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we are of the same disposition ; if you again, I'll be-Liston! They shall be aren't, how can you find out so much matched, however, if you'll help me. I've “ about every thing." If I can make out copied out my song, and if you'll print it that you are one of the Pry family, it will in the Every-Day Book, it will drive 'em be mutually agreeable-won't it? How mad. I wish, of all things, that Mr. people will stare-won't they ?
Cruikshank could see me in the character I suppose you've heard how I've been of Liston-he could hit me I know-don't used by Mr. Liston-my private charac- you think he could ?-just as I amter exposed on the public stage, and the “ quite correct”-like he did “Guy Faux" whole town roaring at the whole of the last 5th of November. I never laughed Pry family. But we are neither to be so much in all my life as when I saw that. cried down nor laugbed down, and so I'd Bless you, I can mimic Liston all to have let the play-goers know if the managers nothing. Do get your friend George to had allowed me to sing a song on New- your house some day—any day he likesyear's night, in imitation of Mr. Liston it's all one to me, for I call every day ; when he's a playing me. Will you be- and as I'm an "every-day" man, you lieve it--they burst out a laughing, and know, why you might pop me at the head would not let me go on the boards—they of the song in your Every-Day Booksaid the audience would suppose me to be that's a joke you know-I can't help the actor himself; what harm would that laughing so droll! I've enclosed the have done the theatre ?-can you tell ? song, you see. They said, it would hurt Mr. Liston's
The wish of this correspondent is complied with,
and the manner wherein, it is presumed, he would It ever I try to serve them or their theatre have sung the song, is hinted at parenthetically.)
(Determinedly.) I'll watch the new one though,
Circumspectly.) And see what he'll be at–(Erit.,
(Lingeringly) It's always the wish of Paul,
If you print this in the Every-Day the occasion described in the subjoined Book it will send Liston into fits-it will communication. kill him-won't it? But you know that's all right-if he takes me off I've a right
For the Every-Day Book. to take him off.-haven't I? I say, that's
THE FEAST WEEK. another joke-isn't it? Bless you, I This festival, so called, is supposed to co'd do as good as that for ever. But I be nearly coeval with the establishment want to see you, and ask you how you go of Christianity in this island. Every on ? and I've lots of intelligence for you new church that was founded was dedi.-such things as never were known in cated to some peculiar saint, and was this world-all true, and on the very best naturally followed by a public religious authority, you may take my word for it. celebration, generally on the day of that Several of my relations have sent you saint, or on the Sunday immediately folbudgets. Though they know you won't lowing. Whatever might be the origin, publish their names unless they like it, the festival part is still observed in most they don't choose to sign 'em to of the villages of several of the midland their letters for private reasons,-why and other counties. It is a season much don't you print 'em? They cann't give up to be remembered, and is anticipated their authors you know, (that's impossi- with no little pleasure by the expecting ble,) but what does that signify? And villagers. The joyful note of preparation then you give 'em so much trouble to call is given during the preceding week; and and make inquiries-not that they care the clash, and splash, and bustle of about that, but it looks so. However, I'm cleansing, and whitewashing, and dustin a great hurry and so you'll excuse me. ing, is to be seen and heard in almost
-Mind though I shall pop in every day every cottage. Nor is the still more imtill I catch you. I hope you'll print the portant object of laying in a good solid sung—it's all my own writing, it will do supply for a hungry host of visitors forfor Liston, depend on it. What a joke- gotten.. Happy those who can commanc isn't it a good one ?
a ham for the occasion. This is a great Pryory Place, Yours eternally, favourite, as it is a cut-and-come-again January 6, 1826. Paul PRY. dish, ready at hand at all times. But this
is mostly with the tip-topping part. Few P. S. Don't forget the Index-I want
but can boast of a substantial plumto learn all the particulars-multum in
pudding !-And now the important day parvo-all quite correct.
is arrived. The nierry bells from the P.S. I'm told you've eleven children
steeple announce the event; and groups is it true? What day shall you have an
of friends and rela ions, not forgetting other? — to-day? – Twelfth-day ? that
distant cousins and children, are seen would be a joke-wouldn't it? I hope I
making their way, long before the hour don't intrude. I don't wish to seem
of dinner, to the appointed spot. This is curious.
