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genious Correspondents have indeed intimated a wish to have the quantity of this elegant and correct Letter-Press greatly extended, that young minds might the sooner acquire a knowledge of the History of their country. But as these requests have been few, in comparison to the number of our readers, it was judged expedient to make such an increase only as would oblige one party, without offending the other.
Bacon's celebrated Life of HENRY the SEVENTH will finish in a short time; when, among the succeeding names which will adorn this department, we scruple not to announce that of the illustrious HUME:and when the whole of this part of our plan fhall be complete, the Reader will be possessed of a HISTORY OF ENGLAND, which no past attempts can equal, nor any future ones excel.
As advocates for truth, it would ill become ús to risk even an assertion : fuffice it therefore to say, that we consider the First Volume as a general, though not an exact, Specimen of our intentions : improvements are yet in contemplation; and several, from the commencement, have actually taken place. The superiority of the embellishments given with No XV. will fufficiently manifest our folicitude te obtain pre-eminence.
was to waik three times round the
market-place, behind the dog, and [Translated by the Editor.]
killing his posteriors during the whole HE known influence of ridi- time; for flealing a hawk, the cul
cule over the ininds of men prit was sentenced either to pay á has frequently urged legiflators to fine of eight crowns of gold, or to the adoption of punishments, which, expose his pofteriors to the beak of to superficial observers, appcar pre. that voracious animal till he had loft posterous and absurd.
five ounces of flesh. The count de Buat, in his An. An Algerine, caught in the act tiquities of France, says that the of thieving, has his right hand imancient inhabitants of that country mediately cut off and tied round his , condemned all who had been de neck, after which he is placed on an graded, by undergoing a public pe- als with his face to the tail, and led nance, to wander naked about the round the town. country, armed only with a sword. An eastern monarch having put Among the Dacii, too, a man con. one of his judges to death, for previcted of perjury, was stripped and varication, caused his skin to be .compelled to pass the remainder of stuffed with horte-hair, and conhis days like a wild beatt; “ Since verted into a cushion; and his son, he has forfeited the character of a who succeeded him in his office, man,” said they,
he ought no was compelled to fit on it whenever longer to wear cloaths.'
he administered justice. The ancient Poles sentenced a Boemus, in his Mores Gentium, calumniator to walk on all-fours, remarks that in those Mahometan and to bark, for a quarter of an countries where the cuftoms and hour, like a dog.
ceremonies prescribed by the AlcoAmong the Franks, the punifhi- ran are rigidly observed, a criminal ment for stealing a sporting-dog, has a plank, embellished with fox's
tails, hung round his neck, and monarch's eye, While fome ran after parading the streets for fome to aifit Zigand, others, enraged ar time, is then dismissed on paying a the ilave, were going to cur hiin to fine.
pieces ; but the generous cham bade The punifament of tarring and their forbear. “We ought to judge feathering, practised by the rebels of actions like these,” said he, 's not in America, is by no means a mo- by their effects, but by the intention dern invention, as appears from the of those who commit them. This following law, made by the English' man, by an unhappy accident, has and French monarchs, in the year deprived me of an eye ; but he did 1189, immediately previous to their "it without malice, and his death embarkation for Palestine : “ If any would not restore me to fight." one be convicted of theft, his hair fhall be cut off; boiling pitch Mall With respect to courage, the be poured on his head, which mall author of L'Apologie de beau Sexe, afterwards be covered with feathers; relates a story, which, if true, has and in that condition he shall be ex- seldom been cqualled by man. A posed at the first landing-place.” servant girl of Lifle, remarkable for
her fearless disposition, laid a wager, ANECDOTES.
that the would go into the charnel. [Transmitted by T. C. of Faversham.}
house, at midnight, without a light,
skull. Accordingly at the time apHUSSEIN, the son of Ali, pointed, the went; but the perfon the fixth caliph of the Mussul- with whom she had made the bet, men, was one day scalded by a intending to territy her, had gone slave, who let a plate of hot soup before, and hid himself in the place. fall as he was lifting it over his When he heard her descend and head. Hussein looked at the flave take up the skull, he called out, in a with a fixed and steady eye, but hollow, dismal voice, “ Leave me without paffion; when the latter im- my head!" The girl, instead of difmediately fell at his master's feet, covering any symptoms of horror and repeated from the Alcoran, or fright, very coolly laid it down, " Paradise is prepared for those and said, “Well, there it is, then!” who preserve their temper, and sub- and took up another ; upon which due their anger"-"1 barbour no the voice again repeated,
" Leave resentment,” replied Hussein; "and me my head?” Bui the heroic girl, who pardon those that have offended observing it was the same voice that them,” repeated the slave. “Well, had called before, answered, in her 1 pardon thee,” said Hussein. “But country dialect, “ Nea, nea, friend, those are especially beloved of the yo connot ha'two yeads!" Lord who are charitable, and do
iy. good," continued the fave, finish
A WEALTHY person asked the ing the verse he began with quoting. philosopher Sadi, in derision, how " I give thee thy freedoin," an
it happened, that men of wit were severed Hussein, " and with it four fo frequently seen at the doors of hundred drachms of silver."
the rich, and that the rich were
never seen at the doors of men of In the year 1715, as Zigand, wit. “It is," replied Sadi,“ be. the great cham of the Calmucs, was cause men of wit know the value of hunting, it happened that a flave riches; but rich inen do not know Bukirardly Alot an arrow into the the value of wit."