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escaped the allurements and dangers mind may be so disposed, and my af of the capital, while he missed the fections so directed, as to augment high finish of education it afforded, the love of Thee in the hearts of my and “ acquired such an attachment readers.” The loss of Rochelle had to learning, and such habits of appli- caused the decline of the “ Calvinist cation, that his character was fixed, faction” in France : Daniel Huet, the and the ruling passion was implanted father of the author, was of noble which governed his whole future descent, and “had formerly been of life.”

that party ;”. his mother, much Having obtained a considerable re younger than her husband, was Isaputation early in life, he soon had a bella Pillon de Bertoville of Rouen, a splendid circle of literary friends, woman of excellent endowments. Peformed of foreigners and his own ter Daniel Huet was born in 1630. countrymen, of whom many were John Gontier, a zealous and learned members of the Society of Jesus ; Jesuit, undertook and accomplished hence we find, that“ few pages occur

the conversion of our prelate's father, in his Memoirs, which are not deco- who was so sensible of his former rated with the names of eminent lite errors, that he made a convert of bis rary characters, pointed out more or mother on her death-bed, and delightless to the Reader's attention by ancc ed the Jesuit to such a degree, that, dotes and observations.” Those Dr. “ by his own efforts, and those of his A. has converted into the subjects of friends, the conversion was celebrated Biographical Notes, in which he has in a collection of Greek, Latin, and aimed less at giving minute details of French verses, to which was subjoined their lives and writings, than charac an elegant eulogy of the life and virteristic sketches, furnishing correct tues of this respectable woman,” and ideas of “ their deserts, both moral inscribed over her tomb on a tablet and literary; and of the rank they of marble. It may be farther worthy held among their contemporaries.” of notice, that this new Catholick at. It is hoped that these additions will terwards built a Chapel for himself and render the work of bluet more inter family in the Church of St. John at esting and instructive; and that they Caen, furnished it with rich ornamay, collectively, afford a tolerably ments and vestments, endowed a extensive view of the state of letters priest, added musical accompaniments on the Continent of Europe, during a and symphonies with instruments, to period which must ever stand distin- the simple chaunt of the Roman Caguished among those in which the tholick church service, and gave to human mind has made the most sensi- the church, and consecrated to pious ble progress.”

uses, the musical instruments which Dr. Å. tkus closes his Introduction, he had purchased for his own amuseof which we have faithfully detailed ment: such were the consequences of the purport, with specimens of his lan- religious zeal, a little tinctured with guage occasionally interspersed. In so a sense of atonement. doiog we feel confident of the appro

M. Huet describes certain ornaments bation of our Readers, and are con- given to him by his godfather on the vinced they will confirm our asser New Year's day next following his tion that we are much indebted to baptism, which furnish a curious idea the Translator for this spontaneous of the fashion of the times; they illustration of the Memoirs of Huet, consisted of a silken bonnet fastened to which we shall now proceed with by a circlet of gold, set with diamonds, our remarks. It is impossible not to and adorned with herons' plumes. admire the pious manuer adopted by “ To this he added a belt embroidered the Author in bis very outset, affords with gold, from which depended a ing a most striking contrast to the little sword, accommodated to my contemptible effusions of vanity which stature, and a gold chain so weights, might be pointed out in many modern that when at a more advanced age I Memoirs. Huet attributes every vir- walked adorned with it, and swathed tuous motive and impulse on this oc in its many coils, I was almost opcasion to its true source : “ Cherish," pressed under the load.” Alaiu Augée, he exclaims, “with thy favour, this a person in holy orders, was entrusted work, undertaken at thy instigation; with the early part of his education, that in writing and publishing it my which was interrupted by the prema

