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1799] Extracts from the Port Folio of a Man

a Man of Letters. 223 Disertacion premiada por la academia de Berner's Reise in den Departments von ciencias de Holanda, acerco de lo que debe Donnersberge, von Rhein und von der Mosel hacerse para aumentar, disminuir o suprimir im 6ten Jahr der Franz. Republik. la leche á las mugeres, &c.

Storchs, Historisch-statistisches Gemälde Practica de Rentas Reales, su administracion des Ruffischen Reichsam Ende des achtzehay cobranza; escrita por Juan de la Ripia en el ten Jahrh. . zter Band. figlo pasado, corregida y aumentada por el Lic. Bridels kleine Fussreise durch die D.D. M I.

Schweitz. 2te Theil. Osmia: tragedia Portuguesa premiada por Beschreibung der Sclavenküste und einiger la Real Academia de las Ciencias de Lisboa y daran gränzenden Staaten. traducida con el possible estudio, &c.

Briefe über den Feldzug in Italien von Las Obras de D. Diego de Torres y Villarael, einein Augenzeugen. Iter Band. tomos II y 12.

Gallerie der Welt, mit einer bildlichen Poesias poftumas de D. Joseph Iglesias de la und beschreibenden Darstellung von merkCasa, Presbitero, dos tomos en 8vo.

wirdigen Ländern, Thieren, Natur und Tratado instructivo y práctico del arte de la Kunsterzeugniffen, &c. Ites Band. tintura, y reglas experimentadas y metodicas Leonhardi's bildliche Voritellung bekanter pora tintar seda, lana, hilo y esparto, &c. Völker nach ihren Kleidertrachten. Sitten

Noticias curiosas sobre el Egipto y reflexfones und Gewohnheiten, &c. políticas, acerca de aquel pais, &c.

Lehre, Geschichte und Kirchenzucht der New publications in Germany in the month of Freunde, die man Quäker nent, entworfen auf January.

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und Verfalls der Völker, nebst einigen BeLebrecht, Siebenburgs Fürsten.

merkungen über Finanz-Systeme, besonders Reise nach den Bad. Oertern Carlsbad, über das bisherige Finanzwesen der Franzosen Eger und Toeplitz im Jahr 1797.

und Britten. Garve Fragmente zur Schilderung des

Imported by H. Efcher. Characters und der Regierung Frederichs II. Engelhard's Abhandlung von der Ruhr. 38. 2. Theile.

Gellner's Sal. Schriften, 2 bande, 6s. Ribbentrops Verfassung des Preuflischen Idyllen und Erzählungen, von Diderot und Cantonswesens.

Geilner, 3s. 60. Ausführliche Beschreibung des Kriegs Reisedurch Egypten und Arabien, 2 bände, schauplatzes zwischen dem Rhein, der Nahe mit Kup: 1779. 155. und der Morel.

Neues polytechnisches Magazin, oder die neuKriegsgeschichte der Stadt und Festung eiten Entdeckungen, 1798. i bande, 4s, 60, Gieffen und der umliegenden Gegenden, Seybold’s Selbstbiographien beruhmter yom 7ten Julius bis gten September 1796,' Manner, 1 bande, 1796. gs. von einem Augenzeugen.

Histprisches Taschenbuch, 1792. Ulmenstein's Pragmatische Geschichte der 6s. 63. Zölle Teutichlands und der teutschen Reiclise Zoll-Gesetze,

Extracts from the Port Folio of a Man of Letters.. THE FIRST OF MAY-(Communicated), whatever plunder they had acquired *.

HENCE originated the celebra- The latter, therefore, should seem to have earliest correspondents to your well-con.

Mr. Tollet conceives the celebration of ducted miscellany (ite Monthly Magazine, May-day to have been derived from our vol. i. p. 29) lays, that "each village in

Gothic ancestors t; and quotes from the absence of the baron at the assembly * Millar on the Englih Gov. ch. vii. In of the nation enjoyed a kind of saturna- other parts of Europe the same reasons were lia : the vallals met upon the common selected for the meetings of the National green, round the May-pole, where they Council. “ In France the vernal meetinss elected a village-lord, or king, as he was were originally in the beginning of March, called, who chose his queen. According

but afterwards, from greater attention to the to most ancient custom the wise men of the

cares of husbandry, they were delayed till the nation assembled twice in the year : the

first of May.” Ibid.

