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tion bordering on that which should be paid only to manners and customs vary continually. Some parts those who are guided by the immediate inspiration of of Luther's behaviour, which appear to us most culpheaven. It is his own conduct, not the undistinguishable, gave no disgust to his contemporaries. It was ing censure or the exaggerated praise of his contem even by some of those qualities, which we are now apt poraries, that ought to regulate the opinions of the to blame, that he was fitted for accomplishing the present age concerning him. Zeal for what he re great work which he undertook. To rouse mankind, garded as truth, undaunted intrepidity to maintain when sunk in ignorance or superstition, and to en. his own system, abilities, both natural and acquired, counter the rage of bigotry armed with power, required to defend his principles, and unwearied industry in the utmost vehemence of zeal, as well as a temper propagating them, are virtues which shine so conspi- daring to excess. A gentle call would neither hare cuously in every part of his behaviour, that even his reached nor have excited those to whom it was ad. enemies must allow him to have possessed them in an dressed. A spirit more amiable, but less vigorous eminent degree. To these may be added, with equal than Luther's, would have shrunk back from the justice, such purity and even austerity of manners as dangers which he braved and surmounted. became one who assumed the character of a reformer; such sanctity of life as suited the doctrine which he delivered ; and such perfect disinterestedness as affords
[Discovery of America.) no slight presumption of his sincerity. Superior to Next morning, being Friday the third day of August, all selfish considerations, a stranger to the elegancies in the year 1492, Columbus set sail, a little before of life, and despising its pleasures, he left the honours sunrise, in presence of a vast crowd of spectators, and emoluments of the church to his disciples, re- who sent up their supplications to heaven for the maining satisfied himself in his original state of pro- prosperous issue of the voyage, which they wished
fessor in the university, and pastor of the town of rather than expected. Columbus steered directly for !! Wittemberg, with the moderate appointments annexed the Canary Islands, and arrived there without any li to these offices. His extraordinary qualities were occurrence that would have deserved notice on any !!!
alloyed with no inconsiderable mixture of human other occasion. But in a voyage of such expectation 1 m, frailty and human passions. These, however, were of and importance, every circumstance was the object of such a nature, that they cannot be imputed to male attention. volence or corruption of heart, but seem to have taken Upon the 1st of October they were, according to their rise from the same source with many of his vir- the admiral's reckoning, seren hundred and serenty tues. His mind, forcible and vehement in all its leagues to the west of the Canaries; but, lest his men operations, roused by great objects, or agitated by should be intimidated by the prodigious length of the
violent passions, broke out, on many occasions, with | navigation, he gave out that they had proceeded only 1 an impetuosity which astonishes men of feebler spirits, five hundred and eighty-four leagues; and, fortu
or such as are placed in a more tranquil situation. nately for Columbus, neither his own pilot nor those By carrying some praiseworthy dispositions to excess of the other ships had skill sufficient to correct this he bordered sometimes on what was culpable, and was error and discover the deceit. They had now been often betrayed into actions which exposed him to cen- above three weeks at sea ; they had proceeded far be sure. His confidence that his own opinions were well- yond what former navigators had attempted or deemed founded, approached to arrogance ; his courage in possible; all their prognostics of discovery, drawn asserting them, to rashness; his firmness in adhering from the flight of birds and other circumstances, had to them, to obstinacy; and his zeal in confuting his proved fallacious; the appearances of land, with which adversaries, to rage and scurrility. Accustomed him their own credulity or the artifice of their commander self to consider everything as subordinate to truth, he had from time to time flattered and amused them, expected the same deference for it from other men; had been altogether illusive, and their prospect of and without making any allowances for their timidity success seemed now to be as distant as ever. These or prejudices, he poured forth against such as disap- reflections occurred often to men who had no other pointed him, in this particular, a torrent of invective l object or occupation than to reason and discourse con. mingled with contempt. Regardless of any distinc-cerning the intention and circumstances of their extion of rank or character when his doctrines were pedition. They made impression at first upon the attacked, he chastised all his adversaries indiscrimi- ignorant and timid, and extending by degrees to such nately with the same rough hand; neither the royal | as were better 'informed or more resolute, the condignity of Henry VIII., nor the eminent learning and tagion spread at length from ship to ship. From abilities of Erasmus, screened them from the same secret whispers or murmurings they proceeded to open gross abuse with which he treated Tetzel or Eccius. cabals and public complaints. They taxed their
