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THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE,
For A PRI L, 1815.
April 3. O born to bloom, then sink bencath AVE the goodness to insert the
the storm ; Epitaphs contained in this Lel. To shew us Virtue in her fairest form ; ter in the next Number of the Maga- To slew us artless Reason's moral reign, zine. They appear to me pathetic, Which boastful Science arrogates in vain;
Th' obedient passions, knowing each elegant, and beautiful compositions.
[heart. Readers of the Poetry of the pre
Calm light the head, and harmony the sent age, and indeed Readers of every class, must, one would think,
Yes, we inust follow soon; we'll glad : obey :
[away, approve the observations of a great When a few suns have roll'd their cares, Critick, who flourished before the
Tir'd with vain life, we'll close the will. Gospel-beams of Revelation had dis
[rlie : persed the darkness of Pagan idola. 'Tis the great birthright of mankind to irg. As his remarks would lose much Blest be ihe bark which watts us to the of their beauty by being translated shore,
[more! into our language, they are subjoined Where death-divided friends shall part no in his own : "Quæ solida et ampla To join thee there,--here with thy dust sunt diu placent; quæ autem lepida
repose,el concinna paululum quidem mutant, Is all the bope thy hapless Mother knows. sed cito satiant*."
James Tomsox t. I.
To the memory of
Philip DoDDRIDGE, D.D.
[Love; Twenty-one years Pastor of this Church, The pangs of guilty Power, or haploss
Director of a flourishing Academy, Rest here, oppress'd by Poverty no more, and Author of many excellent Writings; Here find that calm thou gav'st so oft
by which before ;
[shrine, his pious, benevolent, & indefatigable zeal Sleep undisturb’d within this peaceful
to make men wise, good, and happy, Till Angels wake thee with a strain like
will far better be made known,
and perpetuated much longer,
than by this obscure and perishable On the Daughter of Hans STANLEY, Esq. the humble monument, not of his praise,
marble ; in the Church at Southampton,
but of their esteem, affection, and regret, Died 1738.
who knew him, loved him, & lament him, Here, Stanley, rest, escap'd this mortal and who are desirous of recording, strife,
in this Inscription, Above the joys, beyond the woes of lise ; their friendly but faithful testimony Fierce pangs no more thy lively beauties to the many amiable & Christian virtues stain,
that adorned his private character; And sternly try thee with a year of pain: by which, though dead, he yet speaketb, No more sweet Patience, feigning oft and still present in reinembrance, relief,
forcibly, though silently, 'admonisbeth Lights thy sick eye to cheat a Parent's
his once beloved and ever grateful Flock. With tender art, to save her anxious He was born June 26, 1702, groan,
and died October 26, 1751, No more thy bosom presses down its own:
aged 50. Now well-earu'd peace is thine, and bliss
Gilbert WEST, LL. D. sincere; Ours be the lenient, not unpleasing tear! + See the Poet's Seasons,
“And art thou, Stanley, of ' * M. Fabius Quintilian,
of Thomasin, late wife of HENRY DOVE,. Epitaphs at Bristol, signed Hannah Doctor in Divinity, Vicar of this Pa
More,-both the Churches have been rish. Ob. Jan. 10, 1678; ætat. 23.
visited, and her name, at full length, So 'lis, she's gone! farewell to all
is under both the Monuments. But Vain mortals do perfection call;
there was no occasion for this trouble, To Beauty, Goodness, Modesty, Sweet Temper, and true Piety.
as they are inserted in the first volume The rest an Angel's pen must tell ;
of her Works, published by herself, Long, long beloved Dust, farewell!
and for Cadell and Davies. The blessings which we highest prize Yours, &c. No PLAGIARIST, Are soonest ravish'd from our eyes. V. Mr. URBAN,
April 5. In the New Church at Hafod in
T is a little extraordinary that so Cardiganshire. MARIAMNE JOHNes, the only daughter and presumptive heiress of THOMAS
so many mistakes made, about the Jonnes, Esq. ; died July 4, 1811, in marriages, and names of the wires, the 27th year of her age.
of our celebrated Poet Milton. When at the holy Altar's foot is given
Your Correspondent, p. 22, says he The blushing Maiden to th' enamour'd
married for his first wife Mary, the Youth,
eldest daughter of Mr. Richard Powell: Whose long-tried honour, constancy,
this seems doubtful, and I cannot Yield the fair promise of an earthly make it more clear. Heaven;
Mr. Todd informs us that the Though to far-distant fields and country second wife was Catharine, daughter Fond parents triumph’mid the tears they of Captain Woodcock of Hackney. shed.
