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In the same year, on Wednesday, Sept. 26, “ died English, it must be subject to the English rules: he at her house, at Greenwich, Mrs. Wolfe, relict of Col. had, however, been cautioned by some of his learned Edward Wolfe, and mother of General Wolfe.” friends as to the mode of pronouncing it.
On Friday, May 24th, 1765, the Executors of Sir F. Kelly said, of course, he should bow to the Mrs. Henrietta Wolfe, mother of the late brave General opinion of his learned friends, who were so much suWolfe, paid the legacy of one thousand pounds, be- perior to him in learning, as in every thing else. queathed by her to the incorporated Society in Dublin, The ATTORNEY-GENERAL said, that was rather too for promoting English working-schools in Ireland. Yet bad, as Sir F. Kelly had himself cautioned him. distinguished and honoured as is the name of Wolfe, Sir F. Kelly intimated whatever his Lorrship should among the poor persons, applicants in November, 1820, say it was, that would be the mode to be adopted. to his Majesty's" Almoner, for the ensuing Christmas Lord CAMPBELL.- Then, let it be soft. Be it so. Royal bounty, was the niece of the captor of Quebec, The measures of the law are rarely characterised by Mrs. Ann Wetton, then in her eighty-second year, and softness; and the decision, from the following protest, very infirm. She was described as then residing in the appears to have been erroneous :Stable-yard of No. 52, Brook Street, Grosvenor Square. SIR,—Allow an unfortunate c before u to protest
These memoranda selected from considerable collec- against the soft decision of the Queen's Bench. Though tions, will be continued, but the readers of Cușrent Notes perfectly willing to be soft before e, i, and y, I am as may possibly also be disposed to become contributors. hard as a rock to a, o and u, nor shall the latter miti
gate me by interposing an e, that is dumb. If the Attorney-General upon his next cirsuit should prosesute or take into sustody this pesuliar c, I will throw myself on the country for proper currency.
If Lord Campbell LORD CHIEF JUSTICE's DecisioN ON GREEK.
must amble without me, he at least might keep pace On the 22nd ult. in a cause, before Lord Campbell, with his Walker. A little duresse is the proper cue for
SECURER. and a Special Jury; the Queen v. the Registrars of the one who would be a Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain ; there were some extraordinary proceedings.
OMITTED VERSE IN GRAY'S ELEGY. Sir F. Kelly, Mr. Macaulay, and Mr. Lloyd were
The author's Manuscript of the Elegy, or Stanzas counsel for the prosecution, and the Attorney-General, written in a Country Churchyard, has the following verse, Mr. Bramwell, and Mr. Brewer, for the defendants.
which is omitted in all the printed editions, – This was a proceeding to try the validity of a return
15 to a mandamus, the question being whether this society had kept a correct register of its members in pursuance of
Some rural Laïs, with all conquering charms,
Perhaps now moulders in this grassy bourne ! the provisions of an Act of Parliament. It was stated
Some Helen, vain to set the fields in arms, that the facts would be undisputed, and the case turned
Some Emma dead, of gentle love forlorn! into a special verdict, that the matter might be decided
16 by the Court of Error. The different books and registers
Some village Hampden, etc. of the society were put in, and then
P. T. P. Lord CAMPBELL told the jury he should not waste their time by saying more than he presumed they would find their verdict according to the facts, and that was,
BEDECKING GRAVES WItu Roses. what was called a special verdict. The jury looked at the judge, then looked at each other, about the graves was a custom religiously observed by
The practice of strewiug and planting roses on and until the attorney put a guinea into each man's hand, the Greeks and the Romans, and the use was so general and they walked out of the box, apparently in perfect that we frequently find it enjoined as a codicil to their amazement that their time had been thus wasted, as the wills, as appears by an old inscription at Ravenna ; and whole might have been as well settled without their by another, at Milan ; in both of which, roses were attendance. There was, however, one matter of some importance Hence the line in Propertius :
ordered to be yearly strewed and planted on their graves. in the case,-namely, the proper pronunciation of the word "pharmaceutical.”
Et tenerâ poneret ossa rosa. Lord CAMPBELI, said there appeared to be one vexed And Anacreon, in allusion to the usage, says that it question which he should like to have decided, as some dɔth protect the dead. Even in England, at Oakley, in gentlemen pronounced the c in the word soft, but others Surrey, the classical custom of planting rose-trees on treated it as hard. He would ask the Attorney-General, the graves of young men and maidens who have lost what he said it was?
their lovers, more especially, has been maintained so The ATTORNEY-GENERAL said, in his opinion, it was long, time out of mind, that the churchyard is now soft. It came from the Greek; but when it became full of them.
