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The quarrel betwixt the sovereigns of Germany and the Narrative of the War in Germany and France, in 1813 | French Republic was, like all international quarrels, begun
and 1814. By Lieut.-General Charles William Vane, on a point of principle, which was gradually lost sight of in Marquis of Londonderry, G.C. B., G.C. H., Colonel of the progress of hostilities; and the war ended with a sinthe 10th Royal Hussars. 4to. Pp. 420. London. | cere struggle on either side to get out of the scrape with Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley. 1830. the least possible loss to itself, and the greatest possible
| detriment to the enemy. This struggle lay between comThis is a valuable contribution to the history of the cam petitors by no means matched in strength. In France, the paigns in France and Germany of 1813 and 1814. The noble convulsions of the Revolution had swept away all the old author was the accredited agent of Great Britain with the forms and etiquettes which accumulate during centuries, Northern Powers of Germany, during the continuance of retarding the transactions of business which they are that struggle which ended in the dethronementof Napoleon.meant to accelerate ; while the hostile attitude assumed by He tells a plain, straight-forward, soldier-like story, of surrounding nations had infused a spirit of unanimity what came under his own observation ; and although we and nationality into the people, which the disorganising cannot compliment him either upon the profundity or principles of the innovators had not been able to destroy. comprehensiveness of his political and tactical knowledge, In the wildest of her frenzies, France was a united nation, upon his freedom from bias, or acuteness in penetrating and the stronger (for the time at least) because of her feinto men's characters, yet his book contains many valua ver-fit. The rapid succession of different constitutions, and ble facts, which nobody in his situation could have avoided | their final merging into despotism, noways affected this; seeing, but which few besides himself have been in a si- for from the first moment of hostilities, the theoretical tuation to see. Among the most valuable parts of the vagaries of French politicians were dispersed to the four work, we reckon the passages which serve to throw light winds of heaven, and the war became, as in the old time, on the personal characters and projects of the Emperor a war for national ascendency, Germany, on the conAlexander, the Crown Prince of Sweden, and Prince trary, retained all the forms of a regularly constituted goMetternich ; together with those which bear testimony vernment, though the life had long fled, and the nisus which to the peculiar dangers threatening civilized Europe from should unite it into an energetic whole, no longer existed. the anomalous and unprincipled Russian empire. We have The princes of the empire, in reality independent sovebeen most annoyed by his Lordship's shallow misconcep- reigns, embraced the selfish policy of each caring for himtions as to the real power which struck down Napoleon ; self alone, and adopted the mistaken idea of hoping to deby his prating about insignificant squabbles concerning lay the fatal hour by holding themselves neutral, instead etiquette at dinner-tables, when we want to hear of the of uniting to repel the common enemy. They were furimportant transactions everywhere carrying on; and ther weakened by the extensive diffusion of revolutionabove all, by his continually leaving his story half told, ary principles among their subjects,-principles which with “I might say further, but the confidential cha continued to be the war-cry of the French, long after racter I was invested with at that period, forbids me to they had ceased to influence their actions. This opposition, speak out.” This last is a paltry and egregious piece therefore, of a nation untrammelled by any old-established of affectation. Either his knowledge respecting the in- dogmas, but well disciplined and united within itself, to trigues of that time may be uttered, or it may not. If a nation clothed in an empty show of organization, like the former, let him tell a plain tale, like a plain man; if David, encumbered, not defended, by the armour of Saul, the latter, let him hold his tongue, and not tease us with admitted, under any circumstances, of only one issue of his half confidences ; to say nothing of the unfairness of the contest; although, undoubtedly, the unrivalled milimaking us pay for a half-told tale-a trick very nearly tary genius of the French leader added aim and impulse approaching to what practical jokers call “ selling a bar- to the preponderancy of his arms. gain,” which consists in beginning a story with a grave It is not here the place to enter into the details of the face, and when the hearer's expectations are raised, break- contest ; the result may be shortly stated. On the 12th ing off with a sneer at his eredality, for believing you had of July, 1806, sixteen German princes subscribed at Paris any thing to tell him.
