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Spolverini. she passed to Betti, who mario Toscano di voci piane sdrucciole sung the praises of the silk-worm ; e tronche, a work, says the Pisan Prothen to Lorenzi, whose sweet strains fessor Cardella, “ tanto utile ai cultori made the mountains of Veronà echo della volgar poesia,” and the Rimario with precepts for their cultivation ; Toscano itself were compiled by a Pied, then to Tiraboschi, whose songs so montese, Rosaco ; and all the best

enliven the season of fowling, the great vocabularies, Italian and Latin, ItaEl autumnal amusement of the Berga- lian and French, Italian and English, E masques; afterwards to Ghirardelli, Italian and German, have been form

the poet of the gardens; and, lastly, ed out of Tuscany, by Facciolati and Pa to Arici, who-sung of the pastoral life Forcellini of Padua, by Alberti and 11, and the culture of the olive.

Baretti of Piedmont, by Borroni and But as I have also accused them of De Filippi of Lombardy; so much so es great penury, of prose writers, let us indeed, that neither their academi

see whether such accusation be calum- cians nor literary men knew how to nious or true. Salvini, Cocchi, Lami, be useful in the unhappy times of Giglj, these are their luminaries. But theirservitude; that is, when a hard deare such the names from which Italian cree had transplanted into their official literature derives its chief honour du- chambers, and affixed to the corners of ring the period of which we treat? their beautiful Florence, proclamations,

Italy is proud of greater riches; and notices, and laws, in the French lanthe Florentine Academy itself must guage, rather than in their native i bend its front to the names of Pom- tongue. That appeared to have been pei, Algarotti, Bianconi, the two Gozzi, the

fit moment for their philosophers the three Zanotti, Rezzonico, Maffei, to penetrate the genius of the two Mattei, Bettinelli, Cesarotti, Vanetti, languages; for their academicians to Alessandro Verri, &c. &c., of whose institute comparisons, and to profit works editions without number are by the labours of the French in the spread through Italy, and in Tuscany arts, trades, and manufactures, and to itself. If from the dead we should provide Italy with a vocabulary, which wish to pass to the living, and inquire would serve as a guide in the nomenwho, among the prose writers of the clature of household implements and present day, are acknowledged by all plenishing, (arnesi)ofmechanical uten Italy as the most beautiful, the pu- sils, of instruments and their parts ; a rest, the most correct, assuredly no labour which is still wanting, which one would search for such in Tuscany, the Tuscans owe to the rest of Italy, butin Verona, Milan, Piacenza, Parma, and which writers, not Tuscan, feel Rome, Naples, Palermo, and else- the want of every day. where. And that which further adds But who would believe that neither to their poverty, and that of their an elementary book of any value on academy particularly, is, that the Tus- the language, nor any good grammar cap tongue, their own exclusive patri- had seen the light in Tuscany during mony, so to speak, even the very vo- all this period ? The best book on the cabulary of the Crusca, was neither verbs is by Mastrofini of Rome; the illustrated nor increased by them, but most beautiful worķ on the philosophy by us ; of which the many voluminous of the language is that of Cesarotti of labours on this subject, all compiled Padua, and the Grammar of the Tusout of Tuscany, afford ample proof. can tongue, so much praised, and of Such was the great Dizionario critico- which there have been a hundred ediEnciclopedico-universale della lingua tions, is by Corticelli of Bologna ; " il Italiana, compiled by Alberti, the quali (these are the words of a Tuscan; Piedmontese ; such the great vocabu- Čardella of Pisa,) ad istanza degli aca lary of Bergantini, of Padua, and all cademici della crusca chi applaudirono its additions ; such the Gran Vocabo- sommamente a questa sua opera, comlario della Crusca, increased by above pilò pure il libro contenente Cento disfifty thousand articles by the Father corsi sopra la Toscana eloquenza.” By Cesari of Verona ; such the Dizionario which it would appear, that the Acadi Marina, in three languages, by demicians, for these last 120 years, have Count Stratico of Padua; and such is limited themselves to applauding and the Gran Vocabulario, with which a ordering, rather than themselves persociety of literary men is at this time forming any useful labour. engaged at Bologna. Even the Rin But it is time to put an end to this VOL. X.

