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it was improper H. R. H. should be since his misfortune,* I have felt only
March the 10th, the bulletins of the His Royal Highness did not repart three preceding days announced a quiet with favourable impressions of the King's state. The account of this day stated state; he scrupled not to declare that he that his Majesty had had a very good thought bis Majesty very deficient in night, and possessed this morning more mental powers, and that he believed than usual rccollection. The next day something like fatuity had succccded his Majesty was declared better. The to irritation.
succceding one he was pronounced to be
is reginient. The King, impatient of cecding ones, till the 25th, declared un-
ed to mcet his royal father on his return :
To the Editor of the Monthly Magazine. anxiety for the fate of our elegant spire, SIR,
which they dreaded was injured by the T HOPE you will excuse my anxiety same shock which made the bell sound; I to see inserted in your valuable nor were their fears vain. Although not pages, the following remarks on the twisted and shattered in the singular Earthquake which lately happened here. manner in which the Inverness spire
It was about half past eight on the was some years ago, yet it was found morning of the 22d ult. after a sudden' that it had been pushed considerably off thaw had begun to succeed a frost un. the perpendicolar, which may be dea precedented for duration and intensity tected by a stranger on the most curs in this country for six years, that a rumsory glance.
Q. T. bling noise, proceeding from a northern Port-Glasgow ; direction, was heard, which lasted for Feb. 4, 1820. about three seconds, and was immediately followed by a tremulous heaving. To the Editor of the Monthly Magazine, of the earth, passing apparently towards SIR, the south. Scarcely had this first shock A BOUT three weeks ago, passing been observed, and while I was still all over the grand iron-bridge from giddy with its stunning effects, another, Queen-street to Bankside, I observed and immediately a third, quickly suce that all the lamp-irons of the bridge, exceeded; the last so smart, that the bell cept one or two of those fixed in the iron, on our town-liouse steeple was distinctly were forced up in their sockets; some as heard to ring. The inhabitants were so much as 24 inches, and some had one of alarmed, that many who were in bed the two prongs broken off. ran out into the street, and jostled one Iron, like all other bodies, is conanother, quite stupified by the concụs- tracted by cold, and expanded by heat; sions; while the omens of clashing doors and it seems, the immense rafters or and ringing-bells terrified those within. joists which stretch from pier to pier, · In the afternoon, heavy slowers of and form the arch, are, where they meet rain fell, which continued with little in on the piers, so firmly locked together, termission, till the evening of the follow. or by their immense weight, or both ing day (Saturday:) I think it of im. these, necessarily yielded to the irresise portance to note the changes of weather, tible power of the late severe frost, by as it is only by a careful accumulation of fattening a little.' This motion loosenminute details, and a diligcnt observa ed the tenon, and at the same time tion of analogics, that we can hope to squeezed it out of its mortice a little. give a rational theory of these awful phe. After this came a warmer air, and then nomena. The coincidence of the thaw these massive 'pieces of metal stretched and the earthquake, should therefore themselves to their original form. But be considered worthy of being registered. again the air became intensely cold; In the partial account of it which ap- and the contraction being repeated, the peared in one ofthe Glasgow newspapers, irons were still further forced ont of it is stated that the waters in Loch their sockets, as described. Now, these Lomond (north of Port Glasgow), expe- irons are fastened in with lead, which rienced, about the same time, a partial has not sufficient strength to oppose the rise, or agitation, and that some persons powers of variable heat. Some of the crossing in a small boat were terrified irons had one of their tenons broken off, by the sudden rippling of the water because the broken one was better seThis I have been able to corroborate; cured than the other; and, not keeping and have since heard by a letter from pace in rising with it, necessarily snap: a. friend in Condrie, (in Perthshire, and ped asunder. noted for Earthquakes,) that the whole The means of preventing a recur. phenomena which were “ observed on rence would be, to drill a hole through, the banks of the Clyde, were more dis. and fasten them with screw-bolts of tinctly and more awfully marked there," wrought-iron. Such an affection of these as well as at Kippen, Dumbarton, &c, beautiful and useful structures ought to &c. though, at these latter places, but be skilfully guarded against. slightly ; however, it does not appear
W. BLOOR, that it had been felt any further south. Paul-street, Finsbury, My townsmen early manifested their February 21, 1820.
