves

never intermarry with any on the mainkind to couples who wished to increase

to lovers of the same place, and allow their happiness by a little air and exercise:

them the privileges of husbands, with the About the beginning of the last century there stood, near the Wells, a place certainty of being made wives the mo

ment that the consequences of their inticalled Sion chapel, which seems to have

macy become apparent. been the property of the keeper of the adjoining tavern, by the following adver- spot, to prevail in 1817, and was assured,

[This usage I ascertained, upon the tisement from a newspaper of 1716: it by respectable married females of the will be seen what temptations were held place, that only one instance of the enout to such parties as should keep their wedding dinner in his gardens.

gageinent not being fulfilled by a young

man had occurred within their memory, “8th September 1716.—Sion CHAPEL and in that case the offender was driven AT HAMPSTEAD, being a private and by the inhabitants with ignominy from pleasure place, many persons of the best the island. fashion have lately been married there. Now, as a minister is obliged constantly

Breaking a piece of Money. to attend, this is to give notice, that all It was anciently customary to break persons bringing a licence, and who shall piece of gold or silver in token of a verbal

W. H.]

« ZurückWeiter »