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Rules for the Clergy to temporize.
29 candidate, too high to envy a parlon's irksome and disagreeable, and you preferment. He desires me to present would be avoided, as there is nothing his best compliments and thanks to fo terrifying to the people of this geneDr. Cooke for his kind answer to the ration, as the fear of being righteous queries, and for his offer of a correl- over much : Avoid likewise speaking pondence, which both he and I should too favourably of all lects of people, think ourselves highly honoured by, and particularly when you speak of any and should most readily embrace, if one termed a methodist, whether lo consciousness of our own inability to or not in reality, in all his actiono give any pleasure or information to a whether just, or unjust, condemu him gentleman of his learning and sense did unheard, always carrying this in your not force us very much against our will, mind, that a methodist is always in to deprive ourselves of that pleasure. the wrong. Amongst your poor pa. It is more than probable that we ihall rishioners you may, without fear of apply to him for advice in the physical offending, sometimes visit them in a way,
neighbourly way, and comfort their
bodies with food and cloathing, but if To the AUTHOR of the LONDON you go farther, and attempt to benefit MAGAZINE.
their souls, make a daily practise of SIR,
visiting them, reproving them when I beg leave, through your magazine, wrong, and taking pains to make them the generality of people are fallen into, would presently be called a methodist ; that it is prudent in them to avoid, like if you carefully avoid these things, an infectious disease, the company and your company and conversation may conversation of any real good clergy. be covered in the world, little matter man, fuch I mean as are lincere chris- what you are in other respects, fo you tians, in the strict sense of the word, are tolerable agreeable; and, if what who, out of the abundance of their is called a good sort of man, as is the heart, introduce, as often as they acceptation of that character at present, have opportunity, the subject on which you will be esteemed. What the metheir thoughts and time are chiefly thodists and their doctrines really are, beltowed. Religion is so totally ba. I am entirely ignorant of; I do not atnished all polite conversation, and in- tempt to take their part ; some good deed from amongst all ranks of people, well meaning people no doubt there are that any person who bringsin the fubject amongst them, and I fear a great many with that zeal, as if his life was ani- bad, and that they have done a great miated by the precepts of the gospel, deal of harm is certain, and it is needs no other qualification to be no small piece of mischief I think that termed a methodist. Such is every cler- every person who dares in this trifting gyman called who really and heartily generation to think and act more luitperforms his duty in his parith, and ably to his christian calling, than the acts up to his profession sincerely. St. generality do, is called one of that fect, Paul orders all such to preach the word and treated and difrespected accordin season and out of seafon; but now ingly. The influence their good examnow when ever the gospel is mentioned ple might have had is loft, and it is out of the church, it is Ture to be out of so great a reproach to be religious, that season, and every clergyman who is many, I doubt, fearful of the name defirous of complying with the present of methodist, conceal and bury in their age, and to avoid the appearance of hearts a natural love for religion, and methodisco, mult observe these few a desire to obey it's precepts, but thaine rules. Never speak of religion but in forbiits their light thining before men: the pulpit and desk, and, to pleate the But let me remind luch of those words people there, let your subjects be more of our saviour, “ Whosoever shall be on morality than christianity; in com. alhamed of me and of my words, of pany and conversation let no one gue's bim hall the son of man be ashamed, your profeflion, but by the colour of when he shall come in his own glory, your coat, for should the lealt word and in his father's, and of the holy escape you that you liave your duty angels." at heart, your company would grow
Jan, A S we find considerable merit in because straight cuts are out of fashion,
A fix Weeks Tour, through the South- it would be an absurdity to take a wind. ern Counties of England and Wales, in ing course to the house door, for the feveral Letters to a Frienį, we fall give sake of catching objects aflant, and ir. fome extracts from that performance, regularly : Such management is to the and at present the writer's description full in as falle a taste, as regular cuts of Holkam house, in Norfolk.
