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so rapidly approaching. I am inform- personal injury, * but was completely
ed that Tamworth is supplied with its immersed in the heterogeneous compost
coals from Polesworth, a distance of which received him. Extremely morti-
two or three miles, entirely by barrow- fied at this unlucky accident, as he con-
wheeling, and with perhaps little or no ceived it to be, he began tu halloo to
additional expense; and we have an the urchin whom he had left in his apart-
instance of a similar advantage, in the ment; but the lad, on hearing him
present mode of conveying our Key-hill plunge, ran straightway to his mistress,
sand to the canal, at a considerable dis- to inform her of ihe success of the expe-
tance. And these, perhaps, may be riment. She immediately bastened to
thought quite as useful as the elegant the room, and, searching his clothes,
and statesman-like idea of “ digging soon found the purse of money, which
holes and filling them up again.” If Andrew always carried about him.
every thing cannot be done which hu- Having thus obtained the prize for
manity might wish, there can be no which her snares had been laid, and se..
doubt but that much might be accom- cured the reward of her consanguinity
plished. Idleness will engender vice and tenderness, she thought proper to
and discontent. Remove the cause, and drop the relationship; and, shutting the
we may then in vain scek for sedition door of the closet, left her dear brother
in our streets, though the philosopher's to his meditations.
lantern and candle were sedulously em- "Andrew, finding that no answer was
ployed for the purpose.

returned to his repeated vociferations,
If I am wrong in my statements, I began, too late, to suspect that some
invitc correction; but, if right, I request trick had been played him; and, climb-
support. If called upon for any reply, ing over the low wall which separated
I make no pledge; but shall be happy the dungbill from the street, went round
in any opportunity of assisting in the to the door,t where he rapped, and rat-
service of my native town and country. tled, and called, a long time, to no pur-

JAMES LUCKCOCK. pose. Being now fully satisfied of his ' Birmingham; Nov. 13, 1819.

disaster, he began bitterly to bemoan

himself, saying, “Alas! in how short a For the Monthly Magazine. time have I lost five hundred florins and L'APE ITALIANA.

a sister!' Aller many other lamen

tations of a similar kind, returning to the No. xiv.

charge, he battered the door so long and Dov' ape susurrando Nei mattutini albori

so violently, ihat the neighbours, onable, Vola suggcndo i rugiadosi umori.

to endure the disturbance, got up; and Where the bee at early dawn,

one of the lady's attendanis opening a Murmuring sips the dews of morn.

window, enquired, in a sleepy tone, I wlio BOCCACCIO.

was there?—“Oh dcar, (said Andrew,) Story of Andrew of Perugia concliuied. don't vou know me? I am Madonna “ TATO sooner did Andrew find him. Fiordaliso's brother Andrew.”—My

N self alone, than he stripped to good fellow, (replied the girl,) you seem his shirt; for the weather was extremely to have drank too much. I know nowarm; and, sitting down at one end of thing of any Andrew, or any such nonthe bed, began to pull off his stockings: sense. Go and sleep upon it, and come but, before he could get into bed, cer- again to-morrow; and do not disturb us tain componctious visitings' of nature ail in this manner.'—“How, (said An. compelled him to enquire of his attendo drew,) do you pretend not to understand ant where he could retire for relief. The me?'Egad, you know me as well as I boy pointed to a closet, which Andrew do myself: but, if these Sicilian relationentered with the haste and inconsidera- ships are so casily to be forgotten, give tion natural to the occasion; and, tread. me miv clothes again, and I'll willingly ing on a board purposely left loose, fell relinquish the acquaintance."- You through the floor into the abyss below. must be dreaming, my good fellow, The place into which he was thus preci. (said the mir:) and shottino the window. pitated. was a sort of nook, which scpa. cut short the conyersation. rated the house from the adjoining one,

"Andrew, and served as a common receptacle for Di Tanito l'annò iddio che miuno male the filth of both. Though the height si fece nella caduta. from which he descended therefore + Il quale egli molto ben conobbe. was considerable, le escaped without In vista tutta sonnocchiosa,


