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my then servant Mr. Hodgson in yo Ob- the Volumes of Observations, so much of servatory, so that I easily found the errors the Catalogue as was then finished, of either and corrected them.
with the Charts of the Constellations
both J. W's* and those copied by Vanmm 1 I reca Jan. 22. 1696
somer : desired to have the recommendVoima *
Mar. 27. 1697
ing of them to ye Prince: I knew his r & o
Jan. 16. 1697
temper, that he would be my fr. no fur. Cetus
ther than to serve his own ends, and that Eridanus
he was spitefull and swayed by those
Jan. 10 1698 Lupus
that were worse than himself; this made Canis Maj.
me refuse him: however, when he went Canis Min.
away he promised me he would recomNavis
mend them, tho he never intended Orion
me any good by it, but to get me under Hydra
him, that I might be obliged to boy him Cratera
Aug. 19. 1699 up as E H+ has done hitherto. Corvus
1704. Nov. 8. Wrote the Estimate,
which was read without my knowledge Serpeus
at the R. S. The Members thought it Serpentarius
ought to be recommended to the Prince; Aquila cum Antinoo
the President joynd with them, a ComSagitta
July 25. 1700 mittee was appointed to attend his Delphinos
R. H. even without acquainting me Equuleus
with it, an estimate of the charges drawn Pegasus
up without my knowledge: the Prince Triangulum
allows it-Mr. N. says (illegible.] Andromeda
He concludes me now in his power, Perseus
does all he can to hinder the work, or Auriga
spoyls it by encouraging the printers to Coma Beren.
Jan. 5 4 1701
commit faults. Bootes
We must print the Observations, tho Corona Borea
I had shewed in my printed Æstimate, Hercules
that for very good reasons the Charts of Lyra & Cygnus
the Constellations ought first to be set Cassiopeia and Cepheus Apr. 26. 1701 upon. The Stars in Hevelius his Sextant and
Mr. N. told me he hoped I would give Monsceros. y Linx, Camelopardalus, Prince's Money; this I knew was 1°
a Nott under my hand of security for the Canes, Vanatici, were calculated afterwards in 1705. 6. 7. 8 by my servants, that I had, God be thanked, some estate
oblige me to be his slave: I answered J. Woolferman and J. Crosthwaite, and of my own which I hoped to leave for my the Constellations of Hercules and Cas- wife's support, to her during her life, to siopea enlarged with yo addition of many my own Relations after; that therefore I Stars observed in the years 1705. 6. 7. 8. would not cumber my own estate with by them and Mr. Ab. Ryley.
In the mean time as often as I met imprests or securitys, but if they would with Sir I. N. he was very inquisitive their hands I would sign the workmen's
please to take his R1. H“ moneys into how the Catalogues went on, I answered bill to them, whereby they would see if as it stood; and when he came here commonly shewed him how it stood in my
they were reasonable at the same time. books, not suspecting any design, but
I was told I should have all the printed hoping he might serve me as kindly as I copys save what his R. H. should have to had assisted him freely with my pains
present to the Universitys. when he desired me.
And Mr. N. granted that since I 1698. At Michælmas was at Derby there was no need of securitys or Articles
refused to handle any of his R. H. money and Bakewell.
-Nevertheless 1697—8. Feb. 6, ye CZAR first came to Greenwich.
1704. April 11. Mr. Newton came 10 the Observat dined with me, saw
. (J. Woolferman, Ant.)
The preceding are all the memoranda St. Susanna, 3rd Cent. St. Gery, or by Mr. Flamsteed respecting himself: he Gaugericus, Bp. A. D. 619. St. Equibreaks off with the word “Nevertheless." tins, A. D. 540. To conclude this article a fac-simile is
The dog-days end on this day. This added of Mr. Flamsteed's autograph from period in the year 1825, was remarkable his copy of “Streete's Caroline Tables,".
for longer absence of rain and greater mentioned in the preceding memoir, and heat than usual. It was further remarkable now in the possession of the Editor of the for numerous confiagrations, especially Every-Day Book. It is to a memoran
in the metropolis and its environs. dum made in that book by Mr. Flamsteed, in these words :
Dr. Forster in bis Perennial Calendar, “The greatest declination of ye sun is not more ya 23o. 29. 00 his horizontall breezes by day, and the delicious calms
observes, that the gentle refreshing parallax but 10 seconds; the semidiameiers of ye Sunn in the Caroline tables less by night, at this time of year, draw a vast
concourse of persons of leisure to the }" they ought to be by 12 seconds."
