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no splendid court scenes, or powerful delineation of court language-pompous and affected feelings. It is not intended for those styled the Exclusives ; but for the poor-the general mass of society, who, it is hoped, will find matter congenial to their feelings, their hopes, and aspirations.
"'As the many, I suppose, must ever be poor, their hopes and feelings will seldom present very different modifications; and it is with the many I think that my work will be popular. With the female world, too, I anticipate it would be a favourite.'
“ There is much taste and judgment shewn in the self-appreciation expressed in the above extract as to the style and object of this little tale. The reader will have to thank the writer for his unpretending simplicity. He will find no fustian-no bombast; but the feelings of nature, and the condition of life to which he belongs, pronounced without exaggeration, yet, nevertheless, with no ordinary power. Whether as much judgment was shewn in his disinclination to its appearance in a periodical work, may admit of doubt; but his reasons for it are at least characteristic. They were thus expressed.
“ I now sit down to write to you with the firm determination to reveal my inmost thoughts—to speak freely—to conceal nothing. Whilst I feel deeply grateful to your kindness-it is not in my nature to feel otherwise-whilst I cannot but respect the sympathy with misfortune that has induced you to take an interest in my little affairs ; I am pained to think that you should seem to entertain any unjustifiable or ungenerous suspicions of my moral character. You appear to think that I should apply the sum of — to a bad purpose. Now is it possible that I can have had such experience of the misery resulting from the want of money, and yet not make a proper use of it ?
w. There is another thing. You have spoken of vour intention, if you purchase the manuscript, to cut it up for the Magazine ; not to publish it separately. I have a sort of feeling, in thinking of this, like that perhaps of one who would contemplate the amputation of a leg or an arm. I have, perhaps unfortunately, a father's feeling for this child of mine, and I could not bear to see it unmercifully cut up to suit the pages of a periodical publication. If, after undergoing this ordeal, it were published separately, I can have no objections. I have stated my wish to present a copy to . one Harriet Hedges, (Rev. Edw. Kempe's, North Cerney, near Cirencester, Gloucestershire, who has pledged herself to become my wife--one who is every thing I could wish woman to be, and whose virtues would adorn a more exalted station than the one she occupies. But this object would be defeated by your proposed arrangement. O! may I ask you to consider this? If it were only a sixpenny pamphlet, I could wish her to read it. Yes, I could love - it is the first wish of my heart--that she should possess
a little volume bearing her future husband's name; not, heaven knows, from any feeling of personal vanity, but that I might receive her smile of approbation, that she might never blush for her connexion with me; and that I might give it into her hands as a mark of my admiration of her virtues, and her disinterested attachment to me.
.“'I do not know what to do, or what plan to adopt. I feel more unhappy than ever. My acquaintance with the world has not increased my respect for mankind. If an LL.D. were appended to my name, I might have some chance of success. . "I have struggled and battled with fortune, with sorrow, with mi. sery, and hardship; but, it would seem, to no purpose. What a world is this! Think, O think, of one who, from his squalid appearance, is ashamed to be seen in the splendid streets of this vast metropolis ; and yet he feels himself, in a moral and intellectual point of view, as deserving of respect as the purse-proud lords of this world.
“In my wildness I pray to my only Father and Friend in heaven; yet I am often tempted to arraign the goodness and benevolence of the Almighty. I have thought of walking to Cirencester-ay, if barefoot and give my manuscript into her kind hands, as a last memorial of my love. Yes, let her preserve it as the only mark of affection her lover had to bestow. Let it remain with her till mankind shall have become sufficiently benevolent to assist struggling obscurity and indigence; till that time when they shall cease to be dazzled by the glare of external appearance and station.
“As for myself, I am almost reckless of my fate. I live only for the amiable being to whom I am attached. I would cheerfully disclaim all community of feeling with the world, forsake society, *
* Pardon this rambling letter–I cannot now write coherently.'
« Such being the state of things, though desirous of serving the young man, nothing more could be immediately done than, as his furlough was expiring, to provide him with the means of returning to Londonderry, and to retain the M.S., in hope of making some use of it for the author's benefit. On the 16th of January last, Mr. Fraser was gratified by the receipt of a long letter from James Jolly, shewing that he had reached his quarters in safety.
