csjiv m (myltw m n a st
miTri'ii a n ii ri iH-iKiiKii, xvrnr u'tfttur,
lit IiJNGITA.Vl fk. WHITE.
7i it :
The subscription to the Wmtm-i C-.nnuiA
i ''hive, I'.olhui per annum, pa) able I ml I -yearly
dj No paper will be discontinued until :il'
arrviAajfc are paid, unless at the discretion of
the? K'litDi's; and any subscriber fa'.lin'; to -.jive
notice (if his wish to discontinue at the c-ml of u
year, will he considered us winliinjj to contiiuie
the paper, which will he sent accordingly.
Whoever will heeome responsible for the
payment of nine, papers, shall receive a tenth
AiiVKimsr.Mi.vrs will be inserted on the cus
tomary terms. ,, Persons sending in Advcr.
tiscnicuts, must specify the iniinber of times they
wish them inserted, or they will he continued till
ordered out, und charged accodin;ly.
No advertisement inserted until it halt been
paid for, or Us payment assumed by some person
in this town, or its vicinity.
C3"AI1 letters to the editors must he poitpuid,
or they will not be attended to.
ft talc i XwlU-UnvoYmn,
(10n.T of Pleasant! Quar-vr Sessions May
I Sessions, 1H2'2 F.lizabeMi llnmphris, Ad-
Tiiinhitnitrix, ft. John Ihimpliris Original At
tachment Ambrose Parks summoned as liar-
nishee. Whereas it appears to the satisfaction
of the court that the defendant is an inhabitant
of another state, it is therefore ordered, that
publication be made for three months in the
Western Carolinian, that the defendant appear
nt the ( ;rmrt of Pleas ami (Quarter Sessions, to
be lit Id for the county of Ashe, at the t'ourt
llouse iii Jefferson, on the 2d Monday after the
1th Monday in October next, then uml there to
nnswer, plead, or demur, otherwise judgment
will In? taken pro confesso.
I, 'I ho. Calloway, certify, tliat the foregoing
"s a true ct:py of record, as appears from the
tups, callow, v. r.r, c.
MA Y -Sessions, I'd TJanh ! Conger,' I trr.ut
Hubert J. A. Loarie Original attach-
Hient levied in the hand of Pr. David It. Dun
lap and llenjanun Margrave. It appearing to
tilt; satisfaction of tin. court, that the defendant,
llobert J. A. I.owrie, has removed Inline If out
of this slate : It is therefore Ordered by court,
that h- appear at the next court of I'leis and
Quarter .Sessions, to he held for the county of
Mecklenburg, at the Court-House in Charlotte,
on the 4th Monday in August next, replevy or
plead to i .sue, ir judgment will In entered a
gains' tern. That publica'ion thereof he made
three weeks in the Westtrn Carolinian.
Test. IAC Al.KX ANDLK, V..M.C.
.nvi'll. Price adv. 1 -'S
Jt r.c KLF.N BUR G COUNTY.
.Wit. .SViiiW, 1-1.72.
ri'H'. Petition of Cuy Maxwell, in right of I, is
I wife F.habeth, .lohn t.ihtiev and Alexan
der (.ihney crnimt ill am (.ibnev and William
Alexander, in right ot his w ife'Natiey, praying
retrMmii of the real estate ot .Nicholas (n!ney,
deceased It sppesring to the satisfaction of the
ro ",r that tlie defemlants, William dilinev atid
William Alexander, rtside hcvond the limit of
this state It is tjierifore ordered !yrmirt, that
publication he made in the Western Carolinian
lor six weeks tliat unless the said William t.il)
iicy and William Ah-xamlcr ppcr at nur next
entM t Pleas and Quarter Sessions, to he In Id
for the county of Mecklenburg-, at the Court
II tisc in Charlotte, on the 4th Monday in Au
pis' next, to plead, answer, or demur to said pe-
t 'it n, otherwise the petiiiou will be licara ex
j ir'e, u:id j iitguit nt awarded acronnngly.
