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Dismissing a subject which promises to end unsatisfactorily, let us turn to better prospects. Peace will give occasion to the increase of knowledge and inventions in a very ample degree. Numbers of our youth will now adopt the Learned Professions; and it is known that the cheap and instructive habit of reading obtains twice as much in peace as in war. Inventions, where there is a strong desire of making speedy fortunes, will multiply of course, and some may prove very important.
This is, indeed, a wonder-working age. The fall of Buonaparte was only a signal-rocket. It is said that the very sexes do, by volition, change their nature; and males become females, under the peculiar appellation of Dandies. The antient habit of walking seems likely to be consigned to funeral processions only. Medical Free-thinkers have long ago deprived us of souls, and legs are no longer legs; they are become paddles, and the body is only the steam-cylinder which impels them. We may now think that there will come a time when we shall not be able to walk (the word escaped us unawares) along the streets of London without danger of being knocked down by a flying wheelbarrow. Such has been the improvement of Machinery, that we shall soon expect to hear of talking Steam-engines, and their making long speeches in Parliament and at the Bar.
These last probabilities we do not contemplate with agreeable sensations, for fear of Cast-iron Magazines being invented; but we shall not be sorry if, old as Sylvanus Urban may seem to be, he should learn to acquire a velocipedal pace in public encouragement.
Leaving off the dulce est desipere, &c. in which we like to indulge, because innocent humour generates shrewdness, facilitates combination of ideas, and promotes common sense, we can seriously promise our Friends that we shall always endeavour, as we trust we have hitherto done, to merit their kindness.
June 30, 1819.
The Draft of a Bill for rebuilding, en- county of Lancaster was the man who apo larging, and erecting Churches in Eng. prehended Guy Fawkes with his dark lanland and Wales, is very judicious, but we tern; and that for his zealous prosecuhave vot room for it. The Draft, we tion of Papists, as Justice of the Peace, doubt not, would be welcome to the higher he was stabbed in Westminster ball, by authorities.
John James, a Dominican friar, in 1640. G. T.'s favour is received ; bis former It concluded with tbis distichLetter is preserved, and we hope to hear “ Reader, if not a Papist bred, from him again.
Upon such ashes gently tread.” “ A Constant Reader" is informed that R. X W. would be glad if any of our any Communication sent by him shall be Correspondents could assist him in dis. forwarded to the Writer of the Letters re- covering the bearer of the following coat, specting the Ancient Buildings at Sher- which occurs frequently in the diocese of borne.
Lincoln ; viz. a cross boutonnée ; the tincVIATOR's communication is received. tures of the field and of the charge are
The “ Pilgrim's Progress,” inquired unknown to bim. “It occurs in Lincoln, after by our old and respectable friend, is on the Vicar's College, in many places, very rare.
associated with the Royal Arms, and those Io answer to a Corespondent in our Ma. of Beauchamp of Warwick ;-also in the gazine for December, page 482, J. B. College House, associated with the arms T. W. and W. R. state that the title of of Bishop Smith ;-and in the Cathedral, “ Queensbury,” is taken from a high hill on the Dean's Stall. It is found over the of that name, 2000 feet above the level of North Porch of Newark Church; and a the sea, in the parish of Closeburn, and similar, if not the same coat, is in the winshire of Dumfries. About the half of this dows of Stoke Church, Nottinghamshire, hill was the property of the late Duke of (where it is emblazoned, Sable, a Cross Queensbury.
