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Esoteric Buddhism

A. P. Sinnett


Further Adventures of an Irish R. M.

Edith Somerville and Martin Ross


The Art of Worldly Wisdom

Baltasar Gracian


The Story of Doctor Dolittle

Hugh Lofting


Gleanings of a wanderer

by England

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there. Before tliese are stalls for the Prebendary -and others of the clergy, thirty in number, composed of marble, and ornamented by pillars of alabaster. The ascent to the altar is by sixteen steps of marble, ind the floor of the whole church is composed of the same material.

The Chapter-House, accounted one of the noblest specimens of Gothic architecture, is of at) octagon form; in diameter no less than sixty-three feat, and sixty in height, yet without a single pillar to support its roofs' which is curiously carved and has been once richly gilt, but time which bringeth all things to decay, has tarnished its histre, and almost totally destroyed the former splendour of its appearance.

Ih the vestry-room arc several antiquities worthy of notice, asd amongst the«*i an elephant's tooth, m the form of a drinking horn, which Ulphus, one of the Northumbrian Lords, earned! to York at a time when he had reason to believe his sons wonld disagree aljout the distribution of his lands at his decease, and fitting with liquor, drank off, as a testimony of his having made over all his estates to the use of the church, a donation doubtless very cordially welcomed, and which now yields a considerable revenue—they are termed in the records Terra Ulphi.

Prom the top of the towers, and from the roof of the cathedral, the prospect over the city, and adjacent country, is extremely beautiful; woods, hills, and fertile meadows, villas, gardens, villages, and rich enclosures, appear immediately beneath the eye, and altogether form one of the most extensive and charming landscapes that can well be imagined.

Besides the Minster, there are several other handsome churches in York, but none of them meriting a particular description. In ancient times, this city contained a greater number ot* religious houses, titan any other in England, amongst which was the abbey, as it was called, a large building dedicated to the Virgin, situated outside the gate named Bootham; but little of it now remains, and that little, exhibiting no traces of uncommon grandeur. It was built in the reign of William liufus, and so richly endowed, that at the suppression of religious houses its annual reveime amounted to upwards of 200Q1. sterling. By the same Prince, an hospital for the poor was erected, which also had a large revenue, but it too was dottroyed at the Reformation.

The Ouse, which runs through the centre of the city, is usually covered with vessels of considerable burden, and along its northern bank, a broad level walk extends above, a mile, adorned by rows of trees, and forming an agreeable and <:onvenieut place of recreation for the citizens: k is not, however. YORK CASTLE, THE THIATRB, &C. 5

kept in wch tiice order, as it merits, nor is it the frequrnt resort of persons in genteel life; the cause of which, may readily be attributed to Us being left in disorder, and like other public walks in large towns, the haunt of persons of the very worst kind, whose conversation and behaviour too frequently afford occasion for disgust, and tend to banish from the place intended as a convenience to the citizen*, all decent and well-disposed persons above the lowest order of the people. A bridge of five arches, connects the two sides of the city, but its appearance is greatly injured by an old ugly pile, left standmg at one of its ends, in which debtors are confined, and almost, it may be added, excluded from every breath of fresh air.

The castle, which was once considered a place of no little importance, 1ms within these few years been repaired and beautified, and is now converted into a prison for criminals and debtors, containing within its spacious walls, commodious halls for the trials of prisoners at the assizes, a chapel, and a large airy yard, with all other requiste accommodations.

The mansion house, a respectable-looking building, was erected in the beginning of the lust century, and is the residence of the Lord Mayor while in office, to whom only, excepting the Chief Magistrate of the metropolis, belongs the tide of Lord Mayor: near to the mansion house stands the Guildhall, a heavy Gothic structure, in which all corporation affairs are transected.


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