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the Iloman coins and British bricks often found blished for ceap-men, or merchants, that they in it. Stillingfeet and Tanner take it for the bring the men that they lead with them before Lapis Tituli of Nennius. It was burnt by earl the king's gerefa in the folc-gemot, and say how Godwin, and by the French in the reign of Ed- many of them there be, and that they take these ward III. It had formerly five churches, but men up with them, that they may bring them has now only one. It is a member of the town again to the folc-gemot, if sued. And when they and port of Dover; and has a weekly market shall want to have more men with them in their and an annual fair. The houses are mostly of journey, they shall announce it as often as it brick, and form three streets, which are narrow, occurs to the king's gerefa, in the witness of the irregular, and badly paved ; in a clear day, from folc-gemot. this town distinct views of the French coast may “These folc-gemots were ordered not to be held be obtained. Folkestone contains three chapels on a Sunday; and if any one disturbed them by for Baptists, Quakers, and Methodists; also a a drawn weapon he had to pay a wite of 120s. to good charity-school, founded by the celebrated the ealdorman. Dr. Harvey, who was a native of this place. It * The following may be considered as proceedis a prescriptive corporation, and consists of a ings before a folc-gemot. Begmund having unmayor, twelve jurats, and twenty-four common- justly seized some lands of a monastery, wher council-men, a recorder, town-clerk, and cham- the ealdorman came to Ely, the offenders wer berlain. The custom-heuse has several riding- summoned to the placitum of the citizens and officers attached to it, on account of the number of the hundred, several times, but they never ap of smuzglers who frequent the coast. On the peared. The abhot did not desist, but renewer heights is a strong battery, and this part of the his pleading, both within and without the city, coast is also defended by three martello towers. and often made his complaint to the people. Ai It is chiefly noted for the multitude of fishing length the ealdorman, coming to Cambridge, boats that belong to its harbour, which are em- beld a great placimum of the citizens and hunployed in the season in catching mackerel for dreds, before twenty-four judges. There the London; to which they are carried by the mack- abbot narrated before all, how Begmund had eret boats of London and Barking. About seized his lands, and though summoned had not Michaelmas, the Folkstone barks go to the Suf appeared. They adjudged the land to the albot, folk and Norfolk coasts, to catch herrings for the and decreed Begmund to pay the produce of his merchants of Yarmouth and Lowestoft. It is seven fishery to the abbot for six years, and to give the miles south-west of Dover, and seventy-two king the were; and, if he neglected to pay, they E.S. E. of London.
authorised a seizure of his goods.' FOLKMOTE, or Folcmote, Sax. folcgemote, FOL'LICLE, n. s. Lat. folliculus. A carity i. e, a meeting of the people, is compounded of in any body with strong coats. A term in folk, the people, and mote, or gemote, to meet; botany, signifying the seed-vessels, capsula semiand signified originally, as Somner, in his Saxon nalis, or case, which some fruits and seeds have Dictionary informs us, a general assembly of the over them; as that of the alkengi, pedicularis, people, to consider of and order matters of the &c.—Quincy. commonwealth. Sir Henry Spelman says, the Although there be no eminent and circular follicle, folcmote was a sort of annual parliament, or no round bag or vesicle, which long containeth this convention of the bishops, thanes, aldermen, and humour; yet is there a manifest receptacle of choler
Browne. freemen upon every May-day yearly; where the from the liver into the guts. laymen were sworn to defend one another and FOLLICULI are defined by Linnæus to be he king, and to preserve the laws of the king- small glandular vessels distended with air, which dom; and then consulted of the common safety. appear on the surface of some plants; as at the But Dr. Brady infers from the laws of the Saxon root of water milfoil, and on the leaves of aldrokings of England, that it was an inferior court, vanda. In the former, the vessels in question are held before the king's reeve or steward, every roundish, with an appearance like two horns; in month, to do folk right, or compose smaller dif- ie latter pot-shaped, and semicircular. ferences, from whence there lay appeal to the FOLLIS, or folis, anciently signified a little superior courts. Manwood mentions folc- bag or purse; whence it came to be used for a mote as a court holden in London, wherein all sum of money, and very different sums were the folk and people of the city did complain of called by that name: thus the scholiast on the the mayor and aldermen, for misgovernment Basilics, mentions a follis of copper which was within the said city. According to Kennet, the worth but the twenty-fourth part of the miliafolcmote was a common council of all the inha- rensis; the Glossa Nomicæ, quoted by Gronobitants of a city, town, or borough, convened vius and others, one of 125 miliarenses, and often by sound of bell, to the mote, hall, or another of 250 denarii, which was the ancient house ; or it was applied to a larger congress of sestertium; and three different sums of eight, all the freemen within a county, called the shire- four, and two pounds of gold, were each called mote, where formerly all knights and military follis. According to the scholiast, the ounce o tenants did fealty to the king, and elected the silver, which contained five miliarenses of sixty annual sheriff on the 1st of October; till this in the pound, was worth 150 folles of copper. popular election, to avoid tumults and riots, The glossographer, describing a follis of 250 de devolved to the king's nomination, anno 1315, narii, says it was equal to 312 lbs. 6 oz. of cop3 Edw. I.
