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little more use of a country life than to live, but field-flowers, and considering how I over again the pleasures of Oxford and your spend my time, they can scarce do othercompany."
wise." “— I aim at rendering my letters as odd 156. The Gamester. and fantastical as possible, but when I write Shenstone says—“I never yet had any to a person of your elegant character, my opinion of the genius of Mr. Moore, and I compliments degenerate into downright hardly think I shall alter my sentiments on truths."
account of this performance."
175. Oct. 25, 1753. Miss F-R to Shenstone. 1745.
“I am now in some sort of doubt conP. 13. “Mrs. A. says, though you cut off cerning my snuff-box, whether to have it your hair, she believes your ears will re
repaired in the cheapest way, with a figured main, and wishes nothing so much as an
tortoise-shell on the top, and a plain toropportunity to pinch 'em.”
toise-shell on the bottom; or to exchange 17. “ Tell Mrs. A. my ears make great
the gold of it, and have a figured tortoiseshoots, and such as may tempt her hand
shell box with a gold rim, like yours with a egregiously : but if I am metamorphosed gilt one, only in the shape of an oblong into an Ass entirely, I will come and sere
square, a little rounded at the corners. I nade her in a morning, when she has been
should have no thoughts of this, but that my up late the night before."
own seems too little and unmanly." 51. “ during the winter season he de
191. “I am, as the phrase is, deeply pescribes himself, as being, --without any af- netrated by the civility of your neighfectation—the dallest of the sons of men,'
bour." altogether in what ‘I think they call Swiss
227. March 21, 1755, to Graves. Meditation, that is, thinking upon no
“ There is nothing that I can less forgive thing.""
the world than your want of leisure. Do
not misinterpret me, or take amiss what I 110. DUCHESS OF SOMERSET. “Mr. Lind- say. I know you to be infinitely more sey, my Lord's chaplain, (who, by the way happy than myself, who am cloyed with it; is a very good judge, and a pretty sort of but it would add something to my happiman,) prefers his (Shenstone's) Ode on ness, if not to your own,
had more Autumn to almost every modern perform- vacant spaces, or intervals of time, to emance."
ploy in those refined amusements for wbich
you are so exquisitely qualified." 115. SHENSTONE to Lady Luxborough.
228.“ As to sun-dials, I never much af“ Notwithstanding the supposed quali- fected the things themselves, nor indeed fications of the Glums and the Gawries any mottos with which I have seen them excite one's curiosity, the book does not, inscribed.? Perhaps this indifference may I think, deserve a place in your Ladyship’s arise from no very commendable sources ; library, and I would not have you purchase a reflection upon my own want of proficiency it. It makes two vols. in 12mo, price 6s. in mathematics, and an habitual consciousIt came into my way, so I read it, giving it ness of my own waste of time. However, I just attention enough to let it amuse me
have often had thoughts of placing a slight with the imaginary scenes it describes." one somewhere upon my premises, for the
117. His Ode on Rural Elegance.
“ I calculated the subject as well as I | Had Shenstone been a member of All-Souls, could; but I am fearful you will discover
instead of Pembroke, he would have rememnothing but common-place thoughts. I
bered the beautiful motto on the Dial there :
PEREUNT ET IMPUTANTUR! I could never pass think most of my verses smell of nothing it without turning back !-J. W.W.
sake of inscribing it with a couple of lines swer a smaller voice than that of a musket. from Virgil
With a culverin I suppose it would hold a *Sed fugit interea, fugit irreparabile tempus,
93. 1749. Singula dum capti circuinvectamur amore.
“ I lead the unhappy life of seeing noAU the lines in Virgil afford me that sort thing in the creation so idle as myself. I of pleasure which one receives from melan- am continually piddling in little matters choly music; and I believe I am often about my farm." struck with the turn and harmony of his expressions, where a person less attached
Vol. 2. to them can discover no great beauty." Nov. 20, 1762. SHENSTONE to Anon. 234. 1755.
