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rically, and without evasion-When man as well as I do, they would have you and Smith went down to camp-meet- believed every word he said; for there ing, hadn't Smith a bottle of whiskey is not an honester fellow in the county. in the bosom of his shirt ? Tell the But I know how to work these juries." truth.” The attorney for the commonwealth objected to the question, but the As the evening waned, the disputants court overruled the objection. "Why, began to leave the field: and Hedges yes, he had,” replied the witness. being thrown by chance into the bar“ Didn't Jemmy buy that bottle him- room, alone with his good-natured host, self, and pay for it outof his own pock- addressed him very seriously upon the et? On the oath you have taken.” subject of the countenance he had given

Why, yes, he did.”-“Well, now to certain heresies that had been uttertell us ; didn't you drink some of that ed in his presence, and seemingly with whiskey yourself, along the road ?" his concurrence. "Lord, Mr. Hedges," “Why, yes, I did. I tell the truth, said he, in a quiet tone, and looking gentlemen.” “More than once.". round to see who was within hearing, * Yes, several times.”

“ After you got

you know my ideas long ago about all down to camp ?” Oh, yes ! certainly that matter! It isn't my business to -I don't deny it."- "Did you and break with customers, or to be setting Jemmy drink out of the mouth of the up against them. What signifies opibottle, or out of a cup ?”—“ Certainly, nions this way or that! But,” he conout of the mouth of the bottle. You tinued, erecting his figure to its full will not catch me in any lies, lawyer height, and putting on a look of exHedges.' “Really, Mr. Hedges,'' traordinary determinaton,

« sentiments interrupted the attorney for the com- is another thing! Let any man ask me monwealth, “ I don't see what this has my sentiments-that's all. Thar's no to do with the question. I must apply flinch in me, you may depend upon it.” to the court.”_"Oh, very well,” said Swallow Barn, or a Sojourn in Virginia. Toll, “I see how it is. Gentlemen of the jury, I don't insist on the question, if the gentleman does not like to have

THE EMERALD RING. it answered. But you can't help seeing the true state of the case. Here's this fellow, who has been all along

An'ancient superstition has attached a madrinking out of the very same bottle gical property to the emerald, wliich is a sup:

posed to lose colour (particularly when a with Jemmy Smith and Jemmy's own love token) as the faith of the giver wavers whiskey too-and now he comes out until it at length becomes perfectly pellucid. state's evidence. What credit can you

Ancient Treatise on Gems. attach to a cock-and-bull story, told by a fellow who comes to swear against a

The ring-the ring of emerald

On her slender finger shone, man who has been dividing his liquor

As she sat beneath the moonlight with him? For the honour of the Old

Alone-alas, alone! Dominion, gentlemen!” cried Toll, A wasting thought had faded concluding this side-bar appeal to the

Her cheeks transparent bloom;

And her girlish beauty saddened Wyry, with an indignant gesticulation, With a deep and shadowing gloom. and a look of triumph in his face, that might be said to be oratorically comic.

Her parted hair was braided

From her brow with orient pearls ; The look was a master-stroke ; it took

But down in amher glory, complete effect, and Jemmy was acquil Its soft and silken curls, ted, in spite of the facts. As the crowd

In the rich and bright profusion

of their thousand ringlets fell, broke up, Toll, on leaving the court

O'er the soft and swanlike beauty room, walked up to the witness, and Of her virgin bosoms swell. slapping him on the back, said, “Come, let us go take something to drink ;"

As it heaved above the pearling

Of her boddice rich and rareand off the two went together to the

Alas alas that sorrow tavern. Hazard remarked to Hedges Should dwell in aught so fair! afterwards, that it was a little odd, as he

She sat beneath the shadow had completely triumphed over the facts

Of the ancient trysting tree,

While the moon looked thro' the branches-of his case by undermining the credit But her lover-where was he? of the witness, he should be on such pod terms with this person as to bring

Alas! for Ladye Lillian ! him down to drink with him.

