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Every additional sentence will his friends, Mr. Maddock, his letters told convey to our readers a more correct a different tale. To him he complained of
dreadful palpitations; of nights of sleepidea of the powers of Mr. White's
lessness and horrour; and of spirits de mind; his honourable principles; his
pressed to the very depth of wretched ámiable disposition; and his affec ness, so that he went from one acquaint. tionate heart, than any statement of ance to another, imploring society, even ours can present:
as a starving beggar entreats for food. Du.
ring the course of this summer, it was The exercise which Henry took was expected that the mastership of the freeto relaxation. He still continued the habit school at Nottingham would shortly beof studying while he walked; and in this come vacant. A relation of his family was manner, while he was at Cambridge, com. at that time mayor of the town. He sugnitted to memory a whole tragedy of Eu. gested to them what an advantageous situ. ripides. Twice he distinguished 'himself ation it would be for Henry, and offered to in the following vear, being again pro. secure for him the necessary interest. But nounced first at the great college exami. though the salary and emoluments are Jation, and also one of the three best estimated at from 4 to 6001. per annum, heme writers, between whom the exa.
Henry declined the offer; because, had miners could not decide. The college he accepted it, it would have frustrated offered him, at their expense, a private
his intentions with respect to the minis. tutor in mathematicks during the long va.
try. This was certainly no common act of cation; and Mr. Catton, by procuring for forbearance in one so situated as to forJim exhibitions to the amount of 661. per tune; especially as the hope which he had ann. enabled him to give up the pecuniary most at heart, was that of being enabled to assistance which he had received from
assist his family, and in some degree reMr. Simeon and other friends. This inten.
quite the care and anxiety of his father tion he had expressed in a letter, written and mother, by making them comfortable twelve months before his death. With in their declining years. regard to my college expenses,' he says, “ The indulgence shown him by his
I have the pleasure to inform you, that i colleague, in providing him a tutor during shall be obliged, in strict rectitude, to the long vacation, was peculiarly unfor. wave the offers of many of my friends. I tunate. His only chance of life was from shall not even need the sum of Mr. Simeon relaxation, and home was the only place mentioned after the first year; and it is where he would have relaxed to any pur. not impossible that I may be able to live pose. Before this time he had seemed to without any assistance at all. I confess I be gaining strength; it failed as the year feel pleasure at the thought of this, not advanced: he went once more to London through any vain pride of independence, to recruit himself; the worst place to but because I shall then give a more unbi. which he could have gone; the variety of assed testimony to the truth, than if I were stimulating objects there hurried and agi. supposed to be bound to it by any ties of ob. tated him, and when he returned to col. ngation or gratitude. I shall always feel as lege, he was so completely ill, that no much indebted for intended, as for actually power of medicine could save him. His afforded assistance; and though I should mind was worn out, and it was the opinion never think a sense of thankfulness an op- of his medical attendants, that if he had pressive burthen, yet I shall be happy to recovered, his intellect would have been evince it, when in the eyes of the world the affected. His brother Neville was just at obligation to it has been discharged.' Ne. this time to have visited him. On his first ver, perhaps, had any young man, in so seizure, Henry found himself too ill to short a time, excited such expectations. receive him, and wrote to say so; he addEvery university honour was thought to be ed, with that anxious tenderness towards within his reach; he was set down as a me. the feelings of a most affectionate family dallist, and expected to take a senior which always appeared in his letters, that wrangler's degree; but these expectations he thought himself recovering; but his were poison to him; they goaded him to disorder increased so rapidly, that this fresh exertions when his strength was letter was never sent; it was found in his spent. His situation became truly misera. pocket after his decease. One of his friends Ble. To his brother, and to his mother, he wrote to acquaint Neville with bis danger. wrote always that he had relaxed in bis He hastened down; but Henry was delistudies, and that he was better, always . rious when he arrived. He knew him only holding out to them his hopes, and his for a few moments; the next day sunk good fortune: but to the most intimate of into a state of stupor; and on Sunday, October 19th, 1806, it pleased God to re- able instance of editorial partiality. more him to a better world, and a higher The industry of the former might state of existence."
