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135 likely to add strength to our excellent burgher will probably guess that he Establishment, both in Church and State, was feasting on a morsel of Caxton, by making good Christians and peace- or other Black Letter delicacy. Not able subjects.

so, good Sir, and I am mighty glad “ A Society having lately been formed

tbereof. The grave and learned Clerk in aid of building Churches, by which it

may conjecture that he had crossed may be supposed my present deficiency

the seas from Holland, Germany, or will be supplied, it becomes necessary to observe, that I can derive no assistance France, and was regaling on the solid from that source ; the Society can make repast which the massy tomes of Leus, no retrospect, and is obliged to confine den, Bochart, Hoffman, and Stephens, its attention and services to those places $o amply afford, or perhaps was miwhere Churches are now to be built. nutely investigating ihe subtle nice“ Henry Berkin, A.M. March 1, 1819.” ties, and picking holes in the tedious

sophistry of the German critics.-In Cambridge, Aug. 10.

verity thou-art mistaken. Perchance, “ Happy GUISCARDO: for thou art among whilst nibbling at the folios of old

affirms the Lawyer, you attacked him the number of those Old Binding seeking Bibliomaniacs, who, if they chance

“ PRynne's RECORDS." -No, honest not to stumble upon any of the foremen: Sir, and against this judgment I must tioned delectable fragments, have yet enter a writ of error. The Biblioperhaps the felicity to pounce upon polist will naturally surmise that he a worm ! not of the stupendous di. was caught on the shelves of the Unimensions of that of Spindlestone- Heughs, versity or College Library.-Nay, in but of pearl-like transparency of colour, good truth, all these suppositions, obliquity of movement, and of an insa- however reasonable, are equally distiable spirit of devoration

tant from the real circumstances of Never ending, still beginning, the case, wbich will excite surprise in Fighting still, and still destroying ! most persons, and very likely fear ia Dibdin's Bibliograph. Decameron, some; for this said boke-loving childe

vol. II. p. 437. was snugly concealed where, of all Mr. URBAN,

places in the whole range of paper EI

VER since I read the curious and and print, one would least expect, for

interesting accouot of the book. I espied him taking a pap in a balfworm, wbich follows the above quo- bound copy of “Wall's Ceremonies tation, I have been diligent in my of the University,” 8vo. 1798. I do search for one of those far-famed, and not think he had been loog there, but it would seem, rarely-discovered foes had, perhaps, under the influence of to the annals of “olden time.” Many innate principle, (Locke, I believe, ponderous volumes, whose pages pre. does not deny its existence in booksented primâ facie evidence of the ra- worms of this species), or sympathetic vages of these destructive insects, bave affinity, had migrated from some rolundergone the most scrutinising in- ten black-letter sheet to the ancient vestigation, and often, after baving and time-worn forms of Alma MAfollowed the scent, and traced the You, Mr. Urban, may conprowler through bis mazy, windingsceive the triumph with which I capin thick wood and scattered leaves, I tured this Literary foe, and can parhave been obliged to give up the pur- ticipate in the joy which filled my suit, on finding that the wily elf had heart when I cautiously enclosed hini, left his cover. Nevertheless, fortune not in a deal *, but in a beechen box, frequently smiles upon us when we where he was quickly provided with least expect it, and throws tbings in a dinner, consisting of a few choicely our way which we have repeatedly culled and well-wormed scraps. He sought in vain ; and so it happened to seemed satisfied with his situation, and me on Saturday the 7th inst. for I was on the next morning, as I was looking destined on that day to experience the over the rest of my tattered volumes, félicity of being able to apply to my- for the purpose of supplying the litself the admirable exclamation which tle creature with a change for his SunI have adopted as the inotto of this day's meal, 1 chanced to meet with a communication.

But where does the gentle reader * See Dibdin's Decameron for a woeful suppose that I found tbis “ MORTAL

account of the consequences of confining ENEMY” of Bibliomaniacs ? The Rox- book-teorms in a deal box.

