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« Master Lentun's swift Journey be. Our air's so pure,”
tween London and Yorke. Continued the loquacious wife, “"Twould almost raise the dead to
« In this month John Lentun, of
Kepwick, in the county of Yorke, esq. Finding old Goody thus verbose,
a gentleman of an ancient family The tottering lady craved repose;
there, kind of good reputation, the Thanking the gossip for her cares :
Majesty's servant, and one of his But, when prepar'd to mount the stairs,
grooms of his most honourable privy She found no friendly balustrade,
chamber, performed so memorable a To yield her hand the wonted aid ;
journey as I may not omit to record For tho' its clumsy rails were oaken,
the same to future ages; the rather 'Twas broken !
for that I did hear sundry gentlemen,
who were good horsemen, and likewise * Good hostess,” (croak'd the hectic
many good physicians, affirm it was fair,)
impossible to be done without danger “ Your stairs of all support are bare; of his life. And ne'er can be by me ascended, “ He undertook to ride five several Unless the balustrade be mended." times betwixt London and Yorke, in This speech the dame's good humour five dayes, to be taken in one weeke, marr'd,
between Monday morning and Satura And threw her somewhat off her day following. He began his journey guard :
upon Monday, being the 29th of May, 66 The devil take the stairs," quoth she, betwixt two and three of the clock in “ They're an incessant plague to me.
the morning, forthe of St. Martin's, Madam, 'tis true as I stand here neere to Aldersgate, within the city of Only within the last half-year,
London, and came into Yorke the Six TIMES the joiner I have paid, same day, between the hours of 5 and 6 For mending that same balustrade;
in the afternoon, where he rested that And yet, with all th' expense and care, night. The next morning, being TuesI cannot keep it in repair;
day, about 3 of the clocke, he tooke For, every time 'tis done, just when his journey forthe of Yorke, and came "Tis fixt as firm as hands can make it, to his lodgings in St. Martin's aforeThe cursed undertaker's men,
said, betwixt the hours of 6 and 7 in In bringing down the coffins, break the afternoon, where he rested that it!!!”
night. The next morning, being Wednesday, betwixt 2 and 3 of the clocke,
he tooke his journey forthe of the city CHANCE.
of London, and came unto Yorke about When Isaiah Thomas, printer, of 7 of the clocke the same day where he Massachusetts, was printing his Al- rested that night. The next morning, manack for the year 1780, one of the being Thursday, betwixt 2 and 3 of boys asked him what he should put the clocke, he tooke his journey forthe opposite the 13th of July. Mr. T. of Yorke, and came to London the being engaged, replied, “Any thing, same day, betwixt 7 and 8 of the any thing." The boy returned to the clocke. The next day, being Friday, office, and set—“ rain, hail, and snow." betwixt 2 and 3 of the clocke, he took The country was all amazement--the his journey towards Yorke, and came day arrived, when it actually rained, thither the same day, betwixt the hours hailed, and showed violently. From of 7 and 8 in the afternoon. So as he that time Thomas's Almanacks were in finished his appointed journey ( to the great demand.
admiration of all men, in five dayes, according to his promise). And upon
Monday the 27th of this month," he SWIFT TRAVELLING.
went from Yorke, and came to the The following performance of swift court of Greenwich upon Tuesday travelling appears to set every com- the 28th, to his Majesty, in as fresh petition of modern Jehuism at defiance. and cheerful a manner as when he It is copied verbatim from a scarce began. book, entitled “The Abridgement of the English Chronicle", by Edmund Howes, imprinted at London, 1668, (15 James I.)
OBSERVATIONS ON HUMAN ANCIENT PRICES OF PRO-
The following prices of provisions
in London 280 years ago, during the There is, in all books of character, reign of Elizabeth, are extracted from a reverence for virtue, truth, and an old household account for the years honour, therefore the learned never 1594 and 1595 :calumniate ; scandal and detraction
£. s. d. are subjects too low for the scholar, Paid 26th March, for 104 lb. who will not stoop to pick up such butter, received outof Gloudirty trifles from the ground.
cesterhire, whereof 161b. at The want of employment is the fre- 3 d. and the rest at 3d. quent cause of vice; they who are per lb. , . . 1 6 8 studious are ever busy-their minds Salt for the said butter. 0 0 6 are ever engaged; it is lack of em. Carriage of the butter from ployment which sends men to the Bristol to London . .0 4 6 town brothel and gaming-house ; the Paid 29th March, for a forelearned envy not the enjoyments of the quarter of lamb, with the intemperate, nor the wealth of the head. . . . .0 2 2 oppressor or extortioner,
For a capon.
