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An extraordinary Petition,

321 of the air on the hand will be ex Sheweth, tremely lengible. or a bladder on the abovementioned himself, clerks, and other messengers

7: By placing a piece of thin glass Travel to petitioner was at open receiver, which, when the air is and agents he employed, in journies a little exhausted, will be broke in to Liverpoole and 'Shrewsbury, to hire pieces by the weight of the incumbent an executioner; the convict being a air.

native of Wales, it was almost impos3. The air exhausted from a thin fible to procure any of that country bottle under a receiver, and then sud. to undertake the execution. denly let in, will by its weight inftantly reduce it to very small pieces. Travelling, and other ex. l.

9. By putting a piece of wood under pences on that occasion quick-olver in the receiver, and then A man at Salop engaged to exhaufting the air, and letting it in do this business. Gave him again, it will, by its weight, force the in part of the agreement, quick-filver into the pores of the

sl. 58.

Two men for wood, and very sensibly increase its conducting him, and for weight.

their search of him on his 10. The exhausted brass hemispheres deserting from them on the prove not only the prodigious weight road, and charges in enof the air, but also the quantity quiring for another execu. thereof exactly.

tioner, 41. 1os.

9 15 11. By exhausting glass-bubbles, and After much trouble and exmaking them fink.

pence, John Babbington, a 12. The fyringe, with its weight

convict in the same prison descending in vacuo, and ascending with Edwards, was, by again by the admission of air, does means of his wife, prevail. very prettily prove the presure of ed on to execute bis fellow She air, and the rationale of lyringes prisoner : Gave to the wife in general.

61. 68. and to Babbington, Further considerations on the gra

61. 6$. vity, together with the elasticity of Paid for erecting a gallows, me air, and all its curious appearan materials, and labour, a ces and effects, will be inserted next business very difficult to be month.)

done in that county, 41.

12 s. For the hire of a The following extraordinary Petition, we cart to convey the body, a

are fold, was delivered on Monday. cofin, and for the burial, To tbe Right Hon. the Lords Commisio.

21. 1ol, and for other ar. ners of bis Majesty's Treasury.

fistance, trouble, and pet

ty expences on the occaThe humble petition of Ralph Grifo fon, at least 5l.

fith, deputy to Thomas Griffith, Which humbly hope your lordEfq; high sheriff of the county of Thips will please to allow your Flint for the present year, 1769, petitioner, concerning the execution of Edward

Who, &c. Edwards for burglary,



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talents, even if they contain norhing more THE Works in Prose and Verse of William than chii-chat, are always pleasing to a cul

Sheostone, Esq; vol. 3. 8vo. Dodsley. tivated mind. Such a mind wiher to see the This volume confifts entirely of letters unrestraines sentiments of a writer who has from Me. Shenfone to his friende, and is given him great pleasure, and wants to be replete with all that politeness and benevo acquainred with him wben wholly off his knce which were so remarkable in the cha guord, in the communicative hour of fociradler of their author. The letters of men ality. We cannot, however, peruse the wbo have difting ished themielves by cbeir present article, and see the number of illus. June, 1769.



322 Extracts of Letters from Shenstone and Pope. June trious personages, with whom Mr. Shen- fore-mentioned gentleman may be asked to ftone was intimate, without being surprized translate it into mufic. When I use this that not ene individual in the catalogue took expression, you will, peradvegture, look the least care to advance his intereft, not upon it as my opinion, that in mufical comwithstanding the known embarrassment of positions, found ought as much to answer his circumstances, and notwithstanding many sense as one language does another, isof them who spent weeks together at his fomuch, that such and such thoughts elegant little seat, had not only frequent op- ought to bring into our heads toch portunities of observing his difficulties, but and such founds; and vice versa. But ia frequent opportunities also from their opulent case there is no sense, and no thought, the fortunes, as well as their important offices more languages a lenience is traplaced into, in the government, to place him in a flate the more it is exposed. And in case it be of very comfortable independence. Among the misfortune of my little piece to have his friends he reckoned Lord Chatham, Lord neither, I beg that Mr. Marriett may not Temple, Lord Lyttelton, Mr Grenville, and inform any body what it fignifies in musc. several others who have filled the first em As a farther proof of the confused state of ployments, and under whom persons every my intellects, you see, almoft at the end of way inserior to Mr. Shenstone were pro my letter, my chanks for the packet, &i. vided for; yet this good man, and this ac which ought to have been placed in the very complished poet, was suffered to remain unob front of it, in order to express, ia fome detervedly upon his paternal farm, which did gree, the sense I have of your favours. I not bring in much more than 200l. a year, lung to see you; and am, dear Sir, and never received any marks of favour from

