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393 Antient Anecdotes.-Evangelical Illiberality. [May, their present critical circumstances, a continued gallantly fighting, until, most certain proof of her affection exhausted with fatigue and loss of for him ; as she was desirous of as blood, he fell amid a heap of enemies certaining by actual experiment, with killed with his own hand.His shield what degree of fortitude she could was found pierced with one hundred bear to inflict op herself a death. and twenty'arrow-shots, according to wound, if he should unfortunately Valerius, (Lib. 3, 2, 23)—or two bunfail in the execution of his perilous dred and tweoty, as the dumber apenterprise.--Lib. 3, 2, 15.

pears in the text of Cæsar, (Bell. Civ. A remarkable example of martial 3, 53) where it is further recorded, prowess and good fortune was Sici that ihe brave defenders of the fort nius Dentatus, a Roman soldier *. produced to their general about thirty This hero had fought in one hud thousand arrows, discharged into it dred and twenty battles—thirty-six by Pompey's party in the course of a times returned laden with the spoils few hours; and that the gallant of so many enemies slain with his Scæva recovered from his wounds, own hand-eigbt of whom he killed and was honourably rewarded and in single combat, on challenge, in the promoted. (To be continued.) sight of both armies.-He saved, in various battles, the lives of fourteen Mr. URBAN, Gloucester, May 6. fellow-citizens.-He received fortyfive wounds, all in the breast, not your Review, p. 338, some just one behind.-Nine times be marched commendations on a Pamphlet writ. in proud procession behind the car of ten by the Rev. James Plumtre, triumph : on the last of which joyous which speaks in bigh terms of the occasions, he displayed the following British Stage.

Its influence over the numerous collection of honorary pre Morals and Manners of the People at sents, received from his different ge.. large, hath been generally admitted nerals, as the meeds of valour-Eight by all ranks and professions in 80golden crowns, fourteen civict, three ciety; and, under these recommenmural t, one obsidional t-one hun. dations, it was constantly supported dred and eighty-three collars or neck by the countenance, in every sense of chains-one hundred and sixty brace the word, of our late excellent Mo. lets -- eighteen spears - twenty-five narch George the Third. phalerce --In recording these parti There are, however, some simple Qulars, Valerius assures the reader, fanatics, and Ultra-divines, who bold that they were all well attested by Plays, Players, and Play-houses in authors worthy of credit.-Lib. 3, 2, utter abomination : - a remarkable, 24.

and almost incredible instance of To this notice of Sicinius let me which occurred lately in this city ; add that of Scæva, a centurion in Cæ- when a Meeling of inhabitants was sar's arniy during the civil war with called, to consider on measures of Pompey.- In the defence of a small relief for the Poor, then suffering fort or bastion against a very superior under extreme Cold, and many libeforce, potwithstanding several other ral contributions were accepted. But, wounds and the loss of one eye, Scæva upon the respectable Manager of the * Sicinius supposed by some com

Theatre making an offer of the promentators to be the same with Siccius, duce of an evening's performance for who was basely assassivated by order of the support of his sinking fellowthe Decemviri, about the year of Rome creatures, a certain young scion of 300, as recorded by Livy, Lib. 3, 43. the new evangelical tree attempt

+ Civic, Mural, Obsidional Crown. ed to paralyze this hand of benevoFew of your Readers require to be in. lence, by scornfully rejecting it as formed that the Civic crown was conferred held out from an unwortby body!on him who saved a fellow-citizen's life in battle—the Mural crown, on bim who first objection, against permitting one bu

I need scarcely add, that this singular scaled the enemy's wall-he Obsidional, on him who compelled the enemy to raise

man being to assist another, and arisa siege.

ing from illiberal, ill-fouoded, and Phalere.-Commentators not being unchristian-like prejudice, met with agreed on the subject of those ornaments, no encouragement but from those en. when intended for the horseman himself, joying similar feelings and tenets. and not for his horse, I leave the Latin A VERY OLD CORRESPONDENT. name as I found it.

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1820.) Caledonian Cunal.-Bp. Bagot.-Classical Literature. 393 Mr. URBAN, Inverness, Jan. 1. to exalt the character of the other. BEG to send a Drawing of Scenery, The late Dr. Townson, who pub.

which will, no doubt, interest lished his valuable Discourses on the many Readers of your , Magazine ; Gospels when Bishop Bagot, whom the front of the drawing is the Ba- be had known from his infancy, was sin of the Caledonian Canal (taken Dean of Christ Church, presented a from the North side of the Basin) copy of the work to each of the sowith the Wharf, and Muirtown Bridge, cieties, Magdalen and Christ Church, and four Locks. (see Plate 1.) The of which he had been member, with Hill marked with four birds, is that appropriate inscriptions in each. In of Tomnahurich (or Fairy Hill) very the copy given to Christ Church this remarkable for its insolated situation was written : " For the Library of and curious shape ;—the Hill on the Christ Church ; in which College he other side, marked with two birds, bad the happiness of beginning his is Craig Phatrick, famous for its vi- academical studies ; and to which he trified Fort, upon which subject many gratefully wishes perpetual prospeessays have been written, and pub- rity, under a succession of Deans as lished ; below this hill is the house worthy to preside as the present." of Muirtown, delineated in the vers It so happened that I had the ho. corner of the drawing ;--the vessel nour to be in company with a quon. sailing near Tomnahurich shews the dam Student of Christ Church, now line of the Canal near Bughtbridge, an ornament of the House of Peers, - be Hill marked one bird, is Tor- soon after the decease of Dr. Jack ravain ; that over which are three son, of wbom his Lordship was pleasbirds, is Craig Dunean ; the Basin of ed to speak with high regard and the Canal is within one mile of In- esteem ; and then added, “ But the verness, and within one quarter of a credit of putting every thing in ex. mile of the junction of the Canal and cellent order is due to Bagot'; JackLoch Beauly, part of the Morayson had only to proceed in the track Firth. Your Readers well know that already marked out for him.” To the liberality of Government has al. this just testimony it is needless to ready expended 700,0001.. on this add the suffrage of a Member of the work—which will navigate frigates same University, though not of the of 32 guns, and is expected to be same House, who wil ever love and finished in two years, when vessels revere the memory of Bishop Bagot ; may pass through it from the East- of whom it may be truly said, as it ern to the Western Ocean.

