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go to the warehouse from whence he came, and thence, as occasion should require, proceed to the Exchange, or Garraway's coffee house, in what manner he pleased; but that neither he, nor any of the family of the Plumbs, should hereafter appear in the streets of London out of their coaches, that so the foot way might be left open and undisturbed for their betters."

Dathan, a pedling Jew, and T. R--, a Welsh. man, were indicted by the keeper of an alchouse in Westminster, for breaking the peace and two earthen mugs, in a dispute about the antiquity of their families, to the great detriment of the house, and dis; turbance of the whole neighbourhood. Dathan said. for himself, “ that he was provoked to it by the Welshman, who pretended that the Welsh were an ancienter people than the Jews; whereas," says he, 66 I can shew by this genealogy in my hand, that I am the son of Mesheck, that was the son of Naboth, that was the son of Shalein, that was the son of

" The Welshman here interrupted him, and told him, " that he could produce shennalogy as well as himself;" for “ that he was John ap Ricc, ap Shenken, ap Shones.” He then turned himself to the Censor, and told him in the same broken accent, and with much warmth, " that the Jew would needs uphold, that King Cadwallader was younger than Issachar.” Mr. Bickerstaff seemed very much inclined to give sentence against Dathan as being a Jew; but finding reasons, by some expressions. which the Welshman let fall in asserting the antiquity of his family, to suspect that the said Welshman was a Præ-Adamite, he suffered the jury to go out, without any previous admonition. After some time they returned, and gave their verdict, that it appearing the persons at the bar did neither of

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N° 256. TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 1710.

Noslrum est tantas componere lites. .

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VIRG. Ecl. iii. 108. 'Tis ours such warm contentions to decide.

. R. WYNNE.

The Proceedings of the Court of Honour, held in

Sheer-lane on Monday the twentieth of November, | 1710, before Isaac BickERSTAFF, Esquire, Ceu

sor of Great-Britain. Peter PLUMB, of London, merchant, was indicted by the honourable Mr. Thomas Gules, of Gule-hall in the county of Salop, for that the said Peter Plumb did, in Lombard-street, London, between the hours of two and three in the afternoon, meet the said Mr. Thomas Gules, and, after a short saluta. tion, put on his hat, value five-pence, while the honourable Mr. Gules stood bare-headed for the space of two seconds. It was further urged against the criminal, that, during his discourse with the prosecutor, he feloniously stole the wall of him, having clapped his back against it in such a manner, that it was impossible for Mr. Gules to recover it again at his taking leave of him. The prosecutor alleged, that he was the cadet of a very ancient family; and that, according to the principles of all the younger brothers of the said family, he had never sulliert himself with business, but had chosen rather to starve, like a man of honour, than do any thing be. neath bis quality. He produced several witnesses,

that he had never employed himself beyond the twisting of a whip, or the making of a pair of nuts crackers, in which he only worked for his diversion, in order to make a, present now and then to his friends. The prisoner being asked, " what he could say for himself,” cast several reflections upon the honourable Mr. Gules; as, “ that he was not worth a groat; that nobody in the city would trust him for a half-penny; that he owed him money which he had promised to pay him several times, but never kept his word; and, in short, that he was an idle beggarly fellow, and of no use to the public.” This sort of language was very severely reprimanded by the Censor, who told the crimioal, “ that he spoke in contempt of the court, and that he should be pro. ceeded against for contumacy, if he did not change his style.” The prisoner, therefore, desired to be heard by his counsel, who urged in his defence, çe that he put on his hat through ignorance, and took the wall by accident." They likewise produced several witnesses, that he made several motions with his hat in his hand, which are generally understood as an invitation to the person we talk with to be covered ; and that, the gentleman not taking the hint, he was forced to put ou his hat, as being tronbled with a cold. There was likewise an Irishman, who deposed, that he had heard him cough threeand twenty times that morning." And as for the wall, it was alleged, that he had taken it inadvertently, to save himself from a shower of rain which was then falling. The Censor, having consulted the men of honour who sat at his right-hand on the bench, found they were all of opinion, that the de. fence made by the prisoner's counsel did rather aggravate than extenuate his criinc; that the motions aud intimations of the hat were a token of superiority

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them wear a sword, and that consequently they had no right to quarrel upon a point of honour; to preTent such frivolous appeals for the future, they should both of them be tossed in the same blanket, and there adjust the superiority as they could agree on it between themselves.", The Censor confirmed the verdict.

) Richard Newman was indicted by Major Punto, for having used the words, " perhaps it may be so," in a dispute with the said Major. The Major urged 6 that the word perhaps was questioning his vera. city, and that it was an indirect manner of giving him the lie.” Richard Newman had bothing more to say for himself, than that 66 he intended no such thing; and threw himself upon the mercy of the court. The jury brought in their verdict special.

Mr. Bickerstaff stood up, and, after having cast his eyes over the whole assembly, hemmed thrice. He then acquainted them, “ that he had laid down a rule to himself, which he was resolved never to depart from, and which, as he conceived, would very much conduce to the shortening the business of the court: I mean,” says he," never to allow of the lie being given by construction, implication or induction, but by the sole use of the word itself.” He then proceeded to shew the great mischief that had arisen to the English nation from that pernicious monosyllable; that it had bred the most fatal quar. rels between the dearest friends; that it had fre. quently thinned the guards, and made great havock in the army; that it had sometimes weakened the city trained bands; and, in a word, had destroyed many of the bravest men in the isle of Great Britain'. For the prevention of which evils for the future, he instructed the jury to present the word itself as a nuisance in the English tongue; and further pro

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mised them, that he would, upon such their preferment, publish an edict of the court, for the eptire þanishment and exclusion of it out of the discourses and conversation of all civil societies.

This is a true copy, CHARLES LILLAE. Monday next is set apart for the trial of several female causes.

N. B. The case of the hassack will come on between the hours of pine and ten.

N° 257, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 1910.

In nova fert animus mutatas dicere formas
Çorpora: Dii, çæptis, ngm vos mutástis et illas,
Aspirate meis!

· QVID. Met. is to
Of bodies chang'd to various forms I sing,
Yegods, from whom these miracles did spring,
Assist me in this arduous task:

From my own Apartment, November 29. EVERY nation is distinguished by productions that are peculiar to it. Great Britain is particularly fruitful in religions, that shoot up and flourish in this climate more than in any other. We are so famous abroad for our great variety of sects and opi. pions, that ạn jvgenious friend of mine, who is lately returned from his travels, assures me, there is a show at this time carried up and down in Germany,

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