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town, and honored the Opera House with The day concluded by a brilliant protheir presence in the evening.
menade of beauty, rank, and fashion, on The profit arising from the salt col. Windsor Terrace, enlivened by the perlected, according to account, amounted to formance of several bands of music, above £800.
The origin of the procession is from The stadtholder, the duke of Gordon, the custom by which the manor was held. lord and lady Melbourne, viscount The custom of hunting the ram be. Brome, and a numerous train of fashion- longed to Eton College, as well as the able nobility were present.
custom of Salt; but it was discontinued The following is an account of their by Dr. Cook, late dean of Ely. Now dresses, made, as usual, very handsomely, this custom we know to have been entered by Mrs. Snow, milliner, of Windsor :- on the register of the royal abbey of Bee, in
Mr. Ford, captain, with eight gentle Normandy, as one belonging to the manor men to attend him as servitors.
of East or Great Wrotham, in Norfolk. Mr. Serjeant, marechal.
When the harvest was finished, the tenants Mr. Brandrith, colonel.
were to have halfan acre of barley,and a ram Mr. Plumtree, * lieutenant.
let loose, and, if they caught him, he was Mr. Vince, ensign.
their own to make merry with, but if he Mr. Young, college salt bearer, white escaped from them, he was the lord's. The and gold dress, rich satin bag, covered Etonians, in order to secure the ram, with gold nettiog.
houghed him in the Irish fashion, and Mr. Mansfield, oppident, white, purple, then attacked him with great clubs. The and orange dress, trimmed with silver; rich cruelty of this proceeding brought it into satin bag, purple and silver, each carry- disuse, and now it exists no longer.-See ing elegant poles with gold and silver cord. Register of the Royal Abbey of Bee, folio
Mr. Keity, yellow and black velvet, 58. helmet trimmed with silver.
The article in the Courier concludes Mr. Bartelot, plain mantle and sandals, with this statement-“ After the dissolu. Scotch bonnet, a very Douglas.
tion of the alien priories, in 1414, by the Mr. Knapp, † Aesh-color and blue; parliament of Leicester, they remained in Spanish hat and feathers.
the crown till Henry VI., who gave WroMr. Ripley, rose-color; helmet. tham manor to Eton College; and if the
Mr. Islip (being in mourning), a scarf; Eton fellows would search, they would, helmet, black velvet; and white satin. perhaps, find the manor, in their posses
Mr. Tomkins, violet and silver; helmet. sion, that was held by the custom of Salt."
Mr. Thackery, lilac and silver; Roman The Courier narrative differs but in a cap.
very slight degree (and that almost enMr. Drury, Mazarin blue; fancy cap. tirely on account of the different reign in Mr. Davis, slate-color and straw. which the Montem described in the Mr. Routh, pink and silver; Spanish hat. “ Courier" took place) from the descripMr. Curtis, purple; fancy cap. tion which I have already furnished. Mr. Lloyd, blue; ditto.
Thirty years have elapsed between that At the conclusion of the ceremony, the Montem and the last, another thirty years royal family returned to Windsor, and the may find it extinct, or deprived of all its boys were all sumptuously entertained at present splendor. the tavern, at Salt Hill . About six in the April, 1831.
PILGARLICK. evening, all the boys returned in the order of procession, and, marching round
h. m. the great square of Eton, were dismissed. May 12.-Day breaks 1 27 The captain then paid his respects to the
4 19 royal family, at the queen's lodge, Wind
7 41 sor, previous to his departure for king's
Twilight ends . 10 33 college, Cambridge, to defray which ex- German Flower de Luce flowers. pense the produce of the Montem was Pale piony flowers; in a few days it is presented to him.
succeeded by the common crimson va
riety; but the pale retains its petals Afterwards a master, and at present longer. a fellow of Eton.--Pil.
Scentless hesperis flowers. † At present second master of Eton, baving Motherwort '(II ESPERIS MATKINALIS) succeeded Mr. Yonge, 1830.--Pil.
