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HISTORICAL AND SELECT ANÉCDOTES
AND LOUIS DE BOURBON.
ANECDOTE OF CHARLES vi. OF FRANCE, |, made bim this answer :-“ Sir, my distres.
ses, it is true, have driven me from the bosom THE barbarous manners of the times of my country, but no temptation what. when Charles VI. governed France, are
ever can estrange me from her service ; strongly exemplified in the following had this offer been a voluntary one of your anecdote. Louis de Bourbon was hand own, I should have deemed it an insult; but some and well made, and bad, as on other
I am glad to learn that it proceeds from a occasions, particularly signalized bimself quarter that can do no wrong!" The Duke at the battle of Agincourt. Going one
de Biron was so struck with the public night, as was customary, to visit the Queen, virtue of the British tar, that he instantly Isabella of Bavaria, at the Castle of Vin- exclaimed, “It is a pity so gallant an cennes, he met the King; he saluted him, officer should be lost to his country : will without either stopping, or alighting from a thousand Louis d'ors enable you to rehis horse, but continued galloping' on.
visit it, and to tender your services to The King having recollected him, ordered your sovereign ?" The other replied they the prevost of Paris to pursue, and to con
would; the Duke immediately advanced fine him in prison. At night the question him the sum, with which Sir George set was applied, and he was afterwards tied out the next day for England, where he up in a sack and cast into the Seine, with had not arrived a week before he returned this inscription upon the sack-"Let the the Duke's loan, accompanied with the King's justice take place."
most grateful letter, for the singular obli
gation he had so politely conferred upon ANECDOTE OF THE LATE LORD RODNEY. him. DURING Sir George Rodney's residence
ANECDOTE OF PHILIP STROZZI. in Paris, so great was his indigence, that he frequently knew not where to apply
Strozzi was a merchant at Florence, for a dinner Monsieur de Sartine, no
and had conspired with some of the prinstranger to bis professional abilities, cipal citizens against the tyranny of the thought this a proper time to wean his house of Medicis. Being taken prisoner affections from his country, and therefore he was put to the torture to make hini employed the Duke de Biron to make him! discover his accomplices. He bore the an offer of the command of the French torments of the rack with great fortitude, West India fleet, with a sum of money
nor did he betray one word that could inthat should restore him to independence. culpate his friends. Being threatened a The Duke, in consequence of this, invited second time with the torture, he resolved Sir George to spend a month at his house, to destroy himself; and having discovered and in the course of that time frequently in the corner of his dungeon, a sword that sounded him with great delicacy on the
one of the soldiers who guarded the prison subject; but not being able to make him had carelessly left there, he drew blood self properly understood, at last openly
from himself with it, and wrote the follow. declared to him, that “as his royal mastering lines, from Virgil, on the walls of his meant the West Indies to be the theatre cell, of the present war, he was commissioned “ Rise an avenger from my sad remains; to make the handsomest offers to Sir
“ I mock at death and triumph io my pains." George, if he would quit the English ser- He afterwards stabbed himself. vice, and take upon him the command of Some person had once, to pay court to a French squadron."-Sir George, after Strozzi, called him Messire; he answered liearing him with great temper, spiritedly in the true spirit of republicanism, "I am
neither a lawyer, nor a military man; but, ing the duty, as well upon the said monkey Philip, the son of a merchant. If you as on every thing else he carries along with wish to preserve my friendship, call me by him, by causing his monkey to play before my real name, and do not offend me by the collector!" From hence is derived adding titles to which I have no claim. I the French proverb “Payer en monnoie The first offence 1 attribute to ignorance; de singe;". Laugh at a man instead of but if it happen a second time I shall || paying him.”—Another article in the attribute it to a desire to affrout me."
