Gotha, Sept. 17, 1798.

I had not so long omitted, Sir, to return you my thanks for the obliging letter you have had the kindness to favour me with, but that I expected the achieving of the first volume of notes on the Greek Anthology, which I have the honour to send you by this. In these notes you will find your name very often quoted, as in your works you have illustrated and corrected a great number of Greek Epigrams; and if I have not ever subscribed to your opinion, I have almost ever applauded your sagacity, learning, and refined taste.

Your notes on the Hecuba of Euripides I have read with great pleasure and improvement. Your edition of Moschus and Bion, a copy of which I have received by your kindness, has given me great delight, as I have ever treated these two poets with great predilection. I have even published an edition of them in the same year, as your edition has been printed; but I readily confess that you have surpassed me as far as the Delphis of Theocritus τον χαρίεντα τρέχων έφθαξε φιλέυον. . The more valuable part of my book, I dare

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say, is the Preface, where you will find some corrections not unworthy perhaps of your approbation.

Of your edition of Lucretius the learned Dr. Heyne has given a very ample account in the Gottinger Anseigen, where he speaks of your talents, erudition, and ability, in terms of the highest admiration. As for me, I have not yet been so happy as to have a sight of this splendid work; English books being rare aves in our country; but I hope to prevail on Mr. Giester to enrich the Duke's library with so valuable a performance. I protest you, Sir, that, as I have ever admired ing and fertility, so I do now your zeal in promoting literature. Surely you could not give stronger proof of it, than by publishing at your expence such a work in so disastrous a time.

I have the honour, Şir, to be, with the greatest consideration,

your learn

Your most humble,

And most obedient servant,


Gotha, July 18, 1789.
I HAVE had the favour of two of

your letters; the first of January, the second of March, this year, both advertising me that you

have had the kindness to send me a copy of your Lucretius. I do not know, by what an unlucky accident this valuable present, which I looked upon already, as one of the most splendid ornaments of my collection, is not arrived.

Your embarrassments, I hope, are quite over now.

When the newspapers spoke of them, you may be persuaded, Sir, that I was sincerely concerned for you. Nothing can befal you, that should be indifferent to me. .

I return you, Sir, my sincerest thanks for the few but excellent remarks upon Philostratus, inserted in your letter of the 25th January. If it was not too indiscreet, I could indeed venture to desire an extract of all your conjectures upon the Imagines of the two Philostrati, which I have a mind to give an edition of. If ever I should execute this project, your remarks would be a very excellent addition to my commentaries.

At the same time with this letter, I send you the third volume of my notes to the Anthology, of which I beg your acceptance.

I remain, Sir,
With the truest sentiments of esteem,
Your obliged friend and servant,


Gotha, May 2, 1801.


Your last favour of Nov. 23, 1800, has not reached me but yesterday. I understand by it, with very great uneasiness, that one of your letters has miscarried, as I have been favoured by none of yours since that, which contains some observations on the second volume of my Exercitationes Criticæ. .

As for your Lucretius, I am persuaded that some malevolent dæmon, envying me the possession of so precious a work, has his hand in this affair. Last summer, being at Gottingen, I took a sight of that splendid edition which does so much honour to your erudition,

and to the elegance of your taste.

I cannot express to


the uneasiness I feel upon seeing me deprived of it.

My Commentary on the Greek Anthology goes ou without interruption. As soon as the fifth volume will be published, I shall send it by the way of a friend, who is in regular correspondence with English merchants.

As you are leaving, you say, the place of your present abode at the latter end of this month, I congratulate you with all my heart, May, for the future, a continual fortune aacompany you.

We have here notice of your undertaking a Greek Dictionary, and of the well-merited good-fortune you have had to find a sufficient number of subscribers. Such a work, tiresome as it is, may be looked upon as the most useful a scholar of your rank can undertake. We expect here a new edition of the Thesaurus Gr. L. in eight vols. fol. by the learned Mr. Niclas, the editor of the Geoponica. He has spent half his life in the execution of this immense undertaking, I remain, with particular attachment,

Dear Sir,
Your most obedient friend,


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