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Coningsby was the rectory of Lawrence Eusden, poet laureat, who died there in 1730.
Edenham Church is the burial-place of the noble family of Bertie, of whom Robert Earl of Lindsey was slain at Edgebill in 1642, and Robert first Duke of Ancaster died in 1728.
In Glentworth Church is the monument of Sir Christopher Wray, Lord Chief Justice to Elizabeth. At Grantham free-school, under Henry Stokes, was educated Sir Isaac New
pure intelligence!” In the church are handsome monuments for Lord Chief Baron Sir Thomas Bury, who died 1722, aged 66; and Lord Chief Justice Sir Dudley Ryder, who died 1756, aged 64. The Prince Regent is a freeman of the borough.
Kirkstead was the residence of Dr. John Taylor from 1715 to 1733 ; and here his “ Hebrew Concordance” was composed.
Scrivelsby Manor is beld by the Dymocks, by performing the office of Champion at the Coronation of the King.
At Sleaford, in 1789, died the accomplished sovelist and dramatic writer, Mrs. Frances Brooke.
At Stamford, in St. Martin's burial-ground, was interred Daniel Lambert, a pative of Leicester, who died in 1809, aged 39. He measured 3 feet 1 inch round the leg, 9 feet 4 inches rouod the body, and weighed 739 Ibs! All Saints was the rectory of Richard Cumberland, afterwards Bp. of Peterborough, author of “De Legibus Naturæ.” This town is famous for an aupual bull-running on St. Brice's day.
To Woolsthorpe, bis native place, Sir Isaac Newton retirred duriog the plague in 1666, and here his system of gravitation was first suggested to his miod, by observing an apple fall from a tree.
Government can force terms on the MR, Trevelyan's Latin
Mr. URBAN, St. Helen's Place.
with the present, in collecting the taxes. He Pamphlet published under the
-Besides, tbe saving to the country would be great in the amount paid for
the management of the Debt, as every ing Fund” introduces with much
one would then be the transferrer of his pomp the following Scheme. As it is
own property.”. a complete Copy of my Plan (see your last Volume, Part II. p. 606,) except Mr. URBAN,
Jan. 10. that the Author ignorantly supposes R.
(Vol. LXXXVII. ii. p. 448,) Public Creditor, I hope you will fa.
bear a close family resemblance to the vour me by noticing that the subject
verses of Lord Wellesley, Herbert, of my Publications was introduced
&c. in the “ Musæ Etonenses." Take into the House of Commons, as early
the following pecimen : as July last, WILLIAM Dunn.
At tibi, (quisquis eris qui jam provec. “ Suppose the Guvernment by an Act
tior annis, of Parliament
to abolish the Rursus Etonensem visis amasque LaFunds altogether, and pay the holders
TREVELYAN. with Debentures or Exchequer Bills, Quis tibi jam sensus qui subrepentibus bearing interest (say at a reduced rate).
annis Each holder would then have a kind of Hospes Etonensem visis amatc Larem. general circulating medium in his pos
HERBERT. session, which he could use at his discre- I am an adınirer of Mr. Bonney's tion; and instead of the Funded Debt
Life of Taylor; but it seems to me he lying, as it now does, a dead weight on speaks too harshly of the conduct the Nation, it might become generally and motives of the Republican party beneficial, it being, as it were, in double
in those days. Mr. Hutchinson, in his action, or in fact, treble action.
Preface to Col. H.'s Memoirs, truly In the first place the Creditor would
says, have his interest going on as usual.
Upon a fair review of the He would bave bis Debt, as a circula
contest it will be seen, that what the ting medium, to make purchases, or pay
Courtier of the present day, the flatments of any kind.
terer of kingly power, admits as And by such an immense Capital cir. axioms, were the grand desiderata of culating in the country, the Government the Whigs and Patriols of those would have little difficulty, compared days."
