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Gentleman's Magazine :


Historical Chronicle.

From JANUARY to JUNE, 1817.








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By Mason CHAMBEŻLIN. SWEET Soother of Life's cares, when the 'Tis thine, when every earthly comfort fails, rude storm

Pointing to mansions fair above the Of adverse Fortune vents its fiercest rage,

skies Thou shew'st thro' clouds of doubt thine Where undisturb'd tranquillity prevails, airy form,

To bid us there expect a heavenly
Each pang of heartfelt sorrow to assuage: prize:
Dispelling, like the rising Orb of day, A crown of joy, which shall for ever bloom;
'The dark assemblage of surrounding A glorious' robe, not subject to decay;

An everlasting life beyond ibe tomb,
And with thy clear and all-enlivening ray, Where pain shall cease, and tears be
Scattering the train of borrors that in-

wip'd away ;

If, rightly taught, by each afflictive stroke, E’ep 'mid the tempest, thou canst still God's Wisdom infinite sees fit to deal suggest

For our probation, we bis aid invoke, Reflcction, suited to remove alarm, And, wounded, seek the med'cine which To lull each anxious feeling in the breast,

can heal. Aod fell Despair of all its force disarm.

June 6, 1816.

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REMARKS FROM VARIOUS CORRESPONDENTS. A FRIEND TO ACCURACY informs “ A the public peace, and disgraceful to those Constant though young Reader,” (see who, bearing titles which ought to dispage 253 of the present Volume,) that tinguish them as fit for the company of he may find the Account of William Gentlemen, choose to associate with the Walker, of Darnal near Sheffield, which very lowest and vilest, amongst the lowest he wishes to see, in Gent. Mag. vol. rank in society."

A.Z. XXXVII. (1767.) p. 548–9.

“ In compliance with the wish of Mr. A Correspondent expresses his fears Laurence (p. 517.) I have no scruple to that the remarker on Eccles. Hist. (p. inform him, that the account of the Bar323, 397, &c.) is no friend. He cer- berry tree, p. 220, came from R. Churtainly, skilled," or not skilled, is an ton, Rector of Middleton, near Banbury, ample dealer "in legendary lore.” If who does not bowever bold himself re. he continues to sail at large, not " with sponsible for every letter with the signasupreme dominion, in the desert fields of ture of R. C. which has appeared in Mr. air," our Correspondent hopes, Mr. Urban Urban's pages. My Barberry is at prewill clip his wings, and save others the sent in full health and vigour, with very unwelcome trouble. Verbum sat. little fruit, but quite free from blight,

The intelligence from Rugby (p. 442) as are also my oats about 50 yards disis not quite correct. For “ Joseph M. tant. With regard, however, to the Hamilton,” read “ Joseph Harriman barmlessness of the Barberry, I cannot Hamilton.” Omit “H. Rogers;" and but consider it as still a little doubtful, for “ R. Churton," read, “ Thomas influenced chiefly by the report which I Townson Cburton and William Ralph stated in a former volume. See Oct. Churton."

1815, p. 294."

R. C. “ The lines on Browne Willis (p. 446) P. 511. l. ult. The excellent Historian of may be seen in the Oxforu Sausage, p. Selborne was not “ Vicar," but grand158, but without a name. I suppose son of a former Vicar of both his names, your Correspondent has some ground for who was instituted in 1681. See History "attributing them to “Richard, Lord of Selborne, p. 330. Viscount Cobbam.": In the third stanza “ All your Correspondents must bope "Spenser" should, no doubt, be “Chau. that your Leicestershire Friend is not near cer," as it is in the Sausage. In stanza the end of his Tour. 1, " County town,” for “Country town," "They have also to thank J.W.(p. 524.) and scanza 7, “Stript” for “ Stepe," are for the account of Mr. Johnson; and to variations, of which perbaps the reader hope be will give you many more partiwill prefer the former."

c. culars of one so well deserving of public " Your Correspondent, p. 496, justly notice, and which he appears so well reprobates Boxing matches, offensive to qualified to give."

A. Z. 6







FTER having for Eighty-seven Years addressed our numerous Readers with a repetition of Thanks for their long-continued and unparalleled indulgence ;-after referring them more particularly to our Prefaces for the last Thirty Years, in which our firm attachment to the best interests of our Country, our veneration for its Sovereign, and our respect for its equitable Laws, have uniformly been inculcated — we have only again to thank the many friendly Correspondents who contribute so liberally to support the credit of a Miscellany which has been honoured by the productions of men as justly famed for their virtues as for their talents.

We cannot, however, close the present Address without sincerely congratulating the Country at large on the revival of Trade and Public Confidence. And this we shall do, in the words of a respectable Provincial Newspaper *; which, after enumerating several facts, demonstrating that our Commerce and Manufactures are evidently fast improving, thus spiritedly remonstrates with the Croakers :

“ The renewal of the Suspension of the Habeas Corpus Act has been decided upon by the Legislature ; and the measure has again been agreed to by as large majorities, in both Houses of Parliament, as it received on its first enactment; and we apprehend also with the approbation of a majority still larger of the reflecting and considerate part of the Nation. We have not yet seen one single argument advanced (though we have heard declamation and assertion enough) which shews that it is an act for the personal advantage or benefit of the Ministers. But we have heard from Ministers themselves, from such men as the Lord Chancellor, and the Earl of Liverpool, and from Statesmen in opposition likewise, from Lord Grenville in the Upper House, and from Mr. Bankes, Mr. Elliot, and Mr. Wilberforce, in the Lower House, that the measure in question was a grand National question, and is truly justified on the grounds of National necessity. As such, all good subjects will for a time submit to a wound of such severe infliction on the Constitution. But the Constitution of a State like ours is like the individuality of a man. It subsists through numerous subordinate changes. It grows from youth to age. It may improve, or it may decay, or decay may be produced under the name of improvement. Of all Constitutions now existing, ours is at once the most antient, has been the most slow in growth, and is the best knit and compacted together; but all its parts and principles do not require to be kept in motion at once. Some are capable of being suspended for a time; and their suspension may even contribute to the preservation of the general system. We had a Constitution before the Habeas Corpus Act existed ; we retain it now that that Act is in abeyance; and we shall possess it when the Law is again put in force. It was, therefore, well said by Sir John Nicholl, in the course of the debate on this Bill, that the Habeas Corpus Act is a Law by whose operation the people are secured from the oppressions of Power; and by whose occasional suspen

Felix Farley's Bristol Juurpal.

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