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abbey church of St. Peter, Westminster. NATURALISTS' CALENDAR. “ His queen, Edgitha, survived the saint Mean Temperature ...50. 62. many years;" she was buried beside him, and her coffin was covered with plates of

October 14. silver and gold. According to his bio

A Lucky Day. graphers, in 1102, the body of St. Edward was found entire, the limbs flexible, and

“ SOME MEMORABLE REMARQUES the clothes fresh. The bishop of Roches. upon the FOURTEENTH OF OCTOBER, ter "out of a devout affection, endeavoured being the Auspicious Birth-Day of to pluck onely one hayre from his head, His Present Majesty The Most Se. but it stuck so firmly that he was defeated rene King James II. Luc, xix. 42 of his desire.": This was at the saint's In Hoc Die Tuo. In This Thy Day. first translation. Upon miracles“ duly London, Printed by A. R. And are proved, the saint was canonized by Alex

to be sold by Randal Taylor, near ander III., in 1161." It appears that Stationers-Hall 1687." Folio. «there are commemorated severall trans- In this curious tract, the author purlations of his sacred body." In 1163,“ it ports to set forth“ how lucky the Fourwas again translated by S. Thomas à teenth of Octover hath been to the prinBecket, archbishop of Canterbury, in the ces of England," and because he disco presence of king Henry II.

This trans


out of Wharton's Gesta Britannosation seems to have been made on the rum, and the collections of others, that 13th of October; for on that day" he is his late royal highness, our inagnanimous commemorated in our martyrologe, where magnificent sovereign, (James II.,) was as in the Roman he is celebrated on the also born upon that augural day,” he ob5th of January." It further appears that, serves“It made more than ordinary

about a hundred years after, in the impression upon me, so that I never saw presence of king Henry III., it was again him, but, I thought, in his very face there translated, and reposed in a golden shrine, were extraordinary instances and tokens prepared for it by the same king. *

of regality."

There were some, it seems, who, after The see of Rome is indebted to Edward

“ his late royal highness " the dukes the Confessor for a grant to the pope of " recess into Holland," “ exceedingly trywhat was then called Rome-scot, but is umphed, wishing he might never return; now better known by the name of “Peter- nay, that he durst not, nor would be perpenny.” The recollection of this tribute 'mitted so to do; usiog, moreover, opprois maintained by the common saying "no brious terms." These persons, he tells penny, no paternoster;" of which there is us, he “prophetically characteris'd” in mention in the following poem from the his“ Introductio ad Latinam Blasoniam ;." “Hesperides :"

hence, he says, “Indignation made me Fresh strewings allow

print my ensuing sentiments," which To my sepulcher now,

found good acceptance among the better To make my lodging the sweeter ;

and more loyal sort;" and hence, he fur A staffe or a wand

ther says, “ things by me forethought, Put then in my hand,

and publickly hinted, being come to pass, With a penny to pay S. Peter

my Day Fatality began to be remembred;

and one whom I wish very well, desiring Who has not a crosse,

I would give him leave to reprint that, Must sit with the losse,

and two other of my small pieces together, And no whit further must venture ;

I assented to his request." These form
Since the porter he
Will paid have his fee,

the present treatise, from whence we ga. Or els not one there must enter.

ther that the Fourteenth of October

gave the Norman duke Who at a dead lift,

That vict'ry whence he England's scepter Can't send for a gift,

took," A pig to the priest for a roster

and was remarkable for the safe landing Shall heare his clarke say,

of Edward III., after being endangered By yea and by nay,

by a tempest at sea on his returuing vic, No penny no páter noster.


torious from France. Wherefore, says our

author, in Latin first, and then in these • Butler. Cresys:

