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was in your debt on that score; but his this earth, there could be no return to it. overbearing disposition, and his love ty. And, I said to myself, who am I that I rannized over him; he was not master should suppose I am become an object of himself, and your last refusal to see of Almighty vengeance? Though He him certainly hastened his end. When might judge proper in his wisdom to dishis servant returned with the message, cover, by some alteration of the usual exactly at half an hour past ten o'clock, progress of nature, either his wrath or his (for he counted every minute as it passed beneficence, and thereby sbew that the after he had sent him to your house,) and race of man is the object of bis care; yet told him that you were positively deterthat any individual of mankind, who, mined never to see him more, he re. compared to the whole of the human mained silent for a minute or two, then, race, is but as a grain of sand to this taking me by the hand, he pressed it in globe of earth which we inhabit, should an ayony which alarmed me, pronouncing become the marked victim of luis cbas. these words at the same time, Oh the tisement, seems neither probable nor con. cruel woman! She shall suffer for this sistent. Let us praise him, let us merit gefusal. I will haunt her as long after his divine protection, and let us not be death as I have followed her whilst living" presumptuous, I endeavoured to soothe him, but he was Reasoning in this manner, scrutinizing no more."
into my own conscience, and finding I believe, my dear friend, I need not nothing in whatever had bappened that tell you what I felt when the old gentle could tend either to my edification or woman pronounced these last words; the correction, I have been inclined to thinks correspondence betwixt them and the the whole of what I have related to be noises I had so repeatedly been tormented the effects of chance. I know not the with, instantly rushed upon my inind, nature of chance; but this I can venture and filled me with terror and astonish- to believe, that what is so termed, bas ment. I at first imagined that all the the greatest influence over all that is powers of Heaven and Hell had com passing in this world. bined to render my life wretched; but You are now released. This is the the quiet I afterwards experienced, and whole of my history, and of my obsertime, with the aid of reason and reflection, vations on it. Make what use of them restored calmness to my breast. I you please. If it be your intentions to thought within myself, that, as the course communicate this letter to any one, I of things continued to be always the same beg of you only, in that case, to use the in the universe, so was it not possible initial of the name; I have sent it to you that a dead body should be restored to at length, that you may judge by such life; that, as the existence of a God was confidence, as well as by the labour discoverable in every thing around us, which this letter has cost me in penning, he must be just and merciful; and, that under my present weakness of body and syhen He, in his appointed time, thought inind, the perfect attachment and very proper to sumunon any living soul to quit high esteem, with which I am, &c.
Extracts from the Portfolio of a Man of Letters.
DON QUIXOTE'S DINNER. bones, the flesh was salted and preserved YN the first page of the History of Don for culinary use; and broth was made of
I Quixote, it is said, that on Saturdays the broken bones. Iu allusion to the the Don's dinner consisted of. duelos y painful recollection of the loss of part of quebrantos.' Shelton (the first English Their flocks, the sorrow it occasioned, and translator) calls it collops and Eggs:' the breaking of the bones, such food was all the other translators say, 'griefs and called--duelos y quebrantos; sorrows groans;' "gripes and grumblings.' Pels and breakings. Jicer has thus explained the meaning, in
EMANUEL SWEDENBORG. a rote:
Among the author's buried in London ! It was customary in some parts of occurs the name of Emanuel Swedenborg, La Mancha, for the shepherds to convey the pious visionary. His early life had to their masters' houses, the carcases of nothing of insanity. He was born at the sheep or cattle which have died Stockholm, the 29th of January, 1688, during the week, After taking out the and was the second son of Jaspar Swed
