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ensue from such enactment. He who gives his vote for Finally. The individual who, knowingly and wilfully, corrupt purposes, or venal considerations, is a far greater promotes, directly or indirectly, the enactment or toleration sinner than the individual guilty of a breach of private of unjust laws; who supports the power of the advocates of
The latter can inflict but an injury of necessarily oppression, monopoly, slavery, factitious ignorance, and limited extent : The former may peril the souls, and ruin unequal and unjust taxation; or who interposes obstacles the worldly circumstances of millions.
to the promotion “ of the greatest possible happiness of the The elector who votes for an advocate of the Corn Laws, greatest possible number," ought seriously to consider that, or other monopolies, or of unnecessary establishments, sine for such conduct, he shall have to answer to God at the cures, or unmerited pensions, votes for upholding a system great day of judgment. of theft, on a great scale, which necessarily impoverishes November, 1832.
VERAX BOREALIS. and vitiates the great body of the people.
BOOKS OF THE MONTH. He who votes for a candidate, who will not pledge himself to use his endeavours to remove such evils, and to re We have a few new works, and a host of re-prints of peal the taxes which restrain the diffusion of knowledge, good and standard books to report upon. Of the original votes in reality for maintaining, as far as possible, the reign works, books of amusement form the large majority, thongta of dishonesty and ignorance, and all the evils of which dis- there are some volumes of memoirs and some poetry. honesty and ignorance are necessarily productive : he votes for the extension of poverty and misery, and for maintain
First in our list we place those of Dr. Burney, written by ing and upholding bad laws, and abuses in the public ad- his daughter, Madame D'Arblay, better known as the beloved ministration ; for giving occasion to disorder and insubor-Miss Burney of many youths of both sexes now fading into dination, and consequently for augmenting and prolonging age. The author of Evelina and Camilla we now mean, the duration of the expense of large armies, and other co
with whom, if any of our readers have no acquaintance, the ercive establishments for prolonging the prevalence of public sooner they make one the better. The memoirs relate to a and private immorality ; and for maintaining the reign of period of from forty to sixty years back, when the girlish poverty, misery, and vice, and preventing the extension of Miss Burney saw at her mother's tea-table, or around her the knowledge and influence of true religion.
father's supper-board—“a table of chat, and roast apples The elector who votes for an advocate of the West India and potatoes”-many persons whose names have since been Slave System, votes for the continuance of the most inhuman distinguished in the world of letters or science, music or oppression ; for the prevention of marriage ; for the forcible politics ; and in the society to which the musical talents of separation of parent and child, and brother and sister ; for her family, and her own genius and tastes introduced her, the counteraction of all the charities of life ; for the repres- we meet some of the fashionable names of that day. The sion of every laudable motive to industrious exertion ; for memoirs, in short, place us in London, during what may be the upholding of the most debasing superstition ; and for called the Johnsonian and Thrale and Montague period, and the prevention of the spread of Christian truth ; for the among such persons as Burke, Goldsmith, Reynolds, Barry, maintenance among the Colonists of insolence, tyranny, Garrick, her own delightful family, and all the clever courapacity, vice, and irreligion ; and for continuing the im. temporary characters of that time. And these are not drawn position on the British people of unjust and onerous bur- from Madame D'Arblay's fading recollections, but carefully dens, by rendering it necessary to defray the expense of preserved in “a series of Letters from a young Lady,” to preventing the Negroes from forcibly throwing off the cruel her friends—that young lady being the author of Evelina. and iniquitous yoke imposed on them.
If not a very useful book, one of the must-be-boughts, this If any elector, so voting, presume to sit at the Lord's is a work to borrow, to while away any week of long nights table, and “eat of the bread and drink of the cup,” is it between this and the Ides of March. uncharitable to say, that there is ground to apprehend that
As a specimen of the work, we give the first sight of Dr. he " cats and drinks damnation to himself?"
