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To the Editor of the Monthly Magazine. Felton, who was hanged in chains for
SIR,

murdering the old Duke of BuckingIN the Monthly Magazine of last ham: written by the late Duke of

I month, is part of a curious epitaph Buckingham.”
on the Duke of Grafton, some particu- " Here uninterr'd suspends, though not to
lars of which your correspondent seems
anxious to know. If you think the fol. Surviving friends th' expenses of a grave,
lowing account worth an insertion in Felton's dead earth; which to the worlá
your noxt Number, it is very much at will be
your disposal. In 1702, a work was pub. Its own sad monuinent,his elogy:
lished in two volumes, entiled “ Poems As large as faine, which, whether bad or
on Affairs of State, from the Time of good,
Oliver Cromwell to the Abdication of I say not; by himself 'twas wrote in blood:

For which his body is intomb'd in air,
King James II. written by the greatest

Archi'd o'er with lieaven, set with a thou Wits of the Age;" which contains the

sand fair epitaph in question. In the title-page is And glorious stars; a noble sepulchre also a list of contributors to these vo Which time itself can't ruinate; and where lunies, in which list is the name of the The impartial worm (that is not bribed to author of this epitaph, Sir F. Sad,

spare with the Duke of Buckingham, Earl of Princes corrupt in marble) cannot share Rochester. Lord Dorset. Andrew Mar. His flesh, which oft the charitable skics vel, Mr. Milton, and others. The cpi- Jinbalm ; daining these obsequies taph is thus printed.

Belong to men shall last, till pilying fowa

Contend to reach his body to his soul. An Epitaph on the D- of G , by

JAMES CORNISH.
F. Sd.

Falmouth ; Dec. 14, 1819.
Beneath this place
Is stow'd bis Grace
The Duke of G ;

QUERIES.
As sharp a blade

MT HE late rational and patriotic pro
As e'er was made,

1 tests against the use of exciseable Or e'er had haft on.

commodities, having called the attention Mark'd with a star

of the public to substitutes, any informaForg’d for war;

tion which any of your readers can give Of mettle true

in regard to wholesome and pleasant stilo As ever drew,

stiuites for tea, coffee, &c. &c. will not Or made a pass

only be highly useful, brit, at this time, At lad or lass.

serviceable; because a growth of the seThis nat'ral son of Mars

veral herbs should be promoted in the

spring proportioned to their probable Ne'er hung au ,

consumption. I am told, that several or Or turn'd his tail,

the herbs used as substitutes for teas, are Though shot like hail,

already becoming scarce and dear.
Flew 'bout his ears,

PHILANTHROPOS.
Through pikes and spears;
So thick they bid the sun,
He'd boldly lead them on,

I Wish some one of your many intelli-
More like a devil than a man.

gent subscribers would be so good as to

furnish an account of the ancient township He valued not the balls of gun.'

of Fulbourn, in the county of Cambridge, He ne'er wonld dread

with an account of the primitive DissenShot made of lead,

ters once residing there; it would be a Or canon-ball;

subject worthy of recording in your esNothing at all.

teemed Register, and wonic prove both Yet a bullet of Cork

instructive and amusing to all your room Soon did his work.

ders.

SINCERITAS.
Unhappy peilet!

Dec. 30, 1819.
With grief I tell it,
It has undonc

It would be valuable and beneficial,
Great Cæsar's son!

under the general feeling on the subject A statesman spoil'd,

of Parliameniary Reform, it any of your A soldier foil'd.

correspondents would send you a stairGod rot him

ment of the names of a great number 03 That shot him,

towns and places which once sen mentA son of a w-e:

bers to the Parliament, and includmg Ca. I say no more,

Jais : stating also the period of their being In the first volume of the same disfrancbized, and wliy? work, is the following “ epitaph upon.

AN OLD SUESCRIBER.

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ORIGINAL REMAINS OF EMINENT PERSONS.

