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he had almost the Air of a Savage, and even affected it; together withj a cynical, or contemptuous Smile [»], which scarce rendered his Look the more agreeable. Salvini himself, just after he has beest. speaking os his Person, cannot help thinking of the f«] Satyrs that Socrates was compared to of old.
In his Manner of living, he affected the Character of Diogenes; three hard Eggs, and a Draught or two of Water, was his usual Repast. When any went to see him, they most usually found him lolling in a sort of fixed wooden Cradle, in the Middle of his Study, with a Multitude of Books, some [p] thrown in Heaps, and others scattered about the Floor, all round him; and this his C'radse, or "Bed, was attached to the nearest Piles of Book's by a Number of Cobwebs: At their Entrance, he commonly used to call out to them; " Not to hurt his Spiders!" From this single Anecdote we may conclude, that where a great Friend of his commends him for his " gentilleza [q] ;" it must be understood^ of his Obligingness in answering any Questions that were put to him in litterary Affairs ; and not of the Genteelnefs of his Person or Behaviour in general.
fn] Or. fun. p. 13.  Ibid. p. li.
[f] He used sometimes to loll and sleep upon Piles of them : " Cut "littoerano i libri," fays Salvini, " e sopra essi, (chi '1 credera ?) "riposava." Or. Fun. p. 27.
[y] " Appresso 1' incomparable, e per sapere e per gentilleaza, "Antonio Magliabtcbi" Crefc. T. iii, p. 207.
Magliabecbi was early made a Member of the ARC ADI; a Society established at Rome, toward the End of the last Century for the Revival of true Taste, in Poetry, Eloquence, and the polite Arts. Most' of the eminent People all over Italy, and many of other Countries, are enrolled in it; and though of so much later Date than many of the other Academies in Italy, there is scarce any one of them, perhaps, that- can boast the Names of so many Kings and Princes, or Popes and Cardinals, as appear in their List. Their Assemblies and Games*have [r] for many Years been kept in a Theatre built on Purpose for them in the Gardens, now belonging to the King of -Naples, on the Palatinehill in Rome. It is here too that they have used, almost ever since their Institution, to set up memorial Inscriptions to some of the most worthy of their Members. There is one to Magliabschi, in the fourth Year of the six hundred and twenty-fifth, Olynipiad, for they have revived that antient way of Reckoning, in which he is stiled; " Theit ** Counsellor, or Oracle, in all Sorts of Learn«« ing[j]."
Crecembeni, the great Promoter and Soul of this; Society for so many Years, and [rj President of it [a] from its first Establishment, to the End of his own Life, has given the World a fuller Account of
[r] Ever since the Year 171S.
[j] OMNIGEItyE ERUDITIONIS CONSUXTO. £«] C^ustode. [»] From 1690, to 17:8.
• these these Arcadians, than is any where else to be met with, in his History of Italian Poetry. He was a particular [*] Friend of Magliabechi ■ with whom he got acquainted, when he was obliged to go into ¥uscany for his Health. He speaks of him frequently in his History just mentioned, and never without some Encomium. It is sufficient, I think, to say here, that among so many, and so various Commendations, the lowest Title which he ever gives him, is that of " the Eminent Magliabechi [y]."
Moreri [z] fays, " That he was famous all over ** Europe, for his great Knowledge in Books, and « in litterary History:" And Lavocat £z], " That "he was consulted by all the Learned in Europe j «* and highly commended by them all." And the above cited Crecembeni confirms what is said by both of them; and adds [a] « That as he cannot find out
* any Commendation proportioned to his immense 'Erudition, after so many that have been bestowed « upon him by the most learned Persons of his
* Times, he should chuse to repeat that of one of
* the most eminent among them, Cardinal Norris,
[x] Crecembeni was at Florence in 1699, where he got acquainted with Buonarroti, Salvini, Accolti, and Averani; "Uomini tutti," sajrt "my Author, " e per chiara fama, e per eccellenza di dottrina, ** molto illustri; e sopra ogni altro, da Antonio Magliabechi." Mancurti,
ly] " Dall infigne Antonio Magliabechi." T. iii. p. 44. The •ther generally runs thus: " Eruditiffimo." T. i. p. 101. '* III
«' dignissimo." T. iv. 105.. "ill celebratislimo." T. ii. f, 416.
■ "I" incomparabile." T. iv. p. 26.
lx] See his Article in their Dictionaries.
[<rj Istoria'deHa VolgarPoese. T. i. p. 187.
* who « who in one of his Works calls him [£], " The « most learned Man, and the most applauded in all «« Nations of the World, which are not inhabited ** by Barbarians."
Salvini made his funeral Oration, in the Florentine Academy; by which Magliabechi had been chosen for their Secretary annually, for several Years [c] before his Death: And even in the Midst of that Assembly of so many learned and eminent Men, calls him [<TJ, "The principal "Ornament of his Country." The whole Speech consists of Compliments to his Merits, or Excuses for what might seem amiss in him; and in the. Course of it, he gives him the Titles of " The
"great Magliabechi! "The universal
«« Library [/] "A prodigy of Learning!
"lil" a"d some others, which may perhaps sound better in Italian, than they would in Engli/h.
Thus lived and died Magliabechi, in the midst of the public Applause; and with such an Affluence, for all the latter Part of his Life, as very few Persons have ever procured by their Knowledge or learning.
fi] " Eruditiflimurn, et ubique non barbararum gentium Iauda* tissimum viram."
[<■] Or. Fun. p. 26. [J] Bid, p. 4. [<] Uii p. 5.
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Mr. H I L L.
■nO BERT HILL, Son of Robert and Phœbe Hill, was born January 11, 1699, at Miswell, a little Village of only three or four Houses, near Trlng in Hertfordshire. His Mother's maiden Name was Clark j she lost her Husband within the Year; returned to her own Family at Mis-well; and, about five Years after, was married to Thomas Robinson, a Taylor at Buckingham. On her going thither, she left our Robert, the only Son of her first Marriage, with his Grand-mother at Miswell; who taught him to read, and sent him to School for seven or eight Weeks to learn to write; which Was all the Schooling he ever had. In the Year 1710, she removed with her Family from Miswell to Tring-grove; where little Robert was employed in driving the Plough, and other Country Business, for his Uncle. But they finding this rather too