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Customs of Warlous Countries. that he attracted a great deal of atten
tion. I saw him myself, and was not MOORISH WOOING AND WBDDING. convinced it was not him until I went Marriage amongst the Moors is brought close to the box to speak to him. I about by the intervention of friends; no afterwards ascertained that the stranger interview whatever can take place pre- belonged to the Stock Exchange. viously to the nuptials. The good or bad qualities of the lady are explained On another occasion, during the to the lover, and also her abilities and queen's trial, it was reported that he personal charms. Love, that rare in- had arrived from abroad, and was seen gredient in Moorish marriages, may entering the House of Lords. A friend sometimes be found subsequent, but of mine mentioned the circumstance to cannot be known previously to matri- him afterwards. “No!” said he," that mony.
would have been too much, considering On the evening of the wedding the the state of matters between me and my lady is placed on horseback, in an en
own wife.” closure which resembles a large paper lanthorn; in this way she is paraded One evening Lord Byron was with a through the streets to the house of the friend at a masquerade in the Argyllbridegroom, by the male friends of both rooms, a few nights after Skeffington's parties. Rude music, the shouts of the tragedy of The Mysterious Bride had rabble, and the firing of powder, assail been damned. His friend was dressed the ears of the bride, whose union and as a nun, who had endured depredation introduction to her husband are coeval. from the French in Portugul.“ What
The validity of the marriage contract is she ?" said Skeffington, who came up depends on the same proofs as those to his Lordship, pointing to the nun. required by the Levitical law, but the –The reply was “ The Mysterious the lady may be returned for less mate. Bride." Galt's Life of Byron. rial defects than their absence, or the husband is at liberty to take another
A ROYAL ROPB-DANCER. wife if he please. It is to meet the dif
To such an excess did the Royal Faficulties arising from a total want of mily of France, before the Revolution, prior acquaintance between the parties, (1790), carry their love of sport and that the law of Mahomet allows a plu- mountebankism, that the abdicated rality of wives to those who can prove Charles X. when Comte d'Artois, acthey are able to maintain them. renness is a ground of divorce, as like tually took lessons for some time in wise a repugnant breath, for both of rope-dancing, from Placido and the
celebrated Little Devil. The dancing which causes women in Barbary are then of the ex-king was upon the rope; often repudiated. Monthly Mag. the chances lately were two to one but Anecdotiana.
what he had figured at the end of a corde rolante. Such is the mutability
of human affairs. RECOLLECTIONS OF LORD BYRON.
When Lord Byron was a member of the Managing (query, mis-managing ?)
EPIGRAM, Committee of Drury-lane Theatre, Bart. On
a case tried at Winchester, in which a ley was speaking with him on the decay Bricklayer, named Vain, obtained a ver. of the drama, and took occasion to urge
dict of one farthing damages against a
Carter, named WEAK, for slanderous his Lordship to write a tragedy for the words. stage : “ I cannot,” was the reply, “I
In Hants, a case of defamation don't know how to make the people go Was tried, 'twixt men in bumble station, on and off in the scenes, and know not
A bricklayer and carter:
Plaintiff was Vain, as oft you seewhere to find a fit character."
Defendant Weak, as weak could be; your own," said Bartley, meaning in Vain injured honour's martyr: the honesty of his heart, one of his For when 'twas o'er, the Judge recorded Laras or Childe Harolds. “Much oblig
One farthing damages awarded
To cleanse the opprobrious stain. ed to you," was the reply—and exit in Justice-most mighty when most meeka haff. Byron thought he spoke liter. Thus proved defendant might be Weak,
But plaintiff Weak and Vain. ally of his own real character.
One night, in the opera, while he was in Italy, a gentleman appeared in one
Here lie I by my dear Son, of the lower boxes, so like Lord Byron, For by my Husband there is no room.
EPITAPI IN THE CHURCH-YARD OP STOXL
BY NAYLAND, SUFFOLK.
Diary and Chronology.
Wednesday, September 8. St, Adrian, mar. A.D. 306 — High Water 32m after 5 Morning-56m after 5 After.
Sept. S, 1741.-A terrible storm did considerable damage on the river Thames, aod many trees were torn up by the roots; at Newcastle great damage was done to the shipping; at Canterbnry, by the fall of chimnies, and the ugtiling, of houses, several parts of the city looked as if they had been bombarded; at Huntingdon, several windmills were overthrown, and in one the miller was killed; but $t. Ives presented a scene of complete desolation, many houses being stripped, some thrown down, and the fine spire of the steeple totally demolished; a little boy, who had run into the church porch, and staid till it was full of stones, endeavoured to get out at a window in the side, and was carried away by the wind, and thus bis life was miraculously preserved ; at Biggleswade the storm did not last twenty minutes.