per; and as the denarius of that age was the The fole-gemot' says Mr. Turner, is often eighth part of an ounce, an ounce of silver must mentioned in the Saxon laws. It is esta- have been worth 120 ozs. of copper; and, tliere
fore, che scholiast's follis was an ounce of copper, With goodness and paternal love, bis face and equal to the glossographer's nummus. But, Express, and of his steps the track divine. as Constantine's copper money weighed a quar
Up be rode, ter of a Roman ounce, the scholiast's follis and Followed with acclamation and the sound the glossographer's nummus contained four of Symphonious of ten thousand barps that tuned
Id. them, as the ancient nummus contained four Angelic harmonies.
The understanding, that should be eyes to the blind asses. FOL'LOW,v.a.& v. n.
faculty of the will, is blind itself; and so brings all
Sax. folzian; Dut. the inconveniences that attend a blind follower, under FOL'LOWER, 1. s. volgen, from Gr. ode the conduct of a blind guide.
South's Sermons. FOL'LOWING, Q. part.
The true profession of christianity inviolably ento draw. It is applied to persons and things, gages all its followers to do good to all men. and signifies the going in order, in a trace or
Sprat's Sermons. line: it is taken literally for the motion of one Some pious tears the pitying hero paid, physical body in relation to another: to follow as And followed with his eyes the fleeting shade. in a procession; to go after in point of time, and
Dryden's Æneid. to the same place, as persons follow each other
And forced Æneas, when his ships were lost,
Id. to the grave: to follow in relation to things is To leave his followers on a foreign coast. said either simply of the order in which they go,
We follow fate, which does too fast pursue. Id.
To tempt them to do what is neither for their own, or of such as go by a connexion between them. Follow is used in abstract propositions—as sin chiefs cannot but follow.
nor the good of those under their care, great mis
Locke. and misery follow each other as cause and effect.
Dangerous doctrine must necessarily follow, from See Crabbe. It is also used in the sense of making all political power to be nothing else but imitation; to copy as a pupil; to take up the Adam's paternal power.
Id. opinions of others; to be subordinate to them ;
Fair virtue, should I follow thee, partizans are followers, hangers on to great men; I should be naked and alone, servants, retinues, are all followers :- busily to For thou art not in company, pursue an object; to take up any pursuit, and And scarce art to be found in one. Evelyn. diligently to persevere in it, is to follow. It is Signs following signs, lead on the mighty year often explained as meaning to succeed; to ensue; to pursue; to continue; and to imitate. But Let not the muse then flatter lawless sway,
Id. these, though they assist us in discuvering the Nor follow fortune where she leads the way. sense, are far from being strictly synonymous Follower of God, or friend of human kind,
The studious head, or generous mind, with this word, or with each other.
Poct or patriot, rose but to restore
I can't complain whose ancestors are there :
Goneis Radulphus eight-and forty manors But Cristes lore, and his apostles twelve,
(If that my memory doth not greatly err) He taught—but first he folwed it himselve.
Were their reward for following Billy's banners.
• What followed ??— A shot laid me on the back, Arcite unto the temple walked is
And I became a prisoner to the foe.
Id. Of fierce Mars, to don bis sacrifice With all the rites of his payen wise.
FOLLY. Fr. folie. See Fool." Folly,' says Id. The Knightes Tale.
