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I know of, prior to the recent publication are well arranged, tolerably digested, and by Mr. Odell, that seein to have had any intelligibly explained. But to no part idea of the genuine principles of musical of this praise can I admit that bis system proportion, as applicable to the rhythmus of rhythmus and musical proportions, (if of spoken language, are Mr. Steele in his proportions they ean be called), or his Prosodia, and my enlightened friend and practical applications of what he has pur. correspondent, Mr. Richard Roe in his loined to the treatınent of impediments, Elements of English Metre: the latter of are in any degree entitled. At least, I whom I hope will yet be prevailed upon must be permitted to declare, that his to oblige the world with an improved and mode of practical application is not my more ample developinent of bis system. mode; and that it, by such an admea. But neither of these, as far as I can re- surement of speech as he dictates, he can spember, had any idea of applying their cure even the solitary disease of stam. principles for the remedy ot'unpediments mering (for this is the only species of inof speech, and, indeed, as neither of pediment which he seems to regard as them seem to have had any conception capable of any remedy) I give him joy of of the physiological facts and principles the discovery; for my own part, if I com@ut of which the laws of inusical propore prehend at all his systein of aumeasure. rion have, perbaps, arisen, (and with the ment and notation, I should sooner have necessities of which those laws must, suspected it of having been invented for in their application, so exactly coincide, the purpose of teaching the Auent to if they are to produce any operation in stammer, than of enabling the stammerer cases of serious impediment,) if they had to be fluent and emphatic. I say nothing conceived any such idea, it inust of se. at present of the gross, but popular error,. cessity, have been exceedingly dim andim. of measuring the cadences from light to perfect. But I repeat it: whatever cure heavy, tempt I might have felt for the indivic Resound se woods resound | my mouro • dual who could condescend to the disin- fullay genuousness of such a passage, as well instead of from beavy to light: as to the multiplied plagiaries with which the book abounds, if Mr. S. had really Ressound ye | woods re•Isound my mourn. so illustrated what he has made free with
full laythat his publication had been likely to a principle, which, if admitted, would be assistant in the prevention or the re. throw our rhythmus into all the confumoval of impediments, I should readily sion it hias been taxed with; and justify lave pardoned the action, though I deso the else most untevable bypothesis of pised the actor; and have exulted in the our mere finger-counting critics, that prospect that iny principles, however sur. there is no such thing as admeasurable reptitiously purloined, were in the way quantity in the prosody of the English of obtaining a wider diffusion among manis language. Neither shall I pause for any kind than I have leisure or opportunity considerable time, at present, upon the to give them. So far, indeed, did thie strange assertion, that it is a mere mattendency to this sort of feeling operate ter of election, on the part of the hearer, upon me, that the report of the plagiary whether the measure shall be considered was reiterated from several quarters, be as proceeding from light to heavy (or as fore I had even the curiosity to enquire Alr. S., by another misnniner, which beinto the extent to which it had been trays his imperfect acquaintance with the carried; nor did I, at last, give myself the subject, denominates the metrometic trouble of perusing the work, till the in- qualities, weak and strong) or from heavy telligence that an erroneous and inischieve to light; only, I shall just observe, that ous application was made of my stolen this is so far from a mere fanciful election goods, roused me to a sense of ihe duty of the ear, that it is a matter of practical I owed to society, and called upon me election on the part of the reader or reto examine whether what began to be citer; that the superior effect produced by talked of as a transcript of any system, the latter mode of admeasurement, is one of was, in reality, such as ought to be laid, the niost positive discriminations of a by popular rumour, at my door. I have good style of utterance ; that as far as examined accordingly; and that I may relates to the effect upon the hearer, it keep myself as much aloof as possible were better that the speaker had no idea from the uncandid meanness of Mr. S. of systematic admeasurement whatever, Lwill do hirn the justice to admit, that than that his imagination should be imthere are parts in his compilation that pressed with the opposite mode; and
finally, that an acute and accurate com- suspect that the two little syllables prehension of the practical difference of i-á, if thus divided, under the strict rethese two modes of admeasurement, is gulation of the time-beater, must be dise One of the most indispensable requisites posed to stare a little, at findling chemin the treatmeat of every species of im- selves thus miraculously extended to an pediment, and in the attainment of the equal dimension with their five heretofore higlier accomplishments of an harmoni. not less athletic brethren, ous elocution. But what shall we say . My objections to several other parts to the "octasyllabic feet" of this profound of the prosodial scheme of Mr. S. are prosodist and one of his octas yllabic not a whit less serious; and to his notions feet (if my fingers can enable me to count concerning the blank verse of Milton, so far) tras actually nine syllables! See and his proposed method of reading thie p.360.
divine verses of that immortal author, in
particular: backed though he is, to a " Intrimacy witb obe superinten'ldant." certain degree, by the high authority of
Mr. Walker. What is the stammerer; what is any speaker, who has the superfluous ambi
In short, notwithstanding the reports tion of being intelligible; what is the
that have gone abroad, and the claiin I
lay to the subject matter, and modes of tone-bealer to do with such feet as these?
reasoning and illustration in several of How shall we measure, by what denomi
the earlier pages of his volume, I must nator shall we appreciate the proportions
entirely exonerate Mr. S. from any sus. of their integral parts? How shall we
picion of having purloined from me any bring them into comparison ; by what
part of his concluding chapter, "ox procrustean artifice, distort or contract
QUANTITY,OR PROSODIACAL ADMEASUREthem into equal quantity, (while toe or
MENT ;" or of his “Method of Curing finger beats che tinie, according to the direction of Mr. S.) with his dissyllabic,
Stummcring." His principles, in these and monosyllabic, feet? Let us, for the
respects, are not iny principles; and sake of illustration, bring two of Mr.
