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*Anecdote of the Emperor Julian.

(Dec. 1, done by Vindex and Biblicus; and that blasphemy. What is the truth? That many persons have in consequence en. author has ridiculed some passages in tbe tirely changed their opinions, not only Old Testament, as they are rendered about the author of the (Edipus Judai- and understood in our translation. He cus, but about the intentions, the ho says, that these passages are wrongly nour, and the honesty of his assailant. explained. Now, that they do not con

This same Castigator (Calumniator vey the sense of the original Hebrew, would have been a more appropriate will be fully proved, when Mr. Jobu Bel. name) calls the Quarterly Reviewers his lamy publishes his new version of the friends. It is not my business to rescue sacred text. The man who accuses those gentlemen from this bitter stire. another of blaspheining God, the greatest Undoubtedly the article in their journal, of crimes, upon such grounds as thiese, to which allusion has been made, wore can only be actoated by the most covarious marks of having been written worthy motives. by some ver intimate friend of the libel As to the threats which Castigator ler of the author of the Edipus. His holds out to “ the Scorch Knight of anblunders, his bad reasoning, and, above cient line," I believe that the Knight all, luis maliynily, were then so glaringly himself holds them in utter derision ; but conspicuous, as to make several readers be may rest assured, that he shall not believe that he himself was the author injure, with inipunity to himself, the of that precious morsel of honest criti- esteemed friend of cism, in which he vilifies the character October, 1814.

ARISTIDES. of his adversary, and lauds his own.

** We must hint to Aristides, that I come now to consider a passage in his expressions and epithets, some of your correspondient's letter, which con- which we have felt ourselves under the tains as foul a calumny as the Devil's necessity of suppressing, exceed the limits Advocate ever ventured to promulgate of literary controversy, and that by the at the suggestion of bis client.

adoption of them he incurs the risk and In the passage to which I allude, it is imputation of proving too much. more than insinuated, that the author of

EDITOR. the Edipus Juntuicus had his book surreptitiously conveyed into the library of ANECDOTE of the EMPEROR JULIAN. an illustrious young lady. I am fully To the Editor of the New Monthly Magazine authorized by this gentleman to declare SIR,.. in his name, that the charge is entirely HAVING met with an anecdote refalse, so far as it concerns him. No specting the last acts and words of the copy of the book was ever sent to the Ronjan Emperor Julian, commonly called young lady in question with his kuow- the Apostate, in the Rev. Mr. Hervey's ledge; nor, indeed, did he ever hear of works,* and which is said to be talen of the mat er, until it was announced in out of Ecclesiastical History, I should the No. Monthly Magazine. Whether fcel much obliged to any of your corte the rest of the tale be true--whether, or spondents or readers if they can inform not, the young lady's father, having dis- me whether such anecdote is to be de covered it in her library, burned the pended on, and if any other author wbo naughty book, even at the peril of setting fire to the chimneys of W House, is . Vide first volume of his Theron and more than I cau pretend to say.

Aspasio, Dialogue V. “It is related in to Your correspondent is further pleased clesiastical history, that when the Emperor to assert, that the book was sent to Julian was setting out upon his Parthian a. many, who were nct Mattered by the dis- pedition, he threatened to persecute the tinction. This assertion happens not to

Christians with the utmost severity, as sodo be true; because, as the book was not as he returned victorious. Upon this occasent to many, many could not be offended Sion,

manu could not be offended sion, Libanius the rhetorician asked one of by the receipt of it.

them, with an insulting air, · What the car

penter's son was doing while such a storm Your correspondent tells your readers,

hung over his followers ' . The carpenter's that the book “ presents nothing but the

son,' replied the Christian, is making coarsest transcript from some of the

coffin for your emperor,' The event proved coarsest German infidels." It really be

the answer to be prophetic; for, in an en comes this man to talk of coarsevess;

lan to talk of coarseuess; gagement with the enemy, that royal bar but I trust your readers are too candid wretched apostate was mortally wounded to give credit to his vague, vulgar, and and cried with his expiring breath, Vicisi malignant slawders. lle accuses the au. O Gallilee. I am vanquished, O Gallileano thor of the Edipus of being guilty of thy right hand hath the pre-eminence."

