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“ I have picked up a little painted glass thought mad enough to be shut up till he too, and have got a promise of some old had killed somebody, he will then be statues, lately dug up, which formerly a- thought too mad to be executed ;' but Lord dorned the cathedral of Litchfield. You see
was no more honoured in his yoca. I continue to labour in my vocation, of tion than other prophets are in their own which I can give you a comical instance :-- country.” I remembered a rose in painted glass, in a April 19.-Lord Ferrers' trial lasted little village going to Ragley, which I re- three days. You have seen the pomp and marked passing by five years ago ; told Mr awfulness of such doings, so I will not desConway on which hand it would be, and cribe it to you. The judge and criminal found it in the very spot. I saw a very were far inferior to those you have seen. good and perfect tomb at Alcester, of Sir For the Lord High Steward, he neither had Fulke Greville's father and mother, and a
any dignity, nor affected any ; nay, he held wretched old house, with a very handsome it all so cheap, that he said at his table gateway of stone, at Colton, belonging to tother day, I will not send for Garrick Sir Robert Throckmorton. There is no- and learn to act a part.' At first I thought thing else tolerable but twenty-two coats of Lord Ferrers shocked, but in general he the matches of the family in painted glass. behaved rationally and coolly ; though it You cannot imagine how astonished a Mr was a strange contradiction to see a man Seward, a learned gentleman, was, who trying, by his own sense, to prove himself came to Ragley while I was there. Stroll. out of his senses. It was more shocking to ing about the house, he saw me first sitting see his two brothers brought to prove the lunon the pavement of the lumber-room with acy in their own blood, in order to save their Luis, all over cobwebs and dirt and mor- brother's life. Both are almost as ill-looktar; then found me in his own room on a ing men as the earì ; one of them is a clerladder, writing on a picture ; and half an gyman, suspended by the Bishop of Lonhour afterwards, lying on the grass in the don for being a methodist ; the other a wild court with the dogs and the children, in my
whom they call in the country, slippers, and without my hat. He had had ragged and dangerous. After Lord Ferrers some doubt whether I was the painter or the was condemned, he made an excuse for factotum of the family ; but you would have pleading madness, to which he said he died at his surprise, when he saw me walk was forced by his family. He is respited into dinner dressed, and sit by Lady Hert- till Monday-fortnight, and will then be ford. Lord Lyttleton was there, and the hanged, I believe, in the Tower; and, to conversation turned on literature : finding the mortification of the peerage, is to be me not quite ignorant added to the parson's anatomized, conformably to the late act for wonder ; but he could not contain himself murder. Many peers were absent; Lord any longer, when after dinner he saw me go Foley and Lord Jersey attended only the to romps and jumping with the two boys; first day; and Lord Huntingdon, and my he broke out to my Lady Hertford, and nephew Orford (in compliment to his mobegged to know who and what sort of man ther), as related to the prisoner, withdrew I really was, for he had never met with any without voting. But never was a criminal thing of the kind. Adieu.”
more literally tried by his peers, for the Our readers will be pleased to hear
three persons who interested themselves his edition of the terrible story of most in the examination, were at least as Lord Ferrers.
mad as he Lord -------, Lord.
