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worth, his son llenry, Rer. Mr. Love- upon the throne, by whom our civil good, Squire Worthy, and his Lady, and religious liberties were establish. at Gracebill farin.-X1. contains the ed. Mr. Simon Littleworth, the father history of the family of the Little of the present Farmer Littleworth, worths, with the character of Rector loved getting money to his beart, Fillpot, and Mr. Meek, bis Welch but could not bear to spend it erea Curate.-XII. A Sunday Evening's on a decent education for his children. Conversation between Mr. and Mrs. He died about the year 1776, leaving Steadyman, Farmer Littleworth and a fortune among his children of about family:-XIII. Resumes the subject three hundred and fifty pounds each; of the Slave Trade.-XIV. XV. A entailing also upon them all the preWhisper from behind the door, or judices of an unhapry day and genethe Secrets of private Scandal made ration; conceiving higher notions of public; in which the following new the religion of Dr. Sacheverell *, than characters are introduced: - Rev.. of that of Jesus Christ and all his Mr. Spiteful, Master of the grammar Apostles. school in Envy Lane, and one of the " According, therefore, to all prowriters of the Anti-jacobin.-Mr. bable circumstances, Farmer Liitle. Wisehead, a Socinian Bookseller, Mr. worth would never have submitted to Considerate, Alderman of Mapleton, have heard the gospel it he had not and Miss Pratapace, the apothecary's first heard it in a church. But the daughter.-XVI. XVII. More News farmer, though still a churchman, was from Lower Brookfield, or the evils now happily delivered from the tramof seduction delineated in the story mels of his former education, and be. of Mrs. Chipman.

gan to entertain equal love to Chris. We shall give our readers an ex- tians of all denominatioos: yet pot tract from Dialogue XI. containing so the rest of the family, which nne the character of the farmer's maiden consisted only of himself, and two sister, Mrs. Mary Littleworth, and sisters ; his elder brother and a sister her friend, Madam Vixen.

having been dead some years ago. “There lived in the town of Ruck- “ His elder sister Polly was the ford, about fifteen miles from Maple, exact counterpart of Miss Polly, to ton, a Mr. Nathaniel Steadyman, whom she stood-godmother. She was who had united bimself to Farmer in her younger days so self-willed Littleworth's family by marrying his and perverse, that no person could younger sister. His occupation was ever venture to ask her the question that of a currier, in which line he is she chose to alter her state. Which did a considerable deal of business, also, by general report, will probably and was in general esteem among his be the fate of the god-daughter, as neighbours for his candour and inte well as the aunt. grity.

• The farmer's sister continued to The family of the Littleworths, live in the neighbourhood of Maplehowever, were unfortunately educat- ton till she was near sixty, and on aced. In point of religion they were count of the pressure of the times, tutored in all the bigh church notions has lately removed further north to of the day; so that the least devia- make a joint purse with another old tion from ihe established church, was, maiden lady, known by the name of in their esteem, more to be dreaded Macam Vixen. And though she was than a thousand deviations even from Miss Polly all the time she continued the common rules of morality; inso- near her brother, yet since her remuch that even cursing and swearing move she has submitted, though with was a much smaller offence than at- some regret, to the graver appellation, tending a conventicle ; and scarce any of Mrs. Mary. offence at all, provided people exer- “ Thus convenience has brought cised their profane talents against the these two old ladies together; though dissenters. "Report also says, that old they are the frequent cause of vexMr. Sinon Littleworth, with all his family, used to drink the Pretender's * Dr. Sacheverell was the high church health after dinner, and that it was champion in the days of Queen Ann: he was well he did not lose his life in the re. impeached by the commons, for his seditious bellion in 1745, for entertaining and high church principles ; his sermon was orencouraging the rebel army when in dered to be burnt, while he himself was sui. the Norib, against the present family pended from his ministry for three years.

atian to each other, yet hereby they venth son of his father, who was bimare just able to keep a maid servant self a seventh son: and how far it between them, who is generally chang. was done with a design to impose on ed about six times in the year. the credulity of the old ladies, might