the Confederation of the Rhine. They renounced by this The narrative of the noble Marquis commences with act all connexion with the German empire ; contracted a his landing in Germany towards the end of April, 1813, perpetual offensive and defensive alliance with France, the and comes down to the abdication of Napoleon, in April, 1 Emperor of which nation was appointed Protector of the 1814. There is a supplementary chapter relating to the Confederation, with the privilege of naming the presitransactions at the Congress of Vienna, in 1815, for the dent, (Fürst Primas.) On the 6th of August immediately insertion of which, in the present work, we can see no ensuing, Francis of Austria formally resigned the crown very good cause, inasmuch as the Marquis declines en and supremacy of the Holy Roman Empire. On the tering upon the history of that meeting at present. Be- 18th of August, 1807, an Imperial Decree united such of fore considering the contents of the body of the work, and the western Prussian provinces as bad not been incorpoin order to convey to our readers a full impression of rated with Holland, -- Brunswick, Hesse-Cassel, and the their importance, we beg leave to cast a glance backwards, / southern districts of Hanover,-into a new kingdom, to
which the name of Westphalia was given. A French lace, from the lecturer's desk and from the student's hall, constitution was conferred on this new state, which was nay, the very school-boy refused to stay behind. No declared an integrant member of the Confederation of the length of way, no intervening foes, could detain them. Rhine, and bestowed upon Jerome Bonaparte. In 1809, The cry of “ God, king, and country!" had gone forth Austria was amerced in some more of its states, which over the land. The cause was the re-integration and inwere bestowed upon Bavaria. In 1810, when Napoleon dependence of their native country, and a holier cause annexed Holland to France, he incorporated along with never inspired a warrior's zeal. Many of the princes it from the German territory the Grand Duchy of Berg, stood cowardly or selfishly aloof, but the people rose to a a portion of the kingdom of Westphalia, and the Hanse- man. atic towns. So early as 1806, the King of Saxony had re- When Sir Charles Stewart landed at Cuxhaven, he ceived from Napoleon, on his accession to the Rhenish found every thing in motion. The French were possessed Confederation, the investiture of the Duchy of Warsaw. of the principal fortresses on the Elbe, but they were
This, then, was the situation of Germany in the year threatened on all hands. Blucher was at Zwickau, with 1812, when Napoleon advanced into Russia. The whole 30,000 men; Winzingerode, with 15,000, between Mersecountry westward of the Elbe, from the Alps to the Bal burg and Altenburg ; Wittgenstein and D’Yorck, having tic, was either in the immediate possession of France, or crossed the Elbe, threatened Wittenberg with 40,000; of small states which stood under its protection. The fide- Bulow, with 10,000, was observing Magdeburg ; Tetlity of these allies was secured by their being hemmed in tenborn, a Russian partisan, had pushed on to the neighon either Aank by territories occupied and possessed by bourhood of Bremen with 4000 infantry and 3000 caFrance French princes sat on more than one throne, valry, most of them Cossacks ; 7000 Swedes occupied and in all the states, laws and institutions on the French Stralsund, and Bernadotte, with 10,000 more, was daily model had been introduced. Prussia and Austria had expected. In addition to these regular forces, the land been exhausted and disheartened by repeated defeats; and swarmed with free corps, and the peasantry were calling the Duchy of Warsaw, in the rear of the former state, for arms. On the part of the French, Davoust and was in the hands of a creature of Napoleon's.
