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illustration, it will appear remarkably of cases, eminent men have derived their striking, that such an inheritance is more talents from either parent, and that it is generally derived from the maternal than a remarkable circumstance, that such inthe paternal side. In the examples to heritance is most generally from the mabe adduced, a selection has been made ternal side. with a view to the different varieties of mental superiority, and the following A new and Comprehensive Topogracomprehends philosophers, poets, his phical Dictionary. By JOHN ĠORtorians, and orators :
Part 1. * LORD BACON.-His mother was daugh
From the skill exercised upon the first ter to Sir Anthony Cooke; she was skilled in many languages, and translated part of the work before us, we anticipate and wrote several works, which display- will prove a very valuable and instructive
ihat this Dictionary, when completed, ed learning, acuteness, and taste.
book of reference. The descriptions are Hume the historian, mentions his mo- clear, concise, and ably written, and emther, daughter of Sir D. Falcoper, Pre- brace much novelty in the arrangement. sident of the College of Justice, , as a woman of “ singular merit,” and who, with the distance and direction of each
The population of nearly every place, although in the prime of life, devoted parish or village from the nearest postherself entirely to his education.
R. B. SHERIDAN.-Mrs. Frances She town, and the value of all church livings ridan was a woman of considerable abi
as they are rated in the King's Book, 10lities. It was writing a pamphlet in his gether with the annual value of those defence, that first introduced her to Mr. which, according to the last parliamentary Sheridan, afterwards her husband. She return, do not amount to more than £150 also wrote a novel highly praised by worthy of notice, are given with accuracy
per ann., with numerous other particulars :-Johnson. SCHILLER the German poet.-His mo
A map of the County of Middlether was an amiable woman; she had a if we are to view it as a specimen of those
sex accompanies the first number; and strong relish for the beauties of nature, that are to follow in succession, we can and was passionately fond of music and only say that the County Atlas alone will poetry. Schiller was her favourite child. be worth the entire cost of the book; for
William Pitr.-Son of the great we do not know any other map of its size Lord Chatham, GOEThe thus speaks of his parents :
superior either as io drawing or execu
tion. “ [ inherited from my father a certain sort of eloquence, calculated to enforce
By way of illustrating the foregoing, my doctrines to my auditors; from my to the ancient town of Alnwick, which
we pick out a portion of the description mother I derived the faculty of represent contains the following curious practice. ing all that the imagination can conceive, with energy and vivacity.”
“ The custom of making freemen at LORD Erskine's mother was a woman buted to a piece of humorous revenge on
Alnwick, which is very ludicrous, is attriof superior talent and discernment; by the part of King John, for having endured her advice, her son betook himself to the bar.
considerable personal inconvenience from THOMSON the poet. - Mrs. Thomson
the miry state of the roads. Those who was a woman of uncommon natural en
are to be made free assemble in the market. dowments, possessed of every social and place on St. Mark's day, each man dressed domestic virtue, with a warmth and viva. by his side. From this place they pro
in white, with a white cap, and a sword city of imagination scarcely inferior to ceed on horseback, headed by the four BOERHAAVE's mother acquired a know
chamberlains, attired in the same manledge of medicine, not often found in fe. ner, to the Town Moor, where they
alight, and all rush through a muddy pool, males. Sir Walter ScotT.-His mother, their soiled habiliments, and return to the
which ceremony performed, they change Elizabeth, daughter of D. Rutherford,
town." W. S. was a woman of great accomplishments and virtue. She had a good taste for, and wrote poetry, which appear.
The celebrated Venetian traveller Mared in print in 1789. We might farther mention the mother tries of the East as early as the thirteenth
co Polo, who visited nearly all the counof Marmontel, of Buonaparte, Sir William Jones, and a host of others. But a
century, in the narrative of his travels sufficient number has been given, we think, to show, that in a great majority
* Chapman and Hall.