Dr. HUGH BLAIR.

of Europe they have been translated. In NHE late Dr. Blair was induced, by the French language there are two tran

a literary gentleman in London, to slations of them; one in the Dutch ; one send the following account of himself, in the German, by M. Saeb, chaplain to for a Spanish edition of his Lectures on the King of Prussia ; and one in the Rhetoric, then preparing at Madrid. Sclavonich or Hungarian ; of all which, We print it from the original, which may except the last, Dr. Blair had a copy be regarded as a curious document. given him by the Transiator ; and in

SIR, I received your leiter by last case the Spanish Translator of his Lec. post and though it does not become me tures on Rhetorick & Belles Lettres finds to be my own Biographer, yet I think I Encouragement to publish it, he will be owe it to the Literary Gentleman who obliged to him, (if he shall then be alive) is translating one of iny works, to give if he cause a copy of his Translation be you and your Madrid correspondent the sent to him. following facts relating to myself; of Thus, sir, I have sent yon facts more which he is at liberty to make what use than sufficient, I presume, for your Cor. he pleases.

respondent at Madrid ; & have lost no Dr. Hugh Blair was born at Edin time in giving you such satisfaction as burgh, in his Father's house there, in you desired. April 1718; and of course has now con

I am, Sir, cluded his 80th year, though still in tole Your most obed humble servant, rable but infirm health. He is descend

Hugh BLATA. ed from an Ancient, and Respectable Argyle-square, Edinburgh, family, of which his Father was a 2016 April, 1798. Younger Brother. He was completely and regularly Educated in the Univer. DR. BEATTIE AND MR. PRATT. sity of Edinburgh, where he took his The late amiable author of SYMPAdegree of M.A. He enter'd into Orders THY used to shew the following letter, as in the year 1742; and of course has been one of his proudest trophies. The ori. a clergyman for 56 years. In the year ginal he gave, as a token of bis sincerest 1758 lie was installed Minister of the affection, to the writer of this pam. High Church, or principal Church in graph. Edinburgh, where he has officiated for

London 29 June 1781. 40 years, though of late he has taken SIR,-Be pleased to accept of my grateant Assistant in that chargc, and preaches sul acknowledgments, for the honour you seldom. Ho received the Complement have donc me in sending me your excelof the degree of D.D. from the Univer- lent poem on Sympathy; which I have. sity of St. Andrews, the oldest Univer. read with attention and very great plea. sily in Scotland, about the time of his sure. The language is elegant, and the becoming Minister of the High Church numbers are harmonious; the images in Edinburgh. In 1761 he was created discover a happy talent for the observaa Professor in the University; and read tion of nature : and the general tenor of Lectures there for above 20 years; till, the invention and sentiments must to for the Reasons given in the Preface to every reader of taste convey the most his printed Lectures, he chose to resign favourable idea of the heart and imagiand became Professor Emeritus. His nation of the Author. earliest publication was a Critical disser- Permit me also to thank you, Sir, for tation on the Poems of Ossimi; which is the kind partiality with which you have · always published along with the works looked into my attempts in the poetical of Ossian by Mr. Macpherson, in 2 vo. way. The compliments you pay me, lumcs~Except the Lectures on Rheto. and my poor minstrel, are indeed far berick & Belles lettres, his only other Pub. yond our merit; but however much they lication is 4 volumes of Sermons; may remind me of my imperfection, it is which have had an astonishing success still a most plcasing circumstance to be not only in this Country but over all approved and applauded by such a man Europe. They began to be published and such a muse as the author of Syma in 1777; since which time 20 large Edie pathy. tions of them have been published in I am sorry you took the trouble to Britain; and iuto most of the languages send a copy to wy house iu Scotland. I

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LETTER FROM CORNWALL. . the greatest respect and esteem