HANDEL.—May I ask, where is now Roubiliac's
STATUE OF POMPEY, AT ROME. Statue of Handel, noticed in Current Notes, p. 51.
The villas of modern Rome often occupy the same H. S.
ground, share some portion of the splendour, and the Roubiliac's statue of Handel, originally placed in Vaux, picturesquc advantages of the gardens of the ancient hall Gardens in 1738, is now the property of the Sacred city. The villa Spala, or Brunati, for these villas Harmonic Society, at Exeter Ilall" It was obtained, last change their names with their proprietors, while it ocmonth, on terms that make it more a gift to the Socie.s, cupies on a much smaller scale a part of the Palatine than otherwise.
Roubiliac's idea of divesting Handel's foot of the slipper, Hill, and of the Imperial Palace, has still some of the appears to have been suggested by the fine engraving of st! advantages of the Orti Farnesiani. The ruins of the Cecilia, after Rubens, by Witdoeck.
palace cover the greater part, and on one side look down The former glories of Vauxhall are fast fleeting. The on the valley that separates the Palatine from the Avenpresent is the last season, and in a few more months, the tine Mount : from a gallery in a recess still remaining, long walks where thousands have congregated in buoyant the Emperor might behold the games of the Circus pleasure and delight; the picturesque orchestra long famous Maximus, that occupied the greater part of that valley. for the performance of music by Arne and other distin- In an anti-chamber of the Palazzo Spada, stands the guished English composers; and the thrilling notes of many celebrated statue of Pompey, at the foot of which Cæsar eminent vocalists, will be no more; and the lines of the is supposed to have fallen. The history of this statue surveyor will have marked out the sites of villas and streets deserves notice. It was during Pompey's life first of houses, the habitations of retired peace and quietude.
placed in the Senate House he had erected; and when that edifice was closed, the statue was, by order of
Augustus, raised on a double arch or gateway of marble POETICAL SIGN.-At the little village of Stretton, in opposite to the grand entrance of Pompey's Theatre. Cheshire, is a well known and long established inn, During the convulsion of the Gothic wars it was thrown called the Cat and Lion; having over the doorway a down, or fell
, and lay buried for many ages in the painted sign, depicting a cat and a lion in anything ruins. About the beginning of the seventeenth century but good humour towards each other, with these lines, it was discovered in a partition wall between two houses, The Lion is strong, the Cat is vicious,
and the discovery caused some altercation, the proprieMy Ale is good, and so is my Liquors !
tors of the two houses at length agreeing to cut the Temple, July 1.
J. M. J.
statue asunder, and to divide the marble, when fortunately the Cardinal di Spada heard of the circumstance,
and by a timely purchase prevented the destruction of ARGYLE LIBRARY.-In Martin's Bibliographical one of the most interesting remains of Roman antiquity. Catalogue of Privately Printed Books, a catalogue of At a much later period, and from an unexpected the Ducal Library is noticed as having been printed in quarter, another danger awaited Pompey's statue. 1758. Is Reed's note there quoted at page 31, matter of While the French occupied Rome in the years 1798-9, fact?
H.L. they erected, in the centre of the Coliseum, a temporary The Argyle library was purchased by Lord Bute in May, the improvement of such Romans as might be disposed
theatre where they acted various republican pieces for 1764, but has since been destroyed by fire at Luton.
to fraternise with them and adopt their principles. Voltaire's Brutus was, as may be easily imagined, a
favourite tragedy; and in order to give it effect, it was At Padua, Granger mentions the iniage of the Virgin, resolved transport to the Coliseum, and erect on the that the Catholics assert flew thither from Constanti- stage, the statue of Pompey, at the feet of which the nople, when taken by the Turks.
Dictator had fallen. The colossal size of the figure, and The rock that Moses struck in the Wilderness, is its extended arms, rendered it very difficult to displace, among the Romish relics at Venice.
and the arm was therefore sawed off, to facilitate the conveyance, and put on again at the Coliseum ; on the
second removal to the Palazzo Spada, the arm was again Faussett ANTIQUITIES.—The manuscripts descrip- taken off, and again replaced. So friendly to Pompey tive of the unique collection of Kentish Anglo-Saxon was the republican enthusiasm of the French! So Antiquities, collected nearly a century since by Dr. favourable to the arts and antiquities of Rome, their Faussett, of Heppington, near Canterbury, but now the Love of Liberty !* property of the public-spirited Mr. Mayer, of Liverpool, are about to be published under the editorial care of Mr. Charles Roach Smith, whose attainments and en- ERRATA. -For nunciation, p. 49, read nunnution. thusiasm pre-eminently qualify him for that object. For De Moustier, p. 50, read Du Moustier. Douglas's Nenia Britannica, 1793, now a scarce and costly volume, was for the most part derived from this
* Eustace's Classical Tour through Italy, 1802.