I et. IAC AI.F.v; ANDF.It, r. e.
fiwt'12 . l'-ire adv. g2.
CM'IT.MOK Court of Law, April Term, 1S22..,
O Ki th Harris vs. John Harris It appearing
tithe court, iiy return of two suhpictias "'at
said John Harris :s not to he found in the conn
fv.and the requisition of the act in other respects
having brrn cmnplicd with, it is ordered ly the
cmrt, that publication he matlc three months in
tii'- Western Carolinian and l.'.dt it,h Star, for the
.''.lid John Harris to appear at the next Superior
(Vtft, to ho held for the county of Him an, to
.nsw.'r this petition, otherwise it will he heard
r mite. I eave is given to the petitionrrto ev
.mine testimony wi'hout giving notice t the
' f. nd nt ; it appearing to the court that he has
t . d no I Ltme without tlie hunts ol t:ie
;. ise. :
. . . . narls unknown.
" Witness ' Al''N- Fr"""! Clerk of the Rowan
imtlU A!.F..l i:nnncK, c.s. r.
I INCOI.V COttNTY.
f 10VNTV Court or Pleas n."' Quarter Sessions
I April Term, A. D. lK2:...,lerrorncy
i'i..:.,;L i....,.i,ti oric-in .1 aC-adn'it"". K v.
led on six negroes and s.ndry articK-V'' Pon-
al i,rnpertv.-H ap,. ar.ng to tlie wto-." '
the eo ,rt.'that Chiistian lieinluvr.lt, the defcntl
ant, is not an ilv-V,l..nt of this state It i H'x-n--
if ii in ' v riiiii i "i i
he h. Id f.r Lincoln count v, at the Conrt-I louse
in L'mcoluton. on the third Monday in July next,
replew an I o'.-id to isnc, or jUiV'ir. nt ly !
f .i.lt C,.,l . ,11 be entered tin ni'ltilist h"i!. Or
dered, liv court, that publication hereof he ade
three months successively in the Western ( aro-
l est, VAKDllY M'llKF. C. C
! the various kinds commonly in use, f.r sale
at the Office of thu W Bsn.nn (. mLiais
CLOCK & WATCH
nil IP. subscriber respectfully informs the pub
I lie, that he has :i;aiii taken his shop in Ha
lisbury, on Main street, opposite the State H mk,
where. In- is prepared to execute all orders in
the linn of his business, .Clocks, Watches, .lew
clrv, Co. repaired on the shortest notice, lie
solicits the patronage of his friends, his old cus
turners, and the public in general, and assures
tliein that he will do their work, uml sell them
all articles in his line, on lower terms than at any
other shop in this part of the slate.
lilt, II IIOItAll.
SulUlur,,, Mty 28, 1822. lO i
f IMIfi subscriber has just received a choice
I. supply of GltOCKItlKS which In: oilers
for sale ou the most reasonable terms, for cuJi.
Aiuoiijj them arc: Sugar, (.'oiler, Molasses, hum,
Kit e, l iifs, liaisins, Salt j and also, the usual sup.
ply of ('otif.xtiouarir.s. Likewise, pint and half
pint l iiiiibl. is. THOMAS MOLMKS.
June 10, 1822. 100
Yadkin Navigation Company.
NO I Id', is hereby ivon, that the s'o. k of all
those stockholders, who may he in arrears
for all or any part of the lirst, second, third,
fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth, or
tenth instalments, on the I'ith day of August
next, that the stock tit .such delintpieiits will, on
that day, he sold at vendue in the town of Kali,
I lif.DF.IilCK ItANDI.r., Sn'rt.
June!.), 1322. JM'li
Catawba Navigation CW"'!