Fowey, Cornwall, Jan, 5-6. Sir, your most obliged & most MY DEAR FRIEND.--From the old faithful servant, J. BEATTIE. Land of Giants & Hobgoblens, from

a picturesque and romantic place, THE LATE LORD LIVERPOOL

Fowey, (Neptune & Amphitrite, with

her Nereids & Tritons before, the It has often been stated, that the late Nainda

Najads, & Dryads, & all the rural DiviEarl of Liverpool, early in life, was nities 2

nities, behind & on each side,) I write employed to write in the Monthly Re

unto thee to euquire the health of thee view, as a mercenary critic. The fol

& thy wife, & ihy children, & thy ox lowing letter from the late Dr. Griffiths À

us and thine ass, & of every thing that to John Almon the bookseller, explains anne

$ appertaineth unto thee, O thou wondrous

" Mæcenas of Black Friars! With the eye ner creditable to the feelings of the re- of

ea of mine Imagination I peep in on thee at view.proprietor and bis lordship. The

times, & see thce surrounded by Histooriginal is in possession of Sir Richard

rians, Poets, Philosophers, Newswriters, Phillips.

Authors political, profane & moral; and Dear Sir,-I cannot find a Copy of

last tho' not least the various pretty TemMr.Jenkinson's Discourse on the Militia;*

ples of Fame, who ornament the table. but an account was given of it in the

Hast thou any uncultivated lands on Review for January 1757, p. 93.-That

Parnassus, for my plough and harrowpublication first brought me acquainted

dost thou want any flowers, native or with the Author.

exotic !- My agricultural & botanical If you are going to say any thing

powers are in waiting–Dost thou wisla to the Public, concerning this Gentle

for any game to be shot; any Poachers man, I must insist on your not making

18 to be well flogged, such as Nares, Renany use of what passed in conversation

nell, &c. I have a gun and a horsebetween you & me on that subject, the

whip at thy service. . other day, in Fleet Street; as your men

Dost thon desire Travels through any tioning my name, on any such occasion,

portion of a terra incognita of our Globe, or my connexion with Mr. J. would em

or eveu of a Telescopic Star- thou shalt - broil me with him, & I should, thereby, lose my old Friend; So, pray be very soil, buildings & manners of the Inha

ereby, have a true and faithful history of the careful what you say.

bitants. I remain, dear Sir,

Dost thou wish for a Scilly Ling; go Y' obliged hole Servant. then

then for the fish to Master Batt's, oilN.B. Mr.J.never?

i bad a shilling

man, 98, Tottenham Court Road, close Turnham Green

by Howland Street, & it will be deliverfrom me, but what

Feb. 5th

ed unto thee-It will be a treat for thy arose from the sale

1786.

wife, if not for thee. Thy Monthly Maof his own tracts,

gazine is taken in here, & doth thee printed on his own

credit. acount.

What I write I cannot read, so that

I fear my be-gauzed eyes have con* A discourse on the Establislıment of a National & Constitutional Force in Eng

trived to puzzle thee.I read through land, 8vo. 1s. Griffiths.

my ears at present-Take up thy pen iu a vacant minute, & say how dost thou. Adieu.

J. WOLCUT. Dr. WOLCOT.

LETTERS ABOUT HIS ANNUITY. This truly great poet, and command. The Doctor had frequent disputes ing genius in every subject on wbich he with his annuitants. Robinson, Gouldbestowed his attention, was, for five ing, and Walker, agreed to give him and twenty years, in babits of the closest 2501. per annum for the interest in his intimacy with the Editor of this Miscel- works, and Walker was paymaster. Jany; and, during that period, enlivened But as the Doctor survived the grant his fire-side by hundreds of bons-mots, twenty-six years, and was not expected sallies of wit, humorous anecdotes, imi- to live a month when it was agreed uptations of character, &c. &c. Of course, on, the payments were made in an ill. many of his letters bave been pre- natured spirit. He used therefore to ferred; while many others have been employ the Editor of this Miscellany to

receive

receive it for him; and the following enough to publish, you have my free are two of the letters, as specimens of leave. those containing the request.

ELEGIAC LINES.

