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A REVIEW OF NEW PUBLICATIONS;
POETRY; CRITICISMS ON THE FINE ARTS, THE DRAMA, &c.
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It may also be interesting to our readers to know, that, commencing with the present Number, this Journal THE LITERARY GAZETTE, with the will be printed by Messrs. Bensleys present Number commences its second Patent Machine, an inventive improveannual course. For the unexampled ment in the art of Printing which refavour with which it has been received flects honour on the present age, and by the Public, we offer our grateful ac- exhibits a proof of the progress of the knowledgments. It set out, and has art of ingenious mechanism in this been conducted, on rigidly independent country In this respect our Jouinal and impartial principles: these prin- will enjoy an advantage over all other ciples; the novelty, and we trust we weekly papers, being the first ever may, without the imputation of mor-printed by a steam-engine, and we dinate vanity, add, the utility of the shall thus be enabled to publish at a design; and the diligent mode in which very early hour on the Saturday mornit has been carried into execution, ing. have been rewarded beyond our utmost hopes. Holding at the close of its first year an acknowledged and honourable rank in the periodical Literature of Great Britain, its increased circulation has been, and shall only be, converted into an engine for its improvement; and we firmly trust, that it will very speedily realize the most sanguine prospect of its friends, in effectually promot-well-earned celebrity of the author of ing the interests of Learning and of the this work, its own character, and the Arts; while it forms at the same time attention it has so generally excited, an agreeable relaxation from severer did not force us to bring it under the studies, and a record of the times, in regard of our readers. But we still all that distinguishes one era of the more sincerely wish that it had never world from another. been published; for to us it conveys a In what may be called the business melancholy picture of much frailty, part of this Address, we shall be very united with great ability, and the porbrief. It will appear from this Publi- trait of an individual, who, for many cation, that we have made some new reasons, we could have desired more arrangements in the manner of print-perfectly to esteem, deteriorated by his ing. The advertisements, here con- own hand, and by the pious, but misfined to literature and the arts, and taken partiality of his son, the editor limited to two pages, are displayed of this volume. Revised, it is too evident a great portion of it written at the age of 75, it is lamentable
mind is not exempt from the most contemptible weaknesses; that of one of the most upright men, as of the world, it may justly be said, All is vanity;" and that such is the self-delusion of mankind, they utterly deceive themselves in themselves, and can fancy stubbornness independence, and discontent patriotism, and resentment virtue. and folk wisdom, and conceitedness magnanim ty, and indiscretion purity, when they come to cast a retrospect over the events of their own lives.
The mainspring of Dr. Watson's actions, and the bar to his more prosperous fortunes, appears, on his own showing, to have been the most inordinate opinion of his own genus and importace. A man of great talent, of much learning, of acute judgment of comprehensive mind, of unweared perseve ance in the attainment of knowRe-ledge, and of extraordinary powers in the application of his attainments to the use and instruction of his fellowcreatures; this volume compels us to acknowledge, that all these gifts may be perverted by overweening egotism, and blessings of nature turned into barrenness, by that single feebleness of humanity, which we imagine is strength, and call pride.
Anecdotes of the Life of RICHARD WAT
to think that the soundness of more
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That this book is instructing too, no rational being will deny: but, alas! that our instruction should be this,Read, and learn that the strongest
Haversham, where his father had pieviously been master of the Grammar School With an exhibition of 501. he went from this establishment to Cambridge, and in Jan. 1759, took his Bachelor's degree at Trinity College. In 1762 he became M. A; was elected Professor of Chemistry in 1764; and i.. 1771, Regius Professor of Divinity in
the 100m of Dr. Rutherfor h, deceased. His other academic honours, as W rangler, Tutor, and Moderato, did equal justice to his zeal and a ilities; and the ardeur of his character n ay tec-
timated by the fact. tl at when he ecame candidate for the Chemical Chan he knew nothing at lo chen s ry had never read a syllable on the subject nor seen a sin, le experin ent u t; but was tied with mathematics a natural philosophy, and stimulated by the vehentissima gloriæ cupido, to try his strength in a new pursuit, and anmated by the kindness of the University to extraordinary exertions;" and