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says Burns. In these matters, therefore, Miscellanies. castle-building must give place to dry evidence and the matter-of-fact testimony SINGULAR ADVERTISEMENT. of the senses. Those who act otherwise The following singular advertisement is in these affairs waste their years in run
copied from The New London Connecning round a circle, and find themselves ticut Gazette :in the end at the point from which they
THE SUBSCRIBER set out. Among these materializers of Being determined not to move from this the airy nothings of the mind, are the State, requests all persons indebted, to perpetual-motion-hunters, who astound
pay particular attention to his society with their discoveries, and are at
New definition of an Old Grammar, viz. last obliged to creep off, as the sporting
Present Tense people say, “ like dogs with their tails
Thou art. He is. between their legs.” The credulous ex.
In want of money. perimenters after the discovery of the Thou art + Indebted to me. philosopher's stone; of an universal re
- Shortly to be authorized, medy, the elixir of life, by which man is
for the want thereof to to defy sickness and defer death for a
take the body. thousand years ; the gambler's martingale Unless immediate payment is made, foi subduing chance; and the navigators to the moon_afford examples enough of you must expect to take a lecture upon
my new plural. the folly of endeavouring to realize the
The Subscriber offers for sale, at his fantasies of imagination, and of trying to Store, two rods south of the Fish-market, build with sunbeams and prismatic colours the following articles, viz. the coarse and ponderous edifices of man's
Solid Arguments. erections.
Hot Oysters, Boiled Lobsters, Ham and These objections, however, do not affect
Eggs, Butter and Cheese, &c. castle-building of the right kind : the
Agitations. enjoyer of which truly believes his visions
Cider, Vinegar, Salt, Pickles, &c. too subtle for the common world, from
Grievances. which he must withdraw himself to see
Pepper-Sauce, Mustard, Cayennethem. He sets out with the perfect con
Pepper, &c. sciousness that the feast of which he is
Punishments. going to partake belongs not to tangible
Rum, Brandy, Gin, Bitters, &c. existence, that it consists of ethereal ali
Superfluities. ment laid out in the universe of spirit, Snuff, Tobacco, Segars, Pomatum, &c. and that consequently it is an intellectual
Extraordinaries. entertainment upon 56 ambrosial food,”
Sea Serpent's Bones, Wooden Shoes, which, while he tastes, must receive from
Water Witches, &c. him no alloy of corporeal substances. He N. B. The above articles will be es. knows that this pleasure is an illusion,
changed for like all others, even those that consist of
Necessaries, vis. better things, but he, nevertheless, de- Bank Bills at par, Crowns, Dollars, half rives a temporary satisfaction from it. ditto, quarter ditto, Pistareens, NinePleasant to him is the short interval of penny pieces,Four-penny-halfpenny ditto, rest in his arm-chair after dinper, for,
or Cents. when the foolish world thinks him taking
Terms of Payment : his nod, he is in an elysium,pleasant One half the sum down, and the other are his silent devotions to Raleigh's half on the delivery of the articles. soothing weed, to the solace of his segar
Rudiments gratis, viz. or hookah-pleasant is the still hour of Those indebted for... Arguments night when sleep is deferred a little only Must not be..... .Agitated; to be sounder when it comes, and the un. Nor think it a..
. Grievance slumbering fancy revels in unwearied If they should meet ..Punishment luxury, and rears the noblest edifices in For calling for such.... ..Superfluities; her matterless region-pleasant, in short, Nor think it..... .Extraordinary is castle-building whenever the mind That I find it
.Necessary wants renovation, or amusement of its To demand immediate .Payment. own peculiar character, and can so employ
ANDREW SMITH. itself without a waste of time or attention The smallest favour thankfully received. from more important objects.
J. W. Jun.
On the late Lord Galloway and his Cook. “I am but a Gatherer and disposer of other Says my Lord to his Cook, how comes it
That I see you thus drunk, Dennis, every A WORTHY baronet of Erin's clime,
day; Had a fam'd telescope in his possession ; Physicians, they say, once a month, do And on a time
allow Of it's amazing pow'rs he made profes. A man, for his health, to get drunk-as sion,
a sow. Yon church, cried he, is distant near a That is right, quoth the Cook, but the mile;
day they don't say ; Yet when I view it steady for a while,
So for fear I should miss it, I am drunk Upon a bright and sunny day,
every day. My glass so strong and clear Does bring the church so near,
THE UGLY WIFE,
Tom weds a rich hag that would frighten EPITAPH ON GEORGE DIXON,
Repentance soon tortures his mind; A NOTED FOX-HUNTER,
But vain are the tears that express his By the late William Hickington, Esq.
remorse, STOP passenger! and thy attention fix on! Unless he could cry himself blind! That true-born honest fox-hunter, George Dixon;
TO CORRESPONDENTS. Who after eighty years unwearied chase,
Venedota, P. T. W., F. R.-Y., Edgar, and Now rests his bones within this hallow'd G.S. in our next. place.
