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DOCTOR Birch, in his Summary of Sir Thomas Edmondes's State-papers, has published a short Extract from the following obsolete Author, which, for the Elegance of the Latin, and the remarkable Description of Queen Elizabeths has been deservedly admired: Her best Portraits scarcely exhibit a more lively Image;

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The original Work, of which perhaps there are not above four, or five Copies in England, is an Itinerary through Germany, England, France, and Italy, performed by Hentzner, a traveling Tutor to a young German Nobleman. That Dr. Birch has extracted the most interesting Passage in the whole Book, is cer-» tain: Yet it records some Circumstances and Customs, not unworthy the Notice of an English Antiquarian, and which are mentioned no where else. For these Reasons I flatter

myself, myself, that a Publication of the Part relating to our own Country, might not be an unacceptable Present to Persons of Curiosity. The Translation was the Production of the idle Hours of another Gentleman.- .

The Author seems to hare had that laborious, and indiscriminate Passion for Seeing, which is remarked in his Countryman; aadas his Translator observed, enjoyed as;;inuch i^e doubtful Head, of a more, doubtful SaintJin Pickle, as any u$pB,the Showld'qrsrpf the best Grecian Statue., [Fortunately so r^emoraole a Personage as Queen Elizabeth, happened fril under his, Notice,-~^T;en- .-Xeari. latex*. he would have been- as accur^ ^rpainting Anne of Denmark I

The Excess of respectful Ctreroonial u^d at decking her Majesty's Table, though ngc in,-her Presence, and the kmd^of, ^deration and Genuflection.paid to.her-Per^qj approachto-Eastern. Homage.; "When w<> f^fexve suc$. ^jVprlhip offered to an old Woman, with bare {Neck, black Teeth, and fahfe- .red Hair, tf jnakes one smile j but makes one reflect what gr»asculine Sense was couched under those •Weaknesles, and which could command sucft jAwe from a Nation like England!

Not to anticipate the Entertainment of this Reader, I shall make but one more Reflexidtu We are apt to think that Sir William Temple, and King William, were in a manner the Introducers of Gardening into England: By the Description of Lord Burkigh's Gardens at Theobalds, and of those at Nonsuch, we find that the magnificent, though false Taste, wa* known here as early as the Reigns of Henry VHL and hi^Daughter. There is1 scarce an unnatural and sumptuous-Impropriety at Versailles, which ^e do not find in Hentzrier's Description of the Cardens abovementioried* rn^. j'S'..\::

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"With regard to the Or thogmphy of proper Names, though corrected in the Translation. I have left them in the Original as I found them———i-Accuracy in that particular, was not the Author's Merit z It is a Merit peculiar to Engli/hmn: The French are negligent of "it to an Affectation; yet the Author of Les Melanges Historiques complains that other Nations corrupt French Names! He himself gives some English ones in p. 247, 248. which it is impossible to deeypher. Baffmp&rt* calls York-house, JorcheuK, iind Kensington, bimthort. As a Soldier and Embassador, he

was Houses; when he turned Author, there was no Excuse for not being intelligible Even Voltaire, who writes the Language so well, is careless in pur Titles. In England, it is the

Names. It is one of those silly Pretensions to Politeness, which Nations that affect a Superiority, have always cultivated ■■■ For in all Affectations, Defects are Merits. The Readers of History love Certainty: It is pity the Writers do not. What Confusion would it have saved, if it had' not been the Custom of the Jews to call every Darius and Artaxerxes, Abasuemsl It were to be wished, that all Nations would be content; to use the Appellations which People, or respective Countries have chosen for themselves. Proper Names ought never to be tortured to any particular Idiom. What a ridiculous Composition is Aulugel I Who can conceive that Meylandt, signifies Milan % or Leghorn, Livorno? When one is misled by a proper Name, the pnly Use of which is to direct, one feels like the Countryman, who

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WE arrived at .Ry*, a small Englijh Sea-port. Here, as soon as we came on Shore, we gave in our Names to the Notary of the Place, but not till he had demanded our Business ; and being answered, that we had none but to see England: We were conducted to an Inn, where, we were very well entertained j as one generally is in this Country.

We took post Horses for Londan; It is surprizing how swiftly they run, their Bridles are very light, and their Saddles, little more than a Span over. ^'

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Elimwell, a Village; here we returned our first Horses, and mounted fresh ones.

We passed through Tunbridge, another Village.'

Cbepjied, another Village; here for the second Time we charged Horfcs.

Vol. II. R Ln*mt

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