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Long Hair, notes on, 76.
Sorbonne when built, 57.
Spanish Funeral customs, 48.
Square of Twelve ? 22.
Poetical Sign-boards, 52, 60, 66, 75, Statutes ? reply, 4.
76, 86, 87, 95.
Sterne's Tristram Shandy copyright,
91. Dissection ? replies, 31, 34.
Sticks in Office, 66.
Stratford walnut tree, 72.
Struldbrugg? replies, 30, 34.
Suffolk ballad lore, 8.
Sunday sports licence, 85.
Pricking in hat? 52, reply, 58. Swift's happy quotations, 94, 102.
Loan Fund, 104.
Tbrale's Entire ! 16.
Prynne. Introd. to Records, 80, epi- Tower Lions, 34.
Turkish symbol, 50.
Turner's Cologne, 44.
Tythes paid by clergy, 72.
Tytler family, 66.
Quo Fas et Gloria ducunt? 70. Untranslatable pun, 73.
Upcott's Living Authors, 88.
Raphael's loggie in Vatican, 71. Vabalathus ? replies, 32, 37, 49, 70.
Vcrimdr ? 32 ; replies, 37, 49, 70.
Vaillant's mishap at sea, 23. Visited
by Dr. Lister, 70.
Robertson's Charles the Fifth, 4. Vane's attainder, 33.
Varieties of Literature, 92.
Vatican, decaying splendour, 72.
*Roman pavement, Dorchester, 73. Vauxhall Gardens, 51.
Veritas Temporis Filia ? 104.
Vernon ? reply, 21.
Bell-rock Light-house, 88.
In Feline obitum, 42.
Letitia's Charms, 41.
On a Garden Seat, 87.
To a Violet, 67.
Man's Life an Hour-Glasse, 52.
Versus Cancrinus ? reply, 95.
Voltaire's Niece, 102.
Waller's Calender, 30.
Scott (Sir Walter) Album verses, 88. Warner's long range, 83.
Inedited letters, 8, 71. Tally ho ! 7. Warton's History of English Poetry,
95. Happy quotation, 94.
Semel insanivimus omnes ? reply, 35. Watts' pension, 67.
Warwickshire, Sign-boards, 75.
Warwick crest, 16.
Webster's Il Penseroso, 44.
Shakespearean references, 35, 47, 51, Wesley's Plagiarisms, 90.
62, 68, 72.
Whispering Court, 84.
Shakespeare and Greyhound, 87. Whittington's stone, 42.
Sign-boards, 13, 20, 31, 52, 60, 66, Willoughby, Dean, 52.
Wilson, Professor, 25, 44.
Wives inimical to studies, 4.
Wolfe's descendants, 58.
Skelton the poet, 17. Doubtful por- Worlidge's Gems, 45.
Wren on eagle's wing? reply, 98.
Somersetshire Sign-boards, 13, 20, 31. Ximenes, Polyglot Manuscripts, 51,66.
Errata.—P. 98, col. 2, line 3, for eloquence, read elegance. Ibid, line 4 from bottom, for Aberd. read Aberb, or
“ Takes note of what is done
but not unfrequently opportunities of submitting such notices in periodical literature occurring but inopportunely, a slight inattention on the part of the observer, to minute particulars, very frequently rendered almost inscrutable to the most acute, occasions a total loss of all details of notice, accelerated by the rapid annihilation that is occasioned by Time, and the almost worse unobserved engulphnient of periodical spoliation and destruction,
Genius, or more properly speaking inspiration, dignifies every spot on which its energies have been elicited; the home of the philosopher becomes in record academical; and its site may be termed classic ground. Let us then, for a moment, consider the situation of the present pictorial illustration, that the once abode of Newton has rendered pre-eminently conspicuous.
The house, the first on the left hand, on entering St. Martin's Street from Leicester Square, was in 1709 the residence of the Danish Envoy. In 1710 it became tenanted by the ever memorable Sir Isaac Newton, his official house as Master of the Mint, being in Haydon Square in the Minories; and as Astronomer Royal at Flamstead House in Greenwich Park. Here he built the Observatory, the square turret shown in the woodcut, and associated with Halley, held frequent disquisitions on the appearances in the starry firmament.
