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(le of the horses, in going down hill, for a few hours, of the unhappy Alice became restive, and overturned the cart; Izzard. and by this accident the grocery was At the Huntingdon assizes in the much damaged. Because Ann Izzard had August following, true bills of indictment advised her neighbour against putting it were found by the grand jury against in the cart, she charged her with upsetting nine of these ignorant, infuriated wretches, it by the black art, on purpose to spoil for assaults on Wright Izzard and Ann the goods. In an hour, the whole village Izzard, which were traversed to the folwas in an uproar. “ She has just over- lowing assizes.* It does not appear how turned a loaded cart with as much ease as they were disposed of. if it had been a spinning-wheel: this is positive proof; it speaks for itself; she is the person that does all the mischief; and if Captain Burt, an officer of engineers, something is not done to put a stop to who, about the year 1730, was sent into her baseness, there will be no living in the north of Scotland on government serthe place.” As it grew dark, on the fol- vice, relates the following particulars of lowing Sunday, these brutal creatures as

an interview between himself and a mi. sembled together, and at ten o'clock, nister, whom he met at the house of a taking with them the young women sup

nobleman. posed to be bewitched, they proceeded io

Witchcraft. Wright Izzard's cottage, which stood in a solitary spot at some distance from the

After the minister had said Lody or ine village; they broke into the poor bolical practice as sorcery; and that I, in

concerning the wickedness of such a diaman's house, dragged his wife naked from her bed into the yard, dashed her head my turn, had declared my opinion of it, against the large stones of the causeway, dertook to convince me of the reality of

which

you

knew many years ago; he untore her arms with pins, and beat her on the face, breast, and stomach with the it by an example, which is as follows: wooden bar of the door. When the inob

Á certain Highland laird had found had dispersed, the abused and helpless himself at several times deprived of some woman crawled into her dwelling, put her part of his wine, and having as ofteu exclothes on, and went to the constable, who amined his servants about it, and none of said he could not protect her for he had them confessing, but all denying it with not been sworn in. One Alice Russell, asseverations, he was induced to conclude a compassionate widow, unlocked her

they were innocent. door to her at the first call

, comforted her, this could happen. Rats there were none

The next thing to consider was, how bound up her wounds, and put her to bed.

In the evening of the next day she was to father the theft. Those, you know, acagain dragged forth and her arms torn till cording to your philosophical next-door they streamed afresh with blood. Alive neighbour, might' have drawn out the the following morning, and apparently their tails, which, being long and sponge

in likely to survive this attack also, her enemies resolved to duck her as soon as the ous, would imbibe a good quantity of labour of the day was over. On hearing this liquor. This they might suck out again, she fled to Little Paxton, and hastily took and so on, till they had emptied as many refuge in the house of Mr. Nicholson, who bers and the strength of their heads. But

bottles as were sufficient for their numeffectually secured her from the cruelty of his ignorant flock, and had the mortifica- to be more serious :- I say there was no tion to learn that his own neighbours suspicion of rats, and it was concluded it condemned him for “ harbouring such a

could be done by none but witches. wretch."

Here the new inquisition was set on The kindness and affection of the foot, and who they were was the question ; widow Russel were the means of short but how should that be discovered ? To ening her days. The infatuated popu: made choice of one night, and an hour

go the shortest way to work, the laird lace cried, "The protectors of a witch are just as bad as the witch, and deserve

when he thought it might be wateringthe same treatment." She neither ate

time with the hags; and went to his cellar por slept again from anxiety and fear; but died a martyr to her humanity in twelve * Sermon against Witchcraft, preached at Great days after her home became the asylum, tvo.

Paxton, July 17, 1806, by the Rev. I. Nicholson,

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without a light, the better to surprise many parts as you think fit, in the manner
them. Then, with his naked broad- of a carpenter's rule: lay across the top
sword in his hand, he suddenly opened of this another piece of wood, marked G
the door, and shut it after him, and fell to with a small wheel, or pulley, at each end
cutting and slashing all round about him, thereof, marked C D; they should be so
till, at last, by an opposition to the edge fixed that a fine thread of silk may easily
of his sword, he concluded he had at least run through each of them : at the end of
wounded one of them. But I should this thread, E, tie a small weight, or poise,
have told you, that although the place was and tie the other end of the thread, F, to
very dark, yet he made no doubt, by the the tip-top of the plant, as represented in
glare and flashes of their eyes, that they the figure.
were cats; but, upon the

appearance
of

G
candle, they were all vanished, and only

D
some blood left upon the floor. I cannot с
forbear to hint in this place at Don

A
Quixote's battle with the boruchios of
wine.