. 0 1 2 Disappointment in lucrative pursuits
Nine stone of beef, at 18 d. the
stone . will never grieve those who seek the
. . .0 13 6 A quart of Malmsey
. 0 Tor Malmsey
0 8 treasure of wisdom in books-through all the calamities of life they find con
For 41b, of soap .
Paid April 3, for a lamb 05 0 solation there.
A dozen of pigeons . In the general course of worldly For 28 eggs. . pursuits obstacles will impede, and Paid April 6, for three pecks disagreeable occurrences happen ; to of fine flower . . 0 2 bear these with fortitude is necessary for a side of veal . .0 8 for the sake of comfort ; but the person For a calf's head . . .0 who is tremblingly alive all over, For a pint of Claret wine 0 whose sensibility approaches to sore- A peck of oysters, July 31 .0 ness, who magnifies all casualties- Half a peck of filberds, Ausuch a person feels imaginary injuries, gust 19 and receives unmerited affronts. This Half a hundred of oranges, unhappy being seeks retirement to Feb. 9. 1595
0 0 9 brood over ideal misfortunes, or, in continual chagrin, conducts himself in society with folly and impru
One of the delights of virtue is the sensibility to the charms of nature; DON RAFAEL DEL RIEGO. farewell innocence when rural life
FROM THE UNIQUE. affords no pleasure; then the mind is corrupted, and its objects are changed
This illustrious Spaniard was one for worldiv and sensual pursuits. The of the earliest patriots who burned to odour and beauty of the meadow, the deliver his country from the tyranny purling of the rill, the song of the under which it groaned in 1819-20. bird, the sportive tricks of the lamb The memorable 1st of January 1820 or kid, the spirit of the horse, or the the day that first heard the cry of fidelity of the dog, are lost on the in. Spanish liberty-was chosen for a sipid taste of the worldling; he prefers general insurrection of all the troops. gloomy November as the season for Riego, having surprised the General pecuniary transactions, to the merry
in Chief, Calderon, while Quiroga surmonth of May and all its delights, and prised the garrison of San Fernando, thinks the study of the creation a
marched into the village of Las Cabechildish pursuit.
zas, where was first proclaimed the constitution of 1812 ; and Riego was hailed by all Spain as the hero of Las Cabezas, and the founder of its liberties. In the course of 1820, Riego made his triumphant entry into Madrid, when
the most beautiful of women smiled fixion. A few horse soldiers went upon him, and the fairest hands threw first: the constables and officers beflowers into the vehicle which bore longing to the prison, an image of him through the streets.
Christ on the cross, the ass dragging Riego was little heard of when the the hurdle, a number of ecclesiastics French invaded Spain in 1823. It was and friars, and a body of cavalry, comthe general cry in Spain—"Riego does pleted the procession. In the streets, not speak-Riego does not fight: what and at the balconies, with few excepdoes Riego do, then?" But Riego was tions, there were multitudes to witnessthe corps de reserve of the liberals : it: the exceptions were of those houses and it was prudence not to expose (and those the best) whose proprietors him without an urgent necessity. He or occupiers had been friends to Riego. was like the standard of Mahomet, The greatest order and silence prewhich ought not to be unfurled except vailed. Not an insulting word escaped in a case of desperation : and that case from any. Little could be seen of him, of desperation shortly occurred; for as he bent his head on his bogom, exthe vacillating conduct of the traitor cept once or twice he raised his looks Ballasteros determined Riego to make to the friar who kept speaking to him. one more struggle for the liberties of On arriving at the foot of the scaffold, Spain; and, with his “chosen few," he was lifted from the hurdle and formed a plan for arresting Ballasteros, seated on the first step, where he made which proving unsuccessful, he was his confession. This ended, he was taken prisoner, and brought into Ca- lifted up the ladder almost to the top, rolina on the 5th of September, 1823; and while the executioner fastened and from thence conveyed to Madrid, the rope about his neck, the priest adwhere he underwent something like a dressed the by-standers, desiring for trial, and received the sentence to be him the forgiveness of those whom he · hung on the 7th of November ; and his might have offended, as he forgave his body to be cut in quarters and dis- enemies. The Belief was then begun, tributed in different parts of Spain.- and on coming to the words Jesus The following afflicting detail of his Christ, he was thrown off from the execution, may be relied on as an au- side; and here occurred the most barthentic narrative of that disgraceful barous spectacle, though a humane act proceeding.