WONDERS OF TARTARY.
relates the following marvellous parti of his, who had at one time occasion to culars.
correspond, and who both wrote quite “The people of Thibet were said to unintelligibly to those not accustomed to be the most skilful necromancers in the their writing. The one was a late Somworld. They could cause tempests to ersetshire baronet, and the other a wellarise, accompanied with flashes of light- known medical knight, who is still in the ning and thunderbolts, and produce upper air. The latter called on the Docmany other miraculous effects. In the tor one morning, to beg him to read a province of Kaindu, contiguous to Thi- letter that he had received from the babet, was a mine of turquoises, and a salt- ronet, of which he could not decypher water lake producing abundance of a single word ; when Dr. G. put into pearls. The usual money of the country his hand one of his own, which had was salt made into little cakes, worth come inclosed to him by that morning's about two-pence each. The hills of all post, from the baronet, with a similar rethis region were frequented by the musk quest, that he would read it for him, as gazelles in such numbers, that the air he could not understand a syllable of it! was perfumed from them at the distance of many miles.
A TAPSTER'S INCANTATIONS. “ The province of Carazan was infested by crocodiles or alligators, of
(See Macbeth, Act 4, Scene 1.) which our author gives a singularly dis- SCENE-An alehouse cella on Sunday. In torted account. Here,' he says,
the middle a caldron.
Enter a TAPSTER and three POTBOYS. huge serpents, ten paces long and ten spans wide round the body; at the fore.
1st Potooy part, near the head, they have two short Doors are barr'd and coast is clear, legs, having three claws like those of a
2nd Potboy tiger, with eyes larger than a fourpenny
Exciseman cannot enter here, loaf and very glaring; the jaws are wide
3rd Potboy enough to swallow a man ; the teeth
'Tis time, 'tis time to drug the beer. are large and very sharp; and their
Round al out the caldron go; whole appearance is so formidable, that
In the poisoning mixtures throw : neither man nor any kind of animal can Dregs of porter, dregs of ale, approach them without terror,' Before Dregs of stout, grown thick and stale, the inhabitants of Carazan were made
Which have trickled, drop by drop,
Into gathering sink of slop, subject to the Tartar emperor, they had Hid beneath the bar, and fill'd the custom of murdering every stranger
Thro' holes in the counter drillid who came among them possessing any
“ Turns o'glasses" dead and flat
Boil thou first in the charmed vat! superior qualities of mind or body, in
ALL hopes that his spirit, endowed with all its
Double, double, toil and trouble; intelligence, would remain in the family. Fire burn, and caldron bubble. “In the province of Kankandan, both
Tapster the men and women had the custom of Water, which the gutter drain'd covering their 'teeth with thin plates of
From the house-top, when it rain'd. gold; they were also punctured or tat
Quassia strong, and Dantzic spruce, tooed on the arms and legs. The prac
Spanish and tobacco juice;
Sugar brown, both coarse and sweet, lice of gilding the teeth or of dyeing them Press'd by negroes naked feet; black, seems to belong properly to the
Black molasses, cheap and bad; Malay nations. In Kankandan, when a
Arsenic - No! (that's for the gin:)
Juice of poppies next pour in : woman was delivered of a child, the hus Fire the whole with vitriol well; band immediately went to bed, where he
Then the PORTER's fit-to sell ! remained like an invalid for forty days,
For a drink of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble. receiving the congratulations of his friends
ALL and relations. This singular custom was
Double, double, toil and trouble, observed also among the Tibareni in the Fire burn, and caldron bubble. mountains of Armenia."
(Loud knocking without
What is't you do?
A deed without a name !
I conjure you, answer me ! and truly estimable man, used to relate an amusing anecdote of two gentlemen, (TAPSTER and POTBoys vanish. The Ex
remains and bol mutually acquainted, but both friends Liquor
Diary and Chronology.
Saturdas, January 9.
brity, his attainments were of the highest order, and his critical labours in the
Sunday, January 10.
FIRST SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY.
The historians of our saiot report him to have died in the odour of sanctity on the morning of the 10th of January, 1209, having received extreme unction the day before, and being stretched out on ashes, laid in the form of a cross on the hair shirt he generally wore. He was uncle' to the celebrated Countess Maud. This mode of dying on ashes, is still preserved in some monasteries.
Monday, January 11.
author. Of this writer little more is known than that he was a physician of
Tuesday, January 12.
Wednesday, January 13.
This virgiu saint was a native'of Milan in Lombardy, and born of poor parents. In her youth she took the religious habit in the Augustine Convent of St. Martha at Milan, where she behaved with the utmost austerity, and was said to be a living
model of the order she bad embraced. Jun 13, 1819.-Died Dr. Wolcott, known to the literary world under the cognomen of Peter
Pindar, at the great age of 81. This facetious writer and bitter satirist possessed
Thursday, January 14.