shores of Great Britain and France in the months of August and September. There is perhaps no period of the year when the seaside is more agreeable. Bathing, sailing, and other marine recreations, are at no time better suited to beguile the hours of the warm summer day than at present; and the peculiar stillness of a seaside evening scene, by moonlight, is now to be enjoyed in perfection, as Cynthia begins to ascend higher in her car after the ter
mination of the nightless summer solstice, Common Balsam. Impatiens balsama. and when the unremitted heat of the dogDedicated to St. Lawrence.
days at length gives place to the more
refreshing dews of a longer period of August 11
nocturnal coolness. The peculiar beauties of a
sea-scene by night are thus Sis. Tiburtius and Chromatius, A.D. 286. described by a cotemporary poet :
The sky was clear and the breeze was still,
The air was soft and the night was fine,
While the moonbeams played on the sparkling brine ;
No longer responsive to whirlwinds' roar,
With silken shoons danced along the shore. But the imagery of a calm sea is more than by any other author when he tells poetically described by Milton, perhaps, us :
That not a blast was from his dungeon strayed,
Aflamsteet 25 fopt22. (698.
The swift, hirundo apus, is missed, tering a very loud piercing and peculiar says Dr. Forster, in its usual haunts cry, wherefore they are called squeakers. about this time. The great body of these for the last month past, these birds birds migrate at once, so that we are may have been seen flying in lofty gyrastruck with their absence about the old tions in the air, and seemingly exercising steeples of churches and other edifices their wings and preparing for their aërial which they usually inhabit, and from voyage. It is not precisely ascertained to whence they sally forth on rapid wings what countries they go when they leave each morning and evening in search of Europe. food, wheeling round and round, and ut
Insects, says Dr. Forster, still con- family of the Days. The candour with tinue to swarm and to sport in the sun which you attended to the expostulations from flower to flower. It is very amus of a poor relative of ours-a sort of cousin ing to observe, in the bright sun of an thrice removed*— encourages me to hope August moruing, the animation and de- that you will listen to the complaint of a light of some of the lepidopterous insects. Day of rather more consequence. I am That beautiful little blue butterfly, papilio the Day, Sir, upon which it pleased the argus, is then all life and activity, fit. course of nature that your gracious Sam ting from flower to flower in the grass vereign should be born. As such, before with remarkable vivacity : there seems to his Accession, I was always observed and be a constant rivalship and contention honoured. But since that happy event, between this beauty, and the not less in which naturally none had a greater inelegant little beau, papilio phlæas. Fre terest than myself, a flaw has been discoquenting the same station, attached to the vered in my title. My lustre has been same head of clover, or of harebell, eclipsed, and—to use the words of one of whenever they approach, mutual ani- your own poets, -, mosity seems to possess them; and dart “ I fade into the light of common day." ing on each other with courageous ra
It seems, that about that time, an Impidity, they buffet and contend until one postor crept into Court, who has the efis driven from the field, or to a consider- frontery to usurp_my honours, and to able distance from his station, perhaps style herself the King's-birth-Day, upon many hundred yards, when the victor some shallow pretence that, being St. returns to his post in triumph ; and this George's-Day, she must needs be Kingcontention is renewed, as long as the George's-Day also. All-Saints-Day we brilliancy of the sun animates their cou have heard of, and All-Souls-Day we are rage. When the beautiful evening of willing to admit; but does it follow this season arrives, we again see the
that this foolish Twenty-third of April bat :
must be All-George's-Day, and enjoy a The bat tegins with giddy wing
monopoly of the whole name from George His circuit round the shed and tree;
of Cappadocia to George of Leyden, and And clouds of dancing gnats to sing
from George-a-Green down to George A summer night's serenity.
