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pression than all the splendor of the house, or the virtue of the Lord Albot.
N. B. The substance of these particuJars, the author had from a MS. shewn him by Sir B. Graham.
• ANECDOTE OF JAMES THE FIRST.
Sir Henry Montague was, for some time a favourite at James's Court, and was promoted to the office of Lord Keeper, bat disdaining to enter into the measures of Buckingham, he was deprived of his post; by that haughty favourite. .
While he continued in his office, Lilly; the astrologer, was tried and found guilty, by a peevish jury. . · Conscious of his own innocence, he wrote a petition in Greek to King James. The Monarch, struck with the novelty of the circumstance, cried out, “ by my soul this man shall not suffer; I think he is a better Grecian than any of my Bishops,
BON MOT OF LORD CHESTERFIELD.
The great Handel, whose admirable music has lately brought such considerable sums, was, several years ago, so much neglected, that his Oratorios were frequently performed to empty benches. King George the Second, however, constantly attended Handel's pieces, though they were abandoned by the rest of the court. This attachment gave occasion to the following Bon Mot of Lord Chesterfield, who, coming out of the Oratorio one night, was met by Lord Delaware. " What !” said the latter, “ have they dismissed, is there no Oratorio to-night?” “O, Yes,” replied Lord Chesterfield, “ they are now performing, but I thought it best to retire, lest I should disturb the King in his privacies.
Unacquainted with ton, and your quality airs,
Verses on Admiral Byng's Judges, who,
after finding him guilty, desired to be released from their Oath of Secrecy, which is administered to all Members of General Courts Martial. • We, the Court Martial, now begin to sicken; And find, at last, that we are conscience stricken; Sad suppliants in Byng's behalf we come, And humbly crave you will defer his doom ; Bound by our oath, we cannot yet make clear, What t'was we meant, nor ever shall we fear ; We found him guilty-and we found him not ; We wish'd him sav'd—yet, wish'd him to be shot; But, as at land, so did we find at sea, If we did one, the other could not be. Save him-great Chief, your royal mercy show; Shoot him-dread Chief, let royal justice flow; Relieve our consciences with pitying eye, And grant that Byng, may neither live-nor die.
ANECDOTE. When Lord Townshend was Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, the then Provost of Dublin lost no opportunity of repeating his solicitations for places....“ My dear, Hely,” said his Lordship, “ you have a great many things, and I have nothing to give but a majority of dragoons.”. “ I accept it then,” replied the Provost. " What you take a majority,” answered his Lordship, " zounds it's impossible, I only meant it as a joke.” 6 And I accept it, replied the Prorost, “ merely to shew you how well I can take a joke.”
ANECDOTE. Fontaine teaches in his Fables, that we ought not to refute seriously a gross aba surdity; but the better to expose it to ridicule, we should use the most extravagant hyperboles.
A Gascon, who flattered himself that he possessed a most discerning sight, walk
ing one day with a companion in the streets of Notre Dame, said " Observe the fineness of my sight, I see a fly walking upon the clock of Notre Dame church.” His companion replied, “ I have not a sight so fine as you, but in recompence, my hearing is much better; for although I do not see the fly you mention, yet I hear it walk."
Anecdote. Some friends of Philip of Macedon, having advised him to banish a man, who had spoken ill of him at Court; he replied, “ By no means, for that is the way to make him rail at me, where I am less known.”.
Being, at another time, importuned to punish the ingratitude of the Peloponessians, for having hissed him at the Olympic games :-How will they serve me,” replied he, “ should I punish them, when they cannot forbear affronting me, after so many obligations ?”