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113 ing upon them. For a man to torture a hath too much neglected the muses, eithet brute, whose life God has put into his hands, to deserve or expect any great reputation as is a disgraceful thing, such a meanness of as a poet." Whether he has negleded the fpirit as his honour requires him to hun: If mules or no, we cannot take upon us to be does it out of wantonnels he is a fool say, but this we may tafely afirm, that and a coward ; if for pleasure he is a mon- they have shewn no great affection for him ; fter."

and we may also safely affirm, let his exXIX. The Adventures of Oxymel Claffic pectations of applause be what hey will, 1/2; once an Oxford Scbolar, 2 vols. Ostavi, his title to it is as trifling as any ons Flexney.

fcribler's within the bills of mortality. Mr. The two velumes before us do not con- Kenrick indeed, says “that he hath ever clude this history and we are glad they do set so little store by his poctical performances, not, for though there are many things light as to be now able to procure copies of but few and trilling, to be found in several passages, of those, which have oecasonally dropt nevertheless there are in some, indications from his pen." In this we think he was of genius not a little superior to the novel perfectly right, for his poetical performances lists of our principal circulating libraries. as he presumptuoully calls his intollerable

XX. Po:ms Ludicrous, Satirical, and Mon trah, were always too despicable for any ral, by W. Kenrick, i vol. 087. Fletcher. body's attention, and we are heartily sorry,

If we had nothing to reproach a dunce that he ever preserved a fagle line of with but his stupidity, he would be rather them for the inspection of a sensible public. the object of our pity than our indignarion ; [We have received Mr. Norris's letter, but where we find an insuperable vanity, which we think is not remarkable either joined to an utter want of abili ies, our re- for candor or decency, and till he brings sentment is roused, as well as our contempt, something more substantial than bare alerand there is no possibility of mentioning his tion to invalidate our opinion of the perforname without afperity. This is our cale in mance he has mentioned, we must retain regard to the present publication; the au. our tentiments in regard to the merit of thor tells us in an advertisement, “ that he that work.]

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MHE new volumes of Dr. Swifi's correr head in the first village' he passes through:

pondence, just published underthe file Perhaps he may think to fkulk in Holland, of Letters to Stella, among many other in- the coin mon resuge of all coundrels ; but teresing ones, aiford the two following, to he will foon find out that doctor Swuft (fot the dean.

To they pronounce the name) is in great LETTER LXXXIII.

cAteem there, for his learning and political

writings. In France he would mcet with Lord Bto Dr. Swift.

worse reception; for his wit is relihed “Dear Dean, Cirencester, 13 Sept. 1735. there, and many of his tracts though spailed

THOUGH you never answer any of my by translation, are yet more admired than letters, and I can never have a line from you what is writ by any among themselves. except in parliament time about an Inth caule, Should he go into Spain, he would find that I do intit that without delay you give me Don Suifio is in the highest eiimation, beeither by yourself or agents immediate fatis. ing thought to be lineally descended from fa&tion in these points. First, whether that Miguel de Cervantes by a daughter of Quearticle which I read in the news about one

vedo's. Perhaps he may think to be safe in PoButler a shooting parfon be true or not; se- land during the time of these troubles; but I condly, whether he has yet begged pardon, can affure him, from the mouth of a Polish and attested upon oath that it was without bzdy, who was lately in London. by name design, and by accident that the gun went Madam de Monmorancy (for the was maroff. In case the fact be true, and that he tied to a French gentleman of that great has not yet made any fufficient or reasonable family) that Dr. Svift is perfefliy well excuse, I require of you that you do imme- known there; and the was very folicitous to diately get tome able painter to draw his know whether be were a Stanillait or not, picture and send it over to me, and I will the being a sealons partizan for that cause. order a great number of prints to be made Now if this brute of a parfon shou'd find of it, which fall be dispersed over all parts of no recurity in Europe, and therefore flip into the known world, that such a worthless ral the Eaft-Indies in some Durch thip, for a

cal may not go any where without being Dutchman may be found who would carry kitowa. I make no doubt of his being in the devil for a tiver or two extraordinary, mediately drove out of Ireland, such a' brutal he would be confoundedly surprized to find attempt upon the D apier cannot be borne that Dr. Swift is known in China, and that there ; and he won't venture into Englar.d Dext to Confucius bis writings are in the when these prints of his perton are sent about, greatest elleem. The misionaries have for he would certainly be knockod on the translated feveral European books into their .Feb. 1763.