above tariff specifies, that jugglers shall be
exempt from all imposts, provided they ANECDOTE OF ADMIRAL VAN TROMP. sing a couplet of a song before the toll
Tae Dutch Admiral Van Tromp, whose gatherer. defiance to the English fleet is well known, (by carrying a broom at his fore-top-mast
JEU D'ESPRIT. head, which he said was to sweep the A gentleman, at a fashionable party, Channel) was, when a Captain, guilty being asked by a lady his opinion of a of a faux pas, which incensed the people beautiful ring she wore, in which was a so much against him that he retired for very small miniature, and most striking some years from Holland. When the likeness of her husband, observed, that he disputes commenced between England and was no great judge of painting, and having the Dutch, the Stadtholder called him seen Lord — but once, he was hardly from his retreat, and insisted on his taking competent to pronouuce on the likeness ;, a command; urging it was hard to drive nevertheless, he was happy to see her a man from an opportunity of recovering Ladyship had a husband that she could his character, and consigning an officer to turn round her finger. perpetual oblivion for a supposed fault. Van Tromp's conduct afterwards justified
OF QUEEN ANNE. the Stadtholder's opinion, and from having
A short time before the peace of Utrecht, been hissed, and pelted by the mob, he Bishop Lloyd, then between eighty-three afterwards became the most favourite and and eighty-four years of years, went to popular commander in the service. Queen Anne, and told her, that he could
prove from Daniel and the Revelations, XEAR APPROXIMATION OF THE POLITE that she ought not to make a peace. The
Queen replied, “My Lord, I am no diWhen either the sovereign or the pea- vine: I cannot argue that matter; but sant suffer their minds to be transported Lord Oxford may perhaps answer your with passion, the uncultivated and the objections." A time was appointed ; the refined become vearly equal in brutality. Presence Chamber was full of nobility to The elegant Mary Queen of Scots seeing hear the conference ; whereon the Lord the bleeding body of a young gentleman Oxford confounded the Bishop, and exwho had been shot by some of her soldiers, posed him to the last degree; displaying said, “I cannot be responsible for acci. | in the conference infinite learning, madents, but I wish it had been his fa. naged with a great deal of art. ther."
TO THE COARSE.
OF LOUIS XIV.
YONDX ESS OF
Louis was once harangued by a very
indifferent orator, to whom his Majesty SAINT Louis published a tariff for re- was pleased to address a very handsome gulating the duties upon the different ar- compliment. A lady who was present, ticles bronglit into Paris by the gate of the testified much surprise at the civil things Little Chatelet; and amongst other par.
Louis said to him. “I thiuk, madam," ticulars is the following: “That whoso- said the King, “exactly as you do of the ever fetches a moukey into the city for speaker; but if a civil word or two will sale, shall pay four deniers; but if the render a man happy, he must be a wretch monkey belongs to a Merry Andrew, the indeed who will not willingly give thein to Merry Andrew shall be exempted from pay.
RUINS OF POMPEII.
covered, such as a baker's, an oilman's, an The streets of the city of Pompeii are iroumonger's, a wine-shop, with money in said to be daily disencumbered. A late the till, and a surgeon's house, with chirurtraveller informs us, that be entered by the | gical instruments. Also a great theatre, a Appian Way, through a narrow street of temple of justice, an amphitheatre two small tombs, beautifully executed, with || hundred feet long, various temples, a bar. the names of the deceased plain and legible. rack for soldiers (the columns of which are At the gate was a sentry-box, in which scribbled with their names and jests), and the skeleton of a soldier was found, with a stocks for prisoners, in one of which a Jamp in his hand. The streets are lined skeleton was likewise discovered. The with public buildings, the painted decora. || principal streets are about sixteen feet tions of which are fresh and entire. There || wide: the subordinate ones from six to were several tradesmen's shops also dis- ten feet.
SKETCHES OF SOCIETY.
TUE PLEASURES AND PAINS OP EDITORS
sorry, but in that case there is invariably
a hope attached to us, a land of promise at The joys of editors are very widely the end of the desart; thus—“ We are sorspread and general; in fact, they are made ry to find that the Rev. L. M. is prevented the happiest of living creatures, by being || by the gout from finishing his grand requested to publish such intimations as work on the prophecies; but have reason the following, sent to them expressly, as to hope that the delay will be short, and it should seem, for their gratification. the publication rendered more perfect every
“We rejoice to hear that the MS. poem day it remains in the hands of its classic of A. B. is in such a state of forwardness | author. that it may positively be expected to issue « Welament to learn that N. O.'s famous from the press this winter.
picture of the Bombardment* of Jerusalem " It gives, or affords us, the highest plea- will not grace the ensuing Exhibition ; but sure to be able to state that Mr. C. D. | the lovers of the arts will be consoled with intends to add another book to his exqui- us on being informed that it may be seen site treatise on morbid affections.