Crabbe, is the abstract of foolish, and characWhere Rome keepeth that which is ancienter and terises the thing ; foolery, the abstract of foo!, better, others, whom we much more affect, leaving it and characterises the person: it signifies want for newer, and changing it for worse, we had rather of understanding; weakness of intellect; crimifollow the perfections of them whom we like not, than nal weakness, having its source in depravity of in defects resemble them whom we love. Hooker.
mind: an act of negligence, or passion, unbeThey bound themselves to his laws and obedience; lieving gravity or wisdom: in this sense it has a and in case it bad been followed upon them, as it plural. should have been, they should have been reduced to
Spenser, perpetual civility.
I say that it is no foutie to chaunge conseil whan Little gallant, you were wont to be a follower; but the thing is changed, or elles whan the thing seneth
semed afore. now you are a leader; whether had you rather lead
Chaucer. The Tale of Melibeus. mine eyes, or eye your master's heels?
For who my passed follies now pursewes
Beginnes his own, and my old fault renewes.
Spenser. Hymns. That in the nature of their lords rebels ;
Thinkest thou, that duty should have dread to As knowing nought, like dugi, but following.
speak, Id. King Lear.
When power to fattery bows? To plainness honour Welcome all that lead or follow
Is bound, when majesty to folly falls. Slukspeare. To the oracle of Apollo. Ben Jonson.
Love is blind, and lovers cannot see I laugh, when those who at the spear are bold
The pretty follies that themselves commit; And vent'rous, if that fail them, shrink and fear
For if they could, Cupid himself would blush What yet they know must follow, to endure
To see me thus transformed into a boy.
Id. Exile, or ignominy, or bonds, or pain. Milton. Yet doubt not but in valley and in plain
He finds, where'er he succour might expect,
Jarvell. God is as here, and will be found alike
Confusion, folly, treachery, fear, neglect. Present, and of his presence many a sign
Heaven hath timely tried their youth, Still following thee, still compassing thee round Their faith, their patience and their truk;
And send them here through hard assays
very opposite to that intended by the use of fa With a crown of deathless praise.
mentations. To triumph in victorious dance
FON, n.s. Scott. A word now obsolete. A O'er sensual folly and intemperance. Milton.
fool; an idiot. Would'st see the world abroad and have a share Sicker I hold him for a greater fon, In all the follies and the tumults there. Cowley. That loves the thing he cannot purchase. Spenzer. Thy hum'rous vein, thy pleasing folly,
FOND, n. s., v. a. &v. n. From the Saxon Lies all neglected, all forgot.
fandian, to gape; or Leave such to trifle with more grace and ease,
Fond'LER, n. S.
the German finden, Whoni folly pleases, or whose follies please. Pope.
FOND'LING, n.s. to find or seek. In This is folly, childhood's guide,
Scottish it is fon. This is childhood at her side. Hawkesworth.
FOND'NESS, n. s.
Chaucer uses fonne Tired with the busy crowds that all the day
in the sense of to doat; to be foolish. It is now Impatient throng where Folly's altars fame,
applied to the manner of displaying a too veheMy languid powers dissolve with quick decay,
ment and childish attachment, and generally sig. Till genial sleep repair the sinking frame.
nifies foolish ; silly; indiscreet; imprudent; inji
dicious; foolishly tender; injudiciously indulgent; FOMENT', v. a. Fr. fomenter; Lat. fo- pleased in too great a degree; foolishly delighted FOMENTA’TION, n. s. mentor. To cherish with these senses apply to all the parts of the word FOMENT'ER, n. s.
heat; to bathe with warm fond. Cotions; to encourage; to support; to cherish; to soothe. A fomentation is partial bathing,
He was beaten out of all love of learning by a fond school-master.
Ascham. called also stuping, which is applying hot flannels to any part, dipped in medicated decoc- To covet fetters, though they golden be.
Fondness it were, for any, being free,
Spenser. tions, whereby the steams breathe into the parts,
That the Grecians or Gentiles ever did think it a and discuss obstructed humors.
fond or unlikely way to seek men's conversion by Fomentation calleth forth the humour by vapours; sermons, we have not heard.
Hooker. but yet, in regard of the way made by the poultis, How will this fadge? My master loves her dearly; draweth gently the humours out ; for it is a gentle And I, poor monster, fond as much on him; fomentation, and bath withal a mixture of some stu. And she, mistaken, seems to doat on me. Shakspeare. pefactive. Bacon's Natural History.
Tell these sad women, These fatal distempers, as they did much hurt to
'Tis fond to wail inevitable strokes, the body politick at home, being like humours stirred As 'tis to laugh at them.