-, and Lord
Indeed, the first was al “ Jan. 28, 1760.--You have heard, I sup- most frantic. The seats of the peeresses pose, a horrid story of another kind, of were not near full, and most of the beauties Lord Ferrers murdering his steward in the absent; the Duchess of Hamilton, and my most barbarous and deliberate manner. He niece Waldegrave, you know, lie in ; but, sent away all his servants but one, and, to the amazement of every body, Lady like that heroic murderess Queen Christina, Coventry was there, and, what surprised carried the poor man through a gallery and me much more, looked as well as ever. I several rooms, locking them after him, and sat next but one to her, and should not have then bid the man kneel down, for he was asked if she had been ill--yet they are posidetermined to kill him. The
poor creature tive she has few weeks to live. She and Aung himself at his feet, but in vain-was Lord Bolingbroke seemed to have different shot, and lived twelve hours. Mad as this thoughts, and were acting over all the old action was from the consequences, there was comedy of eyes. I sat in Lord Lincoln's no frenzy in his behaviour; he got drunk, gallery ; you and I know the convenience and, at intervals, talked of it coolly ; but of it; I thought it no great favour to ask, did not attempt to escape, till the colliers and he very obligingly sent me a ticket imbeset his house, and were determined to take mediately, and ordered me to be placed in him alive or dead. He is now in the jail at one of the best boxes. Lady Augusta was Leicester, and will soon be removed to the in the same gallery ; the Duke of York and Tower, then to Westminster, and I suppose his young brothers were in the Prince of to Towerhill ; unless, as Lord T--- pro- Wales's box, who was not there, no more phesied in the House of Lords, ' not being than the Princess, Princess Emily, nor the
Duke. It was an agreeable humanity in nothing to brag of his conversion, though my friend the Duke of York ; he would Whitfield prayed for him, and preached not take his seat in the House before the about him. Éven Tyburn has been above trial, that he might not vote in it. There their reach.” are so many young peers, that the show was
The next extract is extremely infine even in that respect; the Duke of Richmond was the finest figure; the Duke teresting, both from the contrast and
resemblance. The letter from which of Marlborough, with the best countenance in the world, looked clumsy in his robes ;
it is taken, is dated immediately after he had new ones, having given away his fa
the death of George II. ther's to the valet de chambre. There were “ Arlington Street, Nov. 13, 1760.-For others not at all so indifferent about the an- the King himself, he seems all good-nature, tiquity of theirs : Lord Huntingdon's, Lord and wishing to satisfy every body; all his Abergavenny's, and Lord Castlehaven's, speeches are obliging. I saw him again scarcely hung on their backs; the two for- yesterday, and was surprised to find the mer they pretend were used at the trial of levee room had lost so entirely the air of the Queen of Scots. But all these honours the lion's den. This sovereign don't stand were a little defaced by seeing Lord Tem- in one spot, with his eyes fixed royally on ple, as lord privy seal, walk at the head of the ground, and dropping bits of German the peerage. Who, at the last trials, would news; he walks about and speaks to every have believed a prophecy, that the three body. I saw him afterwards on the throne, first men at the next, should be Henley the where he is graceful and genteel, sits with lawyer, Bishop Secker, and Dick Gren- dignity, and reads his answers to addresses ville ?"
well ; it was the Cambridge address, carried “ Arlington Street, May 6, 1760.- The by the Duke of N- in his doctor's extraordinary history of Lord Ferrers is clos. gown, and looking like the medecin malgré ed : he was executed yesterday. Madness, lui. He had been vehemently solicitous for that in other countries is a disorder, is here attendance, for fear of my Lord Westmorea systematic character : it does not hinder land, who vouchsafes himself to bring the people from forming a plan of conduct, and address from Oxford, should outnumber from even dying agreeably to it. You re- him. Lord L- -d and several other member how the last Ratcliffe died with the jacobites have kissed hands ; George Selwyn utmost propriety ; so did this horrid lunatic, says, they go to St James's, because now coolly and sensibly. His own and his wife's there are so many Stuarts there.” relations had asserted that he would tremble Do you know, I had the curiosity to go at last.
No such thing, he shamed heroes. to the burying tother night; I had never He bore the solemnity of a pompous and seen a royal funeral ; nay, I walked as a tedious procession of above two hours from rag of quality, which I found would be, and the Tower to Tyburn, with as much tran- so it was, the easiest way of seeing it. It is quillity as if he was only going to his own absolutely a noble sight. The prince's burial, not to his own execution. He even chamber, hung with purple, and a quantity talked on indifferent subjects in the passage ; of silver lamps, the coffin under a canopy of and if the sheriffs and the chaplains had not purple velvet, and six vast chandeliers of thought that they had parts to act too, and silver on high stands, had a very good effect. had not consequently engaged him in most The ambassador from Tripoli and his son particular conversations,
