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procared her to be united in marriage stagnation of mirth in any circle of to Major Haverill, the son of a man idlers to which be gaios admittance. stou be had laid under considerable He plays, sings, and dances, with groat oki çations. Oo the day of their union, effect, throws off a bumorous extemthe lady discloses to Haverill her fatal pore, and is ready to start or second keret, who immediately recounces here any scheme of frolic that may be re. The Marqais, continuiog the full career quired to relieve the ennui of perof his iniquity, at leogth falls by the petual dissipation. His marriage with band of his fair victim ; and Haverill, Miss Monimia Fuzman is an exploit released from his engagement, is united performed in consequence of a wager, to Vs St. Amo, on whom he bad fixed and, like other precipitate affairs of bis affections during the season of bis this kind, is very speedily followed adversity.

by a separation. By-the-bye, we canFrom this brief outline, the story not easily conceive how such a parvould appear to be of the serious or venue as Mrs. Fuzman, the mother of tragical cast; but it is, on the whole, Monimia, could bave obtained access may gay and bumorous. The Marquis, and reception at Rhanvellyn Castle. magnificent villaio, like Don Juan, She comes tbither from Aberystwith, Ives is luxurious style, and entertains a but her proper atmospbere is obviously great deal of company. The visitants at Margate. Eis castle of Rbaprellyo, are, of course, These and other personages afford Eete numerous than select ; they are a much entertainment, but neither they justo of fashionable idlers, brought nor their affairs excite any deep contogetber indiscriminately, and consist cern ; they pass before the reader like a ing of "shreds of old nobility, with train of promiscuous company at a zal means, and ancient blood in their public place: he observes their phyFeiss; and some specimens of Welsh siognomy and their manuers; and the baronets and squires, who ape their author, like the merry devil Asmowre bodourable neighbours ; a few deus, is at band to give him a comic padary: a little divinity; a sprink. sketch of their history and their cha. log of law and medicine; justices of racters, peace; and a sample of every.thing The following is one of the porabove the mere commonalty, ibat is, traits exbibited in another part of the trade," Much amusement arises from work ;the variety and contrast of character “ My Lord Jeremy Grinwell was of in this gay multitude; they afford the the noble family of Grinwell, as bis uthor full scope for the exercise of name imports, and he in no respect his talent for salire and ridicule, which differed from his illustrious ancestors is his farte ; be has very little notion of and relatives, but in having less under. the pathetic, and wisely forbears to standing, perhaps, than fell

to the share allerupt it

. He occasionally fails, too, of most of the Grinwells: the same in his efforts at low humoor, as in pride, covetousness, tyranny, and insos the instance of Mrs. Dunn, an igno- lence, lo wbicb be added every folly rant, talkative, perverse waitiog most young men are guilty of, and sopas, wbom uo lady would tolerate half a buwdred peculiar tó himself. in her service for a day, and who has a But what he most piqued hiniself upon great deal too much to say and do. was lying, which he said was an accomHe is much more successful in his plishinent none but the high-born could portrait of Diggle, a Welsh poet, a be entitled to possess.

This was his disciple of Joanoa Southcott, inocu. favourite topic, his peculiar boast; lated with the mania of prophecy. and indeed so congenial was it to him, The two clerical amateurs of pugilism that it was the only subject upon which would have been as well omitted ; he could speak, and preserve his hearers' a fighting parson is now a non-entity; attention five minutes and if such a phenomenon did exist, “ As the Grinwells were looking for. the exhibition of it would hardly come ward with peculiar eagerness to a change wilbin the scope of salutary ridicule. above, which should enable them to Obe of them, to be sure, very properly come once more into power, they used stands in the capacity of chaplain to every artifice to bring this young branch the Marquis : the other, Mr. Tilt, has of their family into the eye of the pubcertain additional accomplishments, Jic, as he was to be pushed, and ibey wbich qualify him for preventing tho fondly hoped, both from bis peculiar

talent, and the circumstance of his attachment, the vicissitudes by which bever having been known to blush is thwarted, and the misunderstand. but once, and that was when his tutorings and ecclaircissements occasioned by commended bim for having chanced the overtures of Mr. Medley, a rival of to speak the truth, they hoped from Haverill, but afterwards his firm and this that he would cut a shining figure, attached friend. From the more ex. and be a most useful mau in the Lower tended and public exhibitions of life House. And perhaps if they had had that are interspersed, we recur to these : an opportunity of bringing him out domestic scenes with revewed interest; as they intended, he might bave veri. it is like quitting a crowd of strangers fied their predictions; but parties some to join a circle of friends. These chahow ran counter, and he was waiting to racters, which most claim, our esteem, - see when the present men would leave gradually unfold themselves, and gain their hold.

