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Or step to grandeur through the paths of dom possess. Indeed, it perhaps may Despair and Genius are tno oft connected. shame, Within the agez which before me pass

And wear a deeper brand and gaudier chain?' ltified with the events of the time, that

be said that Mr. Pitt's life was so idenAit shall resume and equal even the sway This poem opens a fine field for his little of him remains to be known to

With which Apelles and old Phidias She held in Hella's unforgotten day.

fordship's talents, and when he comes the public; but to an individual, who, Ye shall be taught by Ruin to revive

to detail the more recent events in the like the Bishop of Winchester, has been The Grecian forins at least froin their decay, history of Italy, he will have a noble behind the curtain, and through het And Roman souls at last again shall live theme for his muse. In conclusion, we 1: Poman works wrought by Italian hands, cannot but think, that high as lois lord- such a world, there must have appear

loop-holes of retreat' has peeped at Asi temples, lostier than the old temples, ship's reputation already stands, it will ed much that was kept from public Ness wonders to the world; and while still be considerably raised by the volume view. The two volumes now published stands

before us.
We conless that we did

only form a portion of the work, and The austere Pantheon, into heaven shall soar not think he would have succeeded so bring the life of Mr. Pitt down to the

A domne, its image, while the base expands well in a dranatic effort. We expected declaration of war by France in 1793, 11:0 a fane surpassing all before,

Such as all tiesh shåll Hock to kneel in : ne'er many beautiful and striking passages a remarkable epoch in the life of the

Sucu sight hath been unfolded by a door As this, to which all nations shall repair

think that the unity and connection of prenier, and in the history of his And lay their sins at this huge gate of hea- the incidents would have been so well expected, will be comprized in one vo

country. The remaining portion, it is And the bold Architect unto whose care

maintained. The tragedy has already lume, for which,' says the right reveTiieiaring charge to raise it shall be given, heen produced on the stage, for an ac- rend author, • I re

reserve what relates to Whom all arts shall acknowledge as their count of which we must refer to our Mr. Pitt's private life; and arduous lord, dramatic review.

as has been the task of describing his Whether into the marble chnos driven I:s chisel bid the Hebrcsv, ai whose word

ministerial conduct, l foresee far isiael left Egipt, stop the waves in store,

Memoirs of the Life of the Right greater difficulty in giving a just notion Or hues of hell be by his pencil pour'd Honourable William Pitt. By George of his manners, temper, and disposiOver the damn'd before the Judgment throne; Such as I saw them, such as ali shall see,

Tomline, D. D. F. R. S. Lord tion, which I always considered as Or fanez be built of grandeur yet unknown,

Bishop of Winchester. 4to. Vols. constituting the most extraordinary Tie stream of his great thoughts swali spring

I. and II. pp. 1203. London, 1921. part of his character.'
There is, perhaps, no power on earth

The religious and political princiThe Ghibelline, who traversed the three

so despotic as that of the critic; he ples of the Bisliop of Winchester are realms which form the empire of eternity.

brings the whole world to the judg- well kuown: in the former, his rank in Aundst the clash of swords, and clang of eelmis, meni seat, passes sentence on kinys the church indicates his orthodoxy, and The age which I anticipate, no less and princes with as little concern as on in the latter, it must be expected that

allwethe Age of Beauty, and while whelms the meanest of their subjects, and will the friend and companion of Pitt was Çulamity the nations with distress, "The genius of my country shall arise,

condemn an emperor with as much an advocate of his principles. In adA Cedar towering o'er the Wilderness, composure as the pope, in the heyday vocating these, however, our author Liely in all its branches to all eyes,

of his power, would feel in putting his has not departed from that liberality Fragrant as fair, and recognized afar, foot on the neck of a rebellious prince. which ought to guide every discussion. Waiting its native inceuse through the skies. Already have we in the present' num. We now close our remarks to take a Supercigas

, shall pause amidst their sport of ber passed judgınent on a lay peer, hasty review of the life of this distinVean'd for an hour from blood, to turn and and now a spiritual one is brought be-guished individual.

fore us, and that a prelate of one of the Mr. Pitt, the second son of the great gaze On canvass or on stone ; and they who mar richest sees in the country.

