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(BEING THE TWELFTH of a NEW SERIES.)
PART THE SECOND.
PRODESSE ET DELECTARE.
E PLURIBUS UNUM.
By SYLVANUS URBAN, Gent.
LONDON: Printed by JOHN NICHOLS and SON,
where LETTERS are particularly requested to be sent, POST-PAID ;
AND SOLD BY
J. HARRIS and SON (Successors to Mrs. NEWBERY),
TO SYLVANUS URBAN, GENT,
On completing his LXXXIXth Volume.
AS on the fair translucent tides,
What joys supreme, and pleasures high,
The eye with transports fill;
Whether tempestuous storms arise,
Or heavy rains descend;
Precluded, then, abroad to stray
Or thro' the verdant mead;
Or turn to high behests of State;
What Barons great expire.
Amusement each supplies.
Such as at Aix Chapelle were seen,
There to consult fair Europe's weal,
With Commerce in her hand.
Who War's fierce horrors brav'd;
And joy prevails around;
To favour Britain's land;
Tho' Envy with a thousand stings,
Urban did ouce assail;
Like dew before the morning heat
On which the eye may pore;
INDEX TO THE PLATES.
Abbey House, Sherborne 209
Bell Tower, Salisbury 305
Jews' Hospital, Whitechapel, London 489
P R E F A CЕ.
IN announcing a continuation of our labours, we have
once more to thank our numerous and kind Friends. In taking a Review, however, of the Times, as usual, we feel ourselves much in the situation of Æneas, when he made his perilous journey to visit the shade of his father Anchises. We have to pass a River Styx, and the courts where Minos is sitting in judgment, and inflicting punishment upon various Revolutionary Ixions, Tityuses, and Prometheuses, in order to arrive at those peaceful classical shades, where the spirit of Musæus sings in heavenly strains the grand elementary principles of creative power. We trust, however, that those Giant Sons of Earth, Anarchy and Irreligion, will not remove the mountains which the Parliamentary power of our Constitutional Jupiter has laid upon them. In a Country like our own, not dependent upon territory, but on commerce, arts, and a paper circulation, it is impossible that any other than pure selfish Adventurers can desire Revolution. Annihilate the Funds and our Bank Notes, what property is there left in England? We believe that it was Mr. Burke who said, that, if all the real property of England was divided in equal shares among the whole population, there would not be more than one week's subsistence. Commerce could not subsist without security, peace, law, a circulating medium, and property guaranteed. But whence could those arise, in an unsettled state of things? Conceive an annual income of fifty millions, spent among the people, diverted from trade and luxury in the greater part, and the arts thrown for support and encouragement upon the ignorant, who do not regard them. We do not wish to see that venerable matron Britannia, "the Old Lady in Threadneedle-street," placed in a course of the most violent and poisonous medicines by our political quacks, because we believe, that the insulting process would certainly end in her dissolution; and that the treatment would be infamously misapplied to a character, slandered indeed,