Id. Coriolanus. in the natural without evacuation, so did they pro- They err, that either through indulgence to others, duce disadvantageous effects abroad; and better had or fondness to any sin in themselves, substitute for reis been that the raisers and fomenters of them had pentance any thing that is less than a sincere resonever sprung up.
Howel. lution of new obedience, attended with faithful enEvery kind that lives,
deavour, and meet fruits of this change. Hammond. Fomented by his virtual power, and warmed. Milton.
Thou see'st Blame then thyself, as reason's law requires,
How subtly to detain thee I devise, Since nature gave, and thou foment'st my fires.
Inviting thee to hear while I relate ;
Dryden. Fond! were it not in hope of thy reply. Milton. They are troubled with those ill humours, which
As we should not be sour, so we ought not to be they themselves infused and fomented in them.
'Twas not revenge for grieved Apollo's wrong He fomented the head with opiates to procure sleep, Those ass's ears on Midas' temple hung; and a solution of opium in water to foment the fore. But fond repentance of his happy wish. Waller. head.
The bent of our own minds may favour any opinion The medicines were prepared by the physicians, and the lotions or fomentations by the nurses. Id.
or action, that may shew it to be a fondling of our own.
Locke. FOMENTATIONS are usually applied as warm as
Like Venus I'll shine, the patient can bear, in the following manner :
Be fond and be fine.
Addison. Two flannel cloths are dipped into the heated I, fond of my well-chosen seat, liquor, one of which is wrung as dry as the ne- My pictures, medals, books complete. Prior. cessary speed will admit, then immediately ap- Any body would have guessed Miss to have been plied to the part affected; it lies on until the bred up under a cruel stepdame, and John to be heat begins to go off, and the other is in readi- the fondling of a tender mother.
Arbuthnot's John Bull. ness to apply at the instant in which the first is removed: thus these flannels are alternately ap
Fondly or severely kind.
Even before the fatal engine closed, plied, so as to keep the affected part constantly A wretched sylph too fondly interposed : supplied with them warm. This is continued Fate urged the shears, and cut the sylph in twain. fifteen or twenty minutes, and repeated two or
Pope. three times a day. Every intention of relaxing Some valuing those of their own side or mind, and soothing by fomentations may be answered Still make themselves the measure of mankind : as well by warm water alone, as when emollients Fondly we think we merit honour then, are boiled in it; but when discutients or antisep- When we but praise ourselves in other men. Id. tics are required, such ingredients must be called
Bred a fondling and an heiress, in as are adapted to that end. The degree of Dressed like any lady may’ress; heat should never exceed that of producing a Cockered by the servants round, pleasing sensation : great heat produces effects Was too good to touch the ground. Swift
They are allowed to kiss the child at meeting and stituted a mandarin, with power of governing parting; but a professor, who always stands by, them independent of the officers of the city will not suffer them to use any fondling expressions. This pagod was supported as long
as this dynasty Id.
lasted; but that of the eastern Tartars, which Corinna, with that youthful air,
succeeded, suffered it to fall to ruin.
FONSECA (Eleanor, marchioness de), a mo-
deru Neapolitan political writer, was born in Na
ples about 1768, and married the marquis de Some are so fond to know a great deal at once, Fonseca, a Spanish nobleman settled in that city and love to talk of things with freedom and boldness in 1784. She was an attendant on the late queen; before they thoroughly understand them. Watts. This is fond, because it is the way to cheat thyself. English minister, she was dismissed, and forbid
but having given offence to her majesty, and the
Tillotson, Your extreme fonlness was porhaps as displeasing in her studies, and assisted the celebrated Spal
den to appear again at court. She now engaged to God before, as now your extreme affliction.
lanzani in his scientific researches. On the But reason with your fond religion fights;
breaking out of the French revolution, she beFor many gods are many infinites. Dryden. came one of its warmest partizans : and engaged Fame is in itself a real good, if we may believe in various intrigues against her country. In 1799, Cicero, who was perhaps too fond of it.
