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Under these circumstances, the death of a man of the talents, temper, station, and experience of Charles Fox, is a loss of which the public have not yet appreciated the extent. May he, who can best pretend to the powers of mind, and magnanimity of heart, of this departed statesman; may Richard Brinsley Sheridan, to whom his mantle has descended, be long preserved to us!
Died Joseph Shaw, Esq. of Epsom, Barrister at Law, aged 85, author of “ Shaw's Justice of Peace, and Parish Officer,” and of an “ Abridgement of the Poor Laws.”
1806. March 30. The Duchess of Devonshire.
June 6. Thomas Bernard, LL.D. Bishop of Limerick; a Member of the Literary Club; and friend of Johnson, Burke, &c.
June 8. Thomas Velley, Esq. F.L.S. eminent for his skill in Botany.
June 27. At Tunbridge Wells, Charles Francis Sheridan, Esq. elder brother of R. B. Sheridan, and eminent for his talents both in history, and political controversy. He was at one time Under-Secretary for the War Department in Ireland; and was author, according to Reus's Catalogue, of the following publications. 1. A History of the late Revolutions in Sweden, 1778, 8vo. 2. Letters of a Dungannon Volunteer, respecting the Expediency of a Parliamentary Reform. 3. Observations on Blackstone's Doctrine respecting the extent of the power of the British Parliament, particularly with regard to Ireland, 1774, 8vo.
4. Review of the three great National Questions, relative to a Declaration of Right; Poyning's Law; and the Mutiny Bill, 1781, 8vo.
Aug. 1. Thomas Newte, Esq. Tourist, æt. 56.
Aug. Capt. James Colnett, late Commander of H. M. S. Glation, and author of a Voyage to the South Atlantic, 1798, 4to.
Sept. 11. Rev. John Brand, F.A.S. Secretary to the Society of Antiquaries, author of "Newcastle upon. Tyne,” &c. aged 63.
Sept. 18. Hayman Rooke, Esq. F.R. and A.S.S.. St. 84.
Oct. 3. Dr. Horsley, Bishop of St. Asaph.
Literary Intelligence. I understand that the Public will be gratified in a few days by the publication of Mr. Park's Edition of Lord Ore ford's Royal and Noble Authors, illustrated by numerous portraits. The great additions made to this work, with the various specimens of the productions of the writers, many of them derived from the most scarce and recondite sources, will render this work an invaluable acquisition to the lovers of curious research.
To Correspondents. Several favours received too late for this Number shall appear in the next.
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[Being the Fourth Number of Vol. III.)
Art. I. A Musicall Consort of heavenly Harmonie
(compounded out of manie parts of Musicke) called Churchyard's Charitie. Imprinted at London, lý Ar. Hatfield, for William Holme. 1595. 4to.
The industrious historiographer of Oxford informs us, * that he had taken much labour to recover the titles of Churchyard's pieces: the present however appears to have eluded his research. In the additions to Herbert's Typographical Antiquities, t the title may indeed be traced; but the tract itself will vainly perhaps be sought after in the libraries of those, who have been most successful in treasuring up the relics of our early vernacular poetry. The copy, now employed, was freely imparted by a gentleman, whose slightest claim it is to national celebrity, that he possesses the most complete dramatic library in the kingdom.
• Athen. Oxon. I. 318.
+ Vol. III. po 1808.
Churchyard's Musical Consort is thus inscribed :
“ To the right honorable Robert Devereux, Earle of Essex and Ewe, Vicount of Hereford, Lord Ferrer of Chartley, Borcher, and Lovaine, Master of the Queenes Majesties horse, Knight of the noble order of the Garter, and one of hir Majesties honourable privie counsell; Thomas Churchyard wisheth increase of all wished honor, happiness of life, world's good will, and everlasting fame.
“A greater boldnes cannot be committed, (right honorable) than to present pamphlets and poetrie to noble counsellors, that governes a publike state; though in all ages reasonable writers, that kept an orderly compasse, were suffered in verse or prose, (so their inventions were not farced ful of vanitie) to shew good will in the dedication of some honest labors to such honorable personages, as was woorthie of any good volumes, or in the woorth of vertue excelled the waight and value of numbers, that neither merits laudation, nor shew no sufficiency to be saluted with a booke. But what I see, and the world reports, of your lordship, makes me somewhat hardie to offer a present: yet simplenes of spirit, and want of profound learning, hath so muffled my Muses, that they dare not speake, nor I presume to write. Nevertheless, thinking on your twentyfold honorable Father, * my great good Lord, matchlesse in our world; that caried in his breast the feare of God, and wan with his life the love of men; (so noble was his minde!) I stood nothing discouraged; bicause a soldier-like noble sonne of his is left alive, to follow
• Wal.er, Earl of Essex, and Ewe, and carl marshal of Ireland, where be died, in 1576.
the steps of so stately a father, and to shine above and beyond the course of thousands in this time, or is likely to come after to this age. To treate of particulars in that behalfe, I should presume too far, and unad. visedly come too short of matter fit for this cause. Wherefore I am to leave those deepe considerations, and drop into the shallownes of mine own studies; that brings foorth a booke of the coldnes of Charitie, bicause a great noble man told me, this last wet sommer, the weather was too colde for Poets.' On which favorable words I bethought me, that Charitie in court, and all the world over was become so cold, that neither hot sommer, fervent fire, nor heat of sunne, could make warme againe, in that comfortable sort as our forefathers have felt it. So, my good Lord, following that onely theame of cold weather; (being apt to take any theam to write on, in as sweete a phrase and termes as I may devise) putting in the praise of
withall: I smoothly passe over (without bitter. speeches) the corruption of this world, and disguised maners of men; riding by the new fanglenes of a multitude, and not dashing any one's infirmitie with blot, or disgrace, or blemish of credit: hoping the best sort shall stand pleased with, howsoever the worst (happily may be touched) do of meere malice wrest awry the honest meaning of a plaine writer. For the dutifull regard towards the purchasing of your L.'s favor hath so sifted every word and sentence, that no one verse or line shall bee offensive to a sounde judgment and good construction. And for that now (by reason of great age) my wits and inventions are almost wearied with writing of bookes, (this being one of the last) I tooke this taske in hand, at large to dilate somewhat of Charitie, which