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It forms a preity hard stone when in the works of authors who lived at newly raised, but becomes soft, and different periods of time, and in differ even crumbles down from exposure to ent parts of the world are not unwor. the atmosphere, or the application of thy of our notice. I therefore beg moisture. The colour indicates the leave to mention one with which mapresence

of a considerable portion of ny of your readers may be unacquaintiron; and the friability of the stone ed. Anacreon, in the beginning of evinces a more than ordinary portion one of his odes, has these lines, of calcareous matter. The Bottle

Χαλεπόν το μη φιλησαι, work Company of this place have car

, ried off the whole out-put to their

Χαλεπόν δε και φιλησα. " works at Leith, finding it a suitable

Χαλεπώτερον δε παντων, , material for the production of bottle- Αποτυγχάνειν φιλοντα. .' glass. Slate-clay, it will be remem

The very same sentiment appears Bered, is composed of siliceous and in the following Welsh Pennill, or aluminous earths, the former being the

Epigrammatic stanza: predominant ingredient. On, these, when placed in a furnace, lime, it is

Blin yw caru yma ac accw,

Blin bod heh, y blinder bwnnw, well known, acts as a flux; so that O'r blinderau blinaf blinder, the argillaceous shistus of Nicolson Cur anifyr, caru ’n ofer'. Street, containing a good deal of cal

Which is thus translated by Mr careous matter, is naturally a fusible Edward Jones, in his musical and clay. Further, the considerable por- poetical relicks of the Welsh Bards. tion of iron existing in it, must not only promote its fusibility, but is cal- A mighty pain to love it is, culated to produce the peculiar dark

'Tis a pain that pain to miss;

Of all pains, the greatest pain, colour desirable in bottle-glass. The

Is to love, and love in vain. slate-clay seems to form here a considerable bed, dipping to the north-east. I am, Sir,

Your most humble servant, No vegetable impressions have been observed in it. The bed appears to be

Glorianus. about eight feet thick; the slate-clay beginning to pass into sand-stone at that depth. It is pretty extensive, the same bed having, some years ago, Query respecting Cases in Grammar. been laid open in digging foundations

To the Editor. for the houses in Roxburgh Square and Fyfe Street, places situated considerably to the eastward of Nicolson Beg leave to propose two queries

to your readers.

Ist, What is the Street.

precise definition of a case in GramEdinburgh,

mar? and might it not be expressed

N. Sept. 27th, 1808.

by preposition as well as by termination? 2d, How many of these alterations or modifications called cases, are

there in the English language ?
Curious Coincidence.

I am, SIR,
To the Editor.

Your most humble servantą

and constant reader, THOSE singular coincidences ofer

GLOTIANUS. pression which we frequently find





Curious Letter from MAJOR GENERAL twa men, Governor of NorthumberLESSLIE, in 1639.

land, Cumberland, Mureland, and (From MS. in possession of a Gentleman of Fife; Master of Roxbrugh, ThrusleEdinburgb)

brugh, Musslebrugh, and Kirkaldy; [In 1639, during the civil wars, the Laird of Liberton, tooly and whilly

Scots, as is well known, invaded Major of Stirling, and Constable of
Northumberland, and laid siege to Leith, and Sir John Lesslie to the
Newcastle. They stationed them. boot of all that. SIR,
selves at Gateshead hill, and, under

Yours, the command of Sir David Lesslie,

JOHN LESSLIE. began to erect batteries, dig tren, ches, &c. A gentleman, having a fine house and gardens situated in the place where they began their works, Answer to Correction of an Error in with the view of getting them pie. Remarks on DUNIPACE. served, invited Major Gerieral John Lesslic, cousin to the Geceral, to ( June Mag. 1808, p. 420.) dine with him, and after shewing him a!l the conveniencies in bis house and

To the Editor. gardens, with the horses in his sta.

SIR, ulus, proposed to make him a present

Mutato nomine de te of twenty pounds, if he would use Fabula narratur.