where the house is out of the question. “ Holkam, the celebrated house of For instance, those from the temple at the countess of Leicester, built by the Holkam, which, however, command Jate earl, cannot be viewed with too exceedingly beautiful objects; am
amongst much attention. I was informed that others, Wells church-The lake in it appeared by much the most magni- the park, which is seen from herce ficent when entered by the southern through some spreading trees in a approach, and therefore went a small most picturesque manner--A plantad round for that advantage; nor did I hill-The fea--and the rest 'diitant in the least repent it. The firft ob.' plantations. jects are a few small clumps of trees, The house may be said to confift of which just catch your attention, and five quadrangles, the center and the give you warning of an approach: four wings : -Not that they are They sketch out the way to the trium- squares, but I use the term to give you phal arch, under which the road runs. a general idea. Each of the two fronts This structure is in a beautiful taste, thereof present a center and two wings. and finished in an elegant manner; it That to the south, and the grand apis extremely light, and the white flint proach, is as beautiful, light, airy, ruftics have a fine effect. A narrow (excuse tautology) and elegant a buildplantation on each fide a broad visto, ing as can be viewed. The portico leads from hence to the obelisk, a mile is in a fine taste, and the Corinthian and a half: This plantation, I should pillars beautifully proportioned *. This observe, ought to be much broader, central front in every respect that can for you see the light through many be named, appears all lightness, eleparts of it; but I apprehend it only a gance, and proportion :- But when sketch of what the late earl designed, you advance near, you find no enand not meant as complete. At the trance to the house; there are no stairs bottom of the hill, on which the obe- up to the portico; and this circum. lisk itands, are the two porters lodges, stance, after so fine an approach, and Imall, but very neat structures. Ri- expecting it to be the entrance, besing with the hill, you approach the comes a disappointment, and a fault obelisk, through a very fine planta. in the building. tion; and nothing can be attended I have spoke hitherto of the central with a better effect, than the vistos front alone. The whole, including opening at once. There are eight. the two wings, I cannot think so per3. To the south front of the house. fect; for, to me at least, there appears 2. To Holkam church, on the top of a great want of unity. The several a deep hill, covered with wood; a parts are not so nicely connected as most beautiful object. 3. To the town to form one whole. The center must of Wells, a parcel of scattered houses be seen distinct, each.wing the same; appearing in the wood. 4. To the and likewise the small parts (I know triumphal arch :-the rest to distant not what to call them) which join the plantations. Vistos are by no means center to the wings. These are all the taste of the present age, but such distinct parts, though joined together ; a genius as loru Leicester might be al. nor is there any fimilitude of tafte belowed to deviate from fashion in favour tween the center and the wings. All of beauty and propriety. Nothing the pieces of this front are light and can be more regular than the front of elegant to a great degree; but when a great house, the approach to it ought considered as the connected parts of therefore to partake of this regularity: one whole, the want of unity is ftri.
* It may be said the proportion of a pillar is stated, and always the same.- 1 know nothing of architexture, but vicw these at Holkam and others at Blenheim-1 never speak by rules, but my eyes.
you see the
31 king. The center is uniform, and if greatness; the impression of the front I may be allowed the expression, ele- is varied and confequently weakened gantly magnificent : No building can by the wings, and the want of propordeserve these epithets more than this: tion in the hall ruins the valt effect But I cannot apply them to the whole which would otherwise attend the mag. front, because the parts are not of a nificence of such pillars fo nobly aruniform taste, and the wings are at belt ranged; but in the elegant, the pleabut light and elegant; they have no- fing, the agreeable, his taite has never thing magnificent in them : As to the failed throughout the whole building. joining pieces, they are pretty. The –The hall is entirely of Derbyshire south front consists of one row of Ve- marble. netian windows, over another of com. The saloou is forty-two feet by mon fathes in the rustics. This front twenty seven, a proportion much con. does not please me so well as the demned, but it is by no means difsouth one, but it is by far more of a pleaGng to me. Some call it a gallery, piece with the wings, &c.
and I think a gallery is infinitely preWill you excuse these criticisms ferable to a cube, or to any proportion from one who knows nothing of archi- near a square enormously high: one of tecture, but its power of pleasing the the finest rooms in England is the doutaste of individuals.-Asone among the ble cube at Wilton, which is niore of many, I give you my opinion, but I a gallery than the saloon at Holkam, with you would pass over all these and yet no one ever entered it without parts of my letters,
being truck with the justness of the objects yourself, for I cannot give you proportions. - This ialoon is an idea of the buildings clear enough hung with crimson caffoy; the pier by description for you to see the plo. glattes small on account of the narpriety or absurdity of my remarks. rowness of the piers, cach against
But the inside of the house! say you- a pillar of the portico, but in a Aye, my friend, there lies the
forte of very elegant taste. The rooms to Holkam; talk not, ye admirers by the left of the saloon are, first, a drawwholesalé, of the fronis-Contrivance ing room 33 by 22, hung with crimmust have been the characteristic of son carfoy. The pier glasses very Lord Leicester; for so convenient a large and exceedingly elegant: The house does not exift- -lo admirably agate tables beautiful beyond descrip. adapted to the English way of living, tion. From thence we entered the and fo ready to be applied to the grand landscape room, which is a dresing or the comfortable stile of life.