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Feb. language but I am well informed that none of all, if any gentleman or servant was rethem have taken so well as his; and the returning thither, yet I can hear of none, Chinese, who are a very ingenious people, so that I am forced, if I write at all, to reckon Sif the only author worth reading. trust my letter by the common post. NoIt is well known that in Perlia Kouli-Can thing is more certain than that this letter was at the pains to translate his works him. will be opened there, the rascals of the Self; being born a Scotsman, he understood office have most infamous directions to do it them very well and I am credibly informed upon all occasions ; but they would every that he read the battle of the books the man of them be turned out, if a letter of night before he gave that great defeat to the mine to you, should escape their intaition. Persian army. If he hears, of this, he I am thinking what the ministers may get may imagine that he thall find good re- by their peeping; why if I speak my mind ception at Conftantinople ; but he will be bit very plainly, they may discover two things; there; for many years ago an English rene- one is, that I have a very great regard for gado Nave tranılated Effendi Soif for them, you; the other that I have a very great and told them it was writ by an Englishman, contempt for them; and in every thing I with a design to introduce the Mahometan fay or do, ftill let them at defiance. These religion; this having got him his liberty, things, if they did not know before, they and although it is not believed by the Efendi, are very welcome to find out now; and I the book and the author are in the greatest am determined in some other points likeesteem amongst them. li he goes into wise, to speak my mind very plainly to you. America, he will not be received into any You must know then, that when I said I Engliíh, French, or Spanish settlement; so grew weary of contending with corruption, I that in all probability he would be soon scalpt never meant absolutely to withdraw myfelf by the wild Indians; and in truth there from parliament; perhaps I may not Nacken would be no manner of shame that a head even my personal oppofition to the wicked should be uncovered that has so little brains measures of the adminiftration, but really in it. Brutality and ill-nature proceed from I find my health begins to require some at: the want of fense; and therefore without tention, and I labsur under a distemper having ever heard of him before, I can which the long fittings in parliament by no decide what he is, from this single action. ways agree with.

When Mr. Faulkner Now I really believe no layman could have delivered one your former letter (for I have done such a thing. The wearing petti- lince had one lent me hither by Mr. Pope) coats gives to most of the clergy (a few only I was just got up from any bed, where I had excepted of luperior understanding) certuin lain the whole night in most excessive tor. feminine dispositions. They

ture, with a violent fit of the gravel I monly subject to malice and enry, and give was not able to write you any answer by more free vent to those passions: possibly him, who was to depart in two days, and for the same realin that women

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ever since I have been at this place drinking cd to do so, because they cannot be called to the waters, in hopes they may be of service account for it. When one does a brutal

Besides ihis of my ill Atate of action to another, he may have his head health, I am convinced that our conftibroke, or be whipt through the lungs; but tution is already gone, and we are idly all who wear petticoats are secure from such struggling to maintain, what in truth has accidents. Now to avoid further trouble, been long loft, like some fools here, with I hope by this time his gown is stript off his gout and palsies at fourscore years old, back and the boys of Dublin have drawn drinking the waters in hopes of health him through a horse-pond. Send me an again. If this was not our case, and that account of this, and I shall be satisfied. the people are already in effect Naves, would Adieu, dear dean; I am got to the end of it have been possible for the same minister, my paper, but you may be assured that my who had projected the excise scheme (bevegard for you ímall only end with the last fore the heats it had occasioned in the nabicath of your faithful servant,

tion were well laid) to have chosen a new LETTER XCIX.

parliament again exactly to his mind? and

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numbers, yet as well disposed in general to SIR,

Bath, Nov. 22, 17.5. his purposes as he could wish, his master, I I HAVE been waiting for an opportunity doubt, is not fo much beloved, as I could wish

to write to you with safety, because she was; the minister, I am sure, is as much bad a mind to do it with freedom ; and par- hated and detested as ever man was, and yet, ricularly to explain you what I meant, when I say a new parliament was chosen of the I told you some time ago, that I was almoft ftamp that was desired, just after having tired with struggling to no purpose against failed in the most odioua scheme that ever wniversal corruption. I am now at the Bath, was projected. After this, what hopes where there are at present many Irish fami- can there ever posibly be of success ? Ualies, and though I have equired of them less it be from confusion, which God for

