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A Singular Groupe of hocks near MATLOCR BATH

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Mr. URBAN, Notis, Sept. 20. nary violence. I am warranted, by

AVING seen in your entertaining manuscripts in my possession, when I in Derbyshire by your ingenious corre. Aruggle of medical hofiilities, but every fpondent J. P. Malcolm, I imagine the art and every exertion, personal abuse, inclosed drawing of some very fingular and private insinuation, had been used, rocks near Matlock Bath (see plate II.) to usurp Dr. Stonehouse's professional may be acceptable to many of your emoluments, and our him from his readers.

established secrlement. Yet, on AkenThe traveller who wishes to explore fide's removal from that place to Hampthis curious country mult quit the trod- dead, the recommendatory letter, a den path, climb the cragged cliff, and copy of which I send you, was gene. penetrate the dark recess; he will there rously written in his favour by his worfind ample recompence for his trouble. thy rival, as an introduction for him to

The rocks here represented are upon a gentleman of consequence in the the brow of the hill, direally behind neighbourhood of his new abode. The Mason's bath, but the ground is in- letter does not elucidate any new anecclosed with stone walls, which, toge. dote in the life of the Poet; but it ther with the bushes and brambles that breathes such a candid and forgiving surround the rocks, make the approach spirit, so honourable to the feclings of sather difficult.

jis author, that Dr. Johnson, who de. This curious group of rocks evidently lighted in according instances of charity appears to have been leparated by some and virtue, would, I am persuaded, violent convulsion in Nature, which has had it beco in his poschon, have been also formed several chalms: the projec- the willing inftrument of tranfmi'ring it tion of the little rock over the great one

to the publick. Will you, Mr. Urban, is very remarkable. From this spot you be his lublinute for this purpose ? command a very extensive and pleating

6 DEAR SIR, view, I think preterable to any in the “ The gentleman who presents you with neighbourhood of Matlock.

this is Dr. Akrofile, a brother play tician, it may be thought extraordinary, that u hore meri:, as a min of rehned senle and no pathi has been made from the Halle elegance of talic, is too well know'r, by this house to this romantic pot; but, to writings (The Pleasures of he linagination, take of this appearance of neglect in &c.) to need any other testimonial; and, i Mr. Mason, who is as attentive to the

dare lay, from what you already know of amulerent as he is to the accommoda.

them, you will naturally conclude, without tion of his numerous guests, it is neces. proportionably diftinguthed in his own pe

any praise of mine, that fuch a man must be fary to fay, that the ground behind the culiar profeffion. house is not his property.

“I take this opportunity of introducing Yours, &c. H. ROOKE. him to the honour of your acquaintance; and P.S. The 1o closed feal (plare Ill. make no doubt you will receive him as a fig. 6) was found in widening the lake gentleman, whom for his character and abiwithin the park of Welbeck, in the litics I much eticem, and whole near neighbegioning of the year 1993.

H. R. bourhood, in any place where there has been

room for us both, I thould have regarded as Mr. UREAN,

Sept. 24.

an addition to my happiness. I am, &c." W

E read, in Dr. Johnlin's Lives On the subject of Aken side, let me

of the Poets, the tollowing ac enquire, whe:ner any, or what, fragcount of Akenlide :

ments of poetry were found after his “ Being now to live by his profession, he

decease? I have proof, though it has first commenced physician at Northampton,

never been inen:joned to the world, that where Dr. Stonehouie then pract:sed with he had made fome progress in an Epis such reputation and success that a Itranger 'poem, the plan of which I know not; was not likely to gain ground upon him. The title of it was TIMOLEON. This Akenfive tried the conteft for a while; and, would, in my opinion, if compluced, having deafened the place with clamours for have been a greater accellion to litera. Liberty, removed to Hampstead."