Mr. Lysons, in bis Cheshire, says, Shall we then grieve that a celestial he had a third wife of the Minshuli Spouse
[sight, family, and that she died in 1726. This Hath torn this virgin treasure from our was Elizabeth,wbo long survived bin, To share the glories of th' Eternal In the (iu general very accurate) Light;
[vows? Index to the “ Literary Anecdotes,". The end of all our prayers and all our vol. VII. p. 268, the name of the seWe should rejoice, but cannot as we
cond wife is given instead of the third. ought Great God! forgive th' involuntary fault.
Tbe following are in my possession :
“April 26, 1669. VI.
“ Rec'd then of Samuel Simmons five In the Church of Wisbeach. Pounds, being the second five Pounds to On a Brother.
be paid mietitioned in the Covenant. . I Haş Death enwrapp'd thee in this cloud
say received by me, JOHN MILTON. of night, [their cheerful ray?
Witness, Edmund Sipton.” Whilst Youth, Hope, Pleasure, gleam'd “I do hereby acknowledge to have So fades Aurora's ineffectual light [day. received of Samuel Symonds, Citizen and
When the pale morning blushes into Stac'oner of London, the sum of Eight See by his dying form mild Patience stand, Pounds, which is in full payment for all
Composing Agony with healing wing ; my right, title, or interest, which I have, Hope, Ease, and Comfort, wait on her or ever had, in the Coppy of a Poem
command, [quiems sing. intitled Paradise Lost, in Twelve Books, And o'er the mournful bed sweet re in 8vo. by John Milton, Gent. my late Care, Pain, and Death, terrific gleam no
husband. -Witness my hand this 21st more,
day of December, 1680. But seem to pave a golden way to
Witness ELIZABETH MILTON, , The race to reach the destin'd goal is o'er; William Gapp-Ann Gapp.” The toil is ended, and the prize is given.
I have another printed form of a And when on yonder star-pav'd plain general release, running thus: you rove,
[clay, Know all men by these presents, that And pitying view us, active forms of I, Elizabeth Milton, of London, late wife Accept this last sad tribute of our love, of John Milton, of London, Gentleman,' The best the Brother and the Friend, deceased, have remised, &c. &c. and for JAMES ASHLEY. ever quit clayme, unto Samuel Symonds,
of London, printer, &c. - Given under ing marks of each animal, &c. with the my hand and seal the 29th day of April,, greatest judgment; and, what no man 1681:
ELIZABETU MILTON. else probably could have done, he has Sealed, &c. Jos. Leigh,-Wm.Wilkins. made the German - Latin of Linnæus Yours, &c.
T. G. C. purely classical.”
Now, Sir, who, with anything of a
soul, has ever glanced his eye, though Mr. URBAN, Westfelton, Sulop,
never so transitorily, over the lucid April 10.
of Lionæus without rapture ? most ramified and complicate tryman has added to the lustre of his
, branch of Natural History; yet are they very far from being one of the language and his light, why should least delightful and instructive. Their der the dust of the British Museum ?
sparks so bright and warm lie hid ugstrange transformations, economical
for there, I understand, these MSS. habits, glittering and glossy beauties, are deposited. The purport of this together with the extreme perfection letter is to rouse some spirited perof all their members and organs, even
son, whose eye, amid the million that almost to an infinitude of minuteness, clearly assert their equality of claim undertake the pleasing and profitable
meet your pages, may observe it, to with every other part of this wonderful frame, this“fair variety of things," of these valuable Notes, or solely that
task of bringing out either the whole in hourly holding forth the wisdom, on English Insects - one of the greatpower, and benefolence, of its Great est desiderata of Natural History. Author. Most of the works I have Placed at the distance I am from the met with on this branch of this most MSS. and press, locality prohibits it; fascinating subject, are either too meagre, or too diffuse, for general fications, I would most cordially un
or, with proper permission and qualiconsultation or amusement. That of dertake the delightful task. I trust the matchless Linnæus, though ex
the only reason for its not having cellent in its kind, is, from a view to
been earlier done, is that such persons brevity, so scant in discrimination and
as are likely to perform it are ignodescription as to be little more than rant of the existence of such Manus a catalogue of names; and the excel scripts : this is written to apprize lent and elegant plates of Donovan such, with the ardent hope of exciting are of necessity so expensive, that the desired sparks. Let our admired they can reach few but the rich, who Gray appear in other of his many are generally too great to look at an insect, to increase their knowledge is of all persons the most proper før a
acquisitions, and prove that a Poet by a comparison of the reality with
NATURALIST. the rich semblance their wealth has
Yours, &c. John F. M.DoyAgton. purchased. Now, Sir, I find in a note on Mason's Life of Gray (vol. II.