Beauharnois had a force of 40,000 men in the north of Nevertheless, this subjection was greater in outward Germany, chietly distributed in garrisons; while the show than in substance. In Austria, the subtle spirit of mass of their forces, amounting to 70 or 80,000, were Metternich had devoted all its energies to restore the fallen concentrated under Ney, between Frankfort and Wurtzstate of his country. In Prussia, the genius of Frede-burg. The former body, harassed by the active partisan rick the Great was not yet extinct ;—the nation yet re- warfare of the allies, was preparing to retreat upon the membered its old ascendency in arms ; and the minister, main body; while their antagonists, inspired by revenge, Von Stein, knew how to keep alive, and turn to account, were eager to advance. the recollection. But perhaps the deepest and bitterest But the scene was altered when Napoleon took the hatred of French ascendency, was cherished in that part field in person. Concentrating all the forces scattered of Germany where the French power seemed most firmly throughout Germany, and adding to them conscripts rooted. The French institutions had been forced upon from France, and drafts from Spain and Italy, he orgathese territories contrary to the inclinations of the people ; nized, in an incredibly short space, an army of -a number of French adventurers, as better acquainted men. On the 29th of April, he was at Naumburg, suwith the new arrangements, had been promoted to places perintending and directing in person the operations of of trust; and the restless spirits who had originally sup- this immense force. The reputed numerical strength of ported innovation, with a view to their own advancement, the allies somewhat outnumbered him; but part were were thus, in many instances, added to the ranks of the raw levies, and large drafts had besides been made for the disaffected. Neither were the new institutions found to purpose of watching the French garrisons. Austria, work any better than the old, for they were alien to the moreover, continued to refuse an explicit declaration of feelings and wants of the people. The daring projects of what part she intended to take in the struggle. Under Napoleon-projects in which the mass of the community these circumstances, the allied leaders rashly and premacould take no interest-called for constant supplies of turely crossed the Elbe. The result was what might troops and money, at the very moment that the closing the have been anticipated. Napoleon soon taught them, that, ports of the Continent spread bankruptcy and beggary on although at the head of braver and more spirited armies all hands. The disaffection engendered by all these cir-than they had ever previously commanded, they were still cumstances was heightened by recollections of the ancient opposed to their master,—to him who had beat all of them union and independence of Germany, and by that super- singly, and was now ready to beat them collectively. ciliousness with which, amid all their amiable qualities, They came to blows at Lützen, on the 2d of May; and the French can never help treating other nations. Oil after a well-disputed battle, in which the soldiers on both was poured upon this smouldering flame by the eloquent sides displayed a most obstinate valour, the allies were and energetic writings of Arnot; and the enthusiastic forced to give way, and, shortly afterwards, to recross the ardour of Germany was only heightened by the system of Rhine. espionage which Napoleon, alarmed by the symptoms of | Napoleon now advanced, and fixed himself upon the popular feeling, introduced as a kind of preventive police. Elbe, taking the country round Dresden for the centre
This was the country that Bonaparte left behind him of his operations. One part of his forces was detached when he advanced into Russia; and perhaps the con- in the direction of Berlin, another pursued Blucher and tingent of troops from the Confederation of the Rhine the Silesian army. Nothing decisive, however, was efwhich he carried along with him, were no less useful as fected by the French commanders, whilst, on the other hostages than as soldiers. His shattered retreat was the band, they received several severe repulses from Blucher, signal for a more unequivocal declaration of the senti. the only surviving and worthy pupil of the great Fredements of Prussia. In February, 1813, an alliance was rick. On the l lth of August, Austria acceded to the concluded between Russia and Prussia, for the purpose allies, and declared war against France. Head-quarters of restoring the latter state to her ancient limits, and re- were shortly afterwards transferred to Prague; and the moving the influence of France from the north of Ger- three great powers being now united, it was resolved that many. The summons of Prussia was responded to by something decisive should be attempted. It appeared, the unanimous voice of Germany. It was the banner from Bonaparte's motions, that he contemplated a conof Prussia that was reared,-it was her generals who centration of his force in the neighbourhood either of were intrusted with the command; but it was from every Leipzig or Dresden ; and orders were issued for drawing corner of Germany that the soldiers flocked who filled up the allied troops to a head in that neighbourhood. Upon her ranks. They came from the workshop and the pa- their advance, Napoleon threw himself into Dresden.
