Page images

creased *, since the Commissioners of present call the attention of your Land Revenue presented their Re- Readers are, the glaring inconsistports to Parliament; and that there

ency, the flagrant partiality, and the cannot be any well-grounded expecta- palpable injustice, which appear in tion of as much being obtained as this Work of the learned Doctor. formerly from individual proprietors; De mortuis nil nisi bonum seeins to it is evident 'that the means which it be the rule which he has laid down was then proper to recommend to for the regulation of bis conduct Government for providing a perma- when he has to speak of the hero of ment supply for the Navy, even if his piece. De mortuis nil nisi verum they had all been carried inio effect, is, i thiuk, a much better reading ; would now be inadequate to the in- and I think so for the very good reacreased demand.”

800 which Le Clerc bas given, “ Nec The preceding statements are not nocet veritas mortuis, et multum promade with the most distant intent dest vivis.” Epistolæ Crit. p. create alarm or despondency; but The supposition of the learned Docto prevent the supine policy of con- tor's ignorance of the existence of a cealment, which is only applicable to passage, such as I shall produce from a state conscious of its owu weakness, a Treatise of his favourite and fato which, God bę praised, this Nation voured Author, whose character as a is not yet reduced. But, if such scholar, as a writer, as a man, and as system is suffered to continue, the a Christian, he bas so earnestly lacountry might be lulled into fatal boured to defend,—this supposition security, and be left destitule of the is precluded by the minute attention means of supporting her naval power. paid to the several charges, verbal, The more closely this long-neglected syllabical, and literal, preferred against but most important subject is in this celebrated Genius, and by the quired into, the more accurately will anxiety displayed in the endeavour to our deficiencies and wants be under- refute those charges. stood, and the greater exertions used When the learned Doctor was cento effect a remedy before it is too suring in such severe, though perhaps late.

merited terms, the malignity of SalWith a view to this great national masius, of Lauder, and of Johnson, a objeci, it is necessary to examine the feeling of consistency, impartiality, present mode of construction and and justice, should have prompted expenditure ; in order to ascertain him to produce the passage alluded whether any, and what methods can to; in which is exbibited as much be devised, to render our naval force fanatic malignity as ever flowed from more efficient, and decrease the con- the pen, as ever rankled in the heart sumption of materials ;' thereby re

Was Milton's difference of ducing the demand for timber to our opinion about modes of government owo means of future supply.

civil and ecclesiastical,

- was his [To be continued.]

aversion from regal rule and prela

tical authority,ếwas the conduct of Mr. URBAN,

Jan. 4. the Government under which he lived, REGARD for the sacred cause A

however harsh, bowever tyrannical of Truth induces we to request he might have felt or fancied it to be, the insertion of the following obser- -was all this sufficient to justify bis vatious in your valuable Magazine. involving an entire Hierarchy in one

I have lately been engaged in read. sweeping clause of indiscriminate ing a Life of Milton, written by the damnation? Did this become a being Rev. Dr. Symmons; and I have risen stamped with the image of humanity? from the perusal of it with wingled Did this accord with his profession as sensations of pleasure and disgust. a Christian? Was this to walk in the But the poiots to which I would at steps of his blessed Master, who, after * The consumption of timber for the

baving suffered all the evil, and done whole shipping of Great Britain was

all the good of which his life was castated in the hefore-mentioned Report pable, closed that invaluable life with to have been in 1788 equal to 208,000, a pious fervent prayer for his enemies loade; and in 1808 Lord Melville has and his murderers ? But, blessed be stated it at 349,900 loads annually. God! damuation dwells not on the Gent. Mac. January, 1813.


of man.

requisite to enable us to form a fars Yocellaneous strictures ; and in

breath of mortal. Even a Milton, “if it were put to my option, whether with all his intellectual endowinents, I would be an idiot, without a single like the despised objects of his ill. faculty of mind, or a single sense of assumed anathema, must pass to his the body; or whether I would have account. And may that God, whose Milton's imagination, attended with darling attribute is mercy, forgive this fiery spirit of fanaticism, I should him the gall of his bitterness, release not hesitate one moment to deter. him from the bond of his iniquity!

mive.”--Jones's Essay on the Church. I shall now produce the passage Yours, &c.