ATIH'l'i; is iu rt In iriw it to the stockholders !
il t.fthe Compaiiv, that all shares having am I
instalment ilue, and unpaid thereon, will be sold
at Public Auction, at the (.'ourt-llou.se in l.in
coluton, oti Thursday, the lirst day of August
next. The President and Directors will tcel
thciii'elt cs beiiiid to enforce the provisions of
the charter against n!l delinquents. I'tirsuaiit to
an order of the Hoard, the shares sob I on the
7 of May last, antl purchased in hclia'.i ot the
company, may be redeemed by the original huld-
ert, at any time before rtie first of August, by
their m ing to the Treasurer of the company
all arrearages, and incidental expenses. All
i sons having unhtiuidateu accounts against
the company, are rctpitstcd to present them, at
that time, lor settlement.
liv order of the president and Directors.
' ISAAC T. AVF.UV, J'rci'dl,
Kht'drtun, Mnj 27, 1322. Jwt'll
Muv AVJwoHt, 1322.
"Itril.I.IAM FI.INN v. Thomas M.mrc
f I Original a'tai hment levied on ."119 acres
of land. hrreas it appears to die satisfaction
of the court, that the defendant in this rase lives
bevnnd the limits of this state It is therefore
ttultrrd, that publication he made for six weeks
in the Ve1eru Carohnian, that the defendant j
appear at the court of 1'leas anil Qartrf S. s-.
sinus, to he held for the county of Mecklenburg,
o.i the 'tth Monday its August next, to answer,
I lead or demur, otherwise judgment pro con
fessu will be entered against him.
Test. ISAAC Al.r.XANUK.K, c. is.c.
t'l2. Price adv. &2.
O (T'F.KIOII Court . Law, March Tenn, l t22.
l .rrov H.irnett.v.. I .lii ah Foucli. Jud. att.
levitd on land. It appearing to the con-t that
the thfeiuUnt lues out ot tins state It was
turn fore OnM, that ptihheation be made for
three months in the Western Carolinian, that
il... ..id I lii ili l-.iiicli annenrhtloei- the .lutlce
Vf the Superior Court of Law for the count v I
hf.ires.iid, at the next court to he held at the !
Coort ll'iose in Morgsnton, on the 4h Monday
in Sep't liiher next, anil replay and plead to
issue, or judgment will he entered agaiitst him
for plaint itf's demand.
I est. V . . t.HW l. t . . .V. I.
3tnt':i Price adv. St.
MVCRI.KXlll Kti COINTV.
10CHT of I'h as a'"l (Quarter Sessions
J Term, JS22 Thomas (iiver, . Samuel
W. Lindsay. .ttarhnient....I.eird on a tract of
land, sundry articles of tnervhanduc, household
furniture and other property, and Mr. J. Robin
son ami others summoned as (tarnishecs. In
this case it appearing to the satisfaction of the
conr, that the defendant is not an inhabitant uf
this s'ate. or has a'i omled, or so conceals him
self that the ordinary process of law cannot he
served on him: It is therefore, ordered, that
publication he made for three months in the
Western Carolinian, that unless the s.iid d. ft nd
ant appear at the next court of Pleas and Qnar
ter Srsaitms, to hp held for the county of Mcik
lehlr.uy, at the Court -House in Charlotte, on the
fourth '.Monday of August next, and replevy,
judgment final by default vdl be taken a;,"aiiist
him, and the case' heard ex parte.
7V.'. ISAAC Al AM) Kit, V. .V. C.
3mt'K Price adv. $
"tnCR F of Picas and Quarter Sessions May
J Term, lS22....Jamcs M'ilson.t-f. Samuel W.
I.imjov. Attachment. ...la; led in the hands of
Alex. Porter, Kithstd Hohinson, antl nther, snd
thevsumnumedasCarnishees. In unseat it ap
pearing to the satisfaction of the court, that toe
defendant is not mi inhabitant of this state, or
bus absconded, or so conceals luitnsclt that the
ordinary proccfsnf law cannot be served on him :
It is then fore tHleird, liv the court, that publi
cation he made for three months in the- Western
Carolinian, that unless the said defendant appear
at the next court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions
tube held for the cotmtv ol"Meeklenhu'g, at
the Court-House in Charlotte, on the 4th Vindr.y
of August next, and replevy, judgment final by
default, xsill be taken .unst him, ami the case
heard e parte.
