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national courage, by some who are riety of domestic animals, painted not butchers, but authors.
from the lite by: Ward,- an artist of This nobleman has successfully ex: the first eminence in that line. ercised his invention and practical Lord Somerville is in person rather knowledge upon some of the princi- tall, and previously to those unfortu pal implements used in agriculture, nate accidents already adverted to, He invented a mould-plate for the was of athletic habits. He has not plough ; and a friction-drag, to.pre- yet been married. He has four brovent the too speedy descent down hill thers, and half brothers, and four balf of loaded carts and waggons. His sisters. Three of his brothers at preimprovements also of the ancient sent bear arms in the service of their two-furrow plough, and of the single country. plough, have been acknowledged, We have already hinted at his lord and ihe use of the implements adopt- ship's political opinions: he is tho.. ed, by some of our most intelligent roughly attached to the constitution practical farmers.
ot ihe country, both in church and Lord Somerville is a constant at, state, at the same time perfectly voidl tendarit at Woburn, Holkham, and of either religious or political bigotry. at the meetings of the Bath and West Not improbably, his natural circum.. of England Society, the presidency of spection has deterred him from taking; which he lately declined. We always any share in political affairs, in which find his lordship's name among the he has witnessed the failure of se judges for the award of premiums. many able wen.
He has chosen to He was concerned with the late Duke serve his country in the profession of of Bedford, some years since, in agriculture, following the example founding the Sunithfield Subscription of some of the most exalted and best Club, the object of which is an an- characters of antiquity; and the coulnual prize show of cattle, immedi- try has sanctioned his choice, by it ately before Christmas; and shortly general and cordial approbation. His afterwards he instituted another an- lordship is a connoisseur in painting, nual show, to be held in the Spring, and a warni friend to the liberal ancl in Barbican, the premiums of which useful arts. To the politeness of the are at his own expence, as is also the courtier, he joins social and populas: dinner, which concludes the exhibi- manners, treating all men even te tion. It is necessary to observe in the lowest, with a condescending af.. this place, that there formerly existed fability, and as men; nor is his cha.. among our cattle improvers, and in- rity withheld from unfortunate ancl deed it still obtains to a considerable meritorious objects. In his domestic degree, a partiality for the excessive relations, he is most exemplary and! faitening of cattle, and for those aifectionate, and the regularity and breeds which are capable of being economy of his conduct in life ares converted into intire masses of fat. productive of the happiest conse. Lord Somerville, we believe, was the quences to himself and others. Facts, first to set up a practical opposition to not the partiality of writers, consti a this wasteful system ; such, as ap- tute that of Lord Somerville, one of pears by the printed accounts of his the fairest characters upon our list cf premiums, was the purpose of his. peers. exhibition, and to encourage an ex
CUMBERLANDÅŅA. tension of the labouring breeds of “
AM this (February 19th, 1800)) oxen and of fine woolled sheep. Of day," says Mr. Cumberland, in these shows. a correct annual account his Supplement to the Memoirs of may be found throughout the new Himself, “ seventy-four years old, series of this miscellany. His lord- and having given to the world an ac: ship is farther engaged in the super- count of what I have been'employed intendance of the national cattle upon since I have belonged to it, I plate work, to be published in the thought I had said quite enough of present spring, by Messrs. Boydell, an humble individual, and that I might and Co. in which will be given en- have been acquitted of my task, and Eraved specimens of each leading va- dismissed to my obscurity; but certain
friends, upon whose judgment and Young AUTHORS.-"My youngest sincerity I have all possible reliance, son, now a Post-Captain in the Royal tell me that I have disappointed their Navy, had a lazy, pilfering rascal in expectations in the narrative of what his ship, though all the while a prime I have been concerned in since I came seaman: when he had seized him up from Spain ; a period, which being to the gun for some enormity, he lio more within their own time, might, berated bim without a stroke, and reas they conceive, have been made minding him of his capacity to permore interesting to them, and to the form his duty with credit to himself rest of my readers.
