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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
it rained a deluge. Well, said I, at least rene, 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,
tell them they cannot possibly see the house; “ Mr. Shenstone considered merely as an
but they are very welcome to walk in the author, had the uncommon felicity of at
garden.”—Ibid. p. 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 estcem for him, inspired by his
Garraway's, the brokers. works."--Monthly Review, vol. 41, p. 156.
Batson's, the physicians.
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.”
The Bedford, which was what Button's Cunningham was his direct imitator.
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 noticethinks that Shenstone perhaps might sit for
able passage. Vol. 2, 198-9. Ignorance of
sea officers. the more amiable part of Columella's picture in Greaves's book so called.
41. The World.— Ill-chosen vignette for “ – 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. ly, as they mention so many persons I know,
43. When the present manager (?) of 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 a 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 opened 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 ment 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. respondence 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 time.
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,
66 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.
385. Verse properly recommended for 63. Blackmore well criticised. comedy.
109. Johnson and his imitators — well
characterized by Lloyd. Vol. 2.
112. Unjust to Whitehead. P. 1. Is this R—d B-y Bensley or 118. Praise of acting at school. Bentley ?
The Jesuits seem to have been of this 2. Poetry worn out.
opinion. 3. A contrast to Wordsworth's sonnet. Rector of Chellington, Bedfordshire, he
13. Shake a Leicestershire' woman by the published a volume of poems by subscrippetticoat, and the beans will rattle in her tion. throat.
121. This Rogers says that Cowley's odes A story that the mayor is chosen there
“Shall please while wit can pleasure bring, by a sow. The candidates sit in a semi
And Lee and Young, great masters of subcircle, each with his hat full of beans in his
lime, lap, and he is the mayor from whose hat the
Arrest applause to the last pulse of time.” sow eats first.?
72. A complete translation of Racine pro- 149. Mason or Warton lampooned here ? posed by the editor to be given in the course in an imitation of Boileau. of his work—a certain portion every month,
166. William Ellis the great ballad-singer separately paged. Was it to be his own?
of that day. and was it done?
182. A pleasing poem of Lloyd's—in his 114. Honest satire on Churchill, Colman, better mind. Thornton, and Lloyd here. 115-6-8. 187. This ode, secundum artem, is signed 118-25. Is this W. C., Cowper ?
L., but it is exactly what W. C. promised 189. The price of the Mag. (1s.) was in the last volume, p. 125. And I take it complained of. The London, Royal, and to be his. others being only sixpence.
201. Poor Lloyd seems now to have ad. 197. Shepherd's lamentation over Lloyd's mitted any thing, however worthless, in any drudgery.
way. 241. Coleman's Ep. to Lord Pulteney. 209. Potter's speech against the repeal of
the Jews' Bill,- from his own MSS. Vol. 3.
P. 1. TRANSLATION by Denis from a MS. poem of Cazotte's.
Sterne. 57. Churchill severely condemned by Lloyd.
IN Almon's “Life and Correspondence
of Wilkes,” vol. 5, pp. 7-20, are some letI “Plenty of these in this county," says Fol- ters from Sterne's widow and daughter to LER,“especially about Barton in the Beans, &c.; Wilkes. Sterne left them in distress. He and under the proverb, Bean-Belly Leicestershire, he adds, " Those in the neighbouring died £1100 in debt; his effects did not procounties use to say merrily, Shake a Leices.
duce above £400. All the widow had was tershire yeoman by the collar, and you shall an estate of £40 a year, out of which she hear the beans ratile in his belly.' But those engaged to pay the rest.
A collection was yeomen smile at what is said to rattle in their bellies
, whilst they know good silver ringeth in made for them in the race-week at York; their pockets." - Worthies, p. 125-6, folio.
it produced £800. He sold the copyright ? In reading this odd custom, one naturally of his sermons, but was to have what cocalls to mind the old titles of “Rex Fabarum,
pies they could get subscribers for. -“ Roi de la Feve,”—“ Rey de Havas," &c. See BRANDE's Pop, Ant, vol. i. pr. 16, 17,
275, ed. Ellis. Reprint.
J. W. W. Wilkes and Hall (Stevenson), promised to write Sterne's lite for their benefit,-but | in their hands, his delighted readers well though often pressingly reminded of it, nei- nigh find themselves at a loss which they ther of them performed their promise. shall most admire, the sublimity and sweet
Almon says, the wife and daughter had ness of the blessed truths he conveys, or retired to France during his life, “ rather the charming felicity of their conveyance." than live in England under the daily pro- | -Monthly Review, vol. 41, p. 471. vocations of an unkind husband.” 1
How Toplady, who wrote a good manly Miss Sterne intimates that Eugenius was style, could say this, is marvellous. Herdesigned for Hall.
vey's resembles a confectioner's shop, just before Twelfth Day.
Browon. Hervey's Contemplations on the Night CHURCHILL, vol. ii. p. 174, N. done into blank verse, after the manner of His Estimate ran through seven editions Dr. Young, by T. Newcomb, M.A.
in one year. “His insatiable vanity, dogmaMonthly Review, vol. xvi. p. 289. (175.) tism and arrogance rendered him disgusting Praised—as also Mr. Newcomb, at con- to others, and a torment to himself." Yet siderable length. “ To conclude, where this ill-natured writer confesses that he unthe Meditant surpasses the Poet, the former derstood the theory of composition, and that is perhaps so inimitable, that the latter loses his Dissertation on the Rise, Union, and his honour ; but when he excels his ori- Power, the Progression, Separation, and ginal, he certainly merits our applause." Corruptions of Poetry and Music, evinces a And they wish him to give the other medi- thorough acquaintance with the subjects on tations in the same manner.
which he treats.
One pamphleteer abused him, that, with But the Monthly Review, vol. Ixii. p. 425, an eye to preferment, he had officiously says of Hervey, “a profusion of metaphors strained all his powers and faculties, to make was the chief characteristic of his lan- the people appear sole authors of their own guage; and the Shibboleth of Puritanism calamities.” The same opponent says, “whowas the capital distinction of his theology. ever casts an eye on the existimator's scanty His object was to soften the harsh features page and overgrown margin, will pronounce of a Calvinistic creed, by mixing it with the at once that nobody understands the value gay and splendid colours of eloquence." of three and sixpence better than he.” All
which the M. Review (April 1758) appears Toplady published two of his Sermons, to commend. and said in the Preface,—“ With Hervey The next article is upon the second vol.
of the Estimate (vol. xviii. p. 354). It is " This is contradicted in Sterne's own Let thoroughly malignant; and, if the writer had ters. See Letter li. vol. ix. p. 150. The follow
any reason for suspecting the real state of ing strong passage occurs in Letter xci. to Miss Sterne : "I am unhappy ; thy mother and thy Brown's mind, might almost deserve to be self at a distance from me, and what can com- called murderous. P. 374. pensate for such a destitution? For God's sake persuade her to come and fix herself in Eng. land, for life is too short to waste in separation, and while she lives in one country, and I in an
Glover. other, many people will suppose it proceeds from choice. “Besides, I want thee near me,
“Mrs. Yates usually selected his Medea thou child and darling of my heart !” Vol. x.
for her benefit." —N. CHURCHILL, vol. ii. p. 40.-J. W. W.