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were to be inculcated in a manner analogous to other truths, demanding only, from their more interesting import, proportionably higher degrees of care, attention, and assiduity in the promulgation of them.”
The alarm excited by such plain and rational doctrines is almost incredible. On the meeting of the convocation, a committee was appointed to examine the offensive sermon; and a representation was quickly drawn up, in which a heavy censure was passed upon it, as tending to subvert all government and discipline in the church of Christ, —to reduce his kingdom to a state of anarchy and confusion,—to impugn and impeach the royal supremacy in matters ecclesiastical, and the authority of the legislature to enforce obedience in matters of religion by civil sanctions. Fortunately for the bishop, the reign of persecution and prejudice was over in England: the sentiments of the monarch on the throne were not less favorable to civil and religious liberty than those of the preacher; and his majesty put an immediate stop to the inquisitorial proceedings of the convocation by proroguing it; and, from that period, it has never been convened but as a mere matter of form, and for the purpose of being again prorogued.
Light Reading at Leisure Hours, p. 270.
Soon after Gibbon published his last volume he attended at the duke of Cumberland's levee, who saluted him with this elegant flattery: “What! Mr Gibbon, still scribble, scribble?”
Walpoliana. Biog. Sketch, v. ), pref. 12.
BARBERS in all ages have been noted newsmongers: Plutarch has a few instances of their garulity. Pratlers undo themselves without any cause or pretense at all of reason: like as it befell unto Denys the tyrant's barbar: for when there were some talking in his shop as touching his tyrannical government, and that it was as hard to be overthrown, as it is to breake the diamond: the said barbar laughing thereat: I marvel (quoth he) that you should say so of Denys, who is so often under my hands and at whose throat, in a manner, every day I hold the razor: these words were soon carried to the tyrant Denys, who faire crucified this barbar, and hanged him for his foolish words. And to say a trueth, all the sort of these barbars be commonly busie fellowes with their tongues, and no marvell, for lightly the greatest praters and idlest persons in a countrey frequent the barbars shop, and sit in his chaire, where they keep such chat, that it cannot be, but by hearing them prate 80 customably, his tounge also must walke with them. And therefore king Archelaus answered very pleasantly unto a barbar of his, that was a man of no few words, who when he had cast his linen cloth about his shoulders, said unto him: sir, may it please your highnesse to tell me how I shalí cut or shave you: marry (quoth he) by holding thy tongue and saying not a word.
Holland's Plutarch, p. 200.
WHEN Yaniewicz first came into this country, he lived at the west end of the town.
One day, after paying several visits, he found himself a little
out of his latitude, and called a hackney, when this dialogue ensued:
Coachman (shutting the door) Where to, sir?
Yan - By gar, I know no—de name of de dam street has echapè, has escaped out of my memory: I have forgot him. Vat I shall do?
Yan.—Ah! you are gay-come now-you understand de musique.-Eh!:
Coachman.--Music-what's that to do with the street? Yan.--Ah! vous verrez you
shall see(hums a tune)--Vat is dat?
Yan.-Ah! by gar—dat is him-Malbro'-street now yo
drive-a me home. -Eh! This is a fact. We have often heard that " music hath charms” to do many clever things, but this is, I believe, the first time of its instructing a hackney coachman where he was to set down. M. Mirror, p. 222.
HENRY IV. of France was of so generous a nature, that he ordered Vitry, captain of the bodyguards, to receive into his company the man who wounded him at the battle of Aumale. The Marschal d'Estrées being one day in the king's coach, while the soldier was riding by the side of it, he pointed to him, and said, “There is the soldier who wounded me at the battle of Aumale.
Walpoliana, v. 2, p. 109.
In the times of popery, bells were baptized and anointed. They were exorcised and blessed by the bishop, from a belief, that when these ceremonies were performed, they had power to drive the devil out of the air, to calm tempests, to extinguish fire, and to recreate even the dead.
Oxoniana, v. 1, p. 14.
MAXIMS. Mysteries belong to the silent.—Lord Bacon.
Provision is the foundation of hospitalitie, and thrift the fewel of magnificence. Sidney.
Nothing weighs so heavily as gratitude, when one owes it to the ungrateful. Marmontel.
The king of a faction is but the sovereign of half of his people.
King HENRY took just offence that cardinal Wolsey set his own arms above the king's, on the gate-house, at the entrance into the colledg; but to humble the cardinal's pride, some afterwards set up on a window a painted mastif-dog, gnawing the spate-bone of a shoulder of mutton, to minde the cardinal of his extraction, being the son of a butcher.
When Swift was at Holyhead waiting for a fair wind to sail for Ireland, one Weldon, an old seafaring man, sent him a letter, that he had found out the longitude, and would convince him of it; to which the dean answered in writing, that if he had found it out, he must apply to the lords of the ad
miralty, of whom, perhaps, one might be found who knew something of navigation, of which he was totally ignorant; and that he never knew but two projectors, one of whom (meaning his uncle Godwin) ruined himself and family, and the other hanged himself; and desired him to desist, lest one or the other might happen to him.
Swiftiana, v. 1, p. 177. An aldermah* of Paris was lainenting, in the presence of an officer, the severe lot of military
“ It must be confessed” said he “ that you gentlemen of the sword lead a life of hardships." « Your pardon, sir,” replied the officer very seriously; “ we rise early to be sure, and spend the first three or four hours in fighting; but then you must know, that we have all the rest of the day to amuse ourselves.”
Dutens' Memoirs, v. 1, p. 32.
A tailor, grown tired of his shop-board, where he had long been hatching fanatical innovations, took a bold spring from his seat to the pulpit, and soon acquired great popularity verbosis strophis
, by loquacious canting. Elated with the success of his harangues among the swinish multitude, he took it into his head to attempt the conversion of the dean of St. Patrick's to the true faith. Swift, who was very easy of access, one morning while in his study, saw, through a glass-door which opened into the anti-chamber, his footman conducting the tailor, who had a great bible under his arm, and who, on
• In French, Ecbovino