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disputation, in which it is difficult to della vostra fama fondata dall' Aliavoid offending the self-love of many. ghieri, dal Boccaccio e dal Petrarca. To me it suffices to have shewn, that Il popolo di Toscano è quello chi in my assertion was not without founda- Italia parla meglio, i letterati quelli tion in truth, and that although re- che scrivono peggio."

If this last senstricted in time, and bound over to tence should be the one which affords periodical labour, which is said to be least pleasure to the Tuscans, they impatient of the file, if it be not given must know that it is not wholly mine, me to aspire to the praises of elegance, but that it proceeded long ago from I seek at least not to bely those of im- the pen of one of their famous counpartiality and justice. Till such time, trymen, even a founder of their Acathen, as the contrary be proved, (not demy, the celebrated Lasca. It is thus by vain deelamation) but by facts, he expresses himself : what I have already asserted will remain forever true. “Che già da qualche

La lingua nostra è ben da forestieri,

Scritta assai più corretta e regolata ; tempo i migliori poeti, i migliori pro

Perchè dagli scrittor puri e sinceri satori Italiani non sono di Toscana.

L'hanno leggendo e studiando imparata. Che questa veritá, dura ad intendersi pei Toscani, dee aver molto contribui. With all due reverence both to the to a far perdere anche al tribunale Academician and the Academy, it would della crusca quella autorita di cui have been difficult to express any thing godeva ai tempi del Magalotti, del more just and true, in more wretched Redi e del Salvini, ultimi sostegni rhymes.

TOM BROWN'S TABLE-TALK. Tom Brown, the Aretine of the last dence, he lost at once respectability of century, is now almost forgotten. The character and permanency of fame.wit of his writings is so essentially al- With humour which Rabelais and lied to indecency, and the gaiety of his Cervantes could hardly surpass, he humour to profligacy, that, by pander- lies neglected on the shelf, from which ing to the bad taste of a licentious æra, he is seldom taken except by those he has completely forfeited his claim whom his impurity allures : an exto exist beyond his day. Yet certainly ample how genius may be prodigally he was a writer of no ordinary talents. squandered, or irretrievably lost, in When we consider that the greatest misapplication or subservience to ephepart, if not all, of his productions, meral purposes. were written to supply his immediate For the reason abovementioned, his necessities, and written, too, after the works do not present us many passages intoxication of the debauch, or in the which can with propriety be extracted. sadness of returning reflection, we His Table-Talk is, however, entertainmust be fastidious indeed to withholding enough for us to wish it longer. a certain portion of praise. He was a There is an acuteness in some of the scholar of no mean or inconsiderable remarks, which evinces that Brown standing, and wrote Latin with great was not deficient in practical knowelegance and facility. With his brother led re of the world, however little he wit, D'Urfey, he contributed conti- might be inclined to put it to use. nually to the amusement of the town, We subjoin a few extracts from the not less by his various writings, than collection; and shall probably at some by his convivial powers of entertain, future time give our readers some ac ment. To go to London without dining count of his “ Amusements of London with Tom Brown or Tom D'Urfey, and Westminster," one of the most would then have been a solecism in curious records of the manners of his manners, sufficient to make the visita- time. tion incomplete. Of the two, Brown was unquestionably the superior in Every church sets up for the best and wit and keenness of observation. He honestest.. The Pope succeeded St Peter, appears to have possessed some points

as Dr Gibbons got all his practice by taking

Dr Lower's house. in common with the unfortunate Savage. Like Savage, he was the hack