Your most obedient the great, till an unpopular nobleman, who

and faithful servant, arrived at the chief direction of affairs in the

W. SHENSTONI. present reign, hearing of his merit, and his Receflities, ordered him a pension of 300 1.

SON G. a year, of which unhappily he did not live " When brigát Ophelia treads the greea to receive a milling ; death snatching In all the pride of dress and mien; him from the world before the warrant for Averse to freedom, mirth, and play, that purpose was made out.

The lofty rival of the day;
When we congder the neglect which Mr. Methinks to my encbanted eye,
Shenstone experienced in this respect from The lilies droop, the roses die.
his great friends, we are almost glad to find But when, disdaining art, the fair
ibat in the volume before us, he has written Allumes a soft, engaging air:
only to his listle ones, and we give the Mild as the op’ning morn of May,
following letter as a specimen of his epifto. And as the feather'd warbles gay:
lary ease to our readers.

The scene improves where'er the goes,

More sweetly i'mile the pink and role.

O lovely maid! p:opitious hear, To Mr. Jago, wirb a song, and tbe Aulbor's

Nor thisk thy Damon infincere. Sentiments of Musical Compofition. Pity my wild delufive fame : Dear Sir,


For tho' che flow'rs are fill the same, A

head is considerably more confused To me they languish, or improve, than usual, by reason of a bad cold, I And plainly tell me that I love." hall aim no higher in this letter than at bare 11. Letters of tbe late Alexander Pope, Esq; recitative, reserving all my airs for a season to a Lady, never before published. 2s. Dodlky. when my mind is more in tune. Such, I The same reason which we had for rebope, will be the time wbich you set apart commending the preceding article, will be to attend the e

etief muficiar, at Birmingham. I the motive for recommending this; even thoroughly design to lend an ear to bis perfor. the trifles of so elevated a genius as Pope, mance, on condition be will not refuse one to deserves a kind of veneration, and tbough a proposallintend to make, of having, one day these letters are not upon any subjects of imor other, a merry Itrain at the Lealows. But

portance, their elegance, and their feobbie If you bave any pencbart to see the face of lity, as will be seen in the following specie your humble servant at Birmingham, your men, must render them not a little accepe most effe&twal way will be to inform him when table to our readers. these folemn nuptials between Tweedle-dum and Tweedie-dee are to be confummated. I

LETTER VI. will, certes, not be absent at the throwing of MADAM, Twitenham, Aug. 29. the stocking, any more than Parson Evans OUR last letter tells me, that if I do




grace." I have sent a song, not that I am will fancy the length of yours frighted me. sure I have not fent it before ; but that, if A consciousness that I had upon me of omityou can lec aby joke that is contajnesh, the ting too long to answer it, made are look



323 (not without some fear and trembling) formunicated in your last, about Mrs. H-'s the date of it: but there happened to be blence; for which she wanted not ieproaches none; and I hope, either that you have fore from me ; and has fince, the says, amply got bow long it is, or at least that you can. atoned for. I saw a few lines of yours to not think it so long as I do fince I writ to her, which are more obliging to me than I you. Indeed a multitude of things (which could have imagined : if you put my we'fare hingly seem trifles, and yet altogether make into the small number of things wh ch you a valt deal of business, and wholly take up heartily wish (for a sensible person, of either that time which we ought to value above all sex, will never wish for many), I ought lo such things) have from day to day made me be a happier man than I ever yet deserved wanting, as well to my own greutelt pleasure