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bid I should live to fee. In short, the had listened to your admonitions and chid.
whole nation is so abandoned and corrupt, ings about economy, he need never have
that the crown can never fail of a majority gone there ; but now I fancy he will scarce
in both houses of parliament; he makes return from thence, till an old gentleman,
them all in one house, and he chuses above but a very hale one, pleases to dye *I
half in the other. Four and twenty bishops have seen several of your letters on fruga-
and fixteen Scotch lords, is a terrible weight lity to our poor friend John Gay (who needed
in one; forty-five from one country, be- them not) but true patriotism can have no
fides the west of England, and all the go- other foundation. When I see lords of the
vernment boroughs, is a dreadful number greateft eftates, meanly stooping to take a
in . the other. Were his majefty in. dirty pension, because they want a littia
clined to-morrow to declare his body-coach- ready money for their extravagancies, i
man his first minister, it would do just as cannot help wishing to see some papers wiic
well and the wheels of government would by you, that may, if possible thame them
move as eafily as they do with the sagacious out of it. This is the only thing can re-
driver, who now fits in the box. Parts and cover our conftitution, and restore honesty:
abilities are not in the least wanting to con. I have often thought that if ten or a dozen
duct affairs; the coachman knows how to patriots, who are known to be rich enough
feed his cattle, and the other feeds the to have ten dishes every day for dinner,
beaits in his service, and this is all the skill would invite their friends only to two or
that is necessary in either case. Are not three, it might perhaps shame those who
thefe fufficient difficulties and discourage- cannot afford two, from having constantly
ments, if there were no others, and would ten, and so it would be in every other cira
any man struggle against corruption, when cumstance of life : But luxury is our ruin.
he knows, that if he is ever near defeating This grave stuff that I have written, looks
it, those who make use of it, only double like preaching, but I may venture to say to
the dose, and carry all their points farther, you, it is not, for I speak from the finceria
and with a higher hand, than perhaps they ty of my heart. We are told a peace is
at firit intended. Beldes ali ihis, I have made: If it be true, I am satisfied our mini-
had particular, misiortunes and disappoinc. fters did not so much as know of the nego-
ments: I had a very near relation of great tiation: The articles, which are the ofen.
abilities, who was my fellow labourer in the bible ones, are better than could be expect.
public caule: He is gone; I loved' and ed, but I doubt there are some secret ones,
esteemed him much, and perhaps wiled to that may cost us dear, and I am fully con-
see him one day serving his country in some vinced the fear of these will furnith our
honourable itation : No man was more ca. ministers a pretence for not reducing a
pable of doing it, nor bad better intentions fingle man of our army. I have just room
for the public service than him'ell, and I to tell you a ridiculous story that has happen.
may truly say, that the many mortifications ed here. In the diocese of Wells the bitnop
he mer with, in ten or twelvc years struggling and his chancellor have quarrelled: The
in parliament, was the occafion of his death. consequence has been, the bishop has exa
I have loft likew.se the truest friend, I may communicated the chancellor, and be in
almost say servant, that ever man had, in return has excommunicated the two arch-
Mr. Merril; he und rstood the course of descons. A visitation of the clergy was ap-
the rivenues, and the public accounts of the pointed; the bishop not being able to go
kingcom as well, perhaps better, than any himself; directed his archdeacons to visit
man in it, and in this refpect he was of fare for him. The chancellor alleges from the
gular use to me : It is utterly imp fible 'or conftitution of bim, this cannot be, and
me to g" through the drudgery by myself, that the bihop can delegate his power to
which I used to do eafily with his affillance, nobody but himself: so that probably a!)
and herein it is that opposition galls the the clergy who attend on the chancellor will
mot.

be excommunicated by the bishop, and all There several matters I have enumerated who obey the orders of the archdeacons you will allow to be some discouragements; will be excommunicated by the chancellor. but nevertheless, when the time comes, The bithop in the cathedral, when the seng I believe you will find me acting the same tence of excommunication was going to be part I have ever done, and which I am read, fent for it, and tore it in the sper more satisfied wiih myself for havin: dun, church ; the chancellor afterwards affixed Gince my conduct has act with your appro

it on the church doors. There are a great bation : and give mo leave to return you my many more very ridiculous circumstances fincere thanks for the inany kind cxpreflions attending this affair, which I cannvi well of your friendthip, which I clieem a: I oughi, explain : But upon a reference of the whole and will endeavour to deserve as well as I to my lord high chancellor, I an told be can. You enquire alter Bolingbroke, and has declared his opinion in support of his when he will return frum France. Is he brother chancellor, I am glad i have icft

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The MONTHLY CHRONOLOGER. Feb, so space to put my name to the bottom of lefs. when I aflure you no man can be with ny letter; after some things I have said it more fincerity and regard than I am, your may be improper, and I am sure it is need most obedient humble servant.