Hor. l.is interest with the General, to have the works carried on from some other A Correspondent of yours has been place. Soon after which, he wrote the imagines) an error in the Remarks on

kind enough to correct (as he gentleman the following letter :)

Dunipace. After a most attentive perI vow to God, Sir Thomas, it makes usal of his communication, it is not

my heart blud blud, to see the in my power to perceive that he has works gaing this gait through sae corrected any error at all; on the trim a garden as yours. I have been contrary, he has established the imatwa times with my cousin the Gene- ginary error to be a fact. ral, and sae will I sax times mair, be- My words are “ Haco's tumulus, fore the wark gaes this gait; but I who fell at the battle of Largs, is livow to God, Sir Thomas, you man terally a hill.” From the very

defimake the 20/. 301., and the wea triin nite and precise import of these words, gay thing that stands in the newk of it is self-evident, that I had only in your hali, chirping and chiming at view that Haco who fell in this enthe noon-time of the day, and the tag

gagement, and not the other who died tail'd trooper that stands in the staw, in the Orkneys. and aw the cherrys in your garden,

Had I had occasion to mention for a present to my lady, (preve you Haco who died at Kirkwall, this that well Sir Thomas;) and as I am a error-correcting correspondent would, cavallier of fortune, and a limb of most probably, have taken the oppothe house of Rothes, as the meickel site side of the question, and detected kist that stands in the auld kirk at me in an error, by proving that Haco Edinbrough can right well witness did not die at Kirkwall, but fell in for this aught hundred years and the battle of Largs. Had I had ocmair bygane, deil scoup out my gills casion to mention Paul who embargin I hurt either ye or yours to the goed the British fleet at Petersburgh, valuedome of a twa-penny chicken. and who was soon after murdered by I am yours, John Lesslie, Captain his subjects, this same gentleman and Major-General of sax score and would (no doubt) have retorted on Sept. 1808.





" that Paul never saw Peters- cles performed at the tomb of the Abe burgh, or embargoed a British fleet in bé Paris, he went one day to examine his life. That Britain had no fleet at them more narrowly, in order to obthat time. That he was not murdered tain materials for his raillery, Hero by his subjects, because he had no he was touched by grace, and becamo subjects whatever. That he did not as vehement a defender of Paris as be intermeddie in political affairs, being had becn his detractor. In the work wholly taken up with the preaching of which we speak, he collected every of the gospel, of which he was one of thing which his infatuated imaginathe most zealous propagators. tion could suggest, to prove that the

Now, Mr Editor, if this mode of Abbé Paris was a real worker of mi. correcting errors is brought into fa- racles; and on the 29th July, 1737, shion, could any man safely mention he went and presented to the king, as or allude to any person whatever, his Majesty left the dining-room, his without, as a preliminary step, enter- first volume, very well bound. The ing into a detail of all who had at any. King took it, and immediately caused time borne the same name. I said in a lettre de cachet to be made out, by my communication, that one of the which Montgeron was sent to the name of Haco fell at the battle of Bastile. After being transferred to Largs, Your correspondent not on- different prisons, he died, in 1754, at ly owns, but corroborates the fact.-- the age of 68. Such is the spirit of Bui (says he) Milo must be wrong, party, that the authors of the Nouvelbecause one of the same name died in les Ecclesiastiques were not satisfied Kirkwall. If one Haco fell at' Largs, with praising the work of Montgeron, (as your correspondent proves) how but represented him on the frontis could it invalidate the fact, tho' three piece of their journal, writing his hundred of the same name had died in book, with the Holy Spirit above him every town and village of Scotland. in the form of a dove, amid a blaze of

To conclude, your correspondent, celestial light, and appearing to inin the true Hibernian style, first con- spire what be wrote. verts a fact into an error, and then re- The Abbé Paris, eldest son of a converts this identical error into the counsellor in the parliament of Paris, very fact which he intended to dis- fulfilled his ecclesiastical functions with prove. I am, SIR,

zeal and fidelity. He had attached Yours, &c.

himself to the party of the Jansenists, 15th July, 1808.

