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TO SYLVANUS URBAN, Gert.

Ox COMPLETING TNE FIRST PART OP uis XCıb VOLUME,

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LET others tell of wars and warlike deeds, Monarchs should from their envied greatOf mortal heroes, and immortal steeds;

ness flee, Of Fairy land, of Virgins spotless white, To live in Fame, SYLVANUS, great as thee. And doughty Champions born to do their But Jove forbids, and I the task forbear; right;

A grateful task, which greater well inight Or let them jocund hail the festal ring ;

siiale, Far other joys than these be mive iQ sing! His deathless pages must record his praise, Give me, ye gods! a nobler race :o run, Himself alone nrust bis owo trophies raise ; Some Mose my guide; my tbeme Apollo's Yet not alone, fair Science and her train S n.

Of lesser A11s, or equals of her reign, Sylvanus! Guardian of the letter'd s'ore, With pride shall owo SYLVANUS' fost'ring Son and High Priest of him we bards advie!

hand, Others have sung him in the cool retreat Anu bid to latest time his memory stand. Of shady groves, retir'd from Summer's Methinks, thro' ages yet to come, I see heat;

Admiring Genii bend green minds to thec; (Far from Augusła's lofty tow'ring spires, Each virgin Muse lead on, with hand uu. Ytt humble balanc'd with her high de

seeu, sires ;)

Their youthful steps, where Knowledge Have tuu'd 'heir harps, to hymn his spring

ever green of days,

Springs in thy bounieous garden of the His rising glories, and his growing lays;

mind. Each heightening still bis praise in every Like branching laured that outlines the train,

wind. Agreeing still to show the task how rain, First whittorob'd Polyhymnia leads the Yet fondly urge the course the 'mpotent to

way, gain.

To mark the strength of Rhetoric's grace. Still be it mine to mark 'midst Winter's

ful sway. frore,

She reads each thought, looks thro' each His added laurels greener than before ;

rich design, His years unshackled by the weight of Aud wond'ring owns her flowery paths were time,

thiue. With ardour hast'ning on a second prime. Calliope her winning tribute gives, O could I praise his purity of though, And Clio doals upon thy faithful leaves. His wisdom, strength, and justice, as I Nor dares the stately Buskiu'd Dame reought!

fuse, Or trace his steps thro' each luxuriant Or laughing Goddess of the Mimic Muse, scene,

To celebrate thv praise in rites divine; His fancy rov'd, and still shall rove, I While holy Theinis consecrates thy shrine, we-n;

Urania becks thee to her spangled throue ; Or could I paint his skill to read she heart, E'en Time the spoiler of most men's reMocking ihe limoer's superficial art;

nown, Or chaunt his virtues equal to their worth, Iuverts his scythe to hand yours safely Pure as the fire tirat gives the sun beams

dowo.

Jas. GRINES.

birth;

151807

PREFACÉ.

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E have once more to thank our Readers for the encouragement which we continue to receive, and to congratulate them and ourselves, under reasonable hopes of improving Times : and, if the prompt operation of Law has suppressed the danger of turbulent spirits, Literature has had labours of great difficulty, in the check which it has been obliged to oppose to restless innovations, founded upon the most controvertible principles. Persons who are somewhat elevated beyond the vulgar, by moderate education and accomplishment, are often desirous of distinguishing themselves; and commence Authors, not with the view of instruction or public benefit, but for reputation only. Each one has a favourite topick, a professional view of every subject; and public institutions are to veer, like weathercocks, in order to be suited to the plans of this or that Pamphleteer or Projector. Tell them that their plans are serious infringements of the Wisdom of Experience ; and affect both person and property ; that there is a science, attached to business, not to be acquired, but by habituation and practice; and that, if they themselves were put into the situations, which they represent as the most fit and proper, and obliged to act upon the ideas which they suggest as the only perfect ones, they would find them impracticable; and that if, as one man has an equal right with another to attention, they were permitted to occupy the time of our public men, persons intentionally or unintentionally dangerous, would acquire unmerited consequence; add, that as nine pamphlets out of ten are written from private motives, to please a party, religious or political, or to gain a name ; and that every one has a right, if he so pleases, to refuse reading or hearing them, yet nothing will appease them short of a dictatorship over the minds of mankind. Now it is of infinite importance to the interests of Society, that there should be Periodical Journals of the form of our own, were it only in this view, of acting as Clerks of the Market, to prevent the Literary Public Stomach from being seriously injured by eating unwholesome food. The high utility of such Journals may be illustrated by an apposite instance. Not many years ago some of our leading Reviews were in the hands of able, but prejudiced Sectaries, who were in the habits of viewing all subjects in their own partial light; but, since the establishment of the great Quarterly Journals, every subject of any moment to the Publick is sure to be most elaborately discussed, in a proper scientific techni

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cal form, by men of rank in life, and high acquisitions, who are above dependance on their professional situations; and the result is, that they abhor and check rash and foolish innovations, while they place real and safe improvements in a luminous view, and warmly recommend them. Things of this very high character can only be executed by persons resident in large cities, and who can have access, upon particular subjects, to documents, not of a general kind; nor will many of our best Scholars, who have large works in hand, sacrifice the time and labour (as it is very considerable) which is required for such elaborate essays. But they are many of them equally capable, and most of them equally patriotic in the promotion of public good, and prevention of public mischief, to whom, the open form of such Journals as our own, is favourable for the promulgation of their valuable opinions ; and thus many a huge and alarming project, which undetected might even harass the Senate, is discovered and exploded by exposure only to the Publick, in the most fair and impartial manner. Factions are founded upon private interests; and therefore have in reality no claim upon Legislation, which, in first principles, implies rejection of every topick for consideration, which has not a bearing upon the good of the whole. Nor would it be possible by means of the Parliamentary Debates, mere Quarterly Reviews, or Newspapers, unaided by the Monthly Journals, to have a full and complete view of the different and multifarious subjects which are of import to the Publick, in relation especially to various sciences and professions; for it is the plan of these Tribunals to notice nothing, to which a previous public interest has not been attached.

