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dertaking: Many of those who had vered with great perspicuity, and no been so well pleased with the first less propriety, which are the trae were impa:ient to see the second vo. ornaments of this kind of writing: lume, which advances into a field All superfluous embellishments are more delicate and interesting ; but avoided; and the reader will hardly the Doctor hath shown the maturity find in our language any performance of his judgment, as in all the rest, that unites together so perfectly the so particularly in giving no perfor- two great points of entertainment and mance to the public that might ap- instruction.”—The gentleman who ptar crude or hafty, or composed be- wrote this character died before the fore he had fully collected and digeft- publication of the third volume. ed the materials. I venture with The progress of his work introduced great fincerity to recommend this Dr Henry to more extensive patronvolume to the perysal of every curious age, and in particular to the notice reader who desires to know the state and esteem of the earl of Mansgeld. of Great Britain in a period which That venerable nobleman, who is so has friherto been regarded as very well entitled to the gratitude and adobscure, ill supplied with writers, miration of his country, thought the and not poffefied of a lingle one that merit of Dr Henry's history to condeferves the appellation of a good fiderable, that, without any solicita one. It is wonderful what an in- tion, after the publication of the fourth structive, and even entertaining, book volume he applied personally to his he Doctor has been able to compofe Majesty to bestow on the author some from such unpromising materials: T an- mark of his royal favour. In consefum feries. junéturaque pellet. When quence of this, Dr Henry was informwe see those barbarous
delineated ed by a letter from Lord Stormont, by fo able a pen, we admire the odd. then secretary of stare, of his Majesty's gefs and fingularity of the manners, intention to confer on him an annual customs, and opinions, of the times, pension for 1 fe of 100 t. " confiderand seem to be introduced into a ing his diftinguished talents, and great new world ; but we are still inore fur. literary merit, and the importance of prised, as well as interested, when we the very useful and laborious work in reflect that those strange personages which he was so successfully engaged, were the ancestors of the present in- as titles to his royal countenance and habitants of this island. The object favour.” The warrant was issued on of an antiquary hath been commonly the 28th of May 1781 ; and his right diftinguished from that of an hilto- to the pension commenced from the rian ; for though the latter should en. sth of April preceding. This pen. ter into the province of the former, lion he enjoyed till his death, and al. it is thought that it should only be ways considered it as inferring a new quanto bafta, that is, so far as is necef- obligation to persevere steadily in the fary, without comprehending all the profecution of his work. From the mionte disquisitions which gave such earl of Mansfield he received' many fupreme pleasure to the mere anriqua." other testimonies of esteem both as a ry. Our learned author hath fully man and as an auihur, which he was reconciled these two characters. His often heard to merition with the most historical narratives are as full as those affectionate gratitude. The ocato remote times seem to demand, and edition of his hiftory, published in at the same time his enquiries of the 1789, was-inscribed to his Lordship. antiquarian kind omit nothing which The quarto edition had been dedicat can be an object of doubt or curiosity. ed to the king. The one as well as the other is deli. The property of the work had hi. G VOL. XIV. No. 79.
therto remained with himself.
But thing remains uofinished but the twa in April 1786, when an octavo edi. Short chapters on arts and manners ; zion was intended, he conveyed the and even for these he has left materials property to Meffrs Cadell and Stra- and authorities so distinctly collected, han ; reserving to himself what ftill that there can be no great difficulty remained unsold of the quarto edition, in supplying what is wanting. It is which did not then exceed eighty-one hoped that this volume may be ready complete fets. A few copies were for publication fome time in the win. afterwards printed of the volumes ter or fpring 1792; and that it will of which the first impreffion was ex- be found intitled to the fame favorahausted, to make up. additional sets : ble reception from the public which and before the end of 1786, he fold has been given to the former volumes. the whole to Mefis Cadell and Stra. It was written under the disadvantages han. By the first transaction he of bad health and great weaknes of was to receive iocol. and by the se- body. The tremulous motion of his cond betwixt 300l. and 400l. about hand had increased so as to render 14001. in all. These sums may not writing much more difficult to him be absolutely exact, as they are set than it had ever been : but the vigour, down from memory; but there can- of his mind and his ardour were unim: not be a miftake of any consequence paired ; and, independent of the geon the ofte fide or the other. -Dr ral character of his works, the postkuHenry had kept very accurate ac- mous volume will be a lasting monu. counts of the Tales from the time of ment of the strength of his faculties, the original publication, and after and of the literary industry and perhis last transaction with Meffis Cadell severance which ended only with his and Strahan, he found that his real life. profits' had amounted in whole to Dr Henry's original plan extended
3300 pounds: a striking proof from the invafion of Britain by the of the intrinlick merit of a work which Romans to the present times. And had forced its way to the poblic efteemmen of literary curiosity mult regret unprotected by the interest of the that he has not lived to complete his booksellers, and in spite of the malig- deligo; but he has certainly finished nant opposition with which the first the most difficult parts of his fubje&t. volumes had to struggle.
