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Diary and Chronology.
FEBRUARY.-For the origin of this month, see page 79.
Feu. 1 Our saint who is recorded to-day was a native of
Ulster; she is said to have Aourished in the early part of the sixth century, and to have founded several nunneries, and became patroness of Ire
land. 1824—Expired on this day Dr. John Lempriere, the
author of the Classical Dictionary, and Universal Biography. The former work is universally es
teemed.. 2 This saint was a native of Rome, He became arch
bishop of Canterbury in the year 611, It is said of him, that he caused the whole of Britain to observe Easter after the rules of Rome, and caused a
uniformity in religion. He died A 0.619. 1626_On this day the ill-fated King Charles the
First was crowned at Westminster, with bis Queen,
by archbishop Abbot. 3 St. Blase was bishop of Sebaste in Armenia; he suf
fered martyrdom A. D. 316, under the persecution of Licinius, by command of Agricolaus, governor of Cappadocia. He is the patron saint of the wool.combers, who, in several parts of England, have a procession to commemorate the bishop for
his being the discoverer of the art of wool-combing. 1794—On this day a dreadful accident occurred at
the Haymarket theatre, when sixteen persons lost
their lives. 4 St. Andrew Corsini was a member of the illustrious
family of Corsini of Florence; he was consecrated to a devout life by his parents before birth. When bishop of Fiesoli he practised great austerities. His death took place A. D. 1373. 1554-Anniversary of the burning of John Hooper,
bishop of Gloucester, before the door of his ca. thedral in that city, in the reign of the bigoted
Mary. ** 1746– Died on this day the Rev. Robert Blair, the
author of the celebrated poem “ The Grave." 5 Our saint was a,pative of Sicily; suffered martyr.
dom by order of Decius, about the year 251. 1790-Expired on this day, Dr. Willian Cullen, the
eminent physician of Edinburgh. Dr. C. is said to have raised the Edinburgh University to an
unequalled height in medical science.
Fitzwilliam. This nobleman by his will bequeathed
drawings to be placed therein.
don; he died a bishop, A. D.539. (1685—-Expired on this day, at Whitehall, Charles II.
æt. 55, in the 37th year of his reign; his death took place 25 years after his restoration. This saint, who was king of the West Saxons, died
A.D. 722. 1823—Mrs. Anne Radcliffe, the authoress of several
romances, died on this day; the production of this talented lady which is most esteeined is the
“Mysteries of Udolpho.". 8 1576- Born on this day, Robert Burton, the author
of the celebrated work the “ Anatomie of Melancholie,” which may be considered as a treasure
for its learning, pleasant humour, and sterling 8 1811–Expired ou this day the celebrated astronomer
Dr. Maskelyne. 10 St. Soteris was a relation of St. Ambruse ; she died
a virgin martyr in the 4th age.
5 Tuesday St. Agatha
Sun rises 21m af 7
6 Wednes St. Vedast
7 Thursd St. Richard
- 8 Friday St. John of Matha,
died A.D. 1213 Moon's last quarter,
55mn af 7 even.
9 Saturd St. Apollonia died,
A.D. 249. 10 SUND. Sexagesina Sunday
LESS. for the DAY
RECOLLECTIONS OF EMINENT share would be none; so, not able to
restrain his vexation, he exclaimed, as
the Alderman was returning to the charge, ECCENTRIC CHARACTERS.
My lord-why-surely-you are help
ing yourself with a trowel." Or all the Lord Mayors of London, When the patriot, John Wilkes, lived for the half century of Mr. Wilkes's pub- at the corner of South Audley-street, with lic career, none could be mentioned less one front looking into Grosvenor-square, acquainted with the polite customs of life he had the misfortune to have the glass than Alderman Burnel, who had raised composing his parlour windows destroyed himself from a very obscure grade to by the Mount-street rioters. These wingreat wealth, and to the civic chair. He dows were, perhaps, the most valuable of was of the Right Worshipful Company of any in the world, for the whole of the Bricklayers.
lower sashes, composed of very large Wilkes was an
amateur of marrow panes, were of plate glass, engraved with pudding, and so was Alderman Burnel. Eastern subjects in the most beautiful taste. At a private dinner, of about twenty-four These were naturally the more valued by guests, at the London Tavern, where his Mr. Wilkes, as they were the ingenious Lordship presided, all the marrow pud. labour of his daughter. dings had vanished, excepting one single When Horne Tooke heard of this medish.
morable smash, he smiled, and observed, Wilkes was yet engaged upon some “ Through my old friend, Jack, many a favourite morceau, with his eye on the mob has done these things for others-now marrow pudding, when, unfortunately for the visitation coines upon himself;" addboth parties, the alderman attacked this ing, “but I am sorry to hear this 100too, and Wilkes began to consider that his or the mischievous rabble !" VoL, I,
6-SATURDAY, FEB. 16.
der, and seated in the chair: she had
been deaf, nearly blind, and was ļame to Dr. Bossy, the itinerant empiric, was boot ; indeed, she might be said to have certainly the last who cxhibited in the Bri- been visited with Mrs. Thrale's three tish metropolis, and his public services warnings, and death would have walked ceased about forty years ago.
in at her door, only that Dr. Bossy blocked Every Thursday, his stage was erected up the passage.
