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STANZAS ON THE NEW YEAR.
To heighten the festivities of Christmas,
January 7. 1825 the good folks of “ London and its environs” were invited to Sadler's Wells,
1826. Distaf''s Day.* by the following whimsical notice printed and distributed as a handbill
· SOVEREIGNS WILL BE TAKEN, I stood between the meeting years, during the Christmas holidays, and as long The coming and the past, as any body will bring them to SADLER'S And I ask'd of the future one, WELLS ; nay so litile fastidious are the Wilt thou be like the last ? Proprietors of that delectable fascinating the same in many a sleepless night, snuggery, that, however incredible it may appear, they, in some cases, have actually Thank Heaven! I have no prophet's eye
In many an anxious day? had the liberality to prefer Gold to Paper. To look upon thy way! Without attempting to investigate their motives for such extraordinary conduct, for Sorrow like a phantom sits we shall do them the justice to say, they Upon the last Year's close. certainly give an amazing quantum
How much of grief, how much of ill,
In its dark breast repose ! amusement, All in One Night, at the HOUSE ON THE HEATH, where, be
Shadows of faded Hopes fit by, sides the THREE CRUMPIES, AND
And ghosts of Pleasures Aed : THE BARON AND HIS BROTHERS, How have they chang'd from what they an immense number of fashionables are expected on MERLIN'S MOUNT, and
Cold, colourless, and dead. some of the first Cambrian families will countenanceHARLEQUIN CYMRAEG,
I think on many a wasted hour,
And sicken o'er the void ; in hopes to partake of the Living Leek, which being served up the last thing be- And many darker are behind, fore
On worse than nought employ'd. supper, will constitute a most excellent Christmas carminative, preventing Oh Vanity! alas, my heart ! the effects of night air on the crowds who How widely hast thou stray d will adorn this darling little edifice In And misused every golden gift addition to a most effective LIGHT COM- l'or better purpose made' PANY engaged here, a very respectably I think on many a once-lored friend sized Moon will be in attendance to light
As nothing to me now; home a greater number of Patrons than
And wbat can mark the lapse of time ever this popular petied Palace of Panto
As does an alter'd brow ? mime is likely to produce. We say nothing of warmth and comfort, acquired by Perhaps 'twas but a careless word recent improvements, because these mat- That sever'd Friendship's chain ; ters will soon be subjects of common con- And angry Pride stands by each gap, versation, and omit noticing the happi
Lest they unite again. ness of Half-price, and the cheering qua- Less sad, albeit mure terrible, lities of the Wine-room, fearful of wound
To think upon the dead, ing in the bosom of the Manager that Who quiet in the lonely grave innate modesty which is ever the conco- Lay down their weary head. mitant of merit; we shall therefore conclude, by way of invitation to the dubi- for faith and hope, and peace, and trust, ous, in the language of an elegant writer,
Are with their bappier lot : by asserting that the Proof of the Pud. Though broken is their bond of love,
At least we broke it not.ding is in-VERBUM SAT.”
Thus thinking of the meeting years,
The coming and the past, NATURALISTS CALENDAR.
I needs must ask the future one,
Wilt thou be like the last ? Mean Temperature---37•12.
* Set vol. i. p. 61
MONEY AND THE MOON.
There came a sound, but not of speech,
If thou art not over-much prejudiced
by the advances of modernization, (I like “ But lift thine hopes from this base earth, a long new-coined word,) so that, even in This waste of worldly care,
these “ latter days,” thou dost not hesi. And wed thy faith to yon bright sky, tate to place explicit reliance on ancient, For Happiness dwells there!"
yet infallible “ sayings and doings,” (anL. E. L.* cient enough, since they have been handed
down to us by our grandmothers—and who NATURALISTS' CALENDAR.
would doubt the weight and authority of Mean Temperature ...35 · 85. $0 many years ?—and infallible enough,
since they themselves absolutely believed
in their“quite-correctness,") I will tell thee January 8.
a secret well worth knowing, if that can 1826. First Sunday after Epiphany.
