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come through a less respectable chan- stone's Commentaries, some other
pel. As, however, Philo-Junius has Books, and several Priots, &c. he aco
addressed me in a manner almost as cepted them from an Author who had
public as if he had mentioned my excited so great an interest in the
name, and as you have sanctioned his Political and Literary world.
enquiry; I will, by your leave, say a You will undoubtedly be desirous
few words upon the subject. It is, I to be informed from what source I
believe, very common for those who received this intelligence, and what
are the subject of a joke, not to feet induces me to rely upon it.
the humour of it; and I confess that This fact was communicated to me
I neither do nor ever did sce the wit by Mrs. Wilmot Serres (a lady whose
of ridiculing my misfortunes. It may endowments are worthy of the patro-
be, because, as I have said, I am the nymic sbe bears), a piece of the late
subject of the joke; or it may be be- Dr. James Wilmot, of Trinity College,
cause I did not think that the dispen- Oxford, who has in her possession some
sations of Providence, with respect Mss. in the Doctor's hand-writing,
cither to my health or my family, proving, to demonstration, that he
could be proper subjects of ridicule. and no other was the Author of the
However, Sir, I ain very glad that the Letters of Junius.--One of tbese is a
Gentlemen who have done me the Common Place Book, in which are
honour to notice 'my circumslances, scraps of Essays and numerous quota.
have been able to make themselves tions, which correspond so perfectly
merry with them; and congratulate in the character of hand-writing with
them

upon the numerous sources of the fac-similes of that of Junius, pub-
entertainment which they must meet lished by Mr. Woodfall, that they
with in a world of care and sorrow. must instantly convince the most in,
You must well know, Sir, the labour credulous, that they were all written
requisite to perfecting a large work; by the same hand.
and the impediments which the above In one place, 15 or 20 leaves have
circumstances, added to the necessity been torn out ; and on the pext page
of employing an Amanuensis for every is the conclusion (a few lines oply) of
word"I write, and the unexpected one of the letters of Junius to the
(and I am proud to say unmerited) Duke of Grafton. In another part is
withdrawment of patronage, must a memorandum, in the Doctor's hand,
have been to its completion. How- that'on such a day he had finished a
cver, I will only say, that your Cor- letter of Junius, « and sent it to Lord
respondent must koow I am aware S-ne.” This is presumed to be
who he is, by the circumstance to Lord Shelburne, with whom he was in
which he adverts ; and if he will come habits of intimacy. This memoran-
forward, and say how he obtained his dum is partly obliterated by a pen.
information, I will give all the infor- The Doctor's situation and connex-
mation in my power.

T. E. B. ions enabled him to obtain, with fa

cility, that intimate and early know“ Sit mihi fas audita loqui.”. ledge of State affairs, which is so Mr. URBAN,

April 12. strikingly displayed throughout Juyour Magazine for February last, stantly living in Town, on terms of gives a Hint for the Biblionania, the greatest intimacy and confidence by which it appears probable that the with the leading political characters Author of Junius might be discovered; of the day; some of whom are now and perbaps this would be sufficient living, aid must be aware, that Dr. for your Readers in America, where Wilmot's opportuvities of obtaining I am positively informed, upon autho- the most interesting and important rity I have no reason to doubt, “Jn- intelligence, were much greater than nius's own copy of his Letters, bound was necessary for the Author of Juin vellum with gilt leaves," certainly nius's public Letters, and quite suffiwas before his death, and in all pro- cient to account for his almost immebability is at present, although the diate knowledge of Garrick's visit to possessor--who received it from the Richmond, which he mentions in one hands of Junius-is altogether igno- of his private communications. rant, that, when the volumes were I could enter much further into presented to him, with a sett of Black. this subject, but am not, at present,

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inclined to elucidate, more than I present Volume; I have no hesitation have already, the proofs to be pro- in retracting the supposition which (in duced of the identity of Junius; and your last volume, p. *499) I had formwhich will put to rest for ever the ed on conjecture, arising from a vavague conjectures of those who amuse riety of circumstances there enumethemselves with "

guessing at Ju- rated. -I now firmly believe that the nius." I shall therefore only further Earl of Shelburne was not the Writer remark, that the MSS. with aa in- of Junius. But I still am of opispection of which I have been favour. vion that every argument which i ed, have very recently been perused adduced continues in full force-Qui by Mr. Woodfall, who declared his facit per alium, facit per se.--Lord surprize at this discovery, equally Shelburne, possessed of that extent of accidental and satisfactory; and, al- political sagacity which is universally though he expressed no decided opi- allowed him, soon contrived to disnion on the subject, observed, that cover, and to silence, the Writer of they are written upon paper of the Corregio and Atticus, by attaching same size, with the same water-mark, bim to his own immediate interest; as that used by Junius.

and, the Noble Peer supplying the An intention is, I believe, entertain- materials, his Opponent became his ed of publishing these papers, with a Amanuensis, All this, however, is chain of circumstances, forming a

submitted to consideration as an ima mass of evidence; than wbich, in my provement on the former conjecture opinion, nothing can be desired or of, Yours, &c.