at his residence, No. 717, next door to the “ Nothing could inspire us with greater Ophthalmia Hospital in the Regent's Park, delight than to be able to state that that and that many sublime touches have re• eminent artist E. F. has arrived in safety cently been added to this masterly comfrom Italy, where the contemplation of the position.” great masters has added new powers even Being compelled ex officio to sympathize to his magic pencil.
in print with all the hypothetical happi“ The public will learn with the same nesses (heaven knows how few in reality!) heart-felt satisfaction which we feel in of authors, artists, players, lecturers, announcing it, that the accomplished Miss publishers, picture-dealers, coguoscenti, G. H. has recovered from her indisposition, exhibitors, teachers, fiddlers, and hunters and will immediately resume her duties in after popularity of every kiud ; feeling all the fashionable world.
their little troubles, and more than par“We are at once astonished and enrap- || taking in all their great hopes; watching tured by J. K.'s last lecture on the diseases their motions, as it were, and recording of the bladder. We understand he begins their progress with a maternal anxiety;
on the first of April || comforting the public, when they are uol next."
immediately prominent, with the assarAnd so on through the whole alphabet || ance that they will shortly be so, and being and the whole circle of literature, arts, and il enraptured with their stupendous merils sciences.
We are, it is true, sometimes said to be * Why not bombard Jerusalem ?
when they do come forward with any strance. Iu vain do we bury ourselves in
11 labour-these are the mere first links of the darkest corner of our study, and enour intimate connection with every thing trench ourselves behind the lies of our in the above lines.
servants-not at home ; we are invariably Our opinions are of mighty importance. | dug out, and suffer exposures. Authors,
After seeing the midnight lamp expire i whom our consciences will not allow us in reading P.'s MSS. preparing for the to praise, charge us with prejudice, partialpress, we are rapped out of bed at seven ity, corruption, illiberality, malevolence, o'clock by Q. deter mived not to present and all the deadly sins of human nature. his medals to the world without consult. Artists are, perhaps, still more intolerant ing us on the merits (so that we too must and greedy of praise. Their appetites for "stand the hazard") of the dye. R. invites Aattery are only equalled by their immeaus to inspect his show-room six miles off surable irritability; and woe be to that in a miry suburb, before he erects his critic who does not discover in every daub pational monument to the memory of Tom the colouring of Titian, combined with the Thumb the Great, our knowledge of the grandeur of Michael Angelo; in every plas. original and bistorical information render- ter model the fancied fire of Phidias, and ing our judgment on the subject so truly || the imagined beauty of Praxiteles. desirable. Our meals are interrupted, our deed we have ascertained that most public retirement broken in upon, our most pre- i characters have such capacious stomachs cious time consumed, our very sick rooms for applause, that there is no risk of surinvaded by the discoverers of curious papers, feiting them with panegyric; but, on the found where they were never lost; the contrary, much danger of being thought liberal possessors and ready retailers of churls and niggardly starvelings for not scientific information which happens to be giving enough. Reviews must be puffs, no news; the writers of poetry according || criticisms must observe no blemishes, bioto their own nomenclature, and the pro- graphies must make men angels ! jectors of the most immortal schemes that Then we are occasionally sore beset with ever an ungrateful world slighted as sbsurd | temptations. A pretty poetess has just and ridiculous.
finished her first attempt, Stanzas to a fa. Then the multitude of special favours vourite Goldfinch; and with downcast blue that we receive-each in his sphere! Being eyes, a heaving bosom, and a faltering chosen as the most appropriate channel for voice, entreats to see it in print. We are a highly (self) interesting communication : martyred between the writer and the writ. the publishers of long essays written in ing. Such a supplicant what man can haste and in want of our kind correction : deny—such a composition what editor can the most excellent paper for an ex posi- | insert! A philanthropist has a plan for tion of the greatest consequence to our the relief of the poor-have we not charity readers in the improvement of S. T.'s pa- to give it a place? A reformer produces a tent: the respectable medium for answer- scheme for remedying all abuses—have we ing U.'s attack on Vi's important letter: | not patriotism to find room for it! An the valuable journal for widely dissemi-enthusiast would preach mankind into one sating a specimen of W.'s intended publi- || blessed group of loving brethren—the sercation on a question of universal attraction. | mons are long, and perhaps tedious, but
It must be confessed that our enjoyments surely our humanity cannot reject them! are occasionally chequered with some slight And it is often in vain to endeavour to regrets. We find elegiac poets very hard elude these applications with,“ Your poetry hearted, and if we affront them, or even is charming, but it wants a little polishing pastoral writers, by not immediately in. to fit it for the public
eye.”-“Will you be serting their productions, we are sure of a so good as make the necessary alterations." severe scolding, a heavy postage, and an- " It would delight us, but take the merit ger everlasting. Antiquarians are also ob- from you, which must not be."_“ Oh, I durate dogs to deal with: if disappointed am not self-sufficient, and shall be happy on the ensuing day of publication, there is to have my errors rectified."_" We will 10 escaping their research and remon.' point out two or three slight defects in your exquisite ideas—so and so, &c." The , and a painted Pict in an Athenian helmet: verses are taken back to be altered, and we | very much on a par with the rest of the are never forgiven.
