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May 5. Wall, which extends 714 feet Westward
from the ground which faces the North Talliquery one of the London from of Warches en boicle faces the corela licular manoer directed of late to sput where Moorgate stood. The chief old London Wall, in consequence of part of this great length of wall consists the demolition of so large a portion inside one of chalk and flint, cased on
of three distinct characters. First, an of what remained of it, in making the
either side with a rubble one of rage alterations for the new street on thie
strongly cemented together. site of thc late Bethlem Hospital. This Wall is in some places about 8 feet
By way of seconding the judicious thick, and eight feet high from the preremarks of your Correspondent sent pavement; but it must originally G. O. 1'. R. in p. 196, I beg you to have commenced at a depth considerinsert the accompanying view (see ably below, as may be seen whenever Pl. 11.) of the most perfect specimen the ground' is opened. The third cha.
of this much-celebrated racter is a tesselated, or partly-glazed military defence.
brick wall, surmounted with battles
ments coped with stone. It is erected “Very few places in London," says
upon 2 feet 3 inches of the cased Wall, Mr. Malcolm, 'in bis Londinium Redi
on that side next to the City Ditch, and vivum, " afford a scene equal to the Church-yard of St. Giles :---the City Wall to the top of the stone coping, 8
is in height, from the top of the cased Wall, overgrown with grass,, tinged feet; the space between the battlements with various-coloured danips ;
is 2 feet 6 inches. Upon clearing the stones mouldered to dust, leaving cbasms
dirt awav froin soine parts of the top of between their inore durable neighbours; the cased Wall, I found that it bad been the circular bastion at the angle, froin
covered with two layers of brick of an whence it ranges East and West on one
unusual size, measuring 1 foot 1 inch side, and North and South on the usher:
and a half, by 5 inches and a quarter, the antiert Hall of the Barber Surgeon's and only iwo inches and a ball thick. projecting across its foundation to the
These bricks were of a rich deep red, Lamb's Chapel to the North; extremely close and bard ;-—they were the tower and the Church; the tombs of the wealthy, and the humble heaps possibly some of ihose mentioned by
Stowe as having been made in Moorof the poor,-all combine to recall past
fields. There are, it must be observed, ages before us, and ocrasion many me
in many parts of the stone casing, pieces lancholy ytt grateful reflections.”
of bright red larger bricks, but not so Mr. J. T. Sneith, in his "s Anlient To tbick 25 those just mentioned; and pography of London,” has given four these are often lucked upon by many interesting and excellent views of dif- persons as Roman." ferent poriions of ibese veverable Walls. l. luside of the Watch-Tower from Mr. Sinith's Work, it would be
After having quoted so largely Jiscorced near Ludgale-bill, Mayl; injustice not to notice his very iu1992; 2. Parts of Londoo Wall and tiresting Account of Bethlem HusBethlem llospital (lately destroyed); pital; to which I with confidence re3. S.W. view of Bethleru Hospital and
for your Readers.
N. R. S. London Wall(also now destroyed); and 4. A Fragment of London Wall as it
May 12. stood in the of ,
late ferent portion of the Wall to that represeuted in the annexed Plalu; but read the Psalms and Lesson appointed
many of our Clergy, of omitting to Mr. J. T. Sipith had previously co to be used in the Burial Service; a graved, as an Illustration of Pelle perusal of the following extract from want's Loudon, a vicw of this same
a recent publication of the late Rev. Round Tower. In describing the Se- John Shepherd, entitled, " A Critical cond Plate, above enomerated, Mr. and Practical Elucidation of the Book Smith has the following judicious of Common Prayer,” may be satisstatement of the materials and measurement of that portion of the Wall To me, I must confess, it appears, as
faclvry lo many of your Readers. wbich has recently been removed :
well as to Mr. Shepherd, that the “ The opposite Plate represents short duty upon the Clergyman to read the specimens of that great portion of London sarde is indispensable; aud that an Gent. Mag. May, 1817.
, in 1993. This is a dit M respecting a practice among
omission to read them would subject ture, matters of indifference; and so him to a presentment at the next Visi the Church has left them. Still the tation of his Archdeacon, which the Psalms and the Lessou are so exceedrelatives of the deceased might re
ingly proper for the occasion, that I quire the Church wardens of the parish presume few Clergymen would be dis
posed to omit them, even if they bad, to make.
what in this instance they have not, a • After meeting the corpse, the Priest discretionary power. is' to go before it, either into the church, “ When the Rubrics were formed, or to the grave. These words cer the was a reason for the Minister's tainly authorize the Clergyman to go to going to the grave in the first place, wards the grave, while he repeats the which does not exist at present. It was sentences, and then to perform that
then in some places not uncommon to part of the office which is appointed to bury the poorer people without a cofin, be said “when they come to the grave.'
the body being wrapped in some thick But the question is, whether this Rubric
coarse cloathing. On such occasions leaves the Minister at liberty to refuse
there might be an obvious reason for going into the church at all? It is the
not adrwitting tlie corpse to be brought opinion of sume, tbat the Minister is into the church. And even at present, invested with a discretionary power of where the deceased may have died of omitting, whenever he pleases, those
the small pox, a malignant fever, or parts of the office which are to be read
any other infectious disease, or when in the church. To this opinion I cannot the body is putrid or otherwise offensive, subscribe.