Upon grounds then of Literary Utility, we have ventured thus to plead our cause, and to say more would be improper. We have only spoken in vindication of our plan, that of discussing public questions, or matters of utility, and preserving valuable matters of very perishing structure.

June 30, 1820

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MINOR CORRESPONDENCE.

The Rev. Egerton Leigh, Archdeacon F. I. would be glad to learn “wbat beof Salop, and Rector of Upton on Severn, came of the daughters of Lucy, second died at Bath in 1760. The dates of his daughter of John Knyvett of Norwich, preferments, his epitaph, and any biogra- esq. by her two husbands Thomas Holt phical notices, would much oblige N. S. and John Field: by the first she had Eli

PHILOGLUPAIST laments that in our pub- zabeth-Anne, and by the second Lucy, lic buildings some of the columns, enrich- and Catherine.- Did any of them marry, ments, &c. seem to be injudiciously intro- or leave issue ?" duced ; not from appearing beautiful in A. Z. observes, “ I find it stated in an architectural drawing of the elevation, your Obituary for Dec. 1814, that the but from the objects when finished (by the first Lord Coleraine purchased the esbest artists), being commonly seen from tates of Driffield aod Kemsford, co. Glouthe ground or pavement, by which they cester. This is a mistake. In Bigland's. appear too much foreshortened and im- Gloucester is the following ineption : perfect. This remark may apply to Sta- • John or George D'Ouugier, or Honger, tuary in many instances, — the female a merchant in London, purchased the figures in the Cupola of the Bank Rotunda, manerial estate (of Dreffield), extending the pillars in the New Reduced Office, &c. over the whole parish, of Sir John Prety

S. R. H. S. suggests, "that in the opi- man of Lodington, in the reign of Charles nion of some very intelligent friends; se- the First, in 1651.' Sir R. Atkyns says, veral of the Life-boats tbroughout Eng. in his Hist. of Gloucester, p. 212, “There land are at present very much neglected, is an Inscription in the Church (of Drefand unless some effort be made at several field) for John Honger of London, merof our ports, the advantages of that ad. chant, who died 1654; another for George mirable invention will be lost!"-We hope Honger in 1688; the burial of John Honthis is not very general.

ger in 1654, is the first entry of the name E. remarks, in reference to a passage in of Honger in the Dreffield Register. The our last Volume, p. 304, that the earliest present Lord thereof (the manor of Dref. mention of a windmill he has met with, is field) is Sir Seorge Honger, &c. He was the grant from Odo de Dammartin to the High Sheriff for Gloucestershire in 1693 Priory of Tanrigge, Surrey. This is sup- or 1695, and Justice of the Peace in the posed to be about the time of Richard I. time of Queen Aone. It is probable that i. e, between 1189 and 1199. One is men. John and George Honger, both being Turtioned in Walton on the Hill, Surrey, 25 key merchants, purchased this estate Edw. I. 1295.

jointly; and the death of John happening A CORRESPONDENT says, “In your Obi- so soon after, may have occasioned the tüary, vol. LXXXIX. ii. p. 378, you style doubt whether John or George was the the Rev. K. Davis late Rector of St. Sa. purchaser.” viour's, Southwark. That church never G. C. B. asks, -" Have all persons was à rectory. The two officiating Clergy. crests and moitos ; and if they have, can

are styled Chaplains. If the de. they change them to any other without ceased ever officiated there, it must have giving notice, or receiving a grant from been as Curate, as he certainly was not a the Heralds' College - What family of Chaplain. The present respectable gen- the Chesworths bore per pale Gu. and tlémen of the church, the Rev. W. Mann Ar. a pale eograiled (another plain) Or,' and Dr. Harrison, have filled these sta- and what crest and motto did they bear? tions for several years past.”.

-In history we frequently read of illeW. P. communicates the following fact gitimate children assuming their father's relative to the cure of cancers : “ A lady name; though more frequently their moin years above 50, of a very full habit, ther's, -can they assume either?" yet ever moderate in diet, and of a mild Mr. T. Wilberforce is evidently, from quiet disposition, married, and only once his query, no adept in judicial astroa mother, was about 20 months ago con- logy. sidered by superior surgical opinion, af- We are obliged to Mr. Grimes for his fected in the breasts with incurable cancer. communication, which came too late to -She is now perfectly well,--the enlarge. be used in the place intended. It shall ment gone, and her natural cheerfulness be reserved for some future opportunity. seen again in every feature. The remedy A Memoir of the late Mr. Richard has been a decoction of Dandelion Root: Miles, the eminent numismatic Antiquary, it is very bitter, and was taken in such in our next; with Mr. Trevelyan's Poem quautity as the stomach would bear : the on the Ten Commandments, &c. &c. roots were not scraped."

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