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Sketches of Society-Religious Prejudices in India, &c.

[February 7. 1818. upon, and killed beneath the fire. This The merry pastime, cried—Avaunt to care! and truly laudable exertions of some of sport finished, the Marshal, an officer so All—while cach slip a forfeit would incur,

our countrymen, who, although they (A slip that hardly left a lasting slur :) called, who, with many other different

With the same ardour as when childhood dawns, pleaded in favour of humanity, their appellations, was created for the pur- Survey'd the accumulating store of pawns;

pleadings were at first not only disrepose of conducting the revels, placeth And all enjoy'd, with eyes that rapture beam'd, garded, but received through prejudicethem in their several appointed places. The frolic penance that each pawn redeem'd as an insult: but the persevering cha6. After the second course, the “ an. Perhaps, self-doom'd to ply the gipsy's trade,

racter of Britons was not to be discientest of the Masters of the Revels Or through the gridiron kiss the kitchen maid, Or, by a gentle metaphoric trick,

couraged by obstacles: Colonel Walker singeth a song, with the assistance of With cleaner lips salute the candlestick,

did not desist from his humane purothers there present ;' and after some Or catch the elusive apple with a bound, poses; he sought opportunities of inrepose and revels, supper, consisting of As with its taper it fiew whizzing round, forming the understandings of the peotwo courses, is then served in the hall, or, with the mouth half-diving to the neck,

ple, in respect to the nature of the and being ended, the Marshal pre-Or, into wildness as the spirits work, · The splendid sbilling' in a meal-tub seek,

crime ; when he discovered, it was gesenteth himself with drums afore him, Display a visage blacken'd o'er with cork,

nerated by pride, avarice, and the almounted upon a scaffold, borne by four Meantime, the geese-dance" gains upon the sight leged inferiority of woman : but by dismen; and goeth three times round a. In all the pride of mimic splendour bright; cussing the subject frequently in the bout the harthe, crying out aloud,

As urchin bands affect the pageant show,

;

Cutcherry (Court of Justice) and exLord, a Lord, &c. then he descendeth, And pigmy kings with carnage Stain their path, posing the enormity of the practice, as and goeth to dance."

Shake their cock-plumes, and lift their swords of contrary to religion and nature, every lath;

cast, at length, came to express an abTWELFTH NIGHT.

And great St George struts, valorous, o'er the horrence of infanticide ; and the obstiplain,

nate principles of the Jarejahs began OR, KING AND QUEEN.

And boasts the trophies of the dragon slain ; Now the mirth comes,

And little dames their favouring smiles bestow; to be shaken. What was the result ? With cake full of plums,

And · father Christmas' bends his head of snow ! - In the course of twelve months, seWhere Beane's the king of the sport here ;

See Polwhele's Poems. veral of the chiefs formally abjured Beside, we must know,

the practices of infanticide, and were The Pea also

• Which answers to the morris.dance.

soon followed by the Jarejah tribes in Must revel as Queene in the court here.

general; shortly after, in 1808, these Begin then to chuse,

chiefs bound themselves, by a solemn This night as ye use,

From Buchanan's View of Religious engagement, so discontinue the pracWho shall for the present delight here,

Prejudices in India.

tice. About the end of the year 1809, Be the King by the lot, And who shall not

many of the Jarejah fathers brought

Among the Hindoos (a people by their infant daughters to Col. Walker's Be Twelfe-day Queene for the night here.

no means ferocious, but rather of mild tent, and exhibited them with pride and Which knowne, let us make

and inoffensive habits) á shocking prac- fondness, their mothers and nurses also Joy-sops with the cake;

tice has prevailed during time immemo attending on this interesting occasion. And let not a man then be seen here,

rial, of murdering their semale infants, as The emotions of nature here exhibited, Who unwig'd will not drinke To the base from the brink

soon as they come into the world. The were extremely moving; the mothers A health to the King and Queene here. number of females thus sacrificed, ac- placed their infants in the hands of

cording to Buchanan, in the provinces Colonel Walker, calling on him to proNext crowne the bowle full

of Cutch and Gazera, alone, was cal- tect what he alone had taught them to With gentle lambs-wooll;

culated in 1807, at the lowest, to a preserve. These infants they emphatiAdde sugar, nutmegs, and ginger, With store of ale too;

mount to 3000 annually. The mother cally called his children. A Jarejah And thus we must doe

is generally the executioner, except chief, by name Huttajee, who had, conTo make the Wassaile a wincer.