Sunday; and in the afternoon a portion
of these strangers, clean and neatly NATURALISTS' CALENDAR.
dressed, are seen flocking to the village Mean Temperature ...36.07.
church, where the elevated band in the
gallery, in great force hoth in noise and January 11.
number, contribute lustily to their edifi
cation, and the clergyman endeavours to Feast Week.
improve the solemnity of the occasion by This is a term in many parts of Eng- an appropriate address. During the and for an annual festivity celebrated on early part of the ensuing week, the feast is kept up with much spirit: the village NATURALISTS' CALENDAR. presents a holiday appearance, and open Mean Temperature ... 35 · 62. housekeeping, as far as may be, is the order of the day; the bells at intervals
January 12. send forth an enlivening peal; all work
Leeches unhurt by Frost. is nearly suspended; gay stalls of gingerbread and fruit, according to the season
Among the cold blooded animals which of the year, together with swings and
resist the effects of a low temperature roundabouts, spread out their allurements
we may reckon the common leech, which to the children; bowls, quoits, and nine
is otherwise interesting to the meteorolopins, for the men; and the merry dance in gist, on account of its peculiar habits and the evening, for the lasses. Fresh visitors movements under different states of the keep dropping in; and almost all who atmosphere. A group of these animals can make any excuse of acquaintance are
e left accidentally in a closet without a fire, acknowledged, and are hospitably enter
during the frost of 1816, not only surtained, according to the means of their
heir vived, but appeared to suffer no injury village friends. As the week advances,
from being locked up in a mass of ice for these means gradually diminish ; and as many days.* an empty house has few attractions, by the end of the week the bustle ceases,
SWEEPING RHETORIC. and all is still and silent, as if it had
Certain rewards allowed by act of
parliament to firemen, turncocks, and never been. Man naturally requires excitement and
others, who first appear with their engines relaxation ; but it is essentially necessary
and implements at premises sworn to be that they should be adapted to his situa
on fire, were claimed at the public office, tion and circumstances. The feast week,
Marlborough-street, in this month, 1826, however alluring it may appear in descrip
and resisted on the ground that the tion, is in reality productive of greater
chimney, which belonged to a brewery, evil than good. The excitement lasts too
and was more than eighty feet high, was long, and the enjoyment, whatever it
not, and could not be on fire. A witness may be, is purchased at the sacrifice of
to that end, gave a lively specimen of too great expense. It is a well-known
familiar statement and illustration. He fact, that many of the poor who have
began by telling the magistrate, that he exerted every effort to make this profuse,
was a sweep-chimney by profession-a but short-lived display, have scarcely
piece of information very unnecessary, for bread to eat for weeks after. But there!
he was as black and sooty a sweep as ever is no alternative, if they expect to be
mounted a chimney-top,-and then went received with the same spirit of hospitality
on in this fashion_i. This here man, by their friends. The alehouses, in the
(pointing to the patrol,) your wortship, interim, are too often scenes of drunken
has told a false affidavit. I knows that ness and disorder; and the labouring man
ere chimley from a hinfant, and she who has been idle and dissipated for a
knows my foot as well as my own mother. week, is little disposed for toil and tem
The way as I goes up her is this—I goes
in all round the boiler, then I twistes in perance the next. Here, then, the illusion of rural simplicity ends! These
the chimley like the smoke, and then up things are managed much better where
I goes with the wind, for, your wortship,
there's a wind in her that would blow you one fair day, as it is called, is set apart
out like a feather, if you didn't know her in each year, as is the case in many counties: the excitement, which is intense for as well as I do, and that makes me alten or twelve hours, is fully sufficient for!
ways go to the top myself, because there
isn't a brick in her that doesn't know my the purpose; all is noise and merriment, and one general and simultaneous burst
foot. So that you see, your wortship, no and explosion, if it may be so expressed,
soot or blacks is ever in her : the wind takes place. You see groups of happy
won't let 'em stop: and besides they faces.' Every one is willing “ to laugh
s knows that I go up her regular. So that
she always keeps herself as clean as a new he knows not why, and cares not where
& pin. I'll be bound the sides of her is as fore ;" and one day's gratification serves pit
clean this minute as I am (not saying him for every day's pleasing topic of re
much for the chimney); therefore, your ference for weeks to come.
