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A Walk to Beresford.

111 has not been withheld from old Izaak. - This week has been dispensed to the Witness the annexed advertisement, poor of the Borough of Stafford the bounty transcribed from the “Staffordshire of the celebrated and ingenious Izaak WalAdvertiser," of October 6, 1827:

ton, a native of the place, who bequeathed “ DOVEDALE.

a portion of the rents and profits of a

farme' for the purchase of coals · for some “To the admirers and visitors of the romantic and beautiful scenery of Dovedale February. I say then, run the words of

poor people,' to be delivered in January or and llam.

the humane testator, because I take that T. Atkins begs to inform the visitors time to be the hardest and most pinching to this most picturesque of all English times with poor people. The farm in quesscenery, that he bas, at a considerable ex

tion is now of considerable ralue, bringing pense, fitted up the Isaac WALTON Hotel, in, we believe, about 80l. a year; and after for their accommodation; and trusts that deducting a moiety of the profits directed the refreshments and apartments, as well as

to be applied to the apprenticing of two the attention paid them, will be such as to

boys, and in a gift to a maid-servant, or merit their patronage.

some honest poor man's daughter, a suffi* The situation of the Isaac WALTON

cient sum has this year remained for the HOTEL is peculiarly advantageous, being the purchase of a small allowance of cual to alonly hotel contiguous to the Dale, from the entrance to which it is only a quarter of a

most every poor family, which has this week

been distributed."-Staffordshire Adverliser, mile, and the same distance from Ilam Hall,

27 January, 1827. the gardens of which are allowed to be visit

“On Monday last (Sunday being St. ed twice in each week, viz. Mondays aud Thomas's Day,) the Corporation of this Thursdays.

borough, in pursuance of the will of. good “To the admirers of Congreve, Darwin, old Izaak Walton,' gave 5l. each with the Rousseau, Walton, and Dr. Johnson,* it

son of Charles Smith's widow, and the son sill be unnecesary to add any thing in the

of William Pilsbury, on their being bound way of description or inducement; to them apprentices; also 51. to Martha Smith, for it will be classic ground.

long servitude in one place and general good Nam, near Ashbourn, Oct. 1, 1827."

conduct, and 40s. each to ten burgesses of Most of Walton's readers must be this borough."-(Ibid. 27 Dec. 1828.) aware that he bequeathed to the Cor- Respecting the song of Old Rose, poration of Stafford the rent of a farm which in “The Complete Angler,” near that place, then amounting to the hunter proposes 10 sing, and about 211. 10s. per annum, 1o be by them ap- which inquiry is made, I regret that I propriated to certain charitable pur- can offer the new editor no satisfactory poses; but in the event of proceeds being information ;* but he may console him. fraudulently applied, the bequest was self in some measure under his ill sucto be transferred to the neighbouring cess upon this point, by the knowledge town of Eccleshall. The estate has that ihe origin and meaning of the not bitherto been forfeited, although, phrase, “Sing Old Rose, and burn the as appears from the Report of the bellows," was as much a mystery a Commissioners appointed to inquire century or more ago, as at the present into Public Charities (wherein it is time. In 1708-9 there was published particularly described), complaints hare a periodical paper called “ The British occasionally been made that the money Apollo," purporting to convey was not distributed with perfect impartiality. The subjoined accounts of

* It has, however, been recovered, and ihe manner in which the receipts have

como unicated, from “ The Flowers of Harbeen expended in one or two recent

mony, a collection of Glees, Catches, &c." instances, are from the Stafford Newspaper: * Congreve is said (I know not upon

Now we are met, like jovial fellows,

Let us do as wise men tell us ; wbat authority) to have composed his “Old Bachelor" in Mr. Port's garden at Ilam;

Sing Old Rose, and burn the bellowa,

Let us do as wise men tell us, and Rousseau, during his visit to England, in 1766, resided for some time at Wotton in Sing, &c. &c. the neighbourhood. Mine host's reason for When the jowl with claret glows, adding the names of Darwin and Johoson to And wisdom shines

upon the list, is not so obvious; possibly because O then 's the time to sing Old Rose, the one was a native of the county, and the And burn, burn the bellows, other passed the latter part of his life at The bellows, and burn, burn che bellows, Derby, no great distance from Dovedale !

