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during their conversation, that all been purchased for the peresent King, the interest the Earl of Albemarle then Prince Regent. bad at Court, and then he was the chief favourite, could not reinstate him in Kings' Favourites.-Evelyn, in his Majesty's good graces, who from his Journal, says, 66 Dined at Mr. that very hour, never would suffer Treasurer's, where dined Mons. de him to come into his presence, Gramont and several French noblethough he continued to make use of men, and one BLOOD, that impudent his diet-drinks till three days before bold fellow, who had not long before his death, which happened to fall out atteinpted to steal the imperial crown much about the same time as the Doc- itself out of the Tower, pretending tor had calculated, and which the King only curiosity of seeing the regalia had frequently said to the Earl before- there; when stabbing the Keeper, mentioned, would come to pass, in though not mortally, he boldly went verification of Radcliffe's prediction. away with it through all the guards, Since it appeared, upon opening and was taken only by the accident of his late Majesty's body, that he bis horse falling down. How lie had lived as long as there was any came to be pardoned, and even renutriment for the animal spirits, and ceived into favour, not only after that if he had not fallen from his horse, this, but several other exploits almost which broke his collar-bone, and as daring, both in Ireland and here, I might hasten his death for a few days, could never come to upderstand. he must have been gathered to his Some believe he became a Spy of severfathers in less than a month's time, al parties, and did his Majesty service since his lungs were entirely wasted that way, which none alive could do and dried, and crumbled in the hand so well as he. The man had not onlike a clod of summer dirt.-“ Me- ly a daring, but a villainous, unmermoirs of John Radcliffe.")
ciful look; a false countenance; but
very well spoken, and dangerously inINTERESTING Relic.-The orignal diamond ring of Mary Queen of Scots, upon which are engraved the
Wit's Nunchion. Arms of England, Scotland, and Ireland, quartered, and which was pro- CHARLES V.-It is well known that duced in evidence at the trial of the this celebrated monarch, who, from unfortunate Mary, as a proof of her the extensiveness of his dominions, pretentions of the Crown of England, and the rapidity of his conquests, was in the possession of the late Mr. projected nothing less than an uniBlachford, one of the Lords of the versal monarchy, at last grew sick, Admiralty, at the time of his death.
not only of this vain pursuit, but -The history of this fatal ring is cu- relinquished his crown, and with it rious. It desceuded from Mary to all earthly grandeur, to retire into her grandson Charles 1. who gave it the monastery of St. Just, where he on the scaffold to Archbishop Juxon, ended his days in the most exemplary for his son Charles is, who, in his line of mortification. The day when troubles, pawned it in Holland for he went in his turn to wake the, np3001. where it was bought by Go- rices at the hour of matins, one of vernor Yale, and sold at his sale for them, who did not choose to be 80 3201., as was supposed, for the Pre- early disturbed out of a sound sleep, tender. Afterwards it came into the pretended not to hear him. The depossession of the Earl of Isla, Duke of Argyle, and probably from hiin to the family of Mr. Blachford. At the
* Compare N1c-Nac, vol. i. p. 262, bile of his effects, it is said to have 351 and vol. ii. p. 77.
votion of Charles, however, would on the following day, bearing the take no excuse; he continued shaking approach of the equipage, he took his him, till the novice found it iinpossible station as before. The same equerry to feiga any longer; then bouncing began again to remonstrate, but perout of his bed, he exclaimed—“What ceiving that words were not likely to the devil! have you not troubled the succeed, paid the toll for both days, repose of the world long enough al- threatening at the same time to crush ready, without coming here to dis- him. Robert pocketed the money, turb that of peaceable men who have and was never called upon to account forsaken it?"
for his conduct.
