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coast of India, between Malabar and Goa, a wild and horse, which he had purchased in the camp before Cuddarugged district, had fallen to the share of the Company, lore, and which he had ridden ever since, as long as it was on the division of Tippoo's dominions. The unenviable capable of carrying him; and now that its strength failed,
he caused it to be tended and fed with the utmost care and distinction of being esteemed the only man in the service
regularity. Nay, his attachment to the animal was such, competent to the task of its settlement fell to the lot of
that, finding it unable to bear the fatigue of removal, he liMunro. It was with reluctance that he undertook the terally pensioned it off when he himself quitted the district; charge,-a reluctance, which, with characteristic open and his grief was unfeigned when he heard, that his serness, he did not hesitate to express, but which he never | vants having withdrawn it by mistake, it died upon the allowed to interfere with the discharge of his duty. Du- | road. So it was with a flock of goats which he kept in Caring fourteen months that he remained upon this station,
nara, to supply his family with milk, and in watching whose
gambols he took great delight. On no account whatever he devoted from twelve to sixteen hours of every day to
would he permit the peons to drive them away during the public business ; and he left a province which he found
storm, from beneath the verandas, asserting that the goats wild and disorderly, filled with banditti, and over-run
had as much right to shelter as any person about his cutchwith refractory chiefs, in a state of high cultivation, with ery, and that none should presume to deprive them of it. an improving revenue, and a firmly established adminis * One more specimen of the habits of this extraordinary tration of justice.
man may be given, ere I close the present chapter. Besides Of his domestic habits at this period, Mr Gleig gives a
his favourite amusements, swimming, billiards, quoits and
fives, he possessed a curious predilection for throwing stones, pleasing and graphic account:
of which Mr Read has furnished us with the following “ As often as the calls of duty permitted him to remain
whimsical illustration :- Having got completely wet on stationary at his head-quarters, Major Munro, who was
one occasion,' says he, in his MS. journal, during a morn. economical of his time, rose every morning at day-break,
ing ride, I wrote him a note, requesting that he would wait no matter how late the business of the preceding night
breakfast. He returned for answer- I will wait ten mimight have kept him up, from a bed which consisted sim
nutes, which, in my opinion, is enough for any man to put ply of a carpet and pillow spread upon a rattan couch. On
on his clothes.' When I joined him, I perceived a stone in quitting his chamber, he walked about bare-headed in the
his hand, and enquired wbat he meant to do with it. "I open air, conversing with the natives, who, on various pre
am just waiting,' answered he, 'till all the Brahmins go texts and at all seasons, beset him, till seven o'clock, at which
away, that I may have one good throw at that dog upon time breakfast was served up for himself and his assistants.
the wall;' and added, whenever I wanted to play myself, Of this he partook heartily, more especially of the tea,
in this or any other manner in the Barramabl, I used to go which he considered a wholesome beverage; whilst of su
either into Macleod's or Graham's division.'" gar he was so singularly fond, as frequently to request an additional allowance, for the pleasure of eating the lump
Soon after the fall of Tippoo, the British Government that was left undissolved at the bottom of the cup.
in India obtained from their ally, the Nizam, a cession of “ Breakfast ended—and the meal never lasteal longer than the territory he had acquired by the treaty of Mysore, half an hour—the assistant received his instructions, and south of the Kistpah Toombudra rivers. The whole inwithdrew to the office of his moonshee and English writers;
habitants of this district had become, during a long sucupon which, Major Munro first dispatched his private and of ficial letters, and then adjourned to his hall of audience. There
| cession of intestine convulsions, habituated to the use of he remained during the rest of the forenoon, surrounded by
arms. The collection of the revenue had been intrusted, his public servants and the inhabitants, carrying on the cur
under the inefficient government of the Nizam, to a host rent duties of the province, investigating claims upon dis of delegates, who at once defrauded the sovereign, and puted property, or obtaining such information as could af oppressed and plundered the inhabitants. It has been terwards be acted upon only by the aid of notes and calcula computed that the ceded districts contained, in 1800, about tions.
