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235 of no mean account; and in the distance, scenery was likely to attend the stream, in Che spot consecrated by the blood of the its further passage from that town ; to our early martyrs, which gave the city the gratification, we found it from thence, mean. name of “a field of dead bodies ;" he dering through a country profuse with the stands on the spot once occupied by the picturesque, lined on its right with the splendid ball of the voble Langton, one Chiltern Hills, and on the opposite side of bundred feet long by fifty in breadth, en the valley with a succession of wooded riched with the portraits of kings and eminences, terminating the prospect with leaders; near the site of that apartment the bold knolls in the vicinity of Leighton. in which Richard the Second entertained The abundance of timber, with church his guests; within the walls of that for. towers and spires, rising above the sun. tress which he afterwards passed as a cap mit of the woods, gave a cheerful variety tive ; and near to which rests the dust of to the vale beneath. We afterwards found monarchs and of saints."

the bavigation directing its course through Of Fisherwick, io St. Michael's pa- plete with delightful prospects, uniformly

scenes of uodimioished beauty, and rerish, it is related that, soon after 1758,

picturesque, and sometimes grand.

“ Deviating from the tedious monotony' “ It became the property of the first of the turnpike road, the course of the Marquis of Donegal, who took down the stream destined for inland navigation ancient house, and erected a princely must necessarily be directed through a mansion, with a beautiful Ionic portico, succession of the richest scenery-whe.. along the frize of which was inscribed, ther stealing through the glades and A.A.D. ANNO, MDCCLXXIV.

glooms of rural retirement, winding round “This noble building, to the regret of the brows of bills, or gliding through the the whole country, and the irreparable vallies by which they are surrounded, alloss of the neighbourhood, was taken down ternately visiting the recesses of pictorial in 1817, and the materials sold by public abode, or the populous town, and the busy. auction; the beautiful and extensive paid “ hom of men." is enclosed, the pools choaked up with “ Such are the particulars of the Grand mud and weeds, and the whole scene sack Junction Navigation, we bave undertaken as was predicted by Pope of Cannors. to describe ; which embraces a variety far • Another age shall see her glittering car exceeding that afforded by many rivers, Embrown the slope and nod on the parterre; as combining all the beauties of landscape Deep ruin bury all his taste had plann'd, --lhe elegance and splendour of the maxAnd laughing Ceres reassume the laud'."

sion and ibe villa-and the venerable re"The first Marquis of Donegal

mains of antiquity ; nor have we omitted

to combine the biographical anecdote, the erected a spacious mausoleum ad

historical record, or the critical researches joining the chancel of St. Michael's

on antiquarian topography. Church, and is there buried, as are “ In 1818, the annual gross revenue of two of bis wives, two children, and the Capal amounted to thesum of 170,0001. one of the Sheffioglon family, for. it possesses 1400 proprietors ; and its merly owners of Fisherwick."

sbares of 1001, have recently sold at from

2401. to 2501, each. Many of the first 39. Tour of the Grand Junction, illus. capitalists in the kingdom are its pro

trated with a Series of Engravings ; with prietors, and its usual routine of business
an Historical and Topographical Descrip is so conducted as to give satisfaction to
tion of those Parts of the Counties of all who are connected with it:
Middlesex, Hertfordshire, Buckingham.

6. We bave exerted ourselves to com. shire, Bedfordshire, and Northampton- bine the utile et dulce, and to embellish shire, through which the Canal passes. our descriptions with accurate delineations By J. Hassell. 8vo. pp. 152. Sold by of the scenery which we have sketched on the Author, and by all Booksellers.

the spot." THIS elegant Volume is ornament.

40. A Literal Translation of the Saxon ed with XXIV beautiful Views of the

Chronicle. _12mo. Pp. 324, and 96 af country through which the Grand Indes. Printed for Stevenson, & Co. Junction Navigation wiods its way. Norwich ; and Arch, London. of the entertainment they afford, Without disparagement to the ta. the Reader may judge, from Mr. lents of the Saxon Professors but, Hassell's introductory description of ou the contrary, anticipating muchenthe Capal :

tertaiument and iostruction from bis “ The beautiful scenery which accom

learned and elaborate Commentary, panied its banks, determined us to retrace

we cannot withhold our commendaour steps as far back as the town of Tring, tion of the neat little Volume now to observe if a continuance of interesting before us, and of the meritorious in.


