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For modes of faith, let graceless zealots fight;
The feast of dedication, by Aulus Posthumius, dictator, of a temple to the twin knights, Castor and Pollux, on the spot near the lake Juturna, where they are said to have both appeared upon white horses, and assisted the Romans in the Latin war, at the battle of Regillum, B.C. 496. Their well-known acts of friendship are signified in the constellation Gemini, for, usually, as one sets, the other predominates,
Dante, during his absence from Florence, as ambassador to the Pope, is, by an iniquitous decree, 1302, mulcted eight thousand lire, and condemned, by a faction, to two years' banishment from his native city. To satisfy the fine, his house was immediately entered and pillaged; and scarcely seven weeks had elapsed, when a second decree was issued, that he, and his associates in exile, should be burned, if they fell into the hands of the Neri, their enemies.
In 1591, Queen Elizabeth assigns unto Sir Walter Raleigh the lease, for ninety-nine years, of Sherborne Manor, which she had obtained, but nine days before, from the bishopric of Salisbury, at the rent of two hundred pounds, sixteen shillings, and one penny. This estate was forfeited to the crown upon the knight's attainder, in 1603, and was only lost to the family by the death of Prince Henry, who, with a noble generosity, had purchased it a few months previously, in 1612, with the intention of restoring it to the original proprietor. It was then valued at the annual rental of eighty thousand pounds, which fell to the fortune of Carr, the king's favourite ; James, as some slight atonement, giving to the wife of Raleigh (a daughter of Throckmorton) the sum of eight thousand pounds.
The South Sea Company, in 1719, propose their scheme to parliament for discharging the national debt, upwards of thirty millions sterling.
Pope publishes his elaborate Epistle, addressed to Lord Bathurst, On the Use of Riches, 1733.
When Fortune comes smiling, she often designs the most mischief.- Raleigh.
Benevolence is the beginning of friendship, just as the pleasure received through the sight is the beginning of love.
Rich. Earl of Warwick, 1381, Otho III. (Emperor), 1002.
Henry VIII. 1547. Windsor.
John Hevelius, 1687.
Anthony Vallisnieri, 1730.
Peter (the Wild Boy), 1785. linicus, Ms. in Phrygia, 3rd Century."
Gov. (Joseph) Wall, exe. 1802.
Never was any of her sex born St. Paulinus, Patriarch of Aqui- with better gifts of the mind, or leia, 804.
more improved them by reading Charlemagne, Emperor, d. 814. and conversation. Her advice
Buried at Air-la-Chapelle. was always the best, and with St. Glastian, Bishop in Scotland, the greatest freedom, mixed with d. 830.
the greatest decency. Never St. Agnes. Second commemora- was so happy a conjunction of
tion, on the translation of her civility, freedom, easiness, and relics...
sincerity. Margaret, Princess of Hungary, Swift's Character of Stella, in diê.
He who has no grave has the heavens still over him.- Lucan.
See there the olive grove of Academe,
Acts. JOHN de Hotham, Bishop of Ely, receives the Great Seal, to do therewith what belonged to the Chancellor, 1328.
Thomas Chaucer, the poet's son, and chief butler to the King, is presented by the Commons their Speaker, 1410.
John of Portugal, surnamed the Fortunate, is crowned King of his enfranchized country, 1640.
The abdication of King James II. is voted by the Lower House, and the throne, by a Resolution, declared vacant, 1689.
Evelyn writes to Sir Thomas Browne, giving him a grandiloquous account (which seems, from Pepys, to have been his usual manner) of the plan of his intended publication upon gardens : “ Our drift is a noble, princely, and universal Elysium, capable of all the amenities that can naturally be introduced into gardens of pleasure, and such as may stand in competition with all the august designs and stories of this nature, either of ancient or modern times; yet so as to become useful and significant to the least pretences and faculties.”
