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Exarsere procul. Stupefacta Lycaonis ursa Citation IV. Essay, p. 61, the whole passage Constitit, et pavido riguit glacialis in axe:

Innominata quæque nominibus suis, Omnis cardinibus submotus inhorruit orbis;

Libet vocare pripriis vocabulis.
Angeli hoc efficiunt, cælestia jussa seculi.

Citation V. Essay, page 63.
Citation VII. Essay, page 41.

Terrestris orbis rector! et princeps freti!
Illa quidem fugiens, sparsis per terga capillis, Cæli solique soboles ; atherium genus !
Ora rigat lacrimis, et cælum questibus implet. Adame! dextram liceat amplecti tuam!
Talia voce rogans. Magni Deus arbiter orbis !
Qui rerum momenta tenes, solusque futuri

Citation VI. Essay, ibid. Præscius, clapsique memor : quem terra po- Quod illud animal, tramite obliquo means, tentem

Ad me volutum flexili serpet vià ? Imperio, cælique tremunt; quem dite superbus Sibila retorquet ora setosum caput Horrescit Phlegethon, pavidoque furore veretur! Trisidamque linguam vibrat: oculi ardent duo, En! Styge crudeli premimur. Laxantur hiatus Carbunculorum luce certantes rubrâ. Tartarei, dirusque solo dominatur Avernus, Infernique canes populantur cuncta creata,

Citation VII. Essay, p. 65, the whole passage Ei manes violant superos: discrimina rerum

Nata deo! atque homine sala !
Sustulit An heus, divumque oppressit honorem. Regina mundi! eademque interitus inscia!
Respice Sarcotheam: nimis, heu! decepta mo-Cunctis colenda !
mordit

Citation VIII. Essay, p. 66, the whole passage. Infaustas epulas, nosque omnes prodidit hosti.

Rationis etenim omnino paritas erigil, Citation VIII. Essay, page 42, the whole Ego bruta quando bestia evasi loquens ; passage.

Ex homine, qualis anle, te fieri Deam.
Qua:Irupedi pugnat quadrupes, volucrique volucris ;

Citation IX. Essay, ibid.
El piscis cum pisce ferox hostilibus arinis
Prælia sava geril : jain pristina pabula spernunt. Per sancta thalami sacra, per jus nominis
Jamn lon:lere piget viridanles gramine campos :

Quodcumque nostri: sive me natam vocas,
Allerum el alterius vivunt animalia lelho: Ex te creatam; sive communi patre
Prisca nec in gentem humanam reverentia durat : Ortam, sororem ; sive potius conjugem:
Sed fugiunt, vel si sleterant fera bella minantur Cassam, oro, dulci luminis jubare lui
Fronte truci, tordosque oculos jaculantur in illam. Ne me relinquas: nunc tuo auxilio est opus.
Citation IX. Essay, page 43.

Cum versa sors est. Unicum lapsæ mihi

Firmamen, unam spem gravi adflictæ malo, Vatibus antiquis numerantur lumine cassis, Te mihi reserva, dum licet: mortalium Tiresias, Phineus, Thamyrisque, et magnus Ne tota soboles pereat unius nece: Homerus.

Tibi nam relicta, quò petam? aut ævum erigam ? The above passage stands thus in Masenius, Citation X. Essay, p. 67, the whole passage. in one line: Tiresias cæcus, Thamyrisque, et Daphnis, Minus es nocitus ; ast ego nocentior,

Tu namque soli numini contrarius, Homerus.

(.Adeoque misera magis, quippe miseriæ comes N. B. The verse now cited is in Masenius's | Origoque scelus est, lurida mater mali!) Poems, but not in the Sarcolis.

