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* A proud look is an insult on the While num'rous friends, attentive to public. Pride was not made for man: assuage nor for woman neither. Yet I have The various ills that hover round old seen a fair spinster, rather paft her age, bloom, who has been conversing with With kindness ‘undeservid, politely a polite smile in the midst of two or strive three gentlemen; but on the appear. To keep my languid love of life alive; ance of a young nymph in the glofly, How can I wiih these comforts to lustre of fifteen, afluime an haughty air, forego, and survey the blushing harmless virgin. The charms which these Arcadian with fuch a murderous aspect, that I scenes bestow? have been alarmed for the confe- “ But when I feel, alas! each year, quences.

each day, “What then do I exped from those Some blunted sense or faculty decay; whom I meet in public, and who cer- When useless grown to life's import, tainly have a right to look, as well as to ant ends, ad, as they please, in defiance of my I live a burden to indulgent friends; assamed censorial authority?

Doom'd an inglorious holiday to « Why, I expect, that every man keep, fould look with an air of kindness and My sole concern--to eat, and drink, benignity on all mankind; or, at least,

and sleep; not to allume an hostile or menacing When no return my feeble pow’rs can alped towards those who have never make, injured or offended him.

Why Mhould I thus their friendly care “ Let a man of rank or distinction partake? assume the dignity becoming his station Why should I longer wish to linger and character; but let not those who where have no rank, nor, perhaps, any cha- No ray of hope remains life’s gloom to racter, to distinguish them from the cheer? vulgar, affect that superiority, which is Why not retreat; nor tire the publie an affront to every one they meet, and eye; which will not easily be allowed them At home contented live and learn to in a country of true liberty, and where

die?", P. 193. education and virtue make the only. real diftinction; and where men will not be imposed upon or kept in awe

DOMESTIC COMFORT, OR SATURDAY by a folemn appearance or arrogant

NIGHT'S EMPLOYMENT. pretensions.

“ WHO e'er has seen on Afric's fandy “ A friend of mine, when he meets a

shore, man of this description, snaps his fin- Where favage monsters lurk and lions gers at him, and ejaculates a scrap of

roar, Latin after him, Non hujus te facio! I Burst from th’ entangled thicket in her do not care this for you!

way “ For my own part, as I love all An hungry tigress rushing on her mankind, I rather pity than resent the

prey : folly of this theatrical hero, who In vain the hunters' fhouts assault her • ftruts his hour on the stage, and then

ears, • is leen no more'." P.97.

She scorns their clamours and defies

their spears ; AN INVETERATE RHYMER'S FARE

Unaw'd amidst th' attacks of dogs and WELL TO THE MUSES.

me!,

She bears her prize, triumphant to her Written in a Morning's Walk at

den. Stour ixad.

“With equal fury, arm’d with mops « STILL charm'd with groves and and brooms,

lawns and winding streams, The headftrong housemaid traverses And all the witchery of poetic dreams; your rooms : While these gay visions, realiz’d by No force her operations can withHoare,

stand; Still warm my fancy, active at four. Nor gods nor men arrest her scouring Score ;

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About

P. 293

About her waist her twisted apron's “ My trifling works want no reward, bound;

Nor do they merit your regard. On pattens rais'd she stalks th' apart. I wish not to procure monopolies ments round.

Of livings near our grand metropolis : Her floating batteries dashing from her Though promises are not realities, pail,

I want no præbends or pluralities; By hydrostatic laws the walls affail. Nor to look down with proud delight, Her rosy arms their wonted labours From royal Windsor's envied height. ply;

• What then, good Sir, is your reChairs, tables, fofas, screens before

quest? her fly.

To sleep, my Lord, and be at reft.” “ In vain her reverend master storms

and frets, Madam commands, and Nancy scorns his threats.

