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Princess Dowager of Wales;” a magnificent work, in which the architectural designs were drawn by our author, the views by Messrs. Kirby, Thomas Sandby, and Marlow, and the engravings by Paul Sandby, Woollett, Major, Grignion, and Rooker. In this work, fir William asiigns the reason for bis adopting the Chinese style in this instance. “ The gardens of Kew,” says he, “are not very large, nor is their situation by any means advantageous; as it is low and commands no prospects. Originally the ground was one continued dead flat: the soil was in general barren, and without either wood or water. With so many disadvantages, it was not easy to produce any thing even tolerable in gardening : but princely munificence and an able director have overcome all difficulties, and converted what was once a desert into an Eden.” The
ing of Somerset House, he was appointed to conduct that great national work. He was also comptroller general to the works of the king, architect to the queen and the princess dowager, treasurer to the royal academy, member of the royal academy of arts at Florence, and of the royal academy of architecture at Paris. After a long illness he died, at a very advanced age, the 8th of March 1796; leaving a son, married to Miss Rodney, and three daughters, the wives of Mir. Cotton, Mr. Innes, and Mr. Harward, with a considerable fortune, acquired honourably, and enjoyed with hospitality bordering on imagnificence; and what is still better, quitting life with the regret and concern of all those with whom he had been connected; esteemed, loved, and lamented, by all with whom he had any intercourse either as an artist or as a man. On the 18th of March his remains were interred in the Poets' Corner, Westminster Abbey, being attended by his son, his sonsin-law, his executors, the dean of Lincoln, minister of the parish, Mr. Penneck of the museum, and a few other friends, the president, officers, and council of the Royal Academy, and the clerks of the Board of Works. In the Abbey " they were joined by the masterworkmen belonging to the Board of Works, who attended unsolicited, to testify their regret for the loss, and their citem for the memory of a man, by whom their claims had ever been examined with attention, and decided with justice, and by whom themselves were always . treated with mildness, courtesy, and afiability.
shall probably hear more of the
same kind after the present poems make their appearance. Whether these suspicions are suggested by prejudice, or are only the effects of ignorance of facts, I shall not pretend to determine. To me they give no concern, as I have it always in my power to remove them. An incredulity of this kind is natural to persons who confine all merit to their own age and country. These are generally the weakest as well as the most ignorant of the people. Indolently confined to a place, their ideas are very narrow and circunscribed. It is ridiculous enough, to see such people as these are branding their ancestors with the despicable appellation of Barbarians. Sober reason can easily discern where the title ought to be fixed with more propriety. “As prejudice is always the effeet of ignorance, the knowing, the men of true taste, despise and dismiss it. If the poetry is good, and the chara&ters natural and striking, to them it is a matter of indifference, whether the heroes were born in the little village of Angles in Juteland, or natives of the barren heaths of Caledonia. That honour which nations derive from ancestors worthy or renowned is merely ideal. It may buoy up the minds of individuals, but it contributes very little to their importance in the eyes of others. But of all those prejudices which are incident to narrow minds, that which measures the merit of performances by the vulgar opinion concerning the country which produced them, is certainly the most ridiculous. Ridiculous, however, as it is, few have the courage to reject it; and I am thoroughly con