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THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE,

For DECEMBER, 1816.

BEG you

Laeken, Brussels,
Mr. URBAN,

tugal, in the month of March 1815, Dec. 3.

by order of the King, to be restored I

will allow me a short to the Convent of Balem, near Lisbon. space in your Magazine to notice I had the opportunity of examining a report, mentioned by Mr. Belshamn, this Bible, unique of its kind, for sewith regard to the opinion of the late veral successive evenings, in the Lord Thurlow, upon the controversy apartments of that excellent diplobetween the late learned Prelate, the matic character, in the Hotel de Bishop of St. Asaph, and the late Dr. Brancas at Paris. It is written enPriestley. All the argument of the tirely with the pen, in nine folio vo. question has been perfectly stated by lumes; and is illustrated with enmy Lord the Bishop of St. David's; to gravings, which form pictures in the thew, that Lord Thurlow cannot, in most expressive and brilliant style. reason, be thought to have held any The Chevalier de Brito had the good such opinion. If he never held thatopi. fortune to consign this invaluable pion, he never expressed it. I do, Work to the care of Capitaine Le Cheindeed, absolutely believe that my valier Beaurepiere, a few days before late noble and venerable Relation ne. the return of Buonaparte from Elba; ver thought, and, consequently, ne avd I have been recently informed ver expressed himself in the terms of that it again ornaments the Library that report. And I believe this, as of the Convent de Balem, near Lis. well upon the grounds advanced by bon. You will have pleasure in stathe learned Bishop of St. David's, as ting to the publick a circumstance upon my own knowledge of the re which reflects so much honour on bis spect and friendship which dwell in Majesty Louis XVIII. ; a King, who, the bosom of the late Chancellor to- ' in retirement and on the throne, has wards that great and deceased Prelate. been a bright example of every reli1 beg you to believe me, Mr. Urban, gious duty.

H. P. your obedient and faithful servant, THURLOW. Mr. URBAN,

Dec. 4.

Hampton-court,

nal a statement that Literature Mr. URBAN,

Nov. 28. in England ineets with no encourageIT T is stated in s. 61, “That the ment, either public or private, I beg

celebrated Bible which Junot car you to insert the following answer to ried off from Portugal was not in the it from one of our periodical priots. sale of his Library which took place “ It is well known, that a living in Pall Mall, and that the Govern.. Writer of Poetry has received a sum for ment of Portugal were so anxious to his productions which it would startle a

We believe we redeem this great curiosity, that they Frenchman to uame. had offered Madame Junot 80,000 may safely state, that his gains, for one livres, but she bad required 150,000.” year, by mere Literature, have amounted lam enabled iwassure

to 60001. In England we know nothing for a fact,

you that the muoificence and justice of of Government-encouragement of Lite. his Majesty Louis XVIII. (to efface, reate's 2001. a year : 'we leave the Gu

rature; with the exception of the Lau. if it were possible, the remembrance of this sacrilegious theft) purchased confine the remuneration of our writers

vernment to its proper business, and this celebrated Bible of Jupot's wie

to the Booksellers, who very wisely buy dow, and paid ber 80,000 francs for nothing that will not sell. What they it. It was remitted to the Chevalier

can afford to give, therefore, and do give de Brito, Chargé d'Affaires de Por. to our Authors, is good and faithful proof

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of the means and intellect of our people; his head being encircled with a redand hence it affords important informa- bot iron crowo. tion as to our general national condition Damien was a fanatic, wbo in the and character. Mr. Moore's new Poeni

year 1756 attempted to assassinate is eagerly expected; and the Booksellers,

Louis XV. and actually wounded him in we believe, hold themselves prepared to give 2 or 30001. for it. Madame D'Ar

the presence of his son and his guards. blay (late Miss Burney) is now living in

When put to the torture, he declared France; she can declare, we apprehend,

it was not bis intention to kill the that for her last Novel, which was not King, but only wound him, that God her best, she did not receive less than

might touch his heart, and incline hiin 15001. Mr. Murray bought the last tra

to restore peace to his dominions, gedy (the Gamesters) for 4001. Mr. Cole which had been much agitated by the ridge's Caprice of Christabel procured disputes belween the Parliament and bim, we are assured, a Bank Note for1001. Clergy respecting the Papal Bull Uni. The copy-right of The Rejected Adgenitus, which was enforced by the eresses, and a few Parodies of Horace, King, in opposition to the Parliament was purchased for 10001. of the Authors;

and people, and by which the Janseand 16,000 copies at least have been sold. nists were declared heretical. Lord Byron's Poetical Works have pro

Although the insanity of Damien duced, to one person or another, a sum

was evident from his expressions, he that may fairly be described as forming a considerable fortune. Mr. Southey

was put to 'a most cruel and lingering has amassed a large and most valuable

death by the rack, wbieb is figura: library, and lives in comfort and great

tively called a a bed of steel.” respectability, solely by his literary ex

As possibly sonte of your Readers ertions. The Edinburgh Review sells might pot have been aware who the nearly 12,060 copies four times a year.

persons alluded to were, your inserIt is a splendid property to its Elitortion of the above will much oblige, and its Pubiishers; while 40, 50, 60, Yours, &c.

