Gleanings From The Past #42



About nine or ten years ago, the editors of Moore’s Almanac began this attempt by discarding the monthly column containing the moon’s supposed influence on the several members of the human body; and, as an experiment, to ascertain the feeling of the public on the occasion, printed at first only one hundred thousand copies. But the omission was soon detected, and nearly the whole edition was returned on their hands, and they were obliged to reprint the favourite column. The total annual sale of this work by the Stationers’ Company is nearly half a million copies; besides pirated editions of about one hundred thousand copies; and two reprints of it in France, — one at Boulogne and the other at Paris.

— Francis Baily, Astronomical Tables and Formulæ: Together with a Variety of Problems, 1827

Second Life

One Patrick Redmond having been condemned at Cork, in Ireland, to be hanged for street robbery, he was accordingly executed, and hung upwards of twenty-eight minutes ; when the mob carried off the body to a place appointed, where he was, after five or six hours, actually recovered by a surgeon, who made the incision in his wind-pipe called bronchotomy, which produced the desired effect. The poor fellow has since received his pardon.

— The Gentleman’s Magazine, Vol. 37, January 24, 1767


At a soiree given by Mr. Wald at the apartments of the Royal Society in London, the “Newton Collection”, lately bequeathed by the Rev. C. Turner was exhibited for the first time. Among the articles is the philosopher’s gold watch, in a richly-chased case, bearing a medallion with Newton’s likeness and the following inscription: “Mrs. Catherine Conduit to Sir Isaac Newton, Jan. 4, 1708”

Bizarre: From Farside to Wayside, Vol. 3, May 7, 1853

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