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fortune better, than in the most liberal poffefs men of talents in that walk, but, patronage of arts and sciences. More- I believe, with the exception of the over, Lorenzo took the pains to court Laureat, none of them expect any pubhis mistress in elegant sonnets, and wrote líc honours on that account; and you can a great deal of poetry; fomeon light, and hardly put them more out of countesome on grave subjects. For poetry all the nance than to allude to their productions sich citizens of the mercantile state of Flo- in the intercourses of society. In the rence seem to have had an extraordinary city, we are not without one, who is, predilection, and prizes were proposed for like Lorenzo, both a banker and a poet, those who excelled in that art. And, but I am confident, that gentleman unwhat is the most surprising of all, grave derstands the tone of fashionable manmerchants, good men of the city, worth ners too well, to think of walking into a two or three hundred thousand florins, route with his hair crowned with a garused to meet about the summum bonum." land of bay-leaves, instead of being This is Mr. Roscoe's account: I do not scented with mareschal powder ; and pretend to have examined his authori- though we have heard of many raffies ties; but I can make use of my eyes, and races at our summer watering places, and where a relation so diametrically con- we have never seen an article in

any

of tradicts every thing that we see or hear the papers, that, on such a day, two of in the present day, I can scarcely poets contended in alternate verse in help rejecting it as fabulous. Į hare the pavillion at Brighton, for a golden peyer understood that any disputations of cup iet with jewels, given by a certain this kind måde a part of the entertain- illustrious personage. Lorenzo, Mr. ment of our city feasts, or that the Roscoe fays, was the glass of fashion. It fummum bonum was suppoled to consist in must be confefred, our modern glaffes of any thing but a pipe of excellent Ma- fashion reflect very different images--- In deira, or a sice of the new loan.' How fêtes, déjunés, galas, &c. we may, pershould we be surprized to hear, that Mr. haps, rival the magnificence of FloPitt and Mr. Dundas, even with the rence, though I cannot fay much for their affistance of Dr. Prettyman, were gone being conducted with the same classical down to Wimbleton to discuss the dif- taste; and we might find even very ferent fyitems of Clark, and Hutcheson, high examples of collectors of gems and and Woolafton, concerning the origin of pictures, and rarities of all kinds ; but moral obligation; or, if we should be told, here is the wonderful difference : Lothat, in the entertainments at Carlton- renzo's collection, we are told, were all house, those nocies cænæque deum, any of for the public ; his libraries were for the the company should undertake to eluci- public; his paintings for the public, to date, after.' dinner, some knotty passage' forin a school for painting; his urns, of an ancient Greek author. Some Ro- cameos, and intaglios, all for the public, man customs, preparatory to the better Not locked up in little baby-houses of enjoyment of a plentiful entertainment, curiotities, to gratity with more elegant have, indeed, been adopted, we are toys the listless hours of selfish wealth, told, among the scientific improvements or solitary grandeur, but open to the arof modern Epicurism; but I have never tists he patronized, the scholars he culunderstood, that at any falhionable din- tivated, the fellow citizens he lived with; ner, the company have indulged thern- whu, to increase the wonder, were most selves in hearing a page or two of Epic- of them in debt to him, and not he, as tetus read to them along with the de- we can find, to any of them. Now, fir, fert. Į haye not even heard that at any I must again aik, can this history of of our noblemen's tables, the chaplain Mr. Roscoe's be called a credible one ? has been desired to read a chapter or two If we can suppose there is any truth in of Paley's Evidences, or Bishop Watson's the account of Lorenzo's spending his Apology for Christianity, for the edific time and fortune in a manner to totally cation of the illustrious company; though different from the heads of the most illusit might sometimes be as seasonable there trious and princely houses which we have as among the lower class, whom their seen or heard of, I can only impate it. superiors are so kindly and so disinte- to his plebeian origin, which was too reitedly solicitous, at the present juncture, recent to admit that extreme polish of to preserve from the spreading poison of fashion, that is invariably found to be infidelity.

