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communicated to me by a gentleman of high estimation both in the
profound scholar, MARKLAND, who was, perhaps, inferior to BENTLEY alone in critical acumen, but possessed a most elegant and liberal mind, was unassuming, affectionate, and benevolent. His works immortalize him, and he was gentle as a lamb. Yet, alas! what is the effect of party in the polemics of literature! Bishop Huri), by nature, and by general habits, a most amiable man,” [the Letters to Warburton prove the very reverse of this,] “has, in two,” [nay, in a great many,] “instances, been a victim of his abject homage to WARBURTON. One of them respects Dr. JORtin, and is too well known. The other applies to MARKLAND, whom, in one of his Letters to the idol of his pen, he depreciates in the most contemptuous manner, though a very superior critic and scholar to either of them. I would recommend MARKLAND'S Dedication to Hemsterhusius, and his brother editor, Wesselingius, for a model of pure Latinity, and, (which is better,) of a modest humility upon the subject of his own peculiar talent.” Mr.
CE HARDINGE's Biographical Anecdotes of DANIEL WRAY, Esq. p. 159.
“ Dr. WARBURTON, in a Letter to Dr. Birch, says:-'I am 'glad that the Society for the Encouragement of Learning is in so hopeful a condition; though methinks it is a little ominous to set their press a-going with the arrantest sophist, that ever wrote, prepared by so arrant a critic. This probably alludes to Mr. MARKLAND's edition of Maximus Tyrius ; at least the following quotation from another Letter shews Dr. WARBURTON's opinion of that able critic: I have a poor opinion both of MARKLAND's and Taylor's critical abilities, between friends : I speak from what I have seen. Good sense is the foundation of criticism ; this it is that has made Dr. BENTLEY and Bp. HARE " the two greatest critics that ever were in the world. Not that good sense alone will be sufficient; for that considerable part of it, emending a corrupt text, there must be a certain sagacity,
which is so distinguishing a quality in Dr. BENTLEY. Dr. • CLARKE had all the requisites of a critic but this, and this he 'wanted. Lipsius, Jos. SCALIGER, Faber, Is. Vossius, SALMAsius, had it in a great degree; but these are few amongst the infinite tribe of critics.” J. Nichols's Biogr. and Lit. Anecdotes of BOWYER P. 637.
The anecdote told of DEAN Tucker by me in p. 232, with some doubtful recollection, is, as I now find from my notes of conversations with Dr. Parr, this : – WARBURTON one day met DEAN
TUCKER, who said that he hoped that his Lordship liked his situation at Gloucester. The Bishop sarcastically replied : Never • Bishopric was so be-deaned ; your predecessor,'(Dr. Squire, I believe, was named) ‘made religion his trade, and you make trade your religion.'
In Chalmers's Biogr. Dict. under the art. Tucker we read :"So great was his reputation for commercial knowledge, that Dr. Thomas Hayter, afterwards Bishop of London, who was then tutor to his present Majesty, applied to Dr. TUCKER to draw up a dissertation on this subject, for the perusal of his royal pupil
. It was accordingly done and gave great satisfaction. This work, under the title of the Elements of Commerce was printed in 4to., but never published. Dr. WARBURTON, however, who, after having been member of the same Chapter with the Dean at Bristol, became Bishop of Gloucester, thought very differently from the rest of mankind, in respect to his talents and favourite pursuits; and said once, in his coarse manner, that “his Dean's trade was religion, and religion his trade.' The Dean on being once asked concerning the coolness, which subsisted between him and WARBURTON, his answer was to the following purpose,” [the reader will observe the ungrammatical struoture of this sentence:] 'The Bishop affects to consider me with contempt, to which I say 'nothing. He has sometimes spoken coarsely of me, to which I
replied nothing. He has said that religion is my trade, and trade ' is my religion. Commerce and its connections have, it is true,
been favourite objects of my attention, and where is the crime ? * And as for religion, I have attended carefully to the duties of my Parish, nor have I neglected my Cathedral. The world knows something of me as a writer on religious subjects; and I ' will add, which the world does not know, that I have written near 300 Sermons, and preached them all, again and again. My heart is at ease on that score, and my conscience, thank God, 'does not accuse me.' The fact is that, although there is no possible connection between the business of commerce and the duties of a clergyman, he had studied theology in all its branches scientifically, and his various publications on moral and religious subjects show him to be deeply versed in theology.”
