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To VOL. 11. Which will be published on the 16th of JANUARY, and will contain a great variety of articles, two elegant Engravings, and complete Indexes for the
VOLUME NUMBER XVIII. for JANUARY, among our usual and much admired variety of ori. ginal pieces, wilt include the chara&ter and portrait of the Most Reverend Dr. Moore, the present Archbithop of Canterbury, elegantly engraved. Also an history and description of ihe cathedral church of Oxford, with a view of that celebrated building:
We readily fubferibe to the abilities and pointed wit of Aminto; but having observed the ill-tendency of his subject, the indecency of some pallages, and the extravagance of others, little remains to be said in his favour.
The bumorous and satyric powers of Sensorius are sufficiently displayed. His fetch of severend busy-body is cqually laughable and descriptive. His conclusion is undeniable, which is all we can admit, “'That we are blind to our own faults, and quick-lighted in difcerning the faults of others.”
A Preceptor need not doubt of our paying a very particular attention co his extracts and judicious alrictures; in our eye they appear as mines of gold, which though in some parts arc mingled with drofs, yet contain a vein of the richest ore, that will amply repay thc labour of an inquifitive searcher.
We think it a pity that certain sculking pick-pockets, who send us obscene letters, without paying the portage, are not amenable to our laws.
The encomiums of Serviteur, from Oxford, are very flattering, and we give him full credie for his good intentions; but he will acknowledge it is our duty to repress a misjudging ardour, in disputable points of a religious nature, which frequently hurries us on, without allowing time for a mature deliberation.
The friendly and just remarks of a Well-wisher to this Magazine deserved our earlier notice, but in a muliplicity of other favours from correspondents, they have hitherto escaped our immediate observation.
Non-can is pleased to bestow upon us some very warm epithets. His abuse is an honour; we defy his indignation, and thrink not from his resentment ; and Mould we be obliged to in. troduce his name, he may rest affäred, it will be done in a manner not the most flattering to his vanity
A Lover of Singularity has fully, displayed his own conceit and vanity ; but he would do well to contider, how much his private opinions tend to disturb the peace and order of society, which, though friends to the liberty of private judgment and free-thinking, we think is our indispensable duty to maintain.
We confefs our obligation to Amicus for his ingenious remarks, which have conveyed to us information that we could not have otherwise eafily acquired. The prospect he has laid be. fore us is exceedingly flattering, and, by the neaus of his assistance, we hope to obtain a more extenfive view.'
A poor Curate has favoured us with observations equally candid and intelligent. He dife covers an intimatc acquaintance with the heart, and we shall give a serious attention to his Salatary maxims and useful lessons.
The Effay of B. L. has, agreeable to his request, passed under our serious confideration, The matter is good and useful, but the stile is deficient in grammatical propriety, to corred which would take up too much of our time.
In our opinion, the poetical epistle of Senex is a mere juvenile attempt, as it is, in some places, defective in point of harmony and diction, and, in others, the sentiments are weak and puerile.
A Soliloquy and Rhapsody, by a son of ebe Quill. We do not remember to have ever seca any ihing more contemptible than these two ridiculous attempts at wit, in which the mott confummate impudence vies with the most senseless obscenity.
Under confideration W. W. of Bristol. Mart. Snave. An answer to an enquiry respect. ing the Locality of heaven, by P. A.; Puis; Amelia ; Cappa; A Librarian; Calvin's andre care; Presbyter; A Lover of Truth; Clio; Stilling feet; One of a Thousand; Investigator ; Care dide; Oribodex ; 4. 2. And a number of other kind communications from friendly corren pondenes.
D.D.LORD BISHOP OF CHICHESTER elecurately Drawn 8 Englane from an Original Tanel
taken from the Letter
Published by Alm.? Hogg M46 Paternoster Row, Jan) 1.1984
OF THE RIGHT
REV. SIR WM. ASHBURNHAM,
BART. AND D. D.
THE PRESENT LORD BISHOP
AND RECTOR OF GESTLING, IN
(Embellished with an elegant Por
trait of his Lordship.]
a prelate, whose uniform tenor of life better merits public attention, than that of the present bishop of Chichester, whether we consider his fimplicity, and openness of manners, his exact frugality in the management of his fortune, his regular course of life, or his great prudence in all his domestic concerns; to which we may add, that his lordship, when at his palace in Chichester, has the happi
nels of converfing at his public table with his clergy, who are remarkable for their good sense, sociabi. lity, and humanity, among whom we cannot refrain from mentioning, as striking instances, the worihy D. of Chichester, and residen. tiary WEBBER, who was the duke of Richmond's domestic chaplain, at Goodwood.
In the course of our biographical strictures, we have had occafion to notice our slender stock of materi. als, and the observation is partícularly applicable to the account of the life now before us : however we fhall endeavour to supply this defeat with some particulars within our own knowledge, and with others which have been transmitted to us, in an obliging manner, by a friend of the bishop of Chichester,
With regard to his lord hip's immediate predecessors, his grandfather, 'Sir Denny Ashburnham, was created a baronet by king Charles I iz
the second; and served in several fucceflive parliaments for the town of Hastings, in Suffex, the first of the Cinque Ports. He had two fons, William, the eldest, who was alfo a baron of the Cinque Ports, and representative for Hastings in many parliaments.. Dying without issue, he was fucceeded in title and eftate by his younger brother Charles, the father of the present Sir Wm. Ashburnham. Sir Charles, Athburnham died at Chichester, where he resided, we believe, about eighteen years ago; at whose death the title and estate devolved upon his lord ship, the present poffeffor of them. This bishop has a feat at Broomham, in the east of Suflex, derived to him frum his ancestors, in a lineal fucceffion for some hundred years. This, and the pleasantnefs ofits fite, may be the reason why his lotdship retires to Broomham, and gives it the preference to his palace at Chichester, for a summer refi. dence. To the latter manfion his lordship generally repairs about Christmas time, and spends the eve of winter in town, at his house
Albemarle - street. During the bishop's residence at Chichester, his lordship keeps a public table for his clergy, where they find a curdial reception; nor are the poor forgotten, who aré weekly partakers of his bounty. While upon his annual visit, in his diocese, his lordship preaches at times in the cathedral; and generally, a fermon for the benefit of the poor charity:
children, when he is always one among the number of benevolent contributors. His discourses on this and all other occasions abound with folid sense, and good argument. His voice is exceedingly har. monious, and his delivery strong, clear, chaste, and correct. If the gentleman, who has been so oblig: ing to send a few of the above par. ticulars, respecting this prelate, would be pleased to favour us with an extract or two from his rational fermons, he would, we are persuaded, afford our readers a very agreeable and acceptable entertainment. As to his person, his lordship is tall and thin. His features are regular, and his countenance placid. His father, Sir Charles Ashburnham, died in a good old age,
and Sir William is advancing apace to the same period of longevity, He is at present a widower, lady Ashburnham having acquitted this stage of life a few years ago.
The fee of Chichester is one among
the number of small bi. fhoprcis, being rated in the king's book only at 1677. 15. 3d. but the annual income at present is, we believe, full fixteen hundred pounds per annum. A very respectable body of prebendaries, canons, and vicars choral, live round its cathedral, in a kind of easy retirement, to whom, and other genteel private families, many of the trading part of the city owe their chief support.