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small Greek book *, which bore self- fection, as if claimiog some relationevident' testimony of the labours of ship with him. This the elder would some of these belligerents, who had not brook, and seemingly conscious not only penetrated through the phi- of the superiority which a residence losophy of Pythagoras, bot had even in the University had conferred upon ventured to take off the powerful ar- hiin, he cooly avoided the Grecian guments of Demosthenes. Directed tyro, and behaved to him much in by this index, I traced their insinua. the same way as a Senior Soph would tions ad finem, and there, to my great to a young and uninitiated freshman. gratification, I discovered oot only Now, good Mr. Urban, after havanother live worm, but also a dead ing so long trespassed upon your pafy or moth, which probably was his tience, I merely add that I will take parent. My other books were after- great care of both of them, for the wards examined over and over again, purpose of watching their supposed but in vain; and I think I have already inetamorphosis from the creeping no small cause to be satisfied. I yes- worm to the flying moth ; and in case terday examined both these curiosities they should, whilst in my possessiou, by a microscope, and though I ain not follow the example of other Literary acquainted with entomology, I will characters, and keep a journal, I may endeavour to give you as good an ac- perhaps hereafter send you an extract count as I am able. This worm, which or two from it. I would premise that it looks much like a filbert maggot, is will probably contain, like those of the of a pearly-white colour. The body, rest of the species, whether bipedical which seems to be formed of scaly or polypedical, a relation of their prorings, which are capable of being con- ceedings in poring over and crumming tracted or extended at pleasure, is of up the literature of all ages and couna round appearance at the back, and tries. I conclude by stating that the flattish beneath, and is covered with worms are now quite well and hearty, white downy hairs ; its thickness in. and I shall be most happy to gratifs creases towards the head, which juts the curiosity of the Bibliographer or out of the body, and is of a darker Naturalist by an inspection of them. hue, approaching to drab, and the

Join SMITH (3lius) mouth and eyes are of a brownish

of St. John's College. mahogany cast; it appears to be furnished with two tusks, of a saw-like Mr. URBAN, London, Aug. 17. form), with which it pierces the wood,

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N reply to the Letter of S. T. B. in leather, and paper, which form its your Magazine for July (p. 6), I food ; and I am led to make this con- beg to inform him, that early in the clusion, from observing the dust in Episcopacy of Bishop Keen at Ely, which it was embedded when I found 1, being then a Student at Cambridge, it, which througb the microscope went to see the Episcopal Palace; and clearly resembles saw-filings. It moves I well remember every bed which I rather slowly, although provided with saw had one of the nels to it, of which three pair of thin wiry legs, and when he makes mention. touched it curls up its body into a glo- The embroidery on both sides, some bular form. Boin these worms are observations on which make the latter nearly alike, only the last I found ap- part of S. T. B.'s letter, is not so unpears to be younger than the other. common as he seems to suppose. The They are both in the same box, which Writer of this reply is now in possession I have divided by a partition of card. of a short silk apron, carefully preThe little one seems aoxious to get to served among some of the family rethe other, and just to gratify my cu. lics, worked in this manner. It beriosity, I put them together for a mi-longed to his great-grandmother, who nute, and the younger approached his lived in the begioning of the last censenior and saluted him with great af- tury.

W. D. * This little volume consists of four pieces in Greek and Latin, which are all from the press of JOANNES TORNÆSIVS--Colonia Allebrogum; and being school-books, are not at all worthy of notice, exceplin having on the tirst and last leaves of each piece a device, which, as I have not perceived in my friend Mr. Horne's Introduction to Bibliogra. phy, or in the larger work of the indefatigable Dibdin, I venture to describe it here. "This device then bears the figure of two serpents, formed into a double circular fold, in the centre of which is a shield, with this inscription : QUOD TIBI FIERI NON VIS, ALTERI NE

At the end of the first tract is also this device: An Angel standing upright and entwined by a ribbon, ou which is impressed--Son Art En Diev. The dates of the tracts are 1603-11-12-and 13.

