this is pleased to recognize his old friend, the “ Peak Minstrel," whose modest merit, and very excellent talents, have more than once edified and pleased him. But there are virtues which require the aid of riches and patronage to bring them to light; and, as the world is now constituted, the misfortunes of the hnmble are apt to be reckoned to the charge of errors, and to be treated, not as unavoidable calamities to be lamented, but as crimes to be punished. Miss Seward died in the sixty-sixth year of her age, at the episcopal palace, Lichfield, on the 25th of March, 1807.

* conas konar*

Through many a weary toil— hrough anxieties of no ordinary cast, and difficulties, which even most professional authors have but seldom to encounter, the writer of this volume now concludes his labours. If years devoted to reading and study, preparatory to and connected with an engagement of which this volume, large as it is, forms but a small portionif expenses far beyond the subsequent remuneration, and involving a train of distressing circumstances wide in their operation and deep in their effects-if these may tend to prove the author's sincere desire to merit his reader's approbation ; or, if they shall soften the severity of criticism, then will the author reflect on those labours and those sufferings with some degree of satisfaction, inasmuch as they shall have been the means of, at least, alleviating that pain, which a consciousness of his numerous defects and oversights have excited.

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SURREY, considered as part of a highly cultivated country, will be found, on a general survey, to present, perhaps, as large a portion of beauty and deformity as any county in the kingdom. This mixture, however, contributes to give it that variety so eminently pleasing in natural scenery. Here vast naked heaths impart an air of wildness, which is strongly contrasted with the numberless beauties strewed by the hand of art over its surface; there its hills aspiring to the bold character, and exhibiting the picturesque situations of mountains, gradually decline into richly wooded dales, or plains covered with abundant harvests; whilst, on its downs, its

spacious airy downs

grass and thyme o'erspread and clover wild,
Where smiling Phoebus tempers ev'ry breeze,
The fairest flocks rejoice-
Such are the downs of Bansted, edged with woods
And tow'sy villas. *

It is a common observation that this county contains a larger proportion of gentlemen's seats than any other district of Eng. land of the like extent. This circumstance is certainly owing in part to its vicinity to the metropolis; but when the acknowledged salubrity of its air and other natural advantages are taken into the accouut, we shall only wonder that they are not still more aumerous. VOL. XIV.


SITUATION Dyer's Fleece, Book I.

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