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HINTS FROM HORACE.

But why this vain advice? once published, books

Can never be recalled—from pastry-cooks![1]660

    The trio are well defined in the sixth proposition of Euclid:—"Because, in the triangles D B C, A C B; D B is equal to A C; and B C common to both; the two sides D B, B C, are equal to the two A C, C B, each to each, and the angle D B C is equal to the angle A C B: therefore, the base D C is equal to the base A B, and the triangle D B C (Mr. Southey) is equal to the triangle A C B, the less to the greater, which is absurd," etc.—The editor of the Edinburgh Register will find the rest of the theorem hard by his stabling; he has only to cross the river; 'tis the first turnpike t' other side Pons Asinorum.[i]

    [The Curse of Kehama, by Robert Southey, was published 1810; Arthur, or The Northern Enchantment, by the Rev. Richard Hole, in 1789; Alfred, by Joseph Cottle, in 1801; Davideis, by Abraham Cowley, in 1656; Richard the First, by Sir James Bland Burges, in 1801; Exodiad, by Sir J. Bland Burges and R. Cumberland, in 1808; Exodus, by Charles Hoyle, in 1802; Epigoniad, by W. Wilkie, D.D., in 1757; Calvary, by R. Cumberland, in 1792; Fall of Cambria, by Joseph Cottle, in 1809; Siege of Acre, by Hannah Cowley, in 1801; The Vision of Don Roderick, iy Sir Walter Scott, in 1811; Tom Thumb the Great, by Henry Fielding, in 1730.

    The Courier of July 16, 1811, reports in full the first stage of the case Sir F. Burdett v. William Scott (vide ante), which was brought before Lord Meadowbank as ordinary in the outer court. Jeffrey was counsel for the pursuer, who sought to recover a sum of £5000 lent under a bond. For the defence it was alleged that the money had been entrusted for a particular purpose, namely, the maintenance of an

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    But why this hint—what author e'er could stop
    His poems' progress in a Grocer's shop.—[MS. L. (a).]