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J. builder, to Maria, 8d daughter of Mr. Wheeler, woolstapler.—At Painswick, Mr. George Skey, to the 3d daughter of John Partridge, esq.: all of Stroud.

Died.] At Gloucester, Miss Kirk, only daughter of the late Mr. E. K. mercer.— Mrs. Whitchurch, relict of the late S. W. esq. of Bristol.

At Tewkesbury, in her 61st year, Mary, wife of Mr. W. Gardner.

At Westbury-upon-Trim, Mr. Carr, coach-maker, of Bristol.

The wife of the Rev. J. Hunter, of Spa Villas, near Gloucester, 36. Her life and death exhibited a brightexample, strikingly deserving the title of Christian.

At Chepstow, 88, W. Proctor, esq. He was steady in his principles, and benevolent in his disposition.

At Cardiff, Mrs. M. Lloyd, relict of the late Mr R. L. surgeon, of Bed was, Monmouthshire.

At Badminton, Mr. W. Osbourn, 50. He was a constant benefactor and humane friend to the poor.

At Coombe House, near Wotton-underEdge, Mary, daughter of S. Dyer, esq.

Ann, only surviving daughter of the la'eS. King, esq. of Acton.

At her father's house, Mary Ann Evans, the only daughter and surviving child of Mr. W. E. maltster, Pontypool, Monmouthshire, and niece ef Dr. J. E. of Islington. She was snatched away in the bloom and vigour of youth, having the day preceding her decease, completed her 20th year of age.

OXFORDSHIRE.

At Oxford, J. C. Staveley, esq. of the University, to Miss Hammond, of Southampton-row, Russell-square, Loudon .-^-Mr. R. Gould, to Miss C. Savours, both of Headington, near Oxford.—T. Brooksbank, esq. of Gray's Inn-square, London, to the eldest daughter of W. Faithorn, esq of Middle Aston.—At Kirtlington, Mr. G. Nightingale, aged 72, to Miss M. Mortimer, aged 19.

Died.] At Oxford, 45, Mrs. J. Williams,

late of Shipton-on-St6ur In his 78th

year, Mr. J. Haynes, of St. Clement's.— Mr. Purdew, University Verger, and clerk of the Kitchin, Exeter College. His disorder had proved fatal to his mother, his sister, and two younger brothers.—Mrs. F. Broadstreet, 70.—Mrs. Eden, 62.—Mr. i. Rowland.—Mrs. Loder, 90 Mrs. Alder, 79.

At Knowle Lodge, at his father's house, in Warwickshire, T. K, Blyth, esq. scholar of Worcester College.

At Henley, in his 33d year, Mr. J. Sheen,jun. late of Wallitigford.

At Old Woodstock, Mrs. Slatter.

BUCKINGHAM AND BERKSHIRE.

A turnip was lately gathered in Cliolsey Field, Berks, which measured 2 feet 9

Inches in circumference; weighed lSJIbs. aud was 7 inches in depth.

The parish church of Farnham Royal, which has been under repair.and the body of it rebuilt, was opened again for divine service, Sunday, Oct. 21.

Married.] At Harlow, Lieut. Col. Johnson, of the 86th regt. to Julia, 2d daughter of W. Sims, esq. of Hubert's Hall, Essex. —At Horton, Mr. W. Lowth, of Birmingham, to Miss A.Davis.

Died.] At Reading, 81, the Rev. T. Arnold, formerly of Walworth.

At Windsor,Mr.Huddleston,toll-keeper at the bridge, 42.—Mr. Sanders, tenor singer to the King's Chapel.—At Windsor. Castle, Mrs. Randall, wife of Mr. R. drawing master.—At Chesham, T. Plaistowe, gen*, late coroner for Bucks.

At Staines, Mr. Wilson, coach master.

At Milton, Mrs. Fayerman, relict of the late Rev. R. F. of Oby, Norfolk.

At Woodside, Old Windsor, 82, the wife of J. Martin Leake, esq.—M rs. L. Hyde, 77, late of Bourn Bridge, Holypoit, mother of Mr. J.Clode.of the Castle Inn, Windsor.

HERTFORDSHIRE AND BEDFORDSHIRE.

