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death. The inscription to that effect I her from lying any more in the Castle, read, and procured a copy of the parti- yet gave her forty Shillings, à Bolster, culars from an old book which is always and a Mattress of wool, commanding her read to visiters by the sexton ; and which, to go Home. But at last these Wicked as to the execution of the alleged crimi- Women became so malicious and renals at Lincoln, on the 12th of March, vengeful, that the Earl's Family were 1618, I find to be correct, and send it for sensible of their wicked Dispositions ; your use,
for, first, his Eldest Son Henry Lord I am, Sir, &c.
Ross was taken sick after a strange ManB. Johnson. ner, and in a little time Died; and, after, Newark, Feb. 22, 1826.
Francis Lord Ross was Severely tortured The only alteration in the transcript is and tormented by them, with a Strange a variation from inaccurate spelling. sickness, which caused his Death. Also, Extract
and presently after, the Lady Catherine From the Church Book of Bottesford.
was set upon by their Devilish Practices,
and very frequently in Danger of her Life, When the Right Hon. Sir Francis in strange and unusual Fits; arid, as they Manners succeeded his Brother Roger in confessed, both the Earl and his Coun the Earldom of Rutland, and took pos- tess were so Bewitched that they should session of Belvoir Castle, and of the have no more Children. In a little time Estates belonging to the Earldom, He after they were apprehended and carried took such Honourable measures in the to Lincoln Jail, after due Examination Courses of his Life, that He neither dis- before sufficient Justices and discreet placed Tenants, discharged Servants, nor Magistrates. denied the access of the poor; but, mak Joan Flower before her Conviction ing Strangers welcome, did all the good called for bread and butter, and wished offices of a Noble Lord, by which he got it might never go through her if she were the Love and good will of the Country, guilty of the Matter she was Accused of; his Noble Countess being of the same and upon mumbling of it in her Mouth disposition : So that Belvoir Castle was a she never spoke more, but fell down and continual Place of Entertainment, Espe- Died, as she was carried to Lincoln Jail, cially to Neighbours, where Joan Flower being extremely tormented both in Soul and her Daughter were not only relieved and Body, and was Buried at Ancaster. at the first, but Joan was also admitted Chairwoman and her daughter Marga- The Examination of Margarett Flower rett as a Continual Dweller in the Castle,
the 22nd of January, 1618. looking to the Poultry abroad, and the She confessed that, about four years washhouse at Home; and thus they since, her Mother sent her for the right Continued till found guilty of some mis- Hand glove of Henry Lord Ross, and demeanor which was discovered to the afterwards her Mother bid hér go again Lady. The first complaint against Joan to the Castle of Belvoir, and bring down Flower the Mother was that she 'was å the glove, or some other thing, of Henry Monstrous malicious Woman, full of Lord Ross's; and when she asked for Oaths, Curses, and irreligious Impreca- what, her Mother answered to burt My tions, and, as far as appeared, a plain Lord Ross ; upon which she brought Atheist. As for Margarett, her Daughter, down a glove, and gave it to her Mother, she was frequently accused of going from who stroked Rutterkin her cat (the Imp) the Castle, and carrying Provisions away with it, after it was dipped in hot water, in unreasonable Quantities, and returning and, so, pricked it often after; which in such unseasonable Hours that they Henry Lord Ross fell sick, and soon after could not but Conjecture at some mis- Died. She further said that finding a chief amongst them; and that their ex- glove, about two or three years since of traordinary Expences tended both to rob Francis Lord Ross's, she gave it to her the Lady and served also to maintain mother, who put it into hot water, and some debauched and Idle Company which afterwards took it out, and rubbed it on frequented Joan Flower's House. In Rutterkin (the Imp,) and bid him go some time the Countess misliking her upwards, and afterwards buried it in the (Joan's) Daughter Margarett, and disco- yard, and said “a mischief light on him vering some Indecencies in her Life, and but he will mend again.” She further the Neglect of her Business, discharged confessed that her Mother and her and