thirty thousand armed peons, the whole of whom sub“In this manner he employed himself till about half-past four in the afternoon, when he broke up his court, and re
sisted by rapine. The ardent mind of Munro aspired to tired to his apartment to dress. Whilst the latter opera
the honour of restoring order to this distracted country, tion was going on, his assistant usually read to him either
and solicited as a favour, a task from which most men public and private letters, should such be received: or would have shrunk in despair. His request was granted. default of these, a portion of Hudibras, or some other amu He assumed the government of the ceded districts in 1800, sing work. At five o'clock he sat down to dinner, from and retained it till 1807, when he departed for England. which hour till eight, he laid aside the cares of office, that For the four first years of his residence among these semihe might delight those who were so fortunate as to enjoy his society, with his wit, humour, and remarkable powers
barbarians, he never dwelt in a house. His home was of conversation; but punctually as the hour of eight re
in his tent; and with a generous confidence, which the turned, his habits of business were resumed. His night
result justitied, he travelled through the country without
result Ju cutchery then opened, which, like that of the day, was al- a guard. He had studied attentively the character of the ways crowded with suitors; and though he professed then | natives, and he knew that amongst the rudest of them to attend only to matters of minor moment, midnight rarely there was a deep and abiding reverence for the constituted found him relieved from his arduous duties.
authorities. He knew, too, that by mixing among them « Whilst he thus regulated his conduct by the standard of usefulness only, he gradually acquired, both in his cos
without parade, he would obtain more information, and tume and manners, a considerable degree of eccentricity.
better conciliate their affections. In the course of a year, Remote from all intercourse with polished society, he at.
| he introduced, by the most unremitting exertions, sometended very little to the niceties of dress ; so that whilst thing like security into the country. But it was not in his person he was always remarkable for cleanliness, | against the turbulent passions of men alone that he had his attire gave few indications of time wasted at the toi. to contend. In the fearful droughts of 1803 and 1804, lette. His garments, likewise, set all changes of art and he alleviated the distress of the district under h fashion at detiance: they continued to hold the form which they had originally assumed in the days of Sir Eyre Coote;
and saved it from the horrors of famine; whilst he conwhilst his queue was not unfrequently tied up with a piece
tinued to secure for the Company a revenue which none of red tape, in the absence of a wrapper of more appropriate
but himself could have collected. And amid all these colour and texture. In like manner, his conversation would, | labours, he afforded the most prompt and efficient support at times, assume a character indicative of any thing rather to Sir Arthur Wellesley, who was then beginning to dethan an excess of refinement. The idea of love he treated with velope the talents, which he has since so gloriously maniunsparing ridicule, declaring that idle men only fell into so fested in more tremendous conflicts. gross an extravagance; and when informed by Mr Read Whan Munro revisited England, his stav extended to of the marriage of their mutual friend Mr Ravenshaw, his only observation was 'I would not advise you to increase
a period of six years, at the close of which he returned to the difficulties of your situation, by taking a young wife for
India, having been placed at the head of a Commission an assistant.'
appointed to enquire into, and ameliorate, the defects of " Major Munro was at all times particularly humane to our judicial system in the East. Into his conduct in this wards the inferior animals. He possessed an old wbite situation, we regret that our limits forbid us to enter.
We can only remark, that it was fully equal to what his When he spoke, the voice appeared to issue rather from the previous life led every one to expect. His legislatorial | side of his inouth, and the looker-on might easily detect labours were interrupted in 1817, by the breaking out of when a playful or ludicrous idea struck him, by a peculiar the Mahratta war, in the course of which he proved him
curl in his upper, and a projection in his lower lip. Upon
the whole, it may with truth be asserted, that his counte. self as great a general as a statesman. Placed at the head
nance was decidedly pleasing, whilst there was an indeof a very inadequate force, he boldly transferred the scene scribable something about his air, manner, and expression, of hostilities to the enemy's territories, and to supply his which no one could behold without respect.” deficiency in troops, he conceived the daring idea of arm With this extract, we close a book which will afford ing the enemy's own subjects, and availing himself of rich lessons to the warrior and the statesman, and which their assistance. The consequence was, that in less than we would recommend as the manual of every talented and three months from the date of his appointment to the high-spirited youth, on his entrance upon the duties of command, he was in possession of all the Mahratta terri- active life. tory south of the Malpurha, with the exception of two small forts; and by the Ilth of May, he terminated his campaign by a blow which tended not a little to bring Poetry of the Magyars, preceded by a Shetch of the Lanabout the negotiation by which the Peishwah shortly guage and Literature of Hungary and Transylvania. after surrendered to Sir John Malcolm.
