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mind as gloomy as Spenser's Cave of [For the Year Book.]
Despair, his look had the power 10 banish
all. 'He presided, for many years previJohn Jacklin was “well liking," and ous to his death, over a society in Camwell known to Alma Mater as a shaver, bridge, calleil “The Sixteen," by which a poet, and an “odd fellow." Good he was dubbed “The Major”—below a huinor hung pendant on the very tip of whole length portrait of him, of which his tongue, and a thousand funny sen- the preceding is a copy, he is familiarly tences poured from his lips ; were your called “ The Major-part of Sixteen."
He died December 25, 1825, aged seventy years before his death, the gentlemen of four,“ respected, and lamented by all the University, by subscription, bought who knew him.” After his decease, the him a silver bason; and he was so famous, following biographic morceau was found that it was no light honor which enabled folded in an old song book, in his comb- a stranger to say, he had been shaved out drawer, and many of his quondam friends of “ Forster's bason." A striking likehope it may obtain a place in the Year nes3 was etched of him in full trim withBook.
out his hat; for, having lost the only one [Copy.)
he possessed, many years before he died, “ TO HIM to whom these presents he never wore one afterwards. The etchshall come Greeting. KNOW YE that ings are become scarce, or one would have John Jacklin, alias The Major, though accompanied the likeness of “ The Major." no pugilist, had every day a brush and
Nemo. set-to, and was frequently in the suds ; for he entered great men's houses, and sans Puff! Puff!! Puff!!! ceremonie took them by the nose, and cut off more of their hairs than any disease,
[To Mr. Hone.]
Sir, or entail. Bees never harmed him, though he handled the comb. He was a
Going the other erening into a hairstaunch Tory, and brought many a Wig ruted upon," or in plain speaking to have
dresser's shop to have my “cranium opeto the block : though a Sexaquarian, he was always daily at sweet “Sixteen," and
my hair cropped, I espied the enclosed although he sometimes met with great printed bill, or whatever else you may
call it, which I lierewith send for the men, he was always acknowledged as
amusement and edification of those " cog“THE MAJOR.
noscenti who will give their time to “ Uncle thought to do a favor,
peruse such a curious specimen of BomPut me 'prentice to a shaver ;
bastic Rodomontade.-I have seen a And from that hour I never yet
great variety of puffs, literary puffs, Could shave without a little wet.
lottery puffs, and quack's puffs; but this Wet my soap, and wet my brush, I
puff is of a very different description.'Gan to think about the lushy !
It is the puff sublime. Soap and self I often wetted,
“ From the sublime to the ridiculous there is Danc'd and sung, but never fretted :
but one step." Wet, I found, that all things suited,
[Copy.] Wct, and self, often saluted.
“THE GRAND STIMULI to the performance Fix'd at Cambridge 'mongst my betters,
of heroic achievements in the art of war Dunces, dandies, men of letters ! Here I found them thin and lusty,
are the distinguished honors conferred by Priests and laymen often thirsty.
a grateful country, and the hopes of imSoon I found them quick as razor,
mortality. Thus the Romans of old And quickly I was dubb’d The Major ! decreed the glory of a triumph while The tables I set in a roar,
living to their illustrious warriors, and When I entered “ four times four.” post mortem a place among the gods. The Snuff 'd the candles neat and pretty, Amor Patriæ is the noblest impulse of Smok'd my pipe, and sang my ditty
our nature, and, in this happy land of OLD 'Bout the Granchester, old miller
ENGLAND, the highest honors a beloved ''The Ghost,' and 'rusty sword to kill her!' Home brew'd ale both bright and gaily,
monarch can bestow are accessible to the
lowest of her citizens, and the man of Was my joy and comfort daily! Than drink bad ale, I had rather,
science who, in his particular profession; Quench'd my thirst in my own lather !
astonishes the world by the splendor of In social friendship—what a shiner! his genius, is stamped' by an admiring The Major never was The Minor!
people as a star of the first magnitude. A better creature never was, I'll bet a wager The preliminaries apply to that singular (Although I say it) than was
professor of his art, “ Camb. 1824." THE MAJOR.”