A STURDY TOLL-TAKER.—During ROYAL WIT.-Mr. Coke of Norfolk, the residence of the late King at whose predilection for bearing Radi.' Cheltenham, it was remarked by the cal Addresses to the Throne is pro. keepers of several turnpike-gates, that verbial, had laid so many at the feet his Majesty in the course of his ex- of the most exalted Personage in the cursions paid no toll. The right of Realm, that at length his Majesty, the King to pass toll-free happening with a good humoured smile, said to become the subject of conversation to him, “ If you bring me up any in a large company at Worcester, more of these addresses, Coke, I'll Robert Sleath, an honest blunt fel- surely Kinght you." low, and keeper of Barban-gate, argued that his Majesty, in his pri- A celebrated DRAMATIST, who vate capacity, was liable to the toll, had lately taken the benefit of the Insoldeclaring, that though he respected
vent Act, was met by a friend who ex. his sovereign, yet if ever he came to
pressed great surprise in seeing him Barban-gate, he should not pass till Jook so well, saying, “ Why you've the toll was paid. A short time af- grown quite fat.” “ Fat!” replied the ter, master Robert's resolution was wit, “ Why did'nt you know that I was put to the test. On the arrival of enlarged?” the first horseman that preceded the royal carriage, having previously locked the gate, friend Robert stood
TO CORRESPONDENTS. with the keys in his hand and demanded the toll. The equerry impatiently IP W.P. S. will employ his pen opon desired him to open the gate that in
some subject of more novelty and more
general interest than Translations from istant, as his Majesty was at hand. *** I know that," replied he," but as
Horace, we shall be glad to rank bim
among our contributors, for he evidently his Majesty is not at the head of an
possesses talents that may enable him 10 army, he must pay the toll like other
become a very valuable correspondeot. folks." Threats and indignation had -We shall be particularly happy to no effect on Robert, who heard them "hear again from G. Drago, whnse comwith a placid' indifference till his Ma- munications possess much origioalty as jesty's carriage came in sight. The well as interest. The engraved plate he attendant had now recourse to polite offers we should thankfully accept, but entreaty, assuring him that the per
he will see, by turning over the leaves son who followed the train would
of the present volume, that he has been pay the demand. On this assurance
anticipated by another friend. the whole cavalcade was allowed to
Received, Pangloss. pass, but Robert Sleath receive not a penny. He was aware however that the King would on his return be obliged to pass the gate. Accordingly,
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The above appellation, by which the circumstance of its affinity with this singular tree, standing in Whin. two neighbouring trees, of consider field Forest, in the County of Westo able magnitude, which grew near it, morland, is eminently distinguished but by no Meanis comparable in among its neighbours, originated from height and dimensions. For a drav
ing and description of this wonderful many persons who have had the cuwork of nature, we are indebted to riosity to behold it, several of whom Mr. William Todd, of Moor-house, are now in London, and other parts in the aforesaid county.
of England. As to the inward, proThis surprisingly large tree, as re- spect, it is rather dismal than otherpresented in our plate, has stood in wise, representing, as it were, part this forest nearly two hundred and of some ruinous castle or ancient seventy years, by computation of the tower, being so much decayed as to inhabitants of that county ; and is
be reduced almost to a shell, near supposed as before mentioned to have the top, in the cavities within, are derived its vame from two other trees numerous bats, and inartins also rewhich formerly stood near the place, sort thither in great numbers; the which being all of a wouderful size, lower part is wonderfully spacious, and nearly resembling one another, and will easily admit, as before ob
called the Three Brethren served, of a horse and man to turn Trees. The circumference of this about at pleasure ; it is also a very (the most remarkable of the three) is convenient receptacle for the deer fourteen yards, or 42 feet, being near- in stormy weather, which in this ly of this thickness to the height of forest are many in number, and es15 feet from the root; from thence teemed not inferior to any in Engto the branches it diminishes propor- land.—“Thus have I given, says our tionably. As to the true height, it correspondent, a true description of is a little uncertain, especially as the this most wonderful Three Bretheren top part, (together with most of Tree, which has for many years been the principal branches) has been the admiration of the neighbourhood broken off many years; but by the even for several generations. Adnearest estimation possible, it appears joining to the west side of this forest to be at least 50 feet, or nearly, ex- is Clifton-Aloor, on which place his clusive of the several tall branches, royal highness the Duke of Cumberformerly thereto belonging.–Thus it and defeated the rebel army, in the appe ars, that the true heighit may year 1746, restored a universal peace be said to have been 60 feet in solid throughout the country; and seated timber, which combined with so won- the Brunswick family in security on derful a thickness is very remarkable. the throne, which I trust they will
- The spreading or side branches are hold to the end of time."