A patriot is generally made by a pique at of booksellers ; like Savage, he was the enlivener and inspiriter of conversa college upon his own dunghill ; nothing so

No:hing is so imperious as a fellow of a tion; and, like Savage, from a disre- despicable abroad. gard of the common maxims of pru A man that gets a great estate out of a


acis fprivateer of two guns.

little post, is like a man that grows fat upon devised by themselves, never practised bematrimony..

fore in any part of the world, and we hope It is a jest to think those that have power will never be practised again. will not take care to support themselves Our divines have invented new measures against all that attack 'em.

of allegiance, and new salvo's for swearing; How apt are we to flatter ourselves, and our projectors new lotteries ; the ladies a Jverlook our own infirmities? A drunkard new sort of tea; the vintners new names for hanks God he has no sacrilege to answer old stum; the physicians and soldiers new for.

methods of murder. The author of The Whole Duty of Man The Streights of Magellan may afford Broncealed himself ; perhaps vanity in that. new discoveries, but religion hardly any;

A woman that tells you she'll cry out, the Old and New Testament have been so Mand a man that threatens to cut your throat, unmercifully beaten up by poachers of all will both be worse than their words. countries, that one can no more expect to

Wbat signifies it, whether one is chosen start any fresh game there, than a tub of diby his tenants, that dare not refuse him, or good ale at a country bowling-green, after El come in by bribery ?

the justices have paid it a visita The society of reformers, I am afraid, Vice passes safely under the disguise of has made no mighty progress in the extir. devotion; as, during the late war, French pation of vice; they have only beat it out wine, under another name, escaped the of one part of the town, to make it settle in custom-house. ad another.

There is more fatigue and trouble in a It was observed, that when the apotheca- lazy, than in the most laborious life ; who muries were soliciting for their bill that excused would not rather drive a wheel-barrow with

them from parish offices, that the weekly nuts about the streets, or cry brooms, than bills decreased considerably

be Arsennus ? To make a man out of love with soldiery, Montaigne, in his book of expence, pu let him see the train'd bands exercise. down, Item, For my idleness, a thousand Especiale Men reward the professions that incom. pounds. mode them, as lawyers, &c., and give no Though we have so many cart-loads of Rencouragement to those that divert them; polemic writers, yet the world has not been

the reason of it is fear. Man fears to be much improved in knowledge by them ; damned, therefore bribes the parson ; he when the learned Isaac Casaubon was shown fears to be sick, therefore keeps fair with the Sorbonne, says the person who introdu.

the physician ; he fears to be rooked out of ced him, There have been disputations kept lure his estate, therefore bribes the lawyer. here these four hundred years; but, replies Die One that has advanced his fortune out of Casaubon, What have they decided all this rabi nothing, is sure to be plagued with his re while ? senslations; for this reason a certain favourite A broken shop-keeper ends in an excise

in France used to envy Methuselah, be- man; a decayed gentleman in a justice of men cause he outlived them all.

N was bred to the law, and had no. A Pindaric musc, is a muse without her thing to live by but that; yet he who said stays on. he was no lawyer displeased him not; but He that puts on a clean shirt but once a

to find fault with his poetry was an eternal quarter, opens his breast when it is so. affront.

A wise man will answer an objection be. All govertiments in the world will take fore it is made. Trebatius, whenever he met the care to give the best outside to their affairs ; a creditor, never gave him leave to dun him 200w in the late war, our gazettes never men. first, but was sure to anticipate him. Well, praktioned the loss of the East India ships, but faith, honest friend, (says he,) I am to took care to mention the taking a French blame, but thou shalt have thy money next

week. A man that seldom has money, takes There is not such a vast difference be. care to shew it in all companies when he tween peoples parts as the world imagines. has it, and pays his reckoning before it is A man is never ruined by dullness.

called for ; we care not how deep we go Men are affected with any loss, according when we are upon tick ; when we pay ready to their different genius and temper ; when money we are more frugal.

