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in vain do we lament the increase of ther curiofity in the same neighbour. pickpockers, of gamesters, of drunk. hood, called The Giant's Cave. From ards, and every miscreant.

Edenhall, my fellow-traveller and I Can we wonder if the public resent were conducted to the banks of the ri. ment is kindled again the betrayers of ver Eamont, where we were gratified the best of causes, and if, when thole with a light of this curious den. Dir. who would turn the world upside down ference of opinion, unavoidable in most propose their innovations in terms nei cases, prevents me from calling it "a iher moderate nor decent, they met wien dijmal or borrid manfion." A fight of a violent reccprion? Fai be it from me fteps, cut out of the rock (not so lerrito encourage outrage and riot! But if ble as have been represented), led us our countrymen have lost their SIMPLE nearly half way down a bold precipice; CITY, they have not lost their SENSES; and, by advancing a few yards to the if they are not proof against infinuation right, we came to the mouth of the and reducing example, they are too cave, where a part of the roof (othere high-spirited to receive a barefaced ina wife not altogether safe) is supported novation with temper. If we wish Old by a pillar in the centre. This pillar England to return to what it was in the was evidently intended for the conveni. beginning of the last, or close of the ency of hanging doors, or fomething of preceding century, we must change the the fort, to prevent surprize; and the manners and principles of the great, of remains of iron gares, I'am told, have the superior ranks, and of the class of not been long removed. Here visitors men who pretend to diffuse better know. wifh to perpetuate their names, but a ledge than ever was known before. soft mouldering stone is unfavourable to

Your very sensible correspondent the purpole; none of more antient date Caileron, though he is trearing of a dif- appear than in the year 1660. This ferent subject, p. 810, has hic upon one rock, e soft red sand-ftone, appears of fource of the evil here complained of. vast depth, and the dipping

of the fira:a If gentlemen," says he, “ would con about 23 degrees Weit. The cave at descend to mix more with the common the entrance is about 9 feet high and 20 ally, they would be amply requited in wide, and extends in length about 50, this (an acquaintance with Shakspeare's when it becomes more contracted in language] and many other things. I every point of view. Stagnant water, speak experimentali;.” The mixture and dirt within, add to the natural he here speaks of is not that vulgar, le gloominess of the place, and give an veling intercourse, above reprobated, unfavourable imprellion. But the firuwhich degrades the highes ranks, but ation is in many respects beautifula such an affable and informing intero fine winding river flowing at the bottom course as would exalt and improve the of a lofty precipice (not fo bold indeed lower ranks.

as to alarm) had to me at least a pleafIt is a melancholy profpe&t we have ing effect. This, with a very extenfive before us, Mr. Urban, when the good prospect, engaged my attention so much, old ways, and feptiments, and manners, that I wondered I had overlooked, at a of the “rustic moralist” are thus lightly very little distance, on a flat on the opesteemed; that, when the wealth and polite lide of the river, the church cum. improvements of Great Britain are at monly called Nine-Kirks,or Nine-Cburch, their height, her national manners and the parish, Nine-Church perij, from thould be so grotly corrupted as to en its being dedicated to St. Ninian, " a danger her prosperity: for, without Scottish laint, to which kingdom,” acwishing to invert the order of Nature, cording to Dr. Burn, “this church did and exale the MAJESTY of the people frobably belong at the time of the de. into democratic anaichy, one may be

dication." A church Gituated at the bold to affirm, that the SIMPLICITY extreme bounds of a paiith, far from of a people is the greatest security of its any inhabitants, is not so uncommon a innocence and happiness. Q. O circumstance as it is difficult to be ac

counted for. A narrow path led us a Alr. URBAN, Bottesford, Sept. 27. Virtle fuither to a chalin in the rock :

