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METEOROLOGICAL REGISTER.

From December 25, 1814, 10 January 25, 1815. Kept by C. Blunt, Philosophical Instrument-maker, No. 38, Tavistock-st. Covent-Garden.

Barometrical Pressure. Temperature.

Moon. Day. Wind.

Max. Min. Mean. Max Min. Mean.

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29:4 292 129*267 28 SE 29'4 28'09 29.235 29 SE 2973 | 29.69 29 705 30 E

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30*38 30'36 30-37 N 30 34 30'22 30* 277

3012 30'04 130.06.13 5 N 3003 30.01 30'016 ONE

30.01 29'99 30.005 29:02 29'68 2976

2974 29474 29 74 9XW SW! 29.97 29.8 29.907

29:77 29'75 29*763 11 SW 2973 29'59 29-65 12 NW 30-06 30 30'029

N 30.08 298 29'832 14 NW 29.82 | 2970 29785 151 NW

29.82 29082 29'82 161 E 3002

3019 B0*186 17 E 30:23 30 22 30.227 18 E 30:1 30'05 130.062 19: E 29.70 2979 29079 20

29.95 29'833 29987 219

2977 29*76 29762 22 NE

29'782978 129 78 2: NE

29.82 29 80 29.81 24 NE 2970 29°52 29 59 25 NE

29:59 | 29 59 29:59

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Mean Temperature.

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31.96

leon Baromctrical Pressure. From the full moon on the 26th of December to the last quarter on the 2d of January

29.081 From the last quarter on the 24, to the

29.892 new moon on the loth From the new moon on the 10th, to the

29 911 first quarter on the 18th . From the first quarter on the 18th to the full moon on the 25th

29.813

32.83

27.31

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No. 14.]

MARCH 1, 1815.

[Vol. III.

MONTULY MAGAZINES have opened a way for every kind of inquiry and information. The intelligence and discussion contained in them are very extensive and various; and they have been the means of diffusiog a general habit of reading through the nation, which in a certain degree hath enlarged the public understanding. HERE, too, are preserved a multitude of useful hints, observations, and facts, which otherwise might have never appea d.--Dr. Kippis.

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ORIGINAL COMMUNICATIONS.

QUALIFIED

MR. EDITOR,

tained, is the Mr. W. who was examined IN the Review of Ms. Wakefield's concerning the Corn Laws? If he is the work on Ireland, in the Monthly Re- person !!! allow me to give him some view for May, 1813, p. 10, Mr. Wake- information, in return for that which he field says, or the reviewers say for him, has given to us, " that oats are never that “Wheat is very little known in Ire used by the inhubitants for food; like land, and oats are never used by the barley, they are raised chiefly for distilinhabitants as food; like barley, they lation.Oats, manufactured into meal, are raised chiefly for distillation." I have from time immemorial formed one wish I had Mr. Wakefield's work before of the chief articles of support, from me(though not at its price) to see whe one extremity of the kingdom to the ther that position is only inferred by the other, for the working classes of the Monthly Reviewers, or is hazarded by community: for this purpose they are, Mr. W. himself; but, in a matter of and have been, cultivated; it is the such importance and notoriety, whether excess only that has been employed in he made the assertion, or whether he so distillation, and that is but a late pracexpressed himself that it could be as tice. Short-sighted, and fond of whiskey, serted upon his authority, he must as we poor Paddys are, we have still be WELL

INDEED for the acuteness enou to know, that if we office be undertook of a statistical did not secure to ourselves a bellyful reporter or writer. Ireland not only of something solid, we could not long raises a sufficient quantity of wheat for enjoy a bellyful of our favourite liquor. its own consumption, which is not small, Come, Mr. Editor, and let us turn, but every year it exports, and largely for variety, to the Monthly Review of too, to England, when the price makes June, 1819, and let us see what is there exportation an object; as Mr. Wake- said of the manners of Ireland by the feld might have seen, by consulting the same gentleman, and whether ire is het. returns kept at the different ports, which ter qualified on this subject than he is on returos are regularly transmitted by the that we have just quitted. Speaking of proper officers to government. It was Dublin, Mr.W.says, It is ertraordinary by keeping our superfluous wheat at that medical men, in Ireland, are not home, instead of exporting it to Eug- held in the same estimation as gentlemen land, in the year 1800, that Ireland was of the other liberal professions. Physiable to meet that calamitous period of cians are treated WITH PARTICULAR CONfamine with less hardship than almost TEMPT in this country; though there are any other country; for, though oats and many professors of medicine as much dispotatoes failed in that year from want of tinguished by their skill and learning, moisture, the wheat crop was abundant, as by humanity and attention to the conand of excellent quality. If wheat was fort und health of the poor.' Now this little known in Ireland, will Mr. W. is a most extraordinary charge, and that inform us of what use are the numerous I never before could have forined an four-mills in that kingdom i and how idea oi, though. I have lived in Ireland. every little buckster's shop, in every little more than half a century, and bave seen village, in every parish, could be sup- a great deal of society; for I always plied with wheaten bread of the finest thought bitherto (ignorant as I have quality, if wheat was little known ? Can been !) that a medical character, such vou inform me, Sir, whether this Mr. as Mr. W. describes, was always treated Wakefield, who maintains this position, with at least as much respect as any or who is the cause of its being maine man of any station or profession ; that it VEW MONTILY VAC.- No. 14. Voi, III.