berg, the bishop of Scara. He studied master. Swedenborg died in London on át Upsal, read eagerly the Latin poets, the 24th of September, 1771: there are applied much to mathematics, and, on spirits, said he on his death-bed, I can leaving college, travelled in Germany, see them, and I have seen them. Holland, and France. After his return
APHORISMS OF CLAUDIUS. home he applied to literature, and pub. To do nothing bad is good; to wish nolished in 1716 his Dedalus hyperboreus, thing bad is better. which treats of weights, measures, by- Be what you wish to be thought. drostatics, and mining. This occasioned A boaster is, like a painted sword, unhis introduction to Count Pelbem, the fit for use. minister of Charles XII, for the commer- Happy who begets mortal children; cial department, from whom the young happier who begets inmortal children, author obtained the appointment of as the children of the brain. sessor to the board of trade. In 1718 he Promise little, perform much. Leave was einployed as engineer in the siege of nothing half done. Friedericshall, and with great skill accom- The nobility of horses consists in the plished the removal, on cylinders, over perfections of the body; the nobility of Tand, of five ships, and three smaller ves. men in those of the mind. sels, which were transported from the
COSMOGONY. haven of Stromstadt into the fresh water Theories of cosmogony are probable in at Ida-fial; and for this service he was the inverse ratio of their antiquity. The ennobled in 1719, his name being the more observations are progressively made first changed froin Swedberg into Swe- on the migration of the sea, on the strucdenborg. A professorship at Upsal was ture of continents, and on the revelations offered to him in 1794, when he became of vulcanoes, the more practicable it must a meinber of the philosophical society become to draw crustworthy inferences, there; but he preferred contemplative to relative to the history and nature of those active life. In 1743 he collected his changes, which the earth underwent, Opera Philosophica, and also his Minera. previous to the records of its human inlia. Already at this period bis attention habitants. Universal history should bewas principally absorbed by those internal gin, not with the oldest, but with the apparitions, which are so circumstantially newest, cosmogony approved in the phidescribed in his various religious reveries. losophic schools. Some of them are said to have related 10
LONGEVITY. distant and to future events, and to have Mrs. Bowles, widow, of West Years. Died. been marvellously realised-such as the Hannay, Berks. .. 124 1749 prophecy of a fire at Copenhagen. A Roger Brooks, of Halifax, Yorkstory is current, that, while passing
.. :: 133 1568 through Holland, on his way to London, John Brookey; of Broadrush Com. he retired by himself into the state-room
mon, Devon. .. .. of a Dutch trekschuit, spread his bible,
Mrs. Clum, near Lichfield, who
lived 103 years in one house and bolted the door.
133 The other passen.
Thomas Damm, of Leighton, gers bad preferred the deck, which is in
Cheshire . deed a plaee at half price. A shower William Edwards, of Carew, near came on. The outside passengers now Cardiff
in .. 168 1668 requested a temporary admission into the William Ellis, of Liverpool 130 1780 cabin. The rooin is full, answered Swe. Mr. Fairbrother, of Wigan, Landenborg. The captain of the vessel ex. cashire
.. 138 1770 postulated. We are thirteen here, I tell James Forthorn, of Granada 167 1773 you, said Swedenbory solemnly, Christ Peter Gardner, of Aucherness, and I, and the eleven faithful apostles:
131 1775 The passengers laughed, and took shelter Ganner Fychan, of Merioneth
140 1686 as they could. On landing, Swedenborg
Frederic Harp, Cumberland 190 1792 inquired what was to pay? Thirteen
120 1774 florins, said the captain. I thought the
Henry Jenkins, of Yorkshire 169 1670 fare had been but one flurin, replied William Leland, of Ireland 139 1733 Swedenborg. But there's you and Christ,
J. Macfinery, of ditto!
143 1773 said the captain, and the eleven faithful Mr. Morat, of Dumfries. 136 1776 apostles. Swedenborg paid the thirteen Mr. John Mount, of ditto . 136 1776 pieces of money with devout composure, Thomas Newman, of Brislington, and seemed as happy as St. Peter when near Bristol .. .. 152 1542 bidden to discbarge the tribute for his Roderic O'Connor, the last Irish
monarch, his age not exactly Years. Died. moving any of its nakedness through the
known, but supposed .. 150 1193 various recent holes. Robert Parr, of Salop
124 1757 Might not some paste be employed, Thomas Parr, of ditto ..
