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VIATOR, in p. 4)3, 414, is too harsh in his censure of Dr. Lind for not quoting Baptista Porta and Lord .Bacon, in his Process of rendering Sea-water fresh and fit for drinking. If he revived the experiment, and by making it public, rendered so essential a service to that class of his fellow-subjects to whom the kingdom is fo deeply indebted for their patiently enduring the greatest hardships and privations, our Seamen; let us accept the good, and not too harshly censure the author of it, for merely omitting to quote antient authors who knew the fact, if he really had read them, but whose writings had not produced the practical effect which his was calculated to do, and probably has done. It would be satisfactory to hearwfrom any of your nautical friends, whether ships in general are furnished with this apparatus. A.
Mr Urban ^"""V St' Mary>
Mr. Urban, Devon, July24.
THE plan of Saving Banks, now so universally prevailing in this country, are admirable institutions for the purpose of promoting habits of frugality and prudence in early life, and of obtaining, through their means, the enjoyment of consolation and respectability in sickness and old age. With a view to a reform in our Poor system, 1 think they will be found very instrumental; and I am sure that the honest feeling of pride and independence which induces so many to lay up their savings in them, cannot be sufficiently encouraged and recommended.
It is partly with this intent, and partly that another reason may be held out to induce parents of the lower classes to avail themselves of the opportunities afforded of educating their children in the principles of the Established Church, that I proceed to recommend to your notice the humble (but not on that account
less useful) establishments, called "Penny Clubs." This Club is formed of children subscribers, of both sexes, belonging to the parish school, and of a corresponding number of subscribers of a higher class; every child who is admitted a member, pays one penny weekly, which sum ii brought every Monday morning lo the Treasurer of the Club; and in defanit thereof, a forfeit is incurred of one additional penny, to be paid on the following Monday. At the expiration of every six or twelve months, the sum which has been collected is allotted to the children; but is not given to them in money, but expended for them by the Treasurer, in the purchase of articles of cheap and useful clothing *, which they have the privilege of choosing, provided the expense does not exceed the value of their respective share in the general stock. The subscriber! of the higher class are particularly requested not to advance the weekly subscriptions for those to whose advantage such subscriptions are made, as one great object in the formation of the Club is to promote in the children habits of economy and prudencr. Regularity in the weekly payments» insisted on. The subscribers of the higher class are called on for their subscriptions (which are at the same rate with those of the children) halfyearly. The subscriptions thus afforded, together with any voluntary donations that may be made in aid of the Society, is the capital, to be expended as above mentioned. F.G.C.
Mr. Urban, Het.il.
DR. W ATK INS (p.429), has forgot to record, or your Reviewer hai omitted to notice, acircumslancewliich occurred in the late Queen's journey from Harwich lo London. Her voyage to Harwich had been a stormy one, and it was thought necessary that she should rest one night on the road from thence to London. Wro. Mildmay, Esq. of Moulsham Hall near Chelmsford, had prepared his home for the reception of the Princess, but she was taken to the unprepared house of a Scotch nobleman at Witham. Some time after Mr. Mildm") was created a Baronet. L ■•
* The rough material is purchased (or the female children, and made up by the"1 in the School.
with the new front, and thui to make it uniform i thi» has been effected, and the Building now exhibits a handlome front, characteristic of its importance and descriptive of iti purpuiei.
The interest which the Public, not only of the Jewiih persuasion but of other descriptions, lake in the welfare of thii Establishment—seems to warrant a confidence that the number of the Inmate» of thi« well-directed effort of benevolence will very shortly be coniiderably augmented. Annual Subscriptions from one to five or ten guineas are taken, and even lower •umi. H- f' R
Ntwcuitle-on-Tyne, Mr. Crbaw, Kov g
THE concluding remarkj of A. C. R. (p. S18), merit the greatest attention; and I now take up my |ien for the purpose of still more strongly impreiiing their importance on your Clerical readers, who, I am afraid, consider the copying the Pariih Register as an intolerable grievance.
U is a well-known fact, that by a Canon of James the First, the Clergyman of every Parish was required to send a copy of the Register annually to tome particular place appointed by the Bishop of the Diocese: at present I believe this Law is regularly complied with; but this has not always been the case, or at least if it has, the most shameful negligence is attributable to the person in whose keeping they have been placed; indeed 1 nave some reason to suppose this, as I lately saw, in the possession of a friend, a great number of extracts from the Register of a certain Parish in this neighbourhood, and on questioning him as to the way in which he became possessed of them, was informed they were given to him by his Cheesemonger, and that they were copies, forwarded by the Clergyman of the Parish to the proper Office in a bordering Diocese, and bad been allowed, through the negligence of their keeper, to obtain the distinguished honour of wrapping up cheese and bacon.
I can also attest, from ray own knowledge, that no such records exist in the diocese of Durham, (except for the few last years) having lately bad occaion to enquire for them, owing to the registers in the Parish
being partly lost, and the remainder much mutilated.
When we consider the great value of the information contained in Parish Registers, not only to Genealogists and Antiquaries, but to the people in general, as they are often required to establish claims to property which otherwise would probably be the source of endless litigation; 1 confess I am surprized that none of our reverend Divines (many of whom are distinguished for the great light they have thrown on Antiquarian subjects) should cot, long ere this, have lent their aid to endeavour to remedy.this evil, so generally felt by Genealogists and County Historian*, by completing the copies of all the Parish Registers; and thus preventing the possibility of a complete !••<> which the burning of a Church, or other accidents, might occasion. Yours, &c. De Tiiirlewall,
Mr. Urban, A'av. 9.
T^HE account in last Month's Magazine, p. 375, of Mr. Smith, who had so long ornamented our Stage, admits of large additions.—I beg to add a few: Mr. Smith, among other excellencies, possessed, in an uncommon degree, the power of conveying Ihe language of the old comedies so as to make it seem familiar to the car. He was very little short of his great master Garrick in this peculiarity of the art. 1 say his matter, for he constantly professed that, from the commencement of his theatrical career, he had made Gakricsi his model in all (he character* of Shaktpear, Beaumont and Fletcher, and Jonson. In a Letter of Mr. Smith'*, which a short time ago fell under my notice, his expressions were, "I derive a gratification from the recollection of the srenes in which I have witnessed Garrick triumphing in his art, and baffling all competition: It is my pride to have lived in his time." Many like declarations of his high admiration of Gabrick I am conscious will be found in other of hu Letters; and as Mr. Smith wan a rery elegant scholar, I entertain a hope that I may frequently see your pages favoured with some of his Letter* touching the Stage.
An allusion has been made to tbo Dramas of the days of Elizabeth.— In all those in which Mr. Smith had