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A correspondent communicates to the bourhood a similar boon. This was done, Every-Day Book a singular custom, which says our correspondent, as an emblem, prevailed many years since in the west of that the owl being the bird of wisdom, England. Three single young men went could influence the feathered race to enter out together before daylight on St. Valen- the net of love as mates on that day, tine's day, with a clapnet to catch an old whereon both single lads and maidens owl and two sparrows in a neighbouring should be reminded that happiness could barn. If they were successful, and could alone be secured by an early union. bring the birds to the inn without injury On this ancient festival, it was formerly before the females of the house had risen, the custom for men to make presents to they were rewarded by the hostess with the women. In Scotland these valentine three pots of purl in honour of St. Valen- gifts were reciprocal, as indeed they are tine, and enjoyed the privilege of de- still in some parts. manding at any other house in the neigh Hurdis calls this
The day Saint Valentine,
for its escape.
St. Valentine is the lover's saint. Not on the “ two hearts made one,” as a most that lovers have more superstition than singular device, and with admired devoother people, but their imaginings are tion. He then puts it in the trusty pocket more. As it is fabled that Orpheus under his frock, which holds the waggon " played so well, he moved old Nick;" so bill, and fogs his horses to quicken their it is true that Love, “cruel tyrant,”' moves pace towards the inn, where “she," who is the veriest brute. Its influence renders “ his heart's delight,” has been lately prothe coarsest nature somewhat interesting. moted to the rank of under kitchen-maid, A being of this kind, so possessed, is al- vice her who resigned, on being called most as agreeable as a parish cage with “ to the happy estate of matrimony” by an owl inside ; you hear its melancholy a neighbouring carter. He gives her the tee-whit tee-who, and wonder how it mysterious paper in the yard, she receives got there. Its place of settlement be- it with a “ what be this ?” and with a comes a place of sentiment; nobody can smack on the lips, and a smack from the liberate the starveling, and it will stay whip on the gown. The gods have made there. Its mural notes seem so many him poetical, and, from his recollection of calls for pity, which are much abated on the a play he saw at the statute-fair, he tells recollection,that there are openings enough her that " love, like a worm in the mud,
The “ tender passion” in has played upon his Lammas cheek" ever the two mile an hour Jehu of an eight- since last Lammas-tide, and she knows horse waggon, puzzles him mightily. He it has, and that she's his valentine. With
sighs and drives, sighs and drives, and such persons and with nature, this is the drives and sighs again,” till the approach season of breaking the ice. of this festival enables him to buy - a va St. Valentine, be it repeated, is the lentine,” with a “halter” and a couple saint of all true lovers of every degree, o'hearts" transfixed by an arrow in the and hence the letters missive to the fair, form of a weathercock, inscribed
from wooers on his festival,bear his name.
Brand thinks “ one of the most elegant “ I'll be yours, if you'll be mine, I am your pleasing Valentine.”
jeu-d'esprits on this occasion," is one
wherein an admirer reminds his mistress This he gets his name written under by of the choice attributed by the legend the shopkeeper, and will be quite sure that to the choristers of the air on this day, it is his name, before he walks after his and inquires of herwaggon, which he has left to go on, because neither that nor his passion can brook
Shall only you and I forbear delay. After he is out of the town, he
To meet and make a happy pair ?
Shall we alone delay to live ? looks behind him, lest any body should see, This day an age of bliss may give, and for a mile or two on the road, ponders
But, ah! when I the proffer make, Mark'd you her face, and did not there, Still coyly you refuse to take;
Sense, softness, sweetness, all appear? My heart I dedicate in vain,
Mark'd you ber form, and saw not you The too mean present you disdain.
A heart and mind as lovely too?
And felt you not, as I now feel,
Delight no tongue could e'er reveal?
Mark'd you all this, and you have known Proud to be yours by any name.
The treasured raptures that I own;
Mark'd you all this, and you like me, A better might have been selected from
Have wandered oft her shade to see, the “ Magazine of Magazines," the For
have felt, as I now feel, “ Gentleman's," wherein Mr. Urban has
Delight no tongue could e'er reveal ! sometimes introduced the admirers of la- High Wycombe. dies to the admirers of antiquities—under which class ladies never come. Thence,
Every lady will bear witness that the
roll of valentine ever and anon, as from some high barbi
is interminable ;
poesy can or watchtower old,
and it being presumed that few would of loves
songs and maids forsaken,”'have aroused the object to a peep in the editor's budget, he contemplation from “ facts, fancies, and
offers a little piece, written, at the desire recollections regarding other times, to
of a lady, under an engraving, which relovers " sighing like furnace" in our own.
presented a girl fastening a letter to the Through Sylvanus, nearly a century ago,
neck of a pigeon : there was poured this
THE COURIER DOVE.