possibly be more astonishing than No apology is necessary for these the same quality in the latter: but long transcripts, which few persons
in ardent conception, in originad will read without painful emotions, imagery, in happy expression, and or without a sincere wish to do ho- in that which is more important than nour to so uncommon a character. all the rest, the power of long susWhat follows will complete his pic- taining the most arduous flights of ture, as a self-taught scholar:
poetry, the superiority of the unfora
tunate bard of Bristow, is marked “ The papers which he left (exclusive and conspicuous. The praise be. of his correspondence) filled a box of con.
stowed by Mr. Southey, on the subsiderable size. Mr. Coleridge was present
ject of his memoir, for « uniforin, when I opened them, and was, as well as myself; equally affected and astonished good sense, a faculty” as he observes, at the proofs of industry which they dis. “ perhaps less common than genius," played. Some of them had been written and which is said to have been before his hand was formed, probably be. “ most remarkable in him," appears fore he was thirteen. There were papers to us much more appropriate. This upon law, upon electricity, upon chyniis-,
is the ruling principle in all his epis., try, upon the Latin and Greek languages, from their rudiments to the higher
tolary observations; and many of branches of critical study, upon history, his later poems, in particular, dischronology, divinity, the fathers, &c. play a degree of taste, purity, and Nothing seemed to have escaped him. correctness, which is highly crediHis poems were numerous. Among the table to his understanding. Some of earliest, was a sonnet addressed to myself, long before the little intercourse
his compositions, too, exhibit an which had subsisted between us had taken equable and agreeable fluency, with place. Little did he think, when it was a peculiar sweetness of manner, and written, on what occasion it would fall occasional elegance of style: but we into my hands. He had begun three tra do not find the proofs of his being gedies when very young; one was upon fired with high poetick genius; nor Boadicea; another upon Inez de Castro; the third was a fictitious subject. He had
can we easily believe that his unplanned also a history of Nottingham. timely death has deprived the literaThere was a letter upon the famous Not. ture of England of a phenomenon tingham election, which seemed to have so wonderful as a second Chatterbeen intended either for the newspapers, ton succeeding the first in the short, or for a separate pamphlet. It was written compass of thirty years. In White, to confute the absurd stories of the Tree indeed, we may have lost a good of Liberty, and the Goddess of Reason; with the most minute knowledge of the
scholar, possibly a distinguished macircumstances, and a not improper feeling thematician, certainly (we think) a of indignation against so infamous a ca. persuasive and observing moraliste lumny; and this came with more weight and, in every sense of the word, an from him, as bis party inclinations seem excellent divine: but as neither the to have leaned towards the side which he
humanity and acuteness of Clarke, vas opposing. This was his only finished composition in prose. Much of his time,
nor the energy and sagacity of JohnJatterly, had been devoted to the study of son, nor even the vast comprehenGreek prosody. He had begun several po- sion of Bacon himself, can justly be ems in Greek, and a translation of the placed on a level, or nearly on a Samson Agonistes. I have inspected all
level, with the divine mind of Shakthe existing manuscripts of Chatterton, and they excited less wonder than these.”
speare, so the poctick powers of
Kirk White cannot compete with The comparison of While with those of Chatterton. Chatterton, however, which cioses If Mr. Southey had pointed out this passage, strikes us as a remark such among the poems of White as
prove him, in the judgment of Mr. we extract some of the most singu. S. to be gifted with the very rare lar and original couplets that appear endowments which he discerns in to have been ever composed by the him, we should have selected those writer. It might be deemed ominous for the purpose of enabling our read- of his fate, since it opens with a ers to form their own opinion: but dance of the Consumptives," who we are left to our unassisted choice, sing a doleful chorus, and vanish; and shall begin with some verses after which “ the Goddess of Conwritten at a very early age:
sumption descends in a sky-blue
robe, attended by mournful musick." 65 On being confined to School one The Goddess of Melancholy then
pleasant Morning in Spring. points out the beautiful and forsaken Written at the age of thirteen.