VV.f. ISAAC AI.KWNTiFH, C..U. C.
?mt16 i lYie" vK
S.1LK of LOTS)
iniFdlF.AS, at the lust term of the Court of
T f F.tpiity, held for the county of Ilowan, on
tlitf 2d Monday after the 4th Monday in March
l ist, it was ordered and agreed, upon a petition
bled in said court, among other things, that a
town should lie laid off upon the land of Lctitia
Wilson, a minor, lying ft Mock's ('Id Field and
in its vicinity, in the Forks of the Yadkin Uivcr:
We, the iindersigiicd, commissioners appointed
by said court to cany into e)IV-ct the objects
specilied in said decree, having laid off a num.
her of lots in said town, shall, by virtue of the
powers vested in us by said decree, expose to
sale, at Public Auction, the whole or part of
said lots, at Mock's Old Field, ou the lirst Mon
day and Tuesday in August next. As this jdace.
has lonhecn the seat of much private hiisincsi,
as well as of a large separate election, regimen
tal militia parade, Lr. the coinmissioiiers deem
it unneces'.ary to dw ell upon die advantages
which would result to individuals engaged in
mercantile or mechanical pursuits, by locating
themselves in the heart of the mot fertile uml
populous section of the large ai d opulent coun
ty of , Kuwait. The terms of sale w ill be liber
al ; a credit of one or two years will he given,
the purchasers giving bond ami security.
H AMI F.I. .IMNKS, ""J
III (ill I.. IIIIAI.Y,
AI.F.V. NF.SP.FF, y
JOHN CI.F.MF.NT, "
JOHN' P. CAII ITJlJ
.W1H, 1822. fiwt'l.i
ril::K subscriber oRVrs his plantation, with all
of M irood land, takinir the same niiantitv of
arri s on an avcriire. as anv in the county of
Now an. It is situated six miles and a halt from
Salisbury, immediately on the main road leading
from Salisbury to Concord, ly the Kev. Mr.
Storke's, and lies on the waters of Crane Creel:.
The buildings are conveniently located for keep
ing a house of entertainment. There is a good
Machine on the plantation ; and, also, a dam
across the ctvtk, with a sufficient fall of water
to carry a mill, or any kind of machinery. I he
.terms will he made accommodating. A credit
of one or Uo cars will be jriven, the iiurcha-
ser giving bontl and st curitv, 1'or further iar.
tirulars, apply to the subscriber on the twmises.
.hi B.1H22. Swi'll
Isllert remaining in the Pott Office nt Chtirk-ttr,
.V. C. on tht U July. 1S22.
Sl'SANNAH Alexander, Thomas Acock, P..
. Alexander, Sarah Autcn, Itev. Abraham
Anderson 3, lies. James Adams Anderson Mea
ty, M'illism Hroom, Jacob Hanker, John Mullock,
William lliggar, Ihram Hell, Stephen Uillow,
Ilambb'ton Mrevanf, llobert Itaruatt, ("aniline
Hem hill, Jonas Clark, John Cost en, Klcaar
Cochran, William E. Cannon, David Chambers,
Krastus Case 8c Co. John S. Check, Win. ami J.
Cook, Clerk of Mecklenburg Superior Court,
Andrew Clark, John Daw, Lewis Dinkins, .Mm
I.. Dinkins Wm. W. Davis Sujiar Dulin, Fran
T Jampf I)al)il., j.p,,,.,, S:im.
ii. I Duffy, Kev. Isaac (ircer, John Creer, Wm.
l.ofurth," Wm. (iadhern. Jam Crccr, Alexander
Grrcr, Jane Hood, Jcrcni'talt llootl, Promautv
Hart, Hugh II. Haves, Ihr-tgraTe ii Williams
John Hutchison, Isaac Holmes ieo. W. Hous
ton. Dicy llarvr II, Alfretl Harris John Hall, John
Harris Samuel Houston, Mai. Jonathan Harris
Ilcubcnl!ills4. Wm. Irwin, W m. Johnston, Cmis
Johnston, Phil! Johnston, David S.Karr, James G
Kirknatnck, 1 itus Ijuiey, J. II. Lindsay, .lane
I-r-cse, Map I-ese, hteplien Morse, Juhil Morse,
: nainei .sit ones, nenjanim siorniw, i.ooeri
Maxw ell, Sarah MVonnemre, Wm. MTomb,
Thomas M'Ginnis F.liahcth M'F.lrov, Isaac Mc.
