The PROSE of Dryden has been so long and so justly admired for its copiousness, harmony, richness, and variety, that to adduce any

testimony in its favour seems unnecessary. . .. I may however add the authority of the late Mr. Burke,l who had very diligently read all his miscellaneous Essays, which he held in high estimation, not only for the instruction which they contain, but on account of the rich and numerous prose in which that instruction is conveyed. On the language of Dryden, on which perhaps his own style was originally in some measure formed, I have often heard him expatiate with great admiration; and if the works of Burke be examined with this view, he will, I believe, be found more nearly to resemble this great author than any other English writer.