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On the CONDUCT of the late WAR. July of our expectations, is a truth so well very noses; one of which had well known, that it need not be expatiat- nigh carried off the old marhal from ed upon here. Various have been his quarters ; but which were, I supthe opinions, with regard to the cau. pose, discouraged from attempting any ses of our miscarriage, and many more an enterprize that would have pieces have been writ

upon that fub- been, if successful, most prejudicial ject. All these I have perused; but A to themselves. And when we left all with faint satisfaction, in compa- their country, loaded alike with glorison of that I receiv'd, in reading a ry and with spoils, they saw us march, pamphlet juit printed, intitled, A in order of battle, to attack count brief Narrative of the late Campaigns Saxe behind Pont Espierre, above in Germany and Flanders, in a Letter three days after we heard of his beto a Member of Parliament ; an ex- ing there, with only half his forces, tract from which you printed, in your B and two days after he had left it; and last Magazine, P. 263. The very cu- then retire ingloriously into winter rious and interesting particulars told quarters.- A campaign fo glaringly in the pamphlet in question, leaves mismanaged, obliged the commanno room to doubt, but that the au.

ders, who could not vindicate it thor knew all the springs of action ; from blame, to throw it on each and the manner in which he has

other. Their recriminations sucdrawn up his narrative, proves him C ceeded, if not their apologies ; for to be an excellent writer.

the world was pretty well convinced Speaking of the neceffity of our they were all in fault. As our fupeembarking in the last war, he pro- riority this campaign evinces the ceeds thus." If then the steps tak- truth I would establish ; that we had en by England, at these junctures, the means in our power of finishing have ever been approved of because the war, with as much glory as we of their necessity, this last war is D had begun it with wisdom, if they furely intitled to more approbation, had been properly used ; so doth the because, undertaken on the same inferiority of the enemy furnish us principle of self.preservation, it was with another truth no less material : called for by more urgent necessity. For, as their inferiority was occasiThe branches, at thefe periods, were oned by the detachments necessary in danger of being lopped off ; but to defend Alface from the arms of now the ax was laid to the root of the E prince Charles, it shews that France tree itself, which in its fall must have is not able to make head against such crulhed us also. And therefore we an alliance, if attack'd with vigour were called upon, by self-preservation, on all hands." to put our Moulders to it, to prop and • Tho' the misfortunes of this support it; and more so, since France campaign [1746,) were owing to the had fomented the quarrel between cause i have mentioned ; yet they us and Spain, and pushed it to that F were, with no little industry, impurpass, that they even sent a fleet to the ed to the mismanagement of prince Welt-Indies to guard and allift the Charles. That his place might Spaniards, and to support them in be supplied by another, it was nethat unjust breach of their treaties." ceffary he should be deemed unfit for

Speaking of our inactivity under it. His late defeats from the Pruffi. the late marshal W-e in Flanders, ans gained the easier credit to he adds:--"The French faw us de-G the charge of incapacity brought tach, to defend the canal of Bruges, against him, in spite of all his great after that contributions had been actions. Nor was that all : His pridrawn from beyond it. They in vate character was called in aid to fulted us with their parties even to our depreciate his publick ; and he was

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Brave Action of General LIGONIER.

311 accused of drunkenness, with as little elogiums on general Ligonier, “who reason as of incapacity. The end (says he) Curtius-like, facrificed him. proposed was anlwered.

A new self to save the army, by leaping ingeneral was provided in the ****

to the golph, with what was most **, whose victory at valuable in it. Yet this attack was Chad confirmed the opini- openly condemned in our army, beon, that the defeat at Fontenoy had A fore Ligonier's return from captivity really been occafioned by the Dutch; in that of the enemy. The honour and 'who flatter'd himself, and the of saving the army was envied him, world, with a continuance of his by those who had reaped none themgood fortune against the French.

félves. But the service was too glar. And good fortune now seemed to de- ing not to establish its own merit ; pend upon him ; for every obstacle nor was the testimony of the enemy had been removed, which had been B wanting, to acknowledge and admire Supposed (hitherto) to have obstruct.

what had checked their pursuit." ed it. Numbers had not been com- Thus, Sir, have I given you a few plained of laft year, when even the sketches of this excellent pamphlet ; Durch diftinguished themselves : And to which I refer you, and all such these numbers were considerably of your readers, as are desirous of augmented now."

being made fully acquainted with the The author thus touches on our Ccauses why the British laurel faded preparations, previous to the batile so much during the late war; and am, of Lafeldt. — “ Every preceding SIR, error was now to be redressed ; and