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11. Two Letters to a Fellow of the So- gaol-building manner, is evident from

ciety of Antiquaries, on the subject of the authority below quoted *. Gothic Architecture, containing a Ra- Conceiving, therefore, as we do, futation of Dr. Milner's Objections to that the Anglo-Saxon and Gorbic Mr. Whittington's Historical Survey styles are of distinct origio, because of the Ecclesiastical Edifices of France: in point of fact they have no assimiand an Inquiry into the Eastern Ori- lation, we believe that they are congin of the Gothic or Pointed Style. By the Rev. John Haggitt, Rector of temporary. The sharp Lancet arch Ditton, Cambridgesbire, 8vo, pp. 122.

occurs in the Cyclopean Gallery at Cadell and Davis.

Tyriùs +, long antecedent to the days TAEN the classifications of Go. arch of the fifteenth century may be

of Homer, and the obtuse Pointed W bis Atrchitecture

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seen at Pompeii I. and Mr. Bentham obtained a tolerable

We have been more minute in cx. degree of publicity, the attention of hibiting these particular instances, beAotiquaries was strongly directed to

cause they prove the penetration and the interesting style now under disc judgment of Mr. Haggit ; the object cussion. of the various species of of whose work is, to demonstrate the the genus, accurate characters were Oriental origin of the Pointed style. casily drawn; but, to pursue the figure The literary world is uvder thegreatest here used, the different sorts were of obligations to gentlemen who estadeemed to arise from the simple pro- blish positions, before deemed quescess of crossing the breed. Thus the tionable, by a regular chain of satisintersection of the round arch was factory evidence. The work is exthought to generate the pointed Go ceedingly luminous ; and the style, thic, though

the outlines of each style where it is controversial, much in the are fully as distinct as those of the Socratic manner of diction, acute and Bull-dog and the Grey-bound. These mistakes originated in the novelty of pungent, and yet strictly gentlemanly. the subject, premature hypotbesis

question," says Mr. Haggitt, being usual in such states of science ; very judiciously, “ of mere curiosity, but, as it provokes enquiry, data are

contemptuous personal reflections are collected, and such hypotheses remain not only peculiarly out of place; but they or are blown down, according to the of the writer wbo gives way to them,

unavoidably tend to warp the judgment solidity of their respective foundations. hurrying him into assertions without

It is an antient proverb, that l'ennui foundation, and to the use of arguments du beau amenc le gout de singulier; which will not stand the test of sober and the process bas always been by enquiry." overcharging or altering simple ele. The Work is elegantly printed, and gance. The fine arts are supposed accompanied with instructive plates. io have lost their classical character Deeply do we regret

at our conin the days of Constantine ; and it is fined limits will not allow us to do it most certain, that the trinketry and full justice; but, as it is a work with. gingerbreud of the consular costume out which every good library would in that æra is a good analogous cba. be incomplete, our feelings may thus racteristick of that sad decay of taste, be sootbed. which destroyed the fioe proportions 12. An Essay on Government, revised of the Grecian column, and altered

and enlarged. The fourth Edition. its elegant Capital to the whimsical

By Philopatria, the only Daughter of carving of a South Sea idol or wea- the late Francis Baron Le Despenser. pon. If this corruption, did not ori. 410. pp. 329. Ridgway. ginate with the union of the Eastern WE remember many years ago to and Western Empires, and the incor

* See the Vignette of ch. vii. in vol. poration of the Barbarians; at least it VI. of Dr. Clarke's Travels. reported progress, during and since

+ Gell's Argolis, pl. 16. Tbat the Anglo-Saxon # Id. Pompeiana.- Plate Inside of the arch and column is in nudity simply Gate of Herculaneum. See too a niche Grecian, such as occursin the cheapest in pl. 20. GENT. MAG. August, 1819.