S therriting account of the lack of this is called The Maiden's Slap, fiom a. Edenboil (inserted in your Miicca the traditionary account of the elcape of lally, P. 721), appeared ncı unworthy a beautiful virgin froin the hands of on your nouce, 1 vill veniire to give Torquin ibegiani, ulio, after exerciting s!!" an imperfect description of ano. upoo ail coulions choiy fpecies of brue

tality and depredation within his reach, When Arthur first in court began, and was retreated to this his strong hold. This approved King, liep is not so wide as to exceed the By force of arms great vict'ries wanne, and bounds of credibility; but the difficulty conquests home did bring, of escape afterwards arises from the most Then into England straight he came with horrible situation any one must be in,

fifty good and able every moment, by scrambling up a steep Knights that reverted unto him, and fate at

the Round Table *. ascent upon the very edge of a naked precipice, with scarcely the appearance

And he had juftes and tournaments,

whereto were many prest, of !ecurity for either hand or foot : not.

Wherein some knights did them excelle, and withstanding, to succeed in the attempt I am convinced is not impossible, elpe. But good Sir Lancelot du Lake, who was apo

far surmount the reft; cially where life or death are the alternatives. Returning by the fame path, He for his deeds and feats of armes all others

proved well,

[did excell. we passed the cave in an opposite direction, and came to a grotto, with a stone When he had rested him awhile ia play, table in the middle, and nearly leated

and game, and sporte, round, all cut out of the folid rock. He said he would go prove himself in some

advent'rous sorte. This is said to be done by the late Sir

He armed rode in forrest wyde, and met a Christopher Musgrave, as occasionally

damsell faire, [he gave good care, a place of pleasure.

Who told him of adventures great, whereto In some parts of the North of Enga land it has been a custom, for time im

« Such wold I find," quoth Lancelot,

< for that came I hither.” memorial, for the lads and infres of the

“ Thou seem'it, quoth the, “ a knight full neighbouring villages to collect iogether

good, and I will bring thee thither, at springs or rivers on some Sunday in

Whereas a inightye knight doth dwell, that May, to drink jugar and water, where

now is of great fame; the lasies give the trcat : this is called

Therefore tell me what wight thou art, and sugar-and-water Sunday. They after

what may be thy name.” wards adjourn to the public-house, and the lads return the compliment in cakes,

“ My name is Lancelot du Lake." Quoth

shc, “ It likes me than, ale, punch, &c.; and a vast concourse

Here dwells a knight who never was yet of both fexes always assemble at the Gi

match'd with any man, ant's Cave on the third Sunday in May Who has in prison threescore knights and for this purpose. Of this practice, Mr. four that he did wound; Urban, i have been many years an eye. Knights of King Arthur's courts they be, and witness; and I shall be much obliged to of lais Table round." any of your correspondenis that can

She brought him to a river side, and also give me an account of the origin of this

to a tree, singular custom.

[thicld to see. Two circular fone pillars, resembling He struck so hard the balon bicike, and Tore

Whereon a copper baron hung, and many a the agtient (pears, ncar 12 feet hizh;

quin soon he spy'd, and 14 alunder, point out to us The Who drove a horse before him faft, wheroon Giant's Grave, in Penth churchyard,

a knight was ty'clo but the particulars of this curious mo.

“ Sir Knight," then said Sir Lancelut, nument of antiquity hare been fo fre.

“ bring me that horte-load hither, quently given, that to add here would

And lay him downe, and let him rest, we'll be fuperfluous. Tradition, mofly fome

try our force together; thing to res upon, informs us that Tor

For, as I understand, thou hast, as far as quin, refusing to obey the fummons of

thou art able, King Arthur to appear at his Court, to Done great despite and hame unto the answer for the ravages he daily com. Knights of the Round Table." mitted, Sir Lancelot du Lake was dirpatched to bring him by force. A bata

* At Eamont bridge, not more than a ile was the conlequence; Torquin fell,

mile and a half from Penri:h, is á circus, 40 and was buried betwixt thele pillars.

yards in diameter, with a deep ditch, having The battle, I think, is celebrated in

an entrance on the North an! South; it many wailads of the antient poers. The

is called “King Arthur's Round Table." following, which I thought curious, This, with the very fine Draidical temple at may be met with in Percy's “ Reliques Mayborough, close by, lave frequently been, of antient Eaglish Poetry.”

