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racter, intended for the ordinary opera- We are far from thinking Mr. W. cention of little-tattle dissection.
surable for noticing, that the influence of Our town is prettily situated in a fer- her Grace of Bolton, in the election of tile and beautiful country, and is much one member for Totnes, is derived from resorted to by travellers. Mr. Windeatt her being, the lucky mistress “ of a fine has, therefore, not wasted his antiqua- stream which drives two sets of mills," rian knowledge and powers of descrip- which are valuable, and belong to the tion upou an unworthy object. He has corporation. The circumstance is very not been dressing up a doll, We have, curious, and wi!l no doubt makė many of thank God, nothing to complain of, but your readers smile. "Thus one of the that our pluce bappens to be the members, like the eider duck in the seat of a corporation, which is occa- Peacock at Ilome,” may be said to come sionally the cause of much bickering. up to Parliament by water. Upon this Your anonymous Correspondent has in- subject a merry wag one day observed, telligibly, but cautiously, charged the that you might see a senator in her members of this public naisance with the Grace's water, like a rattlesnake in spi. guilt of misapplying the finds of screral rits of wine, only that water is no presereleemosynary donations, and has endea- vative against corruption. However, the voured to throw a reflection upon the recent death of a great man amongst us whole town in consequence; whereas, in here is likely to induce her Grace, at the trnth, such charges can only apply, if next general election, to turn the course they do apply at all, to those who par- of her stream, and to change the face of take of the loaves and fishes of the char- matters. ter; and they, from tolerably obvious Your Correspondent, by interrogatory, reasons, are very few imieed. If many has ungenerously cast a slur upon the were allowed to be qualified to sit down political, and also, if I understand him, tu the banquet, a thousand jealousies re- upon the moral character of Mr. Adams, spectiog livings, and little snug places in one of our members, who is so strong public offices, might arise, and the feast in the popular opinion, that he wants would very likely end in a fray. Thus even no invigoration from her Grace's much for the political sins of tlie piace, stream, With respect to this gentleman so insidiously enumerated in a long string we have the pleasure of observing, that of arch interrogatories, which can only be be enjoys the good wishes and esteem of thought, even by your Correspondent, to the town, and that the great interest attach to about 14 0' 15 persons out of which he possesses has frequently been 2,503. However, if such abuses really exist, exercised in favour of those who are withmeasures are about to be speedily adopt out the pale of the corporation, and could ed, as becomes such an age. Of correc- give him no return but their gratitude. tional inquiry as this, to bring them to He lives close to the town in great hoslight, and the depreciators to punishment. pitality, whilst Mr.'Hall, the other mem
We are much indebted to Mr. Winde- ber, with sagacious economy, never yiatt for tracing the progress of our refine- sits us but to make “ lis calling and elecment, from cock-lighting to dancing and tion sure.” music, and from the barbarous pleasures Your Correspondent, in the same cyof büll-baiting to the intellectual re- nical vein, has insinuated, that a quotasources of no less than three book socie- tion in Mr. Windeatt's communication ties. We have, moreover, lately sent up is from the pen of" a modern knight, Sir to your great metropolis a very promising John Carr.” We have eagerly read all the yomg painter, and, amongst the many works of that elegant and lively writer, genteel and opulent families which reside and we consider them not less creditable in this ton, and its immediaie vicinity, to that place than to the character of conwe have several able dilletanti artists temporary literature, and have never seen and musicians, two tolerable antiquarians, a line which resembled in style or matter and one poet.
any part of such extract.
In truth, I Our intelligent champion has been strongly suspect it to be from the produce censured by your Correspondent, for tions of Dr. Cornish, a literary gentleomitting to notice “ the beautiful screen man, one of our townsmen, and the broof stone" in our church : since that cen- ther in law of a distinguished literary chasure has reached us, we have carefully racter, Lord Teignmouth. We beg pardon examined it, even to an occasional omis- for baving trespassed so long upon your sion of our responses in the Litany, and readers, but we have been naturally desihave observed in it nothing worthy of ce- rous of rescuing the fair fame of our neat lebration.
and much frequented town from the biliMONTALY Mag. No, 183.