Thursday, September 9. St. Gorgonius, Dorotheus, &c. mar. A.D. 607. - Moon's Last Quarter, 58m after 1 Ever.
These saints were chamberlains to the Emperor Dioclesian. Dorotheus and Gorgonias, after suffering many cruel torments, were strangled; but Peter was hung up naked in the air, his body being inhuinanly scourged and otherwise mutilated; after undergoing the most dreadful torture, he expired on a gridiron. The bodies of these martyrs were thrown into the sea.
Sept. 9, 1799.- On this day a memorable battle was fought on the shores of the Lake Lucerne, near the town of Standtz, between the Underwaldeners and the French; the Swiss, after per. forming proiligies of valour. took refuge in Standtz, which was carried by storm; the nec con. stitution was at length accepted by all the Helvetic States, and Lucerne fixed upon as the seat of government. The city of Geneva was united to the French Republic, being formed into the capital of a department, under the name of the Department of the Lake of Leman.
Friday, September 10. St. Salvius, bish. A D. 590.-Sun rises 30m after 5-sets 29m after 6. Sept. 10, 1746.-Anniversary of the taking of Madras by the French, with ten ships and a land force. The English factory agreed to ransom the place for 4,100,000 pagodas, and to deliver up the Company's effects to the French, provided the town was 'evacuated the October fol. lowing:
Saturday, September 11. St. Paphnutius, bish. A.n. 335.—High Water 36m after 8 Morning-17m after 9 Aftet. Sept. 11, 570.- Upon this day the Mahometans celebrate the birth of their prophet Mahomet. The nelievers insist at the time a supernatural light overspread Syria; that the sacred fire of the Persians, which had remained burning a thousand years, was totally extinguished, and de. mons ceased to animate idols, and deliver oracles, &c. &c.
son Sunday, September 12.
FOURTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY. Lessons for the Day-5 chapter Jeremiah, morn-22 chapter Jeremiah, Eren. Sept 12, 1786.-Expired Griffith Jones, of Bolt Court, Fleet Street, a modest and amiable man, who deserves a respectable place among English writers, for having in conjunction with the late pbilanthropic John Newbery, first introduced the little gilt bound Looks for the amusement and instruction of children,
Monday, September 13. St. Maurillus, bish. 6th Cent High Water 18m after 11 Morn-50m after 11 After.
Sept 13, 1515.-Fought the celebrated battle of Marignano, wear Milan, in italy, one of the most furious and best contested engagements that is to be met with in the Iristory of these larter ages. In this sanguinary conflict, which took place between the heroic Swiss and the French under Francis l., upwards of 20,000 men were slain on both sides; and the former, after losing all their bravest troops, were compelled to retire. Marechal Trivulcio, who had fought in 18 battles, declared that every engagement which he had seen was child's play to the action of Marignano. Francis, to sbow his high esteem for Chevalier Bayard, received knighthood from his hands soon after this engagement.
Tuesday, September 14. Holy Rood Day.- Sun rises 35m after 5-sets 21m after 6. Sept. 14, 1552. - A dreadful storm happened on the evening of this day, at Charles Town, in South Carolina, which continued raging nearly the whole of the next day. The storm was so violent that it filled the harbour completely. All the vessels were driven on shore except the Hornet man-of-war, which weathered the gale. The wharfs and bridges were ruined; the stores damaged by the doors being burst open; and the town was overflowed, the tide rising al ove ten feet high. Nothing was to be seen but ruins of houses and wrecks, so that the inha: bitants finding themselves in the midst of a tempestuous ocean, began to think of nothing hat death. For thirty miles round Charles Town, there was scarcely a plantation that had not lost every dwelling upon it; the roads were filled with trees, so that travelling was rendered extremely difficuit; and there was not a fence left standing in the town or country. The loss in timber was incredible; as also of cattle and provision.
Note-If Mr. Dellon will forward is one of the articles mentioned in his communication, we shall be alle better to answer bis note. The contributions of our Dover friend will receive the earliest attention, his desire has been attended to. With the present Number is published Part 36, price 1s. containing a Memoir
of her Majesty Queen Adelaide, embellished with a finely executed Portrait, and three other spirited Original Engravings.
master, and brought upon himself the
hatred of the whole English nation. THE ASSASSINATION OF THE DUKE Parliament after parliament denounced OF BUCKINGHAM.
this pernicious favourite ; but the inAN HISTORICAL SKETCH.
fatuated Charles still clung to his miFor the Olio.
nion. The murder of a favourite of the
Duke, one Dr. Lamb, a pretended Much has been written upon this conjuror, by the enraged mob, might subject, but most of the accounts are have operated as a salutary warning to meagre and unconnected. The follow, some monarchs ; but Charles, incensed ing particulars collected from various against the City of London, imprudently sources, will, it is hoped, be read with imposed a heavy fine of six thousand interest. Buckingham was the profli- pounds upon the citizens. During the gate companion of the mean and das- perpetration of the outrage upon the tardly James the First; a monarch with doctor, voices in the crowd were heard so little of the dignity of a king, that to say that his master should, ere long, his very reign is a foul blot upon the be handled worse, and that they would page of our history. Without dwelling mince his flesh. A few days after, a on the rise of the Duke, or the infamous paper was pasted by some unknown course of his life during the reign of hand upon a post in Coleman-street, James, we come down to the year 1628, bearing these words :at which time Charles the First swayed the English sceptre.