“Andrew, now sensible of the full ex. towards him with a lantern ; and, feartent of his misfortune, was half mad with ing they might be some police-officers vexation; and, seizing a large stone, or ill-disposed persons, he bid himself commenced so furious an attack upon in a ruinous building hard by. The men, the door, that the whole neighbourhood as if by design, soon after entered the was roused; and, believing him to be same place, and, throwing down some some drunken reprobate, they began tools which they had upon their shoule with common consent to aluse him, -as ders, began to discourse together about the dogs of a district set upon a strange them. They had not, however, remaincur.- What a shame it is to be knock- ed long, before one of them exclaimed, ing at people's doors at this time of What can be the matter! I never night!(exclaimed they:) Do, gooci man, smelt such a steuch in all my life!' and, go hiome, and be quiet; and do not dis holding up the lantern, to their great turb the whole strect in this manner, astonishment, they espied the unfortuOn this, a certain ruffian, in the service pate Andrew, and called out, “Who is of the good lady, whom Andrew had thero? Andrew made no reply; but seen nothing of, encouraged probably by the men going up to him with the light, what he heard, thrust his head out of a and seeing the condition he was in, asks window, and rubbing his eyes, as if ed him how he came there in such a awoke out of a profound sleep, asked, trim ?* on which Andrew related all in a deep, hoarse, terrible voice, Who's that had bappened to him. The men, that knocking there below?' Andrew, on hearing his account, said to one anostartled at these unexpected accents, ther, “He has certainly been at Scareraised his head, and discerned a grim bone Buttafuoco's ;' aud, turning to Anvisaye, surrounded by a black bushy drew, said, “My good fellow, though beard, evidently belonging to a fellow of you have lost your money, you may no common size.* At this terrific vi- think yourself fortunate that you have sion his wrath gave place to a contrary saved your life ; for, be assured, bad you sentiment; and, trembling with sear, he gone to bed, instead of falling into the began again to state his relationship to place you did, you would have been the lady; but the other, sternly inter- murdered, as sure as ever you had fallen rupting him, exclaimed, 'I have a great asleep. As for the money, 'tis of no use mind to come down, and give you as fretting about that, for you may as well many blows as you bave given to the expect to have the moon, as to sce a door, you stupid drunken jack-ass: single farthing of it again:t your only will you let us have no slcep to-night!' chance is to get knocked on the head, if And, so saying, he shut the window you say much about it. They then again.

wliispered together a short time, and, “Some of the neighbours, wlio were turning to Audrew, sail!, “My lad, we better acquainted than the rest with the are disposed to take compassion on you; fellow's profession, hearing this, called and therefore, if you have a mind to to Andrew, in a low voice, and told him join us in some business we are going that he had better go about his business, upon, you may soon recover more than and not stay longer there, if he did not the value of what you have lost. An. wish to be murdered. Andrew, terri- drew, whose case was desperate, replied, fied by the fellow's voice and aspect, and that he was ready to do so. They then believing the advice to be disinterested, informed him, that the Archbishop of thought it best to follow it; and, giving Naples, Messire Philip Minutolo, had up all farther hope of bis money, began been buried that day iu rich vestments, dolelully to retrace his way back to the with a ruby ring on bis finger worth five inn.

hundred gold florins, and that their in“Desirous, however, of relieving hin- tention was to go and strip him. Acself from the intolerable stench which cordingly they all set out together for exhaled from all parts of his person,t the church; but the detestablo odour he attempted to find his way to the sea; wbich exhaled from poor 'Andrew so and, turning to the left, entered a street annoyed bis companions, that one of leading to the upper part of the city, them said, “Is there no place where called the Ruga Catalana. He had not this fellow could wash himself a little, gone far, before he saw two men coming


. * Un gran bacalare.

+ A se medesiino dispiacendo per lo puzzo,

u Che quivi cosè brutto facesse.