For the Monthly Magazine. are not their own personal friends. THE PHILOSOPHY OF COTEMPO. This is an old and well-established
RARY CRITICISM.-No. VI. charge against them; and they would Eclectic Review, and Edinburgh Monthly certainly do well to vindicate themRivirus
selves, if they can, from the imputation. N UR observations on the Reviewers But, respecting the few sentences in
has produced a considerable sen. Miss Hutton's novel concerning Captain sation; and we have received several Cook, we cannot do better than quote amusing and interesting communica. the words of an old and respected cor. tions from injured and aggrieveil authors. respondent. Gratified however as we have been by “And wliat is there blamable in the these testimonics to the justness of our few sentences concerning the late able strictures, we are obliged to say, that it seamnan, Captain Cook? Is it any thing is not our object to examine the merits
prits more than the report, not of Miss H. but or defects of particular articles, bot to
Curs lint to of a traveller who had witnessed it, and describe in a concise form the spirit in
the truth and accuracy of which is well
known to all the few persons now living which they are conceived. We are quito sensible of the inattention, perhaps we with the captain. Even a stranger, look
who were at all personally acquainted may say the unfairness, of the Monthly ing on the best engraved portraits of CapReview, on many occasions; but we tain Cook, must acknowledge that they think that in a former paper we suffi- see the strongest-marked trails of a severe ciently explained how this naturally and morose, not to say savage, disposition. arvşe; and we are no less aware of But, as to love or affection from his com, the benefit which the literature of panions, it is quite out of the question. thic country would derive from a re- He was not only a strict but a severe gular review of the Icviews : but the commander, a rigid disciplinarian, and narrow limits to which our remarks
a hard task-master, wlio was ouly obeyed are necessarily restricted, must convince
through fear; a disposition which in. our readers that this important task
creased in him with his age in every voy.
age more and more, especially in his last cannot be undertaken in the Monthly
Monthly fatal voyage, in which his inferior officers Magazine. We have liowever set the and seamen were liarassed and irritated example, and shown how absurd it is in to such a degree, that it was feared a muthe public to pay so much deference to tiny would have been the consequence, thicsc self-constituted tribunals, which had be not been cut off by accident. In 'on so many occasions have been more fact, his severe conduct cost him his life, distinguished for the insolence of their and but for that he might have been presumption, than the justness of their saved; owing to a circumstance which awards. But, before resuming our ex. stimulated liis naturally morose disposition aniination, we beg, in reply to the cor
to an intolerable pitch, that ended in his respondent who has favoured us with
i destruction. He had taken a liking to a observations on the critique on Von
young girl at one of the islands, whom he Muller's Universal History, that, alduring the rest of the voyage, which was
kept as his companion on-board the ship though we agree with him in somç of productive of much disorder and quarrel. his remarks, we do not think that lie ing in the ship : and when the captain has proved the orthodoxy of that learn. went on sliore, or was otherwise out of ed writer, according to the reviewer's sight, his officers took liberties with the motions of what is orthodox; for he does girl, who afterwards complained of this not know what those notions are. He conduct to the captain, which irritated cannot but have often noticed, that cri- his temper to a degree that produced distics are in the habit of using very pe
pe. gust and conspiracies among the crew,
gust and consp rcmptory expressions, and that it is not
The consequence of which was, that, when in the hurried sketches of the Monthly
he went asliore at the island of Owyhee,
y le lost his life, though his boat's crew Review that we are to look in general
could have saved him if they chose; for, either for well-considered estimates, or
when he fled towards the shore from the expressions that mcan exactly what they
attacks of the natives, instead of drawing stand for.
the boat in, the crew pushed it off from Upon the subject to which the friend the shore, leaving the captain to his of Miss Hutton draws our attention, fatc; when he fell by the spears of the there can be but one opinion. He can- savages.”
