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utmost perfection, Ireland is, no doubt, equalled by several utlier countries, and even surpassed by some. But witli respect to ilie aggregate of these advantages, and to the inure important ones among them, there can be little r^k ill ■dinning, that Ireland ;anks considerably above almost any known country in the world. Yet it is a melancholy truth, that, owing to a ti»suc of political circumstances of nn unprnpitious nature, • she has ever been greatly surpassed, in point of national conspiruity, an I the blessings resulting from that neutral civilization » Inch ordinarily accompanies. increasing national wealth, by other countries much less bounteously endowed by the Almighty.
"A View oft Ite Political Situation qf the Province qf Upper Canada; in a/hick her physical Capacity is stutdl, and the Means of diminishing her Burthens, increasing her Value, and securing her Connection with Great Hr'Hain, are fully considered," by John Miles Jack&o.v, Is a work which appears to have been written by one, who was well acquainted with the subjects of which he treats, nod is a good supplement to the full Account of Canada, lately published by Mr. tin lot
Megjoirsqf the King's, Supremacy, m,U of the Rise, Progress, awl Results of 'he Supremacy of the Pope, in different Age* and Nations, as jar us it reiutes to Ctvil Affairs," by Thomas Urouke Clarke, IJ.IJ. is a learned and judicious treatise, comprehending a more full account of that prerogative, which the King enjoys as supreme head of the Church of England, than is to be found in any preceding work.
"Six Litters on the Subject qf Dr. Milner's Explanation, retulivc to the Proposal in the lust Session qf Parliament fur admitting the. King's Veto in the EUction of Roman Catholic Bishops; and the Royal Veto in the. Appointment qf the Irish Roman Catholic Prelacy, considered, in Reply to the Right Rev. Dr. MUner," will be found interesting to those who take a concern in the Catholic Question, or who have attended to the controvei-y to which the-pamphlet before us more particularly relates.
The Investigation into the Conduct of his Royal Highness the Duke of York has, as might have been expecred, given rise to an Abundant, crop of publications. The Speeches of the must distinguished Members of the House of Commons, who spoke on that occasion, have been published in separate pamphlets. Of
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these, the Speeches of Mr. Burton and Mr. Pekcival will be found to contain the strongest vindication of the Royal Duke; and those of Mr. Whitbbead and Sir Francis Bubdett, the most coirent arguments against him.
There has appeared also, "A Correct and Authentic Copy of the Evidence taken befo-e the House of Commons, art the Charge; exhibited against his Royal Highness ihe Duke of York."—As this is a copy ol the Reports which were printed by oi.ler of the Mouse of Commons, for the use of its Members on tins extraordinary and interesting occasion, it may be regarded as othcial.
The Ord-rs 111 Council, and the Affairs of India, have both given rise to some minor publications; but nothing has Hjipeared on either of the subjects of sufficient consequence to entitle tWem to notice.
Owing, probably, to the destruction of the two winter theatres by tire, the drama has yielded an unusually scanty crop for the last six months.
Mr. Arnold's " Man and Wife, or, more Secrets than One," is equal to the general run of modern comedies; but it possesses no striking qualities, to re—' commend it to particular notice.
Mrs. Ischrald has completed her selection, called the "British Theatre," in twenty-live volumes. The typographical execution, and decorations of the work, demand our warmest approbation; and it writrtd be injustice to the fair editor, not to say, that she has performed her part with as much skill and taste, as cou.d be expected from a contemporary writer, herself an author in the same department of lituutuie. Novels.
