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BY A DESCENDANT OF OLIVER CROMWELL.
their helpless situation by a parody of
Unable to crawl from the spot where they fed.” I have seen and heard much through a long life.
I have written my autobiography, which I intended should be
Walking with Coleridge in the counpublished on the day a grave-stone was
try, we saw washed linen hanging in a erected over my lomb. Too impatient, inhabitants dry their clothes on
village church-yard. He said, “ The
the however, to await the period of my ghost Aitting around my executors whilst em.
graves of their ancestors.” ployed correcting the proof sheets of my if the ghosts had hung up their shrouds.”
pause, he added, “the scene appears as literary post obits, I have come to the resolution of giving the world some fragments of my memorabilia whilst [
Talking of the lunacy of poor am yet alive.
Coleridge said, “ I intend writing some
lines on one curious aberration of poor I was in company with the celebrated 's mind.” He declared that Dr. Parr. He was then young and
kneeling was not the proper position in which a Christian ought to pray.
He engaged in courtship. He related facetiously a dispute he had had with his always prayed in an erect attitude, with lady-love. “If I marry,” said Parr, “I his outstretched arms in figure of a shall not approve of Jewish names for
cross.” my expected children. I will not have a little tribe of Christian perfectly Jewish I remember Coleridge laughing imin nomenclature. If I had eleven moderately at a stage coachman boasting daughters, I would name the first, he had realized more than 501. by the
the second, “ Amas ;” the retail sale of one small barrel of ale. third, “ Amavi;” the fourth, “ Amari ;” The boaster drove a stage-coach on one the fifth, “ Amandi ;” the sixth, “Aman- of the western roads, and kept, in his do;" the seventh, “ Amandum ;” the wife's name, on the same road a publiceighth,“Amatum;" the ninth,“Amatu;" house.
He invariably stopped here the tenth, “ Amans ;” the eleventh, under pretence of “ washing his horses' “ Amaturus." The translation of these mouths.”
The passengers would call latter words,” continued Parr, “would for “glasses or pints of ale." It was probably denote my love towards my speedily brought, and paid for; but no wife, and my wife's love towards me, sooner did it touch the lips of a passenduring the ten years necessary to give ger, than its acidity caused him to forbirth to the daughters to be named.”
bear drinking; no one ever drank more
than half his order. The coach again Another time, I was with Dr. Parr steeds: the liquor which was left in the
rolled forward with its four prancing at Will's coffee-house, Serle-street, London; two Warwick attorneys were din- pints and glasses was carefully poured ing in the coffee-room. They did not
through the bung-hole of the barrel, to
be re-sold to other sets of passengers of like the port wine, and asked the waiter to change it for a tawny wine.
to-morrow and to-morrow. wine you have got is what master calls attorney wine,'" said the waiter.
Coleridge described singing without music as “singing without accompani
ment of any sort, except the most wonThe poet Coleridge was particularly fond of quaint poetry, similar to the derful distortion of face? description of a ball: “ Thin dandies in tights, weighing each one an
The crime of murdering persons by Young ladies befurbelowed, flounce upon them, is, from its first discovered offender,
pressing on their bodies and suffocating Burke, called “ Burking.” Coleridge,
when any passage of his writings on reI once went with Coleridge to visit a reading did not please him, would write young lady whose father and mother
a new passage on a slip of paper, and were for years martyrs to the gout; paste it over the disliked passage. This when he in his eccentricity expressed he called “ Burking it.”
SINGLE COMBAT AT WATERLOO.
rival by means of a false key, and de
stroyed the cartoons designed by that ASTLEY AND DUCROW.
great master, by order of Pietro SoderEQUESTRIANs are of ancient date; clas- rine, for the grand council-room. sic lore gives many instances of these
LITERARY DISPATCH. - Centaurs.” The performances of Du
Dr. Johnson wrote the celebrated tale crow, however, certainly outstrip com
of “ Rasselas” in the evenings of one petition, and exceed all I remember.