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[Marchi, dustry of the Translator, and the of being an acceptable present. Few faithful manner in which she has per- travellers have visited Rome with a formed ber task, with no other as miud better calculated to appreciate sistance than the printed text afforded. the value of its rich store of classical

s. The present version was far advanced remains. towards its completion before she was in- . In a brief Introduction Mr. Wesformed, that the Publick was speedily to ton observes, that be indebted to the Rev. Mr. Ingram, for a

A great change of feature in the face Collated Edition of these singularly va.

of antient Rome, and no small improveJuable Annals, accompanied by a Trans

ment in its topography, took place in the lation and Notes. “ Under the expectation of the appear

year 1780, not long after the visit of the

Author of this small Manual to the Impeance of a work so much more complete in all its circumstances, the present very li.

rial city, and a considerable time before

the French Revolution, and the conquest mited impression is intended for private. of Italy by Buonaparte. circulation, and executed in a form, which,

“: The discovery of the Tomb of the it is conceived, may render it convenient

Scipios sulved a grammatical problem for for reference.”

the antiquariés, who had contended that As a specimen of Miss Gurney's a fragment, which it now appears bad beTranslation, and to mark the period longed to this comb, and had been found to which the Chronicle extends, we in a detached state iu the year MDCXV with select the earliest and the latest en. an inscription to Lucius, son of Barbatus tries :

Scipio, was a forgery. The stone was “ Octavianus reigned 56 years, and in

discovered near the Porta Capena ; and

the advocates for the bad Latin brought the 42d year of his reign Christ was born : then astrologers came from the Eastern pios must be without the Porta Capena,

Cicero to prove that the tomb of the Sciparts that they might worship Christ, and

not recollecting that the Aurelian wall had the children of Bethlehem were slain jo

brought forward that gate beyond the seHerod's search after him." "1154. This year King Stephen died, The opinion was by no means general tbat

pulchre mentioned 'by the Roman orator. apd he was buried with bis wife and his

the inscription was spurious, and it was son at Favres field (Feversham); they

quoied by Winkelmano and others as géhad built that monastery. - When the

nuine. The difference of language be. King died the Earl was beyond sea, and

tween the second Punic War and the time no man dursi do other than good for very

of Cicero, about two hundred years," is as dread of bim. When he came to Eng. land he was received with much honour, Dryden in the English, which may be

great in the Latio, as from Chaucer to and was consecrated King at London' on the Sunday before Christmas, and he held

seen by iospeetion. a great Court there : and on the same

HONC. OINO. PLOIRVMB. CONSENTIONT, R. day that Martin Abbot of Peterborough

DVONORO. OPTUNO. FVISSE. VIRO. sbould have gone thither he sickened, and

I.vcion. SCIPIONE. FILIOS, BĂRBATI. he died on the 4th of the nones of Jan. Hunc unum plurimi consentiunt Rone. vary. And that day the Monks chose Bonorum optimum fuisse virum another Abbot from among themselves. Luciua Scipivnem Filius Barbati. He is named William de Waliville, a good “ The remainder of the inscription is in clerk, and a good man, and well beloved Græpius, tom. iv. p. 1835, omæ, 1616; of the King and of all good people : and and in Mr. Hobhouse on the ruins of Rome, they buried the Abbot honourably in the

whose Dissertations for their excellence Church, and soon afterwards the Abbot

may be placed inter admiranda. Nardini Elect and the Monks went to the King at

mentions the tomb of Scipio Africanus, Oxford, and the King gave him the Abo

and places it, according to Acron the Schobacy, and thus he deparled."

liast on Horace, betweeo the castle St.

Angelo and the Vatican." 41. Enchiridion Rome: br, Manual of Tbis volume (which every English defacked Remarks on the Buildings, Pic

man who in future visits Rome should tures, Statues, Inscriptions, &c. of An. tient' and Modern Rome. By s. Weston,

carry in his pockel) concludes with F.RS. S. A. pp. 183.

a few instructive Noles, for which

12mo Bald. win & Co.

the Author is indebted to his friend

Mr. Holwell Carr.
To the generality of our learned
Readers the name of the respectable 42.

