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cepts, but he had “such a devil of un their indulgences, or alteration of fauppetite,that he could not do so. vourite habits, he often cut short their

Mr. Abernethy had a great aversion narratives by putting his fore-finger on to any hint being thrown out that he the pit of their stomachs, and observing, cured a patient of complaint. When- “ It's all there, sir ;'' and the neverever an observation to this effect was failing pill and draught, with rigid remade, he would say, “I never cured strictions as to diet, and injunctions as any body."

The meaning of this is to exercise, invariably followed, although perfectly obvious. His system was ex• perhaps rarely attended to; for persons tremely wise and rational, although, as in general would rather submit to even he expressed himself to ignorant per- nauseous medicine than abandon sensual sons, it was not calculated to excite gratifications, or diminish their worldly confidence. He despised all the hum- pleasures and pursuits.Metropolitan. bug of the profession, and its arts to deceive and mislead patients and their friends, and always told the plain truth

The Gatherer. without reserve. He knew that the A snapper up of unconsidered trifles.. term cure is inapplicable, and only fit to be used by quacks, who gain their livelihood by what they call cures, which

REMARKABLE JURY AT HUNTINGDON. they promise the patient to effect. Mr. In the 16th century, when figure and Abernethy felt tha nature was only to fortune, or quality and wealth, were more be seconded in her efforts, by an art considered than wisdom or probity, or which is derived from scientific princi- justice and equity, in our courts of law, ples and knowledge, and that it is not Judge Doddridge took upon him to reIhe physician or surgeon who cures, but primand the sheriff of the county of nature, whom the practitioner assists by Huntingdon, for impanneling a grand art. Weak-minded persons are apt to jury of freeholders who were not, in his run after cures, and thus nostrums and opinion, men of figure and fortune. The quacks are in vogue, as if the living hu- sheriff, who was a man of sense, and of man system was as immutable in its wit and humour, resolved at the next properties as a piece of machinery, and assizes to try how far sounds would work could be remedied when it went wrong upon that judge, and gain his approbaas the watchmaker repairs the watch tion. He presented him with the folwith certainty, or the coachmaker mends lowing pannel

, which had the desired the coach. No one appreciated more effect, for when the names were read highly the value of medicine as a science over emphatically, the judge thought than Mr. Abernethy; but he knew that that he had now indeed a jury of figure

and fortune: it depended upon observation and a deep knowledge of the laws and phenomena A true copy of a Jury taken before of vital action, and that it was not a Judge Doddridge, at the Assizes mere affair of guess and hazard in its holden at Huntingdon, July, 1619. application, nor of a certain tendency as Maximilian King-of Torland. to its effects.

Henry ..Prince-of Godmanchester. This disposition of mind led the philo- George....Duke-of Somersham. sopher to disregard prescribing for his William.... Marquess-of Stukely. patients frequently, as he had less faith Edmund... Earl- of Hartford. in the prescription than in the general Richard ...Baron-of Bythorpe. -system to be adopted by the patient in Stephen .Pope-of Newton. his habits and diet. He has been known Stephen ... Cardinal-of Kimbolton. accordingly, when asked if he did not Humphry..Bishop-of Bugden. intend to prescribe, to disappoint the Robert .... Lord—of Worsley. patient by saying, “Oh, if you wish it, Robert. Knight-of Winwinck.

i'll prescribe for you, certainly.” In- William... . Abbot—of Stukely. stead of asking a number of questions, Robert ..Baron-of St. Neot's. as to symptoms, &c., he usually con- William.... Dean-of Old Weston. tented himself with a general disserta- John...... Archdeacon--of Paxton. tion, or lecture and advice as to the Peter. .....Squireof Easton. management of the constitution, to which Edward.... Friar--of Ellerton. local treatment was always a secondary Henry. ....Monk-of Stukely. consideration with him altogether. George. Gentleman-of Spaldock.

When patients related long accounts George. Priest-of Graff ham. of their sufferings, and expected the Richard ....Deacon -of Catsworth. healing remedy perhaps, without con- Thomas Yeoman-of Barham. templating any personal sacrifices of

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On a Publican." (For the Mirror.)

