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return of his daughter from a neighbouring ment of his curiofities ; and by an inceffant

; vint, the Doctor threw himself into a attention to the peace and pleasure of her poit-chaife and travelled all night to reach the father's life, mostheffectually established the mansion of his departed brother, in the course felicity of her own. of the following day. After surveying with Theodora, by many ingenious works and andity and admiration the innumerable caric devices, has contrived to amule herself and ofties of which he panted to become the pof. delight her father : alw ys engaged in wcfello, he eagerly enquired if any price haul cupations of benevolent ingenuity, she is nebeen settled for the whole collection and on ver unealy, and has grown imperceptibly into being informed that he might become the an old maid, without entertaining a wish for master of the whole, on the immediate pay- the more honourable title of a wise. Her ment of 3,5ool, the Doctor after a struggle mild and gentle parent has secured himself between parental affection and his pallion from the infirmities of age by long habits for outs, as all his ready money was devoted of temperance, exercise, and, what is perhaps to the approaching marriage of his daughter, fill more falutry, universal benevolence. almott resolved to relinquith all ideas of the At the age of 87, he is in full pollellion of purchase : unluckily he took a second survey, his faculties, and beholus with infinite deand met wiih an article which he had over- light one virtuous and happy daughter, most looked in his first view. I his additional rari- tenderly attached to him, and withing for no ty entirely overset his prudential resolution, higher enjoyment than, wha: ariles from when haftily seizing a pen he wrote a draft their reciprocal affection. ipoti his banker for the 3,500l. On his In antwer to some sprightly remarks of a return, the Doctor, who, like most people facetious friend, who had been with him to of a busy turn, had a particular pleasure in see thele iwo amiable and fingular characters, talking of whatever he did, began to enter. and which he concluded with the observation täin his company, consisting of his daughter, of Monsieur de la Bruyere, that “ the a female relation, and the affiduous Mr. daughter of a virtuofo is a rarity that no Elandford, with an account of his adventures : one is very eager to poffefs; The grows old he enlarged with rapture on his purchase, hy the side of the cabinet, and is at last enintimating that it had cost him a large sum. titled to a place within it, in the class of an. This narration produced a gloomy change in tiques;"- -our author replies, -"I grant you the countenance of Mr. Blandford; wbich be- that the daughter of my old friend is the ing perceived by the Doctor, he took him molt capital rarity in his collection, and one into his study, and candidly told him, that that I always survey with pleasure and eltecm. tais transaction should make no material. She is, indeed, a rarity, whole very exifldifference in the fortune of his daughter, as ence, like that of the Phoenix, I have heard te would more than compensate for the de. called in queltion :- he is a contented old ficiency, by a bond for 400cl. with full in, maid. Extreme filial tenderness and an actereft, and strict punctuality of payment. tive and elegant ingenuity liave enableu les

Mr. Blandford, who in fact was tremb. to maintain an ealy and chearful state of ling on the verge of bankruptcy, and who mind, under circumstances which may le. had raised many splendid visions on the ex. males would consider as particulariy galingi pected fortune of Miss Coral, immediately they have, in short, enabled her to give an resolved to have no connexion with the lady, example to her sex, that it is purlible to pass because he forelaw the evils included in her a very useful and a very happy life, without duuer; and after upbraiding the Doctor for a share in those connubial honours and en. his conduct, rushed out of the house, and de. joyments which are erroneously fri pored camped the next day from the town which eliential to the happiness of woman." contained the object of his transient adora. As a farti er confolation to autumnal virgins,

he reminds then that the goddess of ingenuity Happily for Thendora, she had such gentle. among the

was berself an old nefs and purity of heart, that this disappomt- maid --recommends the three enchanting mert ferved only to increase her filial affec- filter-aits of mufic, painting, and poetry, as caton; and perceiving that her father was pable of diffipating that refiless languor which deeply vexed by the late occurrences and the a folitary condition is so apt to produce ; each comments of his neiglıbours, the exerted all of them being able to check and eradicate her powers, in the most endearing manner, those maladies to which the female frame is to delipate his vexation; the took a kind particularly subject, when the heart is vacant, anal sympathetic pleasure in assisting his fan- and the mind unemployed ; and concludes Cuf all partuits ; the persuaded him to retain this chaper wit'ia compliment to Miss Carter, Every article of his new purchase ; she gave whom he quotes as a signal proof that the of uncommon elegance to the arrange.

