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of the pastures, stretching forth to the brave distant hills, which fence the rale. To those who take delight in such things, Lilies still hath charms.
"From the fireside of the above-mentioned little oak library, the following legends proceed."
A romantic birthplace and cradle, and fitting nursery of all the gentle, and tender, and quaint, and poetic fancies, which here break forth in tales and legends. If not very far mistaken, we have seen most of these legends and stories before; but a good tale cannot be the worse of being twice read, and most of these will bear a second reading, and even a third from the very patient. And, perhaps, like Mr. Tudman, in "Apropos of bread," we may have dreamed the lecture we recall. Of the piquant pieces, we must single out " The First Fit of the Gout," "Mrs. Allington's Pic Nic," and " The Lioness" of which we cannot have dreamt, as dreams never go beyond the walking imaginations of the dreamer. "The Old Angler's Story" is skilfully told, but painful withal, and the catastrophe somewhat revolting. "Tlte Content in the Forest," with more power, is less objectionable on this cardinal point. In a very different style is " The Old Soldier," a tale which it is delightful to hear Lord or Lady tell.
The Legends of the Library at Lillics will be eagerly read, from the name of the writers, by those who are not very exacting in the character and pretensions of their books of amusement, and will be valued for their intrinsic power of imparting pleasure at many other firesides; insinuating, meanwhile, some useful lessons to flirting husbands, and manccavring mothers. In conclusion, we must say, that the best of Lord Nugent's works is his late address to the electors of Aylesbury, which also, we have no doubt, is an emanation of the Library at Lillics. It made us expect something more in these volumes than is found in the mere novel of the day, aud we have not beeu disappointed.
Lybic Leaves. By Cohkemus Webbe.*—Where can Mr. Webbe have been dreeing his wierd for these twice Ecven years? Wherever it may have been, kindly do we welcome him back to middle earth with his garland of Lyric Leaves. He belongs to a group of old literary remembrances. He was game for certain Scotch critics or wits, in days when the ball was at their feet, and wheu there was no dread of it rebounding in their faces.
* Griffiths, London. Pp. 130.
A friend of theirs, who believed the aforesaid wits or critics more thoughtless and wanton in the abuse of power than actually malicious or bad-hearted, though their conduct might have, and often had, all the consequences of malice and bad heart; yet willing that they should not perish, but be brought to the knowledge and love of truth—we speak it in reverence— devised at the time this moral penance and discipline ;—that every Sunday morning, each writer, fresh and fasting, should hear read, or be compelled to read himself, a sheet of his own rash judgments, bitter remarks, sarcasms, personalities, inconsistencies, scurility, &c. &c. &c. And that this sheet should begin with Wordsworth, include Byron, Coleridge, Hazlitt, Shelley, Hunt, Keates, &c. &c, and end with Mr. Cornelius Webbe, the author of Lyric Leaves. This appeared a simple private penance, yet was really, a most cruel one. It was the continual falling of the single drop of water upon the bare scalp; the most ingenious of tortures; but, unlike that, was, we presume, to cease on the first sign of penitence, repentance, and a new life.
In the meantime, Mr. Webbe comes out with his new volume, and he will, we have no doubt, meet a more just award than he did formerly. The world has since grown soberer, aud more in earnest; and its taste in joking has improved of late. A large though a quiet part of it always sympathized with the pelted frogs, and that part has increased, is increasing, and will nq longer be cither sneered, laughed, or bullied out of its own judgment, and sense of the trne and fitting. This seems to wander from Lyric Leaves; but we are steadily keeping them in view, and with much admiration and kindness. These poems are very natural—natural even in their conceits, very pleasing, and very English. Did our limits permit, we could give many proofs of the soundness of this opinion. All that we can do is, to name a few of our favourite pieces :— The Miller's Treat; the Fallen for Freedom; the Blind Musician's Son; tlte Old Love; the Farewell of a Pilgrim Father to England; the Autumnal Fireside; the Weaver's Wife, and, we might add, many others of these pleasant compositions. In the preface, the author says that he trusts, whatever may be the poetical sins of this little book, there is no part of it inimical to sociality, charity, and the same good will to all, which he wishes to have meted out to himself. His book, instead of being inimical, is promotive of these amiable and genial feelings; and his wish cannot fail to be realized in the good will of all.
