« PreviousContinue »
Imurs, and devotes all the rest of his time said, that, in respect to the last, their dispo. to buifiness, or to the private enjoyments of sitions are, in some degree, hostile ; the Ba. domestick life. His circle of acquaintance, ron, on account of the neutral part Mr. de which might be the most extensive in the Vergeones took in Cardinal de Rohan's affair, kingdom, is exceedingly circumscribed by having been exceedingly offended. But Mr. luis own choice ; and that indefatigable man is de Vergennes fears no enemy, and his Royal feldom to be feen any where but at his own Mafter listens to ao reports either against him bouse, or office. The minister with whom or against Mareschal de Castries, looking up, he is iipon the most intimate fouting is the on them both as the most honest men he Minister of Finance (Mr. de Calonne) being could put at the head of his councils. This bimíelf the Superintendant of the Council of discrimination of the French Monarch is that department. With the other Ministers, equally honourable to his Majesty and the two Melirs. de Castries and de Breteuil, he is Ministers who have the confidence of their upon a very cool footing. It may even be Sovereign.
LEAVES collected from the PIOZZIAN WREATH lately woven to adorn the
Shrine of Dr. JOHNSON,
Trick'd in antique ruff and bonnet,
[N. B. Mrs. Piozzi does not name the aubut one copy, and that coarsely ; and having thor here alluded to in the foregoing lines, given it into the hand of the tutor who stood
but Mr. Warton, the present Laureat, is supto receive it, was obliged to begin by chance
posed to be the object of the ridicule.] and continue on how he could, for he had gtx but little of it by heart ; so fairly trust
Some of the old legendary stories put in ing to his present powers for immediate verse by modern writers provoked him to fupply, he finished by adding astonishment to
caricature them thus one day at Streatham; the applause of all who knew how little was
but they are already well known, I am sure. owing to study. “ A prodigious risque, ** however," said some one.
* Not at all,
The tender infant, meek and mild, (exclaims Johnson); no man, I suppose,
Fell down upon the store ; « leaps at once into deep water who does not
The nurse took up the squealing child, a know how to swim !”.
But still the child squealid on. I doubt not but this story will be told by
A famous ballad also, beginning Ric verdi, many, and said fo to him when he related it to
Rio verde, when I commended the tranpation me on the 18th July, 1773.
" And who
of it, he said he could do ic better himself ® will be my biographer (said he) do you
as thus : « think?"--Goldsmith, no doubt, replied I, and he will do it the best among us.
Glassy water, glasly water, “ The dog, to be sure, would write it best,
Down whose current clear and stron,
Chiefs confus'd in mutual Naughter, ei replied he; but his particular malice to
Moor and Christian roll along. 46 wirds me, and general disregard for truth, * would make the book useless to all, and But, Sir, said I, this is not ridiculous at all. injurious to my character."
Why no (replied be), why should I always
or write ridiculously? BURLESQUE PARODIES, and other JEUX « made these verses to imitate such a one,
perhaps because I D'ESPRIT.
« naming him : WHEN a well-known author published
Hermit hoar in folemn cell, his poems in the year 1777: Such a one's
Wearing out life's evening gray, veries are come out, said I. " Yes, replied « Jennion, and this fioft has firuck them in
Strike thy bosom, lage ! and tell,
What is bliss, and which the way? as again. Here are some lines I have written is to ridicule them: but remember that I love Thus I spoke, and speaking fighd, * the fellow--for all I laugh at him.
Scarce repress’d the starting tear,
When the hoary lage reply'd,
Come, my lad, and drink some beer."
I could give another comical inftance of
caricature imitation ; recollecting some day, Phrase that time has fung away, when praising theie verses of Lopez de Unicouth words in difarray,
Se acquien los leones vence
“ Which (said he) would do just as well in Vence una muger hermosa
our language thus : O el de flaco averguence
If at your coming princes disappear, O ella di ser mas furiosa,
Comets ! come every day—and stay a year," more than he thought they deserved, Mr. Johnson inftantly observed, “ that they were When some one in company commended « founded on a trivial conceit; and that con- the verses of M. de Benserade à for lit; “ ceit ilf explained, and ill expressed beside. Theatre des ris et des pleurs, " The lady, we all know, does not conquer in Lit! ou je nais, et ou je meurs, " the same manner as the lion does : 'tis a Tu nous fais voir comment voisins, “ mere play of words (added le) and you Son nous plaisirs, et nos chagrins. * miglit as well say, that
To which he replied without hesitating, If the man who turnips cries,
“ In bed we laugh, in bed we cry, Cry not when his father dies,
" And born in bed, in bed we die; 'Tis a proof that he had rather
« The near approach a bed may show Have a turnip than his father."
