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1815.) Improvement of the Labouring Classes, To the Editor of the Monthly Magazine, apprentice, to the laborious workman, SIR,
may find somewhat to imitate, some SENSIBLE worthy countryman what to amuse, and somew liat to invigoman or beast, the most inconsiderable whose venerable grey locks, marked degree of pain that could be avoided. countenance, and shrewd remarks, first He said, those that frame laws, and inspired those thoughts, chiefly mainthose that pat them in force, in short, tained his family, by rearing horses, all in wbose hands power may be vested, which were remarkable for vigour and ought to remember, that mercy will be high mettle, yet not less docile than required as a duty, for which they must spirited. He began training his colts at answer to their Almighty Judge. He four weeks old, by inuring thein to a light kad a large family of sons and daughters, saddle, and easy bridle, for ten or twenty wbo were remarkable for good temper, minutes, three times in a day. At the sound understanding, integrity, and in. age of three months, be strapped upon dustry; and he ascribed their good qua- the saddle a puppet, to represent a rilities to the gentle means employed by der. This was generally a small sack, him and his wife, in forming their filled with straw, and to each lower habits; and to the pains be took to cul- corner a bundle of rushes, firmiy bound tivate their minds. 'He was an orphan, together, which touched the sides of the reared from childhood in a gentleman's young animals as the legs of a rider. He family, where he learnt to read and likewise accustomed them to draw a write; and, to the latest period of a long very light wheel-carriage; and, by this life, a book was to him a luxurious treat early education, continued to maturity, for his leisure hours; but he often re- the horses became perfectly tractable gretted, that so few volumes, suitable without using the lash.
N. for humble readers, were in circulation. His remarks made so deep an impression To the Editor of the Monthly Magazine. on the writer, that an anxious desire for SIR, adding to their number, has been a prevailing sentiment during, many years.
T an annual meeting held in Sepa Thousands resort to ale-houses ai first, shire, in commemoration of the birth merely for want of harmless amusement; of the poet Thomson, an ode (given ist and perhaps libraries, adapted to the our last Number,) was read to a distin. capacity and porsuit of the lower classes, guished circle of the neighbouring gentlewould prove the most direct means for men. It was written for the occasion Augmenting the quantum of national by George Noble, a Scottish labourer, virtue.
near Jedburgh, whose powerful genius, As facts always carry an authority and persevering industry, have success. paramount to arguments, the following fully struggled against all the difficulties quotation from Forsyth's “ Beauties of of poverty and ignorance, and whose Scoland,"(vol. 3, page 107,) abundantly modest inerit, it is my present object, corroborates the present writer's opinion through the medium of your valuable Speaking of the miners at Lead-Hills, in miscellany, to bring into notice. Far Lanarkshire, Mr. Forsyth says, “Pre- from being vain of his extraordinary lin vious to the existence of the library, the tetary attainments, or anxious to obtrude miners were in no degree superior to himself upon public attention, he has ordinary colliers; but a taste for lite. toiled and lived in contented obscurity; ratore speedily produced its beneficent and it was with unseigned reluctance, concomitants decency, industry, sobric and at the request of a gentleman who ety, independance of spirit, and a desire has been most truly bis friend, that he to give good education to their children. was induced to consent to the publicaSimilar effects have been also produced tion of some of his poetical pieces, in a by a library at the neighbouring mines neighbouring provincial newspaper. It at Wanlock head." Cau any Britoil, any will be seen, that they are not the pro Christian, read this, without an ardent duction of a rude uncultivated mind; in wish to extend throughout our isle, and fact, this meritorious young man has, by if possible throughout the globe, blessings h's 'unaided exertions, acquired consi10 invaluable? These well attested derable proficiency in geography, astrotruths have determined the writer to noiny, chemistry, and various branches publish an humble work, entitled, “Po. of natural philosophy; he has more than pular Models," where the song and a common knowledge of history and gedaughters of industrv, from the articled' neral litemture, and an extensive ace MosTULY Mag. No. 265.
