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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 hour 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 of Hubert and Arthur in King John; Was I. -The letters sent to thee were mise; though this is probably to be attributed

And often under terrible affliction to coincidence

As a specimen of the When thou bowid to Heaven's mysterious language, we shall quote the Baron's ad

chiding, dress to Matilda.

This arm, like thunder from a cloud bra 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 should kill thee with extremest tas. plagues

ture, Of murrain, blight, and mildew, that make To 'suage the burning thirst of my revengevain

Drink thy blood life-warm; tear those trenThe 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 Drama, By the full moon with wicked industry

we place Mr. Dimond's " Young Hes You do apply to hellish purposes ;

sar:" an operatic piece in two acts. In 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 higlsby youth.

is impossible. To censure it sererely This is not all-they urge most vehemently would be ill-natured.” The stage-direcThat 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 lovers forth

full into each other's armsThe parents The grisly troops of fiends, that haunt the "bend over them in benediction-Boscode,

night, You have been heard to mutter mischief with selves in different attitudes of surprize and

NINETTE, and the Military dispare there them,

joy. The Curtain drops upon the groupe." Dancing around a pile of dead men's bones

"" Town und Country," a comedy by To your own howling, and witb hideous yells

Mr. Mortos, may be well adapted to 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 pre

" Peter the Great," by Mr. Chikar, more striking:

ductions. Bar. It was a galling wrong, but thou for.

NOVELS AND ROMANCES. gav's it. Fir%. I seemingly forgave it thou believd'st The last half-year has been abundant

ly prolific in works of this description; And when thou held’st me to thy cred'lous but they have been alipost without ele breast

ception worthless. Miss PORTER'S " Hus I did not frangle thee.-We drank together, gurian Brothers," nust be mentioned a 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 heath considerable share of honourable distite Have we pass'd-on the extremeft verge

tion, in a class of productions, in wbuch Of a sea-impending clift, yet I abftained.

almost all the rest that have appeared Ask me why, thus so often strangely tempted, 1 bave witheld the blow ? ~ Twas not in immorality, or their defamation. We

are characterised by their insipidity, their 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 als! To stamp upon a young and gallant soldier ? nothing but the title) of " A Finler ** A abame which on my body is so fix'd, London," and we have now to add to that


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list, " A Winter in Bath;" “ A Winter 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 jlother; or, Three Winters in Lon- mistaken zeal for his posthumous famc, don." We should have hinted to the au- sullied the literary character which be 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. named, not by the author, but the hook

For rounde, environ, her crounet seller. This ruse de commerce of a trick- Was full of riche stones fiet. ing title-page is only an old cheat practi

Chaut. R of the Rose, 1. 3203. sed upon the purse of the public; but there is matter calling for much more se

“ The etyinology 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: to fretum or frith, a strait

. But as many

offretamentum, has usually been referred A work similar in character and tendency uutical terins have been adopted from to the Infidel Mother,” is the “ Rising the German, none of the ctymolsies Sun." To the fair author of the “ Libertines,"

mentioned by Johnson appcar so reasonwe are inclined to use the language of able, as to refer the word to the German the witches in Macbetli, and exclaim, fretten,” to load, froin which the Fair is foul, and foul is fuir!" The French fret, the German fracht, and the readers who can be amused, with such English freight, inay easily be deduced, prurient trash as the Libertines, must

« AND-TRONS, I. & The irons, have their mental appetites depraved, and cominonly called dogs, on which wood their understandings warped in no con

is laid to burn. non degree.

“ Dr. Arbuthnot, speaking of Corne

hius 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' and irons Borcuer, A.M. Part the first. Lond. I had forgot them) were two winking eupids 1807.

Of silver, each on one tout standing, nicely The object of this valuable work is suf- depending on their brands. ficiently explained by the title. It was

Cymbeline, 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 oly; but having likewise directed his at- to contract the firc-place. They are tention to Obsolete Words as a subordi. moveable: when a great fire is wanted, nate part of bis undertaking, he found they are placed at a distance; and nearer that his firti idea of giving the whole in two for a small one. alphabets would be objectionable. Va- “ Andirons are mentioned in ap inverrious infiances were continually occurring tory of goodes and catrels, 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 uundirons. See Strutt's Horii, &c. vol. provincial was not now obsolete, or whe- iii. 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 Laudsdown's sale, this spring, (1806) for proceeded as far as the letter G. His seventy vuineas. foriner Provincial Glossary having been * Skinner suggests three etymologies of udvanced to T. Of the six letters which this term : 1. Irons that may he moved were compleated, the first is here sub- by the hand; 2. End-irons, from their initted to the judgınent of the publie: supporting the ends of the wood that is and the advertisement prefixed 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 branden, sie merit this first portion may appear to to burn. I cunccive, however, that anda deserve a place on the same shelf with in this compound term, fas the general MONTHLY Mag., No. 159,