There was an old woman, that lived
about two miles from the laird's habita-

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tion, reputed to be a witch : her he
greatly suspected to be one of the confe-
deracy, and immediately he hasted away
to her hut; and, entering, he found her
lving upon her bed, and bleeding excess-
ively.
This alone was some confirmation of

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the justness of his suspicion; but casting
his eye under the bed, there lay her leg
in its natural form.

I must confess I was amazed at the
conclusion of this narration; but ten times
more, when, with the most serious air, he
assured me that he had seen a certificate

To find the daily increase of this of the truth of it, signed by four ministers plant, observe to whai degree the knot F of that part of the country, and could

rises every day, at a particular hour, or to cure me a sight of it in a few days, if I what degree the ball E descends every had the curiosity to see it.

day. When he had finished his story, I used

This little machine may serve several all the arguments I was master of 'to show good purposes. By this you will be able him the absurdity of supposing that a wo

to judge how much nourishment a planı man could be transformed into the shape receives in the course of each day, and a and diminutive substance of a cat; to tolerably just notion may be formed of its yanish like a flash of fire; carry her leg quality; for moist plants grow quicker home with her, &c. : and told him, that than dry, ones, and the hot and moist if a certificate of the truth of it had been quicker than the cold and dry. signed by every member of the general

I am, sir, assembly, it would be impossible for me

Your constant reader, (however strong my inclinations were to

S. THOMAS. believe) to bring my mind to assent to it.

January 24th, 1826.

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To the Editor of the Every-Day Book.
To the Editor of the Every-Day Book. Sir,
Sir,

Perhaps the following parody of Moore's
As a small matter of use and curiosity, beautiful melody, "Those Evening Bells,"
I heg to acquaint the readers of the on p. 143, may be acceptable to your
Every-Day Book with the means of deter- readers, at a time like the present, when
mining the gradual increase of a plant. a laugh helps out the spirits against

Take a straight piece of wood, of a con matter-of-fact evils. venient height; the upright piece, marked I do not think it necessary to avow A B ir the figure, may be divided into as myself as an “authority” for my little

COPY OP A LETTER

communication; many of your readers infinitely happier than the happiest of the will, no doubt, be able to furnish feeling wicked. evidence of the truth of the lines. Hoping The consequence I wish you to draw you, sir, may read them without parti- from all this is, never to do any thing excipating in the lively sensibility that the cept what you certainly know to be right; author felt, I remain,

for if you doubt about the lawfulness of Your admiring reader,

any thing, it is a sign that it ought not to and regular customer,

be done. A SMALL BOOKSELLER! City, Jan. 1826.

NATURALISTS' CALENDAR. These Christmas Bills !

Mean Temperature ... 40•32.
A COMMERCIAL MELODY, 1826.
These Christmas bills, these Christmas bills,

February 4.
How many a thought their number kills
Of notes and cash, and that sweet time

CHRONOLOGY.
When oft' I heard my sovereigns chime.

On the 4th of February, 1800, the rev. Those golden days are past away,

William Tasker, remarkable for his learn. And many a bill I used to pay

ing and eccentricity, died, aged 60, at Sticks on the file, and empty tills Contain no cash for Christmas bills.

Iddesleigh, in Devonshire, of which

church he was rector near thirty years, And so 'twill be-though these are paid, though he had not enjoyed the income ol More Christmas bills will still be made,

the living till within five years before his And other men will fear these ills,

death, in consequence of merciless and seAnd curse the name of Christmas bills !

vere persecutions and litigations. “An Ode to the Warlike Genius of Britain,

1778,” 4to., was the first effusion of his Written to a Domestic at Parting.

poetical talent. His translations of “Se

lect Odes of Pindar and Horace" add to The cheerfulness and readiness with his reputation with the muses, whose which you have always served me, has smiles he courted by many miscellaneous made me interested in your welfare, and efforts. He wrote Arviragus," a tragedetermined me to give you a few words dy, and employed the last years of his of advice before we part. Read this at- checkered life on a “History of Physitentively, and keep it; it may, perhaps, ognomy from Aristotle to Lavater," be useful.

wherein he illustrated the Greek philosoYour honesty and principles are, I pher's knowledge of the subject in a man. firmly trust, unshaken. Consider them ner similar to that which he pursued in as the greatest treasure a human being “ An Attempt to examine the several can possess. While this treasure is in Wounds and Deaths of the Heroes in the your possession you can never be hurt, Iliad and Æneid, trying them by the Test let what will happen. You will indeed of Anatomy and Physiology.” These eru. often feel pain and grief, for no human dite dissertations contributed to his credit oeing ever was without his share of them; with the learned, but added nothing to his out you can never be long and completely means of existence. He usually wore a miserable but by your own fault. ragged coat, the shirt peeping at the el