April 8. p. 321, 8vo.) a short account of the MSS. on Natural History of that spi- I"imar perhaps appear a little ill
timed to propose a new work of rited Poet, which I shall here transcribe, being the purport of this letter, it is already charged with are so
expence to the publick, when those (He is speaking of Gray's interleaved heavy; and still more so, if the work copy of Linnæus.)
proposed is one, more of ornament “ In the class of animals (Mummalia) ihan of utility. But in the metropoa he has concentrated what the old writers lis of a Country like ours, ornament, and the diffuse Buffon have said on the subject; he bas universally adapted the may surely be considered as no ima concise language of. Linnæus, and has proper nor unreasonable accessory to
the prosperity and credit it enjoys: given it an elegance which the Swede had no idea of. In the birds and fishes and if that object inay be attained by he has most accurately described all that the employment of a oumber of ne. he had an opportunity of examining cessitous and industrious hands, it is But the volume of insects is the most
an additional argument in favour of perfect. On the English Insects there the pursuit of it. For these reasons, is certainly nothing so perfect. I suppose I venture to propose the improveno man was so completely master of his ment of that fine piece of water, the system; he has selected the distinguisb- Serpentiae River in Hyde-park, by
unitiog with it the piece that is within The increase of rational enjoyment Kensington Gardens, divided which this improvement would givo from it by a head, over which the walk to so many of the inbabitants or viround the Gardens is carried. The sitors of the Metropolis, and consepracticability of this work I think I quently the moral good effects that have made myself pretty sure of, by might, in some degree, be expected ocular observation, and some little from it; the admiration it would exmeasurement (but without taking any cite in foreigners; the credit which regular level), from which I am per our Country would gain by it, already suaded, that the difference of level so due to the correctness of its taste between the two pieces is not above for natural scenery, &c.; could not, three feet, or, at most, four ; but I I think, well fail of giving popularity rather believe the former. This, to this work. The only two objecconjecturing the upper piece of water tions that I can foresee to it; i. e. to be an area of about 17 acres (which that of interrupting the walk round I believe, from having paced it round, the Gardens, and of injuring the preto be its full extent), will give be-' serve of fish in the higher piece of tween 80 and 90,000 cubic yards' to water ; would, I think, be fully obbe excavated, to briug it to a level viated; the first, by the increase of with the lower piece: and to add that beauty that the walk would gain by variety and beauty to the banks on being carried round the sides of it'; each side that they adnit of, we may, the second, by the separation that suppose the whole quantity to be ex. would still be made between the two cavated at 100,000 solid (cubic) yards. parts of the water, by the sunk fence The expence of this might easily be being carried (as it of course would calculated, and, I should suppose, be) close to its sides.
RURICOLA. would not exceed 60001. Of this sum no inconsiderable return would be
Fungor vice cotis. made, in the inanure that would be Mr.URBAN, Abbolts Roding, Apr.8.
N answer to the bottom of the water, of wbich I am, able to form some little estimate, Mr. Rolfe can be the Nephew of Lord from a similar work of my own (but Nelson, let me frankly. and candidly far inferior in magnitude), which I acknowledge that it was an error directed the performance of in the into which I in voluntarily fell, when Autumn of last year, and which, by I so described him in my letter of tast. the cleaning of the bottom of a small October's date. The consanguinity piece of water in the form of a Canal, subsisting between Lord Nelson and not above an acre in extent, gave me Mr. Rolfe is of an inferior degree. near 800 two-horse cart-loads of ex. Lord Nelson was the nephew of Mr. cellent manure. The proportionate Rolfe's mother; the father of the quantity to be expected from the one, and the mother of the other, be.. work proposed, might, considering the ing brother and sister. I ought, mode in which the expence would be therefore, to have placed himn in no defrayed, be looked upon as so much nearer degree of consanguinity than clear gain to the publick. The addio that of having been bis first cousin. tional beauty that would be given to In justice to my most excellent and the water by the enlargement of it, valuable friend, I must say, that he varying the form of its banks, making not only very early convinced me of headlands, bays, &c. I think is evi my mistake, but expected to have dent, and indeed, if properly executed, seen the subject placed in its true and, might be greater than can .well be proper light in the Magazine of the imagined. This would be done chiefly subsequeot month. Such would have with the squff to be excavated (a great been the case, had I pot thought it to deal of which would probably be bar. have been a trivial matter, of little row-work), and the space and form or of no consequence whatsoever ; of the ground between the water and particularly as it had no respect to a the wood on its sides (in the Gardens) table of genealogy, where accuracy is such as would easily admit of it*, and precision are indispensably requi
For a fartber conception of what I propose, I need only refer to the Maps of London and its Environs, particularly Messrs. Laurie and Whittle's Map of London, which comprehends Hyde Park, and good part of Kensington Gardens.