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In the course of this year, the Smalridge wrote a burlesque parolearned Grevius published his edi- dy on the dissertation, in order to tion of Callimachus, which was prove that Bentley was not the auenriched with the notes and ani- thor of it, by the same arguments, madversions of Dr. Bentley, as which the Doctor had employed to well as with his collection of the evince that the Epistles of Phalafragments of that poet.

ris were spurious. This new edition of Wotton's King, the author of the Journey Reflections appeared just as Mr. to London, ridiculed him and his Boyle was setting out for Ireland ; performance, in some " Dialogues and the urgency of his business of the Dead ;" which, in his preprevented his writing an immedi- face, he says were the production ate answer. In the following year,

In the following year, of a gentleman at Padua, and writhowever, he published an examina- ten by him, on account of the chation of this dissertation, in which he racter which he had received of a attempted to vindicate the Epistles troublesome critick, whose name of Phalaris, and the Fables of Esop, was Bentivoglio. In these disfrom the charges of Bentley, and logues there is a small portion of to prove their authenticity. wit, but little genius ; and it can · This once famous book, which hardly be supposed, that the cause was perused with guch raptures by could be much aided by so trifling the learned and the unlearned, is a performance. now disregarded.

Dr. Johnson, in his life of King, It is still to be found in the li has mentioned his engaging in braries of the curioas; but, al- this dispute, in the following manthough the book contains some ner : “ In 1697, he mingled in the learning, and much wit, it is rare- controversy between Boyle and ly mentioned ; and the highest Bentley ; and was one of those who praise that can be justly bestowed tried what wit could perform in on Mr. Boyle's labour's, is, that opposition to learning.” King's they occasioned a republication, Dialogues of the Dead, however, with large additions,of the immor- were not published before 1699. tal dissertation on the Epistles of Garth mentioned both the oppoPhalaris.

nents in his Dispensary. This work, in its improved state, "So diamonds take a lustre from their foil, appeared in 1699. His adversary

And to a Bentley 'tis we owe a Boyle !" now began to feel the strength of Some of the wicked wits, even those powers which he had slight- in his own university, drew the ed ; and in order to animate a dy- Doctor's picture, with the guards ing cause, many engines were em- of Phalaris preparing to thrust bim ployed to overturn Dr. Bentley's into the bull. In Bentley's mouth reputation. Several pamphlets they put a label, on which was were published : sarcastick reflec- written, I would rather be Roasttions were substituted in the place ED, than BoyLED." of sound argument. He was accu- In the Tale of a Tub, Swift ridised of plagiary. It was asserted culed our great critick and in the that his observations on Callima- Battle of the Books, he has deschus were borrowed almost wholly cribed Bentley and Wotion desendfrom Stanley

ing each other, side by side, until Some people of consequence they were both transfixed by Mr. appeared in the lists against him. Boyle's triumphant javelin.

They

Bentley, indeed, stood almost deemed unanswerable. single in the controversy. While were shown to Bentley. He imBoyle, who was a young man of mediately confuted them, and great expectations and brilliant “unveiled the latent errors.” parts, was assisted by the wits, and As soon, indeed, as he had perused by the Literati, while the Learned the answer, he openly declared, and the Ingenious enlisted under that the whole was equally liable his banner, Bentley, by choice, re- to objections. mained independent. Several of The voice of the people, for his friends at Cambridge offered some years, supported the assertheir assistance. The Doctor, tions of Boyle, and his adherents. however, resolutely rejected their But the obstinacy of prejudice at overtures. He was well acquaint- length gave way, and the Learned ed with the justice of his cause, became unanimous in their opinand knew that he might rely on ion. It is scarcely necessary to rethe vigour of his own abilities. mark, that the decision was against Several passages in Mr. Boyle's the Epistles of Phalaris. book, even his own friends had

To be continued.

REMARKER.

No. 9. Illud now to sigurò noli putare ad arrogantiam minuendam, solum dictum, verùm, ut bona

nostra norimus. CERO. THE Remarker does not mean by Vanity, and he was sent into the to confine himself to literary top- world, as soon as he arrived at the icks, but will occasionally lash age of manhood, to create a new those foibles, which though they order of beings. He has not been are neither punished as crimes by idle in executing his commission, the severe hand of justice, or as for few of the present race but can vices are censured from the pul- trace some affinity to this ancestor. pit, yet tend to undermine the Several of my acquaintance quarprops of social intercourse. He ter his arms, and their features too has chosen egotism for the subject strongly resemble their great proof the present paper.

genitor to need the herald's office Egotism claims his descent to prove them genuine heirs. from Vanity and Pride.

