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one to defend him. But to these ad ANOTHER ON A BAKER, BY HIS • monitions he always replied, “ He that
WIFE. lives in fear of death, every moment With balm I have scattered the place where feels its tortures: I will die but once.” D he
But I hope to the Lord it won't make bis crust At last, thus fell in the fifty-sixth year of his age, the conqueror of the Gauls, I'll fiover his grave, but I'll not do as he did, of Pompey, and of the Senate, the For 1 beg to assure him, his dough is not
needed. master of the Roman Republic and the world, who died without uttering the
HABEAS CORPUS ACT. least complaint, or shewing any mark of grief or weakness, in the year before Bishop Burnet relates the following Christ forty-three.
curious anecdote of the above act: “ It It is not to be omitted here, that was carried,” says he, “by an odd aramong many other noble schemes and tifice in the House of Lords. Lords ordinances, which tended to the gran- Grey and Norris were named to be deur of the city of Rome, and the en- tellers. Lord Norris being a man sublargement of the Roman empire, Cæsar ject to vapours, was not at all times reformed the calendar: and with the attentive to what he was doing; and a assistance of the most able astrono- very fat lord coming in, Lord Grey mers, regulated the year according to the counted him ten, in jest at first, but seecourse of the sun. Two months were ing Lord Norris had not observed it, he added to the calendar, and the whole went on with his misreckoning of ten; year was divided into three hundred and so it was reported to the House; and six-y-five days.-He also added one and it was declard, that they who were day to every fourth year in the month for the Bill, were the majority, though of February, and that year was named indeed it was on the other side; and Bissextile or Leap Year.
by this means the Bill passed." The reckoring of time from this regulation, was called the Julian account NEWSPAPER BLUNDERS. of time, and some ages after the Old Style, in opposition to the New, or
In one paper “a beautiful lady's Gregorian Style. This last is now
horse" is advertised for sale ; and this generally followed in most parts of
is immediately followed by “a plain Europe, and reckons eleven days for
cook is wanted in a genteel family”.
just as if none but a beautiful lady warder. With the death of Cæsar ended the
might ride the animal, and an ill. first Triumvirate, or government of the
favoured female dress the family
dinner. Roman Empire by three persons, Pompey, Cæsar, and Crassus.
At the Bazaar in King-street, Port.
man-square, there is for sale“ a green VARIETIES.
child's phaeton ;"-and a fine elegant
mansion is to be let within fifteen miles ANECDOTE OF SIR THOMAS
of London, the notice of which, after GRESHAM.
describing all its perfections, concludes
by saying,—“it has been considered, by Sir Thomas Gresham, who founded every body who have seen it, admirably the Royal Exchange, was the son of a adapted as a residence for lunatics." very poor woman, who one day de. The same paper invites mothers to send serted him in a field ; but fortunately their daughters to a commodions board. the chirping of a grasshopper attracted in school where there is no entrance." the attention of a boy, and seduced
and as an irresistable inducement to him to the spot where he lay, and from
single gentlemen of fortune, they are this circumstance his life was pre- inforined, that in the vicinity of Saint served. To commemorate this fortu- James's-street there is a suite of apartnate event, Sir Thomas adopted the ments to let unfurnished with conve. grasshopper for his crest, and hence, niences.” also, the cause of the similitude of that insect being placed over the Royal Exchange.
A pretty correct idea of the comforts A WELCH EPITAPH.
enjoyed by the poor of the 16th cenThis spot is the sweetest I've seen in my life. tury, may be gathered from the register For it raises my flowers, and covers my wirel of the luxuries in the house-hold book
of the Great Earl of Northumberland. THE LAWYER AND CLIENT. From that document it appears, that Two Lawyers, when a knotty cause was o'er, in one of the most noble and splendid Shook hands, and were as good friends as establishments in the kingdom, the « Zounds," said the client, “how came yon
before: retainers and servants had but spare “ To be such friends, who were such foes just and unwholsome diet; salt beef, mut.
now ?” ton, and fish, three fourths of the year,“Thon fool," said one, " we lawyers, thongh with few or no vegetables, “ so that,"
" Like shears, ne'er cut onrselves, but what's says Hume, “there cannot be any between!” thing more erroneous, than the magnificent ideas formed of the Roast Beef of Old England. My Lord and Lady THE MODERN GREEKS. themselves do not seem to fare so very "I have not seen enough of the delicately, they have set on their tables Modern Greeks,” says Monsieur Chafor breakfast, at seven o'clock in the teaubriand, “tó venture to form an morning, a quart of beer, as much opinion respecting their character. I wine, two pieces of salt fish, six red merely think that there is still an herrings, four white ones, or a dish of abundance of genius in Greece, just as sprats.",
I conceive, that human nature still
preserves its superiority in Rome ; by NUMBER OF BONES IN THE which I would not be understood to HUMAN FRAME.
