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In answer to several solicitations of numerous old Friends and Subscribers, who, from various causes, have incomplete sets of this Miscellany, the Proprietor proposes, till THE FIRST OF MAY NEXT, to sell any of the back Numbers, the last Volume excepted, at ONE SHILLING and THREE-PENCE per Number, instead of the regular price of Two Shillings; and, at this rate, they may be had of all Booksellers throughout the British Islands, on giving orders specifying the Number, or the month and year wanted. Entire sets of Forty-eight Volunies, from their length as well as from the originality and importance of their contents, are now becoming scarce; and as is well known, are every year increasing in curiosity and value.
SHAKESPEARE; and conferring an AN- every passing age,
gested that there shall be purchased THE admirers of Shakespeare will the domestic relics which can be proved
I readily allow, that a more extended to have been the bard's; the same to be perusal of his works will not only in- deposited in some appropriate apartcrease the intellectual pleasure of the ment within the Cenotaph; that there nation, but will highly conduce through. shall be placed in that apartment a out every age to the amendment of its book-case made of a mulberry tree ; manners and its character. That a bard that there shall be kept in that bookof such acknowledged superiority hasre- case a set of every edition of his ceived no sepulchral mark of the gratitude works, the commentaries upon him, his of his country, at all commensurate with pedigree, the names and some abridged such superiority, and that since many theatrical history of those performers Englishmen, who have proved them who have been eminent in representing selves eminent in the councils or in the the characters in Shakespeare's works warfare of their country, have been re- that were submitted to their professional warded in the persons of their de- charge, the archives of the committees scendants, such tribute in a due de connected with the fund, and the names, gree should be awarded to the family &c. of the contributors; and that there of such a beneficiary to society; and shall be a small income allowed to a more indispensably, when it is known person for superintending the building, that his descendants have for several and to accompanying the visitors ; and generations been dispersed through the that each person shall be no other than country, earning by severe labour a one selected out of the present family of scanty sustenance, or reduced to a most Shakespeare. pitiable poverty.*
To the friends of such a design are Some gentlemen, excited by these submitted the following regulations. truths, and anxious that such ne- A preliminary Meeting to take place, for glects should no longer impeach the gratitude and liberality of the country,
the purpose of forming a temporary
Metropolitan Committee. lately met, and agreed upon an appeal 1st.–That as a preliminary an assemto the whole nation, and to every peo- blage of the friends of the design, shall ple who speak the English language, meet on a given day at the Saloon of for the purpose of raising a fund to Drury-lane Theatre; Mr. Elliston, having create a competent perpetual annuity for in the most generous manner, proffered the at least two out of the most proximate loan of it for that purpose. lines among the family of Shakespeare: 2dly. That this meeting be confined to and also to erect a Cenotaph to his the forming a temporary Metropolitan Commemory, which Cenotaph should be so
mittee, to transact the preliminary modes of placed, so built, and to be attendid with
raising the fund for the design ; and to
contribute a small sum from those who such impressive circumstances and regu. favour the meeting with their presence, or
from any other absent friend of the design, • Vide Monthly Mag. Dec. 1817, and for the purpose of enabling the temporary Feb. 1818.
Metropolitan Committee to make those MONTHLY Mag. No. 338.
arrangements and form correspondences with cial contributions have been raised, to call a the provincial committees and institute meeting of the extended Metropolitan Coma general national contribution. They are mittee, for the purpose of choosing trustees; to be accountable to a subsequent committee making any alterations in their present com(hereafter designated) for the expenditure of mittee as may become necessary; and to this small contribution.
make any resolutions toward the execution The Duties of the Temporary Metropo
Metrone of the design that may be deemed proper. litan Committee.
Remark on the Contribution.. lst_That they are to find out the means of
Subscriptions for charitable purposes obtaining the names of those persons, in any
usually are, in a great degree, illimitable city, borough, or market town in the king in the number of its objects, and in the dom, who have, by their rank, literature, sum required for such object. This, on leisure, or any other quality, any availing the contrary, is evidently limitable. The influence.
sum that shall hereafter be ascertained to 2dly. They are to request such persons be sufficient being obtained, the greater to form by means of their influence, in the number of contributors the greater every such place a provincial meeting, to will be the respect offered to the memory elect their own provincial committee for the
of the bard; and the more imposing and purposes hereafter mentioned. 3rdly. When it is found that the pro
durable will be the effect on the public vincial committees have been formed, or are feeling, with reference to the importance itkely to be formed, as they are to convene of his works on society. That therefore, a meeting for the purpose of forming a although the munificent contributions Metropolitan Committee.
of the wealthy will be proudly acknowAthly.--To this extended Metropolitan ledged, yet at the same time a small doCommittee they are to submit all their pro- nation from other contributors will be ceedings.
