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THE GENTLEMAN'S

GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE.
For JANUARY, 1818.

MISCELLANEOUS CORRESPONDENCE.

THE

Mr. URBAN, M. Temple, Jan. 1. slept or wioked in his favonr. They CHE following Fragment was presented immediately to him the Re

found among the papers of a gister upon which the successful learned Friend, who many years ago

Candidate was in the habit of writ. was a Brother Barrister; and it may ing bis name. He wrote it accord. perhaps amuse some of your Readers. ingly, and he had then only to thank Yours, &c.

CARADOC. them in a single phrase. But he “ There was at Amadan a celebrated chose to thank them without saying Academy, whose first Rule was fram- a word. ed in these words:

He wrote upon the margin the “ The Members of this Academy number 100. This was the number shall think much-write little--and of his new associates. be as mute as they can."

Then, having put a cypher before A Candidate offered himself-he the figure 1, be wrote under itwas too late—the vacancy was filled 66 their value will be the same"-0100! up- they knew bis merit, and lament- To this modesty the ingenious Preed their disappointment in lamenting sident replied with a politeness equal his owo.

The President was to an- to his address : nounce the event; he desired the He put the figure 1 before the 100, Candidate should be introduced. and wrote, “ they will have elevon

He appeared with a simple and a times the value they had 1100.” modest air, which is the sure testi. mony of merit.

Mr. URBAN, Norwich, Jan. 2. The President rose, and presented THEN a child, I used to ask my. a cup of pure water to him, so full, that a single drop more would have meaning of the third verse of the 100th made it overflow; he accompanied Psalm, “Thy Birth is of the Dew of this emblematic hint with not a the Womb of the Morning." single word explanatory of it; but he In the Bible Translation it is, “Thou marked upon his countenance the hast the Dew of thy Youth :” in the deepest affliction.

margin, "More than the Womb of the The Candidate understood that he morning: thou shalt have the Dew of could not be received because the thy Youth.” number was complete, and the as- In King James's Bible it is thus sembly full. But, without losing cou- translated: “The Youth of thy Womb rage, he began to think by what ex. shall be as the Morning Dew:” and pedient, in the same kind of language, this sensible paraphrase is given in the he could explain that a supernumerary margin: “ By thy word thy people Academician would put nothing out shall be assembled in thy Church so of its place, and would make no es. abundant and wonderful, as the drops sential difference in the Rule which of the Dew." Mr. Leo, a convert tbey bad prescribed.

from Judaism to Christianity, gave After a inoment's pause, observing me the following version of the whole at his feel a rose, he picked it up, and verse: “ The willingness of thy peolaid it gently upon the surface of the ple in holy attire will be seen on the water, so geotly that not one drop of it day of thy victory. The begioning escaped. Upon this ingenious reply, of thy youth shall be unto thee as the ibe applause was universal; the rule rising sun in the morning.” St. Je

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Populus tuus domus Israel qui lu. Dozens, Northern Cottons, Cloth benter incumbant Legi, in die quo Rash, and other like drapery, of prælium commiseris, adjuvaberis cum what new name soever, for the use eis splendoribus sanctitatis misericor. of man's body, are to yield subsidy diæ Deus ; ad te properabunt tan- and Alnage according to the Statute quam descensio roris, sedebunt pro- of 27 Edw. III. and within the office sapiæ tuæ.”

of the antient Alnage, as may apA part of the verse, as translated by pear by several decrees in that bethe Septuagint, would induce us to sup- half made in the Exchequer in the pose their Copy of the Hebrew Text time of the late Queen. That Henry differed from any Copy now extant: IV. granted a measurage of all wool• From the womb, before the morn- len cloth and canvas brought to Loning star I begat thee."

don for sale by any stranger or deniΕκ γαςρος προ εωσφορα ευγενησα σε. zen, taking one halfpenny for every

In Dr. Mani's Bible I find the fol- piece of the buyer, and of the seller lowing note on the words “ from the one penny for measuring 100 ells womb of the morning:” “These words of canvas; and as touching the narshould rather be translated, more row new stuff made in Norwich with tbau the dew from the womb;' that is, worsted yarn, we are of opinion that thy children begotten to thee through it is not grantable, nor fit to be grantthe Gospel shall exceed in numbers, ed; for we cannot find that there was as well as in brightness and beauty, ever any Aluage upon Norwich worsthe spangles of early dew, which the teds. And for these stuffs, if, after morning discloseth to the eye of the they be made and tacked up for sale delighted beholder.” Bps. Lowth by the makers thereof, they should and Horne.

be again opened to be viewed and Where to find Bp. Lowth's obser- measured, they will not well fall into vations on this passage, I know not. their old plaits to be tacked up as beI should be glad of information, as fore, which will be a great hindrance his Lordship held the authority of the to the sales thereof in grosse, for that Septuagint in greater estimation than they will not theo appear to be su any Copy of the Hebrew extant. merchandizable as they were upon Yours, &c.

