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neighbours' fires to warm his shivering enough to give a pound or two to assist a limbs; and, when evening came, retire to distressed fellow-creature. bed for warmth, but generally without a Although very fond of ale, he spent only candle, as he allowed himself only the one sixpence on that liquor during the small bits left of those provided for divine forty-three years he was curate of Blewservice in the church by the parish. bury; but it must be confessed he used to
He was never known to keep dog, cat, or partake of it too freely when he could have any other living creature : and it is certain it without cost, until about ten years ago, the whole expenses of his house did not when at a neighbour's wedding, having amount to half a crown a week for the last taken too much of this his favourite bevetwenty years; and, as the fees exceeded rage, it was noticed and talked of by some that sum, he always saved the whole of of the persons present. Being hurt by his yearly salary, which never was more this, he made a vow never more to taste a than fifty pounds per annum. By con- drop of that or any other strong liquor; stantly placing this sum in the funds, and and his promise he scrupulously and the interest, with about thirty pounds per honestly kept, although contrary to his annum more, (the rent of two small estates natural desires, and exposed to many left by some relations,) he, in the course of temptations." forty-three years, amassed many thousand pounds, as his bankers, Messrs. Child and Co., of Fleet-street, can testify. In his youthful days he made free with
A BALLAD. the good things of this life; and when he first came to Blewbury, he for some time
For the Table Book. boarded with a person by the week, and
“ A very fine gentleman treads the lawa, during that time was quite corpulent: but,
He passes our cottage duly ; as soon as he boarded and lived by himself,
We met in the grove the other morn, his parsimony overcame his appetite, so
And he vow'd to love me truly ; that at last he became reduced almost to a
He call'd me his dear, his love, his life, living skeleton. He was always an early
And told me his heart was burning : riser, being seldom in bed after break of
But he never once said—will you day; and, like all other early risers, he So I left him his offers spurning." enjoyed an excellent state of health ; so that for the long space of forty-three " And what were his offers to thee, my child ?" years he omitted preaching only two Sun
Old Woodland said to Nancydays.
"Oh many things, which alınost beguild His industry was such, that he composed
Your simple daughter's fancy : with his own hand upwards of one thousand
He talk'd of jewels, laces, and gold,
Of a castle, servants, and carriage ; sermons; but for the last few years his band became tremulous, and he wrote but
And I could have lov'd the youth so bold,
But he never talk'd of marriage. little; he therefore only made alterations and additions to his former discourses, and "So I drew back my hand, and saved my lips, this generally on the back of old marriage For I cared not for his money; licenses, or across old letters, as it would
And I thought he was like the bee which sips have been nearly death to him to have From ev'ry lower its honey: purchased paper. His sermons were usually Yet I think his heart is a little bent plain and practical, and his funeral dis Towards me," said Nancy," and marriage ; courses were generally admired; but the For last night, as soon as to sleep I went, fear of being noticed, and the dread of ex I dream'd of a castle and carriage." pense, was an absolute prohibition to his sending any thing to the press, although he
" 'Twere wrong, my child," old Woodland said,
* Such idle dream to cherish was fully capable, being well skilled in the
The roses of life full soon will fade, English and Latin languages. The ex
They never should timeless perish; pense of a penny in the postage of a letter
The flower that's pluck'd will briefly die, has been known to deprive him of a night's
Tho' placed on a peerless bosom rest! and yet, at times, pounds did not
And ere you look with a loving eye, grieve him. He was a regular and liberal
Think, think on a fading blossom." subscriber to the Bible, Missionary, and the other societies for the propagation of August 22, 1827.
C. COLE. the Gospel and the conversion of the Jews; and more than once he was generous
• Devizes Gazette, Sept. 1827.
Ciew in Hagbush Lane, Islington. A HUT, ERECTED BY WILLIAMCORRALL, A POOR AND AGED LABOURER, AFTER TIIE VIOLENT AND LAWLESS DESTRUCTION OF HIS COTTAGE,
EARLY IN THE MORNING OF THE SIXTH OF SEPTEMBER, 1827.