the consequence of many generations of "As to poetry, I do not deny that we wealth and power, The ftrcain of noble

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Wapping and Reveley's Plan of Docks compareil.

blood, however it may be tinged near plan. He proposes to cut a new bed for its source, with mixtures of earthy sub- the Thames, froin Limehouse to Blackftances,

wall, and to convert the old bed (the Works itfelf clear, and as it runs refines,

semi-circular reach surrounding the Ille Till by degrees the foating mirrror shines. of Dogs) into one valt wet dock. This It then becomes, indeed, a glass of 116 acres of district (for the isthmus to

plan, by the purchase and excavation of fashion, and all the courtly youth dress be cut through measures no more) ubtheir faces by it. I am, fir, &c.

tains 434 acres of wet dock : so that, at July 15, 1796.

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the expence of an equal surface, it ob

tains ten times the mooring room of the To the Editor of the Monthly Magazine,

Wapping plan: and as the excayated soil

can in this case be removed by water, the SIR,

cost of the process will be partly dimi. IN your Magazine, No; II, p. 120, 1:W nished:

has recommended the plan for forin- By these means the uncertain navigaing wet docks at Wapping. His letter tion arcund this bend of the Thames is diew iny attention to the subject. Having equally avoided : the hourly expence of procured the report from the committee cleansing a crooked part of the river, appointed by the House of Commons to fingularly given to generate shoaly obenquire into the best mode of accommo- ftractions, is saved and a magnificent dating the encreased shipping of the port crescent-shaped wet dock is obtained, in of London, I compared the everal plans, which ships can moor at a safe distance and asked many queftions concerning from each other, and can enter in any them, I cannot agree with J. W. in number at once. No property of censés preferring the Wapping plan.

quence iş violated, except some houses in The Wapping company proposes to Élackwall.

An immense förperty is purchase 120 acres of district, to convert created on the Isle of Dogs, and on the 40 acres in:o quays, warehoules, &c. Deptford and Greenwich" shore. The 40 acreç into a wet dock, and 40 acres new quays, custom-houses, and wareinto a navigable canal, communicating houses will have rocm for expanding into with the Thames below the Ilie of Dogs. a colostal magnificence, suited to the age

The ships are to be moored ten in the and the country. And a porto-franco, acre, and thirty are to go or come every the long claim of commerce, may be tide. From Mr. Ludlam's evidence, it created in the metropolis, without danMould seem, that the plan will not pay ger to the revenue.

If the national af itself, but will require the assistance of a Istance must be given ; be it given to an parliamentary tax.

object worthy of the nation ; not to a To this enterprize it may be objected, monopoly company. that by cluttering together so immense á

I shall not detain your readers by any property, the danger of sweeping fires comment on the bye-projects of Mr. becomes extreme : that the line of exca- Reveley (such as the reconstruction of vation intercepts from the river a pro- London-bridge) which appear to me fedigicus range of cominon fewers, which parable from this bold and simple scheme: cannot be let into the dock, to the ex- but I earneitly recommend the perusal tensive nuisance of a populous neigiivour- of his whole Memoir to thofe who know hocd : that the Shadwell water-works that greater enterprises have been atchievwill be lopped of all their protitable ed, and that nations only excel by daring branches : that the idle length of canal, to put confiderce in genius. useless to sair stowage, will give oppor

I hear that this plan is disliked by an tunity for the contraband di charge of elder brother of the Trinity : so much çargces innumerable : that the plan itself the worli.

