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Mr. Pinkerton's Explanation. To the Editor of the Monthly Magazine. plates, and other disagreeable incidents, SIR,

required that his name should not appear W He the public, it feldom, or never

, THEN a work is delivered entire in the title, and actually dashed it out in

the copy shewn to him: yet it was inis necessary for the author to appear in serted. its defence, or explanation; as, if good,

In the second work, the subjects are it will defend-itself, if bad, it is not select, and some exquisitely engraven. worth defending, and no defence can

No bad plates, nor doubtful portraits, ferve it. But, when a publication pro


appear. ceeds progressively, and is attended with It only remains to apologize for the want considerable expence, both to the pro

of some portraits, promised in the Prof. prietors and the purchasers, by whose pectus, and which have not been given. opinion it stands or falls, it is sometimes 1. There is no portrait of Robert II. at incumbent ou the honesty of the Editor, Taymouth. Erroneous information was the to account for seeming deficiencies. cause of this, and other mistakes. With this view only, I folicit admission

2. There is no portrait of Elizabeth More. for the following brief, but necessary; of James IV. is procured. The other is in a

3. One of the portraits of Margaret, queen explanations, relative to a work conducted royal palace---and it is a fingular inftitution, by me, The Portraits of illustrious Per-. fince the reign of Charles II. that no pi&ture, sons of Scotland," I remain a well-wisher in any of the palaces, can be copied without to your liberal and interesting publication. a perquisite of four guineas to the Chamber

John PINKERTON. lain's clerks. As it is a perquisite, it is indisHampstead, 14th Feb.

pensible---but certainly nothing can be more The work, intitled Iconographia disgraceful to the present flourishing state of Scotica, or Portraits of illustrious Persons of will not prevent the appearance of this por,

the arts in this country.---This, however, Scotland,” is complete in four parts, trait in due time: the diftance from town, and forming one volume in 4to. or 8vo. its being the only one in that palace, are the Another, styled “ The Scotish Gallery, or real causes of the delay. Portraits of Eminent Persons of Scotland;" 4. Cardinal Innes, A. D. 1412, is promany of them after pictures by the cele- cured, as are all the others mentioned in the brated Jameson at Taymouth, and elfe- Prospectus, except the following: where, will speedily appear in similar 5. Regent Murray, at Fonthill. A draw. parts.

ing was taken. It is some Scotish gentleSome of the plates, in the first publica- man, of the end of last century, in a Hightion, fall far short of the editor's expecta

land dress. tion, notwithstanding all his exertions,

6. Bishop Dunbar, at Aberdeen, is a reand his insisting on three or four being

cent and imaginary picture.

7. There is no portrait of Robert II. at cut up, and superior pieces of art fub

Strawberry Hill. Atituted. In the second work it is hoped

8. There is no portrait of Sir Robert Murthere will be no reason for complaint on ray in the apartments of the Royal Society. this score, as Mr. EDWARD HARDING, 9. The Cardinal Beton, at Holy-roodof Pall Mall, fuperintends all

the engrav- house is imaginary. Mr. Pennant informs ings ; many of which are by GARDINER, me, it is a foreign Cardinal of last century--, and other eminent artists. The portraits and the portrait in an oval, is quite unlike themselves rather exceed those of the first the manner of Beton's time. work, in curiosity and importance: the

10. The Earl Douglas, at Cavers, is of

dubious existence. accounts of remarkable persons, are, in many instances, more extensive; and a

11. Lord Westcote's duchess of Richmond Differtation will be prefixed to the vo

is already engraved for the Memoirs of Gramlume, on the Rise and Progress of Paint

12. Dr. Burnet, of the Charter-house, ing in Scotland.

has been often engraved, and was, it is beÎn the first work, several of the plates lieved, an Engliihman. He is an honour to were inserted by the publisher in oppofi- his country; but this work is confined to the tion to the editor's advice and remon neglected province of Scotish iconography. . ftrance; such as some fac-similes from Jonson's Inscriptiones, a Mary Magdalen, crying and writing, put for a Mary,

To the Editor of the Monthly Magazina Queen of Scots, &c. 'Yet, amid these SIR, defects, there is a great number of good O the books, which C. D. recomplates, from very interesting portraits. mends to your correspondent L, I The editor, disgusted with those bad beg leave to add the following, which it






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: Books on English Verse....Wisbech Female Society. may be presumed, had not fallen in the To the Editor of the Monthly Magazine. way of that ingenious writer; but which

SIR, are much to the point, and are conlidered,

S female Friendly Societies (through I apprehend, as pofleffing much merit.

