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potent a conclusion; unless the pressing THE Naked Gospel, a Socinian book demand for representation had induced

1 of the last century, is ascribed in the author to use the new that was ready Atterbury's Remains to Dr. Bury, of with the old that was known. Exeter College, wbo was ejected for this

BALTHAZAR MONCONYS. act of heresy.

Monconys visited England in 1663, CERVANTES' Wife.

with his pupil the duke of Chevreuse. In 1584, Cervantes married Dona Ca.

He had obtained the first introductions, talina de Salazar, who brought him a for

was presented at court, and frequented tune of pear 607. sterling (equal to 1501.

the elevated circles. On his return to or 2001. at present), which, according to France he published his tour, which occu. the inventory, consisted of a vineyard,

raz pied only two months,

died only a garden, and a plantation of olive and

He notices already at Dover the strict alinond trees, estimated at 371. and the

observance of Sunday. Ple describes a remainder of household furniture, and

ball al court, in which Charles the Second the following articles, which may be in

danced first with Iris queen and then with serted as matters of curiosity:

his mistress, Lady Castlemaine. The

room was ill lighted with silver sconces. Four bee-hives .... Five pounds of wax ........

He attended a meeting of the Royal Six bushels of flour ........

Society, called on Hobbes and on Boyle. One bushel of wheat .....

He dined with the Earl of Manchester, 45 hens and chickens, 1 cock

The first course consisted of eight dishes An alabaster image of our Lady with of roast meat, fowl, and boiled joints, the child Jesus ..............

with soup or pottage in the middle. The Anoil picture, in a frame, of ditto .. 3 5 second course offered removes of smaller A silver image of our Lady of Loretto size, pastry, fish, stays' congues, and Two images of the child Jesus, with game. The third course, or dessert, of

their shirts and jackets ......... 2 2 8 8 fered sweet-meats and fruits. A crucifix .......

.... ( 10

He visited Oxford, and called on Dr. A picture of St. Francis .......... 0.8 Wallis.

This fortune was to remain at her own Balthazar Mouconys had travelled in disposal, and Cervantes settled on her the East: he was born at Lyons, and 100 ducals, or about 121. being one died in the year 1665; he had especially tenth of all he possessed, which thousand attended to cheinistry. ducals would at present be equivalent

FOUQUET. to between three or four hundred pounds. Nicholas Fouquet, the son of a counsterling.

seller, was born in 1615. Brought up to MEDAL OF ELLIOTT.

his father's profession, he became ai 25 A medal was struck at Berlin in bonour Master of Requests, and at 35 Attorneyof General Elliott. On one side the pro. general of the Parliament of Paris. file of that brave officer is represented fashionable libertine and a fascinawith this inscription: Elliott an Martis ting companion, he was admitted to the socius ? Non : Jupiter ipse est. On the private parties of the king, who in 1653 reverse the rock of Gibraltar, with this made him superintendant of the finances inscription: Victrix in flammis, victrix of France, and created him Marquis of Gibraltar in undis.


Accused of peculation by Colbert, he Capel thinks there are traces of an was confined awhile anonymously, first acted Hamlet as early as 1593; and that in the isle Saint Marguerite, and finally Shakespeare's extant Hamlet did not pre. in the Bastille, where he died. It was cede 1605. He attributes both plays to be who wore the iron mask, so long an Shakespeare, and supposes the last to be historic riddle; as was ascertained, on new-written. But the probability seems taking the Bastille, by the finding of his to be, that the first Hamlet is of some card of commitment. other author; and that the various emen. The commission appointed to try Fou. dations intended were never completed. quet, believing that Louis the XIVth, A first act so admirably written can wished to screen the patron of his youthhardly have brought on so lame and in ful pleasures, spent three years without Monthly Mic, No. 233,



eoining to any decision : when the death tion does not dissolve the marriage tie. of the culprit terminated their proceed. There are frequent cases of confirmed inings.

sanity, which surely ought to liberate the "The advocate Pelisson wrote a skilful parties from each other. There are indefence of Fouquet, wbo was no doubt a delicate cases which might perhaps most defaulter, but who was pursued with a expediently be veiled under a law for jealous and intolerant animosity by Col. conceding all the privileges of widowbert.

hood after a five-years' desertion of his Lafontaine, the fabulist, honourably home by the husband. adhered to the adversity of a wobleman The absurdest of all causes assigned who had done him service. The elegy on for divorce is perhaps that made choice Fouquet's commitment, which begins, of in the case of Audovere, wife of Chil. Remplissez l'air de cris,

peric, king of France. This queen was Dans vos grottes profondes,

put away for having been godinother to Pleurez, Nymphes de l'aux, &c.

her own child, which she was well enough

to carry to the font. though not so fine a composition as Pope's

SIMILE. Epistle to the Earl of Oxford, was dictated Talking with a fool is like walking with by analogous feeliny.

a cripple ; he is always to stop for, APPARITION.