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sense of the Saxon and in composition, TUIS IN ÆDIBUS ALDI being equivalent to the Greek artı, or the CERI, &c. English against or opposite to : so that “ The Editio princeps of Juvenal na the name describes the thing juse as it is printed at Venice, by Spira, in 1470, -one piece of iron set opposite to ano- and may be seen in the Cracher de cuither. Andtimber in Saxon, in like lection. Concerning this edition, Cilt manner, is a beam laid opposite to ano- sult Maiitaire 1, p. 296. Gaignat, 1675. ther bean).

De Bure, 2828. Pauzer, 7. 3. p. 485. “ In many places, and particularly in Gaignat's copy sold for 183 litres, Shropshire, and the neighbouring coun- which was very cheap.". ties, andirons are called cob-irons. This Another curious article occur upno also is Saxon, and signifies the piling of the Cantica Canticorum; but it is 100 the wood to be burned on such irons; long for quotation; and a third, of pecufrom copan, compilare.”

liar interest, is entitled English Poetry. The only complaint we have to make In the enumeration of the ditferrat is, that the authorities for the different plays in the Garrick, kemble, Malone, quotations are very often incorrectly and other collections, we have to combprinted. 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, du have Marstone's Saturisc.". Among the occur where the latter observation will longer and more curious articles, are those not apply. Of Elkanuh Settle's “ Exton AMBRIE and AULD-NICK.

press of Morocco," Lond. 1673, Mir. Mr. Belor's “ Anccdotes 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 of often seen a work of miscellaneous inform- iwo shillings. The engravings were not ation more amusing to the bibliographical improbably a representation of the scener, enquirer.

in one of which the most shocking torThe main body of the materials appear tures are exhibited. Horace did not 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 exhibit things information 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 trathe following:

scribe, is the formal and authentic abdJuvenal et Persius.—Long before Re- cation of the supreme authority br Rinouard bad published his excellent book chard Cromwell. It exhibits the strong on the Lives and Works of the Printers contrast of his character with that of luss of the name of Aldus, the learned Mr. father Oliver. Cracherode had discovered that two edi- His late Highness's Letter to the tions of Juvenal and Persius were printed Parliment 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 under following is a note, written by Mr. his own hand, and read in the House, on Cracherode on the subject:

Wednesday the 25th of May 1659. “ Satis constat hoc anno (1501) duas a I have perused the Resolve and Declr Juvenalis et Persii Editiones e Prcio Al ration which you were pleased to deliver is dino prodiisse, quarum altera nequc solita me the other night; and for your infond Aldi præfert insigna, ncque paginas ha- ation touching what is mcnhoved in ile bet nuncratas; quæ vero ad calcem vo- said resolve, I hate caused a true stalo luminis adjiciuntur Venetiis in ædibus of my debts to be transcribed, and tar Aldi, &c. literis minoribus sive Italico nexed to this paper, which will shew charactere expressa suut. Altera (que what they are, and how they were cutet posterior videtur, habet in fronte Del tracted. phinum Aucorze implicitum, foliis absol- As to that part of the Resikte fiert vitur 76 numeratis, in tine denique hæc by the committee are to inform the leguntur literis majusculis impressa VENE- selves how far I do acquiesce in the en


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vernment of this commonwealth, as it is Mr. Christian's “ Vindication of the declared by this parliament; I trust my Right of the Universities of Great Bric past carriage hitherto hath manifested my tuin to a Copy of every new Publication." acquiescence in the will and disposition of On the propriety of the entry, and conGvd, 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 ihis 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 soine degree likely to obtain from the statute of Queen learned rather to reverence and submit to Anne : " Whether the delivery of the the hand 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 fallen out among 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 benefit our public libraries must be in making a change in the government of viewed as inadequate to their intentions. these nations, yet, througlı tbe 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 most celebrated Spanish mean myself with all peaceableness un- authors, ancient and modern. To which der it, and to procure to the utterinost are prefixed, 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, 1659." mixed nature; containing extracts both