Married.] J. Hawkins, esq. ofBalams, to Marianne, daughter and coheiress of the late C. Dodd, esq. of Pigott's End.— Mr. J. Gilbertson, of Hertford, to the only daughter of Mr. T.Stacey, of Great Munden.—J. -Christie, esq. of Hoddesden, to Miss C. Falconer, daughter of the Consul General for Tuscany.—Mr. J. Gomme, of Chorley Wood, to Sarah, 2d. daughter of the late Mr. J. Talbot, of Watford.

Died.] At Baldock, Mr. T. W. Fitzjohn.

At Broxbourn, the Rev. W. Jones, curate and vicar for the last forty years. About twelve years ago, being very ill, he had his coffin made, but not dying so soon as he expected, he had shelves fixed in it, and converting it into a bookcase, placed it in his study. Two days before he died, he desired a young man to take out the books and shelves and get the coffin ready, as he should soon want it, which was accordingly done; he further desired that the church bell might not toll, aud that he might be buried as soon as possible after he was dead. This singular man was buried in the plain boards, without plate, name, date, or nails.

At Bennington, 69, J. Cheshyre, esq.— At her seat in Hertfordshire, Mrs. Allen, relict of the late Admiral A.

NORTHAMPTONSHIRE.

On the 5th of November, the Loyal Orange Club, at Northampton, celebrated the birth day and landingof King William, by a grand festival at the Lodge Room. The whole passed off with the greatest eclat, and the day was spent in the utmost conviviality and decorum.

Married.] H. F. Hawker, esq. of the 19th foot, to Elizabeth, daughter of J.

Wheeler, Wheeler, esq. crdnance storekeeper at Weedou Depot.—The Rev. T. Toller, of Kettering, to Mary, eldest daughter cf Mr. YYalmsley, of Wein, Salop.—Henry, 3d sou cf the Rev. J. Alossop, of Deeping. S-. James, to theouly daughter of R. Maydwell, esq. of WarmiDgton, near Oundle.

Died.] At Weltou Place, Northamp'on, 61, Mrs. Mary Ward, highly respected for her uniform integrity and benevolence.— fi8, Mrs. Berridge.—Mrs. Emery.—Mr. P. Junes, lace dealer.— Mrs. Adams.

At Potterspury iu this county, the Rev. J. Gardner, many years minister of an Independent congregation in Cambridge.— At Bombay, in February last, the wife of l.ieut. G. Blachley, of the 7th native infantry, and -2d daughter of J. G. Parkhurst, esq. of Catesby Abbey in this county.— 55, Mr. J. Baldwin, of Newsham.—At Luton, Mr. J. Martin.—84, Mrs. Louisa Sbepoard, of Stoke Bruern.

CAMBRIDGE AND HUNTINGDON.

The late meeting at Huntingdon in support of the independence of the borough, brought together the heads of many most ancient families, from distant parts, to rescue the burgesses from their servile thraldom to the House of Sandwich. A series of resolutions were unanimously adopted for the formatiou of a club found ed on whig principles.

Married.] T. Moody, esq. of Newmarket, to Mrs. C. Frost,' widow of the lale W. F. esq. of Brinkley Hall.—Mr. R. Kidman, of Caxton, to Dinah, 3d daughter of Mr. Barrance, of Bourn.—Mr. R. Robinson, of Broxbourn, Herts, to Jane, only daughter of Mr. T. King, of Sawston.

Hied.] At Cambridge, 67, Mrs. Wotton.

At Huntingdon, 67, Mr. Mackie, an eminent surgeon, &c. He received a fa al injury frnm being thrown out of his chaise.

At Tid St. Giles, Isle of Ely, in his 52d year, the Rev. T. Mathews, rector and justice of peace for the Isle. By his death the poor have to lament the loss of a friend.

By the overturning of a one horse chaise, the Rev. Mr. Tomson, of Somersham.—At Molesworth, in his 85th year, the Rev. W. Ellis, rector.—At Coombe, Penelope, wife of the Rev. B. Lee, perpetual curate; a lady of singular endowments, moral and intellectual, blended with suavity of manners.

NORFOLK.

In the intended erection of a new jail in Norwich, the Shire House and inconvenient courts of Justice, are to be removed from the present site into the gardens below the hill, near the eastern entrance. A subterraneous passage for conveying prisoners from their cells to trial, will be excavated. Estimated expenditure £26,000.