C. J. SMYTH. the first making of them up. And

even so we humbly take our leaves. Mr. URBAN,

Jan. 3. Serjeants Ion, the 24th of June 1605. THE THE Office of AlNAGER, lately “Which Certificate being read by the

held by Lord de Blaquiere, Lords of the Privy Council (I being and now abolished, is of very aptient then Attorney-general and present) date it was in the King's gift before was well approved by them all any Statute. Edw.l. granted this office and commandment there given, that by Letters Patent, in the fourteenth it should be kept in the Council Chest, year of his reign, to Sir Thomas Dar. to be a direction for them to give anlington, to be Åloager of Broad Cloth, swer to all suits of that kind. And it for which he received of the King a is to be observed that Acts of Parfee for the exercise of it; besides liament that are made against the which, he had a fee by Act of Par- freedom of trade, merchandizing, liament, 27 Edw. III. Stat..l. c. 4. bandycrafts, and mysteries, never live

This word Alnager is derived from long." the old French Aulne; and in Latin, The Aloage duties continued till Uloa, Ulnator. By the above Statute the reigo of Will. III. when, after some bis fees were settled, and clotbs of cer- seizures which were rather obnoxious tain dimensions were directed to be (Carth. 325.) they were abolished by sealed before sale, and a subsidy was

Stat. 11 and 12 Will. III. c. 20. But granted to the King out of every the subsidy and Alpage was re-enacted Cloth sold.

by 17 and 18 Geo. II. and subsequent But in the Rolls of Parliament is statutes, and grants of the yearly preserved, and cited by Lord Coke, amount, have been made, and last of

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all to Lord de Blaquiere; and now easily reconnoitered. This spot is it has been found expedient to the very remote from towns or rivers, encouragement of the Woollen Ma- and in former ages must have been nufacturers in Ireland, that they admirably situated for the chace. I should be abolished there, and the bave been told by old persons now former regulations repealed. But a living, that it is long within their reproper compensation was due to his collection the whole of this space was Lordship, who, by Letters Patent un- nearly covered with oak timber, der the Great Seal of Ireland, dated which presented to the eye one of the 11 July, 1797, was entitled to bold finest sylvan scenes in the kingdom; this office of Alnager in Ireland for still the traces of them and also large a term of 48 years. Parliament, woods remain, corroborating the fact: therefore, by Act of the last Session, alas! they are level with the ground; which passed the Royal Assent on 11 the sturdy hand of avarice, or necesJuly, 1817, granted to him, his heirs, sity, has scarcely left a root or branch executors, administrators, and as- worthy the appellation of timber. signs, an annuity of £500 British cur- Lest I should be digressing, I rerency, charged upon the Consolidated turn to the further particulars of the Fund of the United Kingdom, pay- Pavement; it bas, of course, an amable quarterly, free of all deductions, biguous origin, further than being a for the residue of the above term yet Roman work, which I presume, Sir, unexpired, payable in Ireland.

we cannot doubt. The dies are vaYours, &c.

riously coloured and proportioned, ac

cording to the arrangement of the Mr. URBAN, Crewkerne, Dec. 24. parts they are to fill; these dies con1

SUBMIT you an account of a tes- sist of hard bluish granite stope, bricks,

selated pavement lately discovered red and black, and white pebble set Dear Halstock, Dorsetshire. It may in a deep bed of excellent white sand prove acceptable to your Readers ; mortar, to wbich it had adhered by a and if my humble offering is worthy firm cement that the iron tooth of insertion, I shall with much pleasure time has rendered flexible. transmit you a faithful drawing from The angles of this curious masonry the original.

are duly North, East, West, and South, I visited this Pavement yesterday, forming a diamond shape, baving a about four miles from my house, hav-wide border of the larger dies 80 ing set out with the full intention to placed to meet at right and left angles have taken a drawing for you imme- transversely. diately, when an event prevented me Within this border, that is, alterthat I should most certainly have an- nately stone and red brick on each side, ticipated; the frost setting in severely, a circular sort of fillet in fret-work deprived me of the patural animation goes round, taking off the square of necessary to complete my purpose. the corners, very nicely and mathe.