If hawking were fashionable, May would According to the reverend Mr. Chafin, be a busy season with lovers of the diver- although falconry had such a despotic sion. Ii was the most predominant rural sway for many ages, it is now a question amusement for many ages, and followed whether there is one reclaimed foreign by all the gentry of the country at a great hawk in the western part of the kingdom; expense. There were large tracts of land but there may be a few English hawks in and near Cranbourne chase, called annually trained in the neighbourhood of “ Hawking Downs,” which were covered Bridport, in Dorsetshire, for the taking of with gorse and fern, and resorted to by land-rails in the hemp and flax fields near pheasants and partridges. The bordering that town, in which, during some seasons, woods produced woodcocks; these, when they are very plentiful. disturbed from the woods, came to “a flight” for the hawks, in the open glades, and showed great sport.
W. Tregonwell Frampton, Esq., seems The amusement was carried to such a to have been, about the year 1670, the height, that no gentleman could be com- most active pursuer of this diversion in pletely dressed for company without the west of England. He was a gentlehaving a glove on his left hand, and a man of family and fortune in Dorsetshire, hawk sitting on it. He who bore his and generally resided there ; but he had hawk in the most graceful manner was a house also at Newmarket, and was a deemed the most accomplished cavalier; person of great notoriety on the turk and, to please the ladies, it was the prac- there. We had race-horses in training, tice to play flirting tricks with the plumes and regularly attended all the race meetof the hawks, at the same time, and in ings, carrying with him several casts of like manner, as the ladies did with their fine hawks, for the diversion of his nufans.
merous associates. Vol. 1.-20.
Is she not sprung of April's wayward race,
The sickly daughter of th' unripen'd year! THE TEARS OF OLD May Day.
With show'rs and sunshine in her fickle eyes, Led by the jocund train of vernal hours,
With hollow smiles proclaiming treach'rous And vernal airs, uprose the gentle May; Blushing she and blushing rose the flowers
With blushes harb'ring in their thin disguise, rose, That sprung spontaneous in her genial ray.
The blast that riots on the spring's increase.
LOGAN. Her looks with heav'n's ambrosial dews were brigbt,
h, m. An dam'rous zephyrs flutter*d in her breast:
May 13.-Day breaks 1 23 With every shining gleam of morning light
4 17 The colors shifted of her rainbow vest.
7 43 Imperial ensigns grac'd her smiling form, A golden key, and golden wand, she bore ;
Twilight ends 10 37 This charms to peace each sullen eastern storm,
The corncrake, or landrail, heard by And that unlocks the summer's copious store.
night, when sitting among the long grass Onward, in conscious majesty, she came,
Its harsh frequently repeated The grateful honors of mankind to taste ;
note, resembling the grating of a key To gather fairest wreaths of future fame,
against a piece of notched wood, may be And blend fresh triumphs with her glories so clearly imitated, that the bird itself past.
will mistake it for the cry of one of its Vain hope! No more in choral bands unito species.
Her virgin votaries, and at early dawn, Sacred 10 May, and Love's mysterious rite, Brush the light dewdrops from the span.
May 14. gled lawn.
In the parish of Logierait, Perthshire, To her no more Augustaʼst wealthy pride and in the neighbourhood, a variety of
Pours the full tribute of Petosi's mine; superstititious practices still prevail Nor fresh blown garlands village maids provide, among the vulgar, which may be in part the A purer off’ring at her rustic shrine.
remains of ancient idolatry, or of the corNo more the Maypole’s verdant height around rupted christianity of the Romish church; To valour's games th' ambitious youth ad.
and partly, perhaps, the result of the vance ;
natural hopes and fears of the human No merry bells, and tabors sprightlier sound
mind, in a state of simplicity and ignoWake the loud carol, and the sportive dance. Ah me! for now a younger rival claims Lucky and unlucky days are by many
My ravish'd honors, and to her belong My choral dances, and victorious games,
anxiously observed. That day of the To her my garlands and triumphal song.
week on which the fourteenth of May O say, what yet untasted bounties flow,
happens to fall, for instance, is deemed What purer joys await her gentler reigu ?
unlucky through all the remainder of the Do lilies fairer, vi'lets sweeter blow ?
year ; none marry or begin any serious And warbles Philomel a sweeter strain ?
business upon it.
