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1 - This I dare not observe to my father, as he is an admirer 6 of Mr. Hutchinson, and will not bear any contradiétion: but

my private judgment is, that Mr. Hutchinfon on the Cherubim 4 and Elohim or Eloim, is a mad commentator, as I you, if we ever happen to meet again.

* At present, all I can do more on the Hebrew subject, is to observe that, in respect of the preservation of the Hebrew tongue, I imagine the one prevailing language before the mi

racle at Bahel, (which one language was afterwards called Hebrew) tho' divided and swallowed as it were at the Tower,

was kept without change in the line of Shem, and continued their tongue. This cannot be disputed, I believe. I likewise imagine, it must be allowed, that this Hebrew continued the vernacular tongue of the old Canaanites. It is otherwise unaccountable how the Hebrew was found to be the language of the Canaanites, when the family of Abraham came among • them again, after an absence of more than 200 years. If • they had had another tongue at the confusion, was it possible • for Abraham, during his temporary sojournments among • them, and in the necessities of his peregrination, to persuade • so many tribes to quit their dialect, and learn his language (-or, if his influence had been so amazing, can it be lupa posed, they would not return again to their old language,

after he had left them, and his family was away from them * more than 200 years ? No, Sir. We cannot justly suppase

such a thing. The language of the old Canaanites could not 'be a different one from the Hebrew. If you will look into Bochart, you will find this was his opinion. That great man

says, the Ante-babel language escaped the confusion two ways, viz. by the Canaanites, through God's providence preserving . it in their colonies for the future use of the Hebrews, who

were to possess the land ; and by the patriarch Heber, as a • sacred depositum for the use of his posterity, and of Abram ham in particular.

• This being the case: the Phenician or Canaanitish. tongue, being the same language that the line of Heber spoke, with this only difference, that by the latter it was retained in greater purity, being in the mouths of a few, and transmitted by instruction; it follows, that Abraham and his sons could talk 4

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« with all these tribes and communities ; and as to the other • nations he had communication with, he might easily converse • with them, as he was a Syrian by birth, and to be sure could • talk the Aramitish dialect as well as Laban his brother. The Aramitish was the customary language of the line of Shem. • It was their vulgar tongue. The language of the old world, . that was spoken immediately before the confufion, and was called Hebrew from Heber, they reserved for sacred uses.

For the benefit of our female readers, the unfortunate case of poor Miss Melmoth, who went into naked bed on board ship, must not be omitted :

• The second remarkable thing (says Mr. 'Buncle) is, that as this young lady went into naked bed in her cabbin, the • first night, before the tempest began to stir, it was not many 6 hours till a sea struck us upon the quarter, and drove in one

of our quarter and one of our itern dead lights, where we • shipped great quantities of water, that put us under great apprehensions of foundering, and filled so suddenly the close wooden bed in which Miss Melmoth lay, that had not I chanced to be then leaning against the partition, and snatched her out, the moment I found myself all over wet, and half

covered with the breaking sea, the must inevitably have pe«rished. I ran up on deck with her in my arms, and laid her • almost senfeless and naked there : and as there was no staying

many minutes in that place, I threw my great-coat over her, 6 and then brought her down to my own birth, which I

gave her, and got her dry cloaths from her trunk, and made her drink a large glass of brandy, which saved her life. She got

no cold, which I thought very strange, but was hurt a little « in the remove. When all was over, she protested she would never go into naked bed, on board fhip, again.'

For a specimen of our author's stile and manner of relating familiar circumstances, take this curious paragraph :

• Mr. Birrisfort and Miss Fox followed the dogs with caution, and never attempted any thing that could hazard their necks or their bones: but the charming Juliet Berrisfort had so violent a paflion for the diversion of the field, that she was • seized with a kind of enthusiasm when he heard the

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of the hounds, and as if the bad been the goddess of the silver • bow, or one of her immortal train, went on without a

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thought of her having brittle limbs. She leaped every thing 'to keep in with the dogs ; five-bar gates; the most danger

ous ditches and pales; and drove full-speed down the steepest • hills, if it was possible for a horse to keep his feet on them.

She frightened me the first morning I was out with her. • She made my heart bounce a thousand times. I expected • every now and then that she would break her neck ; that neck where lilies grew. I was reckoned a very desperate rider by all that knew me, and yet, with this young lady, I paused several times at some leaps, when she did not hesitate at all. Over she went, in a moment, without thinking of the perils in her way; and then, if I broke my neck, I could not but pursue.

