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THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE,

For M A AY, 1800.

Mr. URBAN, Walsall, May 5. there, interfered so as to have it

* Y best thanks are due removed to its present station, he

to I. P. p. 219, for met with some obloquy from the M

his information con- fanaticks of those days, as may be cerning the cathe- seen in Prynne.

drals of Dublin ; ha- A few words respecting Christ*****

ving described them church, erected 1038. "As this from memory, and notes taken stands in a very confined place, and when an inhabitant of that city in makes no figure, suppose this was 1767. I am sorry to hear that St. also taken down, and a new one Patrick's church, erected 1190, is erected in the centre of St. Stein such a state at present; and if phen's green. the roof of the nave should fall (as I am obliged to your corresponthere 1eems to be fome, danger), dent, p. 331; and wish to know, many lives may be loft. Suppote if the old four courts in Chriftthat and both transepts were en- church-lane be yet standing, and tirely pulled down; and in place of to what use appropriated. the former to erect a new hand- P. 218. The deanry of Christsome church, close to the lofty church, which is annexed to the fteeple, for the parish of St. Nicho- bishoprick of Kildare, is 2000l. inlas, not fo large as the present nave, stead of 2001. James Gee. and the foor to be raised at least four feet above the prefent level. Mr. URBAN, May 12. The choir to remain as it is; and

R. BOOKER'S idea of a a street or pallage between it and living monument, instead the proposed new church, right of an inanimate one, in commeacrois from Kevin-street, through moration of those illustrious chiefs, Mitre-alley, into the close; but who in the course of this war may there fhould be a new handsome have raised Britith laurels either by Gothic front (with a vestibule) e- fea or land, p. 299, entirely coinrected at the West end of the cides with my own.

Such a mochoir. The monuments in the nument, I am sure, would be much nave, and' particularly Dean more gratifying to the Heroes, in Swift's (he merited a better), to be honour of whom it is intended, carefully taken down, and set up than the proiulest execution of the a-new in the North and South chisel and hammer. choral ailes, in which should be And, as a military man, permit made some new Gothic windows, me to oblerve a very particular adas those places heretofore were vantage that might be derived from dark and gloomy. I very well re

such an institution as your corremember the lofty monuments near (pondent proposes ; which is, the the high altar, particularly that of supply of non-commiffioned offithe Boyles, erected in 1629; and, cers; of which every colonel in the I believe, it is of wood. This, army knows the very great want. when first ere&ted, was placed im- In my humbler station in the army mediately behind the communion- I bad obferved this defect; and. table; and because Abp. Laud, had formed a plan of such an insti. When he beard of its being placed tütion as that in which I am an

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'icipated by Mr. Booker; and I your correspondent M. G. for diam obliged to him for the apt foun- recting their attention to former dation on which he hath placed it works of the Tame writer. That A handsome plate on the dome, they are really his, no one can be- . that ihall contain the little progeny fitate to pronounce, from the exof heroisin, recording the heroic traéts you have published in your exploits on which it was founded, latt Number; and they seem to would be much more glorious than throw confiderable light on certain a colorlal itatue, a towering pillar, points, which, in the Pursuits of or triumphant arch, and with the Literature, are industriously consublime would unite the utile cealed or disguised. That the audulci. For who, not dead to the thor is not a churchman, was nefiner feelings that are the springs ver indeed a doubt with me, notof true heroism, would not enjoy a withstanding his extensive acquainrefined pleature at feeing fich a tance with the Fathers; for which, seminary, the tribute of national I think, I am able to account. gratitude, the nursery of infant he- But his note on the Church, in his roes, founded on exploits of heroic Epistolary Treatite," and indeed valour? So much for the dulce : the very scope and substance of and the utile I am sure no one will that and the other addresses to Dr. deny.

W. are evidently from the hand of Alk my country at large whole a layanan. I am persuaded, howproposals they would adopt; whe- ever, that he was better reconciled ther, the graceful column, that on falled theology,by a long the rising abilities of an architectu- and close intimacy with some of its ral friend reflects the highest ho- profeflors. And it appears clearly, nour, and merits every praile; the from the Pursuits of Literature, triumphal arch, decorated with that whatever prejudices he might Nercids and Tritons; the huge have entertained in his earlier Colotins, driving over dolphins · years against either Church or and whales; or the less oftentatious King, had vanished before the plan of Mr. Booker; and, advocate light of a founder judgement and as I am for his plan, I should be more ripened undersianding. Anhappy to see the iliųe of the contest other point on which some inforplaced on thcir decision. To the mation may be gleaned frora the officers of the navy and army in Epiftolary Treatie, is the place of mais refer the option ; refer it to the author's education. I should those very heroe, to whole honour much doubt that he was an Etofuch inemorial of British gratitude, nian, not withitanding his exprettributary to British gailantry, is fion that " it would not be unna-, destined ; and I thould be very tural in him to speak with reveeasy as to the success of my favou- rence of those distant spires,” &c. rite plan. Nay, if the Committee The obfervation, which appeared themselves, the delegated confer- to give accidental occafion to that vators on this occasion of British expreslion, was evidently intended glory, should feel themselves, au- for the purpole of introducing it, thorized by the content of the sub- and of holding out a falte light: scribers to such an application of and thus it coincides with many the money; I would with no bet- pallages in the Pursuits of Literater, no other arbiters in the contest, ture, in which, apparently with than them. H. SHEPHERD. the same view of diftinguifing

himself as an Etoniani, he attects Mr. URBAN,

May 6.