Lord Chatham, was born on the 28th Al beauty upon earth, compeli'd to praise, The life of Mr. Pitt, who directed of May, 1759. lo his youth he made Shall feel the power of that which they de- the cousels of Great Britain during rapid progress in his learning: in the

stroy ; : And Art's rnistaken gratitude shall raise

the most eventful period of its history, year 1773, his father designing the To tyrants who but take her for a toy

must at all tiines be interesting; but law to be his profession, sent him for Embiems and monuments, and prostitute it becomes doubly so when the rank, the completion of his education to lfer charms to pontiff's proud, who bui ein- talents, and opportunities of his present Pembroke Hall, Cambridge ; but, on

play The mau of genius as the meanest brute

biographer are considered. The Bishop account of his tender age, aud the exTo bear a burthen, and to serve a need,

of Wijchester superintended Mr. Pitt's treine delicacy of his constitution, his To sell his labours, and his soul to boot : education at the University; he aster- former tutor, Mr. Wilson, afterwards Who toils for nations may he poor indeed wards became his confidential secre- canon of Windsor, lived with him in the But free; who sweats for inonarchs is no

tary, and, during his whole life, kept college apartinent; his studies were, Than the gilt chamberlain, who, clothed and up a constant communication with bin however, under the direction of his prefee'd,

upon all matters connected with his sent biographer. At this early age, Stands sleek and slavish, bowing at his door. official situation, having lived with him Mr. Pitt's proficiency in the learned Ob! Power that rulest and inspirest! how

from the beginning of their acquaint languages was so very great, that in Is it that they on earth, whose earthly power

ance to the hour of his death, in the Latin authors he seldom met with difLs likest thine in heaven in outward show, Least like to thee in attributes divine,

most uvreserved and uninterrupted in- ficulty, and it was no uncominon thing Tread on the universal necks that bow, tiinacy; and lastly, having, as one of for him to read into English six or seven And then assure us that their rights are thine? his executors, access to all his papers. pages of Thucydides, which he had not And how is it that they, the sons of fame,

These are advantages rarely united previously seen, without more than two Whose inspiration seeins to them to shine From high, they whom the nations oftest name, in the biographer, and yive to the pre- or three mistakes and sometimes withMust pass their days in penury or pain,

sent work a value which memoirs sel- Tout even one.' Nor was it in learning


only that Mr. Pitt was so much supe. the favour of heaven'smile upon the noble two dancings, in the short time they rior to persons of his age. • Though career !

passed there. One escape from a wasp's a boy in years and appearance, his

ru Little was really disappoint- nest, which proved only an adventure to manners were formed and his behaviour ed at not being in time to see you a talk' of, by the incomparable skill and manly. He mixed in conversation with Me is just as much compounded of the our girls in his carriage with four cern

good mark for my young vivid friend. presence of mind of Mr. Cotton, driving unaffected vivacity; and delivered his elements of air and fire as he was. sentiments with perfect ease, equally due proportion of terrestrial solidity will, into an ambuscade of wasps more fierce

A fine horses, and no postillion. They fell free from shyness and flippancy, and I trust, come, and make him perfect. than Pandours, who beset these coureis always with strict attention to propriety How happy, my loved boy, is it, that your of spirit not inferior to Xanthus and Po. and decorum.' While, he mamma and I can tell ourselves, there is darges, and stung them to madness: was regular in his studies and hubits, at Cambridge one, - without a beard, “and when disdaining the master's hand, te and in the discharge of his religious all the elements so mixed in him, that na- turned them short into a hedge, threw duties, never omited to attend chapel man." I now take leave for to-day, not leaping down, seized the bridles of the

some of them, as he meant to do; and morning and evening. When a child, meaning this for what James calls a regu: leaders, which afforded time for your sishe had been taught to read the Bible lar letter, but a flying thought, that wings ters to get out safe and sound, their honor, by his father, and he appears never to itself towards my absent Williain. Horses in point of courage, intact, as well as have forgotten it:are ready, and all is birth-day.