was of an ancient Sage, that“ to reOf this Work, Mr. Telford (whose member Bishop Bagot is a lesson of modesty conceals his being a Knight virtue." of the Order of Merit of Gustavus Vasa) has, from its commencement

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April 2. in 1804, been Chief Engineer; it seems I HAVE during my whole life been more seriously in 1971 ; and finally and its advancement has always been was resolved upon, we think, in 1802 a favourite object with ine. I have or 3.--It will indeed be a noble gift often congratulated myself on living to Scotland, and we may trust a great at a time when, by the exertions of advantage to the Commercialem- sound and acute Critics, the text of pire. - Yours, &c. Navalis. the Classic Authors is so greatly im.

proved, that we are enabled to un

derstand and relish their beauties, of Mr. UnBan, March 8.

which, without the assistance of these LLOW me to return sincere able pioneers, we could ouly have en“ SUUM CUIQUE," p. 3, for his very idea. With these sentiments, the imsatisfactory “Defence of Bishop Ba- portance of Classical Studies has al. got.” The merit of the late Dean ways appeared to me great: aud it is of Christ Church, like that of his natural that I should have felt depredecessor, was eminently great; sirous that my own Country, su preand it is equally wojust and unue- eminent in other respects, should also cessary to depreciate either, in order shine in any favourite department of GENT. MAG. May, 1820).

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394 Classical elementary Works in English recommended. (May, Literature, and our possessiug 80 one. But I an bappy to perceive many great Critics, whose naines that this greatest of all obstructions would have done honour to any age to our acquaintance with the writers and country, has ever been a subject of antiquity, is fast sinking before us. of pride and pleasure to me. Ger Dr. Valpy, by his excellent Greek many has also for many years justly and Latin Grammars, in which the boasted of the labours of her sons rules are written io our own tongue, in restoring the remains of the Clas bas done much for our Schools. Dr. sic Writers. I was tempted to visit Carey's English work on “Latio Prothat Country a short time ago, and sody” has smoothed the path to the became acquainted with some of attainment of that difficult subject. those eminent men, whose studies We have long enjoyed the benefit of have been particularly directed to Seale's English Tract on Greek Methis class of Literature : my conver tre, but the introduction of many sation with them was mostly on lite. new metrical canons since his time, rary topics; and when speaking of the has rendered bis work almost useless contemporary Critics of both Couo. and perplexing to Students.

Mr. tries, these Gentlemen did ample jus- Webl's is Llements of Greek Protice to our Nation, and expressed sody and Metre," written in English, themselves with the candour and and recently published, has, however, praise due to our deservedly cele removed this difficulty, and by the brated men. But they also spoke assistałce of this useful and excellent with surprise of a laste for Classical guide, our youth may triumph over Research not being more general the obstacles which before prevented amongst us, particularly as so many their obtaining a ready knowledge of of our youth possessed the advan that abstruse subject. Other Gen. tages of liberal educativo ; and they tlemen have also written elementary seemed to think that the number of works in English, of great value to our Countrymen who understood and learners; and it is my wish to encouvalued the remains of Greece and rage more to pursue this beneficial Rome were comparatively very few. course, which induces me to trouble I could not but confess that we be. you, Mr. Urban, with this address. stowed less time and attention on For the path to the Temple of Learnthe dead languages than themselves, ivg being made less rugged, we may and that they were certainly less ge- justly expect that the number of nerally understood by us.

those will be greater who desire to These conversations led me after- enter her portal, and thus will Engwards to reflect on the cause of the lish Gentlemen be more generally German nation being so much more furnished with sources of the highest devoted to Classical pursuits than the entertainment, than they at present English, and I found various reasons enjoy. conspired to produce such an effect. With most earnest wishes for the Their being obliged to abstain from good old cause of Learning, I repolitical disquisition, and our maiu, yours, &c.

J. H. S. treme fondness for it, which so much withdraws the attention from more Mr. URBAN,

May 4. quiet pursuits, appeared to me as THE invention of letters being one

Another doubtless proceeds from so many more of our Na. of philological science, and a subject tion entering into Commercial en of profound research, hath afforded gagements, which are too often al. an ample scope for disquisition among lowed to occupy us entirely, aod to the learned. After all, Sir, there beprevent our pursuit of literary at. ing no certain monument of alphataininents. But a very principal betic writing known before the time cause proceeds, I am convinced, from of Moses, and the Law of the Two their having possessed an advantage Tables, it seems the most safe to rest which I thiok we have not been the subject as derived from that ready enough to perceive; they have source and period. The invention of had elementary works in their own letters, however, did not rest with the language, while we have been con production of the first and original tent with the old system of gaining writing by Moses, but afforded a our knowledge from works in a dead grand example for the introduction

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