N. S. conceived more satisfactory or conclusive, that Dr. Wilmot was the real Mr. URBAN,

April 19. Author of the Letters of Junius*. HI AD your caviling Correspondent Yours, &c. METELLUS.

in p. 411. of the second part of

your last year's Volume, taken the Mr. URBAN,

April 14. trouble to make any inquiries, when RS. WILMOT SERRES has an- he travelled post-haste through Woring “The Life of the Author of the Let that no antient screen,

por any ters of Junius," compiled from certain works of art whatever, have been reMSS. which incontestibly prove that cently destroyed. On the contrary, the Letters of Junius were written by an antient and very elegant screen has Dr. Wilmot; and has annexed to her been repaired and set up at the altar, “ Prospectus,” the following recom- in lieu of a plain wall erected by the mendatory Letter :

Puritans, which was a disgrace to the

Church. He would have learnt also, “ (Copy.) 36, Green Street, March 13.

" I have known the late Dr. Wilmot that what he is pleased to call « a great many years. I am authorized to glazed door with a green canvass certify that Mrs. 0. W. Serres is his blind” (i.e. some yards of green baize Niece;. and that she resided at the Rec

attached to a temporary gallery) was tory of Barton on the Heath, under Dr. a mere accommodation for company, Wilmot's care, until her marriage. placed there for the charitable pur(Signed) WARWICK.

pose

of the Music meeting, which (you have told us in p. 285.) produced 8121.

188. 4d. And if he is really one of your Mr. URBAN,

April 6.

“ Constant Readers,” he might have YONVINCED by the unanswerable

seen, in the First Part of your last arguments of your intelligent Correspondent Junior, in p. 4. of the year, pp. 414, 524, that his censure of

the judicious Architectural Improve

ments in the Cathedral were equally * A Pamphlet by the Rev. J. B. Blake

unfounded.

CARADOC. way, of Shrewsbury, has just been published, professing to disclose the longconcealed secret of “ Junius's Letters."

Captain Layman's. Precursor, &c. A Correspondent, who has read it, speaks

(See pages 21, 229.) of it as a very elegant and satisfactory performance, wbich he thinks will set

be enabled to fight guns

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every the question completely at rest by prov- direction, for which purpose the square ing that Junius was Jons HORSE TOOKE exposed and overbanging stern should EDIT,

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into à circular battery; for, although as from the persons bred in an English ships of war, as at present, are ex. Dock-yard. tremely formidable from a broadside A Superintendant of Equipment for battery, they are very vulnerable, in- rigging and sails, as well as placing deed almost defenceless, at the extre- the machinery, for which the British mitier; and effective force should be Navy affords persoús peculiarly well considered the most essential quality qualified. in a floating fortress *.

A Master of the Ordnance, who To construct good ships of war, the should not only have the guns, pownumber and nature of the guos, men, der, and magazines, under his direcprovisions, and stores, must be ascer- tion, but be acquainted with the natained, from which a floating fortress ture and effect of military projectiles, should be formed so as to conibine the force of ignited gunpowder, and strength and duration with velocity the resistance of solids. To which iu sailing, celerity in working, capa- should be added, city for stowage of men and provision, A Civil Engineer, to have the conand stability to carry sail with the struction of docks, storehouses, and ports such a height above the water all other buildings. These members as to be able to use the guns in any to form a body on particular occaweather. To unite these qualities sions, but to be individually responon scientific principles, and to remove sible for every act done in the sepathe evils so long and justly complain. rate branches. ed of, it appears the most effectual remedy would be to render the de. Mr. URBAN, Southampton, Mar:13. partment of construction entirely dis- S a Correspondent (in your naval service, at the head of which you for information on one subject; should be placed the Admiral of the it is but doing you justice to refer Fleet, or some person of high rank him to your valuable pages for what aud authority, with active talent, and he may therein find on another, which sound judgment, as director general, has occasioned some indignation, be with the following officers :

says, and apparently some suspicion An Inspector of Construction, who, in his mind of unfair dealing with rewith competent assistants, should se- spect to the character of one whom Ject Timber as to its growth, and pre. he greatly admires. pare it for use, which, with all other I have myself had no opportanity inaterials, should be proved by the test of reading Bishop Taylor's “ Liberty of experiment, as to strength, specific of Prophesying” through and through; gravity, and duration, as well as the but in your volume LXI. p. 313, he component parts of ligneous bodies, may fiud one who has, and with very and the action of fluids

upon

tbe different success from what has at. tals used in combination.

tended his own search ; and who A Naval Architect, to whom should gives the extract, compared with Dr. be allotted the formation of ships as Franklin's Parable against Persecu. depending on the resistance of fluids, tion, as occurring" at the close” of the floatation of bodies at rest and in the Bishop's work alluded to. This motion, with a just combination of the letter also refers to other communiparls to produce a complete whole, cations on the subject in some preand from the centre of gravity and ceding volumes, which will probably metecenter, to ascertain the position afford Dr. Hodgson, if not proofs of and proportion for masts and yards. any pitiful political maneuvre to

A Surveyor of workmanship in fit- blacken his character,” -some pretty 'ting and uniting the materials for the strong evidence that (as your Corbuilding of ships, which cannot any respondent in 1791 observes) “ Dr. where be better or so well selected Franklio cannot reasonably be sup

posed to claim, in this case, the merit * Such ships with a circular stern, of an Original Compositor.” without a counter, should have hawze

Yours, &c. THOMAS MEARS *. holes abaft; as it must be recollected that, both at the Nile and Copenhagen, from another Correspondent in our last,

* See a communication on this subject Lord Nelson, like St. Paul, anchored by page 213 ; and see also in this month, the stern.

P. 317. EDIT,

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