The learned wojks of this excellent classical scholar are too well known to need
Friday, January 15.
for an account of this Saint see our first volume.
The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth took place on this day at Westminster. Lord Burleigh thus speaks of the maiden Queen, bis Royal Mistress :-" There was never soe wise a woman borne, for all respects, as Queene Elizabeth ; for she spake and understoode all languages, knewe all estates and dispositions of all princes, and was so experte in her owne, as noe counseller she had could tell her that she knew not. She had soe rare gifts, as when her council had said all they cold, she wold finde out a wise counsel beyond all theirs ; and thus she shewed her wisdome and care of her country, for there never was anie great consultation, but she wold be present there herself, to her great profit and praise.
Saturday January 16.
English Grammar, and other works. His grammar has passed through nume•
Sunday, January 17.
SECOND SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY.
Lessons for the Dayl c. Isaiah morn. -63 c, Isaiah even,
time when you would have courted such an expedition."
" You say truly, good Eyland ; but THE AMBUSCADE;
I have forebodings that this night will be
fatal to some of us." THE ASTROLOGER'S PREDICTION.
“ Pshaw! a childish fear; what has
put these strange fantasies into your head, A TALE OF THE LOW COUNTRIES.
Peace, good Will,” replied the other,
" thou knowest not the cause ; look up
to the sky above us ; seest thou yon little Trewly some men there be
star to the right of that bright twinkler That lyne alwayes in greate borroore,
over that ruin ?"
“ I do ; what of it?"
“ It glows like a comet; it foretells
approaching evil to me.” “ We shall not reach Leyden before Eyland smiled.
," said Frank Marberoll to his “ Nay, laugh not; I will tell you the friend and companion, as they rode at the strange story, and you will then pity what head of their little troop of pistoliers. you may be pleased to call my weakness. “We are full six leagues from the city, Know that some five years since, I was and if the Spaniard be out, we may have drinking in a tavern at Paris, with several sharp work on't. I would that our march wild gallants of my own age, when one was ended, for these roads are not to my of them proposed a visit to an ancient man liking.”
who dwelt in the Fauxbourg St. Denis. “ This is somewhat strange language Having grown mérry over our host's wine, for one of your mettle, my good friend, we determined to finish the evening by remarked his companion ;
" there was a repairing to the house of the Astrologer, 3-Vol. V. с
whom we roused from his slumbers at that was in every respect calculated to inspire late hour. He satisfied us by reply. the beholder with a veneration mingled ing to the several questions put to him, with awe. A black velvet cap pressed with great shrewdness and sagacity, and to his temples a few white and straggling we departed, having amply remunerated locks with which his pale cheeks held rihim for his trouble. After parting with valry, and a long beard, outvying in comy companions, I proceeded to my hotel, lour the snows of the Jungfrau, descended but the firm and impressive manner of this to the richly wrought girdle which conold man had created in me an irresistible fined his sombre-coloured gauberdine at desire to know something more of one the waist. I was about to address the whose demeanour evidently showed him venerable old man, when he interrupted to be of a superior cast.
me, and in a deep and sonorous voice, "On the following morning, as the said, clock of a neighbouring church struck “My son, I well know the business eight, I rapped at the old man's door, and that brings thee hither. Good or ill, thou was instanıly admitted into an apartment would'st know what fortune has in store furnished somewhat fantastically, but yet for thee.' with every regard to comfort and conve. "I would,' said I, putting a gold niences A row of shelves occupied one ducat on the table. side of the room, and on it were ranged a 66 • Then come to me at the hour of multitude of books in all languages, whose eight to-morrow evening ; I will then unbroad backs and raised bands proclaimed fold to thee that which thou would'st their origin. Among them I counted know; but first leave me your name and those written by the famous Nostradamus; age.' the huge tomes containing the labours of “ I complied with this request, and quite Ptolemy and Albertus Magnus, and the ting the house, hastened to my lodgings. subtle treatises of Cornelius Agrippa. The You may suppose that I waited anxiously figure of him who occupied the apartment for the appointed time. On the following