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To us there wants not many a happy seat!
We hardly fix, bewilder'd in our choice.
See wbere enthron'd in adamantine state,
Proud of her bards, imperial Windsor sits :
Sweetly thon mayst thy vacant hours possess
In Hampstead, courted by the western wind;
Or Greenwich, waving o'er the winding flood;
Or lose the world amid the silvan wilds
Of Dulwich, yet by barbarous arts unspoild.— Armstrong.

Day.

Births.

Beaths.

XVII. Carneades, B. C. 217, Cyrene. Anne Askew, 1546. burned,
Cal.

Joseph Wilton, A. D. 1722, Smithfield.
Aug.
16.
London.

Gilles Durant, Sieur de la Ber.
Sir Joshua Reynolds, 1723, gerie, 1618. broke, Paris ?
Plympton, Devonshire. Tomaso Anello (Massaniello),

1647. shot, Naples.

Marguerite, Marchioness of The vacuum of the philoso

Brinvilliers, 1676. er. Paris. phers is to be found in a critic's Bishop (John) Pearson, 1686. head. They are at best but the

Chester Cathedral. drones of the learned world, who Francis Michael le Tellier, devour the honey, and will not Marquis de Louvais, 1691. d. work themselves; and a writer

Paris. need no more regard them than Sir Robert Clayton, 1707. Blethe moon does the barking of a

chingly. little senseless cur. For, in Dr. James Keill, 1719, Northspite of their terrible roaring,

ampton. you may, with half an eye, dis- Dr. Thomas Yalden, 1736. cover the ass under the lion's Peter III. (of Russia), 1762. d. skin. Dean Swift.

in prison. (Petersburgh.)
Charles Molloy, 1767.
J. N. H. Hayer, 1780. d. Paris.

M.A.Charrier, 1794.bhd. Paris.
Obits of the Latin Church.
St. Eustathius, Patriarch of

What must God think of the
Antioch, c. 330.

gifts of the impious, when a St. Elier (or Helier), Martyr at good man would blush to reJersey, 6th Century. ceive presents from a villain !

Plato. Fleet Street has a very animated appearance; but I think the full tide of human existence is at Charing Cross.

Johnson.

Who doth not see the measures of the moon,

Which thirteen times she danceth ev'ry year ?
And ends her pavin, thirteen times as soon

As doth her brother, of whose golden hair
She borroweth part, and proudly doth it wear:

Then doth she coyly turn her face aside,
That half her cheek is scarce sometimes descry'd.-Davis.

Arts.

A FESTIVAL at Rhodes upon this day of the Greek month, when a condemned criminal was immolated upon the altar of Saturn. The unnecessary and revolting orgies of cannibalism, also the Gentoo devotional fires have their fearful hold on barbarous minds from one common diabolical institution. The glaring purpose of Christianity is to do away with these things, by all or any means : its instruments are a great and powerful people with the rod of retribution suspended over them, which in the fulness of time a child may pluck down. The highest reach of wisdom is anticipation ; the sublimest virtue, to tread the extremest verge of the age in which we labour.

The Hegira was an establishment of Omar, the 2d Caliph, in imitation of the Æra of Martyrs.-See 29th August. It commenced sixtyeight days before the · Flight' of Mahomet from Mecca to the City, Medina (Yathreb); or on the first day of that Arabian year which coincides with the 16th of July (Friday, sixth nychthemeron), A.D. 622. The common Mohammedan year is lunar, beginning with the first appearance of the new moon (the crescent); but the Arabs and Turks have likewise an historical year of alternate full and hollow months (as the Greeks) with an additional day to the twelfth month eleven times (in the years 2, 5, 7, 10, 13, 15, 18, 21, 24, 26, and 29) during the course of every thirty years. These eleven days are formed by multiplying eight hours, forty-eight minutes, the difference between the lunar and civil years, by the number of the period, at the conclusion of which there is a correspondence within a minute and a half excess beyond the lunations. The year of the Hegira, 1245, beginning the first of Muharram (30 July, A. D. 1829) was the fifteenth intercalated year of the forty-first Mussulman cycle, and is therefore properly composed of three hundred and fifty-five days. The Hadj of the Arabs, or great sacrifice, is celebrated at Mecca, about the full moon of Dulkagiadath (June) after a tedious pilgrimage from Cairo of thirty days.-See 1st April.

Yet how calm is the voice of history, compared with that of polemics. --Gibbon.

And therefore, host, I warn thee beforne,
He springeth cockle in our clean corne.
My jolly body shall a tale tell,
And I shall clinken you so merry a bell,
That I shall waken all this company;
But it shall not be of philosophy,
Nor of physiek, nor terms quaint of law;
There is but little Latin in my maw.---Chaucer's Shipman.

Acts.

The Greek Patriarch, Michael Cerularius, is excommunicated in the heart of Constantinople, by the Pope's legates, 1054. “Shaking the dust from their feet, they deposited on the altar of St. Sophia, a direful anathema, which enumerates the seven mortal heresies of the Greeks, and devotes them to the eternal society of the devil and his angels." The Greeks have never evacuated their errors ; the Popes have never repealed their sentence; and from this thunderbolt we may date the consummation of the schism between the two churches.

Alphonso of Castile defeats the Moors in the plains of Tolosa, at the foot of the Sierra Morena, 1212. This day became an anniversary festival, called “ The triumph of the Cross."