The following communications are either
deemed unsuited to the Mirror, too well kuown, A gentle tribute of applause bestow,
or not possessing sufficient merit :--D. Kn, And give him as you pass one tally-ho! R. S., Chattamensis, Y., R.F., Moyle, G., WilEarly to cover, brisk he rode each morn, kins, Edwin, B. In hopes the brush his temples might
Will our Twelfth Day correspondents allow
their articles to stand over eleven months adorn,
Early, H.B.,J.B., N.B.D., C. Clarke, W.M., The view is now no more, the chase is J.S., Francisca.
There are two A. L.'s in the field. past,
We stand corrected by “Mr. Patrick Bull, And to an earth, poor George is run at
Gent. Esq.:" it was certainly in the descent and last.
not the ascent that Pilatre de Rosiere and Ro. maine were killed.
H. H. C.'s anecdote of Dr. Young, which he EPITAPH
thinks has never been in print, is in every jest. In the Cathedral Church of Salisbury. Book. In memory of
Utopia in our next.
We thank Amicus; but we can do no more. Thomas Glover, Architect,
H.O. in an early Number. who having erected many
As none of our friends are so obliging as to die Stately, curious, and artful for the sake of having Mr. Wall's epitaph, we
must refer him elsewhere for a customer. edifices for others, himself is
Mina's Address to his Countrymen is somewhat here lodged under this single out of date. Perhaps it may soon be in season. stone, in full expectation
Lines to infant children and young misses can however of a building with
rarely be acceptable to the Mirror.
Will R. S. turn to page 428 of our last volume, God eternal in the Heavens.
and he will find a full account of Capt. Parry's Ob. Dec. 2.
second voyage. | A.D. 1707.
Errata.---Page 19, col. 2, line 44, for " of all,” T. P. H.
read“ at all." Page 20. col. 1, line 28, insert a comma after “ Annotationes ;" 1.31, for “Bonmotiane," read “Bonmotiana ;" 1. Il from the
bottom, for “planum," read plenum ;" col. 2, EPITAPH
1. 20, for “ levy,” read “ levee." In Clapham Church-Yard, on a child
• The Second Volume of the Mirror is now three years and eight months old.
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We are sure we shall have the thanks of of boars, bears, and lions. This foun. our poetical readers at least for presenting tain has been removed by Major Wild. them with a view of Newstead Abbey, man, the present proprietor, who is reso long the baronial residence of a family storing the Abbey in a style of classical which has received more honour from the and appropriate magnificence. The em. talent of the present representative, than bellishments which the Abbey had refrom the titles which have ennobled it. ceived from the present Lord Byron, had
Newstead, or New Place, was formerly more of the brilliant conception of the a monastery of canons of St. Augustine, poet in them than of the sober calculadedicated to God and the Virgin Mary by tions of common life. In many rooms the founder, Henry II., who endowed it which he had superbly furnished, but over with the church and town of Papelwick, which he had permitted so wretched a together with large wastes about the mo- roof to remain, that in about half a dozen nastery, within the forest, a park of ten years the rain had visited his proudest acres, &c. In the reign of Henry the chambers, the paper had rotted on the Fighth, when the monasteries were walls, and fell, in comfortless sheets, upon stripped and demolished, Newstead Ab- glowing carpets and canopies, upon beds pey, which is at a short distance from of crimson and gold, clogging the wings Mansfield, in Nottinghamshire, came of glittering eagles, and destroying gor. into the possession of the family of Byron, geous coronets. A gentleman who vi. and continued their residence until sold sited the Abbey soon after Lord Byron by the present Lord Byron a few years ago. had sold it, gives the following descrip
The front of the Abbey is one of the tion of it:most beautiful and chaste specimens of “ The long and gloomy gallery, which, Gothic architecture in the kingdom. In the whoever views, will be strongly reminded open court was fountain discharging its of Lara, as indeed a survey of this place waters from an antique structure of stone, will awaken more than one scene in that omamented with a grotesque assemblage poem, had not yet relinquished the sombre VOL XIL