The doctor asked quesopposite the north-west colonnade, Covent lions with an audible voice, and the Garden. The platform was about six patient responded-he usually repeating feet from the ground, was covered, open the response, in his Anglo-Gerinan in front, and was ascended by a broad dialect. step-ladder. On one side was a table, Doctor. Dis poora voman vot is-how with medicine chest, and surgical appara- old vosh you ? tus, displayed on a table, with drawers. Old Woman. I be almost eighty, Sir; In the centre of the stage was an arm - seventy-vine last Lady Day, old style. chair, in which the patient was seated ; Doctor. Ah, lat is an incurable disease. and before the doctor commenced his Old Woman. O dear! O dear! say operations, he advanced, taking off his not so-incurable! Why you have regold laced cocked hat, and bowing right stored my sight-I can hear again--and I and left, began addressing the populace can walk without my crutches. which crowded before his booth. The Doctor. (Smiling). No, no, good following dialogue, ad literatim, will vomans-old age is vot is incurable ; but afford the reader a characteristic specimen by the plessing of Gote, I vill cure you of of one of the customs of the last age. vol is elshe. Dis poora vomans vos lame, It should be observed that the doctor was and deaf, and almost blind. How many a humorist.
hosipetals have you been in ? An aged woman was helped up the lad Old Woman. Three, Sir, St. Tho
mas's, St. Bartholemew's, and St. mory, who resided over the north-east George's:
piazza (improperly so termed,) used to Doctor. Vot, and you found no re relate many curious stories of this parrot. liefs ?-vot none?-not at alls ?
Among others, that one day, the nail on Old Woman. No, none at all, Sir. which her cage was hung, in front of the
Doctor. And how many medical pro- house, having suddenly given way, the fessioners have attended you ?
cage fell upon the pavement from a consi. Old Woman. me twenty or thirty, derable height.
persons ran to Sir.
the spot, expecting to find their old faDoctor. O mine Gote! Three sick vourite dead, and their fears were conhosipetals, and dirty (thirty) doctors! I firmed, as the bird lay motionless, when should vonder vot if you have not enough suddenly raising her head, she exclaimed, to kill you twenty time. Dis poora vo “ Broke my back, by G-d!" Every mans has become mine patient. Doctor one believed it even so, when suddenly Bossy gain all patients bronounced ingu- she climbed up with her beak and claw, rables, pote mid the plessing of Brovi- and burst into a loud fit of laughter. dence, I shall make short work of it, and Nearly underneath her cage had long set you upon your legs again. Coode been a porter's block, and, doubtless, she beoples, dis poora vomans, vas teaf as a had caught the profane apostrophe from foor nails ; (holding up his watch to her the market garden porters, on pitching ear, and striking the repeater,) Gan you their heavy loads. hear dat pell ?
Old Woman. Yes, Sir.
Doctor. O den be thankful to Gote. The high estimation the abilities of this Gan you valk round dis chair ? (offering. once great man are held in, induces us his arm.)
to give the following, which will, per-. Old Woman. Yes, Sir.
haps, throw an additional ray of light Doctor. Sit you town again, good on his character as a humorist and a Gan you see?
real wit: Old Woman. Pretty so-so, doctor. Old Mr. Sheridan, who had naturally
Doctor. Vot gan you see, good vo- planned romantic schemes for the admans ?
vancement of his highly gifted son, disOld Woman. I can
see the baker approved of his marriage with a public there, (pointing to a multon-pye-man, singer; and the elder Linley, on the with the pie board on his head. All eyes other hand, lost by the match the emoluwere turned towards him.)
ments which he then was deriving from Doctor. And what else gan you see, the celebrity of his sweet daughter's exgood vomans ?
traordinary talents as a vocal performer ; Old Woman. The poll-parrot there, for the young lady had become so great a (pointing to Richardson's hotel.) public favourite, that her musical engage
Lying old b-h!” screamed Ri- ments would have soon realized a fortune chardson's poll-parrot.
