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ILLUSTRATION OF THE FRONTISFIECE.
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Under consideration,--A Fragment from Adolescens.-Lines, &c. from A Constant Reader.-On the Advantages of Literary Correction.-&c. &c.
WILLIAM ROSCOE, Esq.
WITH A PORTRAIT, DRAWN AND ENGRAVED BY J. THOMPSON,
“ Full many a gem of purest ray serene
The dark, unfathom'd caves of ocean bear.”
These lines are peculiarly appli- quainted with writing and arithcable to the birth and parentage, metic. Through an obstinacy of of Mr. Roscoe. He was a gem, temper, however, which, in many produced in obscurity, whose lustre minds, is the forerunner of genius, did not seem intended for the gaze and Roscoe could not be prevailed upon admiration of mankind; but, happily, to submit to the tame drudgery of he was destined to emerge from the scholastic discipline ; and, conselowliness of his situation, and to sur quently, he did not avail himself mount the difficulties, which the hu even of the small advantages of edumility of his birth had opposed to his cation, which his parents were able advancement and literary fame. He to afford him. Indolence, however, was born at Liverpool, of obscure was not the character of his mind; parents. Both his father and mo and though he would not attend ther were engaged in the service of school, he studied assiduously at a batchelor, a gentleman of the home. He began early to perceive most amiable and generous disposi- the advantages of thinking for himion, in whose service it is probable self, on every occasion, and the hathey first became acquainted. A mu bits of thought and mental applicatual attachment became the conse tion soon gave evidence of that quence of this acquaintance, and it genius, which has since shone forth was approved of by their master, to with so pure a lustre. At this pewhom their fidelity had strongly re riod, however, he studied things, commended them. They were, con
not words. He endeavoured to resequently, married with his consent, solve into their individual elements, and young Roscoe, their first-born, all his general conceptions, and to was brought up at his expense. form general theories from an agHaving died without an heir, hegregate of individual principles. left the greater part, if not the entire He pursued nature through her of his property, to the subject of mazy march, and the wizard perour memoir.
plexity of her course was not more It does not appear that his patron unaccountable to him, than the vapaid any attention to his early edu- riety of appearances and dresses cation, and his father had no higher which she assumed, at every deviaambition than of making him ac
tion from her direct course. But