Deumque læsi scelere, teque, vir! simul. CITATION X. Essay, page 46. CITATION XI. Essay, p. 68, the whole passage. In medio, turmas inter provectus ovantes Cernitur Antitheus, reliquis hic altior unus

Quod comedo, poto, gigno, diris subjacet.
Eminet, et circuim vulgus despectat inane :

INTERPOLATION IN RAMSAY.
Fruns nebulis obscura latet, torvumque furorem Citation VI. Essay, page 83.
Dissimulat, fidæ tectus velamine noctis;
Persimilis turri præcelsa, aut montibus allis

O judex! nova me facies inopinaque terret;
Antiquæ cedro, nudalæ frondis honore.

Me maculæ turpes, nudæque in corpore sordes,

Et cruciant duris exercita pectora pænis : PASSAGES INTERPOLATED IN GROTIUS.

Me ferus horror agit. Mihi non vernantia prata,

Non vitrei fontes, coli non aurea templa, CITATION I. Essay, page 55. Nec sunt grata mihi sub utroque jacentia sole: Sacri tonantis hostis, exsul patriæ

Judicis ora Dei sic terrent, lancinat ægrum Celestis adsum ; tartari tristem specum

Sic pectus mihi noxa. O si mi abrumpere vitam, Fugiens, et atram noctis æternæ plagam.

Et detur pænam quovis evadere letho! Hac spe, quod unum maximum fugio malum,

Ipsa parens utinam mihi tellus ima dehiscat! Superos vídebo. Fallor? an certè meo

Ad piceas trudarque umbras, atque infera regna! Concussa tellus tota trepidat pondere?

Palientes umbras Erebi, noctemque profundam! Quid dico? Tellus ? Orcas et pedibus tremit.

Montibus aut premar injectis, cælique ruina !

Ante tuos vultus, lua quam flammantiaque ora CITATION JI. Essay, page 58, the whole Suspiciam, caput objectem et cælestibus armis! passage.

INTERPOLATIONS IN STAPHORSTIUS Num, me judice, Regnare dignum est ambi!r, etsi in Tartaro:

Citation III. Essay, page 104. Allo præesse Tarlaro siquidem juval,

Fædus in humanis fragili quod sanctius evo! Calis quam in ipsis servi obire munia.

Firmius et melius, quod magnificentius, se quan Conjugii, sponsi sponsæque jugalia sacra ! Nec fas; non sic deficimus, nec talia tecum Auspice te, fugiens alieni subcuba lecti,

Gessimus, in cælos ohm tua signa secuti. Dira libido huminum tota de gente repulsa est : Est hic, est vitæ et magni contempor Clympi, Ac tantum gregibus pecudum ratione carentum Quique oblatam animus lucis nunc respuat Imperat, et sine lege tori furibunda vagatur.

auiam, Suspice te, quam jura probant, rectumque, piumque, Et domiti tantum placeat cui regia cæli. (quam Filius atque pater, fraterque innotuit : et quot Ne dubita, numquam fractis hæc pectora numVincula vicini suciarunt sanguinis, a te

Deficient animis: prius ille ingentia cæli Nominibus didicere suain distinguere gentem, Atria, desei tosque æternæ lucis alumnos

Destituens, Erebum admigret nocteinque proCITATION VI. Essay, page 109.

fundam, Cælestes anima! sublimia templa tenentes,

Et Stygiis mutet radiantia lumina flammis. Laudibus adcumulate deum super omnia may; Immortale odium, vindictæ et sæva cupido.

In promptu caussa est : superest invicta voluntas, num!

(nostri!
Tu quoque nunc animi vis tota ac maxuma INTERPOLATIONS IN TAUBMAN.
Tota tui in Domini grates dissolvere laudes !
Aurorâ redeunte nova, redeuntibus umbris.

Essay, page 132. Immensum ! augustum! verur! inscrutabile Tune, ait, imperio regere omnia solus; et una numen!

