owing lines, which have every appearance of significance; and which, I have not the least doubt, bear as close application as those already explained: but, as yet, I must acknowledge an inability to understand the allusions. After Venus has entered Gemini--
"Within the gate she fled into a cave: Dark was this cave and smoking as the hell; Nat but two paas within the gate it stood, A natural day in darke I let her dwell."
A. E. B.
Leeds, March 17.
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CHARLES THE FIRST AND BARTOLOMEO DELLA NAVE'S COLLECTION OF PICTURES.
Among some miscellaneous papers in a volume of the Birch MSS. in the British Museum (Add. 4293. fol. 5.) is preserved a curious document illustrative of the love of Charles I. for the fine arts, and his anxiety to increase his collection of paintings, which, as it has escaped the notice of Walpole and his annotators, I transcribe below.
"Whereas wee vnderstand that an excellent Collection of painting
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