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· Gregorio Leti, a native of Milan, came into England in the reign of Charles II, and received à promise of being made historiographer to the king, but; not giving satisfaction, had orders to retire. Being one day at the levee, Charles, turning towards him, said, “'Leti, I hear you are writing the history of the English Court ?" Sire,” replied Leti, “ I have been for some time preparing materials for such a history."-" Take care,” retorted the king, « that your work give no of. fence." **I will do what I can, sire, but if a man were as wise as Solomon, he would scarce be able to avoid giving offence to some.". " Why then," rejoined the monarch, “ be as wise as Solomon; write proverbs, but no histories.”
AN EXTRAORDINARY INSTANCE OF THE FLEX,
IBILITY OF THE HUMAN FRAMe. Joseph Clark, a well-made man, and ratherstout, exhibited, in the most natural manper, every species of deformity and dislocation to which the hiiman form is liable. He frequently diverted himself with the taylors, who came to measure him for cloaths, by changing his posture, and apparently his shape, when the cloaths were brought home. He could dislocate the vertebræ of his back, and other parts of his body, and resume their proper form, at his pleasure. He once presented himself, in this situation, as a patient, before Molins, a famous surgeon, who, shocked at his appearance, refused to attempt the cure. He often passed for a cripple with persons, who but a few minutes be.. fore had been conversing with him. Upon these occasions he would not only change the position of his limbs, but alter his features and countenance, He could assume all the professional, character. istic, and singular faces which he had observed at
the theatre, at the Quakers-meeting, or any other place of public resort. He was by profession a posture master, and died about the commencement of the reign of King William.
EXAMPLE OF THE POWER OF IMAGINATION
OVER THE BODY. In 1751 the waters of Glastonbury were at the height of their reputation. The virtues of the spring were supposed to be supernatural, and to have been discovered by a revelation made in a dream to a person named Matthew Chancellor. The credulous expected, not merely to be cured of incurable distempers, but to recover lost faculties and mutilated limbs. An old woman, in the work house at Yeovil, who had long been a cripple, and used crutches, was strongly tempted to drink of Glastonbury waters, with a firm persuasion of bea ing cured of her lameness. Several bottles of wa. ter were procured for her by the master of the. work house, and such was the effect of the mira.. culous draught, that first one crutch, and, soon after, the other, was laid aside. The wonder was extolled, the fame of the miracle spread, when the cheat was discovered. The inaster of the work, house protested to his friends, that he had fetched the water from an ordinary (and neighbouring) spring. It need scarcely be added, the force of the woman's imagination had exhausted itself, her infirmity returned, and the crutches were resumed. This story may afford an admonition to the modern, disciples of mineral magnetism.
When the Earl of Stair was ambassador at the court of France, immediately after the accession of his late majesty to the crown, his excellency made
a most splendid appearance, and being naturally inclined to gallantry and expence, soon became a great favourite with the ladies there, by whose in.. trigues he was enabled to discover secrets which otherwise might have escaped the penetration of the most vigilant and sagacious minister. In the management of the ladies, whose favour he courted, he was forced to observe the greatest delicacy ; play, he perceived, was their predominant passion, and as he was equally inclined to that amusement, he easily obtained, by means of cards, many private amusements, in which he could not have indulged on any other pretence. The Dutchess of Maine was one of those illustrious personages whom the earl took most pains to engage in his interest. She was passionately fond of play; of an inquisitive and busy temper; of vast capacity, and of a discernment so quick, that it was no easy matter to impose upon her; she was among the number of ladies too that affected to pry into the affairs of the cabinet, and who had gained an ascendancy over the then regent, so far as not to be altogether ignorant of the most secret transactions of state. His excellency, by losing large sums with this lady, and paying her the most particular respect, had insensibly worked upon her affections, but had not reaped the least advantage from her in point of politics, till an accident happened that brought about in an instant what he had long laboured at in vain. Being engaged as her partner in play,. the run of luck turned against them, and the dutchess in the end was obliged to borrow of the tarl a thousand pistoles. His excellency told her, he had yet twice that sum at her highness's service, and pressed her to continue to play, which she ab. solutely refused. Next morning early, she sent a message to the earl, desiring instantly. to speak
with him. It is no unusual thing in France for ladies to receive morning visits from gentlemen in bed; neither was the ambassador at all surprized when he found himself alone in the chamber of one of the princesses of the blood-royal; she spoke of the money she had borrowed with some concern, as a matter she was very unwilling should take air ; but his lordship interrupted her, by saying, “ it was impossible it should, for he had already forgot it himself, and should never have recollected it again, had not her highness put his memory to the rack by refreshing it.”
Her highness made no reply, but entered into a discourse on politics, in which she discovered to him the project that the court of Sweden was then meditating, in concert with France, for a descent upon England and Scotland, in favour of the house of Stewart, by which timely discovery the whole scheme was defeated, and his excellency acquired the reputation of being an able and active minister.
There is a passage in Bede, higlNy commending the piety and learning of the Irish in that age; but he overthrows all his praise in his termination of their character, in which he seems to imply, that all this piety and learning will be of no avail, because they keep their Easter at a wrong time of the year.
THE DOG. As much may very justly be expected from
A us on the varied species of the cauine race; it will be necessary to occupy a portion of our work in two or three succeeding numbers, on this particular subject.
The distinctive characters of this genus of the quadruped race are, six cutting teeth, and two canine, in each jaw; a long visage, five toes before, and four behind; this last characteristic is invariable in the wild species, such as the wolf, &c. in the common dogs, oft times there are five toes on each foot. The first species, with its va rieties, contains all those animals which, in com mon conversation, we distinguish by the name of dogs. This species Mr, Pennant has marked with