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The minarets are placed at each end of the principal building. In my design of them, as well as in the whole exterior decoration of the building ítself, I have endeavoured to collect the principal particularities of the Turkish architecture. With regard to the interior decoration, I have not so scrupulously adhered to their style in building, but have aimed at something uncommon, and at the same time pleasing. The walls of the cabinet are painted of a rich rose colour, and those of the salon are straw-coloured. At the eight angles of the room are palm-trees modelled in stucco, painted and varnished with various hues of green, , in imitation of nature ; which, at the top spread, and support the dome, represented as formed of reeds, bound together with ribbons of filk. The cove is supposed to be perforated, and a brilliant funny sky appears, finely painted by Mr. Wilson of Covent-garden, the celebrated landscape painter.
In the way from the mosque towards the palace, there is a Gothic building, designed by Mr. Muntz; the front representing a cathedral.
The Gallery of Antiques, was designed by me, and executed in the year 1757.
Continuing your way from the last mentioned building towards the palace, near the banks of the lake, ftands
THE TEMPLE OF ARETHUSA,
A small Ionic building of four columns. It was designed and built by me in the year 1758.
Near it there is a bridge thrown over a narrow channel of water, and leadirig to the island in the lake, The design is, in a great measure, taken from one of Palladio's wooden bridges. It was erected in one night.
In various parts of the garden are erected covered seats, executed from two designs, composed by me in the year 1758.
There is now erecting in the garden of Kew, a Temple, designed by me, in commemoration of the present peace.
The portico is hexastyle Ionic; the columns fluted; the entablature enriched, and the tympan of the pediment adorned with basso relievos. The cell is in the form of a latin cross, the ends of which are closed by semicircular sweeps, wherein are niches to receive ftatues : It is to be richly finished with ftucco ornaments, allusive to the occasion on which it is erected.
THE RUIN AT KEW
was designed and built by me in the year 1759, in order to make a passage for carriages and cattle, over one of the principal walks of the gar
den. My intention was to imitate a Roman antiquity, built of brick, with an incrustation of stone. The design is a triumphal arch, originally with three apertures, but two of them now closed up, and converted into rooms, to which you enter by doors made in the sides of the principal arch. The soffit of the principal arch is enriched with coffers and roses, and both the fronts of the structure are rustic. The north front is confined between rocks, overgrown with briars and other wild plants, and topped with thickets, amongst which are seen feveral columns, and other fragments of buildings, and at a little distance beyond the arch is seen an antique statue of a muse. The central structure of the ruin is bounded on each side by a range of arches. There is a great quantity of cornices, and other fragments, spread over the ground, seemingly fallen from the buildings; and in the thickets on each side are seen several remains of piers, brickwalls, &c.
THE HISTORY OR STORY OF
SAID TO BE WRITTEN BY M. VOLTAIRE.
HE WAS IN AN ERROR.
A PROBABLE TALE.
HE E was in an error.--- And who is not fo?--
We in this world are only circled round by errors.--- They are needful ; they are the ties of all society ;---they bend the mind to diffidence, and humble the aspiring paffion of self-love.--Whoever should be always in the right, would be insufferable.---There is no fault unpardonable but that of being wearisome.---Whenever we begin to tire others, we should retreat to solitude. -Let us proceed then to our story.
Mondor was born under unhappy auspices.--He
was a youth possessed of a just understanding, a susceptible heart, and a gentle mind.---Three errors, which necessarily must be productive of numbers more.-.-At his first entrance into life, he laid it down as his peculiar aim to be for ever in the right.---How far he found success in this design, the sequel shall declare.
His earliest intimacy was with a man of influ. ence at court, whose wife was far from handfome.---The lady looked upon him as a wit, because his person was a fine one; her husband thought him weak, because he never was of his opinion.---The wife made him numberless advances; but as he was not amorously inclined, he took no notice of them.---The nobleman desired him to examine a piece he had composed, or, at lealt, had fathered, on military discipline. ---When Mundor had perused it, he, with great candour, told his patron, he thought his talent rather lay to peace.---A regiment soon fell ;---a Auttering petit maitre put in for it; he found great merit in the courtier's piece, and complimented his lady on her beauty.---He got the regiment.---The fop was colonel.---Mondor was fincere.-- Here he was in an error,
Finding his hopes of fortune or preferment blasted by this adventure, he determined to live on what he had, and his next care was to procure a friend.---He got acquainted with the young Alcippus, and thought he had succeeded.---Alcippus was good-natured and agreeable, made a decent figure, and passed for a man of substance.
One day he came to Mondor with an afflicted countenance.---Mondor by sympathy partook of his affliction, (for there is no one so weak as a good-hearted man of understanding) and begged