• The complaint of the Austrian general, Prince Schwart- sincerely that it is to be the last. Our opinion remains unzenburg, that it was impossible to carry on the war pro- changed, that the silly notions of Mr Erskine and his cle. perly with so many kings and emperors in the army, was rical friend have attracted more notice than they deserve; justified by the result of the attack upon Dresden. The but since they have become the subject of “ Letters," grand army was obliged to retreat, over scarcely practi “ Sermons," and “ Pamphlets” innumerable, we are cable roads, into Bohemia, hotly pursued by the French. not sorry that a man of real talent like Dr Thomson It was, however, to the mismanagement of the leaders should take the matter in hand, and put an end at once alone, and neither to deficiency in numbers, discipline, nor to this petty warfare. To say that these Sermons conspirit, on the part of the soldiers, that the defeat was ow- tain a satisfactory refutation of the doctrine of universal ing. The forces detached by Napoleon under Vandamme pardon, is saying very little; one-third of the texts adduagainst the grand army, and those under Lauriston against ced, and one-tenth part of the reasoning, would have been the army of Silesia, were both repulsed. Napoleon, ad- sufficient for this purpose: what we principally admire vancing in person to direct the operations in Bohemia, in them is the clearness, unhampered with verbiage and discovered the impossibility of making head against such unnecessary ornament, with which the author pursues masses as were now combined against him. Every nerve his argument. But while we readily admit that few men was therefore strained to concentrate the French forces in surpass Dr Thomson in hunting down a petty heresy, and the neighbourhood of Leipzig; and thither also the march also admit that, in the present instance, he is not unsucof the allies was directed, but with a degree of foresight cessful, we regret that he should have published his work taught them by their late experience. With much exer in the shape of sermons. We hold sacred a minister's right tion, and not a little downright scolding on the part of Sir of choosing his subject, and adapting his pulpit discourses Charles Stewart, the Crown Prince of Sweden was to the character and wants of his congregation ; we shall brought upon the field. By these means, the French therefore not enquire whether it was judicious in the Rearmy was fairly hemmed in by its foes; and, to add to verend Doctor to bring this controversy into the pulpit at its disasters, a large body of Saxons, who had long been all; but we have a right to enquire whether, in bringing the murmuring at the necessity of fighting against their coun- subject before the literary public, he has not done injury trymen, went over to the allies as soon as they had taken to his argument by adopting this particular form, and their station. On the 18th of October, the “ Battle of whether he has not, at the same time, given us a very bad the Nations" was stricken on the fields of Leipzig, and model of sermon writing? We humbly conceive that he the good fortune of Napoleon was beaten down, never has done both. The flippancy that might amuse us, and more to arise.
the acrimony of sarcasm that we might consider as parThe Emperor of the French led off his troops in hot donable, in a controversial pamphlet, disgust us in a serhaste over the bleak mountains of Thuringia, with the mon. We do not accuse Dr Thomson of inexcusable harshimpetuous and implacable Blucher close upon his rear. ness either of sentiment or expression ; we have met with To add to their discomfiture, it was now ascertained that nothing of this kind in a pretty careful perusal of his book; Bavaria and Wirtemburg had joined the good cause. but we meet with a great deal in his peculiar vein, which There was reason to fear that the Bavarian forces, under we should be much more delighted to listen to at the AsWreda, would throw themselves between the fugitives sembly Rooms, or to read in that occasionally amusing and France; and, notwithstanding the eulogiums heaped periodical, the Christian Instructor, than to stumble upon by the Marquis upon that general's promptitude, there in a volume of sermons. Dr Thomson may say that this is little doubt that it was owing to his dilatoriness alone, is a foolish prejudice on our part, and that what is not that this measure was not effected. We have been told improper in the one case, is not improper in the other. that Napoleon drew a long breath when he reached the We think differently: we have no objection, for instance, heights above Hanau, and saw the Bavarians still upon to see Dr Thomson bound for a fishing excursion in a the left bank of the Main. There was a sharp cannon-pepper-and-salt surtout, and a pair of smart white inexading at the bridge of Frankfort, but the prize escaped. pressibles, but we suspect it would be generally looked