iC'ulltH k, Davitl M'Donalil, 17.1 kit ! Neely 2,
Will. Ncshit, Caleb M. Norwood, llichard Oarns
Aaron Pern , Wm. Parks Chicles Polk, W in-
Chester Prtrmnti. Pobert T. Phuikett, Jona
Hndisill, Wm. It df lrd. Permeiiia llotlgers, ltoh
ert and Mark R:;, Peter liatn , ,hi Ifta, 11ms.
II. Smartt 2, Jes-e sjielh, Wm. Shu Ids 2, Roll
ert W. Sm.'.h, Mc'-oct Simons llenrv Stur-
reon, ll.inm. a -id IT :Vt n Short s Vrs. Sarah
'I hoiiinvin, Amrh l arlton, John Thomas Jo
seph 1 hompson, V;,-aSi arner, Siisannuh W'anl
2, William W. Walker, Samuel Wilson, John
, Went, James M ilkerrv, Wm. Walkrr, John
William Wilson 3.
Swi'll W M. SMITH, r. .V.
letter remainintf in tin I'nst-Officr nt Cuncird,
.v. c. JuUthe i., is:.
t)HN H. Alexander, John Allison, James
Arnhart, James Allison, Maj. Allison, Car
oline Alexander, Jacob Itosharf, .lacoli Ilort,
David Rradshaw, David li. Drandon, F.stpnre
Hlack, Captain llogar, l liomas Hurnrt, William
Itrice, I.uerctia C. Hills Rev. (i. urge Rogir,
M.m Corum. John Cnrothers Jacob Cruse, W m
I. Cawlcs W in. Carrigan, John Carrell, l.eorgc
( line. Joseiih Croffonl, Henry Dohmd, John
Furr, sen. John Fraer, Paul I urr, liavi.i l ink,
Philip Fink, John Ford, Isam l incls, Abraham
ton. John (.oodman, Francis (dass jot.n tar
mm. ,l"!sh (rdv, D:vid S. ('rt-e, A.'ariah
('raves George Cannon, Drmpsy llonycut, Jo-
aeph Houston, Andrew Hams, Dr. Sidney Itar.
ris Daniel N. Hall, Tlinmp.m Hunt, Joseph
I low el, Thtunaa Jenimc, John Jarret. Stephen
Klutts Alcxamler Kunming, Samuel hilluttgh
F.lia K. Lea ke, ticorge Line, Robert Lee, Dr,
Aa M Kinlv, John Morns nomas Motlv, Mi
charl NFMat kin, llichanl M'Ree, Hugh S. Mc
Calebs Thomas Mason, Isaac M'CU IUn. John
Neelv. David Nicclar, Isaac Nicular, Wm. Nicols
Jane Prankcn, F.lizahcth Pliler, David Reese,
John Hohinson, Latter, Rebecca !aefmt, Sam
uel Shinn, Alexander Scott, sen. Margaret Sa
feict, U is Tucker?, Ira West 2, Joseph W'ilch,
Arrhilinld Walker, Michael W imeoff, John Wil
hams llobert W illianis.
D. S FOKKF., J. r..t.
Tir.IlSONS wishing to procure copies of the
revised rode of the I.a t of North-Carolina,
K.ivivnod'n Manual, or Potter's Justice, can
be supplied on application to
WM. II YOUNG.
.r'" vci. rtfu
nioM a LivtNront fAiuu.
The feast of our Saviour's hativit)
was undoubtedly celebrated in the ear
ly ages of Christianity ; for we arc told
that, undcrthe persecution ot Max mi
nus, the tmperor burnt a church at Mi
comedia, which was filled w ith Cluis
tiatis a'obemUed to keep this festival.