Id. the king and royal family being obliged to quit
Naples, the Lazaroni rose and threatened the : upon a tone
lives of those who were in the French interest; A touch of hers, his blood would ebb and flow, And his cheek change tempestuously-his heart
among whom the marchioness de Fonseca narUnknowing of its agony.
rowly escaped their fury. When her party obBut she in these fond feelings bad no share : tained the ascendancy, she commenced the NeaHer sighs were not for him; to her he was
politan Monitor, a journal in which she veheEven as a brother—but no more.
mently attacked the royal family, and especially Byron. The Dream.
the queen. Madame Fonseca was in the zenith FONE, n,s. Plural of foe. Obsolete. of her fame when the measures of cardinal Ruffo
obliged the French to quit Naples, and she was A barbarous troop of clownish fone. Spenser.
persuaded to seek her safety in flight; but she FONG-YANG, a city of China, in the pro- refused, and the cardinal caused her to be arvince of Kiang-Nan, situated on a mountain, rested. She was hanged July 29th, 1790. which hangs over the Yellow River, and encloses
FONT, n. s. Lat. fons ; Fr. fonte. A stone with its walls several fertile little hills. Its ju- vessel in which the water for holy baptism is risdiction is very extensive, comprehending contained in the church. eighteen cities; five of which are of the second,
The presenting of infants at the holy font is by their and thirteen of the third class. As this was the
Hooker. birth-place of the emperor Hong-Vou, chief of the
The time is come, a knave child she bere ; preceding dynasty, he formed a design of ren
Mauricius at the font-stone they him calle. dering it a magnificent city, and making it the
Chaucer. The Man of Lawes Tale seat of empire. After having expelled the west
I have no name, no title; ern Tartars, who had taken possession of China, No, oot hat name was given me at the font. be transferred his court hither, and named the
Shaksneare city Fong-Yang, i.e. the Place of the Eagle's
There the large olive rains its amber store, Splendor. His intention was to beautify and
In marble fonts.
Byron. Don Juan. enlarge it: but the inequality of the ground, the Font was anciently used for the place, whescarcity of fresh water, and above all the vicinity ther river, lake, or artificial reservoir, in which of his father's tomb, made him change his design. persons received their initiation into Christianity By the unanimous advice of his principal officers by the ceremony of immersion. It is now genhe established his court at Nan-King, and put a erally confined to those marble vessels in the stop to the intended works, and nothing was fi- churches in which the water for the sprinkling of nished but three monuments, which still remain. infants is kept. Great Britain can boast of many The extent and magnificence of these show what extraordinary fonts highly interesting to the ecthe beauty of this city would have been, had the clesiastical antiquary. That of Bridekirk, in emperor pursued his original design. The first Cumberland, is allowed to be of Danish origin; is the tomb of his father, to decorate which no and that which was recently removed, in the expense was spared : it is called Hoan-Lin, or spirit of modern improvement, from the church the Royal Tomb. The second is a tower of an of St. Peter in the East, Oxford, exhibited proofs oblong form, and 100 feet high. The third is a of an antiquity nearly as early. The font in St. magnificent temple erected to the god Fo. At Mary's church, Lincoln, dated 1340, is handsome first it was only a pagod to which Hong-Vou re- and of good proportions, as is the elaborately tired after having lost his parents, and where he sculptured one in Winchester cathedral. was admitted as an inferior domestic (See Hong- FONTAINBLEAU, a town of France, in the Vou); but, as soon as he mounted the throne, department of the Seine and Marne, and chief he caused this superb temple to be raised out of place of a canton in the district of Melun. It is gratitude to the Bonzes, who had received him celebrated for its magnificent palace, once the in his distress, and assigned them a revenue general autumnal residence of the kings of sufficient for the maintenance of 300 persons, France. It was erected in the thirteenth century, under a chief of their own sect, whom he con- and considerably improved by Louis XIV. and
XV. It is a vast irregular pile of building; sur- greatest, is the most singularly original of all rounded by the forest of Fontainbleau, anciently the writers of the age of Louis XIV. the most an called the forest of Bierre, of a circular form, and object of despair to imitators, and the writer said to contain 26,480 acres. The town and whom it would cost nature most pains to reprochateau stand in the centre. The town princi- duce.' pally consists of one street, of considerable length. Fontaine L'EvEQUE, in the department of Hither Buonaparte brought the royal family of the North, and ci-devant province of Hainault, Spain, and made a memorable treaty with them, between the Sambre and Meuse, three miles in 1807. Here also he first resigned his impe- west of Charleroi, and ten east of Mons. It was rial dignity. The town is said to contain a po- ceded to France in 1667. Near it the French pulation of 9000.