It looks a little oddly that I was dis
carded not long after the dismission of a FLORAL DIRECTORY.
set of men and measures, with whom I China Aster, Aster Chinensis. have nothing in common. I hope no Dedicated to St. Susanna.
whisperer has insinuated into the ears of Royalty, as if I were any thing Whiggishly
inclined, when, in my heart, I abhor all August 12.
these kind of Revolutions, by which I am
sure to be the greatest sufferer. St. Clare, Abbess, A. D. 1253. St. Eu
I wonder my shameless Rival can have plius, A. D. 304. St. Muredach, First the face to let the Tower and Park Guns Bp. of Killala, A. D. 440.
proclaim so many big thundering fibs as CHRONOLOGY
they do, upon her Anniversary-making King George IV. was born on the 12th your Sovereign too to be older than he is, of August, 1762 ; but the anniversary is by an hundred and odd days, which is no kept on St. George's-day, the 23 of great compliment one would think. ConApril.
sider if this precedent for ante-dating of Births should become general, what con
fusion it must make in Parish Registers; Twelfth of August.
what crowds of young heirs we should
have coming of age before they are oneTo the Editur of the Every-Day Book. and-twenty, with numberless similar
grievances. If these chops and changes are suffered, we shall have Lord-Mayor's
Day eating ber custard unauthentically in I am a poor wronged Day. I appeal to you as the general patron of the
* Twenty-ninth Day of February.
THE HUMBLE PETITION OF
TUNATE DAY. Sir,
May, and Guy Faux preposterously “ 12. F. K. Oeo. IV. 5." blazing twice over in the Dog-days.
Can I humbly submit, that it is not within
any thing be plainer than the b. or the prerogatives of Royalty itself, to be
more certain than that it stands for born? born twice over.
We have read of the So much then for your rank in the Day supposititious births of Princes, but where family, and at Court, where you are are the evidences of this first Birth? why acknowledged, and received as the birthare not the nurses in attendance, the mid- Day once a year, and “kept” as well as wife, &c. produced ?--the silly story has His Majesty can keep you. A king renot so much as a Warming Pan to sup- presents the majesty of the public welfare,
and maintains the dignity of the throne My legal advisers, to comfort me, tell whereon he is placed by promoting the me that I have the right on my side; that interests of the people. I am the true Birth-Day, and the other Majesty regards your, and their, and his Day is only kept. But what consolation own, interest by remembering you, when is this to me, as long as this naughty- you are not entitled to especial recolleckept creature keeps me out of my dues tion with another day in the almanac, and privileges ?
and this remembrance stands in April Pray take my unfortunate case into 1825, thus your consideration, and see that I am 23. S. St. Geo, K. b.d. k. restored to my lawful Rejoicings, Firings, St. George's-Day does not supersede you ; Bon-Firings, Illuminations, &c.
it is not called the King's-birth-Day ; And your Petitioner shall ever pray, Twelfth Day of August
the almanac by K. d. b. k. denotes that you, the King's-birth-Day, are kept with
all the honours due to your August quaTHE EDITOR'S ANSWER.
lity on St. George's Day. If it had not Madam,
pleased the course of nature,” you You mistake my situation : I am not would only have been distinguished as the “ patron," but a poor servant of the the first Day after the Day whereon the Days-engaged to attend their goings out almanac says “ Dog-Days end "- a fine and comings in, and to teach people to distinction ! pay proper respect to them. Mine is no “ It looks a litle oddly” you say that trifling post, Madam; for without dis- you should have been “discarded not respect to you, many of your ancient long after the dismission of a set of men family were spoiled long ago, by silly and measures with whom you have nothing persons having taken undue notice of in common;" and you "hope," that “no them; and in virtue of my office, I am a whisperer has insinuated
that you are sort of judge in their court of claims, “whiggishly inclined.” Allow me to tell without authority to enforce obedience to you, Madam, that if the family of the my opinions. However, I shall continue Days had not been“ whiggishly inclined ” to do my duty to the Days, and to their in the year 1688, you might still have friends, many of whom are mere hangers- been a common Day." I know not on, and, in spite of their pretended re- how you incline now, and it is of very little gard, grossly abuse them :--but this only conséquence; for all “parties” are busy verifies the old saying, “Too much fami- in promoting the happiness of the comliarity breeds contempt:" such liberties monwealth, and I hope, in my lifetime must not be allowed, nor must the anti
at least, that no Day will be dishonoured quity of the Days be too much insisted by dissensions about trifles at home, or on. It is said, “ there's reason in every war upon any pretence abroad. And thing," but there's very little in some of now, Madam, after this indispensable the Old Days-excuse me, Madam, you notice of your little flaunt, let me add, are a young one; and I have something that the prorogation of parliament during to excuse in you, which I readily do, on that season when “in the course of nas account of your inexperience, and of your ture” you arrive, and the king's attention bringing up.
