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brazen doors, on which the his-the snows, or violent rains, that tory of our Saviour's birth, it overflows, and does prodigious . life, and passion, is exquisitely damage. The fortifications of wrought; a plain proof how Rome are of no great strength, grossly they are mistaken, or how and would hardly be able to susthey would impose upon others, tain a regular siege. The town who say that they were gates of in general is well built, the Solomon's temple! The beauty streets wide, and 'adorned with a of the inside is answerable to the vast number of palaces, monasmagnificence of the outside, the tries and churches; most of them roof being gilt and supported by are extremely beautiful and magseventy-six marble pillars of dif-nificent: but it must be confessed ferent colours, the choir painted that some of the private houses by the greatest masters, and the rather deserve the name of huts, floor inlaid with marble. At a and would better become a counlittle distance from the church try village than a great metropolis. stands the baptistery, a round fabric supported by beautiful pillars : and near it lies the burying place called campo santo, the earth that covers it having been
Varieties. brought from the holy land, which they pretend will consume corpse in forty-eight hours. This is surrounded with a cloister, a- Timber in a Seventy-four Gun Ship. dorned with excellent paintings. A seventy-four gun ship will Adjoining to it stands the leaning swallow up nearly 3,000 loads of tower, of a cylindrical form, a oak timber: a load of oak timber hundred and eighty-eight feet in contains fifty cubical feet, and a height. The greatest curiosity ton forty feet; so that a seventy-. that I observed about this city is four gun ship takes 2,000 large an aqueduct, consisting of five well-grown timber trees, of
perthousand arches, which conveys haps two tons each. The diswater into the town from hills at tance recommended for planting, several miles distance.
trees is thirty feet; but supposFrom hence we proceeded to ing trees to stand at the distance Rome which is situated on the of two rods, (thirty-three feet) river Tyber, about sixteen miles each statute acre would contain from the sea. The river runs forty trees; of course, the buildthrough the city from north to ing of a seventy-four gun ship, south, and is often swelled to would clear the timber of fifty such a height' by the melting of Jacres. Even supposing the trees
to stand one rod apart, (a short number of pores will be estidistance for trees of the mag- mated at 1,000,000 * 144 * 14= nitude above-mentioned) it would 2,016,000,000, or two thousand clear twelve acres and a half; and sixteen millions. no inconsiderable plot of ground. The complaints relative to the decrease of our timber are not Origin of Chequers on Public to be wondered at under such Houses Tradition says, that the circumstances; and this calcula- Earl of Warren and of Surrey, tion points out to landed proprie- (whose armorial bearings were tors the necessity and patriotism Checky Or, and Azure,) allied to of continually planting more trees William of Normandy, and who to supply our future wants, accompanied him in his conquest
of this island, had afterwards an exclusive power of granting per
mission or license to vend malt Pores of the Human Body.- liquors; and to enable their agents The skin of the human body, is a to collect the consideration-money very curious object for the micros- paid for it the more readily, the соре. By cutting a thin piece door-posts were painted in chewith a very sharp razor, and ap- quers, the arms of Warren; (as plying it to a good microscope, a above); the practice of which has multitude of small pores will be been handed down to the present seen, through which the perspira- day. The privilege of licensing ble matter is supposed to be p*- is said to have been exercised by petually transmitted. These are their descendant, the Eart of best seen in the under or second Arundel, as late as the reign of skin. There are said to be 1000 Philip and Mary, pores in the length of an inch, and of course, in a surface an inch
BELLES AND DANDIES OF THE square, there will be 1,000,000,
AGE OF CROMWELL. through which, either the sensible
(From God's Plea for Nineveh, &c. "By T. or insensible perspiration is con
Reeve, B.D. 1657. tinually issuing.
“ The Kings of Egypt were wont to • If there are 1,000,000 pores give unto their Queens the tribute of in every square inch, the follow the city Antilla, to buy them girdles;" ing calculation is made of the And how much girdles, gorgets, number in the whole body: wimples, cowls, crisping-pins,
The surface of the body of a veils, rails, frontlets, bonnets, middle-sized person, is reckoned bracelets, necklaces, roundtires, to contain 14 feet; and as each sweet-balls, rings, civets, musks, foot contains 144 inches, the lawns, hoods, glasses, mufflers,
ear-rings, slops, slippers, rose- equal it? yes, the man now is bee powders; jessamy-butter, com-come as feminine as the woman. plexion-waters, &c. &c. &c. &c. Men must have their half shirts do cost in our days many a sigh- and quarter arms, a dozen easeing husband doth know by the ments above, and two luke-homes year's account. What ado is there below; some walk (as it were) in to spruce up many a lady, ei-their waistcoats, and others (one ther for streets or market, balls, would think) in their petticoats; or operas: she is not fit to be seen they must have narrow waists unless she doth appear half naked; and narrow bands, large cuffs nor to be noticed, unless she hath upon their wrists and larger upon her distinguished patches upon their shins ; their boots must her; she goeth not abroad 'till be crimped and their knees guardshe be feathered like a popinjay, ed. A man would conceive them and doth shine like alabaster. It apes by their coats, soapmen by is a hard thing to draw her out of their faces, mealmen by their bed, and a harder to draw her from shoulders, bears or French dog's the looking glass : it is the great by their frizzled hair. And this work of the family to dress her- is my trim man! And oh, that I much chafing and fuming there could end here! but pride doth go is before she can be thorough- a longer circuit, it has travelled to ly dressed; her spongings and the commons, every yeoman in his perfumings, lacings and lickings, age must be attired like a gentleclippings and pinnings, denti- man of the first rank; every clerk fricings and daubings, the set- must be as brave as the justice; ting of every hair methodi- every apprentice match his master cally, and the placing of every sin gallantry; the waiting-woman beauty-spot topically, are so tedi- doth vie in fashions with her lady, ous, that it is a wonder the mis, and the kitchen-maid looks like tress or the waiting-maid can sit some squire's daughter by her hatill all the scenes of this fantastic bit; the handicraftsmen are in comedy be acted through. Otheir colours, and their wives in these birds of Paradise are rich silks. Yours, &c. bought at a dear rate! The keep
A PLAIN Man. ing of these lannerets is very chargeable! The wife oftentimes
To the Editor of the Oxford Enter: doth wear more gold upon her
taining Miscellany. back than the husband hath in his purse, and hath more jewels about
MR. EDITOR, her neck than the annual revenue
I have selected the doth amount to. . This is the she- following for insertion in your pride, and doth not the he-pride amusing Miscellany, which, as it is not generally known, will, I To the Editor of the Oxford Enler. dare say, be interesting to your
taining Miscellany. numerous readers.