1814.)
Plagiarism of the Rev. Mr. Eustace.

419 is no way 'interested, and whose autho Mr. Eustace, after briefy describing rity is undoubted, has recorded it. the same edifice as it appeared in 1790,

I am, yours, &c. winds up bis account of it with this London, Nov. 4, 1814. VERITAS. parody of the preceding passage:

* " In 1802, I revisited it. The ruins of DETECTION of a PLAGIARISM of the Rev.

the abbey strewed the ground. The MR. EUSTACE.

church stood stripped and profaned; To the Editor of the New Monthly Magasine. the wind roared through the unglazed SIR,

windows, and murmured round the IN your number for October, Mr. vaults; the rain dropt from the roof, and Elnies has, with a spirit becoming a pro- deluged the pavement; the royal dead fessor of the fine arts and an English- trad been torn from the repositories of man, vindicated the master-piece of departed greatness; the bones of heroes the genius of Sir Christopher Wren had been made the playthings of chilagainst the misrepresentations of the dren, and the dust of monarchs had been Rev. Mr. Eustace in his derogatory com- scattered to the wind. The clock alone parison of St. Paul's Cathedral with that remained in the tower, tolling every of St. Peter at Rome. That a catholic quarter, as if to measure the time pershould feel a prepossession for the me. mitted to the abomination of desolation, tropolitan temple of bis religion, cannot and record cach repeated act of sacrile appear surprizing; neither ought we to gious impiety." be astonished that a person who has not That this coincidence cannot be acciprofessedly devoted himself to the study dental, must, I think, be the opinion of of a particular science should fall into every unbiassed reader, as well as of errors, when writing on subjects whicij

Yours, &c. require an acquaintance with the prac- London, Oct. 5, 1814. DETECTOR. tice as well as theory of that science. But it may, perhaps, excite some won

MEDICAL QUACKERY. der, that an author who bas demon

To the Editor of the New Monthly Magazine, , strated that he possesses ample stores of SIR, his own to draw upon, should be guilty Of all branches of human science, of so gross a plagiarisin as that to which medicine is one of the most interesting I here call the attention of your readers. to mankind; and, accordingly as it is erThe passage which justifies this charge, roneously or judiciously cultivated, is forms part of his late publication under eminently conducive to the prejudice or the title of A Letter from Paris. The welfare of the public. Of how great author from whom he has, without ac- consequence is it, then, that our endeaknowledgment, borrowed the ideas, and yours should be exerted in stemming the in a great measure the words also, of propagation of errors, whether arising that passage, is M. de Chateaubriand; from ignorance, or prompted by motives who, in his Genie de Christianisme, chus of base cupidity; and in giving assistconcludes his beautiful and highly elo- ance to the dissemination of useful truths, quent description of the once venerable, and to the perfection of ingenious discobut now ruined, Abbey of St. Denis; for veries! These thoughts occurred to me many centuries the burial place of the on the perusal and comparison of two royal family of France.

works lately written on the same subject: " Those renowned sepulchres are now viz. the diseases of tropical climales ; no more. Little children have played one of them by a surgeon who holds a with the bones of mighty monarchs : St. high office in the naval service of this Denis is laid waste; the bird has made country, and who has seen the disease in it her resting place; the grass grows on all its various forms; and the other by a its shattered altars; and instead of the person who keeps a druggist's shop in eternal lymn of death which resounded Piccadilly, and professes to pack up mebeneath its domés, nought is now dicine chests adapted to the speedy cure beard save the pattering of the rain that of the afflicted. The mode of treatment enters at the roofless top, the fall of recommended by these two authors is some stone dislodged from the ruined diametrically opposite to each other; walls, or the sound of the clock, which the one recommending a stimulating still runs its wonted course among empty plan; the exhibition of wine, bark, and tombs and plundered sepulchres."

