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subdued him. It was agreed that he should seek me that night and learn my choice; the next night was the one on which the deed was to be done. We parted ; I returned an altered man to my home. Fate had woven her mesh around me; a new incident had occurred, which strengthened the web: there was a poor girl whom I had been accustomed to see in my walks; she supported her family by her dexterity in making lace; a quiet, patient-looking, gentle creature. Clarke had, a few days since, under pretence of purchasing lace, decoyed her to his house, (when all but bimself were from home,) where he used the most brutal violence towards her. The extreme poverty of the parents had enabled him easily to persuade them to hush up the matter, but something of the story got abroad ; the poor girl was marked out for that gossip and scandal which, among the very lowest classes, are as coarse in the expression as malignant in the sentiment; and in the paroxysm of shame and despair, the unfortunate girl had that day destroyed herself. This melancholy event wrung forth from the parents the real story: the event and the story reached my ears in the very hour in which my mind was wavering to and fro. Can you wonder that they fixed it at once, and to a dread end? What was this wretch ? Aged with vice, forestalling time, lottering on to a dishonoured grave, soiling all that he touched on his way, with grey hairs and filthy lewdness, the rottenness of the heart, not its passion, a nuisance and a curse to the world. What was the deed, that I should rid the earth of a thing at once base and venomous ? Was it a crime? Was it justice ? Within myself I felt the will, the spirit that might bless mankind. I lacked the means to accomplish the will and wing the spirit. One deed supplied me with the means. Had the victim of that deed been a man moderately good, pursuing with even steps the narrow line between vice and virtue -- blessing none but offending none—it might have been yet a question whether mankind would not gain more by the deed than lose. But here was one whose steps stumbled on no good act, whose heart beat to no generous emotion ; there was a blot, a foulness on creation, nothing but death could wash it out, and leave the world fair. The soldier receives his pay, and murthers, and sleeps sound, and men applaud. But you say he smites not for pay, but glory. Granted, though a sophism. But was there no glory to be gained in fields more magnificent than those of war-no glory to be gained in the knowledge which saves and not destroys ? Was I not about to strike for that glory, for the means of earning it? Nay, suppose the soldier struck for patriotism, a better feeling than glory, would not my motive be yet larger than patriotism? Did it not body forth a broader circle ? Could the world stop the bound of its utilities? 'Was there a corner of the earth-was there a period in time, which an ardent soul, free from, not chained as now, by the cares of the hody, and given wholly up to wisdom, might not pierce, vivify, illumine ? Such were the questions which I asked :-time only answered them.” Eugene Aram, vol. iii. pp. 245—253.
We have been much disappointed, and so will every reader who takes up · The Invasion,' on finding that it is a most unfortunate attempt to sketch society, such as it existed in England, Ireland, and the north of Europe, in the time of Charlemagne. The invasion here spoken of, is one of the numerous incursions made by the Normans upon the Irish coast; and it seems that the main object of the work is to give a synopsis of the early constitution, and of the moral history, of Ireland, as well as to trace to their remotest origin, some of the influences which have concurred in the formation of the national character. Now we do not mean to say that these are purposes
which a novelist should carefully avoid, or that he might not, if he treated his topics with adequate skill, lift the curtain of the past, and render even the antiquities of Ireland interesting in these our novel-reading days. But it appears to us, with great deference, that he has rendered those antiquities a hundred fold more repulsive than ever, by the affectd style, the unpronouncable names, the peculiarity of spelling, and the incomprehensible terms which he uses throughout his four tedious volumes. We require a glossary at every line; for how, without such assistance, could we understand what is meant by 'the Rath,'' galloglachs,'kerne,' the Ollamhs,'the 'canabhas, the saorba,' the Griananna Minghean,' the 'armilla.' Where is the region of Noatun?' Where is Dalia ?' What map or gazetteer will inform us where ' Rath-Aidan' lies ? What biographical dictionary will disclose the birth and parentage of Fighnin, of O'Haedhaof Tuathal,' of Meldia,' of 'Singing-Neck ?' Who the deuce is 'Fion Mac Comhall,' all the way from · Fiontragha ?' What can we do with such names as • Seadhna Jonna ruidh,' Eochaidh Uarcheas,' and of Fearaidhack?' It is as bad as Irving's unknown tongues.
The chief merit of ? Quintus Servinton' will be found, we fear, in its being the first work of fiction that has been printed and published in Van Diemen's Land. The author, indeed, assures us that it is no fiction, but that its characters and incidents are taken from real life. We looked through it with some interest, under the expectation that the real life bere mentioned, would be that of the Colony, which has made such rapid strides in the career of prosperity. But we soon found that the tale was written in and of England, on the way to Van Diemen’s land, and that it is in every respect a very mediocre affair.