This Pavement was first found by a matically adjusted ; in each of these Jabourer, about two feet under the intermediate spaces is a small circle, surface; and it is now covered with a each containing the head of a warrior temporary building, erected at the in his helmet, the back of wbich is expense of Henry Stephen Earl of represented having a double cross in Ilchester, that Nobleman most po- an oblique position from right to left, litely giving me admittance agreeably extending far over the shoulders; the to my request. It has undergone great successive parts inclining to the cendilapidation, and at present remains tre are thrown into squares, and join a very mutilated state ; the surface tersected by parallel lines of different of the Pavement is much bent, or, colours ; these are again divided into more properly said, it has an irregu, lesser squares, leaving a space at right lar plane, from the heavy pressure of and left, filling up a diamond centre earth, stone, and rubbish, having laid in each square ; the centre of the on it such a length of time. Its si- whole is the next, part connected with tuation is on an easy rising slope, a a large mathematical encircled star North-easterly direction, in the inidst on one side ; this part presents the of a flat undulated country, stretched perfect figure of a face within a circle, out between a spacious amphitheatre very like the rest, with the difference of distant hills, from whence they are only of being larger, and of a richer

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construction ; the face is ornamented trouble of explaining. It was an old with a sort of irregular ruff or crest Latin inscription, only part of which round the whole forehead as far as was legible. We assured the Priest the ears. What sort of device this is that he was mistaken in bis conjecI cannot conjecture; if it has an ana- ture of its being English ; but this logy to our Lord's thorny crown on he would not believe, asseverating the cross, it is most certainly an auk- with much vehemence that he uoward representation.

Yet we may

derstood Latin perfectly well. This conclude, from the figures before must have been a singular instance alluded to having the symbol of the of ignorance, and one which it must Cross, that this work may have been be difficult to parallel. Notwith-' dove during the reign of some of the standing, this learned Clerk was very Christian Emperors. If, Sir, any of good-bumoured, and very good comyour ingenious Correspondents could, pauy. After the foregoing anecdote, through the medium of your Maga- it will scarcely be wondered at, that, zine, favour us with any authentic though at less than two miles discomment on these very interesting tance, be had never heard of Pliny's Mosaic works, we should feel par- Villa. ticularly grateful and obliged.

The forest through which we passYours, &c. John BELLAMY, ed was exceedingly fine, and its sce

very magnificent. It abounded with

the noblest specimens of the llex, unWulk from Rome to Ostia, &c. der the dark shade of which sprang (Continued from Vol. LXXXVII. ij. up the greatest variety of beautiful p. 511.)

plaots. It was a rich field for the THE THE air of the morning was de botanist who should have leisure to

lightfully fresh, and the ground prosecute his enquiry. We gathered covered with a boar frost. We had several specimeos, but, at the jourvery fortunately furbished our knap- ney's end, they were unfortunately sacks with chocolate on starting from in a state altogelher unfit for accu. Rome, otherwise we should have rate examination. been greatly put to it for a break- We suddenly came upon the object fast. In the course of our repast in- of our search. The remains of the deed a man did bring in a porcu- Villa are very few, consisting chiefly of pine ; but of this we were not suffered foundation walls, and excavations, to partake; and, had we been allowed, from the contemplation of which it it might have been doubtful whether is impossible to form any idea of it would satisfactorily have supplied what the house once was. the place of our less luxurious fare. ticoes and areas have long since yaWe rejoiced to be once more on our nished, and all that remains is the way.

