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Mackintosh : among other severe things, affecting ignorance or approval of his he said that “Mackintosh came up from discreditable political as well as social poScotland with a metaphysical head, a cold sition. heart, and open hands. At last they

The often told narrative of the projectpose in my house: but their old familiarity ed duel between Moore and Jeffrey is was never fully re-established.

given with authentic details; but the “Parr was frequently very tiresome in affair was really not worth the fuss that conversation, talking like a schoolmaster.” has been made about it, and, at this dis

tance of time, seems simply ridiculous. “Sheridan was a great artist: what The only point worthy of being told by could be more happy in expression than Rogers is, that it was by means of Horthe last of these lines? You may see it ner and himself that the critic and poet illustrated in the Park every Sunday:

were reconciled, and that they shook • Hors'd in Cheapside, scarce yet the gager spark hands with each other in the garden beAchieves the Sunday triumph of the Park ; hind his house. Scarce yet you see him, dreading to be late,

Charles James Fox.-It is quite true, Scour the New-road and dash through Grosvenorgate ;

as stated in several accounts of him, that Anxious—yet timorous too_his steed to show, Fox, when a very young man, was a proThe back Bucephalus of Rotten-row.

digious dandy-wearing a little odd French Careless he seems, yet vigilantly sly,

hat, shoes with red heels, etc. He and Woos the stray glance of ladies passing by; Lord Carlisle once travelled from Paris to Wbile his off-heel, insidiously aside,

Lyons for the express purpose of buying Provokes the caper which he seems to chide.'

waistcoats, and during the whole journey - “ During his last illness, the medical they talked about nothing else. attendants, apprehending that they would “After losing large sums at hazard, be obliged to perform an operation on Fox would go home--not to destroy him. him, asked him if he had ever undergone self, as his friends sometimes feared, but one.' 'Never,' replied Sheridan, except to sit down quietly and read Greek. He when sitting for my picture, or having once won about eight thousand pounds, my hair 'cut.»

and one of his bond-creditors, who soon Mitford, the Historian.-Mitford, heard of his good luck, presented himthe historian of Greece, possessed, be self

, and asked for payment. “Impossisides his learning, a wonderful variety of ble, sir,' replied Fox, I must first disaccomplishments. I always felt the high- charge my debts of honor.' The bondest respect for him. When, not long be- creditor remonstrated. Well, sir, give fore his death, I used to meet him in the me your bond. It was delivered to Fox, street, bent almost double, and carrying a who tore it in pieces, and threw them into long staff in his hand, he reminded me of the fire. “Now, sir,' said Fox, my debt a venerable pilgrim just come from Jerusa- to you is a debt of honor,' and immedilem. His account of the Homeric age, of ately paid him. the Sicilian cities, and several other parts

“When I became acquainted with Fox, of his history are very pleasing.”

he had given up that kind of life entirely, “ There was something very charming and regularity at St. Anne's Hill. There

and resided in the most perfect sobriety in Lady Hamilton's openness of manner. he was very happy, delighting in study, She showed me the neckcloth which Nel- in rural occupations and rural prospects. son had on when he died; of course, I could not help looking at it with extreme son's Euripides' to look for the little

He would break from a criticism on Porinterest; and she threw her arms round my neck and kissed me. She was latterly


“Never in my life did I hear anything in great want; and Lord Stowell never rested till he procured for her a small pen- were wonderful. Burke did not do bim

equal to Fox's speeches in reply -- they sion from government.”

self justice as a speaker : his manner was That Nelson was hated by the King hurried, and he always seemed to be in a and Queen Charlotte because they were passion. Pitt's voice sounded as if he had jealous of his fame, is a very foolish re- worsted in his mouth. mark, There was only an awkwardness “ Fox once said to me that 'Burke was arising from the mixed feeling of desiring a most impracticable person, a most unto honor the gallant commander, without manageable colleague -- that he never

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would support any measure, however con- ! the hard biscuit and soda-water diet): af. vinced he might be in his heart of its ter going home he would throw off sixty utility, if it had been first proposed by or eighty verses, which he would send to another; and he once used these very press next morning: words, “After all, Burke was a damned “I went with him to see the Campo wrong-headed fellow, through his whole Santo at Pisa. It was shown to us by a

, life jealous and obstinate.'

man who had two handsome daughters. “Fox used to read Homer through once Byron told me that he had in vain paid every year. On my asking him, which his addresses to the elder daughter, but

. poem had you rather have written, the that he was on the most intimate terms “Iliad” or the “Odyssey?” ” he answered, with the other. Probably there was not

I know which I had rather read' (mean- one syllable of truth in all this; for he aling the 'Odyssey').

ways had the weakness of wishing to be “He was a constant reader of Virgil, thought much worse than he really was. and had been so from a very early period. " When he and Hobhouse were standThere is at Holland House a copy of ing before the Parthenon, the latter said, Virgil covered with Fox's manuscript Well

, this is surely very grand. Byron notes, written when he was a boy, and replied, Very like the Mansion House." expressing the most enthusiastic admiration of that poet.

