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Subtle is she, and practised in the arts
By which the wanton conquer heedless hearts ;
Stubborn and loud she is; she hates her home;
Varying her place and form she loves to roam ;
Now she's within, now in the street doth stray,
Now at each corner stands and waits her prey.--The Harlot.

Acts.

The interview between Cicero and the voluptuous Cleopatra took place about the present day, in the gardens of Cæsar on the Tiber, with whom she was living at the moment of his death. The object of this singular meeting was the acknowledgment of her son (by Julius Cæsar) as King of Egypt, which the orator, no doubt, promised to use his influence to effect; but in return for this obligation he was to receive books of grammarians and probably statues from the Alexandrian Library to embellish his own. The result appears from a letter addressed to Atticus: “I hate the Queen of Egypt. The favours she promised me, were such I need not be ashamed of, though they were proclaimed from the rostrum ; they were only such as befitted a man of learning and became my dignity. The haughtiness of the Queen when she was at the gardens, I never can reflect upon without strong feeling and resentment.Cicero now retires from Rome to his Tusculanum, and composes, as the means of amusing his sorrows, the treatises on Old Age, on Friendship, and on Fate, besides a history of the time, called his Anecdote, which, to the grief of all the lovers of the sharp style of this great man, has perished.

The first mayoralty of Sir Richard Whittington expires, 1398.

LADY MARY WORtleY Montagu, inoculates, at Belgrade, her infant son, as an experimental preservative against the smallpox, (Tuesday) 1718—this disease first made its appearance at Mecca, where it is stated to have destroyed the invading Ethiopian army, and thus terminated, in 360, what is designated The War of the Elephant. Inoculation was tried in England, upon criminals, with complete success, about nine years after, in 1727. If Egypt had an Isis, we have a Montagu.

The American stamp-act is repealed by an act of parliament, 1766.

The battle of Landen in Brabant, when Dumouriez is repulsed and routed by the Prince of Saxe-Coburg, and the Austrian Netherlands are recovered, 1793. The Russian troops enter Hamburg, 1813.

These studies nourish youth, delight old age; are the ornament of prosperity, the solace and the refuge of adversity; they are delectable at home, and not burthensome abroad; they gladden us at nights, and on our journeys, and in the country.

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The taking away of my credit is but a necessary preparation to the taking away of my life, and my kingdoms; first I must seem neither fit to live, nor worthy to reign; by exquisite methods of cunning and cruelty, I must be compelled first to follow the funerals of my honour, and then be destroyed.

Icon Basiliké.

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Births.

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John le Clerc, 1657, Geneva. Alex. Severus, mur. A. D. 235.
John Astruc, 1684, Sauve. St. Plato, (Abbot), 813. Mount
Charles Lebrun, 1739, St. Sau-l Olympus.
veur Laudelin.

Confessor Peter Coton, 1626.
Spencer Compton, Earl of North-

ampton, 1643. killed, Hopton

Heath.

There is in some places, par- Bp. (Thos.) Ken, 1711. Frome. ticularly in Cephalenia, a little Clement II. (Pope), 1721. shrub called holly-oak; or Nicholas Hawksmoor, 1736. dwarf-oak; upon the leaves Cæsar Verdier, 1759. d. Paris. } whereof rises a tumour like a Sir Hugh Palliser, 1786. d. blister ; which they gather, and Greenwich Hospital. rub out of it a certain red dust, Francis Joseph Desbillons, 1788. that turns to worms: these they Step. Storace, 1796. d. London. kill with wine, when they begin Dr. P. Hayes, 1797. St. Paul's. ? to quicken ; and with this dust Richard Arden, Lord Alvanley, they dye scarlet.-Bacon. 1804. d. Westminster.

Senecio was a man of a turbid

... wit; he would have no servants, Obits of the Latin Church.

| but huge, massy fellows : he St. Joseph, died (before the kept a concubine that was a

marriage at Cana), 1st Cent. very giantess, and made her St.Alcmund of England, Martyr, walk in chioppins ; till at last c. 819.

he acquired the cognomentum of Senecio Grandio.-Seneca.

Men talk without thinking, and think without talking.---Temple.

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See to their seats they hye with merry glee,
And in beseemly order sitten there;
All bat the wight of bum y-galled, he
Abhorreth bench, and stool, and fourm, and chair;
And eke with snubs profound, and heaving breast,
He scorns her offer'd love and shuns to be caress'd.

The Schoolmistress.
Acts.

THE QUINQUATRIA were Roman festivals dedicated to Minerva, patroness of the month, which continued for five days: the first was kept sacred as her birth-day, the rest were devoted to gladiatorial exercises. It was one of the most pleasing of the Latin holidays, for then the schoolboys presented gifts, called minerval, to their tutors, from a belief that the goddess was the inventress of letters and numbers (her origin is Phænician), and bloodless oblations were offered for the protection of learning. Augustus writes to his daughter upon this festival : “ I have sent you two hundred and fifty denarii, which I gave to every one of my guests; in case they were inclined at supper to divert themselves at the game of even or odd.Ovid received his birth upon the second day.

The first eclipse of the moon upon record (by Ptolemy), B. C. 721. · The history of Herodotus terminates with the siege of Sestos, B.C. 478.

Charles Martel surprises and defeats Chilperic at Ardennes, A.D.717.

