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the reach of his common place and cir- it originated with the Chalieans and cumscribed intelligence. He weighs the Egyptiuns ; that the profound PYTAmatter carefully, but gives false weight, was a profess:r of grilinistry: because he knows not what standard to and that Julius CÆ4 2 was also a profi

Tardus is a critic in spite of igno. cient. Then we have llur #E“, the Inrance, and would be a good judge of DIAN ZOPHIRUS, I'rouOMEG4, GALEN; literature if he were not toodu" to com and of later times, ALBERT 1: E TELT0prehend: Tardus has nevertheless all the NIC, MIC:1A EL SCOTUS, JITIOCUUS Barinclination to be one. Tardus allixes vast THOLOM ELS, CARDA, and I voreas Corconsequence to every affair, and makes vos: all great masters of the art, and himself the great mover. He proceeds who never disgraced it by the quachewith caution when it is unnecessary, and ries of modern conjurors. is careless when a matter is of couse Taking, therefore, the origin of the quence. Tardus is correct when it is im science, I shall subunit that it does not possible to mistake, and blunders when deserve so much obloquy as has been it is material to be correct. Tardus thrown upon it; and I shall endeavour moves majestically; not any thing turns to show, that, properly regulated, it him out of his moad; and he never begins might be made subservient to the purto make reasonable haste to get a matter poses of inorality; and it must be adfinished, until after it is too late. Tardus mitted to be a refined policy which has not the festina lente; his is the fes- could make vagabonds beneficial to tina lentissime.

society, and the genius of gypsies a Tardus aifects a great deal of gravity stimulus to virtue. The superior intelwhen he speaks, and always looks as if ligence of these dingy disposers of good he expected his opinion to decide ; in and bad fortune is very well known; which if he is disappointed, he appears and if a police equal to that of the celeto pity those who difter. Tardus is slow braled Mons. de Sartive was meant to be to no good purpose, and considers only established in the metropolis, by the to misconceive.

G. B. Jlome Minister, he could not do better

towards effecting it,than by a correspond

cice with these wandering Egyptian On FortunE TELLERS.

tribes, whose information is always cor.

rcet. liow many a poor creature wou Tothe Editor of the European Mugazine. be convincel of the superior intelligence

of their science, if they did but recollect AM desirous to offer a few opinions that what the gipsey told her was what your intelligent publication, respecting already. a class of people who have hitherto But that I may the better show the been treated with great severity, of bencficial effects of fortune-telling to whose character many erroneous opin society, I will give a concise account nions have been formed, and to whose of my own initiation into the professiou, fraternity I had forinerly the cood for- and of my conduct while a professor. tune to belong; I mean, those intelli- 'To be brief, sir, I began teling other gent persons who are practisers of the people's fortunes with ibe necessity cccasciences of astrology and palmistry, and sioned by my own misfortunos, iudied proof which I was myself a professor. Ifit mised riches to the genilement, iid husmay not be considered obtruding upon bands to the ladies, that I might get the more useful materials of your Maga- bread for myself, and raiment for my zine, I might, porhaps, be able to afford wife. I was, Sir, brough! up a gentleyour readers some entertainment from man; and having no useful occupation my adventures while acting in the capa to apply to for a living, “when house city of a Fortune-teller. I shall, how- and land was gone aud spent," I found ever, for the present, do little else than myself compelled to live by my wils. I enter into an illustration or defence of understood very little of chance ; and the sublime art of astrology, which has therefore, as I could not calcu'ate the been so justly proscribed by the Legisla- odds with these who were used to that ture, from the abuses that have pre- sort of arithmetic more than misoll vailed among its occult professors.. I took it into my head that I would

On the subject of the antiquity of the calculate naiivities. I had just emerged art of fortune-telling, it is known, that from the Fleet, and was therefore at ua.

SIR,

I

loss to find a man my equal in mis Such are the superior destinies of fortunes, though, perhaps, inferior in the law above our art, that my brom talent; that is, he might never have thers in the profession were placed in passed the asses' bridge in Euclid. This durance vill, which my superior inman, so oul of suils with forture," telligence with the police enabled me to was, nevertheless, destined, as well as escape; when luckily, and without my myself, to get a living by borrowing calculation, my wife's uncle went off in her name; and as a certain great Bar an apoplexy, and my fortune was mendrister once said of the law, that the ed by the talisman of a transfer of best stock in trade for that learned a thousand pounds three per cent conprofession was necessity, so it might be solidated. said of astrology, and of our casi. 4 gown was all that was wanting, which I