But these indecencies, of which Luther was guilty, sovereign with inconsiderate credulity, in paying such must not be imputed wholly to the violence of his regard to the vain promises and rash conjectures of temper. They ought to be charged in part on the an indigent foreigner, as to hazard the lives of so manners of the age. Among a rude people, unac- many of her own subjects in prosecuting a chimeric quainted with those maxims which, by putting con- scheme. They affirmed that they had fully perform
formed tinual restraint on the passions of individuals, have their duty by venturing so far in an unknown and polished society and rendered it agreeable, disputes hopeless course, and could incur no blame for refusing of every kind were managed with heat, and strong to follow any longer a desperate adventurer to certain emotions were uttered in their natural language with | destruction. They contended that it was necessary out reserve or delicacy. At the same time the works to think of returning to Spain while their crazy of learned men were all composed in Latin, and they | vessels were still in a condition to keep the sea, bus were not only authorised, by the example of eminent expressed their fears that the attempt would prore
ore writers in that language, to use their antagonists with vain, as the wind, which had hitherto been so favou! the most illiberal scurrility; but in a dead tongue, able to their course, must render it impossible to salt indecencies of every kind appear less shocking than in the opposite direction. All agreed that Columbus in a living language, whose idioms and phrases seem should be compelled by force to adopt a measure ou gross, because they are familiar.
which their common safety depended. Some of the In passing judgment upon the characters of men, more audacious proposed, as the most expeditious and we ought to try them by the principles and maxims certain method for getting rid at once of his remon; of their own age, not by those of another ; for al- strances, to throw him into the sea, being persuade though virtue and vice are at all times the same, I that, upon their return to Spain, the death of an una
successful projector would excite little concern, and but of such land birds as could not be supposed to be inquired into with no curiosity.
fly far from the shore. The crew of the Pinta obColumbus was fully sensible of his perilous situa- served a cane floating, which seemed to have been tion. He had observed, with great uneasiness, the fatal | newly cut, and likewise a piece of timber artificially operation of ignorance and of fear in producing dis- carved. The sailors aboard the Nigna took up the affection among his crew, and saw that it was now branch of a tree with red berries perfectly fresh. The ready to burst out into open mutiny. He retained, clouds around the setting sun assumed a new appearhowever, perfect presence of mind. He affected to ance; the air was more mild and warm, and during seem ignorant of their machinations. Notwithstand night the wind became unequal and variable. From ing the agitation and solicitude of his own mind, he all these symptoms Columbus was so confident of appeared with a cheerful countenance, like a man being near land, that on the evening of the eleventh satisfied with the progress he had made, and confident of October, after public prayers for success, he ordered of success. Sometimes he employed all the arts of the sails to be furled, and the ships to lie to, keeping insinuation to soothe his men. Sometimes he endea- strict watch lest they should be driven ashore in the voured to work upon their ambition or avarice by night. During this interval of suspense and expectamagnificent descriptions of the fame and wealth which tion, no man shut his eyes, all kept upon deck, gazing they were about to acquire. On other occasions he intently towards that quarter where they expected to assumed a tone of authority, and threatened them discover the land, which had so long been the object with vengeance from their sovereign if, by their das- of their wishes. tardly behaviour, they should defeat this noble effort About two hours before midnight, Columbus, standto promote the glory of God, and to exalt the Spanish | ing on the forecastle, observed a light at a distance, name above that of every other nation. Even with and privately pointed it out to Pedro Guttierez, a seditious sailors, the words of a man whom they had page of the queen's wardrobe. Guttierez perceived it. been accustomed to reverence, were weighty and per- and calling to Salcedo, comptroller of the fleet, all suasive, and not only restrained thern from those three saw it in motion, as if it were carried from place violent excesses which they meditated, but prevailed to place. A little after midnight, the joyful sound of with them to accompany their admiral for some time land! land! was heard from the Pinta, which kept longer.