“ litloris spatium” and “ opportuni. We shortly arrived at the wood tas loci." These are still great, which we bad contemplated from though the Villa has undergone a the tower; at the entrance to which change even in this respect ; for the is situated the Villa Chigi. Here we sea has evidently receded, leaving bargained with a servant of the behind it deserts of sand. Pieces of house, or keeper, to conduct us by the finest marble, bearing the mark the nearest route to Pliny's Villa. of the cbisel, are still scattered about The man immediately slung bis fowl- in greal abundance; and I fortunately ing-piece at his back, and appeared picked up a large portion of Rósso very happy to accompany us. Just Antico, which I shared with my felat starting, we were joined by the low-travellers as a relict of the place. Priest, a young man, who begged to We were not detained long; the

way be of the party,

But, before we to the shore was pointed out to us, and proceeded, he proposed that we should we parted with our friends the Gameturn a few steps from the road, when keeper and the Priest. We came he said he would shew us an English upon the sea suddenly. It was of a Inscription. This, as might be ex- heavenly blue; a refreshing breeze pected, excited our curiosity: He saluted us from its bosom, which poiuted to the Ioscription, which be- caused us to respire anew after quitgan with the words “ Dis M." and ting the close and oven-like recesses which he begged we would take the of ihe woods. We balted some mo

ments,

The por. ments, in order to enjoy more fully present; and adjoining were several the magoificeat and exhilarating scene remains of ancient brick-work, which before us.

had probably formed the foundations “ O mare! O littus, verum, secretum- of the temple in questiou. From que regelur ! quam multa invenitis, quam amidst the ruins the most delightful multa dictatis !"

view presents itself. The finest defile The sand of the shore was rather between the hills and woods, terminatheavy; but the gale was refreshing, ed by the blue and placid ocean; ir an and we marched with much alacrily opposite direction, the far-off mounThe bird-catchers were busy, and tains, with numerous white towns and their spares or springes, which were villages, amongst which were convery numerous, bad almost all of them spicuous Frescati and Albano. The their captives. There was much neat- Church on the hill, from which we Dess in their contrivance; the machine enjoyed this prospect, bears the name ery, though simple, .was sure.

of S. Petronilla. After a long and somewhat labo- We had a spare but pleasant re. rious walk, we turned inland, and past at our Osteria, after which we were glad to rest ourselves on a bank, ascended the tower of an adjoining in order to sketch a house and ruins, palace, whence we had a more exnow called Torre Paterno, in older tepsive and perhaps more interesting times, Laurentum. At present it is Pauorama than that before mention. inhabited by soldiers, who bonoured ed. We were fortunate enough to us with their company and atten- find excellent beds under the roof of tion whilst we were employed with a person who was anxious to oblige the pencil. The pile, as it now stands, us, and, before retiring, we held an is not particularly picturesque, but agreeable converzatione in the chimthe spot altogether is interesting, as ney-corner. The family were evihaving been the capital of Latinus. dently poor; but, what was singular

We proceeded across the fields, and in Italy, the house was extremely through very old woods, towards Pra- neat. At my bed's-head was a crutica, the ancient Lavinium. Oppi- cifix of some value, and a paintiog dum condunt; Æneas, ab nomine of the Virgin of considerable merih Uxoris, Lavinium appellat.” This is Close to it was a small lamp, fur. situated upon an eminence, and form- nished with oil. In the village, we ed a sketch more interesting than the had observed several altars and in. former. We secured three beds in scriptions; amongst the rest, one bearCasa particulari,” ordered some ing the name of Æneas Sylvius. macaroni at the Osteria, and, while it Yours, &c.

A LAURENTIAN. was preparing, walked to explore the beauties of the neighbourhood. These were numerous, and I thought it Mr. URBAN,

Jan. 12. one of the most delightful situations PASS

ASSING along Cornhill the other I had seen in Italy.

day,'I had a multitude of LotA temple was said to have been tery papers thrust into my hands ; erected near this village, by Æneas, the numbers of the distributors of these in honour of Anna, the sister of Dido, papers led me to reflect, lhat either and which, in after-times, had been there must be some very great adconverted into a Church. Our walk vantage to these men ; or, what apto the hill on which it appears to peared more reasonable, that the Ofhave been situated was delightful. fice-keepers found it difficult to disA winding-path conducted us through pose of their Tickets in the ordinary the most fertile of valleys, enameled way, or why take such immense paivs, with flowers, and watered by a ri- and be at such a very great expence ? vulet, partiy concealed under pictu- One is naturally led to suppose that resque and overhanging willows. On their profits must be immoderate to each side were the genilest and most allow of it. verdant slopes, from which the loftier In every well-regulated State, the and more remote hills rose abruptly, morals of the people, particularly of their tops crowned with the ilex the lower classes, are allowed by all and the pioe. A farmer very civilly Political Writers to be of the first shewed us the modera Church, of consequence. The natural propensity which little use seems to be made at of the human mind to Gambling has

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