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dare not follow the party much further trust in God, and be civill to all that you among the “mountaineers” and the have to doe withall, and find out all that you tives;" for as they approach “ the castle, situ- can in that place; for in the sommer I beated upon the left buttock of the peak-bill,” leeve your father will have you goe to some and prepare to see “ this place so much other place.” (i. 2.) “ All the servants talk'd of, called (save your presence) by, in present their loves to you, and are mighty my judgement, no unfit appellation, consider- joyd to hear of you, and will observe your ing its figure, whose picture I wish were here commands.” (i. 5.) Little maternal kindinserted;" in short, as they enter the pene- nesses are uppermost in her mind. “I will Iralia, the terms employed become so mi- send your weg (wig) by the choch (coach), nutely anatomical, that we must proceed, and the buf cotte, if I can get it.” (i. 117.) quicker than they did, to Buxton—where She wishes to keep up appearances, but at they found the waters very hot, and judged the same time insists on frugality. not inferior to those of Somersetshiere." We want more money, Mr. Scoltowe will latt you would allow no comparison, judging by the have it; butt bee suer to spand as little as hexameter they inspired :
Latt me here from you.” (i. 117.)
“ Bee as good a husband as you can possable, “Buxtoniis thermis vix præfero Bathonianas.” for
know what great charges wee are
at." (i. 119.) A request to her daughterAnd so on, and so on, till they had had ) in-law, in London, is, “I would desire you enough of it. In returning, "wee went, in to by mee a painted fan; it is for a present : a very blinde rode, very hard to find, to a bought (about) twenty shilens ; give rayLeister.” They “intended to have viewed ther under.” (i. 232.) The reader is already Ely nearer hand, but, being almost tir’d and
on terms of intimate acquaintanceship with discouraged by reason of the bad way, wee Lady Browne. tooke over to Wisbich, riding ten mile upon As to Master Tom, we are inclined to fola streight banke of earthe, and four mile low him from the beginning to the end of more by the side of a made river.” At last, his story. He was the eldest child of Sir when dying for diaculum, " that famous city Thomas's eldest son Edward, born in London, of Norwich presents itselfe to our view—Let 1672-3. Mr. Wilkin does not mention this any stranger find mee out so pleasant a county, Little Pickle in his “ Memoir,” which is supsuch good way, large heath, three such plementary to the "Life" by Dr. Johnson ; places as Norwich, Yar., and Lin. in any but we learn (p. cix.) that in the January county of England, and I'll bee once again a subsequent to his death in 1710, by which vagabond to visit them.”
the male line became extinct, the libraries of There are two minor characters brought his father and grandfather were sold by aucout by the domestic correspondence, with tion, at the Black Boy Coffee-house in Avewhom we confess to be mightily taken: good Mary-Lane. Dame Dorothy Browne and her grandson On October 17, 1676, Tommy, still in “ little Tomey," alias “Tomy,"
London, " is so well as to goe to schoole to"Tome," "Tommy,” finally, “ Tom.” The day;" but in April, 1677, we find him safely lady is as lovable as ever was anybody's domiciled in Norwich :mother ; and her spelling is “ever charming, ever new.” Of a good family, as has been
“ Litle Tom is lively, God be thancked. He already recorded, she was of "such sym- Iyeth with Betty [his aunt, afterwards Mrs. Lyttlemetrical proportion to her husband, both in ton]: shee takes great care of him, and getts' him the graces of her body and mind, that they to bed in due time, for hee riseth early. Shee or seemed to come together by a kind of natural Franck (Frances, Browne’s youngest daughter) magnetism." And although Browne had is fayne sometimes to play him asleep with a fiddle. expressed a wish to become a parent ra
When wee send away our letters, hee scribbles a ther in horticultural than in human style, shee doth not know how many fine things there
and will have it sent to his sister, and sayth she brought him twelve children, doubtless are in Norwich.”-i. 219. in the usual way. In these her thoughts were mainly centred. When a child is absent,
Grandmamma's visitors soon discover the ever ready that they may see her writing, she slips a postscript into her husband's letter way to ingratiate themselves :and contrives to insert therein some bit of
“ Tomey this day has behaved himselfe so well good advice or pleasant news. To her son to on Captain Le Gros, which is now com out of Thomas she writes :-"Be sure to put your / Flanders, as hee has presented him with a pretty picktur in a silver box. . . Wee thincke him a one of the boys of the "free skule." This very sivell parson.”—i. 223.