H. not bowever but know, that in one re- But it is time that we should resume spect reviewers are impartial,--that is, our regular duty. they have no regard to sex or virtue, The Eclectic Review for November youth or age, if the parties before them contains, in less than one hundred pages, MONTHLY MAG. No. 337.
including extracts, a summary of the Landlord as sensible and just. At the qualities of no less than ten books. The same time, while we acknowledge ourfirst is on Protestant Nonconformity, by selves thus duly impressed by a strong Josiah Conder, in two volumes. We scrise of the upknown author's great are assuredly not much addicted to powers, we hiers take liberty once for polemical controversy, and our readers all to enter our protest against that will do us the justice to bear testimony excessive laud which these works reto the truth of this; nor, indeed, bave ceive from a certian class of readers. we much respect for those writers who That they are conceived in a spirited give the Gospel according to their own manner, and executed with very confancies; and therefore it will not be sure siderable talent in several parts, is bem prising that we should approve this are yond all question; but, as sustaincd Ticke in the Eclectic Review, when we varratives and well-constructed stories, find it setting out with so just and rea- they are very defcetine, and the characsonable an observation as this: “ The ters are rather descriptions than impernonconformist controversy would be sovations. It is not however our bureduced within very narrow limits, were sincss at present to criticize the Talcs but the respective partics capable of of My Landiord; which are followed coining to an agreement upon one pre- in the Review by a disquisition concernliminary point, the sufficiency of the ing the Synod of Dort. Some of our New Testament, as the sole umpire in readers are perhaps aware that this the disputation." We recommend the synod was assembled in the early part whole article, as, in our opinion, very of the seventeenth century, for the pure sound and good, and entreat for it the pose of determining the religious conattention of all denominations of those troversies which then prevailed in the contending Christians wbo bow so lowly Low Countries. The article is conceived to the darling Dagon of their own pecu- in the same spirit as the one on nonliar crecd; while they revile with so conformity, and we think written by the much acrimony the base superstition of same judicious pen. It is autbors of a rethose who think and worship accord- ligious turn of mind that the writers in this ing to their straitencd understandings. Review particularly commend ; in so far Il is in articles of this kind that the the jourval is consistent: but, as all works Eclectic Review excels; and, as such, it cannot be religious, and as sometimes is well worthy of attention by all those the most profligate of authors will do wiro think polemical writings worthy of homage to religion, by even a moro any attention at all.
beautiful expression of reverence than The articlo on the second and third the most sincere devotees, the Review series of the Tales of My Landlord, is is likely, we foar, by the exclusive nature also ably written; but the author is too of the principles on which it appears to austere in his first principles ; at least, he be conducted, to be less useful than it 3ccins so to us: for wc neither do think might otherwise be. that all books should be devoted to in After the synod' of Dort comes Dr. struction, nor that povels are the best Graves's Select Scriptural Proofs of the vehicles for conveying moral lessons. Trinity; on which we shall make no On tlic contrary, we are advocates for other observation, than that, if it was of works entirely written for amusement, importance to believe in the Trinity as and upon the same principles that we it is commonly understood, there would approve of relaxations from cares and have existed no doubt on the subject in business in ordinary life. As we delight the Scriptures. Whatever is essential, to look at the blithic and bounding jo our opinion, to be accepted as an school-boy revelling in the sunshine of article of faith, is there so distinctly his holiday, we are pleased to see the so- stated, that there is not the slightest Jemn recreations at occasional whist or pretext for disputation on the subject. : backgammon of those who have long Lieutenant Hall's lively Tour in France forgonic the enjoyment of careless comes next; and the critique is at once thoughts, without being in the onc case fair and reasonable. The author has no advocates for cards or dice generally, cause to complain; and the true merits any more than for a life of
of the book are satisfactorily enough • One long summer's day of indolence and pointed out. mirth.”