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Strictures on Wakefield's Account of Ireland. [March 1, was a passport into the most respectable reduce this chaotic mass to some reasociety, either in the capital or in the sonable shape, found it necessary to apcountry; where, especially, from their ply to a person more conversant in liteknowledge and other qualifications, they rary labours than he was, who put those rather led than followed the tone of the materials committed to him into the company; that they were leading men shape they now appear, supplying the in all the literary and scientific institu- quotations into the burgain. If I have tions, as well as in the humane and cha- done Mr. W. wrong in relating this cirritable foundations throughout the king- cumstance, he must excuse me, in considom. A rash man would be apt to say, deration of his having wronged poor Irethat Mr. Wakefield had been very un land in so many and in such important fortunate in the company he kept, to matters. Probably, Mr. Editor, you may form such an opinion as he gives; but I think that too much importance is atrather attribute that opinion to another tached to these matters, and that a naand mure remote cause: he certainly tional character cannot be hurt by the must have had intercourse with Asmo- misrepresentations of an individual; as deus, the celebrated Devil upon Two a proof that it may, however, be so inSticks, who had given to him, as he did jured, I can mention an instance. When to Don Cleopas, the power of seeing some point respecting Irish affairs was what to the rest of mankind was invisi- under discussion in the Imperial Parliahle; which this assertion, and many ment, after the publication of Mr.Wakeother assertions he has made, most field's book, a member, whose name I strongly tend to prove. In this conjec- do not recollect, said in his place, that ture I may he wrong;--if I am right, I on Irish affairs he had now no difficulty wish the same demon had also gifted in making up bis mind, as he had lately him with a few other qualities that seem rend a'work which enabled him to form a to be wanting.

true and correct judgment on that subIn his chapter or division on the Na- ject-and that work was Mr. Waketional Character, as quoted in the field's. Though it was always of conseMonthly Review last mentioned, (p. 151,) quence that we should stand well with he is very severe on the practice of job- our English neighbours, (and to do so bing; and he says, “I did not myself we only require the truth to be told,) it escape the imputation; for many of the is particularly so at present when nur newspapers assured their readers that I representation is in the English Parhawas paid five guineas a day by govern- ment; where every member ought to be ment; and they added, who would waste as well informed on the interests of this his time without remuneration?" How country as be is, or ought to be, on the current soever that imputation might interests of each county of England. I have been according to Mr. Wakefield, shall not pretend to say that there are before his book was published, since not many, very many circunstances, that took place, every person must be which are not as they should be, and persuaded it could have no foundation which, by proper representations, backed in fact, unless government was so injudi- by proper measures, might not be changed cious as to pay a mai for maligning and for the better; for we trave laboured unmisrepresenting and distorting, accord- der disadvantages unknown to England; ing to the best of his very poor abilities, but this I will take upon me to assert, not only Ireland, but their own conduct that most of chose English tourists, and and measures, whenever they came un writers of other denominations, who hare der the severity of his most able and travelled through Ireland, have scarcely most learned pen. But a propos of Mr. had any other necessary qualification Wakefield's learning (since he bas men for the undertaking than being able to tioned a report concerning himself, he speak the same language that is spoken cannot be offended at another person here--Mr. Young always excepted; who, mentioning a report also concerning him): through all our disadvantages and incaThe Monthly Reviewers speak of Mr. W. Pacities, saw, with truth, what we were “ possessing more scholarship than ge- in bis day, and what we were likely, nerally falls to the share of an agricultu- with time and attention, to become; and rist; but he is not exempt from the am- what, from the progress already made, and bition of displaying it.”. The report on from the awakened sense of government this subject in Ireland is, that Mr. W. to its true interests, there is every hope finding himself totally incompetent to of our soon becoming at no very distant arrange the immense pile of crude ma- period. You will, therefore, Ms. Editor, terials which he had collected, and to I trust, excuse me for taking up so much