pictures of its ancient race.'—In the old pond, into which he is said to have study, which is a small chamber over- hurled his lady in one of his fits of fury, looking the garden, the books were packed whence she was rescued by the gardener, up, but there remained a sofa, over which a courageous blade, who was the Lord's hung a sword in a gilt sheath, and at the master, and chastised him for his barbaend of the room, opposite the window, rity. There still, at the end of the garstood a pair of light fancy stands, each den, in a grove of oak, two towering supporting a couple of the most perfect satyrs, he with his goat and club, and and finely polished skulls I ever saw, Mrs. Satyr with her chubby cloven-footed most probably selected, along with the brat, placed on pedestals at the intersecfar-famed one converted into a drinking tions of the narrow and gloomy pathways, cup, and inscribed with some well-known struck for a moment, with their grim lines, from amongst a vast number taken visages, and silent shaggy forms, the fear from the burial-ground of the abbey, and into your bosom which is felt by the piled up in the form of a mausoleum, but neighbouring peasantry at th’oud laird's since re-committed to the ground. Be- devils.' tween them hung a gilt crucifix.
“ In the lake before the abbey, the arti" In one corner of the servants' hall ficial rock which he filled at a vast ex. lay a stone coffin, in which were fencing pense, still reared its lofty head; but the gloves and foils; and on the wall of the frigate, which fulfilled old mother Shipample, but cheerless kitchen, was painted ton's prophecy, by sailing over dry land in large letters, “ Waste not, want not.' from a distant part to this place, had
.“ During a great part of his Lordship's long vanished, and the only relics of his minority, the abbey was in the occupation naval whim were the rock, his ship buoys, of Lord G his hounds, and divers co. and the venerable old Murray, who aclonies of jackdaws, swallows, and star- companied me round the premises. The lings. The internal traces of this Goth dark haughty impetuous spirit and mad were swept away ; but without, all ap- deeds of this Nobleman, the poet's uncle, peared as rude and unreclaimed as he I feel little doubt, by making a vivid could have left it. I must confess, that and indelible impression on his youthfuil if I was astonished at the heterogeneous fancy, furnished some of the principal mixture of splendour and ruin within, I materials for the formation of his Lord. was more so at the perfect uniformity of ship’s favourite, and perpetually recurring, wildness throughout. I never had been poetical hero. His manners and acts are able to conceive poetic genius in its poetic the theme of many a winter evening in bower, without figuring it diffusing the that neighbourhood. In a quarrel, which polish of its delicate taste on every thing arose out of a dispute between their gamearound it: but here that elegant spirit keepers, he killed his neighbour, Mr. and beauty seemed to have dwelt, but not Chaworth, the lord of the adjoining to have been caressed; it was the spirit manor.. With that unhappy deed, howof the wilderness. The gardens were as ever, died all family feud; and, if we are exactly as their late owner described them to believe our noble bard, the dearest in his earliest lays :
purpose of his heart would have been “Thro’ thy battlements, Newstead, the hollow compassed could he have united the two winds whistle ;
races by an union with the sole remnant " Thou, the hall of my father's, art gone to of that ancient house,' the present most
decay; "In thy once smiling gardens the hemlock and
amiable Mrs. Chaworth--the Mary of his
poetry. To those who have any know“ Now choke up the rose that late bloom'd in the ledge of the two families, nothing is more
perspicuous in his lays than the deep “ With the exception of the dog's interest with which he has again and tomb, a conspicuous and elegant object, again turned to this his boyish, his first placed on an ascent of several steps, mostendearing attachment. The-Dream' crowned with a lambent flame, and pan- is literally their mutual history. The nelled with white marble tables, of which, antique oratorie,' where stood his that containing the celebrated epitaph is steed caparisoned, and the hill' the most remarkable, I do not recollect the
crowned with a peculiar diadem slightest trace of culture or improvement. Of trees in circular array, so fixed, The late Lord, a stern and desperate cha- Not by the sport of nature, but of man," racter, who is never mentioned by the are pictures too well known to those who neighbouring peasants without a signi. have seen them to be mistaken for a moficant shake of the head, might have re- ment. turned and recognised every thing about “ It is curious to observe the opinions him, except perchance an additional crop entertained by country people, of celeof weeds. There still gloomily slept that brated literary characters, living at times
