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NEW YORK:

ALEXANDER V. BLAKE, PUBLISHER.
SOLD BY COLLINS, KEESE, & CO., NEW-YORK; OTIS, BROADERS, & CO., BOSTON;

THOMAS, COWPERTHWAIT, & CO., PHILADELPHIA.

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CONTENT S.

OF VOLUME II.

LIVES OF THE POETS

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A view of the Controversy between Monsieur

REVIEWS AND CRITICISMIS.

Crousaz and Mr. Warburton on the subject

of Mr. Pope's Essay on Man.

499 Du Halde's History of China

590

Preliminary Discourse to the London Chronicle 500 Account of the Conduct of the Dutchess of

InĻroduction to the “World Displayed”

501 Marlborough

59)

Preface to the “Preceptor : containing a General Memoirs of the Court

of Augustus, by Thomas

Plan of Education”

508 Blackwell, J. U. D.

592

Rolt's Dictionary

513 Four Letters from Sir I. Newton to Dr. Bentley 595

the Translation of Father Lobo's Journal of Eight Days' Journey from Portsmouth

Voyage to Abyssinia.

515 to Kingston upon Thames, &c. To which

An Essay on Epitaphs

517 is added, An Essay on Tea. By Mr. H*** 596

Preface to "An Essay on Milton's use and imi Reply to a paper in the Gazetteer, May 26, 1757 599

tation of the Moderns in his Paradise Lost” 519 Essay on the Writings and Genius of Pope 601
Letter to the Rev. Mr. Douglas, occasioned by A Free Enquiry into the Nature and Origin of
his Vindication of Milton, &c. By Wil-

Evil

604

liam Lauder, A. M.

521 History of the Royal Society of London, by

Testimonies concerning Mr. Lauder

523 Thomas Birch, D. D.

613

An Account of an Attempt to ascertain the The General History of Polybius, translated by

Longitude

528 Mr. Hampton

613

Considerations on the Plans offered for the Miscellanies on Moral and Religious Subjects,
Construction of Blackfriars Bridge 531 by Elizabeth Harrison

614

Some Thoughts on Agriculture, both Ancient Historical and Critical Enquiry into Dr. Tytler's

and Modern; with an Account of the “Evidence produced by the Earls of Moray

Honour due to an English Farmer

533 and Morton against Mary Queen of Scots” 614

Further Thoughts on Agriculture

535

Considerations on the Corn Laws

536

JOURNEY TO THE WESTERN ISLANDS

OF SCOTLAND.

MISCELLANEOUS TRACTS, &c.

St. Andrew's.

618

A complete Vindication of the Licensers of the Aberbrothic

619

Stage from the malicious and scandalous Montrose

Aspersions of Mr. Brooke

539 | Aberdeen

621

Preface to the Gentleman's Magazine, 1738 544 Slanes Castle. The Buller of Buchan

622

An Appeal to the Public. From the Gentleman's Bamff

623

Magazine, March, 1739 .

545 Elgin

ib.

Considerations on the Case of Dr. T(rapp]'s Fores. Calder. Fort George

624

Sermons abridged by Mr. Cave

547 Inverness

ib.

Letter on Fire-works

549 Lough Ness

625

Proposals for Printing by Subscription “Essays Fall of Fiers

626

in Verse and Prose, by Anna Williams" 549 Fort Augustus

627
A Project for the Employment of Authors 550 Anoch

ib,

Preface to the Literary Magazine, 1756 553 Glensheals.

629

A Dissertation upon the Greek Comedy, trans The Highlands

ib.

lated from Brumoy

554 Glenelg

63)

General Conclusion on Brumoy's Greek Theatre 569 Sky, Armidel

ib,

Coriatachan in Sky

633

Raasay .

634

DEDICATIONS

574579 Dunvegan .

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Ulinish

Preface to Payne's New Tables of Interest. 579 Talisker in Sky

640

Thoughts on the Coronation of his present Ostig in Sky

Majesty King George the Third .

580 I Col

654

Preface to the Artists' Catalogue for 1762 583 Grissipol in Col

655

Castle of Col.

ib.