THE MONTHLY CHRONOLOGER.

FRIDAY, Jan. 29.

transportation of felons-For granting an aid XS majesty gave the royal affent to his majesty for ditbanding the army, and

to the following bills: other necelary occafions, as relate to the H The bill to continue and number of troopa kept upon the Irish elta

amend an act for allowing the blishment-For providing proper accommodaSent free importation of salted beef, tions for his majesty's juftices of the great

pork, bacon, and butter, from felfons in Wales, during the time of holding Ireland, for a limited time, and for allowing such sessions--For rebuilding and enlarging the free importation of salted beef, pork, the common goal of the city and county of butter, and bacon, from the British domi- Coventry; and for appointing a place for the nions in America, for a limited time. csstody of prisoners in the mean time-For

The bill to enable his majesty to license a more effectually supplying the town of Hali. play house in the city of Bach.

fax with water, &c.--- For making and And to such other private bills as were building a convenient Exchange in the city ready.

of Glasgow, for enlarging St. Andrew's SATURDAY, 30.

church-yard, and for building a bridge over · The bishop of Peterborough preached be. the river Clyde, &c. - For enlightening, fore the house of Lords, in the Abbey church, paving, cleansing the streets, and for better Westminster, from James iii, 16. And Dr. regulating the nightly watch and beadles; Stinton, in St. Margeret's, before the Com. and for regulating the poo- of the parish of mons, from Titus iii, 1.

St. Mary le Bone in the county of MiddleTUESDAY, Feb. 2.

sex-For making and maintaining a navigz. --Three houses were consumed by fire, on ble cut or canal from Birmingham to Billon, Snow Hill, and several damaged.

and for making collateral cuts and waggon THURSDAY, 4.

ways from several coal mines, and for conAn house was consumed by fire, in Plough tinuing the said canal to Autherley, there to alley, Moorfields.

communicate with the canal now making MONDAY, 8.

between the rivers Tient and Severn. Count de Chatelet, ambassador from And to fuch road and inclosure bills as France, had his first private audience of the were then ready. king.

Four ciues were tried at Guildhall, Lon. TUZSDAY, 9.

don, by special juries, before the Right Hon. Four old houses in George Yard, Water Sir Eardley Wiimot, knt. chief justice of the Lane, Flecitreet, fell down, and three per- Court of Common Pleas, wherein several fons were killed.

merchants were plaintiffs, and the hon. WEDNESDAY, 10.

James Murray, Esq; late governor of QueTimothy Crawley, and Patrick Swinney, bec, was defendant, for recovering divers were executed at Tyburn (See p. 52.) Ture lums of money levied by way of duties upon ner, Domine, llart, Caley, Hamilton, Mic. Spirits imported : When after a full hearing chener, and Davis, were reprieved,

which lasted several hours, verdicts were TUESDAY, 16.

given for the several plaintiffs for all such After a trial of several hours before the duties as hał been imposaj by the defendanc Lord Chief Justice Wilmot, the will of the over and above the French duties, together Jate Sir Thomas Clarke, master of the rolls, with damages and costs of fuit. was confirmed; but his copyhold estate, be- An boule has been consumed by fire, at ing some inclosed grounds on Hampstead. Rogues-well, Stepney. Heath, was adjudged to belong to the heir The following remarkable increase from at law, who clearly made out his affinity. a single pea may be depended on as fact:WEDNESDAY, 24.

Mr. Abrahın Cock, farmer of Grove, near His majesty save the royal affent to the Castle-Cary in Yorkthire, fet some kidney following bills:

beans lait leason; at the end of one of the The bill for further regulating the pro- row's his daughter set a white pea, which he reedings of the united company of merchants propt up with a tick when it grew, as he trading to the East Indies, with respect to did his beans; as they ripened he gathered making of dividends. For the better regula- them, and the produce was 1176, besides tion of his majesty's marine forces while on two kids gathered when green; and as the fhore-For the more speedy and effectual reft had eight in a kid, these if left to ripen,

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1768. The MONTHLY CHRONOLOGER. would have made the produce to be 1192" seems he had frequently, for some time past, peas.

threatened to kill him for opposing his incliHis majesty's pardon is promised to any nations to marry. The villain afterwards one of the offenders who shall at any time went and told what he done, to some of hereafter be guilty of cutting to pieces any his neighbours, and he was immediately filk, utensils, or materials of the filk ma- apprehended and committed to our castle. nufactures, on discovery of their accom-- Jomense damage has been sustained by places.

