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Our Correspondent J. G. from Wallal, has our Thanks for the Extracts he has copied from The Cuftomis of London, commonly called Arnold's Chronicle ; but that Book, though a scarce one, is in too many hands to reader it curious enough for our Magazine. The Ballad he sent is by Shenitone, and in every Edition of his works.

The Book mentioned by R. G. from Dorchester never came to our hands.

Captain Drake's Letter came too late tor this Month. We wish to impress on our Cor. rtspondents in general, that we often receive from them what would be very acceptable to a Newspaper, where there is roo.n to admit all their favours, but which our confined space obliges us to decline.

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828 437 622 10:30 5 Norfolk 48 4 29 031 2117 10 24 16 Surry 55 434 035 2,21 4 Lincoln

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033 715 932 9 Durham 51 6 29 4 36 819 2 34 4 Hunting 51 1)00 032 415 828 o Northum. 47 11 31 030 119 Northam. 53 540 034 10,17 431 6, Cumberl. 67 0 42 836 421 17.000 Rutland 55 6,00 036 6.19 629 o Weitmor. 61 3! 38 633 10 20 110 Leicester 59 000 038 819 737 2 Lancash. 58 1 00 0 37

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Original Preture in the Potsetsion or lohn Taylor Esq:- Engravid

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WILLIAM OLDYS, Esq.

(WITH A PORTRAIT.) THIS indefatigable pioneer of litera- often approaching to necessitous. At one

ture, to whose induítıy, accuracy, period he was confined in the Fleet, durand attention, much information has been ing which he acquired a liking for the brought to light, whose diligence was company he found there in to high a deequal to his veracity, and whole itriet ad-gree, that, to the end of his life, he uled hert.ice to truth in all his researches to spend his evenings at a houle within might be held out to future bivgraphers as the Rules, with perions who, though conan example worthy of imitation, was born fired within a certain distriei, were ex. in ur about the year 1687. He was the empted from actual imprisonnient. The natural ion of Dr. William Oldys, Chan- only pott he ever held was that of Norroy celler of Lircoln, Gominisary of St. Ca- King of Arms, given him by the Duke therine's, Official of 31. Alban's, and Ad- of Norfolk, in return for the pleasure he vocate of the Admiralty, by a woman who had received from his Life of Sir Walter was maintained by her keeper in a very Raleigh. penurious and private manner, and whole The chief part of his subsistence was ion, it is probable, had but little aslistance derived from the Bookfellers, by whom in his education from parents to circum- he appears to have been constantly emfanced

ployed. He seems to have had but little Of the early part of his life little is claisical lựarning, but his knowledge of known, except that he lost his parents English books has hardly been exceeded. foon, and, probably, was left to make Captain Grose, who was acquainted his way in lite unaffitted by every thing with him, says he was a man of great but his own talents. Captain Grose trys good-nature, honour, and integrity, par: he foon squandered away a finall patriino- ticularly in his character of an hittorian. ny, and alterwards became an attendant “ Nothing,” adds he, “I firmly believe, on Lord Oxford's Library, of which, af. would ever have biased him to insert aný ter Wanley's death, in 1726, it may be fact in his writings he did not believe, or conjectured, he had the principal core. to suppress any he did. Of this delicacy

During this period he produced his he gave an instance at a time when he was most valuable works; and, while in this in great distress. After his publication situation, had every opportunity of gra- of the Life of Sir Walter Raleigh, some tifying his passion for ancient and curious bookiellers, thinking his name would sell books. On the death of Lord Oxrord, in a piece they were publishing, offered him 1741, his valuable library fell into the a considerable sum to father it, which hands of Oiborne the book teller, who he rejected with the greatest indignadispersed it by a Catalogue, in the for- tion." mation of which Mr. Oldys was employ- From the same authority we learn, that ed, as he was also in the telection made Mr. Oldys, in the latter part of his life, from the pamphlets, in a work in right abandoned himself to drinking, and was volumes 4to. entitled The Harleian Mis almost continually in a state of intoxication. frilany,