a country fellow the other day was told that If we must have enthusiasm, give it me the Dutch had laid a great part of their in perfection ; this makes me love the Qua- country under water, he was only concerne kers, and made me see the downfall of the ed at the loss of so much hay. piledPhiladelphians; Mediocritas esse non licet A certain man admired the wise institu. mich' holds good, as well in a new religion, as tion of the Sab ath; the very breaking of it a new poem.

keeps half the villages about London. de byly Every thing, they pretend, has been so I am sure you are a man of merit, says

exhausted, that it is impossible to find any Philautus to Alcibiades, because you have thing new ; but this is a mistake.

been so often put by preferment. By my Since the late revolution, our ministers faith, 'tis my own case. invented a new system of politics, purely

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MR EDITOR, -Although no politie public opinion; it displays, certainly, cian, I am yet one of those who take a great bravery of assertion, and a lofty strong interest in the general progress demeanour of loyalty, but it is far of public affairs, and, being deeply im- more vehement than the public are pressed with the conviction thata coun- disposed to sympathize with. It is fine try of such limited natural resources and beautiful, as an exhibition of art and small geographical extent as Great and genius; but it can produce no just Britain, to have acquired such domi, impression beyond that of admiration nion and mastery among nations, and at the rhetorician's skill ; and is only to have from the exercise of individual calculated to keep up the apprebentalent and industry, conferred so ma- sion that a few weak, well-meaning ny boons on mankind, must, for a long minds still entertain of the power course of ages, have been governed and ascendency of the radical and according to the spirit and genius of revolutionary spirit. It appears to the people, I consider myself, what is me, that you have mistaken a tempocalled, a true government man.—I do rary ebullition of popular feeling for not mean that I am in all circumstan- the symptoms of an organized sysces, and at all times, a partizán of any tem of defiance and enmity to the exexisting administration, but only an isting and constitutional order of adherent to that system which has be- things, and that the whole come' habitual in' British policy, but stead of being applicable to the present from which; statesmen, both in and state of public opinion, is but a soundout of place, are apt occasionally tó ing reverberation of those old alarms, deviate. I think it necessary, sir, to which the first crash and explosion of the be thus explicit in addressing you, French Revolution naturally and justbecause, I have observed, that al- ly occasioned to every one who reflectthough in the main we are of the same ed on what was then obviously, the east of political sentiment, still you tendency of the popular enthusiasm now and then have an ultra excess of and passion of that era. You seem to loyalty. I do not, observe, find fault think, that the same causes which with you for this ; you are as justly overthrew the ancient government of entitled to the free exercise of your France, are actively at work in this opinions, as I consider myself to be country, and struggling onward to the to that of mine ; but I think it makes same issue. It may be so ; indeed, to you liable to injure our common cause; a certain extent, it must be granted and therefore take the liberty of re- that it is so ; for in all times, and in monstrating with you on the subject; I all circumstances, the seeds of discondo this with the more emphasis, in con tent exist in every community, and sequence of reading the eloquent article only require the influence of special entitled, “ THE LATE QUEEN,” in your causes to excite them to growth. last Number. But, perhaps, I may


But, sir, notwithstanding the maniperused it under the disadvantage and festations of radical impudence, with influence of prejudice, for I am one of all the exaggerations and importance those government men who condemn- which alarmists attached to the absurd ed from first to last the whole course and shapeless schemes of that disorof proceedings directed against that derly and unorganized faction, there spirited, but foolish and unfortunate was a course of public policy regularly woman. Mark, however, it is only and gradually developing itself, which of the proceedings I speak : her guilt in its effects could not fail to weaken or innocence is another question upon the germinative principles of popular which I consider it quite unnecessary disaffection. It now, indeed, appears, now to offer any opinion; and I have that both the government and the leonly alluded to the affair in order to gislature were deceived in the estimate notice the erroneous view which I con- which they were led to form of the ceive you have taken, not only of the strength and designs of the radicals, circumstances of the Queen's funeral, and certainly the important moral and but of the effects which you fancy are political fact wholly escaped them, to issue from them. The whole of your and seems still to be unheeded by you, article seems to me under the tone of that the results of the French Revo