1. Two Tracts entitled, one, “ An dies) may probably become more general, Ejay on the Power of Numbers, and the I venture to lend you the outlines of a plan Principles of Harmony in Poetical Composic of one instituted at Wisbech in the year tion." The other," An Etay on the 1796; how far it may reach the benefit Power and Harmony of Prosaic Numbers: intended by such institutions, and how being a Sequel to one on the Power of Num- long the fund may be adequate to its bers and the Principles of barmony, in Poetic needful outgoings, I leave to better calCompositions.” 1749. These pieces are culators to enquire; but the liberal relief anonymous; but it is well known that it affords in cases of child-bed; cafes, they were written by the Rev. John wlich, amongst the lower orders of foMason, M. A. anthor of a Treatise on ciety, call aloud for sympathy, will, I Self-knowledge, and seven volumes of doubt not, incline the humane promoters Sermons, which met with good accept- of similar associations, to give it a serious

many years

the respectable mi- 'attention.
nister of a congregation of Protestant Dir-
{enters at Chelhunt, in Hertfordshire.

Honorary members at its inftitution 78
An Esay on the Harmony, Variety Total amount of cash, by donations
and Power of Numbers in general:" and

and subscriptions

£214 14 another on those of Paradise Lost,in Disbursed to fick members

34 9 particular : printed in a posthumous volume of the “ Poems of the Rev. Samuel Balance remaining Say;" for nine years minister of the diffenting congregation in Prince's-street, The honorary members appoint annuWestininiter. These essays have been much ally three or more ftewards, who are to admired by persons of taste and judgment. visit the sick, and carry their weekly al. The second was written at the delire of lowance, these, with the secretary and Mr. Richardson, the Painter. The editor stewards (for the time being) form a comof both, and of the poems, was William mittee, deemed competent to transacting Duncombe, Esq. youngest son of John the businefs of the society. Each honorary Duncombe, Esq. of Stocks, in Hert- member pays. on admission 5s. for a fordshire, the friend of Archbishop Her- printed copy of the rules 6d. and 6s.6d. ring.

for a year's subscription in advance; those 3. Observations on Poetry, especially benefited pay 2s. 6d. entrance, 3d. for a the Epic: occafioned by the late Poem upon copy of the rules, and 6 d. the first MonLeonidas." The name at the end of the day in every month, at any hour or place preface, authorises us to ascribe this piece appointed by the itewards. There is a to Dr. Pemberton, one of the Professors Imall fine for non-payment, which is apat Gresham College, from whence it is plied to encreasing the fund. Annual and dated, 9th May, 1738: author of a quarterly meetings are held, but the ex. View of Sir Ifaac Newton's Philosophy,” pence of a dinner was thought unnecessary. and, if my memory be correct, the last Any benefited member, when taken ill furviving friend of that great man. or lame, and unable to pursue her usual

This communication, it is hoped, may employment, (provided her illness is not be agreeable to both your correspondents, occafioned by misconduct) is allowed and ferve to complete lists of publications 35. 6d. a week for the first month of her on English verlification and prosaic har- confinement, and 25. 60. a week if her. mony.

illness continues for a longer time. MarI am, Sir,

ried members, in cafes of child-bed, reYour conftant reader, ceive regularly 5s. a week for one month, Taunton, 16th Jan. 1798.

and 2s. 6d. a week to much longer as the stewards judge necessary. Thole who re

move from Wisbech, are not entitled to See Archbishop Herring's Letters to W. Duncombe, Esq. p. 71, 72, &c. and the cor

any weekly allowance. respondence of John Hughes, Esq. in 3 vols.

