except here and there a small piece rich, because they mix acuong the which the landlords permit the le new milk as much crtam as it nants to break up occasionally, bear. It requires much care and when it becomes very mossy; but attendance; and, being in grea? then this is laid down again usually request, it fetches rod. a pourde at the end of three or four years, the spot, and is. in the Late There are no woods; but there are marker, some small plantations of oak, ash, • There is no store, gravel

, and elm of no very long Jate. sand, in this lordship, except al. There is abundance of ash in the tle sand-stone on the side of B:. hedge-rows, and scarcely any other row hils: it is mostly a strong the tree. The soil is a strong clay; clay; and in so.ne jurts of it is a there is no waste ground in the good brick.earth. There is only lordship; but it is not cultivated, one spring, and thai a chalybenz; in my opinion, to the best advan. it lies high, in a close belonging? tage. They depend chicily on their the vicar, known by the same of dairies; they breed, however, very the Spring-close; it rurs over 2 fine sheep, famous for the white. great part of the year, and dis

. ness of their fleeces, which weigh charges itself into the valley, wie from seven to nine pounds : they the village lits. Nobody ever aibreed also fine horned callie ; but teinpted to sink for a well in this the lordship, in general, is not parish, till, in the winter of 17 good feeding ground.

and 1778, Edward Wigley startups . This lord hip is remarkable for Esq. dug and succeeded. having first made the best cheese netrated through a bed of si ble perhaps in the world, cominoniy clay; and at the deph of 66 kes known by the name of Sulton the water gu hed in, wbsa, cheese, from its having been origi. prehend, the workmen were consally bought up, and made kno'n, ing to the linestone rock, by their by Cooper Thornhill, the landlord having thrown out sonje fragmen: of the Bell inn at Stilton. It began of blue stone. To the deptno to be made bere by Mrs. Orton, 19 feet were frequent nedita of about the year 1730, in small chik; ai that dep:); the clay ya quantities; for at firsi it was sur. tudi vi small seleniics. Ar jo frat posed that it could only be made deep the clay was found to be full from the milk of the covs which of pedirns, and oiler shells very fed in one close, now called Orton's perfect, but extremely tender. No. close ; but this was afterwards dules of laidlus kimontü vere intrfound to be an error, Jn 17.6 it spered ; ain!noviies of different was made only by the persons, and species in great quantities, girthat in small quantities; but it is phites and other shells; and plaint now made, not only from one of a clear fuliaczous rnica, rex D. but from almost every close in this bling Muscovy glass. I am in crne parish, and in mary of the nigh. ed that the water did not prove bouring ones. It is well known good, and chat little or no use is that this sort of cheese is made in made of this well. the shape, and of the size, of a • I have not found any natural collar of brawn. It is extreniely productions, cither, animal, rego


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able, or fossil, but what are com. • The rent of the whole parish son in other places. There is is 14221. 56. either wood nor waste ground in • The number of houses is 21; he parish; and we know, that families 22; and inhabitants 123 ; vhere man has completely subdued three teams kept. he soil to his own use, he permits • The land-tax at 45.

raises 1641. nothing to feed or prospor, but what 145. 2d. is serviceable to his private interest, · Labourers have is. 2d. per day

• The air here is dry and healthy ; in summer, and is. in the winter;. fogs are not frequent, and clear off in harvest is. 6d. and their victuals. early when they happen.. The in- Land lets at 155. an acre. habitants are happy, and many of

"The nett expence of the poor

in them live to a good old age.

1776 was 271. i6s. « Their fuel here is pitcoal, which

• Medium of three years, 1783they have chiefly brought from 1785, 451. 85. 4d.' Derbyshire and some from lord These volumes are illustrated by Middleton's coal-pits near Notting- a very liberal provision of engrav. ham. The carriage being heavy, ings, in which a view is given of and the roads bad, it used to cost every individual parish.church, them 15d. or 16d. per hundred as well as of seats, monuments, weight: but, since the navigation antiquities, and other remarkable has been completed to Loughbo. objects. An appendix to the serough, they get it for rod, or ud. cond volume contains a number of per hundred.

deeds, charters, and other papers • No great road leads through the relative to each hundred ; which parish; but the turnpike road from addition will doubtless be repeated Oakham to Melton passes within a in the future volumes. mile by Leesthorp, and they come upon it in going to Melton, at about the same distance before they come to Burton.

