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Wrong-headed, stubborn as a halter'd ram; Yet let him know, crown'd beads are sacred la short, the model of our bero Sam :
things, Inclin'd to madness torfor when his shop And bid liim rev'rence more the best of kings; Fell down for want of cash to buy a prop ; Still on his Pegasus continue jogging, For fear the thieves might steal the vanith'd And give that Bufwell's back another Auga store,
ging." He duly went each night and lock'd the door.”
Sir John being awakened, the candidates Bozzy.
are informed, " Whild Johnson was in Edinburgh, my wife, He now could meet more biographic scrap."
that enabled by the nap, To please his palate, studied for her life : With ev'ry rarity The fill'd her house,
They accordingly proceed with fresh couAav gave the doctor, for his dinner, grouse." rage, and a number of anecdotes are inimi.
tably cold, till at length, Bozzy, speaking MADAME Piozzi.
racher irreverently of Mr. Wilkes, the lady Talk d him if he knock'd Tom Osborn down; takes offence and an altercation commences, As fuch a tale was current thro' the town which is kept up with great spirit at least. Says I, “ Do tell me, doctor, what befell ?"
MADAME P10z21, Why, deareft lady, there is nought to sell: I ponder'd on the propʼrefl mode to treat him-. " Who told of Mrs. Montague the lies The dog was impudens, and so I bear bim! So palpable a falsehood — Bozzy, fie!" Torn, like a fool, proclaim'd his fancied wrongs;
Bozzy. Orbers that I belabour'd held their tongues.”
“ W bo, mad'ning with anecdotic itch, Bozzy.
Declar'd that Johnson call'd his mother « Lo! when we landed on the isle of Mull,
b-tch? The meagrims got into the doctor's skull:
“Who, from Macdonald's rage to save his
fnout, But lo? those meagrims (wonderful to uter! Cut twenty Imes of defamation ou!?” Were hanifh'd all by tea and bread and butter !"
In this itile they go on, dooming alter.
nately each other's works to the patiry.cook In this manner they continue to entertain
and trunk-maker, till at last Boswell exthe knight, till his patience being quite ex.
claims, hausted, he exclaims,
“ The praise of COURTENAY my book's Sir John.
fame secures, “For God's fake, stay cach anecdotic scrap ; Now, who the devil, madam, praises your's pop Let me draw breath, and take a trifling nap:
MADAME Piozzi. With one half hour's refreshing Number bleft,
Thousands, you blockhead-no one now And heav'n's affistance, I may hear the reft.''
can doubt it; The knight's nap, however, was disturbed For not a soul in London is wirbozt is: by dreams.
So! Courtenay's praises fave you-mah! that “For lo ! in dreams the surly Rambler rose,
squire And wildly staring, seem'd a man of woes. Deals, let me tell you, more in smoke than Wake, Hawkins, (growled the doctor with a fire." frown)
Bozzy, And knock iha: fellow and that woman
6: Zounds! he has praised me in the sweet,& down
lineBid them with Johnson's life proceed no further
MADAME Piozzi. Enough already they have dealt in murther ; “ Ay! ay ! the verse and subject equal shine. Say, to their tales that little truth belongs- Few are the mouths that COURTENAY'S wit Il fame they mean me--bid them bold ibeir rehearsetongues.”
Mere cork in politics, and lead in verse." The doctor goes on to give his opinion of Having railed themselves almost out of Bozzy and some advice to the lady, and con- breath, Sir John takes the opportunity thus to cludes his speech with,
address them ; "Teil Peter Pindär, should you chance to meet " For Thame! for Thame! for heaven's sake, him,
pray be quiet, I like his genius.-- thould be glad to greet him. Not Billingsgate exhibits such a riot.
*2 4 2
Behold, for Scandal you have made a feast, to the duties of a wife, in preference to writ.
« For thee, James Boswell, may the hand of
fate Make you both eat your paragraphs so evil,
Arreft thy goofe quill, and confine thy prate; And, for your treatment of liim, play ibe devil.
