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I. Retrospection ; or, a Review of Charles Martel, A. D. 700, to Char-
the most striking and important lemagne, A. D. Soo.-XIII. From
under Tangrolipix 1000, to the Time
Century, A.D. 1150.--XVII. To
from 1492, to 1525.-V. Popes, and mind, who having collected all other European Princes, to A. D. facts together, prefents them a 1550.--!). Progress of Science, Pro. obicet of Retrospection to the public!
of those who turn them over, how greis of Discovery, and Turkish En. pire reviewed, from 1550 to 1600. dílerent, how numerous will be the
centures! while cach expects his fa-VII. Italy, Germany, Spain, Eng- vourite hero, his beft-remembered inland, France, and the North-Pro- cident, to be dilated and brought forgress of Reformation-From A. D. ward; instead of which, others per1550 to 1600.-VIII. First Portion bape appear, and take the lead. of the seventeenth Century; its Ef.
« Different obfervers attach to every fects on England, Scotland, Holland,
obie&t different degrees of importance. France, and Portigal; with a Skeich Taking a country walk one day in a of the Changes in common Life, and remote province, the fteward advised Progress of Science.--IX. Portugal, tree. • Oh! cried out a gentleman in
speedy r:moval of an ugly ftag-horned Perlia, India, China, Turkey, Africa, acompany who was taking views-'pray and Rome, to 1650.-X. Sweden, • spare the favourite feature in my Germany, France, and America, landscape.!-- You have been, Sir, a down to 1650.--XL Great Britain friend to the diftreffed,' said another only, to 1659.-XII, France, Spain, of our party, who professed natural Sweden, Italy, from 1650 to 1700.
philosophy, in faving from the axe ----XII. E ft, west, and North,
*those old dry boughs; for there are from. 1650 to 1700—-Progress of birds which will not perch among Science, Manners, &c.---XIV. Spain, horned tree like this, their seat of
thick foliage, making rather a ftag. Purtugal, Germany, Holland, and
delight all summer.' Great Britain, from 1650 to 1700. " This conversation has come ofter -XV. Sweden, Denmark, Poland, to my mind; but the die is now caft, Ruslia, and Turkev, from 1700 to and complaints are vain. If, however, 1725.-+-XVI. France, England, I should have made improper choice of Spain, Holland, Italy and Auftria, facts, and if I thall be found at length from 1900 to 1725.--XVII. Ame
most to resemble Maister Fabyan of rica, Asia, Africa, and general Sketch old, who writing the Life of Henry V. of Improvements in Europe, from cock set up on St. Paul's steeple during
tays heaviest stress on a new weather1725 to 1750.-XVIII. Sketch of that eventful reign; my book muit the Situation of Austria, Turkey, fhare the fate of his, and be like that Ruffia, France, and Italy, from 1725 forgotten : reminding, before its death 80 1750.---XIX. Great Britain, Ire- perhaps, a friend or two, of a poor land, and America, from 1750 to man living in later times, that Dr. 1780.-XX. Sketch of the Situation Johnson used to tell us of; who being of Portugal, Spain, France, Italy,
advised to take subscriptions for a new and Germany, from 1750 to 1780. geographical dictionary, haftened to --XXI. Review of Transactions in
Bolt Court and begged advice. There, the East and North, from 1750 to hour, " Ah, but, dear Sir !' exclaimed
having listened carefully for half an 1780.-XXII. General Retrospect, the admiring parafite, if I am to make from 1780 to 1790.-XXIII. Sketch all this eloquent ado about Athens of Events from 1790 to 1796)..-- and Rome, where thall we find place XXIV. Last four Years of the Cen- do you think for Richmond or Airtury, from 1796 to 1800.
la-Chapelle?' The perplexity was
laughable enough: yet such are the EXTRACT FROM THE PREFACE.
perplexities of a compiler; and for a
mere compilation stretched to two «'IF the Rambler is right when quanto volumes, the apology muft be he says, " That no man ever ob- a lerious one. It will be found how• tains more from his most zealous en- ever, but among things and situations deavours, than a painful conviction fo far from laughable and ludicrous, of his own defects,' how strongly that they appear even awfully imprefmuft that conviction press upon her five.
