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Or the lady lily pale
Heed it never,
Summer, Summer, art thou gone?
Summer fair !
Yet they all shall come again,
SLOW roll-swift feet--the years. How heavily
-And see !-that glance of lightning, Life,-has fted.
WE E are of the number of those was more agreeable to her, because
who like the everlasting gossip it took a better polish.'.. of story-telling in books, because “ In noticing the aptitude of the when tired we can lay them down ; ignorant to seize on the minor parts and this is more than can be done of excellence, I must record the aswith a proser in the viva voce way. tuteness of a sailor, who, gazing on a Yet fond as we are of these anas, we ship, the name and head of which must hint to Miss Hawkins that she were the Queen, muttered that it was has in half a dozen of instances put the king's concubine, and not the our patience to the test.
queen, for she had no wedding ring Yet with sins of this kind upon on her finger." their heads, there is much entertain
It is said, that a milliner of Bath, ment in these volumes. The recol
was detainlections are indeed sometimes of per- ing Quin, while buying a pair of sons who might have passed into ob- gloves, with expressions of her ardent livion without a record, and without desire to see him make love. Quin, any consequent regret ; but many are who seems to have been the Dr. of another description; and even the Johnson of the stage, if we may judge less interesting tend to elucidate and from the character of his replies, anstrengthen the general collection. Of Dr. Johnson there is much, and that swered, “Madam, I never make love; not very favourable ; and, in truth, it is one of the evils of the truth, which
6 But he once met with his match the author assures us guides her pen,
when visiting Lord Holmes, in that that it does frequently hurt the mem- abode of rural wit, the Isle of Wight. ory of persons, who, if wronged, (we Quin had lost his dog ; meeting a are sure not intentionally) may have poor man, he told him of his loss, none to rescue them from the post- concluding with, I hope you are humous representation.
honest here.' Yes,' replied the man, We throw out these reflections, ' I believe so ; but there is a stranger trite enough they are, not so much as down at my Lord's, and mayhap he aimed at the volumes under review, may know of your dog." but as a caution ; and shall proceed Be it remembered that we do not to make our extracts where the honey vouch for the originality or novelty of has no touch of the sting. In taking these and the following specimens ; this course, our notice will be almost all we can say is, that while detecting a cento of anecdotes, jests, &c.; but some in Mathews-at-Home phraseolso much the better !--this is the age ogy not genuine," we have taken for literature of that sort !
those the most genuine, as far as our « Sir Hans Sloane was the first recollection serves. But to break the
Joe Miller form of our Review a
pher, with whom Miss H. and her “ Experience shows that the pref- family were, as is well known, very erence of trifling to important ex
intimate. She writes cellence is common; but what will “ I might have remarked in a fitter be said to a lady of some pretensions place, on the disposition which Johnin society, and who has resided at son has sometimes shown, even in Rome, who in a comparison of paint, print, to make neat compliments ; ing with sculpture declared the latter and very neat they often are, exhibit
ing a mind free from all jealous seiz- want, was not very consoling to such ure on importance, and most candidly a mind as that of his pensioner, who turning the light from himself to an- was, as well as himself, a man of a other. His Scotch tour abounds with very meditative cast. It put him unthese gems of equity; and he pre- deservedly below that worthless being faces the Life of Young with one of whom he smothered with ostentatious his best specimens. In his colloquial munificence, and eventually ruined intercourse they were studied, and by it. therefore lost their effect: his head 66 All this indifference to the comdipped lower; the semicircle in which fort of those whom he was to leave it revolved was of greater extent; behind, convinces me, who can be and his roar was deeper in its tone actuated by no prejudice, that Johnwhen he meant to be civil. His move- son's charities were bribes to his ment in reading, which he did with mental and corporal disease ; and great rapidity, was humorously des- that, beyond the lulling of his own cribed after his death, by a lady, who desponding irritations, by the consaid that his head 6 swung seconds.' sciousness of fulfilling a duty, they
“ The usual initial sentences of his had no purpose.” conversation led some to imagine that
This is a hard construction, God to resemble him was as easy as to knows; it may be a just one. We mimic him, and that if they began are glad, however, to turn from it to with · Why, Sir,' or 'I know no rea
our jeux d'esprit again, even though son,' or ' If any man chooses to think, the first is a sad fudge. Green tea is or · If you mean to say, they must of the subject, and, we are gravely told course talk Johnson. That his style
one instance of what it can do was might be imitated is true, and that its afforded by the late Dr. Shaw, of the strong features made it easier to lay Museum, who, solely for the sake of hold on it than on a milder style, no experiment, practised drinking it till one will dispute.