By John Bowring, LL.D. &c. &c. London. Robert At the close of the war, he prepared to return to Eng Heward. 1830.8vo. Pp. 312. land with his family ; he had married, shortly before his departure for India, in 1814. He arrived in the Downs
As a translator of modern verse from almost every towards the end of June, with the firm resolution of
modern language, Dr Bowring stands alone and unrispending the remainder of his life in this country. Be
valled. Already has he given to the public of this counfore the close of the year, however, he was again on his
try a Russian, a Spanish, a Batavian, a Servian, and a way to India, with the rank of Governor of Madras.
Polish anthology, accompanied in every case with a hisHis conduct in this high and arduous situation was that
tory of the poetical literature of the nation from which
his selections are taken. of a real patriot, of a just and upright man. He was alike
And now we are presented with attentive to the interests of the natives, and to the dignity
a handsome and interesting volume, embodying all that and respectability of his employers. He was equally ready
is inost valuable in Hungarian poetry. This gift will be
considered still more acceptable when we reflect that the to exert all his energies in the service, whether he him
Magyar language stands afar off and alone, and that it is self were to reap the honour of what he performed, or whether, as in the case of the Burmese war, the laurels
at once difficult of acquisition, and moulded in a form esdue to him were, in all human likelihood, destined to
sentially its own. “There are some, I know," says Dr
Bowring, “ who look upon the occupations of a translator wreathe other brows. In 1826, Lady Munro was obliged, by the illness of
as ignoble, and unworthy of literary ambition. I am their infant child, to embark for England; and the spe
well content to stand at respectful distance from those cimens given by Mr Gleig of Sir Thomas's letters to her,
great intellects whose works are borne on the wings of after their separation, show his character in a most en
an all-pervading fame to every country where the ear of gaging light.
civilisation is listening. As, for example :
Yet I cannot believe that my
humble labours are useless; nor have I ever wanted, and “ I took, as usual, a long walk on Sunday morning; there
I hope I never shall want while health is vouchsafed to had been so much rain, that the garden looked more fresh
me, both encouragement and enthusiasm to pursue them. and beautiful than I ever saw it; but I found nobody tbere me, excepting a boy guarding the mangoes and figs from the My mission, at all events, is one of benevolence. I have squirrels-not even the old French gardener. It was a never left the ark of my country but with the wish to great change from the time I was always sure of finding return to it, bearing fresh olive branches of peace and Kanem (his eldest son) and you there. It is melancholy to fresh garlands of poetry." think that you are never again to be in a place in which you
We confess that, for our own part, we feel inclined to took so much pleasure. This idea comes across me still
except Dr Bowring from the slight which we might, permore strongly, when I enter the house and pass from my own room to the drawing-room, along the passage, now so
haps, be disposed to put upon the mere translator. Dr silent and deserted, and formerly so noisy with your son
Bowring's enthusiasm elevates him into a poet. There is and you, and his followers. It always makes me sad when poetry in his travelling over so many lands, and overI visit the place; but I shall be wac when I leave it, like coming the difficulties of so many languages, for the sole yon, for the last time."
| purpose of culling the sweet thoughts and high inspiraPrevious to his leaving India, Sir Thomas resolved to tions of each. We are glad to say that Dr Bowriny's pay a farewell visit to his old friends in the ceded dis- exertions have been acknowledged in most of the leading triets. During this excursion, he was attacked by the journals of Europe ; and that six hundred copies of the cholera morbus; and at Pulleecondah, the 6th of July, volume before us were subscribed for previous toits appear1927, this country lost one of her best and most faithful ance. After an interesting introduction on the language and servants.