divinisies of Parnalsus are highly propitious

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to the chaste and mature votaries of Minerva. wishes, unfriendly to her talents, and de. How far the two other eminent female poets Structive to the health both of her body and of this nation may thiuk themselves obliged her mind? To support such a condition to the author for bis prophecy, that they with a placid and chearful magnanimity, apwill probably become very honourable mem- pears to me one of the highest exertions of bers of that Sisterhood in u hote service he human fortitude : and I have, therefore, al. wrices, we preíume not to determine; we

Ways regarded my poor friend Conftantia as will, however, venture to affert, that in a character of as much genuine heroilm spite of all he can say in favour of the service and picty as the celebrated St. Agues, or of Apollo and the Nine, not one in an hun- any other the most heroic female faint in the dred, even of the Sitterhood, but will agree ample calendar of Rome.'' with Shakespeare, that

Here follows the bittory of Constantia, in « Earthlier happy far the rose that's pluck'd,

wliich the author has displayed more than Than that which withering on the virgin

víual skill and abilities. Of th.s attecting tale, thon,

we can only mention the substance. After Lives, blooms, and dies in single blessedness." facrificing her fortune to the liappiness of bier

fifter, her father's circumftances being emChap. 11. treats of the patience of Old barruired, he was obliged to quit the king, Maids. Our author begins by remarking, dum, leaving this pattern of patience under that the accurate observers of human-nature

the protection of an aunt, one of those good readily allow that patience is moft eminently

women, who, by paying punctual visits to a the characieristic of woman. In fupport of cathedral, imagine they acquire an unquesthis opinion, he mentions the fublime and tionable ligjit not only to speak aloud their pitonithing heights to ubich this virtue has

own exemplary virtues, but to make as free been carried by Beings of the most delicate

as they pleale with the conduct and character testue, exemplified in the littory of the of every person, both within and without the many virgin nartyrs who were exposed in cirrle of their acquaintance. - Vover the roof tije first ages of christianity to the most bar

of this unfeeling Being was Conttántia receiv. Biniss and lingering tortures. 1 hough, in

ed, for the lake of the pleature that would Coule quence of those happy changes which

ante to her from repeat ng wei eiy cre:ture bare taken place in the world, from the

who visited at her boule-wirt a good friend progress of purified religion, bemury and in jre w.25 ro ibat poor girl! pocence are no longer in daliger of being

These repctitions, painful to a mind of quick drugsed to peniti at the lake ; yet the 911

sen úbility, Constantia ívprouted with a mother thinks theie jie situations in temalc lite, the require as muchpatience and magnanimi- time in a state of unmerited mort fication,

deit Tefignation, and patied a considerable ly as u ere exerted in the fiery torments of the

wietrlied in her own situation, 3od anxious virgil manlyr. It has been jutil; renai kec,

to the most painful degree concerning the shut it is more circult to support an 11

fute of her father. Perceiving there were no Jurinn of munute inicdicities, thus any fingle hopes of his returu, Mhe wrote to bim a muft cumiiy of the most terrific magnitude. pathetic letter, enumerating her utferings, Alopiting this to be true, our autho! thinks

and imploring his consent to her taking leave hmirli multified in allerting, that the incident of lier aunt, and endeavouring to acquire a unfortunate on maid of the prettnt line is

more peaceable maintenance by teaching > Boing as lolly entitied to pity, as those

young ludes the rudiments of music, an female victims formerly were.

employment to which her talents were " If the acadei," he lays, “is tartled, or

perfectly equal. To this filial petition the Penipted to smile, at a companion of cuo

received a very extraordinary and a very painfutterors whole destiny oty be thought to

fulants et ; the purport of which was, that dilim dar, I wreat him to confider utenrise.

if ever the quitted her prelent residence, by the frame of mind which we may re. tuna

while the herself was unmarried, and bly attribute to th-sc ditirent onveils of com

her aunt alive, she would expose herself 1:16:09. During itie torments of the virgin

to the curies of an ofiended father. This had martyr, ile fer four of enthurium and a

such an effect upon lier, thic tome time after, galin fær religii tls gioiy are tuthcient to

when a friend oftered to take her out of her give new vigour to the foul, in proportion duimgrce. ble itu.tin', and place her with a ustemit excruciating onreges are inflicted