Alas, thas hearts should range:

Or that knights so gay and gallant, replied Hedges, “if the jury knew that

As her plighted one should change.


66 Ah!"

Still on her slender finger,

will see what I can do," returned the llis charmed token shone

bookseller : and so the two parted. But its green light bad departed, And she wept-alope, aloue !

Our author, returning homewards E. S. CRAVEN. from this unpromising visit, met his

friend Thomson, the poet, and told him MEMOIRS OF TOM JONES.

how the negociation for the manuscript, Heard by the late Mr. Colquhoun from the

he had formerly shown him, stood. The lips of Millar the Boukseller.

poet, sensible of the extraordinary

merit of his friend's production, reFIELDING, having finished the manus- proached Fielding with his headstrong script of “ Tom Jones," and being at bargain, conjured him if he could doit the time hard pressed for money, went honourably, to cancel it, and promised with it to one of your second-rate book- him in that event, to find him a pursellers, with a view, of selling it for chaser, whose purse would do more what it would fetch at the moment. He credit to his judgment. Fielding, thereleft it with this trader in the children fore, posted away to his appointment or others men's brains, and called upon the next morning, with as much apprehim the succeeding morning, full of hension lest the bookseller should stick anxiety, both to know at how high a to his bargain, as he had felt the day rate his labours were appreciated, as before lest he should altogether decline well as how he might calculate upon its it. To his great joy, the ignorant trafproducing him wherewithal to discharge ficker in literature, either from inabia debt of some twenty pounds, wbich he lity to advance the oney, or a want of had promised to pay the next day. He common discrimination, returned the bad reason to imagine, from the judg- MS. very safely into Fielding's hands. ment of some literary friends, to whom Our author set off, with a gay heart, to his he had shown his MS.. that it should, friend Thomson, and went, in company at least, produce twice that sum. But, with him, to Mr. Andrew Millar, (a poalas! when the bookseller, with a sig- pular bookseller at that day). Mr. M. nificant shrug, showed a hesitation as was in the habit of publishing no work to publishing the work at all, even the of light reading, but on his wife's appromoderate expectations with which our bation; the work was, therefore, left Cervantes had buoyed up his hopes with him, and some days after, she seemed at once to close upon him at having perused it, bid him by no means this unexpected and distressing intima: let it slip through his fingers. M. action. And will you give me no rding invited the two friends to hopes ?” said he, in a tone of despair. meet him at a coffee-house in the Strand,

Very faint ones, indeed, Sir," re- where, having disposed of a good dinplied the bookseller, “ for I have ner and two bottles of port, Thomson, scarcely any that the book will move." at last, suggested, “It would be as -"Well, Sir,” answered Fielding, well if they proceeded to business.” “money I must have for it, and little Fielding, still with no little trepidaas that may be, pray give me some idea tion, arising from his recent rebuff in of what you can afford to give for it.' another quarter, asked Millar what he - Why, Sir," returned our book- had concluded upon giving him for his seller, again shrugging up his shoul- work. “I am a man,” said Miller, “of ders, “I have read some part of your few words, and fond of coming to the

Jones,' and, in justice to myself, point; but really, after giving every must even think again before I name consideration I am able to your novel, a price for it;—the book will not move ;

I do not think I can afford to give you it is not to the public nor do I think any more than two hundred pounds for it.” inducement can make me offer you more L“What !” exclaimed Fielding; “two than twenty-five pounds for it.'_" And hundred pounds!” “ Indeed, Mr. that you will give for it," said Fielding, Fielding,” returned Millar, “indeed, I anxiously and quickly.— Really I am sensible of your talents; but my must think again, and will endeavour mind is made up.” – “Two hundred to make up my mind by to-morrow." pounds !” continued Fielding, in a tone “ Well, Sir," replied Fielding, “ I will of perfect astonishment; two hundred look in again to-morrow morning. The pounds, did you say?" book is yours for the twenty-five pounds; word, Sir, I mean no disparagement to but these must positively be laid out for the writer or his great merit ; but my me when I call. I am pressed for the mind is made up, and I cannot give one money, and, if you decline, must go farthing more. 6 Allow me to ask elsewhere with my manuscript.”_" I you,” continued Fielding, with undi

