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destiny, when she will stand the for her buriall, and a rich coffin was London of the New World, and provided, and her fearfull body was among the most powerful commercial said therein and covered very sumptuemporiums that has ever arisen and ously. Foure

immediately flourished in any period of society. essayed to lift up the corpse, but (New York Paper.)

could not move it: then six attempted

the like, but could not once stirre it Interesting Varieties. from the place where it stood. Ruffs.-The ruff worn in the reign caused the coffin to be opened to see

Whereat the standers bye marvelling, of Elizabeth attained the most extravagant pitch of absurdity. It reached

the cause thereof—where they found behind to the very top of the head,

the body to be taken away,and a black and being of fine texture, it was catte, very lean and deformed, sitting strongly starched to make it stand

in the coffin, setting of great ruffes upright; and in addition to this, was

and frizzling of hair, to the great

fear and wonder of all the beholders!' supported by an underpropper called a supertasse. Stubbs says, “ One arch or pillar wherewith the Devil's king

GAS.-A writer in a daily paper dom of great ruffs is underpropped suffering gas-lights within any part

strongly dissuades householders from is a certain kind of liquid matter they call starch , wherein the Devil of their houses.

He says the quality has learned them to wash and of the air is peculiarly injurious to die their ruffs , which being dry, effected by all miasmata; and he re

health, as the pulmonary organs are will stand stiff and inflexible about their necks."* The same writer

fers to the Richeraude Phisiology gives the following true and awful for an explanation of its ' injurious relation of the punishment of an . properties. Of his own experience, Amsterdam belle, who had been led he adds, -"I have of late avoided ali into evil by this prevailing fashion :: rooma lighted with gas of any kind, "She could not get her ruff

plaited and am satisfied I have prevented the according to her taste, though she progress of a cough, which, though employed two celebrated laun : my frame is very strong and healthy, dresses. Upon which “ She fell to came on very gradually,and continued, swear and tear, to curse and ban, cast- even during the warm weather of the ing the ruffes under feete, and wish

summer of 1822, to increase. I dis. ing that the Devil might take her continued my attendance on all gaswhen she did wear any neck-arches lighted rooms in December last, and again.” The Devil, being an arch notwithstandiog the severity of the one, assumed the form of a handsome winter, have never coughed since. young man, and “ tooke in hand the This fact is known to several medical setting of her ruffes, which he per- persons

of eminence." formed to her great contentation and liking; insomuch as she, looking at her- TO CORRESPONDENTS. self in a glasse (as the Devil bede her) SARAH will find that we have not been became greatly enamoured of him. regardless of Wolfe's poetry.-T. P. Co This done, the young man kissed shall be remembered. The cut of the her; in the doing whereof he writhed Parthenon will appear in the present her neck in sunder, so she died miser- volume, as will the one suggested by ably, her body being straight waies Truth.----The Lines by 0.0.(Wem, changed into blue and black colours, Salop) are put by for future use.

Received :- Anybody-Kit-Larry most ugglesome to behold, and her

-A. B.--and X. face (which before was so amorous)

Rejected:-Sol and J. M.C. became most deformed and fearfulí to look upon. This being known in he city, great preparation was made

for the Editor are received ; Dunbar, Wych Serpus * Compare p. 85 of this volume

ury Lane; an dArcher, Berwick Street, Suho

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The above curious cut, with the sub- placing in alms-houses. The Anglojoined explanation of it, we copy Saxons fared chiefly on salt meat, from the second volume of the Rev. and drank ale, nead, and occasion. T. D. Fosbrooke's learned and labo- ally wine, continuing their orgies till rious work, The Encyclopædia of the evening. The ladies dined with Antiquities,” just completed in two them ; but they parted the men and vols. 4to.

women, as at present, the men being “ When our Anglo-Saxon kings uncovered, the women covered. The dined, the poor sat in the streets, tables were oblong or oval, with cloth, expecting the broken meat, &c., which knife, spoon, bowl, dish, and bread was collected by the almoner : a cus- upon them, as shewn in the cut. A tom prevailing also in other coun- cup of hory was presented to every tries. Edward I. relieved 666 every one, out of which they drank to one Sunday, besides many on saints' another. Two persons eating vff days; and 13 (representing Christ the same plate was looked upon as a and his apostles) was a favourite particular mark of amity. Festivals number for relief at one time, or were given to the people on religious my

accounts, which, on great occasions, with the exception of finishing one were kept up the whole day, and ac- work at my entire leisure, I withhold companied with music. The old my ren from every purpose but that chroniclers mention diving-rooms and of cataloguing books. I am induced rooms up-stairs, or retiring chambers; to activity by duty to my family; and the use of forms, not chairs; invi- perhaps, I am qualified for the busitations of guests for particular days, ness of a book auctioneer. and to pass the night; at table the Certain remarks in the public newschief visitors were placed in the mid- papers, respecting Mr. Hone's brodle, the next in rank on the right ther, a barrister, in consequence of and left: one dish was always set some proceedings amongst the Memapart for alms."

