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The life of a scholar feldom abounds with adventure. His fame is acquired in solitude. And the historian, who only views him at a distance, must be content with a dry detail of actions by which he is fcarcely distinguished from the rest of mankind. But we are fond of talking of those who have given us pleasure, not that we have any thing important to lay, but because the subject is pleasing.
THOMAS PARNELL, D. D. was defcended from an ancient family, that had for some centuries been settled at Congleton in Cheshire. His father, Thoinas Parnell, who had been attached to the common. wealth party, upon the restoration went over to Ireland ; thither he carried a large personal fortune, which he laid out in lands in that kingdom. The estates he purchased there, as also that of which he was pofTeffed in Cheshire, descended to our poet, who was his eldest son, and still remain in the family. Thus want, which has compelled manyofourgreatest men into : , Vol. IV.