room to the itate bedchamber; it is You enter what they call the great 24 by 22, hung with crimson damask; hall, but is in reality a pasage. It is a passage-room leads to the anti-room called a cube of forty eighit feet; but to the the chapel, and then into the eighteen very large and magnificent state gallery. The walls are of DerbyCorinthian pillars, having their peder- thire marble; the altar and all the de. tals rested on a marble passage around corations in a very fine taste. Returnit, and eight or ten feet high from the ing to the landscapc-room, you pass ground, the area at bottom is but an into the state bedchamber, 30 by 24, oblong passage, walled in with Derby which is fitted up in a molt elegant thire marble, and upon that wall are taste. It is hung with French tápeitry, the pillars, fix in a line on each side, except between the piers, which is and fix in front, in a semi-circle, a- by Mr. Saunders of Soho-Square, the round a flight of steps up to the fa- colours of the whole exceedingly brilloon door. The pallage or gallery, as liant. The bed is a cut velvet, upon it may be called, runs around these
a white fattin ground, and as it appillars, and both together take up. So pears in common is a very handsome much room that all sort of proportion gilt lettee, under a canopy of state : is loft ; to look from it into the area, The deugn of this bed is equal to it appears exactly like a bath. The any thing you ever saw. The chimsouth front was one proof, and this ney.piece remarkably beautiful: Pel. hall is another, that the architect's licans in white marble. The next genius was not of the magniñcent or apartment is lady Leicester's, confiftsublime stamp for in both he aimed at ing of a bed chamber, dressing-room,
CONVENIENT APARTMENT S. Jan. closet with books, and a smaller one. dreifing-room. 5. The bed-chamber The bedchamber 24 by 22, purple 6. A closet with books. The rooms damalk, French chairs of Chifelftreet are about 22 by 20. The strangers velvet tapestry; the chimney-piece a wings of anti-chamber--- dreling
. bail. rel. of white marble finely polish- room bed-chamber - closet with ed. The dresing room 28 by 24 hung books - bed-chamber - dressing-room with blue damalk. So much for the --bed-chamber-dressing-room-The suite of rooms to the left of the hall fitting up of the whole house, in all and saloon.
particulars not mentioned, is in the On the other fide you enter from most beautiful taste, the Venetian winthe latter, another drawing-room 33 dows beyond any you ever beheld; or. by 22, hung with a crimson flowered namented with magnificent pillars, and velvet. The glasles tables and chim- a profufion of gilding: ney-pieces are well worthy of your at. But now, sir, let me come to what tention. From this room you enter of all other circumstances is in Holthe statue gallery ; which, I think, is, kam infinitely the most striking, and without exception, the most beautiful what renders it so particularly superior room I ever beheld : The dimensions to all the great houses in the kingare to the eye proportion itself--no- dom-convenience. In the first place, thing offends the most criticising. It with the state apartments--From the confifts of a middle part 70 feet by 22, ball to the saloon, on each side a drawat each end an octagan of 22, open to ing-room, through one of them to the the center by an arch ; in one are com- ftate dressing room and bed-chamber : partments with books, and in the This is perfectly complete. Through other statues : Those in the principal the other drawing, room to the statue. part of the gallery stand in niches in gallery, which may be called the renthe wall, along one side of the room, dezvous room, and connects a numon each side the chimney piece. Ob- ber of apartments together, in an adserve in particular the Diana, the fi. mirable manner; for one octagon gure is extremely fine, and the arms opens into the private wing, and the inimitably turned. The Venus in wet other into the strangers, on one side, drapery is likewise exquisite; nothing and into the dining-room on the other. can exceed the manner in which the This dining room is on one side of form of the limbs is seen through the the hall, on the other is lady Leicescloathing. The fabs are very fine; ter's dressing-room; and through that the only plain one in the house, (they her bed-chamber and closets. From are all gilt fret work and mosaic) not the recess in the dining-room opens a accidentally; it appears to me a stroke little door on to a fair case, which of propriety and true taste.
