Times to Tintoretto of England

Times (The), a newspaper founded by John Walter, in 1785. It was first called The London Daily Universal Register; in 1788 the words The Times or … were added. This long title was never tolerated by the public, which always spoke of the journal as The Register, till the original title was suppressed, and the present title, The Times, remained. In 1803 John Walter, son of the founder, became manager, and greatly improved the character of the paper, and in 1814 introduced a steam press. He died in 1847, and was succeeded by his son John Walter III. In the editorial department, John (afterwards “sir John”) Stoddart (nicknamed “Dr. Slop”), who began to write political articles in The Times in 1810, was appointed editor in 1812, but in 1816 was dismissed for his rabid hatred of Napoleon. He tried to establish an opposition journal, The New Times, which proved an utter failure. Sir John Stoddart was succeeded by John Stebbing; then followed Thomas Barnes (“Mr. T. Bounce”), who remained editor till his death, in 1841. W. F. A. Delane came next, and continued till 1858, when his son, John Thaddeus Delane (who died in 1879), succeeded him.

Called “The Thunderer” from an article contributed by captain E. Sterling, beginning, “We thundered forth the other day an article on the subject of social and political reform;” and “The Turnabout,” because its politics are guided by the times, and are not fossilized whig or tory.

Timias, king Arthur’s ’squire. He went after the “wicked foster,” from whom Florimel fled, and the “foster” with his two brothers, falling on him, were all slain. Timias, overcome by fatigue, now fell from his horse in a swoon, and Belphœbê the huntress, happening to see him fall, ran to his succour, applied an ointment to his wounds, and bound them with her scarf. The ’squire, opening his eyes, exclaimed, “Angel or goddess; do I call thee right?” “Neither,” replied the maid, “but only a wood-nymph.” Then was he set upon his horse and taken to Belphœbê’s pavilion, where he soon “recovered from his wounds, but lost his heart” (bk. iii. 6). In bk. iv. 7 Belphœbê subsequently found Timias in dalliance with Amoret, and said to him, “Is this thy faith?” She said no more, “but turned her face and fled.” This is an allusion to sir Walter Raleigh’s amour with Elizabeth Throgmorton (Amoret), one of the queen’s maids of honour, which drew upon sir Walter (Timias) the passionate displeasure of his royal mistress (Belphœbê or queen Elizabeth).—Spenser: Faërie Queene, iii. (1590).

Timms (Corporal), a non-commissioned officer in Waverley’s regiment.—Sir W. Scott: Waverley (time, George II.).

Timoleon, the Corinthian. He hated tyranny, and slew his own brother, whom he dearly loved, because he tried to make himself absolute in Corinth. “Timophanês he loved, but freedom more.”

The fair Corinthian boast
Timoleon, happy temper, mild and firm,
Who wept the brother while the tyrant bled.
   —Thomson: The Seasons (“Winter,” 1726)

Timon, in Pope’s Moral Essays (epistle iv.), is meant for the first duke of Chandos, who had a great passion for splendid buildings. His seat, described in the poem, was called “Canons.”

Timon of Athens, the Man-hater, who lived in the time of the Peloponnesian war. Shakespeare has a drama so called (1609). The drama begins with the joyous life of Timon, and his hospitable extravagance; then launches into his pecuniary embarrassment, and the discovery that his “professed friends” will not help him; and ends with his flight into the woods, his misanthropy, and his death.

When he [Horace Walpole] talked misanthropy, he out-Timoned Timon.—Macaulay.

On one occasion, Timon said, “I have a fig tree in my garden which I once intended to cut down; but I shall let it stand, that any one who likes may go and hang himself on it.”

Lord Lytton wrote a poem called The New Timon, (1845). Shadwell wrote a play called Timon of Athens, the Man-Hater (1678).

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