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From these Memoirs we learn, that Mr. Hollis was born in London, April 14, 1720. Thomas, his great-grandfather, was of Rotheram, in the county of York, a whitefinith by trade, and the founder of the hospital at Sheffield, for the maintenance of fixteen poor cutlers widows; an excellent charity, confiderably improved by his descendants. During the civil wars, he left Yorkshire, and settled with his family in London ; and in the year 1679 took a lease for 99 years of Pinner's-hall, formerly the place of meeting of the principal Independents, Oliver Cromwell and others. He was of the Baptist persuasion, and died in London, in the year 1718, at the advanced age of 84, leaving three sons, Thomas, Nathaniel, and John, and one daughter, Mary. Thomas, his eldest son (a considerable merchant in London), added to the Sheffield charity, and the trust for Pinner's-hall ; but is chiefly memorable for his benefactions to New England, particularly to Havard College in Cambridge, in which he founded a professorship for the mathematics and natural philosophy, and ten scholarships for students in those and other sciences, with other benefactions, to the amount of little less than 5,000l. His brothers (John and Nathaniel) were joint contributors in many of his gifts, particularly the former, to the Sheffield Trust, and the Baptist and Independent Societies. It should be remembered, to the honour of these worthy men, that their donations to Havard College, were conferred without any exclusive conditions relative to religious sects or denominations, though their own opinions were different from those of the curators of that respectable seminary; in which they have been most nobly followed by their descendant, the late Mr. Hollis. Nathaniel, the second brother, had one son, Thomas, who died in the year 1735 (three years before his father), leaving an only son, Thomas, to whose memory these papers are dedicated ; and who, of course, inherited the fortune of his father, and of his great uncle Thomas, the latter dying in the year 1730, without issue. Of Mr. Hollis's descent on the female side, we only know that his mother was the daughter of Mr. Scott of Wolverhampton, in whose family Mr. Hollis was nurtured in his infancy, to he was four or five years of age. • To give a more circumstantial account of this respectable family in this piace would, as the authors of this work properly observe, be deviating too far from the purpose of these Memoirs; but these particulars it was thought proper, and, in some meafare, necessary to mention ; partly for the sake of observing what was the truth, that Mr. Hollis, far from valuing himself upon what he used to call the parchment honours of ancestry, chose rather to adopt and pursue the truly noble plan of his predecessors, ten feet deep, and that the ground should be immediately ploughed up, so that no trace of his burial-place might remain. But Mr. Brand, to whom he bequeathed his fortune, and who has taken his name, has made every monumental remembrance of him unnecessary, by patronizing and being at the expence of this magnificent memorial of him which is now before us. This work was originally compiled for Mr. Brand’s private use, and to distribute amongst his particular friends. At the solicitation of many who wished to be possessed of it, Mr. Brand
is, we are informed, is much inferior to the original cost of the impression. These circumstances being considered, candour will oblige us to pass over its imperfections with a more indulgent eye than we possibly might have done, had it been professedly written for the Public. We cannot but, however, obferve, that in the general execution of the work there is an inequality, which, indeed, is in some measure accounted for in the Preface. In the arrangement and sele&tion of the materials trifling and extraneous matter is too frequently admitted; and, much as we admire and applaud that honest and ardent zeal for liberty and truth which flames out in almost every page, we
cannot but condemn the bitterness and acrimony with which
the compilers so liberally treat those whom on any occasion they differ from, and this too in matters oftentimes of very small InOment.
The engravings and etchings with which this publication is embellished, and which are upwards of twenty, have very considerable merit—they are principally executed by Cipriani and . Bartolozzi. Most of them are well known, having been engraved for Mr. Hollis in his life-time, and by him bounteously distributed among his friends.
Art. XI. Travels through Spain, with a Piew to illustrate the Natural History and Physical Geography of that Kingdom, &c. &c. Inter/persed with Historical Anecdotes, &c. &c. By John Talbot Dillon, Knight and Baron of the Sacred Roman Empire. 4to.
11. I s. Boards. Robinson. 1780. IN two former numbers of our Review [Append to Vols, 59 and 6o] we gave a particular account of the travels of Mr. Bowles into Spain ; as translated from the original Spanish into French, by the Viscount de Flavigny. The Author of the present treatise, who has made three voyages into that country, in the last of which, in 1778, “he traversed the whole kingdom,” having met with Mr. Bowles's performance at Madrid, judged that a work of so much merit could not fail to meet with the approbation of an English reader. With a view to give his countrymen the best information respecting a country o little