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PREFACE. must be added to this party, the administration of which floats between the two: for one it made war on Spain, and for the other recognised the independence of Hayti; it has given the law of indemnity to the ancient Nobility, and the law of sacrilege to the Clergy, allowing the representative forms to subsist, as indispensable to the satisfaction of the middle classes.
The Holy Alliance has under its banners, Russia, Austria, and the Prussian Government, the high Catholic party in Spain, and the counterrevolutionary faction in France.
With respect to the political relations of the New States of Central and South America, several of them have already established their constitutions on a solid basis, and are rapidly advancing in prosperity.
Adverting to our Domestic Policy, the greatest part of the last year has passed in the calm enjoyment of that prosperity which has resulted from the judicious measures of his Majesty's present Ministers. The finances have progressively ameliorated, and taxes to a large amount have been repealed. Bills have been passed for removing various restrictions on Commerce, and otherwise
relaxing our Prohibitory Laws. By the Colonial Intercourse Bill, our Colonies have been rendered, like an English county, an integral part of the empire-a measure of the first importance. The consolidation and amendment of the Jury Laws has also been effected, and the grand modifications of Weights and Measures will be of permanent advantage. -Great attention has been paid to Ireland, and not without beneficial results. The currency of England and that country has been assimilated. The disturbances excited in the Sister Island, at the opening of the year, by the factious measures of the Catholic Association, have been repressed, and their recurrence effectually prevented, principally by means of a Bill interdicting all Associations calculated to produce irritation. Some angry polemical discussions, arising out of these and other events, have also subsided. - Just as this year of brightness was drawing to a close, a dark shadow suddenly threw itself across our political horizon, and we had the mortification to witness the sun of our commercial prosperity undergo an awful, but merely a momentary eclipse. There is even ground for indulging a hope, that in consequence of the precautions to which the late singular panic in the Money-market has given rise, and the impressive lesson it has afforded to the mercantile part of the community, our trade will henceforth be established on a firmer basis than ever.
Dec. 31, 1825.
LIST OF EMBELLISHMENTS.-Wood Engravings marked thus *. Merton Hall and Church, Norfolk .........9 Paintings in Westminster Abbey...303. 305 Hemington Church, Leicestershire ........17 Trinity Church, Newington, Surrey. Woodlands House, Mere, Wilts
Window from Basingwerk Abbey.........401 *Pitt Diamond
St. Michael's Church, Oxford..... Kihworth Church, co. Leicester
Antient Seals. Bedfont Church, co. Middlesex..
*Plans of Wiltshire Churches......530, 531 Plan of Powder Plot Cellar, Westminster 209 Hanover Chapel, Regent Street. *Mont of Sir Nicholas Pelham, at Lewes 215. Christ Church, Marylebone...............577 *White Tower of London ................ 246 *Bowyer House, Camberwell. Antient Seals, Béton Font, Normandy 297 *Badge of the Percy family ......
.........105 .........107 .........113 ...... ..201
- MINOR CORRESPONDENCE.
2. remarks, " that on the font in St. ard Earl of Arundel,” given in the pedigree Martin's, Ludgate, is the following Greek of Howard, Duke of Norfolk, in Mr. Huninscription : NIYON ANOMHMA MH ter's Hallamshire, p. 100, where it is stated MONON OYIN. This, it will be ob that she died on the 24th of May, 1654. served, may be read either backwards or for A. Z. enquires in what year Sir Edward wards. n. inquires whether it is to be Dineley, of Charlton Castle, Worc. knighted found elsewhere?-We answer, that we by Charles II. in 1684, died, and the place have no doubt it was a motto frequently in of his interment ? Whether he did not die scribed on fonts, and can supply him with without leaving male issue, and thereupon another example; namely, on the lofty spiral the title and estates did not descend to 'Sir cover of the funt at Worlingworth Church, Edward Goodere ? How did the latter heSuffolk, as appears in the engraving pub come the inheritor ? When did he die, lished by Vertue in 1753.
and where buried ? Upon the death of Sir The piece with the hand on one side, and Edward Goodere, the title and estates decross on the reverse, of which a drawing is volved upon his elder son, then living, John sent by C. D. is certainly not a coin. We Goodere, who took the name of Dineley. take it to be a counter, and the metal pro- Sir John Dineley was murdered by his brobably brass, but for what purpose such ther Captain Gondere at Bristol, in 1740, pieces were struck it is difficult to form an and leaving no issue, the title became extinct. opinion ; though most probably for reckon John Foote, esq. of Truro, a nephew of Sir ing counters, or for cards. The piece is pro J. Dineley, became the purchaser of the bably not of great antiquity, perhaps about estates under the will of his uncle, and took two centuries old. Such pieces are not the name of Diueley." valued by Collectors.