The fun of 2os. is paid to any married by John Duncombe, M. A. v. 1. p. 19. 2nd member on the death of her husband, and edition. For fume Memoirs of Mr. Say, the 5s. for each of her children then living, reader is referred to the “ Proteftant Dilsen- under 14 years, upon such death being tar's Magazine for Auguft and September 1794. duly certified to the stewards,

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Milton's Imitations of the Ancients, by Mr. Wakefield. The monthly subscriptions of each fin- lution of a well known distich in Tibul. gle benefited inember, or widow, who lus, iv. 2. 7, has not received any relief from the fund Illam, quicquid agit, quoquo vestigia vertit, upon her lying-in, or the death of her Componit furtim fubfequiturque decor. husband, cease at the attainment of her

Whom they fought, I am: $8th year; and if, having received be

ver. 316. nefit, the continues her subscription two

Coram, quem quæritis, adfummi, years longer, in either of these cases, the

Troïus Æneas: Virgil, Æn. i. 595. is entitled to receive annually (for life) the sum of 41. by four equal quarterly Canft raise thy creature to what heighth thou

wilt payments; but such member has no fur

Of union or communion : ver. 430. ther claim upon the society.

Præsens vel imo tollere de gradu Every member must subscribe to the fund one year before she can receive any'

Mortale corpus : Hor, od. i. 35. 2 relief from the institution; nor are any

all heaven admitted above the age of 45, or who do And happy constellations on that hour

Shed their selecteft influence; the earth not at the time enjoy good health. Besides this institution (which bids fair Gave sign of gratulation, and each hill:

ver. 511. to meliorate the afflictions attendant on poverty, without debating the mind) at Dant fignum : fulsere ignes et conscius Ætber

-prima et Tellus et pronuba Juno Wisbech, some ladies have formed a fo- Connubiis, summoque ulularunt vertice Nymciety for lending the necessitous, in cases

phæ. Virg. Æn. iv. 166. of child-birth, luitable linen during their

in all enjoyments else confinement, which, after a stated time, Superior and unmord; here only; weak is returned to the person under whose care Against the charm of beauty's pow'rful it is placed. From this, much benefit has

glance : Ver. 531. arisen, many being totally unable to prom This exquisite stroke of ingenuous nature cure what was absolutely requisite in such

seems dilated from Sophocles, Trachin. situations. Wisbech, Feb. 17.


Ως τάλλ' εκειν παντ' αριστευων χεροι» Milton's Imitations of the Ancients. By Ta tnsd sqwTQ ENS 'ATAVS ncow epu. MR. WAKEFIELD.

And exactly in the same sentiment Phi(CONCLUDED).

lostratus, vit. Apoll Ty. iv. 25. The Angel'ended, and in Adam's ear ο νεανιας την μεν αλλην φιλοσοφιαν ερ ρωτο, So charming left his voice, that he a while de

ερωτικων ηττητο. . Thought him ftill speaking, still stood fix'd

What she wills to do, or say, to hear. Par. Loft, b. viii, ver. 1.

Seems wisest, virtuouseft, discreeteft, best : The immediate prototype of this elegant and pleasing passage in Apollonius

So Polybius, Hilt. i. 14. A0x8T1 de Rhodius has been pointed out, but that μοι πεπονθεναι το παραπλησίον τους ερωσε: author only enlarged on a thought, with δια γαρ την αίρεσιν και την όλην ευνοιαν, φιλενω

καρχηδονιοι πεπραχ which the father of poetry had fupplied κεν παντα δοκεσιν οι και

θαι φρονιμως, καλως, ανδρωδώς, οι δε Ρωμαιοι him, in Odyff. xiii. 2.

τάναντια: Φαβια δε, τέμπαλιν τέτων. Ως εφαθ' ουδ αρα παντες ακην εγενoντo More grateful than harmonious found to th' Ow77.

ear : ver. 660. Κηληθμω δ' εσχοντο κατα μεγαρα σκιοεντα,

quæ carmine gratior aurem And the turn of Pope's version plainly Occupat bumaam: Xor. fat. ii. 2. 93. thews, that Milton was prefent to his So saying, he arose : whom Adam thus mind :

Follow'd with benediction : ver. 644.. He ceas'd; but left so pleasing on their ear

Dixit, et in cælum paribus fe fuftulit alis.-His voice, that liftining till they seem'd to bear, Agnovit juvenis, duplicesque ad fidera palmas A pause of filence hush'd the shady rooms.

