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Johnson, J. mss., ca. 1740-1759


Set 14. All Wisdom comes down

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Scope Note

Set of 40 unnumbered lesson cards of religious and secular topics, fables, remedies, and verses, arranged by first lines. With cord hangers, borders in brown, orange, and green Dutch paper. Verso pasted with cut-out colored figures, occasionally related to the lines on the recto. 35 items.


[1] All wisdom comes down

Transcription:

All Wisdom comes down/ From the Great God above/ And to Practice that Wisdom/ Is Friend-ship and Love/ Be not Peevish, or cross/ But be Merry and glad,/ For good Boys have no cause/ For to Cry, or look sad.

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8.5 x 10.7 cm

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[2] Ambrose Brooks

Transcription:

Ambrose Brooks, and Abel Bark-/ er, Groom, and Butler to Sir/ Stephen Marwood, one of them car-/ rying a Venison Pasty out of the/ Parlour, which was for Dinner at/ the first Course, & the other carrying/ a Dish of Tarts and Cheese-cakes/ for the Second Course.

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8.5 x 10.7 cm

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[3] As the Goat goes to browze

Transcription:

As the Goat goes to browze,/ Thus her Charge does begin;/ Be advis'd, my dear Kid,/ And let Nobody in./ The Wolf over-hearing/ For Admittance does try,/ But the kid answer'd, no;/ I'll not trust you, not I.

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8.5 x 10.7 cm

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[4] A bee stung a bear

Transcription:

A Bee Stung a Bear, and for/ the rash Action,/ The Bear from the Hive wou'd/ Demand Satisfaction:/ While he rifles the Hive, a/ Swarm of Bees flies out,/ And stings the poor Bear, till/ they stung both his Eyes out.

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8.5 x 10.7 cm

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[5] The blessed virgin Mary

Transcription:

The Blessed Virgin Mary,/ with Jesus Christ Sucking/ at her breast, & riding upon an/ Ass; as the custom was in those/ days. She is going into Egypt,/ as the angel directed Joseph/ in a dream, in order to avoid/ King Herod's cruel Massacre.

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8.5 x 10.7 cm

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[6] The circumcision of Jesus

Transcription:

The Circumcision of Jesus/ Christ, when he was but eight/ days old; according to the Law/ of Moses, that every Male Child/ shou'd be circumcised. which/ Law was first given by God him-/ self, to the Patriarch Abraham,/ when he was ninety nine years/ old

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8.5 x 10.7 cm

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[7] A clown

Transcription:

A Clown that was vext with/ abundance of Flies,/ To drive them away with/ a Firebrand tries:/ This while he with wonderful/ Courage essays,/ His thatch'd Habitation is/ set in a Blaze.

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8.5 x 10.7 cm

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[8] A cock upon a dunghill

Transcription:

A Cock upon a Dunghill bred,/ Finding a Jewel, only said,/ Some Jeweller, with High Esteem,/ Would doat upon this Taudry Gem;/ One Barley Corn I had rather see,/ For what are Diamonds to me.

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8.5 x 10.7 cm

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[9] David Morris

Transcription:

David Morris, one Farmer/ Nicholas Bagshaw's/ Shepherd, with two Sheep, in/ Orton Field in the County of/ Westmoreland, he is driving/ one of them along. with his/ Hat, to Burton market to sell it.

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8.5 x 10.7 cm

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[10] Doctor Berkley

Transcription:

Doctor Berkley the good/ Bishop of Cloyne in Ireland;/ advising Mrs. Wilson who has/ got a Cancer in her Breast to drink/ Tarwater, and he is likewise send-/ ing Patrick Norway his Servant/ with a Pitcher of Tarwater, to a/ poor woman in Schoolhouse-lane/ that has got an Ague and Fever.

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8.5 x 10.7 cm

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[11] A dog that was an errant thief

Transcription:

A Dog that was an Errant Thief,/ Had Stole, it seems, a piece of Beef;/ And o'er a River swam, for fear/ Justice should fall upon his Rear:/ The Figure of this Beef did seem/ so lively painted in the Stream,/ That he for a fresh Booty hope'd/ And greedy at the Shadow chopt:/ So he let go the Prize he had,/ which vex'd him so, that he ran mad.