66 Of human bliss to human wue," And this humour is of the same fort with which he answered the following line :
A young fellow, sufficiently confident of Who rules o'er freemen should himself be free. his own abilities, lamenting one day that he
had lost all his Greek—" I believe it hap“ To be sure (faid Dr. Johnson)
pened at the same time, Sir, (taid Johnson) Who drives fat oxen should himself be fat.”
that I lost all my large estate in Yorkshire, This readiness of finding a parallel, or making
When Goldsmith was one day seeming to one, was hewn by him perpetually in the repine at the success of Beattie's Effay on course of converfation. - When the French Truth—" Here's such a stir, said he, about a verses of a certain pantomime were quoted fellow that has written one book, and I have
written many."'-Ah, Doctor, (says JohnJe suis Caffandre descendue des cieux, (fieurs, fon) there go two-and-forty fixpences to oure
guinea." Pour vous faire entendre, mesdames et mer
When on his return from the Hebrides, a Que je suis Caffandre descendue des cieux :
Scotchman, with a firm cone of voice, asked he cried out gayly and suddenly, almost in a him what he thought of his country-" That moment,
it is a very vile country to be sure, Sir."
“Well, Sir (replies the other, somewhat I am Cassandra come down from the sky, To tell each by-stander what none can deny,
mortified), God made it."- Certainly he That I am Cassandra come down from the sky. did, answers Mr. Johnson; but we must al
ways remember that he made it for Scotcha The pretty Italian verses too at the end of men and comparisons are odious, Mr. S. buc Baretti's book, called, “ Easy Phraseology,” God made Hell. be did all improvijo, in the same manner : When Johnson one day had been enumeViva! viva! la padrona!
rating all the qualities necessary for the forTutta bella, e tutta buona,
mation of a poem and a poet-Mr. Grierfon La padrona e un angiolella
began a comical parody on the ornamental Tutta buona e tutta bella ;
harangue, giving praise to a cook, and pre. Tutta bella e tutta buona ;
ference to a dinner
-“ And in this opinion, Viva! viva! la padrona!
said Johnson, all the dogs in the town will
join you" Long may live my lovely Hetty ;
When Bickerstaffe's fight confirmed the Always young and always pretty !
suspicions of his character, somebody observed Always pretty, always young,
he always suspected him, and I'm amazed, Live my lovely Hetty long!
Dr. J. you could have thought otherwise Always young and always pretty,
• The eye, Sir, that is conttantly upon the Long may live my lovely Hetty !
ground cannot fail of seeing dirt--for my part, The famous distich too of an Italian impro. I hope to look at things from a better height." sifatore, who, when the Duke of Modena ran away from the comet in the year 1742, ANACREO N'S DOVE,
Dr. Johnson, knowing I kept a commonSe al venir vestro i principi sen' vanno place book, one day said to me, good-humourDeb venga ogni di-durate un anno; edly, that he would give me something to
write in my repofitory. Ø I warrant, faid « Smiling at my master's gates,
be, there is a great deal about me in it :-- “ Freedom my return awaits. " You shall have at least one thing worth “ But the liberal grant in vain
your pains. I will repeat you Anacreon's “ Tempis me to be wild again; « Dove directly ; but tell at the fame time, « Can a prudent Dove decline « that I was never struck with any thing in ““ Blissful bondage such as mine? " the Greek language till I read thai, so I « Over hills and fields to roam,
never read any thing in the same language " Fortune's guest without a home ; * since, that pleased me so much. I hope “ Under leaves to hide one's head,
my trandation (continued he, is not worse “ Slightly shelter'd, coarsely fed i " than that of Frank Fawkes."-Seeing me “Now my better lot bestows disposed to langh, ( Nay, nay (faid he), « Sweet repast and soft repole : « Frank Fawkes has donc them very finely." « Now the gen'rous bowl I sip, OD E.
“ As it leaves Anacreon's lip; LOVELY Courier of the sky,
" Void of care and free from dread, Whence and whither dost thou fly?
" From his fingers snatch his bread; Scattering, as thy pinions play,
" Then with luscious plenty gay, Liquid fragrance all the way :
« Round his chamber dance and play ; Is it business? - Is it Love?
