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M. Misson's Memoirs and Observations in His Travels Over England
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Page 91 - When they are ready to set out, they nail up the coffin, and a servant presents the company with sprigs of rosemary : Every one takes a sprig and carries it in his hand till the body is put into the grave, at which time they all throw their sprigs in after it.
Page 26 - In the end, either the dog tears out the piece he has laid hold on, and falls, or else remains fixed to him with an obstinacy, that would never end if they did not pull him off. To call him away would be in vain; to give him a hundred blows would be as much so; you might cut him to pieces joint by joint before he would let him loose.
Page 219 - The Pit is an Amphitheater, fill'd with Benches without Backboards, and adorn'd and cover'd with green Cloth. Men of Quality, particularly the younger Sort, some Ladies of Reputation and Vertue, and abundance of Damsels that hunt for Prey, sit all together in this Place, Higgledy-piggledy, chatter, toy, play hear, hear not.
Page 305 - Ring of by-standers encourage the Combatants with great delight of heart, and never part them while they fight according to the Rules : and these by-standers are not only other Boys, Porters, and Rabble, but all sorts of Men of Fashion ; some thrusting by the Mob, that they may see plain, others getting upon Stalls ; and all would hire places if Scaffolds could be built in a moment.
Page 25 - Horn, but to slide one of them under the Dog's Belly (who creeps close to the Ground to hinder it) and to throw him so high in the Air that he may break his Neck in the Fall. This...
Page 90 - This should be at least half-a-foot longer than the body, that the feet of the deceased may be wrapped in it as in a bag. Upon the head they put a cap, which they fasten with a very broad chin-cloth, with gloves on the hands, and a cravat round the neck, all of woollen. The women have a kind of head-dress with a forehead cloth.
Page 24 - They tie a Rope to the Root of the Horns of the Ox or Bull, and fasten the other End of the Cord to an Iron Ring fix'd to a Stake driven into the Ground ; so that this Cord being about 1 5 Foot long, the Bull is confin'd to a Sphere of about 30 Foot Diameter.
Page 21 - They are reckoned at several thousands, but though there are indeed a great many, I believe the number is exaggerated. The city of London being very long, it is a great conveniency to be able sometimes to make use of this way of carriage. You sit at your ease upon cushions and have a board to lean against, but generally they have no covering, unless a cloth which the watermen set up immediately, in case of need, over a few hoops, and sometimes you are wet to the skin for all this. It is...
Page 308 - Within these few years you should often see a sort of gladiators marching thro' the streets, in their shirts to the waste, their sleeves tuck'd up, sword in hand, and preceded by a drum, to gather spectators. They gave so much a head to see the fight, which was with cutting swords, and a kind of buckler for defence. The edge of the sword was a little blunted, and the care of the prize-fighters was not so much to avoid wounding one another. as to avoid doing it dangerously ; nevertheless, as they...