Page images
PDF
EPUB

or

my book' was a very frequent reply to stinking soul breath in his face! A his patients also ; and he could seldom gentleman who could not succeed in be prevailed upon to prescribe or give making Mr. Abernethy listen to a narraan opinion, if the case was one which tion of his case, and having had a vioappeared to depend upon improper diet- lent altercation with him on the subject, ing. A country farmer, of immense called next day, and as soon as he was weight, came from a distance to consult admitted, he locked the door, and put him, and having given an account of his the key into his pocket, and took out a daily meals, which showed no small de- loaded pistol. The professor, alarmed, gree of addiction to animal food, Mr. asked if he meant to rob or murder Abernethy said, “Go away, sir, I won't him. The patient, however, said he attempt to prescribe for such a hog." merely wished him to listen to his case,

He was particular in not being dis- which he had better submit to, or hé turbed during meals ; and a gentleman would keep him a prisoner till he chose having called after dinner, he went into to relent. The patient and the surgeon the passage, put his hand upon the gen- afterwards became most friendly towards tleman's shoulders, and turned him out each other, although a great many oaths of doors. He would never permit his passed before peace was established bepatients to talk to him much, and often tween them. not at all : and he desired them to hold This eccentricity of manner lasted their tongues and listen to him, while through life, and lost Mr. Abernethy he gave a sort of clinical lecture upon several thousands a year perhaps. But the subject of the consultation. A lo- those who knew himn were fully aware quacious lady having called to consult that it was characteristic of a little imhim, he could not succeed in silencing patient feeling, which only required her without resorting to the following management; and the apothecaries who expedient:-“ Put out your tongue, took patients to consult him, were in madam.' The lady complied. “. Now the habit of cautioning them against keep it there till I have done talking," telling long stories of their complaints. Another lady brought her daughter to An old lady, who was naturally inclined him one day, but he refused to hear her to be prosy, once sent for him, and

to prescribe, advising her to make began by saying that her complaints the girl take exercise. When the gui- commenced when she was three years nea was put into his hand, he recalled old, and wished him to listen to the dethe mother, and said, “Here, take the tail of them from that early period. The shilling back, and buy a skipping-rope professor, however, rose abruptly and for your daughter as you go along. left the house, telling the old lady to He kept his pills in a bag, and used to read his book, page so and so, and there dole them out to his patients; and on she would find directions for old ladies doing so to a lady who stepped out of a to manage their health. coronetted carriage to consult him, she It must be confessed, Mr. Abernethy, declared they made her sick, and she although a gentleman in appearance, could never take a pill. “Not take a manner, and education, sometimes wantpill! what a fool you must be," was the ed that courtesy and worldly deportment courteous and conciliatory reply to the which is considered so essential to the countess. When the late Duke of York medical practitioner. He possessed none consulted him, he stood whistling with of the “ suaviter in modo,'' but much of his hands in his pockets; and the duke the eccentricity of a man of genius, which said, “ I suppose you know who I am.” he undoubtedly was. His writings must The uncourtly reply was, “Suppose I always be read by the profession to which do, what of that şos. His pithy advice he belonged with advantage; although, was, "Cut off the supplies, as the Duke in his great work upon his hobby, his of Wellington did in his campaigns, and theory is perhaps pushed to a greater the enemy will leave the citadel." When extent than is admissible in practice.-, he was consulted for lameness following His rules for dieting and general living disease or accidents, he seldom either should be read universally; for they are listened to the patient or made any in- assuredly calculated to prolong life and quiries, but would walk about the room, secure health, although few perhaps imitating the gait peculiar to different would be disposed to comply with them injuries, for the general instruction of rigidly. When some one observed to the patient. A gentleman consulted him Mr. Abernethy himself, that he appearfor an ulcerated throat, and, on asking ed to live much like other people, and him to look into it, he swore at him, by no means to be bound by his own and demanded how he dared to suppose rules, the professor replied, that he that he would allow him to blow his wished to act according to his own pre

SHAKSPEARE.

REMARKABLE JURY AT HUNTINGDON.

cepts, but he had such a devil of un their indulgences, or alteration of faappetite,'' 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 they promise the patient to effect. Mr.

In the 16th century, when figure and Abernethy felt that 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 rethe 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 approbaus 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 it depended upon observation and a deep and fortune :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. .Lordof 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.. .Squire—of 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

G. K.

THE NEW PARLIAMENT " DISHED."

On a Publican." (For the Mirror.)

A jolly landlord once was 1, 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 Till 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, Sooner or later, great and small.

A house at which you all must call, in A' Court Style, a Blunt, Harty, Kings 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 deadand 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 birds being scarce this season, there will only be à Heron, two Martins, a

In memory of Thomas Maningly, who

died 3rd of May, 1819, aged 28 years. couple of Young Drakes, and a Wild 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 wife, 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 bas 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 GenOn 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.

1829. A Memoir of Sir Humphry Davy appear. ed subsequently 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, while we were content to write and sell

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

cheap 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,) London; sold breath,

by ERNEST FLEISCHER, 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
Booksellers.

[graphic]

EPITAPHS.

[graphic]
[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]

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

494

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 seats for nearly 300 individuals. Behind this gallery again, are very capacions

(For the Mirror.) recesses, which will hold from three The 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 which tuned the brook with music ; there were

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

thoughts is at a noble height, is beautifully laid

To worlds more bright and beautiful than ours ! 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 bring 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 á mass of roofing, and serving also for

A golden light has touched the woods, the purposes of ventilation, as it contains windows at each end.

There are

A languid breathless quiet broods, 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 unfold, The word “Philadelpheion,” which may And as the flow'rs unclose their eyes, be rendered “loving brothers,' is carved Their hue seems coloured by the skies. in Greek capitals over the entrance in

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

Perchance by heaven designed 15 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." may be seen together at Doctors Com

In the will of the ci 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.

[graphic]

mons.

« PreviousContinue »