literature of Hungary and Transylvania, our author proOn looking over this very inadequate attempt to con- ceeds to arrange the different poets chronologically, giving vey to our readers some notion of the character of Sir specimens from the earliest period down to the present Thomas Munro, we feel strongly tempted to toss it into day. Of course, some of these are duller than others, and the fire ; and nothing withholds us, but the consciousness, there are a few which do not appear sufficiently important that to give any thing like a fair acconnt of him, within to entitle them to have been translated at all ; but on the our narrow limits, is utterly hopeless. He arrived in whole, we find a number of beautiful and interesting India at a period when the Presidency to which he was morceaux, which are in general rendered with so much attached seemed threatened with instant annihilation; he freedom and spirit, that we can hardly regret our want left it undisputed mistress of the Peninsula from sea to of knowledge of the original. There is, besides, a freshsea, and from Cape Comorin to the Kistnah. His per ness and newness about the greater part of the contents, sonal appearance is thus described :
which, in these days of insipidity, and commonplace, and « In stature he was tall; of a spare but bony make; very
threadbare rhyming, is worth a great deal. Take, as an upright and soldier-like in his carriage, and possessed of example, the following admirable little ode from an Hungreat muscular strength. There was an expression of de garian poet, who died in 1779: cision in the lines of his face, which a stranger might readily mistake for sternness; but his eye was bright and penetra
THE GAY-PLUMED BIRD. ting; and when he began to relax, good-humour and bene * Thou gay-plumed bird, whose never-bridled flight volence were remarkably displayed in his countenance. 1 O'er field, o'er forest, is one long delight;
Were I a gay-plumed bird, how blest 'twould be Give me the burst of the heart, the spirit's emphatic outThy songs to sing, to fly, to rest with thee,
pourings; Thou gay-plumed bird!
They can awaken my soul, and bid the tear gush from mine “ Thou gay-plumed bird, thou canst no longer sing!
Read and enquire_'tis wise to learn the commandments Thou art imprison'd by the fowler's spring;
then open Were I a gay-plumed bird, I would not go
The sluice of thy soul, and its streams shall flow forth in Sporting with such delusive treacheries. No!
their glory and power.' Thou gay-plumed bird! “ Thou gay-plumed bird, though liberty is gone,
It is perhaps worth mentioning, that we observe Dr Yet kindness waits thy every want upon ;
Bowring translates, as if from the original of Francis Were I a gay-plumed bird, I still should long
Kazinczi, a small epigram, entitled “ Cupid on a Lion," For the free heaven and the wild woodland song, which Kazinczi must have himself translated from the Thou gay-plumed bird!
Greek. Dr Bowring will find the true original in the “ Thou gay-plumed bird, thy golden chain to me,
Anthologia Græca, vol. i. p. 110. Edit. De Bosch.- To Were but a decorated misery !
the specimens of the different poets, are added upwards of Were I a gay-plumed bird, 'I would not fill
sixty Hungarian popular songs, the leading character of Thy gaudy prison, were it gaudier still,
which is simplicity, patriotism, and warm-heartedness. Thou gay-plumed bird !
Altogether, we have no hesitation in strongly recommend“ Thou gay-plumed bird, they bring thee sugar'd meat,
ing this work to the attention of our readers, nor in exUse flattering words, caressing while they cheat;
pressing our conviction that it will add a new leaf to the Were I a gay-plumed bird, that sweeten'd waste
laurel-wreath already twining itself round Dr Bowring's Were worse than very poison to my taste,
brows. Thou gay-plumed bird ! • Thou luckless bird ! alas! and thou hast lost That plumage, once thy brightness and thy boast ! Records of Captain Clapperton's Last Expedition to Were I a gay-plumed bird, I would not dwell
Africa. By Richard Lander, his faithful Attendant, A prisoner in thy solitary cell,
and the only surviving Member of the Expedition. Thou gay-plamed bird !"
With the subsequent Adventures of the Author. In two There is something, perhaps, still more original in the volumes 8vo. London, Henry Colburn and Richard following, from another pen :
Bentley. 1830. Pp. 310 and 293.