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ture death of his mother, who had utmost exertion by the urgeney of the not attained the 40th year of her age. danger, I struggled so hard with my hands This event proved particularly inau and feet, as to raise myself to the surface spicious for Huet, as he seems to have of the water; and having thus discovered been transferred from guardian to

possessed a faculty with which I guardian, with little ceremony, and

was before unacquainted, I swam across a less respect to his rights of relation- time, by frequent practice, I acquired

deep river on that very day. From that ship. He was at length fixed for six such a proficiency in this art, that I was years at Caen, and “ chained down” able to dive to the bottom of the deepest with several cousins to the rudin ents streams, and take up oysters from the of language ; from thence be went to ground; so that none of my companions the College of Mont Royal at Caen, were reckoned to surpass me in this reunder the tuition of the Jesuits, the spect.” rectors of the college, who for five One of the first uses he made of his years instructed him in polite litera- liberty, after he had reached his twenture, and for three in philosophy. ty-first year, was the gratification of The ratural desire of improvement an inordinate desire to collect the vainherent to Huet, met with consider- luable works then extant, which be able interruption from his juvenile did with such excessive avidity, that companions, who contrived every his purse generally stood at a very inischievous trick to impede his pro- low ebb. His was a motley collection gress, and keep him as deficient as

with respect to external appearance, themselves : when he retired to a though excellent in the essential wood to escape them, they hunted point; nor did he scruple to use his him amongst the bushes, squirted books lest they should be soiled, or dirty water at him, and pelted bim neglect to mark favourite passages to with clods till he commenced a re

preserve the purity of the margins ; treat; he, however, persevered and the only uneasy sensation of his mind was successful, as at the age of thir arose from the dread that a library so teen he had completed his course of select should at length be dispersed in belles lettres, and appeared fit to en. alleys and upon booksellers’ stalls, ter upon that of philosophy. What and thus fall into the hands of the we have said on this head will serve to ignorant vulgar: this he contrived in explain his ardent attachment to his due time to prevent. — In a work of studies, and the Reader will infer so multifarious a nature, it is imposfroni it that he did not relax as he ad- sible to think of giving a complete, vanced in life. Before he attained

or even an imperfect outline; we manhood, Huet had nearly become a have therefore noticed only such parts Dominican through mere enthusiasm; as may be known without injuring and the superior of the order, who had the interest. The nuinerous incidents encouraged this infatuation, incurred of Huet's life with respect to literary the resentment of his relations and affairs, are strong incentives to a fellow-citizens, through a mistaken perusal of his Memoirs ; and the Bioidea that he had attempted to enspare grapbical Anecdotes in the form of an unwary youth : afterwards, he Notes will amply gratify more geadopted the manners and pursuits of neral readers : a specimen of the lata fine gentleman, and speaks of his ter shall conclude this article. agility and strength with much com

“ Antony de Garabi, sieur de la Luplacency, and mentions a singular in

zerne, in a very uncomely body, lodged stauce of his presence of mind, even

a mind possessed of many agreeable tawhen very young, which we would lents and accomplishments, which rendered recommend for imitation to every his society welcome to the most distinyouth in the kingdom under similar guished persons of his time. He was born circumstances.

in 1617 at Luzerne, near Coutances in From childhood I had learned the art Normandy, and studied at Caen under of swimming, without a master, an with Halle. He was much attached to the liteout corks, but accidentally. For, being, rary characters with which Caen then like other boys, accustomed in the hot abounded, and was ready to do them all weather to bathe several times in the day the kind offices in his power. Garabi was. for the sake of coolness, it once happened the author of a number of Freach and that I ventured into a stream without first Latin poems, and some works in prose, trying its depth,' and immediately sunk to which displayed an easy and flowing style the bottom; when, being roused to the of composition, but without much. depth

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of study. He passed his latter years at a ing a necessary conformity between tine estate which he inherited, at Estien-' his style and his subject.” ville in the Cotentin, and died iu 1679. His Latin works ju verse and prosë were is, we believe, acknowledged with

The happy application of words printed at Caen 1663.

universal conviction, to be Addison's?

great and peculiar excellence. Nor 6. The Contemplatist; a Series of Essays will our author make many converts

upon Morals and Literature. By Wil. to his new opinion, that, “ in the colle? liam Mudford, Author of " Nubilia," sideration of language,” Addison is &c. ; 12mo; pp. 336. Sherwood and to be estimated * below both JohnCo. 1810.