+ Tu ne potresti cosè riavere in dena. jo, come avere delle stelle del cielo.

proving that Porson was a Wechabite, tendency to sink his own character in and not a wine-bibber; or by shewing, the estimation of society, but also to nare from the 'testimony and acknowleds, row his field of usefulness; and, (by such ments of his convivial friends, that the a strange association of learning and sen. imputation against these disgusting ha- snality as was seen in him) to cast a bits is misconceived, or malicions, or slur, perhaps, on the general reputation exaggerated beyond the strict boundary of men of letters. Most fully do I agree of truth? No such thing, Mr. Editor: with this anthor, when he says, " that the “Cantabrigiensis" contents himself with a faults of such men should be distinctly Jess difficult process; anıl, for “ proofs of marked, and an emphatic seal of reprothe urbauity of Mr. Porson's manner, bation set upon them.” Neither should (I quote his own words,) and of his rea. the consideration of great intellectual diness to assist viher scholars, especially gifts and classical attainments intercede younger ones,” he refers in a loose and to soften the rebuke; because, in truth, general way to the praises bestowed they aggravate the delingnency. Above upon hior by Dr. Maltby, C. Barney, all, it should be shown that their vices Gaisford, Monk, and other learned and have no sort of necessary connexion with enlightened coiemporaries. But, do these their merits, and that they are the disreferences svake the position of the au- eased excrescences, and not the genuine thor upon whom he comments; or blunt, and healthy fruit, of the tree. For want in any degree, the edge of his moral of this moral discernment, many a scatrebuke? By no means. This compli- ter-brained nincoinpoop, blazing out mentary tissue, in fact, and this gorgeous his youth and his health (as Johnson says array of names, might have been largely of Roclcster) in lavish voluptuous. extended, without carrying with them ness;" many a sauntering doll in Bondany extenuation whatsoever of the Prostreet, bankrupt in intellect, and filling fessor's shocking delinquencies as an up, in his talk, every vacuity of sense habitual drunkard. His fame, beyond with an oath, has fancied himself more all question, as a critic and a scholar, is than half a Charles Fox, because he has built bigh on a rock of inexpugnable duly enıleavoured, and succeeded in strength; and I believe that “ Cantabri- that endeavour, to imitate bis prototype giensis” bas stated nothing more than the in his gambling and other irregularities. truth, when he speaks of his obliging The same also in regard to Porson, as a readiness to communicate to others the spirited living poet has well expressed rich stores of bis information. He re- it, quired a full stretch of admiring homage The fool uncomb'd, and wash'd but once afrom all those with whom he associated; . week, and to such as condescended to propis Thinks Porson's lice can give himn Porson's tiate his good-humour by constant de


Hodsor. ference and uncontradicting submission, If there be any truth in these remarks, he was sufficiently affable and access the author of them, metbinks, stands sible.* But in the observations made by gnite excused, or rather is to be applandthe author of Junins with his Vizor Up! ed, for having stamped, in language of on the character of Porson, there is not boid reprobation, these degrading proa syllable that calls in question this sort pepsities of the Professor. And (as I of goocl-nature and obliging facility. Ilis observed in the commencement of this only object is to arraign and lament the letter) “ Cantabrigiensis" appears to have depth to which het was plunged in his miscontrned bis intention most entirely, “besetting sin,” which not only had a by supposing that, when a brand of cen

sure • * For this reason it was that he so much courted the company, and cultivated the His main object is to turn into ridicule the friendship, of young men ; and, on this numerous langhable and indefensibleguesses score, I have heard applied to him and respecting the Letters of the mysterious his juvenile friends, with extreme rigour Junins. The éclaircissement, in the close of satire, the following verses:

of his satire, is, I think, the best-told story Silenum pucri somno videre jacentem, in the English language. From henceInflatum hesterno venas, ut semper, laccho! forth we shall have no more silly hypothe

Virg. Buc. vi. 15. ses on this prolific subject. He is the + I ought to observe, that the observa- Cervantes who has quenched the knighttions made by the author of Junius with his erranty of mad conjecture on a question, Vizor Up! on the character of Posson, the importance of which has been greatly though very clever and acute, are quite overrated in the public esteem. incidental to the purpose of his pampulet. * See Junius wiih his Vizor Up! p. 29.'