In a very short time, the European armies had driven upon as some small breach of decorum were he to appear the French forces beyond the Rhine, and rested themselves in the same innocent habiliments in his own pulpit. But upon its left bank. Napoleon was busied with gigantic our great objection to this form of publication is, that it preparations for their reception should they cross the river. does not permit the author to condense his arguments suf. But the victorious army of Wellington had already, in ficiently. We can follow a close train of reasoning much another quarter, passed the southern borders of France. more easily and satisfactorily in the closet, than a popuThe allied leaders, who seem never to have contemplated lar audience can be supposed to do in church; and with such success, were puzzled what measures to adopt. It regard to controversy in particular, our attention is diswas the rising of Europe en masse that had palsied the tracted, and our idea of the argument confused, by those arm of Napoleon, and not the individual talents of those practical applications which are necessary to make a pul. opposed to him. The wishes of the British government, pit discourse edifying. We think, therefore, that Dr true to its early declaration, that it would never recognise Thomson ought in justice to the public, and to his own or make peace with Napoleon,—the personal hatred of Ber- | reputation, to have taken the trouble of digesting the subnadotte towards that leader, and the vindictive feelings stance of his twelve discourses and bulky appendix into of Prussia, carried over the more undecided, and the de-a regular treatise, in which case we feel convinced that thronement of the usurper was resolved on. The war, his work would be more extensively read, and more gewhich now became one of aggression on the part of the nerally admired. allies, lost much of its moral interest. We refer our | As we have no desire to enter into the discussion to readers to the pages of the Marquis of Londonderry for which the doctrine of universal pardon has given rise, and its history.
as we have no room for extracts, we must refer those of our readers who feel much interest in the controversy to
| Dr Thomson's volume, which contains all that can, or at The Doctrine of Universal Pardon Considered and Refuted, in a series of Sermons ; with Notes, Critical and
least need, be said on the subject. Expository. By Andrew Thomson, D.D., Minister of St George's Church, Edinburgh. Edinburgh, w. Consolations in Travel, or the Last Days of a Philosopher. Whyte and Co. Pp. 500.
By Sir Humphry Davy, Bart., late President of the Tuis volume is, as might be expected from the high name
el Royal Society. London. John Murray. 1830. Pp. 281. of the author, the most important work that has been pub. We have read this work with much pleasure. It is a lished on the subject of the Row Heresy ;--We also hope posthumous publication, and consequently imperfect, but it nevertheless contains a great deal of interesting and the water that I might be able to catch the end of it in my instructive matter. The Preface, which was written by hand, and at this moment I felt perfect security; but a Sir Humphry Davy at Rome, in February, 1829, is in
breeze of wind suddenly came down the valley and blew these words :-“ Salmonia was written during tbe time
from the nearest bank, the boat was turned by it out of the
side current, and thrown nearer the middle of the river, and of a partial recovery from a long and dangerous illness.
I soon saw that I was likely to be precipitated over the caThe present work was composed immediately after, un- | taract. My servant and the boatmen rushed into the water, der the same unfavourable and painful circumstances, and but it was too deep to enable them to reach the boat; I at a period when the constitution of the author suffered was soon in the white water of the descending stream, and from new attacks. He has derived some pleasure and my danger was inevitable. I had presence of mind enough some consolation, when most other sources of consolation
to consider, whether my chance of safety would be greater and pleasure were closed to him, from this exercise of his
by throwing myself out of the boat, or by remaining in it,
and I preferred the latter expedient. I looked from the rainmind; and, he ventures to hope, that these hours of sick
bow upon the bright sun above my head, as if taking leave ness may be not altogether unprofitable to persons in per for ever of that glorious luminary; I raised one pious aspifect health.” The volume is divided into six Dialogues, ration to the Divine Source of light and life; I was immein which the author, under the name of Philalethes, and diately stunned by the thunder of the fall, and my eyes were several of his friends, also uuder assumed names, converse closed in darkness. How long I remained insensible I know concerning many important subjects in physical and mo
not; my first recollections after this accident were of a bright ral science. Occasionally, the dialogue is superseded by
light shining above me, of warmth and pressure in different
parts of my body, and of the noise of the rushing cataract narrative, in which a few incidents are introduced, though
sounding in my ears. I seemed awakened by the light from a kept entirely subservient to the sentiments and doctrines
sound sleep, and endeavoured to recall my scattered thoughts, of the different speakers. What we chiefly like in the but in vain; I soon fell again into slumber. From this sework, is the vein of liberal and philosophical thought cond sleep, I was awakened by a voice which seemed not which runs through it, and the total absence of all the altogether unknown to me, and looking upwards, I saw the affectation and flippancy of the modern style of writing.