P. P. would be thankful for information In answer to R. G. we have good autho where to obtain a certificate of the marriage sity to state, that “ The coif, hood, and of Captain Henry Berkeley (brother to Lord cap of mail are anterior in point of date to Berkeley), with Dorothea Bridgeman, daughthe camail, which was introduced in the ter of Sir John Bridgeman. Captain Henry time of Edw. II. The coif is a covering Berkeley was one of the confidential Lieufor the head and neck, opening on one side, tenants in King Charles's Army of Array, and fastened with a strap of leather, as in and was killed in the skirinish which took the monumental effigy at Gloucester, pre- place the day before the battle of Worcester. tended to represent Robert Duke of Nor- The place of his interment, and any particumandy; the capuchon or hood was for the Jars respecting him, will be received with same purpose, but large enough to allow the gratitude. head to pass through the aperture for the E. B. requests information respecting face, that it might rest on the shoulders, as the family of Rutt, he believes of Camin the instance of the effigy of Rous, in the bridgeshire, from the reign of Henry VIII. Temple church; and the cap was a mere to Elizabeth. covering for the head. The camail, so called D.O. will thank any of our bibliographical from its resemblance to the tippet of camel's friends to inform him, whether the translahair, was a guard for the neck, attached by a tions of Pliny and Erasmus, mentioned in cord to the basinet, which was a conical the letter from Edmund Curle to Dr. White skull-cap of steel, and these were worn from Kennet, Bishop of Peterborough (see Litethe time of Edward II. to that of Henry IV. rary Gazette, Feb. 5, p. 88), were ever pubinclusive.”
lished ; and likewise, whether the letter E. M.
says, “ T. T. (p. 317) is right in from the Bishop of Carlisle to Humphrey the Yorkshire term of leathering or tanning Wanley (ibid. p. 89), was not written by his hide; as I well remember, when a boy, a Bishop Nicolson, and not Bishop Newton, speech made from one to another in playing as there stated. The same Correspondent at Schoolmasters:
must excuse our inserting the “ eccentric Sirrah, my son, thou hast no grace, epitaphs" he has transmitted : the more Thou hast transgressed before my face ; valuable matter he promises from the same And if thou dost not mend thy manners, source will be acceptable, if not already in prist. The skin of thy shall go to the tanner's; The contributions of X. M. O. will be And if the Tanner does not make good leather, acceptable. His present communication is Thou and the Tanner shall be hanged to omitted solely in consequence of an article gether;
on the same subject being printed in the And if that day should never come,
current Nuniber. Thou shall be hauged when all's done." ERRATA.-P. 478, b. 1, read Hon. Mrs.
CLIONAS (last vol. p. 482) will find the Cox; 10, read Hon. Mary Prittie ; 31, read date of the death of “ Alithea, youngest daughter of the late Fred. Trench, esg. daughter and co-heiress of Gilbert 7th Earl and sister, &c.-P. 648, a. 11, for Greece of Shrewsbury, and widow of Thomas How read France.
SIR WALTER SCOTT AND THE SCOTTISH Novels. Mr. URBAN,
talc was written, is absurd, because it SHORT time ago it was inci- bears a relation to the tale itself, and Bull” newspaper, thai Sir Walter Scott the heroine, Lady Edith Plantagenet, had twice publicly declared himself, as she herself informs us directly after. not to be the Author of Waverley. As And yet can we suppose that Sir Walthis intimation may have “staggered ter would so servilely follow the text, the faith” of many true believers, I as to change the verse, metre, length think it my duty to contribute all I of the feet, &c. according, as Richard can to clear up their doubts, and prove remarks, to these changes. We must that the chivalric poet is the writer of then suppose that Sir Walter wrote the Scottish Novels..
both the prose and poetry of that chapThe two anecdotes referred to are Yet it is connected with all the these. Our present Monarch, when others, and is extremely well written. Regent, direcied a plate of fruit to be Why then cannot he who writes a carried from his table “ to the Author part, write a whole?-That' chapter of Waverley.". They were instantly preserves the character, &c. of Cour taken to Sir Walter Scott, then in de Lion, and all the characters intro. London, who culled a few of the in- duced, as well as any of the others. ferior fruits, and declared himself un But, perhaps, it may be objected worthy of more. From this it is, for that there may be coadjutors more near sooth, inferred that he merely wrote to Sir Walter Scott than those above the poetry which is scattered here and mentioned. Let us examine. Report there in the tales, and had no connec ascribes the authorship to three differtion with the other part. But may ent persons,-a Bishop of the Church not this anecdote rather intimate that of Scotland, and Mr. and Mrs. Thos he is so modest as to consider himself mas Scott, whom it states to be resid. unworthy of any great reward, and ing in America.