We are informed, in the Introduction to this book, WATER, WIND, REPUTATION. “ I was a boy, and beard this pretty story:
that its author is under obligations to a younger brother, That Wind and Water play'd with Reputation
for modelling and re-touching his narrative. We should At hide-and-seek together.
have much preferred his own plain story. There is an
attempt at fine writing in the work, and a swagger of “ The Water rush'd adown the mountain passes, But was discover'd, after long pursuing,
vulgar independence, smelling strongly of a Cockney linen
draper, who, devoid of a liberal education, has picked up In the deep valleys.
his notions of clever writing from a careful perusal of • The Wind flew upwards;
certain portions of the Sunday Newspaper press. NeverBut it was followed to the mountain summits,
theless, with all its faults, this is an interesting book, and And soon entrapp'd there.
would be more so, if we could place implicit reliance on “ Then Reputation was to be imprison'd,
all its details of the author's own adventures. One thing And Reputation whisper'd
it proves,—the utter want of precaution on the part of In sonorous voice to her companions :
every member of the expedition, although in a new and • Know, if you lose me-know, if once I hide me,
proverbially unhealthy climate. We sincerely trust that I'm lost for ever.'
future travellers, by taking warning from their fate, may “ And so it was—she bid her ; all enquiry
have better fortune. The suggestions it contains respect. Was wasted in the seeking;
ing the identity of the Falatahs and the Red Caffres, and Nothing can renovate that perish'd treasure,
the proposed journey overland from the Cape to the Houssa If thou hast lost it-thou hast lost all with it."
country, are worthy of serious attention. There are also We have been also much pleased with the annexed scattered throughout the work many interesting traits, sonnet, which is probably not more than half a century which serve to fill up the picture of the domestic habits old :
of the natives of Interior Africa. Of all the characters SONNET.
whom Lander encountered, our greatest favourite is his “ My little bark of life is gently speeding
fat friend Ebo: Adown the stream, 'midst rocks, and sands, and eddies,
“ The King (of Katunga) visited us every day, and never And gathering storms, and darkening clouds-unheeding,
came without an acceptable present of provisions; while Its quiet course through waves and wind it steadies,
his caboceers behaved with a still nobler generosity, inso. My love is with me-and my babes, whose kisses
much, that if it had not been for the mal-practices of a sly, Sweep sorrow's trace from off my brow as fast
lubberly, fat, monstrous eunuch, named Ebo, to whose care As gathering care—and hung upon the mast
was intrusted our provisions, and whose ravenous appetite Our barp and myrtle flowers that shed their blisses
was proverbial in the city, we should have been literally On the sweet air. Is darkness on my path?
crammed with every delicacy, both of the country and seaThen beams bright radiance from a star that hath
son. That old gourmand had a paunch of a most awful Its temple in the heaven. As tirm as youth
size, which he contrived to keep in excellent condition, by I urge my onward way-there is no fear
partaking largely of the good things intended for our use, For honest spirits. Even the fates revere
which he purloined in a daring and impudent manner, an And recompense-love, minstrelsy, and truth."
devoured when alone and at leisure. Not content with
secreting the choicest articles, he made so serious impresn find room for nothing more but the following sion even on the bare necessaries of life, that we were not lines, which we recommend to the serious attention of all / unfrequently kept on bare allowance. On one occasion, we worshippers of the Muse, as they contain much sense in detected him in the very act of concealing some ducks, egys, little bulk :
and honey, which we knew beforehand had been sent him
for our consumption; and we taxed him with the robbery RULES AND NATURE,
to his face. Ebo, however, disclaimed the imputation with “ Many a rule have I read of this way of writing and t'other, earnestness, and maintained his innocence with consideraChilling and harassing dogmas tbat dry up the sources of ble volubility. On our entrance, he held a bottle of rum thought.
| in one hand, to which he had been evidently paying his de
· votions, whilst the other was occupied in shuffling some the same book, which is highly creditable to the Edin. thing under a mat. It was, no doubt, his intention to take
burgh Review. The sixth article, on the Sugar Duties, is another draught of the inspiring liquid, whilst thus em
no doubt prodigiously learned, but it bristles with figures ployed, but, mistaking the hand in which it was held, he snatched the other from under the mat, and had actually
at such a rate, that we pass it over. The next articlethe head of our duck in his mouth, instead of the bottle, be
on the Ottoman Empire—is a most judicious performance, fore the error was discovered. He was not the least dis but would have been essentially improved by being conconcerted; and although we discovered the honey and eggs densed into a third of its present longitude. We have also concealed in another part of his house, he roundly as the same remark to make on the article anent the Spirit serted he had purchased them at the market the day before.
