Colin Campbell is wearing what is termed by the modern weaving mills as the Ancient Campbell tartan; John Campbell dons the so-called Campbell of Breadalbane woollen cloth. The Campbell tartan in darker shades, but the identical sett (which is what determines the distinctiveness of a tartan), is termed “Black Watch.” Either many Campbells who served […]
An siccan a lierachie I’m sure ye never saw As wis amo the Hielanmen, When they saw Macdonnel fa.
The UPS man just delivered one of two seersucker suits I had recently ordered from Jos. A. Bank. Incidentally, the word seersucker appears to come from two Persian words meaning “milk and sugar.” The two-button jacket is 38 Regular; the sleeves are the perfect length. The pleated trousers seem to be 32″ around the waist […]
I love hurricanes (incidentally, the word is correctly pronounced “hur’-ǝ-kin”). The last few years, despite official predictions of many storms making landfall, there have been very few interesting (i.e. impactful in my environs) storms, and none so far this year. But Tropical Depression Nine is looking good. The computer models have it coming over the […]
Every time Gregorio Allegri’s Miserere mei, Deus is mentioned, there is an obligatory reference made to the supposed “fact” that transcribing or copying the work was forbidden under penalty of excommunication (supposedly adding to its allure and mystery). Is this just a pious story or can someone produce documentation?
My people hath been lost sheep: their shepherds have caused them to go astray, they have turned them away on the mountains: they have gone from mountain to hill, they have forgotten their restingplace. Oh how does this well encapsulate the state of Holy Church since the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council!
Executive Department, Richmond, Va., April 15, 1861. Hon. Simon Cameron, Secretary of War: Sir: I have received your telegram of the 15th, the genuineness of which I doubted. Since that time I have received your communications mailed the same day, in which I am requested to detach from the militia of the State of Virginia […]
Captain, my religious belief teaches me to feel as safe in battle as in bed. God has fixed the time for my death. I do not concern myself about that, but to be always ready, no matter when it may overtake me. Captain, that is the way all men should live, and then all would […]
Dixit Jesus discipulis suis: Data est mihi omnis potestas in cælo, et in terra: Euntes ergo docete omnes gentes, baptizantes eos in nomine Patris, et Filii, et Spiritus Sancti: docentes eos servare omnia quæcumque mandavi vobis. Et ecce ego vobiscum sum omnibus diebus, usque ad consummationem sæculi.
What men create schisms and heresies? They are the intelligent men who are curious, critical, full of their own talents, motivated by a fierce and pharisaic zeal for reform, disdainful, unruly, and overbearing: they may possess right habits, a stern and haughty courage, a bitter zeal against abuses, a relentless dedication to study and discipline; […]
The forbearing use of power does not only form a touchstone, but the manner in which an individual enjoys certain advantages over others is a test of a true gentleman. The power which the strong have over the weak, the employer over the employed, the educated over the unlettered, the experienced over the confiding, even […]