I thought, in the Every-Day Book, that I side the grave, the oppressed might “go had done with“ Hagbush-lane" altogether- free,” and “hear not the voice of the opthe tale of the poor man's wrongs, when pressor”—but when selfishness is unwatch" the proud man's contumely ” grew into ed it has a natural tendency to break forth; open aggression, had passed from me; and and a sudden and recent renewal of an ontI presiuned that, for his little while on this rage, which every honest mind had con
demned, furnishes a fresh story. It is well his garden torn up, and thrown in a heap related in the following letter :
into the lane. He declared, with a tear,
that "it had ruined him for ever, and To the Editor.
would be the death of him.” I did not Sir,- In the first volume of the Every- ask him many questions: it had been a sin Day Book you have favoured the lovers of to probe his too deeply wounded feelings. rural scenery with an historical and descrip Proceeding up the lane, to where it is tive notice of Hagbush-lane, Islington, crossed by the new road, I perceived that, accompanied with an engraving of the in the open space by the road-side, at the “ mud edifice" which formerly stood there; entrance into the narrow part of the lane, of which you have given “ the simple an- the old man had managed to botch up, with nals:"—its erection by a poor labourer who, pieces of board and old canvass, a miseraelse, had no shelter for himself, wife, and ble shed to shelter him. It was surrounded child, to “ shrink into,” when “ pierced with household utensils, and what materials by wintry winds;"—its demolition by the he had saved from the ruins of his cottage wealthy occupants of the neighbouring most wretched sty-but little larger fields; —the again-houseless man's endea- than the dog-kennel that was erected near vour to rebuild his hovel ;-the rich man's it, from which a faithful cur barked loudly repetition of the destruction of his half at the intruder's footstep. finished hut;—and finally, the labourer's Being a stranger in the neighbourhood, I succeeding in the erection of a cottage, cannot pretend io know any thing of the more commodious than the first, where he motives that have induced his rich neighcontinued unmolested to sell small beer to bours thus to distress the poor and aged poor workmen and wayfarers.--Allow me, man ;—perhaps they are best known to sir, the melancholy task of informing you themselves, and it is well if they can justify of the “ final destruction ” of this sample them to any but themselves !—but surely, of rusticity:-Hagbush-lane is despoiled of surely he will not be suffered to remain its appropriate ornament.
thus exposed in the approaching season, I have ever been an admirer of the beautiful scenery that is to be met with on that
" -all amid the rigon rs of the year, side of the metropolis; and never, since
In the wild depth of winter, while without
The ceaseless winds blow ice."--reading your interesting narrative and description, have I strolled that way, without Perhaps, sir, I give too much room to passing through Hagbush-lane. On enter my feelings. My intention was but to ining the wide part from the field by Copen- form you of a regretted change in a scene hagen-house, one day last week, I was sadly which you have noticed and admired in the astonished at the change the cottage, with Every-Day Book. Should you consider it its garden-rails and benches, had disap- worthy of further notice in the Table Book, peared; and the garden was entirely laid you will oblige me by putting it forward in waste : trees, bushes, and vegetables rudely what form best pleases yourself. torn up by the roots, lay withering where
I remain, &c. they had flourished. Upon the site of his Sept. 19, 1827.
SO AND So. demolished dwelling stood the poor old man, bent by affliction as
This communication, accompanied by leaning on his stick. From the heart, the real name and address of its warmbroken expression of his features, it did hearted writer, revived my recollections not take me a moment to guess the cause and kindled my feelings. I immediately of this devastation: the opulent land wrote to a friend, who lives in the vicinage holder has, for the third time, taken this of Hagbush-lane, requesting him to hasten ungentle expedient to rid his pastures of a to the site of the old cottage, which was neighbouring “ nuisance" the hut of quite as well known to him as to me, and cheerless poverty.