Duties, which we made on its twin-brother anent the Complaints were made to the King of his conduct, but
Sugar Duties. In the article on Sir Rufane Donkin's without producing any effect upon the gormandizing Ebo, who continued to feed on our provisions, while his paunch
Theory regarding the Course of the Nile, the reviewer's maintained its usual enviable state of rotundity and bulk, politeness and his conscience seem sorely at odds. He at the expense of our empty stomachs."
compliments the learned knight at every turn for his taOn his return, Lander found his old friend advanced lents and research, and ends by demonstrating, most reto a station of trust, and anxious to impress him with luctantly, that he has gone illogically and unreflectingly the truth of the old adage, “ honour changes manners :" to work. The truth is, that the Quarterly dispersed the
“ Ebo, the noted eunuch, who has so often been spoken knight's dreams to the four winds of heaven some six of, and whose mal-practices produced great uneasiness to us months ago. The tenth article contains an excellent poon our proceeding towards Kano, had been taken into fa
pular view of the Homöopathic system of medicine, now so vour by his sovereign, during my absence from Katunga,
much in vogue in Germany. Finally, the number closes and promoted to the highest offices of state. He came to me, paunch and all, on the Sunday after my arrival at Ka.
with a clear-headed review of Southey's Sir Thomas More. tunga, and, laughing heartily at his former frolics, told me be had no need to make such shifts now, in order to procure any delicacy he might want, for he had only to hint
| Memoirs of Madame Du Barri. Translated from the his wishes, when a bowl of dog's or ass's flesh, a dish of fried caterpillars, or a saucepan of ants and locusts, was
French. In three volumes. Vol. First. Being the smoking before him in a moment! I congratulated him on
twenty-ninth volume of " Autobiography.” London. his good fortune, and the amplitude of his body, which he Whittaker & Co. 1830. took very good-humouredly; and, during my stay, Ebo, the fat gourmand, was my best friend."
“ It was a happy idea which led to the incorporation Ebo had his point of honour too, as well as his neigh- of all the most interesting Lives, by the subjects thembours:
selves, in one uniform series of volumes,” said a critic, “ He showed me, one day, a small apartment in his house, when the “ Autobiography" was first commenced. And filled with cowries, (being worth about fifty dollars Eng- so it was ; but only so long as the conductors kept to such lish money,) and asked, with an exulting air, if the King | Lives as those of Hume, Cibber, Marmontel, Drury, ot' my country was half so rich as himselt. • Half so rich |
Kotzebue, Gibbon, Gifford, and others no less respectable as yourself!'. I rather indiscreetly replied ; 'why, my so
and important, whether political or literary. But when vereign could purchase you, your monarch, and the whole of Yariba, and not miss the money the purchase of it would
they departed from this track, to give the world the Merequire.'- Indeed,' rejoined Ebo, angrily, thou liest ;' moirs of French and English blackguards, male and feand, without further ceremony, was about to fling me into male, we say the idea is not happy, and not calculated to the yard; when, hastily retracting my expression, I assured do any good. The Memoirs of Du Barri—the mistress the irascible prime minister that I spoke only in jest, to try of Louis XV. and who was beheaded during the French his temper; which apology somewhat appeased the gigantic | Revolution-are translated by the same person who has black, who, laughingly accusing himself of being rather too
done into English the Memoirs of that arch rascal Vidocq; quick when his own honour and that of his country were
| and we conceive that the gentleman, whoever he is, must concerned, invited me to partake with him of a dozen of stewed rats, and a calabash of pitto."
be a perfect connoisseur in licentiousness, ribaldry, and Nearly equal to Ebo are the old, corpulent, amorous,
intrigue, else he would never have dared to palm such thieving scoundrel Pasko, Captain Clapperton's servant,
abominations on the people of this country. and the fat widow Zuma, in love with the abstract
The work we are now noticing is, like “ Vidocq," calidea of a white man. The story of this gentle lady would, culated expressly for the meridian of the Parisian Palais however, have been much improved, by being less ambi- Royale and the London Seven Dials. In better society tiously told. On the whole, we can recommend these it should never be seen ; and we shall be much mistaken volumes to our readers, as containing a considerable fund
if the publishing such “Memoirs" does not materially of amusement.
