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1 HA11-YOR! Historical Chronicle. For the YEAR MDCCXCVII

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VOLUME LXVII.

PART THE SECOND

PRODESSE ET DELECTAREA

E PLURIBUS UNUM.

By SYL V A NUS URBAN, Gent.

LONDON, Printed by JOHN NICHOLS,

at Cicero's Head, Red Ljon Palage, Fleet-Street; where LETTERS are particularly requeited to be sent, Post PAID.

And sold by ELIZABETH NEWBERY, the Corner of St. Paul's Church Yard, Ludgate-Street. 1797

ON COMPLETING HIS SIXTY-SEVENTH VOLUME.

URBAN, another fleeting year
On us has clos'd its mild career :
The Century's end itself is near.,

Yet what is TIME—an empty name,
Compar'd with endless Being's claim,
Endl is renown, or endless thame!

Still, URBAN, thy revolving page
Must every serious mind engage,
And live esteem'd through every age.

Thy judgement culls the waried stores
Industrious Literature explores
On British or on foreign shores ;

To all thy British spirit speaks ;
While War around its fury wreaks,
Europe takes democratic freaks.

While War embrues th' enfanguin'd plains,
Our annals bloodless Discord stains,
And partially of Tax complains,

Britons, your Wealth's increasing tide
Can never sure be unsupply'd,
While conquering Chiefs your Navy guide!

Benevolence, with aspect bland,
And Loyalty, shall guard your land;

her source with liberal hand.
· While patriot honours round thee crowd,
URBAN, in merit ever proud,
To praise thee may I be allow'd.

Crown'd with applause, thy conscious breast,
Where stricteft honour stands confeft,
Taltes full reward of virtuous rest.

Intrepid Spirit, Conscience clear,
Open once more another year,

Nor e'er thine own OBITUARY fear.
Dec. 31, 1797

R. G.

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*** From Mr. Bent's Meteorological Journal of 1797 it appears, that the fall of rain was 25 inches, above one half more than in 1796 ; of which quantity more than 19 inches fell between April and September, and above 9 of those in the months of June and September. The following remarkable circumstance is also noted-By the general bill of mor. tality for 1797 there is a decrease in burials of 2274; but it is worthy of observation, that the total amount of burials in the small-pox is only 522, while in the year 1796 the number was 3548, making a difference

026; therefore, setting aside this disease, mure appear to have died 97 than in the preceding year.

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