he did not seem to were carried to see that chamber. The prothink it necessary to talk on the occasion ; cession, through a line of foot-guards, every he went in his wedding-clothes, marking the seventh man bearing a torch, the horseonly remaining impression on his mind. guards lining the outside, their officers with The ceremony he was in a hurry to have drawn sabres and crape sashes on horseback, over : he was stopped at the gallows by the the drums muffled, the fifes, bells tolling, vast crowd, but got out of his coach as soon and minute guns,—all this was very solemn. as he could, and was but seven minutes on But the charm was the entrance of the abthe scaffold, which was hung with black, bey, where we were received by the dean and prepared by the undertaker of his fa- and chapter in rich robes, the choir and mily at their expense. There was a new almsmen bearing torches; the whole abbey contrivance for sinking the stage under him, so illuminated, that one saw it to greater which did not play well; and he suffered a advantage than by day; the tombs, long little by the delay, but was dead in four aisles, and fretted roof, all appearing disminutes. The mob was decent, and admir- tinctly, and with the happiest chiaro scuro. ed him, and almost pitied him; so they There wanted nothing but incense, and little would Lord George, whose execution they chaples here and there, with priests saying are so angry at missing. I suppose every mass for the repose of the defunct; yet one highwayman will now preserve the blue could not complain of its not being catholic handkerchief he has about his neck when he enough. I had been in dread of being is married, that he may die like a lord. coupled with some boy of ten years old ; but With all his madness, he was not mad the lieralds were not very accurate, and I enough to be struck with his aunt Hunt- walked with George Grenville, taller and ingdon's sermons. The methodists have older, to keep me in countenance. When
Here I am,
we came to the chapel of Henry the Seventh, crowd of reflections ! No, Gray, and forty all solemnity and decorum ceased ; no or- church-yards, could not furnish so many ; der was observed, people sat or stood where nay, I know one must feel them with greatthey could or would; the yeomen of the er indifference than I possess, to have paguard were crying out for help, oppressed tience to put them into verse. by the immense weight of the coffin ; the probably for the last time of my life, though bishop read sadly, and blundered in the not for the last time, every clock that strikes prayers ; the fine chapter, man that is born tells me I am an hour nearer to yonder of a woman, was chanted, not read; and church-that church, into which I have not the anthem, besides being immeasurably yet had courage to enter, where lies that motedious, would have served as well for a ther on whom I doated, and whodoated on me! nuptial. The real serious part was the There are the two rival mistresses of Houghfigure of the Duke of Cumberland, height. ton, neither of whom ever wished to enjoy ened by a thousand melancholy circum
it! There too lies he, who founded its greatHe had a dark brown adonis, and ness, to contribute to whose fall Europe was a cloak of black cloth, with a train of five embroiled; there he sleeps in quiet and yards. Attending the funeral of a father dignity, while his friend and his foe, rather could not be pleasant: his leg extremely his false ally and real enemy, Nbad, yet forced to stand upon it near two and B.
-h, are exhausting the dregs of hours ; his face bloated and distorted with their pitiful lives in squabbles and pamphhis late paralytic stroke, which has affected, lets. too, one of his eyes, and placed over the “ The surprise the pictures gave me is mouth of the vault, into which, in all pro- again renewed : accustomed for many years babitity, he must himself so soon descend ; to see nothing but wretched daubs and varthink how unpleasant a situation ! He bore nished copies at ons, I los at these as it all with a firm and unaffected countenance. enehantment. My own description of them This grave scene was fully contrasted by seems poor ; but shall I tell you truly, the the burlesque Duke of N
He fell majesty of Italian ideas almost sinks before into a fit of crying the moment he came the warm nature of Flemish colouring ; into the chapel, and flung himself back in alas ! don't I grow old ? My young imagia stall, the archbishop hovering over him nation was fired with Guido's ideas ; must with a smelling-bottle ; but in two minutes they be plump and prominent as Abishag his curiosity got the better of his hypocrisy, to warm me now? Does great youth feel and ran about the chapel with his glass, to with poetic limbs, as well as see with poetic spy who was or was not there, spying with eyes? In one respect I am very young, I one hand, and mopping his eyes with the cannot satiate myself with looking : an inother. Then returned the fear of catching cident contributed to make me feel this cold ; and the Duke of Cumberland, who more strongly. A party arrived, just as I was sinking with heat, felt himself weighed did, to see the house, a man and three wodown, and turning round, found it was the men in riding dresses, and they rode post Duke of N. standing upon his train through the apartments. I could not hurry to avoid the chill of the marble. It was before them fast enough ; they were not so very theatric to look down into the vault, long in seeing, for the first time, as I could where the coffin lay, attended by mourners have been in one room, to examine what I with lights. Clavering, the groom of the knew by heart. I remember formerly bebed-chamber, refused to sit up with the ing often diverted with this kind of seers ; body, and was dismissed by the King's they come, ask what such a room is called, order.
in which Sir Robert lay, write it down, ada I have nothing more to tell you, but a mire a lobster or a cabbage in a markettrifle, a very trife. The king of Prussia piece, dispute whether the last room was has totally defeated Marshall Daun. This, green or purple, and then hurry to the inn which would have been prodigious news a for fear the fish should be over-dressed. month ago, is nothing to-day ; it only takes How different my sensations ! not a picture its turn among the questions, “ who is to here but recalls a history ; not one, but I be groom of the bed-chamber? what is Sir remember in Downing Street or Chelsea, T. Robinson to have ?” I have been to Lei- where queens and crowds admired them, cester-fields to-day; the crowd was immo- though seeing them as little as these travelderate; I don't believe it will continue so. lers ! Good night.”
