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INTERESTING

ANECDOTES,

AND

Memoirs, Allegories, Essays,

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POETICAL FRAGMENTS: Caicies Coll:

Cambridge

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TO AMUSE THE FANCY, AND INCULCATE

MORALITY.

By Mr. ADDISON.

SECOND EDITION.

LONDON:
PRINTED FOR THE AUTHOR,

AND SOLD BY ALL THE BOOKSELLERS IN TOWN

AND COUNTRY.

1797.

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COLLECTION

OF INTERESTING

ANECDOTES, MEMOIRS, &c.

ANECDOTE

OF

JAMES DUKE OF YORK,

SECOND SON OF CHARLES I.

TH "HE Duke of York, it is said, one day told the

King his brother, that he had heard so much of old Milton, he had a great desire to see him. Charles told the Duke, that he had no objection to his satisfying his curiosity; and accordingly shortly after, James, having informed himself where Milton -lived, went privately to his house. Being introduced to him, and Milton being informed of the rank of his guest, they conversed together for fome time; but, in the course of their conversation, the Duke asked Milton, “ Whether he did not think the loss of his

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“ fight was a judgement upon him for what he had " written against the late King his father?” Milton's reply was to this effect: If your Highness thinks • that the calamities which befall us here, are indica• tions of the wrath of Heaven, in what manner are

we to account for the fate of the King your father? · The displeasure of Heaven must, upon this supposi

tion, have been much greater against him than against me; for I have only lost my eyes, but he lost « his head. The Duke was exceedingly nettled at this answer, and went away soon after very angry. When he came back to the court, the first thing he faid to the King, was, “ Brother, you are greatly to « blame that you don't have that old rogue Milton “ hanged.”—Why, what's the matter, James?' said the King, you seem in a heat! what, have you seen • Milton?'_“ Yes," answered the Duke, “ I have “ seen him.”—“Well,' said the King, ' In what

condition did you find him?'_“Condition!” replied the Duke, “why he's old, and very poor."— Old * and poor!' said the King; 'well, and he is blind, is he not?'" Yes," said the Duke, “blind as a 6 beetle." Why then you are a fool, James,' replied the King, to want to have him hanged as a

punishment: to hang him will be doing him a fervice; it will be taking him out of his miseries. No,' if he is old, poor, and blind, he is miserable enough in all conscience: let him live,

INTERESTING

INTERESTING ANECDOTE

OF

PETER THE THIRD OF CASTILE.

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A Canon of the cathedral of Seville

, affected in his dress, particularly in his shoes, could not find a workman to his liking. An unfortunate shoes maker to whom he applied, after quitting many others, having brought him a pair of shoes not made to please his taste, the Canon became furious, and sei. zing one of the tools of the shoemaker, gave him with it so many blows on the head, as laid him dead on the floor. The unhappy man left a widow, four daughters, and a son fourteen years of age, the eldest of the indigent family. They made their complaints to the chapter; the canon was prosecuted, and condemned not to appear in the choir for a year.

The young shoemaker having attained to man's estate, was scarcely able to get a livelihood; and, overwhelmed with wretchedness, sat down on the day of a procession, at the door of the cathedral of Seville, in the moment the procession passed by. Among the other canons he perceived the murderer of his father. At the sight of this man, filial affection, rage, and despair, got so far the better of his reason, that he fell furiously on the priest, and stabbed him to the heart. The young man was seized, convicted of the crime, and immediately condemned to

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