to be. in this, as to my own greatest concerns in Upon a review of your papers, I have re. other points. "If I seem to neglect any pented of some of the trivial alterations ! friend i have, I do more than seem to neg. had thought of, which were very few. I leet myself, as I find daily by the increasing would rather keep them till I have the fatise ill conftitution of my body and mind. I fill faction to meet you in the winter, which I resolve this course thall not, nay I see it must beg earnestly to do ; for hitherto mecan not, be long: and I determine to retreat thinks you are to me like a spirit of another within myself to the only business I was world, a being I admire, but have no comborn for, and wbich I an only good for (if merce with : I cannot tell but I am writing I am entitled to use that phrase for any to a Fairy, who has left me some favours, thing). It is great folly to sacrifice one's which I secretly enjoy, and mall think it felf, one's time, one's quiet (the very life of unlucky, if not fatal, to part with. So pray life itself), to forms, complaisances, and do not expe& your verles till further acamusements, which do not inwardly please quaintance." me, and only please a sort of people who re. III. The History of Eliza Musgrove. By a 'gar. me no farther than a mere inftrument Lady. 2 vol. 12mo. 45. Johnfone. of their present idleness, or vanity, To say This novel contains many useful lessons, truth, the lives of those we call great and and many affecting fituations. The lanhappy are divided between those two fates; guage is elegant, the intention moral, and and in each of them, we poetical fiddlers the execution upon the whole reflects much make but part of their pleasure, or of their honour upon the head and the heart of the equipage. And the misery is, we, in our

amiable author. turns, are so vain (at least I have been lo) IV. Yorick's Sentimental Journey continued, as to chuse to pipe without being paid, and so 10 wbicb is prefixed some Account of ibe Life and Elly to be pleased with piping to those who Writings of Mr. Sterne, By Eugenio, 2 vol. understand mufick less than ourselves. They 12mo. Bladon. have put me of late upon a task before I was This little work is not deftitute of sense, aware, which I am sick and fore of: and yet humour, or benevolence; but we think the engaged in honour to come persons whom I author has imitated Mr. Sterne rather more mult neither disobey nor disappoint (I mean successfully in the indelicacy of bis ftile, two or three in the world only) to go on with than either in his wit, or his observationi, is. They make me do as mean a thing as This, to a cautious reader, will be no great the greatest man of them could do; seem to encomium on his performance; however, the depend, and to folicit, when I do not want; following particulars of Mr. Sterne's life, and make a kind of court to those above some of which were never before communia my rank, just as they do to those above cated to the public, may be offered to the tbeirs, when we might much more wisely niceft eye as a very entertaining morsel of and agreeably live of ourselves, and to our. biography. felves. You will easily find I am talking of “Mr. Sterne was the son of an Irish offi. my translating the Odyssey by sub.cription : cer, and born in the barracks at Dublin : but which looks, it must needs look, to all the he was not without relations in the church, world as a design of mine both upon fame as his great-grandfather was an archbishop, and money, when in truth I believe I shall and his uncle the prebendary of a cathedral. get Beicher; for one I go about without any He was brought up at the univerfity of Cam. ftomach, and the other I thall not go about bridge, where the vivacity of his disposicion at all.

yery early in life diftinguished him, This freedom of opening my mind upon

For some time he lived in a retired manmy own fituation will be a proof of trust, ner upon a (mall curacy in Yorkshire, and and of an opinion your goodness of nature probably would have remained in the same has made me entertain, that you never pro obscurity, if his lively genius had noc dirfess any degree of good-will without being played itself upon an occafion which fecured pretty warm in it. So I tell you my grie- him a friend, and paved the way for his provance ; I hope in God you have none, where- motion. A person who filled a lucrative bewith to make me any return of this kind. Inefice, was not satished with enjoying it due bope that was the only one which you com ring his own life time, but excried all his

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Anecdotes relative to Mr. Sterne.

June interest to have it entailed upon his wife and gered at the afterisks, and disappointed wiska fon after his deceae. The geo:leman that the digreffions; and even the Reviewers expected the reversion of this post was Mr. themselves were surprized into an elogian Sterne's friend, who had not, however, suf upon our author, though they afterwards ficient influence to prevent the success of his secanted. They recommended Mr. Shaady adversary. At this critical time Sierne s la as a writer infinitely more ingenious and esse tyrical pen operated so tirong'y, that the in. tertaining than any other of the prelent race tended monopolizer informed him, if he of novelists; adding, his characters were would suppreis che publication of his sarcasm, ftriking and fingular, bis observations fhrewd he would relign his pretensions to the next and pertinent, and, making a few excep. candidate. The title of this piece, it ap tions, that his humour was ealy and genoine. pears, was to have been,' “ The history of a The publication of thele two volumes good warm watch-coat, with which the pre- brought Mr. S:erne into great repute. He Sent pofessor is not content to cover his own was confidered as the genius of the age : bis Moulders, unless he can cut out of it a petti- company was equaliy courted by the great, coat for his wife, and a pair of breeches for the literati, the witty, and the gay; and it his son." The pamphlet was suppressed, and was considered as a kind of honour to have the reversion took place.

