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Astley's.-Equestrian exercises were first St. Augustine's, Canterbury.-A Corresintroduced at Paris by the elder Astley, whose pondent and recent visiter, (Ě. P. N.,) tells troop made a winter excursion from the West- us, that part of this celebrated monastery is minster amphitheatre to the French capital, now a public-house, and its very handsome and performed in a circus lit by 2,000 lamps. gatehouse is a brewhouse. Its inclosure, sixTo Astley's company succeded that of Fran- teen acres in extent, is now laid out in coni. Old Astley is buried in Père la Chaise. gardens, fives-court, archery ground, &c.

Courtship. We remember a singular Epitaph on two children of a chimneycourtship between two persons of very oppo- sweep, in old Camberwell churchyard : site dispositions. Although constantly in

Their ashes and this little dust each other's company, they took little more

Their father's care shall keep, notice of each other than if they were casual

Till the last angel rise and break

Their long and dreary sleep. acquaintances, unless perhaps to disagree, - Pil. and yet, if they were only a mile apart, letters and messages were despatched each

Steam-Cooking.–At the Adelaide Gallery of number! Nay, the gentleman would is the model of a steam table; on which

disfreqnently sit for hours, after the lady had tillation, decoction, digestion, and evaporation retired to her bed-room, a distance of 25 feet

can be performed in movable vessels, hy by 18, writing notes, which he sent up stairs, steam and hot water alone : it forms an receiving sundry billets doux in return; and excellent culinary and confectionery appa. this, long after midnight! We cannot help

ratus. pitying poor papas and mammas and their Petrifactions.-Remarkable instances of household, on trying occasions like these; this trausformation have been found in diffebut, as it must be done, we say—nothing ! rent parts of the world, not only of vegetable,

but even of animal substances. When the Spanish Convents.In consequence of the foundations of the city of Quebec, in Canada, royal decree for the suppression of the convents in Spain, there have been immediately among the last beds to which they proceeded.

were dug up, a petrified savage was found suppressed 40 monasteries of different orders, Although there was no idea of the time at 138 convents of Dominicans, 181 of Fran- which this man had been buried under the ciscans, 77 of barefooted Friars, 7 of Tier- ruins, it is however true that his quiver and caires, 29 of Capucins, 88 of Augustines, arrows were still preserved. In digging a 17 of Recollets, 17 of Carmelites, 48 of bare. lead mine in Derbyshire in 1744, a human footed Carmelites, 36 of Mercenaries, 27 of skeleton was found among stags' horns. It barefooted Mercenaries, 50 of St. John of is impossible to say how many ages this God, 11 of Premonitaries, 6 of Minor Clerks, carcass had lain there. In 1695, the entire 4 of Agonisers, 3 of Servitors of Mary, 62 of skeleton of a crocodile was found in the Minims, 37 of Trinitarians, and 7 of bare- mines of that county. At the beginning of footed Trinitarians.- Paris Advertiser..

the last century, John Munte, cnrate of Slæ. A lunar rainbow, a phenomenon seldom garp, in Scania, and several of his parishioners, seen in Europe, appeared on the 2nd inst. in wishing to procure turf from a drained marshy the department of the Eure, in France. soil, found, some feet below ground, an entire

cart, with the skeletons of the horses and The rail-road from Brussels to Malines carter. It is presumed that there had forcost 1,224,100fr. and produces immense merly been a lake in that place, and the profit to government, which established it. The receipts from 17th May to 31st July by that means probably perished.

carter attempting to pass over on the ice, had were 106,802 fr. paid by 163,482 passengers. The distance is four leagues, and the journey Silk.-The gathering of the silk is mostly is made in 35 minutes.- Paris Advertiser. concluded in the south of France, and the Talleyrand.Once when M. de Talley- branch of trade is annually increasing;

spinning mills are in full activity. This rand was summoned by Napoleon to War. saw, his carriage stuck in the mud, and he in course of formation, and will shortly form

numerous plantations of mulberry-trees are was detained on his journey for twelve hours. the principal wealth of their locality. A soldier having asked one of the persons in Talleyrand's suite, who the traveller was, Omnibus Riding:- The gross receipts of was informed that he was the Minister for omnibus carriages for the interior of Paris, Foreign Affairs :“Ah! bah!” said the in 1834, was eleven millions of francs, or soldier, “Why does he come with his diplo- 44,0001. macy to such a devil of a country as this."