French, by Frederic Shoberl. Vol. III., The Beauties of Christianity, by F. A. p. 49 and so. de Chateaubriand, Translated from the Letter from Paris, p. 11 and 12.

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Medical Quackery-Noise in the Head.

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similar medicines, with which his tropical faculty, and remain unknown to the chests are amply furnished: the other public at large. To rectify the opinions enforcing copious bleeding and depletory and regulate the practice of a young and remedies, as absolutely necessary to the inexperienced tyro of the medical propreservation of life. It is self-evident, fession, is surely meritorious; to guard that both authors cannot be right; and the public against error and deception, the question is, what is to be done in is of still greater utility; the preservation this conflicting variety of opinions? It of even a single life, is an object of ne is true, the surgeon's work is the result of inconsiderable moment; and my desire actual observation and extensive expe- of contributing to the attainment of tlus rience, has the sanction of men of ihe end, must plead my apology for troufirst protessional eminence, and has been bling you on this occasion. I am, &c. recoinmended, from authority, to the pe. London, Nor, 1814. Pulo-l'ERITAS. rusal of all our Daval surgeons as a guide for their practice; and these circum

REMEDY for Norse in the head. stances might be supposed to decide the To the Editor of the New Monthly Magazin question. It must be granted also, that

SIR, practitioners of medicine, most of whom ALTHOUGH I have never laboured well know the doctrines broached in the under the complaint which your corre vther book to be erroneous and ex- spondent G. W. mentions, yet I flatter ploded, will not be likely to be misled myself I may be able to suggest a remethereby, or to trust the cure of so alarm- dy. G. W. says, that he enjoys a good ing a disease to the indiscriminate exhi- state of health, and that he has a good bition of the contents of a medicine appetite: now I should be inclined 80 chest, assorted, with directions for use, suspect, that be has a local plethora, e by the industrious druggist ; yet there a redundancy of blood in the smalles arc na:y persons, who not being able to vessels of the head; which, combiner! avail themiselves of medical assistance, with bis age, causes a languor in the cirmight, perhaps, be induced, unwittingly, culation, and, probably, a partial obstrue to aggravate the disease they were de- tion; and the pressure of the vessels in sirous to alleviate. The mischief might this turgid state upon a nerve, is subticient be the more extensire, as the work in to produce the noise complained of question is designed for popular readers, Now, supposing this to be the case, whose discrimination cannot be expected would recommend G. W. to lose about to be either accurate or profound. To eight ounces of blood, by cupping, from put such readers on their guard againsť the nape of the neck: and, I thiuk, tiba these serious evils, is surely desirable, the assistance of a little laxative mete nor can there be a more proper vehicle cine, and nioderate diet, he will experi• for this purpose than a work like yours, ence relief, as numbers base by the sanne which is so universally read. One inis process. representation it seenis essential to cor

I remain, &c. rect; the book, the doctrines and prac. Nov. 8, 1814. tice of which I disapprove, is dedicated to Dr. Dick, who is there' said to have MUSIC to the odes and ELEGIES of *** approved of the work. Dr. Dick is a ork. D. Dick is a

GREŁK and LATIN POETS, man of great professional reputation and to the Editor of the New Monthly Magaz* extensive experience, and holds the high sir, post of examining all medical candidates AS the odes and elegies of the Grest for employment in the East India ser- and Latin poets were originally intende! vice. The approbation of such a man to be sung, it has oiten struck me as a may be supposed to stamp value on a matter of regret, that the ancients had r. medical work, but it should be known mode of banding down to us the tuff that Dr. Dick has stepped forth, and used for that purpose, with the excepti. solemnly declared, in a respectable pe- of one or two, which have been preservesi riodical journal," that he never saw the by tradition, and are supposed to be ofie work in question, nor knew of its exist- ginal. ence, until he read the just criticisms on But, Sir, it has been matter both it in the said journal; and that he by no surprise and regret, that none of it means approved of the practice there eminent composers have ever atteulpla recommended. The criticism and con- to adapt those remains of classic poetr tradiction are, perhaps, confined to the to modern music; and I feel confiden'

• New Medical and Physical Journal, by that a judicious selection from For Dr. Shearman and others.