hurt the “ Autobiography” in general. Autobiography and Biography are two of the most fascinating kinds of read
ing; but when they are prostituted to detailing vice in all The Edinburgh Review. No. C. January, 1830. Lon
its forms, and blackguardism in all its disgusting shapes, don : Longman and Co. Edinburgh: Adam Black..
they should be scouted with the contempt they deserve,
or left to sink in the oblivion of their own abominations. This is a good average number, and contains much that
Some persons may pretend that it is necessary to publish is instructive and ainusing. The first article settles, in a
these “ Memoirs” on purpose to get at certain political judicious and satisfactory manner, the claims of those wri
facts and intrigues which would otherwise be imperfectly ters who have of late been pointing out the designs of Pro
known; but if, in the search for these facts, we are vidence in the current of history, with a flippancy and
obliged to wade through such a tissue of depravity as that self-conceit equally alien to reason and piety. The second
before us, we would far rather go without them. The is an amusing appreciation of the merits of that school of good which the knowledge of these facts may do, will be political economists, of whom Mr Sadler is the type and
far more than counterbalanced by the evil which their Coryphæus. We do not think that the third article concomitants are certain to diffuse. throws much light on the geography or social projects of
We must add, that we are sorry and surprised to see South America ; but as the reviewer has stuck close to
the respectable name of Messrs Whittaker figuring as the the work he was reviewing, this is probably not his fault.
publishers of these volumes. We thought that they had Article fourth, on Etruscan Antiquities, is sensible, and
been the property of the less scrupulous house of Messrs
Hunt and Clarke.- We wonder much that it has never may be read with advantage by such as wish to obtain a
occurred to the editors of this work to print the highly general notion of the results of the latest investigations in that interesting field. The review of the Life and
interesting and instructive Memoirs of Cumberland, Times of Defoe is nearly as good as our own notice of |
Theatre versus Conventicle ; or, the Drama Attacked and the shape of a complete volume, and a goodly thick vo
Defended: Containing Mr Calvert's Letters, in De-lume it is; and 2d, Because its chief contributors were fence of the Stage, to the Rev. T. Best of Sheffield, two men of genius– William Kennedy and William Mowith the subsequent Controversy in the Leeds Inde- | therwell-many of whose lucubrations were worthy of a pendent of 1821. Hull: Wilson, London : Baldwin, higher sphere than a Paisley periodical, with all reveCradock, and Joy, 1826. Pp. 112.
rence be it spoken. It appears now to be sufficiently esThe pamphlet, whose title we have just copied, is, tablished, that no provincial
tablished, that no provincial Magazine in Scotland can as will be perceived, not a new publication ; but it has
succeed. The attempt has been made at Glasgow, at never, we believe, been much known in this quarter,
Dumfries, at Perth, and at Paisley; and, if we are not
But after exthough certainly deserving the attention of all who in. / mistaken, at Aberdeen and Dundee also. terest themselves, favourably or not, in the question of isting for a few months, more or less, they all “ died, and which it treats. The author is Mr F. B. Calvert, for- | made no sign.” Sooth to say, there is, in general, a good merly well known as a leading performer in the theatres | deal of trash in such works. The Editors are often clever of the North of England, and latterly also as a lecturer on enough, but then they must study local feelings and preelocution and literature in Cambridge and elsewhere. We judices, and must be content with what sort of contribuhave been induced to notice the work, from the circum
tors Providence chooses to send them. Hence, their own stance of a few copies reaching Edinburgh from the merits are commonly choked up by a mass of dulness, North, where the author now is.
which never could have possessed any interest for mortal The first part of the pampblet, A Defence of the Acted man residing at the distance of seven miles from the Drama, was originally published separately, in answer to
habitat of the publishing office. We have no intention of the attacks of a clergyman in Sheffield ; and is the Essay
speaking very voluminously in praise of the Paisley Maof which, as some of our readers may recollect, a part was
gazine, even although Kennedy and Motherwell wrote read by Mr Fawcett at one of the London Theatrical |
for it. It is not what they would bave made it had it Fund Dinners, at which the Duke of Sussex presided.