always a-head of the other ships. But having been As they proceeded, the indications of approaching so often deceived by fallacious appearances, every land seemed to be more certain, and excited hope in man was now become slow of belief, and waited in all ! proportion. The birds began to appear in flocks, the anguish of uncertainty and impatience for the
making towards the south-west. Columbus, in imi- return of day. As soon as morning dawned, all tation of the Portuguese navigators, who had been doubts and fears were dispelled. From every ship an guided in several of their discoveries by the motion island was seen about two leagues to the north, whose of birds, altered his course from due west towards that flat and verdant fields, well stored with wood, and quarter whither they pointed their flight. But, after watered with many rivulets, presented the aspect of a holding on for several days in this new direction delightful country. The crew of the Pinta instantly without any better success than formerly, having seen began the Te Deum, as a hymn of thanksgiving to no object during thirty days but the sea and the sky, God, and were joined by those of the other ships with the hopes of his companions subsided faster than they tears of joy and transports of congratulation. This bad risen: their fears revived with additional force : office of gratitude to Heaven was followed by an act impatience, rage, and despair appeared in every coun- of justice to their commander. They threw theinselves tenance. All sense of subordination was lost. The at the feet of Columbus, with feelings of self-conofficers, who had hitherto concurred with Columbus in demnation, mingled with reverence. They implored opinion, and supported his authority, now took part him to pardon their ignorance, incredulity, and inwith the private men ; they assembled tumultuously solence, which had created him so much unnecessary on the deck, expostulated with their commander, disquiet, and had so often obstructed the prosecution mingled threats with their expostulations, and re- of his well-concerted plan; and passing, in the warmth quired him instantly to tack about and return to of their admiration, from one extreme to another, Europe. Columbus perceived that it would be of no they now pronounced the man whom they had so avail to have recourse to any of his former arts, which, lately reviled and threatened, to be a person inspired having been tried so often, had lost their effect; and by Hearen with sagacity and fortitude more than that it was impossible to rekindle any zeal for the human, in order to accomplish a design so far beyond success of the expedition among men in whose breasts the ideas and conception of all former ages. fear had extinguished every generous sentiment. He As soon as the sun arose, all their boats were saw that it was no less vain to think of employing manned and armed. They rowed towards the island either gentle or severe measures to quell a mutiny so with their colours displayed, with warlike music, and general and so violent. It was necessary, on all these other martial pomp. As they approached the coast, accounts, to soothe passions which he could no longer they saw it covered with a multitude of people, whom command, and to give way to a torrent too impetuous the novelty of the spectacle had drawn together, whose to be checked. He promised solemnly to his men attitudes and gestures expressed wonder and astonishthat he would comply with their request, provided ment at the strange objects which presented themthey would accompany him and obey his command selves to their view. Columbus was the first European for three days longer, and if, during that time, who set foot on the new world which he had dis. land were not discovered, he would then abandon the covered. He landed in a rich dress, and with a naked enterprise, and direct his course towards Spain. sword in his hand. His men followed, and, kneeling
Enraged as the sailors were, and impatient to turn down, they all kissed the ground which they had so their faces again towards their native country, this long desired to see. They next erected a crucifix, proposition did not appear to them unreasonable ; nor and prostrating themselves before it, returned thanks did Columbus hazard much in confining himself to a to God for conducting their voyage to such a happy term so short. The presages of discovering land were issue. They then took solemn possession of the now so numerous and promising that he deemed them country for the crown of Castile and Leon, with all infallible. For some days the sounding line reached the formalities which the Portuguese were accustomed the bottom, and the soil which it brought up indicated to observe in acts of this kind in their new discoland to be at no great distance. The flocks of birds | veries. increased, and were composed not only of sea-fowl, | The Spaniards, while thus emplcyed, were sur
rounded by many of the natives, who gazed in silent knowledge of which required a regular course of study, admiration upon actions which they could not com- | together with long attention to the practice of courts, prehend, and of which they did not foresee the conse- Martial and illiterate nobles had neither leisure nor quences. The dress of the Spaniards, the whiteness of inclination to undertake a task so laborious, as well their skins, their beards, their arms, appeared strange as so foreign from all the occupations which they and surprising. The vast machines in which they had deemed entertaining or suitable to their rank. They traversed the ocean, that seemed to move upon the gradually relinquished their places in courts of justhe waters with wings, and uttered a dreadful sound tice, where their ignorance exposed them to contempt. resembling thunder, accompanied with lightning and | They became weary of attending to the discussion of smoke, struck them with such terror that they began cases which grew too intricate for them to compreto respect their new guests as a superior order of hend. Not only the judicial determination of points, beings, and concluded that they were children of the which were the subject of controversy, but the conduct sun, who had descended to visit the earth.
