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speculative, and these last words do not exactly correspond with the term general; the several branches of practical knowledge having each their theoretical principles, as well as those, which are theoretical and speculative throughout. In this view the distinction, I think, would be clear and determinate. All those branches of knowledge, which terminate in speculation merely, and whose direct object is the investigation of truth, I should consider as general knowledge, and as opposed to other branches, whose object is altogether practical. I meant to have entered more fully into this distinction; but I have neither paper nor time."*
*[Before I close the subject of Dr. N. Forster's correspondence with his son, the late Rev. E. Forster, I will mention what the widow of the latter has courteously communicated to me, and what will in some measure supply the deficiency in the notice of Mr. E. F., which I have already extracted from the Gentleman's Magazine :—“ Paris, Aug. 10, 1828. I do not recollect to have ever heard of any monument or epitaph to the memory of Dr. Forster, nor do I know in what Church at Colchester he was buried. I am sorry it has not been in my power to send you a list of the various works my late husband was engaged in the publication of, sooner ; but I hope it is not too late for the purpose you might require them for. They were these: –
A History of Suffolk, for which he made considerable researches, and had proceeded to the printing of nearly one volume, when he abandoned it from want of sufficient subscribers to cover the expense of so extensive a work. 1802. A New Translation of The Arabian Nights, (by him
self,) in 4 vols. 8vo. embellished with 24 Engravings from Designs by Smirke, executed by the first Engravers of the time—a beautiful work.
In offering to the perusal of the reader the following characteristic Letter of Dr. Parr, addressed to Dr. Nathaniel Forster, and without date, I shall make but one remark, viz. that his pointed observations about Bishop Hurd are not to be taken in a serious and strict sense, but only in the same limited and plauful sense, in which are to be
1804. Scotia DEPICTA, or, The Antiquities, Castles, Public Buildings, Noblemen and Gentlemen's Seats, Cities, Tonyms, and Picturesque-Scenery of Scotland, illustrated in a Series of Etchings by JAMEs FITTLER, from Dranings by J. C. NATTEs ; nith Descriptions, Antiquarian, Historical, and Picturesque. Lond, fol.
1804. An Edition of Rasselas in 4to, with 5 Engravings, from Designs by Smirke.
The British Drama, in 5 vols. 8vo.
1805. The English Drama, of which only Shakespeare was published, with beautiful Engravings.
1806. An Edition of Shakespeare, in 2 vols. 8vo.
An Edition of Anacreon, Greek Type, with Vignettes,
etc. from Designs of mine.
The British Gallery of Engravings, in 1 vol. consisting of finely executed Prints from Pictures by the old Masters, in private collections in England. A Set of Prints from HAMILTON's Etruscan Pases, engraved by Kirk, with descriptive Text by Mr. Forster. 1808. The New British Theatre, a voluminous work, with a great number of Plates. 1810. An Edition of Plautus with Notes. Two vols. of this work were printed, but relinquished, and partly lost, by the bankruptcy and subsequent death of his printer. Besides these works, Mr. Forster wrote and delivered at the Royal Institution two, or, (I believe,) three Courses of Lectures; the first Course, on ancient Commerce ; the other
understood the censures, which Dr. Parr has cast on his own conduct :“ DEAR SIR,
I thank you for your Letter, and agree with you upón all the main points. I had resolved carefully all the difficulties for and against acceptance before I decided, and in the justness of my decision I have a firm affiance. The question of right has not, to this very moment has not been fairly and directly investigated in Parliament, and with people not quite so phi
two, on Oratory. He was also engaged with Sir Walter Scott in an intended edition of Dryden's Works in 1808, and I have many Letters from that gentleman on the subject, expressing the deference he paid to Mr. Forster's judgment in various points respecting the publication, and more particularly in the punctuation, which he desired to leave entirely to Mr. Forster. Some disagreement with Mr. Miller, who was to be the publisher, put a stop to the work at that time, and it was resumed several years after by Sir Walter, who, I believe, undertook it alone. Several publications of less note were also undertaken by Mr. Forster, who was ever active in literary pursuits, or such as were connected with the fine arts, of which he was a very competent judge, as well as liberal encourager, as far as his means extended ; but it is unnecessary to enumerate them.”
On the first of August in the present year, were “published, (dedicated by permission to his Excellency, Viscount Granville, Sermons, in 2 vols. 8vo. price one Guinea, preached at the Chapel of the Embassy, and at the Protestant Church of the Oratoire, in Paris, by the late Rev. E. Forster.” E. H. B.]
losophical as you and I are, the word right will be equivocal and delusive. I quite agree with you in condemning Mr. Pitt's violence of taxation. Quocumque modo rem is his maxim in every part of his political conduct. I do not mean rem in the beggarly sense of “money” for himself, but in twenty other senses, which I shall not enumerate. “Have no fears about Latin ; for it would be against all sort of propriety in the present affair. English, and plain English too, will be the vehicle of my ideas. I am full of allusion to the Warburtonian writings, and this may with common readers create a little obscurity. I have written chiefly for divines and learned men. But the general force of the composition, and the general scope of the attack will be obvious to every body. You will give me credit for my pleasantry, my audacity, and my justice, when we come to the use I have made of that impertinent, impotent, impudent book, which he wrote against Hume, and yet I am so prudent that no divine can put his claw upon me. It will be out by the beginning of February. You must know that in my revenge I have shewn all the subtlety and implacability of a genuine priest. Pray, mind — Dr. Warburton published two books, which he was foolishly ashamed of, and tried to suppress, though in fact they must, when compared with his other writings, exalt him in the estimation of men of sense. They sell the one for half a guinea, and the other for a guinea. These I have republished, because Hurd did not republish them in a grand, and, as he says, complete edition of Warburton's Works. They are precious morsels, and I have embalmed them. But the worst is here : this prim, priggish, proud priest,* Dr. Hurd attacked, you know, Jortin
* [ This alliteration, as well as the previous one, impertinent, impotent, impudent, gives great probability to a story, which has been already told in the first Volume of the Parriana p. 321, and which I will now give in a more circumstantial form from a book entitled — Facetiæ Cantabrigienses, consisting of Anecdotes, Smart Sayings, Satirics, Relorts, etc. by or relating to celebrated Cantabs, dedicated ta the Students of Lincoln's Inn, by Socius, Lond. 1825. 12mo. p. 134.:—“Among the best specimens of alliteration may be ranked the well-known lines on the celebrated Cardinal Wolsey:
· Begot by butchers, but by bishops bred,
How high his honour holds his haughty head ! But the following unpublished sally, by the erudite Dr. Parr, is not a whit inferior. In a company consisting principally of divines, the conversation naturally turned on the merits of the late head of the Church, who was thus characterised by the learned and eccentric Doctor, in reply to one of the gentlemen:* Sir, he is a poor paltry Prelate, proud of petty popularity, and perpetually preaching to petticoats.'” In the Probationary Odes, if I remember rightly, Bishop Pretyman is called —
* Pembroke's pale pride, in Pitt's præcordia plac’d.' The words, here attributed to Dr. Parr, are represented, by my