Johnson. Be it known, that Miss Burney had a ma hogany IX. The Priest who teaches bigotry and intolerance; box, with a slit in the top, into which she dropt her offwho restrains free and fair inquiry; who, positively or ne
hand sketches, and its name was Crisp. Daddy Crisp, or gatively, supports or defends malificent laws, institutions, Mr. Crisp, the old familiar and excellent friend of Dr. or measures ; who opposes the progress of useful know- Burney, and the safe reservoir of his daughter Fanny's reledge ; who censures and reproves the poor, but flatters the marks on society, and adventures public or domestic. A rich offender' ; who denounces the minor and private, but Daddy Crisp, of whichever sex, is a most useful family ap. who fails publicly to express disapprobation of the greater pendage, where there are many daughters at the scribbling and public immoralities, is, however correct in his private
He is a kind of safety-valve to the expanding mind. conduct, an unfaithful servant of his Divine Master.
The free communications to Daddy Crisp are among the clergyman is bound, as an elector, as well as in his official most graceful of Miss Burney's writings. They are sparkcapaeity, to promote the good of mankind. His declining ling with the fresh spirit of youth, full of point, pleasantry, to vote, if not a piece of hypocritical affectation, ad cap- and observation. It is thus she hits off the oft-described tandum vulgus, is a breach of duty, inasmuch as he fails, so
sage—and we never saw him externally in what seems a far as he is individually able to promote good or prevent
truer light. evil.
“ Now, my dear Mr. Crisp, if you like a description of, X. The author, editor, or teacher, who, wilfully or care
emotions and sensations_but I know you treat them all as Jessly, propagates falsehood, misrepresents truth, or perverts
burlesque--so let's proceed.
« Every body rose to do him honour ; and he returned doctrine, or who leads the multitude astray to do or up- the attention with the most formal courtesy. My father then hold evil, is the most culpable and pestiferous auxiliary of having welcomed him with the warmest respect
, whispered as the father of lies."
to him that music was going forward ; which he would
not, my father thinks, have found out; and placing him mixed with none of the painful feelings with which a great on the best seat vacant, told his daughters to go on with deal of that work must be read. Many of the letters are the duet; while Dr. Johnson, intently rolling towards them one eye—for they say he does not see with the other exceedingly amiable and interesting. The correspondence made a grave nod, and gave a dignified motion with one
commences with the appearance of Sir James as a Medical hand, in silent approvance of the proceeding.
Student, at the Edinburgh University, whither the young * But now, my dear Mr. Crisp, I am mortified to own, man is followed by the affectionate solicitude of his family; what you, who always smile at my enthusiasm, will hear and ends but with the close of his prosperous, useful, and without caring a straw for that he is, indeed, very illfavoured! Yet he has naturally a noble figure : tall, stout, strictly honourable life. There is much connected with the grand, and authoritative; but he stoops horribly ; his back scientific pursuits of the subject of these two bulky volumes, is quite round : his mouth is continually opening and shut- which would either prove a dead letter, or irksome to orditing, as if he were chewing something; he has a singular nary readers ; but the familiar letters of the affectionate son, method of twirling his fingers, and twisting his hands : his vast body is in constant agitation, see-sawing backwards the assiduous student, the intelligent and liberal traveller, and forwards : his feet are never a moment quiet; and his the accomplished scholar, and steady and zealous friend, whole great person looked often as if it were going to roll who, in every relation of life, performs before us so naitself, quite voluntarily, from his chair to the floor. turally the part of a good and of an admirable man, form * But you always charge me to write without reserve or
the materials of a work such as is not of frequent occurrence. reservation, and so I obey as usual. Else, I should be ashamed to acknowledge having remarked such exterior. This is a book to borrow by all means. It will be perused blemishes in so exalted a character.
with much pleasure by the readers of the past generation, and “ His dress, considering the times, and that he had meant with great profit, if they are so minded, by those of the pre. to put on all his best becomes, for he was engaged to dine sent. We have seen no recent work which we would so with a very fine party at Mrs. Montagu's, was as much readily place in the hands of a youth intended for any of out of the common road as his figure. He had a large, full
, bushy wig, a snuff-colour coat, with gold buttons, (or, the liberal professions, as these memoirs peradventure, brass,) but no ruffles to his doughty fists ;
MEMOIRS OF SIR David BAIRD. and not, I suppose, to be taken for a Blue, though going to the Blue Queen, he had on very coarse black worsted
This is a narrative of Sir David's military exploits in India stockings.