were defeated by the troops of the allies under FONTAINE (John de la), a celebrated French the prince of Orange, in June 1794. poet, was born at Chateau-Thierri in Cham- FONTAINES (Peter Francis), a French payne, July 8th, 1621. At nineteen he entered critic, born at Rouen in 1685. At fifteen be amongst the Oratorians, but quitted that order in entered into the society of the Jesuits, and at eighteen months. At the age of twenty-two, on thirty quitted it, though he was a priest, and had hearing an ode of Malherbe's read, upon the a cure in Normandy. Having excited some atassassination of llenry IV., he was so taken tention at Paris by his critical productions, the with it, that the poetical fire, which had before abbé Bignon in 1724 committed to him the lain dormant within him, seemed to be kindled Journal des Sçavans. In 1731 he began a work from that of Malherbe. He read his works with entitled Nouvelliste du Parnasse, ou Reflexionis those of the best Latin and Greek authors, as sur les Ouvrages Nouveaux; but only proceeded well as the best compositions in French and to two volumes; the work having been supItalian. Some time afterwards he married a pressed by authority, from the incessant comdaughter of a lieutenant-general, a relation of plaints of authors ridiculed therein. In 1735 be the great Racine. This young lady was remark- obtained a new privilege for a periodical proable for the delicacy of her wit, and Fontaine duction entitled, Observations sur les Ecrits never composed any work without consulting Modernes; which, after continuing to thirty-three her. The famous duchess of Bouillon, niece volumes, was suppressed in 1733. Yet in 1744 to cardinal Mazarine, being exiled to Chateau- he published another weekly paper, called JugeThierri, took particular notice of Fontaine. Upon mens sur les Ouvrages Nouveaux which prober recall, he followed her to Paris, where he ob- ceeded to eleven volumes; the last two being tained a pension, and met with many friends and completed by other hands. In 1745 he was patrons at court. She took him to live at her attacked with a disorder in the breast which house, where, divested of domestic concerns, he ended in a dropsy that proved fatal in five cultivated an acquaintance with all the great weeks. The abbé de la Porte, published, in men of the age. It was his custom, after he was 1757, L'Esprit de l’Abbè des Fontaines, in 4 fixed at Paris, to go every year, in September, vols. 12mo. with his Life, a catalogue of his to Chateau-Thierri, and visit his wife, carrying works, and of writings against him. with him Racine, Despreaux, Chapelle, and other FOʻNTANEL, n. s. Fr. fontanelle. An issue; celebrated writers. After the death of M. de la a discharge opened in the body. Sabliere, he was invited into England, parti
A person pletorick, subject to ot defuxions, was cularly by St. Evremond, who promised him all
dvised to a fontanel in her arm. the comforts of life; but the difficulty of learning
Wiseman. English, and the liberality of the duke of Bur
FONTAẮNGE, n. 8. From the name of the gundy, prevented his voyage. About the end of 1692" he fell dangerously ill, made a general the head-dress. Out of use.
first wearer. A knot of ribands on the top of confession, and, before he received the sacrament, sent for the gentlemen of the French Academy,
Those old-fashioned fontanges rose an ell above and in their presence declared his sincere com- the head : they were pointed like steeples, and bad punction for having composed his Tales ; a work long loose pieces of crape, which were fringed, and
Addison. which he said he could not reflect upon without hung down their backs. the greatest detestation. He survived this illness FONTENAY (John Baptist Blain De), a two years, living in the most exemplary manner, painter of fruits and flowers, born at Caen in and died 13th of March 1695, aged seventy-four. 1654. Louis XIV. gave him a pension, and an He had one son by his wife in 1660. At the apartment in the Louvre. His fruits and flowers age of fourteen he put him into the hands of M. have all the freshness of nature; the very dew de Harlay, the first president, recommending to seems to trickle down their stalks, with all the him his education and fortune. Having been a lustre and transparency of the diamond, while long time without seeing him, he happened to the insects upon them seem perfectly alive. He meet him one day visiting, without recollecting died at Paris in 1715. him, and mentioned to the company that he Fontenay, ci-devant Le-Comte, the capital thought that young man had a good deal of wit. of the department of the Vendée, seated in a ferWhen they told him it was his own son, he an- tile vale on the Vendée, and containing about swered, “Ha? truly, I am glad of it.? Ilis de- 6600 inhabitants. It has a good trade in catile, scendants were before the revolution, exempte mules, woollen cloths, &c., with three annual in France from all taxes and impositions. Ac- fairs. It lies near the sea, twenty-eight miles cording to D'Alembert, Fontaine, “if not the north-east of Rochelle