WILLIS'S CURRENT NOTES.
“ Takes note of what is done
HE THAT FIGATS AND RUNS AWAY,
Street, in August 1784, occasioned a bet of twenty to
one, of their being in Hudibras, the belligerents agreeing The disgraceful conduct of Lord George Sackville at that Dodsley the bookseller should be referred to as the the battle of Minden, August 1st, 1760, occasioned a arbiter. Dodsley, on being sent for, ridiculed the diffideservedly general execration against him. Instead of culty, “ Every fool," said he, “knows that they are in the hawker's cry of “Great Victory, extraordinary Hudibras." George Selwyn, who was in this instance a Gazette !" they sold in the streets a half sheet, sur nonconformist, somewhat petulantly replied, -—“Will mounted by the Royal Arms, in Gazette fashion, en- you be good enough then to inform an old fool, who is titled,
at the same time your wise worship's most humble “An Express from Capt. Bobadill, Who Beat the French by standing still."
servant, in what canto they are to be found ?" Dodsley,
conscious he was right, took up the volume, but could Bitterly sarcastic on his deficiency of courage, it com- not discover the place, and begged a day's grace. The mences,
next day came with no better success, and the sage “ The man that fights and runs away,
arbitrator was reduced to confess, “that a man might May stand to fight another day,
be ignorant of a fact without being a fool.” is the opinion of the witty Sam. Butler, and many of These rebuffs have provoked many enquiries, and it is our Great Folks, who have made the experiment, think said, the lines quoted by Lord Chesterfield, are thus, in it extremely right." Lord Chesterfield, in the House a volume entitled, “The Pleasing Companion, or Guide of Lords, descanting on his conduct in language not to Fame.”very favourable to Lord George, observed—“If I were
“ He who fights and runs away, to sport a Hudibrastic, I would say,
May live to fight another day;
But he who is in battle slain,
Can never rise and fight again."
It is also said they are to be found in Pearch's Col.
lection of Poems, anonymously edited by Isaac Reed; It was accepted at the time, the lines were really to second edition, vol. III, p. 84. be found in Hudibras, and that Lord Chesterfield but
Jortin observes, the humourous expression in one of reiterated Ralph's advice to the knight, his master, one
“ The man that fights and runs away,
May live to fight another day,
is deduced from the Greek saying, *Ralph and his Quixotic superior having been unhorsed
'Ανηρό ο Φένγων και πάλιν μαχήσεται. and beaten, counsels him not to think of falling on again, but
But it should rather have been,
May live to run another day.
Ανηρ και Φεύγων και πάλιν γε Φεύξεται.t
Aulus Gellius, in his Noctes Atticæ, records it as
a saying of Demosthenes, who fled from Philip of adding in the same strain :
Macedon, when he obtained a decisive victory over the “For those that save themselves and fly, Athenians, at Chæronea, a village of Bæotia, and being Go halves, at least, i' the victory."
reproached for it, made that answer. I Part III., Canto III., lines 241-269.
* Rather a remote derivation for a saying, still in use, Several persons, however, who had read Butler's Hu- three hundred and thirty-eight yearsbefore the birth of Christ. dibras with as much admiration as others read Æsop's
+ Tracts, 1790, vol. i. p. 441. Fables, and knew almost every line by heart, were Lib. xvii. ch. 21. Beloe's Translation, 1795, 8vo. sufficiently pugnacious to assert that no such lines as vol. iii. p. 320; he quotes as the translation the well known those quoted by Lord Chesterfield, then become house- verse: hold words, were in Hudibras ; others pertinaciously
“He who fights and runs away, contended they were, and at Boodle's, in St. James's
May live to fight another day."
