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On the Establishment of the Independence of the SEVEN IONIAN ISLANDS' under the Auspices and Protection of Great Britain.
GENIUS of ancient GREECE sublime!
Who, flying from barbarian rage,
Took'st refuge in a distant clime,
Where thou hast dwelt from age to age!
Exult! since Liberty once more
That Land, by Classic Bards oft nam'd,
Shall boast her herds and flocks again.
Cythera too, so call'd of old,
To lovely VENUS once most dear,
Her fav'rite Goddess smiling there!
Nor less, those other Isles renown'd
Genius of GREECE! thy wrongs, thy grief
Dec. 22, 1815. At an Half-yearly General Court of the Governors of the HOSPITAL for the SMALL-POX, for INOCULATION, and for VACCINATION, at Pancras.
The Physician of the Hospital having reported to the Court, that several poor Persons afflicted with the Natural Small-Pox, and lately admitted into this Hospital, might have received much earlier assistance, but for an erroneous opinion that such an Establishment no longer existed;
It was Resolved, That a Circular Letter be addressed to the Ministers of the several Parishes of this Metropolis and its Neighbourhood, requesting that they would have the goodness to acquaint their Churchwardens and Overseers, for the Benefit of their Poor, that Patients for the casual Disease, and for Inoculation, are daily received as usual, and that OutPatients are likewise daily Vaccinated there; and that any requisite Information may be had on application to the resident Surgeon.
SECOND PART OF THE EIGHTY-FIFTH VOLUME.
THE mind which has been accustomed, for a long series of years,
to contemplate one object principally, acquires a tone, assumes a character, encourages hopes alternately succeeded by fears, as the influence of that object is extended or contracted, is elevated or depressed. It is not till it disappears altogether from the moral horizon, that the mental powers become sufficiently composed to take a calm retrospective view of the past, and to look with complacency to the future. This, for too long a time, has been precisely our condition with respect to the Periodical Addresses, which it is alike our duty and our pleasure to present to our Readers; our principal attention has unavoidably been attracted towards one vast blazing meteor, the influence of which has been more or less seriously felt in every Region, in every Government of whatever denomination, in all ranks of all Society, in Morals, in Manners, in Literature, and in General Science.
Among the proud and vaunting documents, which he to whom we allude, from time to time exhibited to the crouching and servile herds of his myrmidons and slaves, one, as is well known, commenced with the remarkable words, "Moscow is no more." Thankful ought we to feel ourselves, and thankful, indeed, we are, that, with far greater propriety as well as truth, we may now exclaim in the emphatic words of the Prophet:
"How hath the oppressor ceased! The golden city ceased.
He who smote the people in wrath with a continual stroke, he that ruled the nations in anger, is persecuted, and none hindereth.
The whole earth is at rest and is quiet.
How art thou fallen, Lucifer, Son of the Morning; how art thou cut down to the ground which didst weaken the nation."
It would be easy to pursue this grateful theme much further, but we scorn the language of triumphant exultation, nor indeed does there exist any provocation for indulging it. Recent facts must have made an impression never to be forgotten; and the present relative conditions of Britain and of Europe, supersede all necessity of expatiating on the subject of our triumphs and victories, and leave us in the security of leisure to contemplate the smiling and auspicious Band with which Peace is again re-assembling.
Pax, optima rerum
Quas homini novisse datum est, pax una triumphis
Et cives æquare potens.
When our wishes, our studies, our labours, our talents, are continually occupied in the attempt to multiply knowledge and diffuse science in all its branches, it becomes more and more difficult to communicate these predominating feelings in terms of sufficient novelty to excite curiosity and interest- we must, therefore, content ourselves with assuring our numerous Friends and Readers, that we shall ever be on the alert to place before them, as comprehensively as we can, whatever discoveries in Philosophy, or improvements in Learning, may promise to promote the real advantages of Society, or expand and adorn the human mind. — Our valuable Correspondents justify us in making this declaration, for the truth of which it is only necessary to appeal to our last labours, where may be found, under the sanction of illustrious names, every path explored to the Temple of Knowledge. The old and the experienced, the young and the gay, the philosopher, the divine, the scholar, and the poet, may each and all find matter of information and amusement, of intellectual exercise and of mental repose. May these and similar subjects, for the future, occupy the whole of our pages! May we never again be called upon to record scenes of carnage and sanguinary triumphs! May no new Sesostris arise to sacrifice, at the shrine of his mad ambition, the tranquillity of an agitated world!
