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tered abroad, to the great damage and (now D.D.) preached the sermon of 1798, impoverishment of many others, espe- which was the last published one precedcially the poorer sort, and great numbers ing Mr. Pritchard's. of Timber and other Trees have by the Mr. Joseph Taylor was a bookseller in said Storm been torn up by the roots in Paternoster-row. He left 401. for the many parts of this our Kingdom: a Cala- purpose mentioned, to which the church mity of this sort so dreadful and asto- added 5l., and purchased 501. three per nishing, that the like hath not been seen cent. consols, which is now standing in or felt in the memory of any person living the name of three trustees, who pay the in this our Kingdom, and which loudly minister.

d. calls for the deepest and most solemn

For the sermon

1 humiliation of us and our people: there Distributing of Notices 0 2 6 fore out of a deep and pious sense of Clerk

6 what we and all our people have suffered Two Pew-openers 28. 6d. by the said dreadful Wind and Storms,


05 (which we most humbly acknowledge to be a token of the divine displeasure, and

£1 10 that it was the infinite Mercy of God that we and our people were not thereby wholly destroyed,) We have Resolved, The following is a copy of the noand do hereby command, that a General tice, printed and distributed in the yeai Public Fast be observed,” &c.

1825. This public fast was accordingly ob

“GREAT STORM. served, throughout England, on the nineteenth of January following, with great On Sunday Evening, November 27, 1825, seriousness and devotion by all orders and denominations. The protestant dissenters, notwithstanding their objections

Annual Sermon to the interference of the civil magistrate in matters of religion, deeming this to be in commemoration of the Great Storın in 1703, an occasion wherein they might unite with their countrymen in openly bewailing the general calamity, rendered the In Little Wild Street Chapel, supplication universal, by opening their

LINCOLN'S INN FIELDS, places of Worship, and every church and meeting-house was crowded.

By the Rev. Thomas GRIFFIN,

Of Prescot Street

A collection will be made after the service “It may not be generally known, that for the support of the Evening Lecture, which a Mr. JOSEPH TAYLOR, having experi

was commenced at the beginning of the preenced a merciful preservation, during the sent year, and will be continued every Sun"Great Storm,' in 1703; and, being at day evening, to which the inhabitants of Wildthat period, a member of the (Baptist) Street, and its vicinity, are earnestly solicited church, meeting in Little Wild-street, Lincoln's Inn Fields, instituted an annual

Service commences at half-past six o'clock." sermon, to perpetuate the recollection of that affecting occurrence ; leaving, in Etymology of the Seasons. trust, a small sum to be thus annually

To the Editor of the Every-Day Buok. expended.” The above announcement is prefixed to

Mr Editor, a sermon preached in the before-men I am, no doubt, with many others, tioned chapel, in the year 1821, by the obliged by the information contained in rev. George Pritchard. The annual ser- your Every-Day Book, especially in mon at that place has been regularly giving the etymology and origin of things preached, but Mr. Pritchard's is the last of old and present practices. printed one. It has an appendix of “re But being a dabbler in etymology mymarkable facts, which could not so con- self, I was disappointed in finding none veniently be introduced into the dis- for the present season of the year, au

The rev. Robert Winter, A. M. lumn; and as many of our names of



places were, no doubt, given by our Saxon Ava, or emperor of the Burmans, at the ancestors, we in the north retain more of Egyptian-hall, Piccadilly, gave the editor that language, and consequently more of the Every-Day Book an opportunity familiar with the names of places than of inspecting it, on Friday, the 18th of you in England.

November, previous to its public exhibiPerhaps there is not one hundred per- tion; and having been accompanied by sons in Langbourn ward know any an artist, for whom he obtained permismeaning to the two words by which the sion to make a drawing of the splendid ward is called ; but to any child in Scot- vehicle, he is enabled to present the acland the words are significant.

companying engraving. Will you then allow me to give you my The s'imes, in speaking of it, remarks, etymology of the seasons ?

that “ The Burmese artists have produced Spring makes itself familiar to almost a very formidable rival to that gorgeous every one; but summer, or as we would piece of lumber, the lord mayor's coach. say in Scotland, means an addition, or It is not indeed quite so heavy, nor quite “sum-more,” or “some-mere;" viz. if a so glassy as that moving monument of person was not satisfied with his portion metropolitan magnificence; but it is not of victuals, he would say “I want sum inferior to it in glitter and in gilding, and mere."

is far superior in the splendour of the And does not this correspond with gems and rubies which adorn it. It difthe season, which in all the plants and fers from the metropolitan carriage in fruits of the field and garden, is getting having no seats in the interior, and no “sum-mere" every day, until the months place for either sword-bearer, chaplain, or of August and September, when accord- any other inferior officer. The reason of ing to the order and appointment of the this is, that whenever the 'golden mogreat Lawgiver, they are brought to per- narch' vouchsafes to show himself to fection, and gathered in ?

his subjects, who with true legitimate Then comes the present season, au- loyalty worship him as an emanation from tumn, or as we would in the north say, the deity, he orders his throne to be re"ae-tum,” or “all-empty,” which is the moved into it, and sits thereon, the sole present state of the gardens, trees, and object of their awe and admiration." fields; they are ae-tum.”