" To an suf profound peace and they settled, and Caswallon then abliterary qui Thould have considered tained (fome fay) the appellation of "! Tuch an 'abridgment as infulting: to Draco Infularum.' I thought the dra
our difturbed and busy days abridg- gon crest and perhaps rouge dragon had ments only can be useful. No one has been derived from him; but Pennant, leisure to read better books. Young peo- who best knows such matters, brings ple are called out to act before they them from Uther Pendragon: he has know, before they could have learned himfelf a right to bear it, as I have how those have acted who have lived read or heard, deriving his long-traced before them. Hiftory is voluminous, lineage from Vortigern; and it should and fashionable extracts are so perpe- seem that dragons were not new to the tually separated from each other by world after crufading times, by this; veries or by essays, that they leave little though Warton thinks they were. Yet trace of information on the mind: a 't is hard to believe, because Erfeia natural consequence, and manifest dis. Brixia gaye it for an enign in carly advantage attendant upon all felec- days, if we believe the testimony of tions, where no one thing having any Rubæųs. Be this as it may, science reference to another thing, each loses had certainly begun to dawn among much of its effeet by ftanding com- the barbarous nations; and a faint dif. pletely insulated from all the rest. Our tant light, as Rome began roiing back work, though but a frontispiece and towards opacity, might be discerned ruin, contains between the two fóre to promise day among the Goths, fhaded drawings, such as we find in
when Athanaricus, the Cecrops of mo. rudiments of painting, and will, like dern ages, fixing in Thrace, encou. 1
them, be good for young beginners. raged Ulphilus, an Arian bifi.op, to Perhaps too, those who long ago have invent runic characters, and had the read, and long ago defifted from read- satisfaction of feeing thofe arts of civiing histories well known, may like to lization fown, which were destined to please their fancies with the Retrospet revive after the grand deluge of darkof what they feel connected in their ness, urged onwards by the Huns and minds with youthful study, and that Vandals, should be dried off. But befweet remembrance of early-dawning fore then the timid Valens was conknowledge on the foul.” P. ii. sumed in a small house he had retired
to from rage of war, which foon pur
sued him there and burned with fire. EXTRACTS.
His rugged coileague Valentinian died THE FOURTH CENTURY, FROM CON,
in an agony of paffion, bursting a
blood-seffel with his own violence at STANTINE TO THEODOSIUS.
seeing himself forced to receive ambar“WHILST enervate softness marked fadors from savage leaders of armies he the East, a rougher scenery displayed at once despised and feared; but have itself in Scotland, whence Eugenius ing associated Gratian bis fon and fucand Euthodius were cruelly thrust out, cetfor, the loss was felt the less; while and exiled to perish with hunger in the furious Maximin, a name that ever Idle of Man; till Romachus, the petty calls to mind ideas of tyranny, ruled tyrant of Caledonia, having offended but a little while. One of these femi. his barons by this act of treason against barbarous emperors, I forget which, had youths of a royal blood, they cut his for his favourites two shapeless bears, "head off, carrying it in triumph' upon probably less ferocious than himself; a pike's end, according to the true and excellent at ridding their master fpirit of such irregular and turbulent of friends or of petitioners he liked times. The fons, meanwhile, of Cy- not. That nothing may appear imnetha Weledig, whose mother Givawl* poflible, I can myself recollect hearing was fifter to St. Helena, ruled on the of a country gentleman residing in Ahaggy top of Mona high, where the Lancashire or Cheshire some threescore Loegrian Britons had retired from years ago, who had the fame tatte of fury and encroachment of the Saxon domestic amusement; and wher, more chiefs; having first cleared the island wine was called for than he vithed to from piratic rovers from the Irish coaft, give, “ Call Dolly in,' said he, ' to *“ Gwawl means. Giulia, Julia, Juliana: the Gillian of our English ballads."