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or skulk in ignoble fubjection, all that once was sweet will turn to bitterness, we thall disgrace our illustrious nation, become bye-words for infamy, and subjects for “ the hand of fcorn to point the low unmoving finger at."-If then this duty is at all times to incumbent, how much more are we appealed to for exertion against an enemy, whom no ties, human or divine, can restrain from their career of iniquity; who, not contented with plundering men of all earthly enjoyments, seek to robthem of that cessation from inquietude, and that eternity of bliss, which are the staffs of hope, whereon the woeworn pilgrim supports himself through this world's dreary journey? The present is no ordinary occalion, it therefore calls for and justifies uncommon measures and extraordinary exertions. In arts, Oxford has long been emulous of Athenian fame, lit her, on the present emergency, when the very foundations of religion are attempted to be thaken, and the venerable fabric overthrown, vie in arms aiso with that unrivalled city. We read that the Philäni, two noble Carthaginian youths, surrendered themselves, with pious disinterestedness, to be inhumed alive, in order to extend the boundaries of their country. Of how much greater importance are the objects that demand the efforts of the British youth! The point at issue with us, is not the enlargement of our dominions; but whether our country, our tender connections, our religion, shall be violated and destroyed by Gallic phrenzy, or whether the weapons aimed at them shall fall, like the feeble javelin of old Priam, harmless to the ground.

Though the prospect sometimes appear gloomy, let us guard against despair ; but while we hope the best, let our preparations be adequate to the worst that may befali. Thus may we expect to fee verified in ourselves the words of the exquifire Lyfias : ότι κρείττον μετ' ολίγων υπέρ της αυτών ελευθερίας κινδυνεύειν, ή" μετά πολλών υπέρ της ετέρων δουλέιας. .

OXONIENSIS.

and as he that receives stolen goods is equally guilty with the thief, so he that countenances the libel, partakes of the guilt of the writer.

But reasoning apart, let us attend to our own intereft, to which even the most absurd cannot help paying some regard. He that is malevolent enough to laugh to-day at his neighbour's expence, thould consider, that to, morrow he may afford entertainment to others at his own; and he will then too late find by experience, that the sensibilities of men are not to be dallied with; and may feelingly say with the frogs in the fable" what is {port to you, my lads, is death to us.”

LEADING TRAITS OF

THE CHARACTERS OF PUBLIC MEN,

WITH ANECDOTES;
Or Helps for the Biographic Hiftorian.

BY A FRIEND OF THE VISITOR,

Long conversant in the Circles of Fashion and Literature,

R. B. S

TI

-, ESQ. M. P. FOR ST 'HIS gentleman possesses great political abilities,

with more political courage than any other meniber of the opposition ; and had he been always cautious to preserve himself upon better terms with mankind, and could he have overcome his natural indolence, he would, in this hour of peril, have been able to render services of the highest and most important nature to his country. He is endowed with an originality and freedom of mind, which has elevated him above all prejudices, religious or political, and however shewy his

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talents may appear, they are said to have full as much of the profound as the brilliant. In fine, (notwithftanding the first place is usually assigned to another gentleman) R. B. $ is held, by a great number of near observers, to be the most able politician of his party : it is farther hinted, that he is only a whig in name, and for convenience sake; clafling more naturally with another genus politicum, who are for proceeding far greater lengths than the Whigs ever dreamed of, If ever a revolutionary movement should happen in the country, the truth of this schizzo will be fully apparent Swill never emigrate, as the martyr either of royalty or aristocracy.

His wife's voice, which enchanted the ears of his great friend C. F-, and his opera of the Duenna, were the foundation stones of Mr. So -'s fortune and his fame. He drew the plan of that successful drama from an old Italian novel; and having finished it, was perpetually dunning Mr. Harris, the manager at Covent Garden, to bring it out at his theatre; but for a considerable time without effect. S

had now just began to attract the public attention, when Mr, Harris, vanquished by importunity, at length one day faid to him, “ Well, I am going down to Hampton Court, to dine with Mr. Brummell, who, you know, is a judge of dramatic literature; you thall go with me, and take your opera in your pocket." This being carried into effect, and dinner over, Mr. Swas called upon by the judges to read his play. After 4 preface of confiderable length, and much plausibility, in which he enumerated the manifest disadvantages a piece of the operatical kind must labour under in a bare re. cital, he began to read the performance; but had proceeded no great length when the critics began to yawn; he however courageously persevered, and they preserved their patience with equal resolution, now and then encouraging him with am". well, and so," and, 66 what next,” until he arrived at the friars scene;

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when, unable to contain themselves any longer, they suddenly stopped him, with “ Phaw! Plhaw! Mr. S-, is it possible you can be mad enough to con. ceive, that an audience would swallow such a damned absurdity as a company of friars singing a song !!! Zounds, sir, the people would rise, tear up the benches, and hurl them at the chandeliers Upon this s. very coolly put his play up in his pocket, with the obfervation, “ either you, gentlemen, or I, am a damned block head.”

Which party had really the preferable title to that epithet, the world has since had a good opportunity to judge ; and what is striking enough, from the peculiar circumstance, that the friar scene has ever been the most popular part of this favourite opera.. After this unfortunate attempt, the memory of the Duenna was ftill kept alive, by Mrs. S- often singing its most favourite songs in company; and Harris, in the end, was prevailed upon to have it represented. On the first night, this unfortunate, fortunate piece, was within a hair's breadth of a second, of a public, as well as private damnation ; and Leoni was so alarmed at the reception he met with in the first act, that it was absolutely necessary to push him on, by main force, in the second: but when they came to the friars scene, it was received with such bursts of applause, that all apprehension vanished, and the opera was for many years esteemed as the best in the stock of Covent Garden house. It was reported to have produced the manager twenty thoufand pounds, and to have redeemed Covent Garden house from a state of bankruptcy.

(To be continued.),

EXHIBITION AT SOMERSET HOUSE.

u Piétores, et ii qui signa fabricantur, suum quisque opus à

« vulgo considerari vult. ut fi quid reprehensum fit, à plum 6 sibus id corrigatur."*

CICERO DE OFFIC.

IT

T has been the custom of our Artists, for several

years past, to make an Exhibition of their respective productions. By this means, we are able to estinate the progress of Painting amongst us, a spirit of emulation is excited among the Exhibitors, and the Public treated with an annual entertainment.

The Exhibition for 1798, opened on the 23d of laft month. We have taken a particular survey of it, and fhall lay the result in a few words before our Readers.

The slightest view of the several rooms, must suggest to the spectator, that there is a more than ordinary number of pictures. The whole lift amounts to upwards of a thousand.

Among the HISTORICAL productions we recognize with pleasure, Queen Margaret and the Robber, by Vieira ; Elizabeth Gray petitioning Edward the IVth for the restoration of her éftates, by Opie; The meeting of Caleb and his Daughter, by Singleton; The prophecy of Zacharias at the naming of John the Baptist, by Weft, and Richard the Third in his tent, the night preceding the battle of Bosworth, approached and addrefled by the ghosts of several, whom, at different periods of his protectorship and ufurpation, he had deftroyed-by Fuseli. Perhaps this lait piece ranks more under works of mere imagination. However we thought

* Tranflation.-Painters, and those who make use of visi. ble signs to represent nature, are defirous that each of their productions should be contemplated by the multitude, that if any thing faulty be discerned in them, it may be corrected by the observation of niany.

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