Ous TWO NATIVES OF TOTNES. a
ous obloquy cast upon it by your Corre- these two youths come with himn to Westspondent, and remain
street Chapel. There, it is probable, Yours, &c. they got their first impressions of metho
dism, although they afterward took the Totnes, Feb.1, 1809.
calvinistic side. Fletcher (a most amia
ble man) was greatly respected by the To the Editor of the Monthly Niagazine. old Lady Hill, the mother of these gen. SIR,
tlemen, and it was then said, that he was N your Magazine for this month I per- presented to the vicarage of Madely
' late Sir Richard Hill, who was, if the ac- When young Rowland came out, a counts of his beneficence be true, a very a piping hot preacher, Sir Richard also, useful good man.
As such be his ine- a young man of warm passions, and of mory duly respected!
the same calvinistic judgment with his But the writer of that account seems to brother, entered the lists with him against have been not perfectly informied. He the wicked Arminians, and, in their zeal has made some mistakes, and some for what they thought the cause of God omissions. Permit me to attempt to rec. and truth, they regarded no customary tify them.
restraints. Sir Richard published the He says, Sir Richard became known pamphlet mentioned, and Rowland in early life to the Rev. and learned brought out a Furrago, then a Farrago Messrs. Romaine, Talbot, Stillingfeet, double distilled, and after that other Venn, Berridge, and Walher.-\Vho, pieces of the same cast, in which are besides linn, ever thought either Mr. many epithets bestowed, and many hard Romaine, Mr. Venn, or Mr. Berridge, reflections, which his maturer judgment distinguished for learning? They were would, no doubt, now disapprove. At all of them, no doubt, pious in their way. this time Fletcher was their chief oppoBut whoever has heard, (as I have) the nent, but an opponent who fought only pulpit tittle-tattle of the first, or has read with the keen sword of argument, finely a printed volume of his letters, cannot, I edged with meekness.
Fletcher was think, give him credit for a vast profiin- older than these warm young men; his dity of learning, nor indeed for much judgment more mature, his passions more elegance in writing. I remember a pas- under conimand; so that he never forgot sage, in one of those letters to a lady, 'what became him as a Christian and a runs thus" Exalt the Lord Jesus gentleman. Christ-Up with him !-Up with him! Mr. Augustus Toplady was also one of Up with him!”—The rest of the volume the warriors of that day, and a courage. is equally elegant and learned. So poor ous one he was. Sir Richard Hill's eulohonest Mr. Berridge's thing, which he gist says, that " he had a great command called a poem, viz. “ The Christian of language." If he means a copia rerWorld unmasked. Come! take a peep!" borum, he certainly had : but it was the will not discover a vast deal of learning, language of Billingsgate, as any one may or even of common sense, especially see who will take the trouble to wade where he describes a laborious black. through his controversial publications. smith with a spark got into his throat. As to the supposition that he recanted M: Venn also was a plain honest Calvi- some of his opinions when dying, it is nistic Methodist, hut never before, that probably not true. But if he did, it ever I heard of, mistaken for a scholar. could not be either a disgrace or a cre
The other gentlemen, whoever they dit to him. A man's judgment may not were, were not of celebrated name, es- be as clear as usual, when near dissolucept, perhaps, among the party; for 1, tion. But if it be so, surely there canwho have been intimately acquainted not be any disgrace in a change of sentiwith methodism and its votarjes, never ment, or in expressing that change, if he heard of them.
thinks he has been mistaken. The gentleman who wrote this account It is, however, most probable, that of Sir Richard, does not appear to know if Mr. Toplady recanted any thing at that Mr. Fletcher, the Vicar of Madely, that serious time, it was only the harsh was domestic tutor to Sir Richard and his expressions which his furious bigotted hrasher Rowland. Mr. Fletcher at that zent had betrayed bim into. He right time preached frequently for Mr. Wesley, then see, that it was possible for men who and I can remember to have oftea scen could not think with him to be equally
the objects of the Divine regard, and attach any discredit to your worthy Core that the wrath of man worketh not respondent for falling into this very ver the righteousness of God."
