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Virginius instantly conducted his daughter to a neighbouring shop, and seizing the knife of a butcher, plunged it into her bosom with these words: “ This is now the only method of effecting thy deliverance!" Then turning to the tribunal, he extended his bloody fist still holding the reeking blade to the decemvir, and exclaimed: “ Te, Appii, tuumque caput, hoc sanguine consecro! This blood, O Appius, be upon thy head!" Livy-Kotzbue.
The well known miser, Daniel Dancer, having been once reluctantly bound over by a magistrate to prosecute a horse-stealer at Aylesbury assizes, he set out with a respectable neighbour, who undertook to accompany him. Himself and his horse, on this occasion, exhibited a grotesque appearance, for the movements of the latter were regulated by a halter instead of a bridle, while a sack fastened round him served instead of a saddle; as for shoes, this was a luxury that Daniel's rosinante had never been accustomed to.
On their arrival at Aylesbury, having stopped at an inn of decent appearance, Dancer addressed his companion in the following manner:
Pray, sir, do you go into the house, order what you please, and live like a gentleman, I will settle for it readily; but as for myself, I inust go
my He accordingly did so, for he bought a pennyworth of bread for himself, slept under his horse's manger, and paid fifteen shillings, being the amount of his companion's bill, with the utmost cheerfulness.
During the last twenty years, Daniel's house is said to have been entered at least fourteen times by thieves, and the amount of his losses is calculated at two thousand five hundred pounds. As the lower part was in such a ruinous state as to admit a person
ease, it was recommended to him to get it repaired; but he replied, “ that this would be only throwing away more money, for then they would get in at the windows."
In order to employ the attention of the marauders, until he should escape to his hiding-place, he was accustomed to strew the ground floor with farthings and sixpences wrapped up in paper.
Annual Necrology, p. 160-1.
Dr Johnson would not allow Scotland to derive any credit from lord Mansfield; for he was educated in England. “ Much (said he,) may be made of a Scotchman, if he be caught young.
Life of Johnson, v. 2, p. 197.
DR BOLDERO, one of the masters of Jesus College, in the last century, had been treated with particular severity during the Protectorate, for his attachment to the royal cause, in which also, the bishop of Ely, at that time had been an equal sufferer. On a vacancy of the mastership, Boldero, without any pretentions to the appointment, in plain English, plucks up his spirits, or in Homer's language,“ speaks to his magnanimous mind," and presents his petition to the bishop. you?" says his lordship, “I know nothing of you; I never heard of you before.” “ My lord! I have
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suffered long and severely for my attachment to your royal master, as well as your lordship has. I believe your lordship and I have been in all the gaols in England. 6 What does the fellow meau? Man! I never was confined in any prison but the tower.” “ And my lord!” said Buldero, “I have been in all the rest myself.”—The bishop's heart relented, and he good-naturedly admitted the claim of his petitioner. Memoirs of the Life of Gilbert Wakefield, 0. 1, p. 80.
POTEMKIN, the favourite of Catharine II. having become vice president at war, with a seat in the council, happened to be once summoned to council, while engaged at a party of cards; he refused to stir. The astonished messenger, unaccustomed to such an instance of disobedience, and afraid of being implicated in his guilt, hun bly besought Potemkin to furnish him with an excuse. On this the favourite referred him to the bible; and, on being requested to mention the passage, he gaily replied, “In the first psalm, and the first verse, there you will find it said,-- Beatus vir qui non abiit in consilio impiorum.” (Happy is the man who participateth not in the counsels of the wicked.)
Life of Catharine II.
Of the opulence of the citizens of London at this early period of commerce an instance occurs that is not to be paralleled in any history in the circumstance of sir Henry Picard, a vintner, having the singular honour of entertaining, in the year 1363, in one day, four kings, viz. Edward III.
John, king of France, David, king of Scots, and the king of Cyprus. This person had been lord mayor in the year 1357, and the feast was given at his house in the Vintry, at which Edward, prince of Wales, and many of the nobility, also attended. Sir Henry Picard, upon this occasion, kept his ball for all comers that were willing to play at dice and hazard, and lady Margaret kept her chamber to the same effect. This solemnity is mentioned as the most glorious that had ever been seen. The kings, &c. went in 'grand procession; the mayor and aldermen met them in their formalities; the city pageants were displayed; and in the streets through which they passed the citizens hung out plate, tapestry, armour, &c. Barnes, p. 526. Stow, p. 165. Lon. 1618.
SCÆVOLA, the great Roman lawyer, being one day asked, what work might be done on an holy day, replied, “ That which if left undone would occa . sion mischief, quod omissum nosceret."
Peter the Great was so much affected with the death of his son Peter by Catherine I. that he, shut himself up at Petershoff, intending to starve himself to death; and forbid every person, of whatever description, under pain of death to disturb his retirement. The scnate assembled on this desperate resolution of the prince, and Dolgorouki undertook to drive him from it. He went and knocked at the door of the room where Peter was shut up. "Whoever you be," cried the czar with a
terrible voice," fly off, or I will open the door and knock out your brains.” Open, I say,” replied Dolgorouki in a firm tone, “ It is a deputy from the senate come to ask
wish to have named as emperor in your room, since you have resigned.” Peter, struck with the courageous zeal of Dolgorouki, opened, embraced this faithful courtier, yielded to his councils, and resumed the reins of government.
Chantreau's Travels in Russia, 0. 2, p. 52.
It is well known that the late admiral, sir Samuel Cornish, rose entirely by his merit, from a very low situation in life, to a very high command in the navy; and as his abilities as an admiral were undoubted, so his acquisitions as a scholar were but very slender. At the surrender of Manilla, in 1763, his colleague, colonel Draper, who was shortly afterwards sir William Draper, who was one of the most accomplished scholars of his age, and prided himself highly on his literary attaininents, carried on all the negociations relative to the ransom of the city, in the latin language, with the Spanish archbishop. On the shameful evasion of the payment of this ransom, admiral Cornish declared, he would never accept a command again in conjunction with a man who understood latin.
Naval Anecdotes, p. 119.
Capability Browne.—This celebrated layer out of ground, whose christian name was Launcelot, but who was commonly called Capability Browne, from his favourite phrase (when he ap