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table, or fofil, but what are com “The rent of the whole parish is mon in other places.
There is 14221. 5s. neither wood nor waste ground in The number of houses is 2: ; the parish ; and we know, that families 22; and inhabitants 123 ; where man has completely subdued three teams kept. the soil to his own use, he permits no • The land tax at 45. raises 1641, thing to feed or prosper, but what is 145. 2d. serviceable to his private interest. • Labourers have 1s. ad. per day
•The air here is dry and healthy ; in summer, and is. in the winter; fogs are not frequent, and clear off in harvest 15. 6d. and their victuals. early when they happen. The in- Land lets at 155. an acre. habitants are happy, and many of • The nett expence of the poor in them live to a good old age. 1776 was 271. 16s.
• Their fuel here is pitcoal, which Medium of three years, 1783 they have chiefly brought from 1785, 451. 8s. 4d.' Derbyshire and some from lord These volumes are illustrated by Middleton's coal-pits near Notting- a very liberal provision of engravham. The carriage being heavy, ings, in which a view is given of and the roads bad, it ufed to cost every individual parish-church, them 15d. or 16d. per hundred as well as of seats, monuments, weight: but, since the navigation antiquities, and other remarkable has been completed to Loughbo- obje&s. An appendix to the serough, they get it for jod. or ud. cond volume contains a number of per hundred.
deeds, charters and other papers 'No great road leads through the relative to each hundred; which parish; but the turnpike road from addition will doubtless be repeated Oakham to Melton passes within in the future volumes. a mile by Leefthorp, and they come upon it in going to Melton, at about the same distance before they comé to Burton.
Memoirs of the Life and Writings of There is not any river that runs
the Abbate Metaftafio. In which through the parith, or comes near are incorporated I ranslations of bis it; and only one inconsiderable principal Letters, By Charles Burbrook, which is sometimes dry. ney, Muf. D. F. R. S. 8vo. This joins another, more conside 3 Vols. 1796. rable, that comes from Somerby by Leesthorp, and both, proceed THE name of Metastasio has ing jointly by Burton Lazars, fall long been associated in every Euinto the river Eye, between Bren- ropean metropolis with the exqui. tingby and Melton.
fitepleasures of the noble, the opuThere is no papist in this parish, lent, and the polithed. The eupor one difsenter of any denomi, phony of his lines and the fitness pation.
of his sentiments have been impress• The parochial feast follows St. ed on our recolle&ion, in concert James ; to whom the church is with the most vivid and brilliant dedicated.
displays of all the arts of delight. • There have been no perambula- Melodies of the most fascinating tions time immemorial,
composers, aslifted by punctual or %
cheftras, by fingers the most com- factions have confined their blood. palling and smooth toned, have lefs struggles to the establishment concurred in winging the shafis of of a theory of music, and have never his fong to our inmott fenfibility. extended their proscriptions beyond The painter's magnificent perspec- the condemnation of a tragedy. tives, the dazzling pageants of the To the inherent fashion of the decorator, the easy floating motions subject of thefe volumes, is superof groupes of graceful dancers, and added the stronger recommendaall the magic glories of realized tion which they derive from the mythology, have mingled at the celebrity of the author. The hittheatre their influence with that torian of music is accuitomed to of the poet, and have assisted in convene and to satisfy an elegant stirring up within us that luxurious audience; and, whe: her he touchirritation and tumult of feeling, es the harp or the monochord, he which form the highest scope of the displays a masterly band. His maartist and the purest enjoyment of terials have been industriously colthe connoiffeur. Stript, however, lected at Vienna and in Italy, and of all these circumttances of effect, comprehend, besides the wellMetastasio has acquired a reputa- known biographies of Retzer and tion for genius and abilities, which of Christini, many works of infethe philosopher who peruses his rior note, as well as the posthumous writings in the closet will not, pro- edition of the poet's letters. The bably, hesitate to ratify. Yet how bulk of this publication consists inoften does it happen that, removed deed of a translation of those letters, from within the glare of theatric connected by the requisite interstiillumination, the god of the opera- ces of narrative; all which form a house has withered into an ordina- very amusing while. ry man; and that the liquid lan Metastasio was born at Rome guage of the skies had lent an ora- in 1698, where his father had setcular folemnity to fimple thoughts, tled as a confe&tioner. At school or a bewitching harmony to infig. he displayed early talents as an imnificant insipidities? Be this, how- provisatore, and before eleven years ever, as it may, and even supposing of age could fing extemporaneous that the literary character of Me verses. Gravina, the civilian, talia sio himself thould be fated to known by having written tragedies fuffer depreciation by time and on the Greek model, heard, adniirrevolutions in tatte; - should his ed, and adopted the young bard; dramatic writings even become a to whom he gave a literary educamere school-book for the learner of tion, getting him admitted to the Italian ;-yet he has resided so bar, and to deacon's orders, that much at courts, and has been the civil and ecclesiastical preferment darling of so many artists, that his might be alike open to him. life can never be an object of in- When 22 years of
Metastasio difference to those whose gentle eye visited Naples, having inherited preferably fixes on those places and the property of Gravina, and atperiods, in which the pleasures of tached himself as cicilbeo to the man have been the chief occupa- female singer Romanina. He there tion of his rulers; and in which wrote an opera, which succeeded,
and from this time he applied whol- some passages in order to give an ly to theatric poetry. In 1729 he idea of the spirit of his criticism : was invited to Vienna as the Impe- but, finding them too long for our rial Laureate, and continued to insertion, we must refer our reafurnish such dramas as his patron ders to the 3d vol. in which they bespoke, until his death in 1782. occur, p. 356–379.
Dr. Burney well observes that it Let it not be a reproach is possible for a man of learning, our estimable biographer, that ttudy, and natural acumen, to be a he has described, with the vogood critic on the works of others luminous gravity of history, a without genius for producing ori- groupe of poets, fingers, actors, ginal works himself, similar to and musicians. It is well that a those which he is able to censure. work of this kind should make its The opinion of Metastasio, there- appearance. We are scarcely acfore, may have its weight even customed as yet to assign, in huwhen he criticises the great opera- man itory, a place to each proporwriters of antiquity : for the mo tioned to the extent of his influence dern opera is the only faithful imia on human happiness. The crowned tation of the antient iragedy. From and the titled have their peculiarihis practice it appears, however, ties immortalized, although they that he entertained one fundamen- may have never added to i he ental error in theory, and had not joyments of a nation ten evenings discovered that, in the opera, the of glowing delight. The amulers means of imitation being peculiar- of our leilure, the artists of our plealy apparent, the distress should be fures, may justly be ranked among more harrassing and the crimes the benefactors of fociety. Let it more atrocious, in order to excite belong, then, to the nuse of fame an equal degree of tragic emotion to elevate monuments (ver their with these representations which remains, and to strew fluwers on approach more nearly to real and their grave, in token of our grate. common life. We had sclected ful remembrance !
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In the House of Commons, Regulations respecting the Sale of Flour, and the
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