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ning, Lord Ashburton. To the same trio the author jected to the misfortune of receiving most of the ship has been before attributed, with this difference, information we possess in relation to Russia and its however, that the first place has been assigned to institutions, through channels more or less prejudiced Lord Shelburne, Barré and Dunning being spoken of either for or against the existing order of things. as his assistants; and Col. Barre bas been named as Mr. Thompson seems to be an “ honest chronicler," the probable author, though his individual claims and to describe Russian affairs as they presented seem not to have been publiely investigated. themselves to his eye, undistracted by either favor or
Mr. Britton's opinion that the letters emanated affection.— Westininster Revieu. from the parties above named, seems to have been formed nearly half a century ago, while collecting materials for his “ Beauties of Wiltshire.” He at that time became acquainted with the Rev. Dr. Pop Scholia Hellenistica in Novum Testamentum, Philone ham, of Chilton, who, in early life, held the vicarage et Josepho Patribus Apostolicis aliisque Ecclesiæ of Lacock for more than twenty years. During this antiquæ Scriptoribus necnon Libris Apocryphis time Dr. Popham was in the habit of visiting at maxime deprompta. Londini: Pickering. Bowood, the seat of the Earl of Shelburne; where,
The title of the volumes before us sufficiently among other distinguished men of the day, Counsellor Dunning and Col. Barré were the most regular
explains their general object. They consist of a seand constant visitors. Certain peculiarities in the
ries of short extracts, in the original Greek, from daily intercourse of the Earl and lis protégés excited
Philo-Judæus, Josephus, the Apostolic Fathers, and Dr. Popham's attention, and finally his belief became
occasionally from Chrysostom and other early confirmed that the trio were either the actual au
writers, and from the Apocryphal books of the New thors of the letters, or that they knew the writer.
Testament, interspersed with remarks of Grotius, On one particular occasion, when the cleryyman and
Carpzov, Valckenaer, and other modern writers on the three friends were the only persons present at
Sacred Criticism. The extracts are arranged in conthe dinner-table, an attack on the writings of Junius,
nection with each verse of the New Testament, and then exciting attention, was discussed, and one of field must have bestowed a vast amount of labor in
are accompanied by Scripture references. Mr. Grinthe party made the remark, “ that it would be shown up and confuted by Junius in the next day's Adver.
bringing together such a mass of erudition, bearing tiser.” Instead of the confutation, however, there
on the subject of the illustration of the New Testa
ment; and we feel assured that his labors on so was a note by the printer, stating that the letter would appear in the ensuing number. “Thenceforward,"
great a subject will be justly appreciated by the
Church. His work is the fruit of a ripe scholarship, said Dr. Popham, “ I was convinced that one of my three friends wis Junius;" but this circumstance, in
and we rarely meet now with such elegant Latinity
as in his Preface, which it is a positive pleasure to our opinion, tells rather against than for the hypothesis, though Mr. Britton seems to consider it as one
reruse.--English Review. of the conclusive facts in favor of his view of the case.- Westminster Review,
LIST OF NEW PUBLICATONS.
The Castlereagh Memoirs and Correspondence, 2 Life in Russia, or the Discipline of Despotism. By
vols. 8vo. Edward P. Thompson, Esq., Author of "The Note
Mrs. Trollope's New Novel, the Young Countess. book of a Naturalist." London : Smith, Elder & Memoirs of Chateaubriand, written by himself. Co. 1643.
Completion of the Lives of the Queens
Mr. Ross' Yacht Voyage to Norway, Denmark and A delightful and impartial narrative of the events Sweden. incident to a residence in a part of the world of Zoological Recreations, by W. J. Broderick. which we really know next to nothing. As Mr.