1 he most popular w irk in tl is c!ass, which has appeared since our last Supplement, is, "CieLbs in Search of a Wife," a novel, of a methodistical ca=t, which has acquired a tunporurv de>iee of celebrity; and is attributed to the pea of Miss Hannah Muoiie. The wort IS not to be considered so much as a fictitious tide, as a vehicle for conveving those sentiments, principles, and observations, which, for n series of years, Misj Moore has been in the habit of recommending to the public, in a more serious form, it is difiicult to quarrel with goad. things, let us find them where we may. Piety and relieiun are entitled to our veneration, wherever we meet with them. But, surely, there is something 4 R thcoogruoOj,
incongruous, in making a novel a medium for conveying to the world disquisitions on controversial divinity. We will nut venture to toucli on those points of Mrs. Moore's religious faith, which she has introduced into her work. Such topics, as they are unsuitable to the place where she has intioduced them, so ft would be indecorous to mention them here; where we could not have an opportunity to discuss them with a gravity, a decency, and solemnity, equal to their importance. We shall confine ourselves, then, to ■ very brief outline of the story itself, and leave the parts that are objectionable in the management of it to those, to whom subjects so grave more naturally belong. The great object kept in view, throughout the whole of Miss Moore's novel, is the enforcement of certain religious principles; of which, it is well known, she has long been one of the most admired, and "indefatigable supporters; and next to that, the condemnation of certain fashionable pleasures, and relaxations; which, from tht first appearance of the sect, to which Miss Moore belongs, have always been peculiar objects of the disapprobation of that sect. We have imposed upon ourselves a restraint from going into the thorny paths of controversy, otherwise we could very easily shew, that in the best times, in what we may call the primitive and apostolic age of the English church, there was none of that rigour and sourness which Miss Moore recommends. But again, the present is not a fit place for such controversies; at the same time, we must observe, that methodism, in religion, is synonimous with empiricism in medicine; and that the quacks in one profession, are as dangerous and mischievous as those in the other. The hero of Miss Moore's piece, "Calebs," is a young man of independent fortune, in search of a virtuous partner, with whom he may unite himself for life. He meets with various ladies of different qualities, but none suitable for a wife, till he finds Miss Stanley, who had been educated in that sort of religious methodism, which Miss Moore, in her works on female education, has recommended; and who is a perfect model of that system. The story is simple, and •he characters that are introduced, are at numerous, but they are well and skilfully drawn. As a general specimen t the work, we are tempted to introduce
fathers and mothers in the United Kingdom, against that fastidiousness, which would banish from our desserts tin sweetest flowers of our houses, and the best pearls and jewels, with which our wives can he adorned. Of his first introduction into fashionable life, CoWchl tells his own story in the following words:
"On the tiptoe of expectation, I went U dine with Sir John Belfield, in Cavendishsquare. I looked at my watch fifty time*. I thought it would never be six o'clock. I did not care to shew my country breeding, by going too early, to incommode my friend; nor my town breeding, by going too late, an4 spoiling his dinner. Sir John is a valuable, •legant-minded man, and, next to Mr.Stanlev, stood highest in my father's esteem, fcrht) mental accomplishments, and correct rooms. As I knew he waa remarkable for ajsemblri at his table, men of sense, taste, and leai ing my expectations of pleasure were v« high. « Here, at least,' (said I) as I be; the name of one clever man, announced an, another, « here, at least, I cannot fail find
The feast of reason, and the flow of toal:
Here, at least, all the energies of my ah
"At first, there was no fair opportunity!
"Hii animadversions were uttered wi:h the gravity of a German philosopher, and I science of a French cook. If any of h'u c, nions happened to be controverted, he quote in confirmation of his own judgmxj rAlmanac da Gturmarii, wh'u-h he as;. was the most valuable work that had ap>-1 peared in France since the revolution. That f author of this book he seemed to consider | as high authority in the science of eating, i Coke or Hale in that of jurisprudence, S^uintilian in the art of criticism. To: credit of the company, however, be it i
he had the whole of this topic to himselfi The test of the party were, in general, of quite a ditferent calibre, and as little acquainted with his favourite author, as he pro~ bahly was with tlieirs. “ The lady of tlte house was perfectly amiable and well bred. Her dinner was etcellent; and every thing about her had an air of elegance and splendor: ofcourse, she completely escaped the disgrace ofbeing a scholar, but not the suspicion of having a very good taste. I longed forthe removal ofthe cloth, and was eagerly anticipating the pleasure and improvement which awaited me. “ As soon :is the servants were beginning to withdraw, we got into asort of attitude of conversation; all, except the eulogist of l'Almanac des Guurmands, who, wrapping himself up in the comfortable consciousness ot' his own superior judgment, and ti little piqued that he had tound neither support, .nor opposition, (the next best thing to