G. H. W.
Some Reflections on the Opening of the get dispatched by other hands, either New Year 1750. By Dr. Doddridge. dictating, or getting them set down HAVE this day been solemnly
in short-hand to be transcribed. I to God, and my heart has been growth or declension of the church, warmed with a great desire to serve
and would resolve to intercede more him. I have been considering how I fervently with God both on public am to employ myself for him ; and and private accounts, as I find my on the whole have determined, by prayers have been too selfish. I will the divine assistance, to go on doing also bend my preaching with the inost something every day in my Expositor; fervent application to the purpose of hoping that I may, before the end of bringing sinners to Christ, and of adthe year, if God should spare my life, vancing believers in holiness. bave transcribed at least to the end
I purpose to keep my diary as conof Ephesians, with the notes, in stantly as I can; to set down memowhich I propose to read Lenfant raodums in time, and not to throw chiefly in the evening, and to finish the accounts of one day into another, for the press the whole on the Ro- when I can conveniently prevent it, mans. if I can also publish a Sermon which often has occasioned the omison brotherly love, and the account of sion of many (illegible] and Zinzendorf, it will be well; for I introduces a bad habit in other plainly see that these things rid very things as well as that. slow with the pressure of so much
The tender state of my daughter's business, and there are many letters health this year has thrown me into upon my liands. Nor can I persuade some anxiety--God knows how near myself by any means to neglect my she lies to my heart. I earnestly beg, people ; for I must not count on
that if it be his blessed will, he would reading many books, or doing much favour me in preserving her life, and other business, while the Family- that of poor Mr. Clayton for the miExpositor is in hand, about the ac- nistry. curacy of which I grow more solici- The lower class not having been tous, as I have so much reason to very closely superintended, it has ocbelieve it will go through a consider. curred to me not to spend any time able part of Europe. I must also between breakfast and dinner below, attend to the interest of Religion except so as to dress myself; and, if I among my pupils, and have more have finished my lectures before dinconferences with them, especially in
ner, to call the juniors, and to spend an eveniog, than I have had of late. some time in examining themá 1 also I shall also probably end Rollin, and would attend sometimes at Mr. Hopperhaps may get an opportunity of kins's society, &c. These things I purreading a little of Tacitus, with Ğor. pose, by the divine assistance ; and I don's translation, of which I hear so
desire to leave all my affairs with God, many good things. But I fear I shall waiting on him, and keeping bis way. neither publish Sacramental Medita- Monday. Jan. 2, 1749.50. tions por Hymns; yet I may perhaps do something towards getting them
“ What, with regard to times past, is in some forwardaess.
the worst, should, for the time to I would fain hope the evenings
come, be esteemed the best. For if will be more carefully redeemed,
you had performed your duty to the
full, and yet your affairs had gone and the beginnings of the afternoon
backwards, there would have been no saved, which have so often been un
hopes of their amendment; but as accountably lavished away. I would the bad posture of your affairs proat least secure four hours a week to
ceeds, not from necessity, but from be set down as to a cash account; your own errors, there is room to and would devote to God the like hope, that when those errors are forproportion of my substance as last saken, or corrected, a great change year, keeping the account carefully : for the better may ensue.' and would secure a little time for de
Demosthenes to the Athenians. vout meditation at least once a week, Mr. URBAN,
Jan 1. and guard against excess at supper. AN
FTER the Commiltees of both In the prospect of beiog much Houses of Parliament appaiotpressed with letters, I would consider ed for the revision of the Poor Laws what
my debts are, and what I may had terminated their labours in the GENT. Mag. January, 1818.
last Session, without bringing forward ter. But however much the power and even the outline of a plan for the re- combination of these propensities and moval of evils of the most alarming qualities way differ in individuals at magnitude, it was more than proba- birth, they may be all so directed by ble that the cause of our distresses subsequent circumstances, as to be made would be found to lie deeper than was
to form general characters, and those
characters to be of any of the most opat first imagined. The capricious character of the public mind has bitbérto posite nature, to be made entirely irra
tional or rational." rendered it hazardous, in the judg. ment of our most enlightened States- There can be no doubt that some men, to apply any of the remedies will make slower progress in moraļ that have been suggested by Reform- and intellectual improvement than ists; and now, because the origin of others; but that there exists in the our disorder is traced pot in the mental constitution of any individual mal-administration of existing laws, an iosuperable obstacle to the pracbut in the individuals themselves who tice of the greatest virtues, I cannot compose society-like wayward child- admit. If there is any truth in the ren, we refuse to listen to the voice long - established position of Mr. of an instructor.
