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Edinburgh Magazine,

OR

LITERARY MISCELLANY,

FOR DECEMBER 1791.

With a View of DUNEIRA*, a Seat of the Right Hon. Henry Dundas,

one of His Majesty's Princ pal Secretaries of State.

CONTENTS:

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448

486

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Regifter of the Weather for Dec. 442 some of the most eminent
Amusements of Men of Letters 443 French dramatic Aurhors

471 Of the Origin of Literary Jour Method of ufing the Cold Bath io pals 444 m ft advantage

476 Of the Scaligers, Father and Son 445 Sir William Jones's Remarks on Oftle Port Royal Society 447

the Island of Hinzuan 479 Of the Editions of the Classics in Acc:uit of fome remirkable Inufum Delphini

fects in the Ifand of Dominica 484 Account of the New Colony of Character of the Cardinal de BerSierra Leona

449 nis, by M. Duclor Mr William Ged's Narrative of his Lord Charlemont's Account of

Sci.eme for Block-printing 450 the fingular Customs of the On the Method of reading Hogs Ilaod of Metelin, the aocient during the Mift Seaion in the Lesbos

488 Woods of New Forest 460 Mooi Turgat's Reflections on the Remarks on the Horle of New Formation and the Diltsibution Fores, and on the practice of of Riches

491 docking and cropping 462 Review of New Publications

496 Historical Accrunt of Marseilles Caroline Montgomery, a Tale

501 by Lord Gardenstone 467 Poe ry

510 Lord Gardenfione's Remarks on Mo::thly Regilter.

513 • Most beautifully situated near the head of Loch Erne, in Perthshire. With the Magazine for January will be given, an clegant Print of MARY QUEEN SCOTS, engraved by Beugo, from an original Painting in the polledion of the Earl of Buchan. 3K

VOL. XIV. No. 84.

State of the BAROMETER in inches and decimals, and of Farenheit's Tugz.

MOMETER in the open air, taken in the morning before sun-rise, and a njon ; and the quantity of rain-water fallen, in inches and decimals, from Normeoer goth 1791, to the 30th of Dec. near the foot of Arthur's Seat.

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Extracts from Curiosities of Literature.Just publied.

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A MUSEMENTS OF MEN OF LETTERS. Earasmus has composed_ I think MEN TEN of letters, for a relaxation from it was to amuse him elf when travel

literary fitigue-a fatigue which ling in a post chaife-his Panegyis more unsufferable than that which ric on Moru, or Fully: wbich, auproceeds from the labours of the thorized by the pun, he dedicated to mechanic_furm amusements, fome- Sir Thomas More. times, according to their prof-lional Montaigne found a very agreeable chara ter ; but, more frequenily, ac- play-mate in his cat. cording to their whim.

Cardinal de Richelieu, amongst all Tycho Brahe diverted himself with his great occupations, found a recreapolishing glaffes for all kinds of spec- tion in violeni exercises; and he was tacles, and making mathematical in once discovered jumping with his ferstruments.

vant, to try who coul1 reach the highD'Andilly, the Transiator of Jo- est lide of a wall. D. Grammont, fephus, one of the most learned men observing the Cardinal to be jealous of his age, cultivated trees; Barclay, of his powers in this respect, offered in his leisure hours, was a florit ; to jump with him; and in the true Balzac amufcd himself with making spirit of a courtier, having made some paftils; Peiresc found his aniusement efforts which nearly reached the Cardiamongst his medais and antiquarian nal's,confered he w s surpassed by him. curiofuies; the Abbé de Maroles with This was jumping like a politicida ; his engravings; and Politian in singing and it was by this means, it is said, airs to his lute.

he ingratiated himself with the minif Rohault wandered from shop to Thop, to observe the mechanics la Dr C.mpbell was alike fond of robour.

buft ex:rcise ; and the scholar has The great Arnald read, in his hours been found leaping over tables and of relaxation, any amusing romance chairs. thu fell into his hands. This also What ridiculous amusements paffet! did the critical Warburton.

between Dean Swift and his friends Galileo read Ariosto; and Chrif- in Ireland, his discerning editors hive tina, Queen of Sweden, Marvial. kindly revealed to the public. We

Guy Parin vrole letters to his are attonished to see a great mindivifriends; an usual relisation amongit firing itself to be livell-d to trities men of letters, and very agree_ble to which ev. n our very magazines contitheir correlpondents, when they are der as disgraceful to their pages! worth the purtage.

The life of Shenstone was pased in Others have found amusement in an amusement which was 10 him an composing treatises on odd subjects. eternal source of dilappu.num. nt and Seneca wrote a Burlesque Narrative on angrihi. His favourite firme orne, Claudiao's Death. Pierrius has writ- while it displayed all the tafe and e'eten an Eulogium on Blards.

gancies of the pret, displayed al. bis Virgil (ported pretrily with a gnat; characteristic poverty. Homer with frogs and mice. mind was often pained by those invi

Holstein has written an Eulgium dious comparisons which the vulyar on the North Wind; Heinsius, on were perpetually making with the faces the Afs; Menage, the Transmigration ly scenes of Hagley's neighbouring of the Paralirical Pedant to a Parrot; magnificence. and also the Purition of the Dictiona If Dr Johnfon fuffered his great jies.

mind to defcend into trivial amule. 3 K 2

His f.cling

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