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my sake, or rather for my fair fellow of the water.” Home rushed in fulf traveller's nake, they were welcuined tide upon all our hearts; I thought of with equal attention. Toey bad that beloved spot crossed ine channel for the purpose

qua se subducere colles of visiting the field of Waterloo.

Incipiunt, mollique jugum demittere clivo soon found them to be an agreeable Usque ad aquam, et veteris jam fraetà party, and they made me a proposal, cacumina * quercus :" in a manter too flattering to be re even the hills of Charnwood receding, sisted, that we should travel together and gradually sloping down to one of to that celebrated spot. Although I Soar's tribulary streams, on whose generally dislike to be tied and bound banks, fringed with willow and alder, to a party of strangers, yet on the I can spy from iny study window the

felt great satisfac- broken tops of the old oak, tion in the prospect of passing a fear

" et uda days in a society which promised me a

Mobilibus pomaria rivis." large share of rational and elegant enjoyment. After getting rid of the

Sweet scene, at once Virgilian and Ho. dust of our journey from Cassel, we

ratian! I thought also of sat down to a well.cooked, handsome

“ The shade dinner, consisting of two courses and Of Templar oaks in t R-thmay glade;"! a luxurious dessert, at a cheaper rate and the hospitable abode of the lord thao we could bave had a bit of fish of the mapor, and a beef-steak at one of ihe Covent “ His house embosom'd in the grove, Garden hotels, or even at my favour Sacred to social life and social love.", ite place of resort, the London Coffee Nor did I forget House on Ludgate Hill. The Bur.

“ Low Thurcaston's sequester'd shade," gundy was exquisite, and the flavour of it was heightened by the enjoy

once the residence of the classic Hurd, ment of the feast of reason and the

pow possessed by a worthy friend, flow of soul: our bearts beat id unison “ Through whose free-opening gate to the first toast-Old Englund in a

None comes too early-none de parts too bumper.

late." They who bave never been upou foreign ground can form oo With these and various other scenes conception of the teelings which swell before the mental eye, I drank the the heart on recollecting the natale toast con amore. I had hitherto been solum with all its endearing associa. an entire stranger to every one of the tions : : on such occasions we beartily party ; but, upoo comparing notes over de pise those coid-blooded political the social glass, several pleasing disTheorists whose system of civic educa- coveries took place in regard to tion would exciude from their voca- places, acquaintance, and friends bulary the love of country, to make which attached: 08 more closely to way for the more liberal piraseology each other than we could have conof citizen of the world. The party ceived at our first interview. We with which I now had the pleasure of seemed to forget that we were in associating, felt the amor patriæ in a French Flanders, and could scarcely strong degree, but without forfeiting talk of any thing but Sm-88-X and their claim to philanthropy. They L-c-t-sh. were Christians as well as Patriots,

After dinner we sallied forth to view and could see no reason why the bene- the town, attended by a guide who volent affections which a Christian was dignified with the title of commischerishes towards the whole hunjan sionaire, in other words a licensed race, should extinguish the glow of valet de place, who, ia rather a gropatriotic feeling, and the attachments tesque style of dress, strutted before of friendship, not withstanding all that us with a consequential air, repeating a fanciful lay Theologian * has ad- the nomenclature of streets, squares, vanced to prove the contrary. The dext toast was given and received * A beecb-tree is wanting to make the with warni sensibility, “ All who are

scene quite Virgilian. near aod dear to us on the other side + See a poem, lately published, inti,

tuled “Rothley Temple," by the Rev. T. * See Soame Jenyns’s “View of the Gisborne, an effort of genius and taste Internal Evidence of the Christian Reli, which Spenser's muse would not have gion,” p. 58, &c.




churches, and public edifices. I have and to generate sensuality; and I had Bothiog to add to the general descrip- no doubt she would agree with me tion given of Lille in my last letter, that the greatest monster in human that would be particularly intereste nature was an unbelieving priest, to ing; and shall only ren ark that I have whom, above all other wen, might seen but few places io the course of emphaticali, be applied the words of my travels which surpass it in wag- the Psalıoist, " that the things which Di licence, beauty, and regularity. should have been for his w ullh, ure There is much refinement and ele- unto him an occasion of fulling." gance among the higher classes of so Had I been disposed to enter into an ciety in Lille.