son and Goldsmith.” Mr. Mudford THE essential qualifications of one began this paper by censuring those who would wish to increase the num who compare the styles of Addison, ber of Essayists, are a knowledge of Johnson, and Goldsmith, and yet purthe world, correct taste, and a con

sues his comparisons until they prosiderable portion of humour. Men duce the above results ! may write Essays without these, but In his Papers on Kirke White's they must not expect to rank with works, are many remarks which show! the Spectators, Tatlers, Ramblers, &c. that Mr. Mudford has perused them

Mr. Mudford's Essays consist of, with much attention. They are, in.? 1. An Introductory Address; 11. The deed, extraordinary productions, and Hill of Literature, and the 'l'emple of the imperfections Mr. M. has pointed the Essayisis, an Allegory; 111. Vin

out may be usefully studied by young dication of Authors by Profession. Poets. Mr. M. however, seemis misIV. and V. The narrative of Julia, in taken in asserting that “the talents four papers; VI. Critical Examination of Henry procured him no powerful of the styles of Addison, Johnson, and friend, no munificent patron: he was Goldsmith; VII. Critical Examination suffered to lapguish in an humble meof Milton's Samson A yonistes; VIII. diocrity of station.” He forgets that Cruelty to Animals; IX. Julia; he was sent to the University of Cam- : X. Analysis of Sewell's Tragedy of Sir bridge; and, had he lived, would Walter Raleigh; XI. Julia; XII. have wanted no encouragement in the Adultery and Seduction ; XIII. Dig- regular prosecution of his studies. nity of the human Mind; XIV. Xo. The distinction Mr. M. makes beXVI. Critical Examination of the tween White and Burns and ChalterPoems of Henry Kirke White; XVII. ton is very just. The moral degraMatrimonial lifelicity; XVIII. On dation of Burns and Chatterton ought Suspicion ; XIX. Considerations on rever to be forgot in a cun parative the Utility of the Icareed Languages; estimate. XX. Account of John Wilde, esq. ;

On these Essays we shall only add, XXI. Self-knowledge.

that No. XVII. contains some opiOf these we are most inclined to nions on the causes of matrimonial praise No. I. III. VIII. XII. and infelicity, which the Audor would do XVIII. in all of which are many useful well to revise ; and thal, in No. XIX. remarks, conveyed in a pleasing, al- he appears to have imbibed the vulthough somewhat inflated style. His gar prejudices against classical learncritical papers, however, are not the jng, which were very becoming when production of a sound judgment. In brought forward by such a man as criticisn), it is one thing to differ from Cobbett, but are surely out of place general opinion, and quite another in a work which emulates the taste of thing to shew that general opinion is the British Essayists. wrong. We doubt whether any man

7. The Reformer: comprising Twenty-leo in.the kingdom, whose claim to taste Essays on Religion and Morality. I th has been allowed, will join the author an Appendix ; 12mo; pp. 360.' Rivingin the following:

tons. 1810. P. 86. " In reading the Essays of IN these days of pretended Refora Addison, I am seldom arrested by mers, we are glad to meet with one any sudden elevations, by any harmo- to whose sentiments we can subscribe, nious collocation of sentences, or by and whose efforts we can applaud, any happy application of words. He The Author of these Essays appears writes in one even tenor, and must, to be a man who has thought much thereføre, sometimes fail in preserve and deeply on those topicas of relia GENT. MAG. January, 1811.