The most ancient printed book, with a Printed and published by J. LIMBIRD, 143, Strand, date, is a psalter, printed at Metz, in 1547, (near Somerset House,) London; sold by G. G. by Fust and Schoeffer: it is now in the royal CHARLES

JUGEL, Francfort; and by all News:

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sacrifice before the Christian æa. (See Our twelfth volume (p. 220) contains so Mirror, vol. xii. p. 227.) excellent a description of Virginia Water, that, in presenting to our readers another

MISS MITFORD. view of this celebrated retreat, we are little In that most interesting theme, the study of disposed to add " more last words” of its the human mind, endlessly varied in its charming scenery. Indeed, the writer of the subjects of inquiry, and affording to the paper here referred to has so nicely estimated searcher after its diversified shades, an inexthe natural beauties and artificial embellish. haustible source of speculation, — not the ment of the whole district, that he has left least curious and striking difference is found, nothing to be described of the attractions or

in the opposite view taken of the predorni. merits of either. At this moment, however, Mr. Jesse's nating happiness or misery of human life,

by minds of, perhaps, equal powers for setLast Series of Gleanings has dropped in op- tling the question. One views it as alto, portunely enough, especially as it contains a few pages descriptive of the Royal Parks gether, “ weary, flat, stale, and unprofitable,"

with Hamlet :-

:-"This goodly firma. and Residences, and noticing Virginia Water; the peculiar valie of which information ment, look you, appears no other

thing to me arises from Mr. Jesse's sensible admiration We hear such an one exclaim with the me

than a pestilent congregation of vapours.” of natural scenery, as well as from his official lancholy Childe, “ I never loved the world.” advantages as Surveyor of his Majesty's The Christian philosophy of Johnson did Parks and Palaces. 6 From Cumberland

not prevent his coming to the mournful Lodge,” says Mr. Jesse," there is a delight- conclusion, that “human life is a scene in ful drive to the Virginia Water. This fine which much is to be endured, and little enlake, which is supposed to be the largest joyed.” While Pope asserts thatpiece of artificial water in Europe, was formed

“ life can little more supply, at a great expense, and is fed by a small,

“Than just to look about us and to die.” running stream which passes through the park. The fishing temple of George the to Southey's view, which at once hushes the

Truth, ever avoiding extremes, inclines us Fourth is the most conspicuous object on its banks. It contains one good room, and of expectation :

murmur of impatience, and sobers the flutter would never be supposed to have been erect

“Nature hath assigned ed by a disciple of Izaac Walton. Like the

Two sovereign remedies for human woe, temples of Nankin, it appears covered with Religion, surest, firmest, safest, best, gold-leaf. There is also an island which And strenuous action next." has a fanciful building erected upon it-the -" It is heaven on earth, (said the wise Hermitage, and, in the distance, the Bel- Verulam,) to have one's mind move in chavidere, a triangular edifice, with a tower at rity, rest in Providence, and turn upon the each corner, and having a battery of twenty- poles of truth." one pieces of cannon. There are numerous On the other side of the question are pleasure-boats on the water, and a beautiful arrayed an equal number, who diffuse the frigate in miniature. All these boats are sunshine of their own feelings over every kept in the best order, and do great credit to subject they touch upon, who find “all nature the officer in charge of them.

music to the ear, and beauty to the eye.” Of “ Near the Bagshot road, the water from this happy class is Miss Mitford, to whose the lake forms a beautiful cascade. On one sense, nature animate and inanimate, seems side of this is a curious cavern, the stone arrayed in perpetual charms,—who has the fragments of which were dug up on Bag- faculty of extracting pleasurable emotions shot Heath. It still preserves the shape in from scenes and subjects which would, to the which it was originally discovered, and is generality of minds, be most unpromising supposed to have been an ancient cromlech, subjects for interest. From her graphic pen, or place of worship. The walk opposite the the homeliest scenes and characters receive a fishing temple open to the public, and is a charm they had not before. “Our Village" very pleasant one, and of considerable extent. is peopled with rural specimens of humaThe drives are varied in every direction, and nity, such as may, perhaps, be found in every fine views are seen from several parts of other village: but, under her painting, nathem."

ture in her rudest dress, becomes refined We have only two observations to add on simplicity. The vice, ignorance, and depra

First, according to the paper vity too often found in these modern Arcain our twelfth volume, Virginia Water is not dias, is softened down or altogether hidden, even the largest piece of artificial water in and you ramble with her through the "vilthis kingdom, it being exceeded by that at lage, pleased-you know not why. Crabbe Blenheim. Secondly, a cromlech is not an was true to nature; but, he copied her ancient “ place of worship;" but a crooked, sternest realities, and left them in their

this passage;