notice' by Antiquaries.

off

« If thou be of the Table Round," quoth Mr. URBAN, O&ober 20. Torquin specdily,

{alear « Both thee and all thy fellovship I mierly

ONE of your correspoаdents, in 2

Tate Magazine, gives an account of “ That's over much,' quoch Lancelot, "de

the death of a Mrs. Teref: Sykes, and fend thee by-and-by.”

fays, he was the laft furviving defcendThey set their spurs unto their steeds, and at each other fly.

ant of Richard Pendrell, who hid

Charles II. in the oak at Boscobel ; but They coucht their spears (their horses ran another juftly observes, that there is a

as tho' there had been thunder) Thomas Pendrill now in his Majesty's And strucke cach other amidst their shield, heuhold, lineally descended from the

wh rewi:h they brake in sunder; said Pendrell. Thomas Pendrell, the Their borse backs brike under them, the father of the scourer in the King's knights were both astuund;

kitchen, is now living, and has refided T 'void their horses they made haste, and

for several years in a neat litle house at light upon the ground,

Aberdulais, near Neath, GlamorganThey took them to their fields full fart, fbire, situated, as Thomson detcrices

their swords they drew out llian, the cottage of Lavinia, “in the windWith migl.ty ttrokes most eagerlye each atings of a woody vale." Here he superthe other ran ;

intended an iron work belonging to They wounded were, and bled full sore, for John Meyers, esq. He has brought op breath they both did stand,

several children in a decent, respectable And leaning on their swords au hile, quoth

manner. A fon and daughter of his are Torquin, “ hold thy hand,

married in this neighbourhood, and « And tell to me what I do alk." « Say each of them has children. Another on," quoth Lancelot.

« Thn' daughter has been lately married to an Thou art,” quoth Torquin,“ the best knight ironmonger at Neath, and one daughter that ever I did know,

is fangle. There is aifo a son of his liv. And like a knight that I do hatc, so that thou ing at Swansea, in this county, who be not hee,

(with thee.” likewise has a family. Another fon (a I will deliver all the rest, and eke accord surgeon) has been lately married in the “ That is well said,” quoth Lancelot, West Indies; so that the Peodreil fa “ but sith it must be so,

mily is so far from being extinct (as res What knight is that thou latest thus, I pray presented by your correspondent), that thee to me thow."

they are pretty numerous (even in this “ His name is Lancelot du Lake, he dew my part of the kingdom), and likely ftill brott er deare;

[him here." to increase in number. Old PendreM is Him I suspect of all the rest; I would I had

a sensible, agreeable man, inheriting " Thy with thou hast, but yet unknown, ancestor, who procured an old millo

some of the wit and faceriousness of his I am Lancelot du Lake, Now knight of Arthur's Table Round; -'s horse for the King, not (as he said) son of Southake;

caparisoned with kingly gear, but And I defy thee, do thy worst." “ Ho! with a shabby bridle and packfaddle ;"

ho!" quoth Torquin, “ Ho! and, when his Majesty complained that One of us two must end our lives before that the horse was a miserable, lazy jade, he we do go."

observed, “it was no wonder the poor

beast moved on heavily, fince he had They buckled them together fo, like unto wild boars ruthing, [ther Aathing;

the weight of three kingdoms on his

back." And with their swords they ran at one anc.

Yours, &c.