sure was fixed upon his habits as a sys- impure imagination. But the author of tematic sot; it was also intended to call Junius with his Vizor Up! blends a justin question his “urbanity" as a scholar, ness of moral discrimination* with the or his willingness to assist others in stu- delicacy of his facetious turns and the ries congenial with his own. But it severer graces of his classical and wellmust be obvious to all, that the two cultivated mind. In regard to this things are quite distinct from cach other; high merit, I most cordially acquiesce in and the inference drawn by the gentle. the sentiment so handsomely expressed man upon whose letter I am animad. by “Cantabrigiensis” at the commenceverting, is therefore wholly unwarrant- ment of his letter; and, as we seem to able. I am awarc, however, (for I would agree so fully in the main points, I hope not knowingly blink the force of any one he will take in good part the correction of his remark,)that “Cantabrigiensis”has I have been induced to offer of that one adduced the testimony of Mr. Kidd, the misrepresentation into which he has cilitor of “Tracts and Miscellaneous fallen.

EUMENES. Criticisms of the late R. Porson, esq.". Bath ; Nov. 4, 1819. who says, in his preface to this work, that, “in company, R. P. was the gen

For the Monthly Magazine. tlest beiny I ever met with. He possess. TOPOGRAPHICAL MEMORANDA made dured a heart filled with sensibility, &c. ing WALKS in OXFORDSHIRE; with &c.” page xvi.

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES. But, under favour, Mr. Kidd, like (Continued from vol. 48, page 214.) the herd of editors in general, is an

T HE next person in point of rank, enthusiast for his hero; and rash, enthu

N and superior as to interest, who siastic admiration, as we all know, is

resided at Shipton, was the late Rev.

Dr. Brookes, from whom I gleaned a more than purblind, and holds no com

Jarge mass of local history, which, per. munion with the sight of truth. I have thus endeavoured, Mr. Editor,

haps, no other man could have given

me. This gentleman retained to a very from no other motive than an honest

late period the vivacity which marked impulse of candour and fair-dealing, to vindicate an author who has both enli

i bis youthful character, with all his favened and instructor me, from an unjusto

" culties unimpaired. At this time he imputation. With regard to that au

was eighty-five years of age, and he had

just taken a walk to Chipping Norton thor, I neither know him, nor am I even sure of bis name ;* but, should this con

and back, a distance of five miles from

his tribution meet his cye, I beg him to accept the tribute of my humble com

I allude particularly to the notes at mendation, for having made a display of

P. 18 and p. 28. great powers in wit and satire, unpoison. P. 18

+ A critique upon this little work has ed by personality,-undebased by inde

· just been shewn me in a respectable jour. cency. Nor is this merit to be signty nal, (see Monthly Review for September, accounted, when we recollect that, from

p. 110.) in which it is objected, that “the some apparently incurable perversity of anthor has displayed learning and talents the human faculties, men of all ages too heavy-armed for the occasion.” Now, who have been gifted with humorous so completely do I differ from this dictuna. talents, from Aristophanes down to Pe- that it is, in my judgment, the very spright ter Pindar, bave stained their pages liness of his talents and the richness of his with ribald sarcasm and the fæces of an classical erudition, that dignifies his satire,

elevates it above the ipsipidity of common

buffoonery, and, like the sunshine of an * Of two reports which I have heard, Italian landscape, illuminates the whole. one ascribes the tract in question to the The same Aristarchus calls the work an pen of Sir Elias Taunton, of Oxford ; and “anonymous pamphlet,” although the the other supposes it to be a posthumous name of @Edipus Oronoko stands staring publication of the late Hon. G. Hardinge, in capital letters on the title-page; but he who was a Welsh judge, but better known is evidently ignorant of the difference in and more celebrated, it is said, as a classic meaning between the words anonymous cal scholar, orator, and wit, than as a law. and pseudonymous. How distressing is it. ver. His Miscellaneous Works” have, that ignorance and imbecility should so not long since, been published by that re. frequently usurp the chair of critical dicspectable veteran in literature, Mr. J. tation. Pope, with an eye glancing on the Nicholls, to whom, I believe, the manu. critics, truly says: scripts of Mr. H. were bequeathed in his “Ten censure wrong for one who writes will.