a protessed talker,) he seemed to have a pcrtect indifference to all topics, except that nn which he had shewn so much eloquence, with so little eflett. “ The last tray was now carried out, and the last lingering servant had retired; when I was beginning to listen with all my powers of attention to aningenious gentleman, who was ahout to give an interesting account of Egypt, where he had spent a year, and from whence he was lately returned. He was just gotto the estacombs, When, on a sudden, open Hy, With impetuons recoil, and jarring sound, the mahogany foldinpdoors, and in at once, struggling who should be first, rushed halfa dozen children, lovely, fresh, gay, and noisy. This sudden and violent irruption of the prettybarbarians, necessarily caused a total interruption ofconversation. The sprightly creatures ran round the table, to chuse where they would sit. At length, this great ditliculty of courts and cabinets, the ebaice gf p/am, was settled. The little thinés were jostled in between the ladies, who all contended who should get possession of the little brrzuriu. One was in rapture at the rosy cheeks of a sweet girl, she held in her lap; a second exclaimed aloud, at the beautiful lace with which the froclt of another was trimmed, und which she was sure mamma had given her for being good. A profitable, and doubtless, a lasting and inseparahle association was thus formed, in the r.hiid‘s mind, between lute and goodness. A tbird cried out, 'Look at the little beauty, do but observe, her bracelets are as blue as her eyes. Did you ever see such a match P' ‘ Surely, lady Helfield,’ cried a fourth, ‘you carried the eyes to the shop, or there must have been a shade of difference! I, myself, who am passionately fond of children, eyed the sweet little rebels with complacency, notwithstanding the unreasonableness of their inttrruption. 3
“ At last, when they were all disposed oh I resumed my enquiries about the restingplace of the murnmies. But the grand dispute, who should have oranges, and who should hive almonds and raisins, soon raised such a clamour, that it was impossible to hear my Egyptian friend. This great contest was, however, at length settled; and Iwas returned to the antiquities of Memphis, when the important point, who should have red wine, and who should have white, who should have half a glass, and who at whole glass, set us again in an uproar. Sir John was visibly uneasy, and commanded silence. During this interval of peace, I gave up the catacombs, and took refuge in the pyramids I had no sooner proposed my question about the serpent, ssid to be found in one ofthem, than the sun and heir, a fine little fellow,j st six years old, reaching out his arm, to dart an apple across the table at his sister, roguishly intending to overset her glass, unluckily overthrew his own, brim-full of port wine. The whole contents were discharged on thc elegant drapery of a white-robed nymph. “ All was now agitation and distress, and disturbance and confusion, the gentlemen ringing for napkins, and the ladies assisting the dripping fair one; each vying with the other who should recommend the most approved specific for getting out the stain ot' red wine, and comforting the sulferer by stories of similar misfortunes. The poor little culprit was dismissed, and all ditfteulties and disasters seemed at last surmounted. But you cannot heat up again aninierest tha: has been so often cooled. The thread ofconversation had been so frequently broken, that I despaired of seeing it tied together again. Iiurrowfully gave up catacombs, pyramids, and serpent, and was obliged to content myselfwith a li~tle desultnry chat with my next neighbour. Sorry and disappointed to glean only a few scattered ears, where I had expected so large a harvest ; and the day from which I promised myself so much heneit and delight, passed away with a very slender acquisition of either." The following characterestie tniic of Mrs. Ranby, one of those that “ thought hardly any body would be saved," is excellent in lil kind. “ In the evening, Mrs. Ranby was lsmont~ ing in general, or ruther customary tsrrnr, her own exceeding sinfulness. Mr. rlauby said, ' You accuse yourselfrather too harshly, my dear ; you have sins to be sure.’ ‘ And pray what sins have I, Mr. Ranby ?' said she, turning upon him with so much quirkness that the poor man started. ‘ Nay,” said he meekly, ‘ Idid not mean to oil`enJ you; su far tram it, that hearing you fondemn yourself So grit-vuusly, l intended ta cumlort you, and to say, that t!¢ept a lew faults-,‘ ‘ And pray what faults ?' in|_<f_ mpted she, continuing to speak, however, lest he should catch an interval to tell them. U 1 tlexy
'I defy you, Mr. Ranby, to produce one. 'My dear," replied he,' as you charged yourself with all, 1 thought it would be letting you oft cheaply by naming only l«o or three,
such as 'Here, fearing matters would
go too far, I interposed ; and softening things as well as I could for the lady, said, * 1 conceived that Mr. Ranby meant, that, though she partook of the general corruption,'—here Ranby interrupting me with more spirit than I thought he possessed, said, « General corruption, sir, must be the source of particular corruption. I did not mean that my wife was worse than other women.'—' Worse, Mr. Ranby, worse!' cried she. Ranby, for the first time in his life not minding her, vent on.—' As she is always insisting that the whole species is corrupt, she cannot help allowing that she herself has not quite escaped the infection. Now to he a sinner in the gross, and a saint in ihe detail—that is to have all sins and no faults—is a thing I do not quite comprehend.'