among women of rank, whose slaves or trary to general practice, preserved his

attendants perform the horrid office. daughters, brought them to the British Give then to the King Anl Queen wassailing;

Several methods are practised, one of camp to be vaccinated. They were And though with all ye be whet here,

which is, immediately after the birth then six or eight years of age, but they Yet part ye from hence,

of a female, they put some opium into wore turbans, and were habited like And free from offence,

its mouth. The destruction of so ten boys, to avoid the taunts and reproaches As when ye innocent met here.

der and helpless a subject, is effected of the people !--Asif afraid or ashamed Herrick's Hesperides.

without difficulty or without struggle. to acknowledge their sex, they assured

In defence of this inhuman act, these the English," that they were not girls," But chief, around his table, Twelfth day drew tribes allege, that the education of and with infinite simplicity appealed to The neighbours of the knight, a social tew. daughters is expensive—that it is diffi- their father to corrobate their assertion. Nor sooner, as its chill and transient close, Ilad evening ting'd a weary waste of snows,

cult to procure a suitable settlement of -So strong have been the prejudices, Than from the great plum cake, whose charms them in marriage; and the preservation and so great the mental debasement of entice

of female honour is a charge of solicitude this people, that if, by any means, a feFach melting mouth, was dealt the luscious slice; to a family, and that when they want male infant escaped a few years, she As all the painted tapers in array Flung round the jovial room a minic day,

wives, it is more convenient to buy them, has been contemplated as a reproach to To make to wonted sports the fancy wild,

or solicit them from another cast, than to her cast. Another practice of barbaWhere e'en the grey-beard re-assun'd the child. breed them themselves. This atrocity rity, founded on the darkest superstiYes! all-the gay, the serious, prompt to share was brought to light by the benevolent ' tion, is also noticed, that of sacrificing

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Penal Larus against Dissenlers-Perfectability of Man,

223 children in consequence of vows, or to

In 1673, a bill was brought in to dis. / and expansion. The public mind can appease the wrath of their deities by tinguish between Protestants and Ca. bear but one crop at a time, and the drowning them in the river Ganges ! or tholics, but was lost by the prorogation production best suited to the season exposing them to sharks, crocodiles, &c. of parliament. In 1678-9, a test was and immediate state of the soil springs -İn China and some other parts, in provided, which admitted Protestant up spontaneously from seeds long before fanticide is countenanced by the Go- dissenters into parliament, but excluded deposited on the surface. vernment, on principles of wretched Catholics. Next year the same bill was We are led to make these reflections policy, to avoid the horrors of famine. lost by the same means.

Two other by meeting with an anticipation of a very bills of the same pature were lost by the remarkable modern opinion. The docsame means in 1680.

trine of the perfectability of human so. Sketch of the Penal Laws against the

The high authority of King William ciety, as supported by Godwin, ConDissenters.

was unsuccessfully employed to procure dorcet, and other writers of the same The first law by which any person a repeal of the Corporation and Test school, in a political author of the last was bound to receive the sacrament ac- acts.

century, in whose peaceful pages it has cording to the rites of the Anglican In 1711 an act passed requiring all lain till now, unnoticed. The passage church, is that of the 3d James I. ch. 4. persons who should accept of offices, in which it is found, is contained in a This was only intended against Papists; not only to take the sacrament of the tract by Sir William Petty, entitled, for Protestant dissenters did not then Lord's Supper, but to conform strictly “ Verbum Sapienti,” where the author, separate themselves from the established to the worship of the church of Eng. after showing how much the nation church, but occasionally conformed to land during all the time they held them. might be enriched by a small addition her ritual. Bishop Stilling fleet dates In 1718 this act was repealed. to the industry of the labouring class, the separation of the dissenters from In 1735 a motion was made in the proceeds to ask himself the question, the church, only from the time of House of Commons for the repeal of · When should we rest from this great Charles II's declaration of indulgence, the Tests, and was lost by 251 to 123. industry ?” To which he answers, issued 1691-2, when they began to build In 1739, on the same motion being “ When we have certainly more money meeting-houses for themselves. The renewed, the numbers were 188 to 89. than any of our neighbour's states, king's indulgence was granted to pro. In 1787, the majority against the dis- (though never so little) both in arithtect the Roman Catholics ; but when senters was 78 ; in 1789, only 20; but metical and geometrical proportion, i.e. parliament met, it opposed the tolerant in 1790 they were repulsed by a great when we have more years provision aspirit of Charles, and tacked to the bill majority, and since that period no stir forehand, and more present effects.” of supplies the existing Test act. In has been made by the Protestants to “ What then, (he again enquires) the parliament were many dissenters; recover their former privileges. shall we busy ourselves about ?" I anbut their antipathy to Popery was so