issued, like the Literary Journal, from the Ballantyne Of the estimation in which the actors held their cham
press, and blushed into existence at No. 19, Waterloo pion, a proof was given by a subscription for a piece of Place. It was the voices of two persons in the wilderplate, which, on the proposal of Mr Dowton, was set on | ness; and it is not therefore matter of surprise, that the foot among the performers of Drury Lane; and we be- | sand occasionally blew into their mouths, and choked up lieve other similar presents, from individuals of the pro
the melody of their utterance. Nevertheless, this Magafession more immediately connected with Mr Calvert,
zine contains many things which the discerning eye will have testified their sense of the services which their de at once set down as the emanations of a bigher order of fender has rendered them. Mr Calvert's Defence will, / mind. On the whole, the prose is not so good as the we conceive, be read with pleasure by all who think as he poetry, although the story of “The Doomed Nine, or the does on the subject, and of his arguments, there are not | Langbein Ritters," is one of the most beautiful imaginaa few which it would puzzle the enemies of the drama
tive sketches we have read for a long while, and is evifairly to answer. In the general view which he takes of dently from the pen of Mr Motherwell. In the poetical theatrical representation, we cordially agree with him,
department, we find many pieces which have subsequently though the anxiety which every man feels to exalt his appeared in the Annuals, and have been much admired own pursuits, aided by the excitation of argumentative
in these flower-gardens. There are, inter alia, Motherwriting, have led him occasionally into something like well's exceedingly spirited and original translatior's and exaggeration. Well acquainted, as he appears to be, with | imitations from the Icelandic,--also, “ The Water, the ancient literature, and evidently familiar with the finest
Water !” “ Wearie's Well," and other pieces ; and there branches of our own, he wishes to consider the scenic art | are kennedy's “ Elegy on the Departed Year, by a Bard as strictly belonging to the same class with poetry, paint
who owes it nothing," “ Three Fanciful Supposes," and ing, and sculpture, and confidently claims a place for it
" Thirty Years.” There are, besides, two poems, which side by side with those glorious embodying3 of human
we have not happened to see anywhere else, and both of thought and energy, against which the more moderate, at which we look upon as gems. The first, we think, is least, of the assailants of the theatre, would blush to utter / by Kennedy, and the second by Motherwell. We have an insinuation. He views dramatic personation as merely much pleasure in transferring them to our pages. The a beautiful extension of those silent expressions of the first is entitled mind, conveyed by poetry and the arts of design, and as inseparably connected with the existence of literature and
THE BOLD LOVER. mental refinement. The latter part of the brochure con
« For years have I loved thee, tains a Newspaper controversy, subsequently engaged in
But hope there was none, by Mr Calvert at Leeds; and the letters on both sides
That e'er thy proud father are given as first published.
Would call me his son. On the whole, we think the pamphlet fully justifies
If my hand sent no token,
My lip gave no sign, the claim advanced for it in the Preface " of exhibiting
To picture my passionthe widest and most strongly-contrasted view of the ques
The fault was not mine. tion which has hitherto appeared.” And with regard to the literary merits of the production, we may safely assert,
“ I have watch'd thee unwearied, that if one-twentieth of the votaries of the sock and buskin
In greenwood and ball, possessed half the literary acquirements and ability of this
Unseen by thy kindred, gentleman, actors and acting would be regarded with much
Thy wooers, and all.
Though men cried “a marvel ! more respect than they at present receive, and would ap
I worshipp'd thee where proach much more nearly to the footing on which our
The knees of the holy author aims at establishing them.
Were bending in prayer.
" I have look'd to thy window The Paisley Magazine. 1828-9. David Dick, Paisley.
On many a night, 8vo. Pp. 692.
And sigh'd for the wings of The Elgin Literary Magazine. Nos. 1_8. 1829-30.
The happy moonlight. J. Grant, Elgin. 12mo.
It stole to thy chamber We notice the Paisley Magazine, at present, for two
And slept on thy brow,
Entranced by thy beauty, reasons ; Ist, Because we have only recently seen it in
As I, sweet, am now !