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except here and there a small piece rich, because they mix among the which the landlords permit the te- new milk as much cream as it will nants to break up occasionally, bear. It requires much care and when it becomes very mossy; but attendance; and, being in great then this is laid down again usually request, it fetches rod. a pound on at the end of three or four years. the spot, and is. in the "London There are no woods ; but there are market. some small plantations of oak, ash, Tiere is no stone, gravel, or and elm of no very long date. sand, in this lordship, except a lit. There is abundance of ash in the tle sand-stane on the side of Bure hedge-rows, and scarcely any other row hils: it is mostly a strong blue tree. The soil is a strong cay; clay; and in some parts of it is a there is no waste ground in the good brick.earth. There is only lordship; but it is not cultivated, one spring, and that a chalybeate ; in my opinion, to the best adva). it lies high, in a close belonging :o tage. They defend chicly on their the vicar, known by the name of dairies; they breed, however, very the Spring-close; it runs over 2 Ene sheep, famous for the white. great part of the year, and disness of their fleeces, which weigh charges itself into the valley, where from seven to nine pounds : they the village li:s. Nobody ever ai. breed also fine horned cattie; but te:npted to sink for a well in this the lordship, in general, is not parish, till, in the winter of 1777 good feeding ground.

and 1778, Edward Wigley Hartop, * This lord hip is remarkable for Esq. dug and succceded. He pe. haring first made the best chcesenetrated through a bed of stiff blue perhaps in the world, cominonly clay; and at the depth of 65 feet known by the name of Sulton the water gu hed in, wben, I ap. cheese, from its having been origi. prehend, the workmen were com. nally bought up, and made known, ing to the limestone rock, by their by Cooper Thornhill, the landlord having thrown out some fragments of the Bell inn at Stilton. It began of blue stone. To the depth of to be made here by Mrs. Orton, 10 feet were frequent nodules of about the year 1730, in small chik; af that depth the clay was quantities; for at first is was sur. fuivi small seleniios. Ar jo feet posed that it could only be made deep the clay was found to be full from the milk of the covs uhich of pestens, and oilier shells very fed in one close, now called Orton's perfeit, but extremely tender. No. close ; but this was atteswards Oules of blues dimontü were inter. found to be un error, In 1; 6 it spered ; ainnonites of different was made only by three persons, and species in great quantities, gry. that in small quantities; but it is phites, and other shells; and plates now mnade, not only from one of a ciear foliaceous mica, resem. but from almost every close in this bling Muscovy glass. I am inforna parish, and in many of the neigh. ed ibat the water did not prove bouring ones. It is well known good, and ihat little or no use is that this sort of cheese is made in made of this well. the shape, and of the size, of a I have not found any natural coliar of brawn. Ic is extremely productions, cities, animal, reges

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table, or fossil, but what are com, * The rent of the whole parish mon in other places. There is is 14221. 56. neither wood nor waste ground in The number of houses is 21; the parish; and we know, that families 22; and inhabitants 123 ; where man has completely subdued three teams kept. the soil to his own use, he permits • The land-tax at 45. raises 1641. nothing to feed or prosper, but what 145. ed. is serviceable to his private interest. • Labourers have is. 2d. per day

• The air here is dry and healthy; in summer, and is. in the winter ; fogs are not frequent, and ciear off in liarvest is.6d. and their victuals. early when they happen. . The in- Land lets at 155. an acre. habitants are happy, and many of * The nett expence of the poor in them live to a good old age.

1776 was 271. i6s. • Their fuel here is pitcoal, which • Medium of three years, 1783they have chiefly brought from 1785, 451. S. 40.' Derbyshire and some from lord These volumes are illustrated by Middleton's coal.pits near Notting- a very liberal provision of engrav. ham. The carriage being heavy, ings, in which a view is given of and the roads bad, it used to cost every individual parish church, them izd. or 16d. per

hundred as well as of seats, monuments, weight: bur, since the navigation antiquities, and other remarkable has been compicted to Loughbo. objects. An appendix to the sc. rough, they get it for 10d. or id. cond volume contains a number of

deeds, charters, and other papers No great road leads through the relative to each hundred; which parish; but the turnpike road from addition will doubtless be repeated Oakham to Melton passes within a in the future volumes. mile by Lecsthorp, and they come upon it in going to Melion, at about the same distance before they come to Burton.

