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the circumstance of some robbers attack. That I must be half rotted in my grave ing the castle of a Norman Baron, after E're death can cancel it-Thou thought'st the bour of Curfew. The scene in the me dead, second act, between Robert and Flo. And so I was to all but my revenge. rence, bears a strong resemblance to that The man whom thou didst find in thy wife's
chamber of Hubert and Arthur in King Jobn; though this is probably to be attributed Was I.-The letters sent to thee were mise;
And often under terrible affiction to coincidence:
As å specimen of the When thou bow'd to Heaven's mystericus language, we shall quote the Baron's ad
chiding, dress to Matilda.
This arm, like thunder from a cloud bas Bar, Now observe her then.
reach'd thee. Woman, stand forth and answer to our charge. Bar. And are you not content? 'The universal cry is loud against you
Fitz.' No jot appeased! For practised witchcraft che consuming Tho' I skould kill thee with extremest tarplagues
tures Of murrain, blight, and mildew, that make To 'suage the burning tliirst of my revengevain
Drink thy blood life-warm; tear those tren. The peasant's labour, blasting his full hopes, bling limbs, Are laid to your account,they charge more. And scatter them as whirlwinds strew the
dust Your skill in noxious herbs, and ev'ry weed Mid the triumphant pantings of my soul, of poisonous growth, the teeming earth is Vengeance would weep to think thy pangi rank with,
were mortal. Fatal to man and beast that these collecting
Among the Bagatelles of the Dransa, By the full moon with wicked industry
we place Mr. Dimon D's “ Young Hose You do apply to hellish purposes ;
sar:" an operatic piece in two acts. To shrink up the sound limb, and with a
criticising its contents, we shall use the touch Plant wrinkles on the blooming check of author's own words, “ To praise it higlily youth.
is impossible. To censure it sererely This is not all-they urge most vehemently would be ill-natured." The stage-direc. That you usurp the night's solemnity
tion at the close we consider as a good For deeds of darkness, horrible to think of! caricature of the finale in the generality That when the yawning church-yards vomit of modern plays. “ Music- The lours forth
fall into each others arms—The parents The grisly troops of fiends, that haunt the 'bend over them in benediction-BoxCore, night,
NINETTE, and the Military dispare thered You have been heard to mutter mischief with selves in different attitudes of surprize and them,
joy. The Curtain drops upon the groupe." Dancing around a pile of dead men's bones To your own howling, and with hideous yells Mr. Morton, may be well adapted to
« Town und Country," a comedy by Invoking curses for the coming day. How answer you to this?
the stage, but we cannot say much for its Another portion of a dialogue between aids both of scenery and acting.
perusal in the closet. There it wants the the Baron and Fitzharding, the captain of the robbers, affords a specimen still is not inferior to some of his former pro
" Peter the Great," by Mr. CHERIT, more striking:
ductions. Bar. It was a galling wrong, but thou for
NOVELS AND ROMANCES, gav's it. Fitz. I seemingly forgave it thou believd'st The last half-year has been abundantme,
ly prolific in works of this descriptive; And when thou held'st me to thy cred'lous but they have been alipost without sie breast
ception worthless. Miss PORTER'S " HUR I did not frangle thee.-We drank together, gurian Brothers," niust le mentioned 33 And still I mix'd no poison with thy wine.
an exception; and it stands with no in Alone, at midnight, o'er a dreary beath
considerable share of honourable distinc Have we pass'd-on the extremest verge
tion, in a class of productions, in which Of a sea-impending clift, yet I abftained.
