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the new buildings the name of St. James's. It was much enlarged by Charles the Second, who added several fields to it, planted it with rows of lime trees, laid out the Mall, formed the canal with a decoy, and other ponds for water-fowl.Charles the Second was very fond of this park. He was in the habit of frequently walking there, attended by his dogs. He was also very fond of his ducks, which inhabited a spot called Duck Island. He had als an aviary (or collection of birds) in that part which still bears the name of Bird-cage Walk. In a house looking into the Bird-cage Walk lived the poet Milton.
Prohibited Goods.The Solicitor to His Majesty's Board of Customs attended before the sitting Magistrates, at the office in Hatton Garden, to bring charges against several persons for having in their possession various silk goods of French, Chinese, and Persian manufacture, contrary to the statute. A hostler at an inn at Hounslow was fined Sl. 75. Od. and 158. costs, for having in his possession three French silk handkercbiefs. His sister, for the like offence, was fined 21.3s. 6d. with costs. A glover in Regent Circus was fined 71. 10s. for haying thirty-five foreign bandkerchiefs in his possession. A gentleman of Covent Garden was fined 31. for having in his possession a piece of Bandana silk handkerchiefs. Two of his servants were also fined a man to the amount of 391. a woman 31. The law inflicts a penalty to the amount of three times the value of the goods seized : but this may be mitigated to half the full penalty. A custom house officer, receiving private information where prohibited goods may be found, is authorized to search any gentleman's house, open his trunks, drawers, &c. and seize whatever he finds of this description. It is to be hoped that this will tend to check the encouragement of smuggling in cases where the right motive does not operate.
A young prince having requested his tutor to instruet him in religion, and teach him to say his prayers, was answered, “ That he was yet too young." “ That cannot be," said the little boy, " for I have been in the burial ground, and measured the graves, and found many of them shorter than myself."-School Miscellany.
A man of the name of Irving was lately found dead, leaning on the table of an ale-house, early in the morning. He bad been sitting up drinking the night before; his companions had left the house; he had falien asleep unobserved. He slept to wake no more in this world.- London Paper.
At the Essex Assizes an action was brought against the owners of the Southend coach for the negligent driving of their servant, whereby one of the plaintiff's shoulders was dis
Jocated. A witness deposed that he saw the coachman drir. ing at a dangerous rate; and when the coach was descending a hill, the velocity increased, and it became unmanageable, and after proceeding a great many rods on two wheels only, it swayed on one side, and at last fell with a tremendous crash at the bottom of the hill, scattering the passengers in all directions. Several of them were severely hurt, and among others the plaintiff, who had his shoulder dislocated, and re'ceived other bruises and contusions. For these injuries the action was brought. The jury found a verdict for the plaintiff. Damages One Hundred and Twenty Pounds. - St. James's Chronicle.
When Dr. Whitgift, afterwards Archbishop of Canterbury, was Master of Trinity CoHege, Cambridge, he sent unto his pupil, (Sir Edward Coke,) when Queen Elizabeth's attorney, à fair New Testament, with this message: "He has long enougl studied Common Law, now let him study the Law of God."-Wordsworth's Ecclesiastical Biography.
A few days ago, at Wellington, in this county, a little boy, about eight years of age, entered the timber-yard of Mr. W. Moore, between eight and nine o'clock in the evening, to find some place of rest for the night-his mother having turned him out of doors. In the yard was kept a large and very fierce dog, to whose kennel the boy went, and enticed him out with part of a penny roll some one had given him, and while the dog was eating it, the boy crept into his kennel, and lay down, 'where he was shortly joined by his canine friend, and both slept together till morning. On Mr. Moore entering the yard next morning, he was much alarmed at perceiving the boy's legs stretched out at the kennel door, and supposing him killed, and dragged in by the dog, ran to obtain help from the neighbours, but, to their agreeable surprise, the boy was safe and fast asleep with the dog. The boy was quite a stranger, and came from Dawley: -Shrewsbury Chronicle.
Discovery Ships. “ His Majesty's Ship Hecla, Captain Parry, Davis's Strait, lat. 69 N. long. 54 W.
“Whale-fish Island, June 29. « We arrived here, as I had anticipated, on Saturday morning, and bave been since busily engaged in removing our stores from the transport, which will, in all probability, leave us on Thursday morning, and, as I am going on an excursion to Disco, about twenty miles from this, I must finish my letters to-night. There is resident on this island a Danish governor,
or merchant, and about eighty or ninety Esquimaux, or rather a mixed race of Danes and Esquimaux: they are mostly Cbristians, and it was quite delightful to find the Holy Scriptures among them, and to see almost every one of these poor creatures enabled to read the blessed word in their own language. The huts of these people are, comparatively, clean and comfortable; they possess a great many of the European comforts of life; and among the things that excited our astonishment was their having, in almost every hut, a musical instrument, called a mandolin, on which all the Esquimaux women play very tolerably."
Hint.-- Before gentlemen or ladies put on their boots or shoes, it is a good plan to turn them upside down, that they may be perfectly cleared and at full liberty to receive the foot. A pebble stone between the foot and the leather is not agreeable. Abee or a wasp are very unpleasant company; and if a black beetle be in the toc of a boot or a shoe, it is a very inconvenient occupation both for the black beetle and for the wearer of the shoe or boot.
From " The Remains of Robert Bloomfield, Author of the Far
mer's Boy,” &c. [Robert Bloomfield, as many of our readers know, belonged
to a very humble station in life, but was one of those who had a singular natural talent for poetry. The following lines shew a truly kind and affectionate disposition.]
To his Wife.
Thou know'st how much I love to steal away
And I'll leave hills and dales and woods for thce.
NCTICE TO CORRESPONDENTS.
We have received Extracts from Nickols's Literary Anecdotes of the 18th Century.
The Advent Collects in our next.
Cottager's Monthly Visitor.
REMARKS ON THE NINETEENTH CHAPTER OF
from Page 340.) The 19th Chapter of Genesis gives an account of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, and of the preservation of Lot.
V.1.- Bowed :" not in religious reverence, for he took them for travellers; (Heb. xiii. 2.) but as a customary civility.
V.8.- The light of the body," says our Lord, " is the eye: if therefore thine eye_be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be fall of darkness.” If that which should be our light, which should direct us, see confusedly or irregularly, no hope of safety remains : and so, if conscience be misdirected, if that which should be our guide be itself in darkness and misinformed, how great is our darkness. We may mean well, as Lot did in this instance; but that is not enough; we shall not do well, if God's word be not our rule; and that expressly forbids us to “ do evil, that good may come.” The word of God is that which enlightens the mind; and much commerce with an ungodly world perverts and deadens it. “Be not deceived: evil coramunications corrupt good manners.” And thus Lot's sense of what was right seems to have
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