the floods at Barnley, Ripon, Leeds, Staiths, A large body of smugglers having mus- and other parts of Yorkshire and ibe North, dered Peter Hallip, tide-surveyor of Yar- Siaiths, Jan. 29. We have had the greate mouth port, and dangeroufty wounded seve- eft quantity of haddocks taken upon this ral others, who had seized a large quantity coast, that has been known for many years, of exci seable goods, which she said smugwhich has given great relief to the poor, in gless rescued and carried off with them; his these times when provisions are lo scarce and majesty's pardon, as usual, is offered for dear.. In this place are thirty-three cobles; taking the offenders; and the commissioners or tithing boats, each of which bave broughs of excife promise a reward of one hundred in, upon an average, for three weeks toger pounds for taking any of them.

ther, ihirty flone a day (at fourteen pounds to A pardon and 50 1. reward are offered for the stone) which a nounts in the whole to the apprehending the deer-Stealers, who on 17820 Bone; and allowing three tones of Jan. 29, robbed his majesty's park at Wind, fish will afford as much gurihment as one lor, and fhot at one of the keepers.

fone of beef, this quantity will be equal to Sandford-Mill, near Abingdon, has been 5940 kone of beef, or ninety, nine fac oxon consumed by fire, and a lad perished in the of sixty stone a piece; and allowing the same fames : Also a barn, stable, a rick of hay, proportion to Robin Hood's Bay, and Runfo at Roke, in Oxfordshire, 'and a barn, cow- wick, the firit of which I reckon equal to houfe, &c. &c. near Hanbury-hall, in Wor: Sraiths, and the other one third of it, there cefterthire ; all supposed to be wilfully set on three places must have supplied she country fire.

with fish at about a farthing a pound, equal • Oxford, Feb. 19. The Right Hon. the in quantity at least to zzi fat cattle of the Earl of Lichfield, chancellor of this uni- above weighi. versity, has eftablished two annual prizes of Extract of a Letter from Alnwick, Feb. 8.' the value of zol, each"; the one for a copy " bume weeks ago the following odd affair of English verses, the other for a Latin happened at Hunting-hati, near Hagger/tone : differtation: and the following are the fub. A cow belonging to a gentlemin of thas jecte proposed for the present year, viz. place was affected wish a remarkable swelling For the English verses,

in her body, which by his account must have THE CONQUEST OF QUEBEC. 100: proved fatal; but according to custom in For the Latin dissertation,

such cases, he made a small incision with his ARTES PROSUNT REIPUBLICÆ. penknite between two of the fort ribs; The first prize is intended for sucha gen- from whence issued such a rapid stream of tlemen of the university as have not exceed- air, that it put out a candle at a yard disa ed four years from the time of their matri- tance from the orifice. The candle was imculation; and the other for such as have mediately lighted, and in order to try the efnot completed seven years. - The exi feet a second time, was held about fifteen arcises are to be sent, under a sealed cover or fixteen inches from the ground, which to the register of the university, before next instantaneoudly set fire to the air, and it's Afcenfion Day. The author is required to effects proved fimlar to that in a coal mines conceal his name, and to diftinguith his com- the flame allo went against the fiream, and position by whatever motto he pleases; send- et üre to the hair about the orifice, and ing at the same time his name and mottó finged the part confiderably before it could be fealed up under another cover,-- The exer- exungu thed. The cow immediately recocises to which the prizes are adjudged are to vered. As the above is well-atretted, by the be repeated (after a previous rehearial) in person who performed the operation, it afthe Theatre upon the Commemoration-day, fords måtter of speculation for the naturalists immediately before the Orator or Poetry to account for fo frange a pheno nenon.! Profeffor's Crewian Oration.

See page 18.) Gloucester, Feb. I. On Thursday one of Un jan. 18, a shock of an earthquake the most horrid instances of barbarity was was felt at Mid, in Flin.thire, : perpetrated at Wotton Underedge, in this Stupms and floods have done much dam.s' county, that ever was heard of, by one Sa- and greatly retarded the-po!!, in Scotland. muel Wallington, a sheerman, who, about Extract of a Letter from ebe North of Ireland, ten o'clock in the morning left his work and

Jan. 12. went home, and killed bis father. He firft During the late levere fnow in these parts, knocked the poor man down with a hammer, upwards of five hundred freep belonging to and afterwards cut his head almoft off, Jo one farmer, were entirely buried by the via

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