1815.] Porson's Greek and Latin Versions of an English Ballad. 103 of your yaluable publication, in endea- As the writing is difficult, and the traces vouring to set riglit your English readers of the letters somewhat faded, he prowho may have been deceived hy your ceeds slowly in the task of decyphering. travelling countryman; and be assured, When he has finished, the entire tragethat if you will allow me, I shall have dies will be given to the public. In the great pleasure in continuing my remarks mean time, I send you the following on the most prominently ubnoxious parts fragment, which my friend communicated of Mr. Wakefield's publication, as time to me, and which all real critics will and opportunity shall allow; and for concur with me, I doubt not, in deterwhich purpose I shall provide myself mining to be the genuine production of with his work as soon as I can; for that ancient dramatist. His characterhitherto my observations have been con. istics are simplicity and sententiousness. tined to such of its contents as I have For instance, what can be more simple met with in the different reviews. As and sententious than the opening of the for the partial review of Mr. W. given Trachinią ?-_“It is an old saying that in the Edinburgh Review, on that little has appeared among mankind, that you stress can be laid, it being only written cannot be certain of the life of mortals, for party purpose; but the usual acute- before one dies, whether it be good or ness and knowledge of the Monthly Re- evil.” These qualities, too, are conspiviewers seem to have been overpowered cuous in the following iambics, which by the solemn garb, and ponderous and contain a seasonable caution to parents laboured plausibility, of the Statistical against rashly trusting children out and Political Account of Ireland. Of of their sight. Though your paper is this garb, and of this plausibility, it shall chiefly occupied in plain English, you be my endeavour, as it is my duty, to sometimes gratify your learned readers strip bim.

CLERICUS DROMONIENSIS. with a little Greek : you may, therefore, County of Down, Jan. 9, 1815.

give them this, if you think that it will

gratify them. For the benefit of those MR. EDITOR,

whose Greek is rather rusty with disuse, I AM right puppy in having it in my I have added a Latin version, which, I power to relieve your courteous corre- hope, is as pure and perspicuous as Laspondent's anxiety respecting the origi- tin versions of Greek tragedies commonly nality of the notable ballad of the Chilc are. I am, Sir, &c. S. ENGLAND. dren on the Ice, which inay, as I opine,

Κρυσταλλοπηκτους τρίπτυχοι κόροι ροές be safely adjudged to our vernacular

"Ωρα θέρους ψάιροντες εντάρσοις ποσί, , British language

Διναΐς 'επιπτον οία δή πίπτειν φιλεϊ, The Greck translation to which he "Απαντες είτ' έφευγαν οι λελειμμένοι. alludeth, and eke a Latin version thereof, "Αλλ' είπες ήσαν έγκεκλεισμένοι μοχλούς, were among the numerous phantasies of "Η ποσίν ολισθάνοντες εν ξηρώ πέδω, the magnanimous hero Porson, who oc Χρυσών αν ήθέλησα περιδόσθαι σταθμών, , casionally disported himself under the μή μέρος τι των νέων έσώζετο. , assamed name of S. ENGLAND, in a

"Αλλ', ώ τοκεϊς, όσοις μεν όντα τυγχάνει, daily journal yclep'd The Morning Chro

Οσοις δε μή, βλαστήματ’ ευτεκνου σποράς nicle, and (for the benefit of the sembla

"Ην ευτυχείς ευχησθε τας θυράζ' οδούς bles of Logos) he answered, without any

Τους παισιν, ευ σφάς εν δόμοις φυλάσσετε. signature, or with a new one, his own Glacie-durata triplices pueri fluenta epistles of the preceding day.

Tempestate æstatis radentes pulchras-plantas From my small store of scrappes,

I habentibus pedibus, am enabled to send you transcripts of In vortices ceciderunt, ut sane accidere solet, the letters in question; and am, worthy Omnes : deinde effugerunt reliqui. Sir, yours to command,

Sin autem inclusi essent vectibus,
WYLLYAMME A BEDFORDE. Aut pedibus labantes in arido campo,

Auri ponderis sponsione libenter contende-
To the Editor of the Morning Chronicle.
SIR,