+ See Mr. Tollet's “ Opinion concerning vernal meeting of the wittenagemote was

the Morris Dancers upon bis window" in to resolve upon such expeditions as were Malone's edition of Shakespear, at the end of thought expedient, and the autumnal the first part of King Henry IV. Yol, vi. meeting was for the purpose of dividing p. 263.


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Olaus Magnus, de Gent. Sept. “ that af. In the cantons of Uri, Schweitz, and
ter their long winter, from the beginning Underwalden, each individual (before
of O&ober to the end of April, the the late Revolution) who had attained
northern nations have a custom to wel- the age of 14, forined a member of the
come the returning splendor of the sun sovereignty, who met every year on the
with dancing, and mutually to feast each firit of May, in a general council of the
other, rejoicing that a better season for, nation, in order to form laws and elect
fishing and hunting was approached." magistrates*. The Swiss had to thare
Mr. Tollet proceeds : “ in honour of of Syracusan fpirit, or they would have
May-day the Goths and Southern Swede's commemorated the birth of their inde-
had a mock-battle between summer and pendence, by appoititing the first of Janus
winter, which cereinony is retained in the ary for their general council : it was on
Isle of Man, where the Danes and Nor- the first of January, 1307, that the three
wegians had been for a long time masters." heroes, SLAUFFACH, FURST, and AR-
This mock battie brings to my recollec- NOLD, formed their renowned conspiracy
tion four very descriptive lines on Spring; against the tyrant emperor Albert," and
I quote from memory, and do not recol- liberated their country by seizing and
lect where I met with them; the last line sending out of their territory all their
is, I fear, incorrectly given :

imperial governors."
Winter's witherd clutches hold thee is not the mayor of fome corporation
Doating on thy youthful charms; towns in this kingdom elected on the first
Summer, longing to enfold thec

of May? Pulls thee to bis ardent arms.

HOGARTH. (Communicated.) These lines are not quoted, however, as having any reference io the mock-battle blished his anecdotes, in which he has in

In the year 1780, Mr. Walpole pub. of the Goths : the poet doubtless meant troduced Hogarth's catalogue and chamerely to represent the uncertain softness racter. The volume printed at Strawof the season; the alternation of mild airs berry Hill

, he (with the preceding part of and pinching frosts which characterizes his work) presented to Mrs. Hogarth. the youth of the year : Thomson says of The books were accompanitd with the Spring,

following handsome apology for his stricAs yet the trembling year is unconfirm'd,

tures on the genius of her husbandt.
And winter oft at eve resumes the brecze,
Chills the pale morn, and bids his driving * See Miss Williams's Tour in Switzer-

Deform the day delightless.

† The reader will think that fucli affertions
Mr. Tollet's account of the origin of as the following, demanded an apology.
May-sports is plausible: if it were potti. “ His (Hogarth's) works are his history;
ble that the present celebration of them as a painter be bad but slender merit.-In co-
were at all connected with the following louring, be proved 19 greater a master; his
circumstance, the May-pole might in force lay in expression, not in tints and
deed be called the tree of liberty. After the chiaro scuro.". Anec. of Painting, vol. iv. p. 160.
Syracusans had obtained their celebrated have written the foregoing lines, after hav.

How was it possible for Mr. Walpole to victory over the Athenians, a tree was ing seen the pictures of Marriage a la Mode! hung round with arms by way of trophy ;

Supplement to Hogarth Illuitrated, by Jahn this formality was annually repeated in Ireland, volume 3d, and last. Syracuse in commemoration of the de

Another proof of Hogarth's uncommon liverance, and the custom has descended powers, as a painter, has appeared fince the from generation to generation for more publication of the volume from which the than 2200 years ! The folemn procession above letter is extracted. On the death of a has ceased, but a tree is erected on the widow lady in the parish of St. James's, Wettfirst of May before the senate-house, and minster, it being necessary to remove the during the whole month no man is al- goods from the house which she inhabited, lowed to arrett a debtor. A few years twelve paintings from Butler's Hudibras,"

there were found hanging upon the stair-cafe ago, those citizens who were at that time which, on being cleared from the dirt that had under arrest were set free, that they might been accumulating upon them for more than partake of the public joy, and endeavour half a century, exhibited evident and interto satisfy their creditors *.

nal evidence of being the first thoughts for

the twelve prints which were engraved by * See Holcroft's translation of Count that great artist, and published in the year Stolberg's Travels through Germany, &c. 1726. vol. ii. page 458.