My dearest friend,—It is a very surthough I first embellished my farm, prizing and a cruel thing, that you will not with an eye to the satisfaction I should re- suppose me to have been out of order, after ceive from its beauty, I am now grown de- such a neglect of writing as can hardly be pendent upon the friends it brings me, for excused on any other score. I cannot, inthe principal enjoyment it affords; I am deed, lay claim to what the doctors call an pleased to find them pleased, and enjoy its acute disease, but dizziness of head, and beauties by reflection. And thus the dur- depression of spirits are at best no trivial able part of my pleasure appears to be, at maladies, and great discouragements to the last, of the social kind."
writing. There is a lethargic state of mind
that deserves your pity, not your anger: 238. SPENCE to Shenstone. 1758. though it may require the hellebore of sharp - your works often gave me the great this pungent remedy before the disease was
reproof. Why, then, did you not employ est pleasure, not only from their spirit and elegance, but from the good heart that shines gone so far? But, seriously, I pass too
much of that sort of time, wherein I am forth throughout them. Whatever excellencies a writer possesses, and to whatever
neither well nor ill, and being unable to degree, this is the true sun, that gives the
express myself at large, am averse to do so noblest gilding of all to his compositions ;
by halves." and you must give me leave to say, that
P. 4. “Mr. Percy and his wife spent a you are the most sunshiny writer of this good part of the week here, and he also
would needs write a description of the Leakind that ever warmed me."
I am more and more convinced that 255 1759. One of his employments was "perplexing
no description of this place can make any the Birmingham artists with sketches for figure in print, unless some strictures upon improvements in their manufactures, which gardening, and other embellishments, be
superadded." they will not understand."
15. To Whistler. 264. Percy was translating Ovid.
" I used to think this a kind of distinc
tion between Mr. Graves and you, that the 266. DODSLEY to Shenstone.
one had the knack of making his virtues “ Persfield. A gun fired from the top unenvied, and the other of rendering (what of this cliff, creates, by the reverberation I perhaps unjustly termed) his weaknesses of the report amongst other rocks, a loud amiable. I am almost afraid of inserting clap of thunder, two or three times repeat- this, lest it should seem to injure the supered, before it dies away ; but even this echo, lative esteem I have of you : but I must conformably to the pride and grandeur of add, that I consider a mixture of weaknesses, the rest of the place, will not deign to an- and an ingenuous confession of them, as
the most engaging and sociable part of any | It is as bad as keeping an inn, and I am character."
often tempted to deny its being shown, if
it would not be ill-natured to those that 44. WHISTLER to Shenstone.
come, and to my housekeeper. I own I “ Alas! for our poor friend Cobb! was one day too cross. I had been plagued • Who now shall sit with countenance se
all the week with staring crowds. At last rene,
it rained a deluge. Well, said I, at least The inoffensive judge of sacred song,
nobody will come to-day. The words were At once becalmed with Port and Poetry,
scarce uttered, when the bell rang. A comWhile the great Somerville attunes his pany desired to see the house. I replied, lays.'"
tell them they cannot possibly see the house; “ Mr. Shenstone considered merely as an
but they are very welcome to walk in the garden.”—Ibid.
p. author, had the uncommon felicity of at
286. tracting the love of his readers, and those who from readers had the happiness of be
Connoisseur. coming acquainted with him as a man,
P. 2. COFFEE-HOUSES of that time, 1754. never felt any diminution of that preconceived esteem for him, inspired by his
Garraway's, the brokers.
Batson's, the physicians. works.”—Monthly Review, vol. 41, p. 156.
St. Paul's, the hack-clergy. On the edition of his works, 1769. “— his writings, for the most part, have
Chapter Coffee-house, the booksellers. undoubtedly very considerable merit.”
George's, like. Cunningham was his direct imitator.