to the sufferer. The hangman jumped On the 7th the crowd began to as- upon his shoulders, jerking himself semble as early as nine o'clock round several times, and covering the face the doors of the prison, and in the with a handkerchief, which he soon Calle de Toledo, through which he took off again, and waved in brutal was to pass to the Plaza de Cavada, triumph as a signal for the people to where the scaffold was erected. Riegó cry out Viva el Rey; but among some had requested that none but the Spa- thousands, a few hundreds only joined nish guards or troops of the line might in it, and few repeated it a second attend, the French Commandant there- time. Two men were below under the fore only interfered so far as to place scaffold to pull the legs, so that a sense a few piquets of French cavalry at the of pain could only be momentary. A opening of the streets, to preserve savage from the crowd struck the body order; and there were no Royalist with his fist, which was the only involunteers or other soldiers to line sult offered. In the evening it was the streets, a few lancers riding up taken to the nearest church, and at and down to keep the way clear. night was interred at the Campo Santo, About half-past twelve the unfortunate by the “ Hermandad de Canidad y man was brought to the outward Paz"--an institution framed for acts prison door, pale and emaciated, of this nature, and who defray all scarcely exhibiting signs of life ; his charges when the collections are incoat had been stripped off, and he was sufficient. How are the mighty fallen! covered from the neck to the feet, with seemed upon the lips of every one. a white linen robe de chambre, fastened What a contrast! the contemplation of with a cord round the waist. His this man when in 1820 parading in hands and feet were tied, and he was triumph the streets of Madrid, receiv. seated on a sort of matted hurdle, with ing congratulations and cheers on all a pillow to support him, and friars on sides, and showers of flowers from either side to keep him up, and afford every window, and subsequently in all him spiritual comfort. In his hand public papers dignified with the appel. was placed a small print of the cruci- lation of " hero" and “immortal,” and
by the populace sometimes with those On the news reaching London, the of “ Santismo” and “Emperador," deepest sorrow was expressed by all and now ignominiously drawn through people for the fate of this unfortunate the dirt to the gallows as the meanest Spaniard ; and a hand-bill, of which the malefactor, without the solace of a following is a copy, was widely cirfriend !-Sic transit gloria mundi! culated throughout the metropolis:
As the friars alone were about Riego, nothing can be known about him but
“RIEGO! what they please to tell us. They no " The horrid die is cast. The endoubt tortured him, body and soul, lightened, the patriotic, the virtuous till he was moulded to their own mind, Riego, hath fallen by the unhallowed and bereit of all fortitude and reso- hand of the executioner! Despotism lution; that he exhibited no signs of hath shed blood, that shall call down heroism at his last end was seen by all, vengeance on the conspiring Tyrants and they say, although he did not leagued against human liberty! That suffer with the spirit of a hero, yet he Liberty, having its foundation in the died a true penitent. As the king, by eternal Law of God, and in the inthe decree of the first October, had herent Rights of Man, a just Provistripped him of all his honours, and dence, uniting and strengthening the he was tried by a Civil Court, he could union of good men, will, in due time, not claim the privileges of a soldier, avenge the accursed deed! Meanand probably he felt the ignominy to while, let the sorrowing advocates of which he was doomed greater than Freedom, as a testimony of their death itself. It is said he wrote to sympathy in the overwhelming grief the king, calling on him to remember of the widow, and the relatives of that his conduct on the 7th July, when he Noble Martyr to their cause, who are had been his consoler, assuring him of now in England, put on deep mourning, his personal safety, and that he would as an outward token of that within, be the first and last to defend him, which tongue cannot express! Let and if that consideration did not weigh that mourning continue for thirty. with him, he then implored his cle- eight days, the number of years that mency to pardon him. The king's have been granted to the sacrificed reply was the law must take its course. Riego !”. During his imprisonment, Riego had also written several notes to persons Riego was not handsome; but he he looked upon as friends, requesting possessed great understanding; his dark trifling kindnesses, none of which were eyes were full of vivacity and enteranswered, out of fear, no doubt, of be- prise ; his hair was black; of a miding looked upon ever after with an dling stature, and a very martial air; evil eye by the government. We are his gait and general appearance that told that, the night previous to the of a hero. He was universally beexecution, he desired a scrivener to be loved by the soldiery; and a private called, and dictated to him what in and a serjeant of the guards dined at England would be called a last dying his table every day. He was above speech and confession, abjuring his two years a prisoner in France during errors, and asking pardon of the king, the war of Independence; and while the nation, and the individuals whom there, cultivated his mind in reading he had injured. This has not yet been the best French and Italian authors. published, but we have the friar's He was married to his niece, Maria word' for it. The declarations taken Teresa, on the 15th October, 1821. from him before his trial are now be. This unfortunate lady, who had taken fore the Council of State for their shelter in England, addressed, together inspection and determination.