The Doctor was not fond of the noise MY GOOD FRIEND,-As my servant of children, and, to keep him in good maid has always found a difficulty in humour, it was necessary to remove getting money, let me beg you to send them from any room in which he was the stoutest, boldest, and blackest of sitting. Hearing, however, of the death your myrmidons to J. Walker with the of an infant, be trausmitted by post the inclosed.* How does the Lady in the following stanza. straw? Believe me, yours,

On the Deuth of a Child of R. P.'s.

J. Wolcot. Sweet Innocence, farewell, farewell! 88, Upper John $. Fitzroy S4,

Receive the parents' tenderest sighs ;
Oct. 23.

Yet while our loss with tears we tell;
II.

With hope we trace thec to the skies. My good FRIEND,--Pray lend me a

ALDERMAN SKINNER. fine black sturdy fellow to face Walker - He always langhed at his supposed with the enclosud. I am, &c.

prophecy, that Mr. Sheriff Skinner J. W.

would one day be “ London's Proud I have a Fable for this month's Mag. Lord Mayor;" and has often declared

HIS ATTACK ON GIFFORD. that he introduced it in preference to The Doctor's assault on W. Giffard any other city name, merely because it the poet, is well remembered ; but, in rhymed to “dioner," in the previous line; truth, as he has often confessed since, he perhaps as good a reason as any other mistook his man, and intended that cbas prophet could adduce. tisement for J. Gifford, Editor of the When the Editor filled Skimer's ofAntijacobin. He used, however, plea- fice in 1807, he used to make a similar santiy to say, that they both deserved it; prophecy respecting his advancement, and iherefore“ it was all one." In reply taking credit for the correctness of his to a civil note from the Editor on the former prediction ; and, on its being resubject, be sent the following:

marked that prophets succeeded best in Dear Sir, -I am much obliged by poetry, he good-humouredly transmitted your friendly intentions.

the following lines. The person of It was but a fair piece of justice duc to whom the prophecy is made, bas howmy cbaracter as a man to attack at any ever no ambition to attain the dignity disadvantages such a calumniating rufo indicated; and, in publishing the lines, fian as Gyfford, the instant be came with- he hopes he shall be acquitted of any in the reach of my vengeance. Had not improper personal feeling. .Wright and his customers and bis TO MR. PHILLIPS THE BOOKSELLER, Frenchiman & his shopmen hustled me Phillips, I hail thy Hampstead house, and wrested the cane from my hand, & A mansion sweet for man & mouse; then confined my arms, I should have For here is ev'ry thing to please the palate.. done complete justice to my cause. As Enough to fill us to the chin; it was, he had a smart taste of wbat he Good wine, good brandy, & good gin: will experience in future, wherever I And, if we wish it 100, to fill our wallet. find him.

'Twas here in Anna's golden times ? Such a pest of society ought to be Our famons Poets pour'd their rhines : driven from its bosom--such is Gyfford, Again at Hanıpstead shall be hearď the Lately a poor despicable cobler of Ash

harp, burton! snch is one of the literary pillars For dainties have a fine effect, of Pitt's Administration !

If kindly thou wilt just direct Perhaps you do not know that this Thy cook to give me ven’son & stew'd carp. fellow is a Magistrate, and possesses an

Maristrate, and possesses an Behold new Popes & Swifts & Gays. annual income of nearly one thousand To touch thy bashful ears with praisepounds a year under Government, to And Phillips, well I see thee play thy

cards ; support its diguity by defamation.

Let but Mæcenases appear
I am, Sir, your's,
J. WOLCOT.

(A scarce commodity I fear)

The world will never want the song of N 1 Chapel St. Portland Place.

bards.
Aug. 20, 1800.

Protected by thy fostering wing,
P.S. Should you think this of importance Onr British nightingales will sing-

pe From morn to eve shall pour the tuneful . The receipt for bl. 108

breatb,

The

Each citizen will cock his ear,

As erst I prophesied of MASTER SKINNER! Will rush the happy bards to bear,

And when thou makest thy grand fete, And think Parnassus chang'd to Hampstead Thou shou’dst remember BARDs can eat, Heath.