PHILALETA ES. (the necessity for doing which a candid writer would have prevented, but


Dec. 19, the production of which is absolutely

TOU soinetimes admit a few mis. and correct estimate of the manners and the inind of Milton);--then let deed I have seldom any thing better the Reader judge between the Poet to offer for your acceptance. and his Persecuiors, between his Bio- Courayer's “ Tract upon the Digrapher and the Publick ;--then let vinity of Jesus Christ” has not fallen him say, whether he be ready to in my way, nor the Quarterly Review subscribe to the language and the in which it is noticed ; but the reasentiment which the learved Doctor Soning of Justitia, in your Supplement has employed in giving the fiuishing to Part I. of Vol. LXXXII. p. 622. in touch to the golden image which he justification of the publication of that has set up ;--whether he be prepared posthumous work, is very extraordito conceive of Milton, as of " a man, nary. who, if he had been delegated as the “ The Reviewer himself,” your Correpresentative of his species to one of respondent says, “ will allow, that the the superior worlds, would have sige Church of England acquires additional gested a grand idea of the human strength by the number of victories race, as of beings affluent with moral guined by its defenders; and, allowing and intellectual treasures, who were this, he will allow that Dr. Bell has doraised and distinguished in the uni

served vell of the Church by the publiverse as the favourites and beirs of cation of Mr. Le Courayer's Treatise." hea ven.” See the Life of Milion, 2d The inference here rests on this Ed. p. 593.--The passage (I blush for position, that because attacks upon poor degraded human nature as I the Church may, eventualiy, tend to transcribe it is as follows: “But strengthen the Church, therefore such they (the Bishops of the Church of atlacks are in themselves meritoriEngland) that, by the impairing and Vihich is just as true as the foldiminution of the true faith, the dis- lowing: " There must be heresies,

tresses and servitude of their country, that they which are approved may be • aspire to bigh dignily, rule, and pro- made inanifest ;” tierefore heresies motion here, after a shameful end in are in themselves good : The Provithis life (which God grant them!) dence of God brings good out of shall be thrown down eternally into evil; therefore evil is itself good;

and the darkest and deepest golph of hell ; we may do evil that good may come. wbere under the despiteful controul, Mr. Coura yer, as it appears, had the trample and spurn of the other given a sort of negative consent, that damned, who, in the anguish of their the work should be "made public, torture, shall have no other ease than after his death ;" but if he had left an to exercise a raving and beastial ty, express injunction for its publication, ranny over them, as their slaves and how any one, believing the doctrine negroes; they shall remain in that of the tract not to be true, especially plight for ever, the basest, the lower- on the momentous subject of our most, the most dejected, most under- Lord's Divinity, could ipsiocently foot, and down-trodden vassals of make himself the instrument of its

: *Treatise on Reformation,vol. Ia fishing an antidote with the poison),

exceeds my compreheusion, though I will only add, in the words of a I have carefully and repeatedly read late learned and pious Author, tbat, what Justitiu has remarked on the



P. 274.

subject. Whether, in the edition of " Fill ye up the measure of your Courayer, the errors of the deceased fathers," Matt. xxiii. 32. and “ Full author are accompanied with a re- well ye reject the commandment of futation by the Editor, not having God," Mark vii. 9. are, I presume, scen the book, I cannot tell.

two incontestable instances of the use Partii. p. 203.328. It has often been of irony by our blessed Lord. matier of surprise to me, that Soame P.427. Your two Correspondents Jenyos, fanciful as he was, or any hare, no doubt, determined very proone else, should find a serious dif. perly, that the service, cailed the ficulty in Luke xvi. 9. where a rea- Churching of Women, is not to be sonable and just sense is so obvious : refused to an unmarried woman, who “ Make a good use of that which is has been delivered of a child, if it is 80 often used otherwise ;” or, as the desired. The point of casuistry seems general monition is, “ use this world to be, whether, in such a case, supas not abusing it,” i Cor. vii. 31. It posing (what is always to be hoped) is evident from verse 11, “ If ye have there be real humility and contrition, nol been faithful in the uprighteous private penitence and secrel thanks mammon,” that a portion, whether are not inore suitable than a public more or less, of the “ uprighteous acknowledgement of mercy, which, mammon,” that is, of this world's under the circumstances of the case, goods, is supposed to be entrusted to would be, at the same time, an avowal each of us ; and we are blameable, if of past guilt, with something like a we do not use it as faithful stewards. braving of the public eye; and, as It is therefore vain to inquire whe- far as I have observed, custom seems ther ex may perhaps once in a hun- to concur with general feelings in dred times signity away fromdeciding the question in the affirma(p. 328.) since to take it so in the tive. For 1 morer knew nor beard passage before us, is only to give it of an instance, when the service was a sense, which is plainly repugnant to required for an unmarried woman; the context.

except that I was once asked by a It is sometimes doubted, whether young Clergyman, what he should "the lord,” verse 8, is our Lord, or do, if he was called upon to perform the steward's master; but the sense, the service in such a case, as it was either way, is jy effect the same, the runourid he would be; bui I think wisdom of the steward, not the man- he afterwards told me, it was not dener in which he employed it, being sired.