boutonnée Argent). It is found in other Somne egregious errors in Rapin's His- parts of the Diocese. - As this information tory have been suggested to us. In the is wanied in reference to a Work which is table of the genealogy of Edward III. (vol.I. on the eve of going to press, an early reply p. 444.) Margaret, mother to Henry VII.. would be peculiarly acceptable." is slated to have been married to three “ A Juvenile Reader' asks, “ By whom husbands : 1. Juho De la Pole, Duke of was Earl Grry secreted after the battle of Suffolk; 2. Edmund Tudor; 3. Thomas Sedgmoor? What was the fate of the indiStanley ; when in fact (according to seve- vidual who secreted him? Where was ral andoubted authorities) her husbands that individual born ?” were, 1. Edmund Tudor (fa:her to Henry E. H. remarks, that “ There is a medal VII.) 2. Henry Stafford (son of Hum- by Kirk, of John Harrison, the reverse of phrey Duke of Buckingham.) 3. Thomas which is the Library at Armagh, founded Stanley Earl of Derby. There is ano- by Primate Robinson, and which is also ther mistake also noticed in giving John the reverse of a medal of that Prelate. Is Mowbray Duke of Norfolk as husband to this Chronometer Harrison, and had be Elizabeih daughter of Edmund Earl of any connexion with Armagh Library, to March, whereas that Lady was wife to the justify this application of the above menLord Henry Percy, surnamed Hotspur; tioned reverse ?” a personage who will not be forgotten so The same Correspondent inquires whelong as Shakspeare continues to be read there is any Biographical Sketch of and admired. This table or pedigree has Prith, the Birmingham Poet, who kept a been recently copied into‘Andrews's History public-house in that town, writing and of Great Britain,' 4to. with these errors. singing songs for the entertainment of his
As the name of the person who seized customers? the infamous incendiary Guy Fawkes is A Correspondent, under the signature Dot generally known, we give the words of of An, wishes to be informed as to the a respectable Correspondent on that sub. legality of an Assignee to a commission, in ject : “ This act bas beeu generally at- cases of Bankruptcy, retaining effects in tributed to Sir Thomas Knyvet, a genule. his pissession, for i he purpose of applying man of the Privy Chamber and a Magi- them to his own use, and at the sale bestrate; but I rather suppose that Fawkes coming a purchaser of the same. was brought to him after his apprehension. The Remarks on Charkbury Hill will be My authority is from an epitaph which inserted soon. was in the church of St. Ann, Alders- S. T. B. will find his communication in. gate, London, for Peter Heiwood, who serted in the SUPPLEMENT. Other friends died in 1701, which states that his ances- shall be attended to as speedily as our litor Peter Heiwood of Heywood in the mits will permit.
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE,
For JANUARY, 1819.
Tilation of the Society for the pre
Jan. 1. vies, Rev. Eliezer Williams, Rev. David The following account of the for- Williams, Rev. David Nicholl, Rev. Wil
liam Murgan. servation of the remains of ancient
The objects of the Society are expressBritish Literature, and for the en- ed in the following, amongst other Recouragement of the National Musick, solutions passed at this Meeting : will want no recommendation to the
“ That one of the first objects of the Editor of the Gentleman's Magazine. Society will be to collect a complete The valuable remains of our ancient Catalogue of all Welsh Manuscripts, to national literature have suffered, with: Principality and in England, or on the
be found in the several Libraries in the in these hundred years, irreparable Continent, both public and private.losses by fires and neglect, to the That a Literary Agent, of competent abi. great discredit of a literary age and lities, be employed by the Society, as natioo. To prevent such further as its finances are equal to the losses, and to do honour to the most charge, to visit the said several Libraries ancient of the living languages of of Welsh Manuscripts, of wbich they may Europe, is the niain object of the obtain information, in order to transcribe, Cambrian Society. To promote such with the permission of the owners, coan object will, I am sure, give plea- pies of the said Manuscripts.—That a sure to Mr. Urban. I am, Sir, your
complete collection of the transcripts, faithful servant, BRITANNICUS.
so obtained for the Society, be deposited in the British Museum, or elsewhere
after the publication of such of the tran. Primary Meeting of the CAMBRIAN
scripts as shall be approved by the ComSOCIETY.
mittee for that purpose.—That it shall Oct. 28, 1818. A Meeting was held
be a special object of the Society, to colat the Wbite-Lion, Carmarihen, which
lect all printed works in the Welsh Lanformed itself into a Society for the Pre
guage of which there are not copies, at servation of the remains of Ancient Bri.
present, in the Library belonging to tish Literature, Puetical, Historical, An. ihe Welsh School in Gray'suinn-Jane, in tiquarian, Sacred, and Moral; and for order to be deposited in that Library.-tbe Encouragement of the National Mu- That Mr. Edward Williams be requested sick, by the name of the CAMBRIAN So.
to reside, for a certain portion of the CIETY, under the patronage of the Duke
year, at Carmarthen, to superintend the of Beaufort, the Earl of Powis, the printing of the Society's publications, Bishops of Bangor, St. David's, St. Asaph, and to give instructions to young Scuand Llandaf, Lord Dynevor, Lord Ken- dents in Welsh Poetry and Literature. yon, Lord Cawdor, Lord Clive, Sir Wat- - That Mr. Edward Williams's accept. kin' Williams Wynn, Sir Thomas Mos
ance of the said appointment be entered tyn, Sir Robert Vaughan, Sir Charles into the minutes of the Society. That Murgan, and C. W.W. Wynn, esq. M. P.
the Prospectus of Collections for a new
History of Wales, collected and transAdjourned Meeting at the Palace Aber. lated from ancient historical documents, gwilly, Oct. 29.
in tbe Welsh Language, by Edward WilThe following Committee was ap- liams, be printed and published at the pointed: The Lord Bishop of St. Da. expence of the Society." vid's, Lord Dynevor, William Lewes, esq. The Tbanks of the Society were then D. Davies, esq. M.D. T. Bowdler, esq. given to the Lord Bishop of St. David's, Capt. Philipps, R.N. J. E. Saunders, esq.
for his great Exertions in conducting William Morgan, esq. The Rev. Arch- the Formation of this Suciety, and the deacon Beynon, Rev. B. Millingchamp, lively interest he has taken in promotRev. Edward Picton, Rev. Edward Da- ing its objects.
