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Italian, and his order discovered— Make way there,' was within three rows of the orchestra ; a countryman who sat the word; they took him for a foreign minister; the people in the first row in a line before him, being too short to have opened right and left, and we had free admission; so much as he sat, a command of the stage, stood up and interrupted for appearances !

his view. Mr.C., in a peremptory tone of voice, and loud, “I recollect being told by an old gentleman, that cried out, . Sit down !' the man sat down, but some time having been to dine privately at Northumberland House after, not being able to see, rose again. A second time and with the proud Duke of Somerset, and who boasted of louder than before, Mr. C. cried, “Sit down. The man a lineal descent from the Plantagenets; that whilst they said as he had paid for his seat, he had a right to see as were talking tête-a-tête in the saloon, the folding doors well as he. Peace, fellow,' said he, do you know to flew open, and a man in a black fringed robe, with a large whom you are talking Unfortunately for Mr. C. this silver-headed staff in his hand, entered and exclaimed with simple man was given to understand who this honourable a loud voice, Oyez! Oyez! Oyez! This is to give notice gentleman was, by a loud voice from the gallery, exclaimthat his Grace the Duke of Somerset's dinner 's upon the ing, “It is Parson Cholmondeley, who was broke for table !' and then retired.

cowardlice at the battle of Dettingen.'” “I have known this pride of rank spread through a “When Cheere the statuary was knighted, he made a whole family, from the lord even to his lowest domestic; point of calling on all his acquaintance, and introduced the though it does not sit so well upon them. It partakes of honour he had received by saying, that though his Majesty infection. A certain Duchess, who had been very kind to had been pleased to confer à title on him, he should not the distressed poor round her country seat, being taken overlook his old friends, but be always as glad to see them dangerously ill, a woman who had been often fed by her as before; and being at a club soon after, and desired to bounty went to her house, bathed in tears, and with every give a lady for a toast, he rose from his chair, and filling a mark of true sorrow begred to know how her Grace did; bumper, vociferated aloud, “Sir Harry Cheere drinks when her favourite maid, who happened to be at the gate, Laily Cheere's good health!'” fired with indignation at the presumptuous grief of the Some curious stories are told of the roué Duke of woman, shoved her from it, with, I should not have thought Cumberland, “I had it from very good authority that of it! It's the height of assurance in a low creature like Lord Trevor was applied to by a gentleman, when the you to be at all affected or concerned for the ill health of a Bishopric of Durham was vacant, saying, that if he wished Duchess.'"

his brother to be Bishop, it might be brought about in his Dr. Trusler had a wealthy relation, named Benjamin advancing the Duke of Cumberland £10,00"), who was in Webb of Devizes. He was a noted miser, and being immediate want of it to go to Newmarket. The money was “left executor to his own son, a batchelor, who lived under advanced and his brother was the bishop. the same roof with him, and who bequeathed to an aunt of “At another time he obtained a loan of the like sum mine £1000 : 500 to be paid six days after his funeral, from his sister, the Princess Amelia, whom he importuned carried his love of money so far that he would not bury very much; she took him to task, arraigned his dissipated this son, but kept him six inonths above ground, supported conduct, and said, she never would be instrumental to it. in his coftin on a pair of tressels, standing in his hall; | Ile assured her that the money he wanted was to complete an through which he passed ten times a day; where the body improvement in Windsor Park, where it was well laid out would have continued till the old man's death had not the in employing the surrounding poor, and to convince her of parish threatened him with a prosecution.”

it proposed to take her down to inspect the works. He had “That prowess is often occasional and the effect of frame, at that time near 500 men digging a canal. She went to is evident by a man's being more courageous at one time the lodge and he drove her round the park in a one horse than another from better health and spirits ; we have had chaise: and had so contrived it with his manager, that as numberless instances of this. The Hon. and Rev. Mr. she passed from one place to another, the same set of men Cholmondeley, Rector of Hertingfordbury, Herts, once an as in a theatre, removed to another spot; which when she officer, broke for cowardice at the battle of Dettingen, was brought to, were seen planting trees, at a!iother, 500 had acquitted himself with marked brayery on some former men (the same) were found grubbing hedges. Well,' occasion ; Sir Eyre Coote, who when a subaltern, was broke said she, “brother, I had no conception of this; you must for running away at the battle of Falkirk, signalized him-employ near 2000 peopie.' • True madam,' said he, 'and self in more advanced life with uncommon heroism in was I to take you to the other side of the park, I could India; and Lord Gieo. Sackville broke for cowardice at the shew you as many more. No, she was satisfied that his battle of Minden, acquitted himself afterwards manly in a money was better expended than she had apprehended, duel; and yet Lord Ligonier, who delivered him the orders and she lent him the sum he wanted. The truth of this from Prince Ferdinand, declared to me that he was a rank was averred to ine by an old servant privy to the decepcoward. Death therefore should never be inflicted for tion." want of courage. When Admiral Byng was shot for -not A good story is told how Lady Maria Waldegrave engaging the enemy, Voltaire shrewdly observed, that it was jilted by her lover, but it would seem, “there are was done to encourage others.”