and the Peninsula. We have had so much campaigning “He is shockingly nearsighted ; a thousand times more history of late years, that we are become heartily tired of so than either my padre or myself. He did not even know all such affairs. The work will be of interest to military Mrs. Thrale, till she held out her hand to him ; which she did very engagingly. After the first few minutes, he drew men, and to the personal acquaintances of the gallant offihis chair close to the piano-forte, and then bent down his cer, whose life afforded no great mark or likelihood for an nose quite over the keys, to examine them, and the four elaborate memoir. hands at work upon them ; till poor Hetty and Susan
POETRY hardly knew how to play on, for fear of touching his phiz ; or, which was harder still, how to keep their countenances;
Several small collections of original poems have appeared, and the less, as Mr. Seward, who seems to be very droll and one poem, which may render memorable the month in and shrewd, and was much diverted, ogled them slyly, with which it is at length published,— The Masque of Anarchy, a provoking expression of arch enjoyment of their appre- by Shelley. It is an occasional piece, written on an event hensions. " When the duet was finished, my father introduced your
which might have stirred the blood of a snail that had Hettina to him, as an old acquaintance, to whom, when
ever crawled on British ground on the Manchester she was a little girl, he had presented his Idler.
Massacre. It is now published by Mr. Leigh Hunt, with a “ His answer to this was imprinting on her pretty face preface, which forms no small part of the substance of the not a half touch of a courtly salute—but a good, real, sub- volume. Mr. Hunt was then Editor of the Examiner, and stantial, and very loud kiss. “ Every body was obliged to stroke their chins, that they
to him the poem was sent by his friend, Mr. Shelley, for might hide their mouths.
publication in that print. It was not prudent to publish it * Beyond this chaste embrace, his attention was not to then, for reasons assigned in the preface; but it is believed he drawn off two minutes longer from the books, to which the time is now arrived which “ Mr. Shelley's writings have be now strided his way; for we had left the drawing-room aided in bringing about—a wiser period.” It is noticed by for the library, on account of the piano-forte. He pored over them, shelf by shelf, almost brushing them with his the Editor, and the fact is indeed remarkable, that the adeye-lashes from near examination. At last, fixing upon vice of submission, or, in the new language, passive resissomething that happened to hit his fancy, he took it down, tance, given by the poet, is singularly striking as a political and standing aloof from the company, which he seemed clean anticipation of what the Irish and the Political Unions have and clear to forget, he began, without further ceremony, and
realized. very composedly, to read to himself, and as intently as if in his own study.”
The marshalling of the pageant, with which the poom The authoress of Evelina is now a very aged woman, opens-Murder, wearing a mask like Castlereagh, and fol. which must at once account for, and be the apology of many lowed by seven blood-hounds, Fraud, clothed in Lord things in this work which require to be judged with gen- Eldon's ermined gown, tleness and indulgence. Madame d'Arblay, from long re
« His big tears, for he wept well, sidence abroad, or her marriage with a foreigner, appears
Turning to mill-stones as they fell;" to have forgotten her own language. The style of the memoirs, except in the fresh old letters, is the most stilted and all these we pass to come to the counsels, and the admointroverted imaginable.
nitory and prophetic passages of the poem. HOPE is MEMOIR AND CORRESPONDENCE OF THE LATE SIR here the agent; though at this period of the annals of EngEDWARD SMITH.
land Edited by Lady Smith. This is a work which will afford the same kind of quiet sa
“ She looked more like despair, tisfaction to the reader, as the above Memoirs of the Burneys And she cried out in the air.
My father Time is weak and grey,
Over every one but meHope lays herself down in the street, to be trampled by the horses, and patiently waits the approach of Murder, Fraud, and Anarchy. A dim period of happy change is poetically described, and then these words “ of joy and fear,” are heard as out of a cloud:
6 Men of England, heirs of glory,
Take from toil a thousand fold
“ This is slavery:-savage men,
But such ills they never knew." An address to Freedom follows, full of power and spirit ; but of that we can only take the concluding stanzas :
“ Thou art love—the rich have kiss'd
Thine exceeding loveliness." And now commence the counsels to non-resistance, given by the Spirit or mysterious voice. A vast meeting is to be held on some English plain, the blue sky, and the green earth, and all eternal things witnesses of the solem. nity. Thither are to come
“From the corners uttermost
From ev'ry village, hut, and town," all that live to suffer and to labour, with the few in palaces who feel compassion; and here they are to declare that they are free as God had made them, abiding then whatever may arrive.