None choose to marry in Januaryor May, Do morning suns in ruddier glory rise ? Does ev'ning fan her with serener gales ?
or to have their banns proclaimed in the Do clouds drop fatness from the wealthier
end of one quarter of the year and marry skies,
in the beginning of the next. Or wantons plenty in her happier vales ? Some things are to be done before the Ah! no; the blunted beams of morning light
full moon; others after. Skirt the pale orient with uncertain day;
In fevers, the illness is expected to be And Cynthia, riding on the ear of night,
more severe on Sunday than on other days Through clouds embattled faintly wins her of the week; if easier on Sunday, a reway.
lapse is feared. Palc immature, the blighted verdure springs,
'Immediately before the celebration of Nor mountain juices feed the swelling flow'r, the marriage ceremony, every knot about Mute all the groves, nor Philomela sings, the bride and bridegroom (garters, shoe
When silence listens at the midnight hour. strings, strings of petticoats, &c. &c.) is Nor wonder man that nature's bashful face, carefully loosened After leaving the And op'ning charms her rude embraces fear; church ihe company walk round it,
ing the church walls always upon the Allading to the custom of gathering May-dew. right hand. The bridegrooin, however,
+ The plate Garlands of London,
first retires one way with some young ceeded against in that kind.” To the men, to tie the knots which were loosed grand jury of Middlesex in May 1736, he about him; while the young married began his charge: “I dare venture to woman, in the same manner, retires else- affirm, Gentlemen, on my own knowledge, where to adjust the disorder of her dress. that England never was so happy both at : When a child was baptised privately, home and abroad as it now is.' At a trial it was not long since customary to put at Derby, about a small spot of ground, the child upon a clean basket, having a been a garden, an old woman, a witness cloth previously spread over it, with bread for the defendant, deposed, there never and cheese put into the cloth; and thus had been a flower grown there since Adam to move the basket three times succes- was created. “Turn the witness away," sively round the iron crook, which hangs said this arbiter of law and language. It over the fire from the roof of the house, was said of him, that he was a judge for the purpose of supporting the pot without mercy and a gentleman without when waier is boiled, or victuals are pre- manners.” He rendered his name odious pared. This might anciently be intended by a dreadful severity. He endeavoured to counteract the malignant arts which to convict, that he might have the luxury witches and evil spirits were imagined to of condemning; and was called, in conpractice against new born infants.
sequence, “the hanging judge." He inSuch is the picture of the superstitions dulged in making doggerel lines upon of Logierait, as drawn twenty-five years those he knew. In a cause at Dorchester, ago.
treating one King, a rhyming thatcher, with his usual rigor, the man retorted
after the trial was over, May 14.-Day breaks. 1 19
God, in his rage,
Made a Judge Page.
He was the judge who tried Savage, the Twilight ends 10 41 The swift, or black martin, begins to
poet, on a charge of murder, and was so
anxious to convict him, that he was afterarrive abundantly, and resort to its old
wards brought to confess that he had been particularly
severe. When phthisicky and May 15.