amongst them. I have frequently asked with the Highland custom, every passuch persons near Newstead, what sort of senger added a stone to the pile out of man his Lordship was? The impression respect to the memory of the deceased. of his energetic but eccentric character The conclusion I have here drawn, is was obvious in their reply, He's the confirmed by the popular traditions cond- of a fellow for comical fancies. nected with some of the more ancient He flogs th’oud Lard to nothing; but tumuli of this description in Wales. It is, he's a hearty good fellow for a'that.' One however, certain, that, after the Christian of these mere comical fancies, related by ceremony of inhumation had been adopta farmer, who has seen it more than once, ed, the carnedd was no longer used as a is truly Byronic:-He would sometimes mark of honourable distinction, but was get into the boat with his two noble appropriated solely to malefactors. The Newfoundland dogs, row into the middle custom, observed by passengers, of castof the lake, then dropping the oars, ing a stone on the heap was still retained ; tumble over into the middle of the water; but now only as a sign of reproach ; and the faithful animal would immediately hence the popular expression in Wales of follow, seize him by the coat collar, one Carn ar dy wyneb, “A Carn on thy on each side, and bear him away to land. face,”-where any ill-will is intended Dogs tutored in this manner are invalu. against the person addressed. able, because they may be relied upon in The origin of this custom among the cases of actual danger.”
Welsh and Highlanders of Scotland is, no doubt, to be traced to a very remote
age. It had its source, most probably, WELSH CARNEDDAU.
in the institution of Druidism, the first ( To the Editor of the Mirror.)
establishment of which is lost in the dark
ness of ages. But the usage was not SIR,_Upon turning over the leaves of confined to Britain. Even in the Patri. your former volumes, I have found some archial times, as we find from the book notices connected, in a certain degree, of Genesis, the erection of stone-piles with the ancient history of Wales, upon was customary, though not for sepulchral which I hope you will permit me to offer, purposes. It was then in use, as the pas. occasionally, a few supplementary obser- sage in Genesis seems to imply, for the vations. I shall at present confine myself purpose of giving solemnity to a conto the following.
tract. We find, however, from the In vol. ii. p. 305, (No. 50.) you have book of Joshua, that among the Israelgiven the representation of a celebrated ites of after ages, the Carn was actually Cairn in Minorca, with a short article on applied to sepulchral uses, since it is rethese ancient remains, the writer of which corded, that Achan, who was stoned to presumes, and I think rightly, that they death for theft, was buried under a heap were originally designed for “ sepulchral of stones in the valley of Achor ;t and monuments. It would have given addi, the resemblances between the Hebrew tional weight to his hypothesis, if he had Gar-naid and the ancient British Cara noticed some of those to be found in nedd (both signifying a heap of stones,) Wales, and which are known by the may tend to establish the identity of the narne of Carneddau, or Carnau, a word
usage thus adopted by the two nations. nearly resembling the Scotch Cairn. It is moreover probable, that the custom There are several of these tumuli scattered of burying malefactors in this manner throughout the Principality ; among the as well as individuals of celebrity, may most remarkable of which are those on
have originally prevailed in this country, Pumlumon (corruptly called Plinlimon,) and that upon the introduction of Christhe Carneddau Hengwm and Carneddau tianity, the former description of persons y Gawres (or the Giantess's Heaps) in were alone buried in this way. Merionethshire, with some in the island
Nor was the usage confined to the of Anglesea. Mr. Rowlands, author of Hebrews and Britons. Homer obviously Mona Antiqua, caused one of these alludes to a similar practice in the follatter to be opened, and found it to con- lowing passage in a speech of Hector to tain an urn, from which he reasonably Paris, when the former is haughtily preconcludes, that the Carnedd in question dicting the fall of his adversary, in the was erected as a place of sepulture. The contest that was about to ensue between fact seems to be, that, before the intro- them : duction of Christianity into this island,
ή τε καν ήδη or, at least, before the general adoption Λάινον έσσο χίλώνα, κακών ενεχ, οσσα . of its rites, these Carneddau, or stone
čopyas heaps, were used as the sepulchres of
* Ch. xxxi. v. 46, 51, 52, 54. persons of note; and that, agreeably + Ch. vii. v. 26. Iliad ,iii. 1. 57.