Locke, that there are no ideas but Valuing philosophical enquiries so such as result from sensation and refar only as they may contribute to flection, then is the character chiefly the happiness of mankind, I disclaim forined by the circumstances with all participation in the opinions Mr. which it is surrounded. When we Owen bas expressed on the subject of observe that man partakes of that faith. It is sufficient for me to ob- general character which prevails in serve, that as in his projected villages the country where he is born; that perfect freedom of religious sentiment he is of any religion he may be will prevail; whether he subscribes to taught; that even his manners and any Creed or not, is a consideration the lighter shades of character are which can form no rational ground regulated by the sphere in which be of objection to the play itself. moves; that different countries and
There have been few arguments ad- different ranks in society have each vanced in opposition to the New View a peculiar character ; is it possible to of Society, which Mr. Owen has not suppose that all this does not arise anticipated and completely refuted; from external circumstances: The but there is an imaginary barrier, most virtuous dispositions have oriwhich reflecting men, sincerely de- ginated from external causes : by obsirous of affording this permanent re- serving what those causes have been, lief to the labouring classes, are ap- and carefully applying them in the prehensive will oppose their best en- discipline of youth, they willinevitably deavour. “ As a proof of the impossi- lead to a similar result. It is not bility of making all mankind rational, that our systems of education, though good, and happy, by any general sys- in many respects faulty, are deficient tem of education, it is remarked in excellent practical precepts, but that in families where children have that the counteracting influence of experienced precisely the same treatsociety defeats the benefit of instrucment and instruction, their characters tion. Those objects impressed upon are found widely to differ, and con- the mind in the course of study are sequently there must be a constitu- effaced by others more powerful, and tional defect in some minds which to which they are opposed in an inwill effectuaily prevent them from tercourse with the world. Children becoming respectable members of so- of one family, and educated together, ciety.” It will appear by the follow. would subsequently display the same ing extract, that Mr. Owen has not general character, if the external ex. overlooked the variety to be found citements of society did not elicit in the natural dispositions of indivi- those bad qualities which would otherduals.
wise lie dormant. It is the different “Man is born with combined propen- degree of power and combination in sities and qualities, differing in degree natural propensities and qualities and power, and in combination suffi. which renders some more obnoxious cient to create through life individuality to temptaliop than others, and preand distinctness of person and charac vents that general good conduct which
our own errors
must prevail in the “New View of So- sick are become more essentially neciety," where every peroicious excite- cessary? Was the Philosopher in erment is withdrawn.
ror, or shall we oot rather find that Pride, when presented to the mind the education he had in view was abstractedly, creates repugnance; but one that provided for the wants both how unconsciously are we reconciled of body and miod: not an education to its various gradations in the dif- where Youth are taught one set of ferent ranks of life. That it should' principles in the academy, and anoso insinuate itself can be readily ac- ther in society. It is in vain to in. counted for, since it is fostered in struct children in the important the nursery and in our schools; it is duties of morality and religion, if, first introduced under the milder cha- upon the same day they receive these racter of Emulation, but even in this lessons, they are exposed to the temp. its most inoffensive form, it is a prin- tations of want, and to the contagion ciple resting upon the degradation or of vicious intercourse. inferiority of others, and totally at There is not, Mr. Urban, any invariance with Christian motives *. herent depravity in human nature If equal pains were taken to instil which a Christian education, in a sointo the minds of youth principles of ciety formed upon the basis of Mr. benevolence, the gratification of he- Owen's true and unerring principles ing enabled to perform a beneficent of political economy, caonot overact, as the reward of diligence, would
They are 8000 become a more powerful incen. alone that impede the melioration of tive than the desire of excelling: and inankiod ; not the real, but the factithus by reiterated acts of kindoess tious wants of society: the former they would acquire benevolent ha- can now be supplied in superabunbits, the pleasures of which would be dance, and through the aid of mechafound far too exquisite to be exchang- nism with very moderate exertion; ed for any other, especially as they and as for the latter, they will all be would then become associated with expelled under a better system, and all their earliest impressions. In men
in ibe more extended practice of geso trained, and in a society of mu- nuine Christianity: tual co-operation, Pride, Envy, Ava. Those who rank first in the order rice, and Anger, with all the bad pas. of created beings, and are eodowed sions, would not only be placed more with superior intelligence, must subhoder the dominion of Reason, but mit to the humiliation of learning the stimulus to their exertion would social union from the insect tribes, no longer exist. Thus, a two-fold Man, it is true, bas, in the improveoperation would be performed. In ment of his intellectual faculties, the preventive system, the removal loftier aims to pursue than that to of temptation, and in sedulously watch, which in stiuct directs the bee: but iog the early association of ideas,con- is the attainment of bis object facisisted the chief excellence of the laws litated by a departure from those of Lycurgus, and he produced the simple laws' which Nature has premartial and patriotic character hie de- sented to his view in the economy of signed ; why then should we despair the hive? On the contrary, do not of success in the application of these his struggles for subsistence, or for principles to higher objects?
the gratification of imaginary wants, When Plato was asked by what Dot only deprive him of the opporsigns a traveller might know imme. tunity of cultivating his reasoning diately on his arrival in áoy city that powers, but privations and misery education is veglected, he replied, abound, although the aggregale of "If he finds that Physiciansand Judges food, of cloathing, and of shelter are necessary." How does it arise amounts to superfluity? that in a Metropolis where education Yours, &c.