[duorum, Filius iste tuus, qui se tibi subjicit ultro, Summe Deus! sobolesque Dei ! consorsque Ac genibus minor ad terram prosternit, et offert Spiritns! æternas retines, bone rector! habenas, Nescio quos toties animi servilis honores ? Per mare, per terras, cælosque, atque unus Je- Et tamen æterni proles æterna Jehovæ hova

Audit ab ætherea luteaque propagine mundi. Existens, celebrabo tuas, memorique sonabo (Scilicet hunc nutum dixisti cuncta regentem; Organico plectro laudes. Te pectore amabo,

Cælitibus regem cunctis, dominumque supremum) Te primum, et medium, et summum, sed fine ca- Huic ego sim supplex ? ego? quo præstar.tior rentem,

alter

(qui O miris mirandé modis! ter maxime rerum! Non agit in superis. Mihi jus dabit ille, suum Collustrat terras dum lumine Titan Eoo ! Dat caput alterius sub jus et vincula legum ?

Semideus reget iste polos? reget avia terræ ? INTERPOLATION IN FOX.

Me pressum leviore manu fortuna tenebit? Essay, page 116.

Et cogar æternum duplici serrire tyranno ?

Haud ita. Tu solus non polles fortibus ausis. Tu Psychephone

Non ego sic cecidi, nec sic mea fata premuntur, Aypocrisis esto, hoc sub Francisci pallio. Ut nequeam relevare caput, colloque superbum 'Tu Thanate, Martyromaatix re et nomine sies. Excutere imperium. Mini si mea dextra favebit, Altered thus,

Audeo totius mihi jus promittere mundi.
Tu Psychephone!

Essay, page 152.
Hypocrisis esto; hoc sub Francisci pallio,

Throni, dominationes, principatus, virtutes, poo Quo tutò tecti sese credunt emori.

testates, is said to be a line borrowed by Milion INTERPOLATION IN QUINTIANUS.

from the titlepage of Heywood's “Hierarchy of

Angels.” But there are more words in HeyEssay, page 117.

wood's uitle; and, according to his own arrangeMic. Cur huc procaci veneris cursu refer? ment of his subjects, they should be read thus:

Manere si quis in sua potest domo, Seraphim, cherubim, throni, potestales, angeli,

Habitare numquam curet alienas domos. archangeli, principatus, dominaliones.
Luc. Quis non, relictâ Tartari nigri domo,
Veniret ?' Illic summa tenebrarum lues,

These are my interpolations, minutely traced
Ubi pedor ingens redolet extremum situm. without any arts of evasion. Whether from the
Hic autem amana regna, et dulcis quies ; passages that yet remain, any reader will be con-
Ubi serenus ridet æternum dies.

vinced of my general assertion, and allow that Mutare facile* est pondus immensum levi, Milton had recourse for assistance to any of the Summes dolores marimisque gaudiis. authors whose names I have mentioned, I shall INTERPOLATION IN BEZA.

not now be very diligent to inquire, for I had no

particular pleasure in subverting the reputation Essay, page 119.

of Milton, which I had myself once endeavoured Stygemque testor, et profunda Tartari,

to exalt;* and of which, the foundation had al Nisi impediret livor, et queis prosequor Odia supremum numen, atque hominum genus, celeberrimus,non Angliæ moto, soli natá sit, verum e

• Virorum maximus-Joannes MILTONUS-Poeta Pietate motus hinc patris, et hinc filii,

neris humani orvamentuin-cujus eximiu: liber, Anji. Possem parenti condolere et filio,

canis versibus couscriplus, vulg PARADISUS Anissly Quasi eruissem omnem malitiam ex peclore.

iminortalis illud ingenii monum nium', cum ipsa lore

ieternitate perennaiurum est opu-!-Hju: uni mojaru INTERPOLATION IN FLETCHER. Anglorum primus, l'ost tantum, rodili! ab anties.

cesu pocte intervallum, : tarua ileganti in loco cilet er Essay, page 124.

mno,cænobi, Wes mon: sierie.si, po ja, regon, ? rinci. Nec tamen æternos obliti (absiste timere)

pim, anti-citim, illustriumq e Angliæ viro uin cæmo

lerio, vir ornatissimus Gulielmu. Benson prosecu usish Uınquam animos, fessique ingentes ponimus iras.

