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139 Thomas Davies, Paul Whitehead, rary corps of the Metropolis, and amongst Thomas Warton, and the Rev. George them my father. Costard, whose library Miss H. de Whether this or any desire to benefit scribes as a counterpart in appearance
or oblige, influenced my father I know not, to that of Sidrophel in one of Ho
but it was at first designed that he should
publish the History of Music. It is necesgarth's plates of Hudibras. The anecdotes of musical men are,
sary, in the progress of such a coalition,
that an author and a publisher should someperhaps, the best parts of the volume, times meet. The author's views in this inparticularly those of Handel, the blind
I can aver, were not avaricious; fur Stanley, Bartleman, and Dr. Cooke, of I have heard my father laughingly declare; Westminster Abbey.
that if he got the price of a pair of carriageMany other friends are mentioned; horses by his fifteen years' labour, he should amongst whom occurs George Stee- think himself fortunate. On the other side, vens, whose intimacy terminated, as I have heard Payne say, when by Davies's
defalcation the contract devolved on him, usually it did, in a quarrel; in which we shall not here enlarge, as a further that he should lay by his profits for his account is promised in a future volume. daughters.”
"The memoir of Garrick almost introIn the next Edition, it is hoped the
duces the little I could say, that has not alhacknied story of Pharaoh and the Red Sea (which is more than a century old, it would, if pursued here, bring me down
ready been far better said, of Johnson; but and which was attributed to Hogarth too low in point of time. The same I may in 1781, by a wicked wit still living)
say of Steevens. Neither of them shall be will be expunged. Nor is there much forgotten; but at present, to proceed not occasion for the Marchioness of Twee- quite in an outrageously disorderly manner, dale's warming-pan, and a few other I must descend to less interesting detail, episodes not less edifying.
and take slight notice of those neighbours We will not, however, seek for with whom, as I have said, " I found my faslight blemishes when there is really ther," when I first began to know what was
meant by society.” much to commend; but look forward with pleasure to the perusal of the pro A Silhouette of Sir John Hawkins mised continuation of these agreeable fronts the Volume, which commences anecdotes; and shall select a few de- with a Dedication to the present wortached articles for the amusement of thy Chamberlain of London; and conour Readers :
cludes with some Poetic Trifles by
Henry Hawkins." A neat engraving “The Twining family ought not to have
of Twickenham Common includes the been thus long postponed. They were, by houses of Sir John Hawkins and the hereditary succession, of high worth, and
Marchioness of Tweedale. have produced scholars and men of elegant tastes; a distinction which does not seem likely to fail. Were I to enter on their bio
18. Historic Facts relative to the Sea Port graphy, I could quote as exemplary, their
and Market Toun of Ravenspurne in Holaffluence without ostentation, and their dig
derness. (By Thomas Thompson, Esq. nified independence, which ranks them high
F.S.A.] 8vo. pp. 270. amongst those who form the pillars of a commercial country.”
WE had very lately occasion to no" The homeliness of Dr. Farmer's exter
tice Mr. Thompson's “ Observations nal disappointed me, who, from what I on the antient State of Holderness,' heard, expected to see him in little less than (see vol. xcii. ii. 529); and we are lawn sleeves. He delighted me at my fa- happy so soon to meet with him again. ther's table, when the report was alluded to It is a prospective benefit, arising that Sir Joshua Reynolds shared the gains from the rapid improvement of Topoof his man Ralph in showing his pictures, graphy, that we shall in the end know by quoting the lines from Hudibras,
the real manners of our ancestors, with A squire he had whose name was Ralph, which, whatever may have been pubWho in th' adventure went his half.''s lished, we have at present only a su“ Davies, better known by the sociable perficial acquaintance. Unfortunately,
from the necessity of costly eugravings, name of Tom Davies, was a character not without features. Every body knows he had
and the narrowness of sale, such works been an actor, and afterwards set up a book are too expensive for general circulaseller's shop in Russell-street, Covent Gar- tion;, but could they be issued in ocden, which was frequented, as Payne's was
tavo volumes, like the present, we are when he lived at the Mews-gate, by the lite- satisfied that the public benefit would
