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avocations. If what is annexed, is heldto merit public attention, I may be induced to methodise my materials, and fend you the work complete. At present I transmit you the abridged characters of a few eminent statesmen, as a specimen of my manner and stile.

I am, Sir, Your Servant, T\ R.

Sir Robert WalpoU.

Sir Robert Walpole had a great fluency and readiness of language, though destitute of nervosity or elegance. He possessed a certain easiness of foul and callousness of sentiment, which made him proof against all attacks, and raised him superior to every embarrassment. By an unwearied attention to figures and calculation, he had acquired a little knowledge in the subject of finance. The maxim which he uniformlypursued, and shamefully avowed, was, that every man had his price. He ridiculed the very ideas of patriotism and public spirit, thought self interest the wisest principle by which a man could be actuated, aud bribery, the most elevated and comprehensive system that ever entered into the human mind.

, . Lord Carttret.

This statesman was possessed of the finest abilities, the most elegant taste, the most splendid eloquence ; all the treasures of polite literature were his own, and he perfectly understood the interests and the politics of every court in Europe. Had his integrity kept pace with histalents, he was formed to be the brightest ornament of the court in which he lived. His patronage might have given new vigour to the republic of letters, and his political skill, new lustre to the annals of Britain.

T. R.


A Bee, the busiest thing alive,
The most industrious of the hive,

Had toil'd for many hours;
Had rifled gardens, lawns, and fields, *

Or what the spicy stirub'ry yields,

Of balmy herbs aud flow'rs.

Each hill and dale well knew his song;
To him their honied stores belong;

Then why new scenes explore ?— i*

Ambitious of a nobler prize,. ,::
He through my Anna's window flies,

To crown his plunder'd store. 1

There, buzzing round her beauteous lips,
Which did the blooming rose eclipse,

Their tempting sweets to spoil i
Eager he whirls round the fair,
'Till 'tangled in her lovely hair, >

He's seized amid the toil. ♦

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Ye swains, take warning from the Bee,
Flee the enticing snare, ah!;

By him and me be taught: .
Avoid those dear bewitching charms, '. r-

Nor hope to gain her to your arms, 1 •

Or, like us, you'llbe caught. E. W.

"Edinburgh, 7_

Januaryit). 1791. y '"'""

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Epitaphium Felis jsortirii.

(t Esse apibus partem divinæ mentis.'* Virg.

Fessa annis, morboque gravi, mitiffima felis

Infernos tandem cogor adiere lacus:
Et mihi subridens, Proserpina dixit, " Habeto

'< Elysios soles, Elysumque nemus."

Sed, bene si merui, faciles regina silentum

Da mihi saltern una nocte redire Domum r Node redire domum, dominoque hæc dicere in aurera, "Te tua fida etiam trans Styga felis amat."

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Epitaph oft a Cat.
Death, that fell tyrant, to one end who brings
Cats, dogs, and lords, andr fninisters, and kings',"
Has seized my cat; with age and pains 'oppress,.
She mewed, she licked my fate and funk to reft.1'
Farewell, thou mildest of the1 taby race1,
Ah! ne'er (hall such a pussy fill thy place.

Stern Pluto's queen received my favourite Puss
With smiles benignant, and addfeffed her thus:

"In blest Elysium's bow'rs of deathless green,

"Where never mastiff foe to cat was seen;

"With endless joys, Squaiina, thou shalt dwell,

"For thou on earth did'st fill thy station well;

"'Did'st well perform great Jove's allotted task;

"From Cats, from Men, 'tis all that heaven can ask!"


"Goddess ({he said,) since poor Squalina more

"Thy favour gains, than e'er did cat be'ore,

"O grant roe yet one day to breathe the air,

"In the lov'd presence of my mistress fair,

"To tell her with my last, my parting breath,

** Thy faithful pussy loves thee after death!"


Love, a Rondeau.
PpACE! thou fond flutt'rer ! prithee peace;
Why iha,k'st thou thus my troubled breast?

0 ! let thy painful throbbing cease,
And give me back my wonted rest:
For now forlorn 1 waste the day,
And now forlorn I waste the night;

1 court the fun's declining ray,

I languish for the morning's light;
Then peace fond flutt'rer! prithee peace,
And let thy painful throbbing cease.

*' While my resistless troubled head,

M Rolls the warm tide thy veins along;

*' Still shall thy pulses madly ,beat,

"Irregular, and wild, and strong.

"Ne'er ib alt thou quell the inward storm,

"Till Isabella's heavenly charms,

"Her gently yielding, lovely form,

** Shall pant within thy circling arms:

(' Then I'll ease thy troubled breast,

#' And give thee back thy wonted rest."


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A resp?ctable corresponden communicate! the fi'.lo'ving'account of the metbof) of miking Parir.ej'a* cbrefi, ire hopes it may prove useful tor improving the quality of me cheisea of .hit, country. The receipt was brought from Italy by Mr Arthur Young, well known for Jr.s labour? in agriculture^ /^~*^

The Lodisiij^B cliiefly lotjrgrounds, and mostly watered. A dairy farm of 100 cows, makes daily a cheese of 70 Ib ,or 75 lb. of 28 ounces. The cheeses in winter smaller, but better. The cows fed only four or five hours a day upon pasture, the rest on hay at home. Eighty cows for the dairy, 20 for calves, and the farm ipoo perticas of land, 800 of standing meadow, and 200 in corn and grafs. Rotation; the cows milked twice a day, and give, one with another, about 32 cocasJis, of 30 oz. of milk. The evening's milk is put to the morning's. At 16 Italian hours or so in the morning, the evening and morning's milk, after beiDg lkimmed, were put together into a boiler, 8 feet diameter ,at top, 5 feet 3 deep ; at the bottom, about 2i wide, about 272 cocalli, and put under it two faggots of wood, which made the milk rather more than lukewarm ; then the boiler was withdrawn from the fire, and a ball of rennit about an ounce weight dissolved in the milk, turning it in the .hand in the milk; it was not sufficiently coagulated till about noon, being early in the Spring; but in Summer it is done in half of three quarters of an hour -, but they then use half as much more rennit as was coagulated, so as to be taken in pieces from the surface of the boiler.

The foreman with a stick that had 18 points, or rather 9 small pieces of wood fixed by their middle in the end of it and forming nine points on each side, began to break. .exactly all the coagulated milk, and continued to do so for more than half an hour, from time to time examining it to ■see its state. He ordered to renew the fire, and four faggots of willow branches were used all at once. He turned fixe boiler, that the sire might act j and then' the undensaa

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