“Let the tyrants pour around,
“ Let the laws of your own land,
WILD SPORTS OF THE WEST.
A STORY FOR THE YOUNG.
“ And then, if the tyrants dare,
a poet--though in this piece there are sublime thoughts Let them ride among you there;
but none of his writings give the same impression of ShelSlash, and stab, and maim, and hew, What they like, that let them do.
ley as the devoted lover of all mankind--a philosophic phil.
anthropist, a man esteemed a visionary because the gross “ With folded arms, and steady eyes, And little fear, and less surprise,
and selfish world was unable to follow his noble concepLook upon them as they slay,
tions of the destinies of man. Till their rage has passed away.”
A book of agreeable sketches of manners, and descripThese are extraordinary counsellings. We have now to
tions of scenery in the wild and romantic parts of Ireland, see their issue.
interspersed with anecdotes, traditions, natural history, and « Then they will return with shame
whatever can make the work pleasant and attractive. And To the place from which they came; And the blood thus shed will speak
pleasant and attractive it is in no stinted degree. In hot blushes on their cheek.
specimen of the work we select the following story. It “ Every woman in the land
wants but a little touch of the supernatural, to convert the Will point at them as they stand.
poor seal into an Irish Prince, suffering under the charms They will hardly dare to greet
of a hag, or the spells of a sorcerer, to make a Fairy Tale. Their acquaintance in the street.
In the Schoolmaster it shall answer a two-fold purpose “ And the bold true warriors,
we call it
“ About forty years ago a young seal was taken in Clew
Bay, and domesticated in the kitchen of a gentleman whose “ And that slaughter to the nation
house was situated on the sea-shore. It grew apace, beShall steam up like inspiration,
came familiar with the servants, and attached to the house Eloquent, oracular;
and family. Its habits were innocent and gentle, it played A volcano heard afar.
with the children, came at its master's call, and, as the old “ And these words shall then become
man described him to me, was • fond as a dog, and playful Like Oppression's thundered doom,
as a kitten.' Ringing through each heart and brain,
“ Daily the seal went out to fish, and, after providing Heard again—again, again !
for its own wants, frequently brought in a salmon or turbot « Rise like lions after slumber,
to his master. His delight, in summer, was to bask in the In unvanquishable NUMBER !
winter to lie before the fire, or, if permitted, creep Shake your chains to earth like dew,
into the large oven, which at that time formed the regular Which in sleep had fallen on you ;
appendage of an Irish kitchen. YE ARE MANY,—THEY ARE FEW !"
“ For four years the seal had been thus domesticated,
when, unfortunately, a disease called in this country the Thus closes this singular poem. The high pitch of he crippawn a kind of paralytic affection of the limbs which roic virtue imagined in the great passive sacrifice enjoined, generally ends fatally-attacked some black cattle belongis far beyond the soarings of ordinary poets and patriots ! ing to the master of the house ; some died, others became The commentary of Mr. Hunt is rather misplaced by us
infected, and the customary cure produced by changing them
to drier pasture failed. A wise woman was consulted, and here, but we must give it. “ It advises," he says, “ what the hag assured the credulous owner, that the mortality has since taken place, and what was felt by the grown wis among his cows was occasioned by his retaining an unclean dom of the age, to be the only thing which could take beast about his habitation—the harmless and amusing seal. place, with effect, as a final rebuke and nullification of the It must be made away with directly, or the crippawn would Tories ; to wit, a calm, lawful, and inflexible prepara- The superstitious wretch consented to the hag's proposal ;
continue, and her charms be unequal to avert the malady. tion for resistance, in the shape of a protesting multitude the seal was put on board a boat, carried out beyond Clare the many against the few—the laborious and the suffering Island, and there committed to the deep, to manage for against the spoiled children of Monopoly; Mankind against himself as he best could. The boat returned, the family reTory-kind.
There really has
tired to rest, and next morning a servant awakened her
master to tell him that the seal was quietly sleeping in the been no resistance except by multitudinous protest.