659

OPINIONS ON QUESTIONS OF LAW.

Ulva

661

Inch Kenneth

ibu

On School Chastisement

584
On Vicious intromission

585

On Lay-Patronage in the Church of Scotland 586 PRAYERS AND MEDITATIONS, with

On Pulpit Consure

588 Preface by the Rev. George Strahan, D.D. 662

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LIVES OF THE ENGLISH POETS

CO.W L E Y.

THE Life of Cowley, notwithstanding the pen- time, that his teachers never could bring it 10 ré ury of English biography, has been written by tain the ordinary rules of grammar.” Dr. Sprat, an author whose pregnancy of imagin This is an instance of the natural desire of man ation and elegance of language have deservedly to propagate a wonder. It is surely very difficult set him high in the ranks of literature ; but his to tell any thing as it was heard, when Sprat zval of friendship, or ambition of eloquence, has could not refrain from amplifying a commodious produced a funeral oration rather than a history: incident, though the book to which he prefixLe has given the character, not the life, of Cow- ed his narrative contained his confutation. A ley; for he writes with so little detail, that scarcely memory admitting some things, and rejecting any thing is distinctly known, but all is shown others, an intellectual digestion that concocted confused and enlarged through the mist of pane the pulp of learning, but refused the husks, had Eyric.

the appearance of an instinctive elegance, of a ABRAHAM COWLEY was born in the year one particular provision made by Nature for literary thousand six hundred and eighteen. His father was politeness. But in the author's own honest relaa grocer, whose condition Dr. Sprat conceals un- tion, the marvel vanishes : he was, he says, such der the general appellation of a citizen; and, whats“ an enemy to all constraint, that his master would probably not have been less carefully sup never could prevail on him to learn the rules pressed, the omission of his name in the register without book.” He does not tell that he could of St. Dunstan's parish gives reason to suspect not learn the rules; but that, being able to perthat his father was a sectary;. Whoever he was, form his exercises without them, and being an he died before the birth of his son, and conse enemy to constraint,” he spared himself the quently left him to the care of his mother; whom labour, Wood represents as struggling earnestly to pro Among the English poets, Cowley, Milton, and cure him a literary education, and who, as she Pope, might be said “to lisp in numbers," and lived to the age of eighty, had her solicitude re- have given such early proofs, not only of powers warded by seeing her son eminent, and I hope, by of language, but of comprehension of things, as seeing him fortunate, and partaking his prosperity. to more tardy minds seem scarcely credible. But We know, at least, from Sprat's account, that of the learned puerilities of Cowley there is no he always acknowledged her care, and justly paid doubt, since a volume of his poems was not only the dues of filial gratitude.

written, but printed in his thirteenth year ;* conIn the window of his mother's apartment lay taining, with other poetical compositions, “The Spenser's Fairy Queen; in which he very early tragical History of Pyramus and Thisbe," writtook delight to read, till, by feeling the charms often when he was ten years old; and “Constantia verse, he became, as he relates, irrecoverably a and Philetus," written two years after. poet. Such are the accidents which, sometimes While he was yet at school he produced a coremembered, and perhaps sometimes forgotten, medy called “Love's Riddle,” though it was not produce that particular designation of mind, and published till he had been some time at Campropensity for some certain science or employ- bridge. This comedy is of the pastoral kind, ment, which is commonly called genius. "The which requires no acquaintance with the living true genius is a mind of large general powers, world, and therefore the time at which it was accidentally determined to some particular direc-composed adds little to the wonders of Cowley's tion. Sir Joshua Reynolds, the great painter of minority. the present age, had the first fondness for his art excited by the perusal of Richardson's treatise,

By his mother's solicitation he was admitted * This volume was not published before 1633, when into Westminster School, where he was soon dis- Cowley was fifteen years old. Dr. Johnson, as well as tinguished. He was wont, says Sprat, to relate, portrait of Cowley being by mistake inarked with ibe “That he had this defect in his memory at that ! age of thirteen years.-R.

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