If, therefore, you are ever tempted to bows, and shoes of a brownish black, do evil, check the first wicked thought sometimes tied with packthread. Having that rises in your mind, or else you are heard that his spirited “ Ode to the Warruined. For you may look upon this as like Genius of Britain” had been read by a most certain and infallible truth, that if the late king, George III., he presented evil thoughts are for a moment encou- himself, in his customary habit, on the es. raged, evil deeds follow: and you need planade at Weymouth, where it excited not be told, that whoever has lost his curiosity; and his majesty asking an atgood conscience is miserable, however he tendant who that person was? Mr. Tasker may hide it from the world, and whatever approached, avowed his name, and obwealth and pleasures he may enjoy. tained a gratifying reception. His pro

And you may also rely upon this, that ductions evince critical skill, and a large the most miserable among the virtuous is portion of poetic furor. But he was af

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and in poverty.

flicted and unsuccessful; frequently strug- a nutmeg and grater, a smelling-bottle, gling with penury, and sometimes with and according to the season, an oringe or oppression. His irritability subjected him apple, which, after many days, she draws to numerous mortifications, and inflicted out, warm and glossy, to give to some on him many pangs unknown to minds of little child that has well behaved itself. less feeling or less delicacy.

She generally occupies ewo rooms, in the Mr. Nichols, in his “Literary Anec- neatest condition possible. In the chanidotes," gives a letter he received from ber is a bed with a white coverlet, built up Mr. Tasker, dated from Iddesleigh, in high and round to look well, and with curDecember, 1798, wherein he says, “I tains of a pastoral pattern, consisting alcontinue in very ill health, and confined ternately of large plants, and shepherds in my dreary situation at Starvation Hall, and shepherdesses. On the mantleforty miles below Exeter, out of the verge piece also are more shepherds and of literature, and where even your exten- shepherdesses, with dot-eyed sheep at sive magazine ['The Gentleman's '] has their feet, all in coloured ware, the man never yet reached.” The works he put perhaps in a pink jacket and knots of ribforth from his solitude procured him no bons at his knees and shoes, holding his advancement in the church, and, in the crook lightly in one hand, and with the agony of an excruciating complaint, he other at his breast turning his toes out departed from a world insensible to his and looking tenderly at the shepherdess : merits :-his widow essayed the publi. -the woman, holding a crook also, and cation of his works by subscription with- modestly returning his look, with a gipout effect. Such was the fate of an eru- sy-hat jerked up behind, a very slender dite and deserving parish priest, whose waist, with petticoat and hips to counterright estimation of honourable independ- act, and the petticoat pulled up through ence barred him from stooping to the the pocket-holes in order to show the trimmeanness of flattery; he preserved his ness of her ancles. But these patterns, of self-respect, and died without preferment, course, are various. The toilet is ancient,

carved at the edges, and tied about with a snow-white drapery of muslin. Beside it are various boxes, mostly japan: and

the set of drawers are exquisite things for The Old Lady.

a little girl to rummage, if ever little girl If the Old Lady is a widow and lives be so bold,—-containing ribbons and laces alone, the manners of her condition and of various kinds,-linen smelling of laventime of life are so much the more appa- der, of the flowers of which there is al. rent. She generally dresses in plain silks ways dust in the corners,—a heap of that make a gentle rustling as she moves pocket-books for a series of years, and about the silence of her room; and she pieces of dress long gone by, such as wears a nice cap with a lace border that head-fronts, stomachers, and flowered satin comes under the chin. In a placket at shoes with enormous heels. The stock of her side is an old enamelled watch, unless letters are always under especial lock and it is locked up in a drawer of her toilet key. So much for the bed-room. In the for fear of accidents. Her waist is rather sitting-room, is rather a spare assortment tight and trim than otherwise, as she had of shining old mahogany furniture, or a fine one when young; and she is not carved arm-chairs equally old, with chintz sorry if you see a pair of her stockings on draperies down to the ground,-a folding a table, that you may be aware of the or other screen with Chinese figures, their neatness of her leg and foot. Contented round, little-eyed, meek faces perking sidewith these and other evident indications wise ;-a stuffed bird perhaps in a glass of a good shape, and letting her young case (a living one is too much for her ;) frienils understand that she can afford to a portrait of her husband over the mantleobscure it a little, she wears pockets, and piece, in a coat with frog-buttons, and a uses them well too. In the one is her delicate frilled hand lighủy inserted in the handkerchief, and any heavier matter that waistcoat:—and opposite him, on the is not likely to come out with it, such as wall, is a piece of embroidered literature, the change of a sixpence;--in the other is framed and glazed, containing some moral a miscellaneous assortment, consisting of distich or maxim worked in angular capia pocket-book, a bunch of keys, a needle- tal letters, with two trees or parrots below case, a spectacle-case, crumbs of biscuit, in their proper colours, the whole con