The poor animal over night came back to his beloved Tories, however desirous they shewed themselves to draw home, crept through an open window, and took possession their swords, did not draw them. The battle was won of his favourite resting-place. without a blow.”
“ Next morning another cow was reported to be unwell, Mr Hunt mentions, that he first heard from Shelley on
The seal must now be finally removed ; a Galway fishing
boat was leaving Westport on her return home, and the the subject of Reform in 1811, while the latter was a stu
master andertook to carry off the seal, and not put him dent at Oxford, and it was on this particular, and, as it has overboard until he had gone leagues beyond Innis Boffin. proved, successful means of reform. In 1817, Mr. Shelley It was done a day and a night passed—the second evening published an anonymous pamphlet, proposing to put Re- closed—the servant was raking the fire for the night—some.
thing scratched gently at the door—it was of course the form to the vote throughout the kingdom ; and after pro-house-dog—she opened it, and in came the seal! Wearied posing a meeting of the Friends of Reform, who might with his long and unusual voyage, he testified by a peculiar carry this plan into execution, he devotes to it L.100, a cry, expressive of pleasure, his delight to find himself at tenth part of his yearly income, from which he had to
home; then stretching himself before the glowing embers
of the hearth, he fell into a deep sleep. support his wife and children, and satisfy, what he terms,
“ The master of the house was immediately apprized of this " large claims of general justice," “ the wants" to wit, as unexpected and unwelcome visit. In the exigency, the belhis editor states, “ of his friends and the poor.” Many of dame was awakened and consulted; she averred that it was the poems of Shelley give us a higher idea of his powers as always unlucky to kill a seal, but suggested that the ani
mal should be deprived of sight, and a third time carried "And there will be a dust at Manchester, or elsewhere, and it will be laid in bloud,” &c. &c. – Tory Prophecy in Brackwood's Maga- who owned the house consented, and the affectionate and
out to sea. To this hellish proposition the besotted wretch
confiding creature was cruelly robbed of sight, on that hearth diminutive, which a boy may assassinate with his birdfor which he had resigned his native element ! Nexting-piece, but the remnant of that noble stock which morning, writhing in agony, the mutilated seal was em hunters of other days, O'Connor the Cus Dhu (Blackfooty) barked, taken outside Clare Island, and for the last time and Cormac Bawn MacTavish, once delighted in purcommitted to the waves.
suing. “A week passed over, and things became worse instead " The offices of this wild dwelling are well adapted to the of better; the cattle of the truculent wretch died fast, and edifice. In winter, the ponies have their stable ; and the kine the infernal hag gave him the pleasurable tidings that her and sheep a comfortable shed. Nor are the dogs forgotten ; arts were useless, and that the destructive visitation upon a warm and sheltered kennel is fitted up with benches, and his cattle exceeded her skill and cure.
well provided with straw. Many a sporting-lodge in Eng« On the eighth night after the seal had been devoted to land, on which thousands have been expended, lacks the the Atlantic, it blew tremendously. In the pauses of the comforts of my kinsman's unpretending cottage. Where storm a wailing noise at times was faintly heard at the are the coach houses ? these, indeed, would be useless apdoor; the servants, who slept in the kitchen, concluded pendages ; the nearest road on which a wheel could turn, is that the Banshee came to forewarn them of an approaching ten miles distant from the lodge." death, and buried their heads in the bed-coverings. When morning broke, the door was opened-the seal was there
LYRIC LEAVES. BY CORNELIUS WEBBE. lying dead upon the threshold !"
This is a collection of short pieces of delightful verse, « Stop, Julius!" I exclaimed, “ give me a moment's time by an author who, if he seldom rises to the third heaven of to curse all concerned n this barbarism.”
“ Be patient, Frank,” said my cousin, “ the finale will imagination, never grovels, and who often pleases in no probably save you that trouble. The skeleton of the once mean degree. And if to please be the end of poetry, it is plump animal-for, poor beast, it perished from hunger, here attained. being incapacitated from blindness to procure its customary food—was buried in a sandhill, and from that moment mis
'NEW NOVELS. fortunes followed the abettors and perpetrators of this in
The only new novel we have yet (seen worthy of atten. human deed. The detestable hag, who had denounced the inoffensive seal, was, within a twelvemonth, hanged for tion is ROMANCE in IKELAND. It is a tale of the age of murdering the illegitimate offspring of aer own daughter. Henry VIII., an historical romance, of which the founda. Every thing about this devoted house melted away-sheeption is the rebellion or insurrection of Lord Thomas Filsrotted, cattle died, and blighted was the corn.'