Account of George Noble, a Poetical Genius. [Feb. I, quaintance with the best Britisb poets. kind. I believe, my inclination for And this has been attained by a youth poetry was first awakened by reading who, (uotil the age of manhood,) was Hervey's Meditations and Barnes's Cola only nine months at any school, and lection, together with some ballads, that at a common parochial school, where when I was about twelve or thirteen even writing and arithmetic are impere years old. Soon after I got a loan of fectly taught; without even those com. Thomson's Seasons, which I read with a mon advantages of education which are high degree of pleasure. I vext read usually enjoyed by the Scottish peasan- Young's Night Thoughts, and Milton's try-without books—without money– Paradise Lost, neither of which I then without leisure without instruction, understood, but I was charmed with and with the incessant obligation of some of the descriptions in Milton.
earning his daily bread by daily la- About this time, I had a great desire to bour.” At my request, he gave me his read Homer and Virgil, but I could not short and artless history, which, if I mis- get them. When I was about fourteen, take not, will prove niore interesting to the Arabian Night's Entertainments fell your readers than any thing I can say of into my hands. These extravagant fichim. The circumstances of its being tions engrossed my whole attention. I written without any view of meeting believed" each strange sale devoutly any other eye than mine, and of its be true," and resolved at a future period to ing published without his knowledge, visit those places where its scenes are will, I trust, be sufficient to protect his laid; to obtain access to the magic lic sitople narrative from the severity of brary in the cave of Dom. Daniel, and criticism. I have made no change in to search the enchanted caverns for the orthography, &c. nor any other al Aladdin's wonderful lamp and mystic teration than that of omitting a few ring. Soon afterwards, I read some passages.
novels, Roderic Random, Joseph An“ I was born in the parish of Bedrule,* drews, and some others, whose titles I at a house on the farm of Newton, called do not recollect. To the truth of them Old Kerssfield, which is now fallen all I gave implicit credit ; but, as my down: it was a lonely place, nearly a views were enlarged, I was greatly cha. mile distant from any other house, and it grined to find that they were built upon was occupied by my grandfather, who fiction. was a shepherd and labourer. I lived “When I was between eight and nine there till I was about ten years old. My years old, I was half a-year at the pagrandmother had taught me to read at a rochial school of Bedrule, where I read very early age, and the first circumstance in the Bible and learnt to write, or I can recollect, was, reading the Pro. rather to form the letters, for I made no verbs and the new Testament to her. further progress at that time. At ten Being a pious woman, she was very care years of age I went to service in the ful to instruct me in the principles of the summer, and, excepting the following Christian religion. During this period winter, when I was at school another of my life, I scarcely ever saw any per- quarter, and the winter after that, when son, and was very seldoın in company I was at home doing nothing, I conwith children of my own age; and con. cinued at service, herding cows and fequently, having nothing to occupy my sheep, &c. until I was fifteen; after aciention, I read such books as my which I wrought regularly at farm-work, grandfather possessed, which were all of and this I still continue, and all my spare a religious nature, except a copy of time I spend in reading. When I was David Lindesay's Poems, great part of twenty-one, I began to study arithmetic, which I learnt by heart. I likewise pe- and I went for a quarter of a year to an rused the common Almanacks, of which evening school, where I proceeded as far he had formed a tolerable collection, as the Rule-of-three, and the rest of the buying one every year; and this, I verily science I learnt myself, by the assistance believe, was the first thing which gave of books. The only time I had was at me an inclination for astronomy. My night, the greatest part of which I have curiosity for information at that time often spent in solving questions. About was very ardent, but seldom or never three years ago
I went to the sanje gratified; and, from my earliest years to evening school for balf-a-year, where I the present moment, I have had the same went through a course of land-surveying, strong desire for knowledge of every plain trigonometry, mensuration, &c. of
which I was very fond; but, not having • Near Jedhurgb, in Roxburghshire, any occasion to make use of them, I
11 have almost forgotten them. My de. dence, the moral worth of his character, sire for natural philosophy was first are known. Should
your readers roused in 1804, when the first battalion sympathize in the regret I feel, that such of volunteers was quartered in Kelso. a mind should be condemned to the I then used to frequent the house of daily drudgery of driving a plough, or Dr. R. who was so kind as to allow me threshiug corn; and extend to him those the perusal of some of his books, on means of improvement which fortune bas those subjects. Ever since that time it denied ; his success in some useful and has been my favourite pursuit, although honest profession, may prove how well I have made but little proficiency in it. such patronage has been bestowed, en. Last year, Mr. Jorden, esq. of Bour. sure his lasting gratitude, and bring with jadward, had the goodness to allow me it its own reward.