FAMILY OF CERVANTES. Baronius relates, that the Platonist In 1605, a gentleman was murdered Marsilio Ficino made an agreenient in the street in which Cervantes resided,

with bis friend Michael Mercato, that and, in consequence of the inquests which · whichever died first should appear to the were made, we learn that in the apartsurvivor and let him know the nature of ments which were occupied in one of the the other world. Ficino died first. Not houses in that street, there lodged Milong after, Mercato beard a voice calling guel de Cervantes, aged 57; Dona Catato him, and, looking up, saw his friend Fi- lina, bis wife; Dopa Isabel de Saavedra, cino sitting on a white horse; but, on his natural daughter, spinster, 20 years Mercato's eagerly pronouncing his name, of age; Dona Andrea, his sister, twice a the specires disappeared. Thus is a case widow, above 50 years old; her daughter, of internal apparition, of imaginary visi. aged 28; Maria Cevallos, their only ser. on, mell aliesteri, and quite probable. vant, aged 18. Cervantes, his daughe DIVORCE,

ler, his sister, and her daughter, were Aulus Geilinis says, (l. iv. c. 3) that the sent to prison, but the next day they were first example of recorded divorce among all released upon bail, although confined the Romans was given by Camilius Ruga, to their own house, from which confinewho, in the year 523 after the foundation incnt they were soon liberated. of the city, repuuates tous wile for steriliry.

FERBER. This the censor approved; and thus the The Courlander, Joho Jacob Ferber, precedent becaing law,

published in 1776, at Mietau, an OrycIn the course of lime other such expe. tography of Derbyshire. This book conriments were tried with success. The inins a remarkably neat Mineralogical taking of priests viders, the captivity of Survey of the Peak and its Neighbourhood. a husband wtio had been absent fise The author gives great praise to a watchyears, the notoriety of mental infirmities maker in Derby of the name of Waitein eillier party, the sodomy of the bus. hurst, and to a land-surveyor, or gede band, or the adultery of tbe wile, became grapher, of the name of Burdett, who falegal grounds of divorce.

cilitated his deep researches. He wasinThese laws were too lax, and produced troduced to Whiteburst by Dr. Franklin. a licentious morality. The Christian An attached Vocabulary, which gives the clergy inveigher against them, but adopt- German nomenclature of our English ed an opposite extreme: Saint Augustin terms of art, remains useful to those gere introduced into the Corbolic church the logical inquirers who read the German absolute indissolubility of marriage. mineralogists. Our English laws partake more of Can

FRENCH GENDERS. tholic severity than of Pagan looseness, Some words in French are at the same and are stricier than those of the conti time both masculine and ferninine. Aninnentai Protestants. Some inconveniences stance occurs in the name of the passenciare felt. In all our sea-ports there are lus nucis. The Frencii dictionaries teach wives of sailors who are driven to lead us to write, Un friquet male: and also immuural lives, because a five-years' desera une friquet je.nelle.


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By Titus Lucretius Corus,
By the Rev. JOHN BLACK, Woodbridge. TRANSLATED BY Dr. Busey.*
SONS of COLUMBIA, sheathe the sword !
And BRITAIN stay thy vengeful hand!

W hat profit can dire War afford ?

PARENT of Rome! sweet Venus ! source Wły thus with hostile banners stand?

of love! Let Passion's swelling wave subside,

Delight of mortals and the blest above ! And Reason rule instead of Pride.

Who glad'st the earth, the sea, all things Ah! think, if War spread wide his flame,

that lie What thousands in the strife must diem

Boneath yon gliding spheres that beam on How few behind them leave a name,

high; Yet tears for each fill some fond eye!

From thee all pleasure, beauty, being, Think of the widow's heavy sighs,

flows, And the poor orphan's melting cries!

Life springs to light, and pregnant nature

glows, But should not these soft sorrows move, Thee, goddess ! thee the winds and tempests

And headlong Anger shout “ To arms !" And fierce Defiance long to prove,

Clouds at thy presence quit the bright'ning His might amidst the field's alarms; And Hate and Ire infame each host,

The teeming earth, exerts her genial po w'rg, And cannon thunder round the coasl.

In fair profusion spreads her sweetest flo w'rs; Yet will not Interest's voice prevail ?

The smiling seas in gentle waves appear,

And glory gilds the tranquil atmosphere. Reflect, how Commerce must decline, The loom stand still, and Want assail

When youthful Spring salutes the cheerThe many that must starying pine ;

ful vales, And burdens weigh each nation down,

And soft Favonius wakes his balmy gales, And wild Despair with fury frown.