6 Who rules the kingdom ?—The King. Buckingham, having the countenance
Who rules the King ?-The Duke. and protection of this monarch, con
Who rules the Duke ?—The Devil ! ducted himself with great insolence “ Let the Duke look to it, for they intowards the ancient nobility, over whose tend shortly to use him worse than they heads he had been raised by his former did the Doctor; and if things he not VOL. VI. N
shortly reformed, they will work a re many passes at him with his rapier after formation themselves!"
he had been seized and bound.' Affairs were in this posture when the The news was soon carried to LonDuke went to Portsmouth; and while don, and a courtier was sent to see the engaged in preparations for the expedi- slayer, who was, says our author, “a tion to Rochelle, fell beneath the knife little, timber, meagre, ghastly, frightfulof Felton, who had been a lieutenant in faced fellow, already clapped into a a company of foot under Sir John Ram- small centry-house upon the guard, sey.
Various conflicting accounts are heavily laden with manacled irons, neigiven, but the following bears the stamp ther able to 'sit, nor to lie down, but to of truth. It is taken from a folio vo- be crippled against the wall.” The lume, entitled, “Annals of the reigns courtier, by representing himself as a of James I. and Charles I.,” printed in friend, endeavoured to worm himself the year 1681.
into Felton's confidence, but failed in “And now again was a naval royal his object. equipped for the relief of Rochel, under The event was hailed with joy by all the Duke of Buckingham, who being at classes; thousands cheered Felton on Portsmouth in order to his embarqua- his way to London, and an old woman, tion, and to the giving the necessary alluding to the greatness of Buckingorders, he was on the 23rd of August in ham and the mean figure of his destroyer, his own lodging, fitting himself to wait cried out, 'God bless thee, little David!' on the King; he hastily called for break- His health was toasted by the Republic fast, his servants attended the sewer to Alexander Gill, son of Dr. Gill, bring in the meat, the Duke came down of St. Paul's school, was prosecuted by stairs from his upper chamber to eat in the Star-chamber, upon three charges, a lower parlour; turning in at the foot heavily, tined, and condemned to lose of the stairs with a narrow entry, and his ears. One of the charges was, that Sir Thomas Friar, one of his colonels, he had said at Trinity College that the following him to the parlour door, King was fitter for a shop or stallstooping to take his leave, the Duke keeper than to govern a kingdom; and declining, embraced Friar with these “ that the Duke was gone down to hwords 'Honest Tom,' and so turning to see King Jamies." into the room, one John Felton at that In answer to many questions that instant, shadowed behind them, stabbed were put to him, Felton said, that “he him to the heart with a back blow of a had killed the Duke for the cause of coutel-knife, which stuck in his body God and his country.” To which the till the Duké dragged it out, and so en questioner remarked, that “there was larged the orifice that it streamed with hope of his life, for the surgeons said the effusion of so much blood and spirit, so."_" It is impossible," said Felton ; that instantly he died, not able, it seems, “I had the force of forty men assisted to ntter a syllable; and certainly nó by him that guided my hand." He said soul there present, for he fell backward that passing out at the postern-gate on into the parlour, and the assassinate Tower-hill, he espied the fatal knife fled."