bers of the Bar, may be remembered. Such are a few of the particulars That brother is now gone out to given by Mr. Fosbrooke, in illustra- Van Diemen's Land as Master-Genetion of the print, which was copied ral in the law courts there; it is a from an ancient piece of tapestry. Government appointment under the They who wish to see the subject Privy Seal. In consequence of those more largely discussed, should refer remarks, the brother wrote to Mr. W. to Mr. S. Turner's “ History of the Hone; and the barrister's letter first Anglo-Saxons,” 4 vols. 8vo. 1799– saw light in this pamphlet: it runs 1805.

thus:

My dear William, You have MR. HONE.

called attention to the following

passage in the circular, which, to my As this gentleman has recently great regret has lately appeared in some attracted a considerable share of public public newspapers, namely, So far attention, by the publication of that is Mr. Hone from adopting his broamusing periodical work, " The ther's religious or political opinions, Every-Day Book," we imagine our that he actually abandoned his societyreaders will peruse with some little after having made the most affece interest the following scraps of in- tionate and earnest, though unavail, formation relative to his previous acts ing, protests against his proceedings. and opinions :

You consider that this passage is open In February, 1824, Mr. Hone

to the construction, that I abandoned published a pamphlet entitled “ As- ligious opinions or conduct on your

your society in consequence of irrepersions Answered: an explanatory part, during the time we were assostatement addressed to the public at ciated; you ask me to explain that large, and to every reader of the QUARTERLY Review in particular.”

part of the circular, which I do the It has this motto from Dr. V. Knox,

more readily on account of the anxiety “ Truth will ultimately prevail, even

you express concerning it.

“ In our former familiar conversathough he who uttered it should be destroyed."

tions, you have sometimes questioned In a preliminary notice to the parts of the text of the Old and New reader, he says, “X. notion prevails

Testament, and controverted certain with many that I am usually engaged

doctrines; this led to the differences in preparing something or other for

which usually arise in discussions bethe press—and few are persuadable to principles : however, I did not under

lween persons of opposite theological the contrary:

stand you to reject Christianity, or • Why am I ask'd what next shall see to deny or impugn the genuineness the light?

or authenticity of the old or New Heavens! was I born for nothing but Testament as a whole. Since your to write ?-Pope.

trials, numerous imputations of irreliI now declare publicly, what I have gion have, as you are aware, been frequently affirmed in private, that, publicly urged against you; but, if t be inferred that, as your brother, has been our Protector from our inand from my private knowledge of fancy to manhood, to further us withı your sentiments on religious subjects, his continual help, and thus be asduring our intercourse within that sured of weathering every storm. period, I knew those imputations to “ Before I close my letter, I would be true, the inference is erroneous ; remark, that it has hitherto been my yet your silence iinder them for the most studious endeavour to avoid last three years or more,

induced me, every thing that inight have the semin common with many other persons, blance of an attack upon your chato conclude that you admitted the racter or reputation, and I much charge, and hence, during the latter regret that the diction of the circular period, I have abstained from having should be liable to have such a conany further intercourse with you, struction put upon it,or be considered although my brotherly regards were in that light by yourself or your far, very far, from being extinguished. friends, as I can truly affirm that it

• I have thus made a short point was never so intended. Of course I of my explanation, instead of going had my own opinion of the nature into the subject or minutiæ.