pational monuments (in want of taste) in Aud then the stage and its people: that cathedral. Heaven defend us from it and them! The The painter is equally solicitous for adtheatre is a bottomless gulf for panegyric ; || vice, alias praise, and equally wedded to the more that is poured in the more void it | his own system.-" That sky is green."appears, and there is no returi.
One “ Ah! ibat was necessary for the contrast Shakspeare, who knew them well, has told with these black rocks."_" The natural us we had better have a bad epitaph after colour is blue." _“ Surely you would not our death, than their ill report while we have a picture look black and blue.!"live; and yet there is no avoiding the latter “ But these trees are heavy, and brown."by the sacrifice of truths on the altar of " I must have a neutral tint in that bright fattery, though we butcher hecatombs. sunset."-A picture is entirely yellow, What is the death of a monarch to an purple, and gold-it is a fine effect of coactor's taking leave, overcome by his feel. || lour. Another has men, women, and ings, supported by his friends, and all the babes at the breast, all muscular as Samaudience snivelling into their white haud- sons or Herculeses—it is a noble display of kerchiefs! What is the march of a General anatomical knowledge. A third bas men at the head of a victorious army, to the of stone, and dead children of iron-greyperegriuations of a third-rate mimic through || it is the grand gusto, half-tint, and not the provinces! As for the great heroes, if amenable to the laws of nature! We could critics do not laud them with more than swell the catalogue, but might be thought eastern adulation, woe betide them; their personal. motives are base, and they are the private “This is a new mechanical invention—a foes of persons they never saw but on the fire and water escape; so that you are in public stage. Dreading some tragic end no danger in your garret, should your to our labours, we dare say no more of house catch fire—uor in your cellar, if it these tyrants, who carry the mockery of should be flooded. Observe how the ma. their profession into their intercourse with || chinery moves.”—“ Yes, in the air; but real life.
either fire or water would destroy the very “ That is really a fine group, Mr. Sculp- principle of its motion."-" I am sorry tor, the attitudes are easy, the pyramidal that you do not seem to understand the form studied without affectation, the ani- mechanical forces.”—“ We are sorry that mals spirited, and the human figures full of you do not seem to understand the force of nature."-" But is there no point at which our argument.”—“ It is very easy to object your admirable judgment could oblige me to useful speculations, but not so easy to by suggesting an improvement?”—“The escape from the terrors of flood or horrors whole, we have said, is excellent, yet as of couflagration!"_“Sir, we would rather there is no work absolutely faultless, it trust to the resource of Gulliver
the does seem possible to amend the anatomy | Lilliputians, in both cases, than to your of that horse's limbs, and thus improve its silly machine, Good by t'ye."
| We other
too is rather heterogeneous, being semi- || scenes in which the situations of the editors barbaric, semi-Greek, like the St. George of periodical works invariably resemble on a Pistrucci crowo."_" Oh, I beg your that of handsome women-most perseverpardon, gentlemen, I am sorry to differ ingly.courted, and little attended to when from such superior minds, but I have par- they come to advise. But we have said ticularly regarded the form and attitude of enough on the subject; and instead of rethat horse, which is ivdeed the best part of sorting, as the fair would do, to a curtain the design, and the armour, I assure you, is lecture, we shall drop the curtain, behind classically accurate."-We are deemed ig- | which our readers have had a peep, such norant pretenders as soon as our backs are as they may not have bad before. turned; and the monument graces St.
An Epitor. Paul's, with a crooked legged Bucephalus,