CX. A statistical Account of the PepeHis books and papers scatter'd on the

lation and Cultivation, Produce and floor: He swears; she laughs, and fings, and

Consumption, of England and Wales. ' fcrubs the more;

Compiled froin the Accounts laid (For evils in domestic life there are,

before the Houfe of Commons, Nor this the least, would make a par

and the Reports of the Board of son swear ;)

Agriculture: together with Obfer. Till wet and damp each room, the vations thereupon, and Hints for faucy quean

the Prevention of a future Scarcity. Now proudly boafts, "The house for By BENJAMIN Pirts CAPPER, of once is clean ;'

Kennington, Surrey. 8vo. Pp. For wet and clean, with ev'ry British dame,

119. 45. Kearsley, Hurfi.
Say what you please, will always mean
the same.” P. 216.

CONTENTS.
ON the increased Population---

Agriculture and Produce of the
MARTIAL, EP, 74.

B. X. Nation-Consumption of the Nation Imitated.

--Statistical Tables, &c.--Miscel

laneous County Observations.-ApJam parce, Roma, gratulatori

pendix. · Lallo,' &c. « SPARE me! my Lord, I beg you

EXTRACTS. will;

POPULATION OF MIDDLESEX. Of levees I have had my fill:

“ IT will, no doubt, be a matter of Too old; I've nothing now to ask; surprise to many, after declaring that Pray spare me then the painful talk the population of the capital is in a Of waiting 'midit your lac'd attend- flourifhing state, notwithstanding the ants,

war, to find in the Statistical Table, that And crowds of ravenous dependants the whole county of Middlesex, includ. Who, anxious to obey your call, ing the cities of London and WestminStand shivering in your marble hall, fter, contains little more than 800,000 For, 'spite of your superb brasier, people, and this return made when the 'Tis plaguy cold this time of th’yeart. British Parliament was assembled; but

« Yet after all, might I, Sir, mention I beg to remark, that none serving in What I have gain'd by my attention : the regular army or navy, or regiftered I've toil'd for lead I, like Cornish vessels, are included in the returns, miners,

agreeable to the act of Parliament, but While Afley hoards his facks of given separately in the summary. These Thiners.

add to the apparent populousness of * « Ante ambulones & togatulos.”

« Ferventis auris fuccos.”
“ Centum plumbeos. Sort of leaden tickets."
“ Quid concupiscam, quzris ergo; Dormire."

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the metropolis *, and serves to show nals and navigations, we shall find the "how very fallacious is the theory of balance against agriculture. political arithmetic, when most of our “ It may be suggefted, that although modern furveyors and statistic writers we have nominally loft such a quantity calculate it nearly double t." P. 26. of land, we shall find that space con

tribute its equal share to the sustenance

of man, by the produce of its fish, and CULTIVATION-CANALS.

the diminution of the number of hories, « THE 'difference of the seasons of that would be otherwise used in land late years has been particularly felt in carriage and tillage. But so far from Wales; where, in the best, it is not any benefit being derived to the com, very favourable to corn, and the whole munity with respect to fish, that instead district of Wales never produced above of any produce from this new formaone half its consumption. The nature tion of waters, even those rivers, that of that country is such, that it is more were, a few years ago, the most abunadapted for pafturage than tillage ; but dant and well supplied with them, are I am sorry to find that natural advan- now totally clear, through the numetage is not taken of what it would pro- rous mills and manufactories erected duce, and thereby the principality be on them'; and those parts of Yorkshire enabled to supply its neighbours with that were once well supplied with sale butter and cheese in return from those mon and trout, can now barely procounties in England, which, on the duce a few minnows. fame plan, could spare corn. I fhall “ Many of my readers, no doubt, only mention one instance out of many, will be surprised at first, at my com. of the neglected state of that country: putation of the land loft by navigaat Kidwelly, near Carmarthen, there tions; but they must understand, that are are now two large commons, be- the actual loss of land to cultivation, is fides an extensive waste (called a not merely the contents of the space mountain) in that neighbourhood, that occupied by water, but likewise that evidently has been corn land, as the of the many towing-paths, banks, and ridges are yet remaining, and it is now adjacent grounds, &c. rendered unonly grazed by a few skeleton sheep productive from various trespasses and and horses.