Partem aliquam juvenum servari potuisse. As a learned friend of mine was rum- Aty O parentes, cum vos, quibus esse contimaging an old trunk, the other day, he

git, discovered a false bottom, which, on Tum vos, quibus non contigit, germina pul. examination, proved to be full of old chros-filios-procrcantis segetis, parchments. But, what was his joy and Si felices optatis extra-domos itiones surprise, when he discovered that the Pueris vestris, bene eos intra domos servate. contents were neither more nor less than some of the lost tragedies of Sophocles. As Mr. Samuel England's Greek and

rem

104 Remark on Mr. Elmes's Letter to the Rev. Mr. Eustace. (March 1, Latin verses in your yesterday's paper been in the Morning Chronicle ; but of bave puzzled some of your fair readers, this I am certain, that when S. S. J. gave I intended to have asked the favour of theni to the world, through the mediuin some of your learned correspondents to of the Classical Journal, in March, 1811, give a translation; but observing in a they appeared familiar to me, and I print, entitled The Gold Mines of Ire- should have known and remembered land, a referen e to that admirable work, them as Porson's, even had they appeared The Renowned History of Giles Ginger- in the way that “ astonished” Logos ; brend, I opened the book, and found in and I think that it was about the year it the following heantiful lines, ready cut 1796 or 1797 that they much amused and dry to my hands. If it is not con the bigher forms at Merchant Tailors' trary to the rules of your paper to pub- School, from their beiog a version of so lish the !!, for the benefit of the unlearned well-known a school-boy's tale. reader, here they are:

Am I wrong in supposing that Logos Three childrenne slydinge onne the ice,

asked the question only to answer it him

self? for this only can account for a Uponne a summere's daye, As it felle out, they alle felle inne;

Greek scholar (which I presume he is) The reste they ranne awaye.

asking such a question.-But while I am

on the subject, let me recomiend to him Now, ha de these childrenne been at home, the perusai of the beautiful and pathetic Or dinge on dry grounde,

'Eritáply toū Arigidos, in the same com. Ten thousande pounds to one pennie munication of S. S. J. They had not alle been urownde.

London, Jan. 10. JAMES ELMES. You parents that have childrenne deare,

We have received communicaAnd eke you that have none,

tions on this subject from other correIffe you would have them safe abroade, spondents; but as they are completely Pray keepe them alle åt home.

anticipated by the preceding papers, we

request the writers to accept this excuse MR. EDITOR,

for their non-insertion.-EDITOR. YOUR correspondent Logos must be rather unacquainted with classical litera MR. EDITOR, ture, not 11 know that the elegant 's2.dá PERMIT me to make a remark, as a giov

, which is the subject of his inquiry, friend of the learned and reverend Jobn was a sportful sally" of the inimitable Cbetwode Eustace,who has been twice acPorson. It was a successful hit at some cused in your magazine, -once of misrewits of the day, who were in the habit presentation by Mr. Elmes, and of plagiaof occasionally manufacturing short com risna by a correspondent signed Detector, positions in Greek iambics, and putting who assumes more than I think the case them off as newly-discovered Fragmenta warrants; for his Letter from Paris being Euripideu, but to which their intrinsic only a hasty pamphlet, and probably not merits, or rather defects, speedily gave intended toy him for the public eye, he the lie, and discovered their humbler might have been led away by the same origin. This adınirable production, on thoughts as the eloquent and admired the contrary, deceived many by the pu- De Chauteaubriand, whose inspiring rity of its language and metre, and sin- words most likely ran in his head when gular tact of its style, and deligbted all going over the same gloomy mansions of the genuine Hellenists of the day. ihe dead. Of your other complainant,

Logos will find two letters on this sub- Mr. Elmes, I contess the charge appears ject in the third volume of Valpy's Clas more serious and formidable, and desical Journal, in which both the jour- serves the more attention for the very nalist's learned correspondents, S. S. J. gentlemanly and able way in which this and Grunta, appear to think they had learned professor of the most ancient never before appeared in print. I cannot and useful of the fine arts conducts his al present assert the contrary, althougie controversy. I am not going to apoloiny mind forcibly iecals to itself a former gize for iny friend, or defend his errors, recollection of them in some periodical winch are but spots in the sun; but only journal of the day: I think either in the to intorin you, Sir, Mr. Elmes, and Deannual Antholos y, Foundling Hospital tector, that Mr. Eustace is now on the for itit, Spirit of the Public Journuis, continent, I believe in Rome, where he or some other smilar publications; ac was a short time since, and consequently companied with a series of mock-critical cannot have bad time to answer, even if notes, ensendations, variations, &c. in he has seen the charges thus exhibited the true Bentleyan strain. It may have against him; and therefore must not be

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