with her husband's brother, a petition In his personal appearance Riego to the King of France, praying him to had nothing to boast of—a slender intercede in sparing her husband's make, of about five feet nine, pitted life; this memorial, after being prea with the small-pox, and his counte- sented to the French Ambassador in nance otherwise not prepossessing; London, was forwarded to Mr.Canning, his talents and qualities will be best with an earnest request that he would related by those who best knew him. despatch it to Count Chateaubriand, On a slight acquaintance, he appeared to be laid before the French monarch. to possess a good deal of activity and Mr. Canning, with his usual kindness zeal in what he had tô do, but nothing of heart, immediately ordered an espefarther,
cial messenger to forward it to Paris; but just on the point of his executing day," looking to the ruddy smiling this glorious act of humanity, news youth, to whom he addressed himself.. arrived at the Foreign Office that Riego “Stay till it is done,” replied this was no more!
young Icarus, who was seen balancing The Garde du Corps, Azlor, who himself, and evidently contemplating a brought Riego to Madrid prison, was footing on the ledge, when Percy cried assassinated at Santa Cruz de Madela, out, “Stop-stop, it is rotten- and even as a sacrifice to the shade of Riego. now treinbles under its weight-a
feather would overwhelm us!” PERCY MALLORY.
.“ What's to be done, Con!” de
manded the other. BY THE AUTHOR OF PEN OWEN,
“ Signal to lower you till you can Three vols. post 8vo. pp. 1043,
take this wretched lady in your arms. Edinburgh and London, 1823.
I fear she cannot help to support herThis very entertaining work bids self-but'tis only for a moment.” fair to obtain as much deserved popu. “It is impossible," cried the other larity as its precursor, Pen Owen. “the rope will not bear double." The scene lays partly in Cumberland “ Try it—it is—but we are sinking and partly in London. Percy Mallory at this moment--my very voice shakes is the son of Mr. Rycott, a testy and our tottering foundation--hold-for eccentric, but worthy Cumberland ma- mercy's sake, Blencow." gistrate, who had lost a fine family Another rope, with a heavy weight of children, when this son was sent to attached to it, was now seen descend. bless him in his old age. The child ing. was, however, but a few days old, «God of mercy be praised !” Percy when a gypsy beldame carried him solemnly exclaimed. “He means not off to London ; and the novel com- he wills not—that we should perishmences with a scene near Blackfriars, cheery,cheery, my fair fellow sufferer," where a female throws a child into the and he attempted to seize the rope. arms of a young Templar, who is taken The wind took it, and it swayed beup and nearly committed for child-steal. yond his reach. The dalesman could ing, when the Cumberland pursuers not aid him, being unable to steady arrive, and claim the child as the son of himself, without some fixed point on Mr. Rycott; while Judith Mallory,who which to seize with the short ironis also brought up, positively asserts headed pole, which he carried to comit to be her own son.
bat with his feathered enemy. The young Percy grew up a fine Percy again had recourse to his romantic youth, and who formed a pole; he touched the rope it nearly band of young adventurers ready to reached his grasp, and again eluded it. undertake any enterprise, however Again he began to despair. Those difficult or hazardous; and a circum- above could afford little aid, as the stance happened, that put his courage edge of the precipice projected, in to a severe test: resting on a shelf, at part, over the spot on which they some distance beneath a crag, and sug- hung suspended, and the impetuous pended over a frightful precipice, he rushing of the wind, bore away the saw a female hanging ; by the help of voices of those below, before any dishis pole he descended, and reached the tinct articulation could reach the elesame ledge, falling part of the way. vated station, to direct any thing like He encouraged her against despair, minute evolutions. Certain establishthough relief seemed hopeless. An ed signals only could be conveyed. eagle hovered around them as impa. Percy made another effort, dreading at tient of his prey, until a shot, from an each motion, however cautiously made, unseen marksman, dissipated their that their frail hold would give way; fears on this account. He held the -at length, as the wind swayed the poor creature, who had sunk into a rope, after several ineffectual attempts, state of insensibility, until the signal he caught the end of it between his he made brought a person to their re- teeth. He trembled with agitation, as lief, at a moment when fragments of the hope of relief seemed so nearly the cliff were breaking away from about to be realized. To coil and get beneath them.
the running noose under her arms “ God reward thee, Blencow,” said would, in his skilful hands, have been Percy, on the sight of his deliverer, the work of a minute, had those hands " thou hast done a deed of mercy this been at liberty; but the habitual faci.