CHRISTIANUS. prevails more than at any former period, practitioners in law and phy, Mr. URBAN,
THE assertions in the Leiter of * See the admirable chapter on the Desire of Human Estimation and Ap- 404,) were to me so novel, as greatly plause, in Mr. Wilberforce's Practical to surprize me, and to excite my View of Christianity.
anxious interest to have their truth
THW..est (vol. IXXXVII. II. p.
or falsehood ascertained. He says whether the wickedness or the folly that “the riogleaders and principal, were more glaring and extravagant. abettors of the plan," (i.e. of the There are many other parts of Traitors who were lately executed W. B. S.'s Letter which are open to at Derby) “ were mostly of the So- ' animadversion, and shew him to ciety called Methodists *: that in Dis- have written under the dominion of senting Chapels the meetings" (i.e. passion and prejudice. Notbing but of these same Traitors, if I under the blinding influence of that domistand him aright) “were held, their vion could have urged him to put plans laid, and the business dis- the question, “ If the Clergy are cussed :” that “from their Conven- obliged to give pledges of behaviour ticles they issued forth to put their and testimonials of life and characplan in execution, and from Religion ter, ought not Dissenting Teachers they proceeded to Murder :" and to be called to the same test ?"-and that, in short, the Methodists “jo- not perceive the obvious answer to stigate to crimes, and, not content it, That the Clergy have a Maintewith this, are equally ready to justify" nance secured to them by Law, while them.
the Dissenting Teacher has nothing, Having kdown, and intimately and and expects nothing, from the State, extensively known, the Methodists in but protection in common with his different parts of England, upwards fellow-subjects. Of this protection of forty years, I am assured that the it is the tendency, if not the intention, principles which they uniformly pro. of W. B. S.'s inflammatory Letter to fess, the rules of conduct which they deprive them.
J. W. D. juculcate, and the practice of all of them (I say, all of them, without ex- Mr. URBAN,
Jan. 8. ) I have been con. He appearance of the Works of W.B. S.'s representation. I am not
may belong, which are admired for unaware that faults, and some of their superior splendour, or esteem. magnitude, exist among them ; buted for a more than ordinary happidisaffection to the existing Govero- dess of accomplishment, almost iument, or an insurrectionary spirit, are evitably leads others on to emulanot in the number. As a body of tion; gome, with unaspiring wishes people, they are rather characterized
of following the track of what they hy inclinations and habits positively esteem, or of copying what they adthe reverse.
mire ; some, with more lofty aspiW. B. S.'s Letter, therefore, asto- rations of rivalling what has giveu pished me; and, as I reside in a part them delight, or of surpassing what of the kingdom distant from the scene may have excited the baser feelings of the late traitorous rising, I felt it of envy; and such consequences jo due to myself, and to some endeared every possible shape and beariog we copoexions among that religious so- often perceive to have followed the. ciety, to make enquiries of persons on appearance of the more admired prothe spot, who were likely to know ductions in the Poetical World. We the truth as to what he has asserted. are informed, that even many of the The information I have received gives most durable monuments of fame, me reason to believe that those as
the most illustrious Poels, have owed sertions are unworthy of any credit. their origin and existence to some The grounds on which I form my trivial circumstance, or some slight opinion it is not now necessary to ad- idea, originating from others that duce: an anonymous accusation, with have long been as forgotten as if out proof, is sufficiently repelled by they had never been known. an anonymous denial. The Metho.
Ariosto was an
honour to his dists had no concern, either as a body Country, and the glory of his age. or as individuals, with the late insur. The general regard and universal rection, of which it is difficult to say admiration bis Orlando Furioso at. * By this term I understand W. B. S.
tracled was a cause to which the to mean the followers of the late Joba
world are indebted for not a few Wesley, whose name he expressly men
other Poems of great merit and tions; and I beg to be understood as exteosive celebrily; and these not speaking of those only.
confined to Italy alone. But on this