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Beside the dewy border let me sit,
St. John's Day. This great festival of the church was instituted A.D. 488, to commemorate the nativity of the precursor of Christ, and from its importance it has been placed (or misplaced) in the Catholic necrology.—See 6th July. Midsummer Day, with the days of the Purification and Ascension, is the third and last of the three great and solemn holidays during the terms. See 2d February.
The first Christian persecution under Nero, 64.-See 18th June.
Vespasian had reigned with popularity for ten years, 79. He was the first of the Roman Emperors who died a natural death ; and seems to have merited this exemption, if superior worth be a protection from domestic treachery or open assassination. Vespasian was succeeded by Titus, a prince not inferior in virtue to his father ; but his reign was brief.
Frederick Barbarossa issues his famous imperial edict, under the sanction of the diet at Constance, restoring the Lombard towns to their primitive rank as independent republics, with all their ancient usages, 1183; a day which, to adopt a sentence, “may be numbered among the most remarkable epochs in the long progress of human society.”
The BATTLE OF BANNOCKBURN, in the vicinage of Stirling, 1314.} A proud and bright and a prosperous Monday for Scotland. “The
slaughter was immense ; the deep ravine of Bannockburn, to the south of the field of battle, lying in the direction taken by most of the fugitives, was almost choked and bridged over with the slain.”
Edward's great and bloody victory off Sluys, 1340. Nautical knowledge was not yet attended by humanity; for two French Admirals, Sir Nicholas Buchet and Sir Hugh Queret, were ‘hanged,' says Fabian,
upon the sails of their ships. Philip was first made acquainted with the defeat by the wit of his buffoon. He called the English cowards ; and when the king inquired the reason, replied, that they had not the courage to leap into the sea, like the French and Normans.
At Bannockburn I served the Bruce,
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Heaven (that hath plac'd this island to give law,
The battle of Seven Oaks, when the rebel, Cade, turning on his pur-
The Duke of Buckingham harangues the good citizens from the hus-
The Island of Newfoundland is discovered by Sebastian Cabot, 1497.
The coronation of Henry VIII. and his Queen, Katharine of Arragon,
The anniversary of the great procession at Dunkirk, called Cormas, }
John (Boccold) of Leyden, the leader of the Anabaptists, is elected
Sebastian III. embarks at Lisbon against Africa with one thousand
To oppress all his enemies by arms, and all his friends afterwards by artifice;
Cowley on Cromwell.
Know thyself.---Motto of Thales.
The first stone of the Senate House, at Cambridge, is placed 1722.
The Act of James I. against conjuration, witchcraft, and dealing with evil and wicked spirits was repealed from this day, 1736. The proem of the Act in the 5th year of Elizabeth, 1562, against enchantments, &c. is as follows : “Where at this present there is no ordinary ne condign punishment provided against the practices of the wicked offences of conjurations and invocations of evil spirits, and of sorceries, enchantments, charms, and witchcrafts, the which offences, by force of a statute made in the xxxiii year of the reign of the late King Henry the Eighth, were made to be felony, and so continued until the said statute was repealed by the act and statute of repeal made in the first year of the reign of the late King Edward the Sixth : sithens the repeal whereof, many fantastical and devilish persons have devised and practised invocations and conjurations of evil and wicked spirits, and have used and practised witchcrafts, enchantments, charms, and sorceries, to the destruction of the persons and goods of their neighbours, and other subjects of this realm, and for lewd intents and purposes, contrary to the laws of Almighty God, to the peril of their own souls, and to the great infamy and disquietness of this realm."-See 29th September.
The foundation of the Grammar School, at Edinburgh, is laid, 1777.
The division of the territories and treasures of Tippo Saheb, 1799. It may here be told, that the Duke of Wellington (then Colonel Wellesley) was struck with a spent ball on the knee, during the attack of the Tope on the 5th of April ; and that the present Marquis Wellesley (then Lord Mornington) was at this time Governor-general of India.