he had lost the use of one arm. This “ He was adverse to departing I heard from himself, and he confrom the common opinions and cus
cluded the recital very gravely, by toms of the world, as conceiving saying, . And then, Madam, when I
I them to have been founded in expe- had carried the experiment thus far, rience. He doubted whether there "discontinued it, and recovered the use ever was a man who was not gratified of my arm.' by being told that he was liked by The following are more amusing. the women,
Count Senac (an eminent refugee) is “ I cannot, even at the distance of the author of a fact, that Augustus more than twenty-five years, read my King of Poland, father of Count Saxe, father's narrative of this man's (Hum- could tear two packs of cards,” (we phry Heely, distantly allied to Dr. J. presume, at one effort.) The next by marriage) deplorable situation, stories are from Mr. Langton: without the painful feeling of sorrow 66 When the Irish King at Arms for his hardships, and something little waited on the then Bishop of Killaloe less than indignation at the barbarous to summon him to parliament, which apathy of Johnson, whose former as was a ceremony requiring the formalsistance, however capriciously afford- ity of the heraldic attire, the bishop's ed, must have excited hope that he servant, not knowing what to make of should not be forgotten at his death. his appearance, and not clearly comThe terms in which he sometimes prehending the title with which his used to relieve him deserve comment. memory was charged, introduced him, When Heely endeavoured to explain saying, “ My Lord, here is the King his wretched state of poverty, John- of Trumps. son would not always hear him : he “When Goldsmith expressed an inreplied harshly, “ You are poor, that's clination to visit Aleppo, for the purenough. This avowal of indiscrimi- pose of importing some of the menate feeling for all who could plead chanical inventions in use there, Dhe
Johnson said, 'Goldsmith will go,
and “ Have I told of my father's being he will bring back a frame for grind- invited by Goldsmith to look at a ing knives, which he will think a con- book, in which was some information venience peculiar to Aleppo.” After he that might be useful to him, and inhad published his "Animated Nature,' stead of lending it to him, tearing out Johnson said, 'You are not to infer the leaves ? from this compilation, Goldsmith's “ The late King himself told Mr. knowledge on the subject ; if he Langton this anecdote. While North, knows that a cow has horns, it is as afterwards Bishop of Winchester, was much as he does know.'
at Eton, he was one day caught in “Goldsmith happened once to stop his room, making quince-marmalade, at an inn on the road, in a parlour of for which, as against all rule, the then which was a very good portrait
, which master punished him, by obliging him he coveted, believing it a Vandyke; to make Greek verses, including the he therefore called in the mistress of recipe for the marmalade. No bad the house, asked her if she set any thought,' added his Majesty, "but I value on that old-fashioned picture,
did not think had so much huand finding that she was wholly a mour ; for you know he is a stupid stranger to its worth, he told her it
fellow." bore a very great resemblance to his “ Whether I owe the following to aunt Salisbury, and that if she would Mr. Langton himself, or received it sell it cheap, he would buy it.
A through the medium of one of the bargain was struck, a price infinitely family, I do not recollect, but it is below the value was paid. Goldsmith Mr. Langton's story.--A man took the picture away with him, and observed every Saturday, duly, and had the satisfaction to find, that by nearly at the same hour, to pass along this scandalous trick he had indeed a street in London, carrying an old procured a genuine and very saleable paper hat-box under his arm.