And that they caunot always find a Yet more I PROPHECY-Don't stare!

dinner! Thou'lt be proud London's proud Lord Aug. 24.

Mayor :

CORNUCOPIA.

THB SOMNIAL HERCULES.

beth's time, oven in her presence-chamTIARD labour produces sound slecp. ber. As industry increased, cleanliness

T This truism was allegorically in improved, and established itself in corporated as a doctrine of Pagan reli. England. gion, by advising those troubled with vi

EPIGRAM OF ADDISON. gilance to worship Hercules. Altars When Addison visited Paris, he wawi were erected to him, with the inscription introduced to the Duke of Manchester, Deo somniali ; and, in digying for the who was then English ambassador to foundations of the palace Strozzi at Flo- the French court, and made the followrence, a pedestal was found, parporting ing verses in honour of the Duchess : that the cultores Herculis somnialis, the While hanghty Gallia's dames, who spread worshippers of Hercules the sleep-giver, O'er their pale cheeks an arttul red, bad erected the statue.

Beheld this beauteous stranger there,
BLACK-EYED SUSAN,

In native charms divinely tair,
Gay wrote his well-known ballad of Confusion in their looks they show'd.
“ Black-eyed Susan" apon Mrs. Mont-

Mr Mont And with anborrow'd blushes glow’d. ford, a cclebrated actress, contemporary,

This epigrain has not been included with Cibber. After her retirement from

in Tickeil's collection of the poems of the stage, love, and the ingratitnde of a

Addison, bnt is qnite as good as the rest bosom-friend, deprived her of her senses,

of bis occasional verses. and she was placed in a receptacle for PROTESTANT SUPERSTITION. lunatics. During a lucid interval, shc A silly book, called “ A Narrative of asked her attendant what play was to be the Visible Hand of God upon the Paperformed that evening? and was tolid, pists, by the Downfall in Black Friers, Hamlet. In this tragedy, whilst on the London, Anno Christi 1623," contains stage, she had ever been received with the following curious details: “ On the rapture in Ophelia. The recollection Lord's day, October the twenty-sixth, struck her; and, with that conning accorcling to the English account, but which is so often allied to insanity, she November the fifth, according to the Pue eluded the care of the keepers, anii got pish account, went far and pear, that one to the Theatre, where she concealed her. Drury, a Romish priest, (a man of parts self until the scene in which Ophelia and eminent gifts,) would preach that enters in her insane state; she then push- day in the afternoon in a fair house in cd on the stage before the lady who had Black Friers, London, whither all that performed the previous part of the chać would might freely come anıl hear him. racter conld come on, and exhibited a Upon this report, very many Protestants, more perfect representation of madness, as well as Papists, schollars, as well as than the utmost exertions of the mimic others, assembled thither ahont three a art could effect; she was, in truth, Ophe clock in the afternoon. That mansionlia herself, to the amazement of the per. Louse was now inhabited by the French formers, and the astonishment of the ambassador; and the sermon was to be audience. Natare having made this in a garret, into which there were two last effort, ber vital powers failed ber. passages, one out of the ambassailor's On going off, sho exclaimed “It is all withdrawing-room, which was private, over!" She was immediately conveyed thc other more commoil, without the back to her late place of security, and a great gate of the said mansion-house. few days after,

Uoler this garret was another large “ Like a lily drooping, she hung her head, chamber, which one Rediate, another and died.""

Romish priest, had hired for himself, unto DOMESTIC LUXURY.

whom Papists frequently repaired to Thomas-à-Becket had bis parlour bear mass, and make confessions. More strewed every day with clean straw. came to this place than possibly it could This was the practice in Qucen Eliza. hold; so that many, for want of room MONTHLY MAG, No. 330.

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