Indy of great furtime and excellent clar.cler, on the body ; but the animiling ideas can

Ae, theugh her father was dead, declined anno to intain the resolution of the more

the friendly otter, and giving him her iainer's un'ary old maid, reduced from diuence

letter thus aderelled bim : “ Nothing reu pleasure to poverty and contem?!?

ma ns for me but to blets you for your kind educed to a condition opposite tu

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ig'entian of befriending such as unfortunate tened and refined'it." Farewell!' (315 midih. My father is now at reft in his our affecting writer, “ thou gentle spirit! If grue, and you, perhaps, may think me fuper- in thy present fitne of happier existence, itila ia paying so mu h regard to his letter; thou art conscious of sublunary occurrences, bu: he never in his life laid any command ditdin not this imperfect memorial of thy upou me, which was not suggelted by his af- fufferings and thy virtues! and if the pages fectiva, and, wretched as I ain, I cannot be I am now writing, should fall into the haad diingedient even to his athes." Thus refol. of any indigent and dejected Maiden, wbwe ved, the continued to linger on in her dread. ill-fortune may be similar to thme, may they fui fiuawn, till at the age of forty-two deach footh and diminish the difquietude of her lite, put an end to ver calam lies, which, inttead and prepare ber to meet the close of it with u gising an asperity to her temper, had fois piety and composure."

(To be concluded in our next.] Obiery xions on a late Publication, intituled, “ Thoughts on Executive Justice." To which

is added, a Leiter containing Remarks on the fame Work. Lowon. Cadell, 1786. THE publication which gave rise to these pence farthing, are all crimes punishable with

Obervations we took notice of in our death. On the otimi hind, for a man to attempt Review for March laft; and though we did the life of his own father is only a misdemez. El condemn it with that degree of asperity nor; to take away another's life, and to brand tu! iome of our brethren did, we readily ac- his name with ignominy hy a premelitarei perkwidged its principles were rather repug- jury, is not considered as murder, nor thought Dit ti thule hunaue and rational ones which delerving a capital punishment: to ftab another a. e been very properly adopied, instead of under circumitances of the blackest malice, it Exi: biurd and barbarous notions of juttice the unfortunate object thould after a long and El ca prevailed wo long. It is a truth uni- painful illness recover of his wound only Terially acknowluged, that the main object to breathe out the relt of liis days in torment ct the legislature thould be to prevent crines, and uleule, is puvithable only by fue and 0:05 to clatise criminals; and that unlets impritonment: w bun a bouit of which å runt proportion be obterved between the

the incendiary lippens to have a leale, Literent degrees of crimes and the punish. throuvia situated in le centre of a town, m-uts annexed to them, the law mult tend and consequent); the lives of hundreds are rather to excite than to repress guilt. Our endngered, is dible to no fererer purithment. guiur liaents that the truth of this doctrine li we look into che legal definition of crime, hi Koovuced any melioration of ine iyite:n we discover luil greater incontinences; ke oi pur petal laws, which infust the same find, that under certam circumiltuces a 111.112 puath neut on a pick-pocket as on a parricide, may teal without being a thief, this a Bid render them an object of horror and aver. pickpocket may be a bigliway robher, and fha, mitead of veneration and love.

a man who has no intention in do injury to Ibe author of Thoughts on Executive jur- the person of any one a niurierur: mut (1) to tuving allerted, that “the penal laws teal fruit ready gathered is a felony; but to of this country are excellent, and that they gather it and ite i it is cly a treipts; thuc tave nu severity but of the most wholesome w force one's hand through a pine of slals, at & ;” our Obierrer, in reply, after quvi- five o'clock in the alignmn w nter, evena 153 Jute Buckitour's remark, thic if nothing le actually wken, is a burglary; is a mulancholy trulli, that among the va- though to brusk open a bowie, with evtay Tiny ot duties which men are daily li. ciriamitance of vissenc , at four o'clock in ze to comnil, no less than 160 have the morning in unna, for the purpose of been declared, by Act of Parliament, to be robbing, is uity sini ucnienor. Suuli," ceria