their bones; for they are celebrated not - "I had frequent opportunities of ob

“ Bradshaw has shone, this auspicious a little on their coinposure in this alarmserving, Mr. Pitt's accurate knowledge of morning, in a very fine-speech of con- ing situation. I rejoice that your tim: the Bible; and I may, I trust, be allowed gratulation; but I foresee, his sun sets passes to your mind, in the evacuated to mention the following anecdote: In the weeping in the lowly west, that is, a fatal seat of the Muses. However, knowing year 1797, I was reading with him, in bowl of punch will," before night, quench that those heavenly ladies (unlike the manuscript, iny. Exposition of the First this luminary of oratory. Adieu, again London fair) delight most, and spread of the Thirty-nine Articles, which l-af. and again, sweet boy; and if you ac,

their choicest charms and treasures in terwards published in the Elements of quire health and strength every time I sweet retired solitude, I wo’n’t wonderthat Christian Theology. There were several wish them to you, you will be a second their true votary is happy to be alone with quotations from Scripture, all of which he Sampson, and, what is more, will, I am them. Mr. Pretyman will by no means remembered, and made no observation sure, keep your hair.

spoil company, and I wish you joy of his upon them. At last, we came to a quota- “Every good wish attend your kind return. How many commons have you tion, at which he stopped and said, "I do fellow traveller and chumnı ; nor will be lost of late? Whose fences have you not recollect that passage in the Bible, and be forgot in our flowing bowls to-day.”

broken ; and in what lord of the manor's it does not sound like Scripture.” It was a quotation from the Apocrypha, which tham added the following postscript:

"To this interesting letter, Lady Cha- pound have any strays of science been

founid, since the famous adventure of he had not read.' It was not only in language, but feelings, my dearest dear hoy, I would address and alacrity :. beg my affec;

"If more could be said expressive of catching the liorses with such adinirable also in mathematics and philosophy, add a letter to this epistle, but as it is tionate compliments to Mr. Wilson, and that Mr. Pitt's attainments were con- composed, I will only sign to its expreso country for the future. Little James is

hope you will both beware of an inclosed siderable. He was a great admirer of sive contents, Locke's Essay on the Human Under- • Your fond and loving mother,

still with us, doing penance for the higla standing : he had an elegant taste for

• Hestek Chatham.' | living so well described to you in Miss the beauties of the English poets, and, In another letter, dated a few days my sweetest boy in more abundance than

Pam's excellent epistle. All loves follow when young, occasionally wrote verses. afterwards, he recommends his son, I have time or ability to express. In May, 1778, Mr. Pitt lost his father : then in a bad state of health, to let his 'I desire my best compliments to the this illustrious statesman saw, with ardour be kept in until he is stronger, kind and obliging master, who loves prophetic ken,' the future greatness when he will make noise enough.' Cicero and you." of his son. This, as well as his affec. As every thing relating to Lord Chat

My readers will be sorry to learn, tionate heart and amiable character, ham is interesting, we cannot deny | Chatham, which I am able to submit to

that the following is the last leiter of Lord appear in the following letters. The ourselves the pleasure of quoting two their perusal ; it was written only sere: first is written by Lord Chatham to more of his letters to his son :

or eight months before his death." Mr. Pitt upon his going to the Uni

Hayes, Sept. 2, 1777.

"Hayes, Sept. 22, 1977. versity in 1773:

"“I write, my dearest. William, the "“ How can I employ my reviving pen *“ Burton Pynsent, Oct. Ith, 1773. poit just going out, only to thank you for so well as by addressing a few lines to • " Thursday's post brought us no let your most welcome letter, and for the af- the hope and comfort of my life, my dear ter from the dear traveller. We trust this iectionate anxiety you express for my si- Williain? You will have pleasure to see, day will prove more satisfactory; it is the tuation, left behind in the hospital, when under my own hand, that I mend every happy day that gave us your brother, and our flying camp moved to Stowe. Gout day, and that I am all but well. I have will not be less in favour with all here, if has for the present subsided, and seems been this inorning to Cainden place, ar.. it should give us, about four o'clock, an to intend deterring his favours till winter, sustained, niost inanfully, a visit, anti all epistle from my dear Williain. By that if autumn will do its duty, and bless us the idle talk thereof, for above an hour hour, I reckon, we shall be warm in our with a course of steady weather; those by Mr. Norman's clock; and returne: cups, and shall not fail to pour forth, with days, which Madame de Sevigné so beau- home, antired, to dinner, where I eat like renewed joy, grateful libations over the tifully paints, des jours filés d'or et de a farmer. Lord Mahon has confounded, much wished tidings of your prosperous soye.

