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GLEANINGS. THE DUKE OF WELLINGTON'S UMBRELLA.-Attl". Ladies Bazaar, which was held in L6ndon last sum- mer, and which was patronized by her Majesty, the Duke strolled in,and, although a very fine day, with his umbrella in his hand, he wespt up to the Countess of -'s stall, and said, as 1 must go and speak to her Majesty 1 wish you would take care of my umbrella." "Oh t by all means," was her Ladyship's reply, pray give it me." This done, away went his Grace, presently came up a plain country gentleman, supposed to be Mr. D > member for Gl- and the Countess addressed him and said, cannot my s'all tempt you r" 1 am afraid," he replied, "you have nothing very useful there;" "Indeed I have," her Ladyship said, "I will sell you the Duke of Wellington's umbrella but I expect a good price for it; nothing under ten pounds." Although not famous for extra expense, still the wish to possess a relic of the greatest man of his age predominated, the money was paid, and the happy purchaser now declares he would not sell it for its weight in gold. NAVAL HERoISM.-We have heard an anecdote (which we believe to be authentic,) of a gallant and distinguished naval officer, who was so dreadfully wounded in battle as to have been most properly remunerated with the honourable distinction of a f Knight-commander of the Bath and a double pension, f going one day to the Secretary of the Admiralty to request that his name might be put down as a can- didate for exploring the north-west passage. The Secretary attempted to dissuade him from entertain- ing such a thought, and, alleging his many wounds, from which he was still suffering great inconve- nience, the loss of one eye, and the sympathetic affection of the other, stated the great inconvenien- ces to which he would be exposed from the extreme cold, and the probability of being shut up for a whole winter in the ice and he thought that these argu- ments had convinced him of his unfitness for so perilous an undertaking but on leaving the room, the candidate for glory turned round, and with great emphasis observed, My ancestor perished honour- ably in the ice, and I think it very hard that I should be denied the possibility of sharing the same fate such is the thirst after fame, that last infirmity of noble rnind-Quarterty lieview. HENRY VIII. AND NICE PUDDINGS.—The building formerly rented by the African Company, was anciently part of the dissolved priory of the Holy Trinity, Aldgate but on account of Mrs. Corn- Wallis having gratified the appetite of Henry VIII. by presenting him some fine puddings, he granted this and other tenements to her and her heirs. This house was once the residence of Sir Nicholas Throg- morton, a favourite of Queen Elizabeth.—Mirrvr. INSCRIPTION On the Tomb of Lupatus, amagistrate of Padua, who was buried in a solid rock. Id quod es ante fui quid sim post funera quasris? Quod sum, quciquidid est, tu quoque, Lector, eria, Ignea pars Casio, scissie p?rs ossea rllpi, Lectori cessit nomen inane Lnpi. Below these verses are the four following :— Mors mortis, morti mortem, si morie dedissetv Hic.foret ill tcrris, aut integer astra petisset Sed quia dissolvi fuerat sic juncta necesse, Ossa tenet saxum, proprio mens gandet inesse. Obiitanno nat. Christi-M. C. C. C. nono. Septimo die intraute Marcio. The following Latin couplet was made on the Dutch Admiral Ruyter, by a Poet who delighted in puns and conceits Terruit Hispanos Ruiter, ter terruit Anglos Ter ruit in Gallos territus ipse ruit. FRESCH POLITFNFSS.Fp-ench politeness What a farce You may as well talk of French chivalry, or of any thing else that belonged to an earlier age, but which is unknown in ours. The French of to- day are brutes !-low, vulgar, coarse-minded, ill- mannered brutes They grin and chatter, I grant you, at a woman like so many monkeys but as for the true respect which is shown in action, in sacri- fice, in endurance and forbearance, they know nothing about it. The cold phlegmatic Englishman is a thousand times more of a gentleman, as he calls it,-a word which has no synonyme in our language, although it resembles the chevalier of ancient times. If a woman is in danger from the rain, whose um- brella, whose cloak, is at her service ? The French- man's Trust him He buttons himself up to the chin with a grimace while the Englishman, without moving a muscle, strips himself to the waistcoat, if necessary, and sits dripping like a water-god through the shower. If we are to be carried across the dirty road from the door of the diligence, who leads us by the end'Sf the finger, choosing the cleanest place for, his own tiptoes? vVhy, the Frenchman. Who, in the same situation, takes up in his arms, and stalks, like a statue moved by magic, through the very depths of the mud, that he may land us, without a soil upon the hem of our gown, upon the pave? The Englishman, I say. French politeness! bah!" EDWARD SOMERSET MARQUIS OF WORCESTER.— It is well known that we are indebted for the tirst hint of that valuable mechaniaM rontrivance the steam engine, to the Scantlings of Inventions," first published by this nobleman in 1663, and since frequently reprinted. In the dedication of this work to the members of both houses of Parliament, he informs them, that he had already sacrificed six or seven hundred thousand pounds in his experiment, a sum so large as to astonish all readers who are acquainted with the poverty to which he was redu- ced by the profuse assistance he (and his father before him) had rendered to the royal cause. This account, however, is cleared up by the following letter, from which we may conclude that he raised a considerable sum from his friends and others by dividing his project into joint shares. It is addressed to Chrisopher Copley, Esq. a colonel in the army of the north, under General Fairfax, and is now pub- lished for the first time from the original manu- script. On the back rs written, in Col. Copley's hand, My Lord of Worcester's letter about my share in his engine." Deare Friend, I knowe not with what face to desire a curtesie from you, since I have not yet payed you the five pownds, and the mayne businesse, soe long protracted, whereby my reallity and kindnesse should, with thankfullnesse ap- peare for thongh the least I intende you is to make up the somme already promised to a thousand pounds yearly, or a share amounting to farr more, which to nominate before the perfection of the woorke were but an individuum. vagum, and therefore I deferre it, and upon noe other score. Yet, in this interim, my disappointments are soe great, as that I am forced to begge if you could possible eyther to helpc me with tenne pownds to this bearer, or to make vse of the coache and to goe to Mr. Clerke, and if he could this day helpe me to fifty pownds, then to payee your selfe the five pownds I owe you out of them Eyther of these will infinitely oblige me. The Alderman has taken three days time to consider of it. Pardon the ereat troubles I give you, which I doubt not but in time to de- serve, by really appearing Your most thankfull friend, 28th of March, 1656. WORCESTER. To my honored friend Colionell Christopher Coppley these.

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