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26.—Tho personal appearance of Lord Jeffrey, the first recognised editor of the BdAibwryA Bar few, was not remarkable. Els complexion was very swarthy; his features were good and Intcllectnal in cnst and expression ; his forehead high and lips firmly set. He was very diminutive in stature—a circumstance that called forth innumerable jokes from his friend Sydney Smith, who once said,** Look at my little friend Jeffrey; he hnsn't body enongh to cover his mind decently with ; his intellect is indecently exposed."
On another occasion, Jeffrey having arrived unexpectedly at Foston when Smith was from home, amused himself by joining the children, who were riding a donkey. After a time, greatly to the delight of the youngsters, he mounted the animal, and Smith, returning at the same time, sang the following impromptu:—
" IFWy os JTbraffwa FfoccMS,
Great aVocoWw as GraceAU*, gAort, but not as/at as BaceAnA, Bfdfny on a Zdffe Jackass/" His fondness for children, was remarkable. He was never so happy as when In their society, and was a most good-humoured and devoted husband and father.
28. — The two tallest kings In history, if tradition bo true, wore probably Charlemagne and Maximums of Bome. The former was over eight feet high, and so strong that with thumbs and Angers he could straighten three horseshoes at once. Slaximlnus, the Boman Emperor, was eight feet six inches, and incredible stories of his physical strength are told by ancient historians.
But In this unbelieving age we may be excused if we refuse to believe most of the tales regarding these worthies, and deduct a foot or two off their height.
30.—Early on tho morning of bis execution, Charles f. said to Sir Thomas Herbert, tho King's Groom of the Chambers, who attended his last hours:
"Herbert, this is my second mar-rlnge day. I would be as trim today as May 6s; /or 64/bre nfyA* f Aope (o (w espoused *o my Messed Jesus."
He then appointed what clothes ho would wear: "&et me Aare a sAfrf on more Man ordinary," said he, "6y reason (As season is go sAarp as prob-ab/y may mate me sAa&e, ieAfc7& some observers isifZ imayine proceeds /rom /ear. Z woofd Rare no sack &n-pufaMon. 7 /ear not deatA / DeaWt is no* terribfe to me. f bfess my Cod J nm prepared."
Tho morning was so Intensely cold that the Thaidos was conslder-abjy.if not wholly, frozen over.
labour is resf-^om (As sorrows *Aat greefus.
Best /rem off peffy wzaiions iAaf meeftfs;
Best /ro?A sfn's prompff?^ iAaf seer enfreafne,
Beef /roiw teorZd sirens tAa* fare us io iff.
THE name of Viuceot de Paul is almost uukoowD to the geaeral public of Britain. The case is very different, however, as respects Fraace, the laod of his Dativity. There he holds the same rank which Howard holds la our owD coimtry; aad, like him, he deserves to bekDowD wherever beDevolence is hoooured and genius admired.
Vincent de Paul was bom at RaaqniDes, a hamlet iD the departmeat of the Landes, on the 24th of April, 1576. His parents were Dot wealthy, aod iD boyhood he was eDtrusted with the humble ofHce of teDdlDg their sheep.
At the age of twelve lie was placed uuder the Cordeliers of Acqs, in order receive his educatloD. He Diade rapid progress ia study, and at sixteeD had qualified hluiself for becomiDg tutor to a respectable family, iD which he ac: quired sufHcient DieaDs to recompense his pareDts for their past outlay and complete his course of training for the priesthood.
A coDsiderable snm was left to him iD 1605, sooD after which eveat, while sailing with a A-Iend to Narbonne, he was takeD prisoner by a Tmkish corsair aDd carried to Tunis. There he was sold as a slave, and for two years eDdured the hardest fortunes, DDder succcssivc masters.
By a fortunate. circumstance, however, he procured his liberty, and Avas restored to his Dative land. Soon after his return, Vincent de Paul accompanied the vice-legate to Rome, and gained so much OD the esteem of the Pope and other high ecclesiastical dignitaries that he was sent by them on a mission to Henry IV. in the year 1609. His subseqneDt DomlnatioD to the office of almoDer to-the Preach queen, Marguerite of Valois, exposed him to such temptations that ho soon resigned the office, and sought repose of conscience In retirement.
After holding a rural curacy for some time, Vincent was appointed tutor to the three sons of the Count de Joigny, absentee-governor of the convict-galleys at Marseilles; but, pressed again by a tender conscience, he left for a time that household, to undertake the spiritual charge of Chatillon-les-Dombes, in Bresse. This place, notorious for the vicious habits of its population, became, nnder the tye of its zealons pastor, the abode of liapplness and virtue.
The poor and infirm were already the peculiar charge of Vincent de Paul; and it was here that he established for their benefit his first Fellowship of Charity (Coi^Wrfe de CAarMe), an institution which became the model of numerous others subsequently fohned in France.
ViDcent returned to the family of De Joigny in 1617, at tho pressing entreaties of the couotess, who had felt his loss deeply. He now entered earnestly on the fbrmatloD of missioDS for the religious instruction of rural places, where it was greatly required.
But a much more striking task to which Vincent de Paul devoted himself was one connected with the galley-coavlcts. Receiving leave from the Count de Joigny, he commenced by purchasing, in the street Saint Honord, a building large enough to receive all the convicts of Paris condemned to the galleys. He then made aD appeal to the charity of his Mends/In order to enable him to perfect that establishment for the reception of the convicts. The result was that by indefatigable personal exertions he restored comfort to these unhappy persons, and converted them from reckless and blaspheming maniacs Into peaceful and resigned peniteDts.
All.meD marvelled at the change effected by the uowearied zeal of a solitary individual, and the king was so much struck by the spectacle that he appointed Vinceot de Paul, iD 1619, almoDer-geDeral of the coDvict-galleys of Fraoce, iD which office it was in his power to extend greatly the range of his beDefactiODs. He was also entrusted with the government of the first coDveat of the VisitatioD at Paris.
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