To an

These gentlemen are ever eager inordinate desire of applause and a to impress strangers with an idea too great esteem for himself, which of their own importance, and I he inherits from his parents, he seldom recollect mecting them in adds the desire of being the sole a tavern or a stage coach, where object of thought and considera- all enter as equals, that they did tion wherever he is. With the not attempt superiority, by informsensibility of Vanity, but without ing us of their great connexions, the firmness of Pride, he shrinks their own consequence, and their from every wholesome truth ; and large concerns; and, by retailing prefers the fattering applause of the hacknied observations of others, the worthless, to the silent esteem endeavour to make us suppose of the good. Great pains were them as familiar with the most taken in his education, particularly noted parts of either continent, as

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with the vicinity of their own their talents, than to gain instructown. Raised upon this scaffolding tion ; but as no society will suffer they may sometimes succeed in an equal to engross all its honours exciting a momentary gaze, but and pleasures, an egotist is obliged. it is seldom sufficient to support to resort to' persons of inferiour, the weight of the giant, who press talents ; and he delights to astonish es upon it ; and when it sinks his Lilliputian companions by a under him, he falls beneath the display of his own wonderful powcontempt of those who would

ers.

But a man will always aphave respected him as an equal proach towards the level of his Occasional applause, far from sa- associates; and low company gentiating an egotist, only makes him erally bespeaks a degraded mind. more eager to show his imagined The pleasure we receive from the superiority. He resembles him- perusal of the works of Richardself to the sun, before whose ef- son cannot prevent our turning afulgence the smaller luminaries way with disgust, when we see hide their diminished heads, and him avoid the society of men of those, who are not dazzled by his learning, and delight in being sursplendour, he regards as prying rounded like an Asiatick prince by philosophers, unable to gaze on a crowd of dependent women, who his brightness by their own powers, would continually offer incense to but eager to find by artificial his vanity. If egotists would conmeans every dark spot, and mali. fine themselves to their inferiours, ciously proclaim it to the world, their folly would be harmless; but with a suggestion, that ere long his they frequently endeavour to asfire shall be consumed,and universal sume the same manners among darkness cover his whole disc. their equals and superiours. With these ideas he expects any · From the long intimacy that has implicit assent to every thing he subsisted between my family and utters; and flatters himself, that, Mr. Puff's, I frequently meet him in sounding forth his own merits, in society ; and although there he is pouring instruction into

are many good points in his char. minds eager to receive it. For acter, yet by always endeavouring Egotism, though at first but a to make himself the only object of small seed, yet, cultivated by doat- importance, he is universally shuning parents and submissive de- ned, as the destroyer of sociar pendents, soon becomes so large a pleasure. Dining in company tree, that every fleeting folly may with him lately, the conversation rest thereon. I have known a lady turned upon the relative politica} deprived of pleasure for a whole situation of our country to Europe. evening, when her new headdress Puff appeared uneasy for a mohad passed unnoticed ; a wit re- ment's pause to put in a word ; tire chagrined, when he was the but at length, being unable longer only person who laughed at a pun, to bear restraint, he interrupted he had been the whole day studying; one of our first political characters and Rosa, with tears in her eyes, by directly contradicting him. vows we have no taste, because she Havmg silenced opposition, he una has heard a whisper; while she was dertook to lay open to our view exhibiting her powers of execution the inmost recesses of the labyrinth in musick. People go more into of politicks, although his hearers society to display themselves and did not perceive the connexion between the compliments that Mr. a constant inattention to any, but Puff had received at St. Cloud or his own feelings. According to Madrid, and the political state of the custom of our town, he called France and Spain. As when the to pay a visit of condolence to a laleader of a nocturnal riot, exulting dy who had just lost her husband; at having beaten down the watch, but unhappily with a face so full of perceives himself deserted ; and mirth and jollity, that the lady has that those he deemed his friends, never recovered the shock it gave ashamed of his outrage, had rang- her; and soon after he appeared ed themselves on the side of his at a wedding with woe and misery adversary, stands motionless with depicted in his countenance ; but rage and terror ; so stood our he- in neither instance from a design ro, when he saw every ear atten- to insult the feelings of his friends. tive to his vanquished rival, and He afterwards paid his addresses no one listening to his harangue. to a young lady of fortune ; but, Soon after the conversation turn- when the preliminaries were nearly ed upon agriculture, when my arranged, an unfortunate incident friend Puff determined to be re- broke off the match. Having been venged, and immediately inform- made lieutenant of an independed us, that there were no cattle ent company, the first day he wore worth raising in the country, but his regimentals, he called to see from his breed ; and said so much his Dulcinea ; who was at that inof his improvements in agricul- stant bewailing a beautiful and ture, that a stranger would have cherished lock, she had lost in the supposed every thing valuable in morning, from the awkwardness that art had been introduced here of her perruquier. His feelings by him. This speech was only re- were tuned too high to accord with ceived with a contemptuous smile, her spirits ; and as he could not which so disconcerted Puff, that lower them, discord was the contaking out his watch, be remem- sequence. He treated her mis-, bered an engagement at that hour, fortune with contempt, and observand instantly retired.