ARISTOPHILOS. is puny and inefficient, and must be fül- Shy 1, 1796. lowed up, in twenty years, by three or four more such, in whole way it will have To the Editor of ihe Monthly Magazine. placed mighty difficulties : that all ships are ill-mocred, which are not perpetually IN the Monthly Magazine, for June, aflcat; and that if the whole trade of

at p. 385, your correfpondent H. P. London could be moved out of a tide- very juftly remarks, that the fick and river, into a still dock, it would be better labouring poor are prohibited the use of han removing only a particle of it. Port wine, at a time when they mostly Herewith, contrast Mr. Reveley's first need it, by the enormous advance on the

SIR,

price of it. I fear, that what they for- the use of such patients ? As the plea. merly have purchased, has been of a fant forts which entice the palate, would very inferior quality, if it have not, in not be so medicinal as the rough, there many instances, contained noxious ones would be the less inducement to drink also. The universal complaint of bad them wantonly, or to occasion an und wine at inns and public houses (from necessary consumption of them. whence the poor have usually drawn their

Your's, &c. little stock) will, perhaps, too much jur

A CONSTANT READER. tify the above observation. We have Worcester, July 4. lately, in this country, been taught to seek for substitutes for the necessaries of DEVON AND EXETER HOSPITAL. life. Prohibited the use of Port wine,

To the Editor of the Monthly Magazine. I would recommend CYDER to the voor, when attacked by the low contagious fe

SIR, ver, described by H. P.; but not luscious; AT a time when the orders of poverty sweet cyder, such as is usually sold at and misery are suffered to exist in our inns, or is to be found in the cellars fociety, there cannot, perhaps, be an of the merchants; for this has generally institution more laudable and beneficent been adulterated, and mixed with we than that of general hospitals. This is know not what, to render it agreeable particularly true in provinces remote to the palate. The best cyder for such from the metropolis ; where, independcases of fever and fore throat, is the na- ent of the good done to the individuals tural produce of apples, such as the who receive their cures, it wo:ld be farmers of Herefordihire keep for the otherwise extremely difficult for physi. entertainment of their friends, which cians and surgeons to obtain that expethey call rough and stout, in opposition rience which is absolutely necessary to to the fort and luscious, forts that are their improvement. When good men, made to adapt themselves to the taste. then, hear of the decline of an inftitution Such home-made cyder, we are sure, is of this fort, which has flourished for upgenuine ; has no mixture in it of acid wards of half a century, and, during fpirit, as most of our wines have; and that period, has given relief to nearly is quite as strong an antiseptic. If perry fifty thousand human beings; when they be used instead of cyder, the same at- are informed, that in the fame district tention shculd be had to its quality. The where this institution is fading away, beft forts of perry for such uses, I sup- other public works, such as canals, inpose to be thole that are in this country closures, armed yeomanry, &c. &c. are called by the several names, Caradine, Aourishing with unabated vigour; they Houghcap, and Barland. As our fruit are naturally filled with sorrow and asto is all destroyed this year, I fear our stock nishment. This, fir, is unfortunately of cyder and perry will be exhausted : the case with the Devon and Exeter hot but if it should 'please Providence to pital; an inftitution which was first favour us with a good crop next year, I opened in January, 1743, and has dir. hope that the application to the farmers charged since that time to Lady-Day, will be for their stoutest, not their 1795, the following number of patients : pleasanteft, cyders and perries ; and that cured, 34,981---received benefit, 7295-those who can afford to pay a little for for non-attendance, many of whom were carriage, will rather send their orders to known to be cured, 3736. Total, 46,012, the farmer than to the merchant; as In a provincial paper of June 16, they are less likely to have the liquor 1799, appeared an advertisement readulterated ; and save the tax of twenty- questing the meeting of a general court nine shillings per hogshead, by purchas, of governors, to take into consideration ing it immediately from the maker. I the expediency of thutting some of the myself have bought for gd. and 10d. per wards of the hospital. The court met gallon, as good cyder and perry as any in consequence ; and it was found necefperson would with to drink : so that fary. to shut up five wards containing 43 those who are charitably disposed to assist beds. On June 23, appeared a fecond their poor neighbours, may be enabled advertisement requesting another geneto do it at the rate of, at most, 3d. per ral court, to consider what farther fteps it bottle ; whereas wine, in the same quan- might be necessary to take, in order to tity, will cost 35. or more. Query, would bring the expenditure of the hospital to it not be advisable for all infirmaries to a par with its income. The second lay in a good kock of such liquors, for court met June 30, and a committee was