R. C. the thing commended. I understand P.S. In a translation of Dulce Loit, however, as your Correspondent, mum, current among schooiboys, p. 328, does, of the master, thus : and equal perhaps to any of those

This fellow is more knave than preserved in your former pages (vol. fool ; he has sense enough, if he had LXVI. 203. LXXXI. Pari ii. 461.) is but integrity to make a good use of the following line : it." And then our Lord, having

Sing Old Rose, and burn libellos," made a general remark on the wiss dom of the men of this generation, where some, I am told, read; "burn takes up the discourse in his own

the bcllows;" on which I have no

remark to oiler ; but wish to learn person: - And I say unto

you.'' And this, not the “ adversative" con

the origin of the other expression, structioli, But 1," is, I think, the ! Sing old Rose,” which occurs also obvious meaning of xqyw in every

in Walion's Complete Angler: "And one of the sixty-nine justances, where, where we inay have a cup of good

now let's go to an honest ale-house, according to niy Concordalice, it 0ccurs in the New Testament., and sing Old Rose, and

all of us rejoice togeiher.” Ed. 1760. Sit wolen, without a noninative, is to be understood passively, “bat ye - may be received ;as ATCITETIV, in

Cape Town, Cape of

Mr. URBAN, Good Flope, Sept. 10. this same Gospel, xii. 20, translated literally in the margin, “Do they require," is rendered in the texi,

years, permit a Correspondent s shall be required.

once more to address you,


[ocr errors]

p. 50.

a f

The Dutch Church at this place believe, but little known, Tristan was built by the founder of the cos d'Acunha, or da Cunha. It is situ. lony, Van Reibeck, in 1654. It is a ated Latitude, by observation, 37o. handsome stone structure, with two 7. S. Longitude 11°, 43'. W. from uniform fronts and detached wings, Greenwich ; and was discovered by adorned with pilasters surmounted the Portuguese about the year 1449. with urns. The interior is supported It is in the tract of navigation beby four columns of the Tuscan or- tween the Cape of Good Hope and der, and adorned with a magnificent the River Plate in South America, organ. A ponderous pulpit, sup- and in the course of ships bound to ported by two lions, and the front the former place or to India. An ornamented with an anchor, sym- American of the name of Jonathan bolical of the name of the Colony, Lambert, with two other persons, are the first objects that strike a lauded there iu January 1811, in orstranger on his entrance into the der to establish themselves for the church. The columns and walls of purpose of cultivating the soil, and the structure are hung with the es- rearing stoek for the supply of any cutcheons, swords, and gauntlets of vessel or vessels that might occasion. the first governors, with their stan- ally touch there. The progress that dards suspended from the roof. The these three adventurers had made in steeple is lofty, surrounded with a the pursuit of this object at the time balustrade, and adorned with a good that Captain Seaver landed there, on clock.-In the body of the church the 28th of February following, was are interred a few persons of note, (by his report) that they had with who held high situations uuder the great exertion and much industry Dutch government *.

cultivated nearly ten acres of garden The Dutch congregation begin to ground with various vegetables growassemble at divine service on Sundays ing with great luxuriance. at nine o'clock in the morning; which On the 22d of December 1811, H. continues till eleven o'clock : when M. Frigate President, Captain Warthey are succeeded by the British, con- ren, at the request of Lord Caledon, sisting of the civil aod military ser-' late Governor of the Cape, and by vants, a few residents, and the greater order of the Lords of the Admiralty, part of the soldiers of the garrison touched there ; and the Master, by not on duty. During the English an accurate survey, ascertained the service a band of music plays occa

extent of the island to be about 28 sionally; and at one o'clock it ter- miles in circumference. In the centre minates.

of the island is a high peak, similar The following information I col- to Teneriffe, which can be seen in lected from Captain Benjamin Frank- clear weather at 20 miles distance ; lin Seaver, an American, who touch- and from the base of this mountain a ed at the Cape in the month of meandering stream proceeds to the March 1812, respecting an island cliffs on the North side of the island, hitherto almost unnoticed +, and, I where it disembogues into the sea.