either be, or I, know very little of the
matter. Sbould he, at any time hereS.'s own feet of these latter descriptions, into immediate association with this
after, make himself really acquainted, nine-syllabled
ja in all their comprehensive application, octasyllabic. The pelé moon' is in in' Itimacy with the supe.
with those genuine principles of physioa rinlen' dent. Perhaus I might have.
logical and musical science, upon which
me the management of impediments depends, found a more proper person than the
(and the ineans of information upon this superintendant, to bring into such inti.
subject, are now in part before the pube macy: but let us take it as it is. What
lic:-I shall probably seize an early ope shall be the denominator of the quantity of the syllable moon-minim, semi
portunity of submilling them more exbreve, or breve? and what of the nine
plicitly to the world): he will then know
better than to publish to the world such integers of its octasyllabic companion-crotchets, quasers, or semi quavers? or that “ If the tongue be materially dispro.
discouraging nonsense as the following: shall quaser, semiquaver, demi-semi
portioned, if the palate have an aper quaver, and double-deini-semiquaver, be mingled together in decimal variety, lila."
er, ture," &c. “instruction can then due to torture them into proportioned quane impediment are not likely to be cured,
iety, little;” (p. 40). or that those cases of
ti where the spasmodic affection is very The author, however, admits, that
at violent, and takes place in an equal des
in there may be “ some readers," though
gree, whether the person converses with of their presumpt1011,. it is evident, be cannot by any means approve, who to himself, as well as when he reads to
friends or strangers; when he reads aloud
rien "would probably” venture to divide some »
others; when he is not infuenced by ea of his heptasyllabic and ectasyllabic feet a
gerness or emotion, as well as when he into two; as, for example, " opportu Inily of retalia'rion," into
", is," (p. 211-2). I deny most positively, "opportu'
" I am authorised by experience to deny, aity of retat'liástion;" and the above
(wherever there is intellect, application, beautiful nine-sviiabled octasyllabic into
and perseverance) all distinction of cure "intimacy with the superinten' (dant."
able and incurable cases. Different It must be confessed, that this would not
cases require undoubtedly different debe any very great improvement; at least 14 the fonner instance: and I cannot but 5
grees of tiine and of exertion, different
portions of labour and of perseverance, stem and root of the plant should be both in the tutor and the pupil; but dried, or whether any preparation is nee these preliminaries admitted, all impe- cessary, before it is spioked., dimenis are curable. I have happily Chester,
B.c. demonstrated, beyond my own most July 30, 1810. sanguine anticipations, that, by the di, ligent application of my principles, even those persons who have fissures and de. To the Editor of the Monthly Magazine. ficiencies of the palate, may nevertheless SIR, be taught to speak with a perfect enun- IT appears to me that many writers ciation, and an agreeable tone of voice, 1 make use of the particle as improwithout the troublesome and dangerous perly, as in the following sentence: “A application of artificial organs.
woman must know, that her person canJ. TueLwall.
not be us pleasing to her husband as it
was to her lover; and if she be offended To the Editor of the Monthly Magazine. with bim for being a human creature, she SIR,
may as well whine about the loss of his T AM a freeman of the city of London, heart as about any other foolish thing.” I but through unavoidable misfortunes, -M. Il'ollstonecroft. Every reader, I have been compelled with my wife and think, will say that so should take the family to seek refuge in St. Luke's Work place of as, before the word pleasing, in bouse, where my wife lately lay-ill. Du the quoted sentence. I remember no ring that time, the parish-officers took rule in any English grammar for this preaway our only girl, little more than eleven ference of so to as; but I think the folyears of age, and against our consent lowing would be correct: So, should not bound her apprentice to a cotton manu. be used within any comparatives, but factory, upwards of two hundred miles the comparative of inferiority. Examfrom London. A respectable friend made ples: That rule is not so good as this: application to the overseers, and offered this rule is as good as that: Comp. equa. to take her, but they would not let him lity. It is thrice as far from London to have her, nor would they let me out of C. as from C. to R., &c. Comp. superithe gate from the time they took her orily.
M. out and bound her, till after she had August, 1810. been sent into the country. My wife, at the time, had not lain-in more To the Editor of the Monthly Magazine, than a week; and thus to lose her daugh SIR, ter, nearly deprived her of her reason. I WISH to inquire of some of your · I wish some of your correspondents, 1 philological readers, the authority learned in the laws, would condescend tó for a nude of expression very frequently inform a poor man, whether it is legal for made use of by the writers in the Extine a child of her tender age, to be thus burgh Review, and by soine otber Scotch bound and sent away without the consent authors, which differs from the custom of of her parents ; if such binding can stand English writers. I allude to the use of good; and if not, whether, and by what the word that, after a comparative ad. means, I can compel them, to return her jective, in cases where, in this county, we to her distressed and unhappy parents. Usually employ because. Thus the writers July 20, 1810. J. W. GASCOIGNE. above-mentioned would say-" This is
the more extraordinary, that, &c.-We To the Editor of the Monthly Magazine. have dwelt the more on this point, that, SIR,
&c." The same mode of expression is U AVING read in your Monthly Ma- frequently used by professor D. Stewart, in
Igazine of June last, Number 199, his “ Philosophy of the Human Mind." a letter signed Verax, recommending the I have some faint recollection of having use of the plant Stramonium in cases of seen this expression enuinerated in a list spasmodic asthma, and being myself of Scotticisins; yet one would hardly occasionally much afflicted with that dis. think such a writer as professor Stewart, order, it would be of much benefit to me, would be guilty of a Scotticism so obamongst others of his fellow.sufferers, if viously such, as to have been mentioned Verax would inform us, through the me- long ago, as one of the more glaring ins dium of your publication, whether the stances of impropriety in language.
H, Y. Z.