not convinced, the incorrigible soi-disant progress towards your destination. We ó" I have the pleasure to tell you, your

Dr. Wilson. Dr. Franklin's lightning, compute, that yesterday brought you to mother and sisters returned perfectly rebel as he is, stands proved the more the venerable aspect of alma mater ; and well from Bucks, warm in praises of mag- innocent ; and Wilson's' nobs must yield that you are invested today with the toga nificent and princely Stowe; and full of to the pointed conductors. On Friday, virilis. Your race of manly virtue, and due sentiments of the agreeable and kind Lord Mahon's indetatigable spirit is to ex* useful knowledge is now begun, and may reception they found there. No less than I hibit another incendium, to'lord mayor,

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foreign ministers, and all lovers of philo: really not intending to speak, he was from which grour to young unoccupied nen sophy and the good of society; and the beginning collected and unem laarrass- on a circuit; and joined all the little ex: means to illuininate the horizon with a ed; he argued trongly in favour of the cursions to Southampton, Weymouth, little bonfire of twelve hundred faggots bill, and noticed all the objectious which and such parties of amusement as were and a double edifice. Had our dear had been urged by the noble lord who habitually formed. He was extremely friend been born sooner, Nero and the immediately preceded him in the debate, popuar. His name and reputation of second Charles could never have amused in a manner which greatly astonished all high acquirements at the university, comthemselves by reducing to ashes the who heard him. Never were higher ex- manded the attention of his seniors. His two noblest cities in the world. My pectations formed of any person upon his wit, his good humour, and joyous manhand begins to demand repose : -so, with Grst coining into parliainent, and never ners, endeared him to the younger part my best compliments to Aristotle, Homer, were expectations more completely an. of the bar. ln some bribery causes from Thucydides, Xenophon, not forgetting swered. They were indeed much more Criclade, he was retained as junior coun. the civilians, and law of naujons tribe, than answered; such were the fluency sel; but even in that subordinate charac, adieu, my dearest Williain.

and accuracy of language, such the per- ter, he had an opportunity of arguing a "Your ever most affectionate father, spicuity of arrangement, and such the point of evidence with extraordinary

Chatham." , closeness of reasoning, and manly and dig. ability. I remember, also, in an action of Mr. Pitt was called to the bar in much less degree, the fruits of long habit manifested such talents in cross-examina

nified elocution--generally, even in a crim.con. at Exeter, as junior counsel, he June, 1780, and went the Western Cir- and experience that it could scarcely be tion, that it was the universal opinion of

At the general elec- believed to be the first speech of a young the bar, that he should have led the tion in that year, he was an unsuccess- man not yet two-and-twenty.

cause. During his short stay in the proful candidate to represent the Univer- On the following day, Mr. Pitt, know, fession, he never had occasion to address sity of Cambridge in parliament; but, ing my anxiety upon every subject which a jury; but upon a motion in the court of in January, 1781, he was returned for related to him, with his accustomed kind- king's bench, for an habeas corpus to the borough of Appleby in Westmore. ness, wrote to me at Cambridge, to in- bring up a man to be bailed, who was laod. Mr. Pitt's public life was at a

forin me, that "he had heard his own charged with murder, Mr. Pitt made a

voice in the House of Commons;" and speech which excited the adınication of very critical and important moinent: modestly expressed his satisfaction at the the bar, and drew down very complimen. The country was engaged in war with

manner in which his first attempt at parli-tary approbation from Lord Mansfield. North America, Fraure, Spain, and amentary speaking had been received.'

