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Tiny Copinion. I have no other
lowable in England. Glotianas' list of many Antiquaries, could we persuade names puts me in mind of Homer's Ca
the Keeper of the Records of the talogue, and also of a story I have Dissolved Abbeys, to enter the list heard, ofanOxford and Canıbridge man of controversy on the subject of our disputing which University had pro Saxon Buildings and the Pointed Arch. duced the greatest nien ; when, after a lu my humble opinion, he would be long contest, one mentioned a number more likely to decide these two quesof bigh-sounding names in a breath, tions, than all the Champions who which decided it, and silenced the have undertaken the subject. otiier. I now take my leave of Glu
A. G. tianus, advising him to have a Letter beiore bim when he is answering it ; Mr. URBAN, Colchester, March 4. aud not to take the title of A. M. un HE Ghost of Avon's Bard invites less he can have an honorary one at one of our Universities, or be adınit. claim to your indulgence than an ented ad eundem; for the Poet's rule thusiastic admiration of all the emais as applicable to agendi as loquendi. nations of that genius which his Yours, &c. NORMALIS. Ghostship professes once to have ani.
mated; but I rely on your known imMr. URBAN, Newcastle, May 4. partiality. I shall endeavour to avoid I HAVE great pleasure, in read- prolixity for two reasons ; first, that
ing the discussions of Science I may not trespass too much on your when properly contested, without the pages ; secondly, lest my sentiments dirk of wrath and animosity. I must should appear as insignificant to your confess I am exceedingly sorry to see Readers as they do to myself. the controversy between an Amateur I cannot perceive obscurity in the and au Architect carried on in such a
passage quoted by the Ghost; but (to inanner by the former as to wound a reader who does not wish to create my feelings; it reflects not only dis- obscurities, that he may indulge his credit on him as a gentleman, but as genius in the illustration of them) I a literary character. Amateur has think it must be evident Brutus speaks said in a former Letter that Architect's of himself. language is coarse, wogrammatical, The slightest dereliction of principle and muddy : but nothing, Sir, can lays the foundation of numerous erjustify either a Cantab or Oxonian in rors: thus it is with Cassius -he un, giving the lie direct. I expect more dertakes to be the advocate of corruppoliteness from them, from their edu. tion Brutus's virtue remains uncation: it is an affront to the Publick; shaken, though placed in opposition it is a disgrace to any literary man in to the solicitations of friendship, this enlightened age that we live in; Cassius, instigated by the mingled and it further seems strongly to shew, feelings of disappointment, mortificathat Amateur must cither feel himself tion, and regret, at finding his unat a loss for words to express his sen- worthy suit rejected, reproaches Brutiments as he should do, or he is tus with a breach of friendship ; this afraid he has the negative side of the commences the quarrel, in the course argument. Nothing shews weakness of which, urged by the injustice of 80 strongly, as when a gentleman of Cassius, Brutus suffers bimself for a superior education condescends to moment to give way to the influence have recourse to gross abuse.
his conduct throughout is I do not mean to enter into the de- marked with the features of conscious fence of Architect's opinions ou our rectitude Cassius, with grief and Autiquities, because he is very well shane, half acknowledges lois error; able to take his own part ; neither do and Brutus, from whose bosom the I wish to enter into any controversy remembrance of their former friend. with Amateur, who may have in ship is not erased, spares him a further mang respects good reasons for siding humiliation by telling him, that he with his friend Mr. Whittington in (Brutus) his opinions; but I should like to see “ carries anger as the fint bears fire ; that respectable style preserved that which, inuch enforced, shews a hasty spark, is due to Society.
And straight is cold again.” It would be highly gratifying to Yours, &c, J. Fitch.
Mr. URBAN, London, June 13. been Page of Honour to the Duchess IN June 1806, while on an excur of York, and afterwards Groom of
sion into Cambridgeshire, I passed the Bedchamber to her husband King through the little hanılet of Stuntney. James II. ; he married the Right The antient Chapel here being in the Hon. Susanna Lady Bellasis, Baroness Norman style of Architecture, I was of Osgodby in her own right, but induced to stop, and m ke a sketch left no issue. He died Aug. 18, 1719, from it, which is much at your ser- aged 63. vice, should you think it deserving a Without the Church, on the South place in your Miscellany. (See Plate I.) side, is an altar-tomb on a base of freeSTUNTNEY
stone, in memory of Miles Carter, and situated op a gentle eminence, 81, and Mary his wife, died May 3, overlooking the fens towards that 1725, aged 77. Also Thomas Carter, city, from which it lies S. E. about a son of the said Miles and Mary, died mile and a half. The Chapel consists Jan. 14, 1736, aged 65; and Elizaof a nave and chancel, separated by beth his wife, died Sept. 17, 1731, an arch ornamented with chevron aged 54 years. In the Church-yard mouldings; the doorways on the is also another altar-tomb for William North and South sides of the nave Whinn, esq. who died Jan. 31, 1734, being also enriched in the same man- aged 52. ner. Against the West wall hang two In 1874, “ D'nus Robertus” occurs small bells, which are enclosed in a as “Rector de Mephale." April projecting frame of wood : being a 1609, Mr. Barwell was rated (with Chapel of Ease to the parish of the the vicar of Chatteris) to find a pair Holy Trinity in Ely, it is without the of curols, and a pike furnished. Anno appropriate addition of tombs, &c. 1676, Mepal contained 116 inhabite
Having spent a day most agreeablyants, 3 dissenters, no recusants *. at Ely in admiring its very magnifi Yours, &c.