GILLINGWATER, Another Barber-Robert Forster, the “Cambridge Flying Barber,” diel at the INIMITABLE Hair CUTTER, end of the year 1799. During many years he was hair-dresser to Clare Hall, and an
Patent PerruQUIER, eccentric but honest fellow. He was al
85, lowed to be so dexterous in his profession, Long LANE, SMITHFIELD. and trimmed his friends so well, that soine Who, by a tact peculiarly his own, has
introduced a new era in the science of
CHRISTMAS WOLVES. Hair-cutting; he proves to demonstration Olaus Magnus, who was of pre-emithat the same modus operandi does not as- nence, termed “the Goth," and was similate to every head, but, by a union archbishop of Upsal, and metropolitan of of skill and anatomical knowledge of Sweden, relates in his History, that, at each particular countenance, he blends, the festival of Christmas, in the cold with a strict regard to fashion, the com- northern parts, there is a strange mutation manding aspect of personal figure. of men into animals. He says that, at a
“When this Colossus of HAIR-CUTTING certain place previously resolved upon established his head-quarters in Long-lane, amongst themselves, there is a gathering like the mighty CÆSAR, conscious of his of a huge multitude of wolves that are conquering powers, he exclaimed “VENI changed from men, who, during that VIDI, Vici," and he soon illustrated night, rage with such fierceness against the memorable expression, and such is mankind, and other creatures not fierce his influence, that the Minor Stars, with by nature, that the inhabitants of that which his neighbourhood is infested, are country suffer more hurt from them than hiding their diminished heads. Like the ever they do from true natural wolves, admirable CRIGHTON, GILLINGWATER for these human wolves attack houses, stands pre-eminently great. The Cog- labor to break down the doors that they NOSCENTI who have examined the prin- may destroy the inmates, and descend ciples upon which the Perruques are fab- into the cellars, where they drink out ricated, pronounce them a Cher D' whole tuns of beer or mead, leaving the Euvre of workmanship-indeed, they empty barrels heaped one upon another. form Elegantia ista; and the liberal And, if any man afterwards come to the method he pursues is so different from place where they have met, and his cart what is practised by petty shopkeepers, overturn, or be fall down in the snow, it that it must necessarily distinguish him. is believed he will die that year. And
“ Although his assortment is extensive, there is standing a wall of a certain consisting of all the shades of nature, he castle that was destroyed, which, at a set offers the only safe mode — that of time, these unnatural wolves come to, measuring the head. Upon this principle and exercise their agility in trying to leap the result is certain, and free of that over; and they that cannot leap over this mixture of color which is found in per- wall, as commonly the fat ones cannot, ruques kept in shops where a large stock are whipped by their captains : and, is boasted of. - His CHEVALIERS are moreover, it is believed that among them artists of high distinction, and exhibit are the great men and chief nobility of that polite attention, inseparable from a the land. And one skilled in the manner professional intercourse with polished of this great change of a natural man society, and form a Galaxy of com- into a brute, says, that it is effected by a manding talent.
man mumbling certain words, and drink“ Charge for cutting only sixpence."
ing a cup of ale to a man wolf, which, if
he accept the same, the man natural is N. B. For the information of those of admitted as worthy of the society of these your readers who are not yet initi- men wolves, and may change himself into ated into the exquisite language of this the form of a wolf by going into a secret “inimitable hair cutter,” by his che- cellar or private wood; and also he may put valiers," those “artists of such high dis- off his wolf's form, and resume his own, tinction," I believe he means his, his, his, at his pleasure.