C. the use of his extensive and well-chosen Nov. 18, 1814. library; and it is to the disinterested kindness of this amiable gentleman, that To the Editor of the Monthly Magazine. I am indebted for the unmerited 'share
priety of using the words “is" and "My grandfather and grandmother "are,” may be reduced within a very died when I was twelve years old; and my
Whenever a given mother afterwards rented a house, and, number or quantity is spoken of, the being of a weakly constitution, received word “is" appears to be most applicaa small supply from the parish, which, ble; as, for instance: Multiply 10 by with what I could afford to give her, · 12, what is the product?"-answer, maintained her until she died, two years “ The product is 120."-" What is the and a-half ago. Since her death, I have sixth part of 72?-answer, “ The sixth kept a house myself, of which you may part is 12."— The number of men em. form some idea, if you recollect Gold ployed in that undertaking is 60,” &c. smith's description of a poet's dwelling, But, upon all other occasions, wbere only with this difference, that his was in the number is more than one, the word a garret, and mine on the ground floor." “ are" must be used. For instance :
His letter contains nothing more of “The veterans who compose that army general interest. To those who can are 10,000 in number."-"Sixty men admire the spectacle ef untutored ge- ure employed in that undertaking."nius triumphant over every obstacle of “Forty persons are assembled together." fortune and society; who love to trace In the two following cases the singular the gradual progress of the human mind, and plural numbers are both used to when left to its own unassisted resources; depote the same amount, according to the short and simple annals of this poor the rule before observed: The number peasant will be highly interesting. They of prisoners who are taken is about will rejoice, that not even
2000.”—Twenty thousand are the num. * Chill penary repressid his noble rage,
ber of tickets in this lottery."—Number Nor froze the genial current of his soul.”
20,000 is drawn a prize of 10,0001. Unbiassed by prejudice or partiality,
Your correspondent “Rusticus" is and so completely unconnected with therefore quite correct in reading “ twice George Noble, that, until September last, iwice 2 is number 4, and 8 times 8 iş
2 is 4," and " 8 times 8 is 64;" because I had never even heard of his existence; number 64. a wish, that modest merit and indegent
E. T. PILGRIM. genius should not linger unnoticed, has
Woburn, Nov. 3, 1814. alone prompted this attempt to make him known. I do not wish to represent To the Editor of the Monthly Magazine, him as a heaven-born poet, a second Burns: bis poems possess great taste
am to shew:and feeling, and are surprising produc.
IV. That consumption and asthma tions for a ploughman; but the bent of are, in this country, much more frequent his genius seems to incline more to sci. in winter than
This is a ence than to poesy; and, considering the point which requires but little proof, wonderful acquirements he has made, as the experience of almost every Enand the disadvantages against which he glishman will convince him of the fact. has contended in his ardent pursuit of I shall, therefore, endeavser 19 contract knowledge, they must excite an admira. this part of the subject a pet chas pose tion, which will be heightened when the sible. Different authors , Nanoticed, simplicity, the integrily, tbe indepen, that not unfrequently you ersons of
Dr. Burton on the Cure of Asthma. [Feb. 1, a phthisical disposition, will have many 1805, the total nomber of patients besymptoms of incipient consumption tween the 30th November, 1804, and during the winter, which, in the sum. the 28th February, 1805, was 460. mer, entirely leave the patients, and in Hæmoptysis and phthisis, 36; chronic the subsequent winter renew their ap• catarrh and dyspnou, 69; together 105, pearance. The disorder will often pro. forming between one-fourth and one-fifth ceed in this manner, for one, two, or of the whole. The total diseases of more years, till the disposition to con- between the 31st of May, and the 31st sumption is increased, or till an acci- of August, 1805, was 507 ; of which dental occurrence produces an aggra- 29 were hæmoptysis and plithisis, and vated attack; and now the disease is 110 27 catarrbus chronicus and dyspnea, longer to be arrested by the return of together equal to 56, which is one-ninth summer, but advances to its fatal termic of the total. Hence, according to Dr. nation. Catarrhs likewise, which so Bateman's statement for 1805, consump. frequently induce consumption, are much tion and asthma are only one-half in more prevalent, and of longer duration, summer what they are in winter. in winter than in summer.
It would be easy to cite various other With respect to asthma, in most authorities besides those which are just instances where this disorder is observed, given. But such citations would merely we find it attack, at its commencedient, give a repetition of the same facts; and, merely during the winter. The patient I apprehend, that what has been brought not uncommonly is totally free from forward is quite sufficient to establish thu disease while the summer continues. position, that consumption and asthma But, after a longer or shorter space of are, in England, much more frequent in time, his intervals of freedom from winter than in summer. disorder become shorter; and, finally, Under the two foregoing heads the during summer as well as winter, his following circumstances may be noticed: breathing is difficult, and his cough har- 1. The changes of temperature in this rassing.
country are very great, having amounted
In February, the number of cases was rence, forming about one-third of the
In January and February, 1812, the New Broad.street. I. BUXTON.