"Aller he had left the room, which he did, as the shortest way of allaying the storm, she apologizing for him, said, ' He was a well meaning man, and aced up to the litre light he had j' but added, ' that he was unacquainted with religious feelings, and knew little of the nature of convertion.'
"Mrs. Ranby, I found, seems to think Christianity as a kind of freemasonry, and therefore thinks it superfluous to speak on serious sa-jects to any but the initiated. If they do net return the sign, she gives them up as blind and dead. She thinks she can only make herself intelligible to those to whom certain peculiar phrases are familiar; and though her friends may be correct, devout, and both doctrinally and practically pious, yet if they cannot catch a certain mystic meaning—if there is not a sympathy of intelligence between them and her, if they do not fully conceive of impressions, and cannc-t respond to mysterious communications, she holds them unworthy of intercourse with her. She does nut so mui-h insist on high moral excellence as the cri:erion of their worth, as on their own account of their internal fecU ins»." ,
The following character is drawn with great discrimination and spirit, and for Ihe moral it conveys, wc are glad to give it a place in our pages.—" Sir John carried me one morning to call on Lady Denham, a dowager of fashion, who had grown old in the trammels of the world. Though she S'cms resolved to die in the harness, yet she piques herself on being very religious, and no one inveighs agaiost infidelity or impiety with more pointed censure." 'She has a grandaughtcr," said Sir John, ' who lives with her,and wh m she has trained to walk precisely ill her own steps, and which she thinks u ttc way sit itWVg«. • The girl,' added be, 'is »jrta-Joakio|, »nd will bite a haadjome for.
tune, and I am persuaded that, as my frieoi, I couid procure you a good reception.*
"We were shewn into her dressing-room, where we found her with a book lying opea before her. From a glance which I caught of the large black letter, I saw it was a Wuk's Preparation. This book, it teems, constantly lay open before her from breakfast till dinner, at this season. It was Hassion week. But as this is the room in which she sees all her morning visitors, to none of whom tbe is ever denied, even at this period of retreat, the could only pick up momentary snatches of reading in the short intervals between sac person going out and another coming in. Miss Denham sat by, paintmr flowers.
"Sir John aslied her. If she would go an i dine in a family way with lady Bcifie.o. She drew up, looked grave, ami said, with much solemnity. That she should never thick of going abroad at this holy season. Sir John said, < as we have neither cards nor company, I thought you might as well have eaten yosr chicken in my huuse as in your own,' Est though site thought it a sin to disc with a sober family, she made hcuelr" amends tor the sacrifice, by letting us see that her heart was brimful of the wurld, pressed down, auj running over. She indemnified herself for her abstinence from its diversions, by indulging in the only pleasure which she thought compatible with the sanctity of the season—uncharitable* gossip, and unbosvndea calumny. She should not touch* card, hoc she played over to Sir John the whole game of the preceding Saturday night; tola bun by what a shameful inattention her partner had lost the odd trick; and that she shoald not have been beaten after all, had not bet adversary, she verily believed, contrived M look over her hand.
"Sir John seized the only minute in which we were alone, lo ask her to add a guinea to a little surn he was collecting for a poor tradesman with a large family, who had been burnt out a few nights ago. * His wife," added he, ' was your lavuuncc maid Dot as, and both are deserving people.**-** a&k, stray Dixon ! She was always unlucky,' lejlssMTabc lady. 'How could they be so cafrjeta f Suuly they might have put the fire era: sooner. They should not Jiave let It get a head. I wonder people are not more actuta.***-* 1: is too late tu inquire aoattt John, ' the question now jaj tlUtl loss might have been ftertgbe^\' may be repaired.' • I ara>ra£Uj'^ said she, * that I can fltW>. h.ve had so many calls7 rity purse is ccaaplasjcj)* abominable in-^Wff-Vjat '.jjptfrjfl beggar.* m,\Jt *: tj-aV&M
"While the »■ jpeajcjn,,, t. the open leaf ai^Msarf* «b in this worM. tfett they f asddirMU^a^ejei
not deceived.—God is not mocked.' These were the awful passages which formed a part of her Preparation, and this was the practical use she nuJc or them.
"A dozen persons of both sexes " had their exits ana their entrances" durng our stay; for the scene was so strange, und the character »o new to rue, that 1 felt unwilling to stir. Among other visitors, was Signor Sijuallini, a favourite opera singer, whom she patronized. Her face Wjs lighted up with joy, at the sight of him. He brought her an admired new air in whicn he was preparing himself, and sung a few notes, that she might say she heard it the first. She felt all the d.gnity of the privilege, and extolled i he air with all the phrases, cant, and rapture, of iiltttanticim.