The Bedford, which was what Button's
had been - The wits. Cowper in one or two pieces. But he
White's, what it still is. long reigned as the model for magazine
25. Our army and navy officers sneered poetry.
at, as deficient in courage. The Monthly Review (vol. 61, p. 316,)
A very notice
able thinks that Shenstone perhaps might sit for
Vol. 2, 198-9. Ignorance of
sea officers. the more amiable part of Columella's picture
41. The World.—Il-chosen vignette for in Greaves's book so called. " - I have been eagerly reading Mr.
Printers ornaments often misapplied. Shenstone's letters, which, though containing nothing but trifles, amused me extreme
Their use in filling up blanks.
43. When the present manager (?) of ly, as they mention so many persons
I know, particularly myself.”—H. WALPOLE, vol. 3, Drury Lane first came upon the stage, a new
set of types, two inches long, were cast on
purpose to do honour to his extraordinary “I FELT great pity, on reading these let- merit. ters, for the narrow circumstances of the 44. Improved in the Spectator in apauthor, and the passion for fame that he pearance. was tormented with ; and yet he had much 45. Decorations for books becoming nemore fame than his talents entitled him to.
cessary. Poor man! he wanted to have all the world 48. Perhaps our fine gentlemen may talk of him, for the pretty place he had imagine, that by convincing a lady that she made, and which he seems to have made has no soul, she will be less scrupulous about only that it might be talked of. The first the disposal of her body." time
company came to see my house, I 51. “ I have often observed with wonder felt his joy. I am now so tired of it, that the neglect of learning that prevails among I shudder when the bell rings at the gate. | the gentlemen of the army; who, notwith
standing their shameful deficiency in the 144. “ The Chinese taste, which has almain requisite, are generally proposed as the ready taken possession of our gardens, our most exact models of good behaviour and buildings, and our furniture, will also soon standards of politeness."
find its way into our churches: and how 80. Story of Shylock from a story in G. elegant must a monument appear which is Leti's Life of Sixtus V.
erected in the Chinese taste, and embel97. A picture in the seraglio of the Grand lished with dragons, bells, pagods, and manTurk's favourite mistress !!
darins !” 136. Londoners' Sunday amusements. 147. Tall staves. The walking sticks in
For some part of this summer Ranelagh fashion, 1755. Hunting poles. Vol. 3, p. was ppened on Sunday evenings.
140, 1756. 170. Drinking table beer out of the same 161. “ The orthodox vicar once a week mug with a friend.
wraps himself up in piety and virtue with 173. Suburban villas. Summer houses. his canonicals, which qualities are as easily
179. French stile of declamation on our cast off again as his surplice; and for the stage in the generation before Garrick. rest of the week he wears the dress as well
181. Stage pomp of the last age, and not as the manners of his fox-hunting patron." yet there exploded.
Vol. 3, 59-60. 184. At the Robin Hood Society, “I have 170. The Wandsworth double post chaise, seen a tailor a Stoic, a shoemaker a Plato- and the Hampton long coach. nist, and a cook an Epicurean."
176. One woman swallows in an ocean
of Bristol milk? with as little remorse as Vol. 2.
she would so much small beer.” P. 2. MACKLIN's school for discussion ? 191. False censure of alliteration. He called himself the Martin Luther of the 197. Fashion of abuse on the Thames. age! 4. The ladies would not speak then. 200. Naval chaplains needed reforma3. A new cap, or petenlair?
tion. 5. Pieces of political application revived 219. His privy study. at the time of the rebellion. 43. Hoaxes à la Theodore Hook.