When he first made his brilliant display Holland, without a single ally to assist her. In India, the native powers

Mr. Pitt spoke three times in the in parliament, those at the bar who had

seen little of him, expressed surprise : had entered into a forırdable confe- have male a considerable impression. in a sort of inock debate at the Crown

of that session, and appears to but a few who had heard him once speak deracy to expel the British from the Mr. Fox estimuted his talents from and Anchor tavern, when a club, called country. At home, affairs were not the first. Of this we have the follow the Western Circuit Club, was dissolved, more favourable ; repeated failuris in

agreed, that he had then displayed all our naval and military operations bad ing evidence :

After the close of the session in which the various species of eloquence, for lowered the spirit of the people and Mr. Pitt made these three speeches, a which he was afterwards celebrated, weakened their confidence in govern- friend of Mr. Fox told me, that upon his before he distinguished himself in the mient; trade was in a depressed state; saying to Mr. Fox, " Mr. Pitt, I' think, Holise of Commons, he certainly looked there was a deficiency in the revenues, promises to be one of the first speakers seriously to the law as a profession. The and the resources of the country were ever heard in the House of Coinmons,” | late Mr. Justice Rooke told me, that Mr. considered as nearly exhaustext. How Mr. Fox instantly replied, “ He is so Pitt dangled seven days with a junior vast these resources still were, Mr. Pitt already." From this and other testiino- brief and a single guinea fee, waiting lilla afterwards proved :

nies, it appears, that Mr. Fox was very causeof no sort of inportance should come

early impressed with a high idea of Mr. on in the court of conunon pleas. At Mr. On the 26th of February, a circum- Pitt's talents. It ought to be mentioned, Pitt's instance, an annual dinner took stance of a very remarkable nature occa- to the mutual credit of these two great place for some years at Richmond Hill, sioned Mr. Pitt to make his first speech in men, that in future life, when they were ihe party consisting of Lord Erskine, the House of Commons. The subject of the leaders of two opposite parties, and Lord Redesdale, Sir Williain Grant, Mr. debate was, Mr. Burke's bill for economi- the supporters of different systems of pou Bond, Mr. Leycester, Mr. Jekyll, and cal reform in the civil list. Lord Nugent litics, they always in private spoke of others; and I well remember a dinner, was speaking against the bill; and Mr. each other's abilities with the highest with Mr. Pitt and several of his private Byng, member for Middlesex, knowing respect. Mr. Fox, at a late period of friends, at the Boar's Head in Eastcheap, Mr. Piit's sentiments upon the measure, Mr. Pitt's first adıninistration, said, that in celebration of Shakespeare's Falstaff. asked him to reply to his lordship. Mr. " he had been narrowly watching Mr. We were all in high spirits, quoting and Pitt gave a doubtful answer; but in the Pitt for many years, and could never alluding to Shakespeare the whole day; course of Lord Nugent's speech, he de- catch him tripping once; and in conver- and it appeared, that Mr Pitt was as well ței mined not to reply to him. Mr. Byng, sation with me, I always noticed, that Mr. and familiarly read in the poet's works as however, understood that Mr. Pitt intend- Pitt considered Mr. Fox as far superior the best Shakespearians present. But to ed to speak after Lord Nugent; and the to any of his opponents, as a debater in speak of his conviviality is needless> moment his lordship sat down, Mr. Byng, the House of Comninons.'

After he was minister, he continued to and several of his friends, to whom he

On the circuit in that year, he was

ask his old circuit intimates to dine with bad communicated Mr. Pitt's supposed intention, called out, in the manner employed in several election causes of him, and his manners were unaltered.

In all the debutes which took place usual in the House of Commons, Mr. great interest; and of his forensic taPitts name as being about to speak. lents we have the following account, for the removal of Lord North and This probably, prevented any other furnished the author by a gentleman his colleagues from office, Mr. Pitt person from rising; and Mr. Pitt, lind

who was very intimate with Mr. Pitt: took a very prominent part. He freing bimself thus called upon, and observing that the house waited to hear life Mr. Pitt was always the most lively ing when difficulties occurred; he