Those who have a argument with the good lidy, I night taste for public amusements may find have shewn the tendency of Popery to ample gratification here; and the gar- geperate Infidelity *, where the mind rison diffuses through the place an is enlightened by science, but unacair of gaiety and gallantry, without quainted with the pure fountain of lowbich the French may be said to be spiration : but I forbore, from tender. out of their element.

ness to her deeply-rooted prejudices, “ Gay sprightly land of mirth and social and remembering that it is written

“No man putteth a piece of new cloih Pleas'd with thyself, whom all tbe world unto an old garmeni-neither du men can please." Goldsmith's Traveller. put new wine into old bottles.”. Lille abounds with churches, but I

But I had like to have forgot that I fear there is not much of the spirit of

was perainbulating the streets of Lille. true devotion among the clergy or

After our precursor had gone through laity. I happened to be introduced his vocabulary, he re-conducted us to to an elderly lady residing at Lille, a

our hotel, not a little fatigued with warm devotee of the Romish church,

our survey of the town ; and here I with whom I had a conversation on bad the pleasure of finding the French the state of religion there. The good officer whom I mentioned in my last lady lamented the decay of piety

letter, waiting for my return. This throughout the country at large, geotleman had a strong sense of reliwhich she was firmly convinced might gion upon his mind, although, like be traced to the profligacy of the Pope, he inight be said to be priesthood, who might thank then “Nor Papist, nor Protestant, but both selves for the spoliation they had between, undergone duriag the Revolution. Like good Erasmus in an honest mean." “ They had previously lost (I use her In regard to the state of religion at own words) the confidence of the peo- Lille and the country in general, he ple, and they became the unpitied sạid there was too much truth in the victims of revolutionary rage." I ob- information I had received from the served, that Mr. Burke, in his meinti pious Catholic lady. He was sorry rable Reflections on the Revolution in to say that, generally speaking, the France, had given a very different re- clergy in Freoch Flanders were far presentation of the character of the from being patterns of purity; i: proof French clergy, and that he had la- of which he reminded me of an obser. boured to impress upon the people of vation made by a gentleman with England that, "generally speaking, be whom we had travelled in the dilifore the period of the Revolution, gence from Cassel, that many of them they stood high in public estimation, lived openly in a state of concubinage ; both in regard to attention to their to which another gentleman, who was duties, and the goodness of their mo a zealous Catholic, subjoined in a rals."

“ Ob! Sir,” replied the good warm tone lady, " Mr. Burke knew but little of

“ Pudet hæc opprobria nobis them, if he said so ; you would be as Et dici potuisse et non potuisse refelli." tonished to think what shoals of reverend sceptics and atheists polluted France at the accession of Louis XVI.,

* It was observed by Dr. Warton, in and hence that moral profligacy in the that in France Popery produced Infi

one of the notes to his edition of Pope, Sanctuary, which sickened the hearts delity, and Despotism Anarchy; an obof the faithful.” I fully agreed with servation which may be considered as a her that nothing had so direct a ten- ' sufficient answer to Mr. Burke's splendency as lofidelity to barden the heart did Rhapsody of 356 pages.


But, in fact, these, and many other leave to refer them to Shaw's “ His.

corruptions, flow directly and natu- tory of Staffordshire," vol. I. p. 68,

rally from the system itself; and per- where Mr. Shaw has given copious

baps it may be affirmed with truth, extracts from the Poem, with the fol-

that no part of the Popish ecclesias lowing iotroduction :

tical polity is productive of moro “ Francis Noel Clarke Mundy, of

evils than the severe and unpatural Marketon, in the county of Derby, esq.

law of the celibacy of the Clergy. rented Ealand Lodge, in Needwood

I passed this evening very agreeably Forest, of Sir William (now Lord) Bagot,

with a mixed party of French and as a hunting seat, several years ; where
English. One of the French gentlemen be not only pursued the diversions of
bad seen a goud deal of England. He

the chace with all the enthusiasm and
expressed his admiration of our poli- ardour of the keenest sportsman, but at
tical coostitution, which he had de intervals (inspired with the thousand
rived from the study of the writings beautiful Poem of “ Needwood Forest,"

natural charms around him) penged that
of Montesquieu ard De Lolme; the
former of whom he thought might

which opens in a truly Miltonic strain.”

“ Mr. Mundy was descended from an
justly be said to stand at the head of old family of that name in the North
political philosophers, and the latter

part of this County, which formerly
had delineated the grand features of possessed Alstonfield and other estates
our form of government with such ihere, granted to them in a singular
precision as to reader it an easy model manner. The above Poem, unfortu-
for the establishment of the wisest, nately for the general admirers of supe.
the purest, and the most impartial rior descriptive Poetry, was never pub-
system of legislation that the world lished, but only a few copies printed for
had ever beheld. “Yes,” said a jolly the use of bis friends in the year 1776 ;
English squire, “ that it is; and we

since which, they of course being scarce
might defy Sieyes to produce anything and valuable, Mr. Jackson of Lichfield
comparable to it out

of all his pigeon- reprinted it, without the Author's con-
holes." When I sat down to this sent, who, still retaining an insuperable
letter, Mr. Urban, 1 bad flattered my- of exerting the rigour of the law against

objection to baving it published, instead
self with the hope of bidding adieu to

the printer, very generously satisfied
Lille, and getting at least as far as

him for the expence he had been at,

Tournay; but this must be postponed and took all the copies. Notwith-

till my next letler.