the Minister, for the sake of those wbo “ It must be admitted, I think, that attend the funeral, as well as on account the Clergyman is required to perform of the congregation that may assemble the entire office, since there is not the
on the same or the following day, would least intimation that any part of it may not, I conceive, exercise his discretion be dispensed with. To omit the Psalms improperly, if he sbould go first to the and the Lesson, is to omit more than
grave and then into the Churcb.” one half of the whole, which it is not
A. B. pretended a Minister may do in any other instance. Hence I conclude, that
Mr. URBAN, Weston, April 15. the Minister may go first to the grave, and then, to the church, or vice versá, I HAVE lately received two handhis
some subscriptions to the importmust perform the service to be used at ant object of the new Church in the the grave, and that to be said in the Forest of Dean, by persons who dechurch, at the places where they are rived their information from seeing respectively appointed to be performed. the statement in the last volume of That is, the Psalms and the Lesson may the Gentleman's Magazine. I was not be said .either before or after tie burial aware of its insertion, or should have of the corpse, as it is expressly said in made you my acknowledgment at ao Edward's first book.
earlier period. I rejoice to say, this " To those who still think the Psalm and Lesson may be omitted, I have fur. grand object is so far accomplished,
that the Church is opened; but I have tber to observe, that to omit the service
taken - a fearful risk on myself, in at the grave is as reasonable in itself, and exactly as agreeable to the regulations of finishing it at once, before the whole our Church. Whatever argument can be
sum was raised : add to whicb, I brought to prove that the Minister may
must, if it be possible, build the parrefuse to read the Service appointed to sopage-hvuse this summer, that I be used in the church, will equally may live on the spot next year. I prove that he may refuse to perform am therefore obliged to use every what he is directed to perform at the exertion in my power to raise new grave.
supplies. If it were repeated, as an “ Again, though it is not expressly Advertisement, on the cover of your stated in the Rubric, yet it is understood Magazine*, many persons might be by the Church, and ought to be ex
induced to give, from seeing what plained to the people, that 'the prayers has been done in so short a time. and exhortations in the Burial Service
A full list of all the Subscribers are not for the benefit of the dead, but for the instruction and comfort of the
will ouw be lodged at the different living? Whether the Psalms and Lesson Receiving-Houses. be read before or after the interment;
Yours, &c. HENRY BERKIN. whether the corpse is or is not taken into the churcb, are, in their own na * It will there be found. Eort.
May 10. natural sagacity wanted, to come to The following critical opinion of a wise moral decision: for it must the late Mrs. Carier to Mrs. Montagu, of ingredients which escape the grasp having been given in a private Let- of language. This facully, in additer to his friend the Editor, appeared tion 10 great reasoning powers, and so just to the Geotieman to whom it great force and clearness of words, I was shewn, thatitis at his request, out think Mrs. Carler possessed. of respecttoi he learned, highly endow. Her industry assisted her with all ed, and admirable Authoress, sent for the light of solid learning ; and the preservation in your pages, to which calmness of her feelings (unlike this candour, kindness, and praise, are warm and unhappy frame of mine, more acceptable than severity: and in whose temperament the most vivid where, when the flippant criticisms impressions melt away almost as rawhich feed the pelty malignities of pidly as they are made) suffered her the day are forgotten, the calm de- io retain in their original clearness the cisions of the unprejudiced ceosor treasures with which her memory was will be looked for and found. S. E.B. stored.
Mrs. Montagu too often took up “ To The Rev. M.P. at Deal. her pen to think what she should My dear friend,
Feb. 16. say: Mrs. Carler always to say no "I do not aller or abale in my opi- more than she thoughi. Mrs. Mon. nion, that Mrs. Carter's Letters are tagu's fancy was certaiuly moore brilinodels of epistolary excelleoce. In liant; her imagery more copious ; style there is all the strength of John. and her combinations more quick, son, without his pomp. In maller unexpected, and surprising. – Mrs. there is all his profundity and com Carier's more deep, more pictu. prehension, without bis prejudices. resque, and more just. Her feelings are rather those of re It is easy to conceive letters more flection than of impulse: and there. calculated for temporary altraction fore rather excite esteem and adini. than those of Mrs. Carter, whicb ration, than that love and kindness open no political discoveries ; de I which the more melting pen of Miss in do piquant satire ; belray no priTalbot draws forth as by a sort of vate scandal; and gratify no private intuitive charm; or than the fash of malice : which opeo do cabinets; and intellectual pleasure which is con. let pot prurient curiosity behind the veyed by the playful and ready wit scenes of public, or private life.
That alune, which deals in such In most moral questions I should stimulants for ihe foul and palled apbe inclined to take Mrs. Carter as my petite of the publick, is likely to be guide. I have had many moral doubts, the great and noisy favourite of the which had perplexed me, cleared up day. But there is a slow and graby her opinions: nor do I recollect dual faine, which is of a thousand any question she has louclied upon, times more value; the fame constiof those vumerous nice difficulties in tuted of the voices of the good and daily life of which the discussion is wise, gentis rising from wide and discontinually pressing itself on my mind, persed quarters, till they meet in one without having completely satisfied Tarınonious acclamation, high above me by her reasoning,
the stir and clamour of grovelers and With this impression on my mind, I earthiy-minded multitudes, inebriated told you most sincerely I thought it an with mean passions and the conceit of imperious duty upon you to give the vulgar kuowledge!" world the benefit of such precious and enlightening relics.
Curzon-street, There is another characteristic ex.
April 12. cellence, which it strikes me that Mrs. REING engaged in preparing for Carter's Letters possess. They scem
the press a new edition of Dr. as it were to emanate from the judi- Arbuthnot's Works, freed from the cial seat of wisdom : they are not in- rubbish amidst which they have higenious pleadings, but calm and im- therto appeared; I beg leave io iupartial decisions. Now it seems to quire whether any of your pumerous me, that, in addition to the powers Readers can furnish me with the Hisof reasoning, there is often a deep tory of the Doctor's family after his
of Mrs. Montagu.