A. B. The ground besprinkled was with bloode Torquin began to yield,

Mr. URBAN, For he gave back cera wearinels, and low did A Conciencinta rybit explanation on a This icon Sir Lancelot espy'd, he lept upon

to be poft illa, in two words; whence, in him then, [swathed off his helm; .

bale Latinity, was formed poftilla, in He pulled him down upon his knee, and one word, meaning, such a commentary, Forthwith he struck his neck in twain, and

and contrasted with Anteloquium, or u hen he had so done,

Pr gomena, which precedes the book, From prisone threescore knights and four de Hence poftillare, the verb, to comment livered every one.

upon, which occurs in Du Fresne, and

in our Latin Dictionaries; as also Youri, &c. W. M. apofiller, in French, and poftil and

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pofiiler in Englila; for it is now become brothers (I believe) to Sir Thomas. an English word, and is in seried in The portraits of these two gentlemen Johnson's Dictionary. Dr. John Boyse, used to hang one on each side Sir Ti:o. the learned Dean of Canterbury, ini. mas, who was drawn at full length in toled his Commentary on the Epistles his Judge's robes. His principal refie and Gospels, Postill.

LE. dence was at Eaton Dovedale, in the

county of Derby. He was remarkable Mr. URBAN,

08. 28. for his attachment to King Charles the SET EEING, in p. 526, that some of First, in whose cause he expeuded much

your correspondents are desirous of money. He also entertained that moan illuftration of the persons mentioned narch at Dovedale hall, when the King by Bancroft in his book of Epigrams lay at Uttoxeter. The table at which and Epitaphs, I take the liberty of in his Majesty lat was held sacred by the forming you what little I know of one family, and was not removed for seveof the families, if you think it worth ral years after. The eldest son of Sir

Thomas cut off the entail of the Dove. The Sir Thomas Milward, celebrated dale eftare from his only fon. It was by Bancroft, was a descendant of John afterwards fold to Godfrey Claik, esq. Milward, one of the Captains of the of Chilcote, in whose fainiiy it remains. city of London, and fir! Governor of The house is now in ruins. Sir Thomas the Corporation of the Silk Trade. Sır Milward's deposed grandson retired to Thomas was Chief Justice of Chester; a viliage in Staffordinire, where he died John Milward, and the Captain, who at an advanced age within these few was drowned in the river Trent, were years. Yours, &c. L. M.

your notice.

H.

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H.

PROCEEDINGS IN PARLIAMENT, 1791. (Concluded from p. 922.) LORDS.

and abstruse calculations, the House ad. June 7.

jouined at one o'clock in the morning. PON the motion for the third read. ing of the Catholic bill,

OF LORDS. The Lord Chancellor proposed several

June 8. amendments, which were agreed to; The Lord Chancellor opposed the third except that which wenc to incapacitare reading of the bill respecting libels. He Roman Catholicks from pleading at the thought a proper timc ought to be given bar; which was negatived. Contents 9. to their Lord thips to consider it maNot Contents 26. The bill was then curely. His Lordship did not mean, by read the third timc.

opposing it now, that it should be un.

derstood that he was averie to its being In the Commons, the same day, a taken up in another seffion. His Lnrda new writ was moved for Milbourne fhip moved, “that the bill mould be Port, in the room of W. Coles Medly- read the third time that day month.” cott, esq. who had accepted the three Lord Stanhope opposed the motion as Chiltern hundreds.

perfectly unnecessary and improper. The House, in a Committee of fi. Lord Camden declared himself de. nance, proceeded to examine and dis. cidedly in favour of the bill; the princuss the remaining resolutions moved ciple which it profefled entirely coinby Mr. Sheridan ; on several of which cided with his sentiments upon the suba warın debate arose between the Cćan ject. He had always been of opinion, cellor of tbe Excbequer, and Messrs. Fox that the jury, bad a right to take all the and Sberidan; the former defending the circumstances into their confideration, report of the Committee of finance of and to give a general verdiet. He con1786; while the latter reprobated it as cluded with observing, that their lorda fallacious report, fabricated only from thips must give the power either to the the official accounts laid before the judge or the jury; and, in his opinion, Committee. As the Committee pro. that power could not be better disposed ceeded, the resolutions were either a of than by being velted in the hands of mended or negatived. The whole of twelve impartial Englidhmen. His Lord. the resolutions proposed by Mr. Pitt lhip, however, agreed in the propriety were agreed to; and, after a tedious dea of putting off the bill. bate of several hours, moftly on minute Lord Lougbborough was in favour of GENT. MAG. November, 1791.