Lord Chesterfield writes to his son: “ You will say, it may be, that when you write so very ill, it is because you are in a hurry. A man of sense may be in haste, but can never be in a hurry; because he knows that, whatever he does in a hurry he must necessarily do very ill.Little minds are in a hurry, when the object proves (as it commonly does) too much for them ; they run, they hare, they puzzle, confound, and perplex themselves ; they want to do every thing at once, and never do it at all. There was a Pope, I think it was Pope Chigi, who was justly ridiculed for his attention to little things, and his inability in great ones; and therefore called maximus in minimis, and minimus in maximis. Why? because he attended to little things when he had great ones to do."
The Royal Irish Academy is incorporated by patent, 1786.
Whatever busies the mind without corrupting it, has at least this use, that it rescues the day from idleness; and he that is never idle will not often be vicious.
The last was He, whose thunder slew
Augustus Lubin, 1624, Paris. Aurelian, assassinated, 275. Cal. J. Grævius, 1632, Naumbourg. Sir Thomas Pope, 1559.
John Hughes, 1677, Marlboro'. W. Butler, 1618. Cambridge.
Charles, Earl of Dorset, 1706.
George, Earl of Orkney, 1737.
J. Angerstein, 1823. d. Wond-
A modern critic is an apocry- }
of St. Martin), d. c. 420. gross, and commonly sides with St. Gildas, the Scot, d. Glaston- the weakest : he is worse than bury, 512.
an Index Expurgatorius, for he St. Gildas, the Wise (or Bado- blots out all; and, when he can
nicus), Abbot in Brittany, d. not find a fault, makes one: he 570.
is a mountebank, that is always St. Sulpicius, Bp. of Bourges, d. quacking of the infirm and dis591.
eased parts of books, to show his St. Francis of Sales, Bp. of Ge skill; but has nothing to do with neva, 1622.
the sound : he demurs to all writers, and when he is overruled, will run into contempt.-Butler.
There are two things necessary for a traveller, to bring him to the end of his journey ; a knowledge of his way, a perseverance in his walk.-Warwick.
If a wife be convicted by her husband of adultery, poisoning, making false keys, or of drinking wine, she may be punished with death.-Law of Romulus.
The twenty-ninth day of the month Shebat was observed as a festival by the Jews, to commemorate the death of a most inveterate enemy, Antiochus Epiphanes, B. C. 164.–See Macc.i. 6.
The Equirian games, in honour of Mars, were instituted by Romulus at this time, and exhibited in the Campus Martius. See 27 Feb.
Robert de Cumin and his Norman followers are massacred, and the Episcopal Palace, at Durham, is burnt to the ground, 1069.
St. Francis falling sick, his preceptor inquired of him, with tears, what he had to appoint concerning his funeral, and other affairs; “ Nothing," } be cheerfully answered, “ unless it be that my body be given to the Theatre of Anatomy, to be dissected; for it will be a comfort to me if I can be of any advantage, when dead, haring been of none, whilst alive."
Charles I. burns his private papers and clavises, and takes farewell of his children, Elizabeth and Henry, 1649; a dreadful, and most affecting scene, that caused the death of the little princess, who expired about eighteen months after at Carisbrook Castle, in her fifteenth year.
Sir William Temple addresses his Essay On the Excesses of Grief to the Countess of Essex (wife of Lord Capel), 1674; “ It is, at least, pious to ascribe all the ill that befalls us to our own demerits, rather than to injustice in God; and it becomes us better to adore all the issues of his providence in the effects, than inquire into the causes: for submission is the only way of reasoning between a creature and its Maker; and contentment in his will is the greatest duty we can pretend to, and the best remedy we can apply to all our misfortunes."
A general thanksgiving throughout England for the pregnancy of the Queen of James II., 1688. “The Pretender” was born in June following.
Westminster Bridge, which was raised by lottery, is founded, 1739.
This day is the Anniversary of the accession of our beloved monarch, King George the Fourth, to the British throne, 1820.
“ LONG MAY HE REIGN !”.
Le jour d'un nouveau regne est le jour des ingrats.--Gresset.