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page page A literary wife

195 The secret of long life

State prisons

196 On the classics lost 164 A bookworm

197 Virgil's mornings 165 Arabia Felix

198 False wit 167 Death from fright

199 On the Flavian amphitheatre at Stammering

ibid. Rome ibid. Hybernation

200 Don Quixote

169 Mrs. Barbauld and Miss Burney ibid. Account of the Great Dismal Swamp 170 || Omnipotence of love

201 Visit to the prisons at Venice

Specimen of political improvement ibid. Stage coach anecdote 173 Connecticut scenery

205 Adversaria, No. VI ibid. Passage of the Alps

207 Is a free or despotic government | Employment a cure for lunacy 208 most friendly to human happiness 178 | Marvellous stories

ibid. Plan for the improvement and dif Memoirs of Carwin the biloquist 210 fusion of the fine arts

181 Specimen of political improvement 214 The Visitor, No. III

183 | Critical remarks on Buchan's AdHistorical sketches 184 vice to Mothers

225 Literary blunders

188

POETRY. On the former and present state of A hermit's meditation

231 Holland ibid. To spring

232 On the American constitution 190 || Ad Elizabetham semper unam ibid. Literary fashion 192 || Remarkable occurrences

233 Picture of Dublin 193 List of new publications

240 Origin of quakerism 194 || Notes from the editor

ibid.

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THERE is a chimney in an an., capable of dressing out any object in cient house in this city (Philadel. alluring colours ; and it is the prophia), in which a fire was kept perty of human nature to become continually burning for upwards of attached to any pursuit on its own forty years. The old gentleman account, though perhaps it was at who attended this mysterious flame first embraced with views to remote died a very few years ago, and or collateral consequences. Thus seems not to have succeeded in dis- the miser contracts a passion for covering the grand secret of which money itself, though money was ori. he was in search. Indeed he al- ginally sought by him merely for the ways attributed his ultimate failure sake of what money would purchase. to the necessity of withdrawing his With the secret of making gold attention from the momentous pro- has always been connected, in our cess for a whole day, in consequence fancy, the secret of eternal youth of the confusion and panic occasion. and eternal life. The latter object ed by the entry of the British army is far more venerable and desirable into Philadelphia. He lived and than the former. Inexhaustible died what they called a violent tory wealth is of little consequence to or anti-revolutionist. After this him who wants life or even health event his hostile zeal was more ar- to enjoy it ; whereas he who lives dent than ever ; for, says he, what for ever, with his faculties of mind was it deprived the world and me and body sound and perfect, need of this great discovery but the war? never despair of being sometime

Ingenious men have wasted their rich. Having centuries before him whole lives, in innumerable cases, in which to lay and mature his plans in search of the art of making gold; for bringing some of the gold already not, as we would naturally, at first, in circulation into his coffers, he imagine, for the sake of the plea- need not trouble himself with extrasures or benefits accruing from rich- ordinary and untried schemes, es, but for the mere sake of the dis- Even if he sit down in absolute incovery. The imagination of man is activity, and wait the gratuitous fa.

VOL. III. NO. XVIII.

vours of fortune, the richest of these Campbell refers to an Italian aufavours will sometime light upon thor as his authority for this story. him. As the particles of matter, of Godwin, in planning his St. Leon, which terrestrial bodies are compos- had the curiosity to refer to the oried, must assume all possible forms ginal; but this original, said by through the endless revolutions of Campbell to be in the British Munature, so one of these particles or seum, was no where to be found, so members of which the social or poli- that this important fact, which has tical body is composed, if it last a plunged many a sober mind into few thousand years, must necessa- doubtful meditation, turns out to be rily pass through all the conditions a mere modern invention. known in human society.

The most judicious observations The following anedote, related by on this imaginary art, and those who Dr. Campbell, in his hiermippus study or pretend to teach it, are to redivivus, has always been of great be found in Dr. Willich's celebrated weight with the votaries of alche- treatise on health and long life. my :

MEDICUS. In 1687, a stranger, naming himself signor Gualdi, profited of the known ease and freedom of Venice, to render himself much respected For the Literary Magazine. and well received there. He spent his money readily, but was never ON THE CLASSICS LOST. observed to have connection with any banker. He was perfectly well