“ Madam Vixen is oiten accus-. be difficult to say ; yet they seem tomed to boast that she has a supe- fully persuaded that the present Fran-, rior education, and therefore attempts cis Moore has also a seventh son, to correct Mrs. Mary for her vulgarity who, though but young, is now stuof expression, and also that her fa- dying both physic and astrology in the mily was of much better blood than' town of Utopia, in the north of Ire. the family of the Littleworths. This land; and they have no doubt but is a frequent cause of mortification to that he is born to possess so supreme Mrs. Mary, who plies her in return a degree of knowledge, by investifor her family pride and self-conceit. gating the configurations of the stars, Thus alternately they irritate and vex as that he will be able to read the each other, till they make themselves history of all future events beforeso peevish and fretful thereby, as that. hand, both private and public, as they scarcely exchange a word for se. plainly as he can now read his A, B, C; veral days together. During these and that he will as far outshine these intervals of ill humour there are fre, great luminaries, Count Swedenburgh, quent threats of separation ; till these Mr. Brothers, and some other prolittle fracas are settled by the neigh- pheciers on our late public events, as bouring gossips bringing them some the vast knowledge of a Newton outnew tales of ihe affairs of the neigh- shines the intellectual powers of a bourhood, which they delight to hear, goose *. retail, and exaggerate. Then an innocent game at cards again sets them * The pretended prognosticators, under a-quarrelling, and makes them guilty the fictitious name of Francis Moore, have of the same sort of conduct against this year niet with a terrible mishap. They each other. Thus they rub on toge- could not discover, by the configuration of ther from time to time ; yet, if their the planets, either the change in the ministry dispositions are dissimilar io some in- last year, or the preliminaries of peace which stances, in others they are perfectly off before the latter event took place. In

followed, their almanacks being all printed similar. "* In point of religion they are pre-inue to be full of wars, and battles, and

consequence of which their predictions concisely agreed, for though they sel fruitless negotiations. As Mr. Moore prodom trouble the church but when the phecies in rhyme, as well as prose, my reaweather is very fine, yet they do their ders shall be tavoured with some of his adduty in reading the psalms and les- mirable predictions, for this year 1802, in his soos at home, while twice or three din excellent versification, tiines a year they submit to the penance of a gloomny week in the pre- January.- Preparations for war. paration before they receive the lioly

" As troops, appointed from all parts, presacrament, which is seldom done una less on the great festivals... But in To march in order for some cruel war; nothing are they more similar than So do the stars, by thwarting m:tions, shew in their belief of different signs, and A storm at hand, with blood and ruin tuo. Comens, and prognostications, on which All must obey when these for arins prethey are ever exercising their minds,

pare ; and tormenting each other, under There's storms in states and towns as well the expectation of the most gloomy events. The prognostications of February. The same continued. Moore's almanack are always receive, ed and read by them with prodigious

March.—Fruitless negotiations for peace. avidity and glee, and though they are

“ From court to court expresses briskly aware that the first Francis Moore, Great offers made to purchase peace thercby : the original physician and astrologer: All give their wishes to its ling'ring birth, inust long ago have been dead; yet And hope it too, to ease the givaning they have no doubt but that the pre

earth; seni Francis Moore is as much a real Yet all their wishes prove but empty show, character, and a far wiser astrologer Like nick-vam'd saiuts they seem, but are tlan his father; be being also the se: not so."


as air."

Ay ;


" No one can wonder that these to instruct inankind in the knowledge ladies, who are so fond of hearing and of different future events. telling old wives fables,' and of at- “ This unfortunate turn of mind, tending to such absurdities, should however, had once proved nearly faalso give way to all sorts of fears tal, not only to the comfort, but the and apprehensions arising from other very life of Madam Vixen. She heard, causes the most superstitious and ab. three or four times, her chamber bell surd. Hence it is that they are kept ring, as it was supposed, of its own in perpetual alarm, at one time by accord. This brought to ber recol. the cleath-watch, at another time by lection the story of her grandınother's the croaking of a raven, or the screech- death, which was foretold by some ing of an owl, then again by the such an event three weeks before the winding-sheet in the candle, and a time. She therefore positively con. variety of such other absurdities, as cluded that within that period she though the all-wise God had given a was to depart. This so worked upon commission to spiders *, owls, and her imagination as that it brought ravens, and even to tallow candles, on a serious illness. The apothecary

was sent for only out of form, as she April.—Wars renewed.

concluded it would be of no avail. “ Saturn and Mars oppos’d, doth now dis- The Jawyer attended to alter and pense

finish her will; and the poor clergy.. Troubles and mischiefs arm'd with vio- man, though as ill liked as the rest of lence :

his brethren, was sent for to prepare A man of war doth seldom die with care, her for her change, and to fit her for

The soldier's harvest now holds all the year; the final reception of the holy sacra. They're mov'd like puppets, kill and mur

ment, which it was her design to der thus, We see 'tis done; but how? that's hid from departure ; which seemed for a while

have received a day or two before her

more fully confirmed by another erent May.--After prophesying that “. Spring leads dreadfully similar to the former. Ma. on the year,'' F. M. subjoins,

dam Vixen and her nurse one night " Sume great design or stratagem is laid, Soine town besieg'd, casile or fort betray'd." it had been from under the ground;

evidently heard a bell ring, as though June. -War again with all its horrors.