NOTICES. Art. XII.-1. The Works of Lord kind of era in our literature, as well
Byron; with his Letters and as in the progress of our fine arts. Journals, and his Life. By The style in which the first volume Thomas Moore, Esq. In four- of Lord Byron's life is printed is teen volumes, 12mo. Vol. 1. so beautiful, the matter is so atLondon : Murray, 1832.
tractive, and the price of the book 2. Finden's Landscape Illustrations so moderate, that even without any
to Mr. Murray's first complete illustrations it must have comand uniform edition of the Life manded a very extensive sale. But and Works of Lord Byron. Part I. when to these attractions are added India Proofs, and Plain. Lon- a print of the noble poet, and per
don : Murray; C. Tilt, 1832. haps the most exquisite vignette Botu these publications form a
that ever appeared in any publica
tion, both from the burin of Finden, No. X. contains the conclusion of we cannot doubt that Mr. Murray's Schiller's “ Ghost Seer,' and the laudable enterprise will be crowned whole of the well-known story of with unprecedented success. This, “ Edgar Huntley, or The Sleep however, is not all. We have be Walker," by one of the earliest of fore us two copies of the first part the American novelists, Charles of the Landscape Illustrations, which Brockedon Brown. No. XI. conthe same artist has engraved for tains “ The Hungarian Brothers," this publication. One of the copies one of the most deservedly popular is plain and contains four land of Miss Anna Maria Porter's proscapes—Lachin-y-gair in the high- ductions. We are happy to see this lands of Scotland, Lisbon, Yanina, publication so well supported : it is and Corinth, and a portrait of the in every way eminently worthy of Maid of Athens, which five prints public patronage. are sold for the sum total of 2s. 6d. The copy of India Proofs contains, in addition to these, the portrait of
ART. XIV.-Narrative of DiscoLord Byron and the Vignette, and
very and Adventure in the Polar is sold for 7s. 6d. Now we should
Seas and Regions, &c. (Edinsay, that any one of the plates in burgh Cabinet Library). By Sir the plain copy is worth double the John Leslie, K. R. G., Robert sum charged for the whole, and that Jameson, Esq. F. R. S. E., &c. the price affixed to the whole of the
and Hugh Murray, Esq. Third India proofs, ought not to be deemed
edition revised. Edinburgh : Olitoo much for any one of them. The ver and Boyd, 1832. Maid of Athens, considering the We are happy to find that a meri. beauty and true Greek style of the torious undertaking of which this countenance, and the perfection of neat volume is one of the emanathe engraving, is a matchless per tions, is making that rapid progress formance. The portrait of Lord to success that is so unequivocally Byron is the least pleasing of all the demonstrated by the demand for a illustrations we have yet seen.
It third edition. The contents of the bas a smirking air, which is incon work before us bave already passed sistent with the truly classic taste before our critical observation-and displayed in every other department if we had reason on the former ocof this splendid undertaking. It casion when speaking of its merits, seems almost like giving away for to confer upon it the tribute of our nothing, volumes so elegantly print- eulogy, we have still more powered, and illustrations so perfectly ful motives now for praising it, on finished, at such very low prices. account of the ample corrections But Mr. Murray is well aware that and the addition of new and inhe has adopted the only plan that structive matter which we find it to can secure the work a large circula possess in its present forin. Amongst tion; upon that bis reward depends, ihe novelties which distinguish the and we sincerely bope, and indeed third edition from its predecessor, feel confident, that it will be as am may be mentioned several notes ple as his liberality deserves. which further illustrate the text.
A defence of the authors of the
work is likewise given to the charges Art. XIII.-The Standard Novels, which have been made against them
Nos. X. and XI. London: Col- by the writer of a recent work, en. burn and Co. 1932.
titled Meinoirs of Sebastian Cabot.