Married.] At East Carlton, near Norwich, the Rev. T. B. Wilkinson, of East Harling, to the daughter of J, Steward, esq. —Mr. Upton, minister of the Baptist cha

pel in Claxttn, to Miss F. Peck, of Yarmouth.—Tin-eldest sonof Mr.W.Leiumon, solicitor of Dawnham Market, to Miss M

Wineai Is, of Mar ham—At Norwich. Mr. W. Barker, solicitor, to Harriet, daughter of Mr. W. Kidd.—Mr. Clipper-ton, solicitor, of Norwich, to the youngest daughter of G. Boyne, esq. of Nottingham-place, London.

Died.] At Norwich, in her 86th year, Margaret, relict of the late Rev. G. R. Wadsworth, rector of Howe, &c.—Mrs. M. Summers, 71.

Dr. Rigor, a very eminent physician whose long life of exertion, scarcely chequered by disease, was closed by an indispos.tkm of eight days, duriiu which the public feeling wa« painmlly excited, and the utmost anxiety evinced about every symptom that affected so valuable a man. He was in his i4th year, and since 1762 had spent his time in Norwich, in learning and practising his profession. By assiduity and rare abilities, he raised himself to the highest reputation, and no man out of the metropolis ever held the confidence of a larger district of country. But bis professional attainments were not the only great parts of his character. After being presented with the freedom of the city, he was elected alderman. He served the office of mayor in 1605; and was during sixteen yean indefatigable in attending all public meetings, directing the management of the poor, exposing abuses, and watching over the prosperiiy and comfort of his fellow citizens. In politics he took, on all important occasions, a decided part, and maintained the noble and liberal principles which he had imbibed in bis earlieryears. Dr. R. was deeply versed in the literature of his day, and possessed of almost even- branch of science, particularly botany and natural history. He was a fellow of the Liniuean and Horticultural Societies, a member of the Corporation of Surgeons, and the Medical Society of London; an honorary member of the Philadelphia Society for promoting Agriculture; and was attached to many other institutions both foreign and domestic. His philanthropy led him to set on foot, in the year 1786, a Benevolent Medical Society for the Relief of the Widows and Orphans of Medical Men in the County, of which he was treasurer until his death. Requiring no other relaxation than a change of employment, he spent his hours of retirement in attending to improvements in agriculture, in which he was distinguished. His facility in writing was extraordinary; and various works will leave proofs of his ^jnius, experience and industry. In private life, the Doctor was equally great and singular. A numerous list of relatives and descendants for four generations remain to lament his loss; and if the close of his good life was embittered by any feeling, or the calmness with which he resigned himself to his sensibly approaching end for a moment disturbed, it was by the reflection that an amiable widow with eight children would survive to need his guidance and protection!

At At Lynn, 71, Mrs. Hawkins, relict of

the late Mr. H. attorney Mr. Leeds, 34,

of the livery stables.—Mr. Porter, 81, formerly a ship chandler, but retired from business.'

SUFFOLK.

A commodious bridge has been lately rrected over the stream, which separates the parishes of Chelsworth and Monk's Eleigh. Another both commodious and ornamental, has been built by R. Wilson, esq. over a water which, during a flood, has frequently been dangerous and impassable.

Married.'] In London, Mr. C. Trape, late of Chester, to Emma, sole heiress to G. Grantham, esq. of Blackberry Hall in this county.—At South wold, the Rev. F.Grant, curate, to Margaret, daughter of the Rev. G. Drummond.—At Ipswich, Capt. C. W. Steggall, of the 42d foot, to Miss Richards.

Died] At Bury, 32, Mr. Hodgson, jun.

whitesmith Mr. T. Young, draper, 36.—

Mr. Underwood, 55.

At Woodbridge, in her 30th year, Miss S. Howard.—Mrs. Gage, 84.

At Sudbury, 57, Mr. N. Webster, schoolmaster; and on the same day, Mr. A. Dakin, master of the free school.—Mrs. M. Johnson, widow of the late Mr. J. auctioneer, of Melford.—Susannah, wife of Mr.B.Faux, shoemaker, 51.—Mr.E Betts, farmer, of Tuddenham, near Ipswich, 48, leaviug a widow and ten children.

At Halesworth, 64, Mrs. Leovold. While oo a sofa, with a magazine in her hand, she suddenly exclaimed, " I cannot see, and 1 am dying," and expired in about an hour afterwards.

ESSEX.