bring me a drawing of the place in its preThe distressed old rustic stated, that on sent state, with such particulars of the Thursday, (which was the sixth of Septem- razing of the edifice as he could obtain. ber,) at about six o'clock in the morning, His account, as I collect it from verbal narbefore the inmates had arisen, a party of ration, corroborates that of my correspondworkmen came to the cottage; and, merely ent. informing them that “ they must disturb So complete has been the devastation, them,” instantly commenced the work of that a drawing of the spot whereon the c lestruction. His dwelling was soon level- cottage stood would merely be a view of le d with the ground; and the growth of the level earth. My friend walked over it,
uch as by age,
and along Hagbush-lane, till he came into cottage was the resort and drinking-place the new road, (leading from the King's of idle and disorderly persons. I took some Head at Holloway to the lower road from pains to ascertain the fact; but could never London to Kentish Town.) Immediately at trace it beyond the most dubitable authothe corner of the continuation of Hagbush- rity-general report. It is quite true, that lane, which begins on the opposite side of the I saw persons there whom I preferred not new road, he perceived a new hut, and near to sit down with, because their manners it the expelled occupant of the cottage, and habits were different from my own; which had been laid waste in the other yet I not unfrequently took a cup of the part of the lane. On asking the old man old man's beer among them, and silently respecting the occasion and manner of his watched them, and sometimes talked with ejectment, he cried. It was a wet and them; and, for any thing that I could obdreary day; and the poor fellow in tears, and serve—and I know myself to be a close his hastily thrown up tenement, presented observer-they were quite as honourable a cheerless and desolate scene. His story and moral, as persons of more refined lanwas short. On the Thursday, (mentioned guage and dress, who frequent respectable in the letter,) so early as five in the morning, coffee-houses. Í had been, too, withinside some men brought a ladder, a barrow, and the cottage, which was a place of rude aca pickaxe, and ascending the ladder began commodation for no more than its settled to untile the roof, while the old man and occupants. It was on the outside that the his wife were in bed. He hastily rose; poor couple entertained their customers, they demanded of him to unlock the door; who usually sat on the turf seat against the on his refusing they burst it open with the foot-path side of the hut, or on an empty pick-axe, and having thus forced an en barrel or two, or a three-legged milkingtrance compelled his wife to get up. They stool. On the hedge side of the cottage then wantonly threw out and broke the few was a small low lean-to, wherein the old household utensils, and hewed down the man kept a pig to fatten. At the front end walls of the dwelling. In the little garden, was an enclosure of a few feet of ground, they rooted up and destroyed every tree, with domestic fowls and their callow shrub, and vegetable; and finally, they broods, which ran about cackling, and levelled all vestiges which could mark the routing the earth for their living. In the place, as having been used or cultivated for rear of the cottage was a rod or two of the abode and sustenance of human beings. ground banked off
, and well planted with Some of the less destructible requisites of potatoes, cabbages, and other garden stuff, the cottage they trundled in the barrow where I have often seen the old man fully up the lane, across the road, whither the employed in weeding and cultivating; old man and his wife followed, and were digging up old, or preparing for new crops, left with the few remnants of their miser
or plashing and mending his little fences. able property by the housebreakers. On Between his vegetables, and his live stock, that spot they put together their present and his few customers, he had enough to hut with a few old boards and canvass, as do; and I never saw him idle. I never represented in the engraving, and there saw him sitting down to drink with thein ; they remain to tell the story of their un and if he had, there was nothing among redressed wrongs to all who desire the par- them but the small beer. From the early ticulars.
part of the spring to the end of the year just The old man represents the “ ringlead- mentioned, I have been past and loitered er," as he calls him, in this last work of near the cottage at all hours of the day, ruin, to be the foreman of a great cow from the early dawn, before even the sun, keeping landholder and speculator, to or the inmates had risen, till after they had whose field-possessions the cottage on the gone to rest, and the moon was high, and waste was adjacent. Who employed this the stars were in their courses. Never in 6 ringleader and his followers? Who the hours I spent around the place by was the instigating and protecting accessary day or night, did I see or hear any persons before and after this brutal housebreaking, or practices that would be termed disorand wilful waste?