The periods åter the accesion of The prosecution of his history had. Edward VI. afforded materials more been Dr Heimy's favourite obje&t for ample, better cigelted, and much more almost 30 years of his life. He had within the reach of common readers. naturally a found constitution, and wati Till the summer of 1790 he was more equal and larger portion of ani- aöle to pursue his Nudies, though nce mal spirits than is commonly poffeffed without interruptions. But at that time by literary men. But from the year he loft his health entirely; and, wih 1785 his bodily ftrength was sensibly a conftitution quite worn out, died impaired. Norwithstanding this, he won the 24th of November of tht year, perfifted steadily in preparing his fixth in the 73d year of his age.--He was volume, which brings down the history buried in the church-yard of Polto the acceffion of Edward VI. and mont, where it is proposed to creat has left it in the hands of his execu-o la monument to his neneryou tors almoft compleated. Scarcely any
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An Interesting Dialogue between the late Dr Jubason, and Mrs Knowles
HY friend Jenny H—thou been born in Turkey, it had
defires her kind respects been thy duty to have remained a to thee, Doctor.
Mahometan, not withstanding Christian Dr J. To me!-tell me not of her! evidence might have wrought in thy I hate the odious Wench for her apof- mind the cleareft conviction ; and if ency: and it is you, Madam, who so, then let me alk, how would thy have seduced her from the Christian conscience have answered for such otReligion.
ftinacy at the great and last triMrs K. This is a heavy charge, bunal? indeed. I must beg leave to be heard Dr 7. My conscience would not in my own defence: and I entreat have been answerable. the attension of the present learned Mrs K. Whose then would ? and candid company, defiring they Dr J. Why the State's, to be sure, will judge how far I am able to clear In adhering to the Religion of the myfélf of fo cruel an accusation, State as by law established, our in
Dr 7. (much disturbed at this unex. plicit cbedience therein becomes our pected challenge) said, You are a wo- duty. man, and I give you quarter.
Mrs K. A Nation or State, hav, • Mrs ķ. I will not take quarter. ing a conscience, is a doctrine entireThere is no sex in fouls; and in the ly new to me, and, indeed, a very present cause I fear not even Dr John- curious piece of intelligence; for I fon himself.
have always understood that a Go(" Bravo!” was repeated by the vernment, or State, is a creature oftime Forupany, ant
silence ensued.). only; beyond which it diffolyes, and Dr 7. Well then, Madam, I per. becomes a nonentity. Now, GentleFilt in my charge, that you have fe- men, can your imaginations body forth duced Miss H from the Chrif- this monstrous individual, or being tian Religion.
called a State, composed of millions Mrs X. If thou - really knewest of people? Can you behold it Italking what were the principles of the Friends, forth into the next world, loaded with thou would'It not lay she had depart. its mighty conscience, there to be reed from Christianity. But, waving werded, or punished, for the faith, that discullion for the present, I will opinions, and conduct, of its constitake the liberty to observe that flae tuent machines called men? Surely the had an undoubted right to examine teeming brain of Poetry never held and to change her educational tenets up to the fancy fo wondrous a perwhenever she supposed she had found fonage las them erroneous; as an accountable
as an accountable Dr (when the laugh occafioned creature, it was her duty fo to do. in this personificatia was. Jubided,
Dr 7. Pihaw! phaw!-an ac. very angrily replied.) I regard not countable creature!--girls accountable what you say as to that matter. I crea:ures ! It was her duty 19, re-, hate the arrogance of the wench, in main with the Church wherein the fuppofing herself a more competent was educated; he had ng bugness to judge of religion than those who cduleave it.
cated her. She in
e imitated you, no Mrs K. What! not for that which doubts but the ought not to have preshe apprehended to be better? Ac. sumed to determine for herself in fo cording to this rule, Doctor, hadit important an affair.
Mrs K. True, Doctor, I grant it, (Here the Doctor grew very angry, if, as thou f emeft to imply, a wench still more for at the space of time the of 20 years te noc a moral agent. Gentlemen insisted on allowing his anta
Dr 7. I doubt it would be difficult gonift wherein to make her defence, and to prove those deserve that character his impatience excited one of the comwho turn Quakers.
pany, in a whisper, to say, “ I never Mrs K. This severe retort, Doc- saw this mighty lion to chafed bec: tor, induces me charitably to hope fore !") thou must be totally unacquainteil The Doctor again repeated, that with the principles of the people against he did not think the Quakers deferre whom thou art fo exceedingly freju. ed the name of Christiaos. diced, and that thou supposelt us a fet
Mrs K. Give me. leave then to of Lofidels or Deists.
endeavour to convince thee of thy Dr 7. Certainly, I do think you error, which I will do by making belittle better than Deifts.
