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none, the lord of IV hichenoore shall cause him to have one horse and saddle, to such time as he be passed his lord{hip; and so fhall they depart the manor of Whickenovre with the corn and the bacon, tofore him that hath won it, with trumpets, tabourets, and other manner of minstrelsey. And all the free tenants of Whichenovre shall conduct him to be passed the lordship of Whichengere. And then shall they all return; except him, to whom appertaineth to make the carriage and journey without the county of Stafford, wt the costs of his lord of Whichengvre.

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-Perjuria ridet amantuni.

Ovid. Ars Am. 1. 1. v. 633.

-Forgiving with a sinile
The perjuries that easy maids beguile.

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. DIr SPECTATOR,

CCORDING to my promise, I herewith transmit

to you a list of several persons, who from time to · time demanded the Flitch of bacon of Sir Philip de Sumervile, and his descendants; as it is preserved in an • ancient manuscript under the title of The register of • Whichenovre-halluxand of the bacon-flitch there mainstained.

: In the beginning of this record is recited the law or • institution in form, as it is already printed in your

last paper : to which are added two by-laws, as a comment upon the general law, the substance whereof is, that " the wife shall take the same oath as the husband, muta'tis mutandis; and that the judges shall, as they think meet, interrogate or cross examine the witnesses. After this proceeds the register in manner following.

· AUBRY de Falstaff, son of Sir John Falstatt, Kt, s with dame Maude his wife, were the first that demandóed the bacon, he having bribed twain of his father's companions to swear falsely in his behoof, whereby he gain

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• ed the flitch: but he and his faid wife falling imme

diately into a dispute how the said bacon should be drefl• ed, it was by order of the judges taken from him, and • hung up again in the hall.

ALISON the wife of Stephen Freckle, brought her • said husband along with her, and set forth the good "conditions and behaviour of her confort, adding withai • that she doubted not but he was ready to attest the like

of her, his wife; whercupon he the said Stephen, shaking his head, she turned short upon him, and

gave him a box on the ear.

PHILIP de ll'averland, having laid his hand upon • the book, when the clause, “ Were I fole and the fole,'

was rehearsed, found a secret compunction rising in his mind, and itole it off again.

· RICHARD de loveless, who was a courtier, and • very well-bred man, being observed to hesitate at the

words, ' after our marriage,' was thereupon required to explain himself. He replied, by talking very largely of • his exact complaisance while he was a lorer; and alleda

ged, that he had not in the least disobliged his wife for • 1 year and a day before marriage, which he hoped was the same thing.

Rejected. JOGELINE Jolli, Esq; making it appear by una .. questionable testimony, that he and his wife had prefer

ved full and entire aifection for the space of the first 6 month, commonly called the Honey-moon; he had in consideration thereof one rather bestowed upon

him. • After this, says the record, many years paffud on ver, before any demandant appeared at Ibichenoore. hall; infumuch that one would have thought that the • whole country were turned Jews, fo little was their af. • fection to the flitch of bacon..

'The next couple enrolled had like to hare carried it, • if one of the witncfles had not deposed, that dining on a

Sunilay with the demandant, whose wife had fat below ' the fquire's lady at church, she the faid wife droppard • some expressions, as if l!ic thought her husband defervej

to be knighted; to which he returned a paflionace pih! • The judges taking the premises into contideration, de

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• clared the aforesaid behaviour to imply an unwarrants able ambition in the wife, and anger in the husband.

• It is recorded as a fufficient disqualification of a cerstain wife, that speaking of her husband, she said, God . forgive hinr.

"It is likewise remarkable, that a couple were rejecte • ed upon the deposition of one of their neighbours, that

the lady had once told her husband that it was her duty to obey; to which he replied, Oh! my dear, you are never in the wrong.

"The violent pallion of one lady for her lap-dog; the turning away of the old house-maid by another; a ta'vern-bill torn by the wife, and a tailor's by the huf· band; a quarrel about the kissing crust, spoiling of dirners, and coming in late of nights.; are so many

several ' articles which occasioned the reprobation of some scores

of demandants, whose nanies are recorded in the afore• faid register.

