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Walpole was jealous of the honour the human mind, into a barren fertiand credit of the Antiquarian pursuits lity, and heap up a wild chaos, bewhich he had indulged: he was rightly cause he cannot expand it into a beaufearful that if they fell into inferior tiful creation." It is true: but he hands, they would be brought into had better philosophise deeply, or not ridicule. He dreaded lest barrow. at all. It is not philosophy to trick hunters and tombstone - transcribers, into form plausible theories, which should consider themselves of bis fra. will not abide the test of examination. ternity; and felt, perhaps, as would a It is not philosophy to bring forward man of large fortune and exquisite only one side of the question without delight in the Arts, who had erected producing its counterpart. It is not some magnificent Gothic pile under philosophy to tell us only of the Ca. the direction of Wyatt, at the visit of lamities of authors, without balancing some pert citizen, who, having Gothi- against them their Enjoyments. It is cised his villa bg the road-side with not philosophy to be piquant when the aid of the village carpenter, came one ought to be profound ; and epito inspect bis edifice, as if they were grammatic when one ought to be elomen of congenial taste !
quent. Such a taste is apt to mislake Walpole was not generous; but too froth for depth, and the sparklas of much was expected of him. He was superficial prettiness for philosophical not rich: all his fortune was the sala- light. A deep philosophysees the human ry of a good place, with which, it must character not partially, but in all its be admitted that he did wonders as various windings; sees foibles in the far as himself was concerned. He best, and some saviug virtues in the early found that minor authors and worst. It looks broadly upon the artists looked up to him with a hope world, and instructs and engages by of patronage, which it was impossible an interesting simplicity, in which for him to fulfil; while his fastidious “ truth is sufficient to fill the mind," manners made every thing less elegant without the aid of varnish, or the than himself displeasing and trouble. narration pf wonders. some. Such, I ain'convinced, were the We intreat Mr.D'Israeli, therefore, real emotions of those feelings in Wal- not to be quite so confident of his own pole, which Mr. D'I. bas placed among superiority in
superiority in “ the philosophy of « The Calamities of Authors.” No Literary History." He has writien a real consciousness of inferiority made sprightly and amusing book : but it bim unhappy, or damped the satisfac- certainly is not deep, any more than tion derived from his literary pursuits, it is sufficiently particular in those A right estimate of his own talents details, which he so much affects to had rather a tendency to produce despise. A greater simplicity; a less content, than, by raising false expec- ambitious taste; a nicer feeling, both tations, to be followed by future dis- of pature and of art, would have scappointinent. I believe him to have cured approbation and interest to a enjoyed the pleasures of this world second perusal of his book as well as beyond most men; with as little in to the first, terinixture of its rubs and mortifica. In the opinion here given, which is tions as has often occurred.
written with perfect honesty, I am That liberig of censure, which Mr. confident I have the concurrence of D'Israeli claims over the opinions and several eminent Literati. H. R. powers of others, be must allow in its turn to be exercised on himself. Hav.
Sept. 18. of
before the publick history to bear upon his purpose. Author, it is his duty to fortify his The infelicity of authors, like those mind to the endurance of censure and of all other aspirants after fame, are ridicule. Whoever imagines that no doubt numerous: but do not let knowledge, learning, talents, genius, him press into the service those which can protect him, is ignorant of the are not real. Those of Walpole are present state of the press, and the not the only ones which I could in- mode in which the criticisms of the stance. He says, that " if the litera- day are manufactured. Were judg. ry historian caunot philosophise, while ments of books to be formed by thuse die investigates, he will convert one of who were qualified for the task, it the most pleasing and instructive- would be ulterly impossible for such branches of literature the history of total contradictione io exist as the ne.
favourite topick, he twists all literary Bear bet man presumes to ap
riodical journals furnish every month sults, that the prospect of censure, to each other.
which ought to keep folly and vice The truth is, that in the majority in awe, becomes no longer forinidaof cases, the criticisms are executed ble, while it is indiscriminately heaped either by inveterate enemies, or per- on all; /or formidable only to those fect novices to the subject discussed; who want encouragement, and not or on the other hand by interested repression. friends: and if by none of these, by There is no human production writers whose sole object is to attract which, by an adverse or partial view attention by the severity and sarcasm of it, or a little misrepresentation, which gratifies the malignity of hu- may not be made objectionable or man nature. They look out for books ridiculous. Were the works of Spenon which they can fasten their stings, ser, or Shakspeare, or Milton, now as the hungry tiger watches for his first to appear, what endless opportuprey.
nities for malignant criticisnt, for To draw blood, has so much the laborious and plausible disquisitions air of superiority, that ninety-nine on propriely and good sense, and out of every hundred readers believe chaste diction, and classical ease, and the poor Author to be irrecoverably other principles of good writing, overcome, and cruelly join in the cry, might they afford ! which is to hoot him into obscurity The ulcrest idiot or madman that and scorn!
ventures on the press, may now reconThese weapons wound no longer cile himself to any jest or ang reprethan, like those of the assassin, they hension ; for he fares no worse than can be hurled in the dark! Let the many a writer of the most brilliant band from whence they issue be seen, talents, or most profound learning! and it is instantly arrested in its course!
