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Why do we leave fair England's soil,
O'er burning India's sands to toil?
No change of clime can change the mind;
Himself the wand'rer still must find.

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Art. XXIII. Literary Obituary.

1806. Nov. 4. At Aldenham, Herts, aged 71, Geo. Mason, Esq. well known for his valuable Collection of Old English and Foreign Literature, and author of “An Essay on Design in Gardening, 1796;” “Poems by Thomas Hoccleve, with Preface, Notes, and Glossary, 1796;" “Supplement to Johnson's Dictionary;" “ Memoir of Lord Howe;" “ Answer to T. Paine," &c.

Nov. 13. At Henley in Arden, Warwickshire, Joseph Weston, many years organist of Solihull in that county; and whose controversy with Miss Seward as to the merits of Pope, carried on some years ago in Gent. Mag. is well remembered.

Lately. At Montserrat, aged 64, Francis Masson, a great Botanist, author of “Observations on several new Species of the Genus Stapiliæ nova.”

Dec. 2. Aged 83, Thomas Towle, B.D. an eminent Dissenting Minister.

1807. Jan. . Isaac Reed, Esq. too eminent in the literary world, to have his merits comprized in a short article.

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P.S. The Editor's extreme illness for the last fortnight has caused a greater hurry in the last sheets of this Number than is likely to occur again.

Jan. 27, 1807.

Printed by T. Bensley, Bolt Court,

Fleet Street, London.



[Being the Second Number of Vol. IV.)

ART. I. The principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques, and Discoveries of the English Nation, made by sea or over land, to the remote and farthest distant Quarters of the Earth, within the compass of these 1500 years. Divided into three several volumes, óccording to the positions of the regions whereunto they were directed. The first volume containeth the worthy Discoveries, &c. of the English towards the North and North-East by Seu; &c. With many testimonies of the ancient foreign Trades, the warlike andother shipping of this realm, with a Commentary of the true State of Iceland, the Defeat of the Spanish Armada, and the Victory at Cadiz. By Richard Hakluyt, M.A. Sometime Student of Christ Church, in Oxford. Fol. 1598.*


* This first volume was first published in 1589. Printed as above. See Herberi, II. 914.

Hakluyt has previously published « Divers Voyages touching ibe discoverie of America, and ibe Ilands adjacent unto tbe same, made forse of all by our Englisbien, and afterward by sbe Frenchmen and Britons; and certain notes

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The Second Volume comprehending the principal

Navigations, &c. of the English Nation to the South and South-East parts of the World, as well within as without the Streight of Gibraltar; within the compass of 1600 years. Divided into two several parts. By R. Hakluyt, c. Fol. 1599.

Both volumes are bound together; the former consisting of 620 pages; the latter of 312, the first part, and 204 the last; besides dedication, preface, and contents. Both are printed by Geo. Bishop, Ralph Newberie, and Rob. Barker,

The third and last Volume of the Voyages, &c. of the

English Nation, &c. within and before these 100 years, to all parts of the Newfound World of America, or the West Indies from 73 Degrees of Northerly to 57 of Southerly Latitude, &c. Collected by Richard Hakluyt, &c. Imprinted (as before) Fol. 1600. pp. 868.

of advertisements for observations, necessarie for sucb, as sball bereafter nake the like attempt : with two mappes annexed for obe plainer understanding of ibe whole matter. Imprinted for Tbomas Woodcock by T. Dawsos, 1582. 4to." See Herbert, II. 1108.

Also " A notable Historie, containing four Voyages, made by cerragne French Captayres unto Florida : wherein the great ricbes and fruitfulness of ibe comie trey with the maners of the people bieberto concealed are brought to ligbe, writtas ell, saving i be last, by Mons. Lavdonnier, who remained tbere bimselfe, a ibe French King's Lieutenant, a yere and a quarter. Newly translated eat of French by R. H. Imprinted by Tbo. Dawson, 1587, 466." Ib. 1726.


ART. II. Pilgrimage! or Relations of the World

and the Religions observed in all ages, and places discovered, from the Creation to this present, &c. in 4 parts. London. 1613. Fol. Again, 1614.

Fol, and 1626. Fol. Hakluytys Posthumus; or Purchas, his Pilgrimes, in

4 volumes, each containing s books. London. 1625. Fol.


These five volumes contain the valuable and very scarse collection of Purchas, which forms the continuation of Hackluyt.

I shall not enumerate the contents of these very curious volumes, because as to Hakluyt's, that has been done by Oldys in his “ British Librarian,” and as to both, it has been fully executed by Mr. Locke in his “ Explanatory Catalogue of Voyages,” reprinted

“ Clarke's Progress of Maritime Discovery.” Oldys remarks of the former, that “this elaborate and excellent collection, which redounds as much to the glory of the English nation, as any book that ever was published in it, having already had sufficient complaints made in its behalf, against our suffering it to become so scarce and obscure, by neglecting to translate it into the universal language, or at least to republish it in a fair impression, with proper illustrations, and especially an index, wherewith the author himself supplied the first edition, printed in one volume, folio, 1589. “We shall not here repeat those complaints; because we must necessarily wait for the return of that spirit, which animated the gallant adventurers


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