網頁圖片
PDF
ePub 版
[ocr errors]

woman of so much sense and discre will beg leave, when you do me the
tion, and yet an error in her conduct honour to allow my coming to wait
has given occasion to all the discourse on you at Winchendon, to bring down
concerning her; and indeed Mr. Collt all you have written, 'and to set be='
had so fair a character through the fore you some corrections, on which

former parts of his life, that you shall pass your judgment.
do wonder she thought he was not I give this alloy to every one to
capable of so much villainy as be bas whom I shew your Verses, that. you.
shewn of lale; but I told her she must have not yet the talent of correcting
blame her own cbarms, which are what you write, and therefore your
such, that they have put a poor Gen. composures must be considered but
lleman almost out of his wits, and as the first draughts; and, with that
have thrown him into these disorders allowance, I dare be bold to say, they
that he bas committed; but to this I may be compared to the performances
added, that I did not see where those of the greatest masters. And I must
charins lay, and asked her if she could tell you that you want une of the
tell me: you may think what a clown pleasantest and most entertaining
I am, by this rude kind of raillery. parts of Poetry; for a critical review

And now I come to the forniality ing and mending what one has writ
of wishing you a good and happy new is a very poble diversion , but it is
year; but indeed I do so constantly that which one cannot force one's
wish you all sorts of blessings, both self to, and it commonly comes on
here and hereafter, that I cannot with more years than you yet have:
raise my wishes higher one day than but the reason you give for it is an
apother.

affliction beyond expression to one Thus I have almost wrestled through concerned in you, si that you have a page of very dull stuff, of which i

pot peace enough to be so calm ;" to imagine you will give one ill-patured this I can say nothing but in the lanreason ; that it is because I, not hav.

guage of deep regret, and of the teoing got yours, have no new matter derest sympathy the nature of man given ine for a chiding, which, I be is capable of: 'but that I will vent lieve, is all the talent you think I elsewhere in my most serious thoughts; have in writing. But I will go do and will not increase your sorrows by further till I see whether you mend telling you so sad a discourse, as the former faults, though I am afraid share I have in them must needs make. that, whether you mend or not, I shall 1 presumed to shew your Verses to be unalterably, Madam, your most my lady Essex, who is a woman of humble, most obedient, and most great understanding, and bas a high obliged servant, G. BURNET. esteem of you, aod admires your

poetry; so also does my Lady Ra. Postscript. - I have now got your nelagh, of whom I suppose you letter, and am mighty glad of the have a right enough character : you hopes you put me in of another copy cannot imagine how highly she next week ; but as for correcting, I esteems all you write ; but," upon my

[ocr errors]

be went over to Paris, where he was well received by the Court, and became ac-
quainted with the most eminent persons, both Popish and Protestant. The year
following, the resentment against our Author was so great, that he was discbarged
from bis lecture at St. Clement's by virtue of the King's mandate to Dr. Hascard,
rector of that Parish; and in December the same year, by an order from the Lord
Keeper North to Sir Harbottle Grimstone, he was forbid preaching any more at the
Rolls Chapel.-Upon the death of King Charles, and accession of King James, have
ing obtained leave to go out of the Kingdom, he went first to Paris; there he lived
in great retirement, to avoid being involved in the conspiracies then forming in
favour of the Duke of Monmouth. But, having contracted an acquaintance with
Brigadier Stouppa, a Protestant officer in the French service, he was prevailed upon
to take a journey with him into Italy, and met with an agreeable reception at
Rome and Geneva. After a tour through the Southern parts of France, Italy,
Switzerland, and many places of Germany, he came to Utrecht, and intended to
have settled in some quiet retreat within the Seven Provinces; but, being invited to
*be Hague by the Prince and Princess of Orange, he repaired thither, and had a great
share in the councils then carrying on in relation to the affairs of England." W.H:
t Interlined, and not very legible.

sending

sending her your“Despair,"she wrote was called into the councell afor the to me that she was sorry to find you Ambassadors of the Captones, I was quart-liog with your Maker, as if put to this exigent, either to sbew He had entailed ignorance and misery that I was sent from the King's on our nature; and she would be much Grace, or else to let the Freoch peace better pleased to see you continue in be concluded, or else to stand in maa strain of celebrating and adoring nifest jeopardie of my life by unthrifty Him.

felons, moved thereunto by such as I hope there is nothing in all this be corrupted ther with great somes which makes you think I do continue of money from the French Kynge's; in á chiding strain; though, when I &c. When I was in this perplexitie, read your letter, I found the bottom I desired to speak secretly with one of the former page was almost pro or two of the most wise of the coun: phetical ; perhaps you will however cell, and soe I was committed to the say, it was guilt made me koow what Lorde Galiace Vice-count, &c. I was to expect. But one thing I will “ Immediately they did bring me beg of you, that you will try if you into the councell again, and not only are in the humour of writing at other certified all the Cantones that I was times in the week than just before truly your Grace's secretary, and the carrier is to go, and let me see sent by the King's coupcell, but also. the effects : for, though I make a sbilt they offered themselves bostages unto to draw out letters pretty long, by the said Cantones unto such tyme that reading them frequently over, yet they might send into England, and even that would be multiplied if they have knowledge again uppon the truth were longer, for I would not read of this matter, if they would not bei them the less frequently because of leeve it, &c. &c. their length.