In the list of diseases, before adverted or in conversation with people in an, to, given by Dr. Bateman, in the Edine other quarter of the globe, perhaps long burgli Medical and Surgical Journal, for since deceased. To assist bis compre,
Dreaming.--Ancient Manners. hension, Doctor C. endeavoured to ex- or persons who furnished horses for traplain the analogy between making re. vellers, from Southwark to Rochester, veries and nightly visions; but to those was 12d.; from Rochester to Canterbury, productions of imagination, Mr. F. was 12d.; and from Canterbury to Dover, equally a stranger; and seemed to thiuk 6d. The fares of intermediate distances it inconsistent with sober reason to oco to be calculated according to the iniles cupy the mind with any object, but the in similar proportion. The horses of business by which they were immediately the hackney-men, in conséquence of engaged. Doctor C. was a gentleman many having been rode au ay with, were of strict veracity and superior talents; ordered to be marked with a cautery, or be also spoke with energetic fluency; iron instrument, at each village whiere and after again and again renewing the the persons letting them to hire dwelt. subject, at Mr. F.'s earnest request, he could not impart any adequate percep.. Misson, in his “Memoirs and Obsertion of dreams, or any other fabric of vations in his Travels over England," the imagination.
Th. N. R. translated by Mr. Ozell, 8vo. Londo
1719, p. 39, says: Ancient manners.
“ These houses, which are very nume. No. IV.
rous in London, are extremely conveni.
ent. You have all manner of news ARNABY Rych, in a pamphlet en- there; you have a good fire, which you 410. Lond. 1614, p. 26, speaking of toe have a dish of coffee; you meet your bacco, says, “I have heard it tolde that, friends for the transaction of business, non very lately, there hath bin a catha, and all for a penny, if
don't care to logue taken of all those new-erected spend more.” houses that have set uppe that trade of XXI. MILITARY ENSIGNS DURING TIL selling tobacco in London and neare about London; and, if a man may beleeve Among Sir Haus Sloane's manuscripts, what is confidently reported, there are
in the British Museum, (M.S. Donat. found to be upward of 7000 houses that 5247,) is one containing a.collection of doth live by that trade."
drawings of military ensigns, in the pe
riod of the civil wars: beginning with “We were wont to interpose this dif. those of the Earl of Essex and the Earl ference betweene Yeoman and Franklin of Bedford. Lord Essex's is yellow, or Farmer, that the yeoman was a landed with this motto on it:"Virtutis. Comcá man, either freeholder or copybolder; Invidia.” the farmer ouely hired another man's Sir William Courtney's flag is red, land, paying a fine or rent, and so, bearing a man in full armour, with a growing rich, had the denomination of sword in his right band. Above is the the other, and did not in times past motto,-“ Dum spiro spero." murmure, though you called him good. Captaio Sandberd of Devon's Aag, husband, or experi plow-man." --Gains. has a figure in armour, thrusting a sword ford's Glory of England, 460, 1619, into the body of a bishop, on a "red
ground. A label, from the mouth of the XVIII. TINNED-VESSELS.
armed person has "Visue Episcopare." Aubrey, in an unpublished work, en- Another label proceeding from the 'bititled “Remains of Gentilisme and Ju. shop's mouth has, - " Nolo. Nolo. daisme," preserved among the Lans. Nolo." downe Manuscripts, says, “I never saw Captain West, a chandler in Caintinned potts, scil. brasse-potts tinned, bridge, bore on a red flag a skull surtill since the year 1660. 'Tis not every rounded wiib laurel: motto, "Mors oel brazier that hath obtained that mystery Victoria." yet, (1691,1 but Madam Ball doeih as- The Lord Brook's ensign was a laurelo sore me, that her father had some wreath, with this motto, on a yellow brasse potts tinned thus, that were her ground:-“Qui non est hodie crus minus grand-father's, Sir George Bond, lordo aptus erit." mayor of London, above an hundred The Lord Fairfax's banner consisted yeares since."
of a sword pierced through a mitre, with XIX. JACKNEY-MEN.
the crown wresting on its point, on a According to the patent 19 Ric. II. white ground. The inotto," Vida el p. 2, n. 8, che fare of the backney-men, Rey y muerra il mal Gouverno."