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Immodest words admit of no defence,
For want of decency is want of sense.- Roscommon.


LAMBERT SIMNEL, the imposter, is crowned in Christ Church, Dublin, by the style of Edward the Sixth, the Lord Deputy, Gerald, Earl of Kil. dare, with other nobles, assisting at the ceremony, 1487.

Columbus discovers Jamaica, and on the 5th day, he anchored in a port on its north side, now St. Anna, 1494.

The execution of Joan of Kent, for heresy, 1550. “It is a goodly matter to consider your ignorance : it was not long ago that you burnt Ann Askew for a piece of bread, and yet came yourselves soon after to believe and profess the same doctrine for which you burned her; and forsooth, you will needs burn me for a piece of flesh ; and in the end will come to believe this also, when you have read the Scriptures and understand them.”

Mary, Queen of Scots, aided by the gallant George Douglas, escapes this night from Lochleven Castle, in Kinross-shire, 1568.

A pleasant conceited history, called The Tuming of a Shrew,” is entered by Peter Short, printer,"1594. Shakspeare's comedy, with the same title, was distinguished in 1598, by the name of Love's Labour Won.” Upon the same day, in 1608, was entered, by Thomas Pavyer, The Yorkshire Tragedy," a book written by Wylliam Shakespere ; but it is very questionable whether he wrote this play entirely.

Fernand de Quiros discovers the New Hebrides, in Australasia, afterwards explored by Cook, 1606.

The stately cross in Cheapside is demolished by the Parliament, 1643 : the tall May-pole of the Strand, shared an equal fate. The massacre at Madrid, by a French detachment charged by Murat, 1808. The battle of Lutzen, 1813 :-Napoleon, who kept the field, entered Dresden on the sixth day. He left Paris this day, in 1815, to meet the allied armies.

The espousals of the lamented Princess Charlotte of Wales and the Prince Leopold, of Cobourg, are solemnized at Carlton Palace, 1816. Don Pedro resigns the throne of Portugal in favour of his daughter, Donna Maria II. da Gloria, 1826. The second fair of Novi, in the Milanese. Here begins the season to angle for the chub, ruff, pike, gudgeon, eel, dace, bleak, and finnock. The palm-tree of the desert, which is bi-sexual, expands its odorous blossoms about this time.

They are ill discoverers that think there is no land, when they can see nothing but sea,



Be greatly cautious of your sliding hearts :
Dare not th' infectious sigh; the pleading look,
Downcast, and low, in meek submission drest,
But full of guile. Let not the fervent tongue,
Prompt to deceive, with adulation smooth,
Gain on your purpos'd will. Nor in the bower,
Where woodbines flaunt, and roses shed a couch,
While Evening draws her crimson curtains round,
Trust your soft minutes with betraying man.-Thomson.




v. Non.


Nicholas Machiavel, 1469, Flo- Alexander V. (Pope), 1410.

Mahomet II. (Emperor), 1481. Dean (Humphrey) Prideaux, Henry Gurnet, 1606. hanged, 1648, Padstow.

St. Paul's. Adolphus Frederic II. (of Swe- Dr. Isaac Dorislaus, 1649. asden), 1710.

sassinated, Holland. (St. Mar-
Augustus Frederick Kotzebue,| garet's.)
1761, Weimar.

Sir Richard Cox, 1733.
George Psalmanazar, 1763.
Sir John Coxe Hippisley, 1825.

Speak kindly of your absent friends, to those that are present, that they may not think you

| I heard that he had been dead unmindful of themselves, when near three months, and felt a } they are absent.

strong desire to see where they Isocrates.

had lain him--when, upon pulling out his little horn box, as I sat by his grave, and plucking

up a nettle or two at the head of Obits of the Latin Church. it, which had no business to St. Alexander. Pone. Eventius grow there, they all struck to

gether so forcibly upon my affecand Theodulus, Martyrs, 119.

tions, that I burst into a flood of St. Juvenal, Bishop in Umbria,

tears—but I am as weak as a Martyr, c. 367. St. Conlaeth, 1st Bishop of Kil

woman; and I beg the world

not to smile, but pity me. dare, 519.


Never upbraid any one with his misfortunes, for fortune is common to all, and ? nobody can see into futurity.


We are principally concerned in knowing—not the origin of arts, or the recondite depths of science---not the histories of mighty empires, desolating the globe by their contentions---not the subtleties of logic, the mysteries of metaphysics, the sublimities of poetry, or the niceties of criticism : but what will become of us after death, and if we are to live again.

Dr. Watson.


The INVENTION of the Cross. The festival of Holy-rood-day, which belongs both to the Latin and Greek, as well as to the English church, commemorates the discovery (inventio), by the Empress Helena, in the year 326, of the Holy Cross upon which our Saviour was put to death. The rubric-board affixed was one foot in length, and its inscription in the three tongues, comprised in five lines, and expressed by red letters.

The border feud happened upon this day at Reedsquair, between the English and Scottish march-men, 1575, when the former with Sir Johu Foster (who was a prisoner), were completely beaten. This skirmish was the last of any note between the two nations.

