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A Merman.--A letter from Monmouth, dated 13th instant, says :- About eight o'clock yesterday morning, two fishermen going down the river, in their truckles, fishing for salmon, found their net much heavier than usual: and, which, on coming to shore, they found containing a huge monster, the upper part bearing exact resemblance
to a man, the middle to a beast, spotted like the - leopard, and a tail like a fish, the hair on his head - green. He had red eyes, and tusks five inches
and an half in length, and he measures, from headto tail, thirteen feet and three quarters. He is now deposited in the Town-hall, for the inspection of the curious.
To the Editor of the London Chronicle.Sir, Having lately seen some very just observations respecting the power of music in soothing mental irritation, I beg leave to introduce to your notice an authenticated anecdote as related in Eastcott's Sketches on the Origin, Effects, &c. of Music.
Farinelli, who came into England in the year 1734, was born at Naples in the year 1705 ; before he came here, he had been received at Rome, Venice, and Vienna, as a prodigy, and listened to with the greatest astonishment. He quitted England in 1737, and after visiting Paris, where he was heard with delight, he went to Madrid. Previous to his arrival, the Queen of Spain and the Court of Madrid had received the most ex
traordinary accounts of his voice and abilities from several parts of Europe.
Philip the Fifth, the reigning monarch at that time, had been some time before seized with a melancholy, which had deprived him of the ability to transact any affairs of state, and had rendered him incapable of conducting even his own private business; he had for a long while refused to be shaved, and his appearance was not even commonly decent. In fact, a total dejection of spirits had so far reduced him, that having tried every experiment commonly in use, and having had the best medical advice, without the least effect, very little hopes were entertained of his recovering. Upon the arrival of Farinelli, the Queen determined to try the effects of music, his majesty being very sensible of its charms. For this purpose she contrived to have a concert in a room adjoining the King's apartment, in which Farinelli sung one of his captivating airs; Philip soon discovered very considerable emotion, and before he had finished the second movement he was quite overcome.
From this time the King's disorder abated, and by daily repeating the same experiment, a perfect cure was effected.
A number of other instances may be related of the medicinal effects attributed to music; but the above, Sir, being somewhat applicable, I trust this will not be thought unworthy of notice in one of your columns. .
Melancholy Occurrence.- Amost dreadful transaction has involved the family of Sir Stukely Shuckburgh, Bart. of Upper Shuckburgh, in the county of Warwick, and the family of Lieutenant Sharpe, of the Bedford militia, in the deepest distress. Lieutenant Sharpe having paid his addresses to Miss Shuckburgh, which were disapproved by the family, formed (if he should be disappointed in obtaining the object of his affections) the horrid determination of putting a period to his own and her existence, which he carried into effect on Sunday morning last, in the plantations of Shuckburgh Park. They were overheard in earnest discourse by the butler, as if Lieutenant Sharpe was persuading her to elope with him; and, as Miss Shuckburgh uttered the words, No, no! he immediately heard the report of a pistol, which in a few seconds, was succeeded by another, and they were instantly lifeless corpses! After a most deliberate investigation of all the circumstances of this most affecting and awful event, before John Tomes, Esq. and a respectable Jury, and the Rev. Mr. Bloomfield, a magistrate of the county, a verdict of Lunacy was given respecting Lieutenant Sharpe, and that Miss Shuckburgh died by his hand. Lieutenant Sharpe had been occasionally for some weeks preceding in a state of mental derangement, and in confinement.
The Mournful Interview. “ Remember me !" the dying Princess said, When her afflicted Sire approach'd her bed : The sad intreaty the fond parent hearsIt fills his breast with woe, his eyes with tears ; And, as his hand in her's was softly press’d, The Monarch thus her languid voice address'd :" Father! accept this ring; inscrib'd you'll see 6Your daughter's last request-Remember me!"
: A few years ago, when Buonaparte threatened to invade this country, a Quaker, residing at Epping, in Essex, being afraid, if such an event should take place, that he might lose his money, thought of the following stratagem to save it, which was to hide 2001. upon Epping Forest; but for fear that he might die, or be killed by the ene. my, it would not be prudent to hide it without acquainting somebody with it, accordingly he fixed upon his neighbour, a smith, as a proper person to be intrusted with the secret. They set out together, and chose a spot by the side of a large oak, where a hole was soon made, and the money very carefully deposited ; taking great care to cover it up with such exactness, that no person travelling by chance that way might have any suspicion. They returned home. The next morning early the smith went and took the money away, not thinking the Quaker would so soon suspect his integrity. The Quaker, however, paid a visit to the spot where his beloved treasure was
deposited, when, to his great surprize, it was gone. Suspicion immediately fell upon the smith, but instead of accusing him, he thought of the following stratagem to get his money back; he informed the smith he wished to add another 501. This had the desired effect, for the smith immediately went and replaced the 2001. not only to prevent his neighbour from judging him to be the thief, but to get the other 501. Away they both go together, and opening the hole, the Quaker, to his great joy, discovered his beloved treasurehe immediately fell into the following ejaculation : “ Ah! my friend, I find thee goest and comest; but for fear that thee shouldst go, and never return, I'll e’en take thee home, for I think thee art as safe in my house as on Epping Forest.” Thus ended the matter, to the no small mortification of the smith.
Witchcraft.-At the Bridgewater Assizes, Betty Townsend, a very old woman, aged 77, who for many years past has been considered by the superstitious as a witch, was tried for obtaining money from a child under the following circumstances :— The prosecutor, J. Poole, was a labouring man, residing in a hamlet of Taunton, in which parish the prisoner also resided, and had been in the habit of sending his daughter, aged about 13, with apples in a basket to market. About the 24th of January last, the old woman met the little girl, stopped her, and asked to see what she had in her basket ; 'which having ex.