An painting of Vandyke's. --
inhabitant of the street, determined 66 Soon after Goldsmith had con
to find out what the box contained, tracted with the booksellers for his came upon him abruptly, and conHistory of England, for which he was trived to run against the box, so as to be paid five hundred guineas, he to make it discover its contents. went to Cadell, and told him he was Coals dropt out, and he said to the in the utmost distress for money, and carrier of them, Heyday! do
you in imminent danger of being arrested fetch coals in a hat-box? Yes,' said by his butcher or baker. Cadell im- the man, 'I like to have them fresh mediately called a meeting of the and fresh.' proprietors, and prevailed on them to “ This I presume was not intended advance him the whole, or a consid- as wit and humour, it was the apology erable part of the sum which by the of genteel poverty: but it was imposoriginal agreement he was not entitled sible to deny the praise of humour to to till a twelvemonth after the publi- a reply I heard given, a short time cation of the work. On a day which since, in a country town, to a little Mr. Cadell had named for giving this pert girl, who for the sake of calling ncedy author an answer, Goldsmith out the oddity of an eccentric man, came, and received the money, under took pains to make him hear her, pretence of instantly satisfying his while he was employed amongst botcreditors. Cadell, to discover the tles in a wine-vault. Her natural truth of his pretext, watched whither home was a baker's shop just by. he went, and after following him to The weather being very warm, she liyde-Park Corner, saw him get into called out, “Isn't it very hot Mr. a post-chaise, in which a woman of down there ? Not half so hot as the town was waiting for him, and in your oven, Miss Roll-y Poll-y,' he with whom, it afterwards appeared, replied. he went to Bath to dissipate what he "Specimens of local wit or peculiarhad thus fraudulentlv obtained. ity I must postpone.
« I confess myself indebted to one “ I ought to have found a better of the family for this admirable axiom place for an anecdote, which I had of Mr. Langton, which he impressed from the late Countess of Waldeon the minds of his children, "The grave. Mr. Langton told her, of next best thing to knowing, is to be Burke, that in conversation he uttersensible that
it is, that I, and Lord Chatham, “ To Dr. Johnson himself I owe and Lord Holland, should each have the following anecdotes respecting a son so superior to ourselves !'” Mr. Langton's father, who, though I believe to be as little wanting in in The sister of Sir W.Jones is drawn tellect as in morals, exhibited on some as a singular character: occasions curious instances of that in “ Miss Jones was of no very sightly ability to comprehend common things, appearance ; and her negligence of which seems rare only because obser- dress could hardly be carried lower ; vation is not accurate. . Of his good- she was said to have pursued a track ness it is a proof, that he never left of learning similar to that which dishis chamber in a morning, without tinguished her brother, but this I adding to his devotions the repetition have no means of ascertaining ; and of that excellent summary of the du- she was one of a small number of ties of a Christian, which is contained persons, whose conversation seems to in our Church Catechism. Of the have been made purposely trifling, as defect I allude to, these facts are if to veil their own superiority. There proofs. He had bestowed consider- are some still living, who, even now, able pains on enlarging a piece of when society is so much more on an water on his estate, and was showing intellectual equality than formerly, to some friends what he had achieved, practise this. It is a very bad plan when it was remarked to him, that of being agreeable, and really often the bank which confined the water, calls in question the veracity of those was in one place so low as not to be who have endeavoured to give a faa security against its overflowing. He vourable impression of others. Miss admitted that to the eye it might ap- Jones would walk through London, pear dangerous ; but he said he had and four miles out of it, with a Greek provided for such an accident, by folio under her arm; but I remember having had the ground in that spot hearing her, on the mention of the dug deeper to allow for it.
Merchant of Venice in a house of 66 The other anecdote respected a
little literature, ask if there was not a legacy of 10001., equally divided be- in a morning, visit I have known her
pretty song in it about Jessica; and tween himself and a person to whom affect the French style of light conhe was indebted 1001. He consented
versation, till she was more wearythat this debt should be deducted from his moiety; but when the des ing than any prosing repeater of cir
cumstantials. duction was made, and he saw the
“ She had some paradoxes in her person to whom he was indebted; opinions, and was not withheld from with 2001. more than he had, he could argument even by the knowledge that not admit it just, that when the other she was arguing absurdly.” legatee was to have only 100l. from him, he should yet be 2001. the richer.
These quotations from the first volAnd when an attempt was made to
ume, precisely in the author's own demonstrate it by figures, he could words, will show the character of her acquiesce no farther than to say it work, which is whimsical
, personal, might be true on paper, but it could and curious ;-occasionally objectionnot be so in practice.
able, and generally pleasant.