Married.} Mr. Neckolds, of Mannington, to Miss Gosling of Colchester.—Mr. W. Wicks, of Chelmsford, to Miss Happell, of Clapton.—At Walthamstow, J. W. Freshfield, esq. to Miss Sims, of that place.— Lieut. Col. Johnson, of the 86th regt. to Miss Sims, of Hubert's Hall.—Mr. J. Moor, to Mrs. Warner, widow of the late Mr. W. gTocer.—David Musterd, esq. of Donyland, to Miss Smith, of Colchoster.—Mr. Thomas Hasher, jun. of Great Waltham, to Miss Tanner, of that place.

Died.] At Chelmsford, deeply regretted by her friends and acquaintance, Miss Stoneham.—Mrs. M. Loyd.

At Culchester, Mrs. Judith Lufkin.

At Harwich, 73, Mrs. M. Graham.—80, Mrs. Mary Shurman

At To teshtint D'Arcy, Mrs. Keyes, sincerely regretted by a numerous circle of acquaintance.

Miss Ketcher, of Southminster.—-Miss Bright of Maldon.—At South End, 68, James Brown, esq.

At Kelvedon, 68, James Wilson, es-[. late captain and adjutant in the Essex militia, and one of the few survivors of the troops engaged in tbe memorable battle of Bunker's HiU.

K8VT.

A new bridge, completed in a substantial manner, has been erected over the stream near Abbots Mill, Canterbury. The lanes leading in that direction are to be lighted with gas.

Married.] At Dover, Thomas, eldest son of R.Walker, esq. to Miss Grant.—Also William, third son of the late S. Brent, esq. of Blackheatb, to Miss Pierce.—At New Romney, Capt. Wightwick, to Miss Wright.—At Otterden, Capt. Campbell, to the daughter of General Gascoyne.

Vied] At Canterbury, 51, Mr. H. Prett. —Mrs. M.Jennings, wife of Mr. B. J. late Quarter Master to the 1st Royal Dragoons.

At Dover, 34, Mr. G. Willis Mr. Bin.

dull, 65, clerk in the ordnance department.

At Maidstone, 82, Mrs. Wilkins.

At Margate, 64, Mrs. E. Womersley.

At Greenwich, 89, Mrs. Mary Millington, relict of the late Isaiah Millingtou, esq. highly respected for her constant practice of every moral and religions virtue, diligent in the exercise of every duty which could adorn the true christian. Her exertions in the cause of religion and humanity were incessant, and her numerous charities will cause her loss to be severely felt by the poor, to whom she was a kind and liberal benefactress. Her memory will be long cherished with affectionate regret by her disconsolate relative, and by those numerous friends whom her social disposition, cheerfulness of mind, and warmth of friendship, had endeared to her.

STSSET.

The Pavilion at Brighton is to be lighted with gas, and splendid chandeliers are making. There will also be a range ot lamps lighted with gas, in front of the pavilion; 150 are already ordered.

Married.] G. J. Mowbray, esq. of Yapton House, in this county, to the daughter of the Rev. R. Gray, D.D. rector of Bishop Wearmouth.—At Felbridge Park, General the Hon. F. St.John,tothe youngest daughter of the late J. Parsons, esq. —Mr. H. Sadler, of Lavant, to Miss Hind, of Calcutta House, near Arundel.

Died.] At Chichester, 41, Mrs. S. Ryder.

At Brighton, after a lingering illness, submitted to without a murmur, Eliza, wife of the Rev. W. Hind,rectorof King's Swinford, Stafford —In her 75th year, Mrs. Kennedy, of Leigh-street Burton Crescent.

At New Fishburn, 81. Mr. W. Jirom, parish clerk.

HAMPSHIRE.

Married.] T. Gleed, esq. of Priors, to Miss Fritchett, of Wroxhall.—At Portsmouth, Mr. Crew, jnn. to Miss Swan.—Mr. Armsworth, of Broxford, to Miss Littlefield.—At Kingston, Mr. R. Elliottjun. to MissE. Mathews, of Portsmouth.

Died.] At Southampton, Mrs. Shelly.— Mr. Thompson, straw hat manufacturer.—

At Winchester, Mrs Stacey.

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In his 29th year, Lieut. Seeds, R.N. son of T. S. esq. of Portsea. He met his death ■while in pursuit of some smugglers on the north coast of Ireland, at the sound of Rathlin, a dangerous navigation from the confluence of many tides, and the vessel was never seen again. The father has lost three olher sous in the public service.

WILTSHIRE.

Married] The Rev. H. W. Beauchamp, vicar of Latton, &c. to the only daughter of the Rev. R. Vernon, rector of Heythorp, Oxon.—The Rev. J. E. Good, of Salisbury, to Mary, 2d daughter of J. March, esq. of Iloniton, Devon.