week. Sir Walter Scott began and finishAll these persons are exceedingly igno- ed “Guy Mannering" in a month. rant. Poor old Astley used to talk of a Dryden's' immortal poem of “ Alex“ Krocker-dile wat stopp'd Halexander's ander's Feast” was the work of two days; harmy, and, when cut hopen, had a man and it is related of Shakspeare that he in harmer in its hintellects.” He (Astley) completed the “Merry Wives of Windhad two or three hard words that he
sor” in a fortnight. invariably misapplied: “pestiferous” he always substituted for “pusillanimous ;" and he was wont to observe that he The third hussars next advanced, in orshould be a ruined man, for his horses der to avenge the fate of their countryate most vociferously. The present race
The French soon formed up to of gymnastic professors have not culti- receive these new adversaries, and both vated an acquaintance with the school- parties stood observing each other for a master. Monsieur Gouffée, the man
moment as hardly liking to engage. At monkey (who was born in the Borough) last the hussars charged; the French, received a letter from a poor Frenchman with their brilliant idea of cavalry tacbegging for relief. Whether in French tics, awaiting the onset de pied ferme ; a or English, Gouffée was equally inca- short mélée at sword's point followed, pable of perusing it; the stage-manager,
without being attended with any matehowever, explained to him the nature of rial result. One of the many hand-toits contents, on which he advanced to hand combats that took place during the the Parisian and gave him half-a-crown. day occurred here in full view of the “Monsieur, vous avez bien de la bonté,” British line, immediately after the main exclaimed the receiver. Gouffée, think- parties separated. A hussar on one side, ing that his supposed countryman was
and a cuirassier on the other, had been asking for more, said, “It's no use, entangled among retiring enemies. On dang it, for I an't no more silver about attempting to regain their respective me.”—Of Ducrow it is told that, when corps they met in the plain. The hussar teaching a lady of rank and title, and had lost his cap, and was bleeding from being intent on preserving or acquiring a wound in the head; but he did not on a character for gentility, he at last said, that account hesitate to attack his steel
Why, Marm, if you want him (the clad adversary; and it was soon proved, horse) to jump, you must hold on behind, if proof were necessary, that the strength and insinivate the persuaders into his of cavalry consists in good horsemansides." of this man's extraordinary ship, and in the skilful use of the sword, courage take one example:– Herr Cline, and not in heavy defensive armour. at rehearsal, declined ascending on the The superiority of the hussar was visitight rope from the stage to the gallery ble the moment the swords crossed; after as a dangerous experiment. Ducrow a few wheels, a tremendous facer made said, “What, Sir, afraid of hurting your- the Frenchman reel in his saddle; all self, I suppose. I'm not pretty, and attempts to escape from his more active have nothing to hurt : give me the pole.” foe were impossible, and a second blow And, in his duffel dressing-gown and stretched him on the ground, amid the slippers, he ascended and descended,
cheers of the Germans who, in anxious an attempt amounting almost to mad- suspense, had remained quiet spectators ness, and at which even the practised of the fight.
U. S. Journal. performers of that theatre shuddered. Records of a Stage Veteran. Be reserved, says William Penn. but
not sour; grave, but not formal ; bold, Bartolomeo Bandinelli, eminent but not rash; humble, but not servile ; sculptor and painter, was born at Flo- patient, but not insensible; constant, rence in the year 1487. He is distin- but not obstinate ; cheerful, but not guished for his implacable hatred of light; rather be sweet tempered than Michael Angelo, whom, however, he familiar; familiar rather than intimate; considered his inferior. Upon one oc- and intimate with very few, and upon casion he entered the apartments of his good grounds.
EVIL MAY DAY.
Not to weary the reader with all that (Concluded from p. 134.]
passed in the mind of the prisoner, we
are obliged to confess that Nicholas (For the Parterre).
Fortescue fairly cried himself to sleep. CHAPTER IV.
Many'an ugly dream haunted his slumbers. Jane Elliott discarded him, and
her father refused to take back his We must now return to Nicholas For- 'Prentice after he had been set in the tescue, whom we left in the custody of stocks, and flogged at a cart's tail up the the city watch. Like all rash and im- Chepe ! These and other visions torpetuous spirits, he began to reflect when mented him till day-break, when the it was too late ; and when he heard the light which streamed through the bars doors of the cell into which he was thrust, of a small window in the cell fell on his close with a hollow grating sound, his face and shewed him that he was still in heart sunk within him, and Ainging him- custody. He now recollected that he self on a heap of straw in one corner, he had not examined the purse which Maswept like an infant. The thunder had ter Willoughbye had presented to him, passed away, and the heat drops were and drawing it from his bosom he empfalling fast.