Angelina as their joint victim, and
CONSUMPTION marks her for her ** The morning sun's enchanting rays
own in these energetick lines: Now call forth every songster's praise; Now the lark with upward fight,
“ In the dismal night air drest, Gayly ushers in the light;
I will creep into her breast;
And feed on the vital fire within.
Lover, do not trust her eyesBut for me no songster sings,
When they sparkle most she dies! For me no joyous lark up-springs;
Mother, do not trust her breathForl, confined in gloomy school,
Comfort she will breathe in death! Must own the pedant's iron rule,
Father, do not strive to save her And far from sylvan shades and bowers, She is mine, and I must have her! In durance vile must pass the hours; The coffin must be her bridal bed; There con the scholiast's dreary lines, The winding sheet must wrap her head; Where no bright ray of genius shines, The whispering winds must o'er her sigh, And close to ruggid learning cling,
For soon in the grave the maid must lie. While laughs around the jocund spring.
The worm it will riot
On heavenly diet, “ How gladly would my soul forego When death has deflowered her eye.” All that arithmaticians know, Or stiff grammarians quaintly teach, A considerable number of similar Ör all that industry can reach,
specimens would have induced us To taste each morn of all the joys
long to hesitate, before we pronoun. That with the laughing sun arise; And unconstrained to rove along
ced our opinion on the poetry of The bushy brakes and glens among:
this young author: but in fact the And woo the muse's gentle power, above passage is nearly unique. In unfrequented rural bower?
From his ode to Mr. Fuseli, on see. But ah! such heaven-approaching joys ing engravings from that artist's deWill never greet my longing eyes;
signs, we transcribe the exordium, Still will they cheat in vision fine,
as an example of the productions Yet never but in fancy shine.
of his maturer years: « Oh, that I were the little wren
“ Mighty Magician! who on Torneo's 'That shrilly chirps from yonder glen!
brow, Oh, far away I then would rove,
When sullen tempests wrap the throne To some secluded bushy grove;
of night, There hop and sing with careless glce. Art wont to sit and catch the gleam of Hop and sing at liberty;
light And till death should stop my lays,
That shoots athwart the gloom opaque Far from men would spend my days."
And listen to the distant death-shriek Surely, here is no evidence of extra
long ordinary poetick genius.
From lonely mariner foundering in
the deep, From another early production, the Which rises slowly up the rocky “Fragment of an eccentrick drama,"
While the weird sisters weave the horrid While the frolick zephyrs stir, song:
Playing with the gossamer, . Or when along the liquid sky
And, on ruder pinions born, Serenely chaunt the orbs on high, Shake the dew drops from the thorn. Dost love to sit in musing trance
There as o'er the fields we pass, And mark the northern meteor's - Brushing with hasty feet the grass, dance
We will startle from her nest, (While far below the fitful oar
The lively lark with speckled breast, Flings its faint pauses on the steepy
And hear the floating clouds among shore)
Her gale-transported matin song,
To the herdsman's oaten quill;
Wafted from the plain below; Their night watch on the treacherous Or the heifer's frequent low; deep,
Or the milkmaid in the grove, And guide the wakeful helms-man's Singing of one that died for love. ете
Or when the noon-tide heats oppress, To Helice in northern sky;
We will seek the dark recess, And there upon the rock inclined Where, in the embowered translucent With mighty visions fill'st the mind,
stream, Such as bound in magick spell
The cattle shun the sultry beam, Him who grasped the gates of hell, And o'er us, on the marge reclined, And bursting Piuto's dark domain
The drowsy fly her horn shall wind, Held to the day the terrours of his While echo, from her ancient oak, reign.