almost all the rest that have appeared Ask me why, thus so often strangely tempted, I bave witheld the blow?'Twas not in
are characterised by their insipiday, the
immorality, or their defamation. We mercy ;Say, was not this an honourable scar
mentioned on a former occasion the cruud
(stripping bis arm.) of servile imitators of the title (but alas! To stamp upon a young and gallant soldier ? nothing but the title) of A Firler A sbame which on my body is so fix'd, London," and we have now to add to that
But as many
list, “ A Winter in Bath ;” “ A IVinter Johnson, the family and the friends of 0! Buth;" " The Winter in Dublin;" and the lamented author will experience the by way of climax, we suppose, “ The In- satisfaction that they have not, from a fidel Jother; or, Three Winters in Lon- mistaken zeal for his posthumous tamc, don.” We should have hinted to the au- sullied the literary character which he thors of these productions, that a title- acquired while living. page ought to have some relation to the
We quote the following, as fair though contents of a book; bad we not been short specimens:made acquainted with the strange fact, " AFRET, part. Filled with; fraught that at least two of these works were with. hamed, 110t by the author, but the book
For rounde, environ, her crounet seller. This ruse de commerce ut a trick Was tull or riche stones fier. ing title-page is only an old cheat practi
Chaut. R of the Rose, I. 3203. sed upon the purse of the public; but there is matter calling for much more se
“ The etymology of this word, and of rious censure in the last-mentioned work,
the verb fret, is, as Dr. Johnson observes, with which it is not our province to inter" very doubtful. Freight of a ship, which fere, otherwise than to lament that the in French is spelled fret, and in Latin press should be abused to such purposes.
offretamentum, has usually been referred A work similar in character and tendency inutical terins have been adopted from
to fretum or frith, a strait. to the “ Infidel Mother," is the “ Rising the German, none of the etymologies Sun."
To the fair author of the “ Libertines," mentioned by Johnson appear so reasonwe are inclined to use the language of able, as to refer the word to the German the witches in Macheth, and exclaim,
fretten," to load, froin which the “ Fair is foul, and foul is fair!" The French fiet, the German fracht, and the readers who can be amused, with such
Englind freight, may ea-ily be deduced.
The irons, prurient trash as the Libertines, must have their mental appetites depraved, and cominonly called dogs, on which wood their understandings warped in no con
is laid to burn. mnon degree.
“ Dr. Arbuthnot, speaking of Corne
hus Scriblerus's shield, says: " A Supplement to Dr. Johnson's Dic The maid, a cleanly wench, had scoured it tionary of the English Language: or a as bright as her and irons. Glossary of Obsolete and Provincial
Memoirs of Martinus Scriblerus. Il'ords," by the late Rev. JONATHAN
th' ard-irons Boccuer, A.M. Part the first. Lond. (I had forgot them) were two winking cupids 1807.
Of silver, each un one foot stinding, nicely The object of this valuable work is suf depending on their brands. ficiently explained by the title. It was
Gymbeiine, Act. II. s. 6. Mr. Boucher's first intention to have pre
« The term end-irons is in Yorkshire sented to the world a Provincial Gloflary applied to two coarse iron plates, used cously; but liaving likewise directed his at- to contract the firc-place. They are tention to Obsolete Words as a subordi. moveable: when a greit fire is wanted, mate part of bis undertaking, he found they are placed at a distance; and nearer that his first idea of giving the whole in two
for a small one. alphabets would be objectionable. Va “ Andirons are mentioned in an inverrious intances were continually occurring tory of goodes and catre!s, taken in the in which it was extremely difficult to de. time of Henry VIII., and there called cide whether a word which was formerly uu niirons. See Soruti's Horii, &c. vol. provincial was not now obsolete, or whe- ill. p. 61. ther a word supposed to be obsolete was " A pair of antique andirons emisoseed not still provincial. In combining the with figures, were sold at the Marquis of two classes of words Mr. Boucher had Laodsdowo's sale, this spring, (1806) for proceeded as far as the letter G. His seventy yuineas. former Provincial Glossary having been
* Skinner suggests three etymologies of udvanced to T. Of the six letters which this term : 1. Irons that may be moved were compleated, the first is here sub- by the hand; 2. End-irons, from their anitted to the judginent of the public: supporting the ends of the wood that is and the adrertisement pretixed concludes to be burnt; and S. Brand-irons, as if it with this remark, that it from any intrin- were a corruption of the Saxon brandell
, sie merit this first portion may appear to to burn. I conceive, however, that anda deserve a place on the same shelf with in this compound ferm, has die general MONTILLY Mag., No. 159,
sense of the Saxon and in composition, TIIS IN ÆDIBUS ALDE ET ANDRES SO being equivalent to the Greek arti, or the CERI, &c. English against or opposite to : so that “ The Editio princeps of Jurenal xas the name describes the thing jusä as it is printed at Venice, by Spira, in 1470, -one piece of iron set opposite to ano and may be seen in the Cracherude culo ther. Anotimber in Saxon, in like lection. Concerning this edition, Cinta manner, is a beam laid opposite to ano sult Maiitaire 1, p. 296. Gaignat, 1675. ther bean).