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8.5 x 10.7 cm

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[12] Enoch Martyr

Transcription:

Enoch Martyr, Footman to/ the Bishop of Cloyne; filling/ six large jars, in order to make/ Tarwater, which is the best/ Medicine in the world for a Fever,/ Consumption, the Small pox,/ Kings Evil, & all sorts of disor-/ders, & to preserve health.

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8.5 x 10.7 cm

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[13] A farmer came home

Description of item:

The story of the master who killed his faithful dog which saved his child from a snake.

Transcription:

A Farmer came home, and his Cradle he found,/ Turn'd quite topsy-turvey, the cloths on the ground/ He frown'd at his Dog by the Cradle that Stood;/ And Seeing his Mouth smeer'd over with Blood,/ He Stab'd him in Anger, without looking further;/ He took it for granted his dog had done Murther:/ But turning the Cradle, he found his Mistake,/ The Child was alive, but there lay a dead Snake,/ with the poor faithful Cur, to stay a Disaster,/ Had Slain in Defense of his hard-hearted Master.

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8.5 x 10.7 cm

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[14] A great many gentlemen

Transcription:

A Great many Gentlemen, and/ Ladys, at a table, at dinner, at/ a Marriage, at Cana of Galilee;/ when Jesus Christ, perform'd that/ great Miracle, of turning six/ large pots full of water, into the/ finest of wine, with only a word/ speaking.

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8.5 x 10.7 cm

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[15] A great many pretty little angels

Transcription:

A Great many pretty little/ Angels, riding upon the/ Clouds, to meet Master Jacky/ Dashwood, who is just dead, and/ because he was very good, and/ made it his constant Study to please/ God; is now going to Heaven, and/ the angels are all very glad to see him.

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8.5 x 10.7 cm

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[16] A hedgehog

Transcription:

A Hedgehog that was on his/ Journey benighted,/ A Snake very kindly to/ Shelter invited:/ The Hedgehog approv'd of/ the Lodging so well,/ The Snake could no more/ get him out of his cell.

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8.5 x 10.7 cm

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[17] Jesus Christ

Transcription:

Jesus Christ, when he was but/ six weeks old, brought to the Tem-/ ple at Jerusalem, & presented to/ the Lord; by the High Priest; who/ has him in his Arms, & the Virgin/ Mary kneels down, & offers a Sacri-/ fice, of two young Pidgeons, as the/ custom was in those days, according/ to the Law of the Jews.

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8.5 x 10.7 cm

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[18] John Pope

Transcription:

John Pope, a good old Shepherd repeat-/ ing the following verses to himself./ All covet Happiness/ But Oh! how few/ To Gain that Happiness/ The Right way pursue./ More pains men take/ to serve the Fiend of Hell/ Than they need take, in/ Realms of Bliss to dwell.

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8.5 x 10.7 cm

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[19] The lion brave

Transcription:

The Lion Brave and Generous,/ Once in his Life had sav'd a Mouse,/ And little thought in time to see/ The Mouse as Generous as he;/ Till being hamper'd in a Net,/ Where 'twas in vain to roar and fret,/ He found what he expected least,/ His Safety from so small a Beast./ The Mouse did that which made him wonder/ And gnaw'd the stubborn Snare asunder.

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8.5 x 10.7 cm

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[20] Master Isaac Seabright

Transcription:

Master Isaac Seabright, Son/ to Sir Charles Seabright, a/ dying of Convulsion-Fits when he/ was but three days old; his Nurse/ sits by him, and Doctor Thomas,/ Bishop of Lincoln, is going to/ Baptize him before he is quite/ dead.

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8.5 x 10.7 cm

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[21] Mr. Christopher

Transcription:

Mr. Christopher, an old He/ Goat, with a huge long/ Beard, eating thistles, in Sir/ Francis Morgan's Park in Radnor-/ shire in Wales, and Martin Lum-/ ley a Plough Boy going to drive him/ away, or else to catch him with his/ hands.

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8.5 x 10.7 cm

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[22] More instances

Transcription:

More instances of wicked/ King Herod's cruelty/ in killing the young children. O!/ What a sad vile creature he was,/ who wou'd not rather be a Beggar?/ a Chimney Sweeper? nay or a/ Tom-Turd-man than such a king.

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8.5 x 10.7 cm

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[23] An old country squire

Transcription:

An old country Squire lov'd Dogs at (his heart),/ And he & his Kennel cou'd ne'er dwell apart;/ But one day his Son by a Villanous Hound/ was bit so severely, he died of the Wound:/ which put the old Spark in so grevious a passion/ past Condemnation;/ So Ringwood, & Jowler, & Rockwood & Tray,/ Tho' harmless, were hang'd as they (came in the way.