The pictures have been removed to Mr.





1799.] Extracts from the Port-folio of a Man of Letters.

225 To Mrs. HOGARTH.

The following specimens of tragedy Berkeley-Square, 087. 4, 1780.

are l'emarkable.

The king in the play

exclaims, " Mr. Walpole begs Mrs. Hogarth's acceptance of the volume that accompanies this By all the ancient gods of Rome and Greece, letter, and hopes she will be content with I love my daugliter-better than my niece. his endeavours to do justice to the genius of If any one should ask the reason why, Mr. Hogarth. If there are some pallages less I'd tell them-nature makes the strongest tie. agreeable to her than the rest, Mr. Walpole

Again: will regard her disapprobation only as marks of the goodness of her heart, and proofs of Call up my guards ! call them up every one ! her affection to her husband's memory,-but If you don't call all-you'd as good call none ! the will, he is sure, be so candid as to allow Again : for the duty an historian owes to the public And the tall trees stand circling in a row! and to himself, which obliges him to say what he thinks; and which when he obeys, his praise is corroborated by his censure. The first page of his preface will more fully

The fingular distractions of mind of make his apology; and his juft admiration of the Comte de Brancas, the prototype of Mr. Hogarth, Mr. Walpole Aatters himself Bruyere's Absent Man, are noticed in will, notwithstanding his impartiality, still Curiosities of Literature. But there is a rank him in Mrs. Hogarth's mind as one circumstance related of La Fontaine by of her husband's molt zealous and sincere Furetiere, which, if it be true, is more friends."

singular than any other of the kind. Furetiere fays, that La Fontaine attended the

burial of one of his friends, and some TRAGIC POETRY.

time afterwards he went to visit him, and In the infancy of the tragic art in our

was, at first, shocked at the information country the bowl and dagger were confidered as instruments of a sublime pa- surprise, he said " It is true, now I

of his death, till, recovering from his thos; and tite “DIE ALL," and "DIE remember I went to his burial ! NOELY,” of the exquisite and affecting tragedy of Fielding, were frequently re

KEN. alised in our popular dramas. Thomas

Ken, who was deprived of his bishopric Goff

, who wrote several tragedies in the of Bath and Wells, by King William, reign of James I. concludes the firft part for refusing the new oath of allegiance, of his Selimus, emperor of the Turks, retired and devoted hiihself to literary by promising a second, in the following pursuits. He composed an Epic of 13 lines :

books. He had a very lively taste for " If this first part, gentles ! do like you music and poetry, and sang a hymn every well,

morning to his lute, which he had comThe second part, shall greater murthers pored the preceding evening. It seems, tell.”

that this chaunting of hymns was less an

expression of his piely, than an exhalation John Ireland's, No. 3, Poet's Corner, Pa- of his bile, and a foother of his political lace Yard, where they have been seen by disappointment. He thus alludes to his many of the bett judges of the works of Ho- custom : garth, who almost unanimously agree, that Eased of my facred load, I live content ; no other artist could have marked the charac- In kymns, not in disputes, my passion vent. ters with equal spirit. The dirt, with which they have been so long covered, has, in some degree, been a preservation, as they have escaped the repeated ravages of picture

Cardinal Barberini going one day to cleaners. The drawing is accurate, the co

inspect the curious library of one Moulouring fingularly harmonious--ind, in two tier, Pamphilio (afterwards a cardinal or three of the scenes, which are by torch and a pope) accompanied hiin, with light, splendid, and superior to Schalcken. many other prelates and gentlemen. They display a strong proof of the progreffive Pamphilio could not resist the temptation improvement of genius, for the last fix, are, of purloining secretly a little scarce book, in every seípect, superior to those which pre- written against the court of Rome. This, cede them in the series.

