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- When, flits that soul, which in Britannia's cause,
Aspir'd to guard her liberty and laws;
ANECDOTE OF GENERAL BLIGH.
When Mr. Bligh was a captain in a regiment of infantry, and he and his lady were travelling in Yorkshire, they put up at an inn, where there happened to be only just as much in the larder as would serve them for dinner, which was immediately ordered. In the mean time, some sporting gentlemen of the country came in, and finding there was nothing in the house but what was getting ready for another company; asked, “ who they were ?” The landlord told them he did not directly know, but he believed the gentleman was an Irish officer. “ On! d--o him, if he's Irish,” says one of the company, “a potatoe will serve him.--Here,” waiter, « take up this
atch,” pulling out an elegant gold watch, 66 carry it up stairs, and ask the gentleman what's o'clock.” The waiter at first hesirated; but the company insisted upon his delivering the message, and he was obliged to comply. Mr. Bligh was surprised at such an impudent message ; but recollect, ing himself a moment, took the watch from the waiter, and sent his compliments to the company, that he would tell them before they parted. The message, however, produced his dinner to be sent up in quiet; which, after he had eat, he claps a couple of horsepistols under his arm, and going down stairs, introduced himself to the company, by telling them, he was come to tell them what o'clock it was;. but first begged to be informed, to which of the gentlemen the watch belonged :-here a dead silence ensued. Mr. Bligh then began on his right hand, by asking them severally the question, each of whom denied his knowledge of the circumstance.--.Oh then,” says he, “ gentlemen, I find I have mistaken the room; the waiter a while ago, brought me an impudent message from some people in this house, which I come, as you see,
(pointing to his pistols,) properly to resenta but I find I have inistaken the company :" saying this, he wished them a good evening, paid his bill, stepped into his carriage, and drove off with the watch in his pocket, which he kept to the day of his death.
And disturbers of all who are fond of repose; -- How I wish for the quiet, and peace of the land, That ye wore rouod your necks, what you hold in
EPITAPH ON A MUSICIAN.
ANECDOTE. Roubilac, the famous statuary, found a parcel of Bank-notes in the church-yard of St. Martin's in the Fields, to the amount of seven thousand pounds,., the property of a Yorkshire gentleman, who advertised a re
ward of five hundred pounds. Mr. Roubilac returned the notes, but generously refused the five hundred pounds. The gentleman, charmed with his behaviour, made him a present of a fine set of plate, and left him a thousand pounds in his will, in case he survived him ; but Roubilac dying, first, rendered the gentleman's intentions of no effect.
THE TRUE PHILOSOPHER. A professor of alchymny, hearing of the uncommon merit of a nсighbouring philosopher, took the first opportunity of paying him a visit, and seemed' not a little surprised at the plain manner in which the latter lived. “ Heavens !” said he, " that a. man of your unexampled virtue should live under this humble roof; bus, be of good cheer, I am come to repair the outrage fortune has done you. I possess a secret, which, upon certain considerations I will communicate to you, and by the transmutation of metals, I doubt not, but we shall divide more gold than is to be found in the
sands of the Tagus, or the mines of Africa: “ Thank you,” replied the sage, “ but I must decline your offer, for to live contented without gold, to have an , undisturbed mind, in a sound body, is, in my opinion, the only real treasure this world can afford, and is, in fact, the true Philosopher's Stone."
ANECDOTE. An arabian, being once asked of whom he had learned virtue ? replied, “ of the bad, for their wickedness inspired me with a distaste to vice.".
ANECDOTE. · When Philip III. King of Spain, sent his ambassador to treat with the States of Holland about their Independancy, he was, shewn into an anti-chamber, where he waited to see the members of the state pass by. He stood for some time, and seeing. none but a parcel of plain dressed men with bundles in their hands, (which, as many of them came from distant provinces,, cone...