say, that superior men are now to be
found in that city. At the same time, The number of bones in the human
I fear, that the Greeks are not too well frame amount to 240, of which 63 ap
disposed to break their chains, if pertain to the head, including the 32
even they were released from the teeth; there are 53 bones of the trunk; 64 of the upper, and 60 of the lower
tyranny which oppresses them; they
would not lose, in a moment, the extremities.
marks of their fetters. They have not
only been crushed beneath the weight THE FORCE OF LOVE.
of despotism, but for these two thou. A young Hibernian, who was des- sand years they have been a superanperately in love with a fair English nuated and degraded nation. They belle, was so unfortunate as to fail in have not been renovated, like the rest his suit, though he urged it with all of Europe, by barbarous nations, but the warmth of his countrymen ; swear the very nation which has conquered ing unalterable faith by St. Patrick, &c. them, has contributed to their corrupIn revenge for the lady's neglect, he tion. That nation has not introduced resolved to drown himself, and went among them the rude and savage manto a pond, where stood one of his own ners of the natives of the north, but the countrymen unperceived. The lover voluptuous customs of the southern plunged into the water; but, in spite climes. To say nothing of the religious of all his efforts, the water being too crimes which the Greeks would have shallow, he was unable to accomplish committed by abjuring their altars, his wish. He was now put to his they would have gained nothing by the wits' ends, when espying a tree at adoption of the Koran. In the book some distance, and recollecting that of Mahomet, there is no principle of his garters were long and strong, in civilization, no precept that can impart sight of the Irishman, who remained a elevation to the character: that book tame spectator, he strung himself up. inculcates neither a hatred of tyranny When he had dangled in the air for nor a love of independence. In emsome time, his countryman, who had bracing the religion of their rulers, the remained a passive looker-on, began Greeks would have renounced the arts, to alarm the neighbours, and related sciences, and letters, to become solwhat he had seen ; and on being asked diers of fortune, and blindly to obey why he had suffered the unfortunate the caprice of an absolute sovereign. gentleman to make away with himself? They would either have spent their He declared in his defence—“That by lives in ravaging the world, or of his Jasus he thought the gentleman slumbering on a carpet among women had a mind to bathe, and then, as he and perfumes." was wet, want to hang for a little bit, In treating on the same subject, our in order to dry.
enlightened countryman, Dr. Clarke, says "the boads of the young Greeks,
both male and female, are filled with ASTRONOMICAL OCCURRENCES IN MARCH. extravagant tales, and, as they much
TABLE, delight in recitals, the relation of these Shewing the rising and secting of the tales constitute their songs and dis
Sun every fifth Day. courses. In the islands are vagrant Mar. 1. rises 36w aft, 6 sets 24 p. 5 bards and improvisatori, who, like
25 6 35 5 Homer of old, enter villages and towns, to collect alms, by singing the tradi
6 6 54 5 tions of the country. The women are remarkable for their cleanliness, and
46 5 14 6 the attention paid by them to decency
36 6 24 6 and order in their dwellings. They
PHASES OF THE MOON. are, perhaps, the most industrious First Quarter, Mar. 8 gm aft, 2 aft. housewives upon earth, being entirely Full Moon .. 16 37 5 morn. the slaves of the family. They have Last Quarter 22 11 11 no desire to be abroad, and employ the New Moon . . 302 3 aft. intervals from domestic avocation in Mars will be in conjunction with a spinning or winding cotton. The men in Virgo at three in the morning of the are, for the most part, absorbed in 17th ; Jupiter will be in quadrature at mercenary speculations. The Greeks 45m. after six in the evening of the are active, twist themselves into every 22d ; and Mars will be in opposition variety of posture, and stand in almost at four in the evening of the 25th of every attitude, firm upon their feet, and this month. generally exhibiting a graceful waving REMARKABLE DAYS IN MARCH, line of figure; they seem as if, like Ist. Saint David. cats, they would fall upon their legs, 2d. Saint Chad. Shrove Tuesday. although tossed in every direction. 3d. Ash Wednesday. The features of the Greeks may be said 10th, 12th, 13th, Ember Days. to combine those of the Portuguese 12th, Saint Gregory. and French, having the dark hair and 17th, St. Patrick. eyes of the former, and the fixed gri. 25th. Annunciation of the blessed mace of the latter. Generally speak Virgin Mary. ing, the men among the Greeks are not 28th. Midlent Sunday. handsome; their stature is small, but
ST. DAVID'S DAY. well proportioned. A line, traced to St. David was the great ornament express the profile of a Greek, must be and pattern of his age. He continued convex; but a remarkable distance may in the see of St. David's many years; be observed from the nose to the mouth; and having founded several monasand the Greek has frequently a wide teries, and been the spiritual father of mouth, thick lips, and very large teeth. many saints, both British and Irish, he His forehead is low, and his chin small, died about the year 544, at a very adOf course a description of this kind vanced age. Miles Davies, a native of cannot be without many remarkable Flintshire, composed a Latin Poem on exceptions. The inhabitants of Greece the subject of St. David's Day, upon often differ from each other ; those of which the author thought his fame Lacedemon, and of all the western would rest. It is entitled' “ Martis course of the Morea, together with the Calendæ, sive laudes Cambro Britannatives of Zante and Cephalonia, are a nicæ.” In this poem, if poem it may race of men with much nobler features be called, eulogy seems to have run and more athletic figures, than any of wild, and to have climbed the highest the inhabitants of the Archipelago.
