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Century; from Tiberius to Tra- From the Year 1200 to 1230.-XIX.
from 1492, to 1525.--V. Popes, and mind, who having collected all there other European Princes, to A. D.
facts together, presents them as an 1550.--V1. Progress of Science, Pro object of Retrospection to the public!
of those who turn them over, how greis of Discovery, and Turkish Em.
dillerent, how numerous will be the pire reviewed, from: 1550 to 1600.
centures! while each expects his fa--VII. Italy, Germany, Spain, Eng vouritc hero, his beft-remembered inland, France, and the North--Pro- cident, to be dilated and brought forgrets of Reformation-From A. D. vard; instead of which, others per1990 to 1600.-VIII. First Portion
haps appear, and take the lead. of the seventeenth Century; its Ef.
« Different observers attach to every fects on England, Scotland, Holland, obiect different degrees of importance. France, and Portugal; with a Sketch
Taking a country walk one day in a of the Changes in common Life, and
remote province, the steward advised Progress of Science.--IX. Portugal, tree. « Oh! cried out a gentleman in
speedy r:moval of an ugly ftag-horned Perfia, India, China, Turkey, Africa, acompany who was taking views—'pray and Rome, to 1650.-X. Sweden, spare the favourite feature in my Germany, France, and America, landscape. You have been, Sir, á down to 1650.-XL. Great Britain "friend to the distressed,' said another only, to 1650.- XII. France, Spain, of our party, who profeffed natural Sweden, Italy, from 1650 to 1700. philofophy, in faving from the axe --XII. E ft, Weft, and North,
* those old dry boughs; for there are
birds which will not perch among from 1650 to 1700---Progress of Science, Manners, &c. --XIV: Spain, horned tree like this
, their seat of
thick foliage, making rather a ftag: Purtugal, Germany, Holland, and
* delight all fummer.' Great Britain, from 1650 to 1700. 6 This conversation has come often -XV. Sweden, Denmark, Poland, to my mind; but the die is now caft, Rullia, and Turkey, from 1700 to and complaints are vain. If, however, 1725.---XVI. France, England, I should have made improper choice of Spain," Holland, Italy and Austria, facts, and if I shall be found at length from 1900 to 1725.-XVII. Ame: most to resemble Maister Fabyan of rica, Asia, Africa, and general Sketch old, who writing the Life of Henry V. of Improvements in Europe, from lays heaviest stress on a new weather:
cock fet up on St. Paul's steeple during 1725 to 1750.-XVIII. Sketch of that eventful reign; my book must the Situation of Austria, Turkey, fhare the fate of his, and be like that Ruffia, France, and Italy, from 1725 forgotten : reminding, before its death 20 1750.---XIX. Great Britain, Ire- perhaps, a friend or two, of a poor land, and America, from 1750 to man living in later times, that Dr. 1780.-XX. Sketch of the Situation Johnson used to tell us of; who being of Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, advised to take fubfcriptions for a new and Germany, from 1750 to 1786. geographical dictionary, haftened to --XXI. Review of Transactions in having listened carefully for half an
Bolt Court and begged advice. There, the East and North, from 1750 to hour, " Ah, but, dear Sir!' exclaimed 1780.-XXII. General Retrospect, the admiring parasite, if I am to make from 1780 to 1790.-XXIII. Sketch all this eloquent ado about Athens of Events from 1790 to 1796.-- and Rome, where ihall we find place XXIV. Last four Years of the Cen *do you think for Richmond or Aixtury, from 1796 to 1800.
.la-Chapelle ?' The perplexity was laughable enough: yet such are the
perplexities of a compiler; and for a EXTRACT FROM THE PREFACE.
mere compilation Atretched to two “IF the Rambler is right when quanto volumes, the apology muft be « That no man ever ob a serious one.
It will be found how* tains more from his most zealous en- ever, but among things and situations deavours, than a painful conviction fo far from laughable and ludicrous,
of his own defe&s,' how strongly that they appear even awfully imprefmust that conviction press upon her five.