Memoirs of the Life and Writings of • There is not any river that runs the Abbate Metastntio. In which through the parish, or comes near are incorp reted Translations of his it; and only one inconsiderable principal Letters. By Charles brook, which is sometiur's dry. Burney, Mus. D. F. R. S. 8vo. This joins another, more conside 3 Vols. 1796. rabie, that comes from Semerby by Leesthorp, and bouh, proceeding THE name of Metastasio has jointly by Burton Lazars, fall into long been associated in every Euthe river Eye, between Brenting by ropean m tropolis with the exqui. and Melion,

site pleasures of the noble, the opu. • There is no papist in this pa.. lent, and the polished. The eu. rish, nor one dissenter of any de- phony of his lines and the fitness nomination.

of his sentiments have been impress. • The parochial feast follows St. ed on our recollection, in concert James; to whom the church is des with the most vivid and brilliant dicated.

displays of all the arts of delight, There haye been 10 perambula. Melodies of the most fascinating rions cinje imninemorial,

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chestras, by singers the most com. factions have confined their bice
passing and smooth toned, have less struggles to the es abiistuse
concurred in winging the shafis of of a theory of music, and have mere
his song to our inmost sensibility. extended their proscriptions tersed
The painter's magnificent perspec. the condemnation ct a tragedy.
tives, the dazzling pageants of the To the inherent fashion of
decorator, the easy fi atitig motions subject of these volumes, is sopes.
of groups of graceful dancers, and added the stronger recordite.
all the magic glories of realized tion which they derive fres the
mytho'ogy, have mingled at the celebrity of the author. The
theatre ceir influence with ihattorian of music is accustomed to
of the pući, and have assisted in convene and to satisly an elegan
stirring up within us that luxurious autience ; and, whether be fouiss
irritation and tumult of feeling, the harp or the monochord, he dis-
which form the highest scope of the plays a masterly hand. His mz
artist and the purest enjoyment of terials have heen industrious y col.
the connoisseur. Stript, however, lefted at Vienna and in Italy, and
of all these circumstances of etfeet, comprehend, besides ite wel.
Metastasio has acquired a reputa. known biographies of Retzer and
tion for genius ard abilities, which of Christini, many works of inte.
the philosopher who peruses his rior note, as well as the posthumnos
writings in the closet will not pro. edition of the poet's letters. The
bably, hesitate to ratify. Yet how bulk of this publication consists
often does it happen that, removed indeed of a trarslation of these
from within the glare of theatric letters, connected by the requisite
illumination, the god of the opera. interstices of narrative ; all which
house has withered into an ordinary form a very amusing ub.l.
man; and that the liquid lan. Metastasio was born at Ror
guage of the skies had lent an ora in 1698, where his father had set.
cular solemnity to simple thoughts, tled as a confectioner. At school
or a bewitching harmony to insig- he di pared early talents as an i-.
nificant insipidities? Be this, how. frraisedire, and b:fore eleven years
ever, as it may, and even supposing of age could sing extemporaneous
that the literary character of Me-

Gravina, the civil 31, tastasio himselt should be fared to know:: by huving writren tragedias suffer depreciation by time and on the Greek medel, heard, admir. revolutions in taste; should his ed, and adopied ihe young tardi dramatic writings even become a to whom he gave a literary does. mere school-book for the learner of tion, getting him adritted to the Italian ;-yet he has resided so bar, and to deacon's orders, that much ac courts, and has been the civil and ecclesiastical prefermen dariing of so many artists, that his might be alike open to him. life can never be an object of in. When 22 years of


Metastasio difíerence to those whose gentie eye visited Naples, having inherited preferably fixes on those plaers and the property of Gr vir:a, and at. periods, in which the pleasures of tached himself as cicisbeo to the man have been the chief cccura. fernale singer Romanina. He there tion of his rulers ; and in which wrote an opera, wbih succeeded,



and from this time he applied wholly some passages in order to give an to theatric poetry. In 1729 he idea of the spirit of his criticism : was invited to Vienna as the Im. but, finding them too long for our perial Laureate, and continued to insertion, we must refer our rea. furnish such dramas as his patron ders to the 3d vol, in which they bespoke, until his death in 1782. occur, p. 356-379.

Dr. Burney well observes, that it Let it not be a reproach to is possible for a man of learning, our estimable biographer, that study, and natural acumen, to be a he has described, with the vo. good critic on the works of others, luminous gravity of history, a without genius for producing ori. groupe of poets, singers, actors, ginal works himself, similar to and musicians. It is well that a those which he is able to censure.

work of this kind should make its The opinion of Metastasio, there. appearance. We are scarcely ac. fore, may have its weight even customed as yet to assign, in hu. when he criticises the great opera man story, a place to each propor. writers of antiquity : for the mo tioned to the extent of his influence dern opera is the only faithful imi. on human happiness. The crowned tation of the ancient tragedy. From and the titled have their peculiari. his practice it appears, however, ties immortalized, although they that he entertained one fundamen. may have never aided to the en. tal error in theory, and had not joyments of a nation ten evenings discovered that, in the opera, the of glowing delight. The amusers means of imitation being peculiar. of our leisure, the artists of our plea. ly apparent, the distress should be sures, may justly be ranked among more harassing, and the crimes the benefactors of society. Let it more atrocious, in order to excite belong, then, to the muse of fame an equal degree of tragic emotion to elevate monuments over their with these representations which remains, and to screw flowers on approach more nearly to real and their grave, in token of our grate. common life. We had selected ful remembrance !


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