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Surely you are too hard upon the military profession, by denying all compatibility between the life of a soldier and the faith of a Christian. Texts may be found in Scripture, which authorise their union ; and as the general voice of mankind so loudly applauds the darings of human butchery, a good man may certainly, without being a deist, persuade himself, that he is doing his duty, when he defends his king and country, at the hazard of his own life, and at that of shedding the life-blood of their foes. How finely has the old Colossus, whose writings I love even more than I dislike his disposition,-how finely has he described the force of military allurements !

“ The festal blazes, the triumphal shew,
The ravish'd standard, and the captive foe;
The Senate's thanks, the Gazette's pompous tale,
With force resistless o'er the brave prevail.
Such bribes the rapid Greek o'er Asia whirl'd,
For this the steady Roman shook the world;
For such, in distant lands, the Britons shine,
And stain with blood the Danube and the Rhine.
Yet reason frowns on war's unequal game,
Where wasted nations raise a single name,
And mortgag'd lands their grandsires wreaths regret,
From age to age in everlasting debt;
Wreaths, which at last the dear-bought right convey

To rust on medals, or on stones decay." You and I, however, shall close our dispute in perfect unison, equally deprecating the horrors of

war; detesting it on all less than necessary occasions, and lamenting the delusive fires of false glory, that gild the fatal conflicts of restless ambition.

Mrs Granville shewed me Jenny Harry's apologetic tract on quitting our church in favour of quakerism, at so vast a sacrifice of worldly interest. We all agreed, for it was read aloud in the Wellsburn circle, that this tract evinced depth of thought, and powers of reasoning, that, in a girl of twenty, were very extraordinary. It occasioned us to comment, with fresh indignation, upon the ruffian-asperity of Dr Johnson on this subject; for I had previously recounted to them the conversation of that tremendous evening, as Mr Boswell calls it, at Dilly's, when you, with patient and placid smiles, calmly and concisely refuted the roarings of bigot rage, which induced his shuddering friend's emphatic whisper—“I never saw this mighty lion so chafed before.”

Thank you for your charming portraits of Mrs Lort and Mrs Hunter ; one the child of wit, the other of imagination. Yours is the simile of similies, for those coldly-prudent hearts so differently constructed from that of the fair enthusiast Mrs H.! “Pagods that sit squat, demure, and alone, in separate niches." I am honoured by the predilection of those charming women in my fa

vour.

As to a miscellany of mine, there is certainly sufficient materials in my desk to fill several volumes, without marginal lakes spread out between the passages ; but they must be arranged, corrected, and transcribed, ere they can approach the press; and I almost despair of ever finding leisure for the task. How dear Mr Hayley, with those burning eyes of his, which, “though clear, to outward sight, of blemish or of spot,” annoy him so much by the sense of internal inflammation, how he gets through those numerous beautiful productions which he presents to the public, I cannot imagine ; but, indeed, he lives in hermitic retirement, and I in the mill-horse round of a provincial city's diurnal society.

I meant to have spoken to you farther of the spirited graces of Cowper's Task; but in a letter, already voluminous, I must not give my ideas their full license on the subject. The sublime, though gloomy, fires of Young, with the corrosive ones of Churchill, stream blended through its later pages. The author seems almost as religious as the former, and quite as ill-natured as the latter. Shield me from saints who look

upon the world as a den of fools and knaves! I

repine when such possess a muse of fire, with whom dwell the creative powers of imagery, the soft bright hues of description, and the melting influence of pathos. The beautiful apostrophe to Omaia, together with many other parts of this poem, breathes of all these inspirations.

What an interesting object is your Mary Lloyd in her' rural habiliments, with all her serene emanations streaming around her!

And O! what a truly comic scene is formed by your description of Mrs —

in her fine coach, and yourself standing upon your own steps, and hammering out excuses for not having returned her visits! That ever wit and humour should have enabled you to present yourself so exactly to my ideas in the form of a turkey-poot, casting about, with a pitiful poked-out neck, for its lost companion. How was I diverted by the fine lady's fine lamentation, in her fine coach, for the loss of your society, which is to her just such a loss as our late friend, the blind philosopher, would sustain on the removal of a Claud-landscape from his apartment! When I came to the Turkey-poot passage, I exclaimed, with Lady Grace, “O! I see them, I see them !” You always stoop, and poke out your pretty long neck, when you are non-plussed.

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My curiosity is on fire to become acquainted with my sisters, the old maids, of whom I hear so much, and which are said to be the bard's. My bookseller, neglecting my order, has vexed me by delay. What an age of wit and genius is the present! But the world will never be cured of its cant about “ weakened nature and exhausted art.” Shaftesbury and Addison so canted in their period, now called the Augustan: Envy of contemporary claims produces, and will ever produce it. We have plenty of ravens, that fly croaking about, and seek to darken, with their flapping wings, the present golden day.- Farewell !

LETTER XXIV.

COURT DEWES, Esq.

Lichfield, Jan. 30, 1786. Cold and dreary was my journey from the mansion of many pleasures at Wellsburn, through the snowy length of unjoyous roads : but however destitute of bodily comforts, filial hopes, the delight wbich I knew my return would diffuse through the dear aged bosom, recompensed the

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