in return women who act as unfeelingly by our sex. I “The stigma that hangs upon a man (who acted as Mr. heard once of a lady, who so played upon the feelings of a Cholmondeley did) as long as he lives is a sufficient punish- young gentleman who courted her as to break his heart, ment. He had married Mary, sister of the celebrated Peg and he requested on his dying bed, that it might be emWoftington, the comedian, with whom he was so enamoured, balmed and taken to her as his last gift, and without her that his plea for not being able to face the enemy was that being made previously acquainted with it. When brought Polly was in his head and he could not get her out of it. / to her she seemed amazed, but on recollecting herself, I happened to be at one of the theatres, thirty years after called to her maid, and smiling, said, “Fanny, take it up this transaction, when Mr. Cholmondeley was in the pit, stairs and place it on my toilette, I wanted a pincushion.'

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MEDIÆVAL SEALS.— The invaluable work upon, Merton PRIORY. (Austin Canons.) “Ancient Scottish Seals,” published by Mr. Laing under The obverse exhibits the Virgin Mary sitting on a the auspices of the Bannatyne Club, has frequently in- throne, crowned as Regina Cali, with the infant Jesus duced me to hope that a similar Descriptive Catalogue on her left knee, and on each side of her a medallion would be undertaken by some of our Antiquarian Societies. with a head. Ample materials are at hand in the stores of the British Legend : Sigill. Ecclesie Sancte Marie de Meritona. Museum and in private collections. The new edition of Dugdale's Monasticon, Surtees' Durham, and indeed most topographical works, are rich in similar illustrations; the Gentleman's Magazine has devoted considerable attention to the subject ; we possess an unbroken series of royal seals from William the Norman to Victoria ; all that is required is the enterprise of a painstaking editor to work this “raw material" into form. The study of seals is no unimportant branch of Archæology. They serve to illustrate correctly the costume of individuals and the architecture of buildings, present portraits of kings, bishops, saints and abbots, and are in most instances beautiful specimens of mediæval art. I subjoin a few examples I have met with, in my own native county-Surrey, and shall esteem it a favour if any of your correspondents can add to the list.

F. R. S. Croydon.

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Reverse. St. Augustine, mitred," standing under a pointed arch, having his right hand raised in the act of benediction, and holding in his left a pastoral staff.

Legend: Mundi Lucerna. nos Augustine Guberna.
Exergue: Augustine Pater, quos instruis in Meritona

His Christi mater tutrix est atque Patrona.
From an indenture dated 1264.

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NEWARK Priory. (Canons Regular of the Order of St. Augustine.)

The Virgin is represented sitting with the infant Saviour at her breast, and angels glorifying at the sides. The middle part is defaced.

Legend: + S. Ecclesie Beate Marie et Sci. T.

From a deed, temp. Henry VI. engraved in Brayley, ii. 134.

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The counter Seal is a half-length figure of our Saviour, with a globe in his left hand surmounted by a cross, and his right uplifted in the attitude of benediction.

From a Grant in the Augmentation Office. 1356,

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A second Seal represents the assassination of Archbishop Becket, to whom this Priory was dedicated. The shield charged with a chevron between three escallops, denotes Richard Brito, who is said to have cloven off a piece of the archbishop's skull. The other knights are William de Tracy, Reginald Fitz-Urse, and Hugh de Moreville. Within a niche at the bottom is a monk praying to the archbishop, who was canonized by Pope Alexander III. 1173. From a deed, temp. Henry VI.

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A Seal engraved in Current Notes, ii. 63, has been considered that of a prior of Newark.

BERMONDSEY PRIORY (dedicated to St. Saviour.)

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Seal of John de Chartres, Abbot, represents the Flight into Egypt....

Legend: Sigi . . .. oris . . . . Bermondeseye,

From a deed in the Chapter House at Westminster, bearing date 1266.

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JACOBITE Songs.

Lord Balmerino, and Charles Ratcliffe, heroes of '45. Tune, For a'that.