Your most humble Servant, 'every step that the enemy had taken

VERAX to our disadvantage was to be imitated. And as the French had drawn Two Volumes, in O&avo, have been manifeft advantage from taking the Dlately printed, of Poems on several field early, and before us, we began Occasions, by the late Mrs. Leato get the start of them in that par- por, of Brackley in Northamptonticular ; but were very soon taught

fhire ; the one published in 1749, by experience, that the opposite of and the other laft Month. They wrong is not always right. For the were printed by Subscription, for train of artillery being embarked, the Benefit of ber jurviving Faand the army being encamped, and E ther, a Gardener in that country. marched towards Antwerp to befiege She died in the 24th Year of her it; we were scarce got into the field, Age. And as it is very extraordi. but our dreams of glory vanished. nary, that a Country Girl, without * For before we had marched above the Advantages of Education, should half way thither, it was found we be capable of fuch Productions, our could proceed no farther, for want of Readers cannot but be pleafed with fubfiftence; having forgot to provide F fome Account of her, which we fall carriages to convey our forage to us. extract from a Letter written by a So there we remain'd on the bleak Gentlewoman to John - Eja; and barren heaths, exposed to the and prefixed to the second Volume. inclemency of the weather, and the After relating bovu fhe came firft derision of the enemy; who, as if acquainted with ber, wbich was he affected to despise us, continued not till about 14 Months before her to keep his army in quarters for a G

Death, and fome Circumstances of long while afterwards."

less frequent Vifits, she goes on thus: At the fame time that our author ROM this time to that of her is so very severe on many of our death, few days passed, in which commanders, he bestows the highest I did not either fee or hear from




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Account of Mrs. Learor, the young Poetess. July her; for she gave me the pleasure proposed a subscription to some of of seeing all her poems as soon as my acquaintance ; which I hoped they were finished. And tho I ne- might be a means of doing it. And' ver was extremely fond of poetry; here, Sir, I muft gratefully acknowand don't pretend to be a judge of ļedge your kind allistance, without it, there was fomething so peculiarly which I am sensible all my endea. plcasing to my taste in almost every A vours had been ineffectual; but thro' thing she wrote, that I could not your good nature I had the pleasure but be infinitely pleased with such a to see it brought into a promising correspondent.

way before the

death of the author ; Nor did I admire her in her poe. who unfortunately did not live to retical capacity only ; bet the more I ceive that benefit by it, which has was acquainted with her, the more I since accrued to her father. saw reason to eteem her for those B I one day, shewed her an old mavirtuous principles, and that good. nuscript pastoral of Mr. Newton's, ness of heart and temper, which so in blank verse; with which she visibly appeared in her; and I was feemed much pleased, and desired so far from thinking it a condescen- leave to take it home with her, and fion to cultivate an acquaintance with amuse herself with putting some a person in her station, that I rather parts of it, that the most liked, into esteemed it an honour to be called a C rhyme. She did so; and in my opifriend to one in whom there appear. nion fo greatly altered and improved ed such a true greatness of soul, as them, that when the papers were with me far outweighed all the ad- first sent to you, in order to be vantages of birth and fortune. Nor printed, I said I thought there was do I think' it possible for any body no occasion for mentioning Mr. that was as well acquainted with her Newton's name : But she would not as myself, to consider her as a mean D consent to have them put in her person.

book without that distinction; and I have sent a list of the poems indeed had no occasion to adopt that were wrote since I was acquaint- other peoples productions. ed with her; which, I think, will Deceit and insincerity of all kinds fhew the quickness of her genius, she abhorred ; and (if I may be alespecially when it is considered how lowed to give my opinion) I really much she was engaged in her father's e believe, what Mhe wrote upon serious affairs, and the buliness of his house, and divine subjects, proceeded from in which the had nobody to aslift her. the inmost sentiments of her heart ;

This, you may imagine, was some which I take to be one great reason mortification to a perion of her turn; of their appearing fo extremely na- yet she was always chearful: And as tural and beautiful. she wanted none of the neceilaries As an inslance of her uncommon of life, expresseu herself thankful f manner of thinking, give me leave for that. Her chief ambition seem- 10 acquaint you with a discourse that ed to be, to have such a competency pafled between us, when the propo. as might leave her at liberty to enjoy fal for a fublcription was on foot. the company of a friend, and indulge I very gravely told her, I thought her scribbling bumour (as she called we must endeavour to find out some it) when me had a mind, without great lady to be her patroness, and inconvenience or interruption. G

desired her to prepare a handsome I could not see how much the was dedication. straitened in point of time for her But pray, what am I to say in writing, without endeavouring to this fame dedication ? remove the difficulty; and therefore Oh, a great many fine things, cer



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. Account of Mrs. LE APOR, the young Poetess. . 313 But, Madam, I am not acquainted mine could contribute to his comwith any great lady, nor like to be. fortable subsistance in his old age: I

No matter for that ; it is but your therefore beg you to take the key supposing your patroness to have as of my buroe; and, if any thing is to many virtues as other people's always be made of my poor papers, that have : You need not fear saying too you will, for my fake, endeavour to much; and I must insist upon it.” A promoce a subscription for his bene

She really seemed shocked, and fit, which you so kindly have pro. faid, “ But, dear madam, could you posed for mine." in good earnest approve of my fit- They must have had harjer hearts ting down to write an encomium than mine, that could have refused upon a person I know nothing of, to comply with such a request. I only because I might hope to get promised to do the best I could fomething by it?-No, Mira!" B (with which she seemed satisfied) ;