Assistants — Apprentice being now And, for example, it is further related nearly obsolete.
by the archbishop Olaus, that a certain Edwin J. nobleman, while on a journey through
the woods, was benighted and hungry; MEMORANDA.
and it so fell out that among his servants
were some who had this faculty of becomAn indiscreet good action is little better ing wolves; one of these proposed that than a discreet mischief.—Bp. Hall. I had rather confess my ignorance than drew, and that they should not be sur
the rest should be quiet, while he withfalsely profess knowledge.--It is no shame prised to tumult by any thing they saw not to know all things, but it is a just in his absence ; and, so saying, he went shame to over-reach in any thing.--- Bp. into a thick wood, and there privily he Hall.
transformed himself, and came out as
wolf, and fell fiercely on a flock of sheep,
December 26. and caught one of them, and brought it to his companions, who, knowing the
ST, STEPHEN's Day. bringer thereof for their comrade, received
The day after Christmas day is always it gratefully; and he returned into the
observed as boxing day,” in places wood, as a wolf would, and came back again in his own shape as the nobleman's soliciting gifts under the denomination
where still lingers the decaying custom of servant; and so, of his skill, this lord and the rest had a supper, for they roasted
CHRISTMAS Boxes. the sheep
Gladly, the boy, with Christmas box in hand, Also, saith the archbishop, not many
'Thronghout the town, his devious rout pur
sues ; years since, it fell out in Livonia that a nobleman's wife disputed with one of
And of his master's customers implores
The yearly mite : often his casb he shakes; ber servants, whether men could turn
The which, perchance, of coppers few conthemselves into wolves, and the lady said
sists, they could not; but the servant said, Whose dulcet jingle fills his little soul with her permission, he would presently With joy as boundless as the debtor feels, show her an example of that business : When, from the bailiff's rude, uncivil gripe and forthwith he went alone into the His friends redeem him, and with pity fraught cellar, and presently after came forth in The claims of all his creditors discharge. the form of a wolf; and the dogs hunted
R. J. THORN. him through the fields into a wood, where he defended himself stoutly, but they bit out one of his eyes, and the next day he
(For the Year Book.] came with only one eye to his lady. In the hall of the Inner Temple, on Sl.
Lastly, the archbishop saith, it is yet Stephen's day, after the first course was fresh in memory how the duke of Prussia, served in, the constable marshal was wont giving little heed to such stories, yet re- to enter the hall bravely arrayed with a quired one who was reputed cunning in "fair, rich, compleat harneys, white, and this sorcery, to give proof of his art, and bright, and gilt, with a nest of fethers of the man changed himself into a wolf ac- all colours upon his crest or helm, and a cordingly; and the duke was then satis- gilt pole ax in his hand,”accompanied by fied, and caused the man to be burnt for the Lieutenant of the tower, “ armed with his idolatry.*
a fair white armour,” wearing like fethers
“with a like pole ax in his hand," and The true black Hellebore is called
with them sixteen trumpeters, four drums Christ's Herb or Christmas Herb, “and
and fifes going in rank before them, and that,” says Gerard, “ because it bloweth attended by four men in white “ harneys" about the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ." from the middle upwards, and halberds in
their hands, bearing on their shoulders a
model of the tower : which persons with In"the Phenix; or a Revival of scarce the drums and music went three times and valuable pieces, &c.” 2 vols. 8vo., round the fire. Then the constable marshal 1707, i. 14, there is a curious dissertation knelt down before the lord chancellor, entitled, “ Christ's Birth miss-tim'd, or a and behind him the lieutenant, and in this Resolution of the Right Honorable Lord humble guise, the former personage edified Carew's Question touching the true time the revellers with an oration of a quarter of the Conception and Birth of John of an hour's length, declaring that the Baptist, and also of our Saviour; proving purpose of his coming was to be admitted that Jesus Christ was not born in Decem- into his lordship's service, to which the ber.”
chancellor answered that he would " take farther advice therein."
