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life, annually visited his favourite spot; and, in memory of its origin, never failed, on the day of the fair, to provide several sacks of beans, with a proportionate quantity of bacon, which he distributed, from the trunk of the tree, to the persons there assembled. For several years before the death of the benevolent, although humorous, founder of this public bean-feast, the pump and block-makers of Wapping, to the number of thirty or forty, went annually to the fair in a boat made, like that of Robinson Crusoe or an Indian canoe, of one entire piece of fir. This amphibious vehicle was covered with an awning, mounted on a coach-carriage, and drawn by six posthorses; the whole adorned with ribands, flags, and streamers. It was furnished with a band of musicians, and attended, as may be supposed,

By whifflers and staffiers on foot;
or, as another poet expresses it, on the return,

O’er land our vessel bent its course,
Guarded by troops of foot and horse;
Our anchors they were all a peak;
Our crew were baleing from each leek.
On Stratford-bridge it made me quiver,

Lest they should spill us in the river. *20. 1818.--ANNE PLUMPTRE DIED, ÆT. 58.

She was the second daughter of the late Dr. Robert Plumptre, Master of Queen's College in the University of Cambridge. She is well known in the literary world for her numerous original works, as well as for her translations from the French and German, her knowledge of those languages being so perfect, that she could translate with nearly the same facility with which she could transcribe. The Sexagenarian has represented her as a disciple of Helen Maria Williams; but we speak it on good authority, that she not only was not acquainted with that lady, but declined being introduced to her. She was

an admirer, too warm an admirer, of the French Revolution, and especially of the late Emperor of the French, whom she has celebrated in her account of her · Three Years Residence in France.' It is, however, notwithstanding, a very interesting and amusing work. Mrs. A. P. had nothing in her manner wbich is usually denominated masculine; and, yet, one of the principal characteristics of her mind was a manly vigour: this is evidenced in her writings, and especially in her travels, in her journey from Marseilles to London by herself, and in her tours in Ireland in the summers of 1814 and 1815. She died of a long and lingering illness, borne with great fortitude and patience. We have often enriched our pages by extracts from her works. : *23. 1667.-ROYAL EXCHANGE FOUNDED;

The great emporium of commerce;' where more languages are spoken than at the tower of Babel after the confusion; nor are the schemes here agitated, in many instances, less chimerical than that of those celebrated builders; though very few of these people ever think of building heaven-ward.

*24. 1709.-REV. W. BURKITT died, . Vicar of Dedham, and author of a popular and practical Exposition of the New Testament.

25.- ACCESSION OF KING GEORGE III. Upon the death of George II, his present majesty came to the throne, on the 22d of September, 1760.

Another year—a year of solitude,
Of darkness, yet of peace, has past—and lie,
The Father of liis people, marks it not-
Alike to him all seasons and their change;
His eyes are rayless, and his heart is cold.
He wields a barren sceptre-yet his brow,
Of regal diadem displaced, still wears
The crown of glory-bis, “ the hoary head
Found in the way of righteousness' and truth!
Oh thou! onr Father-thou ! our Prince and Friend,
How many a sight that would have grieved thine eyes,
How many a pang that would have wrung thy heart,
Has God withheld, and thine affliction spared thee!

The Rose of England withered in its bud,
The voice of wailing was in every tent,
Yet thiy day passed unruffled as before.
The partner of thy hopes, when hope was yonng,
She who had shared thy first, thy youthful love,
And ministered to every sorrow-she
Fell by long sickness, and a lingering death,
And thou hadst neither tear nor sigh to give.
Sire, thou art not forgotten--dear thou wast
In happier moments-aud oh! dearer far
Now that the hand of God hath touched thee'-still
Hallowed by the memory of the past
Shall be this day. Sacred by lengthened years,
And venerable by sufferings, may'st thou reach,
In Heav'n's appointed time, thy last abode,
The Paradise of God, where every tear
Is wiped from every eye' !