Suftulit, et tali fugientem est voce fecutus :

Virg. Æ.. ix 14. Plato too, in the beginning of his Menexenus has borrowed this beauty from From the thick shade, and Adam to his

So parted they, the Angel up to heaven Homer.

bower: ver. 652.
Speaking, or mate, all comelinefs and grace Τωγώς βελευσανlε διετμαγεη μεν επειτα
Attends theç, and each word, each motion Ess ära anto Babesc an CAMENTO
forms: ver. 221;

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Milton's Imitations of the Ancients, by Mr. Wakefield. Compare also Odyff. N. finem.

To deathless pain? How gladly would I smiles from reason flow, To brutes deny'd: book ix. ver. 239.

Mortality my sentence?

ver. 773. Nemefius, de homine, p. 22. ed. Oxon. Quo vitam dedit æternam? cur mortis ademp

ta eft ιδιον εστι της 8σιας ανθρωπε το γελαστιμον, Conditio ? Pottem tantos finire dolores επει δη και μονο τοτω προςεστι, και παντι, Νunc certe, et mifero fratri comes ire Tub

umbras. Earth felt the wound; and nature from her immortalis ego? Virg. Æn. xii, 879. feat,

Shattering the graceful locks Sighing through all her works, gave signs of Of these fair spreading trees : which bids us

seek That all was loft : ver. 782.

That Some better throud: ver. 1066. This incomparable specimen of sublimity And gan anone, so softly as I coulde, and pathos is essentially indebted to a Amonge the bushes prively me to shroude: passage from Virgil already quoted at Chaucer's Blacke Knight, itanza 21. ver. 511. of the preceding book, and to To whom the Father, without cloud serene. Georg. lv. 491.

Book xi. ver. 45.
Ibi ompis

This alludes to Psalm xcvii. 2. Effusus labor, atque immitis rupta tyranni

« Clouds and darkness are round about Fædera; terque fragor stagnis auditus Aver. him.” nis.

and, if by prayer Compare too Hom. Il. N. 491.

Inceffant I could hope to change the will And knew not eating death : ver.

Of him who all things can, I would not This is a pure Græcism: Kat


çease θανατον φαγεσα.

To weary him with my affiduous cries: .


vér. 307 Sky lower'd; and mutt'ring thunder, some sad drops

prece quâ fatigent Wepe -: ver. 1002.

Virgines fanctæ minus audientem

Carmina Vertam? Hor. od. i. 2. 62. Αιματόεσσας δε ψιαδας κατεχευεν εραζε,

who, if we knew Παιδα φιλον τιμων: Ηom. ΙΙ. π. 459,

What we receive, would either not accept breeding wings

Life offered, or loon beg to lay it down, Wherewich to scorn the earth : ver. 1010. Glad to be so dismissed in peace: ver. 505. Spernit bumum fugiente pennâ : Hor. odo ili.

The poet had in view a well-known

epigram of Pofidippus: The bended twigs take root, and daughters Hy opaz Tour de dyos év@u aigedis, 9 to yedeola grow

Μηδε ποτ', η το θανειν αυτικα τικτοι About the mother tréc, a pillar'd thade: ver. Itos.

Mhevov. etiam Parnalia laurus

And the last clause is from Luke ii. 29. Patva Tub ingenti matris fe fubjicit umbra :

others from the wall defend Virg. Geo. ii. 19.

With dart and javelin, stones and fulphurous

fire : ver. 567. Which he presumes already vain and void, Because not yet inficted, as he fear'd,

Hi jaculis, illi certant defendere faxis, By fome immediate stroke: book x. ver. 50. Molirique ignem, nervuque aptare fagittas :

Virg. Æn. X. 130. Ignovisse putas, quia cum tonat; ocyus ilex Baptizing in the profluent stream : xii, ver. Sulfure discutitur facro, quam tuque, do

442. musque? Perlius ii. 24.

Livy, i. 43.-" Pueros in profluentem aquan Bridging his way : ver. 310.

mitti jubet.” γεφυρωσε κελευθoν: Ηom. ΙΙ.