“ Or from wine as courage spriogs,
"O'er his face extend my wings; Tell me, tell me, gentle Dove! + Soft Anacreon's vows I bear,
“ And when feast and frolic tire, ** Vows to Myrtale the fair,
“ Drop aileep upon his lyre : a Grac'd with all that charms the heart,
" This is all,-be quick and go,
" More than all thou canst not know; « Blushing nature, smiling art ; Venus, courted by an Ode
“ Let me now my pinions ply, « On the Bard her Dove beftow'd.
o I have chatter'd like a pye." « Vested with a master's right,
When I had finished copying the Oje, – « Now Anacreon rules my fight :
" But you must remember to add (says Mr“ His the letters that you fee,
Jobafon), that though these verses were « Weighty charge confign'd to me. “ planned and begun when I was sixtee: “ Think not yet my service hard,
years old, I never could make an end of “ Joyless talk without reward;
" them before I was fixty-eight." [ To be coniinued. ]
To the PHILOLOGICAL SOCIETY of LONDON. CENTLEMEN, THE inclosed is an original Letter to VIL'LARS Duke of BUCKINGHAM, from KATHA
Rise his wife. It was written about the year 1623, during his stay with Prince CHARLES in the Court of Spain.- With what unbounded tenderness this dissolute nobleman was doated on by his Lady will be helt understood from the Epistle itself, which is by no mear's published for the entertainment of the scribbling mifles of the present age, who prefer the polished nothingneis of a modern novel to the most sincere effufions of a feeling heart. It is offered to those only who are convinced that the ardent affection of a good and beautiful woman like the Dutchess however unadorned with refinements borrowed from 3 Richardson) is a more exalted blessing than the utmost prodigality of princes can bestow, Let me not, however, seem to detract from the merits of a writer to whom the cause of religion and morality has infinite obligations; but proceed to explain myself by adding, tha: delicate and natural as the sentiments of Mr. Richardson are, while they flow from his own pen, I have rarely met with any of his numerous female disciples, who were either se to describe the passion of love with jutiness, or to evcile it with success. So difficult is it to move firmly or gracefully under the pressure of an understanding more unwieldy than och own. - It may be necellary to add, for the sake of female criticks, educated in the school of Messieurs Lowndes, Noble, and Lane, that the spelling of the English language w15 quite unsettled, or little attended to, in the reign of James I. Many original letters of that royal pedant are ftill preserved, and have almost as little correctners to boast of, as the following artless composition of her Grace of Buckingham. I am, &c.
HISTORICUS, « My dere Lord
which was so great a comfort to me as you “I
Humbly thanke you that you were canot imagen, for I protest to God I have had pleased to right so many letters to me, a greeves tim of this our greevous absents,
for I am sure it has bine fo to me, and my com lafly to your hands. I thank you for bart has felt enufe, more then I hope it shall senóling me so good nuse of your younge ever doe agane, and I pray God release ms Mittres. I am very glad that she is so delikat quickly out of it by your speedly coming hea. a creatur, and of fu swett a disposicion. Inther agane to her chat das as derly love you as ded, my Lady Brifto sent me word shee was a ever woman ded love you. And if every
verie five lady, and as good as fine. I am buly ded love you but a quarter so well, you very glad of it, anu that the Prince liks h-r so were the hapyest man that ever was borne,' well, for the Kinge ses he is wonderfully bue that is unpollible ; but I protest I thinke taken with her. It is a wonderfull good you ar the best belov'd that ever faverilt wis; hearing, for were grett pettye but the fur all that has true worth in them canot but Prince thoukl have on he can love, because love your swett dispofi:ion If I were not I thinke he will make a very honest husband, fo nere you as I thanke Chrilt I am, I could which is the greatest comfort in this world, fay no les if I seed cruth; for I think there to have nan and wife love truly. I could was never such a man borne as you ar. And the Kinge of the privat melage the Infinta bw much I ano hound to God that I must be sent to the Prince, to were a great rouse. He that hapye woman to injoy you from all 01- Jast hartely at it, and feed it was a very goode thier women, and the unworthieft of all to sine
I am very glad that you send to haien bare so great a blefing! Only this can I say the ships. I hope you men not to staye longe, for myself, you could never a had on that which I am very glade of. The Kinge tould auld love you better then your poore true lov- me to daye, tha: my fither Thould go with ing Ca’te doth, pocre now in your absenes, but the A-et. If you intend to lay tell the elie the hapyett and richett woman in the Princes comming, then I humbly thanke you world. I thanke you for your longe letters. for m.king choys of my father ; but if you I thinke I must give Sir Frances Cortington coin hom afore, as I trut in God you will, thanks for it to, because you say he bad you
then I confese I wood have nobody go in your right longe letters. I am bubulding to him oles bu: yourself: therfore I pray thinke of for it, becaure I am sure he knue they could it, and you may take my fither with you if never be to longe for me ; for it is all the you please. 1 wood I might go with you. comfort-1 have now, to read often over your I can fnd you no cartan word yett of my letters. My realon I desired you not to do being with chill, but I am not out of liope ; it was, for fear of trubling you to much; butt we must refire all to Goxl. As fone as I but fers you thinke it non, I am much bound am quick, I will send you word if I be with to you or it, and I beseche you to correme it. child. I thanke Gel Mall is very well with 1 twpe you see by this I have not omged her wening.. This with my caly prayers fur Tighting by any that went, for this is the lix. our hipy metting, I take my leve. tenth letter (at the lett) I have righten to you Your loving and obedient wife, fe'is you went, whereof (wo of them I lent
