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you suffer the second volume to have the same advantage, I am sure it will not have the same sucfor the augmentation of the smaller bencfices of his diocese.

A guardian of the poor,
he abounded in private charities,
· and encouraged every public one.
Long may the sick and impotent bless the patron,
and those of this county the institutor, of Infirmaries!

Hospitality and generosity, .
enlivened with cheerfulness, affability, and good nature,
were the distinguished virtues of the man and the friend;

and the piety and fortitude of thie Christian
were brought to the test, and stood the trial
in two most afflicting circumstances-

the death of a lovely daughter,

; in whom at 11 years of age all the graces of the mind, dwelling in the most elegant form,

not only began to dawn,

but seemed to be hastening to maturity; and the death of a most accomplished son, at the age of 17, whose virtuous disposition, and uncommon attainments in learning, deserved and received the favour and applause

of Eton and Christ Church.
Conjugal and maternal affection,

weeping over the mingled ashes
of her much honoured and much lamented Lord

and of her dear children,

erected this monument to their inemory. He was born July 27, 1697 ; was appointed clerk of the closet to Queen Caroline 1729; was made dean of W'ells in 1733; was consecrated Bishop of St. Asaph in 1736; and was translated to the see of Worcester in 1743-4. He married in 1731, Elizabeth daughter of Richard Price, of Hayes, in the county of Middle. sex, esq.; and died Sept. 27, 1759, leaving to a tender mother's care one surviving beloved daughter, since given in marriage to the honourable and reverend Mr. Yorke, dean of Lincoln," (and late Bishop of Ely.]

Bp. Madox was much admired as a preacher; and published the following Sermons: 1. For the Propagation of the Gospel, 1734 : Tit. ii. 11-13; 2. “ The Love of our Country recommended,” preached before the Societies for Reformation of Manners, at St. Mary le Bow, Jan. 17, 1737,” Ps. ccxvi. 6; 3. Before the Trustees of the Westminster Infirmary, 1739, Matt. xxv. 26; 4. Before the House of Lords, on the King's Accession, 1739," Ps. cxi. 4; 5. At the Anniversary Meeting of the Charity Children, 1741, Jub xxix. 16; 6. At the Anniversary of the Sons of the Clergy, 1742, Ruth ii. 20; 7. Before the House of Lords, May 29, 1742, Ezra ix. 9; 3. “ The Duty and Advantages of encouraging Public Infirinaries," preached for the Lon-' don Infirmary (when Bishop of St. Asaph) 1743, Ps. xli. 1; 9. Another for the London Infirmary (when Bishop of Worces. ter) 1744, Luke xi. 2; 10. At the Cathedral of Worcester, on


less, and do the same good service to the Church of England. My good friend, though I mention the interest of our common cause as what will weigh most with a person so well affected to it as you are, yet it is not with any intention to discharge myself from the obligation which you have laid me under by the particular kindness intended me. I think myself singularly obliged to you for so great an instance of your respect and affection for me, and return you my most hearty thanks; but, as the undertaking is in the hand of a gentleman who performed so well in it, it would be both a piece of impertinence and vanity in me to offer to interfere with him; wherefore I hope you will direct your farther observation's to me, with leave to convey them to Dr. Madox.” (No date.)“ I have not sent your MS. to Madox. A parcel of scrubs! Why should we help them to credit, when they will neither return the civility, nor own it: 'They did not so much as acknowledge your assistance. Your MS. (with a Preface) will make a volune; and as you intended me a kindness, what think you of publishing them without a name?” (No date.)" My friendship and obligations, my approbation of your undertaking, and regard for the cause, all conspire to

the Thanksgiving after the Rebellion 1746, Ps. lii. 1, 2; 11. For the Worcester Infirmary 1749, Gal. vi. 9, 10; 12. For the Irish Protestant Schools, 1749, Isaiah xi. 13; 13. “ The Expediency of preventive Wisdom; a Sermon preached before the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and Governors of the several Hospitals of the City of London, at St. Bridget's church, on Easter Monday 1750; with a Dedication, and an Appendix concerning Spirituous Liquors;" Job v. 16. - This was an excellent Discourse; and in the Dedication to the Lord Mayor the learned Prelate pathetically expatiates on the evils which the common people had drawn upon theniselves, and consequently on the whole Nation, by excessive drinking; and warınly presses for the taking some measures to put an effectual check to the progress of that destructive and general vice. 14. At St. Andrew's, Hoiborn, March 5, 1752, before the President and Governors of the Hospitals for the Small Pax and Inoculation, Isaiah lviii. 7; 15. At the Chapel of the Foundling Hospital, 1753, Ps. xxvii. 12. See an anécdote of Dr. Madox, whilst clerk of the closet to Queen Caroiine, in Lord Orford's “ Reminiscences," in his Works, vol IV. p. 306.