De Bure, 2828. Panzer, p. 3. p. 485. “ In many places, and particularly in “ Gaignai's copy sold for 185 litres, Shropshire, and the neighbouring coun which was very cheap.". ties, andirons are called cob-irons. This Another curious article occurs upo also is Saxon, and signifies the piling of the Cantica Canticorum; but it is tuo the wood to be burned on such irons; long for quotation : and a third, of pecufrom copan, compilare."
liar interest, is entitled English Porire. The only complaint we have to make In the cnumeration of the ditferent is, that the authorities for the different plays in the Garrick, kemble, Malure, quotations are very often incorrectly and other collections, we have to curbprinted. Peck's is called sometimes plain that scarcely any thing but the inPackes, and sometimes Peckes " Desi. dividual title of the production is given; derata Curiosa.' “ Queen Elizabeth's” with few particulars of its contents, and Progress, for “ Progresses," continually sometimes not even a remark upon its 13occurs; and for Marston's Satires, we rity or curiosity. Instances, however, do have Marstone's Saturisc." Among the occur where the latter observation wil longer and more curious articles, are those not apply. Of Elkanuh Settle's “ Einon AMBRIE and AULD-Nich.
press of Morocco," Lond. 1073, lir. Mr. Belor's “ Ancedoles of Literature Beloe observes: and scurce Books," deserve particular at “ This play is much sought after, as tention. To say that they are free from being the first whicis was sold for what errors would be wrong: but we have not was then thought the enormous sum a often seen a work of miscellancous inform two shillings. The engravings were not ation more amusing to the bibliographical improbably a representation of the scenes, enquirer.
in one of which the most shocking torThe main body of the materials appear tures are exhibited. Horace did wat to have been selected from the vast lie think it possible that it should enter into brary at the British Museum; aided by the human imagination to exbibit things inforiration from literary characters, so offensive." whose names give a sufficient sanction to Nor are the anecdotes which relate to their different coinmunications.
the Devonshire collection of gems of less From the more valuable articles among important interest. the Classical Fragments we transcribe Another article, the last we shall tranthe following:
scribe, is the formal and authentic ald" Juvenal et Persins.-Long before Re- cation of the supreme authority br R.:nouard had published liis excellent book chard Cromwell. It exhibits the strong on the lives and Works of the Printers contrast of his character with that of of the name of Aldus, the learned Mr. father Oliver. Cracherode bad discovered that two edi “ Jis late Highness's Letter to the tions of Juvenal and Persius were printed Parliament of England:at Venice by Aldus, and his brother-in “ Shewing his willingness to submit to law Andrew, in the year 1501. The this present government: attested andet following is a note, written by Mr. his own hand, and read in the House, ou Crachcrode on the subject:
Wednesday the 25th of May 1659. “ Satis constat hoc anno (1501) duas * I have perused the Resolve and Deci Juvenalis et Persii Editiones e Prcio Al ration wlich you were pleased to deliser to dino prodiisse, quarum altera nequc solita me the other night; and for your inforte Aldi prætert insigma, ncque paginas ha- ation touching what is mcunoved in ile bet numeratas; quæ vero ad calcem vo said resolve, I have caused a true stale luminis adjiciuntur 'Venetiis in ædibus of my debts to be transcribed, and tear Aldi, &c.' litcris minoribus sive Italico vexed to this paper, which will the charactere espressa sunt. Altera (que what they are, and how they were cutet posterior videtur, habet in fronte Del tracted. phinum Aucore implicitum, foliis absol “ As to that part of the Nesikre vler vitur 76 numeratis, in tine denique hæc by the committee are to inform thewleguntur literis inajusculis impressa VENE selves low far I do acquiesce in the
