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the scene is changed, and Pam, indead of Comus, is the presiding deity at a Christmas entertainment.--For my part, I think he is the god of discord ; for there are continually ariung alser. cations and jealoufies concerning the fairness of playing, and the rules of the game, which seem to be never completely fetrled. This scene of uneasiness continues generally 'till something past midnight, except on Saturday evenings, when it is scrupulously broke off a little short of twelve, to avoid playing at cards os Sunday, which would be thought an unpardonable fin; thoagi chearing at cards, on any other day, is considered only as an ex. ertion of superior talents !- When the spirit begins to move towards breaking up, (and ten to one but several of the company are affronted with each other for real or supposed foul play,) on the signal given as before, another general motion commences : the ladies protest they did not think it was so latethat time slides away, &c. and some one among them expresses how happy the shall be to see the company at her house (to en. joy the same felicities) on day next.
This, without the least exaggeration, is the present mode of keeping Christmas in our neighbourhood.-I hope your's has been more fociable ; for really I can see very little society in a whole evening spent in turning over a handful of spotted papers : noti that I have any ill opinion of, or dislike to the amusement, when used with moderation ; but let any reasonable person judge, whether, after the ladies have enjoyed this diversion all the space between tea and supper, they might not be very well content to allow the small remains of the evening to that feftive mirth and chearfulness which was ever the characteristic of this season,
I am, &c.
R E F L E C TI ON S. T HE first step towards vice, is to make a mystery of what
is innocent. Whoever loves to hide, will soon or late have reason to hide.
Hypocrisy is a homage that vice pays to virtue.
It is more difficult to dissemble the sentiments one has, than to feign those one has not.
It is harder, than is commoniy thought, to diffemble with those we despise.
Whoever appears to have much cunning has in reality very little, being deficient in the essential article, which is, to hide canning
A proud man is like Nebuchadnezzar! He sets up his image to be worshipped by all,
ANECDOTE of CHRISTOPHER ATKINSON, Efq; who
bas lately been expelled the House of Commons for wilful and
corrupt Perjury. MAR. Atkinson was a contractor to supply the Victualling. IV Office with grain, for which he was to charge the original price, and was then to receive two and an half per cent. for his commission; the price at which he bought the grain he was to deliver in upon oath. He did deliver in his price upon oath, but the Victualling-Office has since proved, by evidence in the court of King's Bench, that Mr. Aikinson was guilty of perjury, having charged the grain at a greater price than he gave * for it. This discovery was attended with some remarkable circumstances : Another contractor, from whom Mr. Atkinson had taken some good bargain, determined to be revenged, and went down into that part of the country where he knew Atkinson had purchased a quantity of wheat. He found the farmer who had sold the wheat, and told him, that a friend of his had made a bet of ten guineas, that the wheat was sold at such a price. “ No, Sir (said the farmer), it was not ; it was sold at such a price.” “ Why, then (says the gentleman), the wager is loft ; but for matual satisfaction, will you do me the favour to authenticate the price under your hand.” The farmer complied ; and with this information he apprized the Victualling-Office of Mr. Atkinson's conduct; and a prosecution being commenced against him in the court of King's Bench, he has been convicted of wilful and corrupt perjury,and he is fled to the continent to avoid the sentence of the law.
A REMARKABLE ANECDOTE.
THE widow of Sir Walter Long, of Draycot, in Wilta
1 shire, made him a solemn promise that the would not marry after his decease; but not long after, one Sir Fox, an ingenious young gentleman, gained her affections, so that, notwithstanding the aforesaid promise, the married him. The nuptial ceremony was performed at South. Wraxall, where the picture of Sir Walter happened to hang over the parlour door : As Sir — Fox was leading the bride by the hand from the church (which was near the house) into the parlour, the Itring of the picture broke, and the picture fell on her shoulder, and cracked in the fall, it being painted on wood, as the falhion was in those days. This accident made her ladyship reflect on the breach of her promise, and imbittered the remainder of her eays. VOL. II. 52.