the fame veneration for “ tholc an HE Puders of the author of tique Towers," and the fame af

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able that he no where erprely af as the profe in your valuable repdferts he had ever been one himself. fitory; but I confess it was with The same artifice is observable, ac- surprize and concern that I saw, companied with the same referve and not till yesterday, the lines as to positive assertion, with. re- signed Phild-dormiat, p. 162. I fpect to the place of his univerfity will venture to pronounce, that, in cilucation. Who would not ima- the variety of his arduous engagegine, from innumerable hints and ments, your worthy Editor, fiudied allusions, and fome even known and tteadye friend to our 'exítrong and pointed exprellous, in cellent Conftitution in Church and the Pursuits of Literature, that he State, never read this “ collegiate had finished his studies on the address.” The writer has contribanks of Cam? Yet it will be ved, like a poet, euisce godna Aryavy, found that this is never directly af- but without the indispensable quafirmed; and that all these infinua- lification of poetry, gmvuGIJIY (052. tions are reconcileable with what is The lines have neither truth, nor proved indisputably by the “ Epif- wit, nor probability, to recommend tolary Address," that Cambridge them. The suggestion of natural was not his wima mater. I allude good sense taught the heathen, that io his parody of the passage in Lu- all important concerns, in which cretius,“ nec minitanti murmure number I trutt your correspondent compreffit Granta,which never reckons the cultivation of science evuld have fuggefted itfelf to one in all its branches, ought to comof her fons. How then will it be mence with religion: whence, ex alked, has the acquired to intimate Διoς αρχωμεθα, αθανατος μεν προλα and particular any acquaintance 9es, and fimilar sentiments, were with so many members of that antiently proverbial. I hope Philo. university? And how has he col- dormiat, amidit superior light, does lected to many facts and anecdotes not prefer darkness.

He comboth of Eton and Cambridge? To plains of bad academical readers of this I answer, in one word, '. Nor- the Liturgy. All merit in man is citur ex Sociis." As soon as it is comparative ; and what is bad or discovered with whom he lived in tolerable only in England would, the closest friendihip and intimacy in many another quarters of the for near 20 years, it will cease to globe, bear the tiamp of excel. be wondered that he grew fami- lence; but, if a residence of more liar with those celebrated teats of than twice ten years in one of our learning, and the literary charac- Universities entitles me to judge, ters that have figured in them; the number of good readers, 'in the with many of whom, I doubt not, University to which I had the haphe was also perfonally acquainted, pinefs to belong far exceeded the though not at Cambridge.

bad; and I have no reason to think Having proceeded so far, by the it is otherwite at pretent, nor that method of exclufion, I may, per- the filter teminary is in this respect haps, in a future letter, extend the inferior. He condemns the repeargument, and atcertain the uni- tition of the fervice; “ the same verlity which had the honour of his eternal tirain.” This is not strictly education, by the logical rule, true, the Paims and Lessons are " Omnibus præter unam remotis, alway's new; and there are other quæ reliqua ett concluditur."

wechly and occational varieties. Yours, &c.

E. L. But if there was more of truth,

there would be little ef folid obMr. URBIN,

jection, in the remark. The geTHOUGH no versifier, I gene- neral wants of men are the same,

rally read, and often with and comprised in two words, Pare pleasure, the poetical pieces as well don and Alliitance. The thing to be

requefied,

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requested, therefore, being the of every thing wife and good is unsame every day, is it reasonable to doubtedly collected, should imagine that He, whose peculiar only patiently bear, but patronize attribute is that “ He changeth in the warmest manner, public ernot," must, like a frail mortal, be hibitions, which have a tendency allured to hear us by variety of ex- to undermine the dearest rights cf prelion ? Besides, prayers framed man. Theatrical entertainments as ours are, as all forms for have an extensive

uence upon public, if not alio for private use, the manners of Society. When ought to be, in general terms, are well regulated, and the pieces for in reality distinct and appropriate representation well selected both prayers to every individual in a as to matter and manner, they may large congregation, and to the fame be esteemed. friendly to morašiti', individual using them at different and improvers of public tafte. But times. If a thousand persons join what shall we say when both these in prayer for “ all fick persons and ends are disregarded ; when moral young children,” or bless God virtue is banished from the sceve, “ for all the bleflings of this life," and purity of taste is destroyed by every one of that thousand, under affected language and pantomimiwords extensive as the race of men, cal decorations? Improvements in will have special respect to some almost every art and science have fick friend or neighbour, some been, within a few years, rapid tender infant, known and dear to and important. But that is not himself; and again, among bles- the case with the stage ; nor can it sings poured on the whole species, be, while Kotzebue and his friends he will think with gratitude of usurp the 'venerable boards of those blestings which are peculiar Shakspeare. to himself, ihe parents who sup- I am led to make these observaport him, the preceptors who in- tions from a parcel of that author's struct him, in the feats of literature. plays now lying upon my table. We have one short prayer, which Dr. Moore, in his “ Mordaunt," was delivered by the lips of infi- gives a juft defcription of these nite wisdom; and He who dictated German compositions, which, he that prayer, and enjoined the use fays, were congenial to the revoluof it, has, in the very form of the tionary spirits of those patriots who words, taught us the neceslity of cleared the prisons of France in using it confiantly: Give us this 1792. day our daily bread. R. C.