Crabbe, the Poet.—I have heard " He said that Lear, Othello, and Mac Crabbe describe his mingled feelings of

beth were the best of Shakspeare's works;

hope and fear as he stood on London that the first act of Hamlet was preëmiBridge, when he first came up to town to nent; that the Ghost in that play was try, his fortune in the literary world. quite unequalled — there was nothing like

€“ The situation of domestic chaplain in a it, and that Hamlet was not mad. On great family is generally a miserable one: another occasion he said that the charac- what slights and mortifications attend it! acter of Macbeth was very striking and

Crabbe had had his share of such troubles original — that at first he is an object of in the Duke of Rutland's family; and I our pity, and that he becomes gradually well remember that, at a London evening worse and worse, till at last he has no vir- party, where the old Duchess of Rutland tue left except courage.

was present, he had a violent struggle “How fondly the surviving friends of with his feelings before he could prevail Fox cherished his memory! Many years on himself to go up and pay his respects

to her.” after his death, I was at a fête given by the Duke of Devonshire at Chiswick House. “ Porson.-When Porson dined with Sir Robert Adair and I wandered about me, I used to keep him within bounds; the apartments, up and down stairs. "In but I frequently met him at various houses which room did Fox expire?' asked Adair. where he got completely drunk. He would I replied, “In this very room. Immedi- not scruple to return to the dining-room, ately Adair burst into tears with a vehe- after the company had left it, pour into a mence of grief such as I hardly ever saw tumbler the drops remaining in the wineexhibited by a man.”

glasses, and drink off the omnium gatherSome stories of William Pitt are given, um. but they chiefly refer to personal habits,

“I once took him to an evening-party which it is ungenerous needlessly to dwell at William Spencer's, where he was introupon. Mr. Rogers does mention, how- duced to several women of fashion, Lady ever, the extenuating fact, that Adding- Crewe, &c., who were very anxious to ton, Lord Sidmouth's father, ordered Pitt, see the Grecian. How do you suppose he when very young, to take much port wine, entertained them? Chiefly by reciting an his health being so weakly, and the habit immense quantity of old forgotten Vauxgrew upon him till he could not do with hall songs. He was far from sober, and out the stimulus. If Rogers told no more at last talked so oddly, that they all reabout Pitt, his political feeling is here dis- tired from him, except Lady Crewe, who played not very honorably.

boldly kept her ground. I recollect her

saying to him, Mr. Porson, that joke you Byron.Byron had prodigious facil have borrowed from Joe Miller,' and his ity of composition. He was fond of sup- rather angry reply, “Madam, it is not in pers; and used often to sup at my house Joe Miller; you will not find it either in and eat heartily (for he had then given up the preface or in the body of that work,

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no, nor in the index. I brought him his intemperance and coarseness. He was home as far as Piccadilly, where, I am sor- not far wrong when he said that he would ry to add, I left him sick in the middle of be satisfied if, in after times, it would be the street.

reported that one Porson lived towards “When any one told Porson that he in the close of the eighteenth century, who tended to publish a book, Porson would did a good deal for the text of Euripides." say, “Remember that two parties must He said some good things; such as a reagree on that point,-you and the reader.'ply to Southey, who told him his Madoc

“ I asked him what time it would take | had brought him in a mere trifle, but it him to translate. The Iliad' literally and would be a valuable possession to his facorrectly into English prose. He answer- mily. “Madoc,” said Porson, “ will be ed, 'At least ten years.'”

read—when Homer and Virgil are for

gotten." The Porsoniana, printed as a supple- There is a very copious index to the ment to the Table-Talk of Rogers, were Table-Talk, but some of the entries are a communicated by William Maltby, his suc- little disappointing. Thus, on turning to cessor as Librarian of the London Institu- Horace Walpole, we merely find that tion. Maltby held that office from 1809 Rogers might have seen him, and Cowper, till his death, in 1854, in his ninetieth year, and Gibbon, but he did not. Some of the performing the duties by deputy during stories are very old and familiar, and need the last twenty years.