Nicholas Fortescue saw tied the contents into his cap, and then plainly that he had got himself into a began to count his treasure. scrape, and not without cause, trembled “ Ha!” cried he, joyfully, forgetting for the consequences : the law was severe where he was, “ Five-and-twenty Harry against refractory apprentices, and Mas. shillings, three nobles and a ryal! beside ter Elliott was not a man to be trifled smaller coin— 't is the gift of a prince! with. Then, again, he had resisted the how generous !" watch; an offence which would not be Then he suddenly recollected that all overlooked by the alderman. Our ’Pren- this might be taken from him, and fell tice had, indeed, much to fear; and as to cudgeling his brains how he should he lay in his cell in darkness and soli- prevent such a catastrophe. After due tule, he bitterly repented him of his folly. deliberation be determined to make a confidant of the turnkey. As the morn- sips and controvors* have been busy ing wore away this man entered the cell, spreading evil reports of your brotherand Fortescue at once unfolded his hood.” Here he whispered in the ear secret.
of his clerk, “ We must keep him safe“ Master jailor,” said he “if you will he is a wild young dog; there will be a do me a piece of service I can put a ryal stir to-morrow-there was a folk-mote in your pouch.”
in the 'Friars last night ;
;-so say letters « And what is the service ?" inquired from the Court.” the man eyeing him significantly.
Nicholas Fortescue, on hearing this “ Simply this,” answered the prisoner. tirade against himself, took courage
and “ I am master of a sum of money, and raised his head, when his eye accidenI
may stand in need of it if my sentence tally rested on the stern visage of his should be a severe one - Master Elliot master below the bar. may not receive me again.-Swear to “Oh, master,” muttered he, “speak me, that if I tell thee where it is hidden, but one word for me, or I'm a lost lad!" thou wilt be keeper of it till I am “’T is your own fault, Nick," said released, and then return it to me un- the stationer, in a milder tone than touched.”
usual. The turnkey took the oath, and For- Master Elliott had been touched by tescue drew forth the purse which he the grief of his daughter, whom he had had thrust under the straw.
left at home in great distress, and more“ Here,” said he, “go put it into thy over had not forgotten the good qualities strong box.”
of his 'prentice. The turnkey quitted the cell with his Fortescue again spoke : charge, and an hour afterwards our “ Master,” said he, “I saved your 'prentice was in the justice-room at the house when Stephen Batt, the paterGuildhall, before Master Joel Bokerell, noster-maker's work-yard took fire at alderman of the ward of Chepe.
midnight, last Candlemas ;-plead for The civic Rhadamanthus was a short, me, dear master, or I am lost for aye!”. corpulent man, with a large, sleek, red " Let him be taken back to the face, a small bald forehead, snub nose, Compter, and suffer solitary confinement and gray eyes, with more of sensuality for a week; he may then be whipped than severity in their expression. The three times between the Conduit in charge was made by the sergeant of the Cornhill and the Cross in the Westwatch.
cheap !” said the alderman. “ A-hem !” said the alderman, ad- Oh, master !” groaned the 'prentice, dressing the shame-stricken apprentice; “ suffer me not to be scourged like a
you are charged, on the oath of one dog!” of the sergeants of the night-watch of Here Master Elliott spoke. His stern the king's good city of London, with nature was softened; he loved his obstructing, threatening, and foining daughter, and he had found out, when at with deadly weapons, contrary to too late to oppose it with effect, that his the statute, divers persons of the said daughter loved the apprentice. Now watch, to the great scandal of the he dreaded the thought of his future soncity.'
in-law being whipped at the cart's tail, Having uttered this elegant sample of so he pleaded for a remission of the magisterial eloquence, Master Bokerell sentence; but Alderman Bokerell loved paused for breath, and played with his to have his own way; he persisted in gold chain.
his determination that Fortescue should The 'prentice let his head fall on his suffer the punishment to which he had chest, and thought of Jane Elliott : he doomed him. feared he had lost her for ever! Grief Again Master Elliott besought the and shame prevented his uttering a word obdurate magistrate to modify the punin reply to the magistrate, who, of ishment. course, attributed his silence to ob
Obstinate as was the alderman, he stinacy.