K. BUCKINGHAM. by com.in posts, but I hope they will all “ I pray send me word when you com."
OBSERVATIONS on LONGEVITY. By ANTHONY FOTHERGILL, M. D. F. R.S.
[From the “ MEMOIRS of the LITERARY SOCIETY of MANCHESTER.''] HAVE often thought, it would be an judge of the degree of credibility that may
useful undertaking to collect into one point leen due to the respective facts, and of the of view, the memorable instances of long allowance which it may appear necesiuy to bved persons, whose ages are recorded by make for that natural propensity which monumental inscriptions, biographical wri- mankind have ever betrayed for the marveltings, or even b; the public privits. The on- lous. Now, üdmitting that inany of the 3gés ly judicious attempt I have yet seen of this may have been somewhat exaggerated, yet Kind, was hy the ingenious Mr. W'bisebürt, Atlilere can be 13 poulible doubt, that even a few years ago, in bis Inquiry into the Ori. there have extended far beyond the ordinary gia and Formation of the Earth. To the period of life, and may therefore be entitled examples of longevity mentioned by him, as to a place in the following Tables, which I collected by a person of veracity from the fubmit to your consideration, as a imall Treabo, e lources, I have now added sundry re- cimen of what might be inore worthy your mark ble instances of a similar kind, as they attention, it conducted hereafter on a larger have occurred to me in the course of reading ; scale, and pure with clironological accu. and have annexed the authorities, (so far as гасу. was practicable) that you may be enabled to EUROP. MĄC.
Died November 16, 1635. Thomas Parre 152 Shrophire
Phil. Tranf. No. 44. Henry Jenkins 269 Yorkshire
Died December 8, 1670.
Phil. Tranf. No. 221. Robert Montgomery 126 Ditto
1670 James Sands
Do. Fuller's Worthies, His Wife Ditto
p.47. Counters of Delmond
Raleigh's Hift. 166.
1691 e J. Sagar Lancashire.
1668 51 Laurenre
Died May 30, 1764 Col. Thomas Winflow 146 Ireland
Aug. 26, 1766 Francis Contist
150 Yorkthire Christ. J. Drakenberg 146 Norway
June 24, 1770 [%] Margaret Forfter 136 Cumberland
Both living i Dito
1771 her Daughter 104 Francis Dons 121 France
Feb. 6, 1769
Died James Bowels 152 | Killingu orth
Aug. 15, 1656  John lice
March, 1774 (& John Mount 1,6 Scotland
Feb. 27, 1766  A. Goldsmith
June 1776 1
1776 [ John Bales 126 Northampton
April 5, 2706 !) William Ellis 130 Liverpool
Aug. 16, 178.)  Louisa Truxo, a Negress 175
Tucomea, s. America
Living o&. 5, 1783 [-] in S. America
138 Lockncugh near Paisley | Lynche's Guide to Health Margaret Patten
108 Fintray, Scotland Diod Oct. 10, 1780) Janet Taylor Richard Loyd 133 Montgomery
Lynche's Guide to Health
Piddington, Northamp. Died Susannah Hilliar
Feb. 19, 178, () tonshire James Hayley Middlewich, Cheshire
March 17, 1781) Ann Cockbolt
April 5, 1775 (2) amptonlhire William Walker, aged 112, not mentioned above, who was a Soldier at ihe
Batele ot Edge-Hill.
[a] Fuller's Worthies, p. 140.
vol. III. p. 3.6.
c) Daily Advertiser, Nov. 18, 1777. Ij] Warwicklhire. is | Daily Advertiser, March 1994. Th1 Morning Post, P h. 29, 1";0.  Daily Auvertiles, June 4,
[*] Ibiderr, August 22, 17:6.