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a digression concerning hair-breadth escapes, and (however oddly it may seem to be introduced) a sketch of the antient hiftory of Ireland; in which the Author hath shewn either a great deal of reading, or a great deal of invention, or both together : but, to return to his journey.

After paffing and re-paffing fuch horrible heights, and difmal descents, as were enough to have frighted not only Mr. Buncle, but Mr. Belzebub himfelf, out of his wits, he arrives at ' a pretty hermitage, in an open plaint, like a ring, and

go{ ing up to it, found the skeleton of a man. He lay on a

couch, in an inward room, without any covering, and the « bones were as clean and white, as if they had come from

the surgeon's hands. The pismires, to be sure, had eaten off the Hesh, Who the man was, a paper lying on the table, in a strong box, informed me. It was called the case of $ John Orton. A copy of this paper follows; and it contains the history of the life of said Orton: who, according to this his own account, had been a moft profligate, abandoned fel. low: but being converted by a sort of miracle, had retired to this out-of-the-way place, to spend the rest of his days in solitary penitence, and to add one wonder to the list of the many Itrange ones which Mr. Buncle was to meet with among hills of Stanmore..

Our Author was so affected with this adventure, that he began to entertain thoughts of ending his days also in this folitary place. Accordingly, having, fans ceremonie, taken poffeßion of all the goods and chattels of the late Mr. Orton, of which an exact inventory is given, he falls to planning his scheme of life, and a most romantic and pretty one it is: but for the particulars, we refer to his book. One thing, however, must not be passed over, as it cannot fail to make the Reader smile. Mr. Buncle, it seems, thought it incumbent upon him being fo well paid for it, by making himself heir to the deceased) to beltow a decent interment on the bones of Mr. Orton ; all but the skull: " which,' says he, • I kept, ç and still keep, on my table, for a memento mori; and that I

may never forget the good lesson which the Percipient, who

once resided in it, had given. It is often the subject of my & meditation. When I am alone of an evening, in my closet,

which is often my case, I have the skull of John Orton before me, and as I smoke a philosophic pipe, with my eyes fastened on it, I learn more from the folemm object, than I 4 could from the most philosophical and laboured speculations. & What a wild and hot head once: how cold and still now; poor skull, I lay; and what was the end of all thy daring

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vere and bitter repentance. In piety and goodness, John Ore "ton found at last that happiness the world could not give chim. There is no real felicity for man, but in reforming ( all his errors and vices, and entering upon a strict and con• stant course of virtue. This only makes life comfortable; < renders death serene and peaceful; and secures eternal joy 6 and blessedness hereafter. Such are the lessons I extract from the full of John Orton.'

For the manner of our Author's quitting Orton's hermitage; his meeting with a wonderful cave; his falling in with a la ciety of philosophers, in the wilds of Stanmore; his curious microscopical observations; his account of several uncommon books; his ascent through the inside of a mountain, from the bottom to the top; his arrival and extraordinary entertainment at Mr. Harcourt's; his working the Athanafians, in a flaming discourse concerning religion, delivered to Miss Harcourt; his fine account of that extraordinary young lady; his return to the philofophical society, by a strange and dangerous way; the odd manner of his stumbling upon the dwelling of his friend Mr. Turner ; with an hundred other notable adventures, till his accidental meeting again with Miss Melmoth, and marriage with that peerless beauty ;--for all these we refer to the book: of which, however, we must not take leave, without giving one other short extract from it. We have, in our accounts of this volume, and of the Memoirs of several Ladies, presented our Readers with a sketch of this Author's character and performances, as a Divine, Phi, Josopher, Poet, and Knight-errant; but we have not yet brought them acquainted with his capacity as a Mathematician. For a fpecimen, however, of his talent in this branch of learning, we fhall add the following new method of drawing tangents to curves, as it is much more concise than the common way.

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one side of the equation ; then y3 = --*3-**+*y, -a3 ta ay-aa x taxt-ayg: but if the greatest power of y be wanting, the terms must be put = o.

« Then make a fraction and numerator; the numerator, by taking all the terms, wherein the known quantity is, with all their signs; and if the known quantity be of one dimension, to prefix unity, and of two, 2, if of three, 3, and you will have 3 a3 + 2.a ay — 2 aa x + a x x - ay ý :

• The fraction, by affuming the terms wherein the abscissa x occurs, and retaining the signs, and if the quantity x be of one dimension, to prefix unity, as above, etc, etc;' and then it will be 3* 2 * xy + xyy a a x + 2 a **: then diminith each of these by x, and the denominator will be 3*,*

2 x y tyy aa + 22,4. « This fraction is equal to A B, and therefore is — 323 + 2 aa y 2 a axtax*— ayy

- 3** - 2xy +yyaat z a x. • In this easy way may the tangents of all geometrical curves be exhibited ; and I add, by the same method, if you are skilful, may

the tangents of infinite mechanical curves be determined.' We have extracted the above method of our Author's, not only as a specimen of his mathematical talents, but as it may be of use to those who are not well acquainted with the doctrine of Auxions; such, however, who have made some progress in that noble branch of science, may possibly prefer the following very concise and easy rule.