derly by any but the worst judges of human The helpless man got his living by sell nature and morals—the underbred overpoing small beer, and a little meat, cooked lite, and vulgarly overdressed. There I have by his wife, to others as poor and helpless seen a brickmaker or two with their wives as themselves; and they eked out their and daughters sitting and regaling, as much existence by their garden produce. In the at home, and as sober and innocent, as parties summer of 1825 I heard it said, that their of French ladies and gentlemen at Chedron's
in Leicester-square; and from these peo- of a carriage thoroughfare, between the back ple, if spoken to civilly, there was lan- road to Holloway and Islington upper guage as civil. There I have seen a com street, which, if now open, would be of great fortably dressed man, in a clean shirt, and lise. Many of the inhabitants, however, a coat and hat as good as a Fleet-street may not be so easily satisfied as a few, tradesman's, with a jug of small “ entire that the individual, who has at length before him, leisurely at work on a pair of wholly enclosed it, and shut it against the shoes, joining in the homely conversation, public, has any more right to stop up, and and in choruses of old English songs, raised take the ground of this highway to himself, by his compeers. There, too, I have heard than to enclose so much of the road to a company of merry-hearted labourers and Holloway through which the mails pass. holiday-making journeymen, · who had I have often perambulated Hagbush-lane, straggled away from their smithies and as the old London north road, from Oldfurnaces in the lanes of London, to breathe street across the City-road, the Lower and the fresh air, pealing out loud laughter, Upper Islington, and Holloway roads, by while the birds whistled over their heads the Islington workhouse, on to the Bull ring from the slender branches of the green field; (which is in private hands, no one elms. In the old man I saw nothing but knows how ;) from thence, over the site of unremitting industry; and in his customers the destroyed cottage to tlie old man's prenothing but rude yet inoffensive good-nature. sent hút; then along the meadows; across He was getting his bread by the sweat of the Highgate-archway.cut into other meahis brow, and his brow was daily moistened dows, through which it winds back again, by labour.
and recrosses the archway-cut, and afterWhen I before related something of this wards crosses the London road, between poor man's origin,* and his former endur- stately elms, towards Hornsey, ances, I little suspected that I should have Perhaps the Commissioners of Crown to tell that, after the parochial officers of Is Lands, or Woods and Forests, may find it lington had declined to receive him into the convenient and easy to institute an inquiry poor-house, the parish would suffer him to into the encroachments of llagbusb-lane, be molested as a labourer on its waste. He 'as a disused public road; and devise a has been hunted as a wild beast; and, per method of obtaining its worth, in aid of haps, had he been a younger man, and with the public service. yindictive feelings, lie might have turned Meantime, the aggression on the old cotround upon his enemies, and Jawlessly 'tager must not be forgotten. The private avenged himself for the lawless injuries in wrong he has sustained is in the nature of Hicted on him. Vagrancy is easily tempted a public wrong; and it is open to every to criminality, and the step is short. one to consider of the means by which
It is scarcely three weeks since the old these repeated breaches of the peace may cottager was in a snug abode of his own
be prevented, and redress be obtained for handmaking, with a garden that had yielded the poor man's injuries. support to him and his wife through the summer, and roots growing in it for their winter consumption. These have been
Garrick Plays. mercilessly laid waste at the coming-in of
No. XXXV. the inclement season. Will no one further investigate the facts, and aid him in obtain [From the “Hectors," a Comedy; by ing “' indemnity for the past, and security Edinund Prestwick, 1641.] for the future ?" Respecting the rights of the parish of into a belief, that her Lady is in love with
A IVaiting Maid wheedles an old Justice Islington in Hagbush-lane, as the ancient
him. and long disused north road into London, I do not pretend to determine; because,
Maid. I think there never was Woman of so strange after the warm discussions and strong reso
a humour as she is for the world ; sor from her infancy lutions of its vestries, sometime ago, re
she ever doted on old men. I have heard her say, that
in these her late law tronbles, it has been no small specting a part of this road which had been
comfort to her, that she hath been conversant with partially appropriated to private use, the
grave counsellors and serjeants; and what a happiness parish may have thoroughly good reasons
she had sometimes to look an hour together upon the for acquiescing in the entire stopping up Judges. She will go and walk a whole afternoon in In the first volume of the Erery-Day Book, No.
Charter House Garden, on purpose to view the ancient 28, which contains the account of Hagbosh-lane and
Gentlemen there. Not long ago there was a young its vicinage, col. 857 10 872.
Gentleman here about the town who, hearing of her