leads immediately to the offices; and The entrance I have already men. I thould likewise tell you, that in the tioned from the drawing-room is into center of the wings, by the center of one octagon, and out of the other the house, by the taloon door, and beopens the door into the dining-room, hind lady Leiceiter's closet, are ftair a cube of twenty-eight feet, with a cales quite unseen, which communi. large recess for the sideboard, and two cate with all the rooms, and lead chinney pieces exceedingly elegant; down into the officesIsay down; one a Tow and pigs and wolt, the for the hall is the only room seen on other a bear and bee-hives, finely done the ground floor; you step directly in white marble; the nose of the fow from a coach into it, without any was broke off by a too common milo quarry of winding steps to wet a lady application of lense, feeling instead of to the skin before he gets under cofeeing ; John, to an object of light, ver. From the hall yon rise to the saprefents his fift or bis horsewhip. Re- loon, or first floor, and there is no at. turning into the statue gallery, one tick. Thus you perceive there are octagon leads into the strangers wing, four general apartments, wliich are all and the other to the late eail's apart. diftinct from each, with no reciprocal ment: Consisting of, 1. The anti- thoroughfares ; the ftate - her
His lord ship's dressing- lady thip’s -- the late earl's--and the
3. The library, 50 by 21, and strangers wing. These severally open exceedingly elegant. 4. Her lady ship's into what may be called common
33 rooms, the hall, ftatue-gallery, and fa- mountain. The drawing appears to doon, and all immediately communi- be bad.- Birds. cate with the dining room. There Titian. Venus ; the colouring gone may be houses larger, and more mag. off, hard and disagreeable.--Venetian nificent, but human genius can never lady; colours gone.--Woman's head; contrive any thing more convenient. ditto.
I fear I have already exposed myself Dominichino, Lot and his daughin my criticisms on architecture, what ters; dark and disagreeable.-Abrathall I therefore say to the paintings ! ham and Ifaac, (in the landscape-room) Rely upon your candour, and express rather in a dark stile. to you nothing but my feelings; I had Carlo Maratt. A landscape not in his racher praise what the critics would bright manner.-- Judith and Holophercall an execrable piece, than be guided nes; dark.--Madona, reading.-- Apollo merely by the dictates of common fame; and Daphne.-Magdalen and angel. Many a Vernet may please me as well Vernet. Two views of a storm ; as a Claud. I mall minute the pain- hoth exceeding fine. tets names, with the subjects, and Salvator Rola. A rock ; very fine. here and there an occasional remark. F. Bolonese. A rock. - St. John
Cignani. Joseph and Potiphar's wife; Baptift. a good pice.
Onionte. Two landscapes. P. Pietris. Virgin and child.
L. Giordano. St. John preaching. Pouffin. Two large landscapes. A Claud. Loraine. Landscapes ; river A fmaller one. Three others in the and bridge.--Pegasus.-- Argus. - Apollo landscape-room ; fine. Two others. keeping sheep.-- Three others. - Repose
Vandyke. Duke of Aremberg; a in Égypt. In these landscapes, Claud's very fine piece.
elegant genius shines with uncommon P. Cortopa. Coriolanus : The fi- lustre. gure of the old man kneeling before Lucatelli. Two landscapes. Coriolanus, and hiding his face with Hamilton. Jupiter and Juno; cohis hands, is extremely fine; but the louring bad; her neck and face the figure of Coriolanus himself, without beit. dignity, haughtiness, or any great ex- An. Carrach. Polypheme and Gapreffion. The wife leading her two latea; the drawing strong and fine. children, and smiling on them, forms Conca. Two altar pieces ; indiffea figure of no exprefsion : The colour- rent colouring. ing, however, and the back ground Alvano. Holy family. are good ; the disposition indifferent.-- P. Laura. -Two pieces of boys and Jacob and Elau, dark and disagreea- fowers. bie.
Raphael. Madona and child ; drawGieuseppi Chierera. Continence of ing and colouring very fine.-Holy faScipio. The profile of the Spani!h la- mily: But quere of both to the condy, wonderfally graceful and fine. noiffeurs in originality. Scipio's, a very bad figure, his coun. Parınegiano. Woman in a cave ; tenance without expreffion; but the dif- pleases me better than any piece in position of the group very well ima- this collection. The face very expresgined.—Perfius and Andromeda ; An- five, extremely delicate, finely turned, dromeda's figure, a very good one, and and the drapery exquisite, displaying the whole piece well coloured.
the roundness of the limbs througli it Procochiano. Death of Lucretia; in the happiest taste. the lights and shades very bad. -Quin- P. Veronese. M. Mag lalen, walhatus Cincinnatus.
ing our Saviour's feet. Guido. Jofeph and Potiphar's wife; Bassan. Christ carrying the cross. none of this famous painter's bright Lanfranco. Youth and Old Age, and glowing manner. The colouring' two pieces; the Old Man very fine. bard and disagreeable.--A faint's head. Angel appearing to Joseph in a dream; --Cupid. - Affumption ; vile.
dark stile. · Rubens. Flight into Egypt; a good And. Sacchi. Abraham, Home!, picture, but the figures dilagreeble, &c. elpecially Mary's, who is a fernale Cypriani. St. Anns, and S. Ceci. Jan. 1768.