After leaving London, he spent two days in Cheltenham, in the society of Harriet Hedges. • I left her," he says, “with a heavy heart; and I have since scarcely thought of her, or seen an object associated in memory with her, without tears of sorrow."
The decision of James Jolly has not been without effect. His little work is published separately.
Art. XX. - An Encyclopedia of
Cottage, Farm, and Villa Architecture; Illustrated by numerous designs of Cottages, Farm-houses, Farmeries, and Villas, including their interior finishing and Furni. ture, accompanied by critical remarks. &c. By J. C. LOUDON, F. L. S. H. I. G, S. &c. Part XII. London: Longman, Rees and Co. 1833.
ent education to enable them to enter into the principles of architecture at once, were led by degrees to understand those principles, laid down as they gradually and skilfully were, by such an experienced instructor as Mr. Loudon. Here then, we have a complete view of every plan of architecture whereby thedwellings of the whole mass of society may be equalized in point of all essential comforts, conveniences, and beauties. Inde. pendently of the actual practical benefit, which will immediately result from such a work as this, it will necessarily have the effect of im. planting in the minds of youth, some knowledge of the differences between good and bad architecture. As a fine art also, and as a rational source of entertainment for the mind, it is recommended to our notice on the same principle as painting and sculpture.
This is the concluding number, that completes a work that for stability, diligence, practical utility, and interest, has only been exceeded by the author himself, in those extraordinary literary labours, by which he is so extensively known. It is quite surprising to see the minuteness with which every detail connected with country architecture, from the most expensively fitted up villa to the most economical cottage, is explained. The number and variety of the illustrations give a degree of assistance to the reader in understanding and executing any of the plans presented to him in these pages, which renders the work as a guide, quite unique in its merit. Although we cannot now enter into the contents of this excellent production, we may be permitted to remind the public of the nature of its objects. The principal end proposed by this publication then, is to improve the dwellings of the great mass of society, and next, to create and diffuse among mankind gene rally a taste for architectural comfort as well as beauty. With a view to render the work intelligible, and therefore useful, Mr. Loudon commenced it with designs. In this way readers, who had not a suffici.
Art. XXI.—The Political Union
ist's Catechism ; a Manual of political Instruction for the People 80. By JUNIUS Redivivus. London : Wilson, 1833.
The object of this catechism is to show that the Reform Bill has by no means accomplished enough to satisfy the true lovers of liberty, and that the people should remember that their greatest strength depends on their union. The author inculcates that the best mode of securing the ballot and short Parliaments, will be, by procuring an extension of the suffrage ; and this extension should be granted only on the prin. ciple, that political knowledge
should alone constitute a legal claim make with hearty good will, that to the elective franchise instead of there never was a period in which a the “ absurd test of property." more general desire existed of see
ing old institutions re-modelled, obsolete and inapplicable laws revised
or abrogated, and new and useful Art. XXII.- Readings for Sunday regulations adopted. Seeing that
Evenings, 1 vol. 8vo. Edinburgh: what had been deemed the firmest Oliver and Boyd, 1833.
bulwarks of the ecclesiastical estaTuis neatly printed work is com
blishment removed-seeing that the posed of a selection of passages from
Test and Corporation Acts, and the
Penal Laws against Catholics, are some of the most famous Divines of
done away with—seeing that other the English and Scottish churches. The choice is judiciously made on
fundamental changes regarding the
Protestant church, are likely to take the principle of suiting the extracts to the circumstances of a quiet do.
place, the reverend author has a sus
picion that the Book of Common mestic circle. This plan is undoubt
Prayer will very speedily be subedly an improvement on almost all
jected to some revision, in conforthose which have been made the
mity with the universal spirit of foundation of works like the present;
change which is abroad. Having they almost uniformly consist of
taken this view of the probable appassages entirely destined to pro
plication of reform to ecclesiastical duce effect on large congregations,
affairs, Mrs. Bassnett conceived the and cannot therefore be allowed to
idea of adding what he calls his mite be well calculated for a small family
to the numerous plans of improveassemblage, the members of which
ment in church matters, which were are associated altogether on a dif
either developed or were yet in emferent footing. We strongly recom
bryo. He accordingly proposes his mend the use of the book to families
outline of a project for amendments who are anxious to spend their Sun
in, and additions to, the Liturgy. day evenings in a profitable manner.
