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APRIL & DECEMBER, 1818.
REPRINTED FOR KIRK AND MERCE
At the Office of the Edinburgh and Quarterly Reviews, No. 22 Wall-Street,
opposite the Manhattan Bank.
Printed by William A. Mercein, No. 93 Gold-Street.
CONTENTS OF No. XXXVI.
Addendum to Light's Travels.'
ART. I.-Memoirs, illustrative of the Life and Writings of John
Evelyn, Esq. F. R. S. Author of the 'Sylva,' &c. &c. Com-
for the first time made public, was eminently happy in this respect, that he was born in that country, place, and condition of life which best suited his moraland intellectual nature. Never had any one more cause to be thankful for all the accidents of his birth. For, omitting what the Grecian philosopher reckoned among his felicities, that he was born a man and not a woman, it was the good fortune of Evelyn to be an European, not the native of any degraded region of the earth; an Englishman, not the subject of a despotic government or a feeble state; of an ancient, honourable, and opulent house; established in a part of England where he could partake the delights of a country life, which no man ever loved more dearly, and the advantages of science and society that the metropolis affords, which no man could estimate more justly or more entirely enjoy. Add to these blessings that he was trained up in the genial feelings of a generous and constitutional loyalty, and in the healthful principles of the church establishment, not jaundiced by the bitter spirit of political or puritanical discontent. He was happy also in the time in which he flourished. The age of Charles II. was as nicely adapted to Evelyn's temper and peculiar talents, as the noonday of chivalry to Edward the Black Prince, and his chronicler Froissart. Had he lived in these days he might have held a respectable rank among chemists or mineralogists; but there would not have been room for him to distinguish himself above his contemporaries, so
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