the trade of the canals. " It has been contended, that the “ In short, each surveyor, in his re. improvements and cultivation of waste port of the different counties, in menlands, of late years, would be found tioning the effect of inland navigations "fully adequate to the increased popula- towards the increase of trades and mation; and it has even been stated, that nufactories, could not help, at the upwards of truo millions of acres have same time, admitting the decrease agribeen brought into cultivation fince the culture would sustain thereby. acceffion of his present Majesty: but, “ Another reason why the system of after allowing the greatelt quantity converting arable into meadow and poffible, if we sum up the loss cultiva- pasture land, is so prevalent, is the tion fuitains, through the various ca- present universal hobby-horse, of the

< For the fatisfaction of my readers, the following is the exact account of London :

Inhabitants.
The city, within and without the walls

122,733
Westminster, city, and liberties

159,708 The Borough of Southwark

67,448 Holborn divifion

175,820 Tower division

189,293

Total

715,002 7 « The calculations alluded to, are excufable, as they may serve to publish an appearance of our national strength and importance to foreign naţions; but how reprehenfible is he, who, under the garb of magiftracy, publishes volumes of falfities, to exaggerate the depravity of our metropolis, and states the prottitutes in London only 32,000!” Vol. V.No. LIII.

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improvements in, and adoption of, ir- thousand quarters of wheat to be made rigation.P. 38.

into ftarch, have not been given in to the Council Office, because it was

deemed useless for any other purpofe; CORN.

when at the time of its arrival, three “ NOTWITHSTANDING the in- months previous, the corn was persufficiency of the produce (particularly fectly falcable, and would even have of last year's), we should not have felt been so now, had it been landed and it fo feverely, by the timely exertions brought to market in proper time, and of government, in procuring foreign fufficiently aired immediately after the supplies; but the good effects intended, voyage. These are facts that defy col.

have been counteracted by the machi- troversy.P. 97. nations of thofe pests to society and the fair trader, dealers in corn; and although government has exerted itself DEARNESS OF PROVISIONS-CORS to obtain fupplies 'from foreign mar

MARKET, &c. kets, they have not yet guarded against « AMONG the many pamphlets of that rapacious fet serving it out to us the day, that have discussed the present by spoonfuls, and selling it as gold. subject, most of them have differed as

“It is to be hoped, that a mere hint to the cause of the present high price upon this subject will be sufficient for of provisions, more especially corn; the legiNature's improving upon, and some attributing it to scarcity, and thereby verifying the encomiums of others to dearness only: but the relathe plenty of Britain, the protection of tive proportion between the market its subjects, and the wisdom of its demand, and the market fupply, will laws.

not in all cases regulate the market “ When government are holding out price. bounties to the amount of three mil- “This topic has been ably examined lions, for importations in the course of by Dr. Adam Smith, in his Treatise on one twelvemonth, why not become the wealth of Nations, wherein he purchasers of the whole, and regulate endeavours to prove that the market the sale of it? for the attendant trouble price of most of the neceffaries of life, ‘and expense need not be mentioned, particularly corn, is regulated by the

when there are such flagrant instances in plenty or scarcity of the currency of useless matters. In all importations of the national coin; and from whence it irun, hemp, timber, &c. &c. tenders would appear, that the present high are made of them to government, be- price was entirely owing to the superfore they are permitted to public fale. abundant currency of paper; and as

“ For want of rhine regulation of much as the said paper currency ex. this kind, entries are made, certificates ceeds the proportion of sterling cur. for bounties are figned, and many of rency, at that time complained of, we the cargoes never appear in the market, must now expect the price of every br else are sold by sample only. article to be enhanced in the same pro