ture than Pepe's intended BRUTUS. The fact, Mr. Urban, is, that this The bold and soaring genius, the ua. content for the physical business at North confined and diffulive ityle, of Aken., ampion, though unsuccessful on the side, were surely better adapted for an part of Akenfide, had for some time Epic poem than the chailed judgement been supported by hin with extraordic and monotonous maclody of our great

didactic

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didaElic and elegiac poet, Pope. It is mations for the suppression of irreligion perhaps worthy of remark, that two of and profaneness in the course of a ceae our first-rate criticks, Fobason and War- ' tury have done good. ton, have given such different opinions You have given us a curious anecon the lyrical powers of Akenfide. The doce,LXII.18, of a May-polc being erect. author of the Estay on the Life and ed in Drury-lane by a smith, who was Genius of Pope" speaks of the odes of father to the Duchess of Albemarle. Akenfide as the works of a chalte ear The May-pole I never remember haand a glowing imagination. ; Johnson, ving heard of; but I have in my pof. who gives hin fufficient praile for his feflion Minutes of a Trial upon an Acblank verse, is of opinion, “that, when- tion of Trespals between William Sherever he lays his ill-fated hand upon his win, Plaintiff, and Sir Walter Clarges, barp, his wonted powers forsake him.” Baronet, and others, Defendants, at

But, unless I could add more to the the King's Bench Bar at Wefimiolier, ftock of genezal information, perhaps I 15 Nov. 1700. The plaintiff, as heir have trousled you too long.

and repretentative of Thomas Mopk, Yours, &c. INDAGATOR. esq. elder brother of George, Duke of

Albemarle, claimed the manor of SutMr. URBAN,

ion, in co. York, and other lands in 1 N answer to the enquiry of your Newton, Eaton Bridge, and Shipton,

“ Amicus” (vol. LXII. p. 17), up as heir at law to the laid duke, against on the subject of thares of loitery.tick. the defendant, devisee under the will of ers, I will venture to say, though I de Duke Christopher, his only child, who ver read a lottery adt, “that the pur died in 1688, S. P. Upon this trial fome chasers of them have no security but the very curious particulars came our reability and integrity of the office-keeperspecting the family of Anne, wife of where they were told, nou wilhstanding George, created Duke of Albemarle. It they are all ftamped by the authority of appeared that the was daughter of Joha Government; and that it is bis business, Clarges, a farrier, in the Savoy, and and his alone, to pay the thares of farrier to Colonel Monk In 1632, the prizes.” As to "ilie use of Govern. was married in the church of Sr. Lau. ment samping shares,” I will inform rence Pourtney to Thomas Ratford, your correspondent of one pari cular in fon of Thomas Raiford, late a farrier, wirich it is ulerul, namely, by event fervant to Prince Charles, and resident ing an office-keeper from dividing a in the Mews, She had a daughter, ticket into more than four fourths, eight who was born in 1634, and died in elyrins, and fixteen fixteenths. But, 1638. Her husband and the “lived at were the Bank to setule delivering the the Three Spanith G:plies in the New ticket to the pioprietor "ull he produ. Exch.nge, and told wash-balls, powder, ad all the shares he had divided it into," gloves, and luch things, and she taught as your correspondent supposes, a very girls plain-stork. About 1647, the, begreat and lerious inconvenience mighting a lempitiefs to Coi. Mork, used to ihence arile to the office-keepers, as it' carry him linen.” In 1648, her father might very pottibly happen, ihat one or and mother died. In 1649, she and more of the fortunate Mares inight not her husbsnd “fell out, and parted." be rendered to him till long after the Burnu ceruncate from any parila Re.. time he had fixed for the payn out of gitter appears securing his burial. In them, and he would therefore be obliged 1652, she was married in the chu.ch of 10 advance the money out of his own St. George, Southwark, to "General pocket, not being able to receve it from George Mcnk;" and, in the following int Bank for wall of tome of the chares. ycar, was delivered of a son, Chriftva I admire your correiçoadent's loyalty pher (citerward the second and iait in“ not fuppong ilial Guvernment Duke of Albeinarle abovementioned), would countenance a deception;" but, who "was luckled by Honour Mills, nor io mention the opening of offices who fold apples, herbs, oiflers, &c." all over England, inviung perlons 10 One of the plaintiff's witnetles swore, regifter thei: quaiitiations iu kill game, that, “ a little betore the sicknels, Ibia without enquning whether tricy be pof mas Ratford demanded and received of felled of any, I it all only tay, that it is him the lum of twenty thillings; that a melancholy fact, too autorous to be his wife taw Rattord again aller the refused, that one lottery in thete umes sicknels, and a second time after the does mort mischief than all the Procla: Duke and Durcheis of Albem.we were