They whose employment it will be hereafter to record the transactions of the last twenty years, for the benefit and instruction of future generations, are invited carefully and impartially to examine such documents as they will find interspersed in our Volumes. To these we boldly appeal in testimony of the part which we have uniformly and consistently acted, in the disorganizing confusion of passing events. Vietory has never intoxicated, nor misfortune depressed us; we invariably reflected on the past with complacency, and looked forward to the future with hope; we have never pleaded in any other cause, nor advocated any other maxims, than those which had for their ultimate object, Security, Independence, and the unbiassed and uncontrouled avocations of Learning. This has been our creed, and such has been our conduct. In such sentiments and principles SYLVANUS URBAN and his assistants have lived -in such they mean to die.
Sperat infestis, metuit secundis
Alteram fortunam, bene preparatum
LIST OF PLATES.
Arches, Specimens of, from English Ca- Miller, Philip, Monument to, 409.
Clapham Old Church, 489.
Donington Park Hall, 209.
Kingston Deverill Church, Wilts, 393.
Lettsom, Dr. John Coakley, house in
which he was born, 577. Loders Church, Dorset, 497. Magliabecchi, Portrait of, 297.
Sawston Church, co. Cambridge, Monu mental Slab in, 27.
Selby Abbey Church, View of, 105.-Sin-
Caen, Normandy, Abbey Church of
Westminster, Old Dormitory, &c. at, and
Remains of part of the Crypt, 201.
Spenser, in his "Faery Queen," mentions The Egyptian Phao. Is this the Ægyptian Phtha, or elementary principle of Fire, which, by the way, was no improper mistress for the philosopher Ptolomy? If not, who else? Whence did Spenser borrow the tale? H.H. L. & M.D.
Beaumont aud Fletcher, in Knight of the Burnt Pest. Act iv. Sc. 1. say: "Cit. Why so, Sir, go fetch me him then, and let the Sophy of Persia come and christen him a Child. Boy. Believe me, Sir, that will not do so well, 'tis stale, it has been had before at the Red Bull."-This difficult passage is passed over in silence by Commentators. I would ask, Is it not a fling at Shakspeare's Henry VIII. Christening scene? Beaumont and Fletcher were capable of seeing the ridiculous in Shakspeare, as is abundantly evident from many passages in this play. Si quid novisti rectius, &c.
E. J. C. inquires whether there be or be not such a uame as Napoleon, and whether it be not a mere invention of the deposed Corsican, and a substitution (as many have supposed) for the name of Nicholas. Did any other person ever have this name, and has it been known beyond the limits of Corsica? In the French Calendars it has been foisted into the Catalogue of Saints. This however proves no more than that such was the will of Buonaparte.
The following has been reported as part of the Speech of Earl Stanhope apon a motion for the committal of the Law Pro
ceedings Stamps Bill. "The Court of
King's Bench has decided that where a Stamp was higher than the proper value, it was equally invalid as if it had been lower." LERUS begs to be informed by some of our Legal Correspondents, whether the Noble Earl's assertion is correct with respect to Stamps upon Law Proceedings, such as Deeds and Conveyances; and whether a Law has not been enacted to render a Deed valid, where a higher Stamp has been used than that strictly required? Supposing Lord Stanhope to be right, what remedy can be applied in a recent case, where a Stamp above the proper value has been used?
"Epistles, 2 volumes; each volume containing two Decads, by Joseph Hall. London, printed by A. H. for Eleazar Edgar and Samuel Macham," 1608," 12mo. This is a production of the learned and eloquent Bishop of Norwich, and is exceedingly rare. Is it reprinted in any of the late editions of the works of this pious Prelate? PISHEY THOMPSON.
"The Psalmes of David truly opened and explained by Paraphrasis, translated from the Latin of Theodore Beza, by Anthonie Gilbie. Printed by Henry Denham, at the sign of the Star, 1581," in 18mo. My copy of this book is an exceeding fine one; I have never seen it noticed in any catalogue. Pray who was Gilbie the translator? and is the book of very rare occurrence ? PISHEY THOMPSON.
With our next Number will be given a beautiful View of SELBY ABBEY, Yorkshire, from a drawing by Mr. J. C. BUCKLER.
METEOROLOGICAL TABLE for July, 1815. By W. CARY, Strand.