She always called it being idle, and have endeavoured to perform it and indulging her whimsical hu

to the utmost of my power. mour, when she was employ'd in Since I received your letter, I writing the humorous parts of her have applied to Mr. Leapor for poems; and nothing could pique her what information he could give me more than peoples, imagining the relating to his daughter. took a great deal of pains, or spent C He tells me, he was born at a great deal of time, in such com- Marston St. Lawrence in this county, posures ; or that she set much value on Feb. 26, 1722, at which time

he was gardener to the late judge She told me, that most of them Blencowe, and continued five years were wrote when cross accidents in the family; and then removed happened to difturb her, purely to with his wife and this only daughter divert her thoughts from dwelling D to Brackley, where the spent the upon what was disagreeable; and remaining part of her life. that it generally had the intended She was bred up under the care effect, by putting her in a good of a pious and sensible mother, who humour.

died about four years before her. I must now come to the melancholy He informs me, she was always scene of her death : which, to my fond of reading everything that inexpressible concern, happened on E came in her way, as soon as she was Nov. 12, 1746, and was occasi- capable of it; and that when the oned by the measles.

had learnt to write tolerably, which, A day or two before her depar- as he remembers, was at about 10 ture, while her senses ramained per

or 11 years old, the would often be fect, ine desired to speak to

scribbling, and sometimes in rhyme; alone ; and after the warmest ex- which her mother was at first pleafed preffions of gratitude for my good. F with : But finding this humour inness to her, as the called it, conti- creare upon her 25 she grew up; nued, as near as I can remember, when she thought her capable of

more profitable employment, the “ But I have fill one favour to endeavoured to break her of it; beg of you.--I find I am going.- and that he likewise, having no I always loved my father, but I taste for poetry, and not imagming feel it now more than ever. He is G it could ever be any advantage to growing into years.--My heart bleeds her, joined in the same design: But to see the concern he is in; and it finding it impollible to alter her na. would be the utmost satisfaction to sural inclination, he had of late de. ine, if I could hope any thing of fited, and left her more at liberty. Joly, 1751.


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July He says, she never had any inti-. you for the worst : And, if my armate companion, except one agree- guments are filly, they proceed from able young woman in this town, a well-meant fincerity. In spite of whom the mentions in her poem all our sorrow for che loss of a good upon Friendship, by the name of and worthy person, there is a con-. Fidelia ; and that she always chose solation that will shine thro' the to spend her leisure hours in writing A cloud, and reproach our grief, as and reading, rather than in those proceeding from a self-interested diversions which young people ge

motive. This consideration, with perally chuse ; insomuch that some the help of time, is a great allay to of the neighbours that observed it, this afilicting paflion. To say you expreffed their concern, left the girl have enjoyed a parent much longer fhould over-study herself, and be than you could probably expect, mopith. But to me the always ap- B is nothing to the purpose : We peared rather gay than melancholy. know habitual converse makes the

link more strong; and it is easier to In the second l'olume are several of part with a friend at nineteen, while

her Letters, fome humorous, others we are full of aspiring hopes, and
Serious ; all very extraordinary for gay desires, than at a riper age.
one in her Circumstances. Among All this is nature ; yet it is not
the refi, the following discovers to C reason. If, amidft that whirl of
much good Sens, and such exquisite paffion, in which the soul, at such a
Sentiments of Humanity, that we time, is usually engaged, we had
doubt 1:ot of its being acceptable to power to reflect, we should think in
our Readers.

another manner.

Another aggravating circumstance, Sint 10 a Lady, in the Illness of that

which I know presents itself to your Lady's Mother.

D imagination, is this : That your last Dear Madam,

friend is now at stake; that in her CAN find no excuse for sending you lose all the tenderness of a

you a parcel of nonsense t'other relation ; at least, all that is worthy day, but ignorance of your mother's to be called so. This is true. And condition: I am too well acquainted I cannot tell how to reconcile you with your mother's temper, not to to this misfortune better, than to see feel for you in your present cir- E before you the pictures of numberless cunstances : And, if I was mistress miserable orphans, exposed in their of any tolerable eloquence, would tender years to hunger and cruelty. endeavour to reconcile your fpirits But these examples seem too wide to what must certainly happen to to make any great impression upon you, to me, and to all mankind,

We will therefore viz. a separation from our friends, leave the wretched, and turn our at least so far as concerns our pre- Feyes to those who are more properly sent life and enjoyments. I, who stiled the unhappy. If it might be cannot boast of a heart so susceptible allowed to make the comparison, and delicate as yours, have at least our conditions, in this place, seem a felt the strength of nature in the little parallel : But should I survive parting pang; and can' assure you my parent, the event would be very from experience, that (to a soul ca- different. You lose a fond parent, pable of strong ideas) the apprehen. Gthat doats upon you, and all the fion of this formidable evil is more tender comforts that flow from her ; terrible that its real approach ; I lose both that, and all the necesthough I hope there is no immedi. faries of life ; left naked and dehe danger: But I would prepare fenceless, without friend, and with


your mind.



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