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LONDON, SATURDAY, JANUARY 21, 1854. out of the muniment closet was produced a tin
box; we thought of Reading biscuits, but we were Notes.
undeceived shortly. Taken out carefully and
gently, was produced a human head! No mere A PLEA FOR THE CITY CHURCHES.
skull, but a perfect human head! Alas! its When a bachelor is found wandering about, he wearer had lost it in an untimely hour. Start cares not whither, your fair readers (for doubtless not, fair reader! we often lose our heads and such a
“dealer in curiosities” as you are has hearts too, but not, we hope, in the mode our poor many of that sex who, however unjustly, have the friend did. It was clear a choice had been given credit of the “curious” bump) will naturally, ex to him, but it was a Hobson's choice. He had claim “ he must be in love," or "something hor- been axed whether he would or no! He had been rible has happened to him." Let us, however, decapitated ! We were told that now ghastly disappoint them by assuring them we shall keep head had once been filled with many an anxious, our own counsel. If the former be the cause, and perhaps happy, thought. It had had right green lanes and meandering streams would suit royal ideas. It was said to be the head of Henry his case better than Gracechurch Street, London, Grey, Duke of Suffolk, the father of the sweet with the thermometer five or six degrees below Lady Jane Grey. We could muse and moralise ; freezing point, and the snow (!) the colour and but Captain Cuttle cuts us short, “When found, consistency of chocolate. Such a situation, how make a Note of it.” We found it then there, Sir; ever, was ours, when our friend the Incumbent of will you make the Note? The good captain does Holy Trinity, Minories, accosted us.
not like to be prolix. Has his esteemed old regoing to his church; would we accompany him ? lative, Sylvanus Urban (many happy new years to We would have gone to New Zealand with him, if him
!), made the note before? he bad asked us, at that moment. The locale of We came away, shall we say better in mind ? the Minories was nearly as unknown to us as the Yes, said we, a walk in the City may be as inaforesaid flourishing colony. On entering the structive, and as good a cure for melancholy, as church (which will not repay an architectural the charming country. An old city church can zealot), while our friend was extracting a burial tell its tale, and a good one too. We thought of register, our eye fell on an old monument or two. those quaint old monuments, handed down from There was a goodly Sir John Pelham, who had older churches 'tis true, but still over the slumbeen cruelly cut down by the hand of death in bering ashes of our forefathers; and when the 1580, looking gravely at his sweet spouse, a dame thought of the destroying hand that hung over of the noble house of Bletsoe. Behind him is them arose amid many associations, the Bard of kneeling his little son and heir Oliver, whom, as Avon's fearful monumental denunciation came to the inscription informs us, “ Death enforced to
our aid : follow fast” his papa, as he died in 1584.
“ Blest be the man that spares these stones, And there was a stately monument of the first
And curst be he that moves these bones. Lord Dartmouth, a magnanimous hero, and Master
RICHARD HOOPER. of the Ordnance to Charles II. and his renegade
St. Stephen's, Westminster. brother. We were informed that a gentleman in the vestry had come for the certificate of the burial of Viscount Lewisham, who died some thirty years ago; that the Legge family were all buried here; that after having dignified the aristocratic parish of St. George, Hanover Square,
“ A Dialogue between a Glutton and Echo. and the salons of May Fair, during life, they were GI. My belly I do deifie. content to lie quietly in the Minories! Does not
Echo. Fie. the high blood of the “city merchant of the Gl. Who curbs his appetite's a fool. present day, of the “gentleman of the Stock
Echo. Ah fool ! Exchange, curdle at the thought? Yes, there lie
GI. I do not like this abstinence.
Echo. Hence. many a noble heart, many a once beautiful face; but we must now-a-days, forsooth, forget the
Gl. My joy 's a feast, my wish is wine.
Echo. Swine ! City as soon as we have made our money in its
Gl. We epicures are happie truly. dirty alleys. To lie there after death! pooh, the
Echo. You lie. thought is absurd. (Thanks to Lord Palmerston,
Gl. Who's that which giveth me the lie? we have no option now.)
Gl. What ? Echo, thou that mock'st a voice ?