25.-SAINT CRISPIN. Crispinus and Crispianus, two brothers, were born at Rome; whence they travelled to Soissons in France, about the year 303, to propagate the Christian religion. Being desirous, however, of rendering themselves independent, they gained a subsistence by shoemaking. It having been discovered that they privately embraced the Christian faith, and endeavoured to make proselytes of the inhabitants, the govemor of the town immediately ordered them to be beheaded, about the year 308. From this time, the shoemakers chose them for their tutelar saints. There is a curious anecdote relative to this day in T.T. for 1816, p. 291.


A learned and voluminous French writer. He wrote a Critical Comment on the Scriptures, 23 vol. 4to; a Universal History, 15 vol. 4to; a History of the Bible, 4 vol. 4to ; and a Dictionary of the Bible, historical and critical, which has been translated into English, and is now re-publishing, with great improvements, by Mr. Taylor.

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See also our last volume, p. 252, for a beautiful ode on this sub. ject.

26.-PROCLAMATION OF KING GEORGE III. His present Majesty was proclaimed King on the 26th of October, 1760, the day after his accession to the throne.

*27. 1802.-VR. HENRY HUNTER died; The translator of Lavater and Saurin, and many years minister of the Scots Church, London Wall : an eloquent preacher, an able writer, and an amiable man.


Simon is called the Canaanite, from the Hebrew word Cana, to be zealous; hence his name of Simon Zelotes, or the Zealot, Luke vi, 15. After enduring various troubles and afflictions, he, with great cheerfulness, suffered death on the cross.

Jude is called both by the name of Thaddæus and Libbæus : Matt. x, 3, and Mark iii, 18. . Jude, the brother of James: Jude, verse 1. And Judas, not Iscariot: John xiv, 22. He was of our Lord's kindred; . Is not his mother called Mary, and his brethren James and Joses, and Simon and Judas ?' Matt. xiii, 55. After great success in his apostolic ministry, he was, at last, for a free and open reproof of the superstitious rites of the Magi, cruelly put to death. He has left one epistle of universal concern to Christians.

*31. 1620.-JOHN EVELYN BORN. The Memoirs of this learned and good man, (a second edition of which has been lately published), afford a rich fund of intelligence and entertainment. Evelyn was intimate with all that can interest us in the rank and literature of the times to which he belonged. He pourtrays to us the juvenile years, the entrance into life, of men afterwards distinguished in the political annals of their country, in the history of the age, in the republic of letters. His own familiar epistles are replete with such matter, and not inferior to the private correspondence of his sovereign, Charles I, during the civil war, which is also con

tained in these volumes, edited, like the rest, from the original MSS. by William Bray, Esq. F.A.S., whose name would be a passport for their value and authenticity, were both not amply evidenced by the perusal of his work.-For a character of the author, see pp. 52-54, and the MEMOIRS, passim.

In addition to the account of Grinlin Gibbons, by Mr. Evelyn, at pp. 18-20, we subjoin the testimony of Sir RICHARD BLACKMORE:

What beauteous figures by th’ unrivalled art
Of British GIBBONS, from the cedar start!
He makes that tree unpative charms assume,
Usurp gay honours, and another's bloom ;
The various fruits which different climates bear,
And all the pride the fields and gardens wear;
While from unjuicy limbs, without a root,
New buds arise, and leafy branches shoot,


Astronomical Occurrences




In OCTOBER 1820, The Sun will enter Scorpio at 58 m. after 11 in the forenoon of the 23d, and he will rise and set during this month as specified in the following table:

TABLE Of the Sun's Rising and Setting every fifth Day. October 1st, Sun rises 12 m. past 6. Sets 48 m. after 5

6th, 11th,



Equation of Time. The numbers in the following table being subtracted from the time as shown by a good sun-dial, will give the time that should be shown by a good clock at the same moment.

6 6 6 6 7

41 51 0 9


9 0 51


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