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LONDON:
Printed by John NICHOLS, for David Henry, late of St. John's
Gate; and sold by Eliz. NEWBERY, the Corner of St. Paul's

Church-Yard, Ludeate-Street. 1787.

Mr. URBAX,

July 1, 1787 MUT! tumines, muros mentes, is an adage, the verity of Which every day

experience in fecuiar masters incontrovertibly eltablishes.' In mode, and habit of thought, in pursuit of pleasure and amutement; in beauty, in building, in fashion, in dit, !n tafiki, ritmilitude is the characterisic; all the fons and daughters of Adam ditim in their several determinations on this point, and every one has his peculiar election and penchant. Among the many species of intellectual amusement, Reading undoubtedly deserves to le classed in the first forum : of the matter ye id, low multifarious is the genus in fociety! The lively, the gay, the ferious, the melancholic, the corrupting, the improving, have each their portion of specific readers; cach individually shews the criterion of each man’s goût; and herein, as I just now said, is remembered, most appostely, my adage, Multi bomints, mulias mentes. This moment's perufal of your valuable Miscellany gives rise to this reflc Etion. In this your publication, like a table of many covers, every reader finds fomething to his taste; the Erudite, the Philosopher, the Naturalist, the Biographer, the Metaphysician, and the Poet, together with the pensive Thoughtful, and the volatile Gay, select something for their palate, and rise from the repas amply satisfied with the truly excellent viands which have been set before them: the fiaft of reofon has rendused: grianism to all its partakers; and all its partakers retiré; and carry edification mental with them.' There is a department in this your much-esteemed Magazine, which the generality of your readers feldom may peruse; the fons of Levity, the Lotharios of the age, never; but which I never fail to do, and, I trult, with benefit: it is a department sacred and appropria:ë to the man of serioastirought and profound contemplatiot, who would with zo be fupra-mundane, if I may use the word, while he is in it':-what I allude to is, your School for Vanity and Pride, or, in other terms, your MONTHLY OBITUARY. This, agrecable to my adage, is the part which best picafes me; here, indeed, is to be reaped instruciion of the last concern; here we find matter of eternal import; here,

“ In the fatn'd, tlies honour'd, and the great,"

We “view the salle scale of happiness complete.” Here, the man fick of gaudy scenes may weigh his dust, and dwell among the tombs :-- here, Kichcs, Infolence, and Pomp, may read to self-caftigation, iheir Hic jacet ;-and here too, the pride of Learning, Wit, and Genius, may know their luvile value, temporally confidered, unless they have been exercised to eternal purpofus. In these few pages, at the end of your Miscellany, what a field of edifying reflection is open to him sto is not afrait to think! Here he may familiarise the tbeory of Deaib; he may read how ofien his shaft flies, in one month, at the breasts of the noble, the great, and the distinguished; for no notification is here to be expected of the departure of the little death, too nunicrous alıncft for mcmory. Here he finds, arranged in numerical fucccflion, inen of all ages, creeds, and professions, who have paid the debt which all must pay. Here, perhaps, he

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find the nominai neigblour to the oppredjed, the arrogant odprejor, each have their flip of paper, and the line, 10 tell the world of their egress from it. Hure the Wits, those gamecocks to one another, recense from the pen of Friendtlip their leveral Eulogies ; and, though honelt hunity of worth may be praited to the prejudice of the preterders to it, no replication can be made. 'Here, in this didactic Obituary, we fee, veluti in fpeculi, the operations of the enemies of human' Life's here, we read the names of the defroying agents of Death - Fever, Goul, Confumption, Stone, and Dropsy; and when we witnes thic fatal itoke of each, how can we refrain from faying, “Good God! through which of these gates will it plcase you that I país out of life!" Such like rellcctions as these nuit ever originate in a jufily-cultivated mind, from an obfervance of the të Catalogues of Morlality, which The GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE peculiar/yexbibits; they are the truesi anodynes against pridè, folly, and inordinati aitadiment to the world and its interetis. There are the pages I would ever recuma end to the Terious perutal of all your readers, but particularly to the juvenile and be obblicys; they are the moit excellent Vade Miecums they can poribly recir tó), tur confolation in adversity, for resistance in comptation, for patience in futterings; and for becoming conduct in every human Situation, thele are the most inliructive monitors,

“ They teach us how to live, and oh! too high

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CONTAINING

Meteor. Diaries for July, 1787, and Aug.1786. 554 Hereford Cathedral-Old Chimnies ''579, 50:
OXICIAL Essay, By Dr. S. JOHNSON, ON

Characteristick of HOWARD-Hintto Archers 58
LITERARY PROPERTY, written in 1733.555 The Miseries of Solitude and Inactivity
Thoughts on the Immortality of the Soul 557 Remarks on Palea:'• Principles of Philof.”
Specimen of the Oxford " Olla Podrida” i 559 ORMESTA, a Title of Orofius, explained
Vindication of the Character of Dr. Johnson, ib. Authentic Memoirs of the late Mrs. YATES 58
Dr. Herschel on the Voicanos in the Moon 561 Original Letters of Pope and Lord OxFORD 58
Addition to the Doctor's Account of them 562 Dr. BENJAMIN FRANKLIN's Norals of Chefs 59

Mode of destroying Insects enquired after 563 Further Account of French Commillioners 59
Premium proposed by a Society at Barbados 564 Miscell. Remarks-Tyrwhitt's Publications 59
Remarks on Publications of Mr. Johnstone . 565 The Abbé Mann-Petrified human Skeletons
The MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT, No. II. 597 Proceedings in the last Session of Parliament 59.
Strictures on Dr. Bell's Preface to Courayer 568 Further City Proceedings on the Shop Tax 59
Profell. Warton's Thoughts on Annual Odes 565 Office of King's Remembrancer, what it is óc
| The Origin and present Use of Church Bells 570 KEVIEW OF NEW PUBLICATIONS 601-62
Thoughts on the Observance of the Sabbath 571 Catalogue of New Publications
Particulars of the ancient Manor of Fauxhall 572 SELECT POETRY

623–62
On the Cambridge MS. of the New Testament 16. Fr. King's Arret fince Commercial Treaty

Retrograde, degenerate Progress of Language 573 Foreign Affairs, E. and W. India Neu's, America
A flight Sketch of our English Vineyards 574 Intelligence, Domestic Occurre.ices, 627-63
(Farttier Particulars of Louvain University 575 Marriages, Deaths, Preferments, &c. 637-64"
Defence of Priestley-Old Seals illustrated 571 Prices of Grain-Theatrical Register, &c.
Buhop Blaise-Petrified human Bodies found 578 Daily Variations in the Prices of Stocks
Embellished with a view of HAWKHIRST Church in KENT ; and a Representation of
the Contents of a TUMULOS discovered near ALDBOROUGH, YORKSHIRL;

the remarkable GOTHIC Font at HENDOS, &c. &c.

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