doad,

dead.” A woman swore, that the raw argument is fimply this, that, whereas him on “the day his wife (then called the translator of the Bible is a Roman Durchess of Albemarle) was put into Catholic clergyman, the trailacion of her coffin, which was after the death of the Ververt, on the other hand, contains the Duke,” her second husband, who a pointed fatire upon the doctrine of indied 3 Jan. 1669-70. And a third wit- dulgences, praying for the dead, and ness (wore, that he raw Ratford about other tenets of the Church of Rome, July 1660. In opposition to this evi.. and this without any authority for so dence it was alleged, that “all along, doing from the original poem. But, if during the lives of Duke George and this mode of reafoning be admitted, it Duke Christopher, this matter was never is plain we must equally deny that the questioned”--that the latter was univers different ansivers which have appeared Sally received as only son of the former to the encyclical letters of the superiors -and that “this matter had been thrice of the Roman Catholic clergy, and before tried at the bar of the King's which are all in the same strain with the Bench, and the defendant had had translation of the Ververt; the Norfolk three verdicts.” A witness swore, that Tale, in which praying to saints is ridia he owed Ratford five or six pounds, culed, and clerical celibacy is praktie which he had never demanded.. And a cally condemned; the Macaronic Ode, man, who had “married a cousin of the in which the author acknowledges himDuke of Albemarle, had been told by his self to have joined in the deliberations wife, that Ratford died five or fix years and votes of the Diflenters; and many before the Duke married.” Lord Chief other works, which bear intrinsic, as Justice Holi told the jury, “ If you are well as extrinfic, evidence of the work. certain that Duke Christopher was born manship of the said writer; are in fact while Thomas Ratford was living, you to be ascribed to the LL.D. of Aberdeen. must find for the plaintiff. If you be I may add, that, though all the abovelieve he was born after Ratford was mentioned pieces have been published dead, or that nothing appears what be- without a name, yet in one of them, came of him after Duke George married namely, the Norfolk Tale, the author his wife, you must find for the defend claims to himself the composition of the ant."

A verdict was given for the celebrated Carmen Seculare, which was defendant, who was only son to Sir published, and prefented to the French Thomas Clarges, knt. brother to the National Affembly, under the name of illustrious dutchess in question, was Dr. Geddes, and for which he is uncreated a buronet Otober 30, 1674, and derstood to have received the public was ancestor to the baronets of his name.

mark of their thanks. Leicestrensis Yours, &c.

E. will not fail to recollect that, in this

very ode, amongst other very fingular Mr. URBAN,

Sept. :8.

sentiments for a Roman Catholic clera NE advantage which your widely- gyman to utier, he very humouroully

congratulates the ciergy of France oa the publick is, that is ́affords literary the confiscation of all ecclesiastical proacquaintances an opportunity of taking party, which had then taken place in each other by the button, and exchange their country. But, what puts this ing their opinions, from the molt difiant marrer beyond all doubt, is the repeated parts of the Nand, and even of the public declaration of the Doctor him. globe. I avail myself of this advan- felf, that he is no Roman Catholick; and tage in order to discuss with your cor the account which he has given of him. respondent Leicefirenfis (lee p. 714) a felf in a letter to you, Mr. Urban, question, which appears to be of great vol. LIX. p. 417, in which he pro. concern to him, and which is not un fciles himself to be “ peither Protellano intereiting to the publick.

nor Catholick, but both between." In In my opinion inis gentleman calls in the mean tiine, I am well assured that question, upon very light grounds, a he is not acknowledged as a brother by tact wbich is admitted by the publick, the Roman Catholicks, the heads of and is well known to Dr. Guddes's whom have publithed the leverelt cenfriends, and to the Literati of Oxford in fures against him; whilft, it we may general, namely, that the late transa- judge by his late reception at Oxford, tion of Greffet's Ververi, and that of he does not seem to mect with more the Bible, a volume of which has just countenance from the mosi reipectable appeared, are by the same band. His part of Protenants,