The best winds for anchoring are be* On a future occasion I shall d'escribe tween W. S. W. and E. S. E. Souththose monuments most worthy of no- ing. The surf that beats on the shore tice; viz. that of the noble family of is never violent; and in fine weather Van Reede, Van Oudtshaerne, Van Ře: there is scarcely any appearance of beck, Vander Staal, Adeler, Yale, &c. it ; and persons on shore can have &c. with the tablets erected to the me- daily communications with shipping mories of Barnard Armstrong, and in the worst weather. The soil is a other English officers civil and mili- rich black mould, about two feet tary, who rest from their labours in this deep; avd the face of the country is church. [For those of our Countrymen covered with small trees and brushwe shall be particularly obliged. Edit.]

wood. + The only account of this island (a

The rocks that surround the island very imperfect one) is in Anderson's Account of the Embassy of Lord Mac

are continually visited by sea-eleartney to China; but when on the point phants ; and the otting produces great of exploring it, a storm came on, which quantities of mackerel, perch, and compelled them to abandon the project. crayfish, which are easily taken with



the hook and line; the woods abound loyalty so unquestionably manifested with wild boys.--Mr. Seaver observed by the persons to whom your Corto me, that should this island be bere. respondent alludes. after found worthy the attention of It was not the uniforın practice of the British Goverameat, it is capable Garter Walker to introduce the Leoof being fortified; oa the West side pard's Face into the grant of Arms to of an inlet the ground rising from those who had rendered theniselves the beach nearly 100 feet, and by conspicuous for attachnent to the placing six pieces of candon on the Royal Cause, and who had made great acclivity in a proper position, they sacrifices to support it. would, if properly served, most ef- Many graots of Arms were made fectually check an enemy, and pre- after the Restoration to distinguished vent him from landing. On the S. E. Loyalty, where the augmentation of the island there is a considerable alluded to formed no part of the coat iolet or bay, which has not yet been assigned ; amongst others, I have ag explored. The island, from the off- original vellum emblazoned, illumi. ing, appears of a conical form: there nated and written in Latin, signed by is good avchorage off the North head Sir Edward Walker, Garter, with the in from 17 to 20 fathoms water. scal appendant, aled 1666, granting When the cascade bears by com- the following armorial bearings to pass 8; E. distance three quarters of Humphrey Burlion of Ribbenhall in a mile off shore, the anchorage is the County of Worcester ; viz. Ardefended from the surf by a reef of gent, on a Bend Sable, three cres, coral, and lies open about four points cents of the first withio a border of of the compass from N. N. E. to N. estoiles.-- The grant recites the many N. W. the depth of water from 10 to and great services reodered by the 12 fathoms *.

said Husuphrey Burlion' to Charles I, The most accurate draught of the and his Successor in the Monarchy, island extant is tbat in a set of charts as well as various acts of military vapublished by Dalrymple in 1781, co- lour displayed by bim at Bristol, pied by hin from a chart made by Gloucester, and Naseby; and had Monsieur Donat, à Frenchman, who Garter, or bis associates in the Col. touched there in the corveite L'lege of Arms, deemed the armorial Heure du Berghen in September 1767. bearing alluded to as indicative of Yours, &c. ANTHONY SINNOT. unshaken and acknowledged loyalty,

they would not have omitted that

badge in the assignment to su distinMr. URBAN, High Wycombe,

guished a personage as Burlton of Jan. 15. Ribbenball.

J. G. IN , .

444 of the last volume, there is no reason to suppose that the introduc


High Wycombe, tion of the Leopard's Face in the

Jan. 19.

TIR guished themselves in the Royal your Correspondent in the MagaCause during the unhappy commo

zine for November last, p. 447, retions which agitated this countrysided at Nocion in the county of abunt the middle of the Seventeenth Lincoln: he was returned meinber to Century, was any way connected parliament twice for Grantham,rand with either the royal or patiovai en

ihrice for Boston.-lle was a zealous signs, or had any reference to the Nonconformist, and a bearer, when

io town, of the celebrated Mr. Thomas In addition to the information Bradbury, who was many years at which I collected from Mr. Seaver, con

the head of the Dissenting interest. cerning this interesting island, I was

Sir Richard died Feb. 21st, 1741-2 *, favoured with the perusal of two letters addressed by him on the subject to Lord * This date is correct if the deposiCaledon and the Hon. Admiral Stopforth, tions in the Court of Chancery are to be now on this station ; explaining the crediteri, although the Rev. M. Noble, local advantages attached to the island

in the History of the Protectoral House if taken under the protection or occu- of Cromwell, states that Sir Richard died pied by the British Government,

Feb. 14, 1742-3.


[ocr errors]
« PreviousContinue »