Poelaun Scotorum Musc Sucra in prafu! -me,

Ed nb. 1739. For facile, the word volute was substituted in the A characier, as high and honourable as ever was Ensay.

stowed upon him by the most sanguine of his admirena or form where that language is taughi.

ways remained untouched by me, had not my it, and resolve, that my first offence shall be my credit and my interest been blasted, or thought last

. More I cannot perform, and more there to be blasted, by the shade which it cast from its fore cannot be required. I intreat the pardun of boundless elevation.

all men, whom I have by any means induced to About ten years ago, I published an edition of support, to countenance, or patronise my frauds, Dr. Johnston's translation of the “ Psalms,” and of which I think myself obliged to declare, that having procured from the general assembly of not one of my friends was conscious. I hope the church of Scotland, a recommendation of to deserve, by better conduet and more useful its use to the lower classes of grammar-schools, undertakings, that patronage which I have obinto which I had begun to introduce it, though tained from the most illustrious aud venerable not without much controversy and opposition ; names by misrepresentation and delusion, and to I thought it likely that I should, by annual pub- appear hereafter in such a character, as shall lications, improve my little fortune, and be en- give you no reason to regret that your name is abled to support myself in freedom from the mi- frequently mentioned with that of, Reverend Sir, series of indigence. But Mr. Pope, in his ma- your most humble servant, levolence to Mr. Benson, who had distinguished

WILLIAM LAUDER. himself by his fondness for the same version,

December 20th, 1750. destroyed all my hopes by a distich, in which he places Joanston in a contemptuous comparison with the author of “Paradise Lost."*

From this time all my praises of Johnston became ridiculous, and I was censured with

TESTIMONIES CONCERNING MR. great freedom, for forcing upon the schools, an

LAUDER. author whom Mr. Pope had mentioned only as a foil to a better poet. On this occasion, it was

Edinb. May 22d, 1734. natural not to be pleased, and my resentment These are certifying, that Mr. William Lauder seeking to discharge itself somewhere, was un passed his course at this university, to the genehappily directed against Milton. I resolved to ral satisfaction of these masters, under whom he attack his fame, and found some passages in studied. That he has applied himself particucursory reading, which gave me hopes of stigma-larly to the study of humanity* ever since. That tising him as playiary. The farther I carried for several years past, he has taught with success, my search the more eager I grew for the discos students in the Humanity Class, who were revery, and the more my hypothesis was oppos- commended to him by the professor thereof. ed, the more I was heated with rage. The con- And lastly, has taught ihat class himself, during sequence of my blind passion, I need not relate; the indisposition, and since the death of its late it has, by your detection, become apparent to professor; and therefore is, in our opinion, a fit mankind. Nor do I mention this provocation as person to teach Humanity in any school or coladequate to the fury which I have shown, but as lege whatever. a cause of anger, less shameful and reproachful

J. Gowdie, S. S. T. than fractious malice, personal envy, or national

Matt.CRAUFURD, S.S. T. et Hist. Ec. Pr. Reg. jealousy:

William Scott, P. P. But for the violation of truth, I offer no ex

Robert STUART, Ph. Nat. Pr. cuse, because I well know that nothing can

Col. DRUMMOND, L. G. et P. Pr. excuse it. Nor will I aggravate my crime, by

Col. Mac-LAURIN, Math. P. Edin. disingenuous palliations. I confess it, I repent

AL. BAYNE, J. P.

Charles Macky, Hist. P. and as this was my cool and sincere opinion of that won.