Among lively inen of his own time of quently suggested modes of proceedhim, thought it necessary to rise. Though I and convivial ia the many hours of leisure constantly splied to the priocijal

speakers on the opposite side; and tensive property of every species, who has already reached seventeen parts, though he had been scarcely twelve from their large stake in the country, the last number, which is devoted to months in parliament, and was not yet will be most studious to consult and pro- Anecdotes of Genius, appear to us not twenty-three years of age, he answered

vide for its real interests; and, secondly, only the most interesting, but we sus their arguments and ohjections with to men, who, by possessing superior tathe readiness and exactness of the most welfare, and raise the glory, of the nation. ginality as any of its predecessors. By

lents, will be best able to promote the pect, presents as strong a claim to ocie experienced debater, and in a style of Members of the former description, who originality, we must not be understoof oratory so dignified and brilliant that, have been truly independent

, and of the to assert that the

facts illustrative at this early dawn, he was compared to latter, who have been highly distinguish of genius are entirely new to us, but his illustrious father in his meridian ed, have been introduced into parliament, that they are generally snch as have splendour.' In the Rockingham ad. by means of what are called clo e and not been detached as anecdotes or not ministration, Mr. Pitt was offered serotten boroughs, among whom may be

very generally known,

The subject veral situations, but he refasert them, Mr. Fox, and Mr. Pitt. View the quesreckoned Lord Chatham, Lord North,

is one that affords much variety of inciand soon afterwards publicly declared tion in another light: it is the duty of the dent, and this volume presents genius that he would never accept an office House of Commons, both to direct the in almost all its shapes, and often unwhich did not entitle him to a seat in concerns of the kingilom at large, and to der circumstances of peculiar interest. the cabinet. In noticing Mr. Pitt's watch over and protect the particular in. The following are extracts : motion for a Reform in Parliament, terests of all those rarions classes of per. «Tourneur. Monsieur de Tourneur, his biographer gives us his opinion on sons, of whch the community consists; the elegant translator of Young's Night this much agitated question, which not and the present diversity of the elective Thoughts, sold the version for the tritting only contains a good deal of feasible franchise affords an opportunity to men of sum of twenty-five louis d'ors, to a Maargument, but also exhibits so much situations in life to become members of thousand livres of the work! While de

all the liberal professions and respectable dame de Ciene, who at least made sixty candoor that we cannot forego the plea- the House of Commons; men of landed Tourneur was translating Young, and adsure of quoting it, as illustrative of the property, monied wen, merchants, bank- ding new energy to his native language, truth of a preliminary remark we made ers, officers in the army and gavy, law- he was seldom indulged with a bed to reas to the liberality of the atuhor. He yers, civilians, diplomatists, and those pose his wearied limbs on; being often is speaking of the fate of Mr. Pitt's who, froin consciousness of ability, are obliged with his wife to leave Paris before motion, which was lost by a majority of ambitious to serve their king and country night, to seek the most convenient and twenty:

in some political department. Hence, hospitable hedge in the environs of the

not only every order in society has its capital, under which th y might wait the • It is not to be inferred from this majo. I guardians in ihe great council of the dawn of the succeeding day, fraught witha rity, that no defrct was supposed to exist | nation to prevent any partially oppres- equal misery.' in the present construction of the House of sive or injurious measure, but the House

"Lovelace. Commons, and no departure to have taken of Commons has among its members per- « « Dinnerless the polish'd Lovelace died." place from the original plan of represen- sons, who can, froin their own know.

C. DYER. tation. The ground on which the mo- ledge and experience, give information "Colonel Sir Richard Lovelace was an tion was opposed was this, that it may be upon any point under deliberation, and amiable and accomplished man, who Wiser to submit to certain deviations and suggest proposals upon subjects to which lived in the time of the civil wars: by irregularities in an established form of they have directed their attention, and the men, respected for his moral worth government, rather than, by attempting in which the public good may be con- and literary talents; by the fair sex, alto correct them, to hazard ihe safety of cerned. This great variety of characters most idolized for the elegance of his perthe whole fabric. A practice may indeed in the inembers, is of itself attended with son, and the sweetness of his manners. prevail, utterly indefensible in theory, important avantages; and were they en- He was author of a collection of poems, and irreconcileable with the design of the tirely or principally chosen from any intitled Lucasta, printed in 1649; and framers of a political institution, and yet, single description of men, the worst con- which possess great merit, Being a great from the changes, to which time subjects sequences must inevitably ensue. What loyalist, he was appointed by the people every coinnunity, may not be mischiev- ever defects, therefore, there may be in of Kent to deliver their petition to the ous in its nature, and may even be pro- the present system of representation, and House of Commons for the restoration of ductive of beneficial effects. It is, for however short it may fall of ideal perfec- Charles, and for settling the government. instance, a principle of our House of Coi- tion, it seeins no'wonder, that the House | The petition giving offence, he was commons, that its members should be chosen of Commons, as now elected, should have mitted to the Gate House, Westminster, by the unbiassed votes of their constitu- been considered well calculated for all where he wrote that well-known and eleents. But the fact is, that a considerable the practical purposes of one branch of gant little song, “ Loyalty Confined,” benumber of the members are chosen a free government; and that it should ginding thus :through the influence of persons, who, have been decided, that there was no be- «« When Love with unconfined wings, from private connexions or various other nefit in view sufficient to justify the Hovers within my gates ; causes, happen to have weight with the risque, which must have been incurred And my divine Althea brings, voters, and that seats in parliament, to a by any alteration.'