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“Great duke rejoice in 'this your day of birth; coronally collar'd,” that “he is a bird of And may such omens still increase your mirth.” great beauty and strength also," that Afterwards' he relates, from Matthew Pa- "shipmen take it for good luck if in peril ris, that when “Lewis king of France had of shipwreck they meet swans," that "he set footing here, and took some eminent uses not his strength to prey or tyrannize places, he besieged Calais from 22 over any other fowl, but only to be reof July, to the Fourteenth of De- venced of such as offer him wrong," and tober following, about which time the so forth. Ergo according to “ Blewsiege was raised, and England thereby mantle," we should believe that, “ the relieved." Likewise“ a memorable peace, most serene king James II.” was greeted (foretold by Nostradamus) much con- by these honourable birds, “ in allegory ducing to the saving of christian blood, assembled," to signify his kindred virtues. was made upon the Fourteenth of October, If Gibbon lived from 1687, where he 1557, between pope Paul the IV. Henry published his “ Remarques, on the Fourthe II. of France, and Philip the II. of teenth of Octoberas the auspicious Spain." Whereon, exclaims our exultant birth-day of James II. until the landing author, “A lucky day this, not only to the of William III, in the following year-did princes of England, but auspicious to the he follow the swan-like monarch to the welfare of Europe." He concludes by court of France, or remain “ Blew-mandeclaring “ that it may be so to his royal tle" in the Herald's college, to do honour highness, as well as it was to the most to the court of “the deliverer ?" great queen his mother, are the hearty Gibbon, in his “Remarques," on the prayers of BLEW-MANTLE.”

“auspicious” Fourteenth of October, prints : Prom the conclusion of the last sentence, the following epistle, to himself, which and the previous reference to his “ Blaso may be regarded as a curiosity on acniam," we find this writer to have been count of the superstition of its writer. John Gibbon, the author of “An Easie A letter from Sir Winston Churchil, Introduction to Latine Blason, being both Knight ; Father to the Right HonourLatine and English"-an octavo volume, able, John Lord Churchil. now only remembered by the few col

you for your kind Present, the lectors of every thing written on coat- Observation of the Fatality of Days. armour."

I have made great Experience of the

Truth of it; and have set down Fryday, Gibhon speaks of one of his pamphlets as my own Lucky Day; the Day on which “whose title should have been Dux Bonis I was born, Christen'd, Married, and, I Omnibus Appellens, or The Swans' Wel helieve, will be the Day of my Death : come;" or rather, as he afterwards set The Day whereon I have had sundry De. it out at large, “ Some Remarks upon liverances, (too long to relate) from Perils

the Note-worthy Passage, mentioned in by Sea and Land, Perils by False The True DOMESTICK INTELLIGENCE dated Brethren, Perils of Law Suits, &c. I

October the Fourteenth 1679, concerning was Knighted (by chance, unexpected by a company of Swans more than ordinary my self) on the same Day; and have gathered together at his royal highness's several good Accidents happened to me, landing.” Instead, however, of its having on that Day: And am so superstitious in such a title, he tells us “there was a the Belief of its good Omen, That I chuse strange mistake, not only in that, but in to begin any Considerable Action (that other material circumstances; so that concerns me) on the same Day. I hope many suppose, the printer could never HE, whom it most concerns, will live to have done it himself, but borrowed the own your Respect, and Good Wishes, assistance of the evil spirit to render it expressed in That Essay of yours: Which ridiculous, and not only so, but the very discovering a more than common AffectDuke himself and the Loyal Artillery !", ion to the DUKE, and being as valuable wherefore the printer smothered the far for the Singularity of the Subject, as the greatest number of them,” yet, as he Ingenuity of your Fancy, I sent into adds it to the tract on the Fourteenth of Flanders, as soon as I had it; That They October, we have the advantage to be on the Other Side the Water may see, told " what authors say of the candid 'Tis not all sowre Wine, that runs from Swan," that all esteem him for a “ bird our English Press. royal," that “ oftentimes in coats and crests we meet liim either crown'd or The Right Ilonourable, John Lord

I Thank


Churchil," mentioned at the head of this up by bandfuls, and tossed them up and ominous letter, became celebrated as “the down like so many peas; he then made great duke of Marlborough.” Sir Win. them go into their hive at the word of ston Churchill was the author of “ Divi command. At five o'clock in the afterBritannici, a history of the lives of the noon he exhibited again with the three English kings” in folio; but his name is swarms of bees, one on his head, one on chiefly remembered in connection with his breast, and the other on his arm, and his son's, and from his having also been waited on lord Spencer in his room, who father to Arabella Churchill, who became had been too much indisposed to see the mistress to the most serene king of Blew“ former experiments; the hives which the Mantle Gibbon, and from that connection bees had been taken from, were carried was mother of the duke of Berwick, who by one of the servants. After this exhiturned his arms against the country of her bition he withdrew, but returned once birth