The History of France, from the Ear-
Author of thiy Manual is sufficient

liest Periods to the Second Return of recommendation ; and to the publiek Louis XVIII. to the Throne of his Anin general the book itself cannot fail cestors. Wilh a Chronologicab Table of



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237 Contents, and a contemporary List of conspicuous), wav profuse of human blood; Princes, at the end of each King's Reign; and in many instances wantonly so. The with an Appendix, containing a slight death of the Duke d'Engbein will be an Sketch of the Political Arrangements of eternal blot upon his character, as well as Europe as settled by the Treaty of Paris. that of Toussaint and his family. Of the And Notes. By Frances Tburtle, Aue crimes of the former there is not only no thor of Ashford Rectory, &c. 12mo. proof, but what they were pretended to pp. 307. Hailes.

be is scarcely known : he is accused of THIS compendious epitome of the

traitorous designs; but the patticulars of History of France will be found a these designs are not brought forward. His very useful companion to the juvenile judges were iguorant to the last moment students; and the Chronological Lists

of him whom they were going to try ; the

decree of his condemnation was signed by are particularly acceptable.

thern with trepidation and dismay; and Nearly half the volume is taken

his grave was ready dug before he arrived up with the important events of the at Vincennes ; tlrus affording a complete Jast 40 years, aod the whole is thus

proof that his trial was but a mockery. concluded.

Such a proceeding as this admits of no “ Puona parte having formed a conspi palliation; but inust ever be looked upon caous character in the latter part of these

with abhorrence. Murat was President at pages, and having appeared upon most this disgraceful trial. Surely when he was occasions in an unfavourable point of

afterwards overtaken by the same sort of view, it will be but justice to take au im. summary justice, conscience must have partial review of his life, and to point out brought the death of the Duke d’Engbien his principal actions, good as well as bad. forcibly w his recollection. Toussaint's “ It has been observed, that there is

crime we know. He loved his country too no character so uniformly bright, as not dearly to sell it to slarery. to possess some dark shades; but while

“ The unbounded licence Buonaparte we assent to the general truth of this ob.

ever allowed his soldiers upon all occa. servation, that charity which 'hopeth all sivas, greatly aggravated the miseries of things,' the distinguishing characteristic war, and eventually contributed to his of our holy religion, should teach us to own downfall, by arming against him the nelieve that there are no hearts so darkly peaceable inhabitants of those countries vicious, as not to be illumined by some

he had conquered, who might perhaps beams of the light of virtue. To sup:

have submitied to his sway as willingly pose Buonaparte an exception to this rule as to that of their natural princes, had would be illiberal. We are not, however, mercy and justice been his guide. But of his apologists : we are but simple narra

the mild virtues of justice and mercy, tors of truths and facts, as far as they are which so conspicuously adorn the charac. attainable; and to posterity (who are the

ter of Louis XVIII. Buonaparte had but a proper judges, as being impartial) we small share. They are, indeed, virtues of leave the judgment of his motives. There

the shade, and in the former had been are, however, certain points in his cha- taught and cultured by the stern rugged racter which are clear to every one, aud

nurse,' Adversity. upon these we may be permitted, with all “ His cruelties in Syria, and his depardue humility, to comment,

ture from Egypt, sullied his laorels in “Buonaparte was extremely indignant at that country; and his subsequent and not being allowed to take up his abode in unfortunate campaign in Russia, where England as a private person. He surely

he left the wreck of his army in the forgot that those who will openly sanction greatest distress, aod found selfish safety dishonour in others, may be suspected,

in flight, is a blot on his character as a and that without any great lack of cha

military man, that cannot be wiped out. rity, of paying but little regard to ho

The battle of Waterloo winds up the acnour themselves, The French officers count of his ingratitude to the soldiers of who broke their parole in this country

France, who evep now forget his faults, and were received by Buonaparte with the think only of him as the conquering leader greatest kindness and respect. Take as who led them on to victory at Jepa, Ausone instance General Le Fevre.

terlitz, &c. The soldiers at the battle of “ Buonaparte, like most other con Waterloo were enthusiastically devoted to querors (among the few exceptions, Henry him. The wounded, who were conveyed IV. of France, and Prince Eugene *, are

to Brussels, gave astonishing proofs of

*“A General officer having pointed out to Prince Eugene a post of considerable importance, which he assured him would not cost him above twelve grenadiers at most, . May be so,' replied the Prince; but the lives of twelve grenadiers are much too valuable to be thrown away upon this occasion. Now if it were twelve Gencrals, indeed, that would be a different matter.'