A jolly landlord once was I, An astounding announcement, but an

And kept the Old King's Head hard by, incontrovertible fact, as shown by the And eke all other kinds of cheer,

Sold mead and gin, cider and beer, following festive arrangements, made Til Death my license took away, wholly from names of members returned And put me in this house of clay : forming the new legislature. At the head of the table will be found,

A house at which you all must call, in A' Court Style, a Blunt, Harty, King,

Sooner or later, great and small. dressed in Green and Scarlett, seated

On John Underwood. on a Lion-supported on the right by

Oh cruel Death, that dost no good, three Thynne Fellows and two Bastard With thy destructive maggots ; Knights, Baring a Shiel; and on the Now thou hast cropt our Underwood, left by a Sadler, seven Smiths, and the

What shall we do for fagots? Taylor “wotMangles with his Bod. In Dorchester Churchyard. kin. The bottom, it is understood, will Frank from his Betty snatch'd by Fate, be graced by a Mandeville on a Rams. Shows how uncertain is our state ; bottom, with a White Rose at each elbow, He smiled at morn, at noon lay deadard a Forrester and Carter on one side, Flung from a horse that kick'd his head. and a Constable and Clerk on the other. But tho' he's gone, from tears refrain, The sides will contain a Host of un- At judgment he'll get up again. known Folks. Lamb, dressed by an English Cooke,

EPITAPHS IN BROMSGROVE CHURCHwill be one of the principal joints; and

YARD. birds being scarce this season, there will only be a Heron, two Martins, a In memory of Thomas Maningly, who couple of Young Drakes, and a Wild

died 3rd of May, 1819, aged 28 years. Croaker. There will, however, be an

Beneath this stone lies the remains, immense Lott of French Currie, and the Who in Bromsgrove-street was slain ; Best Boyle Rice. Fruit being yet un. A currier with his knife did the deed, ripe, there will consequently only be And left me in the street to bleed; some Peach and Lemon Peel.

But when archangel's trump shall sound, The whole will be got up at a great And souls to bodies join, that murderer Price; but in order to go a Penne. I hope will see my soul in heaven shine. father, the amusements of the evening Edward Hill, died 1st of January, 1800, are to be further promoted by the per

aged 70. formance of Dick Strutt, the celebrated He now in silence here remains, Millbank Ryder, who will Mount a Hill, (Who fought with Wolf on Abraham's and afterwards, while swallowing a Long plains) ; Pole, blow a Horn fantasie through his E'en so will Mary Hill, his wise, nose without Pain, and then Skipwith a When God shall please to take her life. live Buck and two Foxes-concluding 'Twas Edward Hill, their only son, with a description of his late two Miles Who caused the writing on this stone. Hunt in three Woods. Among the splendid pictures deco

We perceive that Mr. Murray has advertised the rating the walls, are some views along second edition of Sir Humphry Dary's Salmonia, the Surry Banks and of the Bridges. with the following opinion quoted from the Gen. On the whole, some warm work is

tleman's Magazine : “ One of the most delight

ful labours of leisure ever seen-not a few of the anticipated, from there being a supply most beautiful phenomena of nature are here of both Coke and Cole ; but as to who lucidly explained.". Now, these identical words will Wynne, remains to be seen.

occur in our Memoir of Sir H. Davy prefixed to

vol. xiii. of The Mirror, and published in July, Walworth.

G. W.

A Memoir of Sir Humphry Davy appear. ed snbsequently in the Gentleman's Magazine of the same year, in which the editor has most upceremoniously borrowed the original por

tion of our Memoir (among which is that quoted On Ann Jennings, at Wolstanton.

above), without a single line of acknowledgment. Some have children, some have none; He has, too, printed this matter in his largest Here lies the mother of twenty-one.

type, wbHe we were content to write and sell

the whole Memoir and Portrait at our usual On Du Bois, born in a baggage-wagon,

cbeap rate. and killed in a duel.

Printed and Published by J. LIMBIRD, 143, Begot in a cart, in a cart first drew

Strand, (near Somerset Honse,) Lonelon ; sold breath,

by ERNEST FLEISCAER, 626, New Market, Carte and tierce was his life, and a carte

Leipsic; G. G. BENNIS, 55, Rue Neuve, St. was his death.