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1814.) Music to Greek and Latin Odes-- Anecilotes of Dr. Donne. 421

and Tibullus, accompanied by charac- reviewed my forsaken collections, and teristic music, would not only gratify the resolved that the worlde should see the harmonist and the man of laste, but best picture of the author that my artalso be profitable to the composer. lesse pensil (guided by the bande of · The varied measure of some of lo- truth) could present to it. If I be derace's odes, in particular, would afford a manded, as once Pompey's poore bondfine scope for expression in the airs; man was (whilest he was alone on the whilst the works of Pindar, Tyrtæus, and sea-shore, gathering the pieces of an old others, would admit of a grandeur of boat to burne the body of his dead composition, and a fulness of harmony, master) What art thou that preparest that might stamp the fame of a composer the funeralls of Pompey? Who I am for ever. ;

that officiously set the author's memorie Nay, Sir, I cannot help thinking that on fire? I hope she question hath in it your magazine would be a very proper more of wonder then disdaine." He vehicle for such a subject; and if a then, after a few observations, says it classic composer. would supply you is likely that he shall incur the censure monthly with a subject, gratis, the in- of some, yet he is well pleased in the concreased fame, and the increased sale viction that the author's spirit, “ which which it would procure for your maga is now in heaven, can have leisure to zine, would enable you to meet the ex, looke downe" and see him perform the pense of engraving and paper, without pleasing duty. “Mr. Donne was borne any increase in the price. If the public in London of good and vertuous parents; cation of this hint shall induce any of our and though his own learning and multibest composers to dedicate a few leisure plied merits may justly seeme sufficient hours to the subject, it will certainly be à to dignifie both himselfe and posterity, matter of great interest to your readers yet reader be pleased to know that his u general, and to none more than lo father was masculinely and lineally de

Yours, &c. . scended from a very ancient fainily in London, Nov. 1814., ARION. Wales." About the 20th year of his age,

* It is scarcely necessary to assure " he resolved to travell, and the Earle our ingenious correspondent and such of Essex going to Cales, and after the composers who may be induced to turn iland voyages, he took the advantages of their attention to the subject, that we these opportunities, waited upon his shall feel proud in their selection of our lordship, and saw the expeditions of those magazine as a vehicle for bringing the happy and unbappy imployments.” After result of their labours before the public relating a variety of personal anecdote

both of Dr. Donne and other well known

characters of the age, the author relates BIOGRAPHICAL. ANECDOTES of DR. DONNE,

R. DONNE, the manner in which the witty Charles DEAN of st. PAUL's.

conferred on Dr. D. the deanery of St. To the Editor of the New Monthly Magazine. Paul's. “ Dr. Cary was made Bishop of SIR,

Exeter, and by his removall the deanry I HAVE in my possession what I cou- of St. Paul's became vacant, the king apsider to be a valuable and curious edition pointed on Dr. Donne to wait on him at of Dr. Donne's Sermons, printed in dinner the next day; and his majesty, about the year 1631 or 1632; to which (being sat down) before he eat any weat, is prefixed a memoir of his life. The said, (after his pleasant manner,) Doctor writer of this memoir lainents the death Donne, I huve invited you to dinner, of “that great master of language and und though you sit not down with me, yet art, Sir Henry Wootton, provost of Eton I will carve to you of a dish that I know College,” who, he observes, had lie lived you love ; you love London well; I doe to see the publication of these sermons therefore make you dean of St. Paul's; (of course the first edition that was ever take your meale home to your study, say published of them,) “ he had presented grace, and much good may it doe you." the world with the author's life exactly Immediately after he came to the written.” After stating that the friend- deanery he made several repairs and adahip between Mr. Donne and Sir Henry ditions to the chapel belonging to his had continued till death parted them, be house, “ suffering," as the author obcontinues, “ When I heard that these serves, in imitation of David, “ his eyes kertoons were to be publisht without the and temples to take no rest, uptill he author's life, (which I thought was rare,) had first beautified the house of God." indignation or griefe (I know not After the exemplary death of the doctor whether,) transported me so far that I is described, the author gives his chaNEW MONTHLY MAG.-No. 11.