mountains in Cambria ; we will not fatigue our readers with a specimen of
this piece, long since buried in oblivion. MARCH. Among the Romans, March, from BIDDINGS, OR WEDDING PREMars, was the first month; and mar.
SENTS. riages made in this month were ac The following literal transcript of a counted unhappy.
Bidding Letter we subjoin for the March follows next; the voice of song
amusement of such of our readers as Is heard, and gardens brightly bloom; are not familiar with this Welsh pracThongh stormy winds may sweep along, Their sound inspires no moody gloom;
tice. We will remark that it is a kind Thongb clouds, at times, perchance may lower,
of circular letter which is sent round We look beyond the present hoor!
to the friends of the bride and bride
groom who thereupon assemble, and FATAL EFFECTS OF SLOVENmake such biddings, or presents, as
LINESS. their means or inclinations invite; and
BY MR. COBBETT. if these biddings, upon a similar occa. In my English Grammar, I earnestly sion, are not reciprocated by the par- exhort my son always to write in a ties, an action may be brought against plain hand; because if what you write them for the amount:
cannot be understood, you write in “ As we intend to enter the matrimo- vain, and, if the meaning be picked out, nial state on Tuesday the 25th day of that is to say, come at with difficulty, March next, we are encouraged by our there is a waste of time; and time is friends to make a bidding on the occa- property, and, indeed, a part of life sion, the same day, at the young wo- itself. The other day, when I first ad. man's father's house, called Trenythyn. vertised my trees for sale, I besought uchat, in the parish of Llanon, at which gentlemen to write to me in a plain time and place the favour of your very hand: to write the dates and the signagood company is most respectfully so- tures in a plain hand, at any rate. licited; and whatever donation you •
Nevertheless, I received may be pleased to confer op us then, some letters which lay unanswered for will be received with gratitude, and a good while, owing to the bad hand repaid with punctuality, whenever si. writing. • 'Nobody pays so much milarly required,
attention to a slovenly as to a neat and By your obedient servants,
plain piece of writing. It is an inJOHN MORGANS. variable rule with me to fling into the ANN ROGERS."
fire at once any blurred or dirty letter “ The young woman's father and that I receive, and every letter that is mother (Philip and Jane Rogers), also written across the writing, let such lether brothers and sister, (William, ter come from whom it may. People John, and Hannah,) together with that write in this manner are idle peoDanjel Jones, shoemaker, desire that ple. What they put upon paper is unall gifts of the above nature due to worthy of occupying the time of any them, be returned to the young couple persons not like themselves. This on the above day, and will be thankful seems, at first sight, to be a very for all favours granted."
trifling matter; but if we duly reflect
on it, we shall find it a matter of conON WATCHES.
siderable importance. At any rate, as A correspondent says, watches in
I am certain, that I never in my lifegeneral beat and tick from 14,500 to time sent a slovenly scrawl to any per18,000 in one hour, 17,400 is a very son whatever, I beseech those who do usual trane, but as a true second beats me the honour to write to me, to write 18,000, the enclosed calculation is taken to me in a hand that will not compel at that number, and must, of course, me to waste my time, and expose me beat five in every second, 300 in a to the risk of appearing to be guilty of minute, 18,000 in an hour, 434,000 in a negligence or ill-manners. To young day, 3,024,000 in a week, and, con- men I would observe, that slovenliness sequently, 157,784,400, in a year. The is no mark of gentility; that amongst vibration of the balance differs accord- their most valuable possessions is their ing to the escapement; the balance to time ; and I beg them to consider how a vertical watch vibrates or passes large a portion of their time is conbackwards or forwards about half a cir- sumed in decyphering even their own cle; a horizontal about two-thirds; a bad writing. The hand-writing is, duplex near a circle; a detached lever with me, a great thing I cannot berather more; and a lever with rack lieve that slovenliness of hand-writing and pinion will frequently vibrate a can exist without a general slovenliness circle and a half; but taking the cal. in the conducting of affairs, * • * To culation from a detached lever, at one write plain is the great thing : writing circle, and supposing the balance to fast comes of itself. be one inch in diameter, or three inches in circumference, a particle of dirt or must, if placed on the extremity, would SPENCER THE POET, AND THE travel at the rate of 25 yards' in one EARL OF SOUTHAMPTOM. minute, 1,500 in an hour, 20 miles in a It is recorded, that when Spencer day, 143 miles in a week, 7,471 miles had finished the Faery Queen, he carin a year.