“ The advantage taken by the over- portion. But this is not ftri&ly true: fight of this is evident from the num- whenever any article or provision of ber of ships that have remained for life is converted from the hands of the months in the river, laden with corn, market into those of trade, monopoand suffering a demurrage to a very lists alone can regulate the market confiderable expense, rather than un- price as they please, without any rela lade and produce their cargoes in the tive adherence to the supply or the demarket. By these means the supply is mand. The particular instance of this kept short, when there is actually a has been verified, detected, and (it is sufficiency of corn in the nation, the to be hoped) destroyed, in the hop chief object being an enhance of price; market. and, by the time it arrives in the mar- “ From this I mean to infer, that ket, it is heated and damaged, and the notwithstanding the source is derived four produced therefrom is musty, and from scarcity, yet it will not account one half of it actually spoiled.

for the dearness in toto; that is to say, “And I appeal to those who are the price of corn has been artfully kept enabled by their situation to answer up, more than the scarcity of the fupme, if latterly, petitions for many ply could juftify; and in spite of the

many Many apparent falutary regulations re- Office, we fould not only have the fpecting the corn market and meal. full supply brought before the public weighers' returns, average prices, &c. (where we might see what was, and &c. they have not been sufficient to what was not done in trade), but we check the evasions of those interested should have the first selling prices to keep their dealings from the know- 'thrown into the general average, and ledge of the public market; or, in consequently much lower. plain words, the clandestine dealings “ But even supposing these restricof buyers and sellers out of the mar- tions and regulations were to be adoptket; neither does the average prices, ed, it would only alleviate the evil in or account of the London supply of part; and not effectually root out fore- , grain, answer the intended purpote, as italling and regrating, unless a further it now ftands.

adoption was made of prohibiting sales “ The statements laid before the Lord by sample only; and until this is done, Mayor, from the mealweighers' re- that strong majority, the monied men, turns, include only the purchases made will regulate dearnels, even if scarcity in the regular market; confequently is out of the question. the greatest part of the importations, “ However, as this could not be which are chiefly sold by different auc- put in practice on the present limited tions, never appear in 'thofe returns; scale of the corn market, and the city which sales, should they be to ever só having some time back taken a part of great an amount, or at ever fo cheap this matter in consideration, it is to be a rate, would not influence the mar- fincerely hoped, that such an able and ket price that governs the assize of public-spirited body will prosecutetheir bread as set by his Lordship.

laudable intention, either by augmenta ". The quantities of foreign wheat, ing or moving the market or markets, which have latterly been nearly the as may appear the most eligible, and whole of the supply of Mark Lane, best adapted for the public good., have arrived there at second hand from “ Although we have had several corn prior purchasers ; so that the good ef- committees to investigate the state of fects which ought to have been derived the markets, supposed produce of the to the community, from the endea- crops, &c. I do not find any elucidavours of government to keep up a tion of the baker's real profits: this is timely supply, if they have not been fettled, and we know what it is by counteracted, have been much impe- theory, but in practice we lhall find it ded; and the monopolist has turned is much more than the nature of the this oversight to his most fanguine ex- trade, and fair dealing, will warrant pectations.

good. An examination of the trade “. The account published weekly of upon the subject, is fomething like the the importation, from the Cocket 'Of custom of an arraigned prisoner being fice, does not affect, in the flightest asked, guilty,, or not guilty? There is degree, thofe returns alluded to, as not the least doubt but the baker's real they are merely given at the option of profit is double the usual calculation; the Lord Mayor for the information and that it is much more than the reof the public: but farther it alludes quilite living profit, is deducible from not.

the number that undertell the afze, " Was the sale of these importations which they are not enabled to do by prescribed by law to take place at the any unfair means, as the regular bakers regular corn market, agreeable and con: investigate theirconduct pretty closely." fornable to the returns of the Cocket P. 105,

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