induced an appetite for luncheon at the
Guildhall in the Market Place, and heightened In May, 1678—
by contrast the pleasures of the day, which
concluded with a feast (such a feast!) in St. “ Tom is much delighted to thinck of the guild; Andrew's Hall, and a ball at the Assembly the maior, Mr. Davey, of Alderhollands [AllSaints] intending to live in Surrey House, in St. Rooms. But "Tomey” was too young to Stephen's
, at that time; and there to make his en- go to the dinner, though his grandfather, tertaines ; so that he (Tom) contrives what pic- we may be sure, occupied an honorable tures to lend, and what other things to pleasure seat; and there were no Assembly Rooms in some of that parish, and his schoolmaster, who 1678. Tom would be awed by the superb lives in that parish."--j. 223.
costumes of the mayor, the aldermen, and
the sword-bearer; he might tremble-or not Now, to justify Tommy's delightful anti- --at the grave dignity of the common cipations, the reader ought to know some councilmen ; but he would enjoy an exciting thing of the humors of Norwich guild at mixture of terror and delight at the onthat date. The Guild-day was the mayor's slaughts of the “Whifflers" and the threatday; the Guild-street was the street in which ening advances of "
“Snap." the mayor lived. Since 1835, when the old The Whifflers were a set of men, clad in a corporations were swept off, the antique quaint dress, of similar style to that of the pageantry, which it has been Mr. Ewing's Pope's Swiss guards, whose office it was to task to record in the Notices and Illustra-clear the crowd from before the carriage of trations, has entirely passed away; but in the Mar.” This was effected by means of the days of our childhood it yet retained a blunt swords, with which, in stern silence most respectable appearance. The manner and a fierce countenance, they made appain which the Guild-street was then decorated, rently the most desperate cuts at the popudepended much on the quarter in which the lace. Whifiling is, or was, as much a matmayor resided. If his tent were pitched in ter of practice and skill as fencing. The the "genteel” part of the city, the garniture whiffler who hil his mark would lose his rewas more commonplace, consisting of green putation as completely as the archer who boughs, triumphal arches, with a battlement inissed it. But we suppose this will soon be of musicians, flags drooping from ropes catalogued amongst the lost arts. It used stretched from roof to roof, &c., &c. But if to be hereditarily handed down, and taught he abode in the lower wards, amidst weavers, by the father to the son. A Whistler still dyers, bombazine-dressers, and the like, then, survives under the metamorphosis of a nightin addition to the above, the old traditional watch ; whether his hand has altogether lost ornaments were displayed. The irons by its cunning we cannot say. wbich tapestry was suspended are still now "Snap" was the undoubted though degenand then to be seen; and carpets and rugs erale descendant of the Dragon, that insultwere made to serve the turn of tapestry, ed the Lady, that was righted by St. George, Pictures, and even gaudy tea-trays, were that was patron of the principal Guild. In hung outside the house ; sometimes the plate, early days, Mr. Ewing informs us, the knight the family spoons, and punch-ladle glittered himself, among the wreaths of green rushes and “sweet seg,” which were supplied in great " clad in complete and glittering armor, well variety. Effigies of the model couple, old mounted, and attended by his henchman, was Darby and Joan, emblems of domestic happi- his estate for two days, and hold conflict with the
ordered by his worship the mayor 'to maintain ness, sat pipe in mouth with the tankard of dragon;" which, after much turmoil, amidst the “flyne ypocras," " claret wyne,” or perhaps braying of trumpets, the antics of the whifilers, only “dobyll bere,” before them. Their and shouts of the populace, was conquered and stature was of various proportion ; colossal led captive by the Lady Margaret. She, too, here, next door pigmy. Bowers of all mounted on her palfrey, richly caparisoned and shapes, contrived of leaves and flowers, and led by her henchman, was welcomed from the sereening commodious benches, lined the windows and balconies by the waving of kerchiefs, way-side. Through this diversely-colored church bells, the firing of cannon, and the music