Alex. MONRO, Anat. P. derful man formerly, so I declare il to be the same still, and ever will be, notwithstanding all appearances to the

WILLIAM Dawson, L. H. P. contrary, occasioned merely by passion and resentment; which appear, however, by the Postscript to the Essay, to be so far from extending to the posterity of Milion, that I recommend bis only remaining descendant, in the

A Letter from the Rev. Mr. Patrick Cuming, one of the Warmest terms, to the public.

ministers of Edinburgh, and Regius Professor of . Or. Iwo unequal crutches propp'd hef came,

Church History in the University there, to the Rer. MILTON's on this, on that one Johnston's name. Mr. Blair, Recior of the Grammar School at Dundee.

Dunciad, Book IV. D. B.-Upon a public advertisement in the + Benson. This man endeavoured to raise himself to newspapers, of the vacancy of a master's place sime, hy erecting monuments, striking coins, and pro: in your school, Mr. William Lauder, a friend of passion for Arthur Johnston, a Scots Physician's, version mine, proposes to set up for a candidate, and goes of the Psalms, of which he printed many fine editions.-- over for that purpose. He has long taught the Notes on the Dunciad.

Latin with great approbation in this place, and No sewer than six different editions of that useful and va'uable book, two in quarto, two in octavo, ani two in given such proofs of his mastery in thał lana les er form, now lie like lumber in the hand of Mrguage, that the best judges do upon all occasions Valiant, buoksoller, the effects of Mr. Pope's ill-natured recommend him as one who is qualified in the criticism. One of these editions in quarto, illustrated with an in.

best manner. He has taught young boys and terp elation and notes, after the manner of the classic young gentlemen, with great success; nor did I auins in usum Delphini, was by the worihy editor, ever hear of any complaint of him from either a no 1741, inscribed to his Royal Highness Prince parents or children. . I beg leave to recommend George, as a proper book for his instruction in principles him to you as my friend; what friendship you of piety, as well as knowledge of the Latin tongue, when he shouti' arrive at due maturity of age. To restore this book to creilit, was the cause that induced me to engig * So the Latin tongue is called Scotland, from the in this disagreeable controversy, rather than any design Latin phrase, classis humaniorum literarum, ube rss ve depreciate the just reputatia of Milton.

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show him, I will look upon as a very great act of in the choice and variety of his metre, it is as friendship to me, of which he and I will retain plain, that he has given his poetic genius such an the most grateful sense, if he is so happy as to be unlimited scope, as has in many cases quite dispreferred. I persuade myself, you will find him figured the

peculiar and inimitable beauty, sinready at all times to be advised by you, as I have plicity, and energy of the original, which the found him. Indeed, if justice hail been done him, former, by a more close and judicious version, he should long ago have been advanced for his merit. has constantly and surprisingly displayed. SomeI ever am, D. B., you most affectionate, humble thing like this we ventured to hint in our note servant,

upon these two noble versions : to have said

Patrick CUMING. more, would have been inconsistent with our Edinb. Nov. 13th, 1742.

designed brevity.

We have likewise since seen what your opponent has writin praise of the one, and Jeroga

tion of the other, and think you have sufficiently A Letter from Mr. Mac-Laurin, late Professor of Mathe. so far from giving us any cause to retract what

confuted him, and with respect to us, he has been George Blair, Rector of the Grammar School at we had formerly said, that it has administered Dundee.

an occasion to us of vindicating it, as we have of giving you this trouble, from the desire I have after to Mr. A. B. who was pleased to give

Sir,- Though unacquainted, I take the liberty lately done by some critical notes on your excelmanner suited to his talent. I know him to them a place in his last edition of him, and which have made uncommon progress in classical learn- we doubt not you have seen long ago. How ing, to have taught it with success, and never they have been relished among you we know heard there could be any complaint against his not, but with us they have been thought suffimethod of teaching. I am, indeed, a stranger to cient to prove what we have advanced, as well as the reasons of his want of success on former oc- to direct the attentive reader to discover new casions. But after conversing with him, I have instances of your author's exaciness and eleground to hope, that he will be always advised gance, in every page, if not almost in every line. by you, for whom he professes great esteem, and