We have already thus refuse the valuable gift so sent examined the claims of the two latter. Chim. Besides, the poetry of the novels Let us now consider the “right and is so inseparably connected with the title” of the episcopal dignitary. "The text, that the two authors (if there are Bishop" seems to exist merely in imaiwo) inust evidently be near and inti- gination; for bis diocese is never inenmately acquainted with one another. iioned, even by those who pretend to Yet report ascribes no such constant know much about it. But let us ask, acquaintance to any writer whom it would one of the clerical character de has named as the Author of Waverley, scribe such ferocious brutes as we find but rather places them at a distance in the third volume of the Pirate, or from Sir Walter, even so far off as be use such language as that of Triptoleyond the waters of the Atlantic. Could mus Yellowley in the same work, two persons thus separated write the when he is found by Magnus Troil in
Bloody Vest” in “The Talisman," a wretched hut? Certainly not. Who just published, and the text which en is this Bishop? If any one can tell virons it? To suppose that the poem I will perụse his sermons (if pubwas sent over to America before the lished), and can then easily decide by
Sir Walter Scott, and the Scottish Novels. (July, the style if he be or be not the “GRBAT ordinary publications are produced ;
The same objectious but this circumstance, which is no which apply to the Bishop apply to proof at all for them, is one of the Mrs. Thomas Scott, supposing her to greatest in favour of the general opibe near enough to write the Novels. nion. For they assert it impossible
Let us now proceed to the second that one man should in so short a time anecdote. At a meeting at which Sir write so much and so well,-and so Walter Scott took the chair, a mem indeed it is to all but one author of ihe ber proposed the health of the Author dày,--and that author is Sir Walter of Waverley. The chairınan observed Scott, who in one year edited Sir that he “ had not the honour of know- Ralplı Sadler's State Papers, and all ing that gentleman, but that as he the Poetical Works of the voluminous came to him so strongly recommended, Anne Seward, and wrote the admirahe would willingly drink his health.” ble poem of "The Lady of the Lake.” This is by a great many regarded as a Two arguments still remain, the flat denial of the Authorship. How- last of which must convince every one ever it may be to their minds, that it is who has not determined not to be connot in the writer of the Scotch Novels' vinced. opinion, can be easily proved, and it In 1823 appeared Military Memoirs will thus be made an additional proof of the great Civil War, being the MiliFOR and not against me. In Ivanhoe, tary Memoirs of John Gwynne,” &c. vol. I. when the hero is asked concern- avowedly edited by the Bard of Maring Ivanhoe, he replies, that he “ does mion. In this work, before unpubnot know himn." Ivanhoe, as all the lished, we find several incidents dereaders of that excellent romance must tailed which are met with nowhere. know, is a mirror of honour and else but in the notes 10 Sir Walter knighthood, -consequently, the author, Scott's Poems, and (alluded 10 en pasin assigning him this speech, means sant) in the Waverley Novels !! Sir no blot upon his character, and thus Walter had been a long time their the sentence merely intimates that he sole possessor. did not know himself, as a man is com My last argument has been antici-Since the Author of Waverley thinks if Sir Walter be not the real author of an evasion not dishonourable, which these Novels, most certainly, knowing Sir. Walter Scott afterwards publicly them to be generally ascribed to him, uses (who is strongly suspected to be he would ere now, as a gentleman and the Author of Waverley), that is an a man of honour, have disavowed the additional proof that he is so.
connection. If he is not the author, As we have now (we flatter our and still suffers the public to believe selves) successfully answered the ob- the contrary, he is one of the meanest jections raised by these two anecdotes, men that ever breathed. The only arwe shall proceed to more general proofs gument that can be brought against that Sir Walter Scott is the “Great this is, that he is bound by some Unknown.” One of the strongest is promise not to reveal what he knows the resemblance of the style, phrases, of the matter. Indeed, if this had .&c. used in the Poems to those found never been asserted, I should have in the Novels. The singular and un rested my cause on this single part of grateful word “undid” is common in
my present letter. both, as well as the curious phrase I should be much obliged, Mr. Ur“ louted” for “ bowed.”
ban, if you would insert any arguments "To Rokeby next he louted low,
that can be brought against this letter, Then stood erect his tale to show."
and remain Rokeby, Canto 41.
Your ConstANT READER,
OLD ADMIRER, This is used in the excellent poem
AND New CORRESPONDENT, of the “Bloody Vest” in the “Talis
1. This similarity of phrase also disproves the absurd assertion, that the Scottish Novels are written by different
ITERATURE is to me the favour of that nonsensical opinion is purest source of intellectual, enthe quickness with which these extra- joyment, and of the highest pleasure