swer, in ratiocinations upon the works strong, that they consented to suspend

and will of God, to be supported not their own rights, in order to prevent any Origin of the Doctrine of the Perfecta- only by the indolency, but also by the restoration of the papal power.

bility of Man.

pleasure of the body; and not only by The Test act provides, that every There is no species of research more the tranquillity, but serenity of the mind; person who shall take any office, civil

, amusing, or indeed more instructive, and this exercise is the natural end of or military, or shall receive any salary, than to trace the origin and progress of man in this world, and that which best pay, fee, or wages, by reason of any those great leading ideas which succes, disposeth him for his spiritual happiness patent of his majesty, or shall be ad- sively engage the attention of mankind in that which is to come. The motions mitted into the family of his majesty, at different periods, and pass from à of the mind being the quickest of all shall receive the sacrament of the Lord's merely speculative existence, to a state others, afford most variety, wherein is Supper after the manner of the church of practical influence on the concerns the very form and being of pleasure; of England, within three months after of life. The usual effect of this exer- and by how much the more we have of their admittance into the said office. cise is greatly to diminish the sense of this pleasure, by so much the more we

Any person convicted of offending novelty in regard to opinions, and al- are capable of it, even ad infinitum.". against this act, is disabled from ever most to produce a conviction that there To those who have read the “ Politi. after suing in any court-from becom- is no such thing as pure invention, either cal Justice,” it is unnecessary to point ing guardian, executor, or administra- in art or science. “We find so many in- out the close affinity which this quotator-from profiting by any legacy or stances of what are called new doctrines tion bears to the fundamental proposi. deed of gift, or from bearing any office distinctly stated by old writers, that we tions of that work; but it must be al. within England or Wales—and in addi- are apt at last to call in question the best lowed, that Mr Godwin greatly outdoes tion to these incapacities, is to forfeit founded claims to the merit of discovery. Sir William in the length to which he L.500. Non-commissioned officers in The fact seems to be, that the germs of carries his principle, as he conceives the navy, petty constables, overseers of all kinds of ideas are at all times to be that one half hour's labour in the day, the poor, and such like small offices, found in the human mind, if not indi- faithfully performed by each individual, are exempted from the operation of the vidually, at least collectively, much in would suffice for the supply of all our bill.

the same way as the seeds of vegetable bodily wants, and consequently leaves After this act came the act of Uni- and animal life exist invisibly in the us more ample leisure for intellectual formity, which compelled two thousand atmosphere; and that only a favour- occupation and enjoyment. To make ministers, who could not comply with able conjunction of circumstances is any remark on the absurdity of a whole the tests it required, to quit their livings. I wanted to call

them forth into vigour nation retiring from the world, either to

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Perfectability of Man-Case of Harriet Sadler.

[ February 7. 1818. religious or philosophical contempla. Curran and Phillips, and the eloquence) ever most becomingly employed. Untion, is happily now superfluous, al. of the Irish bar, the following speech, der another aspect, and it appears to though but a few years have elapsed which was some time ago delivered by have been that in which the defendant since it was necessary to treat it as a Counsellor North, in the Court of Com- beheld her, she was yet more profoundserious question. In the age of Sir mon Pleas, Dublin, will be read with ly interesting. Arrived at that critical William Petty, the speculation seems to great interest, not less on account of the season of life, when a young woman have been equally harmless, as it does sulject, than from the strength and holds forth to the spoiler the double not appear that any attention was paid feeling displayed by the speaker in his temptation of her beauty and her weak to it by his contemporaries, or by him- eloquent address.

ness ; when she is most inviting and self in his subsequent writings.