I mean, however, Sir, to establish, borrowed of a friend, one of the

that during the time I was a fortune

vergers of a chapel of ease, and which was only teller, I was of use to my country and to wanted by him on a Sunday. I had cash the community. I can prove that I in hand sufficient to purchase a celestial

married seventeen old maids, and ob. and terrestrial glou., with no signs of taiuert innumerable young ones their the zodiac remaining on the one, nor of sweethearts, several apprentices their the quarters of the world ou the other.

masters' daughters, and actually saved The roinance of Parismus and Parismi- the lives of several women of fashion, nn., in black lelier, served for the vra

who would otherwise have probably died cle of fate.

before their bus'sands, and who by my

art were comforted into a trial of surviI raised a sum of money (from my virshin. My apartments were, in truth, landlord, to whoin I owed a quarter's an insurance office, where the value of a rent, and without which fortunate fail- life might be easily ascertained, and my ure of payment I could not have ob- tables have been more approved of thau tained my object,) suflicient to get a those of either the Phenix or Westminfew hand-bills printed: besides which, ster Ofices. In short, -ir, although I he very generously consented that i may have done a little mischief in the shonid use any means of raising money world, I have, nevertheless, dune great that might lower his claim; he allowed ood. I have had more confessions made me, therefore, to turn my lodging into to me than were ever made to a Francis. an office for beltering the condition of can friar; have pleased all ages and all

So with this equipment, and ranks; and, what is more, wless in the with these properties, I set up business, instance of the lady who would be 'a assisted by my man Gabriel, who never widow, hare satisfied all my customers. got drunk until the afternoon, and was just muddled enorxh in the morning to

But, Sir, neither your space for any be as unintelligible as I could wist.

time will allow of my going further It is not within the siope

and meaning

into my history at pr sent. If, howof this letter for me to go at length into

ever, you should happen to think my the particulars of the numerous visits !

adventures, while a fortune-iclier, may haud from women of fashion, discarried be likely lo) alord amusement for hair lorers, old maids, ladies' maids, mik

an hour to the elegant readers of your Thails, and young apprentices: but one

Magazine', I will, at a future time, furthing I must mention, sir, to you, who wish you with an account of some of know the world, as an extraordinary the visits I have received in the course fact, that the only class of people of my praci.de, with the causes and colla who never came near me were--for- sequerkces. Tune hunters.

I am, Sir, I increased in reputation and in business, until the penetrating eye of

Yours, &c. the magistracy explored the mysteries of some of the cabinets of some of iny

NOSTRODAMUS SECUNDE: cuternporaries, and until I was informed agamist, by a buxom lady to whom I had. Pimlico, bul formerneglected to promise a second husband, ly of Westminster, although she had absolutely told me Jan. 10, 1507. that her first was alive.

the poor.

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THE

LONDON REVIEW,
LITERARY JOURNAL,

TOU
FOR JANUARY 1807.

AND

VCID BIT PULCHRUM, QUID TURPE, QUID UTILE, QUID NON.

A

Biographical Memoirs of the late Rep. motives : his praise might be deemed

Joseph Warton, D.D., Master of battery, his censure malignity: he might St. Mary Winton College, Preben. be supposed to court patronage, or to dary of Winckesler Cathedral, and envy abilities: but when the eternal fiat Rector of the Parishes of Wickham has past, every propensity or passion and l'pham, Hanls. To which are which

may

be supposed to bave guided added, A Selection from his Works, his pen, is believed to be buried in the and a Literary Correspondence be- grave of the subject of bis history: thereIxeen eminent Persons ; reserved by fore his colours will hardly be deemned him for Publicalion. By the Rev. too brilliant, or his shades too fleeting. Jolin Wooll, A.M., late Fellow of so that they are properly and judiNew College, Oxford, Rector of ciously blended. Blackford, Somerset, and Master of Tois observation more correctly apthe Free Grammar School, Midhursi, plies to thosc biographers who record Susser. Vol. I. 4to. 1806.

the lives of men distinguished for their

political talents; meu who have been duction to our review of the life of of their country, and, as they have Cumberland, stated our opinions of the directed or opposed, have tridimed the class of literature which is termed bio- scuatorial balance : but can operate litgraphy; yet as many of our obscrva- tle upon itse writer of the life of a tions applied to that species of it in scholar, The author of the present which a man told his own story, and work had a much inore pleasing task became the recorder of his own actions to perform. In the contemplation of wbereby the world learı:ed what he piety, genius, and learning, he had to chose to say of biinself from himself, record the virtues of a friend, wbo, it is necessary liere to state, that the in the calm pursuits of literature, the volume now under consideration is of a efforts of imagination, and the labour different complexiou.