Secret History of the French Revolution of 1848; or Thompson truly says, “ In the middle of the nine
Memoirs of Citizen Caussidière. 2 vols. 8vo. teenth cenrury, there is less known of Russia than Travels in Sardinia, by J. W. Wane Tyndale. 3 vols. of any other country, most certainly than of any other
post 8vo. country in Europe, and yet more is said of it, more Secrets of the Confessional, by Count C. P. de Lasobloquy is heaped upon it, and more unjust state teyrie. 2 vols. ments made concerning it than it deserves, with all Clara Fane, by Louisa Stuart Costello. its faults.” This is clearly attributable to our igno Life and Remains of Theodore Hook, by Rev. R. D. rance of the great empire. We know that, in Russian, Barham. 2 vols. despotism and serfdom mutually support and sustain Rollo and his Race, by Acton Warburton. 2 vols. each other; that bribery and espionage go hand in El Buscapie, the long-lost work of Cervantes, transhand; and that the two extremes of barbaric pomp lated by Miss Ross. and the most abject misery, co-exist among the Mr. Street's Poem, Frontenac. people to a greater degree, perhaps, than is to be An Essay on English Poetry, with Short Lives of the found in any other nation; but of the real sentiments Poets, by Thomas Campbell. of the Russians in reference to their condition, and Life of the Great Lord Clive, by Rev. G. R. Gleig. indeed of the true social position of the mass of the Eight Years' Recollections of Bush life in Australia, people, we are comparatively ignorant. We are by H. W. Haygarth. unable to realize a state of things so opposed to all The Conspiracy of the Jesuits, by the Abbate Leone. we are in the habit of considering the most desira Campaign in France in 1792, by Robert Faicie. ble condition for a people, forgetting that at no very The Half Sisters, by Miss Jewsbury. remote period our own island in many respects pre- The Romance of the Peerage, by George Lillie Craik. sented an approximation to the existing state of the Poetry of Science, by Robert Hunt. Russian empire. And we have been further snb Sacred and Legendary Art, by Mrs. Jameson,
Life, Letters, and Literary Remains of John Keats. Edited by Richard MONCK
TON Milnes. London : 1848.
In order to secure ourselves against being, short-comings of which we shall complain, prejudged of injustice to the subject of this could not have existed in the mature pronotice, we may at once state our opinion, ductions of Keats, had he lived to produce that as surprising powers of merely sensual them. Indeed, as we shall presently take perception and expression are to be detected occasion to show, his mind, which was enin the poems of Keats as in any others within dowed with a power of growth almost unprethe range of English literature. Herrick cedentedly rapid, was on the eve of passing surpassed Keats, in his own way, by fits, and beyond the terrestrial sphere in which he had in a few single passages ; and Chaucer has as yet moved, when death cut short his pieces of brilliant and unmixed word-painting marvellous, and only just commenced, career. which have no equals in our language; but To Keats, more deeply perhaps than to
that these great poets attained, or any poet born in Christian times, at least exerted, only in moments, was the common manner and easy habit of the won “ Life, like a dome of many-colored glass, derful man, who may claim the honor of Stained the white radiance of eternity.” having assisted more than any other writer, except Mr. Wordsworth, in the origination of His mind, like Goethe's, was “lighted from the remarkable school of poetry which is yet below.” Not a ray of the wisdom that is in its vigorous youth, and exhibits indications from above had, as yet, illumined it. of capabilities of unlimited expansion. We The character of the poet, in as far as also anticipate objections that might be urged, it differs from that of other men, is indeed a with apparent reason, against the following subject of too much importance to allow of remarks, by stating our conviction, that the l our sacrificing this admirable occasion for VOL. XVI. NO. II.
life and power.