“ They are a kind of tragi-comedies,

in which men in desperale situations, and Mr. URBAN,

of daring and wicked characters, are in. Nan age when the principles troduced speaking appropriate language.

of the times are inimical to The hero declaims virtuousy, and acis cripeace and virtue, as well as to that minally: their drist is to thew that mur

der, robhery, and other crimes, which in profesion of Christian faith which the vulgar opinion are committed by conis the true cement of society, it be- fummate villains only, may be committed comes the duty of every citizen. (I by the most benevolent, generous, and use the word in the tense which heroic people on earth." every Englishman ought) to protect The sarcasm is thrown out athe venerable fabrick of civil and gainst those characters which, religious government as we received though fometimes prostituted to it from our forefathers, and as we unworthy purposes, are useful and hope to transmit it to our children. beneficial to fociety. French prinPoiiefied of this ilea, it seems ciples are to be met with in almost #trange to one buried in the retire- every fentence;, thote principles, I ment of the country, that the me- mean, which, in Scripture” laneropolis, where a large proportion guage, have turned the world up

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fide down. Kings are reviled for has rekindled the smothered spark no other reason but because they of my confidence in hunjan kindare kings: the ministers of kings ness." The merchant resists tempare upon all occasions the objects of tation to procure subsistence by imcalumny and reproach; the distres- moral means till the distress of himfed veteran, who has been dismis- self and family is carried to the led from his public employments most melancholy height. A former for professing Jacobinical opinions, lover of his wife now makes his apis held forth as deserving of fu- pearance, and offers in the most pripreme pity; chastity is despised if vate and delicate manner to relieve it opposes sentiment; the prosti- their distress. A place in India is ute becomes the faithful wife ; offered to the merchant, but it must the faithful wife sacrifices her mar- be enjoyed without the presence of riage vows to fulfil any other ima- his wife and family. In this diginary duty; Religion, under eve- lemma he proposes to his wife's ry description, bends before Phi- former lover « to be to his wife lofophy. And, if there be any o- and child and mother, the guarther perversion of human reason, dian and protector he can prove no or of those venerable ties, which longer." The lover makes this bave long bound society together, promise. The same proposal is the plays of Kotzebue will afford a made to the wife? What is her thousand instances.

antwer! “ Moft generous, most The first, indeed the only one I heroic of men ! how little have I faall select for observation at pre- known thy worth !" Tht proposal, fent, is intituled “ Family Dif- however,' is rejected, " because tress, or Self-immolation. The he was the father of her child. disiress indeed is great, the self-im- To remove this only difficulty, the molation is felf-murder. To Cof- unhappy merchant determines to ten terms of deserved reproach is one destroy himself. In this interval, great object of the new Philosophy. an interview takes place between A merchant of respectable charac- the wife and lover. She repeats ter is reduced by the artifice of a the same determination to reject villain to extreme poverty; so the proposal, and gives the same unuch fo, as not to be able to pro- reason. But, alas! how are all cure bread for a mother old and moral ties thattered by the sentiblind, a wife amiable and virtuous, ment! “ Maxwell's wild fancy and a fine boy. He goes in search of this day might, perhaps, have of friends and employment; he seemed to me less extravagant les tinds neither. He meets a Jew. fore I was a mother. A childless Jew. You owe nie sool.-Mar- pair might dare to part! But now, wcil. I know I do. -Jew. Can Walwyn, now, no power on earth you pay me? - Mazuell. No." can break asunder the bonds of my After hearing the distress with this duty. No not the power of love lentiment, you are a Jew; to itself." The lover, who does not you I will confefs it-to a Christian with to take advantage of the difI would not. For these two days tretling situation, gives this account not a morsel of any thing have I of the husband's greatnets of mir.d. tatied" - The Jew offers a purse, To facrifice himself for his wife which is refused. Jew. Why is the splendid idea on which at not? Because I am a Jew? - Max- present he delights to gaze." The well. Fie! fie! if such were my author carries this pathos to its utsentiments I should deserve my lut most firetch, for Maxwell actually ferings. [The Jew tears the note, sacrifices, that is, drowns himself and goes out hastily.] Maxwell. for his wife. But be not alarmed, Yes, yes, there yet are men, but good reader! The Humane Socia not ainong Christians. This Jew ety restores the suipended anima

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