more to the room with the bees all over Sir Winston was a cavalier, knighted his head, face, and eyes, and was led at the restoration of Charles II., for ex. blind before his lordships window. One ertions in the royal cause, by which his of his lordship's horses being brought out estates became forfeited. He recovered in his body clothes, Mr. Wildman mountthem under Charles, obtained ja seat in ed the horse, with the bees all over his the house of commons, became a fellow head and face, (except his eyes ;) they likeof the royal society, had a seat at the wise covered his breast and left arm; he board of green cloth, and died in 1688. held a whip in his right hand, and a groom He was born in 1620, at Wootton Glaná led the horse backwards and forwards beville, in Dorsetshire.* His letter on fore his lordship’s window for some time. “ Fryday” is quite as important as his Mr. Wildman afterwards took the reins in “ Divi Britannici.”

his hand, and rode round the house ; he á then dismounted, and made the bees

march upon a table, and at his word TAKING HONEY WITHOUT KILLING THE of command retire to their hive. The Bees.

performance surprised and gratitied the On the 14th day of October, 1766, earl and countess and all the spectators Mr. Wildman, of Plymouth, who had who had assembled to witness this great made himself famous throughout the west bee-master's extraordinary exhibition." of England for his command over bees, was sent for to wait on lord Spencer, at his seat at Wimbledon, in Surrey; and

Can the honey be taken without destroyhe attended accordingly. Several of the ing the bees? There are accounts to this nobility and persons of fashion were

effect in several books, but some of the assembled, and the countess had provided methods

described are known to have three stocks of bees. The first of his failed. The editor is desirous of ascerperformances was with one hive of bees taining, whether there is a convenient hanging on his hat, which he carried in mode of preserving the bees from th his hand, and the hive they came out of cruel death to which they are generally in the other hand, this was to show that doomed, after they have been despoiled of he could take honey and wax without their sweets. destroying the bees. Then he returned into the room, and came out again with

NATURALISTS' CALENDAR, them hanging on his chin, with a very Mean Temperature ...50 85. venerable beard. After showing them to the company, he took them out upon the grass walk facing the windows, where

October 15. a table and table cloth being provided, he set the hive upon the table, and made the

EXHUMATION, bees hive therein. Then he made them It appears from a printed half sheet, of come out again, and swarm in the air, the which the following is a copy, that the ladies and nobility standing amongst will of a person who had been resident them, and no person stung by them. He at Stevenage, was proved on this day in made them go on the table and took them the year 1724, whereby he desired his

• General Biographical Dictionary. (Hunt and Clarke,) vol. i.

• Annual Register, 1766%


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remains to be kept unburied. It is a cu- and Thomas Hale, jünr. and also my Cotrious document, and further information tage, Orchard, and Barn, with Four Acres respecting the individual whose caprice of Land (more or less) belonging, lying, was thus indulged will be acceptable. and being in the parish of Little Wy

mondly, now in the possession of SAMUEL : . (Copy)

KITCHENER, labourer; and also all THE ECCENTRIC WILL my Cottages, Messuages, or Tenements,

situate and being in Stevenage, aforesaid;

or, upon condition that he shall pay my HENRY TRIGG, OF STEVENAGE, brother George Trigg the sum of Ten

Where his Remains are still upon the Pounds per annum for his life; but if my Rafters of the West End of the Hovel, brother should neglect or refuse to lay my and may be viewed by any Traveller who body where I desire it should be laid,

then may think it worthy of Notice.

upon that condition, I Will and be

queath all that which I have already beThe same is recorded in History, and may queathed to my brother Thomas Trigg,

be depended on as a Fact. unto my brother GEORGE TRIGG, and to In the Name of God, Amen.

his Heirs for ever: and if my brother

GEORGE Trico, should refuse to lay my I, .