her sister agreed together tó bewitch the remarks as would tend to obviate undue Earl and his Lady, that they might have impressions. Instances are already reno more children; and being asked the corded in this work of the dreadful incause of this their málice and ill-will, she Auence which superstitious notions prosaid that, about four years since, the duce on the illiterate. Countess, taking a dislike to her, gavé her forty shillings, à Bolster, and a mat NATURALISTS' CALENDAR: tress, and bid her be at Home, and come Mean Temperature ... 40.72: no more to dwell at the Castle; which shë not only took ill, but grudged it in
March 13. her heart very much, swearing to be revenged upon her, on which her Mother
CHRONOLOGY. took wool out of the Mattress, and a pair On the 13th of March, 1614, in the of gloves which were given her by Mr. Vo- reign of king James 1., Bartholomew vason, and put them into warm water, min: Legat, an Arian, was burnt in Sınithfield gling them with some blood, and stirring for that heresy. it together; then she took them out of the water, and rubbed them on the belly 1722, March 13, there were bonfires, of Rutterkin, saying, “the Lord and the illuminations, ringing of bells, and other Lady would have Children but it would demonstrations of joy, in the cities of Lonbe long first." She further confessed don and Westminster, upon the dissolution that, by her Mother's command, she of the septennial parliament. brought to her a piece of a handkerchief of the Lady Catherine, the Earl's Daugh
NATURALISTS' CALENDAR. ter, and her Mother put it into hot water, Mean Temperature ... 40. 47. and then, taking it out; rubbed it upon Rutterkin, bidding him “fly and go, whereupon Rutterkin whined and cryed
March 14. "Mew," upon which the said Rutterkin
FOOTBALL. tad no more power of the Lady Catherine To the Editor of the Every-Day Book. to hurt her.
Sir,- Perhaps you are not aware that, Margarett Flower and Phillis Flower, during fine weather, football is played the Daughters of Joan Flower, were exé
every Sunday afternoon, in the fields, becuted at Lincoln for Witchcraft, March tween Oldfield's dairy and Copenhagen 12, 1618.
house, near Islington, by Irishmen. It Whoever reads this history should con- generally commences at three o'clock, and sider the ignorance and dark superstition is continued till dusk. The boundaries are of those times; bút certainly these women fixed and the parties chosen. I believe, were vile abandoned wretches to pretend as is usual in the sister kingdom, countyto do such wicked things.
men play against other county-men. Some “ Seek not unto them that have familiar fine specimens of wrestling are occasionspirits, hor wizards, nor unto witches ally exhibited, in order to delay the two that peep and that mutter : should not a
men who are rivals in the pursuit of the people seek into their God.” Isaiah xix.
ball; meantime the parties’ friends havé
time to pursue the combat, and the quick This entry in the church book of Bot- arrival of the ball to the goal is generally tesford is certainly very curious. Its the consequence, and a lusty shout is being read at this time, to the visitors of given by the victors. the monuments, must spread the “
When a boy, football was commonly derful story” far and near among the played on a Sunday morning, before country people, and tend to the increase church time, in a village in the west of of the sexton's perquisites; but surely if England, and the church-piece was the that officer be allowed to disseminate the ground chosen for it. I am, &c. tale, he ought to be furnished with a few Islington.
J. R. P. sensible strictures which he might be re
Royal Bridal. quired to read at the same time. In all
On the 14th of March, 1734, his serene probability, the greater number of visilants are attracted thither by the surpri- ried, at St. James's, to the princess-royat.
highness the prince of Orange was marsing narrative, and there is at least one hand from whom might be solicited such
* British Chronologist.