J. S, and 1001. are given for each of the EsSays of which it is composed.-We be- Tour through various parts of the lieve we have stated enough to make NETHERLANDS and GERMANY in our French Author lick his lips 'at Eng 1815. (Continued fronı page 392.) lish encouragement of letters. He has been most unlucky in' his assertions; for

N travelling upon the Contiveít,

IN almost each of them admits of a denial

especially through France, Geras to the matter of fact. Ignorant, in

many, and the Netherlands, the redeed, must be be, who represents Lite

searches of the inquisitive Tourist are rature as neglected and unsupported in greatly facilitated by the local maps England of late years. If he had said,

and statistical accounts which are to that the popular eagerness and liberalitý be met with in most of the principal bad done mischief in the opposite way

towns. To these sources of inforto that of starvation, he might have mation I am indebted for inany written to the prejudice of the Country, sketches of History and Biography, which he hates for its superiority, with which otherwise would have escaped some effect."

my notice; and which, I flatter myself, Yours, &c.

B. N. your Readers are not displeased to see

occasionally interwoven with the par. Mr. URBAN,

Dec. 8. rative of my travels and adventures. F DOM Boswell's Life of Johnson My invariable practiee on landing at

it appears that line 420 of Gold- my ion (and which I would recomniend smith's Pvem of « The Traveller,” to all who travel for information) and the coocluding 10 lines, except was to hire a valet de pluce, to célthe following couplet, were furoished duct me to the booksellers’ shops, by 'Dr. Johnson.

where my first inquiry was, whether " The lifted axe, the agonizing wheel, they had any local waps, topograLuke's iron crown, and Damien's bed of phies, directories, or almanacks: from steel."

which last I have often derived much of Luke it is stated, that in the useful instruction, as well as enter“Respublica Hungarica" there is an

tainment. I found the booksellers in account of 'a desperate rebellion in general well informed and obliging, 1514, beaded by two 'brothers, Luke many of them capable of conversing and George Zeck. When quelled, tolerably in Latin'; and some not anGeorge, not Luke, was pupished by deserving of the praise of scholarship

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(particularly in Saxony and Holland), “I strive," said this patriotic hero, whom Frobenius, the friend of Eras- in a letter to a friend,

iu iorget my mus, would have recognized as kin. misfortunes, that my mind may be dred spirits; and to whom Robert and more at ease in executing the orders Apurew Foulis of Glasgow, and, of Vilieroy.". One of the distinguishthough last not least, your bonoured ing characteristics of a great mind is friend Bowyer, would have given the a bobie superiority to the frowns of right hand of learned fellowship. You, Fortune, as well as her smiles ; and friend Urban, can best tell bow many this praise belongs Catioat. He Booksellers and Printers of that de bad the mortification to experience, scription a learned Foreigner would in common with many of the first find among tis in the present day. I names recorded in history, anticipate your answer." Apparent

56. The unwilling gratitude of base manrari nanies in gurgile vasto.And

kind.” yet I acknowledge with pleasure, that

And he who had gloriously reaped i know no set of men more kind.

so many laurels in the field, found bimhearted, hospitable, and liberal, than

self unable to resist the shafts of envy the Booksellers and Printers of Lon

aud malice; and at leogth became don, or at whose tables a Scholar

the victim of female court intrigue: finds more rational enjoyment. But

Diram qui contudit hydram, whither am I wandering? Al the elose of my last letter I gave you a

Notaque fatali portenta labore subegit, brief sketch of the various turas of Comperit invidiam supremo fine domari.

HOR. fortune wbich the town of Ath, in

The instruments of Catinat's disthe province of Hainault, bad undergone since it came into the possession grace, if that term could be applied

to such a man,

were Madame de of Louis XIV. in 1667. 'I mentioned Maintenon, the well-known favourite that, after reverting to its old mas

of Louis the XIVth, and the Duchess ters, the Spaniards, by virtue of the of Burgundy, whose displeasure' is treaty of Nimeguen, and remaining said to Have arisen from his want of in their hands nine years, it was taken assiduity in paying court to them. in 1697 by a French army, under the