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1796.] Mysterious Mother ....... Useful Society proposed. 447 then appointed, to draw up, and point relation of Mr. Perkins, and since that, out to the general court, what mealures met with it in the report of zwo several appeared to them most proper to be German authors. adopted. This committee has, we under- Fuller, in his Holy State, says of this stand, met several times ; and from the Perkins, that “ he was an excellent well known abilities and virtues of fe- chirurgeon at joynting of a broken foulį veral of its members, we make no doubt and would pronounce the word · Damn that the best possible measures will be with such an emphasis, as lefi a doleful adopted. But is it not surprising, Mr. echo in his auditors' ears a good while Editor, that though it is a well-known after.” He was lame of the right hand; fact that the hospital has been for more and Hugh Holland, in his Icones, faith than a

twelvemonth several hundred of him : pounds in debt, and has, in consequence, Dextera quantumvis fuerat tibi manca, docendi been obliged to borrow that money ;

Pollebas mirâ dexteritate tamen. though it has long been known that the annual receipts are inadequate to the ex- Tho' nature thee of thy right hand bereft, penditure ; yet it is notorious, that there Right well thou writeft with thy hand that's

left. is scarcely a town in the county of Devon but has several men of property in its The same story is told by Julian de Meneighbourbood, who do not subscribe even drano, of whose Common-place Book an their annual mite towards so excellent edition was published, 1608, by Cesar an institution ? It is difficult to account Oudin, secretary and interpreter to Henfor such a fact. That public spirit is ry IV, of France. The Spanish writer wanting in the county, I can hardly says, he heard the story in the Bourbothink possible, if I were to judge only nois, where the people showed him the from the numbers and respectability of house the parties had lived in, and the those gentlemen who already subscribe place where they were buried, and retowards the hospital ; but there appears peated to him the epitaph : to me a sort of listlessness and inactivity Cy-gist la fille, cy-gift le père, in some men, which i'equire the imme- Cy-gift la fæur, cy-gist le frère ; diate spur of a personal application to Cy gift la femme & le mary, urge them on.

Such men probably for- Et si n'y a que deux corps icy. get that provisions are much enhanced in price within these last twenty years : adds, in his preface, that there is a similar

The author of the Mysterious Mother what could then be purchased for one shilling, cannot now be had for half-a- story in the Tales of the Queen of NaIt is not, then, to be expected Julian Medrano was a cavalier of her

It may be worth remarking, that that an institution should continue to

court, and dedicated his book to that flourish, when the annual subscriptions, princess; he, of course

, would never by which it is chiefly supported, are not increased in proportion to the expence of and given it as a fa&t that he had learned

have taken the itory from a book of tales, its maintenance.

To obtain this in- in his travels. crease is the purpose of this letrer : it is à caule which the writer has much at

June 28, 1796.

B. heart ; and if the desired effect be produced, his trouble in writing will be am

To the Editor of the Monthly Magazine. ply compensated.

DEVONIENSIS. SIR, Devon bire, July 5, 1796.

IT

was with infinite satisfaction I peruled the cbservations of your

intelliMysTERIOUS MOTHER, gent correspondent, J. W. on the vilTo the Editor of the Monthly Magazine. No. IV, and I lincerely lament the mal

lainy of pettifoggers, in your Magazine, SIR,

practice of the lower class of professors of

. is of an earlier date than the noble no less honourable and lucrative, than author imagined : it may be found in a useful to fociety; his real duty being to work of bishop Hall, entitled Resolutions vindicate the cause of the weak and the and Decisions of divers Practical Cafes of poor, against the oppressions of the strong Conscience, in continual Utę amongst and the rich. That this is not the pracMen: of which the second edition, dated tice, the almost daily applications to the 1650, is now lying before me. The courts of law for redress, against needy or bishap says, he had it long ago from the unprincipled pra:titioners, convince us :

and

varre.

crown.