The Trinity Term begins on the Friday (at the two Universities on the Wednesday) following Trinity Sunday, and continues until the Wednesday fortnight from that period, (twenty days) unless it happen on St. John's Day. The conclusion of this term, at Oxford and Cambridge, is regulated by the Act of the former, and the commencement of the latter, which usually take place the first Tuesday in July.
That house is best wherein the master may live at ease.---Thales.
The native beanty that once fill'd your cheeks,
John Coropius Becanus, 1518. Philip Duke of Swabia (Em
peror), 1208. assas. Bamberg.
Queen Eleanor (of Provence), I have seen men in parliament 1291. d. Ambresbury. who said and did nothing ; those Jane (Abbess) Chabot, 1593. that were only busy in impeding d. Paraclete. useful measures ; and others Henry Howard, Earl of Northwho talked, indeed, but ever in ampton, N. S. 1614. Dover romance. I would have no pro- Castle. fessed infidels in that House. John Marston, 1634. Temple
| Bishop (Thomas) Westfield,
1644. Obits of the Latin Church.
Sir Orlando Bridgeman, 1674.
tyrs at Creteil, near Paris,| 1689. Worcester.
Roger Gale, 1744. d. Scruton. St. Prosper of Aquitain, (after) Godfrey Sellius, 1767. died, 463,
Charenton. St. Maximus, Bishop of Turin, Charles Barbaroux, guill. 1794. (after) 465.
William Smellie, 1795. died, St. Moloc, Bishop in Scotland, Edinburgh.
7th Century. St. Adelbert of Northumberland, Aristocracy is as fatal as de- }
d. Egmond, c. 740. mocracy. Our constitution adSt. William, Founder of Monte
mits of neither. It loves a king, Virgine, near Benevento, d. lords, and commons, really 1142.
chosen by the unbought suf.
frages of a free people.—Junius. O great restorer of the good old stage, Preacher at once, and zany of thy age.-Pope.
O happy love! where love like this is found !
O heart-felt raptures! bliss beyond compare !
And sage experience bids me this declare-
One cordial in this melancholy vale,
In other's arms breathe out the tender tale,
Acts. | The marriage of Joan, the elder sister of Henry III. with Alexander 11. King of Scotland, is solemnized in the cathedral of York, 1221.
An imperial diet assembles at Spire, where the divines who attended the Elector of Saxony and the Landgrave, preached publicly, and administered the sacrament according to the rites of the reformed church, 1526.
The coronation of Charles IX. of France, at Rheims, 1561 : “ At that solemnity, Mary (of Scotland) appeared in all the state and pomp of widowed royalty ; but distinguished by the white mourning allotted to youthful dowagers ; her dark brown tresses were concealed under a long crape veil, which floated loosely on her shoulders, and, according to Brantome, was not so delicate as the tint of her colourless cheeks.”
The Hexham Grammar School is instituted by Queen Elizabeth, 1598.
King William retakes Namur from the French, after a long and bloody siege, although the town was defended by ten thousand men, commanded by Bouflers; and it appears that Villeroi, at the head of ten ? times that number, was in the neighbourhood, 1695.
The dreadful conflagration of the Luxborough vessel, bound from Jamaica to London, in the latitude of forty-one degrees, forty-five minutes, and longitude, from Crooked Island, thirty degrees, thirty minutes, East. She blew up and disappeared ; those that hastily escaped in the yawl, arrived without food or water, compass, mast, or sails, and with but three oars, at Newfoundland, the 7th of July, 1727. The survivors had lived upon fifteen of their dead companions. The fire began in the lazaretto.
The Emperors of France and Russia hold their amicable conference upon a raft moored on the river Niemen, near Tilsit. The famous Treaty was ratified on the 7th of July, 1807, by which act Napoleon restored to Frederick William, ancient Prussia, and the French conques 3 in Upper Saxony--the King agreeing to adopt “the continental system.” There were secret articles levelled against our maritime supremacy.
Providence is like a curious piece of arras, made up of a thousand shreds, which, single, we know not what to make of; but, put together and stitched up orderly, they represent a beautiful history to the eye.