* Howard on Climate,
wortship, that ere man as saw two yards“ Want a coach, sir? Here's your coach, of fire coming out of her, did not see no sir! Which is it, sir? Coach to the city such thing, I say; and he has told your sir! West end, sir! Here! Coach to the wortship, and these here gentlemen pre- city! Coach to Whitechapel ! Coach to sent, a false affidavit, I say. I was brought Portman-square! Coach to Pentonville up in that chimley, your wortship, and I Coach to the Regent's Park! This way can't abear to hear such things said lies this way! Stand clear there! Chariot, or of her; and that's all as I knows at pre- a coach, sir? No chariots, sir, and all the sent, please your wortship."
coaches are hired! There's a coach here, sir-just below! Coachman, draw up!"
and drawing up is impossible, and there The London Christmas evenings of is an incessant confusion of calls and 1826, appear to have been kept out of complaints, and running against each doors, for every place of entertainment other, arising out of the immediate wants was overflowing every night.
of every body, which can only be succesAt this season, from six o'clock in the sively gratified. Pedestrians make their evening, a full tide of passengers sets in way home, or to the inns, as fast as pos. along every leading street to each of the sible, or turn in to sup at the fish-shops, theatres. Hackney coaches drawl, and which, in five minutes, are more lively cabriolets make their way, and jostle each than their oysters were at any time. other, and private carriages swiftly roll, “Waiter! Waiter! Yes, sir! Aitend to and draw up to the box door with a you directly, sir! Yours is gone for, sir! vigorous sweep, which the horses of hired Why, I've ordered nothing! It's coming vehicles are too aged, or too low in con- directly, sir! Ginger-beer-why this is dition to achieve. Within a hundred poison! Spruce—why this is ginger-beer! yards of either playhouse, hands are con- Porter, sir! I told you brandy and water! tinually thrust into each coach window, Stewed oysters! I ordered scolloped ! with "a bill of the play,” and repeated When am I to have my supper? You've cries of “ only a penny!" The coach- had it, sir-I beg your pardon, sir, the door being opened, down fall the steps gentleman that sat here is gone, sir ! with a sharp clackity-clack-click, and the Waiter! waiter !" and so on; and he who companies alight, if they can, without the has patience, is sure to be indulged with supernumerary aid of attendant pliers, who an opportunity of retaining it, amidst offer their over-ready arms to lean upon, loud talking and laughter; varied views and kindly entreat-“ Take care, sir !- of the new pantomime ; conflicting testimind how you step ma'am—this way if mony as to the merits of the clown and you please this way,” all against your the harlequin ; the “new scenery, dresses, will, and ending with “I hope you'll and machinery;" likings and dislikings please to remember a poor fellow !" the of certain actresses; “ the lovely Miss is poor fellow" having done nothing but So-and-so, or “ that detestable" 'woman, interrupt you. When past the « pay Mrs. Such-an-one, that clever fellow, place, great coats, umbrellas, shawls or “ Thing-a-merry," or that stupid dog, other useful accompaniments to and from “What-d'ye-call-um." These topics fail“ the house," though real encumbrances ing, and the oysters discussed, then are within it, may be safely deposited with stated and considered the advantages of persons stationed for their reception, who taking something“ to keep'em down;" the attach tickets to them, and deliver corres- comparative merits of Burton, Windponding numbers, which ensure the return sor, or Edinburgh ale; the qualities of of your property on your coming out; six- porter; the wholesomeness of smoking: pence or a shilling being a gratuity for the the difference between a pipe and a segar. accommodation. Then, when the whole is and the preference of one to the other; over, there is the strict blockade of whether brandy or rum, or the clear spicoaches further than the eye can reach; rit of juniper, is the best preservative of servants looking out for the parties they health ; which of the company or their came with, and getting up their masters' friends can drink most; whether the last carriages; and a full cry of hackney coach- fight was “a cross," and who of all the men men and their representatives, vociferating in the fancy is most “game;" whether the
magistrates dare to interfere with “the
ring ;” whether if fighting should be “ put • The Times, 5th January, 1826.
an end to" Englishmen will have half
the courage they had three hundred sitters after the play, till they adjourn to years ago, before prize fighting ex- “spend the evening” at the flash-andisted; whether Thurtell was not “a foolish” houses which “keep it up” all good one” to the last, and whether there's night in the peculiar neighbourhood of a better “trump” in the room. On these the public office, Bow-street. This is points, or to points like these, the con more than mere animal gratification, as versation of an oyster room is turned by the police reports exemplify.
Capital oysters, I declare !
We'll just have a pipe—and then to bed. Why should not this be deemed a real is drawn out by that dependancy and falls scene, and as respectable as that just de a prey to his decoyer. "It is related that a scribed. It is quite as lively and as in- party of officers belonging to the 25th tellectual. The monkey eats, and accord- regiment of infantry, on service at Gibraling to many accounts can catch fish as tar, amused themselves with whiting fistiwell as man. It is told of this animal, ing at the back of the rock till they were that from love of the crab and experience obliged to shift their ground from being of his claws, he gently shakes bis tail be- pelted from above, they did not know fore the hole of the crah, who, as soon as by whom. At their new station they he begins to“ pull him by his long tail," caught plenty of fish, but the drum baving