nial error: Jussieu himself, in joining the Sir Richard Hill appears in his latter Tea to the family of Aurantia, has, scarce. days to have been of a cooler mind, ly improved upon its former arrangeinentang wliere he recommended“ brotherly love." where it was found among the Malvaceæ; Had he then been called upon by any the truth, I believe is, that it belongs to junior zealot to anathematize an Armi- 10 family as yet established, but most nian, or perhaps even a wider Christian, certainly not to the inyrte. he would most likely have declined step- There are two varieties of the tea cule ping into the judgment-seat of Christ, tivated in our nurseries, known by the and would eren have given the gentle names of Green and Bobea; there is not, rebuke to those who know not what man- however, any probability, that the green ner of spirit they are of. “ How shall I and bohea teas of the shops are the excurse whom the Lord hath not cursed ? clusive product of these varieties. They How shall I defy whoin the Lord hath differ very little from one another, but the not defied ?
green variety is the most hardy : shrub The memory of the just, of all parties of this sort stood in the open ground ac and persuasions, is blessed! Let that of the late Mr. Gordon's nursery, at Miles Sir Richard Hill be crowned and che- End, many years. I agree with Mr. Ca.. rished with affectionate respect! pel Lofft that in the warmer parts of our Jan. 21, 1809,
island, and more especially on the southern coast of the Isle of Wight, both vam.'
rieties would probably thrive, as well as To the Editor of the Monthly Magazine. the common myrtle. SIR,
Your's, &c. TOUR very respectable, intelligent,
THEIPHILUS. and learned Correspondent, Mr. Capel Lufft, seems to have launched a For the Monthly Magazine. litule out of his latitude, when he pro- THE DILLETANTI TOURIST, poses to join the Tea-tree to the Genus Or LETTERS from an AMATEUR of' ÁRT, Myrtus, with which, beyond a little prima in LONDON, to a FRIEND near MANfacie similitude, it has no natural ailinity whatever.
Io the flower of the myrtle the germen or systein in these tours; but pay is inferior, while in the tea it is superior; muy visits at the different stations of Art that is, in the foriser the calyx, petals, as inclination prompts me. Sometimes and stamens are all inserted into the nusing among the august sculptures of crown of the gerin.en; in the latter these ancient Greece, sometimes anong the parts are inserted below the germen-cir- pictorial beauties of modern. Britain, cumstances of the first importance to be sometimes among the dust of ancient attended to in arranging plants accord- Jore, but oftener lounging an hour among ing to their natural affinities. The fruit the lighter elegancies of art, more like of the myrtle is a berry, that of the tea a a dilletanti than a professional tourist. dry capsule of three cells, or rather three I was yesterday at the Museum of capsules united; the former crowned Greek Sculptures belonging to Lord with the persistent calyx, the latter havo Elgin, who has enriched his country with ing the calyx at its base. Besides these an unrivalled and invaluable collection ; characters taken from the fructification, brought together with a princely muniti the myrtle has opposite, the tea alternate cence. In a few days I shall visit Mr. leaves. The myrile belongs to a very Thomas Hope's Collection, in which are large, and very natural and easily defined some of the finest fictile vases, that have family, all of which are more or less n'o- descended to us from the ancient world, matic. The tea-tree has very little affi- And I ain just returned from the Townley nity with any plant cultivated in our gar. Gallery, which shall, by your desire, princidenis, except with the Camellia, to which pally engross the subject of my letters, it is indeed very closely allied; and both till I have conducted you through this these plants are void of all aromatic great national museum of antique art. quality, being in their recent state highly You may by this sketch of my erratic nauseous.