W. A. cent Cathedral, 1 pursued my excursion Westward for about six miles,
Mr. URBAN, when I reached MEPAE,
FEEL perfect conviction in my I
own mind, that when His Majesty which is situated in the hundred of dismissed from his Councils the men Witch-ford, and deanery of Ely; the who had the unparalleled assurance to living is a rectory, and valued in the endeavour to set themselves above King's books at £3. 6s. 8d. and in their Sovereign, and to force the conthe gift of the Dean and Chapter. science of their King, it was his own
The Church is dedicated to the act and deed, and a genuine exercise of Virgin Mary, and consists of a nave his high and indisputable prerogative; and chancel, with a small Chapel at and those who maintain that the King the N. E. corner of the nave. The cannot act at all without advisers, walls of the chancel, as well as the do, in my humble opinion, rather North side of the fabrick, are sup- mistake the Constitution they adported by buttresses of brick work. mire ; for though very rarely indeed Instead of a tower at the West end, - will a prúdent Monarch so act, yet it has two open arches, in one of which our noble-minded King has shewn, is a bell.
that be better knows the Constitution The altar is elevated on two steps; of which he is the head ; that in a and on each side the East window is a most serious conjuncture the voice of niche, with a recess or piscina. Against the Monarch may be individually the North wall is a murai monument heard, without a breach of the Conto the memory of Samuel Fortrey stitution ; and that the British King (son of Sam. Fortrey, esq. of Byal- is not a mere puppet decorated with a Fen) who died Feb. 10, 1688, aged 38 crown, to be danced up and down by years. Auother monument for a his Ministers, but one, and the first of younger brother James Fortrey *, the three great Estates of the Realm, esq. records his descent from an an- to each of which belongs perfect indetient stock in Brabant, and having pendence, and, for the better main
* Vide Lysops's Magna Britannia, Gent. Mag. July, 1810.
* Cole's MSS, in British Museum.
taining and carrying into effect their takeu a solemn oath to maintain the important functions, various high Protestant Religion as by Law estabrights and powers, under the names of lished. Is it then to be imagined, Prerogative and Privilege. And that a Monarch so circumstanced, surely, though the Constitution has will ever associate with himself in the wisely ordained, that whoever advises high offices of confidential interthe King, shall be responsible for the course, men of a different religious advice he gives, it never meant to say persuasion from himself; and more that he may not be his own adviser if particularly members of that Com. he will, and according to his own judg. mnunion, whose proselytising spirit ment adopt or reject the opinions of would be ever on the alert to scek or his counsellors ; otherwise, what is to seize occasions of combating, and, his Veto but an empty name? Yet if possible, overturning what in the the Constitution has still interposed opinion of such his Ministers would be this farther check (the whole Con- the mistaken nlious at least of their stitutiou is a system of salutary heretical Sovereign ; and in their checks) that, whether with or without zeal for whose conversion they might advisers, he can only rule according perhaps overlook, or not remember to Law. Strange then that the Ca- in time, that thiey might be paving a tholicks will persist in agitating a way to the abdication of the Throne ! question which the Constitution hav. But this will hardly be overlooked by ing already settled it) ought to be at the Monarch himself, to whose feel rest for ever : but, stranger still, that ings surely the Constitution as it with all their professions of loyalty stands is more respectful, by not aland attachment (the sincerity of lowing him to choose such Ministers if which however I do not mean to be would, than if those defences were doubt), they should almost in so many thrown down, leaving what would in words have declared, and this after effect be the same exclusion to the knowing bis Majesty's sentiments, Catholicks, but might make the King that they will never cease teizing him personally liable to the odium of a upon the subject, till they have as it rejection, which is however indispenwere compelled him to yield to their sable. For what then do the Cathodesires- compelled the well-poised licks contend ? Surely the power of mind of a Brunswick, acting on con- benefiting their country is not so liWiction, to waver and to swerve! O mited, that comparatively little can wonderful delusiou of persevering be effected, unless they are Ministers obstinacy! Wonderful ! that such an of State, or invested with the highest expectation could for a moment be commands. If their strong desire is seriously entertained !
only to have an ampler scope for the I consider the exclusion of Catho- display of their loyalty, I must anlicism from the higher departments of swer, that, under their present restric. the State, to be so riveted a part of tions, their loyalty shines a brighter the Constitution itself, that it cannot and a purer flame, than it ever could be separated from it without the most do if those restrictions did not exist as imminent danger to the whole ; and a fundamental part of the Constituto prevent the possibility of which it tion. Preserving that fundamental has fenced itself round with those ve- exclusion, an exclusion not of themnerable bulwarks, which those who selves as individuals, but as professing mean not to destroy, would however a Religion, the tenets of which are do well to take care how they weaken. incompatible with the State, which has God forbid that they should ever be a Religion of its own by Law estabthrown down. But, admitting for a lishedi-say, preserving that invio. moment, that they were, what is the late, whatever tends to the ameliora, mighty benefit that is to result to tion of the condition of loyal subjects the Catholicks from it? It could must be grateful to all; but amelio. amount to no more than a very bare ration is not to be beyond all bounds : possibility of their coming into office; Toleration is not to be above the Esand surely a matter which has not tablishment. even probability in its favour, is In this country, blest beyond all hardly worth the struggle that is others in the enjoyment of rational made for it. Whoever sways the Liberty, where every man has soincsceptre of these Kingdoms must be a thing he can call his own, where the Protestant Prince, and must have destitute has still a freehold in its be