an ample compliment to the design, and Formation of the Provincial Committees.
eventually procure its perfect accomplishIst. That the committees, for each city,
ment.* borough, or market town, be formed in
There are about 500 cities, &c. in Engnumber and in manner as the contributors of each place shall ordain.
land, Wales, and Scotland. Suppose on 2dly.—That the contributions raised by
an average there will be found 500 coneach of these vrovincial committees, be re- tributors. These at 2s. 6d. each will tained by them until trustees be appointed to raise a fund of £31,250;-more probably take charge of the general fund, and an ex- than will be wanted. For say, two anecutive Metropolitan Committee formed to nuities for two descendants, at £240 manage and controul its expenditure.
each, and one for the keeper of the Formation of the extended Metropolitan Cenotaph, at £120, which annuities, Committee.
amounting to £600, will require about Ist. That individuals of the preliminary £13,000 only; there will then remain meeting (in the Saloon of Drury-lane Theatre) for the Cenotaph and all contingent be considered members of the extended Me- expences £18,250. tropolitan Comunittee, provided they were contributors at that meeting.
THE INDIAN ANT. 2dly.-That as members (ex officio) of
No. I. this committee there be invited -
“ All is the gift of Industry.” . . The mayor and rector of Stratford upon
AS your valuable Magazine is more Avon. The heads and professors of the colleges of
A general in its circulation, and the universities.
also more liberal in its sentiments on The heads of all literary societies, and so
civil and religious freedom, than any of cieties connected with arts or sciences our monthly publications, y
our monthly publications, you cannot throughout the kingdom,
be surprised, if one of your admirers The patentees of the London theatres.. prefers it as a vehicle for British INDIAN Duties of the extended Metropolitan Communications; and should you con
Committee, and its Executive Com- sider the periodical lucubrations of his mittee.
pen worthy of a place, he intends, under That the extended Metropolitan Commit. the title of the “INDIAN ANT," to furnish tee form an Executive Committee, and em- you regularly with essays upon matters power them
of local knowledge, and lighter producIst.- To raise a Metropolitan contribution. tions of sound and song.
2ndly. – To take the duties of a temporary In the belief that your periodical Metropolitan Committee, and, continue them, by which that committee becomes necessarily • Friends to this design may, in the first indissolved. 3lly:-
stance, communicate to the Editor of the hen this contribution is raised, Monthly Magazine. and a sufficiently ample number of provin
sheets will, therefore, be open to the Did not silence my moans and sighs, labours of the INDIAN ANT, I enclose And bid me turn these streaming eyes, for insertion the copy of an English To the great God above. version of a Hindoostanee ode on divine Before whose dreadful sword, this neck or mystic dove.
Is like the cobweb's finest wreck, Your readers will at one glance per- That floats upon the air; ceive the coincidence of liberal senti. Look, angels ! tell me ay or nay, ments between a moosulman bard, and Ye surely can the truth display, the Pope of English poetry, who, though
And will the whole declare. a Roman Catholic, seems to have de. That providence is just I own, tested persecution, on any pretence,
Though fortune sternly on me frown; and for the best of all reasons, on the
The fault perhaps is mine : score of religion, that it always en
Come, cherubs! teach the soothing plan
Of calm content to wayward man, creases the particular faith or the scepti
And let me not repine. tism of those who fall under either civil or religious prosecution, and the punish
Once I the pilgrim Suoda spied,
And then in earnest to him cried, ment which follows, if severe, converts
“ Hast thou no fix'd retreat ?'' an ordinary man into a victim and
Enrag'd, responsive, thus he spoke, MARTYR, for what he may justly say, 18 « Sure, silly friend, you only joke, the cause of a good conscience working “ Or never heard of fate. within an honest and brave heart.
« With reason's eye here take a glancePARAPHRASE ON AN ORIENTAL POEM, “ Through time and space's vast expanse, BY SUODA..
“ (Nor blink it with a tear) [This Poet has always been considered as ou
“ At one, by Cesar's palace doors,
“ Who knocking there incessant roars, the Pope of Hindostanee poetry, in which
“ Is any body here?” language his works are all composed; and he is much admired like onr Pope, for the harmony of the versification and the keen
For the Monthly Magazine. ness of his satirical pieces. He flourished
THE PHILOSOPHY OF COTEMPOabout the year 1780, at Luknow, in the
RARY CRITICISM.-No. VII. administration of Mr. Hastings, and at the
Quarterly Review, No. 44.