the fluttering of flags and ancients, the ringing of avenue passed the mayor's procession to go of the city waits and other minstrels.”—Notices, to the “grate chutch” (anglice, cathedral) ; &c., p. i. after which the body corporate had to endure the infliction of a long Latin "orracon” from The extracts from Mackarell's MS. History
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of Norwich tells us that “the last Dragon workmen broke open with a pick-axe the was made but a few years ago, and was so coffin of contrived as to spread and clap his wings, distend or contract its head : it was made of
one whose residence within its walls conferred basket-work, and painted cloath over it.” honor on Norwich in olden times. The bones of Idem, p. 21. In such guise did it make its the skeleton were found to be in good preserva
In such guise did it make its tion, particularly those of the skull; the forehead annual appearance previous to the corpora
was remarkably low and depressed, the head unution revolutions of 1835. In our days Snap sually long, the back part exhibiting an uncommon had acquired the additional right of levying appearance of depth and capaciousness ; the brain black-mail on the bystanders, and had learn- was considerable in quantity, quite brown and ed the clever trick of swallowing half-pence unctuous; the hair profuse and perfect, of a fine in any quantity. Whether the utler suppres- auburn, similar to that in the portrait presented sion of these amusing gauds was quite dis- to the parish by Dr. Howman, and which is carecreet and in accordance with popular taste, croft.“
fully preserved in the vestry of St Peter's Man. may be surmised from the success attending the late aliegorical processions on Lord Another account adds :Mayor's day in London. We suppose the Archbishop of Westminster will do his best “ The hair of the beard remained profuse and to supply the deficiency in the provinces in perfect, though the flesh of the face, as well as On which side our “ Tomay
every other part, was totally gone." would have voted, is not difficult to guess
The parishioners may carefully preserve Tomay “much a man ” in his new
the picture, but they were careless to preand “brichis,” which he meanes to war carfully,” but nevertheless venturing within moved. It passed into the possession of the
serve the original ; for the head was rereach of Snap and the Whifflers. Her Malate Dr. Edward Lubbock, and was by him jesty's late fancy ball ought to have been eventually presented (!) to the Museum of the enriched by a Sir Thomas and Lady Browne, Norwich Hospital, where it remains for the attended by their hopeful Tom. Tom's sequel was to become an M.D. and inspection of the curious, and subject to the
reverent remarks of medical students who an F.R.S., to get married, but to leave no dabble in phrenology. A few casts of the children. Le Neve's pedigree records him skull were taken, one of which we have seen. as “an ingenious gent.—but who afterwards As in the case of Byron, so this example gave himself up to drinking so much that he died, a.d. 1710, by a fall off his horse, going Combe's mission.
by no means tends to further Mr. George from Gravesend to his house in Southfleet in Causality, Ideality, Comparison, the Percep
In it, the bumps of • Kent, being drunk and up all night.” as Le Neve commits the error of stating that tive faculties, and even Benevolence and VenSir Thomas was buried in Norwich Cathe- not to have been-he had no business to be
eration, are sadly deficient. Browne ought dral and at a wrong date, we may fairly give Tommy's memory the benefit of a doubt as brilliant essayist, an amiable physician, a
--an acute observer, a fanciful speculator, a to the truth of the aforesaid story; At any considerate, thoughtful paterfamilias.