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Should Leicestrensis ask, why Dr. G. elevated station to which he was bora' should deny himself the honour of the and to take his flation in society accord. ingenious compofirion under conside. ing to his own individual talents and sation in cafe he has any title to it? I exertions; but most certainly the gene. answer, that two several reasons have rality of our noble families will not be been assigned for this. One is, that obliged 10 Dr. Geddes for teaching, our translator having repeatedly pledged that “hereditary nobility is a Gothic himself to' beitow the greatest and the absurd inftitution," p. 18, any more most unrivalled application to the more than the churchmen will think themthan mortal work he has undertaken, felves indebted to him for maintaining there might be reason to fear, if his that “church establishments have been name were to appear to all the odes, a continual source of evils both to tales, effıys, speeches, and other com. Church and State," p. 21. On the pofitions of the same nature, in prose other hand, the Doftor must be out of and in verse, that Aow from his pen on his wits to think of southing the Roman every temporary subject, left the preju. Citholicks whilft he rejects their judge diced or the ignorant part of the pub- of controversies, viz, a living authority Jick might imagine they could account (p. 1), and maintains what ihey confifor almost all the leisure-time during der as downright heresy, namely, that which they l. fe fight of the Doctor. “ the Pope is not, by divine right, suThe other reason is, that probably our perior to any oiher bihop, nor any bimodern Jerom may suppole, that such shop, by divine right, superior to mylight compositions as those abovemen. self," he says, “who am only a simple rioned don't become the gravity of a undignified priest," p. 21.” Nor can I translator and restorer of the Sacred think him a whit more wise, when, Text. Indeed, I think it very likely anxious for the public support, he has that the former reaton may weigh with the confidence to tell hem, at the prethe Do&tor. But no man of Oxford, fent hour, that their “high tide of hatiwho saw this merry gentleman mounted tious loyalty, which bore every thing on the poles behind the Queen of the down before it, is ready to be swalMiv this summer at Marlden fair, or lowed up in the dark abyss whence it who heard his subsequent declarations issued," p. 17. This language is cere concerning his fondness for innocent tainly ill calculated to serve the Doce amusement, will suppose that the latter tor's design, except amongst one, and motive ever had the smallest influence that not a very biblical, class of modern over him.

Englishmen; and forces us to recollect, I cannot dismiss this topick without what we wish otherwise to forget, the Saying one word upon the is Addre's to glowing spirit, darting through the pothe l'ub'ick concerning the new Trang. verty and tameness of the verse, with lation of the Bible" with which Dr. which, three years ago, our Caledonian Geddes has just now favoured it; the Doctor of the Laws described the piofelied obj ct of which is co do away French Revolution as a second golden those prejudices against the autisor's age, and as the recurn of Justice upon fogpoled religious and po'itical errors, earth ; at the Tame time, warning all wlicu seem to milicate against the gene the kings and the tyrants of the uniral reception of his work. It is wricien verle to creinble at the light of what with the usual fpirit of the Doctor ; had been done in France, and calling but, in my opinion, it betrays a want upon Britons in particular to emulate of judgement not rely on be met with the glorious example which the French in men of quick apprehensions. Our

had let them. I cannot refill the tempauthor may well urge that, if he were tation of quoting the verses I refer to : as arch an heretick as ever dogma.

“ Cinto Saturni repetita regna, rized," or if his political creed were Et Themia terris cano retjine m, et ever so obnoxious, he might fill be

Aurea fæcla. capable of giving a good trai.lacion

'« AWeant omnes timeantque reges, of the Bible.” For he ought, by this Torius terræ timeant tyranni: tine,ro know human nature well enough

Palleat quicunque imititur illes to be convinced, that to stack the fa.

Nomine quovis. vourire opinions of mankiod is not the way to draw money out of iheir pockeis. Liheros Gallos decet æmuturi.

" Albion! fed te potiore plausu It inay be that .be Doto's noble pao Æmulans Gallos cibi gratularis, fron may be contcui lo descend liom ihe

Terra Britana."

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