and tendency of your public acts, nor • I would now add a few words to have I concealed that opinion at such this, which is, probably, the last letter times as it became necessary for me to which I shall have occasion to write avow it, though even then I did not to you before I leave England, pre- forget our near relationship, nor paring, as I am, to depart ere long could it possibly have escaped atten. for a very distant part of the world; tion, that on these occasions a broI anticipate with, I assure you, the ther's feelings were creating a painful keenest sensations, the moment when conflict in my mind. I shall have to say farewell to you for, “ Numerous arrangements for my at least, some years: as future events departure have unavoidably prevented are wisely kept from our knowledge, me from writing to you ere this; and, it may, possibly, prove a final parting in conclusion, I would express a hope, in reference to this world; and at that nothing I have said will be such a time it is my heart's desire deemed by you as recrimination: that that we, who are the children of the is far from my intention. Neither same parents, should take leave as have I ventured to offer any thing in brethren-each, as he hopes for for- the shape of advice, as it might be giveness from the father of mer- deemed surplusage and obtrusivel cies, frankly forgiving the other every you know my heart and views, and : wrong that he may consider his bro- think that I know yours ;-each may ther to have done him in any way therefore conclude what would be the whatever. This will afford peace of counsel of the other; and, if there be mind to botli, and, though personally a reciprocal determination to continue far apart, we may yet remain one in to act with truth and integrity, we heart and affection, and if preserved and our families must ultimately be to meet again in this life, which I benefited, and our happiness and earnestly pray may be the case, I trust theirs will be promoted and secured. that each inay learn that the other - Believe me, iny dear William, your has been walking in the path of recti- ever affectionate brother, tude, and reaped the full reward of honourable conduct. The inmense distance at which, in a few months, 40, Chancery-lane, Oct. 23, 1823." we shall be placed from each other, Religion (continues Mr. H. in his will prevent either of us from practi- pamphlet) is a subject on which, cally ministering to the necessities, if more than on any other, the best any, mental or pecuniary, of the men differ verbally, and agree practiother : nevertheless, one thing may cally. My brother would never have be done, we may entreat Him, who fallen in with the gross iinputations

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JOSEPH HONE.

of irreligion urged against me, after Honesty is the best policy. They all intercourse ceased in July, 1820, suggest that the declarations which, if a little Biblical inquiry had enabled under the most awful persuasion, and him fully to comprehend the object in the sincerity of my heart, I made and limits of mine, when I incident- on my trials, were untrue. The imally alluded to topics connected with putation of irreligion has been revived it during our previous intimacy. Nor, upon me through every channel that if he had studied my character, could would couvey calumný. I have been he have been induced to conclude that

• traduced by men my silence imported adınission of the

Who neither knew my faculties nor imputations. Separated in boyhood,

person, our intercourse throughout life has only been occasional, and seldom till undersized minds, sitting in judglasting for more than a few months, ment upon a bare allegation, without after lapses of years. Varying in proof, pronounce falsehood to be fact; temper, opinion, and construction of and ignorance itself is a plummet mind, there are few points of contact o'er me.' between us. He has seen me bear "From the day that I publicly solithe proud man's coutumely,' the insult cited and challenged my prosecutors, of rude ignorance, the sarcasm of ma- my jurymen, and every individual in lice, the hired censure of the syco- court, to auduce a single line or saying phantic critic, wlivse preferment' de- of mine, tending in the least degree to pends on the prostitution both of degrade religion; from that hour to knowledge and conscience, and the vi- this, neither did or could any one, rulence of the venal newspaper ; hę

not even the most vindictive of my mistook my patience for weakness, cnemies, in their tiercest heats, bring and my forbearance for inanity'

a fact of the sort against me. The following are the concluding “I was brouglit upin religious haremarks of the pamphlet, in allusion bits; but these are surfaces, not to his acquittal, when prosecuted for principles. They were worn off by blasphemy, in 1817:-

circumstances in early youth, when "Never from that hour las a word chewing the cud of sweet and bitter escaped iny pen or lips, cither pub- faney.' I wondered at the world and licly or privately, in dishonour or at myself; and theory after theory dispraise of any individual opposed to arose as the wares, weltering and dis

I buried my resentments in the appearing. Ardently seeking for grave of the prosecution; I even hals truibi, I conversed with books rather lowed the asties of the slain, by not than me, ani hewed out principles exulting in the conquest. But the as I could, •liere a little and there a forgivene:s of enemies was a principle little.' It is said, that 'many pernot comprehended by inine. While sons commence religious at first, they haid at my feet hy the blows they had don't know why, and with a blind sustained from my single hand, they zeal persist in a religion which is they charged me with weakness and inca- know not what.' I am not among pacity, because I did not spittle on

that number; for it was by patient them. They now impugn the inte- research and painful process that I grity of my jurie:, whom I knew not, arrived at that clear evidence for the nor saw, till they were in the jury- truth of Christianity, which, if sinbox, and in whom I so little confided, cerely and diligently sought, is found that, a week before, I had moved the to be irresistible. My religion is the court to set them aside. They call religion of the New Testament. As my success an escape: I call it an taught and exemplified by CHRIST instance of the power of truth upon himself, it is the perfection of all the liuman heart and understanding; knowledge, which and which an csemplification of a golden ruie was, and which is to come.' It is intught to rue in my childhood, that finite wisdom, it is a pure principle

a mental ilunjinatiou."

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