Edward III. lands at Antwerp, attended by a numerous fleet, 1338.

The coronation of Richard II. then in his twelfth year, 1377. The young prince passed to the Abbey under a canopy of blue silk, borne on spears of silver by the barons of the cinque ports. “In the market of Cheapside was erected (by the merchants) a building in the form of a castle, out of which ran two streams of wine. On its four turrets were placed four girls, dressed in white, and of the same age with the king. As he approached, they blew towards him small shreds of gold-leaf ; then showered upon him florins made of papers; and coming down, helped him and his attendants to wine out of cups of gold. To conclude this loyal exhibition, an angel descended from the summit of the castle, and offered to the king a golden crown.” The age of our Chaucer is only rivalled by the sterling richness of his invention. The Baron Percy was created Earl of Northumberland upon that great occasion.

A direful pestilence and famine, the scourge of England and France for two years, which caused an intermission of hostilities between the nations, 1439. Kissing, by an act, was dispensed with in the homage.

And many a Jack of Dover hast thou sold
That hath been twice hot and twice cold.---The Coke.

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'Tis sweet to hear the watch-dog's honest bark

Bay deep-mouth'd welcome as we draw near home : 'Tis sweet to know there is an eye will mark

Our coming, and look brighter when we come :
'Tis sweet to be awaken'd by the lark,

Or lull'd by falling waters; sweet the bum
Of bees, the voice of girls, the song of birds,

The lisp of children, and their earliest words.---Byron.

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Anne Askew, an accomplished Protestant lady, after being put to the torture, was burned this day for heresy, 1646. It is remarkable that her husband was accuser, the Lord Chancellor, Wriothesley, extortioner, and Sir Martin Bowes, the Mayor of London, her incendiary; a three-horse power, besides that towered strength, the king's pleasure ; and it might be difficult perhaps to have drawn a fifth knob from the council-board shaped more strikingly for that unmanly work.

Mary of Scotland is removed from Carlisle to Bolton, and committed to the straiter custody of Scroope, lord of the castle, and Sir Francis Knollys, 1568. She was translated from thence to the castle of the Earl of Shrewsbury, at Tutbury, upon the Dove in Staffordshire, during the severity of a Scottish winter, the 26th of January, 1569.

The Infant Charles, Duke of Albany, departs for England, 1604.

King James, with the Queen, Prince Henry, and divers lords, is entertained by the Company of Merchant 'Tailors, 1607. Master Benjamin Jonson, the poet, “ for the reputation and credit of the company,” was caterer-general of the music, speeches, and inventions ; " by reason that the company doubt that their schoolmaster and * scholleres' be not acquainted with such kind of entertainments.” Dr. John Bull, chamber-musician to the King, was free of that company (saith Stow) “ being in a citizen's gown, cap, and hood; and while his Majesty was at table the Doctor played most excellent melody upon a single pair of organs placed there for that purpose only."

The impeachment of Hurley, who is committed to the Tower, 1715. The victory under the walls of Belgrade, by Prince Eugene, 1717.

Buonaparte sends a flag of truce and enters the Bellerophon, man-ofwar, commanded by Captain Maitland, who proceeds with his illustrious ruin to Torbay, where he was transferred to the Northumberland, 1815.

Dear is the helpless creature we defend
Against the world; and dear the schoolboy spot
We ne'er forget, though there we are forgot.---Byron.

Thus base-born minds :--but as for me,

I can and will be free:
Like a strong mountain, or some stately tree,

My soul grows firm upright,
And as I stand, and as I go,

It keeps my body so.
No! I can never part with my creation-right;

I cannot make this iron knee
Bend to a meaner power than that which form'd it free.-Watts.

Day.

Births.

Deaths.

XVI. Dr. Isaac Watts, 1674, South- Robert Guiscard, the Norman, Cal. ampton,

Duke of Apulia, 1085. died, 17.

Adrian Reland, 1676, Ryp, Corfu. (Venusia.)
North Holland.

Artaveldt, 1345. murd. Ghent.
Lady Janet Glamis, 1537.

burned, Edinburgh.
Commonly trees that ripen Lewes Lavaterus, 1586. died,
latest, blossom the soonest, as Zurich.
peaches, sloes, almonds; and Amandus Polanus, 1610. died,
it seems a work of Providence, Basil.
as they could not otherwise have Edward Sackville, Earl of Dor-
the sun long enough to ripen. set, 1652. Withiam,

Sylva. Dr. James Duport, 1679. Pe

terborough.

Bishop (James) Fleetwood, Obits of the Latin Church.

1683. Worcester. Sts. Speratus, and his com- William, Earl of Cadogan, panions, called the Scillitan

1726. Martyrs, at Carthage, 202.

Marie Joseph Chalier, 1793. St. Marcellina, of Rome, Vir

guillotined, Lyons. gin, c. 400.

Charlotte Cordé, 1793. executed, St. Alexius (or Alexis), of Rome, Paris. 5th Century.

Dr. John Roebuck, 1794. St. Ennodius, Bishop of Pavia, John Baptist de Secondat, 1796. 521.

d. Bourdeaur. St. Turnin, of Ireland, 8th Cen- Sir Richard Joseph Sulivan, tury.

1806. d. Thames-Ditton. St. Leo IV. Pope, d. 855.

I've an aversion to those charms,
And hug dear Liberty in both my arms. ---Watts.

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