bright eye and noble countenance of the Unknown Stranger We are not prepared to say that it contains any one train
whom I had met at Pæstum. I faintly articulated, “ I am
in another world.'- No,' said the stranger, you are safe of reasoning that is very profound or very new, but it
I in this : you are a little bruised by your fall, but you will contains many passages of that solid and profitable kind, soon be well; be tranquil, and compose yourself.' The next which it exercises the mind to read, and which it still day I learnt from the Unknown the history of my escape, more exercises the mind to ponder over, and to consider which seemed almost miraculous to me. He said that he in their various bearings. The planetary system, the pro was fishing, the day that my accident happened, below the bability of a future state of existence, the comparative me
fall of the Traun, for that peculiar species of the large salmon rits of different religious creeds, the materiality or imma
of the Danube, which, fortunately for me, is only to be
caught by very strong tackle. He saw, to his very great teriality of the soul, the benefits to be derived from science,
astonishment and alarm, the boat and my body precipitated and more particularly from chemical science, the neces
by the fall, and was so fortunate as to entangle his hooks in sary effects of time, and the enquiry, whether death and
a part of my dress when I had been scarcely more than a change are convertible terms; these, and many other to minute under water, and by the assistance of his servant, pics of a like nature, are discussed in an enlightened spi who was armed with the gaff or curved hook for landing rit, and it is certainly interesting to be presented with the
large fish, I was safely conveyed to the shore, undressed, put
| into a warm bed, and by the modes of restoring suspended views of such a man as Sir Humphry Davy concerning
animation, which were familiar to him, I soon recovered them.
my sensibility and consciousness." In looking for an extract, we have found it quite im
To all those who like to speculate upon lofty subjects, possible to hit upon any detached passage which will con
and with whom a desire to discover truth predominates vey the slightest notion of the general contents of the volume; we have, therefore, taken the following curious in
over every other motive, we recommend this little volume,
in the full confidence that its contents will not disappoint cident, which will do little more than afford the reader
them. some idea of the author's style ::
ADVENTURE OF SIR HUMPHRY DAVY. “ The fall of the Traun is a cataract, which, when the
Laurie Todd, or the Settlers in the Woods. By John river is full, may be alınost compared to that of Schaffhau.
Galt, Esq. author of “ Annals of the Parish," &c. sen for magnitude, and possesses the same peculiar charac In three volumes. London, Colburn and Bentley. ters of grandeur in the precipitous rush of its awful and 1830. overpowering waters, and of beauty in the tints of its streams and foam, and in the forms of the rocks over which it falls,
Mr Gaur has an observant, but not a comprehensive and the cliffs and woods by which it is overhung. In this mind. Had he turned his attention to natural history, spot an accident, which had nearly been fatal to me, occa be would have excelled as an entomologist. He would sioned the renewal of my acquaintance in an extraordinary have been very great upon the subject of beetles, silkmanner with the mysterious unknown stranger. Eubathes,
known stranger. Eubathes, worms, spiders, and ants. He would have known all who was hing, was amu himself by
about their bronchic and spiracles. Upon their stomach catching graylings for our dinner in the stream above the fall. I took one of the boats, which are used for descend- |
and digestive organs, including their lower intestines, he ing the canal or lock artificially cut in the rock by the side would have been quite at home, as also upon their biof the fall, on which salt and wood are usually transported liary vessels. The viscera of all creeping things he would from Upper Austria to the Danube; and I desired two of most microscopically have examined ; and a tipula, or the peasants to assist my servant in permitting the boat to long-legged fly, would have afforded him a theme for a descend by a rope to the level of the river below; my inten- 1 month's writing. The learning he would have poured tion was to amuse myself by this rapid species of locomo
forth upon the cock-chaffer, the mantis, or the catertion along the descending sluice. For some moments the boat glided gently along the smooth current, and I enjoyed
pillar-moth, exceeds computation ; whilst all the ephethe beauty of the moving scene around me, and had my eye meræ, larVie, and tadpoles, would have