Augustin, Paris; and by all Newsmen and





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EXETER HALL, STRAND. We rejoice to see the site of Burleigh lumns and pilasters. Within the door House partly occupied by the above is a hall, with two flights of steps, which Building. Its object is to afford ac- afterwards unite, and lead up to the encommodation for the meetings of Phi- trance of the great hall itself'; the hall lanthropic Societies—so that whatever below leads into a broad passage, which may be the olden celebrity of the spot, extends to the farther extremity of the it is reasonable to expect that its pre- building, opening right and left into sent appropriation will be associated various offices. On entering the door with the most grateful recollections. of the great hall, a vast and splendid

This building is, perhaps, the most room is presented to view, with scarcely perfect erection of its kind in England. a single interruption to the eye throughThe approach from the Strand is re- out its whole extent, capable of conmarkably mndest: it is by a very nar- taining, with comfort, more than 3,000 row, though very chaste, door-way, persons. The floor is covered with subsituated between two Corinthian co- stantial oak seats, equal to the accomVOL. XVII. 2 D


modation of 2,500 persons. The greater The will of Napoleon, to whom future portion of these are situated on a gentle ages, in spite of legitimacy, will confirm rise, to permit a perfect view of the the epithet “ le grand,” is signed in a platform on which the proceedings bold style of handwriting; the codicil, take place. The platform is raised on the contrary, written shortly before about six feet from the floor, and ex- his death, exhibits the then weak state tends the whole breadth of the room, of his body.

T. H. K. curving inwards, the extremities bending towards the audience : it contains

VERNAL STANZAS. seats for nearly 300 individuals. Behind this gallery again, are very capacious

(For the Mirror.) recesses, which will hold from three Tue earth displayed its robe of gorgeous hues, to four hundred persons.

The lower

And o'er the tufted violets softly stole part of the walls of the room is quite wbich tuned the brook with music ; there were

The downy pinions of the fragrant wind, plain, the architect, probably, regarding

clouds the audience as a sufficient ornament

O'er the blue heaven dispersed in various shapes, in that quarter, though the rising of And touch'd with most impassive light, whereon the seats would obscure carved-work if The heart might dwell and dream of future it were there. The windows are at a bliss; considerable height from the ground, And as the sound of distant bells awaked and are of dimmed glass, with a chaste The echoes of the woods, they raised the and classical border. The ceiling, which


To worlds more bright and beautiful than ours ! is at a noble height, is beautifully laid

G. R. C. out in squares, with borderings and ro

The spring has waved her sunny wing settes. An oblong opening occurs in

Upon the verdant earth, the centre, with massive beams stretch

And winds from distant places briug ing across, presenting to view an erec

The festal tones of mirth; tion in the roof, a form of construction, The sky appears an azure field, probably, necessary to so immense a With clouds emblazoned like a shield. mass of roofing, and serving also for

A golden light has touched the woods, the purposes of ventilation, as it con

And o'er the silent dell tains windows at each end.

There are

A languid breathless quiet hroods, four pillars near the end of the hall,

Scarce broken by the swell rising to the ceiling, the capitals of Of streams that whisper through the air, which, as also those of some pilas- As if they were awaked to pray'r. ters at the upper extremity of the hall

, Survey the lovely scene around, are exquisitely carved in straw-coloured

The river beams in gold, marble. Behind the platform are nume. Its rippling waves with song resound, rous and convenient committee-rooms. And rainbow light upfold, The word“ Philadelpheion,” which may And as the flow'rs unclose their eyes, be rendered “ loving brothers,'' is carved Their bue seems coloured by the skies. in Greek capitals over the entrance in

The mould'ring church on yonder slope, the Strand.

Perchance by beaven desigtied Exeter Hall has been erected by sub- To consecrate the heart with hope, scription, by a public company esta- In ivy-wreaths is shrined: blished for the purpose.

Its rural tombs are green with age,

And types of earthly pilgrimage. WILLS OF SHAKSPEARE, MIL

On this delightful vernal day, TON AND BUONAPARTE.

In scenes so rich and fair,

The spirit feels a hallow'd ray (To the Editor.)

Kindling its essence there; The last wills and testaments of the And Fancy haunts the mourner's urn, three greatest men of modern ages are With thoughts that breathe, and words that tied up in one sheet of foolscap, and

burn." Deal.