We gratefully accept of the books and kind will

be useful under you. I am, Sir, your most compliments you were pleased to transmit to us obedient, humble servant,

by Mr. Strahan, and had long since returned

you our thanks, but for the many avocations COLN MAC-LAURIN.

which the great work you know us to be enCollege of Edinburgh, Nov. 30th, 1742. gaged in doth of necessity bring upon us; oblig

ing us, or some at least of our society, to make from time to time an excursion to one or other of

our two learned universities, and consulting them A Letter from the Authors of the Universal History,» upon the best method of carrying on this work to Mr. Lauder.

to the greatest advantage to the public. This London, August 12th, 1741. has been some considerable part of our employLEARNED SIR, -When we so gladly took the ment for these twelve months past; and we flatfirst opportunity of reviving the memory and ter ourselves, that we have, with their assistance merit of your incomparable Johnston, in the first and approbation, made such considerable imvolume of our " Universal History,” our chief provements on our original plan, as will scarcely aim was to excite some generous Mecenas to fail of being acceptable to the learned world. fivour the world with a new edition of a poem the world that we have not been idle, though this which we had long since beheld with no small sixth volume is like to appear somewhat later in concern, buried, as it were, by some unaccountable fatality, into an almost total oblivion : whilst the year than was usual with our former ones. others of that kind, none of them superior, many copies of our

new plan to you as soon as they are

We shall take the liberty to transmit some vastly inferior, to it, rode unjustly, as we thought, printed. All we have left to wish with respect to triumphant over his silent grave.

And it is with great satisfaction that we have your excellent countryman and his version is,
seen our endeavours so happily crowned in the that it may always meet with such powerful and
edition you soon after gave of it at Edinburgh, in impartial advocates, and that it may be as much
your learned and judicious vindication of your esteemed by all candid judges, as it is by, learned
excellent author, and more particularly by the Sir, your sincere well-wishers and humble ser-
just deference which your learned and pious con- vants,
vocation has been pleased to pay to that admira-

The Authors of the “Universal History.” ble version.

We have had since then, the pleasure to see
your worthy example followed here, in the se-
veral beautiful editions of the honourable Mr. A Letter from the learned Mr. Robert Ainsworth, Au-
Auditor Benson, with his critical notes upon the thor of the Latin and English Dictionary, to Mr. Lau.
work.

der.
It was, indeed, the farthest from our thoughts, LEARNED AND WORTHY Sır,—These wait on
to enter into the merit of the controversy be- you to thank you for the honour you have done a
tween your two great poets, Johnston and Bu-person equally unknown as undeserving, in your
chanan; neither were we so partial to either as valuable present, which I did not receive till
not to see, that each had their shades as well as several weeks after it was sent; and since I re-
lights; so that, if the latter has been more happyl ceived it my eyes have been so bad, and my

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hand so unstable, that I have been forced to poet, you will permit us to cast the following defer my duty, as desirous to thank you with mites into your treasury of critical notes on hi my own hand. I congratulate to your nation noble version. We always thought the palm the just honour ascribed to it by its neighbours by far this author's due, as upon many other and more distant countries, in having bred two accounts, so especially for iwo excellences such excellent poets as your Buchanan and hitherto not taken notice of by any critic, that Johnston, whom to name is to commend ; but we know of, and which we beg leave to transmit am concerned for their honour at home, who to you, and if you think fit, by you to the public, being conmitted together, seem to me both to in ihe following observations. suffer a diminution, whilst justice is done to We beg leave to subscribe ourselves, Sir, &e. neither. But at the same time I highly approve The Authors of the “Universal History." your nation's piety in bringing into your schools sacred instead of profane poesy, and heartily wish that ours, and all christian governments, would follow your example herein. If a mix- Dr. Isaac Waus, D. D. in his late Book, entitled “The ture of utile dulci be the best composition in

Improvement of the Mind," Lond. 1741, p. 114 poetry, (which is too evident to need the judg

