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be found adviseable for gertlemen of ful for the purposes of tillage, graz, landed property, to take the manage- ing, &c. ment of all fences into their own hands, Having here fpoken of waste lands, as is the case with fome whom I know, it may be proper to mention tythes in by which posterity may have an a- kind, as a great, and in some cases, bundance of timber for the navy, and an insurmountable obtruction to their other purposes, and may, looking for- efrectual improvement. It is but jufward but few years, receive more than tice to the clergy, in this county, to an ample recompense for ali their ex- say, that on the whole, they are more pence and trouble. Sitton Coldfeld realonable in their demards for tythes and Sutton Park, with the commons in kind, than the lay impropriators; adjoining thereto, at Hill, Ath-Fur- and, where lands have been regularly long, New Shilton, Berwood, &c. are and well cultivated for a great length about 10,000 acres, the greater part of time, there is no great hard!hip in of which is hungry sand and gravel, the occupier paying them, as, in that chiefly covered with ling; bụt 'the case, it is chiefly a tax on the landvicinity of Rubal lime-works, and owner, originating in custom or title, the town of Birmingham, are circum- prior to that by which the estate is stances greatly in favour of the culi- held; but where much improvement vation of thelë vast wastes, which is wanted, and especially in the cultimight (I have no doubt) be done with vation of all fens, bogs, and other great advantage to the public and the barren unproduttive waite lands, the land owners. Coleshill and Bicken- matter is widely different; for, in such hill heaths, about ioco acres, now caies, almost the whole value of the under improvement, are still of an in- tand depends on personal labour, skill, ferior quality ; yet some parts of the industry, and the advance and risk of will soon become useful land. Ballal- private property : therefore, someheath, and other waites nearly ad- thing seems necessary to be done to joining, in the parishes of Berkswell,' remove so great a bar to the improveBarlion, Knowle, at Wroxall, Shrew- ment of such unproductive lard. Wheley, Hazely, Lapworth, Packwood, ther corn renis, proportioned to the Badesey, &c. are about 5000 acres. value of the land, could be adopted, These commons, and thole in other or any other equitable means could be parts of the county, have a large pro- devised for that purpose, the wisdom portion of land, which, under proper of parliament, under the sugge tions of cultivation, would become very use the board, is best able to determine."

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On the ADVANTAGES of being in a Hurry.

To the Editor of the Universal Magazine. Sir, MONG the many fubjects which one quality only, that of precipita.

are gravely or humourously han- tion. dled by your correspondents, I do not This may at first sight appear to be recollect that the advantages of being very opposite to the natural inclination in a continual hurry and bujile have been of men, which is to a state of ease and touched upon, although one cannot indolence, or, as a friend of mine calls have frequent opportunities of obferv. it, the pleasure of fitting still, yet it ang the manners of mankind, without will be found peculiar to fo great a being struck with the singular pro. number to move with rapidity, that pensity there is in some to be in haite, we may fafely set it down among the whatever they are doing, and to in- prominent features of human character clude all th, merit of their actions in in social life. And some merit may

be allowed to it, on the score of the appearance of the thing which bodily exertion, for it cannot have pleaf's the lover of hurry, and he been easy to break through natural in- gains from those who judge on'y from dolence, and form those exertions into appearances (a great proportion of a habit, which must have been origi- mankind) that reputation which the nally very difficult, and are to many other has to seek at the hands of the very irkfome, and, indeed, impossible knowing few. to be continued. It may likewise be In country villages, we fee displaythought that the swift-of-foot are en- ed in a very firiking light, what an titled to merit upon another account, eminent author cals the dignity of as following the best medical prescrip- hurry.” No sooner does a poit-chaife tion for the preservation of health, I pass the turnpike at the entrance, than mean exercise, without some portion the portillon, knowing the taste of his of which the body cannot be long paslengers, drives furiously along the kept in a healthy ftare, Persons who itreet, frightens lame women and chiluse frequent and regular exercise, and dren who are but learning to walk, who never allow the blood to stagnate, and disturbs the occupations of the are obferved gene ally to enjoy long country folks, who must stretch out life and health.

their necks to see who is coming. But, fir, I hope I fhall not be thought This, with the rattling of the wheels, ancharitable, if

, while I give to ne- the smack of the whip, and the barkcessary exercise all the praise that is ing of dogs, you will agree constitutes due, Í attribute the hurry and bustle, no small degree of confequence, which which are peculiarly the subject of this is at length finally wound up by the letter, to

a very different cause, landlord and waiters running to the namely, to that vanity which prompts door of the chaisc, to escort the pafien us to appear in a light of valt conse- gers into the Blue Lion,' or the quence to byestanders. A man who Bear,' places not very dignihed in walks along the street in a flow and name, but not improper to conclude measured pace, and gives way every

