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A strange mistake occurred the other day, in the Kent Road :- A man servant who had a complaint in his eye, and had been told that nothing but couching would remove it, reading the word Ac. coucheur on the glass door of an apothecary, mistook the apothecary for an oculist, and applied to him to perform the operation. When the son of Æsculapius told him it was entirely out of his line, the man asked him what he meant by writing on his door that he was a coucher?
MATRIMONY. The following singular advertisement appeared in the Belfast News Letter of the roth ultimo :Aurrin) By William Miller, Esq. one of his Ma
sę jesty's justices of the peace for the said
This day John Wilson, of the town of Antrim, hosier, çame before me, and yoluntarily made oath on the holy evangelists, that he is promised by mutual consent to Elizabeth Brady, daughter of the late John Brady, of Antrim, to marry her and none other, the 6th day of September, 1799 ; and she likewise bound herself in the same contract at same time to marry no one but me, and deponent farther sayeth not.
JOHN WILSON. Sworn before me this 28th day of Feb. 1801,
: W. MILLER,
THE MONTHLY VISITOR,
1 ance of truth, are so numerous and obvious, that it creates astonishment in every contemplative mind, that men should so far depart from principles of real interest, as to forsake its precepts: for whatever advantages we may promise ourselves in falshood and dissimulation, they are ever transient, and unsatisfactory; whilst its ill effects are no less numerous than permanent; it brings a man under an indelible stigma, and he invariably finds that all his assertions (even when strengthened by the oaths and imprecations, to which he necessarily has recourse), are received with every symptom of cau.' tious incredulity.
Some people will tell ye of innocent lies, which, as they do no harm, cannot be criminal. It would be useless to enter into argument on this subject, let it suffice that they are deceptions, and such as no one of any sense of honour, or regard for his character, as a man of probity, will commit. They consist chiefly in exaggerations, or giving false co. lourings to the common occurrences of life, without any sinister view, and merely from a habit, which is so silly and despicable, that one would imagine none who are removed a degree from ideotcy, could possibly subscribe to it. Yet such characters are not uncommon, we have Will Mar. vells * in every rank, who exercise their ingenuity
t A character in Johnson's Idler, No. 49.
in embellishing what would otherwise appear in-* significant, and as the ultimate reward of their pains, they have the pleasure of finding themselves treated with the contempt they deserve.
Another species of falshood, is that by which a person endeavours to avoid the danger and shame of any thing he has said or done, by dissimulation or prevarication ; and is so infamously basé and cowardly, that every one who has the least sense of, honour, must spurn at its very idea. But of all the varieties of this mean vice, none is so dangerous or so criminal, as that which has its foundation in malice. Calumny strikes at the very source of the happiness of society, by effectually subverting that honourable confidence which ought to subsist amongst men; and he, who for the gratification of his individual petty passions, can secretly take from. any one, what can never be restored-his reputa. tion is almost as great an enemy to society, and as base a villain, as the assassin who plunges his dagger into the bosom of his adversary whilst he sleeps in security.
In proportion as a liar is despised and hated, a man of probity and truth is honoured and respected. Of the justice of this assertion, the following anecdotes will afford striking examples
Petrarch, the Italian poet, resided in the family of Cardinal Calonna, when a violent quarrel arose, the foundation of which that prelate was anxious to learn: assembling, therefore, all his houshold, he compelled them to take a solemn oath to represent all the circumstances attending it with fairness and impartiality; and even his brother, the Bishop of Lema, was not excepted from making the sacred assertion; but when Petrarch appeared, with an intent of following the bishop's example, the car. dinal closed the book, saying, “ As to you, Pe. trarch, your word is sufficient."
A similar anecdote is related of Zenócrates, who was so universally honoured for his strict adherence to truth, that at a judicial cause of importance, wherein he was a witness, the judges unanimously declared, that his bare word was sufficient, and exempted him from the usual oath.
These are two of the inany examples which are handed down to posterity, of the great deference paid to truth and integrity, and, in short, so fully must every one be convinced of the advantages resulting from a strict observance of this necessary virtue, that I am inclined to believe, that no man capable of impartial reflection would ever deviate from its precepts. Of this opinion was Lord Chesterfield, who affirms, that is one inav judge of a man's truth by his degree of understanding.
Even the world attaches dishonour and infamy to the character of the liar ; who, whilst he is sinking under the pressure of obloquy and disgrace, regrets too late his departure from those plain and unprincipled paths which lead to happiness.
To truth, even barbarians pay homage, it is the attribute of the deity, and ought to be the characteristic of man; who, when he forsakes its precepts, forgets his own welfare ; for, to conclude with Archbishop Tillotson, « all other arts may fail, but truth and integrity will carry' a man through, and bear him out to the last.”
DRURY LANE. A/FTER the performance of Deaf and Dumb, at A Drury-lane, on Thursday, April 17, the fol. lowing song was sung, in honour of the brilliant victory before Copenhagen. The music, which is exceedingly fine, we understand, was composed by Mr. Kelly in the course of the day, and it was sung by him with rapturous applause, and univers sally encored. The words are as follow :
Once more let fame her trumpet sound,
To speak our seamens' worth;
Have feit Britannia's wrath.
All opposition's vain;
Have crush'd the naughty Dana