I should have an answer resolute;

and undoubtidly if I had brought Curious Lelter in the time of Henry

money with me, the Kinge's Grace VIII. from RICHARD Pace (who surelie. As the thinge staodeth now,

and oon other had had the Swices had been á Lawyer), directed to

it is very doubtfull, for the French Cardinul Wolsey, from Switzer

Kinge hath extorted in the dochie of land.

Millan two hundred thousand crownes (From the “General Outline of the Swiss

for to be paid to the Swice's ther, Landscapes.")

assoone as they ratifye the forskyd T my town

peace : and French of thes Cantones hasty expedition, and money in band. And we sola spe. a resolute answer in my matters, con Nevertheless if the 100,000 crownes sidering that all the Cantons wear be sent hither befor the next dyet, certified of my peticions by sufficient paradventure they may do some good: instruccions sent unto every Canton if not, actum est, &c. affore my, commyog, by my lorde the "In all haste, not only with mine - Cardinali Sedunen (sion): berunto owne letters, but also my lord's the

they made ther answer that, affore Cardinal Sedunen. And at that tyme the day of the sitting of ther counsell declared unto your Grace plainlye I could have nou audience, for such that we lacked nothing but money was ther auncient order, &c. &c. for to set forward the Swices within

“lu the meantymre, all such as fa 8 days. I shall never forget the voured the French Kynge had pub. King's most wise and discreet words, lished, and confirmed with great other, sayd unto your Grace and my lorde that I was not sent out of England by the Duke of Suffolke at my depar. the Kinge's consent, or any of the ture: videlicet,“that his Grace would counsaill; ne was noe Englishman not that I should goe unto the Swices borne, but a false Spaniard craftily with 'if, if,' conditiocally, and bare sent for to disseave them; and verily promise, but otter them redy, redz! this untrue rumor did greatly alienat money, if they would serve bim. from me the mynds of the councell Thes words were spoken by some inheare, and also of the common people, spiration, for he that will obtain the because they have soe often tymes bene service of thes men, must not only begyled, in soe much, that when I have money for to pay ther wages it

thes

move

ther entrie into the warres, but also from the Cottonian manuscripts in for to give secretlie to certain heads the British Museum, Vitell. B. xviii. of them for to bringe them to that p. 222.

L. S. purposse. And this custume of taking

(To be continued.) of money is so engendered in them, that they doè take them for a foole Mr. URBAN, M. Temple, March 21, that comith to treat any matter with

AS.

S a new Custom-House is now them without money; nor wisdom, erecting, and a new Post-OFFICE por good reason, por persuasion, is is in contemplation, you will, per, hear admitted without money, Wher haps, agree with me, that the followit is comprised in my instruccion that ing description of those public edifices one payment should be made after a in 1677, may not be unentertaining to battle should be striken between your Readers: the Frenchmen and them, they will “ Not far below London Bridge is not

one foot wilhout the placed the Custom-bouse, where is repayment of their wages for one ceived and managed all the impositions mooth, &c. &c.

laid on merchandize, imported or ex “Necessary it is that the Pope he ported from this City, which are so con diligently moved, not only to sticke siderable, that of all the Customs of Eng. by the Kinge stedfastly, as he is land, divided into three parts, the Port bound, but also to contribute some

of London pays two-thirds, that is above good somes of money to thes Swices,

330,0001, yearly. In this Office are em to plucke them from France: but ployed a great number of officers, whereof

divers are of considerable quality and they do say plainlie unto me hear, that they will beleeve noe worde sayd Office was kept, being destroyed by the

- The House where this great

ability. or written by his Holides, unless they late fire, is now rebuilt in a very much see the money, because of his infinite

more magnificent, , uniform, and compromises heartofor without any per modious manner by the King, and bath formance.

cost his Majesty 10,0001. the building!" “ I am sure that the Frenchmen

Of the Office of Postmaster-General. hath published in England, as they have done in all Italye, the conclusion tled by Act of Parliament on his Royal

“The profits of the said cffice are setof a peace between them and the

Highness the Duke of York; but his Swices, but they may. lye at their Majesty doth constitute his Postmasterpleasure after ther accustomed man General by. letters patent under the ner: this is the truth that I doe writt