tanding all these circumstances, con-

CLERICUS LEICESTRIENSIS. scious that the world has too long been

deprived of the beauties and merits of


this Poem, I have presumed, in defiance

July 8.

of the tou great modesty of the ingeni.

ous and wortby Author, and I fear at

the hazard of forfeiting his acquaint-

whether tbeg kuow of any second copy ance, to gratify my readers with some

of the following work being in any extracts, which being chiefly descrip-

public or private library in this king, tive of the forest scenery, and serving

dom :

“ Petri de Crescentiis, civis to enliven the duller parts of History,

Bononiensis, Ruralium Commodorum I hope he will pardon the liberty taken,

· Libri duodecim," prioted by Schuss- especially as such an omission might

Jer of Augsburgh, 1471. The copy by others be termed in me ignorance

wbich I have seen is in the possession and stupidity.”

of a Clergyman of the Establisbed Yours, &c.

B. N.

Church, who resides in a remote part

of the country. It is in fine preserva-

tion, and is a curious specimen of Biblicus recommends the publi-

carly printing.

SCRUTATOR. eation of a new edition of the late venera-

ble GRANVILLE SHARP's Remarks on the


Uses of the Definitive Article in the

I WAS highly gratified by the ele Greek Text of the New Testament; with

such additional Notes as the publication

gant tributes of respect in your last

of Griesbach's Text of the New Testa-

Part, pp. 293, 387, to the late F. N.C.

ment seems to make necessary. He has

Mundy, esq. As they cannot bul excite endeavoured to obtain the third edition

the interest of your readers to peruse of that work, but was informed, that it

the Poem of Need wood Forest, 1 beg was out of print.


Perill have the goodness to state,

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April 13.

dences of aucient apoals in the same scene on the road leading from them; their minds bave rather acted Llanrwst to Corwen, called Pont Llyn in unison with the mouldering EleDyffws, or Pont y Glynn (see our meuts of Fact, by yielding to the First Plate), about six miles from Triumph of Time. The arch of Titus, the latter place; it is noticed in the palace of Adrian, the Forum, and Evans's North Wales, p. 290, and by the Temple, alike declare how little Mr. Bingley, in his Tour, vol. Il. their modern possessors have regarded

their beauty or their value; and whatThe beauties of Poat y Glyon are ever may be the variety of their pro- i. of a softened kind, compared to the fessions in the admiration of their naked grandeur and sublimity of celebrated grandeur, they can have Pistyll Rhaidr; and the effect is not been actuated hy very little zeal for a little heightened to the Tourist by the Arts, and for the perpetuity of the desolation of the wild moors over Roman Architecture, while the best which, from Llanrwst, the road has of these remains are disfigured by conducted him, and the unexpected modern abutments and adjuncts of approach to the wooded vale of the the meanest dwellings and materials, Glyon.

and by the careless neglect of urob., Yours, &c.

J. B. K. served decay. Much of the mutilas

tions have been occasioned by the MODERN ROME.

rapacity or avarice of travellers to E have been solicitous to learn enrich their own collections, or those

lately travelled to Rome, in what these are for the inost part limited to state the City appears at this time, busts and statues, which are not the respecting its original grandeur in subject of our present remarks: they buildings, colonnades, porticos, and are, though of infioite value, yet arches; and we find that the repre- minor to the magnificence of extensentations which we have in prints sive buildings in a city: at Rome we are very ill calculated to afford us find their broken pedestals, wbich very clear ideas of the real appear- shew, only the place where these ance which these massy records of an eminent proofs of splendid genius *tiquity now present to the eye; for once adorned the Capitol. It is the

they are made from drawings of shameful perversion of great buildartists and ingenious men, who, de- ings themselves, of which we cannot sirous of representing the whole in as help complaining : we would readily complete a state as possible, assist by admit of alterations in their interior, their genius, and also by their labour, to render them commodious for habases covered by earth, and many bitation in these times; but their exfeet buried under ground; and capi- terior should have been sedulously tals made out from one or two that preserved in all their'ancient glory, remain perfect; and porticos, catch.. giving, like their prototypes at ing, as it were, their only support Atheos, the law of Architecture to, from the angles of flights of steps, all posterity, which the student rather studies at a “ States once distinguished for mi-, secure distance. Fallen columns have litary prowess, sometimes lay down: been not only disfigured, but pur. their arms from lassitude, and are posely mutilated, by the builders of weary of fruitless contentions." The small babitations, stables, and ware same remark is applicable to those houses, who sought for materials once eminent, as Athens and Rome,' near at band, and at as cheap a rate for sculpture and architecture, which, as possible: these are freely, af- in the modern lassitude of luxury, fixed to the remnants of some high shrink from the exertion of repairióg colonnade, where once a Brutus or a, and preserving what decays around Cæsar trod. There seems to bave ex- them, and whose beauty, familiar to ercised the minds of modern men, of their daily view, sinks at last into either letters or opulence, no primary entire dissolution.