“ When I had drank tea, I strolled into The next letter is by far the best in the garden ; they told me it was now called the whole collection. It is written at
What a dissonant the time of his election for Lynn. He where I have passed so many charming mo
idea of pleasure ! those groves, those allées, slept a couple of nights at Houghton ments, are now stripped up ar overgrown in going and returning.
-many fond paths I could not unravel, “ Houghton, March 23, 1761. Here I though with a very exact clue in my memoam at Houghton ! and alone! in this spot, ry, I met two gamekeepers, and a thousand where (except two hours last month) I have hares ! In the days when all my soul was not been in sixteen years! Think, what a tuned to pleasure and vivacity (and you will think, perhaps, it is far from being out of it all cheerfully ; nay, have sat hours in tune yet), I hated Houghton and its soli- conversation, the thing upon the earth that tude; yet I loved this garden, as now, with I hate, have been to hear Misses play on many regrets, I love Houghton ; Hough the harpsichord, and to see an alderman's ton, I know not what to call it, a monu- copies of Rubens and Carlo Marat. Yet to ment of grandeur or ruin! How I have do the folks justice, they are sensible, and wished this evening for Lord Bute! how I reasonable, and civilized ; their very lancould preach to him! For myself, I do not guage is polished since I lived among them. want to be preached to ; I have long con- I attribute this to their more frequent insidered how every Balbec must wait for the tercourse with the world and the capital, by chance of a Mr Wood. The servants want- the help of good roads and post-chaises, ed to lay me in the great apartment--what, which, if they have abridged the King's doto make me pass my night as I have done minions, have at least tamed his subjects. my evening! It were like proposing to Well, how comfortable it will be to-morrow, Margaret Roper to be a duchess in the
to see my parroquet, to play at loo, and not court that cut off her father's head, and be obliged to talk seriously! The Heraclitus imagining it would please her. I have of the beginning of this letter will be overchosen to sit in my father's little dressing. joyed, on finishing it, to sign himself your room, and am now by his scrutoire, where, old friend,
DEMOCRITUS. in the height of his fortune, he used to re- P. S.- I forgot to tell you that my ancient ceive the accounts of his farmers, and de- aunt Hammond came over to Lynn to see ceive himself, or us, with the thoughts of me; not from any affection, but curiosity. his economy.
How wise a man at once, and The first thing she said to me, though we how weak! For what has he built Hough- have not met these sixteen years, was, ton ? for his grandson to annihilate, or for “ child, you have done a thing to-day, that his son to mourn over. If Lord Burleigh your father never did in all his life, you could rise and view his representative driv- sat as they carried you, he always stood the ing the Hatfield stage, he would feel as I whole time." “ Madam,” said I, “ when feel now. Poor little Strawberry! at least I am placed in a chair, I conclude I am to it will not be stripped to pieces by a de- sit in it; besides, as I cannot imitate my scendant! You will find all these fine me- father in great things, I am not at all amditations dictated by pride, not by philoso- bitious of mimicking him in little ones." I phy. Pray consider through how many me- am sure she proposes to tell her remarks to diums philosophy must pass, before it is my uncle Horace's ghost, the instant they purified
meet. how often must it weep, how
Arlington Street, April 16, 1761.-
You will be pleased with the anacreontic, often burn !'
written by Lord Middlesex upon Sir Harry My mind was extremely prepared for Bellendine : I have not scen any thing so all this gloom by parting with Mr Conway antique for ages ; it has all the fire, poetry, yesterday morning; moral reflections or and simplicity of Horace. common places are the livery one likes to
“ Ye sons of Bacchus, come and join wear, when one has just had a real misforHe is going to Germany; I was glad Around the grape-embossed shrine
In solemn dirge, while tapers shine to dress myself up in transitory Houghton, Of honest Harry Bellendine. in lieu of very sensible concern. To-morrow I shall be distracted with thoughts, at Pour the rich juice of Bourdeaux's wine, least images of very different complexion. I Mixed with your falling tears of brine, go to Lynn, and am to be elected on Friday. In full libation o'er the shrine I shall return hither on Saturday, again Of honest Harry Bellendine. alone, to expect Burleighides on Sunday, whom I left at Newmarket. I must once
Your brows let ivy chaplets twine, in my life see him on his grandfather's While you push round the sparkling wine, throne.