of instruction, had been, perhaps, a This, although it may, with regard more useful, certainly a more inuocent to the writings of the individual whose character than many politicians, bowlife it includes, bc termed a posthumous ever splendid their talents, however publication ; yet the record of that life general their celebsity, Let us, thereis the respectful tribute of a friend, and fore, gather from his own words his consequently the spontaneous effusions motive for undertaking it, at the same of an elegant mind, tenderly commemo time that we shall observe the stile rating a very excellent, and, in litera- in which it is executed, ture, a very elevated character. There is something so pleasing, nay

** A period of more than fix years," says so pious, in these kind of testimonials to

Mr. Wooll, “having elapsed since the deait

of Dr. WARTON, and no pon yet employee the virtues of the wise and good, that

in rescuing from oblivion los mioral and inteis they have always met with our bigliest lectual atainments, the Editor tecls himself approbation. in drawing the characier acquired of presump!ion of attenpume what of a man during his existence, the deli

many others might have more successfully neator might, perhaps, be liable to ss- accomplished: of these, some have been picion with respect to the purity of his probably deterred by a dread of cownitung

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their own fame in the endeavour to perpe- being superannuated, he was removed .tuate that of their author; and this searshould, from Winchester, and commenced his perhaps, have weighed with the present wri residence at Oriel College, Oxford. tcr. But if he has succeeded in displaying

A pretty extraordinary sentence octhe extensive and highly endowed mind;

curs in this period of the work for if he has given to the world an ampler knowledge and juster ideas of the lively imagina. father.

so young a sloic, even writing to his tion, the classical taste, the didactic qualifications, so peculiarly calculated to fouter I shall rrad Longinus as long as I live: the dawn of juvenile talent, and the thousand it is impossible not to catch tire and raptures warm and benevolent trails whichi charac from bis glowing sule. The noble causes terized his revered friend and master, he he gives (at the conclusion) for the decay of will rest contented with having performed a the sublime among men, to wit--the love of duty, though he may not have entitled him- pleasure, riches, and idleness, would almost self to a reward: in a word, if he has not wake one look down upon the world with tarnished the reputation and lowered the contempt, and wish for toils, dangers, and name of Warton, he will quietly, subut poverty to combat with." to the imputation of not haring exalted his own,"

During his residence at Oxford, we It appears, that Dr. Warton was find that he coinposed the ENTHUSIAST, born in the house of his maternal grand- Mr. W., replete with the hyppiest ef

or Lover of Nature; “a poem,” says father, the Rev. Joseph RICHARDSON, Rector of Dunsfold, in the county of forts of the inagination.” Surry, and baptised in the church of that

His eminently characteristic piece, enparish 22d April, 1722. His father, “ a titled • The Dying Indian,' and the elegaut

of considerable scholarship and satire of • Ranelagh House,' after the mausound orthodoxy, had been Professor of ner of le Saye, also made their appearance Poetry in the university of Oxford.” about that time.". To him we find that young Warton was,

“ On takıg his Bachelor's degree, for until he entered into his fourteenth year,

which he determined in Lent 1744, he was chiefly indebted for knowledge and in- ordained on his father's curacy, and oflistruction. On the 2d of August, 1736, ciated in the church till February 1746.”. having been for a short time at New Col- the Duke of Boltin to the rectory of Wyn

“ In the year 1747-8, he was presented by lege school, was admitted on the foundation of Winchester College, and Daman, of that neighbourhood, to whom hic

slade: when he immediately married Miss 'whilst under the discipline and tuition of had long teen most enthusiastically atthat school,

tached." * Where Bigg presided, and where Burton indulgence of connubvial happiness, and the

“ In the year 1751 he was called froin the taught,"

luxury of literary retirement, to attend his exhibited the most evident marks of patroci to the south of France; for wluch strong intellectual powers.

inviation the Duhe bid two motives, the

SOCIY of a man of learning and taste, " During his Wykeliamical education, he,

and ihe accomodation of a Protestant in conjunction with his friend Collius *,"

Clergy iran, who, immediately on the death (of the derangement of whose strong, elegant, of his Duchess, then in a confirmed dropsy, and elevated mind, several melancholy hints could marry him to the lady with whoin are given in the subsequent letters of Dr. be live, and who was universally known Johnson, upon wliom the fate of this ingeni- and distinguished by the name of Polly ous man seems to have made an indelible im

PEAC.UM.'' 'pression,) "sent to the Gentleman's Magazine three poetical pieces of such sterling - value as called forth a most Battering cri

This same Duke of B. was, we think, tique" from the author just :entioned.