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Review of New Publications. [March, unshaken a'tachment. One of these brave kept the Parisiens suited their disposition fellows, after suffering amputation, with well. He was like Prester Jobn, always the most perfect unconcern, cried, Vive. to be sought. The question of · est l'Empereur ! and expired. Another told l'Empereur,' was as difficult to resolve as the surgeon, who was probing bis wounds, to decide on the colour of the Camelion. to go deeper, and he would find the Em. If one person affirmed, he had seen him peror. These were the soldiers Buona at the Palais Elysée a quarter of an hour parte forsook | and, by forsaking them, ago; a second would say, Cela ne peut ; gave convincing proof that he was defi. mais je viens de le recontrer à deux ou trois cient in that true and noble courage which lieues de Paris ; while a third would cüt the arises with difficully, and becomes more matter short, by saying, Messieurs, vous collected and firm as the hour of danger avez tort, tous les deux. L'Empereur est approaches. His detention of all the maintenant acec ses ministres aux ThuilEnglish who were in France at the time leries. Lord Whitworth took his departure, pre “ He improved Paris wonderfully, and vious to the last war, was cruel and wan certainly would have made that city the ton. It was not only contrary to all the finest in the world. Some parts of it, inlaws of nations, but even of humanity. deed, as it now is, stands unrivalled, His duplicity towards the house of Bour. Prince Blucher said, upon seeing London, bon, in Spain, is perhaps, less reprehen that there was but one London in the world. sible ; because we cannot help thinking Buonaparte wished to make but one Paris. the Royal Family of that country shewed The superiority of the two cities, it is pre60 little respect for themselves and each sumed, will never be yielded by the inhabiother, that they bad no reason to look for tants of either. To John Bull's broad paved it elsewhere.

streets, lo his small comfortable house, • Buonaparte has been often compared occupied by himself alone, and endeared to Charlemagne, aud in many instances by that comprehensive word, home, the with great reason. There is also one

Freni binan rould oppose the splendour striking resemblance between him and the of his palaces, the loftiness of bis houses, Emperor Charles V. Charles V. always

and • la lotalité de rues.' professed the greatest moderation, and the “The spoils with which Napoleon Buomost paciflc intentions, when he was de naparte enriched Paris were matter of cidedly bent on war. So did Buonaparte; great exultation 10 the Parisians: and and if the latter employed unfair means when the great work of restoration began, to attain his ends, so did the former, the regrets and murmurs were loud and

“ These, we believe, are the most glar. repeated. . The departure of the Venus de ing defects in his character. Of his g90:1 Medici caused quite a sensation. “Ah, deeds, the entire abolition of that dread. Monsieur, elle est partie !' said a Frenchfol tribunal the Inquisition, stands conspi man upon this occasion, without at all cuous. It has siuce been restored by Pope indicating who was gone ; ou, one could Pius VII.; and Ferdinand VII. King of possibly doubt who was meant by elle. Spain, has allowed it to be again estab. “ Some have exclaiined against this act lished in his dominious.

of restitution as an act of injustice. Con“ Napoleon's general toleration of all quest and treaties gave these works of religions, and the kindness he showed the art 10 France, it is said ; then, súrely, it Jews, who are in general much oppressed may be answered, conquest had equal right on the Contineut, is another instance that to reclaim them. The allies took their he could sometimes feel as a man should own ; they did not retaliate upon the feel. His habits are abstenious; and, it French people, aud rob them of their is almost needless to say, his mind and treasures, though they certainly had the body active. He was also, as Shakspeare power of so doing, and the 'same right as says of Wolsey,

the French had, lo plunder the nations. fair spoken and persuading;

they had conquered.

• But to return to Buonaparte. He Lofty and sour, to them that lov'd him vot';

was much beloved by his own family, to But to those men who sought him, sweet

whom he was himself strongly attached, as summer.'

at least if we may judge from the profusion “ In his way to England, and during with which he scattered crowns and sceptres his stay at Plymouth, he gained the good among theni. wishes of most of those who approached

“ His Generals were not forgotten by him; and while he had the unreserved

him. . Murat he made grand Duke of privilege of seeing different persons at St.