140 Review.-Thompson's History of Ravenspurne. [Feb. be greatly augniented.
these mentioned in our author, in rebarbarians violate our places of wor gard to the fines levied by the Crown. ship and funeral monuments, by, an ignorance and carelessness which a
“Many persons were amerced for making
foolish speeches, or returning foolish anproper Antiquarian feeling would
swers, or for being ignorant of things which vent; and pretended philosophical his
they could not possibly know. Stephen de torians ascribe institutions and man Mereflet or Marfleet was amerced two marks ners which merely grow out of circum
pro stulto responso; Ernald, the Priest, one stances, to metaphysical principles, mark, pro stulto dicto ; Henry, the Dean, which never did or could exist in the five marks, pro stulto loquio. The Hundred actual and genuine history of man. of Grensted was amerced pro ignorantia noThe consequence is, that party and minis cujusdam hominis occisi.” P. 146. faction are perpetually harassing Go
Now, though we by no means think vernment with absolute
that fines and amerciaments grew out They plate iron ages, and gild silver
of the famous Police measure of Al'ones, in allusions to periods of our his
fred, yet we believe that the applicatory, when it is known that neither
tion of them to matters of purely private life, property, nor freedom of action life actually did; and that such an apcould be secured by law. A remarkable instance of the ex
plication retarded the liberty of the traordinary mistakes of Englishmen, of our history.
subject for a very considerable period concerning the main facts of their his
Another clamour of the day, upon tory, is exhibited in the book, before the same “ pejor fit ætas” principle, is us. — Alfred has been eulogized in an extraordinary manner for establishing the property of Ecclesiastics, as if it
the waste and injury to the public from so efficient a Police, that a traveller might one day hang his purse upon a
could possibly be any other than com
mutation, whether a landed proprietor tree on the road side, and find it there untouched on the next; a circum
was a professional or unemployed man. stance which in the present day would The fact is, that more than one-third
of the lands of this kingdom would be very unlikely to happen. We know
have been profitless wastes, if it had manors, however, where the game is
not been for the Clergy; that the King so strictly preserved, that the natives would not pick up a hare, pheasant, benefices ; that the people were exone
supported his Ministers by Church or partridge, if it lay dead at their feet, rated from Poor-rates by means of the as they walked along a foot path. lands bestowed upon this learned body; The method by which Alfred effected his reform was, Sir Richard Colt laid upon their shoulders much of the
and moreover, that the chief Lords Hoare informs us, by the extensive
burdens, to which they were thempower of Courts Leet; to which we
selves subject. This last fact is stated may add, Hundred Courts, Feudal
in the following strong words : Sovereignty, and other modes of legalized tyranny. That these said “ Ye are very much distressed daily by modes, and the espionage of the Courts taxations, exactions, and various contribuLeet, were absolutely as intolerant and tions, which are made by religious men in vexatious and oppressive as the far- these days (anno 1346), more than has famed Inquisition of Spain, every An.
been usual, and also in keeping hospitatiquary knows. Circumstances called lity, constructing buildings, and maintain
ing ditches against the sea in your manors upon the great and wise King to esta
and the rest of your places." P. 171. blish measures for the security of the subject; but in the form of those mea Even hermits, often mere impostors sures he introduced a disgusting annoy- and vagabonds, became, in conseance, a slavery of the most cruel kind, quence of the ecclesiastical profession, a subjection to any neighbour's cabal- which they assumed, disposed to acts ling, gossipping, and defamatory tem- of charity and philanthropy. per. We could quote instances, where the Courts Leet absolutely compelled sersporne, Richard Reedlarowe, whose name
“ The hermit of the Chapel of Ravenmothers to remove their sons, without ought to be known, had the compassion to solid reasons for such a demand, from begin this tower, for the preservation of the their residences, and many other acts lives and property of Christian people, who equally iniquitous. In these Courts should navigate the Humber. The tower were practised full as many abuses as was a signal by day, and a light was placed
1823.) Review.-Langdale's Dictionary of Yorkshire.