“ Fear and old hate,

“Mine own dear home!


ve been andreariness, unsoftened by those mel- the simplest traits in rural life, and which

aig shades which have the power to can paint with irresistible comic force every engage kindness and sympathy for our fellow day feelings and associations, can yet sound beings in their rudest form. Abjuring what the depths of tragic poetry, and unveil those he called the “tinsel trappings of poetic darker shades of human feeling, which, alas ! pride,” he declared that “ Auburn and Eden in too many cases,“ hold the mirror up to were no more below.” The fault of engaging nature.” Rienzi abounds with strong and us to look with complacency on characters masterly touches, displaying that searching altogether contrary, to that faultless monster knowledge of poor humanity so indispensable whom the world ne’er saw,” was equally pro- in a dramatic writer. Is this dark assertion minent in the bard of Avon and Sir Walter of Rienzi true ?Scott. It is the magic art which engages our forbearance and amuses us with Falstaff

, They are sure weavers, they work for the storm,

The whirlwind, and the rocking surge: their kuot mine hostess Quickly, Bardolph, Pistol, and Endures till death." the rest of Prince Hal's most faulty asso- How beautiful is the yearning of Claudia ciates. Why is it that we weary not of the after her former home! never-ending officiousness of Caleh Balderson, that even the recklessness of Mike Father, I love not this new state-these halls Lambourne revolts not, and that the rough Whose service wearies me.

Where comfort dies in vastness-these trim maids,

Oh! mine old home, honesty of Dandie Dinmont, and the plain, My quiet, pleasant chamber, with the myrtle unadorned worth and persevering affection of Woven rouud the casement, and the cedar by, Jenny Deans, so much delight us ?

Shading the sun; my garden overgrown In common with these great names, Miss

With flowers and herbs, thick-set as grass in fields." Mitford has opened a mine of unlooked-for Highly, however, as Miss Mitford ranks in interest, in the characters with which she the literary world, and deservedly so, as a writer has peopled “Our Village :” they have, it of richly-varied genius, there is, to our eyes, would seem, afforded her a perpetual féast one trait wanting throughout her writings, of nectar'd sweets, where no crude surfeit which no admiration of her brilliant talents reigns.” Could any character be more un- can prevent our regretting. It is the almost promising as a subject for her pen, (to the total absence of allusion to that future and common eye,) than Sam Page, the Proteus eternal state of things, with its immortal of

many avocations ? How faithfully drawn hopes and heavenward aspirings, in which from life is her washerwoman, Nanny Sims, the dwellers in hall or cottage, village or town, beguiling her humid existence with never.

are alike interested. We would not advocate ending tea and scandal! One of the striking that misjudging spirit, which would intrude excellencies in Miss Mitford's style is a rich high and holy themes where merely human vein of comic humour, a harmless satire, feeling should alone have place ; but, we which, as the clowni said of his in the forest verge on the other extreme, when what ought of Ardennes,“ like a wild goose, flies un

to be the pervading spirit is so quenched and claim'd of any one.” Its point is occa. kept out of sight. We shall be suspected of sionally directed against herself, as when she

a wish to spy out spots in the sun, when we so laughably describes her day of petty an

thus presume to discern a flaw in writings noyance, when the “lost keys” involved her so redolent of all that charms the fancy. in so much perplexity, "traversing house Still, we must think those authors the most and garden four hours for the intolerable admirable, who, without fanatical parade, let keys;" — the arrival of a professed tea. this soul-exalting principle pervade the mo. drinker, (Lady Mary H.,) at the close of this tives, actions, and characters they portray ; miserable day, one who required to have and through the various paths which genius the " gentle stimulant in full perfection,

treads, for ever bear in view, that hope of obliged to send for tea to the village-shop! brighter worlds, which tells the mourner that -it was the very extremity of small dis- “ The storms of wintry time will quickly pass, tress.” Amusing as are her descriptions of

And one unbounded spring encircle all." village life, making due allowance for the


ANNE R. softening hues which her benignant and glowing fancy spreads over scenes and cha- EXTRAORDINARY HEAT AND racters of homely, and, in some cases, revolt

DROUGHT. ing coarseness, she is happier, because nearer In 763, the summer was so hot that the to reality in her sketches of a country town. springs dried up. In accompanying her through the streets of In 860, the heat was so intense that, near "Belford Regis,” you hear nothing of its Worms, the reapers dropped dead in the inhabitants that can alarm the most zealous fields. lover of probability who ever abjured a novel In 993, and again in 994, it was so hot for its departure from matter of fact. that the corn and fruit were burnt up.