The sentence of fine and imprisonment is passed by the House of Peers upon Lord Bacon, who had two days before resigned the Great Seal, 1621. King James signed a warrant for his pardon (his parliamentary sentence excepted), on the 12th of October following..

Evelyn, at Paris, notes 1650 : “At the hospital of. La Charité I saw the operation of cutting for the stone. A child of eight or nine years old, underwent the operation with most extraordinary patience.

Jamaica is taken from the Spaniards under the Protectorship, 1655.

Swift executes his last will, 1740, by which he endowed St. Patrick's Hospital, for the reception of idiots and lunatics. The French fleet, off Cape Finisterre, is taken by Admiral Anson, 1747. Captain Cook discovers the Bay of Cross Sound in North America, 1778. Byron (with a Lieutenant Ekenhead) swims over the Dardanelles from Abydos to Sestos, like another Leander, 1810. The whole distance, including the length they were carried by the rapidity of the current, was upwards of four English miles; though the actual breadth is barely one.

Captain Ross sails from Shetland, to ascertain the existence of a passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean, by way of Davis's Straits and Baffin's Bay, 1818. They returned to Shetland on the 30th of October, and brought home a quantity of red snow, which amused the chymists.

Methinks seraphic and our common lovers behold exterior beauties with a difference resembling that, wherewith children and astronomers consider Galileo's optic glasses : which the one prizes most for what they appear; the other, for what they discover.

Boyle. ........... 285 sorror.............

Gods may descend in factions from the skies,
And rivers from their oozy beds arise ;
Fiction may deck the truth with spurious rays,
And round the hero cast a borrow'd blaze.
Marlborough's exploits appear divinely bright,
And proudly shine in their own native light;
Rais'd of themselves, their genuine charms they boast,
And those who paint them truest praise them most.

The Campaign.




IV. Francis Peck, 1692. Stamford. Bishop Richard de Belmeis, Non. David, Earl of Leven, 1722. 1162.

John Charles Borda, 1733, Dar, Prince Edward, (of Wales), in Gascony.

murdered, 1471. Tewkesbury. Louis XIII. (of France), 1643. Dr. Isaac Barrow, 1677. West

minster Abbey. “I leave my second son, said Faustina Azzi de Forti, 1724. the expiring miser, my whole Cardinal Louis de Noailles, estate.Andrew, in a sorrowful! 1729. Paris. tone, prayed Heaven “ to pro- Sir James Thornhill, 1734. d. long his father's life and health Thornhill. to enjoy it himself.” “I re-Eustace Budgell, 1737. drowncommend Simon to the care of ed, Thames. his elder brother, and leave him Charles Louis Camus. 1768. beside four thousand pounds." Tippoo Saheb, 1799. killed, “ Ah! father,” cried Simon, (in Seringapatam. great affliction to be sure,)“may Heaven give you life and health At last, turning to poor Dick, to enjoy it yourself."--The Bee. “ As for you, you have always

been a sad dog, you'll never come to good, you'll never be rich ;

I'll leave you a shilling to buy a Obits of the Laiin Church. halter.”—Ah! father,” cries St. Monica, Widow, 387. Dick, without any emotion, St. Godard, Bishop of Hildeis-“ may Heaven give you life heim, d. 1038.

and health to enjoy it yourself.”

Let there be no drinking round the dead ; no festoons or perfumes carried to funerals.

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The coxcomb bird, so talkative and grave,
That from his cage cries cuckold, whore, and knave,
Though many a passenger he rightly call,
You hold him no philosopher at all.-Pope.


The eventful victory of the York partisans at Tewkesbury, 1471 : “ Distrust and dismay spread through the ranks of the Lancastrians : the rampart was but faintly defended : first the banner of the Duke of Gloucester, soon that of Edward, waved in the midst of the camp: and Somerset in despair, riding upto Lord Wenlock, at one stroke beat out his brains. The Queen and her son were made prisoners. The former was reserved to grace the conqueror's triumph ; the latter was led to his tent, and being asked what had brought him to England, boldly but ingenuously replied, “ To preserve my father's crown and my own inheritance.” Edward had the barbarity to strike the young prince in the face with his gauntlet : Clarence and Gloucester, or perhaps the knights in their retinue, dispatched him with their swords.” It was twelve years after this tragedy, upon the same day, that Richard was acknowledged by the chief nobility, Protector of the realm, and of the person of his nephew, Edward V. son of the last monarch; an event which took place in the palace of the Bishop of London, 1483. The Duke assumed the style, on this occasion, of “ brother and uncle of kings, protector and defensor, great chamberlain, constable, and lord high admiral of England."

The capture of Seringapatam by General Harris, 1799. The kingdom of the Mysore was extinguished and divided on the 24th of June following.

The ex-Emperor makes his public entrance into Elba, 1814. It was on the 20th of April that he called his officers about him for the last time at Fontainbleau : “ For you, gentlemen, I am no longer to be with you; you have another government; and it will become you to attach yourselves to it frankly, and serve it as faithfully as you have served me.” Very few scenes like this have occurred in history, or which men as members of the world are more tenacious of remembering and preserving. }

A treaty is concluded between Great Britain and the Netherlands, for abolishing that badge of Antichrist the Slave Trade, 1818.

Economy is of itself a great revenue.-Cicero.

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