Great Seal of England; and accordingly unto your Grace. If any money shall batb conferred that office upon the Right be sent unto the Swices, the names of Honourable Henry, Earl of Arlington, Ld. the townes wher it shall be inost com Chamberlain of his Majesties Houshold. modiously payd be the following: The present Postmaster-General keepeth Augusta, Constantia, Argentina, Ba

one Grand or General Office in the City silea, &c.

of London, from whence letters and "Such order as was taken for basty pacquets are dispatched. Every Monday sending of letters can not now be had

to France, Italy, Spain, Flanders, Ger hear, wherfor I think it expedient Kent. Every Tuesday to the United

many, Sueden, Denmark, &c. and to that your

Grace should provide the Netherlands, Germany, &c. and to all for thes thinges unto such tyme that parts of England, Scotland, and Ireland. you shall have an resolute in every Every Wednesday to Kent unely, and the ibing from the Swices. The Duke of Downs. Every Thursday to France, Barye doth commende himself most Spain, Italy, and all parts of England bumblie unto the Kinge's Grace and and Scotland. Every Friday to the Spajours, desiring your said Grace to nish and United Netherlands, Germany, continue bis good lorde, and to shew Sueden, Denmark, and to Kent. Every unto the Kyoge's Grace that what Saturday to all parts of England, Scotmoney soever his Highoes lays out land, and Ireland. And the answers of in this side the mountains against

the said letters and pacquets are received

in the said Office in due course ; and the French .... himself to restitution thereof, as much as it shall please his

from thence dispersed and delivered, aeGrace to have restored again, &c.”

cording to their respective directions,

witb all expedition. The said Office is N. B. See the letter at large in Mr. 'managed by a Deputy, and other officers, Planta's able“ History of the Helvetic to the number of seventy-seven persons, Confederacy: the article is taken who give their actual attendance rea

spectively

[ocr errors]

spectively in the dispatch of the business. place, sheltered from foul weather and Upon this Grand Office depends one hun foul ways, free from endamaging one's dred and eighty-two Deputy Postmasters health or body, by hard jogging, or overin England and Scotland, most of which violent motion; and tbis not only at & keep regular Offices in their stages, and low price, as about a shilling for every Sub-Postmasters in their branches; and five miles, but with such velocity and also in Ireland, another General Office speed, as that the Posts in some forraign for that Kingdom, which is kept in countreys make not more miles in a Dublin, consisting of eighteen like offi- day; for the Stage-Coaches called Fly. cers, and forty-five Deputy Pustmasters. ing Coaches make forty or fifty, miles The present Postmaster-General keeps in a day, as from London to Oxford or constantly, for the transport of the said Cambridge, and that in the space of letters and pacquets, between England twelve hours, not counting the time for and France, two pacquet-boats; Flan- dining; setting forth not too early, nor ders, two pacquet-boats; Holland, three coming in too late. The Post-Office is pacquet-boats ; Ireland, three pacquet now kept in Bishopsgate-street." boats: and at Deal, two pacquet-boats Yours, &c.

CARADOC. for the Downs. All which Officers, Postmasters, and Pacquet-boats, are main

Mr. URBAN,

March 31. tained at his own proper charge. And,

N perusing lately the XVlh vo. regulations, established by the present lume of the Beauties of England Pustmaster-General for the better go- and Wales, I was struck with the fol. vernment of the said Office, he hath an- lowing passage, p. 311 : nexed and appropriated the Market

Ansley Hall was visited 1758 by the towns of England so well to the respective elegant and truly-poetical Thomas Warpostages, that there is no considerable

ton, at which time he wrote, and left in Market-town but bath an easy and certain

this cell,some beautiful verses, beginning, conveyance for the letters thereof, to and from the said Grand Office, in the due

• Beneath this stony roof reclin'd, course of the Mails every post.-Though

I sooth to peace my pensive mind.' the number of letters missive in England It may be observed, that the verses, as were not at all considerable in our an- printed in Warton's Poetical Works, cestors' days, yet it is now so odi- differ mich' from the simply-pleasing giously great (since the meanest people original copy, which is still preserved at have generally learnt to write), that this Ansley Hall." Office is farmed for thirty thousand Now, if this should meet the eye pounds a year ! Note also, that letters of the present Possessor of that Manare conveyed with more expedition, and sion, or of any of his Friends, I should Jess charges, than in any forreign coun

feel myself, as an admirer of the pro, trey. A letter containing a whole sheet ductivos of Warton, much obliged of paper is conveyed Bo miles for 2d. for a transcript of the verses. and two sheets, 4d. and an ounce of letters but 8d. and that in so short a time, Yours, &c. F. J. MEADORS. by night as well as by day, that every 24 hours the post goes 120 miles, and in