And let your
table be the shrine Epping, Monday night, thirty-first. Of honest Harry Bellendine.” No, I have not seen him ; he loitered on “ He died in his vocation, of a high fethe road, and I was kept at Lynn till yes- ver, after the celebration of some orgies.” terday morning. It is plain I never knew for how many trades I was formed, when For the present, we shall here terat this time of day I can begin electioneer- minate our extracts from this most aing, and succeed in my new vocation. musing and interesting corresponThink of me, the subject of a mob, who dence; as the book is very dear, howwas scarce ever before in a mob, addressing ever, and not likely to fall into many them in the town-hall, riding at the head of hands, we shall perhaps recur, at some two thousand people through such a town as Lynn, dining with above two hundred of future period, to what we consider them, amid bumpers, huzzas, songs, and
one of the richest repositories of anectobacco, and finishing with country dancing dote, that have of late years been openat a ball and sixpenny whisk! I have borne ed to the public.
THE TALE OP IVAN.
“ Suffer thyself to be struck twice (Translated from the Cornish.)
before thou strikest once, for that is
the most prudent quality of all." MR EDITOR,
11 Then Ivan would not serve any I have sent you the following trans- longer,-- but he would go home to his lation of one of the “ Inabinogi,” or wife. Not to-day, replied his master; tales for the instruction of youth, my wife bakes to-morrow, and she which is chiefly curious, as it is the shall make thee a cake to take home to only tale, that I am aware of which thy wife. is in existence in the Cornish language; 12 And they put the nine pounds at the same time, it may not be dis- in the cake. And when Ivan was agreeable to some of your readers, to about to take his leave,-Here, said see how the ancients of the times gone his master, is a cake for thee to take by conveyed their lessons of instruc- home to thy wife; and when thou tion to the young. It is to be found and thy wife are most joyous together, in the 251, 252, pp. of Llwyd's Archæ- then break the cake and not sooner. ologia Britannica, with a Welsh trans- 13 Fair leave he took-and towards lation annexed. Yours, Pwy. home (“ Tref,” i.e. town) he travelled, Jesus College, Oxford, 23d April 1818. and at last he came to Wayn-Iler,
and there he met three merchants
from Tre Rhyn, persons of his own pa1 There were formerly a man and rish, coming home from woman living in the parish of Llanla- 14 Kaer Esk fair (Exeter). Oho! van, in the place which is called Ty. Ivan, said they, come with us,-joyHwrdh.
ful are we to see you. Where have 2 And (the) work became scarce you been so long ? and therefore said the man to his wife, 15 I have been, said Ivan, in serI will go and search for work, and you vice, and now I am going home to my may live here.
wife. Oh! said they, come with us, 3 He took fair leave, and travelled and thou shalt be welcome. far towards the East; and at last he 16 And they took the new road, and came to the house of a husbandman Ivan kept the old. (Villanus), and asked there for work 17 And as they were going by the to perform.
fields of the houses in the meadow, 4 What work canst thou perform ? not having gone far from Ivan, robbers said the husbandman. I can perform fell upon them: every kind of work, said Ivan. Then 18 And they began to cry out, and they agreed for three pounds as the with the cry which the merchants
made, Ivan also shouted Thieves ! 5 And when the end of the year thieves ! came, his master shewed him the three 19 And at the shout which Ivan pounds. Look Ivan, said his master: gave, the robbers left the merchants. here are thy wages. But if thou wilt And when they came to Market-Joy, give them me again, I will teach thee there they met agairi. a point of doctrine.
20 Oh, Ivan! said they, we are 6 Give them to me, said Ivan. No, bound to thee,-had it not been for I will not, replied his master, I will thee, we should have been lost men, explain it to thee. Keep you them, Come with us, and thou shalt be welsaid Ivan. Then, said his master, “ Take care not to leave the old road, 21 And when they were entering for the sake of a new road."
the house where they were accustom9 Then they agreed for another ed to lodge,-I must, said Ivan, see year for the same wages : and when the man of the house. the end of the year was comem -(the 22 The host! replied they ; what same conversation takes place as in dost thou want with the host ? here Nos, 5 and 6, till the master delivers we have the hostess, and she is young his second aphorism, which is),- If thou must see the host, go to the * Take care not to lodge where a young kitchen, and thou shalt see him. woman is married to an old man. 23 And when he came to the kita
9–10 (The same conversation, &c. chen, he saw the host, and he was an takes place for the third year, and the old man, and weak, and turning the master delivers his third aphorism), spit.
hire of a year.