G. R. C. may be seen together at Doctors Com

In the will of the “Bard of Avon” is an interlineation in his own

POPULAR SUPERSTITIONS. handwriting—" I give unto my wife my brown best bed, with the furniture." It

(For the Mirror.) is proved by William Byrde, 22nd July, All power of fancy over reason is a degree of 1616.

insauity.-JOHNSON. The will of the Minstrel of Paradise In a former number I gave some obseris a nuncupative one taken by his daugh. vations on apparitions, and I shall here ter, the great poet being blind.

continue my remarks. * Ballot Newspaper.

The argument that was used by Dr.


saw'no more.

Johnson was founded on premises that gazed more intensely at it, still it was are as inadmissible as his conclusion, there. He then raised his hand before viz. that the popular opinion in favour his eyes and he did not perceive it; on of the reality of apparitions could only withdrawing it the apparition was there. obtain universal credence by its truth. Closing his eyes he went through a maThis is very plausible, but destitute of thematical calculation to convince himfoundation. 'Does the learned doctor self he was in his right senses ; upon mean to deny the universality of errors ? reopening them he still perceived her does he menn to call the whole body of there. The fire then went out and he the learned and enlightened cavillers ?

I confess I see no diffiand that because they are not willing to culty in accounting for this, by supposconsent to his monstrous opinion ? To ing the gentleman was afflicted with reverse the argument, does he inean to that horrid disease of which Sir Walter deny the truth of the Scriptures, or is Scott gives many cases in his Demonohe bold enough to assert that they have logy and Witchcraft. Although I have received universal credence ? So much no warrant for asserting spirits do not for the arguments wielded by Dr. return, yet I must say, all the tales I Johnson, who has not been unaptly have ever heard do not necessarily retermed the Colossus of Literature. The quire any such interpretation on them. idea that departed spirits revisited the It may be true, and so may everything earth, probably took its rise from the, which we have no evidence against or opinion of the immortality of the soul, for. If my opinion on the subject was which was very general in both ancient to be shaken by anything, it would be and modern times.* This supposition with the following story, which was is most consonant with probability. It given to me by one whose veracity I is always to be remarked that this spe- have no reason to doubt. cies of superstition is most prevalent in There is, or rather was, a very anthose countries where learning and rea- cient castle in Lancashire, near Liverson have made but little progress. The pool, called Castle de Bergh, which demons (Aaluoves) and genii of former belongs to a noble family of that name. times were exactly the same as the Many years ago the possessor of the ghosts of this ; the same attributes, the castle, Mr. de Burgh, died, and the same power, and the same malice were castle was then let out to various of the observed of one, as are now attributed to tenantry, among whom was a carpenter. the other. By the Chaldeans these Two years after the death of Mr. de demons were divided into two kinds, Burgh, as this carpenter was employed good and bad. But as it is foreign to in his workshop, about a quarter of a my purpose to enter into an investiga- mile from the castle, melting glue, it tion of the opinions of the ancients on being evening, and only four of his this subject, I shall content myself with men with him, he perceived a gentle. referring the curious reader to Stanley's man in mourning passing the lathe History of Philosophy, a deservedly po- where the men were at work. He was pular work.

immediately seized with a violent tremI shall here recount one of the most bling and weakness, his hair stood on extraordinary tales relating to this sub- end, and a clammy sweat spread over his ject that I ever heard; I believe the so. forehead. The lights were put out, he lution is evident, and I am not aware that knew not how, and at last, in fear and it has appeared before ; but if it has, terror, he was obliged to return home. some of the readers of the Mirror may On his arrival at the castle, as he was not have seen it.

passing up the stairs, he heard a foot. A surgeon of Edinburgh was confined step behind, and on turning round he perto his bed by some illness, and at “ the ceived the same apparition. He hastily dewy hour of eve,” when the room was entered his room, and bolted, locked, lighted by nothing but the glimmering and barred the door, but to his horror and flickering light of a wond fire, he and surprise this offered no impediment perceived a female sitting at the foot of to his ghostly visiter, for the door sprang the bed clothed in white ! Imagining open at his touch, and he entered the that it was some defect in his sight, he room ! The apparition was seen by

various others, all of whom asserted it * It must not be supposed that the opinion on the immortality of the soul was confined either deceased master ! One gentleman spoke

bore the strongest resemblance to their to Christians or Jews; according to Herodotus, (lib. 2 ) the Massagetæ believed in the immorta- to him, and the spirit told him that lity of the soul; the most eminent of the ancient he was not happy.' pbilosophers invariably advocated that doctrine, one of the inost important in the Christiau's

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