That portion of the volume which is which proceeds upon the principie devoted to an account of the Nor of rendering biography subservient thern Whale Fishery, is considerably to the great ends of historical deextended by an incorporation into scription. Sir Walter Manny, for the text of a highly interesting narra instance, is, in every respect, a tive, which describes the preservation faithful representative of the military of a part of the crew belonging to the commanders of this country, who John, of Greenock, and their win flourished in the age of chivalry; tering in a Danish colony called whilst the military spirit of the age Operniwick. The men were received of Elizabeth is seen embodied in in the most hospitable manner by the person of Sir Francis de Vere. the governor of the place, which is Oliver Cromwell, in his capacity of situated on a bleak and solitary a general, is next depicted in all the shore of Baffiu's Bay. They re glowing colours of which his military mained there for eight months, and heroism and conduct are so well dewere chiefly employed in assisting serving; and the volume closes with the inhabitants in the daily labour an admirable account of the meteor of catching seals. The only other career of the hero of Blenheim. novelty of consequence which is to be found in this edition, is the account of the whale expedition of the Art. XVI.-On Pestilential Choseason of 1831.
It appears that lera, its Nature, Prevention, and that season yielded a produce of oil Curative Treatment. By James more than double the amount of that Coplaud, M. D. London: Longof the disastrous year before it-but man and Co. 1832. yet that it was not equal io half the
DR. COPLAND labours under the produce of 1829, which latter was
great disadvantage of being able to by no means equal to the average of the two preceding years.
present us with no new information on the momentous subject to which he directs our attention. Those,
however, who are still unacquainted Art. XV.- The Cabinet Cyclo
with the history, the nature, and pædia. Lives of the most Eminent
the best modes of averting or modiBritish Military Commanders. fying an attack of Cholera, may By the Rev. G. R. Gleig. Vol. I.
have their ignorance removed, and London : Longman and Co. 1832.
their natural curiosity gratified at a This is a portion of Dr. Lardner's very cheap expenditure of time and Cabinet Cyclopædia, which only re money, by referring to this very quires the same care and caution as clear, accurate, and well-written to selection and execution which we compilation. observed in the preceding volumes, to render it not merely interesting but highly instructive. Whatever view Art. XVII.— The Golden Farmer ; we may take of the morality of na being an attempt to unite the tional wars with respect to the future,
facts pointed out by Nature, in no one will deny that the bistory of the Sciences of Geology, Chepast battles is a subject of study mistry, and Botany, &c. &c. Lonwhich deserves the most serious at don : James Ridyway. 1832. tention. Great ingenuity is dis Tue author of this pamphlet is, we played, and great utility will be se understand, not only a farmer, (we cured by the plan of this work, should hope the real golden buinpkin)
but also a lecturer (!) on geometry, vourable specimen of the progress geology, and similar abstruse which the art of simplification is themes. He is, moreover, an op- now making in every department timist of the purest water, and posi- of knowledge that can possibly entively believes that the way to eter- gage the minds of the public. The nal life is only to be attained by subjects of attraction, heat, light, means of mechanic institutions, “en- and electricity, which it is scarcely lightening the people,” and cheap to add, form the foundations of knowledge. He tells us that he chemical science, are treated by the has reaped an intellectual barvest author in a manner so clear, so free in attending to the dictates of nature; from technicalities, so perfectly inand that he has carried, with un- telligible to persons the least acbounded success, the inductions of quainted with the subject, that we the lecture-room into practical ef- look to the work, in its complete fects in the fields. His studies form, as a certain means of diffusing, have enabled him to explain some more extensively than ever, a taste anomalies in agricultural pursuits ; for the truly interesting science of and to his discoveries in such mat- chemistry. ters, he invites the attention of those ambitious farmers who, in these evil times, wish to taste of the de- At. XIX.—Nights of the Round lights of the agricultural millenium ;
: or, Stories of Annt Jane during which, our author declares, and her Friends. First Series. that, through his exertions, the Edinburgh. Oliver and Boyd. farmer and his landlord will be en
1832. riched, the condition of the labourer In the Nights of the Round Table improved, poor land made for ever we have the first of a Series of fertile, and labour always plentiful. tales and conversations, partly Such are the promises which are founded on facts, and partly fictiheld forth by the lecturer on Geo- tious, which are very well calculametry and Geology, and the prac- ted for the recreation of young tical farmer to boot, who, in his persons who have passed the
of social capacity, has the honour of childhood. The narratives are very discharging the responsible duties well executed : stories of grave and of surveyor and auctioneer, and
gay succeed each other in pleasing keeps, besides, the Kent Fire Office alternation-and over the whole is in the renowned territory of Lew- thrown that charm of graceful simisham.
plicity in which we at once recognize the instinctive power of the
female heart. The next series will Art. XVIII. The Elements of contain, we are informed, authentic
Chemistry explained and illus- particulars of the lives of two emitrated.- Part the First. Attrac
nent living persons, under the title tion-Heat- Light-Electricity. of the Two Scottish Williams.
London. John Murray. 1832. This small volume is a very fa