Porson made a scarcely have been reprinted merely bevery careless and inefficient librarian. The cause Rogers told them. But we are unanecdotes related by Maltby give a very willing to find fault with a work which is, humiliating impression of the great scho- on the whole, well done, and from which lar, and confirm all that has been said of we have derived much entertainment.


The issues of many of the leading publishing-houses | other line: "Cuba, by Alexander Von Humboldt," during the past month have been works of fiction- translated from the Spanish, by J. S. Thrasher, Esq., some of which possess rare merits. Messrs. DERBY & whose exile from that Island, in consequence of poJACKSON, who take the lead in the publication of litical suspicions of the government, will be rememnovels of native origin, have added to their already bered. Mr. Thrasher says, that this is the first large list, “ The Creole Orphans," a tale, by James translation of Humboldt's work ever made-a fact Peacocke, M.D., the scene of which is laid in the that gives the book great value. It is a minute and sunny South. It is an ingeniously constructed learned description of the Queen of the Antilles, story, involving incidents of most affecting nature, written in the same comprehensive and masterly yet all lying within the scope of possibility, and style as Humboldt's other works, presenting the appealing to the reader's finest sensibilities. Its most complete and reliable picture of the island we moral design is to illustrate the strength of affec- have ever seen. Mr. Thrasher, who was long a tion, and incidentally to set forth some of the better resident there, has added a valuable introduction phases of Southern life. "The Lost Hunter" is a and a great variety of notes, which bring down the tale of ante-Revolutionary times, illustrative of the information to the latest periods, correct some of perils of border-life, and of the early settlement of the errors of the text, and especially present what the country. The story is simple, but involves har. Humboldt does not notice, the political condition rowing details, which do not exceed the sober and prospects of the island. The authority of Humverities of the history of those times. The style is boldt's name, and the interest of the subject make direct and effective, particularly fitting the impres- this an unusually valuable work. sion which such a story should make. It is a very spirited and instructive tale, leaving a good impres- Messrs. TICKNOR & FIELDS, of Boston, remarkable sion both upon the reader's sensibilities and morals. for the high character and refined taste of their

“Woman's Faith” carries the reader again to the issues, have added several new works to their pubSouth, in a tale of domestic yet impassioned life. lished list. “ Recent Speeches of Charles Sumner," The lesson taught is by no means peculiar to the continues a series commenced by them several years South, as the interest of the story turns upon the ago, and embraces several of the speeches delivered simple, earnest trust of woman's love. The plot is by this distinguished rhetorician in the United interesting, and the characters well drawn; while States' Senate, and some addresses. Whatever may the touching pathos of the heroine's trials and hero- be thought of the sentiments of Mr. Sumner's oratorisin will never lack sympathy. Messrs. D. & J. ical performances, no one will deny the exquisite have also published a very valuable work in an- taste and lofty eloquence which they display. A

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scholar and a man of books, his public efforts are The State of the English Bible. By Rev. W constructed upon classic models, and have a peculiar Harness. Reprinted from "The Edinburgh Review." refinement of style and allusion, which give them October, 1855. a literary value and a permanent character.

A Voice from the West Indies; being a Review “ The Angel in the House," a beautiful domestic of the Character and Results of Missionary Efforts tale in verge, from an anonymous source. The de- in the British and other Colonies in the Caribbean sign of the poem embraces two parts, of which this Sea; with some remarks on the Usages, Prejudices, is first—"the Betrothal,” to bo followed by “the | &c., of the Inhabitants. By Rev. John Horsford Espousal - a charming picture of girlish beauty 8vo. pp. 492. and purity. The verse is very smooth and elegant, Antony and Octavius : Scenes for the Study. and the poem evinces traits of unquestionable By Walter Savage Landor. genius.

Scottish Heroes in the Days of Wallace and " The Panorama and other Poems, by John G. Bruce. By the Rev. Alexander Low. 2 vols. post Whittier," brings a new contribution to our native 8vo, pp. 696. literature, from one of the purest and most spirited Typical Forms and Special Ends in Creation. By

of our poets. Besides the “ Panorama,” there is a the Rev. James M'Cosh and George Dickie. , variety of poems of briefer sort, most of which have The Danes and the Swedes; being an Account of

already been published, and have the ring of true a Visit to Denmark, including Schles vig-Holstein metal. As a ballad-writer no living poet has greater and the Danish Islands; with a Peep into Jutland, power and beauty than Whittier; and here are some &c. By Charles Henry Scott. of his best and some not the best.