Sing, &c. &c.

“ An


the nvee,

112 A Walk to Beresford.-The Influence of Comets. [Aug. swers to Curious Questions in Arts coming reprint will do well to consult and Sciences,” but which in reality a copy of the poem in question, given was nothing belter than a collection of at p. 115 of Clifford's “ Tixall-Poetry,' childish dissertations upon trivial sub- 1813, from which I think he may jects. In this delectable work I find adopt various emendations. the following silly query of Response One word more about Walton's respecting Old Rose, which I tran- book. In turning to the passage which scribe, not because they throw the mentions Old Ruse, the following quosmallest light upon the subject, but to

tation caught my eye: show for how long a time the saying

Many a one must have been obsolete:

Owes to his country his religion ;

And in another would as strongly grow, « Question.

Had but his nurse or mother taught him so." "We sent y' a letter t'other day,

May I ask from whose works Izaak As we were moistening our clay,

took this passage, which is evidently the Not touching matter philosophic,

original of the following, by Dryden : Or any other soaring topic, But an odd saying, that's so very

“ By education most have been misled, Current amongst us when we're merry ; So they believe, because they so were bred ; Highly conceiting there would follow The priest continues what the nurse began, Solution by the next Apollo.

And thus the child imposes on the man.' But, disappointed of that pleasure,

James BROUGHTON. (Whether through loss, or want of leisure,) We still address, in sanguine hope, Ye will not let the question drop;


Aug. 10. But compliment us honest fellows, And the original meaning tell us, I Of singing old Rose and burning the bellows.

spondent, in pt. i. p. 409, takes the

same view that I do of the influence Answer.

of Comets on our system. I kuow Your ditty, merry fellows, kuow,

not whether or no he has seen my Came to our hands tea days ago ;

late publication " On the AtmospheBut then our braios stood mathematic,

rical Origin of the exciting Cause of And all our flights were most extatic;

Diseases, but if not, he will find Till now, like you, our clay we moisten, therein abundant proof of what he has And so, by chance, your question hoist in. hinted at respecting the manner in An answer then we'll give you, very which Comets disturb our system; and True, an't please ye, Sirs, and merry; by rousing volcanos, producing earıhHighly conceiting there will follow,

quakes, and deranging in soine unThanks to your faithful friend Apollo.

known manner the atmospherical elecIn good King Stephen's days, the Ram, An ancient inn at Nottingham,

tricity, not only give a peculiar chaWas kept, as our wise father kuows,

racter to the seasons, but produce vaBy a brisk female callid Old Rose ;

rious forms of pestilence and famine. Many, like you, who hated thinking,

I was led to a knowledge of this fact, Or any other theme but drinking,

as it were, by accident, while I was Met there, d'ye see, in sanguine hope

examining a long historical Catalogue To kiss their landlady, and tope;

of pestilences and plagues which I had But one cross night, 'mongst twenty other, made, with a view of illustrating the The fire burnt not, without great pother, atmospherical nature of such disorders Till Rose, at last, began to sing,

of health. I perceive, to my surprise, And the cold blades to dance and spring; that the years of general pestilence So, by their exercise and kisses,

were years in which there were CoThey grew as warm as were their wishes ;

mets. And this, indeed, was the almost When, scorning fire, the jolly fellows

universal belief of the ancient physiCry'd, Sing Old Rose and burn the bellows.

cians and astronomers. The notions While on the subject of old song,

it entertained by Kepler the astronomer, may be remarked that the text of the on this subject, are well known; one commencing “Like Hermit Poor," however much some astronomiers may as engraved with the music in Major's affect to laugh at them, a long and edition (as I believe it is the same in patient examination of facts has con. all others), seems to be given very in- vinced me that they will be found correctly. The editor of the forth




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June 29.

Hood, esq.

1829.) Bardon Hill.-Bp. Hooper's Homily, 1553.