be called a secret which arises out of a
well-known and almost universal custom, CHRONOLOGY.
at least, in “ days of yore.” It is neither On the 8th of January, 1753, died sir more nor less than the possession through. Thomas Burnet, one of the judges of the out “ the rolling year" of a pocket never court of Common Pleas, of the gout in without money. Is not this indeed a his stomach, at his house in Lincoln's-inn secret well worth knowing? Yet the fields. He was the eldest son of the cele- means of its accomplishment are exceedbrated Di. Gilbert Burnet, bishop of ingly simple (as all difficult things are Salisbury; was several years consul at when once known.) On the first day of Lisbon; and in November, 1741, made the first new moon of the new year, or so one of the judges of the Common Pleas, soon afterwards as you observe it, all that in room of judge Fortescue, who was ap- you have to do is this :-on the first pointed master of the rolls. On No- glance you take at “ pale Luna's silvery vember 23, 1745, when the lord chancellor, crest” in the western sky, put your hand judges, and association of the gentlemen in your pocket, shut your eyes, and turn of the law, waited on his majesty with the smallest piece of silver coin you postheir address, on occasion of the rebellion, sess upside down in your said pocket. he was knighted. He was an able and up- This will ensure you (if you will but trust right judge, and a great benefactor to the its infallibility!) throughout the whole poor.t
year that “ summum bonum" of earthly wishes, a pocket never empty. If, however, you neglect, on the first appearance
of the moon, your case is hopeless; neverTo the Editor of the Every-Day Book. theless and notwithstanding, at a future Sir,
new moon you may pursue the same Encouraged by your various expres- course, and it will be sure to hold good sions of willingness to receive notices of during the then current month, but not a customs not already “imprinted” in your
“ whit" longer. first volume, I take the liberty of pre
This mention of the new moon and its Benting the first of several which I have
crest brings to mind a few verses I wrote not ver seen in print.
some time ago, and having searched my
scrap-book, (undoubtedly not such a one I am, sir,
as Geoffery Crayon's,) I copied them from Your constant reader, thence, and they are here under. Although Chelsea. J. O. W. written in the
merry merry month
of May,” they may be read in the "dreary * New Monthly Magazine, January, 1826.
dark December," for every new Gentleman's Magazine.
presents the same beautiful phenomenon.
THE NEW YEAR NEW MOON
Hast thou ne'er marked, when first the crescent moon
As though she were abashed to be thus seen
In that high happy sphere, where love's supreme. Here it may not be out of place to en- justices at Westminster-hall, for personaldeavour to describe, as familiarly as pos- ing various characters and names, and sible, the cause of the lunar appearance. defrauding numbers of people, in order to Hold a piece of looking-glass in a ray of support his extravagance. It appeared sunshine, and then move a small ball by the evidence, that he had cheated a through the reflected ray: it is easy to tailor of a suit of velvet clothes, triinmed conceive that both sides will be illumined; with gold ; a jeweller of upwards of 1001. that side towards the sun by the direct in rings and watches, which he pawned ; sunbeam, and the side towards the mirror, a coachmaker of a chaise; a carver and though less powerfully, by the reflectea cabinet-maker of household goods; a sunbeam. In à somewhat similar manner, hosier, hatter, and shoemaker, and, in the earth supplies the place of the mirror, short, some of almost every other business, and as at every new moon, and for several to the amount of a large sum. He somedays after the moon is in that part of her times appeared like a gentleman attended orbit between the earth and the sun, the with livery servants; sometimes as a norays of the sun are reflected from the bleman's steward; and, in the summer earth to the dark side of the moon, and time, he travelled the west of England, in consequently to the inhabitants of that the character of Doctor Rock; and, at the part of the moon, (if any such there be, same time, wrote to London for goods, in and query why should there not be such ?) the names of the Rev. Laroche, and the the earth must present the curious appear- Rev. Thomas Strickland. The evidence ance of a full moon of many times the was full against him; notwithstanding diameter which ours presents.
which, he made a long speech in his own J. O. W. defence. He was sentenced to six months'
hard labour in Bridewell, and, within that NATURALISTS' CALENDAR. time, to be six times publicly whipped. Mean Temperature . 36 .05.