Died.] At Salisbury, in his 65th year Hi. Alderman Emby.

Mr. S. Chappie, farmer, of Little Drew.

In London, Mr. Marsh, second son of

the late Dr. M.of Highworth.—J.Crowdie. esq. solicitor, of Highworth. His integrity and zeal in the line of his profession, commanded the esteem of his clients and coteniporaries.

SOMERSETSHIRE.

A fire broke out on the 22d of November, in Ilchester gaol, by which the whole of the woollen factory and workshops were consumed, and the lives of Mr. Hunt, and several other prisoners endangered. The damage is estimated at 20001.

Married-] At Gretna green, F. Drake, esq. to Miss C. Bacon.—In London, the Rev. C Crook, rector of Bath, to the heiress of the lateC. Worthington, esq. of Lincoln's Inn.—Mr. Woodward, surgeon, of Knightsbridge, to Sophia, eldest daughter of Mr. Cuff, chemist of Bath. - James, son of T. Woodford, esq. of Taunton, to Elizabeth, daughter of S. Peile, esq. of Tottenham.—

Vied.'] At Bath, Lady Tydd, relict of the late Sir J. T. bart, of Lamberton, Queen's County, Ireland.—The Lady of the Right Hon. Viscount Mount Earl—J. W. Barton, esq. captain in the 2d Somerset militia and provincial grand treasurer to the masonic fraternity for Somerset.—Mr. T. Brewer, surgeon, soon alter the death of his only son, in Jamaica, by the yellow fever.—Mr. Franklin, late chemist and druggist.—Mr. Laycock, attorney, of Devizes.—Elizabeth, relict of the late R. .Goodwin, esq.—In her 72d year, Ann, wife of T. Whitacie, esq.—Marianne, wife of Rear Admiral Ballard.

At Frenchay, S. Worral, esq. late townclerk of Bristol.—At Plaistree-house, near Taunton, 72, the Rev. Dr. Ambrose, of Mount Ambrose, county of Dublin.

DORSETSHIRE.

Married.] At Dorchester, Mr. Barge, aged 52, to Miss Hunt, aged 53

Died.] At Dorchester, Mr. M. Baker,

auctioneer, 68.

At Kingston, near Dorchester, in her 97th year, Mrs. Bowring. She retained all her faculties unimpaired.

Ann, relict of the lete J. Joyce, esq. of Bristol.

DEVONSHIRE.

The labourers on the new line of ioad between Exeter and Plymouth, are proceeding rapidly.

Married.] M. Elkin, esq. of Bridge Town, Barbadoes, to Esther, daughter of the late A. Joseph, esq. of Plymouth.

Died.] At Exeter, Mrs. Truman, widow of the late proprietor of the Exeter Flying; Post.—In his 34th year, J. Jones, esq. aa eminent solicitor.

. At Sid mouth, in liis 20th, year, Lieut. H. R. Bernard, R.N.

CORNWALL.

Married] AtPenrhyn, Capt. Huxtable, of Ilfracombe, to Miss C. Brewer—At Stowford, Mr. Dodge, aged 71, to Miss Laves, aged 20.

Died.] At Marazion, 70, J.Turner, esq. surgeon.

At Jersey, returning from the continent, J. Trelawney, esq. eldest son of the Rev. Sir H.Trelawney, bart. of Trelawney.

At Penzance, 22, the son of Mr. J. Thomas.

At West Looe, 70, Mrs. M. Morrish.

WALES.

Married.] At Tenby, G. Anderson, esq., to Amelia, daughter of the late N. Garner, esq. of the Bahama Islands.—iLately, P. B. Entwistle, esq. of Southerdo.wn, South Wales, to the only daughter of J. Bassett, esq. of Borvilstone-house, Glamorganshire.

Diedi] At Pembroke, 83, Mr- G. Williams, post-master. A situatiou which he filled honourably upwards of 21 years.

Suddenly, while sitting in her carriage, Mrs. Williams, wifeofC.W.esq.of Craigyden, Anglesea,and MP. for Marlow.

SCOTLAND.

Died] At Aberdeen, 80, J. Ewen,esq. He has bequeathed £1000 to the magistrates and clergy of Montrose, for the erection of an hospital for the maintenance and education of boys.

IRELAND.