paft an evening with the author of Triftram Mr. Sterne was about this period in the Shandy. The acquaintance be now made, coffee-house at York, when a franger came added io his former connections, procured him in, who gave much offence to the company, a prebendary ship in York cathedral. confiling chiefly of gentlemen of the gown, As Mr. Sterne advanced in literary fame, by descanting too freely upon religion and he left his livings to the care of his curates; the hypocrisy of the clergy. The young fellow and though he acquired fome thousands by at length addressed himself to Mr. Sterne, his productions, being a character very diftent asking him what were his sentiments upon from an ecosist, his savings were no the subject; when, instead of answering greater at the end of the year, than when bim dire&tly, he told the witling that bis dog he had no other support but the single vicawas reckoned one of the most beautiful pointers rage of Sutton. Indeed his travelling esman tbe wbule county, was very good-natured, but pences abroad, and the luxurious manner in ibat be bad an infirnal trick wbicb destroyed which he lived with the gay and polite at all bis good qualitiis

. —He never sees a clergy, home, greatly promoted the diffipation of a man (continued Sterne) but be immediately fliis very considerable sum wbich his writings al bim. “ How long may he have had that produced, and which might have been a foc trick?" Sir, ever fince be was a puppy.

ture asistance to bis family. This being the The young man felt the keepness of the la. case at his death, his widow and daughter, tire, turned upon his heel, and left Sterne to an agreeable young lady about fixteen, who triumph.

had both rended for some years in a coareat · His wit and humour were already greatly in France, finding that their penfons muft dif. admired within the circle of his acquain- continue, came over here in order to publika tance; but bis genius had never yet reached his polihumous works. Being at York during the capital, when his two first volumes of the lant races, some bumane gentlemen took Trikram Shandy made their appearance. into consideration their disagreeable ftuation, They were printed at York, and proposed to and made them a present of a puríe contain: the bookleliers there at a very moderate price; ing a thousand pounds. those gentlemen, however, were such judges The difference which sublisted between of their value, that they scarce offered the Mr. Sterne and his wife for some years, has price of paper and print; and the work made been differently accounted for. The lady its way into the world without any of the complained of infidelity to her bed; the pre. artifices which are often practised to put off bend apologized for this separation on account an edition. A large impreffion being almost of her temper, which be averred was infup. instantaneously cold, the bookselers were portable. Perhaps these two causes uaited rouzed from their lethargy, and every one might produce the effect. was eager to purchase the second edition of The ladies, however, lo far from tellifying

Mr. Sterne sold it for six hundred any dislike to tbeir rehdeace in France, are pour.ds, after being refused fifty pounds for now preparing !o return to that country, harThe first impression and proprietorship. ing partly made a provision for their future

The two first volume of Tristram Shandy support in their former reclose manner of lite." were now in every body's hands. All read, V. a Four Days Tour through Part of the most approved, but few understood them. Land of Dumplings. By Peregrinc Post. 88 Those who had not entered into the ludicrous Pages. 8vo. Bladon. manner of Rabelais, or the poignant salire of This is a whimsical compoftion, and inSwift, did not comprehend them, but they tended as another imitation of Mr. Sterne's i ined with the mulitude, and pronounced peculiar mode of writing; like all imitations, Tilsam Shandy dad ciever, A iew who is only resves to set off the excellence of he gretended to judge for them.lelves, were flaga criginal from which is copies, at the evi.


the cops.



325 dent expeace of its own immediate author. ters of election ; he infifts that the resolution

Vi. 'Ike Sibyl. By s Lady. 2 vol. izmo. of either house is a legal disqualification of Johnson.

a member, and shews that the conduct of We have read this performance not without the commons in declaring Colonel Luttrell some satisfaction, and think it at least inti. duly elected, not with ftanding Mr. Wilkes's tled to the negative recommendation, of be- great majority, was neither new nor unpreing less indifferent than many limilar perfor- cedected. mances which hase lately been offered to “On the 20th of May 1915, says he, in the tbe poblic.

case of the ele&ion for the borough of VUI, A Letter to be Rigbt Hon. Horatio Malden, the poll stood thus : Walpole, Eje; By sbe Rigbe Rev. Thomas For Serjeany Comyns 215 Secker, LL.D. Lord Bijbop of Oxford, con.