St. Gregory termi it the Jhthulcf fes
tival!, ; and St. Chrysostom, the cfiirj
of all festivals. It is named Chthimcis
daij, ivou the Latin Clirinti Mhsu, the
Mass of Christ, and ther.ce the Koman
Catholic Liturgy is termed their Misttil
or Mm Hook. About the year 5'X), the
observation of this day become gene
ral in the Catholic church.
The evergreens, with which the
churches are usually ornamented at
Christmas, are a proper rmblemof that
time, when, as (Jod says, by the pro
phet Isaiah. will plant in the wilder
ntsH the cedar, the shittah tree, und the
myrtle, and the oil trees J will set in
the desert the fir tree und the pine, and
the box tree together, xli. 1 !). The git
nj of Lebanon shall come unto th
fir tree, the pine tree, and the box to
gether to beautify the place of my
sanctuary j and Iwill make the place of
mu feet glorious, lx. 13.
Of the Fete des Asm s, anciently cel
ebrated at this season, we have the fol
loivbg acroint in the first of a series
of very ingenious and amusing essays
on the " Burlesque Festivals of the for
mer ag's," given in the Gentleman's
Mag. vol. xci. n.u t ii, p. 100 : " It was
instituted in honor of our Saviour and
lis Virgin mother, but with reference
to what event in Scripture is by no
means clear. The ceremony was con
ducted by the Hishop anil Clergy ol
lkativais, who from their manner, w ere
whhout doubt actuated by sincere reli
gion. They selected a fair young
damsel, who rode through the streets,
mounted on a palfrey, covered w ith su
perb housings, and bearing an inlant in
her aims; the Prelate following with
his crosier, and the Ecclesiastics with
tapers, till they reached the cathedral,
where the Virgin was placed in the
sanctuary. Mass was tnen penormea
with the accustomed solemnity ; at the
conclusion of which, the Monks thrice
imitated the braying ol an ass, ex
claiming Jihdiam. instead of the usual
lie, missa est. Extravagant as this
bpccUcle was, it united a splendour
which excited the admiration ol the
people, with a humility which awaken
ed real piety. That it w as ever cele
brated in England, does not appear."
There is nut, perhaps, any part of
Great UritVin in which Christmas is
kept so splendidly as in Yorkshire.
The din of preparation commences for
some weeks before, and its sports and
festivities continue beyond the first
month t.f the new vear. 1 he first in
timation of Christmas, in Yorkshire,
is by xvh.it are there called the vesiel
evp singtrs, generally poor old women, J
w ho, about three weeks before Christ-
m-js, go from house to house, with a
waxen or wooden doI, lantastically
Iressed, and sonu times adorned with
an orange, or a fine rosy-tinged apple.
With this in tnur hands, they sing or
chant an old carol, of which the fol
lowing homely stanza forms a part :
t.od bless the master of this house,
The mistress b!m,
And all the little children
' That round the tabic pn.
The imarre of the child is, no doubt,
intended to represent the infant Sa
viour ; and the vessel-cup is, most pro
bably, the r.emains of the wassail bowl,
which, sr.cicr.tly, fcrr.cd a part cf the
festivities of this season of the year.
Another custom, which commences
at the same time as the vassal-cup sing
ing, is that of the poor of the parish
visiting all the neighboring farmers to
beg corn, which is invariably given to
hem, in the quantity of a full pint, at
least to each. This is called mumping,
as is the custom which exists in Bed
fordshire, of the poor begging the bro
ken victuals the day after Christmas
day. Christmas-eve is, in Yorkshire, cele
brated in a peculiar manner, at eight
o'clock in the evening, the bells greet
"old father Christmas with a merry
peal, the children parade the streets
with drums, trumpets, bells, or per
I haps, in their absence, with the poker
and shovtl, taken from their humhlo
(ott.ige fire ; the jule candle is lighted,
lli'h on the chei t'ol frf
lis blazing bi.cii ih' ( noniioim 1,'hriatinm braiid.