Pierc'd by thy fame, gay birds in every

bow'r Ye brothers are : both Freedom prize;

Feel thy approach, and hail thy sacred pow'r; And in one language worship Heav'n:

Exulting herds o'er laughing verdure play, Why then Religion's voice despise,

Rush through the rapid streams, and boundBy hellish Hatred madly drivin?

less stray. Let Reason and Religion reign,

Rapt into bliss by thy inspiring charms, And War's grim dogs once more enchain! Thy sweet allurements, and thy soft alarms,

All beings burn thy pleasure to fulfil, Encroach not on each other's right,

And wait, enraptur’d, on thy heav'nly will; Let Justice lift aloft her scale !

Through seas and streams thy kindly power Ye both are brave-both prov'd in fight

prevails, Oppressive Wrong cannot prevail;

O'erspreads the mountains and pervades the Then throw chose gleaming arms aside, ļo peace the plough and shuttle guide !

The bow'ry mansions of melodious birds,

And open pastures of rejoicing herds,

Darts through each kindling breast love's

melting rage,

And all things renovates from age to age. W HEN the waters cease to flow,

Thee, whom all nature's joyous works 'When sweet roses cease to blow, When the clouds no longer more,


Whose smiles from chaos called primæval Then, oh then, I'll cease to love,

day; Thus a youth, with wily art,

Thee in whose absence every lustre dies, Won Amelia's guileless heart,

All beauty vanishes and pleasure flies;
But too soon the hapless maid,
Was dishonour'd and betray'd.

• We are enabled, by the favour of the Still the silver waters flow,

Translator, to lay before our readers the introStill the soses sweetly blow,

duction to this elegant and spirited translaStill the clouds incessant move,

tion, which promises to rank high among our But the youth has ceas'd to love !

national poetry. Sept. 9, 181%


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Thee I invoke: possess me while I sing: There hail'd the seasons as they rose anew,
To Memmius' ear eternal truths 1 bring. Which call'd young Genius forth to sing
Memmius, sweet goddess! whom thou deign'st its love.
to grace

O matchless vale! still nurtur'd by the Dart, With all endowments to adorn his race;

Long may thy banks an ample produce give, For him, kind deity! inspire my tongue, May Heav'n its blessings to thy sons impart, Immortal beauty pour into my song.

And teach them still in happiness to live. Meanwhile, by sea, by land, bid discord cease, And bless the world with everlasting peace;

Portray'd by Fancy, sweet thy meads appear, Thou, thou alone canst peace bestow; for

The hill, the dell, the river murm'ring Mars,

sweet, Armipotent, sole arbiter of wars,

The blooming beauties of the verbal year, Bound by the eternal wound of love, reclines

reclines That Flora strew'd teneatlı my youtbful On thy fair breast, and all his soul resigns;

feet. With fondly-eager looks admiring lies, Ah, tho' I'm doom'd to bid thy charms adieu, And drinks celestial transport at his eyes; And brave the frowns of hoary-headed Care, Pants o'er those charms which cvery wish Still shall my soul filial throb for you, employ,

And for thy welfare breathe the fervent Tastes thy ambrosial lip, and sinks in joy.

pray'r. Oh, fairest Goddess ! while thy heav'nly Extend thine arm, thou great Almighty God! arms

Avert the threat'ning ills that may imInfold the Immortal whom thy beauty warms,

pend, In melting words thy so t persuasion pour,

O guard my kindred and their lov'd abode, Aud peace, sweet peace, for mighty Rome

For on thy goodness all our hopes depend. implore ! In these disastrous times I strive in vain 0, source of good,-firm, universal, Shieid, To greet my Memmius with a cheerful strain: When cares assail, thy strong assistance give; Nor will the zeal of his illustrious blood Give them that peace which thou alone canst Desert his country and the public good;

yield, But still, lov'd youth ! the moments Rome And in return our gratitude receive. can spare,


A. Kynı. On me bestow; becalm'd and free from care,

ON THE ROSE; To truth attend, and heav'nly wisdom Translated from the Greek of Anacreos, share.

SONS of Joy ! ere day's beam cluses

Its refulgent course above,

We'll crown Bacchus with the roses

Of the beauteous God of Love.
To the yew-shaded dell, midst many an urn,
Where the relies of Caleb repose,

Let us now their garlands blooming
Dejected Belinda had wander'd to mourn

Round our locks and temples twine;
And to Silence unburthen'd her woes.

Whilst with smiles the bowl illuming,
She musid on his virtues, his ardor, and truth,

Here we quaff the nectar'd wine.
When a tear from her beart fillid her eye,

Rose, bright gem of ruby splendour ! A requiem she breach'd to the shade of the Thou art Flora's darling care ; youth,

Spring comes forth, thou dost attend ber,
And unbosom'd a grief-gotten sigh.