All the crowd for herself, and that father conjointly, who shouted with laughter.
had spared neither money nor pains in Dr. Bossy waited until the laugh had the adornment of her mind, and in the subsided, and looking across the way, sig: cultivation of her professional abilities. nificantly shook his head at the parrot, The young poet, Sheridan, indeed, had, and gravely exclaimed, laying his hand by his captivating manners, and superior on his bosom, “ 'Tis no lie, you silly address, deprived the family of the Linpird, 'tis all true as is de gosbel.” leys, in every sense, of its greatest treaThose who knew Covent Garden half a
Putting this consideration aside, century ago, cannot have forgotten the the parental appeals of each house were famed Dr. Bossy. And there are those regarded as idle complaints; for, as old too, yet living in Covent Garden parish, Jonathan Tyers, the proprietor of Vauxwhi
) also recollect Richardson's grey par- hall, said, "Who is to settle the precerot, second in fame only (though of prior. dence between the family consequence of renown) to Colonel Ò'Kelly's bird, the green-room and the orchestra ?" which excelled all others upon record, But at length the differences of these This Covent Garden mock-bird had picked modern Montagus and Capulets were reup many familiar phrases, so liberally conciled without sepnlchre, sword, or doled out at each other, by the wrangling poison, and instead of the two families basket women, which were often, as on having to mourn two young lovers lost, this occasion, so aptly coincidental, that the families met in social intercourse, the good folks who attended the inarket, each continuing dear in each other's believed pretty poll to be endowed with affection. The elder Edwin, of comic me
It has been said that Garrick could not
endure to see his amiable spouse “ trip nary Conjuror, having visited above it on the light fantastic toe ;” neither nine different parishes in the space of a could young Sheridan endme to hear his fortnight, and had the honour of exhisweet bride, “ warble her native wood- biting before most of the Church wardens notes wild;" though, to do justice to her between Knightsbridge and Brentford. memory, art had amply improved her “ It is not in the power of words, (un. strains. Some few months after their nup- less some new language were invented for tials, the Angelos, friends of Sheridan, the the purpose) to describe the extraordinary Linleys, and Willoughby Lacy, spent an feats he performs. evening at Christmas, at Richard Brinsley's “ He takes a glass of wine, (provided house, Orchard-street. They kept it up to a it be good,) and, though you should fill late hour ; and music making part of the it up to the very brim, he will drink it after-supper entertainment, Mamma Lin- off-with the greatest ea e and satisfaction. ley asked her daughter to sing a certain “ He makes no scruple of eating a little favourite air; but a single glance plate of cold ham and chicken, if it be from her juvenile lord and master, kept supper time-before the face of the whole her mute.
company. With reference to these family appeals, “ Any gentleinan or lady may lend him however, his friends happily steered so five or six guineas, which he puts into his friendly a course, that no ill. will ensued; pocket-and never returns, if he can their reconciliating powers being often help it. employed to heal the wounded feelings of “ He takes a common pocket handker. these very worthy parties, and bring chief out of his pocket, rumples it in his about a reconciliation.
hand, blows his nose, and rejurus it into Among inaumerable instances of the his pocket again, with the most astonishplayful talent and ready wit of Richard, ing composure. or, as he was more familiarly addressed, * Whien gentlemen are talking on any Dick Sheridan, is the following:
subject on which there appears a differIt relates to the splendid masquerade ence of opinion, he joins in the converwhich was given at the Pantheon, soon sation, or holds his tongue-just as it after that superb structure, the first great happens. effort of the science of the late James * Any nobleman, gentleman, or lady Wyatt, was opened to the public. This may look him full in the face, and see magnificent building was then in the ze whether they know him or not. pith of its glory. The elder Angelo, on more In short, it would appear quite inthan one public occasion, was appointed credible to enumerate the unheard-of quahonorary master of the ceremonies at this lities he possesses, and the unprecedented resort of high fashion. On this, however, wonders be performs; and all for his own he went merely as a visitor, in character. private emolument, and for no other motive The preceding day, Mr. Angelo enter or consideration whatever !” tained a dinner party, when the masque. This was immediately despatched to the rade being the subject of conversation, it printer's in Wardour-street, and five hunbecame a general question what character dred copies were composed and struck he meant to assume. You, who have off, dried, pressed, and ready by twelve made so conspicuous a figure in the Car at night, which was considered a great nival at Venice," said the elder Sheridan, effort of the press in those days, priuling “ must shine in an English mumming.” not then being despatched as now, by the Many characters were suggested, when miraculous expedition of a steam-engine Angelo, at the instance of his wife, chose of thirty horse power."-Angelo Remin. that of a mountebank conjuror. This being settled, in compliance to the lady hostess, by general acclamation, Richard Brinsley said, " Come, Doctor Angelo, SUBJECT OF THE ILLUSTRATION. give me pen, ink, and paper, and I will furuish you with a card to distribute to The point of action, in the fable of the the motley crowd, who will surround poem that we have chosen for this week's you.” The materials produced, he wrote embellishment, is where Sophronia, a The following jeu d'esprit, talking, laugh- Christian virgin, accuses herself of secretly ing, and entering into the chit-chat, all stealing away by night the image of the the while he composed it.
Virgin from one of the mosques of Aladine, " A CONJUROR.-Just arrived in King of Jerusalem, which had been prethe Haymarket, from the very extremity viously transported from the Temple of of Hammersmith, (where he has spent a the Christians by the Pagans. Her lover number of years in a two pair of stairs learning that she was about to become a lodging,) A most noted and extraordi- victim to the tyranny of Aladine, gets him