“ To an dof profound peace and they fettled, and Caswallon then obliterary qui should have confidered tained (fome fay) the appellation of such an abridgment as insulting : to Draco Infularum. I thought the draour disturbed and busy days abridg- gon crest and perhaps rouge dragon had ments only can be useful. No one has been derived from him; but Pennant, leisure to read better books. Young peo- who best knows such matters, brings ple are called out to act before they them from Uther Pendragon: he has know, before they could have learned himfelf a right to bear it, as I have how those have acted who have lised read or heard, deriving his long-traced before them. Hiftory is yoluminous, lineage from Vortigern ; and it ihould and fashionable extracts are so perpe- seem that dragons were not new to the tually feparated from each other by world after crufading times, by this; verles or by essays, that they leave little though Warton thinks they were. Yet trace of information on the mind: a it is hard to believe, because Brescia natural consequence, and manifest dif. Brixia gaye it for an ensign in carly advantage attendant upon all felec- days, if we believe the teítimony of tions, where no one thing having any Rubæys. Be this as it may, science reference to another thing, each lose's had certainly begun to dawn among much of its effect by ftanding com the barbarous nations; and a faint dif. pletely insulated from all the reft. Our tant light, as Rome began ruling back work, though but a frontispiece and towards opacity, might be difcerned ruin, contains between the two fome to promise day among the Goths, shaded drawings, such as we find in when Athanaricus, the Cecrops of morudiments of painting, and will, like dern ages, fixing in Thrace, encou, them, be good for young beginners. raged Ulphilus, an Arian biflop, to Perhaps too, those who long ago have invent runic characters, and had the read, and long ago defifted from read- satisfaction of seeing those arts of civiing histories well known, may like to lization fown, which were destined to pleafe their fancies with the Retrofit revive after the grand deluge of darkof what they feel connected in their ness, urged onwards by the Huns and minds with youthful study, and that Vandals, should be dried off. But ber fweet remembrance of early-dawning fore then the timid Valens was conknowledge on the foul.” P. iii.
fumed in a small house he had retired to from rage of war, which foon pur
sued him there and burned with fire. EXTRACTS.
His rugged coileague Valentinian died THE FOURTH CENTURY, FROM CON,
in an agony of paffion, bursting a
blood vessel with his own violence at STANTINE TO THEODOSIUS.
seeing himfelf forced to receive ambas“ WHILST enervate softness marked fadors from savage leaders of armies he the East, a rougher scenery difplayed at once despised and feared; but have itself in Scotland, whence Eugenius ing associated Gratian his fon and fucand Euthodius were cruelly thruit out, ceffor, the loss was felt the less; while and exiled to perish with hunger in the furious Maximin, a name that ever Ifle of Man; till Romachus, the petty calls to mind ideas of tyranny, ruled tyrant of Caledonia, having offended but a little while. One of these femi. his barons by this act of treason against barbarous emperors, I forget which, had youths of a royal blood, they cut his for his favourites two thapeless bears, "head off, carrying it in triumph upon probably less ferocious than himself; 2 pike's end, according to the true and excellent at ridding their master fpirit of such irregular and turbulent of friends or of petitioners he liked times. The fons, meanwhile, of Cy- not. That nothing may appear imnetha Weledig, whose mother Gwawl* poflible, I can myself recollect hearing was fifter to St. Helena,' ruled on the of a country gentleman refiding in faggy top of Mona high, where the Lancashire or Cheshire fome threescore Loegrian Britons had retired from years ago, who had the same tafte of fury and encroachment of the Saxon domestic amusement; and when more chiefs; having first cleared the island wine was called for than he vished to from piratic rovers from the Irish coaft, give, “ Call Dolly in,' said be, ' to *“Gwawl means Giulia, Julia, Juliana: the Gillian of our English ballads.”