The notice of the Letters ascribed to But, with this reservation respecting the Ganganelli, is brief and liberal: and, as writer's principles, we consider the cri. for M‘Nab's Theory of the Universe ; tical observations on thic Tales of My Evans's Memoirs of the Rev.W, Richards;
and. anil Bowdler's Select Pieces; we must with difficulty to raise in England after refer the reader who takes any interest coming in the usual way from abroad, I in these works to the Review itselt: for, sowed them in pots within a framing; as they are never likely to be heard of and, as all of them grew, I commisbut by the friends of thic parties, we con- sioned my sons, who were then abroad, fess that we have not read the criticism; to pack up all sorts of seeds they could and which we do the more frankly, as an procure in absorbent paper, and send example to other reviewers not to give some of them, surrounded by raisiirs, an opinion of books without some ac. and others by brown moist sugar, conquaintance with their contents.
cluding that the former sccds had becn Of the Etlinburgh Monthly Review, preserved by a peculiarly favourable we can only at present speak of its ge- state of moisture thus afforded them. It ncral character ; the strongest obser- occurred likewise, that as many of our vation respecting which that we have common secds, such as clover, charlock, heard is, that it did not seem to be &c. would lic dormant for years within called for. It confessedly set out on the earth, well preserved for vegetation modcrate principles, which is as much whenever they miglit happen to be as to say, in opposition to the Quarterly, thrown to the surface and exposed to of the same city; and, so far as it has the atmosphcrc, so these foreign secds yet gone, it seems to be respectably might be equally preserved for many conductod, but not as the antagonist of months at least, by the kindly covering its elder brother. The worst part of and genial moisture that either raisinis or this publication is, that it does not seem sugar afforded them; and this conjectue to discriminate between the ministry and was really fulfilled, as not one in twenty the government,-between the men in of them failed to vegetate, when those of power, and the mode by which the power the same kinds that I ordered to be sent is by law exercised. It is not, however, wrapped in common parcels, and forwarda party journal; for, although the poli- ed with them, would not grow at all. I tical sentiments which pervade it an- observed, upon examining them all be pear to be tinctured with Toryism, it is fore they were cominitted to the earth, viot decidedly a Tory work. But it will that there was a prevailing dryness in take a great deal of learning and ability the latter, and the former looked fresh to write ap this sort of moderation in and healthy, and were not in the least These contentious times into any great infected by insects, as was the case with degree of popularity. The book, how- the others. It has been tried repeatedly ever, is not intended for the million; to convey seeds of many plants diffiArt, along with the new series of the cult to raise closed up in bottles, but British Critic, we do not hesitate to without success ; sonic greater proporsay, that it is of all the Reviews the one tion of air, as well as a proper state of best adapted for the table of a private moisture, perhaps being necessary. I gentleman, desirous of knowing only the should also observe, that no difference progress of literature, and averse to take was made in the package of the secds, any part in the cabals and conflicts with respocting their being kept in husks, which politicians are at present so much pods, &c. so as to give those in raisins agitated.
or sugar any advantage over the others,
all being sent equally guarded by their To the Editor of the Monthly Magazine. natural teguments.” • SIR,
Trees and plants intended for exporno preserve seeds in a state fit for tation may be packed in moss, the
vegetation, isa matter of great and sphagnum palustre of Linnæus, or the general importance; lxcause, if it can be long white moss which grows in great accomplished, it will enable us to rear abundance on peat boys. This submany useful plants in one country stance possesses the power of retaining which are there unknown, being indige- moisture in a wonderful degree, while it nous only in others at a great distance also resists fermentation. Trees and from it. There is a letter on this subject plants which have been packed up in in the 16th volume of the Transactions close boxes with it, from September of the Society of Arts, &c. from which 1807 till March 1808, have grown 1hc following is an extract.
equally well as they would have done . “Many years ago, (says the author) if only transplanted from one part to having observed some seeds which had another of the same ground. got accidentally among raisins, and that Directions for preserving natural cu. they were such as are gencrally attendca riositics may be found in a work which