Dr. Nash, who.quotes these authorities, in a note on che qui mori: i. c. It is better it should be said, Here he the lines,—“For those that fly," in Hudibras, adds, run away, than here he was slain.* So too, in “He who has an inclination to read more concerning L'Estrange's Fables, of Demosthenes' opinion was the this Senarius proverbialis quo monemur non protinus fugitive soldier, who, being tried by a council of war for abjicere animum, si quid parum feliciter successerit, cowardice, pleaded for himself, that he did not run away nam Victos posse vincere: proinde Homerus, etc., may in fear of the enemy, but only to try how long a paultry consult Erasmi Adagia.'
carcase might last a man with good looking to. Erasmus, like Ben Jonson, may be ever tracked in the snows of the ancients, and Taverner's Translation of his serves :- In other cases it is true that Demosthenes said
Bishop Jeremy Taylor, in his Great Exemplar, obProverbes or Adagies, with new Adicions gathered out in apology for his own escaping from a lost field; A man of the Chiliades, was printed in 1539, 8vo. In bis that runs away may fight again. Edit. 1649, 4to. p. 102. Apopthegmes, translated by Nicholas Udall, of which there are two editions, 1542 and 1564, 8vo, there is the Scarron appears to have been indebted to the Satyre following.
Menippée, for the thought embodied in his lines ;“ Demosthenes had written upon his shilde, in letters
Qui fuit, revenir aussi; of golde, åyaon túxn, that is, Good Fortune. Yet,
Qui meurt, il n'en est pas ainsi. neverthelesse, when it was come to hardie strokes, The distich in Butler's Hudibras :Demosthenes enen at the first meting, cast his shilde and al awaie from him, and to go as fast as his legges
For those that fly may fight again,
Which he can never do that's slain, Inight beare him. This poincte being cast in his nose, in the waie of mockage and reproche, that he had in is evidently a translation from Scarron; but the coubattaill cast away his bucler, and taken him to his heeles, plet,like a prettie man, he auoided it with a little verse,
For he that fights and runs away, common in every bodies mouth :
May live to fight another day ;
was written by Sir John Mennes in ridicule of Sir John The same man, that rennith awaie,
Suckling's expedition to Scotland, in 1641. In the Maie again fight an other daie.
fourth volume of the Censura Literaria, reference “ Judgeyng that it is more for the benefitt of ones The writer has in vain referred to that book, and
is made to his Musarum Deliciæ, 1656, duod., p. 101. countree to repne awaie in battaill, than to lese his life to the reprint as edited by Dubois. Still the reader For a ded man can fight no more, but who had saued himself aliue by renning awaie, may in many battailles may be assured it is to be discovered in one of the
volumes of that period, in which the verses of Mennes mo, dooe good seruice to his countree.”
are embodied. Rabelais alludes to this saying ;-We will lose no
of the Musarum Deliciæ is known in Sion honour by flying ; Demosthenes saith that the man who
College Library. runs away, may fight another day.*
The Satyre Menippée, 1594, has the idea thus expressed. Souvent celuy qui demeure,
LORD ORFORD'S LETTERS TO SIR HORACE MANN.
Printed from the Autograph Memorandum.
To Mr. George P. Harding, -Understanding that the
extracts of letters from Lord Orford, to Sir Horace Shakespeare, in whose writings every phase of the Mann, at Florence, (which extracts were in the posseshuman intellect is embodied and reflected, has a similar sion of my father, the late Mr. Thomas Kirgate, at his expression, when Norfolk counsels Buckingham to allay death) were not intended by his Lordship to be either his passion
transcribed or printed, I hereby authorise and desire, you We may outrun,
will destroy the same extracts in the presence of the By violent swiftness, that which we run at, Honorable Mrs. Damer, the Executrix of his Lordship. And lose by over-running.
Dec. 11, 1810.
ELEANOR Thomas. King Henry VIII. Act I. sc. I.
December 12, 1810. The extracts above referred to, Cervantes makes the çurate say to Don Quixote, to were destroyed in the presence of ussolace him upon one of his misadventures ;— Be pacified,
ANNE SEYMOUR DAMER. Fortune may have yet better success in reserve for you ;
GEORGE PERFECT HARDING. and they who lose to-day, may win to-morrow. From Witness, M. HOPER. the saying of Demosthenes, the Italians appear to have derived their proverb-Emaglio che si dieu, qui fuggi,
* Vol. iv. chap. 55. Aulus Gellius is quoted in the Note.
• Select Proverbs, Italian, London, 1707, 8vo. p. 12. + Second Part, Fable 59.
SIMPLE IDEAS IN A CAMBRIDGE LECTURE.