“Va, porter cet écrit à l'objet de mon coeur !" Haste, friendly Saint ! to my relief, My heart is stol'n, help! stop the thief!
Outstrip the winds my courier dove! My rifled breast I search'd with care,
On pinions feet and free, And found Eliza lurking there.
And bear this letter to my love Away she started from my view,
Who's far away from me. Yet may be caught, if thou pursue ;
It bids bim mark thy plume whereon Nor need I to describe her strive
The changing colours rauge; The fairest, dearest maid alive!
But warns him that my peace is gone
If he should also change.
It tells him thou return'st again
To her who sets thee free;
And O! it asks the truant, when So pleasant, so descriptive an illustra He'll thus resemble thee? tion of the present custom, requires a companion equally amiable:
Lastly, from “ Sixty-five Poems and
Sonnets,” &c. recently published, he venMY VALENTINE.
tures to extract one not less deserving the Mark'd
honour of perusal, than either that he has you her eye's resistless glance, That does the enraptur'd soul entrance ?
presented Mark'd you that dark blue orb unfold
A VALENTINE. Volumes of bliss as yet untold ?
No tales of love to you I send, And felt you not, as I now feel,
No hidden flame discover, Delight no tongue could e'er reveal ?
I glory in the name of friend, Mark'd you her cheek that blooms and
Disclaiming that of lover. glows
And now, while each fond sighing youth A living emblem of the rose ?
Repeats his vows of love and truth,
With caution choose a VALENTINE.
Heed not the for, who loves himself, Delight no tongue can e'er reveal ?
Nor let the rake your love obtain ; Mark'd you her artless smiles that speak Choose not the miser for his pelf, The language written on her cheek,
The drunkard heed with cold disdain; Where, bright as morn, and pure as dew, The profligate with caution shun, The bosom's thoughts arise to view ?
His race of ruin soon is run : And felt you not, as I now feel,
To none of these your heart incline, Delight no tongue could e'er reveal ?
Nor choose from them a VALENTINE
But should some generous youth appear,
rant of the laws which regulate liberty Whose honest mind is void of art, and property. The absence of all informWho shall his Maker's laws revere, ation in some men when serving upon And serve him with a willing heart;
juries and coroners' inquests, or as conWho owns fair Virtue for his guide,
stables, and in parochial offices, is scanNor from her precepts turns aside;
dalous to themselves and injurious to To him at once your heart resign,
their fellow men. The“ Commentaries" of And bless your faithful VALENTINE.
Blackstone require only common capacity Though in this wilderness below
to understand. Wynne's Eunomus You still imperfect bliss shall find, is an excellent introduction to Blackstone, Yet such a friend will share each woe, if any be wanting. With these two
And bid you he to Heaven resign'd: works no man can be ignorant of his While Faith unfolds the radiant prize,
rights or obligations; and, indeed, the And Hope still points beyond the skies,
“ Commentaries” are so essential, that At life's dark storms you'll not repine,
he who has not read them has no claim But bless the day of VALENTINE.
to be considered qualified for the exercise Wit at a pinch.
of his public duties as an Englishman.
He is at liberty, it is true, for the law A gentleman who left his snuffbox at leaves him at liberty, to assume the chaa friend's on St. Valentine's Eve, 1825,
racter he may
called on to bear in received it soon after his return home in
common with his fellow-citizens; but, an envelope, sealed, and superscribed
with this liberty, he is only more or less To JE-, Esq.
than a savage, as he is more than a savage Dear Sir,
by his birth in a civilized country, and I've just found proof enough,
less than a savage in the animal instinct, You are not worth a pinch of snuff ;
which teaches that self-preservation is the Receive the proof, seal'd up with care, And extract from it, that you are,
first law of nature; and still further is he Valentine, 1825
less, because, beside the safety of others,
it may fall to him, in this state of ignoCHRONOLOGY.
rance, to watch and ward the safety of the SIR WILLIAM BLACKSTONE died on the commonwealth itself. 14th of February, 1780. He was born at Blackstone, on making choice of his the house of his father, a silkman, in profession, wrote an elegant little poem, Cheapside, London, on the 10th of July, entitled “ The Lawyer's Farewell to his 1723; sent to the Charter-house in 1730; Nurse." It is not more to be admired entered Pembroke-college, Cambridge, for ease and grace, than for the strong in 1738; of the Middle Temple, 1741 ; feeling it evinces in relinquishing the called to the bar in 1746; elected re- pleasures of poesy and art, and parting corder of Wallingford in 1749; made for ever from scenes wherein he had hapdoctor of civil law in 1750; elected pily spent his youthful days. Its concluVinerian professor of common law in sion describes his anticipations1758; returned a representative to Par Lost to the field and torn from youliament in 1761 ; married in 1761 ; te Farewell! a long-a last adieu ! came a justice of the court of Common Me wrangling courts and stubborn law Pleas in 1770. In the course of his life To smoke and crowds, and cities draw he filled other offices. He was just and There selfish faction rules the day, benevolent in all his relations, and, on
And pride and av'rice throng the way; the judicial seat, able and impartial. In
Diseases taint the murky air, English literature and jurisprudence he
And midnight conflagrations glare : holds a distinguished rank for his “Com
Loose revelry and riot bold mentaries on the Laws of England.”