Glitc'ring on her bosom fair.
Aurora, arising, beheld it upspring,

Rose! thy od’rous leaves unfolding,
And she bore it to Æolus away,

Charm th' Olympian stars of bliss ; Who deck'd the warm tribute with gossamer Love, thy virgin blush beholding, wing,

Sanctifies thee with a kissa
And it Aits as a zephyr in May.

See how proudly he advances !
London, 1812.


O'er his locks thy blooms expand,

Breathing fragrance as be dances

With the Graces liand in hand.

Crown me, Bacchus, god of pleasure!
T AIL, native vale! still to my hosom dear:

To thy teipple then I'll go,
Dear as the stream that mantles round

And thy praise, in lofty measure,
niy heart,
Where Nature's complicated charms appear;

From any golden lyre shall How.
Sad was the task from thy lov'd scenes to There, whilst chick o'ershadowing roses

Round me wreath their chaplets gay, 'Twas there the soul's primæval spark I drew,

With my nymph, till evening closes,

I will dance the hours away. First woord the Muse in the ambrosial grove,

Dines Sterise.


PATENTS LATELY ENROLLED. Communications of Specifications and Accounts of New Patents, are earnestly

solicited, and will always command early Notice.

MR. GEORGE DOLLAND'S, (LONDON,) for pended in gimbals as usual, with the ad

an improved Method of lighting the dition of a spiral spring to each axis: Binnucle Compass, used for steering these springs relieve the coinpass when Ships at Sea, &c.

any sudden or violent motion of the ship V E shall give an account of this in. takes place. The compass card is so

V vention in the words of the speci. constructed as to prevent its vibrating, ficarioli, which are as follow:-" It illu. and it is suspended un a spiral spring act. muinates the compass by prismatic reflec. ing within two cylinders. By this sustion; it applies a lens between the eye of pension the point is preserved, and the the steersman and the compass, by which card secured in its place, although the the compass is magnified, and it adds motion may be excessively violent. springs to the compass. First there is a In connection with the above descriplantern composed of metal, to which is tion of Mr. Dolland's invention, the reader applied a prism: this lantern contains should be referred to a patent on the a lamp of the usual construction, and the same subject, taken out by Mr. Egerton prism reflects the light upon the face of Smith, of Liverpool, and of which an ac. the compass: the form and position of the count was given in the Monthly Magazine lantern and prism can be varied, as cir- about a year ago. cumstances may require. Secondly, the Jens that magnifies the compass must be MR. BENJAMIN MILNE's, (BRIDLINGTON,) of such focal length as not to confine the for an improved Double Bell und Gun steersinan to a fixed distance. Thirdly, Alarm. the card of the compass is so constructed According to Mr. Milne's specification, as to prevent the vibrations: this is obe and drawing attached thereto, there is a tained by a bar or false needle, placed wooden box, about twenty-two inches at right angles to the needle. The point long, and ten inches deep, shut up by two on which the card traverses is supported doors, which doors are thrown open by by two cylinders, in the interior of which springs when the alarum goes off. Within is a spiral spring, for the purpose of pre- is a blunderbuss, or any other well conserving the point and securing the card structed piece of fire-arins with a lock; a in its place during the violent motion of steel spring with two bells; an upright the ship; and at each axis of the gimbals fraine of cast iron, to which a long lever, is a spiral spring; the use of these springs trigger, and stamper, are screwedd. By is to relieve the compass when the ship is the falling of an iron stamper the gun and greatly agitated."

bells go off, and the doors are thrown Among the observations of the paten- open. The stamper is supported by a tee on bis own invention are these: the trigger, and the bells are hooked on in a advantages of this binnacle consists in the bole in the side of the stainper near the steadiness and equality of the light, which brass knob; the trigger has a sinaller end, in the night is obtained by prisinatic re, wherehy the other end is raised to permit flection; the facility and security with the end of the long lever to pass under it. which the lantern may be removed to an There is an upright lever which supports enclosed place to be trimmed, for which the trigger, stamper, and bells; and small there is rarely any necessity, as the lanp lines of whip-cord, or wire, are fastened will burn from twelve to fifteen hours; to the lower extremity thereof, by which and, the lamp being enclosed in a lantern, the alarm is discharged. To the middle of the light cannot be blown out nor the oil the stamper is fixed a brass knob, by spilled. The lens in the front of the bine which it is raised to the top of the box nacle, which magnifies the compass, ena. there is a hole in the side in which to hang bles the steersman to see the point dis the bells, by means of a small icon bolt tinctly; and, the whole apparatus being near the bottom of the lever, the long enclosed, the light is prevented from ap- lever of the cast-iron fiame will be sea pearing in the night to any person except cured in its place, and then the alarm the steersman, and the weather from al. cannot go oft, either by accident or defecting the compass.

sign. When the stamper falls an iron The improvements relating immediately tumbler draws the gun trigger, and to the compass are as follows: it is sus- likewise the bolt, which is fixed on the


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