152 1635 which wet would not soften? I questiSt. Patrick, first bishop of Ireland 122 1491
oned my shoemaker; but he said, that Margaret Patten, of Scotland 136 1737
pastes, whose basis is pitcb, have been Mr. Robertson, of Hopetoun
tried; and that these become soft and Hall, near Edinburgh .. 137 1793
slippy in hot weather, and are besides Jane Scrimshaw, died in a workhouse near Tower-hill .. 127 1711
odorous, and apt to spot the stocking. George Stanley, Salisbury 151 1719
My inference is, that science has yet to Mr. Tice, Hagley, Worcestershire 195 1774 invent a good shoemaker's paste, Peter William Wakeley, of Shropshire 121 1714 Camper wrote eighty pages on shoes, and Mrs. Yates, of ditto in 126 1776 omitted this topic. of these thirty persons, Scotland pro.
NEWTON'S MILTON. duces four; Ireland, four; Wales, iwo;
« What an edition of Milton, says
sneeringly, Mr. Maty, in his Review, and England nineteen.
(vol. ii. p. 168,) is that of Bishop New. SHOEMAKER'S PASTE.
ton; and what an edition might be made Having paid ten shillings for a pair of by 'a man really conversant in Italian 'new shoes,, lined with yellow moroeco, I and Greek literature !" was eager to hansel my purchase, and. In fact, the merit of Bishop Newton's put them on the next day. Unluckily, publication chiefly consists in the stately the weather was wet, and the street typography. The best editions of the sloppy. Either through the nail-holes, poets are those made by contribution, or the creases of the seams, the wet got with variorum potes, as they are called. underneath the inner yellow heel-piece, One reader detects this imitation or alsoftened the paste with which it was at- Jusion, another that; and, by clubbing tached, and then the motion of walking their observations, thie stock of an au. soon occasioned it to slip froin its place, thor's cellar can best be traced and deto ruck, and to cockle. My walk was fined. not a short one: the wales of the leather proiect of the late Mr. George Bure hurt my heel, and I was soon obliged to nett, who has given so excellent an epi. take off my shoes, to strip out the mo- tomé of Milton's prose works, was to rocco heel-pieces, and to throw these open in some periodic publication, a away. Now the pegs, and other rough head of Illustrations of Milton's poetry. nesses of the sole became sensible, and It will take nine readers, he jocosely oh. so effectually chafed and filed my stock served, to analyze one such writer; but ings to Jint, that it required some ma- the analysis of excellence teaches the nagement of the foot, not to exhibit in synthesis.
A TALE OF WONDER. " NOW that I've got my beads and cross,
W My candle, book, and bell; Up the long aisle my steps attend, In order walk, together bend,
You ringers, slack the knell. 6. The church, methinks, is wond'rous dim,
The tapers strangely blue; I scarce shall see to do my task, For our lost sister mercy ask,
And read the service thro'. 4 Carry the torches on before
To guide our black parade; Beside St. Patrick's statue halt, You'll see the sexton at the vault;
'Tis there the grave is made. (Now, bearers, lift the corse again ;
Slow be your noiseless way; If all the mourners are come in, The clerk his dirges may begio;
The body to the clay."
" Sir priest, we dare not touch the bier,
Squat on the sable pall
His grinning scares us all."
Nor mock a christian throng;
Thou canst not tarry long."
To shudder at a prayer;
His presence should not scare.