To the Editor of the Monthly Magazine. D. 357

SIR, With hatefullet difrelish writh'd their jaws,

"HE laft number of your Magazine ver. 569.

announces that Dr. BedDoes will

foun favour the public with one or two Tritia tentantum fenfu torquebit amaror : more centuries of observations, on the Virg. Geo. ii. 247,

anti-venereal effects of nitrous acid; and Why do I overlive? that he thinks he shall be able to bring Why am I mock'd to death, and lengthen'd forward fuch facts as shall, in some meaout

Sure, account for the general failures that

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Mr. Blair on Nitrous Acid.... Inutility of Tontines have happened. From an hint which this To the Editor of the Monthly Magazine, refpeétable physician has dropped, it ap SIR, pears, that “only a fecond letter from


BOUT seven years ago, a variety of into his hands : I therefore conceive, that of Tontines, which promised great advan, it may be a piece of agreeable intelligence tages to subscribers, from the improveto him, as well as to the other advocates ment of money at compound interest, infor “the new specific," to be informed, created by the benefits arising from furthat several letters have been lately re- vivorship; and as many of these schemes ceived from Bombay, in which Mr. are now about expiring, it is very proba Scott endeavours to corroborate his ble that the managers and secretaries former remarks, and proposes another (who appear to be the persons moft bemode of administering this remedy. In nefited by them) will offer to the public the fourth letter, dated August the 5th, new proposals, holding out a till more 1797, he relates, “ A case of lues venerea alluring prospect of accumulating wealth, cured by bathing in the diluted nitric from the prelent high interest of money. acid, that affords (he says) the most fatis- Schemes of țhis kind are principally factory evidence of its great and truly adapted to a class of persons who are lealt furprising efficacy:". and he even supposes qualified for examining into the princi, that this method is still more effectual ples upon which they are founded ; and than its external use." The ingenious luch persons, not finding the unwarranted author concludes with these remarkable hopes they had been led to entertain re, words: “ In a few years, I think, that aliied, may, in their disappointment, remercury, as a remedy for the lues vene- ject every mode of making provision for rea, will be banished by this acid; and, future period, and, consequently, a dif. in some of my dreams for the improvement pohtion highly laudable in the individual, of the condition of man, I even imagine, and beneficial to the community, be much that the poison of Syphilis may, in a discouraged. This confideration, I hope, great measure, be extinguished over the will be a sufficient apology for submitting face of the earth, not by the efforts of the to the public, through the medium of magistrate, but by an agent like this, fafè; your Magazine, a few remarks on the fimple, and efficacious."

itatement lately published, for the inforAs the result of my own trials, in mation of the members of one of these nearly fixty cases of lues venerea, differs; focieties; the term of which being expired, in toto, from the experience of Mr. the members are about to receive their exScott, and, of niany other gentlemen, pected profits in the division of the stock. I cannot but feel anxious to see a detail The plan was formed for seven years ; of “the facts” which Dr. Bedpoes has the contribution being thirteen hillings promised; and as the truth, wherever it per quarter : 'the total sum appears by may lie, can only arise from the general the account as follows: mass of evidence, I shall deem it incum

986 Deaths and Defaulters, 2-3,872.3Q bent upon me, to publith all my cases, as 3550 Subscriptions compleated 64,610 OO foon as the other duties of my profesion Fines

928 15 o afford me leifure. In the interim, I shall Dividends on Stock 11,679 78 be happy to receive such additional com. munications as practitioners may please

Total 81,090 58 to honour me with. Every case, faithfully These fums appear as the totai receipt ; drawn up, will serve to throw light on but, it muit be observed, they are exclu. this interesting subject; and therefore five of sixpence per quarter, paid on each ought not to be lost to the public. fare for management, which amounts on

I cannot forbear suggesting a bint, shares that have been compleated to 24851. which, I fear, some of our zealous expe- belides what has been paid on the shares rimenters stand in need of; that an halty forfeited; which, if they are fupposed to opinion may be the occasion of accumu- have been continued on an average three lated sufferings to our patients; and that years eaclı

, inakes 2951. to which must be a wise man will suspend his judgement added, a demand of two shillings per fare, until the matter of enquiry shall have been made on the payment of the last Tübscripfully investigated: the introduction of a tion. What this additional payment of doubtful reinedy, and the rejection of an 3551. was for, unlels as a year's finecure almost infallible one, in the treatment of falary to the projector, till he shall have Syphilis, is too serious an affair to be found out a new let of subscribers, is diffi. trified with.

cult to conceive; but, with the two former, I remain, &c.

it makes the expence of management Great Ruffel-ftreet, W. BLAIR, amount to three thousand, one hundred, and

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