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pageantry. obitruction he meets, is far less likely Need I tell you, that in the travelto attract notice, than him who pushes ling of persons of high rank, expedion, as if on a business of infinite im- tion coniitutes the great distinction portance, and is the terror of barrow- between them and the vulgar! The women and blind-beggars. The for- rapid approach of the couriers, per

may walk from Hydepark correr haps only five minutes before the to Mile-end, unheeded, and without principals, to announce that they are cauling a single remark, while the lat- coming, the hurry and confufion this ter, before he has flown through a occasions in an inn, ther full of Atreet, has drawn upon him a hundred guests, or perhaps not very large, the eyes, and curiosity is agape to know impetuous whirl of the coach-whcels who he is, and what he is going a- of the great man, and their rumbling 'bout. Yet it may happen that both under the lofty gateway—These are , parties are going upon precisely the grand things; these, fir, are village fame errand, or, more probably, that tublimities, which it hath not entered he who walks deliberately is employ- in o the head of patient, jog trot traed upon some interesting concern, vellers to have any conception of. while the other endeavours to make They raise a vaft idea of the personup in bustle what he really wants in ages who have arrived, and a crowd business, · Were two sich m

men to cal- assembles to witness their descent from culate their winnings at the end of the the carriage, which is, that all may day in point of time, the difference be in unifon, performed with a lean, probably would not be great, but it is and thereby a glance only is allowed

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to the gaping spectator, which feeds that can be gained by húrry and hund his imagination probably better than is easily attainable by an individual, a full view.

and may be practifed at all times, in Those whose good fortune it is to the streets or on the highway, on attend at ourts and levées, know well foot or on horseback. the importance of hurry in entering Why is it that so many young tradesand departing. Though their busi- men break their limbs; and fometimes ness be merely to compliment their their necks, in galloping to town afovereign by a bow and a few words bout ten o'clock in the forenoon, but of congratulation, they Ay along the that they want to inspire the inhabipasiage and up the grand staircase, tants of the environs with an immense with a dignified velocity that can a- idea of their importance. If their rise from nothing but the eagerness of hurry arose from their anxiety to get their loy. ty, and their desire to be to their counting houses early, they thought of some consequence by not might have attained tjat object in a letting his majesty wait. The crowd much safer and surer way, by quitting below measure their opinions accord- the pillow an hour or two sooner. ingly. Many a gouty lord have I Much, indeed, of the expedition we feen hobble along the portico, unob- observe in men of business, it is to be ferved, and almost unseen, while a feared, may be traced to the loss of more youthful sprig of quality, by his the morning hours, but they are mifjaunty step and quick movements has taken if they think that they can be been taken for a statesinan, going to recovered by the 'whip and spur. I kiss hands upon promotion. These, have known many men acquire vaft fir, may appear trifles, but these lit- fortunes by successful speculations, by tle things are « great to little man.' wonderful strokes of business, and by

Nay, I confess that on sundry oc- a&tions which entitled them to the casions I have not disdained to profit praise of great ingenuity and acuteby the artifice myself. Observing that ness, but I never knew the clevereft persons who went flowly and loung- among them who could find that in ingly into our courts of justice, as if, the aferriocn, which he had loft in the which was really the case, they had no morning. It is difficult to make one business, were refused admittance by part of the day execute the functions the door-keepers, within the bar, I of another, as difficult, I do humbly tried whether the appearance of-busi- think, as to make the foot act as a subness might not supply the place of it, ftitute for the hand, or to alhit the eye and entering quickly, marched with with the elbows. But this is partly a an air of consequence through the digreflion. crowd, which gave way on each side, Having thus offered fome remarks and 'I obtained immediate admittance. on the advantages which are expect. In such cases, there may not be much ed from hurry and butile, which I to blame.

have resolved into a principle of van It may perhaps be alleged in op- nity, and a desire to act under falfe position to my stating that burry is a appearances, it follows naturally that ipecies of vanity, that it is not fo much I thould state the dir dvantages, if so as the grave and folemn pace of a any, which aitend the practice of digprocession ; but this, which I allow, nified velocity. On this subject, howis only saying that there are more ever, as I have probably trespatled ways than one of gaining the same alrcady on your limits, I fall confine point, and it must be remembered myself to one remark, viz. that the that a proceffion is a mode of acquir- frequency of appearances destroys their ing consequence, which it is notjn every effect, and to one anecdote, which is person's power to commando Ducall this. As I was walking the streets of

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