' WITHOUT enumerating other particular persons, I 'Thall content myself with observing, that the sentence pronounced against one Cercafe Poucher, is, “That he

might have had bacon to his eggs, if he had not heretc« fore scolded his wife when they were over- boiled.' . And the deposition against Dorothy Doolittle runs in

these words: “That she had so far usurped the domi"nion of the coal-fire, (the stirring whereof her husband “ claimed to himself), that by her good-will she never “ would suffer the pocker out of her hand.' ' I FIND but two couples, in this first century, that

fuccessful : : the first was a sea-captain and his wife, • who since the day of their marriage had not seen one an

other till the day of the claim. The second was an hc• nest pair in the neighbourhood ; the husband was a man

of plain good sense, and a peaceable temper; the waman was dumb.

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N° 609.

Wednesday, October 20.

-Furrago libelli.

Juv. fat. I. v.86,

The miscellaneous filljeits of 112 lock.

Mr SPECTATOR,

HAVE for some time defired to appear in your pa:

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• the Spectator, when I take it for granted you will not ' have many spare minutes for speculations of your own. * As I was the other day walking with an honest countrygentleman, he

very often expressed his attonishment to • see the town so mightily crouded with doctors of divini

ty: upon which I told him he was very much mistakcii . if he took all those gentlemen he saw in scarfs to be per' fons of that dignity; for that a young divine, äfier his • first degree in the univerfity, usually comes hither only • to ihew himself; and, on that occasion, is ape to think

he is but half equipped with a gown and castock for his s public appearance, if he hath not the additional orna• ment of a scarf of the first magnitude to intitle him to - the appeilation of doctor from his landlady, and the boy

at Child's. Now since I know that this piece of garniture is looked upon as a mark of ranity or affectation,

it is made use of among some of the little spruce adventurers of the town, I should be glad if you would

give it a place among those extravagancies you have • justly cxposed in several of your papers : being very well • assured that the main body of the clergy, both in the

country and the universities, who are almost to a min óuntainted with it, would be very well pleased to see this renerable foppery well exposed. When my patron did me the honour to take me into his family, (for I must own myself of this order), he was pleased to say he tock me as a friend and companion; and whether he looked upon

the scarf like the lace and shoulder-knot of a fourman, as a badge of servitude and dependance, I du nct know, but he was so kind as to leave my wearing of it to my own discretion; and not having any just title to

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• it from ny degrees, I am content to be without the or"nament.

The privileges of our nobility to keep a cer• tain number of chaplains are undisputed, though perhaps • not one in ten of those reverend gentlemen have any re• lation to the noble families their scarfs belong to; the

right generally of creating all chaplains, except the do*mestic, where there is one, being nothing more than the

perquisite of a steward's place, who, if he happens to • outlive any considerable number of his noble masters, • shall probably, at one and the same time, have fifty chaplains, all in their proper accoutrements, of his own creation; though, perhaps, there hath been neither grace

nor prayer said in the family since the introduction of • the first coronet.

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« Mr SPECTATOR,

WISH you would write a philofophical paper about • the strength of imagination. I can give you a lift upon the first notice of a rational china

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that · walks upon two legs, and a quart pot that fings like a nightingale. There is in my neighbourhood a very pretty prattling fhoulder of veal, that squalls out at the sight

of a knife. Then, as for natural antipathies, I know a • general officer who was never conquered but by a smo• thered rabbit; and a wife that domineers over her hus• band by the help of a breast of mutton. A story that • relates to myself on this subject may be thought not un

entertaining, especially when I aflure you that it is literally true. I had long made love to a lady, in the pof• feffion of whom I am now the happiest of mankind, • whose hand I should have gained with much difficulty (without the asistance of a cat. You must know then,

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rival had so strong an aversion to this species, that he infallibly swooned away at the • sight of that harmless creature. My fricnd Mrs Lucy, • her maid. liaving a greater refpect for me and my purse

than she had for my rival. alvars took care to pin the « tail of a

under the guwr or her mustress, whenever "fie binawit ing; which had such an espect, that eviy im. 16 run, he looked more like

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