he very adroitly flipped into his pocket, Sir Joshua Reynolds, and many of our first without considering that he had to do artists, as well as Hogarth, continued im- with a very fiery and resolute man. As proving until the last

cardinal Barberini, in entering the liMONTHLY MAG. No,'XLIII.





brary, had answered for all his train, cussion of mere abstract truths, and that he kept his word stricter than Pamphilio diurnal knowledge which comes home to had imagined he would ; for before leav our bofoms. ing the library he himself fhut the door, and said to Moutier-Now we are all A satirift wrote a poem against l'Amhere, see if your books are right, that bigu, or the ambiguous. By this title afterwards there may arise no complaint. he described the brother of the cardinal Moutier running over the books with Perrun. There is great humour in this his hands and eyes, discovered that one satirical fancy. He says, one cannot was missing.- Search then, cried the car- decide whether it were day or night when dinal, every one of us. All willingly he came into the world. He was born an offered themselves but Pamphilio, who hermaphrodite ; and the midwife, when would not suffer the other to approach he was born, cried to his motherhim. Sufpicion was confirined. Mou- Madain! your fon I think is a daughter, tier and Pamphilio came to blows; but or your daughter is a son. He was Pamphilio, bony and robust as he was, named Lyfisque, that the ambiguity of got himself so entangled with his long his name might not denote his fex. He robes that he had the worst of the match; has lately given the public a work ; but, and the book was at lergth diawn out of notwithstanding this he is no author, be, his pocket. Shame in his face, and fore cause it is a mere trantlation. ness in his limbs-he from that moment formed a project of continued persecution to the Barberini family, and the hatred The Handel of F:ance, whenever he

which he always testified against the told a story, of which generally he had | crown of France, during the ten years always one at hand, was obliged to

of his pontificate, is attributed to this mount on a stool, or at least to stand up, circumstance. Under the name of In- that he might have room for gesticulanocent X. he expelled that family froin tion and action, as if he had been beatRome.

ing measure ; and had so contracted the

hitit, that he could not speak for any It was a quaint but not unmeaning length without it. He would, says conceit of this excellent satirift, when he Fmetiere, fuiffer any raillery or abuse divided his fatires into two claffes-tooth- without resentment; but if he were told less and biting satires. He has published his music was bad, he used to say, that thein in fix books. The three first he he should not mind to kill any man who calls toothless, being a subje&t “poetical, dared to condemn his works, of which, academical, and moral ;" the three last, he said, he was too studious, and too relating to objects of common life, he zealous in his study, to admit, that any has entitled biting.--He has thus very one but an artist, could decide on; not, happily discriminated the different in- however (he added), that I can expeét terests ordinary readers taste in the dif- truth from the mouth of a rival.



REVIEW OF NEW MUSICAL PUBLICATIONS. THE first Rudiments on the Pianc-forte, ac learn without being sensible of his own

cording to an approved method of teach- labour, and avoid those obstructing thorns ing beginners, containing an explanatory intro and brambles which impede the impeduction, and a series of progressive lifjirs and

tuous practitioner. He lays nothing beforatinas, by A. F. C. Kollman, Organist of fore his scholar without a clear and fuffi. bis Mojefly's German Chapel, St. James's.

cient explanation ; and he leads him proMr. Kollman, in his introduction to gressively through the several branches of this useful work, properly observes, that the fcience. His directions for fitting at “ it is very difficult fo to instruct a be- the instrument are favourable to an easy ginner, that, on the one hand, he fall and elegant performance ; and his rules not be detained from the keys, and be- for the position of the hands, and the orcome disgusted with the preparatory study; dering of the fingers, are evidently the nor, on the other, be prematurely put to result of much good understanding and the instrument.” This judicious medium experience. His exercises are examples he has happily succeeded in attaining; to his own precepts, and, practised with and, as he himself observes, the pupil, a proper attention, cannot fail to ease and by a dụe oblervation of his rules, may facilitate the progress of the scholar.


great drum.

1799.] Review of New Musical Publications.