tours, perceive, low delightfully, my I would not be thought, however, to mind is employed, and how luxuriousýv
I revel and indulge my mental appetite from head to foot, in immense folds of draop the choicest morceaux of the plastic pery, which leave him but his right hand arts. In pacing the rooms of the Town. at liberty: By referring to Mr. Thomas ley Gallery, oftentimes alone, and hap- Hope's, elegant publication of bis Designs pily uninterrupted, my mind enjoys for Household Furniture, you will find sc. her rich repast. Abstiacted from all the veral engravings of antique busts of this cares of the present moment, I am no deity in his possession. In the Napolonger an inhabitant of modern times, leon Museum at Paris there is a very I am an unknown), an invisible spectator fine statue of this god, of Pentelican mar. of the ancient world. I fancy myself ble, drest like the one in this example, contemporary with Phidias, with Myron, which for a long time was considered to with Scopas, with Agesander, with Apel- be a statue of Sardanapolus, the intamous les, with Alcamenes; I fancy myself a sube king of Assyria, because his name was ject of Alexander the Great, orot Pericles, inscribed in Greek characters on the instead of an humble citizen of the Bri- folds of his garment; but it has been distish isles; I judulge in reveries, I join the covered that the inscription is of a much applauding testimonies of an enliglitened later date thau the statue. The sagacity nation, at the first exposure to public of the celebrated Winckelmann, was event view of the inintable Laocoon; 1 am imposed upon before this discovery; and among the first in congratulating Ages- not finding any traits of the Assyrian ander on his success ; I join the illus- Sardanapolus is the statue, he scarclied in trious Athenians in the inportant task vain for some other of the name. The of deciding the claims of Alcamenes of learned Abbe Visconti, who is keeper of Athens, and Agoracritus of Paros, whose the statues, had the honour of restoring, rival skill was exerted in tinishing a sta- by this important discovery, to the god tue of Vents; and exult as if I were really of the East, bis long lost property in this a citizen of Athens, in finding the palm statue. But I am intruding into the Na, of merit adjudged by the Athenians to poleon Museum without a passport, and their own citizen.
at a time I should be in the British; Taking up my description of the Town, therefore, to return from this digression, ley Collection of Antiquities, where I con- several of these tablets have the holes cluded my last, we enter the third roon, through them that I alluded to in a fora which is appropriated to Greek and Ro- mer letter, which I there supposed was, man sculptures. The walls are embel- for the purpose of suspendng them as lished with basso-rilievos of larger size studies for their disciples in the rooms of than in the first room. In the centre of the ancient artists. a very fine one (No. 3) is a pilaster pede- Next to this is an exquisitely designed stal, supporting a vase, the handles of basso-rilievo in marble (No. 5), which apwhich are composed of griffins' heads. pears to have been a funeral monument There are several mythological symbols to a father and his two sons, who are in represented on this monument, which Roman dresses. The attendant figures are peculiarly valuable as illustrations of are the guardian divinities of the family. the ancient poets and historians. The inscription, which was in Greek, is
The museum is fortunate in having se- ur.fortunately very nearly obliterated. At veral representations of that much dispu. a small distance is a very fine one (No. ted figure, the Indian Bacchus ;-No.3, 9.) which was divided by the artist into Ņo. 14, No. 47, and No. 75, in the first three compartments. In the upper
diviroom; No. 4, No. 17, No. 19, No. 27, sion, the infant Jupiter is represented No. 29, No. 30, in this, &c. being all riding on the Amalthean goat; in the representations either in basso rilievo, middle, a triton is seizing a bull by the busts, or terminal figures, of this bearded horns; and in the lower, two men are deity. The one before me (No. 4) is carrying a hog towards an elevated spot
basso-rilievo of large dimensions, of ground to be sacrificed. representing the Indian Bacchus re- A fine Bacchanalian groupe of three ceived as a guest by Icarus. The In- figures (No. 12) is deserving attention; dian Bacchus is neither the fat jolly boy the first figure is a Bacchante playing on of Anacreon, nor the beautiful youth of a tambourin; the second, a Faun playing the Greek sculptors, but is a colossal ve-, on the double pipe; and the third, an nerable old man, with a majestic beard, intoxicated Faun holding a thyrsus, which and a profusion of hair, which, as well has been for time immemorial an attrias the beard, is very carefully and for- bute of Bacchus.. Its origin may be dawally arranged in curls; he is clothed ted from the conquest of India, and it is
in fact a lance, the steel point of which of a groupe, (No 31) of two boys fighting, is concealed by the cone of a pine. It one of which remains entire, with part was given him in menory of the stratagem of the arm of the other grasped in both which was employed against the Indians hands, which he is biting. They appear to by his orders when he marched against have quarrelled at the game of the talus, tliem; arming his followers with pikes described by Ovid, as appears by one of or lances, whose points were thus con- those bones called tuli, remaining in the çealed, and the stems covered with hand of the figure, which is destroyed. leaves and stalks of ivy, advancing in A singular Greek inscription upon a cirapparent disorder, assuming the appear- cular shield (No. 36), containing the ance of
names of the Epbebi of Athens, under Midnight shout and revelry,
Alcamenes, when he held the office of Tipsy dance and jollity.