ONE of the most diverting works of He is, in short, the Prince of Hindostanee the present day is the Quarterly poets, and universally admired as such; Review. It is really astonishing with while WULEE is equally esteemed, the what gravity of face, Mr. Gifford and his father of their poetical compositions, like abettors in falsehood and calumny, talk our Chaucer.]
of truth, humanity, justice and religion, What else, I oft times pensive ween, and with what extraordinary powers of Can various creeds and tenets mean,
imitation they appear to recoil and turn Whence flow the ardent pray’r,
up the white of their eyes at the conduct But that of Mooslim, Pagan, Jew,
of those who despise their hypocrisy. Must, as the Christian's, each be true ;
The first article purports to be a · For God is every where.
review of Mr. Bowdich's mission to Thus in one circle we divine,
Ashantee, in which all the descriptions The radii from its bounding line
he has given of that country, and its Concentric still unite;
inhabitants are ridiculed, and accused So from the wide extended round
either of falsehood, or of exaggeration Of all religions, will be found
not one whit better. Mr. B.'s language One only Lord of light.
may have conveyed more splendid ideas Yon solar orb in every ray
of the magnificence of Sai Tooto QuaShines forth the glorious god of day,
mina, the King of Ashantee, to the Oft with refracted beam ; On shifting clouds does he retire ?
Quarterly Reviewer, than the sight of Or can they quench his awful fire ?
the things described would probably Speak, sages ! do I dream ?
have produced ; but he has furnished With broken heart and wounded soul,
plates from his drawings which suffi. I wandering search from pole to pole,
ciently show the barbarism of that pomp, For balm to heal my woes;
which the critic affects to think so increStill not one doctor can I find,
dible. This paper is one of those vile, Like death to cure my tortur'd mind,
misrepresentations which particularly O come and bring repose!
characterise the criticism of the Review; Sweet bird of eve, thy plaintive note
the integrity of the author is mingled up ould never drown my louder throat, with the faults of his book, and his If rev'rence due to love,
- reputation as an honourable man is
sneered away, at least as far as the tified towns, the pawns private soldiers. critic has the power to do so, in the His Imperial Highness the Archduke same breath that contemns his literary Charles, it is understood, is the author defects.
of the books of which the article proThe second article is a long and heavy fesses to give some account. We need college endeavour against Mr. Valpy's scarcely say, that any work on Strategics edition of Stephens' Thesaurus, intended could by no possibility be rendered into injure the sale of that work, as well teresting to the general reader, nor the as that of his republication of the Del- subject itself, even by a greater pen than phin Classics. We should suppose from that of an Austrian Prince. There is, the drift of the observations, that the however, on the part of the reviewer, a author is some fellow, the offer of whose just tribute of respect to the merits of services in the editorial department of the venerable, but eccentric Suwaroff. these works had been rejected. He Those who judged of that singular veseems, however, to be a man possessed teran by his military talents, did but of some Greek learning, and if he is imperfect justice to the superiority of his better than any of those whom Mr. V. character. He was, in truth, a man of a has employed, it is to be regretted that very highly gifted intellect; but he could he was not employed, as the works in not endure the sycophancy of the Rusquestion are likely to supersede any other sian courtiers. On one occasion, when republications of that sort for many the grand chamberlain was more than years to come.
usually soft, and smiling and cringing, The third paper on the mythology of as he was waiting to present him to the the middle ages is curious, learned and emperor, he pretended that he was amusing. But it is one of the most in seized with a bowel complaint, and acsidious attempts to undermine religion tually induced the chamberlain to show that we have ever noticed. The author him to a smaller apartment than the preaffects to represent the old devil, so sence chamber, and then told him that well known for his pranks and temptahe had taken that method of sounding tions on the saints and friars, as an im- the sincerity of his professions. poster, and calls him “ the legendary The Editor of the Quarterly Review satan."-At the same time he attempts either is or was engaged in bringing out to set up a devil of his own, whom he a new edition of Shirley, the dramatic dignifies with the title of “ the Theolo- poet's works. This explains the motive gical Lucifer." Now, really, if the Quar- of the lay article, which succeeds Straterly Reviewer thinks that the devil is tegics, respecting the two cobbled dra. this sort of equivocal character—this mas of Brutus and Evadne, in which the kind of literary fiction that may be so writer (no doubt Mr. Gifford himself) trified with at pleasure, we should be says, “ the works of Shirley ought to be glad to know what he will make of the so well known, that no account of the whole question of religion. However, plot of a play borrowed from them it is possible, that as of old, the devil may should be necessary; the lightness and have, in some unguarded moment, got homour of his comedies; with the genthe upper hand of the pious Mr. Gifford tlemanly feeling that pervades the chaand the holy poet laureat, and made racters in them; and the poetry, the them thus exhibit themselves before the honest sentiment, the beautiful concepworld in the shocking character of tion of female innocence and dignity, Atheists, in what respects the existence and the romantic interest which are to of him that wars against the souls of men. be found in his tragedies, &c. If the Hypocrisy never so unguardedly showed public, after this, will not buy Mr. Gifthe cloven foot before. Now may the ford's edition of Shirley, the deuce is Quarterly Review brag indeed of up-' in it. holding religion !