upon us imperceptibly as we become “When he was about sixteen years of acquainted with ibem; that of the heage, and during his residence at Oxford, roine in particular is managed with .hedistinguished himself by pranks which, great delicacy and address. Her merits in a place less renowned, for the eccen and fine qualities are not formally set tricities of the vain, the foolish, and the forth, as in soine novels, in a prelimiinad, would have procured him a dark nary fiourish, like an auctioneer's ad.

room and a whip: but it being neces verlisenient of an estate; they disclose *sary that he should distinguish himself themselves unobtrusively when occain another way, he, or some friend for sion calls them forth. him, hit upon the following expedient. We cannot agree with those persons Our readers may probably know, or if who are disposed to construe this work they do not we will tell them, that the into a directly personal satire on certain only two annual prizes in that renowned individuals. In compounding his ma-seat of learning are, or at least were, at terials, the author has indeed drawn the time we speak of, one for Latin Jargely from our modern annals of gal. -verses, open to under-graduates, and lantry: but we should conceive his aim one for an English essay, for graduates. to bave been somewhat similar to that of Lord Jeremy, with the true ambition of Cervantes, a ridicule of books rather a noble mind, aimed at that he had no than of nieu. Be that as it may, he has business to attempt; and applying to a produced a complete burlesque on those iman who had more wit and learning novels “ founded ou fact" wilh which than either friends or money, be pro our literature has been deluged, as much cured an essay on the given subject, as that of Spain was by tales of chiwhich he sent under cover, and which, valry before the appearance of Don being in truth excellent, was declared Quixote. Most of tbe things to which tbe best.

we allude bave rested their pretensions “ Lord Jeremy, bowever, not having to popularity on an affected disclosure graduated, could not bave the prize; of important secrets, a peep behind the but he got all that his friends desired for curtain, a developement of every mysbim, the reputation of deserving it, and tery, social or political, which has inteevery journal in the three kingdoms rested the public curiosity. They have trumpeted forth his praise."

claimed to be considered as pieces of In the progress of the story, the scene authentic biography relating to eminent changes very frequently. At the house persons, who were for sundry weighly of Serjeant Fullbottom we find a coterie reasons represented under feigned names, less numerous than that at Rhanvellyn but very pointedly designated. They Castle, but consisting altogether of bet- paid an indirect compliment to their ter company. The author here takes readers, by perpetual appeals to their occasion to give some prominent sagacity: Adopting the same mystisketches of living characters; among ficatory process, the author of Harwhich are one or two of the literary denbrass and Haverill, whether intenclass, much too plain to be mistaken. tionally or not, has forcibly ridiculed They are very laughable, but at the these insidious oracles of detraction, same time very severe.

and has done much to correct that By far the most pleasing parts of the eager credulity which encouraged their work are those which relate to the propagation. He has at the same time personal adventures of Haverill and contined the fictitious part of bis story Mins St. Arno; the progress of their to a representation of real life and man

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bers, dirested of morbid sensibility and casting our eyes over the aMicting beretricious refinement, and of that path which has been trodden, the mind vill sophi-try which, confounding the is naturally led to the spot from whence extinctions of virtue and vice, tends to arose the evils which have been endured. Rideau the imagination and corrupt the Prompted by the spirit of enquiry, or heart.

awakened by pathetic recollections, we, as it were instinctively, live over those

chilling days which saw a King adorned Espedilisus Writing, or . New and hy all the tender virtues, and a Queen Easy System of Shorl-Hand, ren

beautiful and accomplished, but renderdered allainable in Sir Lessons, with

ed doubly interesting by her sufferings an Appendis, shewing by a simple and beroisin, precipitated from a throue Method how the same is applicable as

to a dungeon, insulted, arraigned, and er l'niversal System of Stenography, finally iminolated, unpitied by the misillastraied by numerous Examples, led persons around them, and unassisted en å ine elegantly Engraved Copper by those numerous and devoled friends, pisles, by Thomas Oxley. Smilk and who would have esteemed it the highest Flder. pp. 410.

honour to have received their last emTre Tive very timely states the con brace, but whom, by a noble self-ro tents of this valuable Publication, and punciation, the victims themselves had in a Commercial Country like Great compelled to depart. We participate in Britain, where every attempt to simplify those feelings of louely desolation, which So it portant an art, as that of penman maintain theirgloomy reign in the heart ship, must deserve encouragement, it is of a capital, in the view of multitudes; scarcely necessary to add any thiog in fa- and, approaching with reverence a Four of a work, which so ably recom

scene thus painfully interesting, thus meads itself, as an improved system of

sirangely compounded of grandour and Facz ography, it appears to possess every of woe, of magnanimity and of degrada. Berit that ought to attach to it, and as tion, we shed in silence the tear of naen fact will speak more in its behalf ture over the calamities to which humatiza our most laboured eulogy, we shall nity is exposed, and from which even merely state, that a Professional Geo- the possessors of a throne could not obliezad of eininence, whose avocatious tain exemption. Teider it necessary for bim to study