To the Editor, &c. bred, and remarkable for his sagacity and powers of entertainment in I AM a great admirer of the conversation. Enquiries were made classics; but it appears to me that about his family, and whence he this admiration, though productive came, but all terminated in obscu- of a great deal of pleasure, is fertile rity. One day a Venetian noble, also of infinite regrets. What we admiring the stranger's pictures, have is of such exquisite flavour, which were exquisitely fine, and that we the more repine at what we fixing his eye on one of them, ex- have lost. When I read Sophocles, claimed, “ How is this, sir! Here Euripides, or Aristophanes, I feel an is a portrait of yourself, drawn by insupportable longing for those parts the hand of Titian! yet that artist of their writings, and for the writhas been dead one hundred and ings of others no less eminent, which thirty years, and you look not to be have been lost. Thus it is, in permore than fifty !” “ Well, signor,” using the works of Sallust, Tacitus, replied the stranger, “ there is, I and Livy, the most eloquent histohope, no crime in resembling a por. rians of the most illustrious times; trait drawn by Titian." The noble the regret inspired by the chasms in visitant withdrew, perceiving that their works, is, if possible, more he had touched upon a tender string, keen than the pleasure afforded by and next morning the stranger, his the portions that are extant. Indeed pictures, goods, and domestics had the pain on the one hand is excited quitted Venice.

by the pleasure on the other, and is The inference suggested by this generally proportioned to it. It is narrative is, no doubt, meant to be well known that the larger history that this stranger possessed the se- of Sallust, which was probably not cret of living for ever. This infe. inferior in merit or minuteness to rence, indeer, is not a very obvious that of Livy, is wholly lost, and that one; for, as signor Gualdi observed, the most valuable portion of Tacitus there is nothing either criminal or and Livy are irrecoverably gone. wonderful in resembling a portrait If any thing can aggravate our of Titian.

regrets on this account, it must be

the reflexion on the manner in which had tempted the borrower to pawn this loss has probably taken place, them. Afterwards the old man left What must be the feelings of a clas- the country, and the manuscript was sical enthusiast when he reads such never more heard of. narratives as the following!

Pope Gregory VII destroyed maThe tutor of a young French no- ny manuscripts of the classics debleman, as he was playing at tennis posited in the Vatican library.-one day, at an estate near Saumur, Among the pieces which suffered casting his eyes on the racquet in were many books of Varro, one of his hand, saw some writing on the the few authors who discussed the parchment which covered it, and, agricultural and domestic economy having perused it with attention, of his countrymen. Gregory hayfound it to be part of one of the lost ing a great respect for St. Augustine, books of Livy. He immediately en- who is indeed regarded by the Roquired for the racquet-maker, but manists as more oracular, in points found, to his great mortification, that of discipline, at least, than the goswhat he had seen was the remains pels themselves, and knowing the of a collection of manuscripts, which free use of that Roman author which were all made up for racquets, and the saint had made in his most celedispersed all over the kingdom. brated work, chose rather to des

There are wanting, of the works troy Varro than to have the good of Cicero, two books, “ De Gloria,” father convicted of plagiarism. Of and two “ De Legibus.” As to the all the motives for destroying origi. latter, we know of our loss only nal works, to conceal a plagiarism from Macrobius, who quotes the seems to be the least deplorable. fifih book “ De Legibus,” in the For in this case, properly speaking, sixth of his Saturnalia, though we that part of it which some literary have but three. As to the treatise knave has pilfered for his own use on Glory, Francis Philelphus is ac- still survives, and the true gem cancused of having found the MS. and not be of much value, or the penedestroyed it, after having transplant- tration of the observer not very ed into a book, which he published acute, if it cannot be distinguished as his own, as many passages as he in whatever situation it be found. thought he might venture without being discovered. But Varillos, a French historian, relates, that Pe. trus Alcyonius, an Italian physician, For the Literary Magazine. being obliged to write somewhat for the consolation of Cornaro, a Vene

VIRGIL'S MORNINGS. tian in exile for having been beaten by the Turks, composed a book, THESE great natural exhibiwhich he entitled “ De fortiter tole- tions, evening and morning, have randa exilii fortunâ,” and into which always been thought peculiarly sushe introduced many ill-adjusted sen- ceptible of poetical description and tences from Tully's treatise “ De embellishment. As I turned over Gloria,” which MS. he afterwards the pages of the Mantuan bard late. burnt, to prevent the discovery of ly, it occurred to me to enquire how his plagiarism. Nothing, however, he had pictured the morning; for, seems certain concerning this much often as I have read this my favourwished for work, except what Pe- ite poet, I should not have been able trarch tells us, in one of his epistles, to give any account of his poetry in that Raimond Sorenzo, a celebrated this particular. I was surprised to lawyer at Avignon, gave the two perceive, that the morning did not books “ De Gloria” to him; that he appear to be a favourite object of studied them perpetually ; but that attention with him, for I did not having lent them to an old man, meet with it once in the Eclogues, who had been his preceptor, want and only once in the Georgics. In

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