I have many times thought of addressing a few lines to you, but Αλφα. .
my time has of late been so fully ocThe Cause of the regular Figures ercise even necessary for my health,
cupied, as to prevent my taking exformed by Hoar Frost on Windows. The same continued round of employM. Mairan, first supposed this ment still engages my attention; but
I determined no longer to delay the curious phenomenon to be occasi
promise I had made myself, having oboned by the pre-existence, in the
served how very few original produc. glass, of certain regular figures tions you were favoured with in the generated during its formation ; latter numbers of your Entertaining and he thinks that the particles Miscellany. I am quite at a loss as to of hoar frost deposit themselves what cause I must attribute such apaaccording to these figures. This thy, and that astonishment which i
feel is still more increased when I hypothesis has been overturned
consider this to be a University Town, by. M. Carena who shews that the
a place above all others I sbould have following are among the princi- thought fertile in little effusions that pal causes of this phenomenon. would be entertaining to your readers. 1. The natural force of crystal
Are there no aspirers after fame? none
that will attempt to make us laugh or lization.
cry?-Why then, Mr. Éditor, but II. The necessity of the hoar let me consider for a moment I ought frost extending itself along a plain not to be the person to complain, as I surface, which restrains the qua
can promise you very little assistance quaversus tendency of crystalliza- from myself, having neither leisure
nor ability to offer any thing worthy tion.
of notice-à propos, perhaps you may III. The numerous and varied throw this into the fire as soon as you resistances presented by the sur- have read it-however, Mr. Editor, I face of the glass.
have two or three poetical friends who
occasionally favour me with their lit. IV. The imperfect and irregu- tle effusions, and if by offering any of lar conducting power of the glass, these I can contribute to the amusewhich is apt to produce in the ment of your readers you may.com. vapours curvilineal motions at the mand me. instant preceding their conge
One of them shall accompany this,
and if you think it worth inserting, I lation. M. Carepa placed a small
have several others from the same aucopper
disc on the outside of one thor I can furnish you with, waiting of the panes of glass, and found
your answer I subscribe myself, that the corresponding part of the
Mr. Editor, glass was always free from hoar Your well-wisher and Subscriber, frost.
Oxford, Sept. 21, 1824.
On leaving the Place of one's nativity your Miscellany, the insertion
BACHELOR'S FARE. view?
Funny and free are a Bachelor's And from these scenes when I depart, revelries,
Ah! must I also part with you? Cherrily, merrily, passes his life; Who once profess'd that your fond Nothing knows he of connubial devilheart
ries, To me--for ever would be true.
Troublesome children and clamorAh! must 1, friendless and alone,
ous wife. Through the wide world be doom'd Free from satiety, care, and anxiety, to rove?
Charms in variety fall to his share; And must I my sad fate bemoan,
Bachelor's blisses and Venus's kisses, With none to sympathize or love? This, boys this, is the Bachelor's
Fare. Ah! must I thus without a friend Meet the contempt, the sneer, the A wife, like a canister, chattering, scoff;
clattering, And none my righteous cause defend, Tied to a dog for his torment and While I'm of fools, the jest and dread; laugh?
All bespattering, bumping, and batThen may God help me-he, indeed, tering, Oft to the friendless proves a friend;
Hurries and worries him till he is And vhe the wounded heart doth dead; bleed,
Old ones are two devils, haunted with Kindly doth his assistance lend.
blue devils, 'Tis be alone my wound can ease,
Young ones are new devils, raising
despair, 'Tis he can heal the wounded soul, 'Tis he can every grief appease
Doctors and nurses combining their And make the broken-hearted whole.
curses, Adieu to full purses and Bachelor's
Through such folly days, once sweet The Editors present their thanks to
holidays, the subscriber of the above, and hope
Soon are imbittered by wrangling bis letter may have the effect of in
and strife; ducing many to join with him in as
Wife turn jolly days to melancholy sisting their endeavours to afford lite
days, rary amusement.
All perplexing and vexing ones life ; Children are riotous, maid servants
fly at us, To the Editor of the Oxford Enter
Mammy to quiet us growls like a tuining Miscellany.
bear, Polly is squalling, and Molly is bawl
ing, think the fol
While dad is recalling his Bachelor's lowing lines worthy a place in Fare.