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cluding with an A B C and numerals, and likes a walk of a summer's evening, but the name of the fair industrious, express- avoids the new streets, canals, &c. and ing it to be “ her work, Jan. 14, 1762.” sometimes goes through the church-yard The rest of the furniture consists of a where her other children and her husband looking-glass with carved edges, perhaps lie buried, serious, but not melancholy. 1 settee, a hassock for the feet, a mat for She has had three great æras in her life,the little dog, and a small set of shelves, her marriage, -her having been at court in which are the Spectator and Guardian, to see the king, queen, and royal family, the Turkish Spy, a Bible and Prayer-book, and a compliment on her figure she once Young's Night-Thoughts, with a piece of received in passing from Mr. Wilkes, lace in it to Aatten, Mrs. Rowe's Devout whom she describes as a sad loose man, Exercises of the Heart, Mrs. Glasse's but engaging. His plainness she thinks Cookery, and perhaps Sir Charles Gran. much exaggerated. "If any thing takes dison, and Clarissa. John Buncle is in her at a distance from home, it is still the the closet among the pickles and preserves. court; but she seldom stirs even for that. The clock is on the landing-place between The last time but one that she went was the two room-doors, where it ticks audibly to see the duke of Wirtemberg: and she but quietly; and the landing-place, as has lately been, most probably for the last well as the stairs, is carpeted to a nicety. time of all, to see the princess Charlotte The house is most in character, and pro- and prince Leopold. From this beatific perly coeval, if it is in a retired suburb, vision, she returned with the same admiand strongly built, with wainscot rather ration as ever for the fine comely appear. than paper inside, and lockers in the win- ance of the duke of York and the rest of dows. Before the windows also should the family, and great delight at having be some quivering poplars. Here the Old had a near view of the princess, whom Lady receives a few quiet visitors to tea she speaks of with smiling pomp and and perhaps an early game at cards; or lifted mittens, clasping them as passionyou may sometimes see her going out on ately as she can together, and calling her, the same kind of visit herself, with a light in a sort of transport of mixed loyalty and umbrella turning up into a stick and self-love, a fine royal young creature, and crooked ivory handle, and her little dog daughter of England - Indicator. equally famous for his love to her and captious antipathy, to strangers. Her

The Season. grandchildren dislike him on holidays; Sudden storms of short duration, thr. and the boldest sometimes ventures to last blusters of expiring winter, frequently give him a sly kick under the table. occur during the early part of the present When she returns at night, she appears, month. These gales and gusts are mostly if the weather happens to be doubtful, in noticed by mariners, who expect them, a calash; and her servant, in pattens, fols and therefore keep a good “look out for lows half behind and half at her side, with squalls.” The observations of seamen a lantern.

upon the clouds, and of husbandmen on Iler opinions are not many, nor new. the natural appearances of the weather She thinks the clergyman a nice man. generally, would form an exceedingly cuThe duke of Wellington, in her opinion, rious and useful compendium of meteorois a very great man; but she has a secret logical facts. preference for the marquis of Granby. Stilling the Sea with Oil. She thinks the young women of the pre- Dr. Franklin suggests the pouring of sent day too forward, and the men not oil on the sea to still the waves in a respectful enough: but hopes her grand- storm, but, before he lived, Martin wrote children will be better; though she differs “Account of the Western Islands of with her daughter in several points re- Scotland," wherein he says, “The steward specting their management.

of Kilda, who lives in Pabbay, is accuslittle value on the new accomplishments : tomed in time of a storm to tie a bundle is a great though delicate connoisseur in

of puddings, made of the fat of sea-fowl, butcher's meat and all sorts of house- to the end of his cable, and lets it fall into wifery: and if you mention waltzes, ex- the sea behind the rudder ; this, he says, patiates on the grace and fine breeding of hinders the waves from breaking, and the minuet. She longs to have seen one calms the sea; but the scent of the grease danced by sir Charles Grandison, whom attracts the whales, which put the vessel she almost considers as a real person. She in danger."

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