Catinat, who, to borrow the words command of Marechal de Catipat; a

of the Historian of Modero Europe, truly great man, whom it would be united the coolness of a philosopher unjust to dismiss with so cursory a 110 to the fire of a hero," retired with tice. At an early period of his milic philosophic dignity, in possession of tary career, beattracted the notice of

the richest of all treasures, conscious the illustrious Condé, who possessed integrity, to a small country house an intuitive sagacity in discerning near Pontoise, happy in the enjoymerit. - The Duke of Savoy having ment of “alternate study, exercise, joined the powerful confederacy which

aod ease.” In that calm retreat he had been formed against Louis the spent the evening of his days, XLVth ia 1687'by the league of Aug s

Great without titles, without fortune burg, the French monarch sent an

blest,

[while oppress’d. army into Italy, under the command Rich e'en 'when plundered, honour'd of Catinat, who established his fame

Some of the Generals who were emby a signal victory over the Duke of Savoy, for which he was rewarded ployed after hiin behaved so ill on vawith the baton of a Marechal; in

rious occasions, that the whole kingbestowing which the King compli- such transcendant merit soffered to

dom felt indignant at seeing a man of mented him by saying, that Valour had received its just recompence.

remain in a state of inaction; but he When the war of the Spanish Succes

never complained of the injustice

which had been done to bim. He was sion broke out in 1701, Catinat was

pot iosensible of fame, “ihat last insent into Italy, to oppose Prince Eu

firmity ofnoble winds;" but he scorned gene; where, having experienced some reverses of fortune, he was superseded

to purchase it at in the command of the army by the

so dear a price, Marechal de Villeroy, to which he

As soothing folly, or exalting vice. submitted with a command of temper Vanity, which bath obscured the that redounded more to his honour lustre of many a hero, formed no part than all bis former achievements of the character of Catinat. He de

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clined the Cordon Bleu, which the rage of William more conspicuong King offered him after he had been than on this occasion ; but the palm two years in retirement; and when of Generalship. must be given to bis i upbraided by some of his family for great Antagonist, who, to the west refusing so flattering a mark of disc intrepid display of personal valour, tinction, he calmly replied, “ If you

united unrivalled sagacity and preare not satisfied with my conduct, let sence of mind in the midst of diffi. my name be struck out of your gene

culties and dangers.

William was alogy." And, as he was superior to

forced to retreat, and leave bis advain-glory, so he was neither the versary in possession of the field. slave of ambition or avarice. He Seldom bas History recorded a battle could boast that he had never once more bot than that of Steenkirk, or solicited a place or a favour ; and he more blood y during the time it lasted; carried with him into solitude the for it has been said, that not less than comfortable reflection, that he had 10,000 men fell on botb sides in the never practised those arts of simulation course of two hours. The joy of the and dissimulation so common atcourts.

French Court was extravagant upon And he might justly say to himself in this occasion; notwithstanding it was the following lines which were applied a victory which produced no result to him by one of his eulogists : to compensate for the loss they had

sustained. The victory, if it may be J'ai régardé d'un cil de Democrite

so called, must be wholly ascribed to Les sots comblés d'honneurs dus au mé.

the genius of Luxembourg, wbich rite : Et je ne suis, de l'orage battu,

surpassed that of William. Envelopé dans ma propre vertu.

“ Quantum lenta solent inter viburna

cupressi." He died at his country seat, Feb. The village of Steenkirk' is be25, 1712, at the age of 74.-And now tween Enghein and Hall, to which to resume the narrative of my tour, I proceeded after surveyiog the field

After gratifying our curiosity at Ath, of battle. Hall is prettily situated we directed our course through a rich upon the River Senne, on the conand beautiful country towards Eng- fines of Brabant, and on the high hein, which is about 12 miles North- road from Mons to Brussels, at the east of Ath. It is situaled in a val. distance of seven leagues from the ley, and contaios about 3000 inhabi- former place, and three from the lattants. The Premier Baron of Hain-. ter. But I must defer some observa. ault once derived his title from this tions I have to communicate respectplace, which came by, marriage in ing this place, as well as the province 1485 to Francis of Bourbon, Count of of Hainault in general, tilt my next Vendome, who left a sonho Charles de " letter. CLERICUS LEICESTRIENSIS. Vendome, who died in 1536, and was father of Antony of Bourbon, King Mr. URBAN,

Doc. 1o. of Navarre, whose son, the great

I. Henry the Fourth, King of France,

WAS mach struck with the inge

puity of the learned Corresponde sold ihe town of Enghein, with its ent, who, in the First Part of your bailiwick, comprising 18 villages, to present Volume, pages '20 and 134, Charles de Ligne, Duke of Areinberg. has demonstratively corrected, pot The title of Duke of Engheiu has long only the “ Monasticon, but that been established in the House of Bour. grand Record the Goveroment Dones: bon Condé. The Palace, the Park, Day; and am not a little surprised and the Gardens of the Duke of Arem-: that the correction has since passed berg at Enghein, well deserve the. uonoticed by your numerous and attention of travellers. Near this. ingenious Correspondents. I am far town is the village of Sleenkirk, which froin pretending to any accurate skill 1 surveyed with interest, on account in such subjects; but you will allow of its being the spot where a memo. me to point out one error in the Note rabie and sanguinary battle was fought in p. 20; where, in lines 12 and 16, for on the 3d of August, 1692. The Al. Ade, should be read Acle. In p. 134, Jied army was commanded by William also, lines 2, 3, 4, the words * bear the Third, King of England, and the together in Derbyshire, Halen, French army by the Duke of Luxem.. Rewesleage, Sciplea,' I take to be bourg. Never was the personal cou. Shirley," appear superfluous.

