Take the Hatchet into Y’r Hands

MESSAGE OF GOVERNOR DINWIDDIE TO THE SIX NATIONS January 1754. Brethren of the Six Nat’s: Since the Designs of Y’r Enemies can be no longer doubted of, and it is manifest that they intend to deprive You of Y’r hunting Grounds on the Ohio, and Liberties, and to break the Peace that they have pretended […]

Unexceptionable Conduct

But the most extraordinary Part of the ensuing Report, and what I conceive will be digested by the Publick with the most Reluctancy, is, the Account therein given of the Battle of Preston-pans. For, surely, after the Prepossessions which have so long prevailed, it will not be easily credited that the Field of Battle for […]

Lest My Fury Go Out Like Fire

The word which came unto Jeremiah from the Lord, when king Zedekiah sent unto him Pashur the son of Melchiah, and Zephaniah the son of Maaseiah the priest, saying, Enquire, I pray thee, of the Lord for us; for Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon maketh war against us; if so be that the Lord will deal with us according to all […]

Examplary the Wrong Way

If no remedy can be found for these evils [the disorders of the Tyburn procession] it would be better that Malefactors should be put to death in private; for our publick executions are become decoys, that draw in the necessitous, and in effect as cruel as frequent pardons, instead of giving warning they are examplary […]

Fopperies of the Papists

I went to see the fopperies of the Papists at Somerset House and York House, where now the French Ambassador had caused to be represented our Blessed Saviour with his Disciples in figures and puppets, made as big as the life, of wax-work, curiously clad and sitting round large table, the room nobly hung and […]

Battle Flag of the Republic of Novorossiya

It’s a red flag with a blue Saint Andrew’s cross. The flag of the Russian Navy. Of the Navy, which played a prominent military role in the emergence and establishment of the historical Novorossiya. Izvestia, 20 March 2014.

My Hower Is Past

Near this place lyeth the body of Ann Clark of town, Midwife, who departed this life the 12th day January, 1733, Aged 77 years. Memento Mori. On harmless babes I did attend Whilst I on earth my life did spend, To help the helpless in their need, I ready was with care and speed, Many […]

Caput Apri Defero

The Boar’s Head at Oxford. The ancient ceremony of serving up a boar’s head in the hall of Queen’s College, Oxford, at Christmas, is still observed with much pomp and ceremony. The boar’s head is borne on the shoulders of two of the college servants, preceded by the Provost and Fellows of the society, and […]

Geen Geld, Geen Zwitsers

CAUTION TO TOURISTS.– The following comes from an old correspondent:– I strongly advise my countrymen not to reside in Lausanne, unless they are prepared to submit to police requirements and official impertinence. The Swiss were highly jubilant when they obtained freedom from passports in France; but since then the Lausanne police have been more exacting than […]

Yparroked in Puwes

What is the Earliest Reference to Pews? It is hard to say whether the passage in Piers Plowman’s Vision is the earliest. It occurs at p. 95 of the edition of 1813, and is as follows:– “Among wyvcs and wodewes ich am ywoned sute Yparroked in puwes. The person hit knoweth.” [Passus VII. p. 95 […]


SWADDLERS. The term “Swaddler,” used by the Roman Catholics of Ireland to describe Protestants, had this origin:– “It happened that Cennick, preaching on Christmas-day, took for his text these words from St. Luke’s Gospel– ‘And this shall be a sign unto you; ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes lying in a manger.’ […]

No Such Mandate

The hermeneutic of discontinuity risks ending in a split between the pre-conciliar Church and the post-conciliar Church. It asserts that the texts of the [Second Vatican Œcumenical] Council as such do not yet express the true spirit of the Council. It claims that they are the result of compromises in which, to reach unanimity, it […]