the County of Hertford, Grocer, bequeathed unto him as all my Lands and being very infirm and weak in body, but Tenements, I lastly bequeath them unto of perfect sound mind and memory, my Nephew WILLIAM Trigo, and his praised be God for it, calling unto mind Heirs for ever, upon his seeing that my the mortality of my body, do now make body is decently laid up there as aforesaid. and ordain this my last WILL and TES- Item.-I give and bequeath unto my TAMENT, in writing hereafter following, Nephew William Trigg, the sum of that is to say:—Principally I recommend Five Pounds at the age of Thirty Years : my Soul into the merciful hands of Al- to his Sister SARAH the sum of Twenty mighty God that first gave me it, assuredly Pounds; to his Sister Rose the sum of believing and only expecting free pardon Twenty Pounds; and lastly to his Sister and forgiveness of all my sins, and eternal Ann the sum of Twenty Pounds, all at life in and through the only merits, death, the age of Thirty Years : to Joun SPENand passion of Jesus Christ my Saviour; cer, of London, Butcher, the sum of One and as to my body, I commit it to the Guinea; and to SoloMON SPENCER, of West End of my Hovel, to be decently Stevenage, the sum of One Guinea, three laid there upon a floor erected by my years next after my decease ; to my cousin Executor, upon the purlins, upon the HENRY KIMPTON, One Guinea, one year same purpose, nothing doubting but at next after my decease; and another Guithe general Resurrection I shall receive nea, two years after my decease; to Wilthe same again by the mighty power of Lam Waby, Five Shillings; and to JoGod, and as for and concerning such SEPA PRIEST, Two Shillings and Sixpence, wordly substance as it hath pleased God two years after my decease; to my tenant to bless me with in this life, I do devise ROBERT WRIGHT the sum of Five Shiland dispose of the same in manner and lings, two years next after my decease; form following:

and to Ralph Lowd and John REEVES, Imprimis.- I give and devise unto my One Shilling each, two years next after loving brother Thomas TRIGG, of Letch- my

decease. worth, in the County of Hertford, Clerk, Item. All the rest of my Goods, and to his Heirs and Assigns for ever, all and Chattels, and personal Estate, and those my Freehold Lands lying dispersedly ready Money, I do hereby give and devise in the several Common Fields and parish unto my Brother THOMAS Trigo, paying of Stevenage aforesaid, and also all my my Debts and laying my Body where I Copyhold Lands, upon condition that he would have it laid, whom I likewise make shall lay my body upon the place before- and ordain my full and sole Executor of mentioned and also all that Messuage, this my last Will and Testament, or else Cottage, or Tenement, at Redcoat's Green, to them before mentioned ; ratifying and in the parish of Much Wymondly, toge- confirming this and no other to be my last ther with those Nine Acres of Land, Will and Testament. In witness whereof (more or less) purchased of William Hale I have hereunto set my Hland and Seal, this twenty-eighth day of September, in ingdon, the 15th of October, 1794, by the the year of our Lord, one Thousand seven Executor THOMAS TRIGG. Hundred and twenty four. HENRY TRIGG.

In October, 1743, a cobbler, at Bristol, Read, Signed, Sealed, and declared by the died of a bite in the finger inflicted by a

said Henry Trico, the Testator, to cat, which was sent to his house by an the his last Will and Testament, in the old woman in revenge for his calling her presence of us, who have subscribed our “ Witch," against which dipping in salt Numes as Witnesses hereto, in the water proved ineffectual. « This, they Presence of the said Testator.

say, was well attested;" and well it might Joyn Hawkins, Senr.

be; for doubtless the cat was mad, and John Hawkins, Junr.

the woman, bewitched by the unhappy The mark of WILLIAM SEXTON.

cobbler of Bristol, had no more to do

with the bite, than “ the old woman of Proved in the Archdeaconry of Hunt- Ratcliff-highway."

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The 15th day of October was dedicated lance, and in his hand a purse as its,reward. by “the Merchants to Mercury," and is A beautiful head of this deity on hiaso noted in the calendar of Julius Cæsar. cynth, in the possession of lord ClanbrasThis name is derived a mercibus, because sill, when it was charmingly etched by he was the god of merchandize; and, in Worlidge, is pictured in the present enthat quality, he is sometimes represented graving. It suggests itself as one of the as a young man without a beard, holding most elegant forms for a seal that can be on his wrists a cock as an emblem of vigi- presented to the eye.


Gather your rose-buds while you may,

Old Time is still a-flying ;
And that same flower that blooms to-day,

To-morrow may be dying.
The glorious lamp of heaven, the Sun,

The higher he is getting,
The further still his course is run,

And nearer he's to setting.

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