FORTIS, SED NON ACER. The writer of a book has given some involuntary offence; has been
Sept. 5. necessitated to check some imperti. Obfermation is requested about
BSERVING nent advances; to make an inadequale. return for some fulsome flattery; or the Earl of Banbary, and Duke of to withhold the admission of soine of- Roxburghe, the Enquirer may have fered assistance which would inevita- ample information about the former bly have disgraced his work; the of. in the Third Volinne of Banks's Exfended individual seeks his revenge tinct Baronage of Englaud, and may rein the character of a Reviewer, damns fer to the Gent. Mag. for 1793, p.375. with oracular decision the work to where he will find that the last persun which he sought, with every mean claiming the title died at Winchester, adulation, to be an humble appendage, 18 March of that year. And as to the and gratifies the envy and rivalry of Dukedom of Roxburghe, I have no all who hate superiority by silly ob- doubt, that when Mr. Wood lavours jections which are mistaken for criti- the world with his promised new edicism, and abuse which is mistaken for tion of Sir Robert Douglas's Pcerage, wit.
there will be a full and satisfactory The Edinburgh Review may ren- account given of the lale contest der colourable, though it cannot al- about that title and estate: 'suffice it ways justify, its relentless severity, by for the present to say, that Rubert, the inimitable talent and spirit which the first Earl of Roxburghe, died in it never ceases to put forth. But it 1650, baving had issue a soul Henry, will not do for inferiorjournals, which Lord Ker, who died in 1643, leaving display all its malignity without any four daughters, of whom Margaret, of its power, which imitate the prance the third, was married to Sir Henry of the war-horse wilb the awkward Innes of that ilk (Innes), bart. whose curvettings of the cow, or the ass; heir and representalive, Sir James and think, that in proportion as their Inpes Norcliffe Ker, bart. was, on 20 contortions are absurd, they prove June 1810, declared by the House of their strength and agility.
Peers heir to the late Duke of Rox. So long as this general system of burghe, and put in possession of the abuse prevails; while neither genius estates; and, on 11 May 1812, was nor virtues can impose the smallest declared, by the same authority, Duke degree of that respect which fosters of Roxburghe, and Possessor of all them; this dreadful consequence re- the other Scots titles.
to Heaven. I SENDhyon inclosed a Drawing of
the Church of Ludlow, (see Plate Long ere the Night approach'd, his task I.) which I think has never been en
And mildly cheerful shone bis Evening graved, though one of the most
Nor pain por sickness could such peace stately parochial churches in England. It is cruciform, with a beautiful lofty His faith was certainty, his hope was
[joy. tower in the centre, in which is a me
Good, wise, and tranquil, eminently lodious peal of eight bells. The ar- blest, chitecture is less florid than is usual
Content he liy'd, and peaceful sunk to in the larger ecclesiastical buildings
You shall now see what the village of the 15th century. The nave has
poet says at Shere, in the same counsix pointed arches on each side, re
ty, on a most diligent, honest, and posing on clustered pillars, which are
exact poor woman, who for many light and graceful. The four arches
years travelled seven miles every day under the tower are remarkably lofty, in the week (except on Mondays), and richly overspread with mould. from her own habitation to the neighings. The choir retains its antient bouring post-town, with letters and stalls; and in the large windows are very abundant remains of painted died by the road-side in going to her
parcels, returning at night, and at last glass. On the screen of the choir house, in a winter's night, in Dec. stands an admirable organ by Snetzler.
1908. She was found the next mornThere are no monuments of much ing. The lines are thus put on the antiquity, though several handsome
- frail memorial" over ber grave. ones of the reigns of Elizabeth and
“ In memory of Ann Manssel, who James the First, chiefly of the Lords
died Dec, 17, 1808, aged 57 years. Presidents of the Council of North
" For twenty years that road I gone, at Wales. The length of the Church
last I could not reach my home, from West to East is 220 feet; the
With my burden in distress, dropt in a breadth of the nave and ailes 75 feet;
fit to please the just, length of transept, North to South, Than God did please that Death should
123 feet. This spacious and lofty cease to take me to his place of rest. structure crowns the summit of the So all my friends that are left behind to gentle eminence on which the beauti- follow me prepare in time." ful Town of Ludlow stands, and is a Yours, &c.
W. B. grand object as viewed from the sur. founding country. H. O. Mr. URBAN,
NHE Genealogist, in page 432, iş Mr. URBAN,
Sept. 1. right. I have inquired of the NTRAYING lately into a Church- family, and find that Şir Henry Fan
yard (sicut meus est mos), I found shawe had five daughters, viz. an Epitaph that well deserves a place
1. Alice, married Sir Capel Bedells, in your pages, or in any other. It of Harnerton, Huntingdonshire. struck me at the first reading as some
2. Mary, married, in her father's thing that had not been produced by life-time, Wm. News, esq. of Hadham, the common village poet, more so at
Herts. the second ; but, on recollecting what
3. Never married. ladies lived at the great house, all
4. Joan, married, in 1631, Sir Wildoubts vanished, I exclaimed ---Á ut
liam Boteler, of Teston (or, as Lady Erasmus, aut
Fanshawe says in her Memoirs, of In the church-yard of Chipsted, in Levins) in Kent: he was slain at CroSurrey, on a head stoné,
pedy Bridge, as your Correspondent " To the memory of Mr. Edward Ver- says, at the head of a regiment which
he had raised for King Charles I. In non, who departed this life August the 94th, 1810, in his 79th year.
1647 she re-married Sir Philip War" Here Vernon lies, who, living, taught and died in 1682. Io the church of
wick, who wrote his own Memoirs,
[tant, day. How best to spend man's short, in por: Chiselburst, in Kent, is a monument To virtuous toil his Morn of life was * The character here given was most given,
strictly just, MENT. Mag. September, 1812.