To whisper at my grates; certain extent, are obtained through pecu

(To be continued.)

When I lie tangled in her hair, niary means, as was acknowledged without

And fettered in her eye; scruple in the debate opon Mr. Pitt's mo

The birds that wanton in the air, tion. This, it will be adınitted on all


Know no such liberty." hands, was never in the contemplation of The brothers Percy appear to calcu

• After a few months' confinement, he obour ancestors, but still

no material harın late largels, and we suspect justly, on tained his liberation but having, by that seems likely to result from it, while con- the avidity of the public for anecdote; hine; consumed all his estate, partly boy fined to its present bounds; and perhaps, upon the whole, the good may preponde. as they still pour out froin their abun- furnishing the king with men and money,

and partly by assisting ingenious persons rate. The two things chiefly lo be dedant stores, their monthly portion, and of every description in difficulties; he sired in the House of Commons are, that still succeed in giving variety to the became bimself, not long after, involved it strould be open, first, to persons of ex-collection. Of the whole series, which in the greatest distress, and fell into a


and fly

more anon.

deep melancholy; which brought on a brated bard. He lived about the middle I shall e'en forget and forgive past. consumption, and made him as poor in of the seventeenth century, and describes misconduct, and t- ll thee, that on Mayperson as in purse, till he became the hiinself as

day, at four a.m. all eyes from object even of common charity. The «« An old souldier and no scholler ; man, who, in the days of his gallantry,

Lodge will be directed athwart the

And one that can write pone wore cloth of gold, was now naked, or

park, towards the King's highway, and

But just the letters of his name." half covered only with filthy rags! he On the death of bis grandfather, Sir the first machine-hauling quadruple of who had thrown splendour on palaces, Robert Scott, of Thirlstone, his father quadrupeds we behold-look that thou now shrunk into obscure and dirty alleys; having no means to bring up his children, be with them; if not, he who bad associated with princes, had put this Walter to attend cattle in the This being dispatched, now for some banquetted on dainties, been the patron | field; “ but,” said he, “I gave them the inquiries as touching thee and thine, of the indigent, the admiration of the wise short cut at last, and left the kine in the (videlicet,) the Chronicle; but, pero and brave, the darling of the chaste and carn ; and ever since that time, I have adventure, I should first tell of internal fair, was now fain to herd with beggars, continued gladly to partake of their coarse offals

, home.” He left a poem written at the in the country round abouts, I promise

souldier abroad and at impressions. It makes a marvellous stir and thankfully receive their twice given age of seventy-three, dedicated to two thee. But, to the bar of all jesting, alıns:

gentlemen of the name of Scott, which he «“To hovel him with swine and rogues forlorn, thus concludes:

my dear fellow, I must very heartily In short and musty straw."

-Brgone my book, stretch forth thy wings congratulate you upon your extensive • Worn out with misery, he at length

and extending influence;-your sale in expired in 1658, at a very mean and Amongst the nobles and gentility;

this quarter is absolutely astounding, wretched lodging, in Gunpowder Alley, Thou’rt not to sell to scavengers and clowns, and there is some talk of the establishnear Shoe Lane, and was buried at the But given to worthy persons of renown.

ment of paper-mills upon the strength west end of St. Bride's Church, Fleet The numbers few I've printed in regard, Street.'

of it here--trusting to the advantage of My charges have been great, and I hope reward ;

my brotherhood to thee; but of this, * Crebillon.-When Crebillon was com

I caused not print many above twelve score, posing his tragedy of Cataline, a friend and the printers are engaged that they shall calleol on him, and was surprised to see

By the by, who is this · W. H.

print no more. four large ravens sitting at his elbow.