without benefit of clergy; or, in nues he, “ 310 ite laus which the judges are Older words, to be worthy of instant death ;" exhorted to enforce with the titmoit rigoui, 11;, * when we come to enquire into the and which are represented is requiring no

re of the crimes of which this dreadful revital, though they thus proclaim their own willigue is compoled, we find it contains absurdity, and call aloud for reformation. trazretlions (cariely deserving corporal pu- Ina manner equally torcible,theObierver conau habent, while it omits enormities of the troverts the opinions of the author of Thoughts mät arocious kind. To leal a theep or a on Executive Juitive, throughout his work ; bedie, w inalch a man's property out of his pleads the cance of humanity with unremittag tad and run away with it; to itext to the zeal; and maintains that a total revision and a4u10 of 40%. 10 a dwelling house, or to reformation of all our penal laws would musis De amount of 55. privately in a thop ; to pick more eilcntiaily contribute to the prevention ann's pucket of the value of only twelve- of crimes, thrun enforcing them in their pre.

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sent state, and unrelentingly persisting in regard for it may seem to have gotten the hanging up ten or twenty criminals every fix better of his philanthropy, we are bound to wecks in the metropolis. In justice, how. remak, that his antagonist has, from equally ever, to the author of Thoughts on Executive good motives, erred, we think, in an opposite Juftice, whom we believe to have been a extreme.----Medio futiffimus. fincere well wither to the public, though his

Boethius's Consolation of Philosophy. Translated from the Latin ; with Notes and Illus

trations. By the Rev. Philip Ridpath. Dilly. 1785.

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1 THIS essay is well known, having been “ With titles grac’d, with laurels crown'd,

tranfiated into English by Chaucer, By every tongue applauded, say, Colville, Queen Elizabeth, and Lord Preston, “ Will obese enlarge life's Itated round ? Secretary to James II. Its tendency to con- “ Willebese refiftless Fate delay? sole the afincted, and pour balm into the Relentiefs Death has no distinction made wounds occafioned by the instability of earthly “'Twixt high and low, the sceptre and the bappiness, added to the foothing fadness which

spade. pervates the whole, has rendered it extremely

" Where's now Fabricius good and brare? acceptable to thote whore minds are suf

“ Where Brutus, virtuous in extreme ? ceptible of that plezling pain which retults

" Where Cato, who disdain'd a Nave ? from melancholy reflections not indulged too

“ Have they not pass’d the Stygian far.

Iti eam ? The present translation is perspicuous and

“ Their memory lives dear to the good and accurate, and upon the whole not inclegant.

wise, The rules are in general drawn from respect.

« Their awful forms no longer strike our able sources, and tend to explain and illustrate

eyes. the work : those wbich are immediately the trantlator's du noc, however, abound in critical

“ Ye err, who vainly trust your name 2cimen ; nor is the poetical part of the

“ Shall fivurith green and never fade ; work the most meritorious, The following

“ Time’s withering hand Thall blast your may serve as a pecimen :

fame,

“ And wrap it in Oblivion's shade. “ G thou, who fondly dream'st that fame “ Your mortal frame, and priz'd memorial “ Is tvereisn god deluded man !

too, • Gu viet Heut'u's wide.exicnded frame, “ (Victorious twice) shall conqu’ring Death " Compu'd with Earth's contracted ipan :

fubdue.” “ Beholding Fime thus to a point contin'd,

The tra:flator has prefixed to the work lis ancient worth will cease to charm thy the life of Boethius, collected from the beft mind.

authorities with great fidelity.

The Principle of the Commutation-Alt established by Facts. By Francis Baring, Efq.

Sewell. 1786.

* R. BARIXG, who is a warm advocate very little more than 6,000,0681b. per ann. Vi forelie Commuteron-act, affirms, that Secondly, That the amount of the duty its consequences have been far more impor.

still continued upon tea has, in the first year tant, extensi, and beneficial, than its moft only, exceeded the estimate by no less than fanguine friends and admoners could have ex- 60,4341. pected; and that the principle of that act Thirdly, Thai the total sum paid by the may he es tenald uith &quid fuccets to many purchasers for tras fold since the passing of either branches of the resenile, promoting at the act, amounts only to 2,770,7991.; bui, the time incih. general welfare and prof. had an equal quantity been fold at the former per ty of the kingdum.