ANCIENT MODES there is one which is observed at the
OF CONVEYING ESTATES. Spring Seasons to shoot forth and bear leaves.-If it were possible an Gunton, in his History of Peteracorn of this most wonderful tree borough, records that Adilredus, or could be produced, it certainly would Ethelred, King of Mercia, at the time deserve a place in the British Mu- of a donation by him to the Abbey of seum, as a curiosity not inferior to any Peterborough, in the seventh century, one contained therein.--Having thus placed a glebe or clod of earth upon particnlarly described the outside si- a copy of the Gospels :—Treduricens, tuation of this fanious tree, we shall one of his Nobles, is stated to have without doubt more surprise the rea- done the same at the time of another der by giving the following descrip- gift to the cell of Bredon. tion of the inside:-On the north-cast Ingulphus says—" At first many side, is a large entrance cut, in form estates were conveyed by bare. word, of a door-way, where people either without any writing or charter, but walk iu on foot, or ride in on horse- merely by the sword, helmet, horn, Irack, which, however impossible or cup of the possessor. Many teneit may appear, is well known to ments were transferred by a spur,
a horse-comb, a bow, or even an ar- upon the altar. And when William row. This was at the begining of de Merley, in 1129, gave the vill of the Norman reign. In later years Morewic to the Monks of Durham, the custom has been changed.
we are told he confirmed his donation William the Conqueror bestowed before a large body of witnesses, by the Forest of Ele on the Cathedral of placing his knife on the tomb of Si. Bayeux, on the day of the dedication Cuthbert. of that church, and is stated, as a Other instances of this ceremony token of seisip, to have placed and with the knife may be found scattered left spon the altar the Helmer that up and down in Dugdale's Monastihe then wore,surmounted by a Crown con, in Madox's Formulare AngliOF GOLD: and the same Monarch on canuni, and in our ancient Chartugiving the lordship of Broke to St. laries. And a certain traveller, who Edmundsbury Prior, in Suffolk, first visited Notre Dame in 1765, mensupplicated the protection and farour tions his being shown there a small of its patron saint, by falling prostrate pointed knife, with an ivory handle, before, and placing upon his altar, a above 700 years old, on the handle of SMALL KNIFE wrapped up, in the which was an inscription, signifying presence
this knife, the parvis, or square, William Rufus, in like manner, in which is before the great front of the the
year 1096, gave the Abbey of Cathedral, in the same manner as the Tavistock seisin of the land or ma- Church of York was endowed with a nor of Wlurinton, by delivery of his considerable portion of land by knife; wbich knife was laid in a Wiphus, who gave his drinking horn shrine at that Abbey, and had in- or ivory with it, and by virtue of scribed on its haft words signifying which the Chapter held the same, the that donation.
cup being to this day in their possesMany donors, desirous of making sion. their conveyances as firm as possible, Dugdale, in his History of St. when written characters came into Paul's Cathedral, instances a grant more general use, united the ancient made to the Canons of that Church, and siinple form with them. Hence in the twelfth century, of certain we find occasionally that such arti- premises in the adjoining parish of cles as Ingulphus mentions, were St. Bene't, the possession of which sometimes attached to deeds like was given by the donor to them with seals. In the archives of Trinity his Gold RING, wherein a ruby was College, Cambridge, a deed is still set ; appointing that the same gold preserved, to which a knife is appen- ring, together with his seal, should be dant.
for ever affixed to the charter, whereThis form of confirming a grant, by he so disposed them. And in a by the donor laying his knife upon charter to Belvoir Priory, in Leicesthe altar, was common near the time tershire, of the church of Plungard, of the Norman Conquest. In the possession of it is said to be given by reign of Stephen, one Guido Malfed the delivery of a WALKING STAFF. and his wife are mentioned to have William de Albini, in a similar mancome into the chapter-house of Burg, ner, on his foundation of the priory and to have there restored to God and of Wymondham, in Norfolk, gave St. Peter, and the monks of that the whole town of Hapesburgh to Church, certain tithes, which they that establishment, by delivering a had kept wrongfully from it. And, Cross of Silver. after the said Guido had done this A singular instance of the same in the chapter-house, he went to the al- sort of gift occurs in the anuals of tar of St. Peter and there finally grant- Dunstable, where we have a copy of ed and confirmed what he had done in an inscription on the ivory HANDLE the chapter-house, by placing his knife Of A Wilir found in the ruins of