Mr. Beloe announces bis intention of of a serious and a lively turn, Near the continuing the Anecdotes at intervals. A ciose of the preliminary observations the third volume, we understand, is now pre- best helps tuward 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 Apother work in this class, but of difview with pleasure any thing wbich 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 Orgonie Rcusoner," 1. Essays on subjects of Literature, the by Mr. Henshall. It we mistake not, Fine Arts and Vianners. 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.Warzon’sHistory of English Poe- tury. 3. Royal Institution. Analysis try," speak of themselves the benefit deri- of the Lectures delivered weekly. 4. 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 be- names of the purchasers. The title of fore. Under the idea that the work it- the Paper may possibly at first sight seem self would ere lung be continued, it has presumptuous; but the author offers himbeen formed in separate alphabets; one self "as a mere guide-post to direct the for the Dissertations prefiscd, and oue 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- eminence, and striving only to be the humtion. As far as it has yet gone, 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, we beThe 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 tioner's Hall, fornu the object of enquiry, in the most ample, we quote us a specimen :


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“Archbishop Tillotson's Sale of Books though we are still inclined to believe succeeded that ot' Sir Charles Scarburgh, that the two men were guilty, in about two months (1695.) The Arch- The Aphorisms of Sir Philip Sista bishop's books were suld, together with ney, with Remarks by Diss PORTER." the Library of Mr. Seth Mountley firm a very interesting publication. The Buncle, late Master of Mercers' School, Aphorisms themselves are classed under London; consisting of Hebrew, Chaidaick, diffcrent heads, and are either expanited Syriack, Persick, and other Oriental or illustrated in the Remarks. books, with French, Italian, and Spanish, The Miseries of Human Life," bare by C. Batcman.

been succeeded by such a snaiin of “ This collection was not so numerous lar nonsense, that although they are not as the preceding one, but was probably endless, we do not think it necessary 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 to wards of two hundred volumes, including presented with “ The Pleasures of Hathe works of Robertson and Ravis. man Life."

“ The Archbishop was rich in old di- There is another work which we shail vivity; though the “Critici Sacri,' would mention for the benefit of the historian, not now bring the sum of eleven pounds, rather than the ordinary reader, in the

L’Abbe's Sacro-Sancta Concilia,' Catalogue of the entire Collection trenty-eight pounds.

Manuscripts, on Paper and Fellana, *** The most curious article in English the late Marquis of Lunsdowne." It coHistory was ‘Prynne'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 which the fire individual article among the Burlega of London consumed the greater part of papers. The second relating to the the copies of the first volume. This Shelburne papers only. Prefixed to the wolume alone has of late become so scarce, first volume is the following Preface, as to produce the sum of fifty pounds and which we transcribe as affording a curious 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 Brisk for eighty pounds five shillings. The Museum. Arelibishop's copy produced only eight The late Marquis of Lansdowne's pounds.

See Oldy's “ British Libra- Manuscripts unquestionably for one rian," p. 11.

of the noblest and most valuable private Among the Miscellanies also, must we collections in the kingdom. Ther were 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 Carteret 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 ecclesiastica, degree of severity which may be easily of England and Ireland. imagined by those who know Mr. Tooke's “ Mr. Jaires West's Collectiva i ability in wielding the pen. We hardly cludes one hundred and fifteen volume, think it calculated, bitter as it is, to do in folio, of original Cecil papers, with injury to Mr. Paull.

materials sufficient to make up the Our respect for the verdict of an Enge ber one hundred and twenty. These lish Jury will hardly suffer us to contess papers were bought in 1689, by Nr. that Mr. HarmER'S “ Documents and Richard Chiswell, a stationer af Land.., Cbservations, tending to shew « Probabi- of Sir William Ilickes, the great att lity of the Innocence of John Holloway, son of Sir Michael Ilickes, who was uid Ouen Haggerty, who were exrculod Secretary both to Lord Burleigh, arretra as the Murderers of Mir Siecle," possess his son the Earl of Salisbury. The an interest in their comments on the were afterwards sold to Mr. Jalan Suype evidence, which we did not expect to of Low Leighton, of whrise Executor day mect with.


composition, this were purchased by Mr. West. Tee paunphlet certainly does its author credit; Manuscripts were scarcely, was

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