Homes Abroad. By Miss MartiNeau. No. X. of Tales Illustrative of Political Economy.—Emigration is the subject of this story. Unlike Cousin Marshal, it is a hopeful and cheering theme; so soon, at least, as we get the Homes Abroad, and out of Kent, into Van Dieman's Land. The question of emigration, «nd of who should be sent off, and who kept to pine and die at home; and whether there be not at home room for all, were home well managed, is a knotty point, on which we are loath, at present, to break our teeth. Miss Martineau has made up her mind upon it, while wc Doubt, and while many acute, and some profound thinkers stoutly dogmatize on the other side; and thus, while our wishes go with the latter, "home being still home," we waive the political part of the discussion, and keep to, and recommend the Tale for its own sake. It is told with Miss Martincau's usual clearness and vivacity; and is full of moral beauty, especially in the characters of Ellen and her brother Frank ; and of interest in the pictures of their adventures abroad, and their new modes of life. Their voluntary emigration, undertaken in the spirit of noble independence, we heartily approve, and exult in their improved prospects, and in "the certain reward of labour, which is the prop of virtuous industry in every clime. Homes Abroad, on its bright side, is one of Miss Martineau's most pleasing stories. And, before we part, all is steady increasing brightness with the emigrants.
The Comic Offering, or Ladies' Melange of Literary Mirth.—Edited by Miss L. H. Sheridan.* Embellishments above 100.—Miss Sheridan here makes her third appearance at the fair tribunal, to which she lias chosen to make her annual appeal. She presents sixty pieces in prose and verse, more or less humorous, mirthful, odd, or satirical, and, in number (and value,) more embellishments than articles. Some of the engravings are clever, others grotesque, and a few comically extravagaut, as the dance of the Jig-oh Sleeves, where those vitalized enormities actually step out, in a pas de deux, while another gigot performs on the violin, to the horror of a peeping lady's maid, who discovers their midnight revels. Bent on a measure gives us two coal-heavers, the one bending over the porter pot in which the other has fixed his proboscis. A Family of High Descent illustrates the best story in the volume. A wedded rural pair on their first night in Loudon, are first alarmed by stories, and then by dreams of fire, and
descending by a fire escape. A horse Breaker; backing the favourite to aheavy a-mount.' is fhe^irresiatibly comic figure of an enormously fat, unhappy-like woman, in a small riding-hat and habit, smothering, lashing, and murdering the miserable animal, on which she is seated, both in a condition of most ludicrous distress. Long and Short Division shows a tall dandy moving along with an air of great complacency, pretending, and believing, he holds an umbrella over an unhappy, finely-dressed, short lady, suspendcd from his arm, on whom the umbrella showers down like cats and dogs. Queries Emblems,—a party of boys and girls, cats and dogs, at fistycuffs, is a good engraved pun. Mrs. Bridges, an arch countenance, is amusing enough; and I .a Bell assemble! a group of children gathered round a fat bell-man reading a bill, is equally so. Skeleton Keys,—a skeleton formed entirely of keys^ the head a padlock, is an odd extravaganza. The expression in the face of Dr. Stringer, " a Fiddle 'D 'D" is capital. An un-altached Major gives us a fat, gruff, artillery officer strutting on, his hands holding up the tails of his jacket, and his back turned to his poor lady sprawling on her back from an unsucessful attempt to cross a stile. "The Lily of the ValeC is a squab ncgress, full of mirth, singing roguishly to a spruce footman, who looks kindly down upon her. These are a few of Miss Sheridan's bon-bons. The literary part of the volume has no very close connexion with them; and is to be taken "for better for worse."
