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Ye fling a careless hand, and bid the source
Of music swell an ever varying lay ; *
Or soar on Epic pinions, or with strokes
That melt or raise, adorn the moral song:-}
Ye in the page of history, who hold
A faithful mirror to mankind, nor there
Alone display their actions, but explore
The springs of mighty changes, and of deeds
That hold in every age the world in gaze,
For you what triumphs are reserv'd! I see
The graces sporting in your walk, adorn
And bless the land where Science lipids her reign !"J
From thisagreeable specimen the reader will judge respecting the merits of the poem, which we have read with much pleasure. Every Briton will eagerly contemplate the origin of our island. Such kind of poems, though no doubt mingled, in no small decree, with the fictions of poetic machinery, yet are always gratifying to posterity.
Retrospect of the Political World,
IT is with the sincerest.pleasure, and with the most heartfelt satisfaction, that we record in this our monthly department, the commencement of Peace between the French Republic and the United. Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.— For some time past the matter has been in agitation, and numerous were the reports circulated respecting it. Agreeable to their prejudices did individuals speculate either for or against it. But we were relieved from the uncertainty by the disclosure of'amj
* Dryden, Pope, &c. .
+ Pope, Addissn, Prior, Young, Thomson.
I Hume, Robertson, Gibbon, "mi ty on the ad day of October—a period memorable in the annals of our country! So completely sudden was the arrival of the glorious news, thnt perfect astonishment seized persons of all descriptions. Not only the opposition, but even the ministerial prints were strangers to the business—whilst all therefore suspected the failure of the negociation—all were surprised by the annunciation of Peace between France and the British dominions. We shall add the following Gazette Extraordinary on the subject—
"London Gazette Extraordinary.
•« Downing street, Oct. a. "Preliminaries of Peace between his Ma;esty and the French Republic were signed last night at Lord Hawkesbury's Office in Downing-street, by the Right Hon. Lord Hawkesbury, one of his Majesty's Principal Secretaries of State, on the part of his Majesty, and by M. Otto on the part of the French Government."
The next step was to ratify the Preliminaries of Peace, which was accordingly done by the two Governments with all possible expedition. On the 1oth it was known to the public in the following manner: "London Extraordinary Gazette.
"Downing-streer, Oct. 10. '* The Ratification of the Preliminary Articles of . Peace between his Majesty and the French Republic, signed on the ist instant, were this day exchanged by the Right Hon. Lord Hawkesbury, one of his Majesty's Principal Secretaries of State, and by M. Otto."
General Lauriston arrived with the ratification; he is one of General Buonaparte's Aid de Camps, and was received here with the greatest cordiality. As soon as he was known, the horses were taken from his carriage; and he was drawn by the populace, accompanied with loud acclamations of joy. The Park and Tower guns were fired on the occasion. In the evening the city was in a blaze with the illuminations—ti,ey were also continued on the Monday evening, and in some places even on the Tuesday evening. It is remarkable that on Saturday night during the illuminations, a tremendous storm . of thundering and lightning took place—it seemed as if heaven joined with earth, in reflecting back its reverberations of joy!
The Definitive 'Treaty will be signed at Amiens (half way from Calais to Paris) in a very short period.
Dispatches have been received at last from GeNeral Hutchinson in Egypt, announcing the fall of Alexandria into their hands. Thus the conquest of Egypt is compteted. It is however by the conditions of the peace to return back to the Turks, its old masters, who, it is to be hoped, will govern them with justice and moderation.
May the distinguished blessing of Peace, now again poured into our bosoms, be duly improved by us after so long a series of bloody and merciless conrt en t ions I May it prove the happy omenof prosperity to all the Nations Of The World I
MONTHLY CHRONOLOGIST, For OCTOBER, ,?oi. Oct. i. -irjRELIMINARIES of Peace between Jl his Majesty and the French Republic signed by Lord Hawkesbury and M. Otto inDowning-street.
7. Lord Grenville assembled his corps of Volunteer Cavalry in Stoke Park, and after thanking them for their vigilance, told them that the blessing of peace being restored, his Majesty had no further occasion for their services.
8. Mr. Locke's beautiful ship of 1200 tons, esteemed a chef d'ouvre in naval architecture, was launched from Messrs. Perry's at Blackwali, and named after the celebrated residence of the Percies, Alnwick Castle. . ,
Io. News arrived of the Preliminaries of Peace being exchanged beteen France and Great Britain. Great illuminations and rejoicings.
Ii. The wooden house on Tower-hill, called True Blue, and which was a rendezvous for volunteer seamen, was wilfully set on fire by some boys jnd burnt down in two hours. Several engines attended, but were not suffered to play, the populace being incensed against it, saying it was a kidnapping house for sailors before they were taken on board the tender.
20. A great alarm is excited in St. James's Park from a bench being found besmeared with blood. It was supposed by some persons, that murder had been committed on the spot; but in a short time, and after a good deal of trouble, it was discovered that a butcher's lad had overturned some cows' heads, livers, &c. out of his baskef! t .
22. Several of the swiftest sailing vessels were dispatched from Portsmouth for the East and West Indies, the Mediterranean, Newfoundland, and the coast of Guinea, with official iptelligence to the respective Governois and Commanders in Chief in those parts, of the signing of the Preliminaries of Peace. • •
23. Intelligence arrives of the taking pf Alexandria, Sept. 2d, by General Hutchinson.
25. A launch took place from the dock-yard at Woolwich, a new 74 gun ship called the Plantagenet. It is built upon a plan furnished by Admiral Gambier, when one of the Lords of the Admiralty, and is of a singularly fine mould, together with exquisite proportions.
MONTHLY LIST OF BANKRUPTS,
(From the London Gazette, i "JOHN WEBB, Coventry, dyer. Richard Ro±1 bert, William Tulford, and Benjamin Hanbury, Great Russel Street, Bloomsbury, shoe-' makers. John Davidson, the elder, William Davidson, and John Davidson, the younger, and Joseph Davidson, Halifax, Yorkshire, dyers. Peter Aubur, East Place, Lambeth, flour-factor. EdVvard Bate, Westbromwich, Stafford, timber-merchant. Moffat Home, Wiewsley, Middlesex, coalmerchant. William Williams and Edward Evans, Portsea, Hants, linen-drapers. William Paget, the younger, Wbmborn, Stafford, miller. Robert Ashdowne, Cliffe, Sussex, mercer. William West and Thomas Hughes, Paternoster Row, London, booksellers. Joseph Dennis, late of Wild-street, Lincoln's Inn Fields, broker. Edward Pride, late of Duke Street, Artillery Ground, dyer. Partnenter Smith, Budge Row, wholesale draper. Thomas Mottram, late of Atherstone, Warwickshire, Woolcomber. Robert Redhead, Mark Lane, wine and brandy merchant. Joseph Tanslcy, Great Mary-le- boae Street, glass seller. Mary Greenaway and Francis Greenaway, now or late of Calne, Wiltshire, collar-makers. William Middleton, Liverpool, merchant. Thomas Hellyer, Fumington, Sussex, timber-merchant. George M'Minn and Alexander M'Minn, Liverpool, merchants. George Betley, Liverpool, vinegar-maker. Thomas Dobson, Kendal, Westmorland, merchant. John Irwin, late of Aldgate, High Street, London, innkeeper. David Hopwood, Union Street, St. Mary-le-bone, grocer. Moss Dimmock, Winchester, bookseller. Anthony Thacker, Upwell, Isle of Ely, corn-merchant. Daniel Dakeyne, the elder, Daniel Dakeyne, the younger, Thomas Da.