He never married, being wholly busied in profound studies during the prime of life, and afterwards engaged in the important business of the Mint; Sir Isaac Newton seemed quite occupied here with the company of distinguished individuals that his merit drew to him, that he was insensible of any vacancy in life, or of the want of a companion at home; in fact, his housekeeper was his niece, Mrs. Catherine Barton,* with
• The writer of Some Reminiscences of Peter Pindaro Newton's houSE, ST. MARTIN'S STREET.
relates-I mentioned to Wolcot, that I had known a lady No circumstance so readily assists topographical so late as 1814, who had been in a ball room with Pope. researches, or so indelibly impresses the memory of “I knew a lady," said Wolcot immediately, “who was persons, as the connecting their names with things grand-niece of Sir Isaac Newton. Her name was Burr, which are permanent, thus the designating the home she died at Bath in 1790, about eighty years old. She of genius, as in this instance, 'Newton's house,' conveys lived with an aunt for some time, when young, in Newton's a determinate idea, that would have long since ceased house. I asked, if it was true, that he was apt to fly into but from this circumstance. Dr. Johnson has not only it with the well known story of the dog, that threw. down
a passion with those around him, as I could not reconcile expressed the wish, that the dwelling of every author the candle, and burned his manuscript, the labour of years, should be known, but he seems to have been pleasurably and yet he only reproved the animal with a few words. employed in tracing and recording the local situation She replied, both statements were true; that her great of Dryden, and also the residential transitions of Milton. relative esteemed a dumb animal not responsible for its The general opinion of the public, it must be admitted, actions, but that he considered the case was different with is in full accordance with that of the great lexicographer, rational creatures.”
WIVES INIMICAL TO LITERARY STUDIES.
ROBERTSON'S FABULOUS HISTORY OF CHARLES V. Thomas Cooper or COW PER, Bishop of Lincoln, was There are few persons who have perused Robertson's the compiler of a Latin and English Dictionary, printed narrative of the Emperor Charles V.'s abdication, and in 1578, and highly popular in its day; the publication his subsequent retirement into monastic life, without was retarded some years by the anxiety of the deep emotion, simply, because doubts were created that Bishop's wife, who fearing so much study might pre- the once all powerful monarch was, at the close of his judice his health, one day in his absence entered his life neglected by his son, Philip. II., the husband of study, and taking all his papers and notes he had been our Mary the First; and unpleasant suspicions engenbusied eight years in gathering, burned them. De- dered, that he had been destroyed by the policy of his lighted with her achievement, on the Bishop's return son. But all these highly wrought particulars, these she apprised him of the act, his reply was, "Woman, speculative enrichments which have so often“ pointed a thou hast put me to eight years study more.'
moral or adorned a tale," are all fiction; and in the
words of the legend on the coins of our Mary-VERITAS COFFEE-HOUSE CIVILITIES.—Charles Dormer, second TEMPORIS FILIA; the truth by the lapse of time has Earl of Carnarvon, being in a Coffee-house in discourse been elicited, and documentary evidence is extant to with a Doctor of Physic, the latter told him he lied. negative the assertions hitherto current in reference to The Earl, though a person of much honour and courage, Charles V. without appearing in the least disconcerted, milily The following is the subject of a letter by Henry replied, "Doctor, I had rather take the lie of you a Wheaton, Esq. formerly Minister from the United States, thousand times, than physic once.'
at Berlin, in 1813.
You will doubtless recollect the remarkable incidents The Dodo.—Current Notes, vol. iii. p. 82. It is true related by Robertson in his History of Charles V. reI discovered more of the skeleton of this bird than was specting the retirement of the Emperor into the Convent previously known, but not a perfect skeleton. I have of St. Justus in Estramadura, after his abdication, and also described the bones of two nearly allied species, to which narrative the historian has lent the strong which I found with the bones of the Dodo. My paper colouring of his graphic pencil
. We are told that upon this subject will be published in the Proceedings Charles renounced, not only the substantial power he of the Zoological Society.
had inherited or acquired, but the pride, pomp, and Dulwich.