and good service to his country, ap“ It
may be so; nay, I have reason pointed him at a word to be captain to believe it is so, for I am conscious of the fore-castle. Reformation inthat I was impatient to conclude my stantly took place in the man's mind; tvork, and was intimidated by the ap- promotion roused his pride; pride inprehension of offending against that spired honesty; and 'he thenceforth modesty of discourse, which becomes acquitted himself as an excellent and me to hold, when I have no better trust-worthy seaman, and was pointed subject to talk upon than myself.” out to me from his quarter-deck as
Such is the apology offered by Mr. such. Now according to the moral Cumberland for those pages, the con- of my story we may imagine a young tents of which require no prefatory beginner to set out lazily on his first excusations. We shall therefore lay start into authorship: he may, like before our readers some of the many the seaman, have good stores in his striking and valuable passages to be own capacity, but through indolence, found in this interesting addition to or something else, prefer the shorter our author's narrative of his own life. process of plagiarism to the laborious
POSTHUMOUS Fame.-"If our re- efforts of invention. I humbly apsurrection-critice shall persist to rum- prehend that his reviewing officer, mage amongst the graves, and carry instead of flogging him round the
like the bare, who sees dis- fleet of critics, may come sooner to tinctly only what is behind her, they his point, if the object of correction may probably spy out my shade in be amendment, by copying the huthe back ground, and bring it into mane experiment of the gallant officer, notice. It is naturally to be presumed whom I have taken the liberty to inthat, if they would come manfully stance, and have the honour of being forward for a living author, the living allied to." author would be better pleased; but The Present ERA.-) seldom hear this he must not expect; the temple the present æra spoken of as I think of their praise is reared with dry bones it ought to be, for sure I am that it and skulls, and till he is a skeleton he has been brilliantly distinguished for cannot be their hero: in this how- a variety of characters great in science, ever they are more generous than the arts, and arms. Should I venture to legislature, who have given so short pronounce upon it as the most lumia date to the tenure of his copy-right, nous in the annals of our country, I that, till that is out, the circulation of am not sure that any man would be his works can scarce commence.- able to confute the assertion, but I Now although this mode of dealing will throw down no such gauntlet to may not exactly suit the living man's the champions of past times; yet aloccasions, yet there is a kind of post- though instances may not occur of inhumous justice in it, as it leads him dividual pre-eminence so striking, to expecí a consideration for what he some, which record could supply, still does some time or other, notwith the general diffusion of talents is so standing he shall have done it so much very much increased; that it operates the worse for the discouragement, as á leveller, which nothing less than which he met with whilst he was first-rate genius can surmount. about it It also warns him what he “ I have lived to see Pitt, Nelson, is to expect from the company he lives and Cornwallis struck out of the with, and apprises him of the luxury number of the living, yet neither elo, he is to enjoy, when he is out of their quence, valour, or integrity are buried society."
in their asbes.
" I remember the time, when the my books and to my pen (those nevermalevolent personality of the public failing comforters and friends), which prints was truly diabolical; I have bas enabled me to meet and patiently lived to see more just and manly prin- to endure many crosses and some ciples prevail upon the face of them: misfortunes of nocommon magnitude. this is a revolution to rejoice in; their How fortunate am I now in the winonly fault seems now to be that of ter of my age, that never in the suntantalizing us with too many good shine of my younger days, when the dinners, that we do not partake of; world comparatively smiled upon me, and I must think, if they would make did I sink into idleness, or surrender one grand and sweeping remove of the myself to any pleasures, that could whole, their publications would be rival those more temperate and perprofited by it. But if it better suits manent resources, which education them to record the splendor, in which and early habits of study had supplied our great men live, let us not be fas- me with. tidious readers, but let us recollect “There is no sure way of providing that every one of us without excep- against the natural ills, that flesh is tion is to a certain degree warmed heir to, but by the cultivation of the and enlightened by that effulgence, mind. The senses can do little for us, which a luminous and exalted chać and nothing lasting. When they have racter, like a beacon on an eminence, for a time enjoyed every thing they scatters and disperses all around. If can wish for, they will ultimately be their information does not serve them led to wish for what they can no to report how wittily these great men longer enjoy. A man, who wants talk over their tables, let us hear at mental powers, wants every thing; least how learnedly they eat; for I for though Fortune were to heap sua can give no better reason for the slight perfluities of every species upon him, respect, in which I hold the science the very overflowings of prosperity of cookery, except that I am too much would destroy his peace, as an abu:of an Englishman to instance any one dance of things without can never acquirement, in which the genius of compensate for a vacuity within." our countrymen must truckle to the Causes of METHODISM.-" I call talents of the French.