113 Mr. URBAN,

miles from Leicester, and seven from 1

SEND you a view of Bardon Hill, Ashby de la Zouch.

on the borders of the romantic so- Bardon Park was formerly the inhe. rest of Charnwood in Leicestershire. ritance of the Lords Beaumont. It (See Plate II.) Burton calls it “ the afterwards, on the attainder of its posmost noted land-mark of this country, sessor Francis Lord Lovell, came to and standing at the west end of a long King Henry VIII. who in 1528 granttrack of hills, which lie almost east and ed it to Thomas Grey, Marquis of west." On it is a summer-house, erect- Dorset. On the attainder of Henry ed about 1743, which of course com- Duke of Suffolk, in 1552, it again bemands a most extensive view.

came the property of the Crown. In Mr. Marshall, in his. Agricultural 1569, Bardon Park was granted by Survey of Leicestershire, thus notices Queen Elizabeth to Sir Henry Hasithe Hills of Charnwood :

ings, knt. and Henry Cutler, gent. ; “Like the Malvern Hills," he

from whom it was alienated to the fa

says, " their style is singular ; but the style of mily of Hood; who were originally one is very different from that of the other. settled at Wilford near Nottingham; The Malvern Hills, seen from a distance, but became resident at Bardon in the bear a mnost striking resemblance to the At- time of Henry VIII. though not seised lantic Islands; towering up high and ragged; thereof till the reign of Elizabeth. and, or e bear view, appear as one large The estate is now the property of mountain fragment. The Chernwood hills, William Hood, esq. a barrister-at-law, on the contrary, seen obscurely,' appear as and one of the senior benchers of the an extensive range of mountains, much

Inner Temple. As Mr. Hood resides larger, and of course much more distant, chiefly in the Metropolis, Bardon Park than they really are. When approached, is inhabited by his brother Edmund the mountain style is still preserved; the prominences are distinct, sharp, and most of them pointed with ragged rock. One of

The lordship of Bardon is extrathese prominences, Bardon Hill, rises above parochial; and contains about 1300 the rest; and, though far from an elevated acres, divided into eight farms and situation, comparatively with the more

twelve houses, and contains about 80 Dorthern mountains, commands, in much inhabitants.

N. R. S. probability, a greater extent of surface than doy other point of view in the island. It is Mr. URBAN, Ereler, July 27. entirely insulated, standing every way at a coosiderable distance froin lands equally

HAVE in my possession a copy of

I high. The horizon appears to rise almost consider to be extremely rare. It was

Bishop Hooper's Homily, which I equally on every side : it is quite an ocean written on the occasion of a tempoview, from a ship out of sight of land; at least more so than any other land view I

rary calamity, and being a local and have seen. The midland district is almost suppressed book, the circulation must every acre of it seen lying at its feet. Lin- have been of short duration ; for the eon Cathedral, at the distance of near sixty printer finished it subsequent to the miles, makes a prominent object from it.

18th of May, 1553, and the 6th of With a good glass, the Dunstable hills, at July following Edward VI. died. On little less than eighty miles, may, it is said, Queen Mary's accession to the throne, he distinctly seen. The Malvern hills, May Bp. Hooper's writings were declared hill, and the Sugar Loaf in South Wales, heretical, and every effort used to anniare distinctly in view. Enville, the Wrekin, hilate them, and in 1555 “a commisand other mountains in Shropshire and sion was appointed, invested with North Wales, are equally distinguishable. power to search after the sellers and And the Derbyshire hills, to the highest readers of heretical books, and to use peak, appear at hand. An outline described all means in searching the preinises, fron the extremities of the views would inclube dear one fourth of England and Wales. and to force witnesses io make oath as It may be deemed without risk, I apprehend, might discover what they sought afone of the most extraordinary points of view

ier." * This Homily could not have in nature."

been seen either by Granger or Brom

ley, from the portrait being unnoticed In the same plate is represented the by them; for we find only two printed antient mansion, for many generations portraits of Edward VI. heretofore rethe residence of the family of Hood. It is situated at the foot of ihe hill, 10

Burnet, vol, ii. coll. 32. Gest. Mag. August, 1829.

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