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presented to the parish by his Majesty. Here are some good monuments; the principal of which is that to the memory of the learned Sir Thomas REEVE, Lord Chief Justice of the Court of Common Pleas, who died, 1736, at Windsor: it was erected at the expense of Dr. Mead, and Dr. Freind was the author of the long Latin inscription. There is a tablet to the memory of that celebrated physician, DR. WILLIAM HEBERDEN, who died, 1801, at his house near Windsor :
Here the great Masters of the HPALING ART,
These mighty mock-defrauders of the Tomb,
are thy boasted implements of Art,
thou doughty Keeper from the Grave;
Here are places of worship for the denominations of Protestant Dissenters worshipping the Supreme Being according to the dictates of their consciences. CHURCHMAN and DISSENTER have every incitement, fearing God and honouring the King, to approve themselves valuable members of the community.
A FREE-SCHOOL, erected in 1706, for the reception of twenty boys and twenty girls, who are clothed and educated by the interest of various legacies, assisted by the subscription of the inhabi
tants, must render an essential benefit to the rising generation.
The town of Windsor contains upwards of five hundred houses and three thousand inhabitants. It has some inns, fitted up in the highest style, for the accommodation of the public. The Corporation, in 1784, granted his Majesty a piece of land for the erection of an HOSPITAL for sick soldiers. And, in 1793, a small, but neat THEATRE was erected, but the seasons of representation are restricted to the Eton Vacations. In the year 1795, convenient BARRACKS were built for seven hundred infantry, and, in 1801, a large building was raised for the reception of four hundred cavalry. Occasionally I frequented these barracks, where I amused myself by listening to the sonorous tones of martial music and by witnessing the dextrous evolutions of the soldiery. The MILITARY is an immense machine which may be employed either for the preservation or for the destruction of a state! The immortal Locke, and other writers on freedom, reprobate a standing army in times of peace, as inimical to the interests of LiBERTY. Ever since the trial and execution of Charles the First, which was conducted under the auspices of the military, soldiers are withdrawn to a certain distance from county towns at the time of the assizes, lest the military, by overawing the civil power, should poison the very fountain-head of integrity. Our excellent constitution thus provides for the due administration of justice, a blessing of in
estimable importance. The legitimate objects of an armed sodiery are, to quell the fury of a mob and to repel an invading enemy.
This account of WINDSOR shall be concluded with the notice of a very singular family, who, about the year 1740, excited great attention. The COUNTESS of HERTFORD thus relates the story, in a letter to Lady Pomfret, dated Richings, near Iver, Bucks, August 4, 1740:
“ I cannot help giving your Ladyship an account which I have had lately from persons of veracity and good sense, of A FAMILY who have lived upwards of fifteen years in the town of Windsor. This family consists of an old woman and two sons, the eldest of whom appears to be about forty, and the other only three or four years younger. Since they have first settled here they have never been out of their house (except one of the sons) nor have they suffered any body to go into it.' When they had lived there three or four years, some malicious people broke all their windows towards the street, in order to provoke them to shew themselves, but the poor creatures did not make the least noise or complaint, nor did they ever mend their windows. Some years after, in a wet winter, the neighbours observed one morning that they had put up wooden shutters; these, however, were also soon broken, but they did not appear, nor did they in any shape resent the injury. They mended
them, as it is supposed, themselves, for the shutters appear patched in an awkard manner with rough pieces and old board. Since the breaking of the windows they have always lived backward, which was first discovered by the officers of the Land-Tax, who go regularly once a year and break open their doors to demand it. This intrusion they never strive to resent, but always pay very readily and justly. At their first coming to Windsor they took up goods of a mercer of that town to the value of seven or eight pounds, but did not pay for them. He has been ever since endeavouring to see or speak to then in order to get his money, and has several times employed bailiffs to serve them with writs, but in vain, for they did not dare to break open the doors, and people may call, knock, and insult them for four and twenty hours together and they will not answer nor seem to hear. This year, however, the officers of the landtax gave the bailiffs notice when they were to go, and they got in along with them, and though the original debt was increased to nearly double by the various law expenses, they paid it without the least dispute. The recluses have two estates near Windsor, one of which has tenants upon it, but they never demand any rent, nor can their farmer get any sight of them. The tenant of the other died some years ago, since which time the ground hath laid uncultivated, nor have they endeavoured to let it. The neighbouring cottagers put in cows, horses, hogs, or whatever they
please, and the owners never inquire about the matter, The land-tax gutherers say, they are hale well looking people, who speak little, but that little courteously and sensibly. When they are asked the reason of their living in this manner, and how they procure food and clothes, they are entirely silent.
“ This odd behaviour has raised my curiosity so much that I have set two or three emissaries to work, to try if I can get any particulars respecting them, that can give me an insight into the principle which occasions so strange a manner of living. If I succeed I'shall certainly inform you of the result of my inquiry
“ F. HERTFORD."
The Countess of Hertford seems to have obtained no further information ; but “ the name of the family was Olave, and an old Pie-woman carried them provisions, but never saw them. On a signal being made, a hand took in the basket and returned it with nioney and orders.
When the mother died they gave no notice, till the neighbours were incommoded, and insisted on the burial of the corpse. After the death of one brother the other sometimes appeared; he was a deplorable figure, with a sallow complexion and a long beard. It is supposed to be parsimony, though of a very singular kind, which induced these people to such an extraordinary life, and that they had hidden money in the house, for soon after the death of the last