The simplest and best way, accord
The The selections are made chiefly from
ing to this divine, of improving the Tillotson, Atterbury, Locker, Clarke,
Liturgy, would be to confine the Barrow, Blair, and Sir R. Moncrief.
present Book of Common Prayer to the weekly devotion of the church, and to compile a new book for Sun
days, Christmas-day, and Good Fri. ART. XXIII.-Reflections on the Ex- day. Proceeding then with his plan,
pediency of Adopting the Litur. Mr. Bassnett enters largely into the vical Reform recommended by the history and early changes in the Royal Ecclesiastical Commission Liturgy, and suggests such changes of the year 1689; also the Out- as appear to him to be advisable. He line of a plan of Auxiliary Sun. boldly declares, that whilst he yields day Ritual, &c. &c. By the to no man in a sincere and rational Rev. B. BASSNETT M. A. Incum esteem for the church of England, bent of Gorton-cum-Openshaw, yet he does not feel all that blind nkar Manchester. London :. reverence for its Liturgy which would Broughton, 1833.
prevent him from placing it amongst
the catalogue of human productions. The reverend author commences by He has no doubt that the same spirit a declaration, which he seems to which actuated the Fathers of the
Reformation, in the days of Henry sufferings of the crews of the Minion the Eighth, would have actuated and Trinity, from famine in 1536them in making further reforms, had the death of Sir H. Willoughby by they continued to mingle with the cold, together with a considerable affairs of life, and if that would number of other narratives, calcuhave been the case, in their compa- lated, from the interesting manner in ratively barbarous and bigotted age, which they are told, to fix deeply how much more justifiable is addi. our best sympathies. Amongst the tional reform at the present day, modern portion of the record are acwhen in fact the only danger to be counts of the shipwreck of the Grosapprehended for the church is en- venor East Indiaman, the Centaur, tirely from delaying, or declining to sufferings of David Woodward and admit improvements. The reverend five seamen, the loss of the Dutton, author urges strongly the adoption of the Nautilus, and the American of his propositions, as he thinks that ship Commerce in 1815, The conif incorporated in the regulations of tents of these two volumes are inthe church even now, they would tensely interesting, and will well resucceed in silencing objectors, and pay a perusal. the church would not only retain her present members, but would speed. ART. XXV. Romances of the Chivala ily receive an accessionof strength r ic Ages. By Pilgrim BROTHERS. from without
In 2 Vols. London, Bull. 1833. Tuese tales are a capital treat to
those whose minds are susceptible of ART. XXIV. A History of Shipwrecks being affected with strange events,
and Disasters at Sea, from the heroic and gallant deeds, and traits most authentic Sources. Vol. 78, of chivalry, which bring to our view of Constable's Miscellany. In all the romantic splendours of the 2 vols. London, Whittaker & Co. age when the cross conducted its 183.3
thousands of valiant bands over the
wildernesses of ocean and of sands, In the early part of this Miscellany to wrest the proud relics of the the subject of the present volumes Christian creed from the profane was partially illustrated by some in- hands of the infidel. The tales are teresting narratives. The present beautifully written; their plots are work is a continuation of the former, well arranged, and generally carry and seems to form, with the earlier the reader's attention uninterruptvolumes on nautical dangers, a com edly to the close; and we have selplete view of the whole of the affect dom passed a series of hours in a ing events and disasters on sea, of more pleasant occupation than that which history makes mention.
of mingling with the glorious spirits The production before us, which which animated the knights of forwe are glad to find is placed under mer ages, ere thirst of gold and the the able and judicious superintend- influence of luxury were exchanged ance of Mr. Redding, commences at for deeds of martial strength, valour, so early a period as the time of and generosity.' A humorous, but Henry I. of England. Proceeding in perhaps ultimately somewhat too techronological order, the author pre- dious, introduction ushers in these sents to us in succession the calami. tales : it is, however, well worth a ties which was encountered by the perusal. two brothers Cortereals, in 1500, the