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have enjoyed with infipite pleasure, of Scripture, is universally allowed. in the drawing-room of this bighly It is, however, justly inferred, that it accomplished Lady, the mingled de- is a sinful act; because resignation lights of genius, sentiment, beauty, to the will of God, under all events, and grace. Indebted to her for many is an undeniable duty. This inference, Tamidous demonstrations of those ele- however true, does not come gani minutiæ which so much contri. closely to the point as the passage bute to the felicity and adornment of quoted, which seems to fix the inpolished life, we recollect the once- ference upon a mathematical or lofascioating Authoress with the same gical pedestal, of indestructible mafeelings as we should behold a juvenile terials. This work is written upon portrait of our chief companion at the plan of Montesquieu, a plan too school. We koow that she is versed garrulous for English readers. The in the Hebrew, Greek, Persic, Ara. title too, “ Essay on Government,” hic, Latin, and modern languages, leads to opinions concerniog the subunderstands music theoretically and ject-matters treated in it, which, in practically, draws elegantly; and yet vur limited acceptation of the word that her taste for the bas bleu was “ Government,” may, and we believe ever accompanied with the easy Pa- has, injured the fair claims of the risian manner, which renders science accomplished Authoress. There is there matter of general conversation, a pratiling manner in Montesquieu, subordinate to the necessity of pleas. Mootaigne, and other French writers, ing. Of course, there was nothing which somewhat resembles teaching dogmatical, disputatious, or mascu. Philosophy to dance, although non line.

est Philosophorum saltare jg a wise The genius of this Lady we know and established maxim. A ball, conto be profound ; and we need only sisting only of grandmothers and elquote the following passage: derly gentlemen, would be a ridicu

“ The bare conviction, that we cannot, lous thing in se, in spite of any huin a strict metaphysical sense, by our will man contrivances to the contrary; exist an instant, is such an unanswerable nor would the matter be mended, if internal evidence of the folly and impiety one dance was to consist only of of the act of Suicide, that scarcely any Dandy A pollos and mincing Nymphs; 'other argument is necessary; but it and another of old Dons apd Chamay, perhaps, be said we may will our.

perous summoned from the card. selves not to exist. This assertion is iable to take their turn in evolving atheistical and absurd ; even Cato, who the saltatory toil. We would, therefeared death less than the sacrifice of his fore, recommend, in a future edition principles, was convinced of its fallacy, of this work, the omission of many and seemed to apprehend an hereafter more than any temporal evil, which subjects not sufficiently dignified for could be threatened...

the public opinion, a compression of ments in favour of Suicide (however others of rather too common-place a plausible they may, both in antient and character, and a close logical attenmodern times, have been) are founded tion to abstruse and latent points, bemerely on the Passions; they may in- cause we know that in these the fluence us, when under their dominion; highly-informed mind of this Lady but the suggestions of reason in our is capable of excelling. cooler moments will not give them validity; because, in the case of Suicide, 13. Mr. Charles Lamb's Works, con. it is evident that the office of the pas

cluded from p.51. sions becomes not only impious but ab: surd, since their regulator, reason, is

MR.LAMB'S next Essay is entitled, wholly destroyed, and that they tend

Specimen from the Writings of Puleven to their own destruction." P. 290, Jer, the Church Historian;" whom he 291.

characterizes, and justly, thus : We have lately had before us a

“ The writings of Fuller are usually masterly Essay on Suicide, in which

designated by the title of quaint, and this fine argument does not appear.

with sufficient reason ; for such was bis

natural bias to conceits, that I doubt That Suicide does not come under the

not upon most occasions it would have sixth Commandment, and that it is

been going out of his way to have expot particularly considered in a legal pressed himself out of them. But his direct probibitory form in any part wit is not always a lumen siccum, a dry