141 in it for the direction of mariners by night." pears to have been Richard Braithwaite, á P. 192.
native of Burneshead, in the county of
Westmorland, leaving behind him, says Among other curious matters, which Wood, the character of a “ well-bred genour limits will not permit us to notice,
tleman and a good neighbour.' He was auwe find the following. There is an
thor of many popular pieces, as well as of island in the Humber, called the Sunk the “ Journal.” The following inonumental Island. In a letter concerning it, inscription to his memory appears in Catwritten in 1711, is the following pas- terick Church : sage relating to the rats, by which the
Juxta sitæ sunt island was infested in great numbers :
De Burneshead, in comitatu “The present proprietor of the island
Westmorelandize armigeri, et has dressed these rats for food, but could
Mariæ, ejus conjugis, Reliquiæ; never persuade his workmen to feed on them,
Ille quarto die Maii, anno 1678, though they might have had plenty of them
Denatus est ; hæc undecimo Aprilis 1681' for nothing." P. 265.
Supremum diem obiit. Horum filius It is well known that payments were Unicus, Strafford Braithwaite, Eques made in churches and church-yards for Auratus, adversus Mauros, Christiani the sake of publicity on certain days. Nominis hostes infestissimos, fortiter It seems that
Dimicans occubuit. Cujus Cineres “ John de Collingham, the Rector of
Tingi, in Mauritania Tingitana,
Requiescant in Pace." stone in Easington Church-yard, and there “ Duncombe Park (the seat of Charles receive of fifty inhabitants 501. pro decimis Duncombe, esq.) in the township of Riequadragesimalibus; that is, for Easter of- valx, and parish of Helmsley; } a mile from ferings.” P. 270.
" This noble seat of the Dumcombe faHere we take our leave with sincere mily was built from a design of Sir John respect for the author, who has reco- Vanburgh. The character of the building vered much of the antient history of is Doric, the East front is rather heavy, but an eminent sea-port; a port to which the West presents a good specimen of that a most extraordinary circumstance is order. Here is a noble terrace, terminated attached, namely, that though it was by two handsome circular temples, from eminent only a few centuries back, no which is a most beautiful prospect. Empublic record is known to exist of the bosomed in trees appears the noble tower period, when it was swallowed up by of Helmsley Castle*, and near it, occasionally the sea. (P. 203.)
peeps forth part of the town; and deep beneath is seen a beautiful valley, with the
river Rye winding among hanging woods. 19. A Topographical Dictionary of York- On entering the hall the spectator is struck
shire, containing the Names of all the with the general air of greatness it conveys; Towns, Villages, Hamlets, eminent Per- here is a fine piece of sculpture called the sons, &c. &c. By Thomas Langdale. 8vo. Dog of Alcibiades, said to be the work of pp. 446. Longman and Co.
Myron; Dallaway in his description of staWE are happy to see a new edition tuary and sculpture, says it was discovered of this useful Work, which has been at Monte Cagnuolo, and procured by Henry re-written and carefully examined by
Constantine Jennings, esq. who brought it
to England, and from whom it was transits Compiler, who has personally vi
ferred to Mr. Duncombe for a thousand sited the greatest part of the County. guineas. It ranks among the five famous Much valuable information has been dogs of antiquity.' Here is also the famous obtained by correspondence with the statue called Discobulus, which, says Gilpin, resident Clergy. To relieve the dull is esteemed the first statue in England. tedium of detail, many historical and It exhibits on every side the justest proporbiographical notices are introduced. tions, and the most pleasiug attitudes.' Of these we shall give a specimen or Notwithstanding the prejudice and illiberal two, selected at random:
language often used against the fame of Sir “ Appletons, East and West, a township, contrived to give an air of grandeur to his
John Vanburgh as a builder, he certainly in the parish of Catterick, wapentake of Hang-East ; 2 miles from Catterick, 5 from structures, rarely to be met with. The
saloon here (now library) may be adduced Bedale.- Population, 87.
“ Here died in 1673, that facetious and among others in proof of the assertion, it eccentric genius, Drunken Barnaby or Bar- possessing an uncommon air of magnificence. naby Harrington, but whose real name ap * Engraved in vol. LxxvII. p. 201.