"After this, she dre.va paper from between the leaves of her stiil open book, which •he shewed him- It contained a list of all the company rhe had engaged to attend his benefit. 'I will call on some others,' said she, • to-morrow after prayers. 1 am Sony this is a week in whirh 1 cannot see my friends at their assemblies; but on Sunday, you know, it will be over, and I shall have mv house full in the evening. Next Monday will be liaster, and I shall be at our dear Duchess's private masqueraje, and then 1 hope to see and engage the whole world. 'Here are ten guineas,' said she, in a half whisper to the grateful Signor, * you may mem ion what I gave for my ticket, and it may set the faihion going.' She then pressed a ticket on Sir John, and another on me. He declined, saying, with a great sang froid, 'You know we are Handrhar.iS What excuse 1 made 1 do not well know j I only know that 1 saved my ten guineas with a very ba 1 grace, but felt bound in conscience to add them to that I had before subscribed to poor Dixon.
"Hitherto I had never seen the gnatstrainer, and the camel-swallower, so strikingly exemplified. And it is observable how forcibly the truth of Scripture is often illustrated by those who live in the boldest opposition to it. If you have any doubt while you are reading, go into the world, and your belief will be confirmed.
"As we took our leave she followed us to the door. 1 hoped it was with the guinea for t lie fire; but she only whispered Sir John, though he did not go himself, to prevail on such and tuch ladies to go tb Squalliai's benefit. 'Pray do,' said she, 'it will be charity. Poor fellow! he is sadly out at elbows; be has a liberal spirit, and can hardly make his large income do.'
•' When we got into the street, we aHmired the splendid chariot and laced liveries of this indigent professor, for whom our charity had been just snlicitcJ, and whose td'ttal spirit, my tiicnd assured me, consisted in sumptuous living, and indulgence oi every fa-shiunable vice."
We shall conclude our extracts from this w«tk, with v. bat may be considered as Miss
Moom's defence of herself and the party to whom she belongs. "1 have sometimes amused myself (says Mr Stanley) with making a collection of cerrain things, wnicb aic now considered and hell up by a pretty lari;e class. ot men, as an infallible symptom of methodism. Those which at present occur to my recollection are as follows, Goin^ to church in the afternoon, maintaining family-prayers, not travelling nor giving great dinners or other entertainments on Sundays, rejoicing in the abolition of the slave trade, promoting religious instruction of tiie poor at home, ■ subscribing to the Bible Society, and contributing lo establi-b Christianity abroad. These, tho.gh the man attend no eccentric clergyman, hold nu .me enthusiastic doctrine, associate with no fanatic, is sober in liisowu conversation, consistent in his practice, correct in his whole deportment, will infallibly fix on him the charge of methodism. Any cue of these will excite suspicion, but all united will not fail absolutely to stigmatize linn. The most devoted attachment to the establishment will avail him nothing, if not accompanied with a fiery intolerance towards all who differ. Without intolerance, his charity is construed into unsoundness, and his candour into disaffection. He is accused with assimilating with the principles of every wcalc brother whom, though his judgment compels him lo blame, his candour iorbuls him to calumniate. Saint and hypocrite are now, in the scoffer's lexicon, become convertible terms; the last being always implied where the first is sneeringly used."
Miss Mount's novel, as might have been expected, ban (riven rise to some imitations, such as " Celiil in Seiirch of a Husbinid,"i>zc. ccc. bat like lhe generality ol imitations, they are very much inferior to the original.
Miss Owen's " Woman, or Ida of Athens," and Mr. Cimbeiieami's ''Jo/at de Lancaster," may be mentioned among the novels of note published in the Inst six months; they are, liowevcr, so unequal to some former productions of the same writers, that the sooner they are forgotten the better.
Some expectation was raised in the public mind from the "Balcltelor'' of Air. Moore, belter known by the nnme of Anacrcon Mooue; but it would be difficult, even nmid the mass of modern publications, to point out one so destitute of every qualification to render it worthy of notice.
Tine stvrt. The last half year has been more than usually fruitful in publications connected with the Fine Arts. Under this dap, we prefer arranging tha " Elonentt •>/' Art; a Poem, in Sir Ointos, will Notts und a Preface; including Strictures on