THE GOLDEN GRAVE. ARCADEACON Paley eminently distinguished himself
BY L. E. L. (late Mrs. MACLEAN.) as a lecturer at Cambridge, a place where lecturing is
HITHERTO UNPUBLISHED. considered to be better understood than in any other seminary of learning. It was his custom, in the morn
The third volume of Mr. C. Roach Smith's Collectanea ing, to step out of his study into the lecture-room, Antiqua, on the eve of publication, contains, among roll from the door, drop into an arm-chair, turn his much other interesting material, an elegant version of old scratch over his left ear, pass his left leg over his an early Irish ballad, written by Miss Landon, in 1835, right, button
up his waistcoat, pull up a stocking, then but not hitherto printed. poise upon his left knee an old Locke, with a dirty sadly The discovery by the Bishop of Derry of the pieces of torn cover, and moistening his thumb on his lip, turn gold in the grave at Ballyshannon, is conjectured by Dr. over with astonishing rapidity the ragged dogs-eared Drummond, Ancient Irish Minstrelsy, pp. xxvii. and 42, leaves, scrawled over with hieroglyphics. All these evo- to have been induced by the following passage in the lutions were performed in much less time than the harper's song, in the well-known Irish ballad entitled reader can have glanced over the particulars. Having
Moira-borb after this manner adjusted himself, he would fasten his
In earth, beside the loud cascade, eyes upon one of his pupils, and without further prelude,
The son of Sora's king we laid; question him on some points of the preceding lecture.
And on each finger placed a ring Woe to the unfortunate wight who made a wrong
Of gold, by mandate of our king ; answer; he was more and more hampered by successive
Such honours to the brave we give questions, till, while the lecturer was enjoying his tri
And bid their memory ever live. umph, the pupil became, as it was called, dumb-founded, The original may be found in Miss Brooke's Reliques and the lecture room involved in a laugh that could not of Irish Poetry, p: 132; where the passage is thus be suppressed.
rendered The every day lecture was thus not only a source of
The valiant Sora by the stream we laid, improvement, but amusement; something was sure to And while his last and narrow house we made, transpire on each day, which in many cases amply We on each finger, placed a glittering ring; compensated the supposed trouble of going to lectures. To grace the foe, in honour of our king. One morning, in the lecture room, a fresh-man, remarkable for the saturnine gravity of his countenance, and other ballad, extant in manuscript, and not that in the
There are, however, reasons for supposing that anan indomitable inflexibility of features, was thus
ques- poem of Moira-borb, was the one the Bishop of Derry tioned. "Pray, Mr. B-, said Paley, 'give me an
had translated to him: in which the chorus, or what is instance of a simple idea. A pause of nearly half a termed in Irish Ceangail, the binding verseminute ensued, when gravity in absolute consciousness
Air barra Sléibe Monard of unerring rectitude, advanced a step and replied
Ann ata feart churaidh, “The Vice-Chancellor ! Very well, very well, Mr.
'sdhá fhleasg bir fá chopp an laoch, B-,' rejoined Paley, who simultaneously twitched his
As fáil órtha air a mheura. scratch over his left ear, changed his position by placing his right leg over his left, readjusted his book, and fixing may be thus literally translatedhis eyes upon the terror-stricken Mr. B-, who now On the hill of Sleive Monard displayed all the emotions of fear on his part that he
There is a giant's grave, was in a scrape. • Very well, Mr. B-, and now pray
And two gold plates enclose the hero's body, tell me what you mean by the Vice-Chancellor ? • The And there are golden rings on his fingers. fresh-man was utterly dumb-founded. No reply follow- Miss Landon having requested a copy of this translaing the question, Paley gently, yet archly asked him, if tion, returned in a few days the following elegant version, he had ever seen the Vice-Chancellor ? Dreading the that in its transmission from the Irish into the English, consequences of his answer, after a lengthened pause he retains in their fullest vigour all the beauties, pathos, and reluctantly said, 'Yes.' Poor fellow! it was now all merit of the originalover with him: the beadles, the silver maces, the large
THE GOLDEN GRAVE. cap, large band, great wig, solemn port, and a few goodly allusions to the dignified person of the Vice
He sleeps within his lonely grave Chancellor, all came forth from the lecturer, and not
Upon the lonely hill,
There sweeps the wind- there swells the wave, one person who heard that lecture could for a moment
All other sounds are still. mistake a complex for a simple idea.
And strange and mournfully sound they :
Each seems a funeral cry,
O'er life that long has past away, TYRANNICAL governments are prejudicial to Trade.
O'er ages long gone by.