Review.-Langdale's Dictionary of Yorkshire. [Feb. It is 87 feet long, and 20 broad, thrown in- Extensive groves, that, rising by degrees, to three divisions by Ionic columus, and Form a grand Circus 'midst the sloping adorned with four antique statues of Apollo,
trees; Bacchus, Mars, and Mercury, also two good Whilst thro' the vale the serpentizing flood busts of Cicero and Horace. The paintings, Falls in cascades, and murmurs thro' the which are by the first masters, and in the
wood: highest estimation, are very numerous Scenes such as these, not Poussin could dethey have been collected with great judg
sign, ment, and the easy access to the seeing of Nor Wotton's genius form with rule, or line; them, says Dayes, is an honourable testi- Nature's chief master-piece! whose every mony of the liberal spirit of their present
grace In this splendid collection of paint. No muse could fancy, nor no pencil trace ; ings are the scourging of Christ, painted Such as in fabled Tempe's fertile plains, by old Palmer, in successful competition . Still shine in song, and live in classic strains. with Titian ; the head of St. Paul by Leo Mark where in ruins lies the last retreat nardo de Vinci, esteemed the finest work of Of motley Villiers t-once the rich and that great painter; a magnificent Land
great: storm, by Nicholas Poussin; and a Candle- He who'erst liv'd in Charles's careless Court, light Scene (old woman and girl) by Ru In hours of pleasure, and in scenes of sport; bens, purchased, it is said, for 1500 guineas. Who from his Monarch stole each power to
« The lovers of poetry will, we presume, please, feel no small gratification from the perusal Lull’d in the softness of that age of ease ; of the following poetical description (never With ev'ry vice and virtue in excess, before printed), by the late Rev. Dr. Drake, Still in extremes, in plenty, or distress : addressed to Thomas Duncombe, esq. Here sunk in sorrow, and depriv'd of all, Vos sapere, et solos aio bene vivere, quorum They saw him greatly live, and meanly fall.
View from yon summit nobler scenes arise, Conspicitur nitidis, fundata pecunia, villis.
that steal upon the eyes :
Nature's wild efforts !-- where each ruder Attend roy Muse, inspire the artless straips,
part And leave awhile those favor'd Southern Must charm beyond the rigid rules of art : plains :
Projecting rocks that o'er the vale suspend, Indulge no more the Poet's rapt'rous theme, Along whose sides the waving woods extend; Where Thames meand'ring rolls bis silver Gloomy recess! when in that darkling time, stream;
The monkish muse first halted into rhyme ; Twickenham's cool grot, or Chiswick's shady Here suckling Clio chose her silent seat, bowers,
[towers; And dawning Science fix'd her rude retreat : Or where fam'd Windsor rears his Royal Now low in ruins lies the learned pile I, Aid me to sing, in these more Northern
Whose Gothic seats ill-omen'd birds defile. climes,
(rhymes; The murm’ring Rye, that rolls his streams Groves yet unknown, and scenes untold in 0! lend me Denham's pleasing fire, and skill, Here seems to mourn in sympathy of song;
along, Helmsley shall shine in song like Cooper's While the brown ivy curls its wreaths around,
And hollow echo dies in solemn sound. Here Art and Nature join their friendly aid,
Hail, gen'rous youth! on whom kind Heav'n Rise in rotund, or stretch in sylvan shade.
bestows On stately columns see the fabric rise, These seats of solitude and calm repose ; And Babel-like insult th' impending skies ;
You, who have all Romania's villas known, Tho' strong, yet light, tho' massive, yet not
Yet seen no spot more noble than your own.
Long may the scenes thus wild, without a With all Palladio's ease, and Vanburgh's force;
waste, Within whose walls immortal Shakspeare Amuse your leisure, and employ your taste ; shines,
Bid Art with Nature dignify the place, In Garrick's * action, and in Hogarth's lines; To Gothic rudeness join each Attic grace : Th'expressive features speak the tortur'd
See at your word the new Creation spring, breast,
Which some more able Bard in distant times And all the savage tyrant stands confest :
shall sing." Where Saturn's
statue bids the iron shade Point the swift minutes, as they rise and fade: At the end of most of the articles View the long terrace stretch'd on either hand, the authorities are very properly given, At whose extremes the Roman Temples stand; that the reader, who might want a Here various objects in perspective rise, Burst on the sight, and strike the wond'ring of George Villiers, Duke of Buckingham. eyes
Rievalx Abbey.--See it engraved in
vol. Lxxiv. 613; Lxxxii. i. 105; xc. i. The celebrated picture of Garrick in 297; and well described by W. Gray, esq. Richard III.
in vol. Lxxx. i, 105..