of all legal business and transactions, was committed The Europeans were hardly less amazed at the to persons trained by previous study and application scene now before them. Every herb and shrub and to the knowledge of law. An order of men, to whom tree was different from those which flourished in their fellow-citizens had daily recourse for advice, Europe. The soil seemed to be rich, but bore few and to whom they looked up for decision in their marks of cultivation. The climate, even to the most important concerns, naturally acquired consiSpaniards, felt warm, though extremely delightful. deration and influence in society. They were advanced The inhabitants appeared in the simple innocence of to honours which had been considered hitherto as the nature, entirely naked. Their black hair, long and peculiar rewards of military virtue. They were in. uncurled, floated upon their shoulders, or was bound trusted with offices of the highest dignity and most in tresses on their heads. They had no beards, and extensive power. Thus, another profession than that every part of their bodies was perfectly smooth. of arms came to be introduced among the laity, and Their complexion was of a dusty copper colour, their was reputed honourable. The functions of civil life features singular rather than disagreeable, their aspect were attended to. The talents requisite for discharg. gentle and timid. Though not tall, they were well- | ing them were cultivated. A new road was opened shaped and active. Their faces, and several parts of to wealth and eminence. The arts and virtues of their bodies, were fantastically painted with glaring peace were placed in their proper rank, and received colours. They were shy at first through fear, but soon their due recompense. became familiar with the Spaniards, and with tran- While improvements, so important with respect to sports of joy received from them hawk-bells, glass the state of society and the administration of justice, beads, or other baubles ; in return for which they gradually made progress in Europe, sentiments more gave such provisions as they had, and some cotton liberal and generous had begun to animate the nobles. yarn, the only commodity of value which they could These were inspired by the spirit of chivalry, which, produce. Towards evening, Columbus returned to his though considered commonly as a wild institution, ship, accompanied by many of the islanders in their the effect of caprice, and the source of extravagance, boats, which they called canoes, and though rudely arose naturally from the state of society at that period, formed out of the trunk of a single tree, they rowed and had a very serious influence in refining the mari. them with surprising dexterity. Thus, in the first ners of the European nations. The feudal state was interview between the inhabitants of the old and new a state of almost perpetual war, rapine, and anarchy; worlds, everything was conducted amicably and to during which the weak and unarmed were exposed to their mutual satisfaction. The former, enlightened insults or injuries. The power of the sovereign was and ambitious, formed already vast ideas with respect too limited to prevent these wrongs, and the admi. to the advantages which they might derive from the nistration of justice too feeble to redress them. The regions that began to open to their view. The latter, | most effectual protection against violence and oppres. simple and undiscerning, had no foresight of the cala sion was often found to be that which the valour and mities and desolation which were approaching their generosity of private persons afforded. The same country!
spirit of enterprise which had prompted so many
gentlemen to take arms in defence of the oppressed [Chivalry.]
pilgrims in Palestine, incited others to declare thein
selves the patrons and avengers of injured innocence Among uncivilised nations, there is but one profes- at home. When the final reduction of the Holy Land, sion honourable--that of arms. All the ingenuity and under the dominion of infidels, put an end to these vigour of the human mind are exerted in acquiring foreign expeditions, the latter was the only employ. military skill or address. The functions of peace are ment left for the activity and courage of adventurers. few and simple, and require no particular course of To check the insolence of overgrown oppressors ; to education or of study as a preparation for discharging rescue the helpless from captivity; to protect or to them. This was the state of Europe during several avenge women, orphans, and ecclesiastics, who could centuries. Every gentleman, born a soldier, scorned not bear arms in their own defence ; to redress wrong any other occupation. He was taught no science but and remove grievances; were deemed acts of the highthat of war; even his exercises and pastimes were est prowess and merit. Valour, humanity, courtesy, feats of martial prowess. Nor did the judicial cha- justice, honour, were the characteristic qualities of racter, which persons of noble birth were alone entitled chivalry. To these were added religion, which mingled to assume, demand any degree of knowledge beyond itself with every passion and institution during the that which such untutored soldiers possessed. To middle ages, and by infusing a large proportion of recollect a few traditionary customs which time had enthusiastic zeal, gave them such force as carried confirmed and rendered respectable, to mark out the them to romantic excess. Men were trained to knight. lists of battle with due formality, to observe the issue hood by a long previous discipline; they were ad. of the combat, and to pronounce whether it had been mitted into the order by solemnities no less devout 1 1? conducted according to the laws of arms, included than pom pour; every person of noble birth courted every thing that a baron, who acted as a judge, found that honour; it was deemed a distinction superior to it necessary to understand.