Queries on particulars desirable to be and the Rev. Eliezer Williams be Judges
known relative to Welsh Antiquities for South Wales.-That the Prizes for and Literature.
the English Essays be decided by the 1. What inedited Welsh Manuscripts Committee.—That a Silver Harp, of the are known to you?-2. Where are they value of Five Guineas, with a gratuity deposited ?-3. Are you acquainted with of
be given to the best any portion, or any whole translation, Proficient on the Harp,—and that pecuof the Holy Scriptures, in Welsh, more niary gratuities be given to the several ancient than the Norman Conquest, or Competitors, to defray their expences." than the art of printing?-4. Do you know any unpublished Welsh Triads,
Charlolle-street, Portbanded down by tradition or otherwise?
land-place, Jan. 6. -5. Wbat Welshmen have left the
Nec malè vixit, qui natus moriensque Principality, since the time of the Re
fefellit. formation, on account of their Religion, or any other cause, whom you think There is soinething peculiarly probable to have conveyed with them pleasing and interesting in the any Remains of Welsh Poetry and Lite- Anecdotes of Origioal Characters who rature?-6. In what Libraries, in Eng. have passed through a long life,land, or any other part of the British do provided that nothing occurs injuminions, do you think it likely that some rious to sound morality, or offensive of tbese Remains are deposited ?-7. In to good mappers, which make the wbat Continental Libraries do you think lo the singularity of men reit probable that some of them may be tired from all society, it is curious to found ? —8. What original Welsh Books, investigate, and satisfactory to koow, or wbat Books, relative to Welsh Lite.
in what manner they have filled up the rature, in any Language, do you know to
many hours, in which we, who occupy be published !-9. Do you know any Pennillion not yet published ?-10. Do you
the more busy scenes of an active life, know of any species of Welsh Compo- fancy ourselves to be more usefully, and sition, Poetical or Musical, correspond better employed. Though the effect ing with that called “ Glee" in English, and influence of example be totally lost or which is known by the name of ~ Ca- by the retired habits of the solitary niad tri, or, Caniad pedwar'?-11, Can and recluse ; still from the simple and you exhibit to the Society any old Welsh inoffensive life of the Noblemao deveTunes, Sacred or otherwise, not yet pub- loped in the following Memoir, the lished ?-12. What Welsh Books, and contemplative mind cannot fail of deBooks on Welsh Literature, already pub- riving some amusement: and, I hope, lished, and now become scarce, do you some instruction from his benevolence, think merit to be republished ?"
and from the genuine mildness of bis At a Committee Meeting, held at
W.C. D. Carmarthen, Nov. 25th, 1818, the fol. lowing Resolutions were adopted :
On Saturday, August the 29th, 1818, “ That the special Thanks of the Society be given to Mr. J. Jones, of Jesus
we went from Sandgale by the veCollege, for his offer to transcribe Welsh nerable and picluresque ruins of SaltManuscripts for the use of the Society;
wood Castle, and the elegant modern and to the Rev. Walter Wilkins, now at
house of Mr. Deedes at Sandling, Florence, for his promise to examine the to Mount Morris, the seat of the late Catalogues of Foreign Libraries, with a Lord Rokeby, whose portrait we pur. reference to the fifth Query.--That Lord chased at Sandgale. It is situated Dynevor be requested to be the Presi- in the parish of Mooks Horton, about dent of the Society in Dyfed.—That the five miles from Hythe in Kent, in a annual Meetings be appropriated to the sort of park, which, save some band. recitation of the Prize Verses and Essays;
some trees below the house, could and to the performances on the Harp ;
never have much lo recommend it. and that all other business be reserved
The house, which I imagine to have for the Committee.-[The Literary Prizes
been built in the reign of Charles II. proposed by the Society have already been noticed in our last volume, p. 538.]
is of red brick, square, of tasteless - That there be four Judges appointed unimposing elevation ; aod having a for the decision of the poetical Prizes, beavy balustrade at the top. Since two from North and two from South Lord Rokeby's death in 1800 it bas Wales; and that a President of the four been uninhabited and neglected, has be chosen by ballot, and have the cast- a desolate and melancholy appearance; ing vote.—That Mr. Edward Williams and probably, in a very few years,