Shall answer to the woodman's stroke; "Genius of Horrour and romantick awe, Or the little peasant's song, Whose eye explores the secrets of Wandering lone the glens among, the deep,
His artless lips with berries died, Whose power can bid the rebel fluids And feet through ragged shoes de. creep,
scried." Can force the inmost soul to own its law;
Our account of these volumes Who shall now, sublimest spirit,
ought not to be closed without our Who shall now thy wand inherit, From him thy darling child who best stating, that, from the variety of their Thy shuddering images exprest? contents, the perusal of them is ex. Sullen of soul and stern and proud, tremely interesting and agreeable; His gloomy spirit spurned the croud, and we observe, with sincere pleaa And now he lays his aching head
sure, that their popularity is evinced In the dark mansion of the silent dead.”
by their having already passed
through several editions. The chaWe cannot refrain from inserting
racter of melancholy, so strongly im. one more extract, from an address to
pressed on the features of the au. Contemplation, which very happily
thor's face, in the portrait which is imitates the style of Milton's Alle.
prefixed to his works, will be congro,
templated with corresponding emo- · « I will meet thee on the hill,
tions by such readers as are able to Where, with printless footsteps still appreciate his merits, and can feel. "The morning in her buskin gray, for his untimely fate. Springs upon her eastern way;
FROM THE MONTHLY REVIEW. Description du Pachalik, &c. i. e. A Description of the Pachalik of Bagdad, followed
by a historical Notice of the Wahabees, and by some other Pieces relative to the History and Literature of the East. By M. *** 8vo. pp. 260. Paris, 1809. Price 98 sewed.
THE pieces which compose this of the English ambassadour at Consmali, oriental collection are four in stantinople.' number. After the description of the We extract the passages in the Pachalik of Bagdad, and an account account of the Pachalik, which apof the origin and progress of the pear to us to contain the most useful Wahabees, we are presented with information. translations of detached pieces of Persian poetry, and with a series of “The climate of Bagdad, though very observations on the Yezidees, a sect healthy, is subject to excessive heat in in some degree Mohammedan, and summer; during which the inhabitants established several centuries ago in find it necessary to pass a considerable Mesopotamia by a sheik of the name part of the day in their cellars, and to sleep of Yezid. The account of the pa at night on their roofs. Travellers have
often spoken of the Sam-yeli, a burning chalik, and the history of the Wa
southwest wind, which brings with it a habees, are the parts of the book sulphureous smell, and prevails at Bagdad, which are most deserving of atten. as well as throughout Mesopotamia, from tion, being written with considerable the beginning of July to the middle of knowledge of the subject, though in August. It is not, however, quite so fatal
• as it has been reported to be by those tra. a loose and ill digested manner.
vellers who assert that it suffocates all who The author's name is not mention.
not mention are exposed to it on elevated ground; since ed, but he is described as having its effects may be avoided by falling proslong resided in those countries, and trate, or by wrapping up the face very as having composed these tracts for tightly with a cloak. It is preceded by the purpose of their being read to a squalls, and by a hot whirlwind obscuring literary society of which he is a
the horizon. Its pestilential nature proba
bly arises from passing over the sulphu. member.
rious and bituminous grounds near the Amid all the writer's professions Euphrates and the Tigris. for the advancement of literature, "The inhabitants of Bagdad, so far from however, it is amusing to observe being abject slaves, are active, enterpris. that commercial arrangements are ing, and jealous of control. The better the real object of his labours. He is ranks are civil, well informed, and oblimuch enraged with our envoy, sir ging to strangers. Luxury is confined to the Harford Jones, who, he pretends,
pacha and the great families. The dress
is similar to that which prevails in the rest has rendered himself not less odious
of Turkey, Many Persians reside here, : to the government of Bagdad than who carry on the traffick of the place and to the Europeans settled there. After are protected by the government, and who having enlarged on the commercial are in general intelligent and respectable advantages of the situation of Bag, people.--Unfortunately, neither libraries dad, he adds, with some naiveté, « I
nor publick schools are to be found here:
but we meet with a few seminaries inhabit. will just remark that it would be ed by dervices, and two or three mausoproper to establish in that city a leums, magnificently decorated, in which French factory, or at least to obtain their sheiks and prophets are interred, and a firman from the porte, to allot to a kind of asylum is afforded to beggars, his imperial majesty's consul a house A number of small chapels also are erectsuitable to his rank; in the same
ed, to which the people resort to perform way in which it was granted to the praver. The publick markets are well
their ablutions, at the accustomed hours of English resident, on the application stooked; provisions and fruit being brought