Find the fuxionary value of the abscissa from the equation expresfing the nature of the curve: multiply this Auxionary value by y the ordinate ;, and divide this last product by j, the fluxion of the fame ordinate. Or, which is the same thing, in the room of j, in the fluxionary value of the subtangent, substitute the fluent itself, and the result, in either case, will be the value of the fubtangent in the terms of the first given equation.

At the end of this book is an advertisement, concerning a fecond volume of Mr. Buncle's life; which we shall be glad to see, whenever the ingenious writer shall think fit to publish it; for though he may be, as himself candidly intimates, Preface, p. ix. fomewhat of an odd man, he is nevertheless a respectable man. Whatever are his imperfections, his whims, and peculiarities, as an Author, this will, perhaps, be found incontestible, viz. That he is master of a vast compass of literary knowlege; that his learning is very considerable ; his invention prodigious; his imagination, for the most part, grand and elevated; his stile and spirit, free and manly ; and

his design, throughout his whole performance, benevolent to wards men, and pious towards God. In fine, as he is truly original in all things, inimitable in fome, and despicable in none; fo his very faults seem to be only the deviations of a great genius, a little warped.

Travels through Germany, Bohemia, Hungary, Switzerland,

Italy, and Lorrain, &c. By John George, Keysler, F.R.S. &c. Vol. IId. 4to. 125. Linde.

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N our Number for May laft, we gave a view of the first

volume of this valuable work; to which we'prefixed a Thort account of Mr. Keyfler, its learned and judicious Author :- a further mention of whom may now be added, from the English Editor's Preface to the whole.

This worthy German, we find, was born in 1689, at Thurnau, a town belonging to the Counts of Giech. His father, who was of the Count de Giech's Council, took extraordinary care of his education. His early years were not idly spent in the usual diffipations of youth; on the contrary, he was so well fixed in the principles of religion, that he never was carried away by the torrent of Libertinism, or tainted by the prevalence of custom, or fashion. His inclination for learning was visible very early, and he received his first instructions under the best masters that could be procured. When at the university of Hall, he grew fond of the Civil Law; but was not so attached to it, as to neglect the Latin, Greek, and Hebrew Languages, History, Antiquities, and, in fine, the whole circle of the Sciences.

Mr. Keysler's abilities were foon distinguished; and, on his leaving the univerfity, an honourable field' was opened to him, for the exercise of his talents, in quality of Preceptor to the two young Counts of Giech-Buchau; with whom, in 1713, he returned to Hall; and afterwards attended them in their travels; and nothing could have happened more agreeable to Mr. Keysler's inclination of knowing the world from his own experience.

The firft place of note they visited, was Utrecht; where Mr. Keyfler contracted an intimate acquaintance with the learned Professor Reland; who persuaded him to put in execution a design, of which he had before entertained fome thoughts, viz, the writing an accurate History of the Antiquities of his own country,

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Leaving Utrecht, Mr. Keyfler attended his young Pupils through the chief cities of Germany, France, and the Ne therlands ; and, wherever he came, he failed not to gain fome literary acquisition; and he always bestowed his attention on such objects, as not only made him the wiser, but the bet

His acquaintance with books was of confiderable advantage to him, in visiting public and private libraries, and focieties of learned men. Bandolet, Montfaucon, and other celebrated persons in France, departing from their prejudices against the

Germans, heartily joined in friendship with a man, of whose abilities, particularly as an Antiquarian, they had entertained the highest opinion, grounded on full experience of the excellence to which he had attained, in that branch of science.

On his return with his Pupils, so high an idea was conceived of his qualifications for such an important trust, and he was spoken of, in such honourable terms, to Baron Bernftorf, Firft Minister to his Britannic Majelty, as Elector of Brunswic-Lunenburg, that this Nobleman gladly committed to him the education of his grandson, a youth of the greatest hopes and the happy, consequences have thewn, that no person could have been more worthy of the Baron's choice. His talent of insinuating himfelf into the affections of young persons of quality, and reftraining their natural impetuosity, and love of pleasure, by delicate remonftrances, delivered with great mildness and cordiality, appeared with the greater ad vantage, as proceeding from a mind, actuated by virtue, and undillembled religion, and a singular disinterestedness in the discharge of his duty. These were the Jaudable means by which he lo established himself in the favour of this noble family, that the two brothers, one of whom is Gentle, man of the Bed-chamber to the King of Denmark, and the other, the present Baron Bernstorf, rewarded this worthy guide of their youth, with extraordinary liberality; the fruits of which he enjoyed to the day of his death.

In 1718, Mr. Keyfler made a voyage to England; to which, whatever other commissions he might execute, he gave the appearance of a philosophical journey; and the same free access to learned societies, by which he had reaped such great advantages in France, and the Low Countries, render, ed London and Oxford highly agreeable to him. A signal proof of the esteem he acquired in England, is, that he was unanimously chosen a Member of the Royal Society; an ho. nour which he particularly owed to a learned Effay De Dea Nehalennia numine veterum Walachrorum topice : in which

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