At eleven o'clock at night, the royal been made, and duly reported, the young family supped in public in the great state men, as was usual, were to mix in various ball-room.
parts, of which the chief was to shoot at the About one, the bride and bridegroom popingay, an ancient game
formerly pracretired,and afterwards sat up in their bed- tised with archery, and then with firechamber, in rich undresses, to be seen by arms. This was the figure of a bird, the nobility, and other company at court. decked with party-coloured feathers, so
On the following day there was a more as to resemble a popingay or parrot. It splendid appearance of persons of quality was suspended to a pole, and served for to pay their compliments to the royal a mark, at which the competitors dispair than was ever seen at this court; charged their fusees and carbines in rotaand in the evening there was a ball tion, at the distance of sixty or seventy equally magnificent, and the prince of paces. He whose ball brought down Orange danced several minuets.
the mark, held the proud title of cap. A few days before the nuptials, the tain of the popingay for the remainder Irish peers resident in London, not having of the day, and was usually escorted in received summonses to attend the royal triumph to the most reputable chargeprocession, met to consider their claims to house in the neighbourhood, where the
present, and unanimously resolved evening was closed with conviviality, that neither themselves nor the peeresses conducted under his auspices.” From the would attend the wedding as spectators, accuracy and research of the author, I am and that they would not send to the lord inclined to take it for granted, that this chamberlain's office for their tickets.* sport was common in Scotland.
A friend informs me it is common in
Switzerland, and I have no doubt obThe “ PAPEGUAY."
tained pretty generally over Europe. In To the Editor of the Every-Day Book. conclusion, allow me to remark that in my
Kennington, March 7, 1826. opinion the man on horseback, with the Sir,—The following brief observations popingay on the pole, is returning as vicon the sport mentioned at p. 289, may icr' from the sport; the pole in the disnot be considered unacceptable; strange tance evidently had the honour of supportto say, it is not mentioned by either Strutting the popingay, until it was carried or Fosbroke in their valuable works. away by the aim of the marksman. This sport obtained over the principal
I am, sir, &c. T. A. parts of Europe. The celebrated composer, C. M.Von Weber, opens his opera of hor
The editor is obliged by the conjecture Der Frieschütz,” with a scene of rors,
at the close of the preceding letter, and shooting for the popingay. This is a proof that it is common in Germany, mistaken, in presuming that the French
concurs in thinking that he was himself where the successful candidate is elected a
print from whence the engraving was petty sovereign for the day. The necessity and use of such a custom in a coun
taken, represented the going out to the
shooting. He will be happy to be intry formed for the chase, is obvious.
formed of The author of the “ Waverley” novels, accuracy, because it will assist him
any other misconception or inin his excellent tale of “Old Mortality,” in- endeavours to render the work a faithful troduces a scene of shooting for the popin record of manners and customs. To that gay, as he terms it. It was usual for the end he will always cheerfully correct any sheriff to call out the feudal array of the
error of opinion or statement. county, annually, to what was called the wappen-schaws. The author says, “The sheriff of the county of Lanark was hold
NATURALISTS' CALENDAR. ing the wappen-schaw of a wild district, Mean Temperature ... 40.90. called the Upper Ward of Clydesdale, on a traugh or level plain, near to a royal borough, the name of which is in no way
March 15. essential to my story, upon the morning of the 5th of May, 1679, when our narra
The Highgate Custom. tive commences. When the musters had With much pleasure insertion is given
to the following letter and its accompany: Gentleman's Magazine,
To the Editor of the Every-Day Book. which was introduced in the pantomime
of Harlequin Teague, performed at the Seymour-street, Feb. 18, 1826.
Haymarket theatre, in August, 1742. If Sir,- In illustration of the custom of you think it worthy the columns of your “Swearing on the horns at Highgate," valuable work, it is at your service. described at p. 79, in the Every-Day Book
I am, &c. of the present year, I enclose you a song,
Song by the Landlord of the Horns.
Full on your father look, sir;
So lay your hand on the Hornbook, sir.
Nor waste it on profligate beauty;
And true to all petticoat duty.
You never should hold to be right, sir ;
Or eat brown bread when you can get white, sir.
To kiss with the maid when the mistress is kind,
A gentleman ought to be loth, sir :
you like it, kiss both, sir.
When you travel to Highgate, take this oath again,
And again, like a sound man, and true, sir,
Be sure you make them take it too, sir.
Bless you, &c.