dispose dispose me to do everything in my power; but your equity and candour, in judging of my capacity, will make proper allowances for the necessity I am under of recommending my own books. I will talk with our Booksellers about it, and let you know what they say. I wish you had told me what my friends think of my last Letter upon Warburton, and what you hear of him. July 15, 1738."-"I am very sorry for your constant residence in Bedfordshire, because it deprives me of the pleasure of seeing you in my visits to Cambridge, which is now an easy day's journey for me. I presume you have seen it in the papers, that his Grace of Canterbury (Dr. Potter] has given me the vicarage of Ware, and Thundridge adjoining to it; which I was obliged in prudence to accept, though they add but little to my income, and put me to considerable expences. I was forced, in a little time, to lay out 7oi. upon two old houses, and had no more than 20l. allowed me for dilapidations. The house at Ware is very large, six rooms on a floor, two coach-houses and a stable that I can make little use of; about 300 feet of paling, between 5 and 6000 feet of tiling, and a large expensive garden, to be kept in constant repair, not an acre of glebe land, and I myself in a more expensive situation than when I was a curate in London. --After some time, I recovered the arrears of an augmentation, payable to the small living of Thundridge; but, then, my former living being a rectory, and I quitting it just before harvest, the loss of all the corn, and the dilapidations which I paid my successor, balanced that account.--His Grace is not willing that I should drop the Miscellany; and, in order to carry it on, I am forced to get more help than otherwise I should want at my livings, if I could be constantly there to do all the parochial duties; I must keep a lodging in town, and a horse always in the stable; besides unavoidable expences in going backward and forward every week. All together the Miscellany will cost me at least 401. a year; which is a charge that I cannot possibly support till I can get some addition to my income. You know, before the paper could be established, it brought ine in debt to my printer


Mr. Richardson*] 1.101. ninety of which is still unpaid. To encourage my present printer to undertake and propagate it with industry, I insured 'to him all the protits that he could make it bring in, preserving to myself nothing but the power of conJucting all the labour of supporting the design. To drop so good a design, and give the enemny such an occasion of triumphi, I cannot bear the thoughts of; and therefore I am soliciting, amongst the friends of the paper, a half-yearly subscription, the first payment to be made at the time of subscriis ing. Yon, my good friend, are quite out of this question, because you do handsomely already, and as much as can reasonably be expected; but, if you would represent the case to some others, I should thank you. If I give up so much of my time and pains, which I could employ more profitably to myself, though not so usefully to the publick, those who are in letter circunstances cannot think much of joining to support the expences it puts me to. There is a worthy Lord (Trevor) in your neighbourhood, who, if the case were justly represented to him, would realily do something. He has the Miscellany every week, and is a begity friend to it. Now, thie Archbishop having given a sanction to my character, I shall get soroething else; and as soon as I am made a little easier, , as to my circuinstances, I shall no longer desire any help, but at present I am terribly einbarrassed; and the more by the great expence of corning into these livings.” No date.)" I suppose you saw my dying speech in the Miscellany, and are convinced, without a coroner's inquest, that I did not lay violent hands upon myself, though I died an untimely death. I am coining out with a paiphlet, but cannot afford to make prosents. I never was so distressed as now. My last preferment has absolutely ruined me.” No date. [1741.] * See before, p. 103.

No. vii.

(Vol. I. p. 419.)


« The old impressions of this great and valuable work, particularly that of Lions 1573, being exceeding scarce, the publick is highly obliged to those learned gentlemen who have furnished us with a new edition, larger and more accurate than any of the preceding ones. We have the more reason to glory in the success of this noble and magnicent undertaking, which does honour to our age and nation, as several attempts of this nature have been heretofore made, and unhappily miscarried; particularly by Charles and Henry Stephens, by our own celebrated countryman Milton, by the Society of Baliol college in Oxford, and by Dr. Kuster, the excellent Editor of Suidas and Aristophanes.

This stately performance, after a very eloquent Dedication to his present Majesty, is introduced by a large Epistolary Preface, inscribed to the most ingenious Dr. John Hollings; containing a distinct and exact Account of the most considerable Latin Dictionaries which have appeared since the restoration of Learning, together with some Memoirs of the Compilers of them. Our readers will be pleased to see them as they stand in succession, and observe their principal characters; and the rather, as this is a piece of literary history, which has hitherto lain almost altogether uncultivated.

The first book of this kind that is mentioned, is the “ Catholicon *" of John Balbus, frequently * Of this very curious book, see " The Origin of Printing," p. 87.


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