To occurrences like these, which posthe most concise, and valuable of the

sess a hold on our affections, we fondly Baay diferent systems has, after hav- desire a near adımission, and by an aring tried eleven olbers, given preference fs , and now practices the systein of Mr. rangement peculiarly favourable to the

conveyance of living feelings, the acOxley.


counts which have been transmitted,

with a singular amplitude, afford as the Aalhentic Memoirs of the Pervolution in melancholy gratification. We are fur

France, and of the sufferings of the pished with the minute detail of that Koyel Family Deduced principally faithful and affectionate servanl*, who fren accounts by Eye-wilnceses, 8vo.

sought his Royal Master in his rude P. 353. 108. 63.

abode of captivity, and who assiduously

attended his persecuted Sovereign and Susce the tumultuous period referred Family until removed to a seperate conto it these pages, when not merely the inen,ent, on the charge of his attackVenerable throue of a great Empire was ment. A successort equally devoted, asailed, but when the immutable prin- then supplies the narrative of a larger ciples right of superiority, as the reward of period. The friendly visitant, i ndini industry, and the bond which unites nistering the latest consolations, exhibits

to our view the inonarch at the hour of fuapkiad in society, called in question, The friends of humao palure bave main. taidei a contest, which, however arduods and destructive, bas at length is. Last Years of the Life and Reign of Louis

* M. Hue. His Work entitled “ The saed ia triumpb.

XV Ith", is to be considered generally the The long-looked-for calm, which has authority for these dienoirs, as iur as the sleceeded etforts the most ubexampled eighth chapter. in kind and continuance, now leaves the

+ M, Clery. Borld teisare for contemplation, and, # The Albé Edgeworth. Europ. Veg. Hol. LXXIII. Fců. 1818.

146 Cobbin's Philanthropy.- Bingley's Practical Introduction to Bolany. [Feb.

death ; and the august princess*, who at The topics here represented to the a tender age, sbared the hard fate of her reader are drawn from nature. The deillustrious parents, and who alone sur. sign of the Work is to touch the best vives, presents a most important and feelings of the beart-to awaken in the concluding portion of this unprece- mind a love of patriotism, of freedom, of dented history; in the account she humanity, and above all, of religion. succeeded in keeping, respecting her To devote Poetry to religious porexalted female relatives and fellow suf- poses is to restore it to its original use. ferers.

The vessels of the Muses' Temple have To rescue from comparative oblivion been too long profaved, and the instrua large portion of these interesting de- ments hired to unhatlowed lips. The tails, and to combine them, with the three most adinired British Poets, Milmore recent but not less valuable ac ton, Thomson, and Young, were not counts of a later date, in one narrative, indeed sparing of religious sentiment, blended with a few transieut illustratious but the former, uofortunately, bas been from other sources is the design of these deemed most unhappy in the most devopages ; with what success the compiler tional parts of his inatchless poom. says, must be left to the decision of those The subject here chosen is, however, not who will properly appreciate the labours religious: but has been the author's aim of the intellect employed in services of to iotroduce pious sentiments as often the heart; aud whose habits of reasoning as it would allow, and to recommend will offer no violence to the dictates of the beauties of Revelation, by calling judgment, but who, far from being in their aid when they assist in adorning guided by that disgusting phrensg which a sentence. denominates rank an joroad, and birth a Sueh a trait in the poem, wil we hope crime, ever find, in those who suffer un at least recommend it as safely adapte jastly, a fit object for sympathy ; and for the eyes of youth, whose livel

the more so as the susceptibilities may miuds cannot too early be excited t bave been expanded in the fairer regions remember their Creator, and to imitat of exalted expectation.

bim who “ went about doing good.”

The notes, though long, are not ur Philanthropy, A Poem : With Miscel interesting; they are more especial lancous Pieces, by Ingram Cobbin, desigued to be a brief record of phila

thropic characters and institutions, an M. A. foolscap 8vo. pp. 386.

may serve as an incitement to the ni Poetry is a most charming medium blest actions, and as useful memoran of conveying instruction to the mind. to the philanthropist. It is, however, to be lamented, that it has been so much abused. In the pages of our most celebrated bards, works of A Practical Introduction to Botan fiction have almost excluded the inte Illustrated by References, under ee resting details of truth; nature has been Definition, to Plants of easy Acce supplanted by art; and what is most of and by numerous Figures; and a all to be lamented, impiety bas too often comprising a Glossary of Bola usurped the throne of religion. Our Terms. By the Rev. W. Bing pocms adore the deities of the Heathen ; A.M. F.L.S. Author of Animal 1 Jove usurps the sceptre of Jehovah; graphy, &c. 12no. pp. 89. and his most glorious works and boun Tas little work is by no means tiful favoars are lost in the names of tended to supersede the larger and ma Neptune, Apollo, or Ceres.