The action was brought by a Mrs most unprotected; when the fearless, It is a much more pleasant task, how. Plowman, to recover compensation from unsuspecting heart gives a ready ad ever, to follow the progress of truth “ a veteran in vice," of the name of mission of affection and regard, ere it than of error, and when a new and im- Watson, for the maintenance of a young has learned the difficult lesson of disportant principle has been discovered, woman, Harriet Sadler, whom he had trust, and, judging from its own inno.. to look back, and observe the brilliant clandestinely married, and afterwards cence, is all incredulous of iniquity, light which it throws round it, illumin. deserted.

surrendered with a youthful, yielding ating the obscure places of science, and “ The plaintiff in this action is a wi- ardour, to every fine enchantment, and making that plain to the meanest which dow lady of advanced years ; of that folded in the golden tresses of each once perplexed the most exalted under- middle station of life, which, upon the lovely hope ! This beautiful and affectstandings. In regard to the science of confines of both conditions, while it is ing scene of domestic happiness seems political economy, to which the fanci- not entirely exempted from those ruder not to have been lost on the defendant. ful notion abovementioned properly be wants that assail the lowest orders of He appears to have had a full taste and longs, one of those dark corners cer- the community, is also keenly suscepti- relish for all the various prospects it aftainly was all that concerns the doctrine ble of those profounder injuries, that, forded,—it happy views of felicity in of population, before the appearance of in the upper walks of society, are sus- every gradation of human existence! Mr Malthus's work; and it affords a cu. tained by highly cultivated affections He saw and admired, as Satan admir. rious instance of the disposition before and a refined sensibility. In the year ed our first parents in paradise-he mentioned, that the originality of that 1805, this respectable woman resided congratulated' himself on the discovery author's views has been denied by some in the Crescent, on the Clontarf road, he had made of a singular instance of of his opponents, upon the ground of and, for the purpose of increasing the sublunary enjoyment! A grandmother, the various scattered hints on the sub- resources of her narrow income, resort- a mother, and a daughter, mingling in ject which are to be met with in pre- ed to the expedient of letting lodgings. their race and happy union all the sourceding writers.

Her daughter lived within a few doors ces of tenderness and regard, indulging To men of philosophical habits, how of her in the same buildings-a widow, in the exercises of all the offices of kinever, the wonder is, how any thing ap- also the mother of a numerous family, dred love ; imparting to each other the proaching so nearly to a perfect disco happy till their acquaintance with the beams of kindly affection ; interchangvery could have been produced on a defendant. It was in the summer of ing, communicating, multiplying, the subject relating so immediately to the the year 1805, that the defendant was effluxes of bliss ! He saw, and he confirst concerns of society; and, perhaps, received into the house of the plaintiff ceived the resolution of tearing asunin the whole compass of human know- in the capacity of a lodger ;-a gentle. der this fine tissue of love, and blasting ledge there is not such another instance man of more than 60 years of age, of in one common ruin the happiness of to be found. But the true criterion of considerable property,—it has been stat- three generations! With every member the degree of praise due to Mr Malthus, ed to be full L.1500 a-year,-a father, of this interesting family the defendant is to observe the manner in which the and I believe, too, a father of daugh- cultivated a close and intimate friend, ablest writers before his time treated ters. There was at this time in the ship. The reverence of the plaintiff he questions connected with that prin- plaintiff's family another inmate, to commanded by the repeated lessons of ciple, of which it is said they were in whom I must now introduce you, the piety, and he obtained her respect by such complete possession. Examined foremost figure in this pathetic picture the perpetual maxims of prudence that by this test, his merits will be found to the principal character in this melan- were ever flowing from his lips. These be of the first order; and they are the choly tragedy,-a young creature,—a lessons and these maxims he had but more remarkable on this account, that woman I can scarcely call her,-17 too frequent opportunities of inculcatthe subject on which he has displayed years of age, then Harriet Sadler, since ing on the mind of his young pupil. such high philosophical powers, is one Mrs Watson, the defendant's victim and This young housekeeper was in the haapparently little adapted to the genius his wife. At this period she presented bit of repairing to town three or four of the English nation, which has always to every well constituted mind an ob- times in the week, to purchase necesabounded in the shallow race of politi-ject of pleasing and benevolent interest, saries for the family. The defendant cal arithmeticians, but never before pro- growing up to womanhood in the shade found it convenient that his occasions duced a political economist.