Mr. Bramston

215 urring Bifbops in America. 8vo. Rivington.

Mr. Tuffoell

168 At a period when the expediency of efla

Sir William Jollyffe 128 blishing episcopacy in America is so much the Serjeant Comyns baving refused to take objea of alcercation, the perusal of this pam. the oath of qualification, they resolved that phier is highly necessary. Here the reader bis election was void. But what did they will find the argument' handled with force farther in this case? Why, they did not and perfpicuity, and possibly be convinced ifTue a new writ! But they confidered the that the establiment contended for by the votes given for the Serjeant as thrown away : orthodox defenders of church-government, is and resolved, that Mr. Tuffnell, who had likely to be more advantageous than prejudi. a lelkr number of votes than the Serjeant, sial to the Americans.

was duly elected. VIII. A Discourse on Public Deconomy and Again, on the 14th of February 1727, and Commerce. 12 no, is, 6d. Dodney,

16tb of April 1728, in the case of the elecThe world is indebted for this masterly tion for the town of Bedford, the poll food little piece to the celebrated marquis of Bec- thu:: caria, an Italian nobleman, who fome time For Mr. Ongley

465 ago published an excellent effay on crimes

Mr. Metcaife

462 and punifhments, He pronounced it at Mi

Mr. Orlebar lasi, on being appointed to a profefTorship

Mr. Brace

236 lately inftiluted in that city; and this trani It appearing that Mr. Ongley held an of. lation is, in our opinion, no digrace even fice in the customs, and the 12 and 13 Wile to the great reputation of so universally ad liam Ifl. c. 10. against officers in the customs mired an author.

fitting in parliament being reat, and no fure IX. Memoirs of Osney Abbey, near Oxford. render appearing to have been made of the By John Swaine, Esq; 8vo. 18. Harris. said office, before the election, the house

This is a dull account of a very foolish resolved, that Mr. Ongley was incapable of action done, or rather committed, by a claiming to fit in parliament. Therefore, lady called Edith Foine, in the year 1129, though he had ihe majority of votes, they who seeing a great number of pies gathered confidered those votes as thrown away : upon a tree at Olney, was persuaded by her and resolved farther, that Mr. Metcalfe and confeffor, that they were the souls of so ma Mr. Orlebar were duly elected, though Mr. Dy persons in purgatory; and, on the strength Orlebar had a leser number of votes than of this belief, the founded a church, in Mi. Ongley. which prayers were to be piously offered for As it is always to be wished, that there their redemption.

should be a barmony and correspondence of X. Tbe Question flared, W berber the Free- judgment in the leveral courts of judicature keiders of Middlesex loff ibeir Rigbi by voting throughout the kingdom, so happily in the for M. Wilkes at ibe laft Election? In a present inftance, the adjudications of the Letter from a Member of Parliament to one of courts of Westmin er perfectly agree and bis Conftituents. 8vo. 1s

. 6d. Woodfall. correspond with the deterdinations of the The tendency of this letter is to coademn House of Commons. the proceedings of the Commons, on their In the case of the king against the mayor late determination in regard to the Middle- ard aldermen of Bach, the 15 Geo. II. Mr. sex eleâion, which the author thinks whol. Taylor brought a mandamus to be admitted ly repugnant to every principle of legality, and sworn into the office of one of the alder

XI. Ibe Case of tbe late Election for ibe men of the city of Bath. To which it was County of Middlesex considered on ibe Princi- returned, that he was not duly chofen; and ples of tbe Conftitution, and obe Autbority of upon that iffue being joined, ii wis tried beLaro. 4to. Is. Cadell.

tore Lord Chief Justice Lee. This is a writer, and a very fenfible one It appeared at the trial, that by the chartoo, on the contrary side of this important ter of the corporation, the aldermen are to question; he cites a variety of cases, in be elected by the mayor, recorder and alderwhich the usage of parliament supported men, or the major part of them : but it was by the law of the land, particularly in mat. agreed that the prelence of the recorder was

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