• When glory call’d, and beauty led the way, • What man could think of life, and poorly stay? • It was not in my complexion to stay, and by that means, • I got a terrible fall the second day; whether by my own ' fault, or my horse's, I cannot tell : but as no bone was • broke, and I had received no other mischief than a black

eye, a bruise in my side, and a torn face, I was soon on my mare again, and by Miss Berrisfort's fide. She laughed immoderately at me, while the dogs were at fault, as my bones

were safe, and advised me with a humorous tenderness, to 6 ride with her brother and Miss Fox. It was not however

very long before I had more satisfaction than I desired; for in half an hour's time, we came to fome pales, which the

stag went over, and I leaped first; but Miss Berrisfort's . horse, tho' one of the best in the world, unfortunately ftruck, 6 and cleared them in such a manner, that the lovely Juliet came over his head. She fell very safely in high grass, where I waited for her, for fear of an accident of any kind, and did not

receive the least hurt; but in the violence of the motion, • and the way she came down, the curtain was thrown on her • breast, and the lay for some moments stunn'd upon the

ground. In a minute however I snatched her up, and set her on her feet. She came to herself immediately, and thanked me for my care of her; but was vexed to the heart • at what had happened. She requested I would not mention

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be so generous as not to speak of it to any one. -Miss Ber:(risfort (I said) it is not in my foul to extract mirth from the • bad fortune of any one; and much lefs is it in my power to < ridicule, or laugh at a woman of distinction, for an accidene 6 like this. You may believe me, when I promise you, upon my « word, and swear it by every sacred thing, that I will not lo

much as hint it to any mortal while you remain in this world. • This gave her fome relief, and by her foot in my hands, I • lifted her into her faddle again.Two benefits were from

this mischance derived. One was, that for the future, this • lady hunted with a little more caution, and did not take the • leaps she was wont to do :--the other, that it gained me her • heart, (though I did not know it for many months) and * thereby secured for me the greateft happiness, against a day of distress. From the most trivial things the most important do often spring.'

The book concludes thus ; I went the 2d of August, 1725, • to Barnard's castle in Durham, and intended the next morn• ing to set out for Mr. Fleming's house in Stanmore, to go from " thence to my cottage on the side of a W’estmorland fell : but after I had rid a mile of the road to Eggleston, where I puré posed to dine, I called out to my lad to stop. A sudden thought came into my head, to ride first to Gretabridge, as I was so near it, to see some fine Roman monuments, that are in the neighbourhood of that village. To that place I went • then, and passed the day in looking over all the antiquities < and curiosities I could find there. I returned in the evening "to my inn, and while a fowl was roasting for my supper, stood • leaning against the house-door, looking at several travellers * that went by, and some that came to rest where I did that * night. Many figures I beheld, but none I knew. At last • there came riding up to the inn, full speed, a young lady on • a most beautiful beast, and after her, two horses more ; on • one of which was her man: servant, and on the other her • maid. She had a black mask on her face, to save her from

the dust and fun, and when the lit from her horfe, she did • not take it off, but went with it on into the house, after • The had looked for a moment or two at me. This I thought

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k very ftrange. A charmer bo be fure, I faid. With what ? life and grace did the compe to the ground! but how cruel

the dear little rogue is, to conceal the wonders of its face. Landlord, I faid to the matter of the house, who was coming up to me, can you contrive a way to get me one view of that malked lady, and I will give you a pint.--Sir, mine. hoft replied, that I can do very easily, for this lady has fent

me to let you know, the wants to fpeak with you-wieh mel-Transporting news! I few to her apartment, and Ethere faw that dear irresistible creature, who had added to *the inferior charms of face and perfon, that wisdom and * goodness of conduct and conversation, which are the true

glory of a woman. It was Miss Melmoth. She had heard

I had been at Mrs. Afgill's house, and did not get the letter • the left for me, which made her think of riding towards

Graabridge, an an imagination she might find me thereabout'; * as fhe remembered to have heard me fay, in one of our con* versations, that I intended as foon as I could, to look at the * Roman antiquities in this place : but fhe had very little hopes * (she added) of succeeding in her enquiry ; as little as I had * of her riding up to the inn; and this made the meeting the * more pleasing. It did enhance the pleasure indeed. It turned * the amour into an adventure, and gave it that delicious flavor,

which the moderns read of in the histories of past tiines, * but rarely experience in these days. The reader that has

been engaged in such a wonderful, and tender scene, can only form an idea of a felicity, which words would in vain attempt to express.

• As soon as we had supped, I recited my adventures since * we parted, and gave Miss Melmoth a flowery description of

Orton Lodge; then asked, if she would bless me with her • hand, and sit down mith me in my pretty solitude. “Sir, (Miss Melmoth replied) if you required it, I would

you to Hudson's-Bay, had I a hundred thousand, in• stead of four thousand pounds; which is my fortune, ex

clusive of some personal estate, which my friend Mrs. Af gill by her will bequeathed me; and the whole is at your • service, to dispose of as you please.

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