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The queen only laughed, and ex- of officers in our island might derive pressed sentiments which have been profit, in a military sense, from this happily rendered by our poct Cowper: amusement: and though we must re“War is a game, which were their subjects gret the necessity that renders the wise,

profession of war honourable, yet, Kings should not play at.”

while that necessity continues (and Nevertheless, in a case like the we see no hope of its being removed) present, we give leave even to sub- the advantages to be derived from jects to play at it, as the result of the studying it as a science must be more conflict need inspire no

than tolerated: they must be comPerhaps some among the great body mended.



Sermons to Young Ladies. By James Fordyce, D. D. Philadelphia, republished by

Mathew Carey, 1809. THE author of these sermons is and the slaves of our pleasures: but certainly a man of taste and genius; as intended to be reasonable and and what is still greater praise, he agreeable companions, faithful and appears to have a warm and generous affectionate friends, the sweetners and concern for the best interests of hu. the charm of human life; in a word, manity. His style, his manner, the as designed to sofien our hearts, and observations he makes, plainly show polish our manners. Though nature, that he knows the world ; that he has observing the same distinction here, carefully studied, and is well ac- as in the more delicate frame of their quainted with the human heart; and bodies, has, in his opinion, formed that he is possessed of every qualific the faculties of their minds less vigocation necessary to execute the im- rous than those of men, yet she has portant task he has undertaken.- bestowed upon them, he thinks, a There are, indeed, to the best of our greater sensibility of heart, and recollection, no compositions of this sweetness of temper; a nicer and kind in the English language, in quicker discernment of characters ; a which are to be found greater delica- more lively fancy; and a greater decy of sentiment, correctness of ima- licacy of taste and sentiment. gination, elegance of taste, or that Attend, then, to his instructions, contain such genuine pictures of life ye fair! He addresses you in the and manners.

character of an affectionate brother; The author's style of preaching and you will find him a discreet guar. is entirely new, having never, as far dian, a prudent counsellor, a faithful as we know, been before attempted. friend, and a rational companion. It requires uncommon talents to suc- Hearken to him, and he will teach ceed in it: and he has succeeded to you how to captivate the heart of admiration. His design is to improve

every virtuous

beholder-how to the most amiable and most agreeable spread a lustre round your persons part of the creation, for whose best superiour to that of all the diamonds interests he professes an unfeigned in the universe-how to enrich and regard and fervent zeal. He enter. adorn your understanding--how to tains the highest idea of their impor- enjoy solitude--how to shine in contance and destination; considers them versation without designing it-how not in that debasing light in which to inspire a mixture of cumplacence they are too often considered, as and respect-how to unite decency

formed only to be domestick drudges, and sense with mirth and joy. Take

him for your guide, and he will lead' have steeled their breasts by system, you from the wide and dangerous whom the boasted principles of infiwalks of idle amusement and dissipa- delity has raised to a glorious contion, from the gay and fluttering tempt of all laws, human and divine, scenes of vanity, into the peaceful delivered from the vulgar conceit of and delightful paths of knowledge, immortality, and enabled to conquer genuine beauty, and elegance. He the little weaknesses of nature, with will show you how to escape disho- the ignoble prejudices of education: nour and remorse, reproach and ri. and such wily wretches, such obdu. dicule: and prove, that sense and rate and flagitious offenders, he as. capacity, joined to meekness and sures you, abound every where.modesty, are exempted from the con- Listen then to this faithful and kind dition of every thing else; which is, monitor, and he will convince you, to lose its influence, when it loses its that your safety lies in retreat and novelty. Attend to him, and he will vigilance, in sobriety and prudence, teach you to cultivate genuine worth in virtuous friendship and rational instead of artificial forms; to practice conversation : in domestick, elegant, undissembled sweetness, instead of and intellectual accomplishments, in fictitious courtesy; to level the fantas- the guardianship of Omnipotence, tick structures of pride, and to raise on which can only be obtained by TRUE their ruins the plain and modest, but RELIGION, pleasing and grateful fabrick of Such, and many more such, are meekness and humility. He will show the important lessons this excellent you the difference between flaitery preacher will teach you; nor does he and approbation, between smiles and approach you, ye fair ones, with an attachment. He will direct


in austere countenance, or an awful sothe choice of your companions and lemnity. On the contrary, his aspect diversions; how to guard against the is cheerful and sprightly; he is no less follies of your own sex, and the arts of entertaining than he is instructive; ours. He will teach you to despise, or he thinks those persons, strangers to rather to pity, the futility of those true wisdom, who suppose her mofrivolous fops, those empty, conceit- nitions incompatible with cheerful ed, and insignificant danglers, that images or joyful ideas; and he is too are to be seen, in such numbers, in well acquainted with the human every place of publick resort--whose mind, to hope to reform its errours capacity reaches no higher than flat- without conciliating its affections, or tering every young woman they see, toimagine that the tutoring of terrour into good humour, by telling her alone, as he expresses himself