extending our knowledge concerning it, to our | Angelo. Minds belonging to this latter tenderness, or to that of our readers, for the category, the aloe-blossoms of humanity, young writer of whom Mr. Monckton Milnes appear less than others to have been indebted is at once the faithful biographer, and the to disease for their pre-eminence. eloquent apologist. Mr. Milnes will pardon
In almost every page of the work before us if our deductions from the data with which us, the close connection between the genius he has supplied us, do not wholly coincide of Keats and his constitutional malady prowith his own inferences. We confess that we nounces itself. No comment of ours could are unable to detect, even in Keats' latest deepen the emphasis of the following passages, letters and compositions, anything more than taken nearly at random from the mass of a strong promise of, and aspiration towards similar passages, of which the letters of the many qualities of character and genius, which young poet in great part consist :Mr. Milnes regards as already numbered among the constituents of the young poet's
I have this morning such a lethargy that I
cannot write. The reason of my delaying is Extraordinary poetical genius, notwith- oftentimes from this feeling: I wait for a proper
temper. standing its resemblance to exuberant health,
am now so depressed that I have not
an idea to put to paper ; my hand feels like lead, has not unfrequently been found to be con
and yet it is an unpleasant numbness; it does not nected with deeply seated disease. In most take away the pain of existence; I don't know cases, the poetical power seems to have been what to write. Monday. You see how I have the result of an abnormal habit of sensation. delayed—and even now I have but a confused idea
of what I should be about. My intellect must be
in a degenerating state; it must be, for when I “We are men of ruined blood,
should be writing about—God knows what, I am Thereby comes it we are wise.”
troubling you with moods of my own mind-or
rather body-for mind there is none. I am in that For that the consumption and insanity which temper, that if I were under water, I would have often terminated the careers of men of scarcely kick to come to the top. I know very genius, have been not so much the conse
well this is all nonsense. In a short time, I hope quences as the causes of their superiority, is shall be in a temper to feel sensibly your mensufficiently attested by the fact, that those day, to have any interest in that or in anything
tion of my book. În vain have I waited till Mondiseases have been, in such cases, as in com else. I feel no spur at my brother's going to mon ones, most frequently hereditary. America ; and am almost stony-hearted about his
It is a curious medical fact, which we have wedding.' heard stated by first rate authorities, that “ I am this morning in a sort of temper, indoinstances are not extraordinary of families, in lent, and supremely careless; I long after a stanza which, while one member has been afflicted or two of Thomson's Castle of Indolence;' my with consumption, a second with scrofula, passions are all asleep from my having slumbered and a third with insanity, the fourth has been till nearly eleven, and weakened the animal fibre endowed with brilliant genius.
all over me to a delightful sensation,—about three
degrees on this side of faintness. If I had teeth In making these remarks, we no more of pearl, and the breath of lilies, I should call it impugn the transcendent value which the languor; but as I am, I must call it laziness. productions of genius usually bear, than the The fibres of the brain are relaxed in common naturalist questions the value of a precious with the rest of the body, and to such a happy gum, in describing it as the result of vegeta- degree, that pleasure has no show of enticement, ble malformations or disease. Nor would we
and pain no unbearable frown. Neither poetry,
nor ambition, nor love, have any show of alertness be supposed to imply an ordinary absence in
of countenance as they pass by; they seem the man of genius of a great general superiori- rather three figures on a Greek vase ; a man and ty of moral character, when compared with two women, whom no one but myself would disthe common rank of men. Genius, however tinguish in their disguisement. This is the only fantastical may be the form which it assumes, happiness; and is a rare instance of advantage is, in essence, an extraordinary honesty; an in the body overpowering the mind.” honesty which too often refuses to exert itself “I feel I must again begin with my poetry, for
I beyond the sphere of the senses and the if I am not in action I am in pain. intellect, and which, then, in its highest ener
live under an everlasting restraint, never relieved
unless I am composing, so I will write away.” gy, produces a Raphael or a Coleridge ; but
“ The relief,—the feverish relief of poetry. which, sometimes, while it purifies the senses,
This morning poetry has conquered. I and perfects their expression, prevents also have relapsed into those abstractions which are every incontinence of character, and carries my only life. I feel escaped from a new and manhood to its height in a Milton or a Michael | threatening sorrow; and 'I am thankful for it