Milo. and had joined them in their opposi

tion to the Bul Unigenitus. After

his death, some pious Jansenists, who ACCOUNT of Books committed to the came to say their prayers over his Flames, suppressed, or censured, tomb, imagined themselves to be cur

ed of various diseases, upon which (Continued from p. 495.)

crowds began to flock to it. The MONTGERON, Truth of the Mic court, to put a stop to these scenes,

racles wrought at the interces- ordered a wall to be built, which pre$sion of the Abbé Paris, and others, vented access to the burying place. 6 By M. Louis Basile Carre de Mont- It was upon this wall that a wag

geron. Vol. I, 1737, II, and III, wrote, " 1747, 4to.

De par le Roi defense a Dieu The first of these volumes procured De faire miracle en ce lieu *. the author a place in the Bastile.

Thoughts Montgeron, in his youth, had been

* Bi order utih king, Gil's heredebauched and sceptical. Having by p:ohibited from working miracles in been accustomed to sidicule the mira- this place.

Thoughts of Simon Morin, with his replied by this verse of the 16th spiritual songs, Paris 1647,(with other Psalm : Thou hast tried me in the fire, tracts on the subject.)

and hast found in me no iniquity. MoThis unhappy man was executed rin had been clerk to the Revenue, on the 14th March, 1663, with all and was afterwards employed by difthe copies of his work which could be ferent persons in copying : he wrote a collected, which has rendered those very fine hand. thai remain very rare.

Simon Morin

“ Treatise on the Virtue of the Pa. was a real madman ; of this we may

gans, by Fr. de la Mothe le-Vayer." judge by the follies scattered through

The condemnation of this work is his works. He pretended that he was the “Son of Man,” that he held plaining to the author that it did not

singular. The bookseller was comhis mission from Jesus Christ himself,

sell. who had incorporated himself with I know how to make it sell.” In fact,

“Never mind, said La Mothe, him for the salvation of all men.-- he went and solicited those in power Desmarets de St Sorlin, by a fanaticism equally base and treacherous, Scarce was this prohibition known,

to prohibit the reading of his work.procured the punishment of Simon Morin. That he might extract his and the edition was soon sold off. Dr

when every one was eager to read it, Secrets from him, he pretended to be

Arnaud refuted this work in his trea. one of his most zealous partizans, and

tise on the Necessity of Faith in Jesus wrote to him, that he owned ihe Son

Christ. of God, and the Son of Man, to be in

Moulin on the Abuses, Usurpa. him as a whole. This letter, dated 1st February 1662, was so agreeable to

“ tions, and Exactions of the Court Morin, that, to testify his gratitude to

“of Rome, contraiy to the Edicts and

" Ordinances of the Kings of France, Desmarets, he wrote an answer next day, in which, by particular favour,

" Lyons, 1564, 4to."

This work related to the abuses he gave him the character of his

preCLASor, calling him a real John the committed by the notaries, bankers, Baftist risen from the dead. The

and judges, in relation to benefices,

which Duraoulin threw entirely upon most intimate connection was thus established between these two men,

the court of Rome. This publication which continued till the moment, when

was extremely offensive to that court, the treacherous Desmarets went and though extremely agreeable to that of

France. denounced Morin as a dangerous he

It is certain, that from that retic. When the officers came to seize

time the Pope became more moderate upon Morin, he was making out a

in his demands upon the latter, insofáir copy of a discourse, beginning sented the work of Dumoulin to the

much, that when Montmorenci prewith these words: The Son of Man to the King of France. On the testi- King, he said: “ Sire, what your Mamony of Desmarets, the Son of Man jesty could not do with thirty thou. was condemned to be burnt alive with sand men, (to oblige the Pope to sue his book, and all his other writings. with his little book.”