At the funeral of the Princess Caroline His circumstances through life seem to he was in such a situation as to be scarcely kave been at the best times inoderate, and able to walk, and actually reeled about with a crown on a cushion, to the great fixed to an Edition of his History of the scandal of his brethren. He is said also World. 2 Vols. fo. 1736. to have been much addicted to low com- Some Lives in the General Dictionary. pany:

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The Lives in the Biographia BritanHis excesses, however, seem not to have nica marked G. Mortened his life, though they might The British Librarian. 8vo. render his old age unrespected : he died Introduction

to Hayward's British April 15, 1761, at the age of 74 years, Muse. 3 Vols. 12mo. 1738. and was buried the 19th tollowing in the The Life of Richard Carew the Cornish North aitle of the church of St. Bennet, Antiquary. Paul's Wharf, towards the upper end of The Life of Dr. Moffat, prefixed to the aille. He left no will; and the pro- Heath's Improvement. 12mo. 1746. perty he poffeffed was barely sufficient to Dillertation on Pamphlets in Morgan's defray his debts and funeral expences :

Phænix Britannicus. 4to. Administration therefore was claimed He was also for some time concerned by, and granted to, a creditor, Dr. Tay- in the publicatica of " The Universal lor the Oculist, to whole family he was Speétator,” a weekly Journal, under the under obligations for acts of kindness to name of Henry Stonecastle in Northumhim beyond the loan of the money for berland, parts of which have been cola which he was indebted.

lected into 4 Volumes, 12mo: but the He appears to have been continually most useful of his labours were his Colemployed in some literary work or other, lections for the lives of English Eminent and the memury of many of them (as he Men, which have been the source of infeldom put his name to them) are pro- formation to late Biographers of various bably loit. The following are the prin- descriptions, and are till likely to be surcipal:

ther useful, as some works intended for The Life of Sir Walter Raleigh, prę. publication are proceeded on.

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A GENTLEMAN, whose name begins tus this operation occafioned, a gentleman,

with a B ---, visited Lady H--, who refided in Edinburgh, about the happened to ask Mr. þ-- if he han hour of dinner, that is to fay, near five read the work lately published by Lord o'clock. “It was in dark November;" Firebrand? At the scund of his Lordship's He entered the room in his riding dress, naine he itarted, and exclaimed, “ Read and said, that he intended, that evening, it, yes! It is a work calculated to illuto set out for London.

minate the minds of the Sixteen; apd I As her Ladyship knew that Mr. B- now recolle& that I was to have dined was a man who had paffed great part of with his Londmiy, in private, this day, his life in study, and had acquired such in order to give him my opinion of it. a redundance of difcordant ideas that he Perhaps he now waits for me with all the * Sometimes acted like an ideot, she was inpatience of a yuung author. I have feartul if he began a journey at so late an some vivifying touches for a second editour, fome accident might happen to tion, and muít politively fly to communi. him : the, therefore, prelfed him to stay cate them." dinner, thinking, perhaps, that the guelts

This declaration threw the company at her table would chain down his atten- into fone cunfufion, especially as the gention, and with it his perfon, for the even- tleman that uttered it was about to leave ing.

the room. Her Lodyship was, upon this With this request, aft-r an apology occasion, too nimble for him; for the got for his boots, he complied. The com betwixt him and the door, and in that pany assembled : he met several of his situation demanded a rley, in the friends ; talked of his own works ; w3s courie of which the fo effettually explainin high spirits ; and seemed to enjoy the ed to him the imposibility of his seach. conviviality of the party.

ing the mansion of the peer in time to While every thing was proceeding, keep his engagement, that he agreed to with such harmony and decorum, the firit lend his servant with a note, in which die was removed ; and, during the bia- purposed to ttate, that so charined was he

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