vernment of this commonwealth, as it is Mr. Christian's “ Vindication of the declared by this parliament; I trust iny Right of the Universities of Great Bripast carriage hitherto hath manifested my tain to u Copy of every new Publication." acquiescence in the will and disposition of On the propriety of the entry, and conGud, and that I love and value the peace sequent distribution of eleven copies of this commonwealth much above my own among our public libraries, no friend to liteconcernments; and I desire that by this a rature will probably entertain a doubt. But measure of my future deportment may be there is one question, the decision of taken, whicle through the assistance of which seems very material in regard to God shall be such as shall bear the same the benefit which the Universities are witness, having I hope in some degree likely to obtain from the statute of Queen learned rather to reverence and submit to Anne : " Whether the delivery of the the band of God, than to be unquiet un- copies at Stationer's Hall was intended to der it: And (as to the late providences depend upon the entry.” If this was not that have falen out ainong us), however the case, ihe Acts at present in force by. in respect of the particular engagements which the Stationer's Company are made that lay upon me, I could not be active to benelit our public libraries must be in making a change in the governinent of viewed as inadequate to their intentions. these nations, yet, through the goodness
The looked for extension of our conof God, I can freely acquiesce in its being quests in Spanish America has given rise made, and do hold myself obliged, as to the publicatiou of “ La Foresta Es(with other men) I expect protection panola; or, Select Passages in Prose, exfrom the present government, so to de- tracted from the inost celebrated Spanish mean inyself with all peaceableness un- authors, ancient and modern. To which der it, and to procure to the utterinost are pretixcd, Observations on the Origin, of my power, that all in whom I have any Progress and Decline of literature in Spain. interest do the same.
They who may be studying the Spanish “ RICHARD CROMWELL. language, will find this little volume of a “ London: Printed by D. Maxwell, 1059.” mixed nature; containing extracts both
Mr. Beloe announces his intention of of a serious and a lively turn, Near the continuing the Anecdotes at intervals. A close of the preliminary observations the third voluine, we understand, is now pre- best helps toward the attainment of a paring for the press.
knowledge of the Spanish language are So little has been done for the illustra- pointed out. tion of Anglo-Saxon Literature, that we Another work in this class, but of difview with pleasure any thing which may ferent intention, is “ The Director, a conduce to its revival. At present we Weekly Literary Journal," of which the shall only mention the two first numbers first volume is completed. It contains : of the “ Etymological Organic Rousoner," 1. Issays on subjects of Literature, the hy Mr. HENSILALL. If we mistake not, Fine Arts and Manners. 2. Bibliograthey are in part the completion of a plan phiana. Accounts of rare and curious announced soine years ago.
books, and of the Book sales in this counThe very valuable materials contained try, from the close of the seventeeth cenin Mr.WARION's" History of English Poe- tury. 3. Royal Institution. Analysis try," speak ofthemselves the benefit deri- of the Lectures delivered weekly. ved to the literary world by the publica- British Gallery. Description of the printion of an Index. We can only wonder cipal Pictures exhibited for sale, with the that such a labour was not performed he names of the purchascrs. The title of fore. Under the idea that the work it- the Paper may possibly at first sight seem self would ere long be continued, it has presumptuous; but the author offers himbeen formed in separate alphabets; one selt “as a mere guirle-post to direct the for the Dissertations prefiscd, and one course of others to moral and intellectual for each of the volumes. Another may excellence,” “- resigning all claim to prebe easily added to any subsequent por- enuinence, and striving only to be the humtion. As far as it has yet gune, it is cor- ble instrument of pointing out to his counrect and copious.
tryinen the path wbich leads to the temIn this class also we shall place “Ge ple of intellectual fame." The most curious neral Washington's Fuc Simile Letters to portion of the work, however, is that which Sir John Sinclair."