227 Six Original German Walizes for the piano-forte, written in compliment to Captain Mort

with an accompaniment for a triangle and lock, on his brave content with two ladies' tamburins, dedicated to the Princess of French luggers, is let by Mr. Sanderson Wales, by James Sanderson. 55.

in a bold and inaiterly style. The melody

Thompson. is perfectly in character with she fubject Mr. Sanderson has employed his ima of the words, and exhibits the lively and gination in this fashionable species of spirited conceștion of this ingenious comcomposition with much success. Confi

poser. dering the invariable metre to which such a work necessarily confines the fancy of Je ne m'en souci pas, a dret, sung by Mrs.

Mountain and Miss Sims, at the Theatre Royal, the composer, the melodies are confider

Covent Garden, in the entertainment of an ably variegated, and afford to each other

Escape into Prijon. The words by Mr. Cross, more relief than we generally find in such

and the music composed by Mr. Reeves. a collection. The triangle and tambu

Long man and Clementi. rino are judicioully employed, and display « Je ne m'en souci pas”, possesses a much of that knowledge of instrumental pleasing cast of melody; and the parts, combination which the composer is to though inartificially combined, move well known to possess.

with tolerable ease and consonance. We No. I. of the Ladies' Elegant Companion, con

are sorry to have to observe that the bass fisting of a new song, with a harp accompani- is frequently ill chofen, and in more ment, a duet for two voices, and a ladies' places than one exhibits the folecism of glee. Each Number 3s.

two consecutive fifths in the same direction, Goulding, Phipps, and D'Almaine.

God save the King, and Rule Britannia, arThe firit article in this engaging col ranged for a Military Band, by J. Jouve. Is. Jection is a song called, " The Rose on the

Rolfe. Heath,composed by the late J. Danby, Mr. Jouve has scored these popular the merit of which renders it worthy of airs for clarinets, flutes, horns, bassoons, its ingenious author. The duet, the a serpent, a cimbal, and the words of which are from Peter Pin- The scales and characters of these milidar, is by Mazzinghi. The melody is tary inftruments have been well consulted, pleasing and natural, and the parts har- and the parts, as we here find them dismonize with science and effect. The la- posed, are calculated to produce a truly dies' glee is from the pen of Danby, and martial effect. in every respect characteristic of his lively The Christian's glorious Triumph, Pope's celeand agreeable style of composition. The brated Odle, the dying Christian to his Soul. contents of the second Nunber of this ju Set to music for a single voice and piano-forte, dicious assemblage of vocal harmony we

by J. Marth.

Rolfte Thail notice in our next.

This fine ode of Pope has freequently The Wijn, a canzonet, composed by J. Am- exercised the talents of our harmonic brore.

Riley. countrymen , but has always proved an With the present effort of this improve arduous undertaking. The present ating composer we are much fatisfied. 's The tempt, however, though not equal to the With” is comprized in two movements; effort of Jackton, of Exeter, on the same the first of which is in 2-4!hs andante, subject, is respectable, and gives the and poffelles many engaging and novel sense of the author with confiderable force paffages. The second movement is in God save the King, with variations, comcon mon time, and forms a itrikingly poled and inscribed to Mijs Morrell, by Joseph plealing contrast to the first. The arpeg Major.

Rolfe. gio accompaniment, with which it com Mr. Major has displayed much taste mences, heightens the effect of the melody; and ingenuity in these variations. It is and, while the introduction of the bells is no small praise to compare them with creditable to the judgment of the author, those of Bach, which do so much credit the manner in which he has executed the to the abilities of that celebrated master. idea evinces much sweetnels of fancy. The theme is closely adhered to, and the A novel effect is deduced from an old le. patrages lie well under the finger, while fort, and the monotonous jingle of the the effect gradually rises upon the ear, common place changes ingeniously avoided. and evinces much conception and judgThe Woolverine Gun-viljel, or England's Tribute

to Captain Morilock, written by W. Swords, The Curricle Bonnet, a nemu song, written by Mr. And set to music by J. S. Sanderson.

Fox, and compojed by Moulds. is.

Holland and Jones. This song, the words of whicla are Considering the barren subjet and pro,

IS. 6d.


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