A. H. desire to preserve any of these evi-, June 5. GENT. MAG. July, 1816.






June 29. YOUR readers will certainly be gratified, if not instructed, by the following

extract from a work published at Paris, as far back as the year 1675. The friend who bas furnished the original has accompanied it with a trauslation, and it might be beneficial to those who are unacquainted with the French language, to print the English version in a column opposite to the original. I remain, Mr. Urban, as hitherto, your admirer, OXONIENSIS. Athenes ancienne et nouvelle, &c. par Le Sieur De la Guilletiere.

Paris 1675, livre troisieme, p. 231, Comme nous fames vers les dernieres As we approached the last houses in maisons de la ville, du costé du Temple the city, near the Temple of Theseus, de Thesée, qui est le chemin de l'Aca- leading towards the Academy, the Janisdemie, notre Janissaire nous proposa sary proposed to us to call upon a Greek d'entrer chez un Grec de sa connoissance of his acquaintance, who lived there, qui demeuroit là, et qui estoit un and was a Didascolos ; that was the title Didascolos ; c'est ainsi qu'ils appellent they gave to a schoolmaster. This was un maitre d'ecole. Nous ne demandions in fact one of the objects of our wishes; pas mieux ; mais quelle douleur pour but we were very much disappointed, nous qui avions l'imagination rempli du having entertained great expectations sublime savoir de Platon, de Zenon, et from the wisdom of Plato, of Zeno, and de l'Aristote ; quelle douleur dis-je, of Aristotle : what a mortification it quand le Janissaire nous eut dit que ce was to us when the Janissary informed Didascolos estoit un artisan, et que nous us that the Didaskolos was a mechanic, vimmes a considérer qu'un homme de and when we reflected that a man of cette etoffe tenoit la place de ces grands this sort now fulfilled the duties of those personnages ! Nous trouvames

renowned persons! We found about trentaine de jeunes enfans assis sur les thirty children sitting on benches, and Bancs, et leur Regent à la teste, qui leur their conductor at their head, teaching niontroit à lire. Il se leva et nous fit them to read. He arose, and was very grand civilité : la nation n'en est point attentive to us : this nation abounds in

civilities. Le Janissaire le pria de ne point The Janissary begged that we might interrompre ses leçons, pour nous en not interrupt his lessons, but that he faire voir la méthode, que je trouvay would shew us his manner of teaching, très ingenieuse. Il s'en faut bien que which appeared to me very ingenious. la nostre n'en approche, car le maitre Our manner of teaching is very far inpouvoit fair lire toute la classe à la fois, ferior, for the master made the whole sans confusion, et d'un manière à tenir class read at the same time without toujours chaque ecolier attentif à ce que confusion, and in such a way that every les autres lisaient. Ils avoient à la main scholar was necessarily attentive to what chaqu'un un livre semblable; et si, par another was reading. They each held a exemple, il y avoit trente ecoliers, il ne book of the same sort in their hand; leur donnoit à lire que trente mots d’un and if there were thirty scholars, he discours continu; le premier ne lisoit gave them to read only thirty words of que le premier mot, le second que le a sentence. The first scholar read the second, et le troisieme que le troisieme, first word, the second the second word, et ainsi de suite. Et si chacun lisoit and so forth. If they all read their correctement son mot, il leur en fesoit word right, they then passed on to lire encore trente: mais si quelqu'un another similar sentence of thirty words. venoit a manquer, il estoit incontinent If any one made a mistake, he was imrepris par l'ecolier d'après, qui estoit mediately corrected by liis neighbour, . exacte a l'observer, et celui-cy estoit who watched him attentively; the latter encore observé par le plus proche, chacun by his neighbour; and thus passing the se renvoyant le mot jusqu'à ce que les words round until they were all read trente ,mots fussent lus. De sorte que perfectly. By this means the scholars les trente ecoliers estoient toujours en always kept one another in exercise, and haleine, prêts à se reprendre, chaqu’un ready to take notice of any mistake; se piquant d'honneur d'être plus 'habile eachi endeavouring to surpass his neighque son compagnon ; et la leçon d'un bour ; and the lesson of each individual particulier, devenoit une leçon com became thus a lesson to all, by their mune, où il se mestoit une continuelle constant emulation. émulation.

Mais pour empescher que chaque In order to prevent any idle scholar écolier n'eludast eette ordre, en se pre- taking advantage of the regularity of his parant seulement à son mot particulier, station, and preparing himself for any l'ordre


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