| royalty; and monarchs were proud to receive it from But when the forms of legal proceedings were fixed, the hands of private gentlemen. when the rules of decision were committed to writing. This singular institution, in which valour, gallantry, and collected into a body, law became a science, the and religion, were so strangely blended, was wonder
fully adapted to the taste and genius of martial neither danger nor discouragement could turn him
nobles : and its effects were soon visible in their man- | aside from the execution of it. The success of their poners. War was carried on with less ferocity when enterprises was suitable to the diversity of their cha46, humanity came to be deemed the ornament of knight-racters, and was uniformly influenced by it. Francis,
hood no less than courage. More gentle and polished by his impetuous activity, often disconcerted the i manners were introduced when courtesy was recom- emperor's best laid schemes ; Charles, by a more calm
mended as the most amiable of knightly virtues. but steady prosecution of his designe, checked the
Violence and oppression decreased when it was rapidity of his rival's career, and baffled or repulsed I reckoned meritorious to check and to punish them. his most vigorous efforts. The former, at the opening ! A scrupulous adherence to truth, with the most re- of a war or of a campaign, broke in upon the enemy
ligious attention to fulfil every engagement, became with the violence of a torrent, and carried all before the distinguishing characteristic of a gentleman, be- him; the latter, waiting until he saw the force of his cause chivalry was regarded as the school of honour, rival beginning to abate, recovered in the end not only and inculcated the most delicate sensibility with all that he had lost, but made new acquisitions. Few
respect to those points. The admiration of these qua of the French monarch's attempts towards conquest, to lities, together with the high distinctions and pre- whatever promising aspect they might wear at first,
rogatives conferred on knighthood in every part of were conducted to a happy issue; many of the emperor's Europe, inspired persons of noble birth on some occa enterprises, even after they appeared desperate and imsions with a species of military fanaticism, and led practicable, terminated in the most prosperous manner.
them to extravagant enterprises. But they deeply !! imprinted on their minds the principles of generosity
The success of Hume and Robertson extended the and honour. These were strengthened by everything
demand for historical composition; and before adthat can affect the senses or touch the heart. The wild
verting to their great rival Gibbon, we may glance exploits of those romantic knights who sallied forth in
at some of the subordinate labourers in the same quest of adventures are well known, and have been
field. In the year 1758, Dr SMOLLETT published, in treated with proper ridicule. The political and per
four volumes quarto, his Complete History of England, manent effects of the spirit of chivalry have been less
deduced from the Descent of Julius Cæsar to the Treaty observed. Perhaps the humanity which accompanies
of Aix la Chapelle, 1748. In extent and completeall the operations of war, the refinements of gallantry, and the point of honour—the three chief circum
ness of design, this history approaches nearest to stances which distinguish modern from ancient man
the works of the historical masters; but its execubers-may be ascribed in a great measure to this in
tion is unequal, and it abounds in errors and inconstitution, which has appeared whimsical to superficial
sistences. It was rapidly composed ; and though observers, but by its effects has proved of great
Smollett was too fluent and practised a writer to benefit to mankind. The sentiments which chivalry
fail in narrative (his account of the rebellion in inspired had a wonderful influence on manners and
1745-6, and his observations on the act for the reconduct during the twelfth, thirteenth, fourteenth,
lief of debtors in 1759, are excellent specimens of his and fifteenth centuries. They were so deeply rooted,
best style and his benevolence of character), he that they continued to operate after the vigour and
could not, without adequate study and preparation, reputation of the institution itself began to decline.
succeed in so important an undertaking. Smollett afterwards continued his work to the year 1765.