A. D. BARTLETT. circumstance of imperial sovereignty, for the quietude
and solitude of a monastic life, devoting himself for the Statutes.-Current Notes, vol. iii. p. 92. The residue of his days to religious exercises and practices Institutions were first printed by Nicholas Hill, 1546, of self-mortification, until he fell into a state of melanbut the name of the author has not transpired. There choly dejection that nearly deprived him of the use of were several subsequent editions, and so late as 1625 his mental faculties. This gloomy scene is dramatically it was reprinted by the Company of Stationers as a hand-closed by his resolving to anticipate the celebration of book of instruction for law students.
his own obsequies, and according to the historian, the BYRON.—The original manuscript of The Curse of his attendants, laid himself in a sarcophagus placed in the
ex-Emperor, wrapped in a sable shroud, and surrounded by Minerva, formerly in the possession of R. C. Dallas, middle of the convent chapel. A funeral requiem was then at whose sale it sold for 161. 10s, and passed into the performed, and Charles mingled his own with the voices library of the late Smyth Piggott, Esq. of Brockley Hall, of the clergy, who prayed for the repose of his soul. Somerset; was purchased on the 24th ult. by Mr. Boone After the close of the ceremony the spectators withof Bond Street, for 221. 10s.
drew, and the church doors were shut ; Charles remained
some time in the coffin, then rose, and retired to his cell, C. R., Dundee.-The Apollo statue that is now the where he spent the night in solitary meditation. This theme of general admiration at Paris, is the one found sad ceremony is supposed to have hastened his dissoluat Lillebonne, of gilded bronze and not marble. The tion, as he is stated to have been immediately attacked naming it an Apollo was without the slightest con- by a fever, of which he died on the 21st of September, sideration; and the French sçavans will doubtless soon 1558. determine whether it is an Antinous or not.
According to authentic information just received here Voltaire having asked Fontenelle, then more than torical researches in Spain, all this turns out to be a
from a German traveller, now engaged in making hisninety years old, what he thought of Mahomet? the fabulous legend. Don Tomas Gonzales, well known as latter replied, " Il est horriblement beau !"
the learned author of an Essay on the relations subsistBarrier TREATY VINDICATED, 1712, 8vo.—Who was ing between Philip II. of Spain, and Mary of England, the author of this interesting historical volume? S. M.
printed in the seventh volume of the Transactions of Charles, second Viscount Townshend, supplied the papers of the royal archives at Simancas, and occupied himself
the Royal Academy of History, at Madrid ; was keeper but John, Lord Somers, was the editor.
to the latter years of his life with a history of Charles V., from his abdication till his death, compiled froni original drawn altogether from worldly concerns; those docudocuments, in that rich collection. The manuscript of ments, on the contrary, contain positive evidence of his this work, in the possession of the late author's nephew, is being constantly attended by more than five hundred entitled, Vida y Muerte del Emperodor Carlos Quinto persons of various ranks and degrees, principally Flemen Juste. The first part of the work, giving an accountings and Germans. of the Emperor's abdication at Brussels, and his voyage In short, it appears that Charles remained Emperor to Spain, follows the ordinary authorities, and does not de facto up to the time of his death, still directing by differ materially from Robertson's narrative of the same his advice and general superintendence the complicated events. Its peculiar interest begins with the landing of affairs of the vast dominions, he had nominally conferred Charles in the peninsula – from which period the author on his son. Philip, so far from thwarting his father's had the exclusive use of documents of unquestionable intentions, as in this respect he has been accused of so authority, but which were unknown to the Scottish his doing, frequently in his correspondence laments his intorian.