prices, the purchafers must have paid not The advantages which have resulted from lefs than 4 826,2611. confequen:ly the public the Commutation, according to our au.

have been benefited to the amount of ther's acco, ile thele :

2,055.46 21. hy this regulation). Firit, Th within the first twelve months Fourthly, That the increase in the annual after the act took plac“, tie qu.wtity of tea amount of the Company's sales will oblige fotd hy the Eitt-India Company exceedsd them to extend their importations from 16,600,coc!h, whereas the average quar'iy China, in order to fulfil the requifitions of fuld for ten years prior to pulireng the act, was the act, and for which purpose not lefs than

furt!

forty five large additional ships, and 3,450 be greatly increased, when the purposes of the temen, mut be constantly employed by the act shall have been carried completely into Company.

execution. Filthiy, That their exports of the wool- In endeavouring to prove these several lens and lead of this country must be aug- assertions, Mr. Baring has shewn himself mented from the value of 111,0001. to which thoroughly master of the subject, and has the amount has hitherto been limited, to at displayed considerable abilities. Thore, bent 300,000l. per ann. which will be ne- however, who are not fo partial to the act as ceilary bereafter.

Mr. Baring, will probably be of opinion, And finally, That a balance, amaounting that he has taken some things for granted zusually to no less than 1,032,4001. will be which require proof, and will be apt to reretained within this kingdom, which, prior mind him of a logical truth, " That it is porto the act, was regularly paid to foreigners in fible to draw a wrong conclusion from right specie, thro' the medium of the smugglers; premises." and that this balance will, in all probability,

The Breeches; or, the Country Curate and Cobler's Wife, a comic, satiric, poetic, de.

fcriptive Tale. London. S. Bladon, 1786.

A Baby Sketch of this curious adventure breeches ; a qui pro quo may therefore have

having found its way into a morning easily happened, and a limb of the law beon paper, it gave rise to this wretched piece of mistaken for a sprig of divinity : at all events, Daldry, equally devoid of poetry and hu. as nobody chuses to own the small-clothes, mour. That the cobler found the breeches “ Sim, who nor cares for taunting fleers or is allowed on all hands, but that they belong

scorns, ed to Crape is not so evident. Men of all “ May with the Quidam's guineas tip his profeifions now-o-days wear black faltin

horns."

Snictures on Ecclefiaftical Abuses, addresked to the Bishops, Clergy, and People of Great

Britain. Dilly, 1785. THE author observes, that, owing to the er class of people is greatly deficient. He

relaxed and degenerate state of the eccle- points out eight abuses deserving the attenhattical establishments of this kingdom, the tion of those to whufe confideration they are cliuence of religion on the minds of the low- recommended.

The Poet, a Poem ; inscribed to Mr. Jerningham. By Joseph Colls. Robson, 1785. THE author of this poem possesses no in. Yet mark how different was my lot decreed,

considerable share of merit, though he Condemnd the paths of active life to tread; spears to have moved in the humbler sphere Those busy paths, where credit lives at stake, e life, and to want the fostering hand of public And nought but interest keeps the mind approbation to call forth those abilities which

arvake ; leem to wapt only to be known, to be en- Where pride and vice possess an equallway, Buraged. The following lines, which are Where midnight revels close the fleeting day ; harmonious and expressive, may serve to Wbere modeft worth by ev'ry dunce is stify our opinion :

spurn'd, * True worth, once known, shall never be And Attic wit to venal cunning turn'ds forgot,

Such scenes as these il suit the Poet's mind, Tho' bred in want, and nurtur'd in a cot: As free as light, as æther unconfin'd; That worth may live, and strike the muse's From such he turns his ever-wakeful eye, lyre

And, wing'd by rapture, views the world on With Virgil's sweetness and a Homer's fire ; high! To thrilling raptures wake the feeling breaft, Thus was I doom'd to tread life's humble Add, blefling others, be completely bleft.

Sphere, Had fortune baild me from a parent's womb, 'Till time releas'd me from the weighty care, I ne'e had ficken'd at my native home ; But now, superior to each galling load, But plac'd in ease enjoy'd a happier state, I holdly venture from the beaten road; Exempt from all the rigid laws of fate ; And cheer'd at once by Hope's enlivening Perhaps have taught some other bard to fing,

ray,

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