The portion from the Revolution of 1688 to the (Characters of Prancis I. and the Emperor Charles V.] death of George II. is usually printed as a continuaDuring twenty-eight years an avowed rivalship sub
tion to Hume. sisted between Francis I. and the Emperor Charles V.,
LV The views which Dr Robertson had taken of the which involved not only their own dominions, but | reign and character of Mary Queen of Scots, were the greatest part of Europe, in wars which were pro
combated by WILLIAM TYTLER of Woodhouselee secuted with more violent animosity, and drawn out
|(1711-1792), who, in 1759, published an Inquiry, Histo a greater length, than had been known in any
torical and Critical, into the Evidence against Mary lortuer period. Many circumstances contributed to Queen of Scots, and an Examination of the Histories
. Their animosity was founded in opposition of l of Dr Robertson and Mr Hume with respect to that interest, heightened by personal emulation, and exas
| Evidence. The work of Mr Tytler is acute and perated, not only by mutual injuries, but by reciprocal
learned; it procured for the author the approbation insults. At the same time, whatever advantage one
and esteem of the most eminent men of his times; seemed to possess towards gaining the ascendant, was
but, judged by the higher standards which now Wonderfully balanced by some favourable circumstance
exist, it must be pronounced to be partial and peculiar to the other.
inconclusive. Mr Tytler published the Poetical The emperor's dominions were of greater extent: 1 Remains of James I., King of Scotland,' with a
French king's lay more compact. Francis go | dissertation on the life and writings of the royal Terned hi
his kingdom with absolute power; that of poet, honourable to his literary taste and research. ? Was limited, but he supplied the want of About the year 1760, the London booksellers comuonity by address. The troops of the former were | pleted a compilation which had, for a long period, more i
re impetuous and enterprising; those of the latter employed several professional authors—a Universal let disciplined, and more patient of fatigue. The History,' a large and valuable work, seven volumes ents and abilities of the two monarchs were as being devoted to ancient and sixteen to modern
erent as the advantages which they possessed, and history. The writers were ARCHIBALD BOWEK Contributed no less to prolong the contest between
(1686-1766), a native of Dundee, who was educated Francis took his resolutions suddenly, prose- at the Jesuit's College of St Omer, but afterwards them at first with warmth, and pushed them fled to England and embraced the Protestant faith :
tecution with a most adventurous courage ; but he was author of a History of the Popes. Dr JOHN emig destitute of the perseverance necessary to gur- | CAMPBELL (1709-1775), a son of Campbell of Glen
A difficulties, he often abandoned his designs, or lyon in Perthshire, wrote the Military History of the ted the vigour of pursuit from impatience, and Duke of Marlborough and Prince Eugene, Lives of the Detimes from levity. Charles deliberated long, and Admirals, a considerable portion of the Biographia
nained with coolness; but having once fixed his Britannica, a History of Europe, a Political Survey of pulb, he adhered to it with inflexible obstinacy, and | Britain, &c. Campbell was a candid and intelligent
man, acquainted with Dr Johnson and most of the but disfigured by affectation, and still more by the eminent men of his day. WILLIAM GUTHRIE (1708- | violent prejudices of its vindictive and unprincipled 1770), a native of Brechin, was an indefatigable author. writer, author of a History of England, a History of Histories of Ireland, evincing antiquarian research, i Scotland, a Geographical Grammar, &c. GEORGE were published, the first in 1763-7 by Dr WARNER, SALE (1680-1736) translated the Koran, and was one and another in 1773 by Dr LELAND, the translator of the founders of a society for the encouragement of our best English version of Demosthenes. A reof learning. GEORGE PSALMANAZAR (1679-1763), view of Celtic and Roman antiquities was in 1771-5 a native of France, deceived the world for some time presented by JOHN WHITTAKER, grafted upon his by pretending to be a native of the island of For- History of Manchester; and the same author after ! mosa, to support which he invented an alphabet and wards wrote a violent and prejudiced Vindication of grammar. He afterwards became a hack author, Mary Queen of Scots. The Biographical History of was sincerely penitent, and was reverenced by John- | England by GRANGER, and ORME's History of the son for his piety. When the Universal History' | British Transactions in Hindostan, which appeared was completed, Goldsmith wrote a preface to it, for at this time, are also valuable works. In 1775, which he received three guineas !