The complaint against Lord Bacon for corruption is drawn up by Sir Edward Coke, and others, of the Commons, and presented to the House of Lords, this day, 1621 : the chancellor was sick, but addressed a letter to his peers through the medium of Buckingham, not to prejudge his case from “ any number of petitions against a judge that makes two thousand decrees and orders in a year; but that he may answer them according to the rules of justice, severally and respectively."-Pope's tinkling uncharitable hyperbole was taken from Swift's “mean and great Figures.” The Lord Chancellor Bacon when he was convicted of bribery. Yet Swift could distinguish very well Machiavel from the truckler; a hall of justice from a den of thieves ; his own times from those of Queen Elizabeth ! -The great luminous meteor appears over all the west of Europe, 1719: St. Martin's church is founded by Gibbs, 1721: Charles IV. abdicates the Spanish throne 1808, the same day that the constitution of the Cortes was signed and proclaimed in 1812.

Certainly, it is heaven upon eartla to have a man's mind, move in charity, rest 1 in providence, and turn upon the poles of truth. ---Bacon.

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Thou polished perturbation ! golden care!
That keep'st the ports of slumber open wide
To many a watchful night !-sleep with it now!
Yet not so sound, and half so deeply sweet,
As he, whose brow with homely biggin bound,
Snores out the watch of night, O majesty!

King Henry IV.

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x111. Publius Ovidius (Naso), B. C. Publius Gallienus, (Emperor),
| 43, Sulmo.

A.D.268. assassinated, Milan.
Bp.(Thos.)Morton, 1564, York. Henry IV. (of England), 1413.
Napoleon, Duke of Reichstadt, Canterbury.
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Baptist Spagnoli, 1516.

Ernest Duke of Luneburg, 1611.
Falstaff. What, is the old John Kirchman, 1643. d. Lu- }
king dead ?- Pistol. As nail in beck.
door : the things I speak are George Digby, Earl of Bristol,
just.—Bardolph. O joyful day. 1677. Chelsea.

Falstaff. Away; saddle my Bishop (Samuel) Parker, 1687.
horse. Master Robert Shallow, Oxford.
choose what office thou wilt Sir Isaac Newton, 1727. Abbey.
in the land, 'tis thine,-Pistol, Adrienne la Couvreur, 1730.
I will double charge thee Peter Burman, the Elder, 1741.
with dignities. Carry Master Frederick, Prince of Wales, }
Silence to bed. Get on thy! 1751. d. Leicester House.
boots, Master Shallow; we'll Firmin Abauzit, 1767. Geneva. X.
ride all night: 0, sweet Pistol ; Wm. Murray, Earl of Mans-
away, Bardolph ; boot, boot, field, 1793. Abbey.
Master Shallow.
King Henry IV. | The motion of the comets

about the sun is in a very long Obits of the Latin Church. slender oval; whereof one of St.Cuthbert[a prince in Ireland,] the focuses is the centre of the · Bp. of Lindisfarne, d. 687. sun, and the other very much St. Wulfran, Abp. of Sens, d. beyond the sphere of Saturn. 720.

Locke.

So they grew together, as if their hands, voices, and minds had been incorporate : seeming parted, but yet a union in partition. Seven of the first, like coats in heraldry, due but to one, and crowned with one crest.

Midsummer Night's Dream.

Who but would wish his holy lot
In calm Oblivion's humble grot?
Who but would cast his pomp away,
To take my staff, and amice gray;
And to the world's tumultuous stage
Prefer the blameless hermitage?-Warton.

Acts.

22.

The copy of the Gospel of St. John buried with St. Cuthbert, was, during the last century, in the possession of the then Earl of Litchfield,

The famous John Talbot is created Earl of Shrewsbury, 1442.

Captain John White sails from Plymouth upon his fifth voyage to the } West Indies, with the Hopewell, John Evangelist, and the Little John,

1590. The 24th of June they took a large Spanish ship, with hides and ginger on board, which did not prove so valuable a prize as they expected, because a French man of war had plundered the vessel before.

" In favour to my eyes (says Pepys, in 1667,) I stayed at home reading the ridiculous History of my Lord Newcastle, wrote by his wife ; which shows her to be a mad, conceited, ridiculous woman, and he an ass to suffer her to write what she does about him.” Again : “The whole story of this lady is a romance, and all she does is romantic. She was the other day at her own play · The Humorous Lovers, the most ridiculous thing that ever was wrote, but yet she and her lord mightily pleased with it: and at the end she sent her respects from her box to the players, and gave them thanks.” · Johnson writes to Thomas Warton, 1755 : “ After I received my Diploma, [dated 20th February] I wrote you a letter of thanks, with a letter to the Vice-Chancellor, and sent another to Mr. Wise: but have heard from nobody since, and begin to think myself forgotten. Dear Mr. Warton, let me hear from you, and tell me something, I care not

what, so I hear it but from you : I hope to see my Dictionary bound and { lettered next week; vastâ mole superbus. And I have a great mind to

come to Oxford at Easter ; but you will not invite me. Shall I come

uninvited, or stay here where nobody would miss me if I went ? a hard } choice! but such is the world to me.”—The Doctor was now preparing

to open a Bibliothèque, or Gazette ; his friend Dr. Adams recommended Maty as an assistant, “He, (said Johnson), the little black dog! I'd throw him into the Thames.”—The “ Rambler" commences, 1750.

If time permit, and candour will attend,
Some satisfaction these essays may lend.-Motto to Rambler.

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