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REMARKABLE OCCURRENCE. In Feb. 1776, an oak was cut down on the estate of Dennis Rolle, Esq. near Great Torrington, Devonshire; the body of which measured thirteen feet six inches in diameter, on the surface of which two couple danced a country dance, and the fidler played standing on the corner.
Copy of Two Letters from King JAMES
the First, to the Lords, read at the Board, Nov. 24, 1617, respecting the Abatement of His Majesty's Household.
“ My Lords, " No worldly thing is so precious as time ; ye know what task I gave you to work upon during my absence, and what time was limited unto you for the performance of it. This same Chancellor of Scotland was wont to tell me, twenty-four years ago, that my house could not be kept upon epigrams ; long discourses and air tales will never repair my estate,
• Omuis virtus in actione consistit."-Remember I told you, that the shoe must be made for the foot, and let that be the square of all your proceedings in the business. Abate superfluities in all things, and multitudes of unnecessary officers wherever they be placed; but for the household; wardrobe, and pensions, cut and carve as many as may agree with my means ; exceed not your rule of fifty thousand pounds for the household, if you can make it less, I will account it for good service, and that you may see I will not spare my own person, I have sent with this bearer a note of the superfluous charges concerning my mouth, having had the happy opportunity of this messenger in an errand so nearly concerning his place. In this, I expect no answer in word or writing, but only the real performance from the beginning, to relieve me out of my miseries : for now the ball is at your feet, and the world shall bear me witness, that I have put you fair to it.
And so praying God to bless your labours, I bid you heartily farewell.
“ Your own JAMES, R.” “ My Lords, “I received from you yesternight the bluntest Letter that I think ever King received from his Council. Ye write that. the Green Cloth will do nothing, and ye offer me no advice: Why are ye Counsellors, if ye offer no council ? An ordinary messenger might have brought me such an answer : it is my pleasure that my charges be equally with my revenue, and it is necessary so to be ; for this is a project must be made, and one of the main branches thereof is my house. This project is but to be offered unto you, and how it may be better laid to agree with my honour and contentment, ye are to advise upon, and then lave my consent. If this cannot be performed without diminishing the number of tables, diminished they must be; and if that cannot serve, two or three
mụst be thrust into one. If the Green Cloth will not make a project for this, some other must do it. If ye cannot find them out, I must only remember two things, the time must no more be lost, and that there are twenty ways of abatement besides the house, if they be well looked into, and so farewell.
6 JAMES R."
At the siege of Tortona, in Italy, the commander of the army that lay be.fore the town, ordered Carew, an Irish officer in the service of Naples, to advance with a detachment to a particular post. Having given his orders, he whispered to Carew, “ Sir, I know you to be a gallant man, I have therefore put you upon this duty, it is certain death for you all, I place you there to make the enemy spring a mine below you.” Carew made a bow to the General, and led on his men in silence to the dreadful post, he there stood with an undaunted courage ; and having called to a soldier for a glass of wine, now said he, “ I drink to all those who bravely fall in battle,” fortunately at this instant the town capitulated, and Carew escaped.
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ANECDOTE. During the summer of the year 1777, at a general meeting of the noblemen and gentlemen of the county of Buckinghani, Lord Verney's presence being necessary, he attended, though he could scarce stir hand or foot with the rheumatism and gout.
After the meeting was over, it was like. wise highly necessary his Lordship should sign the minutes of the proceedings, but how to do it, in the condition he was in, was the question. At last his Lordship,