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revives my drooping hopes. Mr. C. has sent copies of my poem to all the principal reviews. Now these critics are men of high talent, correct judgment, and uncorrupt honour; totally disinterested and independent, superior to the influence of party spirit, to the vile and sordid power of bribery, and unwarped by local prejudices or narrow feelings of aristocratic pride and jealousy. They will, I rest assured, readily make every allowance for the numerous disadvantages against which I have so resolutely fought; they will, as the fearless and avowed patrons of genius and merit, bring forward my work to the world; and if in any degree I deserve the high meed of their approbation, nobly cheer me on in my arduous pursuits, promote my welfare by their powerful commendations, and thus introduce me from the despouding gloom of obscurity, into the heartcheering sunshine of public favour.

I am, as ever,
Yours faithfully,

SYLVATICUS.

LETTER LXXVII.

-Cottage.

MY KIND FRIEND,

You wonder at my long silence, but you will find by what I have now to relate, that a sufficient excuse exists for my not communicating with you before. A heavy responsibility rested upon me, and having no hope of a speedy sale for my remaining copies, I formed the resolution of making a little tour to obtain the names of fresh subscribers, or rather new purchasers, to take the copies off my hands. It was an herculean task, but honour and honesty were my prominent motives. I began my expedition towards the east, a supply of books having been previously forwarded to meet me at certain distances. At the first town I succeeded well; at the second, which was Christchurch, badly, and at Lymington worse. At Southampton, I sold many copies. At Ryde, in the Isle of White, Miss O'Keefe, the author of Patriarchal Times, fc. having by chance seen a copy of my work, sent for me, treated me with much polite atten

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LETTER CVIII.-Extract from the Bath and

Cheltenham Gazette, respecting the situation
of the author--his feelings of gratitude to the
Editor.Mr. Britton and others.-Lines to
the Memory of Mrs. Fordyce,

161

LETTER CIX.-Ancient manners and amuse

ments of the once-happy peasantry of L-
and its neighbourhood.-Village characters, 170

LETTER CX.-From D. Cabanel, Esq.- his

opinion of the author's poems, ..

196

LETTER CXI.-From R. A. to the author-his

Tragedy promised representation on the boards
of the Bath Theatre-invitation to his house
during the rehearsals,

198

LETTER CXII.-The author's reply--grateful for his kindness,

200

LETTER CXIII.--The author after a consider

able interval sets out for Bath-he finds that
R. A. is in London, and that nothing had
been done at Bath to get his Tragedy out.-
Goes to town to dispose of a new volume of
poetry-fails, as usual, among the booksellers
---Mr. S. M. at length determines to publish
it for him.- Visit to Stonehenge,.

... 202 LETTER CXIV. - Lines, Richard Coeur de Lion's

Arrival on the Coast of Palestine.-Scenes in

PAGE.

Palestine published-extracts from different
reviews of that work.—Lines by Mrs. Carey,
author of Lasting Impressions, &c.— The
author's reply.—Methodist Magazine - illi-
berality.-Granville's Lecture on an Egyptian
Mummy at the Royal Institution,

223

LETTER CXV.-Death of the author's mother

reflections thereon-lines on the mournful
event,

248

LETTER CXVI. ----Engagement with a provincial

newspaper-difficulty in obtaining his salary
-evasion and illiberality of the proprietor.
The author's Tragedy performed--completely
successful-opinion of the Literary Chronicle
of its merits.-Lines, Evening in Paradise, 255

LETTER CXVII.-A contested election--sefvile

condescension of the candidates bustle and
manæuvres of the canvass-violence and con-
fusion at the poll-legal quibbles-vulgar
abuse of the advocate chief magistrate vio-
lently assaulted—he applies for military aid

- their exertions useless-chairing of the
successful party,

278

LETTER CXVIII.--The author discovers the

Inauguration - Place of the ancient Celtic
kings-description of it-reflections on quit-
ting it.--Lines to the Moon,

293

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