Miss Mitford is an instance of that versa- The year 1000 was so hot and dry that, in tility of genius, which delighting to depict Germany, the pools of water disappeared,

In some

burnt up.

and the fish, being left to stink in the mud, space of nine months, and the springs and bred a pestilence.

rivers were dried up. The following year In 1022, the heat was so excessive, that was equally hot. The thermometer at Paris both men and cattle were struck dead. rose to 980 by Fahrenheit's scale. The grass

In 1130, the earth yawned with drought. and corn were quite parched. Springs and rivers disappeared, and even places, the fruit-trees blossomed two or three the Rhine was dried up in Alsace.

times. In 1159, not a drop of rain fell in Italy Both the years 1723 and 1724 were dry after the month of May.

and hot. The year 1171 was extremely hot in Ger- The year 1745 was remarkably warm and many.

dry, but the following year was still hotter; In 1232, the heat was so great, especially insomuch that the grass withered, and the in Germany, that it is said that eggs were leaves dropped from the trees. Neither rain roasted in the sands.

nor dew fell for several months; and, on the In 1260, many of the Hungarian soldiers Continent, prayers were offered up in the died of excessive heat at the famous battle churches, to implore the bounty of refreshing fought near Bela.

showers. The consecutive years 1276 and 1277 were In 1748, the summer was again very warm. so hot and dry as to occasion a great scarcity In 1754, it was likewise extremely warm. of fodder.

The years 1760 and 1761 were both of The years 1293 and 1294 were extremely them remarkably hot, and so was the year hot, and so were likewise 1303 and 1304, 1763. both the Rhine and Danube having dried up. In 1774, it was excessively hot and dry. Iu 1333, the cornfields and vineyards were Both the years 1778 and 1779 were warm

and very dry. The years 1393 and 1394 were excessively The year 1788 was also very hot and dry; hot and dry.

and of the same character was 1811, famous In 1447, the summer was extremely hot. for its excellent vintage, and distinguished by

In the successive years 1473 and 1474, the, the appearance of a brilliant comet. whole earth seemed on fire. . In Hungary, one could wade across the Danube.

The four consecutive years, 1538, 1539, ASSASSINATION OF HENRY IV. OF 1540, and 1541, were excessively hot, and

FRANCE. the rivers dried up.

An event of such mag de as the assas In 1556, the drought was so great that sination of Henry IV. may naturally be ex. the springs failed. In England, wheat rose pected to have exercised the industry of from 8s. to 53s. a quarter.

writers living at the very period of its occurThe years 1615 and 1616 were very dry rence. The facts and details collected are, over Europe.

accordingly, very numerous; but, strange to In 1646, it was excessively hot.

say, the circumstances are related with little In 1652, the warmth was very great, the uniformity. All of them are of the most summer being the driest ever known in interesting character, connected as they are Scotland; yet a total eclipse of the sun had with one of the most brilliant epochs in the happened that year, on Monday the 24th of history of France, and presenting as they do March, which hence received the appellation a picture of the superstition and fanaticism of Mirk Monday.

of the time. The loss of the king was, The summer of 1679 was remarkably hot. indeed, universally deplored; for he was the It is related that one of the minions of best sovereign France ever had. It is not, tyranny, who, in that calamitous period, ha. therefore, surprising to find his memory cherassed the poor Presbyterians in Scotland rished in France to this day; as, in the mag. with captious questions, having asked a. nificent equestrian statue of Henry, shepherd in Fife, whether the killing of the Pont Neuf, at Paris, and, in the house which notorious Sharp, Archbishop of St. Andrew's, marks the spot on which the assassination (which had happened in May,) was murder; was perpetrated. In his fate, too, there is he replied, that he could not tell, but there matter of reflection for those who are interesthad been fine weather ever since.

ed in tracing concatenated events in history. The first year of the eighteenth century. He was the first Bourbon, of the Capetian was very warm, and the two following years race; and with him began that train of miswere of the same description.

fortunes which has, vith few exceptions, It is a singular coincidence, that in 1718, attended this dynasty through the last two the distance precisely of 100 years from the centuries and a-quarter':t or, from Henry the date of this paper, the weather was extremely Great to Louis Philippe. hot and dry all over Europe. The air felt In attempting a brief narrative of the above so oppressive, that all the theatres were shut event, we shall commen with the regret of in Paris. Scarcely any rain fell for the Henry at the coronatio Mary de Medicis,

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