Until I've got my prey i
&* I know that here a witch's corse
Awaits her burial scill;
And wrote her pious will. « She hath endow'd Saint Patrick's churck
With all her worldly store; Three chains with holy water wet, With aves blest, with reliquas set,
Confine her from thy power." « Know the Redeemer's blood was shed
For holy folks alone; Your unctions are no salve for vice, Who sell their souls must pay the price,
Their guilt he can't atone. « This parchment made of baby skin,
Drown'd by the mother's hand, Contains a contract writ in Blood, For everlasting ages good :
My purchase I demand. “No baptism on the tiny skull
By holy hands was shed; 'Twas lost for better or for worse, In limbo pent it pules a curse
Against its mother's head. < Her infant's skin I show to thee;
She took its life away. . . For muttering backwards the whole ereed, Her from the noose of death I freed,
And noos'd her soul for aye.”
The bonds of hell will mind?
No gospel name I find.". “ Smash! see my hand has broke thy shain
With blessed water wet.
I'll take her spirit yet.
So dear to witch and fiend,
Smash! there's but one behind." “ Have at thee, devil, to thy cost,
With the dread cross I wield! By Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, By Patrick and che heavenly host,
I charge thee, devil, yield !" " Although thy cross have seard me sore,
I shall not slink away,..
The body to the clay."
His leathern pennons low;
And sigh'd the swarthy train, And hollow voices cried, “amen," And the bell toll'd-toll'd now and then,
The devil yawa'd amain.
By peeps they mark his thighs of goat,
And horns and eyes so grim,
They blink, and blink, at him.
At length the black crew bring,
To see him in the ring.
The coffin to bestow;
But feels no floor below.
Christ! what a noise of woe!
· From far, far, far, below!
Beyond the holy ground.
'Till we the gulph can sound.**
No bell-rope blest aright;
That witch and I to-night."
And kicked with hellish force,
Uprose the shaddering corse.
Her skin of ashs hue,
And lips and nipples blue.
She clung about the priest:
All hope of safety ceas'd.
And the whelk'd bosom scar;
While twangs his lash afar.
Wherewith I urge chy flight,
In pits of endless night."
Jump'd frowning from its nich;
Glad was the priest and witch,
And christen'd with my name,
« But in your own damnd dwelling place
Heathens alone confine ;
He'll meet no child of mine."
Clos'd was the yawning deep;
And next went home to sleep.
7. ON VIRTUE.
9. ON AUMAN LIFE.
11. ON A MISIR.
PROCEEDINGS OF LEARNED SOCIETIES.
TKE NATIONAL VACCINE ESTA. specting the progress of vaccination, and · BLISHMENT.
have likewise obtained some other auTHE following satisfactory Report thentic papers on the subject, containing
I to the Secretary of State, was lately much important information. They made by Drs. Millner and Hervey, re- think it expedient to lay before you a Jative to the progress and success of the summary of their contents. Vaccine Inoculation,
It appears, that, in consequence of The Board of the National Vaccine an order from the Lords Commissioners Establishment have the honor of re- of the Adiniralty, vaccination has been porting that, during the year 1811, the practised in the navy to a great extent ; surgeons appointed by their authority to and, although it has not been unirersally the nine stations in London, have vac. adopted, the mortality from the small cinated 3,148 persons, and have distri- pox, among seamen, is already greatly buted 23,794 charges of vaocine lymph diminished. to the public. The number vaccinated In the army, the practice of vaccina. this year rather exceeds that of the year tion has been long established, by an 1810, and the demand for lymph has order from the Coinmander in Chief, been often so great that it could not be and its effects bave been decidedly beneimmediately supplied.
ficial; for almost the odly persons among They have great satisfaction in stating, the troops who have lately been affected that, since the coinmencement of this with small-pox, have been either recruits, establishment, not a single instance of who had received the infection previous the accession of small-pox, after vacci- to their enlistinent, or soldiers who had nation, has occurred to any of the vace not been vaccinated, on the supposition cinating surgeons of the nine stations of their baving had the variolous disease.
The Board report, that they have been Thus, with a few exceptions, a disorder dately furnished with many satisfactory formerly so fatal to the troops, is now official documents from the naval and considered as nearly extinguished in the military departments of government, re. army.