and, notwithstanding the many attempts THE INVOCATION OF ST. DWYNWEN*. of, the legislature, from the reign of

DWYNWEN, fair as the hoary tears Henry the IVth to the present time, to ob- of morning, thy golden image in its tain a reform in the profeflion, and the choir, illumined with waxen torch, well frequent cenfure paffed, and punishments knows the pains of yonder crossed-grained inflicted for professional misconduct, the mortals how to cure ! evils still exiit. I am convinced that

A wight that watches within thy choir, many nefarious transactions have never bleft is his happy turn, thou splendid been brought to light, merely owing to beauty! with ailings, nor with tortured the poverty of the victims labouring un- mind, none shall return from Landwynt! der their ruinous effects, and that many Thy extended guardianship. I crave, peculations have escaped punishment within thy holy district ! Anxiety and from the difficulty of obtaining redress, pain oppress me! My troubled breast, without an enormous expence, which few for a fair maid, is one continued swelt of individuals, however able, are willing to amorous passion! Unceasing pain, that risk. In order to obviate these difficul- fprings from cares! Hence my disease, ties, I beg leave, through the medium full well I know. of your useful Miscellany to propose, If I have not Morvids, and yet alive-That a fociety should be formed, of per- behold, it is vain to live! Oh! make me fons anxious to stop the farther progress of well--(more pleasing is the theme)--from professional imposition, to investigate the this my languor, this my grief! Blend base actions of unprincipled attornies, and thy good offices of Love with God's free to espouse the cause of those oppressed by bounties, deigned through thee to man, their practices. In this fociety many re- for one blest year. Potent golden image, fpectable members of the law would, no thou needest 'never dread the fin of unredoubt, join ; and from the united efforts fisting flesh! He, that is peace complete, of those judges who have already taken will not undo his work---God has made, so much pains to detect villainy, and of that thou shalt not depart from heaven. this proposed fociety, many of the evils No prude fhall ken thce, through the pasnow complained of might be remedied, sing year, when whispering good advice and this at a trifling expence to the in- to us, in difficulties that may thwart our dividual members, as the subscriptions to love. The jealous one, a black and enfuch an undertaking would certainly be vious man, bare scare-crow, never can do numerous and liberal.

thee harm in his fierce fits of anger; he I have communicated these imperfect shall never cudgel thee, who art of nahints, not willing that any scheme which ture chaste. Halten with thy reward.--might tend to the good of fociety should Hush, virgin !--- It will not be a tedious remain untried ; and hoping that some concern. From Landwyn, a much res of your correspondents will favour me forted spot, I know of many a happy with their sentiments upon the subject, turn, thou jewel of the land of faith! with the most expedient methods of fur- Heaven has not refused thee an easy thering the design.

J. W. F. access to peace; the praise of fuent Weji Smithfield, June 6, 1796. tongue, man will not refuse to thee,

The good effect of prayers is always fure. To the Editor of the Montbly Magazine.

Thou, who art called of God, fableSIR, crowned maid, should envy come, hea

Let ALLOW me the favour, occasionally, ven is thy refuge, and manly arms.

of a corner in the Monthly Magazine, to give publicity to a few things * The daughter of Brycan, a prince of a relating to Wales.

part of Wales, comprehended in the present The following is a Literal Translation county of Brecon. She was esteemed the tu. of a poem, selected from the works of telar saint of lovers. David ap Gwilym, printed in Welsh, at

t A church in Môn or Anglesey, dediLondon, in 1789, edited by Meff.o. Jones cated to Dwynwen, and the great resort of

her yotaries. and W. Owen. The author flourished a little past the middle of the fourteenth and seven poems of our bard. Yet he was un

I This lady was the theme of reven score. century. He has always been a great successful for her father married her to a favourite with his countrymen, and is hunch-backed old man, who had more wealth generally denominated the Ovid of Wales. than the man of fong. But he contrived to Your's, &c.

carry her off twice from her husband, which July 5, 1796. MEIRION, brought him into much trouble.

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