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tinguished by colours. The ball is deposited exactly in the mid-way.The sign or word is given by an umpire. The two sides, as they are called, rush forward. The sturdiest and most active of each encounter those of the other. The contest for the ball begins, and never ends without black eyes and bloody noses, broken heads or skins, some serious mischiefs. If the ball can be carried, kicked or thrown to one of the goals, in spite of all the resistance of the other party, it is reckoned for one towards the game; which has sometimes been known to last two or three hours. But the exertion and fatigue of this is excessive. So the victory is not always decided by number of poiots, but the game is placed against time, as the phrase is. It is common to limit it to half an hour; and most campers, now-a-days, Olol vov Bpotou ELOW, have in that time got enough of so hardy a contest. The spirit of emulation prevails, nut only between the adverse sides, but among individuals on the same side, who shall excel his fellows. The prizes are commonly hats, gloves, shoes, or small sums of money. And the rustic pancratiast who bears off the first, is not less conspicuous in the little circle in which he is known, than the Grecian victor decorated with his chaplet of olive or of pine. This ancient game deserves the more attention from us, because, if it was not peculiar to the East Angles and East Saxons, it has probably been always a particular favourite with them. Ray says that in his time, it prevailed most in Norfolk, Suffolk, and Essex. To Sir Thomas Browne, who came among us from another kingdom of the Octarchy, it was new; and he puts the word camp (or as he spells it kamp) into his small collection of Norfolk words. Strutt gives no account of it in his “ Sports and Pastimes of the English People.” All this may serve as some sort of apology for the length of this article. Ray is certainly right in deriving the word not from Latin, but Saxon. Undoubtedly we had it from the Saxons, whencesoever they might get it. A. s. campian, præliari.
CAMPING-LAND, s. a piece of ground set apart for the exercise of camping. Land was given for this purpose with all legal formalities. There is a field, abutting on the church-yard at Swaffham, in Norfolk, which, according to the Continuator of Blomfield's History, was given by will by a Rector, in the year 1472. From that time to this, it has been called by this name, and the youth of that populous parish have enjoyed the right of performing their exercises in it. Cricket is now the game. In the little parish of East Bilney is a small strip of land, or as we call it a spong, near the church, which is called the camping-land. And, though that use of it has long ago ceased, the old inhabitants well remember the time when the lads of the village regularly repaired thither, after evening service on Sundays, to play foot-ball and other games. In the late Sir John Cullum's“ History of Hawstead, in Suffolk," the camping-pightle is mentioned under the date 1466. A large piece of pasture land at Stowmarket is still called the camping-land. Other instances might be mentioned in other parishes in both counties. Tusser, who was a farmer in both, in the reign of Queen Elizabeth, speaks of cumping with much commendation, as very beneficial to the turf.'--p. 53.
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Sir Thomas Lawrence. The death of Sir Thomas Lawrence, which took place on the evening of the 6th January, has deprived the Arts in this country of their most splendid luminary. The account which has been published of the examination of his remains, is asserted in medical circles to be insufficient to explain the place (which was his study), and the suddenness of his dissolution. The account to which we allude, attributed the fatal event to a disease of the heart. The funeral of this unrivalled painter was attended by some of the most exalted persons in
he Country, and notwithstanding the inclemency of the weather, thousands of those who had often been delighted with the achievements of his snatchless pencil, were seen to line the streets on both sides, through which the sad procession advanced from Russel Square to St. Paul's. As we contemplated this spontaneous homage of, perhaps, many an unlettered spectator, we could not but forcibly feel the contrast which it exhibited with the disgraceful indelicacy towards the illustrious dead, that was comroitted in the literary world. Before almost the body of the deceased had changed to the temperature of the grave, whilst yet it was uncoffined, the resurrection men of the book trade had marked him for their own.- Just 13 the breath parted from Sir Thomas Lawrence, his biography was an.: ounced to have been bespoken by Mr. Campbell, and thus were all the ? Itures of the press admonished to keep away from the noble quarry. Neither Mr. Campbell nor his respectable publishers, Messrs. Colburn and Bentley, could by possibility, we sincerely believe, be accessary to so out
geous an intrusion on the sanctity of the dead. We are happy to hear riit engravings of the entire works of the late President of the Royal Ai ademy are about to be undertaken by the enterprising house of Colnaghi, Son, and Co., under the immediate patronage of his majesty. We cannot * abt the success of the speculation for a moment. The gallery of DET. L., at his death, was valued at 50,0001. David Wilkie, Esq. bas to an appointed principal Portrait Painter in ordinary to his Majesty. It Pois generally supposed that this early nomination was intended as a hint
m the highest quarter, as to the person who was best calculated to suc€ d to the office of President of the Royal Academy. The suggestion was mi certainly attended to, for the Academicians have elected to that dislinguished place, Martin A. Shee, Esq. We sincerely congratulate the Academy on their choice. Mr. Shee is known to the world by professional talents, such as will ensure him a lasting fame—but to a numerous circle of private friends, he is endeared as a model of social and domestic virtues. Mr. Shee has contributed very largely to the treasures of literature. His Rhymes of Art, his tragedy of Alasco, exhibit the finest taste in Poetry, whilst his novel of Old Court shews his skill in composition.