is entitled Bibliographiana,written, webcThe still fewer works than ever, which lieve, by the Rev. Mr. Dibdix. The folin consequence of one of Lord Kenyon's lowing account of the saie of Archbishop decisions in 1798, are now entered at Sta- Tillotson's library, though by no means yoner'; Hull, form the object of enquiry, in the most ample, we quote us a specimen :
Archbishop Tillotson's Sale of Books though we are still inclined to believe succeeded that of Sir Charles Scarburgh, that the two men were guilty. in about two months (1695.) The Arch “ The Aphorisms of Sir Philip Side bishop's books were sold, together with ney, with Remarks by Miss PORTER.' the Library of Mr. Seth Mountley form a very interestig publication. Tte Luncle, late Master of Mercers' School, Aphorisms theinselves are classed under London; consisting of Hebrew, Chaidaick, different heads, and are either expanded Syriack, Persich, and other Oriental or illustrated in the Remarks. books, with French, Italian, and Spanish, “ The Miseries of Human Life," tare by C. Batcman.
been succeeded by such a suanin of smr “ This collection was not so numerous lar nonsense, that althouyli they are not as the preceding one, but was probably endless, we do not think tnecessary to say equally valuable. In the oriental lan- more than that their titles will be found guages there appear to have been up- in our monthly Catalogues. We are in wards of two hundred volumes, including presented with “ The Pleasures of Ha the works of Robertson and Ravis. man Life."
“ The Archbishop was rich in old die There is another work wbich we shail vivity; though the Critici Sacri,' would mention for the benetit of the historiari, not now bring ilie sum of eleven pounds, niher than the ordinary reader, in the por • L'Abbe's Sacro-Sancta Concilia,' Catalogue of the entire Collection of twenty-eight pounds.
uscripts, on Paper and Felluna, i “ The most curious article in English the lute Marquis of Lunsilou ne." It ceHistory was ‘Pryone's Records;' a work sists of two volumes, octavo. The first published in the years 1666-68-70, in containing a detailed account of every three tolio volumes, and of wbichi the fire individual article among the Buneigh of London consumed the greater part of papers. The second relating to the copies of the first volume. This Shelburne papers only. Prefixed to the wolume alone las of late become so scarce, first volume is the followiog Preface, as to produce the sum of fifty pounds and which we transcribe as affording a cunous upwards. At Mr. Daly's sale, in the History of a Collection, which, instead year 1792, a copy of the three volumes, of being dispersed by an auction, will with the frontispiece complete, was sold now be deposited entire in the British for eighty pounds five shillings. The Museum. Archbishop's copy produced only eight “ The late Marquis of Lansdowne's pounds. Sce Oldy's “ British Libra- Manuscripts unquestionally forin one rian,” p. 11.
of the noblest and most valuable private Among the Miscellanics also, must we collections in the kingdom. Thev mere class Mr. HORNE Tooke's “ Letter to the principally accumulated by the industry Editor of the Times," written in a plain of the two celebrated collectors, Mr. perspicuous style: and relating to the James West, and Mr. Phillip (arteret events which preceded the duel between Webb, whose favourite study and amuse Sir Francis Burdett and Mr. Paull, rather ment it was, to procure and preserve all than to the transaction itself. Mr. Paull the original papers and records, which is represented as having forced himself they could meet with, relative to the into the friendship of Sir Francis, with laws, customs, government, topography, interested views: and is treated with a and bistory, both civil and ecclesiastical, degrec of severity which may be easily of England and Ireland. imagined by those who know Mr. Tooke's “ Mr. James West's Collectiva in ability in wielding the pen. We hardly cludes one hundred and fifteen volumes, think it calculateri, bitter as it is, to do in folio, of original Cecil papers, with injury to Mr. Paul.
materials sufficient to make up the am Our respect for the verdict of an Enge ber one hundred and twenty. These lish Jury will hardiy sufier us to contess papers were bought in 1681, hy Mr. that Mi. HARMER'S " Documents and Richard Chiswell, a stationer of Landne, Coservations, tending to shew a l'robobio of Sir William Ilickes, the grent gratul lity of the Innocence of John Holloway, son of Sir Michael Iliekes, who was and Ouen Ilupperty, who were excculcd Secretary both to Lord Burleigh, and a as the díurderer's it wir Siecle," possess his son the Earl of Salisbury. They an interest in their comments on the were afterwards sold to Mr. John Serye evilence, which we did not expect to of Low Leighton, of whrase Pxecutor they meet with
As a composition, this were purchinsed by Mr. West. Theo prunphlet certainly docs its author credit; Manuscripts were senreels, un