Or be in folitude to live thy luck, Of those your anecdotes—may I be cuift,
A chattering magpye on the Isle of Muck.
Thus spoke che judge; then leaping from the If I can tell you which of them is worft."
chair, He then recommends the lady to attend He left in consternation loft the Pa
Tracts on Subjects of National Importance. I. On the Advantages of Manufactures, Com
merce, inų grea Towns, to the Population and Prosperity of a Country. II. Difficulties Atated to a proposed Affefsment of the Land Tax: And another Subject of Taxation proposed, not liable to the same Objection. By the Rev. John MacFarlan, D. D. F. R. S. Scotland, and Author of the Inquiries concerning the Poor. 8vo. is, 6d. Murray, 1786. THE nagnitude of the national debt
, the cenfure at leaft on the impolicy of the pre
, sent system, which creates an invidieus disthat universal anxiety with which the finance tinction between the landed and mercantile fyftem of government is contemplaced, ren-, interest, by heaping duties on the latcer, exder the subjects of these Tracis peculiarly in- clusively of the former. He thinks mear: turefting. The author combats a variety of might be found of meliorating this absurd commonly received opinions on the several system, and shew's the infeparable connection topics mentioned in the title-page with great which must inevitably, and always, subfist address. We think some of his arguments between commerce and agriculture. He, go a good way to prove, that great rowns, therefore, proposes a tax on all money occu. commerce, and manufactures, are not only pied in loan, and that the lender, not thic the necessary consequences of a certain degree borrower, Mall pay it, as the profits he may of prosperity, but contribute actually to pro- expect to reap from this species of traffic are duce it. The positions which he attempts to
well able to bear a duty. establish in the first part of his performance Suppofing it somewhat extraordinary that are, that the prodigious wealth which pours this description of property has not hitherto into London, does not produce profligacy of been caxed, he thus accounts for the fact, manners; that its enormous fize does not “ Dr. Blackstone, says he, justly observes, render it unhealtlay; and that the annual sup- that moveables were foșmerly a different ply of fix thousand people, which it is said to and much less confiderable thing than they require, is not, as some have supposed, an are at this day. In ancient times it was not actual loss of so many lives to the community. lawful to take interest; a cax, therefore, His reasoning on these various points is ori. could not be laid on what did not exist. Even ginal and ingenious; and, though not every after intereft was obtained, the quantity of where alike satisfactory, is always. Mrewd money in the kingdom was very inconfiderand plausible. The evils incident to the mag- able until the reign of Henry VII. Since nitude of the metropolis he, however, al- his time a mighty change las gradually taken lows to a certain degree, but considers them place. By the introduction of manufactures, as unavoidable, and at the same time doubts and the increase of trade, prodigious sums of whether iney are so great national evils as is money lave flowed into the country; fo commonly apprehended.
that the moveable stock now in the kingdom The subjedt of taxation is nearly related may be reckoned equal, perhaps superior, to these speculations. They implicate a strong in value, to the landal property.”
The Beauties of Mr. Siddons ; or a Review of her Performance of the Characters of Belvide
sa, Zara, Iabella, Margaret of Anjou, Jane Store, and Lady Randolph; in Letters from a Lady of Diflinction to her Friend in the Country. Svo. 25. Strahan.
HIS female Critic has mewn a good gustful manner which has been coo often done T
taste and proper discrimination on the tely. To polless a confulerable degree of principally striking passages in the above plays; merie in any line is the privilege of few and though he is the proseiled and warm Mrs. Siddlons is one of the happy number; admirer and panegyrist of Mis. Siddons, but absolute perfection is not the lot of mor. the des not lovilh praises on her in that dif. cality.
For the EUROPEAN MAGAZINE.
An ACCOUNT of the LIFE and WRITINGS of CAPTAIN EDWARD THOMPSON.