ARCHBP. HERRING, as Dr. Parr informed me, was of Benet College, in early life a water-drinker; latterly, to remove low spirits, drank rum and water, and at last proceeded to drink pure rum. He was the patron of Jortin, who, at a charitable meeting respecting the Sons of the Clergy, got up to reach his hat; his fine tall figure attracted the eye of Dr. HERRING, who inquired his name, and requested to be introduced to him.
The story told of Dr. LELAND p. 177, I find thus related in my notes of PARR's conversations :- LELAND was a remarkably dull man in conversation, and never but once said anything, which deserves to be remembered. He had been looking up for Irish preferment, and when he went to pay his court to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, (the Duke of Newcastle, I believe,) his Grace enquired about the progress of his History of Ireland
asked him how far he had proceeded — how long it would be before it was finished — and how far he intended to bring it down? I shall finish in a few months, and I hope to bring it down to the end of your Excellency's Administration'! This reminds me of a story told of a foreign Princess ; —she visited this country during the reign of Geo. III., who asked her if she was pleased with her visit to England ? She spoke rapturously of the country, and said that she had seen every thing but a coronation! The King mildly and magnanimously replied ; -- I hope you will see that too. I have met with a right curious anecdote of Leland, which is germane enough to the subject, in a satirical piece entitled An Heroic Answer from Richard Twiss, Esq. F. R. S. at Rotterdam, to DONNA TERESA PINNA ỷ RUIZ of Murcia, Lond. 1777. 4to.:
“ Some Attic hours the pensive bosom cheer'd,
By LELAND's wisdom and his wine endear'd;
And like the hearers, the harangue look'd blue !
“ See this bold paradox,” (in the Doctrine of Grace p. 55,) and the principles, on which it is raised, effectually confuted by the learned and ingenious Dr. Tu. LELAND of Trin. Coll. Dublin, in a Dissertation on the Principles of Eloquence, and the confutation unanswerably supported against an anonymous critic,” (Hunn,) “ in his Examination of the Criticism on the Dissertation.” Bp. Lowtu's Letter to Bp. WARBURTON, 4th edn. 1766. p. 78.
ERRATA. P. 222. exploded,
388. The publication referred to was an edition of the lcanclastes, Lond. 175, 4to. - 610. Mar. Tyrius. – 643. μήποτ'.
Letter from Jeremy Bentham, Esq. to John
Bowring, Esq., respecting John Lind, the
TO JOHN BOWRING, Esq.
Queen's Square, Westminster, Jan. 30, 1827. My Dear Sir,
Your friend, Mr. Barker's commands have been noted by me, and what follows is the fruit of my obedience.
John Lind and [Nathaniel] Forster: yes, both of them were friends of my youth, though Fors
* [It is somewhat remarkable that no literary or biographical notices of John Lind have been published in any Memoir, Magazine, or Dictionary, though he was certainly entitled to such distinction. E. H. B.] Vol. II.
ter's christian name is not now remembered by me; Lind a most intimate one.
As to Lind, the origin of my acquaintance with him was this: his father was by parentage, if not by birth, a Scotchman; he was a clergyman, and had a living in Colchester. He was a spendthrift: by I know not what accident my
father became acquainted with him. By my father's advice, a female relation of his bought an annuity of the reverend divine; and in process of time, his property and income found its way into the hands of a set of creditors, of whom that same relation of
Lind, the son, was a commoner at Baliol-College, Oxford; when he had taken his B. A. degree, he took orders. Soon after, a Mr. Murray, (I forget of what family, but I believe of some one of the noble families of that name,) set out on his embassy for Constantinople: Lind, by what means I either never knew or have forgotten, became known to him, and went with him in the capacity of chaplain. I was at that time living in chambers in Lincoln's Inn, where a little before his departure, I received a short visit from him. His father's income being at that time in my father's hands, as trustee for his creditors, my father advanced to the son the sum of £30., to contribute to his equipment. We heard no more from him, or of him, for I forget how many years. Mr.