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as soon as he was able to speak, astonished all who heard him, and thewed that he came into the world rather to teach others than to be taught by them.”
Self-knowledge enabled him wonderfully to penetrate into the characters and motives of others. The facethe voice, and the air, disclosed the moving principle within. And it is much to be questioned whether he was ever deceived in the judgment he formed of others.
Phyfiognomy (said Mr. Henderson) may increase a man's knowledge, but not his happiness. The phyfiognomy first discovers the evil in another and after.. wards the good. But the man unskilled in the science, first discovers the good which pleases him, afterwards the evil which disgusts him.
With almost every science he was acquainted, yet was only thirty years of age when he died. The pious and the wife observed with delight his continued sense of the divine presence ; his implicit confidence in an over-ruling Providence, and his belief in an invisible world. Whenever he mentioned the name of the Majesty of Heaven, like the pious Boyle, and the reasoning Clarke, he obferved a solemn pause, as conscious in whose presence he ftood. His dress appeared very whimsical. To fashion he paid not the smallest deference. His outward garments were preposterously large. His shirt cuilar had only one button, and he never wore a stock or cravat, but sometimes tied round his neck a black ribbon like a school-boy. His shoe-buckles were as small as those worn at the knees. To hair-dressing, he was a great enemy, and could never endure the application of curling irons, or the use of powder, which he called white duft. He was seldom known to be in a passion. When at Oxford, he was one day debating with a fellow student, who not keeping his temper, threw a glass of wine in his face. Mr. Henderson took out his handkerchief, wiped himself, and coolly said, “ That, Sir, was a digresion, now for the argument.” VOL. IV.
His Biographer remarks, that the early genius of John Henderson rivalled the exertions of mankind, that his failings were few, his virtues splendid, that his talents were extraordinary, and his attainments incredible, and that though he endeavoured to secrete himself from the world, yet he attained a celebrity in his life, and honour at his death,
HONESTY AND GENEROSITY. A poor man, who was door-keeper to a houfe in Milan, found a purse which contained two hundred crowns. The man who had lost it, informed by a public advertisement, came to the house, and giving fuffi. cient proof that the purse belonged to him, the doorkeeper restored it. Full of joy and gratitude, the owner offered his benefactor twenty crowns, which he absolutely refused. Ten were then proposed, and afterwards five; but the door-keeper Itill continuing inex, orable, the man threw his purse upon the ground, and in ar angry tone, cried, “ I have loft nothing, nothing at all, if you thus refuse to accept of a gratuity.” The door-keeper then consented to receive five crowns, which he immediately distributed amongst the poor.
PASSION. Two Gentlemen were riding together, one of whom, who was very choleric, happened to be mounted on a high-inettled horse. The horse grew a little troublefome, at which the rider became very angry, and whip. ped and spurred him with great fury. The horse, almost as wrong-headed as his master, returned his treat, ment by kicking and plunging. The companion, concerned for the danger, and athamed of the folly of his friend, said to him coolly, “ Be quiet, be quiet, and Mhew yourself the wiser of the two.'