amiss." Essay on Criticism. MONTHLY MAG, No. 336.

his residence. He was the father of the the gentry from declaring in favour of University of Oxford, being its oldest the exiled family. Amongst those who, member.

he said, were the most active partisans This gentleman was much disturbed of the royal exiles, was the grandfather in bis latter days by dissensions with of a nobleman, then a commoner, who his parishioners relative to tithes; a vow presides at the head of the councils source of discord that operates in a of our venerable Monarch. Dr. Brookes manner so decidedly injurious to reli- repeatedly declared, so strong was gion, that it often separates the clergy- the attachment of the great families man from his flock, leaves binn an about this part of Oxfordsbire to the empty church, and fills the adjoining Stuart family, that, if the Scotch had meeting-houses.

been able to push forward, and the He knew Mr. Rawlinson, of Sarsden- French court had sent an army as house, who was a friend and corres- strong as that which accompanied pondent of Pope. He said that, in his King William, they would have thrown youth, he used to visit there, and per- off the mask, and taken up arms in fectly remembers baving heard Mr. R. their behalf. Lord Cornbury was the say that Mr. Pope was a troublesome soul of the disaffectell in this vicinity ; friend and an implacable enemy, who next to whom, he said, stood Sir Robert sometimes forgot favours, but never for- Jenkinson, of South Lawn-lodge. I gave injuries.

asked the intelligent old gentleman if The Doctor married young, and had a he conceived the noble descendant of large family. He obtained by marriage that staunch Tory had thrown off the the rectory of Daylesford; and his in- Tory prejudices of his ancestors?—“Not tercourse with the family of Governor at all! (said he with great vivacity ;) Hastings, enabled him to give me these he never deserted the high-court poliinteresting facts. His family had rented tics; he only waited till the ****** the church-lands of Shipton so long, family rose to his doctrines of non-rcthat he was bred to the church, partly sistance and right divine. There was with a view of succeeding to the vicar- never a greater tendency towards arbiage. Mr. Godwin was his predecessor, trary power displayed by the Stuarts. who held it half a century.

than is perceptible at the present bour.” Considering Dr. Brookes as one He then told me, that, when the Prewhose travels were bounded within the tender, as he was called, was in Engisland that gave him birth, no man land, incog. he visited Lord Cornbury, could have gleaned more useful know- and Banbury, a barber of Charlbury, ledge of mankind. His manner was who shaved the prince and dressed marked by frankness, and he was fond his wig, knew the Pretender, by a, of the festive hour. His fupd of anec- word that dropped incautiously from dote was inexhaustible, and he was Lord Cornbury, and the extraordinary tolerant to every human being except respect that was shewn to the mysteNapoleon Bonaparte; he might have rious stranger. I asked him if he bebeen induced to treat the Pope with re- lieved this anccdote to be truth? The spect, but he would never suffer the Doctor replied in the affirmative; and name of the Emperor to be mentioned said he had other reasons for his belief in his hearing without indulging in an- besides the opinion of Banbury, who gry feelings. He troubled himself but certainly had many opportunities of little with party politics; and his en- hearing and seeing what passed at Cornmity towards Bonaparte was grounded bury-house at that period. upon his putting the Duke d'Enghein I then stated, that I had been informto death, after having seized him in a ed by the keeper, (Mr. Morris,) at the neutral state.

High Lodge, of meetings having been Dr. Brookes was not a persecuting held, prior to the rebellion of 1745, at priest; but he could not endure the idea wbich Lord Cornbury, Messrs. Jenkinof admitting the Roman Catholics to son, Cope, Dean Basset of Dean, and the same rights as Protestants. In esti- Lacy, used to assist; that these assemmating this want of liberality, the time blages took place generally in the of his birth, and the force of early pre- niglit-time; and further, that he bejudices, should be considered. He was lieved they kept up a regular correstwenty years of age when the Scotch pondence with the exiled princes till rebellion of 1745 broke out; and he the failure of the Scotch rebellion in said, the fear of the Catholic relin 1745, and the numerous executions and gion was the great check that kept confiscations which ensued, that finally


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