Then the constable marshal standing December 25.-Day breaks 6 1 up, in submissive manner, delivered his Sun rises
8 7 naked sword to the steward, who pre
3 53 sented it to the chancellor, who thereupon Twilight ends
“ willed" the marshal to place the con
stable marshal in his seat, with the lieuOlaus Magnus, Hist, of the Goths, b. tenant also in his seat. During this 339.
ceremony " the tower" was placed be
neath the fire.” Next entered the master Let wassail and wine
While we quaff the rich juice right merrilie ; suit of satten, bearing in his hand a green
Let us drink till we die, bow and “divers," arrows “ with either of
When the saints we relie them a hunting horn about their necks,
Will mingle their songs with our revelrie." blowing together three blasts of venery.' After supper, which was served with These having strided round the fire thrice, like solemnity as on Christmas day, the the master of the game having made three constable marshal again presented himself
courtesies" knelt down before the lord with drums before him, mounted on a chancellor, and put up the same petition scaffold, horne by four men, and going as the constable marshal, the ranger of thrice round the hearth, he shouted "å the forest standing demurely behind him. lord ! a lord !" then descending from his At the conclusion of this ceremony, a
elevation, and having danced awhile, he huntsman came into the hall bearing a fox, called his court severally by name in a pursenet,* and a cat, both bound at the this manner :end of a staff, attended by nine or ten
“ Sir Francis Flatterer, of Fowleshurst, couples of hounds with the blowing of in the county of Buckingham.". hunting horns. Then were the fox and “Sir Randle Backabite, of Rascall cat set upon and killed by the dogs be- Hall, in the county of Rabchell." neath the fire, to the no small pleasure of “Sir Morgan Mumchance, of Much the spectators.”
Monkery, in the county of Mad Popery,' What this “
merry disport” signified (and others.) This done, the lord of (if practised) before the reformation, I misrule “ addressed” himself to the banknow not. In " Ane compendious boke quet, which, when ended with some of godly and spiritual songs, Edinburgh, "minstralsye,” mirth and dancing, every 1621, printed from an old copy,” are the
man departed to rest.
“At every mess, following lines, seemingly referring to
a pot of wine allowed: every repast was some such pageant :
On St. John's day (upon the morrow) The hunter is Christ that hunts in haist the lord of misrule was abroad by 70' The hunds are Peter and Pawle,
clock in the morning, and repairing to The paip is the fox, Rome is the Rox
the chambers he compelled any of his ofThat rubbis us on the gall.
ficers who were missing to attend him to Then proceeded the second course,
breakfast with brawn, &c.; "after breakwhich done, and served out, the common
fast ended, his lordship's power was in sergeant made a “plausible speech” to suspense, until his personal presence at the lord chancellor and his friends at the night, and then his power was most pohighest table, showing forth the necessity the “ diet and service" performed on St.
tent.” At dinner and supper was observed of having a marshal and master of the game, “ for the better reputation" of the Stephens day : after the second course was commonwealth, and wished them to be served, the king's sergeant “oratour like” received. This oration was seconded by declared the disorder of the constable the king's sergeant at law, which heard, marshal, and common sergeant; the latter —the "ancientest of the masters of the
of whom “ defended” himself and his revels” sang merrily with the assistance of companion “ with words of great effiothers there present.
cacy.” Hereto the king's servant replied, Only fancy the “ancientest of the mas
they rejoined, and whoso was found faulty ters of the revels ” chanting such stanzas
was sent to the tower. On the Thursday as the following,
following, the chancellor and company
partook of dinner of roast beef and veni. “ Bring hither the bowle
son pasties, and at supper of “ mutton The brimming brown bowle,
and hens roasted.” And quaff the rich juice right merrilie ;
J. F. R. Let the wine cup go round
Walworth, Oct, 1831.
HOB, OR NOB ? Pursenet, a net of which the mouth is Grose mentions the question, “ Will drawn together by a string. Johnson. you hob, or nob, with me?" as signifyins