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gion and morals which are most im- a poor animal, and run away from their portant to the happiness of mankind, own thoughts, a chair or a chariot would and the well-being of society; and,

be thought the most desirable means of in aid of his own sentiments, he has perfornsing a remove from one place to called in those powerful allies, Addi

another. In a word, no Egyptian mummy son, Blair, and Johnson. lle has

was ever half so useful in physie, as I also frequently quoted, and has given should be to these fererish constitutions,

to repress the violent sallies of youth, and a. perspicuous analysis of, Beattie's give each action its proper weight and celebrated Essay on Truti, a work

repose. I can stille any violent inclina. which, we agree with himp, cannot tion, and oppose a torrent of anger, or be too frequently perused. Our Au the solicitations of revenge, with success, thor's original opinions, if not always Although indolence is a stream which striking for their novelty, are not the flows slowly on, it yet undermines the less calculated to promote the valu. foundation of every virtue. A vice of á able and generous parposes of his

more lively nature were a more desirable work, which we feel disposed to re

tyrant than this rust of the mind, which commend to the attention of the gives a tincture of its nature to every ac

tion of one's life. It were as little hazard young of both sexes.

to be tossed in a storm, as to lie thus per. As a specimen, the following will 10

petually becalmed : and it is to no purperhaps not discredit our recommen

pose to possess the seeds of a thousand dation :

good qualities, if we want the vigour and “ Having thus stated the good effects resolution necessary for exerting them. resulting from industry, I shall now state Death brings all persons back to an equaan instance of the miserable effects of in- lity; and this image of it, this slumber dolence. Idleness is so general a distem of the soul, leaves no difference between per, that there is hardly any person with the greatest genius and the meanest unout some alloy of it; and thousands be. derstanding. A faculty of doing things side myself spend more time in an idle remarkably praise-worthy, thus concealed, uncertainty which to begin first of two af is of no more use to the owner, than a fairs, than would have been sufficient to heap of gold to the miser who has not the bave ended them both. The occasion of heart to make use of it. To-morrow is this seems to be the want of some neces still the fatal time when all is to be rectisary employment, to put the spirits in fied : to-morrow comes; it goes; and still motion, and awaken them out of their le I please myself with the shadow, whilst I thargy. If I had less leisure, I should lose the reality ; unmindful that the prehave more ; for I should find my time sent time alone is ours; the future is yet. distinguished into portions, some for bu- unborn; and the past is dead, and can siness, and others for the indulging of only live, as parents in their children, in pleasures : but now one face of indolence the actions it has produced. The tinie overspreads the whole, and I have no we live ought not to be computed by the land-mark to direct myself by: Were number of years, but by the use that has one's time a litue straitened by business, been made of it: thus, it is not the extent like water inclosed by its banks, it would of ground, but the yearly rent, which have some determined course ; but unless gives the value to the estate. Wretched it be put into some channel, it has no and thoughtless creatures ! in, the only currept, but beconies a deluge, without place where covetousness were a virtue, we either use or motion. When Scanderberg, turn prodigals! Nothing lies upon our Prince of Epirus, was dead, the Turks, hands with such uneasiness, nor has there who had but too often felt the force of his been so many devices for any thing, as to arm in the battles he had won from them, make it slide away imperceptibly, and to imagined, that, by wearing a piece of his no purpose. A shilling shall be hoarded bones near their heart, they should be with care, whilst that which is above the animated with a vigour and force like to price of an estate is thrown away with that which inspired him when living: As disregard and contempt. There is nothing, I am like to be of little use whilst I live, I pow-a-days, so much avoided, as a soliam resolved to do what good I can after citous iniprovement of every part of time; my decease ; and have accordingly or- it is a report which must be shunned, as dered my bones to be disposed of in this one regards the name of a Wit and a fine manner, for the good of such of my coun Genius, and as one fears the dreadful chatrymen as are troubled with too great a rąøter of a laborious Plodder : but, notproportion of fire. All fox-hunters, upon withstanding this, the greatest Wits any wearing me, would in a short time' be age has produced, thought far otherwise : brought to endure their beds in a morning, such as Socrates and Demosthenes. All and perhaps even quit them with regret are acquainted with the labour and assi. at tep: instead of burrying away to tease duity with which Tully acquired his elo

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quence. Of Seneca and Pliny it may be were transcribed a few days after his death,
said, that they both employed their time and dated Sept. 13, 1785.”
to the best advantage. In a word, it has