In frighted streets their orgies hold;
Or when in silence all is drowned, This work originated in the legal lectures
Fell murder walks her lonely round. he commenced in 1753 : the first volume
No room for peace--no room for you was published in 1759, and the remain
Adieu, celestial nymph, adieu! ing three in the four succeeding years, Through these his name is popular, and so will remain while law exists. The Its origin and progress may be traced work is not for the lawyer alone, it is for in the Tree engraved on the opposite every body. It is not so praiseworthy to page. be learned, as it is disgraceful to be igno
A SUIT AT LAW.
Ini Custody on Execution
Bailorderd Return thereof
Capias ad satisfuc
WritofError Bail in Error Judgm
The Plainth th the
For the Defend
Challenge of Jurer
Denirrer" Joinder in Demurfer
Rule to reun Wine
Rulo Retum the wait Kulele
for the Defendenti
The Tree of Conimon Law.
1. The rout of the engraved Tree exhibits
d a diversity of suits and actions for
Brought forward.... 1 1 8 the remedy of different wrongs.
Copy thereof to keep
0 2 0 Instructions to foreman.
0 6 8 2. The trunk shows the growth of a suit, Difficulty arising as to proceedings, stage by stage, until its conclusion.
attending him in cousu tation 0 6 8
6 3. The branches from each stage show Paid fees to woollen-draper 4 18
Attending him thereon
6 8 the proceedings of the plaintiff on one side, and the proceedings of the
0 3 4 Perusing his receipt Attending to file same ...
0 3 4 defendant on the other.
1 0 4. The leaves of each branch show certain Attending button-maker, instructing collateral proceedings whereby the
0 6 8 suit is either advanced or suspended. Paid his charges...
2 19 0
Having received summons to pro5. Supposing the form of action suitable
ceed, perusing and considering to the case, and no stay of proceed
0 6 8 ings, the suit grows, on the “ sure Drawing consent, and copy to keep 0 4 and firm set earth" of the law, into a Postage
0 1 6 “ goodly tree," and, attaining to Copy order thereon and entering 0 3 0 execution against either the plaintiff Appointing consultation as to further or the defendant, terminates in con proceedings, and attending same 0 13 4 suming fire.
Foreman having filed a demurrer,
preparing argument against same 0 6 8
Attending long argument on demurA few whimsical miscellanies are sub.
rer, when same overruled
0 10 0 joined, not derogatory from the import- Perusing foreman's plea
0 6 ance or necessity of legislation, but Excepting to same ..
0 6 8 amusingly illustrative of legal practice in Entering exceptions
0 3 4 the sinuosities it has acquired during suc- Perusing notice of motion to remove cessive stages of desuetude and change. suit, and preparing valid objecThose only who know the law are ac
tions to lay before you
0 10 0 quainted with the modes by which nume
Same being overruled, consent thererous deformities in its application have
to, on an undertaking.
0 6 8 originated, or the means by which they
Expenses on removal of suit-paid may be remedied; while all who expe. Writing you my extreme dissatisfac
by you at the time...... 0 0 0 rience that application are astonished at
tion on finding the suit removed its expensiveness, and complain of it with
into the King's Bench, and that reason.
I should move the court, when A legal practitioner is said to have de you promised to obtain a Rule as livered a bill containing several charges
term commenced, and of unmerciful appearance, to a client, who
attend me thereon ... ...0 10 0 was a tailor; and the tailor, who had Conferring with you, in presence of made a suit of clothes for his professional your attendant, at my house, on adviser, is said to have sent him the fol
the first day of term, when you lowing bill by way of set-off.
succeeded in satisfying me that
honourable man, and expressed
great dissatisfaction at the pro
out of my hands; receiving your Attending you, in conference, con
instructions to demand of your cerning your proposed Suit, con
Uncle that same should return to ferring thereon when you could
me, on my paying him a lien he not finally determine..
0 6 8 claimed thereon, and received Attending you again thereon, when
from you his debenture for that found you prepared, and taking
... 0 13 4 measures accordingly..
0 6 8 Perusing same, and attending him Entering
3 4 in St. George's-fields therewith Instructions and warrant to woollen
... 0 10 0 draper....
0 5 0 Paid him, principal and interest 2 10 4 Carried forward....£l 1
Carried forward....£18 18 0