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milk-taster-general at the market, and from one to another filled his belly and washed down his bread, at no expence of his own, nor, doubtless, from any other principle than that of perying the public in regulating the goodness of milk. When he had a call to Paris, knowing that stage vehicles were exa pensive, he determined to go thither on foot; and, to avoid being robbed, he took care to export with himself neither more or less than the considerable sum of thiree
pence sterling to carry him one hundred and thirty miles. And, with the greater facility to execute his plan of operation, be went in the quality of a poor priest or mendicant, and, no doubt, gathered some few pence on the road from such pious and well-disposed persons of the country who were strangers to him.
The great value a miser annexes to a farthing will make us less surprised at the infinite attachment he must have to a guinea, of which it is the seed, growing, by gentle gradations into pence, shillings, pounds, thousands, and ten thousands, which made this worthy connoisseur say, take care of the farthings, and the pence and shillings will take care of themselves, these semina of wealth may be compared to seconds of time, which gencrate years, centuries, and even eternity itself.
When he became extensively rich, being in the year 1715 worth seven or eight hundred thousand pounds, which he begot or multiplied on the body of a single shilling, from the
age of sixteen to the age of seventy-two; one day he heard a woodman going by in summer, at which season they stock themselves with fuel for the winter; he agreed with him at the lowest rate possible, but stole from the poor man several logs, with which he loaded himself to his secret hiding-hole, and thus contracted in that hot season, a fever; he then sent, for the first time, for a surgeon to fbleed him, whó, asking half a livre for the operation, was dismissed; he then sent for an apothecary, but he was high in his demand ; he then sent for a poor barber, who undertook to open a vein for three pence a time ; but says this worthy coconomist, friend, how often will it be requisite to blced ? Three tiines said he: and what quantity of blood do you intend to take ? About eight ounces a time, answered the barber: that will be ninepence.-Too much, too much, says the old miser, I have determined to go a cheaper way to work; take the whole quantity you design to take at three times, at one time, and that will save me six-pence; which being insisted on, hé lost twenty-four ounces of blood, and died in a few days, leaving all his vast treasures to the King, whom he made his sole heir. Thus he contracted his disorder by pilfering, and his death by an unprecedented piece of parsimony,
I am inclined to think that the misfortunes, as they are termed, of life, are not so often owing to the want of care, as the having too much, and being' over-solicitous to acquire what nature the great substitute of Heaven would effect for us, if we would be contented to follow her dictates. The brutes, led on by that inward impulse we call instinct, never err in their pursuit after what is good for them ; but man, ona lightened by reason, that partioular mark of providerico which distinguishies him from the rest of beings, obstinately refuses to be conducted to happiness, and travels towards misery with labour and fatigue. It would be absurd to say a rational creature would voluntarily chuse misery but we toa frequently dò it blindly. Every thing, as the philosophical emperor observes, is fancy; but as that fancy is in our own power to govern, we are justly punisbed if we suffer it to wander at will; or industriously set it to work to deceive us in uneasiness. The most sure and speedy way to detect any mental imposture is by soliloquy or self-examination, in the way laid down by our great restorer of ancient learning;, if our fancy stands the test of this mirror, which represents all objects in their true colours, it is genuine, and may be accepted by the mind in safety; but if it recedes from the trial, or changes in the attempt, 'tis spurious, and ought to be rejected. This will inform us that the great mistake of mankind in the pursuit after happiness, is casting their looks at a distance for lands of paradise, whilst the prospect, so much sought after, blooms unbeheld around them.
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“If I am delighted with the beautiful variety on the wings of the Butterfly, the rich tracery, and matchless indentations of the marine Conch, or the remnants which time has brought from the works of early genius, my pleasures are inspired by a grateful remembrance of a first cause, and by liberal sentiments, can the mercenary Miser say this, the abominable Hypocrite, or the dangerous Slanderer ; I believe not theu spare me in your censures.”
There is an activity and restlessness in the mind of man, which makes it impossible for bim to be happy in a state of absolute inaction some point of view, some favorite pursuit is necessary to keep his faculties awake : 'tis to this
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principle alone we can account for what seems so often, extraordinary to the eye of the rational. This active or restless spirit (my good reader) is the very groom that mounts the man upon his hobby, that teaches him to amble, to curvet, and sometimes leads him to the very starting-post of his pleasures, a delineation of which, as we promised our read. ers in a former number, we shall present for the amusement of such as can assimilate with harmless folly, and, beguile the vicissitudes of life with propensities that tho' they may wrinkle the brow of the philosopher, shall not engender one spark of evil : to keep the mind awake, then to its own gratifications, we now lead out another gentle palfrey and call it
The Beverrian, or Chapeau Hobby.
Sir Benjamin Beaver, a most respectable city knight, had just retired 'from- business with an ample fortune acquired by industry and other bonorable attachments, in a manufactory of those coverings for the human head called Hats ; he had built him a mansion but a small distance from the capital, and fitted it up in the most fashionable style of elegance, but being hobby-horsically inclined, had reserved a prime apartment therein for the free ebullitions of bis eccentric fancy, over the entrance to which Sir Benjamin had caused to be painted in letters of gold
The Beverrian Chapeauary.
Within, the knight had arranged in historical order, all the Caput-Coustume of our grandfathers from William the Norman to the present anno-domini. To this hobby-horsical banquet it was our friend's constant practice to repair, to adjust, keep decent, and add when occasion offered to his unique collection, to which any one might be introduced likely to benefit from so whimsical an exhibition : the poet, the painter, the dramatist, and the player always found it open to their enquiries, the wardrobe tailors of the theatre had free admission, as had all the perriwig attendants on the sock and the buskin : here the visitors might discri. minate the preponderating head-dress, disposed according to the taste of the times or the changes of fashion, and at the same time the bent of politics which governed the mind of the whimsical owner, who openly professed to be of the
godolphin school, when honesty went band in hand with the love of country.
To give a catalogue of all the subjects within this Beverrian Chapeauary is not conformable to the powers of my recollection, but such as present themselves shall be faith .fully recorded.
The most conspicuous was the Mitred-Chapeau worn by Stygand the Archbishop when he presented the Magna Charta to King John, urging the sovereign to fix his signa. ture to that instrument for the public good : this was in the highest preservation and on the glasscase that covered the relict, inscribed
At the very extremity of the room and greatly in the shade, the Chapeau Mr. Pitt had in wear, when that minister suspended the friendly powers of the habeas-corpus-act. The brim had been perforated by a pistol-ball supposed to be that fired by Mr. Tierney, his antagonist, in a bloodless bate, tle ou Putney-Common, on Whitsunday, May 27, 1798., This was inscribed at the top
and at the bottom
Curse on the trembling hand and blinking eye
A mine of treasure and a sea of blood !! And more in front, the magnificent Tiara which adorned the brow of the Seventh Henry on the day that prince united the Two-Roses, this our knight esteemed an invalua. ble treasure, because the union gave a lasting peace to the troubled realm, and put an end to the effusion of kindred blood. On this case was inscribed
At a small distance was the high crowned hat of Mother Shipton, the reputed Witch of Yorkshire, it had been cast