to the manufacturing and trading of the That you are “ the King's-birth-Day” country, are obvious reasons for keeping is undisputed : you are stated so to be in the King's-birth-Day, in customary splenthe almanac; as witness this line in Au dour on the 23d Day of April, instead of gust, 1825:
the 12th Day of August. You are ha
noured again in your own season at the
August 13. palace; and your complaint amounts to
St. Hippolytas, A. D. 252. St. Cassian. no more than this, that having received
St. Radegundes, queen of France, A. D. your honours in the presence of a full
587. St. Wigbert, Abbot, A. D. 747. court circle before you are entitled to them, they are not all repeated to a semi
Cats. circle :-how childish! Then, you talk Once upon a time-on or about the about the “ ante-dating of births” and 13th of August, 1819; it might have been “ Parish Registers ” as if you were the a few or many days before or after that daughter of a parish clerk--remember day, or a month or so before or after that yourself, Madam
month-the day or month is of less conSt. George's-Day has far more cause sequence to the reader, than to the editor, for vexation than you. The little respect who desires to “ bring in " an interesting usually paid to her celebration is eclipsed anecdote or two on the 13th day of August
. by the niproar of yours. “The Tower and Once upon a time, a cat—it is a fact Park guns proclaim so many big thun- --for it is in The Scotsman newsdering fibs upon her anniversary” for paper of the 23d of October, 1819–once you ; and you call her, your elder sister, upon a time, a cat, belonging to a ship
“naughty kept creature ;" poor thing! master, was left on shore, by accident, How eloquent is her silence compared with when his vessel sailed from the harbour your loquacity! how dignified ! yet she of Aberdour, Fifeshire, which lies about has antiquity to boast of the antiquity of half a mile from the village. The vessel many generations, while you at the utmost, was absent about a month, and, on her are only of sixty-three years standing; return, to the astonishment of the shipindeed, as the King's-birth-Day, you are master, puss came on board with a fine not halfway to your teens. A quarrel stout kitten in her mouth, apparently among the Days would be odious ; this about three weeks old, and went directly would be detestable. Happily the Day- down to the cabin. Two others of her family is saved from this disgrace by the young were afterwards caught, quite wild, prudence of your more experienced sister, in a neighbouring wood, where she must who will no doubt decline provocation have remained with them till the return even under your spiteful collocation of of the vessel. The shipmaster did not George of Leyden with George of Cap- allow her again to go on shore, otherwise padocia—she understands the taunt well it is probable she would have brought the enough; and can see through the whim whole litter on board.
What is more sical association of George-a-Green with remarkable, vessels were daily entering George Dyer. The dead George-a-Green and leaving the harbour, none of which no one can harm, and the living George she ever thought of visiting till the one Dyer is as harmless. This is pitiful she had left returned.* This extraordiwork, and if you were not the King's- nary instance of feline sagacity, on the birth-Day you would be made to suffer day before mentioned or imagined, is pafor it. “However, as my friend Dyer ralleled by another :would say, “ let that pass :” he is a good A lady lately living at Potsdam, when creature, and maintains his innocence a child of six years, ran a splinter into spite of his union-with George-a-Green. her foot, sat down upon the floor, and
On the presentation of your petition cried most violently. At first her cries I had some doubt whether I ought to were not regarded, as they were considered entertain such a petition for a moment; to be more the effect of a pettish and but on reconsideration I doubted whe- obstinate temper, than of any great pain ther the justice of the case would not be which the accident could have occasioned better answered by dealing with it in her. At length the elder sister of the another way; and I give you the benefit child, who had been lying asleep in bed, of that doubt : the petition is dismissed. was roused by her cries, and as she was
THE EDITOR. just about to get out of bed, in order to
quiet her sister, she observed a cat, who
was a favourite playmate of the children, Great Sowthistle. Sonchus palustris
and otherwise of a very gentle disposition,
leave her seat under the stove, go to the Dedicated to St. Clare
• Zoological Anecdotes.