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There is no doctrine will do good, where nature is wanting. Some wits are swelling and high, others low and still; some hot and fiery, others cold and dull : one must have a bridle, the other a spur.
The Catagogia, an erotic and bacchanalian festival, was celebrated at Ephesus on this day, by its licentious devotees, about the 1st Century. Then, also, the pantomimes and shows were acted at Rome, in honour of Augustus.
Richard II. of England is married to his first wife, Anne, daughter of the Emperor Charles IV., popularly called the good Queen Anne, 1382.
The Windward Caribbee Island, named St. Vincent, was discovered by the Spaniards this day. The indigo thrives upon its rich loamy soil.
In 1644 an ordinance is passed for the reform of the University of Cambridge. The Earl of Manchester had the superintendance of this ungracious mandate, and ten heads of colleges, with sixty-five fellows, only were expelled ; but upon the general's departure a more zealous committee increased the number to two hundred.
Gray writes from town to his friend Mason, 1761, “The Opera-house is crowded this year like any ordinary theatre. Elisi is finer than any thing that has been here in your memory : yet, as I suspect. has been finer than he is: his action is proper, and not ungraceful. We have heard nothing, since I remember operas, but eternal passages, divisions, and flights of execution : of these he has absolutely none; whether merely from judgment, or a little from age, I will not affirm; his point is expression, and to that all the graces and ornaments he inserts (which are few and short) are evidently directed : he goes higher (they say) than Farinelli; but then this celestial note you do not hear above once in a whole opera ; and he falls from this altitude at once to the mellowest, softest, strongest tones (about the middle of his compass) that can be heard. The Mattei, I assure you, is much improved by his example, and by her great success this winter ; but then the burlettas, and the Paganina, I have not been so pleased with any thing these many years : she too is fat, and above forty, yet handsome withal, and has a face that speaks the language of all nations : she has not the invention, the fire, and the variety of action that the Spiletta had; yet she is light, agile, ever in motion, and, above all, graceful ; but then her voice, her ear, her taste in singing: Good God-as Mr. Richardson the painter says.
Melancholy is a species of ingratitude to Heaven. We should be humbly thankful for every harmless pleasure that conduces to our happiness.-Anon.
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Brutality is a certain ronghness that shows itself in a man's whole converse and demeanour. Ask one of this savage temper, if he has seen such a person lately, he replies; Sirrah, don't be impertinent. If he finds a man in communion with his God, he tells him, that he expects some gift for his pains. He is inexorable upon the slightest offence; do but tread upon his foot, or shake his elbow in a crowd, he'll never forget you as long as he lives.
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that Wm. Alex. Mehegan, 1766. kind which smells most is ever Wm. Caslon, 1766. St. Luke's. } the best : of the white, I know G. Moser, 1783. d. Somerset but two sorts, and both excel- House. | lent; one ripe in the beginning
in Dr. Matt. Stewart, 1785. of July, the other in the end of John Cleland, 1789. September, and is yellower than
William Pitt, 1806. Abbey. the first ; but this is difficult to
Edward Duke of Kent, 1820. raise, though an excellent fruit. Sir William Temple.
An absent man is one who, Obits of the Latin Church. after having busied himself a St. Emerentia, Virgin, M. at long time in casting up a sum, Rome, c. 304.
shall inquire of another that sits St. Clement, of Ancyra, M.304. by, how much the whole amounts St. Eusebius, Abbot in Syria, d. to? In the middle of winter he 4th Century
Trails at his servant that he did St. Agathangelus (or Ildefon- not provide a salad ; and when
sus), Abp. of Toledo, d. 667. informed of the death of a friend. St. John the Almoner, Patriarch | after grieving for his loss, he
of Alex. c. 7th Century.. presently adds, it happened very St. Raymund,of Pennafort, 1275. luckily.-Theophrastus. '
· The situation of a young and rich widow is walking blindfold upon stilts amidst precipices; though perhaps as little sensible of her danger as a child of a quarter old would be in the paws of a monkey leaping on the tiles of a house.
Lady Montagu, in die.
He that honoureth his mother is as one that layeth up treasure.--Panaretos.
The twenty-third day of the month Sebat, was kept as a fast by the Jews, in memory of the war waged by all the ten tribes of Israel against that of Benjamin, for the outrage committed upon the person of the Levite's wife, by the men of Gibeah.-Judges xx.
