페이지 이미지
PDF
ePub

Anécdote of Sir George Rodney ; being an Instance of English Generosity, contrasted with French Meanness.

After the Ville de Paris, struck to Sir George Rodney, the Marquis de , who commanded a French regiment then on board, opened the military chest, and divided the money, about ten thousand pounds, into the pockets of the private men, which was undoubtedly the property of the captors, and when they were on shore, he as meanly took it all from them at Jamaica. Yet this same marquis, when introduced by the Count de Grasse, to Sir George Rod

The editor conjectures that the line which runs across the mark of nobility to be, what is stiled in heraldry, the bar of bastardy.

“ There is still remaining in Eastwell Park, the ruin of a building, which, they say, was his house'; and a well near it, which, to this day, is called, “ Plantagenet's Well.”

" There is also a tomb in the wall of Eastwell Church, under which he is said to be buried.”

ney, besought Sir George, for leave instantly to return to France, where, he said, he had a wife the prettiest woman in the kingdom. Then, said the admiral, I will send you to Britain in the ship which car.. ries my dispatches, and I desire you will do me the honour to present my respects to your lady, and tell her I have the pleasure to restore you from mine to her arms. Count de Grasse, had about the same sum on board, his own private property, all of . which was restored to him, as well as that of all the officers. We do not fight for plunder (said the admiral) but for the honour of our king and country. Yet I have more than a single sigh at this writing, upon my breast. · It has been said, that the marchioness was not overjoyed at the present sent.

4 Remarkable Instance of the Charity

of the Derby Family. Edward, Earl of Derby, in the year, 1522; kept 220 citizens in livery,, and fed.

sixty aged persons, twice a day, besides all visitors, three times a week, and provided two thousand seven hundred persons with meat, drink, and money, every Good Friday.

Anecdote of the Duchess of Devonshire.

· As she was rambling one day in the neighbourhood of Cheswick, she was overtaken by a shower, which obliged her grace to take shelter in a small hut, where she happened not to be known: among other topics of conversation, which she introduced in her affable manner, she asked the good woman, if she knew the Duchess of Devonshire? know her, answered the woman, “ Aye God save her, every body has cause to know her here, there never was a better lady born.” “I am afraid you are mistaken,” said her grace, “ from what I can understand of her, she is no better than she should be."_" I see you are no better. than you should be," re

turned the poor woman; “ it would be happy for you (if you were as good ; but you-you'll never be worthy to wipe her . shoes"_" Then I must be beholden to you, for they are at present very dirty,”. answered her grace. The honest cottager, perceiving her mistake, ran to perform the office with the greatest humility, which was generously rewarded by the duchess.

WISDOM AND EXPERIENCE.

Wisdom is the growth of experience ;, but experience is not the growth of action, but of reflection on it. In an active life, is sown the seeds of wisdom ; but he, who reflects not, never reaps, has no harvest from it, but carries the burden of age, without the wages of experience; nor. knows himself old, but from his infirmities, the parish-register, and the contempt of mankind. And what has age, if it has not esteem ? --It has nothing.'

Anecdote of Doctor Monsey.

The doctor lived so long in his office of physician at Chelsea-Hospital, that, during many changes in administration, the reversion of the place had been promised to several of the medical friends of the pay.masters of the forces. The doctor looking out of his window one day, and seeing a gentleman examining the house and gardens, who, he knew had got a reversion of the place, came out to him, and accosted him thus : “ Well, Sir, I see you are examining your's that are to be; and I will assure you, they are both very pleasant, and very convenient; but, I must tell you one circumstance ; you are the fifth man that has got the reversion of the place, and I have buried them all; and what is more, (says the doctor, looking very scientifically at him) there is something in your face that tells me, I shall bury you too." The event, justfied the

« 이전계속 »