fore thee, and this respectable comMrs K. This is indeed ftrange; pany, a confession of our faith. 'tis passing strange, that a man of such Creeds, or confessions of faith, are universal reading and research has not admitted by all to be the standard thought it at least expedient to look whereby we judge of every denomi- . into the cause of diffint of a society nation of profeffors. so long established, and so conspicu- (To this, every one present agreed ; ously fingular!
and even the Doctor grumbled out his Dr "f. Not I, indeed! I have not afferit.) read Barclay's Apology; and for this Mrs K. Will then, I take upon plain reason-I nerer thought it worth me to declare, that the people called my while. You are upstart Sedaries, Qu kers do verily believe in the Holy perhaps the best fubdued by a silent Scriptures, and rejoice with the most contempt.
full and reverential acceptance of the Mrs K. This reminds me of the divine history of facts, as recorded language of the Rabbies of old, when in the New Teftament. That we, their Hierarchy was alarmed by the confeqnently, fully believe those hifincreasing inflụence, force, and fim- torical articles fummed up in what is plicity, of dawning truth, in their called the Apostles Creed, with thele high day of worldly dcminion. We two exceptions only, to wit, our Sameck'y truit; cur principles ftand cn viour's defcent into Hell, and the rethe same folid foundation of fiirple furreétion of the body. There mytruth, and we invite the acutest invef- : fteries we humbly lcave jut as they rigation. The reason thou givest for ftand in the holy text, there being, not having read Barclay's Apology is from that ground, no authority for surely a very improper one for a man such affertion as is drawn up in the whom the world locks up to as a Creed. And now, Doctor, canít Moral Philosopher of the first rank; thou still deny to us the honourable a teacher from whom they think they tiile of Christians ? have a right to expect much informa- Dry. Well!-I muft own I did tion. To this expecting, enquiring not at all suppose you had so much to world, how can Dr Johnson acquit fay for yourselves. However, I canhimself for remaining uracquainted not forgive that little llui, for presumwith a book translated into five or lix ing to take upon herself as she has different languages, and which has done. been admitted into the litraries'' of Mrs K. I hope, Doétor, thou wilt almost every Coure and University in 'not remain unforgiving; and that you Christendom
will renew your friendship, and joy
fully meet at last in those bright re- pleasantly received, that the Doctor gioos where Pride and Prejudice can joined in the laugh; bis spleen was disnever enter!.
hipated; he took his coffee, and became, Dr J. Meet her! I never desire for the remainder of the evening, very to meet fools any where.
chearful and entertaining.) (This farcastic turn of wit was so
On the Pleasures of elegant Society ; from the Loiterer, a periodical Il'orke
, er, or in following any other and sufficiently pointed by a piercing fudies, I have insensibly fallen into eye? more intense thought than is congenial But though conversation may be to ny system, I find certain and im. generally a source of pleasure, and mediate relief in the conversation of a rarely of pain, it not unfrequently few friends, whom many succeslive wearies and offends by impertinence. years have gradually placed at my side, In many instances, indeed, the comand in whom commanding talents are pany can stifle or promote a topic, fiso tempered by complying manners, lence or encourage a speaker, at will; that if at any time I feel more than but, where superiority, by age or forordinary self-complacevey, it is when tune, fanctions prolixity or insipidity, I reflect that I have been able to draw the remedy is not always practicable, round me such a circle : living in ri- one man vill expose himself, valship without enmity, and familiarity must submit to look on. I
her without distaste, we mutually derive all therefore recall to my readers a from conversation aslistance in fudy, few characters, which probably every and delight in relaxation.
one of them has met and condemned; Molt of my readers of both sexes in which he who is free from their erhave also their little circles, in which rors may się his danger and avoid it ; they enjoy the satisfaction of talking and he who has inadvertently fallen and being calked to; and however into them
into them may perceive his folly and they may be divided which affurds reform., And it is certainly more demoit pleasure, there are few but will sirable that a man should discover his agree, that little cao exist where they own want of wisdom, than that others are precluded from both. I am in- thould be reduced to the necellity of clined to believe that the most con- informing him that he is a fool. yersible are, if not the most happy, yet In the circles of men, few charac. the leaft uabappy members of society; ters are more frequent than one who fur grief, fear, and anxiety, are ab- fastens on some Arapger who happens Itracted and filent; but joy, hope, and to have visited or to reside in bis
, contentment, have an ear open to eve- neighbourhood, with whom he runs ry tale, and a tongue ready to filleve. over a catalogue of names, and a regiTy pause.
fter of minute circumstances, printelPerhaps the pleasure of conversation ligible to others, and unimportant to is cfien exclusive of any actual wit or himself
. Enumerating every perfon sense contained it ; for who but has with whom he has dined or danced, liltened with plealure to the besvitch. he details their concerns without ining nothings of a pretty woman, and tereft, and characterises them without thought her periods fufficiently rounddiscrimination. Uawearied in inqui