1823.] Worthington's Sermons.
143 more enlarged account, may know impression of it remains to justify the where to obtain it.
assertion that he was a pleasing and Prefixed to the work is a good map energetic preacher. Far removed from of the County; and a curious table of the ravings of an enthusiast, though computed distances of the towns of his voice was sonorous, his manner Yorkshire from London, and from was mild and persuasive, and his mateach other.
ter that of a pious and serious ChrisWhen the amazing extent of this tian Divine. County is considered, containing about
The Discourses now published may 3,698,380 acres of land, with a popula- be perused with instruction by Christion of 1,173,187 persons; and the tians of every denomination. They immense mass of minute particulars are XXXVI. ; and if the words of the here collected, which are well con Preacher are not precisely preserved,' densed within a moderate-sized vo his sentiments certainly are; and the lume, at an easy price, we think the language not deteriorated in passing Editor entitled to much commenda- through the memory of the highly action; and we hope his countrymen complished Perpetuator of his fair will properly reward his industry.
We have only room to add the conSermons delivered at Salters' Hall, be
tents of the several Sermons. tween the years 1800 and 1810. By the 1. On Religious Prejudices.-2. On the late Rev. Hugh Worthington. 8vo. pp.
Excellence of our Saviour's Teaching.-525. Holdsworth.
3. On the Responsibility attached to all hu
man Talents and Privileges.-4. On the linTHE circumstances under which this Volume is offered to the public, Faith in an
mutability of the Kingdom of Heaven.-5.
unseen Saviour.-6. Our Saare as remarkable as the Sermons are
viour's Dying Prayer for his Persecutors.themselves excellent.
7. The Thief on the Cross.-8. On the « They were taken entirely from memory,
Restoration of the Jews.-9. On a Future without the assistance of notes, by a Lady,
State.-10. On the future Happiness of who was long a member of the late Mr. the Righteous.-11. Character of David. Worthington's congregation. They have
12. On the Couduct of Christ prior to his been considered, by many competent judges, public Ministry.-13, 14, 15, 16, 17. Five as correct specimens of his style of preach- Lectures on the Acts of the Apostles.ing; as such, they are now printed, for pri
18. Character of Esther.--19. The Convate circulation. The writer of this Pre
nexion between the Abrahamic and Chrisface, who can answer for their correctness,
tian Covenants. — 20, 21. On the Reverhas long prized them, not only for their
ence due to our Saviour.–22. The Goodintrinsic excellence, but as a pleasing me
ness of God in the moral world.—23The morial of the uncommonly retentive memory
Mode of the Christian Dispensation best of a much-endeared relative and friend.
suited to the state of Man.-24. The SuffiThough not given as complete discourses, ciency of Scripture Evidence.-25. Compathey may still be perused with advantage,
rative View of the Offices of Christ.-26. particularly by the young, with whom Nr.
On the Wisdom of our Saviour's Parables.Worthington was always a favourite preacher. 27. Raising the Widow's Son.—28. Causes The above statement, it is hoped, while it of the Rejection of Christ by the Jews.bespeaks candour, will disarm criticism.” 29. The Duty of Thanksgiving.-30. Eli
sha and the Widow of Sarepta.-31. On the The writer of the present article, Lord's Supper.—32, 33. Rules for studying though not an attendant on Mr. Wor- the Epistles. --34. The Gospel a hidden thington's ministry, was in the habits Treasure.—35. Ingratitude for a benevoof personal intimacy with him, a slight lent Miracle.-36. The Blessings of Peace.” acquaintance with his very learned father; and in some former pages of our Obituary, vol. LxvII. p. 985, and vol.
A Vindication of the Authenticity of
the Narratives contained in the first two LXXXVII. ii. p. 188, contributed his mite towards doing justice to the me
Chapters of the Gospels of St. Matthew and St. Luke; being an Investigation of
Objections urged by the Unitarian Editors ace, and only once, he was in
of the improved Version of the New Testaduced, from the celebrity of the
ment ; with an Appendix, containing younger Mr. Worthington's name, to Strictures on the Variations between the attend at Salters' Hall, and though first and fourth Editions of that Work. the particular subject of that day's dis By a Layman. 8vo. pp. 404. Rivingcourse is not recollected, a sufficient
mory of both.