to mind a conversation I held with “ When the historians talk to us of my ever-kind and respected friend the dark ages, they certainly do not Primate Robinson upon one of his mean to insinuate that the sun was visits to Tunbridge Wells, soon after less bright, and the sky not so clear Mr. Benson's induction, respecting in those days as in certain others, but the numbers of seceders, who in times by a figure call that dark, which sci- of past laxity had fallen off from the ence and the human genius do not il- established worship, and gone astray luminate: surely, then, if we wish to after strange and whimsical teachers. live in the light, it is every man's in. Whilst I was describing to him some terest to cherish his neighbour's taper, of these motley congregations, and convinced that sbould he blow it out, the unwearied efforts of Mr. Benson his own will burn no brighter. I for reclaiming them, he said to me know I have said something to this in his plain and pointed way. If purpose nearly a hundred times over, you wish to get these people back but as I am nearly a hundred years again, you must sing them in: they old, I wil) say it once more, and per- won't come to your preaching; arguhaps not tur ihe last time. Let me go ment will do nothing with them, but to my grave with the consciousness of they have itching ears, and will listen having succeeded in disposing my to a hymn or an anthem; and as you contemporries to foster and encou- have an organ, such as it is, you must rage one another in the spirit of bro- set to work and assemble the best therly love and benevolence, and I singers, which your place affordshave not lived in vain."
I need not say this good advice was CONSOLATIONS OF LITERATURE. followed, for it was the very measure —“ What cause have I not bad to we had projected, and our rural choir bless my God for having endowed soon became conspicuous and incredit. me with that untried attachment to In the mean time Mr, Benson's ad.
monitions, backed by our melodies, his well-doing; and as I think I can thinned the ranks of the seceders, and foresee that we shall have to fight for a certain female apostle was deserted our altars and our hearths before the by her closet congrega:ion, and thence- present generation shall pass off, I förth devoted her attention to a fa- should be sorry at my soul to suppose vourite monkey, who profited more that any one of my posterity, over by her caresses, and about as much whom 'I have controul, were by ber instructions, as the silly souls, in train to take his part in that decisive who had been lectured by her." day, whenever it shall come.”
AN AFFECTING PASSAGE. "It was POLITENESS IN THE GREAT._"If no common recommendation to a I were called upon to name that grace, place of residence, where our summer wbich is most endearing, that maxim, society could boast of visitors so re- wbich is most worldly-wise for men spectable as the Lord Chief Justice in elevated stations, it would be puncNansfield, the Ex- Premier Ld. North, tuality in answers and appointments, the Duke of Leeds, the Lord Primate It sweetens favours, and it softens reRobinson, the Lord Chancellor Ross- fusals; it is the most sovereign charm lyn, Archbishop Moore, Bishop Moss, against envy, malice, and those nuand others, who, like them, håre paid merous discontents, that indispose the debt of nature, and are now no the minds of men against the great more.
and fortunate. I think I may venture “ I must confess, when these, and to say upon niy long experience, that some less illustrious, but more near I have never known the person, who and dearer to my heart, were struck left a great man's presence in an angry down, it seemed to me as if the place and revengeful humour, when he had had lost its sunshine, and our walks, been patiently heard and politely so often paced by their steps, had been treated, although his suit had misstrewed with their tombs. Within the carried." period of my residence at Tunbridge BEREAVEMENTS OF FRIENDS. Wells I have felt the loss of many “ What a multitude of past friends friends : I have followed Lord Sack- can I number amongst the dead? It ville to his vault at Withyham, my is the melancholy consequence of old lamented wife to her gráve in the age; if we outlive our feelings, we church of Frant, and there also I are nothing worth ; if they remain in caused to be deposited the remains of force, a thousand sad occurrences reWilliam Badcock, Esq. the husband mind us that we live too long. For of my second daughter Sophia, and my part, I must sojourn amongst father of tive children, awarded to strangers, or seek to make acquaintmy care by chancery, and looking up ance with the children and grandto me for the education, that is to de- children of my departed friends. cide upon their future destinies--My Though I can hardly harmonize with God! can I presume to hope that thou their sociaty, still I prefer the making wilt give me life to execute this sacred suit to their favour, and am flattered trust, and train them in the way, poor ii they endure ne; for I have never innocents, wherein they ought to go— yet covered the delights of solitude. Three of these five fatherless relicts I cider it as a singular felicity in are boys, and as I distributed my four my life, and a circumstance to insons between the fleet and army, even ... ce for their credit, with whom I so, if my life is spared, I meditate to have been connected, that when for deal with these grandsons, who seem tune seemed to have deserted me, I by nature endowed with vigour both ot' had not to lament the falling away of body and of spirit for their destination. friends. Men of the world are drawn The eldest, a boy of brilliant parts, has off from us by the world; this is too now completed more than half his often interpreted as an abandonment, training-time, and is serving in His when in fact it is only the result of Majesty's frigate La Loire, under the avocation : when they in course of command of Captain Maitland: that time cease to tread the public road of gallant and distinguished officer reports life, we meet them in the bye-paths in terms of my young charge, that in- of retirement, and find our friendship spre me with the warmest hopes of interrupted only, not renounced."