CAPTAIN EDWARD THOMPSON, says he, “his memory lamented,
and respected, was by birth a Yorkshire-man, and, as he “ in every part of India I have travelled has himself told us, a native of Hull *. He re- 6. through, which has been some advantage ceived his education under Dr. Cex, at Hamp- “to me, a young voyager. He bears a very stead t, and at an early age, in the year 1754, singular character for a seaman, being Dee went to the East Indies as (what is usually « ver heard to (wear an oath ; a circumstance called) a Guinea Pig I. In this his first voy- “ too rarely met with, and much to be laage he was a spectator of an accident, which "mented. The Banyan who transacted his we shall relate in his own words. " Miss H," affairs told me, he rowed from Ingelei " a young lady of beauty, virtue and good “ down the Ganges in sight of his feet, after « sense, going to Bombay, and betrothed by “his victory over Angria ; but tempestuous “ her parents in England to a gentleman of “ weather coming on, obliged him to return, u the Council in India, too eagerly beholding " which was the latt sight of that valuab!e s one of these creatures (i. e. sharks) out of “ victorious squadron of seven fail. In the “ her cabin window, fell overboard and was • Resolution he had immense wealth of the « drowned : though all immediate assistance “ Portuguese, who were removing their fa. 6 was given, yet every endeavour was in milies and effects from Goa, on account of “ vain to save this amiable lady, who perilh an ixfurrection
che Naves : this ap" ed in an unnatural element, though serene pears by the letters Mr. Bagwell writ " and calm. The fright mit certainly have“ from Malabar ; for no foul survived with " killed her from the horror of the monster ; “ him to tell the tale. From the many fer“ for it was not the fifth part of a minute “ vices he did the East India Company in a “ before the was taken up ll. An author of " servitude of thirty-fix years, and at last after considerable reputation taking notice of this “ a memorable victory ended his life in that accident, supposes it to have been owing to the « service, one would imagine they would pay fame desperate impulse which Montaigne men- " a charitable attention to his kindred; but tions to have felt when he found himself upon “ alas! **” In the month of May he arrived the top of some hideous precipice in bis moun- at St Helena, and, during his stay there, intainous neighbourhood, impelling him to leap volved himself in the hazard of a duel, and downs, and which Shakespeare calls roys of an actual arrest and confinement on board his defperation. In July 1754, he was at Man fhip, on account of a parquinade written to dras, and in August at Vizagapatam. From oblige at lady of the island at the expence of thence he went to Calcutta, where he staid a rival ++. He finished his voyage in August, until the mouth of November, and then pro. and in November we find him on board the ceeded to the island of Ceylon, at which place Sterling Castle in the Downs, having, as he exbe arrived in January 1755 9. In the next presses himself, quitted penury and commerce month he was at Tellicherry, from whence for arms and glory, after remaining only one he writes to a correspondent, that he had made week on thore. By the prolegomena to many enquiries after the unhappy shipwreck his Letters it appears that he was pressed inte of his uncle Commodore Bagwell. “ I find," the service:
* I am the man (the Nasso of my time),
THE COURTEZAN. See also Dedication to Marvell's Works. + Captain Thompson, mentioning his school-master, fays, that an unhappy marriage one of his amiable daughters made (unknown to the father) with Mr. Penn, a youth under his care, incensed that family to ruin his school. The young gentieman was sent to Philadelphia, and never more permitted to Tee a wife he dearly loved—a lady with every virtue and accomplishment. These misfortunes brought Dr. Cox to Hampltead about the year 1749. He afterwards moved to Kensington, where he died in the year 1757. Sailor's Letters, yol. I. 136.
I Prolegomena to the Sailor's Letters, p. vii.
Sailor's Letters, vol. 103.
Next pressed on board a man of war ; He afrerwards failed with the fame Where I (unknown at any college) Commander in the Bellona, and was present Studied seven years, and got no knowledge. at the capture of the Courageux in Angut
In June 1756 his ship was ordered to the 1761. This is fupposed to have been the continent of North America with money and period of his naval character during that war,
as in the next month we find him com. troops, and he arrived the next month at New
menced author. York, where his stay was very, Thort; yet he
His fuft publication w3
The Meretriciad, a poem, celebrating the then experienced a most disagreeable circumstance there, though the motive for the violence is Merely to mention the title of this licentica
most remarkable women of the town. not very clearly explained.