Supper is s-rud, of w hich one dish,
from the lordly mansion to the hum
blest slird. i, invariably, furmety ;
vule cake, onf of which is alway mad?
for each individual in tne family, uwl
other more substantial viands are ihn
added. Vw.r Kohin in his Almanack
for the year 1CTR, (speaking of the win.
ttr quarter,) says, "and l'l)r. who
would but praise it, hr cause of Christ
mas, when good t beer doth so abound,
as if all the w prhl were made of minced
pics, plum-pudding, and furmety f".
And l'.rand says, "cn the night of th; .
eve, our ancestors were wont to light
candles of an enormous sixt, called
To enumerate all the good cheer
which is prepared at this festival, is by
no means necessary. In Yorkshire,
the chrktma pie is still a regular dish,
and isregulatly served to the higher
tlass of visitjints, while the more hum
hie onrs are tendered yule tnkc, or
bread and cheese, in every house they
enter during the twelve days of Christ
mas. 'I he Christmas pie is one of the
yood old dishes Mill retained at :i
Yorkshire table ; it is not of odern
invention. Allan Hamsey, in his po.
ems, tells us, that among other baits I v
which the good ale-wife drew custom,
ers to her house, that there never Jail
d to tempt them
Ay at yult tthrn'er they ca'ne,
The Christmas pie of the present
day generally consists of a goose, some
time two, and that with the addition
of half a dozen fowls. Such is thr
existing celebration of Chrittm.is in
2 orishire. and we believe, in some oth
er parts of England ; but these vener
able rustoms are becoming t very year
less common : the sendtrg cf presents
also, from friends in the toortrv to
friends in town at this once cheerful
season, is, in a great measure obsolete :
" nothing is to he had for nothing" now ;
and, without h- customary bribe f a
barrel of oysters, or a basket of f;sh.
we mav Icok in vaia for arrivals by lhe
iork Fly, or the Norwich Expedition?
rra firtsrnti now to friends are set it,
lew liourt in merry -making spent ;
Old-faihinii'd folks there arc, indeed.
Whose hop and pips at C'naisTA bleed .
Whose honest hearts no modes refine,
Thcv send their tiuddtntri and their daw.
No S'urfuU: (iirlrci load the wngon,
Winch once tlie horses srxrre rtnml dra(j on,
And, to increase the xi eight with these.
Came their attendant $autntfri. ,
Should we not then, as men of tnf.
Revive old customs gone and past
And (lie for shame !) without reproach,
Stuff, as w e ought, the Itiiry Coach '
With strange old kindness, send up presents
Of partridge) and dainty phramnti.
Of the Christmas plaiji anciently
performed at this season, some remains
st'.u exist mine wesioi r.nguna, par
ticularly in Cornwall; but the repte
stntation ot" these dramatic exhibitions
is almost wholly confined to children,
or verv younc persons. Tlie actors
are fantastically dressed, decorated
with ribbons and painted paper, and
have wooden swords, and all the equi
page necessary to. support the several
characters they assume. To entertain
their auditors, they learn to repeat a
barbarous jargon in the form of a dra
ma, which has been handed down from
distant generations. War and love arr
the general topics j and St. George and
the Dragon are always the most prom
inent characters. Interlude, expostu
lation, debate, battle, and death are
sure to find a place among this mimic
ry; but a physician, w ho is always at
hand, immediately restores the dead to
life. It is generally uudcrstood, that
thtse Christmas piajsocnvcd their or
igin from the ancient crusades; and
hence the feats of chivalry, and the ro
mantic extravpnce of kntcht-rrran.
try, that are still preserved in all the:
varied pretensions and exploits. In
many places in Cornwall these Christ
mas plays are still kept alive ; in others
they are known only by report j and m
all they are rapidly on the decline
The election of an Abbot of Unreason,
attended with some grotesque and ex-
furmety from Frunrntum, wheat. It is
made of "creed wheat," or wheat which, after
being beaten for some time with a woru'-n mal
let, is then boiled, and eaten with milk, iur,w,