This last extract will doubtless inever been found, that all the finest gifts cline our Readers to guess at the of Nature may be lavished away to no purpose upon an idle man; but let it author, but in this we cannot assist never be forgotten, what must be the them. All we know is, that his iu. dreadful state of that man, who has been tentions in compiling this work are so unaccountably negligent, as not to use laudable, and that in the execution he to the best advantage the talents with has shewn a portion of ability enough which indulgent Heaven has entrusted to induce us to dispense with the vicehim ; as an awful time must come, when ties of criticisın. every

must render an account of the deeds done in this life, before the 8. The Classical Journal, for 1810. Printed judgment--eat of the great tribunal of by J. A. Valpy, før Longman and Co. Heaven, and receive the final and irrevoc Two Volumes 8vo. able sentence pronounced, either, as a faithful steward, “ to enter into the joy

WE congratulate our learned Counof his Lord;" or, like the idle and un

trymen on the completion of Two profitable servant, “ to be cist into utter

Volumes of a work undertaken on darkness, where will be wailing and gnash- the laudable principles of the “ Biblia ing of teeth.”

otheca Literaria" of Mr. Wasse in In a subsequent part of this Vo

1722 (which extended only to ten Jame we find the following anecdote Numbers), and of the “ Miscellaneæ of a once celebrated character.

Observationes, 1731;" which, though “ 'Though it is part of every good man's ceived so little encouragement in

superintended by Dr. Jortin,“ religiou to resign himself to God's will, England, that at the end of eighteen yet an example upon the worldly wisdom of that daty, will be of use to every one

nionths it was removed to Holland, who suffers under the immediate pressure

and translated and coutinued in the of affliction. I shall quote an example,

Latin language." which may prove very beneficial. A “ Notwithstanding the contributions of short time before Lord Sackville expired, the Learned on the Continent, it ceased to the Rev. Mr. Sackville Bayle, his worthy be published in its original series in 1739. parish priest and ever faithful friend, ad, A few numbers were afterwards added at ministered the soleinu offices of the sacra a long and irregular interval from each went to hiin; reading, at bis request, the other; but the work was soon abandoned. prayers for a cominunicaut at the point of --Since that period,” we proudly joiu Mr. death. He had ordered all his bed-cur V. in observing, “ a new æra has arisen tains to be opened, and the window-sasties in Classical Literature. The labours of thrown open, that he might have air and Bentley, which had been either neglected space to assist him in his efforts. What or obstructed by his coutenporaries, have they were; with what devotion he joined 'been duly appreciated by a in ibose solemn prayers that warn the lightened age, and every succeeding year parting spirit lo disiniss all hopes that aids new bays to the wreath of his fame. centre in this world, that reverend friend His critical disquisitions have given birth can witness. I also was a witness and a to those of Hemsterhuis, Ruboken, Val. partaker; and no other person was pre- kenaer, Villoison, Brunck, Dawes, Mark , sent at that holy ceremony. A short land, Toup, Tyrwnitt, anil Porson. By time before he expired, I caine, by his these great luminaries a flood of light has desire, to his bedside ; where, when taking been shed on the Classical world, and cri. my hand and pressing it between his, he tical knowledge has assumed a meridiaa addressed ine, for the last time, in the brightness, which even the gloom of polia following words : “ You see me now in tical dissentions, of revolutionary those inuments when no disguise will avail, storms, can neither obscure nor diminish. and when the spirit of a man must be The present time abounds with men of acproved. I bave a ninil perfectly resigned, curate taste, of critical sagacity, of rich and and at peace with itself. I have done various information, and of splendid genius. with this world ; and what I have done in ... It has been thought,” adds Mr. V. "that it, I have done for the best ; I hope and an attempt to collect their scattered rays trust I am prepared for the next. Fell would tend to cherish the blaze of literame not of all that passes in health and lure by general cummunication. With pride of heart; these are muments in this view, the present Repository is offered which a man must be searched; and re to their patronage ; and, if they will homember that I die content.” I know that nour it with their support, and adorn it by I añ correct in these expressivus, which their productions, a confident expectation

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