In the collection will be found · Rule Britannia.' It is

somewhat curious that this popular air so often played Tho! Georgie reigns in Jamie's stead,

by loyal bands, and bawled by patriotic throats, in deI'm grieved, yet scorn to shew that,

fence of “the King and Constitution," was once a I'll ne'er look down nor hang iny head On rebel Whig for a'that;

favourite with those who did their best to upset both. For still I trust that Providence,

Will us relieve from a'that,
Our royal Prince is weal in health,

OLD ENGLISH GAMES.– The game of Shove-groat or
And will be here for a'that.

Shove-halfpenny, (C. N. p. 28), is played by two players, For a'that and a'that,

each provided with five coins (commonly halfpence at And thrice as muckle as a' that,

present), on a smooth heavy table, upon which is He's far beyond the seas, the night,

marked a figure of the accompanying form. The width Yet be'll be here for a'that.

of the lines apart He's far beyond Dumblain, the night

should be about a Whom I love weal for a' that,

quarter of an inch He wears a pistol by his side,

greater than the That makes me blyth for a' that,

pieces of money used.
The Highland coat, the Philabeg,

AA is a balk or line,
The Tartan hose and a'that,

over which a shot And tho' he's o'er the seas, the night,

must pass to be valid He'll soon be here for a' tbat.

-otherwise it is a And a' that, &c.

failure. The marks He wears a broadsword by his side,

on the side are made And weell he kens to draw that,

with chalk. The
The target and the Highland plaid,

players begin by one
The shoulder belt and a' that;
A bonnet bound with ribbons blue,

of them placing a
The white cockade and a' that,

halfpenny at the

A- A
And tho' beyond the seas, the night,

edge of the table,
Yet he'll be here for a' that.

projecting about one BAnd a' that, &c.

third over its cdge-then carrying his hand perpenThe Whigs think a that Weal is won,

dicularly, thumb uppermost, he strikes it like a bilBut faith they ma'na fa' that,

liard ball on to the lines. If it bę between any two of They think our loyal hearts dung down,

them it counts, and one of the marks at that space on But we'll be blyth for a' that.

the player's side, is rubbed out. A lined shot may beFor a' that, &c.

come good if struck into an opening by either party. But, О what will the Whigs say syne,

If a line is crossed by the coin in the slightest degree it When they're mista'en in a' that;

is of no value. When either of them has erased all the When Georgie mun fling by the crown,

marks from any of the openings, should he lodge a shot His hat and wig and a' that,

there his opponent takes the benefit by erasing one of The flames will get baith hat and wig,

his own marks from that opening, should he have such As often they've done a' that,

still remaining. The players thus proceed alternately, Our Highland lad will get the crown,

five shots at a time. The game affords scope for conAnd we'll be blyth for a' that. And a' that, &c.

siderable skill, as will be found by any one who will try

it. The table must be steady and heavy, such as the O then your bra' militia lads,

old dormant tables of a hall, on which indeed it was Will be rewarded duly,

invariably played, and of which specimens are not unWhen they fing by their black cockades,

common with the diagram inlaid in marquetrie.
A hellish colour truly.
As night is banished by the day,

It was doubtless from its encouraging loitering in the
The white shall drive awa that,

hall over the great oaken tables, that the game was so . The sun shall then his beams display,

heavily proscribed by the benchers, as mentioned by And we'll be blyth for a' that. “ Rusticus."

E. K. And a' that, &c. From "A Collection of Loyal Songs, Poems, &c." 8vo. 1750. This work, in favour of the Pretender, is of King EDWARD THE CONFESSOR HAD A SISTER, very rare occurrence. It was privately printed at Rag-“GODA COMITISSA,” whose name frequently occurs in land Castle. The frontispiece contains portraits of the Domesday Book. Where can I find any notices relative Earl of Kilmarnock, Earl of Cromartie, Lord Lovat, to her?

Saxon.

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PAINTINGS BY POPE.- In a letter to Gay, dated | WYCHERLEY THE DRAMATIST. Few persons who 23 August, 1713, the poet says:

are conversant with his plays, have read his “Post“ I have been near a week in London, where I am like humous Remains." His Maxims and Reflections now to remain till I become, by Mr. Jervas's help, elegans for- | lie forgotten upon book-stalls, although they contain narum spectator. I begin to discover beauties that were passages not unworthy of what Dryden calls, till now imperceptible to me. Every corner of an eye, or turn of a nose or ear, the smallest degree of light or shade

| “The satire, wit, and strength of manly Wycherley." on a cheek or in a dimple, have charms to distract me. I Our hopes, though they never happen, yet are some kind no longer look upon Lord Plausible as ridiculous for admir- of happiness, as trees, whilst they are still growing, please ing a lady's fine tip of an ear and pretty elbow (as the in the prospect, though they bear no fruit. Plain Dealer has it), but I am in some danger even from the We increase our losses ourselves, and club with Fortune ugly and disagreeable, since they may have their retired to undo us, when we lose our patience too ; as infants, that beauties in one part or another about them. You may being robbed of some of their baubles, throw away the rest guess in how uneasy a state I am, when every day the per- in childish anger. formances of others appear more beautiful and excellent,