meræ, larva, and tadpoles, would have blessed him as fixed upon the bright rainbow seen upon the spray of the ca- | their historian and friend. taract above my head, when I was suddenly roused by a We are enabled to speak thus positively from having shout of alarm from my servant, and looking round, I saw attentively examined the character of Mr Galt's unind. that the piece of wood to which the rope had been attached He is great on little things; all the smaller, and what had given way, and the boat was floating down the river at the mercy of the stream. I was not at first alarmed, for I
are generally considered the meaner and less important saw that my assistants were procuring long poles with which parts of nature, he observes with a nice and curious acit appeared easy to arrest the boat before it entered the ra- curacy. His hero is sure to be some pidanng, pawky, provopidly descending water of the sluice, and I called out to king creature, who wriggles, and twists, and worms himthem to use their united force to reach the longest pole across / self about, till at length the reader almost comes to take
an interest in bim, and says to himself—“ Well, I sup- That came so quick, and went so fast, pose there are inany such persons in the world.” And
| Ye scarce could notice when it past. so we fancy there are ; but where Mr Galt happened to
The light cloud on the mountain's side,
Its shadow on the silvery tide, meet with them, is more than we know. One would
The restless sea-bird on the wing, think be
had spent his life among a collection of old wo- | The swiftest and most fleeting thing men who keep stalls, small lairds with smaller under That comes and goes in the short-lived space standings, the bailies of country villages, the deacons of Of a moment's thought, and leaves no trace country towns, dealers in tea and sugar, master-masons, Behind to tell where it bath been, daft Jocks, maiden aunts, who eat carvies on their bread Is not so passing, and may be seen and butter at tea, tailors, houdie-wives, and other per
For a longer space than that blush upon
Eanthe's cheek; 'twas there,-'twas gone, sonages of a similar description. It no doubt argues a
Like some bright star from the firmament cast. certain degree of ability to describe the habits and pro
To the earth below, so quick it past; pensities of this portion of society with vivacity ; but But the calm quiet smile of her tearful eye, when an author never attempts to do any thing else, he Like the gleams of light that come stealing through surely cannot expect to be placed very high among those The shadowy mist ot' a watery sky, who cultivate the belles lettres.
Dispelling the clouds that would shade its blue, Mr Galt's present work, “ Lawrie Todd," does not
Remain'd to tell, what the blush that was gone
Could never have told, that to look upon materially differ in its leading features from its prede
Her Athro there, and to know him near, cessors. It contains the history of a man who began
Was the wish, the hope, to her heart most dear. the world in the humble capacity of a nailer, and who This—this is the beauty of trusting love, having at an early period emigrated to America, and When the heart in its fondness can repose made a little money in New York, afterwards went into On a being on earth, as on one above, the woods and joined some other settlers, all of whom And, in its confiding purity, knows gradually rose to prosperity. The whole story is told
That the heart it loved to rest upon
Beats with a faith as true as its own. with a degree of minuteness which at first is amusing,
Had the innocent one known earth’s alarms, but which, when protracted through three volumes,
They would all have been hush'd in her Athro's arms." appears to us to become extremely tedious. It is no
The miscellaneous poems are too numerous. doubt all true to nature; but a thousand things may be
They true to nature which grow tiresome in the detail. The
are like a bed of young turnips, and might have been higher sort of novelist presents us with nature under a
thinned to great advantage. A few of them are decidedly thousand different aspects; and instead of dwelling un
| above par; as, for example, ceasingly on the petty career and operations of some mean
THE LAST SCENE OF ALOYSE. and inferior specimen of humanity like Lawrie Todd, or specimen of humanity like Lawrie Todd,
“When Philip of Anjou was travelling, as an officer, towards Spain, be delights in making us acquainted with nobler spirits, he remained for some days at a forester's cottage, in which he had whose higher faculties are called into action by high oc- taken shelter from a storm. Aloyse, the forester's daughter, was casions. To these the profunum vulgus serve but as foils; beautiful as the morning--the young prince was graceful, elegant, and are kept, as in the actual business of civilized life,
and fascinating. He became attached to her, and she, in a far more
strong degree, to him. In the meantime, the King of Spain died, in their proper place—the back-ground of the picture.
