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Examples of Bedfordshire
For, though fate, more than choice, seems to have placed him in the service of a Knight so notorious, both in his person and politics, yet, by the rule of contraries, one may observe throughout his whole Poem, that he was most orthodox, both in his religion and loyalty.
He was after this recommended to that great encourager of learning, Elizabeth Countess of Kent, where he had not only the opportunity to consult all manner of learned books, but to converse also with that living library of learning, the great Mr Selden.
His discourses were remarkably strong, and of a kind seldom, or indeed never, heard now.
He was understood to have peculiar opinions about second marriages, although he kept them very much to himself.
Our informant could not state whether this was a local or individual superstition."-_Magazine of Natural History_.
The manner of communicating the intelligence to the little community, with due form and ceremony, is this: to take the key of the house, and knock with it three times against the hive, telling the inmates, at the same time, that their master or mistress, &c., (as the case may be,) is dead!