for peace) this little man has done It would have been equitable, I think, severely to have punished Desmarets, “ The Nymyh of Spa to the Abbe and sent Morin to Bedlam. Afier the “ Raynal, a poem ; published in 1781." condemnation of the latter, the first These verses were written by a young President, de Lamoignon, asked him if author in compliment to Raynal. it was any where written, that the They were condemned in the strongnew Messiah was to indergo the pu- est ruanner by a mandate of the Sovenishment of fire. The poor wreich reigu Bishop of Liege ; but it does not appear that the author suffered mous justification, a shameful monuany other inconvenience.

ment of whatever is most atrocious in Panckouke's Encyclopedie Metho- political and religious opinion, is found dique." This Encyclopedia, as well in the fifth volume of the folio edition as the folio one, met with opposition of the works of Gerson. This event at first. The chancellor caused the took place on the 230 Nov. 1407, two first volumes to be seized and lodg- between 7 and 8 in the evening. Next ed in the Bastile. But this proscrip- day, John attended the funeral of bis tion was only temporary, and Panc. victim, and shewed every outward sign kouke afterwards continued the im- of grief ; but seeing that a particular pression at Paris. Yet there are a enquiry was about to be made, he tled number of passages still bolder in this into Ireland. Then returning in force, than in the other. According to Panc- he dared; to boast of his crime ; when kouke's prospectus, this work was to Jean Petit, a learned doctor of Paris, consist of 40 volumes in 4to, or 84 in who had sold himself to him, main. Svo, and was to cost nearly 100,000/. tained, in the great hall of the hotel Even this immense plan, however, has royal de St Paul, to an audience, at been far exceeded. Sixty-seven livrai- which the Dauphin presided, that the sons are already published, and the murder of the Duke of Orleans was work is far from being finished. Ma- lawful, since that prince had proved ny of those parts which are terminat- himself impious and tyrannical. He ed stand in need of a supplement, on maintained, that it is lawful to use suraccount of the progress which the arts prise, treason, and all sorts of means, and sciences have made since their to rid ourselves of a tyrant, and that publication.

we are not obliged to fulfil any pro“ Funeral oration of the Dauphin, mise which we may have made to him : " by Father Pau, a Capuchin.” This he added, that the man guilty of such funeral oration, pronounced at the con- a murder, not only deserved no puvent of Capuchins, was stopt and sup- nishment, but ought even to be repressed by the police, which caused warded, as the archangel Michael had 200 copies to be burned at the house been for having expelled Lucifer, and of the author. Its proscription was Phineas for having slain Zimbri. A owing, not so much to the matter, as general outcry arose against this mus. to the style. It is a kind of nonsense, derous doctrine ; but Petit was for perfectly ridiculous, and which affords some time sheltered by the great ingreat scope to pleasantry. It dis- terest of the Duke of Burgundy. Hi plays, however, a lively and bold ima- abominable doctrine, bowever, was gination, a rich genius, but not the denounced by Gerson, and other perleast judgment to direct these facul- sons, to Jean de Montaigu, Bishop of ties. A funeral oration, nearly in Paris, who condemned it as heretical, the same style, 'had been pronounced on the 238 Nov. 1414; the council at the death of the elder Dauphin. It of Constance anathematised it the year was so diverting, that Madame de following, at the solicitation of GerMaintenon found no better means of son, sparing, however, the name and amusing the grief of Louis XIV., than work of Jean Petit. Lastly, the king by the reading of this work, at which caused the parliament of Paris, on the he could not refrain from laughter, 16th Sept. 1416, to pronounce a bloo

Petit Jean. Justification of John dy decree agaiust this pernicious libel, " the Fearless, Duke of Burgundy, and the University censured it. But “ who caused the assassination of Louis the Duke of Burgundy, in 1418, had “ of France, Duke of Orleans, only bro- interest enough to oblige the Grand ther of King Charles VI.” This fan Vicars of the Bishop of Paris, who was


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