DR. JOHNSON'S MARRIAGE. The following curious account of his journey with his wife to church, on the nuptial morp, was given to
Mr. Mr B--, by the Doctor himself :-“ Sir, she had read the old romances, and had got into her head the fantastic notion that a woman of spirit should use her lover like a dog. So, Sir, at first she told me that I rode too fast, and the could not keep up with me; and when I rode a little Tower, the passed me, and compla ned I lagged behind. I was not to be made the slave of caprice, and I resolved to begin as I meant to end. I therefore pushed on briskly till I was fairly out of sight. The road lay between two hedges, as I was sure the could not miss me, and I contrived so that she should foon come up with me. When she did I observed her to be in tears." MEDITATIONS ON A PUDDING, BY DR. JOHNSON,
IN PLAYFUL FANCY. Let us serioully reflect of what a pudding is composed. It is composed of flour, that once waved in the golden grain, and drank of the dews of the morning; of milk, pressed from the swelling udder by the gentle nand of the beauteous milk-maid, whose beauty and innocence might have recommended a worfe draught, who, while the stroked the udder, indulged no ambitious thoughts of wandering in palaces, and formed no plans for the destruction of her fellow creatures. Milk, which is drawn from the cow, that useful animal, that eats the grass of the field, and supplies us with that which made the greatest part of the food of mankind in the age which the poets have agreed to call golden. It is made with an egg, that miracle of nature, which the theoretical. Burnet has compared to creation; an egg contains matter within its beautiful (month surface, and an unformed mass, which by the incubation of the parent, becomes a regular animal, furnished with bones and sinews, and covered with feathers. Let us confider, can there be more wanting to complete this medi. tation on a pudding ! if more is wanting, more may be found. It contains falt, which keeps the sea from peo
trefaction ; salt, which is made the image of intellectual essence, contributes to the formation of a pudding.
FIDDLING. A GENTLEMAN one day came in upon his nephew, who was amusing himself with his violin, “ I am afraid, Charles," says he, “ you lose time with this fiddling.” “ I endeavour, Sir, to keep time." “ Don't you rather kill time?" “ No, I only beat it.”
CURIOUS INSCRIPTION. An house, not an hundred miles from Fleet market, in possession of an Undertaker, being lately advertised to be disposed of, the following label was fixed on a Coffin before the door :- This tenement to be let for a lease of three lives.”
The Chinese have little or no taste, but in imitation they stand unrivalled. A gentleman wishing to have a filk coat made in that country, sent out, as a pattern, an old coat, which unfortunately had a patch on one elbow. The Glk coat was made an exact counterpart of that sent--not forgetting the patch.
CYRUS, CYRUS, when a youth, being at the court with his grandfather, Altyages, undertook one day to be the cup-bearer at table. It was the duty of this officer to taste the liquor before it was presented to the king; Cyrus, without performing this ceremony, delivered the cup in a very graceful manner to his grandfather, The king reminded him of his omission, which he im. puted to forgetfulness. “ No," replied Cyrus, “I was afraid to taste, because I apprehended there was poison in the liquor: for not long lince, at an entertainmenț which you gave, I observed that the lords of your court, after drinking of it, became noify, quarrelsome, and
frantic; frantic ; even you, fir, seemed to have forgotten you were a king.”
ALEXANDER demanded of a pirate, whom he had taken, by what right he infested the seas? “ By the same right,” replied he, boldly, " that you enllave the world. But I am called a robber, because I have only one small vessel, and you are filed a CONQUEROR, be, caule you command great fleets and armies.”
ANECDOTE OF CHARLES V. When Charles the Fifth had resigned the sceptre of Spain, and the imperial crown of Germany, he retired to the monastery of St. Justus, near the city of Placentia, in Estremadura. It was situated in a vale of no great extent, watered by a small brook, and surrounded by rising grounds, covered with lofty irees. From the 1ature of the soil, as well as the temperature of the climate, it was esteemed the most healthful and delicious situation in Spain. Here he cultivated with his own hands the plants' in his garden, and sometimes he rode out to a neighbouring wood on a little i orse, attended only by a single servant on foot. When his infirmities confined him to his apartment, and deprived him of these more active recreations, he either admitted a few gen. *tlemen
who resided near the monastery to visit him, und entertained them familiarly at his own table; or he em- . ployed himself in ftudying mechanical principles, and in forming works of mechanism, of which he had always been remarkably fond, and to which his genius was peculiarly turned. He was extremely curious with regard to the construction of clocks and watches, and having found, aiter repeated trials, that he could not bring any two of them to go exactly alike, he reflected with a mix. ture of surprise, as well as regret, on his own folly (as he might also on his own cruelty and injustice) in having ex: erted himself with so much zeal and perfeverance in the