, will perpetually, how handsome, and how produce the love of goodness. Happy fine she is.

the mothers who follow his maxims, He will teach you to dread and in forming the taste and manners of to guard with the utmost caution their daughters ! happy, thrice hap; against those cool, complimental, py, the daughters, who are blessed smooth tongued libertines-those sly, with such mothers. insinuating, insidious deceivers, who

FROM THE MONTHLY MAGAZINE FOR JULY, 1809. SOME expectation was raised in would be difficult, even amid the the publick mind from the Batchelor's mass of modern publications, to point of Mr. Moore, better known by the out one so destitute of every qualifi. name of Anacreon Moore; but it cation to render it worthy of notice.


The following is an account of a hunting match in Athol, for the entertainment of

Mary, Queen of Scots, extracted from “Gunn's Historical Inquiry respecting the Harp.”

ISHALL give it in the words of an addressing her thus: 'Doyou observe eye-witness. « I had a sight of a very that stag who is foremost of the herd? extraordinary sport. In the year 1563, There is danger from that stag; for the earl of Athol, a prince of the if either fear or rage should force blood-royal, had, with much trouble him from the ridge of that hill, let and vast expense, provided a hunt- every one look to himself, for none ing match for the entertainment of of us will be out of the way of harm, our most illustrious and most gra- as the rest will all follow this one; cious

queen. Our people call this a and having thrown us under foot, royal hunting. I was then a young they will open a passage to the hill man, and was present on that occa- behind us.' What happened a mosion. Two thousand Highlanders ment after, confirmed this opinion; were employed to drive to the hunt for the queen ordered one of the best ing ground all the deer from the dogs to be let loose upon a wolf; woods and hills of Athol, Badenoch, this the dog pursues--the leading Marr, Murray, and the countries stag was frightened-he flies by the about. As these Highlanders use a same way he had come there the light dress, and are very swift of foot, rest rush after him, and break out they went up and down so nimbly, where the thickest body of the Highthat, in less than two months time, landers was. They had nothing for it they brought together two thousand now but to throw themselves flat on red deer, besides roes and fallow the heath, and to allow the deer to deer. The queen, the great men, and pass over them. It was told the a number of others, were in a glen, queen, that several of the Highlandor narrow valley, when all these deer ers had been wounded, and that two were brought before them; believe or three had been killed outright; me, the whole body moved forward and the whole body of deer had got in something like battle order. This off, had not the Highlanders, by sight still strikes me, and ever will their skill in hunting, fallen upon a strike me; for they had a leader stratagem, to cut off the rear from whom they followed close wherever the main body. It was of those that he moved. This leader was a very had been separated, that the queen's fine stag, with a very high head. The dogs, and those of the nobility, made sight delighted the queen very much, slaughter. There was killed that tlay but she soon had cause for fear, upon three hundred and sixiy deer, with the earl's (who had been from his five wolves." early days accustomed to such sights




On the Conduct of Lady M. W. Montague towards H. Fielding. SIR,

THE sensibility of lady Monta- sibility, like the common world, are gue is generally supposed to have fond, it seems, of a gilded toy. been equal to her wit. A higher en- Throughout every letter in which comium could scarcely be passed, for lady Mary mentions Fielding, she is in wit she certainly was not inferiour entirely silent on the relationship that to any of her sex. It is with reluc- existed between them; and her ladytance that I point to lady Mary's con- ship admired his talents; but then she duct, in regard to Henry Fielding, as knew his poverty. “Since I was a proof that she could be disdainful born,” she observes in a letter to her and unfeeling; but a just appreciation daughter, “no original has appeared, of characters, which are held forth excepting Congreve and Fielding, for publick applause, is so necessary who would, I believe, have approachto the welfare of the moral world, ed nearer to his excellences if not that my presumption in this particu- forced by necessity to publish with. lar must need little apology.