adequacy from want of experience for the task of goIt seems the Emperor's daughter, Donna Juana, vernment, and entreats his father to leave his cloister, widow of Prince John of Portugal and Regent of Spain, and resume the sceptre. during the absence of Philip II. in Flanders, had in- Charles continued to busy himself especially with ecstructed Don Luis Quijada, major-domo, and Don Juan clesiastical affairs. Robertson, on the contrary, tells us Vasquez de Molina, the Emperor's private secretary, to how the Emperor amused himself in his retirement in send her a daily journal respecting the state of the studying the principles of mechanical science, and in Emperor's health, his actions, his conversations, and in constructing curious works of mechanism, of which he had short, particulars of every thing that passed at St. ever been remarkably fond. “He was,” says the hisJustus. These despatches are all carefully preserved in torian, “particularly curious with regard to the conthe archives of Simancas, and Don Tomas Gonzales, has struction of clocks and watches ; and having found, made copious extracts from them. He has also made after repeated trials, that he could not bring any two of nise of the correspondence between Charles and his son them to go exactly alike, he reflected, it is said, with a Philip, the other members of his family, and dif- mixture of surprise, as well as regret, on his own folly, ferent distinguished personages of the time. Among in having bestowed so much time and labour on the these papers are several letters from the infant Don more vain attempt of bringing mankind, to a precise Carlos, son of Philip II., unfortunately celebrated in uniformity of sentiment concerning the profound and poetry and in history, addressed to Charles V,, and from mysterious doctrines of religion." This account of his the latter to the infant's tutor, Ruy Gomez de Silva, in sentiments is so far from being correct, that the truth which he bewails the errors of his grandson, and ad- is – he was never more zealously engaged in stimulating vises how he might be reclaimed.
the work of persecuting the Protestants by the civil These trustworthy documents demonstrate beyond all power, than during this period of his life. It is well question, that the ex-emperor, far from having lived a known that the principles of the Reformation had at monastic life in the cloister of St. Justus, or associated this time made considerable secret progress in Spain. as a lay brother on an equal footing with the monks of The Grand Inquisitor, informed the Emperor of the that convent, very seldom participated even in their re- alarming fact, and accused Dr. Cazalla, Charles's own ligious exercises. Their total silence respecting the confessor, of being infected with heresy. He did not extraordinary scene of his funeral obsequies, related by hesitate to instantly surrender the accused to the holy Robertson, on I know not what authority-affords of office, and in his answer to the Grand Inquisitor, exitself a strong negative proof against the reality of this claimed, “ Have I then spent my whole life in act “as wild and uncommon as any that superstition endeavouring.to root out heresy, in order to discover at ever suggested to a weak and disordered fancy.” It last the director of my own conscience is an apostate ?" can hardly be supposed, that the responsible personages Charles, doubtless, considered the Protestants as the whose official duty it was to report daily and confiden- enemies not only of heaven, but of the State--and feared tially to the Queen Regent every act of Charles's life, the destruction of the vast possessions he had left to his and who have in fact, recorded the minutest circum- son, from their machinations. He had early crushed the stances preceding and attending his death, should have civil liberties of Spain in the plains of Vilalar, and in dared to omit an incident so striking in itself, and the all his letters from St. Justus he advises Philip to purmost important of all, since it is supposed to have has- sue the heretics with fire and sword, as more dangerous tened his dissolution. From the reports of Quijada enemies than the political partizans of Padilla. He and Vasquez, it also appears, that Charles was for several thus infused into the soul of Philip his own deadly hate months before his decease confined to his room with the of the Reformers, and his counsels were subsequently gout, so as to have been physically incapable of assist- followed by that monarch with the spirit and activity of ing as the principal actor in such a trying scene. a demon. The work of Don Tomas Gonzales contains
Robertson dwells upon the small number of attend- many highly important letters on this subject from the ants whom Charles took with him into his modest Emperor to the Archbishop of Seville, then Grand Inretirement as an additional proof of his having with quisitor, which throw new light upon the religious and political history of Spain, and show how the natural tive of the land of waters, China. The following words, character of her noble people was corrupted and de- han jin, Chinese-literally, river men; mwan chow jin, graded by their bigoted and despotic rulers of the Aus- Tartar or Mantchon men, literally, land full of water trian line.
men; han kwa, Chinese language, literally, river-spoken
language; tsing hwa, Tartar language, literally, pure PROPHECIES IN REFERENCE TO THE CHINESE.
spoken language; bave, all of them, the index denoting
water in their composition. ISAIAH xlix. 12 –“Behold, these shall come from If then this prophecy of Isaiah be near its fulfilment,
far; and lo, these from the north, and from the west ; | we may begin to look forward to events which shall lead and these from the land of Sinim."