The British Press well observes, that The last season brings with it its own “ Independent of the splendour of this name by its effects, “ wind-tere.” magnificent vehicle, its appearance in this

If these observations will add any thing country at the present moment is attended to your fund of information, it will not with much additional and extrinsic indiminish that of

terest. It is the first specimen of the Your humble servant,

progress of the arts in a country of the A North BRITAIN.

very existence of which we appeared to

be oblivious, till recent and extraordinary PS.-Observe, they pronounce the A events recalled it to our notice. The in Scotland as in France, Aa.

map of Asia alone reminded us that an Vovember 16, 1825.

immense portion of the vast tract of country lying between China and our

Indian possessions, and constituting the Lupinleaved Wood Sorrel. Oxalis lupi- eastern peninsula of India, was denifolia.

signated by the name of the Burmah emDedicated to St. Virgil.

pire. But so litile did we know of the people, or the country they inhabited,

that geographers were not agreed upon November 28.

the orthography of the name. The attack St. Stephen the Younger, A. D. 764. St. upon Chittagong at length aroused our James of La Marea, of Ancona, A. D. attention to the concerns of this warlike 476.

people, when one of the first intimations [Michaelmas Term ends.)

we received of their existence was the BURMESE STATE CARRIAGE.

threat, after they had expelled us from

India, to invade England. Our soldiers Exhibited in November, 1825.

found themselves engaged in a contest An invitation to a private view of the different from any they had before expe• Rath," or state carriage of the king of rienced in that part of the world, and


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The Rath, or Burmese Imperial State Carriage;

Cuptured, in September, 1825, at Tavoy, a sea-port in the Burmese Empire.

with a people who, to the impetuous bra- inches : the spokes richly silvered, are very ot savages, added all the artifices of of a very hard wood, called in the east, civilized warfare. We had to do with an iron wood: the felloes are cased in brass, enemy of whose history and resources we and the caps to the naves elegantly deknew absolutely nothing. On those heads signed of bell metal. The pole, also of our information is still but scanty. It is iron wood, is heavy and massive; it was the information which the Rath, or im- destined to be attached to elephants by perial carriage, affords respecting the which the vehicle was intended to be state of the mechanical arts among the drawn upon all grand or state occasions. Burmese, that we consider particularly. The extremity of the pole is surmounted curious and interesting."

by the head and fore part of a dragon, a Before more minute description it may figure of idolairous worship in the east ; be remarked, that the eye is chiefly struck this ornament is boldly executed, and by the fretted golden roof, rising step by richly gilt and ornamented ; the scales step from the square oblong body of the being composed of a curiously coloured carriage, like an ascending pile of rich talc. The other parts of the carriage are shrine - work. “ It consists of seven the wood of the oriental sassafras tree, stages, diminishing in the most skilful which combines strength with lightness, and beautiful proportions towards the and emits a grateful odour; and being hard top. The carving is highly beautiful, and and elastic, is easily worked, and pethe whole structure is set thick with culiarly fitted for carving. The body of stones and gems of considerable value. the carriage is composed of twelve panels, These add little to the effect when seen three on each face or front, and these are from below, but ascending the gallery of subdivided into small squares of the clear the hall, the spectator observes them, and nearly transparent horn of the rhinorelieved by the yellow ground of the gild- ceros and buffalo, and other animals of ing, and sparkling beneath him like dew eastern idolatry. These squares are set in drops in a field of cowslips. Their pre- broad gilt frames, studded at every angle sence in so elevated a situation well with raised silvered glass mirrors : the serve to explain the accuracy of finish higher part of these panels has a range of preserved throughout, even in the nicest rich small looking-glasses, intended to and most minute portions of the work. reflect the gilding of the upper, or pagoda Gilt metal bells, with large heart-shaped stages. chrystal drops attached to them, surround The whole body is set in, or supported the lower stages of the pagoda, and, when by four wreathed dragon-like figures, the carriage is put in motion, emit a soft fantastically entwined to answer the purand pleasing sound." The apex of the poses of pillars to the pagoda roof, and roof is a pinnacle, called the tee, elevated carved and ornamented in a style of on a pedestal. The tee is an emblem of vigour and correctness that would do royalty. It is formed of movable belts, or credit to a European designer : the scaly coronals, of gold, wherein are set large or body part are of talc, and the eyes of amethysts of a greenish or purple colour : sale ruby stones. its summit is a small banner, or vane, O. The interior roof is latticed with small crystal.