Origin of Piccadilly.
a letter is selected for insertion this day,
prospectus proposed to their considera- escape unmarked; for he changes rapidly tion. If each reader will only contribute from All-my-men and I, to Old Vulcan something to the instruction and amuse and I, and so on, and sometimes names ment of the rest, the editor has no doubt two or three together, that little chance of that he will be able to present a larger escaping with a clean face is left. series of interesting notices and agreeable The Corn-market.—Here, as before, an illustrations, than any work he is at pre- experienced reveller is chosen to be the sent acquainted with.
master, who has an assistant, called SpyTo the Editor of the Every-Day Book. the-murket. Another character is Old
Februury 6, 1826. Penglaze, who is dressed up in some riSir,-I send you the account of two diculous way, with a blackened face, and more games, or in-doors sports, in vogue a staff in his hand; he, together with among the country people in Cornwall
. part of a horse's hide girt round him, for Of the latter, Mr. D. Gilbert has made the hobby-horse, are placed towards the slight mention in the introduction to his back of the market. The rest of the carols, second edition; but he states that players sit round the room, and have each these games, together with carol-singing, some even price affixed to them as names; may be considered as obsolete, which is for instance, T'wo-pence, Four-pence, Six. by no means the case : even yet in most of pence, Twelve-pence, &c. The master then the western parishes, (and of these I can says “Spy-the-market,” to which the man speak from personal observation, the responds, “ Spy-the-market;" the master carol-singers, not only sing their “ aun- repeats, “Spy-the-market;" the man says, tient chaunts” in the churches, but go Aye, sirrah." The master then asks the about from house to house in parties. I price of corn, to which Spy-the-market, am told the practice is the same in many may reply any price he chooses, of those other parts of the county, as it is also in given to his comrades, for instance, various places throughout the kingdom. “Twelve-pence.” The master then says, I have added a slight notice respecting “ Twelve-pence," when the man hearing Piccadilly, which (if worth inserting) may that price answers“ Twelve-pence," and be new to some of your readers ; but, now a similar conversation ensues, as with for our Cornish sports : I state them as I Spy-the-market before, and Twelve-pence found them, and ihey are considered pro- names his price, and so the game provincial.
ceeds; but if, as frequently happens, any Fisrt, then, the Tinkeler's(tinker's)shop.-- of the prices forget their names, or any In the middle of the room is placed a other mistakes occur in the game, the large iron pot, filled with a mixture of offender is to be sealed, a ceremony in soot and water. One of the most humour- which the principal amusement of the ous of the set is chosen for the master of game consists; it is done as follows,—the the shop, who takes a small mop in his master goes to the person who has forleft hand, and a short stick in his right; feited, and takes up his foot, saying, his comrades each have a small stick in “ Here is my seal, where is old Penglaze's his right hand; the master gives each a seal ?" and then gives him a blow on the separate name, as Old Vulcun, Save-all, sole of the foot. Old Penglaze then comes Tear'em, All-my-men, Mend-all, &c. After in on his horse, with his feet tripping on these preliminaries, all kneel down, en the floor, saying, “ Here I comes, neither circling the iron vessel. The master cries riding nor a foot;" the horse winces and out, “ Every one (that is, all together, or capers, so that the old gentleman can
one and all,' as the Cornish say,) and I; scarcely keep his seat. When he arrives all then hammer away with their sticks as at the market, he cries out, “ What work fast as they can, soine of them with absurd is there for me to do?" The master holds grimaces.' Suddenly the master will, per- up the foot of the culprit and says, “ Here, haps, cry out, “All-my-men and I;" upon Penglaze, is a fine shoeing match for you." this, all are to cease working, except the Penglaze dismounts; “I think it's a fine individual called All-my-men ; and if any colt indeed.” He then begins to work by unfortunate delinquent fails, he is treated pulling the shoe off the unfortunate colt, with a salute from the mop well dipped in saying My reward is a full gallon of the black liquid : this never fails to afford moonlight, besides all other customs for great entertainment to the spectators, and shoeing in this market;" he then gives if the master is “ well up to the sport,” he one or two hard blows on the shoe-less contrives that none of his comrades shall foot, which make its proprietor tingle,