" When about three leagues from the ship, the boat's crew
perfurmance, which however met with loc(consisting of ten men) rose on me, bound cers, is as much as it deserves. It seems to me hand and foot, and run the boat on thore. bave been the means of introducing him to where I might have perithed, bad not two
the acquaintance of Mr. Cnurchill, with returned and unbound me, which two I
whom he boasts on many occasions to have brought to the ship again. They confebied lived in terms of intimacy. In 1762 he re. they had attempted to throw me over-board tired to . iniull hou:e in Kew.Lane + 20
cultivated his muse, which in 1764 produces (which I never perceived); but fomeibing always prevented. Had they perpetrated
a poem called The Soldier, 4to. He then re. their villainy, I should have died by the sided fome time in Scerland, which he has de
scribed with that virulence which the exam. mouths of ten thousand sharks, as I was at that time fithing on a bank where nothing ples of fome eminent persons of that period could be more numerous * from New. had rendered fashionable, and which cannot be York he went to Antigua, then to Barbadues, ted a work of confiderable importance, for
fufficiently censured. As this time he medis. and afterwards to Tobago. In June 1757, which he circulated proposals. This was in. he failed from St. Kitts for England, having, tended to be printed in folio, and to be enti as he informs us, after nine months cruising, received about three pounds for his Thare of cled, “ Maritime Obfervations, collected from OM his return to England, he
" the years 1753 to 1763 inclusive, in a nuropalled his examination, and on the 26th of
“ber of voyages and cruizes in Europe, Asia,
« Africa, and America." In a dedication some November received his commiflion as Licutenant of the Jalon. He was immediately
years afterwards to the Honourable Augustus employed in further service; and on the Hervey, efy, he says, “ how unpardonable
would it be in me to forget that encourage. 19th of December, arrived at Emden with Brudenell's regiment to reinforce the garri
ment and protection which I mer with from fon there. On tis return home he quitted you when I defiglied publishing a set of charts the Jalon, where he had not one hope of the neral; a work which might have been of
for the use of the navy and xavigation in gegolden fleece, for the Dorseifhire, Captain Dennis ; and in December 1758 was at Lir- universal utility to his Majeīty's subjects
, had bon. He had a thare in the victory obtained fpirit of party, in spite of your generous r..
it not heen opposed and suppressed through te by Sir Edward Hawke over Mons. Conflans, tentioris of introducing it to the world for a in November 1759, and arrived at Plymouth in December, after a cruise of eight months.
* Sailor's Letters, vol. II. p. 13.
+ During his residence here, Mr. Churchill surprising bim one morning with the window open, repeated,
Here lives a half-pay Poet, run to rult,
And all his willows weeping in the dust.
When Churchill liv'd with you I walk'd,
In 1765, he produced The Courtezan, a produced an alteration of the catastrophe of Poem, 410. and this in the next year was fol- The Beggar's Opera, at Covent Garden, which lowed by Tbe Demirep, 410. another poem of has since been laid aside; and in 1778, bethe fame species, and posselling as much merit came editor of a collection of poems, called is could with propriity be ascribed to any of The Muses Mirror. In this Miscellany, and bis preceding performances. At the end of in The Foundling Hospital for IVis, many of his chis last poem lie arindunced his intention of fugitive pieces are preserved. Soon after publishing three works, which, it is believed, the death of Mr. Garrick, a scheme was pronerer appeared: these were, 17°37.:1, a Pem; posed for uniting him and Mr. Langford with Th: Devil in London, a Satire ; and The History Mr. Lacy in the management of that gentleof the most remarkable Ghofts sbat bave wpa man's share of Drury Lane Theatre; but this peared from the Creation to this Time.