The Chevalier Aldini, from Milan, recently exhibited his anti-caloric apparatus at the Royal Institution. After a long life disinterestedly spent by him in efforts to get at the means of resisting the effects of fire, the
Chevalier has at last succeeded. He has, by dint of perseverance, been enabled to cause the asbestos to be spun and woven into a fine cloth, upon which fire has no comparative effect. The efficacy of this tissue in resisting flame has been put beyond all doubt by experiments at the Royal Institution, in the presence of some of the first scientific men of the day.
The Royal Asiatic Society have received, in a letter of great elegance and beauty, the acknowledgments of Mirza, Prince Royal of Persia, for the compliment of his election as an honorary member of the Society. The Prince also sent a small piece of amber, in order, he says, that the Society may be perfumed with his kindness. The amber is in a golden enclosure, which is set with rubies.
The Medico-Botanical Society, after a smart fortnight of agitation, has made its peace with Mr. Frost, the ex-director,
Thorswalden, the celebrated sculptor, has nearly completed the magnificent monument to the memory of Pope Pius VII, which is to be placed in the chapel of the Canons of St. Peter's.
The Stuart papers, of which there is enough to fill a large room in St. James's Palace, are now in a course of transcription and arrangement.
The Jew, a Novel, in course of publication, depicts the character, habits, and peculiarities, of the Jewish people, and of some classes of Christians, who are yoked neck by neck with the despised Jew.
A new Novel, from the pen of Mr. Horace Smith, entitled " Walter Colylon," may be expected early in the ensuing month. It is a Tale of the Court of James II. Among the characters who have a prominent place in the work, besides the King himself and his two daughters, afterwards Queens Mary and Anne, are Lord and Lady Sunderland, the Duchess of Portsmouth, Sir Charles Sedley and his daughter, the Countess of Dorchester, Count Grammont, the Prince of Orange, Dryden, Shadwell, Algernon Sydney, &c., &c.
Mr. Wm. Phillips, of the Temple, is about to publish a Poem, to be called Mount Sinai, with illustrations by Martin.
The Author of “ The Collegians” has just seen through the press a new work, entitled “ Tales of the Five Senses,” designed to explain and illustrate the Physiological Wonders of Man's existence.
Captain Pettman, author of the “ Essay on Political Economy, &c.," will soon publish a work on the causes of the existing privations and distresses amongst certain classes, with their effectual remedy. To which will be added an outline of a plan for the establishment of a fixed national currency. · Mr. Croker's Boswell's Johnson is expected with eagerness by the literary world.
The Life of Bentley and Cranmer are announced.
The Oriental Translation Committee have no less than seven very curious works in the press. They are also preparing for publication a most interesting miscellany of Theology, History, Geography, Belles Lettres, Biography, &c. connected with the Eastern countries.
A couple of volumes of Letters by Peter the Great, which give some curious facts relative to the Russian marine in his days, have been just published at St. Petersburgh.
A Bookseller of Darmstadt has announced his intention of publishing German translations of the Histories of England, Scotland, and Ireland, when they shall have been completed in Dr. Lardner's Cyclopedia.
Captain Glascock's Tales of a Tar are nearly ready. Mr. Atherstone has promised speedily the second volume of the Fall of Nineveh.
A new Edition of the Encyclopædia Britannica is soon to appear in a considerably improved and cheap form.
Writers of talent and experience are preparing the public mind for the extension of the Poor Laws to Ireland. We observe that a work on the subject is announced from the pen of Sir John Walsh, Bart.
One of the ablest and most interesting compilations of the present times has just been completed—we mean the Modern Traveller. It has extended to thirty volumes.
Amongst the chief literary attractions announced for the ensuing season, we observe several written on Church Reform, and the Trade with India ; also Wedded Life in the upper Ranks. The Oxonians-Musical Memoirs by Mr. Parke, for forty years principal oboist of Covent Garden Theatre a new work by the author of Sayings and Doings~ a new Novel by Mr. Banim, of the O'Hara family—East and West, by Horace Smith-Hampden's Life, by Lord Nugent-Captain Cook's Memoirs of his own LifeLife of Fuseli-Sir Jonah Barrington's Historic Anecdotes of Ireland Life of Sir Joseph Bankes—Sketches of the Irish Bar from the pen of Mr. Shiel—Sir John Sinclair's Correspondence, together with a pumber of important Theological Works by Messrs. Rivington.
Mr. John Marshall is preparing for publication a Popular Summary of Vaccination, with reference to its efficacy and the probable causes of its failure.
The Parisians have been quite edified recently by a work entitled a Memorial from St. Helena, and purporting to be the production of Sir Hudson Lowe. It is needless to say that the publication is a hoax.
A weekly periodical in Italian was commenced last month in London, entitled La Vespa.
Ouvrard, the cunning financier, is engaged in a Treatise on Political Economy.
Manzoni, the Italian Novelist, is employed on a new historical Romance, entitled La Colonna Roverschiala ; the object of which is to show the evil influence of Romance on Society.
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