Friendship's Offering.*—Though this Annual, which, we believe, is a favourite, has twelve embellishments, a few of them beautiful, and the worst of them pretty, its principal strength lies in its literary composition. The contributors in this department are among the most attractive of the current literary names of the day. Aliss Mitford, Mr. Macaulay, and Mrs. Norton in the front ranks; and a reserve and main body stronger than the van; there are Hervey, the Howitts, Pringle, James Baillie Fraser, and a long list. The articles in prose and verse are s0 numerous and diversified in character, that we can only mention one or two,— CromtveWs //oiiw,thc Captive of Camaltt, and, strange as the title is, the Bravo of Banff. This last is sure to be a favourite in the north of Scotland, and, we daresay, everywhere else. The heroine is a charming romantic creature; but Miss Thorn for our money, as a genuine, kind, and true-hearted Banff lass, not a whit
• Smith and Elder, London. Pp. 310.
• Smith and Elder, Ixmdon. Pp. SSI
il e less friendly and affectionate, when l ut eo the push, for a little harmless cuui.-jlv, and tlie love of gossip, said to be unavoidable in towns under a certain rate of population. There are many good, and some rich and rare things in FriendShip's Offering.
HlSTOIRE DE NArOLEOM BONAPARTE. A VUsage de la jeuneue, et des Ecoles. Par L. A. T. Mordacuue.* —Another life of Napoleon, though in French, for the use of schools, is not a work which many English parents will be apt to select for the iustmctiou of their children. The most improving part of Napoleon's history, his exile, and his sayings ami doings in St. Helena, is skimmed over, and the close huddled up. Sonic of the more brilliant scenes of Napoleon's life are related with considerable animation; for the writer is a Frenchmau, and has a Frenchman's admiration of his hero; yet he tells, that the military reign of Napoleon, from 1801 to 1U15, "cost humanity five millions forty and three thousand lives!" The account of the battle of Waterloo shows an amusing sttuggle between the desire of being impartial, and the natural feelings of a Frenchmau. The author, who does the justice which all Europe has done, to the amiable character of Josephine,-}- and of cold Marie Louise, briefly says, " Elle y monta (the throne) en silence, elle en descendit do menie- On ne cite d'elle aucune action, aucune parole qui la rapelle aux Fraucais." And his farther remarks are yet more severe.
Captain Forman's Letter To Lord John Russell On The ExtraordiNary Conduct Of Lord Brougham, fee. &c. &c—Captain Forman has lost his temper; many a worthy man, even the Chancellor hiuL-elf, has got into the same scrape. We think, moreover, that he is not a little unreasonable, in the manner of his late attacks, though he has not been over ceremoniously treated. Let him keep his temper; and, from all these noblemen, gentlemen, and knights philosopher?, apjieal to the public, in the plainest form of paper and print, and we warrant justice will be done to his discoveries; which, by the way, are not original, or, at least, not peculiar to him. To our readers it is proper to say, that Captain Forman meditates overturning the Newtonian system, and establishing what he
• Porquet and Cooper, London, t Save the Duchess of Abranlcs, and a writer in the yew Monlnly of thh month. November l63i
NO. IX VOl. II.
believes a truer theory of attraction, &c. &c Having communicated his discoveries to Lord Brougham, his Lordship made no response; and Sir John Herschel has been equally remiss. Hence Captain Forman's wrath.
Lives Of The Twelve Modern CytsARs. By H. W. Montague.*— Napoleon is the first of this new line of Caesars. Hi's life is all that is yet publLhed of the work. Who the other eleven arc to be, whether the French Marshals, or the great modern Generals, we are left to guess. It is a neat little work, embellished with cuts by Branston, and traces Bonaparte from his cradle to his grave, noticing every thing remarkable in his career.
A Dictionary Of Diet. By T. S. Forsyth, Surgeon, Pari I.f—This is something between a cookery book and a medical one. The first part comprehends, among other things, beef, beer, bread, butter, cheese, broth, butcher meat, &c. &c It is calculated, from its plan, to be a useful family book; and though we are friends to the division of labour in practical science, medicine and cookery seem here to proceed very amicably together. A portrait of the late Dr. Aberuethy graces the beginning of the work.
A Dictionary Of The French And English Language. By M. Louis Fenwicx De Pourquet.j—This is a handy, neat little volume, for the daily use of young persons learning the Fnnch language; and it may be found, in this view, of more utility to those who have only made a certain progress, than more ponderous dictionaries. It seems accurate, and is accompanied by several useful tables, and by miscellaneous information, desirable to pupils and travellers. A more important feature is the introduction of the new words created by the revolution, and now sanctioned by usage, and the omission of the impure or disgusting words which disgrace some of the voluminous older dictionaries.