but the fears excited on this account “From all parts, sca and land, methinks I see

were soon dispersed, as it was only a The dreadtul signs of death and destiny.

piece of Mrs. Mary's prudent attenView this year's rays, see how the stars

tion, who muffled the hammer of the prepare

bell belonging to the clock, as its For all the cruelty that's bred in war; shrill sounding noise was found offenFor arms and arniies the wild crowd to awe, sive to Mrs. Vixen ; and a little while Swords, spears, and guns, defiance bid to after this the whole of this supposed

Jaw." And so on with little variation to the end for one night, while the nurse was

melancholy event disclosed itsell; of the year; now what can Madam Vixen sitting up, hearkening after deathand Mrs. Mury think of their redoubtable prophet having signalized this year as being watches, screech owls, &c. and feed. 80 bioody and tremendous, when lo! univer: ing upon these strange fears, the kit. sal peace and tranquillity are so mercifully ten stole into the room, for both the restored, and plenty also, provided monupind old ladies were very fond of cats. lizers of every description would allow us to

Alter the manner of that frisky geneenjoy it.

ration, puss fixed her eyes upon her * Some naturalists are of opinion that the old plaything, the tassel of the bell, death-watch is not the spider, but another and consequently gave it a handsonie much smaller insect, and found in the wood ring. Mrs. Vixen takes the alarni, of old houses.

and asks if the bell did not again ring Then tell all your grannies it is a wood of itself. The nurse burst out with That lies in old wood like a hare in her form ; With tecth or with claws it will bite or will

For sure as a gun they will give up the ghust, scratch,

If the maggot cries click when it scratches And chamiber-maids christen this worm a. death-watch:

As soon as they hear it, it shortens their Because like a watch it always crics click,

breath, Then woe be to those in the house who are

And they speedily die, because frighten'd to


the post :




Laughing, and adds-why, madam, was written of mornings before his it is nothing but the cat playing with business commenced, and of evenings the bell tassel, and I dare say this was after the labour of the day was finishthe reason why it rang before. How- ed : that he never received a comever, the ringing of the bell brought mon, much less an academical eduMrs. Mary into the room, who, when cation; for deficiency in grammar or she heard of the event, joined with style, be therefore hopes some allowthe nurse in a laugh on the occasion, ance will be made by the candid while Mrs. Vixen immediately took reader. Many of the circumstances heart, and consequently began di- which occurred to the author during rectly to recoverThe nurse told his herding are brought together as the apothecary on his next day's visit the business of one day." P. 5, 6. that the cat lad done more for her As a specimen of the author's tamistress's recovery, by ringing the lents we give the following lines, which bell, than he could do with all the we doubt not will be sufficient. drugs in his shop. She then told him the whole of the story, which before

“ Oh Deniston, thy seat let us proclaim, was known alone to the family. A The heart exults at sweet Camsaskine's message also was soon afterwards sent name; to the minister, that he might be in. There beauty, elegance, and grace combine, formed a repetition of his visits would The slaty roof with golden circles blaze, not be needed, and the lady herself Like stars in yonder blue ethereal maze : soon recovered, on the removal of the This spacious place built of the polish'd causes of her disease.

“ The reader may suppose that he For ages past the boast of Cardross shone ; had not been presented with a detail Bue scarcely can the outward splendour vie of these little events, had it not been with the inside's true hospitality; with a design to expose the folly of In concerts good no jarring notes are found, those superstitious fears which are so

When low and high make an harmonious very injurious to the minds of all who

sound; have not sufficient sense and resolu

Here you behold order's true godlike plan, tion to resist them. Where there is Step into view, and dignify the man ! but a little real religion, the want of This scene of beauty, this enchanting place;

Rows after rows of pleasing arbours grace it is too frequently supplied by an

Each path there is by just proportion plann'd, abundance of superstition. The hu- Festoond with roses, and by zephyrs fann d. inan mind is prone to run into ex- The woods and groves, and mountains, cirtremes on every occasion : some are cling rise, for believing too much, others for And shield this seat from storms and wintry believing too little. Happy are they skies, who, being blessed with that wisdom Forming a canopy of smiling green, which is from above, are preserved. To fill the soul with wisdom all serene. in the middle path, and saved from Nur with dear fancy's phrenzy-flowing tide every extreme.” p. 294-36.

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