6 Upon my

66 allow me,

minished surprise,

Mr. reflects great credit upon the editor for Millar, to ask you—whether-you-are the mass of general information he has se-rious ?—“Never more so," re. brought together. We extract the folplied Millar,“ in all my life; and I lowing:hope you will candidly acquit me of “Why is the barometer absurdly every intention to injure your feelings, called a weather-glass ? or depreciate your abilities, when I re “Because, by it, certain persons atpeat that I positively cannot afford you tempt to establish rules, by which, from more than two hundred pounds for your the height of the mercury, the coming novel."

Then, my good Sir," said state of the weather may be predicted. Fielding, recovering himself from this Hence we find the words, Rain,' unexpected stroke of fortune, “ give me 'Fair," ‘Changeable,' 'Frost,' &c. enyour hand ; the book is yours. And, graved on the scale attached to common waiter, continued he, “bring us a cou- domestic barometers, as if, when the ple of bottles of your best port.” mercury stands at the height marked by

Before Millar died, he had cleared these words, the weather is always eighteen thousand pounds by "Tom subject to the vicissitudes expressed by Jones ;” out of which he had the gene- them. These marks are, however, en rosity to make Fielding presents at dif- titled to no attention. ferent times of various sums, till they “ Thus, two barometers, one near the amounted to 2000l. And he closed his level of the river Thames, and the life by bequeathing a handsome legacy other on the heights of Hampstead, will to each of Mr. Fielding's sons.

differ by half an inch ; the latter being

always half an inch lower than the New Uworks.

former. If the words, therefore, en

graved upon the plates were to be reThe Shaksperian Forgeries.* lied on, similar changes of weather Mr. -Ireland has issued a new edition could never happen at these two situaof the drama of Vortigern, accompanied tions. But what is even more absurd, by a singularly curious preface, which such a scale would inform us that the we recommend to the perusal of every weather at the foot of a high building, person interested on the subject of such as St. Paul's, must always be difShakspeare. Mr. Ireland attacks his ferent from the weather at the top of it. opponents, Messrs. Warton, Parr, Why is the height of the column Boaden, &c. with great spirit, and most comparatively unimportant? satisfactorily exposes the conduct of “ Because, it is observed that the the late J. P. Kemble, in regard to the changes of weather are indicated, not failure of the piece. We annex the by the actual height of the mercury, but following lines as a sample of the pro- by its change of height. One of the duction, forming part of the soliloquy most general, though not absolutely selected by Mr. Kemble to impede its invariable, rules is, that when the mersuccess, the line in italics being that cury is very low, and therefore the atwhereon the peculiar emphasis was mosphere very light, high winds and laid. A fac simile of the spurious wri- storms may be expected. The followting accompanies the drama, tracing ing rules may generally be relied upon, the speech above alluded to.

at least to a certain extent : O sovereign death!

“Generally the rising of the mercury That hast for thy domain this world immense indicates the approach of fair weather ; Church-yards and charnel-houses are thy the falling of it shews the approach of

haunts, And hospitals thy sumptuous palaces;

foul weather. And, when thou would'st be merry, thou dost “ In sultry weather the fall of the choose

mercury indicates coming thunder. In The gaudy chamber of a dying king. 0! then thou dost ope wide thy bony jaws,

winter, the rise of the mercury indicates And with rude laughter and fantastic tricks, frost. In frost, its fall indicates thaw ; Thou clapp'st thy rattling fingers to thy sides ; and its rise indicates snow. And when this solemn moekery is o'er, With icy hand thou takest him by the feet,

“ Whatever change of weather sudAnd upward so, till thou dost reach the heart, denly follows a change in the baromeAnd wrap him in the cloak of lasting night. ter, may be expected to last but a short

time. Thus, if fair weather follow imKnowledge for the People.t Parts mediately the rise of the mercury, 15 f. 16.

there will be very little of it; and, in This is a very useful little work, and the same way, if foul weather follow the

* Joseph Thomas, Birchin Lane, fall of the mercury, it will last but a + S. Low, Lamb's Couduit Street. short time.