Ellis's British Tariff. Fourth Annual Edition.%—A useful Annual to mercantile and commercial people, and one which may give some information on affairs of national economy, revenue, &c. &c. To statists, to travellers and tou
• Cromer, London. t Cremer, Loudon, t tendon. * Longman and Kees, London.
rists it will also be useful, by showing what they may fetch or carry openly, and what they must either smuggle or pay duty upon ; what they may freely import or export; and what they will be tormented about at the Custom-house; how to proceed with their baggage; and how it is mercifully provided, that Paganini may claim his fiddle, that being his breadwinner; and how, according to the rank of the parties, (page 88,) oaths may either be exacted or passed from, at discretion, concerning certain articles, essential to elegance. N.B.—No lady is allowed to import, for private use, above a half pint of Eau de Cologne, or a pint of diinkable spirits; but turbots and lobsters may be landed without " the port entry or warrant." In short, besides being a serviceable guide, this book is a good running commentary on the wisdom of many of our extraordinary commercial regulations.
Analysis Of The English, Scotch, And Irish Reform Bills. By John Gorton.'—The title of this pamphlet fully explains its nature. It shews the boundaries, population, divisions, limits, and the number of ten-pound dwellings in every town and borough. It also contains forms of schedules for claims of registration; and also the other technicalities connected with the workiug of the new system of representation. Great pains appear to have been bestowed in making it complete and correct.
Shakspeare, With 170 IllustbaTions. Vai.py's Edition.«
After the Works of Scott, Byron, the Standard Novell, &c. &c. have appeared in a scries of monthly volumes, we are glad to see Shakspeare not forgotten. The first volume of a new, cheap edition, uniform with the new edition of Byron, is before us. To those who have no copy of Shakspeare, or to those who have but an indifferent one, we sincerely recommend this. It is cheap, and beautifully printed, in an open, clear type. The text is that of Malone's edition. The name of Mr A. J. Valpy is a guarantee for correctness. The illustrations, upon tinted paper, are from the plates of Boydell's Shakspeare; reduced in size, no doubt, hut taken from one of the most splendid and expensive works
• Chapman and Hall, London, ttt EaaATA.—In last month's Register of New Works, page 251, column 2d, for " efforts and intrigues ot haJaycW" read " cilbrts and intrigues oSLafiltc :" and again, next sentence, lor " attachment of Lajaycttr, to the Duke," read " attach, mcnt of Ltifiltc to the Duke."
ever issued from the British press, ewli copy costing, we believe, L. 100. The work is to be completed in fifteen volumes. Vol. I. contains a life of Shakspeare, Johnson's Preface to Shakspeare, with the Tempest, and Two Gentlemen of Verona. The plays are elucidated, but not overlaid with notes. This edition is worthy the attention of all who are ambitious of making a cheap and good collection of English standard works.
Valpy's Family Classical Lihtli
RY, No. XXXV, EURIPIDES, Vol.. II.—
This reprint is the translation of Potter, the best we possess. The present volume contains the Supplicants, Hercules, the Heraci.idje, Iphigenia In TauRus, and the Trojan Dames. This, from its very nature, is a work of sterling merit. It is cheap and correct; can we say more?
Naval Evolutions—A Memoir Of Sir Howard Douglas, Bart., with a Review and Refutation of Mr. Clerk of Ehan's claims, §c. §cm—So indifferent and selfish is the public to nil that does not concern its own interests and amusements, immediate or relative, that we fear few, besides professional men, will now take much interest in this controversy. Every one must, however, sympathize with the spirit which leads the writer to defend the professional claims and reputation of his father. On the question of the real inventor of the manoeuvre of breaking the enemy's line in sea-engagements, the Edinburgh Review rashly committed itself, attributing the discovery, on his own evidence, to Mr. Clerk. Much has since been said, and remains to be said, on both sides of the question, though the weight of evidence does incline to the claims of Sir Charles Douglas. It must, however, be noticed, that there is yet a third party, which does not appear at all in this controversy, who allege that this naval mamenvre was practised before either Mr. Clerk or Sir Charles Douglas were in existence, though never performed with such brilliancy, or decided effect, as in Rodney's victor)'. The first rude idea of this mancuvre of breaking the line may be seen in some of the desperate engagements of the Bucvanneers against great odds.