valuable introductions to the stud. The beautiful Poeins now in vogue, Botany, particularly Professor Mart are nothing more than romances in Letters, aud Sir James Edward Smi verse, nor is this their greatest defect; Fleiñeotary Treatise. The latte for their morals are so exceptionable, these, in particular, must continue to that to select their beauties, our minds read and adinired so long as any t are in danger of coming in contact with for this study shall exist in the Bri some defiling priociple; it is like grop- dominions. The claims to attentio iog in the mud 10 gather diajaonds. the present publication are fou.

chiefly on its portable size; its com * Madame Royale, now Duchess D'An- ing, within a nartow compass, all gouleme

principal defiuitivus arranged in s


matic order, and these being, in general, decent rites and ceremonies of the illustrated by reference to Eöglish plants, church were any otherwise than jodoor to plants that are of frequent occur ceut, much less that they could be rese in flower gardens. In this view causes of serious objection. it may with advantage be used as a supo In consequence of this, the author pienent to Miss Wakefield's Familiar wrote a few dialogues; wbich being retroduction to Botany. As it is meant cited on the domestic hearth, and the diely to illustrate English Botany, substance of which being delivered in those definitions that are applicable only another form from the pulpit, bad the to foreign plants, have been, for the effect of assisting to prevent, at that most part, omitted.

time, the establishment of a non-conIf reference be made to tbe index, and forming interest. theace to the definitions, the illustra A few years after this, the author tions and figures, this work will be having been elected to the respectable found to supply the place of a glossary situation of a public schoolmaster, and of botanie terms.

having to prepare young persons for the The student would not only be much universities and for boly orders, he aided, but it would prove a considera. thought he might render sume little serWe source of amusement to him, if he vice to the church, were be to employ a Tere to collect, dry, and arrange, many portion of his time in instructing them in of the parts of plants, particularly the ihe principles of conformity. The author leares, in the order in which they are says his attention was directed to this, bere described.

from seeing the general ignorance which several of bis pupils did not fail to ma

nifest on a subject so important, even Ecclesiastical Colloguies ; or, Dialogues when arrived at a good age, and by

er the Nature and Discipline of the no means deficient in classical literaCarck of England: with a particu- ture. No work has come within our larreference to certain popular objec. observation which was not either too tions ; designed to establish the Young concise or too prolix, and which did not Members of the Church in the Princi: entirely omit to notice many modera ples of Conformily. By the Rev. L.J. objections. Mr. Hobson has, however, Hobson, Master of the Free Grammar composed one according to his own ideas School, Doncaster. 8vo. pp. 241.

-easy, familiar, and comprehensive. Waes a new work is obtruded ou the botice of the public, it is usual to assign Idwal, and other Porlions of a Poem : some reasons for the liberty, which, 10 which is added, Gryphiadach, Car. though they may bave little beyond

men l'enalorium. By P. Bayley, Esq. plausibility to plead in their favour, yet, 8vo. pp. 274. 10s. should the author's intention appear to The present fragments, it appears, be good, are commonly heard, if not are portions of a poem of considerable with approbation, at least with indul. length, far advanced towards complegeace. The present work was origioally tion, though yet unfinished. The undertaken for the purpose of establis- parts selected for publication have in ing in the principles of conformity two ihemselves something like a connected country parishes which the author was subject, and on that account appear appointed at bis ordination to serve; capable of being detached from their and is wbicb be spent some very happy respective situalions, with the least vio. years of his life. The inbabitants of lence. They are sent out like the little both parishes were distioguished for a Montgolfiers, with wbicb aëronauts try regular attendance at their respective at once their gas, and the currents of churches; and, though amounting to the atmosphere, before they commit 900 individuals, few were disposed to themselves to the deep air in a large give encouragement to non-conform- Balloon. The poeni from which the ing tenets, satisfied with the faith in present fragments are taken, is founded which their fathers had lived and died, on events which occurred about the and considering the Bible and Liturgy as time of the second invasion of Wales by the two best books in the world, they Henry, 1!., in what may not improperly would never have dreamed, had not be styled the golden age of Welsh pocunfortunately, a non-conforming minis try. It has been too much the custom ter appeared among them, that sleeples to mention the Cambrians as a barbarous and bells, yawas and supphes, and the people. At the time spoken of they

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