Vol. II.

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422 . Misrepresentations of Lord Grenville. [Dee. I, racter and portrait in the following in the House of Lords, on the proposed words:

address to the Prince Regent. I must " He was of stature moderately tall; premise that I quote from the report of a straight and equally proportioned of the British Press, a paper remarkable body, to whom all his words and actions for its general accuracy, and its particugave an unexpressible addition of com- lar attention to the speeches of the leadlinesse.

ing members in both houses. It was “ His aspect was cheerfuil, and such easy to foresee that ou this occasion the as gave a silent testimonie of a cleere just retribution inflicted with such de knowing soule, and of conscience at licacy upon the city of Washington for peace with itselfe.

wanton atrocities committed by the “ His fancie was un-imitable high, savage Americans, would excite the equalled by his great wit, both being sympathies of that faction who have no made usefull by a commanding judgment. feeling but for the enemies of their

“ His mind was liberall and unwearied country. In the paper above-menin the search of knowledge, with which tioned' Lord Grenville is expatiating his vigorous soule is now satisfied, and upon this topic, is represented as having imployed in continual praise of that God asserted that “our troops first set fire to that first breathed it into his active the naval arsenal.” Has the noble lord bodie, which was once a temple of the never taken the pains to read the dis Holie Ghost, and pow becomic a sinall patches of our commanders! has he quantity of Christian dust. But I shall never seen the official letter of Commosee it re-animated.”

dore Tingey, minutely describing the Perhaps, Sir, the above may afford manner in which he himself executed many of your curious readers amusement that operation by the express command who have not the volume by them. I of the American secretary of the nave? transmit it, not for any new informa- His lordship surely cannot plead igno tion, but for the singularity of the idiom, rance of these documents, which liare which it must be confessed at the same been published in every newspaper in time, was elegant for the days in the British dominions. « Afterwards," which it was written, There are some he proceeds,“ they destroyed the public curious passages from the will of the buildings. The House of Assembly, the doctor, and a private letter written to a Palace of the executive minister were friend by him on the occasion of a re- razed to the ground. Now why was this port being in circulation that he was no done?" If his lordship really wants in more. I am, Sir, &c.

forination on this head, let him be re

ROBSRTUS. ferred to the Americans themselves, Portsmouth, July, 1814.

who well know the cause of such a pro

ceeding, let him turn to the facts reMISREPRESENTATIONS of LORD GRIN

corded, and that too on American auVILLE.

thority, in your last number, and he will To the Editor of the Nero Honthly Magazine. not repeat a question betraying either 3 STR,

grossness of ignorance, or an obstinacy - IT is impossible to remark without of prejudice equally disgraceful to his surprise the ignorance or gross perver- rank and station. sions of notorious facts, of which men, “lo the course of the last twenty years," even of undoubted talents and extensive continues his lordship,"there was scarcely information, are so frequently guilty, a capital in Europe wbich bad not fallen when 'blinded by their adherence to at one time or other into the hands of ab some particular system, or obstinately enemy. Most of them had fallen into attached to certain prejudices. That hands which we have often aod justly nothing has a stronger tendency to warp accused of ferocity and a disposition to the mind and judgment from the even bring back war to the condition of sa: tenour of truth than party politics, is vage manners and barbarous times; ytt, abundantly demonstrated by the pro- except the Kremlin at Moscow, not ceedings of the British parliament, one of the civil buildings was destroyed." where the members of opposition exer- His lordship seems to forget that the cise the imprescriptible privilege of find. Kremlin, not one single building, but ing fault, right or wrong, with all the a large assemblage of buildings, comprémeasures of the administration. This bending the imperial palace, several spirit of indiscriminate censure often churches, and mang other civil erlifices, dends them into the most egregious mis- indiscriminately set on fire by the French representations. A striking iostance may be found in the debate of last night

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