“If fair weather continue for several higher edifices, whose elevation is days, during which the mercury con- known, it has been ascertained that the tinually falls, a long continuance of foul fogs of London never rise more than weather will probably ensue; and from two hundred to two hundred and again, if foul weather continue for se- forty feet above the same level. Hence, veral days, while the mercury contin- the air of the more elevated environs ually rises, a long succession of fair of the metropolis is celebrated for its weather will probably succeed. pure and invigorating qualities, being

“A fluctuating and unsettled state in placed above the fogs of the plain, and the mercurial column indicates change removed from smoky and contaminated able weather.

atmosphere. The height of the Nor6. The domestic barometer would be- wood hills, for example, is about 390 come a much more useful instrument, feet above the level of the sea at low if, instead of the words usually engrave water, and thus enjoys a pre-eminent ed on the plate, a short list of the best salubrity." established rules, such as the above, accompanied it, which might be either engraved on the plate, or printed on a

Table Talk. card. It would be right, however, to express the rules only with that degree The BAYONET.--No troops in the of probability which observation of past world can contend with the bayonets of phenomena has justified. There is no the English, say our countrymen ; and rule respecting these effects which will this cannot be denied. Some military hold good with perfect certainty in men will tell you that when two parties every case.- Lardner.

meet to try the struggle with the bayoWhy are fogs more dense about net, that struggle cannot last long; one London, and probably all other great or the other must give way. If this be cities, than elsewhere?

true, the present race of men are sadly “ Because the vast quantity of fulie deficient in personal courage, or all acginous matter floating over such places, counts of battles of a hundred and fifty mingles with the vapour, and renders or two hundred years ago, are monstrous the whole so thick, that a noonday falsehoods. We read in many authors darkness is sometimes produced, and of those days that soldiers contended at other times the foggy darkness may obstinately at “push of pike" for a long be described as awful. A correspon- time. Perhaps, however, the examples dent of the "Magazine of Natural His- of the captains and lieutenants at that tory,' in noticing such a day, about 2 period were more encouraging. P. M. on Jan. 27, 1831, says, 'this ex CHARLES JAMES Fox. Had it not traordinary appearance is, however, been for his privilege as a member of caused by a very ordinary accident, the house of commons, he would scarceviz. a change of wind; and which may ly ever have been in the enjoyment of be accounted for as follows:- The his personal liberty. One day, shortly west wind carries the smoke of the city after a dissolution of parliament, while to the eastward in a long train, extend- in the company of his friend, "the ing to the distance of twenty or thirty witty but dissipated Hare,' who, like miles ; as may be seen in a clear day, himself, was in hourly expectation of by any person on an eminence five or being arrested, a couple of bailiffs sudsix miles from the city, and looking denly made their appearance. across in the direction of the wind; gentlemen,” said Fox, to them, say from Harrow-on-the-Hill, for in- you Hare-hunting or Fox-hunting tostance. In this case, suppose the wind day?" It is worthy of remark, that notto change suddenly to the east, the great withstanding his devotion to the senate, body of smoke will be brought back in the table, the dice-box, and the toilet, an accumulated mass, and, as this re he found time to cultivate the acquaintpasses the city, augmented by the ance of such men as Johnson and Gibclouds of smoke from every fire therein, bon; to increase his knowledge of the it causes the murky darkness alluded Greek writers; and even to indulge, to. It is to be observed, that the cause occasionally, in poetical composition. of fogs is also the cause of the smoke His vivacity often exposed him to anifloating near the earth ; of course, madversion; for there was sometimes a where there is much of the latter, the recklessness in his gaiety, which seemformer is doubly dense.

ed unseasonable and unfeeling. Thus, By accurate observation of the when his brother's house was in flames, height of the fog, relatively with the he offered to bet the noble owner which

