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not the latin tongue) what was the reason of those shouts of applause. • Sire,' replied he, the
pope has created you king of Egypt. We must not be ungrateful,' replied the prince.
Go thou, and proclaim the holy father caliph of Bagdat. “This,' concludes Petrarch, is what I call a pleasantry well worthy of a king. They give to Don Sancho an ideal kingdom: he returns the favor with a chimerical pontificate.'
Dobson's Petrarch, v. 1, p. 269.
In the note underneath I have thrown together a few facts which may be passed over by those who have no taste for literary anecdotes.
• Voiture was the son of a vintner, and like our prior, was so mortified whenever reminded of his original occupation, that it was said of him, that wine which cheared the heart of all men, . sickened that of Voiture. Rousseau, the poet, was the son of a cobler; and when his honest parent waited at the door of the theatre, to embrace his son on the success of his first piece, the inhuman poet repulsed the venerable father with insult and contempt. Akenside ever considered his lameness as an unsupportable misfortune, since it continually reminded hiin of his origin, being occasioned by the fall of a cleaver from one of his father's blocks, a respectable butcher. Milton delighted in contemplating his own person, and the engraver not having reached our sublime bard's “ ideal grace," he has pointed his indignation in four iambics. Among the complaints of Pope, is that of “ the pictured
Even the strong minded Johnson would
not be painted “ blinking Sam.” Mr Boswell tells us that Goldsmith attempted to shew his agility to be superior to the dancing of an ape, whose praise had occasioned him a fit of jealousy, but he failed in imitating his rival. The inscription under Boileau's portrait, describing his character with lavish panegyric, and a preference to Juvenal and Horace, is unfortunately known to have been written by himself.' D’Israeli's Essay on the Literary Character.
There is a singular and affecting trait in the character of the buffalo, when a calf; and my feelings have severely felt it. Whenever a cow buffalo falls before the murdering lead of the hunters, and happens to have a calf, the helpless young one, far from attempting an escape, stays by its fallen dam, with signs expressive of strong and active natural affection. The dam thus secured, the hunter makes no attempt on the calf, (knowing it to be unnecessary) but proceeds to cut up the carcase: then laying it on his horse, he returns towards home, followed by the poor calf, thus instinctively attending the remains of its dam. I have seen a single hunter ride into the town of Cincinnati, between the Miames, followed in this manner, and, at the same time, by three calves, who had lost their dams by this cruel hunter. Turner's Account of the Buffalo of America.
The following is an account of the large ship, built by king James IV. of Scotland, and described by his historian with the greatest exactness.
The king of Scotland rigged a great ship, called the Great Michael, which was the largest, and of superior strength to any that had ever sailed from England or France; for this ship was of so great stature, and took so much timber, that except Falkland, she wasted all the woods in Fife, which were oak wood, with all timber that was gotten out of Norroway; for she was so strong, and of so great length and breadth, all the wrights of Scotland, yea, and many other strangers, were at her device, by the king's commandment, who wrought very busily in her, but it was a year and a day ere she was complete: to wit, she was twelve score feet in length, and thirty-six feet within the sides; she was ten feet thick in the wall, and boards on every sides so slack and so thick that no cannon could go through her. This great ship cumbered Scotland to get her to sea.
From the time that she was afloat, and her masts and sails complete, with tows, anchors, offering thereto, she was counted to the king to be thirty thousand pounds of expences; by her artillery which was very great and costly to the king by all the rest of her orders; to wit, she bore many cannons, six on every side, with three great bassils, two behind in her dock, and one before, with three hundred shot of small artilJery, that is to say, myand and battered falcon, and quarter falcon, slings, pestilent serpenteas, and double dogs, with hagtar and culvering, crossbowsand handbows. She had three hundred mariners to sail her; she had six score of gunners to use her artillery, and had a thousand men of war by her, captains, shippers, and quarter-masters.
History of Scotland.
Dr Schmidt, of the cathedral of Berlin, wrofe a letter to the king of Prussia, couched in the following terms:"Sire, I acquaint your majesty, first-That there are wanting hooks of psalms for the royal family. · I acquaint your majesty, second -That there wants wood to warm the royal seats. I acquaint your majesty, third—That the balustrade next the river, behind the church, is become ruinous.
Sacrist of the Cathedral.” The king, who was much amused by the above, wrote the following answer :-“ I acquaint Mr Sacrist Schmidt, first-That those who want to sing, may buy books. Second-I acquaint Mr Sacrist Schmidt, that those who want to be kept warm, must buy wood. Third-I acquaint Mr Sacrist Schmidt, that I shall not trust any longer to the balustrade next the river; and I acquaint Mr Sacrist Schmidt, fourth-That I will not have any more corsespondence with him."
Life of Frederick.
WHEN Faulknor returned from London, where he had been soliciting subscriptions for his edition of Swift's works, he went to pay his respects to him, dressed in a laced waistcoat, bag wig, and other fopperies. Swift received him as a perfect stranger.—“ Pray, sir, what are your commands with me?” “ I thought it my duty to wait on you immediately after my arrival from London.” sir, who are you?” “ George Faulknor, the print
“ You George Faulknor the printer! Why, you are the most impudent, barefaced imposter I
ever heard of. Faulknor is a sober sedate citizen, and would never trick himself out in lace and other fopperies. Get about your business, and thank your stars I do not send you to the house of correction." Poor George hobbled away as fast as he could, and, having changed his dress, returned immcdiately to the deanery. Swift, on his return, went up and shook him by the hand with the utmost cordiality. “My good friend George, I am heartily glad to see you safe returned. Here was an impudent fellow in a laced waistcoat, who would fain have passed for you; but I soon sent him packing with a flea in his ear.' Swiftiana, v. 2, p. 165.
In Turkey the law, which condemns the murderer to death, permits at the same time the nearest relations of the murdered (one of whom, is, on these occasions the executioner) to grant him a pardon.
A Turk, in haste to inherit, had murdered his father, and was condemned, on the strongest proofs, to lose his head. One of his friends, the companion of his debaucheries, hastened to the judge, with a large sum of money; where he learned that the sentence had been already pronounced. Not discouraged by that, he continued to press the cadi, whom the sight of such a treasure had already persuaded. I cannot, said he to his client, acquit your friend without a proof of his innocence, stronger than the evidence on which he has been convicted. Be bold enough to declare yourself the murderer of his father, procure two witnesses, and I will condemn you to undergo the punishment to which