Upon the whole survey of things, it is my opi ment of the nicest critic in the art,) surely the nion, that for almost all boys who learn this utile so transcendently excels in the sacred tongue, (the Latin,) it would be much safer to hymns, that a christian must deny his name be taught Latin poesy (as soon, and as far as that doth not acknowledge it: and if the dulce they can need it) from those excellent transla. seen not equally to excel, it must be from a tions of David's Psalms, which are given us by vitiated taste of those who read them in their ori- Buchanan in the various measures of Horace; ginal, and in others at second-hand from trans- and the lower classes had better read Dr. John lations. For the manner of writing in the East ston's translation of those Psalms, another ele and West are widely distant, and which to a gant writer of the Scots nation, instead of Ovid's paraphrast must render his task exceeding diffi- Epistles; for he has turned the same Psalms, cult, as requiring a perfect knowledge in two perhaps with greater elegancy, into elegiac languages, wherein the idioms and graces of verse, whereof the learned W. Benson, Esq. speech, caused by the diversity of their religion, has lately published a new edition ; and í bear laws, customs, &c. are as remote as the inhabit that these Psalms are honoured with an inants, wherein notwithstanding your poets have creasing use in the schools of Holland and Scotsucceeded to admiration.

land. A stanza, or a couplet of those writers Your main contest seems to me, when stript would now and then stick upon the minds of of persons, whether the easy or sublime in poesy youth, and would furnish them infinitely better be preferable; if so,

with pious and moral thoughts, and do some Non opis est nostræ tantam componere litem:

thing towards making them good men and

christians. nor think I it in your case material to be decided. Both these have their particular excellences and graces, and youth ought to be taught wherein (which the matter ought chiefly to determine) An act of the Commission of the General Assembly of the the one hath place, and where the other. Now

Kirk of Scotland, recommending Dr. Arthur Johnston's

Latin Paraphrase of the Psalins of David, &c. since the hymns of David, Moses, and other

At Edinburgh, divine pocts intermixed with them, (infinitely

13th of November, 1740, post meridien excelling those of Callimachus, Alcæus, Sappho, Anacreon, and all others,) abound in both these General Assembly, by Mr. William Lauda,

A petition baving been presented to the late virtues, and both your poets are acknowledged Teacher of Humanity in Edinburgh, craving, to be very happy in paraphrasing them, it is my That Dr. Arthur Johnston's Latin Paraphrase opinion both of them, without giving the least on the Psalms of David, and Mr. Robert Boyd, preference to either, should be read alternately of Trochrig, his Hecatombe Christiana, may be in your schools, as the tutor shall direct. Par; recommended to be taught in all grammardon, learned Sir, this scribble to my age and schools; and the assembly having appointed a weakness, both which are very great, and com committee of their number to take the desire of mand me wherein I may serve you, as, learned the aforesaid petition into their consideration, Sir, your obliged, thankful, and obedient ser- and report to the Commission : the said come vant,

mittee offered their opinion, that the Commission ROBERT AINSWORTH. should grant the desire of the said petition, and Spitalfielas, Sept. 1741.

recommend the said Dr. Johnston's Paraphrase to be taught in the lower classes of the schools, and Mr. George Buchanan's Paraphrase on the

Psalms, together with Mr. Robert Bord of Tron A Letter from the Authors of the “ Universal History," chrig's Hecatombe Christina in the higher classes

of schools, and Humanity-classes in universiSin,-It is with no small pleasure that we see ties. The Commission having heard the said Dr. Johnston's translation of the Psalms revived report, unanimously approved thereof, and did, in so elegant a manner, and adorned with such and hereby do, recommend accordingly. Ess a just and learned display of its inimitable tracted by beauties. As we flatter ourselves that the cha

William GRANT, * Cl. Ed. Se racter we gave it in our first volume of the “ Universal History," did in some measure con- * This honourable gentleman is now his Majest tribute to it, we hope, that in justice to that great Advocate for Scotland.

to Mr. Auditor Benson.

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