Memoirs of the Life, and W’ritings of • There is not any river that runs the Abbate Metastntio. In which through the parish, or comes near are incorporated Translations of his it; and only one inconsiderable principal Letters. By Charles brook, which is sometiir's dry. Burney, Mus. D. F. R. S. 8vo. This joins another, more conside- 3 Vols. 1796. sabie, that comes from Semerby by Leest horp, and both, proceeding THE name of Metastasio has jointly by Burton Lazars, fall into long been associated in every Eu. the river Eye, between Brentingby ropéan m tropolis with the exqui. and Melton,

site pleasures of the noble, the opu. There is no papist in this pa. lent, and the polished. The eu. rish, nor one dissenter of any dę. phony of his lines and the fitness nomination.

of his sentiments have been impress' The parochial feast follows St. ed on our recollection, in concert James; to whom the church is des with the most vivid and brilliant dicated.

displays of all the arts of delight, • There have been no perambula. Melodies of the most fascinating tions time imine morial,

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chestras, by singers the most com. factions have confined their blood passing and smooth toned, have less struggles to the es ablishment concurred in winging the shafis of of a theory of music, and have never his song to our inmost sensibility. extended their proscriptions heyond The painter's magnificent perspec. the condemnation c. à tragedy. tives, the dazzling pageants of the To the inherent fashion of the decorator, the easy fivating motions subject of these volumes, is super.

groups of graceful dancers, and added th stronger recommenda, all the magic glories of realized tion which they derive froin the mytho'ogy, have mingled at the celebrity of the author. The his. theatre ceir influence with that torian of music is accustoined to of the puti, and have assisted in convere and to satisfy an elegant stirring up within us that luxurious autience ; and, whether he touches irritation and tumult of feeling, the harp orihe monochord, he dis. which form the highest scope of the plays a masterly hand. His ma. artist and the purest enjoyinent of terials have been industriousiy col. the connoisseur. Stripi, however, lefted at Vienna anů in Itaiy, and of all these circumstances of effet, comprchend, besides the well. Metastasio has acquired a reçuta. known biographies of Reizer and tion for genius ard abilities, which of Christini, many works of inte. the philosopher who reruses his rior noie, as well as the posthumous writings in the closet will not pro. edition of the poet's letters. The bably, hesitate to ratify. Yet how bulk of this publication consists often does it happen that, removed indeed of a trarslation of those from within the glare of theatric letters, connected by the requisite illumination, the god of the opera- interstices of narrative; all which house has withered into an ordinary form a very amusing ub.l. man; and that the liquid Jan. Metastasio was born at Rome guage of the skies had lent an ora- in 1698, where his father had sei. cular solemnity to simple thoughts, tled as a confectioner. At school or a bewitching harmony to insig. he displayed carly talents as an in. nificant insipidities ? Be this, how. frodisitire, and b:fore eleven years ever, as it may, and even supposing of age could sing extemporaneous that the literary character of Me

Gravina, the civilian, tastasio himseli should be fated to known by having written tragedias suffer depreciation by time and on the Greek model, heard, admir. revolutions in taste; should his ed, and adopied ihe young barii dramatic writings even become a to whom he gave a literary educa. mere school-hook for the learner of tion, geuring him adir.itted to the Italian ;-yet he has resided so bar, aid to deacon's orders, that much at courts, and has been the civil and ecclesiastical preferment dariing of so many artists, that his might be aiike openio him, life can never be an object of in. When 22 years of age, Verastasio difference to those whose gentie eye visited Naples, having inherited preterably fixes on those placcs and the property of Gr.'vira, and alperiods, in which the pleasures of tached himself as cicisbeo to the man have been the chief cccupa. female singer Romanina. He there tion of his rulers; and in which wroie an opera, wwch succeeded,

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and from this time he applied wholly some passages in order to give an to theatric poetry. In 1729 he idea of the spirit of his criticism : was invited to Vienna as the Im. but, finding them too long for our perial Laureate, and continued to insertion, we must refer our rea. furnish such dramas as his patron ders to the 3d vol. in which they bespoke, until his death in 1782. occur, p. 356-379.

Dr. Burney well observes, that it Let it not be a reproach to is possible for a man of learning, our estimable biographer, that study, and natural acumen, to be a he has described, with the vo. good critic on the works of others, luminous gravity of history, a without genius for producing ori. groupe of poets, singers, actors, ginal works himself, similar to and musicians. It is well that a those which he is able to censure.

work of this kind should make its The opinion of Metastasio, there. appearance. We are scarcely acfore, may have its weight even customed as yet to assign, in hu. when he criticises the great opera

man story, a place to each propor. writers of antiquity : for the mo- tioned to ihe extent of his influence dern opera is the only faithful imi. on human happiness. The crowned ration of the ancient tragedy. From and the titled have their peculiari. his practice it appears, however, ties immortalized, although they that he entertained one fundamen. may have never alded to the en. tal error in theory, and had not joyments of a nation ten evenings discovered that, in the opera, the of glowing delight. The amusers means of imitation being peculiar- of our leisure, the artists of our plea. ly apparent, the distress should be sures, may justly be ranked among more harassing, and the crimes the benefactors of society. Let it more atrocious, in order to excite belong, then, to the muse of fame an equal degree of tragic emotion to elevate monuments over their with these representations which remains, and to strew flowers on approach more nearly to read and their grave, in token of our grate. common life. We had selected ful remembrance !

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