Several shocks of an earthquake have been felt at Cunneineire and other places, and quantities of land have disappeared.

Married.] R. Smith, esq. of Ballynatra, high sheriff, county of Waterford, to the Hon H. St. Leger, daughter of the late

Viscount Doneraill Mr. P. J. Bedford, of

the Theatre Royal, Dublin, to Lucy A. Greene, of Covent Garden Theatre.

The Booksellers in general are informed, that as many oj tl em may happen to hare on hand sundry back Numbers of this Miscellany, we uniformly exchange ore back Number for another, to enable persons to complete sets and volumes ; but we make no such exchange in favour of Numbers published within three months of the ttme. Of course also we expect the numbers exchanged to be uncut and perfect. If e propose also in future to sell the half-yearly volumes at \bs. thereby charging but Is. for the half-binding instead of '2*.

We think it necessary to repeat that country Correspondents who affix their names

For tht Monthly Magazine.

THE ENQUIRER.

No. Xxxii.

What are the Comparative Pretensions of POPE and BOILEAU?

IT may not be wholly unprofitable, or uninteresting at this time—if only in reference to (he great Bowles And Pope Question — to attempt some elucidation of the poetical qualities of the great bard of Twickenham, by considering the rank they ought to hold in comparison with those of his contemporaries. Among these, none «ffer themselves with such striking features of resemblance, as Diyden aud Boileau, though both may be rather said, in point of time, to have preceded him. With the former he has been so frequently and fully compared that it would be useless to review the subject. Not so with the latter: as with the exception of some incidental remarks of Aire and Warton, the consideration is new to us. Though we are decidedly hostile to that false criticism still in vogue with our old Reviews, which institutes mean comparisons between authors of similar or opposite powers, for the invidious purpose of elevating the character of the one, on the ruins of the other, instead of gratifying and improving their readers by pointing out their varied or assimilating qualities, to shew how the rich chorus of our poetry is made complete; we cannot resist the pleasure of touching on the respective excellencies and singular coincidences we discover in the characters of Pope and Boileau. Indeed, there are, perhaps, no two authors, either of ancient or modern date, who in their genius and pursuits, afford us so complete and happy a parallel. And this surprising similarity applies no less to their peculiar genius and writings, than to the times in which they lived, to the state of literature in their respective countries, and to the high station they both attained, and the reputation they enjoyed while living, in the eyes of nobility and princes, and in the promise of fame opened to their view.

Thus, they both lived in times equally fortunate for their reputation, and their honourable reception in the world. It was truly the Augustan age of England and of France that seemed to hare restored other Horaces aud Virgils, and other Ovids and Ciceros to the courts of Lewis and Queen Anne. Equally rich in the poetry of love and

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passion, as in the comedy of manners and of polished life, a chivalric spirit seemed still to linger among us, and the influence of poetry was visible in the feelings and expressions, if net in the actions of men. If the lyric and dramatic genius of older times seemed to slumber, they still possessed sublimity oi sentiment and description, and with high pathetic powers united a keen ana humourous relish of satire and burlesque. In all of these, Pope and Boileau must be allowed to have been at the head of their art, among contemporaries of no common qualifications. Their names will be found as highly distinguished above the great writers of their age, as above all those who have followed them.

In the invention and developement of their subjects, iu felicity and completeness of execution, uniformity of character and purpose, with an uncommon richness and harmony of language and versification, their poems willstaud as models and tests of excellence, terrible indeed to future candidates for fame, and almost affecting the past with an appearance of barbarism. And for this superiority also, they are both indebted, like Horace and Virgil, to an early and assiduous study of the best models of their predecessors, united to a fine taste and genius of their own, in adapting their poetical powers to the wants, character, and humours of their respective countrymen.

In their literary controversies with the critics and dunces of the age, we find them equally enthusiastic admirers and champions of the old writers, against the innovations of the moderns; and especially in that learned attack made by the French academicians on the ancients' want of decency, and Homer's unpoliteness, which was afterwards transferred, by way of sympathy, to the dunces of England. But Perrault appears to have met, from Boileau, with much the same reception as Bentley and his friends, not long after, did from the satire of Dean Swift and Pope. And surely another Dunciad will soon be a desideratum, to commemorate the new labours of the choice spirits, and small gentleman wits of the present day. „

In their choice of subjects, as well as in the more important features of their poetic character, and the studies they pursued, the French and English poets will also be found to a^ree. It would appear that they aimed at the 3Q' same

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