ed that a few shillings would more But Puff's felicity is at moments than replace the loss. The lady unbounded. When surrounded had already.borne too much, she by a crowd of inferiours, who flock therefore informed him, that she to his table for his dinners or the had always thought he could credit of visiting him, no peacock love no one but himself, that she spreading his gaudy tail, and strut- was now convinced of it, and begting among barn-door fowl, swells ged never to see him more ; and with more delight ; and the smile though this affair was made up of ecstacy remains on his cheek, by the intercession of friends, simwhile he relates his own adven- ilar ones soon occurred, which tures, and the homage that has made the breach irreparable. been paid to his superiour merit. Egotism has been supposed inAt that moment, bunevolence digenous to our soil ; if so, it is would forbid, that the smooth cur- the lofty hemlock of our forests, rent should be ruffled by a single whose slender roots cannot suppebble.

port its towering head against the Not long since, I met with an- rude blasts of winter, but overother striking instance of egotism thrown it lies forgotten, and gives in young Chalmers, who has lost place to more useful trees. the good will of his best friends by

7b the Editors of the Monthly Anthology, GENTLEMEN,

I send you the following In- the Adventurers : for which great scription on the monument, erect- Service he was knighted by his then ed to the memory of Sir William Majesty King James the 2d; and Phipps, in St. Mary Woolnoth afterward, by the Command of his church, London, for preservation present Majesty, and at the rein the Anthology.

quest of the Principal Inhabitants Your humble servant, J. of New England, he accepted of

the Government of the Massa« NEAR this place is interred chusetts, in which he continued to the body of Sir William Phipps, the time of his Death, and disKnight; who in the year 1687, by charged his Trust with that Zeal his great Industry, discovered for the interest of his Country, among the Rocks, near the Banks and with so little regard to his own of Bahama, on the N. Side of His private Advantage that he justly paniola, a Spanish Plateship, which gained the good Esteem and Affechad been under water 44 years, tion of the greatest and best part out of which he took in Gold and of the Inhabitants of that Colony. Silver to the value of 3000001. He died the 18th of February, Sterling ; and with a Fidelity 1694. And his Lady to perpetuequal to his conduct, brought it all ate his Memory, hath caused this to London, where it was divided Monument to be erected." between himself, and the rest of

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Hospitii immemorem mali dignum Ix

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For the Anthology.

Quum falsâ illusit Junonis imagine nubes,
Progenuisse novo Centauros fertur amore

Durum immane genus : quos inter magThe following lines were written by Mr. Henry

na refulsit Joy, (nephew of a gentleman in Boston) who

Saturni et Philyræ tanto splendore prois pronounced by the friend who coinmuni.

pago, cated them to us to be “truly a most excellent scholar.” He is one of three Ftonians

Quanto alias terræ glebas supereminet who lately published the "Miniarure," a periodical work which was favourably received by Corpore semifero natus, sed mente authe publick, as evincing a wonderful matu.

imoque rity of knowledge and of taste in school bovs. Concipiens divum nuinen, neque nomine 'The young gentleman has since entered the

solum university at Oxford, and this poem was Nec genitore viget, sed stirpe perennius written in his first term, and gained the,

omni prize.

Ipse sui fortis monumentum condit ho

noris. Χειρων δεινοτατος Κινταυρος. .

Anne igitur mirum tanti quum ponQUI sąvos inter comites probitatis et aqui

dere laudes Assiduus fautor, sub quo præcepta mag- Fert animus, nimia si pondus materiæ istro

Turbat et incertum cohibet ? redolentiHausere Heroes, sua qui mitescere sæc'la bus Hybla Edocuit, carum Graiis Chirona poetis ; Qualis ubi arbustis, vel odori qualis Hyr Sit nibi fas etiam tenui celebrare Camæna. metti

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