Poor men's small gifts to the rich and great, are rather and my own more despicable. I have thrown away three bribes than presents; as a little water is thrown into a dry Dr. Swifts, each of which was once my vanity, two Lady | pump to fetch up more; or as mercenary sacrificers woo Bridgewaters, a Duchess of Montague, half a dozen Earls,

God with light smoke, to send down weighty blessings. and one Knight of the Garter. I have crucified Christ over

Flattery to a wise man's face is a greater abuse than again in effigy, and made a Madonna as old as her mother calomny behind his back. St. Anne. Nay, what is yet more miraculous, I have

Covetous men rob themselves by their selfishness. rivalled St. Luke himself in painting, and as it is said an

The best wits make the worst men of business, as beasts angel came and finished his piece, so you would swear a

of pleasure are least fit for burtbens. devil put the last hand to mine, it is so begrimed and

Man's life is a scene of contradictions ; we appear as smutted. However, I comfort myself with a Christian

fond of life as if we never could have enough of it, yet are reflection that I have not broken the commandment, for

as profuse of our time as if we bad too much of it on our my pictures are not the likeness of anything in heaven

bands. above, or in the earth below, or in the waters under the earth. Neither will any body adore or worship them,

Travellers are ever tinctured with the humours of the except the Indians should have a sight of them, who they tell

places through which they pass, as running waters imbibe us worship certain pagods or idols purely for their ugliness."

the qualities of the soil through which they flow. Are any of the paintings alluded to in existence, and

There are snarlers in all Parlianients, who, like dogs shut in whose possession are they to be found ?

out of a House, bark aloud against the Court, with design Doncaster.

only to be let into it. G. M.

Detractors are like leeches, and live upon the ill qualities GLASSMAKERS.-In Bourne's History of Newcastle- of men, as the others do upon their ill blood. on-Tyne, published 1736, he states in an account of

Flatterers and cringers are like wrestlers, who put their the Glass Houses in that town: “On the other side of

bodies in a low posture, the better to overcome the man the bridge the Glass-houses, which in Grey's time served

they deal with. most part of the kingdom with window glass. Some time

A man must renounce his reason to prove his faith, as in the reign of Queen Elizabeth, came over to Eng.

the best way to see the light at break of day is to put out land from Lorraine, the Henzels, Tyzacks and Tytory's.

the candle. The reason of their coming hither was the persecution of

Hypocrisy is a sort of sacrilege that makes the appearthe Protestants in their own country, of whose persuasion

ance of virtue serviceable to our crimes.

We have a fearful distrust of God's Providence in our • They were by occupation glass-makers ; at their first

temporal affairs, but a rash confidence in his mercy as to coming to this town, they wrought in their trade at the

what concerns our eternity. Close Gate, after that they removed into Staffordshire,

Lawyers and Doctors practise alike on mankind, the first from whence they removed and settled upon the river side,

prolonging our suits and the latter our diseases, till our at the place called from their abiding in it, the Glass

estates and constitutions are ruined by what should repair Houses, deservedly therefore have some of these families

them. been named Peregrine, from the Latin word which signifies

The eagerness of our desire is often the disappointment a pilgrim or a stranger.

of our hopes.

Flatterers are like physicians who give opium in “ Having at last settled here they became very numerous

the and generally married with each other's families, to preserve

most painful diseases of the mind, pretending it best but to the three names of Henzel, Tyzack and Tytory, but the

quiet the distempers they know not how to remove. latter of these within these few years became extinct.

The silence of a wise man is more wrong to mankind There are of the Tyzacks several remaining, but the Hen

than the slanderer's speech. zells are most numerous."

The only good of flattery is that by hearing what we are Could soine of your readers or correspondents in

not we are instructed what we ought to be. Staffordshire supply any information about these fami

It is a very common feeling in us never to be satisfied lies of early Glass-makers, cither from tombstones, tra-l conduct.

with our fortune, and never dissatisfied with our sense and dition or other sources ?

THOMAS GRAY. 59, Grey Street, Newcastle.'

they were.

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