A cheap and very excellent Mefs.
THREE pounds of lean beef cut into small pieces, and poc
into three gallons of water, with one pound of tornips, one pound of potatoes, one found of rice, two pounds of onions or leeks, pariley, thyme, salt, and pepper, according to your taite. Let it few gently five hours.
Arbitrary Manner of recruiting the Russian Army.
V 7 HEN any regiment wants recruiting, or when new levies
are to be raised, the officers who are appointed to chat business go into the chief towns and villages of the several provinces, where a herald, by found of trumpet, fummonses all the inhabitants together, at which meeting a day at no great distance is appointed for all the men from 18 to 40 years of age to meet at a particular place. When the day is arrived, the officer looks over the men, who stand in ranks for the purpose, and such as he likes he marks, just as a butcher at Smithfield marks such cattle as he chuses to buy. When he has procured as many as he choses, the relt go to their respective homes, whilst the recruits are imme. diately marched to some diftant place without being permitted to take leave of their friends or to go back again. When they ar. rive at the place of deftination they are clothed and put into difcipline, and after a month spent in schooling them thus, they are then sent to join the armies which are on real service. Should a man defert, his own relations are obliged to find him; if caught he is knouted ; if not, the family must supply two men in bis place.
A remarkable Incident in the History of Winchester.
7N the year 1346, Roger de Wighton asfaulted one Bramson, I before the judges, at the assizes held in the castle, for which he was indičied, and being brought to trial, he pleaded not guilty. The jury, bowever, brought in a verdict for the plair. tiff, which lo confounded the judges (this being the first precedent of an assauit of that kind), that they were obliged to refer to the king's council for instruction, who empowered them to pronounce against him, that his right hand should be cut off,
and his lands and moveables forfeited to the king.--This is the first method of trial of that kind that appears upon record.
Answer, by Arion, of Bath, to Taso's enigmatical List of famous
Grecians, inserted November 17.
6. Philopemon. 2. Solon.
7. Themistocles. 3. Lysander.
8. Agesilaus 4. Miltiades
9. Epaminondas. 5. Cimon. Itt: We have received the like answer from S, M, O. of Shaf. tesbury. .
Answer, by Tajo, of Bristol, to S. M.O.'s Anagram, inserted
A Dreadful SERPENT once I saw,
A PRESENT Strephon gave his fair. *l* We have received the like answer from R. Cuming, of Modbury; and Timon.
Answer, ly Sobrius, of Chedzoy, to the enigmatical Word, inserted
TOBACCO, Sirs, without a doubt,
I Will make the mystery clearly out. Ist We have received the like answer from Taffo, of Bristol.
'A QUESTION, by J. Davies, of Gluvias,
Given ex + my=v.
Given s bx +ny=z
4 I 2
Required the value of x and y in the foregoing equation, where b=2, n=32, 2=6280, e=22, m=12, and v=1480.
A QUESTION, by Tafo, of Bristol. GIVEN 1+2+3* +4..... +x=2109, to find U x, which repreients my age.
A QUESTION, by Arion, of Bathe ALGEBRAISTS, I hope you'll endeavour to Thew
The value of x from the equation below.
A QUESTION, by W. Gale, of Mr. Zillwood's School,
A Cheshire cheese when in one scale weighed 861b. bot on A being changed into the other fcale it weighed only zóib. Quere the true weight?
CORRESPONDENTS NAMES enigmatically expressed, by
Sobrius, of Chedzoy. 1. Ne fourth of what is sometimes apparent in the brumal
season, a dot, half of a pronoun, what is seen in all books, one-third of an hollow sphere, and a conclufive mark.
2. Two-fifths of a measure, and a near relation, omitting a letter. . 3. Half of an antediluvian, exchanging a letter, three seventbs of to take away, the initial of one of the muses, and a confonant.