the most provident person that ever

lived. We hare, indeed, sometimes Mr. Wooll, in corroboration of the heard of a second wife having been early efforts of his genius, introduces a in contemplation during the lite-time letter from him when under fifteen to of the first: such ideas have, we believe, bis sister, which is certainly very credit- euterce into the liuman nund; but then able to the talents of the writer. there i as generally been a lillle pause In the month of September, 1740, betwixt the solemnity and the celtbra

tion. His Grace, on the contrary, with

a foresight worthy of his elevated rank, * The author of the Ode on the Passions," it appears, had every thing, even to the &c.

very Clergymair, in readiness; and we Europ. Mag. Vol. LI. Jan. 1807.

may suppose, contrary to the idea of Second Master of Winchester School, Shakspeare,

with the management and advantages

of a boarding-house. “ All things that were ordained funeral Turn'd from their office to bright festival;" " It was now his lot,” says Mr. W., " 10

assume a new character, and turn his ideas though there had been a somewhat more than Platonic affection betwixt these principally to a very useful but dry channel

of literature. He had engaged in a profes. parties for three and twenty years*. sion to the highest degree productive of pride

The laudable motives which induced and mortification, and capable of bestowing Dr. Warton to accompany his patron in on a feeling mind the utmost excess of pleathis continental tour, and the intel sure and of pain; a profession, the anxious lectual advantages resulting to i.im from responsibility of which nothing but the conit, are tenderly and ably descanted on sciousness of duty willingly discharged can by our author. It appears to hare ter- alleviate, and whose labour is softened ouly minated, on the part of the Doctor, by the success of its exertions, and the almost rather abruptly ; although upon the parental attachments inseparable from an indeath of the Duchess, as Mr. Bevisme,

iercourse with youth." Chaplain to the Embassy at Turin, had

Mr. W. here details Dr. Warton's been sent for, and was upon the wing to mode of instruction; which seems well perform the marriage ceremony +, the calculated for the improvement of his necessity for his aitendance was cer- pupils. We are of bis opinion of the tainly superseded.

use of translation : but we carry it still He now dedicated the whole of his further, as we think it is not only attention to the editing of Virgil in of importance as a general system, but Latin and English, the Æneid trans- ' that ii comparatively furnishes the mind lated by Pitt, the Eclogues and Geor- of the pupil with ideas that are not, gics, with notes on the whole, by him- perhaps, by other means to be acself. In this publication, (though we quired. wonder at bis preference of Pitt lo

In the year 1756, Sir George Lyt. Dryden, whose errors, which arose tleton was advanced to a Peerage, and froin exuberance of genius, might one of his first acts was to confer a easily have been corrected,) he in- scarf upon Dr. Warton. “ To him troduced Warburton's Dissertation on were subinitted his Lordship's proposed the sixth Æneid ; a coinmentary on the alterations of Thomson ; and under his character of lapis, by Atterbury: to critical eye was revised a part of his which is added, by himself, three essays Life of Henry the Ild.”. on pastoral, didactic, and epic poe- lished his first volume of his . Essay

In the spring of this year he pubtry. “ These,” says Mr. W., "give evident

on the Genius and Writings of Pope;' proofs of the acute and discriminating talent entertaining and useful miscellany of

“ which,” says Mr. Wooll, “ is a inost which so peculiarly marks his every opie literary knowledge and candid critinion."

cisin, containing censure without acriIn the course of the next year, mony, and praise without flattery; Dr. W. engaged in that periodical and abounding with incidents litile paper the Adventurer, to wbich he known, relating to celebrated writers, furnished twenty-four numhers ; and and instructive remarks upon their chathe year after, was instituted to the racters and works.” living of Tunworth, on the presenta It is needless here, to enter into a tion of the Jervoise family, in the detail of a work so well known as year 1755 he was, on the resignation this, or to say more upon the subof the Rev. Samuel Specd, elected ject, but that we are of opinion that

Mr. W. appears too anxious to combat

the objectious of Ruffhead, which seem * " The Duchess of Bolton dying in 1751, to have been raised to give him an the Duke immediately married Aliss Fenton; opportunity to lay them. Yet there is and, though raised to this bigh honour, she

one which we must mention, as it intronever forgot what she owed to lier bencfactor and to fortune. She enjoyed this dignity it does no great honour to a celebrated

duces a circumstance which, although nine years, dying in the year 1760, at the age of fifty-two."--Cooke's Life of Backlin, painter, is a curious anecdote.

“ I cannot,” says Mr. W., " quit this part + At Aix, in Provence.

of the work, without alluding to another

P. 47.

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