Article sixth is entitled “ Passage of The fourth article introduces to our the Himalaya Mountains;" but instead notice, in the running title, a word of of being a review of M. de Humboldt's foreign origin, and which we have here work,“ sur l'Elévation des Montagnes met with, for the first time, in English, de l'Inde,” it is an account derived in the sense employed by the Reviewer, from some private source of the experi“ Strategics-the Archduke Charles," ments and observations made by one is the title of the article. It is about Captain Webb, amidst the Himalaya “ the royal game, that game in which mountains; and the principal circumthe kings are field-marshals, the knights stance noticed is, that he received the are those of the Bath, &c: the rooks, for thirty-fourth number of the Quarterly
Review at the Temple of Kedar-nath.- both Lord Grenville and Mr. Canning Mr. Gifford notices this circumstance have been, and are, great consumers of “ with pride and pleasure," as if the the produce of the taxes, which are Review had travelled there in conse- weighing the nation down, and that quence of its own fame, and was not sent their friends and relations are, we know to the Captain by any of his friends in not to what remote degree, "state pauconsequence of containing some stric- pers.” But that they should venture to tures on his trigonometrical operations. set themselves forward on the present -How simple Mr. G. must think his occasion argues a great deficiency, not readers!
only of modesty of character but of disThe seventh article is a nauseous piece cretion. They cannot but know that it of courtliness, respecting a letter written is the existence of those things which by a personage under the nickname of have made them what they are, that has Lysias, to the Prince Regent. It is a caused the alarming discontents of which miserable effort to tell the Prince, that they complain. It is not to be quesvirtue is virtue, day, day, night, night. tioned that a thousand provocations of It should have been sent to the Morning misrule, extravagance and insult have Post. Bad as the taste in the Quarterly raised a bad spirit among the people, Review generally is, this is too bad even but how that spirit is to be laid without for it.
removing the exciting cause is what we The eighth paper contains the sub- are stupid enough not to understand. stance of the volume lately published, The existence of this evil spirit is adentitled Burckhardt's Travels, and will mitted, but these pensioned demagogues be read with interest and regret: interest affect to think that it has come forth on account of the matter; and regret, gratuitously, that it is “ a pestilent that a gentleman in every respect so heresy," as was said of Luther's docwell-qualified for the enterprizes on trines, and can only be destroyed by which he embarked with so much spirit, putting down the infected. It is frightshould have been so untimely cut off. ful to know that such sentiments are As the Quarterly Review possesses, from not only cherished but promulgated by its connection with Croker, and the other men, who, by the prodigality of the state writing gentlemen of the admiralty, the have acquired the power to do mischief. earliest access to the official information It was the speeches and the declarations which belongs to the public, we are gra- of the elevated corruptionists that occatified at times with the communication of sioned the massacre at Manchester, interesting parts, and an instance occurs on the memorable 16th of August. in this paper. It appears that two large Whatever may be the designs of the seas or sheets of water have been dis- Whigs, or Radicals, or Rationals, this covered in the interior of New Holland, damning fact will ever stand on record, supplied chiefly by two considerable that the first blood was drawn by the rivers, whose sources are on the western champions of “social order and our side of the blue mountains.
holy religion.” The reformers may have The ninth article relates to Jerome bad intentions, but their opponents have Buonaparte and the Court of Westphalia. done evil deeds. The spirit with which the Quarterly Upon the whole we dismiss the fortyReview treats every thing connected fourth number of this violent party with the name of Buonaparte is so well work with feelings, more of compassion known that we need not say that in this than of anger. It is mournful to think instance it is as absurd, frantic and con- that any set of men should be so insentemptible as on any former occasion. sible to their own wretchedness, as the
The tenth and concluding article pur- confederated writers in the Quarterly porting to be a review of three speeches Review; they seem to be totally unconspoken in the late Parliament, by Lord scious of the manner in which they are Grenville, Mr. Canning, and Mr. Plun- considered by the public. We thought ket, is on the state of public affairs. To that something like a tendency to amendexpect in the Quarterly Review, and ment, was discernible in the two preupon a political question, either truth ceding numbers, but, alas! it has all of statement or argument founded on vanished. fact, would be ridiculous; but from such men as the orators, whose eloquence is To the Editor of the Monthly Magazine. the theme of panegyric on the present SIR, occasion, something like common sense ABOUT two years ago, I sent you some might be looked for. It is true that A information respecting the Sunday