to the accomplishment of that prophecy in Zechariah, We find, in the Chinese language, numerous words and he shall speak peace unto the heathen : and his recording the most remarkable events that have since dominion shall be from sea, even to sea, and from the taken place, and some few, even before the time of the river even to the ends (limits) of the earth.” But a universal deluge: among these, there are some which century and a half must pass away before the full convince us that the true knowledge of some of the glorification (as in the Egyptian on the Dendera ceiling) Jewish doctrines, customs, and ceremonies were accu- of our Lord Jesus Christ upon the earth can be made rately noted by the Chinese. For the sake of brevity, manifest. I will mention one word only in proof of my as
assertion, Vicarage, Southwick, Jan. 3rd. T. R. BROWN. viz. : sen, 3, (in the second series of numerals). There has been, I think, an essay published on the proper rendering of the word Elohim into Chinese. I have not
A Nine Days' WONDER.-Observing in the Times seen the work ; nevertheless, I believe that it cannot be of this day an extract from the Spectator, in which rendered more intelligibly and significantly than by the Lord Palmerston's recent retirement from the Ministry
I word san, 3; which denotes not only the Union of the is spoken of, 'if only for a nine days' wonder;' may
crave space in your columns to ask of any of three persons in the Godhead, but also their co-EQUAL
your cormajesty: hence, we may easily give credit to the respondents to what incident in our history this phrase genuineness of the following part of the crced of the is allusive, and when did it originate ?
Cornhill, Dec. 28.
Civis. present insurgents, the Miao-tze of the different pro
The writer of the article 'Lady Jane Grey,' in the vinces, but chiefly those of the Kouang-Si: " The Chinese in early ages
Biographia Britannica, p. 2418, concludes “Thus we are
come to an end of the diary of that short reign, that, from Were regarded by God;
its continuance, is said to have given birth to the common Together with foreign states,
proverb of “ a nine days' wonder.” Heylin's Hist. of the They walked in one way.
Reform. p. 165, is there quoted as the authority.
Lady Jane Grey was proclaimed Queen of England on They honoured God,
July 10, 1553, four days after the decease of King Edward As history records."
the Sixth, and seems to have relinquished that title and But from the unexpected and extraordinary successes
state on the 19th following, a period of nine days, but she of the pretender and his followers, we may reasonably is believed, although reluctantly, to have assumed the royal expect that the people of that far distant land will, ere dignity immediately after King Edward's demise ; this prelong, have a more perfect knowledge of the gospel of sumption creates the supposition her reign really extended Jesus Christ.
to thirteen days. The earliest public documents hitherto To shew that the prophecy in Isaiah relates to the discovered are however, dated on July 9, and the latest on people of China, it is necessary, in my opinion, to ad- July 18, 1553. duce something like a satisfactory kind of proof that the Scripture Šinim refers to the inhabitants of China.
STONEHENGE,—A Correspondent suggests,
was not The Chinese were known to the Arabians by the
a Temple of the Sun, as so called by Diodorus Siculus; name Tsin, and to the Syrians by the name I'sini, which seem to denote that the Hebrew plural termina- Druidical Temple, as more recently determined by Dr.
or a Pagan Temple, as defined by Inigo Jones ; or a tion im in Sinim, refers to the people of the land of Stukeley; but an arena in which wild animals were Sin Morrison
“ the present reigning family (in collected and destroyed, as the Nineveh sculptures re1822) calls it Ta tsing kwo," which literally signifies, cently exhumed,
display the monarch spearing or levelgreat water-blue kingdom. Here we have a clue, if I ling with the arrow, the bull or the lion. The supposimistake not, to its most ancient name, viz. : Yen, Chen, tion is not extravagant to suppose the liths shut in with or Shen, limits (of the earth), terram aqua diluere; hurdles or boughs, the summits of the pillars crowned literally, earth going great interruption (from much with galleries,
and the central lith whence the arbiter water here and there). This word is peculiarly descrip- ludorum, not surely elegantiarum, witnessed and de
Callery and Yvan's Insurrection in China, by Oxen- cided the meed of successful, though inglorious, vicford, p. 306.