with which he had effected his deadly Some accounts, however, say that the purpose, in a cutler's glass case, and Duke upon receiving the stroke, ex- bought it for sixteen pence; it was the claimed, “ The villain has killed me!” point end of a cuff blade, stuck into a and that Felton, in his hurry, lost his cross haft, the whole length, handle and hat, and claimed it as his upon seeing it all, measuring scarcely twelve inches; in the hand of a bystander ; but the au- that he followed the train to Portsmouth, thor before quoted says, “ Felton having and coming by a cross erected in the no power to fly far,"--and it seems he highway, he sharpened the point upon had no such intent," uncertain what the stone, “believing it more proper in to do, stepped aside into the kitchen; justice to advantage his designs, than thither the uproar and search followed; for the idolatrous intent it was erect." some cried out, “Where's the villain ? To the eternal disgrace of those who Felton, mistaking the words for 'Here's first started the question, it was left to the villain,' suddenly started and said, be debated by the judges whether he 'I am he;'-upon which they seized should be racked. Lord Dorset waited him, and had some difficulty to preserve himself upon the prisoner, and stated him from the fury of the soldiers, who that it was his majesty's pleasure (what feared that this disaster would cause the a word!) that he should be put to the delay of the expedition. One Stam ord, torture ; but Felton resolutely told him a follower of the Duke, valiantly made that he had no accomplices.' “ If I be
put upon the rack," said he, “I will Mine, by the stroll o'er hill and dale,
When the morning sun was glancing; accuse you, my Lord Dorset, and none
Mine, by the smile of hopeful hours, but yourself.” This speech silenced By the tear from fancy flowingthe noble, who retired discomfited. Fel- Thou art mine!-thou art mine !-by every ton was condemned and hung at Tyburn.
In the heart of honour glowing! He died penitent, it is said, laying the guilt directly upon the Parliament's re Thou art mine!-by the days of joy we've
When brighter skies were beaming: He was a man of moody and melan- Oh! the seeds which love has in sunshine sown choly habits, and had met with many
Will ripen, though rain be streaming.
Thou art' mine!-by the dreams young hope disappointments, both as regards promo
once breath'a, tion and arrears of pay. There is little When beav'n seem'd down descending; doubt that he was influenced by per. And fancy the blossoms of earth had wreath’d, sonal feelings to assassinate the Duke,
And with them its sweets was blending. who had probably neglected him. Be Mine, by the way ward web she wove,
Though that is long since broken, this as it may, he did his country a sig. For the wish more like to bind will prove, nal service by the act for which he suf
When they're dead by whom 'twas spoken; fered. *That he was a man who could Mine, by the pleasures we both have drawn
From youth's deep well of pleasure; meet danger and death with a smile, Thou art mine!-y the past 1-and ly-gone may be argued from the fact that he once
joys cut off a piece of his finger, and in
Are always a hallow'd treasure. closed it in a challenge to a person who Thou art mine!- by the darker ties of grief, had offended him. Yet his love of truth Which are holier bands than they: and honour procured for him the nick- Thou art mine !--by the tears which rain relief
When the kindly sun's away! name of " Honest Jack” among his ac- Mine, by the linking of sorrow's chain, quaintance. It should be mentioned By the echoed sigh of sadness; that the judges came to a determination Ah! there's more of truth in the tearful eye, that the assassin ought not to be Thou art mine: -though fortune has sternly
Than in the gay laugh of gladness! put upon the rack, for that no such pu
thrown nishment was recognized by our
law. O'er love's retiring flower Felton, after his condemnation, offered Her blighting frowns; and though trouble's his hand to be cut off, but the court Has dash'd o'er his siinny bower; would not indict that punishment upon But what, though sorrow has sobered the tints him, although Charles intreated that he The gentler rose will fragrant blow, might suffer that horrible mutilation
When the splendid tulip's fading! previous to his execution.
Thou art mine!-thou art mine!-and a peace
ful sky The Duke's body was brought to
Is beyond where the grave is yawning; London, and lay in state for several There will we wander, when trouble's gono days at York House; when it was in
by, terred in St. Edward's Chapel, at West And the day of eternity's dawning,
R. JARMAN. minster. He lived a life of profligacy and vice, and died regretted by none but the reptiles who pandered to his worst
OVER DONE.-AN ANECDOTE. passions. The death of Charles by his
For the Olio. own subjects rescued his name from the odium which would have attached to it, EVERY body in Cirencester has heard but his partiality to this pernicious fa of old W His riches and his parvourite, in defiance of his peoples simony furnished a theme for every comwishes, together with his vindictive pany. I remember hearing a story of feeling towards Felton, prove that he this old hunks a short time ago, which had little of the amiable or the merciful may amuse some of the readers of the in bis disposition.
ALPHA. Olio. He had amassed considerable
property, but, although in a condition THOU ART MINE.
to fare sumptuously every day, he conFor the Olio
tented himself with the coarsest food; Thou art mine!-thou art mine !--nor the
his favourite plan, however, was to hochilling frown
nour one of his tenants with an unexor the beartless this can move:
pected visit, and invite himself to dinThou art mine, by the soul's responsive throb, ner: sonetimes he would take with
And the voice of deathless love; Mine, by the warmest wish of youth;
him a scanty allowance of meat, and the Mide, by the glow of feeling;
good people found fuel to cook it, and Mine, by the whisper'd vows of truth,
the necessary adjuncts. A friend once Ange's above were sealing; Mine, by the ramble o'er the vale,
made him a present of a couple of ducks. When the moonbeam's ljght was dancing ;
One of these was dispatched during the