On Wither, the Poet. in Mr. Dalrymple's extracts from the N O
Magazine for February 1806, sbew the author's manner of treating I was pleased to see a creditable no- common ideas. tice of George Wither, a poet who Sonnet upon a stolen Kies. heavily incurred the popular odium Now ge!tle sleep hath closed up those eyes of his own time, and whose name Which, waking, kept my boldest thoughis has been hitched into many a sarcastic couplet since. Nor can ibis excite And free access tinto that sweet lip lics, much surprise, when his republic Methink na wrog it were, if I should steal
From whence long the rosy brea:h to draw. canism is taken into the account; Froin those iwo meiti.grubiusone poor kiss: since the native flowers of Parnassus None sees the theft, that would the thief commonly lose their sweetness when reveal, they are suffered to intermingle with Nor rob I her of aught which she can miss. the aconite of party-zeal. Wither, Nay—should Irueniy ki ses take away, however, as has been remarked by There would be lit le sign i hal dhe so: one of his most ardent admirers*, was Why then should this robbery detas? truly a poet, if poetry be the power
Uh! she may wake, and ther. with angry of comnianding the imagination, when conveyed in measured language and Well, it she do, I'll back restore that one, expressive epithets. Of this power
And twenty hundred housand more--for loan.
T. P. his early works bear ample testimony; Conjectures on Mr. For's Historical but that enthusiasm which contri
Essay. buted to constitute him a poet at the
MR. EDITOR, age of twenty three, wrought his TURNING over your Magazine
at political fanaticism, which at length with the enquiry there made by was heightened into prophetic furor. Omega, respecting a reported literary This naturally exposed the writer to production of our late Secretary of obloquy, and his works to general dis- State for Foreign Affairs, “ Did he,' regard. Anthony Wood, whose loy- Mr. Fox, it is asked, "ever make alty on many occasions was more any progress towards a history of the conspicuous than his candour, has
revolution of 1689?" stigmatised Wither as a presbyterian
Now, Sir, the writer of the parasatirist, who wrote and published phlet entitled, “Circumstantial details many things which by scholars were of the long Illness and last Moments of accounted mere scribbles; and by the Right Hon. Charles James Fox,' others, the effect of a crazed brain. &c. &c. expressly observes, speaking In contradiction to this report, I will exactly to the point in question,' I have venture to affirm from actual inspec- reason to believe, inai Mr. Fox wrote tion, that tew of his numerous pro- very little; and I can almost take, ductions can be read without praise, upon me to assert that his History of and fewer without profit. Piety and the Revolution, as it has been called, morality were the prevailing guides of existed only in i tea.” It is, however, bis pen, and he assumed the dignity of admitted at the same time, that`Mr. a national censor with as virtuous an Fox said, “No reign was so unsatisintention perhaps as Cowper; though faciorily written as that of William with a very different result: since he
the Third.' Is it not possible then, declares in his Fides Anglicana, that that this remark might excite some he could hardly walk the streets with friend to express a wish to see Mr. out abusive atironts and provocations. Fox take up so interesting a subject, He died, however, as he had lived, and in this way give currency to the a devotee to puritanism.
report of his being actually engaged Two pleasing specimens of his oma- in it? And might not Mr. Fox, thus tory effusions are printed in the Lyle of Love. The following was inserted encouraged, even favour the opinion
that he would eventually direct his
attention to this portion of the na* See Dalrymple's Excerpts from Juve- tional history? nilia, p. 11.
There are circumstances inducing + Ath. Oxon. II. C92.
a belief that Mr. Fox did at least meUNIVERSAL MAG. Vol. VII.