out correction, and throw many proHenry Fielding was second cousin ductions into the world, he would to lady Montague, both being de- have thrown into the fire, if meat scended in the same degree from could have been got without money, George Fielding, earl of Desmond. or money without scribbling. The In addition to his claim on the score greatest virtue, justice, and the most of affinity, Fielding's pretensions, as distinguished prerogative of mana gentleman and a wit, were assured- kind, writing, when duly executed, ly sufficient to entitle him to the do honour to human nature ; but

consideration bestowed when degenerated into trades, are the Pope; but these two writers appear most contemptible way of getting to have been received by her ladyship bread." a very

different manner. Pope was Her ladyship regrets the death of admitted to an extreme of fami. Fielding, but merely as a writer, and liarity, and his letters are written in as a being that relished existence.a correspondent train of confidence. Lady Mary Wortley Montague apFielding waited at her door, as the pears at one period to have been poet attends his patron, and concludes afraid, and at another ashamed, to a letter, which appears expressive of own for cousin the author of Tom his usual manner to lady Mary, in Jones! “ I am sorry," writes lady these words:-" I shall do myselfthe Mary, “ for H. Fielding's death, not honour of calling at your ladyship's only as I shall read no more of his door to morrow, at elever, which, if writings, but I believe he lost more it be an improper hour, I beg to than others; as no man enjoyed life know from your servant what other more than he did, though few had me will be more convenient." The less reason to do so; the highest of Tian thus liable to rejection, and thus his preferment being raking in the distant in mode of address, was her lowest sinks of vice and misery. His é Coisin, and of high rank in letters; happy constitution (even when he but he was necessitous. Pope, whose had with great pains half demolished epistles denote the acknowledged it) made him forget every thing when consequence of the writer, and who he was before a venison pasty, or over could readily appoint the proper a flask of champaigne; and I am perhours for the lady to call on him, was suaded he has known more happy rich. There lay the most important moments than any prince upon earth. d: Forence; for ladies of wit and sen. His natural spirits gave




with his cook-maid, and cheerfulness nected with many persons of consewhen he was starving in a garret." quence and power. Through the me

It may be averred that the dissipa. dium of these she might have recomted habits of Fielding rendered him mended her cousin to the notice of ap improper intimate for a lady; but the court, and have given him an opstill he was entitled to the considera- portunity of proving that he was as tion due to a relation and a man of well calculaied to be an honour to his genius. The frequent low pleasures family in point of general demeanour, in which Fielding was accustomed to as from poignancy of wit and fertility indulge may, perhaps, in some part, of imagination. be attributed to the scantiness of his I am, sir, your's, &c. finances. Lady Montague was con

J. N. B.


YOUR correspondent, Mr. Ban- “ My beds are all furnished with fleas, nantine's remarks on pastoral poetry, well stocked are my orchards with jays,

Whose bitings invite me to scratch; are very ingenious and entertaining. But I do not exactly agree with him I seldom a pimple have met,

And my pigsties white over with thatch: in his opinion of Theocritus, and Such health does magnesia bestow; other pastoral writers. They deserved, My horse-pond is bordered with wet, I judge, better treatment.

Where the flap-ducks and sting-nettres With respect to Shenstone's cele


I have found out a gift for my fair, brated ballad, I am one of those few, who think with Mr. B. that a great But let me the plunder forbear,

In my Cheshire some totton I've found; part of it borders upon nonsense; in- Nor give that dear bosom a wound: asmuch as to render the whole ridi. Though oft from her lips I have heard, culous. It is an excellent subject for

That the rotten her palate would please;

Yet he ne'er could be true, she averred ; the burlesque: and I really wonder

Who would rob the poor nite of his that its namby-pamby strain should

cheese.” have received praise from Johnson, and that it was never travestied be. fore “the Devon and Cornwall Po- “I sleep not a wink all the night, ets,” thought proper to make merry Till I see her (O! exquisite sight!)

And my days they do dolefully pass, with it. For the amusement of your

Come tripping it over the grass. readers, I shall insert in this place a

Oh, say can’st thou hear me complain; few stanzas from the parody alluded Nor list to thy shepherd so true? to. After which, I must beg leave to O! come, and give life to the swain: recur to my first position, that Theo

Who now is a dying for you ; critus “ deserved better treatment."

No hurt my sweet Phillis shall ail,

By Venus the goddess I vow, In reading the following “risum For, whilst I am holding the pail, teneatis ?

Why- -She shall be milking her cow."


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FROM THE UNIVERSAL MAGAZINE. Some Observations upon the Habits attributed by Herodotus to the Crocodiles of the

Nile. By M. Geoffroy-Saint-Hilaire.* THE history of Herodotus is one. it is also, perhaps, the most imporof the most valuable of literary pro- tant, on account of the number and ductions. It is the most ancient, and value of the facts which it contains.

* Translated from the “ Annales du Museum d'Histoire Naturelle."

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