the

the bill, but was of opinion that it rity of My subjects in Canada, call for my ought to be postponed.

particular acknowledgements. The Marquis of Lansdown, in a very “ Gentlemen of the House of Commons, long speech, opposed the motion; when “I return you My thanks for the readithe question was carried without a dis ness with which you have granted the fupvilion.

plies neceflary for the public service, and for Earl Fitzwilliam, after a short pre- the proof of your affectionate attachment, in face, moved, “that an humble address enabling Me to provide for a part of the be presented to his Majesty, to represent mily, out of the Consolidated Fund.

charges of the younger branches of My fato his Majesty the great benefit that

“My Lords, and Gentlemen, would be derived to the kingdom from “I am not yet enabled to inform you of the continuation of the present fellion, the result of the steps which i have taken in the present critical conjuncture of af- with a view to the re-establishment of peace fairs."

between Ruffia and the Porte. It is my ear. A long debate ensued upon this mo. neft wish that this important object may he rion, which was rapported by Lords effectuated in such a manner as may contriStormont, Carlisle, Lauderdale, Rawdon, bute to the preservation and maintenance of and the Marquis of Lansdown; and the general tranquillity of Europe. I feeli opposed by Lords Grenville and Carbo with the greatest fatisfaction, the canfic

dence which you have reposed in. Me, and cart; and at length negatived without a

My constant endeavours will be directed to diviliun.

the pursuit of such measures as may appear In the Commons, the same day, a rests and happiness of My people, which arç

to Me best calculated to promote the inice new writ was ordered to be issued for inseparable from My own. Edinburgh, in the room of Mr. Henry Dundas, appointed Secretary of State.

The Parliament was then prorogued

to Tuesday, the 16th of Auguft. H. OF LORDS,

In the Commons, new writs were orSunt 9.

dered for Qutenborough, Pontefract, The Birmingham canal and the Bank Dover, Hafemere, and Newton. loan bills were read the third time, The Speaker, on his return from the and passed.

House of Peers, read a copy of the

speech; and the members separated. In the Commons, the same day, a new writ was ordered to be issued for

Mr. URBAN,

O&ober 22. Weymouth, vacated by Thomas Lones; YOUR inquifitive correspondent, in

p. 624 (see also p. 725), may learn the Chiltern hundreds.

many very curious particulars relative

to “ swallows, fuists, and martips," LORDS.

from the “Natural History of Selboroe," June 10.

referred to in p. 619, col. 2; of which His Majesty went in fate to the instructive and entertaining Work your House, and gave his royal afsent to nine former volumes have exhibited foare

after which, Sir Francis Moly valuable specimens. neux, Usher of the Black Rod, was sent

An imperfect copy of Mr. Locke's to desire the attendance of the Com- epitaph, enquired after in p. 563, col. 1, mons. The Speaker of the House of and printed in pp. 697,8, may be found Commons attended by several members, in p. 183 of Popham's “Illuärium Vi. being at the bar, his Majefty delivered rorum Elogia Sepulchralia, London, the following moft gracious fpeech: 1778," 8vo: a work which, had it not

“ My Lords, and Gentlemen, been so very incorre&tly printed, miglit « In closing the present seffion of parlia- have been of real use. ment, I cannot omit expressing My fatisfac P. 698, col. 2. Was not Mr. Aldision in that zeal for the public interests with son's letter addressed to Dr. CHARLETT, which you have applied yourselves to the to whom the “ valuable collection of confideration of the different objects which I letters in the Bodleian library" (menrecommended to you attention. " The measures which have been adopted tirement to the fourth volume of Bitop

rioned by Mr. Nichols, in his adver for defraying the extraordinary expences of the last year, in such a manner as not to

Atterbury's Epistolary Correfpond mike any permanent addition to the public ence," belonged When will the sea buruens, and the provisions which have been lection from thole letters be " presented Marie for the good govorament and prospe- to the publick pro

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