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him one of the objects, he had celebrated in his song. The poet was at first enchanted with the work. But O grief! on finishing the last morsel, he recognized in the paper on which it lay, when baked, the copy of his song with which he had testified his homage to the pastry-cook. In a great rage he ran to his shop, and accused him with the crime of lasa poetica. "Ah sir!" replied the artist, not in the least disconcerted " why so angry? I have only followed your example. You made a song upon my pastry, and I have made a pie upon your song.
"The Theatre at Sidney appears to be in a very flourishing state," said a gentleman to John Kemble, speaking of the Botany Bay theatricals, an account of which appeared in the papers some time since. "Yes, (replied the tragedian) the performers ought to be all good, for they have been sent to that situation by very excellent judges.
We find the following paragraph in the Ed. Ann. Reg. for 1814, p. cxlvi.
"EDINBURGH.-SINGULAR CASE.-There is at present confined as a prisoner in the Canongate jail, upon a writ at the instance of George Canning, Esq., of Bolton-street, Piccadilly, county of Middlesex, M. P. a person of the name of William Ogilvie, designing himself earl of Findlater and Baron Banff. The debt is constituted by bond, in the English form amounting to three thousand pounds; the bond is signed Findlater and Banff; it is followed up by a decreet before the court of session, as against William, earl of Findlater; but the honourable plaintiff has in the writ of caption, altered the designation to "William Ogilvie, calling himself earl of Findlater;" and upon that, this soi-disant peer of the realm has been committed to prison. Being in a state of great poverty, his lordship of Findlater applied to the magistrates of Canongate for the benefit of the Scots act, 1696, commonly called the " Act of Grace." This application was strenuously opposed by Mr. Canning, on the ground that the petitioner was an impostor, and that he had not right to the title of earl of Findlater; that he had obtained the money from him on false pretences, &c. In answer to this, it was stated by the noble defendant, that his title to the earldom of Findlater was undoubted; that he had been regularly served heir by a jury before the sheriff of Banff; that he had been countenanced and written to as earl by several persons high in rank, and who had promised him every assistance, with money and otherwise, to procure his title to be recognized by the house of lords, when in an evil hour he became acquainted with the plaintiff, Mr. Canning, who besieged him most closely, offering him any sum of money, even to the extent of twenty thousand pounds if he would use his influence to get him returned for a Scottish borough. That he accordingly re
ceived three thousand pounds for this purpose, and his friends finding he had joined with Mr. Canning, withdrew their countenance and support from him; in consequence of which he and his family came to poverty; he could not get his title recognized by the house of lords, and his friend Mr. Čanning lost his Scottish borough, and is now also minus his three thousand pounds thus lent for electioneering purposes. The magistrates, in consideration of the whole circumstances of the case, and in respect it is alleged by the petioner, and not denied by the other party, that he granted a bond for the debt as earl of Findlater, and subscribed the same by that signature, and not as William Ogilvie designed in the letters of caption, modified an aliment of five shillings per day, to be paid and consigned to him by the creditor incarcerator, and which he is at present receiving."
His lordship will soon have a rival in a celebrated public declaimer, who has recently sailed from our shores, to demand the earldom of Findlater and barony of Banff, and to "assert the nascent glories of the rostrum" in "London, Edinburgh, and Dublin." As the title is double, perhaps an accommodation may take place between Mr. Canning's bottle-holder and our hero of the rostrum. At any rate we cannot anticipate any serious consequences to arise from a dispute about a Scotch peerage. If, however, our hero should be disappointed in his claims upon the court, we have no fear of the success of his public exhibitions, if Trinculo, in the play, is to be credited. "Were I in England now," says this rogue, who, according to the old saw, had just escaped a watery grave" were I in England now, and had but this fish painted, not a holiday fool there but would give a piece of silver: there would this monster make a man: any strange beast there makes a man: when they will not give a doit to relieve a lame beggar, they will lay out ten to see a dead Indian.”
We shall just add, that a dollar was the price of admission to the sight, in this country. But what effect a peerage may produce, we cannot conjecture. We have heard that he intended to demand a guinea entrance.
The following gentlemen were elected members of the Philosophical Society for promoting Agriculture, at its last meeting, Virgil Maxcy of Maryland, an hon. member,
James Henderson of Pequa, Lancaster county, idem.
John E. Hall, Esq. resident member,
George Morrison, idem.
Jacob Johnson, idem.
Edward Paxson, Esq. idem.
The Agricultural Society have in the press, vol. 5 of Me. moirs.
of the Chinese,
Asylum for the deaf and dumb persons in Connecticut,
Babb, Sally, remarkable ability and age of,
Becker's history of Lubeck,
Bigelow, Dr. appointed Rumford professor,
Bleaching old books, copper-plates, &c.
Bread, potatoe, directions for making,
British officers distinguished, who are native Americans,
Byron lord, circulation of poems falsely attributed to him, stopped by
review of his third canto of Childe Harold,
Carmack, major Daniel, death and character,
Cicero, his writings recommended,
Chymistry, introductory lecture of professor Cooper,
Copper mine discovered,
Comets, essay on,
Du Ponte's Italian poetry,
bleaching books, &c.
substitute for starch,
Letters, to the bank directors,
Life of Farmer Lane, extract from,
Literary Intelligence, passim,
respecting St. Domingo,
on publishing private,
Marmaduke Oldstyle, letter from,
Mendicity, Count Rumford's measures to prevent,
Medal in honour of Duces,
Miscellaneous paragraphs, passim,
Napoleon and Wieland, conversation between,
Order of Knighthood in Virginia,
Pascal's advice to authors,
Persia, poems by the king of,
Psyche, extract from,
Publications, new American,
Reading, pleasures of
Removing grease from books, plates, &c.
Rival Flowers, the,
Russian princess, memoirs of a,
Rumford, memoirs of count,
Sarterious, history of the Hanseatic League,