loved ease too much to bear teazing, and “ What!” cried Master Bokerell, his this he could not now avoid without face assuming a deeper shade of scarlet, giving offence to the stationer. “you have nothing to say, eh? ha! you Citizen,” said he, “ I am not one of contumacious young rogue, you ! a hundred such would set the city in an Controvor, - an old French lawuproar; we must take care of you. We term, signifying one who circulated false have May-day to-morrow, and idle gos
those who delight in cruel punishments; has often looked fearlessly upon danger, but the laws must be respected. These when bearded men have skulked in the boys have often caused grievous tumults rear : the heroes of the “ three days” in this our ancient city. The rod hath were young men and boys, and mere told when good counsel met deaf ears, striplings were the first that fell in that and the rod must descend again right memorable struggle. sharply ere 'prentices will learn that Of the boldness and impudence of the they may not follow their own stubborn London apprentices in the year 1595, will."
we will give one example, and then go “ Spare him this time, your worship, back to the period in which the scenes and I'll give bond for his orderly be- of our tale are laid. In this year several haviour for the future,” said the sta- of that turbulent body having been imtioner.
prisoned by the court of star chamber, The alderman threw himself back in their companions broke open the prisons his chair, scratched his ear, and looked and released them, for which several of thoughtful; then he shook his head, and the ringleaders were, by order of the conferred with his clerk in whispers : lord mayor, publicly whipped. Enraged our metropolitan magistrates at the at this punishment, a large body of them present day well know the value of an assembled in Tower Street, and marched intelligent clerk.
with the beat of drum, to seize his lord. After due deliberation, his worship in ship, whom they intended to whip through his mercy consented to remit a portion the streets by way of retaliation. During of the punishment, and Nicholas For- the civil wars, the London apprentices tescue was adjudged to receive but one were not inactive, and Charles the second, whipping between the Conduit and the who had quarrelled with the corporation, Cross in Westchepe.
endeavoured to cultivate a good underThe stationer ground his teeth with standing with these spirited youths. But rage and vexation at this pretended our business is now with the apprentices lenity: had the term of his 'prentice's of London in the year 1517. The variimprisonment been doubled, he would ous guilds viewed with jealousy and not have cared-it was the whipping alarm the endeavours of foreigners to which annoyed him.
establish a trade in England; and in this “ Your worship will remit the whipp- year, their hostility to the stranger mering altogether ?” said he imploringly. chants and artizans had manifested itself
“ Not a single stripe, citizen !” said in various acts of violence. The Eng. the alderman, rising from his seat in a lish complained, that so many foreigners passion, “no marvel that the 'prentices were employed as artificers, that their run wild, when their masters are crazed countrymen found it extremely difficult --take him away, men.”
to procure work.
They also alleged, Four men in the city livery, led the that the English merchant could not 'prentice out of the justice room, and compete with the foreigners, who brought Master Bokerell vanished through a low over cloth of gold, silks, wines, oil, iron, door at the back of his chair, leaving the and other commodities, to their very stationer in a state of absolute bewilder- great emolument; and lived sumptument.
ously among those, whose interests they
had so deeply injured. If we may credit CHAP. V.
the relations of the old chroniclers, there C'PRENTICES AND CLUBS.”
is good reason for believing, that an Few of our readers will require to be undue partiality was shewn to the foreign informed, that from an early period, traders by Englishmen in power ;* for almost up to the close of the seventeenth upon several occasions, the strangers century, the apprentices of London were are said to have conducted themselves a very numerous and formidable body. with unbearable insolence towards the The daring and martial spirit, which the English. sports and pastimes of our ancestors tended so much to encourage, occasion- * The sceptical will bear in mind, ally found vent in desperate tumults, that at a later period, one of the charges and in these, the 'prentices of London brought against the great Lord Bacon, were ever ready to take an active and was his having receiving a thousand prominent part. Of all riots, those pounds as a bribe, from the French which are created by boys and young merchants, to oblige the London vintmen, are the most alarming. Youth is ners to take 1500 tuns of wine!- Vide always impetuous; and the smooth face his trial.