Sinai and Palestine in connection with their Messrs. PHILLIPS & SAMPSON, of Boston, have History. By Arthur Penrhyn Stanley. With Maps published recently “Edith Hale," one of the best and Plans. works of fiction, in certain respects, of many a day. An Inquiry into Speculative and Experimental It is a simple home-story, involving no strange inci- Science, with especial reference to Mr. Calderwood dents, and deriving its whole interest from the living and Professor Ferrier's recent Publications, and to virtues and struggles of a solitary heart; yet, so Hegel's Doctrine. By A. Vera. simply true, and so pleasingly and touchingly de- Memoirs of the Life and Writings of Ralph Wardveloped, that the reader is enchained to the progress law. Ry William Lindsay Alexander. 8vo, pp. of the story as to a living reality before his eyes. 526.

“Wolfden, or Things There and Thereabout,” is a A History of Edinburgh, from the Earliest Period story, the scene of which is laid in Maine, and pre- to the Completion of the Half-Century, 1850; with sents a homely yet instructive picture of Eastern brief Notices of Eminent or Remarkable Individuals. life.

By John Anderson.

A History of Greece; including its Geography Of the great variety of Foreign Publications an. and Political Institutions. By Thomas Swinburne nounced during the past month, we notice the follow. Carr. ing more important ones:

The Story of the War in La Vendée and the Little The Greek Testament: with a critically revised | Chouannerie. By George J. Hill. Text, a Digest of various Readings, Marginal Refer- Illustrated Library for the Young.

By M. ences to Verbal and Idiomatic Usage, Prolegomena, Howitt. and a Critical and Exegetical Commentary. By German Poetry; A Selection of Epigrams, LeHenry Alford. Vols. 1 & 2.

gends, Ballads, Enigmas, &c., from different German Alison's History of Europe, from the Fall of Na- Poets; with an Appendix for Children. Collected poleon, in 1815, to the Accession of Louis Napoleon, and arranged for English Students. By J. C. D. in 1852. Vol. 5.

Huber. The Commerce and Finance of Australia. Re- Trip to Turkey, and Traveller's Guide. By 0. T. printed from “ Banker's Magazine," with considera- Parnavel. ble additions, having special reference to the Bank- Olive Hastings. A Novel By Mrs. Parry. ing Statistics of Australia, and the Securities issued Evelyn Forester: a Woman's Story. By Marby the respective Governments. Pp. 51.

guerite A. Power. Historical Sketches of Statesmen who flourished in Audubon, the Naturalist; his Life and Discoverthe time of George III. By Lord Brougham. Vol. ies. By Mrs. H. St. John. 3, (Works, Vol. 5.)

Our Tent in the Crimea, and Wanderings in SerasA History of Greece, from the Earliest Times to topol. By Two Brothers. the Roman Conquest. By R. W. Browne.

The New Park-Street Pulpit; containing Ser. Journal of the Sutlej Campaign of 1815–46; and mons preached and revised by the Rev. C. H. also, of Lord Hardinge's Tour in the Following Win- Spurgeon, during the Year 1855. ter. By James Coley.

Notes on Central America, particularly the States Diary of Travels in Three Quarters of the Globe. of Honduras and San Salvador: their Geography, By an Australian Settler. 2 vols.

Topography, Climate, Population, Resources, ProThe Food of London: a Sketch of the Chief Va ductions, &c., &c., and the proposed Honduras Interrieties, Sources of Supply, probable Quantities, Modes Oceanic Railway. By E. G. Squier. of Arrival, &c., of the Food of a Community of Two God Revealed in the Process of Creation, and by Millions and a Half. By George Dodd.

the Manifestation of the Lord Jesus. By James B. The Art of Travel; or, Shirts and Contrivances | Walker. available in Wild Countries. By Francis Galton. Notes on the late Expedition against the Russian

Self; or, the Narrow, Narrow World. By Mrs. Settlements in Easteru Siberia, and of a Visit to Gore. New Edit. 12mo, pp. 324.

Japan and to the Shores of Tartary and of the Sea of Illustrations of Scripture; suggested by a Tour Okhotsk. By Captain Bernard Whittingham. throuzh the Holy Land. By Prof. Hackett. Re- Key to the Metropolitan Building Act, 1855. By

W. Young


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