decrepid, as he passed along from court, In May, 1718, Sir Francis Page, a re
a 'gentleman enquired particularly of the markable legal character, was created a
state of his health. “My dear Sir, you baron of the Exchequer. He was the son
see I keep hanging on, hanging on.” of the vicar of Bloxham, in Oxfordshire, This disgrace to the bench outlived all and bred to the law, but possessing, few
his ermined brethren, and died, unlarequisites for the profession, he pushed his
mented in December, 1741, at the age of interest by writing, political pamphlets
, 80. Mr. Noble
heard, when a boy, some which were received with attention in the very severe lines that had been placed proper quarters, so that he was called to
upon his monument, which his relatives the coif, in 1704, and became king's ser
greatly resented. jeant in 1714-15. He was made a Justice of the Common Pleas in 1726; and in the following year a justice of the King's May 15.-Day breaks 1 15 Bench. His language was mean and tau
4 14 tologus. In a charge to the grand jury at
7 46 the assizes, he said “Gentlemen of the
Twilight ends 10 45 jury, you ought to enquire after recusants
Great star of Bethlehem Aowers. in that kind, and such as do not frequent
Cockchaffer appears. the church in that kind ; but, above all, such as haunt ale-houses in that kind;
May 16. drunkards and blasphemers in that kind, and all notorious offenders in that kind,
THE SEASON. are to be presented in that kind, and, as
Each morning, now, the weeders meet the laws in that kind direct, must be pro- To cut the thistle from the wheat,
And ruin, in the sunny hours, Communicated by a juvenile correspon
Full many a wild weed with its flowers ;
Corn-poppies, that in crimson dwell, dent, J. W., from Arlis's Pocket Magazine, Call’d“ Head-achs," from their sickly smell;
And charlocks, yellow as the sun,
Columbine (Aquilegia vulgaris) flowers That o'er the May-fjelds quickly run; in gardens : there are other species which And “ Iron-weed," content to share
also flower. The true wild columbine The meanest spot that Spring can spare. has blue flowers, which are occasionally
varied with white; but the garden sorts are dark puce, or purple, or lilac, and
shew many varities. May 16.—Day breaks 1 10 Sun rises
4 13 sets
7 47 Twilight ends 10 50
May 18, Yellow star of Bethlehem begins to
May 18, 1732, the Rev. John Lawrence flower.
M. A., prebendary of Salisbury, died at The purple star of Jerusalem flowers Bishops Wearmouth, Durham. He exin gardens. The general flowering of celled in the art of gardening, and partithese two plants is in June.
cularly in the cultivation of fruit-trees, and published a “ new system of agricul
ture," and a “complete body of husMay 17.
bandry and gardening." His fine collec
tion of trees, which is said to have yielded May 17, 1823, as a country woman,
fruit not inferior to that from the orchards with her market-basket on her arm, was
of Languedoc. Naturally hospitable and admiring "a bit of finery,” in a draper's benevolent, he had great pleasure in prewindow, at York, her partner in life came
senting a rich dessert to his friends. “I up without being noticed by her, and, per- do not know,” says the Rev. Mark Noble, ceiving her intense gaze at what she
“a more pleasing or healthful occupation, could not purchase, he secretly abstracted
than agriculture and gardening-occupaa handkerchief from her basket, and went
tions so compatible with the life of a rural his way in joyful anticipation of his wife's clergyman. Mr. Lawrence wisely revexation upon her discovering its absence marks of gardening, that it is the most Unluckily for the joker, a gentleman, wholesome exercise, being ad ruborem non to whom the parties were strangers, ob ad sudorem. It is such an exercise as stuserved the trick, and directed a constable dious men require; less violent than the to secure the villain. The robber was sports of the field, and more so than fisbseized on the pavement and instantly car
ing. It is, in fine, the bappy medium." ried before a magistrate. In the mean Millar, who superseded his labors, lived time the unsuspecting woman was inform in days of greater experience, in the cened of her loss and hurried away to iden
tre of general knowledge, and his sole octify the luckless handkerchief.---She did cupation was horticulture : Mr. Lawrence so—il was her own—the very one which was a plain country clergyman, who, from she had been deprived of, and, turning love of retirement and rural occupation, with honest indignation to look at the mainly contributed to raise gardening into thief, she exclaimed with astonishment and
estimation. Yet he did not give more fear, “Oh lawks !-gentlemen, its mah
time to his fields and gardens than he husband !" The arm of law was para
could properly spare from his public lysed. The prisoner was the robber of duties. He wrote several tracts to enforce his own property,—the magistrate laughed, the obligations and practice of religion the gentleman and the constable laughed and virtue. and, the charge being laughingly dismissed, the liberated husband and his
h. m. artless wife posted away to tell their vil- May 18. Day breaks
0 57 lage neighbours what awful things had
4 10 happened to them at York.
7 50 Twilight ends
11 3 Wall hawkweed flowers.
Mouse-ear bawkweed becomes comMay 17.-Day breaks
4 Sun rises
4 11 Cats-ear flowers. sets
7 49 The goatsucker arrives, and its jarring Twilight ends 10 56 noise heard by night.