plan being opposed by the present Managers, In this year he was more laudably em- was rendered abortivo. ployed in foliciting Parliament for an encrease He had for several years experienced the of half- pay for the Lieutenants of the Navy, an inconveniencies of a contracted income ; and application which was attended with success. had with some difficulty, notwithstanding On the 16th of April his first dramatic per- all his exertions and industry, preserved himformance,called Tbe Hobby. Horse, was exhibited self from feeling the pressures of poverty, at Drury Lane, for the benefit of Mr. Bentley; Fortune al length noticed him. He was ap
The succeeding year, 1767, he publined pointed Commander of the Hyena, and in the « Sailor's Letters, written to his select Friends course of a cruize took a French East-Indiain England during his Voyages and Travels man, which placed him in a state of affluence, in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Arnerica, from and enabled him to repay obligacions to mathe year 1754 10 1759, 2 vols. 1 2 mo. ny persons who had before aflisted him.
In 1769, he produced a laughable account This, we are informed, he did with great libeof the Jubilee at Stratford upon Avon, under rality and alacrity. He also received a rethe title of Trinculo's Trip to ibe Jubilie, 410. ward as the messenger of the news of an inand about the same time collected his molt portant victory; but soon after was subjected Licentious performances into two volumes, to the enquiry of a Court-martial for quit. which he called The Court of Cupid, The ting his station, from whicla charge he next year he published Tbe 18orks of Jobe was honourably acquitted. In 1785, he Olbum, in 3 vols. deificated, from Purdila was named Commander of the Grampus, and bourne, County Down, in Ireland, to the late soon after failed for the coast of Africa, from Earl of Bristol. On the 7th of April 1772, which station he had returned only in 1784, by the interest of Mr. Garrick, he was ap- and where he died 17th of January, 1786. pointed a Captain ; and on the 9th of No. The following character which has fince vember 1773, brought forwards at Drury appeared in print, is evidently the proluce Lane Theaire The Fuir Quaker, a Comedy cion of a friend, and we hope it is such as altered from Shadwell, which, by the aid of every one acquainted with Captain Thompexcellent acting, obtained fome applause. fun will recognize. “ He was an officer of
In February 1776, The Syrens, a Marque, very diftinguithed eminence, and a gentleman by him, was acted at Covent Garden; and extensively known in the polite and literary in August, St. Helena; or, The Izland of Love, world. His dispositions were happy and a Farce, at Richmond,
amiable; his acquirements very far beyond From the time of his leasing Scotland to mediocrity; his virtues transcendent and form. the year 1776, he seems to have devoted He had courage without pride ; and was himself entirely to literary avocations, and fond of liberty without licentionsvefs. His produced with great celerity numberless ambition taught him to court danger ; his repieces, which it is imposible to enumerate, folution to surmount it ; and his officers and and would, from their quantity and general crew, convinced of his knowledge, and ad. infignificance, if practicable, not repay the miring bis generosity, were impacient to farpains they would cost to obtain. Many of ter his attention by the most unequivocal them are to be found in The Se. James's marks of their fubmiffion and zeal. From Chronicle, Wbireball Ever.n-Poft, Lordon his zeal and attachment to the commercial Packs, and The Weftminfier Maguzine ; and interests of his country, in saving two valuaindeed it would be difficult to name a perio- ble convoys from the enemy, he was twice dical work at this time to which he was not tried and acquitted, with those plaudits of rein some degree a contributor.
nown which are the certain indications of the In 1777, he became editor of Paul White. highest merit. The eleyation of his sentihead's Works, in 410. and in the same year, ments placed him out for ac miration in every of Andrew Marvell's Works, in 3 vols. 410. fituation of life. While he was generous as Neither of these undertakings were executed a master, he was still mare lo as a friend. in such a manner as to afford room to com. His heart, alive to the most virtuou ; fenfibili. meird the editor, or add any thing to the ties, indulged itself in actions the most brillie tenatation of the authors. In October, he
To his friend he was ever ready w la