E. and protection of her aged guardian, should call him there also. He gave

whom she relieved in the decline of life her what is called his protection on the

from the anxiety of household cares, by way, and availed himself of the advane Case of Miss Harriet Sadler.

the ready and diligent performance of tages this intercourse afforded. How a As a great deal of discussion has those small domestic duties, in which a man of his years contrived to recomlately taken place about Counsellors young person of her sex and station is mend himself to a young girl of seven

why did

January 7. 1818.[
Case of Heriot Sadler.

225 teen, the Author of our being only, the marriage will be established in evi- , his answer in his ear as evidence of the who lias given it to us with all its sin- dence. The first of these is of an inte marriage-conjured up the inquirer, gularities, weaknesses, and capacities, is resting nature. The oppressive secret, bearing testimony on this table; figured able to determine. Suffice it to say, already revealed to her mother, was to his apprehensive imagination the acthat he inflamed a quarrel between this now to be broken to Mrs Plowman. It cusing witness and the scrutinizing jury; poor child and her grandmother; and, was a Sunday morning. The old lady he shifted and evaded the question ; lie taking advantage of the irritation he had assembled her family at breakfast. scrupled and stammered; he did not had excited, while her kind and respect. The defendant was there by invitation. dare to say she was his wife;" she able guardian was confined to the bed His wife in tears. The scene, which was a virtuous woman.” I confidently of sickness, he persuaded her to a clan- you may imagine, I cannot describe. call this his second acknowledgmeni. destine marriage with himself! On the · Mr Watson, (said the benevolent wo- The next is more decisive.— A direct subject of this marriage he enjoined his man,) if Harriet be your wife take her admission to the brother of his wife. wife to secrecy, as he asserts, by the to your own house, --if she be not your When a publication of the marriage sanction of an oath. To the fact of this wife, I shall not cease to cherish and was demanded from him, he pleaded marriage we shall offer you indubitable protect her!" What was the answer the fear of his family, entreated for posttestimony. But you naturally inquire of the defendant to this affecting ap. ponement, and solicited delay. “ Wlry!" why it was to be kept secret ? Gentle peal ? Attend, I beseech you, to his said the irritated brother,"“ men, you shall hear. The defendant, reply. He took his wife under the you marry my sister ?"-—Marry her!" it seems, had other objects than the idle arm, and led her out from her former said the monster, “ I married her to be pursuit of love,-objects more conson- home. This I beg leave to call his first my nurse! O God! there is something ant to his age. His amorous intrigue acknowledgment. Thus, then, he con- shocking in the disgusting contrast be. turns out to have been but a mere un- ducted her from this dear and early tween the vigour of this man's vices, derplot in the vulgar drama of his ava- home, where she had conversed with and the feeblennss of his frame! It was rice. It is curious to observe how he propriety and prudence, where cheer- at this very moment that the poor vichad marshalled and disciplined his vices, fulness and young hope had been her tim bore to him a son,- the child of submitting each to each in bad subor- playmates, and innocence had led her misery, but, praised be God, not the dination,-teaching his lust to minister onward in the easy paths of peace !- child of sin! The admissions of the marto his cupidity, and sending out the ob- he led her forth, young pupil of adver- riage follow now in rapid succession :scene jackall of the one to fetch in sity, to try her tender feet upon the notes upon notes directed to Mrs Watprey for the more voracious appetite of thorny ways of suffering and shame! son ; letters upon letters signed “ her the other ! From the intimate know. unacquainted with sorrow, unpractised loving husband.” At one time, he even ledge he had acquired of the plaintiff's in pain: new to the throes of a first la promised to her uncle a sight of the affairs, he discovered that she possessed bour, struggling with “ the mind's im- certifieate. But this is not all. Long the power of making a liberal settlement patience and the body's need,” nature after, when his wife had returned to on her grand-daughter. On this settle- began to sink under the accumulated the arms of her grandmother, ever open ment the defendant set his heart, and distress, and was ready prematurely to to receive her darling child, by her painsisted on the concealment of the mar- disengage her from that burthen---to thetic solicitations she procured from riage for the