Philip was proclaimed his successor,-and the Spanish ambassadors, This is not Mr Galt’s mode of going to work. He not
on their way to Paris with the crown of Spain, were benighted at the only rejoices in making bis hero a nailer, but he writes
forester's cottage. The rank of the young prince was then discoveras if he were himself a nailer. He no doubt draws his ed, and poor Aloyse felt that every hope was at once crushed within scenes in consequence more vividly, but then it is a vi her heart. She uttered no complaint-no murmur; the crown was vidness much more calculated to please nailers than gen
presented to Philip—she gazed on it-on the splendour by which she
was surrounded-on Philip for one moment, and exclaiming, I have tlemen and scholars. That “ Lawrie Todd” contains
seen his sun in the meridian of its glory, bat mine has set for ever,' many useful hints for the poor emigrant, and that, more
fell dead at the feet of her lover, and rested side by side with that over, there is a great deal of correct painting of low life
crown, which he then could scarcely prize. This little tale has been in it, we do not deny ; but this is only a moderate species beautifully dramatised by a talented young authoress of the present of praise. We look upon “ Lawrie Todd,” as well as day."] upon most of Mr Galt's otber works, as we do upon a “ Together, side by side, they lay-a maiden dead, picture of the Dutch school ;- it is clever and ingenious, And a most kingly crown. "Life had but fled and amuses us for the moment, but we turn to a land That face and form of beauty, and as yet scape by an Italian master, and the Dutch artist sinks Its bright blue eye seem'd scarcely to forget at once into bis native vulgarity and inferiority.
All it had gazed upon.
And all was hush'd and still, as if the storm
Had pass'd away, and left no other trace
| Of its existence, save that pallid face. Sandford Earle, Esq. Edinburgh. James Robertson
Oh, Death! thy withering frown fell lightly there, and Co. 1830. 18mo. Pp. 383.
Those lips still smiled,—those features still were fair',This is a new candidate for poetical laurels, who has Those eyes still pure as every dazzling gem taken unto himself the assumed name of Sandford Earle.
Of that bright crown,-but cold-yea, cold as them.--
Yes, as he gazed, he seem'd to think that eye, There is a good deal of gentle poetical feeling in the
With glance for glance, would still to his reply book, and though the contents are of very unequal merit, Those lips still speak--still bless-still smile as they yet they are, on the whole, calculated to reflect credit on
-and bless'd-and smiled in the author. The first poem, which is in three cantos, is She was not dead !--he could not gaze, and deem rather too much protracted for the incidents it contains. That she was somit seem'd so like a dream. It is the story of Eanthe, a British maiden of noble
Hark to the trumpet's shout:-he hears it notbirth, who having been converted from the Druidical to
His new-gain'd throne-his crown-are both forgot;
The peasant girl was dead-her tempest-tost the Christian faith, wishes also to convert her lover
And broken heart at rest; and he had lost Atbro; which she has scarcely succeeded in doing when More than a crown could give.” her apostasy is discovered, and she is condemned to a
We are also pleased with the following stanzas, which cruel death. This poem is decidedly of a sacred charac
| remind us of some of Mrs Hemans's minor pieces : ter. The following pretty lines, however, from the first canto, might have been written by Moore himself:
THE BURIED DEAD. “ The cheek that was so pale but now,
“ Bright stars, bright stars, from your home on high Is crimson'd with a sudden glow,
Do ye gaze on the thousands that buried lie ?