Such offences are familiar to tradesmen
of tlie present times, through many perpe. January 9.
trators of the like stamp; but all of them
are not of the same audacity as Stroud, 1826. Plough Monday.
who, in the month following his convicThe first Monday after Twelfth day.* tion, wrote and published his life, wherein CHRONOLOGY.
he gives a very extraordinary account of On the 9th of January, 1752, William his adventures, but passes slightly over, Stroud was tried before the bench o
or palliates his blackest crimes. He was
bred a haberdasher of small wares in * See vol. i. p. 7.
Fleet-street, inarried his mistress's sister
before his apprenticeship determined, set from the White Bear to St. James's church up in the Poultry, became a bankrupt, in Piccadilly." three months got his certificate signed, and again set up in Holborn, where he NATURALISTS' CALENDAR. lived but a little while before he was Mean Temperature . . . 36 • 12. thrown into the King's Bench for debt, and there got acquainted with one Playstowe, who gradually led him into scenes January 10. of fraud, which he afterwards imitated. Playstowe being a handsome man, usually
Winter in London. passed for a gentleman, and Stroud for On the 10th of January, 1812, it is his steward ; at last the former, after many observed, that London was this day inadventures, married a girl with 40001.
, volved, for several hours, in palpable flew to France, and left Stroud in the darkness. The shops, offices, &c., were lurch, who then retired to Yorkshire, and necessarily lighted up; but, the streets not lived some time with his aunt, pretending being lighted as at night, it required nc his wife was dead, and he was just on the small care in the passenger to find his brink of marrying advantageously, when way, and avoid accidents.
The sky his real character was traced. He then where any light pervaded it, showed the went to Ireland, passed for a man of aspect of bronze. Such is, occasionally, fashion, hired an equipage, made the most
the effect of the accumulation of smoke of that country, and escaped to London. between two opposite gentle currents, or His next grand expedition was to the by means of a misty calm. The fuliginous west of England, where he still personated cloud was visible, in this instance, from a the man of fortune, got acquainted with a
distance of forty miles. Were it not for young lady, and pursued her to London, the extreme mobility of our atmosphere, where justice overtook him; and,
instead this volcano of a hundred thousand month's of wedłock, bound him in the fetters of would, in winter, be scarcely habitable !* Bridewell. On the 24th of June, 1752, Stroud re
+ Gentleman's Magazine, ceived “ his last and severest whipping,
+ Howard on Climate.
Winter in the Country.
All out door work
if I was in business! I wish to acquaint
every body, that I am not in business, and from
never was in business, though I've a dea PAUL PRY.
of business to do; but then it's for my
own amusement, and that's nobody's To the Editor of the Every-Duy Book. business, you know as I also told 'em. Sir,
They say it's impossible to describe the I hope I don't intrude I have contents of the book, but that all the parcalled at Ludgate-hill a great many ticulars are in the Index ; that's just what times to see you, and made many kind I wanted; but behold! it is not out”inquiries, but I am always informed you that is, it is not in—I mean not in the are “ not at home;" and what's worse, I book-you take. Excuse my humorsomenever can learn when you'll be “at home;". dess : I only wish to know when I can I'm constantly told, " it's very uncertain." get it? They say in a few days, but, bless This looks very odd; I don't think it you, I don't believe 'em; for though I let correct. Then again, on asking your 'em know I've a world of things to compeople what the Every-Day Book is all municate to you, when you've time to see about? they say it's about every thing; me, and let me ask you a few questions, but that you know is no answer-is it ? they won't credit me, and why should i I want something more than that. When credit them, I was not born yesterday, I tell 'em so, and that I'm so much en- I assure you. I'm of a very ancient gaged I haven't time to read, they say the stock, and I've some notion you and I bocik is as useful to people engaged in are kinsmen-don't you think we are ! business as to people out of business—as I dare say there's a likeness, for I'm sure