Mr. URBAN,

April 4. five days, an answer of a letter may be had from a place 300 miles distant from HE only apology I can make for the writer. Moreover, if any Gentleman troubling you with the following desire to ride post to any principal town remarks on a passage in the Beautici of England, Post-horses are always in of England and Wales, is the universal readiness (taking no horse without the circulation of your entertaining Mir consent of his owner), which in other cellany,--a circulation which has more Kings' Reigns was not duely observed ; evinced its utility, than ang panegy: and only 3d. is demanded for every Eng. rick from the greatest of its advocates lish mile, and for every stage to the

can display. Post boy, 4d. for conducting. — Besides this excellent convenience of conveying Corowall (vol. 11. p. 401.) it is stated,

In the account of Boconnoc in letters and men on horseback, there is of late such an admirable commodious.

that the Manor of that Lordship de ness, both for

men and women of better scended, by the marriage of Margaret, - rank, to travel from London to almost daughter and coheir of Thomas Car. any great town of England, and to al minowe, to Sir Hugh Courtenay, who must all the villages near this great City,

was killed at Tewkesbury (1 presuine that tbe like hath not been known in this to have been the Courtenay who the world; and that is by Stage-Coaches, was restored to the Earldom of 'Dea wherein one may be transported to aliy vonsbire by Warwick 1461). Some

of

of your Readers may be able to say had no connexion whatever with the if this marriage is mentioned by any religious sett called Methodists, and other authority, having somewhere never nieddled with those bigh Calread that the beiress in question vinistic doctriues which some of thent espoused one of the Petyts, a neigh- are said to inculcate. He was indeed bouring family. AN ADMIRER. well versed in, and a great lover of

God's Word; he set forth the same Mr. URBAN,

March 9. most impressively by his eloquent OU

a constant Reader to say a few rience of its practical power, by his words io refutation of an idle remark consistently pious, amiable, and bene. (to make use of a moderate expression) ficent living. which a Correspondeat, p. 4, has Now, Mr. Urban, though all this, . taken an opportunity of making. In as you well know, is no more than his communication respocting certain what we constantly pray for, in behalf Epitaphs, he introduces the name of of all Bishops, Priests, and Deacons, Dr. Stophouse, and observes of bim, in our excellent Lilurgy, and what, that he had “ written many religious of course, every Clergyman, in every tracts, and was a pious good man.” station, ought to aspire to; yet, unHad he suffered bis pen to proceed no fortunately for the interest of our farther, his purpose would have been Church, this-- this realization of our sufficiently answered, and all would prayers, if it appear rather promihave been well enough. . But, travel- neatly, is by a good many persous ing rather out of his way, he adds, termed Methodistical, or being “Lincthat he (Dr.S.) was “perhaps a little 'tured with Methodism.” When will tinctured with Methodism." “ Persuch folly, such perversion of things, baps ;" he is not quite certain. Wby cease! Happy would it be for the then saggest the idea : While he af. benefit of true religlon and virtue, fects to drop a word favourable to and particularly for the advantage of the Doctor's memory, with the next the Reformed Episcopal Church, if move of his pen he takes sufficient such faithful and able Ministers as care to obliterate its effect; for, was the late Sir James Stonhouse, whatever Methodism be in itself, were more highly valued, and more R. C. doubtless knows, that, in the generally patronized!

The conseestimation of the world, it implies quence would be, crowded Churches, something derogatory some intel. well - attended Sacraments, devout lectual error, some imaginative aber. Members, widely-extended moral and ration, or some moral deformity. civil good. However, whether or not this inexpli-, It may not be inappropriate to add, cable something was imputable to that this exemplary Divine was preDr. Stonhouse, this Writer ought, as sented successively, without interest a liberal man, to have remembered or solicitation, to two valuable live the liberal maxim, De mortuis nit jogs, by a Noble Patron; to the first, nisi borlum.

merely in consequence of his clerical Had he been acquainted with the fame; and to the second, after a long subject of his animadversion (which subsequent intimacy, as a testimony it is pretty evident he was not), he both of his Lordship's friendship for might, instead of such detracting seo him, and his decided approbation of tence, have substituted one (with cer his clerical conduct. May many other lainly too on his side) of a very dif- Patroos go and do likewise! Thus fereot tendency, namely, that he was would union increase, and dissent not only " a good man,” but an emi- diminish ; and thus would no good nent Divine; and could, if he pleased, Clergyman be deterred, through fear have referred your Readers to his of iucurring au unmeaning scoff, from various tracts, especially

. bis “Sick the honest and zealous performance Mau's Friend” (a book in the hands of his duty. of most of the Clergy), and to the

R. C. is mistaken in supposing that recollection of his inimitable excel. the lives on the Epitaph of Mrs. Stonlence as a preacher, for a. proof of house were written by the Doctor : the fact.

it is well knowo they are the comThe surviving friends, Sir, of Dr. position of Mrs. Hannah More, whu Stonhouse can safely attest, that he had loog kuown her worth. T.C.

Mr.

« 上一頁繼續 »