Memoir And Correspondence Of The Late Sir James Edward Smith, M.D. Edited by Lady Smith.t— This delightful work merits a fuller notice thai?
• Longman and Row, London, t Bcones, Loudon.
is consistent with the plan of this Register. We shall return to it when more at leisure.
Treatises On Architecture And Building.* By William Hosxins,
Esq This is the history of architecture
written for the Encyclopaedia Britannica, combined with that of building, from the same work; taken together, they form a valuable manual, whether for the practical professional man, the amateur in building, or the student in architecture. The work is of the size of the Encyclopedia, and is illustrated with 20 architectural plates, some of them of great beauty. These are, St. Paul's, St. Peter's, the Parthenon, York Cathedral, the Farnese Palace, in different elevations, and specimens of all the orders and styles of building. This publication of valuable treatises, in a separate form, is an excellent idea.
Memorials Of Oxford; Historical and Descriptive Accounts of the Colleges, Halls, Churches, andother Public Buildings. Edited by Dr. Ingram, with Engravings, &c. No. I.-)-—If the succeeding numbers be at all equal to the present, this work will be one of the cheapest and most creditable that has issued from even the modern press. This first number contains two line engravings—Christchurch Cathedral, and the interior of the Chapter-house; besides three vignette woodcuts; all of which are executed with great skill. The two former are by Le Keux, after the drawings of Mr. Mackenzie, and we knownot which of these gentlemen most to compliment. The letterpress of Dr. Ingram may become matter for future observations as the work grows.
From the excessive cheapness of this publication—two shillings for a quarto edition, proof plates, and sixteen pages of letterpress'.—we almost fear that the charge can never remunerate the publishers ; but that is their affair; be Hours to offer our warm commendation.
be averted, and the country saved. Nothing remains but to diffuse them by waggon-loads, at a cheap rate.
Whig Government ; or, A TiroYears'
lictrospect This is a pamphlet of 3!I
pages of special pleading, preparatory to the approaching election. In sum and substance, it appeared in the last Edinburgh Review. It is, from beginning to end, eulogistic or vindicatory of Ministers. Their domestic policy is only surpassed by their foreign policy; taken together, their conduct is divine in wisdom, ami angelic in purity; and, therefore, every elector,avoiding Tories and also Radicals, i. c. independent candidates, ought to vote only for such men as will support this beau ideal of a Government. We are far from saying that there is not truth in many of the statements of this pamphlet, though, taken as a whole, it is overdone. There is " too much cry for the little wool," especially when we remember who took the old ram by the horns, while Ministers made their first small clipping. The great boast of reduction of expenditure ends with '* a clear saving, in one vear, of L.234,000! !" We think one note of admiration might have signalized this amount very sufficiently. When we hear of a million saved out of the most profuse expenditure the world ever dreamed of, even above fifty millions, we shall award one mark of admiration, (!) and proceed in the same ratio. The writer of the pamphlet has avoided the dangerous ground of the Reviewer: we hear little of " the plunderers and spoilers." Even as a party affair, the Retrospect is not the most skilful. It is only calculated to influence those who are already partisaus, or the men who instinctively chop round with the wind, and cling to all existing governments.
How Will It Work? Address of Lord Teynham to the Electors of ('.rent
Britain This, also, is a pamphlet for
the crisis; and now in its second edition. It is written in a very different spirit from the 7'rro Years* Retrospect, and is, in fact, as generous a piece of true Radicalism as it has ever fallen lo our lot to peruse. By Radicalism we mean the recognition of the rights of the many, iu preference to the usurped priv ileges of the few, and the distinct admission that all government is for the people, and the creature of the people. This pamphlet contains an able retrospect of English society and government, from the reign of the Tudors; and advice to electors, which they would do well to ponder. We wish that our limits admitted the repetition of this advice.