Berg, afterwards King of Naples. Bec. Helena, he made himself many friends. nadotte is now King of Sweden. Many With the English officers, who are his im- of the rest he made Dukes and Peers of inediate and personal attendants, he is

Fratice, and loaded ihem with wealth and familiar, communicative, and gentlemanly. honours. ' By one class of men he is very

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289 nius and letters, to whom he was a liberal From ber command of language, she patron.

is precise and energetic, and from her “ His refusing to admit into his army close inspection of nature, impresthe guard of honour who forsook Monsieur sive io her ideas.. Numerous lines at Lyons, and his sending the cross of the fix the brilliant gaseous flamo of the legion of honour to the only soldier who reniained faithful to his master, is a proof epic or the ode, and the softness of

the luoar beam appears in the pathe. that he can duly appreciate acts of truth and loyalty even in an enemy.

tic : We see no dull November inorg“ This extraordinary personage, who ing verses all is steady summer lustre. rose gradually from the middling ranks

We shall select one specimen from of life to be monarch of an empire, not the Wife of Asdrubal. Al the dowofar inferior to that of Charlemagne, sud fall of Carthage, that mean-spirited denly fell from this immense height, not General solicited mercy, by privately merely to be a private individual, with retiring from the scene of misery to the title of General Buonaparte ; but to the tent of the conqueror. His bighbe a prisoner on a lonesome rock, which

souled wife flew to the roof of the forms but a speck in the vast expanse of burning temple, arrayed in her host tainty and vanity of all human great: apparel, stabbed her children, and then

threw them and herself into the

flames. The scene is thus described 43. Tales and Historic Scenes in Verse. by our fair Authoress in high drama : By Felicia Hemans, Author of the Re.

" But mark ! from ope fair temple's sloration of the Works of Art to Italy, Joftiest height,

[sight, Modern Greece," &a &c. 8vo. pp. 255. What towering form bursts wildly on the Murray.

All regal in magaificent attire, WE have often been led to reflect, And sternly beauteous in terrific ire ; what difference, if any, the female

She might be deem'd a Pythiu in the hour

Of dread communion and delirious power ; character, as distinguished from the male, tends to introduce into poetry. There dwells a strange and fierce ascen

Å being more than earthly, in whose eye Favourilism, the usual distinctiou in

dancy. the conduct of life, does not operate The flames are gathering round-intensely in this abstract pursuit, oor that sub


[light, lime and roble indifference to self, Pull on her features glares their meteorwhich characterizes the materoal and

But a wild courage sits triumphant there, conjugal character of the best and The stormy grandeur of a proud despair ; most valuable donation of Deity, A daring spirit, in its woes elate, the lovely companions of our plea- Mightier than death, untameable by fale. sures, and the sincere participators of The dark profusion of her locks unbound,

Waves like a warrior's floating plumage our sorrows. By their admiration of heroic qualities they strongly support Flush'd is her cheek, inspired her haughty

round, bravory : by their meekness and pa

mien, tience under pain they hold out a

She seems th' avenging goddess of the bright example of philosophy, which

scene, far exceeds ibat of the boasted lords

It is a certain denotation of the of the creation, by their sensitive delicacy they hanish rudeness from 80

grandeur of this poetical picture, that

it reminds us of Mrs. Siddons in her ciety & by their taste they cluthe it

loftiest scenes. The ideas of the with grace, and by their sentimeut they introduce soul and feelings into

verses in italicks are exceedingly five.

The idea in the following address persons wbo would otherwise be often only animated, counting-houses, or

to her husband is of tbe happiest

kind. 'wine-casks, absorbed iu mere calcu. lations or gross pleasures. Of these

Scurn'd and disbonour'd live! with several qualities of admiration, of

blasted name, bravery, meekness under pain, deli. The Roman's triumph not to grace but

shame. cacy, taste, aod sentiment, we may therefore auppose their works chiefly The dirge io p. 139, is sweet and to consist; and accordingly we ex. beautiful, and we deeply regret, that pect to find the Corinthian, rather our scanty limits allow us only to ex. ihan the Doric order in their poetry. hibit a small part of so much rich

Iu the qualitics mentioned ihe poe- scenery by the momentary light of a try of this fair Authoress abouads. hurrying meteor.



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