looking-glasses studded with mirrors as The length of the carriage itself is thir- on the outside panels: the bottom or teen feet seven inches; or, if taken from flooring of the body is of matted cane, the extremity of the pole, twenty-eight covered with crimson cloth, edged with feet five inches. Its width is six feet nine gold lace, and the under or frame part inches, and its height, to the summit of of the carriage is of matted cane in the tee, is nineteen feet two inches. The panels. carriage body is five feet seven inches The upper part of each face of the body in length, by four feet six inches in width, is composed of sash glasses, set in broad and its height, taken from the interior, gilt frames, to draw up and let down after is five feet eight inches. The four wheels the European fashion, but without case or are of uniform height, are remarkable for lining to protect the glass from fracture their lightness and elegance, and the pe- when down; the catches to secure them culiar mode by which the spokes are se- when up are simple and curious, and the cured, and measure only four feet two strings of these glasses are wove crimson

cotton. On the frames of the glasses is much writing in the Burmese character,

* The British Press.

but the language being utterly unknown the carbuncle, a stone little known to us, in this country, cannot be deciphered; it but in high estimation with the ancients. is supposed to be adulatory sentences to Behind the carriage are two figures; their the “golden monarch” seated within. lower limbs are tattooed, as is the

The body is staid by braces of leather; custom with the Burmese : from their the springs, which are of iron, richly gilt, position, being on one knee, their hands differ not from the present fashionable C raised and open, and their eyes directed spring, and allow the carriage an easy as in the act of firing, they are supposedl and agreeable motion. The steps merely to have borne a representation of the hook on to the outside : it is presumed carbine, or some such fire-arm weapon of they were destined to be carried by an defence, indicative of protection. attendant ; they are light and elegantly The pagoda roof constitutes the most formed of gilt metal, with cane threads. beautiful, and is, in short, the only impo

A few years previous to the rupture sing ornament of the carriage. The gildwhich placed this carriage in the posses- ing is resplendent, and the design and sion of the British, the governor-general carving of the rich borders which adorn of India, having heard that his Burmese each stage are no less admirable. These majesty was rather curious in his car borders are studded with amethysts, riages, one was sent to him some few emeralds, jargoon monds, garnets, years since, by our governor-general, but hyacinths, rubies, tourmalines, and other it failed in exciting his admiration-he precious gems, drops of amber and crystal said it was not so handsome as his own. being also interspersed. From every Its having lamps rather pleased him, but angle ascends a light spiral gilt ornament, he ridiculed other parts of it, particularly, enriched with crystals and emeralds. that a portion so exposed to being soiled This pagoda roofing, as well as that of as the steps, should be folded and put up the great imperial palace, and of the within side.

state war-boat or barge, bears an exact The Burmese are yet ignorant of that similitude to the chief sacred temple at useful formation of the fore part of the Shoemadro. The Burman sovereign, the carriage, which enables those of European king of Ava, with every eastern Bhuddish manufacture to be turned and directed monarch, considers himself sacred, and with such facility: the fore part of that claims to be worshipped in common with now under description, does not admit of deity itself; so that when enthroned in a lateral movement of more than four his palace, or journeying on warlike or inches, it therefore requires a very ex- pleasurable excursions in his carriage, tended space

in order to bring it com he becomes an object of idolatry. pletely round.

The seat or throne for the inside is On a gilt bar before the front of the movable, for the purpose of being taken body, with their heads towards the car out and used in council or audience on a riage, stand two Japanese peacocks, a journey. It is a low seat of cane-work, bird which is held sacred by this super- richly gilt, folding in the centre, and costitious people; their figure and plumage vered by a relvet cushion. The front is are so perfectly represented, as to convey studded with almost every variety of prethe natural appearance of life; two others cious stone, disposed and contrasted with to correspond are perched on a bar be- the greatest taste and skill. The centre hind. On the fore part of the frame of belt is particularly rich in gems, and the the carriage, mounted on a silvered pe- rose-like clusters or circles are uniformly destal, in a kneeling position, is the tee- composed of what is termed the stones of bearer, a small carved image with a lofty the orient: viz. pearl, coral, sapphire, golden wand in his hands,surmounted with cornelian, cat's-eye, emerald, and ruby. a small tee, the emblem of sovereignty: he A range of buffalo-horn panels ornament is richly dressed in green velvet, the front the front and sides of the throne, at each laced with jargoon diamonds, with a end of which is a recess, for the body of triple belt round the body, of blue sap a lion like jos-god figure, called Sing, a phires, emeralds, and jargoon diamonds; mythological lion, very richly carved and his leggings are also embroidered with gilt; the feet and teeth are of pearl; the sapphires. In the front of his


is a bodies are covered with sapphires, hyarich cluster of white sapphires encircled cinths, emeralds, tourmalines, carbuncles, with a double star of rubies and emeralds: iargoon diamonds, and rubies ; the eyes the cap is likewise thickly studded with are of a tri-coloured sapphire. Six small

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