Milton's Comus. Cosmetes. A fine bronze head of Ho
mer (No. 39), presented by the late rather than of
Lord Exeter. But one of the most vaAn host angelic, clad in burning arms. luable documents of ancient times, is a
Home's Douglas. Greek sepulchral monument (No. 41), This emblem (the thyrsus) is used by that was presented to the museum by the ancients in all representations of Bac- Sir Joseph Banks, and the Hon. A. c. chus, Ariadne, and Bacchanalian sub- Frazer. The basso-rilievo in front rejects. Neither must. I omit the next presents a bophy, on one side of which (No. 13) a beautiful personification of stands a warrior, and on the other a te. Victory offering a libation to Apollo Mu- male figure, feeding a serpent, which is sagetes, which was formerly in the col- twined round the trunk of a tree, on lection of Sir William Hamilton. The which the tropny is erected. On the Greeks in the days of Homer had not right of these figures is the fore part of personified this goddess: she first arose a house. An inscription on the top of from the prolific imagination of Hesiod, this monument contains a list of names, According to an ancient scholiast on the probably of those who fell in some enworks of Aristophanes, the father of gagement. And a statue of Actæon, atBupalus, who lived in the fifty-third tacked by his dogs, in the finest style of Olympiad, was the first who added wings sculpture. to the figures both of Victory and Cupid; I have now presented you with a brief and according to the other writers Agla- sketch of the contents of three of the ophon of Thasus was the first who thus rooms of this magnificent collection of represented the former of these deities, antiquities, and shall take the earliest opwhose example has been followed by portunity of continuing my description. every posterior artist. Among the isola- Till then, adieu. ted sculptures in this room most worthy of notice, it I may be allowed thejudgment of selection, are a statue of the goddess For- To the Editor of the Monthly Magazine. tune (No. 18), a singularly well carved vo- SIR, tive statue of a man (No. 21), who is car- FEEL induced froin the wide circu. rying a round leathern bucket, suspended
lation of your miscellany, to commufrom his left arm.
The costume is ex- nicate to the public my observations and cellently displayed, and is an invaluable sentiments with respect to the common acquisition to the antiquary and the flints of this country. These, though painter. The head is covered with a co- few, and perhaps erroneous, may serve nical bonnet, and a dolphin is placed the purpose of directing to this subject, behind as a support to the figure. A the attention of men furnished with chevery beautiful statue of Venus (No. 22.) Inical apparatus, and abounding in leisure A superlatively fine unknown head (No. for the prosecution of such inquiries. 23) which the Synopsis of the museum During a residence of somie few years supposes to be of a Titan. It is highly in a flinty part of Buckinghamshire, it animated, and is looking upwards, appa- was impossible not to make some obserrently in great agitation. A Votive vations on a species of stone,which every statue (No 25,) an excellent companion where presented itself to my notice, and to 21. It is an elderly man holding a which I have at length decided within my basket of fish in his left hand. An en- own breast, to be a modification of cal tire terminus of the bearded Bacchus careous earth. To this conclusion I have (No. 29) six feet bigh. The remains been led by a number of remarks, for the