purpose of its accomplish the honoured and admired matron so the defendant, in some lucid interval of ment, which he feared might be defeat pleasing even in her pangs, and which feeling and nature, an avowal of the ed by a disclosure. Accordingly, he is yet more her pride than it is her pain ! marriage, addressed to the plaintiff, and now earnestly laboured to effect his fa. In this state a humane tradesman re- to be communicated to her alone. To vourite project. Professing a parent's ceived her, while her husband sought a be sure it is not conceived in the spirit anxiety for the welfare of Miss Sadler, lodging and a midwife. I am brought of peace and conciliation; to be sure it (the undiscovered Mrs Watson,) he now to what I do not hesitate to call is rude and laconic, and has the impress enlarged on the advantages of a liberal his second acknowledgment. The good of that savage disposition, rough even portion, painted in fascinating colours lady who let him the lodgings, a Mrs in its relentings ;-but such as it is, it the crowd of suitors who would be at- Montague, I think, inquired, as I sup- shall be shewn to you. There is a cirtracted by the report of fortune, amongst pose is the ceremony upon

these occa

cumstance which, I am aware, will be whom the young lady and her friends sions, the character of her intended brought forward on the opposite side, might select the character best adapted guest. Now, I ask you the question, with studied and elaborate display, as to insure her future felicity! At this as men who are not without the frailties great matter of confidence and triumph, time he left the Crescent for Nenagh, and errors of our common nature ; sup- and which I shall state to you, there. where his property lay, and continued posing there had existed between the fore, as broadly and as nakedly as the to press the important point of the set defendant and this unhappy woman, no counsel for the defendant can require. tlement by letters. At Nenagh he re- more sacred tie than the bad bond of It is simply this. When this unfortumained till recalled by the pressing so- their own mutual vices,-do you ima- nate victim, stricken beneath this double lícitations of his wife, who was now in gine that he would have hesitated for a and returning stroke of calamity, was the last stage of her pregnancy, and moment to smooth for her the bed of in a state of slow convalescence, her could no longer concealfrom her friends travail by a direct assertion, whether husband presented to her a written disher afflicting situation. In April 1807, true or false, that she was his wife? avowal of the marriage, which he prethe defendant returned to town. Here Indeed he ma no such assertion. His vailed upon her to subsc

be. I am will commence the long series of ac: guilty conscience dared not to make it. persuaded there is no occasion to comknowledgments on his part, by which it took the alarm at the inquiry-rung mune with you on this subject. I do