Tamerlane introduces his troops within the walls of Damascus, in violation of a truce, 1401; and after levying a contribution of ten millions of gold upon the inhabitants, themselves are first massacred, and afterwards their city is reduced to ashes, in revenge of the murder, seven centuries before, of the grandson of Mahomet, by the Syrians.
Queen Elizabeth dedicates the Royal Exchange, (then called “ Britain's Burse,") by sound of trumpet, on the afternoon of this day, 1571.
The articles of union between the Dutch provinces are signed at Utrecht by their seven deputies, 1579. This honest land was seized by the French, the same day, in 1795.
In 1759, was buried at Lichfield, Mrs. Sarah Johnson, the mother of } the great Cham in letters ;-an event not unworthy to be noted, as it eminently illustrates the filial piety of the author of “ Rasselas," a work that was composed with wonderful rapidity to defray the expenses of her funeral : “ You will conceive my sorrow for the loss of my mother, of the best mother. If she were to live again, surely I should behave better to her. But she is happy, and what is passed is nothing to her; and for me, since I cannot repair my faults to her, I hope repentance will efface them." Those that know a mother's tenderness - the children of Genius, in whose breasts is most apparent the milk of maternal endearment, as the effusions of Gray, Cowper, Pope, Hayley, and others, sufficiently testify, will prize these little bursts of nature, the oases of a world where Ravin and Duplicity have set up their pillars, more than all the polished labours of the learned, in which the heart is wanting.
The Agricultural Society commenced its sittings on this day, 1794.
The Hilary or Lent Term, in the English courts of law, commences; as also the Candlemas Term in Scotland. The sabbath was a juridical day until 517, in which year it was properly exempted from legal proceedings. We are indebted for the division of the year into four Terms to Edward the Confessor.
Out of the old fields cometh the new corn.- Sir Edward Coke.
A monument-and planted round with shade
Hadrian, A. D. 66, Rome. Philip (of Macedon), assassi-
James Ralph, 1762. Chiswick.
We often see men of dull and Obits of the Latin Church. Iphlegmatic tempers arriving to St. Timothy (Disciple of St. great estates, by making a regu
Paul),Martyr at Ephesus, 97. lar and orderly disposition of St. Babylas, Bp. of Antioch, M. their business; and that, without c. 250.
lit, the greatest talents and most St.Macedonius, of Syria,d.5th C. lively imaginations, rather puzzle St. Cadocus (or Cadoc) Abbot their affairs than bring them to a
in Wales, d. 6th Century. happy issue.--Spectator, in dié. St. Suranus, Abbot in Umbria,
M. 7th Century.
The advantages he received from his learning did not countervail the mischief he brought upon him in the exercise of his authority ; so difficult it is for those to obtain the virtue that is necessary for a wise man, who have the absolute power to do what they please without control.
Josephus on Caligula.
All love, at first, like generous wine,
CLAUDIUS is elected Emperor on this day, A.D. 41 ; which was the feast of Seed-time, feria sementinæ, among the Romans.
In the journals of Dr. Swift to his Stella and her companion, Mrs. Dingley, are contained, for this day, the following passages : 1711.-“ Morning. Come now to your letter. As for my old friends,
if you mean the Whigs, I never see them, as you may find by my journals, except Lord Halifax, and him very seldom ; Lord Somers never, since the first visit, for he has been a false, deceitful rascal. My new friends are very kind, and I have promises enough, but I do not count upon them. Your news, that Mr. St. John is going to Holland ; he has no such thoughts to quit the great station he is in, nor, if he had, could I be spared to go with him. Pray God Stella's illness may not return. If they come seldom they begin to be weary : I judge by myself; for when I seldom visit I grow weary of my acquaintance. So good morrow, Madams,
both." 1712.-" The Secretary made me promise to dine with him to-day, after
the parliament was up; I said I would come ; but I dined at my usual time, knowing the house would sit late on this great affair [the censure of the Duke of Marlborough by the ministry]. At ten, this' evening, I went to the Secretary, but he was not come home : I sat with his lady till twelve, then came away; and he just came as I was gone, and he sent to my lodgings, but I would
not go back.” 1713.-"I was at Court to-day, and it was comical to see Lord Aber
corn bowing to me, but not speaking; and Lord Selkirk the same.
ness; the parliament just going to sit, and no employments given. If I were a divine, I would remember, that in their first creation they were designed as a help for the other sex; and nothing was ever made incapable of the end of its creation.
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