MACPHERSOx, translator of Ossian, published a His In 1763 Goldsmith published a History of England, tory of Great Britain, from the Restoration to the in a Series of Letters from a Nobleman to his Son, in Accession of the House of Hanover, accompanied by two small volumes. The deceptive title had the original papers. The object of Macpherson was to desired attraction; the letters were variously attri- | support the Tory party, and to detract from the
buted to Lords Chesterfield, Orrery, and Lyttelton, purity and patriotism of those who had planned and i and in purity and grace of style surpassed the writ- effected the Revolution of 1688. The secret history i ings of any of the reputed authors. The success of brought to light by his original papers (which were ī this compilation afterwards led Goldsmith to compile undoubtedly genuine) certainly disclosed a degree
a more extended history of England, and abridg- of selfishness and intrigue for which the public were ments of Grecian and Roman history. Even in not prepared. In this task, the historian (if Macthis subordinate walk, to which nothing but neces- pherson be entitled to the venerable name) had the sity compelled him, Goldsmith was superior to all use of Carte's collections, for which he paid £200, his contemporaries.
and he received no less than £3000 for the copyright Lord Lyttelton afterwards came forward himself of his work. The Annals of Scotland, from Malcolm as a historian, though of but a limited period. His III. to Robert I., were published in 1776 by Sir History of the Reign of Henry II., on which he had David Dalrymple, LORD HAILES. In 1779 the same bestowed years of study, is a valuable repertory of author produced a continuation to the accession of
facts, but a dry and uninteresting composition. Of the house of Stuart. These works were invaluable li a similar character are the Historical Memoirs and at the time, and have since formed an excellent
Lives (Queen Elizabeth, Raleigh, Henry Prince of quarry for the historian. Lord Hailes was born in Wales, &c.), written by Dr THOMAS BIRCH, one of Edinburgh in 1726, the son of Sir James Dalrymple the secretaries of the Royal Society. Birch was a of Hailes, Bart. He distinguished himself at the diligent explorer of records and public papers : he Scottish bar, and was appointed one of the judges of threw light on history, but was devoid of taste and the Court of Session in 1766. He was the author arrangement. These works drew attention to the of various legal and antiquarian treatises; of the materials that existed for a history of domestic man | Remains of Christian Antiquity, containing translaners, always more interesting than state diplomacy | tions from the fathers, &c.; and of an inquiry into or wars, and Dr ROBERT HENRY (1718-1790) entered the secondary causes assigned by Gibbon the histoupon a History of Great Britain, in which particular rian for the rapid growth of Christianity. Lord attention was to be given to this department. For Hailes was a man of great erudition, an able lawyer, nearly thirty years Henry laboured at his work : and upright judge. He died in 1792. In 1776 the first volume was published in 1771, and four ROBERT WATSON, professor of rhetoric and after. others at intervals between that time and 1785. A wards principal of one of the colleges of St Andrews, contemporary, Dr Gilbert Stuart, a man not devoid wrote a History of Philip II. of Spain as a contionaof talents, but rancorous and malignant in an emi- tion to Robertson, and left unfinished a History of nent degree, attempted, by a system of ceaseless Philip III., which was completed by Dr William persecution, to destroy the character and reputation | Thomson, and published in 1783. In 1779, the two of Henry, but his work realised to its author the first volumes of a History of Modern Europe, by Dr large sum of £3300, and was rewarded with a pen- WILLIAM RUSSELL (1741-1793), were published with sion from the crown of £100 per annum. Henry's distinguished success, and three others were aided work does not come farther down than the reignin 1784, bringing down the history to the rear 1763. of Henry VIII. In our own days, the plan of a Continuations to this valuable compendium hare history with copious information as to manners, been made by Dr Coote and others, and it continues arts, and improvements—where full prominence is to be a standard work. Russell was a native of Selo given to the progress of civilisation and the domestic | kirkshire, and fought his way to learning and lis. life of our ancestors-has been admirably realised in tinction in the midst of considerable difficulties. The the ‘Pictorial History of England,' published by Mr vast number of historical works published about Charles Knight. Of Dr Henry, we may add that this time shows how eagerly this noble branch of he was a native of St Ninians, in Stirlingshire, was study was cultivated, both by authors and the pubbred to the church, and was latterly one of the lic. No department of literary labour seems then to ministers of Edinburgh, where he had the honour have been so lucrative, or so sure of leading to disof filling the chair as Moderator of the General | tinction. But our greatest name yet remains behind. Assembly. Dr GILBERT STUART (1742-1786), a native of
EDWARD GIBBON. Edinburgh (to whom we have alluded in connexion with Henry), wrote various historical works, a His- The historian of the Decline and Fall of the Roman tory of Scotlund, a Dissertation on the British Consti- | Empire was by birth, education, and manners, distution, a History of the Reformation, &c. His style is tinctively an English gentleman. He was born at Borid and high-sounding, not wanting in elegance, Putney, in Surrey, April 27, 1737. His father was