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lütion, instead of weakening the există vernment which had won so much ing order of things throughout Eu- honour and so gratified his national rope, has had the effect of strengthen- pride, though he felt in every limö ing their stability. In the first rush the weight of the burdens, and the faof the deluge, and blast of the tem- tigue of the toil that had been impopest, the enclosures, the shrubberies, sed upon him in the struggle. He and the pleasant arbours that sur- asked for no dissolution of the consetounded the venerable edifice, were érated institutions of his fathers, but swept away; the ivy torn from the only trusted and expected that the walls, and the standard broken on the same ability and wisdom which had tower; but when the storm subsided, made the British name the foremost and the devastation was contemplated of all the world, would be earnestly to its whole extent, embankments and speedily directed to lighten the were formed to controul the rise of pressure that was bending him down. future deluges, and new abutments In Scotland, the same feelings were as added where the walls appeared weak- devoutly cherished; but among your est. Mankind have been taught by wary and prudential countrymen the the horrors of that period, that the remedy for the public 'suffering was only right method for attaining politi- more clearly discerned. The machieal improvements, is by the genial in- nery of the revenue is more simple fluence of public opinion upon rulers, among them. You are free from all and that nothing but anarchy can be those vexatious and mortifying spectaexpected from any exercise in public cles which the English poor laws bring affairs, of the brute force and physical home to every man's business and bostrength of a nation. There are, no som. The Scotch farmers saw that the doubt, demagogues of a different opi- rents which had been increased in connion, and credulous and ignorant dis- sequence of the inordinate demands of ciples of theirs, who think otherwise; a state of war must be necessarily rebut the great body of the people of duced, and anticipated, from their inathis enlightened country are opposed bility to pay, a consequent reduction to them, not only on theoretical prin- of rent on the part of the landlord. ciple, but by their personal interests, In Scotland, accordingly, there has the criterion, after all, by which the been none of those shuffing attempts utility or expediency of political chan- among the landlords to deduct from ges are in reality measured.

the poor-rates those abatements in rent On radicalism, I would simply re- which the times required they should mark, that when it was made the sub- make from their own incomes. On the ject of legislative discussion, it ought contrary, I may venture to assert to have been considered that the num- what will astonish many of your readber of persons implicated, could not ers in this part of the kingdom, that possibly be great in a national point of since the Peace, a disposition has acview ; for, in the first place, the dis- tually arisen among the gentry of difease was confined to the manufacturing ferent parts of Scotland, to favour the towns, where the suspension of trade, revival of that code of poor-laws which and the pressure of distress among the has been so long obsolete, in your paartizans, though not a legitimate rea rochial proceedings. With respect, son for discontent, was a natural then, to the radical epidemic, I think enough cause for insubordination. The you must feel yourself in candour distemper was wholly limited in its obliged to acknowledge, that too much symptoms to the poor operative classes, importance has been attached to it, and to those only who were engaged and that it is now quite ridiculous to in sedentary employments. The mil- suppose a few thousands of pale, lank, lions of the agricultural population and famished weavers, with reeds in were sound and sane in all their feel- their feeble and emaciated hands, ings; the Englishman, on the genes were ever able to overthrow the contous soil of England, was uninfected stitution of this great country, defendwith the French philosophy. Proud ed as it was by millions of the sturdy of the renown of his country's battles, sons of the soil, headed by their heexulting in the demonstration of her reditary and accustomed masters. ancient supremacy over her old and Upon the radical question I conconstant foe-he never called in ques- ceive the Queen's trial to have been tion the virtues of that system of go- productive of the most important con

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