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139 faculty of surprizing ; on the contrary, subject of the second plate in tbe series, his conceits are oftentimes deeply steep.. is almost a transcript of Timon's levee ed in buman feeling and passion. Above, in the opening scene of that play. We all, his way of telling a story, for its find a dedicating poet, and other simieager liveliness, and the perpetual run- lar characters, in both.” ning commentary of the narrator hap. pily blended with the narration, is per-,

This Essay is accompanied with haps unequaled.”

some just remarks on a passage in the

writings of the late Mr. Barry, which, The next subject, and it appears to though he was an ingenious inan, and be a very favourite one with Mr. L.

a great painter, relates to his pre.' of which he treats, is the genius and vailing foible of considering the subcharacter of Hogarth.-The too com- jects inore immediately adapted for mon light in which Hogarth is considered is that of a mere mimic, & what is called, often improperly'

painting, in reference too much to painter of low life and buffoonery, enough, classical taste; as though whose only object is to make us

what is termed low life, often as imlaugh. Mr. Lamb aims to show he properly, does not make a part of was a moral painter, a philosopher, the real picture of human life, as well a Shakspeare on canvas.

as what is more fashionable, great, “To deny (says Mr. L.) that there are, and glorious; and as though it throughout the prints which I have men. could not be so represented by the tioned, circumstances introduced of a hand of a master, as to produce the laughable tendency, would be to run coun: effects, either striking or pleasing, or ter to the common notions of mankind; good and profitable, that we have a but to suppose that in their ruling cbaracter they appeal chiefly to the risible fa: right to look for in painting. culty, and not first and foremost to the whimsical enough, and inade us laugh.

Some of Mr. Lamb's Essays are very heart of a man, its best and most

Of this number is that on “ Burial Suserious feelings, would be to mistake.no less grossly their aim and purpose. A cieties," and the “Character of an set of severer Satires (for they are not so

Undertaker," on the “ Inconveniences much Comedies, which they bave been resulting from being Hanged;” “On likened to, as they are strong and mas- the Melancholy of Tailors ;” but oor culine Satires) less mingled with any linits do not allow as to go further thing of mere fun were never -writter into these matters. upon paper, or graven upon copper.

We have read all these works of They resemble Juvenal, or the satiric Charles Lamb with pleasure ourselves, touches in Timon of Athens.

though not all with equal pleasure. “I was pleased with the reply of a With respect to his “Remarks on gentleman, who, being asked which book Shakspeare,” though we do not conhe esteemed most in his library, an- sider them in the light of a discovery, swered—Shakspeare;' being asked which he esteemed next best, replied - Ho- yet they are made with much taste garth. His graphic representations are

and good sense; and those on our indeed books: they have the teeming,

other dramatic writers are, it is evifruitful, suggestive meaning of words. dent, made after a thorough acquaintOther pictures we look at-his prints

ance with his subject. But it is we read.

equally true of all greal dramatic “In pursuance of this parallel, I have works, that is, of all which represent sometimes entertained myself with com- huinan maopers and passions on a paring the Timon of Athens of Shaks- large scale, as well as of Shakspeare, peare (which I have just mentioned), that they are better understood by beand Hogarth's “ Rake's Progress' toge- ing read, than they can be by seeiog ther. The story, the moral, in both is

them' acted-by sensible persons at nearly the same. The wild course of least, who, as they can only judge riot and extravagance, ending in the after reflection, so are they not to be one with driving the Prodigal from the

taken by surprize, nor fascinated society of men into the solitude of the

by trick and show; or, it is only deserts, and in the other with conducting the Rake through his several stages

so far more applicable lo Shakši of dissipation into the still more com

peare than to vihers, as he might plete desolations of the mad-house, in

see deeper into Nature than other the play, and in the picture, are described

dramatic writers; and as Mr. Lamb with almost equal force and nature.

does not mean to maintain that plays The levee of the Rake, which forms the should not be acted, but only that

they

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