Vol. 3. 100. A beau-parson.—" Out of his ca- P. 20. The country it seems still bred a nonicals, his constant dress is what they call race of lowly retainers. parson's blue, lined with white, a black satin family supports a poor kinsman, who hapwaistcoat, velvet breeches, and silk stock- pening to be no way related to the estate, ings; and his pumps are of dog-skin, made was too proud of his blood to apply himself by Tull.”
in his youth to any profession, and rather 104. “ Persons of fashion cannot but la- chose to be supported in laziness at the inent that the Sunday evening tea drinkings family seat. They are, indeed, known perat Ranelagh were laid aside, from a super- haps to be cousins to the squire, but do not stitious regard to religion.”
appear in a more creditable light than his 131-2. Certainly this censure is designed servants out of livery; and sometimes actufor the Rambler.
ally submit to as mean offices of drudgery 134. Their mottos.
as the groom or whipper-in.” 136. I remember to have seen a curious 91. If this paper is Cowper's, I wonder at table, by the assistance of which the most it, it is in so disagreeable a spirit. illiterate might amuse themselves in com- 92. Walnuts in sack. posing hexameters and pentameters in Latin. 96. A. D. 1756. Ridiculous fashion of
A sneer at the poor Water-Poet, of whom wearing cabrioles and windmills on the they had read nothing.
“ Almost every
108. Authors who live by the pen well 127.“ None are permitted to wear swords justified.
at Bath." 112. “Brushing the dust from my Black 138. A reflection on British courage, by rollers."
B. Thornton. 141. Gothic or Chinese taste.
139. “ The bravery of a man fighting 201. Cricket not regarded as an amuse- a duel with himself, without second or ment for gentlemen.
antagonist, vulgarly called self-murder."210. Neglect of Churches.
THORNTON. Velvet altar pieces, and shabby clergy- 140. An author's nine lives disposed of. men in pulpits with rich velvet cushions. Poor Lloyd must have remembered this in
211. Struggle between the Old and New | his last days ! Version of the Psalms' as between the old 150. Imitations in Aureng-Zebe of Samand new style.
son Agonistes. Old and new tunes also, and itinerant 156. Gibbeting. psalm-singers in every county, as propa- “ Such spectacles may frighten crows, gandists.
But never scared a thief."-C. Denis. 212. Service waiting for the squire. 213. Display of new fashions at church. 188. The experiment of introducing news
did not answer, and was immediately dis.
continued. The St. James's Magazine. By ROBERT
190. Tullius and Tarquin. I suspect that
this has been falsely ascribed to Dryden. LLOYD, A. M. 1762.
There are too many expletives in it for P. vii. Had the plan of this Magazine him to have used at that age. been more enlarged it could never have 205. The Rubric Posts-still in use. wanted an occasional support from the cor
219. The Poetry Professors.
An unrespondence of young gentlemen of sixteen, lucky second sight in contempt of Scotch great geniuses of no education, and great poets. scholars of no genius.
Harvey's drunken prose," properly What it is not to contain.
enough so called, though perhaps maudlin Friends on whom he relies.
might be the better epithet, the soft mood 18. Lloyd's character of Churchill.
of semi-drunkenness. 13. His own feelings, perhaps, in this 265. Thornton's announcement of his picture of a rake.
Plautus. Colman intended, Terma sug. 25. Conversation at Will's in Swift's tịme. gested the thought. 30. Swift's opinion that society was at the
292. The quatrain said not to be a new best in the peaceable part of Charles the elegiac measure, but heroic verse," and to First's reign.
be met with in Dryden's Ann. Mirabilis, 81. His own feelings here.
and all through the long and tedious poem 91. Charles Emily's poem first (I sup- of Davenant's Gondibert." pose) published here.
343. A sneer at Gray, Mason, and White118. A letter (original) of Swift's, curi- head. Churchill. 345, 6. ously showing his feelings concerning mar
363. An essay to show that ancient poeriage.
try cannot be relished in translations.
374. Lloyd on his own undertaking. · Bp. BEVERIDGE's Defence of the Book of 378. A sneer at uneducated poets. Psalms, published in 1710, is probably the most
386. Denis. valuable relic of this well-known struggle. It is reprinted in Horne's edition of his Works,
388. His own style. vol. i. p. 613, &c.—J. W. W.
383. Gilb. West sneered at.