He rate, with him the male line ended. Not so either the blood, the whim, or the talent. ought to have been a glutton, a sensualist, Sir Thomas's daughter Anne had a daughter idiot, a very every-day sort of a body: He
irascible and selfish, and, if not quite an Frances, whose eldest son Henry, 10th Earl of Buchan, was the father of the late Earl, most clearly had no right to enter in his David, of picturesque memory; also
of Henry these, being by his organization incapable of
commonplace book any such sentences as Erskine, the elegant and witty Lord Advocate of Scotland under all the talents, and of
feeling them: the inimitable Thomas, Lord Chancellor of
“ To pray and magnify God in the night, and England. Other branches of this goodly my dark bed, when I could not sleep: to know tree are still flourishing, and may yet put no street or passage in this city which may not forth both flowers and fruit. The Brownean witness that I have not forgot God and my Sablood cannot be all turned to water.
viour in it. Since the necessities of the sick, and The latest particulars which the biographer often froin church, yet to take all possible care
unavoidable diversions of my profession, keep me of Sir Thomas is enabled to give are very that I might never miss sacraments upon their remarkable. On the occasion of making a
accustomed days. Upon sight of beautiful pervault in the chancel of St. Peter's to receive sons, to bless God in his creatures, to pray for the remains of a clergyman's wife, the the beauty of their souls, and to enrich them with
inward graces to be answerable unto the out- Loculo indormiens Corporis spagyward. Upon sight of deformed persons, to send rici Pulvere Plumbum in Aurum them inward graces, and enrich their souls, and
convertit." give them the beauly of the resurrection.”-iv. 420-1.
All this happened in August, 1840. We
ask not who was the church warden-but After this, what shall we think of phreno- what were the reverend superiors about? logical tests? Who, now, will fix upon a Did they authorize Dr. Lubbock 10 present wife, a friend, or a confidential servant, by the skulí to the hospital ? Were the noble the application of callipers to their crania ? Buchans left in ignorance as to the rude dis
But there may have been a mistake; the covery and still worse after-treatment of their wrong coffin may have been opened. No ; famous ancestor's relics ? for
To conclude with a more pleasant topic:
-we beg once more to thank Mr. Wilkin for « The coffin-plate, which was also broken, was of this excellent edition—the labor of many brass, in the form of a shield, and it bore the fol zealous years. It is probable that Sir T. lowing quaint inscription :
Browne's works will be even more interesting
to future generations of Englishmen, than to Amplissimus Vir
the present; and if so, they will be duly Dns Thomas Broune Miles Medecina grateful to this gentleman for his diligent Dr Annos Nalus 77 Denatus 19 Die and able illustration of the old “ light of NorMensis Octobris Anno Dnj 1682 hoc
From Chambers's Edinburgh Journal.
HORACE WALPOLE AND THOMAS GRAY.
AN IMAGINARY DIALOGUE.
(Paris, A. D. 1739.)
Gray. And what sort of evening had you,
G. Which she is more familiar with, unpray, at Milor Conway's ?
Jess Scripture misleads and my eyesight deWalpole. Mighty dull it would have been ceives me. called in London ; but considering the fate W. You should have been with us last of us poor exiles in a strange land, it passed night at his lordship’s, for we railed against off well enough. We shook each other by French things and personages pretty scanthe hand more warmly than we should have dalously, I promise you, much as we enjoy done in Whitehall or Leicester Square, and ourselves in the naughty heart of them. felt comfortable at the flesh-and-blood evi- My Lord George Bentinck and I had a dence of every John Bull face that there is prodigious dispute about the merits of Versuch a country as England after all.
sailles, which he lauded and I unsparingly G. Which one is really in danger of for- | abused. getting—one hears so little about it from the G. For my part, I spent an absolutely unquality in Paris.