1816.1 Sir H. Croft.-- Literary Inquiries.-- Fires in London. 487

Sir Herbert Croft (vol. LXXXVI. spondents for any particulars relative p. 470), printed, in the year 1784, to the Rev. Nicholas Bound, D.D. és for the purpose of collecting the Author of " The Vabelief of St. ThoOpinions of the Author's Friends," a mas laid open for the Comfort of all few copies of an oclavo volume, in that desire to believe,” and of “A tituled, '“ Sunday Evenings;" ou the Comfortable Treatise for the Afflicted.” 92d page of which Sir Herbert says, His prefaces are dated Norton in Suf« These are all which the Author is folk, 1608. He was, I believe, a Fel. at the expence of printing for private low of Peter House, Cambridge. perusal. The hints or suggestions of Yours, &c.

CARADOC. any Readers into whose bands they may chance to fall, will be thankfully Mr. URBAN,

Dec. 27. receivedoo..._Helyihil ios BEG to call the serious attention of Johnson," says, “Mr. Croft was alarming list of Fires that have hapsomewhat mortified by Dr. Johnson's pened in the Metropolis in the year pot being highly pleased with some 1816. They are in pumber 41 (though Family Discourses which he had many are, po doubt, omitted); and printed. They were in too familiar above 61 houses, warehouses, and a style to be approved by so manly a shops, have been burnt or damaged, mind.”

and of course a considerable number The Sir Eyre Coote, whom your of other buildings in danger. I should Reviewer, p. 347, recollects having hope this enorınous evil will attract assisted jo bis Election for Leicester the notice of the House of Commons, iu 1768, died at Madras, April 26, and particularly of the Police Com1783. He was Uncle, I believe, to mittee. The loss of Property by Fire the present Sir Eyre Coote.

in the Metropolis in 1816 may be es The Sunderland Library, p. 396, timated at 80,0001.; and get there is preserved at Blenheim, pot at Al- has been no building of consequence Thorpe. The Noble Owoer of tbe burnt, nor have the fires extended tu Jast-mentioned place is the Founder many adjoining houses. of his own magnificent and unrivaled la this year several persons have Collection of Literary Treasures. been burnt to death, and several

Bp. Warburton, io an unpublished others injured; and many families Letter, written in 1764, meplions escaped with difficulty. How long is some Reots that were due to him, as the Metropolis to suffer for the want Rector of Frisby (or Firsby) in Line of a public Establishment, by which coloshire, forty years before that date. light carts, laden with fire-escapes, This preferment is not noticed by any might be had always io readiness, and of his Biographers. He was ordained the inhabitants of houses on fire resin 1728 ; presented to Grieseley in cued from imminent danger, and the 1726; and to Brent Broughton in most dreadful deaths ? 1728. Perhaps the present Rector of

List of Fires in London in 1816. Frisby, or some neighbouring Divine, Aldersgate-street, 1 house burnt, sevewould kindly ascertain this fact, and

ral damaged. the date of his presentation.

Aldersgate-street-court, 1 house burnt. Edward Capell, esq. the learned Bermondsey, 'I house burnt. Editor of Sbakspeare, died Jan. 24, Bermondsey, another house buřnt. 1791, in bis 68th year; and was bu- Bolton-street, 1 house damaged. ried, probably, either at Troston, the Bond-street, 1 bouse burnt, 3 damaged.

place of his nativity, or at Hastings, Bow-lane, I house and warehouses where he built a house, and resided burnt, several damaged. many years. The communication of Borougb, 1 house damaged. his epitaph would be deemed a favour. Broad-st.Carnaby-market, I house burnt. The Picture of Hogarth, p. 421, is

Brunswick square, I house burnt. the Mock Election of Mayor of Gar

Bunhill-row, I house burnt. rett at Wandsworth. The church Chelsea Military Asylum, 2 rooms da:

maged. there is pear Garrelt-lane. There are

Chelsea, I house burnt.' three Prints of the ceremony, one of Chelsea, King's-road, I house damaged. which is probably taken frooi the pic- City-road, i bouse burnt. ture above-mentioned,

Crown-street, Finsbury-square, 1 house, I shall be obliged to your Corre warehouse, and shop burnt.,

Deres

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