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that Lord Monboddo will prevail upon you to make this your summer, also, for visiting Scotland. By the way, the Monthly Review has, as you have probably seen, fallen upon his last volume with more rancour than any thing in a work of that nature can possibly call for, or than the general respectability of his character can by any means warrant. It seems to be dictated by the very spirit that manifests itself sometimes in your common room, though it has not yet quite gone the length of wishing that the author might be put to death. I am sorry that such illiberal things should be said of a character in many points highly respectable; and I am more sorry to observe of most of them (in confidence) non potuisse refelli. One must confess, that of the greater part of this work, the unlucky term chosen by the reviewers- Anilitiesis very descriptive.
A day or two ago, before I left town, I found Mr. Winstanley had done me the favour to call upon me; let me beg of you to make my compliments to him, and to explain the reason of my not calling upon him. When I return to town, I will let you know more upon the American matter, about which you may possibly receive a letter, in the mean while, from my friend Mr. Grymes. Believe me to be, with great truth,
Your obedient and faithful
Friend and servant,
During the summer of 1785, Mr. Burgess visited Holland, principally for objects of classical research. The only trace which I have discovered of his proceedings while there is contained in the following extract from one of Mr. Tyrwhitt's letters, dated 26th of November, 1785:
"Of literary transactions in other parts of the world, I have not heard any thing for some time. I suppose we shall have Mr. Brunck's Sophocles about Easter. The most promising work of which I have any expectation is the Physica et Ethica of Stobæus, by a scholar of Heyne's, from some MSS. in Spain, probably those of which you saw copies at Leyden. Have you heard from Holland lately? I had an opportunity very lately of sending a copy of Isæus to Ruhnken, Wyttenbach, and Santen, who sent me some poems of his; I forget whether by you, or through Maty."
In the following letter Mr. Tyrwhitt amuses himself with the proofs furnished by a pamphlet of Villoison's, of the diffusion of his friend's fame on the Continent.
Welbeck Street, May 11. 1784.
I HAVE, at length, received the Epistolæ Vinarienses, a pamphlet of 120 pages in quarto. Of the first 114 pages I shall say nothing; but the last six contain the investigation of a point in which you must be interested, as it is declared to have
been undertaken in consequence of what Clarissimus T. Burgess has said, page 501. Appendicis Doctissimæ. In pursuance of your suggestion, M. Villoison has examined two MSS. of Arcadias at Paris, and has extracted ea, quæ hanc litem dirimant, ut merito speraverat Clarissimus Burgess.
If your transcript of Trypho is ready, I dare say the Dean of Christchurch, who is expected here at the end of this week, will take charge of it for
Among his Oxford pupils, he always spoke with particular regard of the late Lord Tenterden. A friendly intercourse and occasional correspondence subsisted between them throughout life. He came to Oxford from Dr. Beavor's school, at Canterbury, a superior scholar; and, while he was yet an undergraduate, obtained a prize for his beautiful Latin poem, entitled Globus Hydrostaticus. He acquired a similar distinction after taking his Bachelor's degree for an Essay on the Use and Abuse of Satire. The Bishop often referred to Lord Tenterden's career at College and in after life, as strikingly illustrative of the intimate connection between studious and moral habits and future professional eminence. His own course was another eminent example of it.
The following letter, addressed by him to one of
his pupils, a Mr. Patten, who had unexpectedly quitted Oxford, will prove how anxious he felt to promote their welfare and improvement:
As I have put a gentleman commoner, who is just come, in possession of your rooms, who is disposed to take your furniture, I shall be glad if you will let me know what are the thirds. I wish the rooms may be as well occupied by the present inhabitant, as they were by their last possessor. I am sure I shall never lose him with more regret than I did his predecessor. I sincerely wish I could have been of more use to you in your studies than I was. I had flattered myself, from what I knew of your abilities, and from certain symptoms of diligence and good-will on your part, that you would have employed the time in a manner which would have been very useful to yourself, and a credit to us both. But why should I express these regrets, since I trust that your own good sense, unshackled by the restraints of College forms, will lead you to employ your time still more profitably? Indeed, I do hope that I shall have the pleasure of hearing you, one day, spoken of as acting up to all the public duties which belong to your station and fortune; as the friend of the poor and the uneducated, the patron of industry, and the promoter of useful experiment, and as contributing no common share to the aggregate of the exertions which are
necessary to the happiness of your own neighbourhood, and to the welfare and prosperity of your
I am, dear Sir,
With sincere regard and affection,
Your faithful friend and servant,
Mr. Burgess found himself, after holding for a few months the office of tutor of Corpus, in such easy circumstances, that he no longer needed the kind aid which his friend, Mr. Tyrwhitt, had prevailed on him to accept under the denomination of his Curate. Their correspondence continued to be frequent; and Mr. Tyrwhitt, while he watched his proceedings with an interest akin to paternal anxiety, hailed with the sincerest delight his advancing progress in the path of literary and professional distinction. The following letter marks the period at which the grateful Curate relinquished his kind patron's generous assistance : —
I AM ashamed to look at the date of your last favour. A letter which gave me so much pleasure deserved an earlier acknowledgment; but, to say the truth, the late cold weather so benumbed me, that I have not been capable of attending to any but the mere animal functions. With respect to the resignation of your curacy, I wish you to take