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[February 7. 1818. not believe that it is necessars to press no! it is not the poor pittance of dama-in the lowest state, has no pleasure but you on this point. I am here, a young ges you may award her this day that those of sense, and no wants but those and unexperiencud advocate; - am, the plaintiff solicits at your hands? She of appetite ; afterwards, when society above all things, apprehensive that 1 demands' at this tribunal the honour of is divided into different ranks, and some shoald not do justice to my client; but her child-she calls upon justice to re- are appointed to labour for the support ) declare to God I do not think it ne buke, once more, this veteran in vice, of others, those whom their superiority cessary. Why, the approved wisdom as his crimes have brought down her sets free from labour, begin to look for of our law refuses all authority to the grey hairs in sorrow to the grave ! Per- intellectual entertainments. Thus, while acts of the honoured and acknowled- haps he may yet understand this rebuke; the shepherds were attending their ged wife, living in the sunshine of her perhaps he may yet regard this second flocks, their masters made the first ashusband's affection, and who has wit- admonition ! He may obey the au- tronomical observations ; so music is nessed no anger but “ the graver coun. thoritative mandate of the law, though said to have had its origin from a man at tenance of love,” because it is humane. he has not listened to the gentle whis- leisure, listening to the strokes of a hanly jealous even of his amiable and hon-perings of nature. He may yield from mer. ourable influence. What credit then his churlish hoards the means of sub- It is an old observation that there is would you give to the forced disavowal sistence to the child he has deserted nothing new under the sun ; and those of this poor victim-extorted from her and the wife he has betrayed, and sup- who are accustomed to regard slight by the tyrant who seemed to hold the ply at least the necessities of life, building as an offence of very recent strings of her destiny in his hands- where he has for ever destroyed its date, are corrected by the following who appeared commissioned from heav. comfort and its consolation! When extract from “ A brief and merry Hisen tò deal out to her, her lot of suffer- this case was first committed to my tory of Great Britain," published many ing --who at 17 years of age had snat: care, I felt grieved as for a national dis- years ago. Speaking of the metropolis, ched her from her mother's lap, and grace. In this land I had conceived the author says,-" The ground is exfrom her grandmother's embrace, and its occurrence scarcely possible. I had tremely dear, so that people make the hurried her away to sorrow, to suffer. imagined that cruelty and avarice at most of it. They take it commonly for ing, and to shame! Why, he had broken least were excluded from the catalogue a time certain, ten, twenty, or thirty her mind as well as her heart! She was of Irish vices. I had flattered myself, years, perhaps, and calculate things as much an involuntary agent in his that, however we might have made our with so much exactness that the build. hand, as the mere material pen with selves the scorn and contempt of sur- ings seldom stand much longer. But which she scrawled the disavowal. She rounding nations by our weak and wick- they are sometimes out in their calculastood before him a poor subdued maniac ed party animosities, still within the do- tions, and 'tis common to see some of in the presence of her keeper! O yes ! mestic circle all was peace, and purity, these daring accomptants crushed to give him all the benefit of this disavow and confidence, and honour! I had pieces by houses that drop before the al !--Bear with me a little longer, hoped that if my country could not end of the time limited. The buildings are while I present this case to you in boast of commercial greatness, or liter-spacious, have fair outsides, and are another point of view. Suppose that ary honours, or national pre-eminence goodly to look into; but, at the latter the defendant should establish his case : -still it was her glory that her gener. end of the year, when the weather --suppose that he should fully disproveous children married not for avarice, or proves tempestuous, as in the months the fact of the marriage-how then vanity, or lust - that she had amply of November and December, the most *tands his defence ?-What is it? It is merited the milder or the happier fame, wary and prudent of the inhabitants this.- Foul and abominable seduction that all her wives were chaste, and all generally quit their dwellings, whilst --seduction of a young girl of 17! The her husbands were affectionate !"

others, more daring and presumptuous, defendant pleads, that at 60 years of

It is scarcely necessary to mention, that the even continue in them at that season!" age, like a canker in the blossom of the jury found a verdict for the plaintiff. spring, he ate away this young and ten.

In DUGDALE's Monasticon Anglicader heart that he coiled this pure and Thoughts on Various Subjects, num, of which an edition of only 350 spotless child, just fresh from the hands

Anecdotes, &c.

subscribed copies was lately published of her Creator, into the folds of his

Sir James Mackintosh, in one of his by the Rev. B. BANDINEL, we find this own loathsome and languid lusts--and addresses, has stated the following fact, curious item in an account of the Glasendeavoured to unite her, whom heaven on the authority of a clergyman at Man- tonbury Monastery: Item, paid to Bar. had separated from him by the interval chester :-Examining the registers of nes, a goldsmith, for newe trymynge of of half a century, in the dreadful part- the collegiate church for the last six an image of golde of the Faither of Heven. nership of eternal perdition !-- This is years, viz. from January 1st, 1807, to withoute a backe and a foote, garnished Juis defence, if it should avail him! And the 31st of December 1812, it was found with course stones, lackinge one stone if it should not, what say you to the from the signatures, that so many as upon his breest, weing xxvi. unces." wretch who comes into a court of jus- 9756 persons had been married within Signed by Henry VIII. of whose wri. tice, in the open day, and in the face of that period, who were not able to write ting a fac simile is given. an indignant world, to blast the reputa, their own names. tion of his wedded wife-to tarnish and

Taylor, the water poet, says,

« One slander that honour that should be Sir Joshua Reynolds beautifully takes William Boonen, a Dutchman, brought cherished in the recesses of his heart, advantage of a classical tradition, to il- first the use of coaches hither, and the and in the vindication of which he should lustrate and enforce the doctrine he was said Boonen was Queen Elizabeth's be ready to pour forth his blood! No, ! laying down. He observes that " Man, coachman, for indeed a coach was a

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