A. M.

« Well,



beam, which partition, or which chim- walked upon their heads, so eager were ney would first give way.

they to pay their court to her. Georgian Era, vol. I. INGENUITY OF WALPOLE. On the

Wilkes'ANTIPATHY TO THE Scotch. death of George the First, Walpole ap: with extraordinary bitterness; and, at

-Wilkes constantly abused the Scotch pears to have expected a dismissal, but still to have felt confident that his ex. length, antipathy to their northern felclusion would not be of long continu- low subjects became a prevalent feeling ance; under this impression, he said to among a large portion of the people of his friend, Sir William Yonge, " I shall England. Wilkes never lost an opporcertainly go out; but let me advise you

tunity of expressing his contempt for not to go into violent opposition, as we

“the land o cakes.” “ Among all the must soon come in again.” He passed flights,” said he, during a discussion the two days, however, which immedia- with Johnson, on the genius of Shakstely followed the accession of George peare," among all the vagaries of that the Second, in great agitation, and held author's imagination, the boldest cerseveral conferences with his friends, at tainly is that of Birnam wood being Devonshire-house. Scrope, secretary wood where there never was a shrub!

brought to Dunsinane ;-making to the treasury, who was admitted to one of these meetings, described the A wood in Scotland! Ha! ha! ha!” whole company as absorbed in gloom The EARL OP CHATHAM.-In 1764, and consternation. But affairs soon he greatly distinguished himself by his took a favourable turn: Sir Spencer opposition to general warrants, which, Compton, the intended minister, (for with all his accustomed energy and elowhom Walpole had, it appears, as an quence, he stigmatized as being atroact of kindness, drawn up the king's ciously illegal. A search for papers, speech to the council,) having proposed or a seizure of the person, without some £60,000 per annum, as the amount of specific charge, was, he contended, rethe settlement which it would be proper pugnant to every principle of true lito make on the queen, Walpole, with berty. “By the British constitution,” whom she had been previously offended, said he, “every man's house is his secured her majesty's powerful interest castle! Not that it is surrounded by in his behalf, by privately pledging him- walls and battlements; it may be a self, that if he were continued in office, straw-built shed ; every wind of heaven the amount of her jointure should be may whistle round it; all the elements £40,000 per annüm above the sum of nature may enter it; but the king proposed by Sir Spencer. She labour- cannot; the king dare not !” ed assiduously to remove the king's prejudices against Walpole, and, at

Sheridan's Maiden Speech.— His length completely triumphed.

first speech was relative to a petition Meanwhile, the door of Sir Spencer presented against his return: the house Compton's house was besieged by per

heard him with particular attention but his sons of all ranks, who came to pay their led the expectation of his friends. After

success does not appear to have equalcourt to him. As Walpole was passing he had spoken, he went into the gallery in his carriage, he said, to a friend who with him, “Did you observe how my

and asked Woodfall, the reporter, with house is deserted, and how that door is great anxiety, what he thought of his crowded with carriages? To-morrow

first essay. Woodfall replied, “ Orathe scene will be changed: that house tory is not in your line, you had better will be deserted, and mine will be more

cleave to your literary pursuits.” She

ridan was dumb-foundered for a few frequented than ever.” As his continuance in office was the work of the moments, and then exclaimed, with queen, it was through her that it was

great energy, It is in me, however, first made known to the public. Lady Woodfall; and, by heaven, i'll have it

out!” Walpole presented herself at her majesty's first drawing-room; but as Sir RICHARD THE THIRD'S BED.-RichRobert was supposed to be in disgrace, ard slept at the Blue Boar Inn, oppono one made way for her; until the site the Grammar School, the night queen motioned her to advance, say, before the battle of Bosworth Field, and ing, “ There, I am sure I see a friend." the bedstead whereon he is supposed to Instantly the whole company drew have lain is still preserved, and its hisback ; the queen spoke to her in the tory is thus handed down :-In 1613, most gracious manner, and in return Mrs. Clarke, keeper of that inn, was ing, Lady Walpole said she might have robbed by her servant-maid and seven

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