interrupted evening in letter-writingW. Paris mentions England now and then W. To Dick West, I hope, child ? in a proverb—as she alludes to Paradise (of G. Yes; and about Versailles too. which she knows just as little) or Babylon W. I am infinitely obliged to you for the Great
forestalling me. I should only have made VOL XXV. NO. I
mouths at its palatial magnificence, whereas W. You're a wise child; yet nemo morlayou were too well pleased with it to do that. lium omnibus horis sapit, especially while sit
G. You are mistaken: I thought but poor- ting out a tedious French ballet, and temptly of the place, and told Dick what I thought. ed to talk by a piquant old Parisian. What For instance, I am barbarian enough to call horrible ideas they have of music here! the Grand Front a huge heap of littleness, G. Nothing can equal its wretchedness and to declare of the whole building that a except the profound respect with which they more disagreeable toul-ensemble you can no- listen to it." Did you ever hear such screamwhere see for love or money ; though I ad- ing? mire the back front, with the terrace and W. No; except in our own laughter, marble basins and bronze statues. As for the when the thing was over: I really believe general taste of the place, everything, I tell we squalled louder and longer than the singhim, is forced and constrained ; and even now ers, and infinitely more in tune. I'd as you might be shocked to see how I ridicule soon live on maigre as frequent their operas. the gardens, with their sugar-loaves and The music is as like gooseberry tart as it is minced-pies of yew, their scrawl-work of box, like harmony. their stiff tiresome walks, and their little G. More so, if the gooseberries be sour, squirting jets d'eau.
and set your teeth on edge. I shan't venW. Mind you keep your treasonable epis. ture on another bite, but contine myself to tle under lock and key, or we may both have Corneille and Molière. What a shame it is an exempı laying his paw on our shoulders, the houses are so thin on Molière nights ! and whispering De part le roi in our ears, W. That's because they've had nothing and slipping a lettre de cachet into our hands.but Molière for such a prodigious time. I Little as I love Versailles, it is the genteelest don't suppose Addison himself would conplace in the world compared with the Bastile. tinue to be worshipped in London every
G, If the mouchards are not on the look- night of the year, and for twenty years runout for me, I am for them, and horribly sus- ning. But Molière has a foremost page in picious it makes me.
your good books. W. I'm sure one sat by me at the thea- G. I owe him a great deal, if only for tre last Wednesday; a mighty mean, dirty- whiling away dull hours at Cambridge, where looking creature, who would press his spuff- he helped me to forget those execrable mathbox on me, and talk about les Anglais. He ematics which are the alpha and omega of pretended not to suppose me a foreigner; the university articles of faith. Cambridge but though I said nothing about that, I was will never produce a Molière, nor will Engrude and abrupt enough to prove myself En- land either. glish to the backbone.
W. Don't be ungrateful, child, for national G. I noticed the ugly rascal. He invited mercies. Cambridge has given us Newton; me in an off-hand style to join him in a game and if France has her Molière, have we not at faro or hazard. Probably he keeps a Dryden and Vanbrugh, and Wycherly and gaming-house himself.
Steele, and a world of others ? W. Oh, there's nothing dishonorable in G. Perhaps we shall have Walpole on the doing that, you know, here in Paris. More list of English classics before we have done. than a hundred of the highest people in the W. Who can tell ? Stranger things have place do it; and the houses are open all happened. Not only Balaam, but Balaam's night long for any adventurer who likes to ass, we find among the prophets. Then why. in.
not Sir Robert's son among the poets ? G. I fancy our absence form the gaming. G. Or Thomas Gray himself, riding tritables is one reason why we get on so slowly umphantly on your argument of an ass. I with the natives. They have no sympathy dare say we have both had our day.dreams with abstinence of that kind. We must be of glory at Eton and Cambridge. perfect Huguenots to them.
W. And are not too old or too sage to W. Had you much communication with have them still. After becoming travelled mon cher ami of the snuff-box? I hope, gentlemen, and initiated in all the mysteries if he is a mouchard, you are not compro- of the Grand Tour, we must let the world mised ?
see what is in us, and appeal to posterityG. I was as reserved and circumspect as that imposing fiction which shall one day be a Cambridge freshman. No, I'm quite safe. fact ! If I had committed myself, I should have G. If the world knows no more of us a been committed before now.
century hence than it does to-day, posterity