ried it to the Earl of Southampton, the great patron of the poets of those days. mirable on this occasion ; they proved The manuscripts being sent up to the their innocence so clearly, and showed Earl, he read a few pages, and then so much courage and magnanimity, ordered his servant to give the writer that they almost persuaded the tyrant's twenty pounds. Reading further, he tools to act justly. The men who had cried in a rapture, “ Carry that man been selected to condemn them began another twenty pounds!” « Proceed- to hesitate, and were inclined to ac. ing still, he said, “ Give him twenty quit them; but Ferdinand, irritated at pounds more." But at length he lost the delay, and impatient to satiate his all patience, and said “ Go, turn that vengeance, had the papers relating to fellow out of the house, for if I read their trial brought to him, and he, with on, I shall be ruined."
his own hand, wrote on each of the
causes the amount of their punishMEMOIR OF ARGUELLES, THE ments, increasing those which had al
SPANISH REFUGEE, NOW IN ready been pronounced by the Judges. THIS COUNTRY
The sentence which he wrote against Don Agustina Arguelles, born in Arguelles, was ten years in the PresiRibadesella in 1775, of one of the most dios. Thus was this patriot loaded with distinguished families of Asturias, was chains, and carried with several of his educated in the University of Oviedo. companions in misfortune to the hot Having finished his studies, he went shores of Africa, doomed to labour to Madrid, where he entered into the amidst felons. The vicinity of Ceuta, office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, however, to Gibraltar, induced the and from it into that of Public Credit, persecuting government of Ferdinand of which Don Manuel Espinosa was to have them removed to the isle of the director. This gentleman having Majorca. When the late revolution remarked in Arguelles both probity occurred, Arguelles was confined in and talent, intrusted him with a com- the little town of Alcudia. The pamission, relating to some financial triots, imagining him still at Ceuta, measure, to the Government of his searched in vain for him there, but in Britannic Majesty. He was in London the mean time he landed at Barcelona. when Napoleon invaded Spain. Re- His journey to Madrid was a triumph called to his country by this event, he of many days: the inhabitants everylanded at Cadiz, where the central where made the air resound with his Junta had established their sittings. name, and with that of the constituHaving been elected representative tion, of which he had been one of the for the province of Asturias, and ap- founders, and indeed one of its marpointed a member of the committee for tyrs. On his arrival at the capital, framing a constitution, he made a re- the hypocritical king received him with port, in the name of that committee, affected kindness, and feigned great which has been considered a master- regret at the sufferings he had enpiece of logic and eloquence. During dured. He was nominated, with the the time he remained a member of the consent of all the patriots, Minister of government, he acquired a great as- the Interior. His conduct, however, cendancy over the minds of his col- during the time of his ministry, comleagues, and by his activity and talents pletely disappointed the expectations induced them to make those political of the people. The measures adopted reforms, which the degraded state of by him were only calculated to kindle Spain required. He had the greatest a civil war; to extinguish the flame of share in the suppression of feudal liberty throughout Spain; and to derights; of the inquisition ; and of the stroy the energies of the people, whose 'abuses and prejudices which had chain- enthusiasm ought rather to have been ed both the soil and the mass of the fanned than smothered by unwise reinhabitants of Spain to a few despica- strictions, particularly at the critical ble tyrants. On the return of Ferdi- moment when the leagued tyrants of nand to Spain, Arguelles was de- Europe were straining every nerve to nounced for his political principles, crush the new system. The consearrested, and tried by a special com- quence of this strange conduct (whieh mission, got up for the purpose of had its origin only in the pride and obcondemning the Liberals. The con- stinacy of his character, that would duct of Arguelles, and of several of not allow him to retrace his steps, his colleagues, who were sharing the when he was in a wrong path,) was same unhappy fate as himself, was ad- the loss of his popularity, and his dis.