Of several children none reached maturity, and the savage proprie-gerald. It suggests many painful modern recollections and tor survived every thing he loved or cared for. He died comparisons. The interest of this tale commences with the blind and miserable.
first page, and is kept up with great spirit to the close. It “ There is not a stone of that accursed building stand teems with striking incident and ready invention, and will, ing upon another. The property has passed to a family
we believe, be read with the true gusto by those who like a of a different name, and the series of incessant calamity work full of action and plot,- we mean, by all who depend which pursued all concerned in this cruel deed is as roman. tic as true.”
on the circulating library for the daily bread of their in
tellect. This account, we feel, does no justice to this roIn the same work we have this charming picture of an mance, and sorry we are for it. Our limited space permits Irish home, in the wilder parts of the country.
only an indication of opinion; but, so far as our critical “I have been here three days, and am as much domesti- judgment goes, that indication may be safely relied on as cated in the mansion as my cousin's Newfoundland dog. I a sincere one. know the names and sobriquet of the establishment ; can
VALPY'S SHAKSPEARE. discriminate between Hamish-a-neilan, (James of the
A new, handsome, cheap edition of Shakspearc, to be Island,) and Andy-bawn, (Fair Andy ;) hold converse with the cook, and am hand and glove with the housemaid. published in monthly volumes, has been announced by Mr. Really I am delighted with the place ; every thing is wild, Valpy. The first volumes we have seen. It is of the size new, and out-of-the-way ; but I must describe the locale and style of Murray's cheap edition of Byron, and is to be of my kinsman's domicile.
ompleted in 15 volumes. The illustrations are not origiAt the bottom of the narrow creek, you must imagine nals, but etchings upon tinted paper, from Boydell's Shak'a low smug dwelling, and in good repair.' The foam of the Atlantic breaks sometimes against the windows, while speare Gallery, which gives assurance of something better a huge cliff, seaward, defends it from the storm, and on the than most of the modern illustrations of great writers which land side, a sudden hill shelters it from the north wind. we have lately seen. Here, when the tempest roars abroad, your friend Laura might venture forth and not endanger a papilotte. The
EDINBURGH CABINET LIBRARY, VOL. X.-TRAVELS bent roof is impervious to the rain the rooms are neat, RESEARCHES OF HUMBOLDT.-By W. Macgilliwell arranged, and comfortable. In the parlour, if the even-vray, A. M. ing be chilly, a turf fire sparkles on the hearth ; and when dried bog-deal is added to the embers, it emits a fragrant
A happier subject could not easily be hit upon than this and delightful glow, superseding the necessity of candles. abridgment, which, for this reason alone, independently of The long and measured swell of the Atlantic would almost other merits, is likely to become one of the most popular lull a troubled conscience to repose ; and that rural hum, volumes of this series. This sum and substance of the which attends upon the farm-yard, rouses the refreshed works of the greatest of modern travellers, and we may say sleeper in the morning. In the calm of evening, I hear the shrill cry of the sandlark ; and in the early dawn the
of all travellers, will form a delightful book to young peocrowing of the cock grouse. I see the salmon Hing them- ple, and an attractive introduction to the scientific investiselves over the smooth tide, as they hurry from the sea to gations of Humboldt. Mr. Macgillivray has been successful reascend their native river ; and, while I drink claret that never paid the revenue a farthing, or indulge over that pro, tive, picturesque, or imaginative in the voluminous writings
in presenting his readers with much that is finely descripscribed beverage_-the produce and the scourge of this wild district1 trz:ce from the window the outline of a range of of his author, either in a condensed form, or in the exact hills, where the original red deer of Ireland are still exist- words of the original. In embalming the body he has not ing. None of your park.fed venison, that tame, spiritle, suffered the spirit to escape. It is not possible to make a
AN IRISH HOUSE.