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8.5 x 10.7 cm

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[24] Oronoko

Transcription:

Oronoko, a Black Boy, Page to/ his Grace the Duke of Northum-/ berland, telling Oliver Brom-/ field the Duke's Gardiner; that he/ must bring in some Cucumbers/ green Pease, Kidney-Beans, Horse-/ Radish, Asparagus Artichokes &/ Colly-Flowers, ready for Dinner.

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8.5 x 10.7 cm

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[25] An oxford scholar

Transcription:

An Oxford Scholar in/ his Study, sitting by a/ Table with Mathematical/ Instruments before him, and/ a Globe of the World standing/ on the ground by him.

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8.5 x 10.7 cm

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[26] Plato, Socrates, and Seneca

Transcription:

Plato, Socrates, and Seneca, three/ of the Ancient Wise Philosophers/ talking together about the Immor-/ tality of the Soul, the Happiness of a/ future Life, & the shortness of this;/ As one Drop of water/ To the Boundless Sea;/ Is the longest Life, compar'd/ To Eternity.

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8.5 x 10.7 cm

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[27] Rowland & Rosamund Percival

Transcription:

Rowland, & Rosamund Percival/ an honest country man & his wife/ walking to Sturbridge Fair to sell/ Eggs, Apples & Turneps, & to buy/ a new Hat, Stockings, Shoes, Lea-/ ther Breeches, and a Knife and/ Fork for their little son Edward/ who is a very good Boy & cou'd write/ & Read before he was eight years old.

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8.5 x 10.7 cm

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[28] A schoolboy

Transcription:

A Schoolboy was once so dull in his way,/ He cou'd not be taught so much as great A/ His Schoolfellows jested upon his thick skull/ Nay, hold, says the Youngster, I am not so dull;/ But if I learn A, which I cou'd soon do,/ They'll put me to B, C, & all the Cross Row:/ Now that wou'd exceedingly trouble my (Gizard,/ For learning of A, to be run down to Izard.

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[29] Simon Lord Lovat

Description of item:

Refers to April 9, 1747.

Transcription:

Simon Lord Lovat; sitting in the/ Tower leaning upon a stone Pillar;/ and Edmund Newton his Servant/ bringing him a large glass of French/ Brandy. On thursday April the/ ninth, one Thousand, seven-Hun-/ dred, & forty seven his Head was/ Cut off, on Tower Hill for High/ Treason: he being then fourscore/ years of age.

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[30] A stork

Transcription:

A Stork thro' Misfortune,/ Was trapann'd with a Crane;/ He pleaded his good Deeds,/ But pleaded in vain./ The Crane is a Villain,/ The Farmer replies,/ And he that's his Comrade/ Most certainly dies.

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[31] There was a grey cat

Transcription:

There was a grey Cat,/ And She got up a tree,/ And when she was there, She/ Was Stung by a Bee/ Which made her cry Mew, and/ Down jumped She.

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8.5 x 10.7 cm

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[32] There was a little man

Transcription:

There was a little Man,/ And he had a little Gun,/ He Shot at two Crows, and/ He killed but one./ The other Flew away,/ For he did not choose to stay,/ For fear he should Shoot him/ Before he had done.

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8.5 x 10.7 cm

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[33] There was a little mouse

Transcription:

There was a little Mouse/ And She came to our house,/ And a great black Cat,/ That was very fat,/ Did kill this pretty Mouse,/ That came to our House.

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8.5 x 10.7 cm

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[34] Two tame swans

Transcription:

Two tame Swans swimming/ in the River they are the/ Property of George Wrighte/ Esquire, Member of Parliament./ of Gothurst, or Gay-Hurst near/ Newport Pagnel in the County of Bucks.

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8.5 x 10.7 cm

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[35] A wanton young shepherd

Description of item:

The boy who cried wolf.

Transcription:

A Wanton young Shepherd,/ Tho' no danger near,/ Bawls out, Help! Neighbours, help/ The Wolf, Sirs, is here./ They come, but are laugh'd at:/ Soon he roars, out again,/ Now the Wolf's here indeed,/ But he roars out in vain.

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8.5 x 10.7 cm

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