Parry,' that writes such flaming are “Walk gently, my good friend,” said the Southey, and contains a very neat por- shrewd dog-none of your milk and

The part is dedicated to Mr. ticles in you? He is, certes, a devilish poet, "walk gently, or you will put my rait of the poet laureat. We presume water men-one who knows how to enconspirators to flight."

'In his last illness, Crebillon expressed that the brothers Percy had not seen joy a delicious garden without shoving great regret that he should not live to fi- the Vision of Judginent,' when they his proboscis into every hole and core nish the play which he had in hand, hav- selected its author par excellence, as the ner, to find out weeds and dandelions ing gone through two acts of it only: representative of genius.

and can smell a rose as he should do, "The physician who attended him, begged that he would bequeath him the two acts.

without pricking his fingers. I must Crebillon turned to him, and, with a

Original Communications. know this Mr. Parry-do get him to smile, repeated a line from one of the

come down with you. I see the name acts:

LETTER FROM W. B. L.. of one • Sam SPRITSAIL,'too-he's no • “Say sball the assassin be the dead man's


fool let me tell you ; I wish he would heir?"

MY DEAR —,- In the naine of take some appellation less villainous, Moods of Writing.–Aristotle men- all that is heavenly, how long doet thou I never see it without thinking of Waptions a poet, who never wrote so well as intend to winter in that vilest of all vile ping-a place of all others—but you when his poetic fury hurried him into

abodes-London? Of a verity, thine know Wapping; you may shake hands kind of phrenzy. The admirable pictures we have in Tasso's Armida and Clo-abiding hath alarmed me much; and, with him for me, if you please, but say rinda, were drawn at the expense of a dis- did I not perceive thy head and hand nothing of the invitation to Parry, position he had to real madness, into impressed upon the pages of thy pe- (Sam's a good fellow, and I should be which he fell before he died. “Do you riodical, I should imagine thou wert a loth to hurt his heart;) but my place, imagine,” says Cicero, “that Pacuvius subject for some city Galen.

you know, is more of a box than a caswrote in cold blood ? No; it was impos- Thy last epistle to me, my right tle, and I should not find room for all a kind of fury, to be able to write such last; albeit, I have replied thereunto sible. He must have been inspired with good friend, beareth date in January your clever contributors.

Our friend

will be admirable verses."

In the modes which have been taken three several times, and yet have I re- there-he promises to give you some of exciting the mind to particular tempeceived no rejoinder. Now, in sober so extracts of his projected work, for raments, there is a strange contrariety. leinnity, this is too bad,—and I should which I beg to say you must thank my Dryden used to ply himself with physic have felt in my heart to have'cut thee exertions. That will certainly make a and phlebotomy before sitting down to quite, but that I have pondered on thy buz in the world, I suspect; when you any important work; Blackstone never avocations, independently of which, notice it, try to restrain your adıirapenned a line without a bottle of old Port too, my affectionate rib hath whispered tion, and speak with the coldest equaat his elbow; while Dr. Johnson, a very into mine ear, that the month of thy nimity. You recollect when I exhibitdray-borse in literary drudgery, used to wonted sojourning approucheth, and the ed to you his paragraph on the tend that a man was worth

nothing, who remembranceof thy exquisite jocundity intimating that it was the prosing of could not write equally well at all times forceth a smile upon the lips that were old Parson S. (as great a block head, and under all circumstances.'

alınost resolved upon eternal compres- you know, out of the way of drinking · Walter Scott.—It is not generally sion to thee.

and rabbit-shooting, as ever took orknown, that there was a poet of the name However, as I propose to place thee ders.) I thought you would go madof Walter Scott, before the present celc- upon trial once (mind, only once) more, I you swore 'twas excellent absolutely

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